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Hobart woman in coma after fire attack - Sky News Australia

A 20-year-old Hobart woman is in an induced coma in a Melbourne hospital with burns to more than half her body after allegedly being set on fire by her partner.

Nicole Evans was flown to Melbourne in a critical condition early on Tuesday and will require 'many months' of medical treatment after undergoing surgery.

It's alleged her 34-year-old boyfriend, Matthew John Davey, doused her with an accelerant and set her alight in a backyard shed.

He has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and other matters.

Ms Evans underwent surgery at The Alfred hospital on Thursday and is in an induced coma in a critical but stable condition.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ms Evans by Hobart woman Sheena Mclean, who describes Ms Evans as 'a true beauty' and 'a gorgeous person'.

As of Thursday night, the page had raised more than...


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Hobart heritage buildings not built to withstand Tasmania's toughest wind speeds - ABC Online

Aerial photograph of an old building at 36 Davey Street in Hobart
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Tasmania's heritage buildings are taking a battering from gusty winds they were not designed to withstand.

Engineer Peter Spratt specialises in repairs to heritage buildings and said he responded to 55 buildings with wind damage in the past 12 months.

"When we run a computer analysis of the roof structures we find that invariably they're capable only of resisting winds of 60kph," he told Helen Shield on ABC Radio Hobart.

"We have had winds in excess of 100kph some 30 times in Hobart in the past 18 months."

A roof peeled back to show the inside from strong wind

Historically little...


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Business confidence in regional Tasmania now higher than in Hobart, says Sensis survey - Herald Sun

BUSINESS confidence in regional Tasmania has risen to overtake confidence levels in Hobart, according to the latest Sensis Business Index Survey.

The survey, released today, (FRIDAY) shows business confidence in regional Tasmania was up 23 points to 48, while Hobart business confidence fell 35 points to 31.

Tasmania’s overall score was up five points to 43.

The state remains below the national average.

“Confidence in Hobart is now at its lowest level since June 2009, with businesses there much more likely to be struggling with sales and profitability.” Sensis chief executive John Allan said.

“Meanwhile, business confidence in regional Tasmania has overtaken Hobart for the first time since June 2014, driven by better perceptions of the economy.”

Mr Allan said the index, drawn from the views of 1000 small and medium businesses nationally, also showed business support for the State...


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Internationally renowned reproductive specialist Demian Glujovsky in Hobart to speak about overseas egg donation - Herald Sun

OVERSEAS egg donation can be an affordable alternative for Tasmanians struggling to conceive, says the head of the state’s newest IVF clinic.

Fertility Tasmania specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist Irena Nikakis met internationally renowned reproductive specialist Demián Glujovsky in San Diego at a scientific conference and convinced him to come to Hobart.

Dr Glujovsky, of Fertility Argentina, hosted an information session in Hobart last night on overseas egg donations.

Earlier this month, the National Health and Medical Research Council released its revised guidelines into assisted reproductive technologies, including IVF.

After more than a year of deliberations and consultations, the council ruled out any changes to financial compensation for egg or sperm donation, despite the UK deciding to give donors a £750 ($1278) “gift of gratitude” for all the medications and...


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Bandits aiming to end top start from Hobart - The Border Mail

The Albury-Wodonga Bandits are ready to host the undefeated Hobart Chargers

LEADING THE CHARGE: Bandits' captain Jack Duck signals to his teammates during a home game earlier this season. Picture: MARK JESSER

LEADING THE CHARGE: Bandits' captain Jack Duck signals to his teammates during a home game earlier this season. Picture: MARK JESSER

A mixed weekend for their first double-header has added extra importance to the Albury-Wodonga Bandits clash with Hobart at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Saturday night.

The Bandits couldn’t back up from last Friday night’s thrilling victory over the Geelong Supercats with a win at Bendigo, but must bounce back against an undefeated Hobart outfit.

Despite sitting at 2-3, coach Brad Chalmers is happy with how the team is travelling and admits the tough draw to start the year will hold his side in good stead for the rest of the season. 

“We’re trying to keep some momentum and get another really solid win at home against a very good team,” Chalmers said.

