THIS WEEK'S COMMUNITY NEWS


Family fun at the hub
Come along to a family fun day at the Kingborough Community Hub on Saturday 21 May and celebrate Families Week with puppets, a magician and great food.
National Families Week runs from 15 to 21 May 2022 and celebrates the important role that families play in our community.
Kingborough deputy mayor, Jo Westwood said that the council was committed to activating its community hub and providing the community with a range of activities and events.
“Families with children account for 58% of Kingborough’s population.
“Our Families Day celebration starts at 11.30am at the Kingborough Community Hub.
“The Well Fed Tasmania food truck will be onsite offering free nutritious snacks for the whole family to enjoy.
“There will be a range of healthy dips, muffins and fresh fruit. Free recipes and resources for healthy cooking will also be available.
“At 12.30pm Dazza the Magnificent, a Tasmanian magician, will amaze everyone with his fun filled magic show.
“This will be followed by a puppet show, with some insights on how to master ventriloquism.
“There will also be a puppet making opportunity for the children after the show.
Kingborough Council

Channel Museum open day
After voting on Saturday 21 May, give yourself a treat and stroll over to the Channel Museum at 1755 Channel Highway, Margate. Come and have a good look. Be amazed at how much bigger we are than we seem to be. Suitable for the whole family, we have easy access for the disabled, and lots of volunteers to help you with your queries. Our display themes include original inhabitants, explorers, early settlers, local industry, social life, migrant experience, involvement in WWI and WWII, and much more. The museum also has the second largest camera exhibition in Australia. The Lions Club are supporting the museum with a sausage sizzle (GF available). Irene and Kees will make Oliebollen again. The museum café will also be open for coffee, snacks and lunch. Entry is free to all on this open day.
Channel Museum

Sports centre funding sought
Kingborough mayor, Paula Wriedt said the Kingborough community was missing out on federal funding commitments due to not being a marginal electorate.
“Having been a safe Labor seat for decades we consistently get overlooked during elections which is frustrating for our residents,” Cr Wriedt said.
“Just recently, Devonport received a commitment from Federal Labor for $25 million for upgrades to sporting facilities in the area, with a population of around 25,000 people.
“Additionally, George Town with a population of just 7,000 residents has been promised $15 million to upgrade their aquatic facilities. Both of these are, unsurprisingly, in marginal seats.
“Kingborough Council’s request for federal funding towards a much needed upgrade to the Kingborough Sports Centre seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
“Kingborough continues to grow rapidly, exceeding all population projections.
“It is estimated that when the most recent census data is released it will show our population is nearing 40,000 residents.
“Kingborough Council’s sports centre is an important sporting hub for the whole of southern Tasmania. Our data shows that we are servicing a catchment of around 100,000 people from Hobart through Kingborough to the Channel and Huon Valley.
“The sports centre is now at capacity and we haven’t been able to provide court space to a range of clubs. For example, last year we didn’t have the capacity to accommodate volleyball.
“The growth of new sports such as pickleball has also put pressure on demand for our facilities. This is an emerging and fast growing sport and while we can provide them with courts to play, they could expand further if we had more courts to provide them.
“The council is seeking a contribution from a future federal government to upgrade the Kingborough Sports Centre to satisfy the needs of the community.
“We have been working with all the sports centre user groups to come up with a plan that would benefit the clubs and enable them to grow and have a project that is shovel ready.
“However, at a total cost of nearly $26 million it is not a project that the council could do on our own, so we need support from other levels of government to make this a reality.
“The project will provide four new indoor netball and multiuse courts, upgrade our two outdoor netball courts and shelters and provide additional car parking for the many users.
“The upgrade will also have a new, easily accessible single point of entry, a shared kiosk, and provide more working space and rooms for our community sporting clubs, creating economies of scale for the clubs.
“The Kingborough Sports Centre currently has four indoor multi-use courts and four outdoor netball courts, however the outdoor netball courts are in poor condition which may increase the risk of injuries to players.
“As a former netball player myself I also know that playing outside in winter isn’t that pleasant either and increasingly social teams want to play indoors.
“Netball is the most popular team sport for girls and women aged 15 to 24 and the most popular form of physical activity for 12 to 17 year old girls in Australia.
“The new multi-use courts can be used for netball as well as basketball, gymnastics, futsal, pickleball and volleyball and will make the Kingborough Sports Centre the largest indoor sports stadium in the state.
“It’s clear that the Kingborough Sports Centre has become the regional sports hub for this part of southern Tasmania, servicing people from a wide catchment area.
“The new facilities will also enhance the opportunities for neighbouring Kingston High School which is on track to become a centre of excellence for sports education in years 11 and 12.
“The opportunity for everyone to participate in sport, recreation, exercise, and leisure activities is a very important part of a healthy community.”
Kingborough Council

