THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Gypsy jazz at West Winds
What would it be like to be in the room with a young Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France? Most of us can only dream. I have been to cool Paris jazz clubs and I’ve seen a sublime Stephane Grappelli perform live a few years ago, well a few decades ago actually, and while we all know that age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm, wouldn’t it be a buzz to step back in time for a while to witness the vibrance of jazz in an earlier time with young
Django’s Tiger will be performing at West Winds Community Centre in Woodbridge on Sunday afternoon 21 October, and this collection of young musicians are a must see and hear for anyone who loves gypsy jazz or Manouche. They are brilliant. Let’s be clear, Django’s Tiger is not a ‘cover band’. They are immersed in the style and character of the music of Reinhardt and Grappelli, but they make it their own and enhance it with their own compositions that I suspect Django and Stephan would have happily played if they could have.
Django’s Tiger is usually a ﬁve piece band. Unfortunately we will be missing Felicity on guitar at West Winds, but the essence of the band is still great. Django’s Tiger formed in 2013 as a trio focusing on the Jazz Manouche swing music of Django Reinhardt, featuring Harry Edwards, Felicity Lovett (not playing at the upcoming concert), and Isaac Gee. In 2016 the ensemble expanded to form a quintet with the addition of vocalist Jane Morris and violinist Charlie McCarthy. The group performs regularly around the state, and features a repertoire of classic swing numbers, with the occasional waltz and ballad. There is always plenty of opportunity for a dance, and each concert features countless violin and guitar improvisations and interactions.
Charlie McCarthy has played every imaginable music style, from performing with the Perth Symphony Orchestra to the Nullarbor Mountain Boys. He is completely at home with his violin wherever he is and he is a perfect ﬁt for Django’s Tiger.
Isaac Gee is the double bassist of standout talent. Isaac was recently awarded the Hobart Jazz Club young performer’s award for 2018 and is a deﬁnite asset.
Jane Morris is a ﬂautist (or any instrument related to a ﬂute) and vocalist and her voice blends with the other instruments to perfection.
Harry Edwards is a talented guitarist committed to gypsy jazz and his European and USA study experience has enhanced his skills both as a guitarist and a composer.
So, put them all together and we have a remarkably talented and entertaining gypsy jazz band. They will be performing at West Winds Community Centre, 3528 Channel Highway, Woodbridge, on Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4.30pm. As usual there will be a bar open and some light refreshments available. Admission is $12.
After the Apology
Amnesty Southern Group, jointly with SETAC, will be screening the documentary After the Apology at 6pm on Saturday 27 October, in the multi-purpose room at the Cygnet Sports Centre, and we warmly invite you all to attend.
Rodney Dillon, a Melukerdee and Palawa Elder, Amnesty Australia Indigenous Rights adviser and a director of SETAC, will give the Welcome to Country and answer questions afterwards.
The film, written and directed by Larissa Behrendt, focuses on the terrible increase in numbers of Indigenous children taken from their families, and the lack of investment in early intervention to keep families together.
Four Aboriginal grannies, from ‘Grand-Mothers Against Removals’, challenge government policies, through their tireless advocacy, to bring their grand-kids home. Their grassroots actions underline the racism in the child protection systems and spearhead a national movement to curb the skyrocketing rates of child removal.
Another stolen generation.
Entry is by gold coin donation and refreshments will be served.
Huon Valley Council’s Garden Project
The Huon Valley Council hopes its latest education initiative will encourage residents to view their rubbish differently.
Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor says the Garden Project at the Southbridge Waste Transfer Station aims to teach residents their rubbish can be a resource rather than discarded waste.
“We have started constructing a vegetable garden entirely from re-used materials. Each component of the garden was previously discarded by residents at the waste transfer station.
“We have raised garden beds using discarded items such as old fridges and apple crates. The soil in the beds is composted green waste from the site.
“Once the project is fully operational, residents will be encouraged to donate their vegetable scraps to the garden. The scraps will either be fed to the resident chickens with the resulting waste composted or placed into the worm farm where they will be turned into valuable fertiliser for the garden.
“The entire garden is being planted with vegetables which we will donate to the Huonville Salvation Army for use in their soup kitchen or donations of food to the needy.
“We want to inspire people to find innovative ways of using the things they normally throw away and to demonstrate just how easy it can be to grow your own food.
“The benefits from a project like this are numerous. Every item which is re-used reduces the volume of waste which goes to landfill.
“The average bin contains in excess of 40% food waste, so if we can encourage people to turn that food into compost for their garden, the potential savings will be significant.
