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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

Since our first hydropower development almost a century ago, Hydro Tasmania has been a leader in renewable energy development and is Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy.

Today, we use a combination of water and wind power to harness natural energy that we sell on the national grid. Our business also owns Momentum, the Victorian specialist electricity retailer. And through our consulting arm, Entura, we share our expertise in energy and water with businesses and governments right across the Asia-Pacific region.

Contact name Helen Brain
Phone 03 6230 5688
Email Helen.Brain@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/

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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Edition 195_Bridgewater

Derwent transport boost

Hobart’s much-loved River Derwent is in the spotlight with two major transport projects – a new bridge and commuter ferries – getting the go-ahead.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Launceston airport turns twenty

Launceston Airport has celebrated its 20th anniversary – of privatisation – and during that time it has gone from strength to strength. It now welcomes 1.3 million passengers every year, which is approximately one third of all passengers in and out of Tasmania. This is a sharp rise on the 544,000 people who went through its doors when the lease was acquired by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation in 1998. Airport General Manager, Paul Hodgen, said: “Privatisation has opened up a wide range of opportunities for Launceston enabling the growth and expansion required to bring the airport in line with the needs of the state.” Major milestones include: $21 million spent on the terminal redevelopment in 2009 and $11 million invested in runway surface improvements in 2015. Launceston airport is now one of the main economic and employment hubs in northern Tasmania. It supports more than 400 jobs and has some 30 businesses operating within its precinct.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Edition 194_GraingerFuchsTT

$700m Bass Strait Ferries Coup

A landmark $700 million deal has been signed for two new Bass Strait ferries in Tasmania’s ‘biggest ever infrastructure investment’.

7 May 2018, Edition 194

$100m bridge promise

A new bridge across the Derwent River at Bridgewater is a key priority for Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Mr Shorten promised that Labor would contribute $100m towards a replacement for the Bridgewater Bridge if it won at the next federal election. The cost of replacing the current 72 year old bridge is expected to exceed half a billion dollars. Mr Shorten said, “the Bridgewater Bridge is a key component of the Midland Highway, a critical freight and transport link for passengers travelling between Hobart and Launceston. The new bridge will create local jobs and improve safety and efficiency of freight and passenger movement in the state.” Mr Shorten also said, “the Liberals have had five years to get this project under way but have done nothing.” However, Tasmanian Infrastructure minister Jeremy Rockliff shot back saying: “Under Mr Shorten’s plan, we’d get less than a quarter of a bridge.” The Minister added he was confident the Federal Government would be providing adequate funding for the $576 million project. A recent infrastructure report rated a new crossing at Bridgewater as a high priority project that should be built within the next decade. Calls for a replacement bridge go back decades with the current causeway crossing viewed as an inadequate section of Tasmania’s main highway.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Myer revival excites Hobart

After it was destroyed by fire more than a decade ago, Hobart’s Myer is fully back-in-business with thousands flocking into the CBD for the store’s long awaited expansion on April 19. This second stage of the Myer re-development greatly increased the current store size. It is now operating at full-capacity and covers an impressive 12,500sqm over five levels. The expanded store has also attracted new brands including high profile names such as Calvin Klein, Pilgrim and Peter Alexander. The first stage of the Myer re-development was completed in November 2015, and Acting Premier Jeremy Rockliff said it “breathed life back into Hobart’s CBD.” Myer has been trading in Hobart since 1936, but the massive blaze which gutted the store in 2007 was also devastating for city retailers with shoppers deserting the city. However, a number of recent developments, such as the Cat and Fiddle upgrade, have led a CBD revival. As Mr Rockliff said: “Tasmania’s retail sector is booming, growing for 40 consecutive months and helping to create new jobs. Myer’s new building will add to that and will not only be a major drawcard to Hobart’s CBD; it will support and increase jobs.” Sixty new staff have been added to the current 250-strong workforce at Hobart’s Myer store.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

$50m apartment boost

Plans for a 450-bed apartment complex in Hobart’s CBD have been unveiled by The University of Tasmania (UTAS), a welcome boost to the housing shortage. The project will cost $50 million and UTAS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, said it was part of the university’s on-going commitment to provide infrastructure supporting student needs: “Our offering to students – both domestic and international – is of the highest standard. This project will ensure we maintain those standards as our growth in numbers continues.” These apartments will take some of the sting out of Hobart’s housing shortage, with Professor Black saying they will also re-house 200 students currently living in overcrowded and unsuitable housing. “Hobart’s growing pains are the result of positive things: more people wanting to come here to live, study and visit,” Professor Black said. “We think with the right ideas and approaches these challenges will be overcome.” The project was launched by Premier Will Hodgman who said: “Our state is facing increased demand for affordable housing options, including for the many people who are choosing to further their studies here.” The Premier added the announcement is also good news for students in the north and north-west who are considering university in Hobart and need somewhere to live. The apartments are expected to be completed within two years.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Spirit of Tasmania turns 20

The Spirit of Tasmania ferries – which have carried more than six million people across Bass Strait – have celebrated their 20th birthday. The twin ferries were built in Finland in 1998 and began the Bass Strait run four years later. During that time they have each clocked up more than 6000 round trips carrying 6.3 million passengers, 2.7 million vehicles and 1.3 million shipping containers. TT-Line Chief Executive, Bernard Dwyer, told The Advocate that these numbers demonstrated the enormous value of the service to both tourism and the broader Tasmanian economy: “They are also a demonstration of our long-standing achievement in delivering a safe and reliable passenger, vehicle and freight service.” However, days on the Bass Strait are numbered for these iconic red-and-white ships. Spirit of Tasmania I and II will be replaced by two custom-built ships in 2021, with TT-Line signing a letter of intent with a German shipbuilder.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Infrastructure priorities identified

Tasmania’s most urgently needed infrastructure projects have been identified in a new report. The Infrastructure Australia report identified the five top priority projects needed to cope with future growth. Topping the list is a second electricity cable across Bass Strait. Calls for another cable erupted in 2015 when the Basslink cable failed, plunging Tasmania into an electricity crisis. At an estimated cost of $1 billion, a second cable would also carry electricity between Tasmania and Victoria and secure our future energy needs. Other priority projects identified in the report include:

  • The STEM facility in Hobart’s CBD which would combine the University of Tasmania’s faculties of Science, Engineering and Technology;
  • A new bridge over the River Derwent to replace the antiquated Bridgewater Bridge;
  • A Burnie-to-Hobart road and rail freight corridor; and
  • Sewerage upgrades across the state.

The Infrastructure Australia report identified $55 billion worth of priority projects needed across the country over the next 15 years. 

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Edition 192_Hodgman

Tasmanians return the Hodgman Liberal Government and a historic female majority parliament

Tasmanians voted for continuity in the 3 March State election, returning Will Hodgman for a second term as Premier.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

Edition 192_House

Home buyers spend $3.8b

Tasmania's housing market achieved record sales totalling $3.879 billion in 2017.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

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