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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 SMOOTH BARREL and H a t R d St n R s Man fa t d t st m sp fi m nts S d sp a & p d t nf ma n f s f at t 2011 A EST, s t S09 S t St See us at Site S09 South St News Midland water cash flows KAROLIN MacGREGOR Bryan Green Continued Page 8 WORK ix expected to begin soon on the state's most ambitious irrigation pro- ject after a Federal Govern- ment green light to develop the Midlands Irrigation Scheme. Detailed planning for the $88 million scheme will be started by the Tasmanian Irrigation Development Board after the Federal Government endorsed the project under the Environ- mental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The approval is a major milestone of the much-awaited project, which is expected to transform the face of agriculture through the Midlands. The irrigation scheme will deliver as much as 47,000ML of water annually to 500 farmers from Perth to Kempton. There will be about 70,000ha of irrigable land in reach of the scheme, which will include about 140km of pipelines. Summer water through the scheme will cost farmers $1130 a megalitre. Primary Industries and Water Minister Bryan Green said the scheme would be the centrepiece of the state's water-development strategy. ''It has the potential to transform the Midlands into a major food production area in the same way the Coal River Valley has developed following the construction of the Craigbourne dam,'' he said. 2034237-110415 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Raised Bed Growers Requirements for headlands and drains have been revised. Your field officer can advise. LOCAL HERO: Bruce Scott in front of the Scottsdale cenotaph Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Many rise for Anzac brekkie JENNIFER CRAWLEY DAWN service at the Scottsdale RSL Club gets more and more crowded each year. Services at neighbouring Bridport and Ringarooma Ovals are the same -- big crowds up at dawn gather in the clubrooms for breakfast. Scottsdale RSL president Bruce Scott expects between 250 to 300 for the service. The RSL movement is alive and well in rural Tasmania. ''The RSL movement is very nearanddeartomeasitisto most veterans,'' Mr Scott said. Mr Scott has been president of the Scottsdale RSL for 12 years. He was awarded the Order of Australia on Australia Day for services to the community and helping older veterans with their entitlement. The museum he started 12 years ago attracts visitors from all over the state. ''We've got two weapons here used all the time in Vietnam, a MA machine gun and a self- loading rifle,'' Mr Scott said. Scottsdale RSL has 80 mem- bers, but membership is not a big concern for the Vietnam veteran. ''We want less and less vet- erans because we want no more war,'' he said. The RSL occupies the same building as the Bowls Club. Total membership of the clubs is 250. ''Scottsdale is a very isolated community,'' Mr Scott said. ''The RSL provides a safe friendly environment for the older people in the community. ''They play bowls and prac- tise twice a week, they mingle with veterans and the meals are good country cooked meals, there's a bit more food that you get from the larger towns.'' Local high school children go through the museum during Anzac week. ''It's very important to re- mind them of the freedoms that we take for granted and the brave soldiers that fought and died,'' Mr Scott said. ''The young children ask in- telligent questions. They are interested in our military his- tory.'' Many of the wakes in the community are held at the RSL. ''Most of the people take their relatives into the museum be- cause their grandfather or fath- er is there,'' Mr Scott said. Mr Scott was born in the Midlands town of Tunnack and has lived in Scottsdale for 29 years. His wife came from Scottsdale and the couple settled on her parents' farm. He describes himself as ''nearly a local yokel''. He has worked as a shearer, and has owned a trucking and fuel businesses. Mr Scott fought in the infan- try in the Vietnam jungle. He was awarded five medals for his war service. He travelled to Vietnam re- cently for the first time since the war. ''I never thought I would go back but I'm really glad I did.''
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