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Mildura Weekly – 06/06/14 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Mystery cattle deaths probe CATTLE producers in the Wentworth Shire’s Western Lands area could be contacted by West- ern and Riverina Local Land Services (LLS) and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in the near future seeking information about any unusual cattle deaths on their properties. Western LLS Director Ben Barlow said it’s cru- cial that farmers complete a short survey detailing any unusual cattle deaths on their properties. “Late last year, about six producers in West- ern NSW experienced unexplained deaths among cattle of all ages,” Mr Barlow said. “We will be issuing a survey to farmers in and around, the affected area that will ask simple questions about their herd history, types and ages of cattle and any illness or death of the animals. “Western LLS is currently working very closely with the affected farmers, with a team of experts including vets, epidemiologists and research sci- entists all committed to determining a cause.” All survey replies will be treated confiden- tially. DPI Senior Veterinary Officer Graham Bai- ley said the affected cattle all had key signs of drooling and diarrhoea leading to death (3D syn- drome). “To date, laboratory tests have ruled out a number of potential diseases and we will con- tinue further field investigation to determine any possible links between properties or seasonal conditions,” Mr Bailey said. “Similar cases were first reported in 2006, and again in 2009, and we have again seen a spike in mortalities occur late last year. “While graziers have reported that deaths due to 3D syndrome had ceased, we remain commit- ted to determining the cause of these deaths. “Once the survey data is analysed, a propor- tion of farmers will then receive a more detailed survey that seeks to determine risk factors that could provide crucial links that lead to the cause.” More information can be found at www.dpi. nsw.gov.au. For more Living on the Land stories see pages 58, 59 and 60. By GRANT MAYNARD THE Christie Centre Inc. contin- ues to expand its business hold- ings, thereby paving the way to meaningful employment for an increasing number of people with disabilities. The latest acquisition is 7th Street’s ADRA new and used of- fice furniture showroom and warehouse. To be renamed ‘Christie’s Emporium’, the official hand over will take place on July 1. The new business will join others in the growing Chris- tie Centre stable, including the highly successful Aroundagain recycling effort at Mildura Landfill; the Mildura Chocolate Company, and the specialist Document Destruction paper shredding service based at the Aroundagain complex. Excited Christie Centre exec- utive officer Florence Davidson explained that for the foresee- able future it will be business as usual at the 7th Street site. However, she acknowledges, the name ‘Christie Emporium’ leaves the door wide open for potential future expansion. The business, she predicts, will evolve over time, and repre- sents a step up from the Around- again supported employment model. “The Emporium will be a real world business, and al- though it will remain not-for- profit – as it has been as ADRA – it will be expected to be able to sustain itself.” That, she says, means the emporium will offer real world employment opportunities for those with differing abilities. Florence said the new enter- prise was an excellent fit with the Christie Centre’s existing businesses. For instance, she sees at least one conspicuous, value-adding opportunity. “The Emporium will con- tinue to sell new and used office furniture,” she said. “That will bring us into contact with busi- nesses that could also make use of our confidential Document Destruction business or our Time Savers option.” Florence said the Empo- rium would also dovetail nicely with Aroundagain. There hav- ing been some interaction in the past, with furniture from ADRA finding its way to Aroundagain in the form of a donation. She expects this flow of goods to continue in the future, with there being an added op- portunity for a two-way flow in the future. • Continued Page 18 Christie Centre buys ADRA • PART OF THE FURNITURE: ADRA director Darcy Malycha with Christie Centre chairman Brian Erskine, chief executive Florence Davidson, and manager corporate services Daryl Brown as they celebrate the imminent ‘arrival’ of Christie’s Emporium.
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