THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS


Local artist lights up valley ‘heart and soul’
Installation artist Darren Lindsell of Ripples Art Farm, Petcheys Bay, was recently joined on the banks of the Huon River by a small group of community members for the launch of his creative response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Lindsell unveiled a stunning handmade heart, stuffed with kindling and ready to become a fiery floating display of warmth and hope. After an unsuccessful attempt to light the heart on the river, which resulted in the structure tipping sideways, an undeterred Mr Lindsell, his wife Ruth and helpers drew the heart back to the boat ramp for a semi-submerged ignition.
Taking place on 21 June during winter solstice, the installation symbolised a turning point in the COVID-19 crisis for our community. Physical distancing was observed by all as they watched the burning heart, together reflecting on the community spirit which is helping us through this difficult time.
Speaking about the project, Mr Lindsell said, “I love the Huon Valley. I think it’s an awesome place to live and to be a part of the HEARTFELT [community recovery] project, and to say ‘Hey look, we’re going to get through this. Here’s something big and bright and happy. It will get better and better’.”
The installation acknowledged and celebrated the Huon River as the heart and soul of the Valley, linking our communities and landscapes together as one.
The event was supported through the Huon Valley Council Stronger Together Quick Response Grants program.
Huon Valley Council

Huon Valley Council delivers 2020/21 budget
At the 24 June council meeting, Huon Valley Council delivered the budget for the 2020/21 financial year. The budget provides immediate crisis relief for residents and supports a strong road to recovery.
Huon Valley Council mayor, Bec Enders, praised the work of council staff for the careful work they have put in to this year’s budget preparations, which were strongly shaped by the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19.
“Significant changes to the budget were due to the broad social and economic impacts of the pandemic, government advice and directions, centre and program closures, policy decisions by the council, and the likely loss of dividends from TasWater,” said Cr Enders.
“However, the Huon Valley Council has met these challenges with a solid budget that will see the council still deliver community services and support as well as an economic stimulus for local businesses, while remaining sustainable into the future.”
As a result of these changes, an operating deficit of $432,000 is forecast.
The council is committed to softening the blow of the pandemic for our communities, and the 2020/21 budget delivers a number of assistance measures.
The budget includes:
• 0% general rate increase;
• $250,000 program of savings;
• $6,293,000 capital works program, with a focus on asset renewal;
• $260,000 community recovery package.
The council’s Financial Hardship and Payment Assistance Policy supports residents who are struggling to meet their financial commitments to the council.
A link to the 24 June council meeting live stream recording is available at www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au and on the council’s Facebook page.
The budget document is available on the council’s website at www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au, and at the Customer Service Centre at 40 Main Street, Huonville.
Huon Valley Council

Vision to transform Kingston unveiled
Plans are in place to transform Kingston from a town that has been called “unattractive, sterile, dependable and disconnected” to a place that attracts investment, is self-sufficient, walkable and green.
Kingborough Council hopes to transform the Channel Highway in central Kingston from its current state of high-volume traffic to a ‘passive’, people-centric, low-volume street, which would function as Kingston’s main street.
There are plans to develop a ‘civic spine’ between Channel Highway and John Street.
The council also hopes to create areas of intimate, people-friendly lanes, however this is likely to be a longer-term objective given the existing built infrastructure.
The final main objective is to improve the walking links to public transport nodes.
Further planning will be required to facilitate the infrastructure investment priorities. Detailed movement studies will need to be undertaken to determine:
Whether the Channel Highway can sustain itself as a one-way street or car-free pedestrian and bus-only mall in the long term;
Alternative routes for vehicle movement around central Kingston;
The suitability of a suggested speed of 30kph on the Channel Highway and Hutchins Street;
The types of intersections and crossings in central Kingston;
Park-and-ride location outside central Kingston to reduce vehicle traffic through the centre and free up parking spaces for those visiting central Kingston for work, shopping or entertainment.
Today the Channel Highway is known as a drive-through road with disconnected retail edges, dominated by driveways into standalone retail. This project will transform the road into a main street, a place to come to, not just drive through.
Key actions
Relocate existing bus stops and provide covered seating and amenities within Pardalote Parade;
Reduce and slow down private vehicles by reducing carriageway width;
Replace roundabout with an intersection and signals at John Street;
Enforce 30kph limit on the Channel Highway;
Improve pedestrian experience by widening footpaths, planting canopy trees and adding street furniture;
Design street cross section to provide separated walking and cycling paths;
Develop a detailed design to consider how to deliver low-cost, temporary road closures for special events;
Identify pick-up/drop-off locations for disabled-access car parking and car share spaces.
The full report can be accessed at page 62 of the council’s 11 May meeting agenda on Kingborough Council’s website.
Dean Winter,
Kingborough mayor/
Extracts from Placescore report

