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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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Read more: Hobart woman in coma after fire attack - Sky News Australia

Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

A group lobbying to keep Hobart's skyline free of skyscrapers has collected enough signatures to meet the first requirement of an electors' poll.

Key points:

  • Hobart Council calls a public meeting on building heights after getting 1,000 signatures
  • Lobby group expects to go to electors' poll if it gets another 1,000 signatures
  • Lord Mayor estimates the process will cost more than $120,000

On Tuesday night, the Hobart City Council agreed to convene a meeting on October 16 at a venue to be decided, after receiving the signatures of 1,000 Hobart residents collected by the group Hobart not Highrise.

The group has been running a campaign against plans by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to build a 210-metre hotel on Davey street, and another one on Collins street, exceeding 90 metres.

The group's Brian Corr said the response had been overwhelming, with...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Brian Ritchie invites Pauline Hanson to MONA FOMA.
Related Story: MONA FOMA director defends festival's move out of city
Related Story: MONA founder Walsh unveils vision for riverside hotel and 'anti-casino'

Hobart will farewell one of its best-loved summer festivals after a last hurrah in January.

Next year will be the last time the summer music and art festival Mona Foma (Mofo) is held in Tasmania's capital, before being permanently relocated to Launceston.

Organisers announced on Tuesday the Launceston Mini Mofo will run from January 12-14, including a free festival street party for locals on the Sunday.

Mofo will run in Hobart from January 15-22, promising "a host of high-profile stand-alone gigs, pop-up events and art-inspired club nights around the city, culminating in Mofo at Mona...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Hobart DJ Astro 'Funknukl' Labe charged over alleged headbutt assault of Tony Abbott - ABC Local

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott

A 38-year-old Hobart DJ charged with assaulting former prime minister Tony Abbott says he is a lone anarchist that "felt the need to headbutt Tony Abbott because I didn't think it was an opportunity I'd get again".

Astro 'Funknukl' Labe has been charged with one count of common assault, following an incident on Hobart's waterfront on Thursday afternoon.

Astro Labe DJing, in a photo from his Facebook page.

The Hobart DJ has been granted conditional bail and will appear in the Magistrates Court next month where he said he intends to plead guilty.

"I must state in no uncertain terms that this has nothing whatsoever to do with marriage equality," Labe said.

"For all intents and purposes legally I'm remorseful.

This was nothing to do with the Yes campaign, I'm not a...


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Read more: Hobart DJ Astro 'Funknukl' Labe charged over alleged headbutt assault of Tony Abbott - ABC Local

Hobart City Council will propose to Tas Planning Commission that Airbnb is again banned in Battery Point - The Mercury

HOBART City Council will continue to push for a ban on self-contained visitor accommodation such as Airbnb in Battery Point, or failing that a cap on the numbers allowed in the heritage suburb.

Self-contained visitor accommodation was banned in Battery Point’s residential-zoned areas following the introduction of the Battery Point Planning Scheme in 1979.

But this has all changed with the introduction of the single statewide planning scheme, which came into effect on July 1, with the State Government deregulating the industry.

Despite pushback from the State Government and Planning Minister Peter Gutwein, the council has argued that Battery Point should be exempt from the new rules in order to preserve fabric of the historic suburb.

It is set to continue the push in its representation to the Tasmanian Planning Commission with council staff recommending it do so when the City...


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Read more: Hobart City Council will propose to Tas Planning Commission that Airbnb is again banned in...

More windy and cold weather on the way in Tasmania, says BoM - The Mercury

IF you were thought it was cold in Hobart this morning, spare a thought for anyone who dared venture near the summit of Mt Wellington.

The temperature at the top was -3C at 8.30am. But, with the wind chill, the apparent temperature was -23C.

At the same time, Hobart reached a relatively balmy 9C with an apparent temperature of 3C.

It was windy across the state overnight, and more wind is expected today and tomorrow.

The windiest conditions overnight were at Maatsukyer Island, where wind gusts reached 124km/h, and Mt Wellington, where gusts reached 102km/h just before 6am.

The wind is expected to ease by early to mid-afternoon today.

“It will ease, but it will come back in tomorrow again as another front crosses,” meteorologist Debbie Tabor said.

