Council: time to talk rubbish

The Huon Valley Council is developing a waste
management strategy. The strategy will respond to growing community interest, increasing waste disposal costs, and state and national waste management strategies and targets. It will set a course for where the Huon Valley wants to be, and outline the steps for how we will get there.
The council would like to hear the community’s views on key waste management topics, and what your priorities and concerns are.
Your responses will help the council develop
a strategy that responds to the needs and wishes of the community.
Have your say
You can take the online survey by visiting and navigating to Services and Facilities >  My Community >  Have Your Say >  Huon Valley Council Waste Management Strategy.
Before completing the survey, the council requests that you read the information paper to gain an understanding of the current state of waste management. This will help give you an idea of some of the key considerations the strategy may include.
The survey closes on Friday 19 March.
You can download a hard copy of the survey at the web page mentioned previously and return it either by email to, in person to the council’s customer service centre at 40 Main Street, Huonville, or by post to PO Box 210 Huonville, TAS, 7109.
Huon Valley Council

Channel rises to challenge again
The Channel Challenge is on again in 2021. Join in the fun of the run (or walk) on Sunday 28 March. Participants are asked to arrive at West Winds Community Centre in Woodbridge at 8am for a 9am start.
There are four options, catering to all fitness levels, there will be something to suit everyone from eight to 80 years, and from the serious competitors to the Sunday strollers.
Meandering from West Winds, through the school grounds and Silverwater Park, to Woodbridge jetty and through the picturesque town of Woodbridge, the challenge will be a beautiful way to start the day.
The Channel Challenge is an annual event started in 2014 to raise funds for improvements in the West Winds gym. Carolyn Carius (gym instructor and Channel Challenge coordinator) has done a magnificent job of providing options for the health and wellbeing of our locals.
The four entry levels are: competitive adults, competitive kids, challenge, and cruise.
Entry forms are available at West Winds (office and gym) and Woodbridge Post Office, or you can register online at
West Winds Community Centre

Film festival turns 30
Flickerfest Best Australian Shorts is on its way to Cygnet in March to present eight extraordinary short Australian films. And this year, Australia’s premier short film festival is turning 30.
There will be three Covid-safe screenings in the beautiful Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room on Saturday 6 March (7pm) and Sunday 7 March (12pm and 2.30pm).
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied
by an adult. The run time will be 110 minutes, not including intermissions.
The Cygnet Community Arts Council will be screening Flickerfest Best International Shorts and Flickerkids later in the year.
Best Australian Shorts 2021 Program
Roborovski The film follows the eponymous thimble-sized hamster, who spends his days in Marvin’s Pet Shop, hoping to find a family.  However, when he is constantly overlooked by the people and animals around him, his seething resentment and intense jealousy soon takes hold and the murderous side of little Roborovski is released.
The End, The Beginning In the picture-book town of Collector, a young girl and her gang of rogue environmentalists are trying to save the planet as the world goes into lockdown. The main target of the rebellion? The girl’s own father.
Sparkles A 30-something Down syndrome woman leaves her past behind, and runs away from a small country town, heading towards the city. Along her journey, she makes an unlikely friendship with a drag queen from the outback, teaching us all not to be afraid to celebrate who we are.
This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us Two rival pickpockets clash in an increasingly risky game of cat and mouse.
System Error Every day, George works his job at a dingy convenience store, desperately hoping for a friend – but George is also an immobile robotic service unit, and immobile service units do not have friends.  Not yet anyway.
The Exit Plan In an overpopulated future, an elderly woman is visited by a government official to ensure she is complying with the government’s new ‘exit plan’ policy, but, when he interrogates her further, he soon realises she has her own plan for him.
The Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room venue is upstairs. Tickets are $17, concession $12. Presale tickets are available at Trybooking: Flickerfest Best Australian Shorts ( Limited door sales will be available on the night.
This program is presented by Cygnet Community Arts Council.
Cygnet Community Arts Council

