Have your say: the future of Ranelagh Recreation Grounds
The future of the Ranelagh Recreation Grounds will be shaped in coming weeks after Huon Valley Council appointed consultants to help draft a master plan for the grounds.
The grounds will play a key role in the council’s ten year recreation strategy for the region.
The council has appointed consultants Inspiring Place to help develop a plan for the area and the community is being asked to share ideas about the future of this important site.
Mayor Bec Enders encourages anyone who enjoys events at the Ranelagh Recreation Grounds to have their say on the site’s future.
“This is an important site for the whole region hosting some of our biggest events including the Huon Show, the Taste of the Huon, Small Farms Expo and, for the first time this year, the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest,” she said.
“It accommodates these events on top of its regular usage as a cricket field and local dog walking area.
“We want to hear from as many residents as possible about what they think should happen to the ground in the coming decade. It is important that we hear from people of all ages and people with different levels of mobility.
“We know that our residents have so many different experiences to draw upon that would help increase the activity level of the grounds and add to the vibrancy of living in the Huon Valley.”
Please make a note in your diary to attend a community workshop,
held with the consultants at the grounds on Sunday 26 May between 9am and 3.30pm.
If you can’t make it to the workshop, please provide your comments and suggestions through a feedback form on our website at, in the ‘Have Your Say’ section.
Huon Valley Council

After the fires: Huon Valley business networking event
All business owners in the Huon Valley region are cordially invited to attend a free networking event to reflect on recent events and discuss the future. The event will be held at Geeveston Bowls Club on Wednesday 29 May, from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Bec Enders, Mayor of the Huon Valley Council cordially invites all business owners in the region to attend a free networking event to reflect on the recent bushfires and discuss the future.
There will be several guest speakers including:
• David Foster – former Champion Axeman. David will deliver a headline presentation that amuses, inspires and entertains. He has become one of the world champions in woodchopping, winning over one thousand championships. With an inspirational story to tell, David shows audiences how to achieve their dreams and reach the pinnacle of their career.
• Kerry Vincent – Mayor of Sorell Council. Kerry will share his insights, both as the mayor and as a business owner, on the recovery effort after the Dunalley fires of 2013.
• Kate Mirowski – Small Business Manager, Department of State Growth. Kate will briefly outline the services and support provided by Business Tasmania and how you can access them.
• Tony Doyle – Rural Business Tasmania. Tony will explain how Rural Business Tasmania works and how they can help primary producers manage the demands and challenges facing them today.
Finger food and light refreshments will be provided. A cash bar will be available.
For any queries regarding this event, contact Bec Enders on 0498 213 515.
You can RSVP for this event online at
Huon Valley Council

Youth Film Productions go green
Youth Film Productions, now in its second year, continues to go from strength to strength. The students in the current round have been working with ‘green screen’ production techniques in a ‘pop up’ green screen studio at Balfour House in Cygnet.
The film making course, run by the Cygnet Community Arts Council, is for students in grades 5 to 8. It is delivered by Brianna Lory, a local school teacher and film maker and technical support is provided by Michael Gissing, a multi award-winning film maker of national repute who lives in Cygnet. The workshop aims to teach students how to plan, produce and edit a film using free software and easily available technology and the community sound kit. After finishing the course students will have the knowledge and skills to continue making films independently.
We believe that story telling in our community is more important than ever. The population in the Huon has doubled in the last ten years, and our community is all the richer for this combination of the old and the new. Ways of sharing our stories, of working across the generations and expressing our unique perspectives can only make our community stronger.
The purchase of the community sound kit has been sponsored by the Huon Valley Community Bank Branches to enable the delivery of this project. Local access to this equipment enables the cost-effective and accessible making of good quality films and audio media locally. We also acknowledge the support of St James College who provide us with access to computers and Balfour House who provide low cost access to a workspace.
The next round starts on June 11 and enrolments are now open. For more information and to enrol please go to: – follow the links to Youth Film Productions.
Cygnet Community Arts Council

