Saturday, December 10, 2016

Are lever action shot guns dangerous ?

What gun isn't dangerous ? .
We used to have a 5 shot pump action shot gun which we only ever used to kill rabbits . Spotlighting rabbits is a joy every Aussie should experience .
How dangerous ? 
well even with the very fast pump action  I can remember our last night out chasing one  rabbit around the car The one older youth charged with the responsibility expended 18 cartridges on dat one wabbit without out us ever finding him . I tell you this , not because it reflects well on the skill of the operator , but that we remember just how many cartridges he went through  and how much it cost !  It was nearly $20 bucks worth about 40 years ago
When Howard  changed the law , we reluctantly gave up this fine gun and it was crunched up . Now all we use is a single shot and you can imagine how many we get .

If you are close enough and are a reasonable shot you can get a few . Shotguns are good for rabbits because they kill quickly and effectively. Much harder even with big animals to kill quickly with a shot gun . You really need a rifle and a powerful one to be safe and effecetive ( you want it to quick and not cruel)
Even the old 22 wasn't much dood for killing calves at close range . Bouncing off the skull if you weren't aiming well. Not pleasant even to think about now !

If all this talk of killing makes you feel uncomfortable , it does us too . Apart from rabbits,  having to kill something to put it out of its misery is something that happens on a farm . You have to do it even if you would rather not . You do it quickly cleanly or not at all . We love our horse s cows , calves , cast ewes and it has to be that way if they are suffering.

So whats with this woory about the Alder shotgun this week ? As far as I can see The Adler  should be available to farmers even though you can add more rounds than our five shotter . Its veryu unlikely anyone would be stupid enough to use one in a hold up situation cause they take too long to load are not  short or very effective in harming lots of people before being disarmed .
 If you are chasing each other , you might need 10 shot gun rounds to kill the animal , as we experienced all those years ago . And that was for a measly myxo rabbit .
Please worry warriors - stop meddling in an area you know nothing about .Stop denying death and our need to act in that area . 

As for spotlighting rabbits - for everyone ? . In the sand dunes of Dimboola girls and all would pile onto the back of utes and chase the rabbits under the spot light ( it stuns them) catching the and giving them to the boys to kill -Quickly , Its called rabbit kicking and its great fun . A Fair game .

The ABC have provided some good background on the adler shotgun

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pushing the proverbial uphill

Landslides on the Great Ocean Road   October 2016 

In 2016 we had a wet October in the Otways and on the Great Ocean Road, We often  have very wet Octobers . Deep soils will move off the slope quite naturally under such rainfall

Current left style governments  operate a emergency management approach which means do nothing till disasters happen -  When they do happen they exaggerate them .The no touch policy of the left can mean we do silly things like pretend change is not inevitable or even worse --that we should resist change or not work with it..

Of the 120 landslides on GOR which motivated all sides of politics to grant millions of dollars in November,  the biggest is an earth flow which needs to move across the GOR

The biggest landslide of the 120 named  can be blamed on  BOTH nature and people ( ask me if you want details) . Neither the inevitability of nature or the careless work of man can be the sole target.
The reality that has yet to be faced on the Wye -Sep section facing the GOR is that the soil wants to move across the road and the  current left government is making every effort to stop it .

I would suggest we work with nature and help it across , The alternative to a few weeks work is millions trying to hold it there .The alternative is to spend a lot of money on consultants and engineering when the rocks, the shallow soils and me agree its time to part company

Instead of blaming man,  the left are prone to blaming nature ,
Greenlabor have their own view of heaven . Trouble is it often not very practical.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Free range dairying

While having a nice space to keep warm in winter is not a bad idea , SW Victoria boasts a climate and soils that enable highly productive open range dairying during its long growing season 8-11mths . The cows get out and about most of the day .
Our butter and ice cream have got reputations for being amongst the best .( Western Star's recent accolades )
 Lets encourage  more objective labeling of products so consumers can support both quality and sustainability.  

PS For any disgruntled cynical armchair critics.    Are you like those aged Marxists  who have made big business bashing their simple old  projection business  or are you  mooving on to see and know that fair competition is sound? .

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Windpower - nothing new to us

Waiting for a chance to try out my  land yacht on Lake Colac, I am reminded of a big challenge  for farmers in the autumn around here  . A lack of wind in particular  .
More than half of our  dairy farms are not connected to mains ( most)  and despite ower at the sheds rely on windmills to supply  water to distribution tanks .

Old is new again and we are not as backward as some think . We still make them new ( Bryan) and use them in the most productive dairy farms in Australia , We design around its  limitations  ,
Next time your kids are bored in the car get them to count the number of windmills ( there are over 70 alongside the road  between Colac and Geelong)

Lots have tried variations but these brilliant gifts from our forefathers provide the torque and the sufficient Watts per week to beat solar and mains supply ( cost of wiring them up )
 Farmers store water in quiet times like these getting the petrol pump out occasionally .
The close town of Beeac   was  home to several  windmill manufacturers . This excellent display is at Beeac together complete with  well constructed stone fences and backward people ( in the cemetery)

It might be cooler at night at this time of year but hot days mean stock will need water.

