Huon Show on the up
Everything is ready for the Huon Agricultural Society’s 72nd Huon Show, to be held at Ranelagh Recreation Grounds on Saturday 17 November.
The Show Society has not changed the entry fee for a number of years. The society believes that the $25 family pass, with children under five free, makes the event family friendly and great value for money.
The gates will again have EFTPOS, which was successfully introduced last year. There is also an ATM at the ground.
Huon Show bucks trend
Some agricultural shows have had a hard time over the past few years and there is some gloom and doom in the sector, but not so at the Huon Show.
“We have a great real agricultural show and are in a great position,” said the Huon Agricultural Society (HAS) president Mark Jessop. “We continue
to attract support from our sponsors, exhibitors, stewards and the general public.
“Despite the growth in fairs, markets, events and venues in the Huon Valley, the Huon Show still has a very strong local following if the positive comments on the show’s social media pages are anything to go by.”
Mr Jessop puts the success of the Huon Show down to strong
local roots.
“It’s like a great big family get-together, with so many people sharing their childhood memories with their children when they come to the show.”
The Huon Show’s honorary secretary, Marion Woodward, has been in the role since the 1970s. She  said: “The society’s committee believes the Huon Show represents true agricultural values.  Exhibitors with an agricultural theme will always be accepted over a non-agricultural product.”
The official guests this year will be the family of the late Viv Bennett. Viv was a stalwart of the Huon Show and his presence will
be missed.
Animal attractions
The Huon Show is forever evolving and, while livestock numbers might not be what they were 30 years ago, the types of animals exhibited have certainly changed with the times.
In addition to cattle and sheep, the show has a strong field of dairy goats, alpacas and cavies.
This year the show also welcomes a display of miniature goats.
Attending the Huon Show for the first time will be Gomez and Friends. Gomez is a black red-tailed cockatoo, with macaws as his friends. Gomez will allow patrons to have their photograph taken with him as part of his interactive display.
The HAS is again grateful for the work of the Kingborough-Huon Rural Youth Club, who organise the much-loved dog high jump.  Rural Youth also organise the popular animal nursery and the ute competition.
All the fun of the fair
While there is always debate about sideshow alley, the Huon Show welcomes these attractions as part of the sound and movement of
a true country show.
“We know that sideshows and rides are not to everyone’s liking, but we believe it makes the Huon Show part of an inclusive event for all ages,” Mr Jessop said.
The homecrafts pavilion has been revamped to feature a larger exhibition area in a freshly painted pavilion. The Huon Valley has some great makers, bakers and preservers, and they will exhibit produce. The flower section and the schools’ section will also be well worth a visit. 
The HAS licensed refreshment booth up by the chopping and sawing arena will quench the thirst of show patrons on the day.  
A country show would not be right without a well-patronised dining area, which will again be run by the Huon Girl Guides, serving morning tea, lunch and
afternoon tea.
A wide and varied program of free entertainment will be available in the Tassal entertainment marquee, as well as around the showground.
It will be busy all day at the Ta Ann woodchopping area and the kennel section all day.
Standards high
The Huon Show continues to encourage competitive showing as a way of helping people improve their agricultural activities. To attract good exhibitors, the show also knows you need good judges so, as in other years, the society has funded a number of mainland judges, including:
Poultry and pigeons: Michael Holmes (Victoria).
Dairy goats: Paul Bayard (Victoria).
Alpacas: Amber O’Neil (New South Wales).
Cavies: Stephen Robson (Queensland).
Horses: Kerry Clarke (Victoria), Rozzie Ferguson-Pelley (United Kingdom) and Robert Clarke (Victoria).
Beef cattle: Jenene and Ben Olbrich (Tasmania).
Commercial cattle: C. Milner (Tasmania).
Stud sheep: M. Cornish (Tasmania).
Commercial lambs: D Cornish (Tasmania).
This year the society wanted to help potential show exhibitors by running a back-to-basics marquee in the central arena. This will focus on the finer points of judging animals, and other areas of showing and presenting items for judging.  Experts will be providing talks and hints throughout the day.
Online entries for the equestrian section will be available this year.
Mrs Woodward has reminded patrons that the Huon Show is
a smoke-free event. Dogs, unless competing in the dog high jump or in the kennel section, are not permitted on the showground. 
HAS membership is available for $25, which includes a family pass. Post your details, together with the amount, to PO Box 101, Huonville 7109.
“The show committee looks forward to your support on show day, along with fine weather,” said
Mrs Woodward.
Maureen Oates

