THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS



Geeveston GP cuts indicate wider Huon struggles
Geeveston Medical Centre will now operate on Thursdays and Fridays only due to the national general practitioner shortage. The centre had previously been open four days a week.
“We acknowledge that the reduction in operating days will impact patients, however, we aim to offer the same amount of appointments at the centre,” said Huon Valley mayor
Sally Doyle.
Huon Valley Council said the change would allow the medical centre to provide more consistent care to patients, with two permanent doctors operating part time and a recently employed, highly experienced nurse practitioner adding further capacity.
“Home visits will also be offered to our most vulnerable patients,” said Mayor Doyle.
She said the council was advocating strongly for increased state and federal government support to operate Huon Valley
Medical Services.
“While we await state and federal government support, Huon Valley Medical Services has, in the interim, made many operational efficiency improvements and had recent success in attracting permanent doctors to the Dover Medical Centre.”
Cr Doyle said the council would continue to actively recruit to meet the demand for care in the Huon Valley and explore opportunities to rotate GPs between Geeveston and Dover Medical Centres. However, she said it was likely that limited operating days would continue at Geeveston Medical Centre for the foreseeable future. 
“I live in Geeveston, my kids live in Geeveston,” Mayor Doyle told the Mercury. “We wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t as urgent as it is.
“We’ve lost money for five years. If we were a private practice we would shut.
“We’ve got over 19,000 people in the Huon Valley. We’ve got
a big area to cover as well.
That’s a $360,000 [loss] we’re budgeting for. I’m sure people in Cygnet or Huonville would like something in their areas for that amount of money.
“The state needs a dedicated approach to attracting medical professionals to Tasmania and making us competitive to the mainland who have more money to spend.
“If we’re reliant on locums, the cost is exorbitant.”
Mayor Doyle said she had received no response to her letter to state health minister Guy Barnett.
However, Mr Barnett told the Mercury that GP services were a federal government responsibility. He acknowledged nonetheless that the state government had supported GP services elsewhere in the state.
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Huon Valley Council

Splash to raise cash
Kingston Beach will host the Winter Splash event for southern Tasmania on Sunday 30 June at 8am. The event is one of the main fundraisers for Loaves and Fishes Tasmania’s 2024 Winter Appeal.
The organisation aims to raise $50,000 for free emergency food relief in Tasmania.
Splashers should meet across the road in front of the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Celebrated chef Massimo Mele will take to the surf at the Kingston Beach event.
Massimo aims to raise $2,000 from public donations, and says he will match whatever comes in
from sponsors.
He said he supported Loaves and Fishes because the organisation was Tasmanian, and used Tasmanian produce to make tasty, healthy meals to feed Tasmanians doing it tough.
“The more time I spend with Andrew [Hillier, Loaves and Fishes CEO] and the team, the more I’m inspired to do what I can to help out.”
Loaves and Fishes kitchen, warehouse and administrative staff, as well as dozens of community supporters, will take part in the two solstice splashes, with the other being held in Penguin.
Funds raised will go towards winter meals for Tasmanians struggling with cost-of-living pressures and often having to choose between heating and eating.
Loaves and Fishes encourages participants to dress up and be creative with costumes, however swimming attire is compulsory.
Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club will provide a BBQ alongside their water safety services.
Participants must be able to swim. Those with medical conditions that may be exacerbated by swimming in cold water should consult their doctor before registering. Organisers recommend participants consult the article at oceanfit.com.au/education/everything-you-need-to-know-about-swimming-in-cold-water/ before taking part.
While water safety and first aid is provided, swimmers take part at their own risk.
A minimum of $20 per person must be raised to receive a complimentary breakfast roll and hot drink after the swim. Donations are tax deductible.
Loaves and Fishes is committed to ensuring that every Tasmanian has access to safe, nutritious, and healthy food on a daily basis. Its mission involves repurposing surplus and donated produce to create quality, ready-to-eat meals and school meals, delivered free statewide through more than 250 partner agencies. The organisation offers free emergency food relief hampers to those in need.
Register or donate at loavesandfishestasmania.org.au/campaign/kingston-winter-solstice-splash.
For more information, email events@loavesandfishestasmania.org.au.
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Climate expert to visit Cygnet
Celebrated academic Clive Hamilton will visit Cygnet as part of a national tour to promote his new book, following a recent launch at Parliament House in Canberra.
Hamilton will present Living Hot at a free event in conversation with Bob Brown at Cygnet Town Hall on Friday 28 June from 5.30pm to 7pm.
In Living Hot, Hamilton and energy policy expert George Wilkenfeld offer an unorthodox
assessment of Australia’s climate change priorities and what we need to do to ensure we survive – and perhaps even thrive – in the hard times ahead.
Hamilton and Wilkenfeld argue there is virtually nothing Australia can do to change the climate we’ll be living through and that our priorities
are back-to-front. By pivoting
from reducing emissions to building resilience in the face of escalating climate extremes, they offer a pragmatic roadmap for safeguarding communities and ecosystems against the ravages of a warming world.
According to Hamilton and Wilkenfeld, Australia needs “to make sweeping plans to prepare…for life in a hot world, wherever climate change might land on the scale from bad to very bad indeed”. In Living Hot, the authors make the case for protecting farmland and conserving ecosystems, even if that means slowing the rollout of renewable energy.
“Living Hot is strangely liberating. Contentious, confronting and constructive – it’s essential reading for everyone,” said Brown.
Hamilton, a celebrated figure in Australian academia, has published several influential works, including Silent Invasion and Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change. As a professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Hamilton’s insights have shaped public debates worldwide. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Oxford and Yale University. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Times Higher Education Supplement and Scientific American among others.
Hardie Grant Books
media release

