TO put climate change in perspective we need to look at the Earth’s history and we find that it has a dynamic past of considerable change without any input from human intervention.
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Global warming has happened before and we get climate change every year.

However, what we should be concentrating on is human-generated pollution which can be seen and measured, but does not receive a fraction of the publicity global warming generates.

What is certain is the part humans play in generating global pollution.

We should be concentrating on an issue which directly affects our health and wellbeing and – combined with population increase – is becoming a nightmare.

Without corrective measures this could very well be the beginning of the end of the golden age of human development. There is nothing hypothetical or unproven about pollution.

What is lacking is the will to do something constructive.

– Neil Newton, Coal Point

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Hopeful: Comboyne dairy farmer Rod Fisher would like to see more hands-on interest from young people – and a better price for farmers.RodFisher was born into dairy farming life more than six decades ago, so he’s in a pretty good position to comment on the industry’s change of fortunes.
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The upbeat farmer says he’s been living in hope of a revival and is optimistic that Comboyne’s newfound Legendairy title will bring more attention to the plight of dairy farmers.

The 62-year-old would also like to see more hands-on interest from young people and a better price for farmers – he says an extra five centres per litre would ease local farmers’ concerns.

“Those who are left are getting older, but the bank tells me I can’t retire yet.

“Expenses keep going up, but the price per litre doesn’t really vary and doesn’t get to where it needs to be,” he said.

“We’re a fair way behind the eight ball in my view.”

While Mr Fisher has had great success and growth over the decades, he believes better prices are needed to sustain local farmers.

“We started off with 225 acres when dad bought the farm in 1950 and grew it to 900 acres,” he explained.

“We went from 40 to 300 cows, but have gone back to 200 because we’ve had a bit of a problem finding labour.”

Mr Fisher and wife Susan have two sons, aged in their mid-20s, who have forged their own careers as an electrical engineer and personal trainer.

“When I milk my last cow, I’m afraid it will be last cow ever milked here, which is a shame, but that’s probably how it’s going to be,” Mr Fisher said.

“The boys like the farm and don’t want to see it sold, but they don’t plan to return to milk the cows.

“Originally, there were 120 farmers supplying our local butter factory.

“We had 37 in 2000 when we were deregulated and now we’re down to 13, although we’re probably producing just as much milk because we’ve all expanded,” he said.

Thanks to Dairy Australia’s Legendairy campaign, the profile and reputation of dairy farming has had a shot in the arm.

Mr Fisher also sees potential in promoting dairying to local children.

“We have busloads of kids from Port Macquarie come to the farm,” he said.

“A lot of them have never been outside Port Macquarie and they think it’s fantastic.

“A farm is a really good place to raise kids.”

When Comboyne was crowned the Legendairy Capital of NSW, Mr Fisher said it was “a bit of a shock”, albeit a pleasant one.

“I was quite amazed,” he said.

“There are a lot of areas with more dairy farms than we’ve got, but dairy farming is really important for this community.

“It has kept Comboyne going for all these years.”

Like many, he hopes that tradition continues for a long time to come.

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On the mend: Timbertown Vet Hospital’s Alison Stuart with Sam, who was being treated for tick paralysis.Petowners should be on high alert for ticks at this time of year.
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According to Timbertown Vet Hospital’s Alison Stuart ticks can seriously impact our furry friends’ health and are very common in the Hastings’ warm climate and dense bushland.

With recent research revealing that 88 per cent of dog owners are either not using a tick control product or are not using it frequently enough, local pet owners are being urged to take action and educate themselves about the warning signs.

Some of the signs that may indicate that a pet is suffering from tick paralysis include: loss of coordination in the hind legs, not being able to stand up, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, difficulty or rapid breathing, change in bark or meow and excessive salivation.

The best way to protect your pet from ticks is through prevention.

Mrs Stuart said it’s important that pet owners search their pet’s coat daily, especially after long walks or when your pet has been exposed to bushland or long grass.

