THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Celebrating a colourful life
Halina Donarska, an artist and resident of Tasmania for many decades, had a colourful life. A wonderfully colourful exhibition, celebrating her life and work, is on display in the Art Lounge at West Winds Community Centre in Woodbridge. Halina was born in Poland in 1931, where she obtained a master’s degree in photography and worked for several years as a photographer. Immigrating to Australia in 1966. Halina was employed in a large photographer’s studio in Sydney before moving to Tasmania due to ill health. In Hobart she discovered oil painting and finally realised her childhood dream – to become an artist, using oil paints to interpret her view of the world. She joined art groups and residential schools in Tasmania and on the mainland where she learned from well-known artists, such as Jan Senbergs, Frank Hodgkinson, Mirka Mora and Jeff Makin among them, as well as her close friend Max Angus, who taught and encouraged her. Halina was also a founding member of the Tasmanian Abstract and Contemporary Artists organisation, formed in 1985. Her individual approach is characterised by vibrant colours, whether she painted outdoor
landscapes or indoor still life; both show reflections of her early memories and traditions of her homeland. Halina Donarska had several solo and group exhibitions in Australia as well as a solo show in Canada. The late Halina Donarska who died only a few months ago at age 88, had been envisaging an exhibition – a retrospective/celebration – for some years. Halina had entrusted her works and hopes for the exhibition in the hands of friends – planning had been underway for some time. A lover of life and the environment, Halina was a prolific painter and this colourful exhibition reflects her love for the natural world. Sadly, she did not live to see the exhibition. Her wishes were that all proceeds raised from the exhibition will be donated to the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) is a for-purpose organisation that protects nature on private land. They raise funds to safeguard irreplaceable sites, endangered species’ habitat and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land. In partnership with others, Tasmanian Land Conservancy look after Tasmania’s unique natural places, for nature’s sake and for the benefit of humankind.
The exhibition is on at West Winds Community Centre Art Lounge, 3528 Channel Highway Woodbridge, until 12 December. The Art Lounge will not be open on weekends, but will be open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 3pm Friday. As the Art Lounge at West Winds is a multi-function room, contact the centre on 6267 4713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check for availability. Enjoy the celebration of the colourful life of Halina Donarska.
Sale of Cygnet Medical Centre to be reconsidered
At its ordinary meeting, due to be held on 11 December 2019, the Huon Valley Council will revisit the decision to sell the portion of land containing the Cygnet Medical Centre at 14 George Street, Cygnet, following consideration of a public meeting, Tribunal hearing, and potential outcomes of an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.
A public meeting was held on 14 October 2019 to discuss the consequences of the sale of the Cygnet Medical Centre, as requested in a petition to Huon Valley Council containing the signatures of 834 electors. The meeting was attended by 92 people and four motions from the community were presented, with the majority of attendees voicing concern about the council’s decision to sell.
Concerns over the council’s decision to sell included:
• The future of the facility would be safer in public hands;
• Too much focus on future risk rather than future non-monetary benefit;
• That the decision to sell would result in the centre closing;
• It is hard to raise money to buy public buildings but they are easy to sell;
• Doubts over the decision-making process;
• Loss of potential for future council-owned local emergency facility and after-hours
While the majority of attendees did not agree with the council’s decision, some comments were made in support of the sale, such as:
• The current provider is operating to an excellent standard and providing a reliable service, and selling the centre would allow the practice to grow;
• The council is not in a better position to provide services;
• The services will continue after the building is sold.
“The meeting was a good opportunity for councillors to listen to what some members of our community feel about the sale of the medical centre and hear common concerns, so we can include these as part of the decision-making process,” said Huon Valley Council mayor Bec Enders. “Public meetings are part of our democracy and there was a high level of participation from those in attendance.”
The outcome of an appeal to the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal (RMPAT) made against the council’s decision was provided on 17
RMPAT confirmed the council’s decision to sell after holding a hearing on 13 September 2019. The reasons for confirming the council’s decision were:
The intention of the sale is not to result in the closure of the medical centre, quite the opposite. While the appellants point to the possibility of failure of the medical centre, those risks are speculative and are no greater as a result of the council ceasing to be the landlord. The council has no control over the business of the medical centre, whether it owns the land or otherwise. It could not be said that the sale is not in the public interest due to the loss of access to, and the use of, the land.
The Tribunal is not satisfied that there is no similar facility available to the users of the medical centre. In any event, the public interest consideration will only arise if the sale somehow restricts the users of the medical centre from using the medical centre. The public interest will not be affected if there is no change in the availability of the medical centre for use by its current users. This will not occur as a result of the sale and any future occurrence is, at best, speculative.
At the upcoming ordinary meeting on 11 December, the council will consider the motions passed by approximately 70 to 80 people at the public meeting and balance those concerns with the overall interests of the whole Huon
“We will also take into consideration the Tribunal decision and potential outcomes of an EOI process and the purchase price that is put forward before making a decision on whether the sale should proceed,” said Cr Enders.