Cygnet lights the solstice
This year’s Cygnet Cares Lantern Parade will assemble opposite the cannery from 5.30pm on Saturday 22 June. The parade will leave at 6pm sharp and follow the gentle curve of the creek down into Burton’s Reserve, arriving
around 6.30pm.
A show of talented comm unity performers will delight the audience around a central stage. There will be fires to keep you warm. Thanks to funding from Huon Valley Council’s Creative Huon program, there may even be some surprise performances from workshop participants.
The Cygnet Cares Lantern Parade is an opportunity to show off the beautiful lantern you made at one of the lantern making workshops. There will be hot food at reasonable prices, and live entertainment by fabulous local performers.
But the parade is about so much more. It is a chance to get out of your home in the middle of winter to enjoy the warmth that community provides.
Celebrate the shortest day of the year bathing in the best vibes with children racing around, laughter
and a smile from ear to ear.
There is something truly magical about the atmosphere of the Lantern Parade and that magic is the coming together of all walks of life to build community connection.
The entertainment will finish by around 7.30pm. You are invited to dance around the fires, chat and make merry on what is expected to be the feel-good night of the year.
Please leave your dogs at home as Burton’s Reserve is a dog-free zone.
Huon Valley Council has gone above and beyond supporting this event, sponsoring community workshops and providing funding to subsidise the cost of food so everyone can afford a night off from the kitchen.
Organisers ask attendees to carpool if possible and bring along your own mug, plate and cutlery to make this a zero-waste event.
Theresa Daley
Cygnet Cares Suicide Prevention

Huon men charged
Police have charged two men with multiple offences committed in the Huon Valley area.
“As part of ongoing investigations, uniform members and detectives searched several addresses at Lymington and Grove this week and arrested two men in connection to a number of alleged offences, including home burglaries in the Huon Valley,” said Inspector Colin Riley.
“During the searches, police recovered a significant amount of allegedly stolen property, including power tools, imported wine and household electrical items.”
A 38-year-old man from Lymington has been charged with home burglary, unlawful possession, breach of bail, and drug and fraud offences. The man was arrested following
a series of crimes allegedly committed in the Cygnet area. He has been remanded by the magistrate to re-appear before the court in mid-July.
A 32-year-old man from Grove has been charged with two counts of home burglary, two counts of stealing, as well as unlawful possession of property, drug, firearm and traffic offences.  He has been bailed to appear before the court on 28 August.
“Police thank members of the community who provided information which assisted in identifying and locating these offenders,” said Inspector Riley.
“This is a prime example of how local communities can support police to detect offenders.”
Anyone who sees illegal or suspicious behaviour can report it to police on 131 444 or to Crime Stoppers Tasmania online at crimestopperstas.com.au or on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
Cygnet witnesses sought
Were you at the Cygnet Hotel (Top Pub) around 1am on 14 January 2024 when a man was assaulted? If you were there and filmed the incident, your video could assist the ongoing police investigation. Please contact Cygnet Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania (quote OR732917). Information can be provided anonymously. Police have charged a 27-year-old man with wounding in relation to the incident.
Tasmania Police

