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Monthly Garage Sale & Market - Derby Town Hall

Occurs every third Sunday - 9 am to 1 pm.  No fees and all are welcome.  The Hall is open to Stallholders at 8 am and no bookings are required.  Sausage Sizzle and refreshments served by the North East Tasmania Lapidary Club.  For more information contact Sandra Snow 0417 533 030.

North East Tasmania Lapidary Club

Rock up and have a look! 43 Main Street, Derby every Wednesday and Saturday between 10 am - 4 pm.  For more information contact Sandra 0417 533 030 or Vincent 0403 042 499.

Move and Make Art at Derby Town Hall

Free classes every Monday! 

10 am - 11.30 am Movement to Music: dance, stretch, exercise to music.  Wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel and your favourite CDs.

12.30 pm - 3.30 pm Creative Crafts: Volunteer teachers present their favourite projects and techniques.  All tools and materials provided.  Take home a unique piece every week.

Classes presented by the Derby Community Development Association (DCDA) for the benefit of all communities in the North East.  For more information contact Sandra 0417 533 030 or Gayle 03 6354 2113.

Adopt-a-Chair Program

As part of fundraising efforts to continue to upgrade and refurbish the Mechanics’ Institute Hall in Scottsdale, you have the opportunity to adopt a chair for a $100 tax-deductible donation! Each adopted chair will permanently display a plaque that can be inscribed with the name of the donor, or perhaps another family member or friend, or to honour an anniversary or memorialise a loved one… It is hoped this Program will fund up to 130 new chairs or the Hall, and by adopting a chair (or chairs) you will be providing a lasting tribute to the local community. The Hall was originally built in 1883 and for many years was the centre of the town’s social, cultural and sporting life. Over time it fell into disrepair, until the James Scott Decorative Arts Society recently committed to its restoration. To date, through the generous support from our local and broader north Tasmanian community, a total of $180,000 has been spent to return the inside of the building to a functional, yet still historical, community space; however, much work remains to be done, with the outside of the Hall requiring considerable work and additional items needed inside to fully equip the Hall for the many different types of community uses being requested. To get a copy of a Chair Order Form, or to otherwise get involved and provide support, contact Debbie Searle on 0438 609 980 or Ally Mercer on 0408 425 507 or email

Tasmanian Online Service Finder

Have you ever needed information about what programs and services are in your area? An online database is now available called and it lists services in a variety of categories such as addiction support, crisis and emergency support, resources for children, young people and older Tasmanians, relationship support, health and housing services. It’s designed for everyone to access, and is funded by a collective, initially lead by Anglicare, which includes Baptcare, CatholicCare, Colony47, Hobart City Mission, Mission Australia, Red Cross, Relationships Australia Tasmania, The Salvation Army, TasCOSS and UnitingCare Tasmania. Findhelptas is now managed by TasCOSS. If you have a program or service you’d like included on the directory, you can submit the details on the online form available on the site. If you need to update your data or if you have any queries, feel free to contact Leah Cleary, Project Support Officer, on 6231 0755 or

Bridport U3A

Have you ever wanted to learn new skills with like-minded people in a fun and interactive way? Well the new Bridport University of the 3rd Age (U3A) may be just what you’re looking for… it is a non-for-profit self-directed learning cooperative run solely by volunteers for the benefit of the community. For an annual fee of $45 (to cover insurance) you can get access to all courses offered by Bridport U3A. Aimed at over 50s or those who are retired or semi-retired, course options are limited only by your imagination. You may also have a desire to share your skills in a particular area and offer to teach at the U3A. Registrations are currently being taken in person at the Bridport Pavilion, or by emailing

Start Your Own Business

Are you ready to start your own dream business? Are you tired of making money for someone else? With the help of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), you can start your very own business - with FREE accredited training in small business management, business advice and mentoring for the first 12 months of your business, and help with developing your business plan. Income support may also be provided for up to nine months while you get established. You can turn your dream business idea into a reality with NEIS! Call 1300 006 347 for more information, or apply online at There is also a flyer at the base of this page you can download with all this information, and a pamphlet with even more details you can read. Please note, while NEIS used to be available only to those wanting to transition from an income support payment, the program has now been expanded to anyone in the community who would like to turn their idea into a business, with free training and mentoring available to those whose ideas qualify under the program. So what are you waiting for?! Find out more today!

Increasing Productivity Training

No8HR’s 8 Steps to Increasing Your Team’s Productivity is a programme devised by industry professionals to meet the specific needs of people management within business. The two-day intensive management programme is being held at the Scottsdale LINC on the 21st and 22nd November 2017. Cost is $895 plus GST, and includes lunch on both days. The 8 Steps Programme is for those who are currently in a managerial role or looking to move into a managerial role in the near future so is ideal for new managers or those who need to learn about people management in order to increase their effectiveness. Participants finish the programme with an action plan to implement when they return to their workplace. This is a programme that is about getting the right management behaviours to get the best outputs from your people, and has a focus on practical application of skills. To make a booking, register online at: or contact Nicki on 0477 334 080 or
(Note: a one-day programme for people new to a supervisory role or wanting to step up to one - like a pre-entry to 8 Steps - is being held on the 26th July 2017 at the Scottsdale LINC. Beyond 8 Steps will also be held on the 27th and 28th July 2017 for those interested in furthering their training.)

