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Friday, 15 September

01:27

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Bligh Street, WARRANE "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Bligh Street, WARRANE
STATUS: Going
TYPE: Chimney fire
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254526
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:27:25 +1000

01:20

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Gourlay Street, WEST HOBART
STATUS: Going
TYPE: RESCUE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254524
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:20:22 +1000

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Thursday, 14 September

22:15

FTs coming of age? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Extract from an article by John Lawrence published in the Mercury Tuesday, 16 June 2015 John Lawrence in Comments HERE: Claire (#6) its not a lease. Its worse than that. Its a forestry right pursuant to the Forestry Rights Registration Act 1990. The Cayman Islanders get the right to use 29,000 hectares of land for 99 years. They dont pay rent. The upfront fee gives them the rights to the existing timber plus use of the land rent free for 99 years. Gordon at #2 is wrong, I think, they will pay rates.  When youre paying $2k per hectare for a right to use land for 99 years rent free you are, in effect, paying about $1,500 per hectare for the land. Think of it as prepaying rent for 99 years.  In $ terms a 99 year right is not much different to a freehold interest. That leaves $500 per hectare for the trees, average age over 10 years, which would have had an establishment cost of $3k per hectare plus the holding and maintenance costs since then. Guy Barnett argues its a good deal. Actually FT or STT or whatever its now called doesnt own the land so only $15 million (or 25%) of the sale price belongs to it. Thats $15 million for a crop that probably cost $100 million to establish. Guy wont tell you exactly. The original cost has been lost in the system.The remaining 75% is for the disposal of an interest in crown land. If it ends up being left in STT its a defacto subsidy. The government has disposed of a non STT asset, in this case a 99 year interest in Crown land, and will put the proceeds , or most of it back into STT. Thats a subsidy. And a 99 year forestry right is for all intents and purpose the disposal of freehold crown land. Only the sanctimonious would argue otherwise. Guy Barnett: Plantations sale a huge winner for health, jobs and the economy YESTERDAY on Tasmanian Times ... Vica Bayley Media Release: Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging

21:00

Businesses call on political leaders to act to protect Tasmanian communities and economy ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

At 1.30pm today an historic open letter is being delivered to Will Hodgman and Rebecca White by James Boyce Anglicare: Community Voice on Pokies Reform Greens: Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on Pokies Download the Open Letter ... Open_Letter.pdf Examiner: James Boyce delivers open letter calling for poker machine ban in pubs and clubs Stephen Menadue in Comments: I understand little about politics but to hear an aspiring Premier say the plan would be to buy the machines back and then keep Tassie pokies free made me feel really good. Ive been told that, technically, the statement really didnt count or didnt mean what the words implied, or should I say, stated. Can a maker-of-a-promise be sued if they do not live up to it ?

19:04

Australian ski fields and thundersnow: Global cooling has started "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Twisting weather in Australia sees record heat one day followed 18 hours later by snow in the same location. Snow pack for Australian alps at five year highs and more late Spring snow coming through the next week. Tasmania late season snows down to 100 meters, nearly on the beaches in spring, unheard of. Australian MSM claims warmest winter ever, but we all know how the BOM rigged temperature stations to stop registering temperatures cooler than -10.3C, so is this truly the warmest or were the records falsified? Sources

15:34

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Tolosa Street, GLENORCHY
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles:
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254517
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:34:12 +1000

12:45

Solid Rock by Goanna "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

80s Aussie Rockplay loud

Song about Australia and its vast Outback as large as US mainland and hardly inhabited cos its too harshand the ancient people who lived in the vast Australian wilderness for 80,000 years undisturbed, living off the landuntil the white sails camewhite men..white lawwhite guns

There were genocides of Aboriginal all over Australia, in a similar fashion to America.

In Tasmanian they were wiped out and relocated to an island off Hobart where most died.

Goanna the bands name is after the monitor lizard called Goanna, an Aboriginal name. They grow to 1.8 metres and are found in Australia and parts of SE Asia.

 


12:21

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Briggs Road, GAGEBROOK "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Briggs Road, GAGEBROOK
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: VEHICLE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254513
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:21:59 +1000

09:48

Hobart vacancies crash "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Chronic rental shortage

Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any Aussie capital city on SQM Research's index.


Prices/rents/everything booming in the Tasmanian capital.

06:12

Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:41am


The sale of publicly-owned plantations to pay down debt and fund the transition of the state logging agency amounts to a desperate and short-sighted fire sale of an important future resource of the industry, simply to prop up loss-making native forest logging, The Wilderness Society said today.

Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars was given to Forestry Tasmania to establish plantations, at great cost to the environment, and the Tasmanian Audit Office reports Forestry Tasmania acquitted its grants using a $3500/ha figure for establishment cost[i]. At this rate, the 29,000 ha plantation estate cost the taxpayer over $100 million to plant. 

