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Hobart Happenings May 2023

by Stephanie Williams
Hobart Happenings May 2023


The new home of Villino coffee, Wondr (43 Sunderland Street, Moonah) has officially opened, giving coffee lovers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of coffee roasting production, along with delicious drinks and snacks in their brew bar. Open Mon-Fri from 6:30am-2pm, head in to stock up or learn about all things coffee. A decadent new lunch spot, Becker Minty dining room (91a Salamanca Place, Battery Point) has opened, showcasing the freshest Tasmanian-sourced produce. Dine on sugar-cured wallaby or seafood chowder among a collection of Australian art, fashion, homewares and decor. Lunch is on from Thurs-Mon 11:30am-3:30pm. Becker Minty also opens as a bar Tues- Wed 12-5pm. Shari (Kingston Park public car park) pulled into Kingston recently and have been serving up fresh sushi and sashimi boxes. For a twist on the classic sushi roll, try their temaki: juicy fried chicken, fragrant rice and housemade tartare sauce wrapped in a nori seaweed cone. Chou oishii! Find Shari at their food truck every Sunday from 12-4pm or at the Tasmanian Produce Market at Kangaroo Bay on Saturdays. The Serve Bar (2 Davies Avenue, Queens Domain) has opened and is ‘serving’ up the goods at the Domain Tennis Centre. With a birds-eye view of the courts, you can grab a locally brewed frothy or coffee, something from the food menu, and sit back and watch the action. We hope you ‘love’ it. Burger Zone has undergone a facelift, now rebranded as Extra Cheese Please (325 Argyle Street, North Hobart). They serve a range of eats from sky-high, stacked burgers, crispy fried chicken wings, dumplings, pasta and more. Open Mon-Sat from 5:30-9pm. A new plus size fashion label, ecclestone (www., has been launched by Hobart fashion influencer (and one of our past cover people!), Katie Parrott. Classic, versatile and ethically made, ecclestone provides designer fashion staples made for curvy queens. For the rock climbers hanging out for this one, Rock It Climbing Centre (4-6 Elmsleigh Rd, Derwent Park), is set to open any moment now. Check out their Facebook page @RockItClimbingDerwentPark for the skinny on that.


The Mother’s Day Classic, an Australia- wide charity event that raises money for breast cancer research, is right around the corner. It’s a good reminder for all women to check their breasts and for those over 40 to get up to date on their mammograms. Everyone, gender aside, should routinely check their breasts/pecs/ chest area and speak to their doctor if they notice anything of concern. Glebe Hill resident and ambassador for this year’s Mother’s Day Classic, Corissa Venetacci, 46, is a breast cancer survivor whose diligence with regular self-checking saved her life, after she noticed changes in her right breast. The diagnosis came as a shock – Corissa had no family history and was always up-to-date with her mammograms. “I’m the biggest advocate in educating ladies that MAMMOGRAMS ARE FREE FROM 40! There is such a misconception out there that they’re free from 50, but this is not the case.” Corissa encourages all women to check themselves and get screened as early as possible so that they have an imaging history that doctors can compare every two years so cancers can’t be missed. To make an appointment at a BreastScreen Tasmania clinic in Hobart or with a mobile unit, call us on 13 20 50 or request an appointment online at The Mother’s Day Classic is on May 14 at Bellerive Beach Play Park


A new $10.7 million state-of-the-art Cardiology Unit has opened at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH). Patients with serious heart conditions such as strokes and heart attacks will benefit from the expanded and upgraded cardiology unit. The new facilities include 22 general cardiology beds, 5 Cardiac Day Unit beds, 8 Critical Care Unit beds and 3 beds for a new sleep studies centre. The completion of the Cardiology Unit forms part of Stage 2 of the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment. In the coming years, Stage 2 of the Masterplan will also deliver an expanded Intensive Care Unit, an Older Person’s Unit and other refurbished facilities in A-Block and J-Block of the hospital.

Brand new Cardiology unit at RHH. Pic: Department of Health Tas FB


The Blue-Tongued Lizard population at Bonorong skyrocketed recently thanks to the rescue and rehabilitation of Nala, aka The Botched Blue-Tongue, who then unexpectedly gave birth to 10 babies at Bonorong whilst recovering from a serious run in with a lawn mower. Bonorong have educated us, saying: “female bluetongues give birth three to five months after mating and give birth to live young (rather than laying eggs). The babies develop in their mother’s oviduct with a placenta, which is as well developed as that of any mammal. The babies eat the placenta at birth and are ready to look after themselves straight away.” Nala’s wounds have healed and she is now in care with some experienced reptile carers, and she’ll be released back into the wild once she is fully healed.

