"Award double for exporters $20m to ease north-west jobs crisis"
Brand Tasmania ® Newsletter | December 2009 | Issue 101 Award double for exporters Pivot has experienced very strong recent growth, with staff numbers doubling over the past year, in Tasmanian firms order to keep pace with demand for software Pivot Maritime programming, modelling, export marketing and and Autech management. Software & Design have Autech, which provides leading-edge electronic each won their colour software, won the 2009 Regional Exporter category in the award. Autech had won many national and inter- 2009 Australian national awards and its software is used in more Export Awards, than 25 countries. giving Tasmania two wins from The 2009 Prime Minister's Australian Exporter of nine divisional entries. Autech, based in central the Year Award was won by a Queensland Launceston, is well-known to eFriends, but Pivot business, NOJA Power Switchgear. Maritime, from suburban Legana in the same city, is a more recent export pace-setter. Founded by Dr Jeff Hawkins in 1996, Pivot has carved itself a niche in the international market for maritime simulation, training and consultancy $20m to ease north-west jobs crisis because of its flexible and cost-effective Tasmania’s north-west is simulation systems. The company produces and being pushed into a phase exports a wide range of maritime simulators, of painful industrial from small speedboat simulators to integrated transformation by the ship-bridge simulators, to meet the varying needs impending closures of the for training, consultancy, research and develop- Wesley Vale paper mill and ment in different maritime industry sectors. The McCain’s vegetable- company has customers in commercial shipping, processing plant at Smith- defence and the recreational sector. ton, along with the possible closure of Burnie’s paper Pivot uses its simulators in maritime training and mill. The State and Federal consultancy – and this is a critical component of governments are providing its success. Lessons learned through training and $20 million to encourage consultancy are applied in the refinement of job creation over the next five months to off-set simulator design. Design improvements, in turn, the loss of up to 675 positions in the north-west. enrich Pivot’s programs and consultancy projects. The synergy is powerful, enabling the company to Tasmanian Paper (a wholly owned subsidiary of constantly innovate and stay ahead of its Paperlinx) announced in December that the competition. Wesley Vale mill, with 252 employees, would be shut in March 2010. A down-sized Burnie mill will Judges at the awards ceremony in Canberra in continue to operate into the New Year, but will November said Pivot’s exceptional innovation in close if a buyer has not been signed up by June, product service made it the standout company in 2010. There are 170 employees at Burnie. the Small to Medium Services Award category. The judges also remarked on Pivot’s opportunistic approach to finding customers, a strategy that includes creating simulations based on state-of- the-art boat designs. In a statement, Paperlinx Managing Director, Tom Burnie Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said both levels of Park, said: “While this was a difficult decision to government should carefully assess every make, it provides greater certainty for all of our opportunity to attract new industry to his city and stakeholders and removes one of the key the whole region. uncertainties that had been overhanging the company and its employees. From a Paperlinx The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and perspective we are pleased to have been able to Industry said demand for skilled labour remained significantly reduce the net cost of our exit from high in the State, but many available positions Tasmania from the initial estimates.” might not fit the existing skills of paper-mill and vegetable-plant workers. Paperlinx expects the closure of the two mills to cost the company about $170 million, including redundancies, site remediation and exiting contracts. Our pinots win seven golds By Graeme Phillips The 60-year-old Burnie mill produces carbon- neutral photocopy paper and was always When it comes to show results for considered by Paperlinx to be a more attractive pinot noir, there’s no more awarded sale prospect than Wesley Vale. region in Tasmania than the Huon Valley. Pinots from Jette and Eric Earlier, multinational vegetable processor, Phillips’ Elsewhere vineyard at McCain, told 115 workers at its Smithton plant Glaziers Bay, before a change of that processing would end in April next year and ownership in 2000, had won more the plant would close when packing operations State and national trophies and finish in November 2010. McCain Foods Australia’s medals than any other pinots in the Managing Director, Steve Yung, said investment State, possibly in the country. Now needed in the 60-year-old plant could not be the laurels have passed to Terry and economically justified. McCain will continue to Rosemary Bennett’s Home Hill process potatoes in its newer Smithton facility. vineyard