Golfers ready to light up long-awaited Arm End course, south of Hobart Sep24

Golfers ready to light up long-awaited Arm End course, south of Hobart...

THE SUNDAY TASMANIAN SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 source: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/golfers-ready-to-light-up-long-awaited-arm-end-course-south-of-hobart/story-fnj4f7k1-1226724495059   THE long-anticipated Arm End golf course project south of Hobart has moved a step closer to reality, with firebreaks mown into the Opossum Bay site in anticipation of a Parks and Wildlife-managed burnoff later this week. Proponent Greg Ramsay, the Bothwell-based tourism entrepreneur responsible for the acclaimed Barnbougle Dunes course at Bridport, said he hoped the controlled vegetation backburn would reveal more about the environmental, heritage and Aboriginal values of the planned multi-use site. “Before we enter into the full lease and undertake construction, we are doing some final site studies,” Mr Ramsay said. “Our consultant initially recommended we do test-pitting for further heritage, but it was the Aboriginal committee who actually suggested a burnoff.” Mr Ramsay said the backburn, which will also offer clues as to future revegetation, pest-eradication and weed-management strategies at the site, would proceed as soon as the right weather conditions presented. Clearing out the introduced grasses, African boxthorn and heavy weeds would help designers plot exactly where the development’s golf holes, cycling tracks and walking trails would be situated. “A burnoff is a great solution as it will highlight major infestations of woody-weeds that aren’t yet visible above the grassline and we hope it reveals networks of rabbit burrows that cannot be seen below the grass,” Mr Ramsay said. “Most importantly, the burn will be reducing fuel load as the community have been concerned for many years about the fire hazard that the mass of dry grass presents in the summer.” Fellow investor Craig Ferguson said he signed up to the project, which will eventually include a Salamanca-Opossum Bay ferry link, when he saw the potential opportunity in developing a vibrant and viable recreation business. Having worked around the world, Mr Ferguson...

New Zealand wants clean sweep in Whisky Test Match series Nov28

New Zealand wants clean sweep in Whisky Test Match series...

Mon 26 Nov 2012 source: http://www.whiskymag.com/news/18188.html New Zealand wants clean sweep in Whisky Test Match series New Zealand will be hoping for a clean sweep over the UK in an Autumn International Test Match series with a difference that concludes in London on Monday. Fresh from stunning triumphs over Scotland and Wales, the New Zealand Whisky Company is taking on St George’s distillery in the final of three Whisky Test Matches. The series coincides with the All Blacks tour of Europe. While New Zealand is famed for its rugby side, it has been far less known for its whisky – until now. “Made from some of the purest ingredients on earth, the New Zealand Whisky Company has been picking up awards wherever it goes,” said company spokesman Grey Ramsay. “It is showing some of the world’s most refined whisky palates that there is so much more to a fine dram than what comes out of traditional strongholds like Scotland and Canada.” The New Zealand Whisky Company’s whiskies are also extremely rare, as they come from a distillery that is no longer in production – when it closed in 1997, it was the last distillery left in the country. The remaining stock was set aside to mature and sweeten in a South Island seaside village. It is now being released around the world, to such huge acclaim that plans are afoot to start production again. The inaugural Autumn International Whisky Test Match earlier this month pitted New Zealand’s Dunedin Doublewood, South Island Single Malt and 1990 Cask Strength against some of Scotland’s most famous brands – Johnny Walker Black, Glenfiddich Single Malt and Ardbeg Uigeadaul. It was a stunning upset as New Zealand emerged the victor with two wins and a tie. Then last week, New...

William Smith & Sons Organic Cider Nov27

William Smith & Sons Organic Cider...

This development creates Australia’s First orchard-based Organic Cider in the heart of the Apple Isle’s horticulture hub, the Huon Valley. This project is to build a high-profile cidery, national beverage brand & long lasting tourism drawcard in the form of a Visitor Centre Cellar Door & Ciderhouse Cafe Bar, attached to the apple-sorting shed, located in the heart of the working orchard. It will be located 25mins south of Hobart in the famed orcharding hamlet of Grove, just north of Huonville. William Smith & Sons will produce Tasmania’s First Organic Cider, & Australia’s first organic cider to be be 100% grown, crafted & packaged on the same property. This will all happen in the HuonValley, to be marketed & distributed nationally and...

Solis

The Solis development near Orford was announced by Melbourne’s Bayport Group in 2003. The development site covers 272ha just 45mins from Hobart Airport, with approval for a Greg Norman-designed 18hole championship golf course & resort, 620 residential lots, a health spa and visitor cabins . This $130 million East Coast development was mothballed by the owners due to a variety of development barriers, which experienceConsulting has been contracted to remove &/or...

Port Hills

The Port Hills Estate comprises of 47 large rural-residential land releases on the western fringe of Bridport, one of Tasmania’s most popular seaside villages. Port Hills is less than 4minutes drive to Bridport’s many beaches, and even closer to the Bridport commercial precinct. The average size of each allotment is 5acres, perfect for a couple or family who are looking for some extra space to pursue their lifestyle. 25 of these titles have already been developed and now a further 22 are available to people eager to have a large country title on which to build a new home....