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Protest tomorrow against Tarkine logging outside Guy Barnett’s office in Deloraine

16.04.18 7:36 am

Logging continues in ancient takayna / Tarkine rainforests.
The Rapid River rainforests are a very remote region of takayna / Tarkine. Our Foundation discovered logging here in January and now we have found more logging destruction in another coupe. Tasmania and the world are losing fragile rainforests to logging every day in the Tarkine.
Logging of these forest for woodchips, and the controversial Sarawak timber company Ta Ann, is as bad as it gets for Tasmania. Government sanctioned destruction of remote, intact rainforests is a global shame.
Our Foundation has been working hard to bring attention to this logging and seek protection of these ancient rainforests. And now we need the support of Tasmanians who want to take action with us.
Next Tuesday in Deloraine there will be a peaceful demonstration in front of the office of Guy Barnett, Minister for logging.
Carol Beaumont invites you to join her for 30 minutes to protest against the logging of these ancient rainforests in Rapid River, takayna / Tarkine.
Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan will be there to protest with you.

Protest for takayna / Tarkine
Tuesday 17 April
11am – 11:30am
Guy Barnett’s office
Main St, Deloraine


The Briefing ... One in five children go hungry

The Saturday Paper
16.04.18 7:30 am

Good morning, and welcome to The Briefing.

More than one in five Australian children have gone hungry in the last year, according to a new report from food relief not-for-profit Foodbank.

The report, Rumbling Tummies, found that cost of living was the main cause of food insecurity, leading to 9 per cent of children going at least one day a week without food. Parents from food-insecure households reported their children were more likely to be unhappy, had difficulty sleeping and exhibited more “outbursts or tantrums” without enough food, while parents were likely to report skipping meals so their children could eat but felt shame at being unable to provide for their families …

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Where has our water gone? Ratepayers join the dots and where was the Mayor?

Jim Playsted Candidate for Prosser Legslative Council elections
16.04.18 7:27 am

Around 50 Orford residents met with TasWater representatives on Saturday April 14th in Orford to express grave concern about the collapse of water storage levels in the lower Prosser River dam town water supply, since Christmas. So much so that we are now subject to stage 1 water restrictions whereas the dam was full before Xmas. 

TasWater confirmed Tassal have taken domestic water supply to bath fish after we were assured by Ccl this was not happening. TasWater suggest the rapid storage decline is a weather related event but rain records show this 2017/18 Summer season to have brought more rain than the corresponding period 2016/17 when we had no restrictions. The Tassal ‘breech’ occurred when their desalination plant was out of service.

We all remember the initial reservations TasWater expressed about supply capacity for the Tassal venture. There are only 6 pens of the proposed 28 in place so far and 2 things are now clear to us. (i) There was/is precious little modeling done for the fish farm water supply and (ii) even if the proposed Twamley dam was built now which it isn’t - it would take at least 2 years to fill. To rub salt into the wound, the TasWater people reminded us restrictions do NOT apply to food production.

I can report the discussion was robust but respectful and must compliment the 2 TasWater people who were patient and professional, if not also clearly frustrated to find themselves in this situation.

A prominent member of the Hobart legal community asked whether there would be a prosecution because of the Tassal TasWater breech and did not get an answer.

TasWater have agreed to come back to meet with the community again, with more research to answer the questions about past data and current flows plus modeling for the Tassal venture. That will be an interesting meeting.

Go to to see a video I made yesterday with footage of the water storage levels.


International Coastal Conference in Hobart

Dr Eric Woehler Co-convenor, Coast to Coast 2018 Conference Convenor, BirdLife Tasmania
15.04.18 6:43 pm

The international Coast to Coast 2018 Conference will be held in Hobart this week, with the
theme, “Meeting on the Margin”.

The Conference has attracted more than 200 delegates from every state and territory in Australia,
in addition to a number of international delegates.

The Conference will examine current policies and conservation issues in coastal management
around Australia, workshop coastal hazards dealing with sea-level rises and provide a focus for
traditional owners to report on the management of sea country.

