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Hobart's historic Shipwright's Arms Hotel evacuated after fire ... - ABC - ABC Online

Shipwright's Arms Hotel

The Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) is warning of the dangers of spontaneous combustion, after a near miss at the historic Shipwright's Arms Hotel in Battery Point overnight.

Fourteen guests had to be evacuated in near-freezing conditions just before 5:00am on Saturday, after a fire broke out in a clothes dryer in the kitchen.

The TFS said it was caused by oil-soaked tea towels being left in the dryer after the drying cycle.

A guest alerted the hotel's owner to smoke in the building, before fire crews arrived and threw the smouldering dryer into the street over concerns it would explode.

It was then hosed down.

Dryer space at Shipwright's Arms Hotel

"I'd only been in bed for about three hours, we'd had a huge night," licensee Tony Kennedy said.

"I...


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Hobart is ready for a tunnel under Davey St, says architect - The Mercury

ARCHITECT  Scott Balnforth says Hobart is ready for a tunnel that will allow pedestrians to travel from the city to the sea — easily.

The “City to Cove” report, by Terroir Architects, was commissioned by Hobart City Council to devise a link from the CBD to the waterfront and improve pedestrian crossings at Macquarie and Davey streets.

The Terroir $7 million plan includes a tunnel, lifts and escalators to carry pedestrians from the CBD to the waterfront.

Mr Balnforth says his city to cove plan would be “transformative” for Hobart — and “a catalyst” to make people move more between the waterfront and the CBD.

“It would change how people think about their city and the cove and that would be an amazing thing,’’ he says.

From Franklin Sq the highest point, to Sullivan’s Cove the lowest, Mr Balnforth says the city deserves a walkway link that would take pedestrians through a tunnel via...


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Hobart in line for City Deal funding Federal Government | The Mercury - The Mercury

HOBART has been identified as one of the next locations for a City Deal from the Federal Government, following in the footsteps of Launceston and Townsville, according to the Regional Australia Institute.

But it must be innovative and transformational to get the deal and then make it work, says the independent think tank focused exclusively on ­regional issues.

In a comprehensive report released today looking at the contribution of regional cities to the national economy and how this can be increased through the use of City Deals, Hobart is slated as a likely future option by the RAI.

However, the RAI’s Great Small Cities Program leader Leonie Pearson has warned, unless local, state and federal governments are all on the same page and ready for the opportunity and challenges a Hobart City Deal would bring, then it would ultimately fail.

“City leaders need to be bold, innovative,...


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Sunday Night Channel 7 car crash Hobart Daniel Stirling | The ... - The Mercury

THE  partner of a Hobart woman who died in a tragic car accident 18 months ago is pushing through his grief to be a full-time dad to their two young boys.

Pregnant mother Sarah Paino, 24, was killed in January last year when a youth in a stolen SUV ploughed into her car, containing her then two-year-old child, in Hobart’s CBD.

Despite her death, surgeons were miraculously able to deliver her 34-week-term son, Caleb, while her other son Jordan was unharmed.

Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program caught up with Ms Paino’s partner Daniel Stirling and his boys, now aged 3 and 1.

Describing Caleb as a “little gem” who could now walk, Mr Stirling said he had been able to be a full-time dad since Ms Paino’s death thanks to generous donations from the public.

An online crowd-funding campaign raised more than $570,000.

Daniel Stirling with son Caleb Stirling. Picture: Sunday Night, Channel 7


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Report calls for 75m height restriction for buildings in Hobart's CBD ... - The Mercury

SIGNIFICANT restrictions on potential city skyscrapers and added criteria on “city-changing” developments will be considered by the Hobart City Council.

As debate rages over plans for a 120m Fragrance Hotel in the CBD, the council’s planning committee has considered a landmark report on height limits by local architect and urban design consultant Leigh Woolley.

It listed several recommendations that could have strong implications for city development, including restricting the height of future buildings to no more than 75m and maintaining the city centre as compact with no “individually prominent” developments.

The committee overwhelmingly endorsed the report and agreed to start the proposed amendments to the planning scheme via the Tasmanian Planning Commission and also to hold a public forum to explain the changes.

These recommendations go to the full council next Monday.

An...

