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A faster way to fence

NewsJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine High School student, 16 year-old Jayden Lee, pictured with his ‘tie os’ designed to make rural fencing quicker and easier.

Deloraine High School student, 16 year-old Jayden Lee, pictured with his ‘tie os’ designed to make rural fencing quicker and easier.

SEPTEMBER 2018 | Sharon Webb

WHEN A teenager needs help and his parents aren’t available there is one person he can turn to: his grandmother.

Deloraine High student Jayden did exactly that after inventing a way of making kilometres of fencing an easier task.

His Mum and Dad had moved to a Sheffield beef farm twice the size of their Mole Creek property in Den Rd, were building a new house and battling to get the new property working. They simply had no time to help Jayden.

Up stepped grandmother Carol Woodberry.

“She had some idea about patents; her father was a successful businessman,” Jayden said.

“We applied ourselves to the patents website to find a Tasmanian patent lawyer and failed spectacularly because no-one here seems to do that any more.

“Someone put us onto a guy in Melbourne and Nan funded me the $6,000 cost of patenting my invention and came with me a few trips to Melbourne.” The invention came about when Jayden and his brother Kaleb ended up with cut hands after tying off wires around strainer posts on kilometers of new fencing on the Sheffield property.

“Dad said to me ‘ I wish there was a faster way to do this’,”he said.

“I went out to the shed and spent the next few days playing around with wire and knots and finally got it down pat. I made 160 tie-offs, halving the time needed to do the job and without scratched hands and bruised fingers.”

Time for Nan to help out.

“We have an agreement,” Carol Woodberry said. “I’ll fund his out-of-pocket expenses until he gets on his feet.”

I went out to the shed and spent the next few days playing around with wire and knots and finally got it down pat.

It’s fair to say that aside from the actual invention process, lots of people are helping Jayden.

His girlfriend Aimee Viney, also a student at Deloraine High, has taken over his social media, his website, Instagram, Twitter, because as Jayden confessed, he’s “not too bright on spelling”.

Through school he’s had guidance and help on contacts, and Nan’s still helping out with paperwork.

“We’ve always been close, Jayden and I,” said Mrs Woodberry, who owns a dairy farm with her husband.

“Aged six he was always trying to help by putting the cups on the cows. He’s a good boy all round, but I’m his grandmother so I would say that!”

Now the new Sheffield property is established after a hard 12 months, Jayden’s mum, who works as a guide at the Mole Creek caves has time to contemplate her son’s success.

“We’re  extremely proud of the maturity he’s shown and excited,” Kristie Lee said.

“A lot of 16 year-olds are out sampling drugs and alcohol but Jayden has a real passion for farming: at six months old he was out in the tractor, watching what was happening then going off to sleep.”

Now Jayden’s found a Queensland company to manufacture his invention and Deloraine Signs have created his logo and stickers, he’s focusing on becoming a businessman.

“Dad made it halfway through grade 10 but I’ll go to college and also learn as much as I can from my family. Then I’ll decide about further education,” said Jayden, who’s used to visits from agronomists and farming experts.

“I see my future as a farmer but also a businessman. My whole family is business-oriented and they’re all really good at it.”

You can see details of Jayden’s invention on his Facebook page, Fastway Fencing Tie-Offs.

Photo | Mike Moores

Revving up for Craft Fair

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THE NEW Tasmanian Craft Fair Director, Lesley Dare, opens the throttle on this year’s Fair with new exhibitions that offer something for everyone.

From working displays involving master artisans in stone and wood carving from Cambodia, to rediscovering the story of Hydro wood. Plus there will be masterclasses from top Tasmanian fine timber artisans and displays of their magnificent crafts.

You can learn how to fly fish with top Tasmanian Fly Fishers, try a new craft or join in the conversation on creating a ‘Beyond Blue Farmer’. Along with parades of wearable art and costumes from the local dramatic society, you can watch glass blowers in action.

This year’s Craft Fair, from the 2nd to 5th November, offers a great opportunity for the entire family to experience Australia’s largest working Craft Fair, organised by the Rotary Club of Deloraine.

Photo | John Dare

Praise for Hazelbrae dining

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August 2018 | Wai Lin Coultas

FINE FOOD, wine and hospitality are in Nathan and Lauren Johnston’s blood.

