20. 10. 2018
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Johne’s Disease risk-based management era under way

Johne’s Disease risk-based management era under way

Johnes Disease remains a notifiable disease however regulatory actions are no longer required with the new on-farm approach.
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A NEWapproach to management of Johne’s Disease (JD) in cattle started from Friday, moving from a management structure regulated by state governments to an on-farm risk based approach.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, Samantha Allan, said the changes let farmers take responsibility for managing JD in line with other disease and biosecurity risks they manage on-farm.

“Johnes Diseaseremains a notifiable disease however regulatory actions are no longer required with the new on-farm approach,” Dr Allan said.

“Infectedfarms will not be quarantined and any existing quarantines have now been revoked. There will no restrictions on the movement of cattle within NSW or interstate on account of their JD status and no tracing of livestock to and from infected properties.

“Farmers can now consider what measures should be implemented to guard against and manage the biosecurity risk to their business. Options include requesting livestock health declarations when buying stock.”

JD has been managed under the National Bovine Johne’s Disease Strategic Plan since 2003. The new approach comes into effect aftera scheduled review of the plan was undertaken in 2015, which included consultation with industry, Government and the community on how to best manage JD.

In the lead up to the introduction of the Biosecurity Act in 2017,NSW DPI will have further discussions with NSW Farmers and industry organisations on how best to proceed with the management of cattle health statements in NSW.

To bring goats into line with cattle and sheep, similar changes will be made to the management of JD in goats.

Johne’s Disease is an endemic wasting disease caused by bacteria that affects the intestines of cattle.

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Surrender to army convoys

Surrender to army convoys

BANG ON TARGET: A soldier fires blanks from a machinegun on the turret of an armoured truck, right, in Abattoirs Road on the outskirts of Port Pirie on Saturday.Soldiers deployed on Exercise Hamel aroundPort Pirie have a simple request for their fellow road users – please be patient.
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As part of the training scenario, manymilitary vehicles – including semi-trailers and armoured trucks– will be using local roads.

“We appreciate that our road movements will have an impact on other road users, and we are working hard to minimise the effect we have on local people,” said exercise director Brigadier Mick Ryan.

“Throughout this training activity – which is vital to the AustralianArmy’s preparedness – we have been grateful to the many local communities who have welcomed us, and these coming few days will see us further building on that relationship.”

Road users are asked to maintain a safe distance from military convoys and to be aware of changed traffic conditions.

“Our drivers are under strict safety controls every time they operate our vehicles,” Brigadier Ryan said.

“For example, we take the necessary steps to ensure our convoys adhere to the posted speed limits on state and federal roadsand to a maximum of 40 kmh inside our range areas.

“But we are also very aware that school holidays are upon us and that many people may be seeking to get away on holiday and so we are asking that all road users keep us in mind and take it easy with army convoys.”

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Cattle prices on the increase

Cattle prices on the increase

Local connections : Jean and Frances O'Brien, and Kevin Boehme at Clareville Wellington. Photo Mark Griggs.
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At Dubbo Thursday 2145 prime cattle penned, good quality yarding. An increase of British breedshelped lift the average .Vealers firm, medium weight feeder steer,heifers rose 10 cents due mainly British breeds. Heavy weight feeders firm.Trade steers,heifers lost 4 to 6 cents . Heavy steers,bullocks gained 6 c.Cows fell 4 to 9 c.

Quotations: calves 317.2 to 347.2, steer vealers 316.2 to 408.2, heifer vealers 296.2 to 374.2, steer yearlings 230 to 390, heifer yearlings 220 to 357.2, heavy steers 281.2 to 330, bullocks 296 to 349.2, heavy heifers 240 to 360, light cows 173.2 to 241.6, medium cows 200 to 260, heavy cows 255 to 276, bulls 230.2 to 312.2.

