Meeting the Challenge of COVID-19

Following the Federal Government’s announcement of expanded social distancing measures, the Devonport City Council has closed some facilities, suspended Council meetings and varied staff work arrangements.

Among the Council facilities CLOSED until further notice are:

  • Bass Strait Maritime Centre (Cafe is open);
  • Providore Place food pavilion; and
  • Cafe outlets in Providore Place

PLEASE NOTE: Charges apply to all street meters and Council car parks as per the signed rates and time restrictions.

The Spreyton Waste Transfer Station will continue to operate in accord with its normal trading hours.

Paywave is the preferred payment method but cash will be accepted if the correct amount is offered. Receipts will not be issued, unless requested.

The waste disposal fees and charges and the station’s opening hours can be found here.

Please remember to keep a safe distance when visiting the site and ensure your trip meets the State Government’s essential travel protocols.

Council has also cancelled any further Council and Section 23 Committee meetings and Councillors’ workshops until further notice.

Council officers will not be holding any non-essential face-to-face meetings with the public but remote meetings for clients can be organised by telephoning 6424 0511 or by emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au 

As changes to Council’s operations occur this page will be updated. Updates will also available via Council’s social media sites

While the Customer Service Centre is closed, anyone who requires assistance with any Council service can still contact the Customer Service Centre via the below contact details:

Telephone:     6424 0511
Email:              council@devonport.tas.gov.au

Council has formed a COVID-19 Response Committee consisting of three Councillors and relevant senior staff to develop and implement strategies to provide assistance, support and relief for the inevitable hardship many in the community will experience during the crisis.

The Committee announced the suspension all parking fees  (25 March 2020) in its car parks and street meters until further notice. 
**Parking fees for street meters were re-introduced from Monday 25 May.

Council has adopted the Devonport Social Recovery Action Plan to guide the work of the Devonport Social Recovery Coordinator and/or the Devonport Social Recovery Committee in response to the social recovery needs of the community throughout and after the COVID-19 situation. This is undertaken with recognition that local residents are the Council’s strongest asset against the spread of the virus and it is vital that recovery is informed and designed in partnership with communities. 

The Plan will be flexibly adapted, regularly reconsidered, and aligned with Regional and State-wide recovery planning and community needs.  

All planning applications currently on display can be viewed here

To obtain advice or information relating to planning please contact Council on 6424 0511 or email council@devonport.tas.gov.au

If you have plans of your proposed use or development please email council@devonport.tas.gov.au for a Planning Officer to determine whether you require planning approval.

To apply for a Planning Permit please visit https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/building-development/planning/apply-for-a-planning-permit/

All Council payments can be made online at Council’s website by clicking here and at Service Tasmania outlets.

Payments can also be made over the telephone by calling 6424 0511.

 

Given the current uncertainties, Council is keen to ensure it has the correct contact details for all residents.

This particularly applies to your current email address.

So, if you have changed or have not notified Council of your email address please click here to update your details

The current school Immunisation Program is on hold until further notice.

Devonport residents can obtain sharps disposal units free of charge from the Devonport City Council’s customer service counter, on the ground floor of the paranaple centre, to assist with the safe and proper disposal of sharps. The units are available for personal sharps disposal only. 

Sharps disposal units can be discarded at the Sharps Dispensing Unit on the ground floor of the multi-storey carpark park near the Fenton Way entrance/exit. They can also be handed in to the Spreyton Waste Transfer Station.

As a result of COVID-19 Council advises the following changes to previously advertised meeting arrangements

Section 23 Committee Meetings are suspended until further notice with all relevant business to be considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting

Until advised otherwise future Council Meetings will be held via video conference. The public will be unable to attend the meeting however a recording will be made available.

Questions without notice can be emailed to Council@devonport.tas.gov.au up until 12 noon on the day of the meeting.

Further information can be found here

Residents suffering economic hardship as a result of the Coronavirus can apply to defer their rate payments for six months –- double the typical period for such arrangements – under a Financial Assistance Hardship Policy approved by the Devonport City Council at its meeting on Monday 27 April.

A media release outlining the policy can be found here.

Council has also instituted support arrangements for commercial operators.

