Honourable Jo Palmer MLC

Legislative Council

Liberal Member for Rosevears


Community News

So special to join the Women's Legal Service Tasmania Inc today launching its podcast ‘Rule of Thumb’. The series was made to offer listeners an insight into the difficulties and inequalities women face in legal procedures. While this podcast is a brilliant tool for any woman who finds herself in need of legal advice, it also has powerful messages to help us all be a better active bystander. What do you do if you think a friend, family member or neighbour is suffering from abuse? You can find advice right here.

Last week I had the honour of visiting Government House to present the re-elected President, Hon. Craig Farrell MLC to our new Governor, Her Excellency Barbara Baker AC. Such a privilege to attend with my fellow members.

What a morning at the Makers & More Market. Sensationally organised and so many different Stalls to look at. Was so impressed with young Willow who had hand made quite an assortment of products including stress balls and glitter water! Willow is using the money she makes to help her cousin buy a Beach Wheelchair. You legend Willow!!!!

Need to recycle batteries or mobile phones?? Here's your solution. Last week I joined Store Manager, Wes and Minister Michael Ferguson at Woolworths Riverside Tas to check out these new recycling units. So incredibly convenient and right at the front of the store.

How do we get more girls involved in action sports like surfing, mountain biking or skateboarding? We joined Minister Jane Howlett - Liberal Member for Prosser at the launch of the Girls in Action Sports Project.

Exciting news – Three Cuts Distiller's Release Gin has taken out the Best International Contemporary Gin and Double Gold Medal at the American Distilling Institute 2021 Spirits Competition. Huge congratulations to Justin Turner and the team at Turner Stillhouse. We should be so proud of this locally grown and produced Tasmanian product.

The River Cafe at Beauty Point now has a defibrillator on the front deck which is available 24 hours a day. Great to work with Richard Bowler in ensuring our community has this life saving equipment.

Very moving morning at Beaconsfield. Huge numbers turning out to be part of this moment. Thank you so much to the Beaconsfield RSL. Our family just loves being part of your community.

Very special to lay a wreath at the Exeter RSL Sub Branch today with my boys by my side. So important our children understand sacrifice, loyalty and mateship.

Securing the future for the Sidmouth War Memorial Hall, which will receive much-needed upgrades under a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government. Funding of $70,000 will upgrade and refurbish the memorial hall, including heating, kitchen upgrades, fresh paint both internally and externally and a new barbecue area - delivering great facilities for a great community!

We have some very happy bowlers at the Beauty Point Bowls Club. There were smiles all round, and even the offer of a beer at 10am, as Sarah Courtney MP announced a re-elected majority Liberal government will fund new men’s toilets and a disability toilet for the club to the tune of $56,000. Congratulations to Paul Filgate and the club members, Sarah and I know how much this means to you all.

Congratulations to the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club on its commitment to the health of our Tamar River. A re-elected Liberal Government will contribute $112,500 towards the Club's goal to prevent anti-fouling material making its way into the River. Great to join Michael Ferguson, Commodore Greg Rowsell and Rear Commodore Glen Cornish at Beauty Point. We still have a way to go, but this is a wonderful step in the right direction!

A completely uplifting morning at Self Help workplace what a dynamic work environment with dynamic staff! For over 50 years they have been providing people with a disability meaningful and productive employment. General Manager, Donna Bain explained the 5 businesses ranging from the manufacture and supply of wooden pallets, garden stakes, produce bins and survey pegs, to the provision of mailing services and product assembly. Not to mention this incredible shredding machine, purchased with the help of the Bruce Wall Foundation.

Boots on the Ground - Did you know 7 Australian men take their own lives every day? Very moving to listen to Mary O’Brien from Are you bogged mate? She spoke about the role we all play in changing this statistic. Please check out the Facebook page and if you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Very humbling to present to Mrs Sandra Campbell an award for her services to the Arts. She was joined by Mr Keith Adkins in receiving the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Arts Foundation Award.