Former Stillwater head chef, Nathan has been whipping up four course set dinners at Hazelbrae House in Hagley since October last year.

Inspiration from local produce is at the heart of Nathan’s Italian-influenced dinners, drawing from his years working with Gordon Ramsay and Angela Hartnett at Michelin-starred Murano and at Texture with Agnar Sverrisson in London. On the first and third Friday each month, dinners befitting the seasons are served in a refurbished 1890’s shearing shed set against the backdrop of the Western Tiers.

Rustic linen-covered tables provide a warm and friendly style of service drawing on Lauren Johnston’s experience at Murano, managing events at Hamilton Court on Park Lane and Madame Tussauds in London, and at Launceston’s Natural History Museum.

At TasTAFE Drysdale, Lauren teaches and manages hospitality service for the Great Chefs Series, where acclaimed chefs such as Tetsuya Wakuda, Alain Passard, Dominique Crenn and Guilliume Brahimi are invited to mentor students. Nathan also teaches in the Great Chefs Series.

The first courses for the June dinners at Hazelbrae were a light ricotta al Forno with a subtle yet distinctive hazelnut flavour, beautifully accompanied by savoury yet gently dressed Yorktown leaves and a warming ‘Brodino’ chicken broth with risoni and Grana Padano, heartily welcomed on a chilly evening.

Risoni with Spring Bay mussels in a lemon and white wine-laced tomato sugo was second. Feedback that it was a tad lemony was taken most seriously. The next time we dined there the risoni had just the right hint of lemon, perfected with an equally fitting note of spiced sausage.

The mains were faultless. Scottsdale pork belly with crispy crackling and melt-in-your- mouth Cape Grim beef brisket with hints of fennel demonstrated that expensive cuts are not needed to work culinary magic.

Accompanying sides included celeriac to die for, baked or roasted. The simplicity of shallots roasted in garlic and thyme was only overshadowed by the gutsy flavours of grilled Brussel sprouts with confit shallots and capers.

Pastry Chef, Karen Johnston, capped it off with a deconstructed lemon tart and hazelnut icecream, crunchy salted roast hazelnuts under a citrus tang of soft ‘creamed custard’ paired with feathery shards of crispy baked buttered filo.

On the second occasion, Nathan’s mum demonstrated her intuitive feel and practice for baking with icecream and a hazelnut brownie, delivering an added layer of light spongy sweetness gently toning down the nuts’ saltiness.

With Nathan’s forte for delicious vegetables, there are also vegetarian options for the dinners. First courses were handmade fettucine laced with lemon, parsley and Grana Padano and mushroom risotto. Toasted cauliflower steaks with mushrooms and spiced hazelnut crumb were replacement mains.

Dinners at Hazelbrae House are $55.00 per head, with wine pairings an additional $30.00.

Hazelbrae House is also open for lunch and cake daily at 127 Hagley Station Lane in Hagley. Weekend brunches, weddings, private events, offsite catering and hazelnut farm tours offer plenty of opportunity to savour the welcoming service and wickedly delicious food.

Drumreagh: people’s choice

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August 2018

DELORAINE B&B Drumreagh has topped the pops for this quarter’s Tasmanian Tourism Awards People’s Choice Poll.

They were voted the best overall rated Tourism operator in the North over the second quarter, April to June, based on a minimum of 25 customer reviews about their business across 175 online travel review sites during that period.

They will go on to become a finalist in the 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Awards People’s Choice Category to be announced at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards Gala in November.

Owned and operated by David and Glenys Sheppard, Drumreagh is located on River Rd, just outside of Deloraine.

Commenting on their win Glenys said, “I was gobsmacked when I heard. I had no idea such a competition existed or why people would vote for us.” From speaking with her further, it becomes obvious why Drumreagh is a favourite. Visitors are treated to fresh baked muffins when they arrive, families with children are invited to help feed the farm animals that live on the property, and breakfast is bacon and home-grown free range eggs or continental with a selection of jams. All this, located on a picturesque property complete with 160-year-old trees.

Also included in the top 10 people’s choice for the Northern region were Meander Valley tourist attractions Trowunna Wildlife Park and the Mole Creek Caves.

