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TAS Country : May 24th 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, May 25, 2012 Opinion Let's keep surplus water where it will be needed I HAVE read with interest a report on the Liberal Party of Victoria's state council meeting, held in Bendigo in October, at which a motion was passed calling for the Victorian Government to renegotiate the contract for the Wonth- aggi Desalination Plant. The motion called for money to be saved by using the intended infra- structure to facilitate the transfer of ''readily avail- able access water'' from Tasmania to Victoria and on to South Australia. Any government in Tas- mania, regardless of their political persuasion, that as much as moots the export of water from Tas- mania, does so at their own political peril. If water is geographi- cally relocated anywhere -- do it within our own state. Tasmania needs that surplus water in the west- ern region, relocated to the Midlands and East Coast to value-add agriculture and horticulture -- not export over Bass Strait to the big island. John Shoobridge Claremont TAS No need for more clearing IN response to land clear- ing (Tasmanian Country, May 11), Michael Guerin says the Van Diemens Land Company wants to help the Save the Tasman- ian Devil group and state agencies to ensure there is sustainable habitat for healthy devils in the North West, including our properties, yet he has never ruled out the clear- ing of habitats of the Tas- manian devil, other en- dangered species or threatened forest com- munities. DairyTas chief Mark Smith tries to reassure us, with regards to VDL's pro- posal to clear native for- ests, by saying that the correct clearly set process will be applied to all land- owners. This is the approval pro- cess for clearing and con- version of native forests which Minister Bryan Green admitted (on ABC Radio's Country Hour on September 12, 2011) was to be changed to facilitate the dairy industry expansion. The same process which now has the minister deciding on the granting of exemptions (to the prop- erty and regional clearing limits) rather than the in- dependent Forest Practices Authority. The same approval pro- cess which VDL admitted lobbying for -- although we can only guess whether Minister Green was swayed entirely by lobby- ing from this one com- pany. In this more politicised process we fear that if VDL pushes hard enough, they could get approval from the State Government to clear all forests on their land. We ask VDL to publicly promise not to seek government approval to clear threatened species habitats and threatened forest communities. Don't push for the maximum just to see what you can get away with, just to increase milk production by a few more per cent. The Tasmanian Country stated that Tasmania's milk production was ex- pected to grow by 10 per cent this year and VDL's Annual Report said its pro- duction grew by 27 per cent in the 2010-11 financial year from the same area of land. With this type of growth, why even bother to try clearing more native veg- etation, let alone threaten- ed species habitats? PETER McGLONE, Director Tasmanian Conservation Trust Local butchers best for quality PERHAPS John Rich (Tas- manian Country, May 11) does not have easy access to an independent butcher? If that is the case, then he has my sympathy. I would never dream of buy- ing meat from a supermar- ket chain. Some Tasmanian far- mers have very good con- tracts with supermarkets for the supply of premium, young, grass and grain fed stock, but how much of that is sold locally? In all probability most is sent to mainland cities where Tasmanian HGP- free beef can command a premium price. In return, do they bring in inferior product from interstate for their Tasmanian stores? We are very fortunate in this area (Deloraine) to have our own local butcher --- only one has survived to compete with the super- market. They sell locally grown product plus a range of shop-made saus- ages, and their shop is always busy. Their long-standing reputation as Tasmania's best butchers is very well earned. NELL CARR, Dunorlan Connecting Australia to a better future National Broadband Network Advertisement Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra The National Broadband Network is already boosting the productivity of small businesses "Our business productivity wouldn't be the same without the NBN. For a cost on par with our previous service, we're getting a significantly faster, more reliable service that we can do more with. We're able now to use the latest software for our business administration, as well as expand our operation through e-commerce. 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