Mayor’s Message – 16 June 2020

The Cradle Coast Authority and the University of Tasmania have recently launched surveys aimed at better understanding the impact of the COVID-19pandemic on both the general and business communities in the region.

The Cradle Coast survey is focussed on businesses and other organisations in the region.

If you would like to participate, you can find the survey at http://www.cradlecoast.com/regional-restart-hub/

The University of Tasmania is undertaking research on Tasmanians’ experience during the pandemic.

It aims to identify experiences and concerns from across the State to help inform a wide range of areas into the future.

You can complete the survey by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TheTasmaniaProject_2

It will close at midnight on Wednesday 17 June.

The findings will be summarised and published as a resource for those making critical decisions in response to the pandemic

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Residents are reminded that Council reintroduced paid parking in its car parks yesterday.

It follows the decision to reintroduce paid parking to street meters effective from Monday 25 May.

Now is considered an appropriate time to re-introduce the fees, which were initially suspended in March, as businesses within the city are beginning to reopen, albeit slowly, and it is important

Council supports them by ensuring that parking opportunities exist for customers seeking to access shops.

Council will continue to look at ways of providing support to the community, and particularly local businesses as they seek to get back on their feet.

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Yesterday also saw the reopening of The Visitor Information Centre, in the paranaple arts centre.

Social distancing will be in place and anyone feeling unwell is encouraged to not visit.

The centre will be open until from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Council will advise when other facilities are re-opened.

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The Mersey Vale Memorial Garden will be closed to the public from today, Tuesday 16 June, until Friday 19 June to allow for the installation of new columns.

Obviously, the work is dependent on suitable weather.

Only the memorial garden is affected, and the remainder of the Cemetery will be open as normal during the work.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 09 June 2020

The Mersey Vale Memorial Garden will be closed to the public from Tuesday 16 June until Friday 19 June to allow for the installation of new columns.

Obviously, the work is dependent on suitable weather.

Only the memorial garden is affected and the remainder of the Cemetery will be open as normal during the work.

And while on cemetery matters, do not forget 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.

The central aim of the Master Plan is 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.

It includes three principles and 11 actions which aim to meet these objectives. Council is now seeking feedback from Cemetery visitors and interested community members on these.

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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The Australian Governments Drought Community Support Initiative offers grants to farmers, farm workers, farm suppliers and farm contractors.

Eligibility and application details can be found on the Council website:
https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/financial-support-for-dev…/https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/financial-support-for-devonport-farmers/

Devonport was announced as an eligible Local Government Area in the DCSI (2B) Round of Funding.

Funding is delivered through The Salvation Army.

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Council has been advised by the operator that the Tip Shop at the Waste Transfer Station will remain closed until at least mid-July.

Residents seeking to drop off items are asked to make alternative arrangements.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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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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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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Mayor’s Message – 19 May 2020

Volunteer Week, which began yesterday, acknowledges the contributions that volunteers make within local organisations and the broader Devonport community.

The theme this year is Changing Communities. Changing Lives.

Devonport City Council offers Certificates of Recognition for organisations to request and present to their volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Given social distancing requirements, this year Council have extended the submission date until Wednesday, 1 July 2020.

Council has also planned a social media celebration via its Facebook page called Three Cheers for Volunteers.

Each day a different type of volunteer will be celebrated -, from Council volunteers, to volunteers in large organisations and those who quietly assist neighbours with shopping or gardening.

We want to ensure every volunteer is noted and appreciated!

Volunteer Certificates can be requested via the online form located here.

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Many local families have spent their time in Coronavirus “lockdown” reacquainting themselves with their kitchens, and the Devonport City Council is keen to share the fruits of their labour.

As part of National Families Week, Council is seeking favourite family recipes which will be included in a recipe book, which will be available to download from Council’s website for the whole community to enjoy.

There is no limit to the type of recipes eligible – It could be one that has been handed down through the generations, or it could be a yummy concoction you, as a family, have created in isolation.

There will be prizes for the top three recipes submitted by Thursday 21 May.

Recipes can be submitted to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au, online at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/community-recipe-book/  or they can be dropped off at the ground floor of the paranaple centre, the East Devonport Child and Family Centre and the  Devonport Community House

Entrants are asked to indicate if they do not wish to be included in the recipe book.

We would love a photo of families cooking up a storm to use with their entry.

The pandemic – and the importance of physical distancing for ongoing community wellbeing – means Council is celebrating National Families Week in a different way this year.

However, the current circumstances highlight the importance of the theme of National Families Week – Stronger Families, Stronger Communitiesand the role families play by working together to support each other and provide care for those in the broader community.

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The State Emergency Service does an amazing job in the North-West helping to keep us all safe day in and day out.

Even in the midst of a pandemic team members have still been out working within our communities.

Since late March they have undertaking daily tasks at each arrival of the Spirit of Tasmania and working with the Tasmania Fire Service and Australian Defence Force personnel on compliance checks for those in isolation.

