Council waives six months of rent for sporting and community groups

The Devonport City Council will not charge a range of community and sporting groups – including childcare centres – rent for the first six month of the 2020-2021 financial year.

At its meeting earlier this week, Council’s COVID-19 Response Committee determined that rent would not be payable until 1 January 2021 for groups which fall under Council’s current Lease Policy.

Committee Chair Cr Leon Perry said the measure would provide further support to the clubs as they start to reopen and their facilities become available for training and, hopefully, some form of roster or competition.

“Council is also providing support for the childcare operators currently leasing Council properties because they also have been hit hard lately,” he said.

Council has also waived ground fees for the winter season to support clubs.

The Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said Council had been mindful of the financial strain placed on sporting and community groups by COVID-19.

“These organisations provide essential support to many within our community,” she said.

 

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Draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule on public display

The draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) is now on public exhibition from Monday 23 March 2020 until Friday 12 June 2020. The draft LPS will form part of the single state-wide planning scheme known as the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. Representations are invited on the draft LPS to be received by close of business on Friday 12 June 2020.

 

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Financial support for Devonport Farmers and Farm Workers

If you are a farmer, farm worker, farm supplier or farm contractor who is doing it tough due to the drought you may be eligible for a one off payment of up to $3,000. The Salvation Army is delivering assistance through the Australian Governments Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI – Round 2).  

To be eligible you need to be:

  • Over the age of 18 years
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Live and / or work in the Devonport Local Government Area 7310 postcode
  • Have not already received this payment from The Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul since 21 November 2019

The maximum amount a household can receive is $3,000.   If more than one eligible household members reside in the same residence, the total assistance provided to the household cannot exceed $3,000.

You can apply for the drought assistance online at www.salvationarmy.org.au/drought or by leaving a message on the 24/7 new application line on 1300 551 030.

The Salvation Army has distributed over $40million of this funding to over 14,000 drought affected households since 21 November 2019, and are distributing over $1.2million every three days.

The payment is not considered taxable income.  If you had assistance in DCSI(Round 1) which concluded on 30 June 2019 you are eligible to apply for assistance for DCSI(Round 2).

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Mayor’s Message – 02 June 2020

Council has released the latest update report on its Bike Riding Strategy 2015-2020.

The objective of the Strategy is to make bike riding more accessible and safer for everyone through promotion, community education and by providing a well-maintained network of bike lanes and paths.

It contains 26 actions. Four actions have been completed and another five are underway. Ten are ongoing throughout the life of the Strategy.

Highlights of the progress made in the last year include:

  • A link from Thomas Street to the East Devonport foreshore path was completed, which also involved improvements to the Eastern ferry pontoon.
  • A link between Clements Street and the Coastal Pathway was significantly improved as part of
  • Construction of a new link between Gloucester Avenue and the Coastal Pathway is under construction, which improves access to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre.
  • Lighting has been installed on the Coastal Pathway between Aikenhead Point and the Bluff Skate Park, which now completes lighting of the path between the CBD and Mersey Bluff.
  • Design and planning work is progressing on the Don to Leith section of the Coastal Pathway, which is funded by the three levels of Government.

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Council has awarded the Maidstone Park Ground Lighting tender to Devonport Electrical Services for a total sum of $182,175, to be funded by a State Government grant and Council.

The existing lighting does not meet the current standards for training and creates issues for stakeholders including an increased risk to users due to substandard light levels, underutilisation of the ground due to substandard facilities, excessive wear on the small well-lit areas of the field and one existing pole is at the end of its life and requires immediate replacement.

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Erosion repair work to the Victoria Parade foreshore has begun and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

The walking path will remain open during the works.

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Council is inviting public comment on two plans – the Stormwater Asset Management Plan and the Devonport General Cemetery Master Pan 2021-2031

Stormwater assets represent the largest asset group by number, and the second largest in value, with a combined replacement value of $137.7 million and an annual depreciation cost of more than $1.3 million.

