City Deal for Hobart – eventually

Tasmania’s capital Hobart will become the fifth Australian city to sign up to the Federal Government’s City Deal program, well after cross-island rival Launceston. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman have announced they will “help make a City Deal for Hobart a reality” – consistent with the Federal Government’s strategy of announcing […]

Regions now in firing line for 14,500 federal job cuts

By Julian Bajkowski The Federal Government’s job cutting axe is set to fall on at least 56 Department of Human Services IT staff in Hobart, as agencies start to look beyond Canberra for forced retrenchment fodder in order to meet efficiency dividend targets. The proposed federal job losses in the state with Australia’s highest unemployment […]

Tasmanian councils accused of “rip offs”

By Paul Hemsley An already combative relationship between Tasmanian councils and industry group Tasmanians for Reform has deteriorated further amid a fresh row over whether new increases in council rates are justified without moves to reduce the high number of local governments in the island state. Business-led Tasmanians for Reform has attacked the move by […]

Hobart switched on for NBN

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy has slotted another piece of the National Broadband Network (NBN) puzzle into place, rolling out the new fibre optic infrastructure in Hobart, Tasmania. Hobart’s connection to the NBN closely follows the Tasmanian government inking a deal with internet service provider iiNet […]

Cycling group gets pushy on spending

By Julian Bajkowski An Australia-wide survey of expenditure by local governments on cycling infrastructure has found that inner-city municipalities are ploughing serious funding into facilities like bike paths, but warned that many suburban councils in Sydney and Melbourne have “irresponsibly low” spending. According to an annual study of 100 councils by cycling advocacy group Bicycle […]

ALGA comes to a crossroads in Hobart

By Julian Bajkowski The Australian Local Government Association’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart will double-up as an election venue for a new leader after former Queensland local government head Paul Bell threw his hat in the ring for the presidency. An announcement on who has won the presidential race is expected by […]


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