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  1. Smokin’ Billy Gets wheels spinning

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    July 22, 2019 by admin

    AFTER 10 years of petrol, oil and tyres, Billy Seton has made his mark on the Australian burnout competition scene.
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    Mr Seton placed third in the Summernats Masters Burnout competition in Canberra.

    The Masters competition is an invitation only event in front of a 100,000-strong crowd in the nation’s capital.

    While burnouts are traditionally associated with P-platers in cul-de-sacs, Mr Seton said there was more to it, with competitiors judged on the amount of smoke created, crowd response and driver control.

    “It takes years to set up the car right,” he said.

    Over the past 10 years, Mr Seton’s car has always had a mechanical failure during the 60 seconds on the skid pad or he was eliminated in qualifying rounds.

    And while he’s always thought it’d be good to win the open event, he was stoked to have placed in the Masters.

    A blown engine at an earlier Sydney event helped secure a wildcard entry for Summernats this year and he didn’t waste the opportunity.

    The best performers on the skid pad will pop a tyre during a burn out and drive off – something Mr Seton said was difficult to do.

    “There’s no time limit (in the Masters), but you want a tyre which lasts at least a minute,” he said.

    Mr Seton’s car – “Silly’, a 1972 HQ Kingswood – had brand new tyres which lasted 41 seconds.

    Turning heads in a sensational pink, the HQ’s Chevrolet V8 has a powerful 940 kilowatts, or 1300 horsepower under the bonnet.

    “Just driving it up to the start line it uses 35 litres of fuel,” he said.

    Over a decade Billy has invested up to $35,000 in just the engine but he says this is average when compared to the rest of the burnout masters field.

    “It’s not unusual, the top 25 drivers’ engines cost up to $35,000 to $40,000,” he said.

    Not a car Mr Seton drives reguarly, the HQ Kingswood needs two to three hours maintenance each day during Summernats.

    Mr Seton will head to the NSW Pro Burnouts in Dubbo on February 3 to compete against up to 80 others for the $10,000 first prize.

    Billy Seton was flying the flag for Junee at Summernats this year. Billy and his HQ Kingswood claimed third place in the Masters burnout competition for 2013. Picture: Declan Rurenga

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  2. Filly injured in NYE antics: Londonderry

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    July 22, 2019 by admin

    NEW Years Eve, traditionally a joyful time spent welcoming in the New Year, quickly turned to a nightmare for a Londonderry family when careless actions of surrounding neighbours led to the horrific injury of their foal.
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    Meet Lily, once an energetic, curious and kind four month-old purebred Arabian filly, who became an example of the danger of illegal, backyard fireworks.

    Given no warning of the events that were to unfold on Whitegates Road on December 31, trouble began at 9.30pm.

    ‘‘We were alarmed when a big bang rocked our house and three of us flew outside to find a couple of neighbours letting off fireworks,’’ Mrs Geyteman said.

    Attempts to call out to stop them failed.

    ‘‘The other neighbours close to Londonderry Road added to the problem, but they were worse at midnight,’’ she said.

    While many families were gathering around their television sets watching the Sydney fireworks, Mrs Geyteman and husband Anthony were frantically moving through their dark property trying to calm their horses.

    ‘‘While on the phone to 000 I was trying to stop them from running through steel fences, while my husband was attending the ponies, mares and foals at the back of the property, which we thought was safe chicken mesh — brand new fencing.’’

    Mrs Geyteman also described the terror of hearing the twang of fencing snapping, and not knowing what damage had been done.

    ‘‘My frantic attempts to calm them down and speak on the phone must have sounded horrendous to the operator as we watched the offending neighbours light firework after firework,’’ she said. ‘‘We could see them being lit from our horse yards.’’

    While waiting for the police to arrive, the family continued to try and calm the horses, which Mrs Geyteman said were shaking and dripping in sweat.

    ‘‘We were lucky enough to only have one injured animal — Lilly.’’

    Since the incident, where Lilly suffered a haematoma, Mrs Geyteman said she isn’t the same.

    ‘‘Lilly used to be a friendly little foal that would be the first to come up and greet you, but the effects of the fireworks from inconsiderate and ignorant people have resulted in a fearful foal that won’t come near us as we have to treat her several times daily.’’

