Australia One new face in Tasmanian cabinet
Tasmanian devils give birth in semi-wild sanctuary on the mainland
A group of Tasmanian devil joeys have been born in a "wild sanctuary" in Barrington Tops, just north of Sydney. But is it a good idea to rewild them on the mainland?The project, run by conservation group Aussie Ark, aims to build a population of Tasmanian devils on mainland Australia, where they once roamed, to help conserve the species.
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has unveiled an almost unchanged cabinet line-up after the Liberals' historic election victory.
The cabinet includes just one new face, with Jacquie Petrusma taking on the police, prevention of family violence and the parks portfolios.
But Mr Gutwein has made some significant role changes with Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff taking on health and former health minister Sarah Courtney moving to education, disability services and children.
Elise Archer will continue as attorney-general while Guy Barnett adds trade to his responsibilities and Jane Howlett becomes minister for women.
Diazepam, nets considered in fight against feral deer, with Tasmanian wilderness areas under threat
The problem of feral deer in Tasmania is reaching a level where the government is being warned the animals could soon cause "significant damage" in Wilderness World Heritage areas — while near urban areas, the options of human sedatives and nets has again been raised. A new Senate Committee Report into the impacts of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia has recommended state, territory and federal governments commit to eliminating feral deer populations in World Heritage Areas, areas of national environmental significance, and national biodiversity hotspots.
In another change, former minister for local government and emergency services, Mark Shelton, becomes the new speaker of the House of Assembly.
The line-up comes after the Liberals' third straight election win, a record for the party in Tasmania.
The Liberals secured a majority by securing the 13th seat in the lower house.
Mr Gutwein, who declared victory on election night on May 1, had pledged to resign if the party couldn't get the numbers for a majority.
He had gone to the polls a year ahead of schedule after Speaker Sue Hickey quit the Liberals to run as an independent, plunging the party into minority government.
Mount Wellington Cableway Company calls for 'respectful debate' as public gets formal say on divisive plan .
The Hobart community will soon get a formal say on the controversial proposal for a cable car on kunanyi/Mount Wellington, but one group is already flagging it will do what it takes to stop it.It has been almost two years since the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) submitted its 800-page proposal to build a cable car on the mountain.