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by Stephanie Williams1 May
PODCAST: Incat founder Robert Clifford on why electric boats are the future

Robert Clifford is the founder of Incat, a Hobart company building fast ferries for the world. Always looking to future opportunities, he has identified where Hobart sits in the next wave of transportation. For more of this interview listen to The Hobart Magazine podcast.

by Sarah Aitken1 May
Swimming Through the Depths of Winter

Ocean swimming in a Tasmanian winter is not for the faint-hearted. Yet there are a growing number of us doing it – sparked in part by pool closures during last year’s Covid restrictions.

by Sarah Aitkin1 May
A New Voice at Dark Mofo: Making Space for Aboriginal Representation

Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Caleb Nichols-Mansell has had a huge first half of the year. In March, he opened Tasmania’s first dedicated palawa arts and cultural hub – Blackspace Creative in pataway/Burnie.

by Stephanie Williams11 March
New Community Service Offering Cancer Respite

Jay Chapman’s own journey through a cancer diagnosis and treatment was the catalyst for her to start Homely Retreats. It’s a growing Hobart not-for-profit providing a much needed service that fills a gap in respite services available to cancer patients and their families.

by Amanda Double16 March
Truffle-Hunting in Northern Tasmania

At the special Q&A launch screening of The Truffle Hunters documentary recently at Hobart’s State Cinema, welcome memories of truffle hunts flooded back.

by Stephanie Williams16 March
Charming Little Franklin: Apples, Boats and a Whole Lot of History

I nearly called my son Franklin. It was high up on my names list. I’ve always like the look of the word. The way it sounds. And while he ended up Francis (he’s Frankie for short), Franklin is still on my mind.

by Peter Carey16 March
250 Million Years of History at Fossil Bluff

Keen on our geological, botanical or marine biological environ­ment, and are confident of tackling a moderately steep incline on foot? Then the Fossil Cove Conservation Area, just off the Tinderbox Road, and about three and a half kilometres south of Blackmans Bay, is worthy of a look.

by Peter Carey16 March
Rolling on the River at Echuca

Our colonial history is a common motive for exploring our many regions. One Victorian town so committed to the special theme of the colonial river trade is Echuca.

by Landcare Tasmania, Jennifer Gason11 March
Don’t Eat That Rat!

It’s the Autumn of 2019. I’m sauntering happily into my kitchen until something catches in the corner of my eye. I stop abruptly and freeze. I am locking eyes with an audacious mouse on my stovetop. Caught mid-munch, my new housemate stares back. The mouse was the braver of us both, and made the first move, scampering at great speed under my kitchen fridge. It didn’t take long for me to realise that this mouse had brought its family and friends along to an extended, all-you-can-eat holiday at my place.

by Sarah Aitken11 March
The Accidental Homeschoolers

Hey parents! Happy first anniversary of sending the kids back to school after Covid-induced home-learning! Did you, like many, rejoice when the school gates reopened in May last year? Or did you consider ongoing homeschool? Sarah Aitken meets a family who never got the school uniforms back out.

by Sarah Aitken11 March
Bad Salmon

Richard Flanagan is angry. He’s angry and he’s sad, and that anger and sadness emanates from every single page of his latest release, Toxic: The Rot­ting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry.

by Zilla Gordon11 March
Where’d You Get that Wood? How to Source Legally Harvested Firewood

Some might say you’re not really Tasmanian until you’ve seen a ute stockpiled with illegally caught firewood.

by Dr. Maenka Arora11 March
Making Friends with Wine…

Drenched in euphoric excitement of being in my adopted country I began afresh my journey of finding me some mates.

by Sarah Aitken16 March
Trekking the Three Capes Track Three Ways

With various interstate trips vanishing before her eyes thanks to covid-induced border closures, Sarah Aitken booked herself in to hike the world-class Three Capes Track within the Tasman National Park on the Tasman Peninsula. Her legs are still recovering.

by Stephanie Williams10 March
How Retired Midwife Ron is Helping New Dads

Ron Hastie started his working career as a bricklayer, only to find nursing and then midwifery later in his career. He now runs a special program to ease new Dads into parenthood.

by Stephanie Williams11 March
How Sewing is Connecting Hobart Refugee Women

Melody Towns is the founder of Be Hers, an organisation that’s working to end slavery and exploitation. She also started the Be Hers Sewing Centre, providing jobs to Hobart women in need.

by Sarah Aitken11 March
What’s up at the Skyline Servo?

