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School nurses program a winner for Tasmania’s school children

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training
29.11.15 3:39 pm

The Tasmanian Government’s decision to reintroduce nurses into schools has been a great win for students and broader school communities.

We now have 10 full-time equivalent registered nurses working at schools across Tasmania who are supporting the health needs and education of students in a variety of ways.

School nurses help children in a number of areas such as mental health and well-being, body image and healthy relationships as well as the delivery of local, state and national health promotion initiatives.

Nurses are making a difference for Tasmania’s school children and creating an environment that promotes lifelong health and well-being.

We expect to have 20 full-time equivalent nurses working across Tasmanian schools by July 2017, with each nurse allocated a number of schools within their region.

This is just one of the measures we have taken to improve Tasmania’s education system and give children the best possible environment in which to learn and grow.

We are also investing a record $1.44 billion in education and training as announced in the May budget in addition to our commitment to the full six years of Gonski reforms that will ensure every young Tasmanian has access to high-quality education no matter where they live or what their background is.

Our rollout of extending high schools to years 11 and 12 has been a success with Ulverstone recently becoming the first urban high school to express interest in the extension, which shows how popular the expansion is within the community.

The Government is committed to improving Tasmania’s educational system so that all our school children can get maximum benefit from their school years and the measures we are taking are helping us achieve this goal.


Groom’s EOI Process a Shambles

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson
29.11.15 2:14 pm

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, again has egg on his face, this time over his headlong rush to develop in Tasmania’s National Parks and World Heritage Area.

The Minister clearly raised expectations among tourism operators bidding to develop in protected areas, that he would deliver a World Heritage Management Plan to suit their needs.

A delegation from U.N. World Heritage Committee has been in Hobart this week, with concerns over the Minister’s Draft World Heritage Management Plan at the top of their mission agenda.

The delegation, who I met with on Wednesday, is also expecting significant changes to the Draft Plan to better protect World Heritage values.

Minister Groom is wedged between a rock and a hard place of his own creation.

Every potential developer who has submitted an Expression of Interest under Minister Groom’s process will have believed that the wheels would be oiled to the greatest extent possible by the Minister and his Office of the Coordinator General.

Despite his best endeavours to enable private profit to be put before sound World Heritage Management, Minister Groom has not been able to deliver for his developer constituency.

The EOI process is in complete disarray.



Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome
29.11.15 2:12 pm

Advocates have welcomed a change of heart on marriage equality from the Queensland MP who championed the repeal of that state’s Civil Union Act.

Jarrod Bleijie, who is a committed Christian and marriage celebrant, said he is now a supporter of marriage equality after speaking to a same-sex couple and reflecting on the nature of marriage.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“Mr Bleijie’s support for marriage equality shows this is an issue that can be supported by people of faith and by social conservatives.”

“I applaud Mr Bleijie for opening his heart to those same-sex partners who want to uphold the values of marriage and share its traditions.”

“With support growing right across the social and religious spectrum it’s becoming harder to see why we need a plebiscite, but if we do have one the outcome is increasingly likely to be ‘yes’.”

In a column in today’s Courier Mail, Mr Bleijie wrote,

“Marriage should be a statement of love and commitment between the happy couple; not an institution that rejects those who wish to enter it with the best intentions.’’

Mr Bleijie said he will support the re-introduction of civil partnerships in Queensland.


International Day of People with Disability Community Celebration Event

Michele Foley, Tascare Executive Officer
29.11.15 7:13 am

The annual International Day of People with Disability Community Fun Day will be held on Sunday 29th November from 11am – 2pm at Long Beach Park, Lower Sandy Bay.  The event offers interactive and fun activities for people of all ages and abilities. There will be a free BBQ, face painting, train rides, carnival games, social circus, and free massages.

The event will be officially opened at 11.30am by the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma MP, and Hobart Alderman Helen Burnett.

This is the 5th International Day of People with Disability Community Celebration event that has been provided by collaboration between Tascare Society for Children and the Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City Council and Clarence City Council.  It is hosted by a different Council each year to ensure that people from all over greater Hobart can fully participate

“The event brings together families and the wider community to join in breaking down the barriers and increasing the inclusion of people with disability in our community” says Tascare Executive Officer, Michele Foley.

“It’s great to work in partnership with the Greater Hobart Councils once again to mark the 22nd anniversary of the International Day of People with Disability. Everyone in the community is welcome to come along and join in the fun” says Ms Foley.

The International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all.


People’s Climate March – Hobart, Today, 1pm

Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc.
29.11.15 7:11 am

The largest people-powered climate action in history will take place in cities around the world this weekend as people take to the streets to send a message to world leaders who are making their way to Paris for the United Nations climate summit.

