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TAS Country : April 19th 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 20, 2012 News Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. ANZ s colour blue is a trademark of ANZ. K11727 04.12 Tasmania, meet your new local Corporate Farmgate and Agribusiness Manager, Tony. Tony Rossi joins ANZ as Corporate Farmgate & Agribusiness Manager and brings with him extensive knowledge in business and agribusiness banking. With 30 years of experience in local banking across Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, Tony understands that you re not just looking for a bank. You need someone who takes the time to get to know you -- and the unique needs of your business. With a high level of professionalism and sophistication, Tony will work with you to achieve your business goals. So whether you re looking to grow locally, or do business in Asia or New Zealand, call today or visit Tony at AgFest 3-5 May 2012, Site Number S43, Quercus Rural Youth Park, Oaks Road, Carrick. Tony Rossi ANZ Corporate Farmgate & Agribusiness Manager P. 03 6332 9454 M. 0409 119 658 E. firstname.lastname@example.org Milne: It's time to talk to the bush The Greens can represent rural Australia, writes CHRISTINE MILNE Quality of rural life is critical CHRISTINE MILNE: Farmers and environmentalists share many values The Greens know that keeping farmers on the land means tackling the Coles- Woolworths duopoly' GROWING up on my parents' dairy farm in north-west Tasmania -- a place I still regularly visit and consider home -- gave me a deep and abiding understanding of the joys and challenges of living on the land and how important flourishing regional communities are to our country's prosperity. For me, a critical part of environmentalism has always been about working out how to feed ourselves and build the best possible quality of life, while sustaining the wonderful and very limited land and water that we have. As our world confronts a global food crisis, global warming, peak oil and water shortages in the decades ahead, feeding ourselves and our neighbours in the most efficient and sustainable way possible will become the most important challenge. Farmers and environmentalists share many of the same values of supporting people and protecting the land for now and for the future. If we start a proper conversation, I am confident more and more people in the bush will see we Greens can represent your interests better than any of the other parties. The first major campaign I ran, to protect my home of Wesley Vale from a polluting pulp mill, was a coalition of residents, farmers, fishers and environmentalists under the slogan ''save our soil, sea and sand, protect the land''. We were called CROPS -- Concerned Residents Opposing Pulp mill Siting. It's the Greens in the Federal Parliament who have consistently worked with farmers and others in regional Australia on issues of bio- security and pests, coal-seam gas and other mining encroaching on farming land, and avoid- ing the damaging impact of managed investment scheme (MIS) plantations. It's the Greens who worked hard to develop carbon farming rules to benefit farmers and the environment; the Greens who want to make sure the benefits of renewable energy developments go to the local communities and the Greens who are pushing for more investment in innovation and R&D for the farm sector because we know we have to increase productivity without any more land, water or petrochemical inputs. The Greens know that keeping farmers on the land means tackling the Coles-Woolworths duopo- ly, making free trade agreements fair and protecting our prime agricultural land from being bought by foreign government sovereign funds. But there are so many other issues beyond those with a direct link to the environment that concern us greatly. We want to see our nation investing properly in health and education, in improving our quality of life, not just our budget bottom line. For people in country towns where services have been pulled out for years in search of quick profit increases, these issues are bread and butter. As we face up as a nation to the challenges of the 21st century, we're going to have to decide what kind of country we want to live in. That is as much about quality of life as it is about big-picture economic change.The Greens have been working for years to support primary health care -- and mental health care -- in the regions. We've been highlighting that, when MIS plan- tations roll over farming land, sending whole families packing, it inevitably leads to loss of services as first post offices, then banks, then local schools and medical practices and corner stores close down. Like many of my gener- ation, including Senator Barnaby Joyce, I was sent to boarding school in the city by parents who wanted the best for me and my future. I resented being sent away from home, but I also appreciate the quality of education I was given in Hobart. I fought hard to prevent the closing of 28 regional schools in Tasmania during the accord with the Labor Government, and winning that battle remains one of my proudest achievements. Improving educational opportunities for kids in Pasture Update Tasmania 2025915-120420 When: Friday 27th April, 2012 Time: 9:45 am to 3:30 pm Where: "Burlington" Trial Site Burlington Road, Cressy Theme: Pastures for Persistency and Productivity Contact: R.S.V.P. David Squibb Phone: 0425 790 222 or Email: email@example.com Full programme available at www.grasslands.org.au
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