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Media and entertainment partners

147 EAST

We are a public relations agency specialising in branding and promoting Tasmanian food & tourism

147 EAST was established by Claire Burnet with the specific intention of assisting Tasmanian business define and develop memorable brands, manage their public image and promote themselves to Tasmanians, mainlanders and beyond.

Claire has 19 years experience and a BA in public relations with a working knowledge of Australian tourism. She liaises closely with a team of associates, hand-picked as experts in their field within the food  and tourism sectors.

Developing a cohesive and collaborative brand for Tasmanian produce is a particular focus of 147 EAST and we are keen to cooperate with Brand Tasmania in order to achieve this.

Contact name Claire Burnet
Phone 0448 585 947
Email claire@147EAST.com.au
Website www.147EAST.com.au

4 J Entertainment

4 J ENTERTAINMENT is a mobile twilight outdoor and indoor cinemas.

We offer our services to enhance the night time activities at events, festivals and fundraisers.  As well as cinema rentals for private parties and functions.

Contact name Jason Holloway
Phone 0477 812 609
Email fourjentertainment@gmail.com
Website 4jentertainment.com.au

Adam Walker Studio

Adam Walker Studio (AWS) is a digital production business founded by Adam Walker in 2001.

The studio delivers high quality professional services while creating a supportive work environment for Tasmanian digital artists. AWS delivers content to a client based across the globe, in markets ranging from mobile content to visual effects and animation. In recent years, AWS has numerously been recognised internationally for the calibre of their work. On a personal level, Adam Walker has been recognised as an innovator in his field, and an advocate for the continuing development of the film industry in Tasmania.

Contact name Adam Walker
Phone 03 6224 6800
Email adam@adamwalkefilm.com
Website www.awshub.com

Adventure Tasmania

Online marketing platform promoting adventure and youth travel in Tasmania.

Adventure Tasmania is an online marketing platform working to promote Tasmania to the adventure and youth travel markets.

Adventure Tasmania has an extensive online presence which includes a full website as well as a social media presence with over 24k followers.

Adventure Tasmania produces regular article and video content covering events and adventure activities. In the last 12 months we have produced videos covering Kayaking on the Tasman Peninsula, White Water Rafting on the Franklin River and Mountain Biking in the Meehan Range.

Contact name Dale Baldwin
Phone 0408 059 221
Email dale@atypical.net.au
Website adventuretasmania.com.au

Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Inc

Presenters of the biennial MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. This is the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting more than 500 wooden boats and 200,000 visitors to Hobart.

A not-for-profit organisation, AWBF Inc. produces the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival and other community events. Calling on the skills of 25 specialist project leaders and 400 volunteers, AWBF delivers large scale public events with a high degree of professionalism and safety.

Contact name Paul Cullen
Phone 03 6223 3375
Email manager@australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au
Website www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au

Business Events Tasmania

Business Events Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing business events professionals with independent, expert advice and support on every aspect of holding a business event in Tasmania.

Business Events Tasmania can assist with the following:

  • Examine the feasibility of staging a national or international convention, meeting or incentive in Tasmania.
  • Prepare a comprehensive bid to present to national and international executives outlining the many advantages and benefits of meeting in Tasmania.
  • Source submissions and quotations from meeting venues and service providers in Tasmania.
  • Host and coordinate site inspections and familiarisations.
  • Assist with the marketing and promotion of business events to achieve maximum attendance in Tasmania.
  • Register eligible conferences for the Tasmanian Government-funded Meet in Tasmania Incentive Scheme a cash payment for conferences held between May and September in Tasmania.
  • Provide visitor information for delegates and their partners.
  • Offer free independent advice and assistance with the planning of a conference, meeting or incentive.

 

Contact name Stuart Nettlefold
Phone 03 6224 6852
Email mail@businesseventstasmania.com
Website www.businesseventstasmania.com

Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd

Strategic communication consultancy that employs professionals who work in corporate affairs, government and public relations, marketing, advertising and publishing.

Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd is an integrated communication consultancy that specialises in corporate affairs and strategy, government relation and public relations.

The public / media relations function is a specialty of the consultancy. Clients in this space include corporations, small business, government business enterprises and state-owned companies, industry associations, welfare organisations and individuals.

It also operates a successful marketing and advertising division and is able to develop creative communication solutions across a diverse selection of media.

The consultancy publishes four monthly community and business newspapers (Eastern Shore Sun, Glenorchy Gazette, Hobart Observer and Island Business).

Contact name Nicolas Turner
Phone 03 6210 5200
Email nicolas.turner@cctas.com.au
Website www.cctas.com.au

Cricket Tasmania

Cricket Tasmania is the governing body for the sport of Cricket within Tasmania

Contact name Michael Roberts
Phone 03 6282 0400
Email mroberts@crickettas.com.au
Website www.crickettas.com.au

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast draws on age-old traditions of winter solstice celebrations from every corner of the globe and savours the core of these: family and community; feasting and produce; singing and music; subversion and masquerade; rebirth and renewal; fire and life.

In a combined effort between MONA and Hobart City Council for three nights over the Winter Solstice the Winter Feast at Princes Wharf Shed No.1 (PW1) on Hobart’s waterfront is a communal, bustling, warm, engaging, spicy, colourful and interactive three nights of feasting for the whole community – family-friendly festivus with an edge.

Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “This community feast is a new recipe of ancient tradition and contemporary culture; pagan tradition by laser light. The winter solstice has led to many wild festivals and parties – revelry to defeat the forces of darkness, frost and cold – with one of the more interesting being Saturnalia. We believe we have gathered together the right amounts of buffoonery and madness to cook up something even a seasoned Roman could be proud of.” Producer Gillian Minervini said: “Winter Feast is a warm refuge from the darkest nights of the year. A gathering place on the waterfront – inspired by the universal rituals and traditions of the solstice and transformed by colour, spice and fire.

The feast is unlike any other event – breaking down barriers between cooks, chefs, performers and audience. A unique experience of sharing food, music, entertainment, art & light that will capture the senses and warm our hearts.” Local food curator Jo Cook said: “I had fun curating within the Winter Feast ‘Fire and Spice’ theme. Be prepared to eat some of Tasmania’s tastiest food and be warmed by mulled ciders, spiced teas, hot chocolates and single malt whiskies. We’ve got food to please young and old – pies, tacos, curries, noodles, dumplings, soups, grilled cheese, burgers, warm brownies, hot fudge sundaes, crepes and churros. This is a feast with something for everyone. You’ll want to come more than once.”

Contact name Jo Cook
Phone 0418 341 315
Email jocook@aanet.com.au
Website www.darkmofo.net.au/program/winter-feast

Devonport City Council

Local City Council

Contact name Tracey Bruce
Email council@devonport.tas.gov.au
Website www.dcc.tas.gov.au

Eloise Emmett

Chef, Cookbook Author, Photographer, stylist, recipe writer, recipe & photography website, online store of Tasmania food products, books and kitchen ware.

eloiseemmett.com Cooking, writing, styling and photographing food in Tasmania with Tasmanian produce, over 150 recipes. Online store of Tasmanian Produced cookbooks and Tasmanian products and gifts.

Contact name Eloise Emmett
Phone 0416 220 505
Email info@eloiseemmett.com
Website www.eloiseemmett.com

Events Tasmania

Events Tasmania is a government body and part of the Department of State Growth.

Events Tasmania provides grant funding, advice, training and educational resources to assist in the creation, staging, promotion and operation of events in Tasmania. 

