THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS


Huon Link Road slated for early next year
The Department of State Growth has issued an update on the progress of construction on the new Huon Link Road, which will allow Cygnet-bound traffic to bypass Huonville’s Main Road.
The department expects to open the road in early 2025, depending on the weather.
The new road will include roundabouts at the Orchard Avenue junction and at the intersection of Sale Street, Knights Road and Flood Road.
Flood Road will be widened and existing property access and fencing will be improved.
Drainage works have been carried out, including a large culvert comprising 68 large concrete segments, each weighing about four tons. In recent weeks, underground pipes were installed.
New retaining walls have been built around the Orchard Road intersection.
The first layer of road base has been laid and compacted. Grading and levelling will take place during the warmer months. This will be followed by the final seal.
Over winter, the widening of Flood Road will continue and preparation will be done for the two new roundabouts.
Work began late in 2023. The Department of State Growth said clearing was minimised to reduce the impact on the environment.
The Department of State Growth/
The Classifieds

Kingborough businesses celebrated
The 2024 Kingborough Business Awards night, held at the Kingborough Twin Ovals Function Centre on 12 July, was a celebration of innovation, creativity, and excellence within the local business community.
Among the winners were a diverse range of businesses, each making significant contributions to the economic prosperity of the Kingborough municipality.
Event organiser Kerry Muller, manager of the Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre, said: “This is a celebration of our business community and a great opportunity for everyone to get together and applaud local business enterprise.”
The awards dinner, trophies and advertising were highly subsidised thanks to the support of sponsors, auDA, Finance Brokers of Tasmania, LJ Hooker Pinnacle Property, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, and Retinue Accounting.
“These awards have never been about how large or profitable a business is,” Mr Muller said.
“It’s about how you treat your customers, how you work with your staff, and how you overcome the challenges faced in an always changing environment, to make you the choice that consumers trust and use.
“Congratulations to all category finalists and thank you to all businesses that nominated for the awards. Your participation is what makes our local business community thrive. We eagerly anticipate showcasing more local achievements at the 2025 Huon Valley Business Awards.”
Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre is your local business partner, available to give you guidance and assistance, whether you are a start-up or existing business. Phone them on 6229 9200 for a free confidential chat.
The 2024 Kingborough Business Award winners were:
Online presence
The Fisherman’s Shed
Manufacturing, construction, export and trade services
Overeem Gas & Plumbing
Professional services
Fulcrum Robotics
Retail
Nextra Channel Newsworld
Designers, creators and makers
Noble Ink Design and Print
Food and hospitality
Bruny Island Raspberry Farm
New Business start-up
(Less than two years old)
Isabella Rose Stage Company
Tourism, accommodation, events and entertainment
Channel Museum
Brewers, wineries and distillers
Island Coast Spirits
KHBEC Business of the Year
(Financial members of KHBEC)
PDA Surveyors, Engineers & Planners
Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre

Huon unites over breakfast
Huon Valley Council has highlighted the breakfast service provided by Huon Anglican for those in need. The community breakfast at the Connect Centre in Wilmot Road, Huonville has become an institution since the church received a Huon Valley Council community grant a year ago.
The Friday morning breakfast is held from 9am to 10am every week, with Huon Anglican volunteers providing eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausages and more, as well as freshly brewed tea and coffee.
While the breakfast was initially established to assist those in need, it is also for anyone who wants to connect with others in their local community.
“When we started it was quite small and now we have full tables and people of all ages – pre-school, primary age, in high school, pensioners, and everything in between,” says
organiser Meredith.
“We had a young man recently who turned 21 on our breakfast day, and we had a mother and her six-week-old baby along.”
Volunteer Peter says: “Recently there have been a lot of new faces and we’ve been very busy, almost running out of food.
“Some young people have been coming along and we have our regulars. People from Geeveston, Cygnet, Ranelagh, around the Valley.”
Meredith says everyone is welcome at the breakfast.
“We want to spread the word so even more people know about it and can come along.”
Huon Anglican volunteers also provide frozen meals and fresh food for those in need, which can be picked up from the Connect Centre or Huon Anglican Opportunity Shop next door.
For more information, contact Meredith on 0417 011 447.
The Classifieds/
Huon Valley Council

Light the night in Kingston
Get ready for Kingborough’s Night of Lights winter event, which returns on Friday 26 July from 4pm to 8pm at the Kingborough Community Hub.
Come along at 4pm to create your lantern for the parade and explore the children’s craft room, food trucks, and live music by Embers Duo.
At 5pm, experience the art of poi with Fyrebird Flow Collective on the hub lawns.
The lantern parade kicks off at Kingston Park at 5.45pm, followed by Mr Shaggles Circus World at 6.30pm in the auditorium.
At 7pm, don’t miss the mesmerising fire-spinning performance by Fyrebird Flow Collective, and at 7.30pm, be captivated by the Aaloka Dance Academy performance.
There will be an array of food trucks as well as coffee and
a licensed outlet.
Come dressed warmly and celebrate winter at this annual event.
Kingborough Council

