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National Diabetes Week 2017 9th to 15th July
Ahead of next week’s campaign to raise awareness and understanding all Types of Diabetes, visit the Diabetes Tasmania website here to learn more about the ‘epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system’

23JUN17 Be Part of the Art
Hadley’s Orient Hotel is getting ready to host the first inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize in just three weeks time.
Finalists have been selected and art from the 41 talented artists is now arriving in Hobart ready for the Exhibition opening on July 15th and running through to August 25th.
Open daily 10:00am to 4:00pm.  No Admission Fee.
Artists and Art fans alike can be part of the art with lots of exciting events, tours, packages and great hotel offers  too. For the latest updates follow the team on Facebook.

16JUN17 Speak Out Advocacy announces registrations are open for the 2017 Tasmanian Disability Expo – Gearing Up for Choice & Control. This year’s event will this have a broad focus and it is exptected demand will be high.  Limited spaces are available, with site selection offered in the order of registrations received. For registration, see the links below:
Burnie Event – https://burnietickets.com.au/event-preview/disability-expo-tasmania-5148
Hobart Event – https://hobarttickets.com.au/event-preview/disability-expo-tasmania-5150
Launceston Event – https://launcestontickets.com.au/event-preview/launceston-disability-expo-tasmania-5152
For any enquiries please email – events@speakoutadvocacy.org
Key online links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisabilityExpoTas/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com./DisabilityExpoTas/
Web:           http://www.disabilityexpotas.org

AY17 The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is coming to Hobart for the first time.
Screening the Australian documentary Constance on the Edge on Friday 2nd June at Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS, Sandy Bay.
5:30pm Reception and information stands
6:00pm to 8:30pm Welcome, film screening and panel discussion and Q&A

Tickets are $20 Full or $18 Concession and are available for purchase online here
Visit the Festivals Facebook page for more information here

25MAY17  Tasmanian Comunity Fund – 2018 Community Wellbeing Targeted Round
The Board has determined that a targeted funding round will be held in 2018 with around $3M available for allocation. The Fund will be calling for expressions of interest ($300K to $500K) for a range of collaborative and sustainable projects that improve the wellbeing of Tasmanians in one or more of the following areas:
– Improving mental health outcomes
– Improving educational outcomes
– Reducing violence including bullying
– Enhancing preventable health outcomes
– Reducing homelessness
– Increasing social cohesion
– Diverting from the justice system
– Addressing addictive behaviours
This will be a two-stage application process.  Applicants that move through to Stage 2 will have to provide a strong business case that demonstrates value for money.
Project funding will be available for:
– projects running over three to five years.
– projects where the applicant has provided a minimum cash contribution of 10% of the amount   being sought from the   Tasmanian Community Fund
– projects that are tailored to the Tasmanian community
– programs, including pilot programs and infrastructure
– evaluation of the methodology being delivered
Funding will not be available for:
– research or feasibility studies
– projects that can be more suitably funded by another organisation
– projects that don’t include collaboration & partnerships or clear articulation as to why this is not possible.
Information sessions will be held in Hobart at 2.30pm on 30 August 2017, in Launceston at 10.30am on 5 September 2017 and in Burnie at 3pm on 5 September 2017.

24MAY17 Tasmanian Comunity Fund – Round 35
Round 35 of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open on 22 July 2017.  Guidelines and application forms will be available on the TCF website from early July 2017.
If you already have a project idea please telephone the Tasmanian Community Fund on 6232 7269 to discuss the project and what you may need to think about during the application development process.

21MAY27  Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 21 to 27 May 2017
Macular degeneration is Australia’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss.  It causes loss of central vision which affects the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces.
Macular Degeneration Awareness Week calls on Australians to face the facts about macular degeneration.
To find out more about Macular Degeneration Awareness Week visit the website or call Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s free Helpline: 1800 111 709.

