Festival focuses on sharing culture

The Cygnet Folk Festival has been successful in achieving funding from the Australia Council for the Arts to conduct a special project  called Sharing Culture through Language and Song.
The artists involved in this project represent some of the finest both in musicianship and cultural excellence in their fields.
There will be a special concert on the opening night of the festival featuring many of these artists. They will invite performers from other cultures represented at the event to join them on stage in the spirit of harmony and reconciliation.
Kutcha Edwards was inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) Hall of Fame in 2016. He was also awarded the Melbourne Prize for Music that year, and received the inaugural fellowship with the Victorian College for the Arts for most distinguished musician.
Shellie Morris was named as the NT Australian of the Year in 2014.
She is a feature artist with the Black Arm Band and has collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tim Rogers, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Barnes and Sinead O’Connor.
Tasmania’s own Dewayne Everett-Smith has been another featured Black Arm Band performer. In addition to his own recordings and performances, he has supported the likes of Archie Roach and Dr G Yunupingu.
Multi-award winning artists Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have been instrumental in bringing Noongar language through beautifully crafted songs to audiences around the globe.
John Bennett has received 12 national award nominations, including WA Indigenous Song of the Year and APRA Songwriter of the Year. Nominations for Male Artist of the Year at the Deadly Awards have seen John listed amongst the likes of Gurrumul and Troy Cassar-Daley.
Troy Jungaji  Brady is a feature artist with Black Arm Band in addition to his performances as a solo artist. The Western GuGu Yelanji songman shares his stories of country, love, and law.
Deline Briscoe has been a principal artist with the Black Arm Band. She has performed with Archie Roach, Dr G Yunupingu and Mission Songs Project.
The Yalanji woman of song has launched her stunning solo debut, Wawu.
A very warm welcome to West Papuan artists the Black Orchid Stringband, who will feature songs and stories from their troubled homeland.
Sue Ray is a multi-award winning artist, whose deep, dark voice has graced TV shows and radios for the past 15 years.
The festival also welcomes The Homelands Tour featuring Glen Scuthorpe.
As always, the festival is grateful for the advice offered and engagement with SETAC, the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation. SETAC will engage with Shellie Morris in a special workshop leading up to the festival.
SETAC will also conduct the festival’s welcome event and participate in the Q&A forum moderated by Everett-Smith.
The project will include special workshops and collaborative events. Troy Brady will also conduct a masterclass for men to share story and song on the Friday morning of the festival weekend.
Cygnet Folk Festival

Green waste service gearing up
Kingborough Council’s new green waste kerbside collection service will begin operation from 1 July 2020.
The service will automatically be provided to properties which are currently on the kerbside general waste and recycling service and which are:
Larger than 400m2
Smaller than 4,000m2
Unit complexes with three or fewer units.
Residents can opt out if they are within the above parameters and do not wish to receive the service.
Residents can also opt in if they are not within the above parameters but do currently receive a waste and recycling kerbside collection service.
Residents must opt in or out by Monday, 16 December 2019 so the council is able to organise bins and a service provider.
If residents have not opted out prior to the deadline date they will be included on the service for the 2020-21 financial year and therefore liable for the service fee. Residents may still opt out after this date, and will be excluded from the service for the 2021-22 financial year. Residents will need to supply their property identification number (PID) when opting out. This number appears on rates notices.
Letters are being sent to all proHuon Valley Council celebrates awardsperties on the kerbside collection service.
Residents may opt in or out using the online form on the green waste webpage at
Kingborough Council

