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Trade mission creates opportunities

Edition 176 Tetsuya Wakuda .... supported delegates

A 10-day trade mission to India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Singapore was launched in September with an expectation of long-term outcomes, but it also delivered some immediate results.

4 October 2016, Edition 176

Wrecks emerge from wild seas

Two of Tasmania’s 1,000 shipwrecks emerged when sand was washed from beaches during the State’s punishing June storms. At Marion Bay, remains of the 18m long, 63-tonne schooner Zephyr, which was shipwrecked in 1852, made one of its regular reappearances. At Friendly Beaches, near Freycinet National Park, a wreck last reported in 1976, made a fleeting appearance above sand. It is possibly the 139-tonne Canadian-built brig, Viola, which was forced ashore in 1857 while carrying coal from Newcastle to Hobart. Of Tasmania’s 1,000 known shipwrecks, fewer than 80 have been located.

5 July 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 173

Tassie game turns history into fun

A new digital learning game, The Voyage, which takes primary school students on a virtual journey from London to Tasmania in an 1830’s convict ship, was launched in Hobart in December. A co-production between the Australian National Maritime Museum, Tasmanian film studio, Roar Film, and UTAS, the game conforms with the national curriculum and aims to engage school children on convict history. Will Whittington, 12, of Waimea Primary School, was among local pupils who trialled the game. He told The Mercury: “Having a game means that you can play … and learn at the same time. I can start to learn history without being really annoyed that I have to do history.” Funded by Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania, the game cost close to $1 million to develop over two years and was created entirely in Tasmania.

1 February 2016, Edition 168

Mackey launches Irish-style whisky

Edition166 Mackey Whisky ... six years in port barrels

Distiller Damian Mackey has produced Tasmania’s first Irish-style whisky – unpeated and triple distilled.

3 November 2015, Edition 166

UTAS helps Cherry Vital export plan

Edition166 Tim Reid ... cherry industry set to double.

The University of Tasmania is working with Australia’s biggest cherry exporter, Reid Fruits, to enhance and validate the health benefits of cherry juice.

3 November 2015, Edition 166

Cape Wickham draws global golfers

Edition166 The Cape Wickham Course ...

Tasmania’s latest links course has opened with a bang amid a sense of golf tourism euphoria with the State named the Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year.

3 November 2015, Edition 166

Wine royalty welcomes Welsh

Launceston sommelier James Welsh is the fourth Tasmanian to attend a Len Evans Tutorial, arguably Australia’s most sought-after course for wine professionals. The Stillwater and Black Cow co-owner is one of 12 Australian winemakers and stewards who will participate in a five-day class in the Hunter Valley in November that will include tutorials from James Halliday, Iain Riggs and Tim James.

7 October 2015, Edition 165

Vietnam honours UTAS ag duo

Edition 165 UTAS agricultural scientists in Vietnam: Associate Professor Aduli Malua-Aduli, Dr Stephen Ives, Associate Professor Peter Lane and Associate Professor Laurie Bonney. Image UTAS

The Government of Vietnam has awarded one of its highest civilian honours to two Tasmanian agricultural scientists.

6 October 2015, Edition 165

UTAS delivers healthier roast lamb

Edition 164 PhD student Aaron Flakemore and Associate Professor Aduli Malau-Aduli … healthier sheep and healthier meat. Image courtesy of UTAS

A 10-year study by a University of Tasmania team has demonstrated that sheep meat can be enriched with healthy omega-3 fatty acids by feeding livestock pellets laced with only 5 per cent of an easily available polyunsaturated oil, such as canola oil or rice bran oil.

2 September 2015, Edition 164

Scholars heading for the U.S.

A UTAS professor and a budding musician have won 2014 Fulbright scholarships. Jazz guitarist Josh Dunn, 22, of Leslie Vale will spend 10 months in the United States working on his acoustic guitar skills, while Professor of Politics and Policy, Richard Eccleston, will focus on the politics of taxation and public finance at Georg Mason University in Virginia.

14 April 2014

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Facts about Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia, located at latitude 40° south and longitude 144° east and separated from the continent by Bass Strait. It is a group of 334 islands, with the main island being 315 km (180 miles) from west to east and 286 km (175 miles) north to south.

Tasmania

Tasmanians are resourceful and innovative people, committed to a continually expanding export sector. In 2012–13, international exports from the state totalled $3.04 billion. USA, China, Taiwan, India, Japan and other Asian countries account for the bulk of exports, with goods and services also exported to Europe and many other regions.

Geography

Tasmania is similar in size to the Republic of Ireland or Sri Lanka. The Tasmanian islands have a combined coastline of more than 3,000 km.

Geography

The main island has a land area of 62,409 sq km (24,096 sq miles) and the minor islands, taken together, total only 6 per cent of the main island’s land area. The biggest islands are Flinders (1,374 sq km/539 sq miles), King, Cape Barren, Bruny and Macquarie Islands.

Geography

About 250km (150 miles) separates Tasmania’s main island from continental Australia. The Kent Group of Islands, one of the most northerly parts of the state, is only 55km (34 miles) from the coast of the Australian continent.

Climate

Twice named ‘Best Temperate Island in the World’ by international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler, Tasmania has a mild, temperate maritime climate, with four distinct seasons.

