Top level men’s squash coming to Devonport

Top flight men’s squash will return to the city next weekend when Devonport hosts the $11,000 (US) 2019 City of Devonport Tasmanian Open.

The tournament is being conducted by the Devonport Squash Club in partnership with the Devonport City Council at the Devonport Squash Courts in Forbes Street.

Beginning with a qualifying tournament on Thursday 11 July, the event will feature players from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Egypt Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, France and England.

Local teenager Jamie Pattison has also been included in the main draw and will face Queenslander Thomas Calvert, ranked inside the world top 200, in the first round.

Jamie said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing a quality opponent.

“I saw him play as a junior when he won the Queensland title and I think he won an Australian junior title as well,” Jamie said.

Jamie said it would be a great experience to see how the world’s elite prepare for their matches.

“It will be good to see how they warm up and what they do as part of their preparation.”

Jamie said he hoped his local knowledge of the courts will give him some advantage.

The highest ranked player to be coming to Devonport is world number 68 Rex Hedrick. Hedrick is one of four players ranked inside the top 100 who have entered. Frenchman Victor Crouin and Malaysian pair Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie are the others.

The tournament follows last year’s successful women’s event which featured former World Champion and four-times British Open winner Rachael Grinham.

Tournament organiser and Devonport Squash Club president Leon Barnett said squash fans would be treated to some quality play throughout the tournament.

“With 13 players inside the world top 200 this is a classy field and I am delighted with the calibre of player that has entered.”

Mr Barnett said the tournament would not be possible without the support of the Council.

“The Council’s support has been critical in helping us to secure such a high calibre field,’’ he said.

Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said Council was pleased to have been able to help attract a quality range of national and international players to the city.

“The Council is always seeking to support a range of different events, and therefore attracting visitors to Devonport and this is just one example,’’ he said.

Matches will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday 11 July, from 5 p.m. the following day and from midday on Saturday 13 July with the final beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sunday.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

CAPTION: Devonport Squash Club president Leon Barnett (left) with Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff and local player Jamie Pattison at the tournament announcement.

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Mayor’s Message – 02 July 2019

The Devonport City Council is seeking to facilitate partnerships within the community in order to build a week-long calendar of events for seniors that is inclusive of all walks of life.

The theme for Seniors Week 2019 is “Connections”.

Council is encouraging service providers and community groups to get involved by hosting an event for Seniors week which will encourage seniors to get out and about and enjoy socialising with friends and like-minded people.

You could have a picnic, a morning tea, a session on how to operate a smart phone or a history tour.

To be eligible for inclusion in the calendar, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16 August 2019.

For further information contact Council on 03 6424 0511 or email marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au

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The Devonport City Council and Youth, Family & Community Connections are joining forces to bring you some fantastic July school holiday programs for those aged 12-25.

You can find out more by visiting Youth Family and Community Connections

Bookings are essential and you can call Bec on 6424 7353 or email bec@yfcc.com.au to secure your spot.

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The 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival is nearly here!

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience you can purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Devonport City Council’s Financial Assistance Scheme supports local community organisations through Major/Minor Grants and Rate Remissions.

Applications are now open, check Council’s website for guidelines and to see if your organisation is eligible.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Art and Tassie produce meet in Vino and the Visual

Experience the Bass Strait Maritime Centre’s Collections in a new light while enjoying Tasmanian produce from Pearl Oyster Bar & Café.

The Bass Strait Maritime Centre has teamed up with artist Elysium Greene and the Pearl Oyster Bar to bring you a monthly art and wine evening in the museum’s cafe space.

No experience in painting is necessary as participants can choose to follow along with Elysium or create their own piece inspired by the collection items presented, while learning more about the objects themselves.

Bass Strait Maritime Centre Coordinator Jaydeyn Thomas, said there was a simple premise behind organising Vino and the Visual.

“While art is interesting to me, I would never go to a formal art class at a gallery as it’d be far too intimidating,” she said.

“I hope that a casual approach, a glass of wine in hand, and a fun, experienced artist will give others in the same mindset [as myself] the confidence to come along for a fun evening of art and wine with friends.”

The first Vino and the Visual will take place on Tuesday July 30 and will feature a bright painting of the Lizzie Taylor, a vessel that was launched in 1892 by prominent shipbuilder of the time, Edward Higgs.