Huon Valley Council celebrates awards
Huon Valley Council won two awards at the 2019 Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmania Sustainable Communities Awards held in Oatlands in October.
The council’s community engagement officer, Lisa Plohl, picked up the major KAB Tasmanian Citizen of the Year award, and the council won a Community Action and Partnerships award for Geeveston’s Heritage Park due to the site’s mindful, community-focused design and success in delivering significant benefits for the town.
Citizen of the Year Award
“We are very proud of Lisa,” said Cr Enders. “She is a huge asset to the council but more importantly to the Huon Valley community she is so committed to.”
Lisa is well known for being a thoughtful and generous worker, and played a lead role in setting up and running the animal refuge centre at the Ranelagh Showgrounds during the early 2019 bushfires.
Lisa is the go-to person for anyone needing advice or information for local events and has a deep understanding and love for the diverse Huon Valley community.
“Lisa’s dedication to supporting community events and initiatives is outstanding,” said
Cr Enders. “She works tirelessly for local groups and has been involved in pony club, dog walking associations, Relay For Life, and the Country Women’s Association (CWA), not to mention the huge amount of work she does for the Huon Agricultural Society and her long-term commitment to the Huon Show.
“It is wonderful that she is being acknowledged for her efforts.”
Geeveston award
The council’s second win recognised its work on one of the Huon’s most popular public spaces.
“I have seen a real focus this year on parks and playgrounds and the importance of involving the community in the design and planning to provide a facility that has something to offer everyone,” said KAB Tasmania Community judge Lesley Gardner.
The redevelopment of the Heritage Park playground was completed in early 2018 as part of the Heritage Park masterplan, which was shaped by feedback collected from local residents.
“During the consultation period, the Geeveston community told us they wanted more attractions in the area to meet the need for an economic lift after the departure of Forestry Tasmania,” said
Cr Enders.
“They wanted an all-ages, all-abilities playground site, which could be enjoyed by local families while also attracting visitors and encouraging them to spend more time in Geeveston.
“As a destination playground it is a beautiful rest stop that captures people on their way to the major southern attractions such as Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool.”
The impressive play equipment features a Danish-designed Skybridge, a giant slide, a 35m flying fox, a maze, an inclusive carousel, a digger, and a whirly gig. Shaded seating is located throughout the site.
Heritage Park also has an educational bike track, skate bowl, sheltered barbecue area, toilet block, and walking trails.
A full list of local playgrounds and other public spaces and facilities can be found on the council’s website at
Huon Valley Council media release

Huon increases defibrillator access
TasWater, in collaboration with St John’s Ambulance, has presented Huon Valley Council with an automatic emergency defibrillator (AED). The location of the device has yet to be confirmed.
Tasmania currently has a network of more than 500 defibrillators. But many of these exist in a business or other location that isn’t available for 24/7 public access. Up to 30,000 Australians die every year from sudden cardiac arrest. Many of these deaths would be preventable if an AED were easily accessible.
St John’s Ambulance commercial operations manager Jeremy Bosworth said sudden cardiac arrest could strike at any time, anywhere.
“Defibrillators save lives and having more speedily accessible to the public will help a greater number of people make it home to their friends and families,” he said.
“Defibrillation within three to five minutes of sudden cardiac arrest collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50-75%, so minutes matter. Survival rates without defibrillation are as low as 12%.
“Communities recognise public access to AEDs is a valuable lifesaving resource, and we have found they are rarely tampered with or damaged. There remain many at-risk areas in Tasmania, and every new AED in place is a positive outcome.”
TasWater media release

