National award for Tasmanian business

A Tasmanian business was last night announced as the winner of two categories at the national Telstra Business Awards, held at the Hilton in Sydney.The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, attended theevent to congratulate successful small-to-medium enterprises from all around the country.Tasmanian eco-tourism company, Bruny Island Charters and Tasman Island Cruises, based in Adventure Bay, overcame outstanding national competition to take home the MYOB Small Business Award (for businesseswith between 6 and 20 employees), and the Sensis Social Responsibility Award (for businesses who have shown an outstanding commitment and contribution to the community, their people or the environment). The 2008 Telstra Australian Business of the Year was awarded to automated manufacturing provider, Machinery Automation & Robotics fromSilverwater in New South Wales.
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2008DarlingtonVineyardTGR Riesling$20 CD

Darlington Vineyard at Orford has a proven track record for producing good quality dry and off-dry rieslings. This TGR, containing thirty grams of residual sugar, is an interesting new development.It’s a semi-sweet style that delivers gorgeous fruit tightly held in a light- bodied, almost delicate framework. Lemon and lime varietal characters are front and centre, but there are some delightful gingery nuances. 2007 Spring Vale Reserve Chardonnay $30 CDGood chardonnay does not have to shout its premium credentials to the world. Rather, it whispers in your ear and beckons you to taste a second and third glass.Spring Vale’s new reserve is such a wine. It’s all about subtlety and texture. Winemakers Kris and Dave Cush have done a masterful job in creating this worthy addition to the portfolio. Smooth with understated oak and stone fruit elements.2008 Spring Vale Melrose Pinot Noir $22 CDSpring Vale’s Pinot Noir Junior was one of last summer’s most successful early drinking releases, and this 2008 wine is cast in a similar mould.Like the 2007 vintage, it contains a small dollop of pinot meunier fruit. Where it departs from its predecessor is across the palate. This is a much finer, more elegant wine, with real fragrance and an excellent velvety texture. It’s unbelievably soft and beguiling. Yum.2006 Kelvedon Estate Pinot Noir $26 CDKelvedon Estate is one of handful of top pinot producers located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Coast. Unlike its peers, the property has no vineyard cellar door at present.The quality of this wine and the 2007 to come suggests that arrangement needs re-assessment. This 2006 shows typical East Coast weight and richness, with plum and cherry fruit firmly in the driver’s seat. Oak is neatly integrated. Phone 6257 8283.
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7LA …………………………….1098

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ABC NORTH…………………91.7

(Bicheno 89.7; Binalong Bay 97.3 (St Helens AM 1584); Coles Bay 106.1; Devonport 100.5; Falmouth/St Marys 102.7; Latrobe/Mole Creek 100.5; Penguin 102.5; Pyengana 97.3; Swansea 106.1; Ulverstone 102.5 ABC NEWSRADIO…………92.5

CLASSIC FM…………………93.3

COAST FM…………………………. (Table Cape 106.1; Circular Head 88.9; Devonport 104.7)

TRIPLE J………………………90.9

RADIO NATIONAL…………94.1

CITYPARK…………………..103.7

RPH…………………………. 106.9

TAMAR FM……………………95.3

SEA FM D’PORT………. 107.7

SEA FM-BURNIE…………101.7

SEA FM SCOTTSDALE….99.7

SEA FM ST HELENS…….94.5

WAYFM………..105.3 and 98.1

HEART FM……………………95.7

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Only $1.36 m from Gunns retail share offer

Gunns managing director John GayTasmanian timber company Gunns has raised just $1.36 million from its retail share offer, but the company said it was not surprised by the outcome.In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Gunns managing director John Gay said a total of 907,728 shares were issued.It follows on from the $333 million capital raising exercise, aimed at improving the company’s balance sheet.Existing shareholders were offered 10 shares for every seven they owned at a price a $1.50.Given the stock fell as low as $1 during the retail offer, analysts said that it was doubtful anyone would take up the offer.Mr Gay acknowledged shareholders who had continued to support the company, which is still attempting to find a joint venture partner for its controversial $2 billion pulp mill project planned for Bell Bay.“Our institutional offer was very successful and has allowed us to repay the extended working capital facility which was partly used to fund the acquisition of Auspine, as well as repay a portion of the company’s existing debt facilities,” Mr Gay said.“It is a regulatory requirement to make the same offer to all shareholders and we were not surprised, given the current worldwide equity market conditions, that few shareholders took up the retail offer.“The retail offer was not underwritten, as we believed the institutional offer was sufficient for our purposes.”Gunns will conduct its AGM later this month.
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7SD-540 7BU-558 7AD……900

TOTE SPORT RADIO……1008

7LA …………………………….1098

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ABC NORTH…………………91.7

(Bicheno 89.7; Binalong Bay 97.3 (St Helens AM 1584); Coles Bay 106.1; Devonport 100.5; Falmouth/St Marys 102.7; Latrobe/Mole Creek 100.5; Penguin 102.5; Pyengana 97.3; Swansea 106.1; Ulverstone 102.5 ABC NEWSRADIO…………92.5

