Street art submissions

Street art poster final

Rising Phoenix Studios is seeking contributors for our next project, Street Art, a publication scheduled for a 2016 release in both print and electronic formats. Street Art is a literary project aiming to give voice to those who are currently homeless or have had their lives touched by homelessness in some form. It will be an anthology collection of short stories, poetry, photography and art – a celebration of passions, endurance, hopes and dreams. Proceeds from the sale of this work to be donated to the food van services currently providing for the homeless in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.

For details go to:

Local music spotlight: Slow Descent

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The North-West band Slow Descent have recently won the Foster a Band competition, held by The Advocate, that will let them perform against other bands across the state for the chance to play at this year’s Falls Festival. Slow Descent defeated the Penguin-Ulverstone situated band Kingfall Official for the paid slot at the Marion Bay festival.

Slow Descent have reinvigorated themselves with a new direction of pop-punk music based of a single riff from their guitarist; a throwback to their high-school days of heavy metal music. Lead drummer Brogan Walker explained that heavy metal music can be very exhausting due to the genre’s technicality but pop-punk is more about just playing and enjoying the music itself.

The acts that garner the three highest numbers of votes will secure themselves a paid slot at Falls Festival line-up. Voting is not yet open for the next stage.

Here is a link to their song, Fourth Floor

For more information visit:

Jakob Barrett

Wynyard medieval festival


The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar will be hosting a weekend long event on the 26th to 27th of September, that will play host to medieval fantasies and ye olde merry making.

Displays of sword skills, jousting and archery including Horseback Archery, fresh from the USA tournaments are the big focus this year.

Other events include:  a Medieval dress competition, the classic Tug-O-War, belly dancing,  games for the little ones, food and shopping stalls, a bar for weary revelers, even camping and musical entertainment on Saturday night. There will be something to suit the whole family.

Festival gates open 9:00 am at Lyons Park, Wynyard.

Keagan Belbin

Dog parks and recreation

Dog owners are set to get a big win this financial year, with a new off-the-leash dog park in Devonport receiving the green light.

The new park would be located near the Splash Aquatic Centre, providing a place free from traffic and distractions where owners can take their dogs to exercise, play and maybe even meet some other furry friends. It will feature plenty of seating, shade and water areas. There will even be an agility play ground for the dogs to try out.

This park seems to be the answer a lot of local dog owners have been asking for, with current options for off-the-leash areas being minimal. Now owners can let their four legged friend run and play in safety. The development is set to take place during the 2015-16 financial period, with planning already underway.

Keagan Belbin

Earthquake recorded off Tasmania’s north coast

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale struck King Island at 12:44:55 (AEST). Earthquakes are common along the Bass Strait but they are usually not very strong and are often unnoticeable but the residents said that they could feel the quakes across the island.

Geoscience Australia reported that the quake’s epicentre lies approximately 200 kilometres westwards of King Island. There are no dangers of tsunamis to King Island or Tasmania according to the Tsunami Warning Centre.

Further details may be found here:

Geoscience Australia

Jakob Barrett

Turnbull Defeats Abbott in Liberal Leadership Challenge

Malcolm Turnbull has been successful in the Liberal party leadership challenge this evening with Julie Bishop being reelected deputy leader. Despite various MP’s endorsements, the 54 to 44 vote sealed Tony Abbott’s fate. One of Turnbull’s reasons for the ballot was that apparently enough people had “made up their minds up about Mr. Abbott’s leadership”.

The results of the leadership spill seem to corroborate this theory.

Jakob Barrett

Liberal Leadership Challenge

After months of poor polling and internal conflict, a challenge has been issued to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Liberal’s ex-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had enough.  He announced in the news today that he will be challenging Tony Abbott for the position of Prime Minister with a leadership ballot. Turnbull stated in a media conference “It is not the fault of individual ministers. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs. He has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs.”

Turnbull said that the government needs a new style of leadership that respects the voters’ intelligence, examined complex issues, set a course of action and justifies it. The government needs advocacy, not slogans. He went on to say, “If we continue with Mr. Abbott as Prime minister, it is clear enough what will happen. He will cease to be Prime Minister and Mr. Shorten will succeed him.”

The leadership vote is set to happen shortly.

Jakob Barrett

Light the Night Devonport 2015


The Leukemia Foundation Light the Night event was held on September 11 to help raise money and awareness for families affected by blood cancers.  The event in Devonport was a walk hosted in conjunction with the Devonport Rotary Club with additional support by TT-Line.

The night started at the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club on the Bluff.  Participants walked along Victoria Parade with lanterns to light their way and ended the walk at Roundhouse Park. This was a good chance for the community to rally behind such a valuable cause. Representatives from Tasmania’s Thylacine 501st Garrison came dressed as Star Wars Stormtroopers , which helped to make this a fun family event. The Rotary Club of Devonport hosted a barbecue and their volunteers provided exemplary support for the night.

Additional Light the Night events are scheduled all across Australia and further information can be found here:

Jakob Barrett