"Flogging-off publicly-owned plantations, at a massive loss, to subsidise unviable native forest logging operations is a desperate last-ditch effort to hide the ongoing failures of Premier Hodgmans chaotic approach to forestry," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"Premier Hodgman has just privatised a publicly-owned asset in a fire sale, making a massive loss on taxpayer investment and divesting an important future resource for the timber industry to an unknown multi-national company.

"This is not only short-sighted, but it maintains the Hodgman Governments heavy subsidisation of Forestry Tasmania, coming on the back of a  $30 million equity transfer from TasNetworks in 2015 and recent government absorption of expensive Forestry Tasmania liabilities, like staff superannuation.

"According to the Tasmanian Auditor General, these plantations cost the taxpayer over $100 million to establish. They offer a future resource for the logging industry and yet, Premier Hodgman has offloaded them at a loss, simply to subsidise state-sanctioned native forest logging."


More information

For further comment, please contact Vica Bayley on 0400 644 939.

[i]...

Wednesday, 13 September

23:12

Businesses call on political leaders to act to protect Tasmanian communities and economy "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

At 1.30pm today an historic open letter is being delivered to Will Hodgman and Rebecca White by James Boyce Anglicare: Community Voice on Pokies Reform Greens: Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on Pokies Download the Open Letter ... Open_Letter.pdf Examiner: James Boyce delivers open letter calling for poker machine ban in pubs and clubs

21:38

Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The sale of publicly-owned plantations to pay down debt and fund the transition of the state logging agency amounts to a desperate and short-sighted fire sale of an important future resource of the industry, simply to prop up loss-making native forest logging, the Wilderness Society said today Flogging-off publicly-owned plantations at a massive loss, to subsidise unviable native forest logging operations is a desperate last-ditch effort to hide the ongoing failures of Premier Hodgmans chaotic approach to forestry, said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society. Premier Hodgman has just privatised a publicly-owned asset in a fire sale, making a massive loss on taxpayer investment and divesting an important future resource for the timber industry to an unknown multi-national company. Guy Barnett: Plantation sale outcome a sign of confidence in the Tasmanian forest industry Labor: Government embarrassed by dud timber deal Greens: Liberals Rip Off Tasmanians Over Public Plantation Sale Health Minister Michael Ferguson: Plantation sale to benefit health Examiner: Liberals forestry asset transaction a fire sale: Labor, Greens

21:30

Disappointment at Governments delaying tactics "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

TasWater Chairman Miles Hampton says he is extremely disappointed that the State Government appears to be delaying his Citizens Right of Reply to the Parliament over statements made in the House of Assembly by Treasurer Peter Gutwein THE LIBS have relented ... TasWater: Six new water treatment plants underway for the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands TasWater: Absolutely no justification or benefit in TasWater takeover

21:21

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Crooked Billet Drive, BRIDGEWATER "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Crooked Billet Drive, BRIDGEWATER
STATUS: Going
TYPE: ALARM
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254501
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:21:00 +1000

20:37

Bringing Tasmania Together "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This is a call to arms. We are at war ... Tasmania is under attack from forces we dont even realise is attacking us

10:33

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Cove Hill Road, BRIDGEWATER
STATUS: Going
TYPE: VEHICLE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254496
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:33:45 +1000

10:06

Current Alerts List Southern Region: Pine Avenue, KINGSTON "hobart IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Pine Avenue, KINGSTON
STATUS: Contained
TYPE: VEHICLE FIRE
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 2
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254495
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:06:46 +1000

07:50

The End of the Plastic Bag "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On Tuesday, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced that WA will ban retailers from distributing single-use plastic bans, effective from July 1st, 2018.

WA will join South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT in introducing the  state wide bag bans.

The announcement has occurred after several local councils, and many businesses, have independently decided to stop or limit single-use bags.

Fremantle Council, which has been proactive for banning the bag since 2012, Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt joined Simon Beaton on The Mag to talk about this announcement.

Play Brad Pettitt

04:14

Labor Abandon Globally Significant Aboriginal and Natural Values in Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Bob Brown Foundation says most Tasmanians will be bitterly disappointed by the Tasmanian Opposition Leaders statement this morning on Hobarts ABC radio that she will support the decision of the Federal Environment Minister if he allows the tracks on takayna / Tarkine coast to be accessed by off-road vehicles. This comes after Federal Labor Senators voted against protecting Aboriginal heritage on takayna / Tarkine coast in the Senate yesterday.

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04:08

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

ALERT LEVEL: No Alert Level
Region: S
LOCATION: Elizabeth Street, HOBART
STATUS: Patrol
TYPE: HAZMAT
SIZE: Not Available
Number of Vehicles: 1
More Info: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/i/254483
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Tasmania Fire Service
UPDATED: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:08:53 +1000

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