01MAY2017 Arts Health Film & Funding Initiative by Hobart filmmaker Alex Palmer launched today.  
The Initiative plans to create engaging and informative films to be shared together on one film website hub, demonstrating the power of arts to improve health. The hub will give a voice to individuals in the community to support arts health programs they love.  People who have family and friends who bear witness to the benefit of arts healing programs may contribute to the filmmaking to assist in getting the message out there.  Community awareness helps grow larger film budgets and increases the attraction of future funds for arts health programs.

The Initiative has 4 Main Goals: Cross Learning|Collaboration|Community Awareness|Greater future Funds for the sector.  The funding goal is $12K
To learn more about the Initiative or to make a pledge visit the Kickstarter page here 

23FEB17  A new acquisitive Australian landscape prize valued at $100K
The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Finalists will also have the opportunity to sell their work, establish new industry contacts and engage with the Tasmanian community.
The 2017 theme invites artists connecting with place through the past, such as through family histories, cultural traditions, or tracing events, memories and stories in the land.
To be held annually, the Prize celebrates painting and drawing by Australian artists over the age of eighteen. Entries close 30 April 2017
For more information including conditions of entry and exhibition dates visit here

14FEB17  Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2017
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, they can be any age and they can be found in almost every sector of our community.  In fact, it takes a statewide volunteer recognition program to highlight exactly how many different types of volunteers we have in Tasmania.
The 2017 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards aims to recognise and reward volunteers who’ve dedicated time to their community, and they are looking for community members and volunteer coordinators to nominate for people for:
– The Arts, Heritage and Tourism Award
– The Anglicare Lifestyle Community Care and Health Award
– The MyState Education, Science and Technology Award
– The Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services and Disaster Recovery Award
– The NRM South Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Award
– The Sport and Recreation Award

And if you can’t choose just one volunteer, then you can instead nominate a volunteer group in The CatholicCare Volunteer Group or Program of the Year

The efforts of volunteers need coordination, and there are many worthy Tasmanians and Tasmanian businesses out there who could be nominated for the:
– The Hydro Tasmania Excellence Award – for best practice in volunteer management
– The Tasplan Super Corporate Volunteering Program of the year

Volunteers are everywhere – many of the opportunities, assistance, events, and services Tasmanians have access to would not be possible without millions of unpaid volunteer hours donated every year. Volunteering Tasmania’s “State of Volunteering Report*”, produced in conjunction with the Institute of Project Management”, recorded 7.1 million volunteer hours were donated in Tasmania in 2014 alone.

The Awards are run by Volunteering Tasmania, the state’s peak body for volunteering, whose mission it is to create an environment which promotes and sustains effective volunteerism.
Nominations are through the Volunteering Tasmania website:  www.volunteeringtas.org.au   and close on March 3.
I urge you to thank an unsung hero today – go to the website and nominate.

01FEB17  Colville Gallery announces 2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize $20K
This is a biannual independently judged, acquisitive prize which celebrates the quality of painting exemplified by the eminent Australian artist Lloyd Rees (1895-1988) and is awarded to ‘the best painting to demonstrate light in the landscape.” The 2017 entries will be judged by Janet Holmes à Court (AC).
The Award seeks to champion and perpetuate outstanding painting practice and is honoured to bear the Lloyd Rees name. While the award recognises the artist’s legacy and contribution to Australian Landscape painting, it further acknowledges the actual practice and painting of Rees’ art. The essence of his artwork, underpinned by sound draughtsmanship, was not limited to a particular style or place but an exploration of colour, understanding of form and light in the landscape.
The award is open to any Australian or international artist and can be in any variety of medium. Entries for the award will be accepted between 5th – 12th June, with the exhibition and announcement of the winning artwork 4th July.
For further details, key dates and entry form Lloyd Rees Art Prize Link

23NOV16  Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tasmania announce two Funding Programs:

Building Better Regions Fund
The Australian Government  has released  the program guidelines for the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).  Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.
Information sessions will be run by the Australian Government in Hobart on the 20th January 2017 and in Launceston on the 25th January 2017.
Program Guidelines, the application form, contact details for enquiries, information session details and other programme information, is available HERE 

Community Infrastructure Fund
The Tasmanian Government has also announced a new fund to support community infrastructure initiatives throughout Tasmania. It is open to not for profit organisations, local councils (including council-owned businesses) and private sector  businesses to assist with capital costs associated with the construction of new or the upgrading of existing infrastructure that will benefit the community.
There are two divisions of grants:
– Minor grants for $10 000 to $ 50 000 (no matching funding required)
– Major grants exceeding $ 50 000 (contribution required)
The guidelines are available HERE

25OCT16  the Tasmanian Community Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic well-being of the Tasmanian community.  Grant Round 34 will open on Saturday 28th January 2017.
The Fund will be seeking small (up to $20 000), medium ($20 001 to $90 000) and large collaborative program projects ($100 000 to $500 000).
The Fund encourages applicants to commence their planning for their project applications as soon as possible; to discuss project ideas please contact the Fund office by phone on 6232 7269 or 6232 7043.  Guidelines and links to application forms are available on the Fund website at www.tascomfund.org

11OCT16  The Langford ‘living MY life MY’ way art competition is an opportunity for artists with lived experience of disability, mental illness and trauma to contribute art work for the organisation to promote the principles of individual choice and personal development.
The completion is open to Tasmania adults and children with lived experience, inclusive of families and carers.  The winner will be selected by a panel of Langford representatives from the board of management, support team and people who use Langford Support Services.
All art work submissions must be delivered by COB on the 17th of November 2016. Winners will be announced at the organisations 40th anniversary celebrations on the 5th of December 2016. The prize value is $1000 – this may result in the artist being contracted to develop art work for promotional material or the winning art work being acquired by Langford.
Conditions of Entry and Entry Form here

27SEP16  Limbs 4 Life believes no individual should go through the trauma of limb loss alone and should have access to an organisation that understands their circumstances, can arrange connections and provide up-to-date information. They offer a range of programs and services that assist amputees, their families, their care givers and health care professionals.
This year National Amputee Awareness Week will be recognised on 4th to 11th October.  The awareness campaign was created by Limbs 4 Life to build community knowledge of limb loss, minimise the stigma amputees can face, encourage good quality-of-life outcomes and educate the wider community of the prevalence of amputation in hope they better manage their healthcare.

22SEP16 Macular Disease Foundation Australia has opened the sixth annual mEYE World Photographic Competition to raise awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Australia. The competition runs until 18 October 2016, closing at 5pm.
Enter the competition to raise awareness of Macular disease and be in the running to win a share of $8,000 of prizes! Find out more here 

11OCT16  The Langford ‘living MY life MY’ way art competition is an opportunity for artists with lived experience of disability, mental illness and trauma to contribute art work for the organisation to promote the principles of individual choice and personal development.
The completion is open to Tasmania adults and children with lived experience, inclusive of families and carers.  The winner will be selected by a panel of Langford representatives from the board of management, support team and people who use Langford Support Services.
All art work submissions must be delivered by COB on the 17th of November 2016. Winners will be announced at the organisations 40th anniversary celebrations on the 5th of December 2016. The prize value is $1000 – this may result in the artist being contracted to develop art work for promotional material or the winning art work being acquired by Langford.
Conditions of Entry and Entry Form here

27SEP16  Limbs 4 Life believes no individual should go through the trauma of limb loss alone and should have access to an organisation that understands their circumstances, can arrange connections and provide up-to-date information. They offer a range of programs and services that assist amputees, their families, their care givers and health care professionals.
This year National Amputee Awareness Week will be recognised on 4th to 11th October.  The awareness campaign was created by Limbs 4 Life to build community knowledge of limb loss, minimise the stigma amputees can face, encourage good quality-of-life outcomes and educate the wider community of the prevalence of amputation in hope they better manage their healthcare.

