Twilight markets just in time for Christmas

Stock up: Don’t miss the Hastings Farmers’ markets next Tuesday evening to find all your Christmas Day necessitiesDODGE the Christmas queues, find an easy car park, enjoy some local entertainment and talk to the people who grow and make the fresh local products for your healthy and tasty Christmas feast.
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The Hastings Farmers’ Christmas Market will be held at the Wauchope showground from 3 – 7 pm on Tuesday, December 23, just in time for the big day.

You will find all the food you need for your Christmas feast including freshly harvested vegetables and freshly picked fruit such as juicy nectarines, peaches, mangos, blueberries and cherries, just to name a few.

There will be succulent beef, pork and buffalo meat, fresh oysters, hand-made chocolates, sweets, locally made cheeses and so many other fine products and lovely hand-made gifts produced on our door step.

You’ll also find seed and young seedlings, exotic plants, rainforest trees and fruit trees at the market.

The recent welcome rain has softened the soil in the garden and provides the perfect opportunity for planting out for the new season.

As a way of thanking the community for supporting local producers throughout the year, the vendors at the Farmers’ Market are collectively donating their products for a giant Christmas Hamper to be drawn at the market at 7pm.

Tickets in the Christmas raffle are free.

Simply purchase any item from the Hastings Farmers’ Markets and you are eligible to receive a ticket and be in the draw.

For further information contact Elly Franchimont on 0424 220 937 or find them on Facebook – www.facebook南京夜网/hast.farmers.market

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Thomson impressed with local gardens

GARDENING: Sophie Thomson with Merridy Briese at her Cleve gardening workshop.
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GARDENING Australia presenter Sophie Thomson visited Eastern Eyre last week to speak to people about issues they might face in their gardens.

Visiting Cowell, Cleve and Kimba, Ms Thomson ran a series of workshops, covering topics like sustainability and pests and diseases.

She said the main focus of the workshops was talking about the principals of sustainable gardening and how people could achieve it.

“A lot of people think by choosing the organic mulch they are making a wise choice and in many ways it is, but to get that out here gives it a large carbon footprint,” she said.

“What I talk about is how gardeners can make more local choices, so if they are looking for mulch you could local source pea straw for your garden.”

Ms Thomson, who also visited for the field days earlier in the year, said gardeners in this region in particular were “some of the best”.

“People here garden in spite of all the challenges they face, this is some of the hardest land to work with and people are doing really well.”

She said the drier weather and water restrictions had also seen a lot of people become wiser in their plant choices as well as with watering.

“People here have become innovative and that is because they have had to, if you don’t have the water you have to make smart decisions about what to put into your garden,” she said.

Ms Thomson said she had seen a rise in interest with a lot of younger people getting involved with gardening, especially produce gardening.

“We had a quite young group come to the Cleve night session and that was good to see.”

“The younger generations are definitely showing interest in the produce side of gardening, and I guess I try to talk about things they can do to make that successful.”

She said a part of her workshop was talking about making the right decisions so people could get the best from their gardens.

“Things like attracting beneficial insects into your garden, like bees is important – if you don’t have them in your garden then they aren’t going to get what they want out if it.”

“It is about education really, learning about these things will hopefully give people the gardens they want and they will continue to enjoy it.”

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Letters for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gorse
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OVER the years there have been many ideas put forward to get rid of gorse.

The latest is to release a particular type of moth larvae in the Pipers River area.

The type of moth isn’t mentioned, so hopefully when fully grown they will only lay their eggs on gorse bushes.

Perhaps the University of Tasmania’s biological control unit could also come up with something to get rid of hawthorn as well, it is almost as bad as gorse.

Worse, in fact if you have a hawthorn hedge on your property, because the landowner is not allowed to remove it according to Tasmanian law.

Tasmanians ought to send all the gorse, hawthorn, rabbits, starling, sparrows and blackbirds back to the UK.

— JOHN DENNE, Longford.

Immigration

I HAVE several overseas born friends unable to obtain Australian citizenship.

This despite the fact that they are all tertiary educated, in good health, relatively well heeled and with no criminal history apart from the odd parking fine.

One of them has worked in Tasmania on a 457 visa as a senior health professional for several years.