New council confirmed
Kingborough voters have elected a new mayor, with Dean Winter gathering 9,013 votes to Richard Atkinson’s 5,540. Flora Fox and current mayor Steve Wass were excluded from the mayoral count.
Jo Westwood, who is new to the council, will be deputy mayor. She won 8,257 votes to Paula Wriedt’s 6,359. Sue Bastone and Paul Chatterton were excluded.
The following councillors have been returned to office: Steve Wass, Paula Wriedt, Richard Atkinson, Sue Bastone, Flora Fox, David Grace, and Dean Winter.
Along with Ms Westwood, Amanda Midgley and Christian Street will be new faces on the council.
The turnout in Kingborough was 57.65%, with 15,745 residents returning their ballot paper. Kingborough ranked 20th of Tasmania’s 28 municipalities for voter turnout, just below the state average of 58.73%.
The Classifieds

Bushfire help for Huon districts
Mountain River, Grove, Crabtree, Lucaston and Judbury are among 20 bushfire-prone Tasmanian communities gearing up to ensure they are bushfire ready under the Tasmania Fire Service’s Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods (BRN) program.
Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) director of
community fire safety Sandra Whight said, “The identified communities across the state were selected to be part of the award-winning community engagement program primarily due to their bushfire risk.
“Our community development team will work directly with these twenty communities for the next two years to understand their bushfire risk, work together to prepare for, and mitigate that risk, and build their capacity to respond and recover in the event of a bushfire in their area.
“This program really helps communities prepare. Independent research has found that households in communities that have already undertaken the program are significantly more prepared for the bushfire season.”
Community members will complete survival plans and engage in community development activities to build resilience and undertake mitigation.
“There is no single ‘silver bullet’ when it comes to bushfire mitigation in Tasmania,” said Ms Whight. The BRN program is a significant part of a suite of activities that can assist communities to be better prepared for bushfire.
The BRN program empowers individuals and communities to share the responsibility with fire agencies for being prepared for bushfire mitigation and response.
TFS will continue to work with the 38 communities across Tasmania which participated in the first two rounds of the program over the past five years.
Round two of the program reached more than 4,000 individuals through the delivery of 211 community development activities.
TFS media release

Sugar literacy for Cygnet kids
Cygnet Family Practice was recently invited by Cygnet Primary School volunteer Michael Garner to present an education session on reducing sugar in the diet of the students and their families.
Mr Garner sourced a community engagement grant from the Department of Education, which enabled Joe Williams, the practice’s registered nurse, to share his knowledge and passion on healthy eating. One of Joe’s suggestions was the simple and easy option of swapping soft drinks with drinks made from a soda stream. “This is easy to do at home, cheaper and uses much less sugar,” he said.
Kerrie Duggan

New playground for Snug
A new playground is being built in Snug, adjacent to the oval on Beach Road. A variety of new play elements are being installed such as a zipline, outdoor table tennis,
a climbing frame and spinner.
There will be outdoor instruments which young people can use to make music by the beach.
These include percussion sambas and an outdoor xylophone.
There will also be a nature play section, with rocks, sand and landscaping. An exercise station will be included for all ages to enjoy.
Kingborough Council

New facility for Snug
A significant building tender has been advertised for Snug Primary School. It is part of the biggest state investment in government school infrastructure in 20 years.
The $2.5 million project involves the construction of a new gym, which will also be used as a presentation and performance hall. It will be a universally accessible, multi-functional space, accommodating the whole school for assemblies and presentations, indoor sports activities and community events.
The new building will incorporate a multi-purpose learning area, toilet facilities and extensive storage spaces.
“Capital projects such as this help build Tasmania’s education future by ensuring schools, staff, students and the community are supported with high-quality learning facilities, while driving economic growth and creating jobs from planning to construction,” said minister for education Jeremy Rockliff.
Minister for education and
training media release

Twilight fun
Come and join the fun at Margate Primary School’s main event for 2018. The Margate Primary School Twilight Fair will take place on Friday 16 November from 4.30pm to 8pm.
Enjoy a variety of food and sweets, games and entertainment, face painting, a reptile display, jumping castles, and many stalls, including plants, pre-loved toys and books, homemade goodies and crafts, and much more.
Raffle tickets can be purchased online at or at the fair. There are some fantastic prizes on offer. Winners will be drawn at 7pm on the night.
Proceeds from this event will benefit school development and infrastructure, with all or part of the profits going towards meeting the school’s goal of resurfacing the school ball courts. Please visit for more information on this project.
Visit for more information about the Twilight Fair.
Kingborough Council

