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Partner connections

Brand Tasmania is at its most effective when Partners work with the Brand Tasmania Council to champion the State’s place-of-origin brand. The monthly publication Partner Connections serves to link Brand Tasmania with its Partners and Partners with each other. This newsletter introduces new Partners and emerging sectors, as well as profiling existing Partners who have achieved success. Where appropriate, we encourage Partners to consider other Tasmanian-based businesses when buying goods or services. View a listing of Partners by sector.

Statutory Authority a Partner boost

Partner connections October 2

Legislation to transform Brand Tasmania into a new, independent, Statutory Authority, is now before State Parliament.

And, our Brand Tasmania Partners, are amongst those who stand to benefit the most. 

26 October 2018

Partner Connections July 2018

Dr Peat Leith talking with grower

Welcome to the July edition of Partner Connections.

We begin this edition by encouraging Partners in the agriculture sector to have their voices heard and help shape Tasmania’s agrifood future by completing the TasAgFuture survey.

We welcome several new Partners and share with you some new videos profiling Stefano Lubiana and 131-year-old Maylands Lodge.


25 July 2018, Partner Connections

Partner Connections June 2018

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Welcome to the June edition of Partner Connections.

We begin this edition by encouraging all food and beverage Partners to update their profiles.

We welcome several new Partners including Devil's Distillery, Glen Albyn Estate, Kermandie Waterfront Hotel, PANTAZIS and Summerlea Farm Tasmania.

We share with you some new videos profiling the Hadley's Art Prize, Tasmanian companies that provide support to Antarctic expeditions and we hear from some of the delegates at the recent Singapore Forum talking about place branding.

28 June 2018, Partner Connections

Partner Connections May 2018

Partner Connections FFA stand

Welcome to the May edition of Partner Connections.

We begin this edition profiling the Partners involved in Fine Food Melbourne trade show in September.

We welcome several new Partners including Van Diemens Land Creamery, Robyn Wilson Training Company, Kettering Quail, Tasplan Super, Edge Radio 99.3FM, Lobster Shack Tasmania and The Taste of Tasmania

25 June 2018, Partner Connections

Partner Connections April 2018

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Welcome to the April edition of Partner Connections.

We begin this edition with the annual health check of Tasmania’s brand and finds the state in ‘great shape’.

We welcome several new Partners including Boks Bacon, Dial Your Meal and Cultivate Productions.

28 April 2018, Brand Tasmania

Partner Connections March 2018

Partner Connections March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of Partner Connections.

With the days getting colder it's time to put on the winter woollies! We profile Smitten Merino, proudly making woollen garments in Tasmania. We welcome several new Partners share with you some new videos profiling recent visits to King Island by our Brand Ambassadors. 

29 March 2018, Brand Tasmania

Partner Connections February 2018

Partner Connections February 2018 Whisky Glass

Welcome to the February edition of Partner Connections.

We congratulate several Tasmanian distilleries for winning medals at the World Whisky awards and welcome several new Partners.

We also report on recent visits to the state by our Brand Ambassadors.

28 February 2018, Brand Tasmania

Partner Connections January 2018

Partner Connections Bonorong wildlife Tassie Devil

Welcome to the January edition of Partner Connections.

In this edition we start by wishing all Partners a happy new year. This will be an exciting year for the Brand Tasmania Council as it prepares to transition to a statutory authority.

We welcome several new Partners including Van Diemens Land Creamery, Corey Speers Consulting and Olive & Ash.

24 January 2018, Brand Tasmania

Partner Connections December 2017

Partner Connections Nov 2017 Premium fresh export award

Welcome to the December edition of Partner Connections.

In this edition we congratulate Premium Fresh Tasmania on its success at the National Export Awards.

We welcome several new Partners including Loaves and Fishes Tasmania, wukalina Walk and King Island Prime Meats.

19 December 2017, December 2017

Partner Connections November 2017

Partner Connections Nov 2017 - Kooee Snacks

Welcome to the first edition of Partner Connections.

Each edition will introduce new Partners, profile existing Partners who have achieved success and promote upcoming events that assist you in developing your business.

In this first edition we congratulate Kooee! Snacks on securing distribution for its beef jerky in Woolworths. We welcome new Partners Swinging Gate Vineyard, Oyster Cove Marina and Penguin Composites.

23 November 2017, November 2017

Latest partners

Listed below are businesses recently approved as Brand Tasmania Partners. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with each of these businesses.

Fluff & Function

Husband and wife team based in Hobart providing ICT, photography, transcription, and office operations services.

We do, from ground up, software development, landscape or product photography including post-production works, medico-legal or general audio typing, and various office operations support including but not limited to customer service, data entry, computer maintenance and repair. There is a special part in our website where we feature Tasmanian SME of interest as well as deals or events happening in Tasmania.

Contact name Janice or Clifton
Phone 0418 787 743
Email fluff.function@gmail.com
Website www.fluffandfunction.com
Categories: Information and communciations technology, Services


Producer of kimchi from our farm in North West Tasmania using natural chemical-free farming methods

We pride ourselves in health and nutrition, taste and quality in real ingredients - zero fake stuff. Honesty and transparency, customer centric, attention to detail, variety and adaptability to different tastes: we believe in adding value to customers's lives through Tassie-grown freshness.

Contact name Sue Glynn
Phone 0425 284 222
Email kimchimecontact@gmail.com
Website www.kimchime.com.au
Categories: Food and beverage

Tasmania Gourmet Food Tours

Tasmania Gourmet Food Tours takes you on the ultimate exclusive small group dining experience.

