Summer Activities Guide 2019-2020

What’s on in Devonport this Summer – view the community activity guide here:

 

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Call for Entries tidal.20 Tasmanian Art Award

The Devonport Regional Gallery is now calling for entries to the tidal.20: City of Devonport Tasmanian Art Award 2020.
Devonport Regional Gallery is pleased to announce that entries to the tidal.20 Award are now open. This biennial Award was launched in 2004 and has, since 2010, been an acquisitive award with winning works becoming a part of the Devonport City Council’s Permanent Collection.
This year, two significant changes have been implemented to the entry requirements. In 2010 the Award was made a National Award and therefore open to artists from all over Australia, but from 2020 the Award is restricted to Tasmanian artists, or artists who reside interstate that have a strong connection with Tasmania.
The second change concerns the type of artwork that can be submitted. Previously, the Award was only open to artists working in 2D format, but for the first time in the Award’s history artists working with 3D structures are now invited to enter.
paranaple arts centre director, Geoff Dobson said, “The first change means that the collection of tidal winners will form a valuable body of works that reflects on contemporary Tasmanian arts practices as well as practitioners, which is also a fundamental aspect of our permanent collection.”
“The theme for tidal is as always, open to a range of interpretation be it personal, environmental, political or of a cultural nature. By including 3D works we hope that Tasmanian artists that have previously been excluded from the award will be inspired to enter. I am looking forward to this year’s Finalists’ Exhibition, which I think will be more diverse than ever. “
The $15,000 major acquisitive Award is sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.
Visitors can vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice Award. The winning artist will be announced at the close of the exhibition and the artist will receive $1,000, courtesy of Friends of the Gallery.
The selection and judging for tidal.20 will be done by Janet Carding, Director of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Patrick Sutczak, Associate Lecturer in Art, School of Creative Arts UTAS and Deborah Malor, Honorary Associate, Visual Arts and Design, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
The tidal.20: City of Devonport National Art Award 2020 Finalists Exhibition will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery at the paranaple arts centre on Friday the 4th of December and continue until Sunday the 31st of January 2021.
Entries Close: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Exhibition Opening & Announcement of Winning Artist: Friday 4 December 2020
Exhibition Dates: 5 December 2020 – 31 January 2021
Judges Floor Talk: Saturday 6 December: TBC
Image Description: paranaple arts centre director, Geoff Dobson, with the 2014 tidal winning work Galaxias by Joel Crosswell.
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Geoff Dobson | Director | paranaple arts centre
03 6424 0577 | 0419 505 838 | gdobson@devonport.tas.gov.au
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Get Involved in Seniors Week 2020

Seniors Week (12-18 October 2020) is an opportunity for Tasmanians of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people within our community.

After last year’s successful calendar Council will once again be collating events for seniors week to create a calendar of events which will be advertised throughout the Devonport Municipality.

Please return the expression of interest form with any events you will be running through seniors week by 3 September 2020 to be added to the calendar.

 

 

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Mayor’s Message – 29 July 2020

Thank you very much to all those who expressed an interest in joining Council’s Sports Infrastructure Master Plan Working Group.

Council endorsed the membership at the Ordinary Meeting on Monday 27 July.  The successful applicants appointed are as follows:

Business/Community Stephen Casey

Drew Smith

Lisa Males

State/Regional Sport Governing Bodies Chris McCoy (Basketball Tasmania)

Simon Aulder-Heide (Tennis Tasmania)

Tasmanian Government Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation Leigh Oswin (Project Manager – Development, Sport & Recreation)
Councillors Cr John Alexiou

Cr Gerard Enniss

Cr Sally Milbourne

 

Unsuccessful expressions of interest will have the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the consultation process.

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It is very pleasing to be able to include additional projects in the 2020/21 Capital Works Program and the operational budget, thanks to the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

This funding has been provided to assist a community-led recovery from COVID-19 by supporting local jobs, firms and procurement.  Council has been offered a grant of $506,733 through the program which will enable the additional work to occur.

