Grab the garden hose rather than a shoe to splat a cockroach

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Local cockroaches are parched but for leaf-eating bugs it’s an orgy of eating and breeding, as Melbourne’s drying conditions are a boon for some creatures and dire for others.

Rainfall in Melbourne has been well below average for five of the past six months, down by about one-third in every month but June, which is bad news for native cockroaches.

Dry conditions are both the reason why we have some cockroaches in urban areas and the reason we see them inside homes, Melbourne Museum’s manager of live exhibits Patrick Honan says.

About five years ago the local shy variety were hardly known. These creepy crawlies ate bush leaf litter, quietly churning soil nutrients, breaking down mulch and being part of the native eco system. But when gardeners – worried about water restrictions and drought – started introducing mulch to their gardens many were inadvertently transporting native cockroaches to their gardens inside bags of mulch.

As the gardens continued to dry out during the drought, desperate local cockroaches, like the common shining cockroach, started to venture into bathrooms seeking moisture, Mr Honan says.

“They only tend to be inside temporarily because there is nothing for them to eat inside. They are transient visitors,” he said.

These locals are around all year but it is only the dry conditions that bring them to notice, he says. There are about 500 native species but only four introduced varieties which are the ones seen scurrying in pantries or wardrobes.

Mr Honan knows most people either fear or loathe cockroaches no matter where they come from.

“People don’t like them but they are neutral as far as humans are concerned, they are neither good nor bad,” he said.

In theory, he says, Melburnians with cockroaches in their bathrooms should be looking for a garden hose to water their garden rather than a shoe to splat them with.

“That would make the garden outside more attractive than the inside of the house, but it might not work in all circumstances,” he said.

In dry weather leaf-eating bugs such as aphids, lerps (which attach themselves to leaves) and common butterflies are also likely to thrive.

“Leaf chewers do well during the dry weather,” Mr Honan said.

Distressed plants concentrate their nutrients in an effort to survive making leaves and sap richer and a feast for leaf chewers.

“Every year there will be a massive increase in one particular insect,” Mr Honan said.

“The environmental factors and sequence seem to make it perfect for that particular insect. There could be seven or eight factors that make it perfect for them to breed in numbers. We never really know what those factors are until it’s happened – it might be dry, then two weeks of rain and then very dry conditions. You just don’t know.”

There is one weather factor that brings an universally dreaded bug, and that is the hot northerly wind from the top end of Australia. The foul bush fly travels on those winds.

“Once they start being blown down on the hot northerly they start to breed here, but they can’t survive Melbourne’s winter so that’s something,” Mr Honan said.

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Jack Miller to ride at Taree’s Troy Bayliss Classic

Jack Miller will be a starter in next January’s Troy Bayliss Classic at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.AUSTRALIAN Moto3 star Jack Miller has confirmed he will return to Australia for the Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree Motorcycle Club’s Old Bar Roadside Circuit on January 17.
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Miller, who is currently second, 11 points behind Alex Marquez in the Moto3 championship standings with one round remaining, is the first of 36 invited riders to be announced.

The 19 year-old will contest the Troy Bayliss Classic, which is now in its third year, before embarking on a full-time Moto GP ride with Honda’s satellite LCR squad in 2015.

“I am really excited to be heading back to Taree for the Troy Bayliss Classic,” Miller said.

“It is such a great event and as I saw last year it keeps getting bigger.

Event organiser Troy Bayliss will also return as to defend his crown, just weeks after competing in MotoGP champion Marc Marquez Superprestigio event in Barcelona.

“I would love to go back-to-back next year,” Bayliss said.

“But my main focus is to bring a better event every year.

“It is a huge coup to have Jack returning to race in 2015. He is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment and this is a rare opportunity to see him race in Australia.

“The upgrades to track and equipment are already underway and we have a lot of exciting new things to announce over the coming weeks,” Bayliss added.

A total of 36 Legends and All Stars will contest the classic which will see the return of the popular Americana.

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Melbourne Express: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Good morning and welcome to Melbourne Express.  I’ll be bringing you breaking news, weather, traffic and transport updates until 9am.  This morning Redfoo, the big-haired X-Factor Australia judge, is getting lots of social media attention for all the wrong reasons.  His new song has been branded sexist and offensive – there are even calls for him to be sacked.

It is nearly 10 degrees in Melbourne this morning and it feels colder.  Grab a jacket if you’re leaving now.  But it’s expected to warm up to a nice, sunny 26 degrees.

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Taree’s Alex Cudlin hopes to gain a start in World Superbikes

ALEX Cudlin hopes to know within six weeks whether he’ll get a start in the world superbikes in 2015.
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Alex Cudlin could be riding in the World Superbike Championship in 2015.

Cudlin, the four-time Qatar superbike champion, made his world superbike debut at Qatar a fortnight ago.

While the results weren’t great – he crashed in the first race while a loose handle bar saw him pull out of the second – he was relatively happy with the overall outcome and hopeful.

“It was a shame really because we put in a good performance at practice,” he said.

“Where I was running in both races was probably above where we should have been.”

However, he described it as a ‘nice experience being in the world superbike paddock.’

