THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Winter community planting day
Although National Tree Day can’t go ahead nationally, we are in a special situation in Tasmania to be able to hold our own day.
Our NRM team has worked hard to provide a COVID-safe event so that we can continue to plant native trees to help improve habitats for the swift parrot and to beautify a popular walking track in Kettering.
The new trees will be a legacy to the strength and endurance of both our community and our natural environment through these challenging times.
There are two planting sessions on the day, for COVID safety: from 10am to 12.15pm; and from 12.45pm to 3pm. The sessions will be held on Sunday, 23 August, at 40 Saddle Road, Kettering. Register for your free tickets on the Facebook event page or via Eventbrite. Everyone is welcome.
This year please bring your own gloves and water bottle and remember to wear warm cloths and sturdy shoes.
There will be safety measures explained on the day, to make sure we continue to do a great job of keeping our distance, practicing good hygiene and protecting each other.
Please do not attend on the day if you are feeling unwell.
Please contact us if you have any questions on 6211 8200 or email email@example.com
Bastian Seidel on course for Legislative Council
Parliamentary elections were held on Saturday 1 August, for the Legislative Council divisions of Huon and Rosevears.
A further 4,500 returned postal votes for each division were opened and counted on Sunday 2 August. Updated figures are provided on the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website. All figures are provisional and will be rechecked in the coming days.
In the following summary, percentages relate to the total formal votes counted so far for Huon: Bastian Seidel (31.48%) has a strong lead over Robert Armstrong (18.88%), Pat Caruana (17.25%) and Dean Harriss (16.18%).
The counting of provisional and out of division votes were completed on Monday 3 August.
Returning officers can continue to receive postal votes until 10am, Tuesday 11 August. It is possible that up to 1,300 Huon postal votes could still be returned. It is expected the returning officers will not undertake a distribution of preferences before the postal period closes, on Tuesday 11 August.
Tasmanian Electoral Commission
Huon catch up at the RVL
August's Happy Hour in the Huon will be at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet on 26 August at 5.30pm. We are joining Kate and Ben who have recently taken over as the new owners, so come along to meet them and enjoy an evening of networking. Ticket sales will be limited to 30 so best get in quick to reserve your place. Visit www.trybooking.com to book.
Kingborough and Huon Business
In remembrance of an icon of the Huon Valley
Huon Valley councillors and staff are deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr Richard Geeves OAM, a highly respected and remarkable member of the Geeveston and wider Huon
We extend our sincere condolences to the people of Geeveston and their namesake, the Geeves family, who are grieving a profound loss.
Dr Geeves, or Dr Dick as he was fondly (and widely) known in our community, was a lifelong champion of Geeveston and the Huon Valley, contributing many hours of his life and career to support the wellbeing of our people.
An esteemed medical professional with an interest in healthy ageing, Dr Dick was a valued member of various committees through the years, including the Positive Ageing Advisory Committee and Geeveston Streetscape Committee. He remained a member of the Tasmanian Forest Workers Memorial Committee until the end of his life.
Dr Dick’s long list of volunteer activities included services to the charity Technical Aid for the Disabled, Meals on Wheels, and the Huonville Anglican Op-Shop. A founding member of the Geeveston
Town Hall Green Jackets volunteer group, Dr Dick was renowned for his selflessness and compassion.
In 2008, Dr Dick transformed an old Geeveston residence into a medical centre that has played an important role in supporting good health within the community.
In recognition of his outstanding services to our community, Dr Dick was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1990 and a Centenary Medal in 2001. In 2008, he was named Huon Valley Citizen of the Year.
Recently, we were fortunate to interview Dr Dick for our Harmony Week Huon Beings exhibition, in which he praised the “great potential” of today’s youth as capable captains of our future world.
Of all his qualities, it may be Dr Dick’s big heart, good humour and small acts of kindness that will be remembered most. It is the stories of Dr Dick helping a stranger out of a spot, and then promptly inviting them home for tea, that remind us to put into practice those neighbourly qualities which make the world go round.
It is with heavy hearts and deep respect we say goodbye to a Huon Valley treasure, a strong role model, and friend to all who crossed his path, the generous and good-natured Dr Dick.
Cr Sally Doyle, Acting Mayor, Huon Valley Council
Art in Pandemic
The Huon Art Exhibitions Group’s (HAEG) online art exhibition ‘Art in Pandemic’ has opened online at www.haeg.org.au and is also on show at Cygnet’s Lovett Galley, 14 Mary Street, open weekends from 10am to 4pm.
