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Agility Logistics

Agility builds durable, efficient supply chains that power businesses and drive trade, creating access to new opportunities.

Agility Logistics provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, chemical logistics, and fairs and events.

We are distinguished by our global network and leading position in emerging markets; a willingness to customize solutions for our customers; an entrepreneurial culture that has led us to invest and grow in areas where others see risk; and a deep commitment to personal service for our customers and communities.

Contact name Brett Charlton
Phone 03 6334 8633
Email bcharlton@agility.com
Website www.Agility.com

Cawthorn Welding Pty Ltd

Metal fabrication and boat building business located south of Hobart at Electrona Industrial Estate. Established in 1993.

Cawthorn Welding has diverse workforce with a varying range of ages, skill sets and years of experience.
We undertake steel, aluminium and stainless fabrication
Boat building, work barges, pontoons
Vessel modifications and refits
Work for the aquaculture and fishing industry
Truck trays
Chipper bin bodies
Hooklift bins and waste bins
Water tankers
Grain bins
Structural steelwork
Earthmoving equipment repairs, mudbuckets, grabs, etc

Phone 03 6267 9305
Email admin@cawthornwelding.com.au
Website www.cawthornwelding.com.au

Delta Hydraulics Pty Ltd

Delta Hydraulics is an Australian-owned company founded in 1975 and employing 85 people.

The hydraulics cylinders designed and manufactured by Delta are used worldwide. The company is a major supplier of precision manufactured components and products to the power generation, processing, transport, mining and defence industries. Delta Hydraulics is the manufacturer of Delhoist Telescopic cylinders, Delhy Industrial cylinders, hydraulics power packs, hydraulics manifolds and integrated circuits.

Contact name John White
Phone 03 6420 6900
Email jfwhite@dh.au.com
Website www.dh.au.com

Eaglehawk Neck Action Community Taskforce

Eaglehawk Neck Action Community Taskforce aims to make Eaglehawk Neck a better place to visit and live.

To find out more about our region read on but this is only a selection of what you can do in the region so view our website to find out what else you can see and do! EAGLEHAWK NECK so much to see! Most tourist towns can boast of at least one, maybe two or three; unique thing to see that draws visitors to that place and adds to the many reasons why locals choose to live there.do!

Very few, if any, towns in Tasmania, let alone Australia, can lay claim to as many unique things to see as can Eaglehawk Neck. Not all our scenic wonders are unique, but where else can you confidently list over 30 wonderful attractions for the visitor to enjoy; with so many of them unique to this very small but amazing town? do!

So pause for a while, explore and enjoy the beauty of Eaglehawk neck. The Neck itself is unique. Just 150 metres from one side to the other it's a low sandy spit, 200 metre long that creates the only land access from the Forestier Peninsular to the Tasman Peninsula. Eaglehawk Neck was, of course, one of the principal reasons behind the establishment of the penal settlements at Port Arthur and Saltwater River. The Neck provided a natural barrier to escape from the Tasman Peninsula and rumours of sharks infesting the water in Eaglehawk Bay, spread widely by the prison authorities, added to the fiercesome reputation of the penal settlements. do!

Nowadays the Neck separates a beautiful, sandy surfing beach on one side and a generally sheltered and tranquil tree-lined bay on the other. Take your pick! do!

PIRATES BAY Pirates Bay lies to the eastern side of Eaglehawk Neck and runs the full length of the coast, like a gigantic letter C, from Clydes Island, at the northern end, to Fossil Island, beyond the famous Blowhole. do!

Beyond Pirates Bay is the Tasman Sea; with the next land being New Zealand over 2,000 kilometres away. The Great South Ocean and Pacific Oceans lay beyond, so some quite severe and spectacular seas can be seen in Pirates Bay at times; particularly along the sea-cliffs near the Blowhole, Tasman's Arch and Devil's Kitchen.do!

FISHING BOATS Eaglehawk Neck is home to a small commercial fishing fleet, mostly catching crayfish up and down the coast. It is also home to several private charter boats offering fishing or sight-seeing tours. Then there is the constant stream of recreational fisherman launching or retrieving their boats from the four ramps available. do!