Huonville stormwater upgrade project successfully diverts first downpour
Huonville’s newly upgraded stormwater drainage system handled this week’s heavy rain beautifully.
Now in its final stages, the stormwater upgrade project has increased the capacity of Huonville’s stormwater network, which means it can handle extra flows during high rain events, providing protection for low-lying areas.
The project has been a major undertaking for the council, and we are delighted to see it working so well.
Huon Valley Council

Clay therapy
Kingborough Council is offering the chance to learn basic clay hand-building techniques with ceramicist Joanna Lawton. 
No prior experience is necessary. Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 8 July from 10.30am to 1pm at the KIN Creative Space
at Kingston Beach Hall. This is a free four-week introduction, although some material costs and firing costs may apply.
Spaces are very limited and preference will be given to Kingborough residents.
Email eventsinfo@kingborough.tas.gov.au to book.
Kingborough Council

Activities to ease you out of isolation
Kingborough Council has launched the CARE (Connect And Reengage Easily) initiative –
a monthly program of inventive small-group
activities delivered in a safe
environment.
There are workshops for young people, including polymer clay jewellery making, barista and training on the responsible serving of alcohol. Workshops for seniors include armchair yoga and a tea-tasting with the mayor. There are also workshops for all creatives, such as fabric mache bowls and clay therapy.
Most of the workshops are free, however bookings are essential so infection control measures can be implemented effectively.
For more information, contact the council’s community services coordinator on 6211 8200 or kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au or visit
www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/kingborough/community-services/care.
Kingborough Council

Huntingfield petition presented to government
Community members have petitioned the state government through the Legislative Council over the proposed Huntingfield housing development. They are backed by independent Nelson MLC Meg Webb, and are calling for a rethink of the density of the development, an extension of consultation timeframes, and investments in local infrastructure, which they say is already stretched. The e-petition closed on June 24 and was presented to parliament on 25 June.
Principal petitioner Matt Jones, spokesperson for Residents of Huntingfield and Beyond, said that infrastructure like roads, public transport, schools and medical services are already severely stressed and cannot accommodate such significant population growth without government action. Mr Jones noted that the impacts of inadequate infrastructure were already being felt well beyond Kingston.
“The scale of this subdivision has doubled to about 470 lots and it will be one of the densest developments in the state, all in a region already seriously stressed with traffic and other well-known and documented infrastructure inadequacies,” said Mr Jones. “Residents want the Huntingfield development density to align with existing housing in the area, with minimal multi-units permitted.”
Rosalie Maynard, president of the Blackmans Bay Community Association Inc., shares the concerns about the lack of adequate infrastructure and said, “Without a significant government commitment to investment in services and an overarching traffic management strategy, the impact of such a large subdivision will exacerbate existing congestion on the Channel Highway. This is a problem already, let alone with the addition of hundreds of extra cars daily.”
Ms Maynard also said the association is concerned that public consultation is happening online during Covid-19 restrictions, without opportunities for face-to-face, two-way community forums, and without public access to associated specialist reports (traffic and network impacts, ecological values, public transport, etc).
“Our association requests details of any consultation undertaken with the Parks and Wildlife Service as to how they intend to maintain the integrity of the adjacent Peter Murrell Reserve,” said Ms Maynard.
“The Howden community is very concerned about the negative impacts such intense over-development of this land will have on access and congestion on the Channel Highway and the Peter Murrell Reserve. There seems to be little concern about transport, infrastructure and amenity issues for the people who will live at Huntingfield and for everyone who lives south of there. The Huntingfield subdivision should be rethought before any sod is turned,” said Leslie Frost, president of the Howden Progress Association.
The Kingborough Ratepayers Association is concerned that ratepayers in Kingborough may be left to fund future infrastructure requirements that should rightly be the responsibility of the state government.
John McDonald, president of the Kingborough Ratepayers Association said: “In the short and long-term economic interests of all residents of the municipality, we urge the state government to provide immediate assurances that all necessary soft and hard infrastructure will be developed concurrently with construction of the residential component of
the project.”
The Huntingfield Draft Master Plan was released for public comment during coronavirus restrictions on 13 May and will close on 26 June (see huntingfield.mysocialpinpoint.com/huntingfield-master-plan).
It would be one of the largest and densest subdivisions in Tasmania.
It has provoked significant community interest. The rezoning that made way for the development proposal was not advertised for public comment, according to the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania (PMAT).
“Any proposed development by government must be publicly advertised with public consultation at both the rezone stage and the master-plan stage, otherwise the community is sidelined and so is the local council,” said Anne Harrison, state president of PMAT and Blackmans Bay resident. “With Huntingfield,
there was no consultation on the rezone decision and now
a compromised consultation during an unprecedented state of emergency and community lockdown.
The Huntingfield proposal goes against good strategic planning and is not consistent with PMAT’s key planning principles.”
PMAT media release