at Ranelagh. Federal Innovation Minister, Kim Carr, and In the past nine years, consecutive vintages of Premier David Bartlett, announced their $20 Home Hill pinot noirs have accumulated a total of million response to the crisis outside the Burnie nine Australian show trophies and 12 gold medals, mill. They invited manufacturing companies to including the top trophies at such prestigious apply immediately for funding. Senator Carr said events as the 2006 National Cool Climate Wine he wanted to see new manufacturing projects up Show and the 2007 Tri-Nations Challenge, where and running by April and employing blue-collar their 2005 Pinot Noir, selected to represent workers. “Many businesses are looking [to invest] Australia, beat the best from New Zealand and and the banks are loath to lend at this time,” he South Africa. said. “Applications for shovel-ready projects can be lodged from today.” The only Tasmanian pinots to come close to Home Hill’s record in the past few years have been Paperlinx had conducted a 10-month review of its those from Fred Peacock’s Bream Creek vineyard, Tasmanian mills before it made its decision and overlooking Marion Bay. workforce representatives said the outcome was not unexpected. Mr Bartlett said: “Families will Now Home Hill has done it again, with the 2008 [still] be devastated no matter what they were Pinot Noir taking out the Best Tasmanian Red anticipating to hear, but workers can be assured Wine Trophy and just being pipped by New we will stand shoulder to shoulder with them as Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate for the Best Pinot of we work towards creating jobs right now.” Show Trophy at a show that attracted 2,535 wines from 282 vineyards across Australasia, including Sid Sidebottom, the Labor Party’s Federal Mem- 66 Tasmanian vineyards. ber for Braddon, said a major part of the region’s industrial history might be coming to a close, but Chairman of Judges, John Ellis of Hanging Rock the people of the north-west could work with gov- Winery in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, described ernments to create a new future for themselves. this year’s event as a Chardonnay Show. www.brandtasmania.com “Chardonnays from 2007 and before put in a Footnote: Frogmore Creek vineyard has fantastic performance,” he said. “Nineteen gold consigned an initial shipment of wine to medals were awarded for chardonnays, including Hong Kong following a joint trade mission three from Tasmania. It’s an extraordinary that also involved Domaine A, Sugarloaf outcome, and shows that Australian producers are Ridge, Spring Vale Vineyards, Tamar Ridge extending their grip on this market segment. In Estates, Pirie Tasmania and Stefano comparison to chardonnays of earlier years, we Lubiana Wines. The seven producers were found wines that were complex, subtle, and assisted by the Department of Economic restrained, which are good to drink now, or will Development, Tourism and the Arts to age wonderfully.” participate in the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Exhibition. Following Rieslings also performed well, gaining nine gold tastings at the show, local distributors have medals. Mr Ellis said Tasmanian producers could expressed interest in the full range of be proud of the fact that they picked up five of Tasmanian wines displayed. those golds, but he considered the stand-out variety for Tasmania to be pinot noir. “The winner of the Etihad Airways Trophy for best Boyer converts to plantation softwood pinot in show was a marvellous New Zealand entry,” Mr Ellis said. “Judging was very close, and A $50 million in the end Tasmanian pinot noirs accounted for joint venture at seven of the nine gold medals awarded in this Boyer has area. In other words, Tasmania blitzed the field converted the in pinot noir, and demonstrated that it now has a newsprint mill firm grip on this variety.” from using native eucalypt to total The signature award for the best pinot noir is the reliance on plan- Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania Trophy, tation softwood sponsored by Etihad Airways, reflecting the and turned the operation’s history on its head. position of the Wrest Point Royal Hobart Inter- The plant was built near New Norfolk in the national Wine Show as Australia’s premier pinot Derwent Valley in the 1940s to take advantage of noir show. The trophy was won by the Villa Maria a recent technological breakthrough that made it Estate 2007 Taylors Pass Pinot Noir and carries a possible to produce paper from eucalypt. Within prize of return airfares to Paris for two to enable 20 years, the pioneering Australian Newsprint Mill the winners to visit Burgundy. was producing more than half of Australia’s news- print needs. Trophy results for the Tasmanian entries were: Times change and so do newsprint specifications. Best Tasmanian Wine: Stefano Lubiana 2006 Paper produced from pinus radiata will better Estate Chardonnay suit publishers’ contemporary requirements for a Best Tasmanian White Wine: Stefano Lubiana lighter, thinner product, while environmentalists 2006 Estate Chardonnay have applauded