College opens

Circular Head Council Daryl Quilliam lends Federal member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom a hand to cut the ribbon at Agritas’ official opening on Saturday.

Opening. Agritas Trade College officially opened its doors on Saturday, as over 200 people watched on.

Federal member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom cut the ribbon to signify the opening.

He said, “The college will support diversification of our region’s economy and nurture the necessary leadership skills in the next generation of young Tasmanians.

“These will be extremely important to support the long-term economic development of the north-west and Tasmania as a whole.”

Mr Sidebottom said the college will give hundreds of students the opportunity to gain trade skills to enter the north-west region’s dairy and other agricultural industries.

The day was a fun one for children and adults alike, according to Agritas chief executive officer Don McLaren. “We wanted a community day and that’s exactly what we got,” he said. “The community came and had a lot of fun. We had a fantastic day.”

Mr McLaren said the free breakfast served by Lions, followed by competitions throughout the morning kept the crowd busy.

“We painted every cow we had,” he said, referring to 60 timber cut outs. “Even some of the adults wanted to paint the cows – we said no.”

Patrons took part in the electric fence and quad bike challenge, and the farmers with the most lived-in hats were named.

Mr McLaren said the morning was just what he wanted, with some “surprises as to what the community wants us to do [course-wise], which is really really good”.

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