Tasmanian Business Reporter October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of the Tasmanian Business Reporter. In this month's bumper 16-page edition you'll read about the boundless opportunities that have arisen for Tasmanian businesses after the State Government's trade mission to China which promises to unlock lucrative new markets. You'll also find the details behind the relocation of Macquarie Point's waste water treatment facility set to unlock millions of dollars' worth of investment and jobs, UTAS's push to improve access to education and training on the west coast and Tasmanian businesses taking home impressive awards on the national stage.

Welcome to the October edition of the Tasmanian Business Reporter.

In this month's bumper 16-page edition you'll read about the boundless opportunities that have arisen for Tasmanian businesses after the State Government's trade mission to China which promises to unlock lucrative new markets.

You'll also find the details behind the relocation of Macquarie Point's waste water treatment facility set to unlock millions of dollars' worth of investment and jobs, UTAS's push to improve access to education and training on the west coast and Tasmanian businesses taking home impressive awards on the national stage.


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Some of the Tasmanian contingent and their

Chinese hosts during the recent trade mission

and, inset, Premier Will Hodgman addresses one of

the 50 meetings held during the 13-day mission.


UNPRECEDENTED opportunities

await Tasmanian businesses

after a Chinese trade mission

promises to unlock lucrative new


The State Government trade

mission will deliver opportunities

to export more fresh produce, attract

more overseas students and

highlight Hobart as the Antarctic


The exercise will enhance connections

and create new opportunities

for business and will deliver

more jobs statewide.

Growth and certainty will follow

a Memorandum of Understanding

to establish a co-operation

mechanism to improve the

international market competitiveness

of Tasmanian fresh food

products and the Shanghai Win-

Chain supply chain.

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce

and Industry members will

now be able to link with Chinese

Chambers of Commerce – delivering

unprecenednted face-to-face

opportunities with clients and potential


More than 80 per cent of Tasmania’s

international exports are

to Asian markets and that figure is


Facts deride Opposition and

Green criticisms of the Government

– given the trade mission

involved more than 50 meetings

and engagements with major industry

leaders and businesses over

13 days.

TCCI CEO Michael Bailey was

one of the 30 Tasmanian business

leaders and owners who went on

the trip, which he said was a “huge


“Suggesting that the Premier

was on holidays because he visited

the Great Wall of China is to

not understand the Chinese culture,”

Mr Bailey said.

“One of the major outcomes of

the mission was the understanding

of how Tasmania needs to connect

with Chinese markets.

To crack the local markets we

need to work with the local provinces,

or local government.”

Mr Bailey said as well as linking

with Chinese chambers, the

TCCI would lead a trade mission

to China in 2019 working with

AusCham in Shanghai and Beijing.

Mr Hodgman said there was a

very positive perception in China

of what Tasmania offered.

“(This has resulted in) a corresponding

increase in trade in recent

years in areas where we have

a competitive advantage, including

agriculture, aquaculture, energy,

mining, forestry and tourism,”

Mr Hodgman said.

Primary Industries

and Water Minister

Sarah Courtney

said our fruit, seafood,

red meat, wool,

dairy, wine and whisky

were regarded as

world-class and were

increasingly sought in

Asian markets.

“Importantly, this

trade mission connected

Tasmania producers

and industry representatives

with key

buyers, importers and

trade experts which is expected to

further boost export demand and

create more jobs in Tasmania.”

Meanwhile, Mr Hodgman welcomed

the announcement that

the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long

would dock in Hobart twice this

summer – estimating it would

generate $2.5 million for the economy.

“It will be a stop that generates

an extraordinary amount of

economic activity for Tasmanian

businesses. Tasmania Polar Net-

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$4.5 million to improve Hobart terminal

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HOBART International

Airport will improve its

departure terminal facilities

with a $4.5 million-dollar


Works are set to get under

way and CEO Sarah

Renner said the project

was set to be complete by

mid-December, ready for

the peak summer period.

The development will

deliver up to 170 additional

seats, a refurbished

bar and café, new food

and beverage options and

renovated amenities in

the main departures area.

Ms Renner said the

multi-million-dollar investment

would enhance

customer experience and

improve passenger comfort.

The airport woud remain

fully operational as

work was progressively


“We are mindful that

undertaking works while

maintaining operations

An artist’s impression of the refurbished

Hobart International Airport terminal.

has the potential to cause

some congestion within

certain parts of the terminal.

We will do everything

we can to minimise

disruption to the travelling

public,” Ms Renner


Planning is continuing

for the longer-term redevelopment

of the terminal.

Ms Renner said that

would require extensive

public consultation, airline

negotiation and Federal

Government approval,

which would take six

to 12 months.

Hobart Airport has just

experienced its busiest

year ever, with more than

2.6 million passengers

travelling through the

airport over the past 12


That’s set to increase

this year with a number

of new flight announcements,

including the first

direct link ever between

Western Australia and

Tasmania, with Virgin

Australia now flying to

Perth three days a week.

Ms Renner said the

new service would further

drive tourism and

economic growth in Tasmania.

“It will mean direct access

to Perth, including

international visitors connecting

through Perth, and

is another exciting step in

the transformation of Tasmania’s

busiest gateway,”

Ms Renner said.

“The new direct link to

Perth is expected to attract

more than 55,000 passengers

per year, creating

potential new business

opportunities as well as

reducing travel time between

the two cities.”

AN innovative and intensive

professional development

workshop will help

Tasmanian women transform

their communication

skills and improve their

professional speaking.

Perfect Pitch aims to

build confidence and enhance


Perfect Pitch has a lineup

of special guests including

Tasmania’s first

female Governor Kate

Warner, Minister for

Women Jacquie Petrusma,

Secretary of Tasmania’s

Department of Premier

and Cabinet Jenny

Gale, Franklin Labor MP

Alison Standen and Macquarie

Point CEO Mary


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Hobart from October 8

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Mission possible for China trade

From page 1

-work has been part of

our trade mission so

they’ve be working very

closely with our Chinese


A MOU between Putuo

Institute of Education

Shanghai and Study Tasmania

will enhance international


The MOU includes

sharing teaching resources,

materials and teacher


Opportunities will also

arise to co-operate on

educational programmes

including science, technology

and mathematics,

arts and the Antarctic.