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER WARNINGS, CLICK HERE

Looking out to the mountain from the Eastern Shore last week. Reader's picture from Amanda...

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Read more: More windy and cold weather on the way in Tasmania, says BoM - The Mercury

RHH assembles incident command team to manage ongoing crisis at Royal Hobart Hospital - The Mercury

A GASTROENTERITIS outbreak and high numbers of flu cases over the weekend have pushed the Royal Hobart Hospital to the highest level of its crisis scale.

Hospital chief Sue Gannon said in an email to staff a tough weekend meant the hospital was now operating at level four on the four-level escalation plan.

“The RHH has experienced reasonably high demand over the weekend which has been difficult to manage due to outbreaks of gastro on two of our wards and a still high presence of influenza across the hospital.

Decisions have been made to postpone all non-time-critical surgery, roster on additional staff and organise additional treatment areas — RHH chief Sue Gannon

“This morning senior management met to discuss the situation in detail and determine the best way forward.

“We have decided the best way to manage demand is to escalate to a level four.”

An “incident command team” has...

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Read more: RHH assembles incident command team to manage ongoing crisis at Royal Hobart Hospital - The Mercury

Tasmania's off-road driving community is relieved that police have dismantled an alleged 4X4 theft racket - The Mercury

Tasmania’s four-wheel drive community is breathing a sigh of relief after police dismantled an alleged vehicle theft ring.

As revealed in yesterday’s Mercury, Operation Blackwater, a taskforce established to smash the alleged racket, led to the charging of three people in relation to stealing dozens of four-wheel drives and high-performance vehicles.

4WD Tasmania spokesman Jarrod Doyle said club members had been “very much aware” that vehicles were disappearing.

“Friends and club members with high-target four-wheel drives such as Nissan Patrols keep them locked up behind gates and in sheds,” he said.

MORE: 4WD theft a ‘kick in the teeth’

MORE: Police crack alleged 4WD theft ring

“A friend of mine had his stolen from behind a locked gate a few years ago. I don’t think they ever found it complete, with rumours that bits and pieces were in some unsavoury characters’ four-wheel...


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Read more: Tasmania's off-road driving community is relieved that police have dismantled an alleged 4X4...

Tony Abbott 'headbutted' by same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart - SBS

Federal Liberal and Labor MPs have lined up to condemn a same-sex marriage supporter who allegedly headbutted former prime minister Tony Abbott in Hobart.

By

Louise Cheer

1 DAY AGO  UPDATED 14 HOURS AGO

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he was "headbutted" by a same-sex marriage campaigner on a Hobart street.

Mr Abbott said he was walking back to his hotel when he was confronted by a man.

"A fellow sung out at me, 'Hey Tony'. I turned around and there was a chap wearing a vote 'yes' badge," the former leader told 2GB.

Related reading

Tony Abbott's daughter throws support behind 'Yes' vote for same-sex marriage

The former Australian Prime Minister, and staunch supporter of the 'No' campaign, has been upstaged by his daughter's support for same-sex marriage.


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Read more: Tony Abbott 'headbutted' by same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart - SBS

Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

A group lobbying to keep Hobart's skyline free of skyscrapers has collected enough signatures to meet the first requirement of an electors' poll.

Key points:

  • Hobart Council calls a public meeting on building heights after getting 1,000 signatures
  • Lobby group expects to go to electors' poll if it gets another 1,000 signatures
  • Lord Mayor estimates the process will cost more than $120,000

On Tuesday night, the Hobart City Council agreed to convene a meeting on October 16 at a venue to be decided, after receiving the signatures of 1,000 Hobart residents collected by the group Hobart not Highrise.

The group has been running a campaign against plans by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to build a 210-metre hotel on Davey street, and another one on Collins street, exceeding 90 metres.

The group's Brian Corr said the response had been overwhelming, with...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

A group lobbying to keep Hobart's skyline free of skyscrapers has collected enough signatures to meet the first requirement of an electors' poll.

Key points:

  • Hobart Council calls a public meeting on building heights after getting 1,000 signatures
  • Lobby group expects to go to electors' poll if it gets another 1,000 signatures
  • Lord Mayor estimates the process will cost more than $120,000

On Tuesday night, the Hobart City Council agreed to convene a meeting on October 16 at a venue to be decided, after receiving the signatures of 1,000 Hobart residents collected by the group Hobart not Highrise.

