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It’s the time of year when the city dons a shade of red, dusts off the fire pits and we brace for shorter days and long, festive nights.

With so much happening with the performing arts sector this month, we caught up with actor and performer, Naarah, to chat about her current tour around Australia with the acclaimed First Nations musical, The Sunshine Club. We also spoke with Ben Hirst about the grueling Double Everest Challenge he’s taking on to raise funds for mental health. Then there’s also

loads of community news, events and feel good stories for you to enjoy beside the heater with a blanket and hot chocolate.

As always, you can email au - we’re here if you have any suggestions on what you’d like to read, or just to say hello!

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From humble northern suburb beginnings to on stage in the renowned First Nations musical, The Sunshine Club, Naarah has taken the Australian performing arts world by storm.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in beautiful nipaluna/Hobart in the northern suburbs of Glenorchy. Nowadays, if I’m honest, I technically live in two suitcases whilst life is on the road touring Australia with a musical. It’s a crazy time but there are so many joys to being able to travel and perform at the same time!

Tell us a bit about your work. I’m a performer/actor and work fully within the arts - an absolute blessing. My work is diverse and sees me across many projects and passions including music theatre, social media, radio and TV. Recent gigs include being a national radio host on ABC Classic, touring with The Sunshine Club (currently), featured artist at Australian Music Theatre Festival and a supporting lead in the Amazon Prime TV show Deadloch.

What draws you to music and live performance? We’re so busy and so constantly occupied as humans. Hence the importance of taking people out of their lives momentarily to be in a story or journey, simply feels like a super power.

You’re playing Pearl Doyle in the, The Sunshine Club. What does starring in the show mean for you? The Sunshine Club is a groundbreaking First Nations musical that is gloriously energetic and extremely thought-provoking. This show and story is very important and relevant, even though it was written over twenty years ago by the incredible writer/director and First Nations leader, Wesley Enoch. My role, Pearl, brings a lot of the joy and comedy, which is heavily contrasted by heavy heartbreak in act two. This show ticks so many boxes for me such as working and amplifying First Nations theatre, the challenging and enthralling role of Pearl and getting to take this show to both remote communities and classic Australian stages is such a win! Including the Theatre Royal here in Hobart!

You host a TikTok show called Bad Locals with Ella Watkins. What is it like collaborating together? This was a random idea at 3am one night last year that turned into a $100k TikTok series

that is being released later this year! It was a crazy experience putting it together and making it happen, but Ella is a social media genius and her huge audience is going to love it - I’m thrilled to work with her on it and show the world a little more of our beautiful island home Tasmania!

You share on socials that Mummah Barnes is a big part of your life. Tell us about that. My Mummah Barnes (Wendy) is an incredible woman who is my constant and her strong values of community and people have definitely been passed down to me, haha! Working in the arts has forced me to be resilient and often quite alone, my mummah always has my back and is ready to drop anything to help me - including learning lines at 1am. I also can’t wait to see her play my mother in Deadloch!

What do you love doing outside work?

I love the sun and always find myself outdoors on my days off - I love a coffee in a park, a cafe brunch or finding the local pool/beach for a dip. Plus, I travel with my Playstation as a cheeky game of Fortnite is the easiest way for me to forget about work.

Who do you admire? There are so many strong women in the arts who I look up to and aspire to be like, many being mob too! People such as Deborah Mailman, Maria Lurighi and Leah Purcell are all iconic in their navigation of their artistry and values in a changing and demanding society. The world needs artists and I always admire those making bold choices and holding space.

> 10 days & nights > join in and sing! > Over 40 shows > in 17 locations 2023 tickets available now 7 july Karen Lee Andrews soul and blues Tripod expertly timed comedy Grief Lightning A satire in 78 Slides 6 july Nancy bates Still Talking ‘Bout a Revolution Mark Seymour songs and stories 2 july Mahalia barnes powerhouse vocalist 30 June 2 july 7 july Rossini Petite Messe solennelle 2 July Celebrating 30 Years of The Australian Voices 5 july Sjaella - Transcendence and Meridians 7 and 8 july

Favourite podcast or tv show? I’m actually really bad with both of these medias and don’t spend my spare time with them… Although, I have a feeling Deadloch (my first tv show gig) is going to take the number 1 one fave spot as soon as it’s out! I’ve only finished one TV show in my life and it was SuitsI loved it!

Secret vice? Putting things off till the last minute, excessive barista made coffee and paying for entertainment subscriptions that I don’t use.

What are you reading now (can be books, graphic novels, magazines)? The Space Between by Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald. “Chaos, questions, magic - welcome to your twenties!”

What gets your goat? Judging a book by its cover.

What was your first job? A netball umpire for the local courts in New Town, soon followed by an eight year stint at Banjos Moonah making coffee and serving baked goods - I had a blast at both!

What are your daily news/social media habits? I love posting about my daily life on social media ‘stories’ and bringing my following into my everyday artsy life. I also love watching TikTok content for new ideas to make my own!

Your favourite place in Hobart for… Breakfast: Plain Jane, Moonah Lunch: Glasshouse - the menu and daylight view are such a treat! Dinner: Pancho Villa, North Hobart Coffee: Shake A Leg Jnr, Moonah

Favourite team? Ooh sport! Not really my forte but with my family being from WA, I was definitely born into a big fam of passionate West Coast Eagles supporters.

Favourite Hobart secret? How untouched the Southwest is.

What’s next for you? I’ll be touring Australia with The Sunshine Club until August - after that I’ll be leaving the country after just receiving a full scholarship and place to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London! My masters has been a big dream for a while and I can’t wait to give all my energy to improving my craft in probably the best city in the world to study theatre. A few years ago, I didn’t get into any of the theatre schools here in Australia, so I’m stoked to finally fulfill my dream of theatre school at one of the world’s best.

Generally, this season is so excitingDeadloch release, touring Australia, Bad Locals release, even my debut single will be released this month in June! After such a challenging time during the pandemic, I’m so grateful for this season of opportunity and open doors.

Parting words? I love this magazine - I always pick up a copy whilst I’m grabbing a coffee and read what’s going on, especially concerts I might not know about! Nipaluna is such a special place and it will forever have my heart no matter where the arts takes me x


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Running a marathon is one thing, however running the distance of two Mount Everest climbs in a single week is another thing! We caught up with ultra-marathon runner and founder of Run for Mental Health, Ben Hirst, to speak about his upcoming Double Everest Challenge.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I’ve spent the majority of my life in Sandfly, a picturesque place not too far from Kingston. It’s a remarkable spot surrounded by vast paddocks and enchanting nature. I’ve recently relocated to Montagu Bay, on the other side of the river, and I must say, I’ve fallen in love with this area.

Tell us a bit about your work. I’m working as a Suicide Prevention Officer promoting suicide prevention initiatives and creating community action plans in Tasmania. Eight years ago, I created my own awareness campaign called Run for Mental Health. It aims to educate and start a conversation about mental health issues that affect many of us. The Run for Mental Health Challenges is all about bringing the community together to educate and start a conversation about mental health and suicide. Through my passion for endurance running, I have accomplished some incredible feats to

raise awareness of mental health issues. In 2016, I ran a total of 340 kilometres from Burnie to Hobart in just three days. Two years later, I ran for 48 consecutive hours on a treadmill, and in 2019, I ran for seven days straight, covering a total of 800kms around a school oval to dedicate 2,348 laps to the 2,348 males who died by suicide in just one year.

How did you get into ultra-marathon running? I overheard a conversation between a group of people in the pub about a 100km run in the majestic Blue Mountains, which is now called Ultra Trail Australia. I went home in the early hours of the morning to add myself to the waiting list. A week later, an email came through offering a spot, I almost had a heart attack but signed up anyway. I embarked on this remarkable journey that would soon become an indelible part of my personal history. As the hours ticked away, I pressed on with unwavering determination, until finally, in a moment of both triumph and exhaustion, I stumbled across the finish line, having conquered the gruelling course in over 22 hours.

