THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Dover fun runs to forge ahead
Organisers of Dover fun runs, the Tassal Ten and Annabelle’s Run, have decided the races will go ahead this year with a Covid-safe plan in place.
The event takes place on Sunday 1 November. The Tassal Ten starts at 9am, and Annabelle’s Run at 10.30am. Both runs are staged along the Dover foreshore.
The 10km race is open to adults and children aged 12 and over. The 2km Annabelle’s Run is for ages two to 12.
This year, runners will also be able to participate virtually, so competitors can join in from anywhere in the world. You can run the virtual event from 30 October to 1 November. Record and submit your time and you will be entered on the virtual leaderboard.
The event is a fundraiser for Hobart’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Little Annabelle was 17 months old when she was involved in a freak accident resulting in a horrific head injury. Her family spent anxious weeks by her side in Hobart’s PICU. With expert care and attention, Annabelle made
a full recovery and is now a happy, healthy six-year-old.
At the time of her injury, Annabelle’s parents, Gemma and John Skinner, became very aware of the pressures the Hobart PICU faces. They have nurtured the concept of a community fun run to support the unit.
To register or find out more, visit ww.farsouthfuture.org/events/tassalten. Registrations close at 5pm on 31 October. Entry numbers are strictly limited.
The Tassal Ten course is mostly flat. It includes a couple of hills, dirt tracks, and shared bitumen and concrete footpaths. Annabelle’s Run is flat and will be routed along dirt tracks, shared bitumen and concrete footpaths.
Road closures will be in place to ensure the safety of participants, volunteers and spectators: Kent Beach Road from Fritton Drive to Esperance coast Road from 8.30am to 10am; Kent Beach Road from Station Road to Fritton Drive from 8.45am to 9.15am; the entrances to both Dover wharf and Dover boat ramp from 9am to 11.30am; Esplanade Road from 8.45am to 1pm.
Far South Future
After-school fun in the Valley
Following the success of the ARVOs Dover program, free ARVOs after-school activities will be held at various locations across the Huon Valley in Term 4 of 2020. The ARVOs Roving program is supported by Bendigo Bank.
Sessions will still continue at Dover District School Hall,
There will also be weekly Friday sessions at the Huon Valley Hub Green Space (between the ANZ Bank and the old visitor information centre). There will be music, games, bean bags and a free sausage sizzle. The sessions are for young people aged 12 to 24.
Activities will also take place at rotating locations on Wednesdays. Sessions will be in Ranelagh on 11 November and 9 December, in Cygnet on 18 November and 16 December, in Franklin on 28 October and 25 November, and in Geeveston on 4 November and 2 December.
All are welcome. There is no need to book.
Activities run from 3pm until 4.15pm.
Stay up to date by following HVC Youth Services on Facebook and at www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/youth.
Huon Valley Council
Sculpture trail returns
Art Farm Birchs Bay’s Annual Sculpture Exhibition and Trail is now open. Art Farm has been fortunate to be able to continue operating during the Covid-19 pandemic. The only setback has been the postponement of the annual sculpture trail exhibition. This year’s exhibition runs until mid-January 2021. The spring opening offers visitors a more colourful experience, with an array of native flora and fruit orchards in bloom in addition to 25 new sculptures to view both on
the trail, in the garden, and in the Old Distillery Gallery.
The farm is open for walks seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm. The gallery is open on weekends only from 11am to 4pm.
Our two cash prizes are funded solely from dedicated community sponsors who are part of the Friends of Art Farm program. This year
the major sculpture prize of $4,000 was awarded to Ben Beams for his work Squall. Ben is also the recipient of the Kingborough Council Acquisitive Prize.
The Small Sculpture Prize was won by Ulrike Hora, a Channel-based artist for her work Biotic Forms.
Art Farm Birchs Bay shares the acquisitive prize with its host Five Bob Farm. This year the partnership is pleased to announce two acquisitive awards, which went to Airplay by Richie Cyngler and Joseph Cann and DragonFlies by Keith Smith. Both of the sculptures will become part of the permanent collection and can be viewed all year round. Airplay is
a spacialised sound sculpture which is activated by environmental elements.
