Accommodation Services

2011 Events and Achievements

1Fruit Picking at Sorell Fruit Farm
Hobart - 22 December 2011

Nothing is more festive than lush ripe berries on a bright summer’s morning! Ali from Sorell Fruit Farm gave the small group of 10 international students a tour of the farm with an overview of the different produce, ways to indentify ripe fruit, and best techniques for picking. There was great enjoyment and feasting of the fresh cherries, strawberries, currents and berries, as well as fruit to take home.

1Christ College Alumni Reunion 2011
Hobart - 25 November

Celebrating 50 years since Christ College was founded on its present Sandy Bay site, the Alumni event was well attended with over 70 Alumni present. The evening consisted of a tour of Christ College, pre-dinner drinks in Barrett common room and a meal at Pepperz Restaurant. Guests shared stories of the past, boasted of past antics and speculated about current student residential life. Guest tales and experience covered a great span of the College's history - from His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania Peter Underwood AC who attended Park St Christ College in 1958, to Dr Graham Wood who attended the College's latest incarnation under the umbrella of UTAS Accommodation Services in 2004. View photos and register your interest in Christ College Alumni Events.

1Students on a Mission
Launceston and Hobart - November 2011

It's that time again, when students and UTAS Accommodation Services residents pack up to return to their own towns and homes for the Christmas break. Residents on both the Newnham and Sandy Bay Accommodation Campus have pooled unwanted clothing and food items for donation to the City Mission for further distribution.

Pictured is Wanda White, Customer Service Officer assembling a van-load of donations in readiness for City Mission pick-up.

Energy ChallengeEnergy Efficiency Challenge Celebration
Hobart - 5 October 2011

Cassy O'Connor the Tasmanian Minister for Climate Change, announced the winner of the Accommodation Services inter-College Energy Reduction Challenge, with the prize going to Christ College for saving the most energy over the month of August. This event was run concurrently with the prize giving for the inaugural University of Tasmania Energy Reduction Challenge - the winners (each presented with $3000 to reinvest back into sustainability initiatives) were the Rural Clinical School Burnie, UTAS Library, shared prize between School of Government/TILES and English Language Centre. Congratulations to all winners! More info and photos

1NRAS - A Major Boost to Affordable Student Housing
Hobart and Launceston - October 7

770 new self-contained apartments will be built by the University of Tasmania over the next two years. The apartments will be constructed under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).


Talk like a pirate JackTalk Like a Pirate Day
Hobart - 19 September

National 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' was celebrated on UTAS Sandy Bay campus. The event was facilitated by Accommodation Services, as a partnership with Faculty of Education to provide some light hearted entertainment by way of serious pirate fun!

First year Tasmanian Society of Teachers (TED) volunteered their time to run the event at the Lady Gowrie Tasmania - Education and Care Program on the UTAS Southern Campus.


Mooncake festivalChinese Mooncake Festival (as part of AS Multicultural Week)
Hobart - 12 Sept

The Mooncake Festival is one of the most famous Chinese festivals. It is a time when families and friends gather together and enjoy the bright full moon. Accommodation Services celebrated with their own version on the southern campus.


NamesMulticultural Week on Accommodation Campus
Hobart  - 12-17 September

Diverse cultures were celebrated and traditional customs shared during Multicultural Week at Hobart Accommodation Services. Over the week, six countries were showcased. Internationally themed food was served daily at Pepperz Cafe Bar Restaurant, with traditional music or activities organised during the meal.

40 Hour Famine40 Hour Famine
Launceston - 19-21 August 2011

Natalie Tuakura, Accommodation Services' Residential Support Officer, led the group of residents who gave up food for 40 hours. Having an albeit small experience of giving up food and luxury items, reminds individuals of the 925 million people in the world who are chronically hungry* and those participating in the 40 Hour Famine help spread community awareness of the tradgedy. The seemingly small number of participants raised a whopping $1182.10 for donation to World Vision. Of the 12 participants, Hugh Kanalay raised $340, winning a $50 food voucher donated by Craig Dingey, Manager of Saltz Cafe Restaurant for the biggest fundraiser.

The 40 Hour Famine culminated in Accommodation Services rewarding participants with a meal voucher to 'break' their fast.

*World Vision Australia 2011

Pot luck group at tableKerslake Pot Luck
Launceston - August

Residents enjoyed a night of feasting whilst enjoying each other's company at the Kerslake 'Pot Luck'. Residents were invited to cook a dish and bring it along to a communal dinner to share with others, and what a variety of food there was! The evening was a great opportunity to bring people together.

