Mildura Weekly : Friday November 4 Vol 11 No 1
14 MILDURA WEEKLY YEAR 6 BIG NAMES IN TOWN VOLUME 6 ISSUE 3 NOVEMBER 18 2011 FROM a front page featuring the return to Australia of one of Sunraysia’s most successful journalists, Ben Knight, to a visit to the district by one of Victoria Police’s most respected Homicide Squad detectives, Ron Iddles, this issue was very much a ‘people’ paper, featuring stories from these and a host of other famous and successful people. Ben Knight’s return to Australia brought with it a wealth of stories after completing a four-year stint as the ABC’s Middle East correspondent living in Jerusalem. Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles meanwhile was in Mildura to speak at a Blue Ribbon Foundation fund-raiser, providing an insight into both life as a Homicide Squad detective, as well as what he does away from ‘the job’. Elsewhere in this issue we covered a two-day visit to the district by Sydney radio king, Alan Jones, who broadcast two shows from the Mildura Working Man’s Club, raising awareness about issues caused by the controversial Murray Darling Basin Plan. Major sponsors of Sunraysia Lawn Bowling M ildura Ouyen Robinv ale Swan Hill Wentworth Your Local Hearing Clinic Total Sponsorship To Date: $24,000 .. .. Distributed FREE every Friday Vol.6No.3 www.milduraweekly.com.au Friday, November 18, 2011 HIS JOB IS MURDER JONES BACKS OUR BLOCKIES PAGES 12 & 13 PAGE 17 PAGE 5 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE Home, sweet home Former Mildura journalist and 2011 Walkley Award nominee Ben Knight has just returned from four years living in Jerusalem, working as the ABC’s Middle East correspondent. He certainly has a story to tell, including his time in Libya covering the revolution there. Our photograph shows Ben standing in front of a warship in Benghazi Harbour at the height of the Arab uprising. He enjoyed his overseas posting, but says he, and his family, are very happy to be home. His story begins on Page 18. Both sides of the water debate aren’t happy... Cnr Deakin Ave & Fifteenth St Mildura ph 5023 7177 Open 7 Days and until 9pm on Friday The gift of time. Open later for your convenience over Christmas December Mon 12th 9am - 5 .30pm Tues 13th 9am - 5 .30pm Wed 14th 9am - 5 .30pm Thur 15th 9am - 5 .30pm Fri 16th 9am - 9pm Sat 17th 9am - 5pm Sun 18th 9am - 5pm Mon 19th 9am - 7pm Tues 20th 9am - 7pm Wed 21st 9am - 7pm Thur 22nd 9am - 9pm Fri 23rd 9am - 9pm *Subject to change. Some retailers tradinghours may differ. 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The new plan, which proposes cuts of 2750 gigalitres per year by 2019 still has many irrigators angry, but has also upset the environmentalists, who claim this figure falls well short of what is needed for the survival of the Murray Darling system. Almost half of this water has al- ready been recovered through water buy-backs and more efficient water in- fra s truct ure. But that still leaves 1468 gigalitres per year across the Basin to meet the authority’s proposed limits on surface water use. The Authority claims 400 gigali- tres can be recovered through “future investments in water-saving infrastruc- ture”, leaving 1000 gigalitres, which it says must be recovered through “other measures”, most likely water buy- backs, still a significant amount of wa- ter. It stressed there would be no com- pulsory acquisition of water, claiming the Federal Government was “commit- ted to bridge the gap through water- saving infrastructure and water pur- chases from voluntary sellers.” • Continued Page 3 Flour power Meet Kamal Grewal. He is one of four Indian brothers who call Lake Cullulleraine home. The siblings have carved out a very successful business, milling the wheat they grow, and that of their neighbours, into flour for the domestic and international markets. They also grow almonds, and Kamal is pictured strolling through the grove as he contemplates another day of work on the land. Meet his three brothers, and find out more about their inspiring lives, on Pages 12 and 13. IRRIGATOR ANGER VOLUME 6 ISSUE 5 DECEMBER 2 2011 THE front page of our December 2 issue in 2011 featured yet another story on an issue that grabbed countless headlines, both locally and nationally - the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It was a plan farmers said would rob them of valuable water entitlements, as well as raising the price of water. Environmentalists meanwhile claimed not enough was being done for the environment. Despite a second attempt at getting it right, the Murray Darling Basin Authority still failed to please both sides of the argument. Also on our front page was Kamal Grewal, who at the time was one of the community leaders of one of Sunraysia’s newest ethnic groups, who’ve since established a rich, friendly Indian culture in the region. We endeavoured to find out more about Kamal and his family, as well as India’s ancient culture. 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