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Cutting-edge timber projects

The durability of Tasmanian timber will be increased and technology will be enhanced under a new $5.5 million research program for the forestry sector. The inaugural round of projects funded by the Launceston centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation has been announced.

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New life planned for city hotel

A $30 million development will transform the Welcome Stranger site on the corner of Hobart’s Harrington and Davey Streets. The 45m-high plan would see the Welcome Stranger will be replaced by a new development combining retail space, inner city living, and public open space.

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Drive for fatter pay cheques

New businesses starting up in Tasmania should be given preferential treatment by the State Government ahead of existing businesses, leading economist Saul Eslake believes. That is the key message in the 2018 Tasmanian Report, produced by Mr Eslake and set to be released at TCCI functions in Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone this month.

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Tasplan recruits former CBUS CIO to Board

Tasplan has announced the appointment of former CBUS CIO, Trish Donohue as a Non-Executive Director of Tasplan Pty Ltd, effective 1 January 2019. Ms Donohue’s appointment, achieved via a nomination of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, reflects Tasplan’s focus on ensuring there continues to be an appropriate skills mix on the Board.

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Organic path bears fruit

A Tasmanian apple orchard has been announced the inaugural recipient of the $30 million Woolworths Organic Growth Fund.  The grant from Woolworths will form part of a $10m investment by Huon Valley business R&R Smith, to increase production of organic apples in Australia and put a focus on the development of an organic apple variety not well known in Australia.

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