Honourable Jo Palmer MLC

Legislative Council

Liberal Member for Rosevears
Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Women
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence


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Such an honour to open the 43rd Lions Clubs International District Convention in Launceston. A life of service to others is everything these beautiful Tasmanians strive for and we are so lucky to have them in each of our communities.

Always beautiful on these historic days to spend time with those who have served. I'll never say no to hug from the lovely Arthur Kingston, President of Exeter RSL.

Fantastic to host Tasmanian wine and seafood producers in Parliament House last night. There are some amazing people working hard in stunning locations across Tasmania. It was great to hear their stories and see the passion they have for Tassie and their produce. The wine and seafood industries are important exporters and employers for Tasmania, and we’re proud to support you.

What a brilliant opportunity to sit around the kitchen with Tamar NRM and members of our farming community at Elverton at Blessington. Great discussions focusing on sustainability, biosecurity and general agriculture issues. These are the best conversations and I thank those involved for their openness.

The Greens Beach Golf club the community celebrated the planting of a tree in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II My friend Bridget Archer MP - Liberal Member for Bass unveiled a beautiful plaque in memory followed by a gorgeous high tea in the fantastic club rooms the golf club have to offer. The wonderful committee welcomed my Electorate Officer Lisa and showed her around the exciting plans and projects for the club moving forward.

What a morning at the Speak Out Advocacy conference. Always fun to catch up with lovely Bronte and a big thank you to Anthony for looking after me. Speak Out Advocacy is all about independent advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities; making sure their voice is loud, their human rights are upheld and they can participate in any part of life they wish to without barriers. Big thank you Bill Shorten for virtually attending and opening up the floor to questions.

The faces of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture 💕💕 Treated to a wonderful evening in Scottsdale celebrating exceptional farmers. Thank you Felicity Richards for sharing your story of love, life and learning. Your super power is most certainly enthusiasm!! And congratulations to Deb Morice and the TWiA team for a brilliant gala dinner.

Nothing short of a thrill to finally meet Australian sporting legend and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley AO. Multiple gold, silver and bronze Paralympic medalist in wheelchair racing and now the new chair of the board of the National Disability Insurance Agency. Listening to him speak at the National Disability Ministers Meeting in Perth this week was simply inspiring and challenging.

Happy Birthday Exeter Child Care 🎂 30 years of caring for our local children. A beautiful evening celebrating with staff past and present, and families.

Short bread biscuits and a hot cuppa ☕️. Lovely to share the morning with my beautiful friends at Exeter Probus. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts. Always a great conversation.

Beautiful to share with my Charlie, the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club season opening at Beauty Point. Glorious day with such lovely friends. Here’s to a fabulous season

“Gone Fishing”. Wish I could say I caught that lovely looking fish but alas, it wasn’t my morning.

What a beautiful gift this will make! Thank you to the Riverside Men's Shed for hosting me today. The shed is a fantastic addition to the Men's shed community and our electorate of Rosevears.

A fantastic insight into the vital world of seed production and processing today. We were so fortunate to visit Morgan Leath and his team at Tasmanian Seed Dressing and Storage. This is a crucial part of the agricultural chain, storing, cleaning and preparing seeds of all kinds for the next phase of their life. Growth in this sector is being driven by investment in

My most favourite moment at Agfest Field Days, Tasmania 2022 💚 Enjoying this little ladies company at the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association craft table. Congratulations to the exceptional Rural Youth Tasmania volunteers for a mighty effort. Hope you get a well earned rest

Fantastic to visit Nyrstar Australia - Hobart and talk to General Manager, Britt Butler about their plans to attract more females to their workforce. I spoke to Jane, an electrician, and Molly, who works in purification, who are both furthering their careers in Nyrstar. There are very exciting things happening here, and I’m looking forward to working with Britt and her team in the future.

Excitement was at an all time high this morning at the opening of a new research dairy at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture site in Elliott. With the Tasmanian Government contributing $3 million to the upgrades this is a new world class facility that will support leading dairy research and will continue the agricultural growth and innovation in Tasmania. Congratulations to the TIA team who made this happen.

