THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
Respect the Huon: report crime
Following recent incidents of theft and damage to public property in the Huonville and Geeveston areas, Huon Valley Council urges community members with information about a crime to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppers.com.au.
“It only takes a call or a click to report a crime,” Huon Valley Council mayor Bec Enders said.
The council works closely with Tasmania Police and Crime Stoppers Tasmania to address issues relating to crime and other anti-social behaviour in the community. Assistance from the public is so important for police investigations, so sightings of criminal or suspicious activity should be reported.
You can give information anonymously to Crime Stoppers, which removes any fear of identification, getting involved or retaliation. Wherever possible though, if you can give the police your details, they are more likely to be successful in prosecuting the thieves and recovering stolen goods. “Your help may make all the difference to police investigations,” Cr Enders said.
The Southbridge (Huonville) Waste Transfer Station suffered two instances of break-ins and theft of valuable items in the past two weeks. The thieves had parked outside the Waste Transfer Station for approximately half an hour before entering the premises and their vehicle would have been visible from the highway.
The impact of these burglaries goes beyond the loss of the stolen goods, extending to insurance claim excesses, an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, and the cost of staff time to repair the damage.
Local skateboarders and families visiting the Huonville Skate Park have also seen considerable anti-social and destructive behaviour recently. On multiple occasions vandals have left graffiti and rubbish throughout the area, which makes the park feel unsafe for the community and places burden on the council’s budget and our ratepayers.
The council is in discussions with the Huonville Police sergeant concerning the area, and the advice provided is that surveillance cameras would assist police in identifying and charging the offenders. A quote for cameras is being sourced.
“Part of ensuring public safety and quality of life involves making sure our shared spaces are kept secure and in good condition, and our community can take ownership and pride in these assets,” Cr
If you want to see respect grow in the Huon Valley and make our place the most liveable in Tasmania, then please be that member in our community who assists in protecting property by coming forward with any information that may assist police to solve a crime. Protecting those that do crime will only make illegal behaviour appear to be acceptable behaviour.
“Everyone has a role to play in maintaining the safe, harmonious and respectful lifestyle we enjoy here in the Huon Valley,” Cr Enders said. “By being proactive about reporting suspicious or unusual activity to police, we as a community can stop crimes from happening.”
During the past 20 years, reports to Crime Stoppers Tasmania have assisted police to arrest more than 3,700 persons and record more than 16,500 offences. More than $5.1 million of stolen and damaged property has been recovered in the same time period thanks to public reports.
According to Tasmania Police’s Crime Statistics Supplement 2017–18, total offences in the state had reduced by 5 per cent, and the clearance rate for total offences exceeded 50 per cent for the first time in more than 45 years. This means that offences reported to police were more likely to be cleared than not.
Huon Valley Council
Tree planting invitation to all
Kingborough Council and Landcare Tasmania invite everyone to get their hands dirty at a community planting event on Sunday 28 July.
The event will celebrate Landcare Tasmania’s 25th birthday, as well as National Tree Day.
The plan is to plant a native corridor, which will connect Nautilus Drive in Huntingfield with the Peter Murrell Reserve. The event starts at 10.30am, and will take place opposite St Aloysius Catholic College and next to Tarremah Steiner School.
Kingborough mayor Dean Winter is looking forward to the day, and plans to plant a few trees of his own. “The partnership we have with Landcare Tasmania and the Landcare groups across Kingborough is important for our natural areas. We are delighted to be celebrating with them at this event.
“The partnership recognises that each organisation
makes a strong but distinct contribution to supporting landcare in Kingborough, which has the greatest number of landcare groups of any Tasmanian council.”
Landcare Tasmania CEO, Rod Knight, said: “This tree planting is an opportunity for the local community to make a meaningful difference to the local environment along Coffee Creek.
“Kingborough Council is a big supporter of landcare groups in the municipality and it’s great for Landcare Tasmania, local Landcare groups, and the local community to be working together on this project.”
Several landcare groups will attend the event, and there will be a big birthday cake to share with everyone. Landcare Tasmania has also organised a lucky door prize. Along with the festivities and planting, there will be a tour through a local reserve in the afternoon.
Kingborough Council has celebrated National Tree Day for the past ten years, and partnered with several organisations for each one. One of the most enduring partnerships is with the local Guides and Scouts. One of these dedicated young people gives each participant a planting demonstration and safety instructions for the site. The Scouts and Guides are able to use this experience to add to their environment and community badges.