Tiny art, big ideas
Kingborough Council is seeking expressions of interest for an exhibition of matchbox-sized artwork to take place in late 2020.
Art may be any medium, but must be presented in a matchbox.
What big idea will you convey in your work? Will you explore climate change? Shine a light on mental illness? Showcase a hero or tackle a political issue? Contact cchoi@kingborough.tas.gov.au.
Kingborough Council


Avian artists wanted
Kingborough Community Hub will present The Overwintering Project: Kingborough in September 2020.
The Overwintering Project seeks to raise awareness for Australia’s migratory shorebirds and their habitat by inviting artists to help make
them visible.
The exhibition will include some 300 works which are part of
a traveling print portfolio representing shorebirds from around Australia. All works are print medium on paper and 28 x 28cm.
Artists may contribute to the print portfolio at www.theoverwinteringproject.com. Kingborough Council also invites artists to submit an expression of interest in any medium by emailing: cchoi@kingborough.tas.gov.au. These works may be selected to be shown as part of the exhibition. Works may be two or three-dimensional, but must be inspired by local migratory shorebirds. Documentation about the migratory shorebirds of Tasmania and their habitat will be shared with those who submit an expression of interest.
Migratory shorebirds are our most endangered group of birds.
Every year they migrate from the shores of Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds above the arctic circle in Siberia and Alaska. The remarkable annual circuit that they fly is called the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and it passes through 23 countries.
Kingborough Council

Cygnet Ex-Services and Citizens Club receives cash boost
Cygnet Ex-Services and Citizens Club has received a state government grant of $10,000.
“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the club has not been able to hold events such as Anzac Day, raffles and functions that are their usual key fundraising opportunities,” said the member for Franklin
Jacquie Petrusma.
“This has had a massive impact on the club and its ability to provide valuable assistance, support and advocacy for veterans and their families.
“I’m pleased that the Tasmanian government has been able to provide $10,000 to the Cygnet Ex-Services and Citizens Club during this difficult time so it can continue to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
In April, the state government announced a support program. Up to $500,000 was made available to eligible RSLs and ex-serving organisations to assist them to find financial stability during coronavirus restrictions.
Grants of up to $10,000 were available to eligible RSL sub-branches and ex-serving organisations
with grants of up to $25,000 available to help RSLs and other organisations provide a new service or program to meet identified needs caused by coronavirus restrictions.
Tasmania has more than 10,500 veterans and ex-serving personnel. Organisations like the RSL provide support and advocacy for veterans and their families.
“With many veterans and their families in vulnerable categories, the assistance, support and advocacy provided by Tasmania’s RSLs and ex-serving organisations has never been more important,” said Guy Barnett, minister for veterans’ affairs.
“The Tasmanian government is committed to helping veterans and ex-serving organisations impacted by trading and fundraising restrictions to maintain viability during the current circumstances.”
Applications for the grants closed on 31 May, however more information about community grants can be obtained from the Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation division at: csr@communities.tas.gov.au.
State government media release

