Jul 18

Christmas Day drug bust the latest in a string of blunders by syndicate

Christmas Day drug bust the latest in a string of blunders by syndicate Police raid the dinghy as it docked at the tiny Parsley Bay boat ramp on the Central Coast. Photo: NSW Police Media

Photo: NSW Police Media

The Dalrymplye fishing vessel is raided at the Brooklyn Marina. Photo: NSW Police Media

A boat at Double Bay. Photo: NSW Police Media

Photo: NSW Police Media

Photo: NSW Police Media

Photo: NSW Police Media

A boat at Double Bay. Photo: NSW Police Media

Sports bags, allegedly full of cocaine, intercepted at the Parsley Bay boat ramp. Photo: NSW Police Media

Police arrest a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

The men were aged between 29 and 63 years old and have all been refused bail. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Photo: NSW Police Media

AFP officers stand guard over some of the 500kilo cocaine seized during the Christmas Day bust. Picture: Kate Geraghty

Police arrest a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

AFP officers stand guard over some of the 500kilo cocaine seized during the Christmas Day bust. Picture: Kate Geraghty

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested a number of alleged drug traffickers on Christmas Day. Photo: NSW Police

AFP officers stand guard over some of the 500kilo cocaine seized during the Christmas Day bust. Picture: Kate Geraghty


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Jul 18

Tenants share dreams

PUBLIC AND PROUD: Victorian Public Tenants Association’s Raoul Wainwright with the profile of footballer Doug Hawkins. Picture: JAMES WIILTSHIREAFL football legend Doug Hawkins makes it clear.

“My message to young people who live in public housing today is to back themselves,” he said.

“Don’t listen to all the negative stuff that you can’t do something, because that’s what we got and it was rubbish.”

Hawkins is one of 19 prominent people from sport, the arts, politics or community life whofeature in Public and Proud, an exhibition coming to the North East over January.

Among this diversity is one common link –each one of them spent time living in public housing.

Victorian Public Tenants Association began compiling Public and Proud in 2015, with each subject providing some thoughts about their upbringing.

Actor Bryan Brown said his early life gave him great strengths.

“It taught me patience, you have to wait for things,” he said. “You don’t expect things to just happen, you have to put in for them.”

PoliticianAnthony Albanese remembered experiencing a strong sense of community.

“There were times when Mum was in hospital for extended periods, and the neighbours would take it in turns to have me over for dinner,” he said.

These insights will be displayed in Department of Health and Human Services offices in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla. Victorian Public Tenants Association spokesman Raoul Wainwright, who delivered the exhibition to Wodonga on Friday, said it aimed to dispel misconceptions about people in public housing.

“The truth is that we have the same aspirations and dreams and abilities as everyone else,” he said.

“We think that those people who are living in public housing shouldn’t be looked down upon by anyone in the community and certainly we want them to take a positive approach themselves.”

According to the association, 127,000 Victorianslive in public housing while another 60,000 are waiting.

Mr Wainwright, like Hawkins, grew up in Braybrook, among a family of 10 livingin a three-bedroom concrete house.

“It perfectly suited our needs,” he said.

“We needed that stable base to be able to get our education and not to have to worry about where you’re living.”

The spokesman said the shortage of public housing continued to be a concern, along with challenges such as homes being sold and an ageing property stock.

“As things get older, the maintenance that’s required to keep them liveable grows exponentially,” Mr Wainwrightsaid.

Public and Proud can be viewed at vpta.org419论坛.

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Jul 18

Letters to the editor

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you have something to get off your chest? Send your letter to the editor to [email protected]苏州美甲培训419论坛.Lighting up ChristmasWe would like to thank the Bendigo Advertiser for running the Christmas lights competition.

We would like to give thanks to the public for voting for the lights and the kind greeting left in the mail box. It was nice to see so many happy faces on young and old.

Alec and Mary Ryan, Flora HillMajor parties fail workersI read with interest the letter from David Arscott (“Hard medicine a must to fix ailing economy”, December 24).

I have serious reservations about the content of Mr Arscott’s letter, wherein he described Kevin Rudd as a failed politicianslooking for a connection to the public nipple.

Of course, he failed miserably to extend his knowledge of political history to the world’s most failed treasurer (Joe Hockey) swanning around Washington on our cash or thefailure (Alexander Downer) who spent a few years in London doing very little, among others from both sides.

