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Helping unemployed become work ready

THE Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to announce completion of the first pilot in Devonport as part of its Work Readiness project. Nine of the initial 13 participants undertook work experience and have been validated as work ready by their host employer. Three others entered further education. To date, several of the host employers have offered participants employment…

Schematic representation of the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub

World-leading tech to power island

HYDRO Tasmania will soon start work on developing a ‘‘Hybrid Energy Hub’’ on Flinders Island that will significantly increase renewable energy use and reduce the use and importation of diesel on the northern Tasmanian island. The innovative project will see the majority of Flinders Island’s energy needs supplied by renewable energy within two years, cutting energy expenses significantly. Project director Simon Gamble said like many…

Premier Will Hodgman, Mayor Doug Chipman and Senator Stephen Parry at Kangaroo Bay

Chance to build by bay

A ONCE-in-a-lifetime opportunity for business and tourism developments is now available, with the Clarence City Council taking expressions of interest for Tasmania’s largest urban waterfront redevelopment project, Kangaroo Bay. With 2.2 hectares of private freehold land available, the Clarence City Council is calling for private developers to present expressions of interest to help unlock Kangaroo Bay’s potential. Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the invitation to developers was then latest important stage in a joint initiative…

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Older Aussies keen to work

THE reality is that people are going to need to work for longer. It’s almost inevitable that we’ll reach a stage where 70 rather than 60 becomes the average retirement age. Why? Recent changes to the age pension mean two things: it will increase more slowly over the years and you will be older before you can receive it. The pension age will soon rise by three years, from…

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PM Tony Abbott bites into a fresh onion at the announcement of  TFES extension at Charlton Farm Produce at Moriarty - Courtesy of The Examiner

PM BUOYED BY ONIONS

By TOM O’MEARA WHAT’S the connection between onions and bike riding? Well, until a few weeks ago, none. Then along came bike-riding fanatic, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who managed to overshadow his own game-changing announcement of $200 million for Tasmanian exporters by chomping into a raw, unpeeled onion. The onion movement couldn’t believe its luck, with the photo touring…

Brighton Bypass - Photo by Andrew Fowler

ALL ROADS LEAD TO TASMANIA

Tasmanian transport infrastructure has received a much-needed boost with hundreds of millions of dollars flowing to the state to bring its logistic capability into the 22nd century. Hot on the heels of confirmation of more than $52 million in upgrades to Hobart and Launceston airports, comes the news that the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme will be extended to exporters of products from the state, to the…

Premier Will Hodgman speaking at the Export Growth China launch before his trade mission to China.

Hodgman on a China trade mission

The first half of the Premier Will Hodgman’s trade and investment mission has been reported busy and productive, with talks of new opportunities to expand relations with China, Tasmania’s largest trading partner. Over four days of meetings in Fuzhou and Xi’an Mr Hodgman said the trade mission team has built upon already strong economic, cultural…