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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 News HOPEFUL: Ashlyn Boswood, 17, of Acton Park. Picture: LEIGH WINBURN Breaking the grass ceiling JENNIFER CRAWLEY MISS Country Girl Australia 2010 could be a Tasmanian, if the number of entries is anything to go by. The national competition has attracted 47 Tasmanian entrants. From Snug to Port Sorell, Sulphur Creek to Richmond and Boat Harbour to Forest, the young Tasmanian entrants are eager to win the modelling contract offered as first prize. Two-thirds of the 23 national finalists last year were rewarded with a modelling contract or an interview with an agency. Competition director Katie Jones said some of Australia's top models came from regional areas. ''There has been a real push within the Australian modelling industry to search regional Australia for talent,'' she said. ''This pattern can be recognised through models like Miranda Kerr from Gunnedah, Jennifer Hawkins from Newcastle, and the 2009 Miss Universe Australia winner Rachael Finch from Townsville.'' Could Miss Acton Park be next? Contestant Ashlyn Boswood, 17, lives on five acres at Acton Park. She attends Rosny College and hopes to work full-time as a model. ''I have done a bit of modelling at Studio e,'' Ashlyn said. ''I thought I'd try my luck and see how it went.'' Ms Jones said the competition gave young rural women a chance to establish a professional modelling career by breaking geographic boundaries. Contestants participate in a modelling workshop where they learn deportment and etiquette, as well as industry tips and tricks. Ms Jones said no experience was required for the contest. The two Tasmanian finalists will compete in Sydney for the national title. The Tasmanian state final of Miss Country Girl Australia will be held at the Northgate Shopping Centre, Glenorchy, on September 18-19. Registrations will be taken at Northgate from 1-5pm on September 17. Don t let slugs chew into your poppy profit. www.agnova.com.au ALL WEATHER SLUG AND SNAIL BAIT Metarex is the smart choice to protect your poppies. Slugs can t resist it. Broadcast Metarex after planting and get unmatched rainfastness and performance. Don t wait til it s too late. Registered trademark of De Sangosse, France METAD0810 The best rainfast slug bait registered for use in poppies. Available from SERVE-AG branches. Farm fury at shock treatment KAROLIN MacGREGOR Jan Davis TASMANIA'S peak farming body has hit out at plans to increase power prices by a further 21 per cent, saying the state's primary producers will be some of the hardest hit. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graz- iers Association says plans to increase power prices by a further 10.6 per cent this year could put dairy farmers, already struggling after a period of very low milk prices, under significant financial stress. TFGA chief Jan Davis said that, unlike other business operators, far- mers were not able to pass on increas- ing input costs. ''The problem is they can't pass on the cost. Farmers are price takers, not price makers,'' she said. ''Dairy farmers will be particularly hard hit. Electricity is a major cost of production for them. On the other side of the ledger they're being pared back to the bone by prices from milk processors.'' Talk of increased power prices comes after the release of findings by Tasmania's Independent Economic Regulator, which is recommending a further 21 per cent increase in power costs over the next three years. This follows a 6 per cent increase in electricity prices implemented in July. Releasing the findings, Economic Regulator chairman Glenn Appleyard said the major factor behind the price increases was the cost of the energy that had to be bought by Aurora. Ms Davis said if implemented, the proposed power hikes would mean electricity tariffs would have risen by 17 per cent this year alone. ''You don't have to be Adam Smith [the ''father of modern economics''] to understand the economics at work here,'' she said. ''Farm business can only continue to absorb input costs for a limited time without any increase in re- turns, and it has been a long time since many far- mers have seen better prices at the farm gate.'' Ms Davis has hit out at the State Govern- ment over the is- sue, saying its vision of creating a Tasmanian ''food bowl'' was unrealis- tic while input costs continued to rise and processors threatened to withdraw from the market. ''Meanwhile our battling farmers still have to make the time and have the sense of enterprise to make new technology work in their favour, to try to balance their books,'' she said. Independent Member for Western Tiers Greg Hall has also raised con- cerns about the potential power price hikes. He questioned Treasurer Mi- chael Aird on the issue during Legislat- ive Council Question Time this week. ''The Treasurer was forced to concede that farmers were often in a special position of not being able to fully pass on power price increases as they are in many cases price takers,'' Mr Hall said. ''Unfortunately the Treasurer was not prepared to do anything about this, despite promising to cap power prices prior to the election.'' Mr Hall is urging any farmers who are concerned about the impact of further power price increases to put in submissions to the Economic Regulator. Ms Davis said the TFGA would also be seeking to have a meeting with Premier David Bartlett to discuss the impact of electricity prices on farmers.
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