Huon scores basketball court
Huon Valley Council has secured grant funding from the Department of State Growth’s Community Infrastructure Fund to construct a half-sized basketball court and playground next to the Huonville Skate Park.
Huon Valley commissioner Adriana Taylor says there are currently no publicly accessible outdoor basketball courts in the entire Huon Valley.
“The Huonville Recreation Ground is the ideal locality for a half-size basketball court, and locating the court next to the popular Huonville Skate Park will complement the site.
“The area has proven to be an important space for young people to have fun and test their skills whilst interacting with their peers in a place where they feel a sense of belonging. The area now acts as a hot spot for the council's youth services staff to connect with young people and it helps with identifying their needs and issues. Local police also use it as a means to engage with young people, working in close consultation with council staff.”
The council completed a major upgrade of the Huonville Skate Park in August 2016 using its own asset renewal funds. This transformed the space from a featureless area with several safety issues to a vibrant, challenging skate park, which has become a hive of activity.
Commissioner Taylor says facilities such as these provide many benefits.
“Basketball is a tremendous team sport which incorporates many key developmental skills including running, agility, balance, coordination, jumping, catching and throwing skills. By establishing fundamental movement and motor skills, children are setting a good foundation for being active for life. Taking steps to support young people to be healthy and active is critical for the prevention of health problems later in adulthood. The health and wellbeing of young people is critical to their futures and to the vitality of the Tasmanian community.”
Work will begin on the court in the coming months.
Huon Valley Council media release

Fun run draws families
The Rotary Club of Kingston is holding their 15th annual Kingston Beach Fun Run on Sunday 28 May and is urging Southern Tasmanians to lace up their running shoes and make it
a family outing.
The 5km run or walk event will start at 9am from the Kingborough Sports Centre and finish on Kingston Beach.
"We'd really encourage people to come down
and get active at this community fun day on Sunday 28 May,” said  Rotarian Else Phillips. “There will be plenty of prizes on offer, so get ready for some fun and fitness and take part in this great annual Kingborough run.”
It is a testament to the popularity of the Kingston Beach event that runners such as Grant Page, who has won nine of the 14 events held and is a multiple winner of other major Tasmanian fun runs, including the City to Casino, should repeatedly compete in our event. There are many younger runners coming through in the female section, including last year’s winner 16-year-old Ebony Webb.
The emphasis this year is to attract
a large number of kids to participate with family members. Last year Daniel Smee (third in the men's section) and daughter Ruby (second in the female section) finished just one minute apart. It will be interesting to see whether Ruby can pace it with her father this year, both being
a year older.
The Kingston Beach Fun Run and Walk has grown in popularity so to ensure safety the race organisers will limit the event to 800 registrations. To manage the registration limit, all runners and walkers must pre-register.
Pre-race day registrations ($30 for adults, $15 for children, and $75 a family) can be completed online at Runners and walkers can collect their race numbers on the day from 7.30am onwards.
The money raised will support many local community projects, including the recent upgrade of the Blackmans Bay Skate Park and disaster relief, as well as youth programs in Australia and overseas.
For enquiries about the event see, email or contact Else Phillips on 0408 416 375.
Mike Percey

Charity tea party raises roof
For over ten years, Cradoc BBQ shelter has been the venue for the Big Morning Tea, raising money for cancer research. With a cozy fire, lots of great food, tea and coffee, lucky door prizes, stalls and live music, the Cradoc Park Management Committee has managed to raise lots of dollars for a worthy cause.
The tables are weighed down with cakes, slices, pastries, sausage rolls, sandwiches and more to tempt the punter. The tea and coffee is always hot and the entertainment by local musicians is toe-tapping and fun. This year, Nic Meredith and Paul Martin will return to play old favourites, and may be joined by a couple of other locals as well.
The raffle prizes are all generously donated by local
businesses, and will be on display before the prizes are drawn.
However, if you can’t come along on the day, you can pre-order tickets for your workplace at $7 a head, and pick them up from 7.30am on the day.  For more information, please ring Vicki on 0437 077 063.
This year, the event will be held on Tuesday 23 May between 9am and noon. Entry is $10, and includes
a lucky door-prize ticket. If you would like to assist in any way with food or prizes please give Vicki a call – she will be very happy to hear from you. So come along and enjoy some lovely morning tea, good company and fine entertainment, and raise money for a good cause.
Fiona Meredith

Art Farm acquisitions announced
It has been a busy start to the annual Art Farm Birchs Bay sculpture trail with record numbers visiting since the new exhibition opened at Easter. The trail showcases 17 new sculptures with artists responding to the theme ‘warming to nature’. Now in its 12th year, the sculpture trail gives visitors a hearty walk through native pepper crops, heritage orchards and native forest while engaging with art.
One of the sponsors for this year's trail is Kingborough Council with the Kingborough Acquisition Award. Mayor Steve Wass presented the award to Ned Trewartha for his sculpture Currawong. Mr Trewartha is a local sculptor and boat builder and has been exhibiting on the trail since its inception. Art Farm combined forces with Five Bob Farm for the Farm Acquisiton Award which went to Mitch Evans for Spider and the Web. This acquisition will become part of the permanent collection at Art Farm.  More prizes will be announced at the closing event, Bonfire Night on 8 July.
At the moment you don’t have to walk far to experience some great local art at the farm. The Old Distillery Gallery is currently hosting Mosaic Menagerie, an exhibition by ceramic and glass mosaic artist, Wendy Edwards. The exhibition is open from Thursday to Sunday until 28 May. 
Abi Byrne