the move away from native hard- wood. Other environmental benefits include a 60 Best Tasmanian Red Wine: Home Hill 2008 per cent reduction in biological oxygen demand Pinot Noir loading to the River Derwent; a 15 per cent Most Successful Tasmanian Exhibitor: Pressing reduction in carbon emissions; a 25 per cent Matters. reduction in effluent volume per tonne of paper; and a 20 per cent reduction in solid waste to On a regional basis, wines from the Coal River landfill. Valley won 23 gold and silver medals while those from the Tamar Valley won 10, followed by the The conversion involved two separate projects. East Coast with 7, the Derwent Valley 5, Pipers Firstly, Norske Skog committed $27.6 million to River 3 and the Huon Valley 2 (both for pinot convert Boyer’s production lines from cold caustic noir). soda processing of a softwood/eucalypt mix to the thermo-mechanical pulping of softwood only. www.brandtasmania.com Secondly, BIS Industrial Logistics invested $22.5 Energy supply is drought-proofed million in an integrated woodchip plant, which it Tasmania’s energy will own and operate. supply has been drought-proofed The conversion will impact on the Tasmanian and through the Australian economies, with annual production of commissioning of newsprint and related grades of paper represent- Aurora Energy’s ing about 40 per cent of total Australian $451 million consumption. Interstate customers will absorb 97 Tamar Valley per cent of production. Power Station. The new genera- The Minister for Economic Development, Michael tor, near George Town, can provide 14 per cent Aird, said the Tasmanian Government had of the State’s energy through combined cycle provided Norske Skog with a $10 million loan, natural gas-powered generation. while a $4.6 million grant had been provided through the Tasmanian Community Forest Agree- Aurora’s Chief Executive, Peter Davis, said the ment’s industry-assistance program, which is project had been completed on time and $30 jointly administered by the Tasmanian and million under budget. He told guests at the Australian governments. official opening in October that the station’s 390- megawatt capacity would reduce pressure on Mr Aird said the mill was a key customer for the Hydro Tasmania’s dams, which fell to an all-time State-owned rail network and a major user of low of 17 per cent of capacity during the recent Bass Strait shipping. Each year, Boyer transports drought. more than a million tonnes of raw materials and finished product. “The mill’s annual contribution Aurora Energy (Tamar Valley) Pty Ltd, trading as to Tasmania’s Gross State Product has been AETV Power, is the owner and operator of the estimated at approximately $390 million, and it plant. The wholly owned Aurora subsidiary is the generates more than 900 jobs, including 340 first substantial competitor to enter Tasmania’s direct jobs,” he said. domestic energy market, which has been the exclusive domain of Hydro Tasmania for nearly a Last century, Boyer gave the lie to a long-held century. scientific view that paper could not be made from eucalypt wood because its fibres were too short. After the station’s initiator, Babcock and Brown A West Australian, Isaac Boas, challenged the Power, withdrew from the project during the theory and used rudimentary equipment to global financial crisis, the Government stepped in produce a sufficiently impressive sample in 1919 and decided that Aurora would be the most to win financial backing from Australia’s notori- appropriate operator because of national energy ously hard-nosed newspaper owners. One of Boas’ market regulations in relation to monopolies. fellow researchers, L.E. Benjamin, was attracted to Tasmania by its huge stands of eucalypts. The construction phase provided 340 jobs and Processing tests in Canada showed that paper there are 30 full-time positions involved in opera- could, indeed, be produced from Tasmanian tions. The plant will increase the economic bene- eucalypt pulp and work began on building a plant fits of the gas pipeline and the Basslink electricity at Boyer in 1941. cable under Bass Strait. Boas’s breakthrough also opened the way for the Commissioning of the new station enables Aurora establishment in Burnie of a major pulp and paper to diversify from its previously restricted role as a mill to turn native hardwood into printing, writing retail supplier. and wrapping paper. The Pulp, as it was known locally, started operations in 1938 and generated Hydro Tasmania’s ageing back-up station at Bell a population surge in Burnie from 4,000 to 10,000 Bay, which has been progressively converted from in the space of a few years. Burnie remained diesel to gas generation over recent years, has essentially a single-industry town for decades and now been de-commissioned and will be disposed the era finally ended in 1998 when the troubled of. 60-year-old pulping plant was closed down. www.brandtasmania.com In its last financial year before taking on the Among Professor West’s other key recommenda- generating role, Aurora Energy made an operating tions are: profit of $25.4 million, down $4.6 million on the previous