Legislative Council election results
A parliamentary election was held on Saturday 7 May for the Legislative Council division of Huon.
Updated first preference figures are on the TEC website (www.tec.tas.gov.au). All figures are provisional.
As of Sunday 8 May, the progressive results were as follows (percentages relate to the progressive formal votes counted to date):
Toby Thorpe (25.23%) leads Dean Harriss (23.93%), Aldo Antolli (22.79%), Gideon Cordover (20.32%), and Pat Caplice (7.72%).  With still 1,700 votes that can be included in the count, and an even spread of votes across four candidates, it is unlikely that a result will be known until the end of the postal return period, on Tuesday 17 May.
Tasmanian Electoral Commission

Flu vaccination teams to tour Tasmania
Tasmanians living in rural and regional parts of the state will have access to free flu shots over the next two weeks, with clinics set to pop up across the state.
Clinics will be run in Margate and Woodbridge on Saturday 14 May; Geeveston and Southport on Monday 16 May; and Cygnet and Huonville on Saturday 28 May.
The state-run clinics will be set up at neighbourhood houses, community houses, town halls, sport clubs and other community spaces for several hours at a time to give locals an opportunity to get the flu vaccine.
Anyone aged five years and above can turn up on the day and get vaccinated for free – no appointment required.
The rural and regional clinics are part of our plan to maximise the number of people who get the flu vaccine this year and minimise the impact on the Tasmanian community.
GPs and pharmacies are the primary provider of flu vaccines, but this flu season we are supporting the primary care sector to expand access further, including these areas without access to vaccination providers.
With flu set to return to the state after two years of very few cases, we want to make sure no one misses out on the chance to get the vaccine and protect themselves from the potentially severe effects of flu.
The vaccine also reduces the chance of catching and spreading the flu, which means recipients may protect their loved ones and the wider Tasmanian community.
Pleasingly, more than 67,000 people have already rolled up their sleeves and come forward for a flu vaccine in the first month of the rollout, with more than half of those over the age of 65.
We encourage vulnerable Tasmanians who are eligible for a flu vaccine through the National Immunisation Program to get vaccinated through their GP or pharmacy. This includes young children aged two and under, who have never lived through a flu season or gained any immunity to the virus.
Importantly, there is no interval required between COVID-19 and flu vaccines, meaning you can get both at the same time through your GP or pharmacy.
To find out more about how to get the flu vaccine visit www.flu.tas.gov.au.
Jeremy Rockliff
Minister for Health

Snug River pedestrian bridge upgrade commences
Work is starting on the upgrade of the Snug River pedestrian bridge replacement.
The timber bridge will be removed, new concrete abutments will be built, and a new aluminium bridge will be constructed in its place.
The new bridge will be twice as wide to allow for improved access. The span will also be clear, to improve water passage below.
The pedestrian bridge is expected to be out of use for approximately three to four weeks, weather dependent, but the aim is for it to be completed before the next school holidays.
The old timber bridge was approved to be upgraded in the 21/22 Council Capital Works Budget for approximately $230,000.
The council has contacted the North West Bay Scout Group to inform them of the works.
Kingborough Council

