THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Empowering young women
Kingborough Council’s Young Women’s Program has given nine young women the opportunity to develop new skills and emotional resilience.
The participants have enjoyed workshops designed to assist them in identifying things which make them feel good about themselves, their health and their wellbeing, as well as identifying things that may be affecting them negatively. By separating positive and negative influences, participants can see what they can control, and recognise how they can create opportunities to do the things that make them feel empowered. They can also recognise that even if they can’t control negative factors, they have options to try to address them or avenues to seek help and support.
Other information sessions covered body image and self care, cyber safety and online bullying, and alcohol and drug awareness. The program engaged the young women in activity-based education, which encourages them to be valuable members of a group and the community.
To celebrate their achievement in completing the program, the young women had a day out at Kyalami Equestrian, working alongside and riding horses. For some of the young women, this was a big challenge. They all rose to the occasion by spending time getting to know the horses, grooming them and then riding them inside the arena. Feedback from participants in the program has been positive. They feel it has helped them, and given them the tools to seek help and advice if needed.
The council also runs a program for young men, and this will be organised later in the year.
Kingborough mayor Steve Wass said: “These programs provide our young people with support and advice on how to be resilient and how to work together. It also gives them access to
a lot of information and knowledge. We applaud them for their achievements in completing
The Young Women’s Program is run in partnership with Kingston High School, along with other service providers, including Pulse Youth Health Services, Colony 47’s Reconnect Program, the Drug Education Network, and the Police and Citizens Youth Club.
Community grants open
The first round of Kingborough Council’s Community Grants Program for 2018/19 is now open
The funding helps not-for-profit community groups in areas such as sport and recreation, community health and well-being, events, environmental projects and arts and culture.
The program helps boost participation in community life, share resources and opportunities fairly across Kingborough, and support people and groups with a strong service commitment.
Each funding round offers $25,000 in total, with individual grants up to $3,000.
The grants cover half the cost of the projects involved, with the recipients matching the amount dollar-for-dollar or in-kind.
The Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass, encourages organisations to apply, “This program recognises the importance of strong community services, which makes living in Kingborough so attractive,” he said. “Our people, especially volunteers, are doing wonderful things and provide great opportunities you possibly wouldn’t get anywhere else.
“Especially at a time when money is tight in the community sector, we’ve managed our budget very carefully to be able to continue supporting the community.”
Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, 10 September 2018. A copy of the grant guidelines and the application form is available on the Kingborough Council’s website at www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/community-grants. Contact the council’s Community Development Officer on 6211 8170 for more information.
Public meeting: proposed deep water export facility
The Huon Valley Council has given notice that, pursuant to Sections 59 and 60A of the Local Government Act 1993, a public meeting will be held at 6pm, on Tuesday 24 July 2018 at the Huonville Town Hall, 40 Main Street, Huonville for the purpose of discussing the subject, “Proposed deep water export facility at Port Esperance, Dover”.
Any person may make a written submission on this subject matter, to be lodged with the General Manager, by either: post to PO Box 210, Huonville, 7109; email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
via the council’s website at www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/notice-public-meeting/; or in person at the Customer Service Centre.
All submissions must be received by no later than Saturday 21 July 2018.
Please note this is not in respect of any development application made to the council to be dealt with under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and any submission made will not constitute a representation for the purposes of any future application.
Emilio Reale, General Manager
Huon Valley Council
Interested in hydrotherapy?
Do you find exercising on land too uncomfortable? Have you ever wanted to exercise in water and were unsure of pool availability and affordability in the Cygnet area? Then come and join us. Petra Benn, the Senior Physiotherapist at Cygnet Community Health Centre (CCHC), is offering an ongoing pool group that gets together on a Wednesday morning for an hour and a half, at Woodbridge Hideaway heated pool, for eight weeks starting again this August. The aim is to provide hydrotherapy or aquatic physiotherapy,
with exercises that are specifically tailored to your needs. The exercises are implemented within the warmth and buoyancy of a water environment aiming to reduce pain and promote muscle relaxation, to increase joint range of movement and flexibility, increase muscle strength and improve core stability and balance reactions.