Blue Tongue bonanza


This month Hobart hosts a new storytelling festival for young people. Storygig will celebrate readers, writers, visual artists and media, dance and music over the last weekend of May. It’ll feature Lian Tanner, Jeannie Baker, Leigh Hobbs, Alyssa Bermudez and more. Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 May, 10-4pm at Franklin Square, Hadley’s Orient Hotel and live online across Tasmania. Head to for more.

Compassion, Donations and Food for Hobart’s Homeless this Winter

Interview: Stephanie Williams

We spoke with Harvey Lennon, CEO of Hobart City Mission ahead of their Sleep Rough event on 27 May, which is raising much needed funds to help those sleeping rough this winter.

Hobart is a particularly tough place to sleep rough in winter. Does Hobart City Mission have any immediate needs coming into winter? We are always so grateful for financial donations at this time of year – they help us to not only run all our current programs, but also be flexible and quick to react to the needs of our community. We’ve recently seen a drop off in the number of donations of food and pantry staples, which we give out to people who are homeless or in financial difficulty. So any donations of food are greatly appreciated.

How will the proceeds from the event be used to help those who are sleeping rough? The proceeds from Sleep Rough help to fund our various programs that either directly help people who are sleeping rough, or help people to move out of long-term homelessness and into housing. For example, if you raise $100 at Sleep Rough, you could provide a supermarket voucher to someone sleeping rough so they can buy food and other essentials. Or if you were to raise $1000 dollars, you could help fund a safe home and support for a dad and his children, who had previously been experiencing homelessness.

What ways can our readers support those sleeping rough or without a permanent home? We’d love to see at least 300 people join Sleep Rough and raise funds and awareness to help fight homelessness in Tasmania – sign up via You can also help out by making a donation, volunteering with Hobart City Mission, or donating quality second-hand items to City Mission Op Shops.

And finally, try to be compassionate towards people who are experiencing homelessness or going through a tough time. Oftentimes, there have been a series of difficult circumstances that have led to someone being in that situation. Everyone is doing the best that they can, with the resources they have available to them. By being kind and helping others build on those resources, we can create a more compassionate, resilient and connected Southern Tasmania. Details on what’s most needed are available through our website at and donations can be made at the Hobart or Moonah office.

Sleep Rough this May: Pic: City Mission Hobart


Girls and those identifying who want to get into skateboarding or hone their skills, now’s the time to drop in – the She Shreds Development Squad is back for Term 2. The program runs for 12 weeks and sessions are based on skill level – from those learning how to skate and drop in, to queens who know how to shred it with the best of them and want to learn new, more advanced tricks. She Shreds Australia is a not for profit organisation created to empower girls’ and those identifying through skateboarding. For more info head to


Mission Australia is calling on young people aged 15-19 to have their say. As the largest survey of its kind, Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2023 provides a valuable snapshot of what young people think and feel. Last year, 621 young people in Tasmania completed the survey, with the environment, equity and discrimination, and mental health topping the issues. Mission Australia Tasmania State Director Mychelle Curran said the Youth Survey was, “an essential platform for young people to express their concerns, aspirations, and experiences and amplify their voices to instigate change.” Mission Australia Youth Survey 2023 is open from March to August and takes 20 minutes to complete. To take part, visit www.


Hot on the heels of months of potato shortages and price hikes comes more bad news for the local potato industry (and dedicated fans of the potato in all its delicious forms) with the detection of a potato tuber virus on some Tasmanian properties at Little Swanport, Bangor/Dunalley, Cressy and Connellys Marsh. The virus, spread by aphids, causes a disease called potato tuber necrotic ringspot disease (ew) which results in dark unsightly rings on tubers. Biosecurity Tasmania is working with industry and relevant authorities, including the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, a seed supplier and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association so we hope they can nip it in the bud…or spud!


The Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS) results, released last month, were a wake up call that urgent action is required around child maltreatment and abuse. The ACMS study has found that child maltreatment is widespread and girls experience particularly high rates of sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Child maltreatment is associated with severe health risk behaviours, both in childhood and adulthood and emotional abuse is particularly harmful and is much more damaging than society has understood. “The detailed evidence from the ACMS research, tells us what we need to know to develop a national strategic, evidence-based, cross-sector, whole-of-government and indeed a whole-of community approach to reducing child maltreatment and its consequences,” the Commissioner for Children and Young People Leanne McLean said, going on to say that, “We need to invest more, and we need to invest better. With the ACMS findings there is no longer any excuse not to.” If you need support, help is available here at services.


A new proposal for Macquarie Point has been put forward by Our Place, a group of Tasmanians who wish to see development that benefits Tasmanians, in partnership with Bence Mulcahy architects. Presented as an alternative development for the site, the Macquarie Point Vision is a development plan that would see the site used for housing and diverse communityoriented spaces.

The $300 million Macquarie Point Vision includes 1000 sustainably-designed dwellings for private and public housing, an Indigenous cultural and heritage centre, a modern State Library, the Australian Antarctic Program Headquarters, parks, art spaces and cycle ways, along with a transport hub that incorporates light rail to the outer Hobart suburbs. The contemporary vision has sustainability and diversity at its core while including current existing places of significance such as the Cenotaph and the Royal Engineers Building. The Macquarie Point Vision presents an alternative to the proposed high profile stadium. Check the vision out for yourself at macquariepointvision.

Overview of the Macquarie Point Vision. Pic:


A dentist and an arts professional have been named as Hobart Citizen and Hobart Young Citizen of the Year. Hobart Citizen of the Year Kelly Drummond Cawthon is the Creative Director of Second Echo Ensemble, which aims to increase the visibility of those living with mental illness, disability, neurodiversity or experiencing disadvantage by providing a platform to tell their stories through performance. Dentist Gavin Quek has been named Hobart Young Citizen of the Year for his dedication to improving the oral health of all Tasmanians. Congrats to both!


Hobart is putting forth a bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Literature flourished in Hobart’s early days – the first Australian novel, Henry Savery’s Quintus Servinton, was published here in 1831. The nation’s first public library opened here and the town published the nation’s first free press newspaper. Nowadays we house many esteemed and award-winning writers and host more than our fair share of writers festivals and literature events. A working group presenting the bid has stated, “We want to recognise and celebrate this on the world’s stage. We want to use this community energy to address one of Tasmania’s most pressing challenges: literacy.” Melbourne is currently Australia’s only City of Literature. There are 42 Cities of Literature worldwide (including Edinburgh, Dublin and Prague), and Launceston is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.


The 2022-2023 Fire Permit Period has officially ended, and now is the time to consider reducing fuel loads ahead of next summer. Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Felix Ellis, said it was important to prepare for next summer now. “Fuel loads are high after a number of wet years and with the potential for a hot, high-risk, El Nino summer ahead we need to reduce the danger now. Landowners still need to take steps like managing the size of your fire, considering conditions and working closely with your neighbours to make sure that fire and the smoke from your burn isn’t going to impact others.” Landowners should contact the Tasmania Fire Service to register their burns and ask for any advice they might need on 1800 000 699 or visit fire.


The peak student body of the University of Tasmania have stepped away from their neutral position on the Sandy Bay to Hobart CBD campus move, saying the levels of consultation with students have been ‘sparse and tokenistic’. The State Council of the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) released a statement addressing some of the major issues that had led to the change. The statement said “State Council have progressed our stance away from one of neutrality after a continued lack of genuine student voice and input at the decision-making table for the campus move. We believe that, without intervention, the campus move will continue to negatively impact current and future University of Tasmania students. Our position remains that the Hobart city campus move should not go ahead, but we are open to re-evaluation of our stance if the Universities’ consultation practices improve, and student feedback toward the move becomes more positive.” Watch this space!


Next time you’re taking a stroll along the beach, have a phone handy to capture any strange looking objects that may have washed ashore. CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is calling on citizen scientists to find and record egg cases washing up on Australian coastlines. The Great Eggcase Hunt has launched in Australia to help provide new data for scientists studying the taxonomy and distribution of oviparous chondrichthyans: egg-laying sharks, skates and chimaeras. Helen O’Neill, CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection biologist, said “recording sightings of egg cases on beaches and coastlines would help scientists discover what the egg cases of different chondrichthyans look like, with some species still unknown.” Also known as mermaids’ purses, egg cases come in many different shapes and colours, ranging from cream and butterscotch to deep amber and black. Some egg cases have a smooth and simple appearance, while others have ridges, keels or curling tendrils that anchor them to kelp or coral. To get involved in the Great Eggcase Hunt, you can record sightings via the Shark Trust citizen science mobile phone app or through the project website, www.

Helen O’Neill, CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection biologist, holding an egg case.


Northern suburbs residents have voiced their concern over a potential new Mc- Donald’s store proposed for Main Road, Claremont. While the proposal from the fast food giant is unconfirmed (at the time of print), a preliminary plan was supplied to the most impacted residents in March. A group of locals have spoken up about the potential negative impacts of a 24/7 Maccas. The site, which currently houses an automotive workshop, is zoned as residential. Concerns about the new Maccas store, found on the group’s Facebook page, include potential issues with noise, traffic flow, refuse, anti-social behaviour, light pollution and disruption to the area’s heritage. However, they have stated they welcome the addition of a McDonalds to Claremont, just at a more appropriate site.


Orange-bellied Parrots have had their third best breeding season in the past two decades. Fifty-nine fledglings were produced from 21 nesting attempts this year. Together with captive-bred juveniles released over summer and the remaining wild and captive-release adults, these new additions bring the total number of Orange-bellied Parrots expected to migrate north at the end of this season to 139. This season also sees the beginning of a collaboration project between the Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program and Zoos Victoria, who have been using transmitters to track OBPs released on the mainland since 2017. Fingers are crossed for ongoing success!


