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Corporate Communications is Tasmania’s longest-established and most successful public and government relations, marketing and advertising consultancy, the only fully integrated consultancy in the state.

Founded nearly 40-years-ago, we provide the most effective communications advice and services to a wide range of enterprises, organisations and individuals both within Tasmania, interstate and overseas.

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Painting a bright future for Tasmanian cyclists

Australia’s most trusted brands have come together to ensure a bright future for the next generation of Tasmanian road cyclists through the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) Racing Team. Speaking at the team’s official launch, Head Cycling Coach Matthew Gilmore congratulated the athletes who had worked hard to earn their place in the team. He also thanked the sponsors that made it possible to field a men’s and women’s team for the National Road Series for the first time in many years. “These athletes have demonstrated the potential and work ethic to develop into international competitors and have been selected on this basis,” he said. “We stress that the role of the team is as a launching pad – so we can expect big things from this group in the future.” With renewing support from major partners Dulux, Giant Bicycles Australia and women’s brand LIV, the team has strong foundations for this year’s National Road Series competition. In addition, the TIS Racing Team has welcomed Spirit of Tasmania and Petuna – two new partners and two iconic Tasmanian brands. Gilmore said he was pleased that Dulux and Giant had continued their support of the program in Tasmania. “These two companies took a leap of faith with us several years ago and we look forward to continuing our work with them to demonstrate the potential of investing in young careers,” he said. Dulux National Corporate Sales Manager, Tim Jamieson, said Dulux was delighted to continue as the major partner of the TIS Racing Team in 2017 and 2018. “Like the TIS Racing Team, Dulux believes in identifying and developing talent... read more

Enjoy Tasmania this Easter – but do it safely: RACT

The RACT has one simple message for Tasmanians and visitors to the state this Easter: “Get out and enjoy Tasmania, but please drive in a way that does not put you, your family or other road users at risk.” And RACT CEO Harvey Lennon said before you leave on your journey, check your vehicle’s general mechanical health. “Check your vehicle’s lights, trailer or caravan lights, wiper blades, hoses, belts, oil and water, and the battery,” he said. “Flat batteries are the number one reason for RACT Roadside Assistance call outs. “Undertaking these checks at this time of year is particularly important as the weather is getting colder and driving conditions can be more challenging. “Also, well before your trip, check your tyres’ pressure and tread depth, and avoid driving at dusk or dawn because of animals on the road.” Mr Lennon said while the majority of motorists obeyed the speed limit, a speed limit should be regarded as the upper limit not a speed that was safe to travel at. “Always drive to the conditions, take your time and take regular breaks,” he said. “If possible, share the driving with other passengers and avoid driver fatigue. “And though we should have not to say it, do not drive after drinking or if you have taken drugs.” Mr Lennon also encouraged motorists to download the GasBuddy app that provided real time fuel prices via a mobile device. “Checking the app today revealed locations in Tasmania where petrol is available at a cheaper price,” he said. According to the GasBuddy app, fuel prices in Hobart are between 136.9 cents per litre... read more

Building and construction apprenticeships increase

Building and construction industry apprenticeships – the highest priority entry point to the industry – have increased, the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) says. And TBCITB chairperson Tracy Matthews said with the levels of demand and activity generally improving, more apprenticeships should become available in the near-term. “The Board will continue to look at carefully targeted incentive programs to encourage apprenticeships, particularly to respond to projected growth of activity over the next few years,” she said. The information is contained in the TBCITB’s State of the Industry Report that says industry’s capacity to train is directly linked to the availability of building and construction work. “The industry employed 1,359 apprentices in 2015/16 or 14 per cent up from the previous financial year,” it said. Numbers in traditional apprenticeships have also improved, though the number of non-completion of apprenticeships is still a concern. Ms Matthews said the TBCITB would continue to provide financial support in non-apprenticeship areas – workplace health and safety, business and other related skills, skill areas of perceived shortage, retraining and upskilling for existing employees and emerging technologies. “These programs are also reviewed annually to ensure that they are still responding to the requirement of industry participants,” she said. Ms Matthews said legislative amendments in 2016 had broadened the scope of the Board’s work to a Workforce Development approach as opposed to a narrower focus on skills and training. “This means that workforce planning, recruitment, retention and continuing development now form the core of the Board’s work,” she said. “The Board has overcome the difficulty of planning for an ever fluctuating workforce by developing... read more

Support for Petuna Macquarie Harbour plan

Australia’s leading salmon farming and seafood company, Tassal, has welcomed the latest plan put forward by Petuna Aquaculture to protect the future sustainability of Macquarie Harbour by preventing the overstocking of individual leases. Petuna told the independent regulator (the Environment Protection Agency) and the Tasmanian Government that the current “whole of harbour” management approach should be replaced by a new “lease-based” management model which would put a capacity limit on individual farm leases rather than on the harbour as a whole. Tassal Managing Director and CEO Mark Ryan said the company had long supported this style of management in Macquarie Harbour and publicly stated in the past that not all leases were equal in the harbour as, depending on location, they were subject to different environmental conditions. “This is a good example of the industry working together to achieve the best outcome for Macquarie Harbour and Tassal hopes to see more industry cooperation in the future,” he... read more