Hydrotherapy can be effective in the management of many varying conditions and pain issues. Water provides a near-weightless environment where individuals can work at a comparable intensity to land-based exercise, but for longer without discomfort or post-exercise soreness. Conditions where hydrotherapy may be useful are: arthritis, fitness and conditioning, spinal pain, joint pain, post-surgery, decreased mobility and persistent pain management.
Bookings are essential as the class numbers are limited to 15. There is an upfront cost of $45 to cover the expense of hiring the pool for eight weeks. If you would like more information you can call us at CCHC on 6295 1235.
Celebrating National Tree Day
As part of National Tree Day on 29 July, Kingborough Council will host a working bee in Longley. Participants will create a buffer for the existing vegetation along the North West Bay River, increasing the habitat corridor which runs from the mountain through the North West Bay River catchment to the coast.
This year’s National Tree Day event will celebrate the North West Bay River catchment with tree planting and free BBQ plus a chance to meet and talk about the new catchment management plan, take a short guided walk and look at some natural river regeneration.
The day will also focus on celebrating all the work undertaken in the catchment since the original catchment management plan was made, and introduce the reviewed version for discussion. The plan and maps will be available to look at on the day.
The day is suitable for children, and there is disabled access.
The site is at Longley Park beside North West Bay River, just upstream from the Longley International Hotel and opposite Millhouses Road. Most cars will be able to park on the grass. Alternative parking is along the roads or at the public park. Please do not park in the pub car park. The Longley International will host live music from 2pm. Anyone who would like to eat at the pub will need to book.
Gloves, tools and equipment for planting, watering cans, buckets, and drinking water will
Volunteers are requested to RSVP to Bridget Jupe (BJ) on 6211 8299.
Bruny Island marine debris clean-up
Join the D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration for a clean-up day on Saturday 18 August 2018, to help protect our waterway’s biodiversity, liveability and productivity.
The clean-up is happening over a few different areas so contact Amelia Fowles for more information and how to register on email@example.com.
Colourful contributions to ageing positively
Kingborough’s Disruptive Agers are back to challenge stereotypes about getting older by taking on a variety of public art projects.
The Disrupters are not really artists; they just have a sense of enthusiasm to contribute to the community in fun and interesting ways.
The team got together by invitation and word of mouth and have now created two fabulous projects, a mural on Beach Road and a new mural on Redwood Road in Maranoa Heights. “Being a Disrupter is one of the most personally rewarding projects I have participated in,” said Colleen McIntyre. “The artwork provides opportunities for exercising not only our minds, but also our creative spirits, which I find extremely uplifting. The new and warm friendships being forged during each project are the icing on the cake.”
“Growing older disgracefully is a desired outcome,” said Keith Jones, “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul!”
More Disruptive Ageing is expected to be happening over the coming months.
Disruptive Ageing is part of Kingborough Council’s Positive Ageing Program. The program also includes an initiative called Community Connections, which aims to reach out to people who feel isolated for a variety of reasons. The council’s Youth Services team organise young people to improve their cooking skills by preparing and serving meals to older members of the community.
To find out more or to get involved in any of the Positive Ageing programs, contact the council’s Community Development Officer on 6211 8170.
New play at the Bay
A new play space is being installed next to the Blackmans Bay Skate Park from 25 June.
Young people in the area have been seeking improved recreational facilities to complement the newly extended skate park. Their request will become a reality with support from Kingborough Council, the state government and the Rotary Club of Kingston.
The area has been designed to provide a whole-of-park solution
where families and social groups can meet and enjoy the recreational opportunities. It will provide space for young children to ride small bikes around the circular path, and older children can test their agility on the climbing frame.
The park caters for all abilities and will have a double seesaw, nature play, stepping stones and sand-based soft fall. Seasonal landscaping and shelters will be incorporated into the space to protect users from the sun or rain.
Public access along the footpath will remain open, however the play area will be fenced off for the duration of the construction.
Updates on the play space will be published on Kingborough Council’s social media channels.
Free youth activities
Join in the free fun at Maranoa Heights Community Centre this August and September, on Tuesdays from 3.30pm to 4.45pm. Sessions are for ages 10 to 17 and will include:
• 7 August – Cooking: make a delicious meal to take home.
• 14 August – Words to live by collage: create a group collage from recycled materials to add to the centre.
