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Denise GoodfellowDenise GoodfellowNT residents are calling for urgent action to fight a fire-prone grass introduced to Australia as cattle food that’s devastating native plants and animals in the Top End and threatening the lives of locals and tourists this Dry Season.

Gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) is a tall African grass that the Australian cattle industry has embraced for its ability to support many more cattle than native pasture and its tolerance of tropical seasons. Gamba grass is highly flammable, growing in clumps as tall as four metres with stems as thick as bamboo.

Australian eco-tourism expert and long-time NT resident Denise Goodfellow describes the gamba grass infestations of the Top End as “verging on the catastrophic”. "While the NT Government has put much effort into fighting gamba grass, we need to recognise that it’s more than a nuisance weed – it is a disaster waiting to happen,” she warns.

MIMP Connecting Solutions General Manager Stephen FitzgeraldMIMP Connecting Solutions General Manager Stephen FitzgeraldHigh-speed gigabit internet will be available in South Australia's two largest regional cities, Whyalla and Mount Gambier, by the end of the year.  Eligible businesses in Whyalla and Mount Gambier will be connected to the GigCity network by Adelaide company MIMP Connecting Solutions, through a $1 million State Government-funded project. 

“Building the GigCity network to additional precincts is a key action item within the state’s strategic action plan for future industries and entrepreneurship or the FIXE strategy,” South Australia’s Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said. 

It is expected more than 220 businesses in Mount Gambier and around 70 in Whyalla will take up the service, at prices comparable to those available in metropolitan Adelaide GigCity precincts – ranging from $49.90 to $179.90 per month (ex GST), depending on the size of the business and the chosen plan. 

“MIMP Connecting Solutions has begun preliminary works to build a new wireless broadband network and eligible businesses in both cities will be invited to register their interest to connect soon,” Minister Pisoni said. 

Paul McClure W HUltraServe Chief Revenue Officer Paul McClure

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UltraServe, digital commerce experts, today launches its latest breakthrough, UltraServe Commerce, the pay-as-you-consume digital commerce platform for enterprise. Delivered via the AWS Marketplace, UltraServe Commerce eliminates many barriers to entry traditionally associated with launching digital commerce initiatives by reducing upfront costs, risk and time.

With just a few clicks, UltraServe Commerce empowers organisations to deliver outstanding customer experiences by combining native enterprise-grade digital commerce features with a highly customisable framework.

UltraServe Chief Revenue Officer Paul McClure said traditional enterprise-grade digital commerce solutions forced midsize organisations to make significant compromises when selecting a platform that met their business requirements. “UltraServe Commerce eliminates these compromises by delivering enterprise-grade digital commerce capabilities in a simple and more consumable way,” he said. “UltraServe Commerce helps organisations realise the full potential of their digital commerce investment in the shortest possible time with the least amount of upfront cost and risk.”

HHS 100 organising committee WHawera High School Centennial organising committee:
Back row: Judyth Marsh, Shontae Broughton-Malcolm, Dinah Kupe-King, Anne Duffy.
Second row: Fiona Nicholson, Harvey Tutauha, Peter Mihaljevich, Pauline Hurley, Tracey Hardy, Sandy Tosland.
Front row: Alan Drake (Sec.), Donald Stockwell (Chair), Judy Brown (Dept. Chair.), Val Baylis (Treas), Rachel Williams (Principal).
Hawera High School will celebrate 100 years of co-educational secondary education in South Taranaki during the 2019 Labour Weekend, on October 25-27.

As Hawera High prepares to embark on a major rebuild of the school, former teachers, old scholars and members of the South Taranaki community have the chance to farewell school landmarks such as the Laurenson Block and High School Hall, where many a student laboured over their School C exam papers.

Events during the Hawera High 100 weekend include a Centennial cricket match; a Friday night meet and greet; school tours, decade photos, the Dedication & Centennial cake cutting, winding up with a Cabaret on Saturday, and the Official Jubilee luncheon on Sunday. For a brief rundown on the colourful history of Hawera High and details about registering to attend events, visit https://www.hawerahighreunion.com/.