THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Paving the way in Kingborough
The equivalent of over 430,000 single-use plastic bags will soon be recycled with other products to create a new road surface material that will be applied to roads in Kingborough, a first for Tasmania.
“We are proud to announce that Kingborough will be the first council in Tasmania to introduce specialised products that use a variety of recycled materials such as soft plastics, toner from used printer cartridges and reclaimed road millings that would normally be destined for landfill,” Cr Wass said.
“Council staff continue to demonstrate leadership in sustainability and using recycled materials in our road surfaces is just one of the creative ways the council is reducing its environmental footprint,” Cr Wass continued, “By having active partnerships with progressive and environmentally conscious local governments and suppliers, we can continue to set new benchmarks in repurposing and recycling waste materials into new streams of use.”
The new products will provide longer road life and durability, proving to be a more cost effective option for the council, and will be used on a variety of locations across Kingborough in the coming months. Their key benefits include energy savings and carbon
The Toner Pave product, which is made from the waste of recycled printer and toner cartridges, has been used on roads in central Kingston recently. The cartridges are shredded and the toner powder is further refined to make an additive that replaces approximately 10 per cent of the
Kingborough Council already recycles the road millings removed from road surfaces, and this trial will use surfaces removed from roads across Tasmania. The sand in pavement is substituted with recycled glass and new pellet technology has been able to combine toner and plastic to create a binder that goes into the finished asphalt.
Nominate someone worthy for council’s Australia Day Awards
Nominations are now open for the Huon Valley Council’s 2019 Australia Day Awards.
Huon Valley Commissioner Adriana Taylor says the awards provide the opportunity to nominate an individual or group who you think contributes greatly to the Huon Valley.
“I’m sure we all know of individuals and groups who have shown a great sense of community spirit, a willingness to give their time to benefit others, added to the community wellbeing or sporting life and helped make the Huon Valley a great place to live.
“Why not nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised for their dedication to supporting activities and life in the Valley?” Commissioner Taylor said.
Nominations are open in four categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event or Group of the Year, and Sport.
The community event or group of the year award recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Huon Valley community, while the sports award recognises those who participate, support, coach, promote or encourage others to participate.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year, Pam Lane, was recognised for her extensive community work including teaching at Huonville High School, establishing Coffee for a Cause and SOAR – Sisters on a Roll – as well as her supporting local students to travel abroad and experience humanitarian aid.
Nomination forms are available on the council website www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au or by contacting the council’s Customer Service Centre on 6264 0300. Forms can be returned to the Customer Service Centre, mailed to PO Box 210 Huonville or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations close on Tuesday 9 October 2018.
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Full steam ahead
Steam engines were meant to be owned by fanatics. They track them down, discover them neglected by others less visionary about their potential. They begin the slow and meticulous labour of restoring them to their former glory and make them not only look beautiful, but get them to a stage where all the working parts do what they were meant to do. Then they drive them. Anywhere – anywhere they will be appreciated for their former glory days, their shining, colourful exteriors and the hiss, rattle and clacketty-clack of their inter-meshing bits and pieces. At Steamfest at Sheffield in Tasmania’s north-west I have seen them produce and parade their steam engines for the last ten years. I’ve met a man who is convinced he was conceived on a steam engine – simply because his parents spent so much time on theirs. He told me his mother used to bake the family’s bread in the heat of the steam-producing fire-box. From the 1920s his dad worked on farms pulling machinery behind steam engines, in the days when they were workhorses, not show ponies, and as a small boy he would wait to hear his home-coming dad give a few tugs on the hooter. The lad would grab his bike and ride to meet him, and boy and bike would travel home on the huge machine. I’ve met a slightly built grandmother who drives her steam engine in the Grand Parade with the careless ease typical of the burly farm workers. If it’s a traction machine, she likes to have an offsider. But if she’s alone, she makes sure she’s got a good fire in the box before moving off, and says if you need to you just kick another log in from time to time.
Coming to a theatre near you
Steamfest at Sheffield will be celebrating its 25th year next March. Their beginnings were small and originated from a privately-owned, narrow-gauge railway and rolling stock that gave rise to occasional picnic days for the local community. Interested enthusiasts came on board. They discovered neglected steam engines in unlikely places, retrieved them and restored them. Common interests brought people together. The odd steam engine became a collection; a society was formed; the March long weekend became a three-day community event centred on steam engines but involving many other community activities (food, music, arts and crafts) and the tourism potential soon became evident. The potential for such an event in the south, with the perfect little railway journey already in place, spurred some of the Steamfest organisers to bring a steam festival to the south. At the Ida Bay Railway, Lune River, from Saturday, September 29 to Monday, October 1, you will be able to attend a rally and demonstration of some of Tasmania’s finest steam era machinery. You’ll be able to ride on the Ida Bay railway, a two-hour journey along the water’s edge and through bush plains, and one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia. There will be family entertainment, music, arts and crafts, kayaking, dancing, a bonfire and plenty of food and drink. For more details, phone 0405 305 437 or check out the website at www.idabayrailway.com.au/steamage2018. Just as Steamfest has been a huge success in the north-west, Steam Age will grow from this inaugural venture. So let’s kick another log into that firebox, and get going – full steam ahead!
