Enews – March Edition – Population Attraction


Population Attraction 

As part of NTDC’s goal of supporting an increase of 10,000 skilled people to be attracted to the region by 2031, NTDC’s newest team member, Edward Obi, has been out and about talking and engaging with people who have successfully migrated to Northern Tasmania.

Edward’s interviews and case studies provide examples of why people move to Northern Tasmania, outlines their experiences, and what keeps them in the region.

One of Edward’s first interviews was Shiju Pochayii, an Indian immigrant, who had to leave Dubai for Tasmania after his contract as a technical team leader was not renewed.

Pictured: Shiju Pochayii

Northern Tasmania has a warm and welcoming culture, and this was not lost on Shiju Thankappan Pochayii when he first arrived in Mowbray in 2009. After observing the Launceston business sector, community and economy, Shiju decided to set up a grocery shop in Mowbray to cater to the culinary needs of Indians within the city.

As his clientele grew Shiju expanded his offerings to serve Asian, Australian and African groceries. This paid off as his shop has become something of a communal hub drawing customers of all ethnicities. Although Shiju hear rumours of a better economy on the mainland, he is convinced that Northern Tasmania offers the best combination of economic growth and quality of life.

Great work Shiju! We welcome your entrepreneurship, as well as your contribution to the community in the Northern Suburbs!

Evoke Ag Conference

NTDC CEO, Maree Tetlow, was apart of the approx a 1000 attendees to the Evoke Ag Conference over 19/20 of Feb which focused on the future of food and agriculture with a focus on technology.

One area of interest was the growing ‘meal kit’ market. There are established meal kit businesses throughout Australia such as HelloFresh, Marley Spoon, Dinnerly and Pepper Leaf.

Ready meal kits use insulated boxes you receive through the post to your door that have all required ingredients, portion controlled, for your selected serving size along with fresh new recipes.

These established companies have been running successfully for some time now with a shared aim of offering a service that is a more convenient and cost effective way of including healthier meals into customers lifestyles. These boxes are carefully packed to supply the consumer the exact ingredients and an easy to read step by step recipe teaching new skills and reducing food waste.

At the Evoke Conference it was announced that Australia Post and Visy Packaging have combined forces to improve the food safety of food packages delivered by Australia Post, including improved ‘temperature controlled’ and environmentally friendly packaging product.  This is likely to see this product become even more popular in the near future.

Perhaps this is a new opportunity for Tasmania and its local producers to cooperate and offer more fresh Tasmanian produce to established meal kit businesses, or even look at ‘Tasmanian Ready Meals’ meal kits? Something for us all to think about as we encourage and support agriculture value-adding and food manufacturing.

Northern Food Network
Due to a high level of interest in food and agri-business in Northern Tasmania, NTDC and RDA Tas established a Food Network in August in 2018. The aim is to connect businesses in the food and agricultural sectors so we can share experiences, knowledge, ideas, value-add to your business, and facilitate enquiries and connections.
Food Network Event 2019
20 March – Marketing Food

The first of the 2019 Networking Workshops is quickly approaching!

 NTDC (Maree Tetlow) and RDA Tasmania (Kevin Turner) invite you to a casual event networking session with guest speaker Tim Barbour, Gourmet Sauces.

20 March 2019 – Marketing Food

With guest speaker: Tim Barbour, Gourmet Sauces. 

Tim Barbour is a co-director of the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Co.with his wife,Julie. They manufacture a range of 40 condiments – jams,sauces, mustard’s and chutneys. The Company continues to grow with exports reaching 50% of our production this year. Japan is our biggest market amongst the eight countries we export to.

Tim will focus on overseas market access, discussing the varying requirements for each country. Japan will be the major topic as it is one of the most difficult markets to penetrate for food products. Tim will give a detailed strategy for this market, though many other markets may not be as stringent. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining in on the discussions, please contact NTDC via the contact us space on our website by clicking here or alternatively by emailing admin@ntdc.org.au.Head over to our Food Network Facebook page to keep up to date on all things in this space!

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.

Learn how to make the most of your tendering opportunities
Thursday 4 April – 1pm – 5pm
Clarion Hotel City Park Grand, 22 Tamar Street
The Department of State Growth, is excited to offer Tasmanian businesses an exclusive opportunity to develop real-life tendering skills to help you win government business.
Through our Winning Government Tenders Workshop you’ll learn the tendering ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’. Participants will benefit from practical tips that address how to become ‘tender ready’.

