Gardeners dig deep for diggers
A backyard blitz is set to help war veterans unearth the secrets of growing success.
The blitz will turn a patch of largely neglected land into a community asset thanks in part to gardeners in the South Channel.
Last April, members of the South Channel Garden Club held a successful fundraiser, with proceeds  going to the Veterans Memorial Centre at Bridgewater.
The event, known as Channel Gardens, featured
a tour of five gardens, including an apple orchard, English-style gardens, and a garden at Woodbridge designed on the principles of self sufficiency with a large fruit and vegetable area and a poultry section.
More than 300 tickets were sold for the event, which raised $5,500.
Now the money is being used by the veterans, some of them suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to build a garden area behind the
centre’s headquarters.
The veterans are receiving advice and help from Tino Carnevale
from the ABC programme Gardening Australia, and Lieut-Colonel Alex Thompson, co-ordinator of Veterans Community Gardens Australia, which runs workshops in Hobart and elsewhere in Tasmania to help veterans combat the effects
of PTSD.
The Bridgewater garden will include a series of raised flower beds on a paved area which the vets will use for official functions such as Anzac Day; a vegetable garden; children’s play area; and an area for fruit trees.
On 12 November, the barrow brigade – veterans, Bridgewater residents and members of the South Channel Garden Club – will begin work to turn the idea into a reality and develop a low-maintenance garden with gravel pathways, underground reticulation and, in time,
a memorial wall in tribute to the role of servicemen in various theatres of war.
Lieut-Colonel Thompson said the garden was an exciting project with long-term benefits for veterans. He thanked members of the South Channel Garden Club for helping to expedite the work.
Peter Cundall, the long-time host of Gardening Australia, has often underlined the key role that gardening can play in helping veterans who suffer from PTSD and, together with Tino, has run workshops in a wide range of gardening skills.
Mary Walker, the president of South Channel Garden Club which celebrates its 50th year in 2019, said club members were happy to help the veterans.
The club was formed following the disastrous 1967 bushfires as a way of helping residents to re-build community spirit in the Channel area.
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Concert band revives awesome 80s
Do you remember the days of big hair, arcade games and neon-pink leg-warmers? On Saturday 4 November, the Huon Valley Concert Band will be presenting our annual gala concert live at the Cygnet Town Hall.  The theme this year is the Awesome 1980s, and we'll be presenting tunes from a huge range of musical styles to celebrate all that was bold and beautiful about the 1980s. 
It was the time of Hypercolor jumpers and mullet hairstyles, when 'greed was good' and a man of fashion wore a powder-blue suit, pink silk shirt and shoes with tassels. The Huon Valley Concert Band will capture the exciting sounds from this colourful era. From the Euro-pop sounds of A-Ha's Take on Me, to Ennio Morricone's hauntingly beautiful Gabriel's Oboe from the motion picture The Mission, you'll be transported back to those heady days.
Dominating the London and Broadway stages for the entire decade was the smash hit musical Les Miserables. The band will be playing a fantastic arrangement of Les Mis, featuring all the hit songs from this timeless musical. We'll also be playing a great version of that old tune As Time Goes By from the TV show of the same name, and much, much more.    
This exciting music from the 1980s will be supplemented by the big-band sounds of the Huon Valley Swing Band and the Cygnet Area Concert Band. The swing band will be playing a set of swinging hits from the big-band era of the 1930s and 1940s, and there will be plenty of room for dancing. The Cygnet Area Concert Band will be playing a short set which will showcase the many burgeoning musicians in and around the local community.
We hope you can join us in our 1980s celebration. A sumptuous afternoon tea will be provided, and the raffle prizes this year are the best ever.  Entry is $10 for general admission. Entry for under 12s is a gold-coin donation. Feel free to dress in awesome 80s style.
A prize will be awarded for the best costume.  See you there.
HVCB media release

Art sponsors sought
The year is rapidly drawing to
a close and with it the need for the newly elected committee of the Huon Art Exhibitions Group to start planning next March's Huon Art Awards. The annual award art exhibition is open to all Tasmanian artists, enabling them to receive recognition for their work, and is timed to coincide with the Cygnet Regatta and the Taste of the Huon, which draw visitors from interstate and overseas. Students are also invited to exhibit.
HAEG relies on the generosity of local sponsors to assist them in ensuring the awards' success.
If you would like to be involved, we would welcome any amount, from small donations to the full amount of the main awards. Major awards can be attributed, e.g. Johnson's Award for Watercolour. All sponsors have the opportunity to display their logo throughout the 16-day event in the Cygnet Town Hall. Logos also appear on all promotional material and on the HAEG website. If you would like further information please contact
The new committee are:
Chair – Jill Miller;
Vice chair – Sharyn Yelverton;
Secretary – Hermanus Mouthaan;
Treasurer – Anne leFevre;
Membership secretary – Sarah Nyberg;
General committee – Kevin Kucks, Paul Thomas, Alan Kemp, Jen Beith, Loretta Rigby
HAEG's gallery, the Lovett Gallery at the back of Cygnet Town Hall, where members display their work, is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 1pm.