FridayDubbo : 3000 store cattle mixed quality yarding. Several large drafts of Angus and Angus cross weaners offered,strong competition. The bulk weaner cattle prices up$30 -$60 depending on breed and weight. Weaner steers sold $455 to 1265 or 253 to 557 cents per kg. weaner heifers $350 to $1250, yearling steers $830 to $1300 or 284 to 449 cents per kg. yearling heifers $650 to $890, one pen of PTIC heifers made $1280. PTIC cows $1030 to $1550 for a pen of heavy Hereford cows, cows & calves $1270 to $1675 a yard of Herefords.

31,500 lambs Dubbo :Monday good quality andnumbers. Heavy weight lambs,, light weight young lambs suitable for the restockers.Lightweight lambs suitable for processing lost $8 -$12, trade weights fell $7, heavy weight lambs up to 26 kg down $5 to $7, the export weights firm. Light weight merino lambs firm however heavy end $12 cheaper trade types $108 to $146. Heavy end top$162, hoggets$135. Quotations: heavy young lamb $144, light supermarket lamb $159, light lamb $45 to $123, medium lamb $96 to $145, heavy lamb $124 to $159, supermarket lambs $143 to $188, export lamb $172 to $232.

7500 mutton a mixed quality yarding, most grades fell $13 to $18 Quotations: light ewes $48 to $84, medium ewes $65 to $113, heavy ewes $86 to $125, light wethers $51 to $85, medium wethers $70 to $107, heavy wethers $114 to $132, ram lambs $75 to $129, rams $70 to $123.

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What’s on: some key dates for your diary

What’s on: some key dates for your diary

Do you have a community event you want to share? Send in the details, and your contact information [email protected]南京夜网419论坛to have it included in our weekly Community Events listings.TODAY* Learn to Paint classes are being held at the Hope City Church office, in 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook, from 10am. Phone 0418 206 707.
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* CWA Evening group meet at the CWA rooms Surman Street, Scone 6pm start. All welcome.

* Muswellbrook Men’s Shed meets every Wednesday at 7-9 Industrial Close, Muswellbrook, from 9am. New members are welcome. Phone 0474 253 256 or email [email protected]南京夜网

* Scone Historical Society Research Centre, Kingdon Street opens 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Sergeants Residence. Contact Ann on 6545 9773 or Betty on 6545 1598.

* Country Cottage Craft card making and beading workshop, from 10am to noon at Muswellbrook library. Contact Janis on 0418 629 449.

* Embroiderers Guild Inc. meets at CWA Rooms, Scone. Contact Kay on 6545 2110 or Pat on 6545 0416.

* All are invited to join free fitness group – Scone Community Walkfit. It’s fun, social and free, 9.15am for 9.30start. Rain or shine, they meet at 9 Stanstead Close, Scone (top of cul-de-sac). [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

THURSDAY* The Scone SDA Church Food Pantry is open from 1pm to 3pm weekly (Thursdays) at 164 Susan Street, Scone. Registration is required by Centrelink or Healthcare card, however no disadvantaged person will be turned away. Phone 0490 078 105.

* The Red Door Kitchen is on in the Uniting Church Hall, Muswellbrook, on Thursdays. Enjoy a home-cooked meal and friendly company, open for lunch today between noon and 2pm. .

* A Catholic Faith course has started at the Cusa Room next to St James’ Catholic Church in Muswellbrook to refresh and renew Catholics’ knowledge of their faith. It’s free, from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Contact Monica Brown on 0409 913 453.

* Learn to make Jewellery classes are taking place at the Hope City Church office, in 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook, at 10am. For details, phone 0418 206 707.

* At the Scone Youth Centre from 4pm to 5pm there will be a free relaxation group for those younger than 18. Canteen available. Contact Mel on 0417 287 540.

* Senior Citizens Centre has Euchre and Bingo from 1pm to 4pm. Contact Robyn Edmonds on 6545 1915.

* Scone Bridge Club will meet at Scone Arts and Crafts from 10am to 3.30pm. Anyone interested in learning to play iswelcome. Contact Philippa on 6545 2683 or Amy on 0416 326 612.