“They’re 4-0, but...


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Hobart outguns West on wages - The Advocate

Public service central has finally trumped Tasmania’s mining heartland as the high wages hot spot.

Public service central has finally trumped Tasmania’s mining heartland as the high wages hot spot.

The West Coast has long been seen as Tasmania’s high wages capital  because of its heavy reliance on well-paid mining jobs.

However, it has been overtaken by Hobart, according to figures the Australian Bureau of Statistics produced based on taxation data for 2014-15.

Average employee income in the Hobart municipality increased from $49,760 per year  in 2010-11 to $57,025 in 2014-15.

The West Coast came in second among the state’s 29 municipalities, with an increase from a state’s highest $52,750 in 2010-11 to $55,337.

Its relative decline would partly be due to the broadening of the West Coast economy beyond mining, with jobs in other sectors generally not so well paid, plus the end of...


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One of Hobart's most trashed properties transformed into modern ... - The Mercury

IT’S been almost four years since one of Hobart’s most derelict properties hit the market and was snapped up by keen local buyers who saw the potential behind the trashed facade.

The original section of the Goulburn St home was built in the 1850s with a brick turn-of-last-century extension at the front.

Left to the mercy of squatters, the floorboards downstairs had been ripped up as fuel for fires, graffiti adorned every wall and the outdoor toilet was not a pretty sight.

This Goulburn St property had clearly seen better days when it went on the market several years ago.

The house was not quite condemned because it was not at the point where it would be a safety hazard to the public.

Prospective buyers weren’t put off by the dilapidated home that was listed at $275,000 plus and the lure of living in the city saw the property gain a lot of attention from local and interstate...


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Hotel group's skyscraper bid - The Mercury

NEW plans for the capital’s first skyscrapers have been lodged with the Hobart City Council.

The Singapore-based Fragrance Group yesterday lodged development applications for a 120m 400-room hotel in Davey St and a 75m, 495-room hotel in Collins St — each worth about $130 million.

The Collins St development was initially lodged with the council in October, but was withdrawn and reworked after a public backlash.

The concept for the Davey St hotel tower and elevated walkway were released at the same time, but no development application was made. Instead, the developer sought landowner consent from the council for the walkway across Davey St from Franklin Square. Council rejected the application.

The Fragrance Group’s first hotel — a 39m, 296-room establishment in Macquarie St — is nearing completion.

A fourth project, a mixed-use hotel development planned for Elizabeth St, is in the...


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Reminiscing on 40 years of care - The Mercury

NURSING has come a long way from the days of patients smoking on wards and uniform hemlines having to be a certain length, say graduates of April 1977.

Nurses came from across the country to Hobart this week to meet for the 40th reunion of their time at the Preliminary Training School at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The majority said they were still practising and many spent their formative years working at the hospital and living together at the nurses accommodation in Campbell St.

“The difference between training now and when we trained is the fact we all lived together — we had our parties together and celebrated birthdays together,” retired nurse Agnes Stanislaus said.

“That relationship is something you don’t get unless you’re that close in such a big group and sharing all those experiences together.”

Inspirational patients and a passion for helping people was the driving force...


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ATO reveals Tassie money trail with highest-earning suburbs around Hobart - The Mercury

A WESTERN Shore comfort zone from Mt Stuart to Taroona is hoarding Tasmania’s wealth, new figures show, sparking warnings about housing affordability and rising inequality.

Tasmania’s top-earning postcode earns more than double its bottom-earning suburbs, recent figures from the Australian Taxation Office show.

A corridor from Mt Stuart to Taroona makes up five of the top seven postcodes in the state. In top spot — postcode 7005, taking in Dynnyrne and Sandy Bay — the average taxable income was nearly $68,000 in 2014-15.

Tasman Peninsula postcodes feature heavily towards the bottom of the list, with earnings at last-placed Koonya less than $30,000 a year.

“Some of those [wealthier] communities tend to be ageing communities, so it starts to tease out that intergenerational tension in terms of Baby Boomers and high retirement incomes and quite high levels of wealth and social...


