Welcome to the Green Ponds Progress Association Website. Here you will find information on the historic Tasmanian town of Kempton and the surrounding area including events, markets and festivals.
The Green Ponds Progress Association (GPPA) aims to work together with the people and organisations of Kempton and surrounding areas to raise the profile and opportunities within Kempton and the Green Ponds District. With a principle focus on the historical village of Kempton, GPPA also looks to support and represent the nearby communities of Bagdad, Melton Mowbray and Apsley.
Our website provides an avenue for promoting Kempton and the surrounding area. Keep abreast of what's happening in and around Kempton through the Community Notice Board and check out our Festival page to see photo's of past Festivals and find out what's being planned for the next one.
If you are planning to stay, Kempton has an overnight van site - keys to access the amenities can be obtained from the Council Office or Post Office. The Huntington Tavern is open for meals seven days a week. Old Kempton Distillery is open 10am to 4pm daily (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) and offer distillery tours, whisky & gin tasting and a cafe style menu. The RSL sub-branch welcomes visitors and is open on Thursday nights from 6pm. The Victoria Memorial Hall is also available for hire for functions - contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting Tasmania or just going for a drive along the Midland's Highway make sure you turn off and take some time to enjoy Kempton. Settled in the early 1800's Kempton was once a bustling coaching and farming village. Now days it is much quieter but still maintains it's village atmosphere.
The beautiful Georgian buildings, charming cottages and historic churches along the Main Strett and in the quieter back streets hold a wealth of history. Many of the houses have plaques which tell the story of Kempton's early days and settlers. Currently the Kempton Community are working together to save St Mary's Anglican Church from being sold privately.
Pick up a brochure from the Council Office and take a stroll around the town to re-live some of Kempton's rich history.
Things to do while visiting Kempton:
Stroll along the streets and take in the beautiful surroundings, history and wonderfully restored historic houses and cottages and stop to admire the mural at the Recreation Ground.
Drop into the Little Shop of Echoes and discover a wonderland of traditional treats and treasures.
Try the locally produced whiskies, gins and liqueurs at Old Kempton Distillery located in the Heritage listed Dysart House. The cellar door stocks a range of locally made products, is kid and dog friendly and offers a house-made cafe style menu. Live music, showcasing Tasmanian musicians, is on every Sunday from September until March.
Looking for a more substantial meal or just a cool drink, visit the Huntington Tavern for a quick home-style meal.
Stop at Mood Food on your way in or out of Kempton to fill up your car and grab a bite to eat.
Make sure you pick up a town brochure from the Council Office.
Kempton Community Bus (RAM)
Hire and Drive Passenger Service Accreditation number
The Kempton Community Bus is available for self drive hire at reasonable fees - 60c per km plus petrol.
Bookings through Jo Whelan 0447841039
Your responsibility is to drive safely, and return the bus clean and full of petrol.
What's on in and around Kempton December 2023 to February 2024
Sunday 17th December
Family Carols, St Mary's Church at 4pm.
Sunday 18th February
Kempton Festival. Recreation Ground, Kempton 9am to 4pm.
Improving Kempton's Streetscape
The Kempton Streetscape Group has been working closely with the Southern Midlands Council since May to determine and work on priority projects. These have included (but are not limited to), new fencing for the Recreation and Gymkhana grounds, tree planting, upgrading footpaths and the Kempton Mural at the football oval.
For more information
Tune into local radio station 97.1 fm "The Voice of the Midlands" for a great variety of programs and to get all the local news and events from around the Midlands.
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