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TAS Country : December 9th 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 11 News Grants to nullify weed threat KAROLIN MacGREGOR WEEDS will be the major focus of a number of projects being funded through the latest round of Tasmanian Landcaring grants. The Tasmanian Landcare Associ- ation received 57 applications for grants and has just announced the successful projects. TLCA executive officer Margie Jen- kin said the latest funding round would provide money to groups and individ- ual landowners statewide. ''It is very encouraging to once again see many fantastic projects that Landcare, Coastcare and Bushcare groups and individual property owners have shared with us,'' Ms Jenkin said. ''The Landcaring grants program provides much needed funding to grassroots landcare projects in Tas- mania.'' Almost $207,000 has been shared between 18 projects statewide. Funding of up to $20,000 is available for individual projects. Ms Jenkin said many of the projects were tackling at least one Weed of National Significance. She said weeds including gorse, willows, blackberries, serrated tussock and asparagus weed were being tar- geted. Ms Jenkin said the grants were important because the weeds often threatened nationally significant species and ecological communities. The projects range from small tar- geted work on private property through to large restoration works. Some of the projects funded in the latest round include $13,340 for Quamby Bend Landcare to rehabilitate the Meander River at the Strath- Riverdale bend; $18,550 for the East Tamar Landcare group to control gorse at Pipers River; and $10,000 for William Green to control and eradicate serrated tussock at Lake River. Ms Jenkin said the level of in-kind support for works was often much higher than the funds requested, which showed the level of community invest- ment that Landcare made. A total of 34 projects have been funded through the first two rounds of the Landcaring grants. Both the TLCA and WILDCARE will continue to work with the project proponents to ensure they are success- fully delivered. Ms Jenkin said TLCA and WILDCARE staff would also work with unsuccessful applicants to find ways to get their projects up and running. There will be another opportunity for groups and individuals to apply for funding when the third round of grants opens in February next year. GLEANINGS Rain puts dampener on crops GRAIN growers across southeast Australia are facing financial ruin from continuing heavy rain. With Queensland and NSW crops decimated, Victorian farmers could see their crops destroyed or downgraded by expected heavy rain. Locust threat looms large THE worst of the locust plague could still be to come for Victoria, with reports the biggest swarm seen yet is in southern NSW. Livestock Health and Pest Authority Riverina senior ranger Peter O'Shannassy said there was little authorities could do because the swarm was surrounded by water, meaning ground access for spraying was virtually impossible. Anger at grape price delay WINEGRAPE growers in the Murray Valley are angry at the refusal of major wineries to bring forward the formal release of their indicative grape prices for the 2011 vintage. Murray Valley Winegrowers chief Mark McKenzie said growers needed to know the prices so they could decide if it was worthwhile continuing efforts to control the most serious outbreak of downy mildew in 20 years. Australian eyes on South Korea AUSTRALIA will continue pushing for a free trade agreement with South Korea, following that country's signing an agreement with US this week. The US agreement follows years of negotiations after South Korea banned the importation of US beef following the US mad cow disease outbreak in 2003. New plan for rampaging rabbits AUSTRALIAN farmers are searching for a more lethal version of the rabbit calicivirus. With rabbit populations on the brink of exploding in southern Australia, it is vital a new biological weapon is found, says Natural Resources Management Biosecurity Unit research officer Greg Mutze. She'll be (Chinese) apples APPLES from China could reach our stores by the end of the year. Biosecurity Australia approved the importation of apples from China in June and this week granted import permits in four provinces. Apple and Pear Australia's Jon Durham said quarantine inspectors were expected to travel to China in the next few weeks to verify consignments. The Weekly Times 2029332-101105 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania A nitrogen application followed by rain or irrigation could significantly increase your poppy crop returns ANZ Australia s best value agribusiness bank. As awarded by CANSTAR CANNEX 2009 and 2010. 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