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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News Victoria fruit flies pose threat KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 8 TASMANIA'S fruit indus- try is watching nervously as outbreaks of fruit fly in Victoria pose a serious threat multi-million dollar export markets. While the possibility of fruit flies getting into Tas- mania is always an issue of concern for the state's fruit industries, recent seasonal conditions have seen a jump in the number of Queensland fruit-fly out- breaks across Victoria. This has increased the risk of the potentially dev- astating flies coming here. Fruit Growers Tas- mania business develop- ment officer Lucy Gregg said it was a nervous time. ''It is certainly always an issue for us, but at the moment with the in- creased number of out- breaks in Victoria, we're keeping a very close eye on it,'' Ms Gregg said. ''Obviously if there are more outbreaks in Victoria that does increase the risk that our border protection could be breached . . . it's something I certainly watch nervously.'' It is believed that recent warm and humid con- ditions across Victoria have contributed to greater numbers of fruit- fly outbreaks, even in nor- mally fruit-fly free parts of the state. Fruit flies are endemic on some parts of Victoria, but in the state's major fruit growing areas restric- tions to prevent the intro- duction of fruit flies are in place. When outbreaks are discovered suspension zones are set up restricting the movement of possibly infected fruit in and out of those regions. Where possible, out- breaks are then eradicated. Outbreak of fruit fly in Tasmania would devastate the valuable fruit indus- tries by cutting off access to highly valuable overseas markets. REMINISCING: Grace Nettlefold is a direct descendent of Isabella Scott. Picture: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Great Scott reunion a chance to reflect JENNIFER CRAWLEY I've such happy memories of the place. I've got old and I think a lot about the past.' A TASMANIAN family goes back to their special place this Sunday to celebrate the life of a remarkable ancestor, Isabella Scott. Isabella married Joseph Scott in Scotland in 1844 but was left a widow with five young children when Joseph was kicked in the chest by a horse and died. A fortune teller told the young widow she would sail across the sea with a handsome stranger. She then married Peter Campbell and sailed to Tasmania. The family was sponsored by Henry Anstey of Oatlands, and Peter Campbell worked for James Amos, of Cranbrook, on the East Coast. The family stayed there for five years before travelling by bullock dray with all their possessions down the coast to Swanport then inland through Swanston, Stonehenge and Whitefoord to Tunnack. There was only one shingle hut at Tunnack when the family settled on land they named Ferntree Farm. Isabella's sons, Mungo and William, bought adjoining farms. Generations of Scotts have gathered at Pleasant Place on Christmas Day every year. William's granddaughter Grace Nettlefold, 93, remembers the get- togethers well. ''I've such happy memories of the place,'' Grace said. ''I've got old and I think a lot about the past. ''The gates were decorated with manferns and relatives came from all over the district for the festivities.'' Isabella had five more children and became the district midwife. ''Send for Bonnie Lassie'' was the catchcry when she was needed. Isabella retained her strong Scottish accent until she died at Tunnack at Fern Tree Farm in 1905. Scottsdale resident Bruce Scott is a descendent of Isabella and is the driving force behind the reunion. ''Isabella would never have dreamed of the destiny she was to have in a foreign land,'' Bruce said. ''Peter and Isabella are buried in the cemetery at Tunnack which sadly has almost disappeared.'' Prominent Tasmanians who feature among Isabella's 1767 descendants include national sports commentator Tim Lane; champion axemen Ian Duggan and David Foster; legendary Richmond AFL footballer Royce Hart; and Mercury sports journalist James Bresnehan. Descendants of Joseph and Isabella Scott will have their reunion at the Tunnack Hall on Sunday from 11am. BYO food and drinks. For more information phone 0417 599 727 or 0437 155 395. Fodder Crop Extravaganza! For all things fodder crops, come along to the Dairy Smart fodder crop field days at a location near you: Irishtown Footy Club -- March 1 Myalla Hall -- March 2 Deloraine Community Complex -- March 3 Ringarooma Hall -- March 4 Guest speakers include: Dr Joe Jacobs from Vic DPI, local agronomists and TIAR researchers and advisers. Topics covered include: growing various types of fodder crops, double cropping, fitting fodder crops into the system, economics, and conservation of fodder crops. Field days are from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm and include a farm visit. Lunch is provided Please RSVP to TIAR on 6430 4953. 2030368-110218 2024158-110218 Farm Forum Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jeremy Rockliff MP, will be holding a farm forum in Circular Head on Wednesday 23 February. If you wish to attend please call theTasmanian Liberals on 6233 3286 or email email@example.com Authorised by J. Hawkes, Level 2/24 Murray St, Hobart Advertisement es and Water, Clean-up and Assistance Grants for Primary Producers Information Days for Applicants The Department of Primary Industries, Parks,Water and Environment is offering one on one support with applying for storms and flood clean-up and assistance grants through regional Service Tasmania outlets. DPIPWE officers will be at Service Tasmania shops at: Burnie 22 February 10am to 3pm Deloraine Scottsdale Smithton St Helens Longford Wynyard Launceston (TFGA) Campbell Town Sheffield Devonport Ulverstone 23 February 24 February 25 February 1 March 2 March 3 March 3 March 4 March 8 March 16 March 18 March 10am to 3pm 10am to 3pm 10am to 3pm 10am to 3pm 10am to 3pm 10am to 3pm 10am to 3pm 9am to 2pm 9am to 2pm 9am to 2pm 10am to 2pm For more information regarding the Clean-up and Assistance Grants please phone Rebecca Williams on 6233 6812 or visit our website www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au
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