The lack of wind, the higher fertility and salinity of water bodies and the lack of feed also increases the risk of death from cows eating blue green algae. The algae is mainly dangerous after windy periods when it can accumulate dead on lee side of large water bodies .

For me there is only a limited window of opportunity . Doesn't take much rain to make the surface too slippery  for this contraption .

Monday, February 29, 2016

No pool and the floor is still moving in our recreation centre

The exact implication  of known high groundwater pressures between Elliminyt and Colac Aireys street and Hearn are yet to be fully known because there are few proper test bores  in the area. here should be more.

If I was asked, as  I once was,  to comment on the environmental implications of large projects across South West Victoria , I would have, without hesitation, told Colac Otway Shire that deep test boring of the soils between Elliminyt and Colac was imperative for future planning of that area . The local geomorphology and hydrology mean high risks of high ground water pressures and unstable soils in that area. There is no point in having maps of salinity and groundwater overlays if no one reads them.
Foundation and soil evaluation is not, in the scheme of things, very expensive and I was happy to, each month for three decades, provide advice to many Shires on just when and where further soil, water or  plant research or investigation needed to happen.  Just as in the case of the very complex questions of our lake, foundational soil stuff stops projects getting off on the wrong space. It also reduces the unwise speculation and drumming up of unfounded fears. We know better than to live like this.
The old effective process wasn’t always super-efficient, but it was clearly cost effective because we as planning public servants created the most liveable places in the world. We consulted widely amongst a team trained to talk and respect the roles we fulfilled for the public and politicians alike.
We citizens of Colac (and Australia) may not know much, but we do know that his new system is not working. Any leader who stands up and will not consider significant changes to how we do things, deserves to be moved on.
 Our current culture has been sacrificed to the dumb ,blood letting god of economic efficiency and obligatory innovation. If you have the honour of being chosen to represent us, don’t be a puppet or a Trump’d up type parrot, do your homework and listen to all the stones screaming out at you.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Local Councils outta control on our Coast

Councils all over the country are failing to follow sound State planning policy on Open space . ( see previous article) . Where has all te money gone ( subdivsion act ) to provide for more Public Open Space - into the coffers .
Here's  long standing example of a  Shire who have known about a problem for 20 years and done nothing sound about it.
The sand systems  which provide us with beaches deserve more respect than they get from Government .Here is an approximation of the cross section  beach dune ridge swale system that was natures gift to Apollo bay. Before we cut through it  
The dune is part of the beach as is the swale behind it .
The Colac Otway Shire were advised when the subdivision of a large area of north Apollo Bay was to subdivided ( see attached sketch) ---to not cut through the beach system, They didn't need too. Drainage could be managed using a combination of pipes swale flood plain and the existing creek to the south. Council and the proponents were shown how they could deal with piped flow and flood water in the area by ensuring adequate POS was available. ( when a flood or overload occurs water can flow from E back to point G where the existing creek enters the system)  .

Instead the Shire allowed the developer to cut through the dune which quickly eroded a wide section of dune and gave  us the rocky beach we never had before as well cut pedestrian access and parking areas . The works now threaten the Great Ocean Road , and in a number of places 

. The Council were also advised at the time that they should acquire several buildings currently occupying the swale depression behind the dune .( see photos ) We still don't know how the POS contributions over the last few decades have been used . Some of the money we presume went to pay for the flighty birds we call CEO's . But we intend to find out!    This is the mess as it was over ten years ago, Nothing has been done to restore order - to properly design with nature.

 Infact its only got worse  . Some Greens might blame sea level rise but that would be far too simple and distracting , Worse,  it would let the incompetent Colac Otway Council off the hook and not allow competent people to advise them rather than panic them.

4% as stated in The Subdivision Act is ALL that we expect ! 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Whatever happened to Public Open Space

All Councils in Victoria take a 4% land contribution from each subdivision they approve .They don't do this out of their good will,  but because our forefathers in planning in this ,  the most livable place  in the world, insisted on it .( Subdivision Act in the State of Victoria)

I say "used to insist on it" because many Councils have been just pocketing the money -- just quietly .

This came to light recently when one local Council in Melbourne was persuaded to buy some open space the people of the area wanted to keep.  Whitehorse Council recently bought back a school site ,( less than 40 house sites)

In Colac , the people bought the site for a school they wanted to be built some decades ago , Inspite of this fact , the Education department and their colleagues in Parliament expects us to pay them for the site.  

Even if we are to accept this outrage , one wonders what amount of land  our Colac Otway Shire Council still owes us from POS contributions of developers over the years ?.

 If we said the amount of land subdivided in Colac area of CO over the last thirty years  was equivalent in to 800 houses, that's about 40 houses worth of land  . Enough to pay for our school site second time around.

Councils don't like to aquire real land because they would then have to manage that land . Its easier , but not right , to just take it in money and run .

We have yet to confirm how much POS monies  Colac Otway Shire have acquired on our behalf in the last thirty years. Check the situation out in yours .