Save Our Streets – South Hobart

Getting Things Done has always been a bit of an issue in Tasmania, what with our five or six thousand local councils all with their full complement of bewildering rules picked out of a hat.

The Hobart Interim Planning Scheme, soon to become the state-wide Tasmanian Planning Scheme, is ‘faster, simpler, cheaper and fairer’ which of course means that pretty much anything goes now, which is a typically Tasmanian way of solving a problem by making things much much worse.

The Hobart City Council recently approved plans for a large-scale residential development on former Blundstone’s site in Wynyard Street, South Hobart. If you take a look at the details here, you’ll discover that the politest description for this development proposal would be “wildly inappropriate to the local area”.

SOS is raising funds to appeal the proposal, not to block any and all development of the site, but to get a more reasonable outcome. To do my bit (as a worm-farm owning South Hobart type myself) for every calendar bought from this website for a delivery to a South Hobart address up to the cutoff date of November 30, I’ll chip in $5 to the cause.

Calendars available here.

Last Drinks – the tiger table


Here is me buying ex-Knopwoods pub tables from the tip shop. Many Olympic swimming pools of beer have been drunk at these tables and that is just by me. “I will draw something on these tables!” I said.


Historic chewing gum is noted during transport home. This has been removed and sent to the Museum.


I leave the tables in the back shed until I realise the deadline for Art From Trash is tomorrow. I lower expectations to drawing on one table. Sanded the top, and decided to just clean and re-oil the base to leave a bit of character. Maggie suggests a Tassie Tiger would be an appropriate design as it is as extinct as the pub the table came from. She is quite clever my wife. And very pretty and no you can’t have her.


Made the design a bit bigger and added some ferny type things to look fancy.


Burnt in tiger using my exciting new pyrography toy I had an excuse to buy for this important project.


First layer of stain and varnish.


Second layer of darker stain and varnish. Used lighter stain inside the tiger to make it look fancy. Oiled the base again.


Delivered Last Drinks to the Long Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre. Opening is 6.30 tonight (Friday May 20) and it’s usually a great show. I had a bit of a look around and there is some pretty cool stuff – it’s open until the 1st of June. The table is for sale so feel free to buy it because it came up quite nicely if I do say so myself. I also have two more tables in the shed – the next one will be featuring swift parrots. If you’re interested in getting your hands on it contact me and I’ll get a wriggle on.

Relay For Life



I’ve donated the original framed artwork of The Mulch Harvest from the Hobart book for a raffle for one of my kids’ favourite teachers. She is currently being treated for cancer and is doing the Relay For Life. She is a lovely person who taught both my kids to love reading and writing. If you have a lazy $5 that will get you 5 tickets in the raffle with lots of excellent prizes. Not many left.

(please include your phone number in your order)

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