22SEP16 Macular Disease Foundation Australia has opened the sixth annual mEYE World Photographic Competition to raise awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Australia. The competition runs until 18 October 2016, closing at 5pm.
Enter the competition to raise awareness of Macular disease and be in the running to win a share of $8,000 of prizes! Find out more here 

30AUG16  The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program 2016-17 Grand Round is now open!
The Program recognises the contribution and sacrifice made by individuals who, in the time since WWI have undertaken operational service as members of the Australian Defence Force.
The program provides funding of up to $5 000 to projects, events and activities that commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in Tasmania. This may include, but is not limited to, community events and activities, research, theatre and arts.
The Guidelines and Application Form can be found on the Centenary of ANZAC website.
Applications close Friday, 16 September 2016 at 5.00pm.

30AUG16  Triabunna Forum
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, held in the Triabunna Community Hall, 3 Vicary Street, Triabunna.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances of receiving a grant.
To attend the forum, please email admin@tascomfund.org or phone 6232 7269 to RSVP.

17AUG16  Theatre Council of Tasmania has today announced the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (TAAB) Chairman’s Scholarship.
The scholarship is for two members of the Tasmanian performing arts sector whose professional development would be enhanced by interstate or international placement during the period 1st November to 31st October 2017.  It allows a maximum of $7K per person to cover the cost of travel, living and other expenses incurred as part of the placement.
Applications open Friday 19th August and close at midnight on Friday 30th September 2016.
Find out more here

02AUG16  On Saturday 8th October Rob will be walking at Light the Night, the Leukaemia Foundation‘s annual walk to help more Australians beat blood cancer.
Rob is asking for donations before he walks to help more families survive blood cancer and live a better quality of life.
Every $100 raised will cover the costs of giving one family immediate emotional support after the shock of diagnosis, and one hour of life-changing blood cancer research.
Please visit Rob’s giving page here if you are able to assist with a donation large or small.

20JUL16 It’s almost time for the 7th annual ‘Sleeping Out for the Salvos‘ and this year the target to raise is $100,000.  Rob will participate again this year on Thursday 4th August, his 7th year doing so!

This annual event aims to raise the community’s awareness of homelessness and also raise funds to continue the vital work of the Salvation Army. With the finances raised, The Salvation Army employs a full-time street worker who locates, befriends, supports and advocates for those who are homeless. Additional funds go towards preventative programmes and initiatives that break the cycles that lead to homelessness.

Last year Rob exceeded his $1000 personal target, raising $1238 thanks to the generous donations of his supporters.  Rob’s hopes to raise an even greater sum in his 2016 fundraising efforts, witha goal of $1500.
You can help Rob achieve this with an online donation by visiting his Fundraising Page here

All donations to this site are electronically wired to The Salvation Army Tasmania and an automatic receipt is emailed to you immediately. For more information click here

20JUL16 Reminder! The Young Creative Writers Awards 2016 entries close Friday 29 July.
The Commissioner for Children invites Tasmanian children and young people to enter this year’s Young Creative Writers Awards.
This creative writing competition aims to recognise, reward and promote creative writing by Tasmanian children and young people and promote awareness and understanding of child rights among children, young people and their communities.
Entrants are to write creative pieces based on the theme of ‘fairness and respect’.
Download the 2016 Terms & Conditions and Entry Form or visit the website for more info.