Art group nearing 50
In what he said was his final public duty as Kingborough mayor, Steve Wass officially opened the 47th annual exhibition of the Tasmanian Art Group on Saturday 3 November. The exhibition showcases the work of 21 artists, including many award-winners.
Mayor Wass said it was a pleasure to open the exhibition. He commented on the vibrant art scene in the Kingborough community and the wide range of creative activities and exhibitions held in the municipality, including the Bruny18 Art Prize. “More people in the community engage in art than in sport,” he said.
Mayor Wass congratulated the artists on their exhibition, and noted that several members of the group had recently won awards at the Artery Art on Show at the Royal Hobart Show.
Tasmanian Art Group president Carol Sheppard thanked Mayor Wass for his support for the group and the arts community in Kingborough over the years. “I would also like to thank Kingborough Council for their support in providing this venue and for their assistance in bringing this exhibition together,” she said.
The  Tasmanian Art Group’s inaugural meeting took place in 1970. Since then, the invitation-only group has aimed to maintain and improve its art practice and the standard of work exhibited.
There are currently 22 members who meet once a month to paint together, share ideas, encourage one another and share successes. “Being an artist can be
a solitary pastime so it is very special to belong to this group,” said
Ms Sheppard.
The 40 works in the exhibition include oils, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and other media. There are also unframed works on display. All the work is for sale.
The exhibition is at the Kingston Beach Art Hub and is open from 10am to 4pm daily until Sunday 11 November.
Lynne Brown

Healthy Valley, Happy Huon
A group of young adults joined the Backswing project in the Huon Valley in 2018 and took on the task of developing an awareness campaign for healthy waterways. Backswing is an Empowering YOUth Initiative provided by Colony 47 to southern Tasmania, funded by the Australian government. It is designed to provide out-of-work youth with real workplace skills and experience in project management.
After an extensive research period and idea development phase, the group decided to provide educational information to the community under the brand Riverside. The message the group wants to share is that everyone in the community can play a part in helping keep the Huon Valley’s waterways healthy. The tagline says it all: Healthy Valley, Happy Huon.
The panel
The Backswing team collaborated with an experienced and supportive panel. Amanda Blakney (manager of environment services at Huon Valley Council), Gina Clark (human resources coordinator at Huon Aquaculture), Depha Miedecke (senior manager for community engagement at TASSAL) and Adriana Taylor (Huon Valley Council commissioner) provided relevant feedback to the young team.
“As with previous Backswing projects, the panel was impressed by how young people approached the task in a pragmatic way,” said Backswing coach Dave Combes. The team came up with a range of ideas and also some hurdles, but in the end they decided to focus on an educational approach targeting our younger generation and to invest in our future.”
A free family day will give community members the opportunity to learn from Tony Conlan, a wildlife
educator, about why frogs are so important to our environment.
At the event, the Backswing team will provide fun activities for children and parents and inform visitors about how to help maintain healthy waterways. The event
will be held on Sunday 18 November, from 1pm to 4pm at the Calvert Park in Judbury.
Fun activities, epic giveaways, a free
barbecue and awesome prizes will make this a great event.
More information can be found at
Donovan Szypura

Disability network dinner invite
The Huon Disability Network (HDN) will host a free dinner for people living with a disability and their families on Friday 9 November. The subject for the dinner is ‘active citizenship’. We will  learn about how people with a disability can develop a voice in their community and how we can support people to self-advocate.
There will be presentations from Speak Out; HDN members, who will talk about their experience at the Speak Out conference “Right Time-Right Now; and various speakers highlighting programs which support self-advocacy from a young age. One of our members will talk about advocating for your child at school. We will also hear from council candidate Amanda Richter about her election campaign.
Local businesses, service providers, community leaders, people with disabilities and their families are invited to join us and find out more about how they can help  empower people with disabilities to become active citizens in
our community.
This dinner is free for people with a disability and their families. Service providers, businesses and other participants are asked to make a donation of $20 per person to help cover costs.
RSVP to  Children are welcome, but please let us know if you wish to bring your children.
The dinner will be at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre, Wilmot Road Huonville at 5.30pm for
a 6pm start.
This dinner is sponsored by Homelands Real Estate.
Stephen Jacques
The Huon Disability Network

