Case Studies

Round 12 - St Helens Neighbourhood House: THRIVE Mentoring Program

Huon's Helping Hand community grants proudly supported the THRIVE Mentoring Program out of St Helens Neighbourhood House. The Program was designed to increase engagement in schools to improve pathways to employment, as well as the overall health and wellbeing of students in the area.

Huon provided the THRIVE Mentoring Program with fresh and nutritious salmon products for their cooking program. The mentees involved in the cooking program learnt how to plan and prepare budget-friendly meals, equipping them with valuable cooking skills and a catalogue of nutritious meals they can carry with them into adulthood.

Round Eight - Karuah Landcare Group

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants has assisted Karuah Landcare Group’s project ‘Regenerating Karuah Wetlands Centre’. The project aims to improve public access to the wetland for people of all ages to enjoy.

Shelley Macorig, Karuah Landcare Group’s Secretary and Treasurer said they were in the process of regenerating the bush around the wetlands with a series of working bees and regeneration workshops. At the time of receiving the grant, it was her hope that the local community would be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Round Seven - Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare to deliver their Landcare Events Program for 2016-17. The Events Program includes fun and educational activities such as examining seaweed in the Huon estuary and identifying native invertebrates, as well as traditional on-ground activities and working bees such as Clean Up Australia Day.

Nepelle Crane, President of the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Inc. said, the Roamers are committed to improving awareness and enjoyment of the Huon Valley coasts, rivers, parks and reserves.

"The Huon Valley community have really embraced the Roamers’ style of Landcare and our events are always highly popular. We welcome this funding support so we can continue our program this year,” Nepelle said.

Round Four - Bridport Surf Lifesaving Club

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club to purchase a radio repeater station to integrate them into the Surf Life Saving Tasmania communications network. Prior to receiving the grant, the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club was the only Life Saving Club in Tasmania that was not included in the communications network.

Kellie Arnold, Treasurer of the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club said a fully integrated communications system will enable a strategic approach to beach surveillance of the Bridport coastline and allow integrated communications state-wide.

"This will greatly benefit the public as proper communications equipment is integral to providing emergency search, rescue and medical services," Ms Arnold said.

Round Two - Dover District High School

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted with the development of a vegetable garden at Dover District High School in Southern Tasmania. The vegetable garden was built and maintained by students at the school, and the produce was sold to members of the small seaside fishing town. The grant also assisted in the purchase of a rotary hoe and equipment to install an irrigation system for the garden.

Tracey Cameron, Principal of Dover District High said their school was fortunate to receive this grant.

"Our students are already so proud of the produce they’ve grown, and this grant will further support that pride,” Ms Cameron said.