Mayor’s Message – 17 September 2019

It was great to hear last week that the Devonport Chess Club has been officially revived.

The club will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday each month during school term at the East Devonport Community House, 106 David Street, East Devonport, from 6 p.m.

Regular attendees will be registered with the Tasmanian Chess Association and the cost will be $3 per evening for senior players and $2 for juniors.

The funds will be used to support community outreach programmes organised by the Community House.

The first session will be held on 22 October and after that on 12 and 26 November and 10 December.

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Don’t forget, the Hungry Jack’s NBL Blitz is coming to Devonport on Friday night with South East Melbourne Phoenix taking on the Sydney Kings at the Devonport Basketball Stadium.

Doors will open at 6.30 p.m. with the tip-off at 7.30.

Tickets are available online through the NBL.

I hope that basketball fans will get out and support this game to show how popular the sport is in Devonport and hopefully lead to more NBL games coming to the region in the future.

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Seniors Week will be held 14-20 October and the Devonport City Council is once again celebrating Seniors Week within the Devonport region with the largest calendar of events produced for the weeklong celebration.

Council is working with several organisations to provide a broad range of activities and events to suit all seniors within the Devonport community.

The calendar is jam-packed with over 50 events for seniors to attend. Some events do require booking in advance and payment while others are drop in on the day and free.

The program has been designed specifically to be low cost and offers a wide range of activities to cater for all seniors within the community.

The full program of events can be downloaded from Council’s website or Facebook page.

For further information please contact, Community Services at Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 10 September 2019

Residents are reminded that they only have until this afternoon to provide their comments on the revised Dog Management Policy.

The policy outlines Council’s approach and responsibilities for dog management and control.

Council is committed to promoting responsible dog ownership.

Dog ownership has many important benefits to the community through companionship, health promotion, general well-being as well as their use as working dogs.

But all dog owners have a legal and ethical responsibility to their dogs and to the wider community.   Irresponsible dog ownership can affect the physical and social environment of other residents.

The Dog Management Policy is provided to assist dog owners to minimise any negative impacts on the community.

It is also designed to provide information on responsible dog ownership, identify areas within the municipal area which are available for exercising dogs and areas where dogs are restricted or prohibited.

The policy also outlines Council’s approach and responsibilities for dog management and control.

A copy of the policy can be found at the Have your Say tab on Council’s website at www.devonport.tas.gov.au

 The comment period will close at 4 p.m.

Written responses can also be emailed to council@devonport.tas.gov.au

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Seniors Week will be held 14-20 October and the Devonport City Council is once again celebrating Seniors Week within the Devonport region with the largest calendar of events produced for the weeklong celebration.

Council is working with several organisations to provide a broad range of activities and events to suit all seniors within the Devonport community.

The calendar is jam-packed with over 50 events for seniors to attend. Some events do require booking in advance and payment while others are drop in on the day and free.

The program has been designed specifically to be low cost and offers a wide range of activities to cater for all seniors within the community.

The full program of events can be downloaded from Council’s website or Facebook page.

For further information please contact, Community Services at Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 03 September 2019

This year marks the 91st anniversary of the City of Devonport Eisteddfod, with competitions beginning on Wednesday and running until September 18.

Competition will begin tomorrow held in the disciplines of dance, speech and drama, music and brass band instrumental and will run until 18 September.

Three venues will be used the Town Hall Theatre, paranaple arts centre and LifeWay church.

The 91st anniversary for any Association is a tremendous achievement, and our community has been truly spoilt by the level of talent and performances that have been brought to us by the Devonport Eisteddfod Society over the last eight decades.

What started off as Musical and Literary Competitions in 1915, has developed into one of the most iconic events to be staged in the City of Devonport.

The path taken by the Devonport Eisteddfod has not always been a smooth one.  The competition was abandoned at various times throughout the early years, due to influenza epidemics, World War II and waning public interest.

However, it is particularly pleasing the situation today is much more encouraging with the event growing in popularity every year.

Throughout its history the Devonport Eisteddfod has provided an excellent platform for performing arts students to display their talents on stage before a live audience and receive constructive feedback on their efforts.

Skills that they work so hard to develop and refine are incorporated into routines and performances which bring enjoyment, and in some cases amazement, to those who are witness to them.

However, events such as the Devonport Eisteddfod would not be possible if it were not for the tireless volunteers.

These people have kindly given up their time to assist with this event.  Their commitment and efforts are very much appreciated by the community.

President Gillian Buxton, along with committee members, have once again organised another extremely busy two-week programme.

I would encourage members of the community to get along and see some of the highly talented young people we have in our region.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 27 August 2019

A reminder that the Devonport basketball stadium will play host to one match in the NBL Blitz next month.

New team South East Melbourne Phoenix will play the Sydney Kings on Friday 20 September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available online through the NBL.

I hope that basketball fans will get out and support this game to show how popular the sport is in Devonport and hopefully lead to more NBL games coming to the region in the future.

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Following from the success of a similar event in July, The Bass Strait Maritime Centre has teamed up with artist Elysium Greene and the Pearl Oyster Bar to host another art and wine evening in the museum’s cafe space this evening.

