System to avert Huonville flooding
The Huonville Stormwater Diversion Project was officially opened on Friday 15 January. The project is designed to mitigate flooding along the main street of Huonville.
The opening was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Minister Mark Shelton, Senator Jonno Duniam, Nic Street MP, Huon Valley mayor Bec Enders.
“This project will help Huonville cope with one-in-100-year flooding and has boosted the local economy by supporting 80 ongoing jobs for the local community,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
The project was jointly funded, with Huon Valley Council contributing $3,185,242, topped up $1,614,758 from the Australian government.
Huon Valley mayor Bec Enders says the project provides a high level of flood protection for generations of residents and businesses into the future.
“This is one of the largest capital works projects that Huon Valley Council has undertaken to date,” Cr Enders said.
“The new 1km stormwater pipeline diverts flows from the existing main drain into an adjacent catchment, allowing the town’s stormwater system to handle additional flows during high rain events, with no increased impact on
flooding downstream.”
Senator Duniam said: “This important project will support regional development by preventing the flooding issues associated with the run-off in the Huonville main drain catchment. It will reduce the costs of closures and damage during heavy rainfall, giving more certainty to business owners.
“The project will unlock the huge growth potential of the Huon region and it will give businesses the confidence they need to invest in the community. Already it has enabled the development of new residential building lots with a new 71-block development that will be available in the next six months.”
The council thanked project manager Malcolm Russell, the council’s director of Infrastructure Services Len Bester, acting director of Infrastructure Services Jade Jones, manager of Asset Planning and Processes Sue McCarter, and all staff members and contractors who had a hand in the project.
media release

Transport offered to local pickers
The Seasonal Worker Transport Pilot has been launched to enable local workers to get to and from work on farms.
Fruit Growers Tasmania is delivering the pilot in partnership with Huon Valley Council and the Get Picking Program. Once tested, the program will expand to other areas across the state.
Initiated by Fruit Growers Tasmania, the pilot will be operated by Community Transport Services Tasmania and will offer transport services six days per week to participating businesses.
It is anticipated the pilot will transport up to 250 workers per day who would otherwise be unable to take up the seasonal work.
For more information on harvest work opportunities that are available now and over the coming months visit
 “Our top priority remains getting Tasmanians to fill the picking, sorting, packing, driving and pruning positions, and we urge Tasmanians in need of work to roll their sleeves up and help our vital primary industries,” said Guy Barnett, minister for primary industries and water.
The Tasmanian government is providing $208,060 over two years to deliver the Seasonal Worker Transport Pilot, and help get locals to farms to help with the picking and harvesting.
The pilot is part of the Tasmanian government’s $1.9 million Agricultural Workforce Resilience Package to support the industry to address barriers for Tasmanians to take up harvest jobs.
Guy Barnett media release

Conversations about suicide
Would you like to learn how to safely, helpfully and confidently identify, approach and support someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours?
Mental Health Families And Friends Tasmania, through funding from Primary Health Tasmania, will offer Mental Health First Aid training, titled Conversations About Suicide, to communities around Tasmania, starting with the Huon Valley.
The course takes place on Saturday 30 January from 10.30am to 3pm at the Huon Valley Hub, 23 Main Street, Huonville. It will be delivered by Bec Thomas from Rising Kind.
For information or to book, email, call 6228 7448, or register via this link: You can also visit
Huon Valley Council

Help sought for Margate Rivulet study
Kingborough Council is carrying out a flood study of the Margate Rivulet catchment and is asking for the community’s help.
Local knowledge of past flooding events is important in helping the council to compare and verify simulated flood events with historical events. The final flood study will help us better understand potential future flooding and how we can manage flood risk.
The council is seeking the community’s assistance to gain valuable information, such as:
Recorded historic flood levels including address/location, time, date and flood depth;
Anecdotal historical flood information;
Photos/videos or other records of flood events; and
Records of flood marks/flood debris levels.
If you have any comments, photos or information of previous flooding of the Margate Rivulet, please visit the online survey on the council’s website (click on Services>Stormwater, then select Margate Rivulet Community Consultation in the right-hand menu)  or contact the council on 6211 8200 or email The completed survey form can also be sent to Kingborough Council, 15 Channel Highway, Kingston 7050.
The survey will close on 19
Kingborough Council

