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Hobart City Council suspends professional development policy after “concerning applications” - The Mercury

HOBART City Council has suspended its professional development policy and any international travel associated with it after what Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said was a number of concerning applications by aldermen.

Alderman Hickey said no offences had been committed but three independent reviews had raised serious concerns about the policy.

The scheme allows aldermen to claim $5000 a year, which can be rolled forward so elected members can get up to $10,000 in one year for profession development activities.

Ald Hickey wrote to the Integrity Commission, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Hobart’s external Audit and Risk Panel requesting reviews of the scheme.

She said recent applications by a third of aldermen prompted her to request the reviews. The applications in question were lodged just before the cut-off for this term of the administration — which would have allowed the yearly...


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Hobart man pleads not guilty to rape, assault of pregnant partner - ABC Online

A 33-year-old Hobart man will appear in court next year accused of raping and assaulting his partner, including an incident where he allegedly repeatedly slammed a car door into her stomach while she was pregnant.

The man, from the Hobart suburb of Lindisfarne, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of assault, two of rape, and one of assault upon a pregnant woman.

He also pleaded not guilty to possessing 444 child exploitation images.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, allegedly carried out the attacks on his then partner over four years between September 2012 and September 2016.

It is alleged the man repeatedly slammed a car door on the woman's stomach while he knew she was pregnant, forcing her stomach into the door pillar of the car at least three times in April 2014.

It is also claimed that in December 2012 he...


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Chinese yacht crew hoping it's third time lucky in Sydney to Hobart - SBS

China's Ark323 is back for more Sydney to Hobart racing this year with a refreshed crew hoping it will be third time lucky for the yacht. 

The TP52 boat is lining up for a third straight year with its youngest ever all-Chinese crew (and a touch of Australian expertise) and the hopes of a nation riding on it. 

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In a sign of how seriously the Noahs Sailing Club of Shanghai is taking this year's race, its Ark323 entry was the first boat registered for this year's Sydney to Hobart back in July. The fact the crew arrived in Australia in October to begin preparations shows they mean business. 

Ark323 was knocked out of the race in 2015 after a collision with Ragamuffin 52 in Sydney Harbour. Last year, it lost its mainsail and damaged a boom.

Putting Ark323 through its paces on Sydney Harbour.

Putting Ark323 through its paces on Sydney Harbour.

SBS

But with a new sponsor and a young crew, the team is determined to show what...


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Melbourne most desired for holidays but Hobart growing fastest - Roy Morgan Research (press release)

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), Oct 2014 – Sep 2015 (n=15,668) and Oct 2016 – Sep 2017 (n=14,910). Base: Australians 14+.

Over 14.8 million Australians aged 14+ reported in the year to September 2017 that they’d like to spend a holiday within Australia in the next two years. This figure is virtually unchanged from a year ago when 14.9 million Australians indicated a desire to take an Australian holiday but down slightly from a peak of over 15.2 million in September 2015 the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Holiday Tracking Survey reveal.

Over the past two years Melbourne has retained top spot as the capital city Australians would most like to visit; a position the southern capital has now held for well over a decade. In 2017, over 4.25 million Australians indicated they...


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Read more: Melbourne most desired for holidays but Hobart growing fastest - Roy Morgan Research (press release)

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators arrive in Hobart to determine cause of fatal helicopter crash - The Mercury

UPDATE: THE survivor of a fatal helicopter crash is happy to be home with family and friends but his recovery is “bittersweet” after the death of widely respected Hobart aviator Roger Corbin.

Mr Corbin, 57, will be farewelled in a funeral service on the Hobart Regatta Grounds on Tuesday.

The company run by John Osborne, who escaped the late afternoon crash on Tuesday, has issued a statement describing their devastation.

Osborne Aviation said the family company’s managing director was undertaking flight training with Rotor-Lift owner Mr Corbin at Hobart Airport when the tragic accident happened.

The company described Mr Corbin as “one of the state’s aviation greats”.

“It is bittersweet to report that Mr Osborne is recovering well and has now been discharged from hospital,” the statement said.

“He is pleased to be home and in the company of family and friends.

“Mr Corbin was a man...


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Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

UPDATE: AN ADULT and three children were lucky to escape a northern suburbs unit fire before the dwelling was destroyed, the Tasmania Fire Service says.

