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TAS Country : August 26th 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 News Bush is back in town' BLAIR RICHARDS Jan Davis Continued Page 6 RURAL issues are set to get more attention on the national stage with regional independents holding the bal- ance of power after last Saturday's federal election. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said the election's extraordinary out- come could help put the bush ''back in business''. ''It could be a very good thing for farmers,'' Ms Davis said. ''With the balance of power held by a rural-based group that has an under- standing of the issues facing the rural sector, we hope we'd get some good outcomes. ''As far as I'm concerned everyone's got a lot to prove when it comes to their track record. ''No one's covered themselves in glory.'' A handful of in- dependent MPs from rural-based electorates, plus a new Greens mem- ber for Mel- bourne, hold the key to who will form the next government. Independent Andrew Wilkie also looks set to win the Hobart seat of Denison. The independent MPs are Rob Oake- shott (Lyne), Tony Windsor (New England) and Bob Katter who serves the electorate of Kennedy in outback Queensland. The Australian Greens also in- creased their presence in Parliament on Saturday with a record vote. The Greens won a seat in the House of Representatives with Adam Bandt taking Melbourne and the party boost- ed its number of senators to nine. Ms Davis said the faming com- munity had less to fear from the Greens than in days gone by. ''The Greens have some policies that cause some anxiety, but they have some other policies that are right on the money. ''A decade ago, we thought of them as a party we couldn't talk to.'' 335 Main Road, Glenorchy Ph 6273 1066 163 Invermay Road, Launceston Ph 6334 9994 FROM $8999 $1999 $12999 $4499 FROM $6999 Hsun HS500/700 UTV 4x4 Hi/low range 2/4 wheel drive shift Front diff lock Zinmoto FX150ft 150cc 2x4 Automatic Hsun 800utv 4x4 40kw Hi/low range 2/4 wheel drive shift Zinmoto FX300 ATV-B 2x4 Fully auto Hi/low range Hsun HS500/700 ATV 4x4 Hi/low range 2/4 wheel drive shift Front diff lock 2003489-100827 $4299 Zinmoto XT250 ATV-4 2x4 250cc semi automatic 5 speed Warranties/service and spare parts available Monday-Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am to 12.30pm www.zinmoto.com LESSON: Deloraine High School student Ayden Schnoor, front, checks out some weeds watched by, from left, landcare co-ordinator Brendon Fenner, Jay Walker, Brodi Nicholas and Tristan Broadfoot-Hadley. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Weedy swappers go native Continued Page 6 KAROLIN MacGREGOR BEING able to swap a weed for a healthy native plant is a pretty good deal, and that is exactly what will be on offer at Deloraine High School next week. Meander Valley residents are being encouraged to participate in the school's first Weed Swap on Wednesday. Deloraine High School landcare co- ordinator Brendon Fenner said the aim was to raise awareness about weeds within the region and also educate students at the same time. Plants for the Weed Swap have been grown by students at the school and about 1000 will be available for swapping during the day. ''The more people that are aware of the different types of weeds out there the better,'' Mr Fenner said. ''Once weeds get established they can be a huge problem and it costs a lot to get rid of them, so everyone can help out. And it's not just farmers --- a lot of weeds actually start out in nurseries.'' He said some people would be surprised to know that 65 per cent of the country's invasive weed species originally escaped from gardens into surrounding bushland, waterways and national parks. Anyone can take part in the Weed Swap, from farmers to small property owners and home gardeners. Mr Fenner said educating students at the school about weeds was also an important part of the day. ''We'll get the kids to identify which weeds are coming in and we'll keep a count of them during the day so we know how many of each type have been brought in,'' he said.
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