2018 Abel Tasman Art Prize winner announced
Kingborough mayor Dean Winter opened the successful Abel Tasman Art Prize and exhibition on Friday 30 November, which recognises emerging young artists across Tasmania.
Katelyn Geard from Don College was announced as the overall winner for her graphite and charcoal drawing Self Portrait. The drawing is a self-portrait from Katelyn’s 2018 Art Studio Practice series The Condition and The Therapy: Finding Peace Through Art. The work draws on her experience with anxiety and reflects that it is not always obvious when someone suffers with this. Katelyn wished to show the loneliness, fear and guilt that comes with living with a condition like anxiety.
Katelyn will be travelling to The Netherlands for a three-week tour, where she will visit Kingborough’s sister city, Grootegast, and will visit some of the great galleries of European art in Amsterdam.
The photographic series Fragility by Lilith Dombrovskis was Highly Commended by the judges. Lilith revolves her photography around the fragile relationship between humans and the wilderness, using the pure abstraction of the human form and ambiguity of leaf structures. Viewers agreed with the judges’ recommendation, and Lilith sold three of her photographs during the exhibition.
The Dutch Australia Society prize, presented by Councillor Flora Fox, was presented to Elise Houlahan for her drawing, All in God’s Name, which is a response to on-going religiously-motivated violence and the effects upon the innocent.
Councillor Fox, who is also the President of the Dutch Australia Society said, “It was a very difficult choice due to the quality of work. We were impressed that many of the artists had such a passion for social issues. This prize is an amazing opportunity to share cultural and environmental values across two very different countries.”
After a weekend of viewing, the People’s Choice award was a close run competition, with Juliette Tabbernal-Hearn winning the title. Juliette’s painting, A Extinção, highlights the decline of monkey populations due to the acts of deforestation. It is aimed to evoke sad feelings and gives viewers a glimpse of the environmental destruction humans have on the habitat of other animals, through the use of colours, perspective and emotion.
Kingborough mayor, Dean Winter, congratulated all of the artists in the exhibition. “The quality of all of the artwork is outstanding”, he said. “It is great to see our young people so invested in social and environmental issues and being able to translate their views into art.”
The Abel Tasman Art Prize was initiated by the Dutch Australia Society in 2000 to celebrate the bonds between The Netherlands and Tasmania. The prize runs alternate years in each place and the winner visits the other’s country.
The ATAP is a partnership between Kingborough Council, Calvin Christian School and the Dutch Australia Society (Abel Tasman Inc.).
Kingborough Council

Celebrating film success for local students
This year, three films shot on the streets and in the buildings of Cygnet, featuring local faces, were submitted to the My State Student Film Festival. Despite being a record breaking year for the festival, with over 300 films submitted, our three films caught the attention of the judges and were nominated for the following categories:
• Into the Olden Days, nominated for the Premier’s Award
• The Heist, nominated for Best Drama and Best Sound Design
• Trouble in Trove, nominated for Best Original Score
These films were made by 19 students who participated in the Cygnet Arts Council’s Youth Film Productions, an after school film course run in Cygnet for students in grades 5 to 8. Over 13 weeks, students learnt to write, film and edit an original short film. Taught by Brianna Lori and with technical support from Michael Gissing, students had the opportunity to learn from a skilled teacher and an industry professional. Students learnt to work with free software, digital video cameras and the broadcast quality Community Sound Kit which was created with the generous support of the
Bendigo Bank.
Students from St James College, Woodbridge School, Cygnet Primary, Peregrine and the home education community all worked together on these films. The project was supported by Libraries Tasmania, St James College, Balfour House, Bendigo Bank and many generous individuals from
the community.
Following on from this year’s success, and in response to community demand, there are plans in place to run the classes again in 2019. Expressions of interest to participate can be sent to and we will keep you informed of when enrolments open.
We will be celebrating the success of all these students on Saturday 15 December in the Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room, with a Magnetic Anomaly Silent Disco. From 6pm to 8pm the films will be screening on rotation in a mini-cinema, and simultaneously you can also choose to listen to DJs, 70’s disco or just talk amongst yourselves (headsets, three channels – it’s simple and fun... come and try it). To top it all off, our local VJ will add to an unforgettable dancing experience. There will also be acoustic music, a licensed bar and supper table. Entry is $5 or a gold coin donation for children and seniors. Please join us!
Cygnet Community Arts Council