The blaze broke out in a bedroom of the Housing Tasmania home in Elwick Rd just before 11am yesterday, destroying the unit and its contents and causing $150,000 in damage.

The Tasmania Fire Service determined the fire was accidental, but did not say how it started.

Glenorchy station officer Mark O’Donnell said the occupants were “very lucky” to escape unharmed from the fire, which began impacting neighbouring properties.

An elderly man with medical conditions was evacuated from a nearby unit.

Mr O’Donnell said the roof of the unit collapsed while fire crews were inside, but no firefighters were injured.

Fire crews attend the Elwick Rd fire in Glenorchy. Picture: CHRIS KIDD

“It was a fairly close call for them,’ he said.

“We’ve had...


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Read more: Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands - ABC Local

Summer snow on a car at Great Lake in Tasmania

After Tasmanians were treated to a heatwave during the last weeks of spring, the southern state has seen in summer with heavy rain and snowfalls.

Some much-needed rain has fallen on Tasmania's dry east coast on Saturday night, and there was snow in the Central Highlands.

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Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon McCulloch said the eastern half of the state had solid rainfalls over the past 24 hours.

"In fact, there's lots of places in the eastern half that have had around 50 millimetres or more in the last 24 hours and a lot of that's fallen overnight," Mr McCulloch said.

Pyengana in the north-east recorded the highest rainfall of 102mm.

Friendly Beaches recorded 84mm during the 24 hours to 9:00am AEDT.

Also in the north-east, 55mm of rain fell in Swansea,...


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Read more: Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands - ABC...

Christmas decorations reinstated after Service Tasmania backflip - ABC Online

Will Hodgman, Sue Hickey and Jim Wilkinson.

An order to cancel Christmas at Tasmania's public service has been reversed by the State Government after a public outcry.

Service Tasmania staff were told this week not to recognise Christmas in their offices in any way, and were forced to remove decorations and told not to wear anything festive.

It is unclear why the order was made but the tinsel is going back up after a subsequent memo giving the all-clear to decorate offices.

Outraged listeners called ABC Radio Hobart to vent their fury over the original decision.

One woman went as far as to suggest the person behind the decision to remove the decorations should lose their job.

"I find it outrageous, I just cannot believe it," she said.

Another woman in northern Tasmania said she attended Launceston Service...


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Tas air crash victim a respected rescuer - SBS

A pilot killed in a Hobart helicopter crash was a "driving force" behind the establishment of Tasmania's rescue chopper service.

Roger Paul Corbin, 57, died just before 5.30pm on Tuesday when his Rotorlift helicopter nosedived into the Hobart Airport tarmac from a height of about 200 metres.

It was practising emergency procedures at the time, police said.

A 33-year-old trainee pilot remains in a serious but stable condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Mr Corbin's family released a statement on Wednesday, confirming the tragedy.

"Roger will be hugely missed and we will have more to say as circumstances permit," the statement from Allana, Isabella, Indiana and Sophia Corbin reads.

"We are unable to say anything further in relation to the circumstances of the accident until the completion of the official investigations."

The family thanked emergency services and Hobart Airport...


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Property tycoon's Hobart coup - The Mercury

THE Singaporean property tycoon who has spent millions buying Tasmanian real estate and planning high-rise hotels in Hobart has struck again, securing a prime property in the state’s capital.

Billionaire developer James Koh, of the Fragrance Group, has scored a behind-the-scenes coup to buy out the development company building the Hyatt Centric Hotel in Elizabeth St.

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It adds to his portfolio of five prime Hobart sites targeted for large-scale hotel developments.

He also owns two Tasmanian islands.

Business sources confirmed to the Sunday Tasmanian the city deal went through recently, with Mr Koh buying the developer, Elizabeth Tasmania P/L, from a Singaporean female colleague.

Construction of the Hyatt-branded hotel will start next year, once the bus mall is relocated into surrounding streets and offices are demolished.


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Gastro hits Ovation of the Seas docked in Hobart - NEWS.com.au

Almost 200 passengers on one of the world’s largest cruise ships have been treated for gastro as the liner docked in Hobart.

Ovation of the Seas, which carries more than 5800 people, had been sailing for two weeks and arrived in Tasmania on Tuesday, after a trip to Singapore. Royal Caribbean International, which owns the ship, said 195 people received over-the-counter medication for gastroenteritis.