The group has been running a campaign against plans by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to build a 210-metre hotel on Davey street, and another one on Collins street, exceeding 90 metres.

The group's Brian Corr said the response had been overwhelming, with...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

A group lobbying to keep Hobart's skyline free of skyscrapers has collected enough signatures to meet the first requirement of an electors' poll.

Key points:

  • Hobart Council calls a public meeting on building heights after getting 1,000 signatures
  • Lobby group expects to go to electors' poll if it gets another 1,000 signatures
  • Lord Mayor estimates the process will cost more than $120,000

On Tuesday night, the Hobart City Council agreed to convene a meeting on October 16 at a venue to be decided, after receiving the signatures of 1,000 Hobart residents collected by the group Hobart not Highrise.

The group has been running a campaign against plans by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to build a 210-metre hotel on Davey street, and another one on Collins street, exceeding 90 metres.

The group's Brian Corr said the response had been overwhelming, with...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Hobart highrise limit: Council schedules public meeting for poll on building heights - ABC Online

Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Brian Ritchie invites Pauline Hanson to MONA FOMA.
Related Story: MONA FOMA director defends festival's move out of city
Related Story: MONA founder Walsh unveils vision for riverside hotel and 'anti-casino'

Hobart will farewell one of its best-loved summer festivals after a last hurrah in January.

Next year will be the last time the summer music and art festival Mona Foma (Mofo) is held in Tasmania's capital, before being permanently relocated to Launceston.

Organisers announced on Tuesday the Launceston Mini Mofo will run from January 12-14, including a free festival street party for locals on the Sunday.

Mofo will run in Hobart from January 15-22, promising "a host of high-profile stand-alone gigs, pop-up events and art-inspired club nights around the city, culminating in Mofo at Mona...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Brian Ritchie invites Pauline Hanson to MONA FOMA.
Related Story: MONA FOMA director defends festival's move out of city
Related Story: MONA founder Walsh unveils vision for riverside hotel and 'anti-casino'

Hobart will farewell one of its best-loved summer festivals after a last hurrah in January.

Next year will be the last time the summer music and art festival Mona Foma (Mofo) is held in Tasmania's capital, before being permanently relocated to Launceston.

Organisers announced on Tuesday the Launceston Mini Mofo will run from January 12-14, including a free festival street party for locals on the Sunday.

Mofo will run in Hobart from January 15-22, promising "a host of high-profile stand-alone gigs, pop-up events and art-inspired club nights around the city, culminating in Mofo at Mona...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Brian Ritchie invites Pauline Hanson to MONA FOMA.
Related Story: MONA FOMA director defends festival's move out of city
Related Story: MONA founder Walsh unveils vision for riverside hotel and 'anti-casino'

Hobart will farewell one of its best-loved summer festivals after a last hurrah in January.

Next year will be the last time the summer music and art festival Mona Foma (Mofo) is held in Tasmania's capital, before being permanently relocated to Launceston.

Organisers announced on Tuesday the Launceston Mini Mofo will run from January 12-14, including a free festival street party for locals on the Sunday.

Mofo will run in Hobart from January 15-22, promising "a host of high-profile stand-alone gigs, pop-up events and art-inspired club nights around the city, culminating in Mofo at Mona...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Pauline Hanson invited to Hobart's last Mofo ahead of move to Launceston - ABC Online

Hobart DJ Astro 'Funknukl' Labe charged over alleged headbutt assault of Tony Abbott - ABC Local

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott

A 38-year-old Hobart DJ charged with assaulting former prime minister Tony Abbott says he is a lone anarchist that "felt the need to headbutt Tony Abbott because I didn't think it was an opportunity I'd get again".

Astro 'Funknukl' Labe has been charged with one count of common assault, following an incident on Hobart's waterfront on Thursday afternoon.

Astro Labe DJing, in a photo from his Facebook page.

The Hobart DJ has been granted conditional bail and will appear in the Magistrates Court next month where he said he intends to plead guilty.

"I must state in no uncertain terms that this has nothing whatsoever to do with marriage equality," Labe said.

"For all intents and purposes legally I'm remorseful.