year. The GBE’s annual report disclosed: An effective auction of power when long -term contracts with major industrial An increase in assets from $1.1 billion to users are due for renewal. $1.5 billion; Ending the moratorium on growing An increase in current liabilities from genetically modified non-food crops. $158 million to $654 million; Holding a competition with a $10 million Nominal losses on price-risk hedging of prize for the best future business model $363 million; and for Tasmania. A $9.9 million dividend to the State An extra $1 billion in Federal irrigation Government. funding, to turn Tasmania into Australia's food bowl. Greater use of the $2 billion invested in Vision of Oxbridge on the Derwent Tasmanian superannuation funds, to The University of Tasmania support innovation investment. should be moved from Sandy Bay to a new sand- Decentralising the departments of stone campus on the Economic Development, Tourism and the Hobart waterfront to Arts and Primary Industries, Water and create a precinct to rival the Environment to small towns, so Oxford or Cambridge, officers would live in the communities according to Professor they are trying to transform. Jonathan West, head of the Hobart-based Construction of a second Basslink power Australian Innovation cable across Bass Strait to double the Research Centre. In his Innovations Strategy for potential for renewable energy exports. Tasmania, handed to the Premier, David Bartlett, in October, Professor West stipulates that all new Incentives to attract new hi-tech campus buildings must be constructed of stone businesses, such as global data centres because “it is impossible to build an ugly building and “server farms” to Tasmania. in stone”. The report says the sale of power to major The vision includes reclaiming UTAS’ original industrial users at less than the cost of generation sandstone “home” on the Domain and creating is depriving the Tasmanian Government of up to new infrastructure on the rail yards site. “The $220 million in annual revenue. Professor West railcards would make an ideal location for the points out that the three relevant industries – university on a spectacular site that no other Comalco and Temco at the Bell Bay Major Industry Australian university could match,” the report Zone and Nyrstar in Hobart – now employ 1,400 says. “The university and the waterfront area it people, many fewer than when their long-term would shape would mould the experience and life power deals were negotiated. of Hobart city, literally placing creativity at the centre of the city's life.” Professor West said his report indicated that Tasmanians could enjoy prosperity in the future without radical “gut-wrenching” transformation. He also contends that Innovations Strategy for Tasmania would help reduce conflict between advocates for the economy and environmental activists. “This is a good-news, practical report that if implemented can guarantee the social and economic benefits we all want to enjoy; and overcome the divisions of the past,” he said. www.brandtasmania.com Accepting the report, Mr Bartlett said Professor “That transformation is economic, cultural and West’s influence was already being reflected in social … Since January 1999 over 40,000 new jobs Government policies on renewable energy, the have been created. … Our population has grown broadband network and irrigation expansion. “No by a net 29,000 people to 500,000. doubt this report will create a whole range of debates and that’s good for Tasmania,” he said. Our tourism numbers have also grown exponen- tially, and we now welcome over twice our A formal Government response has been population – over one million people – to promised. Tasmania each year.” Meanwhile, Mr Bartlett told a National Press Club Mr Bartlett explained how Tasmania was facing up luncheon in Canberra that the National Broadband to three critical global challenges: Network (NBN) would vault Tasmania to global prominence in the digital age. He used his nation- The management of increasingly scarce ally televised speech to announce that Kingston water resources; Beach, South Hobart, St Helens, Triabunna, Deloraine, Sorell and George Town would be part The imperative for creating sustainable of the State’s stage II NBN rollout. and renewable energy; and In stage I, Scottsdale, Smithton and Midway Point The rapid pace of the telecommunica- are to become the first towns in Australia to be tions revolution. serviced by ultra-fast optic fibre cables, which are now being laid. “These are the issues being faced by every State in the nation, and by every nation on the planet. Mr Bartlett said the rollout would turn Tasmania And in each one, Tasmania has natural advantages into a “digital laboratory” with half a million that we must and will seize for the future,” Mr homogenous, English-speaking people ready to Bartlett said. test the potential of new technology for all and any corporate players. “No one knows the indus- The National Press Club speech can be viewed at: tries this will spawn,” he said. “There are just so www.media.tas.gov.au/release.php?id=28183 . many potential