THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
New council team members welcomed
The Huon Valley Council is delighted to announce it has recruited Lachlan Kranz to its executive leadership team in the position of director infrastructure services, while Mark Ballard joins our organisation in a new strategic projects role.
In his director role, Lachie will be balancing sustainable long term service delivery of infrastructure maintenance and new construction projects.
“Lachie comes to us with a strong management background gained from 15 years of diverse experience in the private sector and local government,” acting general manager Andrew Wardlaw said.
“Lachie has particular skills in asset operations and development, specialising in planning, procurement and process implementation. He has a proven ability to provide outstanding leadership in change management, the delivery of strategic objectives and cost-effective solutions.”
Lachie lives locally, is an active member of the community and is passionate about the culture and environment of the Huon Valley.
“We have every confidence Lachie will be a valuable member of the executive leadership team.
As the strategic projects officer for the council, Mark Ballard will be developing key funded projects and priority projects for the Huon Valley, to bring them to investment-ready status and then completion.
“Mark comes to us with a great deal of experience in project management, having worked on a number of high-profile Tasmanian projects,” Mr Wardlaw said.
“Mark has a diverse skill set, which means he can think about the big picture, manage relationships with stakeholders, remove risks and adapt to change. These qualities will be important for delivering projects that meet the real needs of our community, including catering for our projected population growth of 17,561 to 20,454 by 2042.”
Huon Valley Council mayor Bec Enders said the council looks forward to working with Mr Kranz and Mr Ballard.
“I would like to warmly welcome our new director infrastructure services and strategic projects officer to the Huon Valley Council,” said Cr Enders. “We look forward to working with Lachie and Mark to work towards and achieve the goals and vision we have for the Huon Valley community.”
Community members can stay up to date on local projects by:
• Visiting Have Your Say on the Huon Valley Council website at www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/haveyoursay;
• Signing up for council’s eNews on our website;
• Following the council on Facebook and Instagram.
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Huon Highway black spot to be improved
Huon Valley Council welcomes the recent Federal Black Spot Program funding of $700,000 to relocate the Huon Highway junction at the Southbridge Waste Transfer Station.
The Huon Highway project includes relocating the junction 60 metres south of the existing junction and reconfiguration to provide a larger turning area, safer queuing along an off-highway internal road and turn channels on the Huon Highway.
Mayor Bec Enders said, “Over 200 visitors per day utilise the Southbridge Waste Transfer Station and in the last five years, six serious accidents, including one fatality, have occurred at this black spot. Relocating and reconfiguring the junction will make entry and exit safer for all road users.”
“With increasing volumes and more mixing of tourist, local and heavy freight traffic on the Huon Highway, traffic incidents are increasing. The funding is an important step in supporting the reduction of serious injuries and death.”
The federal funding is part of the $2.7 million commitment across Tasmania to improve road safety with 13 projects highlighted in the 2021-22 Black Spot Program.
The 13 Black Spot Projects will contribute towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on Tasmanian roads with the program funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred.
In Tasmania a panel reviews priorities for the program with members including representatives from the Tasmanian Police, Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, Tasmanian Bicycle Council, the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Transport Association, the Local Government Association of Tasmania, Traffic Management Association of Australia and the Department of State Growth.
Further information on the Black Spot Funding project can be found on the Federal Government’s Infrastructure webpage.
The Tasmanian Government is currently undertaking a Huon Highway corridor study from Kingston to Southport. This will investigate the future transport demand that is likely in the next 30 years and identify opportunities to improve the Huon Highway along the corridor. The corridor study is open for public consultation until 14 August with Huon Valley Council encouraging residents to have their say at transport.tas.gov.au or by emailing ConsultationTasmania@Jacobs.com.
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EV fast charger for Kingborough
Kingborough is to benefit from ARENA funding of Electric Highway Tasmania (EHT), receiving one of five new Greater Hobart electric vehicle charging sites.
To be located in the council’s Civic Centre car park, in the Kingston CBD, the charger will provide 120kw of fast charging capacity.
Mayor Paula Wriedt said, “Kingborough Council has been actively preparing for a transition of our fleet vehicles to electric vehicles.
“The council currently has six hybrid vehicles and is looking to continue investment in both more hybrids and/or full EVs. This year’s budget allows for the purchase of our first fully electric vehicle.
“The council has been pleased to partner with Electric Highway Tasmania and will be contributing through providing the necessary electrical and civil works to support installation of the new charging station.
“The Civic Centre location aligns well with our ‘Transform Kingston’ project.
“People can enjoy shopping or have a bite to eat while charging their car.
“The council’s support of an electric vehicle future is demonstration of our ongoing commitment to addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions,” said Mayor Wriedt.
Community information sessions
The Town Teams Tour events are on in August. What do you want for the future of your town? It’s time to get involved and make it happen!
We’re holding interactive and fun community sessions around the Huon Valley to discuss how local people and businesses can help make our towns even better.