This was nothing to do with the Yes campaign, I'm not a...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Hobart DJ Astro 'Funknukl' Labe charged over alleged headbutt assault of Tony Abbott - ABC Local

Hobart DJ Astro 'Funknukl' Labe charged over alleged headbutt assault of Tony Abbott - ABC Local

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott

A 38-year-old Hobart DJ charged with assaulting former prime minister Tony Abbott says he is a lone anarchist that "felt the need to headbutt Tony Abbott because I didn't think it was an opportunity I'd get again".

Astro 'Funknukl' Labe has been charged with one count of common assault, following an incident on Hobart's waterfront on Thursday afternoon.

Astro Labe DJing, in a photo from his Facebook page.

The Hobart DJ has been granted conditional bail and will appear in the Magistrates Court next month where he said he intends to plead guilty.

"I must state in no uncertain terms that this has nothing whatsoever to do with marriage equality," Labe said.

"For all intents and purposes legally I'm remorseful.

This was nothing to do with the Yes campaign, I'm not a...


Read full article on News GN Tasmania


Read more: Hobart DJ Astro 'Funknukl' Labe charged over alleged headbutt assault of Tony Abbott - ABC Local

Hobart City Council will propose to Tas Planning Commission that Airbnb is again banned in Battery Point - The Mercury

HOBART City Council will continue to push for a ban on self-contained visitor accommodation such as Airbnb in Battery Point, or failing that a cap on the numbers allowed in the heritage suburb.

Self-contained visitor accommodation was banned in Battery Point’s residential-zoned areas following the introduction of the Battery Point Planning Scheme in 1979.

But this has all changed with the introduction of the single statewide planning scheme, which came into effect on July 1, with the State Government deregulating the industry.

Despite pushback from the State Government and Planning Minister Peter Gutwein, the council has argued that Battery Point should be exempt from the new rules in order to preserve fabric of the historic suburb.

It is set to continue the push in its representation to the Tasmanian Planning Commission with council staff recommending it do so when the City...


Read full article on News GN TAS Hobart


Read more: Hobart City Council will propose to Tas Planning Commission that Airbnb is again banned in...

New footage fuels long futile hunt for Tasmanian tiger - The Mercury

A TEAM of Tasmanian thylacine trackers has released footage of what they believe is proof a population of thylacines continues to live in the island state.

The series of images and videos, taken at a secret location in southern Tasmania, are being touted as the most reliable evidence that Tasmanian tigers still exist.

An expert in Tasmanian wildlife has assessed the videos, and rated the possibility that thylacines still exist as “perhaps a one in three chance”.

MORE: The day I stared down a thylacine

The thylacine enthusiasts who released the grainy and fleeting footage say it shows a thylacine walking slowly at a distance, a thylacine nose at the camera lens, and a thylacine with a cub.

Though the precise location is being kept under wraps, the images were taken in bushland about 50km from the former forestry outpost Maydena.

George “Joe” Booth, from left, his son Greg Booth, and...

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Read more: New footage fuels long futile hunt for Tasmanian tiger - The Mercury

More windy and cold weather on the way in Tasmania, says BoM - The Mercury

IF you were thought it was cold in Hobart this morning, spare a thought for anyone who dared venture near the summit of Mt Wellington.

The temperature at the top was -3C at 8.30am. But, with the wind chill, the apparent temperature was -23C.

At the same time, Hobart reached a relatively balmy 9C with an apparent temperature of 3C.

It was windy across the state overnight, and more wind is expected today and tomorrow.

The windiest conditions overnight were at Maatsukyer Island, where wind gusts reached 124km/h, and Mt Wellington, where gusts reached 102km/h just before 6am.

The wind is expected to ease by early to mid-afternoon today.

“It will ease, but it will come back in tomorrow again as another front crosses,” meteorologist Debbie Tabor said.

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER WARNINGS, CLICK HERE

Looking out to the mountain from the Eastern Shore last week. Reader's picture from Amanda...

Read full article on News GN TAS Hobart


Read more: More windy and cold weather on the way in Tasmania, says BoM - The Mercury

Weather Hobart

Currently steady 10.3° Saturday
- 20°
Wind: WNW at 6 km/h, gusting to 11 km/h falling
Relative humidity: 91%
Sunday Possible shower 9° - 17°

 

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