applications, most of which haven’t even been thought of yet.” Mr Bartlett, 41, expanded on his plans to turn the Giant winches sheik up market State into Australia’s irrigated food bowl and to Muir Engineering double renewable energy production. He told Pty Ltd has national viewers there was more to Tasmania and exported the first its more than 250 islands than physical beauty. “I of a new range of want to explain why it is my firm belief that in winch equipment – the coming decade, Tasmania will strut the its largest compo- national stage because of a very different set of nents ever – to the achievements, and make a contribution to Middle East. Australia that will be the envy of other Managing Director, jurisdictions. On the first day that I became John Muir, said the Premier, I said that I wanted Tasmania to be a order, destined for clever, kind and connected place. We are working a 141-metre-long to make that a reality. Right now, we are vessel under embracing challenges in a way that will make us construction, comprised an anchor winch, a chain not just an Australian leader in key areas – but a compressor and four docking capstans. global one. It’s happened quietly and perhaps unspectacularly – but as I stand here today, “We worked very closely with the customer from Tasmania has become the ‘tiger economy’ of the outset to ensure the final product met their Australia.” particular requirements,” he said. “The project took eight months to complete from start (design) He said Tasmania was now 10 years into a to finish (delivery).” 20-year transformation. www.brandtasmania.com The VRC24000 anchoring system, finished in Shakespeare festival for 2010 highly polished stainless steel, is suitable for vessels up to 150m long and Mr Muir expects An inaugural Australian Shakespeare Festival will strong demand. be the centrepiece of a planned Tasmanian Winter of Festivals in 2010. A partnership Muir has been designing and manufacturing between the Tasmanian Government and the premium quality anchoring equipment for more University of Tasmania will enable the festival to than 40 years and has established a strong global be held over three weeks in August, with William brand within the super-yacht, defence and work- Shakespeare’s works featured through theatre, boat sections of the global marine engineering opera, concert, conference and film. sector, Trading as Muir Windlasses Australia, the company exports its anchoring and mooring The Government has contributed $200,000 to the systems to more than 50 countries, reinforcing event, which will be delivered under the leader- the Tasmanian brand across a growing customer ship of the Head of the UTAS Conservatorium of base. Music, Professor Kevin Purcell, and Artistic Director, Paige Newmark. It is anticipated that respected Shakespearean academics from the world’s top universities and leading international Seaweed extractor in spotlight Shakespearean actors will join well-known Leading Tasmanian biotechnology company, national performers in Tasmania. Organisers hope Marinova Pty Ltd, has won the Technology and to tap into the two million arts patrons worldwide Innovation Award in the 2009 NAB Australian who choose Shakespeare festivals as their primary Agribusiness Awards for Excellence. Marinova’s reason for travel. Cambridge extraction facility has been developing medical and nutritional applications from brown seaweed harvested in Tasmania, Canada and Ralphs Bay canal estate rejected Argentina since 2006. The company has generated more than $20 million in export earnings. Walker Corporation is considering its response to a draft assessment by the Tasmanian Planning Marinova’s Managing Director, Paul Garrott, said: Commission that its proposed $300 million canal- “Our process uses bioactive polysaccharide style residential development on 97ha of tidal extracts (fucoidans) from brown seaweed as flats at Ralphs Bay should not go ahead. active ingredients in nutritional capsule and “Although well-designed and engineered, the tablet products, wellbeing beverages and topical proposed development would be a major and cosmetics. The global skincare market alone is set unacceptable intervention into Ralphs Bay,” the to exceed US$44 billion in sales by 2010, and we interim report said. “The only substantial factor are the world’s only supplier of organic, Halal and in favour … is that the 'reclamation' stage of the Kosher certified fucodian products.” project would most likely bring economic benefits for the State ... in the order of $35.6 million.” Meanwhile, a strong Tasmanian delegation attended the 2009 AusBiotech Trade Show and The commission recommended that the Australian Conference in Melbourne in October. The group Government should reject the development under included Essential Oils Tasmania, Selbourne the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Biological Services, Xderma, the Australian Centre Conservation Act because it would have an for Research on Separation Science and UTAS’s unacceptable and detrimental effect on red- schools of Pharmacy, Engineering, Plant Science necked stints and pied oystercatchers and