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by Sarah Aitken1 May
Living a Good Life in a Climate Emergency

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently presented us with a code red for humanity. It plunged some into a paralysed state of despair, whilst pushing others to action.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Tassie Paralympic Medallist – Deon Kenzie

Deon Kenzie recently smashed out his event in the Tokyo Paralympics, as one of three Tasmanian competitors.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Hobart Cricket Statistician Ric Finlay

Did you know that one of Australia’s most sought after cricket statisticians lives here in Hobart? This summer, listen for the voice of Ric Finlay over the airwaves, contributing facts and stats he’s gathered since the 1980s, stored in the database he built. He has also amassed an extensive collection of cricket books and almanacs, including not one but two full collections of Wisden Cricket Almanacs, dating back to 1864.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Actor, Campaigner, Explorer Essie Davis

Our geography seeps into our being. It can take grit to withstand chilling winters and stinging rain, isolated (even more so now) from some things that people interstate and overseas may take for granted. But people from Hobart have a certain way about them that can be both grounded and in flight at the same time.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Local Lad Will Parsell

Will Parsell is from a musical family in Hobart and trained at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Will is one of the primary musicians at Inscape Tasmania, a program that offers music and art to patients in a hospital setting.

by Dawn Green, Volunteering Tasmania1 May
Obsa and Ahmed

The Give Back program – how two Hobart teens are challenging stereotypes and leading the way.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Local Lad John Churchill

As executive chef of The Deck and core restaurant and bar, John Churchill believes sustainability starts with teaching apprentices well.

by Steve Madgwick1 May
Survival Instincts Save Lives on the Franklin River

Luckily, Franzi Eichler uses her full-beast-mode only for the forces of good.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Sarah Andrews The Self Styler

Sarah Andrews has built a small empire out of a humble Strahan shack, then creating her own styling school to help others do the same. She spoke with Sarah Aitken about her self-made successes and her love of Tasmania.

by Sarah Aitken1 May
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.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Local Lad School Principal Craig Deayton

As the principal of Guilford Young College, Craig Deayton finds joy in helping young Tasmanians achieve their dreams…and a good cycle after work.

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 Williams1 May
Tasmanian Olympic Kayaker Dan Watkins

Dan Watkins is one to watch. Bursting onto the senior scene only two years ago, the 25 year old is only just getting started, in a sport that values a bit of age under the belt.

by James Marten1 May
Matt Bevilacqua Finally Nabs Elusive Board Victory

Ironman Matt Bevilacqua added an extra special award to his trophy cabinet recently, becoming the Australian Board Race champion for the first time, despite being the world champ in the event five times over!

by Zilla Gordon1 May
Local Lad Blair Ashwood

Blair Ashwood is a professional dancer and dance teacher from Bellerive.

by Stephanie Williams9 March
Gemstones Are The Opal Of Luke Eliasz’ Eye

What happens when street art and opals combine? Jeweller Luke Eliasz is there for it.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Local Lad Marcus Enno AKA Beardy McBeard

Beardy McBeard is a Hobart-based photographer who has travelled the world shooting all the big races.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Local Lady Florist Eliza Rogers

Eliza Rogers is a florist with a love for using local and foraged flowers and weeds for weddings and installations.

by Stephanie Williams10 February
Richie Porte Back in the Saddle

With a Tour de France podium finish now under his belt, Stephanie Williams caught up with cyclist Richie Porte on his return to Tasmania. On a winning streak, he also recently held his crown as king of Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under.

by Stephanie Williams9 February
How Sam Elsom’s Seaweed Start Up Is Fighting Climate Change

With an established career in the fashion industry, Sam Elsom didn’t expect a conference call with climate scientist Tim Flannery to result in a move to aquaculture. Sam is now cultivate ing a native Tasmanian seaweed to sequester carbon and help reduce methane emissions from Australia’s meat, wool and dairy industries.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 May
Local Lad Darran Petty

After a rough childhood that included periods of homelessness, Darran Petty turned his life around through the power of bodybuilding. He now owns and operates his own martial arts studio in Hobart, as well as running a podcast and starting a filmmaking company.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 December
Tassie Lad in League For Top Surfing Prize

Tasmanian surfer, Sam Lennox may be on the brink of winning $30,000 after a video of him riding a gargantuan wave at Shipstern Bluff has progressed to the finals of an online competition.