Cygnet history taster
The Cygnet Living History Museum will host a volunteer morning tea on Saturday 29 June. The event will acknowledge the museum’s wonderful volunteers and members, and welcome anyone who may be curious about volunteering opportunities
Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 12pm at the museum at
37 Mary Street.
Perhaps you like the idea of volunteering but have questions? There will
be volunteers on hand to share their personal experiences and answer your queries. Hear firsthand
how volunteering with the museum can be tailored to suit your schedule, skills and interests. Whether you
prefer a regular commitment, helping with special events a couple of times a year, or something in between, you may be surprised at how flexible working for the museum can be.
Aside from making a difference within your community, there’s so much to gain from volunteering. You can share your skills with others and develop new skills for yourself. You will build relationships and networks, enhance your resume, gain a creative outlet and most of all, have fun.
Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee and light snack while you mingle, chat, and have a look through the museum.
There will be no pressure or obligation, but this might just be your first step toward joining the museum’s fabulous team. All are welcome.
Cygnet Living History Museum

Summerleas underpass: detours required
Kingborough Council is constructing an underpass on Summerleas Road to improve safety for all pedestrians and cyclists, and community members.
The underpass will provide healthier transport options for getting around Kingston.
To install the new infrastructure, it will be necessary to close Summerleas Road between Whitewater Crescent and Queens Parade from Monday 24 June for up to 10 weeks, weather dependent.
To ease pressure on residential roads, the council encourages all motorists to use Huon Highway to access Kingston CBD, Kingston High School and all the sporting and recreational facilities in the area.
Bus diversion
Public buses will follow the detour route, but services to the Queens Parade/Greenhill Drive area will remain unaffected. The affected routes are:
Tassielink routes 710, 711, 712, 714, 715, 716, 718, 719
Metro route 429
Bus stop changes
The Metro bus stop just past the roundabout, in front of 53 Summerleas Road, will be temporarily moved to Whitewater Crescent between numbers 3 and 5.
The informal Tassielink bus stop outside 100 Summerleas Road will be inaccessible and relocated to 130 Summerleas Road.
Pedestrian management
During construction, a section of Whitewater Track will be closed to pedestrians, with a pedestrian detour in place for the duration of the work. Please follow all signage in the area.
For enquiries, please contact Kingborough Council on 6211 8200 and ask to speak to the project manager for the Summerleas underpass or email kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au.
Kingborough Council

Channel and Huon road safety improvements
State government funding has been allocated to road safety improvements in Sandfly, Snug, Huonville, and Cygnet.
Sealed shoulders for bike riders will be installed on Sandfly Road thanks to $400,000 of funding, while shared paths will be built in Snug thanks to a $275,000 allocation. Sums of $29,366 and $17,625 will be spent in Huonville on street lighting and pedestrian ramps respectively. Cygnet will gain an unsignalled pedestrial crossing thanks to
a $44,629 allocation.
The funding comes from the latest rounds of the Vulnerable Road User Program and the Safer Rural Roads Program. The programs will provide $4.7 million for 38 projects around Tasmania to improve safety on local and rural roads.
Minister for transport Eric Abetz said the programs provided councils with funding to build usually simple infrastructure works to protect vulnerable road users and improve safety at spots of identified risk.
“Including co-contributions from councils, the projects see a total investment of $8.2 million to deliver infrastructure treatments, across 38 different projects,”
he said.
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Minister for transport
media release

Planting to protect Snug Beach
Over the coming weeks, Kingborough Council will begin coastal planting near the southern end of Snug Beach.
This work is being undertaken to manage coastal erosion along the foreshore and to protect infrastructure such as the car park, road, and playground.
Coastal vegetation plays a key role in the defence from erosion, as plant roots and foliage can stabilise and protect against wind and waves.
The southern end of Snug Beach is highly susceptible to erosion.
Vegetation plays a key role in protecting this area.
The planting site will also incorporate a path, which will provide an alternative for beach goers to walk during high tide.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the council’s natural areas and biodiversity team at 6211 8200 or email kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au.
Kingborough Council

Calling cabaret contributors
Cygnet Arts Council has thanked  everyone who took part in making its inaugural Short, Sharp and Showy short acts cabaret event so successful. The night featured
a diverse group of local and highly talented performers strutting their stuff before an excited, buzzing audience. Lots of fun was had by all. And lots of work was done by a dedicated small group from the Cygnet Arts Council to make it happen.
If the community would like to see a repeat of this great local event, Arts Council organisers have called for more volunteers to step up and contribute whatever they feel they can – whether it’s making a cake, setting up chairs or learning how to set up the stage lights and sound. Become part of the creative community the Arts Council is developing around these events.
Email your interest to cygnetartscouncil@gmail.com.
Gai Anderson