CLASSIC FM…………………93.3

COAST FM…………………………. (Table Cape 106.1; Circular Head 88.9; Devonport 104.7)

TRIPLE J………………………90.9

RADIO NATIONAL…………94.1

CITYPARK…………………..103.7

RPH…………………………. 106.9

TAMAR FM……………………95.3

SEA FM D’PORT………. 107.7

SEA FM-BURNIE…………101.7

SEA FM SCOTTSDALE….99.7

SEA FM ST HELENS…….94.5

WAYFM………..105.3 and 98.1

HEART FM……………………95.7

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Ovidio always wants the best foot forward

ON HIS MARRIAGE TO JOAN: `We went together for five years before we married, we broke off the engagement 12 times – we couldn’t get on but couldn’t be apart from each other.’ ON HIS CHRISTIANITY: `Once I started, it helped me with my English … I started to read the Bible and it helped me a lot to learn English and be with people. FROM PAGE 19
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A visit to Ovidio D`Alessandro’s bright blue painted kingdom at the Brickfields end of Launceston is a humbling experience.

It takes you into an almost forgotten world of toe straighteners, steel- braced soles and tailor- made boots and leaves you amazed at the passion that a 75-year-old maintains for his trade.

Providing people with a better foot grip on the world has been Ovidio’s life since the early 1960s.

But it took him nearly a decade from the time that he arrived alone in Australia after World War II to return to the trade that he’d grown up in, at Abbruzzi.

He must have always been pretty passionate despite Ovidio protestations that it was only when he discovered his personal god that his pathway became clear.

“I first started in the trade when I was 12 but because of the war I didn’t finish until 1944,” says Ovidio.

The Italian who taught him to repair and make boots and shoes should have retired years before he did but stayed on to train Ovidio, he says.

He probably would have stayed in Italy if the war hadn’t happened but applied to emigrate to Australia as a young man looking for opportunities.

“There were no opportunities in Europe after the war,” says Ovidio.

His fierce concentration on all things to do with foot wear wavers a little when asked about those early years.

It must have been lonely for a young man on his own.

He was sent to pick fruit, in Mildura, then to Tasmania to help build the foundations of Comalco, at Bell Bay.

“But I didn’t like it much at Bell Bay because we were all together (migrant workers) so there wasn’t much incentive to speak English,” he says.

He moved to Launceston where two things happened, which for Ovidio were life-changing.

First he met his future wife Joan at a dance at the then-famous Carlisyle ballroom.

Joan was Scottish and Ovidio, by his own admission, is a fairly strong-minded Italian.

To say that the relationship was at times fiery seems to be something of an understatement.

“We went together for five years before we married, we broke off the engagement 12 times – we couldn’t get on but couldn’t be apart from each other,” says Ovidio, laughing at the craziness of those frantic years nearly four decades ago.

The other momentous event for Ovidio was that he became a Christian.

“Once I started, it helped me with my English,” says the ever-practical shoe maker.

“I started to read the Bible and it helped me a lot to learn English and be with people.

“I think my wife and I would be separated except for the understanding that came with me becoming a Christian. I realised that there was a problem and that it was me,” he adds, laughing again.

Despite all the odds and the opinions of two specialists and three general practitioners, Joan and Ovidio had two children and now revel in their seven grandchildren – miracles as far as Ovidio is concerned.

But there has already been too much chatter on trivial personal matters, as far as Ovidio is concerned.

He has a strong message to push.

There’s still fire in the 75-year-old’s belly.

“I am writing to (Health Minister) Nicola Roxon and the people in the Health Ministry to see if we can get some relief,” says the unlikely looking political lobbyist.

Ovidio wants his services recognised by Medicare so that his customers can claim some financial assistance with the cost of his custom-made orthotics.

“We are helping people by realigning the body, arresting bad posture that leads to sore backs, sore knees, sore hips and feet,” says Ovidio.

“If Medicare would bring some relief in the way of finance to these people, it would be a good result.”

Damn it, these boots feel good!

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Bendigo cup gets a splash of neon

WHILE the Jayco Bendigo Cup’s Fashions on the Field event showcased the finest fashions track- side, a day at the races is never complete without racegoers adding their unique splash of colour to the event.
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And colourful it was.

The public lawn by the track and tarmac behind the grandstands were awash with fashion’s latest trend: neon.

Women young and old stepped out in eye-popping hues, some using a citrus-clad accessory to add a bright pop of colour to their wardrobe and others opting for head-to-toe fluoro ensembles.

Even the boys were at it. Friends Jamie Smith and Lachlan Palmer co-ordinated their race-day outfits, turning out in electric blue and yellow suits.

“We wanted to stand out,” Mr Palmer said.