FRIDAY* Have you ever wanted to learn scrapbooking? Well, here is your chance. Attend the Hope City Church office at 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook. For more information, phone 0418 206 707.

* Active Over 50 Muswellbrook is a group session aimed at improving stamina, strength, flexibility, bone density and balance. Classes are suitable for beginners. There are two sessions at the Uniting Church Hall, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.15am. Contact Julie on 6543 2517.

* Scone Library presents StoryTime. A Get Together for parents and children from 10.30am to 11.30am. Contact 6540 1183.

* Alcoholics Anonymous meet from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall, Waverley Street, Scone. Contact National AA on 130 222 222.

* Scone Arts and Craft – Painters, join our small and friendly artist groups 10am to 2pm. From beginners to experienced. Contact Betty on 6543 4310.

SATURDAY* Uniting Church - Learn Conversational English – Scone Uniting Church Hall, Kingdon Street, Scone, 2-4pm Saturdays, No cost. Contact Jackie on 6545 1429 or Greg on 6545 3176.

* Crochet and Craft group meet at the Scone library from 9am to 12pm. Free morning tea will be provided. Contact Scone library on 6540 1370.

SUNDAY* The Hunter Valley Over 50s’ Singles’ Social Club meets at the Polish Hall, Grant Street, Maitland, on the first Sunday of the month at 10am. Outings throughout the month include dinners, picnics, shows, movies, lunches, morning teas etc. So if you are 50+ and looking for friendship in a friendly group environment then come along to our meeting and enjoy morning tea or contact Glenda on 4934 3136 or Mary on 4951 4407 for further details.

* Hope City Church meets at Hill Street, Muswellbrook. Morning Service Sunday at 10am. All welcome. Contact Pastor Garth Belford on 0418 206 707.

MONDAY* Quilting classes take place at the Hope City Church office, 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook, from 7pm. For more information, phone 0418 206 707.

TUESDAY* Every Tuesday a TransCare bus travels to Tamworth from Scone, departing at 8am with connecting buses from other towns. Fare is approximately $30 return depending on where you are travelling from. Return journey departs from Tamworth at 2pm. Bookings are essential. Phone 6545 3113.

* Gidget Foundation Support Group meets monthlyfrom 1pm to 3pm at Scone Youth Centre. The group is an inclusive group who are experiencing or have experienced, supporting a loved one with or at risk of Prenatal Depression. Contact Katrina on 0411 587 655.

* Scone CWA Craft and Friendship Day, meet Scone CWA Rooms, 10am to 3pm. Contact Carolyn 041 246 308.

* Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in Muswellbrook. For more information, contact the national AA helpline on 1300 222 222.

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New-look wig bank helps on cancer journey

New-look wig bank helps on cancer journey

When Louise Sheba received her cancer diagnosis it was a double blow. Not only did she face the anguish of treatment, but also the reality of losing her hair.
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Ms Sheba describes the idea of losing her locks as devastating.“I lookedinto what I could do, go bald, use scarves, wear beanies or try a wig,” she said.

Help in hard times: Volunteer Judy Conn receives a new addition to the wig bank from Louise Sheba. Picture: Vicky Hughson

A trip to the St John of God wig bank allowed Ms Sheba to try a few different styles.

“It’s great the service because it’s really, really hard to lose your hair. These days though wigs have really come a long way…I don’t worry about them now, I just wear them with ease,” she said.

The wig bank began in Warrnambool a few years ago.Current volunteer Judy Conn helped found the service after her own experience with cancer.

Ms Conn saidpatients experienced enough challenges without having to travel to Geelong or Melbourne for a wig.

“We saw a need for it and it’s taken off,” she said.

New and donated wigs are available in a range of styles and colours to suit women of all ages.

Director of nursing Leanne McPherson said the wig bank had just undergone a revamp and was now located in a quieter corner of the hospital.