If you’ve ever driven up toward kunanyi/Mt Wellington from Hobart via Huon Road, you’ll have seen the iconic independent service station, Skyline.

by Stephanie Williams16 March
Looking through the lens at Spring Bay Mill

Everyone loves a road trip right? Get out of Hobart for the weekend explore what lies beyond the city. Spring Bay Mill, at Triabunna, was once home to the world’s largest wood chip mill.

by Hobart Magazine29 July
Things To Do in Hobart this March
by Sarah Aitken11 March
How To Identify Useful Local Weeds

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them,” so said Eyeore.

by Grant Wise10 March
For Nine Years Kingston Was the Epicentre of Tassie Bus-Building

Grant Wise knows more about the Ansair Kingston bus factory in Kingston than most people.

by Steven Burgess10 March
Will a Limit on Car Parking Boost CBD Fortunes?

Steven Burgess is a director of Complete Streets, an Australian owned firm dedicated to building happier and healthier towns and cities through better street making.

by Hilary Schofield9 March
Island Entrepreneurs

Delving into the inspiration, influence and individuals behind some of Hobart’s most happening businesses with a social bent.

by John Stephenson9 March
Forgotten Tasmania: Preserving History Through the Lens

We have a rich history in Tasmania. From the 1840s, photographers started documenting Van Diemen’s Land.

by Hobart Magazine17 February
Debut Collection on the National Stage for Bliss

For fashion designer Victoria Bliss, the opportunity to recently dress Australian of the Year Grace Tame came from a place of respect and emotion. Her new debut collection gives a nod to her Hobart childhood and her current hometown, Melbourne.

by Zilla Gordon10 February
Hobart Homes: Signalman’s Quarters

Take a look inside this family home that was once part of networks of buildings used to communicate with ships more than 150 years ago.

by Agnes Frith10 February
New Dementia Cafe Opens in Glenorchy

Agnes Frith opened the Golden Wattle Cafe to give people with dementia and their caregivers a safe and non-judgemental space where they can socialise and interact with each other and members of the community in a relaxed environment. Here she shares her story.

by Bonnie Mary Liston29 July
Matthew Brady: The Gentleman Thief

Before Ned Kelly cut a blazing trail through Australia’s collective imaginations, Tasmania had its own dashing bushranger who captured the hearts, and inevitably, material possessions of its populace.

by Zilla Gordon10 February
Life’s a Ball: How Tassie Pioneered LGBTQI+ Rights

‘We’re reclaiming a space that was full of hatred, a place of oppression’:how drag queen bingo is delighting Hobart audiences.

by Zilla Gordon9 February
What’s in Your Bin: How to Cut Down Your Household Waste

What would you buy from a tip shop? While Hobart is working hard to reduce its waste, we can still do more to cut down.

by Hobart Magazine9 February
Things to do in Hobart This Month

As we’re now entering the last month of Hobart’s short summer season, we’ve done all the research and have a choice list of events to help you make the most of the sunshine.

by Stephanie Williams8 February
Listen Up! Our New Podcast Launches

This January marked eight years since Mitch McPherson lost his little brother, Ty, to suicide. Through his grief, he started SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY with one very small but very significant action, a bumper sticker.

by Hobart Magazine29 July
What’s On In February
by Stephanie Williams1 December
Hobart Homes: Casa Acton

What do you get when you combine an architect, a bush block and a budget of $275,000? Casa Acton is a moveable 53sqm bush dwelling in Tasmania designed and built by Josh FitzGerald (a founding director of Archier) along with his partner Millie Ashton.

by Zilla Gordon8 December
Did You Know Police Uniforms Are Hand Stitched In Hobart’s CBD?