VC Accommodation TourVice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen visit to Accommodation Services
Hobart - 24 August

Our new Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen visited Accommodation Services on Wednesday 24 August. The Vice-Chancellor was given a short twilight tour of the Colleges and University Apartments. While inspecting accommodation facilities and grounds, Executive Director Jacinta Young provided a background of  university accommodation and College life including past traditions, changing culture, current topics and future building plans. The Vice-Chancellor then joined Accommodation Services' staff and residents and friends for an event dinner at Pepperz Cafe Bar Restaurant.  To read more


Source Pizza'Source' Wholefoods Cooking
Hobart - July/August

A collaboration between Accommodation Services and Source Community Wholefoods inspired an educational program to create interest in simple and delicious wholefoods cooking. Source volunteer Jenny Calder is a passionate devotee of whole foods, a co-founder of Source and the board member responsible for educational events. Over the 4 week programme, Jenny supplied organically grown produce from Source Community Wholefoods.

Enjoying the MealWinter Feast
Hobart - 8 August

Inspired by (and inspite of) our long winter evenings, the Community Friends and Networks Program Winter Feast was held at the Christ College communal kitchen Sunday 8 August. The evening was filled with fun; with guests, residents, students and friends preparing tasty, multicultural dishes to share.

investigator Block 6 1Investigator Hall Upgrade - Block 6 completed
Launceston - August 2011

As part of Accommodation Services' major capital projects programme, Investigator Hall Blocks 2 - 7 are currently being upgraded.  Block 6 is the first of the rolling programme and has now been fully refurbished. 

For more information and pictures


SUniversity Apartments Semester 2 Meet and Greet
17 July 2011

A barbecue was held to 'meet and greet' University Apartment residents, as a joint initiative by Accommodation Services and students. This social event aims to foster existing social networks and create new ones within the University Apartment residents. Aiden Harris, UA resident, reports on the event  


Inaugral Energy Reduction Challenge
Hobart - August 2011

The second of two one-month energy saving competitions between Christ and John Fisher Colleges is now underway. Joined by Accommodation Services staff for held during the month of August, Phase II continues to prompt students and staff to work to create good habits while reducing electricity waste. Assisted by the UTAS Asset Management Services Sustainability Team, this initiative is part of an ongoing Accommodation Services Environmental Program intended to address our impact on the planet.

Please watch this space to see who takes out this year's challenge and how the Accommodation Services team fares in the University of Tasmania wide challenge.

Check out some posters here:

Welcome BBQSemester 2 Welcome BBQ
Launceston - July 2011

Launceston Residential Support Officers recently held Welcome Barbeques for new and returning residents to kick off the start of Semester 2. Barbeques were held at Investigator Hall, Leprena and Kerslake.  More information and photos

The RockBeanies and Mittens Night
Hobart - July 2011

Beanies and Mittens night at Accommodation Services offered residents a chance to meet other students, staff and community.  

Photos from the night


The RockThe Christ College 'Rock"
Hobart - June 2011

'The Rock' has been a popular and well known symbol within the Christ College Institution. The 1.5 metre dolerite rock was claimed from the nearby quarry in Proctor's Road when the College moved to its Sandy Bay campus in 1962. The Christ College tradition involved the annual ceremonial burning of the rock, however, the rock is now so fragile that since 2006 the ceremony ceased.

The Rock has been an important part of College life, and bears the 1961 bronze foundation stone. Deputy Director Paddy Barbour together with artist Wendy Edwards, has reinvigorated the rock, interpreting its history within surrounding expressive mosaic work. Recreated within the art work are the words from the Christ College seal - Dux Lux Rex Lex.

 See 'Work in progress' photos and finished art work

Mt Wellington PinnacleCFNP Winter Programme 2011: Mt Wellington Excursion
Hobart - 16 June 2011

The Community Friends and Networks Programme (CFNP) in conjunction with UTAS Accommodation Services organised a trip to Mount Wellington as part of CFNP's South Winter Program.

Photos of Mt Wellington excursion and CFNP Winter Programme.



  Players at foodo bingo
'My Australia' - ABC Production aired internationally
Hobart - June 2011

Accommodation Services’ resident Jason Lee was selected to showcase his life at UTAS as a visiting Malaysian student ‘in residence’ at UTAS Accommodation Services as part of the My Australia TV program.  Youtube Link and more information.

Mt Wellington PinnacleChrist College External Painting and Signage
Hobart - June 2011
 Christ College’s external refurbishment has now been completed. The exterior has been repainted, and finished off with new external signage for all blocks. Residents and visitors can now easily identify Gell, Barrett, Nixon, May and Dudley, Toosey, Webster and the Lodge. Check out photos of Christ College with its new exterior colours and block signage.

Players at foodo bingo
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Launceston - 26 May 2011

A ‘Biggest Afternoon Tea’ was held in Saltz Café Restaurant on the 26th May to help raise funds for the Cancer Council.  read more.

