A NETWORK of new world class mountain biking trails has been unveiled at Latrobe.
The first stage of the network, which will connect the reserve with the towns of Railton and Sheffield in the future, is a 15 kilometre section combining beginner and intermediate trails at the Warrawee Reserve.
The $4.1 million project is a joint venture between the Latrobe and Kentish Councils, and will take in the Badgers Range and Kimberley’s Lookout when complete.
The trails have been built by Next Level Mountain Bike, which was also responsible for the recently opened Montgomery Loop in the Dial Range, and director Marcelo Cardona said the trails will provide something for everyone.
”This is a very good start for family and enduro type riding,” Mr Cardona said.
“This one at the end will have everything. At the moment this part is like a bike park area, with flow tracks and wider and deeper turns, and single track.”
“It has enduro, cross-country single track and by-the-river nature track, and it has the family trail. It has three significant, very different areas in a small space.”
Latrobe Council Mayor Peter Freshney said the Wild Mersey project provided many great opportunities for the region.
“It brings with it so many possibilities in terms of economic development,” Cr Freshney said.
“So many possibilities for existing businesses to grow the market and to become more viable, but also there are opportunities… in terms of transportation, in terms of the service industry, accommodation.”
“There will be opportunities for those entrepreneurs out there who are prepared to become involved, and to learn from the Derby experience about what is possible from this sort of project.”
Derby, in the state’s North-East, is home to the Blue Derby trail network which has become a must-ride destination for the world’s mountain biking community since its opening in the 2015.
The Enduro World Series, which is the elite level of professional mountain bike racing, will return to Derby for the second time in 2019.
It is possible such events may be attracted to the North-West in the future.
“[Wild Mersey’s opening is] a wonderful for mountain bikers, and for those who may seek the opportunity to expand their journey in Tasmania to include other mountain bike parks other than Derby,” Cr Freshney said.
“We believe this will be part of a very vibrant, mountain bike driven, tourist increase.”
Kentish Mayor Tim Wilson said the project was symbolic of the relationship between the two councils.
“It’s a great way to enjoy our beautiful reserves and bush land while keeping fit,” Cr Wilson said.
The project is currently $900,000 short on its $4.1 million target, and Cr Freshney said both councils would work to ensure the Federal Government would cover that shortfall in 2019.
Smithton doctor Daryl O’Connor has been granted permanent residency after visiting the Immigration Department in Hobart on Thursday morning.
Dr O’Connor’s bid for permanent residency was rejected on November 30 and he was given 35 days to leave the country but the decision was overturned after the community and many others fought to keep him.
He is originally from Fiji and has been living and working in Smithton with his wife and children for five years.
Dr O’Connor said he was overwhelmed by the decision and it was a wonderful early Christmas present.
He said he was only asking to be allowed to apply for another visa so now his family were over the moon because permanent residency was more than they were hoping for.
“The community rallied on our behalf and helped get people in power into action,” Mr O’Connor said.
“It is back to work as usual and a lot of patients will be happy to see me back at work.”
He said his whole family was very grateful for the decision.
“My colleagues at work, they stood by my side through all of this.”
He said his wife’s employer, the Smithton Pharmacy, and his own employer were supportive.
Smithton Medical Centre Principal Dr Anthony Popiel said he was very happy and grateful for a number of people.
“We are grateful to the community for making their feelings known and standing up for what they want,” Dr Popiel said.
“It really shows at times ministerial intervention is justified when the bureaucracy gets it wrong. We are looking forward to Dr O'Connor spending many years here in Smithton.”
Senator Richard Colbeck said he was pleased to have resolved the issue and he appreciated the assistance of Immigration Minister David Coleman, who was willing to engage and help the community resolve the issue.
“We understand the value of any doctor to the community and Dr O’Connor obviously has good relationships with patients, so we are pleased we got this resolved as soon as we possibly could,” Senator Colbeck said.
“It is an important process granting someone permanent residency so it is pleasing we managed to get it resolved.”
Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest said she was in Smithton when the word came through and the news was talked about with great excitement.
She said she went into the Smithton Medical Centre and the Smithton Pharmacy and lots of the staff had tears of joy.
“I commend the community on uniting to really make clear the case for a sensibly decision on this,” Ms Forest said.
