firefighter recruitment – Tasmanian Fire Service is launching a new campaign to recruit an additional 30 career firefighters. Firefighting is not only one of the most respected careers in Tasmania, but is equally rewarding for those who take on the task of helping keep communities safe. A day as a firefighter can involve anything from road crash rescue, to responding to structure and vegetation fires.
For those interested in a career in firefighting, please see www.recruitment.fire.tas.gov.au

TVT6 reunion – There’s going to be a TVT6 60th Anniversary Reunion for all former and current staff and their partners. The event will be on Sat 23 May, 60 years to the day since the first broadcast. The event at Yacht Club in Sandy Bay will run from 12-4pm, costing $40 per head – includes canapés, drinks at bar prices. Contact tvt60threunion@bigpond.com for tickets and more information. The organisers ask you to pass on details of the event to any former employees of the station you might be in contact with.

B4 Community Story Teller – grants are now open for this program. Amounts of up to $20,000 are available to community organisations (and councils) to train Early Years Story Tellers. These grants can help people know the role they can play to support every child thrive, whether it’s through developing and distributing helpful resources, engaging in the early years conversation or encouraging everyone to get involved and play their part for children in Tasmania.
See here for more details of the Community Story Tellers Project and the grants program.

Queenstown MTB trails – West Coast Council has released the Dirt Art authored design plan for a Mount Owen trail network, which it hopes will attract riders from interstate and overseas to tackle the area’s unique rocky landscape and enjoy the views of the West Coast Range and World Heritage Wilderness Area. An entry trailhead would be established at Headly Faulls Park in the centre of Queenstown, which already has toilets and parking, and would be about 1200 metres from the functional trailhead on Tramway Street. You can provide comment to the council before 10 April via email dsp@westcoast.tas.gov.au. The trails have $3 million in federal and state funding and Dirt Art estimates construction of the network would take around six months.

Montrose Bay consultation – Glenorchy Council is consulting about two playspaces being built at the Montrose Bay Foreshore Community Park and Giblins Reserve in Goodwood. The new playspaces will include play equipment catering to all ages, some play elements for all abilities, an art component, and new landscaping.  There is also the potential for additional community facilities such as a fenced off-leash dog exercise area, a mindfulness labyrinth feature, and other community facilities such as seating and picnic areas. The carpark, shared pathway and toilets at Giblins Reserve will also be upgraded.
There are several ways to get involved:
– complete the online survey by 22 March 2020.
– meet the designers on Saturday 14 March 2020 at Montrose Bay Foreshore Community Park (9:30am) or Giblins Reserve (1:30pm) to talk about your ideas for the spaces.
– visit the stand at the Moonah Taste of the World Festival on Sunday 22 March 2020.


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