Cygnet trivia: bowl ‘em over
The Cygnet Bowls and Community Club will host a trivia fundraising afternoon on Sunday 21 July, starting at 1pm for a 2pm start.
Along with trivia questions to suit different age groups, it’ll be an afternoon of games, great prizes, plus heaps of fun. Entry is $20 per person, which includes nibbles, afternoon tea, and a sausage sizzle for early birds.
There will also be a raffle for a Darrell Lea chocolate hamper valued at over $150. To book your table call Sandie on 0413 986 281, but hurry as tables are filling fast. 
The Cygnet Bowls and Community Club would like to thank the many local businesses who kindly donated prizes.
Linda Howe

New planning scheme for Huon
Huon Valley Council has been given the direction from the Tasmanian Planning Commission that the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (Huon Valley Local Provision Schedule and State Planning Provisions) will take effect from Saturday 20 July 2024.
A copy of this decision, which includes the final Huon Valley Local Provisions Schedule, can be found on the Tasmanian Planning Commission website at www.planning.tas.gov.au/assessments-and-hearings/current-assessments-and-hearings/lps-huo-tps.
The Tasmanian Planning Commission will contact everyone who lodged a representation regarding the zoning of their land.
If you have any questions around the decision, please contact the Tasmanian Planning Commission on 6165 6828.
What this means for planning applications
If you already have a valid planning application under assessment at the council, there will be no change to your assessment process. Your valid application will still be assessed under the Interim Planning Scheme (IPS), which is the scheme that was in place when you submitted your application.
If you have lodged an application and been advised in writing by the council that it is not yet ‘valid’ – then the scheme (IPS or TPS) that is in effect once the application becomes valid will apply.
If your application is not yet valid, please contact the planning officer working on your application to discuss how to make your application valid.
The council has been advised that PlanBuild Tasmania and ListMap will be updated to reflect the new planning scheme in four to
six weeks.
Huon Valley Council

Bruny shellfish warning
On 12 July, the Department of Health issued a wild shellfish alert, warning people not to eat wild shellfish from Cloudy Bay Lagoon on south Bruny Island or Adventure Bay on east Bruny Island due to elevated levels of biotoxins in shellfish. These biotoxins can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans.
Visit www.health.tas.gov.au/news/health-alerts/wild-shellfish-health-alerts to check for updates and current alerts.
Wild shellfish include oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells, abalone and scallop roe.
The intestines and livers (tomalley) of rock lobster can also be affected when toxic algal blooms are present.
Seafood sold in shops and restaurants is safe to eat and is not affected by this alert.
Symptoms
Symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning can occur within minutes to hours after eating shellfish. Cooking or freezing does not destroy the toxins that cause shellfish poisoning. Shellfish poisoning symptoms include:
Tingling or numbness
Weakness
Blurred vision
Difficulty breathing
Vomiting
Diarrhoea.
If you think you are affected, seek urgent medical attention by calling emergency services on 000.
Most cases will be transferred to the nearest emergency department and observed until their symptoms resolve.
For further information call the Public Health Hotline – Tasmania on 1800 671 738 to speak to a clinical nurse consultant.
Department of Health

Path funding fills in missing links
Kingborough Council has welcomed funding support from the state government’s Open Spaces Grant Program.
Mayor Paula Wriedt said the grant funding would improve accessibility for Silverwater Park and enable better connection from Springfarm and Whitewater Estates to the Kingborough Sports Precinct.
“This is great news for our community, with the successful grant rounds providing $350,000 for a connector track in Springfarm and a $115,000 all abilities pathway in Silverwater Park.
“The council is dedicated to improving accessibility for all our community members.
“The $350,000 grant along with $230,000 of council funding would build the missing link between Whitewater Creek Track and sports precinct and to Kingston High School.
“This new link will improve access for residents and students living in Springfarm and Whitewater Estates when traveling to school and to sporting facilities.
“By creating better community links, our residents have access to healthier transport options.”
Mayor Wriedt said the $115,000 grant for an all-abilities access pathway in Silverwater Park would connect the carpark to the playground.
“The council is also upgrading the park to include new seating, play equipment, toilets, shading and improved foreshore access.
“Silverwater Park is a well-used and loved playground and the council would like to thank the community for their contribution in the design process.”
Other Kingborough path projects
Kingborough Council has also been successful in attracting funding for three other pathways through the state government’s Better Active Transport grants.
It has received $125,000 towards constructing the Channel Highway to Whitewater Creek Trail shared path and $40,000 for the Algona Road shared pathway feasibility study. It also received $200,000 for the construction of a shared path from Old Station Road to Davies Road in Lower Snug.
Kingborough Council/The Classifieds

