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TAS Country : January 24th 2013
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 25, 2013 News Farmers' fire relief hotline 1800 154 111 Spirits rise as tourists lend a hand ROGER HANSON FROM the furnace of adversity, local farmers and international backpackers volunteers are pitching in to help farmers. Locals and students from around the globe are lending a hand to help producers affected by the bushfires, through the effective rural volunteer program BlazeAid. Working alongside local volunteers on the Jones River property of Jim and Pip Allwright in the Central Highlands are backpackers from England, Italy, South Korea and Hong Kong. Laura Blackburn from Somerset in England said she was delighted to help. ''I am camping at the Hamilton Showgrounds, I am meeting new peo- ple, learning experiences in a different environment and doing something that is practical and helpful with BlazeAid,'' Ms Blackburn said. The Allwrights' farm as been scorched leaving burnt fences, and 4000 sheep with nowhere to go or feed on. ''BlazeAid is absolutely fabulous. We are getting our heads around people willing to work as volunteers. The generosity of the wider community is amazing,'' Pip Allwright said. ''The Aurora teams are fantastic they have worked so hard in the district reconnecting power, and re- placing burnt poles.'' A neighbourly donation of $5000 will be made to fence-building efforts. The Derwent Valley Council last week voted to support the BlazeAid volun- teers now working on farms at Hamil- ton and surrounding areas. BlazeAid's Rob Davison, from Collinsvale, was the leader of eight people on the day Tasmanian Country visited the Allwrights' farm. Chipping in to help him and the international students were Chris Barnard and Jenna Beattie from Ulverstone. Neighbouring farmer John Jones paid the wages and sent his cherry pickers over to help salvage half a tonne of cherries. Normally the or- chard would yield about 12 tonnes, but it was lost in the fire. Trudy Murphy, from a sheep and cattle farm at Marriotts Road, Ellen- dale, was out helping her neighbour. Harvest Market Manager, Misty Sanderson, said there was an over- whelming show of support from both customers and stallholders at the Laun- ceston market, which last weekend raised $1553 for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. The generosity shown by customers was also reflected by stallholders, including Mount Gnomon Farm's fur- ther $290 with the sale of cooked beef and plum sausages, Pawsome Gourmet Pet Treats donated $150, Rocky Gar- dens Preserves raised $400 from the sale of their preserves and jams. Rosie Mackinnon from Tasmanian Natural Garlic arranged left-over market pro- duce to be transported to Dunally. TQA Australia is offering free help to farmers whose quality assurance and food safety systems have been impacted by the bushfires. Phone Tundra Howe on 0407 317 533 or Daryl Connelly on 0488 333 893 for infor- mation. Fired-up by lack of funds From Page 3 12 tonnes, but this year only about half a tonne will be salvaged. They also lost 40ha of wheat ready to be harvested and 12ha of poppies. ''Everyone has been wonderful offer- ing to agist sheep, some are going north, while others are going to local farms. We will keep a hospital paddock for the ones burnt,'' Mrs Allwright said. However, she said the Federal Government did not consider it eligible for a Category C disaster area grant because the area did not meet certain nationally-established thresholds. ''Everyone touched by the bushfires needs the support,'' Mrs Allwright said. The State Government was this week in the process of providing further information to the Commonwealth about the damage caused by fires in communities such as Ellendale. ''If these thresholds are not passed, the State Government will do all it can from its own resources to ensure that affected landowners are not left at a disadvantage,'' a spokesman said. The Allwright's woes continued this week when the septic tank, because of fire damage, spewed it contents through the house resulting in all the carpets having to be pulled up. ''And just to top it off our car blew up and had to be towed away,'' she said. ''Fortunately the banks and the insurance companies have been great.'' The extension of land tax payments of three months announced this week by Finance Minister, Scott Bacon, now includes all fire affected regions. Mr Bacon said people seeking more information and assistance, should contact the State Revenue Office on 6233 8070 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. To help any farmers affected by bushfires contact TFGA's farmers fire hotline 1800 154 111. Head of Westpac Agribusiness in Tasmania, Peter Freak says its Disas- ter Relief Package offers financial help to customers affected by the bushfires. Contact local branches and call centres for details. 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