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

While art is interesting to many people not everyone would go to a formal art class at a gallery as it would be far too intimidating.

It is hoped that a casual approach – with a glass of wine in hand and a fun, experienced artist – will give people the confidence to come along for a fun evening of art and wine with friends.

The collection item chosen for the second instalment of Vino and Visual is a wonderful photograph called Sunrise, by A.W. Marshall.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 20 August 2019

In recent years Council has become aware of complaints from shopkeepers and shoppers about flooding occurring following heavy rain on the eastern side of the Fourways shopping precinct, particularly between the medical centre and the health shop,

Following an investigation, it was found that there was inadequate stormwater infrastructure and the capacity of the local drainage system was unable to cope with any significant deluge.

As a result, Council allocated $50,000 in its 2019/20 Capital Works budget to undertake improvements works, which are limited to the eastern side of William Street, at the kerb between the health shop and the medical centre.

Subject to weather conditions, the work is expected to begin on Monday 26 August and should be completed in three weeks.

The project involves removing 50m of kerb, installing a new stormwater main and two stormwater pits, reinstating the kerb to new levels and reinstating the pedestrian crossover, road edge and footpath. Footpath pavers will also be relaid to help prevent water ponding further to the south.

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It was a great thrill to attend the opening of Reflections Café last Wednesday at the Senior Citizens’ Club on Victoria Parade.

Reflections aims to offer a friendly and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers and judging by the crowd on the opening day it is bound to be a success!

It will be open between 10 am and midday every second Wednesday with the next day on 28 August.

Should enough support exist the café will consider opening every Wednesday.

Reflections is an initiative of the Munnew Day Centre, a division of Meercroft Care which supports those living with dementia and their carers. The Devonport City Council is supporting the initiative and funding has been received from the Lions Club of Devonport.

Local education institutions will be providing the food on a roster basis.

Anyone seeking more information can contact Munnew on 6421 0111 or Council’s Community Services Department on 6424 0511.

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Did you know there is a World Pulled Pork Day, Taco Day, Apple Day, Noodle Day and even Mouldy Cheese Day?

Well, many of these days will be celebrated as part of the Devonport Food and Wine Festival in October, which also just happens to be Pizza Month.

Already about 70 events have been locked in so stay tuned for more exciting information about the Festival in coming weeks.

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It was a great thrill to attend the opening of Reflections Café last Wednesday at the Senior Citizens’ Club on Victoria Parade.

Reflections aims to offer a friendly and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers and judging by the crowd on the opening day it is bound to be a success!

It will be open between 10 am and midday every second Wednesday with the next day on 28 August.

Should enough support exist the café will consider opening every Wednesday.

Reflections is an initiative of the Munnew Day Centre, a division of Meercroft Care which supports those living with dementia and their carers. The Devonport City Council is supporting the initiative and funding has been received from the Lions Club of Devonport.

Local education institutions will be providing the food on a roster basis.

Anyone seeking more information can contact Munnew on 6421 0111 or Council’s Community Services Department on 6424 0511.

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Reece High School will be holding a 50th Anniversary celebration Satuday 2 November 2019

It will start with a school tour followed by a dinner dance at the Devonport Waterfront Function Centre.

The dance band will be made up of former Reece High students.

Students and teachers who attended Reece High between 1960 and 1970 are invited to attend and their families.

There is a Facebook page and bookings can be made on Eventbrite.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 13 August 2019

A reminder that the Waste Transfer Station, at Spreyton, is now accepting ETFPOS as a payment option at the gate.Debit cards as well as Visa and Mastercard are accepted and you can still pay with cash.

Debit cards as well as Visa and Mastercard are accepted and you can still pay with cash.

Unfortunately, Diners Club and American Express are not accepted and there is no cash out available.

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A café which aims to offer a friendly and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers will open its doors for the first time in Devonport tomorrow morning.

The Reflections Café will be held at the Devonport Senior Citizens Club, on Victoria Parade, between 10 am and midday every second Wednesday and should enough support exist the café will consider opening every Wednesday.

It is an initiative of the Munnew Day Centre, a division of Meercroft Care which supports those living with dementia and their carers.

The Devonport City Council is supporting the initiative and funding has been received from the Lions Club of Devonport.

Local education institutions will be providing the food on a roster basis.

The concept was based on a similar café which currently operates weekly in Ulverstone as well as in other towns and cities on the mainland.

It will be a friendly and safe environment where people living with dementia and their carers can be supported and learn about the services which are available to support them.

Munnew’s volunteers would be on hand to provide support and assistance.

Supporting the café is the first step in Council’s vision to be seen as a dementia-friendly Council.

Munnew plays a very important role within our community and we are delighted to be able to partner with them in this venture.

Anyone seeking more information can contact Munnew on 6421 0111 or Council’s Community Services Department on 6424 0511.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 06 August 2019

Bollard rectification works in Southern Rooke Street will be undertaken by a contractor this weekend. The work will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August.

On Saturday 10 August two car parking metered spaces on the northern side of King Street adjacent to the intersection with Rooke Street and two car parking metered spaces on Rooke Street, just south of the 12 bollards being treated, will be occupied by the contractor.