Kingborough no-spray register: apply now
To maintain roadside vegetation, Kingborough Council undertakes a spraying program within both urban and rural areas of Kingborough, using government-approved herbicides.
As part of the program, the council invites residents to apply for their property frontage to be added to the no spray register for the
2024-2026 period.
Please note that all current permits for 2022 to 2024 will expire on
30 June 2024. Residents with these permits will need to re-apply.
Visit www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/services/roads/nature-strips-and-road-reservations/no-spray-register-applications to view the no spray register guidelines and submit a request to be included on the register.
The form is also available from the Civic Centre in Kingston and the Bruny Island Service Centre.
Where the council approves
a frontage for inclusion within the no spray register, it will be the applicant’s responsibility to manage the roadside vegetation within the no spray zone, in accordance with the permit issued by the council.
Applications should be lodged with the council by 31 July 2024 to allow time for creation of maps and property information.
Kingborough Council

Pedder, Centrelink and cellos... all at Cygnet U3A
Cygnet U3A’s term 2 is underway, but it’s not too late to join up. There are three Wednesday morning talks remaining for the first half of the term.
In addition, from 10am to 12.15pm, smaller groups meet on other days covering: arts and crafts, books, creative writing, drawing, family history, a men’s forum and play reading.  Should you be interested in finding out more or wish to join U3A Cygnet, visit www.u3acygnet.au for more information on membership and for details of the program.
Anyone interested is most welcome to come along on
a Wednesday morning to Enjoy Church, 8 Mary Street, Cygnet to find out more and perhaps stay to listen to a talk starting at 10am.
Wednesday talks
26 June Sorting Centrelink and retirement – Cameron Thomas
Whatever terms might be used about our welfare system, ‘straightforward’ and ‘easy to understand’ are not among them.  That is why Centrelink appoints financial services officers to help us negotiate the system. What is available if you have assets but no income? How will receiving
a lump sum affect your pension?  What if your spouse is 20 years younger than you? What are the implications of downsizing?  Cameron will give a general view and tell us how to organise a face-to-face interview.
3 July Hello Cello, My Old Friend – Georgia Shine
Cygnet cellist Georgia Shine will share her cello story and the wild, winding path that brought her to Tasmania, where she now runs the Cygnet Cello Choir and performs across the state in
a variety of settings. Georgia will outline her cello journey, as well as her discovery of the Alexander Technique and interpretive dance – discoveries that saved her life. The talk will be accompanied by live cello.
10 July Pedder film screening: The case for restoring Lake Pedder – Christine Milne
In 1972, despite protests and opposition, Lake Pedder, and its beautiful pink quartzite beach, was drowned when three dams were built to create the Serpentine Hydro Impoundment,
now covering 242km2 of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Two of the dams are now considered high risk.
In the UN Decade on Ecological Restoration, the move to decommission the dams and restore the original lake has gained momentum. A 30-minute film will be shown, reflecting on the expense of repairing the dam walls versus an engineered emptying of the impoundment.
Suzanne Brown

First aid training for Judbury area
The Judbury Community Centre Management Committee (JCCMC), with sponsorship from Community Bank Huon Valley, will offer a free first-aid training session to members of the Judbury and Upper Huon community on 23 June from 10.30am to 1pm.
Delivered by professional first-aid educators, the session will briefly touch on aspects such as choking, burns, asthma, anaphylaxis, minor wounds, broken bones, seizures, snake bites, ear and eye injuries, head injuries, shock, poisons,
CPR and use of a defibrillator.
The JCCMC believes first-aid training for local community members and volunteers contributes to
a safer community overall. By investing in this essential knowledge, it hopes to empower individuals to act swiftly and effectively during critical moments.
For further information, email contact@judburycommunitycentre.com. Book your spot at judburycommunitycentre.com/event/enhancing-community-safety-through-first-aid-training.
Spaces are limited to two people per household.
The JCCMC would like to acknowledge Bendigo Bank for their sponsorship and support in enabling this important event.
Judbury Community Centre
Management Committee

Get digital ready in Geeveston
Are you tired of your kids and grandkids complaining about your lack of tech skills?
Come to Geeveston Community Centre (GeCo) for a four-week course that runs through a number of skills. The course will run on Fridays from 5 July between 10am and 12pm.
You’ll learn skills such as:
Using your camera on your phone
Managing your apps and telephone/data plan
Avoiding scams in email/Facebook and text
Managing Facebook and other social media.
...Plus much, much more. Kev and Trish will take you on a tour of what you can do with your technology, answer your questions and maybe just teach you some skills to wow your family with.
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Visit Humanitix or call GeCo on 6297 1616. No experience is necessary. Morning tea will be provided.
Bring your mobile phone and
a willingness to learn.
Geeveston Community Centre

