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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 5 News Community aids local hero DETERMINATION: John Wilson at work on a dry-stone wall, just one of his many skills. JENNIFER CRAWLEY ONE man has united a community by his courage and determination to overcome adversity a second time. Contract lawn mower John Wilson lost a leg to cancer 20 years ago then just last year was diagnosed with liver cancer. He is in Melbourne having chemotherapy and waiting for a liver transplant. John and his wife, Bernadette, have been married 20 years and have three daughters. When John was asked what work he would do after losing his leg, he said mechanics, but Bernadette reminded him of his love of gardening and he bought a lawn mower instead. ''Being a small town, word of mouth got round,'' Bernadette said. ''People said 'If he wants to have a go let's give him a go'.'' John is a familiar sight pushing a mower across the lawns of Deloraine, Mole Creek and Elizabeth Town. Chudleigh resident John Hawkins said he had rarely met a man with such grit and determination. Mr Hawkins said he had invited a dry stone waller and hedge layer to come from England three years ago to build a wall on his property, Bentley. John Wilson wanted to learn the skill and applied for the position to help the dry stone waller. After some misgivings, Mr Hawkins hired John who learned to build walls and lay hedges and continued the work in gardens around the district. ''I thought he would be impossible to teach with that type of handicap,'' Mr Hawkins said. ''This man has remarkable fortitude and courage. ''He has that strength of purpose, he has never taken government assistance and we are opening our gardens in recognition of his sterling efforts.'' Chudleigh store owner Margaret Wilson, who is no relation, first met John 10 years ago. ''I needed my fence fixed and someone in the shop recommended John,'' Margaret said. ''In came John on his crutches with his trousers pinned up. 'I'm John, I've come to fix the fence,' he said. I thought to myself 'How the bloody hell is he going to do that?' He came and he did a fantastic job. ''We all love John.'' And now the community is coming to his aid. The people of Deloraine, Elizabeth Town, Chudleigh and Mole Creek are raising money to help John fund his treatment and travel expenses. Four gardens will be open on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27. Morning and afternoon teas will be served by the Mole Creek Gardening Club and the Chudleigh Village of Roses ladies. Tickets will be available at the Chudleigh Store. The admission fee of $50 includes entry to the gardens, morning or afternoon tea, a map and instructions. Pensioners are $25 and entry into one garden is $10. All money raised will go to John Wilson. The open gardens are: Scott and Debbie Wilson, Old Wesley Dale, Mole Creek; John and Robyn Hawkins, Bentley, Chudleigh; Neil and Mimi Graham, West Park, Dairy Plains; Max and Helen Cameron, Mountain Villa, Mole Creek. ABARES predicts crop dip EASTERN Australia's winter crop harvest will be 2.5 million tonnes lower than December projections. That's the tip from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. ABARES deputy executive director Paul Morris said widespread rain and flooding meant expectations had taken a dip. ''That (2.5 million tonnes) would be worth about $600 million or $700 million in reduced value compared to what we were saying in December,'' Mr Morris said. Australia's winter crop is projected at 42 million tonnes, 19 per cent up on last year and the biggest crop since 2003-04. The projections for NSW have been cut by 1.8 million tonnes since December but the state should harvest 10 million tonnes of wheat. Victoria's winter crop was downgraded from 26.8 million tonnes in December to 26.3 million tonnes. Mr Morris said heavy rain had fallen in November and December. The Weekly Times Joint horse force in war on disease LEADING Australian horse racing authorities have united to combat the spread of disease in the equine industry. The Australian Racing Board, Harness Racing Australia, Australian Horse Industry Council and Equestrian Australia this week agreed to sup- port the Federal Govern- ment's Emergency Animal Disease Response Agree- ment (EADRA). Under the plan, the Fed- eral Government would in- itially foot the bill for any emergency response, with the amount paid back by the industry determined by the particular disease involved, and raised by a levy on horse owners. Animal Health Australia chief Mike Bond said there were 65 diseases listed un- der the EADRA, with al- most one-third affecting the equine industry. The four bodies will sign the arrangement next month. The Weekly Times 2049529-110218 Rural Development Services 4/29 Elizabeth St, Hobart, 7000 PH: 6231 9033 www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com The 4th International Oyster Symposium, Hobart 2011 REGISTER NOW Oysters Tasmania and RDS are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 4th International Oyster Symposium (IOS4) The 4th International Oyster Symposium is being held in Hobart, 15-18 September 2011, and will be run jointly with shellfish futures 2011 -- the annual Tasmania oyster industry conference. The theme of the symposium and conference is Embracing the Future through Innovation. IOS4 is a must for all those with an interest in growing, selling and eating oysters. 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