UTAS to study twin impact of fires and pandemic
The Huon Valley community was still recovering from the 2018/19 bushfires when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
Now a team of researchers at the University of Tasmania is keen to hear from community members in the Huon Valley about how they have been affected by the bushfires and the pandemic.
The 2018/19 Bushfires Community Recovery Fund Evaluation Research Project focuses on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the recovery of bushfires-affected communities.
The survey is anonymous and takes five to 10 minutes to complete.
The research will provide valuable insight into the impacts of multiple events on community recovery and how this can be considered in the design of future recovery programs.
To participate in the survey online visit
You can also pick up a hard copy from Geeveston Community Centre, Geeveston Pharmacy, Geeveston Town Hall, Dover Pharmacy and the Huon Valley Hub in Huonville.
Huon Valley Council

Holiday program cooks up a storm
Kingborough  Council has scheduled a program of exciting workshops and activities for young people living in Kingborough during the upcoming school holidays. Read on for the full program.
1.30-3.30pm | Monday 27 September | Drama workshop | Ages 12-17 | Blackmans Bay hall | $15
Learn acting skills, improvisation and character work, as well as drama skill games and activities in this fun workshop taught by O’Grady Drama School.
10am-12pm | Tuesday 28 September | Coding and Robotics workshop | Ages 10-17 | $15 | Kingborough Community Hub
Learn new skills with Kingborough Robotics at the Kingborough Community Hub. Suitable for beginners and experienced participants. Includes Ozobots, Dash and Lego Mindstorms EV3.
10am-2pm | Wednesday 29 September | Creative art and design workshop | Ages 12-17 | $20 | C Block, the LINC, Church St, Kington
Work with a professional artist to create your own artwork inspired by street art, anime and pop art. All materials supplied. BYO lunch.
Monday 4, 7 and 8 October| Cooking Masterclass | Ages 12-17 | free
Work with a qualified chef to make delicious savoury and sweet treats, then cater at our Seniors Week afternoon tea on Friday 8 October.Bookings for the cooking masterclass workshops are only by phone and cannot be made through eventbrite. Please call 6211 8290 for bookings and more information.
9am-12.15pm | 5 and 6 October |
Barista Bootcamp Group A | Ages 14-19 | $60 | Kingborough Community Hub
Intensive two-day barista training. Looking to work in hospitality? Learn to make the perfect coffee. An in-house certificate will be awarded to participants. Participants must attend both days.
12.30pm-3.45pm | 5 and 6 October | Barista Bootcamp Group B| Ages 14-19 | $60| Kingborough Community Hub
Intensive two-day barista training. Looking to work in hospitality? Learn to make the perfect coffee. An in-house certificate will be awarded to participants. Participants must attend both days.
12pm-2.30pm | Mon 27 Sep-Fri 1 Oct | Pop up youth space| all ages | Free| Kingston Park
Come along to the basketball area of Kingston Park to hang out with friends, listen to music, and play table tennis and a range of giant games. Free BBQ each day. No bookings required.
Further information
Bookings must be made for the whole day. To book, visit
Priority will be given to young people who reside in the Kingborough municipality.
For more information, please contact the council’s youth officer on 6211 8200 or email
If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact the council’s youth officer to discuss support options.
Kingborough Council