Although her efforts have improved the quality of many folk’s lives immeasurably, our department of immigration feel that she is not a suitable person to be granted permanent residence; no reason given. Contrast this then with the record of Man Haron Monis and the ease in which he was firstly allowed to enter, then stay in Australia, and it’s clear that those responsible for undertaking a sensible migration program to this country are spectacularly out of touch with the wants and needs of local communities.

— DAVE ROBINSON, Newstead.

George Town hub

WE have had the absolute pleasure to look through the new “Hub” in George Town.

This is a fantastic building and every one involved in the construction of the complex should stand very proud.

It will be a great asset to any member of the community that choose to use the facility.

It is a magnificent addition to our town.

MARGARET AND HARVEY GIBBONS, George Town.

Fracking

THERE’S enough scientifically-backed evidence available now to show fracking is a seriously bad idea on many levels – not least economically.

It really is time all members of the Hodgman government acknowledge Tasmania’s environment is our state’s greatest economic asset.

The rest of the world can see it, but for some bizarre reason our governments do not.

Tasmania has won, or been highly placed, in countless tourism awards this year.

A sensible and economically responsible government would be seeking ways to further capitalise on these awards, and promote what Tasmania clearly does so outstandingly well.

— ANNE LAYTON-BENNETT, Swan Bay.

Expenses

THERE was some publicity recently given to the cost of refurbishing an electoral office for a Liberal MHR elected in 2013.

Despite a response from the federal MP suggesting the costs were justified and “within guidelines”, many voters – even on the same side of politics – were dismayed/embarrassed/ropeable when the costs of that office fit out were published.

These are difficult economic times and if there is one theme running through it is “belt tightening”.

No matter that “within guidelines” and “a very small expense in the overall scheme of things” may be considered sufficient explanations for what a sceptical voter might regard as a “rip-off”, it is the necessary, if unfortunate, responsibility of elected representatives from all parties to have tighter belts than most.

With the holiday season here and politicians off somewhere, let’s hope they take to heart some of their own advice and go frugal and shop locally – domestic holidays rather than taxpayer funded trips to far away places with strange-sounding names and almost total irrelevance to an MP’s need to gain knowledge and expertise.

— TREVOR COWELL, Perth.

Teachers

WE ARE told that we want to be the clever country/state.

Here we are giving more money to education for resources but cutting teachers. Who is going to use all these new resources?

Now we have Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapping jobs in the CSIRO and training courses. Where is the cleverness? Certainly not in our federal or state governments.

Still, I guess as long as the pollies get all their entitlements then all is well with the world.

— GLENNIS SLEURINK, Launceston.

Politics

LET’S forget party politics for a minute.

When did Australia elect to have two governments operating at the one time?

It appears right now that we have just this.

We have a government, formed in the House of Reps, elected earlier this year by a comfortable majority.

But we seem to have another government in the Senate.

One government – the government of the people – tries to enact legislation that it took to the election. Yet, we have the second government (the Senate) rejecting 90 per cent of the proposed laws.

This is clearly an untenable situation. Surely the Senate is there to scrutinise and review legislation. It is entitled – indeed required – to pick legislation to pieces, complain, condemn, even amend legislation, but not to block it completely.

The result is that Australia is going nowhere. It simply can’t while we have two ‘governments’.

The opposition is there to put its point of view. And so it should. But at the moment, it, along with the Greens, simply block. They are acting like a second government.

I am absolutely positive that when our forefathers established Parliament this scenario was never envisaged.

To say Australia is ‘ungovernable’ at the moment may be an overstatement.

But unless the Senate pulls its head in and starts acting like a house of review, the time may come – sooner than we think – that the country comes to a complete standstill.

— TONY BENNEWORTH, Launceston.

Labor

I WAS amazed to here recently on television, a poll which would put Labor back in power if there was an election now.

Does the public really think Labor would do anything different to what they have done recently?

First consider that Kevin Rudd after spending $42 billion surplus handed to him by Peter Costello in his first year in office and then had to borrow madly to overcome the Global Financial Crisis the next year.

Plus then borrowing billions of dollars to run the country.

When Labor were put out of office by the people, it was because they had exposed their way of operating.

The new government was not handed a $42 billion surplus as was their predecessors, instead they were handed a debt.

How on earth were they expected to produce anything but a tough budget and then put up with the hypocrisy of the previous government’s taunting over their first budget?

