THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Kingborough storm update
The Civic Centre in Kingston has reopened in a limited capacity following extensive
A reduced Customer Service Team will be operating from the first floor and it is likely this will be in effect for at least another week.
Council staff respectfully ask members of the public to only come to the Civic Centre for urgent matters. All other enquiries can be made by phone on 6211 8200, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website contact form at www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/contact.
The Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass said “Council’s staff have been working around the clock to address urgent and unsafe areas, and will continue to focus on restoring roads, stormwater drains and facilities over the coming weeks. This has been an extreme event that has impacted heavily on public and private infrastructure. We expect it may take some time and thank the community for their support and patience while we address those areas.”
The council is mindful of all residents and businesses dealing with the aftermath of the storm and subsequent flooding. There are resources to support residents and businesses requiring assistance, including the Tasmania State Emergency Service website at www.ses.tas.gov.au. Those with damaged property are advised to contact their insurers for advice and information.
The council has support available for those in difficult situations. “We have all been affected by the recent storm and our thoughts are with all those who are experiencing hardship,” Cr Wass said, “The council has dedicated a member of staff to advise those who are struggling. They are available through our Customer Services Team by phone, on 6211 8200.”
Further updates will be posted on the council’s website and social media channels.
Patience urged ahead of flooding clean-up
The Huon Valley Council urges residents to be patient and understanding during the clean-up following the devastating floods last week.
Huon Valley Commissioner Adriana Taylor says workers have cleared a lot of areas around the Valley, but there is obviously more to be done and works on the clean-up will continue for some weeks.
“Our Emergency Management Team and outside workers coordinated the clean-up of around 70 incidents including fallen trees and limbs, blocked culverts, wash outs, debris, property flooding and dislodged and blocked pipes. Our teams worked through last Thursday night at the height of the storm and continued to resolve issues during the day on Friday. Thanks to the prior reports that we received from the Bureau of Meteorology our work crews were able to proactively prepare sandbags, clear drains of known problem areas and strategically locate resources for quick responses before the rains arrived. They worked diligently through the night and day.
“We are working through a prioritised list which includes clearing roads and culverts with priority being given to high traffic roads and bus routes. The sheer volume of incidents means delays, but we’re getting through them as fast as we can.
“We had to close the cemetery on Friday because the torrential rain resulted in a large number of subsided graves and the road was covered in a thick layer of silt.
“Given that all of our crews and machinery were being used on the roads we unfortunately had no means of addressing the sunken graves
before the weekend. We are currently working hard to get the cemetery back in order.
“It was pleasing to see that the ongoing storm water project where Stage 1 works in Shield Street has commenced (which we recently received Federal Grant funding for) has had a positive impact by reducing the overland flows that usually would result in floods in the township of Huonville during heavy rain events.
“Obviously, a lot of SES effort has gone into supporting Hobart and Kingborough Councils, because of the major damage they received throughout their municipalities.
“I’d like to thank our outdoor workers, the Emergency Management Team and customer service staff who all worked hard on collecting information and coordinating required responses.
“Their prior planning and proactive preparation certainly reduced the impact on our community the severe weather could have had and ensured our infrastructure was duly protected.
“Unfortunately there is some major damage that will take some time to repair so we ask for your patience whilst these damages are repaired,” Commissioner Taylor said.
Huon Valley Council
Helping Tanzania from Tasmania
An arts and crafts fair will be held on Saturday 19 May from 10am till 2pm at the Salvation Army Hall in Blackmans Bay.
Proceeds from the fair will be used entirely to support a mobile clinic providing much-needed health care to remote villages in Tanzania.
The mobile clinic will be operated by the Australian not-for-profit organisation Water for Africa, which has drilled and commissioned more than 40 new water wells in remote communities in Tanzania. It has also trained a local Tanzanian team to repair broken water wells, since it is estimated that over 40% of all water wells across Africa are broken. The team has now repaired 200 wells in the past 12 months. As a result of all these activities, more than 500,000 people benefited from clean drinking water in 2017.
Recognising the benefits of combining the provision of clean water and health care to remote villages, Water for Africa decided to conduct an exploratory series of mobile clinics as they visited villages to install new water wells or repair broken ones.