Not last, and definitely not least
When the 2016 Channel Art Trail was held, Pam Adams’ studio was the first on the Trail. For a couple of days she welcomed dozens of visitors, and was delighted to showcase her work. This year Pam has chosen to exhibit and offer her work for sale with a group of women who meet regularly at West Winds to follow their individual creative pursuits. Pam is only one of several of these women who are award-winners in their field. A former geography teacher, Pam says this has given her an understanding and love of landscape, and she reflects the soft light and gentle colours of the landscape best in watercolour, her favourite medium. Another member, Jane Payne, has been thrilled to receive a number of awards, but says her greatest joy is in creating works pleasing to others. Her favourite medium is also watercolour, but when she’s after a special effect, Jane will use other media to achieve this. These two artists combine with others well-known to Channel art lovers. They include Roseann Johnstone, Rosie Ottevanger, Jenny McPherson and seven other women who work variously as fabric workers, card makers, sculptors, book makers and felters. West Winds Community Centre Art Lounge will be a hive of activity with each of them pursuing her favourite field, displaying recent creations and offering items for sale. So don’t miss the West Winds Art Trail sign. It’s next on the map after Ned Trewartha’s studio, and before you arrive at Sue and Ted Domeney’s dual exhibition.
Small farm planning program
Do you own a small property of up to 100 hectares? Do you want to improve your decision-making skills? Would you like to get the best out of your land?
NRM South is running a ‘Small Farm Planning Program’ in the Huon and Channel region between November and December 2018. A property management plan can help to sort through the decisions to create the property that you want. If you’ve just bought a small farm or have had it a while but don’t know where to start; need help prioritising a long list of jobs or wondering ‘how many animals can I have?’ or ‘how do I manage my weed problem?’, then consider a property management plan.
The program content will include:
• Five workshops delivered by experts on a range of subjects from grazing to weed control
• A wealth of information on land management with experts on-hand to bounce ideas off
• A workbook and group session support to develop individual property management plans
• Personalised property maps/aerial photographs
This program can help you to identify:
• Your property’s assets, land capability and management requirements
• Your property vision and goals relating to lifestyle, family, environmental and financial
• Your key resources and risks
• Your key priorities and how you are going to implement them
The program will comprise of five practical workshops held during weekends at participant properties. The workshops will take a practical, and where possible ‘hands-on’ approach, and will include
presentations from technical experts on a range of topics such as: soil health, grazing management, native vegetation, living with wildlife and weeds. Participants will develop a Property Management Plan with support and guidance from the project team.
The program will accommodate up to 15 properties and will provide opportunities for networking with other smallholding landowners from the region. Workshops will be held in the Huon and Channel region but are not restricted to Huon and Kingborough residents.
If you would like more information on the program, please contact Tim Ackroyd, NRM South Project Officer on 0400 047 665 or email email@example.com
All participants must complete an Expression of Interest form. The form can be completed online or downloaded from the NRM South website: www.nrmsouth.org.au. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 5pm, October 8th, 2018.
Fun run back on track
The May storms had a devastating effect on businesses, community members and also community clubs. The Rotary Club of Kingston had to postpone their annual Fun Run which is their major fund-raising event, where proceeds go to support community youth projects
Repairs have been completed to the Whitewater Creek track, and as a result the Rotary Club of Kingston will be holding their 16th Annual Fun Run on Sunday 23rd September. The Rotary Club is urging southern Tasmanians to lace up their running shoes and make it a family outing.
The 5 kilometre run or walk event will commence at 9am from the Kingborough Sports Centre and finish on Kingston Beach.
“We’d really encourage people to come down and get active at the community fun day on Sunday 23rd. There will be plenty of spot prizes on offer, including two bikes, one for a junior male and one for a junior female,” said race organiser, Rotarian Else Phillips.
It is a testament to the popularity of the Kingston Beach event, that runners such as Grant Page – who has won ten of the 15 events held, and is a multiple winner of other major Tasmanian Fun Runs, including the City to Casino – should repeatedly compete in our event.
Last year’s women’s section winner was local runner Miriem Daoui, who is also a multiple winner of other events including the last two years’ City to Casino Fun Runs. Kingston residents will often see Miriem pounding the pavement around Kingston Beach
The emphasis this year is on attracting a large number of kids to participate, with family members, or by making up a group from your friends or your sporting club. It is a good leadup to other Fun Runs such as the Point to Pinnacle/Pub.
Registrations are now open, so register soon. The Kingston Beach Fun Run and Walk has grown in popularity and to ensure safety the race organisers will limit the event to 800 registrations.
Pre race day registrations ($40 for adults, $15 for children, and $95 a family) can be completed online at www.kingstonbeachfunrun.com. Runners and walkers can collect their race numbers on the day from 7.30am onwards.
The money raised will support many local Rotary community youth projects.
For enquiries about the event see www.kingstonbeachfunrun.com, email to email@example.com or contact Malcolm Wells on 0418 120 436.
Recognise your local champions
Public recognition never crosses the minds of those who give generously to community groups and organisations; they give their time and energy selflessly and with little reward.
Kingborough Council is very aware of the important part these individuals, groups and clubs play in weaving a community together, improving the quality of life for people of all ages.
The Kingborough Awards honour the hard work of community volunteers, whether as individuals or as a group. Last year the Friends of Peter Murrell Reserves and Kingborough U3A were recognised for the difference these groups have made to create a sense of place and community, both for people and for Kingborough’s natural values.
The Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Steve Wass emphasises the importance of the awards, “We as the council can never overestimate the impact and value of community groups and the individuals who drive them,” he said. “These awards are a tangible way to express our thanks and gratitude for the immense amount of effort by people as individuals and groups for their continued contributions. From nature to culture, from sport to simple social interaction, clubs and organisations are integral to the lives of many residents – sometimes so integral that we can’t imagine a community without them.”
The council is now encouraging people to nominate individuals and community groups for the Kingborough Awards. The three categories, Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year aim to honour the best in our area for the difference being made. It’s often the quietest achievers who are honoured and the council relies on community knowledge to highlight these outstanding volunteers so we can recognise and thank our local champions.
To nominate please go to the council’s website www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/awards-ceremonies or contact the council’s Community Development Officer on 6211 8170 for more information. Nominations close at 5pm on Monday, 8 October 2018.
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