The Plan details seven actions required for the management of stormwater assets (and services provided from these assets), compliance with regulatory requirements and funding needed to provide the required levels of service over a 10-year period.

The Devonport General Cemetery Master Pan is a guiding document for the development and management of the Cemetery over a ten-year period commencing in July 2020.

More information about the Plans is available at the Speak Up page on Council’s’s website which you can visit by clicking here.

Both Plans will be open for public comment until 5pm on Friday 26 June.

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It was a pleasure to catch up with Kyla’s Foundation members Trudy and Candice McGlone last week at the new Children’s Memorial Pavilion at the Mersey Vale Memorial Park, at Spreyton.

The Foundation was formed in 2012 to assist people directly affected by the loss of a child and Council believes the pavilion will provide a place for local parents seeking to have somewhere to reflect and remember.

Kyla’s Foundation’s major annual fundraiser, ‘Butterflies and Purple Ties’, helped to provide a donation of $10,000 toward the Devonport City Council’s $195,000 project.

The loss of a child is always an extremely difficult time for any family – one that as a mother and grandmother I can only begin to imagine. Council hopes that providing a special place for the placement of such loved ones will assist families, particularly in their times of grief.

The pavilion features a central tree surrounded by seating and garden beds in a circular arrangement with segmenting partition walls available for ash interment and memorial plaques.

There are 278 ash interment spaces within the precast concrete walls and 32 colourful aluminium powder coated balloons, allowing for cast bronze memorial plaques.

The central Maidenhair tree was relocated from the former Best Street car park when work began on the new waterfront hotel.

Vos Constructions built the pavilion with the concept created by Lange Design, who also created the Memorial Garden at the cemetery. The design and engineering work was undertaken by 6ty and landscaping was completed by Council’s Parks and Reserves team.

Central to Council’s thinking was the need to provide a peaceful place and the pavilion has been designed with that much needed sensitivity.

I am very proud of the work Council has done and grateful for the Foundation’s support as they play an important role in the community.”

Enquiries about the Children’s Memorial Pavilion can be made by contacting the Mersey Vale Memorial Park Office on 0417 112 673 from Tuesday to Thursday, between 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. All enquiries outside MVMP office hours can be made to Council on 6424 0511.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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New Children’s Memorial Pavilion a `special place’

Candice and Trudy McGlone know how much it means to have somewhere to sit and reflect on the loss of a precious child.

And the newly completed Children’s Memorial Pavilion at Spreyton’s Mersey Vale Memorial Park provides a place in a peaceful and accessible setting for parents to reflect and remember.

Read the full story here.

CAPTION: Candice and Trudy McGlone inspect the new Children’s Memorial Pavilion with Mayor Annette Rockliff (Picture: Simon Sturzaker, The Advocate).

 

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Draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule on public display

The draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) is now on public exhibition from Monday 23 March 2020 until Friday 12 June 2020. The draft LPS will form part of the single state-wide planning scheme known as the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. Representations are invited on the draft LPS to be received by close of business on Friday 12 June 2020.

 

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Public comment sought on Devonport General Cemetery Master Plan

The Devonport City Council is inviting public comment on its draft Devonport General Cemetery Master Plan 2021-2031.

The Plan is a guiding document for the development and management of the Cemetery over a ten-year period commencing in July 2020.

The development of Master Plans for all Devonport cemeteries is an action of the Cemetery Strategy 2011-2030.

The Cemetery sits on a 2.8 ha site of public open space, in ownership of the Devonport City Council, located on the northern corner of Stony Rise Road and Lawrence Drive. The entrance is located off Lawrence Drive, adjacent to Council’s Works Depot.

It is the second largest of the four cemeteries along this road and is within a few hundred metres of St. Olave’s and the Congregational Cemetery.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said the central aim of the Master Plan was to preserve the individual and shared heritage values of the Cemetery, while sustainably adapting the site for the current and future needs of the community.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Identify relevant landscape, heritage and operational constraints and opportunities.
  • Understand and respect social and historical values in Cemetery management.
  • Provide a strategic approach towards cemetery enhancement that is realistic, achievable and within reasonable resources available to the Council and community.