You’re taking on the Double Everest Challenge. Why? On 12 July, I’ll be running the Double Everest challenge on kunanyi. If you’ve ever run the Point to Pinnacle in Hobart, which is known as one of the toughest road half marathons in the world, you’ll understand the challenge. To give you an idea, I’ll be running the equivalent of three Point to Pinnacles each day for a week, covering over 60 kilometres in total-all on the mountain.

And to make it even tougher, it will be during the coldest time of the year, and I’ll be running back down each time. This is the fourth running challenge since 2016 and I’m always looking at doing something daring to get people’s attention and start that conversation.

Each climb during this challenge will be a tribute to those we have lost to suicide and a source of inspiration for those who are currently struggling. It’s my way of spreading awareness, normalising conversations around mental health, and fostering a supportive community. What makes this run even more special is that it will finish on the 10th anniversary of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, adding an extra layer of significance.

How do you train for this? I like to find the biggest hill near home or where I work and repeatedly run up and down them. This builds up the muscles required for repeat efforts on the mountain, but also the mental strength side of having to do the same run over and over again.

Why is Stay ChatTY close to your heart? In my mid-twenties, I was really struggling with my own poor mental health. At the time, Mitch McPherson had lost his brother Ty to suicide and created stickers to put on cars to get people talking and reduce stigma. I decided that I wanted to raise some funds for Mitch and Stay ChatTY while openly talking about my journey. Fast forward eight years and this will be our fifth fundraiser, I’m an official ambassador and working alongside the team. That well-known sticker is



This in-person storytelling experience will take you on an emotional journey through the stories of seven remarkable convict women who faced life’s hardships with resilience.

Through these real life stories learn about how female convicts were treated by society, and how they sometimes managed to overcome prejudice and inequality to succeed - despite all odds.




a reminder for me to keep advocating and talking about mental health and suicide to reduce the stigma and help those who are suffering in silence.

What do you love doing outside work?

When I’m not running on the trails of Hobart, I’m playing hockey. I’ve been part of the hockey community for 20 years and I love being part of a team.

Who do you admire? I admire my parents, Mick and Sharon. They gave me and my three brothers the best chance at life, providing everything that we needed and now that I’m a parent to two young girls, I honestly don’t know how they did it.

Favourite podcast or tv show? Ted Lasso is a TV show that perfectly captures the essence of a wholesome, funny, and heartwarming comedy. Its delightful charm and clever humour effortlessly brings joy to its viewers. On a different note, if you’re in search of a gameshow packed with lively banter, Hard Quiz is the ultimate choice!

Secret vice? I’m really competitive, and I honestly can’t go past a food challenge. Unfortunately, I seem to enter the really spicy challenges that seem good at the time but end in disaster!

What are you reading now? I just finished reading The Happiest Man on Earth which is a thought-provoking book by Jakus, a Holocaust survivor, that challenges societal notions of success and explores the true meaning of happiness. The book serves as a reminder to appreciate simple joys, practice honesty and openness, and discover purpose in life.

What gets your goat? I really struggle with witnessing people not being kind to one another. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day! Be kind people. Pineapple on pizza is a close second!

What was your first job? My first job was as a kitchenhand in a local Hobart pub/restaurant prepping food, making desserts and washing dishes. After a year, I was offered an opportunity to train and become a chef which I did for over eight years.

What are your daily news/social media habits? I usually look at the news in the morning but struggle with the negative stories. I’m focusing on making a conscious effort to take breaks and not look at social media too late at night.

Your favourite place in Hobart for… Breakfast: Lost Freight Café - I’ll always stop in for a coffee and treat during a run on kunanyi and sit in front of the fire and thaw out. It’s the best feeling!

Lunch: The Lounge by Frogmore Creek. My wife Jess and I have been several times for special occasions. Always beautifully presented food and the service is impeccable.

Dinner: Malik is hands down the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. When you step inside, you instantly feel like you’re in a place that truly values you. It’s cozy and comfortable, just like being at home.

Favourite team? The St Marys Hockey Team that my wife and I coach. Made up of 5–7-year-olds, they are gaining confidence and playing so well!

Favourite Hobart secret? If you time it right, there’s a platypus that lives in the Hobart Rivulet, which often pops its head up and plays around.

Parting words? After every competition, an athlete asks themselves did I give my best effort? If the answer is yes, they are happy and then plan how to do better. If the answer is no, they are happy and then plan to do better. Every time we have the courage to try it makes us stronger.



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The south is more than the capital city, it’s the capital O in Off Season – as in, ‘Oh wow, look at that!’, ‘Oh I can’t believe I ate all of it!’ and ‘Oh, I don’t want to get out of this bed’.


Sleeping options come in all shapes, sizes and pillow heights. Set on 250 acres of wilderness and surrounding waterfront, a luxury getaway awaits at The Peninsula Experience. Tranquillity, comfort and views are all yours at Tall Trees. Watch the sun set in style at Hotel Bruny Lodge.

Winters are extra special at the unique and stylish Pumphouse Point

‘All you can eat’ isn’t a buffet challengeit’s the enormous range of culinary experiences. Surround yourself in the past at The Story Bar - the refined watering hole of MACq 01. Glen Huon Dairy Co gets you up close and handson with a tour of their working farm. Views, food, history and of course, premium Tasmanian wines await at BangorVineyard Shed. It’s a warm welcome at Irish Murphy’s: a drink, a meal and live music, in the heart of Salamanca.

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Go fast or go slow –there are endless options to just get out and go. Discover the secret life of bees, taste their honey and even make your own beeswax candle with an afternoon at Campo de Flori. Explore the iconic kunanyi / Mt Wellington with a premium guided Walk on kunanyi tour.

Jump on and join the Sled Dog Adventures pack - no snow needed. Shorter winter days are the perfect time to experience a guided kayak tour with Esperance Adventures.

The Retreat, Pumphouse Point © Emilie Ristevski


A winter trip north is right up there for gastronomy, all there for unique places to stay, and totally out there for things to climb, paddle, see, sniff and maybe even dig.

Make where you sleep a unique experience, all of its own.

For an eco-friendly spa retreat stay at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages. Plus, alpacas!

Spend a special night at Hotel Verge –a luxe industrial hotel in the heart of Launceston. It’s a hotel, it’s an adventure park, it’s Leisure Inn

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Launceston might be a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, but all the north will have your mouth watering.

For casual dining done well, head to Boatyard for front row seats to the Tamar.

Book a tasting tour at Brady’s Lookout Cider – Australia’s only Methode Traditionelle cider maker.

Dig into Earthy Eats for local, ethically grown, seasonal produce.

Hold on to your tablecloth and experience local fare through an Italian lens at Stelo at Pierre’s.

With adventures of all shapes, sizes and speeds, there’s never a dull moment.

Help dig up something unique at The Truffle Farm - the first of its kind in the country. Experience a feast for the nose, eyes and even the tastebuds at the famous Bridestowe Lavender Estate.

For cool-climate wines matched with warm hospitality, head to Brook Eden Vineyard Immerse yourself in nature – literally –with Wild Cave Tours at Mole Creek.

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shop has landed in Chigwell. Jack and Chelo (Shop 1/2 Bucaan St, Chigwell) makes and sells fresh, nutritious pet food using RSPCA-grade Tassie meat and produce. They have a wide range of flavours, so even the fussiest fido can chow down on a wholesome, chef-made feast. Iron Creek Bay Cafe and Bistro (394 Arthur Highway, Sorell) has opened in Sorell for breakfast, lunch, coffee and catering. The menu has something for everyone, whether it be for a quick bite or lunch catch-up with a panoramic view of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. The Produce Pantry at Five Bob Farm (3866 Channel Highway, Birchs Bay) is now open - from the cute timber shed you can stock up on farm fresh produce and Diemen Pepper products.



