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Meningococcal returns

Meningococcal W, the most deadly of the strains, has been diagnosed in a Huon Valley man in his late 60's, becoming the first case of the disease in Tasmania this year. He is recovering in the Royal Hobart Hospital and it...

Man killed after truck rolls

Authorities are investigating a truck rollover on the Tasman Highway which killed a man in the state's north-east. Paramedics were called to the horrific scene near Picaninny Point shortly after 9am, after a semi-trailer heading north carrying heavy bridge infrastructure lost...

Processing shortage very costly

More flak is being directed at the Tasmanian government for not addressing the massive contraction of local abattoirs. Sending around 850,000 sheep and lambs annually to Victoria is not only costing $20 per head for farmers, but is adding $1.30 a...

Autumn blast continues

Tasnetworks crews are restoring power after severe thunderstorms and winds left around 2000 homes off the grid early on Monday morning, including around 1200 in the Hobart suburbs of Mt Nelson and Taroona.  Most have been reconnected, but as of 9...

Icy blast causes weather warning

Tasmania is bracing for a vigorous icy blast, as a cold front sweeps through the state. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning, anticipating Antarctic winds of up to 100 km/h and hail storms in some regions. Forecaster Matthew...

Drone To Assist Surf Life Savers

A new safety drone is now operating along the state's coastlines, aimed at taking pressure off our life guards. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone will be based at Frederick Henry Bay, performing search and rescue surveillance during busy patrol periods. The...

If you fear spiders, then UTAS wants you

They're big, furry, run fast and they scare many of us, but researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in a new study into spider fear. ‘Feardrop’ is an online phobia treatment system developed by academics and one of a few...

Launceston Dogs Home opens its doors

Tasmania’s largest dog welfare organisation is now providing pound and shelter services across the state with the official opening of the Launceston Dogs Home in Mowbray. This follows the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania taking over the management of the City of Launceston’s...

Tahune Airwalk damage examined

Experts are examining a much-loved Tasmanian tourist attraction damaged by the summer bushfires. Sustainable Timber Tasmania is coordinating the Airwalk recovery after the treetop adventure barely escaped the flames last month. Arborists are on site assessing fire damage to trees near the...

"Plain idiocy": transgender debate heats up

Debate on transgender laws removing sex from birth certificates will resume on April 2 after adjourning in the Upper House last night. Independent Ivan Dean wanted it sent off to a committee for closer scrutiny, but his motion was voted down...