Extensive capital works program unveiled in draft Budget

The Devonport City Council’s draft 2019/20 Budget includes a $16.79 million capital works program.

It consists of $1.32 million for public open space and recreation; $6.29 million for transport; $1.29 million for stormwater and $6 million for the Waterfront Park. Almost $4 million is expected to come from external funding.

But, it comes at little extra cost to ratepayers with Council able to keep the average general rate increase around 1.1% for next financial year which is well below the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.1%.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said it was a positive result and evidence of Council’s prudent financial management. “Council is extremely proud that over the past 5 years while the CPI has increased 8.1% the general rate has only increased an average of 2.1% which included four consecutive years of zero increases.”

“In simple terms the impact on next year’s rates means 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 since the 2016/17 year,” she said.

“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 and for the sixth year straight no increase in the general rate.”

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 but subject to $54,160 in external funding) 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.

Cr 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.

Cr 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.”

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

Council will hold an Information Session from 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 12 June in the Aberdeen Room, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport, which is open to all interested residents and ratepayers.

It will formally consider the adoption of its 2019/20 budget at its meeting on Monday 24 June 2019.

 

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Southern Rooke Street Renewal Project completed

The Devonport City Council’s $1 million Southern Rooke Street Renewal Project has been completed.

Over the last few months the section from Stewart Street to Steele Street has been transformed with nine off-street car parking spaces added, including four free 15 minute spaces.

Other features of the project have included:

  • Wider footpaths constructed with exposed aggregate concrete and stone pavers
  • Additional trees and plantings
  • A raised intersection at King St to slow traffic and provide safer crossing points and;
  • New street furniture.

Mayor Annette Rockliff thanked retailers in the area for their patience during the construction phase.

“Council understands that it has not been easy for them during the construction phase but certainly the end result is a more appealing streetscape which we hope will encourage shoppers to visit,” she said.

“And that will not only be helped by more off-street parking but also the public car park between Steele Street and King Street which was developed by Council.”

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All abilities beach access ramp at East Devonport opened

An East Devonport beach access project which aimed to provide a well-designed formal access point to the East Devonport beach has been opened.

The ramp aims to increase the unstructured recreation, social and education opportunities for people of all abilities.

Work has involved weed control/revegetation along foreshore, the construction of a fibre composite ramp with handrails as required and a path linking to the existing footpath.

Council project managed and undertook the works on behalf of the Rotary Club of Devonport South-East.

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff said while it was initially considered for families with prams, the ramp would also benefit the elderly and people with other ailments, such as arthritic knees.

The ramp is located on the eastern side of the existing parking area off Melrose Street.

The project cost $58,593 with $47,083 from the Tasmanian Community Fund, $7,790 from Council and $ 3,720 in kind.

Representatives from the Council, Tasmanian Community Fund and the Rotary Club attended today’s opening.

 

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2019-2020 Budget Community Information Forum Presentation

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Dog agility area up and running

Devonport City Council has opened a dog agility area at the eastern end of the dog exercise park on Steele Street near the Splash Aquatic Centre.

After many requests from park users, Council included the agility area in last year’s Capital Works budget.

Council approached local community groups and businesses to see if there was any interest with assisting.

As a result, Hudson Civil Products, Beaurepaires Devonport and Zanes Bikes and Bits kindly donated some additional materials.

The Devonport Men’s Shed also took up an offer to construct the equipment at their Middle Road facility.

A water drinking fountain will be installed near the park entrance on the western boundary which can be easily accessed by users of the park and people using the Don track network.

After attending Thursday afternoon’s opening, Mayor Annette Rockliff said she was sure the facility would prove popular.

“There are certainly a lot of dog owners in Devonport who are keen to give their animals more exercise than a gentle stroll and this venue will prove very popular in helping local dogs to let of a bit of steam,” she said.

It is also great to se the amount of community involvement in the development of the agility area and I wish to thank the companies who became involved as well as the Men’s Shed.”

 PICTURE CAPTION: Enjoying the new dog agility area are (from left): Kaye Murfet and her dog Holli, Mayor Annette Rockliff, JoHanna Robertson, with her son Finn and dog Betty.

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Parmi Day raised $335 for local dog charities

A group of young people in Devonport have done their bit to support the work of the Devonport RSPCA and Devonport Dogs Home with a fundraising Parmi Drive.

Participants of the Square Peg Project raised $335 by selling chicken parmigiana to Devonport City Council staff.

 It is the second time participants have used the popular dinner dish to fundraise for a worthy cause. Last year they created the idea to do a Parma for a Farmer and $245 was raised for flood affected farmers in Queensland.

The Square Peg Project is an initiative for young people – including those disengaged from education and employment – which aims to increase their knowledge, skills, self-esteem, wellbeing, health and fitness through a fun, no cost and accessible physical fitness and wellbeing program.

It supports the establishment and maintenance of positive relationships, social connections, healthy eating and physical fitness behaviours, through self-empowering young people.

Key components of the program are physical activity and healthy meal preparation and eating.

It is based at the Devonport Recreation Centre which offers two kitchens, stadium, meeting room, gym, parking and open spaces.

The project is coordinated by Devonport City Council and delivered using shared staff resources with Space Learning.

It allows young people to participate in 30 minutes of recreational activity followed by them learning how to cook nutritious meals with the participants being able to take home food at the end of the Tuesday sessions.

Nic Page, Program Manager-Space Learning, said: “The engagement & participation from our attendees to the program has been fantastic. This program has helped them engage and develop in life skills that might not have been able to be achieved without the professionalism and involvement from Council staff.”

