Huonville students on world stage
After winning the prestigious international Zayed Future Energy Prize, Huonville High School representatives have been invited back to the United Arab Emirates during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018. Four students and two staff members travelled to the iconic city of Abu Dhabi on 12 January.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize is an international award which recognises and supports innovation in renewable energy and sustainability. It represents the vision of the late founding father and president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed
environmental stewardship.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize has provided the extraordinary opportunity to interact with the Tasmanian community through sustainability initiatives, and has empowered so many to become more sustainable citizens. Not only has the prize given Huonville High School the funds to implement their sustainability project, it has empowered staff, students and the school community, and inspired practical education around renewable energy. It has also promoted the Huon Valley, Tasmania and Australia as regions showing innovative thinkers around renewable energy and sustainability.
During the trip, the students networked with hundreds of other students, innovators, educators, leaders and delegates from all around the world. They were excited to represent Tasmania’s vibrant environment and towns once again.
The students visited Masdar City, a highly planned and technology-intensive municipality that incorporates living environment.
Year 11 student Toby Thorpe said,
“I am epically excited to visit Masdar City, as I hope to one day study at the Masdar Institute.
“It is so inspiring to see what the Zayed Future Energy Prize enables by bringing so many people together from all around the world, all for one reason – sustainability. And it’s so inspiring to realise that Huonville High School is part of the bigger picture and the bigger movement to take meaningful action on climate change.”
This is the third consecutive year Huonville High School representatives have travelled to the UAE after being the sole Australian finalist in the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2016 and 2017, winning the 2017 award presented by the president of Kazakhstan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Huonville High School’s winning project included installing state-of-the-art solar panels and battery storage with advanced monitoring. Students also built a biodigester, and conducted a whole-school energy audit. They transformed the Zayed Huon Energy Hub on the school campus into a community learning hub based around renewable energy and sustainability with a range of different technologies and offering a certified energy-assessment course to senior HHS students.
Toby Thorpe
Zayed Huon Energy Futures Team

Craft, food and farm at the fair
Organisers of the Middleton Country Fair are putting the final touches to this year’s event to be held on Saturday 3 February.
The fair, one of the largest community events in the south Channel, has raised thousands of dollars for community projects over the past 26 years. This year it will commemorate the voyage of the French explorer Bruni D’Entrecasteaux, who in 1792 sailed up the channel that now bears his name.
This year’s show promises a non-stop program of entertainment, including Thai dancing, rock and roll, belly dancing and music from a range of performers, including the Daystar Duo, the Hobart Highland Pipe Band and the Veterans Band.
More than 60 stallholders will offer
a wide range of specialities from craft work and plant sales to wood turning. Food stalls will cater for every need, including vegetarian and gluten-free requirements.
In a show which offers something for everyone, the program includes sheep shearing, working sheep dogs and a large animal section with sheep and poultry. Free bus services will operate between the car park area and the showground, where the Middleton Hall will showcase gardening displays highlighting the range of rural pursuits in the Channel.
The fair, organised by the South Channel Residents and Ratepayers Association, raises about $4,000
a year for community initiatives.
This year's proceeds are earmarked for a practice cricket pitch and a plaque to mark the 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the D’Entrecasteaux Monument at Three Hut Point. D’Entrecasteaux was the first European to discover the channel separating what is now called Bruny Island from the mainland. His expedition sailed up the channel, charting the coastline and naming features.
Money raised at previous fairs has been used for improvements at Middleton Community Hall, including a commercial kitchen and
a history room.
In the lead up to the fair, scarecrows will again be appearing down the Channel Highway as part of the scarecrow competition sponsored by the South Channel Garden Club with the winners chosen by public vote. The competition, with a first prize of $200, is co-ordinated by the West Winds Community Centre at Woodbridge which will be holding free scarecrow-making workshops on Thursday 18 January between 10am and 3pm.
Peter Laud

