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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Our Mazza --- aka Mary Gluckburg of Copenhagen

There's something about Mary -

There's something about Mary - Australian export - Australian Trade Commission

Tasmania's got some pretty good exports. Of course, there are Tasmania's exports to Hollywood with Errol Flynn and the Tassie Devil (well, the Devil's cartoon image was exported to Disney). There's timber furniture, tantalising food and wine and, of course, tourism, with some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world.

But now Tasmania has a brand new line as an exporter of Queens with the marriage of Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson, to the Crown Prince of Denmark and heir to the Danish throne, Frederick. This will be one Royal Wedding to celebrate in Hobart and in Copenhagen.

But apart from a big celebration is there any significance to the Mary-Frederick Danish-Taswegian union? Or will it just end in a Carlsberg-Cascade induced hangover and a return to business as usual?

Certainly, Tasmania has had its fare share of problems in terms of economic development. Historically, the Apple Isle has not enjoyed the best economic performance relative to the mainland in terms of economic growth, per capita income, education attainment, skill development and employment generation. The underperformance of the Tasmanian economy has been of particular concern to economists both in Tasmania and in the rest of Australia. Poor social indicators - in terms of health and education, and poor employment prospects have made some Tasmanians fearful of the economic changes that have occurred as part of the forces of globalisation that have affected communities all over the world.

But is it all bad news? There have been some good signs in recent times. For instance, housing affordability in Hobart have helped to attract increasing numbers of settlers from the mainland, there has been a large increase in tourism to Tasmania (with improved ferry access boosting future prospects), business investment has improved - particularly in the energy sector, and Tasmania's artists and writers are continually gaining international recognition as important cultural exports.

Is this a good sign for the future? In fact, much of Tasmania's future prosperity will depend on exports and globalisation. For Tasmania, exports is the main lever for the Tasmanian economy to improve its prospects and to build its future. As an isolated island running off an isolated island, Tasmanians know all about 'tyranny of distance' and the need to use the world market to expand it economic potential. After all, Tasmania is more dependent on exports than any other Australian State except WA (and the Northern Territory).

So how is Tasmania going in terms of exports and exporters?

According to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), exports of goods from Tasmania totalled around $2453 million in 2002-03. Services accounted for a further $166 million. Almost two-thirds of Tasmanian merchandise exports went to North and South East Asian countries, with Japan being the most important export destination, accounting for 24 per cent of total Tasmanian exports.

In terms of industry sectors, mineral extraction and processing is the most important goods export sector for the state, followed by food and beverage exports, textiles (including wool), machinery and manufactured products, and chemical and related products (including poppies or 'raw opiates' technically speaking).

What does the future hold in terms of Tasmanian exports? In terms of export strategy, as Saul Eslake points out, it is important that Tasmania not fall into the trap of being a high volume low cost exporter of unprocessed commodities. This is because other competitors will have better access to capital, better geographic proximity to consumer markets and (often) trade bloc membership or access to preferential treatment. Instead, Tasmania should concentrate on highly differentiated goods and services, with high intellectual content, strong customer services and at premium quality. Tasmania can use its natural strengths and comparative advantage to build strong export capacity in sectors such as marine engineering, environmental management, tourism, sport and recreation and associated, leisure activities, aged care, premium food and beverage, education and niche industries in manufacturing and personal services.

In fact, Tasmania has already been doing well at this. There are some good signs of Tasmania's export diversity amongst its emerging export companies. In infrastructure, Adea Power consulting is picking up engineering contracts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. In marine engineering, Liferaft Systems Australia says that exports account for 90 per cent of its business. In ICT, Cpact limited is a Sandy Bay based company that produces web based clinical software for aged care services in Silicon Valley in the USA.

In traditional export sectors such as food and beverage, companies such as Springfield Fisheries produce salmon and trout to Europe and North America. The premium food sector has been working well too. For instance, Japan remains a strong market for premium food products from Tasmania. The demographics of the Japanese population as providing future export opportunities in terms of aged care services as well as tourism, sport and recreation activities for Tasmania.

Of course, Tasmanian wine makers are doing well. For instance, Pipers Brook won exporter of the year two years ago. In fact, Pat Moessinger, Tasmania's Regional Trade Commissioner in Hobart, highlights the strong performance of Tasmania in the Australian Export Awards. "The Export awards have really given Tasmania companies a spur to strut their stuff on the national and international stage. They also help inspire other companies in Tasmania to try the export path to growth."

Of course, with the Royal Wedding, Danes are doing all they can to get their hands on all things Tasmanian especially of the liquid variety. Flemming Larsen of Austrade Copenhagen has been amazed by the reaction: "There's huge demand for Tasmanian wine in Denmark now that has been spurred on by the wedding. And young Danes are also looking to Australia in particular for tourism and tertiary education. Australia - but particularly Tasmania's reputation - for being 'clean and green' goes down well in an environmentally conscious country like Denmark."

So congratulations are due to Mary and Prince Frederick! Let's hope they have a wonderful day. And let's also hope that Mary's big day out - will do a lot to get Tasmania even better placing on the world map. Denmark now knows well what a beautiful, cultured and innovative place Tasmania is - hopefully the message will spread further a field to the benefit of all of us either side of Bass Strait.


The Grocer on the Hill

Hill Street Grocer - History: "The Nikitaras family has a long history of owning and running retail food stores in Hobart. Marco and Nick's parents Nikitas and Anastasia have run convenience stores and takeaway food stores for the past thirty-five years, and Nick and Marco grew up in this environment, working in the school holidays and after school, learning what it means to provide good customer service and what makes a successful business."

Mietta's Best Australian Restaurants 2002

Mietta's Best Australian Restaurants 2002: "Mietta's Best Australian Restaurants 2002
Index for Tasmanian Restaurants"

Mietta's Best Australian Restaurants 2002
Index for Tasmanian Restaurants

A Guide to Tasmanian Art Galleries

Tasmanian Art Directory

Tasmanian Produce Directory

Tasmanian Produce Directory

fine food -- farm fresh -- organic -- pesticide free -- fruit -- apples, pears, cherries, apricots, nectarines, tomatoes

Restaurants in Tasmania

Tasmanian Restaurant Directory

discover tasmanian cuisine -- freshest fish, vegetables, and fruit . Now when it comes to cheese and wine ....

