Gutwein should foot Huon inquiry bill
Peter Coad, mayor of Huon Valley Council until it was sacked last October, is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the
council’s “debacle”.
He also believes that the Tasmanian Government should foot the bill for the costs of the board of inquiry into HVC that Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein established in September 2015.
In response to recent media articles indicating that Huon Valley and Glenorchy councils are likely to be ordered to pay the costs of inquiries into their councils, Mr Coad said: “The minister for local government and the then director of local government were directly involved in the causation of the Huon Valley Council board of inquiry.”
Mr Coad said that, in his role as a councillor, he met with Mr Gutwein and Premier Will Hodgman at a prearranged meeting in Hobart in June 2015, at which he raised concerns about the governance of the council.
“That meeting,” he said, “was supposed to be confidential. However, the minister responded to the points I had raised in confidence by replying to me via the general manager, who was central to the issues that had been discussed at our meeting.
“I don’t believe this misdirection of correspondence, which should have been addressed directly to me, was a mistake on the part of the minister. It certainly led to serious disruption within the council.”
The consequence, Mr Coad said, was a formal complaint, by the GM against the mayor, that was never dealt with because of the appointment soon afterwards of the board of inquiry.
“I believe that both the minister and the then director of local government should have known that, by sending the minister’s written response to me via HVC management, it would have caused serious problems for the mayor and council.”
After his “confidential” meeting with Mr Gutwein and the premier, said Mr Coad, “the minister advised me, in August 2015, that he would not order a board of inquiry — yet soon afterwards he announced an inquiry into the council”.
Mr Coad said: “Mr Gutwein rejected my request for an inquiry — yet he agreed four weeks later with someone else’s request. The question is: from whom did that request come?
“Then, after Mr Gutwein ordered the inquiry, he called in parliament for me to resign without offering any justification for
his statement.
“I was not alone among councillors who did not agree with the process the minister had put in place to achieve his ministerial directions, yet he did not call for any other councillor to resign.”
Mr Coad said that a situation had developed where “the minister was playing very serious political games with a democratically elected mayor”.
“Later, after the board of inquiry had produced a draft report,” said Mr Coad, “the minister was clearly supportive of the still-secret Page Seager report — commissioned without the mayor’s knowledge — which called for the removal of him as mayor. What were the minister’s real motivations? The Page Seager report, which cost council some $54,000, was commissioned by management to respond to the interim findings of the Gutwein inquiry, which, it should be noted, did not recommend removal of the mayor.”
Arguing that the board of inquiry into HVC was of Mr Gutwein’s and the Local Government Division’s making, Mr Coad said: “The Huon Valley Council should not have to pay any of the costs of the board of inquiry until a parliamentary inquiry is conducted into the actions of the minister and his then director of local government as to their personal involvement.
“Both the minister and the director were part of the problem, and the State Government should recognise this in considering who should pay the costs of the inquiry — which I understand are estimated at $336,000.”
Mr Coad said he would welcome, and fully co-operate with, a parliamentary inquiry, to which he was prepared to provide a full range of information
and documentation.
“The State Government,” he said, “should be serious about being open and transparent about what truly occurred in the Huon Valley Council debacle. And it should be prepared to support an inquiry.”
Former Huon Valley Council Mayor, Peter Coad

