Female candidates wanted for local government, as gender imbalance looms for council elections

With male candidates outnumbering females by almost two to one at next month's Tasmanian local government elections, one young hopeful says she nominated because she was sick of "old, boring men making decisions about things they don't understand or care about". In July last year, then-Hobart lord mayor Sue Hickey made headlines by referring to … Continue reading Female candidates wanted for local government, as gender imbalance looms for council elections

Fruit needle scare: Police investigate another metal find, but Tasmanian growers ‘confident’

Huonville police have revealed a fourth incidence of alleged fruit contamination reported on Wednesday. A royal gala apple bought on Monday from Woolworths in Huonville was found to contain a pin. The contamination was discovered when a nine-year-old boy was eating the apple, which had been cut in half. Police have seized the pin, and … Continue reading Fruit needle scare: Police investigate another metal find, but Tasmanian growers ‘confident’

Shortage of acute beds in Tasmania a ‘crisis’, mental health expert says

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have both called for more acute beds in Tasmania due to the state's ageing population and high rates of substance abuse. According to the Productivity Commission's 2018 Report on Government Services, Tasmania had 53.7 beds per 100,000 people in … Continue reading Shortage of acute beds in Tasmania a ‘crisis’, mental health expert says

Tasmania’s hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation

Jobs in hospitality and retail are among the occupations in Tasmania most vulnerable to automation, according to a new report into the future of jobs in regional Australia. The Job Vulnerability in Australia report by the Regional Australia Institute breaks down at-risk jobs by local government area, and estimates what percentage of jobs are ripe to … Continue reading Tasmania’s hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation

Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

The operator of southern Tasmania's only direct freight service has announced it is pulling out of the state in two weeks, forcing customers to transport goods to northern ports by road or rail. Singapore-based company Swire Shipping has been operating out of Hobart every nine days since 2015, but are stopping the service due to … Continue reading Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

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