“Coast to Coast started in Hobart in 1984, and this is the third time Hobart has hosted the event”
Chris Rees, co-convenor said. “It’s a remarkable attendance and reinforces the critical need for
up to date information on all matters coastal for the community, land managers and land-owners,
Councils and Governments” he added.

“International and national keynote speakers add to the profile of this Conference, providing
important contexts for the more than 100 oral and poster presentations during the week” Mr Rees

Sessions addressing climate adaptation, community science and engagement, marine and
estuarine science, coastal planning and fisheries will be held during the week.

“Workshops and discussion panels on penguins, aquaculture and indigenous management
broaden the spectrum of topics available to attendees” Mr Rees said.

The Conference will be held over 5 days at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The program and
additional details are at The Conference is being convened by Chris
Rees and Dr Eric Woehler on behalf of the Australian Coastal Society (

Investing in new sports facilities at Pembroke Park

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
15.04.18 4:09 pm

Sorell is one of the fast growing regions in Tasmania, however, local sports and recreational facilities are not keeping pace with demand.
The Hodgman Liberal Government understands Sorell residents deserve sports and recreation facilities that not only support but encourage activity.
That’s why the Government will commit $2.5 million towards the Pembroke Park redevelopment plan, subject to a funding partnership being agreed between Sorell Council and the Federal Government, to make it a reality.
Liberal candidate for Prosser Jane Howlett has listened to the local community and worked hard to secure this funding.
Jane knows that getting more local families involved in their sporting clubs is so important – it’s great for the community and it’s great for kids’ health.
Today’s announcement is yet another step towards the Government achieving its target of having the healthiest population in the nation and reducing obesity to below the national average by 2025.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to investing in our local communities to ensure they have the sports facilities they need.

People who are focusing on Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress are missing the point

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Postcard for Prosser ...

Kim Peart, Independent for Prosser
15.04.18 7:36 am


Twitter ~

Kim Peart invites the Prosser community to engage in a conversation, with a postcard sent out that includes a list of meetings around the electorate.

The text of the post card is included with a list of planned community meetings.

Mr Peart asks questions and looks for answers.

How do we fix the housing crisis, which Mr Peart finds is now affecting country towns, as rents rise, and rental properties vanish into holiday accommodation, a problem recently found happening in Ross.

Kim has a few innovative suggestions, such as ensuring that there is no homelessness, that all Tasmanians have a home as a primary obligation of Government.

Mr Peart will be listening to the voters for their ideas, as he travels around Prosser, and at the community meetings.

Finland solved their homelessness problem, by providing homes, and discovered that it cost less to provide homes, when compared with the long-term costs involved in meeting the needs of the homeless.

Now the Finns are acknowledged globally as the happiest people on Earth.

Should we be that happy?

It is criminal level negligence on the part of the government that workers end up in tents at Elwick, reported in recent news stories.

When country towns have no rental accommodation for workers, where are workers expected to live?

Mr Peart has been exploring ways to solve the accommodation problem, and will present this at the community meetings.

There is more than one option to fix the housing crisis, but at the end of the day, ensuring everyone has a home when and where they need to live, is the acid test of any solution to homelessness.

Homelessness drives a feeling of fear in our society, prompting renters to pay more for rent, when they can get a place to rent, eating into income.

By ending homelessness as a government policy, Mr Peart suggests that rents will come down.

It is housing scarcity and fear of ending up on the street, which drives rents up.

Mr Peart looks for opportunities to improve life in Prosser, ensure homes for workers, and create work.

There is more we can do with tourism in country towns, where Mr Peart suggests a walking and cycle trail connecting towns.

Walking and cycle trails will lead to a mini coach service evolving, connecting country towns to cities and airports, which will also benefit country residents.

Evolving a mini coach service will allow people to live in country towns and commute to the cities for work and entertainment.

This approach will create work, careers and new enterprises in rural Tasmania.

