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TAS Country : January 24th 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013 Tasmanian Country 3 Help force will deliver' ROGER HANSON RURAL volunteer group Aussie Helpers, which of- fers practical help to famil- ies, is on the ground in Tasmania to help with bushfire recovery. The rural charity was established in Queensland in 2002 and operates in five states. Local representative David Brown said Aussie Helpers (AH) volunteers are from rural and farming backgrounds. ''They are able to see and understand quickly what needs to be done,'' Mr Brown said. ''Two vehicles loaded with supplies have already arrived from Queensland and another one is on the way. We also have a quan- tity of wire and fencing equipment donated. We just need to find the people who need it. We will deliver.'' AH will be providing fencing gear worth tens of thousands of dollars. ''We have volunteers available to erect fencing, clean up farms and gener- ally help farmers get back on their feet.'' AH has warehouses full of supplies that can be shipped to Tasmania to help fit out houses and re- stock properties. Ridley AgriProducts has donated 12 tonnes of horse, sheep and dog feed. Contact David Brown on 6382 2231 or 0467 022 900 for details. Ag board seat for Karen Barry TASMANIAN plant path- ologist Karen Barry has been appointed to the national board of Ag Insti- tute Australia. Ms Barry, who has been awarded a Churchill Fel- lowship, is a lecturer and researcher in plant pathol- ogy and crop protection in the School of Agricultural Science and the Tasman- ian Institute of Agricul- ture. Farmers fired up on grants ROGER HANSON Demand for extra fire funds SCORCHED EARTH: Pip Allwright with her dog Lucy at the Jones River, Ellendale, property. Picture: ROGER LOVELL CENTRAL Highlands community is pushing to secure $25,000 disaster area grants for farmers. And their plea has won support from the State Government. The Goverment is aware of the needs of fire victims in the Highlands, Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head regions and will ensure they get the same level of support provided to those affected in the South-East, a govern- ment spokesman said. Central Highlands Affected Area Recovery committee, chaired by High- lands Mayor Deirdre Flint, met yester- day morning to approve terms of the recovery process and push for Federal Category C grants. The committee, which includes com- munity representative Ann Jones, from Willowdene, and a TFGA rep- resentative, will go out into the com- munity to consult with residents. The 1600ha farm of Pip and Jim Allwright's property Jones River at Ellendale is typical of the many farms impacted by the fires. Bushfires destroyed fences, a 2ha cherry orchard and every blade of grass, leaving no feed for 4000 fine-wool Merino sheep. Their house was saved thanks to Jim and sons Nicholas, 24, and Henry, 26, and two forestry workers staying on the roof to spray the house with water. The Allwrights have been on the property for 30 years and say it is the worst fire they have ever seen. The cherry orchard normally yields To Page 4 News Farmers' fire relief hotline 1800 154 111 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. 2019418-130125 FARMING TOURS 2013 Swagman offers travel with fellow country folk from all over Australia who operate a diverse range of agricultural activities. In your travels see the major local highlights together with the off the beaten track rural landscape. • Scandinavia & Russia 24 Days 07 July Highlights: Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Moscow Technical Visits: Oslo Royal Farm, Norwegian livestock, organic dairy farm, large scale grain farm • China 22 Days 03 June • East Africa 20 Days 08 June • Top End & Kimberley 17 Days 10 June • USA & Canada 29 Days 25 June • Tour Escort John Denholm phone toll free 1800 808 491 or visit www.swagmantours.com.au
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