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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Education sector:

International pilots head to Tassie

Tasmania is proving to be a significant aviation player, with a local company winning a lucrative contract to train overseas pilots. Par-Avion, based at Cambridge aerodrome in Hobart, is Tasmania’s premier flying training organisation. It has just signed a deal with Air Asia for around 75 of its pilots to be trained in Tasmania each year. In the meantime, Par-Avion has indicated it is keen to set up another flight school in the state’s north-west, and is eyeing off both Devonport and Burnie as potential options. Earlier this year, Managing Director Shannon Wells told The Advocate the fact that both airports are under-utilised and had low congestion, makes them ideally suitable for aviation training: “It’s all round a good match for what we’d want to have for our potential international flying school… it would mean jobs and growth for the region.”

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Ansett to fly high in Launceston

Will Richards, the grandson of Reginald Ansett – who founded the airline company that proudly carried his name – is continuing his grandfather’s aviation legacy, in Tasmania. He is also trading airplanes for helicopters. Richards has set up a base for a helicopter training school and scenic flights at Glebe Farm, near Launceston. Ansett Aviation is due to begin operations this month. Earning his aviation stripes mustering cattle in the far north, Richards will add to his other helicopter operations at Broome, in northern Western Australia, and Gladstone, in central Queensland. The new venture is a boost not only for the aviation industry, but also local tourism. Ansett Aviation manager, Michael Douglas, told The Examiner: “The new base here in Launceston offers flight training for both private and commercial licenses and also scenic joy flights and air charters.” Reginald Ansett established Ansett Airlines in 1935, with the company flying high for 66 years.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Symphony summer school

Expect the sounds of sweet music over the coming summer months, with a special summer school for aspiring Tasmanian conductors. For the second year, the Australian Conducting Academy, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), will be giving the next generation of conductors the opportunity to hone their talents with a professional orchestra. The course is being led by TSO principal guest conductor, Johannes Fritzsch. TSO Managing Director, Nicholas Heyward told The Mercury: “For the second year running we are delighted to offer a talented group of aspiring conductors a unique opportunity to work with a professional orchestra which is very involved and supportive of the process, and hone their skills with Johannes, a master educator and mentor.” The symphony summer school will be held in Hobart from late January next year.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Kids join archaeological dig

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Young archaeologists-in-training have joined the dig at an important excavation as part of an innovative education initiative.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

Naval partners for Maritime College

The Launceston based Australian Maritime College has been named as the strategic partner of the new $25m Naval Shipbuilding College in Adelaide. The Naval College will be the key provider of manpower and expertise needed for the Federal Government’s $195m defence build, which includes submarines and naval vessels. However, the partnership will also deliver opportunities for students at the Maritime College. University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, welcomed the announcement by Federal Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne, seeing it as a major opportunity for Tasmania. Professor Black said: “There will soon be unprecedented career development opportunities in the maritime sector, particularly in the fields of maritime engineering and logistics, as a result of the Government’s multi-billion dollar naval shipbuilding program.” It is estimated that by 2026 more than 5,200 workers will be needed to fulfil the Government’s defence build.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Academy honours two locals

Two University of Tasmania scientists have received prestigious career honorific awards from the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of their lifelong achievements. UTAS Professor David Cooke (ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits) won the 2018 Haddon Forrester King Medal and Lecture, while his colleague, Professor Matt King (School of Land and Food), was awarded the 2018 Mawson Medal and Lecture. Professor Cooke's investigations into the geological processes that produce copper-gold deposits, as a result of fluids released from magma deep within the Earth's crust, have transformed geochemical exploration techniques around the world. Professor King's work has helped reveal the dynamic nature of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica and how they contribute to sea-level change. Nationally, 18 academics were honoured and most of them will be presented with their awards at the academy’s annual signature science event, Science at the Shine Dome, on 24 May in Canberra. In a further tribute to UTAS, three senior staff have been named in this year's Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researchers list, ranking them in the top 1 per cent in their subject fields globally. They are Professor Reg Watson (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies); Associate Professor Tim Brodribb (Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology) and Professor Sergey Shabala (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture).

8 February 2018, Edition 191

$14.7m boosts UTAS research

UTAS researchers will map the Milky Way, use our convict history to explore the impact of solitary confinement, analyse how best to influence corporate tax strategies and complete other projects, thanks to 27 grants totalling $14.7 million in recent Australian Research Council allocations. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Brigid Heywood, said: “This is an outstanding result for the university, and for Tasmania, in what is a highly competitive process. Our research delivers significant social and economic benefits to the State, but more importantly it creates new knowledge which drives creativity and innovation. The projects funded today highlight the breadth of the University of Tasmania’s expertise and confirm our place as a research-led institution boldly exploring new frontiers.”

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Quolls are on a mission

Twenty captive-bred Tasmanian eastern quolls are set to become the first of their species to live in the wild in continental Australia for more than 50 years. Raised at Trowunna Wildlife Park and Devils@Cradle in Tasmania, they will be released into Booderee National Park in southern NSW in April. Once found across much of south-eastern Australia, the animals have become extinct outside Tasmania, with blame allocated to foxes, cats, poisoning and habitat destruction. Adult quolls are about 37cm long (excluding the tail) and weigh about a kilogram. They feed on insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. WWF-Australia’s Head of Living Ecosystems, Darren Grover, said: “The loss of native species like eastern quolls has disturbed nature’s balance. The goal is to see some eastern quoll populations permanently re-established in the wild on mainland Australia and it all starts at Booderee National Park ... We hope they settle in quickly, stay healthy and start to breed immediately." The park has been the scene of extensive fox-control programs. If the release is successful, a further 40 quolls will be released in 2019 and another 40 in 2020. The released quolls will be GPS collared and monitored by Parks Australia staff and Australian National University ecologists.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Devil of a show at TMAG

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is using three galleries for an exhibition exploring the ecology and biology of the beleaguered Tasmanian devil, along with changes over time in the public perception of the largest surviving marsupial carnivore. The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil exhibition took two years to assemble and will continue until 6 May. Senior Curator, Kathryn Medlock, said "The history of the animal is quite interesting because it really was perceived as being a pest, a threat to livelihoods and agriculture, fierce and nasty. Over time that's changed. I'm really hoping the public will gain a new respect of this animal and broaden their perspective on why it is such a remarkable species that has overcome the odds." Wildlife biologist and TMAG Honorary Curator, Nick Mooney, said it was important that a new attitude towards devils was consolidated in light of their survival struggle against Devil Facial Tumour Disease. "Now that they've had a brush with extinction and they're very rare, people are more interested," he said. An educational program has been created alongside the exhibition and school programs are planned.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

30 Tasmanians share honours

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Expatriate Tasmanian scientist, Graham Farquhar, AO, was named Senior Australian of the Year, while 29 other local people were honoured in the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

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