“The community care deeply about access to health service. Dr O’Connor worked in aged care and the local hospital, so to them it was great to see a sensible outcome, which has been achieved.
“I do acknowledge the work of Richard’s (Senator Colbeck) office, and Anne Urquhart and Justine Keay who have all been putting in an effort to get a resolution.”
She said she was proud to play a part in personally assisting to advocate on behalf of the Circular Head community.
Circular Hear Mayor Daryl Quilliam wrote to politicians from all levels of government on behalf of Council to ask for Dr O’Connor’s residency to be retained and said he was pleased with the outcome.
“This is great not only for Dr O’Connor and his family, but for the whole Circular Head community who benefit from having him here,” Mayor Quilliam said.
“The way the Circular Head community has rallied behind him has been fantastic and I thank them all for their efforts.
“I’d also like the politicians from all levels of government for their support and for advocating for this outcome.
“I look forward to Dr O’Connor and his family continuing to being a part of our community for years to come.”
Australia’s forest managers will have a better understanding of mechanical fuel load reduction as a tool to reduce bushfire risk thanks to the $1.5 million Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction Trials. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said bushfires are unfortunately an inevitable and devastating occurrence and the impact they can have on lives and our primary industries is often overwhelming. Source: Timberbiz
“The Liberal National Government has been working hard with state governments to undertake the Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction Trials through the National Bushfire Mitigation Program,” Minister Colbeck said.
“The trials are examining if mechanical reduction of fuel load is another viable way of protecting forests and communities, in areas where planned burning is undesirable.
“By undertaking these trials and incorporating the learnings from them we will be able to use evidence-based prevention and management methods in the future.
“Our hope is that it will give us alternatives to those we currently have—like planned burning—especially around key assets, high population areas where smoke can cause health concerns, or high conservation value areas where planned burns pose too high a risk.
“These trials are about reducing the potential for high intensity bushfires by finding effective and efficient ways to reduce fuel loads whilst retaining important forest values.
“The trials provide an example of innovative, active and adaptive management approaches to forest and fire protection across the landscape.
“We’re always looking for ways that do the least harm to the forest and produce the most benefit in mitigating the risk of bushfires.
“The treatments have now concluded and the results are being used to model fire risk at a landscape level, and analyse the costs and benefits.
“The overall results of these trials are expected in mid-2019.”
The Australian Government provided $15 million through the National Bushfire Mitigation Program from 2014 for states and territories to implement long-term bushfire mitigation strategies and improved fuel reduction activities
King Island Men’s Shed has a new home following the opening of the first stage of the Phoenix Community Complex.
Spokesperson Jim Benn said the Men’s Shed would move from “a dodgy, old building riddled with birds” to a purpose-built facility with amenities.
“There’s no comparison between this and what we had,” he said.
“This will make a marvelous difference.”
Phoenix Community Complex will include offices, an activity room, kitchen and homes for three organisations.
The project was funded by $245,000 from the federal government and contributions from the state government, TasPorts, the Australian Men’s Shed and Phoenix Community House.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Coalition was pleased to support the community space.
“Men’s Sheds are a great way to support men’s physical and mental health, offering them a safe and healing environment to chat over a cuppa while working on meaningful projects,” he said.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said funding for the first stage of the project was promised during the 2016 election and the second stage during the Braddon byeleciton.
“… And both have been delivered because this is a government that keeps its promises,” he said.
Phoenix House coordinator Sally Haneveer said both sides of politics had been very supportive.
“We look forward to stage two of the project going ahead, estimated completed mid 2019,” she said.
Some students are set to benefit from a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building.
Devonport Christian School was granted $600,000 by the Liberal National government through the capital grants program.
Senator Richard Colbeck made the announcement on Thursday at the school but the students were more excited talk about their recent achievements.
Some students went to Sydney to show their Lego robotic skills in a national competition after coming second in a competition hosted by UTAS in Launceston.
“I have just been talking to the kids and they have been showing me their logo robotics escapades and how the competed in competitions in Sydney,” Senator Colbeck said.
“It really goes to demonstrate the value of students learning STEM and all of the things it teachers them including really important general life skills, teamwork, patience and perseverance.
“It will be a great addition to the school, a specially designed STEM building that will give a real opportunities in this region to this school to study specifically STEM in a STEM designed environment.”
