Devonport City Council’s 2019/2020 Community Financial Assistance Scheme now open
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Devonport City Council’s 2019/2020 Community Financial Assistance Scheme now open

Applications are now open for the Devonport City Council’s 2019/20 Community Financial Assistance Scheme, with Council seeking to support the community through a wide range of activities, initiatives and programs.

Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said the scheme provided valuable financial support to help local community groups, clubs and organisations deliver important projects and programs for the benefit of residents.

“Community groups, clubs and organisations play a vital role in helping create a healthier, stronger and more vibrant Devonport community,’’ Cr Rockliff said.

“And this is one way in which Council can assist them undertake their important work.”

“A range of grants are available for not-for-profit community organisations and groups to help them to deliver community projects, infrastructure projects, events, and purchase equipment, in addition to individual development grants and donations.”

Cr Rockliff said Council was particularly keen to support activities based around community development, culture and heritage, economic development, sport and recreation and healthy living and learning.

“Other financial assistance measures – including grants towards travel costs for residents competing, performing or presenting on a national or international level – are also available throughout the year”.

Applications for Round One Major grants, Minor grants and Rate Remissions are now open and close on Friday, 31 August 2019.

About $92,500 in community major and minor grants were provided through Devonport City Council’s Financial Assistance Scheme in 2018/2019.

Full information, including details of how to apply, is available at www.devonport.tas.gov.au/financial-assistance.

The 2019/2020 Devonport City Council Community Financial Assistance Scheme includes:

Category Maximum Value Applications Open
Major Grants Up to $25,000
(Co-funding requirement of 50% required for applications of $7,501-$15,000 to Council & 75% for applications of $15,001 to $25,000)
Twice yearly:

·         1 July – 31 August 2019

·         1 January – 28 February 2020

Minor Grants Up to $3,000 Twice yearly:

·         1 July – 31 August 2019

·         1 January – 28 February 2020

Community Rate Remissions Total Rates Value Annually:

·         1 July – 31 August 2019

 

Enquiries regarding Council’s Community Financial Assistance Scheme should be directed to Danielle O’Brien on 6424 0511 or email grants@devonport.tas.gov.au

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Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au 

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Wildcare-Friends of Devonport Reserves to be launched

A new volunteer group charged with helping to assist with the management of Devonport’s reserves will be launched next week.

Wildcare-Friends of Devonport Reserves will work under guidance from the Devonport City Council and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

It will be the city’s second environmental group following the launch of the Friends of Don Reserve group.

Members of the Friends of Devonport Reserves will undertake activities in areas such as the Don Reserve, Turner Reserve, Mary Binks Wetlands, Don Heads and Kelcey Tier.

Activities will include undertaking flora and fauna surveys, weed removal and other projects, which may also be suggested by members.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said the group was a great way for those with an interest in the local natural environment to engage more deeply with it.

“It is a real opportunity for people to connect with their natural surrounds and experience the full beauty of such areas as well as playing an important role in their ongoing development,” she said.

Cr Rockliff said the launch had been timed to coincide with school holidays as a way of, hopefully, encouraging younger members of the community to become involved.

The launch will begin at the Dell Luck Reserve, beside the Don River Railway on Forth Road, at 2.20 pm on Monday 15 July 2019.

Friends of Devonport Reserves president Shane Pinner said those who became involved would play an important role in helping to protect the city’s major reserves.

“Kelcey Tier is a classic example. It is our largest public asset and we need a mechanism to be able to care and look after it.”

Mr Pinner said participants often found they learnt new skills as well as developing a deeper understanding of the natural environment.

As part of the launch activities fungi enthusiast Herman Anderson will help participants identify local fungi in the area including a search for the ghost fungi, one of the few in the world which glows in the dark.

CAPTION: Wildcare volunteer Jan Hilder, of Devonport, with Council’s Natural Resource Management Officer Phil Hrstich 

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Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au 

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Mayor’s Message – 09 July 2019

This week promises to be a big one in the city for all lovers of squash with the $11,000 (US) 2019 City of Devonport Men’s Tasmanian Open beginning on Thursday.

The tournament is being conducted by the Devonport Squash Club in partnership with the Devonport City Council at the Devonport Squash Courts in Forbes Street.

It follows last year’s successful women’s event which featured former World Champion and four-times British Open winner Rachael Grinham.

Beginning with a qualifying tournament on the first afternoon the event will feature players from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Egypt Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, France and England.

I also wish local teenager Jamie Pattison well. Jamie has been included in the main draw and will face Queenslander Thomas Calvert, ranked inside the world top 200, in the first round.