TESSELATED PAVEMENT Situated on the tide-line below The Lufra hotel car park, this geological feature is quite unique to Eaglehawk Neck and has to be seen to be believed. Formed through the actions of waves and tides over millions of years, the result is a large flat area of rocks that appear to have been sliced neatly into a mass of rectangular sections; as if by human hand with a massive knife. An amazing sight at any time but more so when the light is right. It is, truly, a photographer's paradise. do!

CLYDES ISLAND Stretching out into Pirates Bay from the majestic cliffs at the northern end of the beach, this tiny island can be accessed via a 20 minute scramble along the rocky shore-line from the beach just north of the Tessellated Pavement. do!

THE BLOWHOLE One of Eaglehawk Neck's more famous attractions, The Blowhole, was also formed through millions of years of water and wind erosion. Depending on the ocean swells on the day The Blowhole can amaze you with its raw power as huge waves force their way through the small opening from the ocean and smash into the massive boulders in the cauldron in front of you. do!

DEVIL'S KITCHEN This very aptly named feature gets its name from the cauldron of foaming fury, normally seen at water level from the viewing platform several hundred feet above, where the swells of the Great Southern Ocean crash into the base of the tall cliffs. Even on relatively calm days it's still an awesome sight to behold.do!

TASMAN'S ARCH Just 100 metres from the lookout to the Devil's Kitchen is the infamous Tasman's Arch which would be identical to the former were it not for the huge bridge of solid rock that spans the gap across the hole created by the wind and waves over millions of years. do!

THE DOG LINE To deter escapees during the convict era a cutting was made through the sand-dunes on Eaglehawk Neck using convict labour. A line of six to nine large, vicious dogs were then housed in kennels made from old barrels across the gap from Pirates Bay to Eaglehawk neck Bay; close enough to touch each other but not close enough to fight each other. do!

DOO TOWN Doo Town, another unique facet of Eaglehawk Neck, is a small but very distinct part of the township. It comprises just thirty to forty houses, nestled between the sand dunes behind Pirates Bay.do!

Over several years nearly every property owner in the area gave their 'shack' a 'Doo' name and eventually the Tasmanian Nomenclature Board approved Doo Town as the official name of the 'town'.do!

Doo Town now enjoys an international reputation, having featured on many travel shows and in travel publications. There are 32 names to be found - see how many you can find?do!

SURF BEACHES The northern end of Pirates Bay Beach at The Neck and southward to Egg Beach in the middle can provide some of the best surfing conditions in Tasmania. do!

SAFE BEACHES Safe beaches for toddlers and smaller children can be found, at most times, at the southern end of Pirates Bay, along Descent Beach. do!

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK The Tasman National Park and State Reserves cover three separate areas on the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas, with the part on the Forestier Peninsula being in-accessible by public roads.

Contact name Arthur Orchard
Phone 0419 123 302
Email aorchard01@bigpond.com

Engineers Australia (Tasmania Division)

Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.

Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. With over 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Engineers Australia Tasmania Division is based in Hobart and has approximately 1300 members statewide. The Tasmania Division advocates for the recognition of the role Engineering plays in the Tasmanian economy and community and provides opportunities to advance knowledge to the benefit of the state

Contact name Paul Hurworth
Phone 0419 549 931
Email phurworth@engineersaustralia.org.au
Website www.engineersaustralia.org.au

Hydro Tasmania

Building on more than a century of experience and innovation, Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s largest generator of clean, renewable energy.

It generates the energy that underpins the Tasmanian economy and supports the Tasmanian community. It also sells energy into the National Electricity Market.

Hydro Tasmania’s retail arm Momentum Energy sells energy and energy services to businesses and residential customers on mainland Australia and provides retail services to the Bass Strait Islands. It also offers world-renowned expertise through its specialist consulting firm Entura.

Hydro Tasmania stands ready to help make Tasmania the Battery of the Nation as it looks to pursue the opportunity to double its clean renewable capacity and create plenty of extra renewable energy to help mainland Australia as coal power is phased out.