However, entries are still open until 6 September, when the $500 award for Best in Show will be determined.
HAEG obtained a Rapid Response Community Grant from the Huon Valley Council to encourage local artists to show the artworks they have created during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Huon Art Exhibitions Group
What is the most common nutrient deficiency in Australia?
During the Covid-19 pandemic I have seen many good articles suggesting supplementation that may boost your immune system. Most people overlook the most important and common nutrient deficiency in Australia, water! Many people spend their dollars on supplements and do not realise they are dehydrated, or how much better they would feel if fully hydrated. Water makes up about 60% of our body weight (in an average adult, that’s 38 to 50 litres of water) and is required for numerous body processes. You can go about eight weeks without food, but only days without water.
There are many reasons to stay hydrated. Some examples include: moistening air for easier breathing; removing waste and toxins; transporting nutrients to where they are needed; lubricating joints; and empowering the body’s natural healing process.
Dehydration occurs if your body’s water content drops by as little as 2%. This will cause fatigue and early signs of dehydration which can include headaches, cravings, cramps and irritability. A drop of 10% can lead to significant digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and musculoskeletal health problems. Losses greater than 10% can cause death.
Like nutrition, water needs are always bio-individual. For example, more water is needed in hotter temperatures, during intense physical activity, when experiencing intense stress or blood sugar dysregulation. While the quantity of water intake should be tailored to each person, a good general guideline is about two litres of water a day. Beware of dehydrating beverages such as tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol.
Optimal health requires daily consumption of sufficient water, since the human body does not store water long-term. We’re not camels after all! Adequate hydration is necessary for basic human function. Before you grab a cup coffee to get you going, try hydrating first. Your body will thank you.
Activities for young and old in Kingborough August CARE program
The August CARE program from Kingborough Council’s Community Services Team is underway and open for bookings.
Activities for older residents include cooking French crepes, learning how to make your own heat pack and a session about the magic of bees and honey.
Upcoming youth activities include a special introduction to fencing session, where young people can learn some new skills from an intense combat sport dating back centuries. There is also a winter curry
The Create Program will offer another round of creative classes, including a winter wreath workshop and a fabric mache bowls workshop.
Most activities are free of charge although some require a small fee. For more information visit www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/care, phone 6211 8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings are essential for all the activities as we make sure we comply with hygiene and distancing requirements.
Housing ends homelessness
This week is Homelessness Week, although the need for awareness of housing stress, housing shortage and homelessness is a continuing and increasing problem for all of the year. Once again, we are made aware of the problem with the simple slogan from Shelter Tas: Housing Ends Homelessness. In these times, especially on the mainland, with lockdowns and other restrictions due to coronavirus, the need for a safe home is all the more evident. How can one be in isolation, or in lockdown, if one does not have a safe home? Homelessness Week is a national event held each year during the first week of August, which aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness: looking at the issues they face, and facing up to what actions are needed, to achieve enduring solutions. The theme – Housing Ends Homelessness – used by Shelter Tas, also supports the Homelessness Australia theme – Everybody Needs a Home. “Homelessness Week highlights the work that homelessness services do every day. This is more than another week on the calendar, homelessness impacts on peoples’ lives. This week can make a real difference to vulnerable Tasmanians, as well as improving community awareness,” said Shelter Tas CEO Patti Chugg. Knowing the numbers of homeless people is possibly difficult to
accurately calculate. The 2016 Australian Census showed that 1,600 people were homeless. This could mean staying on the couch or floor of someone else’s home, sleeping on the streets, or struggling to get by in insecure, overcrowded or inappropriate accommodation. Sleeping rough is the smallest part of the problem, if we follow the statistics. It is expected that the stress and difficult conditions of COVID-19 and the economic fallout will increase the numbers of homeless people. Everybody’s Home launched Homelessness Week this week in a Virtual Town Hall. If you want to find out more about the extent of homelessness in individual areas, check out their website. Newly launched mapping shows where homelessness is in every federal electorate: it can indicate how much social housing is needed in our local community. It is a well-accepted truth that homelessness is likely to increase in the next few months, perhaps even years, as we evaluate the fallout from the health crisis.
How can we help?