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Do you have some spare time to volunteer?  The Friends of Don Reserve meet every fortnight to assist in improving the biodiversity of Don Reserve and surrounds, and they are currently looking for new members.

To get involved, complete a Council Volunteer Registration Form, or contact Phil at Council for more information council@devonport.tas.gov.au.

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Formby Road (between Best Street and Victoria Parade) will be closed from 3 August 2020 until 25 September 2020, from 7:00am to 5:00pm each day to enable the conduct of pavement and kerb construction.  Please take care when driving in this area during the noted closure period.

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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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26 July – 2 August 2020 is Donate Life Week.

This is a national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation.  Across Australia, DonateLife agencies and our community stakeholders help spread the word about the life changing gift of organ and tissue donation.

The aim of the awareness campaign is to inspire Australians to make a difference to the lives of others by registering and telling their family they want to be a donor.  To find out more information, visit the DonateLife website.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Livestreamed – Council Meeting 27 July 2020

View the 27 July 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting here or on YouTube.

Council meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, in our Council Chambers In the Aberdeen Room, level 2, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street Devonport, starting at 5.30pm.  You can view the meeting schedule here.

Public attendance at Council meetings is currently limited to 10 people.   Those wishing to attend meetings are required to register by calling Council’s Executive Officer on 03 6424 0511.  Registrations will open once the agenda is available on the website, and close at 12noon on the day of the meeting.  Due to the limited number of attendees available, registrations will not be taken in advance.

The Council Update is available here.

 

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Devonport Jazz 2020 – A Festival in Retrospect

This week would have marked the 19th Devonport Jazz festival. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the uncertainty around restriction timelines, the decision was made in March to cancel this year’s festival.
Devonport Jazz Producer, Maree Brodzinski said, “A festival like Devonport Jazz involves a lot of moving parts and they all had to be taken into account, but we couldn’t let our 19th year go by without some kind of celebration.”
It was determined that a trip down memory lane would be a great way to keep Devonport Jazz in people’s hearts and minds.
“We are lucky to have access to select footage from as far back as 2006, so we have used that to put together short clips of concerts and events to share with anyone who’d like to see them,” said Ms Brodzinski. “None of the footage is professionally shot, so visually and sound-wise some are a little rough, but we hope it brings back some terrific memories of Devonport Jazz festivals of the past.”
Every day throughout July, clips have been released on Facebook and so far these have been very well received. Footage from concerts at the Town Hall and Centenary Court have been featured, as well as some community events.
On Friday “Devonport Jazz In Retrospect” will be launched on YouTube, with additional videos added to the collection for the rest of the month. Devonport City Council Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff is looking forward to seeing the culmination of the memories and said, “I urge people to go online and enjoy the good memories and to get excited for next year’s festival.”
Ms Brodzinski is feeling very positive about the future of the festival. “Devonport Jazz 2021 is already looking fantastic, as many of the artists that were confirmed for this year’s festival have already committed to coming next year. We hope that in future years we can continue to add to the YouTube channel and have a good record of the festival when we resume.”
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Maree Brodzinski | Devonport Jazz Producer | Devonport City Council
03 6424 0510 | 0408 079 805 | mbrodzinski@devonport.tas.gov.au
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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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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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Mayor’s Message – 15 July 2020

Council is seeking expressions of interest from interested sporting bodies to lease an area at the Devonport Recreation Centre (formerly used by the Devonport Gymnastics Club).  Inspection of the area is by appointment and can be made 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.  Applications close 24 July 2020 at 5:00pm.

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The Bass Strait Maritime Centre will reopen on Thursday 1 October.  Staff at the facility have been working tirelessly throughout the temporary closure, undertaking much needed work on the historic and social history collections in the care of the Centre.  Staff have also regularly been posting content to social media channels, providing behind the scenes insight into the extent of the collections, and will continue to do so until the centre reopens.