would and Agricultural Science, as well as representa- exacerbate the threat to the endangered spotted tives from the Department of Economic Develop- hand-fish. ment, Tourism and the Arts. www.brandtasmania.com Hartz is bubbling back Farmers’ market is a sellout Hartz Tasmanian Mineral Water is bubbling back A new farmer’s market sprang to life in Hobart in into the marketplace, with Juicy Isle Pty Ltd October with more than 1,000 customers turning re-launching the original branding and green up for the first day of operations. Held in a CBD bottles first seen almost 20 years ago. The carpark in Melville Street, the Tasmanian Farm Managing Director of Hartz, Mr Michael Cooper, Gate Market was scheduled to run from 8am to said: “Hartz Tasmanian Lightly Carbonated 1pm but most stallholders had sold out by 10am. Mineral Water is produced from one of the purest Hilary Hartley, who ran a Grown for Taste stall, water sources in the world. Water from the said: “I expected the market would take a while remote wilderness of south-west Tasmania to build up, but obviously Hobart is really ready contains the perfect natural balance of minerals for it. Farmers markets are very empowering for and elements and it has a distinctive, fresh both the buyer and the seller.” The market is taste.” The new Hartz range of lightly flavoured scheduled to operate every Sunday. minerals waters includes lemon/lime, cranberry and raspberry, orchard peach and light bitters. The original owner of the brand, Powell Holdings, was wound up in October. Triple success for Roar Film Hobart-based Roar Film was a finalist in seven categories and collected three major awards at the annual ATOM Awards in Melbourne. The Port Arthur sets another record boutique film-maker’s DIY Doco won the best The Port Arthur Historic Site Management instructional/training resource and best multi- Authority has reported record numbers for the media learning resource categories and European second year in succession, with a total of 308,478 Voyages to the Australian Continent collected the visitors to the site. The precinct made a $46.3 best multi media award. The Australian Teachers million contribution to Gross State Product in of Media (ATOM) awards are held annually “to 2008-09, while winning the Major Attraction and celebrate the very best of Australian and New Heritage and Cultural Tourism categories at the Zealand production.” 2008 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, the best Heritage Tourism category at The Australian Newspaper Travel and Tourism Awards and the Best Heritage Tourism award at the 2009 Crime drops again, by 6pc Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine Awards. The number of offences recorded by Tasmania The authority’s annual report is available at: Police fell by 6 per cent in 2008-09, following a 7 http://www.portarthur.org.au/pdfs/PAReport08- per cent fall the previous year. Police clearance 2009Final.pdf rates were maintained at 46 per cent, with 94 per cent of offences against the person (assault, sexual assault, robbery etc) being resolved. A recent National Survey of Community Satisfaction Jansz rosé wins national trophy with Policing conducted by Roy Morgan Research Jansz Tasmania 2005 Vintage Rose outscored 31 found Tasmanians feel safer in public places and other sparkling wines from around Australia to at home, including at night, than Australians in win the Bathurst Regional Vignerons Association other States and territories. Perpetual Trophy for bottle-fermented sparkling wine. Judges at the cool-climate show said it was among the best rosé wines ever produced in Australia. Jansz won silver in the same class for Brewer launches James Boag’s Pure its 2003 chardonnay/pinot noir blend. Other Brewer Lion Nathan has launched a new Tasmanian gold medal winners were Moores Hill Tasmanian beer, James Boag's Pure, into the 2009 riesling, Brooke Eden Waters Edge TRS international “super-premium” market. Boag’s riesling 2009, Holm Oak 2008 riesling and ese Operations Director, Phil Hargans, said the James 2008 pinot noir. Boag's Pure would be marketed in a different brand space to the highly successful Boag's Pre- mium. The new beer has a recommended retail price of $57.99 a carton or $17.99 for a six-pack. www.brandtasmania.com Jobless rate remains unchanged Funding for Falls Festival Tasmania's trend unemployment rate remained The Tasmanian Government has provided the unchanged at 5.1 per cent in October – 0.7 per organisers of the Falls Festival at Marion Bay with cent below the national average of 5.8 per cent. dollar-for-dollar funding that will result in a total Meanwhile, long-term unemployment in Tasmania investment of more than $575,000, ensuring the increased 3.6 per cent in the year to October, to future of the popular musical event. Tourism an average of 2,400 people. Nationally, the Tasmania figures show that the 15,000 festival number of long-term unemployed increased by attendees contribute more than $22 million in 23.6 per cent over the same period. Australian direct spending and stay an average of a week to Bureau of Statistics data also revealed