Events Tasmania 

  • provides grants to private business, clubs, associations and community groups.
  • provides one-on-one advice, guidance, consultation and skill building services to event organisers and promoters.
  • offers workshops and coaching programs tailored to the events sector as well as information about event specific training opportunities being offered in Tasmania

Contact name Adam Sproule
Phone 03 6165 5022
Email info@eventstasmania.com
Website www.eventstasmania.com

Everything Everything

Everything Everything is a creative consultancy specialising in still photography, film, websites and branding.

Everything Everything is a creative consultancy specialising in still photography, film, websites and branding. Owner Andrew Wilson has over 20 years in the industry, starting out his career as a Producer for Advertising Agency Ogilvy and Mather, Mazengarb in 1995.

Andrew has produced work for brands such as J.Boag and Son, Cascade Brewery, Hydro, Aurora, MBF, Blundstones, Salvation Army, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Islington, Smolt Restaurant, Gambling Support Program, Zimmah Coffee, MS Society, Hobart City Council and various government departments and agencies.

Andrew has also worked for American, British, Canadian, Asian, New Zealand and mainland Australian production companies on TVC, documentary and feature film productions. In 2012 Andrew founded Parliament Co-Working (http://parliamentcoworking.com/) at the Gibson City Flour Mill Building and in 2013 released his first printed publication Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania (http://oldseadogs.com.au/).

Contact name Andrew Wilson
Phone 0418 568 086
Email hello@everythingeverything.com.au
Website everythingeverything.com.au

Festival of Golden Words Inc

Festival of Golden Words Inc is an all-volunteer Tasmanian organisation which organises the biennial Tamar Valley Writers Festival.

Festival of Golden Words Inc launched the inaugural Festival of Golden Words, Tasmania's biggest writers festival, in 2014. It ran to packed house in the Tamar Valley town of Beaconsfield, attracted some of Australia's finest writers and received wide community support and acclaim. The second festival, renamed the Tamar Valley Writers Festival, will be from March 18-20, 2016 and already the list of invited writers is impressive -- Phillip Adams, Don Watson, William McInnes, Sophie Laguna, Michael Robotham, Gideon Haigh, Julian Burnside, David Hill among them.

The festival is backed by the West Tamar Council and the Tasmanian Government, key corporate backers including the Brown Brothers wine conglomerate, and local businesses. Tourism Northern Tasmania regards the festival as a signature event for the region.

Contact name John Farrar
Phone 0427 743 419
Email info@tamarvalleywritersfestival.com.au
Website www.tamarvalleywritersfestival.com.au

Font Public Relations

At Font, we believe that good communications begins with the strategic plan, it ends with a measurable result, and along the way, builds a strong reputation for the organisations we work with.

We build brand and reputation for our clients. We focus on results, with a commitment to integrity, quality and a tailored approach to every job.

We're creative, collaborative and thorough, and we strive to deliver the very best outcomes by incorporating a full team approach. And while we strongly believe in detailed attention to strategy, we also seek to deliver a bit of zing and work with a dash of fun. We believe you have to work in a happy environment to love what you do, and it's because we care that we make a difference for our clients.

Contact name Becher Townshend
Phone 03 6223 3333
Email ideas@fontpr.com.au
Website www.fontpr.com.au

Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd

Forty South is Tasmania's biggest book publisher and the parent company for the prestigious Tasmania 40 South, which has been described as a lifestyle magazine with brains.

This high-quality, award-winning magazine portrays the natural and human qualities of Tasmania. Its 60,000 readers come from every Australian State and territory and another 38 countries. Constant feedback from the readership, many of whom have been loyal to the magazine for the entire 17 years of its existence, creates an excellent framework of quality control and market insight.

Contact name Warren Boyles
Phone 0402 620 878
Email editor@fortysouth.com.au
Website www.fortysouth.com.au

Hawthorn Football Club

The Hawthorn Football Club is a professional Australian Rules Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Contact name Jerome Lyford
Phone 03 9535 3017
Email jeromel@hawthornfc.com.au
Website www.hawthornfc.com.au

Ignite Digi

World class drone aerials and on ground camera team

Ignite Digi provides full CASA certified and insured drone aerials both locally and nationally.
We fly our ARRI Alexa Mini and Red Epic 5K cinema cameras to capture world class visuals for any production.
All our drones are custom designed and built right here in Tasmania.