Performing Arts in Tasmania -- Music - Dance - Theatre - Film,

Tasmanian Entertainment Directory

if it moves, sings, dances and maybe plays a kazoo -- you might find it here

Tasmanian Accommodation Directory

Tasmanian Accommodation Directory

Tasmania Wineries & Vineyards Directory

Tasmania Wineries & Vineyards Directory

Propertypoint Tasmania :: Tasmanian Real Estate Property Guide

Propertypoint Tasmania :: Tasmanian Real Estate Property Guide

Salamanca Market -- every Saturday morning in Hobart


At the foot of blue Mount Wellington, beside Sullivans Cove, every Saturday morning you will get the smell of cooking bratwurst, the sounds of Andean pipe music, the aroma of coffee crema, immerse yourself in this essential Hobart experience

Salamanca Place - Discover Tasmania

Salamanca Place - Discover Tasmania

Salamanca Place, in Sullivans Cove, Hobart’s historic waterfront, is a long row of stylish Georgian sandstone warehouses built in the 1830s. The buildings now house boutiques, bars, bookshops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, art studios, craft galleries and jewellers. Each Saturday there’s the famous market, where you can buy anything from a handmade wooden toy to a handspun, hand-knitted sweater to a fresh peach to a 50-year-old china plate. Across the road there are green lawns and park benches shaded by plane trees that twinkle with lights in the evenings.

Behind Salamanca Place is Salamanca Square, where you can sit by the cooling fountain with a cup of coffee and a muffin and listen to a guitar or a flute player. This is a sunny, sheltered outdoor area perfect for relaxing in with children and friends.

The Interactive Tour of Tasmania

The Interactive Tour of Tasmania

Restaurants and Cafes Salamanca Place and Sullivans Cove, Hobart Tasmania Australia

Restaurants and Cafes Salamanca Place and Sullivans Cove, Hobart Tasmania Australia

Still striving for peak

The Advocate Newspaper - Online Edition

DESPITE record crowds and rave reviews, organisers of the Devonport Jazz Festival say the event is yet to reach its peak.

The fourth annual weekend festival culminated yesterday with full houses at two venues.

Attendance figures are yet to be finalised but promotions officer Sharon Webb said crowds had well exceeded the 5000 people mark recorded last year.

Ms Webb said nearly all of this year's 25 concerts had enjoyed capacity crowds.

Six of the event concerts charged admission, with 1500 people paying between $16 and $85 a ticket.

"And half these venues were booked out before the festival even started," she said.

The festival is also proving a boon for local businesses and accommodation providers, with Devonport's Gateway Inn almost fully booked over this year's festival weekend.

Eight local businesses benefited as event hosts and Ms Webb said each year the number of private venues involved had increased.

Ms Webb said the Devonport City Council was keen to expand the event but believed success now lay in controlling the growth and not going too big, too quickly.

"We want the festival to continue to grow and involve more people, but we are determined to do it slowly, because we're determined to maintain the high quality," she said.

Ms Webb said the emphasis would also remain on attracting the cream of the jazz world crop.

"We want the people of Devonport to be exposed to the best jazz musicians in the country," she said.

Ms Webb said the secret to this year's overwhelming success was deliberately aiming at audiences of all ages and tastes.

"Some people are really into getting a quality jazz experience, some people have wanted to come and have something to eat while listening to jazz, and some people have just come along to get a taste of what jazz is all about."



Barton Cottage - Australia's Oldest Bed and Breakfast








Barton Cottage in historic Battery Point, Hobart, is Australia's oldest licensed Bed and Breakfast property. Only five minutes easy walk from the Hobart city centre, fabulous Salamanca Place and Constitution Dock, Barton Cottage offers six ensuite rooms in authentic colonial accommodation. Also we have two self-contained properties available called the Coachhouse and The Grand Old Duke.

Hampden Road -- Battery Point




Looking West

Looking East

Liveable Hobart

Charlotte Peterswald suburb descriptions

Battery Point is set on the small hill behind Salamanca Place and bordered by Sandy Bay and the water. It is a small point that is very sought after and one of the oldest and most interesting suburbs in Australia. Large last century mansions mixed with delightful workers cottages.

A tourist attraction due to the historic nature of the houses, the antique shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and small general stores. A real village atmosphere and walking distance to the docks area and the city. Some of the most expensive waterfront homes are situated here along Clarke Avenue and Marine Terrace.

Moorilla Estate Restaurant & WInery

tasmania.citysearch.com.au > Food & Wine

Walk in to Moorilla and you're greeted by the imposing six metre-long painting,The Source, by Archibald prize winner John Olsen. Hung on the ceiling at the top of the stairs, with a restaurant also named after the picture, this is just a taste of what's to come.

Moorilla Estate features a vineyard, winery, function centre, cellar-door sales, five-star accommodation and a top-class restaurant. It has recently undergone a $5 million renovation, with an upstairs deck and 180-degree views through floor-to-ceiling windows across the Derwent River. There's also a prestigious collection of artworks.

The restaurant serves fine Tasmanian produce accompanied by the estate's delicious wines. Moorilla wines are also available from the cellar-door outlet, and a micro brewery producing a variety of beers will open in the near future.

The main function room can be divided by soundproof doors into two separate areas and a marquee has been especially designed to butt seamlessly up to the building. It also features a large, specially commissioned work by Australian abstract artist Michael Johnston, which is flanked by works by Geoff Dyer and Anton Holzner. A smaller meeting room has its own private kitchen, wine rack and features two Paul Partos paintings and a Kandinsky.
Penny Thow, CitySearch, July 2005


What others say
The grandfather of southern Tasmanian vineyards beautifully located overlooking the Derwent with a vineyard restaurant, superb waterfront chalets and a free-entry world-class Museum of Antiquities. Good food and the wines are consistently among Tasmania's best.
Graeme Phillips for Mietta's National Restaurant Guide 2005
www.miettas.com.au

Canoing on Lake Dove -- Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania - Voyages Resorts

Cradle Mountain Lodge is a warm, rustic retreat nestled high in the Tasmanian wilderness, a superb escape featuring cosy cabins, fine food and wine and many activities.

Cradle Mountain Lodge is a unique wilderness retreat on the edge of the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park. The awesome beauty of this region is an inspiration that will stay with you long after you leave.

Here you see the face of creation all around you in the mirror lakes and rugged mountain peaks. And you don't need to be an environmentalist to feel humble in the towering presence of a King Billy Pine - over 1,000 years old yet still a relative newcomer to these ancient forests.

This is a superb escape with breathtaking scenery, cosy cabins, magnificent meals and days filled with simple pleasures.

The Lodge itself has an ambience of warmth and security that welcomes you to every room. Perhaps it's the glow of the open fires that keeps drawing you back or those quiet moments in the Guest's Lounge, catching up on local lore and history. Then of course there's the temptation of the Highland Restaurant and its walk-in Wine Cellar. Or perhaps the mood calls for a less formal meal in the Tavern Bar, a great place to share your adventures with new friends.