The ship will be “comprehensively sanitised and cleansed” once it arrives at its next port in Sydney and before new passengers board.

A video was posted on Facebook of crew members spraying the boat’s hallways.

‘I’m on here now and basically a sitting duck with people in both cabins either side not well with the gastro,’ said a person in the clip, reported the Daily Mail.

‘They are doing everything perfectly to avoid further sickness.

‘I could hear them last night doing this spraying...


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Gastro hits Ovation of the Seas docked in Hobart - NEWS.com.au

Almost 200 passengers on one of the world’s largest cruise ships have been treated for gastro as the liner docked in Hobart.

Ovation of the Seas, which carries more than 5800 people, had been sailing for two weeks and arrived in Tasmania on Tuesday, after a trip to Singapore. Royal Caribbean International, which owns the ship, said 195 people received over-the-counter medication for gastroenteritis.

The ship will be “comprehensively sanitised and cleansed” once it arrives at its next port in Sydney and before new passengers board.

A video was posted on Facebook of crew members spraying the boat’s hallways.

‘I’m on here now and basically a sitting duck with people in both cabins either side not well with the gastro,’ said a person in the clip, reported the Daily Mail.

‘They are doing everything perfectly to avoid further sickness.

‘I could hear them last night doing this spraying...


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Read more: Gastro hits Ovation of the Seas docked in Hobart - NEWS.com.au

End is nigh for divisive brutalist building at 10 Murray St in Hobart - The Mercury

WORK is cracking on to remove one of the Hobart waterfront’s most divisive public buildings from the streetscape.

An eagle-eyed reader sent in this picture yesterday of heavy equipment being craned on to the top of 10 Murray St — a 1960s office building being demolished as part of the Parliament Square project.

A Mercury reader took this picture of heavy equipment being craned to the top of 10 Murray St as part of the long-awaited demolition process.Debate has raged for years over demolition of the State Government office building at 10 Murray St in Hobart. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

A safety zone has been erected on the Parliament side of Murray St, with a tower crane in place.

Office workers moved out of the 14-storey structure months ago in preparation for its demise — billed as the biggest demolition in the island state’s history.

Construction manager Barney Phillips told the...


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Read more: End is nigh for divisive brutalist building at 10 Murray St in Hobart - The Mercury

End is nigh for divisive brutalist building at 10 Murray St in Hobart - The Mercury

WORK is cracking on to remove one of the Hobart waterfront’s most divisive public buildings from the streetscape.

An eagle-eyed reader sent in this picture yesterday of heavy equipment being craned on to the top of 10 Murray St — a 1960s office building being demolished as part of the Parliament Square project.

A Mercury reader took this picture of heavy equipment being craned to the top of 10 Murray St as part of the long-awaited demolition process.Debate has raged for years over demolition of the State Government office building at 10 Murray St in Hobart. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

A safety zone has been erected on the Parliament side of Murray St, with a tower crane in place.

Office workers moved out of the 14-storey structure months ago in preparation for its demise — billed as the biggest demolition in the island state’s history.

Construction manager Barney Phillips told the...


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Read more: End is nigh for divisive brutalist building at 10 Murray St in Hobart - The Mercury

Hobart man pleads not guilty to rape, assault of pregnant partner - ABC Online

A 33-year-old Hobart man will appear in court next year accused of raping and assaulting his partner, including an incident where he allegedly repeatedly slammed a car door into her stomach while she was pregnant.

The man, from the Hobart suburb of Lindisfarne, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of assault, two of rape, and one of assault upon a pregnant woman.

He also pleaded not guilty to possessing 444 child exploitation images.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, allegedly carried out the attacks on his then partner over four years between September 2012 and September 2016.

It is alleged the man repeatedly slammed a car door on the woman's stomach while he knew she was pregnant, forcing her stomach into the door pillar of the car at least three times in April 2014.

It is also claimed that in December 2012 he...


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Read more: Hobart man pleads not guilty to rape, assault of pregnant partner - ABC Online

Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

UPDATE: AN ADULT and three children were lucky to escape a northern suburbs unit fire before the dwelling was destroyed, the Tasmania Fire Service says.

