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Truck crash causes delays

Written By kemala yuspita on Rabu, 28 Agustus 2013 | 23.27

The rolled truck on the Midland Highway at Bridgewater. Picture: LEIGH WINBURN

A CRANE has been called in to clear a truck roll-over on the Midland Highway at Bridgewater.

The truck rolled at the Weily Park roundabout -- on the East Derwent Highway intersection north of McDonald's -- before 8am today.

Police said there would only be one lane operating in each direction while the crane was in place.

Officers are directing traffic at the accident site.

Motorists could experience delays in the area until early afternoon, with the removal operation expected to take up to four hours.


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Bell rings for young thespians

YOUNG Tasmanian actors will attempt to embody the works of the bard when they audition for a Bell Shakespeare scholarship next month.

In conjunction with the company's production of The Comedy of Errors at the Theatre Royal, students have the opportunity to audition and take part in a workshop.

Each year, the Regional Performance Scholarship gives budding performers the chance to learn and perform Shakespeare with some of Australia's best-known Shakespearean actors.

At Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney, successful students take acting master classes, go on backstage tours, see live performances and take a front-row seat at a week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals.

The scholarship includes the opportunity to perform their winning monologue for artistic director John Bell, and all accommodation and travel expenses are paid.

Auditions are open for high school students aged 16 and over, and involve delivering a 1-2 minute Shakespeare monologue at the Theatre Royal on September 9.

There will also be workshops for schools that are going to see The Comedy of Errors. They will cover plot, character, themes and design choices of the production.

St Michael's Collegiate students Brittany Stuart and Daisy Buttery intend to audition. Miss Buttery has been busy memorising a soliloquy by Viola from Twelfth Night.

"Shakespeare really interests me, because I really like the wording of his plays and the characters," she said.

To book an audition email: maria@theatreroyal.com.au

emma.hope@news.com.au


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Dive team joins kayaker search

THE search for missing Adelaide kayaker William McCallum is continuing today, with little hope of finding him alive.

The police dive team is being briefed and will join the search in Port Esperance in the state's far south.

The 27-year-old was last seen on Sunday afternoon when he set off from Dover jetty, 80km south-east of Hobart, to photograph the coastline.

His sea kayak was found upturned near Hope Island in Port Esperance about 8pm on Sunday.

Two police vessels are today searching the coastline from Gordon to Southport on both sides of the river.

Mr McCallum's family and his girlfriend Cordelia Dravitzki have travelled to Dover from Adelaide and have been briefed on the search by police.


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Abbott's Tassie sweetener

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has defended the Coalition's $16 million pledge to a privately owned Hobart business, saying "Tasmania is a special case".

An Abbott-led government would make the co-investment in the Cadbury chocolate factory as part of a $66 million redevelopment that will allow popular tours at the facility to restart, after they were scrapped in 2008 amid health and safety concerns.

"Occasionally I think it is necessary to offer some judicious help," Mr Abbott told reporters.

He said the island state has the nation's highest unemployment rate and low income levels.

Mr Abbott made the announcement to factory workers today in the electorate of Denison.

The seat is held by independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who is tipped to retain it.

Mr Abbott said the "modest but significant" funding contribution would create more than 300 new jobs and secure 1000 existing positions, while boosting north Tasmania's dairy industry.

"It's quite unusual for a national government to co-invest with a profitable private business, but this co-investment is going to dramatically increase production, dramatically increase exports and dramatically increase employment," Mr Abbott said.

He had a brief tour of the facility, owned by food giant Kraft, watching as the ever-popular Freddo frog chocolate rolled off the production line.


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Bell rings for young thespians

Written By kemala yuspita on Selasa, 27 Agustus 2013 | 23.27

YOUNG Tasmanian actors will attempt to embody the works of the bard when they audition for a Bell Shakespeare scholarship next month.

In conjunction with the company's production of The Comedy of Errors at the Theatre Royal, students have the opportunity to audition and take part in a workshop.

Each year, the Regional Performance Scholarship gives budding performers the chance to learn and perform Shakespeare with some of Australia's best-known Shakespearean actors.

At Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney, successful students take acting master classes, go on backstage tours, see live performances and take a front-row seat at a week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals.

The scholarship includes the opportunity to perform their winning monologue for artistic director John Bell, and all accommodation and travel expenses are paid.

Auditions are open for high school students aged 16 and over, and involve delivering a 1-2 minute Shakespeare monologue at the Theatre Royal on September 9.

There will also be workshops for schools that are going to see The Comedy of Errors. They will cover plot, character, themes and design choices of the production.

St Michael's Collegiate students Brittany Stuart and Daisy Buttery intend to audition. Miss Buttery has been busy memorising a soliloquy by Viola from Twelfth Night.

"Shakespeare really interests me, because I really like the wording of his plays and the characters," she said.

To book an audition email: maria@theatreroyal.com.au

emma.hope@news.com.au


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Problem licked in icy poll

Casey Station leader Allan Cooney and communications technical officer Jukka Pirhonen getting ready to vote, while Antarctic Returning Officer Doug McVeigh and Assistant Antarctic Returning Officer Gavin Starr ensure all is in order. Photo: MICHAEL SALINA

EVEN 5500km from the nearest polling booth, Australia's Antarctic expeditioners are making sure their votes count.

At Casey Station, pre-poll ballot papers have been emailed to returning officers and voting is under way.

Casey Station leader Allan Cooney, from Queensland, said it was the first time he was voting in a federal election away from home.

Mr Cooney said while he had a "watching interest" in topical matters back home, he said voting was very important.

Mr Cooney said that without a live television service he would have to stay in touch with the results online on election night.

Sandra Riordan, from the Australian Electoral Commission, said the office went to great lengths to make sure everyone was able to have their say.

