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TAS Country : March 22nd 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012 Tasmanian Country 3 News UP IN THE AIR: The landmark cottage is lowered into place next to the museum at Oatlands. History hits dizzy new heights ROGER HANSON THE Oatlands District Historical Society swung into full action to relocate a treasured 1840s cottage. About 20 members of the society relocated the town's historical two- roomed, weatherboard cottage and placed it next to the museum and research centre. A local resident said it was the third time the cottage had been relocated. He said at one time the cottage stood behind the old bakery on the corner of Barrack and High streets. It was once the home of George Walter Fish and his wife. Later it was moved a short distance up the street to near the home of Mr Roy Geard's mother. The most recent relocation was a complex three-hour operation, with a steel frame put beneath the building so it could be wheeled to Barrack St, and then placed by heavy machinery on to a trailer. The building was moved through the back streets of Oatlands, past the saleyards during a sheep sale. Fences were pulled down to allow it to pass, then it was towed to its final location on a concrete foundation at 107 High St. Members of the historical society, including farmers, donated their time and use of heavy equipment. The cottage has been left neglected for almost 30 years, but in its new location society members plan to restore it and open it to the public. Vote backs increased dairy levy ROGER HANSON 10pc rise favoured DAIRY farmers have voted to accept a 10 per cent increase in their levies, after counting of the national poll finished last week. Dairy farmers had three voting options: no levy, a 10 per cent increase or a 15 per cent rise. They were not offered the status quo as an option. The results of the poll were an- nounced in Melbourne on Tuesday and showed 60.13 per cent of valid votes favoured a rise in the Dairy Service Levy; 54.05 per cent of votes favoured a 10 per cent increase; 6.08 per cent supported a 15 per cent rise; and 39.87 per cent voted for the no-levy option. ''We are satisfied with these num- bers. There was a valid return of 50.86 per cent of the available number of votes, which is an encouraging voter turnout that compares favourably to voter numbers in similar polls by other rural development corporations,'' said Dairy Australia chairman and dairy farmer Max Roberts. ''Voting for a levy increase this time was a much harder ask for farmers than in 2007, when 32 per cent voted against maintaining the levy rate, which was the recommended option on that occasion,'' . The levy has not been raised since 1997. The levy funds a range of industry services, including on-farm research and development into pasture pro- ductivity, cow productivity, manage- ment of grains and farm systems. Other services include industry pro- tection and promotion, issues manage- ment, market analysis, health and nutrition research and initiatives to attract, retain and develop people across the supply chain. Mr Roberts said the result of the vote was a positive step for the industry. Chris Griffin, president of Aust- ralian Dairy Farmers and chairman of the Dairy Poll Advisory Committee, said the increased levy revenue would allow Dairy Australia to continue the scale of investment and services re- quired to guarantee the future success of the industry. Dairy Australia will forward the results of the ballot and its recommen- dation to increase the levy rate by 10 per cent to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig. A formal determination will then be made about the next levy rate. Mr Roberts said the advice, assist- ance and support of the Dairy Poll Advisory Committee, Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd, Australian Dairy Prod- ucts Federation, dairy companies, the eight regional development programs, and the various state farmer represen- tative organisations had been critical during the development and delivery phases of the dairy poll. Voting was held between February 3 and March 16. *Offer ends 30th April 2012. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fleet clients. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au ACTIVE DECENT CONTROL TO CARR IN TO IN OLARI VARIA LE TRAN MI ION CONVERT TO A T O EATER ON-DEMAND TRUE ALL- HEEL DRIVE ROLLED INDE ENDENT REAR U EN ION 4x4 Mode Mode UNLOC IN REAR DIFF TOWS MORE, CARRIES MORE, SEATS TWO $9995RIDE AWAY , , O Y Y
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