Building futures for young Tasmanians

The Build Up Tassie construction work readiness program recently celebrated the transition of six program participants into apprenticeships with St Joseph Affordable homes.

THE Build Up Tassie construction work readiness program recently celebrated the transition of six program participants into apprenticeships with St Joseph Affordable homes. 

The new apprentices – a plumber, painter, bricklayer and three carpenters are a welcome addition to an industry struggling with skill shortages and increasing demand for services, in particular the need for greater supply of social and affordable housing.

The apprenticeships were awarded after a 17-week commitment from participants, building confidence and industry awareness to the point where they become ready to choose the trade in which they’d like to work. 

The six new apprentices from left, Cianna Fitzpatrick, Lukas, Dylan (front), Kwot, Rhys and Connor with CatholicCare executive manager Social Impact Belinda Clarke, St Joseph Affordable Homes CEO Ben Wilson and Build Up Tassie Coach, Adrian Broomhall.

Based at the Southern Central Trade Training Centre, the Build Up Tassie program provides a chance for young people (16 – 24 years) to try different trade activities and gain an understanding of how the construction industry operates. 

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Council to consider organic waste changes

Brighton Council is planning to introduce a FOGO (Food Organic Garden Organics) service in 2021 but it will be seeking ratepayers’ thoughts before proceeding.

A potential FOGO service will mean third bin that is only for food scraps and garden waste and most likely collected on a fortnightly basis.

BRIGHTON Council is planning to introduce a FOGO (Food Organic Garden Organics) service in 2021 but it will be seeking ratepayers’ thoughts before proceeding.

A potential FOGO service will mean third bin that is only for food scraps and garden waste and most likely collected on a fortnightly basis.

This month Council will be conducting community consultation in the ‘Have Your Say’ section on the Council’s website. Residents who can’t access the survey online can request a survey by phone or in person at the Council offices.  

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Testing still vital to COVID-19 strategy

TESTING Tasmanians who have symptoms that could be due to Coronavirus infection is a crucial part of the State’s response to the pandemic. Many symptoms of early and mild Coronavirus are the same as those of colds and flu and could even be confused with hay fever. Testing people with symptoms helps authorities work out if someone has Coronavirus, and if they do, to quickly isolate them, and trace and quarantine their contacts who may also be infected. This reduces the spread of Coronavirus in the community.

By MARK VEITCH* 

TASMANIA did its first test for Coronavirus on 31 January this year. Since then we have performed more than 115,000 tests.

Testing people who have symptoms that could be due to Coronavirus infection is a crucial part of our response to the pandemic. Many symptoms of early and mild Coronavirus are the same as those of colds and flu and could even be confused with hay fever. Testing people with symptoms helps us to work out if someone has Coronavirus, and if they do, to quickly isolate them, and trace and quarantine their contacts who may also be infected. This reduces the spread of Coronavirus in the community.

Tasmania’s Director of Public Health Mark Veitch says testing still remains crucial to the State’s
COVID-19 strategy.

For many months people across Tasmania have done a great job of taking symptoms seriously and getting tested. This testing has given us confidence that Coronavirus has not been circulating in our communities.

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Landfill a waste in every respect

WE all have to face facts and the facts are that sending our waste to landfill is not a long-term solution. For decades we’ve been using landfill as our waste option but as research has shown there are considerable issues associated with this type of waste disposal.

By PHIL OWEN*

WE all have to face facts and the facts are that sending our waste to landfill is not a long-term solution. 

For decades we’ve been using landfill as our waste option but as research has shown there are considerable issues associated with this type of waste disposal. 

The three most important issues with waste in landfill are toxins and the leachate it generates, and the greenhouse gases that are emitted.

The three most important issues with waste in landfill are toxins and the leachate it generates, and the greenhouse gases that are emitted.

Leachate is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute surrounding land, groundwater and our waterways.

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Season to play it safe

AS the weather warms, Brighton Municipality residents are being urged to check that they have the required safety measures in place around their swimming pools and spas.

AS the weather warms, Brighton Municipality residents are being urged to check that they have the required safety measures in place around their swimming pools and spas.

Council’s General Manager James Dryburgh said in Tasmania pool and spa barriers were mandatory and have been legislated for pools and spas built since 1994. 

“It is important our community abides by the laws that govern all pools and spas because they are there for the safety of everyone.” 

Firstly, residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier. 

Firstly, residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier. 

Residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier.

If your swimming pool or spa holds a depth of water of 300mm (30cm) or more and was installed from 1994 onwards, then you must install a pool safety barrier around your pool. A pool or hot tub cover is not regarded as a compliant barrier.

