Consultation opens for bushfire bill

Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein has announced that the Draft Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill is now open for consultation.
The consultation closes on 23 October.
To make a submission, go to From the Divisions menu, select Office of Security and Emergency Management, then select Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020 from the left-hand menu.
Mr Gutwein said: “The bill will introduce a new legislative framework for bushfire mitigation in Tasmania, ensuring we are as well prepared as possible as a state to work with greater speed and responsiveness to address bushfire risk.
“The legislation will make it easier to reduce fuel and mechanically clear vegetation for
a fuel break, while balancing environment and community concerns.
“Importantly, it will make it easier for landholders to reduce fuel loads by allowing approvals to be granted in a shorter timeframe when a bushfire hazard management plan is in place.
“There will also be clear accountability for landowners and
occupiers, both public and private, in regards to bushfire mitigation.
“Although we have a nation-leading and well-resourced fuel reduction program, we know the traditional window available for fuel reduction is narrowing and the intensity of our bushfires
is increasing.
“It is not possible to eliminate bushfires, however, measures can and should be put in place to reduce the impact of fires and we must do everything we can to protect life, property, infrastructure and our natural assets.
“We need to get the balance right and the government looks forward to receiving feedback from the community during the consultation.”
Premier of Tasmania media release

Channel Highway report released
The Tasmanian government has released the Channel Highway Corridor Study.
The long-term plan outlines the infrastructure upgrades required to support future growth in the Channel region. It will guide Kingborough Council’s discussions in conjunction with the state government about priority infrastructure projects along the corridor, particularly in light of anticipated growth at Huntingfield, Margate and Snug.
The Department of State Growth engaged consultants to undertake the study for the Channel Highway between Algona Road, Kingston and Sandfly Road, Margate. The study identified improvements aimed at increasing performance, reliability and safety during peak periods. It will provide a basis for detailing concept designs and budgets, and prioritising these solutions for
funding approval.
The study comprises a holistic assessment to meet the current and future functional requirements of the corridor and is to align with the Greater Hobart Transport Vision.
Proposals arising from the report are as follows:
Channel Highway shoulders widened to a consistent standard;
Feasibility study for an off-road shared path from Margate to Huntingfield;
Pedestrian and cyclist crossing facility at North West Bay River;
Secondary at-grade roundabout at Algona Road;
Full-grade separated interchange at Algona Road with dual roundabouts;
Improvements to the Sandfly Road intersection, including pedestrian facilities;
Provision of a northbound overtaking lane/slow vehicle passing opportunity;
New roundabout and realignment of Maddocks Road to connect with Huntingfield stage 2 access;
New roundabout and realignment of Howden Road and Brookfield Lane to intersect with Fehres Road;
Reduction of speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h;
Sight distance improvement at Howden Road intersection;
Bus priority at Algona Road roundabout with improved access to the park-and-ride bus service;
Provision of and improvements to public transport facilities, including improved frequency, cost and travel time;
Existing bus stop infrastructure improvements and increased accessibility to the stops from side streets for pedestrians and cyclists
You can read the entire report at Select Road Projects and Planning from the menu. Click on Current Road Projects>South Road Projects>Channel Highway Corridor Study Report.
Kingborough Council/
Department of State Growth

Families invited to southern picnics
Huon Valley Council will host family picnics for families who live in Cygnet, Dover and surrounds. The Cygnet picnic will take place on Wednesday 30 September, while the Dover event will be on Wednesday 7 October.
Both will run from 11am until 1pm.
The council will stage activities and games. Bring a plate to share, have some fun, and make the most of the school holidays.
The council will supply a free sausage sizzle.
This is a Covid-safe event. All attendees will need to register on the day and follow hygiene standards as directed by council staff.
This is an alcohol- and drug-free event. Anyone using will be asked to leave.
The event will be cancelled if there are strong winds or rain.
Huon Valley Council