Another long-term and important partner is the Lions Club of Kingborough, which makes sure all planters are well fed each year, come rain or shine.
The event site is home to the critically endangered forty-spotted pardalote, a small bird with a total population of just 1,500. The planting will help to expand the area of the colony and also contribute to improved water quality, amenity and a wildlife corridor.
Kingborough Council and Landcare Tasmania signed the first memorandum of understanding in Tasmania between a local government
authority and a landcare body. The partnership identifies a range of mutual aims, shared objectives and joint activities that the council and Landcare Tasmania will use to further grow the culture of community landcare in Kingborough.
Kingborough Council media release
CarFit for older drivers
As part of Kingborough Council’s Positive Ageing Program, RACT will be holding a free, individualised session to check how well you and your car ‘fit’ together and show you how to make improvements.
RACT CarFit is a free workshop designed for older drivers. It provides advice and information on how you and your car can ‘fit’ together to improve safety and comfort. RACT will have a qualified occupational therapist present to ensure the best possible changes are made. Their experts will go through a checklist with drivers about their car.
What gets checked?
• If you’re at a safe distance from the steering wheel.
• If your mirrors are adjusted to minimise your car’s blind spots.
• If your seatbelt is fitted correctly and comfortably.
• If your head restraint is adjusted to protect against whiplash in a crash.
The process takes less than half an hour and is free of charge. Please note this is not an assessment of an individual’s driving ability.
Register now for our next workshop being held at the Channel Court Shopping Centre car park, Kingston on Tuesday 23 July.
To find out more and/or to register, please call Ali Tope on 6236 4325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cygnet U3A: winter talks about travel, space, science and more
Cygnet U3A is continuing their ‘A Smorgasbord of Talks’ program, on Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon, at the Christian Life Centre, 8 Mary Street, Cygnet.
On July 17, Jenny Ebsworth takes us on the Road to Mandalay. Jenny backpacked throughout the fantastic country of Myanmar, meeting locals and traveling the glorious countryside. A wonderful tale is told about her experiences.
On July 24, John Pollard talks about Human Origins – the First Five Million Years. He investigates the population, structures, fossil evidence and the resulting story as written in the genome of everyone who has ever lived. He also takes us on the journey to find the origins of the first inhabitants of Australia and New Zealand.
On July 31, Robert Alcock will present The Space Between Words – Visual Editing, Manipulating Time, Truth and the Audience.
Robert is a documentary filmmaker, producer, director, editor, animator, and storyboard artist...whew, what a story to be told!
On August 7, the topic is Good Science versus Bad Science. Dave Neil will talk about dramatic backflips in prevailing medical opinions on such things as mammograms and prostate screening, aspirin to prevent heart attacks and clinical trials. Dave also explains “Medical Reversal” a term in the media.
Finally, on August 14, Geoff Merrick will talk about the current issue “A Whale or Oil Well in the Great Australian Bight?” Geoff had considerable experience in the offshore oil industry, and explains how once more our environment is up for grabs. Is the need for oil more powerful than our need to save the planet?
Winter warm up with music
Cygnet U3A has a great music program for its members throughout the winter months. On Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon, at the Cygnet Community Health Centre on Frederick Street, different presenters provide us with a morning of fabulous music.
On July 18, it’s all about George Frederic Handel. His music was known for its humanity, as he was a master storyteller. An example is his masterpiece The Messiah. Enjoy some of the 40 operas and listen like royalty.
For a change, on July 25, we will be watching a movie, Topsy Turvy, about Gilbert and Sullivan. This movie accounts the lives of two creative geniuses who still make us laugh with joy.
On August 1, it’s time for Choral Music: the Joy of Singing and a Celebration of the Special Music in many forms, from tribal singing, choirs, and sacred and ceremonial pieces, both delicate and huge.
On August 8, David Sands brings us the Marsales Brothers: Jazz and Classical Instrumentalists. Bradford and Wynton were both very different but brilliant.
On August 15, will be Chamber Music by Jane Lazaroff. She will take us through duets, trios and quartets, as opposed to quintets, octets etc. Bring along your favourite music to share.
Guests are welcome to visit and see what our members are enjoying. Cygnet U3A is for retired and semi-retired people. For more details about our current program and membership, visit our website at www.u3acygnet.org.au; or email email@example.com.
