Renewable energy and you
About 180 people attended a renewable energy event in Kingston last Sunday, hosted by Greens MP Rosalie Woodruff. The forum was designed to showcase the latest information about reducing our power bills and making a positive contribution to the environment. 
Rebecca Boyle (Sustainable Living Tasmania) outlined the top 10 ways to reduce your power bill and make you warmer. From heat pumps to reducing drafts, she sorted the money wasting alterations from the ones that are value for money. SLT can organise bulk buys and home energy efficiency assessments.
People heard about the recent status of home battery storage from local expert Dr Evan Franklin (Engineering at UTAS). Battery storage is still relatively expensive, but the price will drop rapidly over the next few years as production rises steeply.
Clive Attwater from the Electric Vehicle Association arrived with his Nissan Leaf, and other people came on electric bikes and an electric scooter. We are in the middle of an amazing global transformation as all forms of transport become electrified. By 2025, an electric car will be cheaper than its petrol equivalent, and we will be in a quieter and cleaner world.
Jack Gilding from Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance talked about the benefits of rooftop solar, how to make the most of the feed-in-tariff, and what’s the best solar system size. In most cases these days, the bigger the system you install the better.
If you missed this event, a repeat will be held on Sunday 1 October, from 2 to 4pm at the
Franklin Palais.
James Weld

Spring back into U3A
The last term of the Cygnet U3A for the year is filled with talks, presentations, garden visits and so much more. Our members will be treated to weekly smorgasbord of talks featuring Myths and Legends of the Polynesians, Living in Israel in the 1960s, An Art Journey, The Vanished Fleet, and a very helpful internet research workshop, just to name a few. Our Garden and Gourmet Program jumps back in with a booking for Deep End Farm, which includes a garden tour and lunch. Then we go to the Cygnet Cake Tin Factory, the Port Cygnet Nursery, and Island Herbs in Snug, as well as many more adventures. The science program will include talks on Randalls Bay Flora, Fauna and the Echo Sugarloaf Track, Weeds and their Control, Digital Communications Revolution, Sailing with Science, and Geology of the Solar System.
The term also features Play Reading, Bookclub, Men's Forum, The Writers Group, and Water Colour Painting. Term 3 begins on 25 September. Please go to our website for complete details of all our programs – – or email
Judi Timm

Feel like dancing?
If you are in the mood to dance why not head on down to West Winds Community Centre in Woodbridge for the 80s Disco on Friday 29 September. The disco is for adults only and is a fundraiser for Cancer Council Tasmania; entry is only $10 and BYO drinks and nibbles for a night of disco dancing fun. There will be a silent auction to raise some extra funds, with some great items on offer from many local businesses. Why not get into the swing of things and dress up in your favourite 80s fashion; and maybe do some Michael Jackson moonwalking or some ‘Vogue’ poses like Madonna!
If you’re not old enough to join in on 29th, for young people (8-16 years) there will be an Underage Rage on Friday 27 October with a Halloween theme (entry $5). To get you into the mood we are holding some free school holiday costume-making workshops at West Winds. On Thursday 5 October, from 9am to 12 noon, come along to West Winds and papier mache a balloon, ready to start your Halloween mask at the workshop on Thursday 12 October, from 9am to 3pm. You can also get creative with some scary makeup and some simple costume ideas.
Trina Blazely

Huon Valley Little Athletics visits local schools
Huon Valley Little Athletics has been getting ready for a big season ahead and as part of the preparation committee members recently attended schools throughout the Huon to promote family fun and fitness. Schools visited to date are St James College, Geeveston, Franklin, Glen Huon and  Cygnet Primary. Other schools in the Huon, including Sacred Heart Geeveston and Huonville Primary, are scheduled for visits over the coming weeks.
On Saturday 23 September, the club will conduct its annual ‘Come and Try Day’, where children can come along and jump, throw and run to see what Little Athletics is all about. With plenty on offer for Tiny Tots – ages 3 to 5 – and Little Athletes – ages 6 to 15 – a strong attendance is predicted, with lots of new faces and a visit from Petey the Panther, the Huon Valley Little Athletics Club mascot. With major sponsor Tassal on board again for the 2017/18 season, the first scheduled program will be on Saturday 30 September from 9am at the Huonville Recreation Ground. For more information visit Huon Valley Little Athletics on Facebook.
Huon Valley Little Athletics