Help for parents of worried kids
Clinical psychologist Lisa Ford of the Resilience Co is offering Huon Valley parents and guardians a free
online webinar called Worried Kids.
The webinar provides practical strategies for giving your children the skills they need to thrive and navigate life’s challenges.
Register on Eventbrite (Google ‘Eventbrite Worried Kids Huon Valley’) before 15 December 2020 to receive the coupon code to watch the webinar for free on the Resilience Co website.
The webinar will explain how worry and anxiety can present in children. It will suggest strategies to support your child to move through those moments of fear. Participants will discover how to provide an environment that supports anxious children to thrive.
The webinar is for anyone raising, educating or working with children aged two to 16.
Once you have used the coupon code, you will have until 18 December to watch the seminar.
Resilience Co webinars
This webinar is running as part of a 12-month program by the Resilience Co, involving a series of free digital talks geared at building a community of resilient and empowered children and parents throughout the Huon Valley.
Huon Valley Council thanks the Huon Valley branches of Bendigo Community Bank for making this program possible.
If you have any questions, please call Huon Valley Council on 6264 0300.
Huon Valley Council
Youth mental first aid
Huon Valley Council will host
a two-day course for adults who would like to learn how to assist adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
The course will discuss depression and anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, and substance-
It will also cover suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe psychotic states, severe effects from alcohol or other drug use, and aggressive behaviours.
The event takes place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October from 9am to 5pm at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre, 101 Wilmot Road, Huonville. The course costs $20. Register via Eventbrite (Google ‘Eventbrite youth mental health Huon’).
If you have any questions, call Huon Valley Council on 6264 0300 or email email@example.com.
Huon Valley Council
Cygnet Cenotaph to be renewed
The Cygnet Cenotaph located on Mary Street will be renewed to improve the space and make it more accessible for community members.
The cenotaph is an important memorial that provides a place for community members to gather for commemorative services such as Anzac Day.
The renewal will address a number of issues identified through consultation with the Cygnet RSL Sub-Branch, including the need for safe, all-ability access and seating.
Huon Valley Council consulted with the Cygnet RSL Sub-branch to develop the concept plan.
The renewal project will be funded through the council’s 2019/20 budget and the Australian government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Grants Program.
The guns that are currently located at the cenotaph will be moved to the Cygnet RSL Sub-Branch building at 80 Mary Street.
The proposed new cenotaph design includes a timber deck and balustade similar to those at the Huonville Cenotaph, an access ramp, as well as timber seating and landscaping with RSL spirit of Anzac grevillea.
The time capsule at the site will be moved to the right-hand side of the monument.
To view the concept plan and stay up to date on the project, visit www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au, click on the Cygnet Cenotaph Renewal news story, and follow the ‘Have Your Say’ link.
Huon Valley Council
Online services return to Woodbridge
The Online Centre at West Winds Community Centre in Woodbridge has fully reopened, with appointments and visits taking place as normal, although Covid precautions are still in place.
If you would like to pop in and use the computer, internet, printer, or scanner, the opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm and Friday from 9am to 3pm.
One-on-one sessions with Helen or Jarris are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm, and Fridays from 10am to 2pm.
If you need some help or to make an appointment, please call 6267 4713. The centre staff look forward to seeing you soon.
West Winds Community Centre
Support available for carers
Carers from the Huon Valley came along to a performance of Who Cares by Hobart artist Helen Swain at Huon Valley Town Hall earlier this month.
The performance was one of many events across Tasmania hosted by Carers Tasmania, Care2Serve, and the Carer Gateway as part of National Carers Week.
Who Cares is an intimate, one-woman theatre work that uses humour, compassion, remorse and pride to illuminate the contradictory moments of caring for another person inside your own home.
National Carers Week ran from 11 to 17 October and was dedicated to celebrating the contribution carers make to Tasmania’s community and economy. Tasmania has around 85,000 unpaid informal carers. These carers provide care for family members who experience a range of conditions including disability, mental ill health, ongoing life-limiting illness, or who are frail and aged.
A Deloitte Access Economics report titled The Value of Informal Care in 2020 has found almost 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care is provided annually, with a replacement value of over $77 billion. In Tasmania, the replacement value is estimated at over $2.2 billion.
