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Dear <<First Name>>,

We’re on “THE OPEN ROAD”!
A small step as stage 2 is bought forward. The Premier’s announcement is great news.
Physical/Social distancing and hand hygiene have not changed, but Tasmanians can start to hit The Open Road. One foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brake.
So, while you are out and about, enjoy this sing-along-song.

But just to make sure...

The Government will be releasing additional information over the next few days, so please keep in mind what we are allows to do and which restrictions remain in place.
As a first step, for current restrictions and other steps taken to relax them, please click here.

Buy Tasmanian today, prosper together tomorrow

From 3.00pm this Friday, COVID-19 stage 2 restrictions will be lifted. Businesses will start to open their doors and we'll be tourists in our own state again. We can get back in touch with our beautiful island and its people. Tourism operators are adding their listings to Buy Something Tasmanian daily, so we can all start planning our Tasmanian holiday, visits and day excursions today.
You know it makes sense.

We Eat Local

Eat Well Tasmania has partnered with We Eat Local to launch a new app in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The app, called ‘We Eat Local’ makes it easier for Tasmanians to:
  • Buy fresh local produce during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Support hard-hit Tasmanian food producers by buying their produce.
  • Maintain social distancing while sourcing food.

The Good Mood Food campaign for Aussie horticulture

Hort Innovation's new marketing initiative is supporting Australian horticulture in an exciting new way
In the mood for some good news? Hort Innovation has developed The Good Mood Food initiative to support the horticulture sector through the effects of recent times, which are being felt in consumer spending and purchasing behaviour. Watch the video with our CEO Matt Brand below, and scroll down to get the full scoop on the campaign.

Agriculture Industry Engagement on COVID19 Team

As a Project, THE OTHER SIDE was recently featured on the DAWE COVID-19 website which outlines how the Department is engaging with the agriculture industry on COVID-19 issues
Through their efforts a short video was produced to describe THE OTHER SIDE. Check out the mini-vid here.
THE OTHER SIDE thanks the Department for their initiative to help promote the Project.

International Freight Assistance Mechanism

AUSVEG has produced a very good overview of the IFAM yesterday. It’s a good report on all things airfreight to international destinations and it’s updated regularly.

Tasmanian Airbridge

Tasmania also has provided assistance in conjunction with IFAM with an air fright link between Hobart and Sydney.  Go to the link below and scroll down to the header “Domestic Network Links”.

RBA - Interest Rates on hold

Today’s monetary policy decision by the Reserve Bank Board is now available.
There are quite a few webinars going around now and it’s hard to keep up with them all. But a few that I recommend are as follows:

12 June, 2020 at 11:00am

Join the Australia China Business Council Tasmania Branch for an in-depth look at the post-COVID opportunities and challenges for Tasmanian exporters doing business with China. Provided free for Tasmanian businesses (with a Tasmanian ABN) and ACBC Tasmania Branch members.
Opening Remarks: Lara Hendriks
Executive Director, Business and Trade Tasmania, Department of State Growth
Main address: Saul Eslake
Former Chief Economist, ANZ Bank, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania and a member of the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office’s Expert Advisory Panel
  • David Olsson: Chairman, ACBC National Board
  • Bryan Hayes: Chief Executive Officer, Forico

For information and to register click here

IA-CEPA – AIBC Webinar

4 June, 2020 at 1:00pm

The AIBC is delighted to be partnering with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for this webinar on the “Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Amidst COVID-19”.

With IA-CEPA only 5 weeks away from entry into force, the webinar will provide a timely forum for an exchange of views between key policy decision makers, business practitioners and experts from Indonesia and Australia on the challenges both countries are facing in overcoming the impacts of COVID-19.

For information and to register click here

Welcome to the new Tasmanian trade event calendar

This initiative is a way for Tasmanian businesses to keep up to date specifically with trade and export-related activities that may be of interest. You can find events taking place across Tasmania, interstate or internationally. Online events are also included. Visit regularly – new events are being added all the time.

Visit the dashboard here

Austrade Event resources

Search, browse or refine upcoming events that Austrade organises and supports in Australia and around the world.

Search all events here

Brain Dates - Hort Innovation's webinar series for growers

Join us for a good old-fashioned chat! Hort Innovation’s Brain Dates online event series is connecting you with the people closest to the research and investments you want to know more about. Each short webinar session features subject matter experts, project delivery partners and Hort Innovation staff discussing key topics, opportunities and challenges for horticulture growers.

Grab a cuppa and attend a live session to ask questions and discover essential insights and tools to implement in your business today. Webinar recordings will also be available after each event if you can’t join us live.

See all upcoming events here

COVID-19 Safety Plan Online Information Session

3 June, 2020 at 2:00pm

Business Tasmania has partnered with WorkSafe Tasmania to host an online information session to assist businesses navigate the process of developing their COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Presented by Ken Nolan from WorkSafe Tasmania, Ken will walk through:
  • Why you need to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Where to find checklists, guidelines and plan templates
  • Tips and tricks to filling in the plan template (or add to your existing workplace safety plan)
  • Where to get help with preparing your plan

For information and to register click here

Food the focus of COVID-19 study

Food is the focus of a new University of Tasmania survey launched today as part of The Tasmania Project, led by the Institute for Social Change. The food survey is asking Tasmanian residents whether they have been able to buy enough safe and healthy food to meet their needs during COVID-19, how they have shopped for food, and how food access and supply could be different in the future.

VG 16085 - Fresh Vegetable Export Facilitation Project

From our colleagues in Queensland and Western Australia, please see their newsletters for more information on what’s on and what’s going on:


Whilst we have another dedicated newsletter for stakeholders and observers on this Project, we had our second webinar and it was great to have 3 speakers join us and outline how they were assisting Tasmanians work through COVID-19 to the other side.
Those who presented were:
  • Presentation by Mr David Hooper – Harvest Moon/Forth Farm Produce
    Challenges exporting during COVID-19 & forward thinking
  • Presentation by Mr Todd Babiak – CEO Brand Tasmania
    Place-based Branding – current status
  • Presentation by Mr Hans van Pelt - Director, Aviation & Access Development
    Tasmanian airfreight challenges during and post COVID-19
At our next meeting on June 15, there will again be guest speakers. One of which will speak about the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s food and grocery marketplace.

The Other Side

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