Free farm safety session
A free safety session aimed at farmers and their workers, and anyone who operates a quad bike or tractor, will be held at the Huonville Town Hall on Wednesday 24 July, from 9.30am to 11.30am.
• Crush protection device manufacturers David Robertson (Quadbar) and Matthew Tiplady (ATV Lifeguard) will explain their products, and provide tips on how to correctly install, use, and maintain them.
• TasTAFE teachers will explain quad bike and tractor safety, provide practical advice on how to operate the vehicles safely, and cover the importance of proper training.
• RAW (Rural Alive and Well) will discuss mental health, what to look out for and the importance of acting if you think someone may be experiencing difficulties, how RAW can help, and what you can do for your own mental health and wellbeing.
• The Drug Education Network will discuss drugs and alcohol in the workplace, and what to do if you suspect one of your workers has a problem.
The session is a joint initiative of Safe Farming Tasmania, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and WorkSafe Tasmania.
The session will be interactive, giving participants the opportunity to speak with and ask questions of each presenter.
To register to attend, contact the TFGA on 6332 1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
NBN community information session
Come along to a free community information session at Huonville Town Hall and learn more about the NBN access network in your area.
Don’t miss a great opportunity to have your questions answered and experience the benefits of the NBN access network:
• Learn about the capacity upgrades happening on the NBN fixed wireless towers;
• Discover what technology is available to you;
• Understand how to connect;
• Find out which providers offer plans in your area.
Drop-ins welcome, no RSVP required.
The session will be held on Tuesday 23 July 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Huonville Town Hall, 40 Main Road, Huonville.
Huon Valley Council
Summary report: Huon Valley Council meeting, 26 June 2019
Mayor Enders was in the chair for the 26 June council meeting. Apologies were received from councillor Newell. Leave of absence had been granted to Cr Newell.
Questions placed on notice from the previous council meeting
A question relating to feral cats had been received. The council acknowledges the problem across Tasmania including in the Huon Valley. The council is a member of the Tasmanian Cat Management Project and shares information with animal welfare organisations and Biosecurity Tasmania. Cat management coordination is based at Kingborough Council. The working group does not have a regular meeting schedule but they have had three meetings in the last financial year. Information and resources are available from www.tassiecat.com.
A question had been received relating to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The advice is that the council is aware of the report of the IPCC. The report does provide expert advice guiding policy matters and will be useful for the council in formulating its strategy.
A question had been received on notice from SETAC expressing concern that the June 2018 Local Heritage Review Brief placed strong focus on colonial heritage. The advice of the council is that Aboriginal heritage is outside of the jurisdiction of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. The Council Planning Office does support the protection of Aboriginal heritage where that is within the council’s powers. Aboriginal heritage is subject to The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 1975 and is outside the Planning Scheme. Council officers are supportive of the Burra Charter. The council does not have the authority to override the planning scheme.
Questions without notice were received from the gallery
A question was received concerning the Regional Climate Change Initiative and Southern Tasmania’s changing energy use. The General Manager advised that the council will consider the findings as part of Council’s Climate Change Strategy.
A question was received suggesting that the council consider selling the Huonville Visitor Centre rather than sell the Cygnet Medical Centre. Mayor Enders advised that the operations of the visitor centres at both Huonville and Geeveston are currently under review.
A question was received concerning a one lane bridge on the North Huon Road. The General Manager advised that the council will investigate the bridge and its signage.
A question was received concerning the Big Log fishing and recreational area at Judbury. The Mayor advised that the council had received a petition and undertook to arrange a meeting with the petitioners concerned.
A question was received regarding the redaction of the names of several persons who objected to the sale of the Cygnet Medical Centre. The General Manager asked that the question be placed on notice.
Petition regarding climate change
This petition was tabled at the May 22 council meeting. The petition has been overtaken by events at the AGM of the Local Government Association of Tasmania which called upon the federal and state government’s support. The report on the petition was noted and it was resolved that no further action be taken by the council beyond that already taken.
A number of reports and minutes were tabled. These included Mayor Enders’ report of the STCA board meeting workshop of May 27. The reports and minutes are attached to the council minutes.
Question on notice from a councillor
A community member sought an estimate of the number of pets killed and identified by road kill patrols. The council does not engage in specific road kill patrols. Concerning identifying pets with a micro-chip scanner, the council does possess such a device which is used when road crews return with an apparent pet to the depot. Scanners cost about $160 each and road crews are not equipped with them. The State Government does keep a register of road kills.
