Round Three

Burnie Little Athletics

Huon’s Helping Hand grants enabled Burnie Little Athletics to purchase five new hurdles in their aim to refurbish and update the athletics centre.  The athletics centre has seen a major increase in the numbers of children joining Burnie Little Athletics and to that end they needed to upgrade their equipment and the centre to keep up with demand.

Callie Collins, Secretary of the Burnie Little Athletics said, “we are excited about the influx of new children joining the club however we must maintain the equipment we have and purchase new equipment to ensure our young athletes have just as much opportunity for success as their bigger city counterparts.”

Far South Tasmania Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted Far South Tasmania Inc. with the reprint of the Far South tear off map. The Far South map covers Dover to Recherche Bay and all the small towns in between. The Far South tear off map is produced cooperatively by local businesses, particularly tourism businesses to produce an informative guide for visitors.

Rosalind Wright, President of Far South Tasmania Inc. said “the maps main use is to help direct visitors around the area but it is also useful as a local services directory. The funding from Huon’s Helping Hand ensures that we can attract more visitors to the far south area and that is good for both tourism operators and local business.”

Food is Free Project Tasmania

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted the Food is Free Project Tasmania to purchase garden equipment as part of a project to promote growing food and community. To be able to run the giveaways, the Food is Free Project must purchase pots, potting mix and other gardening supplies to be able to grow seeds and seedlings.

Katie Devenish, Organiser of the Food is Free Project in Tasmania said “at the community events we attend, seeds are always first out the door! To keep up with demand it was required to source some extra funding to allow our communities access to the seed and seedlings at our giveaways.”

Friends of Ida Bay Historical Society Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted the Friends of Ida Bay Historical Society Inc. to restore an old quarry workers hut to its original state to become a tourist attraction as part of the route of the Ida Bay Railway. The Ida Bay Railway is the southern most railway in Tasmania and is a significant site for Huon as it is where Peter and Frances Bender first met.

Carmen Campbell, Secretary of the Friends of the Ida Bay Historical Society said “we recognised the advantage of the restoration of the quarry workers hut to become a drawcard for tourists that visit the Ida Bay Railway. We believe the addition of the quarry workers hut will increase interest in the Railway and will add to the overall experience.”

Friends of Randall Bay Coastcare Group

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted with the construction of a permanent stone access track along Mickeys Beach in Tasmania’s South. The Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare group monitor and look after this coastal environment and aim to build a pedestrian access track to the beach.

Paul Thomas, Secretary of the Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare said “this work achieves positive outcomes for the community and visitors to the site, improving their ability to enjoy the beach, whilst also helping to protect the natural values present in the area.”

Friends of St Pauls Springfield Association

Huon’s Helping Hand grants have enabled the Friends of St Pauls Springfield to plan to construct a toilet at the Springfield Church. The Springfield Church is currently under restoration and the roof and graveyard have received some restoration.

Robert Smith, Chairperson on the Friends of St Pauls Springfield Association said “we wanted the Church to become a place where the Springfield community could come together not only for special occasions but also for family gatherings, meetings and community events. The Church is an important place historically and we wanted to ensure that this was recognised and continued long into the future.”

Glen Huon Progress Association

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted the Glen Huon Progress Association to purchase trees to donate to Glen Huon residents with road frontage to beautify the town. The Glen Huon Progress Association aimed to have a strip of trees to become an attraction for visitors to the area and give Glen Huon residents a sense of pride in their town.

Cheryle Page, committee member of the Glen Huon Progress Association said “Glen Huon is a beautiful town to all that live there and we wanted to share that with those who come and visit us. The addition of the trees will not only give residents with road frontage greater privacy and reduce the noise of the road but will beautify the town even more.”


Huonville Primary School

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted Huonville Primary School to purchase as many plants and gardening equipment as possible to create a garden for the primary school students. This garden will be used as an alternate interactive learning space for children to allow the students to get out of the class room and outside into the fresh air.