"It is compulsory for all eligible Australians to vote, but because of the special arrangements for voting it is not compulsory if you are working in sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica," she said.


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Parties clash over fox funding

BIOSECURITY needs to be increased at mainland wharves to stop foxes catching a lift across Bass Strait on ships, the Australian Greens say.

The arrival of a fox in Burnie on a container ship in 1998 sparked the state's fox eradication program, which has cost more than $40 million.

The Federal Government this week gave Tasmania another $2 million to continue its anti-fox effort and the money will be partly spent on preventing the arrival of foxes by boat.

Veterinary pathologist David Obendorf said yesterday the fresh funding was a large outlay to maintain barrier controls and deal with any new sightings.

Deputy State Liberal leader Jeremy Rockliff said the money could have been spent to meet more pressing needs.

"When it comes biosecurity threats, the Liberals are committed to boosting frontline resources and tackling the broader biosecurity challenges rather than focusing simply on foxes," Mr Rockliff said.

But Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said protecting native species could never be called a waste of money.

"We support every effort to eradicate foxes in Tasmania and more effort needs to go into maintaining biosecurity on Melbourne's wharves," Senator Milne said.

Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the Federal money was an insurance policy against what was a catastrophic risk to both native species and farmers.

"No one likes paying insurance premiums, but it is about managing future risk," Senator Whish-Wiilson said.

Senator Milne also called on Canberra for renewed funding for the Save the Devil campaign.

Tasmania's fox-baiting program was suspended in June and the State Environment Minister Brian Wightman said the program would be wound back to monitoring status.

The new money was granted under the Federal Government's Caring for Country program and Tasmania's Invasive Species Unit said the money would go to stopping foxes coming in and responding to any fresh activity reports.

helen.kempton@news.com.au


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Soothing sounds ease pain

MUSIC has long been hailed as medicine for the soul.

So the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with a dozen composers to record a CD of tunes designed especially to calm and soothe ill babies and children.

The CD, which will be distributed free to hospitals nationally this year, is being created in partnership with The Hush Foundation.

The foundation was established more than a decade ago by Dr Catherine Crock, who works with young cancer patients at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.

She wanted hospitals to be a less stressful and scary place and so, with musicians, produced a collection of CDs that are used in operating theatres, waiting rooms and treatment rooms around Australia.

Many performers have helped but this is the first time a full orchestra has been involved. Three days of recording began in Hobart yesterday, with The Magic Island CD to be launched on December 7.

The launch coincides with a nationally broadcast TSO concert and proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Hush Foundation.

The CDs will be sold to the public and donated to hospitals including the Royal Hobart to help youngsters like Stirling Braid, 5, of Hobart, who is laid up with a broken leg.


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Mix it up for spring style

Written By kemala yuspita on Minggu, 25 Agustus 2013 | 23.27

BLACK and white with bursts of neon brights, embellished fabrics and structured tailoring are tipped to be the hot trends for the coming fashion season.

With the start of spring only days away, Tasmanians have already begun updating their wardrobes.

Fashion retailers say there are plenty of new prints and styles to excite shoppers.

Billie-Jo Fashion owner Billie-Jo McKibben said hot fabrics included delicate sheer lace and heavily ripped and bleached denim.

While blue will be a key colour for the season, the main focus will be mixing classic black and white.

"It's all about the contrast between black and white, monochrome prints and embellished fabrics," Ms McKibben said.

Fashionistas could expect lots of designs involving patchworks of patterns, textures and colours, she said.

Feminine sheer fabrics are set to be popular, along with structured masculine tailored designs and distressed denim jeans and shorts.

For men, short-sleeved shirts made from vintage-inspired prints and fabrics will be in demand.

Ms McKibben said sleeveless denim jackets and shirts doubled with denim shorts or jeans would also be a key look.

Maro of Salamanca manager Jess Hansen said florals and pastels would continue to be on-trend during the warmer months, along with sheer lace, cut-outs and directional prints.

She said unlike last year's shorter styles, hemlines would be longer this year, with pencil skirts proving popular.

Dressy high-waisted shorts in prints and floral designs will also be a big part of the spring/summer look.


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Plan to shake up city

HOBART City Council is considering cutting rates in a bid to inject new life into the centre of the city.

Developers who put in applications may be given a discount on rates to encourage new buildings or renovation.

Aldermen are also considering whether to apply penalties to blocks of land left empty and buildings left to run down.

At present, owners of vacant lots pay lower rates and do not have to pay waste charges or landfill levies.

The Hobart municipality has 759 properties classified as vacant.

Others are unoccupied and considered derelict.

A special finance committee meeting tonight will consider a report done on schemes set up in Melbourne to deal with unoccupied and derelict properties.

The possible rates penalty was reported in the Sunday Tasmanian.

The council is also considering incentives.

"We're taking a closer look and considering differential rates. It's pro-development," said the council's finance and corporate services committee chairman Philip Cocker.

Higher rates would apply to vacant buildings and land and dilapidated buildings.

"Conversely, if a development application was put it on an empty lot, we might look at rate remissions," Mr Cocker said. "It would provide encouragement."

He said having a carrot-and-stick would also mean differential rating could be cost-neutral.

In Hobart, the council levies a single rate no matter what land is used for or where it is.

This means vacant properties have lower rates because they have lower valuations.

"From a rating perspective, there is little incentive for these properties to be developed or improved," the report done for the council said.

A workshop for all aldermen is scheduled for next month, at which options will be presented.

Melbourne City Council has begun looking at different rating policies for unoccupied and derelict properties.

Moreland City Council, also in Melbourne, adopted differential rating from 2006. It applies to vacant land and unoccupied sites.


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