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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Learn more about Anthea’s interests at these websites: www.tpn.aq www.icewall.com.au www.icebreakermagazine.com w w w.woodbr idge.tased.edu.au/mdc w w w.raptorrefuge.com.au In Tasmania today belong to families who have lived and worked in the area for generations on farms or providing other primary produce, or have chosen to move here from elsewhere. I also like the fact that townships south of Kingston do not want to become part of a ribbon development starting at Kingston and continuing to Gordon. Like the Snug and Woodbr idge communities, I notice the individual character of Ketter ing is becoming more established every year – despite some of the council’s regulations! Although Kettering may seem quiet to anyone just driving through, the residents are involved in a diverse range of occupations. Many small businesses are carried out from rural and residential properties; some people are involved in maritime work and others commute weekly into Hobar t. Residents also participate in a number of community activities such as markets and garage sales, art and craft exhibitions, meetings with councillors regarding developments and fundraising events. These are regularly held in the local hall. This venue now boasts a baby grand piano and holds concerts – where else can one see and hear internationally-known musicians on a Sunday afternoon for $7.50, while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying a home-cooked after noon tea after wards? Kettering cafes have good coffee and tasty meals too. Another venue available for hire, for hobby and social activities, is the Westwinds Community Centre at Woodbridge, only a 10 minute drive away. Westwinds also contains an Online Access Centre and childcare facilities. Nearby is the Woodbridge School, with classes from Kindergarten to Year 10, as well as the Marine Discovery Centre. The MDC is one of my favourite places to visit, and I volunteer there on open days as well as help publicise their activities. I also volunteer as secretary at the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania, another special place in Ketter ing. Injured eagles and other wildlife are rehabilitated here and returned to their natural habitat as often as possible. While my hillside property seems isolated, it is only a short drive to the local shop, post office and service station and forty minutes away from Hobart. I do not need to be in a city to carry out my business activities, as I deal with a far more isolated place – Antarctica. As well as producing a quarterly magazine called Ice Breaker, which publicises the Tasmanian Polar Network ’s activities, I am also the manager of Icewall One. This small business manufactures Igloo Satellite Cabins, the pre-fabricated, fibreglass cabins now used by expeditioners from 17 countries. In 1982 my husband Malcolm, who died in 2000, created the first Igloo for the Australian Antarctic Division. The first exported Igloo was shipped to Svalbard, north of Norway, in 1986, and over half of the Igloos produced are sent overseas. Igloos were manufactured in Kettering until 2002, when I licensed production to Penguin Composites on the North West Coast. I continue with administration and marketing of the Igloos and communicate, mostly by email, with enquiries from all over the world. Living in Kettering does not restrict these business activities. There is no need to work in a city or live in a crowded suburb. I am not the only person in the area who, on the same day, can organise exports of their products to places anywhere in the world; see the open sky and inspiring scener y; and enjoy locally-produced food for dinner, while drinking an excellent wine from a friend’s vineyard nearby! Previous page: Anthea’s view over Kettering; Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre. This page: the Igloo; Raptor and Wildlife Refuge; Ice Breaker magazine October / November 2011 49
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