Devonport Christian School Principal Chad Smit said they had exceptional staff at the school who were passionate about STEM programs.
“They have been running steam programs here for four years outside of school and just the passion that they have then catches with the children. Teachers love to teach it because the children are so passionate about it,” Mr Smit said.
He said it grew the literacy and numeracy skills they were already learning in class by giving them problems to solve and encouraging perseverance.
“The students have done us all proud.. It just shows the gifts and talent both in the staff and the students so we are thrilled.”
The build is due to commence in February next year and should be completed by 2020.
Mr Smit said he was thrilled that it had been fast tracked to next year.
Senator Colbeck said students and teachers thrived when their schools had modern and up to date facilities
“That’s why the coalition government is proud to deliver the capital grants program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation,” Senator Colbeck said.
“We know that STEM capabilities will be at the core of the future economy, and encouraging the curiosity of the next generation is one of the best investments we can make.
“These upgrades will help advance Devonport Christian School, ensure our classrooms have modern facilities and offer local parents affordable education choices.”
The durability of Tasmanian timber will be increased and technology will be enhanced under a new $5.5 million research program for the forestry sector.
The inaugural round of projects funded by the Launceston centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation has been announced.
Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Senator Richard Colbeck said the projects would provide economic returns to Tasmania’s forest industries and the local economy.
“The lessons learned here will help lead the way across Australia,” he said.
“Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050 and the Coalition Government’s National Forest Industries Plan will deliver world-class research and one billion new trees to meet that demand.”
Recipients in Tasmania include:
• Private Forestry Tasmania – optimising machinery configurations for profitable harvesting operations of small-scale plantations.
• Sustainable Timber Tasmania – sensing technology and digital tools to support decision-making in hardwood timber drying.
• Britton Timbers – increasing the durability and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods.
• Neville Smith – developing a new generation of Tasmanian appearance hardwood products for in-state design and manufacturing.
• CLTP Panels – developing laminated structural elements from fibre-managed plantation hardwood.
Mr Colbeck said the investment would play a vital role in fostering collaboration, supporting cutting edge research, boosting innovation, growing jobs and securing Tasmania’s place as the centre for forest-industry research.
Resources Minister Sarah Courtney said Tasmania had a proud history of supporting a sustainable and well-managed forestry sector.
“These exciting and innovative projects will maximise the economic value of our forest products, ensuring sustainable jobs into the future,” Ms Courtney said.
“The Tasmanian forest industry continues to evolve into a sophisticated, high-value industry.”
The second round of grants will open soon. The Australian and Tasmanian governments are contributing $1.9 million to the first round of successful projects – which is being matched by $3.6 million of funding and in-kind contributions from the forestry industry and research agencies.
Elphinstone opened its newly refurbished facility at Wivenhoe on Saturday for the public to see.
Elphinstone bought the facility in 1988 but was occupied by Caterpillar from 2000 to 2016. When Caterpillar moved out in 2016, it was in a “tired condition”.
Dale Elphinstone said now it looked like a new facility, even though it was not.
“People did an amazing job, the tradespeople, the suppliers and Fairbrothers in particular,” Mr Elphinstone said.
“We all love to live in a clean environment. Quality starts with cleanliness.”
Mr Elphinstone gave a speech to the crowd and thanked the families of employees who travelled, while they were at home.
He told the crowd the property started out small and had grown over many years into the new facility.
“When Caterpillar decided to move its operations to Thailand, the Elphinstone Group decided that we wanted to maintain the manufacturing, skills and the supply chain that had been established in the North-West region over the last 40 years.
“We wanted to keep this alive for the next generations of people.”
He thanked members of state government including Jeremy Rockliff and Will Hodgman, and Anita Dow when she was Burnie Mayor, and Lee Whiteley, who were part of what was known as the Caterpillar task force.
He said they put a proposal to the federal government to transfer $5 million that was allocated to Caterpillar to upgrade the facility, to the Elphinstone Group.
“That task force worked tirelessly for a couple of years to help us keep the skills in this community.”
He paid tribute to Ian Macfarlane, who was then minister for industry, and Richard Colbeck for getting the federal funding of $5million to go towards the overall cost of $11 million.
Agriculture and water resources assistant minister Richard Colbeck said the government’s investment in the facility would ensure manufacturing remained in Burnie.