Luxury small groups - with a maximum of only seven guests in a luxury van - mean you are given full service at every turn.

Alex Palmer, your local born and bred Tasmanian expert guide, will be there to share his extensive Tasmanian travel and food industry experience with you.

Phone 0423 643 868
Email tasgourmettours@gmail.com
Website tasgourmettours.com
Categories: Tourism


Visit us at the Pooseum for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Here at the Pooseum, talking about poo is not taboo. In fact, we think it’s fascinating stuff. From the white splashes on our cars and dog sausages in our backyards to the droppings of kangaroos in the Australian bush, poo is all around us. Disregarding it as simply smelly and gross means not giving it due credit.

At the Pooseum, you will enjoy learning about poo more than you ever thought possible. Come and see the world of poo anew!

Phone 0413 802 206
Email info@pooseum.com.au
Website pooseum.com.au
Categories: Tourism

Homelea Accommodation

Located opposite the beach and Georges Bay, where guests can go fishing, boating or swimming, Homelea Accommodation offers both motel suites and self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.

Fully renovated in 2016, each apartment has an electric stove top, dining area and a lounge area. There is 1 apartment with a 2-person spa bath. All have a private bathroom with a shower. The motel suites were renovated in August 2017 and have tea/coffee making facilities.

The apartment complex offers an outdoor dining area with tables and chairs, a self-service laundry and free parking. There is a children's playground, BBQ area and a library of complimentary DVDs which can be borrowed from reception. Homelea Accommodation is a 10-minute walk from shops and restaurants and a 14-minute drive from the Bay of Fires.

Situated by the sea, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Percy Steel Reserve, Suncoast Gallery, and St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre. St Helens Waterfront and Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km). Homelea Accommodation features tour/ticket assistance, barbecue grills, and a garden. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. This St Helens motel also offers a picnic area and laundry facilities. Complimentary self parking is available on site. All 8 rooms have 5 bedrooms and feature free WiFi. Guests will find kitchenettes with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves.

Phone 0419 003 107
Email enquiries@homeleaaccommodation.com.au
Website homeleaaccommodation.com.au
Categories: Tourism

Tamar House

Tamar House is set in over a hectare of gardens and offers serenity and comfort after a long day enjoying the delights of the Launceston region.  

Tamar House is a charming single-storey red brick 1980s property set in the quiet and picturesque village of Rosevears, Tasmania and sits high on a hill overlooking the resplendent Tamar River – the region being home to some of Tasmania’s best wineries, restaurants, artists and artisans. 

It is set in over a hectare of gardens and offers serenity and comfort after a long day enjoying the delights of the Launceston region.  The property, with its own rickety old private jetty, is located on the banks of the Tamar River Conservation Area – an area of outstanding natural beauty and a wetland habitat to many native animals and plants – a place for artists, gardeners, book enthusiasts, fishermen, photographers, cyclists, car and motor bike club members, ornithologists, and water lovers to pursue their passions, sports and crafts. 

Located just 15 minutes from Launceston - in the lea of Grindelwald - and set amongst the Tamar Valley Wineries, Tamar House offers superior, self-contained accommodation in the Tamar Valley.

Tamar House provides the comforts of home for those looking for a private no-fuss approach. It combines Tasmanian country hospitality,  practicality and comfort with affordable luxury.

Phone 0405 819 340
Email enquiries@tamarhouse.com.au
Website tamarhouse.com.au
Categories: Tourism

Tech-Vision Solutions

Tasmania's complete IT service

Tech-Vision Solutions is a Tasmanian owned and operated company that specialises in assisting clients meet their IT needs. Our technicians are qualified and highly skilled experts who understand that IT is an essential component of all business operations. We aim to be Tasmania’s number one IT provider by providing personal and professional service tailored to meet the needs of our clients. We understand how fast technology can change so we strive to keep up to date with the latest developments and standards in the IT industry to provide our clients with the best possible solution.

Contact name Adam Gordon
Phone 0478 687 925
Email enquiries@tvs-mail.com
Website techvision-solutions.com
Categories: Information and communciations technology

ECS Botanics Pty Ltd

Industrial hemp seed grower and hemp food brand

ECS Botanics is in the process of establishing a leading hemp food and personal care business. The raw material is to be grown in Tasmania on our own farm then processed and manufactured in Tasmania.
Our introductory products include hemp hearts (dehulled seeds), hemp flour and hemp seed oil. The branding is in development and our first crop is being planted in October 2018. We have trademarked our name and logo in Australia and our brand name in China and South Korea. ECS Botanics has a strong board, advisory board and executive team, furthermore the company is well capitalised and positioned strongly for growth. Our aim is to transition our products to being chemical free and eventually organic.

Contact name Alexander Keach
Phone 0419 323 059
Email alex@ecsbotanics.com.au
Categories: Food and beverage

Spruka Photography

Spruka Photography is a small business specialising in landscape photography and is managed by owner and photographer Gerard Anderson.

Spruka Photography owner and photographer Gerard Anderson lives at the iconic spot of Turners Beach and conducts photography across the Central Coast and Tarkine Areas. Gerard specialises in Business Photography, Lessons in Landscape Photography and has a gallery at The Speckled Hen at Stanley, Tasmania

Gerard is an award-winning photographer, having won prizes that include the "Highly Commended in Australasian Landscape Photography 2018" and The Advocate's Readers Snapshot Winner in  2017.

Spruka Photography's most sought after product is Gerard Anderson's Annual Calendar which is available for sale every October.

Contact name Gerard Anderson
Phone 0438 999 216
Email gerard@spruka.com.au
Website www.spruka.com.au
Categories: Arts

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Facts about 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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