Any prospective purchaser must demonstrate a strong commitment to the Huon Valley community and agree to provide medical and allied health services until 2032 or beyond, as per the Commonwealth Funding Agreement.
Further information regarding the council’s decision to sell the Cygnet Medical Centre is available on the Huon Valley Council website: www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au
Huon Valley Council
New ferry for Bruny Island
The first vessel of Sealink’s new Bruny Island ferry fleet will be ready to hit the water next month.
The $7.5 million, 45 metre vessel will provide a more reliable, efficient and comfortable service for passengers.
The high speed ferry will be a welcome addition to the Bruny Island run this summer and will be complemented by significant landside infrastructure, to be announced soon, which will enable the Sealink ferries to operate to their full capacity.
In a strong show of confidence in our Tasmanian advanced manufacturing businesses, Sealink awarded both of its two ship building contracts to local company Richardson Devine Marine.
Construction has also commenced on the second new ferry for the Bruny Island service, which will be delivered in 2021.
The two new ferries combined with landside infrastructure upgrades and new schedules, will result in faster turnaround times and a greater crossing capacity.
I also look forward to sharing soon with the local community our vision to further improve the landside infrastructure to ensure the greater passenger and vehicle capacity is maximised in the longer term.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for
Infrastructure and Transport
Huon Valley up to the challenge
Huon Valley Little Athletics has again enjoyed success at the recently conducted Southern Centre Challenge at the Domain Athletics Centre, Hobart. Athletes participated in a range of both track and field events including the 100m, 70m, 1500m, shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, turbo jav and vortex, and showed great endeavour and commitment to being their best, helping each other and representing the club and Huon Valley with pride. The team was aptly supported by parents and coaches, in assisting at field sites and providing encouragement and advice.
A team of over 50 athletes represented the club, with the result capping off a wonderful day of super efforts and personal bests. Competing against southern clubs, including Hobart Districts, Clarence, Kingborough, East Derwent, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Claremont, Queenborough and South East Districts, the competition was very strong for the Life Members Southern Centre Challenge shield. Club mascot Petey the Panther also had a fun day, and enjoyed catching up with Lizzy the Lizard from Kingborough and hanging out with athletes from all clubs.
The club lives by the Little Aths motto – ‘Family, Fun and Fitness’. The club will compete at further state-based meets over the coming month at the Northern All State at St Leonards Athletics Track in Launceston. The season continues this Saturday at the athletics track, Huonville from 9am, and remember it’s not too late to come and try and see what Little Aths is all about.
Southern councils team up on local waste issues
As part of a joint effort to take action on local waste management issues, Tasmania’s twelve southern councils, including the Huon Valley Council, have taken the first step towards forming a new regional authority on waste management through the introduction of the Southern Waste Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), managed by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).
The Huon Valley Council agreed to join the Southern Waste MoU at its ordinary meeting on 27 November 2019, making the commitment to work together with other southern Tasmanian councils on a number of
• Managing regional waste streams (including landfill, recycling and green waste);
• Promoting a circular economy for waste streams;
• Co-ordinating regional waste collection efficiently
• Supporting efficient, sustainable and suitably scaled end-of-collection facilities for processing waste;
• Working towards reaching consistent service standards for ratepayers and customers;
• Advocating or partnering with other regions, governments and industry to promote resource recovery futures;
• Co-operate on marketing and education activities to support waste reduction and the effective use of services.
Huon Valley Council mayor, Bec Enders, said that the councils’ decision to enter into the Southern Waste MoU is a good move for southern Tasmania. “It gives our region a united voice in the state-wide conversation about successfully managing waste in the short and long term,” said Cr Enders.
“With recent disruptions and developments in the way waste is managed in Tasmania and Australia, including the insolvency of our major recycling provider in southern Tasmania, now is the time to look at the challenges and opportunities we are facing in the waste sector and get prepared to take action to ensure the best outcomes for our communities.
“As a signatory of the MoU, the Huon Valley Council will now be part of a collective voice and be in a stronger position to negotiate with the state government to make sure our community benefits from waste management plans and projects, such as the waste levy, which the state government announced it will introduce by 2021 in its draft Waste Action Plan,” said Cr Enders. “It will also make sure the council is kept well-informed of developments in the waste sector and opportunities to achieve the goals set out in the MoU.”
A copy of the Southern Waste MoU is available on the Huon Valley Council website at www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au, along with the report and minutes from the council meeting.
Huon Valley Council
Nurse practitioners: much more than you know
National Nurse Practitioner Week is from 9 to 15 December.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. NPs have completed additional university study at master’s degree level and are the most senior clinical nurses in our
Nurse practitioners work as key members of the healthcare team and collaborate with other nurses and healthcare professionals including GPs, medical and surgical specialists, physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, social workers, and many others. They work in a variety of locations, both in hospital and
National standards for practice ensure that nurse practitioners are capable of providing high quality, patient-centred care. They are also capable in clinical research, education and leadership as applied to clinical care and health service development.