Climate

In summer (December to February) the average maximum temperature is 21° Celsius (70° Fahrenheit). In winter (June to August) the average maximum is 12° C (52° F) and the average minimum is 4° C (40° F). Snow often falls in the highlands, but is rarely experienced in more settled areas.

Annual Rainfall

Tasmania’s west coast is one of the wettest places in the world, but the eastern part of the State lives in a rain-shadow. Hobart, the second-driest capital city in Australia, receives about half as much rain as Sydney.

Annual Rainfall

Annual rainfall in the west is 2,400 mm (95 inches), but hardy locals insist there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing. If you travel 120 km east to Hobart, you experience a much drier average of 626 mm (24 inches) a year.

Population

The 512,875-strong community spreads itself across the land; less urbanised than the population of any other Australian state. Hobart, the capital city, is home to more than 212,000 people.

Capital City

Hobart nestles at the foot of kunanyi / Mount Wellington (1,270 m / 4,000 ft) and overlooks the Derwent Estuary, where pods of dolphins and migrating whales are sometimes seen from nearby beaches. Surrounded by thickly forested rolling hills, the city is home to the state parliament and the main campus of the University of Tasmania.

Capital City

Its historic centre features Georgian and Regency buildings from colonial times. Hobart is home port for coastal fishing boats, Antarctic expeditions and vessels that fish the Southern Ocean.

Land Formation

Mountain ranges in the south-west date back 1,000 million years. Ancient sediments were deeply buried, folded and heated under enormous pressure to form schists and glistening white quartzites.

Land Formation

In the south-west and central highlands, dolerite caps many mountains, including Precipitous Bluff and Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617 m / 5300 ft). More than 42 per cent of Tasmania is World Heritage Area, national park and marine or forest reserves.

Flora

Vegetation is diverse, from alpine heathlands and tall open eucalypt forests to areas of temperate rainforests and moorlands, known as buttongrass plains. Many plants are unique to Tasmania and the ancestors of some species grew on the ancient super-continent, Gondwana, before it broke up 50 million years ago.

Flora

Unique native conifers include slow-growing Huon pines, with one specimen on Mt Read estimated to be up to 10,000 years old. Lomatia tasmanica, commonly known as King’s holly, is a self-cloning shrub that may well be the oldest living organism on earth. It was discovered in 1937.

Fauna

Tasmania is the last refuge of several mammals that once roamed the Australian continent. It is the only place to see a Tasmanian devil or eastern quoll (native cat) in the wild and is the best place to see the spotted-tailed quoll (tiger cat), all carnivorous marsupials.

Fauna

The eastern bettong and the Tasmanian pademelon, both now extinct on the Australian continent, may also be observed.

Fauna

The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was Australia’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is a modern day mystery. The last documented thylacine died in captivity in 1936 and although the animal is considered extinct, unsubstantiated sightings persist.

History and Heritage

Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for about 35,000 years, since well before the last Ice Age. They were isolated from the Australian continent about 12,000 years ago, when the seas rose to flood low coastal plains and form Bass Strait.

History and Heritage

Descendants of the original people are part of modern Tasmania’s predominantly Anglo-Celtic population.

History and Heritage

Tasmania was originally named Van Dieman’s Land by the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642. The island was settled by the British as a penal colony in 1803 and the original name was associated with the convict era. It was changed to Tasmania when convict transportation stopped in 1853.

Economy

A resourceful island culture has generated leading-edge niche industries, from production of high-speed catamaran ferries and marine equipment to lightning-protection technology.

Economy

Tasmanians produce winches and windlasses for some of the world’s biggest ocean-going pleasure craft; large-scale inflatable evacuation systems and provide specialist outfit-accommodation services to the marine industry.

Economy

The Wooden Boat Centre at Shipwrights Point has re-established the skills and traditions of another age and attracts students from around the world.

Economy

Tasmania is a world leader in natural turf systems for major sporting arenas and in areas of mining technology and environmental management. Its aquaculture industry has developed ground-breaking fish-feeding technology and new packaging.

Economy

Tasmanians sell communications equipment to many navies and their world-class fine timber designers and craftsmen take orders internationally for furniture made from distinctive local timber.

Economy

The state is a natural larder with clean air, unpolluted water and rich soils inviting the production of 100 varieties of specialty cheeses, as well as other dairy products, mouth-watering rock lobsters, oysters, scallops and abalone, Atlantic salmon, beef, premium beers, leatherwood honey, mineral waters, fine chocolates, fresh berry fruits, apples and crisp vegetables.

Economy

Tasmania is a producer of award-winning cool-climate wines, beers, ciders and whiskies. Other export products include essential oils such as lavender, pharmaceutical products and premium wool sought after in Europe and Asia. Hobart is a vital gateway to the Antarctic and a centre for Southern Ocean and polar research.

Economy

The industries in Tasmania which made the greatest contribution to the State’s gross product in 2010–11 in volume terms were: Manufacturing (9.4%), Health care and social assistance (8.2%), Financial and insurance services (7.2%), Ownership of dwellings and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (each 7.1%).

Getting to Tasmania

Travel is easy, whether by air from Sydney or Melbourne, or by sea, with daily sailings of the twin ferries Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2 each way between Melbourne and Devonport throughout the year.

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