U3A top of the class
The Kingborough University of the Third Age (U3A) has been awarded a certificate of appreciation at the Kingborough Awards 2018.
The group was recognised for its continued efforts to provide education, stimulation and social interaction for senior members of the Kingborough community.
Kingborough U3A started in 2000 in response to a desire from members of the School for Seniors, who wanted more than the weekly session offered by the school. (This session still continues on Wednesday mornings at the Senior Citizens Hall on Redwood Road). Since that first year, U3A membership has grown steadily and to more than 400, with a number of courses, information sessions and activities held each week in Kingston and Woodbridge.
The management committee works hard to seek out expert speakers and hosts to deliver a diversity of events. Activities have included classes in art, languages, philosophy, poetry, music and history; activities such as Tai Chi, bushwalking, craft and meditation; as well as sessions focusing on health and wellbeing.
The group also offers a positive social program, which brings communities together at a variety of events and outings. Their program connects people and encourages interaction, with the intention to keep brains and bodies active as well as to enable members to develop new skills, keep informed and have
a laugh.”
The University of the Third Age is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community. It is commonly referred to as U3A.
U3As started out in France.
The Université du troisième âge was founded in Toulouse in 1979, as universities began to provide educational opportunities for older adults.
By the early 1980s, the scheme reached the United Kingdom, where its nature was radically changed to a more self-help model. This model is also used in Australia, Cyprus, Dominica, New Zealand and South Africa. In the British model of peer learning, it is acknowledged that retired people have a lifetime of experience and, collectively, a vast amount of knowledge. This is used to arrange a syllabus for each subject where each meeting is normally led by a member of the group with a strong interest or specialist knowledge.
The third age is that which follows the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Early on, it was recognised that most people of retirement age have something to contribute, and the emphasis has been on sharing, without formal links to traditional universities.
Many English-speaking countries have followed this model, whereas continental European countries have mostly followed the French model. The first U3A in Australia was established in Melbourne in 1984 and there are now hundreds of Australian U3A organisations, with thousands of members.
But there is no one model for U3A. Each group is autonomous and arranges its program to suit the resources, speakers and venues available.
U3A has become a movement based on mutual aid, a kind of 'intellectual democracy', with the aim of encouraging older people to remain active in their retirement, to continue lifelong learning, and to socialise together, thus avoiding social isolation.
Anybody can join U3A as there is no lower age for membership.
Typical courses in Kingborough U3A over the years have included art, book discussions, conversation, computers, crafts, current affairs, debate, drama, exercise classes, family history, film, geography, languages, literature, medicine, music, politics, philosophy, religion, science, social sciences, travel, world affairs, and writing. In fact, any subject can be offered once a leader or
co-ordinator volunteers.
Membership costs are kept to an absolute minimum: Kingborough U3A charges members just $50 for the whole calendar year.  Members can enrol in as many courses a week as they can fit in, with no extra cost.
In spite of having ‘University’ in its name, Kingborough U3A does not stage examinations or offer degrees. Members come together to learn from each other, either about new subjects or those left behind many years before.
Members at Kingborough U3A range in age from those recently retired to those in their 90s.
Find out more online at or pick up a newsletter from Kingston LINC. The first term of 2018 starts in March.
Marian Hearn

