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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. talk TV program for the A.C.T. Time for State Focus, our weekly Hello it's Guy Sweeting. aerial patrol in Wollongong And the valuable work of the for his passion of caring Nowadays Richard Morecroft is known animal conservationist John Cleese. with British comedian and fellow Pleasure to be here guy. No headlines at the moment. to host Behind the News, Alright, well was it great breaking TV educational program which was a relatively ground for kids back in the seventies? pleasure to host Behind the News - But, look, it was an absolute BTN. over Australia in schools was aimed at children all And it was fascinating for me, as well as doing the BTN program. understood much more about the news And I must say that I often major bulletins themselves. from BTN than I did from the to being in a primary school I have to admit to admit at the time watching you doing that, understand what was going on as well. and it really did help me to Sydney for quite a little while, You stayed on to do A.B.C TV news in thought you did that job although some people may have famous newsreaders, Brian Henderson for decades upon decades like other news in Sydney for 20 years. Well, I actually did the television the legendary James Dibble, I took over as Jame Dibble, if you said to anybody - but probably these days, to do lots of different things - they would say, no I'm going over a period of time. Alison and I made plans And I must say, my partner before the twenty years was up quite a number of years but to diversify into a range it was not in any sense to retire, other of those sort of activities. and are involved in a number of since moving away from the news. No regrets about doing it over those twenty years. and a great deal of enjoyment think it was actually 20 years Yes. I think many people might not and those 20 years went a bit fast. place to live where you live The south coast is a great little inland from Jervis Bay, Alison and I live just a there are many wonderful places, which I think - well we go scuba diving in the bay. we both sea kayak on the bay, to be able to be based, And it's a great place to work very hard and to write now also to have an office and or Melbourne or Canberra and to travel to Sydney and the other work that I do. So it's the perfect base. Ok, that's great. comedian John Cleese last year You hooked up with British species animal conservation. to promote endangered It took you to Dubbo Zoo. sides from laughing so much? Did you get sore ribs, sore human being, enormously funny, Look, John Cleese is a wonderful director of the New South Wales I'm very much involved as the I to Dubbo to Western Plains Zoo and that is what took John and that are going on there. and captive breeding programs to laugh with John, as you say, And so it was great, not only a conservation message across. and also to work together to get Tell me just a little about that? passion for many years, Look, that's been a -nervously, I have to say. to be a little more public about But I've had a few exhibitions now, to try to encourage people and I've always wanted environment, to love it, to think about the whole picture of beauty, not just for the big some of those lately, and I've been displaying which has been very exciting. you write for a south coast magazine, Just finishing up on the fact that can read about in the magazine? What are some of the things we and I sometimes feel Look, I think Alison best job in the world, that we have the South Coast area, the wonderful natural features, and we go out and explore some of parks or rainforests in particular, national and take photographs. and then write about contribution a great deal. And so we enjoy the we have to leave it. And Richard, that's all, you on the show today. It's been a pleasure having Thankyou. his home, Richard Morecroft, Now calling the south coast Ulladulla where they're having Down the road a bit to and doubles tennis champions There's world and Australian singles in action. is south coast tennis coach, Among local talent at the event Natalie Cutcliffe, Singles title last month in Perth. who won the 35-40 years Australian the aerial patrol in Wollongong, Still ahead, the valuable work of front including a revived debate Lots of water issues on the local sewerage for drinking water, about whether we should recycle to expand Cotter Dam and is it a good idea for our own use. do you mean? No, it's inevitable. getting better at treating The reality is that we have been all water, all waste water, through the environment such that it goes you are talking about greywater your washing machine or shower and water that comes out of or whatever else? debate about whether we needed Twenty years ago we had a do it and do it very well. The technologies exist to increasingly short of water. because the world is becoming sewage water water recycled - I'm talking about the happening in many places, Yes, and that is already and towns in Australia, right now. even in water restricted cities that we have become used The issue though is class, third class water through to all sorts of second the water we need. so that we can have making it work properly, And speaking about used as proposed in Toowoomba, be the same chemical method Queensland city were against it? given that the people of that treatment plant in Canberra of the waste water than what is already practiced So the only extra work required

