28 July 2015

Update on safer roads campaign

What are these wombat crossings that we are talking about?

As zebra crossings are almost non-existent in Tasmania, most of us are not sure what a wombat crossing with zebra markings would look like.  Your roving reporter has just returned from a visit to the northern beaches of Sydney, where they are commonplace.  Here are some photos:

On a descending street (Lawrence St) in Freshwater (one of several examples in this shopping centre)

At The Esplanade, Manly

On North Steyne, Manly Beach

There are numerous other examples, near schools, in shopping centres, anywhere where pedestrians and vehicles are likely to clash.  Drivers are well used to them, and they certainly offer protection to people crossing the street.  They are usually accompanied by the yellow "walking feet" signs.  There are all sorts of arrangements at the kerb, from kerb bulbs to mini garden beds.  Some have a cut through the kerb bulb so that cyclists can ride over the crossing safely without being forced into the path of cars.

Another dangerous spot identified
A couple of residents of Poets Rd have let us know that the intersection of Poets Rd, Lansdowne Crescent and Allison St is another danger spot.  They say this area is "quite busy with pedestrian traffic (young and old), especially before and after school. 

Poets Road
Sight lines are obscured by the blue house built to the footpath edge, and opposite is a very high fence. One corner even has steps! The other squeezes in a bus stop, phone booth and frequent stops by drivers ducking across the road to The Lansdowne Cafe. 
Drivers coming down Poets Road, do so at alarming speed. Drivers going up Poets Road, speed even faster! - (if their car is up to it). 

We need traffic calming measures like trees in the road centre and a safe place to cross. It is difficult to cross with a pram.

Allison Street
The cafe corner is very busy. The bus stops directly at the front of the cafe and the outdoor patrons. When a second bus stops opposite - we all hold our breath and squeeze through.
The other corner is definitely a candidate for a 'kerb bulb'. We know of one Lansdowne student hit by a car crossing this road."



15 July 2015

Sustainable House Day 2015 - want to nominate your place?

This year the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is partnering with EnviroShop to hold Sustainable House Day on September 13.

Sustainable House Day is Australia’s largest national sustainability event giving people the opportunity to see and learn from the best environmental homes.

One important change this year will be an upgrade to the Sustainable House Day website to improve it for participating homeowners, local groups and attendees.

ATA has now opened online registrations for:  
  • Homeowners with homes that have environmentally sustainable features – to open them and host tours
  • Sustainability groups and local councils – to host or co-ordinate local homes and volunteers and/or ancillary events.
Participating homeowners can now officially register and submit their own house profiles via the event website.

The deadline for home registrations is July 31, 2015

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR HOME ONLINE
If you have an existing house profile from SHD 2014 (Please note: addresses were taken off the website after SHD 2014 as required by organisers, so you may need to use a few different search terms to locate your profile.)
  • Once you locate your profile, click into the profile and scroll down until you see Claim this house. Click on this.
  • An email will then automatically be sent to organisers to allocate this property to your profile. Once your property has been allocated and approved you will receive an email notification it has been added to your profile and updated to 2015.
  • Please log in back to your profile and update your profile information accordingly. 
If you do NOT have or cannot locate an existing house profile from SHD 2014
  • From the my profile page, click on the Create New House Profile button at the top right hand corner
  • Complete the new house registration form
  • Once submitted the form will automatically be sent to the organisers for approval.
  • Once officially accepted you will receive an email notification regarding acceptance and the house profile will be allocated to your user profile. 
We also request you please refer to the T&C’s of participation below: If you are experiencing problems with the website or registering online, please contact Jodie North at Jodie.north@envirogroup.com.au and we will address these issues as soon as possible.

13 July 2015

Gardening note for July


JULY Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Broad Beans (2nd planting) Takes a month to show x x x x
English Spinach (no punnets - direct seeding only) x x x x
Shallots/Spring Onions x x x x
Small Cabbages - punnet into ground x


Small Cabbages - direct seeding x


Mini Cauliflower "Garant" - punnet into ground x x x x
Lettuce - direct seeding x x x x
Radish


x





Punnets



Lettuce - from  punnet into ground when ready.