The major parties do this and there is scarcely a whimper.

And in typical conservative talk and fashion, Mr Arscott makes the leap from what he calls the hard-working job creators to those who won’t work, overlooking the millions of genuinely hard working Australians who turn the capital of the already privileged into more capital than they can ever need.

I once heard Malcolm Turnbull say that he knew taxi drivers who worked harder than he had but they don’t generally hide fortunes in tax havens to evade meeting their share of the common good.

It is eventually the worker who produces the stuff that makes the so-called entrepreneur wealthy, not the entrepreneur.

Take all the capital you can find, pile it up for a year and when you come back there will still only be a pile of money; it takes workers to turn money into stuff and workers should get a fair share of what they produce.

Nurses, welders, carpenters, police and farmers doing 16-hour days, the young woman at Coles and the bloke catching your Christmas prawns deserve their share of the wealth, which is provided by way of fair access to schooling, hospitals and doctors and the collective benefit of our service personnel, to name just a few.

Unfortunately, it is usually those with lots who wail loudest at the concept of contributing their fair share.

As successive governments tinker and commodify our public assets, as they have done with power, water, communications and the like, those of us at the bottom of the pile are waiting for this so-called trickle down to reach us, but most seems to be stolen again on its way down.

Yes, there are job creators, risk-takers and those who create job opportunities, but to belittle the efforts of the millions between them and the downright bludger is undignified and classless.

StephenColbert,WedderburnStanding up for farmersIt is often said that farming is one of the hardest jobs in the world and over the past year the resilience of Victorian farmers has certainly been tested.

While this time last year grain farmers plagued by dry conditions had packed up the header after a harvest spanning just a couple of weeks, many have reaped some of the best crops in recent memory this season.

But the year hasn’t been generous to all.

Dairy farmers endured harsh retrospective cuts to milk prices in the Murray region, Gippsland and South West, while in the Western District a great start to the growing season was followed by floods.

Farmers are the backbone of the Victorian economy, so in hard times like these governments need to ensure they are doing all they can to support this vital industry.

The Liberal-Nationals have stood up for regional Victoria, against a city-centric Labor Government agenda that always sees country people come last.

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Jul 18

Holiday wages a pain: bosses

‘MASSIVE IMPACT’: Goldbergs’ cafe owner Luke Davico says businesses are feeling the impact of the state’s five public holidays in the space of nine days. Picture: Brock PerksCAFE ownerLukeDavico doesn’t expect tohave trouble finding staff who want towork on Monday,the state’s fifth public holiday in the space of nine days.

The owner of Goldbergs’ Coffee House on Darby Street opened to customerson Boxing Day and will open again on Monday.

But Mr DavicosaidHunter businesses have felt the financial pinch of two additional public holidaysin lieu ofChristmas and New Year’s Day,both onSundays.

“It hasa massive impact on us as a small business. You’re opening as a community service, really,” Mr Davico, also a formerCanberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights prop, said.

“With the wages you’re paying in penalty rates, it’s ridiculous. You can see why a lot of places close.”

Mr Davico said he kept Goldbergs’ open on public holidays largely to maintain goodwill with his customers, who he didn’t want to see go elsewhere.

Being one of the few cafes openbrings the stress of long queuesexpecting the same service as on any other day, Mr Davico said, “but most people are understanding”.

A quirk of the calendarthat has made two extra public holidays with two more onSundays raisesthe contentious issues of Sunday penalty rates and Boxing Day trading in the Hunter.

Monday was the second Boxing Day that retailers across NSWhave been permitted to trade, under a two-year state governmenttrial of relaxed conditions.

The union for retail workers has vowed to fight any moveto make the changespermanentwhenthe trial is reviewed in 2017, and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said Labor remains opposed to Boxing Day trading.

“Boxing Day and the new year period are a time when families want to be together. For some retail workers who work on weekends, these public holidays are more important than ever as they give them a rare chance to be with their family,” Mr Crakanthorp said.

“If they have to work, and businesses open on these days, they should be fairly compensated.”

Speaking to the Newcastle Herald this week,Hunter Business Chamber acting chief executiveAnita Hugo said forcing businesses to stay closed on Boxing Day would simply advantage Sydney retailers.

Business hopes of a reduction in wagecosts were dashed in September whenthe Fair Work Commissiondelayed its decision on whether to cut Sunday penalty rates until 2017.