How the tourism industry recovers following a crisis
A free forum will be held on Thursday 16 May, from 5pm to 7pm, at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Grove, to hear world-renowned expert and author in tourism crisis recovery, Dr Gabby Walters, who will share her experiences on tourism industry recovery following events such as fire.
Dr Walters will discuss recovery trajectories, tourists’ responses, industry responses and strategies that have assisted tourism regions and businesses to recover following crisis events.
Dr Gabby Walters is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Her primary research interests revolve around tourism marketing communications, tourist behaviour and tourism crisis recovery. The evening will be chaired by University of Tasmania Associate Professor Anne Hardy, Co-Director of the Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd).
This forum will be of interest to business operators, industry employees, local council and tourism organisations, who have been affected by fire, or are interested in future proofing their region from crisis events.
This free event is hosted by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change (College of Arts, Law and Education), TRENd, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed and Destination
Southern Tasmania.
Please register at
Huon Valley Council

Celebrate IDAHOBIT 2019 at unique panel discussion event
A unique Huon Valley Q&A event, with a panel never before seen in the Huon Valley, will be held on Friday 17 May, from 5pm to 8.30pm, at DS Cafe, Huonville. Come along and celebrate IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) 2019 at this Q&A with a difference.
Panellists include:
• Greg Barns – Barrister, author, human rights advocate.
• Rodney Croome – LGBTI rights advocate. Worked on the campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania and subsequent LGBTI law reform, founder of Australian Marriage Equality, named Tasmanian of the Year 2015.
• Cassy O’Connor – Leader of the Tasmanian Greens and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly since 2008.
• Robin Banks – Human rights community advocate and lawyer. Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner from 2010 to 2017. Robin commenced her PhD candidature on reforming discrimination law in
February 2018.
• Kelly Page – AOD counsellor, member of Equal Together, LGBTIQA advocate and educator.
The moderator is our own Huon Valley Mayor Bec Enders.
Suggested topics/questions:
• transgender law changes;
• mental health, rural and regional issues;
• human rights;
• young people and schools.
Doors and a full bar open at DS Cafe at 5pm. No BYO please due to licensing.
Food will be served at 6pm – soup and curry (vegan, vegetarian and meat), all gluten free. Cost is $10 a head on entry to cover meal.
The Q&A starts at 6.30pm with a chance to hear each of the panellists speak about matters close to their hearts. Your chance to ask
questions follows.
Tickets are free, no entry without a ticket from
Contact Equal Together on 0417 296 804 or email
Huon Valley Council

Supporting your community after an emergency
Are you in a community affected by the fires this year? Would you like to know how to help others recover from any impacts?
A free workshop, facilitated by Red Cross and the Tasmanian Health Service, will be held on Monday 27 May, from 10am to 12pm, at  wayraparattee Child and Family Centre, Geeveston.
The workshop will cover:
• The different ways disasters affect us and what to look out for;
• Shared experiences from other fire-affected communities;
• How we can support friends, family and work mates (providing Psychological First Aid);
• Learning from each others’ experiences with the fires.
A light lunch will be provided. This is a free event.
Please call 0456 628 983 to RSVP for catering purposes.
Huon Valley Council

Bee informed: free workshop
If you love bees, please come along to a wonderful workshop to celebrate World Bee Day on Monday 20 May at the new Kingborough Community Hub,
Kingston Park.
Workshop presenter Ronnie Voigt of Natural Beekeeping Tasmania has an incredible wealth of knowledge about bees – what they eat, how they communicate and create, why they swarm, the diseases that affect them and so much more.
Join Ronnie for a very informative session and have all your questions answered. Ronnie keeps bees, helps newbies set up their first hives, gathers swarms and is generally passionate about these industrious little insects. We are so lucky to have Ronnie with us for World Bee Day.
Please note there are two sessions to choose from, with an evening session having been added due to popular demand. Hopefully those who are unable to make it during the day can make it in the evening. The session times are from 10.30am to 12pm, or 7pm to 8.30pm.
Entry is by gold coin donation on the day.
Please book via the Eventbrite link at as we need to make sure we have a minimum number to hold the events.
Kingborough Council

