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2024 Nissan Z Nismo Set to Rev Up the Sports Car Market with Enhanced Supply and Features

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2024 Nissan Z Nismo Set to Rev Up the Sports Car Market with Enhanced Supply and Features

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Nissan has significantly increased the availability of its top-tier Z Nismo sports car for 2024, ready to compete aggressively with the Toyota Supra and Ford Mustang GT. After the initial 100 units sold out in less than an hour in 2023, Nissan Australia has now ensured a more plentiful supply for eager consumers, with immediate delivery options from dealerships.

The 2024 Z Nismo, exclusive in its automatic transmission configuration, is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 309 kW and 520 Nm of torque, an increase of 11 kW and 45 Nm over the standard Z model. The car features a suite of Nismo-specific enhancements including larger front brakes, a tuned launch control, and upgraded suspension and anti-roll bars for sharper cornering capabilities. Additionally, the Nismo variant includes a specialised exhaust system, enhanced engine cooling, sporty Recaro seats, and wider tires for better grip. Aesthetic and aerodynamic tweaks further distinguish it from its less powerful counterpart.

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Despite its numerous upgrades, the Z Nismo comes with a hefty price tag starting at $94,000 (before on-road costs), positioning it $18,000 above the standard Z auto. It directly competes with the Supra GR GTS, priced from $97,380, which offers both manual and automatic transmissions and is powered by a BMW-sourced 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine.

For those interested in traditional muscle cars with more seating, the Ford Mustang remains a viable option. It boasts a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 339 kW and 556 Nm, available at a more affordable $68,290.

Nissan Australia’s Managing Director, Andrew Humberstone, emphasised the demand for the Z Nismo, noting that the rapid sell-out of the first batch underscored the need to bolster supply to satisfy the built-up consumer anticipation. “The Z Nismo is a vehicle that needs to be driven to be believed, and we’re so happy that even more Australians will now get the chance to do exactly that,” he stated.

With its blend of performance enhancements and the iconic Nismo badge, the 2024 Nissan Z Nismo is poised to make a significant impact in the sports car market, offering an enticing option for driving enthusiasts looking for a blend of power, style, and exclusivity.

 

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Better be-leaf it: celebrating International Day of Plant Health

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Better be-leaf it: celebrating International Day of Plant Health

 

In commemoration of the International Day of Plant Health on May 12, 2024, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry is spotlighting the significance of regional collaboration in safeguarding plant health.

Regional achievements in plant health will be lauded during the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) Symposium, a two-day event held at the Cairns Convention Centre on May 8 and 9. The symposium aims to foster better coordination among industry stakeholders, researchers, and governments to protect plant health.

Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer, emphasises the critical role of plants in sustaining our region’s ecosystems. She underscores the staggering impact of plant pests and diseases, which annually result in the loss of 40% of food crops globally, with rural communities bearing the brunt. Vivian-Smith highlights the department’s commitment to research and innovation to combat these challenges and support farmers’ livelihoods.

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One notable initiative involves researching the efficacy of ethyl formate in controlling the khapra beetle at Australian borders, alongside collaborative efforts with the Queensland government to mitigate seasonal incursions of exotic fruit fly. Additionally, the department is enhancing biosecurity measures domestically and fostering partnerships with neighbouring countries to ensure regional plant health.

Recent endeavour’s include departmental visits to ‘high-biosecurity-risk’ sites in Honiara, where collaboration with Solomon Islands’ counterparts facilitated the detection of exotic plant pest threats. Furthermore, Papua New Guinea’s National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority will host biosecurity officers from Solomon Islands to exchange insights on target pests and surveillance techniques, aligning with the department’s Pacific Biosecurity Strategy.

The PBRI symposium will encompass diverse topics such as varroa mites in honeybees, the Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program, and biosecurity risks in the wine industry.

In addition to acknowledging regional achievements, it’s worth noting that the United Nations designated May 12 as the International Day of Plant Health in 2022, emphasising the vital role of plants in sustaining life on Earth. With plants contributing 80% of the food humans consume and generating 98% of the oxygen we breathe, safeguarding their health is paramount for global well-being.

 

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Budget 2024-25: Rural Health Equity Remains Unaddressed

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Budget 2024-25: Rural Health Equity Remains Unaddressed

 

Statement by the National Rural Health Alliance

The recent Federal Budget has missed a crucial opportunity to tackle the persistent healthcare disparities between rural and urban Australia, asserts the National Rural Health Alliance.

Nicole O’Reilly, Chairperson of the National Rural Health Alliance, expressed disappointment at the budget’s failure to meet expectations. She emphasised the government’s lack of responsiveness to rural voices and its failure to commit to comprehensive reforms that would deliver sustainable and long-term benefits for rural communities.

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The statistics paint a stark picture: Australians living farther from urban centres have lower life expectancies and are twice as likely to succumb to preventable illnesses. Rural men and women face significantly higher risks of dying from avoidable causes compared to their urban counterparts. Alarmingly, many rural residents lack access to primary healthcare services within a reasonable distance from their homes, leading to reduced utilisation of Medicare services and exacerbating the burden of disease in remote areas.

O’Reilly highlighted the evidence indicating a significant disparity in healthcare spending, with each person in rural and remote Australia missing out on nearly $850 per year in healthcare access, totalling an annual rural health underspend of $6.5 billion.

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomed certain budget measures, such as the support for rural training opportunities through initiatives like the Charles Darwin University Menzies Medical Program and additional funding for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. However, O’Reilly stressed that these efforts alone are insufficient to address the diverse healthcare needs across rural and remote Australia.

While acknowledging positive steps, O’Reilly emphasised the urgent need for more comprehensive and sustained commitments to ensure equitable healthcare outcomes for rural and remote Australians. She urged the government to prioritise rural health reform in future budget allocations to ensure that all communities receive the care and support they deserve.

 

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade

 

Commencing this Monday, May 20th, the eagerly awaited Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade in Bangalow will kick off, following a brief delay last month attributed to unforeseen approvals needed from Transport for NSW, now successfully resolved.

Expressing gratitude for the community’s understanding during the setback, Phil Holloway, Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, underscored the significance of this project for Bangalow. The upgrade encompasses various enhancements such as the widening of Lismore Road, drainage improvements, establishment of new bus bays and shelters on both Lismore Road and Rifle Range Road, and the creation of picturesque, shared paths connecting the bus bays to Tristania Street.

Beginning Monday, construction crews will mobilize on-site to commence the works, necessitating traffic diversion to Raftons Road via Keith Street or Leslie Street.

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Mr. Holloway outlined the works program, indicating that certain periods will entail road closures at the Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road intersection, with detours in place. Advanced notice will be provided through information boards, yet all users of Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road should anticipate delays and alternate routes.

Here’s what you need to know about the works program:

  • Intersection Closure: The intersection of Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road in Bangalow will be inaccessible to all traffic, barring emergency services. This closure facilitates:
    • Elevation of the road.
    • Reconstruction of the intersection.
    • Installation of culverts under Lismore Road.

This substantial undertaking is made possible through funding contributions from the NSW Government, Australian Government, and Byron Shire Council.

For regular updates on the project’s progress, interested parties are encouraged to visit the dedicated ‘Rifle Range Road upgrade‘ page on Council’s website.

 

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