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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

Global ride for drone start-up

Edition 187 Ignite Digi Chris Fox Tom Waugh

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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