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Hobart City Council commits to 'small spend' on Christmas decorations after tree furore - ABC Online

Salamanca Christmas tree

A Tasmanian council with a reputation for lavish spending on Christmas decorations has voted to rein in the budget.

A Hobart City Council report had recommended a $230,000 decoration budget but at Monday's night's meeting aldermen compromised and reduced the spend by ditching a nine-metre tree proposed for the Elizabeth Street Mall.

The total spend on Christmas trees will now be $150,000.

In 2015, Hobart City Council installed a $35,000 Christmas tree in Salamanca Place in a bid to shake off claims it had "possibly the worst Christmas decorations in the country".

The tree, designed by staff, was widely criticised on social media, being described as "embarrassing" and "completely pathetic".

Last year, some members of council pushed for the abandonment of its edgy, modern...


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Hobart combines the old and the new - Camden Haven Courier

John Rozentals finds that things have changed both a lot and very little in an old stomping ground.

Two Hobart landmarks ... Salamanca Place and Mount Wellington.

Two Hobart landmarks ... Salamanca Place and Mount Wellington.

I’m no great fan of yachting but I felt compelled to go down to Sullivans Cove late in 1993 to watch Ninety Seven finish what has been described as one the toughest Sydney-Hobart races of all time.

Skipper Andrew Strachan had guided one of the smallest boats in the 104-strong fleet — only 38 yachts finished — to a line-honours victory.

It was a performance that demanded respect and attendance.

I lived and worked in Hobart for 10 years, and those docks, the adjacent suburb of Battery Point and the stretch of the Derwent through Sandy Bay hold many good memories for me.

In the 20 years since I left, Tasmania has changed a lot and it has changed very little.

Ready to roll ... the writer and the Woman with Altitude at Parliament House.

Ready to roll ... the writer and the Woman with Altitude at...


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Read more: Hobart combines the old and the new - Camden Haven Courier

Doubts raised over underpass plan between Hobart's CBD and docks - The Mercury

A $7 MILLION plan to link Hobart’s CBD and waterfront with escalators and a tunnel has drawn opposition.

Terroir Architects was commissioned in 2015 to resolve longstanding issues for pedestrians crossing Macquarie and Davey streets.

The architects’ “City to Cove” report details pedestrian underpasses at Elizabeth St, running beneath Macquarie and Davey streets, and a tunnel running below Franklin Square to improve access between the two locations.

The plan proposes widening the footpaths and narrowing the road in Elizabeth St, between Collins St and Franklin Wharf.

MORE: UNDERPASS PLAN TO LINK CBD WITH DOCKS

A group calling itself Better Hobart says it supports many of the plans but “had issues with the tunnel”.

Building underpasses and tunnels for pedestrians would be “a retrograde step”, said Better Hobart member David Hook.

“Tunnels don’t work — they were popular in the ’50s...


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Read more: Doubts raised over underpass plan between Hobart's CBD and docks - The Mercury

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

Hobart residential property prices climb more than any other capital city - The Mercury

DEMAND for property in Hobart is unprecedented, with the number of homeseekers scrambling to buy and rent at record highs.

Hobart’s residential property prices have climbed more than any other capital city this year, shows new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The ABS figures for the March quarter show Hobart’s prices grew 3.4 per cent compared with the December quarter, ahead of Sydney (3 per cent) and Melbourne (3.1 per cent).

Real Estate Institute of Tasmania president Tony Collidge said it was rare for Hobart to outperform the nation.

“Normally, it’s Sydney and Melbourne at number one, now it’s Hobart,” he said.

Mr Collidge said prices were being pushed up by a lack of supply and increasing demand — with the push coming from renters and buyers. He said he had never known both sectors of the market — homes for rent and for sale — to be so sought after.

“We have an...


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Read more: Hobart residential property prices climb more than any other capital city - The Mercury

Honey, I've shrunk the loses - The Mercury

HOME owners in Hobart, Kingborough and Clarence have the best chance of making a profit when selling their home, new data shows.

CoreLogic RP Data’s March Quarter Pain & Gain report found those Greater Hobart council areas had the lowest proportion of loss-making sales when comparing a property’s most recent sale figure to its previous sale price.

Over the past quarter, just 2 per cent of Hobart properties re-sold at a loss. This figure is down from 4 per cent at the same time last year.

In Kingborough, only 2.7 per cent of resales were loss-making and in Clarence the figure was 3.9 per cent.

In the same quarter last year they were at 7 per cent in Kingborough and 8.6 per cent in Clarence.

In Glenorchy this quarter, loss-making sales were in single digits with just 5.4 per cent sold without a profit.

