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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.







Keeping you updated

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

Tassal statement

Tasmanian seafood company Tassal says it will always abide by the regulator’s decision. Speaking after the release of a statement by EPA Tasmania to reduce the biomass limit in Macquarie Harbour, Tassal CEO and MD Mark Ryan said: “Though we note that the determination is a draft, I want to reassure the local community and our employees that the long-term sustainability of Macquarie Harbour continues to be our first priority. “This is demonstrated by the fact that Tassal has already voluntarily reduced stocking numbers in the harbour and will continue to work with IMAS scientists to understand the optimal carrying capacity for Macquarie Harbour. “Due to Tassal’s geographical diversification, this short-term decrease will not have a material impact on our business or our ability to supply salmon to customers nor our Strategic Plan targets. “We will manage through the current conditions in order to have the best outcome for the environment, our fish and the regional community of Strahan.” Mr Ryan said Macquarie Harbour was important for the Tasmanian salmon industry. He said Tassal and Petuna – which were both ASC certified – viewed the harbour as an important part of their respective operations’ natural capital and would continue to farm sustainably and with the utmost respect for the natural environment.   About Tassal Tassal Group Limited (ASX: TGR) is a vertically integrated salmon grower and salmon and seafood processor, seller and marketer. The Company produces and sells premium salmon and seafood products for both the Australian domestic and export markets.  Tassal grows delicious, fresh and healthy Atlantic salmon in Tasmania’s fresh waters and through its De Costi Seafood business sources and processes a wide range of seafood. Tassal is committed to taking a leadership role in sustainability in aquaculture and seafood sourcing. The company employs more than... read more

Slow down for road workers campaign

The RACT has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s latest campaign that focuses attention on the safety of roadside workers. RACT chief executive officer Harvey Lennon said motor vehicle drivers and passengers, motorcyclists and cyclists were often “top of mind” for the community whenever road safety was discussed. “But workers on or nearby public roads performing construction, roadwork or vehicle breakdown activities need to be included in these conversations,” he said. “This campaign, which reinforces that road worker safety is everyone’s responsibility, is designed to achieve that outcome.” Mr Lennon said working at the roadside was inherently dangerous. “Educating the motoring public about the risks all road workers face on a daily basis through inattention and speeding through work sites was important,” he said. Mr Lennon said RACT’s Roadside patrolmen and contractors were provided with extensive and regular workplace health and safety training, but they could not control what goes on around them. “Over the past two years we have had five reported near-misses where patrols or contractors have been put in danger, as well as RACT members at the breakdown scene, while working at the roadside by inattentive or careless drivers,” he said. “The near-misses are generally more serious in nature where a motorist passed so close to the breakdown scene (at speed) they either caused damage to the patrol van or tow truck or the incident left the patrolman or contractor... read more

Asbestos information for “tradies” booklet

A new free booklet that targets Tasmanian “tradies” with information about asbestos and its dangers has been launched by the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation (AFTF). The booklet has been prepared for the building industry to provide it with general information about asbestos, the health hazards, where it might be found, the law and what to do with it if a tradesperson believes it is there before starting work. Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause serious diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. About 12 people in Tasmania per year die from asbestos exposure. AFTF president Simon Cocker said while asbestos remained in some older Tasmanian buildings, it was possible to avoid asbestos containing materials. “The presence of asbestos in buildings poses potential significant health risks for tradespeople who need to understand what precautions to take when removing it and disposing of it,” he said. “More than 3000 asbestos products comprising thousands of tonnes were used across the building and construction industry over 40-years, so if a building was built before 1990, it is safe to assume asbestos will be there somewhere.” Mr Cocker said health issues could manifest anything up to 40-years after exposure to asbestos, normally in the range of 28 to 35 years. “So, if a tradesperson is not careful and is exposed today, it may be 30-years before symptoms become prevalent,” he said. “We are focused on stopping the next wave of sufferers. “It is too late once toxic and microscopic asbestos fibres are released into the air.” Australia banned the use of asbestos on 31 December 2003, but asbestos-containing materials have entered Australia more recently from... read more

National Skin Cancer Action Week: Experts on Melanoma

To mark the beginning of National Skin Cancer Action Week (20–26 November 2016), on the weekend, Melanoma Tasmania hosted forums in Hobart and Launceston all about melanoma in Tasmania. What we learnt from: Professor David Whiteman, Epidemiologist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Qld: If everyone applied sunscreen appropriately, in 10 years 33% of all melanoma cases would be prevented. Melanoma is the 8th most expensive burden on the government’s healthcare budget. More Tasmanian women have melanoma than men (unlike in other states). Dr Alex Chamberlain – Dermatologist, Victorian Melanoma Unit: If your dog is sniffing a patch of your skin, inspect it closely and show it to your GP. There is evidence that dogs can detect melanoma via pheromones. Vitamin D is important, but the risks of damage from sun exposure outweigh the risks of vitamin D deficiency. Dr Andrew Haydon – Medical Oncologist, Victorian Melanoma Unit: There is clear evidence for the success of combined targeted and immunotherapies, suggesting one day we could ‘potentially use the word “cure” when talking to melanoma patients’. Targeted therapies block activity of key genetic mutations driving the growth of melanoma. Immunotherapies trigger the body’s own immune system to fight melanoma. Di Mason, Founder and Chair, Melanoma Tasmania: ‘Tasmania has a high incidence of melanoma – one that will continue to increase with our aging population, yet we are the only State that does not have a dedicated melanoma unit. Melanoma Tasmania is passionate about advocating on behalf of Tasmanian patients and clinicians to ensure that treatment offered here is timely, up to date, and of the quality afforded to those affected by... read more


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