brain cancer – Hobart Hurricanes and their volunteers have been out raising funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Their action is in support of George McNees, son of Cricket Tasmania’s strength and conditioning coach Darren McNees. You can make tax-deductible donations here.

bus concessions & timetables – existing adult urban concession categories have been extended to travel in non-urban areas. Eigible include individuals who are holders of Australian Government Health Care Cards, Centrelink Pensioner Cards or Veterans Affairs Pensioner Cards and Seniors Cards, as well as for anyone aged 70 and over, and those classified as war widows by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.The changes will also see free travel on non-urban routes extended to Tasmanian Police and Ambulance officers in uniform, the vision impaired plus their guide dog and companion, and those on a DVA Special Rate Disability Pension. Also note that there are new timetables in place for Launceston and northern region.

Prof Bowman. Image courtesy The Conversation

bushfire science forum – the Australia Institute and the new Independent Science Council of Tasmania is co-hosting a fire forum in Hobart and has bought together three of Australia’s best experts on fire: Mike Brown – Former Tasmania Fire Chief; Prof. David Bowman – Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, Director of the Fire Centre at UTAS; Jen Sanger – School of Geography and Environmental Sciences UTAS. This free event is on 13 Feb from 6-8pm at Hobart Brewing Company. Bookings required.

Arthur Highway upgrade – feedback is being sought about proposed safety upgrades to the Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck. The project includes widening the Arthur Highway between Old Jetty Rd and Blowhole Rd, improving the road surface, and providing improved turning facilities in and out of Blowhole Rd. The brief is here and also on display at the Tasman Council office in Nubeena from until Friday, 7 February.

National Trust volunteers – NT Tas is about to offer ‘a number of flexible, short-term three month volunteer positions designed to help students and jobseekers get a step up in the burgeoning visitor economy.’ “People can come to us and gain invaluable real-life work experience and leave us with a great reference, ready to take the next step in their careers,” said National Trust Tasmania Managing Director, Matthew Smithies. The Trust will have several different positions available which will be advertised on their website; these positions will initially be offered for their Hobart property, The Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site.

electrical safety – the state government is proposing a new Electricity Safety Bill 2020 that will consolidate all electricity safety requirements, currently spread across three Acts. The fact sheet will help you to understand what it’s all about. Consultation is now open and runs until 4 March. See here about making submissions.
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