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TAS Country : October 13th 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 News TOP EFFORT: Lauren Burk, Australia's Rodeo Queen Fundraiser. Rodeo's stylish queen of charity JENNIFER CRAWLEY THE Rodeo Queen Fundraiser of Australia, Lauren Burk, was a late entrant into the quest and had just three months to raise $5000, a mammoth task for the 19-year-old. ''I was apprehensive I wouldn't make it, but once I got support from my family and friends, I knew I could,'' said Lauren, from Acacia Hills, south of Devonport. She sold daffodils and raffle tickets, held two fundraising nights, sold boxes of chocolates, ran a craft store at Latrobe's Chocolate Winter Fest and was supported by local shops, Lions Clubs and rodeo committees around Tasmania. Morse's Butchery at Latrobe, where Lauren's father Peter Burk is the butcher, also provided support. Lauren was voted Miss Congeniality by the other girls in the quest for being the most helpful and friendly. The fashion design student at Don College in Devonport said she wanted to start her own country- style clothing label. She started rodeo riding when eight years old and last year broke her leg when she came off a horse. Despite the setback, Lauren said she loved belonging to the rodeo fraternity. ''The people are so friendly,'' she said. ''It's a real family sport, everyone gets involved, they're just like my family now.'' As part of her prize, Lauren will travel interstate four times to ride in rodeo grand entries, and will head back to the Gold Coast to help out next year's entrants and hand over her crown. Money donated goes to the Make A Wish charity organisation. New water tests find pesticides ROGER HANSON CONCERN: Christian Goninon says follow-up work is being done. TIGHTER restrictions loom for spray- ing pesticides around waterways. The restrictions and the permissible threshold levels in waterways, to be implemented next year, are on the back of a more targeted approach to the monitoring of pesticides. Last month samples were taken from 47 locations across Tasmania under the newly modified ASCHEM pesticide monitoring program. The water sam- ples were tested for the presence of a range of agricultural chemicals, said Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment chemi- cal management branch manger Chri- stian Goninon. Four sites, all new additions to the program, tested positive to a range of different pesticides. The sites are not located in drinking-water catchments or sub-catchments used by water auth- orities. ''It is evident that the more targeted approach to monitoring has resulted in detections of new chemicals at new sites,'' Mr Goninon said. Four pesticides were detected in Tuckers Creek at Barnbougle Rd, north of Scottsdale. These included Simazine at 8.7 parts per billion (ppb), Ethofumesate esti- mated at 1-2ppb, Prometryn at 0.11ppb, and Metsulfuron-methyl at trace levels. Simazine is a triazine herbicide and algaecide used in agriculture and in the home and garden. Simazine products are used for the control of a large variety of weed species in fruits, vegetables, lentils, vineyards, home gardens and non-agricultural situ- ations. They are used to control algae in pools, aquariums and ponds. Simazine is also used to control germinating annual grasses in both forestry and agriculture. The registration of all agricultural and veterinary chemical products into the Australian marketplace is done by the Australian Pesticides and Vetinary Medicines Authority, a government statutory authority established in 1993 to centralise registrations. The detection of Simazine is above the Australian drinking water guideline value of 0.5ppb but below the health value of 20ppb. Greens environment spokeswoman Cassy O'Connor criticised the Continued Page 6 Dimethoate banned, Page 6 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au MADE TOWS MORE, CARRIES MORE, SEATS THREE. AWD 2WD TURF MODE SWITCH BETWEEN 1WD TURF MODE, 2WD & ALL-WHEEL DRIVE ON THE FLY. TI IN DUM BO INDE ENDENT REAR SUS ENSION OLARIS VARIABLE TRANSMISSION 2 H -CYLINDER EN INE 4 4 M T M UNLOC IN REAR DIFF ROLL OVER ROTECTION STRUCTURE MORE HARD-WORKING POLARIS FEATURES • 40% longer range vs petrol 800* • 90% of peak torque at 1600 rpm for low-speed pulling • Unbeatable 680kg payload • Unbeatable 907kg towing capacity • Full 30.5 cm of ground clearance Featuring a rubber mounted 24 horsepower 904cc three-cylinder diesel powerplant for low vibration and lower-speed torque, the Polaris RANGER Diesel Side-By-Side gets the job done at speeds up to 56 kmph. *Actual range improvements vary by consumer depending on driving style, terrain, tyre pressures, payload and towing loads.
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