Jul 18

Power to some of the people

It’s that time of year again. In an effort to celebrate,sum up, or maybe just expunge events, we’ve become obsessed with rankings. Top 10Christmas hits, bestselling books, the most excruciating movie moments, theseven things we’re doing to wreak havoc on our planet.

Amidallthis frivolity, though, is a list that’s genuinely frightening -Forbesmagazine’s “Most Powerful People”: an index of 74 individuals “whose actions mean the most”, according toForbescontributor David M. Ewalt.

It’s worth a look, though, at the close of a year that, according to one BBC broadcaster, “punched truth in the face”, because the candidate right at the top is Russian president Vladimir Putin.

He’snot too busy denying his complicity inSyrian war crimesto plot the release of acache of 19,000 emailshacked from Democratic National Convention, clinching electoral victoryfor NumberTwoon Forbes’ list, US president-elect Donald Trump; a man whose disregard for the truth has become the pivotal theme of 2016.

POWER COUPLE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Putin tops the list while Merkel is ranked third. Picture: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

That these two contenders have clawed their way to pinnacle of this dubious list says less about their worthiness than their willingness to wield power – to do whatever’s required to get it, and to hang on to it at all costs. There are some admirable inclusions – such as German chancellor Angela Merkel at Number Three, one of only six women but the fact remains that Forbes’ list is populated by such a disturbing number of criminals and psychopaths that it reads like a who’s who of global tyranny.

For budding megalomaniacswho want to make their way into such exalted company, you’ll need power –read: control –over lots of people and in lots of places. You’ll also need resources. Read: money.

And if you’re lucky enough, or corruptenough, to have found your way to absolute power, you’ll also need to be prepared to flex your muscle,according to Forbes.

KimJong-un, for instance, gets the big tick because, according to Ewalt, he’s prepared to “punish dissent with death”. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, too, has earned himself a spot despite, or maybe because of, his enthusiasm for extrajudicial killings, someby his own hand.

The same reasoning, presumably, explains why Syrian ruler Basharal-Assad – accused of trying to “slaughter his way to legitimacy” – has debuted on the list, at No. 63, just a few points up the rankings from Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, and a little below Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, who, along with Assad, is responsible for the deaths of aroundhalf a millionSyrians.

The final golden rule, apparent from a close inspection ofForbes’ diabolical list, is the disturbingly symbiotic relationship between the planet’s most powerful people. To wit: Rex Tillerson, oil executive,chum of Vladimir Putin, and Trump nominee for US Secretary of State who has edged up the list thanks to Trump’s nomination.

The sizeable portion ofForbes’ list – around one third –occupied by CEOs might lead you to conclude that the vast majority are worthy of the accolade: business leaders actually contributing to the community.

But that’s a false dichotomy, when you consider thehigh rates of white-collar crimeamong America’s CEOs. Like Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, who mislead congress over how the firm “juiced the profits”of the global financial crisis, then settled a $US5 billion law suit – just afraction of the funds swindledfrom clients –to make the problemgo away.

Thank you very much Lloyd Blankfein, you are Number26.

Maybe it’s fanciful to imagine we can put an end to such woeful appraisals, but we can, at least, see them for what they really are. And cheer up: if your nearest and dearest are not among the most powerful – if you’ll never get within spitting distance of anyone who is – 2016’s selection reminds us that you should probably count your blessings.

Sarah Gill is a Fairfax Media columnist

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Jul 18

Letters to the editor

Not available: It is becoming too hard, a reader says, to get in contact with an animal ranger in Wodonga when required.Ranger frustrationCould someone explain why we have a council ranger that does not seem to be able to perform all requests for assistance, with reference to roaming or injured animals, when most of us who pay two or more animal registrations do not see any value for our money.

I have on many occasions contacted Wodonga Council to alert the council ranger of a roaming or injured animal only to be told that they are out of the area or otherwise occupied.

Unless the animal has bitten someone or is seriously injured, you are expected to leave the animal which may cause an avoidable accident or contain the animal yourself and contact a local veterinary hospital. If the council ranger cannot perform all their various duties then I would expect that we see dedicated animal rangers whom are contactable directly by a mobile phone.

I am not sure if we have one or two employed at present, but Wodonga Council should be ashamed of collecting our yearly animal registrations along with no longer providing a council pound facility that would also save valuable time with the return trip to the other side of Albury.

Not good enough.

