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Coal at The Mercury

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The assistant editor of Hobart’s Mercury newspaper has a piece of ‘ornamental’ coal sitting on her desk at work. Yes, coal. The coal is apparently a keepsake from Rachel Riley’s time working at the Townsville Bulletin, a staunchly pro-coal, climate-change-denying newspaper. In 2017 they handed out bumper stickers reading ‘Don’t take my coal job, and […]

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​Our Bushfire Response

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Our country is facing devastating and widespread bushfires. This requires us to do everything possible to fight fires, protect lives, and ensure communities are getting the support they need. 1. DEPLOYING THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE The Australian Defence Force is providing boots on the ground, planes in the sky and ships at sea, to support … Continue reading “​Our Bushfire Response”

Bushfire Relief and Recovery

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Our country is facing devastating and widespread national bushfires. They have been burning throughout the country for months now but today is shaping up as our most challenging day, with a state of emergency declared in NSW and Victoria while Tasmania and South Australia also face significant threats. We are well prepared, well organised and … Continue reading “Bushfire Relief and Recovery”

PREMIER APPOINTS RECOVERY COORDINATOR FOR SOUTHERN NSW

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Anthony Roberts today announced the appointment of Mr Dick Adams as Recovery Coordinator for Southern NSW. Fires have already significantly impacted many communities across Northern NSW and recovery operations have been underway there since Mr Euan Ferguson began as Recovery Coordinator for the region … Continue reading “PREMIER APPOINTS RECOVERY COORDINATOR FOR SOUTHERN NSW”

Woman blows 0.213 after crash – Port Stephens-Hunter PD

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A Hunter woman has been charged with high-range drink-driving after returning a breath analysis more than four times the legal limit. Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were on Richardson Road at Salt Ash about 9.30pm (Saturday 4 January 2020), when they saw a vehicle crashed into a drainage culvert. The 29-year-old female driver was … Continue reading “Woman blows 0.213 after crash – Port Stephens-Hunter PD”

Community Recovery Assistance Extended for Bushfire-Affected Communities in Southern NSW

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Additional council areas in Southern NSW to access Federal-State community recovery funding bringing the total support to more than $80 million. Recovery grants of up to $15,000 for farmers and small businesses Funding for additional mental health support and local led economic and community resilience initiatives Community recovery assistance has been extended for bushfire-hit communities … Continue reading “Community Recovery Assistance Extended for Bushfire-Affected Communities in Southern NSW”

Pressings: Chatto Wines, a Year of Ups and Downs

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that what goes up must come down. It’s an inescapable fact of life. That said, there’s no doubting last summer’s prolonged bushfire activity on the margins of Tasmania’s Huon Valley and D’Entrecasteaux Channel brought wine producers back to earth with a bump after the sequence […]

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Callum’s Port Arthur Video Diary

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I stayed overnight at Port Arthur between 27th and 28th December last year. Above is my video diary from those two days. Below are some written notes about my thoughts and activities during the trip. Friday 27th December 2019 Left home for Port Arthur today at about 11:30am. Staying overnight at the Motor Inn. I’m […]

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New Year, New Start – the Editor

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Tasmanian Times is taking a two-week break from our Saturday editions. The last of 2019 was Saturday 28 December and the first of next year will be 18 January. In between, however, we have some occasional articles scheduled for publication. There is plenty of recent content up for your summer reading. In particular look out […]

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Taste of Tasmania Opens: Stallholders Tell us the Inside Story

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Taste of Tasmania opens

  Our audio feature on the Taste of Tasmania includes a pakana welcome in palawa kani and English; Taste food curator Megan Quill talking about the food offerings; Moo Brew‘s Dave McGill on independent brewers; Will Chapman of Tasmanian Pasta & Sauce Company talking pasta and gnocchi; Sarah Anderson of the Tasmanian Fruit Pie Company […]

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Poet’s Corner – Hay

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Poet's Corner

Hay By Kim Peart Farmer Sam lost his glasses and couldn’t see too well but work must go on and on there was hay to bring in fast and time wouldn’t hang around long. His old hay bailer rattled and groaned meandering along the country road past sheep, cows and hedgerows to the paddock of […]

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Coal: Life or Black Death?

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Editor’s Introduction Coal has had a significant history in Tasmania since the early days of European colonisation. The race to find, mine, use, and export coal was a priority for many people in Tasmania over the past 200 years, resulting in exploration and mining in pockets across the island. Over the 20th century, with changes […]

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