08 July 2015

A plan for a safer West Hobart

WHEN has been putting some thought into how to reduce the impacts and dangers to our community arising from the increasing numbers and speed of through traffic using our neighbourhood as a transit route.

We are very pleased that Council has shared our particular concern about the threat to children accessing Caldew Park on the corner of Hill and Warwick Streets and has agreed to reduce the speed limit here to 40kph.  We have offered to assist in any way possible in the development of appropriate traffic calming measures in that area.  This is currently with external consultants GHD, we understand.

There are also other locations in West Hobart which have been raised with us as being dangerous places for kids and older citizens to cross the road.  Council's current response is to add kerb bulbs and central pedestrian refuges at such points.  We believe a broader approach is required.  Pedestrian refuge islands do not slow the traffic sufficiently to ensure that our vulnerable family members can cross the road safely.

We've produced a safe traffic map for West Hobart  to help Council to locate the particular places of concern and to describe a different approach that could be adopted.  Note: explanatory text boxes come up if you click on the particular icon or area in the map.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=zQ_kvYQCtU6M.kstsPRUkT3Xc


We believe a package of strategies is required to improve safety in West Hobart and to make it easier for drivers to shift their transport choices, including:

- a blanket 40 kph speed limit through the area
- wombat pedestrian crossings at the worst danger points (these are ramped pedestrian crossings with zebra markings) at strategic points so that kids and older people can safely cross the rat run to get to school or the local shop
- retain the existing bus route, and promote active transport
- maintain consideration of a future bikelane, and promote active transport.

We plan to raise this approach for discussion at the next West Hobart Residents' Traffic Committee.
Let us know (drop a line to whenvnet@gmail.com) if you know of other danger spots, or have other feedback.



26 June 2015

A Will for the Woods, 23 July

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet?

This is what one man asked, and this film is the result.

"A Will for the Woods" is being screened at the School of Fine Arts, Hunter St, on 23 July, as a free community event.

DETERMINED THAT HIS LAST ACT WILL BE A GIFT TO THE PLANET, A MAN PREPARES FOR HIS OWN GREEN BURIAL.

The movie will be followed by the launch of the locally produced booklet:  'OUR FINAL FOOTPRINT- DYING SIMPLY AND SUSTAINABLY IN TASMANIA'.

WHEN: Thursday 23 July, 6.30pm. 

WHERE: De Chaineux Theatre, School of Fine Arts, 37 Hunter Street.
 

BOOKINGS: sarah.dejonge@calvarycare.org.au

10 June 2015

More on speed limits at the Train Park

You may have seen the media coverage of our meeting with Lord Mayor Sue Hickey and Alderman Anna Reynolds at the park yesterday.  This was The Mercury's report.

Trine, Amanda, Helayne and I met Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly, onsite today to hear the Government's view. She understands that the Commissioner for Transport will approve the proposed reduction in speed limits once the Council has come back with its proposed additional road infrastructure measures to assist in slowing the traffic down.  So the ball is in Council's court to keep this moving.

While we were standing at the corner chatting, we witnessed two near misses on the roundabout!

As usual there is some pushback from disgruntled drivers, so it would be great if residents could drop a line to the Council to thank them for their initiative.

Here are some suggested messages:

- it was a good decision to seek the speed limit reduction, and thankyou
- the 40kph limit is becoming the new standard in residential neighbourhoods and shopping areas
- tackling speed will help make our streets safer
- the risk of a crash increases as vehicle speeds increase.  This is partly due to the longer braking distance (braking distance is proportional to the square of speed) and partly due to the time people need to process information, to decide whether or not to react, and finally, to execute a reaction.
- the severity of injuries arising from a crash increases exponentially with vehicle speed. Research from the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre shows that at mean speeds of 40kph the risk of death is about 25%, while at mean speed 50kph the risk of death is close to 83%.
- please ensure this process proceeds as quickly as possible to reduce the risk to residents as soon as possible.