Art on the agenda at West Winds
West Winds Community Centre has so much on there must be something to entice you...
Tom Polacheck’s photographic exhibition Ephemeral Landscapes is on until 29 January in the Art Lounge. Why don’t you come along and check it out?
Scarecrows return
Middleton Fair may not be taking place this year due to the Covid pandemic, but that hasn’t stoped the Scarecrow Competition.
Why not repurpose some of that stuff you have sitting at the back of your shed? Display your scarecrow on the Channel Highway between Kettering and Verona Sands by 26 January, and make sure you register your entry with us to be in the running for a cash prize.
It’s a lot of fun.
Make a mosaic
If your boat is still not floating... maybe you’d like to be a part of the centre’s new online mosaic project, Connecting our Community. The centre is offering a series of online tutorials to show you how to create a mosaic representation of your hand. We will loan you the tools and provide you with tiles. Then we will collect the hands to be used in a community art installation. To get you started, we have three YouTube videos:
Tiles and Tools
Shaping tiles
West Winds Community Centre

Youth invited to discuss transport
Young people aged 12 to 24 are invited to the Huon Valley Youth Committee January meeting on Friday 22 January from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Huon Valley Hub at 23 Main Street, Huonville.
The meeting will start after the Friday ARVOs youth space and is open to anyone who lives within the Huon Valley.
It is an opportunity for you to have your voice heard on a different subject each month, with January’s topic being transport.
Huon Valley Council wants to know:
What are your main methods of transport within and out of the Valley?
What current options work well?
What current options do not work well?
What improvements can be made?
This is a great opportunity see how the council listens to youth and learn more about what is happening in the Valley.
Parents are welcome to come and sit in the front space, have a cuppa and relax while the meeting is taking place.
Pizza will be provided. Please email or call youth development officer Mitch on 6264 0300 if you would like to attend.
Huon Valley Council

BreastScreen bus comes to Kingston
The BreastScreen Tasmania bus will be stationed at the Kingston Community Health Centre at 6 Goshawk Way from 8 February to 5 March. Call 13 20 50 to make your free appointment.
A breast-screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best way of detecting breast cancer early, providing more treatment options and increasing the chance of surviving the disease.
A very low amount of radiation is administered when a screening mammogram is taken. Research shows that the benefits of having
a screening mammogram far outweigh any possible risks from radiation.
More information is available at
Breast screening in Tasmania
BreastScreen Tasmania provides free screening mammograms to women who have no breast symptoms. Women over the age of 40 years are eligible for screening mammograms,  however women between the ages of 50 and 74 years are particularly encouraged to participate and will receive an invitation.
It is recommended that women within the target age have a mammogram every two years.
BreastScreen Tasmania also has a permanent clinic at Level 4, 25 Argyle Street, Hobart.
If you, or anyone in your household, have been feeling unwell, you must not attend your mammogram. Please phone 13 20 50 to reschedule.
BreastScreen Tasmania

Free green waste weekends for Bruny residents
Green waste will be accepted from Bruny Island residents on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January and Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January between 8am and 3.30pm at the Bruny Island Waste Transfer Station, P231 Main Road, North Bruny. Residents will not have to pay a green waste disposal fee as part of this Kingborough Council initiative.
Green waste must be completely free of contaminants including general and hazardous waste, plastic and declared weeds.
Assistance on weed identification is available by contacting the council on 6211 8200 during business hours. Detection of contaminated green waste may result in disposal fees being applied.
A limit of five cubic metres per household applies. Private and commercial operators will be required to pay the standard rates for green waste disposal.
For further information, contact Kingborough Waste Services on 6267 2337.
Kingborough Council

