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TAS Country : May 31st 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 News Local fare in drive to feed the economy PRODUCE: My Kitchen Rules' Andy and Megan join the Taste Tasmania campaign. KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIA'S peak farming body has thrown its support behind a new State Government campaign to encourage more people to buy locally grown and produced food and drinks. The Taste Tasmania campaign, which was launched this week, in- cludes a new label to help identify locally made products. Officially launched by Economic Development Minister David O'Byrne, the campaign is being funded with $300,000 from the State Government. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said buying local was the best way to generate economic activity in the state and keep jobs in Tasmania. ''We know that Tasmanian con- sumers prefer to buy local food and beverages, but it has not always been easy to identify what is local and what is imported,'' Ms Davis said. ''We are the best in the world at what we do, so know when you buy Tasman- ian produce, quality is assured.'' The campaign will see a joint effort between the Government, the Tasman- ian Independent Retailers and the TFGA. As part of the campaign, My Kitchen Rules cooking show finalists Megan and Andy will host in-store cooking demonstrations at selected IGA supermarkets. Mr O'Byrne said it was hoped the campaign would highlight Tasmanian products to consumers. ''This new campaign puts Tasman- ian products front and centre in participating stores,'' he said. ''It raises their profile and makes it easier for Tasmanians to buy Tasmanian.'' All independent retailers will have access to materials highlighting Tas- manian products in their stores. Other retailers, restaurant owners, producers and independent specialist stores are also being encouraged to get involved and several have already expressed interest. ''Playing to our strengths is the best way to find new markets, strengthen local supply chains and create new and lasting jobs,'' Mr O'Byrne said. ''Our high-quality food and beverage industry is one of those natural strengths and a key priority for Tas- mania's diversified economic future.'' Opportunity to apply for green grant APPLICATIONS for the latest round in the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program are now open. All schools, pre-schools, kindergartens and community groups involving young people are encouraged to apply. The program offers grants of up to $1000 to help set up gardens in com- munities and school grounds, giving kids a fun and interactive opportunity to learn about nature and environ- mental sustainability. Previous grant recipients have used the funding to set up vegetable, herb, bush tucker, water-wise and multicul- tural gardens along with worm farm, composting and recycling projects. Coles Community and Sustainability manager Majella Allen hopes schools and community groups will take ad- vantage of the program, which offers kids a hands-on learning experience. ''The Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant program is an excellent oppor- tunity for schools and community groups to teach kids about gardening and environmental sustainability in a practical way that will also leave a lasting impression,'' she said. Applications for the grants close on Friday, July 27. Visit www.junior landcare.com.au for application forms. PESTSMART ROADSHOW Please register at www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/roadshow for the Roadshow and for catering purposes which provides free morning and afternoon teas and lunch. The Roadshow starts at 8.30am through to 4.30pm. Please phone 0406 376 648 for details. The Invasive Animals CRC is bringing the PestSmart Roadshow to: 2025528-120601 CAMPBELL TOWN, Tasmania - Thursday June 14 8.30am-4.30pm - New Grange Meeting & Function Centre On the trail to recovery KAROLIN MacGREGOR ON THE TRAIL: Impassable sections will be reopened. THE future of the iconic Tasmanian Trail now looks more secure after a new committee was ap- pointed to oversee the trail last weekend. About 25 people from across the state turned out for the Tasmanian Trail Association annual meet- ing at Ross. The new president of the association is John Shoobridge and the vice- president is Raylene Gar- wood from Bridgenorth. The secretary/treasurer is Chris Boden and the publicity officer is Lynne Lucas. Ms Lucas said the meet- ing was very positive with plenty of enthusiasm from participants. ''Everyone who came along is really enthusiastic and keen to get out there and start fixing up some of the areas that need work,'' she said. ''The trail is a really great resource for the state and it was nice to see so many people come along to support it.'' Ms Lucas said while funding for the trail was still an issue, they hoped that local businesses might come on board and support it. Some fundraising activi- ties are also being planned by the committee. The trail, which runs from Devonport through to Dover, is used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists from across the state. Ms Lucas said some sec- tions of the trail were impassable by horse ri- ders, so clearing these areas was one of the com- mittee's first priorities. Replacing lost guide posts and markers, es- pecially in the more re- mote areas of the trail, is also something the committee is keen to get started on. Ms Lucas said the group would soon put a new constitution in place which could include a member- ship base to enable a small income to be made to help maintain the trail. The trail's website has also been updated and re- gional contacts will be ad- ded to it so that people using the trail can contact a person with local know- ledge to help them if they are needed. Ms Lucas said the com- mittee hoped that the trail could continue to be a unique attraction Tas- mania could offer to visi- tors and locals. To find out more, visit the Tasmanian Trail web- site at www.tasmanian trail.com.au.
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