Tasmania's Forgotten Frontier

Written by John Beswick, sixth generation Tasmanian and former Tasmanian parliamentarian, this book provides a history of exploration, exploitation and settlement around Tasmania’s Far North-East Coast, and is the culmination of years of meticulous research motivated by a desire to fill a notable gap in the documented history of Tasmania. The deeds of some of those who contributed significantly to the establishment and growth of our current society are recorded for posterity in this book, which also recalls the exploits of Bass and Flinders, Captain Charles Bishop (founder of the Bass Strait sealing industry), Captain James Kelly and George Augustus Robinson. Tasmania’s Forgotten Frontier is available for purchase in Limited Edition Hardback (100 copies only - $59) or Quality Softback ($44) plus postage ($12 per copy sent, plus $5 per additional copy). To confirm your order or for other general enquiries, contact or phone John on 03 6394 7690 or 0428 514 810. A copy of the order form is otherwise available for download at the base of this page, or the book is also available for purchase via the publisher's website: 

Yoga in Branxholm

Yoga classes are now being offered in Branxholm: 5:30 pm Mondays & Fridays; and 9:45 am Wednesdays. $15 drop in fee, or purchase a monthly class pass for $40. Private sessions are also available for $50 per hour, or create your own class with work colleagues and friends - private groups of 3 or 4 + students can be created for $60 per session. These classes can also be held at your own venue by arrangement. Contact Louise Raffaele (15 years teaching experience) on 0435 249 244 for more information.


This free, fun and supportive playgroup for families and friends of children (0-6 years) with developmental delays, behavioural and sensory issues, delays in communication and social skills and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (no diagnosis needed) is held on Thursdays during school terms at 35 Holbrook Street, Invermay. Download the flyer at the base of this page for more information. 

Ringarooma Fire Brigade

Ringarooma Volunteer Fire Brigade is currently looking for new volunteers, both male and female over the age of 17 to become members and be trained as fire fighters for the local community. All training, uniforms and protective gear is provided free of charge. This can be a good opportunity to gain new skills that be used in your work or home life, such as gaining your truck licence, chainsaw ticket or first aid courses. Enquiries: David Shaw, 0422 052 684

Launching into Learning

Scottsdale Primary School hosts various sessions designed for children of pre-school age. Download the flyer at the base of this page for more information about sessions scheduled in 2018.

Parents Matter Program

An exciting program is being run by the University of Tasmania in our region! The ‘Parents Matter Program’ is based in Scottsdale, and is open to all parents/carers with children in Grades 5-8. Contact the Project Manager, Marcel Kerrison, on 0417 622 047 or to find out more, or visit

Piano Lessons in Ringarooma

Have you always wanted to play the piano? Now is your time to learn! Talented pianist Harley Tait is offering classes from beginners to adults for a cost of $35 per hour. Phone 0419 671 675 for more information.

Business Key Holder Registration

Scottsdale Police are establishing a Business Key Holder Register in the north-east. It is designed as a first point of contact for police outside of normal business hours, should they need to urgently contact the business owner or manager. If you'd like to make sure they have your details, you can download a copy of the form from the Tasmania Police website at

Dorset Community Men's Shed

We can be found at 2 Christopher Street, Scottsdale (on the town side of the recreation ground). We create items to sell to the public from our gallery. We repair and build what is required by customers. You can be guided by our members if you wish to build something for yourself. Maybe you have a project you wish to do, but just need some help to complete it? Maybe just come and have a coffee and a chat, you decide what you would like to do! Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm (although this can change over the winter months). Contact Merv on 0417 542 152 for more details.

Free Legal Advice

Call the Launceston Community Legal Centre on 03 6334 1577 to enquire about making an appointment. Services include: General Legal, Welfare Rights, Disability Discrimination, Employment & Family Law. Legal Literacy Volunteers are also available every Thursday at the Scottsdale LINC from 10 am - 4 pm. All are welcome!

Adult Literacy

Need help with reading, writing, maths or learning skills? You can access FREE one-to-one private tutoring for adults, simply by calling Adult Literacy Coordinator, Susan Alexander (based at the Scottsdale LINC) on 0428 167 429 or email Tutoring can be held anywhere you feel comfortable. Simply give Susan a call to book something in!

FREE Use of iPads

iPads are available to borrow, and FREE to use in the Scottsdale Library. Just ask the staff at the Scottsdale LINC.

Community Grants

There are a whole suite of grants available, that may provide just the funding you need to carry out your community project or idea! Check out the Grants Page for a list of grants currently available, and follow the links to other potential grant sources.