    With the Hawkesbury a horse populated area, Mrs Geyteman hoped other locals would learn from their experience.

    ‘‘I am sure we are all aware of the dangers of fireworks and why they are illegal in the first place,’’ she said.

    ‘‘This is our third year here now and we have never had this problem before. A courtesy note in our letterbox would have sufficed so we could have locked the horses in boxes and they would have been safe.’’

    To contribute to local horse news contact:

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    or 4588 0805

    Lilly with injuries she sustained around 10pm on December 31, 2012

    Lilly with injuries she sustained around 10pm on December 31, 2012

    Lilly at about 7pm on January 1 this year. The haematoma is about 20cm in diametre.

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  3. Family flees Mid-North fire

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    July 22, 2019 by admin

    The Bundaleer North fire with (top) Julie Brooks and (below) her sons William and James.Keep up-to-date with the latest from the CFS
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    When Julie Brooks saw fire at the top of the hillnear her home, she knew it was time to leave.

    The mother of three, 36, was desperately worried for the many animals on her property – ahobby farm on Burnside Road –which was in the path of the Bundaleer North fire on Wednesday night.

    “We could see the red glow of the fire just over the hills in front of us,” she said.

    “Then,when we were sent a CFS warning that we should leave,we knew we had to.We don’t have mains water and our tanks are very low from the lack of rainfall this year.”

    Chickens, parrots, pigeons and hopping mice all joinedJulie and her friend in two cars as they sought refuge at her mother’s house, a safe distance away,in Gladstone.

    “I had a very hopeful feeling it would miss our place –our CFScrews do a great job at keeping these things contained and I’m so thankful we have people like them who are prepared to give it there all,” she said.

    “No amount of thanks is enough.”

    She was reunited with her youngest son, William, 6, who had been staying the night her mother’s house.

    Her eldest son, James, 16, had spent the night in Jamestown.

    “We’re starting to bring all the animals back this morning and starting to unpack again,” she said.

    Firefighter goes down in rough conditions

    A firefighter was taken to hospital after collapsing atthe fire ground earlier on Thursday.

    Shaun Noonan fell to the groundwhile fighting the fire in the Bundaleer Forest and was helped by colleagues.

    He was treated by Joyleen Koch, a nurse who is married to a local farmer, before being transferred to Laura Hospital.

    Shaun’s mother, Delma, said her son was “very sleepy” and was being rehydrated by a drip.

    The incident was related to heat and exhaustion, the Country Fire Service says.

    ‘Whopping’ 400,000-hectarefire in outback SA beingmonitored from space

    The Country Fire Service has been forced to use satellite imaging to track a giant fire burning in outback South Australia.

    The fire’s footprint has grown to more than 75 times the size of Sydney Harbour and almost twice the size of Canberra.

    Click here to find out more about it and try our interactive size map.

    Bundaleer North fire on Thursday. Photo: Matt Bonser. Source: Country Fire Service

    Fire map issued 2.30pm on Thursday.

    Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

    Bundaleer fire. Photo: Mark Shane

    Firefighter Shaun Noonan who collapsed on Thursday in a photo last year after taking hat-trick for Georgetown in Rocky River cricket.

    Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

    Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

    Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

    Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

    Photo: Country Fire Service

  4. How to use food as a medicine

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    July 22, 2019 by admin

    Ever felt worried and been struck with a gripping stomach pain? Or developed a cough while grieving?
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    The health of our organs and our emotions are closely linked, according to author, naturopath, herbalist and chef Janella Purcell.

    In the updated version of her wellbeing book,Janella Purcell’s Elixir, Purcell details how the mind, body and spirit are interconnected and how a better diet can help prevent problems in all three of these areas.

    ‘‘We know that when we get upset we might get a headache or feel nauseous or get eczema or asthma, we know the effect emotions have on our body but we don’t seem to put them together,’’ Purcell says.

    She says five of our major organs – the heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys and liver – are associated with certain emotions, as well as with particular seasons.

    When there is an issue with one of these organs, it often means something is out of balance in another area of our lives.

    ‘‘For example lungs store grief and sadness and autumn is the time lungs are most sensitive. So say you had something that happened and you hadn’t grieved properly, which a lot of people in the West don’t do, it gets pushed down and comes up when the lungs are more sensitive and will come up every year,’’ she says.