Ladies Day at Bridgenorth Football Club. I just love this club. The most generous hospitality and always up for a laugh. Thanks for having Andrew and I for lunch today. Go Parrots

Merry Christmas!!! A winter Christmas celebration always gets you in the spirit. Our National Seniors Association knows how to put on a good festive feast. Great friendship, great fun and great advocacy for the issues that face our senior Tasmanians. Shirley, as always, the host of the year.

Seaweed production is a fascinating enterprise, with so much potential here in Tasmania. It was a picture perfect day on the East Coast at Sea Forest Australia at Triabunna and I was blown away by the innovation, passion and drive of Sam Elsom and his team including Rocky, Shane and Jock. Very excited to announce over $540,000 in new funding for Sea Forest, a Tasmanian company which is producing seaweed for livestock feed that will significantly reduce emissions from cattle and sheep.Sea Forest Australia

Such an honour to continue as Patron of Beauty Point Bowls & Community Club and be presented with the new Beauty Point “Pirates” cap. Such great community people.

My first podcast interview with the amazing and inspiring Mitch McPherson from SPEAK UP Stay ChatTY. SPEAK UP Stay ChatTY promote positive mental health and prevent suicide by reducing the stigma and encouraging people to seek help. I didn’t think we’d both end up in tears but to be honest, we all have a vulnerable side.

3 water sale launches in 2 weeks! Our farmers must be happy. Another exciting irrigation project for Tasmanian Irrigation launching Water Sales for the Greater Meander Irrigation Scheme augmentation. Great to join Tim Schmidt and daughters at their Woodlands property where the extra high surety irrigation water will help with future planning especially with their hemp crops.

Some great questions were asked! This group of year 6 students from Riverside Primary School asking ‘Who has the power?’ ‘What is democracy?’ ‘How are laws made in Australia?’ ‘How does Parliament work?’ ‘Why does my vote count?’

Stunning afternoon at Beauty Point, Port Dalrymple Yatch Club for the annual Women on Water event. The girls were in fine form and ready to hit the water.

A cook, an accountant and me. Three women just sharing our stories of triumph, defeat and all the stuff in between. Amazing to share the stage at the Women in Business National Caravaning Industry Conference with Annette Sym & Nicole Hurkens. 💙💙💙

Just joyful!! The 2022 Highland Dancing Champion of Champions Event held right here in Launceston. Highland Dancing’s most prestigious National Event saw hundreds visit our city and compete against the very best. Congratulations to Highland dancing Tasmania for presenting such a beautiful event.

What a stunning day to enjoy an afternoon at Trevallyn Bowls and Community Club. 52nd Legacy Day – raising funds for Launceston Legacy to support young families.

Great to be with my boys at the Opening of the 2022 Junior Soccer Season. Congratulations to the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association. It’s going to be a brilliant season!

A huge day being sworn into Cabinet. So grateful for the support and encouragement of my amazing colleagues but even more grateful for the love of my beautiful family.

A special place to sit and remember in time for Anzac Day. I especially love the shadow 💙. Congratulations to Sonya Byrne for her determination to bring this installation to Launceston. Launceston Legacy Inc. Launceston RSL

Wine Tas In Parliament I moved a motion on the contribution the wine industry makes to the local economy. With the electorate of Rosevears being in the heart of the Tamar Valley wine region it’s so important we acknowledge these wonderful producers. Coincidentally Wine Tasmania visited Parliament House and I was pleased to meet members of the Board - Chair, Martin Rees and CEO, Sheralee Davies who do an excellent job to support local wine makers and promote Tasmanian wine globally

Little Aths Another incredible season for the Launceston Little Athletics Centre. Congratulations to all our athletes, big and tiny!!! With excellent participation numbers this season, well done to the committee and volunteers who make it all happen. Thanks for having me at the final meet for the season at Windsor park precinct and I wish all athletes competing at the State Championships next weekend in Penguin the very best of luck!

Clifford Craig A brilliant afternoon celebrating International Women's Day at the Clifford Craig Foundation Luncheon. Great to join with other women in our community looking at how we can continue to forward "gender equality". A great pleasure to represent our Minister for Women, Madeleine Ogilvie MP at this event and to hear from Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC.