TCCI hosts workshops for Huon businesses
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), with the support of the Huon Valley Council, is delivering a series of workshops to address the needs of Huon Valley businesses.
Ready to respond?
Wednesday 30 September, 3.30pm to 4.30pm or 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Peach and Plum Room, Huonville Library
Workshop content:
What events/signs do I need to respond to?
What are the triggers for action?
Action options – what can and can’t we do?
Downturn leading to a downsize in operations – how to reduce your workforce correctly;
Employment options, risks and liabilities;
Support organisations and programs for business.
Time to re-evaluate? –Managing your finances
Wednesday 14 October, 3.30pm to 4.30pm or 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Peach and Plum Room, Huonville Library
Workshop content:
When to consider restructuring, downsizing or closing your business;
Financial benchmarks and considerations – proactively manage your business’s solvency;
Avoiding insolvency and bankruptcy;
Financial options, risks and liabilities;
This workshop is presented by financial experts Rogers Reidy.
The workshops cost $25 per person, per workshop. Tickets can be booked via Ticketbooth. Search for Huon Valley Business Workshop.
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Potential pickers asked to complete survey
Get Picking is a program run through the Geeveston Community Centre. A lack of transport often prevents locals working on farms in the Huon Valley. The centre asks residents to answer a short survey to help it understand what transport options workers in the Huon Valley need for this season. The survey is available at and is for people living in the Huon Valley only.
Follow the centre’s Facebook page  @getpickinghuon for updates on the survey and other valuable information about seasonal work.
At the end of the survey you can enter your email address for a chance to win one of three $40 vouchers. The centre will only use email addresses to randomly select the winners. The survey is open till 8pm on Sunday 27 September.
Geeveston Community Centre

Government hosts sessions on Huntingfield development
Minister for housing Roger Jaensch has announced that the state government will host two community information sessions on its proposed development
at Huntingfield.
The sessions will be held at North West Bay Golf Club on Wednesday 30 September from 5pm to 7pm and on Friday 2 October from 10am to 2pm.
To ensure Covid-19 protections are in place, it’s essential to register to meet with members of the project team. Call 1800 995 653 or email by close of business on Monday
28 September.
This project is intended to deliver a broad mix of around 470 residential lots, as well as public amenities and open spaces.
Community consultation on the Huntingfield Masterplan was undertaken some weeks ago and
a development application is being prepared for submission in the coming weeks.
A report on the feedback from stakeholders will be released shortly, with community members invited to learn more about how the state government will respond to the issues raised
during consultation.
Regarding the development, Kingborough mayor Dean Winter said: “I don’t think I could have been any more vocal about my concerns relating to infrastructure.”
Housing minister Roger Jaensch said: “In these difficult times, boosting the supply of affordable housing is critical to not only ensure Tasmanians have safe and secure accommodation, but also to stimulate our economy and support our vital building and construction sector.
“A key part in our plan is getting on with the Huntingfield land release and subdivision in
southern Tasmania.
“Importantly, the works are expected to inject around $19 million into the local economy and create over 140 full-time jobs, which is a fantastic result that will benefit many businesses in Kingborough and the broader southern region.
“The construction of homes is also expected to deliver a further $120 million in economic activity, while creating over 850 jobs.”
Minister for
housing media release/
Dean Winter, Kingborough mayor

Kids’ story competition launched
The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival has announced a new short-story writing competition for children and young writers (up to age 16) in the Huon Valley and surrounds.
The competition opens on Monday 2 November, but you can start work on your story now.
Entries are due by 6 pm on Sunday 29 November.
With the support of Huon Valley Council, this year’s competition is being conducted entirely online to ensure it is Covid-safe.
Children who normally live in the Huon Valley, full-time or part time, are encouraged to enter.
The festival is challenging entrants to create their own female detective – real or imagined, human or animal – and recount how she solves a crime or mystery.
For more information, visit the Terror Australis Festival website.
Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival

Learn mental health first aid
The wayraparattee Child and Family Centre in Geeveston is hosting a two-day Standard Mental Health First Aid course for any interested adults aged 18 years or above.
You will learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.
The course is informed by the expert consensus of professionals  and people with lived experience.
The course takes place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October from 9am to 4pm and costs $20. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
For further information on the course, visit or There will be a maximum of 25 participants.
If you have any questions call Huon Valley Council on 6264 0300 or email
Huon Valley Council