Learn for life in 2018
Kingborough’s Learning for Life program features an eclectic range of events for early 2018. Read on to find out more.
From Sandpit to Adulthood –
Helping today’s children to thrive
An evening with Maggie Dent
Every parent wants their children to thrive: to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and capable of realising their full potential. In this seminar, Maggie Dent explores the ten keys to parenting that support this goal. She acknowledges there is no “perfect” and that challenge, adversity and failure can actually help our kids grow stronger and smarter.
7pm-8.30pm, Tuesday 23 January, Kingston High School Performing Arts Centre, 6 Kingston View Drive, Kingston. Gold Coin donation to Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.
An initiative of Blackmans Bay Childrens Services.
Bookings at Eventbrite.
Kingborough Local Links Metrogaine
Rogaining is an adventure strategy sport for anyone. Your team of two to five people will receive a detailed map of the Kingborough metropolitan area with checkpoints marked on it. You have an hour to plan your course, and up to three hours to find your chosen checkpoints on foot. Answer a question to prove you’ve been there. Discover Kingborough’s Local Links – secret pathways and hidden links providing short cuts to neighbouring streets and parks. This event is especially suited to families and beginners, although the challenge is there if you want to run hard.
Stay for afternoon tea and presentations after the event.
12.30 to 6.00pm, Saturday 3 February, Blackmans Bay Hall. Adult $35, Concession $30, under 18 $25, under ten free and families $80. A specially made map and afternoon tea is included in your entry fee.
For more information or to enter: Pre-entry is required. Enter online by 31 Jan 2018.
An initiative of Rogaining Tasmania.
Calm Kidz – for children aged five to ten
This workshop is full of helpful strategies to manage anxiety, anger and stress. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with your child. Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust figurines from the movie Inside Out will help your child understand different emotions and how to deal with them. The workshop includes: story massage, DIY worry monster eater, lavender eye pillow, recognising emotions, mindfulness, yoga and games, all held in a fun and age-appropriate environment. Your child will go home with self-help gifts too.
1.30 to 4pm, Monday 5 February, Blackmans Bay Hall, Ocean Esplanade, Blackmans Bay (next to Skate Park). $20/child or $15 concession (for Health Care Card holders or two or more children from one family). Bookings:
Eat to Cheat Dementia
Dietician and author Ngaire Hobbins provides the latest research on what can be done to reduce your chance of cognitive decline and dementia. Learn about the factors at play and how you can choose food to greatly benefit the health of your brain. This talk is for those wanting to improve their brain health, people living with a dementia diagnosis and the people who care about them.
12 to 2pm, Tuesday 13 February, Kingborough Fitness Centre, Ist Floor, Kingborough Sports Centre, Kingston View Drive, Kingston.
Bookings: phone 6211 8266 or visit
Pop Up Playground
Pop-up playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play. Playworkers have all types of loose parts (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) available and they gently introduce and encourage themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together. Come and play with the wonderful workers from Blackmans Bay Childrens Services.
3.30 to 5.30pm, Tuesday 20 February, Hawthorn Drive Park, next to Maranoa Heights Community Centre. Free event. No bookings required. An initiative of Blackmans
Bay Childrens Services.
Zero Waste Expo
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the theme of this great event to make you think about your personal war on waste. There will be engaging displays, bright ideas, loads of information, workshops as well as food, entertainment and kids’ activities. BYO coffee mug, plate, cutlery and shopping bag.
10am to 3pm, Sunday 18 March, Kingston Beach Hall, 20 Beach Road, Kingston Beach. Free event.
Kingborough Council

Celebrating Coffee Creek
Members of the community are invited to
a special event at Coffee Creek on Saturday 20 January from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
The event will celebrate the natural and heritage values of the area, which will come to life through guided walks, discussions and fun activities with the Parks and Wildlife discovery rangers, Nita Education and Kingborough Council. There will be weaving, storytelling, walks and talks, a barbeque and lots of fun for all ages. We will also be chatting about stormwater solutions in Kingborough.
Everyone is invited for all or part of the day.
The Coffee Creek Rehabilitation Area is accessed via a pathway from Patriarch Drive, near Coffee Court in Huntingfield.
Kingborough Council

Seeking cats to track in Kingborough
A national cat tracking project is coming to Tasmania, and Kingborough residents are now invited to apply to be part of this innovative scheme.
Cat Tracker is run by the University of South Australia to learn about the roaming behaviours of pet cats. It aims to assist cat owners in making decisions about their cat’s care and welfare. A lightweight GPS tracker is attached to the cat’s collar or harness, recording its movements over a 24-hour period. These are then downloaded and displayed on a map. The information helps owners to check on their cat’s safety by seeing if they are roaming near roads, identifies their favourite hiding spots, and discovers if they are visiting neighbours for extra treats.
The council is supporting the Cat Tracker project this year and is seeking participants. It is looking for cat owners to interview and for cats to track in the Kingborough municipality. Information about the project can be found on the Cat Tracker website ( and residents can apply by completing the cat owner survey. If you are interested in being involved and wish to discuss the project in more detail, contact Kaylene Allan at Kingborough Council on 6211 8255 or email
The South Australian project tracked over 400 cats and interviewed more than 3,000 cat owners, unearthing a number of interesting findings. 
Of the 428 cats that were each tracked for at least five days, the area roamed ranged from about 0.1 to 31 hectares, with a median of one hectare (approximately 10 average 1/4 acre residential blocks).
Male cats and non-desexed cats roamed the furthest, with 88% having larger home-ranges at night.
They compared sedentary cats (who roam less than one hectare) and wandering cats (those roaming more than one hectare). Wandering cats crossed more roads each day, showed more signs of being in fights and were more often seen with prey. Wandering cats were also typically younger and had less stimulation provided for them at home, such as toys, scratching posts and opportunities to play with their owners.
There were 177 cats tracked which were described by their owners as being kept inside overnight. In fact, it was found that 39% of them roamed over one hectare at night.
Most respondents reported that cats roam in their neighbourhoods and 40% thought that these cats were a nuisance. The major concern was fighting with or scaring other pets.
The study compared the personalities of indoor and outdoor cats and found them to be very similar, suggesting there is no negative impact on a cat’s personality when it is kept indoors.
The report gives interesting advice about cats with different personalities, for example, a ‘skittish’ cat may benefit from having hiding spots at home or an ‘outgoing’ cat (curious and active) may benefit from additional toys and play time.
Kingborough Council media release