Decentralising the Tasmanian economy and population will help prepare Tasmania for one of the all too predictable events of climate change.

Mainlanders are already moving to Tasmania and buying up houses, or building new ones.

Should there be a sudden influx of mainlanders seeking a cool change in Tasmania, how will we cope?

People will largely move where the services are, which are found in cities, which will increase traffic congestion, drive up rents, and drive more people onto the street.

We need to plan for an all too predictable future with a much larger population, and we will not be able to stop that influx by people migrating within our nation.

A program that designs homelessness out of our society, and decentralises the population, will be essential components of a climate change plan for our island.

Rather than rewarding property owners for charging higher rents, as with the $13,000 from the government and other guarantees, a program that provides homes for all Tasmanians will be a far better use of limited resources.

When faced with an emergency, we need to think and plan in terms of an emergency.


Searching for a Home
2 April 2018 ~ photo survey ~ includes an option for an inexpensive home: the container house

Fixing the Housing Crisis …
15 March 2018

A Christmas Carol
21 March 2018

PETITION: Ending Homelessness in Australia ASAP
25 March 2018

A letter to Will Hodgman
27 March 2018

See the comment from Kevin Moyland following the letter to the Premier

A Simple Target: Zero Homeless
4 April 2018

‘Housing Crisis, or Political Vacuum?’
9 April 2018

Does Tasmania Need a Climate Change Plan?
19 February 2018

Moreton Bay to Port Arthur
30 April 2016

Campaigning along the Australian Convict Trail
15 February 2018 ~ map and photo survey ~ more images to be added

ABOUT Kim Peart ~  Born in 1952, Kim was raised in Howrah when it was farmland, played in the old fort in Bellerive, and rode the old ferries to Hobart to go to movies. Kim plied the life of a visual artist, with a studio in the Salamanca Arts Centre, and then in Murdunna, and later in Bellerive in the old bakery. In 2007 Kim was listed among Tasmania’s top 200 movers and shakers for “An urban bushland conservationist who has worked tirelessly over the years to maintain walking tracks and protect wildlife from the encroachment of bush-front housing developments.” Kim is campaigning for an Australian Convict Trail, with the Tasmanian leg running from the ferry in Devonport to Port Arthur, along with foot and cycle paths by Tasmania’s highways and roads. After being at the launch of an Australian Space Agency last September, Kim is seeking ways to create employment, careers and new enterprise in Tasmania with the global space industry. Kim now lives in Ross, with his wife Jennifer, and a small tribe of alpacas.

Authorised by: Jennifer Bolton, 39A Bridge St, Ross

Protecting Tasmanians from the flu

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health
15.04.18 7:35 am

The Hodgman Liberal Government is working to ensure we are better prepared for winter illnesses than ever before.
As Health Minister, I would like to urge all Tasmanians to play their role in this campaign as we find ourselves drawing closer to the annual winter flu season.
Our message is an important but simple one - get a flu vaccine.
Getting a flu vaccine is the simplest and best protection we have against the flu.
Our flu campaign this year will be aimed at getting as many Tasmanians vaccinated as possible, and is a cornerstone of our winter plan.
The plan is designed to ensure our health agencies have the necessary coordination and capacity to deliver health care in the situation of a high demand flu season.
Every winter, thousands of Tasmanians suffer from flu. As we tragically saw last year, especially among those who are vulnerable to severe flu, flu can be fatal.
Flu puts additional demand on our health services - and while we are doing everything we can to ensure we are as best prepared for this flu season as we have ever been - we need every Tasmanian to do their bit and get vaccinated.
We have already announced free flu vaccines for Tasmanian children aged from six months to under five years in addition to those people who can receive a free vaccine under the National Immunisation Program who are at particular risk - such as the elderly and pregnant women.
It is important that parents with children who are eligible for a flu vaccine see their GP soon – as children receiving the vaccine for the first time require two doses one month apart.
Our health agencies are working together to deliver a comprehensive winter plan, which will include additional hospital beds and workforce management strategies to ensure the very best in health care can be delivered as efficiently as possible.
In addition, Public Health Services is working with Tasmanian aged care providers to help protect their residents and staff from the flu.
More than 70 representatives from aged care facilities around the state attended a recent workshop organised by Public Health Services to support these facilities prepare to for this year’s flu season.
But while we prepare for winter, so too must all Tasmanians.
Get a flu vaccine - it’s your responsibility and your best defence.