“This $8.8 million project will strengthen the North-West Tasmanian manufacturing industry and capitalise on the existing skill base and supply chain established through 40 years of manufacturing underground mining equipment in the area,” Senator Colbeck said.
Mr Elphinstone said he was working toward passing the business across to children Kelly and Adam Elphinstone.
“You have to have that responsibility for the businesses. We have 2,600 employees and there is about 500 of those in Tasmania and we feel responsible for the livelihoods of those people.
“You have to manage your businesses accordingly so the next generation of management that comes though, hopefully run the business as successfully as it has been run in the past.”
The Australian and NSW governments have released a modernised approach to forest management through the renewal of three NSW Regional Forest Agreements.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, Assistant Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck and NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the improvements and the 20 year extension to the agreements, better known as RFAs, provide long-term confidence and sustainability for the future of NSW’s $2.4 billion NSW and wood product manufacturing industry.
“We’re pleased to deliver our commitment on these,” Minister Littleproud said. “We understand certainty matters to business and that’s what we delivered.”
Assistant Minister Colbeck said the forest industry was the backbone of many regional communities and was set to provide even more opportunities under the renewed management scheme, which includes opportunity to intensify silvaculture on the North Coast in state forest managed areas.
“Timber is the building material of the 21st century, with global demand expected to quadruple by 2050, so it is important we give regional communities the confidence to invest in their forest industries,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Australia has a recognised world-class forest management system and one covered by multiple internationally recognised sustainability certifications, which give assurance to consumers that their beautiful native species floors, furniture and feature pieces are sourced with the highest ethical standards.”
Spokeswoman for sawmillers Maree McCaskill, general manager of Timber NSW, said the RFA release spelled out certainty for an industry struggling to survive in a red tape world – while imports of unprotected old growth timbers into Australia exceeds what managed stands are harvested domestically.
“It has been a long time coming,” she said.
“We are pleased that there is some form of resource security but we will wait on the outcome of the state election early next year.”
Ms McCaskill said Labor’s plan to establish a koala park across the best blackbutt forests from Taree to Tweed would cruel 40 to 50 per cent of sawmilling practice, mostly on the mid North Coast, like around the Tarkine State Forest, where protesters based out of Bellingen have drawn attention to “forest re-setting”, a silvaculture practice designed to encourage better genetics which can push past shady trees with poor trunk performance, provided those ordinary trees are pushed down.
Young Hastings Valley resident “Morrow”, Pappinbarra, has even created a Facebook following by drawing attention to the plight of coastal hardwood forests.
Young Hastings Valley resident “Morrow”, Papinbarra, has even created a Facebook following by drawing attention to the plight of coastal hardwood forests in Mount Boss State Forest visible from his home, and now under the direction of new RFA agreements. Intensification of forestry through visible re-setting is leading to concern from future voters like Morrow, and will play a big role in the lead up to new year elections.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed National Agriculture Day on Wednesday and has encouraged Tasmanians to celebrate by buying local Tasmanian produce.
“For generations agriculture has been the backbone of Tasmania’s society and economy, and it is important we honour this important industry today,” Senator Colbeck said.
“I urge all Tasmanians to celebrate by buying Tasmanian produce at their local shop and enjoy the high-quality produce our farmers work hard to deliver to us every day.
“Tasmania is recognised as producing some of the best food and fibre in the world.”
To learn more about the day visit: https://www.agday.org.au/
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the continued growth in the forestry sector as outlined in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report.
Minister Colbeck said the forestry sector was experiencing a strong surge in confidence and was benefitting from regulatory certainty and growing global demand for sustainable product.
“The Australian forestry industry continues to provide more jobs, exports and sustainable products for Australian and global consumers,” Minister Colbeck said.
“The Government continues to enable a strong resurgence in the forest and wood products industry, with the industry growing 4.4 per cent to $8.8 billion in 2016–17.
“The value of woodchip exports, in particular, has soared to a record $1.3 billion in 2017–2018, a 6.1 per cent increase from the year before.
“Paper and paperboard exports also increased by 5.8 per cent to $962 million, driven by a massive 33.9 per cent growth in the value of newsprint exports.
“Global demand for timber and timber products is projected to quadruple by 2050 and the Government has delivered a National Forest Industries Plan to take advantage of this, which includes the planting of a billion new trees over the next decade.