These women have been suiting up Tasmania’s front-line workers for more than 30 years. 

by Stephanie Williams1 December
Hobart Schools Stretched: South Hobart Library To Close

Inner city Hobart schools are reaching capacity and students are beginning to lose access to vital educational tools. The South Hobart Primary School recently lost its library, after it was closed to be repurposed as classrooms to meet 2021 enrolment numbers.

by Bonnie Mary Liston20 November
Golden Secateurs for Bushcare Volunteer

Each year Bushcare recognises outstanding volunteers for  creating positive, inspiring and lasting contributions to the conservation of Hobart’s bushland reserves with the Golden Secateurs Award. This year’s recipient was Namkheang (Bryan) Ly, a Cambodian born Hobart resident studying Communications Technology at the University of Tasmania.

by Stephanie Williams11 November
Hobart Homes: Lower Jordan Hill Road, West Hobart

A traditional Federation villa on Lower Jordan Road in West Hobart has had a beautiful facelift, conceived by Hobart-based architecture firm Taylor and Hinds.

by Bonnie Mary Liston11 November
Boom Time For E-Bikes in Hobart

Australia has seen a bicycle boom during COVID-19 with many stores struggling to keep up with the increased demand. People have turned, in huge numbers, to the humble bicycle as a source of socially distanced exercise and as a primary mode of transport now that public transport is a bit too public for many people’s taste.

by Stephanie Williams11 August
Engineering New Winemaking in the Coal River Valley

Anh Nguyen followed her life purpose to switch from being an engineering academic to a biodynamic winemaker in the Coal River Valley. But, after winning a major agriculture award for innovation, Anh is bringing her past experience into her new direction.

by Stephanie Williams11 August
When Science And Art Collide

With so many festivals not going ahead right now, Dr Margo Adler from Beaker Street shares how they’re filling the festival void.

by Stephanie Williams11 August
Designing For Dementia: Korongee Village Opens in Glenorchy

Hobart architect Stephen Geason of Cykel Architecture was engaged by international firm ThomsonAdsett to collaborate on the new Korongee Dementia Village.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Three Easy Walks Close To Home

Not that into bushwalking but want to give it a go? Got kids and need to run them ragged? Just feel like breathing in some fresh mountain air, but not going too far out of town? Then these three walks are for you.

by Winsor Dobbin1 November
What’s In A Name – Do Tassie Regions Need Defining?

When you buy a wine from Victoria, it will almost certainly be labelled as being from the Yarra Valley, or Mornington Peninsula. If you choose a bottle from New South Wales, it will probably be labelled as from the Hunter Valley or Mudgee.

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 January
The Voyeur

Am I not enough for him? Maybe I should get a labiaplasty and a boob job! Maybe then he’d think I’m attractive enough to stop watching porn!” My client sobbed desperately. She was an attractive 40-something, well groomed, intelligent professional, yet at this moment she seemed more like an insecure teenager.

by Ms Development1 January
The Welcome Stranger- A Not So Welcome Sight

A little while back I heard the news that Hexa Group is planning to develop The Welcome Stranger site on the corner of Davey and Harrington Streets into a proposed 13 storey, 45 metre building for commercial and residential use.

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 March
Relationships: The Violence

While family violence can consist of physical abuse; psychological, financial, emotional, verbal, sexual, and social or cultural abuse are also recognised under the law as family violence.

by Noel Mundy, Mission Australia1 March
Key to Reducing Homelessness

Early last year, as I passed by the tents, cars and makeshift shelters constructed by people rough sleeping at Hobart Showgrounds, I felt a not unfamiliar sense of outrage that people in Tasmania are being forced to live like this.

by Genevieve Morton1 May
From Paddock To Catwalk

Tasmania’s merino wool growers are making their mark with high end brands Hugo Boss and Armani. We spoke to Bruce Dunbabin of Mayfield Farm near Swansea to see what makes Tasmanian wool so fine and of his new winemaking ventures.

by Genevieve Morton1 May
#Tasmania – A Love Story

Hashtag tourism is alive and clicking in Tasmania. Never before has Tasmania been so successfully promoted across the globe thanks to some clever hashtags on social media.

by James Marten1 May
Don’t Hide Inside – Outdoor Fitness All Year Round

As the weather cools stay outdoors and reap the rewards of a workout in the elements. It can be as easy as taking a walk up the mountain or a ride along a bike track, but if you want to mix it up, try these sessions.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Easy Power Saving Tricks You Might Not Know

Did you know it can be cheaper to run a slow cooker on the weekend? Nope. Neither did we. In light of winter, we’ve compiled the ultimate energy saving hacks that you might not have considered, from people in the know – a few local team members from Aurora Energy.

by Bonnie Liston1 July
Good Grief Studios

Those passing by the big yellow and blue building at 62 Argyle Street may have seen some changes of late. Big green men and colourful murals have started to creep over its walls and eye catching art pieces are appearing in the windows.

by Stephanie Williams1 September
Podyssey- Navigating The Coffee Pod

Can you blend the convenience of coffee from a capsule with doing the right thing by the environment?

by Genevieve Morton1 September
Top Five: Where’s The Party?

The competitive kid’s birthday party scene is hitting new heights in Hobart. Flying, flipping and jumping are all on offer while parents sit back and relax. Here are the top five indoor play centres to have someone else throw your party. And clean up afterwards…

by Carla Grossetti1 December
Mainsplaining Explained

The irony is not lost on Sydney-based journalist Carla Grossetti as she investigates the colloquial usage of the term ‘mainsplaining’ using her ‘big island’ expertise.

by Eve Rodsky1 December
Fair Play

Eve Rodsky is the New York Times best-selling author and wrote this piece just for us. For the book, Eve interviewed more than five hundred couples, from all walks of life, to figure out what the invisible work in a family actually is and how to get it done efficiently.

by Genevieve Morton1 December
Space Works

With the rise of the freelance workforce, the coworking space scene is thriving in Hobart.

by Hobart Magazine1 December
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…Hobart

Making space in the diary is hard in December, but here are some of our top picks of what’s happening in Hobart this Christmas, to squeeze into your social calendar.

by Sue Frendin29 July
Rethinking Space

You may recall seeing some rotating and pulldown beds in the movies – either slapstick scenes with Laurel and Hardy, or more streamlined scenes of beds appearing out of the wall at the appropriate time for James Bond.

by Dr Olivia Hasler1 April
Do you often say “what’s with this weather?”

Even though Tasmania is known for its mild summers, it doesn’t take much to get sunburnt. Tasmania experiences extreme ultraviolet (UV) levels, but contrary to popular belief this isn’t due to the hole in the ozone layer, which is actually south of the continent.While higher UV levels often occur at the same time as higher temperatures, the two are not linked. Instead, UV levels are determined by the angle of the sun in the sky: the higher the sun, the higher the UV. In December and January, the position of the sun over Tasmania gives the state a UV index of 11 or more on most days, which is classified as “extreme” on the UV index. Tasmania’s lack of humidity and generally clear skies contribute to the stinging feeling of the sun. UV can reflect off buildings and water, making it possible to get a higher dose of UV from these reflected rays, even in the shade.

by Stephanie Williams1 February
Your New Timewaster

It was almost 2am and US singer Halsey had just finished her set and was being whisked off stage at Falls Festival and into her waiting Tesla.

by Dr. Olivia Hasler1 March
Is Tourism Ready For More Forestry Wars?

Tasmanian forests are special. They’re home to centuries-old trees, including the tallest flowering trees on the planet, and support unique native species. Yet not everyone agrees on how these forests should be managed.

