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A MINISTER friend said tome: “Legalising gaymarriage would cheapen my marriage.”So that’s what it comes down to.You can’t joinmy clubbecause it’d badlyaffect my own membership.As if his marriage would be tarnished byanyone other thanhim and his spouse.Really?Marriage is a commitment to aperson above and beyond any other, “forsaking all others”,but it seems you can blame other people’s marriages for thequality of your own.Huh?If my boyfriend and I marry, publiclypromising to love each other forbetter, for worse, for richer, for poorer,for the rest of ourlives, how does that cheapenmy minister friend’s commitment to his wife? Or hers to his?My partner and I have been together for14 years this September. I’m sure it’s had noimpact on theminister’s marriage. How will it change if wemarry?

In a world where barriers are tumblinglike Berlin Walls, opposition to marriageequality is one of the few remainingobstacles to real inclusion.Apparently, 54 per cent of gay couples would marry if they could. So46 per cent are negative,fearful or undecided.But, here’s the clincher, 80 per cent of gaycouples want to be able to choose.

Voting used to be an old-boys’ network, too.Until Emmeline Pankhurst screamed fromthe rooftops: “Not onmywatch, gentlemen!”The White Australia Policy was astronghold designed to keep the membershippure, proppedup by ridiculous arguments.Remember when women couldn’t apply for loans withouttheir husbands’ signatures? Remember the heinous attempts tolegislate the second-class status of Aboriginals?We didn’t let them vote until 1965. We didn’t count them in the Censusuntil 1971.We loveexclusive clubs. Tofeel secure in our club we must keep someone out. It makes the club stronger.

No, it makes us weaker.Giving the vote to women made democracystronger. Recognising our Indigenousbrothers and sisters made Australia stronger.Understanding that all love is truly equalcannot be a step backwards. And legislatingthat equality isa bigdeal.I’m sick of being told I have enoughrights already – why do I need the right tomarry?I’ll tell you why.Because my partnerand Iaregood enough to join your club.

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Gullen Range wind farm turbine. Photo Crookwell GazetteNewtricity, the developers of the proposed 31 turbine Biala wind farm, has offered $2,500 per year per turbine contribution to a Community Enhancement Fund.

At last week’s meeting, the Upper Lachlan Shire Council gave its “in principle” support for the agreement.

The State Department of Planning and Environment is currently assessing Newtricity’s application to construct the wind farm.

As approval has yet to be given for the development, a formal agreement between Newtricity and the Council for the Enhancement Fund cannot yet be executed, but at last week’s Council meeting Newtricity put forward its proposal.

The $2,500 per turbine would begin upon the commissioning of the wind farm until the end of its operational life, with the contribution being adjusted to meet increases of the Consumer Price Index each year.

Under the agreement, Newtricity will provide funding to undertake initiatives which provide a direct benefit to the local community.

These initiatives will be decided upon in consultation with the Upper Lachlan Council and members of the local community, which will include areas with ten kilometres of the turbines.

Under the agreement, landowners who have granted a lease or easement to the wind farm will be excluded from Community Fund, as they already benefit through payments from the developers.

The ten kilometre distance from the turbines is in line with the Upper Lachlan Shire’s Environmental Policy.

Extended area for Rye Park wind farm benefits

THE area to be included in the Rye Park wind farm Community Benefit Funding has been extended from the usual ten kilometres to 20 kilometres.

This was revealed in the detailed proposal, now on public display, discussed at last week’s Upper Lachlan Council meeting.

The wind farm proposal has reduced its initial plan for 126 turbines to 109.

When Cr. Malcolm Barlow questioned why the range for benefits had been extended,

General Manager Mr. john Bell explained that the area was sparsely settled and the expanded figure would bring more people into the scheme.

The wind farm will contribute $2,500 per turbine per year to the Community Benefit Fund, and Upper Lachlan Council will hold the monies which are attributable to areas within its boundary.

Under the proposed agreement on the funding, a proportion of not less than 20 per cent must be allocated to local education assistance.

Money not expended in this way in any year must be transferred to the Fund for the following year.

A committee with delegates from Council, the community and the wind farm will decide on the allocation of funds each year, when applications will be called for from the public.

Full terms of the proposed development are now on display at the Council’s offices at Crookwell and Gunning, and on the Department of Planning and Environment web site.

Wind farm powered 60,000 homes

The Gullen Range Wind Farm has announced that during 2015 it produced enough electricity to power 60,000 homes.

The figure is given is the Wind Farm’s first newsletter for this year.