Self-injury support
Huon Valley Council is hosting a session on supporting people who commit non-suicidal self injury.
Learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
The session will be held at Pagan Cider, 7891 Channel Highway, Cradoc on Tuesday 13 October from 10am to 2.30pm and costs $5. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
More course information is available at or There is
a maximum of 25 participants.
If you have any further questions contact Huon Valley Council on 6264 0300 or
Huon Valley Council

Geeveston Town Hall: have your say
The second community information opportunity on the future of Geeveston Town Hall will take place on Saturday 26 September from 10am  to 12pm at the hall.
Huon Valley Council is keen to engage with the community on the themes and proposed actions from the first survey and workshops. You can view the exhibition, talk over the discussion paper with staff, and complete the hard copy survey at the hall.
The exhibition discusses the results of the community survey and workshops, and identifies potential actions for the future use of the Geeveston Town Hall, including its management model, key uses, and the possibility of installing a lift.
The public exhibition on the Geeveston Town Hall is open for feedback. Visit Read the discussion paper and complete the survey by Sunday 27 September 2020.
Huon Valley Council

Huon kids invited to create art installation
Young people from the Huon Valley are invited to apply for
a free school-holiday bush-based art installation workshop.
The workshops last two and a half hours and include an opportunity for young people to tour Ripples Art Farm to interact with nature and the installation art that has been created for the farm.
The farm received a grant from Huon Valley Council’s Stronger Together Grant program to enable it to put together the two workshops for young people of the Huon Valley.
The workshops will offer the opportunity to create a large installation piece for the farm’s sculpture walk and also some small take-home pieces.
The farm will work with the Heartfelt project theme which celebrates the creativity, strength and kindness of people living in the Huon Valley, demonstrating to the young people that community art is a fun thing to be part of but also great for building strong resilient communities.
The workshop on 2 October is for children aged eight to 12. The workshop on 9 October is for young people aged 13 to 18.
Ripples Art Farm is located at 404 Cygnet Coast Road, Petcheys Bay.
For more information or to book a spot, contact Ruth on 0438 561 468 or email
Ripples Art Farm

Warning after diving accident
A large number of Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania officers responded to an injured diver at Tinderbox on Sunday 20 September.
Around 12.40pm, a group of divers phoned for assistance after one of their number sustained injuries.
A 27-year-old Coningham woman hit a submerged rock when entering the water from nearby rocks. She removed from the water and treated by Ambulance Tasmania officers on land.
The police vessel Cape Wickham, which was patrolling waterways nearby, attended the scene and gained access to the area by tender. Kingston uniform police, along with Search and Rescue officers, attended and were able to access the scene by land. The Westpac rescue helicopter was also activated to attend the scene. The diver was stabilised, winched from the scene, and transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment, where she was reported as being in a stable condition.
Each year, Kingston Police respond to a number of calls regarding injured divers and walkers in the many cliff areas in the municipality.
“As the weather continues to improve and we see more people participating in water-related activities, it’s a good time to remind swimmers to familiarise themselves with the area before diving,” said Senior Constable Richard Keygan. “Divers need to familiarise themselves with the area they are swimming in and ensure they enter the water safely.
“This incident is a very good example of the importance of adopting the ‘buddy system’ of swimming with another person at all times, in case an incident should occur.
Assistance for the injured woman was able to be summoned quickly.”
Tasmania Police

Man charged after Gordon house fire
Police have charged a 48-year-old Gordon man with arson following a structure fire in Gordon on Sunday 20 September. He appeared before the Hobart Magistrates Court that night. The blaze completely destroyed the residence.
Emergency services received
a triple zero call about a house on fire on the Channel Highway at around 7.10am.
The house, estimated at $300,000 in value, was well alight when reported to emergency services and was completely destroyed by fire before emergency services arrived at the scene.
TasNetworks staff attended and rendered safe the power supply to the house and neighbouring properties.
A 48-year-old man was taken into custody by police near the scene and subsequently assisted investigators with enquiries into the circumstances around the fire.
A fire scene examiner from the Tasmania Fire Service attended the scene as part of the investigation and determined the fire was deliberately lit.
Hobart CIB are investigating and would like to speak to anyone with information that would assist
the investigation.
Information can be provided to police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.
Tasmania Police