Highlights of the trade

mision were:

• facilitating direct

contacts for Tasmanian

businesses with potential

new customers, including

at Asia’s leading

trade show for fruit and

vegetable marketing;

• signing an agreement

with China’s largest fresh

produce e-commerce

platform to support pathways

to markets;

• hosting a “Showcase

Tasmania” event in

Shanghai where Tasmanian

businesses promoted

products to industry

leaders in the Chinese

food and beverage sector;

• supporting the launch

into the Chinese market

of Tasmania’s Springvale

Wines and Wellington

Water, sourced from

Burnie’s Dew South;

• meeting with major

travel agents in Shanghai,

Hong Kong, Kuala

Lumpur, and Singapore

to promote Tasmania as

a premium destination;

• hosting agri-business

and investor roundtables

to promote Tasmania’s

primary industries, agritech

and development


• the announcement

of two visits from the

Chinese icebreaker Xue

Long which will deliver

about a $2.5 million

boost to Tasmania’s


• promoting Tasmania’s

renewable energy

expertise and opportunities

here for further development;


•- signing a new MOU

with the Putuo District

(Shanghai) Institute of

Education to encourage

visits and exchange trips

between Tasmania and

China, which supports

the Government’s Global

Education Growth Strategy.

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Macquarie Point potential to be unlocked


Waste plant move gets nod

MILLIONS of dollars of

investment and job creating

potential will finally

be unlocked with the relocation

of Macquarie

Point’s waste water treatment

facility now possible

within four years.

The Government has

confirmed the plant will

be decommissioned.

State Growth Minister

Peter Gutwein said

legislation would be introduced

into Parliament

next month to outline a

clear plan for the development

of the site that

was faithful to Mona’s

2050 vision – a $2 billion

project that includes light

rail stations, hotel, convention

centre, Antarctic

facilities, a reconciliation

art park and fire and light


However, he said there

were no silver bullets to

fix the waste water situation.

“Instead, we have been

working hard with Tas-

Water to develop a solution,”

he said.

“The preliminary talks

have been extremely positive

and we believe that

working with TasWater

we will have a final plan

for decommissioning the

Macquarie Point is set to clear its waste water treatment plant hurdle.

waste water treatment

plant as soon as possible,”

Mr Gutwein said.

“I have written to Tas-

Water regarding this

project and a number

of other major projects

and that letter has been

circulated to councils in

the interests of transparency

and full disclosure

ahead of the council

vote later this month.

“The State Government

is prepared to

make additional funding

available to assist Tas-

Water to decommission

and relocate the Macquarie

Point wastewater

treatment plant subject

to a funding model being

developed that is acceptable

to TasWater, its

local government owners

and the State.

“The State’s contribution

would be in addition

to the $200 million

equity contribution set

out in the MoU.

“Furthermore together

with TasWater we are

of the view that subject

to the funding plan being

agreed, the plant

would be removed within

around four years allowing

the MacPoint

site to be developed fully

without this inhibiting


“Moving the waste

water treatment plant

will clear the way for

Macquarie Point to

reach its full potential,

unlock massive investments

into the State,

create jobs and deliver

a nationally unique site

for the community.”

Maritime deal takes drones to next level

DRONE technology and

maritime activities will be

better integrated and will

help build a highly-skilled

workforce, thanks to a new


AMC Search, the commercial

arm of the Australian

Maritime College, and The

Institute for Drone Technology

have signed a memorandum

of understanding

to bring drone technology

training into the maritime

training environment.

Drone technology has unprecedented

capacity to provide

improvements in safety,

efficiency and innovation in

the maritime environment.

The partnership will

be launched at the MIAL

SEA18 conference in Canberra

on October 16.

The first three courses

- Remote Pilot’s Licence,

Safe Drone Operation for

Managers and Flight Basics:

Hazards, Batteries and the

Law – will be offered out

of the Australian Maritime

College’s Sydney Study

Centre in Darling Harbour in


The agreement will see

relevant training products

delivered from beginner

to advanced levels, and

include a variety of delivery

methods so workers from

across maritime industries

can access world-class

training and get the skills

they need to make the most

Drone technology will help revolutionise safety,

efficiency and innovation in the maritime


of this revolutionary technology.

Institute for Drone Technology

CEO Dr Joel Spencer

said the organisation

was excited to work with

AMC Search to extend the

training offering into drone

technology for maritime.

“The potential for drone

technology in maritime is

enormous and centrally concerns

improving safety for

workers. This is the first time

a drone technology organisation

has teamed with a maritime

training organisation to

provide contextualised drone

training in a marine environment,”

Dr Spencer said.

“It is envisioned that by

working together into the

future this project could be

expanded in a number of

ways to further and more

effectively embed drone

technology training into

maritime training programs,”

he said.

AMC Search Training

Manager Emilie Donovan

said the new drone training

courses were being offered

in response to industry demand.

“As the applications of

drones in the maritime

industry become better understood,

and drone usage

increases in our sector, the

need for specialised

maritime drone training

became apparent,” Ms Donovan




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China mission forges future links



TCCI Chief Executive

MY recent trip to China

as part of the Tasmanian

Trade Mission with Premier

Will Hodgman was

a huge success.

While I only visited

Beijing and Shanghai,

the immediate benefits

for TCCI members will

be realised now and into

coming years.

Two major, future

goals will now be finalised:

• a Tasmanian Chamber

of Commerce trade

mission to China in 2019,

working with AusCham

in Shanghai and Beijing:


• negotiating for TCCI

members to be able to

link with local Chinese

chambers of commerce.

One of the first things

that struck me on the

mission was the extent

of infrastructure in these

two major Chinese cities,

Beijing with 24 mil-

lion people and Shanghai

with 26.5 million.

They have far outstripped

Australia, in

terms of infrastructure in

their cities and factories.

As an observation,

Beijing struck me as the

Canberra of China, but

with much more industry,

obviously, as the

seat of government, with

Shanghai more like Sydney

in terms of its business


We visited the Goldwind

factory that is making

wind turbines for the

Central Highlands Cattle

Hill development among

others, where our tour

guide was a young woman

in her 20s.

I enquired as to how

she became a “guide” at

Goldwind; she had studied

a Masters in Business

Research at UCLA.

Everywhere we went,

the levels of educational

attainment were obvious.

But I also believe we

should not be afraid of

partnerships in China,

ones that can be of advantage

to Tasmanian

business and industry.

We need to realise we

can’t match the level of

“build” for their factories

and just don’t have

access to their extremely

cost-effective labour


China, although still

with severe air pollution

in cities like Beijing, is

working hard to reduce

its emissions through renewable


The Chinese think

long-term, not the three

or four-year political cycles

of Australia, but forward

generational planning.

For example, petrol

mopeds, the transport

of choice for millions,

must now be electric in

The Tasmanian

Trade Mission

members visit

Goldwind in China

where turbines for

the $300 million

Cattle Hill

windfarm in the

Central Highlands

will be


the big cities. And while

there are millions of cars,

there are now significant

incentives for Chinese

drivers to change to electric


One of the other major

outcomes of the mission

was the understanding

of how we, little Tasmania,

need to connect with

Chinese markets.