Royal Flying Doctor Service coming to the Huon Valley
People with chronic health conditions living in the Huon Valley, Tasman and Bruny Island will be able to access allied health services from the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania by early 2019.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service will support locals with chronic congestive heart disease, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic obstructive airways disease under Primary Health Tasmania’s rural primary health program.
Huon Regional Care previously provided these services in the area and will now work with Royal Flying Doctor Service and Primary Health Tasmania to ensure the smooth transition of those currently receiving care.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service – which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year – has a strong track record of improving the health of rural Tasmanians and already provides locally based primary healthcare services under this program in the state’s north.
Diabetes support and education is also available from Diabetes Tasmania in these communities under Primary Health Tasmania’s rural primary health program.
During an open tender process, Primary Health Tasmania received valuable input from local communities and service providers about the key priorities for people with chronic conditions.
More information, including how to self-refer into the program, can be found at Primary Health Tasmania’s Our Services Portal.
The rural primary health program is funded by the Australian Government through the PHN program.
Rural Primary Health

Want to play Mah Jong?
The Cygnet Mah Jong group has been going strong for over one and a half years now, and is a great group of up to ten people. Everybody started with no knowledge of the game, even Marianne who teaches the newcomers. It doesn’t really matter whether you learn it quickly or are a bit slower, as we are all different. It is a game which challenges the brain, so it is good for all of us. We play every Tuesday at the HVCLC, 8 Mary Street, Cygnet (next to the Friendly Grocers) from 1.30pm onward, so come and join us, as we love to see new people and teach them this fantastic game. You can also call Marianne from 6pm to 7pm on 6295 1159, or 0437 050 746, or just turn up!
Marianne Bekkema

‘Travelling Tasmanian Tigers’ book launch
Margie Kirk’s Travelling Tasmanian Tigers is being launched at Southern Swan, 12 Mary Street, Cygnet (next to the town hall), this Friday 14 December at 5pm.
This stunning book is suitable for ages 0-100! The very young will delight in the bright and colourful illustrations. Pre and early readers will experience the joy of learning to count the days of the tigers’ travels and follow the rhythms of the wonderful story. Older readers will discover the Tasmanian animals and learn about the importance of conservation. Mums, dads, aunties, uncles and grandparents will enjoy sharing the adventures of the terrific travelling tigers with youngsters – a rollicking read.
We are so lucky to have such a talented author/artist in our community. Come along to celebrate and congratulate Margie.
Kate Reed