All welcome at Singing Seniors
If you enjoy singing without having to be able to read music or learn to sing in parts, then the Singing Seniors is the group for you.
There is no costs for books or uniforms and there is no joining fee – just an hour of your time on a Monday morning. We sing at nursing homes in Kingborough.
If you’d like to be part of this group, contact Jan Mills on 6229-3990 or
Jan Mills

Kingborough citizens recognised
Kingborough Council hosted its annual awards ceremony earlier this month at the Civic Centre in Kingston to recognise and celebrate residents who have made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Kingborough community.
The council presented the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Group of the Year awards, as well as certificates of appreciation. Kingborough Mayor  Steve Wass said, “These awards recognise outstanding members of our community who devote themselves to supporting others and help to improve the quality of life and amenities in Kingborough.”
The Citizen of the Year was presented to Tony Owen for his outstanding contribution and commitment to improving community facilities and nurturing young people through the game of cricket.
Tony said he was very humbled by his nomination. “I am passionate about cricket and how it provides the opportunity to bring young people together, along with their families and friends. I admit
I am someone who doesn’t accept something can’t be done: we can achieve so much by supporting each other.”
Freya Cox was recognised as Kingborough’s Young Citizen of the Year for her outstanding commitment to community service and human rights issues, and for her dedication to improving the wellbeing of others. She said,
“I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award. I am particularly grateful to Edna Pennicott for all the opportunities and encouragement she has given me to go out in the Loui’s Van service. It has been a humbling and enlightening experience.”
The Friends of Peter Murrell Reserve were presented with Community Group of the Year for their outstanding dedication and leadership caring for the Peter Murrell Reserve, protecting native species and maintaining a natural
haven for the whole community to enjoy and celebrate.
Certificates of appreciation to recognise significant service to the Kingborough community were also presented. Hester van Niekerk was recognised for her dedication to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, as well as her commitment and leadership serving the community with the Lions Club of Kingborough. A passionate sailor, Lindsay Wilson was recognised for his loyalty to the Kingston Beach Sailing Club and mentoring young people in Kingborough through youth sailing programs. The University of the Third Age in Kingborough was also awarded a certificate of appreciation for their continued efforts to provide education, stimulation and social interaction for senior members of the Kingborough community.
Anthony Owen, Citizen of the Year
Over two generations, Tony has encouraged young people to be active through cricket programs, creating a positive environment in which they can develop.
He is the organiser of the three codes of junior cricket in Kettering: Under-age cricket, Milo cricket and T20 blast. Over 60 children participate in the Milo cricket, and Tony is clearly well respected by them all. His encouragement and guidance has influenced some of the young people to take on supporting trainer roles for the children, allowing them to develop leadership skills.
Cricket Tasmania has appointed Tony as the coordinator for junior cricket for the Channel/Huon Cricket Association, which is testament to his achievements and abilities.
Tony has been the Kettering Cricket Club representative on the Kettering Hall Management Committee many times over the last ten years and is now the chair. He has been the primary influencer for improvements at the hall and oval, including the much-admired white picket fence. Tony organised the materials, working bees, installation and painting. The community has applauded his efforts as the fence has added to the village atmosphere.
He is also responsible for the installation of a defibrillator at the hall, along with watering systems, solar panels and other stage and window items and repairs. His enthusiasm galvanises other members of the community to get involved, instilling much pride and ownership in the facilities.
Never one to sit still for long, Tony is now looking at grant opportunities for other facilities to make the oval and hall even more attractive for users and visitors. The council received two nominations for Tony, which testified to his hard work, nurturing, perseverance, honesty, integrity and commitment. He is a worthy recipient of this award.
Freya Cox,
Young Citizen of the Year
From a young age, Freya has dedicated many hours of her personal time to helping people in need.