Some of our credits include:
The Kettering Incident - Foxtel/BBC series
Childhoods End - Sy Fy channel series
The Wanderer - East Coast tourism commercial
and many more!

Contact name Tom Waugh
Phone 0414 468 562
Email tom@ignitedigi.com.au
Website www.ignitedigi.com.au

Island Magazine

Island is a quarterly magazine of ideas, writing, and culture, edited and produced in Tasmania.

It started in 1979, initially under the banner of The Tasmanian Review, reflecting the magazine's home and scope. But by 1981, after only five issues, and with its interests and scope becoming much broader, Island Magazine was born. Island is now one of Australia's leading literary magazines, tracing the contours of our national, and international culture, while still retaining a uniquely Tasmanian perspective. It is Tasmania's only literary and cultural magazine. Island also offers a rich program of cultural events including The Longest Write, The Gwen Harwood Poetry Competition and quarterly launch celebrations.

Contact name Kate Harrison
Phone 03 6234 9364
Email kate@islandmag.com
Website islandmag.com

J.C.P.L.

J.C.P.L. is the publisher of Tasmania to the Letter, an entertaining and occasionally quirky grab-bag of information about the State of Islands.

The company also provides journalistic and public relations services to selected clients.

Contact name Mike Jenkinson
Phone 03 6248 6672
Email mjenk40@bigpond.net.au

Pics and Pixels Pty Ltd

Photographer, videomaker, skilled drone operator, expert in digital strategies and in marketing communication.

SKILLS
• expert in digital strategies and in marketing communication (more than 20 years): strategic business positioning, social media, web advertising, web usability
• creation, development and management of corporate websites, portals, e-commerce, business to business and business to consumer solutions, expert in wordpress.com platform
• brand image / corporate identity: business cards, folded flyers, posters, banners, display
items, packagings, magazines, books, catalogues and interior decoration.
• experienced photographer (more than 30 years):
➡ corporate: industrial branding photography, architecture, portraits, landscape, interior, panoramic images 180° / 360° / 540°
➡ advertising: beauty, fashion, editorial, commercial, product, food and beverage
➡ performing arts: actor headshot, model portfolio, dancers portfolio
➡ personal: portrait, classic, glamour, fashion, themed, beauty, family, children, maternity, personal photographer
• experienced video maker: virtual reality, corporate, commercial, personal video maker
• skilled drone operator to take aerial shot
• Google Business Photographer

Contact name Giulio Giampellegrini
Phone 03 6108 9096
Email giulio.giampellegrini@gmail.com
Website picsandpixels.com.au

Providore Island Tasmania

Vintage Tasmania will be the complete book of Tasmanian wine.

Contact name Tony Walker
Phone 03 6328 1555
Email tony.walker@y7mail.com

Savage Interactive

A Tasmanian based software development company forcussed on the Apple hardware and software platforms. Commenced in 2010 and has launched a successful painting and illustration App called Procreate on the world market.

The introduction of the iPhone into the market was a game-changing moment for James Cuda and his team at Savage Media. They were quick to realise the opportunities this new frontier of hand-held tech offered, and by the time rumours of the iPad began to surface they knew they had to act. The team wanted to create something different, and their first idea, Procreate, was just that.

A unique and intuitive digital illustration tool for the iPad, and built entirely from the ground up, Si knew that Procreate needed to be noticed, so in another bold move, they released it for free. The aim was 5,000 downloads and positive reviews were essential for exposure in the competitive App Store environment. The result was over 100,000 downloads of Procreate in the first 24 hours along with a wealth of incredibly positive reviews. Procreate began to climb the sales charts.

