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Thursday, 19 April

17:39

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Main Road, CLAREMONT "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Main Road, CLAREMONT
STATUS: Going
TYPE: RUBBISH FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261660
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:39:48 +1000

17:10

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Amity Court, CLARENDON VALE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Amity Court, CLARENDON VALE
STATUS: Patrol
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261659
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:10:58 +1000

13:14

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Quarry Road, MORNINGTON "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Quarry Road, MORNINGTON
STATUS: Patrol
TYPE: FIRE INCIDENT
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261655
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:14:36 +1000

08:24

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Southwest "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Southwest
STATUS: Going
TYPE: FUEL REDUCTION BURN
SIZE: 1000 Hectares
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/a/57526
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Parks & Wildlife Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:24:32 +1000

08:14

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Southwest "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Southwest
STATUS: Going
TYPE: FUEL REDUCTION BURN
SIZE: 453 hectares
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/a/57523
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Parks & Wildlife Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:51 +1000

08:14

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Colebrook "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Colebrook
STATUS: Going
TYPE: FUEL REDUCTION BURN
SIZE: 30 hectares
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/a/57509
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Parks & Wildlife Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:22 +1000

08:14

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Triabunna "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Triabunna
STATUS: Going
TYPE: FUEL REDUCTION BURN
SIZE: 1661 hectares
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/a/57507
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Parks & Wildlife Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:14 +1000

08:14

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Levendale "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Levendale
STATUS: Going
TYPE: FUEL REDUCTION BURN
SIZE: 272 hectares
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/a/57530
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Sustainable Timber Tasmania
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:14:06 +1000

06:03

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Clarence Street, BELLERIVE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Clarence Street, BELLERIVE
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261644
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:03:52 +1000

01:48

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Macquarie Street, HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Macquarie Street, HOBART
STATUS: Going
TYPE: HAZMAT
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261638
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:48:01 +1000

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Wednesday, 18 April

21:45

The massive immorality of mass immigration ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Like a lead weight attached to our cultural identity, our quality of life was dragged down by a new vision of cultural and class relativism. Our dog-boxes are cheaper and better than dog-boxes in China you see; just ask someone from China and let them set the demand here in Australia. Of course, if you live at Point Piper or Toorak the fire sale of working and middle-class Australias amenity and our cultural values didnt affect you. You were still be able to walk your dog in leafy streets and in near-empty and manicured parkland. Long ago your communitys planning laws meant that youd never experience high-density living or a need to pay the ultimate great big new tax by relinquishing your access to public assets and space. Your standard of living will just get better as the gap between you and the rest widens - and thats the whole point SMH: Joint Treasury-Home Affairs analysis highlights economic benefits of Australias immigration intake

21:30

The Good Samaritan: Give Directly to Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Alain de Botton argues in his book Religion for Atheists that religions still have some very important things to teach us, even if we no longer believe their supernatural claims.  Rather than mocking religions, non-believers should instead take the best of what they have to offer

21:20

Doctors alarmed by renewed Tarkine destruction ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmanian doctors have been alarmed to see escalated threats to biodiversity with renewed and seemingly accelerated destruction of native forests in the takayna / Tarkine region

21:15

Overview of poll results by John Hewson "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Proposition: The recent US corporate tax cuts will have no impact on investments in and capital flows into Australia.

21:00

Alien Abduction ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This was written many years ago when abductions were being reported regularly. The alien intent seemed so absurd as to make the reports a joke. It was assumed the victims were pathological liars or clinically mad, imagining that interstellar visitors would be anal obsessives just like they themselves, as if early toilet training has a lot to answer for here and therefore throughout the far - flung reaches of the galaxy

19:00

The Californians Are Coming! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?

I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.

But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...

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09:04

Tasmania Police: Police investigate deliberately lit fire in Mowbray "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police are investigating a deliberately lit fire at the Charity Shop on Invermay Road, Mowbray overnight which caused around $20,000 damage.

CCTV footage shows a woman leaving the scene in a Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, heading south on Invermay Road.

Anyone with information in relation to the fire is asked to contact Launceston CIB on
131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at crimestopperstas.com.au or phone 1800 333 000.

 

The post Police investigate deliberately lit fire in Mowbray appeared first on Tasmania Police.

