Aldi sales surge puts pressure on rivals
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Aldi’s Tom Daunt has welcomed the year’s strong performance. Picture: DANIEL MUNOZDiscount retailer Aldi Australia has vowed to maintain pricing pressure on rivals in the $85 billion grocery market, after increasing sales by 13 per cent in 2014, outpacing food and liquor sales growth at Coles and Woolworths almost three-fold.
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Aldi Australia’s sales reached $6 billion in the 12 months ending December 2014, compared with $5.3 billion in 2013. The growth was underpinned by strong same-store sales growth and 25 new stores.

In comparison, Woolworths’ Australian food and liquor sales grew 4.7 per cent to $41.7 billion in fiscal 2014 and Coles’ food and liquor sales rose 4.6 per cent to $29.2 billion.

“We’re very pleased with the progress. We had a successful 2014,” Aldi group managing director Tom Daunt said on Tuesday. New stores took store numbers to 366, lifting Aldi’s market share in eastern states to 11 per cent.

UBS expects Aldi’s sales to reach $9.3 billion in five years and says revenue could hit $13 billion, challenging Coles’ and Woolworths’ stranglehold over the grocery sector, if it fixes issues such as checkoutqueues.

Mr Daunt agreed that UBS’s $9.3 billion forecast was “perfectly possible” and said Aldi’s national market share could approach 15 per cent over time as it opened up to 120 stores in Western Australia and South Australia and added 20 stores a year in the east.

“We have about 11 per cent share on the eastern seaboard (and) I’d expect we’d obtain that sort of success in the new markets of Western Australia and South Australia. There’s probably a little bit more market share that we could obtain out of existing markets on the eastern seaboard,” he said.

Aldi would maintain its lowest-price position in the market, despite renewed discounting and price investment by the big chains, Mr Daunt said. A basket of branded and private label groceries at Aldi was 20 to 30 per cent cheaper than a similar basket at Coles or Woolworths and the discounter enjoyed strong relationships with suppliers, he said.

“At the core of our business model is the need to offer the highest-quality product at the lowest price. It’s a very dangerous territory to get into for a discounter to allow others to encroach on that area and that’s certainly not part of our plan.

“We will always select the lowest price we’re able to afford to sell the product at, which is very different to the standard retail convention, which is to price products at the highest you’re able to get away with.”

But Mr Daunt played down speculation that Aldi’s sales could double or triple in the foreseeable future, saying “it’s not going to happen”.

“Despite our success over 14 years we do remain somewhat of a niche retailer, with a limited range of very high-quality products sold at heavily discounted prices. The niche nature of our business model won’t change into the future, even though Aldi has added more national brands to its private label range and is expanding its fresh offer,” he said.

“We’re a company that’s not focused on year-by-year sales growth and we’re not focused on market share. What we are focused on is investing in Australia over a long period of time to produce a sustainable, successful operation.”

Mr Daunt defended Aldi’s limited partnership structure, which averts the need to lodge detailed accounts with the corporate regulator, and has no plans to lift Aldi’s financial disclosures.

“We have set up the company to be a private company because we believe it gives us distinct advantages. That allows us to focus internally on the operations of the business and what our customers need,” he said.

However, unlike multinationals such as Apple and Google, Aldi appears to have paid a full corporate tax rate since becoming profitable five years ago and has no intercompany loans or licence fee arrangements with its German parent. Aldi Australia’s average corporate tax rate in the past few years was almost 31 per cent of net profit and in 2013 it paid $80 million in corporate tax.

Mr Daunt said Aldi Australia was keeping an eye on other markets in Australasia but had no plans “at this stage” to expand in Asia.

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Man injured in fight at Fairfield Heights
南京夜网 / 16/03/2019

A man has been treated in hospital after being assaulted by up to eight teenagers at Fairfield Heights early this morning.
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At 12.30am, officers attached to Fairfield Local Area Command were called to Brooks Lane followingreports of a fight.

Police said two men, aged 20 and 22, were loading furniture outside a unit when they were assaulted by a group of seven or eight youths.

The older man was also struck with a chairbefore the group left the scene with his wallet and phone.

He was treated by Ambulance Paramedics for cuts and bruising before he was taken to Fairfield Hospital where he is receiving further treatment for a laceration to his scalp.

The teens are described only as being all male, Asian and Pacific Islander/Maori inappearance.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Plums ripe for the picking
南京夜网 / 16/03/2019

ROBBED: Meredith Ramsey with her granddaughters Sienna and Keira Taylor with the plum tree that was completely stripped of its fruit while she was away.CLEVE resident Meredith Ramsey got the shock of her life when she went to pick the fruit off her plum tree only to find it totally bare.
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Mrs Ramsey said she and a friend had harvested some fruit from the tree before she went away for the new year.