Vino & The Visual with Elysium Greene
Date: Monthly from July 30, 2019
Duration: 6 – 8 pm
Cost: $60.00, includes all materials and glass of wine on arrival. Further food and drinks available to purchase from Pearl Oyster Bar & Cafe.

Please get in touch with the Centre for further information, and to book. Places are strictly limited.

PICTURE: Bass Strait Maritime Collection, The Launch of the Lizzie Taylor, painting by C.Heaviside, not dated [close-up]

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Navy Band to perform as part of Devonport Jazz

The seven-strong Melbourne-based Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group will make it first trip to Tasmania next month to perform at the Devonport Jazz Festival.

It will also entertain local schools and perform at the Launceston Jazz Club during the visit.

The group consists of a pianist, bassist, drummer, three horn players (trumpeter, saxophonist and trombonist) and a vocalist. They will be joined by a guitarist, trumpet player and vocalist from the Hobart-based RAN Reserves band.

It will perform at the Devonport RSL Club, in MacFie Street, from 2 pm on Sunday 28 July with a $5 cover charge applying. Bookings for lunch from midday can be made with the club, on 6424 2673.

The group – which will also be on stage in the Mall between midday and 2 p.m. on Saturday 27 July as part of 7AD’s free Musos in the Mall event – has performed at many Australian jazz festivals including the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival and have supported Australian jazz greats including Don Burrows and James Morrison.

Spokesman Petty Officer Luke Kennedy said the group was formed from members of the RAN Band, based at HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria.

All are fulltime RAN members having completed the standard 11-week recruit training course and then a six to eight-week program with the band before becoming fulltime band members.

The RAN has 110 full-time musicians based at both HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Kuttabul, in Sydney.

They undertake a range of ceremonial and promotional performances on behalf of the RAN throughout the country, and sometimes overseas.

PO Kennedy said the jazz group’s repertoire ranged from jazz standards – including the works of “Dizzy” Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk – right through to more modern compositions.

He said members were excited about visiting Devonport for the festival.

“It is extremely important (that members undertake such visits) and there are many people who do not get to see a Navy Band or to learn about the Navy in general.”

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Devonport Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, a jazz tribute to the music of INXS, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Council’s approved budget shows minimal rate rise

The Devonport City Council’s 2019/20 Budget – approved at tonight’s Council meeting – includes a general rate rise equating to little more than half of the Consumer Price Index for most ratepayers.

Over the past five years while the CPI has increased by 8.1% the city’s general rate has only risen by 2.1%, which included four consecutive years of zero increases.

Most property owners will pay an extra $10-$20 in their general rate plus a $10 increase in their waste management charge, the first increase in waste charges in two years.

The majority of commercial customers, who receive three times the collection frequency of residential customers, will see an increase of $30 in their waste management charge, but no increase in their general rate.

Mayor Rockliff also said Council had to factor into its Budget a 5.14% increase in the State Fire Levy.  “Ratepayers need to remember this is a State Government charge, and one which Council is required to collect and forward directly to them,” she said.

Mayor Rockliff said the Budget would ensure Devonport remained in a strong position while continuing to provide value for money for ratepayers and deliver on an exciting plan for the future.

The 2019/20 Capital Works program outlines a total spend of $16.79 million, with almost $4 million expected to come from external funding.

Among the public open space and recreation projects to be undertaken are a renovation of the main Valley Road soccer ground ($182,000), a Mersey Bluff inclusive playground ($96,000) and a new Bluff Beach accessible ramp ($100,000).

The Northern Rooke Street renewal ($1 million), a resealing program ($700,000), Coastal Pathway contribution ($600,000), Holyman Street road surface and footpath renewal ($490,000), Berrigan Road-Lyons Avenue intersection safety improvements ($400,000 funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program), Fenton and Stewart Streets intersection safety improvements ($415,000 also funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program), Stewart Street renewal from William to Gunn Streets ($405,000) are the major transport projects while the $1 million Oldaker Street (eastern end) stormwater catchment is the main stormwater project.

$150,000 has also been allocated for the construction of toilet facilities at the new Miandetta Park playground.

Mayor Rockliff said the coming financial year promised to be an active time in Devonport with early work having begun on the privately funded $40 million hotel development on the corner of Best and Rooke Streets, a continuation of the LIVING CITY masterplan strategy.

The Waterfront Park is a $15 million construction project which will be two-thirds funded by a $10 million Federal Government grant. The construction tender for the project is expected to be let in August.

