Burnie Port Project to Help Grow Tasmania’s Economy, Create Jobs

Tasmania’s busiest port is to undergo a $12 million transformation, giving the state’s economy a major boost. Under the new plan, trains will be able to shunt within the operational area of the Burnie port, and the capacity of the container storage area will be significantly upgraded. Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said the…

Tasmania’s spectacular wilderness: Cradle Mountain walk, by photographer Scott Bradshaw

Tasmania’s Tourism Take-off: make sure you fasten your seatbelts!

A curtain call for Tasmania has been met with a standing ovation on the world stage with the overwhelming success of tourism enterprises around the state in 2014. If it wasn’t enough having the Chinese President visiting Tasmania and exposing our humble state to over a billion people, the Federal Group’s Saffire Freycinet has been…

Alex Forrest in Antarctica with specialised equipment

The Australian Maritime College breaking the ice to new technology

Leading researchers at the Australian Maritime College will be at the forefront of the robotic age of Antarctic exploration with the announcement of a $24 million Antarctic Gateway Partnership. Launched by the Australian Government in November 2014, the grant includes $7.5 million contribution to establish a marine technology hub to build next-generation hybrid autonomous vehicles…

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UTAS funding for fisheries’ benefit

The Federal Government has announced more than $700,000 will be funded to three major Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) projects at the University of Tasmania. Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, announced the funding and said the investment aims to builds on Australia’s credentials as a leader in sustainable…

Tassie Devil showing its fangs, by photographer Scott Bradshaw

Will the Tasmanian Devil be Tasmania’s first state animal emblem?

The Liberal Government has opened public discussion on whether to make the Tasmanian Devil the state’s official animal emblem. Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage Matt Groom believes a Tasmanian Devil emblem can only be a positive for Tasmania’s brand. “Tasmania is currently the only state not to have an official animal emblem. The Devil…

Churchill Fellowship offering opportunity of a lifetime

No one lived up to the saying ‘the world is your oyster’ better than Sir Winston Churchill, who, beyond the grave is still encouraging everyday Australians to seize the opportunities to learn and explore abroad. Created on the wishes of the late British leader, the Churchill Fellowships presents the opportunity for everyday people to travel,…

Money

Six years of deficit leaves Auditor General searching for answers

Auditor-General Mike Blake tabled his analysis of the Treasurer’s 2013-14 Annual Financial Report to reveal a sixth year of consecutive underlying deficits in the General Government Sector. Mr Blake noted that while the overall underlying financial performance of the State improved slightly this year, the General Government Sector, which accounts for the majority of state…