Mona has opened a luxury dive bar, Manky Sally’s (25 Salamanca Place, Hobart). The new Hobart home of Moo Brew boasts a taproom and nano-brewery, and encourages people to settle in with a beer and ogle at - in their words - the mildly luxe decor. Open 11am-11pm, 7 days a week. Lovers of magic and fairies rejoice. The much-loved Hobart Faerie Shop has reopened in Hobart CBD’s Bank Arcade (64-68 Liverpool Street). Spread magic and fairy dust. For even more magic and mysticism, Dragonfae Upheaval, (53 Burnett Street, New Norfolk), a vintage magic shop, has recently opened in New Norfolk. The shop specialises in vintage, mediaeval and alternative wares, clothing and accessories. If you’re keen for some Chinese street food, you’re in luck.

Yellow Bear Jianbing (95 Liverpool St, Hobart) serves a range of the popular Chinese mung bean crepes, jam-packed with flavour and texture. Laundry Lady, is a new mobile laundry service offering affordable and stress-free ironing washing and folding. If you’re in need of help with your Mt Washmore, then check out Outdoor and sportswear brand, The North Face (116 Liverpool St, Hobart) have landed in Hobart, opening a store right in the heart of the CBD. Open from 8 June just in time for winter. A brand new pet food


Congratulations to the 2023 Premier’s Tasmanian Volunteer of the Year, Julie Porter. Julie is the driving force behind the award-winning tourism experience onboard the oldest and smallest operating tall ship in Hobart, SV Rhona H. She takes care of all aspects of the ship’s operations while coordinating 34 volunteers from a variety of different backgrounds. The awards acknowledge and honour the incredible contribution and spirit of service of all Tasmanian volunteers and signify the importance of National Volunteer Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. To find out more about the Tasmanian Volunteering Award winners or how you can volunteer, head to


Trains are back in Hobart! Well, sort of. After nine years of silence, the chooga-chooga of a locomotive can occasionally be heard along Hobart’s former freight lines as a heritage train takes passengers for short rides on weekends. Volunteers at the Tasmanian Transport Museum in Glenorchy have refurbished the train and got it going along a short section of South Line in the northern

suburbs, with all scheduled sessions fully booked at the time of print. The museum plans to open the lines further, with an end goal of being able to travel all the way to Chigwell.


The Hobart Women’s Shelter plans to build 25 long-term permanent homes for women and children experiencing family violence and/or homelessness. They’re calling out for help with any tax deductible donations. Their Buy A Brick campaign encourages community members to donate the amount of money to buy a brick, a door, a window, etc, and it all adds up. Head to www.hobartws. for more information.


For members of the Pride community, Hobart is the place to be. Hobart was recently presented with the Excellence in LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Local Government Award on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). In perfect timing, the accolade also comes with the launch of “Pride Bus”, an initiative of SkyBus and Kinetic. The Pride Bus serves as a moving symbol to the LGBTQI+ community, and a colourful reminder that everyone is welcome aboard. IDAHOBIT is an annual reminder of the impact that discrimination has on LGBTIQ+ people and the community, and celebrates the work that is happening to make a discrimination-free world for LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians.

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drop in ecological health in Guy Fawkes Rivulet, South Hobart.

The report recommends getting rid of willows from Hobart’s rivulets, revegetating rivulet banks and increasing canopy cover over waterways. This will create habitat for waterbugs and other aquatic wildlife, such as platypus. It was also recommended that surveys should be carried out annually to create a cache of information to refer back to over time.



A handful of Hobart high school students have won an educational scholarship to help them continue their studies. Cameron Browning, Charlotte Gye, Lucy Bouwmeester and Olivia White from Clarence High, and An Le from New Town Campus of City High each received the Harding Miller scholarship, which helps female students who may lack opportunities to achieve their academic potential and dreams. Each recipient will receive more than $20,000 worth of assistance over four years in the form of equipment, computers, internet connections, textbooks, tutoring and coaching. The Harding Miller Foundation had over 700 Year 9 students apply for the scholarships nationally this year. The foundation shared that while many students have high academic potential, they may not have access to the things they need to make the most of their time in school. The scholarship helps to support each recipient’s basic needs in order to stay in school and to have the option of going to university in the future.


Two of our fine local writers have made it onto this year’s Miles Franklin Award longlist. The Miles Franklin Award is one of the highest literary awards in the

land. Robbie Arnott is there for his very Tasmanian Limberlost and Adam Ousten’s unique Waypoints is listed too. The shortlisted finalists will be revealed on 20 June and the winner announced on 25 July. Fingers crossed for both!


The first ever report into the health of our four major city rivulets has been released, and the results are mixed. The report found all four rivulets (New Town, Sandy Bay, Hobart and Lambert) were healthier upstream than downstream, with the Hobart and New Town rivulets degrading gradually from the naturally forested headwaters in Wellington Park to their urbanised mouths at the River Derwent. The research involved used tiny native waterbugs to work out the health of the waterways. City of Hobart Water Portfolio Chair Councillor Ben Lohberger explained, “Waterbugs, sensitive to negative impacts on water health such as pollution and erosion, are like canaries in the coal mine, with their numbers and diversity declining as rivulet health declines.”

The rivulet surveys, conducted in spring 2022, identified a drop in ecological health on New Town Rivulet directly below the Girrabong stormwater outflow and identified that invasive willow trees were potential culprits behind a clear

Clarence Council recently agreed to move future community events, citizenship and awards ceremonies away from 26 January, in light of the recent amendment by the Federal Government to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code. Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said Council understood this was a sensitive issue for many people, and there were varying opinions and views about 26 January in the Clarence community. “Starting from 2024 the ceremony will now be held three days either side of that date [26 January], as now allowed by the Federal Government. We also requested the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group to conduct further research into how we may recognise and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on 26 January (while it continues to be a national public holiday) and we look forward to receiving their recommendations.” Last year’s Clarence Citizen of the Year Awards were moved to May, to coincide with National Volunteer Week celebrations, due to Covid disruptions. Mayor Bromeley said that could become standard practice.


Did you know you can charge your e-bikes for free in the CBD? There are now two e-bike charging bays installed near the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre entrance for the public to use. If you’re in the city and need a charge, head up the hill - just make sure you’ve got enough charge to tackle the hill!




Vaping reforms. Anything to help kids navigate away from vaping and smoking is a good thing. Soup weather.

Hate lining up for a park? You can now check parking availability at the council car parks in real time via a new dashboard on the City of Hobart website.


Two Hobart skater girls, Charlotte and Zailee, are throwing down skating tricks at 65 iconic Hobart locations as part of the 65 for CF Challenge 2023, which raises money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania (CFT). The two passionate 13 year olds have made it their mission to make the lives of people with cystic fibrosis a little easier, especially as one of the teens, Charlotte, lives with the condition. The girls have been popping ollies all over Hobart, including Town Hall, Salamanca Market, the State Cinema, Hobart Airport’s tarmac and even inside the premier’s office. The dynamic duo hope to smash their target by the end of June. To support the girls and the 65 for CF Challenge 2023, head to www.


Scouts Tasmania and St Vincent De Paul Society are working together to run a container donation trial in Moonah. If you’d like to contribute, you can donate eligible containers to designated bins located at the Vinnies Shop in Moonah (at 98 Hopkins St). If enough donations are gathered, Vinnies hope to be included in the upcoming container return scheme to raise funds for their community work.

That’s right, nearly half a century after South Australia started theirs, the Tasmanian Government is nearly ready to launch Recycle Rewards ‘to reduce litter and increase recycling while also supporting the development of our circular economy.’ Consumers will receive a 10-cent refund for every eligible container they recycle through a refund point. The scheme was due to start in the first half of 2023, but has been delayed. Members of the public are invited to have their say on the Draft Container Refund Scheme regulations by 5pm on 14 June. For more information go to www.nre.tas. recycle-rewards.


