Archive for: ‘December 2018’

Paws for thought: buying a pup at Christmas is not always a good idea

16/12/2018 Posted by admin

PAWS FOR THOUGHT: Orange RSPCA animal attendant Matt Morrison with one-year-old Leila, a mastiff cross who would love to go home with someone for Christmas provided they have thought about the commitment she will require. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER A PUPPY or kitten for Christmas might seem like a great idea at the time but come February Orange RSPCA staff see the real cost.
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Orange shelter manager Marissa Clifford said pets were usually dumped at the shelter in February when children go back to school.

“We do see some pets come into the shelter which were unwanted Christmas presents, but more often we see them in February, when children return to school and the new pet is now not getting the daily attention it was during the holidays and begins bad habits to amuse itself, such as digging, chewing things up, barking,” she said.

Overall the number of unwanted Christmas presents coming in to the shelter is decreasing which means the message is getting through to Orange residents, she says.

“‘Even one is still too many,” she said.

Buying a pet as a surprise is not a good idea but if families put thought into their purchase then it can work out for the best.

But Ms Clifford said there were a few things people should take into account before they take the plunge into puppy parenthood.

“Many people have more time over the holidays to care for a pet especially a puppy or kitten and be able to toilet train and provide training and positive experiences,” she said.

“For others, who have pre booked holidays or are already committed it may not be a good time-hence those pre adoption conversations.”

She said there were a number of criteria families should consider before they chose a pet.

For example families should consider if they would have the time to groom a long-haired animal, how much exercise the animal needs, how much space was in the backyard and the financial commitments not just daily care but vet bills and training costs.

But all things considered “pets are great for children, they promote responsibility and empathy,” Ms Clifford said.

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Changing speeds on local roads

16/12/2018 Posted by admin

SEVERAL local roads now have a new speed limit.
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Fernhill Road is one of the roads where the speed limit has been changed.

After completing a review of the existing 100km/h speed limit on local roads, changes were recommended for Fernhill Road, Fullers Lane, Loxton Road, Mackie Lane, Roscrae Lane, Bundanoon Lane, Bullamungee Close, Ditzells Drive, Dog Trap Lane, Dunmallarad Lane, Pearson Road and Vintage Close.

“The speed limit review was carried out in accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines and in consultation with local council,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“The review assessed a number of factors including roadside development, traffic characteristics and crash data.

“The existing 100km/h speed limit on Fernhill Road has been reduced to 80km/h from the Gwydir Highway to 925 metres west of Yetman Road.

“The existing 100km/h speed limit on Fullers Lane has been reduced to 60km/h from Fernhill Road to Yetman Road.

“The existing speed limit of 100km/h on Loxton Road, Mackie Lane, Roscrae Lane, Bundanoon Lane, Bullamungee Close, Ditzells Drive, Dog Trap Lane, Dunmallard Lane, Pearson Road and Vintage Close has been reduced to 60km/h.

“These changes reflect the level of roadside development and aims to improve safety for all road users.”

The speed limit changes were made on Friday, December 19 and are now enforceable.

There has also been speed limit changes on roads in the Runnymede Drive area.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the 70km/h speed limit on Runnymede Road and surrounding access roads was reviewed earlier this year.

“The review was carried out in accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines and in consultation with local council,” the spokesperson said.

“The review assessed a number of factors including roadside development, traffic characteristics and crash data.

“The existing speed limit of 70km/h on Runnymede Drive will be retained, as recommended by the review.

“A 50km/h speed limit now applies to Bimbadeen Drive, Angorra Close, Caloola Drive, Wolbah Close and Onus Avenue.

“This change reflects the level of roadside development and aims to improve safety for all road users.”

For more information on road safety visit the Roads and Maritime Services website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

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Alicia turns $50 into $5000

16/12/2018 Posted by admin

CASCADE: Harvey Norman’s Jonathon Lindsay, Ben Bradley and Andrew Moore draw the winning entry. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 121914pharveyTHE major prize in the 2014 Festive Frenzy has been won.
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Just by shopping locally, Bathurstresident Alicia Benger has walked away with a $5000 spending spree at Harvey Norman.

The big prize was drawn at the store on Friday afternoon by furniturefranchisee Ben Bradley.

This is the third year that Harvey Norman has been the major sponsor of the Festive Frenzy and Mr Bradley said he had seen a lot of interest in the promotion.

“A lot of customers who have entered the store have known about it,” he said.

Ms Benger’s name was amongthousands of entries collected over the seven-week promotion, in which more than $4000 in vouchers were won by members of the public.

Ms Benger said as far as she can remember she only entered thecompetition once, after purchasing a couple of dresses at Jay Jays for an impromptu week away.

She said on Friday that it now looks like the best $50 she ever spent.