Inside your cabin you'll immediately feel at home. The layout is generous, comfortable and more than a touch romantic.

And when the snow falls, as it can even in the summer months at Cradle, there's nothing cosier than being in your cabin. Ignore the electric heaters stoke the fire instead. After dinner in the Lodge retreat to your cabin and share a glass of red wine in front of a roaring fire.

One thing is certain, summer or winter, the beauty of Cradle Mountain is an inspiration that will stay with you long after you leave.

Valley Of The Senses | Launceston, Tasmania

Valley Of The Senses | Launceston, Tasmania

Michael Kieran Harvey

tasmania.citysearch.com.au > The Arts

In 1993, thanks to the urging of a colleague and a taste for the music of Frank Zappa, Michael Kieran Harvey entered the Ivo Pogorelich piano competition. As it was open only to professionals and boasted the world's richest prize money for a classical piano competition, a modest Harvey didn't rate his chances. However, deciding it was a good excuse to go to the US, Harvey's plan was to meet with an ailing Zappa and secure permission to interpret some of his work on the piano. Unfortunately, Zappa died the day of the finals, which Harvey went on to win.
Over the last decade, Harvey has continued his unconventional ways, performing an eclectic repertoire of contemporary classics and recognised masterworks to audiences around the world. As part of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music's visiting artists recital program Harvey accompanies distinguished violinist Miwako Abe for an evening of outstanding classical music. Abe, who came to Australia in 1982, is equally well credentialled and is currently head of the String Department at the Victorian College of the Arts. Abe performs frequently on ABC Radio, as well as on overseas networks, and as a young violinist caught the attention of Yehudi Menuhin and was selected for his BBC Television masterclass.

If you're a lover of classical music or just looking to explore it for the first time, the visiting artist's recital provides a great opportunity to renew your vows or perhaps discover a new squeeze.


Film

tasmania.citysearch.com.au > Film

This year's Launceston season of the MIFF Travelling Film Festival (August 19-21, 2005) offers a diverse selection of films. Australia, USA, UK, Italy and Israel are represented in works that run the gamut from heartbreaking to hilarious.
Don's Party, the '70s comedy classic featuring the late Graham Kennedy, is Australia's entry, presented in a new, regraded 35mm print with remastered soundtrack. Nicole Kidman appears with screen goddess Lauren Bacall in the US entry Birth, while Kevin Bacon gives arguably his finest performance in The Woodsman, following an ex-prisoner's heartbreaking attempt to re-enter society.

Oscar winner My Architect traces the story of US architect Louis Kahn, who died alone in 1974 in a Penn Station men's room. Italy's A Heart Elsewhere is a witty story about the love affair between a gauche young tailor's son, Nello, and the blind and beautiful Anna.

Festival co-ordinator Olivia Peniston-Bird worked as an assistant director on the UK film Enduring Love and shares insights into its production when she introduces the screening and runs a question-and-answer session afterwards.

Program


19/8, 7pm, A Heart Elsewhere, 107 minutes, Italy
19/8, 9.15pm, Walk on Water, 104 minutes, Israel
20/8, 3pm, My Architect, 116 minutes, USA
20/8, 7pm, The Woodsman, 119 minutes, USA
20/8, 9pm, Birth, 100 minutes, USA
21/8, 2.30pm, Enduring Love, 100 minutes, followed by Q&A with filmmaker, UK
21/8, 4.30pm, Nobody Knows, 141 minutes, Japan
21/8, 7.30pm, Don's Party, 90 minutes, Australia


Your guide to Hobart and Tasmania

CitySearch.com.au Australia - Your guide to Hobart and Tasmania

CRADLE MOUNTAIN AT DAWN

The Best Of Cradle Mountain and Walls Of Jerusalem

The Best Of Cradle Mountain and Walls Of Jerusalem

The Best Of Cradle Mountain and Walls Of Jerusalem
This tour combines the highlights of both the Overland Track and Walls of Jerusalem walks.

Spend four days based near the Scott Kilvert Hut, nestled beneath the majesty of Cradle Mountain as we give you the opportunity to explore the stunning scenery of the area. The remaining three days are spent on the plateau of the Walls of Jerusalem camped among delightful Pencil Pines by the Pools of Bethezda. While at The Walls our guides will aid you in exploring the dramatic rock formations and remarkable Alpine forests.

This tour is designed to introduce you to the rewarding experience of Tasmania’s most famous natural wonders while minimising the need to carry large packs over long distances.

Meander magnet for dairy farmers

The Mercury: Meander magnet for dairy farmers [01aug05]

CASHED-UP dairy farmers from Victoria and Tasmania's north coast are flocking to the Meander Valley after the State Government's decision to go ahead with construction of the Meander dam.

Local land agents claim many interstate farmers are looking to expand into Tasmania or completely move their operations here.

The main attraction is higher rainfall and the low cost of irrigation water for pastures, according to Websters' Deloraine livestock agent Gerard Gelston.

But the availability for purchase of permanent water rights on rivers such as the Meander, which runs from south of Deloraine through the rich flood plains of Westbury and Hadspen, is another big lure.

The new $35 million dam to be completed by September 2007 will add 24,000 megalitres of irrigation water to the farm system.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

FLY FISH TASMANIA

Guided Fishing Tours - Trout fishing tasmania - Saltwater fishing

Bob McKinley of Fish Wild Tasmania - A Hobart based guide service and member, Trout Guides And Lodges Inc. invites you to Trout Fish Tasmania.

Unique locations, big Trout, pristine waters, an expert guide, the right fly, tuition if you need it, a gourmet lunch and all you have to do is fish.
Spoil your self with a trout fishing charter in the worlds best trout fishery and experience the thrill of sight fishing to trout cruising shallow margins. Flyfishing in Tasmania, Australia the home Australian and New Zealand wild brown trout, is among the best in the world. We invite you to discover our Tasmanian hospitality and world class fishing using our proven techniques.

TROUT FISH TASMANIA

Hatcher's Manor Hobart - Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Hatcher's Manor Hobart - Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Experience luxurious accommodation set amongst our 100 acre working farm and orchard on the beautiful Coal River.
Woodburn Farm is one of Tasmania's most historical farms. Granted to Gilbert Robertson, the Chief Constable of the Coal River area in the 1820's. Land for St Johns Church (the oldest Catholic Church in Australia) was donated by the second owner of Woodburn, Mr John Cassidy in the 1830's.