The release of the iPad2 and its incredibly powerful A5 chip was the next opportunity SI seized, releasing the refined and updated Procreate 1.5. The result was overwhelming. Procreate was featured as the highly coveted App Of The Week, creating more attention and more sales. Procreate became the number one app in most of the App Stores around the world, even outselling the iconic Angry Birds.

The biggest breakthrough came in 2013, with Procreate awarded a prestigious Apple Design Award, putting Savage Interactive on the same stage as major, global entities. Despite immense pressure to move to Silicon Valley, Si and its 8 staff stayed in Tasmania, and in doing so kept their independence, and their perspective.

With Procreate 2.0 released late in 2013, Si are now entering the next phase of product development with plans that include further development of Procreate, as well as ground-breaking, beautifully humanised software that will add significant value to the experience of Apple users worldwide and have significant commercial potential.

Contact name James Cuda
Phone 0408 579 638
Email andrew@savage.si
Website www.procreate.si

Screen Tasmania

Is the state's screen funding agency, growing a sustainable screen industry in Tasmania.

The screen industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing economic sector employing more than 50 000 people across Australia.

Since its inception in 2000, Screen Tasmania has been fostering Tasmanian talent and projects and driving production activity to help generate jobs and underpin sustainable enterprise growth in the state.

In addition to supporting feature film and documentary production, in it's strategic plan Through The Lens: 2011-2016, Screen Tasmania has placed an emphasis on driving growth in key areas of production including Television Drama series, Factual Entertainment and Digital Media production.

In particular Screen Tasmania sees the growth areas of Interactive Entertainment across multiple screens from mobile to tablets and online as an opportunity for Tasmania to become a key player using modern technology and high speed broadband capabilities.

For the first time in history, Tasmanian businesses are not disadvantaged by physical distance or geographical isolation. Utilising computer technology and the internet allows for content to be created locally and distributed globally generating revenue, helping to build sustainable businesses and ultimately jobs growth.

This means that Tasmanian's and in particular the computer literate younger generation will have the opportunity to live and work in Tasmania in highly skilled, well-paying jobs, without having to leave their home state, and be part of and a leader in the global digital media revolution.

Phone 03 6165 5070
Email info@screen.tas.gov.au
Website www.screentasmania.com

Southern Cross Television

Southern Cross Television

Contact name Craig Davies
Phone 03 6345 7777

Tasdance

Excellence in contemporary dance… Professional dance company, TasDance, described by Dance Australia critic Lee Christophis as the “best ensemble in Australia”, has toured China, New Zealand and the United States.

Under the leadership of award-winning Artistic Director, Annie Greig, the Launceston-based company produces innovative contemporary Australian work for audiences, as well as conducting a strong education program in schools.

TasDance started 21 years ago as Australia's first dance-in-education company and has grown to earn a national reputation for the strength, diversity, innovation and accessibility of its repertoire of contemporary Australian work.

Contact name Annie Greig
Phone 03 6331 6644
Email annie@tasdance.com.au
Website www.tasdance.com.au

Tasmania Chinese Business Association (TCBA)

TCBA is the first and the only non-for-profit Chinese business association in based Tasmania.

We have formed strategic cooperation with the state government, local councils, business associations, multicultural groups, and some local service providers.

TCBA aims to better promote Tasmania towards all the Chinese both in China and mainland Australia, and to attract more tourism and investors for this wonderful state.

Most of our members are local service providers and Chinese investors, who also passionate about promoting Tasmania and improving the economic development of Tasmania.

TCBA has organised and sponsored some important events for the local community with the aim to facilitate culture exchange and to contribute to the economic development.

Contact name Rebecca Hua (Secretary of TCBA)
Phone 0418 136 841
Email admin@tcbatasmania.com.au
Website tcbatasmania.com.au

Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival

A celebration of FRESH perspectives and INNOVATIVE approaches to screen-based STORY-TELLING that inspires positive CHANGE

Contact name Owen Tilbur
Phone 0407 501 287
Email director@bofa.com.au
Website bofa.com.au

Tasmanian Storyboard Group

The Tasmanian Storyboard Group provides writing, editorial and publication services for corporate, tertiary-education and government clients.

