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Cash registers ring up retail record

The state’s record-breaking run of retail growth continues, with 51 straight months of sales growth. Latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed Tasmania recorded the fastest rate of retail trade growth in Australia. It found the annual growth of 4.5 per cent over the year to January 2019, was almost double the national average growth rate. Furthermore, retail trade in January climbed by $300,000 to hit $548 million, which is almost $24 million more than for the same period last year. According to Treasurer, Peter Gutwein: “The strong growth in retail trade contributed to the strong economic growth figures reported earlier [in March] which showed Tasmania’s State Final Demand grew nearly twice the national average.” He adds that these “great results” are leading to “high business confidence, investment and more jobs for Tasmanians".

19 March 2019, Edition 203

McCain… does it again.

McCain Foods has announced it will invest $37 million upgrading its Smithton potato plant in North West Tasmania. This upgrade will see the site become the company’s primary retail French fry production facility in Australia and New Zealand. Work is expected to start in April and be completed by January next year. Potatoes are Tasmania’s highest value vegetable, worth $111 million at the farm gate and $345 million after processing, according to the latest AgriFood Scorecard. Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett said: “This multimillion dollar investment is a massive win for the Smithton community, and follows the addition of 17 new permanent jobs at the potato plant bringing its workforce to 95. A further 60 new jobs will be created during the construction phase, and $15 million will be injected into the Tasmanian economy in local trade and labour contracts.” He also calls it a significant vote of confidence in the Tasmanian agribusiness sector.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Inspiring rural excellence

Helping farmers to prosper is the aim of the new Cultivating Rural Excellence program. Organised by Rural Business Tasmania, it gives valuable professional support to those on the land. This includes one-on-one mentoring sessions to help implement and progress goals towards ‘rural excellence’. It also provides expert advice and help around personal goals. As well as networking opportunities, industry leaders will also present seminars and talks to the 35 participants. Rural Business Tasmania Chief Executive, Elizabeth Skirving, told The Examiner: “Over the years we have realised a real need for a targeted program that motivates, inspires and compels Tasmania’s farmers to new benchmarks of excellence.”

Anyone interested in the 2019 program can obtain details at: bpmanager@ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au.

14 February 2019, Edition 202

Views sought on GMO-free status

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Brand Tasmania Partners are being urged to have their say on what our GMO-free status means for Tasmania’s brand. Read more

19 December 2018, Partner Connections

March target for new-look Brand Tasmania

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Now that the final stage of the legislative process has been completed, expect a ‘turbo charged’ Brand Tasmania to be up and running by the end of March. 

19 December 2018, Partner Connections

What a year!

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It’s been a great year for Tasmania. David Attenborough showcased our stunning island to a global audience of millions, a deal was struck for new Bass Strait ferries, while our whisky and wine shone on the world stage… and that’s just the start.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Business confidence is tops

More good news, with the latest Sensis Business Index showing Tasmania’s business confidence leads the nation. It found the state’s small and medium businesses are the most optimistic in Australia. Sensis chief executive John Allan told The Examiner that confidence levels increased by two points in the September quarter to +59, which is 17 points above the national average. In Tasmania, 66 per cent of businesses reported feeling confident about the future with buoyant sales and a favourable business environment emerging as key factors. Mr Allan added: “Tasmania is becoming quite the hub for small businesses and this is starting to reflect in their confidence levels. Close to two in five (36 per cent) small and medium businesses in Tasmania feel the economy is growing and this is reflective in their reasons for being positive.” Tasmanian Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, said the latest Sensis data can be attributed to many factors: “Across a range of indicator, from business confidence, to the perception of the economy, to the hiring of new staff; Tasmanian small and medium businesses reported either the most favourable results, or the most optimistic expectations, in the nation.”

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Parliament passes Brand Tasmania Bill

History has been created. The Brand Tasmania Bill was passed with strong tri-partisan support, so, Brand Tasmania is now a Statutory Authority. This is an Australian first, and the start of an exciting era, with Premier Will Hodgman saying: “The passage of the Brand Tasmania Bill 2018 through Parliament marks a major point for one of our most important and valuable assets, our brand. The Bill establishes the new statutory authority, Brand Tasmania, which, with more resources and capacity, will have a stronger ability to promote and protect our brand, and ensure Tasmania continues to stand out from the pack.” The Premier added that his Government is committed to expanding international markets to assist local businesses in exporting their world-class goods and services globally: “This is an exciting time for our State, and the Government is committed to promoting Tasmania to the world, to open up new markets, support local business, and create even more local jobs.” Brand Tasmania Executive Director, Robert Heazlewood, is thrilled that all three Tasmanian political parties enthusiastically supported the new statutory authority. He said across-the-board agreement shows that this is the right move to take Tasmania’s precious brand into the future: "It builds on the work of a small team who did an amazing job with limited resources, and the plan is to move forward developing new partnerships while strengthening existing relationships." It is also history in the making. Tasmania is the first Australian state or territory to have a statutory authority devoted to its brand, and only the second in the world.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Economy powers ahead

The latest CommSec Report shows Tasmania’s economic fortunes continue to rise. The analysis of eight key indicators – including retail spending, unemployment and population growth – found that the island state still has the fourth-strongest economy in Australia but was closing in on the ACT. More significantly, Tasmania topped all other states in economic growth, business investment, housing finance and dwelling commencements. Another highlight was population growth which currently sits at 1.02 per cent and is almost 78 per cent above the state’s average over the past decade. CommSec chief economist, Craig James, told ABC News: “I think Tasmania is finally finding its mojo…you’ve got a tremendous product in terms of tourism, and I think that the rest of the world is starting to embrace that. Certainly, more are coming from other parts of Australia to Tasmania, and once there, a number of them are saying ‘this is a good spot to live’.”

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Northern Investment Taskforce

A new investment taskforce aims to boost economic growth in Tasmania’s north. It will help source alternative funding options for business expansion, or new projects, for companies that can’t access finance from traditional sources. Part of the Northern Tasmanian Development Corporation (NTDC), the taskforce is being chaired by ex-banker Gregg Bott who said: “Often businesses looking for funding are not successfully connecting up with the right financial provider. We envisage the Investment Taskforce will help connect business people with great ideas and expansion plans to potential funding sources.” The NTDC has been charged with improving the regional economy, jobs and pay-rates by working collaboratively with key stakeholders. A report the NTDC commissioned – still in draft form – indicates the region will need to secure an additional $500 million per annum in investment to reach growth targets.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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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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