Concert to raise funds for refugees
The southern branch of Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) and Saint Mark’s Anglican Church, Cygnet will present their next fundraiser, a concert plus, on Sunday 26 September at Cygnet Town Hall from 2pm to 6pm. The concert will feature lots of local talent, refreshments, an auction and a craft sale. Organisers plan to provide information about local ways to help refugees, as well as letters and postcards you can sign and send to politicians.
Please come along and bring cash rather than a card, as almost everything will be by donation in a box.
For a number of years, the southern branch of Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) and Saint Mark’s Anglican Church, Cygnet have worked in partnership to support refugees and asylum seekers. One of the partnership’s main initiatives has been to raise funds to enable that support.
One thing that has been apparent from the start is that ours is a very caring and generous local community. Not only Cygnet, but all the surrounding districts, have volunteered time and talents, donated to and  attended fundraising functions, and dug deep whenever they were asked for financial assistance to aid the cause of refugees and asylum seekers.
Through that community generosity, the partnership has been able to do a great deal to make life easier and more hopeful for men, women and children who have sought sanctuary in Australia after fleeing conflicts and hardship we would find difficult to imagine, and who receive very limited government support.
Here are just a few examples of what we have managed to achieve with your help.
Mohommad in Launceston has
a wife and three children, drives
a taxi and is trying to study at university. The partnership has supplied financial assistance, school uniforms and school supplies for his older children and baby needs for his youngest.
A young man wanted to learn to drive, but first needed an eye test and glasses. The group paid for that to happen.
There were women at risk who needed help to apply for visas for their family to join them. The partnership paid for interpreters to work with the lawyers.
Another young man needed a driver’s
licence, but had a disability which meant he needed a special device fitted to his car. The partnership helped pay for that device.
The partnership has donated to the Manus Appeal to assist the men detained on Manus Island with phone credit, their only link to the outside world and their loved ones.
The parternship has given several donations to the HOPE Co-op, Melbourne, which supports university students in the battle to feed themselves and find accommodation at the same time as they try to keep up with their studies.
The partnership paid for a mother and her three children to have
a desperately needed break at a local bed and breakfast.
The group supported a young mother through the birth of her child and helped with necessities such as a pram, cot, baby bath, nappies, clothes, etc.
Now there looms the huge challenge of helping refugees from Afghanistan, both those already in Australia and those desperately trying to get here. It is not yet certain how many Afghan refugees will come to Australia in the near future, but the group would like to be ready to provide support. Many refugees are landing on the mainland with only the clothes they fled in.
There is a fairly large community of Afghan people here in Tasmania, most of them from the minority Hazara group. Nearly all have family waiting for visas in Afghanistan or across the border in Pakistan and Iran.
Funds are desperately needed to support the work of filing visa applications currently being done by the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service. There are also interpreter costs, and many families needing additional support. One group the partnership would especially like to help are the single mothers (single not by choice, but because their partners have been killed or are missing). These women and their children are living in Hobart in overcrowded, inadequate housing, which is causing great stress and despair. One initiative the group is working on is to bring these families down to the Huon for respite weekends, where they can relax and enjoy a pleasant day or two at least.
Ann Martin, Helen Merrick

Progress on council projects
People with mobility issues will soon have independent access between the ground floor and upper level of the historic Geeveston Town Hall.
Construction of a lift in the hall is well underway and is due to be completed by the end of this year.
Mayor Bec Enders said the lift is a project the community has wanted for many years. She said the lift would remove the barrier of access and inclusion to the many wonderful events held on the second floor, such as exhibitions and social functions.
“The council supports the development of a community where all members feel valued and have an opportunity to participate in community life. We need to ensure the overall experience within our community is inclusive and accessible.”
Huon Valley Council advocated for lifts to be installed in both the Geeveston and Cygnet Town Halls in its 2019 federal election strategy. Lift installation work is scheduled to begin soon in Cygnet Town Hall.
“We know many people are looking forward to these modern additions to our highly used heritage venues,” said Mayor Enders.
Other projects
Mayor Enders said she was also pleased that members of the Cygnet community were making good use of the new Dances
Road footbridge.
According to locals, the bridge is popular among school children and walkers in the area.
The bridge connects Charles Street and Dances Road, providing a very handy shortcut.
These projects were funded through the Australian government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LCRI) Program. The aim of the program is to support jobs and economic resilience and help communities across Australia bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Other projects being delivered under the program that are either complete or near completion include:
Removal of hedge at Huonville Recreation Ground The hedge has been removed and fencing has been installed. Mature trees have already been planted in place of the original hedge.
The remainder of the trees will be planted next week, completing the project.
Glen Huon Park fencing of playground A playground fencing contractor has been engaged and is expected to start installation in October. The fence will enclose the entire park area, making it safer for families.
Judbury Park fencing project Project completed.
Cygnet Cenotaph renewal The Cygnet Cenotaph renewal project has been completed, addressing access issues and improving the overall aesthetics of the site.
Cygnet Recreation Ground carpark sealing Project completed.
Huon Valley Council media release

Geeveston sings the blues
Would you like to meet and connect with other local musicians who want to play the blues?
Blues open mic nights will be held on 28 September, 26 October and 30 November at Geeveston RSL on Memorial Drive from 7pm to 9pm.
Have a play around, have some fun while you’re jamming, try some new things.
You may even choose to get together with other musicians between sessions for additional jamming, and possibly decide to create a house band that can play regularly for locals… or even further afield.
The first session may be a bit of a muddle as everyone finds their groove, but it’s a free night and you’re sure to have a good
time regardless.
Bring your own instruments and sound system or choose to
go without.
The sessions will break during December and January, then pick up the pace again in 2022,
Covid willing.
And if you’re just someone who loves to listen to the Blues, come along and enjoy the atmosphere while you have a few drinks. There’s no cover charge. It’s one way you can support and encourage local emerging talent.
For more information, please email
Lightwood Bottom Blues Club

