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TAS Country : February 23rd 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 for agriculture's future 'The perception seems to be that agriculture is not exciting and there are more attractive options' EXCITING: TFGA president David Gatenby, left, research officer Melinda King and Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Skills Paul O'Halloran at the Skills Plan launch in Burnie. vegetable centres. Mr O'Halloran has a farming background and has taught Year 11 and 12 Agricultural Science. He said the plan set out an achievable pathway for the agricultural sectors. ''Tasmania's agriculture sector contributes signifi- cantly to our economic, social and environmental fabric, creating jobs and wealth -- particularly in our rural and regional communities,'' Mr O'Hal- loran said. The Skills Plan is funded by Skills Tasmania and developed by the TFGA, through consultation acro- ss the industry to deter- mine its priorities on how to address labour supply and skills shortages. ''The plan is consistent with the Tasmanian Government's Economic Development Plan vision to capitalise on the state's natural agricultural strengths and also aligns with the Tasmanian Skills Strategy,'' Mr O'Halloran said. The plan sets workforce development and planning priorities for the agricul- ture industry for the next three years, and seeks com- mitments from industry to meet these goals. For more information about the Agriculture In- dustry Skills Plan, visit www.skills.tas.gov.au. goodness SAY CHEESE: Ashley and Jennifer McCoy at the new Wicked Cheese factory at Richmond. Picture: ROGER HANSON distributor who said if we got a strong goats blue, they would take the whole lot.'' The new facility will start producing a new blue cheese in the coming weeks. Mr McCoy is no stranger to the dairy industry, before going into cheese-making he was a dairy technologist. With his qualifications, he was helping Italian cheesemakers in Melbourne to come to grips with new laws governing the industry. ''In return they generously gave me their time to teach me their craft, and I have continued to learn since. It's a passion,'' Mr McCoy said. The factory was officially opened by Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson, and was built with the support of a federal tourism grant, which helped bridge the gap in funds needed to make the project a reality. Clarence deputy mayor Jock Campbell cut the first block of cheese at the Richmond plant. The McCoys are passionate about cheese and southern Tasmanian produce and are keen to talk any small producers to help them market their goods at the store. Own a bright future The offer to end all offers Coming to dealers January 2012 This summer s blockbuster is one you don t want to miss. From January through to March 2012, you can take advantage of an unbelievable offer across our entire tractor range -- from our utility TT through to the broadacre powerhouse T9 4EWD. You ll marvel at the standard 3- year warranty -- be awed by o u r 3% fina nce rate*. Critics say the styling, ergonomics and technology of our range is inspiring , award winning , the best yet . But there s only one way to find out for yourself. Visit brightfuture.com.au/3Dsuperdeals now and see how you can take part in all the action. But hurry, these must - see super deals are only around for 3 short months. 3 Year warranty 3% Finance 3Month limited offer *30% deposit, 3 year term monthly repayments. Offer is available to business customers only and subject to credit approval. Terms and conditions apply. Contact your local dealership for full details.
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