20JUL16 The countown to Junction Arts Festival 2016 is on! #MakeitYours
It is a five day participatory live arts festival happening annually in Launceston in early spring. The 2016 Program is launched next Wednesday, July 27th at noon; jump over to the website then to see the Festival program.
Also keep up to date with all things Junction by visiting them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

13JUL16 The ABC’s Restoration Australia is looking for heritage projects to film in 2016.
The program’s producers, Fremantle Media, are currently looking for passionate renovators of historically significant projects to take part in the next series.
If you have, or know someone who has, a building dating between 1815 – 1960 and are about to embark on its restoration, this could be for you! Filming will start in August and the size and budget doesn’t matter but passion and history does.
To learn more please contact restoration.australia@fremantlemedia.com.au or 
sophie.bleach@nationaltrusttas.org.au 

12JUL16  The Artentwine Sculpture Biennial & Symposium: Tasmanian Form & Place will be held over three days on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2016 conducting seminars, master classes and workshops at Tamar Island Wetlands Interpretation Centre, Legana and Windsor Community Precinct, Riverside.
The focus will include lectures and public discussions regarding Tasmanian landscape and waterscape by Interstate and Tasmanian speakers.
The Symposium will examine physical, emotional and ephemeral sculptural responses as well as the interconnection of Tasmanian culture and history. The participants will include visual artists, art workers, indigenous elders, academics, environmental managers, youth and members of the general community.  Register to attend or find out more here

24JUN16 Friday 1st July marks the beginning of transition to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Tasmania has been operating in NDIS trial mode for 3 years, with just over 1200 individuals being found eligible for the scheme during this time.  By July 2019, which is when we reach full scheme, almost 10 600 Tasmanians are expected to be participants in the NDIS. Over the next three years a new cohort will enter the scheme every 6 months. The One-pager fact sheet explains what a potential NDIS participant can do to prepare.
For further comprehensive information please visit the NDIS Tas info page  or for a quick overview you can read the Tasmanian specific FAQ’s here.  

19JUN16  The Young Creative Writers Awards 2016 are open for entries!
The Commissioner for Children invites Tasmanian children and young people to enter this year’s Young Creative Writers Awards. Entries close Friday 29 July. 
This creative writing competition aims to recognise, reward and promote creative writing by Tasmanian children and young people and promote awareness and understanding of child rights among children, young people and their communities.
Entrants are to write creative pieces based on the theme of ‘fairness and respect’.
Download the 2016 Terms & Conditions and Entry Form or visit the website for more info.

25MAY16  Save the Date!  Women’s Health Week is back in 2016.  From 5 to 9 September take time to focus on your health, learn more and take action.
Free online and on the ground events will include a host of women’s health experts and celebrity ambassadors; each day of the week you can discover health articles based on latest research, interesting videos and podcasts, delicious recipes and helpful tools.  More here

23MAY2016  Want to find out where Australia’s political parties stand on issues impacting on women in this Federal Election? Or want to find out more about some of your local candidates? Then join the Hobart Women’s Health Centre at at the Moonah Arts Centre at 6:30pm on June 9th for the women only event What Women Want – Election Forum moderated by Louise Saunders.
RSVP by 6th June to 6231 3212 or info@hwhc.com.au

18MAY16  World Continence Week is an initiative of the International Continence Society and will be held in Australia from June 20-26. It is an opportunity to help promote this rarely discussed health issue; this year’s theme, Improve your bottom line, encourages people to adopt healthy bladder and bowel habits to prevent and improve incontinence.
For more information visit continence.org.au

02MAY16  Nominations now open!
Telstra is a passionate advocate of women in business, celebrating their achievements through Australia’s longest running and most esteemed women’s award program, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Now in its 22nd year, the Awards are about more than simply recognising and rewarding the courage, leadership and creativity of Australia’s most brilliant business women – they play a critical role in raising the profile of women in business.  So if you, or an outstanding business woman you know, deserve recognition, nominate for 2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. today by visitng http://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com

21APR16  Today the Council of Australian Governments’ National Campaign to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (the National Campaign) was launched at a media event in Canberra.  The Tasmanian Government contributed $321,904 to this Council of Australian Governments initiative, which was jointly funded by the Australian, state and territory governments.
Visit the National Campaign website at www.respect.gov.au for further information, tools and  resources.

