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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 3, 2010 News Brains get weekend workout The Release RURAL YOUTH ANTHONY COAD MANY Rural Youth members spent their weekend at Waddamana Field Study Centre for their annual brainstorming weekend. Agfest brainstorming is held each year as means of development and team-building for our event and our volunteers. The agenda for this full weekend of meetings is compiled throughout the year as ideas are collected from monthly meetings, exhibitors, patron feedback as well as from our office. Brainstorming isn't about making decisions, but about discussing options that have been put forward so that our committee can make a decision at the meetings following brainstorming. Waddamana was a fantastic venue for this weekend. Limited phone service and the lack of internet service proved no distractions for our weekend. Frank, Helen and their staff ensured we had a fabulous time, and even had the fire lit ready for our arrival on Friday night in the snow! We thank them for their hospitality. Brainstorming officially started at 9am on Saturday morning, and there were breaks only for meals, to stretch the legs and a visit to the Waddamana Power Museum. The day wrapped up at 6pm ready for tea and team- building activities followed by some toasted marshmallows by the camp fire. Sunday saw many awoken by the scent of eggs and bacon cooking, then it was pack up rooms and head back to the meeting room ready for the final day of brainstorming. We finished at lunch time to give everyone time to get home before dark. So another full weekend of big ideas, improvements, alterations and changes to our event, which will start coming out once they are actioned at meetings. The weekend is an initiative to encourage fresh ideas, opinions and welcome newcomers to our organisation. From now until November, you won't hear much about Agfest by means of media updates, however this doesn't mean we won't be busily working away towards Agfest 2011. We look forward to the busy times ahead. In October we will have representatives visiting the Elmore Field Days, followed by the release of our prospectus for potential exhibitors in November 2010, and you will start seeing advertising occur later on in the year. Independents showered with mail THE three federal independent kingmakers are being bom- barded with thousands of emails a day as the major political parties vie for their vote. Bob Katter, Tony Windsor, and Robert Oakeshott have re- ceived numerous requests from industry groups and individ- uals, who see the best oppor- tunity in years to push rural issues back on to the agenda. A spokeswoman for Mr Kat- ter said his office was receiving more than 1000 emails a day and more than 50 calls an hour. Mr Oakeshott's office receives more than 1000 letters, emails and phone calls a day on issues from regional transport, broadband and health services to recommendations on which party they preferred. Mr Oake- shott said the attention was overwhelming. The Weekly Times AWB bidder hedges bets on grain CANADIAN fertiliser com- pany Agrium Inc intends to keep the whole AWB Limited business intact --- for now, at least --- if it wins over share- holders in its $1.2 billion bid. Agrium chief executive Mike Wilson said the grain business would stay with AWB ''for the time being''. ''We are keeping our op- tions open but don't interpret that as we're getting out,'' Mr Wilson said yesterday. Mr Wilson flew into Aust- ralia on Friday for a hectic round of talks with senior AWB management, grain in- dustry representatives and shareholders. Agrium is largely a ferti- liser manufacturer and sup- plier, with a network of farm input retail outlets across Canada, the US and South America. The Weekly Times
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