“Our volunteerswho run the wig bankdo a wonderful job and our role it to ensure they have the resources onhand to continue with the quality service we provide,” she said.

“We aim to run the wig bankduring quieter times of the week in order to respect privacy andprovide a one-on-one service.”

The Wig Bankteam also works withLittle Yellow Owl hairdressing salon. ManagerJulie Gurryoffers a service where clientscan select five wigs from an outlet in Melbourne to try on.

“I have used both services with great success and we are lucky to havethis in Warrnambool,”Ms Shebasaid.

After being on the cancer journey, Ms Conn has a few words of wisdom for others.

“Going through it it’s not all bad, you meet some wonderful people,” she said.

“People find that you’re not on your own.”

The St John of God Wig Bank can be contacted viaJudy on0435 739 370 or5561 2873, or Rhonda on0438 182 992. Clients do not need to be St John of God patients.

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Whales ahoy at Head of Bight

Whales ahoy at Head of Bight

THE arrival of the first southern right whale to the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre marks the start of the 2016 whale watching season.
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SPECTACULAR: Overhead views of the Southern Right Whales at the Head of Bight last year.

STUNNING: Visitors at the Head of Bight centre get a close up look at one of the whales from the boardwalk.

Several whales have been seenclose to the cliffs near the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre, with the first few spotted at the tail end of June.

“There is no better place in Australia to view whales in their natural environment,” presiding member of the Aboriginal Lands TrustHaydyn Bromley said.

The centre is owned and managed by the Aboriginal Lands Trust of South Australia, which works in partnership with the Yalata Community and other regional Aboriginal groups to protect the fragile ecosystem and care for the Land at Head of Bight.

“The Head of Bight is one of the state’s tourism jewels. It was recently named as one of the top three tourist destinations in South Australia,” Mr Bromley said.

“Aboriginal people are very proud of the Head of Bight and welcome visitors to experience not only the whales but some of our Aboriginal culture.

The interpretive centre provides a unique whale watching experience, where the migratory southern right whales congregate en masse to give birth to their calves each year.

These whales take up residencefor a five month period making the location one of the most spectacular whale watching sites in Australia.The Head of Bight Interpretive Centre is located on the Nullarbor Plain in the state’s far west coast, a short drive off the Eyre Highway on a sealed road.Over the years many visitors have flocked to the centre to marvel at the lopping, diving and slow motion somersaults of the majestic endangered creatures that mate and calve in the nursery waters after their long journey through the Antarctic waters.

Mr Bromley encouragedtravellers to visit the centre and enjoy the beauty and scenery that access to the whales offers.

The high cliff and the boardwalk that has been build across itprovidesa perfect vantage point of the whales, and the gentle giants can often be seen quite far inland forvisitors to see them playing up close.

Whales can be spotted at the Head of Bight usually between July and October each year.The total count for whales so far this seasons at the centre are in the seventieswhich is high but also a typical number for the Head of Bight in recent years. The daily and total whale count can be seen on the whale watching board on Poynton Street in Ceduna.

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19. 09. 2018
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Police want airport boost

Police want airport boost

Police Association of Tasmania boss Pat AllenTHE Australian Federal Police and Tasmania Police unions are concerned the statewill become an international “soft target” for drug mules when direct flights from China start.
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The call comes after a 22-year-old man was arrested on Friday, allegedly found with $280,000 of methamphetamine concealed in his underwear.

Tasmania Police has alleged a drug detection doglocated the quantity and the man was performing his second drug run from Sydney when he was caught.

Police have called it their largest bust in two years.

But AFP union chief Angela Smith said she had seen media reports suggestingthe state’s ice problem was increasing and theforce was struggling to cope.

She believes AFP numbers need to be increased at Hobart Airport again, after 27 officers were removed from the facility due to budgetary reasons in 2014.

“The island is a soft target for drug traffickers because it is a gateway into Australia,” she said.

