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.”

Bruny Island District School Parents and Friends

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Bruny Island District School Parents and Friends to revamp the school oval to a high standard. Prior to receiving the grant, the school oval was unable to be used by the students due to a rough, uneven surface and poor drainage.

Kim Menadue, Secretary of the Bruny Island District School Parents and Friends said, “With the grant from Huon’s Helping Hand we have been able to improve the surface of the oval so the students have an area where they can kick a ball, play team sports and play during school time. We believe that this will enhance students’ health and well-being and enjoyment of team sports.”

Esperance Women’s Auxiliary

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Esperance Women’s Auxiliary to purchase a defibrillator for the Geeveston Bowls Club. The Esperance Women’s Auxiliary aim to assist veterans in and around the local community in which they are operate through fundraising and donations.

Kathy Townsend, President of the Esperance Women’s Auxiliary said, “The addition of the defibrillator means that the Bowls Club and other surrounding businesses have access to a life saving instrument. As many of our members are elderly, we wanted to ensure that we can tend to them in case of an emergency.”

Fusion Australia

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled Fusion Australia to construct a food relief vegetable garden in Kingston to provide fresh vegetables for food hampers to assist approximately 80 families living in the area. The garden is maintained by volunteers and a school mentoring program.

Susan Rowe, Administrator of Fusion Australia said, “We aim to provide free fresh vegetables to local food relief agencies, to ensure families who are seeking food relief assistance have a reliable source of fresh vegetables in the food hampers they receive from local distributions and welfare agencies. We are also teaching young people in our mentoring program how to grow and maintain a vegetable garden.”

Geeveston Community Centre

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted the Geeveston Community Centre to run the Little Free Libraries in the five major towns of the Huon Valley including Dover, Geeveston, Franklin, Huonville and Cygnet. Little Free Libraries is a worldwide organisation promoting mini libraries through a letterbox style book borrowing, lending and swapping system.

Lucy Whitehead, Literacy Coordinator at the Geeveston Community Centre said “Little Free Libraries of the Huon Valley will raise awareness around literacy and engage our community in the love of reading.”

Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants will assist the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare to rehabilitate the wetlands area at Dover District High School. The “Dover District High School Wetlands Restoration” project aims to establish and maintain habitats for native flora and fauna, provide access to the wetlands area for education purposes, and enhance water quality.

Ally Hughes, committee member of the Huon Valley Roamers Landcare said, “We held a working bee in Spring to eradicate weeds, repair the path and re-establish the native vegetation in the wetlands area. It was great to have Huon involved in this project!”

Huon Valley Soccer Club Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Huon Valley Soccer Club to purchase new uniforms for the club. The purchase of the new uniforms is just one of the changes the Huon Valley Soccer Club is making to revitalise the club for the 2015 soccer season.

Rochelle Hughes, Treasurer of the Huon Valley Soccer Club said, “The new uniforms will show the clubs players and prospective players that we are proud to be part of the club and represent the Huon Valley. This aim of this project is to unite all members of the Huon Valley Soccer Club, and continue to build strong community based organisations.”

Mathinna Community Landcare Group

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Mathinna Community Landcare Group to construct a disabled ramp at the Mathinna Community Club. The disabled ramp will allow elderly and disabled community members to access the Mathinna Club.

Robert Parsons, President of the Mathinna Community Landcare Group said, “We will be providing an essential piece of infrastructure which will enable the focus group to participate in regular town events. The disabled and elderly need the ramp and have voiced their support and appreciation of us pursuing this initiative.”

Port Esperance Coast Care

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted Port Esperance Coast Care with the ongoing Dover foreshore restoration. The restoration includes laying jute matting, mulching and planting new native plants along the coastline to enhance the area for the community and visitors.

Janet Whitlow, President of the Port Esperance Coast Care said, “Our aim is to protect and manage the coastal environment of Dover and promote responsible use of the environment including areas developed for recreation. The restoration of the Dover foreshore will help to protect and rehabilitate the coastal environment while creating a serene place for community members and visitors to enjoy.”

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Port Huon Progress Association

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Port Huon Progress Association to purchase and install all inclusive playground equipment at Shipwrights Point in Southern Tasmania. The all inclusive playground equipment enables people of all ages and abilities to engage in play.

Sally Doyle, President of the Port Huon Progress Association said, “There are limited opportunities for children of differing backgrounds and abilities to participate in play in an average playground. This equipment will enable all to feel included, and by that I mean parents, grandparents & carers of children with challenges in life.”

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled Sacred Heart Catholic School to purchase and build a poly tunnel for their community garden project. The poly tunnel is used to grow a range of vegetables all year round that will support their new healthier canteen menu and their Move Well Eat Well Program.

Luch Brighella, Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School said, “The addition of the poly tunnel will help our students learn about good nutrition being an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It will also teach them how to develop good practical life skills such as preparing, mulching, planting, maintaining and harvesting produce.”

Sprout Tasmania

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled Sprout Tasmania to develop the Huon Aquaculture Sprout Producer Scholarship. The scholarship provides a Tasmanian small or start up producer the opportunity to develop their understanding of growing and marketing their product.

Alice Percy, CEO of Sprout Tasmania said, “This scholarship provides the opportunity for a producer to undertake a one year accreditation program, which includes an induction to sustainable practices and theories, on-farm visits, online educational units and mentoring. The program provides access for new producers to experts in the field of small and start-up food related businesses and helps build a food community in Tasmania.

Square Pegs Dyslexia Support

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants will assist Square Pegs Dyslexia Support to train community members to provide support to children with dyslexia in the Huon Valley. This funding will help to fill the existing gap in support, by ensuring that there are people able to offer effective, one-on-one remediation to children with dyslexia and related learning difficulties in the Huon Valley.

Amelia Jones, Chairperson of Square Pegs Dyslexia Support said “We regularly receive requests for referral and intervention from the Huon Valley. By facilitating training, we will provide an opportunity for local families to access the support they need to ensure that their children are on a positive learning pathway.”

Strahan Parents Involved Playgroup

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Strahan Parents Involved Playgroup to purchase new furniture to replace the old and worn furniture. The Strahan Parents Involved Playgroup aims to allow children to interact with others in a safe and nurturing environment.

Melanie McDermott, President of the Strahan Parents Involved Playgroup said, “The new furniture has replaced very old furniture which is safer and more hygienic for the children. The new furniture has also helped to create a stimulating learning environment.”

Tandara Lodge Kentish Health Centre

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Tandara Lodge Kentish Health Centre to expand the Sheffield community garden. The Tandara Lodge Kentish Health Centre partners with the community to provide programs to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the Kentish community.

Janet Hartigan, Service Coordinator of the Tandara Lodge Kentish Health Centre said, “The expansion of the community garden allows us to produce healthy organic food as well as providing skills in food production to low income families, school students, youth justice clients and unemployed people with a disability.”

Dover Community Workshop

Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Dover Community Workshop to purchase a welder for their new hot works area. The Dover Community Workshop is a place for members of the community to meet and share their skills in a supportive and caring environment.

Ron Wells, Secretary of the Dover Community Workshop said, “With the recent hot works extension area, we have had a lot of community members interested in learning to weld. We were fortunate enough to receive a grant through Huon’s Helping Hand which has made this possible.”