“I went down to pick some plums to send to my son but they were totally gone,” she said.

“I called my friend to see if she had picked them but when she said she hadn’t I knew that someone had stolen them.”

She said with the amount of fruit that was on the tree, the thieves got away with about 10 kilograms of home grown plums.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that you can knock on my door and ask me and I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Mrs Ramsey said.

“I rang the police, not that I think they can do anything about it, but because I wanted it on record that it had happened.”

Mrs Ramsey said she also turned to Facebook in the hope that people might be more vigilant and keep an eye out in future.

“I don’t usually do that kind of thing but I thought if it makes someone stop and take a second look at a person in someone else’s yard then it’s worth it.”

She said most of all she was disappointed someone would steal fruit from another person’s garden, especially considering what goes into establishing a productive garden.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into our fruit trees and we get a lot of pleasure watching them grow and produce fruit,” she said.

“It takes a lot of time, money and hard work to establish and maintain a garden, it’s not just there for other people to help themselves.”

Mrs Ramsey said she was now considering putting further measures in place to stop people trespassing and stealing from her garden.

“Our trees are already clearly fenced off but I am thinking about installing an electric fence.”

She said while there was nothing that could be done now she wanted to remind people to keep an eye out.

“Sometimes just stopping and looking at who is in someone’s yard is all that it takes, just being wary.”

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Rugby legend plays key role on Australia Day
南京夜网 / 16/03/2019

Ex-Wallabies player and coach, Jim Williams is the official Australia Day Ambassador.
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Penrith’s Australia Day celebrations will include a visit by Premier Mike Baird.

He will give a speech at the Premier’s Reception at the Sydney International Regatta centre at 5pm, on January 26 before the concert at Penrith Lakes.

MP Stuart Ayers will host the event.

Jim Williams, Australian rugby union great, is Penrith’s Australia Day ambassador this year.

Mr Williams will give the ambassador’s address at the citizenship ceremony at the Penrith Civic Centre at 10am.

He will also attend the Premier’s Reception before attending the Australia Day Concert at the regatta centre.

Mr Williams will also attend and speak at the Australia Day Awards dinner on Thursday, January 22.

At this reception Penrith’s local Australia Day awards winners are announced.

Mr Williams was a winner of the Rugby World Cup with the Wallabies and won the Super 12 title with the ACT Brumbies in 2001.

After serving as an assistant coach at Irish club Munster, Mr Williams returned to Australia as part of the Wallabies coaching staff in 2008.

As a player, Mr Williams started at NSW Waratahs, moved to the Brumbies before making his national debut in 1999.

He played 14 times for the Wallabies.

Since April 2012 Mr Williams has turned his attention to the Closing the Gap initiative, working with the NSW Rugby Union on a federal government-funded program called Learn Earn Legend.

The program is aimed at indigenous students; supporting students to stay in school, finish and then go onto further education or employment.

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Project plans to revegetate 10 hectares of floodplain
南京夜网 / 16/03/2019

GREEN GOALS: Chris Halliday on his property at Gladstone, near Kempsey.Worried by the prospect of all the trees in his paddocks dying off, beef producer Chris Halliday resolved to do something about it on his property at Gladstone, near Kempsey.
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Along with 10 other Lower Macleay landholders he became involved in a four-year Landcare project to revegetate 10 hectares of floodplain farmland.

Since late 2012 he has fenced off two “swamp” or wetland areas on his paddocks, weeded, sprayed, mowed, planted about 1200 trees, put guards around and watered them and watched them grow – some to more than four metres in height.

Shortly after he planted the latest batch of trees his farm had the worst frost the area had experienced in 30 or 40 years, he said, which killed some and damaged others, but most survived and are now powering ahead.

The trees he has planted are all native to the area – mostly swamp oaks (Casuarina glauca) and paperbarks (Melaleuca quinquenervia).

The paperbarks are planted into the wettest areas, with the swamp oaks in slightly drier spots.

All the swamp oaks planted were propagated from seeds from a dying tree on the property.

And it was watching trees ­keeling over and not being naturally replaced that got Chris involved in revegetation.

He believes many of the same species of native trees on properties all around the Gladstone and Smithtown area are around 100 years old and are dying from old age, but because cattle are grazed around them they are not regenerating, as any new trees are chewed off or trampled by the animals.

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Horsham Young Citizen of the Year 2015 Greg McKinnon to devote career to youth well-being
南京夜网 / 16/02/2019

Horsham Young Citizen of the Year 2015 Greg McKinnon to devote career to youth well-being Greg McKinnon is Horsham Rural City Council’s Young Citizen of the Year for 2015. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER
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Greg McKinnon is Horsham Rural City Council’s Young Citizen of the Year for 2015. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

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‘‘In 2012, Greg was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Horsham East Citizenship Award and in 2011, he was awarded the Horsham College Alexander Noel Glancy Scholarship,’’ he said.

