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TAS Country : February 10th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 11, 2011 SILVER SCREEN: Debra Cadogan- Cowper expects vigorous debate over choice of movies. Saturday night at movies looking Up A NIGHT at the movies in the Northern Midlands village of Ross is about to become a reality. The Midlands Film Society is about to hold its curtain-raiser in the Ross Town Hall. A full-size screen takes up the entire stage of the historic hall built in the 1880s. The screen is operated by remote retractable control and the film projector on the ceiling uses blu ray technology. ''Its fabulous, just like being in a cinema,'' film society member Debra Cadogan-Cowper said. Speakers have been placed in the corners of the ceiling to give patrons a surround-sound experience. The film committee is determined to provide a good cross-section of movies to audiences. ''Its going to be tricky because everyone on the film committee has different tastes,'' Mrs Cadogan-Cowper said. Academy-award- winning animation Up has been chosen for the first screening. ''Animation really comes to the fore on the cinema screen,'' Mrs Cadogan-Cowper said. ''The colour and vibrancy appeals to all age groups so we thought we'd kick off with it.'' Rural residents are finding fewer and fewer reasons to go to town for their cultural experiences, she said. ''There is always something happening in the Midlands, in Campbell Town and Oatlands and the Ross Film Society is one more,'' she said. ''We are working on a typical film supper with pop corn jaffas and choc tops.'' The Ross tourism group, the State Government and a local resident provided funding for the film society. Organisers hope for a good roll-up after an intensive letterbox-drop campaign. The Ross Town Hall seats 80 with a capacity for 100. It is used regularly for agribusinesses, government and private conferences and is a popular venue for weddings. Midlands Film Society presents Up at Ross Town Hall on Saturday, February 19 at 7pm. Film Society membership costs $40 a single, $60 a double. The first screening is free. Fears for promise on water loans WESTERN Tiers MP Greg Hall is worried that the State Government is back- pedalling on a proposal to continue government loans to help farmers buy water rights. Irrigators who are buy- ing into schemes con- nected to the Meander Dam have been offered such loans by the schemes' government-owned oper- ator the Tasmanian Irri- gation Scheme (TIS). Mr Hall is pushing for a similar loans -- with com- mercial rates and using water rights as collateral -- for farmers involved with projects such as Sassafras- Wesley Vale and the Win- naleah Irrigation Scheme expansion. The Tasmanian Irri- gation Development Board is responsible for those schemes and others that are not connected to the Meander Dam, and the Government has flagged its intention to merge TIS with the board. Mr Hall said govern- ment loans were needed because commercial banks were reluctant to use water rights as collateral. He said it meant some prospective irrigators would have difficulty buy- ing into schemes. ''It will send a strong signal to the banks to be more flexible with their lending to farmers,'' he said. Mr Hall said former premier David Bartlett said in November that cabinet would consider a proposal to extend such loans. He said Primary Indus- tries Minister Bryan Green appeared to be ''backpedalling a little'' at that month's Government Enterprise Business hear- ings. Mr Hall said he was concerned that Mr Bart- let's proposal had been rolled by Treasury ''who are understood to be unju- stifiably hostile to irri- gation development''. Mr Green said the Government was ''continu- ing to explore options to provide farmers with the best opportunity to take up water as part of irrigation development''. ''The life of the schemes will be 100 years, and we need to look at both the immediate needs of far- mers, as well as the future opportunities beyond the current take-up of water,'' Mr Green said. News ANZ Australia s best value agribusiness bank. As awarded by CANSTAR CANNEX 2009 and 2010. Financial Services Research Group CANSTAR CANNEX compared 15 major agribusiness bank s, credit unions and building societies to determine the bank that o ered the best value to agribusiness. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. ANZ s colour blue is a trade mark o ANZ. After years of supporting Australian agribusiness, we ve learnt that no two farms are the same. Therefore, it s only by getting to know how your business works that we can understand what you need. So whether we visit your property, your o ce or talk over the phone, make an appointment with your local ANZ Agribusiness Manager today. Visit anz.com/agri or call 1800 462 474. e don t just know your banking. e take the time to understand your business.
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