To crack the local market,

we need to work

with the local provinces,

local government in other


Which is why the TC-

CI’s relationship with

AusCham will provide

great benefits and advantages.

Our own AusTrade

and AusIndustry have to

be impartial, that’s their


But organisations like

Shanghai and Beijing

AusCham can give us insight

and direction now

and into the future about

with whom and how to

do business with.

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Yet another shipper departs



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THERE goes another one!

Sadly we say goodbye to another

direct-calling shipping

line into Tasmania, as the

Swires service departs our

shores with the cost of bunkering

and chartering vessels

too much to justify calling

into Hobart port.

Unfortunately (one of my

least favourite words) this

outcome was predicted by

observers of the shipping

task in Tasmania and the utopia

(homage to you Mr. Tom

Holyman again) of services

that Tasmania has enjoyed

over the last few years is reducing.

The allure of fine whiskey

and excellent food is failing

to convert into large enough

volumes to justify direct international

vessel calls (MSC

being the exception – they

have done and continue to do

remarkably well in Bell Bay

with the Capricorn Service).

Despite the departure of

some of our international

ships, the 2017/2018 consolidated

growth over Bass Strait

is 6.8% compared to the past

year – not bad when the predicted

and often quoted figure

of 2% is used.

I have said it before, and

I will say it again, often, the

investment of the coastal carriers

(Toll, Searoad and TT

Line) cannot and should not

be dismissed.

While the size of the upcoming

new ships adds considerable

more capacity on

Bass Strait, we would be wise

not to sit on our hands and

think this will do us – Port of

Melbourne projections show

that if growth continues at 6%

we will exceed our capacity

at 2028 – seems ages away

huh…..nope, that is only 10

years away.

Driving around the country

side lately – there are a lot of

new crops and greenhouses

going in. Aquaculture is only

growing. Forestry is going

gang busters. Surely at some

point some of the farmers on

the northern island will figure

out we have land and water

down here (the smart ones already


Tas Ports and the coastal

shippers are thinking about

this and investing accordingly

(A$200 million announced

recently by Tas Ports to future

proof our infrastructure).

So, whilst we see some of

these international vessels sail

off into the sunset for something

shiny, we are seeing the

local companies investing and

The Port of

Hobart, where

the cost of

bunkering and


vessels has

again proven

too much to

justify calling,

resulting in the

departure of

the Swires


gearing up for growth.

Next time you hear someone

say “we need more competition

in Bass Strait”, remind

them that those that

have stuck it out are investing

in our future and have our


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Tasplan Super invests

in local communities

THE re-development

of Launcåeston’s C.H.

Smith site, which will

see the historic buildings

revitalised to include a

café, restaurant, car park

and office spaces, is on

track with developers

handing over the newly

completed 300-space car

park to the Launceston

City Council last month.

Tasplan’s wholly-owned

subsidiary QT

Investment Management

played a crucial role in

the funding of this project

which will have a

positive impact on the

Launceston community

through the creation

of employment and the

economic opportunities

it opens up for the region.

Developers are working

closely with the architect

to protect the unique

history of the C.H. Smith

building and to provide

much needed infrastructure

to the region after the

site sat vacant for more

than two decades.

QT Investment Management


Lending Manager Andrew

Woodberry said

Tasplan was committed

to long-term investments

in Tasmania and was

proud to support this significant


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With the state’s booming

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(03) 6270 4886.

When casual

rules morph



Workplace Relations

FOLLOWING on from our last TBR article on

decisions made by the Fair Work Commission

that may impact workplace relations in future,

we have now been given a decision that will

have potentially wide-ranging consequences for

any employer of casual staff.

In the Full Federal Court decision - Workpac

Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 (WorkPac)

- the Court has dismissed the previous approach

as given in Telum Civil (Qld) Pty Ltd v CFMEU

that where a casual was engaged then, provided

the Award or Agreement they were engaged under

was consistent with the relevant industrial

instrument, the relationship could be treated as

that of casual.

As stated in the TCCI Workplace Relations

Circular No 2018/093 circulated on 17 August

2018 to eligible members the WorkPac decision

means that:

1. Regardless of the provisions that apply to

a workforce under awards or enterprise agreements,

if an employee has a regular and predictable

pattern of work with an expectation of

ongoing engagements, they are likely to be permanent

as opposed to casual.

2. Where an employee commences employment

with irregular hours under a casual contract,

the casual can morph into a permanent

employee during the course of the employment

relationship, notwithstanding that the parties

continue to describe the relationship as casual.

As a result of the decision, a large number of

employees currently described by employers as

“casuals’’ could in fact be permanent.

In the WorkPac case the employee, Mr Skene,

worked as a casual truck driver for a labour hire

company (WorkPac). The Court found that although

fly-in-fly-out workers could be a casual

under the applicable Enterprise Agreement,

Mr. Skene was not a casual employee for the

purposes of the Fair Work Act 2009 when the

entirety of his employment relationship was

considered. Accordingly it was ordered that the

employee was entitled to receive annual leave

or payment in lieu.

The decision can be found here: www.



WorkPac has announced that it will not be

proceeding with a High Court challenge to the


We strongly encourage all employers to obtain

advice in regards to their casual employees

and processes.

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the TCCI on 1300 59 122 or





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Mines mean the earth



Minister for Energy


industry is on the up,

with multi-million dollar

plans by Hellyer Gold

Mines to capitalise on

the reopening of its West

Coast mine.

Hellyer project manager

NQ Minerals plans

to reprocess up to $1.5

billion in gold and $1

billion in zinc from previously

discarded materials

by next month, creating

up to 50 ongoing


Mining and mineral

processing is an industry

we often take for granted.

It’s been an industrial

fixture of the West Coast

community for generations,

but we should never

forget that this sector

makes up more than half

our state’s exports and

supports thousands of


Total production from

the state’s resources sector

is up by 45 per cent

to almost $3 billion over

the past year.

The reopening of the

Hellyer project is strong

evidence of an industry

thriving with its tail up

and making money.

Exports have increased

by 40 per cent

to more than $2 billion

a year.

The company, which

holds the Hellyer Mill

and tailings facility, has

started producing concentrate

and expects to

produce commercial

quantities by the end of

this month.

NQ Minerals has advised

they’ve met their

timeframe and budget

and this is due to the exceptional

skills of their

North West workforce.

Other reprocessing

will include silver and

lead. The company has

committed to give Tasmanians

preference for

the jobs where possible.

Mining companies

employ more than 4000

people, or almost double

employment levels of

three years ago.

In the 12 months to the

end of July 2017 mining

and mineral processing

represented more than

half the state’s net export


The industry also

contributes significantly,

through service provision

and the supply

chain, to the state’s regional


There are 10 major

mines in the state and six

major mineral processing

facilities. Over the

three years 2017 to 2020

the mining sector will

contribute almost $110

million in royalties to

taxpayers and their families.

