Station, scientists mark 40 years

Milestone. In one of the most remote corners of the world, the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station began as little more than a caravan perched on the cliffs of our rugged west coast. This week, national and international scientists converged on Circular Head to celebrate 40 years since the station’s establishment. Identified as the …

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Bugler’s prized possession

Treasure. For many years, Victor John Smith carried a simple penny with him. Now a century later, his nephew Barry holds this coin dear. Enlisting as a 22-year-old, Victor Smith took his 1916 coin with him as he served in the First World War. “We’ve never been quite sure if was part of his pay …

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Pine girt by sea

Honour. Stanley Primary School marked Remembrance Day on Friday (November 11) in a particularly touching way this year by planting a descendant of the original Lone Pine. Following the commemorative service held at the Stanley Cenotaph, the school and wider community gathered at Godfreys Beach for the momentous planting. Stanley Primary School principal Neville Barnard …

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Ag ideas sought

Farming. The federal government’s $14.9 million ‘Farming Together’ initiative is now open for applications to boost farmer based collaborations. The national two-year campaign will help primary producers and processors form groups and claim marketplace power. The initiative aims to build financial and societal sustainability across Australia’s primary producers. Interested locals can visit www.farmingtogether.com.au and complete …

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Violinist to visit

Concert. Community members are invited to experience the talent of renowned violinist Peter Tanfield when he gives a special performance at Stanley Town Hall this Sunday. Currently a teacher of violin and chamber music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music at University of Tasmania, Tanfield’s international career spans decades. Born in England, he started playing …

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Rock on, Seven Up!

Collaboration. A community recording studio has taken up residence at the Seven Up Youth Centre. A $9890 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund has allowed Rural Health Tasmania to establish the recording and rehearsal facility. The space includes microphones, monitors, new instruments, a state-of-the-art digital recording console and JamHub silent rehearsal unit which provides artists …

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Legendairy Smithton

Doco. To celebrate the success of its Legendairy program, Dairy Australia has launched a documentary showcasing the dairy farmers and regional communities around the country that participated in last year’s inaugural program. Smithton was named the Legendairy Capital of Tasmania in 2015, going on to compete for the national title which was taken out by …

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Bin checks

Recycling. Since kerbside recycling bin assessments began in north west Tasmania in 2014, there has been a 37 per cent improvement in the number of pass grades achieved when checked for general waste, green waste or other non-recyclable materials. Recycling bins containing more than 10 per cent of non-recyclable materials, known as contamination, classify as …

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Education Bill

Update. The Education Bill 2016 has passed Parliament. Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff announced the news on Tuesday, describing the bill as a contemporary and forward-looking education framework. “This bill is part of our long-term plan to improve education results in Tasmania and along with our extension of high schools to year 12, …

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Counterfeit notes

Money. Police have received reports in past weeks of counterfeit $50 notes circulating in the north west. The notes are of poor quality, made of paper, have no security features nor serial numbers and have Chinese symbols printed on them. Police believe that the counterfeit notes have been purchased online as ‘play money’. Various retail …

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