THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Kingborough Awards 2022
The Kingborough Awards ceremony was held on 8 January to honour dedicated community volunteers for 2022.
Mayor Paula Wriedt said the awards were important because they honoured the community members who helped make Kingborough a better place to live.
“Today’s awards are the council’s opportunity to recognise not only those who are receiving awards, but to send a message to all volunteers, who help create the community we are so proud of,” Cr Wriedt said.
“We celebrate four passionate community members today and recognised their efforts.
“The Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Sajini Sumar, who is recognised for her significant service to the multicultural community of Kingborough.
“The Kingborough Community Group of the Year was awarded to Kingston Parkrun.
“Parkrun is a collection of five-kilometre events for walkers, runners and volunteers that take place every Saturday morning at more than 2,000 locations in 22 countries across five continents.
“Kingborough’s 2022 Young Citizen of the Year, was awarded to Samuel Lohrey.
“At age 23, Sam is already a veteran volunteer, recognised for his volunteerism with gymnastics and the commitment to the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
“Citizen of the year for the Kingborough Awards was presented to Jude Lennox for her outstanding dedication to saving animals in Kingborough.
“Ms Lennox has provided long-term care for injured wildlife for 35 years – an around the clock job which she has done with unquestioning dedication.
“Our volunteers are amazing and their contributions help make Kingborough the thriving community that it is today and we all thank them very much.
Council resolves to hold public meeting
A petition requesting a public meeting to discuss the process undertaken by the Huon Valley Council for recruiting and appointing the new General Manager was considered at a Special Council Meeting on 4 January 2022.
The council resolved to hold the public meeting on 4 February 2022 at the Huonville Town Hall. The meeting will be held between 6pm and 8pm and be chaired by an independent facilitator.
The petition specifically requests that the council hold a public meeting to:
• enable a public discussion of the process undertaken by the council for the appointment of the new General Manager;
• consider the implications of the conflict(s) of interest involved; and
• discuss what action(s) the council should undertake to rectify the situation.
To require the council to call a public meeting the petition must be signed by at least five per cent of the electors of the Huon Valley.
The assessment of the petition found there were 1,378 signatures, around 8.5 per cent of electors. This means the council is required to hold a public meeting under the Local Government Act 1993.
Mayor Bec Enders said due to current Public Health directives, attendance limits will apply for the town hall and registration will be required to attend the meeting.
“Registration for attendance will be made available on the council website at least seven days before the meeting.
“An alternative venue may be considered, taking into account the number of registrations, the ability to record the meeting and ensuring that the event remains COVID-safe. We will keep people updated through our website and social media channels about any changes.”
The meeting will be held in accordance with the Public Meeting Agenda and Rules for Debate. Details on how to make a submission are outlined on our website.
Huon Valley Council
Come and join the Monstrous Regiment!
The wickedly funny play, Monstrous Regiment, based on the novel by Sir Terry Pratchett, will be produced by Huon Valley Theatre in April 2022.
Auditions are being held on 22 January at the Huonville Town Hall from 10am to 2pm, looking for adult and older teen performers. No experience is necessary, but enthusiasm is welcome. Just turn up and have a go.
Local director Monica Robbie says, “I’ve wanted to do this show ever since I found out there was a script.”
Monstrous Regiment, a comedy about a girl who disguises herself to join a misfit company of soldiers marching to war, has been performed internationally since 2014. It is a standalone story in the popular Discworld series, featuring trolls, vampires and magic as well as being a story about war, and the assumptions people make about gender.
“The book has been one of my favourites ever since I first read it,” says Monica. “Following the completion of my first show, So Much To Tell You (Huon Valley Theatre 2021), I decided I had enough confidence in my directing ability to tackle Monstrous Regiment.”
Make friends and get in touch with your silly side in this local community theatre project.
Huon Valley Theatre
Photography artist talk
An artist talk by internationally acclaimed grand master photographers Paul Hoelen and Tom Polacheck will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 23 January at West Winds Art Lounge.
Paul Hoelen and Tom Polacheck would like to invite you to join them for a fun, personal and insightful reflection on the creation of their joint exhibition of award winning abstract aerial imagery from around the world ‘Sky Dreaming – Visions from Above’.
Aerial photography is both an art and science and Paul and Tom will share some of their thought processes, techniques and personal learnings around this fast-evolving genre – all while surrounded by the wonderful images themselves. The two-hour session will include a break for tea/coffee, chance for questions, general discussion and plenty of entertaining stories mixed in!
So, make the most of this one-off opportunity for an entertaining and engaging afternoon immersed in beautiful artwork and the artists that created it. Bookings are essential and places are limited.
Note that the exhibition will be open before the talks for viewing, beginning at 10am.
Exhibition opening and viewing times
Two launch sessions are available (numbers are limited) for the opening of the exhibition on Friday 21 January. Please book for these free events via the West Winds website or on Eventbrite.
