Franklin candidates line up for election
The ballot paper is taking shape for the electorate of Franklin in Tasmania’s 23 March 2024 election. Franklin includes the municipalities of Kingborough, the Huon Valley and Clarence.
With 10 new lower house seats up for grabs, Franklin will elect two extra MPs to add to its current five. The new lower house will comprise 35 seats.
Eric Abetz returns to stand for the Tasmanian Liberal Party after 28 years in Canberra. He is joined on the Liberal ticket by former Tasmanian cabinet member Jacqui Petrusma, who stood down from parliament less than two years ago for personal and family reasons.
Both incumbent Liberal MPs will stand for re-election: former Kingborough councillor Nic Street and Bellerive resident Dean Young.
Current Kingborough councillor Aldo Antolli, who was unsuccessful in his last tilt at parliament, will be joined by Josh Garvin, one of the younger Franklin candidates, who is in his mid 20s, as well as Michael (Jock) McGregor.
Labor’s Franklin ticket also features a youngster: the youngest deputy mayor in Tasmanian history, 22-year-old Toby Thorpe, who is considered to be a good prospect for an extra Labor seat. Former Kingborough mayor and Labor incumbent Dean Winter will also stand again. Current Kingborough councillor Kaspar Deane of Taroona will also stand for Labor. Labor’s other Franklin candidates are: Philip Pregnell, member of Kingston Apex Club for 27 years and a union delegate for the United Workers Union in the Tasmanian Prison Service; former Tasmanian Rugby Union president Ebony Altimira; Clarence resident Simon Bailey; and former Sorell councillor Meg Brown.
Greens leader and former Huon Valley councillor Rosalie Woodruff will hope to retain the Franklin seat she has held since 2015. Ms Woodruff has said the Greens are hoping for an extra candidate to be elected in Franklin. The other Franklin Greens candidates are: Kingborough councillor Gideon Cordover; Clarence City councillor Jade Darko; Clarence resident Owen Fitzgerald; Huon Valley councillor Jenny Cambers-Smith, Huon Valley resident Lukas Mrosek; and former Huon Valley councillor Christine Campbell.
The Jacqui Lambie Network will field Marshall Callaghan, Christine Hannan and Conor Hallahan, while the Local Network candidates will be former federal Greens candidate and LGBTIQA+ advocate Martine Delaney and nurse Anna Spinaze.
Three candidates will run on independent tickets. Former Labor leader and current MP David O’Byrne, who stood down from the Labor Party and has since remained on the crossbenches. Clare Glade-Wright is Kingborough deputy mayor, and Tony Mulder is a Clarence City councillor.
“Franklin is a left-leaning seat at federal level where it has been Labor-held since 1993,” said Dr Bonham. “But at state level the difference between it and the northern seats is less pronounced.  Votes in Franklin in 2021 were Liberal 42.3%, Labor 33.2%, Greens 18.9%.  Under the 35-seat system this would have been a 3-3-1 result.”
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New GPs for Geeveston Medical Centre
Huon Valley Medical Services is pleased to announce new General Practitioners joining our team at the Geeveston Medical Centre.
Dr Adrian Cakra is a Tasmanian GP who has interests in managing a broad range of long term and chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions.
He has special interests in men’s and LGBTQIA+ health. Adrian will be at Geeveston from Monday 4 March 2024 to the end of July 2024.
Dr Lucy Winterbottom is an employed GP with Huon Valley Council. She was practicing out of Dover Medical Centre before taking parental leave. On her return in the first week of April, Lucy will be permanently based in Geeveston.
There are additional exciting developments for both Dover and Geeveston Medical Centres and further updates will provided as these are confirmed.
Huon Valley Council and Huon Valley Medical Services remain committed to meeting our rural community’s need for affordable, local healthcare.
Huon Valley Council

Volunteers wanted for unique time travel experience
Okay – so maybe we can’t promise you physical time travel at the Cygnet Living History Museum. But if you feel a spark of curiosity about the history of this amazing community and the lives of the people who have called it home, then volunteering at our local museum can offer you a deeply rewarding experience.
It’s a great opportunity to meet and greet people by being a museum host, or there are plenty of behind the scenes tasks and projects that you may prefer to do (many in the comfort of your own home). A few examples where your talents could be put to good use:
• Your passion is writing, and social media is not a mystery to you.  Flex your creative muscles by writing articles for local publications, Facebook posts, grant applications or creating resources for the museum showroom to highlight local stories of interest.
• You’ve got great IT skills. You might be interested in helping to maintain (or even uplift) our computer systems and develop ‘how to guides’. 
• You know your way around a hammer and saw – from general maintenance bits and pieces, to designing and building creative display and storage solutions for the museum.
• You are an administration and organisational guru. If the thought of digitising and recording our collection, records management and providing support to our committee sparks joy, then let us know.
Regardless of how much (or little!) time and capacity you have to contribute, every bit helps to preserve and celebrate our community’s heritage. Volunteering at the museum is an opportunity to add value to the community, to connect with others, be immersed in our fascinating rich history and become part of something bigger than ourselves.
Interested?  We’d be delighted to hear from you. Feel free to come in for a chat at 37 Mary Street, Cygnet, email us at or message us on Facebook
Cygnet Living History Museum

Nominate now for community awards
It’s that time of year again, where we look to recognise the contribution community members and groups make throughout the Huon Valley.
If you know of someone making a real difference to community life in our valley, why not nominate them for a Huon Valley Community Award?
Nominations close 7 March 2024.
For more information visit our website:
Huon Valley Council