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Knocklofty's industrial history almost lost but not forgotten - ABC Online

Black and white photo of an old stone house on a hill with a small pond in front of it

Today the bushland reserve of Knocklofty is popular with dog walkers, joggers and people practising tai chi.

But in the 1800s and early 1900s it was an area populated by farmers, loggers, brickmakers and quarry workers.

Suzanne Smythe is an author and historian whose interest in Knocklofty was piqued after a discovery she made while walking its bush tracks with her dogs and granddaughter.

"We found a colonial brick with a thumb print, so I started researching," she said.

Grainy black and white photo of a family in late 1800s clothing standing outside a stone house

Rich source of timber, sandstone

What she found was that Knocklofty had once been the location of at least five buildings and was used by early European settlers to source food, stone, timber and other resources for the Hobart...


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CFMEU fears 'savage' job cuts are in store at Nyrstar Hobart as company seeks to scrap EBA - The Mercury

A UNION leader claims one of Hobart’s biggest employers is planning a “savage” cut to staff numbers later this year.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union official Richie Hassett’s comments come as zinc smelter Nyrstar Hobart and the union face off over the planned termination of a long-standing enterprise bargaining agreement.

The CFMEU today flagged industrial action at the site, which employs a total of nearly 500 people.

Nyrstar has applied to Fair Work Australia to terminate the existing EBA, which mandated a 2.5 per cent pay rise for about 250 operators at the zinc works site.

“For market reasons, we want to halt the EBA and give the operators the same opportunity as others on the site for a company increase plus the right to be part of an incentive scheme,” a company spokeswoman said.

Mr Hassett said the move would cut employees’ wages and conditions.

“The effect...


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Accor opens new Hobart hotel with $109 package deals - finder.com.au

LOBBY Final

Accor won a great Tasmania location, and is now making the most of it.

ibis Styles is opening up in Tasmania with special guest packages starting from $109. Simply make a booking for a stay between 1 July and the end of September and you can enjoy opening prices of $109 per night, equivalent to about $25 off the usual price, plus free breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi and all the other impressive amenities on offer.

This whole period is a pretty great time to visit the island, being off the tourist peak but starting to warm up again. And there's definitely cause to visit mid-winter with Tasmania being one of the only places in Australia to take in the Aurora Australis, which is definitely worth doing at last once.

Plus, the hotel itself definitely looks to have enough comfort and amenities for a good time all year-round. There's no need to sweat the airfares either, with flights to...


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Tender for lucrative UTAS travel contract sparked agent Lee-Anne Marie Levett's computer hack attack, Hobart ... - The Mercury

A HOBART travel agent accused of hacking into a rival’s booking system during a tender battle for Tasmania’s largest corporate account has pleaded guilty to 48 counts of the unauthorised access of a computer.

Lee-Anne Marie Levett, 51, of Howden, appeared in the Supreme Court this morning to admit to a series of crimes committed from 2011 to 2013.

Crown prosecutor Jackie Hartnett told the court that Levett and her husband Simon Levett were joint owners of The Travel Studio in Salamanca Square, specialising in leisure and corporate bookings.

Ms Hartnett said in July 2011, the University of Tasmanian started a tender process for its staff travel — which at the time was the most lucrative such account in the state.

The Travel Studio signed up to the tender process, as did rival agency Andrew Jones Travel.

The court heard both agencies used the same travel software system, known as...


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Float Mo: Anti-salmon farming protesters take to Hobart's streets and water - ABC Online

Anti-salmon protest gathering in Hobart.

People on land have joined with those in a variety of water craft to demand an end to salmon farming along Tasmanian eastern coast at a protest rally in Hobart.

Fishing identity Steve Starling opposes Tassal's plans
External Link: E Gramenz salmon protest tweet

The FloatMo gathering, at Hobart's Constitution Dock, was organised by the No Fish Farms in Tasmania's East Coast Waters group, which has been campaigning against moves by the state's biggest operator, Tassal, to expand its farm operations into Okehampton Bay.

Tassal won approval in February for the move into Okehampton Bay with an independent review panel rejecting arguments the water in the bay was too warm and too shallow for fish farming.

Tassal has said it intended to "put fish in the...


