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Population fires economy

Tasmania’s boom continues. The state has the fastest growing economy in Australia according to the latest CommSec State of the States report. In fact, the quarterly report found the growth rate over the past year was double the national average – and up 7.5 per cent on the year before. Population growth, most notably a strong net interstate migration, and the resultant increased demand for housing, are listed as key triggers. According to Tasmanian Treasurer, Peter Gutwein: “Population growth is also the highest it’s been in nearly eight years, as more people than ever choose Tasmania as the place to live, work and raise a family.” He adds the report found that Tasmania’s population growth is almost 65 per cent above the decade-average rate. Comparing economic performance across the country, CommSec ranked Tasmania at fourth place. Victoria has moved into top spot, followed by NSW then the ACT.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Trekking across Tassie

After three years of planning, Andy Szollosi, has successfully completed a long-held ambition: to walk the entire length of Tasmania – diagonally. His 84-day hike saw him traverse Tasmania from the south-east corner to the north-east tip. It began at South East Cape with Szollosi following the ridge-lines of the south coast mountains to the Tarkine, before finishing up at Woolnorth Point in the state's northwest. Originally from Hungary, the 30-year-old moved to Tasmania five years ago, and admitted his adventure was not without its hazards. He told The Mercury: “I became pinned down by a storm at Mount King William in the Central Highlands and had to get airlifted to safety, but I was determined to finish my journey…The average walker would probably die on such a trip, so I wouldn’t recommend the journey to anyone without years of walking experience."

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Tassie stars chasing big prizes

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Tasmanian athletes are in the running for several of world sport's big prizes in coming weeks.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

New life for Maylands mansion

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Hobart’s heritage gems are being re-imagined as luxury accommodation; and while all eyes have been focused on the Historic Treasury Building, a stunning transformation has been quietly taking shape in the suburbs.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Hot housing heads north

Tasmania’s property boom continues unabated, with predictions Launceston and the north-west are next in line for strong growth. The Real Estate Institute of Tasmania said Hobart – which is Australia’s best performing capital city property market – is not the only region riding the property wave. REIT president Tony Collidge told ABC News: “We are seeing prices increase in Launceston and the number of properties for sale is starting to decrease, which is a sign of a maturing market. We are seeing the exact thing starting to happen on the north-west coast.” Meantime, Hobart’s property market continues to steam ahead. According to latest figures from Corelogic, March quarter data shows the median profit for properties sold in Hobart was $245,000. That is significantly up on the same period last year, when average profits sat around $180,000.

10 July 2018, Edition 196

No let-up in Hobart house boom

While house prices begin to cool off in Australia’s two largest markets, Sydney and Melbourne, the property boom continues to go from strength to strength in Hobart. Latest monthly data from CoreLogic show prices in Hobart rose 0.8 per cent for the month of May. This latest CoreLogic data show Hobart has been the best performing capital city for the 10th month in a row, with an impressive annual growth of 12.7 per cent. And while it remains the cheapest capital city – for now – that gap is quickly narrowing, with predictions Adelaide could snatch the crown within the next few months. Meantime, the flip side to Hobart’s property boom is that it is now the most unaffordable capital city for renters. A combination of a booming tourism sector and firming population numbers has left property demand outstripping supply.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Warmer, wetter winter on the way

Experts are predicting a warmer and wetter winter for Tasmania this year. That’s the long-range forecast – June until August – from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) who expect above average maximum and minimum temperatures across the state. BoM said there is an “80 per cent chance” that day and night temperatures would be “less cold” over winter, and that rainfall would be slightly above average for the east coast, midlands and Hobart. In the meantime, there has been no shortage of rain for Hobart which was hit by an extreme weather event in mid-May. In the space of 24 hours the city was flooded with 129mm of rain, smashing records as the wettest day since 1960. Rainfall of 263mm was recorded on Mount Wellington. Roads were turned into rivers and the final damage bill is expected to top $20 million. Putting the event into context, Hobart Mayor, Ron Christie told The Mercury: “We had six months of water fall on Mt Wellington within 24 hours which is incredible.”

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Running festival races ahead

Bold new plans could see Launceston’s Spirit of Tasmania Running Festival become one of Australia’s premier running events. Festival Director, Wayne Larden, wants the 12-year-old festival to expand and introduce a half-marathon that would also be an Australian title. He told The Examiner: “If we had a half-marathon we would hope to have that as the Australian championship. That will bring all the good runners down [to Tasmania] because all the elites want an Australian title and that will put the event on the map.” Mr Larden believes Launceston is ideal for a half-marathon with a long flat course along the East Tamar Highway. The festival was held in early June and attracts a top-quality field that often includes Olympic runners. The centrepiece is the Launceston 10 which organisers proudly describe as Australia’s flattest and fastest 10k race. “It’s fast and has good prize money – the prize pool is very good compared to other events,” Mr Larden explained.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

The story of our ‘Naked State’

What makes Tasmania unique? That’s the subject of an exciting new campaign called The Naked State, where 200 Tasmanians, selected randomly, were interviewed on the matter. Premier Will Hodgman, who has just launched the campaign, explained: “No one is better placed to shape Tasmania’s brand, or the Tasmanian story, than everyday Tasmanians, which is what this project is all about.” Stage one of the campaign is The Naked State Facebook page, which will upload insights about why people love living here. It will also encourage others to join in the conversation over the next nine weeks.

6 May 2018, Edition 194

Hobart is hipster heaven

In an announcement that will surely put the noses of Australia’s ‘coolest’ places out of joint, Hobart has been called-out as one of the hipster hotspots – even beating Melbourne as a more happening place. A survey has named Hobart Australia’s number three hipster city. Only the Gold Coast, which took out top spot, and Cairns have greater hip credentials. Geelong ranked fourth, with Melbourne coming in at fifth spot. The Hipster City Index was compiled by a global relocation conglomerate which keeps tabs on the hippest places to live. The index compares population density with indicators of cool such as vintage boutiques, tattoo studios, artisan coffee shops and vegan eateries. And if you are looking for the ultimate in hipster living you will need to head north of the equator. English cities Brighton and Hove along with Portland and Salt Lake City in the US, apparently have no peer when it come to the ‘cool’ barometer.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

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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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