After many years gracing the Twittersphere with its prominent bongs on the hour, every hour, the GPO Hobart Clock Tower Twitter account has, alas, bonged its last bong. The account was shut down recently after several years of diligent round the clock tweets. The Hobart Clock Tower provided a uniquely Hobartian perspective that was both poignant and current, with cutting edge statements such as “Bong, Bong’’ and “Bong, Bong, Bong, Bong.”

Smudge sticks. See ya later bad vibes.

The Tassie Turbo Chooks AFL team. What a name, what a team! You can buy merch at Sales are raising money for Shelter Tas and Strike It Out.


Spending money on bougie fruit and finding mould.

Inbox overload. Is “inbox zero” even achievable anymore with the level of spam going around?

Nearing the last episode of favourite tv series’. Farewell Succession. Farewell Ted Lasso.

RIP sneaky workday Maccas runs, with the outlet in the Cat and Fiddle Arcade closing forever.




Recognising and supporting good mental health and wellbeing is an essential part of creating a safe and healthy workplace. Lifeline Tasmania provides the Minding Your Business program that offers free phone counselling support to small business in Tasmania. When you or your staff face difficult life challenges, or just a bunch of stress, you can call and make an appointment. This is an easy win for small businesses to support staff in a professional, caring way that can go a

long way to keeping a wonderful culture in your small business. Contact Lifeline Tasmania on 1300 003 313, training@


We’re a few words closer to becoming a UNESCO City of Literature, with the City of Hobart recently endorsing the idea and planning to submit a nomination to the UNESCO Creative Cities Program. Launceston is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so really it’s about

time we had our own UNESCO title.


Congratulations to Oatlands who was announced as the joint winner of this year’s Australian Tidy Towns Sustainability Awards in the Heritage and Culture category. The Midlands town shares the win with Gascoyne Junction in Western Australia. Meanwhile, Australian Traveller magazine recently named its top ten ‘emerging towns’ to visit in Australia, with only one town making the cut from Tassie…Oatlands, again!


years had experienced caries (decay) in their baby teeth. I hope to empower and educate as many people as I can through my advocacy to improve oral health outcomes and reduce the burden of preventable oral health problems for Tasmanians.

Why is good oral health important?

Organization released a Whole Body Health Diagram which is designed to share latest research linking oral health with overall health.

Interview: Peta Hen

Taking care of your teeth should be a no-brainer. However, studies have linked poor oral health to a host of general health and wellbeing issues.

We spoke to dentist and Hobart Young Citizen of the Year recipient, Gavin Quek, about why looking after your pearly whites is more important than ever.

You’re an advocate for improving the oral and dental health of Tasmanians. Why? Bad oral health, whilst being largely preventable, is still significantly prevalent. Almost a third of all Australian adults have untreated tooth decay. Over 40% of children aged 5–10

Oral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. Poor oral health can lead to a range of problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, which can cause pain, difficulty eating and speaking, and contribute to other health problems.

What are the main health issues that can come from neglecting your oral health? Briefly, gum disease and diabetes have been causally linked. Chronic oral infections and inflammation have also been linked to higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older patients. Gum disease also leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Pregnant women with oral health issues are more likely to experience premature delivery and low preterm birth weight babies. There is new research constantly emerging associating oral health with overall health. Recently, the FDI World Dental

You were recently awarded Hobart’s Young Citizen of the Year award. What does this mean for you and your work? It was a humbling and surreal experience to be even considered for the award. It inspires me to further continue advocating for oral health and hopefully making a positive difference in my community. I hope to be able to spread oral health to a wider audience in the future. I also hope to inspire others to get involved in ways meaningful to them and to create positive change in their communities.

Gavin’s top tips to improve oral health between dentist visits:

• Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste

• Floss in between teeth daily

• Eat a healthy and balanced diet, aim for less than 24 grams of sugar daily.

• Ample hydration with tap water, instead of sugary, acidic drinks

• Stop smoking. It’s a risk factor for gum disease and oral cancer.

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The Rosny Library hosts lunchtime yoga today from 12:30pm. Then, Katie Yap and Emily Sheppard perform Night Herons as part of the Lunchbox Concerts series, Hobart Town Hall, 1:05pm.

Nab one of the last tickets to the near-sold-out Hobart Women’s Shelter fundraiser at Government House - with music and a roaming dinner. Tickets via TryBooking. Missed out? You can still donate at

The 10th Dark Mofo kicks off tonight until 22 June. For an evening of sass and debauchery, Dark Drag Trivia is on tonight at Rude Boy, 6-10pm.

copy Music, dance, visuals, poetry and more at SHE, Moonah Arts Centre, 7pm. Voices and Decomposed, Max Richter’s orchestra, with readings from the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Fed Concert Hall, 7:30pm.

It’s the King’s Birthday public holiday. Big Brother meets art at Exposed Transaction today at Bickerstaff Blizzard Gallery. The artist will live on display in the space for 48hrs. Open for public scrutiny from 12-6pm.

The Kingston Death Cafe is on today at the Kingborough Community Hub - demystify death and share or just listen to others’ stories from 10:30am.

The ZERO PIXEL Film Festival showcases some of Australia’s foremost analogue film artists with a Q&A to follow. TopSpace StudioGallery, 5:30pm.

Experience inaudible melodies at Dark Mofo’s Silent Symphony tonight (and various other dates) from 4pm-10pm Dark Park, Evans St.

Head to TMAG after dark for The Salon, where audio artists perform over the next three nights. You can also explore Twist, the multi-gallery exhibition now on until October.

Hobart Twilight Market Brooke Street Pier is on tonight from 4:30pm. ‘Dark. Sexy. Full of surprises’. Dark Homo is back from 9pm till 5am at Observatory Bar / Post Street Social, tix via humanitix.

Time to warm up those vocal chords. Open Mic Night is on at the Republic Bar. Starts 7pm. La la la la LAAA!

Late Tassie artist Susan Lester’s bird paintings have become a book, Birds of Tasmania, launching at 5:30pm at Fullers. Or board the replica Lady Nelson in red for a midwinter sailing, music by River Bigby, 6pm.

Learn to turn your photos into a video with Canva at Rosny Library today from 10am.

The Sunshine Club is an optimistic and joyful musical set in 1946, in a club created by an Aboriginal soldier who has just returned from the war. Theatre Royal, 8pm.

Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine perform the Ukrainian showpiece Forest Song and Spanish Don Quixote at the Theatre Royal, 7:30pm.

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slash author Henry Rollins brings his Good To See You spoken word tour to Hobes, 8pm at the Odeon.

The Ten Tenors will perform their greatest hits from opera to pop and rock (including Bohemian Rhapsody) at Wrest Point tonight, 7pm.

The monthly Dementia Cafe, for those experiencing it and those caring for someone living with it, is on at Mathers Place at 10am.

Show off your smarts at trivia night at New Norfolk’s Welcome Swallow Brewery from 6pm.

Australia’s First Lady of Comedy, Julia Morris, performs at The Odeon tonight 7:30pm. Shane Howard (of Goanna) then plays at the Republic Bar at 9pm.

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Dark Fringe has kicked off with The Emergency Dollhouse, in which 200-year old 53 Collins St is transformed into a multi-level demented dollhouse experience! 6-10pm til 25 June.


8 June

Learn to needle-felt an adorable wool fleece fish at a 3.5 hour workshop at Soho Arts from 1pm. Tonight a mesmerising night of sound, art and performance at Hobart’s State Library is on from 5 till 10pm. Free, all ages.


Destashin’ Fashion with Compassion is raising funds for pancreatic cancer.

11am-3pm, Lenah Valley Community Hall. Elena Schwarz conducts the TSO playing Cherubini Requiem, 7:30pm.

