The Kettering Yacht Club and the Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania invite you to join in a rally of wooden boats on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Sailing vessels, motor boats and dinghies are all welcome to join the fun, but all participating vessels must have wood as their principal construction material. This time we'll be including a special event for Derwent Class Yachts. For more details visit the KYC website.

At their 19 December meeting, Kingborough Councillors unanimously endorsed a recommendation to build a new pedestrian footpath along the western side of the Channel Highway at Kettering. The proposed concrete footpath is part of the Kettering Recreational Walkway Plan  which was drafted in 2010 and received in-principle support by Councillors at the December meeting.

The footpath will run between Saddle Road to Selby Road and will be set back from the highway to provide safer pedestrian access and the opportunity for street-scaping with suitable plants. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of March 2012.

The decision to proceed with construction follows a lengthy gestation period. In the second quarter of 2009 representatives of the then Kettering and Oyster Cove Residents (KOCRES) group commenced discussions with Kingborough Council to improve the standard of street-scaping and pedestrian amenity along the Channel Highway.

This concept evolved into a project to define and build a pedestrian-friendly village centre with all weather paths, plantings, and street-scaping inter-connecting the several discrete areas of Kettering.

At the November 2009 meeting of Kingborough Council a decision was taken as part of the endorsement of the Ferry Road and Little Oyster Cove Precinct Plan that Council “supports in-principle the concept of a boardwalk/pedestrian path on the northern side of Ferry Road and requests that the matter be further investigated and reported to Council”. A report was prepared for the March 2010 meeting of Council. This report recommended that $5,000 be set aside to develop a Kettering Recreational Walkway Plan during the 2010/2011 financial year.

With support from the Kettering Community Association and Friends of Kettering groups, Elspeth Haughie, co-ordinator of the Heart Foundation sponsored Kettering Walkers Group has been a key figure in lobbying Council to implement the recommendations of the plan.

Expressing delight at the Council decision she said “It's great news but it's only the start”.

Next on her agenda are:

  • a new footpath along the Channel Highway from Selby's Road to the Ferry Road intersection;
  • proper access to the Oyster Cove Marina — which will include new bridge – from the Kettering Oval Walk;
  • extension of track from Kettering Point to Trial Bay;
  • new signage at Trial Bay indicating the Kettering Point Track; and,
  • a proper pathway from Trial Bay back to Kettering along the Channel Highway.

Elspeth set out this plan at a recent meeting between the representatives of the Kettering Community Association and Council official's including General Manager, Paul West.

“I told the meeting that I want a circular walk around Kettering which will show all aspects of our village and provide views of our fantastic scenery.  I did mention that I was not leaving till it was done!”

We believe you Elspeth!

The Heart Foundation's Kettering Walkers Group have conquered the Hartz Peak. A regular trot up Saddle Road or Groomebridge's obviously makes the Hartz a stroll in the park if the picture below is anything to go by. Nepal beckons!

A report on the group's latest exploits appears in the 20 December edition of the Kingborough Chronicle.

Following is an extract from the Chronicle article:

Thanks to Heart Foundation Walking and the regular weekly walks around Kettering, the Kettering Walkers were fit enough to recently do a day walk. The walk took them alongside lakes and trams, through magnificent alpine country, as they climbed one of south western Tasmania’s most accessible peaks, Hartz Peak – 1255  metres above sea level.
With its 360-degree views over Hartz Mountains, the South West Ranges and beyond, the group said it was a truly superb walk, and they are most appreciative of belonging to Heart Foundation Walking to give them the incentive to keep fit.

 

For more photos courtesy of Greg Hawthorn click here.

An independent report, released yesterday, recommends the creation of a Greater Hobart council bringing together the urban areas of Hobart, Glenorchy, Clarence, Brighton and Kingborough.

There are several recommendations but the most significant is:

That the present cities of Hobart, Glenorchy and urban Clarence (with Richmond and surrounds moving into the Sorell Council area), the urban part Kingborough excluding the Channel and Bruny Island (which would be incorporated into Huon Valley) be merged with Brighton to form a single council, to be named the City of Greater Hobart.

There's obviously going to be a lot of discussion to take place before any of the recpmmendations of the report become  reality. Read the full report here

Friday 2 December at 7.30pm, Wandering Productions present Whatever Floats your Boat. Their promo says:

Join Ric and Stephanie Kalesh as they propel you at breakneck speed through the hilarious, enchanting, heart-stopping and absurdly comical 3 ½ year journey they took from the complacency of a middle-class, middle-aged life in Australia to the exhilarating and terrifying challenges of a feral, water-gypsy life on the rivers and canals of Holland, Belgium and France.

Dreamers, travellers, adventurers, romantics, moderately cashed up baby boomers desperately seeking inspiration for a glorious last hurrah AND everybody else will find this highly original, multimedia production, hugely entertaining.

Click here for more information and bookings.

The Heart Foundation's Kettering Walkers Group have been at it again. A poem, penned by walking co-ordinator, Elspeth Haughie, features in an article which appeared in the 8 November edition of the Kingborough Chronicle on the group's adventure to east Cloudy Bay .

Ten Kettering Walkers went further afield one day,
On the ferry – across the Channel – down to Cloudy Bay.
The East Cloudy Head Track, begins along a pristine sandy beach,
With white crested waves, rolling in beyond our reach.
After three kilometres we found the narrow track – and wound our way up and up,
Thru’ carpeted floral heathland – with lizards, dragons and a cute echidna pup.
We lunched at the top, where the Trig Point in metres read 292,
And marvelled at the scenic beauty of the 360 degree view.
Dolorite cliffs and waterways below – Hartz Ranges and the Friars ahead,
And two mating sea eagles – flying peacefully overhead.
We all had such a magic day – and thank Heart Foundation Walking
For keeping us healthy – to walk the 14 kilometres – and still do talking!

The Heart Foundation's Kettering Walkers Group have been at it again. A poem relating the group's adventure on the East Cloudy Bay Track, penned by walking co-ordinator, Elspeth Haughie, features in an article in the 8 November edition of the Kingborough Chronicle.

Ten Kettering Walkers went further afield one day,
On the ferry – across the Channel – down to Cloudy Bay.
The East Cloudy Head Track, begins along a pristine sandy beach,
With white crested waves, rolling in beyond our reach.
After three kilometres we found the narrow track – and wound our way up and up,
Thru’ carpeted floral heathland – with lizards, dragons and a cute echidna pup.
We lunched at the top, where the Trig Point in metres read 292,
And marvelled at the scenic beauty of the 360 degree view.
Dolorite cliffs and waterways below – Hartz Ranges and the Friars ahead,
And two mating sea eagles – flying peacefully overhead.
We all had such a magic day – and thank Heart Foundation Walking
For keeping us healthy – to walk the 14 kilometres – and still do talking!

 

Kingborough Council's Health and Environmental Services By-law has recently been reviewed and updated. As a result it is now an offence to have an open air fire on a property that has a residential or partial residential zone or on a property that has a land size of less than 2000 square metres unless that fire is for cooking (eg barbecues) or warmth. For more information refer to this media release.