Friends of North Bruny is currently undertaking community consultation about the possible reactivation of Kellaway Park, Dennes Point. We value your opinion and there are a couple of ways you can be involved – keep reading …
Kellaway Park is located in the centre of Dennes Point off Sports Road. The land was donated by Percival Wallace Kellaway for recreational use for the people of North Bruny and named Kellaway Park as a mark of respect. This public open space, now owned by Kingborough Council, has a tennis court, cricket pitch and clubroom. Part of the land is wooded. The Park is also used for emergency helicopter retrieval from the area. There were discussions about the Park in 2016 as part of the North Bruny Background and Future Directions Plan. In the coming weeks day to day management of the Park will be assumed by the North Bruny Hall (Lennon Hall, Dennes Point) Committee.
Some young families have suggested that we investigate the level of community support to revitalise the Park. What facilities are lacking on North Bruny which might be introduced into Kellaway Park for community use? If there is enough interest Friends of North Bruny (FONB) in partnership with the Hall Committee would need to develop a proposal and seek funding through various community grant programs as well as seeking support from Kingborough Council for any proposals. The latter is needed as the land is Council property and additional maintenance may be required.
How can you be involved?
There are a couple of ways you can provide feedback.
We are asking you to complete our online survey to assist us in gauging community support and what the priorities may be. This will be open until 31 January 2023.
A (free) community barbeque and discussion will be held on site at Kellaway Park on Saturday 14 January 2023 12-2pm and all are welcome. Hope to see you there.
You can also send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your assistance and best wishes for the holiday season.
There’s good reason to be worried about the possibility of bushfire this summer. Winter has been much drier than usual, and the summer also promises to be hot and dry.
Members of the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) are coming to North Bruny on Sunday, 12 November, to participate in a community meeting about bushfire preparedness. The meeting will also involve representatives from Tasmania Police and Kingborough Council Emergency Management.
The North Bruny meeting will be held at the Dennes Point Community Hall, between 9.30 and 11.30 am and will involve:
Fire behaviour specialists discussing how bushfires behave, and the on-ground operations we might expect
Police discussing evacuation capacity and planning
Information from Kingborough Council Emergency Management staff
information addressing the specific needs of residents, shackies and tourism business owners
a Q & A panel discussing and sharing local experience and observations
observations on the use of TFS’s Bushfire Readiness Challenge Program
You may also wish to see a copy of the TFS Community Bushfire Protection Plan for Bruny Island, which will be discussed at the meeting. This can be viewed here.
I encourage you to come to the meeting, as part of becoming properly prepared for the fire season, and as part of planning how you and your household and our wider community can best stay safe in the event of wildfire in our vicinity.
“From Whales to Ice; challenges in ocean governance”
11.30am – 1.00pm
FONB members and new members welcome to attend the AGM
All Committee Positions open for election
All are welcome to attend the public talk at 11.30am
Dr Nick Gales
Nick Gales is a global leader in marine and polar environmental science, policy, and management. Among his many career highlights, Nick has led Australia’s Antarctic Program and been Australia’s Chief Antarctic Scientist and Chief Science Advisor to Australia’s Department of Environment. He has also served as President of the international Society of Marine Mammalogy.
Nick is currently Australia’s Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and Vice-Chair of the International Whaling Commission.
Come and hear a distinguished resident of North Bruny speak on environmental issues of global significance which are facing our oceans.
The inaugural meeting of the North Bruny Island Book Club (working title!) was held on Tuesday, 7th March 2023.
As part of Tasmania Reads It was decided that participants should bring along and discuss books with a distinctly Tasmanian flavour – author or setting, fiction or non-fiction. A surprising variety of books were offered for discourse.
Here’s a round up to add to your list of ‘next reads’:
Thylacine conspiracy (2003) by Bill Cromer In thisamazing book , you will feel as though you are racing along with the characters. A thrill a minute as the hero tries to find the Thylacine Tiger and comes up against an elaborate conspiracy, undiscovered murders, and a killer that will make you shudder. Bill Cromer gets you so involved you just can’t stop turning pages.