Huon Valley Council Land Strategy under review
Huon Valley Council acknowledges the community concern regarding the sale of council land identified in the council’s Land Strategy, particularly in the Dover area. All properties recommended for disposal are listed in Appendix 5 of the strategy.
The strategy was originally developed and endorsed in 2011. The implementation of the strategy has recently been progressed with the listing for sale of a number of properties across the Huon Valley municipal area. Community engagement undertaken so far has involved the strategy being approved in an open council meeting, discussion at the Community Information sessions held in each township, being available on the council’s website, and as the subject of an article in the Huon News on Wednesday 6 June 2018.
Land that has been sold so far includes:
• New Road, Franklin
• Rocky Creek Road, Crabtree
• Randalls Bay Road, Randalls Bay
• Huon Highway Dover, Corner of Macnaghten Road
All proceeds from the sale of land go into a reserve to fund other strategic land purchases to enable further economic development and community purposes in the Huon Valley.
The land sale at Dover that has recently raised community concern was the land where the original Dover Sports Centre was located before its relocation to the school site. The sale of this land was originally approved in 2006, to pay for the balance cost of relocating the Sports Centre. This cost was $107,041. The council’s decision to sell this land was affirmed by the Resource Management Planning Appeals Tribunal after an appeal through the Sale of Public Land process which involved community consultation at that time. However, the sale was not progressed until the land was rezoned.
An initial application for rezoning was not approved due to concerns regarding the road junction with the Huon Highway which took into account a then recently approved subdivision along Macnaghten Road, which included a denser subdivision and development proposal. This subdivision did not proceed. The subject land was then zoned under the Interim Planning Scheme consistent with adjoining land. The draft scheme was displayed on several occasions before proceeding with a formal representation period which followed without submission on any zoning on Council land.
Following concerns from the community the elected council have commenced reviewing the Huon Valley Council Land Strategy.
Huon Valley mayor, Bec Enders said, “A workshop was held on 4 December where the elected members were able to review the full Land Strategy. This was an opportunity for councillors to begin to understand how it has been developed over the year and the basis of the decisions that have shaped it”.
“Opportunities for further community engagement on the land strategy and its recommendations will be workshopped further by the elected members in the new year,” Cr Enders said.
The Huon Valley Council’s Land Strategy was publically released at the May 2018 Ordinary Meeting of Council and is available on the council website
Huon Valley Council

Cygnet nurse practitioners
At Cygnet Family Practice we are proud to have two nurse practitioners working with three general practitioners and three registered nurses. This team of health professionals work together to positively promote and enhance the holistic care for our Cygnet and surrounding rural community.
Cygnet Family Practice is owned by Kerrie Duggan, Nurse Practitioner, which continues to provide care with kindness as started by Dr Annette Hackett, the original owner.
Cygnet Family Practice

Bruny Island community to receive permanent GPs
Former President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and well known and respected Tasmanian GP, Dr Bastian Seidel, will now lead a team of doctors seeing Bruny Island residents and visitors at the Bruny Island Medical Centre.
This move follows the Huon Medical Group signing a 10-year contract with the State Government to provide comprehensive GP services to the island community.
Since opening in 2010, the multi-million dollar Bruny Island Health Centre has struggled to retain general practitioners, forcing island residents to find GPs in Kingston and Hobart.
Huon Medical Group Chair, Dr Bastian Seidel, said the Bruny Island community deserved continuity of care and comprehensive GP services, rather than ad hoc locums.
“Residents and visitors to Bruny Island will now have face-to-face access to a local GP on the island three days a week from 10am to 4pm,” Dr Seidel said.
“We will also be available via video-link or phone, supported by the outstanding local community nurses for an additional two days a week.
“We will be seeing patients as of Monday, 10 December 2018 with me as the main GP, and I’m delighted that a great group of local GPs from the Huon Medical Group will be providing regular sessions on Bruny Island.
“Dr Louise Butler, Dr Angela Retchford, Dr Vanessa Hewson, Dr Alexandra Seidel and Dr Phillip Pullinger are outstanding rural GPs and as a team we will be able to provide comprehensive and highly evidence-based health care to the local island community.
“Our GPs understand the needs of rural communities and importantly we understand how to navigate our patients through the maze of Tasmania’s health system.
“While we have been consulting closely with members of the Bruny Island Action Group, myself and the team are looking forward to getting to know the residents better and becoming part of the local community.
“Most importantly, we are excited to be able to provide an important role in keeping the Bruny Island community healthy, with a strong focus on preventative health.
“In order to reduce Tasmania’s chronic disease burden, we must support community-based healthcare such as the Bruny Island Medical Centre, with GPs working alongside nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists and other health professionals to ensure a team-based and holistic approach that meets the need of our communities.”
Dr Seidel said with tourist numbers increasing on Bruny Island, he also expected to see a number of visitors to ensure they still have a positive experience in the instance they are unwell.
Bruny Island Medical will start seeing patients on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm. On other days nurse-supported video and phone consultations with the GP are available from 10am to 4pm. For urgent consultations Dr Seidel and the team will be available on the phone or via video link 24/7.
Bruny Island Medical

