Round Five

Before School Breakfast Swimming Squad

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Before School Breakfast Swimming Squad to continue their breakfast swimming program whereby school students attend a swimming lesson, eat a healthy breakfast and are then taken by bus to their local schools. The grant has assisted in pool hire and equipment.

Kylie Short, coordinator of the Swimming Squad and swimming instructor at the Port Huon Sports Centre said, “this project is great for promoting healthy habits for Primary School students while also giving them a lifelong lesson by teaching them how to swim.”

Community Against Poverty Association Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Community Against Poverty Association to develop the Huon Valley Community Garden to engage isolated community members and school students. The community garden aims for people to learn the skills of establishing a productive food garden as well as learning about sustainability and how they can use these skills to support themselves with their own food production.

Pam Lane, President of the Community Against Poverty Association Inc. said, “this project aims to bring together Huon Valley residents to establish connections with other community members and promote sustainability and healthy eating.”

Cygnet Riding Club Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Cygnet Riding Club Inc. to purchase trail training equipment to run regular Horsemanship Training Days. The Cygnet Riding Club Inc. aims to provide learning opportunities to allow riders to negotiate their horses through common obstacles which are often found on the road whilst out on trail rides.

Kelli Compagnoni, Vice President of the Cygnet Riding Club Inc. said, “it is important that our horses and our riders feel comfortable when trail riding. The equipment used on our Horsemanship Training Days allows the horses to gain confidence within a safe environment.”

Delta Society Australia

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Delta Society to sponsor two volunteer therapy dog teams for aged care facilities. Dogs have been shown to increase quality of life including; reducing tension, increasing enthusiasm and boosting activity levels of the elderly.

Claire Curtis, Tasmanian Coordinator of the Delta Society said, “pets have been shown to increase quality of life and pet therapy has been proven to provide many of the benefits of pet ownership. The two volunteer dog teams sponsored through Huon’s Helping Hand will allow us to keep visiting aged care facilities.”

Dover Community Workshop Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Dover Community Workshop Inc. to purchase a dust extractor for the woodworking section of the workshop. The addition of the dust extractor has reduced harmful dust particles entering the work areas to provide a healthier work environment for its members.

Ron Wells, Secretary and Coordinator of the Dover Community Workshop Inc. said, “all users of our facilities are now protected from the harmful dust particles that enter the air from our wood working section. The dust extractor keeps us safe and allows us to breathe cleaner air.”

Geeveston Ex-Servicemen’s and Women’s Club Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants have assisted the Geeveston Ex-Servicemen’s and Women’s Club Inc to refurbish their toilets facilities. The new facilities allow for the local community, campers, tourists as well as ex-servicemen and women access to clean and tidy amenities.

Tamara Smith, Secretary of the Geeveston Ex-Servicemen’s and Women’s Club Inc. said, “the previous toilet facilities were very old and outdated making it uncomfortable for locals and tourists alike. The refurbishment will benefit the club as well as the local community.”

Geeveston Farmers Market

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants have assisted the Geeveston Farmers Market to build their market by expanding its facilities and increasing its resources. The Geeveston Farmers Market aims to promote producing, growing, creating and buying locally.

Cassy Faux, Co-founder of the Geeveston Farmers Market said, “we wanted to continue to grow the availability and range of local produce by continuing to offer a friendly and affordable outlet for small and new producers. We want to continue to create a vibrant community market feel allowing us to attract both more suppliers and market goers.”

Geeveston Fire Brigade

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants have enabled the Geeveston Fire Brigade to purchase a tablet to be used as an educational tool to spread bushfire awareness as well as allow the fire brigade to give up to date news from on the ground. This will assist the fire brigade to spread bushfire awareness and give warning to local residents in high risk areas.

Amelia Franklin, Second Officer of the Geeveston Fire Brigade said, “it is important to spread the message about bushfire awareness in our local community. The addition of the tablet means we can directly communicate, as well as educate our community.”

Glen Huon Hall Management Committee

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Glen Huon Hall Management Committee to purchase a heat pump to provide a more comfortable venue for users of the hall. The Glen Huon Hall is regularly used by community groups and was previously heated by an inefficient fire place.

