Welcome to the Dunalley Tasman Community website,
run by the Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House team.

Community House Update

WELCOME to the Dunalley Tasman Community webpage!

We hope you had a fantastic Australia Day long weekend, whether you stayed at home, caught up with friends, took part in the Tasman Regatta, had dinner at the Peninsula Feast, or participated in the many events that were held as part of Destination Dunalley.  It was a fantastic weekend for the House, with lots of visitors stopping by to look at Gay Hawkes’ exhibition and the Op Shop doing a roaring trade.

The final session of the Tasman Creative Active Summer Program for kids was held yesterday.  Thank you to all parents, tutors, and staff who supported this one-off program.  The feedback has been fantastic so we hope that we may be able to some similar activities over the coming year for the young people in the Tasman region!

Join us on Friday 6th February for the first Friday Lunch Get Together Dunalley and help make it a success.  Show up, have lunch on us and chat to staff and friends!  Even better bring some dessert to share!  We look forward to seeing you all!

The DTNH volunteer management committee would like to inform you of the implications of the Dept of Social Services (DSS) Federal funding cut to the Neighbourhood House. These changes will be taking effect from 1st March 2015.

DTNH receives core funding from the State Government, which is very secure, but it is funding for the running of one House and we are essentially running two Houses, one in Dunalley and Nubeena due to community need. The committee recognise that the region is geographically large, the community diverse so as a consequence think that it is important to have a physical presence in both regions.

To be financially viable the committee has to slash costs considerably – approximately $80,000 from wages and $60,000 in programs and operational costs per annum – this is very difficult as the majority of staff work part time and we contract a large number of community tutors to deliver programs in the region. A number of options were discussed and debated vigorously and the committee, with much regret and sadness, have had to make decisions that they would rather not make. As of the 1st of March, unless other funding sources can be found, we will be unable to provide funding for the invaluable work that 4 staff members undertake. We envisage that we will be able to maintain a Manager for 4 days per week and 2 project workers at 3 days per week one in each region. Kerrie Brown will continue in her role until her funding ceases on 30th June 2015.

As of 1st July, a review of all of DTNH operational costs will have occurred and unless we can access extra funding, we may have to make more cuts to staff hours, programs/activities and possibly as a consequence reduce further the paid staff opening hours at Tasman Community House.

The programs that are at POSSIBLE risk of DTNH being unable to continue either facilitating, providing administrative or funding for are the following (from the 1st March or possibly from 1st July):

Primrose Sands & Tasman playgroups, Dunalley Primary School & Mast boat project, Tasman School grade 6 girls group, Tasman preschool music program, Zumbatomic at Tasman, Loom Band Club in Dunalley, a range of creative arts programs at Dunalley and Tasman schools, Tasman & Dunalley community dinners, ‘True Trails’ adventure/practical based literacy program for young people and children with autism/special needs, financial and staffing support of Tasman Little Athletics, Community social excursions, Dunalley Home Education Group, Tasman & Dunalley education garden programs, Dunalley Tasman Support (autism & special needs families) Group, group fitness programs in Dunalley and Tasman.

We will be unable to sustain our partnership with the Lend Lease project in Nubeena due to staffing restrictions.

Importantly we will also have reduced capacity to offer advocacy and referral to family support & mental health services and staff involvement with various committees/working groups etc in the region.

The committee and the staff are passionate about our community and will work very hard to try to secure other funding sources to enable us to continue working with and supporting as many people in the community as possible.

If you would like to express your views to the Government at both a Federal and State level the following contacts are the appropriate politicians;

Federal Member for Lyons – Eric Hutchinson
Email: eric.hutchinson.mp@aph.gov.au
Phone: 6398 1115 toll-free: 1300 132 689
PO Box Brighton 7030

State Member for Lyons – Rene Hidding
Phone: 6397 7411
Email: rene.hidding@parliament.tas.gov.au
Longford Office
17a Marlborough Street
Longford 7301

Thank you for your support and remember this is YOUR Neighbourhood House.

Events/activities coming up:

Operate and Maintain a Chainsaw – 1 spot available
National Code:  AHCARB205A
Wednesday 4th February
9.00am – 3.30pm
Dunalley House & Bangor

Wicking Beds for the Garden
Thursday 5th February
10.00am – 2.00pm
Dunalley House

Friday Lunch Get Together Dunalley
Friday 6th February
12.30pm onwards
Dunalley House
Bring some dessert to share!

Family Beach Day
For those wanting to try kayaking or surfing
Sunday 8th February
For more information please contact the Tasman office on 6250 2118
For bookings please contact Brooke on 0428 134 589

Camellias from Cuttings
Tuesday 10th February
10.30am – 12.30pm
Dunalley House
Adults Only session, limited spaces available!

Chocolate Cake & It’s Gluten Free!!
Saturday 14th February
Tasman Community House

Don’t forget that we also offer the following SERVICES:

Fax, photocopier, internet and general computer use, and NILS applications.

If you are a Community Group and wish to add your details to our Community Directory ( « far left ) please contact our Dunalley Office.

Address172 Arthur Highway, Dunalley
Phone(03) 6253 5579
Fax(03) 6253 5585

Dunalley Office
Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

Nubeena Office
Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 4pm