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TAS Country : June 23rd 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 24, 2011 Your Say School closure a lost opportunity THE absurdity of the Labor-Green Government's proposal to close Rin- garooma Primary School was high- lighted in State Parliament yesterday, when the government announced prog- ress on a new irrigation scheme for the area. In announcing a start to the Win- naleah Irrigation Scheme Augmenta- tion, Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green also talked up a proposed new irrigation scheme for the Ringaroo- ma area that he said was next cab off the rank, and spoke of the agricultural growth that it could make possible. That the government is talking about growth through water development at the same time as contemplating closing our school just shows what a ridiculous notion it is that our school is under threat. The growth potential of our com- munity, particularly through the dairy and vegetable industries on the back of water development, is one of the many reasons why we will fight tooth and nail to keep the school open. The wealth and jobs creation the Government says will flow from water development won't happen in the Rin- garooma area if the local school is closed. New workers and their families won't want to move here, existing ones may consider leaving, and there will be a general lack of willingness to invest in an area that appears closed for business. The Government risks squandering the very opportunities it is seeking to create. The Ringarooma Primary School is one of the state's best performing, has had $1m of Federal funding spent on it in recent years, has experienced in- creased enrolments and is the heart of the local community. Cheryl McCartie Ringarooma Primary School Association Heavy price to pay for native forest logging JAN Davis has flawlessly performed the Forestry Tasmania and Private For- ests Tasmania repertoires in her defence of native forest logging (TFGA Mat- ters, June 17). You would never guess, however: that more than 90 per cent of Tasmania's huge native forest harvest is exported as chips and do nothing to moderate Third World logging piracy; that most of the logged State Forest is replaced by pulpwood plantations, that undisturbed native forests are far better stores of carbon than plantations or regrowth; that pine makes up the vast bulk of Australian sawn timber; that dense stands of regrowth or plantation eucalypts are great bushfi- re fuel; and that the Tassie ap- proach has more than halved forestry jobs in a 14-year period in which the harvest doubled and the industry collapsed. ''Locking up forests de- fies logic'', perhaps, for the few hundred making a quid from it, but not for the public paying the heavy subsidies or drawing water from catchments. John Hayward Weegena Labor turns its back on farmers INSTEAD of supporting Tasmanian farmers, Lara Giddings' Budget delivers nothing more than re-announcements and cost slugs that high- lights that fact that the Government does not care about farmers. Biosecurity funding takes a real term cut of $1.5 million, funding for the Wealth from Water program is nowhere near what was promised in 2010, and we see the end of the Innovation Farming Systems Program and the Ag- rifood Skills Pipeline. The Green-Labor Government has stung farmers with higher fees and charges that will drive down returns, with increases of license fees to the tune of $4 million with no expla- nation provided. The state's poppy growers will feel the pain and will now have to wear the full cost of the Poppy Advisory and Control Board from 2012-13. Many of the state's rural and regional com- munities will also be hit hard by the closure of 16 rural schools. Schools are the hub of any rural community and closing 16 schools will only fur- ther disadvantage these communities in tough ti- mes. Tasmanian farmers have faced one of the most challenging seasons on record at a time when their costs, including power prices, are going through the roof, and this budget does not reflect that. Jeremy Rockliff Opposition Primary Industry Spokesman To manage my livestock, I focus on both productivity and cost control! KUHN, my strength! 01-EL-EU-GB -- Photo: D. Rousselot 80 888 0000 ot Ef cient livestock management is essential to meet today s animal husbandry challenges. Whatever the size and type of your herd, KUHN can offer a wide choice of solutions for straw blowing, distributing, mixing and feed management. K hn rm h nery (0 ) 5 6 it i l tContact your KUHN dealer to discover how KUHN products and services can strengthen your business. www.kuhn.com be strong, be KUHN forage harvesting I livestock husbandry I arable
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