Local landcarer recognised
Randells Bay landcarer Paul Thomas has received the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award. Mr Thomas is a member of the Friends of
Randalls Bay.
Outstanding Landcare people and projects were announced at the Tasmanian Landcare Awards held on Monday 28 October at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. Landcare champions from across Tasmania came together to celebrate impressive achievements in the landcare community.
Hosted by cartoonist Andrew Marlton, aka First Dog on the Moon, the awards celebrate incredible efforts to protect Tasmanian land, water and biodiversity.
The ceremony featured award winners from diverse categories, including farming, community landcare groups, coastcare and Indigenous land management.
Landcare Tasmania CEO Rod Knight paid tribute to the award finalists and winners.
“The Tasmanian Landcare Awards dinner was a great celebration of landcare in Tasmania. The awards recognised individuals, groups and partnerships across the state, as well as, and most importantly, First Nations custodians caring for country,” Mr Knight said.
“Every awards process has winners but their real value is in showcasing the incredible diversity, creativity and value Tasmanians apply to delivering environmental and sustainable outcomes through grassroots, community-based landcare.”
Landcare Australia CEO,
Dr Shane Norrish, commended recipients of the Tasmanian Landcare Awards on their outstanding
“It’s an honour to be able to recognise the great work being carried out by our Landcare champions in Tasmania,” Dr Norrish said.
“The Landcare Awards program provides landcarers with the ideal opportunity to get together and celebrate the individual and collective achievements of landcare in the community.
“Landcarers across Australia deserve to be acknowledged. We’re looking forward to seeing Tasmanian winners represent their community at the National Landcare Awards next year”.
Winners of the national award categories will go on to represent Tasmania at the 2020 National Landcare Awards in Sydney.
2019 Tasmanian Landcare Award winners
This year’s other award winners were:
• Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award – Tamar NRM
• Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award – King Island Natural Resource Management Group
• Indigenous Land Management Award – pakana services
• Virgin Coastcare Award – Circular Head Landcare Group
• Australian Government Landcare Farming Award – Soil
First Tasmania
• Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award –
Redbank Farm
• Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Award – Carmel Allen, Friends of Fernglade
• Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award – Risdon Vale Primary School, 24 Carrot
Garden Project.
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Local event seeks stallholders
Kingborough Council is seeking expressions of interest for stallholders wishing to take part in the nineth annual Love Living Locally event to be held in Kingston. Love Living Locally is a free community gathering to celebrate living locally in Kingborough. The event attracts more than 4,000 people each year.
The council aims to showcase a wide variety of local produce and products, sustainable living information and displays, bushcare and coastcare information, entertainment, activities for children and lots of delicious food, drinks and treats.
The council is looking for reasonably priced, quality stallholders who reflect the Love Living
Locally theme.
Numbers of food vendors will be restricted to ensure stallholders will be able to turn a profit. Charges to vendors are being kept to a minimum, and will cover the cost of infrastructure as well as marketing and promotion.
If you would like to be considered as a stallholder, please fill in the online form by Monday, 2 December.
Forms can be downloaded from
To be eligible for consideration, stallholders must:
Complete/comply with council regulations
Pay the nominated site fee
Provide a list of food and prices for consideration (food vendors only)
Be able to comply with power availability
Be waste-wise in regard to packaging (minimal and/or recyclable)
Be able to set up and break down within the time frames
Actively promote the event to their networks and social media contacts
Preferably be based in Kingborough.
Key Dates
Monday, 2 December Close of expressions of interest. Late submissions will not be considered.
Friday, 13 December Successful applicants will be notified and provided with a stallholder agreement (based on size of site and requirements).
Friday, 31 January Completed stallholder agreements due. Certificate of currency for insurance required, and stallholder fees are payable to Kingborough Council.
Friday, 7 February Site maps and final instructions will be sent to stallholders.
Sunday, 23 February 2020  Event day. Set up will be between  8.30am and 10am, with clean up from 3pm to 4.30pm.
If you have any questions please contact our Community Services team. Julie Alderfox is available on 6211 8170 or at Michelle Allen is available on 6211 8208 or at
Next Steps
If your applicatoin is successful, you will be sent a memorandum of understanding. This will include details of site fees based on your site size requirements and any other health and safety requirements.
Stallholder fees will be payable to the council after acceptance of your expression of interest.
Kingborough Council

