The top 50 list continues


31 - RODNEY POPLE: The judges were unanimous but the public wasn't so sure about Launceston-born painter Rodney Pople's winning entry in the 2012 Glover Art Prize of Port Arthur with mass murder Martin Bryant in the picture.

32 - ALAN BIRCHMORE: The former Fremantle Ports chairman didn't waste any time getting stuck into the silt in the Tamar River after he was appointed to head the Launceston Flood Authority in April.

33 - RICHIE PORTE: The cyclist from Hadspen seemed to always be in the television coverage of the 2012 Tour de France and his trademark Tasmanian pendant repeatedly leading teammate and eventual winner Bradley Wiggins over the tougher mountain sections of the race.

34 - BOB GORDON: The Forestry Tasmania chief was under constant fire for much of 2012 as environmentalists called for his sacking and the restructuring of his organisation.

35 - RUTH FORREST: The Legislative Councillor for Murchison got involved in the big issues of 2012 as chairwoman of an inquiry into Forestry Tasmania and an outspoken critic of the Tasmanian Forests Inter- governmental Agreement.

36 - GREG L'ESTRANGE: The man brought in to revitalise Launceston timber company Gunns had to watch as the 141-year-old company disintegrated under a mountain of debt and fading hopes for its Bell Bay pulp mill project.

37 - MIRANDA GIBSON: The 30-year-old forest protester completed a year camped 60 metres up a gum tree in the Tyenna Valley in Tasmania's South-West and vowed to stay there until the forests peace agreement was completed. She is now the Australian tree sitting record-holder.

38 - ROBERT PENNICOTT: As Tasmania's nominee for 2012 Australian of the Year, tourism entrepreneur and high-profile boat operator Robert Pennicott admitted he was a long shot for the honour. He was up against Oscar- winning actor Geoffrey Rush who got the gong.

39 - SHANE GOULD: The 1972 Olympic swimming champion said graduating from the University of Tasmania was on a par with winning a gold medal. Bicheno's famous resident graduated with a masters in contemporary arts (visual arts).

40 - JACK RIEWOLDT: A season tally of 65 was enough for the former Clarence spearhead to claim his second Coleman medal in six AFL seasons with Richmond. It wasn't his best year but he had some big bags during the season.


41. JEREMY BALL: Deputy mayor.

42. DYLAN YEANDLE: TV talent show.

43. TIM DEAVIN: Olympic birthday.

44. ROBIN LOHREY: Theatre stalwart.

45. PETER GUTWEIN: Plenty to speak about.

46. BRAD GREEN: Demon retiree.

47. LILLY CHUGG: Kidney disease awareness.

48. DERRY McCORMACK: Terrible accident.

49. MATTHEW WADE: Australian `keeper.

50. SIMON OVERLAND: Appointment. 


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