Enjoy Timothy Hodge’s collection of experimental drawings, Filaments, Schoolhouse Gallery at Rosny Park. Free. Open Wed-Sun, 11-5pm. The Queen’s Ball is back with the theme Resurrection. 9pm til 4am.

Quadball, inspired by Harry Potter’s Quidditch, combines rugby, dodgeball, and tag. Try it at 10am at Parliament Lawns today.

The Giants, the new documentary about Bob Brown and the forests of Tasmania, is screening at Big hART’s Watershed in Wynyard.


9-12 June

The Winter Arts Festival returns to the Bay of Fires, including the Bay of Fires Art Prize 2023 exhibition opening gala tonight from 6pm at the Panorama Hotel.

no issue, with food and various items on offer. 9am-3pm, Ross Town Hall.

Country-folkpop singer songwriter Ange Boxall performs at The Longley Hotel from 2:30pm. Catch the best LGBTIQ+ short films at Rainbow Shorts, Kingborough Community Hub, 2pm.

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Up for a chilly, evening dip in the Bass? The Winter Solstice Splash is on tonight at Freers Beach in front of the Port Sorell Surf Club. Bring your swimmers, beanie and a gold coin donation. There will be hot showers, fire pits, food vans and live music to help you thaw out. From 4:30pm-9:30pm

25 June

The Spooky Men’s Chorale are back on the island with their mansinging and excellent beards. Longford Town Hall, 3-5pm.

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The Festival of Voices’ free Big Sing Bonfire is back, 5pm at Salamanca, before Tasmanian Songbook: Volume 3, 8pm at Theatre Royal.

Hear harmonies in the haunting Cascades Female Factory as Hannah May and Nourish Women’s Choir sing women’s stories throughout history. 2pm.

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The biggest running event in Launceston - the McGrath Launceston Running Festival - is on today, with a half marathon, a 10km, a 5km run or walk and 1 mile options. They say the 10km is a particularly speedy course.

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The Victorian State Ballet presents The Snow Queen at the Burnie Arts Centre, 7:30pm.

18 June

If you need an excuse to spend some time wandering the historic streets of Ross, today the Ross Village Markets can be that for you. It’s indoors, so weather is


QVMAG is hosting a display of works from the The Launceston Urban Sketchers group - a community of local sketch artists linked to a wider global movement. On now until August 20.

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in the Derwent for several days after any significant rainfall, and always avoid swimming near stormwater outlets and urban rivulets.” The 2022-23 Recreational Water Quality Report can be found on the DEP website,



A spectacular, cliff-hugging Tassie home has been named Australian Home of the Year by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) - the highest residential building award bestowed each year by HIA. The award-winning home at Tinderbox was designed by Studio Ilk Architects and built by Tasmanian builders, Lane Group Construction, who anchored the house to its windswept, cliffside location by a series of heavyset stone pavilions. The house boasts an abundance of floor-length glass windows that create a serene atmosphere for the owners and their guests to enjoy, connecting them to the magnificent, rugged coastline of the Derwent River from all public and private living areas. Described by Housing Industry Association (HIA) judges as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime build’, the home also won the HIA Australian Custom Built Home award at the HIA 2023 National Conference.


The quality of the water at some favourite swimming and fishing spots has been judged and graded in recent long-term water quality ratings for Hobart’s beaches and bays. Some Clarence beaches showed improvement in health whilst a Taroona beach and city docks didn’t perform as well. Ursula Taylor, CEO of the Derwent Estuary Project, said water quality is tested at 38 beach and bay sites between New Norfolk and Kingborough each week between December and March. “Water samples are analysed for specific bacteria (enterococci) which indicate the presence of faecal contaminants from stormwater run-off and other sources. Each site is classified as having Good, Fair or Poor water quality in accordance with state and national guidelines, based on five years of data,” Ms Taylor said. Water quality at Bellerive Beach (west) was previously rated ‘Fair’ and is now ‘Good’, and Howrah Beach has improved from ‘Poor’ to ‘Fair’. On the down side Hinsby Beach and Prince of Wales Bay have both dropped from ‘Good’ to ‘Fair’ while Victoria Dock moves from ‘Fair’ to ‘Poor’. Environmental Health Director Paul Hunt reminded water users about the risks of swimming anywhere along the Derwent estuary after heavy rainfall. “After periods of wet weather a number of beaches may experience poor water quality,” Mr Hunt said. “I would strongly recommend that people avoid swimming

The CSIRO research vessel RV Investigator recently found the location of the wreck of the Blythe Star, nearly 50 years after it sank off the southwest coast of Tasmania. The coastal freighter was en route from Hobart to King Island when, on 13 October 1973, it suddenly capsized and sank. All ten crew members escaped on an inflatable life raft but tragically three of them died before the group found help. The survivors were rescued 12 days later. The ship’s disappearance sparked the largest maritime search ever conducted in Australia at the time, with no trace of the vessel found. The wreck of the MV Blythe Star is located about 10.5 kilometres west of South West Cape in 150 metres of water. The vessel is intact and sitting upright on the seafloor, with its bow pointing northwest. The wreck is covered in minimal growth of algae and seaweed, the stern is damaged and the wheelhouse was not seen. Researchers saw crayfish, schools of fish and even fur seals on and around the wreck. Hobart will host an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragedy in October this year.



It’s cold out but the dark winter months are perfect for experiencing the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Take in a gothic Requiem Mass, a Nordic violin concerto and a blast of Mozart with pianist Jayson Gillham. Grab an early-evening TSO shot at Fire & Water and don’t miss the high energy of percussionist Claire Edwardes in Obscura.

Experience the TSO this winter. Book online or phone 1800 001 190.



Federation Concert Hall nipaluna/Hobart

Elena Schwarz conducts Cherubini’s Requiem, a musical memorial for slain French king Louis XVI, who lost his head in 1793. Concert includes Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.



Federation Concert Hall nipaluna/Hobart

Nordic composer Jean Sibelius wrote just one violin concerto and it’s a stunner. Hear it performed by internationally acclaimed artist Benjamin Beilman.



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Grab a drink at the pop-up bar and bring it to your seat at this short-format, earlyevening concert with superstar conductor Alexander Briger.


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Sparks fly when percussionist Claire Edwardes takes to the stage in our last Obscura concert for the year, Machina.


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Australian pianist Jayson Gillham teases out the brilliance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, a real winter warmer. Eivind Aadland conducts.

Buy the three 7.30pm concerts as a package and save 10%.


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Words: Ollie Benson, Sprout Tasmania

Pictures: Samuel Shelley

It’s mushroom season! But at a time when Instagram feeds are full of foraged slippery jacks and saffron milk caps, there’s a grower on the outskirts of Hobart who’s found a unique environment for producing mushrooms all year round.

Dean Smith of Tunnel Hill Mushrooms has been growing mushrooms in an old railway tunnel at Mount Rumney since 2008. The tunnel, built in 1891, was part of the short-lived Bellerive-Sorell line, with trains passing through twice a day until it’s closure in 1926. Since then, it’s had quite the history, having been used as a storage facility during World War II, as a themed restaurant, and even for cosmic ray research.

Dean purchased 90 metres of the tunnel in 2000. In truth, he and his family bought the property not knowing what to do with the tunnel, but a chance visit from the original manager of Huon Valley Mushrooms, Dr Warwick Gill, kickstarted what would become his passion. With Gill as his mentor and learning that the tunnel’s environment provided good conditions to grow in, Dean began experimenting with substrates and varieties, finding shiitake and cold loving winter strains of oyster mushrooms grew best.

What started as a hobby has grown into a full-time enterprise. Dean has built his own lab, and here he can grow out cultures on agar filled petri dishes, transferring the cultures known as mycelium onto sterilized grain and then allowing it to spawn. From there a substrate is inoculated with the grain spawn, and once the mycelium has developed, its environment is changed by dropping the temperature and increasing humidity, and fruiting then begins. And this is where the tunnel comes in – with temperatures consistently around 13 degrees the natural environment inside has meant the tunnel has a renewed purpose and a new chapter in its rich history.

