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TAS Country : October 14th 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 News RESTYLED: Bush hairdresser Greg Hughes is loving his cruisy'' new role. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES Greg's dye-ing to bring High St to the bush JENNIFER CRAWLEY HUGHES ROAMING bush hairdresser Greg Hughes has come a long way from the rarefied air of Toorak. Greg lives at Ouse and works at Bothwell and Bicheno. The Launceston hairdresser was head colourist for Australia's ''hairdresser to the stars'' Joh Bailey in Toorak and owned salons in Launceston and Hobart, where he employed large numbers of staff. ''It's great working by myself,'' Greg said. ''It was a big operation in Toorak, with 20 hairdressers running around. ''The clientele is a lot cruisier here, people don't mind if you are running 10 minutes late here.'' Greg travels between the Bothwell and Bicheno studios each week. He said cutting and colouring in the bush had its advantages. ''It's a bit more cruisy,'' Greg said. The Bothwell studio is a tiny stand-alone building where farmers' wives come in for a bit of pampering. Retired sheep farmer's wife Dianne Johnston, 55, was having a colour and a cut when the Tasmanian Country team visited. ''The Bothwell people are very laid back and relaxed but they are not great at maintaining colours,'' Greg said. ''Between you and I, the country needs a bit of a shake-up.'' The hairdresser dresses casually for work, looking relaxed in a flannelette shirt, jeans and Blunnies. He said Bicheno clients differed from Bothwell people. ''A lot of the Bicheno people are from the mainland,'' Greg said. ''Most of the people here are local, local people, they've been here for generations.'' Greg said his father had come from Launceston to live with him ''because he likes the trout fishing and the golf''. ''Country people are a bit more down-to-earth, they call a spade a spade,'' Greg said. ''I don't know why more people don't live out this way. People do care and you know your next door neighbour, not like the city where they don't even wave or say hello.'' East to get greener, study tips BINDOFF JENNIFER CRAWLEY TASMANIA will receive the same amount of rain until the end of the century, it's just going to fall in different places. This is the message from a groundbreaking climate change report released this week. Climate Futures for Tasmania: General Climate Impacts Techni- cal Report predicts changes to the climate on a local scale until the end of this century. Agriculture is the subject of a third report, which will be avail- able before Christmas. Project leader Professor Nath- an Bindoff said the first report details how the average temperature and rainfall will change out to 2100 due to climate change. The total amount of water that will fall over the state will remain the same, but the distribution across the state will change. According to the report, the eastern side of Tasmania and the South-East will receive more rain. ''There is between 10 and 20 per cent more rain over the East out to 2100 in summer, and a slight decrease in rainfall over the East in winter time,'' Prof Bindoff said. ''Most of the Midlands will get more rain and much of the South-East. ''The overall picture is one of significant change in the distri- bution of rainfall.'' He said most agricultural areas would receive an increase in the amount of run-off. ''You can't talk about each farm, but you can talk about regions,'' Prof Bindoff said. He said the North-West and Central Highlands would be drier and the lowlands would be more moist. The agricultural report looks at ryegrass and the dairy industry, the change and inci- dence of frosts and chilling hours which impact on the horticul- tural and fruit industry. The report shows a doubling of growing degree days, which will interest pinot noir and shiraz grape growers. Growing degree days are the accumulation of heat input that drives maturation of fruit. ''It makes it inappropriate for pinot noir and more appropriate for shiraz,'' Prof Bindoff said. The reports are being conduc- ted by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Re- search Centre (ACE CRC) from the University of Tasmania. ACE CRC chief executive Dr Tony Press said they were a first for Australia. Dr Press rates the reports as Tasmania's most important source of climate change data. Report findings include --- Tasmania's temperature is projected to rise by about 2.9C under high greenhouse gas emis- sions (the path that is being tracked at present) and 1.6C under low greenhouse gas emis- sions. This is less than the projected global average tempera- ture rise. There will be a steadily emerg- ing pattern of increased rainfall over the coastal regions, and reduced rainfall over central Tas- mania, but there is no significant change in the projected total annual rainfall for the state as a whole. A significant increase in pan evaporation of up to 19 per cent is projected, which is likely to impact on aspects of water avail- ability. The increase in evaporation is greater in the North and West, and lower in the South and East. The reports can be accessed at http://www.climatechange .tas.gov.au/ Authorised by Tim Morris MP, Shop 9 Covehill Rd, Bridgewater 7030 Tim Morris MP Member for Lyons Delivering a Commonsense Approach for Lyons o o e ill , ri ge ater (03) 6263 3801 greens arliament.tas.go .a .tas.greens.org.a 2061187-100917 Advertisement
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