Support for carers
Carers Tasmania, via the Carer Gateway, is on hand to help carers with advice, information, training, counselling and respite. Carers Tasmania’s mission is to work to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience and financial security of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and the government.
If you are one of the 85,000 unpaid informal carers and you are looking for help navigating the service system or would like to meet other carers, Carers Tasmania and the Carer Gateway is there to help.
If you would like to know more or are ready to discuss accessing the support you need in your caring role then please get in touch on 1800 242 636 .
Online commerce: stay safe
Kingston Library will host free information sessions on shopping and selling safely online.
You will be invited to join the conversation, feel free to ask questions, or just sit back and listen.
For many Australians, a connected lifestyle includes the convenience of online shopping and banking. However, privacy and security concerns can stop those who aren’t as confident online from enjoying the same experience. As we approach the festive season, learn how to safely shop and bank online with staff from the eSafety Commission.
Kingston Library is running the session in conjunction with the Office of e-Safety. Come along and learn some great tips from the experts. Library staff will guide a question-and-answer session afterwards.
The session takes place on Monday 26 October and runs from 10.45am to 12.15pm. The presentation will start at 11am so please arrive at 10.45am for
a prompt start.
You will learn the benefits of shopping and banking online, how to safely shop and pay for things online, how to do everyday banking safely online, and what to look out for.
With more and more people seeing the benefits of online shopping, now is a great time to begin selling online. Before you get started, learn some simple tips and tricks to help you confidently sell on the internet and, most importantly, learn how to keep yourself safe while enjoying the benefits selling online can bring.
The session takes place on Tuesday 27 October from 2.15pm to 3.45pm. The presentation will start at 2.30pm so please arrive at 2.15pm for a prompt start.
Library staff will guide a question-and-answer afterwards.
The session will cover what to sell online, how to get started on the top three online selling platforms, how to open a PayPal account and accept payments, and how to keep yourself safe while selling online.
Covid safety information
As these programs have been modified to meet public gathering restrictions, limited spaces are available. Please book via Eventbrite (Google ‘Eventbrite banking shopping Kingston Library’) or call the library if you need help making a booking. If you are no longer able to make an event, please let the library know so others don’t miss out.
Attendees are asked to maintain physical distancing during the sessions and follow the hygiene practices implemented on site. Please do
not attend if you are unwell.
Yoga and art for kids
Celebrate Children’s Week with
a free yoga and art workshop with a twist.
Older children aged six to 12 years will enjoy using their body, mind and hands in this twisting, weaving and pattern-making workshop incorporating yoga poses and art using natural and found materials. Children should wear loose comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water.
The session takes place from 4pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 28 October at Kingborough Community Hub, 7 Goshawk Way, Kingston.
For more information and bookings visit Eventbrite (google ‘Eventbrite Children’s Week yoga Kingborough’).
SLSC heads back to Blackmans Bay
The Kingston Beach Surf Lifesaving Club is delighted to celebrate the clean bill of health given to Blackmans Bay south during National Water Week and can’t wait to start patrolling on weekends
The club is also excited to be helping the Derwent Estuary Program in spreading the word about how to protect our beaches and waterways in the Derwent.
Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) chief executive Ursula Taylor said that the DEP will be working with the lifesavers, who will be ambassadors for the Derwent Estuary
“Lifeguards will be available to chat about water quality at beaches and how we can all help to keep our waterways clean,” said Ms Taylor.
Danielle Campbell from Kingston Beach Surf Lifesaving Club said the partnership was a perfect fit.
“The club really tries to encourage leadership and community involvement from a young age and it’s intrinsic in everything we do,” she said.
“This project fits neatly in with how we want our contribution to the community to look.”
Water quality has been a key priority for Kingborough Council. Kingborough mayor Dean Winter said staff have worked extremely hard to get the all clear at Blackmans Bay.
“We are really proud of what we have achieved,” he said.
“We will continue to keep focused on improving our stormwater and identifying and rectifying any issues as swiftly as we can.
“We are very pleased to be supporting the Derwent Estuary Program, and to be working with the Kingston Beach surf lifesavers on what we can all do as individuals to protect our beaches.