• 21 August – Henna art: learn the ancient art of henna design.
• 28 August – Miniature terrariums: create miniature glass terrariums to take home.
• 4 September – Cooking: make a delicious meal to take home.
• 11 September – Jewellery making and leather work: create pieces of jewellery made from beads and leather.
• 18 September – Yoga: get active and relaxed at the same time with yoga.
• 25 September – Construction: building your own hanging timber display shelf to take home.
No bookings are required for these free sessions.
Contact Sarah, the council’s Youth Officer, for more information on 6211 8138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask at the Maranoa Heights Community Centre, 24 Hawthorn Drive, Kingston.
Thousands of kids join coding event to prepare for the future
Code Club Australia recently announced that more than 17,000 kids have now signed up to the July 20, Moonhack hackathon, a global event encouraging every child to learn how to code so they are prepared for the future.
“Our mission is to ensure that all children are given the chance to learn to code. Our Moonhack campaign is an opportunity to set a world record, with our aim being to get as many kids as possible coding over a 24 hour period,” Code Club Australia, General Manager, Dr Louise Baker said.
“We want to ensure that every child in Australia is given an opportunity to shape their world and their future. Central to our mission is providing teacher training so that educators are empowered to offer a relevant and inclusive digital education to their students,” Dr Baker said.
The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2020, more than five million jobs in 15 major developed countries will be lost to automation. Within Australia it has been predicted that 40% of jobs will become automated within the next 10 to 20 years.1
“We cannot afford to wait. We must ensure that every young Australian is afforded the same opportunity to be competitive and have the technological skills to compete in the global market place,” Dr Louise Baker added.
We have more than 17,000 Australian kids registered, with 49% girls. 67% of those registered are from a diverse number of countries, including the USA, Bangladesh, Canada, Israel, NZ, India, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Hungary and Italy.
“Last year more than 28,500 kids from around the globe participated in this free event and this year we are hoping for a new record,” Dr Baker said.
“The economy of the future will rely heavily on people with specialist knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), but in addition, our children will require skills in entrepreneurship, art and design. Many children, particularly those in regional and remote areas, aren’t able to access the skills they need for the future.”
The reality of ensuring every Australian child has access to these new skills, particularly in regional and rural areas, is critical when you consider reports from The Foundation for Young Australians which has identified that in the near future approximately 90% of jobs in Australia will require computer skills.2
Brad Delamare, CEO of leading Australian Fin-tech Hub, Tank Stream Labs said, “Digital disruption has rapidly changed the world but also provides a new world of entrepreneurial opportunities. For the next generation of Australians to be competitive, we must urgently invest in the tech skills needed to compete in the new global market. Code Club is about ensuring no Australian child will be left behind in the future.”
Jackie Coates, Head of the Telstra Foundation, Code Club Australia’s founding funder, encouraged parents across Australia to get on board and organise a Moonhack mission control in their homes or local schools.
“Digital technology is changing every aspect of our lives and computer coding is the language of the 21st Century. At the Telstra Foundation we’re passionate about building the skills our kids need to prepare them for the jobs of the future,” Ms Coates said.
“The best thing about Code Club is that it breaks down the myth that computer coding is hard and complex – it’s actually fun, and through Moonhack something parents can do with their kids. As a mum of tweens, I’ve been able to get involved in coding with my kids through Code Club’s unique approach – and we’ve had a blast doing it,” Ms Coates added.
“Code Club Australia would like to thank their founding funder, The Telstra Foundation, for their on-going support. The Foundation has played a pivotal role in shaping Code Club and in helping us increase digital literacy amongst Australian youth,” Dr Baker said.
Coding is a vital skill for children to learn to help them shape their rapidly changing future. The Future of Work, a report by the Regional Australia Institute, estimated that one in two future jobs will require “skills such as programming, software development and skills to build digital technology”.
“We need to put greater emphasis on the need for coding. On the anniversary of the first moon landing (20 July), we want to get tens of thousands of parents, teachers, communities, and most importantly, children, enthusiastic about coding,” Dr Louise Baker concluded.
What’s Moonhack? #getkidscoding
• Moonhack is an annual celebration of coding and human technological achievement created by Code Club (but you don’t have to be a member of a Code Club to participate). On the anniversary of the first moon landing (20 July), we want to get all parents, teachers, communities, and most importantly, children, enthusiastic about coding.