Harvesting the sun

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JULY 2018 | David Claridge

FOR GENERATIONS farms have provided paddocks for cattle to feed on, now the paddocks can be utilised in a different way.

Wet and windy weather didn’t deter the hundred or so visitors to a Sun Farming Open Day at Bracknell in June.

The McLauchlans’ property recently had a 99kW solar array constructed which was on display to promote using farmland for ‘sun farming’ by Xenergy.

Property owner, Andrew McLauchlan is confident about the long term positives of the project.

“We’ll be able to control our energy costs in an environment where rising energy prices seem to be a consistent part of farming life, and once the system is paid off we’ll have an income stream that will assist with school fees for our two boys.” he said.

Visitors came from across the state to see the set up and hear about how they too could become involved.

From Rural Bank, Dean Lalor discussed the solar system modelling showing that the system’s income generation capability made funding of the asset a cash flow positive investment from day one in most cases.

Mark Barnett from Xenergy, who installed the solar display, shared with visitors how every site is different and so are everyone’s circumstances and requirements.

“We apply a great deal of thoughtful planning and expertise to ensure the customers return on the investment and expectations are assured,” he said.

“The current network regulations are seriously holding back on-farm investment in Sun Farming,

“For a farmer to not be permitted to utilise the energy they generate at one meter on their farm across all their other meters is akin to buying a tractor and only being able to use it in one paddock.”

Xenergy is a Launceston-based Solar Power Company that provides a variety of solar power related services to the agricultural, commercial and residential markets.

Solar power ‘plants’ are increasing in popularity across the world, and China is now investing in floating plants over bodies of water to provide more environmentally sound ways of generating power.

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Council to the aid of small business

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July 2018 | Wendy Laing

ON TUESDAY evening the 29th May 2018, Business Tasmania, supported by the Meander Valley Council, ran a small business forum at the Empire Hotel in Deloraine.

Small business owners from Westbury, Deloraine and Mole Creek attended the forum.

Enterprise Centres Tasmania business advisor, Mr Daryl Connelly began the proceedings with a Power- Council to the aid of small business Point presentation which outlined free, confidential, unbiased programs that are available, with the objective of providing guidance and mentoring information to assist new and growing businesses.

For further information you can contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, email: or visit the website at

Daryl Connelly is also the Executive Officer for Switch Tasmania, a not for profit organisation that offers five hours of free coaching sessions on specific goals such as problem-solving, business advice on structuring your company, and the achievement of specific goals.

Switch Tasmania’s motto is ‘Changing our community, one business at a time’ and can be contacted for more details by emailing daryl@ or visit their website www.

The Business Engagement Officer for the Meander Valley Council, Mr Alan Blackmore, can also be contacted for information about the Business Tasmania programs. His phone number is 6393 5365 or email:

The theme throughout the forum was ‘Don’t wait until you have a problem before contacting a free business advisor for guidance’.

High-end product at a mid-range price

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JUNE 2018 | Cody Handley

A SMALL Westbury business is revolutionising the way we build.

Valley Workshop is a prefabrication business that designs and constructs buildings that are quite advanced by Australian standards. Their most recent project was the hiking hut at Frenchman’s Cap, paid for in partnership by Dick Smith and Parks and Wildlife.

Make no mistake, these buildings are no ordinary, mass produced pre-fab jobs.

Every building is uniquely designed, with every component individually made to fit the whole. Materials are highly prefabricated to include insulation, cladding, windows and allowances for plumbing and electrical, all ready to go.

Take the Frenchman’s Cap hut, for example. The hut is an energy efficient, highly insulated building with its own mini hydro system to supply heating and limited power.

The hut had to be extremely versatile to cope with erratic weather conditions. During construction, the crew experienced snow on site where the day before had been 37 degrees!

Due to the location, materials were flown in by helicopter in bundles weighing no more than 800kg. The material is designed to fit together for quick construction; so much so, that the floor went down in roughly one hour!

Owner, Warren French, said the design process has to comply with two simple criteria: “is it a manageable weight?” and “will it fit on the truck?”