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Hobart, Stanley and Freycinet up for grabs on new Monopoly board - The Mercury

THREE Tasmanian destinations have made it onto the new Australian Monopoly board game, which was unveiled in Sydney this morning.

Hobart, Freycinet National Park and Stanley each received one of the 40 spots up for grabs on the Hasbro Australia board — due to hit stores tomorrow.

Sydney cemented its position as Australia’s most expensive real estate, snaring the coveted Mayfair position, with the NSW regional city of Orange a surprise partner for top spot of Park Lane.

The Monopoly Australia election was a collaboration between the world-famous game and the tourism office for each state and territory, which provided the shortlist of five key locations.

MORE: SEE THE RESULTS

Hopefuls Evandale and Strahan missed out on a spot.

The Hobart city skyline seen from the Domain. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

Tasmania’s three locations are listed in seventh place in terms of property value — ahead...


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Tasmania Police hunt pair after fatal crash in Pirie St, New Town - The Mercury

POLICE are calling on people who might be harbouring a man responsible for a fatal hit and run to “do the right thing” and come forward.

Senior Constable Kelly Cordwell said the people who fled the New Town collision, which resulted in the death of a 42-year-old woman, “would have injuries”.

“If you know somebody who has a head injury – particularly around the forehead area – this morning or a chest injury that seems to be a little bit suspicious, please contact us, we’d really like to speak to you,” she said.

“The identity of these people is our primary concern at this stage.”

When asked if she there were people out there who would know the culprits, she said: “Of course they would.

“Do the right thing by this lady, who was doing nothing wrong, and her family, who are a grieving the loss of their loved one this morning. Please come forward.

“We’re just interested in finding the...


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Read more: Tasmania Police hunt pair after fatal crash in Pirie St, New Town - The Mercury

Tasmanian Liberals' bid to open more forests to logging has failed in the Upper House - The Mercury

THE Liberals say they won’t alter their course on forestry, even after their plan to open more forests to logging failed to pass the Upper House.

The Liberals wanted to open 365,000ha of additional forest land to logging for special species from later this year — and to other users from next year. They argued the additional timber was essential to the industry’s future.

However, a majority of MLCs did not buy the Government’s argument and the Bill was voted down 7-5.

Five independents and Labor’s two MLCs voted against the Government.

The result has defused a conflict over Tasmanian forests for the time being.

Resources Minister Guy Barnett blamed Labor for the Bill’s failure and said the Government would not reconsider its stance on forestry.

“We will seek out a fresh mandate at the next election to unlock these production forests,” he said.

Mr Barnett would not shoulder any blame...


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Salmon off the menu as chefs sign on to Sustainable Salmon Chefs' Charter - The Mercury

SOME of the state’s best-known chefs have taken Tasmanian salmon off the menu over concerns about transparency and sustainability.

Michelin-rated former MONA The Source executive chef and owner of A Tiny Place Philippe Leban and Aloft owner Christian Ryan have stopped offering salmon dishes in their restaurants, and according to Mr Leban they are not alone.

“I’m not using salmon at the moment, I want to get clarification on what is sustainable and what is being raised correctly,” Mr Leban said.

“There’s a lot of us in Hobart that have stopped using it for that very reason.”

Mr Ryan said Aloft was yet to offer salmon since opening 18 months ago.

“We do have customers ask us occasionally ‘where’s your salmon?’ but we just tell them we don’t support it at the moment, while it’s not very transparent,” he said.

Mr Ryan is quick to point out the lack of salmon dishes is not a boycott,...


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Read more: Salmon off the menu as chefs sign on to Sustainable Salmon Chefs' Charter - The Mercury

Migrants showcasing culture to adopted communities in Tasmania - ABC Online

The cultures inspiring Tasmania

Multicultural performers and speakers are in high demand in Tasmania, so much so that a new website has been created to put them in touch with the community.

Nepalese dancer Narbada Thapa

The Migrant Resource Centre has created Inspire Tasmania to fill a gap in the market.

The site showcases a range of migrant and refugee performers, each with their own story to tell.

The centre's Catherine Doran said the Inspire program aimed to support, celebrate and showcase the best of Tasmania's multicultural talent.

"We get a range of calls for multicultural performers and speakers and we thought it would be a good idea to promote that more in the community," she said.