Heather Rose wins Stella Prize
Kingston resident Heather Rose has been announced the winner of the 2017 Stella Prize for her novel The Museum of Modern Love. The prize was awarded at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on Tuesday 18 April. The winner receives $50,000, sponsored this year by National Australia Bank.
Brenda Walker, chair of the 2017 judging panel, said of the winning book, “The Museum of Modern Love is an exceptional novel that reimagines Marina Abramovic’s 2010 performance of ‘The Artist is Present’. It is an unusual and remarkable achievement, a meditation on the social, spiritual and artistic importance of seeing and being seen, and listening for voices from the present and past that may or may not be easy to hear.
“It is rare to encounter a novel with such powerful characterisation, such a deep understanding of the consequences of personal and national history, such affection for a city and the people who are drawn to it, and such dazzling and subtle explorations of the importance of art in everyday life.“
The Museum of Modern Love is Heather Rose’s seventh book. Her work spans adult literary fiction, children’s literature, fantasy/sci-fi and crime. Her previous novels include White Heart (1999), The Butterfly Man (2005) and The River Wife (2009). She is co-author (with Danielle Wood) of the acclaimed Tuesday McGillycuddy series for children (written under the pen-name Angelica Banks and published internationally). Heather won the Davitt Award in 2006, and her work has been shortlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Aurealis Awards, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award. She was a recipient of Varuna’s Eleanor Dark Fellowship and was the inaugural Writer in Residence at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart from 2012 to 2013 where she did much of the research for The Museum of Modern Love. Heather is currently studying Fine Arts at UTAS.
Of winning the 2017 Stella Prize, Heather Rose said, “To win the Stella Prize is amazing! I am surprised, delighted and deeply appreciative of the increased awareness this will bring to my novel. It’s something of a miracle when, after many years of work, a book with its own special life beyond the clandestine world of the author’s mind wins a major literary prize. The Museum of Modern Love was eleven years in the writing. It was fitted in around my work in a family business and all the regular chaos and joy of domestic life with children. This recognition is a defining career moment, and it provides the enormous gift of breathing space to work on my next novel.
“The Stella has fast become such a loved and cherished literary award in Australia. Its vision to inspire, support and honour women writers is going to powerfully shape our literary culture. We have a long way to go in Australia in lauding successful women, but the Stella team, the sponsors, supporters, and the booksellers who so enthusiastically
champion the prize, are all making a magnificent long-term contribution to this endeavour. I am sure that would make Stella Maria Sarah (Miles) Franklin very happy.”
The Stella Prize is open to works of both fiction and nonfiction by Australian women. From more than 180 entries, this year’s Stella Prize judges – author and academic Brenda Walker (chair); author and literary critic Delia Falconer; bookseller Diana Johnston; editor and chair of First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Sandra Phillips; and author, journalist and screenwriter Benjamin Law – selected a longlist of twelve books, which they then narrowed down to a shortlist of six:
Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette)
Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle (Transit Lounge)
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan)
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin)
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor (Text Publishing)
Each of the shortlistees receives $3,000 courtesy of the Ivy H Thomas and Arthur A Thomas Trust managed by Equity Trustees, and a three-week writing retreat supported by the Trawalla Foundation.
In 2017, the Stella Prize marks its fifth year celebrating Australian women’s contribution to literature. It was awarded for the first time in 2013 to Carrie Tiffany for Mateship with Birds, and the winners since include Clare Wright (Forgotten Rebels of Eureka), Emily Bitto (The Strays) and, last year, Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things). Worth $50,000 and open to both fiction and nonfiction books, the Stella Prize has, in just a few years, become an influential and much-loved feature of the Australian literary calendar – significantly boosting book sales, raising author profiles and transforming the literary landscape.
The Stella Prize Media Release

Locals shine in awards
Dr Jessica Manuela has won the prestigious Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year Award in the 2016/17 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards. Jessica was chosen from the seven category winners announced on Saturday 8 April at Wrest Point.
The Honourable Will Hodgman MP, premier of Tasmania and patron of the awards, announced Jessica as the state winner in front of more than 300 guests. Jessica was earlier presented with the St.LukesHealth Healthier
Communities Award by Mel Lukianenko, vice chair of St.LukesHealth.
Dr Manuela, 28, of Blackmans Bay is a qualified oral care professional, dedicated to raising awareness of oral health. Opening her own practice two years ago, she already has 3,000 registered patients. Jessica also volunteers 20 to 30 hours each week, speaking with school students about oral hygiene and running community information evenings. She is the chairperson for the Oral Health Promotion Committee of the Tasmanian Dental Association and was awarded the 2012 New Zealand and Australian Society of Paediatrics award.
The other six category winners were:
• Jacob Prehn, 29, of Kingston – Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award;
• Tyler Richardson, 29, of Sandy Bay – The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award;
• Mohammad Nourouzi, 23, of South Launceston – Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service and Volunteering Award;
• Shai Denny, 22, of Ridgley – TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award;
• Ariarne Titmus, 16, of Launceston – Motors Tasmania Sports Award;
• Caitlin Cashion, 27, of Huntingfield – University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.
The category winners each received $1,000 thanks to Axsys and a magnificent trophy. Dr Manuela won an additional $2,000 from the Tasmanian government, $1,000 from Wrest Point and a state trophy.
Shai Denny was also announced as the People’s Choice Award winner and received a The Coffee Club voucher valued at $200.
Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards media release 

Study locally in the Huon
Are you looking to study or looking for work? Get started in a career in business or childcare at Huon LINC.
Huon LINC is offering a Certificate II in Business (BSB20115) starting in June which will run two days per week on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 2.30pm and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) starting in May which will run two days per week on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Both courses are free to attend and will run for approximately 12 months. There are no age restrictions but students must work less than 20 hours per week.
Huon LINC’s convenient location in Huonville means you will save time and travel expenses and the course is family friendly only running during school hours and terms so you can balance your family and study more easily.
Graduates of the Certificate II in Business will gain important skills in workplace communication, customer service and Microsoft Word and Excel computer applications which will help them find rewarding employment across a range of industries.
Those studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will learn how to care and support children and their learning, gaining the critical skills required to work in one of Australia’s biggest employment industries.
If you are interested in doing either of these courses, contact Huon LINC on 6121 7010.