By joining the national online discussion, then participating by contacting local parliamentarians, we can jolt politicians to get behind a massive social housing investment program. The partner organisations are also encouraging interested parties to email the Treasurer Josh Frydenburg and local members to keep up the pressure prior to the Budget. In the meantime, I have heard about local level projects on a much smaller scale. Bolton Clarke’s Melbourne-based Homeless Persons Program has been liaising with CWA Victoria who have been making face masks. CWA in Victoria has reached out to Tasmanians, including the CWA, to help make face masks. There is one pattern recommended by DHHS Victoria which is very thorough and should do the trick. Any masks made will have to be transported to Victoria. In Tasmania, if you would prefer to do more direct work for local people, contact local groups and caring organisations. Liaising with local groups – St Vinnies, Shelter Tas, City Mission, Red Cross, CWA, OrangeSky and many others, means that we can provide what is needed. It is amazing the number of groups and individuals who do direct work, including making beanies, blankets and clothing, providing food and cash donations and helping in shelters or other organisations. As they say: “there but for the grace of … go I.”
Cygnet Mah Jong starts again
The Cygnet Mah Jong Group has been going for more than three years, and we all love it, so why don't you come along?
We all had no knowledge of the game when we started. Beginners are coached. We currently have 14 members, which is a lot for a small town like Cygnet. It shows just how much people love the game, and of course also the company.
We play every Tuesday at Bridge Cottage, Burtons Reserve, Cygnet, starting at 12pm sharp until 4pm.
For more information call Marianne between 6pm and 7pm on 0437 050 746.
Dru Point’s ‘teen rager’ retires
The much-loved ‘teen rager’ at Bicentennial Park, Dru Point, has come to the end of its useful life and will be removed in the coming days. The popular equipment has served the community well for over 20 years and we know it will be missed.
We have been monitoring this piece for some time now and have identified a series of maintenance and safety issues. Unfortunately our only option is to remove the equipment and we are prioritising the removal works to make sure no one gets hurt.
We are considering options for replacement equipment, so the play space at Dru Point can continue to cater for a wide range of age groups.
Fencing will go up around the teen rager this week. The area around the site will remain closed for at least two weeks while we carry out the works. We will do our best to minimise any delays.
The site will be levelled off and turfed to provide an area for free play until we finalise designs for replacement equipment.
Please follow all safety signage and instructions from our crew when moving around near the demolition works.
The all-abilities playground and road-safety bike track will remain open during these works. BBQs will also remain open and can be booked through the kiosk operators on 0447 402 915.
Roslyn Avenue to remain at 50km/h
The Commissioner for Transport has informed Kingborough Council of his decision on the speed limit reduction proposal on Roslyn Avenue (north).
The council had submitted a proposal for the reduction of the speed limit, along with the survey results asking the community if they supported a reduction, and an
The commissioner has thoroughly considered the submission and the survey results and has not supported the reduction of the speed limit on the northern section. The points he raised with the letter are summarised below:
• The speed limit on Roslyn Avenue (northern section) has been a contentious issue and is a concern for local residents.
• Speed limits in Tasmania are set in line with the Australian Standards and they need to achieve a reasonable balance between road safety and local amenity concerns on one hand, and traffic mobility expectations on the other. In order to be effective, speed limits need to be realistic and credible.
• Roslyn Avenue is an urban distributor road which carries around 6,500 vehicles per day. Across Tasmania, many urban distributor roads have 60km/h speed limits. Roslyn Avenue is subject to a 50km/h speed limit and this lower limit makes it easier for residents to turn into or out of their driveways and reduces the risk of accidents.
• The use of 40km/h speed limits on busy urban roads is quite restricted. They have been used along short sections of road where there are high levels of pedestrian activity. For example, 40km/h speed limits have been applied to a 440 metre long section of Main Road through the Moonah shopping zone and to a 370 metre long section of Elizabeth Street through the North Hobart restaurant zone. The level of pedestrian activity on the 1,500 metre long section of Roslyn Avenue between Beach Road and Jindabyne Road is comparatively low and does not justify a speed limit reduction.
