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Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP, Greens Health spokesperson
10.05.11 4:08 pm

Green Minister’s Push for Stronger Advertising Regulations Welcomed
Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP
Greens Health spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the initiative by Greens Consumer Protection Minister, Nick McKim, asking the Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading to investigate options for the regulation of junk food advertising in Tasmania, saying that it has long been Greens policy to tackle junk food advertising, especially that which targets children.

Greens Health spokesperson Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP said for far too long restrictions relating to junk food advertising have been lax, which is highlighted in recent research that shows over half of Tasmanian students had tried new food or drink products as a result of advertising.

“Minister McKim’s timely initiative is positive for Tasmania’s young people, and will help improve the overall health of Tasmanians as the message passes to current and future generations,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“Minimal restrictions on advertising have gone on for far too long, and are perceived as a farce by many experts in this field.”

“Research conducted by the Obesity Policy Coalition and their recent call to action, “Protecting Children from Unhealthy Food Advertising and Promotion” draws a clear cause and effect between advertising tactics and unhealthy eating habits in children.”

“The Greens both at the state and national level have campaigned for change, and now the actions taken by Greens Minister Nick McKim to identify workable options to protect our children means Tasmania is now leading the way on this matter.”

“Current levels of obesity are set to have Tasmanian children being the first generation to have a lower life expectancy than their parents.”

“By removing junk food advertising during high-viewing time slots for children, it is expected that exposure can be reduced by up to 80 per cent, which will significantly curb the growing levels of obesity in Tasmania’s youth.”

“The Greens look forward to the results of the Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading investigation,” Mr O’Halloran said.


Health | Society

Tenterfield travelling. Tuesday teaching ...

Paula Xiberras
10.05.11 7:54 am


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Delia Nicholls, MONA
09.05.11 7:10 pm

On Saturday, May 7, MONA opened the next world – the MONA Library.

We have burrowed a further 36 metres into the earth and come out at The Round House.

The completely refurbished Round House (originally built for Claudio Alcorso’s parents in 1958) and its new extension currently house a collection of 4,500 books and 100 serial titles, along with further gallery space, and a research and reading area on the upstairs level.

The library collection reflects David Walsh’s art collection and personal interests, and focuses on ancient cultures (particularly Egyptian, Greek, Roman and pre-Colombian) and modern and contemporary art. There is also a fine collection of books on numismatics.

At ground level, three curved arcs, clad in zinc, radiate from the same centre as the house; a triangular glass tunnel takes visitors through to the Kiefer Pavilion, which houses the second Anselm Kiefer work in the collection, entitled:
Sternenfall/Shevirath ha Kelim (2007) [Falling Stars/The Breaking of the Glass].

Also, within the library gallery is the interactive frottage work by Masao Okabe and Chihiro Minato Hiroshima in Tasmania – The Archive of the Future (2011-)

The MONA complex is now complete. The Museum opened to the public on January 22, 2011 and to date has welcomed more than 163,000 visitors.

Walk through the underground tunnel from the westernmost gallery on level B3 of MONA.

Library services:
Reference services only. Reading areas are available. Library staff available to assist research.

Copying and Scanning:
The library has copying facilities (paid) and scanning to USB (free).

Opening Times
Daily 10.00am – 5.00pm
Contact: (03) 6277 9949

All about The Roy Grounds buildings at MONA:

The buildings:
There are two heritage-listed buildings on MONA, both by celebrated Australian architect Roy Grounds.
The Courtyard House (1957) and The Round House (1958) were commissioned as family homes by
previous owners, the Alcorso family. Both houses are now incorporated into MONA.
• The Courtyard House was inspired by Claudio Alcorso’s admiration of the Roman villa, with its
sheltered central patio. Grounds brought to the design his passion for ordered geometry, but also
fashioned an elegant warped roofline and made extensive use of glass. David Walsh converted the
house in 1997 to house his Museum of Antiquities. The building now serves as the entrance to
MONA, with access to the underground galleries spiralling down through the centre of the
original courtyard.
• The Round House was commissioned as a residence for Claudio Alcorso’s parents. The house
radiates out from a circular central chimney enwrapped by a spiral staircase, and is set over two
levels with the rear portion of the lower level backing into the earth. The building was constructed
partly using recycled convict-hewn sandstone. The interior has much timber detailing including
raked ceilings and hardwood panelling. The Round House and its new extension now house
MONA’s library. The extension will house a collection of up to 10,000 books, further gallery
space, and a research and reading area on the upper level.

The Alcorso story:
Claudio Alcorso immigrated to Australia from Italy in 1938. He set up a textiles factory, and in 1947,
acquired the peninsula of land, which he named Moorilla, and decided to build his permanent residence
here. “I needed an architect who would design the house I wanted and who would support my intention of
using local materials wherever possible,” wrote Alcorso in his memoirs. “Roy was an ebullient man, full of
vigour and enthusiasm.” Grounds was intrigued by the site and agreed to build the house. “The plan of the
house around a patio is simple,” wrote Alcorso, “...but Roy’s creative talent made a big contribution to all
aspects of the design.”

The architect:
Sir Roy Grounds (1905-1981) was a Melbourne architect who became famous for his formal, geometrically
simple designs. Grounds is known for major works such as:
• The reinforced concrete arc of the Shine Dome of The Australian Academy of Sciences in
Canberra (1959)
• The National Gallery of Victoria (1959-1968)
• Domestic projects like the Frankston Round House, Victoria (1953)
• The Moorilla Round House, the Courtyard House and Wrest Point Casino (1973) are Grounds’
three works in Tasmania.
Grounds’ progressive use of form and plane is considered to have had an important influence on the
evolution of modern architecture in Australia.