Escape To The Country
Pet the animals, walk in the wilderness, pick your own berries and enjoy colonial accommodation... Farmstays and day tours are popping up across the state, providing a fun weekend away for visitors and Hobartians keen to get their gumboots dirty. Here are four farms to visit this Spring.
Exploring The World’s Widest Canyon – Capertee Valley
The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas suffered greatly during recent bushfires but slowly the National Parks in New South Wales are reopening, with some ready to welcome visitors back.
Talk Sexy To Me …
If I asked you to think of a food item that makes you sexy, healthy, attractive, youthful and energetic I can almost guarantee that you didn’t think of gelatin.
Madame Saisons: Corona Cuisine – Surviving Lockdown
The vacant stare in front of the open fridge or cupboard has afflicted us all on occasion. No matter how much food we have in store, there seems like nothing to eat. When you’re hungry and lacking cooking inspo, the ‘hangries’ can easily take hold.
Hannah Moloney
Meet the Tasmanian designing a better life for us all. Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture is a leading landscape designer and educator in South Hobart (you may have noticed her bright pink and green house up on the hill). She’s spent 15 years designing and managing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming and community development. She believes in ‘radical hope’ and facing the climate crisis in a proactive and positive way.
Australia’s Online Beauty Queen – Kate Morris
Kate Morris had an idea to sell cosmetics online at a time when it wasn’t done. She borrowed $12,000 from her boyfriend’s parents and set up an online store, Adore Beauty in the garage. Twenty years later, the business is thriving, enjoying annual revenue around $100m. Kate recently sold a chunk of the business to private equity investors, Quadrant.
What’s With The Weather?
Even though Tasmania is known for its mild summers, it doesn’t take much to get sunburnt. Tasmania experiences extreme ultraviolet (UV) levels, but contrary to popular belief this isn’t due to the hole in the ozone layer, which is actually south of the continent.While higher UV levels often occur at the same time as higher temperatures, the two are not linked. Instead, UV levels are determined by the angle of the sun in the sky: the higher the sun, the higher the UV. In December and January, the position of the sun over Tasmania gives the state a UV index of 11 or more on most days, which is classified as “extreme” on the UV index. Tasmania’s lack of humidity and generally clear skies contribute to the stinging feeling of the sun. UV can reflect off buildings and water, making it possible to get a higher dose of UV from these reflected rays, even in the shade.
Transport Trackers – Your New Timewaster
It was almost 2am and US singer Halsey had just finished her set and was being whisked off stage at Falls Festival and into her waiting Tesla.
Cascades Female Factory Reopens
On a site where only the outside walls remain, how do you help visitors contextualise what happened inside those walls? At the Cascades Female Factory site in South Hobart, actor Karissa Lane, together with director Craig Lane-Irons and writer Finegan Kruckemeyer have created The Proud & The Punished, a 45-minute monologue to share the horrifying, heart-warming and sad stories of the women and babies, who went through the site from 1828 until 1856. At any given time there were between 700 and 1200 prisoners.
Day Of Impact 1967
Devastating bushfires on mainland Australia strikes vivid memories to those of us who lived through the 1967 bushfires in Southern Tasmania when 62 lives and 1293 homes were lost.
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Thank you to Luke Brokensha for mobilising his friends and local residents recently to host two rubbish clean ups along the Hobart Rivulet after heavy rains.
The warm weather returns...hello summer.
Need a laugh? Check out @theinspiredunemployed feed on Instagram.
Moto Vecchia Cafe in Bellerive and Czegs Cafe in Richmond have joined the Clarence City Council dementia program, creating dementia-friendly spaces for all patrons.
It’s hard to believe it’s not standard practice to have a working phone in every aged care room - shared phones make private conversations impossible and increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Tacks on the tracks. Mountain bikers beware of tacks being left on certain tracks on the mountain.
Just when you think your cousins are alright. NZ Opposition Leader Judith Collins took aim at Tassie during her recent (unsuccessful) campaign, calling us Australia’s “poor cousin.” She also seems worried about us nabbing tech businesses, “It’s a lovely part of the world but do you necessarily want to go there with your high- tech business? Possibly not,” she said. We beg to differ!