Liz Wilson, WodongaParks just for wealthy?Parks Victoria has been promoting “healthy parks for healthy people”. With its plan for the Falls Creek to Hotham walking track, the “low yield” visitor is seemingly now a low priority to keep healthy.

The report acknowledges the proposal will displace many current hikers, who won’t be able to afford the proposed camping fees, want to avoid the extra congestion or will be forced into less appealing camping areas. This will increase the impact on the park. And how much investment in trail maintenance and basic camping amenities will this group get?

The relevant departments seem to have forgotten that “low yield” visitors are often locals who have been attracted to the area for outdoor recreation and contribute to the regional economy in many ways. Furthermore, Victorians who enjoy hiking and skiing visit this area numerous times and while their “yield” per visit may be low, their total contribution over many years is considerable.

Evelyn Feller, HealesvillePriorities wrongI read with concern about glamping (glamorous camping) over the Falls Creek to Mount Hotham track. Mymain concern is that people with money to spend on a cosmopolitan lifestyle and wealthy tourists are wanting a place to stay to view, but not truly appreciate nature, and are pushing out people who want to experience and appreciate nature through more traditional camping. I would like to echo the editorial (The Border Mail, December 28) stating that this idea is prioritising the economyand, in my view, cashed-up people with cosmopolitan lifestyles and wealthy tourists over everyday campers.

Geoffrey Butt, WodongaAccountability pleaseI have a lot of respect for independent politicians, much more so than mainstream, who seem to have lost touch with the electorate, intent on pursuing their policies, rightly or wrongly at anyone’s expense except for theirs.

It does seem to be a growing phenomenom which should bring at least a “hint” of the meaning and the word democracy back into our lives. These people are willing to stand up and say what they believe in, or believe what they say which is far more than you get from the clamped mouths of the two major parties, apart from the rabid vapourings of extremeists who, unfortunately, still exist on the right and left.

It’s a good time for politicians as they are really feeling the heat, and so they should. About time they were all brought to account.

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Jul 18

The week that was around the regionPhotos

The week that was around the region | Photos BATHURST: Harry Puxty (back) with his mate, Blake Weymouth, both from Orange, enjoying themselves on one of the various slides at Waterworld Central on Wednesday at Paddy’s Hotel. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

DUBBO: Zoe Cookson, Keasha Brain and Georgia Cookson cool off at Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre on Thursday. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

MUDGEE: Protester’s staged a boycott of the public hearing in Mudgee last month.

ORANGE: Eva Edworthy has her turn on Lake Canobolas’ flying fox. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

DUBBO: Clare’s Angels Jane Diffey, Kate Shanks, Emma Tink, Regina Goodridge and Jenny Tracy setting up for a previous New Year’s Eve Ball. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

GRENFELL: A mammoth 543 shoe boxes are loaded up to leave Grenfell as part of the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child project.

BATHURST: Bathurst Seymour Centre manager Terisa Ashworth and Peter O’Brien of Peter O’Brien Constructions. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BLAYNEY: Ian Tooke with Brian Griffiths (left) show Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Paul Toole the plans for the new Men’s Shed. Photo Mark Logan

ORANGE: Matthew, Grace and Timothy Lowther escaped Wednesday’s summer swelter with a dip at Orange Aquatic Centre. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

PARKES: Helping this man in red (Jeff McClurg) out are elves Jaxon (2) and Maddie (5) Barber, Gemma Jefferay (7), Rhys Kennedy (6) and Ava Jefferay (2).

DUBBO: Student Lucy Hawkins gave her first donation recently, helped by Mary Meadow with encouragement from Brian Bruce. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

YOUNG: Santa Claus was spotted at Fairfields Orchard on the Wombat Road this week enjoying some of the local produce. Photo: Elouise Hawkey

RURAL: Pauline and Ian Freeth from Central West Poultry mission is to sell happy, healthy hens to a range of clients either wanting chooks for their backyard or pastured egg producers with chicken caravans. Photo: Contributed

BATHURST: St Philomena’s principal Louise Davies, Tilly Fitzgerald, her brother Baxter Fitzgerald and Kirsty Hargraves of Taronga Western Plans Zoo.