We are walking distance, just over the Historic Richmond Bridge, to Australia finest Georgian village. Ideal location for weddings and other special functions, situated just 20 minutes to Hobart Airport make Hatcher's Richmond Manor the ideal location if you are arriving or departing by air.

We have a range of Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, Cottages and Suites.

DIAMOND ISLAND -- BICHENO

Diamond Island

Diamond Island Accommodation and Restaurant

Imagine being so close to the coast that you feel part of it … strolling through a beautiful garden, at the foot of which lives a colony of Little Penguins. A few steps further, a private beach, with a magical island almost within reach. Imagine being so close to the wonder of Douglas Apsley and Freycinet National Parks (including Wineglass Bay and the remarkable township of Coles Bay). This is Diamond Island.



Just two kilometres north of Bicheno (which is the same distance from Hobart and Launceston), each of our fully-self-contained, refurbished apartments has an uninterrupted view of the coast. Unwind with a game of tennis or a snack by the outdoor pool, sample the regional fare in our restaurant, or venture further afield to experience all the east coast has to offer, returning to the jewel in the crown.



Diamond Island. Dream on …

Maker of grape promise

The Mercury: Maker of grape promise [27jul05]

A TASMANIAN woman has been honoured as Australia's best emerging winemaker.

Fran Austin, who manages the Bay of Fires Winery at Pipers River, near Launceston, last night received the Qantas Medal for the most exciting emerging winemaker at the 2005 Qantas/Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards in Melbourne.

Miss Austin, 30, said it was the highlight of her career.

"It's obviously nice to get some recognition for the wines I'm producing, but I think it's also a real validation for the approach Tasmania has taken to produce premium top quality wines," she said last night.

A West Australian, Miss Austin took over operations at Bay of Fires Winery in 2002.



Bay of Fires



In 1994, the group winemaking team at BRL Hardy identified the regions they believed would make cool climate wines of classical structure, combining fruit intensity with refinement, complexity and persistence of flavour - the ultimate expression and grape and region. Tasmania's potential for the production of classic, cool climate grape varieties was clearly evident.

Eight years later, their vision has finally come to fruition with the launch of Bay of Fires.

The initial interest in the vineyards of Tasmania arose from a desire to seek out genuine cold climate grapes to make fine and elegant, but flavoursome, sparkling wine. Sparkling wines made from grapes grown in these cool climate extremes increasingly impress with their finesse, minerally complexity and persistence of flavour.

Group sparkling winemaker, Ed Carr believes that we are still in the early part of our learning curve with Tasmanian sparkling wines.

"We have only scratched the surface of the potential of what Tasmania can produce. We have spent five years chasing sites, with the philosophy not to have a single vineyard wine or be tied to one particular region. This enables us to source the best fruit from across regions. It is an evolution of style and vineyard resources."

This then raised group white winemaker Glenn James' interest to experiment with white wines of the region.

"Chardonnay showed a fineness and elegance we don't see on the mainland, and testament to that is from 1998, many of the Tasmanian components are being used in our benchmark Eileen Hardy Chardonnay". "2001 marks the first vintage of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc from Tasmania and we will only see these styles improve as we begin to further understand our fruit sources."

Pinot Noir is planned for release later this year, and group red winemaker Stephen Pannell firmly believes that Tasmania has the potential to make world-class Pinot Noir. "As a Pinot lover and a winemaker, Tasmania is very exciting for us. We have yet to unearth the potential Tassie can offer for Pinot Noir and our endeavour is to produce the best Pinot Noir in Australia".

Fran Austin
was appointed to Bay of Fires earlier this year as Winemaker manager to oversee the development of the wine styles, and is excited about the future of Bay of Fires and Tasmania.

"The opportunity to work with one of the best and most interesting fruit resources in the country, coupled with the chance to work with the dedicated winemaking team utilising their knowledge and understanding of the region, is exciting."

"The more we work with the fruit from each region and understand it's potential, the more opportunities we see for Tasmania and the Bay of Fires range."

The Wines

Bay of Fires Chardonnay Pinot Noir


A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, fruit was sourced primarily from regions across Tasmania. Hand picked into 500kg bins and whole bunch pressed, the juice was then shipped to Hardys Reynella winery where its development was overseen by sparkling winemaker Ed Carr. Prior to being discorged, ??? the wine spends over four years on yeast lees.


Bay of Fires Riesling


Sourced from a single vineyard in the Pipers River region, fruit was hand picked and lightly macerated to extract juice but limit phenolic extraction. The wine underwent a cool fermentation prior to being clarified and bottled, sealed with a stelvin closure to maintain freshness. 2001 is our first foray into Tasmanian Riesling, and potentially is Tasmania's most exciting white variety.


Bay of Fires Sauvignon Blanc


A single vineyard wine taken 100% from the Tamar Ridge vineyard in the Tamar Valley. Hand picked into 500kg bins and whole bunch pressed. 85% of the blend was fermented in stainless steel with the balance in one year-old French barriques for six months to impart structure and palate weight.


Bay of Fires Pinot Gris


2001 marked not only the first release of this wine, but also the first opportunity any winemaker within BRL Hardy had to work with this classic variety. Fruit was hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented with a combination of selected and indigenous yeasts.

60% of the blend was fermented in 10 year-old oak hogsheads to impart mouth-feel and texture, resulting in a wine that is layered, complex and a truly food-friendly style.


Bay of Fires Chardonnay


A combination of grapes from the Tamar Valley, Pipers River and Coal River Valley, the fruit was hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in a combination of new and one-year old French barriques. Fermentation was undertaken using indigenous yeasts with minimal handling and settling. The wine was then kept on lees and stirred for eighth months prior to bottling.


The Winemaker

At only 28 years old, Fran Austin comes to Bay of Fires with a wealth of experience that belies her youth. Fran graduated from Adelaide University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) and was employed at Domaine Chandon with sparkling winemaker Tony Jordan.

In 1996, Fran headed off to the USA to join the family-owned Matanzus Creek winery in Sonoma County, working as a cellar hand before returning to Australia and heading south. Fran joined the joint venture of Heemskerk and Rochecombe in 1997, working with the Heemskerk wine range, and utilising the production facility at the Rochecombe winery.

Following this five-month stint, Fran headed north to undertake vintage at Argyle winery in Oregon , working as cellar hand having a strong focus on sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. She returned to Australia and joined Petaluma winery in the Adelaide Hills working as a cellar hand with Brian Croser and the winemaking team.

