Winner of the Southern cook off and finalist for the Award for Excellence, Robin Kelly  with his assistant, Kelsea House during the cook off on 22 June, image courtesy of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association

State’s best chefs set to Savour Shanghai

Top Tasmanian chefs will be flying the flag in China, with Savour Tasmania set to be held in Shanghai for the first time, opening further opportunities to strengthen ties with one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies. Since its début in 2009, the Savour Tasmania winter food festival has tempted crowds across the…

Students at Elizabeth College are among those who would benefit from the Tasmanian Cloud initiative

ICT boost set to streamline Tasmania’s digital sector

The Tasmanian Government has secured a deal with Australia’s largest locally owned ICT company, UXC to expand its operations in Tasmania, as ICT projects continue to prosper in the state. Minister for Information Technology and Innovation Michael Ferguson said the deal, signed in May 2015, will see UXC transform its existing 12-person operation in Hobart…

Dr Katrena Stephenson, newly appointed CEO of LGAT

LGAT appoints first female CEO

Dr Katrena Stephenson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), making her the first female CEO in the organisation’s 102 year old history. Dr Stephenson has been acting CEO since the departure of Allan Garcia on 1 May 2015 and has been the Policy Director…

WorkSafe Tasmania Awards 2014 overall winner
Ken Ewington (centre), from Powerlinestas,
accompanied by (from left) WGL consultant Bill
Lee, GIO Insurance representative Michael
Charman and Treasurer Peter Gutwein.

Awards celebrate 20 years of excellence

WORKSAFE Tasmania is celebrating 20 years of showcasing achievements in safety excellence and innovation, in the 2015 WorkSafe Tasmania Awards. The awards recognise organisations and individuals who are leading the way in work health and safety, the initiatives they develop and the work they do every day to make safety a top priority. This commitment has contributed to Tasmanian workers’ compensation claims being halved since the awards started in 1996 —…

An architectural render of the new-look Hobart Airport


The $100 million redevelopment of Hobart Airport, set to transform the state’s busiest gateway, has been hailed as a win for the state’s economy. The project includes a $40 million runway extension, enabled through funding assistance of $38 million from the Australian Government, and an additional $2 million from Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd. There will also…

Mark Harrison, Principal Advisor at Crowe Horwath

PREPARATION KEY: Planning ahead will pay off come tax time

WHEN it comes to tax time, knowledge is power. Mark Harrison, Crowe Horwath’s associate principal of business advisory in Hobart, suggests now is the time for business owners to prepare for their optimal tax return. “Allowing the time to prepare thoroughly for your greatest tax advantage is certainly time well spent,” he said. Reduction to company tax rate from July 1, 2015 The government remains committed to reducing the company tax rate for…

The crowd at the State Budget Luncheon at the Country Club Casino, Launceston. Photo courtesy of
The Examiner. Picture: Oliver King.


IN THE era of booking tickets to the moon and human interface technology unlocking the power of human intelligence, the budget week was dominated by a rather humble word – confidence.

Yes, confidence, which is trust of others, including our leaders.