Mayor’s Message – 9 September 2020

This weeks Mayor’s Message comes in the form of a video.

Watch the message here as the Mayor discusses, R U OK? Day, 2020 Festival of Learning, White Balloon Day, and more…

Mayor's Message Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Posted by Devonport City Council on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 26 August 2020

This weeks Mayor’s Message comes in the form of a video. Unfortunately it was a little too windy to show you the works at Meercroft Park.

Watch the message here as the Mayor discusses, Changes to major events, 2020 Festival of Learning, Cities Power Partnership program, and more…

Mayor's Message Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Posted by Devonport City Council on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

 

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 12 August 2020

This weeks Mayor’s Message comes in the form of a video.

Watch online here as the Mayor discusses, Expressions of Interest for Seniors Week, Devonport Food and Wine, and more…

Mayor's Message, Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Posted by Devonport City Council on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 5 August 2020

The Devonport Regional Gallery is now calling for entries to the tidal.20: City of Devonport Tasmanian  Art Award 2020.

The $15,000 major acquisitive award is sponsored by Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.

The award is open to Tasmanian artists, or artists who reside interstate that have a strong connection with Tasmania.

To enter, or find our more information, go to the paranaple arts centre website.

Entries Close: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Exhibition Opening & Announcement of Winning Artist: Friday 4 December 2020
Exhibition Dates: 5 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

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Seniors Week (12-18 October) call for Expressions of Interest

This year Senior’s Week will be an opportunity for Tasmanians of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people within our community.

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.

Due to COVID-19, the calendar of events will look quite different to previous years.  All events will be required to observe COVID safety plans covering things such as hygiene and social distancing.

To be eligible for inclusion in the calendar, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 3 September 2020.  Application forms are available on Council’s website.

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Expressions of Interest are also being sought for Devonport Food and Wine.

To be held in October, the DFW calendar traditionally comprises food, beverage, and hospitality events staged in and around Devonport.  Our aim is to empower and educate the community, as well as offering social opportunities in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

Event organisers are encouraged to think ‘outside the square’ given the current situation and partner with like-minded organisations and producers to deliver a quality and memorable event.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Sunday 31 August 2020.

For more information, or to complete the Expression of Interest, please go to the Devonport Food and Wine website.

Devonport City Council recognises the immense benefits provided to our residents and visitors by local community organisations through the provision of activities and services.

Granting a full or partial remittance of the general rate is one method of supporting and assisting local non-profit organisations to cater for and respond to the needs of Devonport residents.

2020-2021 applications for Rates Remissions will be accepted between 1 July and 31 August and assessed in September.  Details on eligibility, conditions and the online application form can be found on Council’s website.

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Did you know that each week the Devonport Regional Gallery has ‘Creative Space at Home’ workshops?  Each week the Gallery provides online instructions to enable people to get creative in their own homes – why not try a paper portrait, or a stained-glass landscape?  All workshops are available on the paranaple arts centre website.

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Meetings with Council Officers – Phone and online meetings are still the preferred method of contact for meetings with Council Officers. In person meetings can be scheduled if necessary, however notification of any additional participants will need to be made in advance to ensure social distancing measures are met.

Council’s Customer Service can be contacted via:

Email – council@devonport.tas.gov.au

Phone: 0364240511

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 29 July 2020

Thank you very much to all those who expressed an interest in joining Council’s Sports Infrastructure Master Plan Working Group.

Council endorsed the membership at the Ordinary Meeting on Monday 27 July.  The successful applicants appointed are as follows:

Business/Community Stephen Casey

Drew Smith

Lisa Males

State/Regional Sport Governing Bodies Chris McCoy (Basketball Tasmania)

Simon Aulder-Heide (Tennis Tasmania)

Tasmanian Government Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation Leigh Oswin (Project Manager – Development, Sport & Recreation)
Councillors Cr John Alexiou

Cr Gerard Enniss

Cr Sally Milbourne

 

Unsuccessful expressions of interest will have the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the consultation process.

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It is very pleasing to be able to include additional projects in the 2020/21 Capital Works Program and the operational budget, thanks to the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

This funding has been provided to assist a community-led recovery from COVID-19 by supporting local jobs, firms and procurement.  Council has been offered a grant of $506,733 through the program which will enable the additional work to occur.

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Do you have some spare time to volunteer?  The Friends of Don Reserve meet every fortnight to assist in improving the biodiversity of Don Reserve and surrounds, and they are currently looking for new members.

To get involved, complete a Council Volunteer Registration Form, or contact Phil at Council for more information council@devonport.tas.gov.au.

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Formby Road (between Best Street and Victoria Parade) will be closed from 3 August 2020 until 25 September 2020, from 7:00am to 5:00pm each day to enable the conduct of pavement and kerb construction.  Please take care when driving in this area during the noted closure period.

