OUT: Stephen O’Keefe celebrates his first wicket for Australia in Dubai in October, 2014. Picture: Ryan Pierse, Getty ImagesFormer Hawkesbury cricketer Stephen O’Keefe has been named in a 13-man Australian squad for the third test against New Zealand.
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The test, which will begin no November 27 in Adelaide, will be the first ever day-night test match.

O’Keefe claims five wickets for NSW | November 17.

O’Keefe has been included in the squad because of uncertainty over the condition of the Adelaide pitch, and the fact he has been in fine form in the day-night Sheffield Shield matches.

The day-night test match will feature a pink, rather than a red ball, which has been the cause of some controversy.

Fellow former Hawkesbury player John Hastings said last month the pink ball made cricket boring.

Chairman of Australian selectors Rod Marsh said O’Keefe had been named in the squad to cover all bases.

“We have opted to include an extra spinner in the squad for Adelaide as we are unsure what conditions we will see there,”he said.

“Stephen was included in our squad that was to go to Bangladesh and if he should get an opportunity we think he will make the most of it.”

O’Keefe played his only test match last year against Pakistan, where he took four wickets.

He has taken seven wickets in three games during the Sheffield Shield season, although one of those games was called off before he had a chance to bowl a ball.

O’Keefe has been on the verge of Australian selection for some time, but Nathan Lyon has an ironclad grip on the spinner’s spot in the test team.

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Market fan Mayor Lindsay Brown with produce and SAGE’s Stuart Whitelaw.
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After more than a year and around 100 hours of volunteer effort, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla)has released a reportit says shows the local economic development impacts of its successful farmers market.

Thebottom line oftheSAGE Farmers Market Economic Impact Study 2014-2015is taking mostby surprise, but not themarketcommittee and chairman Stuart Whitelaw.

“The market’s managing committee knew that the market was generating serious economic activity. We could see that it was making a big difference to the lives of people growing food around here,” Mr Whitelaw said.”When you talk to some councillors or read important policy shaping documents published by council, the local food economy just isn’t on their radar as a serious consideration.

“SAGE is working hard on a number of fronts to change that, but we needed something that could quantify the impact of growing and selling food locally. We needed to be able to speak the language of policy makers.”

After surveying customers at four markets over 12 months, it was revealed that shoppers spend $1,769,000 annually at theSAGEFarmers Market.Additionally, customers were asked if they intended to shop elsewhere in Moruya that day.

Almost 75 per centof shoppers indicated they also shopped elsewhere, spending $1,459,000 annually.The study also obtained qualitative data from businesses in Moruya, with almost 70 per centof survey responses indicating they believed the market has a positive impact.

TheSAGEFarmers Market adheres to the best practice guidelines of theAustralian Farmers’ Markets Association, requiring eachstall holder is inspected socustomers can be confident that what they are buying is grown, harvested or made by the person they’re buying it from.

“The MoruyaSAGEFarmers Market is a shining example of the immense power of authentic well-managed farmers markets to grow local economies, and showcase regional agriculture and food production,”said Jane Adams, spokesperson for the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association, adding that other markets would use the study data.The full report isavailable for downloador [email protected]论坛

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Multiple fires are burning near Esperance in Western Australia and arebelieved to have been started by lightning strikes.The fire that started near North Cascade is currently one of the most severe. It is now at Grass Patch and Salmon Gums areas. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warnsit isunpredictable withflames burning up to two metres high.Incredible pics out of #Esperance right now. @R_H_Chandler joins us live @ 5.30 with the latest details #WAfirespic.twitter南京夜网/NGQ07sg8Uh
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— Anne-Maree Leonard (@amleonardGWN7) November 17, 2015Four people have died in thefires in the Grass Patch and Salmon Gums areas overnight and the death toll is feared to increase. Two women and two men were killed and are believed to have been in their cars trying to escape the blaze.An emergency worker said the Salmon Gums blaze was the worst he had ever seen.”The wind and weather conditions … there was no stopping it,” he told the ABC.This thing is a monster and nothing we can do to stop it. A sick feeling leaving this place #Esperance#bushfirepic.twitter南京夜网/V0LW7B5bdM

— Colin de Grussa (@colbio) November 17, 2015An emergency warning is in placeinGrass Patch, Salmon Gums, Merivaleand surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance.More than 300 people have been evacuated.Bye to the farm as we’ve been told to evacuate good luck to all #Esperance#bushfirespic.twitter南京夜网/Yz9wcnjqpt

— Colin de Grussa (@colbio) November 17, 2015Weather conditions are exacerbating the fires.Australia isentering a three-dayheatwave, with temperatures across the country expected to hit 40-degrees. Source: Bureau of Meterology.

Very hot air from north-west of Western Australia is moving south, elevating fire conditions. Winds are expected to change the direction of the fires.Smoke from #WAfires being carried across SE SA and SW Vic by mid-level winds. pic.twitter南京夜网/0RpQZ0UEj9

— Andrew Miskelly (@andrewmiskelly) November 18, 2015Around300,000 hectares have been burned in the North Cascadebushfire, reports WA Today.

The DFES is warningpeople not to leave it too late to evacuate.

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AustraliaPost is encouraging children across the Hastings to post their Santa mail nice and early to ensure the jolly man in the big red suit has time to reply before he packs up his sleigh.
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More than 100,000 letters from young Australians were sent to the North Pole last year.

With Christmas fast approaching, Australia Post is again preparing to deliver thousands of letters to Santa.

To ensure Santa reads and responds to children’s letters, simply put your wish lists in the post addressed to Santa, North Pole, 9999.

Be sure to clearly write your child’s full name and address, along with a stamped envelope so Santa knows where to send his reply.

If children get stuck or need help with writing their letter, Australia Post has tips on their website, as well as decorative letter writing templates you can print from home.

Letters mailed before Christmas will receive a response direct from the North Pole.

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IT would be interesting to learn on what basis the Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance envisages a potential 170 jobs being generated by the proposed M1 service centres (“Muted reply to M1 plan”, Lakes Mail, November 12) as being a plus for the area, considering two factors.
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Firstly, there are only 20 staff parking spaces shown on the plans; and secondly, employers cannot recruit staff based on applicants’ residential addresses.

As to increased price competition, the community was assured of this benefit with the opening of the Caltex outlet at the Morisset Gateway.

We’re still waiting for price competition in Morisset despite a further increase in the number of fuel outlets, which is why I drive to Freemans Waterhole for my fuel.

If anyone thinks prices at more M1 service stations -which will undoubedtly be operated by one of the big players – will be competitive, I suggest they monitor prices at the existing twin service stations.

– J Graham, Cooranbong

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