Shayla showed how we all care

Tasman Mayor Kelly Spaulding gives us his updates on the last month on the Peninsula.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved in the search for Shayla Phillips at Highcroft/Stormlea last month.

The response from the community was amazing and included people dropping off donations of food and too many offers of help to mention everyone individually.

A heartfelt thank you to Tasmania Police, SES, Parks and Wildlife Services, Victorian Police, those flying helicopters and operating drones, the horse riders and dog handlers and the many, many individuals and businesses that helped in every way possible.

COVID-19 is still active in our community, and while the statistics show that we are going well compared to some places, it’s important to stay vigilant.

While masks are now voluntary in a lot of places it is still one of your best protections against the virus along with regular hand hygiene.

I’ll be going to get my Covid booster as soon as I’m able to, as this helps to build immunity and lessen the effects of Covid.

If you’ve not had a chance to Shayla showed how we all care get yours yet, please consider popping into the chemist or making an appointment at your GP to get one.

Unfortunately I was struck down with Covid in early March and self-isolated for the required time before testing negative again.

I had strong reactions to both my vaccinations and was very lucky to have relatively mild symptoms while I had the virus.

On a more cheery note, congratulations to all those who were involved with the Koonya Garlic festival.

It was a fantastic event, great to see it up and running again and to see all the locals and visitors out having a good time.

Don’t forget ANZAC Day coming up on the April 25.

The Nubeena Sub-Branch of the RSL will be hosting both the Dawn Service and 11am Service at the Nubeena Cenotaph.

A Gunpowder Breakfast will again be available at the Ex-Service Club in Nubeena after the Dawn Service, and we’ll see the return of the ANZAC March heading off from Judd Park for the 11am Service.

Many of you would know that the State Government is conducting a review of local government, and looking at local government reform.

While we don’t know what that will look like, we have learnt from past experience that it’s important to have your say.

More information is available at a website set up by the state – The future of local government review – which can be found here: https://www.futurelocal.tas.gov.au/
If you look under the ‘Events’ tab you’ll see that there is a survey that you can complete, or a list of workshops and pop-ups that you can attend.

I’m disappointed to see that the closest event to us is in Sorell and will be looking to see if something can be added for the Tasman area.

Taswater has started gathering information for a report into water and sewage in the Tasman.

This will focus on the existing infrastructure at the Port Arthur scheme, but they may also be investigating other options.

As part of this they will be running some community information sessions, so please keep an eye out and attend if you can.

While it’s unlikely to end up with a full water and sewage system being available, it may be an opportunity to provide water collection points for potable water, or fix some of the issues around our beaches, where we have seen evidence of increased nutrients.

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