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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 News Doors open on energy ideas JENNIFER CRAWLEY SUSTAINABLE House Day is being celebrated across Tasmania on Sunday, September 12. Five homes in the greater Hobart area and eight in the north of the state will open their doors for others to check out renewable energy and recycling ideas. Organiser Judy Celmins said the day was about action not words. It gave homeowners the opportunity to show others how they made their homes sustainable. These are home owners who have been there, done that and are able to provide unbiased advice,'' Ms Celmins said. There is nothing more valuable.'' Nine out of 10 visitors to last year's event said it had increased their likelihood of using sustainable practices. This shows Sustainable House Day is making a tangible difference in the fight to reduce the population's drain on our resources, '' Ms Celmins added. Houses will be open 10am- 4pm and entry is free. Houses are at Acton, Howrah, Sandford, Lower Snug and Woodbridge in the south and Deloraine, Jacky's Marsh, Meander Weegena, and Westbury in the north. See www.sustainable houseday.com. Festival celebrates self-help SELF HELP: Break O'Day Mayor Robert Legge and business management trainee Sheli Hughes try one of the council's Home Energy Audit toolkits. JENNIFER CRAWLEY 'It is important we work at building resilience at many levels.' Bertrand Cadart A FESTIVAL celebrating sustainab- lity and the effects of climate change will be held on Tasmania's East Coast this weekend. The See Change Sustainability Festival is the brainchild of the Glamorgan Spring Bay and Break O' Day Councils. The region's mayors said climate change was a big factor in the local economy and environment of the coastal rural communities. ''It is important we work at build- ing resilience at many levels,'' Break O' Day Mayor Robert Legge said. Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor Ber- trand Cadart said the festival was one way of taking responsibility for the future. ''Whether we like it or not, change is already happening,'' Mr Cadart said. Trade fairs, climate change films and sustainable living bus tours are part of the festival program. Community groups and residents have hel- ped organise the festival with NRM North and NRM South. The See Change Su- stainability Festival will be held at St Helens on Saturday September 4 and Bicheno on Sunday September 5. Information, products and services will be at the trade fairs, including energy saving tips from Sustainable Living Tas- mania, fair trade gifts and sustainable products for the home and office. Mercury columnist Paul Healy will give a talk at Bicheno called Seeds of Sustainability: Breeding Heirloom Plants and Domestic Stock for Cli- mate Change Survival. Mr Healy will show his Barnevelder chickens and a chicken coop he made from recycled ma- terials. International climate change films In Transition, A Sea Change, The Age of Stupid and Sisters of the Planet will be screened at St Marys and St Helens this weekend and in Swansea on Sep- tember 18 and 19. Engin- eer Phil Harrington from Climate Action Hobart will speak at the Swansea film festival. Guided bus tours of sustainable house design and year-round vegetable gardens will leave St Helens on Saturday. New Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT) available from both councils will be on display at the festival. NRM South and NRM North have brought The Connies --- a Victorian performance group based on tram conductors --- to the festival. The Connies will spread their sustainability message among the crowd with collectable swap-cards featuring native wildlife. Festival event details bodc.tas. gov.au or gsbc.tas.gov.au Fire refuge maps not published THE locations of lifesaving fire refuges are not listed on new CFA maps, despite a Victorian Government assurance they would be. The promise to include Neighbourhood Safer Places in the state's emerg- ency services' map books was made after a rec- ommendation from the Bu- shfires Royal Commission's interim report last year. Yet the latest edition of the central Victorian map book shows the location of wineries, breweries and vineyards but makes no mention of the safer places. The book covers Vic- toria's highest-risk com- munities, including where Black Saturday's 173 vic- tims died. The Weekly Times Wide Span Sheds is seeking agents in Tasmania! Increase your bottom line with Wide Span Sheds! Opportunities are currently available for Wide Span Sheds authorised sales agencies. If you're a business owner looking to add value to your existing business without having your capital tied up in stock, then this could be the opportunity for you. Benefits Earn great commissions Attract new customers Increase your profit Diversify your product range Full training provided No capital tied up in stock National advertising program Interested? We're looking for motivated business owners, who would like to grow their business by selling our range of domestic, rural and industrial buildings. If this sounds like you - then we would love to talk! Support is provided and we manage all the ordering and delivery on your behalf. A Wide Span Sheds' representative will be visiting the Tasmania in September and would love to meet interested parties. Please call to make your appointment today. More information Telephone: (07) 5657 8865 1300 WIDE SPAN (1300 94 33 77) Mon - Fri, during business hours Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is a business of Incitec Pivot Limited, ABN 42 004 080 264. As we move out of winter and into spring, it is time for us to turn our attention to hay and silage production. If dry matter production is in excess of grazing requirements, there is an opportunity to conserve that fodder and extend the quality and quantity of feed out to the drier months. Nitrogen is a key investment for increasing total dry matter production. However, the return on this investment can vary, depending on pasture species, base fertility and most importantly, moisture. If there is good potential for growth, nitrogen should be applied immediately after grazing once paddocks are locked up at rates of 30-50 kg/ha of nitrogen. Another key nutrient in silage production is potassium, as large amounts of the nutrient can be removed with silage and hay production. The critical Colwell K levels for potassium are dependent on soil texture. For a sandy soil, the critical value is 126 mg/kg, whereas for a clay loam soil the critical value is 161 mg/kg*. Applying excess potassium is not only an unnecessary expense, it could also lead to animal health problems such as hypomagnesia (grass tetany), which is due to the imbalance between the luxury plant consumption of potassium at the expense of magnesium uptake. This metabolic disorder can occur in animals close to calving that are consuming high potassium pasture or fodder. High potassium soils and pastures will generally be those close to the dairy, or where large amounts of fodder have been fed out. Paddocks with a long history of hay and silage production and soils where potassium levels are below critical values should respond best to potassium fertilisers. Where potassium levels are close to critical values, maintenance applications can be made. At the end of the day, understanding your soil fertility through soil testing, choosing the right paddocks and applying fertilisers at the right rate and right time should set you up well for silage production. Darryl Johnson Area Sales Manager Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Darryl Johnson Setting up for silage production * Making Better Fertiliser Decisions for Grazed Pastures, DPI VIC, 2007.
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