FitEx program offers free yoga session
Rebecca Chadbot of Pure Yoga Tasmania will join forces with FitEx to deliver a free yoga session on Monday 8 February at the Kingston Beach Sailing Club.
Rebecca is recognised by the international yoga community as an exceptional instructor who fuses yoga, meditation and philosophy in an accessible and relevant way.
“Yoga for me is a way of life,” says Chadbot.
“My practice enables me a deeper awareness of my thoughts and emotions, and therefore of my actions. Once we are aware of whats going on inside, we can take the reins and change what needs to be changed in our lives. It’s like returning home.”
The session is open to all adults aged 18 and over. All fitness levels are welcome to participate.
The session is limited by numbers so reserve your space now via Eventbrite. Only those who have registered will be allowed to take part.
Bring a yoga mat or towel and a drink bottle, and put on your active wear.
This session is proudly supported by FitEx & Pulse of Tasmania, who are helping to grow stronger and healthier communities.

Climate action starts locally
It’s easy to get sucked into the idea that it is virtually impossible for everyday people to take action on climate change. A warmer planet with rising sea levels and increased storm activity can look pretty daunting. Perhaps you see this as something only government should deal with?
But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are some really good examples of businesses in the Huon Valley playing their part to reduce their emissions and make better use of the world’s resources.
Information about four of these enterprises is now available as short two-to-three-minute videos that can be viewed at Two of the films are about small family businesses in Surges Bay and Cygnet. The others focus on two larger Huon Valley firms. Each business is taking quite a different approach.
The videos were made by local film maker Annie Venables. They were funded through the Huon Valley Council Quick Response Community Grants and conceived by Circular Economy Huon. The videos were launched in mid December at the new Huon Valley Hub in Huonville. Scott Dufty from the Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre spoke about the potential benefits of all firms adopting more progressive ways of
doing business.
President of Circular Economy Huon Liz Smith said, “There are other enterprises in the Huon taking significant steps to manage their businesses environmental impact as well as making a positive contribution to their bottom line.” Circular Economy Huon is keen to see more videos produced, so if you know or own a business that fits the bill, please contact them at:
Gerry White