“Further, if you are growing your own vegetables, you produce significantly less waste. There is no packaging for the things you grow yourself and you only harvest what you need for a meal.
“If you think about the vegetables you buy from a supermarket, they are usually packaged in some way, you often have to buy more than you can easily use, and the carbon footprint associated with the growing and transport of the food is substantial.
“All of these waste and carbon emissions are removed in the context of the home garden and most importantly, the food tastes better.
“The next time you are at the Southbridge Waste Transfer Station, come and have a look at the garden,” Commissioner Taylor said.
Huon Valley Council
Hello and goodbye
Huon Valley Council is inviting all committee members and the general public to attend the Declaration of Office of the New Councillors, on Monday 5 November, at the Huonville Town Hall, from 6pm to 8pm.
This is the last opportunity to farewell Commissioner Adriana Taylor who finishes her appointment as HVC Commissioner.
The Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner Mr Andrew Hawkey will be in attendance.
Finger food, tea, coffee and juice will be provided.
This is a free event however numbers are restricted so RSVP is essential, with early bookings encouraged.
You can RSVP in person, at the council’s customer service counter, by phone on 6264 0300, or by email email@example.com.
Huon Valley Council
Climate change clowns in Cygnet
Crankit Theatre is a Tasmanian comedy theatre troupe that explores contemporary community issues. We are currently exploring, devising and creating work about climate change.
There will be a free performance of this current ‘work-in-progress’ on Sunday 21st October, 2.30pm, at the Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room.
The intention of this work is to stimulate a conversation around this huge issue, which often seems so overwhelming that it gets pushed under the carpet.
We are not trying to come up with answers but rather explore some of our own emotional responses. This process has developed into a series of clown-based characters, songs and other performance pieces that will be presented for the community at this ‘work-in-progress’ showing.Entry is free.
The performance is directed by Robin Davidson; the actors are Gai Anderson, Shelley Cusiter and Alkeiya Brown; and the musician is Theo Vandersman. A feedback conversation will be facilitated by Robin Davidson. We want to know what you think and feel. There will be an opportunity to share and discuss ideas together at the end of the performance with the actors.
For more information, check out Crankit Theatre on Facebook.
Supported by Cygnet Arts Council.
Car Boot Sale and Repair Café
On Saturday 20th October, the Waste-Free Community group is holding a Repair Café, alongside the Car Boot Sale held by Wombats Childcare Centre, at West Winds Community Centre
The new Waste-Free Community group, the West Winds’ Boomerang Bags group and the Community Shed are joining in the fun by hosting a Repair Café from 10am to 1pm. If you have something you would like some help with to repair, whether it is a favourite pair of jeans, a piece of furniture or something electrical, come along and we’ll do our best to help you fix it. We have many volunteers eager to share their skills with things like welding and chainsaw maintenance, darning, clothing repairs, woodwork, etc. If we can’t help you on the day, maybe we can ask around this amazing community and find someone who can! Funktionart will also be on site to upcycle unwanted and broken items into art. It will be a great event.
Wombats Childcare Centre is fundraising for some outdoor
playground equipment, so from 9am until 1pm they are holding a Car Boot Sale, cake stall and sausage sizzle. You can book a car boot or trestle site to sell off your unwanted goods, upcycled art, produce or other items. Contact West Winds on 6267 4713 for details and bookings.
The West Winds Op Shop will also be open, and you can always grab a bargain there! If you can’t get along to the event on 20th October, you can always drop in to the Op Shop on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am to 3pm.
It so happens that the national Garage Sale Trail is also on the weekend of 20 and 21 October, so if you make the trip to Woodbridge I’m sure you will find more than enough to keep you busy.
What a great way to support this community to reduce the amount of waste we produce by selling on what you no longer want, buying something second-hand or by coming along to see if you can fix or upcycle something that you were going to throw on the tip.
Cygnet U3A’s final lineup for 2018
Gypsies, justice and aviation
Cygnet U3A has a terrific lineup with our Smorgasbord of Talks for our members this term. Wednesdays, 10am, at the Life Centre, Mary Street, Cygnet, is the place to be for an intriguing variety
October 24 is when Basil Smith gives a talk titled ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves’, about the tinkers or travellers of the world. Basil spent many years living with these secret people. On October 31 is June Cunningham’s talk, ‘Music a Force for Justice’. From the musicians opposing wars to the protest movement of the 60’s, music has played an important role. On November 7, Corinne Coombs from Billy Hill Organics tells us about ‘How Ethical Food is Produced’. Zero waste is the future for our planet. On November 14, Louise Stewart gives us the history of one of the giants of the 19th Century, William Morris. Poet, novelist and translator, but also artist and designer. Finally, on November 21 we are delighted to welcome back Bob Wills with part 2 of ‘Aviation’. Bob has been a pilot and has many stories to tell us about flying, the aircrafts and most importantly, keeping us safe in the air.