“I bought the clothes to take onholidays, I filled in the entry form, then forgot about it,” she said.

That was until Western Advocateadvertising manager Erin Peacock rang.

“It’s just awesome. I really can’t believe it,” Ms Benger said of the win.

Ms Benger can now use her $5000 to buy anything in her local Harvey Norman store.

“Anything she sees in store she can purchase with her prize draw, from pizza ovens to a 79-inch flat-panel television, the latest in Apple technology and the number one cooking brands, or invest in high quality Australian-made furniture and beds,” Mr Bradley said.

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On your bike: environmentalists fear cycle track will compromise conservation area

16/12/2018 Posted by admin

TRAILING CONCERNS: The Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society’s Dr Murray Fletcher with Central West Environmental Council spokeswoman Cilla Kinross. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1219sgbike1A WORLD-class mountain bike track in Orange may have received a great deal ofsupport, but environmentalists have disputed the proposed Mount Canobolas location due to its conservation value.
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Councillor Ash Brown moved to accelerate a master plan at an Orange City Council meeting last week, with support from Brand Orange and the Central West Off Road Bicycle Clubduring public access.

While council voted to contribute $50,000 to a master plan, councillor Neil Jones voiced his concerns about the environmental impact.

Cr Jones said the mountain’s management plan needed to change to accommodate a mountain bike trail centre.

“We could end up with a report and the minister says we’ve got other priorities and the area should remain as it is,” he said.

“We need to be sure we’ve assessed alternative sites for the facility.”

Central West Environmental Councilspokesperson Cilla Kinrossechoed his concerns. She said Canobolas State Forest would be acceptable, but the state conservation area’s high elevation meant any track would impact on sensitive vegetation and disturb wildlife.

“You would probably get a wide range of bike riders – some think about the significance of the area and others want to ride as fast as they can,” she said.

“The upper part of the mountain, with the snow gums, it wouldn’t be appropriate to have [trails] that far up.”

Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orangepresident Nick King said the group supported mountain biking because it encouraged less carbon emissions but also urged the conservation area be avoided.

“The cycling community is very environment conscious and they do their best to adhere to the best practices – you can have all the best intentions under the sun, but you can’t put 70 kilometres of track in a conservation area and not compromise it,” he said.

He also believed upkeep of the tracks would be difficult due to tight National Parks and Wildlife Service budgets.

Brand Orangeexecutive officer Rhonda Sear said the growth of cycling tourism was “right up there” with food and wine tourism.

“We are really trying to attract the international platform and we need to create new reasons for people to come,” she said.

“I think we’ve got an enormous opportunity, but it needs to be managed carefully – we don’t want anything that’s going to be in any way detrimental to this region.”

Bicycle club vice-president Rodney Farrell said the activity was a low-impact sport on the environment because there was no need to remove trees, the trails were narrow and it increased policing.

“By having 500 or 1000 riders there, there’s less dumping and less vandalising,” he said.

Mr Farrell said Rotorua was used as the benchmark because it was geographically isolated, yet it made $NZ12 million a year.

“More than likely, you’re going to have large groups of people coming for more than one night,” he said.

On the Rotoruacomparison, Cr Jones said: “Let’s not be confused … Mount Canobolas is 1600 hectares of significant conservation value and Rotorua is in a redwood plantation.”

The council is seeking a second $50,000 to complete the master plan – if it cannot find a grant within three months, funds will come from other parts of the budget.

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Adventuring into the forest

16/12/2018 Posted by admin

Adventures underway: South West MLC Barry House, Sustainable Development director Ilya Hastings, Lee-Anne and Gary Ingram, Visitor Services director Ben Tannock and AMRTA partnership manager Johanna Hamilton test out the new bikes.TWO years in the making, Eco Adventures has finally arrived in Margaret River.
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Run by Gary and Lee-Anne Ingram, Eco Adventures offers tours to locals and visitors alike in exploring Margaret River’s Boranup Forest.

Embracing new technologies, the tours are conducted on an EcoBike, the first electric four wheel drive all terrain vehicle.

The tours are completely guided following forest trails while offering an interactive understanding of mega fauna of the forest, whale migration, local shipwrecks, identification of local flora and fauna and other interesting snippets relevant to the region.

In order to enhance these presentations all the EcoBikes are equipped with an iPad mini to illustrate the subjects.

South West MLC Barry House said the couple hadcreated through persistence and initiative a very exciting tourist opportunity in Margaret River.

“Their Eco-bike Tours employ the very latest and besttechnology to create an amazing experience with virtually no environmental impact,” Mr House said.

Mr House particularly commended the tours’ ability to cater to all, in particular for elderly or disabled individuals.

The complete experience takes four hours, including transport to and from the forest.

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