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TAS Country : March 8th 2012
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 9, 2012 News SELF SUFFICIENT: John and Colleen Graham in their vegetable garden. Picture: RAOUL KOCHANOWSKI Open garden reveals food, nature bounty ROGER HANSON THE secrets behind great self-sufficiency may well be uncovered in the Open Gardens Australia's Tas- manian event in the Der- went Valley high country on March 28. Their Lachlan property, sitting at 370m above sea- level, is testament to John and Colleen Graham's pas- sion. They will host a guided tour of their productive garden. Julie Siebert, Tasman- ian co-ordinator of Open Gardens Australia, said the couple had been self- sufficient all their married lives, and produce sen- sational fruit and veg- etables. ''Colleen cooks and pre- serves produce from the garden; it has been a way of life for more than 30 years,'' Ms Siebert said. ''They have created a sustainable lifestyle, which is the talk of Tasmania.'' Ms Siebert said Mr Gra- ham built the couple's home and a cottage in 1981 from local stone. ''The buildings feature the crafts of yesteryear,'' Ms Siebert said. The house and cottage roof is made from feature hand-split shingles; the grounds feature post and rail fences and dry-stone walls. Mr Graham has also planted and developed a rainforest walk on the 4ha property. The trees include five Huon pines (one grown from a cutting from a 2500-year-old tree), myrtles, sassafras, king bil- lies and blackwoods. ''It is a most interesting rainforest walk and high- lights some of Tasmania's treasures,'' Ms Siebert said. Tickets are $40 and in- clude home-made morning tea. 10am to 12.30pm. Num- bers are limited, bookings www.opengarden.org.au IN the north, one of Carrick's historic homes will open this long week- end from 10am-4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. The property dates from about 1870 with gardens and significant 140-year- old trees surrounding orig- inal buildings. Bookings online or phone 03 6429 3175. Exporters face ultimatum LESLIE WHITE David Minnis Funds at risk THE Federal Agriculture Minister has tightened the screws on horticultural ex- porters. They will lose access to $6.5 million in adjustment funding if they fail to agree to one of three options put forward on export charges by today. Horticultural exporters have accused Senator Joe Ludwig of ''holding a gun to our heads'' and remain adamant the options of- fered are unacceptable. It is the latest saga in the Government's move to withdraw the 40 per cent funding it supplies to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. The Weekly Times under- stands Senator Ludwig in- tends for the money to be re-allocated to other agri- cultural priorities if there is no agreement by today, and has informed ex- porters that budgets are tight as the government moves to run at a surplus by 2012-13. Horticultural exporters have been at loggerheads with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for six months. Senator Ludwig met with exporters in mid- February in an attempt to break the deadlock. The three options put by the Minister were: The status quo, which exporters say costs them too much and which Government says does not return enough money to it. An offer of $6.5 mil- lion in transitional assist- ance and export market development, which comes attached to a fee recovery model that exporters say will hurt them. Levy funds to be di- rected into paying for AQIS, which all parties agree would be difficult to do and would take years. Australian Horticultural Exporters Association deputy chairman David Minnis said none of the options offered by the Min- ister were acceptable. ''They're trying to get us to agree to models that we don't believe will actually work,'' Mr Minnis said. The fee model put for- ward by AQIS required massive shed registration fees, which would see 420 of the current 520 regis- tered sheds bow out of export packing, he said. Mr Minnis said growers would ship to centralised packing sheds for export, with the transport paid by the exporters --- which made exports less competi- tive. He said AQIS was aim- ing to move to a model in which it recovered its costs regardless of whether growers exported a single piece of produce. Weekly Times "Eryvac provides insurance against crippled lambs. " Sheep Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. ABN 50 008 422 348. 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114. Registered trademark of Pfizer. PAL0551/TC/R *Erysipelas is one of a number of causes of arthritis in sheep. Vaccinating your ewes pre-lambing with Eryvac can protect your lambs from Er ysipelas* arthritis, which can cause lameness, painful and swollen joints and depression, all of which lead to hefty production losses. For more information talk to your Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist on 1800 814 883. "From a stud management perspective, vaccinating with Eryvac works effectively. For the investment you put in, the vaccination pays for itself. It not only provides insurance and protection against crippled lambs, it increases longevity of our ewes and provides more stock for a higher selection rate." Paul Routley, Almondvale, President of NSW White Suffolk Association and breeder/producer
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