Top 50 Tasmanian newsmakers of 2013

50 PETER RATHJEN proposed an $83.5million plan to transform Launceston's university presence into a national health science and sport precinct. The University of Tasmania vice-chancellor's plan was seen as a key driver of employment at the state jobs summit in August.

49 MITCH THORP took the previously premiership-less South Launceston to its first State League flag and along the way kicked 78 goals and was named the league's best and fairest player. Despite the stellar season, the AFL draft didn't throw up a second chance in the big league.

48 SIMON BAKER was reported to have a deal with the producers of his US television show The Mentalist worth $30million. The future of the Launceston-born actor's popular show is still unclear.

47 BARRY GREENBERRY resigned as the state's director of prisons in March after just nine months into a five-year contract. It was later revealed that he had returned to the UK after getting a $264,000 workers' compensation settlement alleging he was the victim of corruption and bullying.

46 SCOTT WADE got a big serve from former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett after he suggested an AFL team should play eight games a year in Tasmania, with four in Hobart. Then he was grilled by a Legislative Council select committee over AFL Tasmania's management of state league funding.

45 LAUREN PERRY joined an elite group of Tasmanian cyclists who have won world championships when she took out the individual pursuit at the UCI junior track world titles in Glasgow in August. The 17-year-old Launceston College student was also a member of the bronze medal-winning pursuit team.

44 PAUL HARRISS put his money where his mouth was and announced he would relinquish his safe and comfy Legislative Council seat and stand for the Liberals in Franklin for the House of Assembly at the state election - and a likely ministry in an incoming Will Hodgman government.

43 MICHAEL BAILEY kept the pressure on the government over the state's dire economic condition, particularly in the North and North-West. The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive was even brave enough to point out that Hobart's economy was insulated by well-paid public servants.

42 JEREMY BALL continued his championing of environmental issues by calling for a greater flow through the Cataract Gorge and supporting a rally on climate change. Launceston's deputy mayor was also the MC for a rally against the asylum seeker policies of the two major political parties.

41 JOHN GLEDHILL disappeared as the chairman of the Road Safety Task Force after falling foul of Police Minister David O'Byrne over country speed limits. Former state Labor government minister and Launceston City Council alderman Jim Cox popped up as his replacement.

TOMORROW: The countdown continues.

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