THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Supporting our business community
Building on the success of the 2014 Business Awards, the 2017 Huon Business Awards are now open and all businesses in the Huon are encouraged to enter.
The aim of the Huon Business Awards is to foster pride in the business community and showcase the quality of services available in the Huon. There are 11 categories.
Businesses of all types and sizes can enter under one of ten industry award categories. In the final category, the People’s Choice Award, the public can vote for their favourite business. This is one of the most coveted parts of the awards program, and the winners can lay claim to having received the ultimate vote of approval from the most important people they deal with – their customers.
A gala awards presentation dinner will be held on Saturday September 9, at Sass Restaurant in The Kermandie Hotel at Port Huon. Bookings can be made on the Huon Awards website.
Voting for People's Choice and entry to the industry categories is free and closes 5pm Friday 11 August. For full details visit the Huon business awards website www.huonawards.org or call Scott Dufty on 0408 299 200. The Huon Business Awards are brought to you by the Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre, with offices in the Huon LINC and Kingston LINC.
Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre
Q&A meeting: how will the new planning laws affect you?
Planning laws affect us all sooner or later and the State Government is proposing major reforms that they say will “provide a fairer, faster, cheaper and simpler planning system for Tasmania”. It sounds almost too good to be true and there are many critics who claim it is.
There is no doubt that the current system is complicated and can be expensive and frustrating but will the new state-wide system really be any better? When the government says it will be “fairer” what do they mean? Fairer for whom?
The proposed changes are the most significant since 1993 and have the potential to alter the physical character of our communities and our built and natural heritage. The Property Council has long been lobbying for changes to a planning process that it feels hinders
development and will be happy that the proposed changes include “reducing the time-frame for assessing permitted use and development applications from 42 to 28 days”. Critics claim that this will reduce the capacity for public engagement in planning decisions. They also say that some of the changes will weaken protection of conservation reserves to facilitate private tourism development.
Other concerns are that the changes will permit more land clearing in rural areas and higher density
development in towns allowing for higher buildings closer to the boundaries of residential blocks. This could have a significant impact on neighbours in terms of sunlight, views and, inevitably, property values.
To help us get a better understanding of the proposed changes, the Huon Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association have invited an expert panel for a Q&A meeting in the Huonville Town Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 26 July. They will be able to explain the pros and cons of the changes and answer your questions.
Huon Valley Residents & Ratepayers Association
Commissioner Taylor's appointment extended
In October last year, Adriana Taylor was appointed commissioner for the Huon Valley Council for a period of 12 months.
The Commissioner was appointed to restore stability and good governance to the municipality following a Board of Inquiry and the subsequent dismissal of the Huon Valley councillors.
Commissioner Taylor has worked diligently and professionally and has received strong, positive feedback from the community for her work.
The State Government has announced that Commissioner Taylor’s appointment has been extended for a further 12 months.
Since her appointment, Commissioner Taylor has been working with council staff to implement the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry report. While the commissioner has made excellent progress, given the nature of the challenges, the implementation of some recommendations is still underway. These recommendations are vital to ensure that there is a robust and effective structure in place to support an incoming, elected council.
The work that is being progressed relates to the development of statements of expectation to manage key relationships within the council, internal and external communication and consultation plans and processes and a comprehensive councillor induction program in preparation for a new council. To provide a newly elected council with the best chance to succeed, it is important that the new General Manager and staff have the time to ensure that these new arrangements are embedded solidly into the culture of the council.
The State Government is confident that the governance arrangements and operations of the council will be in a strong and stable position and that the Huon Valley community will be able to participate in local government elections scheduled for October 2018.
Minister for Planning and Local Government, Peter Gutwein
Free equine nutrition seminar
One of Australia’s most highly respected equine nutritionists, Martin Connell, will present a free seminar at Huon LINC, Huonville, from 5.30pm on Saturday, 29 July.
Hosted by Cygnet Riding Club, this will be the third consecutive year in which Mr Connell has lectured
This year’s topics include: All about magnesium; B group vitamins and recovery; the importance of salt in the diet; the latest laminitis research; and tying up and feeding tips.
There will be a question-and-answer session at the end.
Whether the horse-owner’s interest lies in dressage, show-jumping, eventing, stockwork, endurance, racing, breeding, Pony Club activities, pleasure-riding or just caring for the old family pony, this seminar is a rare opportunity to extend one’s knowledge tenfold, which can only have a positive outcome for the horse.
The seminar will be one of Cygnet Riding Club’s major fundraisers for the year, and there will be an impressive array of raffle prizes, including hampers of gourmet goodies, vouchers for both horse- and non-horse related items, and donations of horsy and non-horsy items, including work by local artists. Refreshments will also
Each attendee will receive a free gift-bag, so bookings are essential to ensure that there are enough to go around. There will also be give-aways during the evening. Bookings may be made by contacting Kelli Compagnoni on 0409 036 602 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, 25 July.
Get FREE help with tax and myGov
Huon LINC will be offering free one-on-one help for doing tax returns and for setting up myGov accounts.