Hobart’s contribution to this global effort is a rally on Parliament House lawns Today, 29th November.

Over 50,000 people took to the streets in Melbourne on Friday afternoon, in the first of the global rallies.

Hobart’s rally will feature a diverse range of voices calling for fast, ambitious and genuine action to address climate change.

People’s Climate Rally

When:        Sunday, 29th November, 1pm

Where:        Parliament House lawns, Hobart


Greg Irons – Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Teangi Brown and Zac Romagnoli-Townsend - SEED
Matthew Pitt - farmer and climate activist
Pano Russo – Coordinator, Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Maggie Edwards - Fossil Free UTAS
John McRae - Retired Uniting Church Minister
Greg Cooper – Secretary, United Fire Fighters Union of Tasmania.


Channel Highway upgrade

Will Hodgman, Premier Liberal Member for Franklin
28.11.15 3:59 pm

The Tasmanian Government is investing in the infrastructure we need to drive economic growth, create jobs and make it easier for Tasmanians to travel safely.

One important area of investment is cycling infrastructure.

We have committed $5 million over the next four years to improve safety along popular cycling routes on State roads, starting with the Channel Highway at Bonnet Hill.

I am delighted that works have now commenced on this section of highway which is very popular with cyclists, including myself.

The construction program will create a space for cyclists to travel more safely through the uphill sections of Bonnet Hill, improving safety for all road users.

The Bonnet Hill Community Association has been a strong voice on this issue and we have listened.

As the local Member for Franklin I’m looking forward to seeing the contractors get construction underway this summer.

I also acknowledge the work of my Denison colleague and House of Assembly Speaker Elise Archer who has campaigned to secure this outcome as a local MP.

Construction works will extend the sealed shoulder, with new line markings, to the left hand side of the uphill sections of Channel Highway between Proctors Road to Baringa Road.

I recognise there will be some disruption and delays while works are underway and we ask that road users show patience.

The Department of State Growth is working closely with key stakeholders including Kingborough Council, local schools, businesses and the community to manage this disruption.

Improving road safety is a priority for the Government, and the strong focus on vulnerable road users, including cyclists, is about saving lives.

By providing improvements to existing popular cycling routes, we will build on the momentum and the gains we have already made in cycling safety across Tasmania.

Earlier this year we rolled out new advisory signage with the message ‘Pass Cyclists Safely’ to help improve the safety of cyclists on popular cycling routes across the State, and changes were made to the Tasmanian road rules to allow motorists to cross centre lines to pass cyclists, when safe to do so.


Liberals forced to admit Huon Valley funding cut

Lara Giddings MP Labor Member for Franklin
28.11.15 12:07 pm

The Liberal Government has now confirmed it has cut a $200,000 recurrent community based grants program for preventative health initiatives in the Huon Valley.

Labor Member for Franklin Lara Giddings said it’s an outrageous breach of a promise to the local community.

“Not only have they had their $200,000 per annum cut but the Liberals’ inferior replacement program will only last three years.

“This is a fob off for the local community who quite rightly are angry at this broken commitment.”


Huon Health

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health
28.11.15 12:07 pm

The Tasmanian Government is committed to reforming our health system and an important part of that work is helping communities get better health outcomes through supporting their own health and wellbeing.

Today, I am pleased to announce that the Government has reached a new arrangement with Huon Eldercare and the Huon Valley Council to support health and wellbeing in the Huon community.

$100,000 will be allocated each year for a fixed period of three years to support rural health and health and wellbeing priorities in tune with the needs of the community, as agreed to by the parties.

At the same time, the Government is working to deliver a new, overarching policy approach to preventative health, A Healthy Tasmania, which will change the way we manage preventative health for the benefit of all Tasmanians into the future.

A new Community Advisory Committee is also being created to give community members a say on the health needs and priorities of the Huon region. This model is successfully used in other Southern regional communities including Ouse, Oatlands and Tasman.

This arrangement replaces the former Huon Valley Health and Wellbeing Grants Program and Grants Committee. We wish to thank all of those who have given their time and effort to that initiative in previous years.


2015 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year – and the winner is …

Will Hodgman, Premier Minister for Sport and Recreation
28.11.15 5:36 am

Cyclist Amy Cure is a worthy winner of the title of 2015 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year.

This is Amy’s third consecutive year as a finalist for this award and it caps off a stellar year in which she won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2015 World Cycling Track Championships.

The gold medal came after a record-breaking time in the Women’s Team Pursuit in which the team smashed four-time defending champion Great Britain in the final.

It was the third World Championship Amy has participated in during her career, and in which she claimed eight medals in addition to a silver and bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Amy is a very worthy winner and, at just 22 years of age, is an inspiration to all Tasmanian athletes.

