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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 News Handy way to book a contractor FINDING a contractor has been made easy again this year with the release of the annual Agricultural Contractors of Tasmania 2011 Handbook. The free full-colour handbook is available from machinery and rural merchandise outlets. Contractors chairman Doug French said a few more sponsors had come on board to help fund the handbook, which is about 150 pages this year. All contact detail for the group's agricultural contractor members are once again included. The handbook also has a diary, a section for notes and the formulas for sowing rate calculations. A guide to recommended contractor rates is also included, and the code of practice for clean down-site selection and preparation. There have been 3000 copies of the handbook printed this year. Mr French said the idea was to have a book that could be easily placed in a shirt pocket or ute glove box. YOUR SAY firstname.lastname@example.org Workers have most to lose in forest deal WHEN TFGA chief Jan Davis says that private foresters have ''already made a significant contri- bution (read: sacrifice) to the cause of conservation . . .'' (Tasmanian Country, October 29), she may well have included all those who make their living from the forests. The conservation move- ment and the contributing organisations have sacri- ficed nothing in the agree- ments of the past 30 years and especially not in the latest round of signings. It's the industry -- the workers, the sawmillers -- who have their economic capital and wages threatened and who face the very great likelihood of being out of a job. And for some people to argue that plantation timber will, in another 30 years, bring a renewal of the sawmilling industry is only really saying ''it won't be so bad after all''. That's rubbish -- which in terms of quality is what 30-year plantation timber will be, virtually useless for the quality end of the timber-use market. Anyone who has hand- led a piece of old-growth -- not necessarily virgin, it could be 100-year-old re- growth -- timber will understand immediately the advantage of that over the young stuff. It's a bit like young conservationists taking on the gnarled sawmillers. TREVOR G COWELL Perth Safety comes first on Tassie farms IT'S good to see the Tasman- ian Government has laun- ched a new WorkSafe cam- paign aimed at improving workplace health and safety. With more than 9000 Tas- manians injured at work in 2009 -- losing their lives, their health or their lifesty- les -- staying safe is certainly an important message. Given that in 2001 the Tasmanian Government severely restricted access to negligence claims against employers, there is an even greater need for attention to be paid to workplace safety and prevention messages. It is my view that remov- ing the right of employers to sue for negligence means less focus on safety. It's important that employers provide a safe environment for workers, so everyone can return home safely after a hard day's work. LEIGH HARPER Workers Compensation Lawyer Practice Group leader Slater & Gordon Lawyers Imports chomp into Aussie food market AUSTRALIA'S food and grocery value-adding industry is under intense pressure from rising imports and falling ex- ports, according to a KPMG report. But Federal Government ministers have warned the Australian Food and Grocery Council report and figures must be viewed in context and did not reflect Australia's ability to feed itself. The report defines the food and grocery manufacturing in- dustry as businesses that value- add to agriculture, food and other products to produce fresh and processed food, beverages and grocery products. It found the industry's inter- national net trade position fell from a $4.5 billion surplus in 2004-05 to a $1.8 billion deficit in 2009-10. AFGC chief executive Kate Carnell said this was alarming. ''Industry [fresh and pro- cessed food, beverage and grocery] is still a major ex- porter, but imports are rising fast, eroding the trade surplus historically enjoyed by the in- dustry,'' she said. ''To protect Australia's food supply and overcome this chal- lenge, there must be a whole-of- government national strategy to ensure food and grocery manufacturing's long-term growth, increase export earn- ings and boost competitive- ness.'' However, Minister for Agri- culture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Joe Ludwig said Aust- ralia produced far more food than it could possibly consume. ''Australia is a net food ex- porter,'' Senator Ludwig said. ''Last year we had a food trade surplus of over $14 billion and we're currently exporting more than half of the food we produce. ''I welcome the contribution oftheAFGCtothedebate. . . but we need to understand this report includes all sorts of things that are not food -- lipstick, tooth brushes and toothpaste. It does not take into account food commodities like bulk exports of Australian wheat.'' The Weekly Times SENSATIONAL TRADE-IN DEALS ON FARM AT VS! Get into your local participating Suzuki Dealer between 1 October and 24 December to trade in your old ATV to a new model from Suzuki s hard-working, value-packed farm ATV range. Select from 10 models ranging from 250cc to 750cc, including your choice of 2WD or 4WD, fuel-injection, two power steering models and automatic or manual transmission. Suzuki Dealer between 1 October and 24 uki Dealer between 1 Octob ober e and nd 24 SUZ0590/TC Invermay Cycle World 6326 2729 Moonah Bikeworks Suzuki 6228 6626 Scottsdale Scottsdale Suzuki 6352 3070 Shearwater Shearwater Motorcycles 6428 7077 Ulverstone North West Motorcycle & Small Engine Services 6425 3337 suzuki.com.au
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