by Stephanie Williams7 December
Grace Tame: Australian of the Year 2021

As a passionate advocate for sexual assault, Grace is a leader of positive change committed to breaking the cycle of abuse. She’s also a self-described adventurer and a lover of life – who can’t leave home without her Akubra.

by Stephanie Williams11 November
Actor Marta Dusseldorp On Covid And Comebacks

Having graced Australian stages and screens for thirty years, Marta Dusseldorp is set to star in The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini at Hobart’s historic Theatre Royal.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Hobart Artist Zoe Fitzherbert

Artist Zoe Fitzherbert made the transition from architecture to art in her late 20’s and hasn’t looked back.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Bondi Rescue’s Joel Bevilacqua

Joel Bevilacqua is as comfortable with words as he is with the waves. Having grown up on the beaches in Tassie, he now saves lives at busy Bondi Beach.

by Bonnie Mary Liston4 August
Saroo and Sue Brierley: Taking Pride In New Lion Works

When Saroo Brierley was only five years old, he got lost on a train in India and separated from his family. From the streets of Calcutta he was adopted by a Tasmanian family.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
Hamlet Cafe’s Emily Briffa

Hamlet Cafe has been part of the Hobart hospo landscape since February 2016 and delivers targeted training and work readiness skills in order to tackle the barriers which prevent disadvantaged Tasmanians from participating in work and community life. Since then, founder Emily Briffa has helped to provide over 22,000 hours of work experience to over 260 Tasmanians.

by Stephanie Williams4 August
How Boxing Became Luke Jackson’s Lifeline
After turning to boxing at 18 to escape a tough childhood, Luke Jackson has become one of Australia’s best boxers. He recently completed the 5-5-75 running challenge, raising funds for LIVIN, a charity that aims to break the stigma of mental health.
by Stephanie Williams4 August
Bridgewater Jerry: The Elusive Weather Phenomenon
Here’s what we know about old mate Jerry. Like a black-clad Melbourne art lover, he loves to visit Hobart in winter. Around Bridgewater is his stomping ground and cold mornings don’t deter him, in fact he favours them.
by Stephanie Williams4 August
Richie Porte In Tour de France Podium Finish
Richie Porte has taken out third place in the 2020 Tour de France, being only the second Australian to grace the podium in the race’s history. The race, rumoured to be one of his last, was extra challenging for Richie who missed the birth of his second child Eloise while racing. Having grown up in Launceston, cyclist Richie Porte will now go down in the history books as the first Tasmanian to achieve a podium finish in le Tour.
by Stephanie Williams17 July
Stellar Perry Takes It To The Final Of The Voice

Singer Stellar Perry battled it out in the grand final of The Voice as a contestant on Team Delta. We had a quick chat with Stellar ahead of her big night. 

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Adie Delaney From The Circus Studio

I’m Tasmanian by birth but left the state just before my 18th birthday to pursue a career in circus. I was coming home every couple of years to see my family, then around 2013 I put up some aerial equipment in the local gymnastics centre, did an intensive teacher training with a couple of people who held the fort until I came back in 2015 to run the program.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Jess Wuetschner

Jess Wuetschner is one of two Tasmanians playing for the Brisbane Lions in the AFL Women’s League, playing a leading role in taking her team to the Grand Final in March this year against the Bulldogs. Jess fought hard to keep her team in the game – with two goals in the final term to get the margin back to five points. She finished the season with the most goals for the year (including in the GF) and even nabbed a spot in the AFLW All Australian team. Here’s Jess’ story.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Joey Edwards From Moonah

Born and bred in Hobart, Joey Edwards runs Un-Racked, a group training gym in Moonah with a passionate following.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Sophie Scarlett From Cambridge

Cambridge’s Sophie Scarlett is bringing stye to Hobart homes via her business Scarlett & Co.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Daisy McMullen From The Eastern Shore

Young photographer Daisy McMullen loves nothing more than Tassie through her lens between coffee with friends.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Conor Canning From Battery Point

Property representative Conor Canning is Hobart born and bred and is kicking goals in local real estate.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Alex Peroni- Racing To A Fast Future

Hobart born and bred, 18 year old Alex Peroni is making waves in the world of motorsport in Europe. He recently won the Grand Prix of Monaco, marking the pinnacle of his fast-moving career to date.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Musician Mike Noga On His Love Of Hobart