They have also been involved in search and rescue, road crash rescue and storm responses.

And now is the time to say thanks by wearing orange tomorrow as part of Wear Orange Wednesday, which recognises their service.

The paranaple centre will also be bathed in orange on Wednesday night to recognise SES workers.

To learn more visit http://www.wearorangewednesday.com.au/tas-ses/

 

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 12 May 2020

If you are anything like me, I am starting to wonder if the COVID-19 pandemic will ever end!

But take heart from the fact it will, and we will eventually be able to return to life as normal, or at least a new normal anyway.

The efforts of all our residents – and those in the rest of the State and nation – is why Australia has been able to flatten the curve so effectively.

Now is not the time for complacency, as we still have much work to do.

Both the State and Federal Government have produced a wealth of material to assist us all stay safe and I would like to share some of those with you.

To assist industry and workplaces to ensure that their operations are COVID-19 safe, Worksafe Tasmania has a comprehensive list of resources on their website.

You can find the information from the home page or by clicking here

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A new guide to help employers manage the risk of infection and work health and safety risk during COVID-19 is also available.

Different states have different restrictions as part of their response to COVID-19.

To understand the current position in Tasmania, please click here

The Australian Government has produced a fact sheet for older people who have an aged-care worker visiting them in their homes.

This is available on its website at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/its-ok-to-have-home-care.

The Australian Government also recently launched the National COVID Older Persons Information Line (1800 171 866) to provide a one-stop source for personal support, questions and up-to-date guidelines.

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Two of the popular resources Council is currently producing to assist the community stay connected are Wellness Wednesday and Fit Fridays.

Judging by the feedback I have received many people are finding them invaluable and I would encourage you to check them out as well.

Wellness Wednesdays is a weekly blog with tips and tricks to help the community stay well during this time.

It covers a range of different topics on positive steps that community members can put in place to help them through these difficult times.

You can find the link at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/wellness-wednesday/,

Council’s Recreation team is sharing videos of various exercises, from low impact aimed at the regular Ageing Stronger, Active Longer participants, to family fun activities and some for the regular athlete.

Fit Fridays can be found at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/fit-fridays/

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 05 May 2020

Work has begun on improvements at the base of the stairs at Back Beach.

Many residents have told Council that it was difficult to walk from the stairs to the sand because of the loose rock in the area.

The work to be undertaken over the next two weeks includes the construction of a concrete landing at the base of the stairs and the repositioning of some large rocks to protect the landing from being covered by material washed in at high tide.

While some people had hoped a path could be constructed from the base of the stairs to the sand, such a path was likely to be covered with rock most of the time and could be a hazard when underwater.

Council believes the landing offers people the best chance to navigate a path between the stairs and the sand.

While the work is being undertaken an alternate access point will be available for the public.

A walking track renewal project has also begun this week at Don.

It will cover 120 m and extend along the full length of the southern boundary fence of the Don Railway.

In response to high community demand for exercise opportunities due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Council has decided to keep the track open while the  project is being undertaken.

Diversions will be in place and the track will need to be closed for the final hot mix works in about a fortnight.

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SmartClinics has set up a Respiratory Clinic in Devonport in partnership with the Federal Department of Health.

This clinic is specifically purposed to address 80% of respiratory cases including cough, cold, sore throat and other symptoms that may indicate COVID-19.

The clinic is located at 144 William Street, is free to patients and is GP-led.

Patients can book by calling 1300 411 748 or via https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/devonport-TAS-7310/devonport-respiratory-clinic/doctors

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There has rarely been a more important time than the current COVID-19 pandemic for all of us to take some “me time” and keep an eye on our health and well-being.

There remains a lot of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its scope and potential impact.

The emotional stress which comes from this affects everyone in the community, although in different ways. Those who have had to self-isolate, or enter a period of quarantine, will be impacted deeply.  Those who are working also have concerns and fears.

The good news is that for most people the distress can be tolerated and can be improved with the care and support of families and the community. Others may require more professional support and specialised mental health support to stay on track, and it is OK to ask for help.

There are many tips available at the State Government’s pandemic site, www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au, and I would encourage everyone to check it out.

The most important thing we can all do is to maintain basic hygiene such as:

  • frequent handwashing
  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people who are unwell, Call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.

Other ways that can help you stay healthy and calm include:

  • trying to maintain routine – as much as possible in these times
  • talking to your family and friends about your worries and concerns
  • engaging in enjoyable activities and hobbies
  • limiting alcohol and other comfort foods
  • using trusted media outlets to get the information you need.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to participate in normal daily activities, has lost hope or interest in the future, or is experiencing an overwhelming sense of sadness that is severe or long lasting, then contact your GP.

You can also access a range of telephone and online supports through:

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 21 April 2020

There has rarely been a more important time than the current COVID-19 pandemic for all of us to take some “me time” and keep an eye on our health and well-being.

There remains a lot of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its scope and potential impact.