Amy joins a prestigious list of winners such as Daniel Geale (boxing) in 2012, Richie Porte (cycling) in 2013 and Eddie Ockenden (hockey) last year.

The Tasmanian Athlete of the Year is determined by a panel of judges from Communities, Sport and Recreation, the TIS and Tasmanian sports journalists.

Competition for the award was very high, with the other 2015 finalists being Grant Birchall (AFL), James Faulkner (cricket), Todd Hodgetts (athletics), Eddie Ockenden (hockey) and Richie Porte (cycling).


Celebrating those who contribute to our community

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
28.11.15 5:34 am

The Tasmanian Government congratulates all the winners and finalists in the 2015 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards, announced at tonight’s Gala Presentation Dinner.

I was pleased to represent the Premier at the Awards, which are an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution of individuals, organisations, groups and businesses that make a real difference to our State.

The Liberal Government is committed to increasing opportunities for all Tasmanians to participate, and these Awards allow us all to acknowledge those who contribute to our community in their own ways.

There is no doubt that in Tasmania there are many people who are passionate about helping others and who understand the importance of supporting the communities in which we live, work and play.

Tonight we were able to celebrate just a few of those whose contribution enriches our community and the lives of others, but to all we say thank you.


Colbeck congratulates Export Awards winners

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck
27.11.15 11:19 pm

Colbeck congratulates Export Awards winners Minister for Tourism and International Education, Richard Colbeck has congratulated all finalists and winners at tonight’s 53rd Australian Export Awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Senator Colbeck especially paid tribute to Tasmanian Quality Meats, which won the Regional Exporter Award. The company has grown its export business from scratch to annual sales of more than $37 million in just four years.

“Tasmanian Quality Meats is a great local company from my home state whose success is an example to other regional enterprises that are looking beyond Australia’s relatively small domestic market,” Senator Colbeck said.

“The Government’s signing of Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Japan and China will open up new market opportunities for businesses in Tasmania.

“Australia’s exporters are diversifying and their efforts are helping Australia’s economy to grow and prosper as we transition out of the mining boom.”

Tasmanian Quality Meats’ exports fresh and frozen lamb, mutton, veal and offal to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. It is planning further export growth in new markets in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau and Mexico. 

At the ceremony, Senator Colbeck also presented the Business Services Award to Nuix, a NSW-based technology company that solves complex, real-world data challenges such as cybersecurity incident response, insider threats, and litigation, regulation, privacy and risk management. 

“I congratulate Nuix on their hard work that has led to their award tonight. They are taking Australian innovation to the world and with their unique offering to 1,500 customers in over 60 countries, they really deserve this accolade,” he said.

Co-presented by Austrade, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and CPA Australia, the Australian Export Awards is now in its 53rd year and one of Australia’s most prestigious and longest running business awards programs.  full list of winners at the 2015 Australian Export Awards follows below and further information is available at



President, Margaret Sing, Dying with Dignity Tasmania
27.11.15 6:31 pm

Dying with Dignity Tasmania has welcomed the aim of State MP Madeleine Ogilvie to provide greater clarity about the current law related to medical treatment at end of life and protection of people’s wishes expressed in their advance care directives.  Ms Ogilvie has issued a draft Private Member’s Bill, “Dying with Care and Consent to Medical Treatment”, and invited comments. 

The President, Margaret Sing, has said that DwDTas recognises this is worth doing even though the proposed Bill is not changing the status quo, just clarifying it.  It can also contribute to a much better informed debate on the next voluntary assisted dying Bill when the current situation is clearer.  “Debate on Ms Ogilvie’s Bill will provide better information about existing practices and their limitations so that it’s clear why some patients and doctors need and want the additional legal option of voluntary assisted dying to end intolerable suffering.  MPs can then focus on the people who are not being helped by current methods and whose intolerable suffering cannot be relieved at present, despite the best efforts of our doctors and palliative care services”, Ms Sing said. 

DwDTas welcomes the recognition that doctors help a lot of people with extra pain relief or terminal sedation which can hasten their patients’ deaths and they need the certainty of legal protection when they relieve suffering in this way.  “Unfortunately, not everyone can have their terrible suffering relieved by these methods, or withdrawal from treatment.  Many people also don’t want to die in a coma over days or weeks while their families stand by helplessly”, Ms Sing said.
Voluntary assisted dying laws are increasing with politicians accepting the overwhelming evidence that they are needed and are working well, with great acceptance by the public and doctors. In October this year, California became the 11th jurisdiction and the 5th US State with legal voluntary assisted dying.  It is very likely that Canada will also have assisted dying legislation soon, putting into effect a unanimous decision of the Canadian Supreme Court in February. 