The contemporary architects:
Melbourne Architects Fender Katsalidis have worked to harness the Roy Grounds buildings appropriately
into MONA, whilst acknowledging their heritage architectural value.
The library extension comprises three curved ridges, clad in zinc, that radiate from the same centre as the
house, as well as the triangular glass tunnel linking the library and the Kiefer Pavilion. The extension
connects with the original house underground, allowing Roy Grounds’ architecture to retain its original
integrity and to stand discrete. In both houses, the architects have preserved the original room plans,
echoed Grounds’ geometry, and replicated original features such as interior timber cladding and
sandstone “crazy paving”.
“The new extension to the Round House is architecture that’s of its time, but it aligns closely with the
geometry of the existing house,” says Fender Katsalidis architect James Pearce.

Size: Library Gallery – 230 square metres; Library, lounges + reception – 200 square metres; Kiefer
Pavilion- 98 square metres.




Kim Booth MP Greens Primary Industry spokesperson
09.05.11 5:39 pm

As Labor Builds Drones Castle From 1200 Per Cent Plumber Registration Fee Increase
Kim Booth MP
Greens Primary Industry spokesperson
Monday, 9 May 2011

The Tasmanian Greens today reiterated their support for Tasmanian plumbers who have had their registration fees soar over 1200 per cent, and vowed to continue a push for the disallowance motion currently before Parliament.

Greens Building Industry Spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today that he was seeking support for a disallowance motion currently that he has currently tabled for debate in the parliament.

Mr Booth also said he will host a plumbing forum at his Henty House office on Wednesday 11 May at 6.30pm.

“The argument here isn’t to abolish registration, but to make it a fair and proper process with a reasonable fee attached, not just an obscene grab for cash gouging plumbers for multiple registrations,” Mr Booth said.

“These obscene increases in fees have already seen some plumbers exit the industry, which will add to the current skills shortage and ultimately drive prices through the roof.”

“The Greens want to see all artificial impediments to entry removed and also ensure that local plumbers are not driven out of their trade by excessive registration and compliance costs.”

“We need every skilled plumber to not only enter the industry but also to remain in the trade to provide skills and training of younger plumbers.”

“These regulations, on which I have moved a disallowance motion in parliament, are just a make work scheme for bureaucrats happily ensconced in some drones castle but will do nothing to improve plumbing standards.”

“Plumbers are professionals who should be entitled to practice their trade without interference or rent seeking behaviour from governments.” 

“The Greens will continue to push the disallowance motion in Parliament so that Tasmanian plumbers can register in a fair way, and continue to service the Tasmanian community without the fear of having to pass costs on to customers, have their business absorb them or simply leave the industry.”

“When the Occupational Licensing (Plumbing Work) Regulations 2010 where introduced, plumbers where shocked at the level of increase, especially considering there had been very poor professional communication between the Department and the industry the amount of excessive bureaucracy, red tape and over regulation is concerning,” Mr Booth said.


Politics | State

TFGA welcomes TPI poppy deal

Jan Davis, TFGA
09.05.11 4:45 pm

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association today welcomed the announcement by TPI Enterprises of a 25 per cent increase in the price poppy growers will receive from for the 2011/12 season. TPI also indicated that growers with crops producing high assays of alkaloid may be eligible for a further bonus up to 10 per cent.

As well, the company is looking to increase the growing area for its poppies and to offer bonuses for heavy production.

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said TPI had also agreed with growers that next season’s price should not be linked to the high Australian dollar, which has had the effect of making exports more expensive to overseas processors.

“This is really good news for farmers and a strong vote of confidence for the industry as a whole,” Ms Davis said.

“It means that since TPI entered the scene in 2002, the growing area for poppies throughout the state will have risen from 22,000 ha to a licensed area of 34,000 ha. This makes Tasmania one of the leading poppy production areas in the world.

‘We are particularly pleased that the 2011/12 pricing will be based on the assay (quality) level rather than at a fixed rate as in previous seasons.

“It’s amazing what you can do when you listen to each other,” Ms Davis said.


Neighbourhood Houses & Centres provide education and employment pathways

Merial Clark, National Executive Officer, John Hooper, Tasmanian Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses & Centres Assoc
09.05.11 2:16 pm

The policy announcement by the Federal Government to support teenage parents highlights the importance of accessible, local opportunities for education and employment.

“Neighbourhood Houses and Centres provide a critical soft entry point into further education, skills acquisition and ultimately paid employment for many marginalised people” says Merial Clark, Executive Officer of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association.

“Our national research shows that in the past year 28,000 individuals were assisted by a Neighbourhood House or Centre to transition to paid work and a further 38,500 made the transition to further education”, says Ms Clark.

With the sector celebrating National Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Week next week (8 – 15 May), the Association is releasing its first ever national report: Strengthening Local Communities, Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres: Who we are & What we do.

The report illustrates that 320,000 people participate in activities in a Neighbourhood House or Centre across Australia each week; while an estimated 21,300 Australians volunteer a total of 84,550 hours each week, a contribution to the GDP worth the equivalent of over $1.7million each week - or over $81million per year.

