Mayor’s Message – 18 February 2020

A reminder that the Sea FM and 7AD Fire Relief Concert will be held in the Town Hall on Friday night from 7 pm.

Council is supporting the concert through the provision of necessary facilities, equipment and staffing.

The total estimated commercial value of Council’s contribution to the event, including venue hire, ticketing fees, equipment hire and staffing is between $10,000 and $12,000.

The concert will feature Delilah Hanniford – an incredibly young talent, who writes and performs her own songs, Channel IV – one of our best up and coming Rock Bands and Wake the Neighbours – an exceptional high-quality local cover band.

They will be followed by nationally-acclaimed Tasmanian band Wolfe Brothers, who will do an acoustics set.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $28 and children under 16 – $18 with no other concessions/student/group

Tickets can be purchased through the paranaple arts centre box office, on line at www.paranapleartscentre.com.au or by telephone by calling the box office on 6420 2900.

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As part of the 2020/21 budget consultation process Devonport City Council is inviting community members to put forward their ideas for projects and initiatives which they feel will benefit the community.

This is the fifth year that Council has sought input from the community into the budget process.

The consultation process is the perfect opportunity for interested community members to help shape the delivery of City projects and infrastructure.

By taking this out to the community, it allows Devonport residents and ratepayers to have direct input into Council’s budget and decision-making process.  All suggestions made will be considered by Council as part of the annual budgeting cycle.

The consultation process has proven successful in the past. Council has already either implemented or ear marked several projects that were suggested by community members in previous budget consultation processes.

Projects which have flowed from the consultation process in recent years include the construction of an enclosed dog exercise area,  providing lighting along sections of Victoria Parade, further development of the month-long Festival of Learning and modifications to the Middle Road/Bass Highway off ramp.

Ideas can be submitted through www.speakupdevonport.com.au, by emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au, by completing a form available from Council’s Customer Service Centre or in writing to PO Box 604, Devonport, Tas, 7310.

The consultation period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, 28 February 2020.

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Mayor’s Message – 11 February 2020

Over 800 students enjoyed education programs at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre in 2019 and we want more to experience the Centre in 2020.

The BSMC will host an Education Famil on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 4-7pm for Secondary and Primary educators.

It is s an opportunity to visit the updated centre, learn about some of the programs on offer and discuss your 2020 curriculum and activity requirements.

You can RSVP by telephoning the centre on  6424 7100 or by email to bookings@bassstraitmc.com.au

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Details have been finalised for the Sea FM and 7AD Fire Relief Concert, which will be held in the Town Hall on Friday 21 February from 7 pm until 10 pm.

Council is supporting the concert through the provision of necessary facilities, equipment and staffing.

The total estimated commercial value of Council’s contribution to the event, including venue hire, ticketing fees, equipment hire and staffing is between $10,000 and $12,000.

The concert will feature Delilah Hanniford – an incredibly young talent, who writes and performs her own songs, Channel IV – one of our best up and coming Rock Bands and Wake the Neighbours – an exceptional high-quality local cover band.

They will be followed by nationally-acclaimed Tasmanian band Wolfe Brothers, who will do an acoustics set.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $28 and Child U 16 – $18 with no other concessions/student/group

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through the paranaple arts centre box office, on line at www.paranapleartscentre.com.au or by telephone by calling the box office on 6420 2900.

As of mid-January, the 2019/2020 national bushfire season has burned an estimated 46 million acres, levelled 5900 buildings and claimed 29 lives. has burned an estimated 46 million acres, levelled 5900 buildings and claimed 29 lives.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 04 February 2020

RAN vessel HMAS Stuart will receive Freedom of Entry to the city when it visits Devonport at the end of February.

Devonport has had a number of visits from HMAS Stuart in the past and is the ship’s ceremonial home port.

HMAS Stuart will visit Devonport between Friday 28 February and Monday 2 March.

The event will add value to several activities being held at that time including the Triathlon and Devonport Regatta.

HMAS Stuart was last granted Freedom of Entry to the city in 2014.

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The Devonport City Council will support a planned bushfire relief concert scheduled to be held in the city later month.

Council will reallocate funding previously committed to the Taste of The Harvest Festival to support the Sea FM and 7AD Fire Relief Concert through the provision of necessary facilities, equipment and staffing.

The concert is planned to be held in either the Town Hall or paranaple convention centre on Friday 21 February.