Hydro Tasmania at a glance

  • A Government Business Enterprise owned by the Tasmanian Government on behalf of the Tasmanian community, employing more than 1100 people.
  • The largest water manager in Australia.
  • Each year the business produces about 9000 gigawatt hours of clean electricity from hydropower – enough to power about 900,000 Australian homes and small businesses. 
  • The Tasmanian system has a total capacity of more than 2600 megawatts and includes 30 hydropower stations and more than 50 major dams.
  • The business also generates power from two wind farms and a gas-fired power station in northern Tasmania. 

Links:

Take a look here to find out more about Hydro Tasmania

Here’s where to find out more about Battery of the Nation

Contact name Cassandra Leigh
Phone 0409 722 359
Email cassandra.leigh@hydro.com.au
Website www.hydro.com.au

Megavar

Megavar is an Australian power engineering firm, headquartered in Tasmania. We specialise in high voltage design, installation, testing, commissioning and asset maintenance for our clients, and we offer a comprehensive test equipment rental service.

Our experienced engineers, project managers, designers and technicians will work closely with you to deliver quality outcomes across your power generation, transmission and distribution assets. We are able to mobilise at short notice and deliver projects and services anywhere in Australia and in the Pacific region. Our clients span utility, water, manufacturing, mining, transport, property, commercial and industrial sectors and include many of Tasmania's iconic food and beverage brands. We are third party certified to ISO9001, ISO14001 and AS4801 for our quality, environment and safety management systems. Megavar supports the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and the annual Tasmanian Project Management Achievement Awards.

Contact name David Berry
Phone 1300 730 499
Email service@megavar.com.au
Website www.megavar.com.au

Northern Tasmania Development

NTD advances the interests and development of Northern Tasmania by facilitating and co-ordinating worthy economic and community initiatives, in conjunction with our eight northern shareholder Councils.

The Northern Tasmania projects of NTD are based around strategic planning, regional land-use planning, regional transport and infrastructure planning, and local government resource sharing initiatives. These projects allow us to work within the community and the region to develop and grow Northern Tasmania.

As projects are identified, NTD develops these projects to reflect the best outcomes for the community and the northern region.

We offer intelligence on developments within the area, and act as a springboard to further information for businesses wishing to invest. We also manage a number of projects which are either funded by our shareholder Councils, or by State and/or Federal Governments.

Contact name Derek Le Marchant
Phone 03 6380 6800
Email admin@northerntasmania.org.au
Website www.northerntasmania.org.au

PFG Group

The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products

The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products to the marine, aquaculture, mining, civil construction, industrial services and agriculture sectors. PFG also owns and operates Prairie Signs, Tasmania’s only statewide graphics company.
PFG currently has three factories in Tasmania and two in South Australia and we distribute products and services globally. Our head office is located on the waterfront in Goodwood and with factory/warehouse infrastructure exceeding 12,000 square metres, we have the facilities and logistical expertise to service the local Tasmania market while further expanding our national and international opportunities. PFG employ approximately 50 staff across all sites.

Contact name Rob Miley
Phone 03 6274 0222
Email robm@pfg-group.com.au
Website www.pfg-group.com.au

RDA Tasmania

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative established to encourage partnership between all levels of government to enhance the growth and development of Australia's regional communities. RDA committees operate under

RDA Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation that has a formal partnership between the Australian Government, Tasmanian Government, and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT). A key focus of RDA Tasmania is on the economic, social and environmental issues affecting communities.

Committee members of RDA Tasmania are committed volunteers who have been chosen by the Australian Government due to their understanding of, and experience in, a range of areas including their professional and industry background, community networks, skills and experience.

Contact name Craig Perkins, CEO
Phone 03 6334 9822
Email rdatasmania@rdatasmania.org.au
Website www.rdatasmania.org.au/

TAS Essential Services

TAS Essential Services supports a range of family owned businesses in Tasmania to grow and thrive.

