Organ donors save lives

Tomorrow marks the beginning of DonateLife Week, a time to promote the life-saving importance of organ and tissue donation.

Tasmanians are ahead of the nation in the number of organ donors and we want to continue to have more Tasmanians to sign up to the donor register so we can help save lives.

Today I met with Andrew Grubert, a Launceston man whose health is deteriorating as he waits for a liver transplant.

Andrew’s situation is a timely reminder of the need to continue to encourage more people to join the organ and tissue donor register.

Together with his employer, Boags Brewery, Andrew is raising awareness within his workplace and the community during DonateLife Week, to promote the importance of people registering as an organ and tissue donor, and most importantly discussing their donation decisions with family members and loved ones.

Boags, as Andrew’s employer, have shown tremendous support during this difficult time, helping him to keep working while he manages his condition.

At any one time around 1600 Australians like Andrew are on transplant waiting lists.

I encourage all Tasmanians to discuss registering as an organ and tissue donor with their loved ones, during DonateLife Week

DonateLife Week will be officially launched tomorrow by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania, at an official event at Government House.

For more information and to join the online conversation during DonateLife Week visit:

Tasmanian motorcycle business taking on the world

brad smith braaap 2The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs. That is why it is encouraging to see Tasmanian businesses like motorcycle company braaap making a global impact, while creating local jobs for Tasmanians.

Through tapping into the Chinese market, braaap has experienced 400 per cent growth in sales in the past year.

They currently employ 32 staff and are in the process of recruiting six more.
Founded in northern Tasmania in 2005 by owner and CEO Brad Smith, braaap is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. Read more »

40 new jobs as ACL factory rises from the ashes

Job creation is the number one priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government. That’s why it is very pleasing to see Launceston’s ACL Bearing Company return from its closure more than 12 months ago to be back in business and re-employing around 40 of its former employees.

This is a significant jobs boost for the northern economy. We know that the northern economy has not been growing at the same pace as other parts of the state, which is why the Liberal Government’s recent State Budget included a $60 million Northern Cities Major Development initiative, as well as nearly $200 million in new capital investment in the North and North West. Read more »