Author talk at Kingston LINC
Kingston LINC will be hosting a free author talk on Wednesday 3 May at 2pm. Join Carey Denholm and Stefan Petrow as they share their fascinating research into the life and times of colonial physician, Dr Edward Swarbreck Hall.
This is a talk not to be missed. Learn about Tasmania’s pioneering medical scientist and moral activist of the 19th century.
Bookings can be made via Eventbrite or by phone on 6165 6208.
Kingston LINC

Cygnet U3A: rich pickings
U3A members will really enjoy the next few presentations at our Thursday Smorgasbord. The talk on April 27 is by Kraig Carlstrom on the 'Voyage of Varg'. Kraig, who is a professional photographer, developed a passion for classic yachting, and after discovering the wreck of the Varg, set out to rebuild her over six years. Kraig discusses the forthcoming journey of the Varg to Norway this year. This is an incredible project and its all happening in Cygnet! On May 4, June Cunningham tells us about 'Fractals – the Beautiful Geometry of Nature'. Whether its broccoli or a cloud, a tree or the central nervous system, all have geometry in common. Once you have learned all about the subject you will never look at the world the same way again. Next on May 11, David Sands will talk about 'Australian Women in Action – Nurses and Serving Women'. Recent conflicts have seen traditional gender-based boundaries blur. There are few jobs with Australia's armed services that are not open to women. Highlighted are the Nursing Services. Finally on May 18 we will have John Pollard talking about being 'A Successful Nomad'. John has circumnavigated Australia twice so has plenty of adventures to share, and lots of advice. This should be a very entertaining presentation. Our Thursday Smorgasbord is at Cygnet Community Health Centre, from 10am to 12 noon. For more info go online
Judi Timm

Volunteers needed for Cygnet Lantern Parade
Long before Dark Mofo and the now widespread celebration of Tasmania’s mid-winter, Cygnet has been celebrating the important seasonal turning point with our wonderful lantern parade.
Discussions have begun about this year’s parade and, as is common with community groups, the demand/supply ratio of volunteers doesn’t always form a perfectly balanced equation!
To cut a long story short – we need a considerable number of motivated people to bring the event to life and ensure the night is safe and fun for everyone.
The jobs are as follows:
• Admin Coordinator /Parade Coordinator (a paid job!!) to take care of the permits – you’ll have lots of past experience to call on and to pull together the marshals and ensure ‘paraders’ know what to do.
• Parade marshals – to keep an eye out for parade participants.
• Park decorators – the fun part!
• Park marshals – to direct the masses.
• Fire creators and managers – to create a safe and beautiful bonfire.
• Publicity – create marketing materials/write a few inspiring articles for our beloved Classifieds.
• Public lantern making workshop helpers – help create lanterns before the parade.
• First Aid – We need a confident First Aider on the night of the parade.
The Cygnet Arts Council needs to know whether or not there are enough willing hands to help create the magic. Please get in touch if you can help or pull together a few friends to take on some of the roles.
Contact or 0400 614 067.
Cygnet Arts Council

Kingborough prize winner exhibits in Hobart
Henrietta Manning, winner of the 2016 Kingborough Art Prize, and Huon Valley resident, works predominately directly from life. Whether she is working on a studio-based portrait or still life or a subject out on site, hours are spent carefully choosing the best time of day. The play of light and casting of shadows compositionally and emotively determine when each picture will be painted. As the piece progresses, the window of opportunity to work locks in ever tighter to a particular light. The majority of the work is therefore season-and-time-specific.
Sidespace Gallery will exhibit the recent body of work Doing Time, Oatlands Gaol Residency in Salamanca Arts Centre, in Hobart from 3 to 8 May. The residency took place in September 2015. The paintings explore our relationship with time and history through the buildings we inhabit, preserve or abandon. Painted from inside historical buildings, empty interiors that are atmospheric time capsules contrast with the often-vibrant, very personal interiors of private homes, while long thin landscapes give
a sense of place within the broader landscape.
The location and experience of the residency enabled Henrietta to build on a previous series, In Face of Isolation, painted in 2005, which explored communities which choose to live in challenging locations.
The residency also helped her pursue her interest in how our sense of identity is inexorably linked with our homes, a theme she explored in Nesting Series in 2016. Doing Time continues to explore how today’s lives build upon and co-exist with the past.
Time is of the Essence is open between 5 and 24 May at Colville Gallery, Hobart. It is being held in conjunction with Doing Time, Oatlands Gaol Residency, and is an exhibition of figurative and still life-based work. It includes a number of larger figurative works undertaken as a recipient of an Australian Council Visual Arts/Craft Board, New Work Established Grant, when Henrietta  experimented with the technique of Whistler. She used shorter multiple time-specific sittings, and at the end, large areas would be wiped back to start afresh the following session. A thin underbody of early work remains, but the final brushwork is therefore kept light, alive and spontaneous.
Life, death and the passage of time is referenced in these works, seen both through our bodies and in our surroundings.
Henrietta is an established award-winning artist, exhibiting since 1985, and was a 2017 Tasmanian Glover Prize finalist.