She is a loyal supporter of the local charity Kingborough Helping Hands and volunteers for Vinnies’ Loui’s Van service. Every week for almost four years, she has helped cook and prepare food, which volunteers distribute to the homeless and other vulnerable people experiencing poverty or hardship.
Freya put her culinary skills to use as part of a team of young people who prepared a threecourse meal for over 100 seniors at the council’s intergenerational lunch. An important and valued event in Kingborough’s calendar, the lunch connects young people with seniors and encourages them to become involved in supporting their community. Freya certainly embodies this ethos and continues to influence others.
Out of the kitchen, Freya is committed to issues relating to racial tolerance. She organised a petition to federal parliament opposing changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. The petition attracted over 8,000 signatures and was presented by the member for Denison, Andrew
Wilkie MP.
Freya’s long list of achievements include: organising student participation for various charities as her school’s representative; becoming a successful writer and poet; undergoing animal handler and wildlife animal rescue training; participating in the United Nations Youth Association and Model United Nations locally, nationally and internationally; and representing Tasmania as a member of the state debating team in Queensland last year.
We are delighted to recognise Freya’s achievements and thank her for her outstanding contribution to the Kingborough community. She is an inspirational role model for us all.
Friends of Peter Murrell Reserve, Community Group of the Year
The nomination received for this group was incredibly comprehensive and outstanding in itself, which goes to show how much the Friends are valued in the community. The Peter Murrell Reserve is an environmental jewel in the crown in Kingborough and is known both nationally and internationally for its outstanding diversity of terrestrial orchids and rich birdlife. This year is the 20th anniversary of the declaration of the reserve and also of the sustained community volunteering by the Friends who support the Parks and Wildlife Service to care for this special place.
The Friends have consistently organised working bees to tackle invasive weeds and other issues; documented and encouraged public appreciation of the reserve’s biodiversity; and acted as champions for the reserve on behalf of the wider community.
The monthly weeding exercise alone represents more than 5,000 person-hours of volunteer work. The Friends have substantially reduced existing weed infestations, nipped new weeds in the bud and laid the groundwork for sustained suppression of remaining infestations.
They have also played an active role in monitoring nuisance animals and continue to mitigate the impacts of anti-social activities.
The Friends work actively to inform and educate the Kingborough community through sharing their own enthusiasm and knowledge. They have a presence at local events such as Love Living Locally, and facilitate natural-history events such as bird walks with U3A and Birdlife Tasmania. They encourage people to learn about and appreciate the natural values of the area and to take up its opportunities for recreational activity in a responsible manner.
The information the group collates and documents on the flora and fauna of the reserve includes a comprehensive herbarium, photographic documentations, bird surveys and mammal camera-trapping surveys with the Parks and Wildlife Service. The long-term data provided by the Friends demonstrates the importance of the reserve for the conservation of biological communities and particular species.
As active champions of the reserve, the Friends support and provide specialist advice and practical help on issues such as controlled burning regimes, slashing of native vegetation on firebreaks and trails without damaging habitats, and the potential impacts of adjoining urban developments.
Through such activities, the Friends demonstrate their strong commitment to community involvement and their leadership in protecting our natural areas.
Kingborough Council media release

Seniors take up graffiti
Disruptive agers took up their spray cans today to bring life, colour and history to the steps between Roslyn Avenue and Beach Road, transforming a grey concrete path into a story of symbols that represent life in Kingston.
The disrupters enjoy challenging some of the stereotypes associated with ageing and say you can never be too old to be on the cutting edge.
Disruptive ageing is a movement which encourages people to live their best at every age. It challenges ageing stereotypes, and begins with each person embracing ageing and feeling good about where they are in life.
To find out more about being
a disrupter, or any other positive ageing programs in Kingborough, contact the council’s community development officer on
6211 8170.
Kingborough Council

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