• A lower speed limit would not be supported by the Australian Standards. Experience has shown that arbitrarily low speed limits attract poor levels of compliance, even when subject to
The council will be carrying out the below actions to encourage traffic calming on the road:
• We will liaise with the Department of State Growth to arrange for modifications to the existing directional signage at the Roslyn Avenue/Algona Road roundabout to encourage motorists south of Algona Road to travel to central Kingston via Algona Road. We will also work with them to consider a reduction in the overall cycle time of the Beach Road/Roslyn Avenue traffic lights to reduce queues on
• Repeater speed limit signage will be installed and we will investigate road pavement markings to reinforce the current speed limit.
• We will carry out annual traffic counts at two locations on Roslyn Avenue for a two year period to review if the measures
• We will also complete any necessary footpath repairs within our current maintenance budget.
The submission by the council was supported by the results of the survey, which was available online and also as a printed copy. The survey summary results are below:
• 1,107 respondents completed the survey
– 531 respondents completed the survey online
– 91 respondents completed the printed survey
– 485 respondents completed a photocopied printed survey.
Survey promotion and distribution
• The survey was promoted via local media, social media, and a road side electronic signage board on Roslyn Avenue.
• Online surveys were limited to one survey response per
• Printed surveys were mailed to residents of Roslyn Avenue (northern section) and were available upon request from council offices.
• Printed surveys were also photocopied by residents and distributed further.
Of the total survey responses:
• 695 respondents (63%) supported the reduction in the speed limit.
• 412 respondents (37%) did not support a reduction in the speed limit.
There was a contrast in support or non-support depending on the survey format:
• Responses received by hard copy had a higher percentage of supporting the reduction.
• Online respondents had a higher percentage of not supporting
• 75% of the online survey respondents did not support the proposal to reduce the
• A high percentage (96%) of online respondents provided additional comments and reasoning for their vote.
Printed and photocopy results
• 97% of the printed and photocopy survey respondents supported the proposal to reduce the speed limit.
• A high percentage (90%) of photocopy respondents provided no additional comments or reasoning for their vote.
• Of 226 respondents who stated they lived along the northern section of Roslyn Avenue, 187 supported the speed
• Of 654 respondents who stated they lived in surrounding suburbs:
– 318 did not support the speed limit reduction.
– 336 supported the speed
Comment from respondents who did support the reduction
A summary of themes that were repeatedly mentioned in comment fields supporting the speed
• Limited visibility and sight
• Narrow road
• Busy road
• Road noise
• Cycling and pedestrian safety
• Rarely go above 40km/h on the road anyway
• Driveway access
• Excessive speeding
Comments from respondents who did not support the speed reduction
A summary of themes that were repeatedly mentioned in comment fields not supporting the speed limit reduction:
• Speed limit reduction not
• Speed limit reduction will increase congestion
• It’s a main thoroughfare/arterial road
• Not dangerous
• 50km/h is a reasonable speed, 40km/h too slow
• No problems with current speed
• Will congest surrounding
• People who speed will speed regardless
• More speed limit enforcement will improve outcomes
• Not a high accident area
• Traffic volume the issue,
• Will impact lots of road users negatively because of a few vocal residents
• No evidence that supports a speed reduction
• Growing residential area
Tasmania’s dementia prevention project is still recruiting
Dementia is now the second leading cause of death in Australia and many of us are touched by it. Did you know that you can reduce your personal risk of developing dementia? At the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, we’re discovering that not many people are aware that they can reduce their risk, so we’re asking Tasmanians over 50 years of age to sign up to the ISLAND Project – the largest dementia prevention project in the world.
Through the ISLAND Project we feel like we are spreading good news. We now know that approximately one third of the cases of dementia can possibly be prevented if people attend to a range of risk factors from middle age onwards. These risk factors can be modified – you can reduce your own risk and improve your overall wellbeing by making some changes to the following:
• Reducing your blood pressure
• Managing your weight
• Lowering your cholesterol
• Controlling diabetes and blood sugar levels
• Following a healthy diet
• Learning new things and doing activities that challenge your brain
• Increasing the amount of physical activity you usually take
• Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume; and
• Stopping smoking
We know its not easy to make changes and stick to them. If you join the ISLAND Project, you will learn about your own levels of modifiable risk and receive some advice on any changes you could make to your own risk profile. You might also wish to discuss your modifiable risk results with your GP or other health advisors. You will also gain access, over time, to a range of activities that relate to the modifiable risk areas listed above. For example, we might invite you to enrol in an educational course, participate in activities that encourage you to exercise or to give you ways to keep your brain active.
