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Past articles by Sandy:

Turkey earthquake devastates Devonport eatery owner Seyit Basol

Mr Basol had visited Turkey just last year. → Read More

Burnie magistrate to convict TT-Line, Andrew Williams on March 14

The ferry operator will be sentenced on March 14. → Read More

Paul Templar's statement read in Heybridge attempted murder trial

The jury heard the accused received a psychiatric diagnosis. → Read More

Justice Tamara Jago jails Kerry Leigh French for 2018 assaults

Kerry Leigh French's violence "cruel, brutal, degrading and persistent". → Read More

Swims owners open second location of East Coast cafe in Burnie CBD

In Burnie, Dan Wildman and Jordan Lewis have opened their second cafe after moving from Queensland in 2021 to buy and run Swims at Scamander. Picture by Phillip Biggs North-West fans of a shipping container cafe on the East Coast have cause to be excited as the owners have opened a new venue in Burnie. Court and crime reporter covering the West and North-West of Tasmania for the Advocate. → Read More

Dove Lake shelter officially opened by Premier Jeremy Rockliff

A lofty ambition to build an enormous multi-million dollar facility that provided shelter, was accepted by the Aboriginal community and did not disrupt the landscape of the World Heritage Area it was situated within has been achieved, the government has claimed. → Read More

Climatologist states NW December in driest 10 per cent of records

The first month of summer was one of the driest on record in the state's west and North-West, and the national weather bureau has said that has increased the likelihood of bushfires in the region. → Read More

Many issues causing 2018 Devonport train crash identified by ATSB

Report released into the harrowing, 23-minute runaway in 2018. → Read More

Michael Ferguson applauds 'great job' of Cam River bridge workers

Cam River bridge project manager Duncan Watson and infrastructure minister Michael Ferguson share their relief on Tuesday morning over the bridge's successful repair and reopening of the second lane. Picture by Rodney Braithwaite The final cost of repairing the Cam River bridge is as yet unknown, but Tasmania will look to the federal government to help pay for it, the minister responsible has… → Read More

Magistrate Leanne Topfer finds TT-Line guilty in polo pony deaths

Magistrate Leanne Topfer delivers ruling in animal welfare case. → Read More

Piotr Babis plans 380km run on seven Tasmanian treks in one week

Piotr Babis running around Dove Lake, with the infamous Cradle Mountain in the background. Picture supplied The idea of running nearly 400km with about 20,000 metres of elevation increases would be considered by some as an outdoorsy pursuit if it was completed in a year. Court and crime reporter covering the West and North-West of Tasmania for the Advocate. → Read More

Tasmania Police investigating theft from Sprent home of Dean Jupp

"To us it is like they are kicking a dead person." → Read More

Chris Okunbor and Brendan Wakely celebrate Wynyard's classic cars

The performance will take place during the town's Spring Loaded Festival. → Read More

Joshua Kevin Beard guilty for part in 2020 Lighthouse Hotel brawl

No suggestion "he did anything that invited being punched to the face". → Read More

West Coast man charged with 2012 sex abuse of partner's nieces

The man is on trial in the Supreme Court in Burnie. → Read More

North West Raptor Care sees spike in deaths of wedge-tailed eagles

"Very rarely do you get an eagle turn up and die of old age." → Read More

Hill Farm Preserves join Fine Food Australia's Tasmanian contingent

The country's largest food trade exhibition is next week. → Read More

Heemskirk Range bike trail opening delayed: West Coast Council GM

A mountain bike trail builder somewhere over the rainbow in the Heemskirk Range. Picture: Supplied/Next Level Mountain Bike Mountain bikers may have to wait a little longer to get their tyres on the state's newest, and most remote, trail offering. Court and crime reporter covering the West and North-West of Tasmania for the Advocate. → Read More

Burnie council will not pursue Coastal Pathway east from Wivenhoe

NO WAY: Shared pathway enthusiast Alison Horch near Round Hill, the section of coastline that has proved too challenging for the Burnie City Council. Picture: Brodie Weeding The Burnie City Council will not pursue the construction of the Coastal Pathway between Wivenhoe and Heybridge. Court and crime reporter covering the West and North-West of Tasmania for the Advocate. → Read More

West Coast mayor asks for Queenstown miner's support of cable car

Mayor asks to miner to make magnanimous move. → Read More