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Thousands flock to Hobart Cenotaph for Anzac Day dawn service under overcast skies - The Mercury

TASMANIANS have gathered once more to remember and give thanks for the sacrifice of those who served and those who fell in the service of their nation.

On the day that has come to define Australian history and culture, people from all walks of life commemorated Anzac Day at dawn services and parades across the state.

As the nation particularly remembered the role of indigenous Australians during wartime, Governor Kate Warner also stressed the often overlooked contribution made by women.

More than 5000 people attended the Hobart dawn service, where the rain held off as the silent crowd waited for the sun to rise.

ANZAC DAWN SERVICE GALLERY

Little Jarrah Francis, who is just 18 months old, is transfixed by the eternal flame at the Anzac Day dawn service in Hobart. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

Professor Warner later delivered the noon Anzac Address at the Hobart Cenotaph — the first Hobart...


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Warriors to hit top gear for Zebras - The Mercury

OLYMPIA  Warriors coach Ian Shaw sees today’s Anzac blockbuster against the Hobart Zebras as a chance for his team to show what it is truly capable of.

The Warriors and Zebras came into Round 7 of the NPL Tasmania in first and second­ on the ladder.

South Hobart’s win over Launceston City on Sunday dropped them back to second and third, while Devonport Strikers’ win over Clarence on Saturday means only two points separate the top four teams.

Shaw said today’s match at Warrior Park will be Olympia’s biggest of the season to date, but he is getting used to being under the pump in his first season in charge.

“There’s pressure on me every week to get a good result, it doesn’t matter which day it is or which game it is, Olympia expect results and expect success and that’s what I’m here for,” Shaw said.

After a first-round loss to South, the Warriors have strung together five league wins...


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Tasmanian real estate market running hot with a 13-year sales high ... - The Mercury

THE Tasmanian real estate market recorded its highest number of sales for the first quarter of the year since 2004, the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania March quarterly report has revealed.

Over the first three months of the year, the state had 2886 property sales for a total value of more than $955 million, which was just under 30 per cent more than the same time last year.

The strong growth was bolstered by a pick up in sales in Launceston, which recorded 440 sales — an increase of 34.6 per cent on last year.

Hobart sales increased 20.2 per cent, the North-West by 20.9 per cent and unit sales across the state also reached an eight-year high.

The report said the median house price for Hobart was $410,000.

There were 25 sales recorded during the quarter for properties priced more than $1 million.

First homebuyer numbers continued to decrease and represented 11 per cent of sales...


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Woman in fight for her life - The Mercury

UPDATED: A 20-YEAR-OLD Hobart woman allegedly set on fire by her fiance will undergo another operation today.

Nicole Evans remains in a critical condition in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

Police issued a statement saying Ms Evans would undergo surgery today and was expected to require medical treatment in Melbourne “for many months”.

She will need to undergo a series of operations after suffering full thickness burns to more than 50 per cent of her body including her face.

She underwent surgery on Tuesday.

EARLIER: DOCTORS hold grave fears a young woman allegedly doused in accelerant and set alight by her fiancee in Hobart may not survive, a court has heard.

Matthew John Davey, 34, of Chigwell, appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court yesterday accused of a horrific attack, which left the 20-year-old woman with severe face and body burns.

Mr Davey pleaded not guilty to grievous bodily...


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Leader White pins hopes on rain - The Mercury

THEY say no pain, no gain — but that was not the case for Targa Tasmania leader Jason White on the state’s West Coast yesterday.

White chewed up more rubber than he was comfortable with on his Dodge Viper Extreme’s big tyres and he still lost time to defending champion Matt Close.

“We chopped into the tyres more than we wanted to and the worst part about that was that the times weren’t really what we needed,” White said.

“We’ve done damage to the tyres and Close still took time out of us.”

White, of Devonport, dropped five seconds and goes into today’s long haul to Hobart leading Targa overall by 55s over Close and his Porsche GT2, then comes Hobart surgeon Michael Pritchard 1m53s off the leader in his Dodge Viper ACR.