That’s money we

can redirect to essential

services such as police,

hospitals and schools.

The State Government

is providing almost $10

million to the Mt Lyell

Copper Mine for works

associated with resuming


We are providing $3.5

million in payroll tax relief

for the Avebury Mine

restart which is expected

to begin operations next

January, creating more

than 200 jobs in mining,

processing and administration.

There’s plenty of other

mining activity ramping

up at the moment.

Mining in Tasmania is on the up.

The Rogetta Mine,

south of Burnie, was recently

granted approval

for a $100 million iron

ore mine, creating more

than 200 jobs during

construction and up

to 100 permanent jobs

when operational.

Grange Resources’

Savage River operation

is adding 54 jobs while

investing $10 million in

stage one of a feasibility

study to investigate

accessing the ore body

through underground


Mineral exploration in

Tasmania was $6.6 million

in the June quarter

this year representing a

43.5 per cent more than

the value recorded in the

June quarter last year.

The year to year increase

nationally was

28.9 per cent. That’s a

huge expression of faith

in our mineral resource


In addition, the Government

is backing more

mineral exploration with

$2 million in grants

which provides 50 per

cent of drilling costs on

successful programs.

And with the benefit

of a consistently low

value dollar, Tasmanian

exports are at record


Mining is the bedrock

of resource development

in this state, exporting a

near record $3.68 billion

in goods to the year July


This is a 29.2 per cent

growth on the previous

year, demonstrating we

are well on our way to

meeting the Government’s

target of a 50

per cent increase in new

mining ventures over

five years.


Labor seeks

policy input



Labor Leader

THIS month I was pleased to welcome Victorian

Trade and Investment Minister Philip Dalidakis

to two trade roundtables in Tasmania.

The roundtables in Launceston and Hobart

were an opportunity for local businesses to engage

and strengthen trade relationships with


Labor is taking a constructive, proactive and

positive approach to the economy from opposition

and it was pleasing to see so many local

businesses in attendance.

Thank you to the Launceston Chamber of

Commerce and Industry and the Tasmanian

Chamber of Commerce and Industry for jointly

hosting the events.

Attendees shared their experiences and

heard from Mr Dalidakis about the Victorian

Government’s trade activities and lessons we

can learn from their approach.

The vast bulk of Tasmanian exports pass

through the Port of Melbourne – whether

bound for the mainland or overseas. That

makes Victoria our number-one trading partner.

Just because Labor is in opposition, it does

not mean we can’t help Tasmanian producers

reach their full potential.

I want to have real conversations about ideas

that will make it easier for local businesses to

reach new markets. This was a key reason behind

Labor’s policy to form Industry Advisory

Councils in key sectors of the economy.

The IACs will be a forum to discuss challenges

and opportunities for each industry.

The IACs will be used as a sounding board

for the development of policies Labor will take

to the next election.

If you are interested in joining an IAC,

please get in touch.

‘Reasonably practicable’

- just what does it mean?

REASONABLY practicable

is the term used

as a qualifier for duty of


What does that mean

for you the Person Conducting

a Business or

Undertaking (PCBU)?

What is your requirement

under the Act as a

duty holder?

Under the previous

WHS Act there was not

a definition of the term

reasonably practicable

- it relied on legal precedent

to determine what

it meant.

With the implementation

of the new WHS Act

and regulations in 2013,

the term was defined as:

That which is, or was at

a particular time, reasonably

able to be done to

ensure health and safety,

taking into account and

weighing up all relevant

matters including:

(a) the likelihood of

the hazard or the risk



Workplace Health & Safety

What is your requirement

under the Act as a

duty holder?

concerned occurring;

(b) the degree of

harm that might result

from the hazard or the


(c) what the person

concerned knows, or

ought reasonably to

know, about the hazard

or risk, and ways of

eliminating or minimising

the risk;

(d) the availability

and suitability of ways

to eliminate or minimise

the risk, and

(e) Is this reasonably


After assessing the

extent of the risk and

the available ways of

eliminating or minimising

the risk, the cost associated

with available

ways of eliminating or

minimising the risk,

including whether the

cost is grossly disproportionate

to the risk.

So a PCBU duty

holder needs to meet

the behaviour expected

of a reasonable person

in their position confronted

with the same

duty or circumstances.

As the duty holder the

PCBU should consider

“what can be done” or

what is possible in the

circumstances for ensuring

health safety.

Then consider if it is

reasonable in the circumstances

to do all

that is possible. This

means you should do all

that is possible unless it

reasonable to do less.

This ensures that

workers will receive the

highest form of protection

that is reasonably


For further information

contact Craig Hortle or

Janelle Whitehouse at

the TCCI on 1300 559

122 or safety@TCCI.


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WH&S experts look to future

THE coming decades are expected

to present a host of new challenges

for those tasked with keeping their

workplaces healthy and safe.

From an ageing workforce to the

ever-extending reach of new technologies,

these and other significant

changes are likely to have disruptive

impacts on the Australian working


Anticipating these impacts and

preparing for a range of plausible futures

is an important step in ensuring

the long-term effectiveness of our

workplace safety and workers compensation


Tasmania’s work health, safety

and wellbeing professionals will

be invited to address these challenges

at an upcoming two-day

conference at the Hotel Grand

Chancellor Hobart.

Hosted by WorkSafe Tasmania,

the “Future Work, Future Challenges”

Conference on October 22

and 23 will focus on the trends

and innovations that will shape

the work health, safety and wellbeing

landscape into the future.

One of the key themes that will

be addressed at the conference

will be technological advancements

—a major driver behind a

changing workplace — and how

they are managed from a work

health, safety and wellbeing perspective.

Other themes that will be explored

are employment patterns

and structures which are shifting

with the introduction of freelance

task-based work.

These are happening within the

broader context of Australia’s ageing

workforce and rising levels of stress

A key theme of the conference will be technological advances.

and chronic disease.

From the challenges associated

with the extended reach of automated

systems and robotics, which will

alter how we work, to the rise of

workplace stress and mental health

issues, it is imperative these matters

are appropriately considered now.

While new technologies and ways

of working introduce new risks and

challenges for work health and safety

and workers compensation, they

also have the potential to make work

safer and reduce workplace injury.

The “Future Work, Future Challenges”

Conference will enable employers

and decision makers to begin

thinking about possible futures before

they eventuate, and make wiser

planning and strategic decisions.

Conference keynote speakers include

well-known journalist, author

and speaker Brad Howarth who will

also be the conference facilitator.

Brad has spent the last two decades

examining and communicating

the impact technology has on

business and society.

Other speakers include Professor

David Dunstan PhD, Head of the

Physical Activity Laboratory at the

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in

Melbourne; and Tania Van der Stap,

the Founder and Principal Director

of ALIGN Risk Management.

