Huonville Bike Collective Pilot Program

Great to hear about the Risdon Vale Bike Collective’s plans to run a 12-month pilot of their program in Huonville with the generous support of the Obed Centre.
For many years the bike collective has been working with young Tasmanians to develop work and social skills, improve mental and physical health and build self-confidence.
They are also in discussions with potential partners to roll out the program to several other Tasmanian communities.
It was wonderful to hear their co-ordinator Ant Edler tell the stories of some of the young people whose lives have been transformed by this program.

COVID-19 Safety Cards Available

My office has some cards available which provide information about staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and who to contact for advice and support.
Copies are available in the foyer of my office or can be posted on request.
A big thank you toCOTA (Council On The Ageing) Tasmania
for supplying this valuable resource.

South Arm Mens Shed

I recently gave a donation to assist the fundraising efforts for the establishment of a new men’s shed at South Arm. Today I met with some of the 50+ members who are driving this project, along with my colleague Alison Standen MP, to discuss other ways we can assist them to get the shed started.
The photo below was taken at the proposed site of the shed. Julie Collins MP and David O’Byrne MP also made contributions towards the project but unfortunately had to send their apologies for the meeting.
Thanks to the South Arm Peninsula Residents Association Inc for also supporting this wonderful project.
The men’s shed movement started as a way of improving men’s health by helping them open up about their issues in an environment where they feel comfortable doing so. I know from visiting several other sheds that they can be life-changing, and in some cases life-saving.

Reconciliation Action Plan

I have recently volunteered to be one of the

Australian Labor Party‘s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) champions.
In preparation for this role, I joined a very informative cultural learning webinar with Northern Territory parliamentarian Karl Hampton MLA on the role of Walpiri cultural business in his life. Thank you, Karl, for your time and the knowledge you imparted.
I am looking forward to my role as a RAP champion and seeing what contribution I can make to progressing reconciliation with First Nations people.

NILS Network Tasmania Delivery Partnership

Since announcing that my office has become a NILS Network of Tasmania
delivery partner we have been inundated with requests for appointments.
As a delivery partner we can help low income Tasmanians apply for a no-interest loan to buy educational equipment, buy essential housholds items, repair a vehicle, meet the costs of relocation after family violence or start a microbusiness.
This service is delivered by my friendly employee, Renée. To make an appointment call Renée on (03) 6229 4444 or email Renee.Toigo@aph.gov.au.
For more information about what a NILS loan can do for you visit http://nilstasmania.org.au.

Huon Highway Traffic Noise

A big thank you to the Kingston residents who met with me to discuss their concerns about the traffic noise impacting them from the Huon Highway following the upgrade of the Huon Highway/Summerleas Road intersection.
Residents told me that raising the level of the highway has resulted in unbearable traffic noise at peak times and in the early hours of the morning.
While this project received Federal funding, the design of the intersection is up to the Tasmanian Government. I will be writing to the Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, to urge the Government to install acoustic barriers along the highway.

ANZAC Day 2020

As the sun rose this morning, like thousands of other Australians I stood in my driveway to #LightUptheDawn and honour our ex-servicemen and women in war, peacekeeping and peacemaking operations, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Lest we forget.

Public Service Announcement

To minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 I will be putting the following measures in place until further notice:

– From Monday, 23 March only two staff will be working in my office at any given time. Other staff will be working from home.

– Staffing restrictions may cause a delay to community printing requests. If you email a printing request to Leanne please also Cc Daniel (daniel.hulme@aph.gov.au).

– No events or meetings will take place in the office board room.

– No constituents will be allowed beyond the reception area unless specifically authorised by me. Anyone given permission to enter the office will be asked to sanitise their hands before and after entering.

While I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, these measures are in place to protect the health and safety of my staff and the general public. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Just for a reminder – here are some basic steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases (see image below).

Riveaux Road Bushfire Memorial Opening

I joined my Parliamentary colleagues Julie Collins MP, David O’Byrne MP & Alison Standen MP and the Geeveston Fire Brigade today for the opening of the Riveaux Road Bushfire Memorial BBQ Area.

Federal Labor Member for Franklin Julie Collins assisted the Brigade in securing a grant to allow the memorial to be built.

There was a delicious sausage sizzle, and an artist from Launceston donated two of her paintings which depicted the bushfire, recovery and hope.

The memorial is a wonderful tribute to the many amazing volunteers who helped fight the fire and provide assistance to people affected. During a crisis like the 2018-19 Tamanian Fire Season, we rely on people like the volunteers of the Geeveston Fire Brigade who are willing to spend time away from their jobs, businesses and loved ones to keep our community safe. I cannot thank them enough for their service and sacrifice.