Email contact details for the Aldermen are:

Lord Mayor Sue Hickey  lord.mayor@hobartcity.com.au
Deputy Lord Mayor Ron Christie  ronchristie@netspace.net.au
Helen Burnet  helenburnet@gmail.com
Philip Cocker  philip_council@netspace.net.au
Anna Reynolds ald.reynolds@hobartcity.com.au
Tanya Denison  tanyamdenison@gmail.com
Suzy Cooper ald.cooper@hobartcity.com.au
Peter Sexton ptsexton@tassie.net.au
Eva Ruzicka eva@ruzicka.id.au
Jeff Briscoe jbriscoe@netspace.net.au
Damon Thomas damon.thomas@bigpond.com
Marti Zucco ald_zucco@netspace.net.au  


09 June 2015

Update on traffic speeds at the train park

As of today, we are advised (via the Lord Mayor Sue Hickey) that the Government has told Hobart City Council that Council may be permitted to reduce the speed limit in the vicinity of Caldew Park to 40kph, on the proviso that additional infrastructure is implemented to assist in the reduction of traffic speeds.  Council has contracted engineering firm GHD to advise on what additional measures might be involved. 

At lunchtime today Tuesday (in the cold and rain!) Alderman Anna Reynolds and LM Sue Hickey met with several residents at the park to brief the media on this.  Southern Cross TV, WIN TV and The Mercury were there, which was good.  The residents' reps were Di Elliffe (WHEN), Amanda Staley (Melt Cafe) and Helayne Short. Di told the media about WHEN's longstanding concerns about the increasing volume and speed of through traffic in this residential area which has lots of pedestrians, both old and young.  We think Council needs to make a decision that in principle Hill St should not be a "collector road" (and can therefore have a lower speed limit applied) and start working towards encouraging drivers to go by other routes or modes.  Amanda talked about her concerns at the traffic speed and seeing several near misses outside the cafe.  Helayne started the petition of residents calling for a reduction in the speed limit after spending some time in the cafe and witnessing the problem.

Di will be meeting Elise Archer obo the Minister Rene Hidding tomorrow, and we hope to have the Government's position confirmed then.

It is looking very promising at this stage!

02 June 2015

Gardening notes for June


JUNEWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4

Broad Beans (2nd planting)


   x
Sugar Snap peas (2nd planting) pregerminate then sow


   x
Snowpea (2nd planting)


   x
direct sow and protect from birds until 100mm high



Garlic bulbs (before shortest day)   x   x       
English Spinach (no Punnets - direct seeding only)

   x   x

25 May 2015

Time to call on the Minister for Infrastructure re traffic speeds at Caldew Park

You probably heard the excellent news that Hobart City Council strongly approved Alderman Anna Reynolds' motion to urge the State Government to reduce the speed limit on the roads surrounding Caldew Park (the train park).  In fact, Lord Mayor Sue Hickey was keen to add her voice personally to the issue.  This is a very strong endorsement of our position, which is great news.

The Council has now sent its formal letter to Rene Hidding, the Minister for Infrastructure, for consideration by the Dept of State Growth.  The full letter is available here.  It contains additional data and useful arguments.

It is time now for as many people as possible to contact the Minister and other Members of the House of Assembly for Denison, to apply as much pressure as possible for a positive response to the Council's approach.

PLEASE WRITE A LETTER OR EMAIL OR MAKE A PHONE CALL THIS WEEK.




Ask the Minister or your MP to support the speed limit reduction, and offer to meet them onsite so that you can show them the issues of concern.

Contact details:

The Hon Rene Hidding MP
Minister for Infrastructure
Level 1, Franklin Square
Hobart Tas 7000

Ph:  (03) 6165 7686

rene.hidding@parliament.tas.gov.au

The Hon Matthew Groom MP
Minister for State Growth
10th Floor, Executive Building,
15 Murray Street,
Hobart  7000.