QVMag Incredibly special to present the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Arts Foundation Award Medallion to the extraordinary Raymond Arnold. This beautiful piece of work “Elsewhere World” will now hang here in Launceston for the enjoyment of generations to come. Thank you Elise Archer MP Minister for Arts for allowing me to represent you at this special event

Longford Some very flash wheels on display at the launch of Longford Motorama. Great to join Rob Fairs and supporters to hear of the exciting plans for 2022.

New Citizens What an honour to be part of these special moments, sharing in the citizenship ceremonies of over 150 new Australians who now call Launceston and the West Tamar home

What a magnificent job the members of the Riverside Men’s Shed have done framing my first Parliamentary photo of the Legislative Council. A huge thank you to Preben Kristensen for taking such care. This will certainly hang with pride in my office.

Never underestimate the power of friendship and community. Christmas with the gorgeous members of the Exeter Probus Club who certainly know how to look out for each other and have a good laugh. Fabulous meal with thanks to the Legana Tavern!

A sing-a-long, Christmas cheer and way too much lunch… A magical day with Roy, Betty and all the residents at Masonic Care Tamar Valley Court.

A step back in time as we hit the dance floor. Lovely to have the company of Tania Rattray MLC who joined Andrew for the judging of the Belle of the Ball. Thank you to Dennis and the amazing committee for putting on such a fabulous evening.

Promise for Afghanistan 💕 What an emotional and beautiful lunch. A sea of Launceston women coming together to not only raise money but to reach out to the women and girls in Afghanistan, and to have women from our own local Hazara community Launceston sharing in a feast courtesy of Alida at Penny Royal. Congratulations to the dynamic organising committee, $50,000 was raised!!!! I have never been so proud of the women in our community who saw a need and sprung to life. What an honour to MC this special event.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was worth it! MS Walk + Run + Roll raising money to support Tasmanians living with Multiple Sclerosis. My fabulous family walked with me in honour of my dear dad who lost his battle with MS 31 years ago 💔

What a night! The Bridgenorth Footy Club Annual Presentation and Trophy Night. Quite emotional as the Club honoured some of its stalwarts like Bobby Beams. And more than a few laughs as J-Rod was honoured for his 300 games. But favourite cuddle of the night always belongs to Life Member Valma Walker.

Great to attend the AGM of Community Care Tasmania with Bridget Archer MP - Liberal Member for Bass yesterday. Discussing plans for the future.

Although I could not have bowled a more horrendous 'first bowl of the season', what a wonderful day we had at the Season Opening for the Beauty Point Bowls Club. Ripper people with such a strong sense of community. The new upgraded facilities are coming along beautifully which will ensure this is a top notch space for our club members and anyone who wants to share in some fun and friendship.

Great to spend time with some of my favourite people in West Tamar. Wonderful to have the opportunity to stay in touch with the issues that really matter to the residents of Tamar Valley Court, Masonic Care Tasmania and to be joined by Bridget Archer MP - Liberal Member for Bass.

A brilliant end to the 2021 season for the Launceston City FC. Congrats to all the winners, runners up, and those recognised for their commitment to this Club.

Not a lot of wind but the sun was certainly shining for the season opening for the Port Dalrymple Yatch Club. Always great to join Club Patron Councillor Peter Kearney and Life Member Betty Shepherd.

This extraordinary Tasmanian business, Tamar Hydro Pty Ltd, just off the main road at Exeter is the largest manufacturer of hydro turbines in Australia. Since the business started in 1938 it’s had a few changes but is now a thriving local business exporting turbines worldwide.

"A fair go for every Tasmanian youth". What an honour to join my dear friend Rob Fairs as he launched the Rob Fairs Foundation. I am so proud of him. This foundation has been years in the making and Rob's passion for our young people is exemplary.

What could be better than a hot Christmas lunch in the middle of July 🎄 Huge thank you to Beaconsfield House for not only a fabulous spread, but wonderful company.

