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  • Completion of Aluminium Composite Panel Cladding Audit

    Following the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Minister for Building and Construction asked me to undertake an audit of non-compliant Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding.

    ACP is available in Australia in different forms.  Many ACP products have been tested for fire-resistance and are compliant.  The audit focused on ACP with a flammable polyethylene core (PE).

    The audit report has been completed and released.

  • Regional Development Fund Helps To Engineer Jobs In Mount Gambier

    The $2.1 million expansion of Whitty Engineering’s Mount Gambier operations is opening doors in the United States and around the world.



    Whitty Engineering managing director Will Whitty said the company had secured a world-exclusive agreement with expert wood chipping company Acrowood Corporation to enhance its operations in Australia.

    Mr Whitty said that since receiving a $300,000 Regional Development Fund grant in July 2016, and moving into the bigger premises built later in that year, the business had secured several large projects.

  • Drones used to save teenage swimmers

    Lifeguards used a drone fitted with a flotation device to rescue two swimmers struggling in heavy surf at Lennox Head.

    In a world-first rescue, lifeguards at Lennox Head have used a drone to spot two swimmers in powerful surf about one kilometre north of the flags.

    The lifeguard used the drone to drop a Rescue Pod into the water. Once expanded, the swimmers were able to grab hold of the pod to help them stay afloat and make their way to shore.

  • Light Rail under City Deal will benefit local businesses

    A Hobart City Deal that incorporates Light Rail will be a game-changer for residents and businesses along the currently non-operational rail line.

    Today, it was my pleasure to visit St Albi Bar and Eatery in Moonah, where I spoke to the proprietor Lucy Baker and Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group President Ben Johnston about the benefits that Light Rail can bring to Hobart and the northern suburbs.

    Light Rail would be a boon for all businesses, and especially those along the rail line in the northern suburbs as it gives people another avenue to get out, visit the suburbs and spend money in local shops and eateries.

  • OBS Growth In New Naracoorte Specialist Seed Processing Plant

    Ten new FTE jobs will be created and the Limestone Coast will become a world-leading specialist seed processing hub with the construction of a new $5.4 million plant.



    A $300,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will assist South Pacific Seeds (SPS) to build the new plant in Naracoorte, allowing locally grown seeds to be processed and exported directly to markets in Asia, Europe and Australia.

  • This week in small business with Ombudsman Kate Carnell

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, talks this week about planning for the year ahead, managing cash flow and how to understand and prevent cyber-attacks.

    Planning for the year ahead: “As small business owners, this is a time to look at things you’ve put off since last year; the first one on the list is cash flow. Sit down with your accountant and look at your cash flow, your business plan, for the next 12 months.”

  • White confirms will scrap wages cap, wreck budget

    After months of trying to dodge the issue, the Leader of the Opposition Ms White has finally come clean on public sector wages – revealing to the Australian newspaper today that she will “scrap” the two percent wages cap.*

    Now, she must outline exactly how much of a pay-rise she intends to give Tasmania’s public servants, noting that every one percent increase is an additional $25 million per year.

    This could only mean cuts to health, cuts to education, and cuts to police numbers.

  • Water Users At West Lakes To Remain Vigilant

    Waters users at West Lakes can still enjoy recreational fishing and boating, however should remain vigilant following yesterday’s discovery of a fish kill.

    On Thursday 11 January, Primary Industries & Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture was alerted to a fish kill of approximately two to three hundred fish including Bream, Snapper, Mulloway, Trevally, Mullet and Crabs at West Lakes, near the Trimmer Parade inlet.

  • Grant Bolsters Spirits At Mclaren Vale Winery

    A joint venture between a McLaren Vale winery and a new spirits distillery will create 15 fulltime equivalent jobs, while showcasing some of South Australia’s best wine and spirits in the one place.

    A $400,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will contribute to a $1.6 million project to  help Royal Park-based Never Never Distilling Co. move to McLaren Vale, where it will expand its operations at the Chalk Hill Wines site.

  • Sky scrapers out of major projects legislation

    The Hodgman Government has a Plan to Build Your Future.

    A key part of our Plan is encouraging investment, creating jobs and growing the economy.

    That’s why we are developing draft laws that change how major projects are considered.

    The aim of the draft laws is to streamline the approval process and provide greater certainty, while also requiring that all relevant and necessary approvals including environmental, Aboriginal and heritage approvals must be granted by the relevant regulators.

  • Korean manufacturer Nutribiotech chooses Melbourne for new plant

    Nutribiotech, a leading nutritional supplement producer with factories in China, Korea and the US, has chosen Victoria as the location of its fourth global manufacturing facility.

    The leading Korean manufacturer has opened a new state-of-the-art factory in Dandenong South (in Melbourne's south-east) that will create 150 new full time jobs.

  • Black Friday and iPhone X sales drive 1.2 per cent rise

    Australian retail turnover rose 1.2 per cent in November 2017, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. 

    This follows a 0.5 per cent rise in October 2017.

    "In seasonally adjusted terms, rises were led by the household goods (4.5 per cent) and other retailing (2.2 per cent) industries," the Director of the Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys, Ben James, said. "Seasonally adjusted sales in both these industries are influenced by the release of the iPhone X and the increasing popularity of promotions in November, including Black Friday sales." 