Bruny Island marine debris clean-up
The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration are once again organising a marine debris clean-up on Bruny Island on Saturday 25 May.
The clean-up will run over five hours, from 10am to 3pm, and volunteers are invited to join a free BBQ lunch of meat, salmon and salads.
Registrations are essential. For more information about the event and to register, contact D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Project Officer Amelia Fowles on
NRM South

New app for safer boating
Deckee, the community powered boating app co-founded by solo round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson, is now available to boaters in Tasmania thanks to a new partnership with MAST.
The free mobile app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android and has already been downloaded by over 4,000 boaters in Tasmania. Deckee offers a new way to explore the waterways safely and plan your next trip on the water, check the weather forecast, share reports and see the real-time movements of AIS registered vessels.
The partnership between MAST and Deckee has resulted in a variety of marine data sources being made available to boaters through the Deckee app, including public mooring locations, anchorages, boat ramps and more.
Deckee is available now for free download on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Marine and Safety Tasmania

Healthy livestock workshops
NRM South is running two practical Healthy Livestock workshops on livestock health and husbandry, to be held on farms in the Huon Valley between May and June
this year:
• Healthy Livestock workshop on sheep, Huonville, Saturday May 25, from 9am to 4pm;
• Healthy Livestock workshop on pigs, Lymington, Saturday June 1, from 9am to 4pm.
The workshops are ideal if you’re new to farming or would like a refresher and want to:
• Learn more about basic livestock health and husbandry;
• Get tips on how to recognise and manage livestock diseases and illnesses;
• Learn about low-stress stock handling;
• Learn how to carry out basic procedures including worming, vaccination, footcare and body condition assessments.*
*The workshops will be hands on with an opportunity to try livestock handling, foot trimming (in sheep only), drenching and vaccination under supervision.
A Q&A with local experts will also help answer your questions on a range of subjects relating to livestock health and husbandry.
All participants must purchase a ticket on Eventbrite for individual workshops. There is a fee of $35 per person (maximum two people per property) to attend the workshop. Please visit our website for registration details or contact Tim Ackroyd, NRM South Program Officer Agricultural on 0400 047 665 or via email on
NRM South

Recognising our volunteers
Huon Valley Council will host a presentation afternoon at 3pm on Wednesday 22 May in the Huonville Town Hall, to recognise this year’s Huon Valley Council Volunteer Service Awards and National Volunteers Week.
If you are a volunteer and would like to attend our afternoon tea please RSVP (for catering purposes) to by Monday 20 May 2019.
For more information please call  6264 0300.
Huon Valley Council

Grants now open to help improve land and waterways
Tasmania’s agricultural sector employs more than 7,500 Tasmanians and is worth $1.5 billion at the farm gate.
Our produce is the envy of the world and we are building on our reputation with a target to increase annual farm gate value to $10 billion by 2050.
The state government is working with the sector and community organisations to protect this important industry and sustain the productive soils, farm land, rivers and other natural resources that underpin this important sector.
In partnership with the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and Landcare Tasmania, a new $1.8 million Landcare Action Grants Program is being made available to landholders, community groups and individuals to deliver practical on-ground works for sustainable agriculture and river care activities.
The program is designed to:
• Improve landscape and riverine health, stability and resilience;
• Support enhanced land
management practices to reduce erosion and sedimentation; and
• Assist the community to holistically manage natural and productive land and waterways across the landscape.
The program sits alongside the $200,000 ‘Cows out of Creeks’ project which was announced in 2018 and the government’s doubling of funding to Landcare Tasmania to $960,000 over four years and increased funding for Natural Resource Management to $4.2 million over four years.
Investing in landcare helps protect Tasmania’s reputation for clean green food and
agricultural products.
Applications for the Landcare Action Grants Program opened on 4 May and close on 31 May 2019.
For more information and applications, visit:
State Government Media Release