You can view the Financial Hardship Assistance Policy and Commercial Addendum here.

You can complete the form by using this link.

The State Government has announced a staged plan for lifting restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning on Monday 11 May 2020.

The changes are gradual, with careful monitoring of each stage to ensure the safeguards are working in reducing the risk of outbreaks and enabling health authorities to respond if needed.

The planned timeframes for the lifting of restrictions announced by the Government are outlined here.

The specific changes to aged care facilities restrictions can be found here.

Details regarding the return to school-based learning are specifically outlined here.

You may also wish to read the State Government’s Our Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania.

The links below offer easy to understand and factual information about COVID-19

State Government’s Department of Health site

Federal Government’s Department of Health site

World Health Organization

I’ve been tested for COVID-19. Now what?

I don’t have symptoms/I am not in quarantine, but I’ve been tested for COVID-19. Now What?  

 

If you think you might have COVID-19 because of recent travel or contact with a confirmed case, phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Different states have different restrictions as part of their response to COVID-19.

To understand the current position in Tasmania, please click here

To assist industry and workplaces to ensure that their operations are COVID-19 safe, Worksafe Tasmania has a comprehensive list of resources on their website.

You can find the information from the home page or by clicking here

A new guide to help employers manage the risk of infection and work health and safety risk during COVID-19 is also available.

 

On 27 May 2020 the Tasmanian Premier, Peter Gutwein, announced one-off extensions to the expiry dates of SOME classes of registrations/licences under the Food Act 2003 and the Public Health Act 1997

Find details here

To help stop the spread of coronavirus, it is important that all retail businesses comply with
their obligations to enforce social distancing and maintain good hygiene practices.

The State Government Fact Sheet to assist businesses can be found here

Public Health Risks Activities are defined under the Public Health Act 1997 as being activities such as TattooingEar and Body Piercing and Acupuncture. Find more information here

For more information on Business registration and licence extensions click here.

 

They way local food services operate has changed as a result of COVID-19. 

Devonport City Council have compiled a list found here. This is an evolving situation and is subject to change.

Council have collated a list of counselling and support services here

You can use the Australian Government Coronarvirus Australia app to:

  • Stay up to date with the official information and advice
  • Access important health advice to help stop the spread and stay healthy
  • Get a quick snapshot of the current official status in Australia
  • Check you symptoms if you are concerned about yourself or someone else
  • Find relevant contact information
  • Access updated information from the Australian Government
  • Receive push notifications of urgent information and updates

The app can be downloaded from the AppStore or Google Play.

 

 

Devonport City Council have compiled a list of Grant Opportunities for Businesses, Organisations, Artists found here. This is an evolving situation and is subject to change.

Identifying the Symptoms Fact Sheet

Reducing the Risk for Older Australians Poster

Good Hygiene Is in Your Hands Poster

Social Distancing Fact Sheet June 2020

Social Distancing Audio June 2020

Social Distancing Video

Emergency relief support

Emergency food relief

Mental health and wellbeing support

Financial services and support

Advice for people at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan

Living well in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for community groups

The Australian Government – Services Australia have a range of resources groups can use when helping people in the community affected by COVID-19.

Find more on the Website here

If you have any other suggestion that may be helpful, please do not hesitate to send them through to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au  Thank you.

Discover weekly tips on everything from food to fitness, to mental health and keeping your garden happy.
Each week the Community Services Department will cover a different topic highlighting positive steps that you can put into place to help you through these difficult times.   
Wellness Wednesday

Council have collated some handy hints to keep your Sports team, Service club, Trivia team, Organisation, Volunteer group, Community group etc connected and engaged whilst staying safe at home.
Find them here.

Food safety and hygiene is an important regulatory function of Council. Devonport City Council is committed to ensuring that businesses that prepare and have foods for public sale and consumption meet the requirements of the Food Act 2003 and all appropriate State and National standards and legislation. Find more information on Food Business Requirements here.

On 27 May 2020 the Tasmanian Premier, Peter Gutwein, announced one-off extensions to the expiry dates of SOME classes of registrations/licences under the Food Act 2003 and the Public Health Act 1997. Find more details on the business registration and licence extensions here

 

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