‘Secrets’ to be revealed

Wynyard Men’s Shed committee member Brian Randall goes to work on a tap. Picture: Stuart Wilson.DO YOU want to learn how to change a tap washer or hang a picture?
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These are just some of the things you can learn at the Wynyard Men’s Shed ladies’ day from 9am until noon tomorrow .

With more than 40 years building experience, committee member Brian Randall will answer any home maintenance questions you have at the free women-only workshop.

Chairman Peter Massey said while this was the first session of its kind, it would be held every three months if it was successful.

“We’ve had a lot of women asking would we hold a day like this,” Mr Massey said.

“Being a men’s shed we can’t really have the session during a normal meeting because the blokes come and they are more likely to communicate with each other about different things when women aren’t around.”

Mr Massey urged women to come along and ask those questions that have been bugging them, no matter how big or small they may be.

“You’d be surprised to know that there would be a lot of blokes out there that would ask the same question but aren’t brave enough to do so,” he said.

The ladies’ day will be held from 9am until noon tomorrow at the Wynyard Men’s Shed on the Wynyard High School grounds at the Cotton St end. For more information phone Peter Massey on 0408 351 388.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Helping others end their fear

‘LOVE IS LOVE’: Former Devonport woman Alice Hansen with her book designed to help others struggling with hiding their sexuality. Picture: Libby Bingham.FORMER Devonport author Alice Hansen’s latest book is aimed at helping others hiding being gay, which is what she did for decades.
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When she finally told family and friends she was a lesbian, the sky didn’t fall in.

“I feared what people would think, which is why I waited so long to say anything,” Ms Hansen, of Hobart, said.

“I knew in primary school I liked girls.”

Her book Labels are Gay … Love is for All is aimed at giving a positive message to others in the same situation.

“I didn’t want the book to have a political slant; I wanted it to offer the message that love is love no matter who it is between.”

Ms Hansen spent 29 years hiding her own sexuality.

“I was a Catholic schoolgirl brought up in conservative Devonport,” she said.

Through the years she battled bulimia, depression and alcoholism.

Now 31, she invested $20,000 in the book she hopes will ensure others do not struggle but instead find a sense of pride and self-acceptance in their own journey – particularly young Australians.

“I actually thought that my news would shock people and that people wouldn’t want to be friends with me, which was not the case,” Ms Hansen said.

“I never intended to tell Mum and Dad. I thought I would just continue on and I had accepted I would lead my life alone.

“I think that’s where the alcohol and bulimia issues I’ve had came from – because I accepted I would have to suppress that part of me. But that only works for so long.

“I think when I did come out and told my family that in some ways they were relieved because they felt all the trouble was over.

“Their reaction was `is that all – you’re gay’.

“So why did I spend all this time beating myself up? I should have told them a decade ago.”

Ms Hansen went out with men to hide her sexuality and pretended to have a boyfriend to put male suitors off.

“Now I just want to get a positive message out (in my book) because I have had such love and support and I know not everybody gets that.

“That’s all the book is about: the message is simple – love is love.”

Ms Hansen believes Labels are Gay … Love is for All is the first book of its kind in Australia. It gained 800 website hits within the first hour online.

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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Renovations boost learning

WORTH THE WAIT: Appreciating St Brigid’s Catholic School’s new library are (from left) school captains Phoebe Koop, 11, and Spencer Swinden, 11, Sisters Ancilla and Lorraine, who are daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, with (back) Burnie-Wynyard parish priest Fr Tony Kennedy and St Brigid’s principal Elaine Barrenger. Picture: Kelly Slater.PUPILS at St Brigid’s Catholic School, Wynyard, are celebrating the completion of new facilities at their school.
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The official opening of the school’s new library, administration block and classroom refurbishments was celebrated yesterday.

The school community had been on the move for the past two years while the renovations were taking place, principal Elaine Barrenger said.

“The pupils were constantly having their surrounds changed as we refurbished the classrooms bit by bit,” Mrs Barrenger said.

“It wasn’t until late September last year that the students all moved into where they belonged,” she said.

The $2,125,000 renovations were part of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution project.

Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom said the program was the single biggest investment in Australian schools in our history.

“Projects like the new library, administration area and classroom refurbishments at St Brigid’s Catholic School are making a real difference by improving the learning environment for our children,” he said.

As for the pupils’ opinion of their new classrooms, Grade 6 pupils Spencer Swinden, 11, and Phoebe Koop, 11, said the renovations were great.

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Digging in for progress

INSPECTION: Checking out progress at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre site are (from left) Fairbrother Construction and Joinery general manager Tasmania Peter Killick, project manager John French and site construction manager Brett Coombs. Picture: Sonia Byrnes.THE Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre site has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks with more than a dozen bulldozers and graders levelling the massive site.
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Representatives from Fairbrother remained tight- lipped about the deadline for the project and potential tenants during a tour of the site yesterday.

More than 60,000 cubic metres of top soil has been moved from the top of the site on the Bass Hwy to the bottom, making way for the construction of the 350,000 square metre Harvey Norman showroom.

The past weeks have seen up to 45 workers on site with that number set to swell to about 130 when construction is in full swing.

Project manager John French, from Fairbrother Construction and Joinery, said last week 20,000 cubic metres of soil, unsuitable for use as fill, was removed from the site.

The company’s general manager, Peter Killick, said the boulders removed during the excavation stage would be used by the Devonport Port Authority for rock walls for rivers and creeks.

The relocation of a 22,000 volt Aurora cable has been undertaken and work has slowed temporarily this week while a 600metre Cradle Mountain Water main supplying water to Latrobe and Wesley Vale is moved to the site boundary.

Mr French said the 30-year-old concrete water pipe had been replaced by a plastic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufactured at Wynyard.

Trees were cleared from the site to allow excavation to begin on March 5.

“The bulk of the excavation work is now about 80% complete,” Mr French said.

“Now we’re working on all the infrastructure works, pipes and cables.”

Mr French said activity would pick up on the site again in two to three weeks once the water main has been relocated with the remainder of the excavation work to be completed and $500,000 worth of roadworks to be undertaken.

Once complete the multi-million dollar project will include a service station and McDonald’s on the lower corner and big box- style retail outlets.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

School contract comes at right time for company

TAKING SHAPE: Fairbrother Construction and Joinery project manager Justin Last stands outside what will be the Port Sorell school’s administration area. Pictures: Sonia Byrnes.THE construction contract for the new $10 million primary School at Port Sorell could not have come at a better time for Fairbrother Construction and Joinery, according to Tasmanian general manager Peter Killick.
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The construction of the new school, which has not been without controversy, has involved more than 60 people a week since construction began earlier this year.

An administration building and three separate learning pods, complete with classrooms common meeting areas, toilets and common learning areas, is well underway on the site.

Mr Killick said when the contract to build the school was awarded it was a welcome boost at a much-needed time, keeping work for the company ticking along for 12 to 18 months.

He said the North-West had more construction happening now than it had for the past 20 years, with big projects going ahead at both ends of the Coast, including Port Sorell, Devonport Burnie and Smithton.

The 350-pupil school will need to be complete by November, with pupils looking to move into the school for the start of the new school year in early February.

Project manager Justin Last said the architecturally designed administration block needed to be finished by mid-September to allow teaching and administration staff to move into the building before the new school year.

Mr Last said there were provisions in the plans to construct additional classrooms in the future should there be the need.

The building has been constructed using a green star rating with plantation timber frames, instead of steel, and solar panels.

A column of laminated cypress pine and exposed timber beams is an impressive feature at the entrance of the administration block while all around the school covered walkways of exposed timber add an interesting effect.

Mr Last said inside the common learning areas a tiered exposed Tasmanian oak ceiling would be used instead of plaster and a 350 square metre indoor meeting area with removable stage and bi- folding doors that open onto an outdoor amphitheatre would be made available for school and community use once the building was completed.

“It would be the perfect place for community groups to hold meetings and on a nice day you could have Carols by Candlelight outside or a concert with the stage facing out,” he said.

The school will have two car parks and spaces for about 200 cars.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.