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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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rotary-devonport-boat-show-2015-bRotary Devonport Boat Show

On Sunday 22 February 2015, Rotary is conducting a spectacular boat show at the TS Mersey Navy Cadet grounds, River Road, East Devonport between 11am and 5.30 pm, with entry via the Rowing Club drive. This has been organised to suit high water in the river to allow demonstration of the new Barcrusher and Stabicraft range of vessels PLUS allowing launch for the first time on the coast a ten-seater hovercraft for joy rides.

 In addition to the on-water demonstrations, a wide range of boats will be assembled for display, ranging from executive ski boats from the Horsehead Creek Water Ski Club, championship and vintage speed boats, jetskis, yachts, $100,000 plus motor cruisers to tinnies, surf boats, kayaks, clinker built dinghies and even vintage rowing shells.
Judging for the Deegan Marine “Boat of the Show” award will be held at 3pm, with boats presented spic and span to achieve top marks – this will become a perpetual trophy.
Safety and rescue boats and personnel from the Marine Police, Australian Maritime College and the local Surf Lifesaving Club will add further to the day.

Demonstrations of scuba diving, with a diver working in a glass-fronted tank, surf lifesaving rescue and resuscitation and cray pot and net making will keep onlookers amazed at these skills. Additional maritime items from Stormy Seas lifejackets – checking and sales, Anchor wetsuits, Rays Outdoors, EPIRB and marine radio and chandlery supplies will all be available for comparison.

With a range of boats from all parts of the state available for sale, representatives from both insurance and finance organisations will be on site for information and quotes.

Not forgetting the children, over forty model radio controlled boats will be displayed in the hall, along with the Fishcare caravan and fishing pool and a face painter to transform pirates and mermaids.

The local Dragons Abreast boat and Cancer Council representatives will be on hand dispensing sun screen to keep everyone sun-safe for the day.

You won’t go hungry – an undercover food court will hold the renowned Rotary BBQ serving burgers and sausages, hot chips, Hotshots coffee, cold drinks and canteen lines while the popular icecream van will be serving favourites.

With entry costs for the day at $5 adult, $2 child and $10 family, each adult entry will receive a ticket in a travel voucher sponsored by Spirit of Tasmania. Along with the Rotary wheel spinning $1 tickets to win a hovercraft ride, it is aimed at a family fun day.

This is a special day for anyone interested in boats, water sports or fishing so mark it on your calendar –




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