Bake off winners announced
Kingborough Council proudly supported TasPride  this year, with its first Great Kingborough Bake Off, held at the Kingborough Community Hub on Saturday 17 February.
Over 50 cakes were presented with winners chosen in four categories: under 12, 12 to 18yrs, open, and people’s choice.
Thank you to our amazing bakers. So much creativity and talent was on display, as you can see from the photos.
Congratulations to the winners:
• Jaelah Holloway (under 12 years prize)
• Finn Abbott (12 to 18 years prize)
• Heather Laverne (open award prize)
• Karen Camino (people’s choice award)
Thank you to our judges: councillor Amanda Midgley, Yen Chamberlain, and Lyn Jarvis, CEO, Working it Out.
For more information, please visit:
Kingborough Council

Want to help paint a mural?
Huon Valley Council is working with Vibrance to create two new murals in Huonville.
Local Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Reuben Oates Art will be beautifying the public toilets in Sale Street and Bec Adamczewski will be working with community members and aspiring artists to create a mural on the netball clubrooms in Tennis Court Road.
Bec starts work on 7 March and welcomes you to join her from 9 to 11 March.
If you’d like to join Bec on any of these days, please let us know by contacting our Arts & Culture officer via
Huon Valley Council

Two proceeded against during total fire ban
Two people are being proceeded against for lighting fires during a Total Fire Ban in Southern Tasmania.
A 13-year-old will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act, as police investigate a suspicious fire in Cygnet on Thursday.
Tasmania Fire Service crews quickly extinguished the fire, which was reported about 5.30pm.
The fire started in grassland at the rear of the residence and caused significant damage to a campervan located in the backyard.
Separately, a 67-year-old man will be proceeded against after emergency services received multiple Triple Zero (000) calls on Friday, in relation to a fire burning on the side of the Channel Highway at Margate.
A quick response from the property owner and fire crews meant it was quickly contained to a small area and extinguished.
Members of the public are asked to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour, or smoke activity to Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Tasmania Police

Experience Thai culture in Kingston
The Thai Songkran Festival 2024 will be held at the Kingborough Community Hub on Sunday 3 March, from 11am to 4pm.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavours of Thailand as we celebrate our rich and vibrant culture.
Indulge in mouthwatering Thai cuisine, enjoy Thai massage in the sun, win yourself some great prizes from the soi dao raffle booth, and let yourself be captivated by traditional Thai dance performances.
Entry is free.
This event is sponsored by Events Tasmania, Royal Embassy of Thailand Canberra, Kingborough Council.
Kingborough Community Hub

New build, make and create sessions for kids
A brand-new monthly program ‘Build, Make and Create’ starts at Kingston Library in March.
Children aged 6-11 years old can join in after school for a unique monthly STEAM challenge, plus  get curious and creative with building and art materials to create, remix and recreate.
‘Build, Make and Create’ will be on the first Tuesday of the month (during school terms only) beginning on Tuesday 5 March, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
Bookings can be made via eventbrite.
Kingston Library

Free hearing checks
Hearing Australia will be visiting Kingston Library to conduct free 15-minute hearing checks for adults on Tuesday 5 March, from 9.30am to 2pm.
Book your check at
Conditions apply under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.
Kingston Library

Author talk sell-out success
Kingston Library would like to extend a huge thank you to Mary-Lou Stephens who treated a sellout crowd to a very entertaining and enjoyable author talk.
Mary-Lou’s latest novel The Chocolate Factory was the perfect feature for the Valentine’s and Library Lovers’ Day event, and attendees got to enjoy her relaxed and engaging style, along with chocolates and a cuppa. 
Thanks also go to Adam and Fuller’s Bookshop who attended to sell (out!) copies of both Mary-Lou’s novels.
Kingston Library is looking forward to hosting another author talk event for Tasmania Reads Week, from 17 to 23 March 2024.
Head to Eventbrite to book your spot for an evening of Secrets and Suspense with Lenny Bartulin, Jo Dixon and Kylie Orr on March 21, from 5pm to 7pm.
Kingston Library

Build your digital skills
Are you, or someone you know, an older person who would benefit from learning better digital skills?
Kingborough Council is running six free ‘Building Digital Skills’ sessions with IT professional Richard Lim. You’ll learn about accessing online services, free education materials and have opportunities for one-on-one time with Richard to answer individual questions about your phone, ipad or laptop.
Sessions will be held on the following dates: Monday 4 March, Friday 15 March, Monday 18 March, Friday 5 April, Monday 8 April and Monday 15 April.
Attendance at all sessions is preferred. Bookings are essential.
This is part of the council’s positive ageing program.
For information and bookings phone 6211 8200, email, or visit
Kingborough Council

Exploring Kingborough: Taroona foreshore track
The Taroona foreshore track takes you on a gentle stroll around the coastline, along Hinsby and Taroona beaches, and amongst remnant coastal bushland. There you will find blue gums, black gums, sheoaks and blackwoods forming part of the canopy, with an understorey of hopbush, banksias, coast wattle, saltbush and grasses.
This track has great views south to the Alum Cliffs and the Shot Tower, and over the Derwent River to Opossum Bay and South Arm.
The foreshore was a popular gathering place for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and ‘Taroona’ is the Aboriginal name for chiton (kytun) – a shell animal found along the foreshore.
Taroona’s coastal foreshore and the gullies leading into it are cared for by a local volunteer group, the Taroona Environment Network.
The four kilometre long track is a 50 minute return walk.
There is ample parking at each end with access for cyclists and dogs on lead. Horse riding is not permitted.
Facilities include a playground, toilets and BBQ area at Taroona Beach.
Expect a beach walk with short sections of narrow bush track around the headlands.
Note: Dogs are only permitted on the beach east of the boat ramp at Taroona Beach.
Kingborough Council

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