Greg Norris Memorial Health Scholarships awarded
Huon Valley Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the Greg Norris Memorial Health Scholarships for 2019.
We would like to congratulate Crystelle Vanderplas and Josiah Muggeridge who are both studying Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UTAS and were both successful in
their applications.
Mayor Bec Enders said the scholarship reinforces the council’s commitment to lifelong learning, innovation and the sustainability of health services.
“The late Greg Norris was the first mayor of the Huon Valley Council. He held this position until he passed away in 2001,” Cr Enders said.
“Greg was very passionate about the provision of quality health services in the Huon Valley.
“At all times his focus was on securing health services of the highest standard for the community.
“I am very pleased that his legacy lives on through this annual scholarship.”
The awards started in 2014 with a total of nine past recipients all studying various courses including Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Nursing just to name a few.
A ceremony was held last Monday in council chambers to congratulate the recipients.
Huon Valley Council

Free grant writing workshops
The Department of State Growth is pleased to once again offer Tasmanian businesses and community groups the opportunity to attend a free information session and extended workshops on how to write successful grant applications.
Whether you’re new to grant writing, or you’ve applied for grants in the past, these sessions will help you gain a better understanding of the submission process through practical and interactive activities.
The sessions will cover:
• the Tasmanian Government’s business grants writing handbook;
• how to find grants you’re eligible to apply for;
• what’s involved in putting together an application;
• how to make your application stand out.
Extended workshops
The workshops will cover the same material as the information session.
The workshops allow for extra time for you to work on your own grant submissions and take part in activities to strengthen your skills. Please feel free to bring along a grant submission you have previously worked on, are working on, or an idea you would like to progress for the future.
For more information or to register, contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, email or visit the events page at
Numbers are limited for each event.
Hobart events
• Information Session – Salamanca Inn, Monday 20 May, from 6.15pm to 7.45pm.
• Workshop – Blundstone Arena, Tuesday 21 May, from 9am
to 1pm.
• Workshop – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Wednesday 22 May, from 9am to 1pm.
For more information visit
Business Tasmania

Illawarra Road stormwater diversion trial concludes
The stormwater diversion trial to deter seagulls has ended, due to the impacts it has had on the sand dune. Kingborough Council officers assessed the site on Monday morning, May 13, and removed the trial due to the damage the water was having on the flora and on the stability of the sand dune.
The trial has given the council useful information, however a long-term trench along the beach will not be suitable. Other solutions continue to be investigated.
Kingborough Council

Come and celebrate KSC’s 40th birthday
The Kingborough Sports Centre (KSC) is turning 40 on Sunday 19 May and everyone is invited to participate in a day of celebrations.
The morning kicks off at 10.30am with a variety of free ‘come and try’ activities including circus skills, futsal, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, basketball, gymnastics and much more. There will also be kids activities, henna tattooing and face-painting.
Dave Noonan and the Triple M Clubhouse are joining in the fun and will be broadcasting live from the precinct.
A special basketball match will be played in the original stadium at 12.15pm. Premier Will Hodgman MP is the coach of one team and the other coach is Kingborough’s mayor, Cr Dean Winter.
Kingborough Council

