Meeting the Challenge of COVID-19

The Tasmanian Government website is the key place to find information about the COVID-19 pandemic.  This website is a trusted source of information for all aspects of the COVID-91 response and is updated regularly.

Council continues to monitor the COVID-19 environment to minimise risk to staff and the community.  Presently, the only Council facilities that remain closed are the Bass Strait Maritime Centre (due to open for Saturdays and Sundays from 3 October)   All other facilities are open with appropriate social distancing measures in place. 

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

Council has resumed face to face Council meetings with limited numbers of the public able to attend.   Section 23 Committee meetings continue to be suspended until 31 December 2020.

The preferred method for meeting with Council officers is via remote meetings.  These 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

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 have announced;

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 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.

 

Council is always keen to ensure it has the correct contact details for all residents.

This particularly applies to your current email address.

If you have changed your email address recently please click here to update your details

Find the Media Releases issued by Council here

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.

Financial services and support

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

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.

 

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

Find details 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.

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 suggestions that may be helpful, please do not hesitate to send them through to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au  Thank you.

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.

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