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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.

Making connections is what we do. Making connections that matter is what we excel at. We connect people to ideas. We connect stories to audiences. We connect strategy to outcomes. We connect our expertise to your problems. We connect brands to consumers. We connect people to people and we do this thoughtfully, strategically, ethically and with great passion for outcomes.

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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

Australia’s best cars for 2016/17 announced

The RACT has announced the winners of this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards, with the winner of the Best Medium Car under $50,000, the Mazda6 Touring, also recognised as the Judges’ Choice for 2016. RACT General Manager Member Assist Darren Moody said the addition of standard safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a more refined driveline and increased fuel efficiency helped the Mazda6 win the Judges Choice award. “The winning vehicles have performed the best in their respective categories against tough competition,” he said. The awards aim to influence the new car market by challenging brands to continually improve in terms of safety, performance and affordability standards. “The list of winners will assist motorists to work through the often difficult process of selecting what vehicle to buy,” Mr Moody said. Australia’s Best Cars is a year-long assessment program undertaken by the country’s peak motoring clubs to find the best cars across 15 categories. Judges from each club, with combined motoring experience of more than 200 years, assess each volume selling vehicle on the market across 21 individual criteria to assist potential purchasers of new vehicles to make a more informed purchasing decision. The list of 45 finalists was reduced to 15 winners in final testing late last year. With SUVs set to account for more than half of all vehicles sales in the next year, the awards feature four categories dedicated to those vehicles. The results are available by visiting the Australia’s Best Cars website – www.australiasbestcars.com.au or visiting an RACT branch where you can purchase a magazine devoted to the... read more

Tassal statement on aquaculture sustainability certification

Australia’s leading salmon farming and seafood company, Tassal, has today reaffirmed its confidence in and commitment to the international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification process for fish farming. This follows the release today of extraordinary claims from environmental non-government organisation Environment Tasmania against Tassal, the ASC process and other parties including ASC audit group SCS Global Services and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Managing Director and CEO Mark Ryan said Tassal totally rejected claims in the report that consumers were being misled by flawed auditing processes, and that the independence of the certification process had been compromised. ‘We are concerned that the world’s leading standard for sustainable aquaculture is being attacked in this way, and that a vital Tasmanian industry is being put at risk by these unjustified claims,” he said. The release of the Environment Tasmania report coincides with an SCS Global Consulting audit team reviewing Tassal’s operations in Macquarie Harbour, where a number of environmental problems – including 14 non-compliance events at a Tassal lease – have been identified publicly and are now being addressed. The seriousness of the issues in Macquarie Harbour are well known. “Tassal is taking full responsibility for our own operations, and we are working with government authorities, our industry, the local community and with independent agencies to restore the waterway’s marine environment to good health,” Mr Ryan said. “Let me be clear, we own our part in the current position in Macquarie Harbour. We see this as a learning for Tassal. We are always learning and adapting. I commit that we will continue to improve.” The audit team for the ASC is... read more

Federal Budget submission identifies road spending priorities

The RACT has sought more than $1.4 billion in infrastructure spending for Tasmanian road improvements in a budget submission to the Federal Government. RACT chief executive officer Harvey Lennon said the organisation had identified a number of road infrastructure priorities that needed urgent attention. “These roads, which we have spoken about previously on a number of occasions, have been included in the pre-Federal Budget submission provided to the Federal Treasury,” he said. “Putting these road works on the Federal Government’s agenda is vitally important for the ultimate benefit of Tasmanian and visiting motorists.” The road works identified are: Bass Highway intersections at Wynyard – rationalise the number of intersections and upgrade one to become the primary access / crossing point ($15 million). Midland Highway – duplicate carriageway from Perth to Breadalbane and upgrade Breadalbane Junction and safety improvements package on various sections as outlined in the 10 Year Midland Highway Action Plan ($500 million). Eastern Hobart approach – increase capacity and improve traffic flow on the eastern approach to the Hobart CBS ($300 million). Bridgewater Bridge – construct replacement four-lane Bridgewater Bridge and associated new junctions ($600 million). Mr Lennon said the government also needed to fund an inquiry into Australia’s rapidly growing road toll as new figures revealed almost no progress had been made in reducing deaths since the National Road Safety Strategy was agreed by all Australian governments in 2011. “The call follows the Australian Automobile Association releasing its Benchmarking the performance of the National Road Safety Strategy report, which tracks progress against the strategy’s target of reducing road deaths by at least 30 per cent by... read more