Mayor Annette Rockliff praised the initiative of the young people to not only seek to raise money for a worthy cause but to also be willing to put in the time required to make it happen.

“It is heartening to see young people actively seeking to make things better for others within their community by committing to such fundraising efforts,” she said.

 

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Southern Rooke Street Renewal Project completed

The Devonport City Council’s $1 million Southern Rooke Street Renewal Project has been completed.

Over the last few months the section from Stewart Street to Steele Street has been transformed with nine off-street car parking spaces added, including four free 15 minute spaces.

Other features of the project have included:

  • Wider footpaths constructed with exposed aggregate concrete and stone pavers
  • Additional trees and plantings
  • A raised intersection at King St to slow traffic and provide safer crossing points and;
  • New street furniture.

Mayor Annette Rockliff thanked retailers in the area for their patience during the construction phase.

“Council understands that it has not been easy for them during the construction phase but certainly the end result is a more appealing streetscape which we hope will encourage shoppers to visit,” she said.

“And that will not only be helped by more off-street parking but also the public car park between Steele Street and King Street which was developed by Council.”

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

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Mayor’s Message – 11 June 2019

As part of Men’s Health Week men are being offered the chance to get a Pit Stop health check up at the Devonport Football Club between 6pm and 8pm tomorrow, Wednesday 12 June.

Pit Stop is a health program which aims to engage men of all ages by likening areas of the body to parts in a car.

It is run as a series of ‘stations’, each involving a quick, simple health check.

The environment of the Pit Stop ‘stations’ is non-medical, and is a comfortable and fun setting which allows participants to overcome any apprehension they may have about going to a doctor, or presenting with a specific problem.

Health professionals will be in attendance and able to give advice through the following ‘stations.’

  • Fuel – Alcohol
  • Exhaust – Smoking
  •  Oil pressure – Blood Pressure
  • Head gasket – Stress
  • Duco/spark plugs – Skin and testicular cancer
  • Fluffy dice – Gambling
  • Alignment – Life balance, self-care

I was pleased recently to receive a letter from the Mayor of the New Zealand city of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, thanking our city for the messages of condolences sent from local residents following the terror attack on the city’s Muslim community in March.

More than 100 people were killed or injured when a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the city during Friday morning prayers

Mayor Dalziel said the response locally, nationally and internationally had been inspired by love, compassion and kindness.

“From our local Muslim brothers and sisters we have heard of the infinite capacity for forgiveness,” she said

“An act that was designed to divide us has united us as a city and as a nation.

“And the message has gone out around the world that this is how to respond to terrorism – not with retribution, but with generosity of mind and spirit, as we build bridges across cities and across the world.”

She said that, as a city, Christchurch had chosen not to be defined by what happened on that day, but rather for all the goodness that it had inspired, and the knowledge that we all can all make a difference.

“Thank you once more for your message and for the commitment to being the change we all want to see in the world.”

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

 

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Extensive capital works program unveiled in draft Budget

he Devonport City Council’s draft 2019/20 Budget includes a $16.79 million capital works program.

It consists of $1.32 million for public open space and recreation; $6.29 million for transport; $1.29 million for stormwater and $6 million for the Waterfront Park. Almost $4 million is expected to come from external funding.

But, it comes at little extra cost to ratepayers with Council able to keep the average general rate increase around 1.1% for next financial year which is well below the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.1%.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said it was a positive result and evidence of Council’s prudent financial management. “Council is extremely proud that over the past 5 years while the CPI has increased 8.1% the general rate has only increased an average of 2.1% which included four consecutive years of zero increases.”

“In simple terms the impact on next year’s rates means 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 since the 2016/17 year,” she said.

“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 and for the sixth year straight no increase in the general rate.”

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 but subject to $54,160 in external funding) 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.

Cr 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.

Cr 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.”

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

Council will hold an Information Session from 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 12 June in the Aberdeen Room, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport, which is open to all interested residents and ratepayers.

It will formally consider the adoption of its 2019/20 budget at its meeting on Monday 24 June 2019.

 

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

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Expressions of Interest sought for working groups

The Devonport City Council has called for Expressions of Interest for membership of Council’s Special Interest and Working Groups.

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

The Devonport Special Committees established under Section 24 of the Local Government Act 1993 are:

  • East Devonport Special Interest Group – provides advice to Council about future development of East Devonport.
  • Liveable City Special Interest Group – ensures a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to developing Devonport as a liveable city for residents and visitors alike.
  • Devonport Jazz Working Group – provides advice to Council on the Devonport Jazz program and projects.
  • Devonport Food and Wine Working Group – provides advice to Council on the Devonport Food and Wine program and projects.
  • paranaple arts centre Special Advisory Committee – provides advice to Council on strategic planning, promotion and accessibility of the Gallery and arts as an integral part of Devonport’s cultural life.
  • Active City Special Interest Group – provides an opportunity for community members with a knowledge and background in sport and recreation to provide a forum through which Council can consult with and receive advice and guidance on the future of sport and recreation development within the City of Devonport.
  • Maritime and Heritage Special Interest Group – provides advice to Council about increasing access to and promoting cultural heritage as an integral part of Devonport’s culture and to provide input into maritime and heritage facilities/services and partnerships/programs/activities and events.

The Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said members played an important role in helping to shape the city and some of its events and she encouraged all interested people to lodge an Expression of Interest.

“On behalf of Council I wish to thank all those who have previously served for their time and effort to date.  Council thanks you and we encourage them to submit an Expression of Interest to continue,” she said.

“Likewise Council would encourage anyone else who has a special interest in one or more of the groups to put their name forward.”

Expressions of Interest can be submitted up until Wednesday, 26 June 2019.

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

 

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