“There are over 1,000 Neighbourhood Houses and Centres around Australia offering affordable opportunities for learning, personal development and support that otherwise may not exist, particularly in rural and remote areas”, says Ms Clark

Merial Clark, National Executive Officer, 0414 351 352 (Victoria)
John Hooper, Tasmanian Executive Officer, 0408 320 826

Download Report with case studies:  NHC_Research_Report_-_Apr_11_-_Final.pdf



State wide community dance project launched

Tasmanian Regional Arts
09.05.11 1:11 pm

Hobart, May 8th: Tasmanian Regional Arts has launched The Dance Project: a state wide cross-generational, multi-media community dance project engaging three Tasmanian regions in the South, North East and North West. At an event held in Hobart the company launched the project website, dance video and the south project Family by Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet.

Tasmanian Regional Arts (TRA) is presenting The Dance Project in partnership with Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE), Bust a Move and Tasdance. The Dance Project will develop and present three new contemporary and relevant dance works with, by and about community. Evolving from the heart of each community, these works will explore the sense of place, kinship and identity for the residents of the three regions.

Speaking at the launch, Angie Abdilla, Creative Producer of the project said: “The Dance Project offers a platform for three divergent Tasmanian dance companies to create innovative dance works – discrete and interconnected - from the heart of regional Tasmanians”.

The Dance Project is an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, aiming to develop a new model for connections between dance and communities and to allow more opportunities for Australians to both see and participate in dance across the country. It’s jointly funded by the Australia Council’s Dance Board and the Community Partnerships Committee.

Over the duration of the project through 2011 to mid 2012, the project partners will engage with very diverse communities from their regions ranging from Hospice workers in the South (Hobart) to local dance communities in the North West (Devonport, Burnie and Ulverstone) and primary school students in the North East (Winnaleah, Ringarooma, Scottsdale and Bridport).  The Dance Project will offer a framework that will act as an open-ended stimulus to explore specific topics and issues that emerge as critical for the diverse communities.  Participants will be enabled to select from an eclectic mix of media to form a performance mosaic (image, music, movement, text) they feel would best represent their ideas and responses.

At the event held at Salamanca Arts centre Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet launched the South region project Family produced by Hobart based dance company Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) in collaboration with voluntary hospice workers. Family is a joyous and celebratory work about the time that comes when we need to let go, say goodbye, stand on our own and/or take control over our decisions. Speaking about Family the Deputy Lord Mayor said that “It is very exciting that a community group has the opportunity to share their stories with us and that they want to do this in a spirit of mutual understanding is particularly poignant”.

Sharing his vision for the south project Glen Murray of MADE said “The inspiration for our community dance project is to realise the vision of hospice workers and in the process provide both them and audiences with a profound experience; an experience that will support people in confronting myths and misinformation about death and engender a greater understanding and valuing of death as an essential component of life.”

The Dance Project video unveiled at the launch is the first step in kick starting the process of creating The Dance Project. It .has been created to provide an insight into the community leaders initial responses from within the project. Created using video clips captured by the project advocates, it is a way of inviting associative communities to join in the dance project and celebrate the dance that exists in them already. The interactive project website will work as a video blog inviting project participants to share their journey via short dance video clips and help track the creative development of each regional work.
To view the video and know more about the project log onto

About Tasmanian Regional Arts
Tasmanian Regional Arts is the peak organisation for regional arts and community cultural development in Tasmania. Its vision is to excite and inspire Tasmanian communities through arts and cultural participation and experience.

The organisation has operated for over 60 years and represents over 1500 individual members from affiliate community arts groups including 28 regional arts branches located throughout Tasmania. Tasmanian Regional Arts successfully delivers a range of programs, projects, initiatives, advocacy campaigns and resources in conjunction with government, industry, educational and community organisations throughout Tasmania.




Greens Member for Braddon, Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP
09.05.11 12:09 pm

Continued Support for North West Geo-Tourism and Environmental Protection

Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP
Greens Member for Braddon
Monday, 9 May 2011

The Tasmanian Greens recently attended the welcome barbecue at the Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club as special guest attendees for the 19th Australasian Cave and Karst Management Conference to explore and discuss the amazing biodiversity and geo-tourism aspects of the North West coast.

Greens Member for Braddon, Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP, said it was an amazing opportunity to show the conference of national and international delegates the amazing rugged beauty the North West coast has to offer.

“Tasmania has been selected for the 19th Australasian Cave and Karst Management Conference to be held in Ulverstone. Delegates from all over Australia and overseas from New Zealand, to Italy through to the Slovak Republic,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“Internationally represented events, such as the ACKM Conference, are testimonials to the unique and amazing biodiversity of the North West coast through geo-tourism, of which the Greens have long been supporters.”

“Listening to experts discussing the cave and karst systems in Tasmania is inspirational, and reinforces the need to protect this unique part of the world.”

“The Greens will continue to push and support policy and legislation that will continue to protect and promote the biodiversity of the North West, adventure and geo-tourism, as well as protecting the Tarkine from destructive mining processes that will damage the rare karst systems in the rainforest.”

“The Greens have been strong advocates for the protection of Tasmania’s special places and unique assets, and have long pointed out that they attract international interest and visitors. By so doing, local small businesses get much needed patronage as places like unique karst systems get international attention.”

“It is so short sighted for Labor and Liberal to be calling for the open cut mining of one of these unique assets, like the globally significant magnesite karst systems of the Tarkine,” Mr O’Halloran said.


Politics | State | Economy | Environment

No Way to Behave at a Funeral ...