Developing Tasmania’s screen stories
The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of the state’s cultural and creative industries.
As part of our $3.5 million Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have delivered $250,000 of new funding to assist screen practitioners develop new screen projects through Screen Tasmania.
This program will provide a much-needed economic injection into the industry, which has been heavily impacted by a global shutdown of screen productions.
The adaptation of an award-winning Tasmanian novel and the prequel of one of Australia’s most successful television series are among the 13 successful projects to benefit from the Tasmanian Government’s Additional Screen Development Round.
Flames, written by Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott (winner of the 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and the Premier’s Literary Prizes Margaret Scott Prize), will be developed into a six-part television series thanks to $20,000 in funding.
To be produced by Jungle Entertainment (A Moody Christmas, No Activity, Bad Mothers), Flames is a unique tale of love, grief and family, tracing a journey across Tasmania. Arnott will work as a consultant on the series.
Acclaimed Tasmanian producer and writer Posie Graeme-Evans, alongside a high-calibre creative team, has also received $20,000 to develop an exciting feature drama spin-off of McLeods Daughters.
As the creator of the original series, Posie Graeme-Evans will revisit and explore new stories of her beloved characters in McLeods of Drovers Run.
Although the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by our creative industries, it has also led to a period of intensive development for many Tasmanian screen makers. We are delighted to support many of them through our funding programs, creating opportunities and securing jobs.
The project teams will be ready to seek production finance and for cameras to roll as restrictions continue to lift.
For a full list of the successful applicants in the Additional Screen Development Round, go to www.screen.tas.gov.au
State government media release

Bike path upgraded
A path connecting Kingston and Huntingfield has been treated to a significant upgrade by Kingborough Council.
The upgraded path runs parallel with Algona Road from the end of Redwood Road, connecting
bike riders and pedestrians to the path to Kingston and to the underpass to Huntingfield.
Councillor Flora Fox, chair of the Kingborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, said the committee was delighted with the newly concreted and landscaped path.
“The track was clearly very well-used, and the committee congratulates the council for the upgrades,” said Cr Fox.
“Enthusiastic riders have rediscovered the route, which starts near the Antarctic Division, dives into a short tunnel under Algona Road, and emerges on the Coffee Creek Track. This path connects Kingston with two schools, residential and industrial areas in Huntingfield, and the Peter Murrell Reserve.
“During the pandemic, the community has become more aware of the social enjoyment and health benefits of bike riding and walking. As the restrictions ease, residents can continue to keep fit by riding to work, school and shops.
“Safe biking and walking tracks give people options and create a liveable, connected community.”
The committee looks forward to working on the next cycling improvement project, which is development of a comprehensive bike plan for Kingston, funded through the state government’s infrastructure package.
Kingborough Council media release