In awe of how hard the Beauty Point Bowls Club has worked (I’m talking about you Greg!!) to build the new unisex disability and ladies toilets. I know Sarah Courtney MP will be thrilled to see this. Thank you so much for including me in your special lunch to celebrate the clubs achievements over the past year.

We laughed, we cried and we remembered Alex Gadomski and Maddie Riewoldt The Alex Gadomski Fellowship Maddie Riewoldt's Vision. To stand beside Alex's parents, Paul and Janet, knowing of the endless pain of losing their son Alex at the age of 21 to Bone Marrow Failure is beyond hard and every year I host this event fighting back the tears wondering if I could be as strong as they are if it were my son. Our only path is to raise money for research into Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes which is done through the Menzies Research Centre. What on honour to interview Dr Kirsten Fairfax & Ariel Simpson who work each day to try and find better treatments and a cure. Paul & Janet, your courage is inspiring and heartbreaking all at once.

"The Curve of Nature" Mural - Students from Riverside Primary School, Launceston have helped local mural artist Melski McVee Artist bring the wall to life using the paint-by-numbers method and creating a depiction of the Tamar Island Wetlands and the elegant swan. A big thank you goes to the students for helping brighten the walls in the centre.

I always walk away from sharing a morning with Probus feeling inspired and just a little wiser. Thank you to my colleague Tania Rattray MLC for sharing this lovely time with us all.

August 18th is the day we pause and reflect on the service of our Vietnam Veterans. Lest we forget.

What a treat to be invited to my Son's school, East Launceston Primary School, to share a little about my role in the Legislative Council. Really good questions from these bright young minds.

Speaking on behalf of Minister Courtney for Events. The Australian Musical Theatre Festival is held annually for the musical theatre industry and the Tasmanian community. So many workshops, shows and events! A great line up of national and Tasmanian talent and some stunning Australian shows.

Tassie Leaders step forward!! How inspiring to attend the Tasmanian Leaders Program Graduation. Such a diverse range of community leaders taking part in this program.

A police officer, a fire station officer and an ambulance officer. All Tasmanian women who have forged the path for the generations who have followed them into careers in the frontline.

18 new inductees onto the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women including the fabulous Janine Healey for her service to the arts, business, community and human rights.

It may not have been the best weather but enthusiasm was high at the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club Woman on Water.

Clown Doctors are in town! Launching the Annual Road Side Appeal at the LGH, raising money to keep our beautiful clown doctors in our public hospitals across Tasmania.

Introducing Laura Moore. I am so delighted to introduce my Electorate Officer. Laura is an extraordinary Tasmanian woman who’s warmth, enthusiasm and professionalism will be a huge asset to our beautiful electorate of Rosevears (and if you think you recognise her, well among her many talents, she also presented the weekend weather for many years).

Laura lives with her husband and two little boys in the heart of our electorate, Legana.

The recently opened Legana Pump Track

Great to be able to sit this afternoon and chat at Masonic Care, Tamar Court. This is such a wonderful example - always looking out for each other. Always feels like a home away from home spending time at Exeter when I pop in for a visit.

As Vice Patron of the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club it’s great to be part of a discussion with Bridget Archer MP and club members around the slipway environmental upgrade.

Reunited with my commerce teacher, Marg Oliver from TAFE after 34 years. Congratulations on 40 years of service at TAFE and to all those recognised at the Premier's Long Service Recognition Event in Launceston.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Premier’s Long Service Recognition, celebrating those who have worked across Government for 40 years.

THANK YOU ROSEVEARS!!! I am so humbled that you have trusted me to be our community’s representative in Tasmania’s Legislative Council. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with every one of you as we rebuild Tasmania. A special thank you to my small but loyal team ... and above all my husband and children who took this journey with me 💙

Delivering my Inaugural Speech

My Wonderful Family

Daffodil 🌼 day! Cancer didn’t take a break because Covid-19 hit. If you can give to Cancer Council Tasmania, please do.

Singapore Bakers Cafe

Beauty Point Bowls

Charlie - Art

Flowery Gully - Beam Bros

Op Shopping Beauty Point

Riverside Mens Shed

Rowella Hall