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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 2011 Apprentice grasps his opportunities LEARNING: Martin McConnon. MARTIN McConnon is Agfest oper- ations manager Jade Hall's right- hand man. This year McConnon is learning the ropes as assistant operations manager. Soon he could be boss. The operations manager is respon- sible for roads, drainage, water, sewerage and power at Quercus Park and making Agfest a comfortable and safe experience for exhibitors and patrons. The extension of First Avenue to create extra sites, drainage works, a power upgrade and the relocation of mains water pipes away from exhibi- tors' tent pegs has kept the operations team busy this year. Mr McConnon 21, from a property near Oatlands and doing a carpentry apprenticeship, said Agfest was a lot of work, but that it gave him satisfac- tion. ''People say I'm mad giving up all that time to do it,'' he said. ''The highlight is working with all my mates.'' His commitment involves being at Quercus Park every second weekend from February until Agfest. 'The bags are a marriage of Australian design and Japanese craftmanship' TRADITION: Kiyomi Reid uses vintage kimono materials in her handbags. Picture: RAOUL KOCHANOWSKI Puzzle of 700 stalls solved BRUCE MOUNSTER SPOT ON: Lisa Ireland and Kylie Burns. ''PLEASE, can we have a corner site'', or ''can we have a site on Main St.'' Kylie Burns said those were the two most com- mon requests she got as Agfest exhibitor manager. In January her role was to rifle through hundreds of applications, from busin- esses and government and community organisations, who were keen to be a part of Agfest. She said that unfortun- ately there were always more applicants than sites at Quercus Park and not everyone could fit in Main St, but she and assistant Lisa Ireland put time and effort into accommodating placement requests. ''Liaising with exhibi- tors, who they want to be near to, is like a big puzzle without a picture to work from,'' she said. Ms Burns said the job involved a degree of res- ponsibility and skills she would never achieve in her other life, working as a chef and living at Drome- dary. ''Agfest is such a big part of everyone's business, promotions, sales and brand exposure,'' she said. ''We focus on core agri- culture and Tasmanian wares.'' Ms Burns said every site had to be measured and marked, so exhibitors -- and tent pitchers -- knew their boundaries. She said they did it over two long days. This year the lines needed re-doing after rain washed away the paint or caused grass to shoot up, hiding the paint. She said floods and cyc- lones led to an unusually high number of exhibitor cancellations this year. WFI is a trading name of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited ABN 24 000 036 279 AFSL 241461. Contact WFI for a Product Disclosure Statement to help decide if our policies are right for you. *Terms and conditions apply; see wfi.com.au for full details. Authorised under ACT Permit No. TP 11/00436.1, NSW Permit No. LTPS/11/00999. Competition runs from 01/04/2011 until 30/06/2011. Universal Gift Cards are Issued by Heritage Building Society Ltd ABN 32 087 652 024 AFSL 240984. Card shown is for illustration purposes only. Appearance of actual prize card may differ from example shown. Insure with WFI and you could win $2,000 to spend on your business* . WFI's business insurance plans allow you to select the level of cover you need. Whether it's a setback from a smashed window or a shower of Yabbies, it's good to know we have policies that can cover a range of business risks. Part of the Wesfarmers group, we've been insuring Australian businesses for over 90 years. With over 160 Area Managers across Australia, WFI can provide you with personalised service. Which means you'll always know who to call, from enquiry to claim. Take out a new Commercial Plan or Office Plan before 30 June 2011 and you could win a $2,000 Visa gift card. Contact us to find out more. Ends June 30 GC_WFI841 For business insurance call 1300 934 934 or visit wfi.com.au
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