Letter to the Editor on private health insurance

Rosie Craske, Cygnet
15.04.18 7:32 am

Retirees in Tasmania are being forced to maintain very expensive Private Health Insurance,  because of the poor standards and excessive waiting times in our Public system.

While people with limited incomes are receiving only a miserable 1% or so interest from their banks,  they feel compelled to maintain the huge and ever increasing private health premiums,  because they know that any elective surgery will involve unreasonable waiting times and serious impacts on their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Many people however, find they cannot any longer afford the massive premiums for private cover, and so have been reluctantly forced to pull out, and take their chances in the
overcrowded and underfunded public system.

A friend of ours waited three long years for shoulder surgery in the public system, with numerous postponements, and a failed final outcome because it had simply been too long since the time of the original injury.

In contrast to this situation, we have friends interstate who can easily access their public system without long delays, even for complex procedures like a hip replacement.

How is it that other states can deliver services promptly and at this level, without the need for private health cover and with none of the avoidable pain, suffering and long delays that have become what we get in Tasmania ?

We are being badly shortchanged by our Government, who receive a very generous carve up of $1.77 from Canberra for every GST dollar we contribute, on the promise that they will adequately fund local services, to a similar standard to the rest of Australia.

Where is all the millions that were promised for health during the State election, and where are all the additional beds, doctors and nurses that keep being announced, but never seem to actually materialise ?

Canavan should come clean on slush fund - Brown

Jenny Weber Campaign Manager Bob Brown Foundation
15.04.18 7:30 am

Matt Canavan’s attack on funding of Australia’s environment groups is because he know he has lost the environment debate with the Australian public, environmentalist Bob Brown said in Newcastle today (Saturday).

‘Canavan is taking a leaf out of the Trump book of foul play by playing the people and not the issue. However he lays himself wide open to explaining to taxpayers how and why the National Party has pilfered $5 billion from ordinary taxpayers for its Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund to line the pockets of mining corporations and other exploiters of nature. That $5 billion is 100 times more than the total income of all the environment groups he is whinging about. He owes it to all Australians to say why that $5billion is going to corporations, against free market principles, and not schools, hospitals or protecting the nation’s heritage,’ Brown said.

Brown is in Newcastle for the Doctors for the Environment Australia conference.

He told today’s public rally against seismic testing, authorised by Canavan, that explosives on the sea floor destroy the living organisms at the base of the food chain and are known to impact with behavioural changes and auditory damage to cetaceans like dolphins and whales. ‘Yet here we have Canavan agreeing to license that damage for corporate exploiters to search for oil and gas to accelerate global warming with its future catastrophic economic effects. If you look at the laws of nature, Canavan is engaged in criminal activity,’ Brown told the crowd of protesters including local Aboriginal representatives.

Mandatory code of practice

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
15.04.18 7:29 am

The service of alcohol at gaming machines is a matter for the independent Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission.
Contrary to reports, individuals will still be able to drink while playing at gaming machines, however they will not be able to be served while at the machine.
Instead, patrons will have to leave the machine and purchase a drink themselves rather than having a drink brought to them.
This will break the cycle of individuals sitting at gaming machines for long periods of time.
Consultation with the industry and other stakeholders was carried out by the commission last year, and the Code of Practice was published on November 30, 2017.
I note the outcome of the review of the Code was reported in the media on December 5 last year.
The Mandatory Code and the review of the Code is overseen by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission, which is completely independent of Government.
The changes to the Code are entirely a matter for the Commission.

