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‘Thomas’ takes on bash | The West Australian

Long-time mates Gino Vitale and Brad Purcell will drive through regional WA in a Thomas the Tank Engine themed VG Valiant Safari wagon in August as part of the annual Variety WA Bash. The pair will be joined by Brad’s father, David, and will kickstart their journey to Heirisson Island …

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Non-invasive fruit ripeness measurement | The West Australian

Queensland researchers have developed a new tool to assess the ripeness of mango crops prior to harvest, potentially boosting harvest timing and fruit quality. The non-invasive sensor team from CQUniversity this week revealed it had created new sensor system technology using near-infared spectroscopy to assess produce in the orchard, without …

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Candidate weighs up High Court challenge

A High Court challenge over controversial signage in the Victorian seat of Kooyong could be the first legal action taken in relation to the federal election result. Lawyers for independent candidate Oliver Yates confirmed to AAP they are “actively considering” taking a case to the Court of Disputed Returns, now …

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Farmers fight dry autumn struggles

A dry autumn has seen WA farmers go to extreme lengths to keep their stock fed. For Wokalup dairy farmers Suzanne and Philip Hall, last Wednesday was the first day in eight weeks their cows were out in the paddocks eating grass. “Over the last few years we’ve invested about …

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New payroll system coming, but is business prepared?

Small business owners are not ready for single touch payroll, according to Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. The Australian Taxation Office has urged all employers with fewer than 20 employees to get on board and start reporting through STP from July 1, but ASBFEO deputy director Craig Lathan …

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Budget tips three.5% rates rise

Harvey Shire Council will tonight vote to adopt its draft budget for the next financial year, spelling a rise of 3.5 per cent on general rates. The increase will set the minimum rates at $1080 per property. The figure is one per cent higher than last year’s 2.5 per cent …

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Students take on the best in skills test

Three students from Harvey Senior High School competed in the regional World Skills Australia Competition on Friday. Year 11 students Russell Peake, Ella Morgan and Will Eckles joined hundreds of other young tradespeople at the South Regional TAFE Bunbury Campus to test their skills and compete against each other. Several …

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Bait plan to help quolls stave off cane toad threat

Scientists have put cane-toad sausages back on the menu for northern quolls, as the poisonous pests march closer to the Kimberley’s sanctuaries. A recent United Nations report revealed one million animal and plant species have hurled towards extinction, shedding new light on the disappearance of quolls in northern WA. Australian …

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IAG talks sale of stake in Indian insurer

IAG has held talks about selling its 26 per cent interest in Indian insurer SBI General. The ASX-listed firm says it is continuing to assess options for its joint venture interests in Asia, including its SBI stake, but that there is no certainty of any transaction. IAG was responding to …

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