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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Jacqui Surtees | Executive Officer| Devonport City Council
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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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Maree Brodzinski | Event Officer | Devonport City Council
03 6424 0510 | 0408 079 805 | mbrodzinski@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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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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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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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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