The emotional stress which comes from this affects everyone in the community, although in different ways. Those who have had to self-isolate, or enter a period of quarantine, will be impacted deeply.  Those who are working also have concerns and fears.

The good news is that for most people the distress can be tolerated and can be improved with the care and support of families and the community. Others may require more professional support and specialised mental health support to stay on track, and it is OK to ask for help.

Staying mentally healthy and taking care of yourself and your family during infectious disease outbreak is important and can help you and your family manage emotional distress. There are many tips available at the State Government’s pandemic site, www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au, and I would encourage everyone to check it out.

The most important thing we can all do is to maintain basic hygiene such as:

  • frequent handwashing
  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people who are unwell, Call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.

Other ways that can help you stay healthy and calm include:

  • trying to maintain routine – as much as possible in these times
  • talking to your family and friends about your worries and concerns
  • engaging in enjoyable activities and hobbies
  • limiting alcohol and other comfort foods
  • using trusted media outlets to get the information you need.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to participate in normal daily activities, has lost hope or interest in the future, or is experiencing an overwhelming sense of sadness that is severe or long lasting, then contact your GP.

You can also access a range of telephone and online supports through:

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 14 April 2020

Due to the State emergency response to COVID-19 Council Meetings will now be held via video conference, until advised otherwise.

Section 23 Committee Meetings are suspended until further notice with all relevant business to be considered at monthly Ordinary Council Meetings.  A recording of the meeting will be available the following day on Council’s website.

The meeting agenda will be available on Council’s website four days prior to the meeting.

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, therefore questions may still be submitted in the following ways:

  1. As a Question on Notice – in accordance with Council’s Public Question Time Policy, a member of the public may give written notice to the General Manager at least 7 days before an ordinary Council meeting, of a question to be asked at that meeting. The question and a proposed response (if appropriate) will be included on the agenda for the scheduled meeting.  Questions may be lodged by:
    • Mail: PO Box 604, Devonport 7310
    • Email: council@devonport.tas.gov.au
  2. As a Question Without Notice – questions without notice may be submitted via email to Council@devonport.tas.gov.au up until 12 noon on the day of the meeting. The Mayor will read these questions at the meeting on behalf of the author. Please note the following in accordance with the Public Question Time Policy:
    • a maximum period of 30 minutes will be set aside for questions at the meeting;
    • questions without notice should include your name and address;
    • a maximum of 2 questions per person are permitted, however if time permits, a third question may be asked;
    • questions should be succinct and lengthy preamble will not be read out;
    • there may be times when a question cannot be answered at the meeting due to requiring further research or clarification – in such cases the question will be taken on notice and a response provided in writing.

Council meetings will continue in this format for as long as necessary.  The arrangements we have put in place will enable us to continue to meet our legislative obligations and to provide opportunity for community engagement where possible.

Please continue to stay safe and stay home as we continue to fight this virus. If you are seeking additional information Council has developed a website page, which can be accessed from its home screen at www.devonport.tas.gov.au, with a lot of useful links.

You can also visit the State Government site at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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COVID-19 Update Keeping club members engaged

It is important for club’s, groups and organisations to implement a course of action to keep members engaged during COVID-19. 

Council have collated some handy hints for your Sports team, Service club, Trivia team, Organisation, Volunteer group, Community group etc etc to keep connected and engaged whilst staying safe at home. 

A Message from R U OK? Australia

The coronavirus pandemic comes as many Australians are still feeling the impact of recent bushfires, floods and drought. It’s very normal to not feel OK in challenging times such as these. Watching and listening to media and social media coverage and commentary can be confronting and confusing. However, at a time when we’re being asked to physically distance ourselves from one another, we can make use of freed up diary time and our digital devices to stay connected. 

It is now even more important that we all promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”.

Some people in your world might be feeling anxious, worried about when things will return to normal, be physically unwell or concerned about their health and wellbeing. We encourage you to use this time to pick up the phone, video call, SMS or post online to check in and see how those in your world are travelling. If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, reach out and let them know you’re there to help now and for as long as it takes.

Remember to trust the signs. Be aware of any changes in online behaviour or the way people communicate: 

• Consider the tone and language they’re using

• Are they posting more or less? 

• Are they answering your calls? 

• Are they communicating as you would expect?

If you are concerned about someone, trust your gut and ask “Are you OK?”. Listen with an open mind to what they have to say and ask them what you can do to help. In the current circumstances there might be limits on what you can do but you can definitely be a listening ear and a (virtual) shoulder to lean on.

• For more detailed information about the signs someone might be struggling and how to have an R U OK? conversation visit the R U OK How to Ask page.

• If a conversation is too big for you or you need additional support visit the R U OK Find Help page.

Find the full message here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for community groups

Services Australia have a range of resources groups can use when helping people in the community affected by COVID-19.

Find more on the Website here

If you have any other suggestion that may be helpful, please do not hesitate to send them through to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au  Thank you.

 

For the latest information on Coronavirus refer to the Department of Health Website, and the National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080 is available for anyone requiring further information.

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