1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> History >> 2000s, This century >> 2002 January-July

January 31
An expanded Fox Free Taskforce is announced.

February 8
Scottsdale Forest EcoCentre (combination of forest tourism, regional promotion and Forestry Tasmania's offices) is officially opened.

February 16
The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) appoints Ricky Ponting as the new captain of the Australian 1-day international team for the 2002 Australian tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

February 22
Janie Dickenson becomes Australia's youngest mayor in Australian history when she is elected mayor of Launceston at 27.

February 23
Premier launches a $2m catamaran to be operated from the Port Arthur Historic Site, replacing the 50-year-old MV Bundeena which had been operating for 16 years.

Proposal to introduce security cameras in Tasmanian taxis.

Intelligent Island Board announces it will allocate up to $20m to establish a Bioinformatics Centre of excellence. The Centre will directly contribute to fostering innovation and enhancing the State's IT base.

May 1
General urban speed limits reduced from 60 kmh to 50 kmh in CBD and urban zones in Tasmania.

May 13
Digital television for commercial services goes to air again following the rebuilding of the transmission tower on Mt Wellington.

May 16
Alec Campbell, Australia's last Gallipoli veteran, dies at a Hobart nursing home, aged 103 years.

May 21
TT-Line officially assumes ownership of its 2 new Bass Strait passenger ferries, Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2 which will replace the 16-year-old original Spirit of Tasmania.

Work starts on the construction of a new $350,000 grandstand and clubrooms at Meercroft Park in Devonport.

May 23
Funding for the Fox Free Taskforce of $1.2m each year for two years is announced in the State Budget.

May 26
Premier announces that a nacelle (one of the components of a wind turbine tower used in wind farms) assembly plant will be built in the Waratah-Wynyard municipality.

June 5
Agreement to connect Woolnorth wind farm to the Tasmanian power grid.

June 7
Hydro Tasmania and General Electric announce partnership to upgrade Poatina Power Station.

June 8
Tasmanian Government advertises for expressions of interest to construct the $30m Meander Dam.

June 16
Tasmania is rocked by an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale. The epicentre is thought to be near Lake Sorell.

June 20
Premier announces a State election will be held on 20 July 2002.

June 24
Number of confirmed cases of meningococcal infection in Tasmania for the year is 16.

June 26
Brighton Council announces that construction of a $100m waste-to-energy plant will begin on December 1. The plant would process all Brighton municipal solid waste that doesn't get recycled in addition to some industrial waste. It would provide an energy source of 17 megawatts - enough to supply 17,000 homes.

July 3
The $20m Southwood project is approved. Approval includes the construction of a regrowth sawmill, rotary peel veneer mill, woodchip mill and log merchandising yard on the site.

State Government announces that up to $1m will be made available to community groups unable to afford dramatic public liability insurance price rises.

The first electricity from the Woolnorth wind farm appears on the Tasmanian power grid.

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