October, 2018

Shoalhaven oysters to tempt world tastebuds

FUTURE PROOF: Greenwell Point oyster farmer Barry Allen looks forward to a future involving exports to Asia.SHOALHAVEN’S oyster industry is preparing to take its high-quality produce to the world.
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Export negotiations are well advanced, with the first Greenwell Point oysters expected to be sent to Asia in August or September.

The South Coast oyster industry, like the dairy industry, struggles under prices set by the processors who buy their product.

Shoalhaven Oyster Service co-owner Barry Allen said the move to export was about getting more money for their oysters.

“We’ve had processors rule us for too many years so we’re going overseas,” he said.

Mr Allen said there would be up to eight local farmers who were members of the Australian Oyster Coast and keen to export.

“At the end of the day we need more money for our produce or we won’t be here,” Mr Allen said.

“The average price of a dozen Sydney rock oysters in a restaurant is $25 to $30.

“The average price of a dozen Sydney rocks in a Singapore restaurant would be $80 to $90.

“The French oysters can cost $120 a dozen and some of these restaurants seat 2000 people a day.

“Of course we won’t be getting all that money but we will more than double the money we are getting now,” he said.

If the export market goes as well as anticipated, Australian consumers can expect the price of Sydney rock oysters to increase as local supplies decrease.

Representatives from the Australian Oyster Coast visited Singapore and Hong Kong last year to build a robust export program.

Australian Oyster Coast chief executive officer Andrew Wales said during the visits they met with a range of groups including importers, freight companies, government officials and potential customers.

“We’ve progressed our analysis and negotiations to a point where we’re close to launching our export program to Singapore and Hong King, which will see the best oysters from the best AOC farmers on the plates of the best Asian restaurants.

“We’ve also been heavily promoting the Oyster Trail, and have attended several events where we’ve been able to get in front of key travel industry stakeholders to encourage them to see the NSW South Coast as an attractive holiday destination for their customers.

“The Oyster Trail and our export program go hand-in-hand, and we’ll be ramping up both programs over coming months,” he said.

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Former Camden mayor Theresa Testoni remembered for tourism, community contribution

Former Camden mayor Theresa Testoni has died aged 82.
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Former Camden mayor Theresa Testoni will befarwelled at a funeral at St Paul’s Church, Camden on Tuesday.

Mrs Testoni served as an alderman on Camden Municipal Council for eight years and was mayor in 1991 and 1993.

She had been unwell and died on January 4 aged 82.

She was instrumental in the development of a Macarthur as a regional tourist destination and received the Order of Australia Medal in 2004 for her work in the community and tourism.

Mrs Testoni, the former owner of Gledswood homestead, was involved with Mater Dei Camden, the Cowpastures Bicentenary Committee, the Camden Women’s Hockey Association, the Zonta Club and the Shonan, Japan Sister City Committee.

Her son Marcus Testoni said his mother had loved serving her community.

‘‘She enjoyed being able to give back and to help people,’’ he said.

‘‘She was happiest when she was giving.’’

Mr Testoni said Mrs Testoni received several awards for her tourism work, but she was ‘‘really proud’’ of her work establishing the community relationship with Shonan.

‘‘There were a lot of people against Camden having a relationship with Japan and she pushed it through and kept going and made sure that it happened.’’

Mrs Testoni was born and grew up in the Burragorang Valley and lived in the Camden area for more than 60 years.

She moved to Bowral in her later years but Mr Testoni said she missed her old home.

Mrs Testoni is survived by her three sons, Nicholas, Marcus and Evyn, her six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak expressed her ‘‘deepest sympathy’’ at the loss of Mrs Testoni.

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Have a say on flood studies

The 1959 flood devastated Yass’ main street. Locals now have the chance to help with studies on this and other floods that have occured in the region.Flood studies in Yass, Gundaroo and Sutton are now underway with Yass Valley Council and engineering firm WMAwater asking for residents’ input on previous flood events in these areas.
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Yass Valley Council Director of Engineering Gary Chapman says the research will collect and document historic flood data and information for Yass, Sutton and Gundaroo.

“Residents living near the waterways surrounding Yass, Gundaroo and Sutton will be sent a newsletter and questionnaire later this month requesting information on previous flooding experiences, especially flood marks and recorded rainfall data.

“This information will then be used to undertake computer modelling of flood behaviour in the Yass River and its main tributaries in each of the study areas.”

Yass Valley Council received funding from the NSW Government to contribute towards the development of a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan for Sutton and Gundaroo and a Flood Study for Yass.

“The Floodplain Risk Management Study for Sutton and Gundaroo will assist in understanding flood behaviour in the villages and help us plan for and manage future flood risk.

“The Flood Study for Yass will allow us to document Yass’ flooding behaviour and will feed into further funding applications to allow us to complete a Floodplain Risk Management Study for Yass at some point in the future,” Mr Chapman added.

The 1959 flood devastated Yass’ main street. Locals now have the chance to help with studies on this and other floods that have occured in the region.

There will be further opportunity for residents to participate throughout the project which is expected to take around 18 months.

For more information contact Zac Richards from WMAwater on 9299 2855 or Council on 6226 1477.

Yass Valley Council

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Cricket clinic at Strathdale: PHOTOS

Cricket clinic at Strathdale: PHOTOS Liam Bowe takes a catch. Picture: LIZ FLEMING
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Callum McCarty prepares to throw the ball to the ‘keeper. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

James Ryan stays focused on the ball as he runs in to take this catch at the ACA and Northern Rivers-run cricket clinic at All Seasons Oval in Strathdale. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Callum McCarty throws. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Participants work on their ground fielding. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Callum McCarty works on his fielding at the clinic. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Rhiley Lau takes a great catch at the ACA and Northen Rivers-run cricket clinic at All Seasons Oval in Strathdale. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Catching practice for the slips cordon. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Lee Carseldine watches this fielding drill at All Seasons Oval in Strathdale. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Leyton McCain and Rhiley Lau enjoying this training drill. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Brett Geeves coaches at the ACA and Northern Rivers-run cricket clinic. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Will Keck fields during a drill at the ACA and Northern Rivers-run cricket clinic at All Seasons Oval in Strathdale. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Brendan Drew encourages participants at the ACA and Northern Rivers-run cricket clinic at All Seasons Oval in Strathdale. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Liam Bowe works on his fielding at the ACA and Northern Rivers-run clinic. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

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