Nell O'Bryan
09.05.11 12:45 am

... A tale of personal loss through suicide


This is the story of Noel who lost Maris, his beloved wife of 42 years, to suicide after she spent years struggling with depression.

The abrupt ending of a life by suicide can be the most catastrophic of events for those left behind. Survivors experience intense pain and massive guilt. Grief banishes survivors to a place so removed from the normal hurly-burly of everyday life that they feel close to madness. Somehow they have to claw their way back. Noel accepted there was no way around his anguish and met suffering head on. His pain allowed him to discover the richness within him and to grow in wisdom, which he hopes might be of benefit to others. Maris’ death did not shut her out of Noel’s life. She remains a very real
presence. This is a love story with a difference.

An involving account of the devastation, guilt and pain commonly experienced by people bereaved by suicide. It is a moving love story and a tale of resilience, offering reassurance and a sense of hope to others similarly bereaved.
- Barbara Hocking, OAM Executive Director, SANE Australia

Noel Braun gives us the honour of travelling his suicide grief journey after the loss of his beloved wife Maris. He lets us walk with him and understand the devastation that suicide brings and his road of learning to find hope again.
- Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph D., President-Elect, American Association of Suicidology

Noel takes us into his innermost thoughts, feelings and emotions as he describes, with incredible love and candour, ‘losing’ his Maris. Noel’s story is immensely powerful and the depth and duration of his grief is testament to his enduring love for Maris.
- Kate Friis, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Unfortunately I don’t have a review to link to just yet, but here’s a link to the book’s page on Noel’s website, which has the above review quotes? Is that helpful at all?


Books | Personal


Nick McKim MP Greens Leader
08.05.11 2:27 pm

Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the solid performance of their two Legislative Council candidates in the seats of Rumney and Derwent.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that both seats had fielded a large number of candidates, and that the campaign in Rumney had been an overtly personality driven instead of policy-based.

“On behalf of the Greens I congratulate our Rumney candidate, Penelope Ann, and our Derwent candidate, Philip Bingley for working hard for the Greens during this Upper House election campaign,” Mr McKim said.
“The Rumney campaign, which fielded a large number of candidates, was unfortunately driven by personality politics rather than on policies.”

“This is a solid result for the Greens, particularly considering the large fields of candidates and the personality-driven media coverage of the campaign in Rumney.”

Mr McKim also said that just prior to the formal Legislative Council election, the Greens candidate for the seat of Launceston had pulled out due to personal reasons.


Politics | State


Cate Clark
08.05.11 6:45 am

Independent candidate for Rumney, Cate Clark, has today thanked her supporters and the electors of Rumney for their interest and assistance during the 2011 Legislative Council election.
“I would sincerely like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during my election campaign. For all those who have helped me over the course of my campaign I am particularly grateful and would not have been able to have achieved such a successful campaign without your dedication and hard work.

I thank all those Rumney electors who were interested enough to contact me about important issues, to those that opened their doors to me, read my literature and took the time to take part in my online community survey.

Putting your name forward for election to public office can be quite daunting but it is also a privilege. I have greatly enjoyed engaging in a grass roots style of campaign that has enabled me to develop a deep understanding of the needs of the people of Rumney.

I campaigned on the need for a change and am particularly passionate about child protection and cost of living pressures.

Whatever the result today, I hope that the people of Rumney will be the winners as we strive to make our community a better place to work, live and raise a family.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all other candidates on their campaigns and wish them well for the future. I will certainly be maintaining an ongoing interest in our local community.” Ms Clark said.


Politics | State

one year later

Sean Kelly, Arts Officer, Moonah Arts Centre
07.05.11 4:42 pm

The anniversary and exhibition of photos of the event “there is going to be a wedding and you are all invited”.



Arts | What's On

Frankly, he’s more than a horse whisperer

Paula Xiberras
07.05.11 5:14 am


I had the pleasure of having a chat with Aussie actor and singer Tom Burlinson recently. Tom is on an Australian wide tour with his show ‘Now We’re Swinging’.

Tom is well known for his depiction vocally of Frank Sinatra and has toured internationally as well as providing the voice of Frank for a US mini series but ‘Now We’re Swinging’ encompasses a much larger range of personalities including Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Bobby Darren.

Tom says that with the help of a new cool generation of Michael Buble, and even Robbie Williams, the great songs of Gershwin, and Cole porter are back in vogue. not that they were ever out of vogue. but now instead of just appealing to the generation that grew up with them and the music experts it is younger people that are taking their parents along to shows like Toms.

It was serendipity that started Tom on the successful career in music he now enjoys. When the acting roles were less Tom decided he would diversify and develop his musical talents. From a young age Tom was a Frank Sinatra aficionado asking his mum to play him the man in the hat.

Blessed with a voice that bears an uncanny similarity to Frank Sinatra, Tom’s background on living in several different countries has given him the useful tool of mastering dialects and accents.

Tom was born in Canada to English parents, he lived in New Jersey for a while and England before moving to Australia as a young anglophile. From those formative years of 10 onwards he made his home in Australia and it is Australia he calls home, and has lived in for most of the time, apart from a brief stint in Los Angeles in 1990. Indeed his big break in acting came when he secured the iconic Australian role of Banjo Patterson’s ‘Man from Snowy River. Acting wise this role holds a special place in Tom’s heart.