“(It willbe)an International Airport that will soon have international flights from China.Right now, Hobart is the only capital city not to have the full time protection of the Australian Federal Police at its airport.”

Police Association of Tasmania president Pat Allen supported the AFP Union’s push to strengthen airport protection measures.

“Iceis a growing problem in Tasmania,” Mr Allen said.

“When we start to see direct flights in and out of China – and I hope we do for the Tasmanian economy – we will need an AFP presence for international flights and visitors.”

An AFP spokeswoman said Tasmania Police was responsible for its own operations at Hobart airport.

“The AFP has a presence in Tasmania and works closely with Tasmania Police,” she said.

“The AFP has responsibility for law enforcement at...nine designated Australian airports.”

The state government did not respond to questions about improved airport security.

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Blacktown City down brave Hakoah

Blacktown City down brave Hakoah

Picture: Football NSWMITCHELL Mallia’s88thminute goal saw Blacktown Citysnatch a 3-2 win over Sydney City Hakoah at Lilys Football Stadium onSunday.
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In an unexpectedly tough match for Blacktown City, the home side was let down by some poor finishing and frustrated by Hakoah’s direct style.

Early goals to Matthew Lewis and Danny Choi had City cruising but they had blown a 2-nil lead when Nathan Bowden-Haase headed Hakoah level in the 81stminute.

But Mallia’s last-ditch goal restored City’s lead and kept them within touching distance of first-placed Sydney United 58 on the NSW National Premier Leagues Division 1 ladder.

Speaking post-match,Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden was clearly irritated by Hakoah’s direct approach.

“It was an awkward game, they play an awkward style, a lot of long ball,” he said.

“I thought the first half was okay, and the second half it was the same thing, long ball, long ball. We probably gave away two softish goals. It was a real battle, it was very fiercely contested and full credit to the lads for sticking on and getting the winner.

“We tried to play footy whereas the other mob tried to play a lot of long stuff. It just meant we had to try to play deep from our own third. I think that considering the toughness of the contest, the whole side played well.”

City took the lead in the eighth minute when Lewis fired home from close range and Choi doubled theadvantage from the penalty spot on 14 minutes.

Choi and Mallia ran Hakoah’s fullbacks ragged throughout the first-half but City couldn’t extend their lead andHakoah hit back against the run of play when Adrian Vranic scored a fine solo goal.

Vranic left a string of City defenders in his wake and beat keeperNenad Vekic superbly in what was the moment of the match.

In the second-half, Blacktown were dominant.

Lewis Beumie went close in the 53rdminute before Travis Major was teed up by Choi but turned his point-blank shot over the crossbar when it seemed easier to score.

A rare corner gaveHakoah a late chance to draw leveland they took it.Bowden-Haase’s towering header was too good forVekic and it appeared the away side hadpulled a point out of the fire.

But City regrouped and found the winner throughMallia two minutes from time.

Blacktown City will travel to Wollongong next weekend.

Blacktown City match-winner Mitchell Mallia. Picture: Football NSW

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Injured hoop watches replacement win

Injured hoop watches replacement win

Jockey Alison Threadwell after her win on Poet's Trick for Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt at Taree this week.
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JOCKEYLuke Cumberland returned from hospital from a pre-race tumble to see a replacement jockey on Port Macquarie gelding Laredo Hussler notch its third win in its last four starts at Taree’s $160,000 prizemoney TAB meeting on Monday.

Cumberland had been on the four-year-old for wins at Taree on May 23 and at Port on June 19 and was looking forward to another win before the mishap on another Neil Godbolt-trained galloper, Sensational Song, before the first race.

He landed heavily when the three-year-old gelding reared and was taken by ambulance to hospital with a knee injury.

But all was okay and he managed to return to the track to see Coffs Harbour hoop Raymond Spokes guide Laredo Hussler ($8.50 to $6) to an all-the-way win by 2.25 lengths in the Eddies Fresh Chickens Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1412m in a class record.

