THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS
She Shed offers practical skills
The Huon She Shed Inc. is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all women in the Huon area to learn basic tool, woodworking and repair skills through workshops. Many women would like to be able to undertake their own minor repairs, but may not have access to tools or know how to use them.
Our goals are to:
Provide all women in the community with access to workshops that will help them learn practical skills;
Promote women’s health and wellbeing through community, connection,
collaboration and support;
Promote a more circular economy by enabling women to repair and maintain household/farm items, reducing waste and consumption.
More than 400 women have already joined the Huon She Shed Facebook group.
On Saturday 5 December at 2pm, the Huon She Shed will hold a meet and greet session at Cygnet Town Hall to talk about its aims and progress so far on setting up premises and beginning workshops. Tiffany Hutton
Prepare your business for emergencies
Business Tasmania, in partnership with the Tasmania Fire Service and the Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre, is excited to offer business and the community the opportunity to attend a free information session on preparing your business for the upcoming bushfire season.
At the session you will learn about preparing your business in the event of an emergency, where to seek advice, and how to stay informed if an emergency occurs.
The session takes place on Tuesday 8 December at Kingborough Bowls Club,
1615 Channel Highway, Margate. Please arrive at 5.15pm for
a prompt 5.30pm start. The session runs until 6.30pm.
Registrations are essential via Eventbrite.
For more information call Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or email email@example.com
This a free event, but numbers are limited so if you can’t attend, please cancel your registration through Eventbrite or email Business Tasmania at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get bushfire ready at Huon expo
Drop into the Bushfire Ready Expo for advice from a variety of agencies on how to get your bushfire survival plan in place, and protect what matters most this bushfire season.
The expo takes place on Saturday 5 December from 10am to 2pm at the Huon Valley Hub, 23 Main Street, Huonville.
Tasmania Fire Service
Australian Red Cross
Rural Alive And Well (RAW)
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)
Huon Valley Council
Huon Valley Dog Walking Association
Get Ready Animals – Big and Small
Ministry of Churches
The Salvation Army
Rural Business Tasmania
For local bushfire awareness information visit www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au and click on Services and Facilities>My Community>Community Safety.
Huon Valley Council
Drop into the Huon Valley Hub
Drop into the Huon Valley Hub open day and explore all that’s on offer on Friday 4 December from 12pm to 7pm.
Meet local service providers.
Find out about local upcoming events and training opportunities. Explore the facilities available for use by our community. And enjoy games, activities and a barbecue.
The Huon Valley Hub will be a welcoming community space where you can connect with others, learn new skills, become more informed, and get the support you need.
Set to open in January 2021, the hub is at 23 Main Street in Huonville, and will also include the neighbouring green space.
The hub will provide a place for community members to meet with others, easily access programs and services, and take part in social activities and workshops.
Some of the spaces and opportunities which will be available from January 2021 include:
A lounge area for informal meetings
Meeting/workshop rooms with audiovisual equipment
Toilet, baby change table and kitchenette
Open-plan space for presentations and small events
Neighbouring green space.
Huon Valley Council is supporting the delivery of a wide range of programs and activities, such as:
Community health and wellbeing programs
Demonstrations or tasters (fitness, nutrition, art, etc.)
Targeted community programs (positive ageing/youth)
Outdoor markets, live entertainment and art exhibitions
Harm prevention and awareness
Training courses, workshops and information sessions
Artists in residence
Committee and network group meetings.
Bookings will be required for use of some spaces so that activities can be coordinated in a way that maximises opportunities for community members to get involved.
The council invites community groups and program providers to be a key part of the hub, and use this as an opportunity to connect with Huon Valley community members of all ages. Expressions of interest can be lodged via the council’s website.
If you have any questions or need some help, contact the council on 6264 0300 or email email@example.com.
Huon Valley Council
Help boost Huonville
What do you want for the future of Huonville?
Now’s the time to share your ideas for what you want to see and do in Huonville to make it a more active, connected and vibrant place.