In 1998, Fran again headed to the northern hemisphere for vintage, this time as a "flying winemaker" with Cellarworld International, in the south-west of France. As part of the white winemaking team, Fran was responsible for overseeing the production of white wines from regions across southern France.

Fran finally returned to her hometown of Perth in 1999 and was employed by Larry Cherubino at Houghton as an in-field winemaker, overseeing the processing in contract sites throughout WA before permanently returning to the Swan Valley site as part of the winemaking team.

Fran was appointed to Bay of Fires in January 2002 and now lives on-site.


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Tassie palette, palate on display

The Mercury: Tassie palette, palate on display [28jul05]

TWO Tasmanian artists, one in paint and the other in food, are heading to Melbourne next week to sell Tasmania to the rest of the country.

Luke and Ainstie Wagner are the star attractions of the Tasmania -- A Sense of Place event starting at Crown Casino on August 2.

The three-week promotion is a joint venture between the casino and Tasmania's Department of Economic Development and will see the casino's seven main restaurants featuring Tasmanian produce.

Wagner, a renowned artist, has painted 10 new works, all involving food, which will be exhibited at the casino.

And for the gala opening his wife, Ainstie, executive chef at Government House, has prepared a seven-course menu inspired by the paintings.

B-double, B-trouble

The Mercury: B-double, B-trouble [31jul05]

THE fiery roar of a mighty log truck's engine splits the winter's air heavy with the chill of nearby mountain snow.

With the revs settling to a grinding growl, logging contractor David Blackberry glances at his watch.

It is just after 5am; sunrise is still two hours away.

Even with a bit of luck and a clear road, Mr Blackberry won't return home for another 12 hours.

The truck, already loaded with 30 tonnes of woodchip logs, moves slowly away from Mr Blackberry's Birralee home, lumbering slowly through the low gears like a grumbling giant still coming to terms with the day. It's the first day of a 6 1/2-day stretch which will include a day maintaining the trucks.

Getting flush with tourists

The Mercury: Getting flush with tourists [31jul05]

THE North-West Tasmanian town of Latrobe is investing in what it hopes will be a toilet-led tourism boom.

In what is dubbed the Year of the Public Toilet, Latrobe Council is spending $212,000 on public toilet upgrades.

Council general manager Grant Atkins said the decision to spend 8 per cent of this year's capital works budget on public toilets was strategic.

"Towns are judged on the condition of their toilets," he said.

"It is a fact that good toilets attract more tourists and that visitors believe public toilets say something about the area.

Tassy winemaker honoured

Australian Wine Society: "Tassy winemaker honoured
From a Hardy's press release:

A winemaker born in Western Australia, educated in South Australia and now based in Tasmania has won one of Australia�s most prestigious awards for young winemakers. Ms Fran Austin, Winemaker/Manager at Bay of Fires Winery in Tasmania, was last night named winner of the Qantas Medal, awarded to the country�s most exciting emerging winemaker aged 32 and under.

The Qantas Medal forms part of the prestigious 2005 Qantas/Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards. Ms Austin, 30, was selected by a panel of six wine industry experts, from an extensive field of young and talented winemakers.

Born and raised in Western Australia, Ms Austin moved to South Australia in the early 1990s to study, graduating in 1995 from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology).
Over the next six years she exacted her craft working in some of the world�s premier wine growing districts, including the Yarra Valley in Victoria and Margaret River in Western Australia, as well as in the United States and France.

In 2002, at the age of 27, Ms Austin was appointed Winemaker / Manager at Bay of Fires Winery in the Pipers River region of Tasmania, to oversee production of the Hardy Wine Company�s prestige cold climate wines produced under the Bay of Fires and Tigress labels."

Best winemaker is a real corker

The Mercury: Best winemaker is a real corker [31jul05]

FRAN Austin's enthusiasm bubbles with as much vigour as a freshly poured pinot noir chardonnay.

Maybe, at 30, it is her youthful exuberance that fuels such passion. Or perhaps being the chief winemaker at Hardy Wine's solitary Tasmanian outpost, Bay of Fires Winery, she knows only too well that she is standing on the edge of an exciting frontier for the state's wine industry.

Miss Austin was crowned Young Winemaker of the Year at last week's renowned Qantas-Australian Gourmet Traveller awards.

The honour recognises what she has achieved to date and points to a future on the cutting edge of the wine industry.

Miss Austin's energy for her industry, career and her wines is obvious. She eloquently expresses her thoughts on how the Tasmanian wine industry continues to make mileage as a quality cold-climate wine producer and boldly predicts an even brighter future -- starting right now

TRUCK STOP

The Mercury: TRUCK STOP [31jul05]

TASMANIA'S logging contracting sector is near crisis point with contract quota reductions pushing timber workers to the brink.

One says he will be forced to move interstate after losing his timber contracts.

David Blackberry, who runs DKB Logging at Westbury, says he expects he will have to turn his back on the state's timber industry and the job he loves because he simply cannot afford to stay.

He said the sector was in crisis and predicted many contractors would struggle to stay afloat.

"It's stuffed here, mate. Really stuffed," he said.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Flow-on benefits Gunns' new mill

A SIDE benefit of the Meander Dam go-ahead will be that the supply of water in summer will be more assured for Gunns' proposed $1.3 million pulp mill.

About 18,000 megalites of water from the Meander Dam has been earmarked for environmental flow to improve the downstream ecosystems of the Meander and Trevallyn rivers.

However, the Government confirmed yesterday that this environmental flow was deemed to have "done its job" by the time it reached the Trevallyn Dam, at which time it could be sold by Hydro Tasmania to the pulp mill or used to produce power.

A Department of Primary Industries and Water spokesman said there was no expectation the Meander Dam environmental flow had to enter the Tamar estuary.

Last week Gunns announced a new deal with Hydro Tasmania to obtain from the Trevallyn Dam all of the 26 gigalitres of water the pulp mill would need each year for operation.

http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,16049947%255E3462,00.html

Forest giants grab for land

TWO of Australia's forestry giants are set to battle head to head to buy Tasmanian farmland for plantations.

West Australian company Great Southern Plantations has already begun buying Tasmanian properties.

And Tasmanian forest giant Gunns Ltd is aiming to buy another 40,000ha of plantation to cater for the needs of its proposed pulp mill.

Great Southern Plantations has signalled its long-term interest in the state by appointing a local land acquisition manager.