Acting as a corporate shared services Hub for Tasmanian family-owned businesses, we provide financial, marketing, sales, operations and HR support services.

The businesses operate in a broad range of sectors including food services, agriculture, manufacturing, irrigation, marketing, hospitality, building and construction.

Contact name Lesley Aitken
Phone 03 6319 6384
Email admin@tasessentialservices.com.au

Tasmanian Ports Corporation

Tasports is a State-Owned Company responsible for 11 of Tasmania's key ports. Our purpose is to facilitate trade for the benefit of Tasmania with a focus on customers as business drivers.

Tasports formed on 1 January 2006 following the merger of the Hobart, Devonport, Burnie and Launceston port corporations. The statewide organization was established to improve logistics solutions and rationalise resources to deliver a more efficient and consistent service to customers.

Tasport's main services include pilotage, security, navigation, port control, and emergency response. Tasports also provides cold storage and warehousing, quarantine services, along with towage, salvage and floating plant for marine engineering, construction and coastal haulage.

Not restricted to seaports, Tasports also operates the Devonport Airport as well as the Burnie and Bell Bay woodchip loader infrastructure.

In recent years Tasports has worked to prioritise investment in our ports. Tasports has developed port precinct and land use strategies that support a long term vision of port use. Tasports is cognisant of both commercial and community uses of ports and has therefore developed a four year plan to re-invest in high use community assets around the state.

Contact name Matt Frodsham
Phone 1300 366 742
Email reception@tasports.com.au
Website www.tasports.com.au

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Hobart's transport vision

A bold 30-year plan which presents an exciting blueprint for transport in Hobart, has been unveiled. The RACT vision focuses on a shift from a city dependent on cars, to one that embraces public and active transport. Cross River Ferry services are a central core feature, as are park-and-ride stations. It also encourages cyclists with the removal of on-street parking to allow for upgraded cycleways. Hi-tech is also a feature with self-drive cars, and traffic lights that ‘communicate’ with motor vehicle flow. It is forecast to cost $1.6 billion if fully implemented. RACT Chief Executive, Harvey Lennon, said it has the potential to change Hobart forever. He told The Mercury: “This vision details a range of action items staged across the next 30 years providing a responsive holistic solution that embraces new technology and creates a people-focused accessible city for all to enjoy.”

14 April 2019, Edition 204

Airport plan an export boost

A $100 million upgrade of Hobart airport, which was unveiled earlier this month, is another step forward in the plan to bring international flights into the Tasmanian capital. The upgrade, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020, includes customs and immigration facilities to handle overseas flights. These would provide Tasmanian exporters – especially growers of premium fruit and vegetables – with an invaluable direct link to overseas markets. The Federal Government allocated $38 million last year for Hobart’s runway to be extended for international carriers. The passenger terminal is also in line for a major overhaul and a doubling in size. Plans include an expanded departure lounge, improved passenger screening facilities, and a new mezzanine level at the southern end which would house the airline lounges. Hobart airport has just had its busiest year, with a record 2.6 million passengers through the gates, and that number is expected to reach 4 million by 2030.

14 April 2019, Edition 204

City Deal signed and sealed

The ink is dry on Hobart’s much anticipated City Deal and upgrading the city’s airport into an international gateway is at its heart. The $1.43 billion, 10-year commitment, which promises to transform Tasmania’s capital, was signed late last month by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said: “The City Deal will open the city and Tasmania up for locals and for the world … [It’s] about driving investment into the city to make it an even better place to live and work, but also to drive benefits well beyond Hobart for all Tasmanians, whether in the north or the south, especially through the investment in the airport.” The City Deal allocates $82 million to upgrade the status of Hobart’s airport from domestic to international, with funds for the provision of border services, customs and bio-security. This comes on the back of a record run for the airport, with December 2018 figures reporting an unprecedented 2.6 million passengers over 12 months. Other key initiatives include: $461 million for the new Bridgewater Bridge; $450 million for Antarctic research; $30 million for affordable housing; and $25 million for the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor Project.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