Although the tunnel has provided useful conditions for the fruiting, it’s not perfect. Temperatures inside do fluctuate, which mean consistent yields have been hard to maintain, so with demand for his produce increasing and after years of resisting, Dean has now purchased additional, more specialised growing space in the form of a fitted-out shipping container.

With much of the mushroom production moving to the container, Dean’s plans for the tunnel are now switching towards value-adding and agritourism. He has developed a shiitake vodka, and a range of tinctures using medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, lion’s mane, and turkey tail, which can all help with gut health and immune systems.

The history of the tunnel combined with the science of mushroom growing has already piqued the interest of schools, tour groups, and even politicians, and Dean would love to be able to host long-table lunches. He has started offering tours of the tunnel, but to increase his tourism offerings some infrastructure upgrades are necessary, and Dean is keen to source additional investment. As Dean says, “this place is unique and a showcase of Tasmania’s railway history. It’s a place we like to share with others. It’s not my tunnel, it’s not our tunnel, it’s everyone’s tunnel!”


Dean loves lion’s mane mushrooms both for the beneficial effects on the brain and gut, but also for their sweetness and texture. They make an excellent substitute for lobster and work brilliantly in soups, broths, and as a mushroom ‘crab cake’.



A handful of king oyster mushrooms

A knob of salted butter

Half a lemon Salt


Slice the mushrooms into thin medallions.

Place in a hot pan and dry fry to let the water cook out of them. When the natural sugars start to come out and caramelization begins hit them with the butter, salt, and lemon juice. Serve. It’s as simple as that!



Terrapin’s purpose is to make Tasmanian lives better through art, culture and contemporary puppetry. This includes people of all ages, no matter where they live.

We’ve just finished our first-ever tour of Tasmanian aged care, reaching over 800 people in 22 residences over seven weeks. We took our funny and moving performance to each centre, along with one-on-one bedside visits with puppets.

This year, we hope to raise $10,000 to help secure the 2024 Forever Young tour. Your support will get us on the road, reaching more Tasmanians in aged care with a work made especially for them.


The Brian J Sutton Charitable Trust Mary Isobel Field Smith Trust


He didn’t pack much. It was only a short hike. Two burritos, some chocolate, and a few bottles of water. But caught under the weight of a 350kg boulder that had dislodged and trapped him for 5 days, the flesh of his right arm began to rot. Oscillating between delirium and death, Aron Ralston recorded goodbye videos to his family and friends and carved his name on the sandstone wall of the canyon.

In a heightened emotional state, he realized the only possibility of survival was to cut off his own arm. He crafted a tourniquet, reached for the dull blade in his bag, and began the unimaginable. It took over an hour. Bloody and disorientated, Aron then walked more than 9km before being spotted by a family camping who rushed to his aid. He lost 18kg and 25% of his blood.

When the brain receives sensory information signaling any sort of danger, the thalamus is the first in charge. From here, there are two parallel pathways for fear. The ‘short’ thalamo-amygdala route provides a rough evaluation of the situation. This passage activates the amygdala which generates an emotional response before any perceptual integration occurs; a reaction is produced sooner than the mind can form a complete representation of the scenario. Subsequently the messages travel on the ‘longer’ thalamo-cortico-amygdala path and are processed by the cortex, which then tells the amygdala whether the stimulus is a real threat or not. This wonderful mechanism of our brain steers us towards safety and survival.

But there’s something scary happening with our fear pathways. As the world continues to modernise, our brain is finding it challenging to adjust to the many psychological threats we perceive. Most days, our head is filled with fear. Fear of not being in control. Fear of change. Fear of what the future holds. Of not being good

enough and of what others think. We fear quitting a job we don’t like, even though we know it would create opportunities to find a new one that we could love. We fear the idea of being on our own, so we choose to stay in relationships that disempower us. We fear displeasing others, so we don’t speak our mind and in turn, end up hurting ourselves. We continue with the same narratives about fear without realizing that fear is like a magnet: the more we try to avoid it, the more prone we are to be fearful. The paradox is that the very things we think we fear end up being the things we most need to free ourselves from the chains of unhelpful patterns.

The wiser we grow, the better we understand that facing your fear is the key to unlocking the life you truly desire. Each time you make a decision that honours what you need to do, you physically rewire the way your short and long fear pathways activate. Your mind learns it can rise beyond the imagined fear, and forges a more effective and efficient route, propelling you into your most courageous self - the version of you that is free from unnecessary fear and receptive to joy, kindness, and equanimity.

Ask yourself:

• What am I avoiding in my life?

• What is it that I’m afraid of? What narratives do I have about that?

•If I were to learn that I don’t have much time left, would I regret letting this fear stifle me?

Consider breaking your fear down into manageable steps. What are some small actions you could take that lead you in the right direction? For example, if you say “no” to most invitations because you get anxious in social situations, could you start by practicing calming tools to empower yourself in better managing stress? If you find yourself worrying a lot about money, could you lean into your concerns by doing an honest audit of your spending habits? If you’ve been avoiding the dentist for a while, could you consider making a future appointment and, in the meantime, simply commit to

a more regular flossing routine? Have you been telling yourself you’re not good at committing to things? Perhaps a 2 minute-mindfulness app each day could be the way to start.

Choosing to face our fears starts with embracing the discomfort we may feel along the way. But all the experiences that enable us to become our best Self deserve energy and time. No matter how big or small our fears are, by facing them, we learn to embrace them. We see them for what they are – a shifting story that we get to narrate.

Aron Ralston did what many of us would deem unthinkable. But despite his horrific ordeal, he reprogramed his fear pathway by changing the narrative, “I did not lose my arm,” he said, “but gained my life back.”

Annia Baron is a Clinical Psychologist and Mindset Coach. Want to learn more about mindset tools to create a life you desire and deserve? Get in touch on Instagram @anniabaron or visit www.

Do you or someone you know love peanut butter? Arachibutyrophobia is the specific fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. The word comes from ‘arachi’ which means legume plants such as peanuts and ‘butyr’ which relates to butter. People with this rare phobia understand that the focus of their fear is irrational and presents no real danger but find it difficult to control their irrational thoughts.


You’re invited to experience the world of DARKER MINTY, a season of events in honour of Hobart’s infamous Dark Mofo Festival.

DARKER MINTY GROUP ART EXHIBITION features a group of artists whose work explores the complexities of the human experience.

June 9th - 22nd


A unique culinary experience at the Becker Minty Dining Room, with menu crafted by acclaimed chef Kurstin Berriman.

June 10th-22nd

To find out more visit or scan the QR

Artwork Elliott Nimmo, Dark Painting 2 (2023) 91A Salamanca Place, Batttery Point, 7004. 0493678 767


It’s the age-old debate, are artificial sweeteners even good for us? Hold onto your hat, I’m about to take you through the rollercoaster of confusing evidence that exists around the safety and efficacy of their use as a sugar alternative.

But first, what exactly is an artificial sweetener? Scientifically referred to as a ‘non-nutritive’ sweetener, they are essentially a sweet compound that provides little to no calories. They are poorly absorbed in the digestive tract, making them an appealing alternative to sugar among those aiming to lose weight or manage diabetes. They are found in sugar-free soft drinks, and ubiquitous within the supermarket shelves. Find them in yoghurt, protein bars, kombucha, jelly, gum, some medications and even mouthwash! Although non-nutritive sweeteners are often collectively referred to as ‘artificial sweeteners’, there are actually three different types that exist:

• Artificial sweeteners (eg. Sucralose, Aspartame, Saccharin)

• Sugar alcohols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Xylitol, Erythritol, Malitol)

•Natural low-calorie sweeteners (eg. Stevia, Allulose, Inulin, Monk Fruit, Tagatose)

Concern around artificial sweeteners arose in the 1970’s, when a study proposed a link between Saccharin and bladder cancer. Aspartame also gained a bad rap in 2005, due to a study linking the consumption of very high doses with an increased risk of lymphoma and leukemia. It’s important to note that these findings were derived from laboratory animals, with further research into the link between artificial sweeteners and cancer in humans showing no clear associations. Considering they have only existed for a short time in history, the long-term cancer risk from artificial sweetener consumption is currently unknown.

