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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
20 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 Maturity matters as trees reward planter JENNIFER CRAWLEY WESTLAND Nurseries owner Tony van der Staay has been in the business a long time and his trusted employee Charlie Fontyn has been showing plants at Agfest for just about as long. Westland Nurseries will use this year's Agfest to promote their extensive range of advanced trees and shrubs. Tony van der Staay's father Henry started the family business in 1956. Mr Fontyn showed plants under his own business before coming to work for Westland 13 years ago. ''Charlie loves Agfest,'' Mr van der Staay said. ''He loves that exposure to the general public.'' ''I only missed the first two years when it was at Symmons Plains,'' Mr Fontyn said. Westland is a mass-production designed nursery on 15ha. It employs 25 people, 12 of whom are qualified nurserymen. ''I like growing plants and I like selling good quality plants so people can enjoy them,'' Mr van der Staay said. His wife Rosemaree is a horticulturist and his brother Henry and son Mark are qualified nurserymen. Mr van der Staay has visited nurseries in Europe and America that had up to 30 million pots on 1500ha of land. ''We are big in the local market but comparatively we are small.'' Everything had a cycle in the nursery industry, he said. ''We seem to be moving from the grassy plants and flaxes of the last four or five years. ''We are at an in-between stage 2011 Private Forests Tasmania Hobart 6233 7640 Launceston 6336 5300 Burnie 6434 7260 PRIVATE FORESTS TASMANIA assists landowners plan and sustainably manage their native forests, plantations and trees in the landscape. Native forests and plantations on farms provide multiple bene ts including timber production, enhanced agricultural production, conservation and landscape values. Private forests provide almost half the total timber harvested each year and this is likely to increase into the future. PRIVATE FORESTS TASMANIA has three regional of ces with quali ed staff ready to discuss your needs. Crafty art of squeezing in more stalls to see MORE ROOM: Craft director Sian Gibbons. AGFEST craft director Sian Gibbons has found a way to fit in extra exhibi- tors this year. Miss Gibbons, in her second year as craft direc- tor, said some exhibitors had been placed in the fashion parade pavilion. She said her team found space for six indoor sites and two outdoor sites at the pavilion, boosting craft exhibitor numbers to more than 120. Also stationed near the entrance to the pavilion will be singers Rino and Jade Morea to maintain the vibe between the fa- shion parades. Miss Gibbons said she and assistant craft director Michelle Crawford had a back-to-basics approach. ''We have the whole gamut from needlework to home-made dog beds and clothing.'' ''Don't worry about buy- ing a Mother's Day present until you get to Agfest.'' Miss Gibbons said her role involved dealing with people from all walks of life and sometimes forced her to think on her feet. There have been phone calls that put her on the spot with questions. ''I learned to be a lot calmer than I used to be.'' Miss Gibbons said the hardest part of her role was saying no to unsuc- cessful applicants, and then trying to explain why. She said this year there were about 60 on the wait- ing list, about double the number last year. Miss Gibbons, of Mus- selboro, is a receptionist and typist with the Laun- ceston General Hospital. BLENKHORN PLUMBING SERVICES PTY LTD ACN 064 628 315 2004548-110429 281 GRAVELLY BEACH ROAD, GRAVELLY BEACH, TASMANIA 7276 PH (03) 6394 4309, (03) 6394 3208, FAX (03) 6394 4238 "more than just plumbing" "more than just plumbing" See us at Site No 831
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