No sooner had Cumberland watched the impressive win, he left the track sorely bruised in frame and in spirit.

Chief stipendiary steward Drew Smith said the win “rubbed salt in the wound (for Cumberland) by watching the race.”

Spokes said he was “lucky” to pick up the ride but “it was a horrible way to get it.”

Godbolt was surprised how easy Laredo Hussler got the lead and reported that the last three wins had occurred with the gelding wearing blinkers and keeping it to shorter races with more rest between runs.

The trainer grabbed a winning double, he earlier seeing five-year-old gelding Poet’s Trick ($8.50) also lead all the way for jockey Alison Threadwell in the MJR Accountants Entires & Geldings Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1257m on a day where leaders dominated on the eight-race card conducted by Taree Wingham Race Club on a good-rated track.

The gelding,owned by a Kempsey syndicate of business people headed by vet Andrew Bennett,came from the outside barrier to record Threadwell’s first win since coming back from a racetrack injury.

“It has been a long time between drinks for the syndicate but along with Holy Weeva (two wins in a row),they have a few good things going for them,” Godbolt said.

The double gave Godbolt38 wins for the season.

Boom Port three-year-old gelding Laurentian ($2.50), trained by John Sprague, was also aiming for three wins in a row on the Bushland Drive track but that feat by .75 of a length went to Wyong filly Alaskan Wolf ($15) which was resuming from a spell for trainer,part-owner Norman Rogers.

She had won her first two races at Taree in August and returned,after two unplaced runs at Canterbury and Hawkesbury late last year, with the win, coming from just off the pace.

Laurentian was taken on in front and tended to hang over the concluding stages after a tough run.

The Elders Real Estate Maiden Plate over 1257m,the race in which Sensational Song was scratched after dumping Cumberland and careering around the track before the start,was won by a neck by the $1.90 favourite,three-year-old gelding Background Scalper, trained at Newcastle by Kris Lees and ridden by Aaron Bullock, in a class record.

The two again combined to register another class record with Rupavari ($4.40) which scored by 2.25 lengths in the Taree Taxis Fillies & Mares Maiden Plate.

Lees had accepted with four gallopers,two were scratched,and the other two gave him wins for a perfect day.

Easiest win of the afternoon was recorded by Gosford three-year-old gelding Mr Snowman ($2.70), trained by Gordon Yorke and ridden by his four kilo claiming 25-year-old Hong Kong apprentice Eric Cheung for his second win,first at the track.

It scored by 3.5 lengths in the CJ Hogan & Company Maiden Handicap over 1007m.

Mr Snowman,owned by Yorke, Kaz Saunders and Geoff Lynam, badly injured the trainer and put him in hospital for five days when being broken in last year.

Port jockey Peter Graham shot three-year-old gelding Rainbow River ($6), trained at Taree by Bob Milligan, to the lead on the turn and had 1.75 lengths to spare on the line in the Cleavers Tyres Country Class 1 Plate over 1614m.

Four-year-old mare Darbies Blugirl ($10) ,trained and part owned by Barry Lawrence from Newcastle and ridden by Matt Bennett,also set a class record in scoring by a long neck in the Stacks Law Firm Fillies & Mares Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1257m.

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Ross Lyon fears Nat Fyfe could leave Fremantle Dockers if club has no plan

Ross Lyon fears Nat Fyfe could leave Fremantle Dockers if club has no plan

Nat Fyfe is working hard towards a 2017 return for Fremantle. Photo: FacebookFremantle coach Ross Lyon has warned fans that he believes superstar Nat Fyfe could leave the club if it does not convince him it has a plan for future success.
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Speaking on Fox Footy's On the Couch on Monday night, Lyon said he knows the 2015 Brownlow Medallist loves the club but he craves success like any other AFL player.

"He is really exerting his leadership and energy around the club," Lyon said of the 24-year-old.

"How he spoke when he won the Brownlow, he loves the Fremantle Football Club, but in saying that he wants to build success."