Not Quite Tasmanian (2021) by Demelza is a collection of poems that takes us on an accidental journey through life. It is an observation of people and places – of food and thoughts and inevitable events such as birth, death, and education. The poet never professes to get it right but discovers with reflection, sadness and a great deal of humour, how to cope, or not, with everyday tasks. June entertained us by reading ‘Ode to the Tasmanian puffer jacket’ – something we could all relate to!
Those snake island kids (2012) by Jon Tucker – a book reminiscent of Swallows and Amazons about kids and for kids, enjoyable also by adults. There is a strong sense of place (Snake Island really does exist near Apollo Bay) and of the realities of sailing and camping. There is international cooperation against bad guys, not all of whom turn out to be bad in the end, and a very exciting rescue.
The Settlement (2022) Jock Serong is a compelling read, powered by the authors descriptive, muscular prose, The Settlementtakes a slow, mournful pace. It has to, because the focus is truly harrowing: the genocide of Tasmania’s First Peoples and their forced displacement to a settlement at Pea Jacket Point on Flinders Island.
Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalypse(2020) by Cassandra Pybus. Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. The author has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini’s extraordinary story in full. Those participants who had read this book all praised its literary credentials, but all agreed it was a difficult read.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife (2011) by Karen Viggers. A woman at the end of her life, a man unable to restart his, and a history of guilty secrets and things left unsaid—this is a powerful, moving novel of love, loss, and family. Elderly and in poor health, Mary fulfills her wish to herself to live out her last days on Bruny Island off of Tasmania, with only her regrets and memories for company. Her late husband was the lighthouse keeper on Bruny, and she’d raised a family on the wild windswept island, until terrible circumstances forced them back to civilization.
Living with Jezabel: a life on Tasmanian and bass Strait lighthouses (2015) by Marlene Levings. This is a true story of life and love in some of the wildest and most isolated places on earth – the light stations of Bass Strait and Tasmania. Before their automation, Australia’s remote island and onshore lights were manned by lightkeepers and their families. Foul weather, misadventure and supply problems were offset by incredible natural beauty, camaraderie and a unique lifestyle that no longer exists in the modern world.
Limberlost(2022) by Robbie Arnott. The much-anticipated third novel by award-winning Australian author Robbie Arnott, Limberlost is a story of family and land, loss and hope, fate and the unknown, and love and kindness. In the heat of a long summer Ned hunts rabbits in a river valley, hoping the pelts will earn him enough money to buy a small boat. His two brothers are away at war, their whereabouts unknown. His father and older sister struggle to hold things together on the family orchard, Limberlost.
Toxic (2021) Richard Flanagan is a deep dive into everything that is wrong with Tasmania’s salmon industry. And it does seem to be everything. From pollution to politics, Flanagan’s portrayal of the industry is of one almostirredeemably broken.
In Search of Hobart (2009)Peter Timms. This idiosyncratic view of Australia’s smallest, most southerly, least-populated capital city explores Hobart’s troubled acceptance of its convict past and its brutal near-annihilation of its first people. Timms links Hobart’s shift in attitudes to a new-found confidence in itself. It is no longer ashamed of its convict past, and it has led the rest of the country in reconciliation initiatives with indigenous Tasmanians. What shines through this insightful little book is the love of nature and the beauty of the city. It comes as a surprise to be reminded that a mere 30 minutes from the CBD one can look out from Mt Wellington to where the nearest landfall.
James Kelly Circumnavigation of TasmaniaLog of his circumnavigation of Van Diemen’s Land 1814-1815
Gould’s book of fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001) Richard Flanagan. It is a fictionalised account of the convict William Buelow Gould’s life both at Macquarie Harbour and elsewhere during his life in Van Diemen’s Land.he novel is unusual in that it makes use of paintings by the real Van Diemonian convict artist William Buelow Gould reproduced with permission from William Gould’s Sketchbook of Fishes, held by the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in the State Library of Tasmania. These images of fish are used both as chapter headings and inspiration for characters.
