Author: Lucy MacDonald

Almost six years after her father died in a mining accident on Tasmania’s west coast, Tameka Sylvester is still waiting for answers — with the family learning of inquest news via social media. Read more: 'It's up in your news feed': Miner's family learns of inquest news via social media Source: ABC News

A Tasmanian councillor announces her resignation live on radio, saying ongoing “personal attacks” and negative comments on social media have taken “too much” of a toll. Read more: 'The public wants blood': Councillor quits live on radio over 'personal attacks' Source: ABC News

Mandatory drug and alcohol testing for elected representatives could soon be a reality for a second Tasmanian council, but the proposal is proving to be divisive — with one councillor labelling it “highly invasive”. Read more: Hobart City Council to debate drug testing its own elected members Source: ABC News

When there’s a smell of smoke in the air, bushfire survivor Michael King still feels jittery. He describes it as similar to “how a Vietnam veteran might feel if he hears the sound of a chopper overhead”. Read more: After Michael ran into his burning house he was classified as missing, feared dead Source: ABC […]

From electronic pet trackers, paying cyclists to commute to work and driverless cars, Hobart City Council is floating some innovations to make it a smarter city. And, strangely, that could also mean Wi-Fi free zones. Read more: No mobile, Wi-Fi or bluetooth: This city wants to unplug to get smarter Source: ABC News

Staff at the Derwent Valley Council have written a letter to the General Manager urging him to “take any action available” to ban the mayor from council chambers. Read more: 'Far from functional': Staff calls to ban mayor from the Derwent Valley Council Source: ABC News

Former Tasmanian Labor MP-turned independent Madeleine Ogilvie says she will nominate for the vacancy created by Scott Bacon’s resignation but will not reveal if she will rejoin Labor. Read more: Madeleine Ogilvie to contest countback in Clark after Scott Bacon quits Source: ABC News

At first glance, a nondescript car park may not seem the likeliest of places for a tug-of-war between a high-profile developer and community group — but with four years gone and three plans rejected, there looks to be no end in sight. Read more: These residents — locked in a battle with a developer for […]

Hobart ratepayers wanting to limit building heights in the city are celebrating the results of an elector poll but some within the council are unphased, with one alderman calling the turnout “pathetic”. Read more: Hobart voters back building height limits in non-binding poll labelled a 'farce' Source: ABC News

The Hobart City Council recently voted down an apartment development amid a housing crisis, but why would it do that? The answer lies with Tasmania’s planning laws. Read more: Sometimes Tasmanian councillors can't approve developments even if they want to. This is why Source: ABC News

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