Lyon acknowledged the importance of including all personnel and supporters in building towards a premiership.

"You've got to bring everyone along for the journey like when the Hawks did it — board members, fans, members and your best players and leaders because they've got to buy into the plan," Lyon said.

"If Nathan believes in that plan coming his way, he'll be here, I've got no doubt.

"If he doesn't believe in the plan, and we don't bring him along, he'd be a chance to leave."

Fyfe's season ended in round five with a leg fracture - one of a number of disasters that hit Fremantle this year as they plummeted out of premiership contention with 10 straight losses from the season opener.

After that loss to Carlton, Lyon said the club had to re-stump, re-wire and re-plumb, with chief executive Steve Rosich last weekend outlining a plan for the Dockers to recruit heavily through the next three to four national drafts as they rebuild their playing list.

​"We could load up and attract free agents and uncontracted players, but if that failed then you'd be in a real hole," Lyon said.

"We want to take care of the present and the future at the same time.

"We don't want to sell the farm, either ... we would still like to play finals next year.

"We think it's possible - anything's possible."

Fremantle (3-11) will miss the finals this season for the first time since Lyon took over as coach at the end of 2011. But the former St Kilda mentor, who boasts a 63 per cent winning ratio at the Dockers, believes the club can contend in 2017 with a healthier list.

The club can expect key players Fyfe, Aaron Sandilands (ribs), Michael Johnson (knee/hamstring), Harley Bennell (calf) and Alex Pearce (leg) to return next year, though Pavlich, 34, is certain to retire at the end of this season.

Lyon said Pavlich planned to play the rest of the season before retiring, despite suggestions he should be given an early send-off game.

The Dockers legend will play against Melbourne in Darwin on Saturday night but managed throughout the rest of the season and unlikely to make the trip to Gold Coast in round 18.

Meanwhile Fyfe told Channel Seven on Monday night he won't know until next season whether the decision to take the whole year off to allow his fractured leg to heal properly was the right one.

Fyfe's fractured left fibula was the same bone injured in last year's preliminary final loss against Hawthorn.

He had surgery to have another plate inserted in the days after the injury. There was a possibility that Fyfe could play again this season with the plate still in his leg but it was decided he would get the plate removed and sit out the remainder of the year.

Fremantle's likely next captain said he feels fit enough to play now but he will have the plate removed in a couple of weeks and said time would tell if the right decision was made.

"We won't know until next year, but a year off this year will hopefully give me some longevity in my career and have me ready to really attack next year and return to my best footy, which I've got every intention of doing," Fyfe said.

"I'm fit and strong and if I wasn't getting the plates removed I'd be playing footy by now.

"But the way we've gone, in a couple of weeks I'll have the surgery, have the plates taken out and start again on my rebuild for 2017."

Fyfe has been in Fremantle's coaching box and around the team on match days in recent weeks helping the club's young midfield group.

He is part of the Dockers leadership group and said the mentoring role had kept him engaged during his time out with injury.

"It just reminds me and invigorates me and lets me know how powerful my influence can be," Fyfe said.

"I've had great mentors and leaders throughout my footy journey and I feel I've got an important leadership role to keep engaged, keep giving back to these young guys because we've got some genuine stars coming through. It's my job to nurture them to the top."

Teammate Lachie Neale said last week that Fyfe had been a critical sounding board for him this year and the two-time AFL Players' Association MVP provided a unique perspective for the players.

"He's been great.. he comes in at half-time and at the breaks and speaks to the midfielders," Neale said.

"He's been great for me and Connor Blakely has been speaking to him at the breaks as well.

"He just gives us more of a player's perspective, instead of hearing from the coaches all of the time.

"He sees the game a bit differently to what Marc Webb (Freo Dockers midfield coach) might, or what Ross (Lyon) might.

"It's been fantastic for him to come in and give us some tips and give us some areas to grow and also some positive affirmations as well throughout the game."

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