Tony Nichols, Principal of Huonville Primary School said “all students learn differently, so we wanted to create another opportunity to cater for the different learning styles through authentic and engaging experiences.”

Kermandie River Landcare

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted with the installation of two art works of animals along the Kermandie River bank as part of the Kermandie River Art project. The Kermandie River Art project has seen different artworks of animals strategically placed along the river bank and the Landcare group wanted two more animals to complete the project.

Laurie Dillon, Chairman of the Kermandie River Landcare said “we had some of the artworks donated to us and we needed to raise some extra funds to ensure that this project could be completed. We have now commissioned the Kermandie River Salmon to thank Huon for their assistance. We would also like to thank Alan Culph, the artist who created the brilliant pieces.”

Lilydale District School

Huon’s Helping Hand enabled the Lilydale District School to create an Avenue of Honour in conjunction with the Lilydale RSL for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC troops entering the First World War. The Avenue of Honour will be created with an avenue of trees, reflective garden area and eventually a mural.  The garden will be opened on ANZAC Day 2015.

Kim Wilson, teacher at the Lilydale District School said “we wanted to create a special place to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. We have dedicated a large area at the school to plant out the trees and we believe this will make a very nice tribute to the ANZAC’s who gave their lives during the First World War.”

Living Boat Trust

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted the Living Boat Trust to hold the 2015 International St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Franklin. The St Ayles Skiffs are growing in popularity around the world and the Living Boat Trust in Franklin lead the way in skiff racing in Tasmania.

Jane Johnson, Coordinator of the Living Boat Trust’s Regatta said “we are really excited to be hosting the 2015 St Ayles Skiff Regatta here in our town of Franklin. This is a costly event and so it was fantastic that we could get some support through Huon’s Helping Hand.”

Port Esperance Coast Care Inc.

Huon’s Helping Hand grants allowed Port Esperance Coast Care to manage the Dover Beach foreshore through weed eradication and implementation of new native plants to become a self-sustaining zone. Port Esperance Coast Care aims to look after the coastlines in the south of Tasmania to ensure the safety of native plants and animals as well as to beautify the area for both locals and tourists alike.

Janet Whitlow, President of Port Esperance Coast Care said “this project will culminate over a five year period and will see both the Coast care group and an external provider manage the Dover Beach foreshore.”

Port Huon Sports and Aquatic Centre

Huon’s Helping Hand grants enabled the Port Huon Sports and Aquatic Centre to run breakfast swimming clubs in which school students will attend a swimming lesson, eat a healthy breakfast and then be taken by bus to the local schools. The grant has assisted in pool hire and equipment.

Kylie Short, organiser 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 through teaching them how to swim.”

Queenstown PCYC

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted the Queenstown PCYC to purchase materials for a mobile activity trailer that travels to Strahan, Zeehan, Tullah, Rosebery and Queenstown in the North West of Tasmania. The Queenstown PCYC wanted to branch out to the other major towns on the isolated West Coast as many of them do not have the facilities for youth activities.

Matthew Richman, President of the Queenstown PCYC said, “we thought this was a great project as it benefited not one but five different communities. We are really excited that we can now get this trailer on the road!

Spreyton Primary School

Huon’s Helping Hand grants assisted Spreyton Primary School to purchase plants and raised garden beds to develop a school garden. The development of the school garden is one of many changes Spreyton Primary is making to build their community eco friendly environment.

Toni Douglas, Principal at Spreyton Primary School said, “we wanted to educate children about caring for, sustaining and improving our school and broader environments. We believe that the students will gain a lot from interactively working outside.”

Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club

Huon’s Helping Hand grants enabled the Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club to purchase a new surf rescue board. The rescue boards are used for patrolling the beaches and training new surf life savers.

Colin Wood, Secretary of the Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club said “our rescue boards are vital for patrols and water safety activities throughout the summer. Often these are the first and most appropriate craft to utilise when reaching someone in trouble. These rescue boards need to be maintained and replaced as the wear and tear of regular use takes its toll.”