DwDTas has also promoted and helped many people express their wishes in advance care directives or appoint an enduring guardian.  “People who appoint an enduring guardian currently have good legal protection but there is less certainty about other forms of advance care directives.  We will be very interested to see what is proposed to protect people’s rights in this area”, Ms Sing said.


Draconian law would ban peaceful speech on steps of Vic parliament

FamilyVoice Victoria director Peter Stevens
27.11.15 4:44 pm

These peaceful people want to protect trees – but if they dare to mention unborn babies or any form of reproduction, they could now face one year in jail!

“Yesterday’s passage of the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2015 was a tragedy for this state,” FamilyVoice Victoria director Peter Stevens said today.

“It is a draconian law.  It contravenes a basic principle of the rule of law, that there must be certainty, generality and equality.

“The opportunity for a citizen to know in advance whether an intended action is lawful or not, is crucial for a free society.  Arbitrary law, which leaves citizens uncertain about the legality of their actions, is the device exploited by tyrants to impose a reign of terror. 

At its core, legal certainty recognises the importance of human dignity and enables citizens to live autonomous lives in a community with mutual trust. 

“Because the exclusion zones apply not just to abortion centres but GP clinics too, the following may be illegal:

•      A pro-life rally on the steps of Parliament House
•      A pro-life club operating at a university
•      A pro-life march through the city”

Peter Stevens said the Andrews Government has failed to explain which parts of Melbourne would not be 150 metres from an abortion clinic or medical practice.

“Advice I have received indicates that peaceful pro-life communication could now be forbidden in every part of Melbourne,” he said.

“What kind of tyrannical monster has our parliament become?”


Consultation Forum to Enhance Throughcare for Offenders

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for Corrections
27.11.15 4:19 pm

A stakeholder workshop held in Hobart today on throughcare for offenders is another important step in achieving continual improvement in Tasmania’s corrections system.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is investing in the Corrections system in Tasmania to ensure that our community is as safe as possible.

Throughcare focuses on the needs of each individual and adopts a coordinated, collaborative approach in order to reduce the risk of reoffending and facilitate successful reintegration into the community.

Throughcare covers offenders who enter the corrections system from the point of their initial contact through to completion of their sentence and return to the Tasmanian community.

Representatives from around 50 non-government organisations today participated in a consultation forum which considered the future direction of corrections and offender management in Tasmania.

The forum was an opportunity for key stakeholders to provide information, exchange views and consider key strategies to guide the development of throughcare initiatives over the coming years.

The Liberal Government recognises the need for continual improvement in our corrections system to build on the work done since the release of the Palmer Report in 2011.

As well as focusing on areas like throughcare and rehabilitation, we are also investing heavily in our prisons. Additional funding of $9.2 million was provided to the TPS in 2014-15 and 2015-16; and to date we have recruited 65 new correctional staff in 2014 and 2015, with further positions currently being recruited right now.


Boosting job opportunities for apprentices

Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth
27.11.15 4:16 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs.

A key part of our Plan is to increase the number of apprentices in Tasmania because it encourages younger Tasmanians to stay in the State, which is good for our community, population growth and the economy in general.

In the dying days of the Labor-Green Government, the number of apprentices in the building and construction sector dropped 19 per cent.  Some apprentices had to leave the industry without completing their apprenticeship, because there simply weren’t the opportunities available under the previous Government.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is determined to tackle this issue and that’s why we are encouraging apprentices that left the building and construction sector before completing their apprenticeship to sign up to a new register. Building and construction companies are also being encouraged to use the register to fill a growing number of apprentice positions.

There is no doubt that our building and construction sector is in a strong position right now.  Just yesterday, we saw that private new capital investment has increased by over 16 per cent compared to this time last year, which is the biggest increase of any state in the country.

With major projects underway or about to begin, like the silos development in Launceston, the Living City project in Devonport and the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment in Hobart, the number of apprentices needed in the building and construction sector is going to increase dramatically.

The register is just part of a suite of initiatives to increase the number of apprenticeships in the building and construction industry.

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board’s Out of Trade Apprentice Program provides a great source of support for employers and apprentices.

At the centrepiece of the TBCITB program is a completion bonus for out of trade apprentices, which provides support for employers to employ out of trade apprentices.

Other support mechanisms for employers includes the funding of refresher training needed during re-employment for apprentices.

The future is incredibly bright for the building and construction sector and the Hodgman Liberal Government is determined to work with the industry to capitalise on the opportunities.