The total estimated commercial value of Council’s contribution to the event, including venue hire, ticketing fees, equipment hire and staffing is between $10,000 and $12,000.

As of mid-January, the 2019/2020 national bushfire season has burned an estimated 46 million acres, levelled 5900 buildings and claimed 29 lives. has burned an estimated 46 million acres, levelled 5900 buildings and claimed 29 lives.

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A seat commemorating babies who have been buried in unmarked graves will be placed in the Devonport General Cemetery, in Lawrence Drive, adjacent to the children’s area containing unmarked graves.

The application was made to Council by Soroptimist International of Devonport.

Council was told the placement of commemorative seats within the community, as endorsed by Council’s policy, is to commemorate individuals, organisations, businesses or clubs who have made a significant contribution to the community or to recognise a significant milestone.

The site requested by Soroptimist International of Devonport is in an area which would be suitable for the placement of a seat as there is no other seating available at the cemetery.

The cost of supplying and placing the seat will be met by the club and it will be installed by Council.

The club will also be responsible for supplying the plaque to be affixed to the seat.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 17 December 2019

Overlooking the Bass Strait and the mouth of the Mersey River, the people of Devonport will say Bon Voyage 2019 and start cruising into 2020 at this year’s SeaFM City of Devonport Skyfire New Year’s Eve celebration.

With the change in venue to Aikenhead Point, the family fireworks at 9.30pm and the midnight display will take full advantage of the maritime vista and be fired over the water from the Spirit of the Sea statue.

A full evening of live music will begin at 6pm and will start with local youth bands as part of Skyfire Spotlight.  Special guests, Nine Lives Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue, will continue into the night with their trademark high energy tunes to get everyone up on the dance floor.  Interspersed with the music will be Minute to Win It-type challenges with great prizes, magic and circus performers.

Across the site there’ll be plenty for families to do.  Activities such as Zorb Balls, Swing Cars, inflatable slide, and jumping castle will keep the kids entertained, and family and friends can challenge each other at the tabletop and giant games.

You can also decorate yourself with face painting, temporary tattoos or Henna art, or decorate a scratch mask.

Highlights will be the SeaFM Silent Disco and the chance to write your wishes, dreams and resolutions to be added to the Wheel of Dreams.

Council and MerseyLink have partnered to offer a free shuttle bus which will run every 15 minutes during the event, with pick up points near Fourways, Kmart and at the Rook Street interchange.  The Spirit of Devonport Ferry will also be crossing the Mersey during the evening, at regular prices.

Dress for the journey into the new decade and enjoy a scrumptious selection of food and beverage at the event of the year.

For those wanting an adrenaline rush, the Summer Family Fun Fair at Devonport Oval will also be opening on New Year’s Eve with a terrific selection of carnival rides and games.

Entry is free to this non-smoking event which is fully licenced meaning no BYO alcohol and no glass can be brought onto site.

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With the upcoming 100th anniversary of Devonport Harbour Master’s House in January, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre is keen to find any pictures which community members may have of the building prior to 1950.

The centre would like to add them to its historical records.

You can contact the BSMC through their Facebook page or email: bookings@bassstraitmc.com.au

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The Devonport City Council Financial Assistance Scheme will be accepting Major and Minor grant applications from 1 January to 28 February 2020.

The Community Grants Program supports community organisations for one-off projects, events and activities.

Details and the guidelines can be found on the Council website by clicking  here

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As this will be my last message for 2019, I wish to take this opportunity to wish you all a Joyful Christmas and Happy New Year!

It is my hope that you all get an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends during the festive period.

May I also send a message of thanks and gratitude to members of our emergency services who will work around the clock again this year to help keep us all safe.

The Council Office will be closed from 2:00pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Thursday 2 January 2020.

Council has released the opening and closing times for all its facilities, as well as waste collection arrangements and the operating hours of the Spreyton Waste Transfer Station over the festive season and you can find them here.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 10 December 2019

Following on from Friday’s windy weather, the re-scheduled annual Devonport Christmas Parade will happen on Wednesday night, 11 December, from 6.30 p.m.

This year the parade will traverse a route taking in James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road and Clements Street.

With a range of local floats entered by businesses, schools and community and sporting groups, it is a perfect way to kick off the festive season in Devonport.

And, of course, Santa will be there to wish all a very Merry Christmas.

So, bring the whole family for this fabulous event.