Mr McKinnon said he loved being involved in programs that supported and motivated students, such as the Youth Alive school tour and Horsham College’s breakfast program.

The Operation 19:14 Family Fun Day is the 2015 Community Event of the Year.

Cr Radford said the joint church initiative, which provided a free day out for Wimmera families, was a deserving recipient.

‘‘We congratulate the organising committee on this highly successful and extremely well-run community event,’’ he said.

‘‘This event has been running for four years, with more than 1300 children registered in 2014.’’

Operation 19:14 organiser Mark Busbridge said the committee felt honoured to receive the award.

‘‘I heard a few people had nominated us and we are very humbled by that,’’ he said.

Mr Busbridge said the committee consisted of about seven people from four Horsham churches.

‘‘One of the main thrusts behind Operation 19:14 is bringing people together for a common purpose and giving families a really good day out,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d like to give a big thank you to everybody who has supported it in the past few years, including the sponsors, because without them it wouldn’t be possible.’’

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Record crowd predicted for Great Western Cup
南京夜网 / 16/02/2019

READY: Great Western Racing Club secretary Michael Barry, with Tiarna Barry, 10, and Leigha Lehmann, 10, have helped prepare the Great Western Racecourse for the Seppelt Salinga Great Western Cup on Sunday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIGREAT Western Racing Club expectsa huge crowd at the SeppeltSalinger Great Western Cupon Sunday.
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Club secretary Michael Barrywas confident the meetingwould attract large numbers thisyear, after crowd numbershovered around 2000 people inprevious years.

‘‘Camping numbers are up, wehave more people here at thetrack than we’ve ever had,’’ hesaid.

‘‘We’re very excited about theraces this year.

“For the first timewe will be a TAB meeting, so theraces will be shown on television.’’

Mr Barry said there wereplenty of events for people toenjoy between the races.

‘‘We’ve got Emma Dean fromMasterchef coming down to dofood demonstrations at 11.30amand 2.45pm,’’ he said.

‘‘We had her here last year andshe was very popular sowe’vegot her back.’’

Mr Barry said the Tuckers HillQuarry Famous Boat Race wouldbe on again this year.

‘‘People can come and dressup and decorate their boats andgo in the race,’’ he said.

‘‘We have heats and then afinal because we have so manynominations.

‘‘Last year the race was won bya group of people who paintedthemselves blue and wore whiteclothes like the Smurfs.’’

Mr Barry said first prize for theregatta was $1000, second prizewas $500 and third prize was$300.

There is also a prize of $500 forthe best Australian-themed boat.

Mr Barry said the annualracing event would include fashionson the field and children’sactivities.

He said there would be freeshowbags for the first 100 childrenthrough the gates.

‘‘We will have a band calledPlastered playing between races six and seven and the regattafinal will be between races fiveand six,’’ he said.

Mr Barry said there was freepublic transportation from Ararat,Stawell and Halls Gap to theracecourse.

He said people could bookonline at www.countryracing南京夜网.au/seppelt-salinger-greatwestern-cup.html.

The fields for the race will befinalised on Thursday morning.

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Armed robbery at Willawarrin Pharmacy
南京夜网 / 16/02/2019

Robbed: Willawarrin PharmacyPolice are appealing for public assistance following an armed robbery at Willawarrin, 30km north-west of Kempsey.
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Shortly before2pm(Tuesday 20 January 2015), three men entered thepharmacy on Main Street, armed with a sawn-off shot gun and machete.

The group threatened the male attendant with the weapons and demanded he open the safe and register.

The men fled the location a short time later with cash, medication and other property.

The attendant was not injured during the incident.

They were seen getting into a dark blue Holden Commodore, where a male getaway driver was waiting for them.

The vehicle was last seen travelling north on Main Street.

Officers attached to Mid North Coast Local Area Command were contacted a short time later and attended the pharmacy

A crime scene was established, which was examined by detectives and specialist forensic officers.

Police conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area but failed to locate any trace of the robbers.

Inquiries into the matter are continuing and police are urging anyone with information, particularly in relation to the getaway car,to come forward.

You can call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Kempsey Police Station on 6561 6199

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Teens assaulted and robbed in Canley Vale
南京夜网 / 16/02/2019

Police are seeking public help after two teenagers were assaulted and robbed in Canley Vale last night.
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At11pm,two boys, aged 13 and 14, were riding their push bikes north along Sackville Street with three other friends, when they approached a group of at least six males seated at a bus stop.

