Dover History Group
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Dover History Group to purchase a gallery hanging system for the Dover Museum and Gallery. The gallery hanging system will improve the display of art work and allow for more efficient installations.
Sue Reid, Member of the Dover History Group said, “The current hanging system is twenty years old and is difficult to use. With the addition of the new system we have greatly enhanced the operation of the Dover Museum and Gallery by ensuring that art work can be displayed easily and efficiently.
Geeveston Community Centre Inc.
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Geeveston Community Centre Inc. to purchase a new greenhouse to extend their existing community garden. The addition of the hot house will ensure that more food can be produced, particularly over the cooler months.
Michael Higgins, Manager of the Geeveston Community Centre said, “The addition of the new greenhouse allows us to improve the production of seedlings for the community garden as well as being able to grow vegetables all year round. Our community garden reaches out to community members, particularly those experiencing financial difficulties to supply free fresh produce.”
Huonville Bowls and Community Club Inc.
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants donated a defibrillator to the Huonville Bowls and Community Club. The Club recognised the need to purchase a defibrillator to ensure that it can deal with potential emergencies quickly and efficiently.
Valerie Lyndon, Honorary Secretary of the Huonville Bowls and Community Club said, “The addition of the defibrillator means that we could potentially save lives in our community. We have many people playing sport at the club, and although we hope we won’t have to use it, it is always better to be safe than sorry!”
Kimberley Improvement Association Inc.
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants donated a defibrillator to the Kimberley Improvement Association Inc. The Association recognised the need to provide a life saving device for members of the community and those travelling within the community.
Graeme Best, Public Officer of the Kimberley Improvement Association said, “There are no devices of this kind within the Kimberley area. We believe that it is our responsibility as an Association to provide this service to our community.”
Latrobe High School
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted Latrobe High School to purchase props and costumes for their school musical production, “Creepytown.” Latrobe High School holds a school musical every two years which gives over 80 students a chance to showcase their performance skills to the school and wider community.
Julie Holloway, Secretary of Latrobe High School said, “There are very few opportunities for students in this municipality to showcase their singing, acting and instrument playing to the wider community. The assistance from Huon’s Helping Hand means that we can encourage the students to develop their skills in the performing arts.”
Living Boat Trust
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Living Boat Trust to send a team of local sportswomen to participate in the 2016 Skiffie World Championships in Ireland. The team were the only representatives from Australia competing in the international competition.
Carolyn Booker, Member of the Living Boat Trust and the team said, “St Ayles Skiff rowing has taken off in many parts of the world. It is a fantastic sport as it promotes rowing and a healthy lifestyle, particularly in older people. We felt very privileged to be a part of the World Championships and to represent the beautiful Huon Valley.”
Pathway to Life Church
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the Pathway to Life Church install ramps and hand rails for disability access at the front door and in the toilets of the Pathway House. The Pathway to Life Church aims to meet the needs of those within the wider community through the Pathway House by giving access to outreach services.
Kristine Bull, Member of the Pathway to Life Church said, “We aim to fill a niche in terms of community service which is not being provided by other local services. There has been significant consultation with community stakeholders in terms of disability assistance in our local community.”
Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania to purchase a portable shade gazebo to be placed at the start and finish lines of cross country tracks. The Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania aims to promote community fitness across the state by hosting cross country competitions.
Gerard Leary, Treasurer of the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania said, “We need to protect volunteers, runners and spectators from the elements as a duty of care. In the past we tried using umbrellas but we were unable to successfully record numbers and times. The addition of the shade gazebo means that we can keep everyone out of the elements and accurately record everything.”
Pyengana Hall Committee
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Pyengana Hall Committee to purchase new goal posts for the Pyengana oval. The Pyengana oval holds an annual football match to promote the history of the area.
Carol LeFevre, Secretary of the Pyengana Hall Committee said, “We believe the football match promotes our town as well as promoting the overall wellbeing for the locals by fostering community spirit. It is also great to see the younger generation getting involved.”
Ranelagh Multipurpose Marine Platform Community Group
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Ranelagh Multipurpose Marine Platform Community Group to construct a multipurpose marine platform on the Huon River.
Andrea Partridge, President of the Marine Platform Community Group said, “The platform will provide a safe and stable launching and retrieving facility for small recreational craft. It will also allow access to the Huon River to all manner of people including locals, school groups, boating and canoeing clubs, dog walkers, fishermen and swimmers, to name a few.”
RSL&A Lilydale Sub-Branch
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the RSL&A Lilydale Sub-Branch to provide seating for the Lilydale Cenotaph. The Lilydale Cenotaph is currently in the middle of getting an overall upgrade of its site.
Anne Youl, Committee Member of the RSL&A Lilydale Sub-Branch said, “The upgrade of the Cenotaph will be used as a quiet place of contemplation and learning for locals and visitors. We wanted to provide new seating at the Cenotaph to allow people to read the new information and take the time to reflect.”
Strahan Senior Citizens
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Strahan Senior Citizens to upgrade their kitchen facilities by purchasing a new oven and microwave. This will assist the Strahan senior citizens to continue catering for their monthly events.
Pat Powell, President of the Strahan Senior Citizens said, “Our previous oven and microwave had a number of things wrong with them, making it difficult for us to cater for our events including the bowls and bingo. We can now consistently provide soups and sandwiches for the west coast senior citizen events.”
Tasmanian Association of Sleddog Sports Inc.
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Tasmanian Association of Sleddog Sports in establishing the sport in Tasmania by purchasing a marquee. The marquee will be used at sleddog events around the country.
Prue deVries, President of the Tasmanian Association of Sleddog Sports said, “Tasmania is the only state within Australia without an established sleddog sporting club. This sport encourages health and fitness, while providing a fun way for families to interact with their dogs.”
West Winds Community Centre
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants enabled the West Winds Community Centre to purchase tools and equipment to establish the Girls at Work program. The Girls at Work program aims to help at-risk girls make different life choices by participating in team building workshops by learning to build furniture.
Sue Sagewood, Director of the West Winds Community Centre said, “Girls at Work is a team-building program that aims to provide an opportunity for economically disadvantaged girls to build their confidence and enhance their future choices. The program results in the girls building their own piece of furniture for them to keep.”
Yolla District High School
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants donated equipment to Yolla District High School to establish an aquaponics unit as part of their aquaculture class. Yolla District High School is an agricultural school and has integrated aquaculture classes into its curriculum.
John Lehman, Co-ordinating teacher at Yolla District High School said, “We wanted to provide the opportunity for our students and visiting schools to develop a greater understanding of aquaculture. We also wanted students to develop an understanding of sustainable practices through aquaponics.”
Zeehan Bulldogs Mini League
Huon’s Helping Hand community grants assisted the Zeehan Bulldogs Mini League to purchase sports equipment for the team to use during training. The Mini League aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage children in the local community to be involved in sport.
Simon Milgate, Assistant Coach of the Zeehan Bulldogs Mini League said, “The equipment will be used to teach the children the required skills to be actively involved in the sport. The football club encourages children to get involved in sport in a team environment.”