This is a regular column of things that, well, good and conscientious citizens might be interested in. We build our community by sharing and here we are going to share some news about what’s going on, how you can have your say, petitions you might be interested in and news about appeals looking for support. If you have any suggested content for Good Citizen, please send it to politics@tasmaniantimes.com and include Good Citizen in the subject line.


seasonal produce – support your local Tasmanian growers by buying local. The latest Seasonal Produce Guide is available for free download as a pdf file. The guide tells you what is available and where you will be able to find it including farm gate sales and produce markets.

Aboriginal heritage – In 2017 the government renamed the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975 and addressed many other outdated and problematic parts of the Act, adding a requirement to review the Act within 3 years to identify further areas for improvement. Review submissions received are summarised in a feedback report. The feedback will help inform the second stage of the review which will involve a further, more targeted consultation on responses to the issues raised.

bike crash reporter – want to improve safety on two wheels? Use the Bicycle Network crash and near miss reporter to describe incidents that have affected your cycling. The data helps build a picture of where and how problems occur. BN can then take action to try to resolve the issues.

protecting the vulnerable – The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has highlighted the failings of the past and provided institutions with a body of work that will help to protect our community’s most vulnerable from the impacts of abuse.On 15 December 2019, the Tasmanian government released its Second Annual Progress Report and Action Plan 2020 on implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Read it here.

silica dust – a new campaign encourages people who are planning home renovations, repairs or building work to understand the importance of being silica safe before they start work. The hidden danger of silica dust could easily be overlooked in uncontrolled environments, such as undertaking DIY projects or home renovations. Check out the campaign information so you can be silica safe.