The blaze broke out in a bedroom of the Housing Tasmania home in Elwick Rd just before 11am yesterday, destroying the unit and its contents and causing $150,000 in damage.

The Tasmania Fire Service determined the fire was accidental, but did not say how it started.

Glenorchy station officer Mark O’Donnell said the occupants were “very lucky” to escape unharmed from the fire, which began impacting neighbouring properties.

An elderly man with medical conditions was evacuated from a nearby unit.

Mr O’Donnell said the roof of the unit collapsed while fire crews were inside, but no firefighters were injured.

Fire crews attend the Elwick Rd fire in Glenorchy. Picture: CHRIS KIDD

“It was a fairly close call for them,’ he said.

“We’ve had...


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Read more: Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

UPDATE: AN ADULT and three children were lucky to escape a northern suburbs unit fire before the dwelling was destroyed, the Tasmania Fire Service says.

The blaze broke out in a bedroom of the Housing Tasmania home in Elwick Rd just before 11am yesterday, destroying the unit and its contents and causing $150,000 in damage.

The Tasmania Fire Service determined the fire was accidental, but did not say how it started.

Glenorchy station officer Mark O’Donnell said the occupants were “very lucky” to escape unharmed from the fire, which began impacting neighbouring properties.

An elderly man with medical conditions was evacuated from a nearby unit.

Mr O’Donnell said the roof of the unit collapsed while fire crews were inside, but no firefighters were injured.

Fire crews attend the Elwick Rd fire in Glenorchy. Picture: CHRIS KIDD

“It was a fairly close call for them,’ he said.

“We’ve had...


Read full article on News GN TAS Hobart


Read more: Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

UPDATE: AN ADULT and three children were lucky to escape a northern suburbs unit fire before the dwelling was destroyed, the Tasmania Fire Service says.

The blaze broke out in a bedroom of the Housing Tasmania home in Elwick Rd just before 11am yesterday, destroying the unit and its contents and causing $150,000 in damage.

The Tasmania Fire Service determined the fire was accidental, but did not say how it started.

Glenorchy station officer Mark O’Donnell said the occupants were “very lucky” to escape unharmed from the fire, which began impacting neighbouring properties.

An elderly man with medical conditions was evacuated from a nearby unit.

Mr O’Donnell said the roof of the unit collapsed while fire crews were inside, but no firefighters were injured.

Fire crews attend the Elwick Rd fire in Glenorchy. Picture: CHRIS KIDD

“It was a fairly close call for them,’ he said.

“We’ve had...


Read full article on News GN TAS Hobart


Read more: Large structure fire in northern suburbs - The Mercury

Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands - ABC Local

Summer snow on a car at Great Lake in Tasmania

After Tasmanians were treated to a heatwave during the last weeks of spring, the southern state has seen in summer with heavy rain and snowfalls.

Some much-needed rain has fallen on Tasmania's dry east coast on Saturday night, and there was snow in the Central Highlands.

Emergency contacts

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon McCulloch said the eastern half of the state had solid rainfalls over the past 24 hours.

"In fact, there's lots of places in the eastern half that have had around 50 millimetres or more in the last 24 hours and a lot of that's fallen overnight," Mr McCulloch said.

Pyengana in the north-east recorded the highest rainfall of 102mm.

Friendly Beaches recorded 84mm during the 24 hours to 9:00am AEDT.

Also in the north-east, 55mm of rain fell in Swansea,...


Read full article on News GN TAS Hobart


Read more: Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands - ABC...

Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands - ABC Local

Summer snow on a car at Great Lake in Tasmania

After Tasmanians were treated to a heatwave during the last weeks of spring, the southern state has seen in summer with heavy rain and snowfalls.

Some much-needed rain has fallen on Tasmania's dry east coast on Saturday night, and there was snow in the Central Highlands.

Emergency contacts

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon McCulloch said the eastern half of the state had solid rainfalls over the past 24 hours.

"In fact, there's lots of places in the eastern half that have had around 50 millimetres or more in the last 24 hours and a lot of that's fallen overnight," Mr McCulloch said.

Pyengana in the north-east recorded the highest rainfall of 102mm.

Friendly Beaches recorded 84mm during the 24 hours to 9:00am AEDT.

Also in the north-east, 55mm of rain fell in Swansea,...


Read full article on News GN TAS Hobart


Read more: Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands - ABC...

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