A question without notice from a councillor
The questioner requested that the council commit to using local produce where possible for its day to day supplies. The General Manager advised that the council was always willing to look at local produce that can be used whenever possible.
Local Government Association of Tasmania
A lengthy councillor guidance report, for the establishment of the council’s position on motions to be considered at the upcoming LGAT general meeting on 25 July, was tabled. This is included in the minutes of this meeting.
The financial report for the period 1 July 2018 to 3 May 2019 was received. The council’s financial report is within budget. It is noted that the all-inclusive cost to the council of the recent bush fires is $430,003.
Visitor information centres
A lengthy report on the visitor information centres at Huonville and Geeveston was tabled. That report is contained in the minutes of the meeting.
Cygnet Medical Centre
A report on the proposed sale of the Cygnet Medical Centre was submitted by the Director, Legal and Governance Services. The report addresses the history of the medical centre and the Old School Farm. The council resolved to proceed with the sale or lease of the land component as an Expression of Interest process. This requires the subdivision of the land occupied by the medical centre. The subdivision of the balance of land known as ‘the Old School Farm’ would require separate consideration by the council. This is an extensive report which is included in the minutes of the meeting.
Removal of caveat
The council processed a request for the removal of a caveat covering several properties at Garden Island Creek. The matter related to an historic fence line on a road reserve.
Report on the sealing of North Huon Road
The Director of Infrastructure Services reported on an investigation into the proposal. A preliminary report has been completed into the project and the likely cost of a two coat bituminous seal. There is no opportunity to seal the North Huon Road in the near future. The works will remain a priority for when funds become available.
A planning application for the demolition of the existing public toilet building and a building permit for the construction of a new public toilet building at Burtons Reserve in Cygnet, have been approved subject to conditions.
Note: For more detail on any of these items, refer to the council minutes.
Friday flick at the hub
Join us for the first Friday Flick at the new Kingborough Community Hub on Friday 26 July and celebrate World Friendship Day.
Storm Boy stars Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney – along with a very friendly pelican.
Delicious hot street food will be available from 5pm. The film starts at 6.15pm. Tickets are $5 per person for all. Bring your own rug and seat (some chairs and beanbags will be available).
The hall is heated and it should be a comfortable evening.
To book, search for ‘Friday Flicks - Storm Boy’ on Eventbrite.
Tasmanian councils urge climate action
Tasmanian councils are calling for urgent action to combat climate change across all three levels of government, passing a motion at a recent Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) general meeting in Hobart.
Local communities are being directly affected by the impacts of climate change. After a string of extreme weather events in recent years, from bushfires in 2013, 2016 and 2019, and severe flooding in 2016 and 2018 to ongoing coastal erosion, Tasmanian communities are calling out to their elected representatives at all levels for action. Councils are listening to their communities and, as shown by this motion, local government is strongly advocating to address community and sectoral concerns.
The motion passed seeks that LGAT advocate for councils to the Tasmanian and federal government, to secure an acknowledgement that there is a climate crisis which is creating urgency for immediate action by all levels of government. Immediate action is required to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on lower-income and vulnerable communities and on future generations.
“The motion at the LGAT general meeting highlights the need for collaborative action across our three levels of government in order to deliver effective local responses to climate change,” said LGAT president, Mayor Christina Holmdahl.
“As the level of government closest to communities, local government is very aware of community concerns and the local impacts of our changing climate. Councils in all regions of the state are already undertaking their own planning and initiatives to address climate change, but a whole-of-government approach is needed.”
Local Government Association
of Tasmania media release
From 31 October to 3 November, Cygnet and surrounds will be alive (or undead) with panel sessions, parties, workshops and free community events as part of the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival.
The inaugural theme, Murder She Wrote, is an exploration of crime and mystery fiction written by women past and present.
In addition to celebrating darker words and worlds, the festival will encourage readers to extend their bookshelves and writers to expand their knowledge and networks. Reading, writing and literacy groups will have an opportunity to connect with each other, and community members wishing to volunteer may learn new organisational and production skills.
Murder She Wrote: Panel Sessions Two days of examinations, interrogations and line-ups
Hall of Writers A day-long book room where readers meet authors and their books. For Australian crime fiction, Tasmanian crime fiction and Tasmanian children’s authors and publishers and local Huon Valley authors of any ilk.
Masterclasses and Workshops Gain knowledge and confidence from a series of writing workshops and manuscript masterclasses, and learn to pitch to publishers and agents for real industry feedback.
