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TAS Country : December 16th 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010 Tasmanian Country 11 Little devil peril from baits From Page 8 Finally, trials within Tas- mania show that devils are generally attracted to fox baits only when they start rotting, approximately 10 days after they are buried. At this stage only about 20 per cent of the 1080 is left in the bait. Therefore the risk to Tasmanian devils is extremely small. The letter writer ident- ifies that the LD50 for spotted-tail quolls (1.85mg) places them at risk. How- ever, numerous rigorous studies on spotted-tailed quoll populations exposed to FoxOff baits and 6mg wild dog baits (twice the 1080 content of FoxOff) have shown no adverse impacts on quolls. In fact, in most areas of NSW and Southern Queensland, the only vi- able spotted-tail quoll populations were found in areas that have a signifi- cant history (up to 20 years) of using 1080 meat baits to control wild dogs and foxes. The letter also stated that none of the reviews commissioned to evaluate and report on the FEP were performed by independent agencies. It is inappropriate to insinuate that reviews are being fostered to fur- ther commercial gain and to claim tenuous links to furthering supply of fox baits to the FEP is wrong. The FEP utilises a range of baits and suppliers and does not rely upon one particular type or brand. All reviews have been commissioned as indepen- dent bodies and include a parliamentary accounts committee review in 2009 which included sub- missions from members of the community both for and against the FEP. Landcare Research New Zealand was com- missioned to undertake the review in 2009 due to its extensive knowledge and expertise in invasive ani- mals and pest control. The final point concerns the letter writer question- ing the physical evidence indicating an active fox presence in Tasmania. The letter suggests that such evidence is transport- able, thereby insinuating the importation of such material to conduct fraudulent activities. It is of great concern that illegal activities of this nature can be alluded to without any foundational evidence having been de- livered to corroborate these claims. If such evidence exists then we urge for it to be lodged with an appropriate authority for investigation. Should foxes become es- tablished in Tasmania, the consequences will be severe and the costs will be ongoing. The FEP is working hard with national and international experts towards the eradication of foxes from Tasmania. ROBBIE GAFFNEY Acting Branch Manager Fox Eradication Program SUCCESS: Jackie Brown Jackie keen to raise school farm profile KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIA'S Rural Woman of the Year Jackie Brown hopes to pick up valuable knowledge during her award- winner's trip to Britain's Royal College of Agriculture. The dynamic Bridgewater High School farm co-ordinator says the award has made her more determined than ever to raise the profile of agriculture in the school's curriculum. ''I want to make sure it stays because it doesn't fit neatly into every formula,'' Ms Brown said. She said young Tasmanians were not being encouraged to get involved with agriculture. ''When you look at the figures, about 74 per cent of people have never even been on a farm and more then 90 per cent live in urban areas,'' Ms Brown said. ''So how are kids going to make choices about having a career in agriculture if they don't know anything about it? ''I think this is an area where we can really improve and that's what I'm hoping to have a look at when I go away.'' Ms Brown said interstate agricul- tural colleges were a good example of what should be happening in Tas- mania. ''The mainland does it a little better then we do because at least they have agricultural colleges,'' she said. ''Why don't we have something like that down here?'' Ms Brown said about 200 students had access to subjects and programs at the Bridgewater School Farm each year. She said this could soon be expanded to include younger children through the recently formed Jordan River Learning Federation. Ms Brown said while not all the students she taught pursued a career in agriculture, they learnt valuable life skills. ''My kids don't all go into agricul- ture, but what they do here does make them employable,'' she said. ''There is a lot of community support for the school farm and people have an emotional attachment to it which is really good.'' Ms Brown said the fact that school farms across the state were required to be financially self-sufficient and did not receive government support was a major challenge. Ms Brown and second-placed Jan Hughes will also take part in an Australian company directors course. Third-placed Annette Reed of Selbourne, who is developing a program to assist rural patients with a disability to remain on the land, won $1000 from Tasmanian Women in Agriculture. News YOUR SAY 2029332-101105 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania A nitrogen application followed by rain or irrigation could significantly increase your poppy crop returns Christmas Message from Bob Loone Christmas is about: • Discovering more of the amazing and powerful truth recorded in God's word the Bible. • Celebrating the fulfilling of Bible prophecies concerning God coming to us in human form and having His Holy Spirit with us today. • Celebrating Jesus coming and teachings as they relate to how we live the way of Jesus today. • Jesus coming to show us how to live life to the full with clear purpose and meaning. • Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah coming to be our means of escape from the consequences of our disobedience and offences against God. • Jesus coming in human form to be the only sacrifice that can enable us to enter eternal life with Him as God's blessed, forgiven and saved people. • Worshiping Jesus Christ our Holy King, Lord and Saviour, whose attributes are love and justice. • Exercising our privilege and calling to have involvement in God's present and ongoing Biblically recorded strategy/plan, in which the purpose of Jesus' coming is pivotal. Christmas is about Jesus who is truth, light and life. In this world polluted with deceptions, darkness and death. How do we respond to His love and sacrifice for us? Will we accept or reject Jesus' gifts of love, forgiveness and salvation? Can we celebrate this Christmas with more of what Christmas is really about?You are welcome to call me on ph. 63636190 Love and blessings to you all. 2059185-101217 2039576-101217 TASMANIA FARM EQUIPMENT PTY. LTD. E Mail: email@example.com Web page www.tfe.com.au DEVONPORT 6424 1511 BURNIE 6431 3255 LAUNCESTON 6343 1633 SMITHTON 6452 1222 HOBART 6263 6377
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