(03) 6165 7739
matthew.groom@parliament.tas.gov.au

The Hon Elise Archer MP
62 Main Road,
Moonah  7009.

(03) 6212 2210
elise.archer@parliament.tas.gov.au

Mr Scott Bacon MP
353 Main Road,
Glenorchy 7010.

(03) 6212 2383
scott.bacon@parliament.tas.gov.au

It would be great to hear how many people have followed up on this, so pls drop a note back to whenvnet@gmail.com or put a comment under this article, thanks!!!







24 May 2015

Film screening: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

On Thursday May 28, 2015 from 6.30pm - 9.00pm, Vegetarian Tasmania and Sea Shepherd Australia (Hobart chapter) are hosting a screening of the ground-breaking feature-length environmental documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.  The film follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today - and investigates why the world's leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.  The film will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel of experts to discuss the issues raised in the film.
Venue details - Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTas, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay

For more information about the film and the Q&A session:
http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7389df02d010da0472731483f&id=d5c35bf64d&e=d99611054a

The official trailer can be viewed on You Tube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV04zyfLyN4

Tickets are also available beforehand  ($10 adult, $5 student / concession):
http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret-film-screening-tickets-16761075829

26 April 2015

Spring Garden Planning workshop, and Margaret's May gardening notes

Spring Garden Planning Workshop

Permaculture Tasmania is advertising what looks like a wonderful winter workshop on preparing the garden for Spring. 
Spring Garden Planning
Sunday 26th July, 9:00am – 4:00pm
The Little Seed, Franklin
Many factors influence the amount of produce that we harvest from our gardens, and there is no doubt that forward planning increases yield. Winter is the perfect time to do this planning, and get all the beds prepared before the mad dash that hits us during spring in Tasmania.
The workshop covers:
  • Building healthy soil
  • Garden base maps
  • Timing – what to grow and when to sow
  • Crop rotation
  • Companion planting
  • Bed preparation and planting out
There will be an opportunity to plan your own bountiful harvests during the workshop, so bring a rough sketch showing a few of your garden beds, with a note about what is currently growing in the beds and when the beds will be empty.
The workshop is being hosted by Penny Milburn, an experienced practitioner and trainer who completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2008 with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. She has since trained over 300 people at workshops in both Sydney and Tasmania, and currently works for the National Environment Centre teaching on-line Accredited Permaculture Training to students across Australia and as far away as Italy and Samoa.
The venue is The Little Seed, a 15-acre permaculture property overlooking the Huon River. The strawbale home with earthen floors and innovative grey water system have both featured in the Owner Builder Magazine, and the water harvesting system with established food forest incorporating chickens and ducks is an excellent demonstration of the productivity that can be achieved, even on a south facing landscape at 43 degrees.
Cost: $75 / $65 Permaculture Tasmania members (includes a scrumptious lunch)
For enquiries call Penny on 0408 269 765 or email thelittleseed@yahoo.com
 
I also spotted a useful article:
https://www.pipmagazine.com.au/april-gardening-guide-cool-climate-australia/

Planting Notes for May


MAY Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Sugar Snap Peas  x x x
(1st planting -pregerminate and then sow direct)



Snowpea x x x
(1st planting -pregerminate and then sow direct)



Protect from birds until 100mm high.








Into Punnets:



Lettuce (slow) Plant out in July

x x
Cabbages  (small species) Plant out in July
x x x
Cauliflower "Garant" - Plant out in July
x x x

24 April 2015

Community Engagement Forum worked a treat

Hobart City Council's second "community engagement" at Mt Stuart Hall last night actually succeeded in their objective of getting people along to ask questions of their Council and share some of their concerns.  It was well attended, with over 40 residents there, and it was good to see several Aldermen as well as the sturdy senior managers from the Council, who probably don't get paid overtime for these out of hours events.