Kingborough recognises beacons of community
Earlier this month at the Kingborough Community Hub, the Kingborough Awards 2021 were presented to the following outstanding community members.
Certificate of appreciation:
Kingborough Community Missions
Patricia and Peter Harvey are the founders and coordinators of Kingborough Community Missions. The group was set up around four years ago after Patricia and Peter recognised a need in their community. Responding to statistics of rising homelessness and disadvantage, they decided they had to do something to help.
That help has taken the form of thousands of meals being prepared and shared with disadvantaged families and people experiencing homelessness. Nutritious meals had been hard to come by, but now the Missions are able to cook with the fresh food donations and financial support from generous businesses and individuals.
Patricia and Peter work six days
a week coordinating food donations, monetary donations, volunteers, developing partnerships, and promoting the group.
They are tireless in their efforts to deliver practical and compassionate support which makes a real difference in people’s lives.
Certificate of appreciation:
Jill and Phil Long
A certificate of appreciation has been presented to Jill and Phil Long for their outstanding leadership in the community, and their social and environmental contributions to people in Kingborough.
Sadly Phil’s award is posthumous, however we are delighted Jill is able to receive both awards.
Both Jill and Phill have shown great leadership and have been committed to volunteering on a range
of activities.
Together they have arranged annual neighbourhood gatherings, such as Australia Day BBQs, mid-winter gatherings, and Christmas parties. Far from being a simple exercise, this saw the couple door knocking on new residents, hand delivering letters and providing warm welcomes for all new
community members.
The pair also created the Margate Hills Community Group. This group has brought people together for light-hearted gatherings as well as to develop plans for safety and connectivity. They have created
a register of bushfire preparedness plans in partnership with the local fire brigade, which is an extremely important initiative for a community framed by bushland. The group has become a representative voice for many Margate residents and Phil was responsible for developing positive relationships with
council members.
Jill has been a great support to the community by organising a local bushwalking group and has opened her home to free yoga and exercise classes, which are as much about getting people together as they are about getting fit.
Importantly Jill and Phil have sought out community members in poor health and made sure they were given the help they needed.
They have demonstrated a positive, can-do attitude and continued to think outside the box during the pandemic, to make sure people were staying connected and not feeling isolated during the unpredictable times.
Community Group of the Year: Taroona
Community Association
Looking over the minutes of the Taroona Community Association’s meetings you can see how they are interested in all issues small and large, from the placement of signage to bushfire preparedness.
They are a group of residents who are clearly passionate about their neighbourhood.
Right at the beginning of the pandemic, many members of the Taroona community began to put their minds to how best to support each other throughout the unpredictable time. Many reached out though social media and other means to help each other, but not necessarily knowing the best way to go about it. The association recognised the groundswell of concern and harnessed it to create something tangible, supportive, positive and long lasting. The group set about contacting local people they knew, and over a number of days identified ‘street coordinators’ for every street in Taroona. They produced
a fabulous pamphlet and the coordinators set about letterboxing every resident in Taroona.
The pamphlet gave residents the contact details for their street coordinator and asked if they
needed support.
Some people reached out directly asking for assistance, while others volunteered to help if needed. Help was provided to all those in need, including shopping and social support for older members of the community.
The success of the street coordinators project means the initiative can be used for other emergency situations. The group is working closely with the Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade to prepare for the summer bushfire season.
Young Citizen of the Year:
Bella Oakley
The Young Citizen of the Year award has been presented to Bella Oakley for her outstanding commitment and enthusiasm as a volunteer, supporting people in need in Kingborough.
At 13 going on 14, Bella has a social conscience that would impress many people double her age.
For the past six years she has worked extensively with Kingborough Helping Hands. And yes, that means she has been doing  so since she was seven. The local charity provides food vouchers and household essentials to people facing financial hardship.
Helping Hands also operates Loui’s Van, which provides free food, blankets and support for those experiencing homelessness.
Bella has taken part in all the aspects of charity work from cooking to fundraising, collecting and sorting donations, to selling raffle tickets or helping at the Sharing Tree after school or on weekends. Importantly, she is one of the last people standing after a major event to help with cleaning and packing up.
During 2020, Bella displayed versatility, flexibility and perseverance in her service to the community.
In what sounds like true Bella style, she supported people who were elderly or immune compromised by walking dogs, baking, sending cards and delivering groceries.
Bella is also an active member of her school community. She is involved with the school charity group, the Mini-Vinnies, which helps those experiencing hardship and can be relied on to welcome new families visiting the school and providing support to new students.
Bella genuinely enjoys helping others and will no doubt continue to support her local community. It is rare to find such commitment and dedication at such
a young age.
Citizen of the Year:
Else Phillips and
David Vickery (joint)
The Citizen of the Year has two recipients this year, Else Phillips and David Vickery.
Else Phillips
Else has been recognised for her outstanding commitment to the Kingborough community and her ongoing dedication to a range of community events and activities.
For 18 years, Else has volunteered for Loui’s Van, and is a highly valued volunteer with Kingborough Helping Hands.
A very active member of Rotary, Else has also been a key organiser and fundraiser for A Day on the Beach. Aside from being part of the organising committee which carries out the physical work of event coordination, Else has been instrumental in securing much-needed corporate sponsorship for what has been an incredible event enjoyed by thousands.
She is also a key figure in coordinating the Kingston Beach Fun Run, which is the Kingston branch’s major fundraiser, attracting several hundred people to enjoy healthy activity at our premier beachside destination. Else is a key organiser of the Rotary Mega Market, a great community ‘garage sale’ that raises funds which ultimately go back into the Kingborough community.
Else has been a key figure in the local Rotary Driver Awareness Programs, a road safety initiative for young people with the aim of making the students better drivers. She is also involved in the Youth Program of Enrichment, which aims to broaden the horizons and lift the aspirations of
young people.
David Vickery
David has been recognised for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the Kingborough community and advocacy for disability access and inclusion.
David has been a Tasmanian since 1979 after emigrating from the United Kingdom with his wife and two children. From his arrival on our shores, David has tried to make a positive difference to the community around him. Whether it be through creating meaningful social connections, fighting for improved student conditions or advocating for disability access and inclusion.
David began his contribution to community life in Kingborough by bringing his enthusiasm for theatre, creating opportunities for amateur dramatics in Kingston. Many local people jumped at the opportunity to join in the camaraderie and plain good fun of creating shows on
a shoestring.
An active member of the Parents and Friends Associations at Kingston Primary and Kingston High Schools, David showed his drive for improving conditions.
He secured an above-ground pool for the students at Kingston Primary in the 1980s. Although the pool is no longer there, it was an important way to improve swimming safety for students when there was no other local facility in the immediate area.
David fought for the rights of students and provided a positive example of how to peacefully stand up for your beliefs when he led a local protest to cuts in education funding.
David went on to become an active member of the Kingston High School Association where he was awarded the rare honour of life membership in 2011.
A long-time advocate and activist for disability access, David became a member of the Kingborough Access Advisory Committee approximately 10 years ago.
He has consistently provided thoughtful and sound advice on many issues and has contributed invaluably to reports, educational brochures and research documents that aim to improve disability access and inclusion.
Kingborough Council

