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A new dedicated hotline is up and running in Tasmania to ensure reports of injured raptors can be responded to immediately.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on its commitment of $7000 to the maintenance of the 1800RAPTOR Hotline, to ensure injured birds can get the care they need as soon as possible.

The Raptor and Wildlife Refuge has been working hard for a number of years to successfully rehabilitate birds of prey before they are released back into the wild where they belong.

For an injured bird to have the best chance of survival, let alone rehabilitation, time is critical.

This commitment follows the signing of a Deed of Agreement between the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

The Hodgman Liberal Government is proud to be a part of this initiative that helps save the lives of injured wildlife.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment




A new Tasmanian television documentary series, Aussie Lobster Men, has finished filming at sea following a $200,000 grant from the Hodgman Liberal Government.

The series follows the real-life dramas of six lobster boats and their crews as they risk it all in search of one of the world’s most prized seafood delicacy, Tasmanian Rock Lobsters.

The intrepid film crew has just spent 10 weeks at sea following the stories of these 25 Tasmanian fisherman in some of the most remote and wild oceans in the world.

As well as showcasing our pristine oceans and incredible Tasmanian Rock Lobsters to the world, Aussie Lobster Men has also provided employment for 12 Tasmanian film crew.

The $1.4 million series was produced by Winning Post Productions and Firebird Entertainment.

Aussie Lobster Men was funded through the Hodgman Liberal Government’s $2 million dollar Screen Innovation Fund, designed to drive production of significant, new and innovative screen projects.

I am also pleased to announce a new program of the Screen Innovation Fund, called Prototype.

Once per year, Prototype will provide grants of up to $25 000 for scripted projects to deliver proof-of-concept content and written documentation to take to the marketplace.

This initiative backs our innovative filmmakers and their ideas with the ultimate aim of increasing investment in our screen industry.

For more information about Prototype and the Screen Innovation Fund visit http://www.screen.tas.gov.au

The Tasmanian Government is proud to support Tasmania’s thriving screen industries, and excited to see Aussie Lobster Men when it hits our screens in 2019.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




A report card on the 2018 Hodgman Liberal Government’s Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 has been released providing information on progress against Climate Change priorities.

The Key achievements outlined in the report card for the period 1 June 2017 to 30 June 2018 include: 

• supporting 17 councils to consider climate-related risks in decision making;

• providing ChargeSmart grant funding of $50,000 to support electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces;

• having 14 Tasmanian vehicle fleets participate in Smarter Fleets to improve efficiency and generate savings;

• having 48 businesses completing continuity planning to prepare for and respond to extreme events;

• holding eight business resource efficiency seminars across Tasmania in May and June 2018;

• undertaking 12 state-wide workshops for financial counsellors to better assist vulnerable clients in managing their energy use and power bills;

• initiating a $100,000 research project to investigate coincident extreme events; and

• having an additional 339 hectares of land now irrigated with effluent under the Fert$mart program, in conjunction with DairyTas.


TheClimate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 and the Climate Action 21 Implementation Plan were released in 2017, and sets the Governments agenda for action on climate change.


The Hodgman Liberal Government once again confirmed its commitment to the action plan in Building your Future First Year Agenda, May 2018.


Since the release of Climate Action 21, the latest emissions data show Tasmania achieved zero net emissions in 2015-16. Tasmania is the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve zero net emissions.


The Report Card is available at http://www.climatechange.tas.gov.au.


Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment




The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe, including by improving the protection and safety of victims, and the way our justice system deals with perpetrators.

Today, I was proud to introduce the Family Violence Reforms Bill, which introduces into the Criminal Code the new crime of persistent family violence.

This delivers on a key election commitment and is a nation leading initiative.

Family violence can often occur over a lengthy period of time, with victims often spending months or even years under the control of a violent and abusive partner.

In such circumstances, victims can find it difficult to recall specific details of individual offences. This makes it hard for prosecuting authorities to prove individual offences.

This new offence will allow Courts to take into account the full extent of an abusive relationship, and includes additional circumstances in which self-represented family violence offenders are prevented from cross-examining their victim.

The Bill also strengthens Tasmania’s ‘crime of maintaining a relationship with a young person,’ consistent with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is making these reforms to protect our victims of crime and keep Tasmanians safe.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General




The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of consultation on the National Arts and Disability Strategy.

The consultation will help us find ways to maximise opportunities for people with disability to experience full inclusion in Australia’s cultural life.

To ensure as many people as possible can participate in this important national consultation, those interested can contribute through face-to-face consultations, provide a written, verbal or recorded submission, or complete an online survey.

I strongly encourage Tasmanians to have their say on how we can improve access to the arts, increase participation of people with disability, and increase professional arts training and employment opportunities.

In Tasmania, face-to-face consultations will be scheduled in Hobart and Launceston during October and November.

More information can be found at http://www.arts.gov.au/have-your-say/national-arts-and-disability-strategy with submissions closing on 3 December 2018.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts


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