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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
ust 13, 2010 17 rd times relationships with your customers in this to be flexible and understand the system.' Nursery, hard hit by the MIS forestry collapse. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR hardworking and dedicated staff was also a key to the nursery's success. ''The staff we have here are really fantastic,''he said. ''I've been really impressed with their work ethic . . . when there's something that needs to be done they just get in and do it.'' A federal government grant has allowed the Waites to install a new wetland water recycling system on the property. The wetland includes a series of three ponds. The first two ponds collect the water from the nursery that overflows from daily watering of the plants. Sediment in the water settles in the ponds. Native water reeds have been planted around the ponds to help clean the water. A third, larger, pond is situated at the bottom of the wetland and collects the clean water that is then pumped back up to be used in the nursery. Mr Waites said seedlings needed to be kept moist, and and during summer they could use as much as 700,000 litres of water a day. A semi-automatic travelling irrigator system is used to water the many plants at the nursery and is also used to supply fertiliser when needed. With the forestry debate still in full swing, Mr Waites said the time had come for a discussion on the issue that included more stakholders than the state government, forestry companies and contractors. ''I don't think many people realise how much impact this is having on communities like Scottsdale,'' he said. ''So many of the town's businesses and the people that live there either directly and indirectly rely on the forestry industry, but I think a lot of that is just totally being left out of the discussion.''
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