Sunday, April 21, 2024



Young rider shares what it’s like to represent Australia at just 18

Mackenzie Walch, 18, has only been riding seriously since 2014 but the talented young eventer has just represented her country for the first time ... With eventing as her first love, she rose through the ranks and is now part of a group of young Tasmanian riders who find it necessary each year to compete on the mainland to get strong competition experience.

Interstate farmers unite in the face of transmission lines

Victorian and Tasmanian farmer peak bodies have produced a policy for developers who want to build infrastructure, such as transmission lines for renewable energy, across their farmland. They warned that since the year 2000, Australia’s available arable land had been reduced by 15 per cent, much of it lost to infrastructure development and urban sprawl. The policy has been released as Gippsland farmers face plans for pipelines and transmission lines across their land as part of the state government’s energy policy, which aims to link offshore wind farms to the Latrobe Valley energy network.

Politicians must stop the sniping!: TasFarmers

The peak body for farming in Tasmania has called on all politicians in the state to stop post-election sniping and get down to working in the best interests of the people and business. TasFarmers President Ian Sauer said he was hoping once the election result was clear, that the hubris of campaigning could be replaced by consultation and action from all parties.

TasFarmers releases new election policy report

Tasmania’s peak industry body for farmers ... released its 'Election Policy Priority Report' after positive responses to its election package from across the political spectrum. Seeking feedback form the state’s political parties and candidates TasFarmers outlines in its election package six key priorities areas...

Best experiences for mature-age travellers unveiled

Forty-one tourism experiences have been named as the best in Australia for mature-age visitors, with Queensland dominating ... The Grey Nomad Awards is a niche national tourism program that shines a light on the best places for older travellers to stay and play around the country. The Award announcements reflect achievements throughout 2023.

Bankwest invited to appear at Senate Inquiry: Canavan, Rennick, Colbeck, Brockman

Following the announcement of the closure of all Bankwest branches, the Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport Committee have invited Bankwest to appear at hearings in the Pilbara ... Senators Matthew Canavan, Gerard Rennick, Richard Colbeck and Slade Brockman have expressed their disappointment in the closure of Bankwest’s 45 branches despite commitments to not close branches during the ongoing Senate Inquiry into Regional Bank Closures.

Warning alarm – Farmers want needs heard and acted upon: TasFarmers

Tasmania's peak body representing Tasmanian farmers has presented a comprehensive package of critical policy questions to political hopefuls ... We want to see clear long-term strategies from the major political parties and their candidates regarding the critical issues confronting farmers should they win government in this election.

Gym sharks after dark

Daisy Baker. As locations across Tasmania are being transformed into immersive art spaces for Mona Foma, an independent gym in Launceston is preparing to host world-class circus professionals for two adults-only evenings this week. Tasmanian circus company ROOKE will present DEKOOR in Method Plus Action gym, playfully exploring gym culture, training and voyeurism.

Gridlock over transmission lines

Confusion reigns amongst farmers and other landowners in southern Gippsland as the state government's new kid on the bloc, VicGrid, has pushed aside their negotiations with existing companies over the various transmission projects that will be built across the region under the government's renewable energy policy. This comes across the background of the blackouts caused by storms last week that brought down transmission lines and electricity poles that led to the closure of Loy Yang A power station.

Victorian and Tasmanian farmers call for fair land access rules: VFF, TasFarmers

The peak representative bodies for Tasmanian and Victorian farmers have joined forces to call for fair land access rules in the face of rapid renewable energy developments taking over prime agricultural land. TasFarmers and the VFF released the Farm Access Code of Conduct which is aimed at promoting respectful and sensible infrastructure development on agricultural land.

109th Exeter Show, 24 February 2024

The Exeter show brings together exhibitors and entertainers, as well as visitors from across the State, and offers something for everyone.  The Axeman’s Association hold their annual woodchopping and tree felling events in a special arena in the showgrounds.

Focus on Taskforce recommendations, not ‘gotcha’ moments: TasFarmers

Tasmania's peak body for farmers says activists are not contributing to the resolution of animal welfare issues through their proposed protest on Tuesday. President of TasFarmers, Ian Sauer, said we know that TQM, the government, and industry are resolute and will not tolerate breaches of the Animal Welfare Act any longer. 

Tasmania’s industrial hemp variety trial results on show at Epping Forest: AgriFutures Australia

Tasmanian farmers have the opportunity to take a close-up look at the results of a three-year industrial hemp variety trial at a field day to be held in the Northern Midlands ... Fairfield is home to one of nine sites across the country that make up the AgriFutures Australia national Industrial Hemp Variety Trial (IHVT) program.

Tasmanian exporter, Scoot Boot, wins Australia’s prestigious E-Commerce Exporter of the Year Award at 61st Australian Export Awards

Scoot Boots are a healthier, natural barefoot alternative to metal horseshoes to help protect horses’ hooves and the innovative Australian company has taken out the prestigious E-Commerce Exporter of the Year Award at 61st Australian Export Awards.

TFGA urges immediate industry-government action to address animal welfare concerns

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) is urgently calling for collaborative action between government and industry to swiftly implement solutions addressing ongoing breaches of the Animal Welfare Act. TFGA President Ian Sauer said farmers are keen to see immediate action through a partnership between the government and industry, which will result in swift and effective solutions.

113th Circular Head Show, 2 December 2023

Circular Head Agricultural Society Inc. Features of the Day: Traditional areas of an agricultural show including horse jumping, wood chopping, home industries and cattle competition including...

Major win at Mural Fest 2023

Well-known local artists Kerry and Malcolm Nicholson have taken out the top award at Sheffield’s International Mural Fest 2023 held this month in Tasmania. Kerry and Malcolm won the Inder Prize People’s Choice Award with their mural "The Spirit of Adventure".

Accelerating delivery of new social housing: Street

“The projects will deliver remote Aboriginal housing and medium-density development in well located areas experiencing high demand ... The new homes built under the Social Housing Accelerator program will complement the Tasmanian Government’s planned target of 10,000 more social and affordable homes by 2032": Minister for Housing and Construction, Nic Street.

Webinar: Biochar as a livestock feed supplement – implications for carbon, profit and sustainability, 21 November 2023

Brief webinar to showcase research conducted on a commercial farm in Tasmania, where steers were allowed ad libitum (free) access to feed-grade biochar. The webinar will discuss results measured for liveweight gains, pasture composition and growth, manure and soil organic carbon, enteric methane emissions and cost-benefit modelling

Achieving sustainable food production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Scott Duxbury from YF.TV discusses the challenges and opportunities in achieving sustainable food production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions with Matthew Harrison, lead author of the research report 'Clarifying confusions over carbon conclusions' from the University of Tasmania. The discussion explores strategies such as soil carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture, and reducing food waste that can help us move towards a more sustainable and equitable food system.

Lessons from Tasmania’s timber industry

The ‘precautionary principle’ is not included in the code of Tasmanian Forest Practices Code, where a more pragmatic approach manages any threatened species, according to a senior Tasmanian forestry expert ... Dr Peter Volker said the system had been in place for more than 30 years and had stood the test of time. “We have been able to harvest, reforest and protect threatened species in a sustainable manner.”

Tasmanian premium food and beverage on show in China: Rockliff

This week, 14 premium Tasmanian food and beverage producers will be showcased at the annual China International Import Expo in Shanghai. China is the largest import market in the world and remains Tasmania’s top export destination, valued at $1.35 billion per year.

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