Top tips at the tip
Huon Valley Council’s Southbridge Waste Transfer Station is holding an open day on Saturday 20 May from 10am to 4pm.
Huon Valley commissioner Adriana Taylor encourages everyone to head along and grab a bargain at the stalls, or inside the
Re-Use Shop.
“While the open day is a great excuse to have some fun, there’s a serious message behind it,”
she says.
“Huon Valley Council processed 45,000m3 of waste in 2016.
To make it easier to picture, if all of that waste was put on the Huonville football oval it would cover the entire ground to a depth of 3m (your average house ceiling height is 2.4m).
“The aim of the Re-Use Shop since it opened in 2012 has been to ensure resource recovery and reduce the amount of material going to landfill. Everything going into landfill costs the community money. By reducing landfill we are not only saving residents the extra costs, we are all doing something positive for the planet.
“There are some wonderful groups such as funktionart and SCRAPTURE, who will be demonstrating how to upcycle materials they have grabbed from the rubbish piles to make art pieces, furniture or lamps.”
During the open day Huon Valley Council has agreed to accept up to 5m3 of green waste to Southbridge for no charge. So, clear up the property, grab a bite to eat from the sausage sizzle, learn how to make environmentally friendly art and grab a bargain from the shop between 10 am and 4pm.
And remember: every dollar spent in the Re-Use Shop reduces the cost of waste management for the council and its ratepayers.
Huon Valley Council media release

Bonnet Hill roadworks to protect cyclists
The state government will bring forward $1.385 million in funding in the coming 2017-18 budget to allow the completion of works on the Channel Highway at Bonnet Hill to provide edge widening for cyclists.
A popular cycling route near Hobart, this section of road has long been considered
a risk for cyclists, which is why the government has been progressively upgrading
a number of sites over the past two years.
The entire project will be completed by June 2018. Over the past two years, more than 3.1km of sealed shoulders on the uphill section have been completed. Work on the remaining sites identified will see another 1.4km of sealed shoulders added along the road.
Vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, who lack the protection offered by a motor vehicle, are a key focus of the government’s road safety strategy, Towards Zero, which aims for zero deaths and serious injuries on Tasmania’s roads.
“Improved infrastructure – such as wider, sealed road shoulders – make a real difference in lowering the risk to cyclists of a collision with a motor vehicle,” said infrastructure minister Rene Hidding.
“While the works are creating a safer cycling experience around Bonnet Hill, they are also improving traffic flow on the road and reducing crash risk for all road users.”
Minister for infrastructure media release

Picking low-hanging fruit
Kingborough’s Low Hanging Fruit project was a cause for celebration at the Kingston
LINC recently.
The popular expression ‘low-hanging fruit’ comes from
a reference to fruit-bearing trees with branches low enough for fruit to be reached without too much effort. In place making, the expression generally means selecting spaces where a small amount of effort and resources can make a big difference in creating more people-friendly spaces within the community.
This event at the LINC celebrated the completion of three projects which bring the outdoor space around the LINC building to life.
A Protect our Swifty mural was installed on the Hutchins Road side of the LINC building in March. Local artist Fran Parker worked with young people across Kingborough to create beautiful panels that raise awareness about our critically endangered swift parrot. The project was completed by members of the community and local schools and shows images of the swift parrot, their young, migration patterns and their different needs while in Kingborough, such as food (blue gum and black gum blossom), habitat, nesting and safety from predators. Bunnings Warehouse Kingston donated materials and installed the artworks.
Artist Deborah Wace worked tirelessly painting the Children’s Silhouette Mural on the car park side of the LINC, and has brought each silhouette to life with a unique and playful image. Children were asked to pose along the wall while their outline was made in chalk or water. Deborah then enlivened each child’s image with individual paintings within the silhouette, capturing the fun and frivolity of the sessions, as well as invigorating a plain wall. More than 40 children participated and will be part of the wall for years to come, celebrating their connection with the library. This project was supported by the Lions Club of Kingborough.
New book benches were made possible through a Kingborough Council Community Grant. Artists and illustrators Sonia Strong and Jane Burrell worked alongside members of the Channel Men’s Shed to create two beautiful benches to inspire and promote a love of reading in young people and showcase Kingborough’s local authors and artists.
Kingborough’s first Low Hanging Fruit project was initiated in 2011 by Kingborough Council to upgrade the front of the Kingston LINC. The project involved young people working with a landscaper to develop practical skills in landscaping, urban design and furniture making. All the trees, landscaping, benches and picnic tables between the LINC and Channel Court are the result of that project.
Other Low Hanging Fruit projects include the welcome words mosaic tiles in front of the Civic Centre; the Whitewater Creek Mosaic Nature Trail and the totem poles at either end of the Whitewater Creek track.
Kingborough Council media release

Skate park just the start
The Rotary Club of Kingston is pleased to be involved with  Kingborough Council in creating
a communal space for youth and families. The stage 1 part of the project, which involved extending the skate park area to enable
a wider range of skill involvement, was opened on earlier this month. The display of skill from local bikers, scooters and skaters was breathtaking.  Many there enjoyed the food cooked by Rotarians.  President Annette had a go on
a scooter and encouraged adults to share in the bike, scooter or skateboard activities.  Mayor Steve Wass gave credit to the outstanding work by staff at Kingborough Council for developing the park in response to youth input. The Rotary Club of Kingston looks forward to a hands-on involvement with Kingborough Council to get stage 2 in place.
Rotary Club of Kingston

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