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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COVID-19 Update Grant Opportunities

Listed below are some of the many grant opportunities available to Businesses, Organisations, Groups and Artists. The list will be updated regularly.  

Please contact the grant administrator for further assistance. 

Cradle Coast Funding Finder

Cradle Coast Authority have created a Funding Finder to help you find available grants and register to receive updates when new grants become available. 

Business Tasmania

Arts Tasmania

Additional Arts Organisations Funding – Closes Monday 6 July 2020

Tasmanian Community Fund

The Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling for small, medium and large applications that support Tasmanians and Tasmanian organisations to recover and rebuild from Covid19.

The TCF will be seeking applications across three streams:

  • Support – supporting and meeting the needs of vulnerable people to ensure they are not left behind as a result of Covid19
  • Connection – creating spaces and programs/processes to enable individuals and communities to reconnect and rebuild the social fabric of communities
  • Rebuild– providing individual and organisational capacity building including options for realigning work and directions for the “new normal” and beyond

Applications Open 11 July 2020. 

Small Business Support Program

The Small Business Support Program being delivered by Rural Business Tasmania (RBT) is for small rural & regional business owners who are concerned about the financial effect of Covid-19, drought and other impacts on their business.
The program aims to assist eligible small businesses to understand their financial position, then identify options and implement plans to improve their viability.
RBT has Small Business Financial Counsellors available throughout Tasmania to provide support under this program up until 30 June 2021.

Working with a small business financial counsellor and what to expect.

Small Business Support Program Frequently Asked Questions

Hydro Tasmania Community Grants

Following their annual Community Grant Program with a new series of COVID-19 community grants. Offering grants of up to $10,000 to help community organisations that are dealing with the ongoing impacts.

Applications for these grants opened on Monday 25 May 2020 and close at 5pm Friday 5 June 2020.

Community access to video conferencing grants

Tasmanian groups, clubs and organisations are invited to apply for a small grant to help stay connected via video conferencing.

Grants of up to $230.00 are available to contribute towards the purchase of an annual video conferencing subscription (e.g. a Zoom licence or equivalent) .

Applications are now open and close on
30 June 2020.

Support from other organisations

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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Mayor’s Message – 7 April 2020

As a community we are in the midst of very uncertain times – the most uncertain that most of us can remember.

COVID-19 is certainly taking a toll on our lives, and the way live.

Local businesses are being forced to close, or at least scale back their operations, and many within our community have lost their jobs.

What used to be our simple pleasures – such as taking the kids for a play at a local park, watching our favourite sporting team or having a laugh over a coffee with a few friends – are no longer possible.

The Devonport City Council has already taken some steps to assist the community and a COVID-19 Response Committee has been established to look at the best ways to assist.

Almost two weeks ago we announced that parking would be free in all Council car parks and street meters, subject to people obeying the time restrictions and not parking illegally in areas such as loading zones and parking spaces for people with disabilities.

Last week Council waived penalty charges for the late payment of its April rates instalment and decided to waive future parking permit fees for at least the next month.

We know we will have to do more to support all those in our community, and we will.

Council provides many essential services to the community – from rubbish and recycling collections, through to cleaning our streets and gutters, and fixing our roads and footpaths – and all these services come at a cost.

Our frontline staff are continuing to work through the challenges of this pandemic to continue to provide the high-quality community services the people of Devonport expect from us.

If any resident is experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would urge them to reach out to Council to discuss the various payment options available to assist them.

We will continue to monitor the latest health advice and any changes to its operations would be shared with the community across its website and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Last week was a particularly challenging one for the community, with the first death from COVID-19 being reported.

While this will have caused extra anxiety, and our sympathy is extended to the family, as a community we must continue to follow the State Government’s guidelines to stop the spread.

We should all stay at home unless we need to be away from home for the exceptions outlined by the Government which include shopping for supplies, exercising, attending work or school or providing social support or care to another person.

By following the guidelines you are not only keeping yourself safe but helping to keep or community safe.

Remember, we are all in this together.

So, let’s all stay safe and be kind to one another.

Together our community, the State and the country will get through this.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Penalty charges for late payment of April rates instalment to be waived

The Devonport City Council’s COVID-19 Response Committee yesterday resolved to implement a range of immediate relief measures to assist individuals, businesses and community groups.

These measures include:

  • Late payment of April 30 rates instalment to incur no penalties if paid by June 30
  • Expand suspension of Council car parks and street meter fees to include parking permit holders
  • Waive ground fees to sporting clubs until further notice
  • Council to pay suppliers within 14 days to improve business cash flow

Committee chairperson Cr Leon Perry said Council understood the downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic was putting a strain on the household budgets of many in its community.

“We, along with significant Federal and State Government stimuli, are working methodically to alleviate hardship,” he said.

“Council provides many essential services to the community – from rubbish and recycling collections, through to cleaning our streets and gutters, and fixing our roads and footpaths – and all these services come at a cost.

“Our frontline staff are continuing to work through the challenges of this pandemic” Cr Perry added.

The Mayor, Annette Rockliff, urged any resident experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to reach out to Council to discuss the various payment options available to assist them.

“Council, through the Local Government Association of Tasmania, is working on a Statewide Hardship Policy, however in the short-term ratepayers have the option of entering into longer-term payment plans,” she said.

Cr Rockliff said Council was continuing to monitor the latest health advice and any changes to its operations would be shared with the community across its website and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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