“The way it works is fundamentally different to traditional building and tends not to be the realm of regular, traditionally trained carpenters,” he said. “We’re almost better off with a complete novice than trying to retrain someone with preconceived ideas.” Warren said he chose to start his business in Westbury as he was a local, and deliberately sources local, Tasmanian materials. Their plywood comes from Smithton, their hardwood from George Town, with the aim of offering a high-end product at a midrange price.

The benefits of Valley Workshop’s designs are that they are much better for the environment by way of superior insulation which increases performance and comfort.

“The housing debate is all about insulation and reducing reliance on electricity. Carbon footprint awareness is starting to happen at a grassroots level but isn’t influencing the mainstream building industry yet,” said Warren.

Warren has 30 years of pre-fab experience. He seriously started researching advanced pre-fab in 2008, and won an award which included $10,000 which he used to travel overseas to learn from other countries.

“Australia is a long way behind with the way we build,” he said. “Condensation is damaging a third of all new houses as it’s not a well understood problem.”

However, Warren says the TV show Grand Designs has changed the way people think about pre-fab. “That program has been good for my business. It makes people think beyond the ordinary.”

Warren runs the business with his daughter, who handles the building operation. Warren said he is hoping to recruit a young architect but is having trouble finding someone who wants to stay local.

Valley Workshop is currently in the preliminary design phase for a house to be built in Deloraine.

Photo | Mike Moores

Retreat to the forest

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June 2018

IF YOU are looking for accommodation that offers seclusion and mountain vistas, new Meander Valley business Peak Forest Retreat is offering just that.

The Retreat is located in Western Creek and is run by owners Carol and Geoffrey Kidd. There are several scenic walks on the property, including one built by Geoff which leads to a waterfall the couple named Mothers Falls in memory of their own.

“When you drive into the property which is tucked away with complete privacy you can immediately feel it is rather special,” said Carol. “I suppose the one thing that sets this new accommodation apart from others in the region is its location and the beauty of its surrounds.”

Carol and Geoff moved to the area last July after selling the family farm in Ringarooma. Geoff, a farmer all his life, did not want the burden of ageing while still on the farm and found the Retreat on the internet and was curious to inspect it.

“I wasn’t so keen but he convinced me,” Carol said. “Honestly, we both fell in love with the property at first sight.”

“We also liked the location of the Meander Valley especially … I was raised in Devonport but always had close connections to the general Meander Valley area.”

Peak Forest Retreat is found on AirBnB or email

Tailor-made Tassie timbers

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MAY 2018 | Lorraine Clarke

TASMANIA LOSES the talents of many young people to the lure of the subtropics, but Nelson Bird went against the tide when he relocated from Woombye on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, to Elizabeth Town.

Nelson worked in construction in Queensland, specialising in building stairs. He had always loved timber, and especially appreciated the unique species we are blessed with in Tasmania. For years, he had been buying our native woods to use in his business, and when prices rose dramatically, the obvious solution was to buy a Tasmanian sawmill where he could cut his own timber.

With his parents, Rob and Helen, he searched for years for the right opportunity until 3 years ago, the Elizabeth Town sawmill was advertised on eBay. They flew down to inspect it, and fell in love with the beauty of the natural surroundings, and the potential for developing the business by milling specialty native timbers for niche markets.

Helen and Rob return north each winter, taking a load of milled Tasmanian timbers with them for sale from their Queensland property. Nelson remains in Tasmania, working the mill with his trusty offsider, Ollie the chocolate Labrador.

“I hate the winter, but this is where all the nice timber is, and I like the people down here,” he said.

He now has 3 mills – a New Zealand Mahoe Minimax, a new Wood-mizer bandsaw, and a Slabmaster from Yass Engineering in Queensland. This is an overhead router, which puts a flat surface on both sides of slabs.

Wood-Mizer recently sent their Public Relations officer Chase Warner, from Indiana, USA, to write an article on Nelson’s mill, illustrated with photos taken by our own Jade Hallam. The advantage of this bandsaw is that it minimises sawdust and maximises recovery of valuable, increasingly-rare timbers such as Huon Pine.

Nelson and Rob are committed to sustainable sawmilling. All their timbers are ethically sourced. They make good use of trees culled from farms, such as macrocarpa hedgerows that have outlived their usefulness, or trees removed from the path of travelling irrigators. They are always interested in purchasing sawlogs.

