Mayor’s Message – 18 February 2020

A reminder that the Sea FM and 7AD Fire Relief Concert will be held in the Town Hall on Friday night from 7 pm.

Council is supporting the concert through the provision of necessary facilities, equipment and staffing.

The total estimated commercial value of Council’s contribution to the event, including venue hire, ticketing fees, equipment hire and staffing is between $10,000 and $12,000.

The concert will feature Delilah Hanniford – an incredibly young talent, who writes and performs her own songs, Channel IV – one of our best up and coming Rock Bands and Wake the Neighbours – an exceptional high-quality local cover band.

They will be followed by nationally-acclaimed Tasmanian band Wolfe Brothers, who will do an acoustics set.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $28 and children under 16 – $18 with no other concessions/student/group

Tickets can be purchased through the paranaple arts centre box office, on line at www.paranapleartscentre.com.au or by telephone by calling the box office on 6420 2900.

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As part of the 2020/21 budget consultation process Devonport City Council is inviting community members to put forward their ideas for projects and initiatives which they feel will benefit the community.

This is the fifth year that Council has sought input from the community into the budget process.

The consultation process is the perfect opportunity for interested community members to help shape the delivery of City projects and infrastructure.

By taking this out to the community, it allows Devonport residents and ratepayers to have direct input into Council’s budget and decision-making process.  All suggestions made will be considered by Council as part of the annual budgeting cycle.

The consultation process has proven successful in the past. Council has already either implemented or ear marked several projects that were suggested by community members in previous budget consultation processes.

Projects which have flowed from the consultation process in recent years include the construction of an enclosed dog exercise area,  providing lighting along sections of Victoria Parade, further development of the month-long Festival of Learning and modifications to the Middle Road/Bass Highway off ramp.

Ideas can be submitted through www.speakupdevonport.com.au, by emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au, by completing a form available from Council’s Customer Service Centre or in writing to PO Box 604, Devonport, Tas, 7310.

The consultation period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, 28 February 2020.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Tickets now available for International Women’s Week events

Tickets are now available to purchase for a range of International Women’s Week events being facilitated by the Devonport City Council commencing on Wednesday 5 March.

The events include luncheons, film events, a self-defence class, social evenings and a range of inspiring local guest speakers.

Activities will culminate with the announcement of the Diamonds of Devonport at a cocktail party in the paranaple convention centre at 6.00 pm on Thursday 12 March.

Diamonds will be recognised in the categories of Personal Achievement, Community Achievement, Business Achievement and Young Achiever, for those under 30.

Tickets for the event cost $25 and are available from www.devonporttickets.com.au or on level 2 at Council’s customer service centre  in the paranaple centre.

A panel of local women will share their journeys and insights on how to succeed in all aspects of life at a free ‘Each for Equal’ event on Tuesday 10 March at 6 p.m. in the paranaple convention centre.

Attendees will hear from gemologist and jewellery valuer and long-serving community volunteer Margaret Fay, Department of Education administrator and hockey player, coach and mentor Jan Robertson, successful hospitality entrepreneur and mother of four Claire Fielding and artist and volunteer fire fighter Tara Felts.

The evening, with respected international hockey umpire Minka Woolley as the MC, is free and a light supper will be included.

Bookings are essential and can be made through https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/each-for-equal-panel-discussion-tickets-93026319225

The Zonta Club of Devonport will host an evening soiree on Thursday 5 March at the Zest Café and former Braddon MHR Justine Keay will be the guest speaker at a free Care Forward luncheon on Tuesday 10 March.

Devonport-based lawyer and Law Society president Crystal Garwood will be the guest speaker at a Soroptimists Celebrating Women social evening on Wednesday 11 March.

The full program of events can be found at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/events/international-womens-week/?occurrence=2020-03-05

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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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Billy Ward brings his Iraq adventure to Devonport

Billy Ward may not be a household name – but in the world of motorcycles, he is a legend!

Billy, pictured above, is the manager and right-hand man of English TV presenter, travel writer and actor Charley Boorman, who has documented many of his extraordinary motorbike adventures including two with close friend actor Ewan McGregor.

Among two wheeled road warriors Biketruck Billy is just as well-known and regularly leads motorcycle tours in Australia, Southern Africa and Morocco.

His most recent escapade was to one of the most dangerous war zones in the world – Iraq.

And he will bring that story to the big stage at the paranaple convention centre on Friday 13 March at 7.30 p.m.

Discover how Billy ends up riding a second-hand police motorcycle to Mosul in Iraq with Claudio von Planta (the cameraman from the Long Way Round television series which followed McGregor and Boorman 31,000 km from London to New York on motorcycles).

According to Billy, the adventure started in a familiar way.

“It started – as so many good stories do – with excessive alcohol consumption and ended up with a trip through a war zone,” he said.