A highlight of the conference is

the WorkSafe Tasmania awards and

cocktail evening hosted by John X.

The 2018 WorkSafe Conference is

part of WorkSafe Month and aligns

with its theme of “Future Work, Future

Challenges”, which aims to raise

awareness and discussion around the

new work health and safety issues

arising as workplaces adapt to shifting

external and internal conditions.

To find out more about the

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delays cost

the young

IT IS no secret that private

health insurance

funds need younger

members to be sustainable.

However, the issue of

affordability is often at

the forefront when those

in the 20-40 age bracket

are deciding to take out


There is often a mindset

when a person is

young, fit and healthy

that they are indestructible

and no adverse medical

episode will happen

to them. They often think

the money would be better

spent on a holiday, education,

housing or energy


Current participation

rates of young people in

private health insurance

is low, while those over

75 continue to rise.

When young people do

have insurance, it is usually

for general treatment

services like dental, optical

and physio or on basic

hospital policies.

In a recent article for

St.LukesHealth, orthopaedic

surgeon Professor

Bernie Einoder explained

that while those aged between

15 and 35 had the

lowest uptake of private

health insurance they

were often the highest users

of emergency departments

across the nation

and were then referred

to a public patient outpatient

clinic or put on a

Tasmanian Business Reporter - OCTOBER 2018 9


Employers of Choice already one step ahead

BECOMING an Employer of Choice

puts a business one step ahead in finding,

keeping and motivating staff. It is

also a label that businesses can hang

their hat on, in the community and

with clients.

Now is the chance to join more than

100 of our best business, community

and service organisations that are

already Employers of Choice, with

entries now open for the 2019 awards.

The awards recognise local organisations

that demonstrate contemporary

workplace practices and outstanding

support for their staff while building

Tasmania’s reputation as a great place

to work and live.

Nominating for Employer of Choice

accreditation has benefits in itself, by

making businesses look closely at their

achievements and the impact they have

on the lives of their people.

Lynne Rayner from 2018 winner,

Blackmans Bay Childrens Services,

said it was a positive experience, especially

for staff.

“It gave us a sound platform for

engaging new staff and clients as well



long-term waiting list for


“The problem is if you

have a non-emergency

issue and you don’t have

private health insurance,

you have to wait on a list

to be treated as a public

patient in a public hospital.,”

Professor Einoder


“If you cannot pay off

your house or pay your

kids school fees because

you have a cruciate ligament

tear and you’re a

window cleaner climbing

up and down ladders all

day, then you’re out of a


“I see young patients

time and time again who

have health insurance

cover that is not adequate.

If you’re covered

for physio, chiro, orthotics

or glasses that is all

well and good, but you

must have hospital cover

that provides for a doctor

of your choice and it must

be a policy that’s the appropriate

level of cover.

“The price of free public

care for our youth is

delay, pain and a loss of

income, which can also

lead to the breakdown of

as setting a benchmark for the future.

It was humbling at how far we have

come,” she said.

Mel Lawrence from another 2018

inductee, TasNetworks, said the awards

were a great way to help an organisation

grow and form a common


“The process uncovered what our

team members value in our organisation

and highlighted our common drive

to build better ways of working for our

people,” Ms Lawrence said.

Tim Wass from Knight Frank Tasmania

said accreditation had benefits both

within and external to the business and

helped in attracting and retaining the

best staff.

“There was genuine excitement in

the business when advised we were an

award winner. Externally it is a great

marketing tool to promote the business,”

Mr Wass said.

Entries in the 2019 Employer of

Choice Awards close on 20 December


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relationships. It may be

a non-emergency but it’s

going to be bad enough to

interfere with your work

commitments, family and

sporting life.”

The Australian Government

is working

alongside the private

health insurance industry

to deliver a package

of reforms that aims to

put downward pressure

on premiums and make

it easier for consumers to

afford private health insurance.

The government’s

Lifetime Health Cover

initiative is designed to

encourage people to take

out hospital insurance

earlier in life and maintain

that cover to avoid

a two per cent loading

on your premium for every

year you are over 31.

Changes have also been

made around prostheses

and improved access to

mental health services.

There are also moves

by the government to

introduce discounts on

private health insurance

premiums of up to 10 per

cent for those aged 18-29

from April 2019.

Lynne Rayner and her team from Blackmans Bay Childrens Services with Deputy Premier Jeremy

Rockliff at the 2018 awards.

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areas of high youth unemployment

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tools and training to help

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IT collaboration recognised


between TasTAFE and

an IT solutions company,

which creates job opportunities

for ICT graduates

has been recognised

with a 2018 Tasmanian

Training Award.

TasTAFE and global

ICT solutions company,

DXC Technology Australia,

won the Industry

Collaboration Award at

the state’s peak vocational

education and training

awards, announced in

Hobart on September 7.

The two organisations

worked together to develop

a unique work

placement program for

TasTAFE’s Certificate IV

ICT students to specifically

suit an IT outsourcing

environment. While

studying at TasTAFE,

students complete a sixmonth

work placement at

DXC’s service desk Centre

of Excellence in Hobart,

giving them hands

on skills as well as teaching

them about DXC’s

service culture.

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny

Dodd, said the on-going

program has enormous

benefits for both DXC

Technology Australia

and the students who participate.

“The program has allowed

many ICT graduates

to stay in Tasmania

and gain their first ICT

job. Eighty one per cent

of program graduates

have gone on to employment

at the completion of

the program compared to

an industry average of 22

per cent.

“The collaboration

also creates a trained labour

pipeline for DXC

with 64 per cent of

DXC’s Hobart staff made

up of TasTAFE program

graduates. 73 per cent

of DXC’s top performing

staff in their Hobart

Centre of Excellence

are graduates of the program.

“This is just one example

of how TasTAFE

works with industry to

meet their skills needs,

while also creating employment


for our students,” Ms

Dodd said.

TasTAFE enjoyed significant

success at the

2018 Tasmanian Training

Awards, with students,

staff and programs

winning seven awards


Drysdale-trained apprentice

Harry Cuthbertson

was named Apprentice

of the Year. Harry,

34, completed a Certificate

III in Commercial

Cookery at Drysdale

Devonport. He was selected

from a field of

nine finalists in the apprentice

category for the

prestigious award, and

will represent Tasmania

at the Australian Train-

TOP RIGHT: DXC Technology’s Joe

Coppola, left, TasTAFE CEO Jenny Dodd, DXC

Head of Service Desk Services, John

Schumacher, TasTAFE Division Manager,

Technology, Trades and Engineering, Kerryn

Meredith-Sotiris; DXC’s Tobbie Turner and

TasTAFE IT teacher, Anne Pennington.

