THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Cygnet's Lantern Parade is on
Cygnet Arts Council's decision not to organise a lantern parade in 2017 created a huge reaction in the local community. The first response from many was to ask what could be done to make this happen? Eventually, after some investigation, organisers met with representatives from the Port Cygnet Lion's Club. The result was public liability insurance provided by the Lions Club. This was the main hurdle, and it had been overcome!
Since then, with the help of many local individuals and organisations, there have been two lantern making workshops and the lantern parade will go ahead on Saturday 24 June. The parade will leave Cygnet Primary School at 6pm (assemble from 5.30pm), and will proceed along George Street to enter Loongana Park at the rear. There will then be live entertainment until 8pm, from Mears and McNamara, a performance from the children's yoga group, and a shadow puppet show. Soup and mulled apple juice will be provided by volunteers from the Cygnet Living History Museum and there will be fire pots dotted around the park. There will also be a light show by the museum projected onto screens.
Sincere thanks must go to the 20 plus locals who have volunteered to help on the night, to Cygnet Community Children's Centre, Amber Leighton and Homelands Property, Huon Valley Homes. Without all the help and goodwill from these and others, it could not go ahead.
All are welcome – in the parade, as spectators and in Loongana Park.
Blossoms in the Valley is back for 2017
Last year, Blossoms in the Valley, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Huon Valley, was created to celebrate and promote community activity around the annual blossoming of the many fruit trees in the Huon Valley and surrounding areas during October each year.
The public is invited to the launch of the Blossoms in the Valley festival for 2017. It will be held at the Huon Manor restaurant on Monday 3 July at 2.30pm. Please RSVP by Thursday 29 June by phoning 6264 1311 or emailing email@example.com.
Represent your community group or business
Come to the launch and network with others to share your ideas and help us celebrate Blossoms in the Valley this year by organising or participating in a themed blossom event or decorating your business.
Events can take any form and do not need to be to set criteria other than:
• Inviting community participation in your group or organisation
• Be blossom-themed
• Be registered with the Rotary Club of
Whilst the focus and theming is around blossoms, the aim of this initiative is to encourage a sense of local community, participation and collaboration.
Rotary Club of Huon Valley
Salvaged Art and climate change
Climate change is the focus of Kingborough’s biennial Salvaged Art Exhibition, which has now opened to all artists, hobbyists, young people, community groups and schools.
Entrants are encouraged to develop work which raises awareness on threats such as sea level rise, temperature increase, and fire and storm risk or address adaptation, mitigation, resilience and recovery. All artworks entered in the competition and exhibition should be made from recycled, re-purposed and reused materials and will need to incorporate the climate change theme.
In 2015, 108 inspiring entries were submitted and displayed at Kingston Beach Hall. Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass, was impressed by the works and looks forward to seeing what creative and innovative entries will be included this year. “Climate change is important to the council and it is great to see the arts program supporting and raising awareness of the risks and threats we face today,” he said.
This year, the categories and prizes available include:
• Open Award $700
• Amateur Artist Award $300
• 13 - 17 Years Award $150
• 6 - 12 Years Award $50
There are also two categories for schools with a prize of $250 in each of the following
• Most creative work addressing the theme
• Most creative climate change message
School entries are being asked to respond to theme of how climate change has been impacting on our oceans.
Entry forms are due by Friday, 18 August and completed artworks need to be delivered on Monday, 25 September. Entry form, times, dates and other details can be found at www.salvaged-art.weebly.com Contact the council’s Arts and Cultural Development Officer on 6211 8135 for further information.
Introducing the Cygnet Crooning Orchestra
Let us take you back to the days of yesteryear, when men would open the door for ladies and crooners ruled the melodious universe. When lyrics were more than just ‘get down on it’ and melodies were tunes you could whistle. A bunch of old fashioned Cygnet musicians have decided enough is enough. It’s time to get with the times, the old times, and in their never ending battle to hold back modernity, they offer an antidote to the hipsters of today – the hipsters of yesterday. They might be old. Some might even say decrepit, but they can still twiddle, fiddle, blow and croon in that old fashioned way.
Now, they have come together to present for your edification and entertainment, an afternoon’s showcase of classic songs from master songwriters of the 20th century, including the works of Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Henry Mancini, Hoagy Carmichael, and many others. The Cygnet Crooning Orchestra features the mercurial talents of Paul Martin, Ian and Jenni Cocking, Tony Morgan and Nic Meredith, all of whom have been playing for so many years, it’s probably not cool ‘daddy-o’ to talk about it, so we won’t mention it.
So this Sunday, June 25 from 2pm at the Cygnet RSL, we’ve
reserved a seat especially for you… at no extra charge, apart from the entry fee of $10. And for plastic seats, they are very comfortable… Hope to see you there.
Indoor market at Huon LINC
Huon LINC is holding an indoor market just for something fun. There will be original artworks, sculptures, jewellery, handmade items including toys, clothes and baby apparel along with other various items.
The market will be open from 10am to 1pm on Friday June 30. There’s something for everybody so call in and have a wander and browse. Huon LINC is located at 1 Skinner Drive, in Huonville.
Learning about the Huon Valley’s bats: new acoustic monitoring project
Citizen science is taking off at night in the Huon Valley, thanks to a new bat monitoring project being undertaken by members of the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Group.