“Availability of logs is a problem. Myrtle is very hard to get,” said Nelson. “We mainly buy blackwood and stringy bark from farmland being cleared. Our Huon Pine is all fully salvaged from the West Coast.”

The Birds have recently built a kiln to dry sawn timber. A wide range is stored in their huge shed, a veritable wonderland for woodcarvers joiners, musical instrument makers, woodturners and furniture makers, whether professional or hobbyist. Figured woods, burls, fiddleback, sassafras, celery top pine, blackwood, silver wattle and numerous minor species are available to suit every purpose, from massive slabs to pen blanks. Macrocarpa, a naturally rot-resistant timber, is cut into bee box lengths for apiarists. A gallery showcases fine timber products for purchase, crafted by local woodworkers.

Nelson’s love for his business is obvious, and he intends to expand into producing custom furniture. “We just finished making a nice burl table from blackheart sassafras salvaged from farm forestry operations.”

Clients travel from as far as Hobart to purchase quality wood from what is, so far, a well-kept secret nestled in the bush high up above Elizabeth Town. Interstate tourists are delighted to find this treasure trove of unique timber. But once having seen the quality and variety of wood available, all are certain to become return customers.

The sawmill is located at 91 North Street, Elizabeth Town (call before visiting 0406 910 148);

Photo | Mike Moores

Hungry? try hemp

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APRIL 2018 | Cody Handley

ALONG A winding stretch of country road, five minutes out the back of Deloraine, is not the sort of place you’d expect to find a high tech operation ticking along. But that is exactly what is happening at Forager Foods in Red Hills.

Forager Foods have successfully made a name for themselves, both at home and abroad, for their freeze dried fruit, vegetables and ready-made meals for backpackers. However they have just branched out into a new venture, one that has substantial market potential here in Tasmania.

Forager Foods received a small grant from the federal government for $75,000 to help build a powdering and packing line for hemp food products. Production will supply Brisbane-based company Fair Foods, who have their hemp grown and processed in Tasmania.

Forager Foods owner John Ranicar said the move was about tapping into a new market with a large potential, as well as diversifying their business which is predominantly built on freeze drying fresh fruit and vegetables.

“If anything happened to our dryers, we’d be in trouble,” Mr Ranicar said. Forager Foods new hemp powdering and packing machine will ameliorate this risk.

The machine takes the leftover “mash” from hemp plants that have had oil extracted and processes it into a 45% protein powder that can be used in foods such as smoothies or salads.

The process has a 50% production return which means, for example, 10 tonnes of raw hemp would make 5 tonnes of powder. “Due to changes to the law, there has only really been a market for hemp food products since November,” Mr Ranicar said.

Fair Foods also offer de-hulled hemp seeds which, according to Mr Ranicar, “have a subtle nutty flavour and are quite nice sprinkled on toast with honey.”

This is not the first time Forager Foods have been given a government grant, having received funding for a freeze dryer in 2015 upping their process capacity to 1 tonne a day. Today, they process roughly 10 tonnes of fresh produce per week.

“The funding gave us an opportunity that otherwise wouldn’t have been there,” Mr Ranicar said. “We could not have achieved what we have without that support and investment in our business.”

When asked about what was in store for the future, Mr Ranicar said “The focus now is on consolidation. We’ve invested a lot in equipment and we’re now looking to consolidate that investment by operating at capacity.”

Photo | Mike Moores

Council puts the bite on vendors

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April 2018 | Sharon Webb

MEANDER VALLEY council has placed an annual fee of $163.50 on mobile food vans operating on its streets and properties.

Councillors voted for the new policy in their March meeting; the application process will be available on the council’s website shortly.

Councillor Tanya King said the policy would “provide clarity” for people with food vans.

And Cllr Bob Richardson said the policy was needed according to federal economic regulation principles requiring councils not to allow free services on their property in competition with existing businesses.

Cllr John Temple, who runs a business in Westbury, was critical of food vans which he said “cherry pick the time of day to operate and are not loyal to the local community” like local bricks-and-mortar businesses who serve the community every day of the year.

But Cllr Deb White believes food vans should be welcome in the Meander Valley: “They expand the pie rather than decreasing existing vendors’ share. The more that’s happening, the more it generates for existing businesses.”