Not one to do anything half heartedly Tom learned to ride to authenticate the role. With this role and another centring on horses, including ‘Flesh and blood’ and ‘Man from Snowy River II’ and in the movie of ‘Phar Lap’ where he played Tommy Woodcock, Tom discovered another talent, an ability to put horses at their ease. He would spend time with them prior to the camera action and he found a great affinity with horses. Things have come full circle with Tom’s latest role of playing an Irish trainer in the movie ‘The Cup’, set for release in October. and it will be the re teaming of Tom with Simon Wincer who directed him on ‘Man from Snowy River‘. The film tells the story of the triumphant cup win of jockey Damien Oliver after the tragic loss of his brother prior to the race. In this role Tom gets another opportunity to test two of his greatest talents the ability to conquer an accent in this case the Irish one and also to resume his special bond with horses.

Tom has had a very diverse career including a sting as one of the original judges on Australia’s Got Talent Designated the nice one, Tom found being a judge a slightly uncomfortable business having to deal out criticism to aspiring stars, as he said he didn’t want to tread on their dreams. He is particularly proud of the program’s role in the discovery of talent Joe Robinson and Mark Vincent during his time on the show.

When asked what has been his favourite role, Tom says acting wise it is ‘Snowy River’ because it was his breakthrough role and he will always have special affection for it. He also cites playing Tommy Woodcock in ‘Phar Lap’ but Tom is in his element singing with a big band.

The connection with ‘Man from Snowy River’ also saw Tom give his support to a campaign to save the lifestyle of the cattleman of the mountains when it was decided they could no longer graze cattle there.

Tom would like to work in some more good Australian movies and perhaps if a movie were to be made of Australians astronaut Andy Thomas Tom could put his name forward as he has already done a children’s production where he depicted Andy in a film within a play.

Tom has been to Tasmania before but it’s been a long time between drinks. He was last here in 1980 when he toured with the State Theatre of SA in ‘The One Day of the Year’. That production toured Launceston, Burnie and the Theatre Royal at Hobart.

‘Now We’re Swinging’ is on at Wrest Point Casino Saturday 7th May at 8pm.  Tom will be touring the show around Australia until September, see for upcoming dates.


Arts | What's On

Community organisations partner to tackle discrimination

Susan Ditter, Rodney Croome, Kevin Marriott
06.05.11 2:01 pm


Joint Media Statement
Friday May 6th 2011


Three Tasmanian community organisations have welcomed a State Government grant that will enable them to better tackle discrimination and abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Tasmanians.

Working It Out (WIO), the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) and the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD) have received $30,000 from the State Government for the Be Proud Project which will research discrimination and abuse directed against LGBTI Tasmanians and how that discrimination and abuse can be reduced.

WIO Executive Officer, Susan Ditter, said,

“Until now the experiences of discrimination and prejudice in our communities, and the level of fear of this discrimination, have not been recorded. This project will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of all ages the opportunity to record such incidents in a confidential and safe environment, and it will give the organisations involved the base data they need to better tackle discrimination.”

According to Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, the funding will contribute to a more accepting and safe Tasmania for everyone.

“National surveys indicate that discrimination, prejudice and abuse against LGBTI Tasmanians is worse than the national average, making it crucial that we have robust, reliable data upon which to build effective anti-discrimination programs.”

TasCAHRD Executive Office, Kevin Marriott, also welcomed the funding.

“The importance of the Be Proud Tasmania project is highlighted by having three, longstanding organisations who have worked with LGBTI Tasmanians come together with united purpose. We are very proud to be a part of it!”

The grant comes from a three year fund established to meet the Tasmania Together benchmarks of reducing discrimination, prejudice and hate crime against LGBTI Tasmanians.

The fund was a Green election commitment which was announced in the 2010 State Budget.

WIO also received funds for a public speaking training program for LGBTI young people.

Ms Ditter said,

“When we conduct awareness training for teachers or other service providers we find that the personal and life stories told by young LGBTI people are the most effective way to break down prejudices and stereotypes.”
In 2005 the Australia Institute released a national survey which found Tasmania to be Australia’s most homophobic state. In 2010 a similar survey found Tasmania had moved to second last place just ahead of Queensland.


Shelley Argent urges mums to take a stand for equality

Shelley Argent OAM National Spokesperson PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Qld. Senior Australian of the Year 2011
06.05.11 1:24 pm

Ahead of Mothers’ Day this Sunday May 8th, National Spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent OAM, has urged mums across Australia to stand up for marriage equality.

“All mums want their children to have the same opportunities and joys in life regardless of whether they are gay or straight”, Mrs Argent said.

“That’s why I’m urging the mothers of Australia to stand up for equality this weekend by sending a message of support for marriage equality to their local politician.”

“It’s time for our law-makers to hear the message that marriage equality is all about family.”

“As mothers we can give our children the best start in life, providing them with love, support and the best education we can, we can meet every material want and need, but we can’t give them equality, only the politicians can do that.”

Mrs Argent said a new website called Mums 4 Equality makes it easy for supporters of equality to send an email.

“All you have to do is enter your name, address and postcode and click send.”

“The more concerned mums the pollies hear from, the more likely they are to support this important reform.”

Other mums supporting Mums 4 Equality include Sky News presenter, Mia Freedman, and former AME President, Kerryn Phelps and her wife, Jackie Stricker-Phelps.

To visit Mums 4 Equality click here:


Feds must commit to rural R&D

Jan Davis
06.05.11 1:20 pm

Tasmanians farmers say the future of agriculture is on the line in next Tuesday’s Federal Budget with the Productivity Commission having effectively pressed for a substantial reduction in funding for agricultural research.

