2020 Festival of Learning opens 1 September

It’s time to spring back to life post COVID-19! During September, The Living and Learning Steering Group, supported by the Devonport City Council, encourages the community to focus on learning.

This year, the Festival of Learning is a little different, but the Living and Learning Steering Group have put together a blended program of online and face to face learning activities, or celebrations of learning.

The Festival of Learning aims to recognise the learning that is happening in the community, whilst introducing new learning opportunities and raising the profile of learning within the area. Courses available throughout the month include cooking, craft, reading, writing, public speaking, gardening and sustainable living

The Festival embraces learning in many different formats including formal and informal, inside, outside and online events and activities provided by different organisations and individuals, for all ages and stages of life.

Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff, thinks it is important that we embrace life-long learning. “Learning helps to build a better future for ourselves and the community, and the Festival of Learning will provide an opportunity for people to get out and about again and to take advantage of some great learning experiences.”

The 2020 Festival will open on 1st September, with the program available at http://livingandlearningdevonport.com.au/events/

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Changes to end of year events

The Devonport City Council has approved changes to two of Council’s major end of year events – the annual Christmas parade and the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

At the Council Meeting on Monday 24 August 2020, the decision was made to cancel New Year’s Eve celebrations in its usual format, however, Council is looking at ways to support the community to celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of a new year, while still keeping the community COVID safe.

This was a difficult decision, however due to the level of planning and organisation that is required to deliver these events, it was necessary for Council to consider the matter in light of the current COVID-19 restrictions for public events, which make large scale events such as the parade and New Year’s Eve very difficult to manage.

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of Council events, programs and activities have either been cancelled or modified as a result of restrictions imposed for public events arising from COVID-19.

Council is planning to run smaller COVID-19 safe community events throughout December and will allocate the subsequent budget surplus to community social recovery actions.

Devonport City Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff acknowledged that Council’s Community Services team has been intent on keeping the community connected during the COVID-19 pandemic and is looking forward to seeing what activities will be promoted for the Christmas period.

“The Christmas/New Year period is often an exciting time of the year, especially for the children in our community, and whilst the decision to cancel New Year’s Eve celebrations has been difficult, I am confident that Council will provide a variety of events that capture the community spirit and enable us to celebrate in a COVID safe environment,” Cr Rockliff said.

A decision to cancel the Christmas Parade will be made on 1 October 2020, should the capacity of outdoor events not be lifted from 500 people.

Devonport Carols by Candlelight Convenor, Mrs Sue Jordan, has also confirmed that Carols by Candlelight will not be going ahead due to the present and expected restrictions of COVID-19.

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Devonport City Council’s 2020/21 Community Financial Assistance Scheme

Applications are now open for the Devonport City Council’s 2020/21 Community Financial Assistance Scheme, with Council seeking to support the community through a wide range of activities, initiatives and programs.
This year, in addition to the regular Major and Minor grant categories, Council has introduced a COVID-19 Impact Assistance Grant.
Councillor Leon Perry, Chair of the COVID-19 Response Committee, said that a number of not for profit community organisations within the Devonport local government area have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
“Council is keen to provide assistance to those organisations who have suffered a financial loss due to COVID-19 limitations or restrictions” Cr Perry said.
Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said the financial assistance scheme provided valuable financial support to help local community groups, clubs and organisations deliver important projects and programs for the benefit of residents, and she is pleased that the scheme has been extended to include COVID-19 assistance.
“Community groups, clubs and organisations play a vital role in helping create a healthier, stronger and more vibrant Devonport community, and this is one way in which Council can assist them undertake their important work’’ Cr Rockliff said.
“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.
Applications for Major and Minor grants, and the COVID-19 Impact Assistance grants are now open and close on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.
Full information, including details of how to apply, is available on the Council website here.

The 2020/21 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:

·            17 August – 30 September 2020

·            1 January – 28 February 2021

Minor Grants Up to $3,000
Twice yearly:

·            17 August – 30 September 2020

·            1 January – 28 February 2021

 

COVID-19 Impact Assistance Grants Up to $2,500 Twice:

·            17 August – 30 September 2020

·            1 January – 28 February 2021

 

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

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Mayor’s Message – 12 August 2020

This weeks Mayor’s Message comes in the form of a video.