Finding your happy ground
Join Dr Ivan Zwart, founder of Happy Ground, for a practical and engaging workshop to explore ways to improve your wellbeing.
As someone who has suffered from chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, Ivan is a perfect case study on what can happen to people who do not have the tools to cope with life’s difficulties or the stresses of modern living. Having come through these illnesses, Ivan feels better than he ever believed was possible and is now very passionate about inspiring others to do the same.
This free workshop will be held on Wednesday 11 October, from 6.30pm to 8pm, at the Kingborough Civic Centre, 15 Channel Highway, Kingston. Bookings can be made at This event is part of Mental Health Week 2017 – "Stronger Together".
Kingborough Council

Historic art prize hits the top note
It's cementing itself not just as Tasmania's longest running public exhibition but one of the State's biggest art prizes. Up to $10,000 in prize money will be on offer as part of the BMX Royal Hobart Show's 2017 Artery Art On Show.
Now in its 46th year, the huge art exhibition is expected to attract over 260 entries from the very best of the State's artists and continues the now established tradition of new initiatives to give a fillip to recreational art in Tasmania.
Art On Show is an integral part of the Royal Hobart Show and set a State record in 2016 with 290 high standard paintings presented.
Scott Gadd, the CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania (RAST) said that the main purpose of Art On Show was to ensure that the quality of recreational art in the community is given the recognition it deserves. "To underline this focus, our committee is continuing with the number of specific prize categories introduced in 2016 and which met with wide community acclaim, he said.
These include:
The Artery $1,000 award for New Emerging Artists between the ages of 16-25 years and specifically designed to give young artists a boost towards exploring their dreams, hopes and goals in the art world.
The Margaret Gunn Award, a special prize of $500 for ‘Quiet Achievers’ and sponsored by the Gunn family in recognition of Mrs Margaret Gunn who essentially developed the original concept of Art On Show.
The RAST Award of $500 for a work selected from the overall exhibition, which best reflects a typical Tasmanian agricultural scene.
The Artery $700 Award for the most outstanding miniature painting with $200 for the runner-up.
The Art Poster Image Tech Award of $600 for the best black and white photograph of a typical Tasmanian scene with $300 for the runner-up.
The Artery Award of $1,400 for the overall exhibition champion with $600 for the runner-up.
Other sections cover works in oil and/or acrylic, water-based media, Gouche or mixed media, drawing and works in dry media (pastel).
"Now more than ever, recreational art is part of the fundamental fabric of any community", Mr Gadd said. "Art is for everyone and the Art On Show exhibition ensures that over 10,000 people a day get to enjoy the work of those artists who live in their community".
Entries for Art On Show close on October 7, 2017 and are still available online at
Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania

Recycle your old computer tablets

Preparations for the 2018 Cygnet Folk Festival are well underway, however the committee needs your help. The festival is streamlining its processes and needs several computer tablets to make the job of registering performers and volunteers faster and easier.
If you have a computer tablet that you no longer use or need, the committee would be very grateful if you would like to recycle it by donating it to the festival.
Beryl Farrell, the festival’s IT liaison, said there are lots of people out there with older computer tablets that they’ve since replaced and this is a great opportunity to put them back to good use as part of this fantastic, annual community event.
Please contact Beryl on 0458 113 508 or
Beryl Farrell

Intimate Worlds exhibition
Huon Valley artist Lysbeth Driessen’s latest solo exhibition, ‘Intimate Worlds’, is a collection of 14 paintings both traditional and abstract in style.
Lysbeth’s career has spanned four decades, in which time she gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UTAS. From there Lysbeth has taught, tutored, been an art judge and held numerous solo and group exhibitions of her work.
The Art Society of Tasmania Inc. has included Lysbeth’s work in their 2017 calendar and this year, as she has explored a more abstract style, Lysbeth became a finalist in the Australian Artist
Seascape competition.
It is her love of painting the world around her, especially the beautiful Huon Valley, that most collectors associate with Lysbeth. Her works successfully retain the sparkle of an artist who balances the rules of formal teaching with her own unique style.
The exhibition will be held at Huon Art, 9 Wilmot Road, Huonville, from Saturday 23rd September until Monday 2nd October from 10am to 4pm daily.
Lysbeth Driessen