“Without adequate research there is no future,” TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said today.

“From research comes innovation and development. They are pivotal to Australian farmers boosting production and sustainability and providing the nation with food security.

“That is why the agricultural sector has stayed ahead in the face of declining terms of trade for 20 years. It has been shown that farmers provide a return on investment of $11 for every $1 spent on research.

“Without a meaningful commitment to science, the Government will condemn Australia to a return to the days when we were technologically backward and therefore reliant on other nations to do the hard work for us. We will also lose our major talent to overseas labs.”

Ms Davis said that instead of cutting public funding to rural research and development, the Government should be taking a holistic approach to determine the optimum mix and delivery of public and private research funding.

“It is no answer to simply withdraw,” she said.

“If we are to address the vital issues of the day and the future, like climate change and water management across the country, the flow of research funding has to continue.”


Today ...

Annie Greig Artistic Director TasDance
06.05.11 8:49 am


Today at 11am, 1pm or 7pm

Collegiate Performing Arts Centre

Catch 14 talented young Tasmanians as “dancers project strong image in …this tightly rehearsed refreshing new work… “(The Examiner 3/5/11/)

Door sales available

See you there


Arts | What's On

‘Will you walk into my parlour,’ said the spider to the fly

06.05.11 7:06 am



Arts | What's On


Jan Davis
05.05.11 3:46 pm

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association today welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that it had extended funding for another four years for the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS).

The RFCS provides free assistance to Australian farmers, fishers and small rural businesses in financial difficulty.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig this week announced the Government would provide $54.9 million over four years in grants to the 14 state and regional organisations that deliver the RFCS.

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said the association had lobbied hard to impress upon the Government that the service have guaranteed funding in Tasmania.

“The service has been of immense value here,” she said. “The demand for the service has escalated four-fold over the past four year. One in 10 farmers here consults the service each year.

“Our farmers and rural businesses operate in an environment of extreme weather events, highly volatile dairy and wool prices and an uncertain future for many of those that process rural commodities.”


Treated Water for Swansea

Southern Water, ABC
05.05.11 9:18 am

Southern Water Employees Ricky Wright, Kim Williams and Stephen Ninness toast to new clean water at the opening of the Swansea Water Treatment Plant.

The Premier, the Hon Lara Giddings, officially opened the new Swansea Water Treatment plant today, and joined with the Swansea community today in celebrating the lifting of the boil water notice in the township.

A media release is attached.

It wasn’t, so here’s the ABC report:

Swansea taps into first clean water

ABC Online
Wed 04 May 2011

A tourist town on Tasmania’s east coast has gained access to clean drinking water for the first time.

The Premier, Lara Giddings, has officially opened Swansea’s long-awaited water treatment plant which has been under construction for more than two years.

The project has been delayed by recent heavy rain in the area and costs blew out by $500,000, as a result.

The total bill is now $9 million split between the State Government, local council and Southern Water.

Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor, Betrand Cadart, says the project is worth every cent.

He says it is the first time in the town’s 166-year history that residents have not had to boil their drinking water.

It is expected to boost the local economy which relies heavily on tourism.


Politics | State | Economy | Environment | Health

Going, going …

Jan Davis
04.05.11 10:25 am

Time is running out for Midlands farmers in Tasmania to secure the set price for irrigation water in the Midlands Water Scheme: $1130 per megalitre (ML) for the summer rights and $600 for the winter.
“That cheap winter price is only being offered until Thursday 5 May to farmers living in the region to be serviced by the scheme,” TFGA chief executive Jan Davis warned today.
Using water piped from Arthurs Lake, the Midlands scheme will deliver up to 38,500 megalitres (ML) to an irrigable area of 55,684 ha stretching from Campbell Town to Kempton. It promises to repeat the transformation of agriculture that has already occurred in the Coal River Valley.
The winter rights cover delivery of water for 215 days from March to September. The summer rights are for the 150 days from October to February.
The special Closed Class period for landholders to buy into the scheme at a set price closes on Thursday (May 5). After that, the remaining water will be offered on the open market, available to private investors. The Tasmanian Irrigation Development Board has yet to decide whether the open market allocations will be determined by tender.
“Farmers are notorious for leaving it to the end of the offer period to sign contracts. Those who choose to wait until the Open Class period will have forsaken the chance to but winter water at $600 per ML and the summer-delivered water will not be sold for anything less than $1,130 per ML.
“The opportunity to take up winter rights at the $600 price expires on Thursday and is exclusive to local farmers.”
The TIDB says there has been strong interest in the allocations. It has set a take-up threshold of nearly 70 per cent for the scheme to be able to proceed.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for Midlands farmers,” Ms Davis said.
“Forget about how your dams are looking at the moment; just think back a year or two at the strife you were in. It needn’t happen again.”


Politics | State | Economy | Environment

The Elanée Ensemble

Catherine Hamilton, Hon President, Lilydale TRA
03.05.11 8:12 pm

Who:      The Elanée Ensemble
When:    Sunday afternoon 15th May 2011 at 2.30 pm
Where:    Performing Arts Centre, Lilydale District School, Main Road, Lilydale
Cost:      $10
Includes:  a very fine concert, as well as wine and nibbles.

This concert is being organised by the Lilydale Branch of Tas Regional Arts and it is the first time that the new Performing Arts Centre at the Lilydale District School will be used for a community event. It is a fantastic venue and will add much to Lilydale’s performing arts opportunities.