If you are applying preventative treatments, ensure it is applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions – and remember that no treatment is 100 per cent reliable.

“Most importantly, you need to get your pet to a vet immediately if you see signs of tick paralysis,” Mrs Stuart said.

The three most common ticks found in NSW are the brown dog tick, the bush tick and the paralysis tick, which are spread across the state’s eastern coastal strip and inland for about 30 kilometres.

Of most concern is Ixodes holocyclus or the paralysis tick as it is commonly known.

Attaching themselves to cats or dogs easily as they explore, they start to feed on the pet and secrete a toxin that affects the nervous system.

If untreated, a bite from a paralysis tick can be fatal.

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Cute alert: This cuddly creature gets a check up from one of the Koala Hospital’s highly trained staff.Twolocal attractions have made it onto a bucket list of ‘100 things to do in NSW before you die’.
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Tour and attractions provider Experience Oz included the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and the Port Macquarie coastal walk on the state’s ultimate bucket list.

Ellenborough Falls and Lord Howe Island also rate mentions.

The list, which was compiled over several years, offers a great opportunity to highlight some of the lesser-known wonders of NSW for the local, regional and domestic tourism market to experience.

It is also designed to inspire people to “get outside the cities and explore”.

The coastal walk was listed due to it “encompassing a blend of river, beach and a lighthouse and also mixing in a dash of history with a range of plaques that detail past occurrences of the region”.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital “walks the line between providing both entertainment and conservation wonderfully”.

“This is a real animal experience without the glitz and glamour of a zoo; with a visit here, children in particular will come away with a new appreciation for the fragility and beauty of this Aussie animal icon,” the bucket list said.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital media coordinator Mick Feeney said he was not surprised about the koala hospital’s inclusion on the bucket list. “It has become known, not just within NSW and Australia, but around the world, because of the fact it was the first koala hospital on the planet,” he said.

The full list can be seen at https://news.experienceoz南京夜网419论坛/nsw-bucketlist.

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ISAAK: Chris Isaak comes to Sirromet, Mount Cotton on April 10, 2016.Grammy-nominated Californian crooner Chris Isaak will take to the a day on the green stage for the first time since 2006, coming to Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton on Sunday,April 10. Isaak will be joined by James Reyne, Richard Clapton and Thirsty Merc.
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Isaak’sis currently a judge on The X Factor Australia, boasts an unparalleled 11 ARIA top 20 albums across his 30-year career, and has sold upwards of a million albums in Australia alone.

Three of his albums – Forever Blue, Wicked Game and The Best Of – boast Australian sales of over triple platinum accreditation, and latest release First Comes The Night (Universal Music) is set to follow, debuting at number twoon the ARIA Album Chart. The 12-track release is Isaak’s 13th studio album and is his first album of original songs in six years.

It is filled with Isaak’s signature soul, emotion and enduring sound.

For more than three decades, Reyne’s songs have been the sound of the Australian summer, selling in excess of two million albums in the process. Audiences will be treated to hits including Reckless, Boys Light Upand Motor’s Too Fast,together for the first time on his forthcoming album All The Hits – Live(Liberation Music).

Richard Clapton has endeared himself to music-lovers everywhere through his heartfelt inspired performances and a songbook that defines our times. With hits like Girls On The Avenue, Deep Water, Capricorn Dancerand I Am An Island, the ARIA Hall of Famer is a stellar addition to the line-up.

Thirsty Merc released its first album Shifting Gearsin September. With the new songs being well received by fans and their classic radio staples 20 Good Reasons, Someday Somedayand In The Summertime, Thirsty Merc is back on the road.

A day on the green is a fully licensed event with strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available on site or BYO picnic. Deck chairs and picnic rugs are recommended. Tickets are:platinum $199.90, gold $159.90, silver $129.90 and general admission $105.90, plus booking fees.

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