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Council will again host a luncheon for residents who have been ratepayers in the City for more than 50 years.  This year the luncheon will be held Monday 12 October 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at the paranaple convention centre, 3rd floor of the paranaple centre.

Bookings are essential.  Eligible residents should RSVP by Friday 2 October by calling Council customer Service on 6424 0511 or by email to council@devonport.tas.gov.au.

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The Devonport Recreation Centre has reopened for casual users between 9:30am – 2:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Ageing Stronger, Active Longer recommenced at the Devonport Recreation Centre on 14 July 2020 and Tai Chi for Health recommenced on 15 July.  For further details, contact the Devonport Recreation Centre on 6424 4109.

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What changes can you make this ‘Plastic Free July’?

Plastic Free July started in Western Australia and is catching on worldwide, with 120 million people now taking part to avoid single use plastics.  Take the challenge or make a change in whatever way you can to avoid or reduce single use plastic – have a look at the Rethink Waste website to see how you can get involved and make a difference.

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Have you checked out Devonport Jazz in Retrospect?

Throughout July, Council will be sharing footage of Devonport Jazz Festivals from years gone by.  Follow Devonport Jazz on Facebook to get a daily dose of Jazz – you never know who might pop up in one of the memories.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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$1.3m Hotel land sale settlement

In accordance with contract terms settlement has occurred on the land sale for the $40m LIVING CITY Hotel.
Excited Devonport City Council Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff confirmed that the $1.298m payment for the purchase has been received.
The contract executed between Devonport City Council & Fairbrother Pty Ltd in October 2018, allowed provision for final settlement to occur with the end owner, Fragrance Tas – Devonport Pty Ltd, a company owned by Singapore Based hotel giant, the Fragrance Group.
The hotel which is expected to open in early 2022 will consist of around 200 rooms in various configurations offering a 4.5-star brand.
Fairbrother Pty Ltd are undertaking the build and have approximately a dozen workers currently on site.
Fairbrother Business Development Manager, Darryn Smith said, “Our focus has been on progressing the design while the in-ground works are done, however, work is now starting to ramp up on site and at the peak of construction over 100 local tradesmen and apprentices will be employed.”
The hotel and the adjacent Waterfront Parkland redevelopment, are integral parts of the LIVING CITY Master Plan, and will generate over $57m in construction activity in the CBD of Devonport – $40m of it from private enterprise, and $10m from Federal Government funding.
Cr Rockliff is excited to see activity starting to increase on site and said, “this work will be vital in supporting the community’s recovery from COVID. Whilst Council has been required to do the heavy lifting with Stage 1, LIVING CITY has always been about unlocking this sort of private investment and it couldn’t have come at a better time for our recovering local economy.”
Coming up to four years into the decade long LIVING CITY Master Plan, the Waterfront Precinct represents the second major phase of development and will add much needed higher-end hotel accommodation along with attractive parkland and public open space.
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Jacqui Surtees |Executive Officer Devonport City Council
03 6424 0560|0427 132 972 |jsurtees@devonport.tas.gov.au
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Bass Strait Maritime Centre reopening Thursday, 1 October 2020

The reopening of the Bass Strait Maritime Centre has been scheduled for Thursday 1 October 2020 to align with the expected increase in tourist and visitor numbers.
The Centre is one of Devonport’s significant cultural facilities, and Council appreciate that many people in our community are looking forward to when the facility will reopen.
Staff at the facility have been working tirelessly throughout the temporary closure, undertaking much needed work on the historic and social history collections in the care of the Centre.
Convention and Art Centre Director, Geoff Dobson said, “Staff have been regularly posting content to social media channels, providing behind the scenes insight into the extent of the collections.” This practice will continue throughout the extended closure period.
An online shop has also been launched via the Bass Strait Maritime Centre website, through which people can purchase many of the items available in the retail section of the Centre.
The on-site café, Marion Storm remains open for business 7 days per week.
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Jacqui Surtees |Executive Officer Devonport City Council
03 6424 0560|0427 132 972 |jsurtees@devonport.tas.gov.au
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