Haiku chalk up success in Cygnet
Cygnet has been a town of haiku poetry during September.
Led by Balfour House, the community came together to participate in Chalk Haiku, a community arts project responding to our coronavirus experience.
Thirty shopfronts along the length of Mary Street displayed haiku selected from a community-created anthology.
Haiku is a traditional poetry form originating in Japan and is simplistically written using only 17 syllables. The chosen poetry was written in liquid chalk on their windows or shop fronts. Some poems were big, bold and colourful, others were smaller and discreet.  Some words were strong, others more gentle or humorous.
Balfour House ran a week of local writing workshops which culminated in the submission of more than 120 haiku to the community anthology. People of all ages participated, including local school children, professional poets and everyone in-between.
Teams of volunteers came together to cut the stencils used to mount the work in the shop front windows using liquid chalk. Technical support to create large-format files was generously supplied by local expertise. Cutting skills and technique were shared and many enjoyable and companionable hours were spent in the sunny workshop room of Balfour House cutting, joining and talking whilst making the stencils.
A broad and eclectic mix of the community came together.
Two volunteer participants had moved to Cygnet the week before our lockdown began; being part of Chalk Haiku was their first introduction to the town and community. One stencil-cutting volunteer worked at home whilst fulfilling their two-week self-isolation requirement after returning from New South Wales. 
The installation is temporary, and if you haven’t taken the time to walk Mary Street and find all the haiku, time is running out.
Twenty-seven of the original 30 haiku are still on display. There is no trail guide, but you will find all the poems between the BP service station at the top of Mary street and Port Cygnet Fuel at the bottom. See if you can find all 27 while they last.
The community anthology and photo gallery can be found at balfourhouseartscentre.wordpress.
Chalk Haiku’s material expenses were supported by the Huon Valley Council’s Covid-19 Quick Responce Community Grant round.
“Thank you to all who have been part of Chalk Haiku,” said Claire Byers of Balfour House. “I haven’t named any names because the list would be too long. You know who you are. Thank you Cygnet, you are an amazing community.”
Claire Byers
Balfour House

A Day on the Beach cancelled
The organising committee for
A Day on the Beach has made the difficult decision to cancel next year’s event, which was scheduled to take place on 26 January.
A Day on the Beach President, Else Phillips, said the decision to cancel the Australia Day event was not taken lightly.
“Unfortunately, the lack of certainty around Covid-19 restrictions, and the difficulty managing crowd numbers and social distancing, meant we couldn’t guarantee the event would be Covid-safe,”
Ms Phillips said.
“These restrictions are in place for a reason, and as much as we would like to bring Tasmanians together for another great day of family fun, the health of the community comes first.
“We understand that this is disappointing for our sponsors, stallholders, suppliers, participating sporting and community groups, and the thousands of Tasmanians who enjoy attending A Day on the Beach every year.
“We look forward to Kingston Beach coming to life again on Australia Day 2022, should conditions allow.”
A Day on the Beach organising committee

Dog walk supports mental health
Join Wellways Australia for
a community dog walk, followed by a barbeque in beautiful Bonnet Hill. This Mental Health Week, Wellways will be celebrating our four-legged friends and the support and unconditional love they bestow on us.
We all have a role to play to find ways to support our own mental health and the mental health of our families and friends. This event recognises the importance of our furry friends, and the support and love they bestow on us daily.
The walk takes place on Tuesday 6 October at 11am, meeting at the dog beach at Kingston Beach.
The BBQ will be at 12.15pm.
Please RSVP by Tuesday 29 September via Eventbrite or on 6169 0625 so that Wellways can provide enough catering.
Feel free to join in the free BBQ even if you don’t have a furry friend of your own.
For the benefit of all dog walkers, dogs must be on a leash at all times. Remember your dog is your responsibility. Please clean up after them and use the dog poo bins provided at the beach.
The theme for Mental Health Week this year is, “We all have a role to play”. Whether as a pet owner,
a community member, or a family member, we are always stronger together.
Kingborough Council/Wellways Australia