More importantly, he was able to show the teams what he is capable of.

“They know what I can do now,” he said.

“You never know what might eventuate, but it has opened some doors.”

If he’s going to WSBK he’d prefer it all be finalised in six weeks.

“The dates aren’t out yet, but the first round won’t be until April I’d say, so really I could get an offer in March or even April and still go,” he said.

However, he’s not keen on that scenario. If he’s going to compete on the world superbike stage he wants everything in place well before then.

Cudlin’s happy with life at the moment, racing in Qatar and also riding in the World Endurance Championship.

“It would have to be a good deal to leave,” he said.

He’d also want to be in a team that’s competitive.

Cudlin received the offer to ride with the Pedercini Kawasaki Team in Qatar after one of their riders was injured.

“They knew I’d be in Qatar and won the championship there four times and that I’ve ridden there about a million times,” he explained.

“So that’s how it came about.”

Should Cudlin accept a world superbike offer he’ll have to relocate with his wife, Amy, to Europe. They can still live in Taree while he’s in the Qatar championship.

“There’s 14 rounds to the world superbikes and most of them are in Europe,” he explained.

“So we’d have to go there.

“But that’s no big deal. We’ve both lived in Europe before.”

However, the arrangements they’d have to make to shift is another reason Cudlin said he wanted to know reasonably soon if he was going.

Cudlin is 28. He said he didn’t want to leave it much longer if he was going to the superbikes.

“I think I’d like to be under 30 if I went there, although Troy (Bayliss) was in his early 30s before he started, so it’s not unrealistic to go later.”

So now it’s just a case of waiting to see what eventuates.

“All the cards are on the table now,” he said.

“I’ll just see what happens from here.

“But as I said, I’d like something concrete in place in the next six weeks.”

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Great results for Taree swimmers

Taree swimmers Marcus Smith, Jordan Smith, Olivia Dew, Max McKillop-Davies and Bevan Smith with their rewards from the Crescent Head carnival.TAREE Amateur Swimming Club is set to make a splash this year, with swimmers already competing at carnivals at Macksville and Crescent Head in the past two weeks and achieving some fantastic results.
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Nine members competing at Macksville and Crescent Head in 38 events, achieved 40 personal best times, with some taking up to eight seconds off their times and coming away with five golds, 11 silvers and 10 bronze medals from the two carnivals.

The club is excited this year to be able to host a carnival at the YMCA Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre on November 29 for the first time in a number of years and is also hosting one of Swimming NSW Country Regional Championships carnivals on January 10 and 11.

This is a major coup for the club.

The club will be able to use their new semi automatic timing system at the carnivals.

The system is a major asset for the club with no other timing systems like this being available in this area. Funding from Greater Taree City Council’s donations policy has enabled the committee to finish purchasing the system.

Club nights are Wednesdays from 5.45pm and for further details contact the registrar on 041 027 6340 or follow the swimming club on Facebook.

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Is super an issue if I go back to work?

 Q I have been retired for a couple of years, and am thinking of getting some part-time work. We have $190,000 in our pension fund and own our home.
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If I do get a job, would I be able to create another super account, put some of my earnings into it, and simply roll it over into my super account at some stage?

A You could certainly do that if you are under 75 and pass the work test, but ask your accountant to do the sums. Superannuation funds pay tax at 15 per cent a year on earnings from the first dollar – you may find that money held in your name is entirely tax-free.

Q In a recent article about pension changes, you said grandfathering rules will not apply to those who already have an allocated pension “if people change products”. Does this mean that if I currently have an allocated pension, but want to change my pension to another provider before January 1, 2015, I will lose the protection of the grandfathering rules, but will fall under the new rules applicable from January 1, 2015?

A The timing is critical, so I suggest you make any changes to your situation as early as possible. If you satisfy the following criteria immediately prior to January 1, 2015, the account-based pension will be grandfathered.You have an account-based pension.You receive a qualifying government income support payment.You continue to receive a qualifying government income support payment.

If you change income stream providers, and the new income stream is commenced prior to January 1, 2015, and the additional criteria above is satisfied, the income stream will be grandfathered. If you change income streams and the new account based pension is not begun until after January 1, 2015, it will fail to meet the above criteria and will be deemed from January 1, 2015.

Q I am 62, retired from full-time work, and withdraw the minimum 4 per cent from my self-managed super fund of $5000 a month. I spend $4000 a month and have $1000 left over. Is it possible to return this $1000 back into my SMSF, and how do I arrange this? I can’t put the $1000 into my wife’s SMSF as she would have exhausted her $540,000 in non concessional contributions this year.

A You cannot contribute to a fund in pension mode, but you could certainly open an accumulation account within your own SMSF and contribute excess funds to that account. Make sure you take advice as there are heavy penalties for getting it wrong.

Q My partner and I are in our early 40s. I have an investment property in Sydney worth $900,000, with $450,000 owing on an interest-only loan. We would like to buy a unit together for $700,000 as we currently rent and are looking at selling my house. Everyone tells me not to sell the house, but I can’t see how it is possible to keep it as well as buying a place to live in. My partner has no assets but will be able to pay half the new mortgage. Our combined annual income is $110,000. What do you think?