The company will soon settle on several properties totalling about 2350ha. The land is as far northeast as Gladstone

http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,16093267%255E921,00.html

Geoff Dyer - Tasmanian Artist


Geoff Dyer is emphatically a landscape artist but his latest exhibition of plein air paintings also delves into the esoteric. As Dyer sees it, the landscape is "purely a prop - I'm simply interested in the process of painting".
"Australia has only been settled for a few hundred years – we can't work from our own ancient mythology but we can go back to the landscape. I'm after that ethereal quality where you can't quite grasp what you're looking at but it commands your attention."
"I wanted to capture the impenetrable aspect of the Tasmanian landscape - as the convicts would have seen it when first arriving in Australia."
Dyer's work has been called gothic referring to the dark nature of his paintings which are becoming increasingly abstracted. The impasto surface texture emphasises the materiality of the paint and process as equal to the subject. Small works are created with only a palette knife and fingers.
Dyer is known as the 2003 Archibald Prize winner but he does not consider himself a portraitist. His new exhibition seeks to expand the boundaries of landscape painting. "I don't conform to, or repeat, images. When you do, you are not making art, you are just working to a recipe."
Dyer studied at the Tasmanian School of Art and was Head of the School for Visual Arts and Creative Studies at Burnie Technical College before returning to painting full time. His work is represented in many public, private and corporate collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; Burnie Regional Gallery; Davenport Art Gallery; Qantas; Price Waterhouse Cooper; and The Art Trust

Portrait of the artist as someone with 'a day job'

The Mercury: Portrait of the artist as someone with 'a day job' [29jul05]

MENTAL and physical stamina is essential for the aspiring artist, acclaimed Tasmanian painter Geoff Dyer told the students of Taroona High School last night.

And plan to have "a day job" because instant success after art school is unlikely, the Archibald Prize-winning painter advised.

"It's not like being a popstar."

Dyer was an art teacher for more than a decade before being able to support himself as a painter.

And it was nearly a quarter of a century before he won Australia's most prestigious art prize, the Archibald, in 2003.


Sea monster is a cannibal

The Mercury: Sea monster is a cannibal [29jul05]

A TASMANIAN scientist has found the world's best evidence yet that giant squids eat each other.

The creature that in legend prefers sailors to relatives has been found to have giant squid DNA, including tentacles, in its gut.

The ground-breaking study by University of Tasmania PhD student Bruce Deagle has been reviewed in the prestigious New Scientist magazine.

Mr Deagle used DNA testing to identify the remains of squid in a male caught by a fishing boat off the West Coast of Tasmania in 1999.

The genetic analysis led the report's authors to conclude the giant squid, of Architeuthis dux, could indeed be a cannibal.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Lennon push for Hinch in Devonport

examiner.com.au : Lennon push for Hinch in Devonport

Premier Paul Lennon has issued a challenge to shock jock Derryn Hinch: he will appear on Hinch's radio programme if the New Zealand-born presenter has the guts to do it live from Devonport.

Hinch caused a stir on Tuesday when he called the farmers leading a Buy Australian campaign on the mainland "selfish, blinkered, self- centred pointy-heads" from Tasmania.

Campaign leader Richard Bovill then labelled Hinch the "arch- enemy" of the Buy Australian fight.

Yesterday, Hinch challenged Mr Lennon to a live on-air debate.

Mr Lennon hit the ball back firmly into Hinch's court, saying he would oblige if the show was broadcast live from the Devonport Mall.

"This will ensure that you are able to eyeball those people that you describe as `selfish, self- centred pointy-heads'," Mr Lennon's letter to Hinch said.

Later, Mr Lennon said he was not interested in helping Hinch conduct a debate on the Buy Australian campaign - and the role of Tasmanian farmers in it - from the comfort of his Melbourne radio studio.

"Given Hinch's recent track record, one would have expected him to think better of attacking Australian farmers battling to stay on the land against competition from cheap imports," Mr Lennon said.

"But apparently not. His outburst can only be described as cowardly and un-Australian.

"I hope Hinch has the ticker to front the people he has caused such great offence to - maybe then he will gain a real understanding of the desperate plight our farmers face."

The Premier and Primary Industries Minister Steve Kons were in Mildura yesterday and Mr Lennon said he was proud to stand side by side with Tasmanian farmers at the fourth major protest rally of the rolling campaign.

Mr Lennon said the Tasmanian farmers had led a campaign that had awoken national pride, received saturation media coverage and would trigger attitudinal change among multi-national companies.

About 500 people converged on Mildura for the rally yesterday.

"The emotion is building rather than fading as the campaign rolls on," Mr Bovill said.

Tomorrow, the convoy heads to Balranald, NSW, where the farmers had planned to stop but not much else.

"It is a little place about the size of Sheffield, in the middle of nowhere," he said.

"We had to stop because we can't get to the next place on time. But now there is a civic reception and a community barbecue and the world whip-cracking champion is going to put on a display," he sad.

New pills at cutting edge of medicine

examiner.com.au : New pills at cutting edge of medicine

The pill that Launceston General Hospital boss Geoff Lyons swallowed yesterday was far from bitter.

It was a tiny, magic camera pill that, from the moment it slid down the department of surgery business manager's throat, was taking photographs of what it was seeing inside Mr Lyons's body.

By the time the capsule had glided painlessly to the end of the surrogate patient's gastrointestinal tract, it had collected 50,000 images.

Yesterday's demonstration sounded a new era in exploratory medicine at Tasmania's public hospital.

The LGH is the first public hospital in the State to introduce the Israeli-developed camera pills, which cost about $900 each.

It has taken the LGH about $100,000 to set up the new procedure with about 100 patients a year expected to swallow the camera pills.

It is a simple process in which a patient takes the pill with a glass of water after strapping a data recorder around the waist that is hooked up by wires to the patient's chest.

The patient can go home or back to work for the next eight hours while the tiny, beeping camera inside takes a still shot every three seconds as it proceeds through the body.

The capsule unit is eventually excreted and the tiny images retrieved and transferred to a computer screen so that LGH specialists can read and diagnose from the images.

The pills are not reused.

Launceston gastroenterologist John Wettenhall said that the new pillcam would be particularly useful for detecting and diagnosing small bowel disorders.

He said that there was a group of patients, particularly older patients, with whom it was difficult to diagnose the cause of internal bleeding and who needed regular blood transfusions.

"It's dangerous to open them up without knowing what you are looking for - this could dramatically reduce frequent hospital admissions and exploratory surgery," Dr Wettenhall said.

"This is technology of the moment, it's cutting edge," he added.

Mr Lyons, the surrogate patient, reported no side effects.

The new camera pill will be used when other investigations have failed to determine the cause of symptoms.


Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site - Tasmania - Australia

Port Arthur Historic Site - Tasmania - Australia

Port Arthur is one of Australia's great tourism destinations. Every building, every feature of Port Arthur Historic Site has a story to tell.
Created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for you to explore.

Tasmania: Port Arthur Gothic

Tasmania: Port Arthur Gothic

By JULIA CLARK | The white box is dead! This museum reeks of atmosphere— dark, oppressive, gloomy, some say Gothic. Located in a former dormitory of the Lunatic Asylum, it loudly proclaims itself a new museum while whispering of its past use.

The great prison reformer Jeremy Bentham provided its theme; his Penitentiary, on which Port Arthur's system was modelled, was 'a machine for grinding rogues honest'. Mounted on a wall at the entrance are schematic representations of the three main cogs in this machine; the Bible for religious and moral instruction; the hammer for work and trade training; the whip for discipline and punishment.

American Patriots

American Patriots

In 1837 in an ill-starred attempt to spread the message of Independence, a Patriot army launched an invasion of Canada, hoping to provoke a general uprising. It failed to light the fires of rebellion and the British captured 92 mostly American citizens, members of the American Patriot Army fighting with Canadian republicans for independence from Britain.

Military courts smartly and highly illegally banished them in 1839 to Britain's remote and wild new island colony of Van Diemen's Land, now the State of Tasmania.

The American freedom fighters were mostly civilian recruits and family men farmers, carpenters, clerks, ploughmen, merchants.

Bed & Breakfast in Tasmania

Bed & Breakfast in Tasmania

Welcome to Bed and Breakfast in Tasmania, a guide to Tasmania’s accredited B&B establishments. They have all passed a stringent process to qualify and guarantee a high level of service.

Norfolk Bay Convict Station, Port Arthur

Norfolk Bay Convict Station, Port Arthur

Distinctive Accommodation

Norfolk Bay Convict Station has a prime position overlooking the quiet waters of Little Norfolk Bay — and is the site of Australia's first railway station . . . the key supply line to Port Arthur.
The TasmanWeb is the online gateway to the Tasman Peninsula — one of Australia's best-kept secrets.

The Apple Isle

Shape of Tasmania

Shape of Tasmania

By BRYONY NAINBY | The whimsical, wonderful and weird ways in which Tasmania’s distinctive triangular shape has been used by illustrators, cartoonists and graphic designers are featured in an online exhibition created by the State Library of Tasmania.

The Shape of Tasmania exhibition includes apple case labels, posters, postcards, magazine covers and advertisements drawn from the State Library of Tasmania’s Heritage Collections and can be found at:
www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/Heritage/exhibitions/shapeoftas/

The Ghost of the Gas Works ?


Down at the lower end of Macquarie Street Hobart , on a cold winter's night, just before midnight, when the moon is waning, if you look up at the Old Gas Works building and peek into a top floor window, you might just see the sepulchral white face of a strange creature -- who is he ? What secrets can he tell? Can you feel some unexplained chill run up your spine.

Don't stare at him for too long. But instead head to the nearest hostelry, where only a double shot of OverProof Bundaberg rum will put you at ease.

http://www.bundabergrum.com.au

Welcome to the Huon Trail

Welcome to the Huon Trail

The 'Huon Trail' begins south of Hobart. It takes you through the Huon Valley, D'Entrecasteaux Channel & Bruny Island - a region of waterways & wilderness; art, craft & heritage; apple blossom and vineyards; farmers, foresters and fishermen.

Follow the Huon Trail stopping at the sign posts along the way. Look for the sea eagle and the hand-carved celery top pine-framed signs at 24 locations in the region.

SeaPort Charters & River Cruises

SeaPort Charters & River Cruises

M.V. Seaport Explorer
Often described as the ultimate party boat, has a passenger capacity of ninety.
We are fully licensed, wheelchair accessible, offering total comfort in all weather conditions, this refurbished luxury craft is ready to make your next event the best ever.

You can cruise the Tamar River with your group any time with Seaport Charters on the fabulous Seaport Explorer. Just ring Margaret for a booking on 0419 130 525.

Strahan

Hotels & Resorts

This quaint historic west coast fishing village provides unique accommodation with beautifully renovated waterfront cottages and terraces. Strahan Village is the perfect base for exploring Tasmania's wilderness, with Gordon River Cruises and West Coast Wilderness Railway right at your doorstep.

Seakayaking the southwest wilderness

Seakayaking the southwest wilderness

Kayaking bliss
By MATT NEWTON | The twin waters of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour in Tasmania’s remote South West are together an expanse of water and endless inlets twice the size of Sydney Harbour. They are in the southwestern corner of over one million acres of wilderness. It is a truly spectacular place, with epic scenery and a feeling of isolation that is hard to match.

Walking on water is the way sea kayaking trips to Bathurst Harbour are described. Like bush walking without having to carry anything and, best of all, no hills.

A sea kayaking trip to Tasmania’s South West starts with a 45-minute light aircraft flight from Hobart. Once leaving the airport, Tasmania’s capital city quickly gives way to large tracks of forest and some of the most rugged alpine scenery in Australia.

On a tricycle built for two

On a tricycle built for two

By KEVIN & AIMEE BEIMERS | Somewhere between Adelaide and Melbourne, during our round-Australia circuit, we began sparring with the idea of "adding on" Tasmania. After all, we thought, can we really say we've cycled the entire country if we miss a state? Sure enough, it may be a small state, and you need a very large boat to get to it, but it's still Australia.

Even if they forgot about it at the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, we weren't going to overlook it. According to Tasmanians, we'd only been to the North Island so far. Yes, we decided. “Let's add it on."

"Adding it on" was a major blunder in thinking on our part. One does not "add on" Tasmania. Adding on Tasmania to your Australian cycling trip is like ordering a 3kg porterhouse steak and "adding on" a family-size supreme pizza. Tasmania is its own meal in itself.

Tasmanian Journey

Tasmanian Journey

By ALLAN MOULT | Tasmanian Journey is an hour-long tribute to Tasmania compiled from evocative visual film footage shot over two years.

A Huon Valley couple, Mike Sampey and Ros Barnett are the creative duo behind this production, the first, they say, of many more film tributes to out favourite island.

Music by Grieg, Strauss, Shostakovich, and Chopin, beautifully played by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Rachmaninov by the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs, and original compositions by homegrown guitarist Cary Lewincamp accompany the visuals — which meander creatively from stunning scene to scene.

Morning Mood shows the island awakening, and the tranquil mood continues with Wilderness Flight as the morning mist gradually lifts, and segues into Rainforest Tracks.

Tasmanian Gothic shows off our historial buildings, and there is a reality check in Forsaken which visits our convic past.