There will also be a Christmas Market on the corner of Bluff Road and Clements Street from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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It will be a busy evening tomorrow night.  The paranaple arts centre – home of the Town Hall Theatre and the Devonport Regional Gallery – will launch its 2020 program of exhibitions and performances at 6pm.

The full 2020 program will be unveilled and it is set to be an exceptional year-long season of cultural events for the North-West Coast.

It offers an exciting mix of major Australian performing arts and touring exhibitions, exceptional award-winning performance and plenty of high-quality local productions and exhibitions.

Included in the offering will be a critically acclaimed stage production of George Orwell’s intensely powerful novel Animal Farm by the shake & stir theatre company.

The Gallery will be presenting the biggest program in its four-decade history, featuring work by some of Tasmania’s leading contemporary artists.

The launch is also an opportunity to get a glimpse of the year ahead and a chance to become a member and book premium seats to any number of performances.

The launch will be followed by complimentary refreshments in the Main Gallery.

It is a free event and anyone who would like to attend can RSVP to 6420 2900 , theatre@devonport.tas.gov.au or artgallery@devonport.tas.gov.au

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 03 December 2019

It will certainly begin to feel a bit like Christmas in the city and the end of this week with many opportunities for residents to get into the festive spirit.

The annual Devonport Christmas Parade is almost here with the event to begin at 6.30 p.m. on Friday evening.

This year the parade will traverse a route taking in James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road and Clements Street.

With a range of local floats entered by businesses, schools and community and sporting groups, it is a perfect way to kick off the festive season in Devonport.

And, of course, Santa will be there to wish all a very Merry Christmas.

So, bring the whole family for this fabulous event.

The Devonport Library is offering a Christmas craft session from 4 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

There will also be a Christmas Market on the corner of Bluff Road and Clements Street from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

With the redevelopment of Roundhouse Park, where Devonport’s Carols by Candlelight has been held since 2012, the event’s organising committee is excited to be trialling a space at Devonport Oval for this year’s event to be held on Sunday 8 December at 7.30 p.m.

The space, known as “Circus Corner” sits on the corner of Bluff Road and Clements Street.  Surrounded by trees, with gorgeous views of the ocean, organisers are sure that the space has all the ingredients for a successful event.

The program will include performances from several choirs and vocal groups such as Right On Cue, Crescendo, The Don Chorale, Every Other Tuesday, and The Haus Creative Kids Choir.

Cast members from several musicals will also appear with local productions of Downtown! The Mod Musical, Seussical Jr, Little Shop of Horrors Jr, and Doctor Dolittle Jr being represented in the line-up.

KC Studio will also have a dance group and it will be a family affair with successful Eisteddfod competitors, the Fieldwick sisters delivering some fun Christmas poetry.

The hardest working group will be the City of Devonport Brass Band who, along with the Community Choir, will be leading the crowd in well-known Christmas songs throughout the evening.

 

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 26 November 2019

To commemorate International Volunteer Day, the Devonport City Council will be hosting a barbecue to celebrate the wonderful contribution volunteers make to our community.

Council is pleased to invite all persons who work in a volunteer capacity in the Devonport municipality to attend the Thank you Breakfast with yours truly, other Councillors and Council staff wielding the tongs.

For catering purposes, you are asked to RSVP by Monday 2 December by either by telephoning 6424 0511 or emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au

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A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the Devonport City Council for the year ended 30 June 2019 will be held on Monday, 9 December 2019 in the Aberdeen Room, Level 2, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport commencing at 5.00 pm

Copies of Council’s 2018/2019 Annual Report are now available at Council’s Administration Centre, Level 2, paranaple centre and on Council’s website at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/council/governance/strategies-reports-publications/annual-report/

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You only have until Thursday 28 November to register for the 2019 Devonport Christmas Parade.

This year the Christmas Parade, to be held on Friday 6 December at 6.30 p.m., will traverse a route taking in James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road and Clements Street.

It will be a shorter and flatter route than previous years, and people are encouraged to consider entering a walking float.

Those wishing to enter a float can find a registration form at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/2019-christmas-parade-registrations-now-open/ and return it to Council at PO Box 604 Devonport TAS 7310 or via email to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au

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Nominations will close on Monday 2 December for the Devonport City Council’s 2020 Australia Day Awards.

Devonport residents and ratepayers are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals who have made significant contributions to the Devonport community. Award categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year Award.

Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged under 30 years on 26 January 2020.

The Awards are open to residents and/or ratepayers of the Devonport local government area.