General Manager Nick Heath gave a (too brief) overview of Council's priorities over the next 10 years, it would have been nice to have heard some more detail of actual strategies which are in train.  And he noted five construction projects which are currently underway in the city.

WHEN's Margaret S asked the question about what is being planned to build the greater community, and Mark Painter referred to the Shopping Precinct project which is focussing on improving the shape of several shopping areas.  In response to Margaret's question about what the Council is doing toward progressing a greater Hobart integrated transport strategy, Mark P squibbed a little, noting that this is something Council would be expecting Dept of State Growth to take a lead on.  He didn't actually say where we are at with this.  To another resident's query about a reduction in bus stops, he suggested she should take it up with Metro Tasmania.  While this is the correct first response, it also served to illustrate the interconnectedness of our traffic problems and the transport solutions.

WHEN's Trine H congratulated Council on its decision to pursue State Growth on the matter of declaring a lower speed limit zone around the busy playground area of Caldew Park.  It would be nice to know whether the Council has sent their letter of request to State Growth yet.  Trine asked about recycling of soft plastics and whether Council will collect food scraps for composting in the new Green Waste bins which will be coming soon.  Roger Viney gave a very complete and detailed response, noting that soft plastics depends on the capabilities of the COouncil's new contracted recycler, and that at this stage it is unlikely that food scraps will be collected, due to risks of odour etc.  He also advised that Council will be introducing bins for recyclables where rubbish bins are installed around the town, which is great news.

Other good news heard included:
- Nick Heath declared that the Council is very supportive of the Jan Gehl report of 2010, and swore that it will result in big changes to the city
- he also stated that Council is opposed to extension of the public zone at the top of Mt Wellington, and supports development at the Springs rather than at the Pinnacle

Council was urged to be more proactive in contacting landowners with vegetation out of control well before the annual fire season.

Police Inspector David Plumpton also took the opportunity to address the residents.  He emphasised that Hobart is a very safe city and that the more people who are out and about the safer it is. But people's perceptions may be that there is danger that keeps them (particularly the elderly) at home.  He would like us to contact him and his staff to talk about any concerns we might have.

30 March 2015

Community Engagement Forum - Thursday 23 April, 7pm - and more on the Rat Run


 Hobart City Council is trialling a new way to engage in conversation with their residents.  Our first opportunities are coming up, with one in South Hobart on Wednesday 8 April, and one even closer on Thursday 23 April, at Mt Stuart Hall.  Time:  6.30pm for 7pm.  More details can be found here:

Do try and get to one of these gatherings, and raise the issues that concern you.  For example, this is a great opportunity to canvass traffic issues!!

Traffic flowing through West Hobart

Here's the article in today's Mercury focussing on the rat run (volumes and speeds) of traffic through West Hobart.  Di was misstated in the article as representing the West Hobart Residents Traffic Committee.  In fact, that committee is administered by Hobart City Council.  Di does attend that committee along with a number of other residents.  However her comments for the purposes of the article were in her role of member of West Hobart Environment Network.

Don't bother reading the comments on the article.  As is usually the case, the vast majority of them are selfish and/or ignorant.

The photo attached to the article shows the newly installed speed camera/monitor now seen by motorists heading southwards and up the hill across the road from the train park.  Wouldn't it be more useful to measure the speeds of cars heading downhill past the train park?

It would be nice if we could offer to show some of our Aldermen the situation on the ground at the train park.  Would anyone like to volunteer to do this? 

27 March 2015

Traffic speeds at the Train Park - pls contact your Alderman

Di attended the City Infrastructure Committee meeting on Wednesday, and observed as the committee (after much discussion) agreed to support a formal request going to the Dept of State Growth to have a lower speed Playground Zone declared around the Train Park.  This recommendation will be put to the full Council meeting (5pm, Monday 13 April, if anyone would like to attend) for decision as to whether to send this letter.

What Council has actually done in response to the petition from residents is to install one new warning sign on the southern approach to the park:
While this sign is welcome, we believe a stronger message is needed, with the strength of potential enforcement (i.e. the road speed limit reduced to 40 kph).