Our aims are to hear your story, know your strategic vision, and write content that broadens and deepens your stakeholder engagement.

We add value by crafting accurate, clear, concise and ethical material that captures the audience, promotes the brand and helps to realise organisational goals.

The consultancy generates, reviews and manages projects in traditional and digital publishing environments. As professional and innovative specialists, we are connected to a respected community of publishing creatives and corporate stakeholders.

Tasmania is our inspiration; words are our business!

Contact name Stuart Gillies
Phone 0407 178 076
Email stuartgillies@internode.on.net
Website www.tasmanianstoryboardgroup.com

Ten Past Three Productions Pty Ltd

We are a Tasmanian Independent Film and Television Production Company.

Set up by Emma Wilson and Danny Pennacchio in August 2013, with a vision to make Tasmanian feature films and TV shows using Tasmanian cast, crew and locations. We are currently in pre-production for a TV show where a local Tasmanian presenter travels across Tasmania to experience the extraordinary food and meet with local producers.

Contact name Danny Pennacchio
Phone 0438 324 437
Email info@tenpastthree.com
Website www.facebook.com/tenpastthree

The Website Clinic

The Website Clinic creates online marketing strategies so you can identify your potential online market, shape your online offering to match the demand, attract interested online visitors, convert these visitors to customers in a way that earns you a profit.

We do this using a back-catalogue of tools, tricks, and knowhow that only comes from many years of experience.

Contact name John Cuthbertson
Phone 0419 505 963
Email info@thewebsiteclinic.com
Website www.thewebsiteclinic.com

Tourism Brochure Exchange

A Tasmanian company formed in 1990 to distribute tourism information via various mediums: brochures, digital app, screen network, posters and co-op TV.

Tourism Brochure Exchange was established in 1990 to promote the distribution of professional brochure displays throughout Tasmania.

We are Tasmania’s statewide distributor of travel information. With an extensive state-wide network of over 200 locations including major hotels, airports and the Tourism Hub on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Our digital app 'Brochure Buddy' is a successful digital means to upload specific tourism content. And our recently launched Tasmanian Tourism Exchange gives operators cost effective co-op TVC to capture intrastate business.

Poster Impact distributes event collateral for the Arts & Entertainment industries.

Contact name Andrew Stack
Phone 03 6274 1266
Email andrew.stack@tbetas.com.au
Website www.tourismbrochureexchange.com.au

WIN Television

WIN TV is Australia's largest TV network - broadcasts throughout 23 markets and reaches 6 million viewers across 6 states.

WIN Television carries programming of all three commercial television stations in Australia. It is a sole Network Ten affiliate in all broadcast areas, but also carries Seven Network and the Nine Network affiliated channels in Griffith, New South Wales and eastern South Australia.

WIN Television has always produced regional programming, including the flagship local news service WIN News, that supplement programs sourced from affiliates.

WIN TV Tasmania through it's local Tasmanian nightly news seeks to promote Tasmania, and is committed to identifying and delivering content to support the growth of Tasmanian businesses from around the state and specifically to provide a strong community value to its content.

Contact name Tony Fox
Phone 03 6228 8920
Email foxt@winnetwork.com.au
Website www.wintv.com.au