Reality Alert: Black signals new path for uni’s future

Tasmanian Ratepayers Association
15.04.18 6:42 am


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This article, albeit that it is written in Hobart about Hobart, sends messages of hope and change north to Launceston. The notion that UTAS is/was going to take over everything at Inveresk set off a chain reaction of silliness – mostly coming from an epicentre at Launceston’s Town Hall.

The most refreshing thing to read in this article is that there is a fair chance of change. That is so far a UTAS is concerned. With the change, decision making is more than likely to have an ethical foundation with Prof. Black at the UTAS helm.

Importantly Prof. Black has “drawn a line under the reign of former the former vice chancellor Peter Rathjen.”

In accord with all this, Prof. Black is calling for a debate on the university’s future direction. This will be, and is being, welcomed by the academic community in Northern Tasmania. Prof. Black offers some hope that this debate will be real, credible and that it will lead to somewhere that is really interesting.

It seems that one can now actually hope for a search for better understandings of what universities can be, and should be, in the 21st Century – even in Tasmania.

What Prof. Black does straight up is acknowledge that UTAS ranks somewhere around 300th in the world. This is something Tasmanians were unlikely to hear up until now. All kinds spokespeople have been out and about shouting from the roof tops that the university is ‘punching way above it weight’. This was always a deluded and delusional marketing ploy.

This kind of nonsense was always counterproductive and the penny has now dropped it seems with students measuring up their options internationally. The facts do not always match the rhetoric – and that in the end is rather poor marketing.

This is not to say that UTAS has not in the past, and cannot, and will not, deliver on its promise of quality into the future. It can and will.

Prof. Black’s suggestion of a “place based model” for UTAS is a breath of fresh air that hopefully will over time blow away the rancid smell of delusional and baseless opportunism.

Also, the search for a “the right size model”, plus ways to achieve excellence, flags a realistic aspiration for quality – and the ability to deliver on it.

In Launceston, students and university staff complained about a ‘toxic culture of retribution’ and it seems that Prof Black may well be aware of what he walked in to.

In regard to UTAS, Launceston Council has been imagining itself living in some kind of fairyland that was about to have zillions of dollars dropped in from above via Prof. Rathjen’s, and by extension and association, Launceston’s dumbed down post secondary programs. That thought bubble seems to have been pricked.

Clearly UTAS’s new vice chancellor, Prof. Black, is doing a timely reality check and it can only be hoped that Launceston’s aldermen can join him and fess-up to their folly. Once they have done so, they might well beg for forgiveness from their constituency.

Aldermen’s constituencies are ‘browned-off’ but the Local Govt. elections are not all that far away. Personal reality checks could well mean that some aldermen could yet find the “need to spend more time with my family” and new players may well enter the field too.

Interesting times ahead!

Where is the gambling reform with all these Melbourne sports deals?

Stephen Mayne, Alliance for Gambling Reform
14.04.18 8:34 am

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Alliance for Gambling Reform today called on Cricket Australia, the AFL, the Victorian Government and Australia’s major media companies to ensure gambling reform is included in this week’s mega deal making over stadium development and media rights.

Alliance spokesman and director Tim Costello said that if the Victorian Government is going to give a $225 million grant to the AFL to redevelop its privately owned stadium at Docklands, it should at least be contingent on the AFL terminating its betting sponsorship arrangements and actively facilitating pokies divestment by AFL clubs.

“It has now been 10 months since the British Football Association terminated all gambling sponsorships and the AFL is still taking money from CrownBet,” Mr Costello said.

“Similarly, with a new $1 billion media rights deal Cricket Australia should be able to terminate its gambling sponsorship deals and also provide compensation to suburban clubs wishing to exit the pokies industry.”

“Australians are the world’s biggest gamblers with losses expected to hit $25 billion in 2018 and both the media industry and the elite sporting codes have been major contributors to this tragic outcome.”