COWRA: Carole Doyle, Barry Doyle, Helen Bryant, Marion Bryant, Nikara and Sandra Brennan, Ray Heilman, Graham Shingles, Carolyn Cameron, seated Noel and Joy Dwight

DUBBO: Reading Cinemas Dubbo employees Dylan Williams and Ryan Macleod have been busy. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

ORANGE: Orange FOOD Week Association president James Sweetapple looks at the digital version of the 2017 festival program. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE: Deputy mayor Jason Hamling (back, left), Millie McCormack, SES’ Kim Stevens, Peter (front), Steph and Liam McCormack and OCTEC’s Bruce Hansen.

DUBBO: Dubbo police report of an “ongoing investigation” into malicious damage to windows at the office of dental prosthetist Peter Muller (pictured) at Manera Plaza. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

BATHURST: Proud Scout Bailey Fraser holding the Scouts Australia Annual Report 2016 which features Bathurst Scouts on the cover.

ORANGE: Orange Ex-Services’ Club supervisor Sam Hincliffe, barista Leisa Green and bar staff member Cameron Clout get ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Saturday night. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE: Fletcher Harvey tries his best to escape the heat at Cook Park on Thursday as the temperature rose to 32 degrees. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

DUBBO: ‘So hurtful’: Wendy and Noel Baker sort out one of the rooms that was ransacked by thieves during a break-in on Christmas Day. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

BATHURST: Anyone for cherries? Sam Chahine has set up shop on the Mitchell Highway to sell fresh cherries, grown at Mount Canobolas, to passers by over the holiday period. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Councillor Glenn Taylor on William Maker Drive, near Glasson Drive. He believes traffic-calming measures are essential to curb high speeds. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

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Jul 18

Letters to the editor

High country: A proposed Falls-to-Hotham walk will not result in luxury cabins and exclusive developments, Parks Victoria’s acting boss Chris Hardman says.Parks not exclusiveThe Greater Alpine National Parks are one of Victoria’s greatest treasures.

They are filled with varieties of wildlife and flora not found anywhere else, and host a huge variety of landscapes, including some of Victoria’s most stunning alpine vistas.

Parks Victoria’s draft master plan for an iconic 56km walk through the Alps, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing, is open for public comment and we are urging anyone with interest in the plan to provide us with feedback via the details provided below.

A recent article about the proposed Falls-to-Hotham walk raised some concerns from our fellow park advocates and with good reason.

The article claimed “luxury”cabins and “exclusive”developments would “ban low-spending hikers”.

Those statements are not accurate and I want to take the opportunity to correct that.

Firstly, the draft plan would make the walk more accessible to a wider range of visitors with different levels of experience and physical capability – like school groups, young families, and older visitors.

There would still beopportunities right along the length of the proposed trail for self-sufficient hikers tocamp for freeand to enjoy what nature has to offer.

Secondly, there arenoproposals foranyluxury accommodation in these areas.

The draft plan does not propose “luxury developments”anywhere within its 105 pages.

It proposes appropriate accommodation that minimises the impact on the surrounding environment.

It provides for appropriate facilities to support the hikers.

After an eight-hour hike it would be welcome comfort indeed, but we do not consider hiker accommodation to represent “luxury”in any way or form.

This term is misleading and does not represent what the plan proposes, nor what Parks Victoria would provide.

The aim of these improvements is to encourage people who may not ordinarily go on such a great adventure because they do not have the confidence or experience to attempt it unassisted.

The reporting so far has not painted a clear picture of the plan for this incredibly important landscape.

Again, I encourage anyone with any interest at all in the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing to read the draft plan and to provide feedback to us.

The submission period is now open and runs to 27 January 2017. Send your submission to: [email protected]论坛

We have an important opportunity to get this right and we want any Victorian with an interest in the area to help us achieve that.

Chris Hardman, acting chief executive, Parks VictoriaLocal members ineffectiveI read with interest Lloyd Deane’s letter inThe Border Mail(December 29) regarding the article published on December 21 about Cathy McGowan being inspired by Bronwyn Bishop.

Regarding his comparison with Sussan Ley about a Liberal representative being a minister of the Crown, the ministerial “shoe-in”that Cathy replaced wasso busy representing herself that, when compared with her successor, she was sacked by the voters.

However, in my opinion, Sophie isn’t the only coalition member who is extraordinarily ineffective.

We already have two, to quote Jennifer Podesta (“Tilley’s hold still strong”,The Border Mail, December 1, 2014) “ … fairly impotent local member(s) in opposition”, one of whom is a shadow minister.

The V/Line service is my case in point to their ineffectiveness.