Tasracing appoints new director

Robyn Whishaw has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Tasracing. Known to many in the racing industry, Mrs Whishaw owns and operates Armidale Stud in Carrick, Tasmania. She has also chaired the Thoroughbred Advisory Network for several years. “We warmly welcome Robyn to the Tasracing Board. Her expertise and passion for the Tasmanian racing industry will serve us well,” Tasracing chairman Dean Cooper said. “Robyn’s insight as a participant will assist the Board in the delivery of our strategic goals, particularly as we navigate towards 2020 and beyond.” Mrs Whishaw replaces recently retired director Des Gleeson. Mr Gleeson, a highly respected racing figure nationally, served as a director of Tasracing for seven years. Mr Cooper said the Board thanked him sincerely for his service and dedication to racing in... read more

Benefits flow from ice cream for passengers

An opportunity identified by the hospitality managers on board Spirit of Tasmania’s vessels is set to benefit a number of Tasmanian businesses across the state. Tasmanian ice cream manufacturer Valhalla has responded to a suggestion by Spirit of Tasmania and is introducing a new product line, the Valhalla mini, a 120 ml cup of ice cream available in five flavours. Valhalla chief executive officer Luke Atkin said the company had already sold about 14,000 of its choc tops to Spirit of Tasmania passengers. “When the Spirit’s hospitality managers suggested to us that a mini cup of ice cream would likely prove to be popular amongst passengers, we were only too happy to accept the challenge and develop such a product,” he said. Mr Atkin said the new product line was good news for north west coast dairy farmers who supplied Lion Dairy in Burnie as the expected cream intake to increase by about 15 per cent. “The new product line is expected to ultimately lift Valhalla production by about 10 per cent,” he said. “We currently employ 12 full-time staff, and we expect to be able to increase employment following a successful launch of the mini product and customer support. TT-Line Chief Executive Officer Bernard Dwyer said the company was also keen to showcase new Tasmanian produce and products on board. “More than 90 per cent of wine and 80 per cent of food that we serve to our passengers is sourced through Tasmanian suppliers,” he said. “If we can go one step further and work with an existing supplier on a new product that has flow-on effects for... read more

Metro Tasmania Board appointments

Metro Tasmania has appointed two new Directors to its Board – highly experienced Director and Chair of several large public utilities Jude Munro AO and the CEO of the Women’s Legal Service in Tasmania, Susan Fahey. Metro Chairperson Lynn Mason said the new Directors brought significant experience and the right skillset to the Board. “Their experience and expertise across a wide range of areas will benefit the Metro Board enormously,” she said. Ms Munro, who worked for 10 years as the CEO of Brisbane City Council (BCC) managing a budget of $2.6 billion and 9000 employees, is a former Director of the Translink Transport Authority in Queensland. During her tenure as BCC CEO and Translink Director, ferry and bus passenger numbers increased from 45 million to 72 million per year. She is currently a Director of Uniting Care Queensland (the state’s largest NGO with a budget of $1.3 billion), Sun Central Maroochydore and Newcastle Airport. Ms Fahey, a lawyer with extensive experience working at both a state and federal government level, is a well-recognised leader and advocate for social issues. Since joining the Women’s Legal Service in Tasmania, the organisation has tripled in size, increasing the level and kind of assistance provided to women in the state. Ms Fahey has collaborated on a number of significant law reforms across Australia, and is a regular contributor in local and national media on issues including family violence, legal and social policy and reproductive health. Ms Munro and Ms Fahey will replace retiring Directors Geoffrey Hazell and Lynn Mason. Current Director Michael Harris will replace Lynn Mason as... read more

Support for Ride Sharing

Consumers should have access to a range of public transport options, providing all measures are undertaken to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users, the RACT says. Executive General Manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said driver and passenger safety were of paramount importance. “The RACT believes that the legislation governing the use of ride sharing services should ensure all drivers are older than 21-years, drive a registered vehicle no older than nine-years and pass Tasmania Police and working with vulnerable people checks,” she said. “And all vehicles used in a ride-sharing service should be subject to the same inspections that are imposed on other public transport operators every six months.” RACT has recently conducted vehicle inspections for more than 70 vehicles participating in the launch of Uber in Tasmania. Mrs Pennicott said the RACT had also changed its roadside policy to cover Uber vehicles and taxis. “If an Uber or taxi vehicle breaks down, drivers covered by RACT Roadside can receive breakdown assistance from today (2 December),” she... read more

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