Clean-up unearths issues to be sorted

THE third Sea Shepherd Marine Debris clean-up was conducted successfully last month however, disappointingly, there was again a significant amount of rubbish along the foreshore and in the waterways.

THE third Sea Shepherd Marine Debris clean-up was conducted successfully last month however, disappointingly, there was again a significant amount of rubbish along the foreshore and in the waterways.

Debris clean-up coordinator Sarah Briggs said the group was up to the challenge, with 40 participants helping to get the job done.  

The group picked up 3072 items with 326 pieces of paper packaging, most from fast food outlets. There were 215 aluminium cans, 102 plastic drink bottles, 276 pieces of plastic food packaging and 137 foil wrappers and packets. Sea Shepherd Marine Debris says the Bridgewater clean-up sites are popular places for people to come to eat, drink and leave their rubbish.
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Garden skills a meal ticket

THE East Derwent Primary School Kitchen Garden Program continues to teach students the valuable life skills of growing and harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables to prepare nutritious meals. Twice a week, grades three and four students learn new skills in the garden and kitchen and then sit down together at our dining table for a meal.

By CHRISTINE KNIGHT*

THE East Derwent Primary School Kitchen Garden Program continues to teach students the valuable life skills of growing and harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables to prepare nutritious meals. Twice a week, grades three and four students learn new skills in the garden and kitchen and then sit down together at our dining table for a meal.

The Kitchen Garden Program recently received a welcome boost with a pallet of coir from Tasmanian Botanics. 

This will be used as part of our composting and seed raising programs.

From left, David Webster assistant principal of East Derwent Primary, Katie Wilson, who is a garden specialist,Tom Knight, Ray Raymond and Hayden Tonks from Tasmanian Botanics and student Kayden Murtagh.
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Sustainability support for schools

ELEVEN Tasmanian schools, including Brighton Primary School, are being supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian 2021 Sustainable Schools awards

ELEVEN Tasmanian schools are being supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian 2021 Sustainable Schools awards.

The awards provide funding to improve sustainability in schools and are supported by the Government, together with Hydro Tasmania and Mars Wrigley.

Member for Lyons Guy Barnett with Brighton Primary assistant principal, Natasha Bannerman and students from the grades 3 / 4 class.
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So, where does it FOGO from here?

WELCOME to Brighton Council’s FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) service. At the end of last month, Council started delivering FOGO wheelie bins (240L bin with a lime green lid) and kitchen caddies to households in the Municipality.

WELCOME to Brighton Council’s FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) service. At the end of last month, Council started delivering FOGO wheelie bins (240L bin with a lime green lid) and kitchen caddies to households in the Municipality. 

The kitchen caddy has information on how to look after both the caddy and FOGO wheelie bin. A magnet for your fridge shows you what can go in FOGO. Pop it on your fridge to help you remember and learn how to use FOGO.

It might take a while to get used to putting food scraps in the kitchen caddy. Find a system that works best. Perhaps discuss FOGO as a household regarding such things as where the kitchen caddy will be kept – near your normal rubbish bin, on your bench near where you prepare food, or under the kitchen sink? When you need to, empty the caddy into your FOGO wheelie bin – more often if there are scraps that might begin to smell, such as meat, fish or dairy products, which you wouldn’t perhaps typically have put in a home compost. That is one of the advantages of a FOGO service.

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Fruity idea has huge a’peel

WHAT do a school fruit box program, a community hall renovation, a sustainable heating project, a student ‘work ready’ program and a new dishwasher all have in common? They’re among the recipients of Hydro Tasmania’s latest round of grant funding, with more than $50,000 going to worthy organisations.

WHAT do a school fruit box program, a community hall renovation, a sustainable heating project, a student ‘work ready’ program and a new dishwasher all have in common? They’re among the recipients of Hydro Tasmania’s latest round of grant funding, with more than $50,000 going to worthy organisations. 

Hydro Tasmania was delighted to join the Jordan River Service Inc – Gagebrook Community Centre to celebrate their $4500 funding boost. This will expand the schools’ breakfast program to include weekly fresh fruit boxes for five local schools and over 1000 students. Thanks to Jordan River Learning Federation Herdsmans Cove Primary School for acting as hosts.

The school fruit program at Jordan River Learning Federation Herdsmans Cove Primary School is much welcomed by students.
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Jobs program powers ahead

BUILD Up Tassie is in full swing this year. The crew for 2021 is entering its final few days in the construction work orientation program.

BUILD Up Tassie is in full swing this year. The crew for 2021 is entering its final few days in the construction work orientation program.

It’s worked through various tasks over the past nine weeks, including finance, general health and well-being topics, construction related maths, reading and understanding building plans, and small scale construction projects such as dog kennels and garden beds to build skills and confidence using power tools.

Learning to build garden beds is one of the many skills taught in the Build Up Tassie program
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MONA’s Master chef class experiences

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF SS) students are working in collaboration with MONA to provide a weekly master chef learning experience in hospitality.

By CHANTEL BARNES*

JORDAN River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF SS) students are working in collaboration with MONA to provide a weekly master chef learning experience in hospitality.  

MONA’S Kirsha Kaechele has helped support learners to have real-world learning through exploring local and global connection to the food and hospitality.  This real-world learning experience is about exposing learners to vocational pathways. 

Every Monday Kirsha and a guest chef work alongside learners to look and taste different cuisines.  Inspiring our learners to cook with each other at school and then share this experience with their families at home. 

MONA’S Kirsha Kaechele gives Jai a demonstration on how to slice vegetables.

This master class in hospitality is an important part of educating our learners about the importance of continuing to develop the five elements of health.  This learning experience will help our young people to be inspired and passionate about food and to feed their imaginations to all of the potential possibilities that exist within the hospitality and tourism industry pathways. 

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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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