Focus on fatal five

Care. Next week Smithton Police will home in on driving behaviour as part of a nationwide initiative calling on drivers to be mindful on the roads. National Road Safety Week (Sunday May 3 to Sunday May 10) will focus on the ‘fatal five’, the five major causes of road accidents: not wearing a seatbelt or …

3 years ago

Mood remains high

Cause. Latrobe man Christopher Linton arrived in Smithton on Monday evening to mark a turn towards the west coast in his unsupported circumnavigation of Tasmania. Leaving from his starting point at Port Arthur on April 2 with 14-year-old son Kelvyn, the 51-year-old has continued his record-breaking walk alone over the past week to raise funds …

3 years ago

Anzac appreciation

Anzac Day saw the culmination of 18 months’ planning come to fruition and what a wonderful day it was. As a sub-committee of the CH RSL WWI Centenary Committee, a small group of passionate people from Stanley wished to show – in a tangible form – that the 86 fallen soldiers linked to Circular Head …

3 years ago

Unsavoury behaviour

Forest man Crighton Horton asked for me to be stood down as a councillor for supposed unsavoury behaviour. May I remind Mr Horton that I was elected with .62 of a quota with a miserable 214 votes; the deputy mayor polled 216 and I was elected as the sixth councillor, not the last. What he referred to …

3 years ago

New water scheme?

Update. An audience of 50 turned up to hear what farmers Matthew Gunningham and Tony Clarke had to say about a proposed community-owned irrigation scheme for Circular Head. Held at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre on Thursday night, Mr Gunningham voiced concerns about the current proposal put forth by state-owned company Tasmanian Irrigation, including the cost, …

3 years ago

Learning from the best

Courses. Dabbling artists are incorporating literacy into art to create intriguing pieces with help from local creatives. Three courses in painting, stencil art and photography are being offered by Rural Health with funding from 26TEN LINC, following on from a calligraphy course last year. Facilitated by local artists Josie Riches, Frances Joyce and Ethan Hoare, …

3 years ago
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Veteran’s special visit

Presentation. Circular Head Christian School grade eight students were left captivated on Tuesday as World War II veteran Adye Rockliff shared his unique story of service. A prisoner of war forced to work on the Thailand-Burma Railway, the 93-year-old travelled from Longford to vividly recollect his experiences of mateship and hardship with Fiona Poke’s class, …

3 years ago

Wartime recollections

Below are excerpts taken from a book authored by Adye Glen Rockliff: a Penguin-born World War II veteran and prisoner of war, captured by the Japanese in Java in March 1942 and forced to work on the now infamous Thailand-Burma Railway along with many other Australian POWs. On the contrast of war and beauty during …

3 years ago

Online tensions boil over

Meeting. The conduct of Circular Head Councillor Rod Hardy has been disputed by a local man during public question time at Thursday night’s monthly council meeting. Around 15 minutes into the meeting, Forest resident Crighton Horton stood to address councillors, pointing to the council’s Code of Conduct and stating that it is “all about leadership”. “You …

3 years ago
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