Noir at the Bar Dress up for a 1920s speakeasy of jazz, spoken word and illegal cocktails.
Curse of the Sphinx: Murder Mystery Dinner Can you catch a killer in 1920s Cairo before anyone else?
NaNoWriMo Program Includes three days of writing bliss in
a quiet zone.
Youth Writer Residencies At locations across the Huon Valley.
Children’s Program Includes readings and workshops, a writing competition and a Halloween party.
Terror Australis Festival Art Competition In conjunction with the Huon Art Exhibition Group.
There will also be an extensive foodie program, featuring the best produce the Huon Valley has to offer.
For more information on the program, to purchase tickets or to volunteer, please visit www.terroraustralisfestival.com.
Terror Australis Festival
Kingborough Council July 8 meeting summary
All councillors attended.
Questions from the public and councillors
A question was asked regarding when erosion at several locations caused by last May’s storms would be remedied. In response to a question from the previous meeting, the council’s works manager responded that replacement trees for those destroyed by vandals at Beach Road, Snug were expected to be delivered by the end of the month and planting and work would be completed by the end of winter.
There was also a question on how council will know if the trial diversion of low flow stormwater to the sewerage system at Illawarra Road is successful, and how soon, and why was the trial only at one site? The council’s intention is to have diversions on all poor performing outlets but it was using this site as a starting point. The council will bear the cost of the installation. The council will be reviewing water monitoring locations before summer and expects a new monitoring site to be added to the north of Blackmans Bay beach.
The council will be doing some work at the Beach Road, Snug bus stop to solve the problem of the difference in height between the bus and the stop.
Regarding the Huntingfield development site, as well as sending a letter, the mayor has requested a meeting with Housing Minister Roger Jaensch to make sure the council’s message is heard, but the minister is unable to meet the mayor until late July. The rezoning legislation goes before parliament the first week of August.
The motion was moved that Kingborough Council recognise a climate and biodiversity emergency that requires urgent action and that this be acknowledged in the council’s Strategic Plan and Annual Report. Climate change will be considered in financial and development decisions. The council will write to the state premier and prime minister urging them to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency and back this up with legislated programs.
A planning scheme draft amendment from Presentation Sisters was tabled to rezone land at 7 Home Avenue, Blackmans Bay to General Residential, Low Density Residential and Public Open Space, and remove the Landslide Hazard Area overlay to allow subdivision to create 22 residential lots, two public open space lots and two road lots.
Fifty seven representations were received, 56 opposed to the amendment. The council Planning Officer recommended the draft is inappropriate for the area as is and be modified. The council resolved though to withdraw previous support (29 January 2019 meeting) for the draft amendment and forward a copy of the report to the Tasmanian Planning Commission.
Abel Tasman Art Prize
The council moved to advise Westerkwartier municipality in The Netherlands that the council will not be supporting the Abel Tasman Art Prize beyond the 2019/2020 financial year. The sister-city is prepared to continue for another two years. This is due to a lack of entries and difficulty in finding host families. Opening up entries to all of Tasmania has meant the last four winners were not from Kingborough, with local schools not having many year 11 and 12 students.
Derwent Estuary Program
The council agreed to signing the five year voluntary Partnership Agreement for the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP). The council has been an active member of the program since its inception in 1999. The program has sponsors Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough councils, the Tasmanian government, Nystar Hobart, Norske Skog Boyer, TasWater, TasPorts and Hydro Tasmania. Every five years the agreement comes up for renewal. Kingborough Council contributes $26,000 annually to the program.
DEP has made significant contributions to research and understanding water quality issues in the Derwent Estuary. The program provides well-respected monitoring and scientific programs, technical advice, positive media and grant funding to support investigations and on-ground projects. The report card shows meaningful improvements in water quality over the 20 years of the program.
There are significant benefits to Kingborough of being part of a program that facilitates cooperation between a broad range of partners, researchers and stakeholders. It shows the council’s commitment to ongoing improvement to the Derwent Estuary and its environs.
The business plan for the Derwent Estuary Program for 2019 to 2024 can be found in the council
Kingborough Access Advisory Committee 12 June meeting report
Fiona Strahan from Disability Voices Tasmania spoke on a project to find ways for Tasmanians with disability to have a strong and collective voice. A list of comments regarding accessibility issues with the Community Hub was returned to the committee.