good for human consumption? that would over time not be the best plant in the world. Infact for a long time we've had or a normal country town, So when citizens of Toowoomba, they think yuk. think of recycling sewage, that that water has been treated Here, of course, people understand the river for a long time. to a high standard and down thing to do for the environment that that is the most effective so that they can use it and to have enough water Dam, or the ownership of it. Ok, to the debate about Googong Who, in your opinion should own it? The commonwealth or the A.C.T? Well there is no doubt in my mind, the A.C.T owns it. However, I would never trust any government to do a deal on an MOU or that sort of basis and we are having some political argy bargy now, which in the end will come out alright. I have no doubt, from the Prime Minister's speech, and there is no argument. but should be all get tanks in our backyards, is that a good idea? You should have the right to have a tank, but tanks aren't much help when it doesn't rain. should we build more dams? but not one of these things are the answer to all our prayers. It's a combination of all of them. Thankyou very much for you time today. for Wagga in July. The centre will provide trained, professional mediators to resolve child focused disputes and encourage parents to put children first. for Wollongong and the south coast. Back shortly. In Orange and Peel, you're watching State Focus. is contesting next month's New South Wales election. Following in the footsteps of Wollongong and Goulburn mayors, as an independent. Incumbent Russell Turner has held the seat for more than 10 years for the Nationals. and The Greens' Jeremy Buckingham. joins us to tell us about how his industry is coping and concerns over possible disease. south to the Victoria border. It also provided a valuable role during that miraculous shark attack Joining us in our Wollongong studio to tell us what's involved in keeping our coast safe is Harry Mitchell Welcome to State Focus, Harry. Lovely to be with you Guy. Well the Australian Aerial Patrol is entering it's 50th year and we are probably best known for our shark patrolling Ulladulla on the south coast of New South Wales. Just walk us through a scenario. Supposing there is news or you receive word somehow that there might be a shark attack in the area. and we are monitoring shark movements. and alert the other people to it, right? Absolutely. and carry out the surveillance as required. Now, in recent years you've expanded your role to just surveillance, What happens there? Since 2000, 2001 the Australian Aerial Patrol has provided the highest level of fixed wing search and rescue in the commonwealth, as a tier one search and rescue unit and we have a dedicated aircraft that is available to authorities for tasking 24/7, it is equipped with thermal imagery, honing equipment and it's kept fairly busy throughout the year. but you have expanded that to be a little inland as well. Where do you go with that and what do you do there? Well currently we are, and we have been for the last two months or so, conducting forestry protection out in the Tumut area. There's a major plantation of Pine Forest in that area, within that forest. for fire roles, and our search and rescue tasking also takes us into inland New South Wales, where bushwalkers might be lost We wish you all the best. Thankyou very much. Harry Mitchell from Wollongong Aerial Patrol Wheat growers are being encouraged to come to an industry meeting tomorrow morning at the Country Comfort Inn Wagga. The Wheat Export Marketing Consultation Committee Next up, how Batlow's apple farmers are coping with the drought and the ramifications of New Zealand imports. Stay with us. From Coonamble to Cathcart, this is State Focus. Jindabyne's Flowing Festival and Expo, is on this weekend, and it is more green this year. A local climate change action group, formed last month, is providing information at the expo on renewable energy on the area, after a warmer than usual winter last year Other activities at the festival this year A little bit further north now and apples have been closely associated with Batlow And on top of that there's the drought which is, on its own, a challenge enough for any farmer. To find out more about Batlow Apples and how they deal with these challenges, we're joined by Darryl Ashton. We've gone from an average of around 1,500 millimetres of rain, How much rain do apple orchids need? - we didn't have a real cold winter last year, but they need constant rain, or good irrigation during the growing season. Right, ok. Now, New Zealand imports, how has that impacted on the local industry? Well, we are at the stage at the moment where New Zealand, which we don't have in Australia and Fire Blight is a devastating disease of trees. And if it gets in it can devastate orchids in a very short time. The risk, well that's where the great debate is. All the scientists, including those from Biosecurity Australia, The debate starts whether that bacteria is then viable, sort of, We don't know, there is conflicting science and not put us at risk, which we still don't believe gives us the protection we deserve, and there is a large apple growing area there. I imagine you might have been talking to perhaps your farming colleagues, for want of a better description, in Orange, about these concerns. We work very closely with the growers in the Orange district. and particularly we help eachother from time to time And they're in a like mind as far as the New Zealand situation Well it's a national position that's been taken now, Well, there's an appeal period of 45 days from January 12th and when that's closed, you know, the national industry When that appeal process is finished there will be an announcement made by the federal director of Quarantine. The option then for the national industry is a legal challenge and that hasn't been ruled out if the appeal goes against us. Ok, for you personally - heading to Berlin to take part in some trade shows there. Tell me about that and it's significance to Batlow? Well this time of the year there is always a very big trade show it's the biggest in Europe for the fresh produce industry. It's a thing called Fruit Logistica. And part of the big thing the Australia Apple industry has going for it, is a apple called Pink Lady. and it becomes Pink Lady when it adopts a trade mark. Now the Australian apple and pear industry, though it's peak industry body Apple and Pear Australia Limited, has the global management of that Pink Lady trade mark and picking up New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, It's the tenth anniversary in February of an international Fruit Logistica. and pear industry banner, but also particularly the Pink Lady business, because it is quite a substantial business for the Australian industry. And are Batlow apples specifically exported? over the next few years. It's a good market, it's a great apple, so we don't want to miss out and let our other southern hemisphere competitors Thanks for coming in today. That's Darryl Ashton from Batlow Apples. senior staff at Greater Western Area Health Service have called for the setting up of a Memorandum of Understanding with Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. It will aim to outline and retain existing medical services. A year ago, an amalgamation of health services being reduced to once a fortnight. Almost out of time, but before we go, our viewer feedback contact details. I'm Guy Sweeting. Join us next Sunday morning at 8:30 for State Focus. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions. Normal service will resume as soon as possible. Twenty years ago, this place was a dump - literally. Now it's so alive.

The birds are back. The frogs are back. It's all volunteer work. We need all types of skills. Some people come once a month. Some people come once a year. Others just can't stay away. They're crazy about it.

People like this are doing great work all around the State. with an extra pair of hands. Hey! # It's a living thing. # back to life.