19APR16  On Tuesday 9th August 2016 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will conduct the five-yearly Census of Population and Housing.  Key information about the Census (including how the ABS will protect individual privacy) is provided in the 2016 Census Fact Sheet
Up to 38,000 Field Officers will be needed across the country to deliver and collect paper forms (as well as follow up households who haven’t completed their Census form) .  Applications open on Monday 2nd May seeking motivated and community-spirited Australians from all types of backgrounds who want to make a contribution to their community by undertaking this work. Learn more in the Recruitment Fact Sheet   

18APR16  The Mother’s Day Classic is a healthy, fun and PINK way to start your Mother’s Day and is Australia’s largest breast cancer fundraising event, providing support to women and their families touched by breast cancer, raising vital funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation‘s research programs.  The 2016 Classic will take place on Sunday 8th May.  Find out more here

18APR16  The Board of the National Trust Tasmania will launch the 2016 Tasmanian Heritage Festival on Wednesday 20th April at The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site) corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart.

31MAR16  Recognition of Youth Homelessness Matters Day is on Wednesday 13th April 2016. Sign up to Thunderclap to lend your support to a coordinated national approach to end youth homelessness and spread the word about the campaign.  Just by informing someone else that youth homelessness is an experience faced by many of Australia’s youth, you could help someone identify a young person in crisis faster than they would have otherwise. 

23MAR16  Save the Date!  Women’s Health Week is back in 2016.  From 5 to 9 September take time to focus on your health, learn more and take action.
Free online and on the ground events will include a host of women’s health experts and celebrity ambassadors; each day of the week you can discover health articles based on latest research, interesting videos and podcasts, delicious recipes and helpful tools.  More here

20MAR16  Engineers Australia‘s Individual Awards are designed to recognise the outstanding skills and achievements of those engineers who demonstrate innovation and a commitment to the advancement of the engineering community, providing them the opportunity of recognition among their peers and industry.  2016 entries now open at the State level, with winners then invited to compete at the national level. More information here

16MAR16  World Sleep Day is an annual event sponsored by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, to raise awareness of sleep disorders and highlight the burden that they place on society.  World Sleep Day 2016 will be held on Friday 18th March. Learn more about the sleep education resources available here and sleep tips here.
World Sleep Day is also supported by The Australasian Sleep Association, the peak scientific body in Australia & New Zealand representing clinicians, scientists and researchers in the broad area of Sleep

16MAR16  STAR Tasmania & Cosmos announce their new name – Mosaic Support Services.
The chosen name describes who they are and reflects their client centred culture; individuals are able to build their personally tailored ‘mosaic’ – the way they want to live their life – by selecting supports and services together with the support of families and the broader community.  The name and logo may have changed but Mosaic Support Services remain committed to the continued delivery of  high quality services to people with disabilities.  Read the press release here

09MAR16 Rob’s Talking Point opinion piece ‘Upper House guards against political hijacks’ appeared in today’s edition of The Mercury.  You can link directly to the published article here or access the PDF version here

07MAR16  The National Library of Australia’s 2016 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) round is now open and will close on Monday 9th May 2016.
The CHG is a federally funded grants program which offers grants of up to $15K to assist in preserving cultural heritage collections of national significance.  Not-for-profit organisations such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply.  Find out more here

03MAR16  The NILS (No Interest Loans) Network of Tasmania make small no interest loans to low-income Tasmanians to help them get essential household items and services without having to pay high fees and interest costs.  They will lend up to $1200 to help with the acquisition of a new washing machine or new tyres for your car or maybe even help to have a medical procedure like cataract surgery done more quickly.
Visit the website for more information or to make an enquiry www.nilstasmania.org.au

25FEB16  The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards 2016 aim to inspire and encourage engineers to achieve world’s best practice through teamwork, innovation and technical experience.  Entry is now open to submit a project at the State level.  Winners are then invited to compete at the national level, recognising the ‘best of the best’ from around the country. Find out more here

24FEB16  The ‘Jean Hailes Women for Health’ annual women’s health survey opens today (its anonymous and takes just 10 minutes to do!)  Link to the survey here.
Jean Hailes Women for Health‘ is Australia’s premier women’s health organisation; women from all over the country go to them for information on health issues such as menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, body image, mental health and healthy living. Help them to develop resources for the unmet health information needs of Australian women by telling them what health issues matter to you.  Survey link will remain active until Friday 1st April 2016.

