E-News | August 2018 Edition


New Food Network Launched in the North!         

Northern Tasmania asked, and NTDC and RDA Tas have answered with a New Food Network launching this week, connecting many professionals in this space.


New Food Network

There was great energy in the room at the first Food Network session on Wednesday night here in Launceston. Thank you Tom Lewis (FermenTas); Roger Stanley (UTAS Food Guru); and Mike Locatis (915 Labs Denver Colorado) for your updates on the latest technology and your projects.

The casual networking event attracted around 30 people representing businesses from across the North of the State. Updates on progress were provided from FermenTas and MATS (Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilisation), as well as participants taking full advantage of the opportunity to build their networks, share experiences, and identify issues and opportunities.

Also thank you to all that attended and made the night a success, we look forward to working and continuing conversations around this space.

Special thank you to these businesses for supplying food and beverages for the evening:
Nathan Calman – Boags Brewery
Freya Griffin – TasFoods – Pyengana and Robur Dairy Cheese
Pipers Brook Vineyard

Head over to our Food Network Facebook page to keep up to date on all things in this space!

Update on the Regional Economic Development Plan – (REDP)


– Key Directions Report – the future of Northern Tasmania
The National Institute for Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) have been commissioned to model what the future may look like taking into account the new projects already underway and potential new initiatives in the North. Their report predicts a falling workforce and wage stagnation unless we act now.

NIEIR reports that our economy has been disappointing, underperforming over the last decade. Crucially for regional prosperity, real household incomes have dropped over this period. This is a contrast with prior decade where there was growth in household income, employment and gross regional product (GRP).

Recent signs of recovery over last 18 months show growth in household income, employment, GRP, and businesses sentiment. Despite this, if current economic and demographic trends continue, northern Tasmania’s working age population will fall by 8%, and wages will stagnate over the next decade, while the national average wage rises.

The report says there are things we can do to change our future:

  • Attract more people of working age (an additional 350 people moving to the region per year)
  • Increase education and skills which will increase productivity and wages
  • Increase exports out of our region to Australia and overseas

The UTAS Transformation project will assist by bringing more students and staff to the region. University qualifications and research will boost the skills and productivity of our local residents and create the workforce we need to support businesses to be competitive into the future.

Northern Tasmania must build on industries with export potential: agriculture; food and beverage manufacturing; forestry and wood products; and other competitive manufacturing. We need to strengthen regional supply chains, value add to our products and collaborate to be globally competitive.

The finalised report on the current economy and future scenarios will be available to the public in August 2018.

We must increase exports of goods and services out of the region. We need to strengthen regional supply chains, value add to our products and collaborate to be globally competitive.
Northern Tasmania must build on industries with export potential: agriculture; food and beverage manufacturing; forestry and wood products; and other competitive manufacturing.


Tasmanian Leaders:

The applications for the 2019 Tasmanian Leaders Program are now open! Offering a life changing leadership experience that achieves positive outcomes for participants, their employers and the wider community.

Launceston Session – will be held on Tuesday 14 August 5pm
Visit here to discover more!

Applications for the 2019 I-Lead program open mid-November 2018.

Developed in conjunction with industry, the newest offering from Tasmanian Leaders is designed to increase business leaders’ capacity and drive to lead lasting change within Tasmanian industries experiencing significant growth or disruption.

For preparation for and more information on the 2019 I-Lead program, head over to the Tasmanian Leaders website.

University of Tasmania:

The University of Tasmania is calling for Northern Tasmanian businesses to open their doors to talented and enthusiastic international students studying at the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE, by offering workplace experiences and unlocking benefits for both the students and their businesses.

The I-PREP program, supported by the Tasmanian Government, aims to give international students an opportunity to engage in and make a valuable contribution to a Tasmanian workplace.

To find out more click here.

On Farm Energy & Irrigation:

The On-farm Energy and Irrigation Audit Program provides a subsidy to assist farmers engage a qualified professional to review their farm energy use, infrastructure and systems, and to identify savings strategies.

Funding is available over 3 years – 2018/19 – 2020/21 and remains open until the allocation for each financial year is fully committed. Applicants can apply at any time in this period.

To find out more or apply click here.


The 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress 

3-8 March 2019
Supplementary day for Next Generation agricultural managers on Saturday 2nd March
The main theme is “Growing Agriculture at 410 South”. While the theme infers special interest in Tasmania, and is consistent with the State Government’s objective of increasing the farm gate value of agricultural output 10-fond by 2050.
Submissions close 31 October 2018. Click here for more information.

The George Town Business Bootcamp

– Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 August – 9am – 4pm
George Town Community Hub, 12 Elizabeth Street, George Town
Do you have a startup to launch? Or would you like to set your existing business up for growth and/or success?
The Van Diemen Project, in partnership with the Illuminate Education illuminate:nextgen Challenge, is thrilled to be offering our Business Bootcamps in George Town.
For more information click here.

University of Tasmania: – Workshop

China & Tasmania – an evolving relationship
Thursday 9 August – 8:45am – 2pm
China is a key partner for Tasmania, and this relationship continues to evolve. You are invited to learn from senior officails from the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade and experts from UTAS about where China is today, where it is going abd what this means for the Tasmanian State Government and Councils.
To book or enquire, email: dfat.tasmania@dfat.gov.au | RSVP by 7 August.

Team Defence Australia: 

Euronaval 2018
22 – 26 October 2018
Team Defence Australia invites companies wishing to attend Euronaval 2018 as part of Team Defence Australia to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Exports team in the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).
For more information, click here.

BAE Systems:

Estimating and Pricing Fundamentals Courses
11 & 12 September 2018 (must attend both days 9am – 5pm day 1 and 8am – 4pm on day 2)
Tasmania, venue to be confirmed
BAE Systems Australia Global Access Program team is seeking registration of interest to attend the next Estimating and Pricing Fundamentals Courses.  Attached is the Course Synopsis detailing the Fundamentals and the Masterclass.

Business Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Embrace the Supply Chain Revolution – Automation, Transformation, Innovation
3 September – 8:30 – 1:00pm
4 Salamanca Place, Hobart
This is a free workshop about empowering you to not only sullpy into the automated warehouse, but also enable you to transform your own business from the ground up. To register, click here.