THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
There are still two sessions left in the Healthy Connections free health information program designed for older Kingborough residents held at Snug Community Hall.
The sessions offer a chance to hear from experts and put a face to the name of organisations which provide help and advice.
You’ll get the chance to ask questions and get direct answers, as well as learn about the variety of services available to support healthy ageing. We’ll chat over a cuppa and there’ll be hassle-free parking. Why not enjoy a walk at the beach or a stroll in the surrounding Snug bushland while you’re there.
Numbers are limited so please book with Kingborough Council’s community development officer on 6211 8170 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enhance your health! In easy accessible ways 10.30am to 12pm, Wednesday 21 March
A team of local movers and shakers will share the array of easily available ways to enjoy life and the simple things on offer like cooking, walking, gardening or even singing.
Arthritis, Ten Steps for Living Well with Arthritis
10.30am to 12pm,Wednesday 28 March
Although arthritis can be difficult to live with, there are many simple measures that can help anyone with arthritis manage their symptoms and cope better with daily life.
In this session you will learn more about the muscles, bones and joints that together make up your musculoskeletal system. Together we will explore things which can be done to help manage and maintain your health, function, independence and wellbeing.
Supporting cancer sufferers
Huonville's Relay for Life event takes place again from 7 April to 8 April at the Huonville Recreation Ground on Heron Street from 2pm to 10am.
Relay for Life is more than just an event, it’s an experience. The event provides the opportunity to celebrate life for those who have heard the words "You have cancer". It is an opportunity
to remember loved ones who have lost the fight against this disease. The community can also come together at Relay for Life to fight back by raising awareness and funds to fight this insidious disease.
All funds raised stay in Tasmania to support local communities affected by cancer. With nearly nine Tasmanians diagnosed everyday there is much to be done.
Registration is $25 per person in advance or $30 at the event. For more information please contact: Katrina Foxton at the Cancer Council Tasmania on 6169 1902 or email email@example.com. Alternatively please visit fundraising.cancer.org.au.
Huon Valley Council
On Saturday 7 April, Cygnet Community Arts Council will be bringing Flickerfest’s Best Australian Shorts Film Festival to the Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room’s big screen.
The Best of Australian Shorts program presents a selection of fabulous films handpicked from the festival’s 2,500 entries, giving Cygnet a great and affordable night out and in the process providing inspiration to some of our budding young film makers. So save the date for a guaranteed-to-please series of films and to see what’s happening in the world
of short film.
Tickets are $15 or $10 concession and are available at the door. For further information please call 0488 983 269.
On Saturday 7 April, a dragon boat adventure paddle, the Huon Challenge, will take place over 36km on the Huon River.
The challengers will start from Kermandie Marina at 7.30am and will paddle south to Cairns Bay, then north to Franklin. There will be
a stop for morning tea at the Huon Rowing Club, before the challenge continues through Egg Island Canal and north to Huonville before returning to Franklin and the Huon Rowing Club for a catered lunch.
Organisers expect to welcome
approximately 135 paddlers, including locals and interstate visitors. If you’re a dragon boat paddler and would like to join in, please contact the Derwent Storms Dragon Boat Club on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the event, check out www.derwentstorms.com.au.
There will be some great vantage points along the river, so head along to have a look and cheer on the teams.
Huon Valley Council
Seeking Cygnet input
The last of four Huon Valley Council community information sessions is being held at the St James Mackillop Performance Centre, Cygnet, on Thursday 15 March from 6pm to 8pm. This is your chance to have your say and let the council know what is important to you in your area.
Huon Valley Council commissioner Adriana Taylor and the council’s management team will be on hand to discuss future plans for your area, and give you an opportunity to meet with staff face to face. Your interests, ideas and perspectives are valuable to the communities we live in.
This is also your chance to discuss what the council has planned for your area, hear about the ten-year Asset Management and Annual Plan objectives and prioritise the ideas that are presented.
Commissioner Taylor encourages all residents to come along.
“Cygnet has a distinct character and so the council is looking for input and feedback from members of the community,” she said. “This is the public’s chance to let the council know what is important to them. This is the first step in the process. Further consultation may be necessary, but it’s a great chance to come along and meet council management and to have your say.”
Huon Valley Council
JPs on hand
The Tasmanian Justice of the Peace Society provides a justice of the peace signing service at the Civic Centre, Kingston on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm.
If you need a document to be signed by a justice of the peace, please call into the Civic Centre at that time. There is no need to make an appointment.
Franklin library spruce-up
The Franklin History Group Reference Library situated in the Franklin Evaporator Building will be closed during April, May and June while the building is being renovated.
Library coordinator Harry Rettino announced that while the library is temporarily closed, donations of books and pamphlets of local Huon Valley and Tasmanian historical interest, along with family histories, photos, artifacts, and scrapbooks, can be dropped off at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin during business hours. All such donations will be gratefully received. Please identify the donor's name and details.