Cr Rockliff said the Plan included three principles and 11 actions which aimed to meet these objectives. Council is now seeking feedback from Cemetery visitors and interested community members on these.

She said many residents still visited the cemetery regularly to remember loved ones.

“Many residents maintain a close affinity with the Cemetery as evidenced by the fact that over 70 submissions were received to a community survey in March, with almost 70 per cent of respondents still living in Devonport,” she said.

“Participants were asked for their suggestions on how to improve the cemetery with general maintenance (tree pruning, weed control, removal of litter), plot maintenance/restoration and road/walkway accessibility among the most common responses.”

A link to the survey can be found on the Speak Up Devonport page of Council’s website.

The survey closes at 5 p.m. on 26 June 2020

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Stormwater Asset Management Plan open for community input

The Devonport City Council has released its Stormwater Asset Management Plan for public comment.

Stormwater assets represent the largest asset group by number, and the second largest in value, with a combined replacement value of $137.7 million and an annual depreciation cost of more than $1.3 million.

The Plan details seven actions required for the management of stormwater assets (and services provided from these assets), compliance with regulatory requirements and funding needed to provide the required levels of service over a 10-year period.

It was prepared based on asset and financial data available as at December 2019 and does not take into account any of the current impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that sense it can be considered a “business as usual” approach.

Future reviews of the Plan will respond to the funding changes that are likely to occur due to the impacts of the pandemic.

Community members can view and comment on the Plan by visiting the Speak Up Devonport page on Council’s website.

The comment period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday 26 June 2020.

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Mayor’s Message – 26 May 2020

Because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions Council has extended the expiry date for Pensioner Parking Permits until 13 July.

To assist with restrictions around social distancing, a staged approach to processing applications for new permits is required.  A letter will be sent to all recipients explaining the process this week.

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Council’s intention to make proposed By-Law to regulate and licence street trading on public streets within the Devonport municipality.

Submissions from the public are invited on the proposed By-Law. All submissions are required to be made in writing and may be mailed to the General Manager, PO Box 604, Devonport 7310 or emailed to council@devonport.tas. gov.au

The period within which submissions may be made will close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday 12 June 2020.

The proposed By-Law, along with the Regulatory Impact Statement prepared in respect of the By-Law, can be viewed on Council’s website by clicking here. A copy can also be obtained  by contacting Council on 6424 0511 or emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au

The objectives of the proposed By-Law and the means of achieving them are set out in the Regulatory Impact Statement as well as the primary features of the By-Law and its envisaged or potential impact on the community or particular groups within the community. The Regulatory Impact Statement and the Infringement Notice Offences can also be viewed on Council’s website by clicking here or by contacting Council on 6424 0511 or emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au

Public enquiries on the content and effect of the proposed By-Law can be directed to Council’s Development Services Manager on 6424 0511.

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The public exhibition period for the draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule (LPS)has been extended.

The draft LPS will form part of the single state-wide planning scheme known as the Tasmanian Planning Scheme

Representations must be received by close of business Friday 12 June 2020.

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A reminder that Council has reintroduced parking fees for street meters from today. Council car parks will remain free for a further three weeks.

To find out more information click here. 

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Council to Live Stream Monday’s meeting

The Devonport City Council will Live Stream its meetings via YouTube on Monday 25 May 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

To access the live stream, please click here. A recording of the video will remain on Council’s YouTube channel should you wish to view it at a later time.  The video will also appear on Council’s website within 48 hours of the conclusion of the meeting.

You can find a copy of the Agenda here.

Members of the public will not be able to attend meetings in person or virtually, however Council is committed to ensuring meetings remain accessible and transparent. To find out how you can lodge a question please, go to https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/council/council-meetings/meeting-schedule/

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