July vacation care program open for bookings
Huon Valley Council Children’s Services vacation care program for the July school holidays has been released.
The program is suitable for children aged from 5 to 12 years old.
Hours are from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Early morning care is available from 7.30am to 8am.
The location is Huon Valley Children’s Services, 91-93 Main Road, Huonville.
Bookings are essential. Please contact us on 6264 0333 to secure your place.
Due to COVID-19, no excursions will be held and instead have been replaced with a bunch of fun centre-based activities. Please pack a hat, change of clothing (for messy moments) and a jacket/coat.
• Monday 6 July: Stencilled pillow cover and silhouette bag – Design a stencil, print it on a cushion cover or silhouette bag.
• Tuesday 7 July: DIY moon lamp – Create your own moon lamp to light up your room.
• Wednesday 8 July: In-house movie and pizza lunch – Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie in our movie room. Popcorn and drinks provided.
• Thursday 9 July: Tinkering and creating – Build your own creation, take apart electronic equipment to see how it works.
• Friday 10 July: Flower making workshop and BBQ lunch – Explore and create different types of paper flowers.
• Monday 13 July: Games and smoothies galore – Participate in a range of indoor and outdoor experiences; board games, cricket on the oval and dodgeball in the scout hall.
• Tuesday 14 July: Stained glass windows and velvet art – Using bright colours, design stained glass windows and velvet art.
• Wednesday 15 July: Science science science – Hypothesise and experiment with circuits.
• Thursday 16 July: Jewellery making day and BBQ lunch – Design and create your own bracelet, headband or earrings.
• Friday 17 July: Terrific terrariums – Using succulents and natural materials, design a lovely terrarium to take home.
Huon Valley Council

Would you use a trail along the North West Bay River?
Kingborough Council has commissioned a feasibility study for a multi-use trail along the North West Bay River.
The council wants to know if you support this project and if you have any concerns or issues that we haven’t thought of. Let us know if you have suggestions on how we can address any of those concerns.
If you do support the trail, tell us how would you use it? Would you see it as a connection for social or work use? Or would it be for recreation – walking or biking or horse riding? How often would you use it?
There is no funding for this project, however, we continue to explore any state and federal grants that may be able to support it.
Visit Kingborough’s Our Say page to view the feasibility study and to comment on the online forum.
Note: Your personal details are not provided to Kingborough Council from the Our Say platform and are secure. They are only used to provide us with a picture of people who are responding to our forums such as age, gender and location.
https://oursay.org/kingborough-council/nwbr-trail
Kingborough Council

Learn the art of poi this school holidays
If you’re aged 12 to 17, there are still some spots left for a special school holidays poi workshop on 6 July. Make your own poi and learn the skill of twirling with Social Circus.
As a performance art, poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns.
Cost is $10, for ages 12 to 17 only. The workshop will be held from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, on Monday, 6 July at Kingston Beach Hall, 20 Beach Road, Kingston Beach.
Bookings and payments can be made via Kingborough Council’s Eventbrite page.
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 kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au.
Kingborough Council