"I've had people call up and ask about multicultural performers and I've had to...


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Tasmania visitor numbers reaches one million over 12 months | The ... - The Mercury

RECORD numbers of tourists are visiting the state and they are making Hobart a must-see destination.

New figures from the Tasmanian Visitor Survey show that more than one million people included the south of the state in their itineraries over the past year.

Tasmania experienced a 7 per cent increase in the number of visitors over a 12-month period to March this year — to a whopping 1.26 million people.

And out of that new record figure, 1.004 million travelled to the south of the state over the period — the first time in history the region had cracked the magic million mark.

Sampling the delights of Hobart yesterday were Melburnians Alan and Barbara Eckstein.

While he has travelled to Hobart plenty of times in the past for business, this weekend was the first time Mr Eckstein stayed longer. And he intends to do it a lot more in the future.

“Absolutely we are going to do it again....


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Alleged attack on under 14s player comes after an earlier alleged attack on an umpire - The Mercury

AN investigation will be launched into a southern Tasmanian under-14 boys football match after a player was allegedly struck.

The New Norfolk and Lindisfarne under-14s played at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, yesterday and it is alleged a Lindisfarne player was struck on the field by the parent of a New Norfolk player soon after the game ended.

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League executive officer Tony Gibson said he was aware of the matter and there would be an investigation.

The father of the boy who was allegedly hit, who did not wish to be named, said the game had finished and both teams came together to shake hands.

“A bit of pushing and shoving broke out among a number of boys and then a number of parents decided to jump in and pull kids out,” he said.

It was at this point his son, who he said had been playing junior footy for eight years, was allegedly struck and an...


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Tas father killed his baby boy: coroner - Sky News Australia

A newborn suffered extensive injuries at the hands of his violent father but police, child protection workers and family members also failed to protect the baby, Tasmania's coroner has found.

Bjay Johnstone was just 45 days old when he died in the Royal Hobart Hospital in November 2012.

Coroner Olivia McTaggart released her damning findings on Monday, pinning the baby's death on his father Simon Adam Johnstone.

BJay's injuries were so severe there were fears if he survived, he would be unlikely to ever walk, talk, see, feed, or go to the toilet, the coroner heard.

The newborn had a fractured skull, broken pelvis, multiple broken ribs and broken legs as well as severe brain and eye damage.

The baby's grandmother Hellen Dykstra said her son was violent towards BJay's mother as well.

'She would hold BJay in front of her so that Mr...


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Hobart's historic Shipwright's Arms Hotel evacuated after fire ... - ABC - ABC Online

Shipwright's Arms Hotel

The Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) is warning of the dangers of spontaneous combustion, after a near miss at the historic Shipwright's Arms Hotel in Battery Point overnight.

Fourteen guests had to be evacuated in near-freezing conditions just before 5:00am on Saturday, after a fire broke out in a clothes dryer in the kitchen.

The TFS said it was caused by oil-soaked tea towels being left in the dryer after the drying cycle.

A guest alerted the hotel's owner to smoke in the building, before fire crews arrived and threw the smouldering dryer into the street over concerns it would explode.

It was then hosed down.

Dryer space at Shipwright's Arms Hotel

"I'd only been in bed for about three hours, we'd had a huge night," licensee Tony Kennedy said.

"I...


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Fragrance Group's new Ibis Styles Hobart hotel reopens old city lane - The Mercury

HOBART’S newest hotel has opened up one of the city’s oldest streets to the public.

Bold, bright and modern, the Ibis Styles Hobart on Macquarie St backs onto Collins St via Crowther’s Lane — an original laneway of Hobart.

General manager of the hotel Janine Livingston said she had no idea that Crowthers Lane existed “and here it is”.

Hobart residents will be able to use the lane – the walls of which are made from convict-hewn sandstone – to move between Collins and Macquarie streets and gain access to the Ibis restaurant and bar Mr Good Guy.

The laneway was previously accessed only by carpark users.

Mr Good Guy is open to the public without having to enter the hotel.

Crowthers Lane, which runs from the hotel’s restaurant to Collins St. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

Ms Livingston described the hotel, right in the middle of the city centre, as a “modern contemporary building connected to a...


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