Green waste views sought
Kingborough Waste Services (KWS) will be responsible for managing waste in Kingborough as part of a new service level agreement with Kingborough Council. KWS is now looking at the feasibility of a green waste kerbside collection service as identified in the council’s waste management strategy.
Feedback is sought from residents before a final
recommendation can be prepared and presented to the council. Options for the service have been identified, and the council requests feedback from residents via a simple survey regarding the cost and frequency of the proposed service.
The survey can be completed at Hard copies are available at the Kingborough Civic Centre and Barretta Waste
Management Facility.
Kingborough Council

Composting for beginners
Thinking about composting at home but not sure how to get started? Kingborough’s composting guru David Stephen will cover the basics of getting started, and teach you how to create rich compost to make your garden grow. Book in for this free event on Saturday 17 November from 3pm to 5pm.
You will learn the value of composting, setting up, managing and maintaining your new compost bin or worm farm, how to use compost products, as well as troubleshooting. Turn your kitchen and garden scraps into amazing food for your garden and soil. Please wear gardening shoes and clothes and bring 550 grams of your compost in
a plastic bag for analysis.
This event takes place at yspace at 98 Beach Road, Kingston.
Visit Eventbrite and search for ‘Composting for Beginners’
to book.
Kingborough Council

Channel Aboriginal heads to Canberra
A strong, proud and purposeful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Kingborough will head to Canberra to share her stories and sit down with women from all sides of politics at Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk National Summit later this month.
Sarah Wilcox, an Aboriginal woman from Lutruwita who lives in Snug, has generational ties to the North East and North-West, including Cape Barren Island, and said she was interested in Straight Talk because she was passionate about communication and meaningful community engagement.
Held from Sunday 26 November to Thursday 29 November, the 2018 summit will see more than 70 women from around the country head to Canberra to learn about the political process and build on their skills to create positive change in their communities.
“I applied to Straight Talk as others in the community were not available to, and I want to share what I learn with them,” Ms Wilcox said. “So I’m doing this on their behalf.”
Ms Wilcox said that, while she had only recently found her Aboriginal identity, her membership on the Aboriginal Heritage Council of Tasmania had taught her about the importance of preserving culture.
“I didn’t know about my Aboriginal heritage until relatively late in life,” she said. “My grandfather was an elder. I never met him, but he was a well-respected leader.
“It is about how we preserve and protect our cultural heritage.
Our people suffered horrendous losses in Tasmania. We’ve had a lot taken from us; now we have to protect what we have left.”
Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke said the annual Straight Talk summit was always more than the sum of its parts for its many attendees, facilitators, guest speakers and trailblazers.
“This November, dozens of incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the country will again gather in our nation’s capital,” Dr Szoke said.
“Not only will they get to sit down with parliamentarians, establish ongoing relationships and develop more tools to engage with the political system, chances are the women will walk away with something far more powerful - a greater voice in the decisions that affect their lives.”
The women will attend the summit’s official opening ceremony at Parliament House, which will be co-hosted by foreign affairs minister Marise Payne, Labor senator and shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong, and Greens senator and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spokeswoman
Rachel Siewart.
Attendees will also take part in small group meetings with politicians at Parliament House, attend Question Time, take part in a senate role play and have the chance to hear from MP Linda Burney, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Senator Patrick Dodson and MP Ken Wyatt.
This year, participants will hear from Straight Talk trailblazers such as Karen Driver, the inaugural faculty fellow for inclusive excellence for Native American affairs at the College of St Scholastica in Minnesota, who was an appointee of then president Barack Obama as the specialist assistant to the president for Native American affairs.
Oxfam media release