07:47

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Terry Street, GLENORCHY "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Terry Street, GLENORCHY
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261621
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:47:41 +1000

04:18

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Albion Road, BRIDGEWATER "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Albion Road, BRIDGEWATER
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261614
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:18:38 +1000

04:05

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Musks Road, SANDFORD "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Musks Road, SANDFORD
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: VEGETATION FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261613
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:05:39 +1000

03:51

Tasmania Police: Suspicious fire at Chichester Drive, Devonport "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police are investigating a deliberately lit fire in Chichester Drive, Devonport, on Tuesday evening.

Around 10pm last night, Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service were called to a reported fire at a unit in Chichester Drive, Devonport. However, the fire was extinguished before they arrived. Subsequent examinations have determined the fire to be deliberately lit.

The fire caused minor damage estimated around $1,000.

Police are calling for anyone who may have witnessed any suspect behaviour in Chichester Drive last night to come forward. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au

The post Suspicious fire at Chichester Drive, Devonport appeared first on Tasmania Police.

03:50

Little Girl Spots Something Unusual While Out For A Walk "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Anja Boot, her daughter and a few friends were hiking through Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia, a couple weeks ago when they encountered something quite unusual a baby wombat hitching a ride on his moms back.

It was actually Boots 11-year-old daughter, Ruby, who first spotted the wombat duo.

Ruby called out to me, Mum, there's a wombat here on top of another one, Boot told The Dodo. I must admit, I had no idea what she could have been meaning as I had never seen this before.

Credit: Anja Boot

When Boot went to have a look, she was pretty surprised.

"I saw Mama wombat about 10 meters [32 feet] away from us, with her baby trying to keep its balance on her back, Boot said. I had one of those overwhelming feelings of the wonder of nature. It was just so special  I've never seen anything like that before.

From a safe distance, they watched the wombat pair crawl through tufts of grass for several minutes while Boot snapped a few photos. Mama wombat would take a few steps to a new patch of grass and the baby would just manage to stay on, Boot said.

Credit: Anja Boot

But when the mother wombat decided to leap over a stream, the baby wombat ran into a touch of trouble.

There had been a huge amount of rain the week before, and the baby literally did a somersault in the air and landed down in the water, Boot said. I stood anxiously on the track waiting to see baby reemerge. The mama in me needed to see that baby back with its own mama.

The mother wombat didnt seem overly concerned about her baby she was too busy munching on grass. But perhaps the mother knew she didnt have to worry.

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03:11

PERTH Father accused of sexually abusing young daughters and stepchildren "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Father accused of sexually abusing young daughters and stepchildren .

April 17, 2018 at 10:45PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Taskforce Mirzam was launched to investigate an alleged child sex ring in WA. Source: File/AAP. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://au.news.yahoo.com/wa/a/39918768/more-sex-charges-laid-in-alleged-child-abuse-case/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF7JhPIeRo5kbgzi74aipdSej6MwA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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01:58

Current Alerts List Southern Region: South Street, TARANNA "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: South Street, TARANNA
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261610
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:58:16 +1000

01:54

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Freestone Point Road, TRIABUNNA "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Freestone Point Road, TRIABUNNA
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: VEGETATION FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261609
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:54:39 +1000

00:00

April 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.

1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.

1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.

1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.

1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.

1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.

1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.

1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.

1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.

1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
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Tuesday, 17 April

23:36

Has TasWater breached the Law by opening the Emergency Gate Valve? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On Friday 13th April 2018, TasWater fully opened the Emergency Gate Valve of the Waratah Reservoir

22:00

Freebies ... ! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmanian Times has a prizepack of movies to give away from Madman Entertainment ... All you have to do is write to editor@tasmaniantimes.com , giving your snail-mail address. As always, first in best dressed ...

21:01

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Musks Road, SANDFORD "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Musks Road, SANDFORD
STATUS: Patrol
TYPE: STRUCTURE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 3
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261602
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:01:58 +1000

14:01

PERTH Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Their arrests are part of the ongoing Taskforce Mirzam investigation in WA into child sex offences that saw the arrest of a Perth mum accused of raping her daughter. Detectives are still investigating allegations the woman took

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/father-at-centre-of-alleged-child-sex-ring-charged-with-79-offences-relating-to-daughters-and-stepchildren-ng-b88808868z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFdsthcFCJJ4TTQ8NmgXl0G9H1zuA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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14:01

PERTH More sex charges stem from swinging case "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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More sex charges stem from swinging case .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old girl. The 39-year-old mother was previously charged with a total of 93 offences. Taskforce

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/more-sex-charges-stem-from-swinging-case/news-story/108aa59037da9c9e7fbacbb29e4a72b5&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEXqG5EjBw38WxOQppY3Mh9XtkDFA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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14:01

PERTH Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at http://www.crimestopperswa.com.au Callers may remain anonymous if they

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/father-and-other-man-face-over-100-charges-of-child-sex-abuse/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEzQgA2dyTPEHZE4oJL6hBtRqk4gw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Taskforce Mirzam detectives have further charged two men aged 45 and 56 years, with a total of 101 additional offences as a result of their ongoing and extensive investigation into child sexual abuse. The 45 year old man has been charged with a total of 79 offences and the 56 year old man has been

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/further-charges-laid-by-taskforce-mirzam-detectives-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEL1HAj7hrZXWyo3_StJiLddXg9Sg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring .

April 17, 2018 at 12:31PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at http://www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/charges-laid-alleged-perth-paedophile-swingers-ring&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFbsrBrwtw0LNpm0ZQR2Bqu6R_7Bg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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13:13

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Macquarie Street, HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Macquarie Street, HOBART
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261596
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:13:02 +1000

12:43

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Barossa Road, GLENORCHY "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Barossa Road, GLENORCHY
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: VEHICLE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261595
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:43:23 +1000

10:44

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Wilmot Road, HUONVILLE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Wilmot Road, HUONVILLE
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261593
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:44:02 +1000

04:59

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Cadbury Road, CLAREMONT "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Cadbury Road, CLAREMONT
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261585
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:59:41 +1000

03:22

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Macquarie Street, HOBART "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Macquarie Street, HOBART
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/261581
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:22:44 +1000

02:45

Disassociation From Tasmanian Times "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Until yesterday there was an image link to this website in the sidebar of Tasmanian Times.  Such as it was (I'm no graphic designer!), it looked like this:


However I have now decided to disassociate this site from Tasmanian Times to the maximum extent possible.

The nature of this decision is as follows:

1. It is no longer possible to reach this site via the sidebar on TT as the link has been removed at my request.

2. I have asked the TT editor to cease promoting and linking to my site on TT.

3. Barring a major improvement in TT moderation or other satisfactory solution, I will not post any more comments to TT in the future at all.  (Since leaving the site as a writer in 2012 I have only commented there rarely anyway.)

4. All future links to TT that I may post here in the course of my coverage or debate will be to a Wayback Machine version of the content only.

The cause of this decision is dissatisfaction with TT's failure to take a sufficiently proactive approach to the moderation of comments.  Although comments on TT are screened and commenters are asked to abide by the TT Code of Conduct, comments about me that are defamatory and/or breach the TT Code of Conduct continue to slip through.  This was one of the problems that caused me to leave TT as a writer in the first place, but even since leaving I have had to complain to TT in order to have material removed at least six times, most of these involving personal attacks that came completely out of the blue.  A highly defamatory article about my election coverage was also recently published on TT, though I let that one go and even linked to it as the author was a candidate and in the interests of election-season colour and amusement.

The following available solutions are unsatisfactory:

1. Complaining to TT to have material removed, because this requires me to waste effort and time explaining why some thoughtless toss-off by a TT poster should be removed, and because by the time I become aware of the comment and ask for it to be removed, the comment has already had most of the exposure it is probably going to get.

2. Replying to the comments, because replying to braindead comments on TT breeds more braindead comments on TT and increases the defamation-magnet factor involved with any mention of my name on that site at...

01:59

Vacancy rates tighten in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Canberra tightens

Vacancy rates tightened slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2018, down from 2.3 per cent a year earlier (and 2.2 per cent in February 2018) according to SQM Research. 

In the month of March vacancy rates fell in Brisbane from 3.4 per cent to 3.2 per cent, and in Canberra from 0.8 per cent to just 0.6 per cent.

The vacancy rate for Canberra has fallen from 2.5 per cent in mid-2015 when it was announced in the Barr Budget that there would be significant rate rise and land taxes imposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

While there are rentals on the market, the methodology picks up rental properties vacant between leases for a period of time and acts a viable leading indicator for markets that are tightening or easing. 

With investors looking elsewhere, SQM reports that median asking rents for houses in the ACT have increased by +29 per cent over the past 3 years to $617/week.

That makes Canberra the second most expensive capital city after Sydney at a $738/week median asking rent for houses. 


In Hobart the chronic shortage of rentals has eased a little over the past two months, if only a little. 

Melbourne has a relatively tight vacancy rate at 1.4 per cent, while in Sydney the vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent is being reflected in relatively flat rents overall, including a slight decline for median house asking rents. 

The Perth market continues to pick up steadily from its nadir. 

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