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jeff-miller-portraitJeff Miller first visited Tasmania in 2005 on recommendations from co-workers in the US Antarctic program.

“Being a geographically-challenged Yank, at the time all I really knew about Tassie was that the devil lived here. During that first visit I only had time to hike the Overland Track and see Wineglass Bay, but it was enough to make a huge impression. I was hooked.”

As luck would have it, his partner was offered a job in Hobart the following year.

Jeff quickly followed and, now permanent residents, they are intending to stay indefinitely.

“We are very keen bushwalkers and the huge unspoilt wilderness were such an attraction. Couple that with the laid-back lifestyle and the quality of life and I really can’t understand why Tassie isn’t overrun with mainlanders.

“It seems the locals have done a great job of keeping this place a well-guarded secret.”

While an unpublished amateur photographer, Jeff is skilled at capturing the graphic elements of a scene and has a well-developed eye for composition.

He particularly enjoys the symmetry of reflections, but finds beauty in most any landscape.

“In the short time we’ve been here, we have been lucky to see quite a lot of the State.

“For the photographer, Tasmanias varied landscapes offer endless opportunities. Rainforest, beaches, waterfalls, rugged mountains — you name it and it is here.”

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A fire that has blackened 17,000ha on the West Coast was started from a car accident on the Western Explorer Highway, a controversial road damned for its scarring of the Tarkine, home to Australia’s largest temperate rainforest.

Tasmanian Greens leader Peg Putt said conservation groups had warned that the road would prove a source of destructive activity and an ignition point.

‘The Greens are now warning that no further roading into remote Tarkine wilderness should be allowed, although the Government is actively pushing such an agenda via Forestry Tasmania,’ Ms Putt said.