23FEB16  The Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) host a gathering every second year, with the next Gathering in 2016 by the East Coast Regional Group.
Women’s Gatherings are for ALL rural women and aim to provide an opportunity for rural women to network, share experiences and support each other through good and tough times. They also provide opportunities for rural women to access information, resources and assistance, learn and listen and participate in workshops.
Find out more about the 12th Rural Women’s Gathering at Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens on Friday 27th May through Sunday 29th May here or contact Mhari Tucker by phone 0417 121585 or email mhari@antuangus.com.au

16FEB16 Home-visit medical service Call the Doctor Pty Ltd provides after-hours doctor home visits for the general public of Hobart when your daytime GP is not available. It is a bulk-billed service (provided patients have a Medicare or Veterans Affairs card).
Call The Doctor employs experienced medical practitioners to provide unparalleled after hours care for patients in the comfort of their own home. It is a fully accredited service and quality of care is the highest priority.
Operating hours are:
– Monday to Friday before 8:00am and after 6:00pm
– Saturdays before 8:00am and after 12:00pm
– All day Sundays and public holidays

11FEB16 Launching today is Guys Gotta Know – a legal information initiative for young men, created by Women’s Legal Service Tasmania.  The web based app provides up-to-date, easy to read, relevant information to young men – mostly legal information but also some general facts about things they need to know and things they want to know.

09FEB16  The Hobart Chamber of Commerce and Swire Shipping are pleased to announce the introduction of a new domestic and international shipping service directly to and from Hobart. Learn more about the service here.

04DEC15 Equal Opportunity Tasmania a new look, name and website for the Anti-Discrimination Commission officially launched by Tasmania’s Attorney-General, The Honourable Dr Vanessa Goodwin on Tuesday 20th November.

04DEC15  The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards are now open.  Nominate someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the volunteer sector, for the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016.
For more information, including Selection Criteria, Terms&Conditions, Nominations Forms and FAQs, click here.  Nominations close Friday 4th March 2016.

17NOV15  ExitLeft presents Celebrate Christmas in the GARDENS an iconic Christmas event in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, supporting the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation.  The concert is on Sunday 20th December at 7:30pm.  Earlybird tickets are now on sale at a special discounted price: Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $15 with kids 12 years and under FREE.

03NOV15  Rob was humbled to be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Sullivan’s Cove today.  Rob was quite unaware the presentation was to be made and was overwhelmed to be honoured by such recognition.
Learn about the history of Rotary and Paul P Harris himself (Rotary’s founder) here and more about the history of Paul Harris Fellow Recognition here.

The Hon Rob Valentine MLC being congratulated by Rotary Club of Sullivan's Cove President Mr Peter Gibson on being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow

The Hon Rob Valentine MLC being congratulated by Rotary Club of Sullivan’s Cove President Mr Peter Gibson on being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow

01NOV15 The Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards are now open.  Nominate a young person you know who is actively involved in community activities and/or achieving great results in their field of endeavour here.  Nominations close Wednesday 20th January 2016.

01NOV15 During this year’s National Recycling Week (9th to 15th November) Planet Ark will focus on helping you get it ‘all sorted’ by answering the big recycling questions.
A new report titled All Sorted – Answering the Big Recycling Questions, focuses on questions like: what are the benefits of recycling; what are the most common recycling mistakes; and what is the future of recycling?