The Franklin History Group expresses its thanks to all those who have already donated materials, especially Dr Charles and Mrs Patricia Zuber, who presented an impressive Franklin Methodist Church scrapbook to the library, and
Mr Desmond Hay, who generously donated extensive scrapbooks from the Jolly-Hay families and the John Hay family.
Seaside family fun
We are bringing back the Dover Seafest and we would love you to help us celebrate. It's all about fun, food and friends, with a focus on the sea. There will be lots of things to eat, see and do, including free kids activities, food stalls, a makers and growers market, Dover Regatta events, local busking talent and a special offering…
This should be a fun day for the entire family, so please come along and have some fun.
Seafest takes place on Saturday 31 March from 10am to 3pm at Dover Esplanade, Kent
Huon Valley Council
Osborne Esplanade update
The Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club has obtained a planning permit for a new storage shed to be constructed to the rear of Kingborough Council’s property at 25A Osborne Esplanade in Kingston Beach.
There are permit conditions that include the hours of operation, vehicle movements via Albert Street to access the site, as well as noise and operational requirements that will protect the local residential amenity. The full application as approved by the council can be found within the agenda for the 26 February council meeting, published on the council’s website.
New public toilets
At the same meeting, the council endorsed the designs for a new public toilet facility on the same site. The design consists of eight separate cubicles that are large enough to also be used as change rooms. One of the cubicles will be for all-access use, and another will be a larger family change room with a baby change facility. The whole site will be landscaped, with the front part and existing tree retained as a public space. The council will be considering this project within the 2018-19 Capital Works Program and, if approved, every effort will be made to have the new public toilets constructed before next summer.
Cosy Kingborough cats
Inside with Cats is a collaboration project that introduces six Kingborough cats (along with their humans), who are embracing life on the inside. Inside with Cats is not just about containing cats inside a house: it also explores the various options these owners have used for outdoor enclosures or walking harnesses, and how they keep their cats safe, happy and healthy.
As the humans of these stories explain, containing their cats is not just about protecting the native wildlife, it is also about protecting their cats. Knowing your cat and providing for its needs is the first step to having a happy cat who can still lead an emotionally and physically enriched life on the inside.
We would like to hear and share your stories about living with cats. Either share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using
#InsideWithCats and tag us in
@KingboroughTas or contact our cat management officer Kaylene Allan on 6211 8200 or email@example.com.
The first stage of this project has seen the production of five short films, and the council thanks the volunteers who let us into their homes. You can watch the films on the council’s website at www.kingborough.tas.gov.au (see the Inside with Cats story on the
news page).Time to trim the garden
The next stage will look at cat owners who are looking to transition their cats to being inside.
Inside with Cats is a partnership between Kingborough Council, Ten Lives Cat Centre, Tasmanian Conservation Trust and the Bruny Island Environment Network.
Time to trim the garden
On Saturday 28 and Sunday
29 April, Barretta Waste Management Facility (1922 Channel Highway) will hold a free green waste weekend between 9am and 4pm. Free green waste will be accepted from Kingborough residents at no cost.
Green waste must be completely free of contaminants, including general waste, hazardous waste, plastic, and declared weeds.
Detection of contaminants may result in disposal fees. If you need help in identifying weeds, please contact Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
A limit of five cubic metres per household applies. Private and commercial operators will be requested to pay standard rates.
These weekends can be very busy. Staff appreciate the patience of all visitors to the facility during this time. If you have any questions contact Kingborough Waste Services on 6267 2337.
Micro-chipping is the best way to identify a dog and enables councils to reunite owners with their pet if they have decided to go for a walk on their own.
Kingborough mayor Steve Wass is encouraging owners in Kingborough to microchip their pets and make sure their details are updated. “There are many dogs in the municipality that have not yet been micro-chipped or their details have not been recorded with the council,” he said. “Micro-chipping is compulsory in Tasmania, and this simple act will help to send wandering pets home.”
The council will be writing to owners to remind them to microchip their dogs and hopes this will help owners avoid paying a fine.
Dog owners are also reminded that their dogs must be effectively controlled the whole time their pet is off the leash in designated dog exercise areas. Dogs must be in close proximity, in the sight of their owners at all times and respond immediately to their command.
Further information on responsible dog ownership in Kingborough can be found on the Council’s website. For information or to report any breaches of the Dog Control Act 2000, please contact customer services on 6211 8200.
Kingborough Council media release
Got holes in your socks? Rips in your jeans, or splits in your seams?
Rather than throw your clothes away, bring them along to our mending workshop on Monday 9 April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Picnic Basket Cafe in Taroona. With the help of our wonderful expert sewers, learn how to sew buttons on, fix seams, darn woollen clothes and adjust the hems on pants and skirts.
Cups of tea will be provided.
In Australia we throw away 6,000kg of clothes every ten minutes. All of this goes straight to landfill. Over two thirds of our clothes are made from synthetic fibres, which are derived from petroleum and do not break down in landfill.
But there’s no need to panic. The solution is simple.
Let’s invest in quality clothing made from natural fibres and learn the skills to mend.