Group to explore community transport in Huon
The community group Circular Economy Huon has been investigating the development of
a comprehensive transport plan for the Huon Valley for some time and will now host the first public event on this topic.
The session will take place at the Huon Valley Hub, 23 Main Street, Huonville at 6pm on Tuesday
9 March.
To attend, please register through Eventbrite at
Circular Economy Huon believes the community now needs to plan for the next stage of our transport development to deal with
a number of challenges. Townships
and highways are becoming increasingly congested because we rely heavily on our own private vehicles. And these vehicles are expensive to buy and run at an average cost of $8,000 per unit a year
for each vehicle in the Valley.
Community Transport Services Tasmania
But there are other transport options that have been adopted in other places in the world and elsewhere in Tasmania. Community
Transport Services Tasmania, (CTST) noted for transferring people with medical issues, are creatively providing services in less populated areas of the state and
a link to the west coast.
To find out more about what CTST are doing, and how this approach could possibly be applied in the Huon Valley, you are welcome to come along to hear CEO Lyndon Stevenson speak. There will be
a Q&A session following his presentation and an opportunity for you to contribute your ideas about how transport can be improved in the Huon.
The early exploration and development of the Huon was via water transport, either by sea or on the Huon River. Then, as trackways were upgraded to roads, the importance of water transport declined and roads became the vital link between townships in the Valley and the wider world.
But some community members, younger and older citizens, and those less well off, are greatly restricted in their travel options. And to make matters worse, the vehicles we are using are almost all fossil fuelled and account for approximately 30% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Huon Valley municipality.
Gerry White, Public Officer
Circular Economy Huon

Schools get set for a new decade
Huon and Channel schools are greeting the new academic year with relief that they survived 2020’s trial by home learning. Covid restrictions still hamper some school activities, but that hasn’t stood in the way of upgrades, expansions and educational high jinks. Here’s a taster of how our institutions are seeing in the new decade.
Bruny Island District School
Australia’s southernmost school is focusing on figures. Teachers were given the text Becoming the Maths Teacher You Wish You’d Had for holiday reading.
They’ll attend a professional development workshop with
a Melbourne maths facilitator in term 2, and have been interviewing students about their views on maths. The school recently caught the eye of Australian Teacher magazine, with principal Ashley McPherson giving an interview.
Channel Christian School, Margate
The school’s growing kinder class has prompted the construction of a smart timber undercover outdoor space, plus landscaping around new classrooms. Covid restrictions have inspired separate Peter Pan productions, one by children in kinder to year 2, and another by years 3 to 6. This will allow for smaller audiences and more stage time for kids. Covid rules have sadly put this year’s Twilight Fair in doubt.
Cygnet Primary School
Late last term, students excelled at the December 2020 Australian Schools Chess Championships, held online due to Covid. Some students even enrolled at university late last year: the UTAS Children’s University offers extra-curricular activities, working with community groups, sports clubs, and cultural and natural history organisations like art galleries, wildlife centres and museums to offer online and face-to-face activities.
Dover District School
A new building for years 11 and 12 is taking form, with classrooms, social areas, staff spaces, and new amenities near the school oval. Students helped install a new cricket pitch, which was baptised with a School v Community T20 match on 26 February. The science room also had a makeover late last year, with Julie Collins MP taking a tour. Meanwhile, Dover students have also been studying at the Children’s University.
Franklin Primary School
The new kinder playground is far more captivating after parents piled in for a recent working bee. Inside the classroom, teachers have been devoting themselves to literacy planning for the new year alongside literacy coach Mrs Leaman. The School Fun Run late last year was off the fundraising charts, raising nearly $5,000.
Geeveston Primary School
“Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program weekly lessons are jam-packed with exciting opportunities to make connections between classroom learning and real-world application of knowledge in the garden and kitchen,” said Geeveston Primary teacher Kellie Glazer. Students are enjoying support from sports and music specialists. “Our Aboriginal education worker supports students to be culturally inclusive and maintain a strong connection with land and community,” said Ms Glazer.
Glen Huon Primary School
Students returned to a new principal, Erika Lees, with Glenys McKay waving goodbye after eight years. Mrs McKay leaves behind a new kinder building, which the school describes as a “21st-century apple shed”. The architecturally designed ‘shed’ is in the Huon Valley tradition, but features innovative indoor/outdoor spaces. The school is also offering a new Japanese program this year.
Huonville High School
In the final assembly of last year, the school livestreamed the launch of their new vision statement. The work of some 15 months, the vision will be implemented throughout the year. It centres on students being responsible, valued, engaged and inspired learners, who care about each other and the community.
The school has had plenty of inspiration recently. Alumnus Toby Thorpe was named 2021 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year, while sustainability coordinator Nel Smit was nominated for Senior Australian of the Year. The school emphatically won the Southern Inter High Athletics Carnival last term. Student Daniel Shilcock swam in the Australian Championships in Brisbane. And Emily Oates and Stella Abel featured in the Triple J unearthed charts.
Huonville Primary School
Principal Ian Thomas is assembling a playground committee, with a view to better utilising the large school grounds, while Anna Jones, formerly of Geeveston Primary School, has joined as assistant principal. On 3 March, the school hosted the 15th Southern Student Leaders Conference. More than 100 selected leaders aged 10 to 18 from across southern
Tasmania attended.
Margate Primary School
Shiny new things arrived late last year in the form of a $70,000 upgrade to the netball courts, now endowed with Astroturf, and a library refurbishment. The courts were funded through grants and a substantial fundraising effort by the Parents and Friends. The Garden Café retained its gold status with the Tasmanian School Canteen Association, reaffirming the school’s commitment to healthy eating.
Peregrine School, Nicholls Rivulet
Peregrine celebrates two milestones this year: its 21st birthday and the first year in which a student has been part of the school community from kindergarten to year 10. The school has grown from 14 students in the year 2000 to 120 in 2021, and from two teachers to 12. Principal Imogen Hunt thanked all those who have supported Peregrine in its development. “Those families who were part of the early years of creating culture, infrastructure and learning programs deserve
a special mention.”
Sacred Heart Catholic School, Geeveston
The last school year closed with much excitement. On a trip to northern Tasmania, grade 6 panned for gold in Beaconsfield, visited an 1890s-style farm school, and toured the Marakoopa Caves. The junior and senior bands toured Hobart and Richmond, while grade 6 student Chloe Moore won the Fred Hollows Humanity Award, Junior Ambassador for Tasmania in recognition of her support for disabled children.
St James Catholic College, Cygnet
Look out for the launch of St James’ latest garden project on 18 March. This follows a working bee which saw 25 community members spruce up the garden in February. The garden will also be used by a community group and a refugee group. The year 1 to 4 classrooms are undergoing renovations too. Students enjoyed an exciting afternoon with Hobart Hurricanes cricketers in early February, including Mitch Owen, a former student of teacher Mr Sandric.
Woodbridge School
The school welcomed its first ever year 11 and 12 students this year. Some of the seven youngsters are undertaking a shared enrolment with Hobart College. Secondary students will have the chance to study economics for the first time, while teachers relocated some of the primary classrooms to optimise learning. The Marine Discovery Centre is also welcoming newbies, including an octopus. Sadly Covid restrictions mean the fair is unlikely to go ahead this year.
Alison Ratcliffe