After all, the races was not a day to be lost in the crowd. Favourites among the punters this year included bow ties and suspenders for the boys, and improbably high heels for the girls, resulting in the inevitable barefoot leaving parade, which often closes such events.

Kyabram’s Alysha Toohill – dressed in a canary yellow sun dress with black wedge sandals, pressed curls and Ray Ban sunglasses, posed with her brother Jamie, 5, with experience beyond her seven years.

The most stylish man at the carnival was arguably Melbourne’s Hal Salter who carried his three-piece suit in 30-degree heat with ease.

With 35 race-day Fashions on the Field titles to his name, Mr Salter delivered an ensemble true to form complete with antique accessories.

Mr Salter competed in his last competition at Randwick Races this year, and will retire having donated every cent of his winnings – around $40,000 – to charity.

FAMILY DAY: Jamie, 5, and Alysha Toohill, 7, travelled from Kyabram. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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Hot 100 proves a huge hit with racegoers

IT was first in best dressed at the Bendigo Cup yesterday, with racegoers striking their most fierce poses for the Bendigo Advertiser and Telstra Hot 100.
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Fashionistas swarmed the tent, with the competition’s 175 places snapped up within hours of the gates opening.

Hot and muggy weather conditions didn’t deter racegoers young and old, who were keen to strut their stuff.

Bold fascinators and hats, bright colours and tailored suits were just some of the fashion trends on display.

Fascinators and headbands were the headwear of choice for women, complementing an array of striking, classic and unique dresses.

Male racegoers opted for suave suits and bright ties – even the odd blue and yellow suit.

Telstra has generously donated a stack of great prizes, including some of the latest mobile technology such as phones and tablets as prizes, for the Hot 100 winners. Telstra retail operations manager Melissa Keen said the Bendigo Cup was one of the biggest events on the city’s social calendar and a great chance for Bendigoians to look their best.

The Bendigo Advertiser and Telstra Hot 100 will be announced online and in the Bendigo Advertiser tomorrow.

BRIGHT: Jamie Smith and Lachlan Palmer stood out. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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TOTE SPORT RADIO……1008

7LA …………………………….1098

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ABC NORTH…………………91.7

(Bicheno 89.7; Binalong Bay 97.3 (St Helens AM 1584); Coles Bay 106.1; Devonport 100.5; Falmouth/St Marys 102.7; Latrobe/Mole Creek 100.5; Penguin 102.5; Pyengana 97.3; Swansea 106.1; Ulverstone 102.5 ABC NEWSRADIO…………92.5

CLASSIC FM…………………93.3

COAST FM…………………………. (Table Cape 106.1; Circular Head 88.9; Devonport 104.7)

TRIPLE J………………………90.9

RADIO NATIONAL…………94.1

CITYPARK…………………..103.7

RPH…………………………. 106.9

TAMAR FM……………………95.3

SEA FM D’PORT………. 107.7

SEA FM-BURNIE…………101.7

SEA FM SCOTTSDALE….99.7

SEA FM ST HELENS…….94.5

WAYFM………..105.3 and 98.1

HEART FM……………………95.7

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ON THE SPOT

A YOUNG nurse who travelled up from Hobart yesterday to complete health assessments of 18 elderly Launcestonians was left stunned when her computer was stolen from her car yesterday. The nurse had hidden the laptop in its case and under the seat of her car. Her mother Maxine was furious. “Someone must have seen her put it under the seat, they were watching, how else would they know it was there?” Maxine said. “She locked the doors and everything.” Maxine and her daughter have narrowed the location of the theft to the car park at Jimmy’s and a Kings Meadows shopping centre. “We are just hoping this person has a conscience and will return it,” Maxine said. “My daughter can’t work without it, she is single and not in good health herself. it is very upsetting.”
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• STAFF at the physiotherapy department at the Launceston General Hospital could not help but dob in their fellow worker Marj, who arrived at work feeling very comfortable yesterday. Looking down, she discovered she had arrived at work wearing fur- trimmed, burgundy slippers. Feeling highly fashionable, Marj had to wait until lunchtime to go home and change.

• ENCORE’S production of The Sound of Music on Saturday night could have been renamed The Sound of One Hand Clapping, suggests Riverside resident Cheryl. After thoroughly enjoying her young godson John’s stellar performance as a Von Trapp boy, she was amused to see him tiring during the curtain call adoration. “It was a big cast and everyone was clapping with such enthusiasm,” she said with a laugh. “I could see his hands slowing down but he made it to the curtain dropping!”

• MORE on airport security and the varying rules regarding alcohol in plane cabins. Returning from a trip to Japan, Tina and her friends bought duty free alcohol at Narita Airport. “Although the purchases were made after our bags were checked in and we had passed through the security screening, when we stopped in Cairns en route to Sydney, our alcohol was confiscated as being contrary to security regulations. But those of our party who left the flight in Cairns were able to keep their purchases. Would it be too cynical to suggest that it might turn up at airport office Christmas parties?” Mister Ex

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