A representative from the Department of Human Services will be visiting Huon LINC on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July to assist with myGov.
And from 25 July to 31 October, an ATO trained and accredited TAX Help Community Volunteer will be providing a free and confidential service to help people complete their 2017 tax returns online
If you would like more information or to book for any of the above services, contact Huon LINC
on 6121 7010.
Community planting event
Thousands of people around Australia will plant trees and shrubs as part of National Tree Day on Sunday, 30 July 2017.
This celebration of nature creates an opportunity for the community to make a positive difference to their local area and reap the benefits of getting outside and active in the winter months.
Kingborough Council has been hosting a National Tree Day community planting event for over ten years. The rewards of this community effort can be seen in past sites such as the entrance to Kingston on the new by-pass, Dru Point reserve, the Whitewater Creek track and many others where attractive native plants provide pleasant views and habitat for native wildlife.
This year we will be planting at Coffee Creek in Huntingfield. Coffee Creek is a very important landscape link and provides critical habitats to a number of animals, including the endangered Forty-Spotted Pardalote. The planting will complement the recent stormwater works and will help to improve the health of the area. Participants will be treated to a guided walk down the creek, through the areas where the Forty-Spotted Pardalotes nest.
The council is grateful for the essential support provided by the Boronia District Girl Guides and the Blackmans Bay Scout Group, who will greet and guide all participants through the day.
The site is 250m along the Coffee Creek Track, which is situated off Patriarch Drive, Huntingfield and we ask anyone wishing to lend a hand to please remember to wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing. The Lions Club of Kingborough returns to the event again to keep everyone nourished with a free BBQ, and gloves and planting equipment will be provided for all volunteers.
The Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass said the event is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together, meet new people and be part of creating a natural haven, which can be cherished for years to come.
“As a council, we are committed to improving the vital links and habitats for our animals and birds,” he said. “Community planting events encourage our community to make a meaningful difference at a local level and this site is of particular interest following the essential stormwater improvements that have
National Tree Day is an initiative of Planet Ark who has been promoting the many health benefits of spending time in nature. Research shows that time spent in nature creates positive impacts on our health, wellbeing and development. National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than three million people have planted 23
Kingborough Council meeting decisions
Family day care
Kingborough Council has agreed to negotiate the transfer of the operations of the council’s Family Day Care service to Blackmans Bay Childrens Services. Consultation with staff, educators and families has seen overwhelming support for the decision as it supports the sustainability of the service into the future. Staff and educators are excited by the opportunities the transfer will bring and families are delighted that their family care needs will not be affected. Blackmans Bay Childrens Services is a community owned, not-for-profit organisation, which operates throughout Kingborough. They currently offer centre-based long day care, outside school hours care and holiday care. The organisation is in an ideal position to take on the Kingborough Family Day Care Scheme and will allow them to offer a full range of children’s services.
The council was presented with a report considering the future of the site at 25a Osborne Esplanade. The council resolved to defer the decision, until after a council workshop to discuss what the vision of the site should be and how to move forward into the future.
Tracks and trails
The Kingborough Tracks and Trails Strategic Action Plan 2017 – 2022 was updated following positive community feedback and has been endorsed by the council. You can view or download the plan at the council’s website.
Over $22,000 is being provided to not-for-profit/community organisations in Kingborough.
Successful recipients of the Round 1 grants are:
• Youth Parliament Taskforce, supporting young people from Kingborough to be present at the Youth Parliament – $250
• Channel Men’s Shed, to upgrade their computers and web presence – $3,000
• Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade, to upgrade their access/driveway – $1,200
• Multiple Sclerosis Ltd, to organise Kingborough Wellness workshops – $2,227
• Hall heating for Boronia District Girl Guides – $2,750
• Kingborough Gymnastics Association to purchase a 12 metre air track – $2,000
• Transistor Films, who will make a documentary called More than Carers – involving Manor Gardens carers – $3,000
• Westwinds Community Centre, heat pump for the gym – $1,230
• Dementia Friendly Tasmania, $875 for a trishaw trailer
• Derwent Avenue Group, to upgrade a walking track – $1,820
• Kugastsu Judo Club, new mats – $2,000
• Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc, $3,000 for a little penguin tourism translation service
The council also received a report into the recent activities by the Environmental Services team. Some of these activities included:
• Seeking advice from Birdlife Tasmania regarding the increase in seagulls on Blackmans Bay Beach, following interest and concern from residents.
• Supporting a collaborative project to monitor and control an increasing population of Rainbow Lorikeets, which is adversely affecting the survival of the critically endangered Swift Parrot by competing with food sources and habitats.
• Working with young people to stop the illegal construction of bike tracks and jumps at the Boronia Hill Reserve.
• Addressing illegal firewood harvesting by working with agencies including Forestry Tasmania, Forest Practices Authority, Parks and Wildlife, Crown Land Services, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and Tasmanian Conservation Trust. The program is facilitated by NRM South and an awareness campaign has started – full details can be found on the NRM South website.
• Implementing the new Kingborough Weed Management Strategy with a number of projects and procedures.
• Progression of the Bruny Island Cat Management Project.