Spaces are limited, so register for Plasticwise Taroona’s Community Clothes Mending Workshop on Eventbrite, and if you can’t come along anymore, please let us know.
Skate, scoot or ride the Bay
Get down to Blackmans Bay Skate Park on
27 April and compete in skate, scooter, or BMX competitions. There’ll be free giveaways and prizes to be won.
The Skate Park Leagues are community-based grass-roots events focused on embracing skate park culture and bringing the community together.
All competitors will go in the draw to win one of our raffle prizes, meaning everyone has
a chance to take one home.
Registrations are now open at skateparkleagues.com.
Heat times are as follows:
Scooter 11am (14 and under, 15 and over)
BMX 12.30pm (14 and under, 15 and over)
Skate 1.30pm (12 and under, 16 and under, open male, open female)
Our event partners are Kingborough Council, YMCA Launceston, Nike, Element, Skullcandy, OCD Skate Shop, Pro-Tec, Goliath Skate, Theeve Trucks, Crisp Scooters, Grit Scooters, District Freestyle Scooters and Conduct HQ.
For event guidelines, scoring criteria and policies, please visit skateparkleagues.com/guidelines.
Hone your wildlife rescue skills
Help Tasmania’s wildlife in your spare time – become a wildlife rescuer thanks to Bonorong’s special course.
Did you know Bonorong operates Tasmania’s largest 24-hour wildlife rescue service? This program provides safety and care to thousands of animals every year , but we need your help.
We operate with the assistance of trained community rescuers and the devotion of hundreds of wildlife carers, all of whom donate considerable time, money and energy to helping wildlife in need.
If you’re interested in being
a wildlife rescuer in your spare time, then you’re invited to our free wildlife rescuer training. We are offering a session at the UTAS Sandy Bay campus on Churchill Avenue on Saturday 14 April from 11am to 5pm. Look for ‘Bonorong Wildlife Rescue Training’ on Eventbrite to register.
There is absolutely no obligation to sign up to our rescue service afterwards, and you’ll come away with skills that you can use in the event of a wildlife emergency.
This is also the first step if you’re interested in learning about
a wildlife carer, transporter or other role.
What will I learn?
You’ll learn the basics of wildlife rescue, including:
How to safely handle injured animals;
How to check a pouch for babies;
How to identify the most common animals you’ll come across;
How to create your own rescue kit to keep in the car.
Children are welcome, but please be aware we do cover some sensitive topics, including euthanasia. Young children do make pretty perfect helpers in many situations, so don’t be deterred.
Please note: this program does not involve the raising of wildlife. However, we can arrange training for those interested in becoming a wildlife carer.
What do I need to bring?
Warm clothes if it’s a chilly day;
Something to drink and eat for afternoon tea.
What’s involved in being a wildlife rescuer?
As a wildlife rescuer, you’ll be put on our database to receive SMS messages when an animal needs help in your area.
If you’re available, that’s great. Respond to us so we can coordinate the rescue.
If you’re not available, no worries. Just ignore the message.
What do I need to be
a wildlife rescuer?
A mobile number which can receive and send calls and SMS messages;
A valid driver’s licence and reliable car.
If you don’t have either of the above, please feel free to attend the training regardless, as you’ll still learn plenty.
Is there a cost to being
There is no charge for the training, or to be a rescuer.
As a rescuer you’ll also have access to information, updates, events and opportunities occurring at Bonorong.
Do I need to book?
Yes. Please be sure to book via Eventbrite as we have limited spots - if you need to cancel at any time, please let us know so we can advise the people on our waitlist.
What can I do right now?
Save our number in your phone so you know who to call if you find injured wildlife: 0447 264 625 (0447 ANIMAL).
If you find injured or orphaned wildlife:
Keep the animal warm;
Keep the animal dark;
Keep the animal quiet;
Keep handling to a minimum;
Do not provide food or drink.
Call us straight away for advice 0447 264 625 (0447 animal).
We look forward to seeing
Greg, Petra and all the furry critters at Bonorong
Grant for South Coast huts
The latest round of Regional Jobs and Investment Packages grants included $2.95m to a walking tourism company to build six environmentally sensitive walkers’ huts along the 85km South Coast track in the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The huts will be part of a seven-day commercial guided walk for small groups of ten guests and two guides.
It provides a new opportunity for people to walk in this remarkable wilderness in safety and without having to carry a heavy pack.
The new guided walk will raise the profile of the Huon Valley and Far South areas as a tourism destination and bring lasting benefits, with increased visitor numbers, new accommodation and cafes, new tourism and transport operations, just as the Overland Track, Three Capes Track and Derby mountain biking have for their regional communities. The total project cost is $5.9m.
Maranoa Heights Community Centre (24 Hawthorn Drive, Kingston) is hosting the MATES4MATES program.
Mates4Mates is a not-for-profit organisation which provides treatment programs for current and ex-serving ADF members who have suffered physical and/or psychological wounds, injuries and illnesses as a result of their service, and their families.
Join us for a free informal coffee or afternoon tea on Monday 26 March from 2pm to 4pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 6242 8940.
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