O’Con­nor ac­knowl­edged for work with lo­cal sta­tion

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NO ra­dio sta­tion can run with­out ex­pert tech­ni­cal ad­vice, and last Thurs­day Alpine Ra­dio ac­knowl­edged the help of Rob O’Con­nor, who has been in­volved with the ra­dio since its in­cep­tion 15 years ago and has been un­stint­ing in his ef­forts to keep the ra­dio on air.

Alpine Ra­dio in­sti­tuted the Warwick Ran­dall Award for out­stand­ing vol­un­teer work over the pre­vi­ous 12 months, and com­mit­tee mem­ber Scotty Gra­ham said that Mr O’Con­nor’s con­tribu- tion has been out­stand­ing.

“This year he helped us get up stream­ing from our web­site so that lis­ten­ers can ac­cess our pro­grams wher­ever they are,” he said.

“He is al­ways ready to come in and fix our com­puter prob­lems, and even when he was on hol­i­day he talked us through var­i­ous pro­ce­dures over the phone, and he has set up a sys­tem so that the ra­dio equip­ment can be ac­cessed re­motely from pri­vate homes if there is an emer­gency.

“Our sys­tems are all very old and Rob is keep­ing them to­gether un­til we can af­ford to up­grade.

Alpine Ra­dio broad­casts via trans­mis­sion tow­ers at Moun­tain Creek, Big Hill, Apex Hill and Har­ri­etville, and Mr O’Con­nor of­ten has to drive long dis­tances over very rough ter­rain to fix trans­mis­sion prob­lems, all in his own ve­hi­cle and at his own ex­pense.

“With­out Rob, Alpine Ra­dio would not run nearly as smoothly as it does,” Mr Gra­ham said.

WHOROULY Land­care had a very suc­cess­ful in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Queens­land Fruit Fly on Oc­to­ber 5.

Richard Map­son from Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria’s fruit fly mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram pre­sented a com­pre­hen­sive over­view of the life­cy­cle of the fruit fly, to help lo­cal res­i­dents pre­vent, con­trol and erad­i­cate any out­breaks of fruit fly.

Mr Map­son ex­plained that over the fruit­ing sea­son a fruit fly can have up to three life cy­cles - that be­ing from a fruit fly emerg­ing from the ground, lay­ing eggs in the fruit, the lar­vae leav­ing the fruit and dig­ging into the ground and then hatch­ing as a fly again.

Whorouly Land­care mem­ber Brian Har­ring­ton said this pro­vides sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to break the life cy­cle of the fruit fly.

“The main ways of pre­vent­ing fruit fly is to mon­i­tor, trap, net, use chem­i­cal spray and dis­pose of the in­fected fruit ef­fec­tively,” he said.

Mr Har­ring­ton said Whorouly Land­care will be at the Whorouly Vil­lage Fair this Sun­day with more in­for­ma­tion on fruit fly, and will have male and fe­male fruit fly traps for sale at dis­counted price, with net­ting also avail­able to be or­dered.

THANKS FOR HARD WORK: This year the Alpine Ra­dio Warwick Ran­dall Award went to Rob O’Con­nor (cen­tre). The award was pre­sented by se­lec­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Scotty Gra­ham (left) and Alpine Ra­dio pres­i­dent Ron Fen­sham.

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