On Thursdays, Cygnet U3A‘s Garden and Gourmet group has some wonderful gardens to visit this springtime.
On 18 October we visit Arcadia in Glendevie. The Doyles have created a unique garden by a lake of massed waterlilies and grassy walkways where birdlife abounds. There is also an extensive collection of machinery and even a replica settler’s cottage. There is a $6 charge to visit this garden. On 1 November we travel to Lesley Kirby’s garden in Huonville. She was the director of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Her own garden is loosely based on an English Country Garden, and quite spectacular. On 8 November we visit Tricia Combe’s garden in Woodstock, an eclectic mix of natives and exotics with many nooks and crannies filled with creative junk – art and birds are everywhere. On 15 November, Lesley Perkins offers her garden in Sandfly to explore. Situated in bushland on the North West Bay River, it is a blend of ornamental trees, shrubs, annuals and native plants. Finally, on 22 November, we visit Rosemary and Terry Bennett’s garden in Ranelagh, which features weeping cherries, apples and mulberry trees, plenty of roses and big trees as well.
Find all details of gardens and times, plus the full range of programs that Cygnet U3A offers, as well as membership information, at our website –
Turn your spare bedroom into a festival ticket
If you have a spare bedroom and are looking for a great experience, then read on.
The Cygnet Folk Festival gets underway again in early January and we need to find more billets for our performers. In return, you’ll get a free weekend pass to all performances and the opportunity to get to know some great
entertainers from all around Australia and the world.
Each year the Festival committee receives wonderful feedback from many of those who provided billets telling us how much they enjoyed having their performers stay with them. Often those who have provided a billet for the first time and had not attended the Festival in the past realise how much they enjoyed it and now look forward to it each year.
If you are in Cygnet or within 15 minutes driving distance then please register your interest in billeting now on our website at https://www.cygnetfolkfestival.org/get-involved/billet-hosts
Bruny Island Cat By-Law
Kingborough Council has resolved to create a Bruny Island Cat By-Law and will submit the Bruny Island Cat Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to the Director of Local Government for consideration.
If the RIS is approved, the Bruny Island Cat By-Law will be released to the community for feedback. Submissions will be considered by the council at a further meeting.
The By-Law aims to reduce the source of un-wanted and stray cats on Bruny Island; limit the impacts of domestic cats on wildlife, agriculture and human health; and ensure the protection of pet cats during ongoing cat control programs.
The By-Law proposes compulsory de-sexing and microchipping of domestic cats, along with limiting numbers per household, 24-hour containment and a prohibition on feeding stray or feral cats.
Updates and information will be available on the council’s website at www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/cats, as well as on social media and in local printed media.
Declaring dog areas
Kingborough Council is required to declare dog areas highlighted in the recently endorsed Dog Management Policy, pursuant to the Dog Control Act 2000.
Submissions in relation to the below notice may be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Kingborough Council, 15 Channel Highway, Kingston 7050 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and should be received no later than 5pm, on Friday 2 November 2018.
Public Notice – Intention to Declare Areas (Dog Control Act 2000)
Pursuant to Section 24 of the Dog Control Act 2000 (the Act), notice is given of Kingborough Council’s intent to declare the following areas in accordance with the provisions of the Act:
Off-lead Dog Exercise Areas pursuant to Section 20 of the Act:
• Taroona Apex Park
• Taroona Beach (East of the boat ramp)
• Northern end of Kingston/Tyndall Beach (sand only)
• Flowerpot Point Reserve, Blackmans Bay
• Suncoast Dog Park
• Suncoast Walking Track
• Kingston View Drive (area above Mountain Bike Park)
• Maranoa Heights Reserve (excluding prohibited public area)
• Dru Point (within dog exercise fenced area)
• Clarks Beach, Coningham
• Kettering Reserve (area below Kettering Oval)
• Middleton Beach (south of stormwater pipe only)
Dog Training Areas pursuant to Section 21 of the Act:
• Southern Obedience Club (Gormley Drive)
• Country Dog Association (Lower Longley)
Dog Prohibited Areas for the reason that the area contains sensitive habitat for native wildlife, pursuant to Section 22 of the Act:
• Browns River Reserve (northern side river)
• Browns River Reserve (end Balmoral Road)
• Kingston Wetlands
• Boronia Beach Reserve
• Blackmans Bay Beach (rock platforms north)
• Tinderbox Hills Reserve (July to March – due to Wedge Tailed Eagles nesting)
• Stinkpot Bay Reserve
• Mt Louis Reserve (July to March – due to Wedge Tailed Eagles nesting)
• Sandfly Land for Wildlife Reserve
• Kettering Cemetery Bushland Reserve
• Adventure Bay Bushland Reserve (behind bowls club)
• Coningham Rock Platforms (east of main beach)
Dog Restricted Areas for the reason to ensure the health and safety of the public, pursuant to Section 23 of the Act:
a) Beaches – the following beaches are licenced by the council from the Crown for the purpose of public recreation. It is intended to declare these areas as restricted to dogs at all times:
• Taroona Beach (except the area east of the boat ramp)
• Hinsby Beach
• Kingston Beach (except the northern end)
• Blackmans Bay Beach
• Snug Beach
• Coningham Beach
• Middleton Beach (except the southern end)
b) Sportsgrounds – the playing fields of all council owned and managed sportsgrounds are intended to be restricted to dogs at all times.