Remember to register for the fun run
The Rotary Club of Kingston is holding their 17th annual Kingston Beach Fun Run on Sunday 26 May and is urging Southern Tasmanians to lace up their running shoes and make it a
family outing.
The five kilometre run or walk event will be commencing at 9am from the Kingborough Sports Centre and finishing on Kingston Beach.
“We’d really encourage people to come down and get active at the community fun day on Sunday 26. Apart from the $700 on offer for the serious runners, there will be plenty of spot prizes, so get ready for some fun and fitness and take part in this great annual Kingborough event”, Rotarian Else Phillips said.
All those that complete the event will receive a medal as a “keepsake” of their accomplishment.
“It is a testament to the popularity of the Kingston Beach event that runners such as Grant Page, who has won nine of the sixteen events held, and is a multi-winner of other major Tasmanian fun runs, including the City to Casino, should repeatedly compete in our event. There are many younger runners coming through including last year’s male winner, Sam Clifford, and in the female section, last year’s placegetters Ruby Smee and local Miriem Daoui.
The emphasis this year is on attracting a large number of kids to participate with family members.
The Kingston Beach Fun Run and Walk has grown in popularity and to ensure safety the race organisers will limit the event to 800 registrations, so preregistering is necessary.
Why not get together with members of your family, workmates, teammates or just register yourself for this great community event.
Pre-race day registrations ($40 for adults, $15 for children, and $95 a family) can be completed online at
All proceeds from the fun run will be used to assist local community youth projects.
For enquiries about the event contact Else Phillips on 0408 416 375.   
Rotary Club of Kingston

Funding announced for sport and recreation groups
The state government is committed to supporting sport and recreation organisations across Tasmania, to encourage participation and help create a healthier population.
Twenty-nine organisations have been successful in receiving funds through the second round of the Sport and Recreation Minor Grants Program to assist clubs in providing equipment and to undertake facility upgrades.
Some of the projects to receive funding include:
• purchasing of equipment for Anglers Alliance Tasmania Inc;
• replacement of the cricket pitch at Collinsvale Oval for the Knights Cricket Club;
• upgrades of table tennis equipment for the Northern Tasmanian Table Tennis Association Inc;
• replacement sails for nine pacer sail training dinghies for the Port Cygnet Sailing Club; and
• upgrade of finish and timing equipment for the North West Athletic Club.
The government recognises the power of sport and the role that local clubs play in engaging people from all parts of the community and fostering community connection. The Minor Grants program also assists sport and recreation clubs in increasing participation in sport and encouraging Tasmanians to be more active.
The government is committed to improving the lives of all Tasmanians, and we have an ambitious target to reduce the state’s rate of obesity to below the national average by 2025.
State Government Media Release

Improving Bruny Island amenities
The popular and historically significant Cape Bruny Lighthouse Visitor Site on South Bruny Island will be greatly improved with a new four cubicle wheelchair-accessible toilet facility.
The works are the first scheduled in a series of improvements planned for the Cape Bruny Lighthouse site which will be undertaken over the next few years.
The state government has committed $330,000 in funding for the project under the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks program as part of its investment to improve tourism infrastructure in parks and reserves across the state.
The new public facility has been designed by Artas Architects and will be constructed by AJR Construct, both Tasmanian companies.
Visitor numbers to this site have been increasing consistently over the last decade, reaching approximately 160,000 in the year ending March 2018.
The project is part of the response to increased visitor numbers at this site and is designed to better cater for the needs of visitors now and in the future.
Works are expected to commence late this month and take approximately six to eight weeks to complete. Some minor disruptions on site are expected while works are underway but will be kept to a minimum.
State Government Media Release

Tasmanian artists exploring interstate and international opportunities
The state government has committed more than $50,000 to helping Tasmanian artists and arts organisations connect with their interstate and international counterparts through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.
Six Artsbridge program recipients will share in more than $36,000 – allowing them to participate in exciting opportunities interstate and overseas, or attract visiting arts professionals to Tasmania.
The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival, based in the Huon Valley, will bring interstate professionals to Tasmania to network with local writers and run a series of masterclasses.
Among other recipients, composer Dylan Sheridan will undertake opportunities in Europe and collaborative publishers Justine Phillips and Margaret Woodward will attend the London Small Publishers Fair 2019.
Two other artists will each receive $7,000 through the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency program, which is in its final year.
Arts Tasmania will continue to develop international opportunities for individual artists, and thanks the Alcorso Foundation for years of fruitful partnership.
The Unconformity’s Travis Tiddy will travel to Europe to research place-based art festivals, and visual artist Tricky Walsh will complete a residency and exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.
State Government Media Release

