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Hobart high on property yields

18 July 2015 In: Property, Finance, Hobart, Tasmania, General

Hobart has been named as one of the best holiday destinations in Australia in which to invest in rental property. The capital of Tasmania is ranked fourth in the country for rental yields on houses and tenth for unit rentals, according to a new survey. Hobart is ranked behind Cessnock, Margaret River and Adelaide but ahead of Cairns, Noosa, Port Douglas, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Hobart with its average house price of $521,000 returns a…

Australia firefighters aid Canada

13 July 2015 In: New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, General

Fire fighters from Australia have flown to Canada to help tackle more than 400 bush fires burning in three provinces. Fire fighters from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia are in Canada to support the country’s emergency services. Raging fires in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan cover more than one million hectares and 102 Australian fire fighters and specialists have travelled to help the Canadians. Aussie fire fighters have travelled…

Winter comes to Hobart

11 July 2015 In: Hobart, Tasmania, General

Frost and ice has blanketed Hobart as winter arrives in Tasmania. Hobart has experienced one of its coldest July mornings in over a decade. The temperature dropped to 0C in Hobart, the lowest July reading since 2001. The temperature is well below the minimum July average of 5C and is also the coldest in Hobart for two years. The lowest temperature recoded in the state was -9C. In the South, the lowest temperatures were at…

Flag raising ceremony in Hobart

08 July 2015 In: Hobart, Tasmania, General

Celebration of the multi-cultural society in Australia took place in Hobart with a ceremony to mark the raising of the official Aboriginal Flag. The Aboriginal flag is an official flag of Australia and was recognised under Federal legislation in July 1995. Designed by Aboriginal Elder Harold Thomas the flag symbolises Aboriginal identity. The top half of the flag is black to represent the Aboriginal people. The red in the lower half represents the red earth…

‘Voice-fest’ hits in Hobart

03 July 2015 In: Hobart, Tasmania, Entertainment, General

More than 2000 singers are gathering in Hobart for Australia’s annual celebration of the human voice. The 11th Festival of Voices is set to feature 133 events at 27 venues over 18 days around Hobart, Launceston and the state’s East Coast. The festival began with 300 school students performing at the Tasmania Sings concert, followed by 140 singers, including former The Voice star Darren Percival and the Southern Gospel Choir, performing a Ray Charles tribute…

Business tax boost in Hobart

28 June 2015 In: Finance, Hobart, Tasmania, General

Small companies in Tasmania are taking advantage of a new tax break that’s worth up to $20,000. Computer stores and car dealerships have seen a spike in new sales as businesses use new instant asset write-off rules to engage in a spending spree. The new laws, which came into force this month, allow some small businesses to write off every asset purchase under $20,000. The two-year tax break, aided by low interest rates, has fuelled…

Hobart plans new ‘global’ attraction

22 June 2015 In: Hobart, Tasmania, General

Developers in Hobart are seeking to build a new 117m tower in the centre of Hobart that will be the tallest building in Tasmania. The iconic new Detached Art Tower would be 50m higher than Tasmania’s current tallest building, Wrest Point, and offer stunning panoramic views across the city. The semi-transparent steel tower, set to open in mid-2017, would include art galleries, project spaces and areas for public projects involving art, science and health. The…

$100m upgrade for Hobart airport

14 June 2015 In: Travel, Hobart, Tasmania, General

Hobart Airport in Tasmania is to undergo a $100 million upgrade so it can handle direct flights from south east Asia. Tasmania is seeking to increase its visitor numbers to 1.5 million each year with Hobart the gateway for 60% of all air traffic to and from the island. Tourism, migration and trade is increasing with countries across south east Asia and Tasmania is determined not to be left out as visitor numbers grow across…

Tasmania needs childcare workers

10 May 2015 In: Jobs, Migration, Tasmania, General

Tasmania’s childcare industry is trialing new ways to attract higher quality staff. Goodstart Early Learning general manager Chris Symons said it is vital to encourage promising young students to consider a career in early childhood education. “We’ve had a large turnover of staff with the introduction of the new national quality standards but we’ve also raised the bar in terms of what we’re doing in education,” he said. Under a new scheme, apprentices are being…

Hobart – a low stress lifestyle

12 January 2015 In: Hobart, Tasmania, General

Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia. It offers a blend of built and cultural heritage, diverse environment, vibrant art, a dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle. Nestled under kunanyi / Mount Wellington on the Derwent River Hobart is renowned for its heritage buildings, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market and its Festivals. Hobart is the gateway to the best quality food and boutique wines and the famous Tasmanian salmon, crayfish…

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