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Crash claims copter pioneer

Tasmania lost one of its leading aviators in November in an horrific helicopter crash at Hobart Airport. Roger Corbin, 57, the founder of RotorLift, died when an AS350BA Squirrel helicopter being used to train John Osborne, 33, dropped suddenly from a height of about 200 metres and struck the ground near the airport's main runway. Many waiting passengers in the terminal witnessed the event. Three inbound flights were diverted to Launceston and the passengers bussed to Hobart. Three out-going flights were cancelled as crash investigators set to work. Mr Osborne was taken to hospital in a reported "critical" condition, but was discharged within 48 hours. Mr Corbin had clocked up 14,000 flying hours in his 35-year career. He won a National Search and Rescue Award in 2007 for his work in more than 700 rescue missions across Tasmania and its surrounding oceans, including the rescue of a solo Japanese sailor 120 nautical miles south-west of the State. RotorLift operates search-and-rescue missions for Tasmania Police and Mr Corbin was a driving force in the establishment of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania. The Police Association's Pat Allen said: "He was known to us all as a skilled and dedicated pilot and, of course, was particularly known to our search and rescue members. He was passionate about training members as helicopter crew, and keeping up to date with life-saving techniques and technology to enhance capability." Mr Corbin was the pilot behind Dark Mofo's Siren Sound art installation in 2017, skilfully flying a helicopter at low altitude around the Hobart CBD.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Peroni targets 'red hot' 2018

Teenage Tasmanian racing car driver Alex Peroni is set for a serious tilt at the career-shaping Eurocup in 2018. The young Hobart-born driver ended the 2017 season in 10th place in his first championship. Peroni, who is returning from his Italian base to spend Christmas in Hobart, said: "In Barcelona we had some good form and the points got us over the line to finish 10th in the championship, which we are all very happy about. This is a very tough series with 30 drivers from around the world and all at a very competitive level, so to finish 10th is a great result in our first year." Peroni thanked his sponsors and fund-raisers, as well as the Tasmanian media. As a debut driver who has made a mark, Peroni has significant interest from racing teams, but Team Peroni will have to raise funding for a 2018 campaign. The driver's father, Piero Peroni, said: "We remain hopeful that Alex will have the opportunity to give the championship a red-hot go!"

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Davies wins Geach award

Tasmanian painter Amanda Davies has won Australia's most prestigious award for female portraitists with an impression of fellow artist Pat Brassington. Davies and Brassington both exhibit at North Hobart's Bett Gallery and Brassington posed for her colleague in an inside-out wedding dress. Davies explained that wedding dresses had been a recurring theme in Brassington's work for several decades. “I had a wedding dress in the studio that I had bought a few years ago from an op shop, and asked her to wear it inside-out for me,” Davies told The Advocate. “The wedding dress is ... a reference to surrealism and feminism, so it was a symbolic encounter.” The $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award, which dates back to 1965, is recognised as an important celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters. It has played a major role in lifting the profiles of many artists. "The Geach" is awarded each year to "the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the 12 months preceding the close date for entries."

5 December 2017, Edition 190

West, 24, is a Rhodes Scholar

Medical student Henry West, 24, is the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for Tasmania. He is undertaking post-graduate medical training at the University of Tasmania and is passionate about preventing cardiovascular disease. Mr West, who received a first-class honours degree in Medical Sciences from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in 2015, will undertake a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford, with a focus on developing new imaging tools for examining blood vessels, enabling early detection of cardiovascular disease. The Governor of Tasmania, Professor Kate Warner, AM, announced Mr West's scholarship at Government House. Out-going UTAS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, said: "To become a Rhodes Scholar is a life-changing experience, with the program hosting one of the world's most prestigious awards. Henry's on-going dedication and commitment to his studies, and personal achievements, are to be commended and I wish him the very best in his academic career." Mr West has spent time in Uganda providing public health education and intervention. He volunteers locally with the Heart Foundation and in his leisure time runs ultra-marathons, sings and plays the trombone.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Wilderness weeders win award

