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Rhynie Improvement Scheme has completed the cleaning, widening, and straightening of the Woolshed Flat Creek.

Rhynie Improvement Scheme has completed the cleaning, widening, and straightening of the Woolshed Flat Creek.

Rhynie is prepared for flooding

Thanks to a National Disaster Resilience Program Grant, from the Federal Government, of $41,245.00, the Rhynie Improvement Scheme has been able to complete the cleaning, widening, and straightening of the Woolshed Flat Creek, which runs through the township.

In 2010 flooding of this creek inundated the hotel and several other properties in the town. The aim of this project was to increase the capacity of the creek, and significantly decrease the resistance to flow during flooding conditions.

The earth works was undertaken by local Waterloo contractor Kruse Earthmoving P/L, during March and April. We are very pleased with the quality of work and professionalism show by Roger Kruse and his staff during this project.

We have also been able to purchase about 300 shrubs and bushes to revegetate the banks, from Trees for Life, to minimize any future erosion.

We hope we do not have to test the outcome of this work, but no doubt mother nature will, at some stage put us to the test.

Grant Hovey –Chairman Rhynie Improvement Scheme

Rhynie’s haven for weary travelers

For many years the Rhynie Parking Bay has been a welcome rest stop for travelers along the Main North Road. Thanks to the work of local volunteers, many years ago, it has provided toilet facilities and a shelter shed, and later an electric BBQ.

This year the Rhynie Improvement Scheme use some of their Peak Body Funding, from Council to provide brick paving in the shelter shed, replace the timber lattice work with corrugated sheeting, and a quarry sand path all around. This has significantly improved the appearance of the shelter, and will make it easier to keep clean and tidy.

A good “well done” to all the volunteers who pitched in to complete this project.

Grant Hovey – Chairman RIS

The best way to combat climate change

The jury has returned. The verdict is in.

A new report in the June 2018 issue of the journal Science has confirmed the huge footprint of animal agriculture - it provides just 18 per cent of calories but takes up 83 per cent of farmland. The most comprehensive analysis ever done of the damage farming does to the planet, covering 38,700 farms in 119 countries, found that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75 per cent – an area equivalent to the US, China, the European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. 51 percent of greenhouse emissions come from the farming of some seventy billion animals who are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices.

Meat consumption has been linked in recent scientific research to a range of health problems, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease, strokes and certain types of cancer. The AMA has called obesity “the biggest public health challenge facing Australia” and research shows that vegans are a whopping nine times less likely to be obese than meat-eaters and are far less prone to suffering from chronic diseases.

To improve the health of the nation, slash our health care expenditure, help stop climate change and save countless animals from lives of terror and agonizing deaths, all meat, whether it is sold in shops or in restaurants, should be heavily taxed just as  tobacco, alcohol, and petrol are because of their negative health or environmental consequences.

Health and the environment are two of the most worrying issues facing Australians today, and a tax on meat would be an important step towards improving them.

Desmond Bellamy, Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia