The Hobart

Joe Chivers From Granton

by Stephanie Williams
Joe Chivers From Granton

A man of many sporting talents, Joe Chivers loves a chat as much as he loves chocolate mud cake.

What do you love about the suburb you live in?

I live in Granton. I love living here due to the quiet nature of the suburb and how safe it is. Our neighbours are super friendly and are always happy to help.

What’s the best thing about Hobart?

The people. I love chatting to anyone and everyone I meet. The majority of people have such a great attitude here.

And the worst?

The worst part would have to be the heritage building regulations. As a person living with physical disability, it is extremely difficult to navigate some parts of Hobart. There are a number of venues and events I can’t attend due to ridiculous, outdated policies surrounding heritage buildings and altering them to accommodate disabled facilities.

Tell us a little about your work?

I work for the ParaQuad Association of Tasmania in Glenorchy. We are a not for profit organisation. I facilitate our wheelchair sports in schools program. We take wheelchairs and equipment into schools all over Tasmania to give students and staff an opportunity to experience life in a wheelchair and learn better spinal health and about the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on our decision making processes.

Where’s your favourite eatery?

My favourite spot to grab a bite would have to be St. Albi Bar & Eatery in Moonah. Their food is amazing, great atmosphere, super friendly staff and a really top location.

Drink of choice and where do you head for it?

I am a coffee fan myself. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol. Shake a Leg Junior in Moonah is my go to for a cuppa.

Guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is a nice big piece of chocolate mud cake. Crisp N’ Sweet in the Claremont Village make phenomenal cakes and treats.

What do you never leave home without?

I never leave home without a notepad and pen. Regardless of where I am going or what I am doing, I need to have an outlet to get things down on paper. Whether it be a quick to do list or jotting down ideas for an artistic project, it’s great to have that ready to roll. I also can’t leave home without my wheelchair, haha.

When there’s nothing to do, you . . .

My partner and I head out and find geocaches. Geocaching is an outdoor activity, in which participants use a mobile device and app to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Hobart has heaps.

Favourite Hobart secret?

Hobart’s street art scene is slowly taking off. There are a number of alleyways and nooks that now display amazing artworks. The Mobius Strip is particularly awesome.

What do you love doing outside work?

I love to play sport, particularly a new sport called Wheelchair Aussie Rules. It was adapted right here in Tasmania and is now played in five states across Australia. I play in the VWFL for Hawthorn. I travel over fortnightly to play games in Victoria. ParaQuad Tas has also just started a social competition on Thursday nights at the Glenorchy YMCA 6pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome. ■

Love this

Cold Water Wake Up Call
It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about or participating in cold water swimming right now.
A Short Geelong Getaway
Since the Spirit of Tasmania terminal moved from Melbourne to Geelong late last year, a visit to Geelong has been on the radar.
27 Hobart Friends Get Snipping For One Off Wine
The borders were declared shut in Tasmania on the 30th of March, 2020; the first stare to do so amid the COVID- 19 pandemic and hard lockdown of Hobart followed.
Danphe Nepalese and Indian Food + Peppermint Bay Bar and Bistro
Nepalese food is a comfort in our house. Having spent much time trekking and mountain climbing in Nepal as a younger man, Nepalese food is something I always love to go back to.
That’s DR Hannah Gadsby To You
From Smithton to Netflix and the Emmys stage, Tasmanian stand up comic Hannah Gadsby has forged an unlikely path. Following on from the massive success of her shows Nanette and Douglas, Hannah brings her new show Body of Work to Hobart this month.
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.
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.
Hobart Chefs: When The Obsession Becomes Real
Tasmania’s brand as a foodie haven is cemented. But within the local hospitality industry there are those who love to use local produce...and those who are next-level obsessed with it. We spoke to a bunch of Hobart chefs who are top of the game when it comes to fostering relationships with local farmers and growers.
Did You Know Australia’s First Female Doctor Was Hobartian?
Tasmania, despite its small size and population in comparison to the mainland, has produced more than its proportionally predicted percentage of significant figures and heroes of Australian history. 
Return Travellers Adding Pressure to Hobart Housing
For all of us 2020 was a year like no other, punctuated by rapid change and plenty of new challenges. For vulnerable people in Tasmania, including people facing homelessness, those on low incomes and those facing increasingly higher rents, it was very challenging. We are seeing a growing demand for homes in Tassie from international travellers returning home, people moving for work and others seeking the lifestyle that our Apple Isle has to offer.
AboutContributeAdvertiseNewsletter Sign UpContact
June 2024

Stay up to date with everything happening at the Hobart Magazine.

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!