Reading – what cost?

I found on entering the Smithton Library on Friday that the hours are about to be cut. Is this the start of a government plan to centralise amenities into the larger communities at the cost of smaller ones? Once you lose something, it’s near impossible to get it back. Use it or lose it. T Mark Lenthall, …

3 years ago

WorkSafe Awards 

Nominate. The 2015 WorkSafe Tasmania Awards are now open, marking 20 years of achievements in work health and safety. Another milestone being celebrated this year is the halving of Tasmanian workers’ compensation claims since the awards’ inception. WorkSafe Tasmania spokesperson Paul Arnold said since 1996, the workplace injury rate has more than halved with a …

3 years ago

Community disaster resilience

Awards. Applications are open for the 2015 Resilient Australia Awards, recognising initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience. Disaster resilience is about making communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters. By celebrating innovation and best practice, the awards showcase work that is often unrecognised, inspiring others to think about how they can be …

3 years ago
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Small business support

Services. Local business people are invited to a free support session run by the Tasmanian Small Business Council, providing information about services available to them. During the 2.5 hour session, business owners will find out about state government programs that are in place for small business over the coming months. Topics to be covered include: …

3 years ago

Funds for community

Council. Eight local organisations have been allocated funds through round one of Circular Head Council’s Community Small Grants Scheme 2015/16. Twice yearly, the council considers requests for grants from community groups and organisations for projects and activities that contribute to the development and promotion of the community. Following consideration at Circular Head Council’s monthly meeting on …

3 years ago

English classes for migrants

Language. TasTAFE is seeking expressions of interest for their Adult Migrant English Program. Classes run for half a day each week, helping migrants to build their English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Funded by the Australian government’s Department of Education and Training, the program will start in Smithton when enough people sign up. LINC …

3 years ago

Planning for future

Council. This year’s Annual Plan and Budget Estimates commits to planning for the future, and includes a particular focus on a user-pays stormwater system among other changes. Having just completed formulating the long-term Financial Plan and the Strategic Asset Management Plan for the next 10 years, Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the council has …

3 years ago
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Ideas of toMOrrow

Future. Jobs, sporting facilities and the perception of drugs were just some of the issues highlighted by youth during Circular Head Council’s Y Plan Youth Forum on Monday. Held at Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre and facilitated by Michael “Mo” O’Meara, more than 120 participants – the majority aged between 12 and 25 – …

3 years ago

The peace within

The world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing – ‘Happiness and Its Causes’ – was held at Luna Park in Sydney from June 10 to 11, featuring more than 40 speakers including the influential leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama. Stanley’s Kate Dunham travelled to the event last week and shared her unique experience …

3 years ago

Great Scott, they’re leaving! 

Change. With a heavy heart, Smithton’s Julie Scott said her goodbyes to children whom she had come to affectionately regard like her own. Building relationships with local families and playing an active role in the development of her young clientele over decades in childcare, the 59-year-old is accustomed to daily life filled with books, toys, …

3 years ago