• Bushfire Management investigations and information on a policy to guide the council’s response to clearing public reserves for the creation of Hazard
• Working with the Tasmanian Climate Change Office and Local Government of Tasmania Association to evaluate climate change governance
The minutes and audio recording from the meeting will be published on the Council Meetings webpage.
Be inspired by nature this National Tree Day
Planet Ark is inviting Tasmanians to be inspired by nature and get gritty by joining the country’s biggest nature care events, Schools Tree Day on Friday 28 July and National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July.
Research from Planet Ark repeatedly shows that spending time outdoors provides a range of health and wellbeing benefits, by making people happier, healthier, and calmer. A new 2017 report from Planet Ark also shows that learning outdoors can help kids develop the crucial skills Australian teachers say they will need most to face major global challenges, like climate change, in the future: critical thinking and problem solving, ‘grit’ or resilience, and emotional intelligence.
National Tree Day is a fulfilling opportunity to do something good for the environment and experience the many positive benefits associated with spending time in nature. Participants will join thousands of other generous, green-minded individuals to reconnect with nature, and enjoy and protect Australia’s natural environment. Participants can join a local event held in their community or even register to plant in their own backyard, courtyard or balcony garden.
Debbie Agnew, National Tree Day Manager, says this year’s theme, Be Inspired – It’s in Our Nature, invites everyone to branch out and be inspired by our unique
“Spending time in nature elevates the human spirit, and ignites our passion, inspiration, and creativity. Australia has some of the most unique and beautiful natural environments in the world, and participating in National Tree Day in your community, school, workplace or backyard is a great way to connect with nature and do something really positive to support our environment,” Agnew said.
“National Tree Day is also an
opportunity to help our children develop a lifelong connection to nature, so that they may become the caretakers of the future. There are lots of other ways we can build more nature time into a child’s life too, such as taking indoor activities, like meals, homework or devices, outside, walking the dog in a park, or joining an outdoor group such as the Scouts, Guides or Junior Landcare.”
Last year nearly 310,000 people took part at over 3,500 sites across the country, planting more than 1.1 million native trees, shrubs and grasses and helping to green their communities.
Of particular note to Tasmanians, on National Tree Day Steven Pearce will be climbing one of the biggest trees (Eucalyptus regnans) in Australia, two kilometres outside of Hobart. In fact, five out of the ten highest tree species in the world can be found in Tasmania, making the day an opportunity to showcase what makes Tasmania unique.
Steven is a photographer and with his team of climbers and ecologists he regularly climbs some of the biggest trees in the world to survey them. Along the way he films and photographs everything, giving his audience a truly birdseye view.
For more information and to find your nearest Tree Day site, please visit treeday.planetark.org or call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000.
National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota Australia and its Dealer Network which provides on-the-ground support at tree planting sites across Australia.
The event is supported by a host of ambassadors, including Costa Georgiadis, Steve Parish OAM, Orly Faya, James Treble, Dr Katrina Warren, Magdalena Roze, Ranger Stacey, Jamie Durie, dirtgirl and Candice Dixon.
Planet Ark Media Release
Nominate your community achiever
Nominations for this year’s Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards are now open. Don’t miss your chance to nominate an organisation, club, group, business or individual you know who are making a real difference in the community.
Nominations are open in the following categories:
• Betta Milk ‘Make it Betta’ Health Achievement Award
• Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
• MAIB Disability Achievement Award
• Prime Super Business Achievement Award
• Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
• Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award
• Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
• Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award
• EPA Sustainability Award
• Wildcare Environmental Volunteering Award
Great prizes are up for grabs: Eight category winners will be presented with $1,000 from Bentleys Accountants, Auditors, Advisors and a trophy. Two category winners will receive television exposure on Southern Cross Television and a trophy.
To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.awardsaustralia.com/tascaa and click ‘Nominate Now’.
Nominations close Wednesday 23 August 2017. For assistance please feel free to call the Awards Office on 6234 9677 or email email@example.com
Inspiring futures informed by the past: heritage urban landscapes
Since 2015, the City of Ballarat has been looking at heritage and dealing with change in historic cities in a new way. This new ‘Historic Urban Landscape’ approach starts by asking the community what is important to them, and amongst other things, shifts the focus from preservation to one of conservation, requiring creative and innovative solutions to enable sustainable and equitable change in a historic city.
The Tasmanian Heritage Council is hosting Susan Fayad, Coordinator Heritage and Cultural Landscapes, City of Ballarat, to share Ballarat’s long-term growth strategy that is guiding its future with an appreciation of the city’s history and identity.
Susan will present at a free lunchtime
workshop on Friday 28 July from 11.30am to 2pm at CCAMLR, 181 Macquarie Street, Hobart. Discussions from the workshop will feed into work being completed by the Heritage Council to build a tool kit that local government and the community can use to tell the story of their own unique place in their own way, and generate new initiatives to support
The workshop, including lunch, is free, though places are limited. For more information visit the City of Ballarat Historic Urban Landscape website. For more information on the workshop and to secure your spot email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasmanian Heritage Council
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