 

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Mayor’s Message – 25 June 2019

A reminder that Expressions of Interest for membership of Council’s Special Interest and Working Groups will close tomorrow.

The period of membership will be from August 2019 until June 2021.

The Expression of Interest Form, and some background information on the groups, can be found on the Council website by visiting http://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/Council/Meetings/Special-Interest-Groups/2019-Special-Interest-Groups-Expression-of-Interest.

For further information contact Danielle O’Brien, at Council, on 6424 0511.

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It is just over a month until the 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival will begin.

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience you can purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at the Devonport Jazz website

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A reminder that you only have until tomorrow to have your say on when you would like the Devonport Show Day Public Holiday to be held post 2020.

The Devonport City Council is currently seeking input from the community regarding a shift of the public holiday from the last Friday in November – formerly Devonport Show Day – to an alternate day, given the Show no longer operates.

While the final decision will be made by the State Government, and Council has no power to determine the date, Council believes it is important that the community has some say in the decision-making process.

The public can express their view by choosing between five options:

  • The Thursday of Agfest (the first Thursday in May)
  • A date between July and the end of September
  • The Friday of the Devonport Jazz Festival
  • The Friday before the AFL grand final or;
  • As it currently is (the last Friday in November)

You can visit the Speak Up Devonport page on Council’s website to access the survey.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Giles jazzes up the music of INXS

On first reflection INXS and jazz are not two words most music lovers would put together – but Cam Giles has proven that the music of the rock legends fits well within the jazz genre.

“(I know) It is a funny thing, but it is in the way you sing them and the way you feel the songs which makes it work,” Giles said.

“It is not super traditional jazz but more of a pop jazz vibe and not too laid back. I like that pop structure in music.”

Giles will perform his jazz tribute to INXS – INXSessive – at the Devonport Jazz Festival on Saturday 27 July with a three-course meal, show and glass of wine for $65 a head at the La Pomme Brassiere, at 16 Fenton Street. Bookings are essential and can be made by telephoning 6424 492.

The Brisbane-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist first met the band in the late 1980s at famous Sydney recording studio Rhinoceros, where both his band, Gank, and INXS were recording at the time.

“We crossed paths and got to know them a bit. They were very busy and very famous at that time,” Cam recalled.

“Paula Jones (a recording engineer at the studio) suggested to Michael that maybe we (Cam and then writing partner Kirke Godfrey) could do a track,” Cam recalled

That track was Nail it Down, which was never recorded by INXS but forms part of the tribute show covering the band’s music from 1987 to 1997.

Giles – who started singing jazz about 12 years ago at the suggestion of a friend – said the impact of INXS on not only the Australian music scene but worldwide could not be over-estimated.

“They were incredible,” he said.

“Everything about them was so worldly and they were so committed to their one mission, something you don’t always see in bands.

“Michael was so sensual in the way he sang; he was great and such a nice person.”

The stage show follows the release of the album Cam Giles – A Jazz Tribute To INXS, which is available through Ambition Records/Sony Music.

Giles will be joined on stage by Brett Rosenberg (piano), Lance Sua (guitar), Gavin Pearce (bass), Ryan Menenzes (drums) and Damon Grant (saxophone).

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Mature trees in Roundhouse Park to remain

Following an arborist’s inspection most of the mature trees in Roundhouse Park will be retained as part of the Waterfront Park project, including the historic English Elms near the fire station and the Canadian Poplar tree, planted in about 1984, near Joe and Enid Lyons’ busts.

The future of the poplar was particularly in question – with many residents concerned that it might be removed – but Council has now received an arborist’s report confirming it was safe and in good health.

In total 41 trees are earmarked to be removed as part of the new Waterfront Park, with 132 new trees to be planted. In addition, a small number of trees will be transplanted to alternative locations.

The new trees will generally be reasonably advanced and in the range of three metres to six metres high, depending on the species, when planted.

Maintaining the original design intent, new tree species will be native to Tasmania.

The Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, said the trees that are to be removed were predominately located near the proposed elevated walkway north east of the intersection of Best Street and Formby Road

Cr Rockliff said Council engaged an arborist to assess all the existing trees earlier this year and the information provided was used by the landscape architect and the design team to finalise the construction drawings.

