Biennial Council elections are almost upon us again. Kettering Community Association, Friends of Kettering and Woodbridge Community Association have joined forces to arrange a public forum at which locals will be able to meet the candidates, hear them present their case for election and ask questions. Make a note in your diary for the evening of 6 October. It will be at the Kettering Community Hall commencing 7 pm. This meeting is open to all.  Click here for more details.

On Thursday 29 September a guided walk of the Kettering Point Track will be conducted as part of Kingborough Council's Walk, Ride, Discover program. The walk commences at 10.0am from the south-east end of Ferry Road, Kettering. Parking is limited.

Registration is required to establish group sizes. If you or your family are interested in participating in this walk you can register by contacting Council’s Community Development Officer Michelle Allen on 6211 8130 or email mallen@kingborough.tas.gov.au.

For more information on the Walk, Ride, Discover program click here.

The next Kettering Concert has an emotional theme.  Entitled "Evocations", the programme will be presented by Michael Lampard (baritone), Ivan James (cello) and Philippa Moyes (piano).  The programme includes a Beethoven song cycle (To the Distant Beloved) considered by some to be his best example, the wonderful Cello Suite No 1 by J.S. Bach, and the Australia Premiere of Lori Laitman's "The Seed of Dream".  Other works by Dvorak, Gurney and Borodin ensure something for everyone!

Sunday 28 August 2011 3pm
Kettering Hall
Tickets $7.50 at the door
Post-concert afternoon tea will be available.

For more details visit the Channel Regional Arts Group website.

The project manager for DIER's Ferry Road upgrade program, Andy van Emmerik, today announced the 3-lane option as their preferred solution. Some residents have expressed dismay that the latest plans introduce parking areas on the south side of the road. These areas encroach on residential properties and have not previously been mentioned during any public consultation.

The DIER announcement said:

We would like to inform you that after various technical investigations and with significant stakeholder input, a preferred upgrade option (Option 1 – 3 Lanes) for Ferry Main Road has been identified. The preferred option will allow the efficient management of ferry traffic through a solution which can also be used for parking outside of peak ferry times.

A display showing the preferred concept design is available for viewing at the following locations in Kettering:

  • Mermaid Café  79 Ferry Road
  • Kettering Community Hall  2963 Channel Highway

The display is also available on the Department’s website which also includes contact details for anyone wishing to enquire further about the project.

For the Kingborough Council meeting of 25 July, Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Steve Wass placed on notice the following motion:

That the Council requests the Minister for Infrastructure to include the undergrounding of power along Ferry Road, Kettering as part of the Ferry Road reconstruction.

The motion was seconded by Councillor Fox and carried unanimously. The Council decision follows concerted lobbying by the Kettering Community Association (Inc).

The 2010-2011 office bearers were re-elected unopposed at last night’s Annual General Meeting.

  • Chair – Picton Hay
  • Vice-Chair – Eric Baldwin
  • Secretary – Karen Meissner
  • Treasurer – Sue Hoyles

Committee Members are:

  • Ed Wilson
  • Tony Parsey
  • Neil Broomfield

Minutes of the meeting are available here.

The Kettering Telephone Exchange  has recently been upgraded to support ADSL2+. How can you take advantage of this upgrade?

ADSL2+ provides a theoretical maximum download speed of  up to 20 Mb/sec (Megabits per second).  This compares to a maximum of up to 8 Mb/sec for standard ADSL.  A number of local residents are currently on Internet Service Provider (ISP) plans which restrict download speeds to 1.5 Mb/sec irrespective of the theoretical maximum capacity of the connection.

Whether you can take advantage of the new improved speeds will depend on your ISP and whether or not you are directly  connected to the Kettering  exchange. 

The broadband infrastructure at Kettering is provided by Telstra.  Any ISP offering a service in Kettering is effectively reselling a Telstra wholesale product.  Your ISP may not necessarily be prepared to resell ADSL2+ services even though they are available.

Some people in Kettering are not connected directly  to the Kettering exchange but are connected via an intermediary piece of equipment known as a RIM (remote integrated multiplexor).  If you fall into this category then you will not be able to take advantage of ADSL2+ speeds.

If you want to improve the the speed of your broadband connection then the first thing to do is to contact your ISP.  They should be able to confirm whether or not you can be moved to ADSL2+.  Even if you are currently on a plan which says that it offers ADSL2+ services you will still have to contact your ISP to enable those services.  It won't automatically happen just because the exchange has been upgraded.

The other thing to be aware of is that you will need to have an ADSL2+-capable modem.  The user guide that came with the modem should tell you if this is the case.  If you don't have a user guide you can probably find one fairly easily via Google.  If you are unable to determine the answer then your ISP should be able to tell you when you contact them about the plan change.  Just quote your modem brand and model number (probably on a sticker on the back of bottom of the unit).

Moving to ADSL2+ will not necessarily cost you more money.  If you have been on the same plan for a long time then it will almost certainly be the case that your ISP will now be offering more competetively priced plans than they were even a year ago.

Go to your ISPs website and have a look at what plans they have on offer.  Pick the one that appeals based on download allocation and your budget.  Then contact your ISP by phone and tell them you want to swap to an ADSL2+ plan.  This step may require patience depending on your ISP!

Even if you are one of the people who isn't able to get ADSL2+ its still worth having a look at the latest plan offerings from your ISP.  Prior to ADSL2+ becoming available, one local increased their download speed by almost 10-fold by upgrading from an old plan  to a current one.  And it actually cost them less per month for the better service.

Note:  The download speeds mentioned above refer to the theoretical maximum speed that can be achieved for the relevant technology.  In practice you may not achieve these levels of service depending on a number of factors such as distance from the exchange, quality of the underground wiring, congestion caused by the link from the exchange into the backbone network becoming overloaded and so on.

You can test your current download speed at www.speedtest.net.  You will see a lot of buttons to press.  To test the line speed press the big "Begin Test" button.  Another worthwhile test is to try the bandwidth test on the ABC Iview website.  It doesn't provide a measure of your download spped but does determine if your connection is sufficient to watch ABC TV programs on line (very handy if you want to watch one you missed and your ISP plan has a reasonably generous download allocation).

Don't forget that running these tests will consume some of your monthly download allowance.