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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011 Tasmanian Country 21 IN FULL GLORY: Charlie Fontyn and his dog Millie enjoy the autumn colours among advanced golden elm and cercis trees at Westland Nurseries. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE We are going toward a softer mould, a gentle easy flowing and a return to flowering lines' now, it's still low-maintenance plants but with a lot more colour. ''People want more and more instant gratification.'' He said cyclamen were popular, and an acacia called Limelight was also a hit with customers. ''We are going toward a softer mould, a gentle easy flowing and a return to flowering lines that are more for impulse-buying around the house,'' Mr van der Staay said. He said screening trees for small blocks, such as ornamental pears which have spring colour and autumn leaves, were big sellers. Westland has 1500 different species and introduces new plants to the public as soon as they are released. ''It's a pretty broad range for an average nursery,'' Mr van der Staay said. Mr Fontyn said he loved flying the Westland Nurseries flag at Agfest each year. ''It's good to meet all the people and talk to them face to face,'' he said. ''That amount of people that go past, its good for business. ''A lot of people still don't know we do advanced trees, they can see first hand how stuff looks.'' 428 Fourth Ave 2011 Help at hand when finances take a hit TASMANIAN Rural Counselling has been running programs to assist the rural community for over 25 years. It was founded by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania in 1986 when it became apparent that rural enterprises needed a helping hand to get them through difficult times and decisions. Today, the organisation runs the in-demand Rural Financial Counsell- ing Service Tasmania. RFCS Tasmania provides free, con- fidential in-house assistance for those facing financial hurdles. The counsellors have a broad financial and rural knowledge base and great networks to ensure all avenues for support are available to the clients. They visit clients on their property to assist with reviewing the clients' financial situation. They will then help clients to look at options for growth and provide support to action the desired path to financial security. The rural financial counsellor may discuss other support measures to assist your farming family and/or business including referrals to gain government assistance, emotional counselling, succession planning or new business paths. In recent times RFCS Tasmania has been busy assisting in drought recovery options, help those affected by McCain's Tasmanian factory clos- ure, assisting in reviewing new irrigation scheme options, support- ing those struggling with lower commodity prices and more recently helping those farmers affected by the flooding. RFCS Tasmania has offices in Wynyard, Hobart and Launceston. S65BSouthSt AGFEST Exhibit Revolutionising agricultural land management www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au Site location 407/409 Fourth Avenue This year's AGFEST exhibit will highlight the advances in innovation and technology that are equipping the agricultural sector to adapt to change. Come and see practical displays and advice on: CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Stations) Managing browsing wildlife Plus learn about: Proactive Agricultural Safety & Support Inc. Visit us at TFGA tent Site 801 www.pass.org.au 2041468-110429
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