The Alliance also welcomed ACMA belatedly investigating extending the recently enacted gambling advertising restrictions on television to online streaming of live games.

“It is farcical to ban advertising on free to air television and Foxtel and then tolerate an ongoing deluge of online gambling ads on hand held devices across Australia from the same sporting codes and media companies which are banned from doing this on broadcast media during children’s viewing hours,” Mr Costello said.

The advertising restrictions commenced on April 1.

The Alliance also welcome Melbourne Football Club’s announced exit from the pokies industry but noted the following 10 AFL clubs are yet to commit to do the same: Hawthorn, Essendon, Carlton, Collingwood, Geelong, Richmond, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide. “All of the Victorian clubs will benefit from the Victorian Government’s large stadium investments and should be able to thrive and prosper like North Melbourne without pushing predatory pokies,” Mr Costello said.

For more information see The Alliance’s AFL pokies fact sheet:

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Legislative Council candidates for Prosser and Hobart have been announced

Sue Bailey, Examiner
14.04.18 7:24 am

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14.04.18 6:50 am

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The Nib: Happy Friday the 13th ... !

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14.04.18 6:30 am

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The Saturday Briefing ... The system driving live animal exports

The Saturday Paper
14.04.18 6:25 am

Islamic markets, and matters of diplomacy and trade, are only one part of the rolling scandals that plague Australia’s live export industry. Despite mushrooming regulations, the principal regulator – the federal Department of Agriculture, until recently helmed by Barnaby Joyce – has long ignored its conflicted interest between producers and their livestock.  The trope of the “rogue trader” is neat but inaccurate.

Despite decades of scandal, outrage and response, the Commonwealth has largely permitted the conditions exposed last week by 60 Minutes. Martin McKenzie-Murray reports.

Plus: Paul Bongiorno on the future facing Malcolm Turnbull after Newspoll 30, Karen Middleton on the campaign to help white South Africans is designed for marginal electorates, and Mike Seccombe on wage theft and migrant workers …

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Liberals Must Listen to Survivors and Church Leaders and Commit to National Redress Scheme

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader
13.04.18 7:03 pm

While the Hodgman Liberals continue to drag their heels, Tasmania church leaders have joined forces to call for the State to join the National Child Abuse Redress Scheme.

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Redress Scheme is set to commence on 1 July 2019.  Tasmania has yet to commit.

Head of the Catholic Church in Tasmania, Archbishop Julian Porteous, has joined the voices of survivors of abuse imploring the Liberals to commit the State to the National Redress Scheme. Their continued delays are a slap in the face to the estimated 1,750 Tasmanian survivors who would be eligible to seek redress.

The recommendations of the Royal Commission were clear, the National Redress Scheme needs the States to buy in. Survivors have suffered long enough, and Tasmania must join the Commonwealth and institutions to ensure they have a measure of justice served.

For too many years, survivors of child abuse have suffered in silence, and the many victims have not been able to seek the acknowledgement, justice and compensation they deserve.

The Liberals have previously clung to the State’s prior compensation scheme for victims of child abuse in State care. The National Redress Scheme is a separate issue.  It seeks to help to heal and compensate Tasmanian victims of child abuse in institutional settings such as church and charitable organisations, not State care.

The Liberals have also failed to enact their own law that removes the time limits on victims seeking compensation through the court system. The Liberals claim to stand by those who have suffered abuse, but they are stalling on real justice for Tasmanian survivors.

It is past time the Liberals listened to victims, and now church leaders like Archbishop Porteous, and committed Tasmania to the National Redress Scheme and removal of time limits on compensation claims. They can’t stall, or ignore their obligation, any longer. 

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13.04.18 6:59 pm

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A wet and windy weekend for Tasmania

Kelly McNeill Media and Communication Manager | Tasmania & Antarctica Acting Media and Communicaton Manager | Victoria
13.04.18 12:39 pm

• Several embedded cold fronts will cross Tasmania on Saturday, Sunday and Monday bringing strong and gusty west to northwesterly winds, which turn west to southwesterly on Monday.