Magic day at the Beauty Point Community Market. Stunning success. It’s always a good sign when the Rotary Club sells out of sausages. And not many markets have their own band playing!!! West Tamar Municipal Band sounding great. Much of the proceeds are going towards an Ability Playground.

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.

If you want to see what good sportsmanship looks like, just watch how our younger athletes conduct themselves at Little Athletics!! What a morning presenting the Endeavour awards for Launceston Little Athletics at Windsor Park. Congratulations to Andrew, Ros and their team.

The moment Richie Porte was lead into Launceston Civic Square. The City of Launceston RSL Band lead the procession. Emotional scenes as bike riders from across the north joined Richie’s family and friends as he was presented with the key to the City by Mayor, Albert van Zetten.

Shaking like a leaf, my dear friend Ros Burr accepted the West Tamar Council Australia Day Mayor’s Award. Ros is a great example of what one woman with a heart for community can do! Special to hear from Will Smith, a 2020 Australia Day Ambassador. Congratulations to Mayor Christina Holmdahl and the Council team for a beautiful morning. Citizen of the Year awarded to Miss B's Student Services

So joyful and emotional to see 61 new Australians at the City of Launceston Citizenship Ceremony. The bright faces of the children filled with anticipation of what their life in Tasmania will bring. So special to have Premier Peter Gutwein and Bridget Archer MP join Mayor, Albert van Zetten who officiated the ceremony.

If you want to be inspired, check out Camps Tasmania and its extraordinary group of young leaders. These guys run a series of camps throughout the year and I had the privilege of spending an evening at the Summer Camp for 12-16 year olds at Paper Beach. From across the State, these young people come together and experience true acceptance, new adventures and are supported in stepping outside of their comfort zone. Camp Director Nat, a former Prospect High School student, and her leadership team are truly inspirational. The camps are proudly supported by the Rotary Club of West Tamar.

You couldn’t find a better example of community spirit and friendship than the National Seniors Launceston Branch. Lovely to share in your final gathering for 2020. Congratulations to President Shirley Kirkby and her wonderful team.

Dancing Minions and a socially distanced Mr & Mrs Claus all made for a fabulous Christmas celebration with New Horizons Tasmania. Congratulations to Belinda Kitto and team for such a special night of fun and friendship. A big shout out to Wayne at Manion Plumbing for his generous support of the evening. NHT provides sport, recreation and many social events for people living with disability, playing such a special and important role in our community

Under a magnificent sky, the Exeter Community Carols certainly brought the West Tamar Community together. You can’t beat singing all our favourite Christmas songs while the summer time smells of sausages and freshly cooked onions fills the air, thanks to the West Tamar Rotary Club. Beautiful Matthew Garwood was a stand out.

Delighted to officially open the Legana Pump Track with Mayor Christina Holmdahl at the recently developed Legana Recreation Youth Space on behalf of Minister for Sport and Rec, Jane Howlett.

Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition. I’m sure young and old will thoroughly enjoy this wonderful new facility.

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.

Great to visit the Exeter Art Studio and support local artists. It’s not only an exhibition but a working studio for artists in the area.

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.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS 💕 Giggles and bubbles with wonderful people as we join the fight against breast cancer! Congratulations to Sandra, Mel and Launceston Football Club on hosting a sensational ladies lunch raising money for the Wp Holman Clinic. Many thanks to DLM machinery, the days major sponsor.

And the season is off and bowling!! Bit nerve-racking bowling the first ball of the 2021 season for the Beauty Point Bowls Club especially with my two boys watching on hoping Mum didn’t embarrass them. Really honoured to be asked to be the Clubs Patron for the coming year. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

What an honour to join the Beaconsfield RSL to present medallions to two veterans as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. BOB WATT 4th Australian Field Regiment, was one of 5 brothers who served, they all made it home. JOHN McKENZIE a leading air craftsman in the transport sector. Their service will never be forgotten. Thank you to the Beauty Point Yacht Club for hosting us today.

Lovely afternoon joining Trevallyn Bowls and Community Club members as they celebrated the opening of the season. Great to join Michael Ferguson and Bridget Archer as they helped launch the 2021 season.