Watch online here as the Mayor discusses, Expressions of Interest for Seniors Week, Devonport Food and Wine, and more…

Mayor's Message, Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Posted by Devonport City Council on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station to be installed in the multi-level carpark

The second level of Devonport’s multi-story carpark has been chosen as the preferred location for an electric vehicle (EV)fast charging station.
Council first resolved to install a public use EV fast charge station at their meeting held 22 July 2019. Between August 2019 and January 2020, Council liaised with TasNetworks to identify existing substations near Council owned carparks which have sufficient capacity to supply the required power.
A report was considered at the July 2020 Council meeting which provided an assessment of two possible locations – the Formby Road carpark and the multi-level carpark. Accessibility and user/pedestrian safety, acceptable physical characteristics, impact on traffic/parking volumes, proximity to a substation and the ability to install additional EV chargers were deemed important criteria in determining the preferred location.
The multi-level carpark met the desired criteria, is close to the CBD and toilet amenities, allows the charging bays to be sheltered, is well lit and has existing good CCTV coverage.
Electric Highway Tasmania has been appointed as the preferred contractor to install and operate the charger. They will lease the site from Council and be responsible for all expenses and revenue generated from the charger.
The installation of the fast charging station is being funded by a $50,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government through the Electric Vehicle Charge Smart Grants Program, and an allocation of $50,000 in Council’s 2020/21 Capital Works Program.
Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff said, “Having a public, fast electric vehicle charging station in Devonport will be a valuable addition for both residents and visitors to the City.
“It is hoped the charging station will support the growing community of EVs in Tasmania and provide a convenient option for visitors to the state on extended travel.
“This initiative further supports Council’s objective of taking action to in reduce carbon emissions and have a positive impact on the environment.”
Installation of the charging station is expected to be complete by December 2020.
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Devonport Food and Wine

Devonport Food and Wine will look a bit different this year, but Devonport City Council is hoping to bring the month-long festival back this October with a selection of events that you can experience in person or from the comfort of your own couch.
“We understand that it is still problematic for many to get out and about in the world of COVID, so we would like to be able to offer a broad range of events and experiences, whatever people’s circumstances”, said the Chair of the Food and Wine Working Group, Councillor Lynn Laycock.
The Group is seeking Expressions of Interest from venues in and around Devonport, to host events throughout the annual festival.
“We’ve had a few ideas around possible online events including cooking demonstrations, producer tours, competitions, and virtual tastings, while still keeping some in-person events,” Cr Laycock said.
“We are very keen for venues to put their own spin on things and encourage them to think outside the box.
“In order to present a balanced calendar of events, we are seeking a variety of experiences that cater to different ages, wages and locations. Our event staff are available to discuss options and are keen to assist venues in developing an interesting and varied programme.”
Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff said that she is excited for this year’s event, “I congratulate the Working Group and staff on adapting to our current situation and I look forward to seeing what Devonport Food and Wine 2020 will look like.”
An Expression of Interest form can be found on the Devonport Food and Wine website or by contact the Events Team at MarketingandPromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au
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Mayor’s Message – 5 August 2020

The Devonport Regional Gallery is now calling for entries to the tidal.20: City of Devonport Tasmanian  Art Award 2020.

The $15,000 major acquisitive award is sponsored by Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.

The award is open to Tasmanian artists, or artists who reside interstate that have a strong connection with Tasmania.

To enter, or find our more information, go to the paranaple arts centre website.

Entries Close: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Exhibition Opening & Announcement of Winning Artist: Friday 4 December 2020
Exhibition Dates: 5 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

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Seniors Week (12-18 October) call for Expressions of Interest

This year Senior’s Week will be an opportunity for Tasmanians of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people within our community.

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.

Due to COVID-19, the calendar of events will look quite different to previous years.  All events will be required to observe COVID safety plans covering things such as hygiene and social distancing.

To be eligible for inclusion in the calendar, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 3 September 2020.  Application forms are available on Council’s website.

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Expressions of Interest are also being sought for Devonport Food and Wine.

To be held in October, the DFW calendar traditionally comprises food, beverage, and hospitality events staged in and around Devonport.  Our aim is to empower and educate the community, as well as offering social opportunities in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

Event organisers are encouraged to think ‘outside the square’ given the current situation and partner with like-minded organisations and producers to deliver a quality and memorable event.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Sunday 31 August 2020.

For more information, or to complete the Expression of Interest, please go to the Devonport Food and Wine website.

Devonport City Council recognises the immense benefits provided to our residents and visitors by local community organisations through the provision of activities and services.

Granting a full or partial remittance of the general rate is one method of supporting and assisting local non-profit organisations to cater for and respond to the needs of Devonport residents.

2020-2021 applications for Rates Remissions will be accepted between 1 July and 31 August and assessed in September.  Details on eligibility, conditions and the online application form can be found on Council’s website.

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Did you know that each week the Devonport Regional Gallery has ‘Creative Space at Home’ workshops?  Each week the Gallery provides online instructions to enable people to get creative in their own homes – why not try a paper portrait, or a stained-glass landscape?  All workshops are available on the paranaple arts centre website.

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Meetings with Council Officers – Phone and online meetings are still the preferred method of contact for meetings with Council Officers. In person meetings can be scheduled if necessary, however notification of any additional participants will need to be made in advance to ensure social distancing measures are met.

Council’s Customer Service can be contacted via:

Email – council@devonport.tas.gov.au

Phone: 0364240511

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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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 One Agency Collins Real Estate.
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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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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