Talking Points

* THE WA Turf Club will soon launch an interactive mini CD-ROM-based marketing strategy. To be used for national and international promotions, ComCard can be used on almost any computer in the world. WA Turf Club information systems manager Paul Joseph said the mini CD-ROM offered function managers a complete picture of the facilities available at Ascot and Belmont Racecourses. "The ComCard contains a powerful presentation – featuring music, narration, video, animation and more," Mr Joseph said.

* BP Refinery Kwinana Pty Ltd has been named the major winner of this year’s WA Water Industry Awards. The company won both the award for Water Treatment/Reuse and the overall Minister’s Award for Excellence. Water Resources Minister Kim Hames said BP Refinery’s water reuse and minimisation program implemented in 1997 had provided a decrease in total water usage, a decrease in potable water usage, large cost savings and significant environmental benefits. Other winners included Solar Energy Systems, South West Irrigation Management Cooperative, Peet and Company, Boulevard Dry Cleaners and Amcor Packaging Australia.

* THE YACHT that sailed its way into Australian history and sank thousands of American hearts is coming home to WA. After 10 years on display in Sydney at the National Maritime Museum, Australia II will be handed over to the State Government by the Commonwealth on December 9. It will then be freighted over to WA, arriving at Fremantle on December 19 or 20. Australia II will form the centrepiece of the new $35 million Fremantle Maritime Museum, expected to open in early 2002. It will be displayed in the existing museum on Cliff Street, Fremantle, until the new facility is built.

* FAMILY owned business New West Foods has become the first WA seafood company to receive Safe Quality Food 2000 accreditation. Fisheries Minister Monty House said by volunteering to participate in a SQF 2000 pilot project, the company had proven it was one with a focus on meeting future market needs. The company is one of five involved in the project. SQF 2000 was designed by Agriculture WA as an initiative of Mr House to ensure the agricultural sector is pro-active in responding to a changing global market pace and a greater demand by consumers for safer foods.

* FOR THE 5th year, Quairading, a small country town 10km east of York with a population of around 800 people, will put on a show promoting all the town has to offer. Three days of festivities will include street parades, talent searches, sheep dog trails, whip cracking, a vintage car display, cattle cutting, cowboys and indians shoot outs, a U Bute Ute competition, a truck pull, bootscooting and square dancing, a gospel music concert and Salvation Army bands. More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend. The Quairading Country Festival takes place from November 4 to 6.

* WINNERS of the 2000 WA Fisheries Reward and Recognition Program have been announced. Augusta-based commercial fisherman Terry Adams and Dongara-based commercial fisherman John Cole won the outstanding service award in the community and industry categories, while Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative research manager Wayne Hosking and Recfishwest executive director Frank Prokop won the innovation and development award. The community stewardship award went to Augusta-based Barry Dawes and the Dunsborough Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Team. Winners in the Fisheries WA staff categories for outstanding service include Kevin Johnson, Barry Jones and Bruce Stevenson. WA Marine Research technical officer of aquaculture George Cassells won the innovation and technical excellence award. All winners receive a study grant of $3,500.

* WA’S firefighters of the year have been named. Peter Sutton and Peter Masini tied for the career fire and rescue firefighter category, the Kwinana Volunteer Brigade won the volunteer fire and rescue service firefighter category, and the Peer Support Group Bush Fire Service won the bush service firefighter category. Emergency Services Minister Kevin Prince commended Peter Sutton for his work over the past two years researching and training Chloe – WA’s first accelerant detection canine.

* A RESTORED cannon from the Trial, the earliest known shipwreck in Australian waters, was recently unveiled at the WA Maritime Museum. The cannon is mounted on a new, authentic gun carriage designed and constructed after extensive research by the Maritime Museum’s chief diver Geoff Kimpton. The English East India company ship Trail came to grief in may 1622 en route from Plymouth to the Spice Islands when it struck and unchartered reef, now know as Trial Rocks, north of the Montebello Islands off Onslow. The wreck had been lost for more than 350 years before it was discovered in 1969 by a group of Perth divers led by the late Eric Christiansen of Busselton.

8 EDUCATION Week 2000 recently opened with a burst of music, song and dance showcasing WA Government schools’ best talent. The formal launch in Forrest Place featured the Kelmscott SHS jazz band and dancers from John Curtin College of the Arts. During Education Week, one-hour lunchtime concerts took place in five city locations – Governor Stirling Tower, Central Park, Allendale Square, SGIO Atrium, QV1 and The Town Hall. Education Minister Colin Barnett said visual and manual art pieces entered in the Quest awards were being displayed as part of the Young Originals Exhibition at the WA Museum’s Hellenic Gallery until the end of October.

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