Email:    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Elanée Ensemble website:

Background to the Elanée Ensemble:

Stuart Thomson and Jo St.Leon formed the Elanée Ensemble to explore the rich sonorities of the double bass/viola duo. Their inaugural concert opened the Collegiate Chamber Music Series in May 2009. This was followed by several concerts for Virtuosi Tasmania, a series of concerts in some of Tasmania’s fine heritage sites, a Victorian tour and an ABC Sunday Live concert. Future plans include a performance of Dittersdorf’‘s Sinfonia Concertante with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, performances in northern Tasmania and collaborations with percussion duo Mattra and soprano Jane Edwards. A key element is commitment to performances in regional areas of Tasmania.

Repertoire for this unlikely but effective combination of double bass and viola is currently somewhat limited. There is a core of little known repertoire from the early Classical era, and then little original work until relatively recent times, although there is a small body of arranged material. Elanée regards redressing this balance as an important part of their mission.

Early in 2010 Elanée were gifted their first commissioned work, a beautiful Romance by renowned Tasmanian composer Don Kay. With the generous support of Arts Tasmania they then commissioned new works from Maria Grenfell and Russell Gilmour and an arrangement of Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture from Tim Jones.

Elanée performed these works extensively during 2010 both in Tasmania and on the mainland. On February 20th 2011 Elanée premiered their latest commissions: a song-cycle by Don Kay and John Honey (with soprano Jane Edwards) and a substantial sonata by Robert Rival, composer-in-residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada.

Elanée is committed to performing in regional centres in Tasmania. Deloraine is coming up - very exciting.


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Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series 2011

Moonah Arts Centre
03.05.11 7:59 pm

From Brecht to Sondheim –
Close up and acoustic with Fiona Stewart and Teresa Drozdz

Friday May 6
Doors open at 7pm
Admission by Gold Coin Donation
Moonah Arts Centre: 65 Hopkins St, Moonah

Two of Tasmania’s most versatile and innovative music theatre artists team up to deliver another terrific evening of music at the popular Moonah Arts Centre Friday Night Concert series.

Storyteller and pianist Teresa Drozdz on keyboards and actor, cabaret artist Fiona Stewart on vocals, offer you an intimate musical experience.

Join Teresa and Fiona as they take you on an hour long tour of some of the great music theatre artists of the 20th Century from Brecht to Sondheim, French cabaret classics and a sprinkle of their of their own original piano and vocal pieces as well.


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Channel Local Food Program

Nick McKim, MP Minister for Climate Change
03.05.11 7:41 pm

Photo: is Zoe Mangus, Nick McKim and Joy Phillips with some of the glorious produce distributed to local people.

The Minister for Climate Change, Nick McKim, today visited Local Food for Local People - a ClimateConnect vegetable packing project based out of the Old Woodbridge service station.
Mr McKim said that the community-supported agriculture project, funded by a ClimateConnect grant in 2010, provides a sustainable and low-carbon food network to connect farmers with local consumers in the South Channel Region.
“Community-supported agriculture is a great way to enjoy high quality, sustainable produce, support local farmers, and reduce our carbon footprint associated with food transport and production,” Mr McKim said.

“By shortening the supply chain, it allows farmers with small, mixed holdings to compete on a level playing field with larger farming operations, and it offers consumers a greater opportunity to buy and eat local produce.”

The project currently provides a weekly box of vegetables and fruit to 28 households; a full box costing $50 per week, or a half box for couples or small households at $27.50 per week.

The food is sourced from local farmers who produce non-hybrid and heritage crops using sustainable agricultural methods as well as excess produce from backyard vegetable gardens.

Mr McKim said that the project was awarded $29 040 through the Tasmanian Government ClimateConnect grants program in 2010.

Project coordinator Zoë Magnus, of Channel Living Inc., said the project would be expanded as more growers joined.

“Without any advertising, we already have a waiting list of half a dozen households, so we can supply a ready market for sustainable produce,” Ms Magnus said.

Channel Living Inc., as well as the North-West Environment Centre, has also received funding from the Tasmanian Food Security Fund to help other communities set up their own community-supported agriculture initiatives.

The Local Food for Local People project is run by the South Channel Sustainable Living Group, under the auspices of West Winds Community Centre.

Growers wishing to join the Local Food for Local People project are encouraged to contact Zoë Magnus, project co-ordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information about this and other ClimateConnect projects, please visit


Politics | State | Environment

Recycling offers new support for bus passengers

Nick McKim, MP, Minister for Sustainable Transport And Alternative Energy
03.05.11 7:20 pm

Heather Haselgrove, Colin Merritt, Nick McKim

Recycling has delivered better support to Hobart’s bus passengers, with recycled plastic used to make new bus stop seats.

The Minister for Sustainable Transport, Nick McKim, and Metro Tasmania Chief Executive Officer, Heather Haselgrove, today unveiled one of the seats, which has been made from recycled plastic which equates to approximately 1,625 two-litre plastic milk containers.

“Not only is this new seat a winner for the environment, it’s giving added comfort to people waiting for buses,” Mr McKim said.

“The recycled plastic used in this seat has saved 3.25 cubic metres in landfill.

“Another advantage over the traditional timber seat is that it doesn’t need painting, and people waiting for the bus also won’t get splinters.

“It’s great to see Metro adopt an environmentally-friendly solution to bus stop seating that offers both improved passenger comfort and lower maintenance costs.”