Recycling bonanza at Barretta
Do you have any mobile phones, computers, paint tins or green waste to dispose of? The Barretta Waste Management Facility has introduced a number of recycling schemes, and invites you to come along to find out more during the Garage Sale Trail and free green waste weekend on Saturday 21 and Sunday
22 October.
Kingborough residents are invited to bring along green waste and garden clippings throughout the weekend free of charge, provided the load is less than five cubic metres.
The green waste collected from the weekend is chipped at Barretta and sent to Brighton where it is processed into compost.
This program is a great opportunity to remove green waste, which could become a fire hazard during the bushfire season. It’s never too early to start planning for the next season and clearing your property, however permits may be required for clearing vegetation so if you are in doubt, seek advice from the council.
The popular MobileMuster is at Barretta and is a free take-back service for unwanted mobile phones and accessories, making sure they do not end up in landfill. Barretta also hosts the TechCollect program, which is a free national recycling service for computers, computer accessories and TVs. Items which have re-sale potential will be refurbished and sold, with all other devices recycled and dismantled into their components.
Residents and trade painters are invited to dispose of waste paint and packaging at Barretta free of charge through the Paintback recycling scheme. Barretta is also hosting Tyrecycle, which is an initiative to recycle scrap tyres into alternate fuel and rubber crumb for the construction, manufacturing and automotive industries. The rubber waste material is initially processed in Brighton and then is sent to Tyrecycle Melbourne, where it is either supplied as alternative fuel or turned into granules or powders for reuse.
Kingborough Waste Services manager Stuart Baldwin invites the community to come along and learn more about the recycling schemes at Barretta and to take part in an exciting new initiative being offered on Saturday.
“We are offering Upcycling Workshops, where people can learn how to convert trash into treasure,” he said. “We have also organised a range of stalls with local artists who specialise in transforming discarded materials into art. We will also have a sausage sizzle for guests to enjoy.”
The free disposal weekends are very busy and staff appreciate the patience of all visitors to the facility while they direct you around the site.
For more information on the Barretta free green waste weekend and recycling initiatives, contact Kingborough Waste Services on 6267 2337.
Kingborough Council media release