Further out of the city the figures rise to 14.3 per cent in the Derwent Valley,...


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Read more: Honey, I've shrunk the loses - The Mercury

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 cafe tour: Cold climate coffee at its best | Blue Mountains ... - Blue Mountains Gazette

A new walking tour explores Hobart's love of coffee.

Yellow Bernard serve up cups of hot coffee to eagerly-awaiting coffee lovers

Yellow Bernard serve up cups of hot coffee to eagerly-awaiting coffee lovers

"There are 72 cafes within a 10-minute walk of the Town Hall," says Robyn Everist, throwing down the gauntlet to our small group of locals and non-Tasmanians at the start of her Cafe Culture tour. 

Sydney-born Everist, dressed in bright blue, set up Hobart Walking Tours in 2010 when she moved to Tasmania, but added the cafe tours in September last year. 

"It's something I realised was really missing in Hobart," she says. "There are so many cafes, and it's such a different scene to what I've seen in both Sydney and Melbourne; cafes [here] are really friendly."

Of course we could never visit them all on a three-hour tour, so Everist has hand-picked eight that are passionate about what they do, including our first stop: the "world famous" Atlas Espresso...


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Read more: Hobart cafe tour: Cold climate coffee at its best | Blue Mountains ... - Blue Mountains Gazette

Hobart cafe tour: Cold climate coffee at its best - Warrnambool Standard

A new walking tour explores Hobart's love of coffee.

Yellow Bernard serve up cups of hot coffee to eagerly-awaiting coffee lovers

Yellow Bernard serve up cups of hot coffee to eagerly-awaiting coffee lovers

"There are 72 cafes within a 10-minute walk of the Town Hall," says Robyn Everist, throwing down the gauntlet to our small group of locals and non-Tasmanians at the start of her Cafe Culture tour. 

Sydney-born Everist, dressed in bright blue, set up Hobart Walking Tours in 2010 when she moved to Tasmania, but added the cafe tours in September last year. 

"It's something I realised was really missing in Hobart," she says. "There are so many cafes, and it's such a different scene to what I've seen in both Sydney and Melbourne; cafes [here] are really friendly."

Of course we could never visit them all on a three-hour tour, so Everist has hand-picked eight that are passionate about what they do, including our first stop: the "world famous" Atlas Espresso...


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Read more: Hobart cafe tour: Cold climate coffee at its best - Warrnambool Standard

Gary Matthew Priest pleads guilty in Hobart Supreme Court to GBH - The Mercury

A HUONVILLE man who fractured the jaw of a 17-year-old youth with a flurry of wild punches has been remanded in custody.

Gary Matthew Priest, 36, this morning pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.

The court heard Priest had been having ongoing difficulties with the youth, who was the boyfriend of his sister-in-law.

Tensions boiled over on September 29 last year after Priest dropped his sister-in-law off at the complainant’s home, and was subjected to a barrage of verbal abuse from the teen who was standing outside the house.

Priest alighted his vehicle before throwing left and right punches to his victim’s face, and subjected him to further violence as he lay on the ground.

The youth later presented at Royal Hobart Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured jaw and broken teeth, and subsequently underwent surgery to have titanium...


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Read more: Gary Matthew Priest pleads guilty in Hobart Supreme Court to GBH - The Mercury

Investigation into Hobart house fire - Sky News Australia

Investigations are continuing after a three story house in Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay was gutted by fire.

Neighbours ran into the street around 11.30 on Monday morning when they heard the fire alarm to find smoke bellowing from the home one passerby kicked in the front door to ensure none was trapped inside.

Neighbour Adelle Drury told Sky News 'It's pretty much all gone. When we first got there the whole house was engulfed, like every little crevice was seeping with smoke so I imagine nearly the whole house has been burnt.'

Tasmania Fire Service crews arrived a short time later and rescued the family's cat before concentrating their efforts on salvaging neighbouring properties.

Fire crews had nearly controlled the blaze when the devastated owner arrived to find her home gutted.

The damage bill is estimated to exceed $1...


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Read more: Investigation into Hobart house fire - Sky News Australia

Tasmanian skies turn technicolour as aurora australis arrives amid solar storm - ABC Online

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Gabriela Moreira says she "came to Tasmania all the way from Brazil to see the beautiful people, landscape and, of course, the aurora australis".

On Sunday night, she was in luck, as the aurora lit up the night sky across the state amid a strong geomagnetic storm.

She wasn't the only one taking to social media to post about the spectacle, created as the Earth passed through the wake of a strong coronal mass ejection, or blast from the sun.

Indicators predicted the aurora might be something special when the forecast magnitude of its strength reached a "Kp" of 7, on an index that goes up to 9.

