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  • New Cultural and Creative Industries Register EOI opens

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is focused on implementing best practice for funding and governance within our creative industries, and is now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be included on the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

    Under the Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017, new applications for support from Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania will be peer-assessed by industry experts drawn from the register of people who work or are engaged in our cultural and creative industries.

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  • Mid North Feedlot Expansion To Create Jobs And Drive Exports

    The expansion of a Mid North feedlot will create new jobs and boost production of top quality South Australian beef for export to markets in Australia and Europe – a project being backed by a State Government grant.



    A $250,000 contribution from the Regional Development Fund to the Princess Royal feedlot near Burra will create up to 31 construction jobs and five new full-time equivalent positions.

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  • Victims scammed via Western Union may get refunds

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 12 February to try to get it back.

    Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

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  • Regional Development Fund Grows Green Grain Freekeh Industry In South Australia

    A South Australian company that is already a world leader in one of the world's top superfoods is busily investigating how it can use other grains to create high protein, fibre and nutrition products to feed the world.

    Greenwheat Freekeh received a $900,000 Regional Development Fund grant for the expansion of its production plant at Dublin on the Adelaide Plains.

    Named as one of the top 100 foods of 2017, freekeh is actually a process, rather than a grain.

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  • Small business contacts up 30 per cent

    Almost 5,000 small businesses contacted the ACCC in the second half of 2017, up from 3,700 in the preceding six months, according to the latest edition of the Small business in focus released today.


    “Alleged misleading conduct, false representations and consumer guarantees remained the top issues reported to the ACCC by business last year,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.


    The report highlights a number of recent changes affecting small businesses including competition law reform, the ban on excessive payment surcharges and the new laws for unfair contract terms.

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  • Tasmanian Export Wine Of The Year 2018

    Accolade Wines’ Eddystone Point Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016, signature wine from producer Bay of Fires, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Export Wine of Show International Judges Trophy at the 2018 Tasmanian Wine Show Awards held at Josef Chromy Wines near Launceston.

    The Tasmanian Government remains committed to showcasing Tasmania’s best products to the world and is a proud supporter of our world-class local producers.

    Year-on-year the Tasmanian wine industry continues to grow both in production and in international reputation with wine exports alone bringing in some $3.7 million in sales to the state each year.

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  • Completion of Aluminium Composite Panel Cladding Audit

    Following the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Minister for Building and Construction asked me to undertake an audit of non-compliant Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding.

    ACP is available in Australia in different forms.  Many ACP products have been tested for fire-resistance and are compliant.  The audit focused on ACP with a flammable polyethylene core (PE).

    The audit report has been completed and released.

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  • Regional Development Fund Helps To Engineer Jobs In Mount Gambier

    The $2.1 million expansion of Whitty Engineering’s Mount Gambier operations is opening doors in the United States and around the world.



    Whitty Engineering managing director Will Whitty said the company had secured a world-exclusive agreement with expert wood chipping company Acrowood Corporation to enhance its operations in Australia.

    Mr Whitty said that since receiving a $300,000 Regional Development Fund grant in July 2016, and moving into the bigger premises built later in that year, the business had secured several large projects.

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  • Drones used to save teenage swimmers

    Lifeguards used a drone fitted with a flotation device to rescue two swimmers struggling in heavy surf at Lennox Head.

    In a world-first rescue, lifeguards at Lennox Head have used a drone to spot two swimmers in powerful surf about one kilometre north of the flags.

    The lifeguard used the drone to drop a Rescue Pod into the water. Once expanded, the swimmers were able to grab hold of the pod to help them stay afloat and make their way to shore.

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  • Light Rail under City Deal will benefit local businesses

    A Hobart City Deal that incorporates Light Rail will be a game-changer for residents and businesses along the currently non-operational rail line.

    Today, it was my pleasure to visit St Albi Bar and Eatery in Moonah, where I spoke to the proprietor Lucy Baker and Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group President Ben Johnston about the benefits that Light Rail can bring to Hobart and the northern suburbs.

    Light Rail would be a boon for all businesses, and especially those along the rail line in the northern suburbs as it gives people another avenue to get out, visit the suburbs and spend money in local shops and eateries.

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