TOP LEFT: TasTAFE CEO Jenny Dodd, left,

Apprentice of the Year Harry Cuthbertson,

Education and Training Minister Jeremy

Rockliff and 2017 Apprentice of the Year,

Ashton Brown.

ABOVE: TasTAFE CEO Jenny Dodd, ,left, and

VET Teacher of the Year, Gini Ennals.

ing Awards in Sydney in


Ms Dodd said it was

great to see an apprentice

of Harry’s calibre recognised.

“We’re thrilled that

through our training at

Drysdale, we have contributed

to Harry’s success.

We train our apprentices

in partnership with

industry, so this award

is testament to Harry’s

hard work and the quality

of the training he has

received at Drysdale and

in his employment,” Ms

Dodd said.

Drysdale is the tourism

and hospitality training

division of TasTAFE.

TasTAFE Young Migrant

Education Program

teacher, Gini Ennals, was

named VET Teacher/

Trainer of the Year.

The YMEP program,

established in 2011,

works with about 100

students every year and

gives students the foundation

skills they need

to continue studying and

settle in Australia successfully.

Gini was one

of the teachers who recognised

the need for this

program and worked to

establish it.

Gini says: “Being a

foundations skills teacher

I see people get a handle

on reading, writing,

numeracy and learning

English. It is a thrill for

me, but of course it is

crucial for many of our

students. They see the

world opening up, suddenly

new opportunities

seem possible and the

opportunities in VET are


Gini will also represent

Tasmania at the Australian

Training Awards

in November.

TasTAFE-trained students were also recognised in

the following categories:

Vocational Student of the Year: Cassandra

Brown - Diploma of Accounting. Employer: The

Tax Centre, Devonport.

School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year:

Bronte Richardson (Hellyer College) - Certificate

III in Engineering-Technical. Employer: Direct

Edge Manufacturing.

Award-Winning Training

TasTAFE is proud to see our quality training recognised with seven

category wins at the 2018 Tasmanian Training Awards!

We play an important role in Tasmania’s growing economy, providing skilled workers for business.

As the public training provider we align our training to the state’s growth industries and

provide skills to meet Tasmania’s economic and social needs.

Our partnerships with industry, and our practical training ensure our graduates are job-ready

and skilled-up when they leave us - and that’s a win-win for them and for you!

TasTAFE’s 2018 Tasmanian Training Award Winners:


TasTAFE and DXC Technology Australia


Harry Cuthbertson - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


Virginia Ennals - TasTAFE Young Migrant Education Program


Lydia Scotney - Diploma of Nursing



Cassandra Brown - Diploma of Accounting

Equity Vocational Student of the Year: Nyang

Kon – Certs I, II and III in Spoken and Written

English and Cert III in Employment and Training.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student

of the Year: Lydia Scotney (Diploma of Nursing)

Employer: OneCare (Bishop Davis Court, Kingston.


Bronte Richardson - Certificate III in Engineering - Technical


Nyang Kon - Certificates I, II and III in Spoken and Written English;

Certificate III in Employment and Training.

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Degree adds

value on

the farm

THOSE who come from

farms understand the true

value agriculture brings to

the Tasmanian economy

and the Tasmanian brand.

While I cannot claim to

have come from a farm, I

am a product of a farming

heritage which involves

my grandparents farming

at Kindred on the North

West Coast for 50 plus


I spent many a school

holiday earning a few extra

dollars moving irrigation

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Later I progressed into

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Of course, I also benefited

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planned my day around

to arrive at the right time

knowing that country hospitality

mandated an invitation.

While the University

of Tasmania offers many

specific exemplary courses

in agriculture, it also

recognises that the business

of agriculture is of

high importance to the industry

more broadly and

that there are many touch

points where people can

be employed not only in,

but around, the on-farm


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This course is designed

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IN A recent study by Seek Business,

in regional areas of Australia,

39 per cent of people are thinking

of buying an existing business,

compared to 38 per cent who

would start a business from scratch.

Because I earn my living as a

business broker, I’m only really

interested in the first group.

Let me explain the advantage of

buying an existing business. You

never know I may influence some

more potential buyers.

Advantages of buying an existing


• Cash flow is immediate as you

have all the resources on hand to

generate revenues.

• The difficult start-up work to

get the business up and running

will have been done.

• It may be easier to obtain finance,

as the business will have an

existing financial history.

• A market for the product or

service will have already been


• There will be established customers,

a reliable income, goodwill

to capitalise and build on and a

useful network of contacts.

• A business plan, processes and

procedures, and marketing methods

should already be in place.

• Existing employees should

have experience you can draw on.

• Many of the problems and mistakes

you would otherwise make

have been discovered and solved.

• The previous owner can provide

you with advice while you

settle in.

Ideally any business you buy

needs to fit your own skills, lifestyle

and aspirations. Before you

start looking, think about what you

can bring to a business and what

you’d like to get back. I highly

recommend a discussion with a

consultative business broker whose

primary objective is to find you a

business that fits that profile. Experience

tells me; about 50 per cent

of buyer enquirers end up buying a

different business than the one they

initially enquired about.

Dean Demeyer is a chartered

accountant and consultative

business broker

Big on learning,

bigger on experience

Study an associate degree and advance your career.

Working at Blokker Pty Ltd, Taylor Franklin-Smith never considered

higher education until receiving encouragement from her employer.

“When looking for courses, I found the Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

It’s local, I can study it part-time, and my boss said go for it.

“The associate degree is supporting me in my ever-changing role within

the company. The new-found awareness of the industry has given me a

more in-depth understanding of how my workplace functions behind

the scenes.”

The new two-year associate degrees offered by University College are ideal

for students who are already working in industry, as they can be studied

full-time or part-time.

To find out more about studying an associate degree or supporting

your staff to undertake study, visit utas.edu.au/college or

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Tasmanian Business Reporter - OCTOBER 2018 13

University heading west

THE University of Tasmania

is progressing a

push to improve access

to education and training

on the state’s West Coast.

Vice-Chancellor Professor

Rufus Black said

the most recent census

figures showed that only

4.5 per cent of West

Coast residents had a tertiary

or higher education.

“In line with our social

mission, this university

has a key role to

play in helping increase

the volume and diversity

of residents engaged in

learning by working with

the community, government,

council, industry

and business representatives,”

Professor Black


“We are exploring options

that support young

people leaving school,

displaced workers who

could be reskilled, and

members of the community

who have never

considered pathways

towards furthering their

education or training.

“This will take a number

of forms, and we

hope that our programs

can be embedded into

existing community sites

and infrastructure across

the West Coast region.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Professor David Adams

(Community, Part-

nerships and Regional

Development) said

the university would be

focusing on three key


“The region faces a

number of distinctive

challenges; population

decline and transition, its

distance from urban centres,

and perceptions that

education and training

options are not aligned

with local employment

The region

faces a number

of distinctive


opportunities,” Professor

Adams said.

