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TAS Country : September 16th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 17, 2010 YOUR SAY firstname.lastname@example.org Forest future much fuel for thought From Page 9 How about driving the kids to school in a car powered by waste paper and the prunings from the fruit trees in the garden?' He also tells me that a diesohol can be made for diesel engines, which use up to 30 per cent ethanol. Socially, we need to re- tain the decentralised demographic of Tasmania. This will only occur if we can have worthwhile ca- reers for Tasmanians liv- ing in our country areas. As private forest owners, we need to retain the skills present in Tasmania. Our family needs bushmen such as Greg Jordan and his brother-in-law Murray Burn and mechanical har- vester operators such as Manuel Hall and Adrian Smith, all of whom have played critical roles in the management of our forest. Do these messages mean we should use our arable and grazing land to pro- duce food, something Bob Loone has been telling us for some years now? Do they mean that if we grow trees in shelterbelts on our farms and actively manage our native forests we enhance the biodiver- sity, sequester more car- bon and have the potential to establish new industries that may include produc- ing 100 per cent of our petrol and up to 30 per cent of our diesel needs and employ lots of Tasmanians and pay them properly, provide worthwhile career opportunities and be able to say we live in a carbon- negative community? We won't be able to afford public transport ex- cept in our larger cities. We'll need to use cars. How about driving the kids to school in a car powered by waste paper and the prun- ings from the fruit trees in the garden? What about being able to heat our homes with a clean type of wood fuel? A number of our friends who have installed heat pumps are now reconsidering. We have seen the re- cently announced in- creases in the price of electricity. I believe elec- tricity prices will continue to rise in real terms, mak- ing it harder for many in our community to afford to heat their homes this way. Wouldn't being able to say we're carbon negative or aiming to become car- bon negative be a great platform for innovation? If we could do this it would be because of the sunlight and rainfall our state receives. I believe the upcoming agreement, when pres- ented to Government, will be one of the most import- ant matters a state govern- ment will have been asked to consider for a long time. The questions set out in this letter are hopefully some of the questions to which the Government will seek answers before implementing whatever is recommended. JOHN LORD and his wife, Diana, are farmers and private foresters. They have received state and national recognition for their forestry activities as the 2005 Tasmanian and 2006 AFG National Treefarmers of the Year. The seventh-generation Tasmanian is a solicitor and chartered accountant, and was a partner with KPMG for 25 years. He was the chairman of Transend Networks Pty Ltd, the state s electricity transmission company, for the decade ending 2009. John is a director of Private Forests Tasmania, chairman of the Tasmanian Irrigation Development Board, chairman of the Crisp Bros & Haywards steel fabrication group and a director of the listed public company Ruralco Holdings Limited and its Tasmanian subsidiary Roberts Limited. The views in this letter are his own and not those of any organisation with which he has or has had an association. Sugar beets could help power up Tasmania The production of an Australian car powered by 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol could be of commer- cial benefit to Tasmania. Beet ethanol production in Northern Tasmania could be commercially vi- able, given current oil prices. It would provide employment opportunities and associated benefits to Tasmania. As part of a national strategy, it would make Australia less dependent on overseas oil and reduce our over- seas foreign-account deficit. Valuable lessons from Brazil's extensive ethanol industry can be applied in this regard. Obviously, compared with alterna- tive crop enterprises, the farm gate price for sugar beet grown away from the highly intensive vegetable areas has to be competitive. The rate at which sugar beet could be made available and the need to demon- strate crop yields and profitability to farmers would no doubt support, at least initially, the case for an ethanol production plant on an intermediate scale possibly using the solid fermenta- tion process. Smithton, Burnie, Devonport, Deloraine and Scottsdale would prob- ably be among the more suitable areas for growing sugar beet. Expected yields would be 50 tonnes per hectare with sugar yields 8-9 tonnes per hectare. WAYNE WILLIAMS Pestivirus is haunting the reproductive success of most Australian herds. Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114. ABN 50 008 422 348. Registered Trademark of Pfizer Australia. PAL0162/TC. Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pestivirus infection can be a haunting experience. This devastating disease, which impacts on reproductive success through reduced calving, weaning and turnoff rates, can affect every cattle breeder in Australia. You may not think you're at risk, but your herd could already be infected, silently robbing you of their reproductive potential. And if your herd has never been infected before, the introduction of a new pestivirus infection could have a significant impact on the future of your operation. So if you're seeing less calves or more poor doers than you expect, act now and insure your herd with Pestigard . For more information contact your local vet or Pfizer Animal Health representative on 1800 335 374.
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