Tasmania’s first road built with plastic and glass in Kingborough
The first Tasmanian road built with soft plastics and glass at Snug in Kingborough will see plastic from approximately 173,600 plastic bags and packaging and 82,500 glass bottle equivalents diverted from landfill.
Kingborough Council and Downer have partnered with resource recovery and recycling companies Close the Loop and RED Group to set this new benchmark in sustainability.
Along with soft plastics and glass, toner from approximately 5,900 used printer cartridges and more than 33 tonnes of recycled asphalt were also repurposed to create the 330 tonnes of asphalt used to construct the road along Charlton Street in Snug.
“The council is thrilled to be leading the way in diverting products from landfill and using them in a sustainable and innovative way,” said Kingborough mayor,  Dean Winter. “Our staff continue to demonstrate leadership and creativity in how we can reduce our environmental footprint.”
Councillor Richard Atkinson is a strong advocate for recycling and re-use solutions. “It is encouraging to see the council develop partnerships with progressive organisations. This demonstrates Kingborough Council’s commitment to waste minimisation and finding environmentally responsible solutions for our waste.”
Downer’s General Manager Pavements, Stuart Billing, said the milestone event demonstrated the importance of partnerships to create economic, social and environmental value for products that would more than likely end up in landfill, stockpiled, or as a pollutant in our natural environments.
“Together with Kingborough Council and our partners, we have proven that with thought leadership and the tenacity to make a positive difference, we have set a new benchmark in the state when it comes to sustainability, by creating new avenues to recycle and repurpose waste materials into new streams of use. It’s all about pulling products, not pushing waste,” Mr Billing said.
“Further to the direct sustainability benefits, this cost competitive road product called Reconophalt has enhanced properties of improved strength and resistance to deformation making the road last longer, and allowing it to better handle heavy vehicle traffic,” Mr Billing added.
Downer partnered closely with Close the Loop to innovatively tailor waste products such as soft plastics to suit a road construction application.
“Our close partnership with Downer, along with our collaborative partnership with RED Group has allowed us to design, develop and manufacture sustainable products using problematic waste streams. We are very pleased to see soft plastics used for the first time in a Tasmanian road,” said Nerida Mortlock, General Manager of Close the Loop Australia.
Kingborough Council

Safer in the water
Tasmanians can now feel safer in and around the water at Kingston Beach thanks to a grant from the RACT Community Fund.
The fund provided a grant to the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club (KBSLSC) for new first aid training equipment in the lead-up to the opening of the season last weekend.
The KBSLSC, which has 280 members – half of whom are nippers (children aged five to 15 years), provides an important service to the community, as well as people enjoying Kingston Beach in and out of the water.
KBSLSC’s Philippa Loray thanked the RACT for the grant, which would assist to ensure the club’s 70 patrolling members were well-practised in their life saving training.
“We can also now offer more age-relevant foundational lessons in understanding the body and first aid training for our 140 nippers,” she said.
“For example, the club has 30 five-year-olds, so with more engaging interaction and new equipment, we will be able to give them a good start in their surf life saving journey.”
The RACT Community Fund offers small grants twice a year to non-profit community groups to assist with local, community-building projects.
RACT Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott, said the organisation was keen to support local clubs and associations through the fund to recognise the role they play in their respective communities – often with very small budgets and through volunteers.
“The RACT has assisted more than 200 Tasmanian groups through the Community Fund with grants of up to $2,000,” she said.
Ms Pennicott said the latest round of recipients has been announced.
Recipients are:
• Cygnet Riding Club Inc: The club will purchase new dressage arena jumping blocks.
• Bridgewater PCYC: To purchase seven new DIY kit guitars for at-risk students to work on.
• All Round Health and Community Care: Purchase of a new BBQ to hold a monthly BBQ for vulnerable community members.
• Scagi – Seymour Community Action Group Inc: To purchase protective equipment for volunteers and herbicide for weed management.
• George Town Neighbourhood House: To buy ingredients for cooking classes for the local community.
• Self Help Workshop Inc: To purchase a new rag cutter that can help the workshop/community workers.
• Live Well Tasmania Inc: To help insulate the kitchen area in the community centre.
• East Devonport Tennis Club: To help upgrade kitchen to provide safe hygienic area for mums and bubs.
• Produce to the People Inc: To help purchase an outdoor kitchen on school farm for schools/students.
• Tassie Mums: RACT will provide 13 child restraints to the Tassie mums project.
• RDA Kalang Inc: To help purchase new resurfacing gravel to fix the flood-affected areas of the riding tracks.
The next round of the RACT Community Fund will open in March 2019. For more information about the fund please visit