  • Strong November Retail Trade statistics

    Since the March 2014 election, the Hodgman Liberal Government has been working hard to implement our long-term Plan for economic growth and job creation in Tasmania.

    Business confidence is up, retail and export statistics continue to go from strength-to-strength, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created since the election of a majority Hodgman Liberal Government.

    The latest figures released by the ABS today confirms that November was the 18th consecutive month where retail turnover has topped more than $500 million.

  • Signing of new Spirits contract vindicates Government’s policy

    Today’s announcement by TT-Line that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a German shipyard to build the replacement Spirits of Tasmania is an affirmation of the success of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policy on the vessels.

    This Liberal majority Government came to office with a policy to increase the number of visitors coming to Tasmania via the Spirits and the result has even exceeded our own expectations, with a 31.5 per cent increase in passengers in just four years.

  • Dwelling approvals through the roof

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has a long-term Plan for Tasmania, and we want to address cost of living issues and create an environment where more Tasmanians can afford their own house.

    We have implemented a State-wide planning scheme, increased the first home builders grant, and we are supporting more young Tasmanians into work through a $25 million package to support small businesses who employ a new apprentice or trainee, and payroll tax relief for larger businesses employing apprentices and trainees.

    New confidence in Tasmania’s building and construction industry is reflected in the latest statistics for dwelling approvals.

  • Australia ranked one of the world’s top innovators

    A new global ranking from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has identified Australia as one of the top innovators in the 2018 Consumer Technology Association (CTA) International Innovation Scorecard.

    The largest American technical trade association has recognised 13 countries as leading nations with factors conducive to innovation from a field of 38.

    It ranked Australia third behind Finland and the United Kingdom, followed by Sweden, United States, Singapore, Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand as the 2018 Innovation Champions.

  • Controlled Clean Up Begins After Thomas Foods Abattoir Fire

    A controlled clean-up will begin today at the Thomas Foods International, Murray Bridge abattoir, after a fire caused significant damage to the plant last week.



    The State Government, through the EPA, is working with Thomas Foods International and its contractors to support the appropriate removal and transport of processed carcasses in chiller rooms destroyed or spoiled by the fire.

    The material will be transported to a local licensed landfill for disposal in a properly lined and prepared cell.

  • Dwelling approvals rise 0.9 per cent in November

    The number of dwellings approved rose 0.9 per cent in November 2017, in trend terms, and has risen for 10 months, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    "Dwelling approvals have continued to rise in recent months, which has been driven by renewed strength in approvals for apartments," said Justin Lokhorst, Director of Construction Statistics at the ABS. "Approvals for private sector houses have remained stable, with just under 10,000 houses approved in November 2017."

  • What's next - Labor to put a tax on sugar

    Tasmanians are sick and tired of the Labor Party telling them how to live their lives.

    Just like Labor’s plan to ban pokies, Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White also wants to put a new tax on sugary drinks.

    Labor doesn’t believe in personal choice, instead Ms White thinks she knows best.

    Labor’s stated position is to adopt the approach of the “Rethink Sugary Drinks” campaign, a key part of which is a recommendation to increase taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks. #

  • 39 Per Cent Increase In Consumer Guarantee Reports In 2017

    More than 29,000 people reported consumer guarantee issues to the ACCC in 2017, with half noting problems getting remedies for faulty automotive, whitegoods or electronics products.

    The ACCC is concerned by this growing trend, which shows a 39 per cent increase in reports about consumer guarantee issues when compared to the 21,000 received in 2016.

    “It’s disappointing to see that more and more people are having issues enforcing their consumer guarantee rights,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

  • Payment performance improves but more needs to be done

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman says state governments and multinational companies need to improve their payment times to small business suppliers in 2018.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell said the Federal Government and some big businesses had made significant commitments and lifted their performance in 2017.

    The Ombudsman’s office held an inquiry into payment times and practices last year. It found many small businesses were being crippled by slow payments and the national economy was suffering as a result.

  • Labor priorities wrong on Health – must prioritise public patients

    Improving the health system for public patients is our top priority – however it’s clearly not the case for Labor.

    Rebecca White claims there is a health crisis yet Labor have no plans to open even a single extra public hospital bed to ease bed block. In fact Labor’s health policies appear at odds with everything they claim to stand for.

    Instead of supporting the public health system, Labor’s focus in Launceston is on giving away public land at the LGH to a private company, for a private hospital which would likely take a decade to even happen.

  • Nt Epa Recommends Approval With Stringent Oversight Of Nolans Rare Earth Mine

    The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has completed a rigorous environmental impact assessment of Arafura Resources Ltd’s Nolans Project, and concluded that it could be managed to avoid unacceptable environmental impacts and risks.

    The proposal is to mine rare earth elements, key components in many green and sustainable products, such as wind turbines for the clean energy industry and hybrid vehicles. The proposal includes open cut mining and processing over a 55 year mine life.

  • Small business cyber security guide released

    Cyber Security Best Practice Guide has been developed to help busy small business operators understand the risks and how to prevent cyber attacks.

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman published the guide after research showed that 60 per cent of small firms that experienced a cyber breach went out of business within the following six months.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell said many small businesses lacked time and resources but couldn’t afford to be complacent about cyber security.