Plastic bag free Cygnet
I’m the sort of person who enjoys ‘doing’ things rather than talking about things, and dealing with bureaucracy leaves me yawning, so it was with great delight that I discovered that a friend of mine shared the same approach to life, particularly around a particular issue. For some time now I have been very concerned about the amount of plastic we use in our society and have felt that a town like Cygnet would be the sort of place where the community might embrace some sort of change with regard to plastic usage.
One day, some weeks ago, I started a discussion with a friend in our gardening group about my concerns and discovered that she mirrored my own feelings around this issue. So, to cut a long story short, Sandra Shepherd and I have launched a ‘Plastic Bag Free Cygnet’ campaign after canvassing some local support from community groups such as the Circular Economy Cygnet and the CWA. We have approached local retailers, including the two supermarkets and the response has been very supportive and enthusiastic.
Our idea is to make material bags out of donated fabric so that retailers can offer them to customers instead of plastic bags. Customers can make a donation for a bag and funds raised will go to support Loui's Van, a service run by St Vincent de Paul to feed the homeless.
We will be holding weekly sewing bees at Bridge Cottage in Burton’s Reserve on Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm. Anyone is welcome, just bring along a pair of scissors or a sewing machine and some good will. Donations of fabric or cottons will be gratefully received and can be left at the Cygnet Hub at the Town Hall for collection.
Sally Port

Seniors’ activities for October
October is Seniors Month and Huon Valley Council has a raft of activities to keep seniors
The month kicks off with the official launch, with comedian Rachel Berger, who will take a group of seniors through ‘what it takes to present a comedy spot’ and then have them perform their stories.
There are art groups on throughout the month, with sewing groups with Stitch and Giggle at GeCo, painting at wayraparattee, Plain English workshops and history groups that can help you research your family tree.
The council’s Afternoon Tea is on Wednesday, October 18 at the RSL Club in Huonville. Huon Regional Care have an afternoon tea and dance on the following Tuesday, October 24 at their site in Franklin, kicking off at 1.30pm.
You can learn The Fibs about Scotland, play Scrabble or practice your French at the Huon LINC, or watch the movies Mary meets Mohammad or Young@Heart.
Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor says the program looks exciting.
“There’s something for everyone during Seniors Month. We’ve got activities that focus on fun, and others that focus on craft and education. It’s a great time to be out and about, try new things and meet new people.
“I’d like to thank the council staff for providing such a full program. I’d also like to thank GeCo, the Huon LINC, the Port Cygnet Men’s Shed, Huon Regional Care and wayraparattee for partnering with us to ensure seniors in the Valley have a wide range of activities to choose from this Seniors Month,” Commissioner Taylor said.
Huon Valley Council

Seniors Week: Discover. Imagine. Together.
The Kingborough Council is planning some fantastic events to celebrate this year’s Seniors Week and the theme of 'Discover. Imagine. Together.'
Seniors Week is an annual celebration of the many great things about getting older. It also brings people together to discuss some of
the challenges.
The council’s first seniors' event is scheduled for Friday, 13 October, with the very popular Intergenerational Lunch. This wonderful event involves local young people working with a chef to learn the skills involved in hosting, preparing and  serving a large-scale function. This year, the young chefs will be preparing High Tea to honour Seniors Week. The cost is $20 and bookings are essential. Please phone 6211 8170 to reserve your place.
Manor Gardens Club, the council’s day respite centre at Firthside, is holding an open intergenerational morning and afternoon tea on Monday, 16 October, from 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm. Visitors are invited to come along and have a look at the lovely club and meet the staff and club members. Please phone 6211 8181 to book or enquire.
In keeping with the theme of 'Discover. Imagine. Together.', the celebrations wouldn’t be complete without an outdoor activity to enjoy Kingborough’s beautiful natural environment. So why not join in a great local walk led by one of the council’s natural environment team? You’ll be shown local flora along the North West Bay River track via Cooke Rivulet to North West Bay and together we can enjoy a picnic lunch at the end of the walk. The walk will be held on Wednesday, 18 October, starting at 11am at the Sandfly Oval carpark. For information and bookings, call 6211 8170.
The Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass said that Seniors Week is a reminder to our older residents that there is an abundance of activities to take part in, not just in this special week but all year round. “I hope people get into the spirit of things and try something new,” he said.
There is a range of activities happening throughout Seniors Week in Kingborough. Copies of the information booklet which provides a comprehensive list of activities are available at the council’s customer service counter.
Kingborough Council