Cheryle Page, Secretary of the Glen Huon Hall Management Committee said, “the hall is freezing in colder months and stays cool during others. We wanted to provide a more comfortable venue for the regular community groups that utilise the hall while also encouraging others to use the hall.”

Hobart Legacy

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted Hobart Legacy to construct and install seats for the Huonville Cenotaph. The seats will be primarily used for the elderly War Widows of Huonville for ANZAC Day ceremonies.

Barrie Daniel, Legatee of Hobart Legacy said, “the construction of the seats, manufactured by the Port Cygnet Men’s Shed, will allow the elderly War Widows and the general public to sit in comfort during ANZAC Day ceremonies. The request for seating came directly from the Huonville Widows and is therefore clearly needed.”

Huon Valley Dog Walking Association Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants will assist the Huon Valley Dog Walking Association Inc. to purchase Dog Sports equipment. This will support dog owners of the Huon Valley to train their dogs and help encourage responsible dog ownership.

Val Andrews, outgoing Secretary and Public Officer of the Huon Valley Dog Walking Association Inc. said, “there are no activities of this kind currently available in the Huon Valley. We aim to provide access to these activities to enable dog owners in the area to train their dogs which benefits the wider community.”

Railton Football Club

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Railton Football Club to purchase goal post pads for the ground to make the game safer for the home and visiting teams. The goal post pads are essential pieces of equipment for the club and encourages all players to engage in safe and supportive sportsmanship.

Joanne Keygan, General Manager of the Railton Football Club said, “our club provides opportunities for people in our small community to play sport. If we can engage people in safe sport, then that is encouraging for the community.”

Risdon Vale Volunteer Fire Brigade

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Risdon Vale Volunteer Fire Brigade to upgrade their communication equipment by purchasing new hand held radios to replace the old and out dated radios.

Wade Stewart, First Officer of the Risdon Vale Volunteer Fire Brigade said, “the new radios are more resilient and are suitable for the conditions in which we work. They also provide us with a greater area of coverage ensuring the fire fighters on the ground can communicate with vehicles and base stations.”

Southern Support School

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Southern Support School to purchase a special needs barrel swing for their new gymnasium. The Southern Support School aims to provide high quality educational outcomes and opportunities for students with disabilities.

Simon Ellaby, Acting Advanced Skills Teacher at Southern Support School said, “for a large number of our students, movement is an important part of the educational program. The gym equipment assists with the improvement of their gross motor skills and social skills allowing the students a sense of freedom and independence.”

Southport Community Centre

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Southport Community Centre to run the Festival of Small Halls as part of its Summer Tour 2016. The Southport Community Centre will host and participate in the Festival for the first time in January 2016.

Jane Thiele, Chairperson of the Southport Community Centre said, “we hope to attract young residents of the far south as well as visitors to this event. Residents and visitors alike can gather together in summer to enjoy quality music and entertainment.”

The Cygnet Association Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Cygnet Association Inc to run the “Le Weekend in Cygnet” festival. The “Le Weekend in Cygnet” is a community program focussing on the history, culture and education of the French exploration of the region.

Trent Cowen, Chairman of the Cygnet Association Inc. said, “we aim to encourage schools, community groups and businesses to participate in the event to spread awareness of our French history in the Huon Valley.”

Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough to upgrade their safety equipment. Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough aims to promote safety on the water within the boating community in southern Tasmania.

Glynn Shevels, Commander of Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough said, “with the Helping Hand grant we were able to improve our safety equipment, giving the volunteers the ability to go out and deal with an emergency even in very poor weather conditions.”

Wesley Vale Football Club Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Wesley Vale Football Club Inc. to purchase a ride on lawn mower to tend to the grounds at the Football Club. The Wesley Vale Football Club is a privately owned club and hosts many different football teams in the district.

Roger Gee, Committee Member of the Wesley Vale Football Club Inc. said, “the addition of the ride on lawn mower has enabled the club to have a safe playing surface. It also means we do not have to have our lawns mowed by outside services allowing us to put those funds towards other projects.”