Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A helicopter pilot died on Friday when his aircraft crashed while waterbombing rare winter bushfires in Australia that have swept across its drought-stricken southeast, police said. About 75 fires are burning across New South Wales state, fanned by dry conditions that prompted authorities to declare a drought across the state last week. … Continue reading Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The drought sweeping through large tracts of Australia is set to intensify over the next three months and is fuelling unseasonal winter bushfires, the leading meteorological agency and a fire official said on Thursday. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast of more warm, dry weather suggests hopes for a reprieve from … Continue reading No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities. The measure, which targets platforms the Australian government says could be used for criminal activities or to plan a terror attack, … Continue reading Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

Wild winds which had lashed Tasmania causing some property damage and delaying Hobart flights have eased. An airport spokesman said the velocity of the winds made it unsafe for workers to handle baggage and for passengers to walk across the tarmac. Passengers had reported being kept on the tarmac on at least one flight after … Continue reading Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed

PHOTO: The company says the cost of the project remains about $50 million. (Supplied: MWCC) The revised development plans of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) have struck their first council hurdle after a Parks and Recreation Committee recommended to deny the company access to public land. On Thursday night, the committee of five aldermen unanimously passed … Continue reading Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed

Hobart’s 10 Murray Street office block bites the dust after almost a year

Hobart's 10 Murray Street office building has all but been removed in what was Tasmania's largest-ever demolition project. The 14-storey building, known for its brutalist-style architecture, was first flagged for removal in 2009, but was subject to an appeal to the Resources Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal, delaying the project. The appeal, which was brought … Continue reading Hobart’s 10 Murray Street office block bites the dust after almost a year

Mount Wellington cable car plan revamp dismissed by opponents as spin

An anti-cable-car group has dismissed an overhauled cable car proposal for Hobart's kunyani/Mount Wellington as nothing more than "spin". The Mount Wellington Cableway Company has released revised plans for the project, which would now start near McRobies Road in South Hobart and travel over the Organ Pipes. The route will be shorter at 2.7 kilometres long, compared … Continue reading Mount Wellington cable car plan revamp dismissed by opponents as spin

Sue Neill-Fraser murder appeal witness sentenced for perverting the course of justice

A Hobart man has been sentenced to 12 months jail for the part he played in giving evidence to support a challenge to the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser. Stephen John Gleeson was charged with perverting the course of justice for falsely identifying a teenager in a photograph, for the purpose of seeking a retrial … Continue reading Sue Neill-Fraser murder appeal witness sentenced for perverting the course of justice

Wallaby shot with arrow in southern Tasmania left to die slow death from infection

A wallaby is fighting for its life after being shot with an arrow and left for dead, an act described by animal rights campaigners as "deliberate" and "cruel". The young Bennett's wallaby was on private property at Pelverata, east of Huonville in southern Tasmania, and is currently being treated for a severe infection. Wildlife carer … Continue reading Wallaby shot with arrow in southern Tasmania left to die slow death from infection

Catholic Church won’t sell assets to fund redress scheme, Hobart Archbishop says

The head of the Catholic Church in Tasmania believes it will not have to sell property to help fund compensation under the National Redress Scheme. Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Reverend Julian Porteous, said he believed the church had enough money to compensate survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The Catholic Church wrote to the … Continue reading Catholic Church won’t sell assets to fund redress scheme, Hobart Archbishop says