• Session 1 is from 5pm to 6.30pm.
• Session 2 is from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Weekend viewing times:
• Viewing and artist walkthrough on Saturday 22 January from 10am to 3pm (no booking required).
• Viewing and artist walkthrough on Sunday 23 January from 10am to 2pm (no booking required).
• Artist talk on Sunday 23 January from 2pm to 4pm (booking required).
The exhibition continues until Friday 11 February.
The Art Lounge at West Winds will usually be open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3pm Fridays.
Please note The Art Lounge is a multi-function room and not always available for viewing. Please phone West Winds on 6267 4713 to check availability.
West Winds Community Centre
ARTBOX ventures on its first road trip out of the Huon Valley
The Huon Valley Council’s mobile art gallery, ARTBOX, has ventured on its first road trip out of the valley.
Featuring a collaborative exhibition of painting, music and words dedicated to the Hartz Mountains, the 20-foot high cube shipping container has been placed at Mawson Place on the Hobart waterfront.
At the official opening on 11 January 2022, Mayor Bec Enders paid tribute to the City of Hobart for enthusiastically welcoming ARTBOX and creating a wonderful space for the viewing of some exquisite artworks by Huon Valley artists.
“ARTBOX is all about showcasing the outstanding creativity and skills of our local artists and makers and connecting our communities with the arts,” Cr Enders said.
“Having ARTBOX travel to Hobart provides the artists with more exposure and recognition and creates opportunities for communities outside of the Valley to connect with their work and perhaps venture to our beautiful part of the world.”
The exhibition is called Suspended Breath: A Hartz Journey. The artists, Kat Scarlet, Gareth Dawson and Jane Rawson, all live in the Huon Valley.
City of Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said it is a real honour for the City of Hobart to be able to host ARTBOX’s first venture out of the valley.
“ARTBOX has been a great cultural initiative in the Huon Valley over the past 18 months. Kat’s paintings are a wonderful perspective on a beautiful piece of Tasmanian landscape,” Cr Reynolds said.
“We’re really pleased to have this exhibit on display at Mawson Place for the next month.”
ARTBOX will be at Mawson Place until 9 February. The exhibition is “a love letter to a landscape found nowhere else on earth”.
Huon Valley Council
It’s a dog’s life at the Channel Museum
The Channel Museum’s new exhibition for January is called ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’, a series of dog portraits, showing the character of dogs through movement and humour by artist Ewen Welsh.
‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ will run for the month of January 2022. The Channel Museum is open Sunday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.
Please note that our regular Night at the Museum event has been postponed for January due to COVID uncertainty.
Middleton goes green with old-time skills
A step back in time – that’s what’s on offer at the community fun day Middleton on the Green on February 5.
Residents and visitors to the South Channel were disappointed that this year’s Middleton Country Fair had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions but organisers are confident that the fun day will be an adequate replacement as it celebrates the forgotten skills of the past.
The fun day to be held on the first Saturday in February – the traditional date for the Middleton Country Fair – will have a wide-ranging programme of old-time skills and games including a tug-of-war between teams from North and South Middleton.
Children will be well catered for with egg and spoon races, three legged races, sack races and hoop races, all of which once featured at social and sporting events throughout the Channel years ago.
Adults will also have a chance at sporting success with a throwing the gumboot competition which is expected to be fiercely contested.
Throughout the day experts will be talking on a range of topics including cheese-making, jams and preserve making, creating brushes and quills and how to save seeds for later planting. Each talk will be followed by a Q and A session.
Entry to the fun day is free. A raffle offering local produce as prizes will be held to defray expenses and visitors are advised to bring a BYO picnic and a rug.
The line up of entertainment includes popular group Johnnie and the Hurricanes and Fiddle Dee Dee on stage.
There will also be an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite scarecrow, many of which are now lining the Channel Highway all the way to Gordon, underlining once again the Channel’s reputation as Scarecrow Country.
No bookings are required for the event (11am-4pm) which is organised by the South Channel Ratepayers and Residents Association and further information is available from Gloria Lonergan on 0412 463 764.
New rules for cats
This year changes come into effect for cat owners through the Cat Management Act 2009 beginning on Tuesday 1 March 2022.
The new amendments will result in tighter rules for cat owners across Tasmania announced Mayor Paula Wriedt.
“All cat owners will be required to have their cats microchipped and desexed, in addition to not owning more than four cats,” Cr Paula Wriedt said.
“There are significant benefits to these changes in regulations, not only for our environment but also for the cats, their owners and our neighbourhoods.
“A Blackmans Bay resident recently reported to council staff, that after her cats were desexed they stopped roaming and became much more friendly and sociable.
“Besides increasing a cat’s life expectancy, desexing a cat reduces undesirable behaviours such as spraying, fighting, roaming and yowling.