The Oyster Girl(2020) Wren Fraser Cameron. She was the Oyster Girl, clamped onto life, encased in a brittle sharp shell, a shadow in the mud, her story a secret. This is a version of lutruwita/Tasmania that you have never read, a novel of the sea and sailing that tells the story of an island through the eyes of an unforgettable woman, Pearl Macqueen, the Oyster Girl. Starting as it means to go on, seismically, The Oyster Girl traces Pearl from her time as an indentured worker diving for mutton fish and crays through love, friendship, fortune and some of the cruel dealings of fate. Cameos from many of the island’s most recognisable historical figures, fleshed out with failings and foibles, are spotted throughout the story.
Between 5 – 11 March, libraries, schools, business, and communities across the state will be celebrating Tasmania Reads week and you can too. Friends of North Bruny (FONB) are supporting a get together at Dennes Point on Tuesday 7 March where we will talk about our favourite Tasmanian Read. We hope this will be the impetus for a regular book group here in North Bruny and we’d love it if you could come along (and maybe bring a friend).
Now for the fun bit, what to read? We’re leaving that up to you, it just needs to have a Tasmanian flavour – it could be a read by a Tasmanian writer; it could be set in Tasmania; it could be about Tasmania – the broader the range the more interesting the discussion. Fiction/nonfiction/poetry/essays/magazines are all excellent choices, and you can ‘read’ hardcopy, eBooks or audio books. There are some great suggestions in the Tasmania reads online magazine. Download it here
Where do I find the books?
You might already have something in your own collection. If not, why not check out what’s available at: Libraries Tasmania. Our nearest branch is at Kingston but if you are a member, you can borrow or return from any branch and membership is free. You can join online which will also allow you to borrow straight away from the eLibrary.
Bruny Island Community Library at Alonnah has a great range of Tasmanian titles. They are open on Thursday and Saturday from 1-4 pm, and also on Wednesday mornings. The Community Library is also planning an event for Tasmania Reads in April – we’ll keep you posted!
Share what you’re reading on social media using the hashtags #TasmaniaReads and #BrunyIslandReads
Create your own logo using the resources on the Australia Reads page.
Read for Pleasure/Read with Friends/Read for Learning
The primary objective of Friends of North Bruny is to protect the environment and lifestyle of North Bruny, but we are also concerned with issues which affect the whole of Bruny Island.
After a fairly long period of preparation, we have recently installed bins and associated signs at 8 locations around the island as part of our ‘Bin Marine Plastics’ project. Our aim is for folk who are walking on the beach to collect any plastic debris that they see and put it in these bins, to get it out of the marine environment and away from seabirds and marine creatures which might otherwise eat it. And of course, to help keep our beaches wild and beautiful!
The bins are at these locations:
Jetty Beach, Dennes Point
Stiffy’s Creek, Nebraska Beach, Dennes Point
The car park 2 km north of Great Bay
Cemetery Beach, Lunawanna
Two Trees Beach, Adventure Bay
Quiet Corner, Adventure Bay
Pennicott car park, Adventure Bay
The artwork for the project by Gordon Harrison-Williams is very impressive, and we will be using the logo for T-shirts and car stickers as we spread the ‘Bin Marine Plastics’ message. We hope that the project will inspire similar action in other places.
We are very grateful for the support of various organisations and individuals who have contributed to the project – Kingborough Council; the Bruny Island Environment Network (BIEN); the Bruny Island Community Association (BICA); the Inala Foundation; the Pennicott Foundation; Bruny Island Coastal Retreats; and the Matysek family.
Unfortunately, despite the signage which explains the purpose of the bins, and despite the prominent label on the top of the bins which says ‘Beach Plastic Only’, we have been finding from the outset that people are using the bins for general rubbish. This is very thoughtless, and dispiriting. We have made modifications to the bins to address the problem and working towards positive solutions.
We do still need volunteers to help us manage the project, particularly on South Bruny. If you feel able to help, please contact Ros Woodburn on 0407 581070.
Friends of North Bruny are very pleased to announce that the Dennes Point Heritage Trail has opened! Thanks to Rodney Dillon for welcoming us to Country, and Greg Lehman for his moving speech about the great significance of the site and the new trail. Thanks also to Kingborough Mayor Steve Wass for officially opening the Trail, and Gerry McAfee for officiating. And thank you also to everyone who came along to the opening, and all those who have supported this project at every step along the way. If you haven’t seen the Trail yet, we hope you’ll come along and walk it soon.