Weed watch
Huon Valley Council is working with Eco Works Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service Officers to completely eradicate African feather grass from the Huon Valley this year. Over autumn, properties in Judbury, Glen Huon and Huonville will be surveyed for undiscovered infestations, and the Eco Works team will be paddling the Huon River to control plants growing on the banks.
To ensure we’ve completely eradicated this weed, the council needs to find every last plant.
African feather grass (Cenchrus macrourus) is an aggressive invader of roadsides, riverbanks and pastures. Growing in dense clumps, this weed excludes all other plants, can completely block waterways, and, when dry, can create a fire hazard.
The grass is rare in Tasmania, and only known to occur in the Huon and Derwent Valleys.
Have you seen it?
African feather grass is tussock-forming grass growing to 2m high. The leaves have a long sheath at the base, with irritating hairs at the leaf nodes. Flowers are long and thin, starting off brown then fading to white. Plants produce flowers in late spring to late summer.
Report this weed
If you think you’ve seen African feather grass, please report it to Huon Valley Council on 6264 9439 or
Information on weed management, including developing your own weed management plan, can be found on the council’s website at
Huon Valley Council

Prepare your business for emergencies
Business Tasmania in partnership with the Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmanian State Emergency Service, and the Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre are excited to offer businesses and the community the opportunity to attend a free information session on preparing your business for emergencies such as bushfires or floods.
You will learn about preparing your business in event of an emergency, where to seek advice and how to stay informed if an
emergency occurs.
The session takes place on Thursday 25 March at Kingborough Bowls Club, 1615 Channel Highway, Margate. Please arrive at 5.15pm for a prompt 5.30pm start.
For more information, call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or email
Registrations can be made via Eventbrite. If you register but can’t attend, please cancel your registration through Eventbrite or email Business Tasmania at as this is a free event and numbers are limited.
Business Tasmania

