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Yacht restoration update

An update has been issued on the intended restoration of a veteran yacht, which arrived in time for an appearance at Tasmania's Wooden Boat Festival earlier this year. Mistral 11, which competed in the first Sydney to Hobart in 1945 and...

Missing Launceston teenager

There is a concern for welfare for Launceston teenager Billy Ray Waters. The 19-year-old was last seen walking in the Invermay area last Thursday afternoon. Police were notified late on Sunday 11th August and began inquiries. Billy's described as 175cms tall, of...

Units cater for growing cohort

A vacant property in South Hobart has undergone extensive work to help cater for a growing need in Tasmania's stressed housing market. An initiative of the South Hobart Catholic parish, the eight affordable housing units are available for single women aged 55...

Teen sex man up for parole

It's not clear when a man who injected a teenage girl with ice before having sex with her in a public area will be freed from prison. A jury recently cleared Chauncy Aaron Bell of rape, but found him guilty of...

Possible Folau trial next year

Israel Folau and Rugby Australia will continue mediation talks, with a trial possible next year. The former Wallaby has launched his unfair dismissal case in the Federal Circuit Court, with mediation set down for December. Folau's lawyer George Haros says his client...

Pill testing debate begins

The hot-button topic of pill testing has landed squarely in Tasmania's Upper House. A motion which discusses the benefits of pill testing has been brought forward by Murchison Independent Ruth Forrest. Ms Forrest's near hour-long address to the Legislative Council today cited numerous international...

Hobart hotel receives green light

Another 206 rooms will be added to Hobart's increasingly stretched accommodation offerings if the full Hobart City Council signs off on a nine-storey hotel at next week's meeting. Fragrance Group's proposal for a hotel, plus up to 60 car parking spaces...

New Royalties for West bid

The West Coast Mayor is welcoming the local Labor Party branch's bid to resurrect a Royalties for the Regions program to return mining wealth to the area. The then-Labor state government rejected a similar proposal in 2009, arguing it would rip...

Squatter arsonist jailed

A 23 year old man who's been homeless and unemployed all of his adult life has been sent to jail for two years for torching a Hobart house worth $750,000 in March. Barry John Eldridge had been squatting in the Goulburn...

Calls for trans federal inquiry

Fresh calls for a federal inquiry into gender dysphoria are being headed up by a well-recognised Tasmanian sociologist. Hobart-based Dr Geoff Holloway, who's known mainly for his environmental activism, has added his weight to the ongoing issue surrounding transgender rights, concerned...