The highest ranked player to be coming to Devonport is world number 68 Rex Hedrick. Hedrick is one of four players ranked inside the top 100 who have entered. Frenchman Victor Crouin and Malaysian pair Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie are the others.

Council has been pleased to be able to help attract a quality range of national and international players to the city.

We are always seeking to support a range of different events, and therefore attracting visitors to Devonport and this is just one example.

Matches will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday from 5 p.m. the following day and from midday on Saturday 13 July with the final beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sunday.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

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The Devonport City Council is seeking to facilitate partnerships within the community in order to build a week-long calendar of events for seniors that is inclusive of all walks of life.

The theme for Seniors Week 2019 is “Connections”.

Council is encouraging service providers and community groups to get involved by hosting an event for Seniors week which will encourage seniors to get out and about and enjoy socialising with friends and like-minded people.

You could have a picnic, a morning tea, a session on how to operate a smart phone or a history tour.

To be eligible for inclusion in the calendar, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16 August 2019.

For further information contact Council on 03 6424 0511 or email marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au

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The Devonport City Council and Youth, Family & Community Connections are joining forces to bring you some fantastic July school holiday programs for those aged 12-25.

You can find out more by visiting https://yfcc.com.au/what-we-do/youth-services/#school-holiday-programs

Bookings are essential and you can call Bec on 6424 7353 or email bec@yfcc.com.au to secure your spot.

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The 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival is nearly here!

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience you can purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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The Devonport City Council’s Financial Assistance Scheme supports local community organisations through Major/Minor Grants and Rate Remissions. Applications are now open, check Council’s website for guidelines and to see if your organisation is eligible.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Top level men’s squash coming to Devonport

Top flight men’s squash will return to the city next weekend when Devonport hosts the $11,000 (US) 2019 City of Devonport Tasmanian Open.

The tournament is being conducted by the Devonport Squash Club in partnership with the Devonport City Council at the Devonport Squash Courts in Forbes Street.

Beginning with a qualifying tournament on Thursday 11 July, the event will feature players from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Egypt Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, France and England.

Local teenager Jamie Pattison has also been included in the main draw and will face Queenslander Thomas Calvert, ranked inside the world top 200, in the first round.

Jamie said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing a quality opponent.

“I saw him play as a junior when he won the Queensland title and I think he won an Australian junior title as well,” Jamie said.

Jamie said it would be a great experience to see how the world’s elite prepare for their matches.

“It will be good to see how they warm up and what they do as part of their preparation.”

Jamie said he hoped his local knowledge of the courts will give him some advantage.

The highest ranked player to be coming to Devonport is world number 68 Rex Hedrick. Hedrick is one of four players ranked inside the top 100 who have entered. Frenchman Victor Crouin and Malaysian pair Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie are the others.

The tournament follows last year’s successful women’s event which featured former World Champion and four-times British Open winner Rachael Grinham.

Tournament organiser and Devonport Squash Club president Leon Barnett said squash fans would be treated to some quality play throughout the tournament.

“With 13 players inside the world top 200 this is a classy field and I am delighted with the calibre of player that has entered.”

Mr Barnett said the tournament would not be possible without the support of the Council.

“The Council’s support has been critical in helping us to secure such a high calibre field,’’ he said.

Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said Council was pleased to have been able to help attract a quality range of national and international players to the city.

“The Council is always seeking to support a range of different events, and therefore attracting visitors to Devonport and this is just one example,’’ he said.

Matches will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday 11 July, from 5 p.m. the following day and from midday on Saturday 13 July with the final beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sunday.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

CAPTION: Devonport Squash Club president Leon Barnett (left) with Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff and local player Jamie Pattison at the tournament announcement.

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03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au 

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Mayor’s Message – 02 July 2019

The Devonport City Council is seeking to facilitate partnerships within the community in order to build a week-long calendar of events for seniors that is inclusive of all walks of life.

The theme for Seniors Week 2019 is “Connections”.

Council is encouraging service providers and community groups to get involved by hosting an event for Seniors week which will encourage seniors to get out and about and enjoy socialising with friends and like-minded people.

You could have a picnic, a morning tea, a session on how to operate a smart phone or a history tour.

To be eligible for inclusion in the calendar, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16 August 2019.

For further information contact Council on 03 6424 0511 or email marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au

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The Devonport City Council and Youth, Family & Community Connections are joining forces to bring you some fantastic July school holiday programs for those aged 12-25.

You can find out more by visiting Youth Family and Community Connections

Bookings are essential and you can call Bec on 6424 7353 or email bec@yfcc.com.au to secure your spot.

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The 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival is nearly here!

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience you can purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Devonport City Council’s Financial Assistance Scheme supports local community organisations through Major/Minor Grants and Rate Remissions.