    ‘‘It could only just be physical, but if you have an emotional aspect that relates to that organ, that’s going to come up, that’s going to create the condition.’’

    Each organ also has a brother or sister organ. The heart and small intestine are paired together, as are the lungs and large intestine, so people dealing with respiratory issues may also experience lower digestive or irritable bowel problems – one of the main concerns clients bring to Purcell.

    Elixir has tips on how to eat to use food as medicine to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of poor health.

    Purcell says fixing diet is the easiest step when beginning to address overall wellbeing, because simple changes make a difference.

    ‘‘You’ve got to get your food right and the first step for someone who wants to be healthy – body, mind and spirit – is to get your food under control,’’ she says.

    If there are problems with the kidneys, for example, which are associated with fear and anxiety, eating things such as parsley, leeks, salmon and shallots and avoiding overly salty or raw foods can help.

    Similarly, if you are having problems with your heart, which is associated with happiness, mung beans, sea vegetables, cucumber and red lentils are just some of the foods that will be beneficial.

    Once diet is taken care of, Purcell says it’s important to then address the things in your life causing problems with these organs to start with.

    Naturopath Janella Purcell.

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  5. Keeping Aussie apples alive, one tree at a time

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    July 22, 2019 by admin

    AN INGENIOUS idea has been embraced by a Bilpin fruit grower who is looking to save the existence of the Hawkesbury’s fruit tree industry, which fell under threat when the 90-year embargo on New Zealand fruit imports was lifted in 2010.
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    Bilpin Fruit Bowl, which has been owned and run by the Tadrosse family for 30 years, is one of Australia’s leading suppliers in locally grown apples and peaches, and has kicked off the third year of its ‘Adopt a Fruit Tree’ program — the only one of its kind in Australia.

    ‘‘When the federal and state governments announced they were going to allow the importation of fruit, my fear was ‘how will Australian farmers survive?’,’’ Mrs Tadrosse said.

    ‘‘We produce enough fruit here to sustain Australia, but because of the threat of imports we can’t make a living out of it.’’

    After the import decision, Mrs Tadrosse turned to the internet in hope of finding a unique way to keep the Bilpin orchard alive.

    ‘‘I discovered the ‘Adopt a Fruit Tree’ program which was in England and the US. It seemed quite easy and hadn’t been done here before, so we decided to try it.’’

    With just 50 fruit trees adopted out in the first year, at $132 per tree a year, there are now about 200.

    ‘‘Everyone who does it absolutely love it,’’ she said. ‘‘They are amazed at the fruit quality, how fuss-free it is and why nobody else does it.’’

    When it comes to the excitement of picking fruit from ‘your’ tree, Mrs Tadrosse said age doesn’t matter.

    ‘‘A lot of people come up here as a family and bring their children and grandchildren,’’ she said. ‘‘It also teaches children where fruit comes from and how it’s grown.

    ‘‘I’ve seen one-year-olds running up to fruit trees and picking from them, and it’s also nice to see the reaction of older children when they bite into a fresh apple.’’

    Mrs Tadrosse said the ‘Adopt a Fruit Tree’ program is also a unique gift to give someone.

    ‘‘One lady who received the tree as a Christmas present came to pick her fruit, and she was so excited that she had made an apron to wear,’’ she said.

    On average people will receive 50 to 60kg of fruit from their tree and can pick as little or as much as they like.

    ‘‘We maintain the trees throughout the year when they are ready I give them a call and they come and pick the fruit. Most people go gung-ho and share it around with their family, friends, neighbours and co-workers, but others will leave some.’’

    The fruit left behind is sold at market, with the money made matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bilpin Fruit Bowl, which is then donated to the Cancer Research Unit of Westmead Children’s Hospital.

    With the Tradosse’s losing money by sending their fruit to the markets, they are hoping to adopt out 50 to 70 per cent of their orchard and encourage locals to jump on the bandwagon to keep Australians eating Australian fruit.

    ‘‘If we don’t, farmers like us won’t survive,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a good thing. It’s helping keep Australian farmers productive and the fruit is grown to Australian standards.’’

    For more information or to adopt a fruit tree contact Margaret Tadrosse on 0404 061 262, or visit www.bilpinfruitbowl南京夜网.au

    Photo: Kylie Pitt

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