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TAS Country : March 24th 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News PLOUGHMAN CHEFS: Chef Will Chapman, left, and Michael Norton, of Kuzina restaurant, get ready for Hamilton Show. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE Speedy shearing and slow eating JENNIFER CRAWLEY THE DERWENT Valley is the place to be this weekend at the Hamilton Show. Gun shearers, fine foods, wines and beers will feature. Organiser Ann Jones said a speed shearing competition and The Taste of the Derwent, a showcase of the region's finest produce, will be held for the first time. The Tasmanian shearing team and captain of the Victorian shearing team will fight it out on the Saturday. The speedshear will be held between 5 and 9pm on Saturday followed by a barbecue and a bar. And the wool handling and a local farmers shearing competition will take place over the weekend. The Taste of the Derwent is the brainchild of young local chef Will Chapman, 31, who has returned to Ouse with his family after stints in Hobart and Melbourne. Mr Chapman's company Funktion Catering caters for local events. He has devised a Ploughmans Platter to show off a selection of the local produce. Hot smoked lamb from farmer Andrew Denham, cheese from the Bignell family's Thorpe Farm at Bothwell, Tassal salmon which originates from fingerlings at Wyatinah and relishes and chutneys from Jane Parsons on Curringa Farm are on the platter. Wheat grown on Curringa Farm by Tim Parsons, milled by the Bignells and cooked by a New Norfolk bakery into baguettes also feature on the platter. Local award winning vineyards Kinvarra and Mt Bethune will be there and the Two Metre Tall beer company. The Hamilton Agricultural Show Sunday March 27 at the Showgrounds, Lyell Hwy, Hamilton -- $6 adults, $2 children under 14, $15 family two adults and two children. Extinosad Pour-On is Australia's No. 1 lice control for sheep. Knockdown control of lice Kills resistant strains1 Can be used off-shears or long wool Nil wool WHP and minimal ESI Low volume, water based formulation For more information contact your reseller or Elanco. Dead fast. Dead easy. 1800 226 324 www.elanco.com.au 1BF9001 *Elanco , Extinosad and the diagonal colour bar are trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. EAH2003 Foreign ownership mystery NOBODY knows how much of Aust- ralia's farmland is owned by foreigners. This is despite real estate agents reporting this week that international inquiries for rural land are at their highest in a decade. The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board and the Federal Govern- ment both said they did not track the amount of land bought by foreign investors. That approach has been labelled ''ridiculous'' by South Australian inde- pendent Senator Nick Xenophon. Last year Senator Xenophon intro- duced a Bill to Parliament to tighten the current policy on foreign invest- ment. ''Right now, no one in authority is even monitoring the level of foreign ownership of our rural assets, let alone approving or disallowing purchases,'' he said. ''Currently, a potential private foreign investor only needs to apply to the FIRB for consent if the purchase price exceeds $231 million.'' In contrast, New Zealand's equivalent regulatory body requires foreign investors to apply for land purchases of more than 5ha. According to a Treasury spokeswom- an, the FIRB does not collate the number of sales, only the number of applications. This leaves the level of foreign property investment in Australia shrouded in mystery. Proposed investment in the agricul- ture, forestry and fishing industry for properties worth more than the $231 million threshold in Australia increased in 2008-09, with 12 proposals with a total value of $2.8 billion approved by the FIRB. Real estate agents contacted this week said interest in Australian farming land from foreigners had been widespread, but mostly stemmed from China and the Middle East. The Weekly Times
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