Boost for cancer research
Over the last decade volunteers in the South Channel have raised more than $12,000 for cancer research. Now they are hoping to boost that total with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea next month in Middleton.
Australia has one of the highest rates of cancer in the world with 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, causes more than 1,500 preventable deaths a year but early detection can lead to successful treatment.
Cancer Council Tasmania plays a key role in cancer research in addition to providing support for those who have been diagnosed and their family and friends particularly for breast cancer and prostate cancer, two of the most common types of cancer.
This year’s Biggest Morning Tea takes place at Middleton Hall on Saturday June 4 from 10am to midday. Entry is $5 with a lucky door prize and a competition for the best decorated beanie as a sign of support for those impacted by cancer.
The Cancer Council is the biggest non-government funder of cancer research in the country investing $288 million in Australian cancer research over the past five years alone. As a result survival rates have risen from 49% in the 1980s to 69% as researchers unlock more of cancer’s secrets.
Gloria Lonergan

Introduction to grant writing info session
Learn how to apply for grants at an information session from Business Tasmania, presented by Suzy Cooper from Sidecar Studio. The session will take place on Wednesday 1 June from 5.45pm to 7.15pm at Huonville Library.
This session is for anyone wanting to learn how to apply for grants for the first time, or for people with some experience who want to improve their applications. It will show you how the process works and how to give the grant assessors all the information they need.
The session will cover:
Business Tasmania’s grants writing handbook;
How to find grants you’re eligible for;
What’s involved in putting together an application;
How to make your application stand out.
Please arrive at 5.45pm for a prompt 6pm start.
If you have any questions, please contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or email ask@business.tas.gov.au.
Business Tasmania

Planning for Greater Hobart’s future
Greater Hobart is growing and changing and that’s why a strategic, integrated plan is needed to guide the right development into the right places. This will help us to meet the challenges of a growing population, while maintaining and enhancing what makes our capital city so special.
The Greater Hobart Committee† has publicly released its draft 30-Year Greater Hobart Plan, and we want to hear what local residents and businesses have to say about the growth and development of our capital city over the coming decades.
The state government is pleased to have been able to support and facilitate the development of the draft plan, and it has been gratifying to see how well the four Greater Hobart councils have been able to work together to deliver and articulate their collective vision for how our capital city will grow and develop over the next 30 years.
Now, the Greater Hobart Committee wants to hear where and how people envision they will live, get around, and access services and facilities.
With an additional 60,000 people expected to call Greater Hobart home over the next 30 years, it is vital that we plan and deliver housing, services and infrastructure to maintain the historical small-city roots and connectivity which makes Hobart and its surrounds so unique.
This draft plan outlines why we should ensure housing is as close as possible to employment hubs and transport options, facilities, services and amenities, which will help form the basis of a flourishing capital city into the future.
As outlined in the draft plan, recent trends indicate that the 30,000 additional dwellings we may need over the next 30 years can primarily be delivered through infill development, with only around 30 per cent of new homes coming from greenfield.
The draft plan also encourages incorporating greater diversity in housing through a mix of low-impact medium density dwellings, higher-density dwellings in appropriate locations and normal suburban residential densities on greenfield land.
This greater housing diversity will provide more choice and affordability, with greater opportunities for our residents to match their housing with their stage in life and individual needs.
Once finalised, the Greater Hobart Plan will inform an update to the Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy. As well as urban consolidation, it is expected that the plan will identify areas for future growth, which may result in adjustments to the current urban growth boundary.
To find out more, and to have your say in shaping the future of our city while maintaining and enhancing what makes our capital city so special, go to greaterhobart.tas.gov.au.
All feedback and submissions will help shape the final 30-Year Plan for Greater Hobart which is expected to be released in the coming months.
† The Greater Hobart Committee comprises the mayors of the four Greater Hobart councils as well as the State Government Ministers for State Development, Construction and Housing, Infrastructure and Transport, and Community Services and Development.
State Government media release

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