Small and furry, bats – whose scientific name means “hand wing” – are the only mammals that can truly fly. But their nocturnal lifestyle and ability to hide during the day mean that bats are not well understood. There are more than 1,100 species worldwide, with at least eight species regularly inhabiting Tasmania. Until recently no one has been sure how many of these live in the Huon Valley.
Operated by enthusiastic volunteers who include landcare professionals, research scientists and teachers, the Roamers' management committee puts on projects such as tree planting, weeding, performance art, discovery days looking for fungi, and much more (see http://huonvalleyroamers.webs.com) to engage local residents of all ages.
After running two very popular bat awareness nights, featuring talks by Tasmanian bat guru, Dr Lisa Cawthen, to coincide with the annual Australasian bat month, the Roamers have come up with a project to monitor bats in local reserves and backyards in the Huon Valley as a way of allowing the community to participate and improve
With the generous financial assistance of the Huon Valley Council’s NRM Unit (NRM stands for Natural Resource Management), the project began in March 2017 with a training program in bat detection for the Roamers’ executive committee. Tasmanian bat expert Paul Gray, NRM coordinator from Sorell Council, led the training, which explained the workings of the Echo Meter Touch units purchased with the NRM grant.
When connected to an iPad or iPhone, the Echo Meters allow users to record and listen to bat calls in real-time and apply GPS tags to identify their exact location. Such technology is needed because most bat sounds are inaudible to human beings. Although bats aren’t blind, in order to whizz around hunting insects at night they rely on an echolocation navigation system that works like sonar. Essentially, a bat can work out how far away something is by how long it takes its sounds to bounce back.
The Echo Meters also allow users to identify bat species as each has a unique echolocation pattern, which can be verified with the records in the authoritative booklet, Tasmanian Bats and their Habitat – A Guide.
Astonishingly, the initial bat monitoring conducted by Roamers members Nepelle Crane, Ben Richardson and Michelle Storer detected seven of Tasmania’s bat species: the chocolate wattled bat, eastern falsistrelle, goulds wattled bat, lesser long-eared bat, large forest bat, little forest bat, and southern forest bat. The missing species are the Tasmanian long-eared bat (though previously recorded by Richardson on his bush property) and the elusive white-striped freetail bat.
Interestingly, the Roamers’ monitoring found bats to be most active at sunset, with significantly less activity as the night wore on.
When the warmer spring weather returns, and bats come out of their winter torpor, the Roamers will train its members in using the bat monitoring equipment. A roster will be developed for trained bat detectors, who will be able to borrow the equipment and make observations from the chosen survey sites.
The information collected by this project will be publicly available, and the Roamers hope that the work of volunteers will motivate local landowners to protect bat habitat such as old trees, while reducing predatory threats such as cats.
The Roamers’ bat project also complements other ongoing citizen science projects such as the NRM South and Tasmanian Land Conservancy’s current wildlife monitoring project in the Huon and Derwent valleys.
Already, we know that Tasmanian bats generally do not live in caves but prefer to roost in old tree hollows and sometimes within the attics and walls of rural buildings. They perform a valuable ecosystem function by controlling insect populations such as mosquitoes.
All of the Tasmanian bats are fully protected species and it is illegal to harm them in any way including catching them without a permit. The Roamers’ bat detection project will provide a non-intrusive way to learn about bats in our neighbourhood and help ensure they remain residents of the Huon Valley for future generations to enjoy.
Huon Valley Roamers
Help create Tasmania’s first bag library
Plastic Wise Taroona is a non-profit community organisation that runs small (or large!) projects aimed at reducing the amount of plastic going to landfill and our oceans. Their mission is to inspire and share information far and wide about how we can be a plastic wise community.
Plastic Wise Taroona is inviting the public to get involved in their first project – creating Tasmania’s first bag library. Bag libraries reduce the use of plastic bags by providing people with a free, fun, sustainable alternative – a bag made out of recycled materials, sewn by volunteers from the community.
Taroona is now part of a grassroots initiative gaining momentum around the world to reduce the use of plastic bags, one bag at a time.
If you would like to be involved, you can:
• Spread the word – Tell your friends. Like and follow the Plastic Wise Taroona Facebook page so that you receive updates about this project
• Donate material and thread – Rummage through the linen closets of everyone you know, or clean out op-shops for second-hand materials suitable for making bags (bags can be made out of anything – curtains, linen, pillowcases, t-shirts, trousers etc). There is a box at the Picnic Basket Cafe for
• Help make bags – Come along to the regular sewing bees at the Picnic Basket Cafe. No sewing skills required. People with a whole range of skills are needed to cut, sew, pin, iron and screen print. This project is not just about bags, but about getting together as a community to do something positive, create and learn from each other.
The first sewing bee and catch-up will be held on Monday 3 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at The Picnic Basket, 176 Channel Highway, Taroona.
Plastic Wise Taroona
myGov info session at Kingston LINC
Heard about myGov but not sure how to use it? Come along to this session to find out more!
The myGov system is a fast, simple way to access government services online with one username and password (e.g. Medicare, Australian Taxation Officer, Centrelink and Child Support).
This session, run by Department of Human Services staff, will show you the myGov system and give you the information you need to set up and use your own myGov account.
Please bring your medicare card and concession card if you have one, as well as a mobile phone or email account.
Please note date change to Friday 14 July at 10.30am. The session will run until 12pm, and will be held at Kingston LINC, 11 Hutchins Street, Kingston. Book your free place at eventbrite.com.au or phone 6165 6208.
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