c) Parks – unless otherwise specified, it is intended that dogs must be on a lead at all times, in all council owned or managed parks.
d) Natural Area Reserves – unless otherwise specified, it is intended that dogs must be on a lead at all times, with access limited to defined tracks in all natural area reserves.
e) Tracks and trails – It is intended that dogs must be on a lead at all times on all tracks and trails managed by the council, with the exception of the Suncoast Walking Track on which dogs may be walked off-lead.
f) Other areas – It is intended that any area surrounding any of the aforementioned areas, or any public place as defined by the Police Offences Act 1935, managed or controlled by the council, that are not listed in the above, are by virtue of their name or designation, deemed Restricted and dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Like a bird on the wing?
Is it a drone? Is it a plane? Is it Superman? No, it’s a bird on the wing. But what sort? A native? A migrant? Or could it be a rare vagrant to our shores? All these questions, and more, will be answered this weekend, 19 to 22 October, at the fifth biennial Bruny Island Bird Festival. Why Bruny Island? It’s the perfect microcosm for holding this people-friendly, bird-centred festival. “A short walk on Bruny Island can take you from dramatic coastal habitat with shorebirds on the sand and oceanic sea birds gliding gracefully by offshore, up into dense mixed forest where bush birds dart from branch to branch and a symphony of songs entwines the trees,” says Festival Coordinator, Cat Davidson. “Or begin in open grassland amongst the native hens, and conclude by strolling through dripping temperate rainforest with the elusive Pink Robin peeking from behind the tree ferns. The more you look and listen on this remarkable island, the more you will discover.” With such diversity of habitats, Bruny Island is home to over 150 species of birds, and on this tiny island can be found all twelve of Tasmania’s endemic birds. In fact, Bruny Island has been voted by Birdlife Australia magazine as being among the top ten bird watching spots in Australia. It’s an accolade that’s well deserved. The Festival will host twitchers of all kinds – people whose lives revolve around birds, amateur birdwatchers and family groups alike – all who are interested in birds in their infinite variety: their colour, their song, their habits, their displays; huge and tiny birds, rare and common, the predators and the preyed upon; birds of the sky, shore, sea and river, the bush and field.
In their infinite variety
“Birds bring joy and interest to our lives; colour and music to our days. Humans all over the world have always had a fascination for birds. They are part of our cultures, our stories, our language and our technological innovations. From pollination to removal of diseases, pest reduction and seed dispersal, there are endless ways in which birds contribute to the health and diversity of an ecosystem. Understanding birds helps us better understand the world we live in,” says Cat Davidson. The 2018 Festival will continue to build on the four key elements of Community, Conservation, Science and Creativity, with tours, walks, workshops, lecturers, markets and cultural celebrations. The credentials of those guiding the walks, taking the workshops, and giving the talks, read like a ‘who’s who’ of the bird world. Former marine biologist and Antarctic veteran, Dr Tonia Cochrane, has a doctorate in Zoology and has been guiding wildlife and birding tours for over twenty years. Dr Eric Woehler has spent more than thirty years researching seabirds and shorebirds, especially those of the Southern Ocean and Tasmania’s resident shorebirds. Sarah Lloyd is a Tasmanian naturalist, writer and photographer with a life-long passion for birds. Bob Graham, a Bruny Island resident since 2000, and a professional geographer and planner, is fascinated by the relationship of birds to their habitat, their survival methods, and coping strategies in changing environmental conditions. Nick Mooney was a founding member of the Australasian Raptor Association with a keen interest in conserving forest for dependent species such as grey goshawks and nesting wedge-tailed eagles. Chris Tzaros’s passionate interest in bird photography
complements his profession as a wildlife naturalist.
