Date posted: 26/02/2019 3 min read

Tasmania Regional News February 2019

Find out what’s been happening in Tasmania.

In Brief

  • Regional Manager Update
  • Regional Chair Update

Regional Manager Update

Happy New Year to all members and hope you are having a great start to 2019!

Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Member Networking event in Launceston

On Wednesday 20 February it was a great pleasure to welcome CA ANZ Vice President for 2019, Peter Rupp FCA to speak with members and guests and present certificates to new Members, a new Fellow and milestone, merit/award and Certificate of Public Practice recipients at The Sebel. Afterwards recipients, other members and their guests had the opportunity to network with each other. Thanks again to Hays Accountancy and Finance for their continued support of the event.

That same day while in Launceston I took the opportunity to visit Ruddicks where I presented Julia Farrell CA with her Tasmanian Young Regional Advocate 2018 certificate. Julia has made a significant contribution to the profession through her long term role on the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Northern Young Professionals Network, the Tax Institute’s Launceston Young Tax professionals Discussion Group and the illuminate:nextgen Challenge. The presentation was a great opportunity for Ruddicks Partners and staff to recognise Julia for all her hard work and there is no doubt her award is very much deserved. Congratulations again Julia!

Tasmanian Government policy advocacy and member engagement

CA ANZ and the Tasmanian Regional Council to engage members in further policy advocacy and activities with government

In brief:

  • Tasmanian Government policy advocacy and member engagement plans are being developed
  • To engage local CAs in advocacy that creates value for you, your clients and communities
  • Aims to increase awareness, visibility and impact of CA ANZ advocacy and profile in Tasmania

Our Advocacy team has commenced work with the Tasmanian Regional Council to help develop and implement coordinated advocacy and communication plans with the Tasmanian Government on policy issues relevant to members.

Regional Council engagement

The proposed objectives of the plans discussed at meetings with the Regional Council include:

  • Identifying and communicating more opportunities for experienced, local CAs to engage in policy advocacy and activities with the Tasmanian Government,
  • Raising awareness and visibility of our advocacy with members and the Tasmanian Government,
  • Increasing the influence and impact of CA ANZ advocacy,
  • Increasing CA ANZ’s recognition as trusted advisers with the Tasmanian Government, and
  • Raising the profile of CA ANZ and members with the Tasmanian Government

Thank you to all the Tasmanian Regional Councillors who have volunteered to be Member Champions for advocacy. If you have any queries or comments, please contact the Australian Government Affairs Leader, Sarah Davidson - sarah.davidson@charteredaccountantsanz.com

As always, please feel free to share any feedback with me and I look forward to seeing you throughout the year.

Andrew Quinlan CA
Senior Account Manager – Victoria & Tasmania

Regional Chair Update

Welcome to the first Tasmanian Regional Council update of 2019 and my first writing to you as Chair. While it now seems like a distant memory, I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing break over Christmas and New Year and are refreshed and ready to grab 2019 by the horns.

I would like to start this month by thanking my predecessor Paul Breen for his exceptional service to the organisation as Chair for the past two years. Paul's outstanding passion and dedication for accounting in Tasmania has set a wonderful example for me as I step into this new role and I am delighted he will continue to contribute to our profession as a member of the Council moving forward.

On this same note, I would also like to thank outgoing CA ANZ Regional Manager – Victoria & Tasmania Duncan Pittard and wish him well in his new role. Duncan was based in Victoria but could never be accused of neglecting his duties to Tasmanian members and with his knowledge and commitment has played a pivotal role in seeing CA ANZ flourish here over his 15 years serving the organisation.

The start of the year is a perfect time to look at what to expect for the next 12 months and in Tasmania it is safe to say we will all be kept busy by a number of exciting developments and changes.

Several high-profile projects are set for completion, including a host of hotels across all corners of the state. With international visitor numbers growing by 15 per cent in Tasmania in the 12 months leading up to September 2018 and close to $1 billion dollars being spent at small tourism businesses across the same period, developments such as this are vital to continue the momentum of the state's economy.

After being derelict for 30 years, the $20 million redevelopment of the CH Smith site in Launceston is on schedule to be finished by March and Hobart is expected to finally see the completion of the Myer site redevelopment in early 2020. Having both iconic locations up and running again will no-doubt add to the vibrancy of both CBDs and provide a welcome boost to local businesses in their respective areas.

At the time of writing, the details of the Hobart City Deal are soon to be announced. The potential for a number of exciting projects to arise from the deal, including the UTAS STEM centre in Hobart and the activation of Macquarie Point with an Antarctic precinct, also signals full speed ahead for the Tasmanian economy if delivered.

To wrap up, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Tasmania and I’m sure this will also be reflected in your individual employment. I look forward to working with you throughout the year and as always, if there is an issue you would like the Council’s view on or assistance with, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Lyndal Kimpton FCA

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