Non-nutritive sweeteners are typically added to energy-dense processed foods that provide an abundance of calories without much satiating benefit; making them easy to overconsume. Some studies suggest that the consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners could be associated with weight gain, increased appetite and increased caloric intake. While others argue to negate these findings. There’s even some emerging research to suggest that frequent use of non-nutritive sweeteners could alter our taste buds; developing an affinity for sweet foods, while making naturally sweet foods (i.e. fruit) more unpalatable. This is because they have an ultra sweet taste profile in comparison to regular sugar. But take these findings with a grain of salt. They are derived from a budding area of research that can currently only be defined as weak at best.

The conversation on non-nutritive sweeteners wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the potential negative impact they are thought to have on gut health. With some research indicating they may contribute to imbalances in the gut microbiome and a reduction in glucose tolerance (if true, this would contradict their use among people with diabetes). Excessive consumption of sugar alcohols can have a laxative effect on the gastrointestinal system (this explains the laxative warning on sugar-free gum or lollies). As they are a poorly digested sugar that is rapidly fermented in the large intestine, they can also trigger an exacerbation of symptoms amongst Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers (think: gas, tummy pains, and *insert excuse to run to the bathroom again here*). Regarding the natural non-nutritive sweeteners (Stevia, monk fruit extract); not too much is known about the health outcomes of their frequent long-term intake. Although they are often touted as the safer and healthier choice in comparison to other non-nutritive sweeteners.

The verdict? This topic is complex. As it stands, there is not a clear consensus on whether there is a link between non-nutritive sweeteners and negative health outcomes. Rest assured, non-nutritive sweeteners are required to undergo rigorous safety testing under the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) before being approved as a food additive in Australia.

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t be consuming a diet laden with sugar or non-nutritive sweeteners; deeming this whole conversation irrelevant. But if you do feel a little dubious about their use in food, let me offer you a few simple steps you could take towards a sweetener-free way of eating. Opt for a handful of raw nuts instead of a sweetener laced muesli bar, choose the unsweetened Greek yoghurt and pair it with your favourite fruit, or make your own fruit-infused soda water to replace sugar free soft drink.

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Did you know? Artificial sweeteners were discovered by accident. Forgetting to wash his hands before lunch, a researcher noticed a sweet taste on his fingers after experimenting with a coal tar derivative (benzoic sulfimide) in the lab. This led to the discovery of Saccharin in 1879.






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Words and pictures: Peta Hen

Around this time every year, I try and think about where to take mum for her birthday. It’s cold, it’s wet and it’s usually gloomy, but I’m always determined to get her out of the house, even for just a few hours. And while I sit and rack my brain for somewhere new to take her, an old faithful always pops up and to this day, continues to always put a smile on my mum’s face.

The Salmon Ponds, just ten minutes outside of New Norfolk, is becoming a bit of a birthday classic. It’s hard to blame us when the winding drive along the Derwent River rapids is so scenic, especially when the river banks are lined by poplar trees, all turning golden.

As you turn into the road toward the Salmon Ponds, the tunnel of leaves envelops you, transporting you back in time. Dating back to 1861, the Salmon Ponds is the oldest trout hatchery in the southern hemisphere and the birthplace of Tasmania’s love for trout fishing. What’s funny is while the Salmon Ponds were originally meant to breed and hatch salmon, the sneaky suckers all swam off without a trace, never to be seen again. The trout however, which were actually stowaways and not intended for the ponds, loved the place and took up permanent residence.

The Salmon Ponds has a cafe that serves up some pretty fantastic pancakes. However, we pack a picnic and find a scenic spot in the sprawling heritage gardens by the ponds, as long as the weather approves. This time, the weather favoured us, and after buying some fish pellets that would make sure I could get a great action shot of the fish, we headed down the path towards the main trout ponds.

After many ponds, pellets and photos, I let Mum take the lead as we ventured into the historical fishing museums. While we’re not huge colonial history buffs, we both really appreciate Tasmainian heritage houses and cottage-style gardens.

We set up our picnic under a golden t ree by a little iron bench and watched other families do the same. The gardens are the perfect place for kids to run around amongst the leaves, yet large enough to have your own private little spot to yourselves.

After lunch, we had to check out the river behind the ponds with views of the rolling Plenty fields, as is tradition for us. The river was calm today, a stark contrast to the raging torrent that had burst its banks when we came the year before. This year, we didn’t have as much rain, so the river was its usual peaceful self. We did discover one surprise we hadn’t encountered before. Brilliant red and white-spotted toadstools dotted the lawn behind the back hedge. Mum was delighted as she’d never seen them before, only in books from her childhood.

After meandering back to the ponds to deposit the remaining fish pellets to some hungry brown trout, we bid farewell to the Salmon Ponds, knowing full well we would be back this time next year; back to our old faithful.

You can find the Salmon Ponds at 70 Salmon Ponds Road, New Norfolk.

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Nothing beats Kingston Beach for an interesting stroll. We walked along Osborne Esplanade on a sunny day when the river views sparkled, the water and the sky merged into a blue shimmer.

Across Browns River Bridge, at the dog beach, off-lead dogs were busy being dogs, the humans busy being humans. Some brave swimmers splashed through the cold autumn water. On the steps down to the beach is the Dog Library, boxes of toys for canine companions. Near the children’s playground, at the other end of the beach, Low Hanging Fruit provide a Toy Library for beach play. Both libraries are supplied by members of the Kingston Community, welcoming visitors to enjoy their special place.

Kingston has always been special. It used to be Hobart’s summer resort. Federation homes and established gardens are reminders that this was where the wealthy once had their summer houses. There’s a buzz of activity around the cafes and restaurants on the Esplanade, Kingston’s

answer to North Hobart’s restaurant strip. For once, I walked past the coffee aroma to the southern end of the beach, to explore the track along the cliffs above the yacht club.

We strode up Mount Royal Road to where the track to Boronia Beach starts. The track is well maintained. She oaks and blue gums beside the track were full of birdlife. As we walked and talked, we enjoyed the views of Kingston Beach, boats on the river and the views of the Eastern Shore with its blue hills.

We opened the gate to Boronia Beach Reserve, which is fenced to protect the fairy penguins that nest there. A little further along, we reached the weathered steps that took us down to Boronia Beach. The beach curves under sea-sculpted cliffs, the sheltered waters rippling over white sand. The view stretches from the Eastern Shore to the Iron Pot. We picnicked under the cliffs, sheltered from the sea breeze.

We took the second path to Roslyn Avenue. Nesting boxes for fairy penguins can be seen, scattered through the undergrowth. As we walked up the hill, across the gully we could see remnants of stone terraces, the remains of rhododendron gardens that once stretched up the hill to the old Boronia Hotel. Built in 1900, the hotel was popular with holiday makers. The hotel’s cypress avenue still stretches toward Roslyn Avenue, the tall old trees shading the track. At the end of the avenue, we could see the Boronia Hotel building, which is now a private residence.

We retraced our steps to Kingston Beach, where we enjoyed an afternoon coffee, a great new walk discovered. It’s walk that has everything- beautiful water views, beaches with white sands, fairy penguins, and interesting history.

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Sometimes you just want to grab and go - and a near-perfect form for a quick lunch has to be a roll. This month we explored some CBD options for a speedy feed, in roll form.


