Edition 7
May 2020

The Spill
$10,000 available in new COVID-19 community grants

Our business is here to make life better for every Tasmanian, so as the impacts of the coronavirus continue, we looked for new ways to help.

We've launched a special round of COVID-19 community grants of up to $10,000 to help volunteer, not-for-profit and community groups who are directly engaged with helping Tasmanians affected by the pandemic.

Applications are open until COB Friday 5 June 2020.

More details here
...And the grants keep coming

In addition to the new grants above, 2020 is the fourth year of our annual Community Grant Program, which makes direct contributions of up to $5,000 to organisations improving the lives of ordinary Tasmanians.

When we launched applications for the 2020 application round in February, no one could have known what this year had in store. It is only right that we’ve announced a record 11 recipients this year.

Congratulations to the following groups, and we look forward to seeing your work and projects over the coming months:

  • Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club
  • Sheffield School Association
  • Teach for Australia
  • Derwent Valley SES
  • Dress for Success
  • Southern Tasmania Axemen's Association
  • Kentish Regional Clinic
  • North West Woodcraft Guild
  • Edge Radio
  • Waverley School Association
  • Resource Work Cooperative
Find out more
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More help to come

No one can say for sure just how COVID-19 will continue to affect our lives, so we are planning more initiatives to help the community.

‘Laptops for children in Launceston’ is a Facebook group started to help Tasmanian kids with their learning during social isolation. Our IT team got involved and prepped more than 20 laptops and iPads for use in schools and at home.

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Essential workers

It is understandable that many of us have been left feeling anxious, confused or even afraid by recent events, so we wanted to give you a little reassurance.

It’s important for you to know that your lights are going to stay on and that we are still working to power the state’s economy and its recovery. Like many of us, our people have been working harder than ever – whether it’s on the road, at our power stations or from home – and finding new ways to work, because what we do is essential to Tasmania’s health and prosperity.

So we asked a few people to take a little time out of their day to make this video for you. We hope you like it.

Navigating COVID-19 as a mum working from home

Starting a new job amid a global pandemic, Zoe's workplace was nothing like the bustling open-space office she was expecting. Her office was her home, her desk buddies are her husband and two children.

How she navigated the complexities of working a brand new job and educating her children from home is admirable, to say the least.

Find out here >

For an essential worker, there's no such thing as lockdown

Getting your head around a new job can be daunting at the best of times, but when there is a global pandemic happening at the same time...

Alyssa, our Cadet Hydrographer, accepted the challenge. With her team on the North-West working together but working at a distance and continuing our role as Tasmania's water caretaker.

Find out here >

The underground world of hydropower

Sure our dams are impressive, but while you stand in awe of what's before you, you’re missing a whole world hidden below.

Find out more
Fly fishing tips for the off-season

Norm Cribbin shows us what we can do while the fishing season is closed. From checking lines, to tying flies, find out how you can prepare for the season opening in August.

The off-season is also a time to research new waterways and check the latest fish stocks across the state. For all key season dates check out the Inland Fisheries website.

Time for a fly check
Update on our land and lakes

In the first half of May, we were very pleased to announce the reopening of our land and lakes for day use, but there are still restrictions to access which are based on your home address.

  • You can launch a boat on a lake if it is within your municipality.
  • Other recreation and exercise on our land is limited to within 30 kilometres of your home.
  • Campgrounds and toilet blocks remain closed.

If you have questions about a specific location, visit our website for more information.

With earlier restrictions and closures to the public in March, our goals was to help keep Tasmanians at home, and prevent the virus from spreading. Current restrictions are consistent with advice from the State Government and other agencies, such as Parks & Wildlife. We would like to remind people that visiting lakes outside your area can affect the health and safety of our local communities and we want to thank you for complying and helping to keep everyone safe.

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