01NOV15 The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is proud to be the charity partner of the Convoy for Charity as the caravan and camping TV show What’s Up Downunder takes to the road – and sea – to stage free concerts throughout regional Victoria and Tasmania to raise funds for the foundation and showcase the newest and most advanced caravans on the market.
The Hobart concert will take place on Saturday 4th November at 2pm on Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place, Hobart TAS 7000.
ENTERTAINMENT: Brian Cadd, Brothers 3, Wendy Stapleton Trio, Tania Kernaghan, Angie Hilton, Sunny Hawkins, Prousty and Fireman Ron.

07OCT15  CanTeen is celebrating 30 years at their Annual Quiz Night on Friday 13th November 2015 with all funds raised to benefit CanTeen Tasmania.

06OCT15  Women in Tourism and Hospitality Tasmania (WITH) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for a student undertaking Tourism and/or Hospitality studies at a tertiary level in 2016.
The scholarship provides financial support of $1000 to cover study enrolment fees, as well as WITH peer support throughout the year. Guidelines and nomination form are available here. Applications close Friday 30th October and enquiries can be directed to womenintourismtas@hotmail.com

21SEP15  The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will be in Hobart at the Derwent Entertainment Centre from 14th to 20th October 2015.  Free event but bookings are essential. Visit www.spiritofanzac.gov.au to find out more or book a session.

08SEP15  SPACE 2015-2016 applications now open – a unique Cert IV training program in the iconic Peacock Theatre.  Applications close Monday 5th October 2015.

03SEP15  Visual arts at Salamanca Arts Centre is now seeking applications for  the 2016 and 2017 programs for the following venues:
Long Gallery | Sidespace Gallery | Top Gallery | Lightbox
The Information & Application Kit for each venue can be downloaded from the associated venue page (click on the links above).
Applications close midnight on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

13AUG15  The Premier announces the Safe Homes, Safe Families – Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020. Read the Media Release here

12AUG15 an RSPCA Cupcake Day popup stall will be hosted on Parliament House Lawns on Tuesday 18th  August between 12:00pm and 2:00pm selling a range of yummy cupcakes.  

27JUL15  The National Carer Awards have been developed to publicly recognise and celebrate carers and foster or kinship careers across Australia.  The Awards seek to raise awareness and acknowledge the extraordinary contribution carers make to the nation.
Australians are urged to show their appreciation by nominating a carer who they believe is making an exceptional contribution to the person or people they support.  Nominations close Sunday 6th September 2015.  Read the Media Release here

27JUL15 Self Help Workplace 2015 Recycled Pallet Competition aims to inspire amateur and professional craftspeople from throughout the state to turn old pallets into something fabulous, functional and financial. Entries close Friday 2nd October 2015. Click here for competition flyer.

21JUL15  mEYE World Photographic Competition (5th Annual) an initiative of Macular Disease Foundation Australia.  Competition runs to 08SEP15.

14JUL15 Participate in the 20th National Tree Day

14JUL15 Women’s Health Week – Start the conversation

01JUL15  Household Income & Expenditure Survey (HIES)
The HIES is a national household survey which collects information on household income, expenditure, assets and liabilities and is one of the most important social surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  It is run every six years and provides the community with a vital resource for analysing the economic resources of Australian households.
All information provided is treated as confidential under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and the ABS takes extensive precautions to protect the data.
If your household is selected to take part in the survey I encourage you to participate and provide accurate information.
Refer ABS Household Income & Expenditure Survey FAQs

25JUN15 Telstra Mobile Black Spot Programme

29APR15 Media Release – Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing In Tasmania

28APR15 Telstra offers free calls to earthquake devastated Nepal

08APR15 Suicide Prevention Forum and Awards

15MAY14 Message from David Imber, Telstra Corporate Affairs Manager re Administration of Telecommunication Companies

01AUG14  2015 Tasmanian Leaders Program

30NOV14  Media Release: Hobart Women’s Health Centre