Disappointment Over Hemp

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson
27.11.15 12:44 pm

The Industrial Hemp Act received tripartite support in the Tasmanian Parliament, but has unfortunately lost another opportunity to be put into practice.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have failed to follow the rest of the developed-world’s lead, delaying approval of hemp as a food product, citing ‘information gaps’.

This rejection was based on perceived information gaps, but this has been the product of a decade’s work. It’s hard to imagine what those gaps would be after all this time.

The government should encourage their Canberra colleagues to approve hemp as a food product without any further delay.

We urge Tasmania’s representative on the committee, Health Minister Ferguson, to reassure FSANZ, and to reaffirm Tasmania’s strong desire to be a leader in industrial hemp.


$12 million project to optimise Burnie Port now complete

Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure Brett Whiteley, Federal Member for Braddon
27.11.15 12:43 pm

BURNIE’S status as Tasmania’s premier container port has been secured with the completion of the $12 million Burnie Port Optimisation Project.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the works had involved enhancing the existing rail intermodal terminal and its links with the Toll terminal and will improve safety for people accessing West Beach.

“The Australian Government’s investment in this project is complemented by the Government’s decision to extend the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES),” Mr Truss said.

“The new TFES Ministerial Directions, which come into effect from 1 January 2016, will enable Tasmanian companies sending goods to the mainland to make claims regardless of the goods’ final destination.”

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley said the works will enhance Burnie Port’s position as the largest Tasmanian general cargo port and improve its efficiency in handling freight.

“The works at Burnie Port have involved redeveloping the Southern Railyard and creating a high productivity transport link within the port precinct from the railyard to the shipping terminal. The expansion of the railyard will also improve community safety and access to the beach, as from early next year trains will no longer need to be shunted along the main waterfront,” Mr Whiteley said.

“The investment in Burnie Port will also complement the Australian and Tasmanian Governments investment in the $119.6 million Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation project which will upgrade track infrastructure to ensure the efficient operation of the Tasmanian rail network.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the project would deliver significant commercial benefits to the State.

“The Burnie Port optimisation project was funded in a partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian governments, TasPorts, TasRail and Toll Transport,” Mr Hidding said.

“The joint project is a great example of state-wide collaboration and fully integrates freight rail to the port for a seamless, safe and reliable transport system.”

The Australian Government provided $4 million to the $12 million Burnie Port Optimisation project, in partnership with TasPorts ($3 million), the Tasmanian Government ($2 million), Toll Transport ($2 million) and TasRail ($1 million).


One Man’s Final Wish

Tach Malkin
27.11.15 12:28 pm


Hear how an isolating disease, one man’s last wish and a small community create the largest ever to date community-based fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation in Tasmania.

November has seen the culmination of a promise, a wish and a continuing legacy for the Malkin family. The inaugural “Phil’s Dive for a Cure” held at Waubs Bay on the pristine north-east coast of Tasmania was an overwhelming success, raising in excess of $35,000.

Little did they know, they would create an event that attracted not only local or statewide attention, but national support. One man can make a difference, and one family can ensure his legacy will live on.

It is with humble hearts the Malkin family will be presenting a cheque to Stephanie Hechenberger, General Manager Vic/Tas, Leukaemia Foundation and thanking sponsors, friends and volunteers at a Morning Tea on Monday, November 30th at the Leukaemia Foundation Headquarters.

For further information: visit


International Day of People with Disability Community Celebration Event

Michele Foley, EO TasCare
27.11.15 12:22 pm

The annual International Day of People with Disability Community Fun Day will be held on Sunday 29th November from 11am – 2pm at Long Beach Park, Lower Sandy Bay.  The event offers interactive and fun activities for people of all ages and abilities. There will be a free BBQ, face painting, train rides, carnival games, social circus, and free massages.

The event will be officially opened at 11.30am by the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma MP, and Hobart Alderman Helen Burnett.

This is the 5th International Day of People with Disability Community Celebration event that has been provided by collaboration between Tascare Society for Children and the Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City Council and Clarence City Council.  It is hosted by a different Council each year to ensure that people from all over greater Hobart can fully participate

“The event brings together families and the wider community to join in breaking down the barriers and increasing the inclusion of people with disability in our community” says Tascare Executive Officer, Michele Foley.

“It’s great to work in partnership with the Greater Hobart Councils once again to mark the 22nd anniversary of the International Day of People with Disability. Everyone in the community is welcome to come along and join in the fun” says Ms Foley.

The International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all.


Sensis Stepping Up Grants announced

Adam Brooks, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade
27.11.15 12:21 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of small business because of the vital role it plays in Tasmania’s economic performance and future.

There are more than 36,000 small businesses operating in Tasmania employing about 105,000 people (44 per cent of the workforce) which deliver products and services that grow our economy and add to the liveability of our cities and regional communities.