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Sale trail puts used in fashion

This year’s Garage Sale Trail is part of Brighton Council’s commitment to reducing landfill and supporting residents to reuse and reduce waste at home. The program is supported by more than 115 councils across Australia. Sellers can also set up virtual garage sales as an alternative to garage sales in local neighbourhoods.

BRIGHTON Municipality households, schools, community groups and local businesses are set to join more than 400,000 people across the country on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November as part of the tenth annual Garage Sale Trail, which will also be taking place online for the first time. 

Garage Sale Trail is part of Brighton Council’s commitment to reducing landfill and supporting residents to reuse and reduce waste at home. The program is supported by more than 115 councils across Australia. And for the first time ever sellers can also set up virtual garage sales as an alternative to garage sales in local neighbourhoods. 

The Garage Sale Trail is a great opportunity for people to connect with their community, have lots of fun and make some extra money at a time where many people need it most. 

Mayor Tony Foster said the Garage Sale Trail was a great opportunity for people to connect with their community, have lots of fun and make some extra money at a time where many people need it most. 

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Pandemic pauses seniors school

Because of the pandemic, meetings for Bridgewater’a School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

By SHIRLEY MCKERROW*

BECAUSE of the pandemic, meetings for School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

I am sure that a lot of our members are suffering from withdrawal symptoms as we miss the socialising and our generous speakers every week.

As a designated at-risk group, we cannot take chances with the health of members or of our speakers by coming together too soon in an enclosed space for two hours.

Also , if we did meet with a limited numbers of members, I would be reluctant to ask speakers to spend their time and resources travelling to speak to half our group. There wouldn’t be the same atmosphere or interaction.

Schools for Seniors meetings have been on hold in Brighton Municipality since March.
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The wonder of science explored during library visit

Svenja Halfter and Dipon Sarkar shared a never-ending sense of joy and wonder about science with Library staff.

BRIDGEWATER Library had a visit from two volunteers from the Young Tassie Scientists (YTS) program as part of National Science Week 2020 last month. 

YTS which promotes the profile of science and engineering to students and the public provides insights into working as a scientist or an engineer. Participants in the YTS program volunteer their time to share a passion for science and a sense of wonder with people across the state.

Svenja Halfter and Dipon Sarkar shared a never-ending sense of joy and wonder about science with Library staff. 

The experiments they performed focused on the deep blue ocean and highlighted how science plays a part in climate change and the environment.  

Svenja and Dipon entered the makeshift laboratory at Bridgewater Library and eagerly reached into their Cool Science at Home packs to begin experimenting. The flurry of activity and laughter was caught on camera and is available on the Bridgewater Library Facebook page. 

Svenja Halfter and Dipon Sarkar shared a never-ending sense of joy and wonder about science with Library staff. 
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Children help celebrate national tree planting day

For Brighton Family Day Care the celebration of National Tree Day symbolised their strong links to the community and highlighted the importance of collaborative partnerships with many stakeholders within our community.

BRIGHTON Family Day Care recently organised a tree planting event to celebrate national tree planting day.

Educators, children and Family Day Care staff came together with Brighton Council at Bridgewater Parkland to plant a eucalyptus maculata which was donated by Council.

National Tree Day was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John. It is an opportunity for everyone in Australia to get their hands dirty and give back to the environment and there were plenty of enthusiastic little helpers on hand at Bridgewater Parkland to get their hands dirty.

For Brighton Family Day Care the celebration of National Tree Day symbolised their strong links to the community and highlighted the importance of collaborative partnerships with many stakeholders within our community.

Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran attended the event as the official representative of Council.

Deputy Mayor Barbara Curran and Council’s horticulturist Tim Pursell with Brighton Family Day Care educators and excited and enthusiastic children who planted the tree donated by Brighton Council.

Cr Curran has a strong connection to Brighton Family Day Care as a former educator over many years and understands the importance of activities such as this for children’s play as well as children learning about the importance of trees and nature from an early age.

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Industry turns experiment into experience

JRLF Senior School wants to partner with Nyrstar to have Dr Emma Eaton (second from right front row) become the school’s STEM ambassador. The school is trying to emphasise the value of aspiration with learners and wants to followup this recent visit with an industry tour of Nyrstar before the end of term.

NYRSTAR Hobart recently donated lab equipment to the Jordan River Learning Federation (JRLF) Senior School to help students engage with science subjects and to ensure excess equipment is put to valuable re-use in a school environment.

Rather than just deliver the equipment, Nyrstar employees visited the school to observe and assist students conduct a lab experiment as a fun classroom activity. The students participated in a small competition based on a titration experiment dubbed the ‘Titration Off’ on the day.

• Dr Emma Eaton, second from right front row, and Heather Waugh with Year 7 science students, second from left back row.
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