• From Sydney to Seoul, Dhaka to Durham, kids all over the world last year got the chance to collaborate and code. Moonhack 2018 will be even bigger! Working with our national and International partners, we’re aiming for the stars (but we’ll settle for the moon).
• We are setting a world record (most kids coding in one day) together to show the world that anyone can learn the basics of code for free. Last year 28,575 kids from around the globe participated in this free event.
Five steps to Moonhack
1. Register to participate at http://www.moonhack.com
2. Choose the appropriate coding project for your students based on their ability
3. Print out the Moonhack project’s steps for your students according to the platform you have chosen
4. Give your students a computer or tablet, the curriculum for their project and let them Moonhack
5. Submit your projects
Moonhack Media Release
1. Committee for Economic Development of Australia. (2015, June). Australia’s Future Workforce? Retrieved from: http://adminpanel.ceda.com.au/FOLDERS/Service/Files/Documents/26792~
2. Foundation for Young Australians. (2015). The New Work Order. Retrieved from: http://www.fya.org.au/wp-content/ uploads/2015/08/fya-future-of-work-report-final-lr.pdf
Smoke alarm in every bedroom recommended
With winter upon us and the rate of house fires increasing as it gets colder, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters are urging people to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed in every sleeping area.
Nine fire trucks based at career fire stations around the state have become mobile billboards for lifesaving home fire safety messages. The billboards display:
• Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom
• Protect those you love
• Working smoke alarms save lives
Most fatal house fires occur at night when people are sleeping and the absence of smoke alarms can increase the possibility of a house fire resulting in a fatality by 60%.
TFS recommends 10-year lithium battery photoelectric
“Of the 100 house fires TFS crews have responded to since March this year, almost 80% of those were caused accidentally. We can’t prevent all fires, so we need the community to give themselves the best chance of surviving a house fire by ensuring they have adequate smoke alarms in their home,” said TFS Director Community Fire Safety Sandy Whight.
“Working smoke alarms can mean the difference between you and your family surviving a house fire or not.
“You can’t smell smoke when you are asleep so your best chance of surviving a house fire is to rely on your other senses to wake you. If a fire starts in the bedroom it will be too late if the closest smoke alarm is in the hallway.
“The more smoke alarms you have in a house, the quicker you will be alerted to a fire, to allow the safe evacuation for you and your family to your one safe meeting place outside.”
Help yourself, your family and Tasmania’s emergency services by installing 10-year lithium battery photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, hallway, living area and the top of stairs.
Tips for staying safe in your home this winter:
• Ensure your family has a current and practised home fire escape plan
• Inspect and clean your chimney flue annually by a qualified professional
• Keep flammable items such as clothing on airers at least two metres from the heater
• Ensure the lint filter in your clothes dryer is clean prior to each use
• Run the clothes dryer through to the end of the cooling cycle
For more information about home fire safety visit www.fire.tas.gov.au
Tasmania Fire Service
Distressed country people don’t recognise mental illness
A third of country people who are suffering moderate to high psychological distress don’t think they have a mental health problem.
That’s the key finding of research published recently in the Australian Journal of Rural Health, the National Rural Health Alliance’s peer reviewed journal.
Two and a half thousand people were surveyed from across rural and remote New South Wales by researchers at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Mental Health.
Respondents were asked if they’d experienced any mental health problems in the past 12 months, and then they filled in a questionnaire that measures psychological distress.
A total of 472 people reported moderate to very high levels of psychological distress in the past 12 months. A third of these people did not report any mental health problems.
The survey, called “Self recognition of mental health problems in a rural Australian sample”, breaks new ground in rural mental health research. It shows that a significant portion of country people have problems identifying mental illness.
The new study said that mental illness in rural areas is often under reported because of the lack of mental health professionals working in the country.
But it noted that rural people are less likely to seek help even if services are available.
The study said “poor mental health literacy” is a critical barrier to country people getting the help they need.
It adds that country people are reluctant to acknowledge distress as a problem, and have a tendency to associate ‘mental health problems’ with severe disorders that might require hospitalisation.
The authors are calling for a public health campaign that specifically targets country people.
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