The Tasmanian government is working to implement a policy to prohibit the use of the TikTok app on government-issued devices. The move comes after the federal government advised that key intelligence and security agencies believe TikTok poses significant national security and privacy risks including the extensive collection of user data. Minister for Science and Technology, Madeleine Ogilvie, said the policy would protect government information. “Agencies have advised the Government of the risks of exposure to directions from a foreign government and we are taking these steps to ensure that we can be confident that Government information and assets are protected,” Minister Ogilvie said. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has provided the following advice in relation to the use of TikTok:

  • Do not use it on a phone that can access any official information, for example, any workplace communication (email clients, MS Teams);
  • If a phone does have TikTok installed, keep the phone away from any sensitive conversations; and
  • Remove metadata (such as location information) from photos and videos before uploading them to TikTok.


Tasmania’s road toll has now reached double figures, currently standing at 10, after tragic incidents over the Easter long weekend took the lives of two women. Coming out of a horror 2022 which saw 50 road fatalities and 255 serious injuries, the message for Tasmanian motorists to drive safely and make better choices is louder and clearer than ever.


A Tasmanian-made roster management app for the classical music industry, Symphona, has recently announced its collaboration with Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Symphona aims to change the way orchestras and musicians manage their rosters, schedules and arrangements with casual musicians. The app was created by musician James Menzies – originally from Sydney, now based in Tasmania – and his business partners Tiffany and Jeremy Ashdown, after COVID-19 crippled the performing arts industry in 2020. Menzies saw a need for a more streamlined method of communication between orchestras and musicians. “We’re proud to bring a Tasmanian app to the market that we hope will change the game for musicians and orchestras across the globe,” said Tiffany Ashdown, Symphona’s CEO.


The Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) has launched a talent identification test to uncover our future sporting champions in preparation for Brisbane’s 2032 games. The TIS aims to test 1000 athletes aged 12-22 across seven Talent ID for 2023 testing sessions in May in Hobart, Launceston and Penguin. Identified athletes will be offered further opportunities to train and develop with the TIS. TIS Senior Coordinator Talent Identification, Gina Vernon, said the testing would identify athletes with who had natural upper and lower body power, good endurance and mental capabilities. “With Brisbane 2032 only nine years away, we have to start work now to get our talent pool in the best shape possible,” Dr Vernon said. “The range of tests used vary from the classic beep test, to a 20-metre sprint and vertical jump. We are looking for athletes from all sporting backgrounds who may find themselves being perfect for a sport they have never tried before.” The Hobart testing sessions will be on Wednesday 3 May at Hobart College from 4-7pm, on Thursday 11 May at Elizabeth College from 3:30-6:45pm and on Friday 12 May at Elizabeth College from 3-6pm. Further details and information on how to register is available at services/TID2032


Not-for-profit organisation Tassie Mums, which sends out essentials to children and families in need across the state, are hoping Tasmanians with a little bit extra to give can help them build up their winter stocks this year. Clair Harris, CEO of Tassie Mums, said they particularly need warm clothing for kids in all sizes. “As we head into the busy winter months we are especially seeking any donations of new or excellent condition warm essential clothing; pants, jumpers, long sleeve t-shirts, singlets and new socks and underwear,” she said. In March the organisation sent out items such as clothing, nappies and toiletries, to 195 vulnerable and at-risk children across Tasmania. “Tassie Mums now works with over 65 social service organisations and 185 support workers to ensure we are reaching children and families most in need,” said Clair. “Families experiencing financial hardship, domestic violence, mental health and homelessness. We are incredibly grateful for such a generous community of donors, sponsors and volunteers that enable us to help Tassie kids get the best start in life. Thank you, Tassie!” Get in touch through their socials or website to find your nearest donation drop point or make an online donation.


From the truly magnificent to the downright bizarre, the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition that gives centre stage to over 130 years of dress ups. Fancy Dress: From tutus to cosplay is an inclusive, sumptuous and friendly frolic into the joys of costume, and shines a spotlight on our enduring passion for costume culture from the 1890s to today. The exhibition – running until 29 July – features rarely seen historic images and film from the Tasmanian Archives, as well as a series of cosplay and curator talks. To find out more, head to

Well this looks like a fun fancy dress party. Pic: Tasmanian Archives


Hobart will get two Medicare Urgent Care Clinics, providing bulk billed care for locals who need to see a health professional with an urgent, but not life-threatening, problem. They’ll be open seven days a week with extended hours. Here’s hoping they’ll ease the pressure on our emergency departments – more than 41 per cent of presentations to emergency in Tasmania are classified as semi- or non-urgent. It’s not yet known where they’ll be, or when they’ll open. Providers are currently being identified through a Tasmanian Government tender process, which follows an Expression of Interest that closed earlier this year.

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