It’s almost time for the Okines Summer Solstice Twilight Market and it is promising to be a great event.

There will be a wide selection of food vans available to choose from as well as heaps of different stalls just in time for a spot of Christmas shopping.

Sit back and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment (with some Christmas Carols thrown into the mix and word is there may even be a visit from Santa).

Event runs from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday the 20th December 2018.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Stay updated on this event and other activities via the Okines Community House Facebook page.



Term 4 is upon us and we have some great new workshops to keep you busy in the countdown to Christmas.  Be sure to book early for the Cheese Making and Christmas Pudding/Fruit Mince Tart Workshops as both are capped at a maximum of 10 participants.  Also on offer for students after school are taster sessions for drama and musical performance skills.

There is also an opportunity to try something new for ‘Get Online Week”  – For this event students and seniors work together to explore the answers to all those iPad, iPhone, android and tablet questions.  Also learn how to use the internet to do tasks like online shop, book travel and make appointments while enjoying a relaxing afternoon tea.

Other upcoming events include:

  • Blackbird Choir Sessions singing in solidarity to raise awareness of youth suicide and youth at risk (song to be recorded to share online) – Tuesday 6th and 13th November 2018
  • Car Boot Sale to celebrate Recycling Week –  Saturday 17th November 2018
  • Twilight Market last day of school term – Thursday 20th December 2018
  • Family Mosaic event with food & music –  Tuesday 8th January 2019

You will find more details about how to book into an activity or program in the Okines Community House quarterly newsletter.

Check out our current term’s newsletter here:  Okines Newsletter Term 4 2018

Click here to view Okines newsletter Term 3 2018

Click here to view Term Two 2018 Okines Newsletter


The newsletter also includes articles about some of the wonderful things that have been happening in the house and garden. Our past newsletters can be found here.

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Unfortunately there will be no food assistance again today as Loaves and Fishes are having trouble with their delivery trucks. Sorry for the inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

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Latest track closures update - Tuesday 22 January 2019, 5pm

Access to some national parks and reserve areas are being managed for public safety by PWS due to the current fire situation.

With the large amount of fires burning and the potential for spotting and new starts due to the weather forecasted, PWS is asking people NOT to venture into remote areas from now until the end of the long weekend (Tuesday 29 January 2019).

Given the high fire conditions across the state today, a number of additional reserves and walking tracks in Tasmania’s national parks have been closed.

It is highly likely that further closures will be announced as the situation unfolds.

To keep up to date on the latest track closure information please visit

The following tracks, roads and areas have been closed until further notice:


Hartz Mountain National Park
- Hartz Mountains including all walking tracks and access roads in the area are closed, including Harts Peak, Ladys Tarn, Lake Osborne, Hartz Track, and Kermandie Track

Maria Island National Park
- Mt Maria track and Frenchs Farm Inland route

Mt Field National Park
- All alpine walking tracks

Russell Ridge Conservation Area
- Billy Brown Falls Track

Snug Tiers Nature recreation Area
- Snug Tiers

Southport Lagoon Conservation Area
- Southport Lagoon Track

Southwest National Park
- Remote area walking tracks west of Maydena and Huonville are closed.

(This includes – Lake Rhona, Vale of Rasselas, The Spires, Lake Curly, Timbs Track, Twisted Sister, Denison Traverse, Styx Big Tree Reserve, Wylds Craig Track, Mt Wedge, The Needles, Marriotts Falls, Adamsfield Track, Mt Anne Circuit, Western Arthurs, Eastern Arthurs including Federation Peak, Mt Sprent, Frankland Range, Farmhouse Creek Track, Huon Track, Lake Skinner, Yoyo Track, Moonlight Ridge Track, Precipitous Bluff Circuit, Adamson’s Falls, Adamson’s Track, Duckhole Lake Track, Mystery Creek Track).

Note: South Coast track and Tasman Peninsula tracks remain open at this time. PWS continues to monitor fire behaviour.

Campground closures
- Huon campground, Edgar campground, Tedds Beach campground, Southport Lagoon campground


Great Pine Tier, Central Plateau
- Lake Fergus and Little Pine Lagoon
- Remarkable Rock Conservation Area
- Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area

Steppes Homestead State Reserve
- Steppes conservation area


Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park
- Pine Valley - Labyrinth
- Lake Petrach
- Cuvier Valley
- Mt Olympus
- Gould Plateau

Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
- Eldon Range

South West Conservation Area
- Tracks in the Birches Inlet to Low Rocky Point section of the reserve

Road and vehicle track closures
- For the latest advice on road closures across the state please visit

As fires under hot, dry and windy conditions can travel very fast, it’s important for visitors to stay informed in case conditions change.

What to do
• stay informed in case conditions change;
• check in at visitor centres for the latest information,
• heed advice at track heads,
• follow directions of PWS staff at national parks and reserves; and
• monitor the following websites
• listen to ABC local radio
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Wondering why there are campers at Okines? We are hosting good life permaculture tutors and students who are living on site for two weeks completing their permaculture design course. Some of our activities are on hold but Okines staff are still on site and the computer room is still available for community use. 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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World Wetlands Day 2019. The program is out! Please share widely! And check in regularly over the next 2 weeks for updates and information about our fabulous presenters! ... See MoreSee Less

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