“The Government will also establish Regional Forestry Hubs based in leading production zones to drive strategic development and research opportunities in regional Australia.
“20 year rolling extensions to the Regional Forestry Agreements are providing long-term certainty across the country, with the Tasmanian agreement already signed and other states set to follow.
“Exciting opportunities also exist with the recent release of the national standard for the Forest Stewardship Council certification to go with our existing Australian standard of the ‘Responsible Wood’ certification.
“Consumers and communities can be confident that Australia’s forestry and wood products industry continues to grow as a preferred supplier of sustainable timber products both here and around the world.”
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has developed a new forest certification standard specifically for Australia to support the sustainable management of forests across the country. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz
FSC Australia’s National Forest Stewardship Standard joins the existing ‘Responsible Wood’ certification standard in ensuring that Australian wood products are from sustainably managed forests. The new standard is effective from 10 February 2019 and within 18 months will supersede all interim FSC standards.
It has been developed over the past five years and has the backing of industry, environmental and community groups. These include New Forests and the Wilderness Society.
The FSC standard includes strong protection for indigenous rights and sacred sites; old growth forests, threatened species and waterways; workers’ health and safety; and maintaining or enhancing the High Conservation Values of forest by taking a precautionary approach.
Nine representatives of environmental, economic and social interests were elected to a “Standard Development Group”, which developed the Australian FSC standard in line with FSC’s international requirements.
The members came from the Institute of Foresters of Australia, Regional Forest Communities (Tim Anderson), the trade union movement, the Wilderness Society, the Hunter Community Environment Centre, the ecologist David Blair, Forestry Tasmania, New Forests and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA).
FSC sets the standards for sustainable forestry, but independent auditors assess forest managers against these standards and award the relevant certification if the standards are met.
The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, whose portfolio covers forestry, said global demand for timber products was projected to quadruple by 2050.
“The new Australian FSC standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilising a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management,” he said.
“Australia now has two national standards aligned to the two global certification schemes, PEFC and FSC, which have been specifically tailored to Australia’s unique conditions and high-quality regulatory framework.”
AFPA chief executive, Ross Hampton, said consumers were now more acutely aware than ever about where products come from and how they are produced, and “rightly so”.
“Our renewable forestry industries need to be at the forefront of responsible and respected certification processes to instil confidence in consumers that the products they buy are sustainably produced,” he said.
From February 10, FSC certified forest managers have 12 months to implement the new standard. Within this 12-month phase-in period, the FSC managers can choose to be audited against their current forest management standard or the new National Forest Management Standard.
After the 12-month period, all certificate holders must be evaluated against the new standard. By 10 August 2020 – 18 months after the effective start date – all certificates under the old interim standards will be invalid.
By this time, all forest management certificates must have undergone an audit under the new standard.
In the hope to address the power imbalance between dairy farmers and processors, the first of 14 nationwide meetings on the proposed mandatory Code of Conduct was held in Devonport, Tas.
Dairy farmers, processors and representatives discussed a range of issues including dispute resolution processes, contract requirements and transition periods.
Tasmania Farmer and Graziers Association (TFGA) Dairy Council’s Andrew Lester said the TFGA wanted to see a regulatory impact statement “so we can actually assess the costs and impacts on farmers at farmgate, and that hasn’t been done as yet".
"Until that has been done and there has been more consultation around the industry we can’t make a clear determination,” he said.
“We need to realise that a mandatory code will come with some costs and the industry-developed voluntary code may be able to deliver those same benefits.
“The costs of record keeping, administration, disputes and all those sorts of costs will be bared back to the farmer or the processor.”
Mr Lester said after speaking with multiple farmers, there was a lot of different views.
“Different people supply different companies, so it’s difficult to understand everyone's point of view all the time, but it’s good to hear from different people,” he said.
“It’s clear that some people do think the code of conduct will fix the milk price and that’s clearly not the case. It’s about fairness between processors and farmers. It won’t actually do anything for milk price, so it’s important people understand that.”
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said there was great discussion happening at the meeting.
"We are looking to understand from growers how they see this process, one of the things that goes back a long while in my mind… is how do you balance the perception of imbalance of power between growers and processors,” he said.