“Importantly, compulsory microchipping of cats will help reunite owners with any lost pets.
“Thanks to having an up-to-date microchip, a much-loved cat of 16 years was recently reunited with her owners after being missing for a month.
“After being checked for a microchip, her owners were easily found.
“Currently there are no restrictions on the number of cats that can be kept at a property.
“New changes will restrict the number of cats at a property to four without a permit.
“This is similar to The Dog Control Act 2000, where a person that has more than two dogs must apply for a kennel licence.
The State Government is currently developing a permit system for cat owners with more than four cats at a property.
For further information or to apply for a permit please register at: Amendments to the Cat Management Act 2009 | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (nre.tas.gov.au) and you will be contacted.
“A limit on cat numbers at a property will help reduce the impact of cats on native animals in surrounding bushland and reserves and also protect the welfare of pet cats.
Under the Cat Management Act 2009, it is also required that:
• Only registered breeders can breed cats,
• Cats can only be sold or given away if desexed, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated and over eight weeks of age,
• Cats are not abandoned; this includes feeding stray cats without taking full responsibility for their care (including having them microchipped, desexed, wormed and vaccinated).
New Kingborough express bus services
The Tasmanian Government is getting on with the job of giving the people of Hobart more public transport options to help ease congestion and reduce commuting times.
An extra 43 express bus services between Kingborough and Hobart are set to start from 30 January 2022, providing more travel choice for the growing number of people commuting between the southern suburbs and Hobart.
The new routes are part of the Hobart City Deal – Southern Projects initiative and will service the Blackmans Bay, Kingston and Channel areas.
The new services will be operated by Metro Tasmania and will run weekdays during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
There will be 14 new X07 Blackmans Bay express services and 10 new X13 Snug express services.
As well as the peak travel services, there will be 19 more express services running between Kingston central and the Hobart CBD outside of peak travel times.
The Southern Projects initiative is an end-to-end solution to improve public transport and traffic flow along Hobart’s southern corridor. The Southern Projects are funded by the Tasmanian Government as part of the Hobart City Deal.
As well as new express bus services, it includes a transit lane on the Southern Outlet, bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets, and park and ride facilities at Huntingfield and Firthside, which are currently under construction.
To coincide with the new express service, we’ve also taken the opportunity to adjust other southern bus services timetables, and departure locations from Hobart to improve service reliability.
Passengers are encouraged to visit the Transport website for more information about these changes: www.transport.tas.gov.au/public_transport/service_updates
Minister for Infrastructure
Protecting our shorebirds
Tasmania’s beaches are not only attractive to people who love the coast and the sea, they are also attractive to an amazing variety of beautiful shorebirds. Hooded and red-capped plovers, pied oystercatchers, fairy and little terns all use our beaches for breeding.
Migratory shorebirds such as red necked stints, bar-tailed godwits and ruddy turnstones also rely on our coastline during the warmer months before they fly 15,000km to the northern hemisphere to breed. Due to habitat loss and human disturbance, a number of our shorebirds and seabirds are now threatened and decreasing in number.
Many beach-nesting birds lay their eggs in shallow sand scrapes above the high tide mark from late August to April, which means their nesting season overlaps with our busy beach-going holiday season.
Eggs in these nests can be easily trampled on by beach users, dogs or vehicles. If a parent bird is scared away from it nest by a passer-by or dog, their eggs can bake in the sun or become too cold in cooler weather – it can take only 15-20 minutes for the eggs or chicks to perish.
Once an egg hatches, if a disturbance occurs, chicks will run and hide in the dunes until the threat passes. This can prove fatal where a chick is separated from its parents and the safety of its nest.
These types of interactions are contributing to a high rate of nest failure, and accelerating the decline of our threatened shorebirds.
Therefore, a partnership of organisations including the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, BirdLife Tasmania, the North East Bioregional Network, Break O’Day Council and NRM North have banded together to help protect these birds.
This includes distributing beach-nesting bird brochures to households, erecting signs on beach access tracks, regular and targeted media campaigns and compliance officers monitoring beach use.
Significant penalties can apply to those who do the wrong thing, with maximum court fines of $5,190 for ignoring council dog restrictions or declared prohibited areas, and up to $3,460 for allowing dogs into reserved land which have not been designated for dog use.
As we all head out to enjoy the summer break, we all can play a very important part in helping to protect Tasmania’s shorebirds.
Small changes to how we utilise our beaches can make a big difference. Dog owners are asked to please respect the dog zones that apply on beaches, including avoiding dog prohibited areas and keeping dogs on leads in ‘on lead’ areas, as well as walking on the wet sand away from nesting areas. Information as to where dogs are allowed can be found on the Parks Website, www.parks.tas.gov.au or by contacting your local council.
With a little help from us all, our shorebirds will have a much better chance of breeding and surviving for our future generations of Tasmanians to also enjoy and appreciate.
Minister for Parks
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