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TAS Country : February 24th 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 Elders closure angers town It's a disaster. They're calling the dead centre of town.' JENNIFER CRAWLEY Continued Page 7 THE closure of Bothwell's only agricul- tural supply store has farmers and townsfolk fuming. The Elders store was in a central location with a long history of provid- ing agricultural supplies to Bothwell and the surrounding area. The last day of trading for the historic premises, opened in 1900 by the Ellis family, was November, 30, 2010. Farmers from the intensive cropping district are relying on travelling sales- men for bulk supplies, and residents are travelling to Bridgewater and Hobart to source hardware. Bothwell farmer John Ramsay said the closure was a real disappointment. ''The availability of product has gone,'' he said. ''The store was a link between the town and the farmers and the money's going out of the town.'' The cropping season was almost finished when the store closed, Mr Ramsay said. ''Next year will be the test,'' he said. Elders Tasmania manager Colin Cook said the decision to close the store was ''strategic''. Mr Cook said Bothwell's Elders employee Michael Brooks had been part of the Bothwell community for many years. ''Michael would go in on weekends and supply them [farmers- ]with product,'' Mr Cook said. ''One day, not so long before we made the decision, a local farmer wanted Michael to open up the branch on Sunday to give him a drum of chemi- cal, which Michael gladly did to get the farmer off and running. ''On the Monday a ute and trailer went past with our competitor's prod- uct on it to this farmer's property. ''We want to support the community the best way we can and farmers have every right to do that, but a business has to be run here and it costs money.'' Elders had a four-year lease on the building and was in negotiations with two non-agricultural supply businesses to take over the lease, Mr Cook said. Local councillor and businessman Geoff Herbert said the store had been the heart and soul of Bothwell for ''years and years''. ''The sad thing is that they've got a lease and they're not going to let anyone else in,'' Mr Herbert said. ''They're just being bastards. ''Landowners can't come in and even get a piece of plumbing.'' Mr Cook said there were only between 18 to 20 farmers left in the Bothwell area and between 95 and 98 per cent of agricultural supply business was done on farms. News CONNECTED: Bothwell Spin In patron Barbara Fowler with her Ball of Peace''. Picture: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Loving the spin she's in JENNIFER CRAWLEY Continued Page 4 STILL spinning and still felting, and Barbara Fowler, 85, is still the driving force behind the Bothwell International Spin In and Fibre Festival. The town is getting ready for the 34th Spin In with artists from India and America flying in. Barbara started the first Spin In in 1978 to raise funds for the restoration of St Luke's church in Bothwell. Snow blocked the highway and prevented many from attending but 28 women ended up huddled around a radiator spinning and felting, Barbara said. Barbara has since been awarded an OAM for services to the Arts. Visitors from Russia, India, Swaziland, New Zealand, Laos and Alaska have flod to the sleepy Highland town to a craft festival that has evolved into an international event. MULTIMIN Injection is a trace multiple mineral injection to assist reproductive performance and ewe recovery after lambing. It contains selenium, zinc and manganese, trace minerals which aid in the reproductive function of ewes and rams. Trace minerals are also essential nutrients for immunity and growth in ruminants. Customer Service: Tel 1800 242 100 www.virbac.com.au Give your Ewes and Rams some wham bam thank you lam Must use MULTIMIN 2mL injector. MULTIMIN is a registered trademark of Warburton Technologies Ltd. Please see label APVMA No. 61724.
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