Replacement of Spirit of Tasmania Ferries

Devonport City Council Mayor, Annette Rockliff has queried the Governments direction on replacement of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries saying there are many unanswered questions as a result of this surprise decision.
A lack of certainty in regard to timeframes and the size and capacity of the replacement vessels could impact confidence in the region, Mayor Rockliff said.
“I’m concerned the Government decision to delay the process could potentially impact business and investment growth in the North West region. The Spirits are an essential part of the economy in this part of the State and the anticipation was growing in regard to the new larger vessels previously due in 2022. Going back to the drawing board now will obviously delay delivery of the new ships and it is imperative that we understand the new timeframes and that an order is placed asap.”
“It is also important that assurances are provided that the size, capacity and specification won’t be compromised due to this change in direction.”
“Whilst creating Australian jobs should always be a priority, the only existing ship building capacity for this type of vessel is in South Australia and the extra jobs created need to be weighed up against the loss of new local jobs which would have resulted from the earlier arrival of the new Spirits.”
“We look forward to further announcements from the Government that will clarify these outstanding matters.”
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Media Contact:
Kym Peebles|Executive Manager People & Finance Devonport City Council
03 6424 0597| 0477 296 059| kpeebles@devonport.tas.gov.au
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Mayor’s Message – 22 July 2020

It’s really great to see local sporting groups, recommencing after they were required to shutdown due to COVID.  Football, hockey, soccer, touch football, running groups, netball to name but a few.  COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements mean that some of our sports look a little different this year, but it is great to see participants and spectators embracing the challenges and supporting their teams.

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The Lifeline Tip Shop and the Waste Transfer Station has now reopened.  Opening hours are 10am – 2pm until further notice.

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Throughout July, Council has been sharing footage of Devonport Jazz Festivals from years gone by on Facebook.  This weekend, the ‘Devonport Jazz in Retrospect’ YouTube channel will be released; this will include all the memories featured over the past few weeks, plus include some fabulous new performances that have filmed specially for this weekend while the musicians have been in lockdown.

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Members of the public are now able to attend monthly Council meetings, however, to comply with COVID-19 social distancing requirements, a limited number of 10 people will be allowed.  Those wishing to attend should register by calling Council’s Executive Officer on 64240511.  Registrations will open once the agenda is available on Council’s website and close at 12noon on the day of the meeting.  Due to the limited number of attendees allowed, registrations will not be taken in advance.  Additional information, including information relating to public question time, can be found on Council’s website.

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The paranaple centre meeting rooms are now open for bookings.  Social distancing measures are in place, including limitations on the number of people allowed in each room.  For all enquiries regarding meeting rooms, please contact the paranaple convention centre.

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Changes to Road Closure Applications

From Monday 20 July, Council will request three weeks notice to close roads within the municipality – an extension of the current two week notification period.  Council will attempt to approve permits as quickly as possible and will continue to work with contractors to accommodate urgent or critical works approvals where possible.  Find the Guidelines and the Road Closure Application form on the website here.

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Devonport Local Government Area road side weed management spraying is due to commence on Monday 3 August, by a contractor, weather permitting.

Property owners may request the City to not undertake spraying on the road reserve in front of or alongside their properties by applying to be listed on the City’s ‘No Spray Register’ on the Council Website. Applications require the property owner to provide a management plan identifying the method of control for weeds and how regularly the property owner plans to undertake this control.

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Expressions of Interest to lease an area at the Devonport Recreation Centre (formerly used by the Devonport Gymnastics Club) close Friday 24 July 2020 at 5:00pm.  EOIs are open to interested sporting bodies, and an inspection of the area can be arranged by contacting Fabio Pizzirani – Sport and Recreation Development Coordinator on 6424 0511 or email fpizzirani@devonport.tas.gov.au.  Further information is available on the website.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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