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TAS Country : January 10th 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013 Tasmanian Country 3 Hay appeal gathers pace ROGER HANSON A NORTHERN transport company has rushed 700 large bales of hay to the Dunalley fire zone for live- stock affected by bushfire. Carrick-based Page Transport brought the hay down in convoys. Each truck carried about 50 bales. Rotary Club of Westbury is co-ordinating the feed collection in the north and Peter Greenham, manag- ing director of prime meat processor Greenham's Tas- mania, donated $10,000 to help defray transport costs. Meanwhile, Elders Launceston livestock agent Stephen Caswell said pro- ceeds from a pen of lambs from the Weymouth lamb sale this week were do- nated to the fire appeal. Loss of fencing to hold stock is a huge headache. Impact Fertiliser depots ac- ross the state are accepting fencing material to be dis- tributed by Blaze Aid. Also Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania (RAST) president Paul Grubb and business oper- ations manager Scott Woodham opened an ap- peal for donations of fenc- ing equipment. The Royal Showgrounds at Glenorchy is a new-age Noah's Ark this week act- ed as a refuge for livestock and a hub for donations of non-perishable animal food. It has been transport- ing loads of pet food from the Showground to the Tasman Peninsula by boats. ''If any businesses or farmers feel they can offer materials to rebuild fenc- ing, we'll gladly take them at the Hobart Showground and organise distribution,'' Mr Woodham said. Donated food stocks and other items from individ- uals and businesses all across the state are arriv- ing at the showground every few minutes. Animals are being brought in one-by-one. The number of animals requiring shelter will swell as access to properties be- come available. RAST is also offering free camping on its 17ha grounds for people who To Page 4 News FARMERS' HOTLINE 1800 154 111 Water allocation deadline ROGER HANSON Now or never for farmers Smithton 0 150 300 450 Meters ´ Map Created by PE Tasmanian Irrigation Date : Map No: Version: DISCLAIMER: This ma p is for informa tio nal purposes only. It sh ould not be relied upon to establis h with certainty the location of any of the features represented on it, either absolutely or in relation to other features. This map is not suitable f o r site sp ec ific decisi o n making. Map Scale when printed at A4 1:314,264 CIRCULAR HEAD IRRIGATION SCHEME - PROPOSED AREA OF INTEREST COVERAGE: The area that may be covered by the scheme PAUL ELLERY: Decision needed .. it is vital farmers make their expressions of interest known by January 18' ---MIKE BUCKBY CIRCULAR Head farmers have until next Friday to place their bids for water allocations in a proposed irrigation scheme for the district. The Circular Head Irrigation Scheme is planned to deliver 20,000Ml of water to farms at Togari, Woolnorth, Montagu, Edith Creek, Roger River, Mella, Forest and Irishtown. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graz- iers Association has urged farmers to back the proposed scheme. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said: ''It's now or never.'' Tasmanian Irrigation (TI) is propos- ing the scheme, but until it knows the size of the demand and the location of the farms that will use the water it cannot determine its viability or the proposed layout. In principle, the scheme would use water from the Arthur River to aug- ment flows in the Welcome, Montagu and Duck rivers as well as piped water. Montagu farmer Mike Buckby, who has been a driving force for the scheme, said a similar scheme was attempted 11 years ago. ''This is now the golden oppor- tunity,'' Mr Buckby said. ''If you are a farmer and you want to drought-proof your farm with water that is guaran- teed to be available 95 per cent of the time, then this scheme makes sense. ''It would cost you about $120,000 to put in a 100Ml dam and you have all the responsibility of the maintenance. ''Under this scheme, the construc- tion is managed by Tasmanian Irri- gation and you then pay an annual fee to cover pumping as well as the maintenance costs. I hope people put their minds to this.'' Mr Buckby said the plan guarantees water supply. ''I know it is the Tasmanian way to wait until the last minute to commit, but it is vital farmers make their expressions of interest known by Janu- ary 18,'' he said. ''First, it locks in place their request for a certain allocation of water with- out yet having to pay for it, but, just as importantly, it enables the designers of the scheme to determine the demand areas and how best water can be delivered to each property, whether it is by run of the river or by pipeline.'' TFGA's Ms Davis said if a bid isn't made, then the planners simply won't know whether to bring water to a farm's boundary. Ms Davis said farmers had backed other irrigation schemes now operat- ing or about to start. ''For every dollar of public money, they are putting in five of their own,'' she said. TI hopes to progress engineering options together with a socio-economic study through to April and to consider a preferred option in May. TI's project manager Paul Ellery said the danger of a farmer not expressing an interest now was that the irrigation scheme would be designed without any consideration for their property and therefore might not be able to deliver water if they decided to commit at a later date. ''The opportunity to buy in after the scheme is built is greatly reduced, plus a farmer may only be able to purchase a fraction of future needs,'' he said. The irrigation scheme is seen as being vital to the success of the dairy industry's development in the region, especially in light of recent expansion activities at several local processing facilities. Mr Ellery can answer questions before the closing date. Phone 0427 053 807 or by email at paul.ellery- @tasmanianirrigation.com.au 002835-PROP TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania The security of our Poppy Industry is vital. Report any suspicious activity in or near your poppy crop immediately. 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