National simultaneous storytime at Kingston Library
Kingston Library would like to invite you to this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 22 May. The session will start at 10.45am with a story, songs and rhymes from Kingston Library team followed by this year’s featured story Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove. It will be read by the Kingborough mayor, Dean Winter.
Seats are limited. Bookings are essential via Eventbrite at
Kingston Library

Driven to help in your community
On any given day throughout the state, many Tasmanians are able to get to appointments with the generous support of volunteers in your community.
For those who aren’t in the know, Community Transport Services Tasmania (CTST) provides transport to eligible Tasmanians who are over 65 or who have a disability.
The service is funded by the state and federal government to assist eligible consumers to remain in their homes for as long as possible.
Recently the organisation has seen unprecedented growth with the service now providing transport to over 7,000 Tasmanians annually. Last financial year the organisation’s fleet of over 80 vehicles travelled close to 3.5 million kilometres and delivered around 150,000 trips throughout the state.
CTST has vehicles running almost every day of the year with services across most of the state including a service on Flinder’s Island.
CTST’s CEO Lyndon Stevenson said, “The last 12 months have been a record for CTST with growth of around 40%. We know there are more people we can help within the community and we are on the lookout for new volunteers to help meet this demand. We are fortunate here in Tasmanian to have so many community-minded people and it’s no surprise that 98% of our volunteers engage because they want to help people in their own community.”
If you are looking for a way to give back in your community then CTST is a great way to do it. As a driver you are provided with a shirt, cap and full induction before heading out on the road to make a difference in the community.
CTST driver John Rundle said, “I have been volunteering with CTST for a few years now and I have to say it’s a very rewarding experience. I’ve met some really interesting people and it’s just great to know that I’m making a difference.”
If you would like to become a volunteer driver then phone 1800 781 033.
Community Transport
Services Tasmania

Tasmanians of all ages benefit from RACT education programs
The RACT is delivering more education programs across the state thanks to Tasmanian Government funding from the Road Safety Levy.
Community Manager Will Oakley said that with the additional funding, the organisation has been able to increase its programs to people of all ages across the state.
The organisation conducts a number of programs. These include  child restraint checks to educate parents and carers, RoadSafe for grade 3 and 4 students, Dangers of Distraction for high school and college students and programs for older drivers.
“This financial year we have run programs for more than 1,100 grade 3 and 4 students, 400 high school students, and 550 older drivers,” Mr Oakley said.
As part of National Road Safety Week (May 6-12), RACT conducted education programs with students in the North-West, North and South of the state, as well as free child restraint checks in Hobart and Launceston.
Students from Deloraine Primary School participated in an education program, and Our Lady of Mercy school and Ulverstone High School students also undertook activities.
“It is critical that we educate these vulnerable road users about road safety. Children need to be able to make informed decisions about how they behave on and around our roads, and high school students require the tools to make better choices to stay safe on our roads,” Mr Oakley said.
For the older driver, the RACT offers CarFit, a free educational workshop that provides advice and information on how the driver and their car can ‘fit’ together to maximise safety and comfort.
Trained professionals, including a qualified occupational therapist, go through a simple checklist, including checking if the driver is at a safe distance from the steering wheel and has adequate vision over the front of the car, if mirrors are adjusted to minimise a car’s blind spots and if the seatbelt is fitted correctly and not providing any discomfort.
“The common thing about all of these programs is improving road safety, the RACT’s highest priority,” Mr Oakley said.
“These programs deliberately target a cross section of the community and aim to educate participants about road safety.”

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