Projects currently under

development include

community learning

programs, short courses

and the roll-out of industry-relevant


degrees, the creation

of a regional study hub,

the introduction of the

Children’s University,

tourism workshops and

potentially, the roll-out

of a project aimed at

increasing digital inclusion.

“The university has

recruited a community

learning officer who will

help implement these

objectives, working

closely with the West

Coast Council’s newly-established


and Training Advisory

Committee and the

broader community,”

Professor Adams said.




best yet


grape harvest set new records

for value and volume,

Wine Tasmania’s

2018 wine grape vintage

report says.

The 2018 vintage was

the earliest, quickest and

largest to date, with a record

16,280 tonnes harvested.

Wine Tasmania’s vintage

survey also reports

on a record average price

paid for Tasmanian wine

grapes of $2,977 per

tonne, with Tasmania

producing just 0.91%

of Australia’s total wine

grapes but representing

4.37% of its value.

Public input sought on Dove Lake shelter

THE Dove Lake viewing shelter development

proposal and environmental impact

statement have been released for public


The designs are part of the Government’s

$56.8 million investment at Cradle Mountain,

which is being matched by the Federal

Government, to prepare for an expected

half a million visitors a year by 2050.

Improvements at Dove Lake include

a new viewing shelter that consists of

an arrival chamber and two viewing

chambers connected by what’s been described

as “cave like” passages, with a

180-square-metre central courtyard containing

ancillary buildings for walker registration,

locker facilities and kiosk.

Upgrades also include a bus shelter and

amenities building, an external viewing

area, bus turning area, parking, a connection

to the Dove Lake walking tracks and a

viewing platform adjacent to Glacier Rock.

The DPEIS will be on display for six

weeks and public information sessions will

be held at Cradle Valley, Devonport, Launceston

and Hobart.

Submissions close on October21.

Feedback from the community will help

refine the Development Approval that will

be submitted to the Kentish Council, with

work expected to be tendered late this year.

More detail is available on the Parks and

Wildlife Service website - www.parks.tas.



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14 Tasmanian Business Reporter - OCTOBER 2018


Brekkie with a mission

HOBART City Mission

and Men’s Resources

Tasmania have partnered

to host an International

Men’s Day fundraising

breakfast, the Blokes

BBQ Breakfast.

The event aims to encourage


between men in Southern

Tasmania while also

raising funds for Hobart

City Mission’s DIY Dads

Program and Men’s Resources


On Monday November

19 at the Goods Shed,

Mac Point, the event will

feature a live acoustic

set from Tassie band,

Luca Brasi and will be

attended by Tassie-born

ironman champion, Matt


Tickets are on sale

from October 1, and includes

unlimited breakfast,

coffee, information

from local service providers,

give-aways, entertainment

and a chance

to support blokes in your


“It is going to be a

great opportunity to get

men and women together

in a casual setting to start

the conversation around

men and dads in our

community,” says Hobart

City Mission CEO

John Stubley.

Men’s Resources Tasmania

is a community

based, not-for-profit

organisation that

supports and promotes

the well-being of men

and boys in Tasmania.

Hobart City Mission’s

DIY Dads program provides

eight self-contained

units for dads with

either full- or part-time

care of their children,

and provides support in

life and parent skill training.

Both Men’s Resources

Tasmania and Hobart

City Mission’s DIY

Dads Program receive

no on-going government

funding and operate

through the generosity of

the community.

Sponsorship opportunities

are still available

for businesses who

would like to get involved

with the event.

For more information

visit www.blokesbbqbreakfast.com.au

Top venues crowned nation’s best

THREE Tasmanian venues

were crowned the

best in the country at the

Australian Hotels Association

National Awards

for Excellence on the

Gold Coast.

Formby Hotel and

Frogmore Creek both

claimed one award each

while MACq01 Hotel

took out two awards.

Tasmanian Hospitality

Association CEO Steve

Old said it was a fantastic

result and bode well

for the state’s future.

“With hospitality being

the third-largest employing

industry in the

state with about 10 per

cent of the workforce,

it is vitally important to

our state that we have a

strong and vibrant industry”

Mr Old said.

“The judges suggested

several of our venues ran

a close second”.

MACq01 claimed the

title of Best Superior Accommodation

and Overall

Hotel of the Year –


Frogmore Creek

won the Best Regional

Restaurant category,

Formby Hotel won

Best Regional Bistro.

“It is great to see our

venues get the acknowledgments

that they so

richly deserve,” Mr Old


“It was a proud day to

be involved.”AHA PIC

Tasmanian Hospitality Association president Paul Jubb, left, operations

manager for the Goodstone Group, owners of the Formby Hotel, Mark

Cadle and THA CEO Steve Old.


Rum makes a return

DERWENT Valley family-owned business, New Norfolk

Distillery, plans to develop a $3 million distillery

and cellar door in the Willow Court Precinct.

Director Justin Derksen said the driving force behind

the proposal was the desire to see positive developments

in New Norfolk which attract more visitors

and jobs.

“Our proposal for the Willow Court Precinct includes

the development of Tasmania’s first rum distillery

in more than 150 years with a cellar door, bar

and function centre,” Mr Derksen said.

“Living and working in New Norfolk, our family

has strong ties to the region and we are really excited

about the prospect of bringing a new business to the

area that we hope both locals and visitors will enjoy


Mr Derksen is also the owner of New Norfolk based

construction business, Crusader Homes, and said they

planned to employ an additional three apprentices

from the start of the construction phase.

“Once the distillery is operational, we expect to create

20 jobs in the local region,” he said.

“We also have plans to work with New Norfolk

High School to offer hospitality traineeships.”

Apprentice applications

APPLICATIONS are now open for the User Choice

Program, with $20 million available to subside the

cost of training apprentices and trainees.

The State Government program aims to build on

growth in the industry.

The latest data shows apprentice and trainee construction

workers had increased by 11.6 per cent to

1,930 over the year to March, more than two-and-ahalf

times the national average.

Construction worker commencements have also increased

in Tasmania by 24.4 per cent compared to 9.8

per cent nationally, and completions increased by 4.3

per cent compared to 3.1 per cent nationally.

Tasmania also has the highest overall apprentice

and trainee contract completion rate in the country at

more than 58 per cent.

RACT Insurance leads the local field

RACT Insurance has

been named Small – Medium

General Insurance

Company of the Year at

the ANZIIF Awards evening

in Sydney.

The industry awards

honour the achievements

of companies within the

national insurance market

and celebrate the

highest standards of excellence,


and performance in

the industry.