It is time that traffic engineers and planners were encouraged to move beyond the reported data on incidents on the road (crash performance, deaths and serious injuries) to consider the experience of all road users (such as perceptions of safety and the incidence of near misses).   Information on these aspects may have to come from users, either via survey or community reporting tools.  For example, Bicycle Network Tasmania operates a Riders' Log, where riders can report incidents, near misses and suggestions.

We think that Council sending this formal request is important in influencing State Growth to more seriously consider the issue.  It sends the message that both the safety of our children and the wellbeing of our community need protection, and that reducing the speed of traffic in the area would be a benefit.  Certainly we have to try something, given that there is no other means being offered at the moment to reduce the volumes and speed of cars driven by people making our neighbourhood their own private highway.

Prior to the Council meeting we should do all we can to make sure the Aldermen hear our concern on this issue and have a good chance to do their own research on the matter.  Please send an email or phone as many Aldermen as you can.  Below is a list of Aldermen with their contact details.   And here are some links for information and arguments you might like to include:

Our recent blog post about traffic and speed in West Hobart

Alderman Reynolds' Motion presented at the committee meeting

The petition signed by 103 residents  (see Item 7, Page 7).  The text of the petition is:  "We the undersigned ask you as a matter of urgency to traffic calm the intersection of Hill Street and Warwick Street where Caldew Park, a popular children's playground, is located.  Many vehicles speed down Hill Street, with some drivers actually accelerating to pass through this intersection with careless regard for the safety of the children walking to and from the playground".


Note: Three Aldermen have already expressed their support for the proposal, and we are grateful for their support.  They are: Alderman Anna Reynolds, who moved the motion, and Aldermen Helen Burnett and Philip Cocker, who supported the motion in the committee.

Lord Mayor Sue Hickey  lord.mayor@hobartcity.com.au
Deputy Lord Mayor Ron Christie  ronchristie@netspace.net.au
Tanya Denison  tanyamdenison@gmail.com
Suzy Cooper ald.cooper@hobartcity.com.au
Peter Sexton ptsexton@tassie.net.au
Eva Ruzicka eva@ruzicka.id.au
Jeff Briscoe jbriscoe@netspace.net.au
Damon Thomas damon.thomas@bigpond.com
Marti Zucco ald_zucco@netspace.net.au  


21 March 2015

Traffic speeds and volumes in West Hobart

Latest Residents' Traffic Committee meeting, 24 Feb

Margaret and Di attended the latest West Hobart Residents' Traffic Committee meeting as residents and as representatives of the West Hobart Environment Network. Di also represented Bicycle Network Tasmania.  Here are the Council's minutes of this meeting.  It was good to see three aldermen showing interest in our traffic issues:  Jeff Briscoe (who chaired the meeting), Anna Reynolds and Eva Ruszicka.  There was a strong contingent of residents, with four others as well as us (Kay's name was left out of the minutes).  As usual, the residents were there to express their concerns with various aspects of traffic in our suburb. Once again, it was a frustrating exercise, with the minutes only barely reflecting the range of the issues discussed.

Important new information obtained was that there is in fact a current Local Area Traffic Management plan for West Hobart.  It is pretty dated, and we were not provided with a copy, but Angela Moore (Mgr Traffic Engineering) committed to providing an update on the recommended works included in the plan.  This has still not been received, a month after the meeting.

It was agreed by all (as at the previous meeting) that West Hobart is subject to a rat run for commuters from the northern suburbs (Arthur/Hill/Melville/Bathurst Streets), and critical points of discussion at this meeting included the beginning, middle and end of the rat run, as well as the school zone in Lansdowne Crescent.

At the beginning of the rat run, the corner of Arthur St and Hill St, kerb bulbing and pedestrian refuges will be built to assist pedestrians to cross Hill St to get to the new Hill St Grocer shop.  Di's previous representations for consideration for slots in such kerb bulbing to allow cyclists to pass through without being forced into the path of faster travelling motorists are still being overlooked.  Not to mention representations to ensure space is left available for future provision of onroad bikelanes through West Hobart to connect with the rest of the city's bike network.

