This is a regular column of things that, well, good and conscientious citizens might be interested in. We build our community by sharing and here we are going to share some news about what’s going on, how you can have your say, petitions you might be interested in and news about appeals looking for support. If you have any suggested content for Good Citizen, please send it to politics@tasmaniantimes.com and include Good Citizen in the subject line.


psyllids! – Biosecurity Tasmania is calling for volunteers to participate in 2019-2020 National Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) ‘Adopt-a-Trap’ Survey. The purpose is to check for and re-affirm that Tasmania remains free from this significant biosecurity pest. To register or for more information about the psyllid psurvey, whoops survey, please click here.

Lake Sorell shack – The state government is seeking proposals from not-for-profit organisations to be responsible for developing a retreat for veterans and their families and friends, by renovating a former Parks and Wildlife Service shack at Dago Point, Lake Sorrell, in Tasmania’s highlands. The successful applicant will receive $100,000 to support the renovations needed to make the retreat a reality. It will help support positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes for veterans, ex-serving personnel and their families. Guidelines and application forms are available from Communities Tasmania website www.communities.tas.gov.au/csr.

The Life You Can Save – Author Peter Singer is giving away copies of this seminal work. In addition to presenting his compelling arguments about how we should respond to extreme poverty, Peter examines the progress we are making and recounts how the first edition transformed the lives both of readers and the people they have helped. Learn how you can be part of the solution, doing good for others while adding fulfillment to your own life. Download an e-book or audiobook.

40km/hr at incidents – a new road rule has been introduced regarding emergency service vehicles. When motorists see flashing lights of emergency service vehicles, they are required to reduce speed to 40km/hr. The aim is to provide better protection for emergency service workers, particularly in the chaotic time before incident scenes have been properly controlled. Drive safely everybody!

raptor calendar – the Raptor Refuge 2020 calendar is now available! Enjoy images of our beautiful birds while supporting this very worthwhile project. Use the above link to find sales locations or buy from the website. The Raptor Refuge Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation established by Craig Webb on a 20-acre property overlooking Kettering and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

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