“I can’t wait to see the surf lifesavers back in action on Kingston Beach and Blackmans Bay Beach, with all of our community and visitors being able to enjoy the water safely and with confidence.”
National Water Week is dedicated to raising community awareness about current and future water issues and to encourage the community to take action to protect our vital water sources. It’s also a celebration of water achievements in painting a sustainable future for generations to come. It is celebrated every third week of October by the Australian Water Association.
The Derwent Estuary Program publishes the results of water quality tests from the Derwent each week through the summer season. Visit www.derwentestuary.org.au for more information about the DEP and the Beach Watch Program.
Stallholders sought for Vegan Fest
Vegan Fest is returning to the Kingborough Community Hub in December.
Applications for stallholders are now open. If you are interested, visit veganfesttas.com.au.
The festival is looking for applications from:
Vegan food and beverage businesses, or vegetarian food businesses willing to go 100% vegan for the day;
Vendors of handmade vegan goods and crafts that are either often made out of animal products (think shoes and handbags), or who are vegan themselves, or both;
Businesses run by vegans - a vegan hairdresser who only uses vegan products, for example; a vegan tattoo artist, a vegan carpenter...
Any other vegan-oriented parties.
If you have any queries, message Kingborough Community Hub via Facebook Messenger or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingborough Community Hub
Cat Management Bill passes parliament
Tasmania’s cat management arrangements have been strengthened with the passing of the Cat Management Amendment Bill 2019 through both houses of parliament.
Key amendments that will soon become law include:
Compulsory desexing and microchipping of cats from four months of age;
Limiting to four, the maximum number of cats allowed to be kept at a property without a permit (breeders will
Improvements to better support landholders to control cats on their property;
Replacing the state-government registration of cat breeders with a permit system to breed cats;
A requirement for all cats to be microchipped and desexed before being reclaimed from a cat management facility; and
Removal of care agreements.
There will be a transition period of 12 months for some amendments to allow cat owners adequate time to adjust to the changes.
“The passing of the bill confirms strong support for the measures put forward by the government,” said Guy Barnett, minister for primary industries and water.
“Our bill focused on getting the balance right, and it recognised that cats, if not cared for in
a responsible manner, can have serious impacts on the community, agriculture and wildlife.
“Cat management is a shared responsibility and our focus is on education and creating community awareness of responsible
“The amendments are the result of extensive consultation with industry, local government, animal welfare groups, and environmental and agriculture stakeholders through the Tasmanian Cat Management Reference Group and other processes. I thank them for their important feedback through all stages of this process.”
Media release, minister for primary industries and water
On the Garage Sale Trail
Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, the Garage Sale Trail, takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.
This is an opportunity to make money and save money by selling and shopping. Covid-19 safety measures will be in place, including, for the first time, the option of virtual garage sales.
Registrations are free and open now for households, schools, businesses, community groups and anyone who wants to join their community for a weekend of money-making, planet-saving fun.
Over 400,000 people across the country are expected to participate in the tenth annual trail.
A multi-award-winning community and sustainability event, the Garage Sale Trail is supported by more than 115 councils
Event organisers predict that more than 2 million items will be listed for sale and diverted from landfill across more than 16,000 garage sale events both in person
Garage Sale Trail co-founder Andrew Valder said: “Despite our focus rightly being shifted towards
the pandemic, the issue of waste hasn’t gone away. In fact, Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated our impact on the planet and proven that with a little teamwork, we can achieve great things.
“The Garage Sale Trail is an awesome way to make some extra cash in these trying times. My hot tip is
to come up with a really fun name or theme for your sale – the sellers that go to town with marketing are the ones that really bring home the bacon.”
The option to hold an online sale will not only work to keep people safe during the pandemic but also assist sellers in finding the perfect match for their pre-loved items, no matter their location.
For those hosting or shopping at physical sales, the Garage Sale Trail will provide guidelines to ensure Covid-19 restrictions and safety precautions are in place. You’ll also receive tips and tricks, as well as marketing material to help achieve the best result from your sale.
To host a sale or shop the trail visit garagesaletrail.com.au.
Garage Sale Trail media release
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