Bioblitz at Browns River
This year’s Extinction Matters BioBlitz is taking place on 3 and 4 November at Browns River Estuary, Kingston Beach.
The Bookend Trust has developed this year’s initiative in partnership with Kingborough Council.
A bioblitz is a festival of science in nature –
an effort by the community, working with scientists and naturalists, to discover and record as many living things as possible within each site for
a set period (30 hours in this case). We’ll obtain new information for each site, while sharing the joy of science in general and the discovery of our local biodiversity in particular.
You can visit stalls with information on plant and animal species from the site, and participate in surveys throughout the 30-hour period, to help find as many species as we can. Join experts for a dawn bird survey; see what you can spot during surveys for species such as orchids, mosses, and beetles through the day; help set camera traps to be checked the following morning, and choose various bat, owl and moth activities through the night.
Sign-up to iNaturalist, download the iNaturalist app and register as an observer on the project to record your discoveries.
Book into your favourite surveys now (via  the ‘register’ link on the Bioblitz Eventbrite page) but remember there are also plenty more activities still to come on the program over the next week or so.
Surveys on Friday morning are for school students and not available through EventBrite,
but from mid afternoon, all activities will be available for everyone, young and old, running into night-time surveys for species such as moths and bats, through to dawn bird surveys the following day and plenty more until 4pm in the afternoon. Surveys can be booked through EventBrite or by phone to Kingborough Council (see below).
Everyone is welcome – from curious members of the public to expert scientists – so come and contribute to this community effort. Spare an hour at one of the events, or jump in boots and all.
For updates, follow the Extinction Matters BioBlitzes Facebook page.
If you experience difficulties booking on EventBrite, call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
Important information for those booking an activity
We want everyone to have a safe, comfortable and inspiring time during all the surveys and activities, so please take note of any clothing or equipment you should bring to an activity. Once you book into an activity you will receive information on what to bring. We recommend everyone wear sturdy footwear and bring clothing to suit changing weather conditions.
We are excited to be promoting a child-friendly event, but all children must be accompanied by a supervising adult and follow the instructions of the team leader at all times.
Please note, surveys will be undertaken in dog off-lead areas, but when on an activity participants are advised not to bring pet dogs or any other pet.
Frequently asked questions
I’ve booked into a survey, what happens next?
In the week leading up to BioBlitzes, detailed information will be emailed to all participants who have booked to attend a survey. On the day you will be attending the BioBlitz, please arrive at least ten minutes before the start of the activity to sign in at the allocated meeting point. Please allow plenty of time to get to the allocated meeting point.
What do I have to do to book into an activity?
Surveys can be booked through EventBrite. If you experience difficulties registering on EventBrite, you can call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
All participants need to sign in and out of the activity at the basecamp (or another allocated meeting point if specified by email) prior to participating in any surveys. See site maps for information on where each BioBlitz basecamp is.
Do I have to register for activities before the day?
We recommend participants register for surveys before the day to ensure they get a spot; however, there will be a range of additional activities at basecamp. Bookings are not required to take part in any of the activities at basecamp. At basecamp you can visit stalls, and may get the chance to see live animals and plants, help with identification, use microscopes and talk to local experts.
How do I get to the BioBlitz?
You can walk, cycle, drive or bus to Browns River Estuary. The site is about 200m away from the closest bus stop. There’ll be an area allocated for everyone to lock their bikes. Please note that Tyndall Road access to the car park is closed for the duration of the event.
Is there any parking?
Public parking is available in the local streets. Please respect local residents’ access and don’t block driveways.
Is there a charge for activities?
No, all activities are free.
How many surveys can I register for?
You can register for as many surveys as you like.
What if it’s wet, cold and windy?
The BioBlitz will go ahead as long as it’s safe to do so. Many surveys can go ahead when weather conditions are not favourable. If the BioBlitz cannot go ahead, participants will be informed by email and via our Facebook page.
What facilities are there?
There are toilets and drinking water available at the site. Barbeque food and soft drinks will be available from the local Sea Scouts on Saturday. Hot drinks will be available on the Friday evening. BYO food welcome.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For questions, or if you experience difficulties booking on EventBrite, you can call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
What if I cannot make an activity I booked into?
If you are no longer able to attend an activity or you made a mistake, please follow the EventBrite prompts to cancel your ticket. If you have any issues please email or call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
Extinction Matters/
Kingborough Council

Pies and Roos to clash in Kingston
Kingston’s Twin Ovals are set to draw unprecedented crowds when Collingwood meet North Melbourne in a pre-season fixture in February next year. The Blundstone Arena is unavailable due to cricket commitments, and the Kingston venue is set to step in and host its first AFL fixture.
It is likely the match will be during week two of the JLT series. The game will probably require additional infrastructure to be put in place, with interest expected to eclipse the previous top-billed event at the Twin Ovals when A-League teams Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers played a pre-season match, pulling in more than 5,000 spectators.
Kingborough Council has said that, in addition to the 500 parking spaces in and around the Kingborough Sports Centre precinct, the council will work with the AFL to prepare an event plan that will include strategies to address any further car parking required, including park and ride options and opening up areas for
temporary parking.
The fixture is part of North Melbourne’s relationship with Tasmania, which sees it play three home games in the state each season. This will be Collingwood’s second pre-season visit to Tasmania: the Pies previously met Hawthorn in Launceston in 2015.
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LINC literacy boost
26TEN is a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of literacy in the community. The 26 letters and 10 numbers give us the tools we need to function and thrive in modern life, whether it be balancing our bills, engaging with the online world or taking on further education and training for work.
Local events
Kingston LINC is hosting events aimed at raising awareness and attracting those in our community who would benefit from
literacy support.
The events planned are as follows.
Monday 23 October A pop-up stand will be located in Channel court to promote 26TEN and our local literacy services. Come and have a chat and find out what 26TEN is and what you can do to get back into study or learning.
Tuesday 24 October Kingston LINC will be hosting a learning celebration for those who have taken part in any of our learning programs here.
Wednesday 25 October
The LINC is running a special family Let’s Read Together storytime, from 11am to 12pm. An early learning educator will read a story and provide fun tips and tricks on how to read to your child in a way that encourages a love of reading and learning.
Kingston LINC