It’s music month at Kingston Library
Eight musical acts are performing over the next few weeks at Kingston Library, showcasing a range of different genres. Most are returning performers, however, newcomer Imogen Skye, an ethereal singer songwriter, will be featured on Thursday 13 December at 3pm.
Other performers include: Sing Australia on Friday 14 December at 10am; Miah Aplin on Monday 17 December at 3.30pm; Paul Gerard on Tuesday 18 December at 11am; and The Littlees on Friday 21 December at 2.30pm.
Kingston Library

Local author event
Lee Buchanan will be talking about her book The Snake Around My Heart – A Memoir of Adoption and Rediscovery at Goose and Gander, 11 Beach Road, Kingston Beach, this Saturday 15 December at 3pm.
The Snake Around My Heart was first published in September 2018 as Book No. 52 in the Tasmanian People’s Library (TPL) Project. Lee received terrific feedback, multiple requests for copies on social media, and interest from people who heard her author’s talk and are themselves involved in an adoption triangle. This prompted her to decide to do a commercial print run of the book.
Lee’s background is as a writer, editor (former editor of Billy Blue magazine in Sydney), librarian and online communications consultant. She is fascinated with family narratives and how events in our formative years can have such a huge impact on the rest of our lives and even those of future generations.
Lee Buchanan

Motorists putting children’s lives at risk
Only 10 per cent of child restraints in Tasmanian vehicles checked by RACT in the past five months have been fitted correctly.
RACT staff checked 187 installed child restraints and found 90 per cent needed some sort of adjustment, including untwisting of straps, general adjustment of tethers and straps and removing and refitting child restraints correctly.
Even more concerning, one restraint wasn’t even anchored in the vehicle, and a number were out of date (seats reach their use-by date after 10 years).
RACT Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott said there was great concern that motorists were putting children’s lives at risk.
“If a vehicle with an incorrectly fitted child restraint is involved in a crash, the child in that restraint is at risk of serious injury, or even death,” she said.
Ms Pennicott said while in some instances the work required to make the restraints safe was minimal, the impact could be devastating.
“We understand that often parents, grandparents and carers need to swap and transfer seats between vehicles – but that doesn’t mean the restraint can’t be fitted safely.
“Our free child restraint checks are conducted to ensure motorists are aware of the potential dangers of driving with children in incorrectly fitted child restraints.
“Our Mobile Service Centre travels all over the state – including Smithton, George Town, Geeveston and locations in between – doing the checks. You can find the one closest to you via our Facebook page.
“And if you can’t make it to one of our free sessions, you can book someone to come to your school or child care centre and do the checks for free, or you can make an appointment for a check at our Burnie, Launceston or Hobart branches.
“The RACT hopes that by continuing to offer these free checks, parental and carer awareness about child restraints will increase.”
The RACT employs trained staff to provide advice and technical assistance about child restraints and their correct installation and fitting. It also offers, for a fee, advice and training for organisations and carers responsible for transporting children.
RACT conducts the free child restraint safety checks in conjunction with KidSafe Tasmania. For more details visit

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