Today I was delighted to partner with Sensis to announce the eight recipients of the Sensis Stepping Up Grant Program for Tasmanian small to medium sized businesses.

The recipients will each receive a grant of $10,000 towards purchasing the tools they need to grow their businesses such as staff training, software upgrades or new equipment.

The 2015 Sensis Stepping Up Grant recipients in each category are:

• Customer Service
o Vanessa Richardson, owner Waubs Bay Gallery, Bicheno
o Ashley Kendall, owner Battleaxe Games and Entertainment, Huonville
• Innovation and Technology
o Gary McMurtie, owner New Things Now, Beaumaris
o Sheridan Lee, owner Tasmanian Buffalo, Preston
• Business Growth
o Libby Monks, Juan Cordero Gomez and Jane Monks – partners Ciguena Bebe, Moonah
o Matthew Allen, Resource Work Cooperative, South Hobart
• Start Up & Emerging
o Brendan and Clare Dean, owners Port Arthur Lavender Farm, Port Arthur
o Corey Newton, owner and baker Philadelphia Bakers, Taroona.

Congratulations to each of these winners and I encourage other businesses to get involved with future programs.


Liberal Government to seek proposals for new King Island shipping service

Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure
27.11.15 12:13 pm

The Tasmanian Government has been working closely with the King Island Council and Island community to ensure the continuation of essential shipping services to the Island following the anticipated withdrawal of the current weekly SeaRoad Mersey service to the Port of Grassy in late 2016.

From tomorrow, the Government will be seeking proposals from suitably qualified and experienced shipping operators or consortia to establish and operate a long term commercially sustainable King Island Shipping Service.

The Government’s desired outcome is the delivery of a shipping service that meets the needs of the King Island community, providing reliability and continuity of service and allowing for the Island’s businesses to grow.

Proponents will be invited to submit proposals to meet this outcome. Proposals will be assessed by an evaluation panel including representatives from the Department of State Growth and the King Island Council, based on three broad criteria – quality, price and reliability.

The Government’s clear preference is for:

• an open, unregulated market;
• a commercially sustainable, long-term service; and
• a reliable, cost-effective service that supports growth of the King Island economy.

If a suitable proposal is received, the Government will work with the proponent towards the establishment of a sustainable King Island shipping service. This may entail some form of Government assistance through facilitation or support. However, the Government does not envisage providing an ongoing operating subsidy.

The Request for Proposal will be issued on Saturday 28 November 2015 with a closing date of Friday 29 January 2016.


New motorcycles to help Tasmania Police remain agile on our roads

Rene Hidding, Minister for Police and Emergency Management
27.11.15 12:12 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to rebuilding Tasmania Police to keep Tasmanians safe.

In addition to recruiting an additional 113 officers over this term of government to reverse the Labor-Green cuts, we are ensuring police have the tools for the job.

A $420,000 investment in a new motorcycle fleet is now being rolled out with 14 sleek BMW police pack motorcycles on the road around the State.

The 14 BMW Motorrad motorcycles replaced the old fleet of 14 BMW R1200RT, all of which were more than three years old or had travelled more than 60,000kms.

Eight motorcycles will be assigned to the Southern police district, with three each in the North and the North-West.

The motorcycles are used for highway patrol duties, dignitary escorts, general policing duties, public event management and ceremonial duties.

The motorcycles are an integral part of the Tasmania Police fleet, with the advantage of manoeuvrability and ability to access areas that other police vehicles cannot, such as narrow alleyways and tracks.
They also provide a fast police response to crashes in heavy traffic.

Their versatility made them an invaluable resource during recent high profile visits including the Chinese President where they were able to provide traffic management ahead of the motorcade and increase security for travelling VIPs.

The Department evaluated three motorcycle models against operational requirements, including extensive field trials.

The BMW Motorrad was selected as the most suited to police operational requirements due to its clearance, performance, safety and technological features and storage capacity.


Exhibition to shed new light on furniture design

University of Tasmania, Communications and Media Office
27.11.15 12:10 pm

The craftsmanship and originality of the University of Tasmania’s third-year Furniture Design students will be showcased in a graduate exhibition opening at the Design Tasmania Centre in Launceston today (Friday, November 27).

The works on show in MODE range from small products and objects such as mugs, clocks and lights, through to dining suites and benches.

“This year we’ve got lots of lighting, and lots of different techniques on display,” the School of Architecture and Design’s Furniture Design program director, Simon Ancher, said.

“There’s quite a range, but the thing that ties them all together is the materiality, and the individual approaches to using various materials.”

The Furniture Design course was not “wood-centric” and allowed students to pursue their own aspirations and dreams, Mr Ancher said.

