of valuable CBD land,” said Mayor Rockliff.
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R U Ok?Day is Thursday 10th September 2020. It is the national day of action when Australians are reminded that every day is the day to ask, ‘Are you ok?’
2020 has been a challenging year for many in our community; we have had to learn how to operate in a world where social distancing is now the norm, and many have been required to self-isolate or to quarantine. These circumstances have made it more important than ever to promote the important messages of R U Ok? Day.
This year, the Devonport City Council has created a video featuring people who are passionate about making sure our community feels safe to ask each other, ‘R U Ok?’ and to highlight the support services that are available.
Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff, is one of the people featured on the video.
“We can all make a difference to those who are struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life’s ups and downs. You don’t have to be an expert to have a caring, meaningful conversation, but it could be a conversation that may change a life”, Mayor Rockliff said.
By creating and sharing the video, Council hopes to increase the feeling of social connection in the community, and to promote the messages that inspire people to ask others if they are ok, and to know what to do if someone says they are not ok.
The video will be available to view on Council’s website, promoted on social media and shared on the Market Square TV screen.
For more information about R U Ok?Day visit www.ruokday.com.au
As part of the 2020 Seniors Week celebrations, Council is teaming up with community partners and service providers to support elderly residents in the community with care packages.
Each year, Devonport City Council produces a Seniors Week calendar with assistance from community partners and service providers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is not business as usual this year and therefore the 2020 calendar of events will look quite different.
Many elderly residents in the community have been self-isolating and doing it tough throughout the COVID crisis, so this year, as part of the Seniors Week calendar, Council will be running ‘A Treat to Eat’ whereby the community will be asked to donate non-perishable food items or toiletries throughout the month of September.
Drop off points for donations include:
It’s time to spring back to life post COVID-19! During September, The Living and Learning Steering Group, supported by the Devonport City Council, encourages the community to focus on learning.
This year, the Festival of Learning is a little different, but the Living and Learning Steering Group have put together a blended program of online and face to face learning activities, or celebrations of learning.
The Festival of Learning aims to recognise the learning that is happening in the community, whilst introducing new learning opportunities and raising the profile of learning within the area. Courses available throughout the month include cooking, craft, reading, writing, public speaking, gardening and sustainable living
The Festival embraces learning in many different formats including formal and informal, inside, outside and online events and activities provided by different organisations and individuals, for all ages and stages of life.
Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff, thinks it is important that we embrace life-long learning. “Learning helps to build a better future for ourselves and the community, and the Festival of Learning will provide an opportunity for people to get out and about again and to take advantage of some great learning experiences.”
The 2020 Festival will open on 1st September, with the program available at http://livingandlearningdevonport.com.au/events/
The Devonport City Council has approved changes to two of Council’s major end of year events – the annual Christmas parade and the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
At the Council Meeting on Monday 24 August 2020, the decision was made to cancel New Year’s Eve celebrations in its usual format, however, Council is looking at ways to support the community to celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of a new year, while still keeping the community COVID safe.
This was a difficult decision, however due to the level of planning and organisation that is required to deliver these events, it was necessary for Council to consider the matter in light of the current COVID-19 restrictions for public events, which make large scale events such as the parade and New Year’s Eve very difficult to manage.
In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of Council events, programs and activities have either been cancelled or modified as a result of restrictions imposed for public events arising from COVID-19.
Council is planning to run smaller COVID-19 safe community events throughout December and will allocate the subsequent budget surplus to community social recovery actions.
Devonport City Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff acknowledged that Council’s Community Services team has been intent on keeping the community connected during the COVID-19 pandemic and is looking forward to seeing what activities will be promoted for the Christmas period.
“The Christmas/New Year period is often an exciting time of the year, especially for the children in our community, and whilst the decision to cancel New Year’s Eve celebrations has been difficult, I am confident that Council will provide a variety of events that capture the community spirit and enable us to celebrate in a COVID safe environment,” Cr Rockliff said.
A decision to cancel the Christmas Parade will be made on 1 October 2020, should the capacity of outdoor events not be lifted from 500 people.
Devonport Carols by Candlelight Convenor, Mrs Sue Jordan, has also confirmed that Carols by Candlelight will not be going ahead due to the present and expected restrictions of COVID-19.
The 2020/21 Devonport City Council Community Financial Assistance Scheme includes:
|Category||Maximum Value||Applications Open|
|Major Grants||Up to $25,000
(Co-funding requirement of 50% required for applications of $7,501-$15,000 to Council & 75% for applications of $15,001 to $25,000)
· 17 August – 30 September 2020
· 1 January – 28 February 2021
|Minor Grants||Up to $3,000||
|COVID-19 Impact Assistance Grants||Up to $2,500||Twice:
· 17 August – 30 September 2020
· 1 January – 28 February 2021
Enquiries regarding Council’s Community Financial Assistance Scheme should be directed to Karen Hampton on 6424 0511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org