“I am tremendously

proud to accept this

award and delighted the

hard work and passion of

the team at RACT Insurance

has been recognised

in this way,” said RACT

Insurance CEO, Trent


“It is a privilege for a

Tasmanian company to

be recognised for our excellence

amongst a strong

field of Australia’s bestknown

insurance companies.”

Earlier this year,

RACT Insurance was

also named General Insurer

of the Year for the

third year running at the

Roy Morgan Customer

Satisfaction Awards.

“We are committed to

the ongoing training and

development of our employees

to make sure our

customers receive the

best possible service every

time they interact

with us.

“We are Tasmania’s

only local insurance

company, being on the

ground to support our

customers when they

need us most.”

RACT Insurance Manager,

Business Systems

and Solutions

Bill Callaway accepts

the award.

NW vies for forestry hub

THE North West would be the best location for a new

Federal Government Forestry Hub, says the region’s

leaders. The Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard and

Burnie Council mayors have joined forces to lobby

for the $20 million investment in renewable timber

and wood fibre.

“Our region is an obvious choice for one of these

hubs, with plantation forestry an important sector in

our economy and having a deep water Port of Burnie,”

Burnie Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said.

“Combined with recent news that Tasports is set to

invest around $80 million here in the Port of Burnie,

and the investment in the Bass Highway west of

Burnie, this makes our region an ideal candidate.”



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ABOVE: Liz Anderson of NAB, left, and Alison

Stubbs of Sullivans Cove Apartments.

ABOVE: Syliva Gunn of Storm Bay B&B, left, Oliva

Sattler of Hadley’s Orient Hotel and

Debby Gluskie from the Old Woolstore.

ABOVE: Emily Caswell, left, Stephen Reid, Patrick

Taskunas and Michael Fitzgerald – all of Deloitte.

ABOVE: Deputy mayor candidate for Hobart City

Council, Simon Behrakis, left, and Peter Scott of

Xsquared Architects.

ABOVE: Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO,

Luke Martin, left, Destination Southern Tasmania

Board Member Vin Barron and Scott Verdouw of

Jaws Architects.

What: Tasmanian Tourism

Development Luncheon

Where: Hadley’s Orient Hotel,


When: Friday, September 21,


LEFT: Mark

Wilsdon of

MONA, left,

Harvey Lennon

from RACT and

Mike Glidden of


ABOVE: Nick Rorey of THA, left, Alan Nelson from the Old Woolstore

and Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Merv Saltmarsh of THA and Dan Quintin

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16 Tasmanian Business Reporter - OCTOBER 2018


Hidden traps in office move

Scott Newton

Property Matters with

Knight Frank

Liam Coyle, Senior Commercial Asset

Manager at Knight Frank Tasmania,

reveals the planning and pitfalls of office


RELOCATING an office is

often an exciting time for a


It is an opportunity to upgrade

facilities, improve

amenities and future proof for

further expansion.

It is very easy for a business

to be swept up in the

excitement and endless wish

lists to their detriment.

As technology and portability

improves, we are seeing

a trend emerge of more

and more businesses becoming

upwardly mobile which is

fantastic from both a landlord

and tenant perspective.

While most relocations are

relatively seamless, we do see

some common mistakes made

which can be easily avoided

with proper planning.

Take your time: Finding a

suitable property or space and

then undertaking the negotiation

of a new lease will likely

take longer than you expect,

it is advisable to commence

your search well before the

expiration of your current


Leaving it until the last

minute will erode your inherit

negotiating power.

Want vs Need: It is important

to understand your

core requirements, whether

it be a minimum size, on-site

car parking, level access etc.

These core requirements

are not negotiable. Avoid

the common pitfall of being

blindsided by desirable

features, such as modern

amenities or kitchen, and

subsequently leasing a property

that does not tick all your

On the move ... relocating a business takes time and planning.

“must have’’ boxes.

Any concessions here are

likely to have far reaching

consequences and costs into

the future. Similarly, you

may find yourself paying

more rent for accommodation

that does not meet your core


Budget: Again, a common

mistake we see is the failing

of a business to complete an

accurate and, most importantly,

realistic budget.

Generally, rental budget is

understood but businesses often

fail to consider the additional

capital required to meet

any security deposit requirements.

Similarly, fitout costs are

also a common underestimation.

Large scale fitout works are

a huge upfront cost for any

business, but even relatively

minor changes such as signage,

stationery, IT and even

the cost of business downtime

can all add up very quickly

and have the potential to

cause cashflow issues for the


Timeline: Failing to agree

to a realistic timeline is another

common mistake.

Relocating a business is a

significant undertaking and

requires substantial planning.

In conjunction with all key

stakeholders, be sure agree to

a timeline that allows sufficient

time for IT to be organised,

fitout to be undertaken,

customers and staff to be notified,

new stationery and business

cards to be printed and

the often-forgotten requirement

to physically relocate

files, furniture etc.

It would be possible to write

a seemingly endless list of

considerations but with careful

and methodical planning

in conjunction with working

closely with your agent, project

manager and architect you

give your business the best

chance of a very positive relocation




Outline indicative only

For sale by expressions of interest


1683 Channel Highway, Margate

• Highly visible landmark, well known as ‘Pear

Ridge’. Vast area for potential development

• ‘Local Business’ zone provides a high degree

of flexibility from various retail uses to residential

• Current approved Planning Permit for ‘Visitor


• This significantly underdeveloped property,

with a site area of 5,938 sqm*, gives the savvy

purchaser multiple options (STCA)

• Café/function centre for 14+ years; large open

plan single level building 220 sqm*. Seats up

to 100 people; extensively landscaped gardens

Richard Steedman 0408 559 046

Matthew Wright 0458 290 588

View at KnightFrank.com.au/4446560

For sale by expressions of interest


1063 Cambridge Road, Cambridge


Lot 1

• Five (5) year lease to Emac Systembuilt

at $220,000 pa net rent plus one (1) five (5)

year option

• 9,082 sqm* land, zoned “Light Industrial”

• 4,250 sqm* building

• 93 metre frontage to Cambridge Road

Lot 2

• 5,480 sqm* land, zoned “Light Industrial”

• Tasman Highway exposure

• Popular Cambridge location


For sale by expressions of interest


340-344 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

• North Hobart’s highest profile asset being

situated on the corner of Elizabeth & Burnett


• Strata titled with 3 units combining for a total

strata area of 611 sqm*

• Zoned: General Business providing good

level of flexibility

• A wonderful opportunity to secure a trophy

Hobart asset

• Current Gross Income of $188,388* per

annum plus GST

Matthew Wright 0458 290 588

Richard Steedman 0408 559 046

View at KnightFrank.com.au/4452571


Outline indicative only

Ian Reed 0419 670 501

Scott Newton 0409 186 261

View at KnightFrank.com.au

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