“It was one of the most exciting adventures of my life. Though standing on the front line in Mosul – surrounded by military of one type or another – listening to the coalition jets above made me ponder What am I doing here?”

Listen as Billy tells his story about the people of this ancient and important part of the world.

Gain an understanding of the impact of unrelenting unrest, and the effect of US intervention and withdrawal.

Be amazed as he recounts a trip he calls “exciting, funny and sad.”

“Claudio opened up my eyes to many things – political, social, economic, power and control.”

“Our legacy, if we have one should be our understanding. My story is about how I fell into this adventure and how wonderfully good and bad, people can be.”

SHOW DETAILS:

90 minutes (inc. 15-minute interval)

TICKETS:

Adults $25

Concession $22

Town Hall Theatre Members $22

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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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Council appoints new Deputy General Manager

Devonport City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Jeffrey Griffith as the new Deputy General Manager.

Mr Griffith was previously the Executive Manager Corporate Services.

Prior to joining Council two years ago, Mr Griffith was General Manager of ICT company Anderson Morgan and spent 16 years with multi-billion dollar top 40 ASX listed corporation WesTrac Pty Ltd in a variety of roles including IT Manager, Chief Information Officer and General Manager (Project Management Office).

It follows the recent appointment of former Deputy General Manager Matthew Atkins to the role of General Manager.

Mr Griffith will retain oversight of most of the corporate functions previously under his direction, along with the Community Services team and the Development & Health Department.

“Jeff has been with Council for two years now and has led to some significant organisational improvements during this time. Jeff has a professional and disciplined leadership style and extensive executive experience and I am sure he will make a positive impact in his new role,” Mr Atkins said.

Kym Peebles will take on responsibility for Finance, in addition to her existing oversight of Human Resources and the Arts and Convention Department as Executive Manager People & Finance.

A new position of Executive Manger City Growth will be advertised this weekend and has been created to focus on Council’s priority of driving development and growth within the City

Mr Atkins said the changes better aligned Council’s priorities.

“It maintains a relatively lean structure for an organisation our size with the executive team limited to only four people,” he said.

“There has been a small realignment of responsibilities within the executive team to ensure Council’s priorities are well aligned to the delivery of quality services to the community.”

“They are based on my belief that overall we have very good people and generally the organisation is in a good place. It is about building on what we have, rather than wholesale change.”

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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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HMAS Stuart to be granted Freedom of Entry to Devonport

The Devonport community is invited to cheer on the crew of Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Stuart as 180 officers and sailors perform a Freedom of Entry Parade through the city at midday on 29 February.

The Anzac-class helicopter frigate will visit Devonport, its ceremonial home port, from 28 February until 1 March.

The parade will begin at the cenotaph on Victoria Parade with the crew marching to the Rooke Street Mall for the “challenge’’ component of the ceremony.

HMAS Stuart was last granted Freedom of Entry in 2014.

According to Australia Protocol and Procedures 2007: “The practice of Freedom of Entry originated in medieval Europe, when special privilege of entry within the walls of cities might be granted to a band of armed men, entry otherwise denied to them because of the threat of attacks and looting.  The Freedom of Entry permitted the armed band to march through the granting city ‘with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and in full panoply of regalia’.’’

The practice is now ceremonial, representing the highest honour bestowed by a military unit.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said the vessel had a close association with the city and it was appropriate that such an honour was afforded to the crew for a second time.

“Granting permission for the Freedom of Entry to the HMAS Stuart is deemed a privilege, honour and distinction,” she said.

“And the close association with the city meant it was a request Council was only to happy to agree to when first approached by Royal Australian Navy.”

Cr Rockliff said the 2014 ceremony was well attended by the public and she was confident the community would turn out for the February event.

The visit coincides with the Devonport Regatta and Triathlon which are timed to occur over the same weekend.

CAPTION: HMAS Stuart’s crew participating in the 2014 Freedom of Entry ceremony.

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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 – 11 February 2020

Over 800 students enjoyed education programs at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre in 2019 and we want more to experience the Centre in 2020.

The BSMC will host an Education Famil on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 4-7pm for Secondary and Primary educators.

It is s an opportunity to visit the updated centre, learn about some of the programs on offer and discuss your 2020 curriculum and activity requirements.

You can RSVP by telephoning the centre on  6424 7100 or by email to bookings@bassstraitmc.com.au

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Details have been finalised for the Sea FM and 7AD Fire Relief Concert, which will be held in the Town Hall on Friday 21 February from 7 pm until 10 pm.

Council is supporting the concert through the provision of necessary facilities, equipment and staffing.

The total estimated commercial value of Council’s contribution to the event, including venue hire, ticketing fees, equipment hire and staffing is between $10,000 and $12,000.

The concert will feature Delilah Hanniford – an incredibly young talent, who writes and performs her own songs, Channel IV – one of our best up and coming Rock Bands and Wake the Neighbours – an exceptional high-quality local cover band.