For more information, contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, email ask@business.tas.gov.au or visit www.business.tas.gov.au


Friday 5 April – 9am – 1pm
Clarion Hotel City Park Grand, 22 Tamar Street

The Department of State Growth, in conjunction with TasICT is excited to offer Tasmanian ICT organisations an exclusive opportunity to develop real-life tendering skills to help you win government business.
Through our Winning Government Tenders Workshop you’ll learn the tendering ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’. Participants will benefit from practical tips that address how to become ‘tender ready’.
For more information, contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, email ask@business.tas.gov.au or visit www.business.tas.gov.au
Cultural Diversity Training
Migrant Resource Centre North is offering free training for Employers, Industry Groups and Community
This free training will be available from September 2018 until April 2019, one workshop for each organisation or business.
There are four workshop options to choose between, choosing only 1 – allow between 1.5 and 2 hours.
1. Working together – diversity in the workplace
2. Beyond Cultural Awareness
3. A framework of practice for professionals
4. The refugee and settlement experienceIf any of these are of interest please email with an Expression of Interest and indicate the best month for a session and the approximate number of participants, to a maximum of 15.
Email dianne.murphy@mrcltn.org.au or telephone 6332 2211.

Be inspired by one of Australia’s finest athletes
Friday 22 March 2019
Join SelfHelp Workplace for a special lunch with Gerrard Gosens!
Gerrard is one of Australia’s true high achievers. He was born with congenital blindness and at 16 he was the youngest ever recipient of a guide dog in Australia. Gerrard is an adventurer, three-time Paralympian, Ironman and chocolatier.
There are still seats available for the special lunch event with Gerrard Gosens OAM.
Tickets are available at https://launcestontickets.com.au/event/8750
22 March 2019
Establish, understand and use financial and related information
as a tool to manage your business effectively.
This free workshop has a focus on enabling SME managers and
owners to become confident with finance terminology and to
understand the linkage between effective financial management and
your business strategies.
Register here.
UTAS connecting businesses with graduates
The I-PREP and LEAP programs support employers
I-PREP Internships

The University of Tasmania is calling for businesses around Hobart and Launceston to open their doors to talented and enthusiastic international students studying at the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE, to offer workplace experiences. 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.LEAP Program

LEAP (Learn, Experience, Actuate Potential) is an employer support initiative designed to assist organisations to engage more closely with the University of Tasmania and students. A range of engagement initiatives can be accessed including tours, expos, work experience/internships and graduate programs.

If you would like to discuss getting involved please email us at Leap.Connect@utas.edu.au.
Head to the RDA Tas website, here, or the UTAS website, here, to find out more.

UTAS EventsDark Rituals, Magical Relics

Start Date: 15 March
End Date: 5 April
Academy Gallery, Inveresk campus
A exhibition hosted at the University for the Ten Days on the Island Festival.
RSVP / Contact Information – E. Deborah.Sciulli@utas.edu.au – 6324 4450
Transportation Re-visited: Lessons for modern penal policy
15th Mar 2019 8pm – 9pm
Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, Newnham campus
John West was one of the most influential opponents of transportation and condemned it as a failed penal policy.  However, in terms of re-integration and rehabilitation it was more effective than either physical punishment or imprisonment.  What lessons does it have for penal policy today?
RSVP / Contact Information – E. UTAS.Events@utas.edu.au; T. 6226 2521
Register here.
Growing Healthy Hearts
24th Mar 2019 1:15pm
Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
No registration required – Admission: $6 General Public, $4 Students, QVMAG Friends and members of Launceston Historical Society.  Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania. Membership forms available at the door.
Although typically considered diseases of middle or older age, the initial stages of heart disease begin in childhood. This presentation will overview some of Dr Magnussen’s research findings on the role of early-life exposure to passive smoking, elevated blood pressure, and high adiposity on heart disease and diabetes later in life.
Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning & Wellbeing
28th Mar 2019 6pm – 7:30pm
Rory Spence Lecture Theatre, Inveresk campus
Educators increasingly recognise the need to develop understandings about learning and wellbeing in regional low SES areas in Australia. Disparities in academic outcomes persist for student cohorts from low SES primary and secondary schools despite the introduction of a national curriculum and standardised testing over the past decade. This presentation reports on the emerging findings of the project, through a focus on the individualised approaches to supporting learning and wellbeing that developed in three Tasmanian schools over the three years of the project, as they responded to the interests, needs and potentials of their students
Register here.

Office contact details:
0400 338 410

Maree Tetlow – CEO: 0408 825 060 – maree@ntdc.org.au
Georgina Brown – Projects Manager: 0418 172 606 – georgie@ntdc.org.au
Edward Obi – Population Attraction Coordinator: 0469 827 427 – edward@ntdc.org.au
Rikki-lee Ross – Executive Support & Comms: 0400 338 410 (Office Phone) – rikki-lee@ntdc.org.au