Working in Tasmania stories
The following stories relate to working in Tasmania
Incat has come up with a novel way to deal with a shortage of workers – a spotter's fee. Incat employees are being offered a $1,000 incentive if they can find someone to work at the company. Incat is on the hunt for qualified carpenters, welders, electricians, fabricators and fitters. They need to add another 40 to 60 workers to their staff of 600 to help fulfil all the current contracts. Incat chief executive, Tim Burnell told The Mercury: “We’ve been advertising, we advertised on the mainland – that brings in a few people. We’ve just started to say how we can possibly think outside of the box and come up with other ways where we can encourage people.” Incat, which is based at Derwent Park in Hobart, is the designer and the builder of some of the world’s fastest ocean-going vehicle and passenger ferries.
13 August 2018, Edition 197
As Tasmania continues to roll out its comprehensive irrigation infrastructure, a new face has been appointed to lead the charge. It has been announced that Chris Thompson, the former executive director of management consulting firm Macquarie Franklin, has been appointed as the new director of Tasmanian Irrigation (TI). The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Sarah Courtney said Mr Thompson was well regarded in the Tasmanian farming and agricultural sectors. She added he had: “extensive consulting experience in agribusiness developments, rural water resources management, irrigation systems and dam construction and operation… [his] expertise will further complement the skills within the current Tasmanian Irrigation Board and we look forward to his valuable contribution.” Ms Courtney thanked outgoing director Roger Gill for his “valuable input and considerable service since TI’s inception".
13 August 2018, Edition 197
Tasmanian athletes are in the running for several of world sport's big prizes in coming weeks.
11 July 2018, Edition 196
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
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
The State Government has reiterated its commitment to developing Tasmania as a “defence supply centre of excellence”. It said this has been given a boost with a dedicated Defence Industries Minister added to the Cabinet mix. Tasmania currently has some 30 businesses working in defence - including Elphinstone, Liferaft Systems Australia and Taylor Bros. While defence may be just part of their operation, these companies together generate more than $340 million a year and employ almost 2,000 people. New Defence Industries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, said: “We are here to help our local companies connect with national and international defence buyers and suppliers in a co-ordinated way.” He added if the Tasmanian industry is to win its per-capita-share of the $195 billion Defence Integrated Program then, “our defence industry would grow to more than $400m per year within the next 10 years.” The Minister also pointed out that the appointment last year of Tasmania’s Defence Advocate, Rear Admiral (Retd) Steve Gilmore, was crucial in “identifying opportunities and advocating for Tasmania in the defence space.”
11 April 2018, Edition 193
The Launceston based Australian Maritime College has been named as the strategic partner of the new $25m Naval Shipbuilding College in Adelaide. The Naval College will be the key provider of manpower and expertise needed for the Federal Government’s $195m defence build, which includes submarines and naval vessels. However, the partnership will also deliver opportunities for students at the Maritime College. University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, welcomed the announcement by Federal Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne, seeing it as a major opportunity for Tasmania. Professor Black said: “There will soon be unprecedented career development opportunities in the maritime sector, particularly in the fields of maritime engineering and logistics, as a result of the Government’s multi-billion dollar naval shipbuilding program.” It is estimated that by 2026 more than 5,200 workers will be needed to fulfil the Government’s defence build.
11 April 2018, Edition 193
The annual health check of Tasmania’s brand has returned a diagnosis of ‘excellent health’.
10 April 2018, Edition 193
Tasmania recorded an unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent in trend terms in January, its best since September 2011 and the second-best of all States. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed the more volatile seasonally adjusted jobless rate had dropped from 6.1 per cent in December to 5.3 per cent, lower than all States except NSW. There were 14,800 unemployed Tasmanians in January. The latest Sensis Business Index released in February had further welcome economic news, reporting that Tasmania's small and medium businesses were the most confident in Australia. The Index showed 73 per cent of small businesses to be confident, with only 13 per cent reporting a negative outlook. Confidence had risen 10 points to 60-plus in the final quarter of 2017. Sensis CEO, John Allan, said: “Tasmania really is leading Australia in terms of business confidence and perception of the economy. We haven’t seen numbers this strong for nearly 10 years. Unsurprisingly, Tassie small businesses’ expectations for the year ahead are among the most positive in Australia for all indicators, with Tassie showing the only positive capital expenditure balance in the country for 2018.”
8 March 2018, Edition 192
Seaweed extracts developed in Tasmania have been found by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs. The extracts, known as fucoidans, are produced by Cambridge-based biotech business Marinova from seaweed varieties found in local waters. The extracts were found to decrease the growth of a human ovarian cancer tumour line by up to 33 per cent and a human cervical cancer tumour line by up to 70 per cent. The researchers also found that fucoidans considerably improved the efficacy of the chemotherapy drug Tamoxifen in treating breast cancer and decreased breast cancer tumour growth by up to an additional 26 per cent. Director of the Women’s Health Integrative Medicine Research Program in Houston, Dr Judith A. Smith, said: “This was the first research program to comprehensively assess the metabolism of fucoidan compounds for possible chemotherapy drug interactions. A ... study is now underway at UTHealth to further assess safety and observe quality of life parameters in human cancer patients.”
8 February 2018, Edition 191