“Council took a proactive approach towards the trees and sought professional advice to be confident that all the trees were safe and had an adequate life span,’’ she said.

A copy of the arborist’s report, along with the complete tree removal plan, is available on the LIVING CITY website, by clicking here.

Changes identified as a result of community consultations into the Waterfront Parkland design have now been completed and final construction drawings have been provided to the short-listed contractors for pricing.

The changes include improvements to the safety of the pedestrian crossings, additional parallel parking along Formby Road and additional seating and enhancements for public events.

The tender process will take about two months to complete with the successful contractor likely to be announced in late August.

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From a Melbourne whiskey bar to Devonport Jazz

Like many bands, the story of how the Gianni Marinucci Trio got together is as interesting as the music they perform.

Gianni – an accomplished trumpeter, flugel-hornist and vocalist who is a highly sought after jazz musician and collaborates nationally and internationally –  tells the story about how he, guitarist Craig Fermanis and bassist Tom Lee had performed together in different bands and seen one another around the Melbourne jazz circuit for several years but only decided to form a trio one night in a whiskey bar.

“We were on the same wavelength, music-wise, and we have been together now for about four years,” he said.

“It is a trio which gets along very well. It is very warm, melodic and a really good groove.”

The trio will perform at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, in Best Street, from 9 p.m. until 11.30 p.m. on Friday 26 July before backing up the following day for a Pure Jazz session between midday and 1 p.m. in the Aberdeen Room, Level 2, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport.

Admission is free for the Friday night performance with meals served from 5.30 until 9.00. Meal bookings can be made by telephoning 6328 3367.

The Pure Jazz session is $20 per person, but free for Festival Pass holders. Bookings can be made by telephoning 6420 2900 or through the paranaple arts centre box office.

Gianni will sing on the Friday night, where the trio will perform many of the jazz standards while Saturday afternoon will purely be an instrumental show with a broad range of music from originals to works by Tom Waits

Appearing at the Festival is nothing new for Gianni, who often comes to the Coast to play with local jazz legend Viktor Zappner.

“I love it in Devonport and have been a few times. It is a very beautiful Festival.

“It is professional run, very accessible and does not feel elite.”

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Uncanny: The strange, mysterious and unsettling

A new exhibition called Uncanny with works from the Devonport City Council’s Permanent Collection will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Saturday 8 June.

This collection of works – primarily by contemporary Tasmanian artists – have strange, mysterious and unsettling qualities.

Some have a surrealist feel, others are cropped or distorted in ways that remove clues about their narrative, and many have an element that makes viewing them slightly uncomfortable. These works cause the mind to linger as we search for more information, try to fill in the blanks, or understand the feelings of unease the works evoke. What the works in Uncanny have in common, is that something is not quite as it appears.

Curator Erin Wilson said: “The uncanny is hard to define. It can be a niggling sense of discomfort, a mystery you are unable to understand, or an instinct that something is unnatural. The uncanny is difficult to explain, because it is, in essence, a feeling.”

For example, in Matt Calvert’s work Too Strange, the viewer is presented with a group whimsical of creatures which at first glance may appear cute and cuddly. At a distance, their texture could be mistaken for foam. Yet these works are made from shards of glass, which draw these seemingly innocuous creatures into the realm of the slightly more sinister.

Or in Mary Scott’s painting Restless, there is nothing specific to suggest anything untoward is happening. However, the framing of the scene, which crops out the faces of the women, leaves a to question what is happening beyond, creating a tension as our imagination is left to fill in the details.

“The Uncanny is ultimately a feeling uniquely experienced by the individual – as we see in Tom Samek’s work Australian Summer Smile #2 it may be elicited by something as simple as imagining the feeling of flies on our teeth.”

The Devonport City Council’s Permanent Art Collection represents a broad range of significant Tasmanian artists, working across textiles, ceramics, glass, sculpture, digital media and works on paper. The Devonport Regional Gallery’s Upper Gallery, in the paranaple arts centre, features a changing program of four exhibitions from the permanent collection in 2019, Uncanny being the second in this series.

Exhibition Dates: 8 June – 25 August 2019

Venue: Upper Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery, paranaple arts centre

Official opening: Friday 7 June, 6pm

Twilight Tour: With Curator Erin Wilson: Thursday 20 June 5.30pm

Image details: Mary Scott, Restless, 2006, oil on linen, DCC Permanent Collection, acc. 2006.004

 

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