The number of homes is calculated by taking the average daily output of the wind farm over the year and comparing it to the daily average consumption of electricity by a typical home.

The newsletter claims that the electricity generated by the wind farm, in terms of residential use only, was enough to “keep the lights on” in about seven cities the size of Goulburn.

The newsletter also announced Stage 2 of the clean energy program for residents living within five kilometres of a wind turbine.

In this program the wind farm will assist the residents involved with the installation of a solar PV or sola hot water system.

So far, there have been nine applications under Stage 2.

Following feedback from residents, the wind farm management has revised the way the Stage 2 program will operate.

Proposed revisions include expanding the program so wall insulation and better insulated windows can be funded, in addition to the PV solar and solar hot water, and amending the program so that residents no longer need to find the money t pay for the Stage 2 installation upfront.

It is planned to have the revised program up and running in August.

The proposed changes are being reviewed by Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and the State Department of Planning and Environment.

Think of women who have risen to the top of Australian entrepreneurship and the list gets thin fast.

Ever rarer is a woman who has succeeded with her own name as the brand,who has become a celebrity herselfin the process.

Samantha Wills, who grew up in Port Macquarie and now lives in New York, is a tycoon of her time.

Personable, openand yet at alsoguarded and private, the 34-year-old businesswomanappears to effortlessly blend anair of celebrity with social media fanaticism and a unique product.

Samantha Wills’ jewellery is now stocked in 80 countries. Photo: James Alcock

But she sayssuccess has been a hard slog and she wants the many young womenwho worship her to know just how difficult it’s been.

“I think millennials are a generation of’slashies’. They’re a DJ/entrepreneur/fashion designer. With all those slashes between your job titles, you lose depth and integrity,” she says.

“Narrow down what you want to be good at, then focus on that. It might not work for the first six months or the first 18 months but it took me 12 years to become an overnight success.”

While she doesn’t go into gruesome detail, Wills was clear that growing a business took a hit on her personal life.

“I think the downside of having success was that when my friends were going off and having a good time, my business was in its infancy so I couldn’t have those normal early 20s experiences.”

The early daysWills started her company at the of age 21 after moving to Sydney.

“I was working in retail during the day and making jewellery at night to sell at the market. A friend offered me a spot at Australian Fashion Week which would cost $500. I though I would possibly make enoughto cover the cost of the stall, but I ended up writing $18,000 of orders that day. I quit my job the next day.”

Now Wills is turning over $10 million annually and is stocked in eighty countries around the world. She has offices in Japan, Korea, Europe, the USand Australia.

Wills credits much of her success to her business partner Geoff Bainbridgewho was able to commercialiseback-end productionand helped launch her to into foreignmarkets.’

Celebrity sights”Naively, when I first went to the USin 2010, I thought I was going over with a successful Australian brand and that would be enough. You think you can replicate that over there and it’s not the case,” says Wills.

“You need a much more refined offer. You need to know who your business competitors are and your media competitors.We ended up doing 18 months of research about the USbefore we moved our first order.”

The orders started coming thick and fast once actress Eva Mendeswas snapped on a red carpet wearing Wills’Bohemian Bardot ring. Wills’ jewellery has also been worn by Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr, Lady Gaga, Kate Bosworth, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez.

“That ring Eva wore continues to be our best seller and we’ve made it now in 150 colours. It kind of became our signature piece.”

Regional AustraliaWills has recently signed to be an ambassador forOptus’Believe Big campaign targeting small businesses.

“We filmed a campaign flashing back to 2004 through to my life now. I really want people to know the struggles and hurdles of funding success.”

While Wills credits her naivety for muchof the company’s strengths, she sometimes regrets thedecisionto get going without any formal business training.

“Every day I wish I’d studied business or management. But,I learn as I go.I might have learned the harder way on the job.”

Asked why a New Yorker is the right person for this campaign, Wills says she still considers herself not just Australian but a “small-town” Australian.

“I still go to Port Macquarie five to six times a year because my family live there.We stock the range at one shop in Port Macquarie and every time I notice the townis really growing and evolving very quickly.”

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GOTCHA: Kerang’s Bronson Booth made a gallant attempt to thwart Raven Jolliffe’s kick. A spirited Balranald fell just short of a huge upset on Saturday.BALRANALD almost produced one of the upset wins of the past decade, coming close to toppling four-time reigning Central Murray Football Netball League premiers, Kerang on Saturday.

Missing ruckman Troy Davis and utility, Blake Shay, the Blues trailed by two points at three-quarter time, but kicked the only goal of the final term – booted by co-coach, Troy Coates – to win by eight points.