Asbestos alert
As part of National Asbestos Awareness Month, an awareness roadshow is set to tour Tasmania. The display will visit Huonville on Thursday 16 November and Kingston on Wednesday 15 November. The aim is to educate homeowners, renovators and tradies about the dangers of asbestos and how to manage
it safely.
Betty, a purpose-built mobile model house the size of a caravan, is Australia’s only community education tool which demonstrates the multiple locations where asbestos might be found in and around homes. Betty educates homeowners, renovators, tradies and property owners on how to manage and dispose of asbestos safely.
Australia was among the highest consumers of asbestos in the world and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can still be found in one third of Aussie homes built or renovated before 1987, including brick, weatherboard, fibro or clad homes.
It was also commonly used in
farm structures.
Asbestos was used everywhere in homes. It may be lurking under floor coverings, including carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles; behind wall and floor tiles; in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings and ceiling space (insulation). It may be found in eaves, garages, roofs, around hot water pipes, fences, home extensions, garages, outdoor toilets, backyard and farm structures, chook sheds and even dog kennels.
If sealed, in good condition and left undisturbed, asbestos is not considered dangerous. However, if it is disturbed and microscopic fibres become airborne or settle on clothing, equipment or machinery and can be inhaled, it can lead to incurable diseases, including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
John Jarratt, Ambassador for Asbestos Awareness said, “I think of Betty as a unique Aussie treasure. Wherever this little house goes, Betty educates communities about the ever-present danger of asbestos and what people need to do to manage it safely.
“Most Aussies believe that asbestos-related diseases are a thing of the past but they’re so wrong. Each week 13 Australians die of asbestos-related diseases – 12 from malignant mesothelioma. Another 13 are diagnosed with this incurable cancer that can develop 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos fibres, with the average survival time just ten to 12 months after diagnosis.”
With numbers predicted to rise in coming years because people either ignore the warnings or don’t know the risks or how to manage asbestos safely, homeowners, renovators, tradies and handymen play a risky game of ‘renovation roulette’ and put their lives and the lives of others, including their kids, at risk.
“Tradies are particularly at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres because they can come into contact with ACMs every day on the job,” says Jarratt. “So while some may have worked with asbestos in the past and ignored the warnings, I want to urge every tradie to take the warnings seriously because it’s not worth the risk.
“I lost my good mate, Harold Hopkins, to mesothelioma in 2011 because he’d inhaled deadly asbestos fibres when he was a young bloke working as an apprentice. In those days we didn’t know any better – we didn’t know the risks. Today we do know better and we do know the risks, so if you’re a homeowner, renovator, tradie or property manager, please take the warnings seriously and when it comes to asbestos, asbestos, go slow, because asbestos is a no go.”
Visit for information and useful, practical resources
The healthy house checklist
The Healthy House Checklist is designed to empower homeowners and renovators with a better understanding of the possible locations of asbestos-containing materials in homes and the knowledge they need to ensure it is managed safely.
The checklist provides a practical guide for homeowners, enabling them to conduct a simple step-by-step easy-to-follow visual inspection of their property.
The checklist includes product images and lists each possible location where asbestos-containing materials might be found both inside and outside homes. By following simple step-by-step instructions, in less than an hour homeowners can have a better understanding of the types of products that might be in their home and if they’re in need of maintenance, repair or removal.
Importantly, if planning any renovation or refurbishment to their property such as replacing floorcoverings, fencing or roofing, homeowners will know in advance if they need to engage a licenced asbestos assessor or removalist to ensure the work is done safely.
The checklist also enables homeowners to maintain a record of possible asbestos locations should work or renovations be anticipated in the future, and monitor asbestos-containing materials to ensure they remain sealed.
An app version of the Healthy House Checklist is being released during the 2017 Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign at the beginning of November.
For more information visit
Tradies checklist
Tradespersons are particularly at risk of exposure to asbestos because they can encounter it in their day-to-day work, and all too often they’ve come from a culture where asbestos risks have
been ignored.
The Residential Checklist for Tradies – A Tradespersons Guide to Asbestos Containing Materials
in Domestic Properties is a valuable tool for tradies. It increases their understanding of the various products they need to be wary of when working on residential properties to ensure they engage suitably qualified professionals to conduct asbestos-related work or remove asbestos-containing materials safely.
The checklist provides instructions on how to conduct a visual inspection only. Homeowners and tradies are encouraged to have an inspection conducted by a licenced asbestos assessor if they suspect asbestos-containing materials may be in need of repair or removal.
While tradies may have worked with asbestos in the past and ignored the warnings, they need to be aware that the more a person is exposed to fibres, the greater the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, so it’s vital they conduct visual inspections of properties to look for the potential dangers to ensure they’re managed safely.
Tradespersons can access 28 various Asbestos Awareness Checklist resources for domestic properties from including instructions on how to conduct a house check, and trade-specific checklists.
For more information visit
Asbestos Awareness media release