Join Channel family bike ride
The Kingborough Bicycle Users Group (KBUG) will stage a family-friendly ride from Margate to Coningham and back on Sunday 26 September. This is an opportunity to meet other local cyclists and chat about local cycling matters.
The ride is about 20km return, all on off-road paths and quiet roads, so it should be suitable for most bike riders, including older children. There are no major hills but there are a couple of short steep pinches at the Coningham end. The ride is likely to last for a couple of hours, and participants may wish to linger over coffee afterwards.
Participants will meet near the Dru Point kiosk at 9.45am for a 10am start. All are welcome, especially families. Bring a snack to nibble at Coningham.
KBUG exists to build a community of bike riders in the Kingborough area, to work towards improving conditions for cycling, and to promote bikes as
a means of transport for everyone, from school kids to commuters.
Part of that involves bringing bike riders together socially. Why not join in?
For more information on KBUG, visit
Peter Tuft

Middleton hosts dementia self care day
Dementia Friendly Tasmania will present Good Nutrition and Easy Exercise – A Self-care Wellbeing Day on Thursday 30 September from 10.30am until 2pm at Middleton Community Hall.
Come along to this free event to learn more about what’s good for you.
You can attend either or both sessions. A light lunch will be provided from 12pm to 1pm.
Dietitian Ngaire Hobbins is driven by a passion to ensure all people moving into and enjoying their senior years understand how different their nutrition needs are from those of younger adults.
This is vital knowledge because it can make the difference between frailty (physical and mental) and a long life of independence and vitality, not to mention relishing good food.
This talk is based on her latest book Brain Body Food – The Ultimate Guide to Thriving into Later Life and Reducing Dementia Risk, which presents the science of nutrition, ageing and brain health in the language of everyday people.
Ngaire presents a refreshing approach to eating and thriving into later life centred on enjoying delicious nourishing meals, drinks and snacks which boost vitality and independence.
Books will be available for sale on the day.
The afternoon session will be led by Sue Burgess, a qualified personal trainer, pilates instructor and group fitness instructor who recently ran a Strength 2 Strength chair-based exercise program for senior adults with chronic health conditions, funded by Primary Health Tasmania.
How can you include the recommended 30 minutes of enjoyable daily physical activity into your life? Whether you have a chronic illness or have never done exercise before, some helpful tips will introduce you to safe and achievable goals to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Even a slight increase in activity can make
a difference.
Participants can try out some easy exercises and hopefully you can start doing some of these at home. They will also receive some flash cards of the exercises, with cues on how to do the exercise safely and correctly.
RSVP by 27 September to with your name and any dietary requirements or call Di Carter on 0417 372 233.
This project is funded by a Kingborough Council Community Grant.
Di Carter, Vice-President
Dementia Friendly Tasmania

Wellbeing activities for dementia sufferers in Kingston
Two events will be run this month in Kingston as part of Dementia Friendly Tasmania’s Inclusive Wellbeing Initiative. The first,
a sing-along afternoon tea at the Timeless Way cafe in Channel Court, Kingston is a family event. It takes place Tuesday 21 September from 3pm to 5pm. Come along to hear Helen Lindsay and the Garden Gnomes.
Attendance is $10 per person, which includes a delicious afternoon tea (subsidised).
RSVP by 19 September to or call Di Carter on 0417 372 233.
The next day, a crafts and afternoon tea will be held at the Community Hall at 25 Redwood Road, Kingston on Wednesday 22 September from 2pm until 4pm. Come along and enjoy crafting with interesting materials. This is
a free event and open to everyone. Organisers hope grandparents will bring family and friends.
RSVP by 18 September to or call Kath Shearer on 0412 126 908.
Tasmania, alongside other states and territories is experiencing a significant increase in people living with dementia (11,500). Today across Australia 332,000 people are living with dementia. That numbers is expected to increase to almost 900,000 by 2050, unless a major medical breakthrough is made.
Dementia Friendly Tasmania Incorporated was established in 2016 by a passionate group of volunteers in Kingborough to raise awareness and understanding of dementia in the community.
The group’s purpose is to give people confidence in being able to support people living with dementia and treat them with kindness and consideration.
Funded by a Dementia Australia Community Engagement Program, Dementia Friendly Tasmania ran an Inclusive Wellbeing Initiative to assess what the community needs to support people living with dementia and their carers. Using a comprehensive survey and forums held in Kingston and Alonnah, the result of all this work is a positive messaging campaign. Look out for the A3 posters with the slogan “I do live with dementia” and videos about dementia on the Dementia Friendly Tasmania Facebook page.
Di Carter, Vice-President
Dementia Friendly Tasmania

