Rural Alive and Well (RAW) - Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative
We recognise the significant impact poor mental health can have on individuals, their families and communities.
We're extremely proud to have partnered with RAW to support the development of the Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative.
The initiative will see RAW work alongside 20 communities in rural Tasmania, over a three-year period, to enlist stronger community participation in local suicide prevention and wellbeing initiatives.
Like RAW, we have a presence in remote Tasmanian communities. We own and maintain around 26,000km of transmission and distribution lines (that’s 227,000 power poles!). Where our networks reaches, our own team members also live and work.
We have many touch points with the community and welcome the opportunity to improve the lives of those who live and work in rural communities. Find out more about RAW.
Menzies - TasNetworks Mental Health and Wellbeing PhD Scholarship
We've partnered with the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research to establish the TasNetworks Mental Health and Wellbeing PhD Scholarship. The Scholarship forms part of the Tasmanian mental health and wellbeing research program, which explores:
What a mentally healthy workplace looks like for businesses and organisations across Tasmania
The feasibility and acceptability of different types of strategies to promote good mental health, including work stress approaches like mindfulness
The Menzies Institute for Medical Research exists to perform internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians. Find out more about Menzies.
Greening Australia - Energy Wise Schools Program
We've embarked on a three and a half year partnership (2016 -19) with Greening Australia that will deliver a meaningful energy literacy education program to inform and equip young Tasmanians meet the emerging challenges in the energy sector.
The program, named Energy Wise, will be compliant with the Australian curriculum and aimed at secondary school students statewide. The program is currently in the development stage, with the first lessons to be delivered in Tasmanian schools in the second half of 2017.
Community Transport Services Tasmania (CTST) - Electric Vehicle Partnership
In September 2016, we launched a three-year partnership with CTST to add an electric vehicle to its fleet.
The 100% electric Nissan Leaf is used to transport CTST clients to social and non-emergency medical appointments throughout the greater Hobart area, which will greatly assist in managing the increasing demand for medical-related transport.
We'll work with CTST to share knowledge and experience on how electric vehicles may be used as part of a fleet, and by the Tasmanian public more generally.
The data and user experience captured through this partnership will allow us to gather important information on usage and charging patterns, which will inform future network design and ensure our network is electric vehicle friendly.
University of Tasmania - James Pay Research
We're pleased to support of the research of PhD candidate James Pay, who is looking into the behavioural ecology of the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, which will include monitoring eagle movements using GPS transmitters.
The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi) is listed as endangered at both a state and federal level, with conservation concerns including high incidence of unnatural mortality in sub-adult birds. Despite their endangered status, there is very little known about the behavioural ecology of the species, other than that they are extremely sensitive to disturbance during the breeding season.
The aim of the research is to clarify the behavioural ecology of the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle and use this information to help improve management actions.
The outcomes of this partnership also support our Threatened Bird Strategy by contributing to a body of knowledge that will assist us in addressing the following questions:
Are there particular landscape traits that increase the exposure of eagles to the hazard of collisions and electrocutions?
How do eagles behave around electrical infrastructure that has been mitigated, compared to infrastructure that has not been mitigated?
Is the risk equal throughout the seasons and are birds of a particular age/sex at more risk?
What is the impact of human activities around occupied eagle nests, such as helicopters and vegetation management around the electrical infrastructure, on breeding eagles?
Are the 500m/1km line-of-sight regulations adequate, and is there any capacity to modify or remove actions required for some aspects of the lower risk activities?
We see this partnership as a way to make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing conservation of Tasmania’s precious wildlife. It's also an important part of our strategy to minimise our impact on threatened birds of prey. To learn more about how we’re working to protect threatened birds watch our video.
Council of the Ageing (COTA) - Seniors Week 2018
We're supporting Seniors Week 2018 in Tasmania to celebrate the important contribution older people make to our community. Just as the energy we provide powers homes and business, it's essential to recognise the energy of many of our seniors that power a positive and socially cohesive community.