January & February News & Events- 2021
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Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art will be ringing in the new year with a bang, as it's summer festival MONA FOMA returns in January 2021. There will be a diverse range of art, music, theatre, and a whole bunch of stuff you've never even imagined, spread across Hobart and Launceston.
The event will be in Launceston from January 15-17, and Hobart from January 22-24. Tickets are available now through monafoma.net.au
NEWCASTLE CARAVAN CAMPING LIFESTYLE EXPO
Over the big days, the Newcastle Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo will showcase over 150 exhibitors in one place. It's a great opportunity to gear up for your 2021 adventures with the latest in caravan, motorhomes, campers, tents and camping equipment.
The will takeover the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground on February 5-7. Due to Covid-safe regulations, tickets must be purchased in advance, visit caravanexpo.com for more info.
Come and see our Hema representatives at the TJM and ARB stands.
BRIGHT ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL
The Bright Adventure Film Festival will once again light up the foothills of Victoria's High Country this February.
The schedule includes local and international films, speakers and entertainment; our top film pick would have to be the long-forgotten 1957 four-wheeling film Roving Across Three Continents.
The event takes place February 12-14, tickets are available now through adventuretravelfilmfestival.com
MORETON BAY CARAVAN, CAMPING, BOATING 4X4 EXPO
The Moreton Bay Caravan, Camping, Boating and 4x4 Expo is one of Queensland's largest outdoor and adventure events. It will return in 2021 with more than 160 exhibitors, including all the latest caravans, campers, motorhomes, boats, 4WDs and accessories.
The event runs from February 12-14 at Redcliffe Showgrounds, visit bayexpo.com.au for tickets and information.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX
Plans have been announced to tax electric vehicle owners 2.5 cents per kilometre and plug-in hybrid owners 2 cents per kilometre from 1 July 2021, and have been met with criticism from industry leaders.
The Victorian EV-specific Road Use Charge (RUC) aims to bring EV owner’s in-line with the fuel excise paid by combustion vehicle owner’s that goes towards road funding programs.
VicRoads asserts the funding generated by the first few years will go towards enabling the adoption of zero and low emission cars through new charging infrastructure and reforms to enable EV ready new buildings.
However, the tax, set to be adopted by Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia could see EV owners pay more than combustion cars that use six litres of fuel per 100km pay in fuel excise.
Australian Electric Vehicle Association President, Chris Nash said the proposed levies were another roadblock for lower emissions transport in Australia.
“All around the world, countries are doing what they can to encourage electric vehicle transport, to reduce emissions and the impact of climate change, but here in Australia, we continue to make it harder and harder for people to make conscious, good choices,” Mr Nash said.
“This has been pitched in a way of making up for lost revenue, but it’s another roadblock that puts the brakes on an industry that’s growing faster than our governments can get their heads around.”
WHAT3WORDS AND EMERGENCY+ APP TEAM UP
In an Australian first, the Emergency+ app has been re-launched to include what3words to make it easier for help to arrive in the case of an emergency.
Emergency+ is a free app designed to help Triple Zero (000) callers provide critical details in the event of a caller being unsure of their location. What3words, meanwhile, was developed in London and has assigned every 3sqm of the world a unique 3 world identifier — for example a certain are of Wineglass Bay has the identifier of twist, soulful, mottos.
The new update will see the Emergency+ app give callers the option to tell emergency services their location in the form of the closest street address, GPS co-ordinates or what3words address, helping save time, resources and lives.
What3words is also being included in many upcoming Hema products including our new Flinders Ranges Atlas & Guide and Tasmania State Map (both to be released 15 February 2021).