On Sunday 11 August two car parking metered spaces will be required on the northern side of King Street adjacent to the intersection with Rooke Street and two car parking metered spaces on Rooke St adjacent to the three treatment sites will be occupied by the contractor.

Police bollards and nightline will be erected to create a barrier between pedestrian traffic and the works each day.

The contractor will place plastic on the footpath/pavers before excavation commences to facilitate the final clean up after the works and restoration are complete. The barriers will be removed upon restoration and clean up.

Appropriate signage will be installed notifying pedestrians and motorists about the planned work.

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A reminder that The Devonport City Council is seeking public input into its access and inclusion plan aimed at making the city a better place for all to live in.

Comments must be received by Friday 9 August.

Council is keen to find out about your experiences in dealing with Council, particularly what worked and what did not work.

We also want to know about ways to make it easier for residents and visitors living with disability.

The feedback will be used to develop a five-year plan to improve access and inclusion to all Council facilities and services.

Residents can have their say by:

Hard copies of the survey are also available from Council offices in the paranaple centre and and a link can be found online to download a copy in an easy read format.

Interested parties can also call Council on 6424 0511 to be sent a copy.

 

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 30 July 2019

The Devonport City Council will ask the Tasmanian Planning Commission to rezone land at 117 Tasman Street from general industrial and community purpose to residential.

Council recently advertised its intention to seek the rezoning of the land – the former site of a weaving mill – and no objections were received.

The site has an area of 6.688ha fronting Tasman Street and was used for the manufacturing and processing of fabric between 1952 and 2013.

A factory outlet store also operated from the site until December 2018.

The property contains approximately 2ha of buildings which, since the closure of the factory, have been used for administration and storage.

It is surrounded by residential and educational uses with a tertiary education facility, TasTAFE, located on land to the south.

In recent years several attempts have been made to rezone the site but none of the applications have come to fruition.

Residential expansion options within the Devonport municipality are currently constrained by agricultural, industrial and rural residential land and, therefore, housing growth must be accommodated through infill.

Council was previously told the proposed amendment provided an opportunity for that to occur at the site, which has good connections to services, employment, recreational facilities and transport networks to ensure the needs of future residents can be met.

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At its meeting on Monday 22 July, Council provided in-principle support for a proposal to transfer public land in East Devonport to Melaleuca Aged Care.

While the land includes the site of the Mary Binks Wetlands, Melaleuca will not build on that part of the property.

It says that public access to the wetlands will not be affected by the proposal.

The not-for-profit aged care provider has also offered to maintain the wetlands area to offset Council’s maintenance costs.

Melaleuca currently has 48 single ensuite residential rooms and a specialised palliative care room.

To secure the future of its residential care services, and to reflect Federal Government policy of encouraging aging individuals to remain in their own homes for longer, it is seeking to build six independent living units on the site.

As part of the process Council will now advertise its intention and members of the community will have the opportunity to provide comment.

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Due to the development of Roundhouse Park and the closure of the former Best Street Car Park, Council has considered its options for the Christmas Parade and New Year’s Eve events for 2019.

The Christmas Parade will traverse a route taking in James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road and Clements Street while the SkyFire New Year’s Eve event will be centred on Aitkenhead Point and land surrounding the Bass Strait Maritime Centre.

The preferred route for the parade was chosen because of the availability of a suitable marshalling area at Byard Park and James Street, several free parking options, no traffic lights and some excellent viewing areas.

The route was considered shorter and flatter making it more manageable for walkers.

It is proposed that Victoria Parade/Bluff Road will be closed from Gloucester Avenue to North Fenton Street for the New Year’s Eve event.

Councillors were told that the alternate locations were considered the most suitable for the 2019 events.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 23 July 2019

The 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival kicks of this week and it promises to be a massive event!

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

Among the many free activities is a Jazz Style Street Eats event will be held on Thursday 25 July from 4 to 8 pm in Market Square.

There will be 11 food vendors and the Speak Easy Pop up Bar will be open.

Entertainment will be provided by Django’s Tiger & City of Devonport Brass Band.

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The Devonport City Council is seeking public input into its access and inclusion plan aimed at making the city a better place for all to live in.

Council wants to know about the experiences of its community in dealing with Council, particularly what worked and what did not work.

We also want to know about ways to make it easier for residents and visitors living with disability.

The feedback will be used to develop a five-year plan to improve access and inclusion to all Council facilities and services.

Residents can have their say by:

Hard copies of the survey are also available from Council offices in the paranaple centre. Interested parties can also call Council on 6424 0511 to be sent a copy.

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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

Seniors Week runs from 14 to 20 October.

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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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Mayor’s Message – 16 July 2019

The 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival is now less than two weeks away!

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

Among the many free activities is a Jazz Style Street Eats event will be held on Thursday 25 July from 4 to 8 pm in Market Square.

There will be 11 food vendors and the Speak Easy Pop up Bar will be open.

Entertainment will be provided by Django’s Tiger & City of Devonport Brass Band.

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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

Seniors Week runs from 14 to 20 October.

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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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