The kids will have a ball at Vacation Care
The Huon Valley Council Children’s Services have planned a whole world of fun for kids aged 5 to 13 years old in their Vacation Care Program.
There’s an excursion to Village Cinemas followed by lunch in the park, and another to Inflatable World where they can bounce away their extra energy. There’s a day of team sports planned with an opportunity to make their own lunch afterwards.
Then there are all the things they can make during the craft days. They’ll be creating hats, garden lanterns, troll rocks and paper weights, their own ice cream or clay sculptures, sand art pieces or wind chimes.
Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor says while the wide range of activities should keep even the most discerning child happy, there are other reasons for promoting this type of program.
“The Vacation Care Program is packed full of activities centered around creativity, which has such a positive impact on a child’s development.
“Creativity helps teach cognitive skills such as mathematics and scientific thinking. It has been shown to improve communication skills, problem solving, making interpretations, and using symbols, which help with future literacy skills,” Commissioner Taylor said.
The program runs from 2 to 13 October. Bookings are essential and families must enrol with the program before booking. Morning and afternoon tea is provided except on the excursions. There are daily costs involved.
For more information visit the Huon Valley Council's Children’s Services Facebook page or phone
6264 0333.
Huon Valley Council

Fun filled holiday activites @yspace
Kingborough Council’s youth services team invites young people across Kingborough to join them for fun activities and workshops over the coming school holidays.
The big event during the holidays will be at the Blackmans Bay skate park on Saturday 7 October when the Australian Scooter Association (ASA) makes their debut in Tasmania. Scooter riders of all capabilities can come along and learn from the professionals and ride the new skate park. There will be an opportunity to find out more information about the ASA and meet an Australian pro rider. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch from 11am to 1pm and enjoy the free BBQ.
Young people can also join an exciting sailing training program on the magnificent tall ship, Windeward Bound. The Learn the Ropes program runs on Saturday 30 September and offers young people a chance to experience life on board a sailing ship and the opportunity to learn new skills.
If sailing isn’t your thing, the Positive Heart – Positive Mind workshop explores the relationship between the heart and the mind and how it can positively impact life experiences. The workshop is being run on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October during Mental Health Week.
Budding chefs will be kept busy with some fantastic workshops. Join Chef Kirsten Bacon in the yspace kitchen making “pigs in mud cake” or be part of a new workshop, Happy Heart – Happy Mind which will combine making delicious food and learning practical techniques to help keep the mind happy and stress free.
The holiday activities would not be complete without some fun active trips, which include a day out to the movies and a game of laser skirmish.
Transport is provided to and from yspace, for young people living down the Channel, for the sailing day and the movies/laser skirmish day. There are some age limitations for the activities, so please check with the council’s customer services on 6211 8200. Further details are also available on the Kingborough Council website.
Kingborough Council

Be the light in Kingston Beach for families with blood cancer
Kingborough locals who have felt the devastating impact of blood cancer are being invited to carry a lantern alongside friends and family at a special twilight event on Saturday 23 September.
Now in its 10th year, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night fundraiser brings Australia’s blood cancer community together in more than 140 locations, in every state and territory, to remember and reflect during a moving ceremony and short lantern walk.
Organiser Anne Palmer says the event aims to raise $2,000 to help provide the support and services local families need to beat their blood cancer.
“Attending Kingston Beach’s Light the Night event is a wonderful way to show those in our community facing blood cancer that, even in their darkest hour, they’re not alone,” said Anne Palmer.
“Every one of us who raises money and carries a lantern will help light the way for them.”
Those attending hold gold lanterns to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer and white lanterns if they’ve been diagnosed themselves. Blue lanterns are proudly raised by friends, family, workmates and the wider community.
Join this Light the Night event at or call 1800 500 088.
Leukaemia Foundation

The Huon Show volunteer open day
The Huon Show committee is looking for volunteers to help during the days leading up to the show.
Have you ever thought about becoming involved but are unsure how to?
Come along to the volunteer open day on October 7 from 11am to 2pm, at Ranelagh Showgrounds, 49 Marguerite Street, Ranelagh.You can meet committee members, have a chat about the different jobs and roles that need filling and enjoy a free barbecue while you chat.
We would love you to share our event so that we can reach as many potential volunteers as possible.
If you need more information, please inbox us or contact our secretary –
The Huon Show

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