We are seeking to reduce the incidence of dementia in the whole population of Tasmania and we need your help. We’ve had over 10,000 people sign up to the ISLAND Project so far and we’re amazed at the support we’ve received. We’re still recruiting and have raised our target to 20,000 Tasmanians aged 50 and over – or 10% of the state’s population in this age bracket. Covering this proportion of the state’s population would help make the ISLAND Project one of the most important health studies in the world. Please help us reach this target – spread the word and ask your friends and family to be part of ISLAND.
You can sign up, or find out further information, by following this link - https://island.mooc.utas.edu.au/
We hope that you share this information and the registration link with your personal networks. We also hope you will register an interest yourself, if you are within the age group outlined above.
We hope to reach all Tasmanians over 50 years of age and especially those who are concerned about dementia and the impact it has on individuals, families and communities.
Thank you for your help to engage our community to register their interest in this important project. With the help of our community, we believe we can have a positive impact on dementia in Tasmania and help Tasmania lead the world in preventing this life-changing condition.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any queries.
The ISLAND Project
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Bruny Island Ferry Terminal upgrades
The state government has announced their plan to improve travel times to and from Bruny Island, and reduce ferry queues and congestion on Ferry Road and the Channel Highway.
A multi-million dollar upgrade to the ferry terminals will provide much better traffic management for vehicles and the ferries, and more orderly and safer boarding.
Final designs have now been released for construction of a second ferry berth, with dual-lane loading ramps at both the Kettering and Roberts Point ferry terminals. This will take the number of berths on the crossing from two to four.
The duplicated berths will allow for increased ferry crossing capacity and will be serviced by two new ferries recently procured by SeaLink.
The existing road will be extended to the new berth and directional line marking will be added to both terminals to reduce queuing and improve pedestrian safety.
The addition of Berth 2 will allow routine maintenance to be carried out on either berth without interruption to the ferry service.
Construction is expected to start in spring 2020, and be completed by March 2021.
The designs can be viewed at Kingborough Council until Friday, 14 August 2020, or online at https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/projectsplanning/road_projects/south_road_projects/bruny_island_ferry_terminal_upgrade
State government media release
Mawson’s Huts Foundation supports keeping Aurora Australis in Hobart
The Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF) fully supports the efforts of the Aurora Australis Foundation (AAF) in its belief that Australian Antarctic heritage is being lost forever.
Dr Melanie Van Twest, secretary/director of the AAF, says a lack of a coordinated heritage strategy or appropriate funding means Australia’s long and proud history of exploration and achievement in Antarctica is not being preserved or displayed for the information of Australians and international visitors.
Though the Australian Antarctic Division is mandated to manage its own history and material culture, it is not funded for this work and in recent years has handed large collections of artefacts, maps and data to other national institutions.
“Australia is rightly proud of its military history,” says Foundation secretary Dr Melanie Van Twest. “As individuals and as a nation, Australia has a great story to tell about its wartime service.”
“Australia has a similarly long and courageous story to tell about its Antarctic endeavours and achievements in exploration, science and global advocacy in Antarctica. And yet most Australians know little about this history, despite the tales of heroism and sacrifice that it contains.”
The Aurora Australis Foundation (AAF) seeks to preserve the recently retired Australian-built icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis. A heritage assessment has established the heritage significance of the ‘AA’, as the ship is known. The assessment confirms the RSV Aurora Australis “is of national heritage significance, principally for its historical significance and rarity value.” The ship meets criteria for inclusion on the National Heritage List and the Tasmanian Heritage Register.
The RSV Aurora Australis, which returned from its final voyage in March 2020, was the mainstay of the Australian Antarctic Program for 30 years, over which time the ship made over 150 trips to Antarctica, carrying thousands of expeditioners and millions of tonnes of cargo and litres of fuel to support Australian scientific research stations.
The AAF intends to create an Australian Antarctic Heritage precinct in Hobart, within which the RSV Aurora Australis will be a centrepiece and house displays on Australia’s Antarctic history of exploration and scientific research.
The Mawson’s Huts Foundation is supporting moves to keep the Aurora Australis in Hobart and looking after Australia’s Antarctic Heritage.
“Hobart has a unique Antarctic heritage and history which must be maintained and promoted,” says MHF chairman David Jensen AM. “The Aurora Australis is part of this and having it remain in Hobart would be a valued Antarctic attraction for tourists”.
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