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Rock It Climbing to new heights

Entries are currently open for the 2015 City of Hobart Exceptional Customer Service Awards. The awards are hosted by the City of Hobart and they play an important role in encouraging and rewarding excellence in customer service within our business community. Last year’s winner of the New Business Excellence Award was Rick Perry, from Rock…

Launceston Mayor Albert Van Zetten with Frank Costa AO OAM, who was visiting Tasmania as part of a thought leadership program supported by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce
and Industry and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Picture: Courtesy of The Examiner.


THE doyen of the Australian fruit and vegetable industry and the man billed with transforming the Geelong economy through the revival of the local football team, Frank Costa AO OAM has told a packed audience in Launceston that Tasmanians can have a team in the AFL if they are prepared to work together.

Concept sketch of the Blue Derby Pods

Eco pod accommodation successfully floated

Mountain bike riders in the state’s north east will be able to enjoy floating accommodation among the trees at the end of a hard day’s ride, after the Blue Derby Pods expression of interest (EOI) was accepted under the State Government’s New Tourism Opportunities in National Parks and Reserves policy. The unusual pod accommodation will…

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Launceston institution resumes manufacturing

ACL Bearing Company has reopened its Launceston plant, manufacturing high quality bearing products for high performance engine platforms. ACL Bearing Company ceased operation in July 2014 but in September of that year was sold to US based company, ACL Distribution Inc. Their return from closure, after 65 years of operation in Launceston, is expected to…

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Nyrstar investment to boost Tasmanian economy

Nyrstar has announced it will expand production into rare Earth metals for electronic devices at its Lutana smelter site, a move that will secure 600 direct jobs and another 3,500 indirect in the Tasmanian economy. A funding agreement signed with the Tasmanian Government will secure Nyrstar’s future in Tasmania and allow Nyrstar to invest $52…

Devonport Work Ready Program graduate ceremony

Work Ready plan success

SEPTEMBER 2014 saw the start of the TCCI Employer Validated Work Readiness pilot project, TCCI Work Ready, designed to put employers ahead when it comes to determining if a person is work-ready. The program does not use accredited training, but instead focuses on building the participants’ capability to meet employers’ expectations in the workplace. The final outcome of this project will be a framework that represents what employers have identified as the attributes of…

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce Industry CEO Michael Bailey. Courtesy of the Examiner

Two-speed economy continues with confidence stronger in south

THE Tasmanian economy continues to show it has two speeds, with the latest Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) business expectations survey showing southern businesses are significantly more bullish about the future than their northern and north-western colleagues. The second quarter survey for 2015 is showing approximately 50 per cent of southern business have a positive outlook, compared to about just 10 per cent of north and north-west businesses feeling positive about the economy.…