Blackmans Bay couple Carol and Anthony Woods have been to Tanzania on two occasions to undertaking voluntary work with Water for Africa. During their most recent trip in September 2017, Carol participated in the first of these mobile clinics conducted by Water for Africa. The numbers of villagers flocking to these clinics was overwhelming and confirmed the huge need for them.
As a result, further mobile clinics are planned, and Carol and Anthony will be returning to Tanzania in October this year to participate in the second series of clinics.
Funds are needed to equip a vehicle
for this work and to support the ongoing clinic operating costs. Local Kingston not-for-profit organisation the Obed Centre, has organised the arts and crafts fair to raise money for this cause.
There will be a range of stalls selling clothing, bric-a-brac, cakes and preserves, craft items, devonshire teas, pancakes and more. There will be a sausage sizzle, a silent auction, as well as demonstrations of silk painting and
TasWater continues flood damage assessment
TasWater crews have continued repairs all weekend and into Monday following Thursday night’s flood event.
A full assessment of damage is still being undertaken with most of the damage involving electrical equipment at flooded pump stations and sewage treatment plants, several severed water and sewage pipes and fencing around facilities.
Repair work has restored most services with the majority of facilities operating as normal.Those assets still suffering damage are being worked on by TasWater crews and contractors and will be fully operational as soon as practical.
The public however is reminded to remain vigilant around areas impacted by flood waters and near streams and waterways as these may still contain residual sewage and storm water which may
TasWater is working closely with councils and other authorities involved in the clean-up.
We are also still assessing the cost of damage.
TasWater appreciates the patience of customers inconvenienced as a result of the storm.
TasWater Media Release
Celebrating Community Connections
Community Connections is a year-long intergenerational program run by Kingborough Council. It combines hands-on learning, educational support for our young people, and building connections with older people – all within the framework of a cooking and hospitality program.
The program runs each school term. The first of four ‘seasons’ ended with a successful event catered by four young people from Kingston High School under the guidance of qualified hospitality trainer Roy Leurs.
From the beginning of their first term, young people have been cooking meals each Friday for older residents who, for a variety of reasons, may feel isolated or who are unable to get out and about as much as they would like to. A small fee is charged to the meal recipients to cover the cost of training our young chefs in coffee making, safe food handling, first aid and drinks preparation.
A three-course meal was prepared and served by the young people to the Community Connections participants and clients from the Manor Gardens Day Respite Centre in mid April at the council’s youth centre yspace.
The intergenerational lunch was a great success. It provided the opportunity for young people to display their skills and see the effect their support has on older residents.
The program is set to continue for the next three school terms in 2018. If you are over 65 and would like to find out more about the program please contact the council’s community development officer on 6211 8170.
Community Connections is supported by the Tasmanian Government Communities, Sport and Recreation, Liveable Communities Grants program.
Treadmill Challenge combats suicide
Anytime Fitness Kingston is holding a 24-hour treadmill challenge to raise funds for Suicide Prevention Australia. The event is called Tread Together.
You can book your spot on the treadmill for $1 per minute at www.treadtogether.org.au, with the event starting at 3pm on Friday 25 May.
Schools, sporting clubs, and businesses in the area are also invited to make up a team and come along and join in the fun.
This event is not just for gym members – anyone in the community can join in. Non-members will need to sign a waiver and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The event will include a silent auction and raffles. A huge thankyou goes to all who have helped by donating prizes. There will be spot prizes, lucky door prizes, and prizes for the best fancy dress and the best family fancy dress.
Senator Eric Abetz will visit the gym at 2pm on Saturday 26 May to support our efforts, draw raffle prizes and announce auction winners.
Please help us raise funds for this very worthy cause. So many have been touched by suicide; it affects not only immediate relations, but also extended family and friends. Last year we raised in excess of $5,000 and we are hoping to raise a lot more this year.
So please register to walk, jog or run, or just come in and join us in making this annual event
a huge success.
For further information, please call Anytime Fitness Kingston, on 6229 1484 and speak to Jane or Lynna, or call in to Anytime Fitness, Level 1, Channel Court Shopping Mall, Kingston.
