Mayor’s Message – 09 June 2020

The Mersey Vale Memorial Garden will be closed to the public from Tuesday 16 June until Friday 19 June to allow for the installation of new columns.

Obviously, the work is dependent on suitable weather.

Only the memorial garden is affected and the remainder of the Cemetery will be open as normal during the work.

And while on cemetery matters, do not forget Council is inviting public comment on its draft Devonport General Cemetery Master Plan 2021-2031.

The Plan is a guiding document for the development and management of the Cemetery over a ten-year period commencing in July 2020.

The development of Master Plans for all Devonport cemeteries is an action of the Cemetery Strategy 2011-2030.

The Cemetery sits on a 2.8 ha site of public open space, in ownership of the Devonport City Council, located on the northern corner of Stony Rise Road and Lawrence Drive. The entrance is located off Lawrence Drive, adjacent to Council’s Works Depot.

It is the second largest of the four cemeteries along this road and is within a few hundred metres of St. Olave’s and the Congregational Cemetery.

The central aim of the Master Plan is to preserve the individual and shared heritage values of the Cemetery, while sustainably adapting the site for the current and future needs of the community.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Identify relevant landscape, heritage and operational constraints and opportunities.
  • Understand and respect social and historical values in Cemetery management.
  • Provide a strategic approach towards cemetery enhancement that is realistic, achievable and within reasonable resources available to the Council and community.

It includes three principles and 11 actions which aim to meet these objectives. Council is now seeking feedback from Cemetery visitors and interested community members on these.

Participants were asked for their suggestions on how to improve the cemetery with general maintenance (tree pruning, weed control, removal of litter), plot maintenance/restoration and road/walkway accessibility among the most common responses.

A link to the survey can be found on the Speak Up Devonport page of Council’s website.

The survey closes at 5 p.m. on 26 June 2020

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The Australian Governments Drought Community Support Initiative offers grants to farmers, farm workers, farm suppliers and farm contractors.

Eligibility and application details can be found on the Council website:
https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/financial-support-for-dev…/https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/financial-support-for-devonport-farmers/

Devonport was announced as an eligible Local Government Area in the DCSI (2B) Round of Funding.

Funding is delivered through The Salvation Army.

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Council has been advised by the operator that the Tip Shop at the Waste Transfer Station will remain closed until at least mid-July.

Residents seeking to drop off items are asked to make alternative arrangements.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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