Message received from Chris Needham, Secretary of Kingborough Community Action:

Kingborough Community Action comprises a small group of people who formed a community based group to lobby both State and Local Government following the open meeting held in the Kingston Beach Hall on June 18th 2011. Since our inception we have been actively monitoring the progress and possible development of the Former Kingston High School site. We now have an active web site and email address. We encourage all members of your organisation and the wider community to access the web site and to provide us with feedback, ideas and information as to what they as the community of Kingborough would like to see on this very important site. We only have one chance at this and we need to get it right. Kingborough needs an attractive town (and future city) centre with spaces and places for the community to meet, do business and be entertained, indeed a community heart. Please support us on this important project and provide us with feedback and ideas.

Put a note in your diary for the upcoming Southern Voices Concert to be held at the Kettering Community Hall commencing 2.00pm Sunday 13 November.

The show is called Anything Goes and will feature swing and big-band songs from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington, plus some beautiful earlier works, such as Across the Wide Missouri, Love's Old Sweet Song and All Through The Night in four-part harmony by a 35-voice choir who have been singing together for 10 years.

The Men in Black will feature their popular choreographed Gendarme's Duet, and American Trilogy, three folk songs from the American Civil War era, recorded by Elvis Presley back in the 1960s. In the Men in Black's annual concert in September in the Hobart Town Hall, American Trilogy was the hit of the day, with huge ovations from the audience.

The men from both choirs will combine for The Song of the Pirates from Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

The concert will conclude with both choirs and two accompanists on twin keyboards presenting Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano. It will be awesome!!

Please note that the concert starts at 2.00pm, with complimentary afternoon tea at interval, and the concert should end at about 4.15pm. Ticket prices are $15, $12 concession and $5 for children.  Tickets are available on-line or from Bertoz Jewellers, Channel Court, Kingston and will be available at the door from 1.30pm on the day.  

Margot Lampkin
Musical Director and Conductor

The results of the 2011 round of Council elections are now in. Councillors elected in Kingborough (shown in order of election – * denotes re-election) are Paula Wreidt, Roger McGinniss*, Nic Street, Flora Fox*, Julian Bush* and Bernadette Black. Dr Graham Bury and Stephen Wass were re-elected as Mayor and Deputy-Mayor. Click here for full official results.

There are two Kettering Concerts coming up:

  • Sunday 30 October 2011 3pm – The Diemen Quartet will play string quartets by Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Click here for more details.
  • Sunday 27 November 2011 3pm –  Fortéfied, the small enthusiastic singing group that sang last December in Kettering will return. This will be a benefit concert. All takings will go to the musical training of a young severely disadvantaged boy in India. More details soon.

Nominations for the 2011 Kingborough Council elections closed yesterday. Voting will be conducted between 11 October and 10am 25 October. There are 16 candidates for six vacant positions. Five of the candidates (Julian Bush, Fiona Buchan, Flora Fox,  Roger McGinniss and Donna Sommerville) where elected in 2007 and are currently sitting Councillors seeking re-election. Peter Lindsay is the only Councillor whose term is up who is not  standing.

David Grace is contesting the position of Mayor with incumbent Mayor, Graham Bury. There are five other councillors (Bush, Fox, McGinniss, Nolan and Sommerville) challenging Steve Wass for his Deputy Mayor position.

The links set out below are for those candidates who have made campaign material available on-line.

Several candidates will be attending the meeting to be held at the Kettering Community Hall commencing 7pm on 6 October.  Members of the public will be able to find out what the candidates stand for and ask questions.  Click here for details.

For more information on how local government elections work click here.

The Kettering Community Association Inc. have lodged the following question on notice for the Council meeting to be held on 26 September.

Will Council undertake provision of safe pedestrian access along the Channel Highway at Kettering to provide safe access to the shops and post office?

You can read the full text of the question and Council's response here

Next time you go for a walk out to Kettering Point you'll find some improvements. The old crumbling steps leading down to the water's edge have been replaced by some brand new stairs and a seat has been installed to enable walkers to rest and enjoy the Channel panorama. Thanks to Council's Tracks and Trails team for the good work and and to the Heart Foundation's Kettering Walkers Group for lobbying Council for improvements.