Applications are now open, check Council’s website for guidelines and to see if your organisation is eligible.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Art and Tassie produce meet in Vino and the Visual

Experience the Bass Strait Maritime Centre’s Collections in a new light while enjoying Tasmanian produce from Pearl Oyster Bar & Café.

The Bass Strait Maritime Centre has teamed up with artist Elysium Greene and the Pearl Oyster Bar to bring you a monthly art and wine evening in the museum’s cafe space.

No experience in painting is necessary as participants can choose to follow along with Elysium or create their own piece inspired by the collection items presented, while learning more about the objects themselves.

Bass Strait Maritime Centre Coordinator Jaydeyn Thomas, said there was a simple premise behind organising Vino and the Visual.

“While art is interesting to me, I would never go to a formal art class at a gallery as it’d be far too intimidating,” she said.

“I hope that a casual approach, a glass of wine in hand, and a fun, experienced artist will give others in the same mindset [as myself] the confidence to come along for a fun evening of art and wine with friends.”

The first Vino and the Visual will take place on Tuesday July 30 and will feature a bright painting of the Lizzie Taylor, a vessel that was launched in 1892 by prominent shipbuilder of the time, Edward Higgs.

Vino & The Visual with Elysium Greene
Date: Monthly from July 30, 2019
Duration: 6 – 8 pm
Cost: $60.00, includes all materials and glass of wine on arrival. Further food and drinks available to purchase from Pearl Oyster Bar & Cafe.

Please get in touch with the Centre for further information, and to book. Places are strictly limited.

PICTURE: Bass Strait Maritime Collection, The Launch of the Lizzie Taylor, painting by C.Heaviside, not dated [close-up]

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Media Enquiries:
Jaydeyn Thomas
Bass Strait Maritime Centre Coordinator
W. www.bassstraitmaritimecentre.com.au
E. jthomas@devonport.tas.gov.au
P. 6424 7100 M. 0418 321 845 

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Navy Band to perform as part of Devonport Jazz

The seven-strong Melbourne-based Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group will make it first trip to Tasmania next month to perform at the Devonport Jazz Festival.

It will also entertain local schools and perform at the Launceston Jazz Club during the visit.

The group consists of a pianist, bassist, drummer, three horn players (trumpeter, saxophonist and trombonist) and a vocalist. They will be joined by a guitarist, trumpet player and vocalist from the Hobart-based RAN Reserves band.

It will perform at the Devonport RSL Club, in MacFie Street, from 2 pm on Sunday 28 July with a $5 cover charge applying. Bookings for lunch from midday can be made with the club, on 6424 2673.

The group – which will also be on stage in the Mall between midday and 2 p.m. on Saturday 27 July as part of 7AD’s free Musos in the Mall event – has performed at many Australian jazz festivals including the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival and have supported Australian jazz greats including Don Burrows and James Morrison.

Spokesman Petty Officer Luke Kennedy said the group was formed from members of the RAN Band, based at HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria.

All are fulltime RAN members having completed the standard 11-week recruit training course and then a six to eight-week program with the band before becoming fulltime band members.

The RAN has 110 full-time musicians based at both HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Kuttabul, in Sydney.

They undertake a range of ceremonial and promotional performances on behalf of the RAN throughout the country, and sometimes overseas.

PO Kennedy said the jazz group’s repertoire ranged from jazz standards – including the works of “Dizzy” Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk – right through to more modern compositions.

He said members were excited about visiting Devonport for the festival.

“It is extremely important (that members undertake such visits) and there are many people who do not get to see a Navy Band or to learn about the Navy in general.”

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Devonport Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, a jazz tribute to the music of INXS, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au     

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Council’s approved budget shows minimal rate rise

The Devonport City Council’s 2019/20 Budget – approved at tonight’s Council meeting – includes a general rate rise equating to little more than half of the Consumer Price Index for most ratepayers.

Over the past five years while the CPI has increased by 8.1% the city’s general rate has only risen by 2.1%, which included four consecutive years of zero increases.

Most property owners will pay an extra $10-$20 in their general rate plus a $10 increase in their waste management charge, the first increase in waste charges in two years.

The majority of commercial customers, who receive three times the collection frequency of residential customers, will see an increase of $30 in their waste management charge, but no increase in their general rate.

Mayor Rockliff also said Council had to factor into its Budget a 5.14% increase in the State Fire Levy.  “Ratepayers need to remember this is a State Government charge, and one which Council is required to collect and forward directly to them,” she said.

Mayor Rockliff said the Budget would ensure Devonport remained in a strong position while continuing to provide value for money for ratepayers and deliver on an exciting plan for the future.