The items covered in closed sessions were an application for leave of absence, the John Street Medical Centre, the Blackmans Bay Blowhole, Tender assessment for sportsground irrigation and drainage, and the Great Southern Lights project.
Free workshops for people with disability
Disability Voices Tasmania is holding two free two-hour workshops for people with disability on Government in Tasmania and Developing your lobbying pitch/proposal.
Disability Voices Tasmania has engaged Robin Banks from the Inglis Clark Centre for Democracy and Human Rights to facilitate these workshops. Robin was the previous Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.
The two sessions will be held on Monday 22 July, from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm, at the Kingborough Civic Centre, 15 Channel Highway, Kingston (car park entry from Hutchins Street).
For more details and to register online visit www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/event/developing-your-lobbying-pitchproposal/
If you need assistance completing this registration or you want more information, call or email Fiona Strahan, Project Officer, Disability Voices Tasmania, on 0429 488 151 or via email@example.com.
Government in Tasmania (10am to 12pm)
• The key differences between state, federal and local government.
• The Tasmanian parliament and its processes.
• Dealing with Tasmanian government agencies.
Developing your lobbying pitch/proposal (1pm to 3pm)
• How do we know who to target with our proposals?
• What makes a proposal to decision makers effective because it gets positive attention?
• How do we get time with politicians and other decision makers?
• How do we make the most of meetings with politicians and other decision makers?
• How do we influence the people who influence politicians and other decision makers?
• Is having a meeting enough, or is more needed?
Huntingfield rezoning public meeting
Planning Matters Tasmania is holding a public meeting at the Kingborough Community Hub next Thursday, 25 July from 7pm to 8.30pm. They will be discussing the rezoning amendments
A fast track rezone process has begun at Huntingfield to allow for affordable homes. However, the rezone will allow for one of the largest and most dense subdivisions ever proposed in Tasmania. While affordable housing is welcome, the proposal has not been advertised for public comment and will only contain a small percentage of affordable homes. What will such a massive proposal mean for residents, adjoining schools, increasing traffic, strategic planning and pressure on existing services and infrastructure in Kingborough?
This new fast track rezone process has never been used in Kingborough before, and was created by the Tasmanian Government in 2018. The government is the proponent. They chose who they consulted with and will assess the proposal. Public scrutiny is completely lacking and the council and the Planning Commission have been sidelined. Does this sound like a transparent process?
• Welcome to Country
• Anne Harrison (MC) – State President, Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania (PMAT)
• Dean Winter – Mayor, Kingborough Council
• Matt Jones – Huntingfield resident
• Greg Whitten – farmer and business owner
• Rachel Downie – Council Chair, Tarremah Steiner School
The event will also be live streamed via the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania’s Facebook page.
Please encourage your family and friends to come to this important public meeting.
Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania
Youth outreach program for Kingston
Headspace Hobart will have a fortnightly outreach presence, starting from 18 July at Kingston Neighbourhood House, for young people aged 12 to 25.
This is a free health service for young people who are:
• feeling down, depressed or anxious;
• having difficulty sleeping or concentrating;
• being hurt or bullied;
• worried about drinking or drug use, or;
• needing sexual health help.
Contact Headspace for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6231 2927.
Kingston Neighbourhood House
Kingborough weekly works update
• There will be culvert clearing this week on some roads in the Kettering area.
• The carpark at the end of Tyndall Road (north end of Kingston Beach) will be graded and shaped to provide a better surface. This work will be carried out from Monday to Wednesday, and Tyndall Road will be closed where the sealed section meets the gravel section. The grader will then move to Talbots Road and (if time and weather permits) into the Gordon area to carry on road maintenance grading.
• Work will continue on the new depot entrance with kerb and channel bases being prepared.
• Street sweeping will be carried out in the Blackmans Bay, Kingston and Taroona areas this week.
• The stormwater crew will be carrying out the six monthly stormwater inspections over the next couple of weeks.
• Gravel road maintenance grading will be carried out on the Department of State Growth’s road on North Bruny.
• Garden work continues on the Channel Highway in central Kingston. This operation will then move to the centre traffic island gardens on Church Street that are overgrown. This work will improve sight distances and safety and make the areas easier for our crews to maintain.
• The stainless steel handrail for the Whitewater Creek walking track will be installed this week. This is part of the tidy up work from the storm damage from last year.
• We are planning to remove two pine trees at the end of July as a part of the Snug Playground work. This is to allow the softfall for the flying fox to be installed to standard.