The food van fee will be charged annually and Council will monitor food registration licences and undertake inspections.

The new policy does not apply to applications by mobile food vehicles to operate on a public street during an event where council has granted permission for a street closure to conduct that event. Council will review the policy at the end of the first year.

Rubicon Grove

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April 2018

IMPRESSIVE NEW facilities will soon be unveiled at OneCare’s residential facility in Port Sorell, Rubicon Grove.

With construction well underway for a new 20 bed wing extension, including a community centre and a tea house, the additional 20 suites will significantly expand the facility, bringing the total number of suites up to 80.

The $5million expansion will help address the demand for aged care on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, following the provision of a licence for 20 low-care suites by the Commonwealth Government in 2015.

The new buildings will incorporate a community hub, to be utilised by local Rotary and Lions clubs, as well as the Bridge of Hope Church.

Rubicon Grove is offŽering rewarding career opportunities in nursing and personal care, a career that makes an important contribution to our community, and creates a real diŽfference in people’s lives.

OneCare welcomes applications from those interested in working in a caring professional team. Apply at

Deloraine: epicentre for Kinesiology

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MARCH 2018 | Lorraine Clarke

KINESIOLOGY IS one of the alternative non-invasive therapies that is sought out when chronic pain and physical maladies cannot be diagnosed by or fail to respond to traditional medicine.

Deloraine resident Philip Rafferty has been a kinesiologist for 35 years. He created Kinergetics Kinesiology in 1991, a modality which is taught in over 20 countries, having been translated into 8 languages. He introduced “Touch for Health” to Australia from the USA.

Philip recently hosted the 9th Annual International Kinergetics Workshop in Deloraine over the month of January. More than 40 people including Australians and many overseas visitors, attended to study under his guidance. The workshop was held at the Rotary Pavilion, with morning and afternoon practical and theory sessions, and meal breaks spent at local eateries.

At the workshop, participants were eager to share their stories. Sharon from Canada had consulted 20 doctors and exhausted all avenues of medical treatments for her fibromyalgia. She explained that the constant pain she experienced for 25 years was so severe that she was afraid to wake up in the mornings, and every part of her body ached. After having Kinergetics treatment she said, “It was like heaven. I don’t know life without pain.”

Selena came to the work-shop to further her studies. She is a Kinergetics practitioner in the Huon Valley, where psychologists refer patients to her for treatment of trauma.

Lianne from Singapore travelled to the workshop to find relief from a stroke initiated by arsenic poisoning from eating vegetables she had grown in contaminated soil.

Sarah, an Australian based in London, is a Special Needs teacher who first practised Kinergetics 15 years ago to help herself and her friends.

For more information go to

Photo | Mike Moores

Personally branded, my way

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March 2018 | Wendy Laing

A FRIENDLY, interactive workshop called ‘Brand It, Build your Personal Brand’ was held on Tuesday, 13th February at Deloraine House.

It was run by Talitha ‘Taz’ Devadass, who is an experienced Program Manager with the Van Diemen Project and a regional entrepreneurship facilitator with a vast amount of expertise and experience.

‘Brand It’ is an initiative of the Federal Department of Jobs and Small Business and is a free business advice service supporting people who wish to turn their ideas and skills into jobs.

The workshop suited anybody who wished to build their personal image, build confidence to start their own business or just wanted to improve their presentation skills.

Ms Devadass talked about building a brand through communication and with the confidence to trust yourself and your ideas. Then finding the courage to achieve them.

“My job is to help people see self-employment as a career pathway,” she said.

Free support in the Meander Valley on how to begin, run, improve and grow your business is available for both those who wish to start a small business and entrepreneurs who would like help with their existing enterprise.

For more information about this free service you can contact Ms Devadass on 0429 061 668, 6349 1919 or email talitha@vandiemenproject.

Street car show a big hit

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March 2018 | David Claridge

COMING OFF the winning of the Meander Valley Community Event of the Year at January’s Australia Day awards, the Deloraine Street Car Show reached new heights for its third year when it cruised into town in February.

What started out with a local club wanting to put together a car show has grown into an event that progressively evolves each year. This time 550 cars were on display, and around 10,000 people rolled up for a look.