Youngsters to cater for Seniors Week lunch
eniors Week will be ushered in by a group of enthusiastic young people who are learning how to cater and prepare for a large function.
With current restrictions the regular three-course luncheon will not be possible, however, a delightful afternoon tea is planned for a limited number of people. The event will again be held at the Twin Ovals Function Centre, where 60 guests can enjoy spectacular views over Kingston.
The young hosts will be volunteering in their school holidays to learn the art of creating delicious sweet and savoury treats. They will also be taught the useful organising skills needed to plan for a large function in a professional setting.
The event takes place on Friday 9 October at 1.30 pm and will cost $15 which includes afternoon tea, a drink, and entertainment.
This popular event will sell out quickly, so please call 6211 8170 to make a booking.
Kingborough Council
media release

Playgrounds up for sale
A Kingborough Council audit found that more than half the municipality’s playgrounds were in an unsatisfactory condition. Eighteen were categorised as needing critical upgrades to comply with the council’s playground strategy.
Mayor Dean Winter said that while all playgrounds were safe, the council accepted many were in poor condition.
“Unfortunately, not enough has been invested into the renewal of our playgrounds over decades. The end result is that our current playgrounds are not up to community expectations,” Cr Winter said.
“Given the financial impact of Covid-19 on our community, I don’t think it’s realistic to ask families to pay additional rates to resolve this. Therefore, an option we are considering is to use the sale of seven disused council-owned properties to carry out some of these critical upgrades.
The properties being considered for sale are:
110 Channel Highway, Taroona
Lot 2, Mt Pleasant Road, Kingston
31 Gemalla Road, Margate
Snug Tiers Road, Snug (PID 2139647) (near 105)
281 Roslyn Avenue, Blackmans Bay
41 Hiern Road, Blackmans Bay
Main Road, Alonnah (PID 5061726) (Near Hotel Bruny)
The council has decided to advertise its intention to sell the properties, which will allow residents to have their say before any final decision is made. The council will formally advertise the proposed sales and place signage on
the land.
“Our council owns a lot of properties,” said Cr Winter. “The seven in question have not been used for any purpose for a considerable period of time and have no identified future council use. Six out of seven of the properties are suitable for housing, while the other is light industrial land, which is in short supply.
“The hope is that we can release more land for much-needed investment and housing while at the same time generating cash to reinvest into our much-loved public playgrounds.”
Kingborough Council media release

Real-time fuel prices go live
The state government has been examining other jurisdictions’ fuel-price reporting schemes and developing measures to prevent Tasmanians from paying too much for fuel.
In May, the government announced a mandatory real-time fuel price reporting scheme.
The scheme is now fully operational through a free app and website.
As part of the scheme, fuel retailers will now be required to update fuel prices in real time, providing an enhanced level of transparency for consumers.
This type of scheme has proved successful in other states, particularly New South Wales.
A website ( and free app (FuelCheck TAS) have been developed to help motorists easily search for fuel by locations, real-time prices and fuel type or brand.
More than 230 fuel retailers have now registered for the scheme and have already begun reporting fuel prices.
The scheme has been established via a code of practice under the Australian Consumer Law (Tasmania) Act 2010 and, as required by the Act, the code recently passed both houses of parliament.
“We are confident the scheme will put downward pressure on fuel prices, create more competition among fuel retailers and improve price transparency for Tasmanian motorists,” said Minister for building and construction Elise Archer.
“Tasmanian fuel retailers are urged to ensure that any global price reductions are passed on to motorists as a matter of priority.”
To start finding lower prices for fuel near you, go to
Minister for building and construction media release

Dementia affects thousands of locals
The number of Australians living with dementia is close to half
a million. That number is set to double in the next 25 years, with an estimated 1.6  million people likely to be involved in caring for dementia sufferers.
In the electorate of Franklin there are an estimated 2,260 people living with dementia, which is expected to increase to 3,790 by 2058.
For this year’s Dementia Action Week, 21-27 September, the theme is, “Dementia. A little support makes a lot of difference.”
Findings from a survey conducted by Dementia Australia reveal just how big an issue discrimination is for people living with dementia. Dementia Australia is calling on our communities to make change.
A little bit of knowledge can make a lot of difference to understanding what people can do to support someone with dementia.
During the week, Dementia Australia will share one tip a day, showing simple, yet effective ways to support people living
with dementia.
To find out how you can make
a difference to the lives of all Australians impacted by dementia, please visit
Demenita Australia

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