Further COVID-19 restrictions eased
Tasmania has brought forward further easing of restrictions from noon Friday 26 June, enabling more people into businesses and more Tasmanians to enjoy the activities they love.
Tasmanians are to be congratulated on their continued efforts to keep one another safe, including maintaining high testing numbers to ensure detection of the virus in the community.
As of 24 June we remain at 39 days without an active case of coronavirus, and there have been 45,440 tests – with 656 tests
conducted yesterday.
The details of what Tasmanians can safely enjoy from noon Friday 26 June are outlined as follows:
• Gathering sizes will increase to a maximum of 500 (outdoor) and 250 (per undivided indoor space) across all premises. These limits include all people (including staff, spectators, volunteers);
• The maximum density limit will move from 4sqm to 2sqm. This will not apply to some settings as is currently the case (eg. transport and health facilities);
• Saunas, spa baths, flotation tanks and bath houses may reopen;
• Garage sales, car boot sales and second-hand goods sales can resume;
• Stadiums can reopen;
• Strip clubs and provision of services to a person by a sex worker, within the meaning of the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005
can resume;
• Casinos and gaming venues
can reopen;
• Markets and food vans at markets can resume;
• Food courts (now including dine in);
• Night clubs can reopen;
• Pools (indoor and outdoor) – maximum density limit, with a cap of 250 persons per single undivided space, including athletes and support staff. Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport applies;
• Outdoor community sport – maximum density limit, with a cap of 500 persons outdoors and 250 persons per single undivided space where indoor facilities also are in place, including athletes and support staff. Sporting activities can be undertaken based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport. This means:
– a return to full contact training
– return to full competition sport (contact and non-contact)
– use of change rooms and other shared facilities permitted but not encouraged
– for larger team sports, consider maintaining some small group separation at training
– non-essential social gatherings should be limited
• Indoor sport and recreation – maximum density limit, with a cap of 250 persons per single undivided space, including athletes and support staff. Sporting activities can be undertaken based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport. This means:
– a return to full contact training
– return to full competition sport (contact and non-contact)
– use of change rooms and other shared facilities permitted but not encouraged
– for larger team sports, consider maintaining some small group separation at training
– non-essential social gatherings should be limited
Sporting facilities, including gyms, must continue to have a staff member or other authorised person on the premises while open.
Patrons must be seated in premises where alcohol is sold, such as pubs, bars and nightclubs, meaning activities that are not seated (eg pool, dancing) are not permitted.
Further consideration will be given to premises that can seat over 1,000 people following national cabinet on Friday.
I have always said that when it comes to easing restrictions, we will take a responsible and sensible approach, to avoid a situation where we let our guard down too soon and compromise all the good work we have achieved in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government will continue to engage with our public health experts as we manage the coronavirus situation in our state.
While the virus is not eradicated, nor is there a vaccine, we have in place our four safeguards, which continue to be our best defence against the virus, and I ask Tasmanians not to become complacent.
Continue to maintain good hygiene – wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and keep an appropriate distance from people. Download the COVID-Safe App to assist public health officials with tracing efforts; ensure COVID-Safe plans are in place for business and organisations; and get tested if you have symptoms – even mild ones.
Importantly, 1.5m physical distancing where practicable continues.
Peter Gutwein, Premier
media release

Tasmanians urged to get their flu shots
The announcements around easing COVID-19 restrictions and our progress towards recovery are something all Tasmanians can be proud of. Tasmanians are to be congratulated on their continued efforts to keep one another safe, which continues to be this government’s top priority.
In our effort to ensure Tasmanians do not become complacent, it is timely to remind all Tasmanians that they can help keep themselves and others around them well this winter by having an influenza vaccination as an effective defence against the flu.
More than 200,000 Tasmanians have had their flu vaccine already, with only 158 confirmed cases reported so far this winter season. While this number is significantly lower than the same time last year, it is important that Tasmanians – especially those who are at risk of severe influenza or are within a vulnerable age or population group – receive their flu shot this year.
Flu vaccines are essential if you work in the healthcare or aged care sectors, are part of a vulnerable population group, or have contact with family or others in these settings.
A number of vulnerable age and population groups are eligible for the free influenza vaccine available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), including all children between six months and under the age of five, people aged 65 years and older, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as medically at-risk patients and pregnant women.
Tasmanians are able to access the influenza vaccine from GP clinics, authorised pharmacies and some council clinics, and all Tasmanians are encouraged to talk with their local health practitioner to discuss their health care needs.
The state government is committed to improving health outcomes for all Tasmanians, and continues to support our vaccination programs which play a vital preventative role.
State Government media release

Tree clearing
COVID-19 has presented an opportunity for residents to spend more time at home on their property, getting stuck into projects that have been previously put on hold.
Kingborough Council wants to remind people that if they are in doubt about whether they can lawfully remove trees on their property, the best thing to do is check with the council.
“We are reminding everyone that a permit from the council is usually required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation.  It is an offence to clear native vegetation without having sought an exemption,” Cr Winter said.
“The best thing to do is check first.  Give the council a call and have a chat to our team first so that you don’t run into problems later.”
Call the council on 6211 8200 for advice, or visit our website at
www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/fire where there is fact sheet on vegetation clearing.
Kingborough Council

Disclaimer: health and fitness column
In the health and fitness column by Darren Bennicke in last week’s Classifieds (25 June), it may have appeared that we suggested that Darren was providing medical advice. Darren gives fitness advice, not medical advice. We apologise to Darren and our readers for any misunderstanding this may
have caused.
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