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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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  • OBS Growth In New Naracoorte Specialist Seed Processing Plant

    Ten new FTE jobs will be created and the Limestone Coast will become a world-leading specialist seed processing hub with the construction of a new $5.4 million plant.



    A $300,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will assist South Pacific Seeds (SPS) to build the new plant in Naracoorte, allowing locally grown seeds to be processed and exported directly to markets in Asia, Europe and Australia.

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  • This week in small business with Ombudsman Kate Carnell

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, talks this week about planning for the year ahead, managing cash flow and how to understand and prevent cyber-attacks.

    Planning for the year ahead: “As small business owners, this is a time to look at things you’ve put off since last year; the first one on the list is cash flow. Sit down with your accountant and look at your cash flow, your business plan, for the next 12 months.”

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  • White confirms will scrap wages cap, wreck budget

    After months of trying to dodge the issue, the Leader of the Opposition Ms White has finally come clean on public sector wages – revealing to the Australian newspaper today that she will “scrap” the two percent wages cap.*

    Now, she must outline exactly how much of a pay-rise she intends to give Tasmania’s public servants, noting that every one percent increase is an additional $25 million per year.

    This could only mean cuts to health, cuts to education, and cuts to police numbers.

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  • Water Users At West Lakes To Remain Vigilant

    Waters users at West Lakes can still enjoy recreational fishing and boating, however should remain vigilant following yesterday’s discovery of a fish kill.

    On Thursday 11 January, Primary Industries & Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture was alerted to a fish kill of approximately two to three hundred fish including Bream, Snapper, Mulloway, Trevally, Mullet and Crabs at West Lakes, near the Trimmer Parade inlet.

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