Tasmania

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Donnacha Hurley: ‘We are experiencing significant challenges in recruitment due to near full employment and our inability to attract foreign nationals due to housing costs.’

A long and varied career brought Corkman Donnacha Hurley into the investment world 18 years ago when he decided to establish a holding company with st(...)

Philip Lynch: ‘Soon, at last, it will be time to experience summer in Ireland.’

As we edge deeper into Tasmania’s winter, misty mornings, scant sunshine and darkness by five o’clock are the norm. I’m now starting to get excited ab(...)

Philip Lynch: “A few months ago, after years of listening to CDs, I finally got around to buying a second-hand record player”

Here in Tasmania where vast tracts of our fragile wilderness have been razed by this summer’s devastating bushfires, rainfall is still a stingy affair(...)

Unsung heroes: Members from the Tasmania Fire Service working to control the recent bushfires. Photograph: Heath Holden/Getty Images

The water-bombing helicopters tackling the nearest bushfire to us here in southwest Tasmania have called it quits. After two weeks, the last of the ev(...)

Firefighters battle after a blaze forced the evacuation of residents of 170 homes in the Tasman district on Wednesday. Photograph:  Evan Barnes/Getty Images

A huge bushfire that has been raging in the parched New Zealand countryside for four days has forced hundreds of residents to be evacuated from their (...)

Water bombing helicopters have been regularly deployed in recent weeks in an attempt to put out bushfires in Tasmania.  Photograph: Heath Holden/Getty Images

The calendar finally ticked over into February last week, officially ending the hottest January Australia has ever seen. This is a sobering fact, give(...)

A man walks through flood water in Rosslea, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, February 2nd 2019. Photograph: Andrew Rankin/ EPA

Once-in-a-century flooding in part of the eastern Australian state of Queensland looks set to worsen as the nation’s weather bureau on Saturday warned(...)

Beachgoers  at Bondi Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, which saw temperatures over 40 degrees, and drought conditions. Photograph: AAP Image/Ben Rushton/via Reuters

Australia endured its hottest month on record in January, with sweltering conditions expected to persist through April, the country’s weather bureau s(...)

Philip Lynch’s home in Tasmania is surrounded by gum trees.

In contrast to Far North Queensland, where torrential rain has led to widespread flooding with over 400mms falling in 24hrs, here where I live in drou(...)

Ted Felton: ‘Even the smallest provincial town has a half-decent pool. Here’s our six-year-old, Robbie, at the Avoca pool in the Victorian Goldfields, a couple of hours northwest of Melbourne.’

South Australia was one of the hottest places on Earth this week, with record-breaking temperatures approaching 50°C in some parts. Around 200,000 peo(...)

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