Hobart opens its doors
On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November in Hobart, Open House invites you to be a tourist in your own city. Get out your camera and photograph the buildings and spaces you walk past every day; take a peek at how others live, work and play; and see how the city’s infrastructure works. Look up, look inside, climb a bell tower or descend into
a basement, and take in the incredible views from different vantage points around town.
Some buildings require registration to visit and are limited by capacity. In true Tassie style, it’s first in, best dressed. So be sure to reserve your place – visit and follow the links where required.
You won’t get to see all the buildings in this year’s program, but you can try. Join our mailing list to get the first word on all Open House Hobart news.
While you make your way around the city, please share your snaps with the world by using the hashtag #oh_hobart and you’ll go into the running to win some great Tasmanian loot.
To get the most out of Open House, we recommend you visit
a variety of buildings. That way you can get a broader picture of how the city works. Try visiting a suburb
you rarely go to or a building you find ugly; maybe your impression will change by learning more about it; maybe it will just reinforce what you already think. Either way, Open House Hobart will help you understand how the city has been shaped and re-shaped over the past 200 years – and perhaps even get an insight into what lies ahead in the future.
For the full program, visit
Selected highlights
Avalon Theatre
The Tasmanian Temperance Alliance commissioned architect Robert Flack Ricards to design a Temperance Hall adjacent to the Wesleyan Chapel in 1889.
It served to provide alcohol-free entertainment as an alternative to hotels, and was a venue for magic lantern shows and live acts.
During the First World War, it was a place for entertaining troops and later became known as the Bijou Theatre. In 1932 the theatre was redecorated in the latest Art Deco interior as Hobart’s first ‘talking picture theatre’ and renamed the Avalon, featuring three shows daily intermission live acts, and occasional ‘movie balls’. As a picture theatre, the Avalon remained at the forefront of technology with Western mirrorphonic sound and Philips 70mm widescreen during the 1960s.
Closing in 1976, the Avalon was then used for 40 years as a retail store and marketplace. It has recently been rediscovered as a performance venue for Dark Mofo.
Address: 52 Melville Street,
Open: 1pm to 4pm, Saturday 10 November. Tours: 1.30 pm. Booking required for behind-the-scenes tour only.
Domain House
Domain House was a schoolhouse. It has stood the test of time, with several incarnations as an educational institution, opening in 1850 as the High School of Hobart Town, becoming the University of Tasmania in 1892, and subsequently being used by a variety of Tasmanian educational institutions. It became known as Domain House in the 1970s, and was returned to the University of Tasmania in 2012.
Address: Queen’s Domain,
Open: 10am to 4pm, Sunday 11 November. Tours: 12pm, 1pm. Booking essential for tour only.
The Tasports Tower
The Tasports Tower was designed to oversee Hobart’s entire port and manage the arrival and departure of all ships. It is still used as the main observation point for all under-bridge crossings and is the office/staff room for the
sea pilots.
Address: Hunter Street, Hobart
Open: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10 November; 10am to 4pm, Sunday 11 November. Bookings essential.
Tours: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm.
Bookings essential.
Open House Hobart

Blokes’ barbie with a mission
Hobart City Mission and Men’s Resources Tasmania invite everyone to their International Men’s Day fundraising event, the Blokes’ BBQ Breakfast, on Monday 19 November at the Goods Shed,
Macquarie Point.
The event aims to raise important awareness and funds for Hobart City Mission’s DIY Dads program and Men’s Resources Tasmania.
Tassie band Luca Brasi will perform a live acoustic set during the breakfast, and guest speaker, Tassie-born Ironman Champion Matt Bevilacqua, will share some of his story and moments of challenge and inspiration.
There will be plenty of breakfast on offer, including egg and bacon rolls, breakfast burritos, waffles and coffee, along with information from local service providers, a silent auction, and a chance to support blokes in your community.
“We’re thrilled with the support we have had from some high-profile local guests,” says John Stubley, Hobart City Mission CEO. “It is great to see the community’s support behind our DIY Dads program and Men’s Resources Tasmania.”
Men’s Resources Tasmania’s board president Jonathan Bedloe agrees. “International Men’s Day provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the good things about men, and to share issues that are important to men,” he said.
“At Men’s Resources Tasmania, we feel that men are often not included in conversations regarding their wellbeing or fatherhood, and this is reflected in a lack of targeted, male-friendly services, or male perspectives in some policy areas. We’re looking forward to talking to men and women on International Men’s Day about what’s needed for the wellbeing of men and boys in our community.”
Hobart City Mission’s DIY Dads program and Men’s Resources Tasmania receive no ongoing
government funding. Both organisations operate through the generosity of the community.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
Men’s Resources Tasmania is
a community-based, not-for-profit organisation supporting men and boys.
Hobart City Mission’s DIY Dads program provides eight self-contained units for single dads with either full or part-time care of their children, through a live-in life and parent skill training and support program.
Hobart City Mission media release

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