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Crunch time for region as paper mill winds up

KEN Fraser has worked at the Burnie paper mill for 38 years. His father worked at the mill and his grandfather helped build it during the Great Depression.

Bulli Champ Comes Out Of The Cold

BULLI High School athlete Jake Montgomery returned home with a bronze medal from the Australian All Schools Triathlon Championships in Devonport, Tasmania.

'you Spoiled The Party, You Ignorant Bastards'

ALL was bliss at the 43rd birthday party of the Devonport Senior Citizens' Club in the marginal north-west Tasmanian electorate of Braddon, held by a whisker by the Liberals, desired almost beyond shame by Labor.

Small Hospital, Big Politics

ON THE face of it, the Federal Government's decision to bypass the Tasmanian Government by directly funding the Mersey Hospital, near Devonport, in the state's north-west, could be seen as an act of extraordinary generosity in these harsh times. But since any political move is almost automatically two-faced, the more

Devonport May Lead The Way

CANBERRA'S move to underpin Devonport's Mersey Hospital is as much about the Federal Government's political health as the wellbeing of Tasmanians. Yet it is still an important test case. If it works well, then, according to the Prime Minister, John Howard, other hospitals may follow.


Devonport is in the north west of Tasmania, Australia and with a population of 60,000, is known as one of the major regional centres in the area.

Devonport history

In 1823, Devonport was found by Captain Charles Hardwicke and was originally called Port Frederick, then became two separate towns - Formby, which was on the western side of the Mersey River that flows through the area - and Torquay, on the eastern side.

The towns combined to become Devonport and in 1981 it was established a city by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.

Devonport natural world

Devonport, also a seaside town, has stunning scenery as well as events and great food, ensuring that no matter what you enjoy, you'll have a wonderful stay.

You can't go past the outdoor lifestyle of Devonport. There are pretty parks along the Don River Valley that cyclers can also use. There's also the Mersey Estuary and the foreshore.

Devonport arts and culture

In Devonport, you'll gain lots about the city when you visit the Devonport Regional Art Gallery, the interactive science exhibits at the Imaginarium Science Centre, Devonport Convention Centre, the Maritime Museum and the Town Hall Theatre.

The Devonport Town Hall Theatre is one of the city's centrepoints. Seating nearly 500 people, you can see performances by the local Repertory and choirs and school Eisteddfod.

Learn more about Devonport history and visit Home Hill - Joseph Lyons, the only Australian Prime Minister who comes from Tasmania - has his house open for inspection.

Devonport railway

And for budding engineers, you'll appreciate the Don River Railway, Devonport. Hop on the vintage train and observe the restoration work taking place in the train workshop.