Geeveston resident invested with OAM
Geeveston resident Robert Orr was invested with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Barbara Baker, at the investiture ceremony at Government House in Hobart last Thursday.
Mr Orr received an OAM for services to conservation and
the environment.
A landcare volunteer since 1996, Mr Orr has dedicated many years to cleaning up the Kermandie River, spending countless hours pulling out blackberries and willow branches to make way for
native vegetation.
Deputy mayor Sally Doyle attended the ceremony and acknowledged Mr Orr’s ongoing commitment to cleaning up the Kermandie River.
Huon Valley Council

Intergenerational Tea returns
eniors Week in Kingborough will be ushered in by a group of enthusiastic young people learning to cater and prepare afternoon tea for a large function.
Kingborough mayor Paula Wriedt said the Intergenerational Afternoon Tea event was an excellent way for budding young hospitality hosts to volunteer and learn new skills in their
school holidays.
“There is always a great range of delicious sweet and savoury treats on offer and the event provides a great training ground for the young students who learn how to host a professional function.
“Under the guiding supervision of a qualified chef and trainer, the young hosts gain valuable skills around planning, preparation and delivery of events.
“The event is being held just ahead of Seniors Week on Friday 8 October so that it coincides with the school holidays.
“We regularly have these afternoon teas, and both the young hosts and participating seniors love the interactions the
event provides.”
The event runs from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Twin Ovals Function Centre, Lightwood Crescent, Kingston.
The cost is $20 which includes afternoon tea, a drink and entertainment.
The event is a partnership between the council’s Youth Services and Positive Ageing programs.
Bookings are essential by phoning 6211 8170.
Kingborough Council
media release

Recycling unit installed at Civic Centre
A new recycling unit has been installed at the Kingborough Council Civic Centre.
The unit is available for people to drop off items that are difficult to recycle, and is accessible from 8.30am to 5pm.
“We accumulate so many items that are difficult to recycle, like batteries, light bulbs, x-rays and coffee pods,” said Kingborough mayor  Paula Wriedt.
“There is a real temptation for us to throw them in the bin, but they just end up in landfill, and if it’s a battery, it has chemicals which can eventually leach into our waterways.
“Kingborough Council is on a mission to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.
“To help us achieve this as a community, we have installed this great recycling unit here in the council civic building.
“The council has built a specially dedicated recycling unit, which will be permanently located inside the Civic Centre.
“You can keep all these items separate at home and then, when you have enough of them, pop down to the council building in Kingston and come and fill up our recycling unit.
“Don’t forget that on 4 October, the council is also introducing another waste-reduction mechanism in the form of FOGO.
“Our green waste service will transform into a FOGO service. FOGO stands for food organics and
garden organics.
“Approximately 60 % of the waste in our bins is made up of food scraps, which is fantastic if we can turn this waste into a usable product
like compost.
“Diverting organic waste from landfill also helps our community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
“In addition to your usual garden organics such as lawn clippings and small branches, you can put all food waste, including vegetable peelings, fruit, cooked food, leftovers, meat and bones, dairy and citrus into your FOGO bins.”
Kingborough Council media release

Trees vandalised at Sedgebrook Reserve
Kingborough Council and the Bonnet Hill Community Association recently collaborated on a native Tasmanian tree planting project at Sedgebrook Reserve. Ten trees
were planted.
Unfortunately, the majority have been poisoned and have died. 
This is an especially disappointing outcome as the trees planted were silver peppermints (Eucalyptus tenuiramis), a species that is representative of a threatened vegetation community found in the Bonnet Hill area.
The trees were grown in the council’s native nursery by volunteers and would have provided habitat for local wildlife, and eventually offered shade for park users.
If anyone notices any suspicious activity or suspects vandalism to trees, please report it to either the Tasmanian Police or to the council. Kingborough Council can be contacted on 6211 8200 or by email at
Kingborough Council

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