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Skiffs self isolate

posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:52 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM ]

On a stunning autumn day, with teams of lifters keeping 1.5m apart, the 3 skiffs were taken out of the water.  One was transported into the LBT extension on our excellent new beach trolley, which passed its field trial with flying colours.  The other 2, on our Bendigo trailers, are now in the evaporator sheds (1.5m apart) - with the very kind permission of the Krynens.  Who knows when they will be rowed again, but at least they are safely protected from winter weather.  Many thanks to the rowers who turned up to provide the muscle power.

Franklin Marine is open (as of March 27th)

posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM ]

Ian from the chandlery tells us that whilst observing all necessary precautions he is still open for business in order to support those whose isolation activities are boaty.

Stories from the sea

posted Mar 24, 2020, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 3:22 PM ]

In a previous post we asked what we should be doing whilst we are all holed up.  One answer is to tell stories, and John Snowdon has set the ball rolling by contributing one.   John writes:

'[this] story is rather fanciful. It is a true account of a storm at sea on a passage from New Cal. to Coffs Harbour in 2018. We actually had 5 onboard, although the skipper was incapacitated due to a medical condition. But I took some liberties and wrote from the 2nd person POV, which made it difficult to introduce anyone else… except the flying squid.'

 Pics from John Snowdon

Mark's Wall

posted Mar 24, 2020, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 4:37 PM ]

The grounds of the LBT have been transformed since Mark McBride's arrival - commented on by everybody up to and including the mayor.  His latest creation (with a little help from his friends) is the rock wall along the foreshore.  John Snowdon writes:

'I gave Mark a hand under the artistic direction of a visitor named Annabelle. She installed a Tasmanian shaped rock in the works and thought that it should make a point of interest for tourists to find. Annabelle came for a row too'.


Pics from John Snowdon

What to do whilst the Shed is shut down

posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 2:55 PM ]

We have received the following (edited) email from the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association. 

'Good morning Shed Members, 
As many members would be aware,  due to the Covid-19 virus some sheds have chosen to close. So far, this remains only Sheds that are connected to Community Houses. Sheds that remain open have advised their members of their individual plan for keeping members safe. We encourage you all to keep in touch with those members choosing to stay at home by giving them a call. Some sheds are also getting involved with Community work delivery supplies to the elderly and those that can't leave their homes and those with surplus veggies in their gardens are making them available to their communities. Some sheds are helping out with firewood deliveries.  At TMSA we are also giving some thought as to a role we can play in helping our members that are isolated and also the wider community at this time.  We trust that all advice in regards to social distancing is taken into consideration, also any members that feel that they are not well in any way to also consider your fellow members in any decisions you make.' 

We take the positive message that we should be thinking about what we can do to help each other and the community at this time - we know some LBT members are already doing this.  We aren't organised yet, but if you have suggestions that involve the LBT send them to sec@lbt.org.au

Boat trolley: thanks Dave!

posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 2:31 PM ]

When Dave Conway heard we needed a trolley for getting boats in and out of the water he got out the welder, rolled up his sleeves and did it.  Thanks Dave!

Shutdown of organised events at the LBT

posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 4:11 AM ]

In the LBT Coronavirus policy previously announced we said that ‘advice and circumstances are rapidly changing, … all decisions may only apply for a short period of time’ and ‘that we have access to very good advice from health professionals’ . In the event circumstances HAVE changed and the committee has accepted the advice of these professionals to close the LBT Shed and facilities to organised, formal activities. That includes Monday dinners, Tuesday and Thursday work groups, rowing and sailing. Individual members should still be able to enter as they see fit while observing health directions. If you unsure as to what these are see https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#how-to-protect-yourself-and-others.

This decision has been precipitated by a number of considerations:

  • it is in line with government directives;

  • as a responsible community organisation it is up to the LBT to set an example;

  • it would seem inevitable that things will get worse before they get better, and the sooner we prepare the less impact this pandemic will have in the long term and the sooner we will all be back having fun.  

The LBT Committee

LBT and the coronavirus

posted Mar 20, 2020, 9:59 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 10:09 PM ]

At the LBT Committee meeting on Thursday night the following response to the threat posed by the Coronavirus was formulated. 

  • The committee will keep abreast of information and government policy decisions at all levels and react accordingly. We have access to very good advice from health professionals. 

  • The LBT Shed will remain open until further notice. 

  • Recommended health procedures are to be followed at the LBT Shed.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and thoroughly dry them on paper towel.
    • Maintain social distance.
    • Avoid touching face, mouth, nose.
    • Practice respiratory hygiene.
    • If you have any cold symptoms, stay away.
    • If you are at risk, stay away.
    • In the kitchen, preferably use the dishwasher, otherwise use antibacterial dish washing liquid. Prewash dinner dishes.
    • In the bathroom, use paper towels.
    • In the shed, wash tables, benches and door handles with an appropriate antiseptic cleaner, wipes or a 70/30 methylated spirits mix.

    • The Tuesday/Thursday group have expressed a preference to keep working and will do so. 
    • Kate Hoorweg is prepared to keep hosting Monday night dinners, so they will run with the following restrictions.

    The LBT functions as well as it does because of the contributions of responsible, individual members. The decisions outlined above are intended to enhance this situation.  Advice and circumstances are rapidly changing, so all these decisions may only apply for a short period of time.

Tasmanian Land Conservancy Newsletter

posted Mar 19, 2020, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 2:38 PM ]

As the 'custodians' of a large slice of the Egg Islands LBT member the Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a very important local organisation.  We recently received their latest newsletter which can be read at https://tasland.org.au/2020/03/newsletter-61/ 

Palais closed

posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 5:05 PM ]

From the Palais Management Committee:

'Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Huon Valley Council has temporarily closed all public halls until further notice.  Regrettably, the Palais has had to cancel or postpone all scheduled events until further notice.  This includes the monthly market and the monthly Classic Movie Night.  The Palais Garage sale normally held in June has also been postponed.  We will inform you when the situation changes and we are back to normal.   In an effort to support our Collective fresh food suppliers, some have decided to man their own table outside the Collective from 10am - noon on Fridays only, until otherwise notified.We look forward to seeing you again at the Palais - hopefully in the not too distant future.

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