There are many people within our community who do great things, and this is one way in which we can celebrate them.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Council’s paranaple centre office or  https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/awards/australia-day-awards/

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 19 November 2019

Platypus expert James McGregor will be presenting a talk about one of the world’s most interesting mammals at the Tasmanian Arboretum, at Eugenana, on Saturday.

Beginning at 10 am, the talk is free to the public and James’s presentation will run for about two hours.

More information is available from Council by telephoning 6424 0511.

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There are less than two weeks to go before registrations close for the 2019 Devonport Christmas Parade with Thursday 28 November the last day.

This year the Christmas Parade, to be held on Friday 6 December at 6.30 p.m., will traverse a route taking in James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road and Clements Street.

It will be a shorter and flatter route than previous years, and people are encouraged to consider entering a walking float.

Those wishing to enter a float can find a registration form at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/2019-christmas-parade-registrations-now-open/ and return it to Council at PO Box 604 Devonport TAS 7310 or via email to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au

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Nominations are now open for Devonport City Council’s 2020 Australia Day Awards.

Devonport residents are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals who have made significant contributions to the Devonport community. Award categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year Award.

Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged under 30 years on 26 January 2020.

The Awards are open to residents and/or ratepayers of the Devonport local government area.

There are many people within our community who do great things, and this is one way in which we can celebrate them.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Council’s paranaple centre office or  https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/awards/australia-day-awards/

Nominations will be open until 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 12 November 2019

The annual Home Hill Garden Fete will be held this coming Sunday, 17 November, from 10am until 3pm at the former Lyons’ residence, 77 Middle Road.

It will feature market stalls, food vendors, children’s activities, live music and entertainment in the grounds of the beautiful National Trust property.

While the house – the residence of former Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, his wife Dame Enid and their children – is not open for tours on the day you can purchase discounted tickets for future tours.

I trust as many people as possible will get along to assist in raising funds to support future restoration efforts for this important piece of the city’s history.

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It never ceases to amaze me the number of community leaders I see around the city, even if most would probably not regard themselves as leaders, or future leaders.

I would encourage all these people to either consider applying for the Tasmanian Community Fund’s Emerging Community Leaders Program for 2020 or to tap someone else on the shoulder to put their name forward.

The program will enable up to 24 participants to develop skills which will empower and enable them to help their community prosper.

Emerging Community Leaders brings together the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector with a program focused on leading self, leading others, leading community and leading for lasting impact.

There is an emphasis on experiential learning and being able to apply skills immediately in the form of projects benefiting participants’ workplaces and the community.

The way in which this program is delivered aims to develop participants in an engaging, innovative and future focused way.

The content, presenters, workshops and activities included in the delivery of this program are practical, creative, unique and deeply engaging. Participants are encouraged to understand that everyone’s journey through the program is different, and leadership is innately personal.

The program is open to all Tasmanians, but participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applications for the 2020 program are now open and close on 29 November 2019.

Applications can be submitted through the Tasmanian Community Fund’s grant portal at tascomfund.smartygrants.com.au/2020DECLC

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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Mayor’s Message – 05 November 2019

Work to construct the children’s memorial pavilion at the Mersey Vale Memorial Park, at Spreyton, is underway.

This project includes a central tree which will be planted and surrounded by small seating blocks and garden beds in a circular arrangement with segmenting partition walls available for ash interment and memorial plaques.

Footpaths will provide access to the raised pavilion area that will cover a central seat.

The wing walls supporting the roof structure will also accommodate ash interment and memorial balloon shaped, coloured plaques.

A glass balustrade will be installed on top of the retaining wall at the northern end of the pavilion allowing safe access to the northern views.

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At its monthly meeting last week, Council approved two road contracts valued at about $480,000.

The Stewart Street renewal, from Williams Street to Gunn Street, involves the construction of a new kerb and channel, driveway improvements, pavement and seal and the installation of street trees.

An allowance of $20,000 has been allocated to undertake the renewal of footpaths. This work was omitted from the tender, but it was later considered that renewing parts of the footpath would deliver a better outcome.

Stage 1 of the renewal of pavement and seal of the rural section of Winspears Road was completed in March and the second stage continues the work to Council’s eastern boundary.

Initially it was assumed that the remaining section of road would be renewed in two sections over two financial years.

However, the tendered rates allow the entire remaining section to be completed for a cost only marginally in excess of the available budget.

Cr Annette Rockliff
MAYOR 

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