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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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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Devonport Jazz

Devonport Jazz is an award winning annual musical festival held in Devonport on the Tasmanian North West Coast every July.

The Festival takes place in a variety of venues across the city, from the paranaple convention centre and Town Hall Theatre, to arts venues, cafes, restaurants, pubs, churches and community halls.

Devonport Jazz is a celebration of all jazz genres, with each festival program aimed to appeal to young and old, to enthusiasts and those new to the musical style.

As one of Australia’s leading jazz festivals we feature the very best Australian and Tasmanian jazz musicians, together with international jazz collaborations and emerging artists.

Devonport Jazz is proudly presented by Devonport City Council

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Devonport Jazz

Devonport Jazz – an initiative of the Devonport City Council

Devonport Jazz is an annual jazz festival held on the last weekend in July. The aim of the program has always been to include a mix of jazz music from traditional jazz to modern jazz, latin to funk fusion and an increasing blues component. 

Artists from the mainland, Tasmania and overseas feature in a series of concerts, dances and dinners.  As well as being a showcase for some of the best interstate and local jazz musicians, the festival incorporates education, visual art and film.  

The festival promotes live performance and encourages patronage of local venues and businesses through association with Devonport Jazz. 

 

Check the Devonport Jazz Website for further details

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ABC RADIO Live Broadcast

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This is your only chance to see most of the festival’s top shelf performers in one place, to preview some festival highlights, meet the musicians and get into the swing of Devonport Jazz with Piia Wirsu and ABC Northern Tasmania’s Drive program.

Aberdeen Room, Level 2, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport

Free, general public welcome, limited seating

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Yesterday’s Gentlemen in Forth

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Yesterday’s Gentlemen have been swingin’, rockin’ and jivin’ round Hobart town for five years and just like the music of yesteryear from which they take their inspiration, they’re here to stay. They specialise in all the groovin’ Americana feels; from Jump-Jive and early Rock ‘n’ Roll all the way back to Jazz, Blues and the music of New Orleans.

Situated on the banks of the Forth River and built in the late 1800’s, the Bridge Hotel (A.K.A. the Forth Pub) has kept its charm and continues a tradition of live music, great food and welcoming atmosphere.

Dinner bookings from 6pm, music from 8.30pm

The Bridge Hotel, 393 Leith Road, Forth

$55 two-course dinner and show

$15 show only

Bookings essential (03) 6428 2239

 

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Ondine at Home Hill

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This charming duo echoes the lamenting Celtic tale of the Selkie.  Offering an avant-garde slant on folk, jazz and blues repertoire.  The duo converts selected works into a seductive fusion. Expect snippets of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Patty Waters, Marianne Faithfull, Nina Simone, Billy Holliday, Bjork, Give Beauty, Grand Salvo and Fade for Falling Ember.  Ondine features the stunning work of Nicholas Mercer on the acoustic cello/vocal harmonies and beautiful lead vocals from Urshula Leung.   FInd out more about Ondine here.

 Historical Home Hill was built in 1916 by Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and his wife Dame Enid Lyons. This National Trust treasure offers a glimpse in to the home and family life of Australia’s first couple of the 1930’s.

Home Hill, 77 Middle Road, Devonport

Adult $30, Concession $25

Bookings essential (03) 6424 8055

Limited bar available

 

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Providore Place  SpeakEasy 

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The Southern Wild Distillery SpeakEasy Bar continues with all your favourite prohibition cocktails and quick bites to match. 

Live music from 5.30pm. Jam sessions planned from 10.30pm (wonder who will turn up tonight!) Come in before or after your show or stay for ours!  Warm and cosy atmosphere and some great eats. 

5pm – late 

Providore Place,17 Oldaker Street, Devonport 

Free Entry 

 

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