Have your say on new child centre
A new Child and Family Learning Centre (CFLC) is coming to Kingborough and will be located on the Kingston Primary School site.
Kingston Neighbourhood House is inviting local families to talk to them about their suggestions for this exciting new centre on Tuesday 23 March from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
There will be a free BBQ and pizza on offer.
A CFLC is a welcoming place for families and young children, from pregnancy to five years, to come together to grow, play and learn. It will provide a variety of support services, all in one place. It is somewhere you and your child can make friends and they can learn as they play. It will offer advice on health and family matters, education and training.
Please call Kingston Neighbourhood House on 6229 4066 for more information.
Kingston Neighbourhood House

Nutritional know-how for seniors
As part of Kingborough Council’s Learning for Life program, Ngaire Hobbins will present a talk about her new book Brain Body Food. Hobbins is a dietician with a passion to help people thrive in their later years. She will present the latest science on nutrition, ageing and dementia risk.
Hobbins is committed to helping people in their mid 60s and beyond to cheat ageing and cognitive decline through age-appropriate diet and nutrition.
Hobbins is a fully qualified, medically trained dietitian with a passion for, as well as a professional speciality, in nutrition, ageing and
brain health.
With a deep appreciation of the benefits and pleasures of real food, Ngaire is intent on alerting adults, especially those approaching or already embracing their later years, to their unique nutritional needs. She is also one of
a committed group working tirelessly to ensure that the frail elderly, often in assisted care, have the very best possible food available to them, enriching lives as well as assisting independence as much as possible.
Most people, whether they’re frail or fighting fit, are unaware that public health messages which are ideal for younger adults can instead be unhelpful, even harmful, for those entering their senior years. Hobbins is driven to raise awareness of the unique nutritional needs of ageing to ensure older people can thrive instead of suffering unnecessary physical and mental frailty and decline.
 The session will be held at the Kingborough Community Hub, 7 Goshawk Way, Kingston on Tuesday 9 March, from 10.30am to 12pm. The cost is $5 per person and bookings are required via
Kingborough Council/
Ngaire Hobbins

Women’s club going strong
The Kingborough Women’s Club was founded 41 years ago by  Daphne Gregg, its inaugural president. The club motto is ‘Friendship wins friends’.
The club was a place for women of the Kingborough area to meet up for coffee, a light luncheon or just to socialise. It was a venue to form circles or groups, such as travel, gardening, cards, films and outings.
Currently there is a mah jong group, fitball, games such as Scrabble and cards, outings,
calligraphy, sewing and crafts, and a club library.
The club is always looking for new members who are very welcome to either join in our current activities or to create and introduce
new ones.
The club is located at 34 Ewing Avenue, Kingston Beach, just behind the Kingston Beach Community Hall. Contact either Jill McNeice on 6286 8206 or Gilli Fife on 6267 4842.
Gillian Fife, President

Get to grips with computing
Are you new to computing? Kingston Library is offering a free introduction to computing course in April.
Learn how to control your mouse, use your keyboard, save and print documents and more.
This course is delivered face to face to help you learn in a hands-on and
supportive environment.
You will learn to create and use an email account, use Google apps, create, save and print documents, search the internet safely, protect yourself online, understand computer jargon, and save and edit photos.
The course runs weekly on Tuesdays for 10 weeks from 20 April 2021 to  Tuesday, 29 June, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
You will cover unit VCODIG101 – use emerging technology and VCODIG102 – use free or inexpensive technology. You will  receive a statement of attainment for the units successfully completed.
For more information or to register your interest, please call 1300 655 307.
Kingston Library

Weed watch
“A stitch in time saves nine” is the famous old saying guiding Kingborough Council’s new Browns River Karamu Control project. Removing one weed today saves removing a whole river of them in a few years. Karamu is a highly invasive weed and is currently only growing in a few places in Tasmania.
Supported by the City of Hobart, the folk from the Fern Tree Bushcare group have been controlling Karamu at the top of the catchment. In partnership with private landholders and the state government, Kingborough is now working to continue this excellent work down to the Derwent.
Left unchecked, Karamu will take over the river, clogging the waterway and making access to the river almost impossible.
If you own land along Browns River and you would like more information regarding the project, please contact the council’s NRM team on 6211 8255 or email
Kingborough Council

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