The mood soon lifts again in Coasting, with its uplifting journeys along our spectacular coastline. The comes the Lair of the Sea Dragon, with almost poetic underwater visuals showing these strange denizens of our shallow seagrass paddocks going about their leisurely-paced daily business.

There's a change of pace with the Shearer's Quickstep with its loving look at our rural heart, and Life's a Beach makes a suitable endnote — displaying our magnificent empty beaches in their many moods.

Mike and Ros are deservedly proud of this presentation, the first in a hopefully long series celebrating the Tasmanian journey.

And the good news is that filming has already started on Tasmanian Journey by Train [with Tasmanian writer Franz Docherty narrating].

A third 'tasty morsel' is in the planning stage. ¶

For more information visit their web site here

Tasmanian rock

Tasmanian rock

By PHIL BOX| Rock … rock … rock!

Those are the scariest words any belayer ever wants to hear … I am looking up after hearing those dreaded words and can see momentarily a block heading towards me, looming larger and larger with every nanosecond’s passing.

This was on a climbing road trip, visiting various crags around Tasmania. The team consisted of Lee, Jono, Ken, Neil, Rob, Kathy and myself.

First up, Hillwood not far from Launceston, remnant of a long extinct volcano. There are a lot of single pitch sport routes on the tessellated patterned walls of this amazing area. The lava has cooled to form geodesic patterns on the rock that are perfect for steep crimpy climbing.

Many of the routes are described as “The Best at Hillwood”, so this was a recurring theme for the rest of the trip. As we encountered new areas and got on classic routes at completely separate crags we would declare that this particular route was “The Best at Hillwood!”

Protea in the garden

Protea in the garden

By PATSY HOLLIS | Not far from the Japanese Garden in the Royal
Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a section devoted to proteas and
leucadendrons, flowers from Africa that were first seen in Europe in
the early years of the 17th century and described as "curious
botanical novelties" for their dazzling array of sizes, shapes and
colours.

Not so curious to our eyes because proteas and leucadendrons are from the family Porteaceae, which is confined to the southern hemisphere and includes the banksia, telopea, hakea and chilean fire bush.

Bicycle heaven in Tasmania

Bicycle heaven in Tasmania

By DMITRI ALEXIEV | My first Great Bike Ride in Tasmania was through the Central Highlands, which was perhaps the most scenic route of them all, into some very remote areas and past many lakes — although always on sealed roads.

Of all the extended bike rides I have done in three states only the Great Ocean Road in Victoria compares in beauty to those in Tasmania.

In Victoria they get several thousand on some rides; accompanied by doctors and masseurs, reading rooms, yoga and so on. I’ve not been on one of these massive efforts myself.

Up to 800 or so riders undertake the Great Tasmanian bike rides, which is organised each second year by Bicycle Victoria. Quite manageable.

The days’ rides vary in length between 60-80km, occasionally up to 100km.

The days go like this: The road opens at 7am and by 9.30am everyone should have breakfasted and left. A sweep car checks for stragglers, the camp support facilities tents are dismantled and the luggage trucks roll off. A bunch of volunteers looks after these sorts of things — the volunteers have as good a time as the riders. Maybe better, because they work as hard but they do not have to cycle up hills.

Tasmania: travel and leisure

Tasmania: travel and leisure

Travel in Tasmania is a very special experience — from the indulgence of world-class resorts to waterfront caravan parks; from catered bushwalks to backpacking extreme wilderness; from luxurious Georgian bed & breakfast establishments to inner-city backpacker haunts — we have it all

Tastes of Tasmania

Tastes of Tasmania

When foodies talk of Tasmania, the praise drips off their salivating tongues. The cheese, wines, oils, truffles, game, smallgoods, organic fruits and vegetables, all signal their special tastes of Tasmania — a brand we can be proud of.



Rob Blakers portfolio The Freycinet Peninsula

Rob Blakers

Rob Blakers is a nature and wilderness photographer, who uses Hobart as a base from which to explore wild Tasmania. He is passionate about its protection and sees the continuing inroads into Tasmanian wild country and ancient forests as an appalling tragedy of our time.

Images from Rob’s collection have been used extensively for nature conservation. He has also edited and published many photographic books based on Tasmania. These images come from his latest book Freycinet.

Tasmania's Journal of Discovery

Tasmania's Journal of Discovery

Welcome to Leatherwood Online, Tasmania's Journal of Discovery

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2006.. About the race

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2005.. About the race: "The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2006 will start on 26 December and will be conducted on the waters of Sydney Harbour, the Tasman Sea, Storm Bay and the Derwent River.
Over the past 61 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England. No yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage except, of course, the America's Cup and the Whitbread Round the World Race than does the start on Sydney Harbour. And they only happen every four or five years."

NATURAL GAS COMES TO HOBART


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Huon food icon in a jam [

The Mercury: Huon food icon in a jam [27jul05]

CASH-FLOW problems and a senior management bust-up have put a 170-year-old Huonville food business on the brink of collapse.

Staff at Dorans Fine Foods say they have not been paid and fear for their jobs.

General manager Mike Swinburne said the business had several major potential customers, including the Marriott hotel chain.

But he said the company had been starved of working capital by owner Philip Ridyard, of Launceston.

"We have not been able to buy bottles, jars and fruit or pay staff since mid-June," Mr Swinburne said.

Lennon flies in to help convoy

The Mercury: Lennon flies in to help convoy [27jul05]

THE huge pressure on rural Australia is translating into strong support for the Fair Dinkum Food Campaign, says its co-ordinator.

As Premier Paul Lennon prepared to join the farmers, and the tractor convoy continued its trek to Canberra, Richard Bovill said yesterday the message was again reinforced in rural Victoria.

Rallies at Echuca and Swan Hill were well attended, and Mr Bovill said it highlighted the same issues as faced by Tasmanian farmers.

"It's a stone fruit area, and they grow a lot for the fresh market, but what's happening is that everyone is getting less and less of the turnover," Mr Bovill said.

Tassie gay phobia shame

The Mercury: Tassie gay phobia shame [27jul05]

TASMANIA has been identified as the most homophobic state in the nation.

And the state's Northwest is Australia's most homophobic region.

The shocking finding is despite Tasmania having the most progressive anti-discrimination and gay-relationship laws in the country.

The findings of a national study of homophobia, released yesterday, have prompted calls from gay activists for greater efforts to combat prejudice entrenched in the hearts and minds of Tasmanians.

The study by the Australia Institute found 40 per cent of Tasmanians believed homosexuality was immoral.