Come along to the Huon Valley Hub at 23 Main Street, Huonville and share your ideas on Thursday 3 December from 3pm to 5pm or Friday 4 December from 5pm to 7pm (during the Huon Valley Hub Open Day).
You can also contribute via phone on 6264 0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating great places is something everyone can contribute to.
One possible approach is to form a ‘town team’ – a group of local residents, landowners and businesses working together to improve their place, with the support of the council.
There are already 54 teams around Australia. Huonville could be the perfect pilot location for the next team, with opportunities for town teams to form in other locations around the Valley in 2021.
The town-team approach is inclusive, creative and fun, with opportunities to connect with town teams in neighbouring areas.
You can read more about it on the Town Team Movement website at www.townteammovement.com.
Register your interest by contacting Huon Valley Council on 6264 0300 or email@example.com, or visit the Huon Valley website and click on Have Your Say> Help Make Huonville a Better Place.
Huon Valley Council
Disability employment: Sam’s success
Maxima work in a number of communities throughout Tasmania under the Disability Employment Services (DES) program to support people with a disability, health condition, or illness to obtain opportunities in employment and training. Maxima has an office at 11 Main Street
This year has been challenging in many aspects but Maxima says there are many employers still recruiting and using services such as Maxima to do so.
The International Day of People with a Disability is celebrated on 3 December. Approximately 15% of the world’s population has been diagnosed with a disability, between 2-4% of whom experience significant difficulties in functioning.
Local success story
One local resident who experiences such difficulties is Sam Hasell. Having been diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s at
a young age, the 22-year-old has recently begun employment at the Huonville Maxima office as an administrative trainee.
“I really enjoy working with such a lovely team of people”, says Sam. “It feels good to give back to the community that’s given me so much over the years.”
Sam, who has lived in the Huon Valley since the age of 10, and whose parents also grew up in the Valley, attended St James Catholic College from 2009 to 2014, and then Guilford Young College in Hobart from 2015 to 2016, while also working part-time as a customer service trainee at the Blundstone Australia office in Moonah until 2018.
During his time at Blundstone, Same also attended TasTAFE in Hobart where he took numerous IT courses. He then worked as an IT trainee at TasTAFE during the first half of the year, even when the school was forced to go remote as a result of the
After his time at Guilford Young concluded in July, Sam turned to the Maxima team to help in his quest to find employment, shortly after which he received a call about a position within the office at Huonville.
“I received a call from the team, who told me about an admin position that had come up, but they couldn’t tell me exactly what it was at that time. Obviously,
I jumped at the opportunity, and I interviewed with Maxima only
a couple weeks later, only to find out shortly after my interview that I’d gotten the job. I was
Sam is currently enjoying his time at Maxima, having recently completed the first module of his Certificate III in Business, as well as overcoming a major barrier by placing a couple of calls on his workplace phone, something he has had difficulty with in the past.
Sam also enjoys interacting with the local community, having attended numerous workplace events, including an event that will be held at the Glenorchy City Council as part of International Day of People with a Disability.
Green waste weekend on Bruny
Free green waste will be accepted at Bruny Island Waste Transfer Station, P231 Main Road, North Bruny, for Bruny Island residents from 8am to 3.30pm, on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December.
Green waste must be completely free of contaminants including:
• General waste
• Hazardous waste
• Declared weeds.
Detection of contaminants may result in disposal fees. If you need help in identifying weeds, please contact Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.
A limit of five cubic metres per household applies. Private and commercial operators will be requested to pay standard rates.
These weekends can be very busy. Staff appreciate the patience of all visitors to the facility during this time. If you have any questions contact Kingborough Waste Services on 6267 2337.
Celebrating human rights
Amnesty International and the Franklin Palais invite you to enjoy a summer evening’s celebration of resilience and kindness to mark International Human Rights Day on Thursday 10 December from 6pm to 9pm. Entry is by donation.
The event begins with inspirational guest speakers.
Rodney Dillon is Amnesty Australia’s Indigenous rights advisor.