• Gusts of 100 km/h and sustained wind speeds of 60km/h are a possibility for Saturday about the north of the state.

• Rainfall totals for the three days of Saturday, Sunday and Monday could be around 60-100 mm in the west, and 30 mm across the north.

• Snow is expected around 700 metres on Sunday morning.

• Any warnings required, including for strong winds, will be reviewed and updated regularly at

Gen Z shines as first Youth Week Tasmania begins

Stuart Roberts Youth Week Tasmania Project Officer
13.04.18 12:37 pm

Following the end of National Youth Week in 2017, the new-look Youth Week Tasmania is set to be bigger and better than ever, with events kicking off right around the state from this afternoon.

Tasmania’s largest celebration of young people will feature a series of new and exciting events throughout the week including a pop-up cafe with young Tasmanians preparing everything from the cakes to the coffee.

With events continuing from Friday, 13 April – Sunday, 22 April, young people will have the chance to attend music festivals, art exhibitions, youth forums and even a performing arts boot camp.

Youth Network of Tasmania CEO Tania Hunt said over 20 youth focused events around the state will provide a much needed opportunity for Young Tasmanian’s to take the stage, have fun and lead positive change.

“Youth Week Tasmania is about celebrating the significant contributions young people make in our communities, and showcasing their many skills and talents,” Ms Hunt said.

“With the voice of the youth so often over looked in decision making, the continuation of Youth Week provides a vital chance for us to listen and learn from young Tasmanians.”

A mammoth collaborative effort from Clarence, Hobart and Glenorchy youth advisory committees will launch Youth Week Tasmania in the south this evening with outdoor games, projected art works, live music, and slam poetry at Hobart Town Hall.

With excitement building for tonight’s launch, 16 year old event volunteers, Ruby Bartle and Annabelle Tang, discussed the importance of youth focused events in Tasmania.

“Youth Week is about the celebration of youth and what we as young people have to offer,” said Ms Bartle.

“This is one day of the year youth can feel empowered about their input in our society which is usually undermined and ignored,” added Ms Tang.

“It’s our chance to show that we are more than we seem.”

Youth Week Tasmania is supported by a new Tasmanian Government grants program coordinated by Communities, Sport and Recreation in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

For a full calendar of events visit

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13.04.18 12:22 pm

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State and Federal Liberals unite with business community to bring public sector jobs to Tassie

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer Jonathon Duniam, Senator for Tasmania
13.04.18 12:20 pm

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jonathon Duniam and Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein have joined the business community to launch a working group focused on getting our fair share of Australian Public Service jobs to Tasmania, as part of the Australian Governments decentralisation process.
Senator Duniam said it is important that Tasmania gets its fair share of Australian government spending and that includes the relocation of Australian Public Sector staff and agencies.
“With our lifestyle and liveability, the evidence is clear that Tasmania is the place they should come to live, work and raise a family,” Senator Duniam said.
“The Australian Government has been working through our Decentralisation Agenda, where Ministers are undertaking a measured and methodical process to investigate the potential to move more Government jobs outside of Canberra and central Sydney and Melbourne to decentralise the APS workforce.
“Today we are launching the Tasmanian bid to ensure we get those jobs and agencies here. The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, the State Government and the business community will be working actively through this group to ensure that the Australian Government relocates these valuable APS jobs to Tasmania.
“Canberra needs to remember that the rest of the country including Tasmania drives this country’s economy, and that is why we should be relocating APS jobs here - to ensure that public service workers and policy makers have the perspective of regional communities, not just Canberra and the big mainland cities.
Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the State had a strong case to put to Canberra to have these APS jobs relocated to Tasmania.
“Tasmania’s lifestyle is the envy of the world and while we have created over 10,000 jobs in our first term, we want to continue the momentum and attract even more jobs to the state,” Mr Gutwein said.
“We are determined to get our fair share from the Commonwealth and relocating these jobs to Tasmania will boost the local economy with more people in work and spending in local businesses.
“We have a target to grow the Tasmanian population to 650,000 by 2050 and have the lowest jobless rate in the country by 2022, and relocating APS jobs to Tasmania will help us achieve this goal.
Ms Tetlow, CEO of the Northern Tasmania Development Corporation, stated that “NTDC is keen to work with all levels of government and industry stakeholders to find the best fit of agencies for our region, and then pitch for that agency and their staff to consider the move.  We do realise that we will need to be an attractive option to the management and their staff of agencies to ensure our efforts are successful.”
Senator Duniam said that he would be writing to all Chambers of Commerce and other relevant stakeholders to see how they might be able to contribute to this push.

