Welcome to the story of Hobart


Hobart: We Grow Small

North of our island, the big cities of the world feel like the same place repeated again and again: expensive, sprawling, exhausting, ordinary.

There’s something different about Hobart, but our city is changing. We aren’t opposed to change, so long as it is the right kind of change.

It would be tempting to follow the global formula, to grow for the sake of growth. To have more of everything even if it means less of what we most love about our city and our island.

In Tasmania we have learned, through our shared mistakes, that we need to protect rare species. Hobart is among them.

Our mountain and our river, our hills and our homes, our uncommon air, our culture and our calm and the lessons of our history remind us every day there is something to preserve in this place, as we grow and change.

It takes the courage to say yes and the confidence to say no.

‘Slowbart’ is no longer an insult. Together, we resist the pressure to become every other city.

In Hobart we start small, with a hint or a lot of audacity, and take our ideas and solutions and products to each other — and then to the rest of the world.

We’re unpretentious, even when we’re outrageous. We encourage our rebels.

In an isolated city we learn to rely on one another, face-to-face. When we succeed, we take others with us. We use the powerful connections between us to create, to invent, and to invite.

We grow small, in a way that preserves and enhances and protects our city and who we are. If we’re careful, if we work together, we can always live south of greed, south of exhaustion, south of pollution, south of ordinary.



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Stricter HCC responses

Environmental vandalism seen by the removal of an old ficus and unlawful demolition of asbestos house sheeting in Mt Stuart led to court action.
A reasonable process but this repeat offender affected our community, how badly: who knows.
Empower HCC to repossess such land for conversion into parks

Submitted by Susan Westcott

You n' Taboo

You n’ Taboo is a local Tasmanian community group, we are dedicated to promoting and encouraging death literacy and conversation within the community – smashing the taboos around is death & dying. We meet monthly for a cafe style chat and hold 4 events each year.
For details go to – www.yountaboo.com

Submitted by Bec and Edwin

Something new

Let’s look for something new about Hobart every day – by discovery, by reading or maybe by asking someone what is their best Hobart story. If we listen and think about it, we will get something new everyday that can stimulate our senses and become more creative.

Submitted by julie

Let's celebrate being south of!

There is a lot to celebrate in the Hobart Story.
Maybe we should find something to celebrate every week! When we are celebrating we feel positive and successful . Wouldn’t be great to be in a continual state of celebration looking to create, to make and to enjoy!

Submitted by tony

North of the flannelette curtain

I am proud to call myself a North of the flannelette curtain citizen. I live in a community that is culturally diverse and that constantly surprises me.
We need a platform to bring this to life, the stories and the people. I would love to see a site similar to Humans of New York, celebrating our residents

Submitted by Millie

Face to face week

A week in Hobart, where all citizens refrain from social media. We meet, we discuss, we engage face to face. Within this week we activate our public spaces, engage new hobartians to meet and integrate with old hobartians. We connect in the real world.

Submitted by Anne

School supermarket

We could teach kids about agriculture, business, finance and ethics by running a community mini-market in schools, stocking produce from local growers or things made by students. The facilities are already there, it just needs someone to coordinate & link to curriculum.

Submitted by Lisa

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