Plibersek raises new Antarctic anxiety
Federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek has questioned Hobart’s status as the gateway to Antarctica in a letter to Tasmanian premier Jeremy Rockliff. The news comes after the federal government recently opted to extend the Australian Antartic’s Division’s lease of its Kingston headquarters for at least 10 years.
Ms Plibersek wrote the letter after state-owned TasPorts estimated the cost of redeveloping Macquarie Wharf 6 at more than $515 million over 30 years. Ms Plibersek said the figure quoted by Tasports was 14 times more than the government currently paid and that no costings had been provided to back up the “exorbitant” figure.
She said the redevelopment was essential if the RSV Nuyina Antarctic research ship was to continue to call Hobart home.
“The Australian government cannot accept that these are reasonable commercial terms,” she wrote to Mr Rockliff.
“As an agreement with TasPorts is not currently possible, I seek your intervention and ongoing support to ensure we can finalise negotiations on long-term arrangements for RSV Nuyina and the Australian Antarctic Program so they continue to be based in Hobart.
“I remain committed to Hobart remaining the gateway to the Antarctic, but it appears that the Tasmanian government agencies are determined to stand in the way of securing this development.”
Rumours surfaced last year that the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) would have to move its shipping to Western Australia due to refuelling issues with the RSV Nuyina, and Ms Plibersek’s letter highlighted the $900,000 cost to taxpayers of the ship refuelling in Burnie after TasPorts prevented it from travelling under the Tasman Bridge.
Ms Plibersek said that a resolution of these issues would unlock the $240 million in federal funding for the Macquarie Precinct redevelopment with its new AFL stadium.
The AAD employs 300 staff. In question time recently Tasmanian Labor leader and former Kingborough mayor Dean Winter accused the state Liberal government of jeopardising 1,000 jobs he said were linked to the AAD.
Premier Rockliff said that some in the federal government were being dishonest.
“We will always be standing up for Tasmania against those in Canberra that want to dud us time and time again.
“We are working through these matters. Clearly, the commitment that was made to the minister yesterday is to Hobart being the Antarctic base and we will work through these matters like adults.
“We will work through with TasPorts, the state government, state growth and indeed Canberra as well. We recognise the value of Antarctica and the precinct opportunity, but also wharf 6 as well.”
TasPorts chief executive officer Anthony Donald said AAD requirements were complex.
“The costs are reflective of the detailed design works, which are specific and a bespoke request by the AAD. The level of investment is reflective of the infrastructure requirements.
“We are not simply talking about reparation of the wharf structure but a bespoke design that is very specific to their needs.
“The real question given AAD’s understanding of the costs of their bespoke design requirements is what has been included in the federal budget. This clarity will enable a negotiation to be had in earnest.”
The Classifieds

Play space taking shape
Work has started on the construction of the Spring Farm Play Space and landscaping.
With a strong focus on natureplay and movement, this park will include a creek bed, themed water and nature play space and a natural log climbing structure with slide and swings.
Picnic table seating and a modest grass gathering space will also be included.
The park will be directly accessible from the new shared-use Whitewater Creek Track with pathway connections to Homestead Place and Rodway Court.
Construction and landscaping is expected to be completed by the end of June, while completion of planting and garden beds will be carried out in August, depending on the weather.
Kingborough Council

A Day at the Park needs your help
Kingston-based family fun day A Day at the Park is calling on members of the public who value the event and would like to see it continue to get involved in the organising committee.
A Day at the Park president, Else Phillips, said that while the 2024 event attracted a good number of volunteers on the day, there is a great deal of work involved in the lead-up to the event.
“The organising committee of A Day at the Park used to run
A Day on the Beach, and some of our volunteers continue to be involved after more than a decade with both events.
“It’s important for the future sustainability of the event that we expand our organising committee and bring some new faces and fresh ideas to the table.”
The tasks involved in organising A Day at the Park include, but are not limited to, dealing with suppliers, food vendors and entertainers, developing promotional material, managing the event’s social media channels, putting up roadside signs, applying for permits and negotiating
with sponsors.
“Being part of this event means delivering something fun for children and their families, something that entertains the local community and celebrates Australia’s multicultural diversity,” Ms Phillips said.
“It is hard work, but it is also very personally rewarding when the event comes together and the hard work pays off.
“I am sure that people who enjoy A Day at the Park and value what it does for the community can also find personal fulfilment in getting involved.”
Anyone interested in joining the organising committee is encouraged to contact Else Phillips on 0408 416 375 or email president@adayatthepark.au.
Else Phillips



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