“This process is about sitting down with the dairy farmers and letting them have their say, as a part of a development of the code.”
A new national standard will ensure Australian wood products are sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Assistant minister for agriculture Richard Colbeck says the new standard will ensure sustainability is central to Australia's forest and wood products sector.
Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050, Mr Colbeck says.
"The new Australian FSC standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilising a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management," he said in a statement on Monday.
"Consumers are increasingly aware of, and interested in, the origins of the products they buy and the processes that go into making them."
ONE hundred knitted and crocheted poppies will create a field of remembrance at Sunday’s service at Port Sorell to honour the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
About 3000 Tasmanians were killed in the war but it is hard to know exactly how many from the Port Sorell area made the ultimate sacrifice, with many of those who enlisted doing so in nearby towns such as Latrobe and Devonport.
The Simplot potato processing plant at Ulverstone has a strong chance of securing a $12 million grant from the federal government to go towards an expansion of its operations.
Assistant agriculture and water resources minister Richard Colbeck said Simplot had been selected to go through to submit a full business case for final assessment and there were 12 others around Australia who had done the same.
Senator Colbeck said industry, science and technology minister Karen Andrews toured the facility to gain an understanding of the importance of the potential $12 million investment, which will unlock a further $37.1 million investment from Simplot in Ulverstone.
Two rifles used in the Vietnam War have been acquired by Wynyard RSL.
The M16 L1A1s will be exhibited in the RSL’s military history museum among its collection of medals, memorabilia and historic weaponry.
Wynyard RSL president Gavin Pearce said the M16s marked a “paradigm shift” in weaponry as warfare moved from trenches to the close contact of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
“We needed a shorter, more robust, more utilitarian weapons system that was easy to operate, that stood up to the rigors that that jungle warfare provided,” he said.
A Tranter revolver carried by a World War One serviceman and a Lee-Enfield rifle dug up in Belgium has also been donated to the RSL.
The M16s were presented to the RSL on Tuesday by Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck on behalf of the Department of Defence.
Senator Colbeck said it was important people at a local level had the opportunity to understand and commemorate the history of Australian conflicts.
“It’s not about glorifying or anything of that nature,” Senator Colbeck said.
“It’s very much about commemoration, remembering what’s occurred and paying respect to those that carried these weapons...”
Mr Pearce said the RSL needed to be a bastion of history and tell the story of the weapons, who carried them and why they were needed.
“Not so much what this weapon did specifically but what it represented to our soldiers and the way that warfare has changed over the years,” he said.
Wynyard RSL acquired the M16 for $660.
Devonport will host the first dairy code consultation.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the beginning of the consultation process around a proposed mandatory Code of Conduct for the dairy industry.
“North-West Tasmania is dairy heartland and the perspectives of farmers here matter a great deal when it comes to future decisions made for the industry,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.
“I encourage all dairy farmers in the region to come along and have their voices heard.”
All interested parties are invited to come along to the Devonport RSL at 11:30am Thursday 8 November. Further information can be found athttps://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct.
The Coalition continues to work towards the provision of more affordable and secure energy with the release of our plan last week.
Our plan will help families with the cost of living, support small businesses and help Australia’s economy. We will:
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck co-chaired the recent Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC) meeting in Melbourne to discuss the implementation of the government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia.
“The government has invested $20 million to the delivery of the National Forest Industries Plan and industry knows just how important it is to the growth of the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry,” Minister Colbeck said.
“FIAC is a key mechanism to have informed industry input into government policies and programs, and the implementation of the plan was top of the agenda.
The Federal Government has foreshadowed a tough approach towards retailers who refuse to sell goods certified under the internationally recognised Australian Forestry Standard (AFS). Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz
The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said last week he was frustrated with some of the major retailers “who seem to think they can pick and choose between forestry standards”.
An “ordinary bloke from the bush” is hoping to knock Labor’s Justine Keay from her seat in the upcoming federal election.
Wynyard man Gavin Pearce was preselected as Liberal candidate for Braddon on Saturday.
“This is a guy who brings significant attributes to the electorate,” he said.
“… (Mr Pearce) will find many, many ways to make connections with this community because he is a local, he’s of the community and he is someone who I think people will be very, very confident in having as their representative in Canberra because he’s experienced so many things that are important to them and those things are also important to him.”