Local businesses up and down the main road benefited from the influx of visitors, while a number of bands performed as the onlookers meandered the car show.

Committee member for the Van Diemans Street Rod Club, David Sherriff, said he was amazed at how big it has become.

“I was on the gate and saw a lot of tourists come for a look, even a few of the cars on display had mainland number plates,” he said.

“My favourites were the Ford 34 Coupe from Adelaide that I saw coming through the gate and there were some really nice two-door Falcons.

“There was something for everyone with Hot rods, Holden Monaros’, GT Falcons, Camaro’s, Corvettes and the P76 to name but a few.”

The organisers want to thank everyone for making it such a memorable event.

Oarsomely hi tech

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FEBRUARY 2018 | Hayley Manning

THE FORMER State School Buildings on East Barrack Street, Deloraine, circa 1895, have been sold and converted into a family residence and sporting attire manufacturing business.

Simply Oarsome owners, Neil and Martine Myers relocated from Geelong to the ‘unspoilt’ beauty of Lorinna around 15 years ago, before purchasing the State School for its spacious capacity and close proximity to the Deloraine Primary School for their two daughters.

“We have always had a strong connection with Tasmania. We honeymooned here and visited often for competitive rowing events,” Neil said.

Simply Oarsome is the only business in Tasmania that manufactures custom sports apparel using a sublimation dying process (sub dye). Sublimation is best described as a process of change in a state of matter through heat and pressure that prints the design ‘within’ the garment.

Different fabrics can be used but the newer polyester fabrics to emerge over the last ten years are lighter, bacteria resistant, have moisture control, UV protection and won’t fade.

Neil notes the stark contrast in Oarsome’s garment production to the sewing methods used by Mathew Simms, who resides in the former headmaster’s residence next door.

“Our digital printing machines are the ‘ultimate’ in new sublimation technology, while Mathew boils lichen and gum leaves in a witches cauldron to produce his stains, before he hand-sews all his garments.”

The newly plastered school hall is where most of their sewing takes place. They have a stock display at front of shop, but most of their business is conducted online. A recent order is going to St Petersburg in Russia!

Other ‘sublimatable’ products are: water bottles, cups, plates, pens caps and nametags. In addition, a photo or design of choice can be printed onto a metal sign or trophy plate in a process known as Chromalux.

Photo | Hayley Manning

Our rubbish stays home

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February 2018 | David Claridge

THE RECENT ban on imported rubbish to China will have minimal impact to Meander Valley.

Back in July 2017 China announced that on 1st January 2018 they would stop importing 24 categories of solid waste from around the world, as the Environment Ministry claims that it is polluting China’s environment.

Justin Jones with local waste disposal company, Just Waste, is aware of the situation but allays fears that it won’t affect the Meander Valley region too much.

“For us who run the transfer station in Westbury, Deloraine and Mole Creek, it won’t have much of an impact,” he said.

“We collect, sort and process our product into high grade, low contamination material which is then sent to Victoria for further processing,

“Some of the bans they are talking about in regard to China is more the lower grade plastics. We do have a low-grade plastic line but that will actually end up being processed in Australia.

Now it will cost us money for recycling. In the past this particular product has been a source of revenue for some of the recyclers in Melbourne and Sydney, they were getting paid for it.”

This ban will have major impact on other nations such as those in Europe and the US.

A berry big achievement

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CHRISTMAS HILLS Raspberry Farm Café was presented as a finalist in the prestigious Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award at the 2017 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards.

Held at the the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, cafe proprietor Lindy Dornauf attended.

The Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award aims to applaud unsung heroes and high achievers who work tirelessly to provide food and drink for our communities.

Nominees for this category can be involved in any stage of agriculture and focuses on acknowledging those who play a part in shaping our agricultural community.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café, a well known stop in Elizabeth Town, was established in 1984 when the Dornauf family, already involved in the dairy business, planted twelve acres of raspberry canes on a north-facing hill on their property.

In 1995 the café was built and is now a dining hotspot for locals and tourists alike.

In December 2012 a new shop was opened, creating more space for customers to enjoy all the culinary delights the Raspberry Farm Cafe has on o•ffer.

Up to 40 full-time and casual staff• are employed during the peak season, dropping back to around 20 during winter.

