Mildura Weekly : Friday February 7 2014 Vol 8 No 14
www.milduraweekly.com.au 22 Mildura Weekly – 07/02/14 IN THE RIVERLAND THIS WEEK BARMERA Easter Twilight Markets and Open Cinema is to be an annual event on the Riverland calendar. The format that won the inaugural Ber- ri-Barmera Council’s 2014 Australia Day Community Event of the Year will continue. Barmera Visitor Information Centre manager Helen Morgan said the Easter Twi- light Markets and Open Cinema had attract- ed more than 5000 people in 2013. “It is going to be on again this Easter Sunday, hopefully with more entertain- ment,” Helen said. The markets will run from 3pm til 7pm this year, and again be followed by a recent release family movie at an outdoor cinema. The most recent Barmera Main Street Markets were held on Australia Day, which meant that Helen was unable to travel to Berri to accept the award at the ceremony there. Instead, after the formalities were over, Berri-Barmera Mayor Peter Hunt and Councillor Mike Fuller drove to Barmera to present Helen with the award on behalf of the visitor centre, and the Barmera Dis- trict War Memorial Community Centre. “I was really pleased,” Helen said. “It was so nice for the committee to be rec- ognised for the amount of work that they put in to the community and they do it all the time, in so many ways, including sup- porting different community groups. It is not always financial support that they pro- vide.” Helen said Barmera hadn’t always held a market at Easter, as they used to be the first Sunday of the month and that didn’t necessarily fall on Easter. Now seven markets are held annually, with the dates set at the start of the year to capitalise on public holidays, and oth- ers when larger numbers were attracted to Barmera. “We have changed the dates to use public holidays and weekends to make the best possible use of the tourism in the area, to make sure the markets are well patronised and lively,” she said. The award’s selection committee said the Easter Twilight Markets and Open Cin- ema as the recipient because of its success as a new event that involved significant partnerships and it had been driven by the local community. It targeted family entertainment for both local community spirit and visitors – attracting the huge crowd despite a mod- est budget. There will be one more Barmera mar- ket before Easter – on March 9. Dates and further information are on the Barmera Visitor Information Centre website: www.barmeratourism.com.au Popular Barmera event to continue THE annual SPAA Precision Ag- riculture Expo will be held at the McCormick Centre for the Envi- ronment at Renmark on Friday, February 28. A wide range of speakers from across Australia will talk about using precision agriculture tech- nologies in broad-acre production systems. The theme of this year’s expo is “Practical Use of Innovative Technology.” where attendees will hear the latest in decision-making tools including controlled traffic farming, soil moisture monitor- ing, cloud management telemetry systems and new tools, and gain some insights from other indus- tries such as livestock and horti- culture. This will also be supported with practical presentations by us- ers demonstrating how precision agriculture is applied at a farm level. The informa- tion will lead to new knowledge for Austra- lian farmers and lead to great advances in agronomy systems management. SPAA president Neale Postlethwaite, a Wimmera grain farmer, said the expo would offer a perfect way to start planning for the year. “There is plenty of prospects to learn from the speakers, have access to leaders in the PA fraterni- ty and network with like-minded people,” Mr Postlethwaite said. “I encourage all farmers and agrono- mists to register for this event.” Last year’s Young Australian Farmer of the Year Nigel Corish, from Goondiwindi, will speak of his experiences using precision agriculture, and other innovations on his farm. He has conducted a full Elec- tromagnetic Survey, and his entire farm operation is based on scien- tific data and many years of trials to test new ways of doing things. Mr Corish said this approach had resulted in a farm that is con- stantly evolving and innovating. Precision ag is a vital part of his operation, and by sharing this experience with growers, it is hoped this will help them achieve more profitable crops. Griffith farmer Michael Pfitzner, who won the 2010 Con- servation Farmer of the Year, will speak on his extensive experience in precision agriculture, including controlled traffic farming in low rainfall environments. Mr Postlethwaite said other local producers from a range of industries will share how they have used precision agriculture to achieve numerous benefits. “Informing landholders of the practical uses of such technol- ogy under Australian conditions is vital, and SPAA knows that this year’s expo will help farmers improve their farm management skills,” he said. The expo also features pre- sentations from Andrew Newall (Newag Consulting), Martin Peters (FarmingIT), Nigel Metz (SEPWA), and University of New England team members who will talk about SMART FARMS and more. The expo will also host spon- sor seminars showcasing their latest developments and exhibits and demonstrations that provides an opportunity for farmers to chat with leading precision agriculture equipment providers. SPAA executive officer Nicole Dimos said exhibitors would be available all day to discuss their products and services. Registration starts at 9am and costs $20 for SPAA members and students, or $50 for non-mem- bers. It includes the event proceed- ings, lunch, morning and after- noon teas and invitation to PA Connections, a social networking function where all delegates can continue discussions on the fu- ture of PA in Australia. SPAA will also hold its annual general meet- ing during the expo. The event is supported by the GRDC, the Australian Govern- ment and SA MDB NRM and a host of many sponsors. All de- tails, including registration forms are available on the SPAA website www.spaa.com.au Renmark ag expo booked for the 28th FOR MORE INFORMATION kidsafevic.com.au ON HOT DAYS, NEVER LEAVE KIDS ALONE IN CARS. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EXCUSES. Within minutes the temperature inside a parked car can be twice as hot as outside.
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