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The Tasmanian Government recognises the importance of supporting and enhancing our cultural and creative industries.

That’s why the Government, through Arts Tasmania, has committed an additional $90,000 of funding to develop and support Tasmanian artists and arts organisations.

Sixteen Tasmanians will receive support through the Artsbridge program, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme, Tasmanian Residencies and the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency programs.

These programs give Tasmanian artists the opportunity for professional development through mentorships, masterclasses and residencies and other opportunities both locally and overseas.

Jordy Gregg and Kartanya Maynard will both receive grants under the Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme to work alongside Tasmania Performs to develop their play scripts.

Tasmania Performs previously assisted Tasmanian Aboriginal playwright, Nathan Maynard to develop the Helpmann-Award winning play The Season.

Jordy also intends to work with Terrapin Puppet Theatre and pursue an opportunity to work with Indigenous performing company, Ilbijerri Theatre.

And Kartanya plans to write a play about the four generations of women in her family exploring the idea of inter-generational trauma and its impact on contemporary Indigenous communities.

Further recipients include: 

• Furniture maker Duncan Meerding will travel to Venice in late May to participate in an invitation-only exhibition entitled Venice Design 2018;


• Artist Nadege Philippe-Janon will attend an intensive residency at SOMA in Mexico City, Mexico;


• Violinist Alethea Coombe and composer Michael Mathieson-Sandars will hone their collaborative practice and expand their musical capabilities during their residency at Rocky Cape, Tasmania.

The funding recommendations were made by expert peers drawn from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

For a full list of recipients please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/2018r1grants

For further information on Arts Tasmania’s funding programs, please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding



It is my great pleasure to officially launch the BOFA Festival in Launceston tonight at the screening of Let the Sunshine in.

The Tasmanian Government is proud to support the 2018 BOFA Film Festival through Events Tasmania.

Since the first festival in 2010, BOFA has become a unique event on the Australian film festival calendar and plays a vital role in our visitor economy.

The festival specialises in showcasing unique films not on at the cinema or film festival circuit in Tasmania.

Stories told through film inspire, educate and help us develop a better understanding of the world around us.

The program for this year’s festival contains some powerful and inspiring films including Namatjira Project, The Tale of Ruby Rose and Let the Sunshine in starring Juliet Binoche with a hand-picked ensemble including veteran French actor Gerard Depardieu.

The 2018 festival will be held from 17 to 20 May in Launceston.

For more information on the festival visit https://breath-of-fresh-air.com.au

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




It is my privilege to announce two new minimum security units and the mother and baby unit at Mary Hutchinson’s women prison will be titled ‘the Dr Vanessa Goodwin cottages’, in honour of my friend and colleague, the late Vanessa Goodwin.

Vanessa was passionate about rehabilitation and helping people get their lives back on track and become productive members of society following their release from prison.

These new facilities will honour her significant legacy by enhancing the rehabilitation prospects for women who find themselves within Tasmania’s criminal justice system.

Work has now commenced on the new facilities that will provide an additional 25 minimum security beds to accommodate female prisoners within the Tasmania Prison Service (TPS).

The mother and baby unit will also provide a safe and specially designed environment for new mothers, pregnant women and new born babies, allowing increased opportunities for parent/child attachment in prison.

This continues our strong record of investment when it comes to prison infrastructure, and will not only keep the community safe but also allow greater opportunities for prisoners to rehabilitate.

The 2017-18 Budget committed $2.6 million in capital funding for these works that are expected to be completed toward the end of this year.

I look forward to the opening of ‘the Dr Vanessa Goodwin cottages’ that will honour Vanessa’s contribution and help achieve our vision for prisoners to have greater prospects for rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community.

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections



The Hedberg, one of Tasmania’s most ambitious cultural and arts infrastructure projects, is taking shape.

Today marks the completion of the second floor concrete slab of the building, bringing it one  step closer to completion.

Tasmania’s creative industries sector is an important part of our economy, and also of our critical visitor economy.

That’s why the Government is providing $30 million in support for the project, in line with our plan to grow our creative industries and attract even more visitors to our state.

Our investment in the Hedberg is an important part of our Plan to grow the sector and support more local jobs, and the construction phase alone is creating 280 jobs, along with 58 ongoing.

It is being delivered in partnership with the Government, University of Tasmania and the Theatre Royal and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Through innovative education, vibrant and accessible performance spaces, the Hedberg will become a major driver of Tasmania’s creative economy.

For more information on the Hedberg development, visit http://www.utas.edu.au/cipa/home   

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




The Hodgman Liberal Government is getting on with the job of delivering on our election commitments.

At the election, we received a strong mandate to better protect Tasmanians, including our most vulnerable.

Accordingly, I will today table legislation that will ensure minimum mandatory sentences apply to anyone who commits a serious sexual offence against a child, as well as legislation to ensure anyone who seriously assaults a police officer, regardless of whether they are on or off duty also receives a minimum mandatory sentence.

Any sexual offence against a child is abhorrent and the community rightfully expects zero tolerance for these heinous crimes.

The legislation will ensure minimum mandatory sentences of up to 4 years to apply to anyone who commits a serious sexual offence against a child, including rape where a victim is under 17 years and maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person where there are aggravating circumstances.

Children are the most vulnerable members in our society, and we need to do everything we can to send a strong deterrent message to protect them from sexual predators.

We will also move forward on our plan to better protect those who protect us, with our legislation to ensure mandatory sentences apply to those who assault police officers when they are targeted based purely on their job regardless of whether they are on or off duty.

There are no circumstances in which police officers should be targeted and assaulted because of their job, and this will ensure a zero tolerance approach is taken

Both of these important pieces of legislation were blocked by Labor in the previous parliament, which is why we sought a mandate from the people at the March election.

We now expect Labor to respect the will of the people and support our legislation to ensure mandatory jail time for those who assault children and off duty police officers.


Elise Archer, Attorney-General




The ranks of the Tasmania Prison Service have again been boosted today with 23 new recruits graduating from the intensive recruit training course and joining the frontline.

The new recruits join a dedicated workforce that plays a significant role in contributing to a safer community for Tasmanians.

Today’s graduation ceremony brings the total number of new Correctional Officers employed since May 2016 to 78, demonstrating our commitment to community safety.

They will play a significant role in not only maintaining the safe and secure custody of inmates, but also by assisting prisoners in their rehabilitation to give them the best chance of returning to a successful life upon their release.

The new graduates will commence work immediately and be rostered throughout the various Tasmania Prison Services facilities.

I congratulate all the graduates and wish them all the best for a rewarding career in the TPS.

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections

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