With that said, being a shadow minister now is not a guarantee of actually becoming a minister after the election.

I point out Greg Aplin (another Liberal) before and after the 2011 NSW state election.

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Jul 18

Peonietta ready for a new lease of life

END OF ERA: Peonietta flower farm has been put on the market after a 20-year stint in the business. Picture: SuppliedFor more than 20 years, peony roses have been a Tasmanian family’slivelihood. But after many years in the business, Peonietta has been placed on the market.

The 50 acre farm, located 30 kilometres South of Ulverstone at Nietta, was acquired by the soon-to-be-retired Peter Botting in 2006. The part-owner and experienced grower, saw an opportunity to provide late blooming flowers to the Australian market.

“The reason we’re selling is because Peter is old and decrepit and grumpy and it’s time for him to retire,” his son-in-law Frederic Guilbert said.

When Mr Botting bought the property it was “virgin land”. The farm now boasts more than 85,000 plants over two sites.

“They (the flowers) have developed a lot and will probably reach full maturity in the next three or four years,” Mr Guilbert said.

“Between now and 2020 the flowers will be able to develop bigger and stronger, so they will grow more stems and we’ll have a lot more bunches available to sell.

“We get a few visitors that come up here for a tour because they hear that we’ve got a flower farm and they expect some little garden. But when you walk them over 50 acres and they see all the paddocks they’re just blown away.”

Mr Botting said Nietta was the “perfect site” to grow the roses because peonies need “that cold winter”.

“Peonies need a chilled temperature for a certain number of hours below seven degrees,” he said.

Mr Botting said he starts picking the flowers in September and will probably still be going in January, which is the “unique beauty” in the family’s set up.

“I had three small paddocks I could manage on my own and it gave me an extended flower season (at Peonietta),” he said.

“If you only had to one small paddock you were able to pick for maybe three or four weeks, I was able to extend that to two or three months.”

Mr Guilbert said he couldn’t believe the interest in the property since he put it on their social media outlets.

“We’d love to see the property stay in Australian hands, but if there is international interest we’ll obviously have to entertain that as well,” he said.

While Mr Botting and his wife “will find something to do” in retirement, his daughter Alison and Mr Guilbert will go back to their “regular jobs”.

“We’ll fit comfortable back in our own jobs, we take our annual leave to come up here,” Mr Guilbert said.

“I have a sign on the wall… that is a quotable quote. It said old age is but a bad habit, but busy men do not have time to fall. That is my mantra,” Mr Botting said.

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Jul 18

Nineteen rescues in one afternoon: it was a tricky situation

Be careful: Port Macquarie Lifeguard supervisor James Turnham is warning New Years Eve and New Years Day swimmers to be careful in the water.RELATED CONTENT:

A scorcher for the end of the year

Dramatic rescue at Shelly Beach

Port Macquarie lifeguards have been kept busy with 19 rescues in one four hour period at Flynns Beach on December 28.

Lifeguard supervisor James Turnham said the number of rescues was a combination of hot weather and sea conditions.

“It was a tricky situation at Flynns Beach. It wasn’t that people were doing anything wrong, it was simply the conditions of the day,” he said.

“There was a deep drop off on the south side of the flags so as soon as kids, in particular, took their feet off the bottom they were drifting into the hole.

“It was just the way the current and the sandbank were working. It was just a difficult time.”

Heurged parents to remain on the water’s edge while their children were in the water.

All the rescues were performed within 50 metres of the flags and were between 2pm and 6pm.

Mr Turnham rejected criticisms that closing the beach would solve the problem.

“If we close the beach and don’t have the flags upthat would be more dangerous because people would simply swim anywhere,” he said.

The supervisor said lifeguards had been proactive throughout the day providing announcements over the PA system letting beachgoers know of the changing conditions.

An extra lifeguard was also placed on duty for the afternoon.

Mr Turnham said the crowd on the beach topped about 2500 while there were as many as 150 people in the water at any one time throughout the day.

And with New Year’s Eve celebrations on Saturday, he also urged people to only swim at a patrolled beach.

“Sunday and Monday are going to be hot, so if you choose to have a swim, please go to a patrolled beach,” he said.

“If you have been drinking don’t go in the water. And if someone sees anyone in trouble, call triple-0 immediately.”

The increase in flash rips will probably remain a concern through to Monday when a southerly change is expected to clean up sandbanks.

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