Did you know that nurse practitioners:
• Have practised in Australia for over 15 years;
• Provide healthcare in all states and territories in Australia;
• Can provide patient rebates through Medicare;
• Provide prescriptions and access to PBS medicines;
• Can refer patients to hospitals and specialists;
• Can order x-rays and diagnostic tests.
Cygnet Family Practice
Students attend Kingborough Community Safety Committee meeting
Students and teachers from four local schools shared valuable insights and new ideas with the Kingborough Community Safety Committee, at its meeting on Monday 25 November.
Illawarra Primary, Kingston Primary and Taroona Primary Schools, along with St Aloysius Catholic College, made presentations to the committee about community safety issues in their local areas.
The committee chair, Deputy Mayor Jo Westwood, said the students raised important issues and offered sensible solutions.
“It was invaluable to hear the students speak about safety issues in our community and to listen to their perspectives on how the council can work with the community to enable our children to feel safe.
“Giving children a voice, in a forum where they can be listened to and genuinely engaged with, provides
great insights and new ideas.
“The children of our municipality are our future leaders and what they have to say is important.
“Hearing the issue of community safety discussed from the perspective of a younger demographic is important for the committee.
“The issues raised and ideas put forward are a valuable contribution to our work, and will inform the committee’s action plan for 2020 and 2021,” said
Kingston Police Inspector John Ward also attended the committee meeting to report on crime and traffic statistics.
“We are fortunate that Kingborough has a relatively low crime rate compared to most municipalities in Tasmania,” he said.
“The Kingston CIB team continue to be pro-active to make sure this continues, and we are focused on crime reduction at all times.
“We have recently resolved a number of motor vehicle burglaries, where four people were
“Increasing police presence is important for public confidence, and we are engaging in extra patrols in a number of areas of concern. These include central Kingston and Dru Point in Margate, to combat shoplifting and vandalism.”
Inspector Ward said Kingston Police Station would receive an additional four police officers over the next few years, in line with the Tasmanian Government’s Police Capability Study determinations.
“Kingston Police undertake a vital role for our community and I appreciate the on-going efforts of our officers who work hard to keep our community as safe as possible.”
Supporting early childhood learning
A community education initiative for young children called The Basics – Channel, is being launched by Her Excellency, Professor, The Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania on Tuesday, 10 December at Dru Point playground in Margate.
The Kingborough mayor, Cr Dean Winter invites the Channel community to the event, which will start with some fun activities and a picnic from 1pm. Her Excellency will then unveil a new sign inside the playground at 2pm, which promotes the five core messages of The Basics.
Kate Slater, Margate Primary School principal, and Maree Thompson, literacy support teacher early years, who received a Hardie Fellowship in July 2018 to study in the United States, have led the initiative. As part of their study, they learned of an exciting new initiative that began in Boston, and has since spread to 30 different cities in the United States and a number of other countries, including Canada and Brazil. It aims to boost cognitive and social emotional growth in children from birth to the age of three, which is when 80 per cent of brain
The Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that are promoted to families and community members to understand and support young children’s early learning.
The principles are:
1. Maximise love. Manage stress.
2. Talk, sing and point.
3. Count, group and compare.
4. Explore through movement and play.
5. Read and discuss stories.
The Basics – Channel Steering Committee was developed to represent a variety of people and groups in the Channel area to support the initiative. They have developed a range of posters, videos, magnets and postcards to promote the five principles.
Cr Winter said, “It has been great to be involved in the Steering Committee and the council is pleased to host the launch of The Basics – Channel.
“We are proud to be associated with the initiative, and in how we can all support the early development of our children.”
If you would like to know more or become a friend of The Basics – Channel or become involved in some way, or obtain promotional material, email email@example.com. More information about The Basics will be available on their website soon, at
Blue Mondays at KIN Creative Space
On the third Monday of each month from December 2019 to May 2020, join us at KIN Creative Space for one or all sessions where you can BYO fabric or projects to dye in our communal indigo vat. The vat will be prepared and ready for your dyeing projects from 10am to 1pm.
Some basic dyeing folding techniques will be shared, however Blue Mondays is not a workshop, but is open to those who have already tried indigo dyeing and shibori before. Some equipment will be available for shared use, however your own equipment is highly recommended (eg string, clamps, rubber bands, pegs, gloves etc).
Only smaller items are welcome, like pillowcases, socks, clothing. Large swathes of fabric and bed linen cannot be accommodated! Wear old clothing and come for a great morning of fun and experimentation. Tea and coffee will
KIN Creative Space is located at 20 Beach Road, Kingston Beach.
Sessions cost $30. For bookings visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/blue-mondays-indigo-open-vat-tickets-78927768079
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