Professor Tim McCormack is special adviser on international humanitarian law to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and director of World Vision Australia.
Local Ahwazi refugee Arad Niksefatms will share his story of coming to the Huon Valley and the beauty of the culture of the Ahwazi people.
The speaker presentations will be followed by a Q&A with all three.
After intermission and yummy food, there will be a 20-minute film of Nurmuhammad Majid’s visit to southern Tasmania on
a speaking tour to raise awareness of the situation of the Uyghur people and celebrate their culture. Robert Alcock’s film Nur Speaks Out is a fly-on-the-wall account of three days of Nur’s journey.
The screening will be followed by musicians and singers, including Tiffany Eckhardt performing her song Kindness, Steve and Marjorie Gadd, the Little Boat Choir, and storyteller Bert Spinks.
Pasha (previously of Pasha’s Turkish restaurants) has kindly offered to prepare food for sale on the evening. The Palais Theatre bar will also be open.
Amnesty Southern Group will hold a Write for Rights stall at the event and will have a petition for the vitally important campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 14.
Donations on the evening will be shared with refugees and Amnesty International.
Festival offers taste of vegan lifestyle
Celebrating all things vegan, Tasmania’s third annual VeganFest follows on from two hugely successful events which attracted thousands of people. This year, due to coronavirus regulations, attendees are requried to book via the festival website at veganfesttas.com.au.
VeganFest takes place on 6 December at the Kingborough Community Hub, Kingston.
The family-friendly event is suitable for anyone with an interest in vegan living, whatever stage of the journey they are on.
There will be more than 40 stalls with a fabulous range of food and beverages, clothing, art and crafts, cosmetics and animal charity stalls. There will also be a range of talks on everything from how to get started as a vegan, to vegan fitness and a vegan nutrition stall with free recipe booklets. There will also be musicians, children’s activities, and a relaxed and friendly vibe.
Tree launches giving spirit
Kingborough Help Hands’ sharing tree was launched by Tasmanian Local Hero of 2021 Edna Pennicott at Channel Court, Kingston on Friday 27 November. The tree will be staffed by volunteers right up to Christmas so that community members can donate gifts, food items or vouchers to be distributed to those in need.
The tree was decorated by grade 4 students from St Aloysius Catholic College.
By contributing to the tree outside Woolworths, you’ll be ensuring that those who aren’t as fortunate have something to enjoy on Christmas Day.
Clennett’s Mitre 10 have also put up a tree and are collecting donations for the Kingborough Helping Hands Sharing Tree. They have also donated a wheelbarrow full of goodies and have a table set up for us to sell raffle tickets.
Kingborough Helping Hands would love some volunteer helpers to staff the raffle table if you think you could spare an hour or two during the week. If so please message Kingborough Helping Hands via Facebook Messenger for more details.
Kingborough Helping Hands
Fuel break slashing program
Kingborough Council’s annual fuel-break slashing program has started and the council has received calls from residents concerned about the height of vegetation on the fuel breaks.
The slashing program is based on the dryness or curing of the grass, not on the height. It needs to be carefully timed to achieve the best outcome to reduce bushfire risk. Cutting too early, particularly in high-growth years like this one, may mean that more and drier fuel is available to burn in peak bushfire season.
The council will be monitoring the breaks, and a second cut will be planned during summer, depending on the growth and curing of the fuel on the breaks.
Please help the council by keeping fuel breaks clear of unwanted household vegetation such as grass clippings or wood storage.
Upcoming events in Kingston
At the Community Hub, Thursday 10 December, 10.30 to 11.30am
Local migrant residents are encouraged to come along and share ideas with Mayor Dean Winter on how they would like to see the council include and celebrate its multicultural population.
Home Fire Safety
Kingston Fire Brigade
Tuesday 15 December, 10.30am to 12pm, Kingston Library
Covering a range of topics on home fire safety, including home evacuation plans, smoke alarms, backyard bush management, and more. Come prepared to ask questions to get the most out of the session.
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