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TAS Country : March 8th 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012 Tasmanian Country 11 News MP wary of cuts to rural speed limits KAROLIN MacGREGOR SLOW DOWN: The Kingborough speed trial led the way in Tasmania to lower rural limits. Greg Hall, left, demanding answers. Pictures: SAM ROSEWARNE. INDEPENDENT member for Western Tiers Greg Hall is calling for parlia- mentary debate over any plans to change rural speed limits. Mr Hall this week called on Infra- structure Minister David O' Byrne to table any changes to speed limits in Parliament to ensure the issue was properly considered. ''Given the significant community concerns over proposed speed-limit cuts to sealed roads, it would be outrageous if these reductions were implemented before Parliament can debate them,'' he said. ''I continue to receive considerable feedback from people in rural and regional Tasmania they do not support the State Government's proposal to cut speed limits, particularly on sealed roads and this is a matter the parlia- ment should debate.'' Mr Hall said recent road statistics revealed that distraction, fatigue, and inexperience now were the major factors in road crashes. That meant the State Government's focus on speed cuts was flawed. ''In light of the serious budget problems, it would be incredibly waste- ful for the State Government and confusing to the public to change speed signs across the state only to have to change them back if regulation was subsequently rescinded by Parlia- ment,'' Mr Hall said. He said people in rural areas also were concerned about secrecy sur- rounding which roads would have their speed limit cut and when that likely would occur. ''The minister should also provide more detail on his intentions, the progress of work being done on speed limit cuts and the timeframe for their implementation,'' Mr Hall said. Turning Red pays off AFTER almost four dec- ades running their highly successful Pine Park Charolais stud at Cluan the Dobson family have branched out and added a Red Angus stud to their operation. Heath and Samantha Dobson said they chose the Red Angus because of the breed's ability to compli- ment their existing Charo- lais herd. ''We found that the Red Angus really compliment the charolais, especially in their colour there is quite a bit of demand for the com- posite Charolais Red An- gus bulls,'' Mr Dobson said. The couple have been using Red Angus genetics in their commercial herd for a number of years and have about 50 cows with Red Angus influence. They are now in the process of building up a line of stud Red Angus cows using Canadian, Australian and United States genetics and their first drop of embryo trans- fer calves are now on the ground. The embryos were bought from the well known Australian Red An- gus stud BST Tullatoola. They were sired by the bulls Fully Loaded and Six Mile Sakic and Mr Dobson said they were impressed with the calves so far. More embryo transfer calves are due at the stud in April and September. Mr Dobson said the range and availability of Red Angus genetics made it easier to try different breeding combinations. Mr Dobson said he had been impressed with the cattle's softness and pro- duction performance and ability to meet Meat Stan- dards Australia carcass specifications. The Dobsons will offer a line of cross steers at the upcoming Red Angus fea- ture weaner sale. Red Angus, Charo- lais feature, P23-24 Leaders in Garages & Sheds Kings ead s S re K K K K n ea a le S I LS + I a Garden Shed! rain ilding. .a En o Ta ( L ) Th n L ad En o ta s no a a labl * ully R y labl . * at R t nt on. * o lu o da a d h on a l at on. * Aust al an ad . Th o Aust al a us , th lo th ll b . uy Aust al an and su o t an Aust al an o any. . . * EW* R D TA AVA LA LE ROM YOUR LOCAL TP JO E TORE. $3.35 n T A a labl o you lo al TP.Jon s to : $3.35 n T Any lost ta s la d at no ha th n t o d 321 Hoba t Road, Youn to n, Laun ston TA 7249 P: (03) 6343 1666 : (03) 6344 2706
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