Five-time Targa champion, with his uncle John as navigator, White said he was in big trouble if the roads weren’t wet between Strahan and the final stage of the day...


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'I am so happy to have them back' - The Mercury

UPDATED, 4.20pm: A RELIEVED woman reunited with her husband and son after they were lost for two nights in the Tasmanian wilderness has thanked all involved in rescuing the pair.

John Ward, 42, and son Stephen, 13, of Hobart, survived their ordeal near Lake Pedder by building a shelter out of shrubs and eating food left behind by other bushwalkers.

Both were flown to safety by the Westpac Rescue chopper earlier this afternoon about being found by a ground search party about 1pm today.

Authorities said the pair was found near Nine Mile Creek, about 15km from campground where they had been staying.

The alarm was raised late on Tuesday when they failed to return from a bushwalk as planned.

Wife and mother Joanne Ward, who journeyed out to the search site earlier today, said she felt numb while the pair was missing but always remained positive.

“I’m so happy to have them back,” she...


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Bear Grylls-inspired shelter saved Tasmanian bushwalking father and son, officer says - ABC Online

A young boy sits next to his father laying on an backboard in a rescue helicopter
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The shelter inspired by celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls has been credited with saving the lives of a father and son lost in the rugged Tasmanian wilderness.

Hobart resident John Ward, 41, and his son Stephen, 13, were lost in Tasmania's south-west for three nights and endured near-freezing temperatures and rain.

Constable Michael Preshaw, who was part of the search and rescue team that found the pair, said the dwelling played a key role in their survival.

Constable Preshaw's sketch of John and Stephen Ward's shelter

"They'd actually made quite...


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Nicole Evans fights for life after fiance allegedly sets her alight in Tasmania - NEWS.com.au

A young Hobart woman allegedly set on fire by her boyfriend will require 'many months' of medical treatment.

Nicole Evans is fighting for her life after suffering horrific burns in an alleged domestic violence attack in Tasmania. Picture: Facebook

FRIENDS have described a young Tasmanian woman allegedly set alight by her fiance as “a joker” and a “natural beauty” who will need intensive medical treatment to survive.

Nicole Evans, 20, is clinging to life in a Melbourne burns unit after suffering horrific injuries when she was allegedly doused in a flammable liquid and set on fire by 34-year-old Matthew John Davey in a shed in Chigwell during an argument on Monday night.

She was rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital where she was stabilised before being flown to Melbourne for specialist care at The Alfred Hospital’s burns unit.

“Not only will she need endless surgery,...


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Six of the best Tasmanian day walks - Bega District News

Tasmania boasts some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the country

The Cape Huay Track leads to rugged coastal cliffs. Photo: Getty Images

The Cape Huay Track leads to rugged coastal cliffs. Photo: Getty Images

ORGAN PIPES, MT WELLINGTON

The mountain that towers above Hobart is crisscrossed by trails giving panoramic views out over the city. A four-hour return hike from Fern Tree (accessible by public transport) to pass by the extraordinary rock formation known as the Organ Pipes requires some moderate climbing, from 720 metres to 1000 metres. Once honour has been satisfied, those with cars can drive to the rocky summit, where there are lookouts and an enclosed Visitors Centre from which you can admire the scenery while escaping the biting wind. See www.wellingtonpark.org.au.

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RUSSELL FALLS, MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK

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Hobart woman suffers serious burns in alleged attacked by boyfriend - 9news.com.au

A Hobart man has been charged with setting his girlfriend alight, leaving her in a critical condition.

The 20-year-old woman was flown to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne late on Monday after she was injured by fire in a shed at the Hobart suburb Chigwell home.

She's in a critical condition with burns to more than half her body.

A 34-year-old Chigwell man was charged on last night with causing grievous bodily harm and three counts of assault.

Tasmania Police allege he doused his girlfriend in a flammable liquid and ignited it during a dispute.

"The dispute is being treated as a family violence incident, although there are no current family violence orders restricting the man and woman from being together," a police statement said on Wednesday.

"The family of the young woman will be provided with counselling support and other assistance."

Detective Inspector Craig Joel thanked...


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