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Bass Strait shipping boost

Tasmania’s export boom has spurred a Bass Strait freight boost, which includes the launching of Australia’s largest cargo ship.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Priority for Bass Strait interconnector

Infrastructure Australia has released its 2019 Priority List, and six Tasmanian projects have made the cut, which The Mercury Editorial described as a ‘good news story’. With memories of the 2016 Tasmanian energy crisis fresh in minds, a second Bass Strait interconnector has understandably been given priority status. Tasmanian Energy Minister, Guy Barnett said: “The inclusion of the second Bass Strait electricity interconnector is an acknowledgment of the significant role Tasmania has to play in the national electricity grid.” Speaking at a business leaders' lunch last week, Tasmania Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief, Michael Bailey added: “If we can get this interconnector up, we will see a number of major wind projects doubling in size.” Other projects to make the priority list include The University of Tasmania’s $400 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre in Hobart’s CBD, the new Bridgewater bridge, along with irrigation, rail and sewerage upgrades. 

18 February 2019, Edition 202

University expands property portfolio

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) continues to snap up Hobart’s city buildings as it progresses with plans to locate more of its activities in the CBD. The latest purchase is the former Forestry Tasmania building in Melville Street. This follows other recent acquisitions including the Fountainside Hotel on Brooker Avenue, and the Midcity Hotel on the corner of Elizabeth and Bathurst Streets. Both these properties will be converted into student accommodation, as the rental squeeze continues to bite. UTAS has also secured funding to underwrite a new complex of about 430 beds, valued at around $70 million, at 40 Melville Street opposite the University’s Hobart Apartments building.

14 February 2019

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What a year!

It’s been a great year for Tasmania. David Attenborough showcased our stunning island to a global audience of millions, a deal was struck for new Bass Strait ferries, while our whisky and wine shone on the world stage… and that’s just the start.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Pier sale helps Mac Point

The Tasmanian Government has announced it will be selling the Elizabeth Street Pier to help fund its Macquarie Point vision. Central to this is the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant from the area. The Elizabeth Street Pier is 91 per cent owned by the State Government and includes serviced apartments, a conference centre and hospitality venues on Hobart’s waterfront. Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, says he expects the sale will attract strong interest, adding the market will determine the price. The Treasurer stresses that ownership of the Elizabeth Street Pier is not part of core Government business and “proceeds of its sale will be utilized to underpin investment in other public assets that will benefit all Tasmanians.” The wharf area and apron will remain in public ownership.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Irrigation milestone with Dalness Dam

Another major milestone has been reached in Tasmania’s ambitious irrigation program. Construction of the 5,200-megalitre Dalness Dam is now complete, ensuring water will flow from the new North Esk Irrigation Scheme in the New Year. This is one of five Tranche Two irrigation schemes which has created more than 28,000 megalitres of new water and involved a $160 million investment by the State and Federal Governments. Tasmania’s future irrigation plans – the Pipeline to Prosperity –includes another 10 potential irrigation schemes costing around $496 million. This Tranche Three proposal has recently been submitted to infrastructure Australia. Tasmanian Primary Industries and Water Minister, Guy Barnett said: “Providing more water resources allows farmers to not only invest in higher value crops and improve farm productivity, but also provides water certainty at critical growth times, and mitigates against dry seasons.”

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Hobart’s traffic vision

Traffic is at the core of liveability; and Tasmania’s peak motoring body is partnering with the University of Tasmania to create a 30-year vision for Greater Hobart. The RACT is seeking submissions for a comprehensive traffic plan covering 2020-2050. It wants a coordinated plan to manage traffic movements in Hobart. RACT Chief Executive, Harvey Lennon, told The Mercury that traffic congestion must be tackled as population and visitor numbers increase: “As our population continues to grow, we need a long-term vision that takes into account social, economic, infrastructure, urban planning also public and active transport opportunities and initiatives.” He explained one single plan is critical to address long-term problems: “No matter how big or how small the idea, we want to hear it. We believe the answer is out there, but we need to collect and combine the ideas of many into one vision, which we can then lobby for on behalf of all Tasmanians.”

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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