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TAS Country : December 16th 2010
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 17, 2010 Stock Report Do you need help to live independently at home? * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are here to help. A Centre can: • Provide you with information on local aged & community care services available to suit your needs • Arrange help for carers to take a break from their caring role (respite) To contact your local Centre call Freecall 1800 052 222* To find your nearest shopfront visit www.commcarelink.health.gov.au For emergency respite outside business hours call Freecall 1800 059 059* Carer Advisory and Counselling Service For family carer support and counselling you can contact your state or territory Carers Association on 1800 242 636* adcorp11868 DEMENTIA COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM COMMUNITY SUPPORT GRANTS - ROUND FOUR ITA 192/1011 The Australian Government is committed to providing ongoing support to people with dementia, their families and carers. Funding of $1.5 million has been made available under the Dementia Initiative for a fourth round of Dementia Community Support Grants. Funding will be made available for local projects that will improve dementia literacy, encourage innovation in the dementia care sector, bridge social gaps and encourage the social participation of people with dementia, their families and carers across Australia. Applications for grants of up to $50,000 will be considered for projects with a maximum duration of 12 months. Previous grant recipients are eligible to apply. Projects that target particular specific needs groups in the community will be favourably considered for this funding round. These include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, rural and remote community groups, people who are socially isolated and people with younger onset dementia. Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their proposal will meet an identified need, as well as their capacity to undertake the project. Interested organisations must address the selection criteria in the application form which is available by registering at www.health.gov.au/tenders. All queries should be directed to Dementia Community Support Grants at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received in Canberra by 2pm on Thursday, 10 February 2011. adcorp34640 A very Merino Christmas ERIC HUTCHINSON THERE was a solid start to the final week of sales before Christmas, with all Merino qualities closing dearer at sales in Mel- bourne, Sydney and Fremantle this week. The strong demand at present is not just coming from China, but also from European buyers and also Eastern Europe. For exam- ple, year-on-year exports to the Czech Republic have doubled and traditional mar- kets such as Italy are really back in business, with import increases of 55 per cent. Those of us who remember the industry in the 1980s will appreciate what a big influence Eastern Europe had on the Australian wool market, in particular the former Soviet Union. All may not be lost either in the new Russia, with exports out of Western Europe and from Australia increasing, albeit slowly, in the past two years. When brokers in Tasmania are getting direct inquiries from Russian importers you can guarantee that Australian wool exporters are also seeing this and more. This rally is not just driven by a reduced supply, but also a far better demand scenario in traditional retail markets, plus increasing interest from China and Russia. SALE SUCCESS: Trefusis stud principal Georgina Wallace with the top-price ram. Big jump in sale prices superfine for Trefusis THE average price for rams at the recent Trefusis superfine ram sale at Ross was well up on last year, jumping from $692 to $1031. Trefusis stud principal Georgina Wallace said this was partially due to a more positive feel to current wool prices, and also the fact that most of the stud's clientele were experiencing an- other terrific season and looking at rebuilding their flock numbers after the drought. The top-priced ram was bought by Simon Cameron, of Kingston, Nile, for $2300. The ram had a micron of 17.1 and greasy fleece weight percentage of 106 per cent. Kingston also bought another three rams on the day to an average of $1375. Another strong supporter of the sale was repeat client Neville Wheelan, of Frankston, Ross, who again bought the largest volume of the sale, buying six rams. The Wallaces were pleased to see the return of buyer Mitchell McCrae from Mudgee, New South Wales, who bought four rams to an average of $1125, with a top price of $1500. Another pleasing aspect of the sale was the purchase of four rams by relatively new client Luke Rapley, of Plassy, Ross, who paid the second top price of $1700 for Lot 1, which tested 17.7 and had a greasy fleece weight of 110 per cent. Other repeat buyers were Douglas Park, Campbell Town (four rams), Rosevilla at Ross (three rams), Uplands at Deddington (three rams), and Albert Harding, from Ingrove, Campania, who bought a ram for $700. The Wallaces offered 45 rams and sold 33, which was also up on last year's clearance rate. At their sale in December next year the Wallaces will be offering for the first time progeny from a Nerstane Ram that they bought in August 2009 for $29,000 with a syndicate or four other properties.
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