The 2019/20 Capital Works program outlines a total spend of $16.79 million, with almost $4 million expected to come from external funding.

Among the public open space and recreation projects to be undertaken are a renovation of the main Valley Road soccer ground ($182,000), a Mersey Bluff inclusive playground ($96,000) and a new Bluff Beach accessible ramp ($100,000).

The Northern Rooke Street renewal ($1 million), a resealing program ($700,000), Coastal Pathway contribution ($600,000), Holyman Street road surface and footpath renewal ($490,000), Berrigan Road-Lyons Avenue intersection safety improvements ($400,000 funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program), Fenton and Stewart Streets intersection safety improvements ($415,000 also funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program), Stewart Street renewal from William to Gunn Streets ($405,000) are the major transport projects while the $1 million Oldaker Street (eastern end) stormwater catchment is the main stormwater project.

$150,000 has also been allocated for the construction of toilet facilities at the new Miandetta Park playground.

Mayor Rockliff said the coming financial year promised to be an active time in Devonport with early work having begun on the privately funded $40 million hotel development on the corner of Best and Rooke Streets, a continuation of the LIVING CITY masterplan strategy.

The Waterfront Park is a $15 million construction project which will be two-thirds funded by a $10 million Federal Government grant. The construction tender for the project is expected to be let in August.

 

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Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au  

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Mayor’s Message – 25 June 2019

A reminder that Expressions of Interest for membership of Council’s Special Interest and Working Groups will close tomorrow.

The period of membership will be from August 2019 until June 2021.

The Expression of Interest Form, and some background information on the groups, can be found on the Council website by visiting http://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/Council/Meetings/Special-Interest-Groups/2019-Special-Interest-Groups-Expression-of-Interest.

For further information contact Danielle O’Brien, at Council, on 6424 0511.

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It is just over a month until the 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival will begin.

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience you can purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at the Devonport Jazz website

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A reminder that you only have until tomorrow to have your say on when you would like the Devonport Show Day Public Holiday to be held post 2020.

The Devonport City Council is currently seeking input from the community regarding a shift of the public holiday from the last Friday in November – formerly Devonport Show Day – to an alternate day, given the Show no longer operates.

While the final decision will be made by the State Government, and Council has no power to determine the date, Council believes it is important that the community has some say in the decision-making process.

The public can express their view by choosing between five options:

  • The Thursday of Agfest (the first Thursday in May)
  • A date between July and the end of September
  • The Friday of the Devonport Jazz Festival
  • The Friday before the AFL grand final or;
  • As it currently is (the last Friday in November)

You can visit the Speak Up Devonport page on Council’s website to access the survey.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Giles jazzes up the music of INXS

On first reflection INXS and jazz are not two words most music lovers would put together – but Cam Giles has proven that the music of the rock legends fits well within the jazz genre.

“(I know) It is a funny thing, but it is in the way you sing them and the way you feel the songs which makes it work,” Giles said.

“It is not super traditional jazz but more of a pop jazz vibe and not too laid back. I like that pop structure in music.”

Giles will perform his jazz tribute to INXS – INXSessive – at the Devonport Jazz Festival on Saturday 27 July with a three-course meal, show and glass of wine for $65 a head at the La Pomme Brassiere, at 16 Fenton Street. Bookings are essential and can be made by telephoning 6424 492.

The Brisbane-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist first met the band in the late 1980s at famous Sydney recording studio Rhinoceros, where both his band, Gank, and INXS were recording at the time.

“We crossed paths and got to know them a bit. They were very busy and very famous at that time,” Cam recalled.

“Paula Jones (a recording engineer at the studio) suggested to Michael that maybe we (Cam and then writing partner Kirke Godfrey) could do a track,” Cam recalled

That track was Nail it Down, which was never recorded by INXS but forms part of the tribute show covering the band’s music from 1987 to 1997.

Giles – who started singing jazz about 12 years ago at the suggestion of a friend – said the impact of INXS on not only the Australian music scene but worldwide could not be over-estimated.

“They were incredible,” he said.

“Everything about them was so worldly and they were so committed to their one mission, something you don’t always see in bands.

“Michael was so sensual in the way he sang; he was great and such a nice person.”

The stage show follows the release of the album Cam Giles – A Jazz Tribute To INXS, which is available through Ambition Records/Sony Music.

Giles will be joined on stage by Brett Rosenberg (piano), Lance Sua (guitar), Gavin Pearce (bass), Ryan Menenzes (drums) and Damon Grant (saxophone).

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au

 

A Digital press kit featuring images can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pczWGRmWPlFDJJwm1mWOJMj8PaH3Rs5R

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