They proved true as shooting beams of coloured light were visible to the...


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Read more: Tasmanian skies turn technicolour as aurora australis arrives amid solar storm - ABC Online

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

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

Fresh Fragrance Group hotel application for Hobart's Mid Town - The Mercury

SINGAPOREAN developers the Fragrance Group have this week lodged an application with the Hobart City Council for its fourth hotel development, the Mercury understands.

It comes as the council goes back to the company for more information relating to their applications for two skyscraper hotels proposed for the CBD.

The latest development application is for the site at 234-250 Elizabeth St, which is in the section of the city often referred to as Mid Town, between the CBD and North Hobart.

Details of the project remain scant, but it is understood the building is expected to be a mixed-use hotel development.

The application lodged with the council is listed for “partial demolition, alterations and redevelopment for hotel industry, multiple dwellings, general retail and hire, food services, business and professional services and visitor accommodation”.

The property is set over four...


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Read more: Fresh Fragrance Group hotel application for Hobart's Mid Town - The Mercury

Defeat for Tasmanian Government's plan to unlock forests for logging - ABC Local

Native regrowth forest being harvested in southern Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government's horror week in the upper house has continued, with MLCs swinging the axe on its contentious forestry legislation.

The bill would have allowed logging in 356,000 hectares of forests two years earlier than a moratorium would have allowed.

It was defeated in the Legislative Council, with seven MLCs voting it down, with five in favour.

The defeat came after the upper house blocked the Government's mandatory sentences bill on Wednesday night, a policy it took to the 2014 election.

Leader of government business Leonie Hiscutt made a last-minute pitch to MLCs to pass the Forestry (Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017.

"This is a critical bill for the future of the forestry industry and for jobs in Tasmania," Ms Hiscutt said.

She said the specialty timbers...


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Read more: Defeat for Tasmanian Government's plan to unlock forests for logging - ABC Local

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

New Town fatal: Police search for two people who fled crash scene narrowing - ABC Online

Vanessa Hayward
Related Story: Friend of fatal crash victim pleads for men who fled scene to come forward

Tasmanian police believe they may know the identity of two people who ran from the scene of a fatal car crash on Thursday night.

Vanessa Hayward, 42, did not survive the crash at Pirie and Roope Street, New Town, at about 9:00pm.

The force of the impact forced both cars onto the footpath.

Tasmanian police are searching for the driver and passenger of a grey Mitsubishi Magna, who fled before the emergency crews arrived.

Ms Hayward, who was entangled in the wreckage, was taken to hospital and pronounced dead soon after.

Her 40-year-old male passenger remains in hospital with abdominal injuries but police said they are not life threatening.

Detective...


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Read more: New Town fatal: Police search for two people who fled crash scene narrowing - ABC Online

Hobart City Council commits to 'small spend' on Christmas decorations after tree furore - ABC Online

Salamanca Christmas tree

A Tasmanian council with a reputation for lavish spending on Christmas decorations has voted to rein in the budget.

A Hobart City Council report had recommended a $230,000 decoration budget but at Monday's night's meeting aldermen compromised and reduced the spend by ditching a nine-metre tree proposed for the Elizabeth Street Mall.

The total spend on Christmas trees will now be $150,000.

In 2015, Hobart City Council installed a $35,000 Christmas tree in Salamanca Place in a bid to shake off claims it had "possibly the worst Christmas decorations in the country".

The tree, designed by staff, was widely criticised on social media, being described as "embarrassing" and "completely pathetic".

Last year, some members of council pushed for the abandonment of its edgy, modern...


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Read more: Hobart City Council commits to 'small spend' on Christmas decorations after tree furore - ABC Online

Dark Mofo: Hermann Nitsch's arty Hobart bloodbath not cowed by animal rights protesters - The Sydney Morning Herald

Naked bodies adorned with offal and drenched in blood; a frenzied crowd tearing at the bloodied insides of a cow carcass with their bare hands. Sound like a fun weekend out?

On Saturday Austrian "Aktionism" artist Hermann Nitsch and a team of performers staged a controversial "action" in Hobart as part of the annual Dark Mofo festival.

Hermann Nitsch and a team of performers staged their controversial 'action'. Hermann Nitsch and a team of performers staged their controversial 'action'.  Photo: Dark Mofo/Lusy Productions

Organisers had anticipated the event – featuring a cow carcass and 500 litres of animal blood – would be disrupted by animal rights activists. 

But the decision to cancel and then reallocate tickets to the free event appeared to have thwarted their efforts.

Despite a 20,000-strong petition calling for the event to be shut down only about 50 protesters appeared at the entrance to the event. Any who may have made it inside failed to make a...


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