Kingston Beach joins million-dollar set
Kingston Beach is predicted to join the list of Tasmania’s million-dollar suburbs next year. According to data released by PropTrack, Kingston Beach properties are set to rise 8% from the current median sale price of $952,500 to $1,029,231.
Kingston Beach is one of seven Tasmanian suburbs projected to join the state’s
million-dollar club next year, which already includes seven suburbs. The other new forecast arrivals are Mount Nelson, Sandford, Rose Bay, Mount Stuart, North Hobart and Cambridge.
Tasmania’s median house price grew 71% from $350,000 to $600,000 from 2019 to 2024. PropTrack senior economist Eleanor Creagh told the Mercury it was unlikely the conditions of this period would be repeated. But she did expect to see prices continue to rise.
June Proptrack data showed median house prices in greater Hobart had increased by $240,000 (52%) in the five years to 2024, while the median price of units grew by $170,000 (47%).
Regional Tasmania’s median value increased by $230,000 or 75% for houses, and $170,000 (67%) for units.
The national median house price is now $785,000, however, in June 2024, 34% of suburbs had a median house price exceeding $1 million.
New South Wales leads with 672 million-dollar suburbs (47%), largely due to Sydney’s median house price of over $1.4 million. Only the Northern Territory has fewer million-dollar suburbs than Tasmania, with two.
PropTrack data has also revealed recent and forecast median price rises for other Kingborough and Huon suburbs, as well as price growth since the beginning of the pandemic.
The June data included April 2024 median values, the five-year percentage change in the median to 2024, and a projected median for 2029, as follows:
Kingborough and Huon suburbs data
Kingston
Current: $688,000, percentage increase 49%, 2029 forecast $1,028,000.
Blackmans Bay
Current: $788,000, percentage increase 47%, 2029 forecast $1,161,000.
Kingston Beach
Current: $888,000, percentage increase 44%, 2029 forecast $1,275,000.
Margate
Current: $695,000, percentage increase 37%, 2029 forecast $956,000.
Cygnet
Current: $653,000, percentage increase 79%, 2029 forecast $1,166,000.
Huonville
Current: $580,000, percentage increase 76%, 2029 forecast $1,019,000.
The Classifieds

Jazzing up July
Jazz in July has been one of the highlights of the music and social calendar in the Channel for years and the tradition is set to continue.
Once more the music of the jazz greats like Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin will set the toes tapping  as the Jane Morris Quartet takes to the stage at this year’s concert in Kettering on Sunday 28 July.
The quartet, one of Tasmania’s leading gypsy swing jazz groups, was a hit at last year’s concert and the organisers are delighted they have managed
to lure them back for a repeat performance.
The musicians are nothing if not versatile, with a mixture of wistful Parisian ballads and re-worked jazz standards from vocalist Jane Morris and featuring Harry Edwards on guitar, Charlie McCarthy on violin and Isaac Gee playing double bass.
Gypsy swing jazz, also known as hot club-style jazz, was inspired by the jazz guitarist  Django Reinhardt working with the French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, a familiar name to all jazz lovers .
It fell out of favour as the swing era came to an end after World War II before a resurgence took the music to a new audience. Now groups like the Jane Morris Quartet, which was formed in 2018, continue to add to the appeal of a brand of music that combines musical brilliance with a sense of fun.
The quartet recently recorded an album of hot club-style standards along with some original compositions, which will be available for sale at the concert in Kettering Hall from 3pm to 5pm.
Tickets ($25) are available at events.humanitix.com/jazz-in-july-with-the-jane-morris-quartet.
Tickets (cash only) may also be available at the door if not
already sold.
Peter Laud

Coats show warmth of feeling
Kingbston Beach cafe Boho at the Beach has gone on a successful drive to collect warm winter coats for the women and children using the services of  Jireh House, a crisis accommodation service in Blackmans Bay.
Jireh House is a 24-hour crisis accommodation and support service, a vital refuge for women escaping domestic violence and navigating life’s challenges.
The response to the coat drive has been nothing short of heart-warming. Thanks to the generosity of the local community, Boho received more than 80 high-quality jackets and jumpers to donate to Jireh House.
Jireh House’s accommodation services are funded by the Commonwealth and state government, but donations are welcomed via www.jirehhouse.org.au.
Shaye Collins



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