• Dover (Dover, Southport and the far south areas) – 14 August, from 10am to 12noon.
• Geeveston (Geeveston and Port Huon areas) – 14 August, from 2pm to 4pm.
• Cygnet (Cygnet, Cradoc, Pelverata and surrounding areas) – 15 August, from 10am to 12 noon.
• Huonville (Franklin, Judbury, Port Huon, Ranelagh and Mountain River areas) – 15 August, from 2pm to 4pm.
Book your free ticket for the above sessions at Eventbrite (bookings essential for COVID restrictions and catering).
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Improved sewerage infrastructure for Cygnet
An upgrade to a sewage pump station (SPS) in Cygnet will improve the reliability of sewage services in the area for years to come.
The project has increased emergency storage and pumping capacity at the Lymington Road SPS to reduce the likelihood of overflows during heavy rainfall events.
Minor Works Treatment Plants team lead Peter Janisch said the investment will greatly reduce the number of environmental overflows from the pump station to sensitive receiving waters.
“This pump station is one of the essential assets for the Cygnet community as it pumps all the sewage from the town and surrounding area to the sewage treatment plant,” Mr Janisch said.
“It is critical this infrastructure is reliable and well maintained, to service the community now and into the future.”
Historically, the pumping and storage capacity of this SPS was inadequate, causing spills during heavy rain events.
This upgrade is part of a larger program of work in the Cygnet area that will further reduce the risk of spills into waterways.
“It will also minimise the risk of the pump station failing, which has previously lead to overflows in an important area for shellfish and marine farming,” he said.
“By increasing capacity, we’re ensuring we can efficiently and sustainably collect and transport sewage before we safely return it to the environment.”
This project is part of our 10‐year $1.8 billion capital works program which is providing vital upgrades and improvements to TasWater infrastructure.
National Tree Day event a huge success
Congratulations and thanks to the 120 people who attended Kingborough’s National Tree Day planting at Dru Point on Sunday 1 August.
Kingborough mayor, Paula Wriedt said it was an amazing effort by all who attended.
“The weather was much better than last year when there was extreme rain, and this resulted in an excellent turnout on Sunday,” Cr Wriedt said.
“A whopping 1,500 trees and shrubs were planted on the day, including a number of black gums that have the potential to become habitat for swift parrots.
“I would like to thank the Kingborough Lions Club, who hosted a BBQ lunch and Alison Overeem for the lovely Welcome to Country.
“Our sincere thanks also to Birdlife Tasmania for the bird walks organised on the day and to the council’s natural areas and biodiversity team for arranging the event.
“I think it is so important that members of our community connect with each other at events like this and Kingborough is richer for it – both with the additional trees planted and the bringing together of our community.
“I had the honour of planting about 20 trees and shrubs on Sunday and like many others who were there, I’m looking forward to going back and seeing them grow – it was so satisfying”, Cr Wriedt said.
“This also gave me an opportunity to wear these fabulous gumboots again that were painted for me by students from a school in the North West back in 2003 when I opened an environmental project they had worked on.
“These young people are adults now and I wonder if they realise I’m still wearing their gumboots?”
Family history month, science week and more at the library
August at Kingston Library is jam-packed with interesting and exciting events.
On Friday 20 August, from 10am to 11am, to celebrate Family History Month, we will be running an introductory session about all the great family history resources available online with your Libraries Tasmania membership. Bookings are required.
On Saturday 21 August, from 11am to 12pm, join us for an all-ages Science Week livestreamed event. We will be online with the presenters Dr Rebecca Allen and Professor Alan Duffy who will provide a guided tour of the cosmos! Bookings are required.
On Wednesday 11 August, at 10.30am, there will be a free Beamafilm screening of Sideshow (2020). Rated M, this UK comedy is directed by Adam Oldroyd and stars Les Dennis, Anthony Head and April Pearson. Bookings are required.
On Friday 27 August, at 10.30am, Tasmanian born author, Mary-Lou Stephens, will talk about her debut novel, The Last of the Apple Blossom. Morning tea will be provided. Bookings are required.
The ABS will be running sessions to assist anyone needing help with the Census on: August 5, from 1pm to 5pm; August 7, from 9.30am to 12.30pm; and August 9, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The library has PCs available during these times for you to complete your census. Bookings are not required.
The library is located at 11 Hutchins Street, Kingston. For sessions requiring bookings please call 6165 6208.
Special women’s health talk
A women’s health talk, exploring the changes that happen to our bodies during perimenopause and menopause, will be held at the Kingborough Community Hub on Wednesday 18 August, from 6.30pm to 8pm.
You will gain an understanding about what is going on in your body (knowledge is power!) and the underlying cause of the more common symptoms experienced during this transitional time.
We will discuss simple and safe dietary, herbal and nutritional interventions that can make a big impact on your symptoms and how you experience this stage of life.
This is an aging-positive talk for all folks experiencing or heading towards peri-menopause or menopause. Cost is $5 and bookings can be made on Eventbrite.
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