Jelena Potpara's Stories

Jelena is a journalist at the Circular Head Chronicle. She started in 2012 and enjoys travel. Contact me.

Capturing coastal sights

Interest. Local landscapes have caught the eye of judges in the Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers competition run by Capture magazine. Open to emerging photographers across the country and New Zealand, Gerard Anderson submitted his entry and was soon rewarded with a Highly Commended in the landscape category. His six photos showcase the Tarkine and one …

3 months ago 0

Making the difference

Project. A group of passionate locals has met to talk about ways in which to reconnect disengaged learners in the community. Recently, Smithton LINC was granted $27,400 through the Department of State Growth’s Training and Work Pathways Program. The funding is to be used for the local Making the Difference project to promote positive impacts …

3 months ago 0

Tarkine movie campaign

Petition. A petition to see the Tarkine world hertiage listed has over 62,000 signatures. The campaign, launched by American outdoor apparel company Patagonia last month, was presented through a short film called takayna. In partnership with the Bob Brown Foundation, the aim of the film is to raise awareness about the global significance of the Tarkine. …

3 months ago 0
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Snapping showcase

Promotion. Smile, you’re in the frame. Circular Head Tourism Association’s latest project has added a nostalgic twist to a modern concept. The local group is working with Circular Head Council and Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation to install three picture frames in prominent local spots. The association’s tourism manager Kim Bailey believes this to be a …

3 months ago 0

Road absorbs funds

Infrastructure. Funding for the Bass Highway is a given, with $100 million promised no matter the result of the federal election. Premier Will Hodgman welcomed the infrastructure and jobs creating investments announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The upgrades to Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah will include road-widening, installation of overtaking lanes …

3 months ago 0

Another’s reading treasure

Donations. Yes, it is winter but how about a spring clean? Community members are encouraged to dust off their unwanted books and wipe down those old DVDs to donate to a good cause. Rotarian Wendy Gray is looking to host a secondhand sale to raise money for two lightweight wheelchairs for Smithton District Hospital. Director …

4 months ago 0

Battle of the bots

Competition. Smithton High School students have tested their technical skills in a robotics race at the University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast campus. The local school and Yolla District School took on a SumoBot battle, a new competition allowing students to practise applied robotics. Working in teams, students were challenged to build and program EV3 robots …

5 months ago 0
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Proud as punch

Award. Our spectacular Smithton has been named the tidiest town of them all. Each year Keep Australia Beautiful searches for the country’s tidiest town, based on more than just clean streets. This year, representatives from Circular Head were in South Australia when the announcement was made at the 2018 Australian Tidy Towns Awards, an event …

6 months ago 0

Saving the manuka brand

Market. Blue Hills Honey, like other producers around the country, is awaiting the verdict on whether it may continue to use the word manuka for its product. The industry was stung into action recently following a move by New Zealand producers to trademark the word manuka. In response, the Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) was …

6 months ago 0

Our Braddon representatives

Politics. We meet the House of Assembly members representing Circular Head for the next four years as determined at the recent election. Returning to their seats in Braddon are the Liberal Party’s Jeremy Rockliff, Adam Brooks and Roger Jaensch, and Shane Broad of the Australian Labor Party. Labor’s Anita Dow, who was Burnie Mayor for …

7 months ago 0
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