Ploughing the shape of a giant long-neck turtle into his paddock was the easy bit - the real challenge for Dookie winegrower Richard Tallis was sorting out the GPS software.By John Lewis
Ploughing the shape of a giant long-neck turtle into his paddock was the easy bit — the real challenge for Dookie winegrower Richard Tallis was sorting out the GPS software.
‘‘The actual ploughing took about an hour. But it took a couple of days fiddling with the software,’’ Mr Tallis said.
He said GPS experts eventually put him in touch with a company that supplies software used by American farmers who cut mazes into corn crops.
‘‘People enjoy walking around the mazes apparently — the farmers get a bit of income from that and from the corn as well,’’ he said.
It will form the centrepiece of this Saturday’s Emerging Voices community event as part of the 2013 SheppARTon Festival.
Hundreds of Goulburn Valley primary school students have been busy making lanterns, which they will parade around the turtle at dusk to the accompaniment of a multicultural choir.
Mr Tallis said festival artistic director John Head approached him with the idea in September last year.
‘‘When he first put the idea to me, there was canola everywhere. But we said it was possible — it sounded exciting. And here it is. We think it looks magnificent,’’ he said.
Mr Tallis’ wife Alice said Saturday night would be a great night out for families.
‘‘Bring a picnic and a blanket, and some sturdy footwear. It’s a performance in a paddock — you’ll get the real feel of the landscape,’’ she said.
Mrs Tallis said food would be sold by Friars Cafe, Lutfiyes and local primary schools.
There will also be coffee, ice-cream, popcorn and, of course, Tallis wines available.
‘‘We opened this cellar door here exactly a year ago this weekend. So it’s a real celebration for us,’’ she said.
‘‘We love this place — the landscape and the community.’’
She said the turtle could remain a landscape feature for at least another year.
‘‘We’ll give anything a go. It’s a really exciting concept,’’ she said.
Buses will leave from Shepparton Library on Marungi St between 5.15
City of Greater Shepparton councillors have chosen not to provide support for the Slap Tomorrow forum on climate change to be held next month.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Echuca East Primary School students had to remove dog poo before they could play a game of junior football at Echuca East Recreation Reserve on Friday.
The Elmore Events Centre has received a $500,000 grant which it will put towards the centre's $1.1 million upgrade.
The call has gone out for Kyabram residents to throw open their garage doors for Kyabram Gift Inc's annual Purple Weekend fundraiser.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A fire on a historic bridge on the Heathcote Spring Plains Rd is being treated as suspicious.
Koonoomoo’s recovery from a tornado which hit the township in March is continuing — but this weekend the process will take on a lighter note.
The Roos, after losing four games in a row, have won their second straight with an 80-point thrashing of Picola United.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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