It’s alleged the males assaulted the two boys and took their property including the older boy’s wallet and mobile phone, as well asthe younger boy’s bike.

Their friends took refuge in a nearby park where they contacted Triple Zero (000).

Cabramatta police attended the scene a short time later.

Officers, along with the help of the Dog Unit,conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area; however the group were not found.

The two boys sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

The menhave only been described as being Pacific Islander/Maori in appearance and about 16 to18 years old.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Fracking chemicals found in water
南京夜网 / 16/02/2019

An aerial photo of AGL’s coal seam gas operations in Gloucester. A LABOR government would implement a “moratorium on coal seam gas activity across the state – including Gloucester” if elected at the March polls Opposition Leader Luke Foley said.
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It comes after AGL advised the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) that ground and surface water monitoring data from its Gloucester operations during November had detected traces of a chemical used in fracking.

An AGL spokeswoman said the company was undertaking a full review of the sampling and testing process for its November 2014 water monitoring, which detected the presence of extremely low levels of monoethanolamine.

Monoethanolamine borate is a chemical used in the hydraulic fracturing process to alter the viscosity of the fracture stimulation fluid. This helps the fluid carry sand into the fracture openings and release coal seam gas.

“While it is a constituent of hydraulic fracturing fluid, our baseline sampling found background levels of monoethanolamine in groundwater and surface water in September and October 2014, before hydraulic fracturing operations commenced,” the AGL spokeswoman said.

“Monoethanolamine also is a known constituent of mammal urine and associated with agricultural land and bush areas.”

The EPA’s chief environmental regulator Mark Gifford said the results appear to show an anomaly, which required further investigation.

Commenting in a statement released by Groundswell Gloucester, water resources engineer Jeff Kite said the spike in the levels of monoethanolamine near the fracking site was alarming.

“A monitoring bore sample, taken from between two fracked wells which are only 800m apart on November 17, showed less than one part per billion of this chemical,” he said.

“After completion of fracking on November 20, the concentration was 60 parts per billion.

“That is 60 times the pre-fracking reading. AGL’s Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) requires a zero concentration be present at testing sites.

“The delay between the spike occurring and AGL’s awareness of it, is a huge problem.

“It’s not so much the concentration that’s a worry, it’s the significant increase, across eight different monitoring locations on one day, that suggests fracking chemicals travelled a lot further than AGL expected.”

AGL provided the data to the EPA on January 13 prior to publishing the data on its website.

MidCoast Water said the detection of traces of a chemical used in fracking supported the need for longer background sampling of potential contaminants in local waterways.

The authority said on the day the monoethanolmine was detected there was no river flow and very little groundwater flow. Sampling on two following days returned negative results.

“While MidCoast Water has confirmed the extremely low levels detected and lack of river flow at the time combined to pose no problems for the water supply, longer background sampling of all potential contaminants and not short term sampling would allow for a better understanding of background water quality,” general manager Robert Loadsman said.

AGL was required to undertake a risk assessment of monoethanolamine borate as part of its application to conduct hydraulic fracturing at Waukivory.

The chemical was approved by the Office of Coal Seam Gas for use in the fracking operations at Waukivory.

Groundswell Gloucester said even more disturbing was the lack of test results for another chemical, Tolcide (THPS; Hydroxymethylnasulfate).

“They’re not in the report at all, even though the EPA requires a zero detection limit for this chemical and requires AGL to test for it,” Groundswell spokesman John Watts said.

“AGL’s report states that the EPA didn’t approve the methodology for testing Tolcide levels until December 19, after all four wells had been fracked.”

THPS is a biocide used to kill bacteria in the well. It is considered by water authorities to be extremely toxic to aquatic organisms found in wastewater plants.

AGL said water samples taken during the fracking process were being analysed for THPS levels.

The company said its fugitive methane emissions monitoring in Gloucester during the Waukivory Pilot found “no significant change” to baseline levels recorded before hydraulic fracturing.

AGL fracked four existing Waukivory pilot wells between October 27 and November 26 last year.

Methane emissions monitoring was conducted on November 7, during the hydraulic fracturing phase of the pilot.

“The monitoring was undertaken using the highly sensitive Picarro device which was fitted to a vehicle driven from AGL’s Gloucester site office, along Bucketts Way, Jacks Rd and Fairbairns Rd,” a spokeswoman said.

“Pacific Environment’s interim report to AGL showed “no significant change in ambient methane concentrations detected … when comparing data sets pre and post fracture stimulation.”

The EPA said it would review AGL’s monitoring data and determine the next steps once the analysis was complete.

The Greens spokesman on mining Jeremy Buckingham said the “community’s worst fears had been realised” and called for a complete ban on coal seam gas in NSW.

Story courtesy of the Gloucester Advocate.

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