Tasmanian small businesses may pay less tax sooner – but only if Labor supports the government’s tax legislation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced legislation will be introduced in the next session of parliament to fast-track business tax relief for more than three million businesses.
Senator Richard Colbeck said a small business, such as an independent supermarket or a hotel, that made $500,000 profit, would have an additional $7,500 in 2020-21 and $12,500 in 2021-22 to invest back into the business or staff, or help to manage cash flow.
The next big breakthrough in the agriculture industry is one step closer with national grants valued at $22,000 available.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said research into improving primary industries would allow the state to compete on the world stage and create jobs in the region.
“I encourage young Tasmanians looking to build their future in agricultural science to apply - you might be able to make the next game-changing discovery in your field,” he said.
FRESH from announcing the National Forest Industries Plan in Canberra, Senator Richard Colbeck, as minister responsible for forestry,
will deliver the opening keynote address at the DANA Australian forest and wood products conference in Launceston on October 9.
The conference and field trip in and around Launceston from October 9 to11 is shaping up to better the eight previous DANA-organised conferences in Australia.
Devonport and Burnie Men’s Sheds have both been awarded grants, which will ensure the sheds can keep updated in the future.
“This week is Men’s Shed Week, and I encourage men to get down to their local sheds and enjoy what these great community groups have to offer,” Senator Colbeck said.
Work has commenced on the $4.1 million Wild Mersey Mountain Bike project, which will connect Latrobe, Railton and Sheffield with over 100 kilometres of world-class trails.
The multi-year development has been a collaboration between the Kentish and Latrobe councils with funding help from both state and federal government.
“WE know the government wants to be sure that its goal of a billion trees becomes a reality and not just a slogan and we look forward to helping ensure that the measures are indeed now put in place which will deliver the right trees in the right places at the right scale.”
AUSSIE authorities have been granted beefed-up powers to stop unsafe foods from entering the country.
The reforms come three years after dozens of dozens of people contracted hepatitis from imported frozen berries.
“All Coalition commitments made during the Braddon by-election are being delivered, and clubs and individuals have received letters from the Minister to that effect.”
“There is a process to follow to ensure proper management of taxpayer funds but all promises will be delivered as soon as possible and in accordance with good governance practices.”
Fighter for the forest industry Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has been returned as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water in the new Scott Morrison government – a role that carries responsibility for the forest sector.
Senator Colbeck, 60, replaces SA Liberal senatorAnne Ruston who takes over the Assistant Minister forInternational Development and the Pacific portfolio from NSW Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck completed an amazing return when he was sworn in to the Morrison Government ministry.
Senator Colbeck was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources at the Government House ceremony on Tuesday.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck says he is delighted and honoured to have been elevated to the federal ministry by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The new assistant minister for agriculture and water resources said he was looking forward to working with farmers and forestry, particularly given the East Coast drought.
Premier Will Hodgman has welcomed as good news for Tasmania the appointment of Senator Richard Colbeck as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.
“Senator Colbeck has been a passionate advocate for Tasmania, and particularly our state's vital agricultural sector, over many years,” Mr Hodgman said.
A Northern Tasmanian farmer has lashed out at McCain over contract potato pricing, as the consumer watchdog begins its investigation into the vegetable processor.
The investigation by the ACCC has been welcomed by Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck, who has worked with growers on similar issues in the past.
Op-Ed: Senator Richard Colbeck
We all remember the dark days pre-2013 when Labor and the Greens were working together at the state level and in Canberra in a way that put out the Tasmania “closed for business” sign.
What a change of attitude we see today with the benefit of stable majority governments at state and national level, both promoting pro-business policies designed to build a strong economy.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced an MOU between Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College and AMOG Consulting to establish a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems.
Tasmania has made significant improvements in the Defence Force industry says Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
Mr Pyne toured Devonport’s Delta Hydraulics, who recently signed a 40-year contract to be part of the sustainment and maintenance of the Collins class sonar upgrade.
A mining operation on Tasmania's west coast will soon breathe again after ceasing production, with work set to start on extracting gold, silver, lead and zinc from tailings.
About 50 jobs and significant environmental benefits are expected from a North-West minerals project expected to start production in September or October.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed on the streets of Burnie, Somerset and Wynyard as part of a federal government safety program.
Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the federal government would allocate $134,000 to Waratah-Wynyard Council and $60,000 to the Burnie City Council from the Safer Communities Fund.
On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced Direct Edge Manufacturing had been pre-qualified to provide sheet metal products for the construction of “Hunter class” naval frigates.
Direct Edge chief executive Di Edgerton said the company currently employed more than 45 people, and would require an extra 25 workers to deliver the contract.
Tasmania has plenty of potential for more wind farms, the proponent of a West Coast wind project says. Construction will start at the end of the month after the project secured financial close with the help of $59 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
An Ulverstone-based company is gearing up to design and construct a $50 million research facility on Macquarie Island.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said the downgrade of the DCCI event to a “working lunch” showed what businesses thought of Mr Shorten.
“Businesses are voting with their feet on Mr Shorten’s higher taxing agenda”, Senator Colbeck said.
Latrobe’s Psychology CAFFE will receive $1.6 million from the federal government’s $4.8 million package for mental health in the North-West.
An advanced welding training centre to help North-West businesses be more competitive in international markets will be established in South Burnie.
The federal government will spend $700,000 to improve the ailing telecommunications infrastructure on the West Coast.
Braddon Labor candidate Justine Keay has had to defend Labor’s tax policy after Opposition Labor Leader Bill Shorten promised to repeal some of the government’s company tax cuts.
A Senate Committee will conduct an inquiry into the pet food industry, after several dogs have allegedly died after eating Advance Dermocare, among other brands. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Richard Colbeck, is on the committee conducting the inquiry, and says that it is vitally important because ‘pets are part of the family.’
The first stage of the government's tax cuts plan has been approved with full support and Liberal members were in Ulverstone on Friday to discuss their impact on Braddon workers.
Devonport and the Coast is in mourning after the death of an admired and respected former mayor. Tributes are flowing for Mary Binks, OAM, who died at her home on Tuesday.
Ulverstone Neighbourhood House is set to receive a PV solar system with a grant from the federal government. The $7,827 grant from the solar communities program will reduce the powerbills of the house, allowing the money saved to go back into the organisation. Ulverstone Neighborhood House manager Simon Douglas said the Men’s Shed received a system the same size and now they are saving $2,000 a year on power bills.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken some of the credit for increased exports from the Harvest Moon vegetable processing facility in Forth.
Britton Timbers will employ an additional five people upon the completion of its High Value Timber Drying Improvement Project. Expected to be completed by the end of the year, the works have also created five jobs throughout construction. Britton Timbers director Shawn Britton met with Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Candidate for Braddon Brett Whiteley to discuss the industry boost on Monday, a product of a two-year research study at the University of Tasmania.
The Federal Government has announced it will spend $20 million on the war against fruit fly in Tasmania. But some fear the money has come too late and will not be spent on the frontline workers needed to detect the pest. A fruit fly incursion was recorded in the state's north in January.
A Tasmanian senator has called on his Liberal colleagues in the Hodgman government to “take the lead” in lobbying Qantas to establish a new pilot training college at Devonport Airport. Senator Richard Colbeck wants there to be a “whole of state approach” to attracting the training college to Tasmania, which he says would distinguish the state from mainland bids.
The Federal Government will allocate $461 million in tomorrow's budget to build a new Bridgewater Bridge downriver from the current one in Hobart's north. The pledge for a long-awaited replacement bridge linking the Brooker and Midland highways is part of a massive $920 million package for the state.
Tasmanian producers are on a collision course with Europe over the use of product names like feta and parmesan. The European Union wants Australian companies banned from using a range of product names which originated in Europe as the early negotiations on an Australia-EU free trade agreement approach.
Construction of phone towers in North-West Coast mobile black spot areas is expected to start before the end of the year. Areas at Gunns Plains, Yolla, Sulphur Creek and Devonport will receive better phone and internet coverage, as part of the federal government’s $220 million black spot program. Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck visited Gunns Plains to make the announcement on Thursday.
The Coalition has detailed its plan to boost Tasmania’s infrastructure with a $920.8 million cash injection, which one senator says will facilitate the biggest infrastructure project in the state since dams were constructed in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck added his opinion to the debate of how football can be in Tasmania on Thursday, believing the AFL Steering Committee is disconnected from the community they are trying to save.