95 Liverpool St, Hobart

Yellow Bear is a recently opened Chinese street food cafe with five different types of jianbing (mung bean pancakes) on offer. We’d never had jianbing before, so we asked for the most popular type, which turned out to be crispy fried chicken. Our jianbing was filled to the brim with fresh lettuce, fried chicken and hoisin sauce. There was also a crunchy, wonton paper crisp

inside that contrasted beautifully with the soft crepe that held it all together. It made for a highly textural and really delicious bite. It was very filling and one jianbang could be shared if you weren’t ravenously hungry. The hot tip for next visit is to try the duck jianbing, the other popular choice, although the fried chicken will be hard to pass up.


33 Elizabeth St, Hobart

You can’t go past banh mi for a quick and satisfying lunch. Ja & Jon is always cranking around lunchtime and for good reason. If you’re ever peeked into the bain marie and wanted to launch into the pork crackling, you’re among friends. This visit we ordered a roast pork roll and a bbq chicken roll. The pork was what you’d expect from a traditional banh mi with succulent pork belly with crackling, Vietnamese pate and all the trimmings on a shatteringly crunchy baguette. The chicken roll was just as good with a generous ladle of tangy peanut sauce topped with coriander and chilli. Yummo! Vietnamese classics like these will always hit the spot.


83-85 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS 7000

When you’re in the mood for something dense and wholesome, nothing beats a bagel. Two, in our case… and a cinnamon scroll! The glass cabinets of the eclectic Bury Me Standing were stacked, just prior to the lunch rush. We ordered a classic everything bagel with the lot, loaded with fresh salad, pickled beetroot and cashew smear - a healthier option. It was fresh, full and delicious. We also ordered a cheeseburger bagel dog which was exactly as you’d imagine: cheeseburger meets Big Mac meets hot dog meets bagel. It was hectic but man, was it awesome. And because we were feeling extra, we couldn’t go past a luscious cinnamon scroll topped with a dusted chocolate skull. Slightly boujee, but totally worth it. The bagels are served with pretzels and a pickle which you could keep for a snack later on.

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AFLW. All of this work by players and volunteers is a big commitment to leading change on women’s football in Tasmania, and we’d love to see the broader community get behind us.

With a Tasmanian AFL team the topic of the moment, we spoke to Sophia Bellears from the North Hobart Football Club about the club’s history, equality and how they are creating a strong future for local womens footy.

How long have women been playing Aussie Rules footy for? Women have been playing almost as long as men. An early Fitzroy women’s team played a game in Western Australia in 1922 in front of 13,500 people. And women’s football is not a new thing in Tasmania either. There were a lot of women’s teams and games played after WW2, but the regular competition games had faded away by the 1960s.

We’re told North Hobart Football Club is passionate about women’s footy. How does this play out? When a new competition for women started in Hobart in 2017, North Hobart was the first club to sign up. It was an exciting time to be involved because girl’s and women’s football is growing so fast. There are great opportunities for women that haven’t existed before. More and more young women are getting involved as players, coaches, administrators and, like myself, directors of women’s football. People always thought girls would find footy too rough. That’s not true! We do play hard, but it’s so much fun.

Why did you choose North Hobart? Because North Hobart is leading the way for women in football. Our Board has committed to creating equality between the Men’s and Women’s programs. That’s huge and it means doing things that no other club is doing. I don’t think people realise that the funding community clubs get is only for men’s football. Yes, that’s right - the AFL gives the club support to pay our men, but there is no AFL funding yet for women!

I’m really proud that North Hobart is one of the first clubs in Australia to have a formal player payments policy for women. Our goal is to have our women players and coaches paid equally to the men and we’re working towards that. Women’s footy is incredibly exciting and it’s very different from men’s footy. It is important to honour these differences and create an environment for women players to thrive and feel comfortable. So we’re working to create a program that acknowledges the specific needs of women. We do this with feedback and input from the players themselves.

How do facilities and support play into this? We’re also committed to our women’s teams having equal access to every facility, support and opportunity which were traditionally only available to men. Our women can aspire to play at the highest level possible – including in the national women’s competition – the

How can women get involved with the North Hobart Football Club and AFLW in general? Pull on some boots! Don’t worry if you think you’re too old, too young or you’ve never played before. At North Hobart, we support, nurture and mentor women in football. Our Senior Women’s team is very successful – we won the Grand Final last year - but you don’t have to be an experienced player to join us. We also have a second team which embraces young women coming up from junior competition and women aged 15 – 50 who have never played footy before and want to try it out. I love it. It’s a great, inclusive, community to be part of.

If you’re a woman who wants to get involved, on or off the footy field, head to North Hobart Oval at 1-5 Ryde St, North Hobart, or email sophia.bellears@

North Hobart Football Club are also looking for Tasmanian companies and organisations that want to be part of the change. If you’re interested, contact General Manager, Paul Curtain, at

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In late 2020 during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, when we were all living and working from home, going slightly crazy isolating from each other and the world, something exciting happened: a friend alerted me to a Tasmanian online auction that was about to take place.

I’d never been to an auction before, either online or in person, but this was too good to miss – an historic collection of items from the firm of J. Walch & Sons Pty Ltd, one of Tasmania’s earliest stationers/booksellers/printers/publishers, dating back to the 1840s. All sorts of memorabilia was to be sold, including printing and paper presses, bookbinding equipment, printers’ trays, stands, tools, wooden and metal type sets, blocks and stamps.

The firm of J. Walch & Sons began in 1846 when Major James William Henry Walch bought a bookselling and stationery business from Samuel Tegg, who had established it in Hobart in 1836. James Walch ran it with his eldest son, also named James, and later another son Charles also joined them. Among much else, they were responsible for producing popular reference works such as Walch’s Tasmanian Almanack and Walch’s

Literary Intelligencer. The business continued to prosper with various offshoots, before an eventual decline in the latter part of the 20th century: the printing department merged with the Mercury Press to form Mercury Walch, the stationery business was sold, and the rest apparently went into voluntary liquidation in the early 2000s.

I was keen to rescue something as a memento. After registering with the northern Tasmanian auction house, I received a bidding number and password with which to log in. I had already sussed out several items of interest from the preloaded catalogue – but gosh, they went fast on the day. Lot after lot after lot! As a naive new-chum I had placed a couple of early offers, but was quickly outbidden. And then discovered it was just as problematic waiting till the last minute, as you have to be very quick on the keyboard. By clicking on “watch” and “show watch list” just for the lots you are especially keen on, you have a better chance of speeding up the download time and trying to make the final successful bid. This also

ratchets the tension up to an unbearable level and you may find yourself getting altogether carried away, just for a moment morphing into a covetous, competitive harridan shouting at your computer and prepared to offer higher and higher amounts for something that you simply MUST have…or was that just me?!

Actually, no – apparently this sort of behaviour is not uncommon at auctions everywhere (well, perhaps not so much the shouting bit; I blame pandemic-induced online alienation for that). American billionaire Charlie Munger once observed: “…the open-outcry auction is just made to turn the brain into mush: you’ve got social proof, the other guy is bidding, you get reciprocation tendency, you get deprival super-reaction syndrome, the thing is going away...I mean it just absolutely is designed to manipulate people into idiotic behavior.”

Happily, I calmed down and managed to bid sensibly and successfully on a couple of smaller, less-expensive items that interested me – including this cover printing plate (metal on a wooden block) for J.E. Philp’s book, Whaling Ways of Hobart Town, a history of Hobart’s connection with the whaling industry, which J. Walch & Sons published in 1936. Naturally, then I wanted to purchase a copy of the 95-page book itself as well. Fortunately the wonderful Cracked and Spineless bookshop was able to source a copy of this for me, to “exhibit” side by side with the printing plate in pride of place on top of my favourite bookshelf, in my tiny apartment. Yes, for the privileged pandemic audience of one – but that one was very enthusiastic. And I still smile whenever I see them.

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