Mr McKim said Metro is trialling the new material to ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of both the company and passengers over the longer term.

“This means ensuring it can survive different weather conditions, and remain stable after prolonged exposure to ultra violet light,” he said.

Ms Haselgrove said Metro was negotiating with Councils to install re-cycled plastic bench seats in and around suburban areas.

She said the first recycled seat has been installed in Adelphi Road near the corner of Boxhill Road at Claremont.

The second seat was installed and unveiled today at bus stop 13 in Park Street, New Town.

“The best test of the new seat is for passengers to use it and tell us what they think,” Ms Haselgrove said.

“To date the recycled seat has met with a positive response and we plan to install more as the need arises as part of our routine maintenance and replacement program.”

The seats are supplied by Australian company Replas who make recycled plastic products using 100 per cent Australian waste which has been diverted from landfill.

Ms Haselgrove said the seats arrive in a flat pack, are easy to assemble, replacement slats can be purchased and any off cuts are returned to Replas for further re-use. 


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Tasdancing ...

Caroline Florance,
03.05.11 7:44 am


Image, the 2011 Annual Aurora-Tasdance Education Project is underway & there are 14 excited secondary & pre-tertiary students from around the state ready to perform for you tonight in Launceston, Wednesday in Ulverstone and Friday in Hobart.

Read more HERE


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Shelley Argent launches “I Expect Better” project

Shelley Argent OAM National Spokesperson PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
03.05.11 7:00 am

Media Release –

No stranger to the power of Youtube, Shelley Argent has launched her latest campaign for equal marriage rights in Australia. She wants to harness the collective power of not just gays and lesbians, but their Mums, Dads, family members and friends. The video is not professional and isn’t meant to be. It’s to be seen as an “anyone can do this” exercise so individuals can speak out about why they expect better from their political representatives current position on marriage equality

Taking inspiration from the very positive “It Gets Better” campaign, Shelley moves it in a slightly different direction with an eye for action by inviting all marriage equality supporters to talk directly to their leaders, politicians and political parties stating it’s time to end the discrimination that affects same sex couples in Australia today.

Shelley gives a great example speech with the launch message directed squarely at Julia Gillard reminding her that “it was once tradition that as a married female we automatically became the husband’s property and generally had limited rights including the right to vote, let alone become our countries first female prime minister; choosing to live in a de facto relationship.”

To follow the campaign, people can also “like” Shelley’s page on facebook, easily found by searching for “Shelley Argent needs your help”.

To see the launch video in full click here:

For more information on the campaign contact

Shelley Argent OAM
National Spokesperson PFLAG
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Qld. Senior Australian of the Year 2011


Live Below the Line

Lizzie Park Tasmanian Live Below the Line Promotions Coordinator 2011.
02.05.11 6:06 am

Live Below the Line is an incredible new campaign that’s changing the way hundreds of thousands of Australians understand global poverty, and raising huge amounts of money to fight it. Live Below the Line challenges Australians to live on $2 a day for 5 days – the Australian equivalent of the International Extreme Poverty Line.

Live Below the Line is run in collaboration by the Oaktree Foundation, Australia’s largest entirely youth run aid and development agency, and the Global Poverty Project, an organisation fighting the root causes of poverty through systemic change.

From May 16th – 20th, thousands are expected to take the challenge as an incredible way to gain some insight into the realities of extreme poverty, whilst using it as a platform to raise money to create change. 2011 is only the second year that Live Below the Line has been run and already, more people have signed up through the website- than participated in 2010. So far, over $150 000 has already been raised nationally- with still two and a half weeks to go before the Live Below the Line week begins. In early April, Live Below the Line launched globally, having spread from Australia to the United Kingdom and the USA.

This year, money raised for the Oaktree Foundation will fund much needed educational programs
in rural Papua New Guinea, and money raised for the Global Poverty Project go toward eradicating
Polio, ensuring a fair price for workers everywhere and exposing and tackling corruption in
developing countries.

Australian of the Year Simon McKeon completed 5 days Living Below the Line in earlier in April and Hugh Jackman has also pledged his support for this campaign.

On Monday 2nd of May, the Tasmanian Live Below the Line team will be holding a promotional event in the Elizabeth Street Mall, Hobart from 12pm-2pm. This event will consist of a dining room scene and will highlight the lack of choice those living in extreme face everyday. This will be done using food, as Live Below the Line challenges people to spend just $2AUS on their food, but having no choice concerning education, shelter, and medical access, for starters, is also faced by the 1.4 billion people which live in extreme poverty around the world. This promotional event will be replicated across Australia between 30th April and 7th of May. An invitation to attend has been sent to various MP’s and the Hon. Elise Archer MP and Hobart City Council Alderman Helen Burnet have confirmed they will attend the event. A group of Live Below the Line participants will also be available for interviews throughout the event.

More information about this campaign can be found at

End of release

For more information about the campaign, and this promotional event, contact:

Lizzie Park
Tasmanian Live Below the Line Promotions Coordinator 2011


What's On

Gillian Lojek at Goulburn Street Gallery

Goulburn Street Gallery
01.05.11 7:30 am

Gillian Lojek

“tread your own path”

You are warmly invited to join us

for the opening at 6pm Friday 13 May 2011

‘tread your own path’

91 Goulburn Street, West Hobart, Tasmania

Ph: 03 6231 3200

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Anne MacDonald at Dick Bett

Dick Bett Gallery
01.05.11 7:21 am



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