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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 News HIGH ACHIEVER: From left, Peter Greenham, Ashley Hobbins and Governor Peter Underwood. Scholarship beefs up Ashley's ambitions JENNIFER CRAWLEY A YOUNG woman with a passion for agriculture is the winner of this year's $10,000 Greenham Tasmania Scholarship. Ashley Hobbins, 20, of Burnie, was presented with her cheque by Governor Peter Underwood at Smithton last week. ''When I heard I had won I was speechless. I didn't know what to say,'' she said. ''There's a bit of relief as well, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to pay for uni. I can focus on my studies a lot more.'' Ashley grew up on farms at Karoola and Pipers River. She started at Brooks High School, north of Launceston, in 2004. She knew she wanted to work in the beef industry after studying animal husbandry and nutrition at school, she said. Ashley participated in the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association's Discover Agriculture program in 2006 and travelled to Warwick, in Queensland, as a guest of the Charolais Society to attend a muster focusing on cattle handling, judging and breeding. She organised a cattle camp when she was in Year 10. Students from throughout the state attended workshops on breeding, handling and showing cattle and participated in a mock show. Ashley has started a three-year Bachelor of Agriculture course at the University of Tasmania's Hellyer campus at Burnie. She had already completed courses in the same field at Brooks High -- a VET II Certificate in agriculture, senior first aid and a ChemCert Australia level III certificate. She has picked up a swag of awards recognising her high level of commitment and enthusiasm. These include several academic achievement awards and honours for her work in forensics, animal studies, animal husbandry and environmental science. She has won two Lions Club awards as well as scholarships from the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. She has judged environmental competitions, spoken to student groups about the industry and exhibited Charolais, Angus, Belted Galloway and Murray Grey cattle at agricultural shows and cattle camps. She wants to be a teacher once she completes her agriculture course. ''I want to share my passion for agriculture with children,'' she said. A high Mark in black and white From Page 3 going to be last year so I could retire, but it didn't eventuate,'' he said. Mark's father will look after the farm for the day. ''He's been good over my whole footy career -- he's covered for me so I could get to the footy,'' he said. Mark said his two sons, aged six and nine, who both play in the local little league, were more excited about the game than he was. However, Mark is concerned about the future of the club. ''It's getting hard to keep the club going,'' he said. Mark said the local high school had more than 100 students but there was not enough work at Winnaleah so many young people were forced to leave the area to find employment. ''So I kept playing longer than I should have done to keep the club going,'' he said. ''[But] I'll definitely retire at the end of the year.'' Organisers are expecting a crowd of 1000 to watch the Magpies play the Scottsdale Crows at the Winnaleah Recreation Ground tomorrow. Aussies focus of wool campaign AUSTRALIAN consumers are the target of a wool campaign launched in Sydney this week. Australian Wool Innovation is using the Prince Charles- endorsed Campaign for Wool to encourage retailers to embrace wool. Established by Prince Charles in February last year, the campaign encourages global industry associations and bu- sinesses to embrace wool as an environmentally superior and sustainable fabric. This week's launch at Admir- alty House, hosted by Governor- General Quentin Bryce, in- volved an array of local de- signers, including Collette Din- nigan, Dion Lee and Richard Nicholl. AWI has also enlisted retailers Westfield and Country Road to be part of the campaign. The Weekly Times Banker busts dollar danger myth' THE Australian dollar hit US103.15 on Monday, its highest level since it was floated in 1983. The previous high was US102.54, set on January 1 this year. Commonwealth Bank agriculture commodity strat- egist Luke Mathews said it was a myth the high dollar was bad for farmers and exports. ''The high Aussie dollar is generally associated with weak- ness in the US dollar and a rise in US commodity prices,'' he said. ''This is generally good because Aussies are price- takers in the international mar- ket. When there's a move in currency prices there's also a move in commodity prices.'' The boost in the commodity prices generally outweighed any negative effects. 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