Fun Run postponed due to flood damage
Due to the impact of flooding across the trail set for the Kingston Fun Run, it has been decided to postpone this event until Sunday, 23rd September 2018. This choice was made in consultation with the police, SES, Kingborough Council, Running Calendars and the Rotary Club of Kingston. We look forward to your participation in September.
Annette Psereckis, Rotary Club of Kingston
Have your say: draft Dog Management Policy released
The Kingborough Council has released a review of its Dog Management Policy and is inviting feedback on the draft document.
The proposed policy has been drafted to provide a balanced opportunity for everyone to share and enjoy council’s public spaces. It sets out a code relating to responsible ownership of dogs and includes the provision of declared areas.
Under the Dog Control Act 2000, the council has the ability to restrict dogs at all times from a declared area. While the Draft Policy has used this provision (to either restrict from entering an area at all times or restrict to being restrained on a lead), there has also been an introduction of two new off-lead exercise areas in the lower Channel area.
The current Draft Policy provides a consistent approach to dog control throughout Kingborough and reflects the feedback provided in the community consultation carried out in 2017.
Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass said the council is aware of the concern in the community regarding dog management in Kingborough. “We know this topic inspires a lot of discussion and we encourage everyone to have their say on the Draft Policy,” he said. “The council has considered a lot of the feedback from last year and believe we have struck a good balance to allow for the equitable sharing of our public spaces.”
Feedback on the Draft Policy can be provided up until Monday 25 June on the council’s new Our Say online engagement forum, which can be found at www.oursay.org/kingborough-council/dog-management-policy. The Draft Policy can be viewed and downloaded through this link, or hard copies are available at the Civic Centre.
Written submissions are also accepted to email@example.com or to the Civic Centre, 15 Channel Hwy, Kingston 7050.
Communication key to addressing dog bite incidents in the community
Some people are better communicators than others and according to United States-based veterinary behaviourist, Dr Theresa DePorter, the same goes for dogs.
Dr DePorter spoke recently at the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Annual Conference about aggressive behaviour in dogs. She says that a dog’s communication skills combined with a person’s skill in picking up their cues plays a big part in reducing dog bite incidents in the community.
“Dogs communicate through body postures and they utilise an array of senses from pheromones to growls as an effective means to communicate with other dogs. This is how they communicate their emotional state such as fear or stress, not necessarily specific intent. These cues are used to avoid physical altercations between dogs, and it works for the most part.
“But, much like humans, not all dogs have the same communication skills, and some are better at it than others. In general, dog body language is communicated on a gradual scale and the degree to which these can be readily discerned by people varies based on the dog’s communication skills and the person’s skill in recognising these cues.
“Being able to understand a dog’s body language is really important for the safety of pet owners, the community and the welfare of dogs. It’s about being able to read a dog’s body language in a specific context and acting accordingly.”
Dr DePorter says that the majority of dogs will display signs of conflict, stress, anxiety or aggression before an aggressive event occurs. Unfortunately, these signals can go unnoticed or are widely misinterpreted by people.
“Some dogs will display signals to indicate they want a perceived threat to cease. Subtle signals of avoidance such as not engaging in direct eye contact or the absence of movement can often be missed. Owners also regularly misinterpret rolling over as a solicitation of petting when, if in the right context, it could actually be a dog’s way of displaying extreme appeasement behaviour.
“Aggressive body signs such as direct eye contact, lips pulled back at the corners and snarling are often a dog’s attempt to avoid a fight with minimal effort. However, if the perceived threat persists, the dog may elevate its head, neck and ears, shift its weight forward and stiffen its legs and toes to make itself appear larger and more challenging.
“Educating the community about dog body language is really critical in reducing dog bite incidents,” Dr DePorter said.
AVA President, Dr Paula Parker says that in an effort to help improve community safety with dogs the AVA has developed a legislative framework called Dangerous Dogs – a sensible solution. She says that the tendency of a dog to bite is dependent on several factors including, early experience, socialisation, training, inherited factors, physical and psychological health and the situation the dog is put in.
“The AVA wants to see a comprehensive approach to improve community safety with dogs. Pet ownership has enormous benefits for individuals and the community. Understanding what a dog is trying to communicate and acting to remove them from the situation or address their concerns is key in improving community safety with dogs,” Dr Parker said.
Australian Veterinary Association
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