The ‘Roos have not won a game since late last season, but the inclusion of Cameron Barrett and Joel Stevenson gave the visitors added drive, evident in the side leading at each break.

However, Kerang stood up when it counted, with Coates kicking four of the Blues’ eight goals.

The win moved Kerang to second on the ladder, with the side benefiting from Koondrook/Barham’s 68-point loss to Nyah-Nyah West United.

The Demons were too strong across four quarters, extending its lead at every break to record a seventh win of the season.

Tom Lamb was the only multiple goalkicker for the Raiders in the club’s first loss since round one, whilst Matthew Campbell kicked seven goals in a win that moved the Demons to the top of the ladder with one game in hand.

It was also a dismal day for the Cohuna Kangas, who are two wins outside the top four following a 57-point loss to Tooleybuc/Manangatang.

The Kangas conceded nine goals in the opening term at Manangatang and despite keeping the Saints goalless in the second quarter, could not fight their way back into the game.

Ben Archard and Rhys Thrum kicked three goals each for the Kangas, whilst Stephen Lyons led the way for the Saints, booting six goals.

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IN thisweek’s Stock Journalelection coverage, candidates for the federal electorate of Barker – Liberal Tony Pasin, Labor’s Mat O’Brien, Nick Xenophon Team’s James Stacey, Family First’s Yvonne Zeppel and Greens’ Mark Keough –discuss the state of agriculture in SA.What is the most critical issue for SA agriculture, and how will youtackle it?

PASIN:We arefocused on delivering policies that targetcritical agricultural issuesin SA, including developing new export markets and the further development of transport and communications infrastructure.I will continue advocatingformuch-needed mobile coverage inrural areas.

O’BRIEN:Prices for dairy and produce being unsustainably low. As an MP,I would represent the communities affected by these issues and advocate their views. Farmers don’t want more debt in the form of concessional loans and water is also a huge issue.

STACEY: Farm profitability is the most critical issue for SA ag. Commodity levies and government investmentin research and development needto be directedback to farmers to improve on-farm profitability.

ZEPPEL:The most critical concern is the state of the River Murray and low water allocations. The stategovernment must stop using SA Water as a cash cow andrun its desalination plant at full capacity before taking any water from the Murray.

KEOUGH:We need to boost funding for research and development to address the broad, cross-sectoral issues our farmersare facing, like climate change, and energy and water challenges.The Greens are committed to investing more than $175 million in R&D Australia-wide.

Is enough being done to help farmers in times of crisis such as drought or price cuts?

PASIN: We’re committed to helping farming families prepare for, manageand recover from times of crisis. The government has delivered more than $710min drought assistance, with a further $2.5 billion set aside for drought concessional loans for the next 10 years.

O’BRIEN:The myth that Liberal governments look out for farmers has been destroyed as they have watched on while farmers suffer price cuts –their only solution isto offer more debt to people who don’t want more debt.

STACEY:AFarm Management Deposits cap increase and accelerated depreciation for drought preparedness infrastructureare a positive move. Household support payments for farmers in crisis are working well, unfortunately drought concessional loans often become entangled in state government bureaucracy, makingthem difficult to access.

ZEPPEL: SAwas ripped off when the drought affected water allocations and irrigators are suffering severe water restrictions. I would push for fairer treatment ofSA farmers in times of crisis.

KEOUGH: No.There are many possible strategies that are better than present practices. One key issueis the lack of competition infood retail business that undermines many on-farm incomes.

What are your views on foreign investment and mining on prime farming land in your electorate?

PASIN: The sale of some of Australia’s largest rural holdings to foreign nationals would be detrimental to our national interest.The government has strengthened rules regarding foreign investment in farmlandby lowering threshold triggers to the Foreign Investment Review Board and establishing a foreign-owned land register.

O’BRIEN:You have to look topeople who areaffected by these decisions.There is a strong anti-coal seam gasmovement in Barker and a lot of worried people who must be listened to.

STACEY: Australia needs a strategic approach to foreign investment. We have a foreign investment register and need to make that data available fortransparency on this issue.We should protect prime agricultural land from mining to preserve it for food and fibre production.

ZEPPEL:Family First supports family-owned farms, and farmers must be allowed to own all the land beneath them and not just the surface, to havepower to decide what happens on their land.

KEOUGH:There should be no new coal seam gas or shale-style exploration and mining in SA and greater scrutiny of mining.A priority is the introduction of legislation that recognises mining is incompatible with other land usesand needs to be rigorously assessed before being approved.There must also be greater scrutiny of foreign investment.

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