Calling Channel artists
There will be an exciting new
opportunity for artists and craftspeople to display and sell their works at the former Dick Smith shop in Channel Court from 1 to 3 December.
The shop will be divided into about 30 display booths. Artists are invited to hire a booth from which they, the creator, may sell their works direct to the public, without commission. Booths may be hired by individuals or groups of artists. The hire will be $100 per booth or $150 for
a large booth.
We welcome your original paintings, art photography, ceramics, fabric items, jewellery and paper art.
Paintings may be framed or mounted. Art cards are welcome.
There will also be limited space available for individual artists who do not have a booth to display two-dimensional items on a 20% commission basis. These works will incur a hanging fee of $25 for the first item and $10 for each subsequent item.
The event will open with an art and craft auction in the evening on Friday 1 December.
All proceeds of the auction will go to the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.
We welcome the donation of moderately sized items for the auction.
Artists and craft people are invited to register to hire a booth, or to display works on commission, by completing and returning the registration forms at the Channel Regional Arts Group’s website.
For further enquiries please call Lucas on 0400 876 635 (between 8am and 8pm only) or email him at
We recommend early registration for booths as we anticipate demand may exceed supply.
Exhibitors must be members of the Channel Regional Arts Group.
Childhood Cancer
Research Foundation

Nominate a local champion
The closing date is fast approaching for the Kingborough Awards nominations and the mayor of Kingborough encourages anyone who wants to see a local volunteer recognised to submit a nomination by
30 October.
Mayor Steve Wass said: “There are many people who go about their community work without thinking their role is greatly significant, or who are unaware of the positive impact they have on the lives of people who benefit from their efforts. We have so many dedicated individuals and community groups across our municipality, representing a wide range of interests – from sports, the arts, natural environment to community services.”
The awards are a way of honouring and celebrating the achievements of people and groups that contribute to the quality of life in Kingborough. Whether it is planting trees, working for the local sporting or youth group, or reaching out to new migrants or older residents of our community – there are many who deserve to be recognised and celebrated.
If you know any local champions, we hope you will consider nominating in one of the three categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (under 26 years) and Community Group of the Year.
Last year we received outstanding nominations and thank those who took the time to complete the forms. This is the most important step towards recognising our local heroes.
Nominations are now open and the online fillable form is available on the council’s website at or by calling the council’s community development officer on 6211 8200.
Kingborough Council
media release

LINC to literature and history
Local author Anne Blythe-Cooper will be speaking about her new historical novel The Shape of Water at Kingston LINC on Friday 20 October at 5pm. The Shape of Water was recently long-listed for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards for 2017.
The Shape of Water focuses on the life of Sophia Degraves, wife to Peter Degraves, the founder of Cascade Brewery and one of Tasmania’s most prominent early entrepreneurs. Sophia was 19 years old when she married Peter Degraves in 1809. He was imprisoned shortly afterwards, the same year Sophia lost her first child. Peter lives on in the edifices he created: Cascade Brewery, the Theatre Royal, and pipework from Mt Wellington. Sophia is much more elusive. She is the space between the stonework and the lies and the catalogue of dates.
Come and discover how Anne brings Sophia to life in her novel.
To make a booking for this exciting event call Kingston LINC on 6165 6208 or book online at EventBrite.
Kingston LINC

Microchipping reunites
Micro-chipping is the best way to identify a dog and enables councils to reunite owners with their pet if they have decided to go for a walk on their own.
Kingborough mayor Steve Wass is encouraging owners in Kingborough to microchip their pets and make sure their details are updated in the lead-up to summer. “There are many dogs in the municipality that have not yet been micro-chipped or their details have not been recorded with the council,” he said. “Micro-chipping is compulsory in Tasmania, and this simple act will help to send wandering pets home.”
The council will be writing to owners to remind them to microchip their dogs and hopes this will help owners avoid paying a fine.
Dog owners are also reminded that their dogs must be effectively controlled the whole time their pet is off the leash in designated dog exercise areas. Dogs must be in close proximity, in the sight of their owners at all times and respond immediately to their command.
Further information on responsible dog ownership in Kingborough can be found on the Council’s website. For information or to report any breaches of the Dog Control Act 2000, please contact customer services on 6211 8200.
Kingborough Council media release

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