If this latest poll is true, then all I can say is, do the Australian people have such a seriously short memory of why they outed Labor in the first place, or do Australians not see the obvious, which is,

No Employer = No Employee.

— KEN MANNING, Deloraine.

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Cheeky Leo Sayer to come back to Bunbury

The international superstar is performing Feb 12 at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.CONCERT: When Leo Sayer answered the phone he said, “I’m in the car stuck in traffic darling and dreaming of having a snooze”.
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The Grammy Award-winning international superstar spoke to entertainment ahead of his February 12 concert at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

The stage veteran is excited about coming back to Bunbury, saying he “bloody loves it, it’s a beautiful part of the country.”

From his first big single, The Show Must Go On, from the hit debut album, Silverbird (1973), Leo Sayer has had a seemingly never ending stream of hits – One Man Band, Long Tall Glasses, Moonlighting, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You, Thunder in My Heart and More Than I Can Say all topped the charts in the 70’s and 80’s.

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Sydney gunman a real sheikh only to himself

Took hostages: Man Haron Monis. Photo: Nick RalstonCOMMENT
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Despite the apocalyptic timbre of the siege in Sydney and the perpetrator’s apparent links to Islamic terrorism, it was the crude work of one man acting alone.We can’t stop this. Sorry, but we can’t. As we ruminate on a thousand hows and what ifs –such as how the hell did someone like Man Haron Monis find himself out on bail –there’s a brutal truth we can’t escape: we’re trying to impose order on chaos; to convince ourselves that everything can some day be under our control, when it just can’t. Tony Abbott deserves lasting admiration for having the courage to admit as much.

From all appearances, this was as crude and as solitary as it gets. There’s no high-tech wizardry on show. There’s no elaborate, maniacal plan worthy of a Hollywood supervillain. There’s not even a mastermind pulling strings to make this more coherent. There is only a man, a gun and a flag. The man and the gun we’ve seen before. Indeed, we’ve seen it horrifically often: in Belgium just hours after Martin Place; at Port Arthur. But the flag –that changes things. It lends this the apocalyptic timbre that drives us so mad. It’s the thing in this episode that does the least damage – and the most.

It’s also the thing that makes this global. There’s every reason to suspect we’re dealing with someone deranged here but many deranged gunmen have gone before him. Only rarely do they associate themselves with the symbolic power of a global militant movement. At no point in the history of our species have such human satellites, living beyond the margins of even the most marginal groups, had the power to do so: the power to become so much more than they are simply by attaching themselves to a symbol from another continent. And right now, there is no symbol more potent and available than that of Islamic terrorism.

So, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and Martin Rouleau Couture in Canada. Zale Thompson in New York. Now Monis at Martin Place. We’re seeing this more now: troubled (often criminal) histories, possible mental illness, religious conversion, violence. Monis apparently converted to Sunni Islam only recently, perhaps because you can’t really claim to love IS when you’re a Shiite and they’re trying to exterminate you. Islam has such permeable borders, such an absence of hierarchy, that anyone can become anything in their own mind. Its symbols are available to anyone who wants to claim them and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. Australian Muslims had been disowning Monis for at least seven years. They’d even expressed their concerns to the authorities. But how can you stop the “fake sheikh” being real to himself?

There’s no control order regime to account for this. There’s no metadata inside an apparently deranged mind. We’re busy fretting about the terrorists’ tools of the future – which is all fair enough – while they wreak havoc with the tools of the past. Think about what we’ve seen lately, from Australia to North America: a knife, an axe, a couple of guns, even a car. Perhaps the most profound aspect of our age is that the power to inflict carnage is now shared with the small to the invisible to the otherwise insignificant. Man Haron Monis was so insignificant, hardly anyone knew him; so insignificant the system overlooked him. And now he’s history.

But there’s another history to be written here. One that is very much in control. It’s a history written not just in the statements of leaders, but in the minutiae of our everyday interactions. It’s the history we glimpsed as the siege unfolded when a single, humble Australian decided to declare #illridewithyou in solidarity with Muslims too scared to ride public transport. It’s a history that commenced with the interfaith vigil held at the Lakemba and Auburn mosques. And it’s a history to be determined by what we decide this tragedy symbolises: the sordid ideology of a man who deserves to be forgotten or the greatest virtues of those of us left behind.

Waleed Aly is a Fairfax columnist and hostsDriveon Radio National.

SMH

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