“Students have to have a willingness to get their hands dirty, to experiment and learn, and to be a sponge for questioning and inquiry,” he said.

“The strongest quality for being a good designer is to continue asking questions, such as why am I using this design, why am I taking this approach, and almost at every stage not being satisfied with where you’re at.”

The Design Tasmania Centre is located on the corner of Tamar and Brisbane Streets. Its opening hours are 9.30am-5.30pm (weekdays), 10am-4pm (weekends). Today there will be floor talks from 5pm and an official opening at 6pm. The exhibition runs until February 2016.


Hobart City Council backs Hobartians and the People’s Climate Rally

Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc.
27.11.15 10:25 am

In a refreshing display of unity, Hobart City Council aldermen have voted unanimously to support a motion backing Hobart’s contribution to world-wide calls for climate action, the People’s Climate Rally on Sunday Nov 29th. The City also expressed its hope that a global agreement on climate change is reached at the upcoming climate talks in Paris.

The motion, moved by Alderman Anna Reynolds, highlights the expected adverse impacts of climate change on Hobart, including higher winds and more high fire danger days.

‘We are thrilled to have this leadership from the Council and the unity behind the support for Sunday’s rally demonstrates the kind of collaboration we expect of global leaders when it comes to tackling climate change at the Paris talks’, said rally co-organiser and MC Margaret Steadman from Climate Action Hobart.

‘Rally organisers thank the Council for its support and look forward to aldermen joining Hobartians at the rally. As one of the furthest cities away from Paris that will rally this weekend, Hobartians have a unique opportunity to demonstrate the unity of purpose behind strong, genuine and global action on climate change.’

The rallies kick off today, with a large turnout expected in Melbourne for the first of hundreds of demonstrations that will occur on all continents.

‘With the Paris rallies cancelled due to the State of Emergency, additional effort, expectation and attention are placed on cities who will participate as part of the People’s Climate movement.

People’s Climate Rally

When:        Sunday, 29th November, 1pm

Where:        Parliament House lawns, Hobart

Who:        Greg Irons – Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Teangi Brown and Zac Romagnoli-Townsend - SEED
Matthew Pitt - farmer and climate activist
Pano Russo – Coordinator, Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Maggie Edwards from Fossil Free UTAS
John McRae - Retired Uniting Church Minister
Greg Cooper – Secretary, United Fire Fighters Union of Tasmania.

HCC Motion adopted Monday 23rd November 2015

1. The Council note that:

(i) The Australian Government climate change projections indicate that higher global temperatures will see many impacts in Hobart including an increase in mean wind speeds during spring and an increase in fire danger weather;

(ii) The People’s Climate March in support of action on climate change will take place in Australian capital cities to coincide with the start of the United Nations climate talks in Paris on 30 November. The Hobart Climate March will take place at 1pm on Sunday 29 November;

(iii) More than 200 cities around the world are advocating for a positive international agreement and in recognition of the role that cities play in averting the threat of climate change, through the United Nations sponsored Compact of Mayors program.

2. The Council resolve to make a public statement of support of the People’s Climate March in Hobart and the City of Hobart’s hope that a global agreement on climate change is reached in Paris;

3. The Council request a report be prepared that:

(i) Provides an update of Hobart City Council action on climate change, both the measures to reduce corporate emissions and programs to assist our local community to reduce its carbon footprint.

(ii) Benchmarks Hobart City Council’s current targets and programs on climate change with the targets and programs of other capital cities.

(iii) Provides advice on the opportunities and costs of Hobart City joining with the Compact of Mayors’ Alliance, so that Council can consider joining this program.

130 Davey St,
Hobart, 7005


Hemp yields only delays and excuses

TFGA president Wayne Johnston
27.11.15 10:21 am

Has there ever been a slower entry to the Australian food market than those products derived from hemp? I doubt it.

People have been consuming food derived from hemp since the caveman, but not in Australia. If you look at Hemp Foods Australia’s website ( you will see a map of the world with countries coloured in green that allow low-THC hemp food to be consumed and countries in red that do not. There are just two in red: Australia and New Zealand.

The campaign to overturn this Australasian ban goes back to 2002 when the first government investigation declared hemp food to be both safe and beneficial but, according to Hemp Foods Australia, the Howard Government would not countenance its approval.

Ten years on, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) found nothing but good could come of this “new” food source for Australians. It found that foods derived from hemp seeds could provide a useful dietary source of many nutrients and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids; they had no psychoactive properties.

But still nothing happens. Why? Australian and New Zealand health ministers decided the FSANZ decision should be reviewed. Last week they met but again failed to give the thumbs-up to an industry that has enormous potential for Tasmanian farmers, a lucrative alternative crop, one that we are well qualified to exploit through our diligent and controlled growing of poppies.