Birds – counted since Federation
We’ve always loved our birds. In 1901, the year of Federation, The Royal Australian Ornithologists Union chose a week in October to be National Bird Week. Now renamed the less august-sounding BirdLife Australia, they are the country’s largest independent, not-for-profit bird conservation organisation. One of their commitments is to keep Bird Week going, and the week following the Bruny Island Bird Festival is the big week. “Birds are truly incredible creatures, and Australia is blessed with such diversity, with over 800 species occurring on our shores,” they tell us. “Birds are a crucial part of the Australian ecosystem, and having native birds in your garden, in turn, helps the environment as a whole.” “Interacting with nature has proven benefits, physically, psychologically, and socially,” says BirdLife Australia. The Bruny Island experience could be a springboard to their Bird Week highlight, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count – register at aussiebirdcount.org.au – from October 22 to 28.
Meanwhile, back on Bruny…
First Dog on the Moon will open the Festival Art Exhibition on Saturday; Sean Dooley will MC the Big Bird Quiz Night; and the free, daily lecture series will include twenty incredible speakers, from scientists to artists, academics to conservationists; journalists to guides. Take a guided walk and see the nesting boxes built by the Bruny Men’s Shed for the endangered Swift Parrots and Forty-Spotted Pardalotes. Explore the island and see the many Gatepost Bird Sculptures. Chris Tzaros will hold his usual informative photography workshop, and on Monday is the official opening of the new raptor photography hide. Market Day is Sunday. No birding knowledge or special binoculars or cameras is needed to be involved. Find it all online at wwwbrunybirdfestival.org.au but best of all line up for that ferry and be on Bruny Island in fifteen minutes, ready for the birding adventure of your life.
Removing Paterson’s curse
Paterson’s curse (Echium plantagineum) is a declared weed under the Weed Management Act 1999 (the Act) and has been identified as a priority weed in Kingborough.
The weed has been seen growing in locations across the municipality, with Blackmans Bay being identified as a hot spot. As a fast-spreading invasive weed it has the ability to produce multiple generations of plants every season and will dominate areas if plants are allowed to seed.
Kingborough Council is appreciative of the positive response from landowners last year in removing Paterson’s curse, and is again contacting residents where there is any known infestation. The council encourages all property owners to remain watchful and to control any plants found. If you do find Paterson’s curse on your land, plants must be treated by Thursday 25 October as officers will be carrying out inspections after this date.
Management of this invasive weed is best achieved through the application of herbicides registered for use on this weed, and in accordance with the label. If you choose to physically remove plants either by digging out or hand pulling, ensure they are placed inside two sealed bags and disposed of in general waste. Do not dispose of Paterson’s curse via green waste.
Any disturbance to soil through physical removal is likely to encourage further germination of seeds. Slashing, brush-cutting or mowing Paterson’s curse will not destroy the plant and will only encourage further spread of the infestation.
Paterson’s curse carries a great economic risk to Tasmania as it competes with pasture, contaminates feed and is toxic to some stock. It is estimated to cost Australia’s sheep and cattle industry $250 million every year.
It also poses a threat to the environmental values of Kingborough and its spread is of great concern. Fortunately, due to limited infestations, we still have the opportunity to prevent Paterson’s curse from having the same devastating impact that mainland Australia has witnessed. Success, however, relies on all of us to play a role and do our part to stop its spread and ultimately eradicate this serious weed species.
It is an offence to allow Paterson’s curse to grow and property owners may be issued a Requirement Notice under the Act if it is found. It is also an offence to distribute Paterson’s curse plants or seeds in any way, whether as cut flowers, in contaminated feed, on livestock or on dirty equipment.
For more information about Paterson’s curse and weed management in Kingborough visit the council’s website www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/weeds or contact the council’s Weed Officers on 6211 8200.
Bruny Island Art Prize
Congratulations to all shortlisted artists in the 2018 Bruny Island Art Prize, and in particular to Steven Giese (Winner), Clifford How and Lori Pensini (Highly Commended) for their achievements. It is a stunning exhibition. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4pm until 21 October in the Bruny Island Community Hall in Alonnah.
If you are unable to make it to Bruny Island to see it, come along to the Kingston leg of the exhibition – the opening is at 5.30pm, Wednesday 24 October, at the Kingston Beach Arts Hub. The exhibition of select works will run from 10am to 4pm daily from 24 to 28 October.
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