a 1.8 per 10 days in the State. cent increase in job advertisements for October. Living treasure draws 55,000 Funding for Low Head heritage A world-class collection of Chinese poetry, The State Government has committed $990,000 to literature and paintings, the Jao Tsung-i: The better preserve and ensure the long-term Amalgamation of Mind and Universe exhibition sustainability of the historic Low Head Pilot attracted more than 55,000 people to the Station, regarded as a place of national Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Professor importance and one of Tasmania’s most Jao Tsung-I, 92, is a renowned scholar-artist, significant cultural assets. A grant from the Urban considered a national living treasure in China. Renewal Heritage Fund will be used to protect Hobart was the first city outside Asia to display and maintain the nation’s oldest group of pilot his works. buildings, which date back to 1805. House prices holding up Derwent recuperation continues House prices in Tasmania increased by 1.8 per cent in the three months to September, according Pollution in the River Derwent has fallen to figures released by the Australian Bureau of substantially because of a 20 per cent reduction Statistics. Retail trade increased 0.4 per cent to in sewage effluent and improved environmental $441 million in September and building approvals management by major industries, according to showed a 3.4 per cent increase. Research the latest annual Estuary Report Card. Little released by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce penguin colonies are growing, spotted handfish and Industry in November showed that Tasmania’s populations have stabilised and heavy metal small businesses are the most confident in pollution is slowly reducing. Mercury detected in Australia. shellfish and some fish species is still above levels recommended for consumption. Big iceberg near ‘Macca’ Silicon decision in 2010 An iceberg, estimated to be 500m long and 50m high, has been spotted by expeditioners about The Tasmanian Government expects Munich-based 8km north-west of Macquarie Island. Antarctic Wacker Chemie Ag to make a decision on the Division glaciologist, Dr Neal Young, said icebergs location of its proposed $500 million silicon were a rare sight around the island halfway smelter early in 2010. Media reports that the between Tasmania and Antarctica. He said it was plant could be built at the Port Latta Major likely to be part of a massive berg that broke off Industry Zone prompted the suspension of trading the Ross Ice Shelf eight or nine years ago. in October in the shares of Macquarie Harbour Mining, which holds leases over reserves of very high-grade silica. Macquarie’s shares soared quickly to a high of 40c after resuming trading at 9c. They were trading at 28c late in October. www.brandtasmania.com Cycling trails for Western Tiers Liners to bring 120,000 visitors Four new cycling trails covering a total of 300km Sixty cruise ships are scheduled to visit Tasmanian were opened in the scenic Great Western Tiers ports this season, adding 120,000 passengers and area in November, following a joint project crew to the State’s visitation list. About 75 per involving the Meander Valley Council, the Great cent of cruise ship passengers are from overseas. Western Tiers Tourism Association and the State Government. The Great Caves Trail, the Great Country Trail, the Great Gourmet Trail, and the Great World Heritage Trail are each linked to a Vice Chancellor to retire significant aspect of the region. The University of Tasmania’s Vice Chancellor, Daryl Le Grew, announced in October that he would leave at the end of his present contracted term – at the end of 2010. State gets $35.4m recovery bonus Tasmania will reap an extra $35.4 million in GST payments from the Federal Government because of Australia’s faster-than-expected economic recovery. The national economy is now forecast to grow by 1.5 per cent during 2009-10. Tasmania will benefit by an additional $161 million in GST income over the next four years. Grant to cut island emissions A Federal grant of $15.28 million will enable Hydro Tasmania to undertake a demonstration project integrating wind, solar and biodiesel generation into the King Island electricity grid. The project has potential to significantly reduce emissions from diesel generators on the island, where 2.5 million litres of diesel was used in 2008 -09. Beerfest prospers on the wharf Organisers of the annual Tasmanian Beerfest were encouraged by their first event in the Princes Wharf No. 1 shed on the waterfront in October, with more than 25,000 litres of beer consumed by nearly 12,000 attendees. Most small brewers sold out their stock and it’s likely the event will again be staged at the venue in October 2010. For further information contact : Robert Heazlewood Mike Jenkinson Executive Director, Brand Tasmania Council Inc. Communications Consultant, Brand Tasmania Editor Telephone 03 6229 5719 Ι Mobile 0419 564 745 Email email@example.com Email Robert.Heazlewood@brandtasmania.com Snail Mail to PO Box 957 Sandy Bay, Tasmania, 7006 www.brandtasmania.com