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Devonport Local Government Area road side weed management spraying is due to commence on Monday 3 August, by a contractor, weather permitting.

Property owners may request the City to not undertake spraying on the road reserve in front of or alongside their properties by applying to be listed on the City’s ‘No Spray Register’ on the Council Website. Applications require the property owner to provide a management plan identifying the method of control for weeds and how regularly the property owner plans to undertake this control.

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26 July – 2 August 2020 is Donate Life Week.

This is a national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation.  Across Australia, DonateLife agencies and our community stakeholders help spread the word about the life changing gift of organ and tissue donation.

The aim of the awareness campaign is to inspire Australians to make a difference to the lives of others by registering and telling their family they want to be a donor.  To find out more information, visit the DonateLife website.

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MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 22 July 2020

It’s really great to see local sporting groups, recommencing after they were required to shutdown due to COVID.  Football, hockey, soccer, touch football, running groups, netball to name but a few.  COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements mean that some of our sports look a little different this year, but it is great to see participants and spectators embracing the challenges and supporting their teams.

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The Lifeline Tip Shop and the Waste Transfer Station has now reopened.  Opening hours are 10am – 2pm until further notice.

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Throughout July, Council has been sharing footage of Devonport Jazz Festivals from years gone by on Facebook.  This weekend, the ‘Devonport Jazz in Retrospect’ YouTube channel will be released; this will include all the memories featured over the past few weeks, plus include some fabulous new performances that have filmed specially for this weekend while the musicians have been in lockdown.

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Members of the public are now able to attend monthly Council meetings, however, to comply with COVID-19 social distancing requirements, a limited number of 10 people will be allowed.  Those wishing to attend should register by calling Council’s Executive Officer on 64240511.  Registrations will open once the agenda is available on Council’s website and close at 12noon on the day of the meeting.  Due to the limited number of attendees allowed, registrations will not be taken in advance.  Additional information, including information relating to public question time, can be found on Council’s website.

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The paranaple centre meeting rooms are now open for bookings.  Social distancing measures are in place, including limitations on the number of people allowed in each room.  For all enquiries regarding meeting rooms, please contact the paranaple convention centre.

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Changes to Road Closure Applications

From Monday 20 July, Council will request three weeks notice to close roads within the municipality – an extension of the current two week notification period.  Council will attempt to approve permits as quickly as possible and will continue to work with contractors to accommodate urgent or critical works approvals where possible.  Find the Guidelines and the Road Closure Application form on the website here.

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Devonport Local Government Area road side weed management spraying is due to commence on Monday 3 August, by a contractor, weather permitting.

Property owners may request the City to not undertake spraying on the road reserve in front of or alongside their properties by applying to be listed on the City’s ‘No Spray Register’ on the Council Website. Applications require the property owner to provide a management plan identifying the method of control for weeds and how regularly the property owner plans to undertake this control.

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Expressions of Interest to lease an area at the Devonport Recreation Centre (formerly used by the Devonport Gymnastics Club) close Friday 24 July 2020 at 5:00pm.  EOIs are open to interested sporting bodies, and an inspection of the area can be arranged by contacting Fabio Pizzirani – Sport and Recreation Development Coordinator on 6424 0511 or email fpizzirani@devonport.tas.gov.au.  Further information is available on the website.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 15 July 2020

Council is seeking expressions of interest from interested sporting bodies to lease an area at the Devonport Recreation Centre (formerly used by the Devonport Gymnastics Club).  Inspection of the area is by appointment and can be made by contacting Fabio Pizzirani – Sport and Recreation Development Coordinator on 6424 0511 or email fpizzirani@devonport.tas.gov.au.  Further information is available on the website.  Applications close 24 July 2020 at 5:00pm.

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The Bass Strait Maritime Centre will reopen on Thursday 1 October.  Staff at the facility have been working tirelessly throughout the temporary closure, undertaking much needed work on the historic and social history collections in the care of the Centre.  Staff have also regularly been posting content to social media channels, providing behind the scenes insight into the extent of the collections, and will continue to do so until the centre reopens.

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Council will again host a luncheon for residents who have been ratepayers in the City for more than 50 years.  This year the luncheon will be held Monday 12 October 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at the paranaple convention centre, 3rd floor of the paranaple centre.

Bookings are essential.  Eligible residents should RSVP by Friday 2 October by calling Council customer Service on 6424 0511 or by email to council@devonport.tas.gov.au.

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The Devonport Recreation Centre has reopened for casual users between 9:30am – 2:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Ageing Stronger, Active Longer recommenced at the Devonport Recreation Centre on 14 July 2020 and Tai Chi for Health recommenced on 15 July.  For further details, contact the Devonport Recreation Centre on 6424 4109.

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What changes can you make this ‘Plastic Free July’?