In the middle, a recent petition from residents to do something about the danger posed by traffic at the Caldew (train) Park was discussed.  New information provided at this meeting was that vehicle speeds had been measured in Warwick St, with an 85% percentile of 51 kph.  This effectively means that the average vehicle speed in Warwick St is actually OVER the current speed limit of 50kph. Of course that means that significant numbers of drivers are exceeding the speed limit here.

At the end of the rat run, there was general discussion about the poor signage to trucks about the traffic islands at the intersection of Barrack St and Bathurst St, and most people had observed drivers regularly taking illegal short cuts around the islands.

Meanwhile, Lansdowne Crescent School continues to have problems with so many parents dropping off and picking up children, parking on yellow lines and the edges of the dirt road within the carpark, and posing risks to other road users.

Margaret and I suggested (again) that Council needs to take a leadership role in addressing these traffic problems through developing a regional sustainable transport strategy which would describe how people could be encouraged to switch to public transport and/or personal active transport such as bikes, and which would include reduced speed limits in our precious local neighbourhoods so that our children could safely walk and ride to school.  In fact the Council's own Sustainable Transport Strategy is currently due for review but there was no indication of commitment to do this.  We thought that this need for more strategic action was taken on board by the Mgr Traffic Engineering and the Aldermen present, but there is no mention of it in the minutes.

Notice of Motion, Infrastructure Services Committee meeting, 25 March


It is pleasing therefore to see that Alderman Anna Reynolds is tabling a motion for discussion at the coming Infrastructure Services Committee meeting (5pm, Wednesday 25 March, Lady Osborne Room, 1st Floor, Town Hall), suggesting that a reduced speed "Playground Zone" be declared in the vicinity of the train park.



Motion:  That Council write to the State Government to:
-          request approval for the creation of a playground zone of 40kms per hour speed limit and appropriate signage in the area around Caldew Park on Hill Street, West Hobart.
-          that the letter explain the vulnerability of children’s safety in this area given the high visitation to the playground and speeds along the road.
-          that if approved Council move to implement the new playground zone in this location as a priority.


Establishment of a lower speed limit zone at this location would be a great benefit to parents and children using the park, and would declare that this is a local community which should be respected.  Are there any other Playground Zones in Hobart?

Do try and come along to observe this Infrastructure Services meeting, and support Alderman Reynolds with her innovative proposal.








17 March 2015

Meat Free Week


This post is to highlight Meat Free Week which is running from  the 23rd to the 29th March.  Meat Free Week is a campaign that aims to get people thinking about how much meat they eat, and the impact of eating too much. https://meatfreeweek.org/

If anyone would like to celebrate Meat Free Week with a vegan or vegetarian potluck meal, please contact me on 6234 7376 or at trinehooper@live.com and we can organise a time that suits those interested.  I've also typed up an offering of tried and tested animal-free recipes.  Please feel free to email me if any of these are of interest to you.  The recipes are:
1. Creamy Cauliflower and Cashew Nut Soup
2. Egyptian Red Lentil Soup
3. Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce
4. Easiest Moong Dahl
5. Beans Bourguignon
6. Eggplant, Vegetable and Lentil Pasta Sauce
7. Carrot, Sultana and Walnut Muffins
8. Blueberry Apple Crumble and Custard

For those wanting to understand more about the environmental impacts of meat consumption, a starting point is the discussion on the Meat Free Week website:


Another source of information is a brochure called Eating Up The World: The Environmental Consequences Of Human Food Choices which is available on the Vegetarian Victoria website (the link to the brochure in pdf format is about half way down the page)
http://www.vegetarianvictoria.org.au/going-vegetarian/eating-up-the-world.html 

Here's hoping someone might be inspired to share a neighbourly dinner!
Trine