A I agree that you would have great difficulty in making the payments on a mortgage of $700,000 when your combined income is $110,000, but if you feel the house has good potential you could keep it and simply rent a unit. Renting is almost cheaper than owning and the property you own would ensure you had a substantial interest in the Sydney property market. Iif you sell, there will be transaction costs and a possible capital gains tax.

Q My parents and I own a rental unit, with my share being one quarter. They are thinking of selling the unit and I am considering buying out their share. I would need to take out a mortgage, but I should be able to manage the repayments with the rental income. What is the best way for us to arrange to purchase of my parents’ share of the property?

A First, liaise with your accountant because there may be some capital gains tax liability for your parents and there will be stamp duty for you. Irrespective of contract price, it will be deemed for tax purposes to have passed at current market value. Talk to a lender about the best way to structure the loan.

Q We have an investment property worth $720,000 we bought three years ago for $500,000. For the first two years we were living in this property and now have it rented out. We are now renting, have bought land and plan to start building soon. If we sell our city property and use the proceeds to help pay for our new home or another investment property, do we pay capital gains tax?

A Make sure you talk to your accountant before signing any contracts but based on the information you have given you should be within the six-year capital gains tax exemption period provided you lived in the house before you rented it out and have not claimed any other property as your principal residence since.

Noel Whittaker is the author of Making Money Made Simple and numerous other books on personal finance. His advice is general in nature. Readers should seek their own professional advice before making decisions. Email: [email protected]南京夜网.

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Fire crews dealing with Esperance Port blazePHOTOS

Fire crews dealing with Esperance Port blaze | PHOTOS Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.
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Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

Emergency: Fire crews were called to the Esperance Port Authority regarding a fire tonight. Photos: Jake Meadley.

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Brown Hill ups the speed of cricket a notch

BIG BASH: Ten10 organiser Phil Knowles with Nathan Cavanagh and Rob McMaster, from major sponsor GJ Gardner Homes and Ash McDonald, who will be part of the Bungaree Football Club side looking to defend its title this season. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCKTHOUGHT Twenty20 was fast? Brown Hill Cricket Cub’s Ten10 tournament ups the ante.
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Designed for sporting clubs around the region that want to try their hand at cricket, the 10-overs-per-side competition gets under way this Sunday with the opening day of pool A matches.

Inaugural defending champion Bungaree Football Club will kick off its campaign this weekend against East Point FC, Beaufort FC and Alfredton Baseball Club.

However, there are still spots available for pool B, which begins on Sunday, February 1.

Following round-robin matches, the top two teams in each pool and the one highest third-placed side progress to the finals day, on Sunday, February 15.

All matches are played at Brown Hill.

GJ Gardner Homes is this year on board as a major sponsor of the carnival, which holds a cash prize of $2000 to the winner and $500 to the runner-up.

Entry is $300 and can be made by calling organiser Jason Knowles on 0478 152 812.

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New team for Kenmac Shield

BALLARAT Cricket Association’s district ranks will take charge of a new representative team, created for the Kenmac Shield.
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The BCA has this year entered a team in the division two tier of the competition – formerly known as the Abraham’s Cup – which will be made up of players from the district competition.

Ballarat will take on teams from the Grampians, Pyrenees and Grenville associations.

Dunnstown’s Jaye Cahir will captain the side, which will meet Grenville in its first match this Sunday at Buninyong.

Ballarat’s team in the division one Kenmac Shield kicks off its title defence with a clash against Castlemaine and District on December 14.

BCA team v Grenville, Sunday at Buninyong: Jaye Cahir (Dunnstown), Reece Isbister (VRI), Mick Nolan (Ballan), Jake Pring (Lucas), Ben Collins (Dunnstown), Michael Snaith (Ballan), Zac Graham (Ballan), Daniel Kitchen (Buninyong), Dean Matthews (Burrumbeet), Jeromy Johnson (VRI), Aaron Wilson (Burrumbeet), Paul Phillips (Dunnstown), team manager Michael Flynn (Buninyong).

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Greatest champs in call

THE greatest ever Ballarat Pacing Cup champion will be crowned during a phantom call by the voice of the sport Dan Mielicki next month.
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A panel of experts has been assembled to select a field of 12 starters, made up of winners of the Ballarat and District Trotting Club’s flagship event during its 44 runnings.

The Courier’s sports editor David Brehaut, Harness Racing Victoria form analyst Jason Bonnington, Melton FM’s Len Baker, retired harness racing media commentator and bookie Bill Hutchison, former Collingwood footballer and Radio Sport National presenter Mick McGuane, TAB Sportsbet’s Adam Hamilton and New Zealand racing

journalist Michael Guerin form the seven-person panel.

Each will compile their own list of runners and rank them from 1-12. The final field will be determined using these ranking points.

Connections of the phantom race’s winner will be presented with another Ballarat Pacing Cup as a memento.

Mielicki will perform the call at the club’s traditional barrier draw breakfast on December 9.

Members of the public also have the chance to win a $1000 bet on this year’s Ballarat Pacing Cup via an online competition.

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