When I joined the band they were about to embark on a six month tour of Europe. I packed my bag and climbed aboard and before I knew it, six months had turned into 11 years. Somehow we just scraped by financially, but in terms of wealth of experience, I am a multi millionaire. From being pashed by Patti Smith on stage at the Sydney Opera House, to touring stadiums with Neil Young, to playing numerous festivals across the world and every horrible, run-down-toilet-of-a-venue in between.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Musician Christopher Coleman Delivers Weak Month

Full of grit, vivid imagery and his unmistakable voice, Weak Month is the latest EP from Tasmanian musician, Christopher Coleman.

by Genevieve Morton1 November
Andrew Swayze From South Hobart

Hobart punk-rock band A. Swayze And The Ghosts played alongside Jet and The Vines this year and provided home-grown talent at Falls and Panama festivals here at home. Frontman Andrew Swayze lives in South Hobart with his wife Olivia.

by Genevieve Morton 1 November
Catherine Robinson From South Hobart

Social researcher and homelessness expert Catherine Robinson co-presents SBS TV’s Filthy Rich and Homeless and when she’s home she grows a native garden and drinks coffee on a sunny step.

by Stephanie Williams1 November
Michelle Crawford

Working with some top brands and publications, food stylist, recipe writer and photographer Michelle Crawford proudly calls the Huon Valley home. This year she’s curating The Taste of Tasmania Culinary Program, featuring Tassie’s top gastronomy talent.

by Stephanie Williams1 November
Josh Peach – Run To The Chopper – Behind The Scenes With The Westpac Rescue Team

Josh Peach has been a police officer since 1995 and part of the Westpac Rescue Chopper team since 2009. We went behind the scenes at their air base in Cambridge to learn more about this important service.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Dr Kirsten Connan: Taking Care Of Women And Business

Dr Kirsten Connan is an obstetrician and gynaecologist and has recently extended her practice to focus on overall women’s healthcare. She’s also a Telstra Business Women’s Award recipient and passionate about helping women in all aspects of their lives.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Bece Owens From West Hobart

As a senior property rep with Ray White, Bec Owens knows Hobart. She’s also a past winner of the Tasmanian Telstra Young Business Women Award, started baby wear label Mizzle and is mum to two rowdy boys.

by Genevieve Morton1 January
Guy Stayner

Self-confessed Hobart ‘newbie’, Guy Stayner recently replaced Peter Gee as the ABC TV news presenter last year. When he’s not exploring the city’s cafés in search of the best coffee, he’s revelling in the view from his home in Lindisfarne.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Rebecca White

Rebecca White is a Member for Lyons and the leader of the Tasmanian Labor Party. She recently took time out to chat with The Hobart Magazine about her busy life.

by James Marten1 March
Matthew Jenkins From Kingston

Having a defence background helps Mates4Mates Liaison Officer Matthew Jenkins in his work with ex and current serving defence force personnel.

by Genevieve Morton1 March
Chloe Proud

Hobart healthy food advocate Chloe Proud takes a patch-to-plate approach to business. When she’s not pressing juice and sourcing the best Tasmanian produce for Vita, Alceme Kitchen and Tasmanian Juice Press, she’s bushwalking, drinking coffee and spending time with her family.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
From Intern To CEO- How AFL Has Shaped Trisha Squire’s Life

Trisha Squires is in the hot seat as the first female CEO of AFL Tasmania. Facing adversity earlier in her life, Trisha has enjoyed a high profile career in the community and sporting sectors. She now lives in Hobart with her husband and two gorgeous girls.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
Ironman Matt Bevilacqua

A childhood spent diving into our cold Tassie ocean has created a national ironman champion in Matt Bevilacqua.

by James Marten 1 May
Ben Clifford From Hobart

Children’s book illustrator Ben Clifford loves the simple things in life – a roast chook and time spent outdoors, or wandering through the bookshops of Hobart.

by Bonnie Liston1 May
Emma Skalicky From Sandy Bay

Actress, director, and playwright, Emma Skalicky recently had her work staged in Sydney, published an anthology, and is currently directing Picnic at Hanging Rock for Bad Company Theatre.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Rodney Dunn Of The Agrarian Kitchen

Rodney Dunn and his wife Severine Demanet have created The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School in Lachlan and more recently their two hatted Eatery at Willow Court in New Norfolk. They’re now set to embark on their next project, creating the most amazing kitchen garden in Australia…at least.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Nick Hall From Dodges Ferry

