Minister urges local vote

THE State Government is urging all eligible Tasmanian voters to participate in this month’s local Government elections with the polls opening today. “With the move to all-in, all-out elections every four years, Tasmanians are spoilt for choice with a record number of candidates standing this year,” Local Government and Planning

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Heritage minister visits Willow Court

Environment Minister Greg Hunt, left, with project managerBrett Noble and Lyons MHR Eric Hutchinson. FUNDING options for ongoing restoration works at Willow Court were suggested by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, during a short visit to the site yesterday morning. Mr Hunt’s ministerial portfolio includes responsibility for

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Feds will be in the Valley next week

Click image to enlarge. ONE of the Federal Government’s mobile service centres will visit the Derwent Valley next week. Essentially a large truck with a “pop out” office, the mobile service centre travels through rural and regional communities to provide personalised face-to-face access to information and services. Staff on board the

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Mayors meet the MHR

Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans andCentral Highlands mayor Deirdre Flintin Perth earlier today. MAJOR infrastructure needs, irrigation, renewable energy and the upgrade of the Midland Hwy were the big four topics of conversation at an inaugural meeting of Tasmanian mayors and the Federal Liberal Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson, today.

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White offers her view on cannabis trials

“Facts on Cannabis Trials”Article supplied by Rebecca White MHAOpposition Spokesperson for Health and Human ServicesState Labor Member for Lyons IN the past few years there have been a number of studies and clinical trials around the world which have examined the efficiency of the medicinal use of cannabis to treat

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Barnett backs industrial hemp in the Valley

STATE Government parliamentary secretary Guy Barnett MHA has offered to work with the Derwent Valley Council to see industrial hemp grown in the municipality. “The Liberal Government supports the removal of red and green tape to grow a viable industrial hemp industry in Tasmania,” Mr Barnett said earlier this week.

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Premier in New Norfolk to promote worker protection

A photo from the premier’s Facebookpage showing Friday’s visit to Les Walkden Enterprises at New Norfolk. A BUSINESS in New Norfolk provided the backdrop for a set-piece media event promoting the State Government’s proposed law to prevent protesters from stopping other people going about their work. “The Liberal Government is committed to

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Will of the Willow

Mayor Martyn Evans, left, with PremierWill Hodgman at Willow Court today. PREMIER Will Hodgman was today given a personal tour of the council-owned section of the Willow Court historic site by Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans. As he had been unable to attend a preview for parliamentarians three weeks ago,

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MP’s praise for Boyer conversion

FEDERAL Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson has congratulated paper manufacturer Norske Skog for its major investment in plant at the company’s Boyer mill. Mr Hutchinson said after attending the official launch of Norske Skog’s upgraded paper machine last Wednesday that the investment secured the company’s long-term presence in southern Tasmania. “This

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Farrell’s new roles in State Opposition

STATE Labor leader Bryan Green has handed several shadow portfolio responsibilities to New Norfolk’s Craig Farrell. The Derwent MLC lost his role as Leader for the Government in the Legislative Council following Labor’s defeat at the March 15 State Election, along with the substantial allowance and chauffeured car that went

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New Tasmanian Government at-a-glance

FOR those who do not wish to read all of the premier-elect’s media release, here is a snapshot of the incoming Hodgman ministry: Will Hodgman MHAPremierMinister for Tourism, Hospitality and EventsMinister for Sport and RecreationMinister for Aboriginal Affairs Guy Barnett MHAParliamentary Secretary to the Premier Jeremy Rockliff MHADeputy PremierMinister for

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Hodgman names his ministries

MEDIA RELEASEWill Hodgman MHA, premier-elect Sunday, 30 March 2014 “Tomorrow, I will recommend to His Excellency The Governor, the Honourable Peter Underwood AC, that he commission the following Ministers to deliver our long-term Plan for Tasmania. This team is a mix of experienced, hard-working MPs with a wide variety of

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