Anyone for croquet?
Think libraries are all about books? Kingston Library has other ideas. As well as tech sessions, this month features a croquet day.
Your iPhone/iPad in an emergency
Your iPhone or iPad can be invaluable in an emergency. During this session we’ll look at the emergency features on these devices,  the apps and websites that may be useful in an emergency, as well as the preparations to make beforehand. The session takes place on Monday, 11 November from 2pm to 3.30pm.
This is a must-attend session if you have kids online, particularly those into gaming and social media. This cyber safety presentation will provide insight in to what young people see, say and do online. It takes place on Tuesday 12 November from 6pm to 7.30pm
Come and try croquet
Come and have a hit with the Kingston Croquet Club. The club will be running two sessions at Kingston Library. All are welcome. The event takes place on 12 November with sessions between 10am and 11am and 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
Their Finest: movie afternoon at the library
Join us for a special Beamafilm screening of Their Finest, a wartime drama with surprising humour and heart, on Wednesday 13 November from 2pm to 4pm. As a library member, you can take advantage of Beamafilm’s extensive catalogue for free. Ask our staff for more information. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.
Book sale
The Friends of the Library Kingston (FOLK) will hold their next book sale on Friday 15 November from 10am to 12pm. (Eftpos is not available.)
Kingston Library

Council hears update on Kingston Park
Kingborough Council’s 28 October meeting covered the latest progress at the Kingston Park site, the difficulty of addressing the illegal dumping of poultry and the impending publication of Kingborough’s most recent annual report.
Kingston Park update
The council has paid balance of the purchase amount on Kingston Park and is waiting on final issue of the new land title. The Community Hub is fully operational. The design of the playground has been completed. The playground is scheduled to be constructed during 2020. Tenders have been called for its construction.
Over the next few years, the council will be responsible for further road and stormwater construction works on the site, including the upgrade of the existing Kingston stormwater wetlands.
A new public car park with 150 spaces will be available by the end of 2019. The council in partnership with a private developer has delivered a number of residential and commercial developments within Kingston Park. A development application has been submitted for the initial townhouse development. The council has sought expressions of interest for commercial developments.
Illegally dumped poultry
At a previous meeting, a request was made for advice regarding what action can be taken in relation to dumped poultry causing a nuisance on public roadways.
The council must first establish that a nuisance exists. In the case of the roosters adjacent to the Huon Highway at Sandfly, it is unlikely they could be considered a nuisance. If they are, it would be necessary for the council to serve a notice on those responsible for dumping the poultry. As identification of the owners is virtually impossible, a notice would need to be served on the property owner (in this case, the state government).
Proctors Road is the most common council-owned site for dumping. Impounding is impractical and costly. When roosters were last removed from Proctors Road in 2015, the council was condemned by some members of community. The RSPCA was contacted but did not wish to take action as the welfare of the roosters was not threatened.
The council therefore has limited practical solutions for dealing with illegally abandoned poultry on roadside reserves.
Annual report
Copies of the annual report 2018/19 will be available on the council website from 11 November. Members of the public can make submissions on the report for discussion at the AGM on 7 December.
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Spring clean your garden
Have you been clearing the garden? Don’t forget the free green waste service this weekend
at Barretta.
Green waste will be accepted free of charge between 9am and 4pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October at the Barretta Waste Management Facility.
Free green waste will be accepted from Kingborough residents at no cost during the above times
and dates.
Green waste must be completely free of contaminants, including general waste, hazardous waste, plastic, and declared weeds.
Detection of contaminants may result in disposal fees. If you need help in identifying weeds, please contact Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
A limit of 5m3 per household applies. Private and commercial operators will be requested to pay standard rates.
These weekends can be very busy. Staff appreciate the patience of all visitors to the facility during this time. If you have any questions contact Kingborough Waste Services on 6267 2337.
Kingborough Council

Talking dogs at The Dog
Kingborough Council will launch the new Kingborough Dog Owner’s Handbook on Saturday 9 November. The launch will be held between 12pm and 2pm out the back of The Salty Dog Hotel at 2 Beach Road, Kingston Beach.
The handbook was developed in partnership with the Kingborough Dog Walking Association and Kingborough Council.
Speakers will include Kingborough mayor Dean Winter; Dr Peter McIntosh, president of the Kingborough Dog Walking Association; and Melissa Fraser, president of the Tasmanian Dog Walking Clubs Inc.
There will be nibbles, and printed copies of the handbook will be available. Furry friends are also invited to join us in the garden.
Kingborough Council media release

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