• The timber seat and tables are being removed from Adventure Bay (two at a time for about a week) to be sanded, revarnished and then reinstalled. This refurbishment will take about five weeks to complete. The time taken is due to allowing the multiple coats of varnish to dry.
• Dog compliance signs will be installed in various areas this week including Kingston View Drive, Flower Pot, Longley and Suncoast Drive.
Please take care if passing and follow any traffic management controls. Thank you for your patience.
Help save the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum is in danger of being removed due to plans by the Hobart City Council (HCC) to develop the site on which its sits on the waterfront.
Since opening in December 2013 it has developed into one of Hobart’s major tourist attractions, attracting up to 30,000 visitors each year. HCC has now opened its development proposal for public comment, but this opportunity closes on Sunday July 21 at 5pm.
The Replica Museum was built by the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, with the purpose of raising awareness of and conserving the original huts at Cape Denison, East Antarctica, which were built and used by Douglas Mawson’s 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
Mawson’s Huts are one of only six which remain intact from the heroic era of Antarctic exploration between 1898 and 1916 and are the birthplace of Australia’s Antarctic heritage. The Replica Museum is the only full scale copy of any of these huts in the world and it belongs in Hobart.
The Replica Museum is also a focal point of the award winning Australian Antarctic Festival held in Hobart every two years. Attracting over 21,000 visitors and involving 10,000 school children, the festival was started by and is staged by the foundation as another major tourist attraction.
The Replica Museum attracts over 30,000 visitors a year, 25% are local visitors and 75% are from elsewhere in Australia and overseas. The current lease, which the foundation was hopeful of renewing, is due to expire at the end of August 2020.
A proposed new development of a civic square (bordered by Davey, Elizabeth, Morrison and Argyle Streets) will see the Replica Museum removed, with no alternative site offered.
The proposed development is being questioned by many of the aldermen. The Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds, who would like to see the museum remain where it is, has expressed strong reservations about the proposal, calling for feedback from the local community.
Plans for the proposed development include a five-storey hotel, new shops and cafes, along with a tourist information office built on the site currently occupied by the museum.
Built on publicly owned land on Argyle Street, The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum is Hobart’s most successful waterfront tourist
attraction in the last decade. Rated by Trip Advisor – the world’s largest and most respected travel site – as the number one museum in Hobart, number three of 147 Things to Do in Hobart and a Top 25 Museum in the South Pacific. It has also recently been awarded a Hall of Fame, for five consecutive years of excellence.
Please take time to register your objection by July 21 at https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/civic-square
Mawson’s Huts Foundation
What’s next for Sustainable Living Tasmania?
Over the past two decades Sustainable Living Tasmania has undertaken many valuable activities, including:
• Running scores of community-based programs, including the extraordinary Sustainable Living Festivals.
• Supporting many environmental and social welfare groups with space to meet and hold events, promotion, financial auspicing, insurance coverage, strategic guidance, and moral support.
• Helping almost five thousand Tasmanian households on low incomes to make their homes more comfortable and reduce their energy bills through audits and upgrades.
• Giving free advice on living sustainably to countless more.
• Facilitating the installation of insulation, energy efficient appliances, and solar panel systems on many hundreds of Tasmanian homes through bulk buys and Eco Home Guide.
• Advocating for strong action on climate change and other environmental issues.
We would like to thank our volunteers and staff who have worked so hard to make these things happen.
As for many not-for-profit organisations, raising enough income to sustain the physical premises and professional management required to deliver such services is a major challenge. We have depended largely on government funding, which has always been fickle, and has seen our organisation go through many ups and downs over our nearly 50 year history. The past five years have been particularly difficult. Federal Labor’s election promises on community renewable energy and solar on schools (two things we have strongly advocated for in recent years) gave us hope, but of course were not to be. And the Liberal-National Government is not funding any such programs that we can play a significant role in delivering.
Having long been acutely aware of these challenges, in recent years we strove to become more financially resilient by developing two income streams that aren’t reliant upon governments:
• Commercial consulting – delivering energy, carbon, and waste audits on a fee-for-service basis for organisations; including schools, aged care facilities, health care facilities, local governments, tourism operators, offices, farms, and more. While we have recently achieved some success here, it is not raising enough to cover our overheads.
