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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 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 Zilla Gordon1 December
Put Your Best Foot Forward: How to Hike

It isn’t always as easy as it looks on the ‘gram. Here’s your guide to hiking Tasmania’s photogenic tracks.

by Zilla Gordon1 December
Distillers Diversify to Conquer Covid

The green fairy has left bohemian Paris and come to Hobart.

by Annia Baron8 December
No Mud No Lotus

For an iconic flower, such as the Tasmanian Waratah, to bloom into its fullest potential, it must first go through a period of severe discomfort. To germinate, the seed must break through its hard exterior, spend time in the cold, wet dirt, and navigate through darkness before it can feel the warmth of the sun. Only then, does this special native brighten our wild landscape. Only then, we are gifted with its captivating beauty.

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 May
Make Mum’s Day Amazing

It’s almost unbelievable that Mum technically only gets one day a year where their superhuman efforts are celebrated. So on that day, it’s your job as a husband, wife, partner, child or loved one, to put that Mum in your life on the pedestal she deserves. Here’s our wrap up of some of the best ways you can show your love on Sunday 13 May.

by Cable Guy1 May
A Day In The Life Of A Mount Wellington Cable Car Driver

4:30am: Wake up, check the weather (bluebird day!) and drive up the mountain to the staff room to clock on – with no room left at the Cascade Depot area, the most logical place for a staff room was up top. Unfortunately, get stuck in the sunrise traffic driving up the mountain, bloody photographers and all their equipment.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Paint The Town Red: Get On Board Dark Mofo

Kate McCarthy is the Marketing Manager at Destination Southern Tasmania, the people who represent Tasmania’s southern region, stretching across the municipalities of Hobart, Glenorchy, Clarence, Brighton, Sorell, Kingborough, Huon Valley, Derwent Valley, Tasman, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands.

by Phil Exton1 May
As Close As It Gets: MTB Around Hobart

My business, Tasmanian Mountain Bike Adventures is family owned and operated. Having been a keen rider for much of my life, I was curious as to whether my skills as a teacher and Principal would hold me in good stead in the world as an entrepreneur. Two years on and we’ve now completed our first year operating our business.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Green Thumbs At Hobart City Farm

Hobart City Farm was founded by a collective in 2014 – James Da Costa, Bridget Stewart, Louise Sales, Sam Beattie and Hannah Maloney. It’s a not-for-profit organisation, run like a social enterprise, focused on running a vibrant, financially viable and environmentally regenerative small farm growing a diverse range of food. It also builds community and provides meaningful employment.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Trash Or Treasure: The Resource Coop Tip Shop Will Sort It Out

Molly Kendall is the Coordinator at the Resource Work Cooperative, who run the South Hobart Tip Shop. We spoke to her about how the shop works and why they’re seeing an influx in both waste and interest.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Best Hobart Parks

It’s a given that most people know a park or two in their local area, and might have a favourite they travel to to mix it up, but if your park game is feeling stale, check out our wrap up of some of the best parks in Hobart.

by Barend Bender1 July
Australian Antarctic Festival

From 2-5 August, the Australian Antarctic Festival hits Princes Wharf, Castray Esplanade to celebrate all things Antarctic, from the ships and logistics of getting scientists there, to talking through fascinating insights into life on the frozen continent. You can book to take a tour of the Aurora Australis and RF Investigator ships at the wharf, or head out to the airport to inspect the RAAF Globemaster C-17A aircraft.

by Winsor Dobbin1 July
Tasmanians Named In 2018 Young Gun Of Wine Awards

Two Hobart region wine producers attracted national attention when they won awards recently at the 2018 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW) awards, described as “one of the world’s most rigorous talent searches for young winemakers and new labels.”

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 July
The Initiation- How To Open The Line Of Sexual Communication

Driving to the supermarket, through the usual dinner time torment, Darren pipes up, “You know the other night when I placed my hand on your shoulder in bed I was feeling like you know…”

by Stephanie Williams1 July
24 Carrot Gardens Project

Kirsha Kaechele is an American artist and curator living in Hobart, and the driving force behind 24 Carrot Gardens. She moved here to live with David Walsh, of Mona and started the program to teach kids the value of understanding where food comes from.

by Genevieve Morton1 November
Tasty Street Scene

When TacoTaco first appeared in Hobart in 2012, the line-up for casual Mexican fare was long and the need for a street food scene was clear.

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 November
The Celebration- Twas The Fight Before Christmas

Where has the year gone?!” A familiar comment that is made just before the ‘silly season’ commences. Like a meeting at the UN the tension is palpable as relatives from far and wide come together. Some may have grudges buried deep within for decades, released in no time by a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfortunately, police and support services have to respond to a spike in family violence over the Christmas and New Year period.

by Genevieve Morton1 November
Healthy Food Swaps

Skipping the gym, staying up late and making unhealthy food choices? As the festive season approaches we often let our healthy routines slide, thinking we’ll get back on track in the New Year. But these five simple food and drink swaps will help you to stay well over the Christmas break – and into next year. Where to start? With breakfast.

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 Frendin28 February
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.

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.
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February 2024

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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!