Earlier this year the Kettering Community Association(Inc) sought to have the speed limit on the Channel Highway through Kettering reduced from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.  A major reason for proposing this change was the lack of safe pedestrian access along the highway. 

The Road and Traffic Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources assessed the request but declared that a reduction was not warranted.  They stated in a letter to KCA that:

The current 60 km/h speed limit has been set to reflect the level of roadside activity and manage the risk of conflict between those travelling along the Channel Highway and those entering or exiting. Experience has shown that speed limits that do not match the roadside environment are often seen by drivers as abitrary and attract a poor level of compliance. Subsequently, it is considered appropriate to maintain the current speed limit arrangements.

What do you think?  Do you think the current speed limit is safe or should it be reduced? 

Express your vote in our on-line poll.

Kettering Community Association(Inc) president Picton Hay, together with local Kettering Walkers organiser, Elspeth Haughie and husband Ray were on hand at a presentation night held at Kingborough Council on 6 July to accept a $5,000 grant. The grant will be used to acquire materials to upgrade and extend the Kettering Oval Track.

Planning for the upgrades will commence shortly and work is expected to begin in spring.  Elspeth reports that she has been discussing with  Lions Club of Kingborough how they might be able to assist with the construction.  KCA will also be calling for local volunteers to help with the upgrades.

Thanks to persistent lobbying by Friends of Kettering, Respect Rural Recreation signs have been installed at both ends of Manuka Road, Kettering.

The Respect Rural Recreation initiative is a joint project between Kingborough Council, the Trail Riders Action Club (TRAC) and the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. Respect Rural Recreation is a part of a broader ‘Drive to the Conditions’ message. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the types of recreational activities undertaken in the rural areas of the Kingborough Municipality – those being horse riding, walking and cycling.

 For further details on this campaign, please contact, Kingborough Council on 6211 8200 or Click here to view the brochure. Additional information on the program is available here.

Public information sessions will be held at the Kingborough Civic Centre at 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 7 July 2011. At these meetings the background to the proposed preparation of a new planning scheme will be explained. These initial meetings will provide general information on planning reform within Southern Tasmania in order to set the scene for other public meetings to be held later this year and the subsequent preparation of Kingborough's own new planning scheme.

Rick Gumley reports that he will be meeting today with engineers from GHD to discuss the design of the turning circle to be constructed adjacent to the Ferry Terminal. GHD are the consultants assisting DIER with plans for the $8 million upgrade to Ferry Road. A turning circle was recommended in the Ferry Road and Little Oyster Cove Precinct Plan.

Heart Foundation Walk Organiser, Elspeth Haughie, reports poetically that local walkers recently ventured further afield.

9 Kettering Wakers– went out for a walk one day,
To ' do ' the Organ Pipe Track– up
Mt Wellington Way.
Walking uphill — over rocks and stoney track,
Then downhill by road, via Sphynx Rock– on the way back.
Beautiful scenery–over Derwent River, Hobart and North West Bay,
Majestic dolorite cliffs behind — making it a wonderful day

Robbie Burns would be proud.

Not only is Elspeth doing her bit for the health of the community, she is actively lobbying Council for improvements to the various walking tracks around the village. For more information on the Kettering Walkers Group click here.

The Bureau of Meteorology has improved the focus of its forecasts for regional areas. Click here for the 7-day forecast most relevant to Kettering.

The Bureau makes no claims as to increased accuracy of its forecasts. It is, after all, Tasmania.

The Ferry Store is up for auction. The auction is to be held on-site at 12.00pm on 23 July. The Tasmanian Government has committed to spend $8 million upgrading Ferry road over the next three years. What an opportunity to buy into a beautiful coastal village. Click here to find out more.