The café is part of the producer led tourist initiative, Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

Mad Hatter loves leather

BusinessJoanne EisemannComment

JANUARY 2018 | Hayley Manning

IN DELORAINE’S newest shop you can get a key cut, a battery replaced, your shoes repaired, or a leather item repaired, but best of all … you no longer need to drive 100 kms or more to get a few well chosen words engraved on a pewter tankard or a last minute piece of jewellery.

Mad Hatter Hand Made is situated amid other quirky shops and studios on Emu Bay Road, and further positions Deloraine as a significant hub of creativity in Northern Tasmania. Shop proprietor, Mr Brett Henson, said the variety of skills required for all the di•erent aspects of the business, together with customer requests for unusual leather items, are what keeps him interested in the trade he entered 25 years ago in Hobart.

Brett has continued to hone his skills by working in leather repair, and multi-service shops around Tassie, but he recently decided the time was right to start his own business. He said he particularly enjoys repairing leather farm equipment, including nose-feed bags, harnesses, bridles and saddles.

“I can basically fix or make anything, there’s not much I can’t do. I’m the go-to-guy for high-end leather work and the jobs no-one else can or wants to do and I don’t charge exorbitant prices.”

Leather pieces are available for purchase and come with encouraging advice for those wanting to make something themselves.

“The internet makes it possible to learn anything these days, so there really is no excuse not to have a go.”

Photo | Mike Moores

'Carrickters' of Carrick

BusinessJoanne EisemannComment

DECEMBER 2017 | Lorraine Clarke

ALTHOUGH TASMANIA loses many of its youngsters to the big wide world, it draws many of those who have grown older and wiser. One by one, the Puccetti family found good reasons to relocate from South Australia to our lovely island, until Andrew, with wife Susanne, became the last of eight siblings to make a new home here. They bought and re-fitted the old convict-built bluestone mill at Carrick, and painstakingly packed 3 containers with 100 cubic metres of treasures and precious trinkets to stock it in its new incarnation as an antiques store.

Andrew is an amateur historian by inclination. “Sue and I are old-fashioned people. We like things from earlier eras,” he said.  “We’re 100% behind Tasmanian heritage and want to maintain as much of it as possible. We’re members of the National Trust.  We want to leave this place better than we found it.”

The monolithic 3 foot thick stone walls of the 4-storey building exudes permanence and is cool on the hottest day. The Puccettis have sympathetically restored the mill’s gutted interior to life while retaining elements of its original working history. A huge functional replica wooden water wheel at one end of the store actually spins when there is a lot of rain. “There used to be a dam upstream with a millrace that fed into the wheel, but that was washed away in the great flood of 1929. We’d love to be able to replace the dam and use the wheel to generate electricity for the town. The wheel was spinning madly last winter.”

Andrew loves to share the history of their extraordinary home. A wooden mill beside a crude timber bridge over the Liffey River was the first building in Carrick in 1820.  When this was washed away, the four-storey stone mill was erected in 1846 by Mr William Bryan, and later sold to Mr T. W. Monds, whose name still graces the front wall.  “The mill used to be the biggest employer in Carrick. In harvest season, horses carting drayloads of grain would be backed up into the village. The mill could hold 17,000 bushels of grain.”

The original millstones are still on site, massive wheels of hand-tooled stone accurately pieced together and bound with iron. In operation, these weighty stones were separated by the tiniest margin but never quite met as they ground wheat into fine flour to feed Tasmania’s growing population, and bran to fuel the hard-working horses that provided transport and motive power before the combustion engine era changed our world.

Behind the mill is the old miller’s cottage, built in 1846 of convict-made red bricks. Andrew and Sue intend to restore this authentically for B&B accommodation. They revel in their acres of grass, trees and established gardens surrounding the mill, sloping down to the river. “Our antiques store opened on 1st October, and business so far has exceeded our expectations. We used to be city slickers, but now we’re proud to be known as the Carrickters of Carrick.”

Visit Carrick Mill Antiques and browse through the collections of old jewellery, china, coins, books and magazines, toys, glassware, furniture and multifarious knick-knacks displayed in a evocative and historic setting.

Contact Andrew or Sue on 0415 734 154.

Photo | Mike Moores