Iron Guts ChallengeIron Guts Challenge
Launceston - 25 May 2011

Launceston residents came in their droves to the annual Iron Guts Challenge held at Saltz Cafe Restaurant.

For more information

AFL 5AFL Match Investigator Hall vs Leprena
Launceston - 25 May 2011

Investigator Hall and Leprena played their inaurgural AFL match last Wednesday. The game was played in good spirits by both teams with a loyal crowd of around 60 spectators behind their teams.

 For more information


Players at foodo bingo
Foodo Bingo
Launceston - May 2011

Accommodation Services Ultimate Foodo Bingo Championship once again drew a big crowd in Semester 1, as 63 Launceston residents gathered at Saltz Café Restaurant for a chance to take home the winnings. Photos and more information...

Ben French & Pete McAvoyPepperz Live
Hobart 6 May 2011

Wish you could have been there! Last Friday 125 people helped Accommodation Services kick off the first of several 'Pepperz Live' coffeehouse events at Pepperz Cafe Bar Restaurant. The draw cards of the night were live acoustic music by local musicians and a captivating 'All you can Eat' buffet consisting of pizza, pasta, salad and garlic bread. The relaxed informal vibe was just right and students had heaps to eat and loads of fun. More information and pictures of Pepperz Live

Recyling PosterAccommodation Services 'Helping Build a Sustainable Future'
Hobart and Launceston - May 2011


Over the past year Accommodation Services has collaborated with residents, staff and UTAS Asset Management Services' Sustainability Team to preserve our environment. More Details

Singapore Assoc 3Singapore Association Easter event
Newnham - 19 April 2011

During the Easter long weekend, the Singapore Association together with Accommodation Services, held an Easter social event on accommodation campus. For more information

energy usage snapshotEnergy Saving Challenge 
John Fisher and Christ College  - South

Accommodation Services and Asset Management Services are coordinating an Energy Saving Challenge for 2011.

Christ College and John Fisher College will try their best to reduce their energy usage monitor a month’s energy use for both the colleges throughout the months of May and August.  View more information and live energy usage information for each college.

Ball 2011 3'Stay on Rez' weekend and Accommodation 2011 Ball
Launceston - April 2011

Launceston's annual 'Stay on Rez' weekend proved to be a popular event as residents celebrated life on campus over a weekend jam-packed with activities and events. Prize winners and photo gallery.

On Site Tutorial ProgramsOn Site Tutorial Programs
Launceston and Hobart - Semester 1 2011

As part of Accommodation Services' Community Engagement our thriving perennial Resident Development Program has been running since the beginning of the semester. For more information

Saltz & Pepperz LogoSeniors Card
Launceston and Hobart - April 2011

Accommodation Services' Saltz and Pepperz now offer Seniors Card discounts. Seniors Card cardholders are entitled to 10% discount on all full priced meals, snacks and drinks. See you soon!

Qld Flood Relief Hbt 1Queensland Flood Relief Fundraiser Event
Hobart - 1 April 2011

A deluge of goodwill flowed for the duration of the UTAS Accommodation Services and IT Services fundraiser event last Friday 1 April at Pepperz Cafe Bar Restaurant. Prize winners and pictures.

Earth Hour 1 2011Earth Hour
Hobart  - March 2011


Earth Hour was held last Saturday night at Accommodation Services ampitheatre where guests, band and residents nestled in the heart of Accommodation Campus with a ringside seat of Sandy Bay and Hobart city lights glittering beyond. More information and images

Harmony Day CertificateHarmony Day - North
Launceston - March 2011

Harmony Day was celebrated at the Newnham Campus on Tuesday 22 March. Accommodation Services residents volunteered during the day to assist visiting school groups to find their way to all the different 'experiences' on offer. The evening saw the campus come alive with a variety of performances which were incredibly diverse in nature - Malaysian, Chinese, Omani, African and Aboriginal singing and dancing. A special mention should go to our Islander (AMC Search) residents who performed their traditional dance. Food from many regions of the world was on offer including Accommodation Services' own contribution of traditional Aussie pavlovas and lamingtons, supplied by Saltz Cafe Restaurant.

Taste of HarmonyA Taste of Harmony
Launceston and Hobart - March 2011

Accommodation Services celebrated the diversity of our residents and community by featuring a different 'traditional' dish every lunch time at Saltz and Pepperz Restaurants during Harmony Week.   For more information

Harmony Day 2011 - Photo by Margaret Morgan (c)

Harmony Day
South - March 2011

Families and community gathered, picnic rugs were scattered, food shared and kites and spirits soared during the Harmony Day 2011 community event held last Sunday 26 March at the Hobart Cenotaph.