They explained the latest delay by saying that while most of the work under way to address “information gaps” in relation to low-THC hemp food was on track, completion of clinical human consumption trials had been delayed from March 2016 to later in the year.

In the meantime, ministers agreed to ask FSANZ to “commence work on a proposal to allow consideration of low-THC hemp policy at the next Ministerial meeting, in March 2016, in parallel with finalising the trials”.

What does that mean—“commence work on a proposal to allow consideration…”?

According to Tasmanian ministers Jeremy Rockliff and Michael Ferguson this will progress matters “sooner than otherwise would have been the case”. Really?

There should be no doubt that the Tasmanian Government wants this industry opened up for our farmers and has done as much as it can to license growers for commercial hemp production, but it strikes me that there is little prospect of a green light for low-THC hemp food while “clinical human consumption trials” continue into the never-never, while proposals are “commenced to allow consideration”, all the time providing Australian and New Zealand ministers with an excuse to delay, delay, delay.



Harm Reduction Australia launched

ATDC Communications Officer Carolyn Docking
27.11.15 10:19 am

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC) is pleased to support Australia’s first national harm reduction organisation.

ATDC CEO Jann Smith said Australia can be a country where people who use drugs are treated with respect, dignity and empathy.

“Good drug policy will help us to achieve this. We will only have good policy however, if we share and act upon our knowledge, to promote greater understanding of harm reduction as an essential element of our health,” she said.

“I am an advocate for this organisation and together with the ATDC, hope to make the greater community aware of the existence of this new organisation and spread the word in a positive and enlightened manner.

“The high calibre of people involved in Harm Reduction Australia will lead to better education of the public, policy makers and media about what harm reduction is, what can be achieved by harm reduction and how it helps address a worldwide issue within the bounds of our own country.

Ms Smith said her involvement will be to actively promote the organisation and its activities which will include emphasising the importance of providing treatment and harm reduction interventions for people who have problems associated with drug use.

“I am looking forward to the progress that Harm Reduction Australia will make nationwide in regards to education about harm reduction and the flow on affects that will lead to a change in how Australia addresses our drug use issues.


Murdered Malaysian Prosecutor Said Working on PM’s Graft Allegations

via Lano
27.11.15 5:12 am

Statutory Declaration of Charles Morais


Increased usage of review websites leads to new anti-fraud technology

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27.11.15 5:10 am

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Kingborough Media and Communications Officer, Sarah Wilcox-Standring
27.11.15 4:37 am


The Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Steve Wass, has presented grants to 14 local community groups with nearly $32,000 in grant funding at a special function on Thursday evening.

“Council’s grant program is a valuable resource for local community groups and volunteer organisations to receive assistance to continue the range of quality and innovative activities for the residents of Kingborough,” said Cr Wass.

A grant of $4,000 was presented to Bruny Island Arts for their EDGE2 program. This is an education and development project for the Bruny Island based MONA FOMA event. The program will enable local artists, musicians and scientists to work with the community and visitors both online and in workshops, as well as create a permanent and ongoing resource for Bruny Island District School.

The Marine Safety Education Program will be promoting sea safety in the Kingborough community with their grant of $3,350. They will be organising a public information session and will provide a pre-vocational course for young people in preparation for potential employment in the aquaculture industry.

The RSL Kingborough Sub Branch intends to produce and publish a history book of their 80 Years of Service and $500 will allow the Channel Heritage Centre to create a public display and education materials relating to the 1967 bushfires. The Taroona Hall Management Committee will be upgrading the kitchen facilities to benefit community events and meetings with their grant.

Initiatives for local food and produce were successful, with the Kingston Community Garden & Shed receiving assistance to refurbish their fruit and garden enclosures and $2,000 going to Channel Living for their More Local Food for More Local People Project. This project aims to encourage, recruit and educate local growers by hosting “master classes” for potential local food producers.

Assisting presentations, events and theatre groups was also a focus with funding being allocated to the Kingston Beach Regatta Association to purchase staging for use by groups at Kingston Beach and a portable community public address system for the Rotary Club of Kingston. The theatrical group, Square Peg Theatre received $1445 to create costumes, props and build theatre staging for Not Dead Yet!

Sporting organisations also benefitted with Bruny Island Little Athletics using grant funds to build a long jump pit, the Summerleas Eagles Cricket club will replace the pitch at Lightwood Park Oval, Riding for the Disabled will be building Horse Shelter Sheds and Show Jumping Tasmania will be purchasing a trailer.

Cr Wass said the program strengthens the abilities of the community to effectively identify what is needed and gives groups the opportunities to develop and create their own local solutions.