They will be followed by nationally-acclaimed Tasmanian band Wolfe Brothers, who will do an acoustics set.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $28 and Child U 16 – $18 with no other concessions/student/group

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through the paranaple arts centre box office, on line at www.paranapleartscentre.com.au or by telephone by calling the box office on 6420 2900.

As of mid-January, the 2019/2020 national bushfire season has burned an estimated 46 million acres, levelled 5900 buildings and claimed 29 lives. has burned an estimated 46 million acres, levelled 5900 buildings and claimed 29 lives.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Community input invited for 2020/21 Council Budget

As part of the 2020/21 budget consultation process Devonport City Council is inviting community members to put forward their ideas for projects and initiatives which they feel will benefit the community.

This is the fifth year that Council has sought input from the community into the budget process.

Devonport City Council Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said the consultation process was the perfect opportunity for interested community members to help shape the delivery of City projects and infrastructure.

“By taking this out to the community, it allows Devonport residents and ratepayers to have direct input into Council’s budget and decision-making process.  All suggestions made will be considered by Council as part of the annual budgeting cycle.”

“The consultation process has proven successful in the past. Council has already either implemented or ear marked several projects that were suggested by community members in previous budget consultation processes.

“Projects which have flowed from the consultation process in recent years include the construction of an enclosed dog exercise area, providing lighting along sections of Victoria Parade, further development of the month-long Festival of Learning and modifications to the Middle Road/Bass Highway off ramp.”

Ideas can be submitted through www.speakupdevonport.com.au, by emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au, by completing a form available from Council’s Customer Service Centre or in writing to PO Box 604, Devonport, Tas, 7310.

The consultation period will close at 5 p.m. on Monday 2 March 2020.

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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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Beyond Sight – A tactile exhibition to open at Devonport Regional Gallery

Beyond Sight – a multi-sensory exhibition in which visitors can explore the artworks through touch, sound, smell, sight and imagination – will begin a month-long showing at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Saturday.

Katrin Terton’s evocative, interactive and immersive experience contemplates inclusion of the broadest audience by making her works meaningfully accessible to people of all ages and abilities with particular regard to people with low or no vision.

The exhibition challenges the prevailing paradigm of inclusion by revealing that the experience of those with impairments is both valid and rich, then including other members of the audience in that appreciation. This not only levels the playing field for participation, it also reminds the whole audience of the benefit of using all of their available senses to understand their world.

Katrin’s practice is conceptual, comprising sculptural works created principally from organic or salvaged materials and found objects.

She intends to instil thoughts and generate conversation about the built and natural environment. The exhibition is informed by Katrin’s ambition to create non-prescriptive works to encourage the audience to interpret each piece through the lens of their respective individual biographies and imaginations.

This exhibition incorporates three key elements: the multi-sensory artworks and installations which can be explored through various senses, an audio-visual presentation of interviews about the lived experience of blindness within a vision-centric culture and the opportunity for audience members to be creative themselves.

Katrin Terton is based in Queensland. She Studied art at Miami Dade College, Florida, USA. She has a

Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy and Art Education from HKS, University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Ottersberg, Germany and she is currently enrolled in Masters’ studies in Counselling with a focus on expressive therapies.

Exhibition Dates: 15 February – 15 March 2020

Official Opening: Opening: Friday 28 February, 6pm

Image details: Katrin Terton, Driftsongs

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Geoff Dobson
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gdobson@devonport.tas.gov.au
T. 6424 0577 M. 0419 505 838

 

 

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Ageing Stronger, Active Longer

During Senior Week 2017 Devonport City Council trialed a fitness program for seniors called: Active Stronger, Active Longer. It proved popular and soon became a regular staple class, growing over time to three classes a week with up to 40 people attending at a time!

The low impact sessions are designed to help improve strength, balance and coordination of Senior Citizens.

Sessions include 30-40 minutes of exercise, afternoon tea and occasionally industry guest speakers.

When:
During School Terms

Where:

Devonport Recreation Centre (Table Tennis Building), 34 Forbes Street, Devonport.
East Devonport Recreation and Function Centre, 67 Caroline Street, East Devonport.
Phone: 03 6424 4109
Email: council@devonport.tas.gov.au

Cost: Gold coin donation per person

 

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East Devonport Boot Camp

2016 saw Devonport City Council join with East Devonport Child and Family Centre and Youth, Family and Community Connections to provide a family orientated Boot Camp in East Devonport.

Suitable for families with children aged 5-12years of all abilities, the program includes, games, sport, afternoon tea and the occasional special guests.

Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian, and adults are encouraged to participate.

When: Wednesdays, 3.30-4.30pm East Devonport Recreation and Function Centre – during school terms

Where: East Devonport Recreation and Function Centre, 67 Caroline Street, East Devonport.

Phone: 03 6424 4109

Email: council@devonport.tas.gov.au

Cost: Free

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