As a surfer and adventurer, Nick Hall’s love of nature and the great outdoors has become part of his work.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Bonnie Davies From Taroona

When she’s not nursing in theatre at the Royal, Bonnie is running, completing marathons all over the world.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Annia Baron

Annia Baron wears many hats – singer, musician, yoga teacher, psychologist, walker. Ahead of her Festival of Voices performance she shares what drives her to perform in every part of her life.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
From Miss Tasmania to the Parliament: Politician Sue Hickey

As the city ramps up efforts to help the less fortunate, politician Sue Hickey has placed herself firmly in the centre of the debate. Not one to shy away from controversy or hard work, we discovered what has shaped Sue’s drive and determination to help.

by Genevieve Morton1 July
Jon Kudelka – Laughter Lines

Award-winning Tasmanian cartoonist Jon Kudelka is passionate about conservation, caricature and NOT falling off his bike before a deadline. Every now and then he cracks himself up.

by Stephanie Williams 1 September
Joe Chivers From Granton

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

by Genevieve Morton1 September
Jo Cook From West Hobart

Meet the foodie behind every delicious bite you enjoyed at the Dark Mofo Winter Feast. Jo Cook is a Hobart food curator who makes it her business to try every delicious aspect of living in Tasmania.

by Stephanie Williams1 September
Over The Fence With Shaun And Zac

In the upcoming short film Sidelines, best mates Shaun and Zac fulfil a lifelong dream to form their own cricket team.

by Stephanie Williams1 December
Sam Cole From North Hobart

When you get along to The Taste of Tasmania this year you’ll be enjoying the fun and sweet sounds Sam Cole has curated in the entertainment program.

by Hobart Magazine1 December
Meg McKeown From Lenah Valley

Having just spent a year in Antarctica, Dr Meg is ready to get back to her patients and passion projects in Hobart.

by Stephanie Williams 1 February
Zindzi Okenyo

Depending on what stage of life you’re at, Zindzi Okenyo will be familiar for different reasons. Having spent formative years in Hobart, Zindzi is now an accomplished actor, RnB/hip hop musician and PlaySchool presenter.

by Stephanie Williams1 December
Smooth Sounds Of Sailing – Alistair Douglas

Alistair Douglas, OAM, plays an integral role in guiding salty sea dogs into port each year as part of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He recently let us into the control room to get the lowdown on the action.

by Emma Castle1 February
Heather Rose

Heather Rose is an award winning author of eight novels, including her latest, Bruny.

by Genevieve Morton1 February
Richard Sprent

Richard Sprent has turned his life-long obsession with books into a career at his Hobart bookshop Cracked & Spineless. He’s a man so busy, he fantasises about one day being bored.

by Stephanie Williams1 February
George Bailey

Hobart local George Bailey calls time on his international and domestic cricket playing career this month, moving into the role of national selector for the Australian men’s team.

by Genevieve Morton1 March
Freya Downie

Sweet tooth Freya Downie is the creative young entrepreneur behind Freya’s Delights. When she’s not making her signature caramel sauce the 15 year-old is playing soccer or riding a jet ski.

by Stephanie Williams1 March
A Minute With Premier Peter Gutwein

Southerners can’t have all the fun. Our Local Lad is Launnie’s Peter Gutwein, Tassie’s Premier.

by Stephanie Williams 1 April
Carlene De Tres

The privacy of our property, the beautiful old gums and the lovely views of the river. I can stand at my kitchen bench, look to the right and watch sun rise, then later in the day, stand in the same spot and watch the sun set to my left.

by Stephanie Williams 1 April
Professor Alex Hewitt

Professor Alex Hewitt is an ophthalmologist and has had a variety of his medical research studies funded by the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation over the years. He’s currently part of a research team that have gained New Project Grant funding for 2020.

by Stephanie Williams1 April
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.

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Exploring Tassie These Winter School Holidays
We know that staying indoors with the family isn’t always fun. And while it’s obviously cold outside, you’re only a puffer jacket and beanie away from being comfortable and ready to explore. There’s lots of family fun to be had in all sorts of weird and wonderful places across the state these school holidays.
Sand Surfing on the Peninsula
The half-day walk to Crescent Beach in the Tasman National Park offers so much- including epic sand dunes for surfing and incredible views.
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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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!