Bob Brown vows to fight on in face of salmon farming giant Tassal’s Okehampton Bay win

13.04.18 12:07 pm

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Rezoning of World Heritage zone needed to further Tasmanian eco-tourism vision, Premier says

13.04.18 11:54 am

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Cricket coverage faces major shakeup with Seven and Foxtel winning TV rights battle

13.04.18 11:43 am

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Boost to housing supply stock

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Human Services
13.04.18 11:32 am

Today, it was my pleasure to hand over the keys for the first of 78 newly constructed two bedroom units to help ease Tasmania’s housing shortage.
Part of our Affordable Housing Strategy, the new Housing Tasmania units will be rolled out over the next couple of months and provide real relief for Tasmanians in need of affordable housing.
Building on our work in the last term of Government, today’s key hand over is another demonstration of our commitment to boost the supply of new affordable housing to meet growing demand.
Several emergency and affordable housing projects are rapidly nearing completion, and today is just an example of one of the many properties that will become progressively available from now through to June.
In addition to the 78 two-bedroom units across the state,  a nine-unit facility for youth at risk in Moonah is nearing completion along with a 25-unit youth accommodation facility in Devonport. 15 units at the Hobart Women’s Shelter are now operational, and planning will start immediately for an additional women’s crisis shelter providing emergency accommodation in the south, and an assessment of need for similar solutions in the north and north-west.
So far our Affordable Housing Strategy has helped nearly 500 new households into affordable, secure and safe homes but we know more needs to be done.
That is why we are investing a further $125 million in the second stage of our Affordable Housing Plan.  This is expected to provide an additional 1500 new affordable homes for Tasmanians, and assist around 2000 households.
This is on top of the $73.5 million already invested into housing, bringing the total investment to almost $200 million over eight years.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is prioritising actions to address the current housing shortage and progressing our four year Action Plan. This will also go a long way in helping us reach our target of tripling the number of new affordable houses by 2025.
A fact sheet on our actions to address the housing issues can be found here:

Tasmanian delegation meets with key US Navy Official

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries
13.04.18 11:26 am

The Hodgman Government is committed to growing our economy and creating more jobs in the Advanced Manufacturing and Defence sector.
The current trade mission to the United States of America is a significant step in boosting our advanced manufacturing sector and already we are seeing doors open in the Unites States that will pay dividends in the future.
Today, I met with the US Under Secretary of the Navy to promote innovative Tasmanian businesses that can make a significant contribution to the US defence supply chain and create more jobs in Tasmania.
The Under Secretary, Thomas Modly, is the second-highest ranking civilian official in the US Department of the Navy.
The US spends trillions of dollars on defence capability and the opportunities for Tasmanian businesses is virtually limitless, especially when it comes to the US Navy.
Tasmanian advanced manufacturers already produce equipment that is the best in the world and its little wonder the US is paying attention.
I am confident that the meetings this week will open new doors for Tasmanian businesses.
To further promote Tasmania, on behalf of the Government I formally invited Mr Modly and US Navy ships to visit Tasmania and in particular, the port at Burnie, to take advantage of our excellent facilities and our hospitality.
A visit by the US Navy has the potential to further cement opportunities for Tasmanian businesses and to showcase Tasmania to one of our biggest trading partners.