Volunteers in a 10-year weeding program in Tasmania’s remote south-west coast have been recognised with a Froggatt Award, named in honour of Australian entomologist Walter Froggatt who was a lone voice against the introduction of cane toads in the 1930s. Tasmania’s Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams won their award for a decade of successful work eradicating sea spurge from the wild and beautiful coastline. The 150 volunteers were dropped in by helicopter, boat or fixed-wing aircraft and spent between eight days and three weeks removing pest plant species. They supplied their own gear and relied on food drops, working without pay to remove 14.2 million sea spurge plants from 600km of coastline. As a result, 99.5 per cent of the treated area is sea spurge free. Areas have also been cleared of marram grass and two of the region’s only blackberry infestations. The volunteers contributed a total of 6,000 hours and their work has been valued at over $1.4 million.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Shell documentary goes global

A Tasmanian-made documentary about the ancient art of Aboriginal shell stringing, kanalaritja: An Unbroken String, has been selected to play at four film festivals around the world. Co-funded by Screen Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), and based on an award-winning TMAG exhibition of the same name, the Roar Film documentary has received invitations to the Red Nation Film Festival and the Tribal Film Festival in the United States, to the Barcelona Planet Film Festival in Spain and the Eurasia Film Festival in Russia. The TMAG exhibition on which the film was based won the Australian and New Zealand Museum and Galleries Award for Best Indigenous Project.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Darts gold for Tassie-led team

Tasmania’s Rod Bessell has captained Australia to a gold medal at the World Darts Federation’s 21st World Championships in Kobe, Japan. The Australians defeated the United States 9-3 in the final of the teams event. Australia's 15-strong squad also included Tasmanian youngster Colby Dodge who teamed with Queenslander Jack Killin to take the bronze medal in the boys’ pairs event. A ladies team captained by Tasmanian Lee-Anne Faulkner also won a bronze medal in the week-long global competition.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Tassie Kangaroos to join AFLW

The Tassie Kangaroos will compete in the women’s AFL premiership in 2019 after the State Government committed to invest $500,000 a year for five seasons. It is expected that half the team will be locally recruited and they will have a permanent training base in the State. The North Melbourne/Tasmanian team and Geelong will both join an expanded 10-team competition in 2019. The Premier, Will Hodgman, said: “In a first, an AFL team will officially carry ‘Tasmania’ in its name and the team will wear a special Tassie Kangaroos guernsey for home games. This will result in massive exposure for our State with the AFLW captivating more than 5.5 million TV viewers and more than 12 million online viewers … We are a proud footy State, we love our AFL and the Tassie Kangaroos is another team Tasmanians can get behind and support.” Home-grown star Jess Wuetschner, 25, who plays for the Brisbane club in the AFLW, said there would be no shortage of local talent. “Numbers have already gone through the roof in Tasmania and this will make even more girls choose AFL now there’s a clear pathway … it’s great we’ve been able to get a women’s team when the men have been unable to do so.”

3 October 2017, Edition 188

Matthew Groom quits politics

The former Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, announced in September that he was stepping down immediately from his ministerial duties and would not contest the next State election. Mr Groom, 46, a lawyer and son of former Premier, Ray Groom, was elected to Parliament in 2010. He had a crowded agenda in Government, overseeing the portfolios of Energy, Environment, Parks and Heritage, Acting Attorney-General and Acting Justice Minister, as well as State Growth. Mr Groom will serve the remainder of his term as Liberal Party Member for Denison, but will not continue his ministerial duties. Flanked by his wife Ruth and three children at the media announcement, he said his decision had been difficult, but he was putting his family first. “It’s the right decision and it’s the right time to make it,” he said. “I’ve never considered myself to be a career politician. I do consider myself still to be young enough to be able to pursue another career post-politics.” The Premier, Will Hodgman, subsequently reshuffled Cabinet with Lower House Speaker Elise Archer promoted as Minister for Justice, Corrections, Environment and Parks and the Arts. The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, took over State Growth, while Mr Hodgman assumed the Attorney-General’s responsibilities.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

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A small Tasmanian company, Ignite Digi, is using drone technology, cutting-edge accessories for digital movie cameras and high-end personal skills to carve a niche in the global film industry.

10 September 2017, Edition 187

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