O’Connor acknowledged for work with local station
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.