Working bee report
A working bee was held by Tramway Hill Landcare Group at Nierinna Creek Reserve on Sunday 23 April. Five volunteers were present for the working bee. They worked a total of 16 man-hours. The total man-hours worked between working bees was six.
Work carried out during this working bee:
• Digging out hemlock at the entrance of the reserve
• Removing stakes and guards and placing near the site for next National Tree Day on 30 July.
• Removing scotch thistles, blackberries, hemlock, forget-me-not, cotoneaster, hawthorn, monbretia, broom, Spanish heath, mint and ox-eye daisies.
• Removal of white tape around a section of trees on northern side of creek.
• Marking self-sewn small trees with surveyors tape.
• Piling up sticks and branches.
The weather during the working bee was overcast and good for working outdoors. The creek was not flowing – some small pools of water. Native hens were on the dam.
Work carried out
between working bees:
• Removal of hemlock and broom along Nierinna Creek track and riparian zone from Burnaby Drive to the first wooden foot bridge over the creek.
• Removal of stakes and guards from trees on Tramway Hill Reserve. Removal of Scotch thistle and hemlock from Nierinna Creek Reserve.
Future work to be
carried out:
• Follow up removal of remainder of juvenile broom on Perrins Road
• Further weeding on all sites.
• Request Kingborough Council to assist with control of the hemlock in the roadside drain on Burnaby Drive. This year the plants have returned in large numbers despite our group having repeatedly removed plants over the last few years. Today we made a decision to focus on removal of any umbrella sedge on the
reserve only.
• Removal of large fallen trees from Nierinna Creek Reserve.
Next working bee:
Sunday 28 May from 9am at Nierinna Creek Reserve and possibly Davis Flat.
Roz Thurn
0414 710 744

A golden era for Tasmanian screen production
The Tasmanian Government congratulates The Kettering Incident on winning an extraordinary two TV Week Logie Awards:
• Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie, and
• Henry Nixon for Most Outstanding Actor
Tasmanians can be incredibly proud of our inspiring screen industry after The Kettering Incident won two Logies.
The Tasmanian Government, through Screen Tasmania, has invested $1 million into the project which was filmed entirely in Tasmania and screened on Foxtel’s Showcase channel in 2016, and around the world in the last few months. The series was nominated for an extraordinary four
Logie Awards.
The intrinsically Tasmanian series was created , written and produced by Launceston’s Vicki Madden of Sweet Potato Films, along with Vincent Sheehan of Porchlight Pictures and Andy Walker, and shot throughout the greater Hobart area.
The production spent nearly $6 million on Tasmanian goods and services and employed over 100 local cast and crew, showcasing Tasmanian locations and talent. The Kettering Incident has focused the nation’s attention on our screen industry, and on our
breathtaking landscape.
It achieved huge audiences on Foxtel and is soon to be released on DVD and Blu-ray.
The series has already been lauded, with three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards, the Screen Producers Australia award for Miniseries and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Series Mania festival.
The series is a testament to the talent and creativity of the Tasmanian screen production industry, which has had an extraordinary year, with ABC’s Rosehaven – also nominated for a Logie – and the Academy Award-nominated film Lion.
There is more to come in 2017, with animated children’s series Little J & Big Cuz launching this Friday on NITV, Fanshaw & Crudnut broadcasting on Channel 9 mid-year and the highly-anticipated feature film The Nightingale currently in production in the state.
State Government Media Release

Book to celebrate Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Established in 1818 on the site of Hobart Town’s first farm and produce garden, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) is the second oldest botanical gardens in Australia.
As Hobart grew, the RTBG  evolved with it and became a treasured place near the heart of the city for generations to come.
To celebrate the RTBG’s 200th anniversary in 2018, a book will be created that reflects the significant events, people and moments in the rich history of this special place, and Tasmanians are urged to get involved by contributing their photos
and stories.
This is an exciting opportunity for the public to help celebrate this significant milestone.
From weddings, school excursions, theatre performances, music concerts or just a quiet stroll or picnic, it is important to reflect on the vital role the RTBG play in our community.
Images and stories from the public will be selected and included in the book, forever commemorating our special connections with the RTBG.
The publication will be released in December 2017, with all profits being reinvested directly into the RTBG to assist with the ongoing development of community projects.
Public submissions can be made by going to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens website
State Government Media Release

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