Participants sought for dementia reduction study
Hobart’s Wicking Dementia Centre is establishing a bold new initiative that has never been attempted before. It is seeking to reduce the incidence of dementia in a whole population – Tasmania’s – and it needs your help. If the centre can show that it can reduce risk behaviours in our state, it can encourage the world to take on dementia
risk reduction.
The centre hopes to sign up more than 20,000 Tasmanians over 50 years of age to be partners in this globally significant challenge. Anyone can join in. The project will be called the Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease, or ISLAND.
The project will involve a range of studies relating to understanding who is at most risk of dementia and how we can self-manage risk behaviours to build resilience
to dementia.
The Wicking Dementia Centre has carried out world-leading research on the cause, prevention and care of dementia. It has also developed a unique public health intervention, the Preventing Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which builds self-efficacy in managing behaviours that contribute to risk of
this condition.
Most of the risk for dementia is associated with ageing. However, international research has indicated that approximately a third of dementia cases may be effectively prevented if modifiable risk factors are addressed. It is never too late to tackle these risk factors, but it is particularly important from middle age onwards.
The main ambition of ISLAND is to equip our Tasmanian community for dementia risk behaviour reduction through the Preventing Dementia MOOC. The centre asks that participants use what they learn from the MOOC to address their own risk profile and to share with family, friends and
the community.
The centre also hopes to develop other tools and activities to help individuals and communities take on these risk factors.
While the main outcome in the short term is to see if dementia risk behaviours can be shifted, the longer goal is to see if this reduces the age-specific incidence of dementia in Tasmania.
ISLAND will run a range of research studies, on topics such as understanding who is at most risk based on lifestyle and genetic factors, what health messages might encourage a focus on dementia risk, and whether the very early stages of dementia can be detected with a blood test.
The centre will also set up clinics to assist people with cognitive issues during ageing.
Register your interest in the ISLAND Project at Please encourage anyone you know who is concerned about dementia to also register their interest. The centre will be in touch via your contact details about the next steps. You can be involved in as little or as much of this campaign as you like, and engagement in research studies will be voluntary.
Help the Wicking Dementia Centre make a dent in dementia in Tasmania, and help Tasmania lead the world in preventing this life changing condition.
The Wicking Dementia Centre

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