• Eco Home Guide – a social enterprise that helps households to live more sustainably and which makes income through commissions on products and services from Tasmanian businesses. This is an approach that has been taken by several of our mainland counterparts to varying degrees of success. While it showed early promise for us, Tasmania’s smaller population and tightening margins for our partner businesses have rendered the enterprise not financially viable. As such, we will be discontinuing Eco Home Guide at the end of July.
Most recently, we tendered to run a large low-income energy efficiency program for the Tasmanian Government. While we pioneered this type of program in Tasmania, we were beaten on price by a larger commercial consultancy.
At one level, these outcomes are signs of success: Where we were once pioneers, is now a competitive sector. While seeking to understand and reduce one’s environmental impact was once unusual, it is now mainstream. While energy efficiency and renewable energy were once expensive novelties, there are now mature markets delivering relatively affordable products and services.
Despite these positive developments, humanity continues toward a collision with Earth’s ecological limits. And so, as the organisation has done on several occasions over our history, it is time for Sustainable Living Tasmania to re-invent itself.
In the meantime, we have reached a critical point and have had to make some hard decisions. From the end of August until our new direction is clear, we will become a volunteer-led organisation with no office. This will keep a nest-egg in the bank that could resource a re-imagined organisation or other opportunities. Todd Houstein will change roles from Executive Officer and, with his great skill and thoroughness, continue the consultancy work mentioned above, helping to build the nest-egg.
So, tell us how you think a Tasmanian community-based not-for-profit organisation can best contribute toward a future in which we and future generations can live safely, happily and sustainably.
Please join us for a celebration of work well-done and bring your imagination and inspiration to an afternoon of reflection and planning, on Saturday 27 July, from 2pm to 4.30pm, at Sustainable Living Tasmania, 1st floor, 71 Murray Street, Hobart.
Sustainable Living Tasmania
Penguins make early start
Surveys by BirdLife Tasmania and reports from the Tasmanian community have confirmed that little penguins are present in their colonies around Tasmania for an early start to the breeding season.
Recent surveys by BirdLife Tasmania at Bruny Island and Low Head, and of a number of other colonies in the southeast, east and northwest coasts have confirmed earlier reports of little penguins ashore in their colonies to breed.
“This is an unusually early start for the penguins,” Dr Eric Woehler, BirdLife Tasmania convenor, said. “We have had a few reports of winter breeding in recent years, but this is the earliest I’m aware of in Tasmania in many years.”
Birdlife Tasmania surveys suggest as many as ten per cent of burrows in a colony may be presently occupied. Early breeding will be monitored further over the next few months.
“At present, we don’t understand what initiates the breeding season for penguins in Tasmania,” said Dr Woehler. “Clearly food is critical, but we don’t know what the underlying mechanisms involved are.
“Given the recent spate of dog attacks around the state, it is important that dog owners in coastal communities around the state ensure their dogs cannot roam at night and threaten the
The increased presence of little penguins ashore over a longer period of the year in Tasmania means these defenceless birds are at greater risk from uncontrolled dogs roaming their colonies
The Tasmanian government is currently reviewing the Dog Control Act, and BirdLife Tasmania supports significantly higher financial penalties for dog owners whose pets kill wildlife, especially penguins.
Birdlife Tasmania media release
New underground penguin crossings and roadside fencing, delivered as part of the recent upgrade of Bruny Island Main Road at the Neck, are saving penguins’ lives, according to new infrastructure minister Michael Ferguson.
Dedicated penguin crossings and fencing were installed in 2017 as part of upgrades at the Neck. Since works finished in 2017, there have been no recorded cases of penguin roadkill at the site.
Protecting the penguins was a key priority of the upgrades, delivered jointly by the Department of State Growth and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, in close collaboration with BirdLife Tasmania.
Improvements at the Neck included upgrading and sealing the final 2.5km of Bruny Island Main Road, the creation of a dedicated wildlife zone with warning signage, a lower speed limit, and installation of the under-road culverts and mesh fencing, as well as construction of a larger car park with safer entry and exit points.
Upgrades to the lookout, walkway and toilet were delivered by the Tasmania Parks and
BirdLife Tasmania provided specialist advice on the design of the penguin culverts, and has monitored the penguins’ movements over the last two breeding seasons.
This research showed penguins adapted quickly to using the culverts, starting to use them to cross from the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to their colony at the Neck within ten days of installation.
This project is the first in Tasmania to have quantitative data on penguin use of under-road culverts. The success of this project will help inform future road
Minister for infrastructure
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