Bus incident statement

After an incident involving a GrayLine Tasmania bus in Harrington Street on Tuesday morning, Managing Director Bob Chung Gon said a mechanical fault was not the cause. A preliminary investigation by Transport Inspectors found that while there was damage to the bus consistent with a collision with a building, the vehicle was in a compliant road worthy condition. Mr Chung Gon said the bus was transported to the Transport Inspectors’ workshop in North Hobart where it was inspected and released. “The company’s own investigations reveal driver error was to blame when the bus rolled about 20-metres down the road and pressed up against a building in Harrington Street,” he said. “I attended the scene immediately. All eight people on board the bus at the time of the incident were uninjured and offered counselling. Most of the passengers continued on their tour. “Our driver was also uninjured and offered counselling. “The safety of our passengers and employees is paramount. “Our maintenance regime is first class with no incidents of this type in nearly 20 years of operation... read more

2017 start date for Perth upgrade

The RACT has welcomed an announcement by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments that the biggest stage of the Midland Highway upgrade – the Perth Link Roads project – would begin two years earlier than scheduled. The project will connect the current upgrades underway between Symmons Plains and Perth and from Perth to Breadalbane, with construction expected to start late this year and be completed by 2020. CEO Harvey Lennon said the infrastructure investment announcement was significant, and was an integral part of the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan. “The RACT continues to be strongly supportive of the joint commitment to make the Midland Highway safer,” he said. “The project announcement is a good outcome for motorists and the whole community.” Mr Lennon said the RACT referenced the need to secure future funding for the remainder of the Midland Highway upgrade in its State and Federal Budget submissions. “The Midland Highway is an integral route for freight, business, domestic and tourist traffic,” he... read more

SUMMER RACING CARNIVAL PRIZE MONEY STAYS IN TASMANIA

Nearly 78 per cent ($2.4 million) of the 2017 Luxbet Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival (TSRC) stakes were won by Tasmanian horses. Tasracing chief executive officer Vaughn Lynch said this was broadly in line with last year’s result when $2.36 million of carnival stakes (or 80 per cent) stayed in Tasmania. “The racing throughout the carnival was excellent and demonstrated, once again, that Tasmanian-bred and trained horses can compete against interstate horses that target our carnival,” he said. “This is particularly evident when you consider that only six of the feature races were won by interstate horses.” Leading interstate trainers Darren Weir (who trained the Luxbet Launceston Cup winner Big Duke), Robert Smerdon, Patrick Payne, Lee and Anthony Freedman and David and Ben Hayes, and Tom Dabernig were all represented at the carnival this summer. Mr Lynch said Northwest Passage won both the Hobart Guineas and the Tasmanian Derby and, trained by leading trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, looked destined for bigger things. “Young Cranbourne trainer Matthew Brown won his first Group 3 race when Kiss Me Ketut led throughout to win the Vamos Stakes,” he said. Bill Ryan’s impressive filly Pateena Arena (Needs Further) made a clean sweep of the black type 2YO races. Star Tasmanian filly Hot Dipped just missed the Tasmanian Guineas, Strutt Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks trifecta narrowly going down in the Oaks to the Darren Weir trained Parthesia. Mr Lynch said Hellova Street’s wins in the Luxbet Thomas Lyons and Mowbray Stakes was an outstanding achievement. The 2017 Luxbet TSRC featured 11 race meetings between 6 January and 22 February. There were 96 races... read more

RACT bookings strong on the west coast

Hotel room bookings at Strahan Village increased by nearly 20 per cent in January this year compared to January 2016. RACT Destinations Executive General Manager Adrian Sampson said an increase in visitation to Strahan and the west coast during the peak tourism season was a good outcome for the hotel and the region more broadly. “The decision to refurbish the Spirit of Tasmania vessels and operate additional day sailings was a sensible decision,” he said. “We are definitely seeing benefits as a result, and look forward to continued strong visitation at our properties.” Mr Sampson said visitors to the west coast were discovering the wide range of activities and natural environment that was unique to the region. “Our investments at Strahan, and the flow-on effects, are particularly important on the west coast given its increasing reliance on the local tourism industry,” he said. The West Coast Wilderness Railway also enjoyed an increase in passenger numbers of about 20 per cent in January this year compared to the previous year. General Manager Anthony Brown said the railway was enjoying strong passenger numbers this season. “February is shaping up as the biggest month in terms of passenger numbers since the railway reopened in 2014,” he said. “Looking forward, bookings for March are also very strong.” Mr Brown said more international passengers had travelled on the railway this... read more

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