The Harmony Day event was preceded by a Kite Making Workshop at Pepperz Café Bar Restaurant at Accommodation Services, when Izzie from the Tasmanian Kite Flyers Association  taught UTAS students, Accommodation Services’ residents and staff to make simple light kites, in readiness for the flying event.

 More details and photo gallery of the day...

Water Day 1World Water Day
Hobart and Launceston - March 2011

In collaboration with Asset Management Services' Sustainability Team, Accommodation Services celebrated World Water Day 2011. A visual representation in both Saltz Cafe Restaurant on Newnham campus and Pepperz Cafe Bar Restaurant on Sandy Bay campus throughout the week reminded residents of the volumes of our pure Tasmanian drinking-grade water used, and wasted, during extended showers.

For further information 

Nat handing over the fundsQueensland Flood Appeal
Launceston - March 2011

Generosity abounded this month, with Launceston residents 'passing the hat around' in aid of the Queensland Flood Disaster. Residential Assistant Natalie Tuakura was thrilled to collect and tally the donations from each of the Accommodation Services' residences: Kerslake Hall $42, Leprena $58.15, Investigator Hall $70.90, and Saltz Cafe Restaurant $256.60, bringing the total donation to $427.65.

A heartfelt thank you to all contributors of this generous gesture.

Andrew Willkie addressing the Commencement DinnerCommencement Dinner 2011
Hobart - 9 March 2011

Accommodation Services was proud to have Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP for Denison, and Henry Fowkes from The Oaktree Foundation attend the dinner. Residents received their words with open and enthusiastic attention.

Traditionally, the Commencement Dinner was seen as an opportunity to mark the formal acceptance of the new members of College. These days the dinner is the first of several opportunities for combined residents to meet and socialise. Attendees come from Christ and John Fisher Colleges, Mount Nelson Villas and the University Apartments. Accommodation Services' Fellows and Alumni, prominent UTAS and community members are invited as guests and motivational speakers.  For more information

Trivia Night 1Trivia Night Semester 1 Challenge
Launceston - March 2011

Wednesday 10 March saw 6 teams battle it out to take the title of 'Ultimate Trivia Masters in Accommodation Services' first Trivia night of the year. More info and pics

Induction Day NorthInduction 2011 - Newnham Campus
Launceston - February 2011

Residents on Newnham Campus were treated to a hearty welcome to 2011.

As part of the induction program, the Assistant Manager Graham Lillywhite provided tours of Newnham Campus and held information sessions which gave residents an introduction to life on campus - the sessions covered topics such as security, rules of residence, expected behaviours, contact information as well as giving an overview of in house procedures such as lodging maintenance forms. The sessions also talked about the support services that AS and UTAS offered as well as raising awareness of the UTAS policies that relate to issues such as Discrimination and Harassment. Participants were then treated to a meal at Saltz Cafe Restaurant where they could get to know other new and returning residents. For more information

Induction 2011Induction 2011
Hobart - February 2011

Orientation Week on accommodation campus is always a busy one and this year was no exception. Accommodation Services welcomes all residents and hope you have a positive, enjoyable and rewarding year.

 For more information

Lunar New Year 8End of 'Lunar New Year' Celebrations
Hobart - 17 February 2011

Pepperz Cafe' Bar Restaurant held a huge banquet on 17 February, to mark the end of the Lunar New Year 2011 celebrations. The Lunar New Year celebrations traditionally run from Day 1 - Day 15 of the Lunar Calendar.

For more information

Keep CupsKeep Cups
February 2011

In line with Accommodation Services' commitment to sustainability, each resident has been gifted a reusable cup as part of their welcome to Accommodation Services. Saltz and Pepperz Cafe' offer a discount on coffee refills, when presented with the branded cups. Delicious images of Pepperz' cappuccino and hot chocolate taken by our talented Accommodation Services' in-house photographer, Jocelyn Chapman.

Hobart Campus Map
Accommodation Services Maps
Hobart - February 2011

Due to popular demand, we have updated our site maps to include all on-campus residences, grounds and amenities. The maps have been produced within a standard DL brochure, which also includes a locality guide showing the on-campus accommodation at Mt Nelson Villas. The creation of the maps is timely for the new intake of residents for Semester 1 2011 and will contribute towards an easy and welcoming transition into UTAS on-campus accommodation.

Lunar Festivities 2011Lunar New Year's Eve
2 February 2011

Lunar New Year's Eve festivities were held on Accommodation Campus on Wednesday 2nd February 2011.

For more information

Pepperz ShopPepperz Shop
Hobart - January 2011

The Pepperz Shop was trialled during the 2010-2011 summer season, selling miscellaneous personal items for the convenience of casual guests.

The shop has attracted good feedback and regular custom and will continue to operate during the academic year as an additional service to residents. Stock items will be expanded as demand dictates.