Friday, 22 September 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Government response to Coroner recommendations on baby Bjay

    In Parliament today I tabled a copy of the Government’s response to the Coroner’s recommendations on the death of Bjay Johnstone in 2012.

    The Tasmanian Government accepts all 18 of the Coroner’s recommendations to improve our Child Protection System and services, and all recommendations have either been completed or are in the process of being actioned - including those involving Tasmania Police.

    As has also been noted by the Coroner, frontline child safety officers work in an incredibly difficult and challenging field. Such deaths, when they do occur, place an enormous emotional toll on the staff directly connected or associated with this work.

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  • Work underway to make Tasmania the renewable energy battery of the nation

    Work is well underway to revitalise Tasmania’s iconic hydro generation system and cement Tasmania’s place as the renewable energy battery of the nation.

    Today I visited Hydro Tasmania’s Cambridge workshop and saw what Tasmanian ingenuity and hard work can achieve, with the refurbishment of components of the Cluny Power Station.

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  • Strong action to crack down on dangerous driving

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has today tabled new laws that will crack down on the scourge of dangerous driving.

    The consequences of dangerous driving can be catastrophic for individuals, families and communities, and a stronger message must be sent to ensure it is not tolerated on our roads.

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  • $20 million energy rebate for Tasmanian businesses

    The Hodgman Government continues to do all we can to keep power prices as low as possible.

    We recognise that the ongoing volatility in the national electricity market has caused a significant increase in the national wholesale price of power over the course of this year.

    While 99 per cent of customers in Tasmania have the benefit of regulated power prices and have therefore been protected from these increases, there are a number of larger businesses that are unregulated and have been exposed to price increases.

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  • Tourism set to soar higher as direct flights from Adelaide cleared for take off

    Tasmania’s visitor economy is set for a major boost with Jetstar announcing it will commence direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart later this year.

    The new service will add 56,000 seats to Tasmania per annum and will help attract an estimated 46,000 visitors to Tasmania from South Australia each year.

    The three-times a week service will strengthen links to South Australia, which is a market we see as ripe for growth.

    Currently, around five per cent of all interstate visitors to Tasmania are from South Australia and my Government is committed to working with Jetstar to help grow this figure.

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  • Monash Food Incubator and Rocket Seeder partner to launch agtech accelerator

    Victorian-based startups in the food and agtech sectors can now apply for development help from a new accelerator program.

    Rocket Seeder, in partnership with Monash University’s Monash Food Incubatorin Clayton (30 minutes south east of Melbourne’s city centre), is looking to assist early-stage entrepreneurs with an idea through to those with an MVP and paying customers.

    Solutions must address aspects of the value chain, from production to consumption, such as:

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  • New Ceduna Patrol Vessel Launched

    A purpose-built Fisheries Patrol Vessel (FPV) is joining the Primary Industries and Regions SA Fisheries and Aquaculture fleet, and fittingly the vessel has been named by the local community.

    On recommendation from the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, the new vessel will be known as the ‘FPV Wunna’.

    Wunna is the Wirangu word for ‘sea’, a vital resource for the Wirangu people and other Aboriginal traditional landowners who have been living and fishing in these coastal areas for thousands of years.

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  • New Trainees Get Their First Taste Of Local Government

    Young trainees from the Eyre and Western region and the Whyalla City Council are today attending their first induction as part of the State Government’s $4 million Regional Youth Traineeship Program.

    The Welcome to Local Government Induction event in Kimba is the fifth of a series of inductions across South Australia this year designed specifically for program trainees and supervisors.

    The 9 trainees attending the induction today are part of 57 Round 2 inductees bringing the total number of trainees recruited under the program across the State to 114.

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  • Dry Start to Winter Affects Grain Season Start

    Seeding for South Australia’s 2017–18 grain cropping season has been prolonged due to the unusually dry start to winter, with the first estimate of the harvest at 6.4 million tonnes.

    The latest Crop and Pasture Report, produced by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), shows the below average rainfall across the state in May and June prolonged seeding in many districts.

    The north and east cropping zones, however, have experienced near “normal” crop establishment.


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  • Software developer SmartBear opens APAC HQ in Melbourne

    A leading US software developer has opened its Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne.

    SmartBear, which develops software tools for teams, has joined more than 37 per cent of US software developers to locate outside North America.

    The company will offer training, sales and support to regional customers, partners and the greater tech community across local time zones.

    SmartBear joins other major tech companies that have chosen Melbourne for its Asia Pacific offices because of the region’s significant customer base, growing talent pool and Melbourne’s vibrancy and culture.

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