Plastic Free July started in Western Australia and is catching on worldwide, with 120 million people now taking part to avoid single use plastics.  Take the challenge or make a change in whatever way you can to avoid or reduce single use plastic – have a look at the Rethink Waste website to see how you can get involved and make a difference.

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Have you checked out Devonport Jazz in Retrospect?

Throughout July, Council will be sharing footage of Devonport Jazz Festivals from years gone by.  Follow Devonport Jazz on Facebook to get a daily dose of Jazz – you never know who might pop up in one of the memories.

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MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 8 July 2020

Devonport City Council recognises the immense benefits provided to our residents and visitors by local community organisations through the provision of activities and services.

Granting a full or partial remittance of the general rate is one method of supporting and assisting local non-profit organisations to cater for and respond to the needs of Devonport residents.

2020-2021 applications for Rates Remissions will be accepted between 1 July and 31 August and assessed in September.  Details on eligibility, conditions and the online application form can be found on Council’s website.

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‘Devonport Jazz in Retrospect’

We could not let the 19th year of Devonport Jazz go by without some kind of acknowledgment and celebration.

We are lucky to have access to select footage from as far back as 2006, so we will be using that to put together short clips of concerts and events to share throughout July.

Initially selected clips can be found on the Devonport Jazz Facebook page.

As we get closer to the actual festival dates, 23-26 July, we will unveil the ‘Devonport Jazz in Retrospect’ YouTube channel.

This new channel will host a lovely collection of festivals gone by, and we can add to it as we move forward.

Even though we can’t gather to the extent where we can run the festival this year, please join us in July as we celebrate Devonport Jazz, the artists, the organisers and volunteers that have made our festival so special.  And we look forward to next year when many of the artists who were engaged for this year, have indicated that they would like to be part of next year’s program.

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Some Council facilities have been reopened over the last fortnight

The Works Depot Office is now open Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm, and the Mersey Vale Memorial Park Office is open Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00am – 11:00am.

The Devonport Regional Art Gallery is due to re-open on Monday 13 July – staff have been busy preparing three exhibitions to coincide with the reopening.

Council customer service officers are currently operating from the ground floor of the paranaple centre with Service Tasmania. from 13 July, customer service officers will maintain a presence at Level 2 reception.

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A reminder to check out Council’s Fit Fridays on the website. The Sport and Recreation Department have now covered multiple warm up sessions and there will be new ‘Super Sets’ added in the next few weeks.

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Expressions of Interest in joining Council’s Sports Infrastructure Master Plan Working Group will close on Wednesday 8 July at 5 p.m.

 

The Master Plan aims to provide a clear direction for the development of Council-owned sport and recreation infrastructure over the next 15 years.

Expressions of interest can be submitted via Speak Up Devonport on Council’s website.

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Get your Ticket to Play and join a club today!

Eligible Tasmanian children can apply for two vouchers worth up to $100 each towards club membership at approved activity providers.

Children aged 5-17 who are listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or who are in Out of Home Care are eligible.

Find out more and apply for a voucher here

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MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 30 June 2020

Is your business listed on Tasmania’s newest business directory?

Buy Something Tasmanian is an online directory for all Tasmanian businesses.
It is free and easy to sign up.

The site supports buying local and gives you a digital presence and/or links to your existing platforms.

To sign up go to the Buy Something Tasmania Website

For further information or support, contact the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 1300 559 112

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A reminder that Expressions of Interest in joining Council’s Sports Infrastructure Master Plan Working Group will close on Wednesday 8 July at 5 p.m.

The Master Plan aims to provide a clear direction for the development of Council-owned sport and recreation infrastructure over the next 15 years.

At a minimum, the Sports Infrastructure Master Plan is expected to provide:

  • An assessment of future sporting infrastructure required to support sporting trends.
  • Recommendations for high-level changes to coordination, management and/ or use of sporting infrastructure and facilities.
  • A prioritised action plan supported by preliminary concept plans and indicative budget estimates.

The Master Plan will not consider sport and recreation program development, passive recreation facility development (e.g. facilities in public open space), sports club development and capacity building and day-to-day operational management of facilities.

The Working Group will:

  • Provide advice and recommendations on further engaging the community and stakeholders in plan development.
  • Assist in developing and prioritising plan objectives and actions.
  • Consider options to resource plan implementation (e.g. partnerships, grants etc).
  • Review the draft and final master plan document and recommend to Council for adoption.
  • Support, promote and undertake a general advocacy role for the plan and ;
  • Act as a conduit between Council and the community.

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Council is slowly but surely re-opening more facilities in accordance with the easing of restrictions by the State Government.

The Visitor Information Centre re-opened on Monday 15 June and the Bass Strait Maritime Centre is planning to reopen on Monday 13 July.

I know that many people, both young and old, were delighted to see the Library reopen its doors almost a fortnight ago, and Splash Aquatic last week.

Just remember to practice safe hygiene and please do not visit if you are feeling at all unwell.

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MAYOR

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