Author: Lucy MacDonald

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

The Liberal Speaker, Sue Hickey, says she is worried just five per cent of the State Government’s proposed housing development in Hobart’s south might be set aside for social housing. Read more: Lack of social housing in government development alarming, Speaker says Source: ABC News

A Tasmanian group that has been accused of sharing “anti-trans gender” material on social media is invited by Hobart City Council to take part in designing trans-inclusionary posters for public bathrooms. Read more: 'Anti-trans' group invited to help develop trans-inclusive posters for public toilets Source: ABC News

A Hobart council study finds its yearly weed-killing bill would rise from $114,000 to $1.7 million if it switched from Roundup, classified by the World Health Organisation as “probably carcinogenic”, to a steam process. Read more: Council urged to continue using herbicide classified as 'probably carcinogenic' Source: ABC News

Shannon James Duffy pleads not guilty to the shooting murder of 22-year-old Jarrod Turner, whose body was found on the side of a rural road. Read more: Gagebrook man pleads not guilty to alleged shooting murder Source: ABC News

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