Devonport Regional Gallery reopening

The Devonport Regional Gallery is set to reopen its doors to visitors from Monday, 13 July 2020.
The Gallery, like all other Australian cultural institutions, was required to close to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with that, the Gallery’s programming for the remainder of 2020 was severely disrupted.
During the closure, staff have been kept busy behind the scenes with the large task of auditing the Gallery’s permanent collection of art works.
paranaple arts centre director, Geoff Dobson said, ”The art collection represents close to 50 years of focused efforts of amassing a cohesive body of works, which currently stands at about 2400 individual pieces.”
“Working with the collection inspired the staff to curate an exhibition for the Main Gallery titled Recent Acquisitions – Works from the Devonport City Council’s Permanent Collection in preparation for the day that we would reopen.”
Recent Acquisitions showcases works that have been acquired through donations, the Tidal Award, and the Devonport City Council acquisition fund from 2014 to 2020. The represented artists are Rodney Pople, Anton Holzner, Kelly Austin, Lisa Garland, Gary Greenwood, Jessie Pangas, Nerida de Jong, Gerald Makin, Katherine Hattam, Anne Morrison Joel Crosswell and Julie Fragar.
“This exhibition reflects the fact that since 2011 our focus has been on acquiring works by Tasmanian artists to build a collection that is a unique record of professional artistic activity within Tasmania and I am not sure if it is this focus, or if it is serendipity at play, but many of the selected works have a connection with the coast and the sea.”
The Little Gallery and the Main Gallery will also reopen with the exhibitions This is Us – Devonport Youth Exhibition and Portrait of a Place – Photography from the DCC Permanent Collection still in place from before the closure in March.
“I am particularly pleased that visitors will be able to enjoy This is Us as the exhibition opened and closed within the same week in March. Some 100 local young high school and college students contributed to the exhibition, which explores the theme of Australian cultural identity through imagery, texts, video art and sculpture. The young artists have a lot to say and they do so with humour and honesty.”
Portrait of a Place, features work by mostly Tasmanian photographers included in the Devonport City Council’s permanent collection. Portraiture, landscape photography and photographs of urban spaces are all included in the exhibition.
Exhibited artists are Julia Davis, Peter Dombrovskis, Lisa Garland, David Martin, Ricky Maynard, Geoffrey Parr, Troy Ruffels, Ilona Schneider and Brian Sollors. The exhibition was curated by Erin Wilson.
When visiting the gallery please be aware that all regulatory requirements will be adhered to, including social distancing, and contact tracing will also be in place. Anyone who is unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms is encouraged not to visit.
Operating hours throughout the reopening phase will be Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm,
Saturday 9.00am – 2.00pm, Sunday Closed.
Due to social distancing and limitations to visitor numbers there will be no opening or public events in conjunction with these exhibitions.
Image details: Lisa Garland, Arthur River Kelp, 2018, Giclee print, Edition of 5
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Geoff Dobson
P. 6424 0577 M. 0419 505 838
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Council extends support to local sporting clubs

Council has extended its support of local sporting clubs to include user groups of the Devonport and East Devonport Recreation Centres.

Until 31 December 2020, Council will halve the fees to regular users of the facilities and will also continue to be responsible for user utility costs, to support them through this recovery phase.

The Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff said Council had been mindful of the financial strain placed on sporting clubs by COVID-19.

“These clubs provide essential support to many within our community and Council is keen to provide them some assistance as they begin to restart programs and rosters,” she said.

Cr Rockliff said user groups would not need to take any action to access the support.

Council’s COVID-19 Response Committee determined earlier to provide financial support to ‘outdoor’ sporting clubs by  waiving ground fees for the 2019/20 winter season. The Chairman of the Committee, Cr Perry, noted that Council is  mindful of providing equitable support for the ‘indoor’ sporting community through this time.

“In its desire to equally support indoor and outdoor clubs, Council’s decision to take responsibility for utility costs, along with incurring additional cleaning costs at the indoor facilities, was considered appropriate. The outdoor clubs receiving waivers for rental and ground charges will continue to pay their own utility costs over the next six months,” he said.


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CharlotteJack tenancy returns to Council

Devonport City Council has taken back vacant possession of Tenancy 2 at Providore Place, formerly trading as CharlotteJack restaurant.

Following the resumption of operational control of Providore Pace on 1 January 2020 from the former Head Lessee, Council sought to enter into new lease arrangements with the existing occupant, Ben Milbourne.

However, a new arrangement on suitable terms could not be reached.

Council’s leasing agent, Knight Frank, is actively working with other existing occupants to secure new lease agreements as required and marketing vacant tenancy opportunities at Providore Place.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said Council was looking forward to securing new tenants for the site.

“Providore Place remains a core element of LIVING CITY and Council believes the complementary development currently underway – in the form of the $40 million hotel and Waterfront Park precinct –  provide a timely foundation for jobs and economic activity in the region along with an exciting platform to support the recovery of the tourism and hospitality sector post COVID-19,” Cr Rockliff said.

“Recent interest in tenancies has been promising and aligns with information we are hearing in regard to increasing market activity generally across the City.”



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More work undertaken at Miandetta Park

The Devonport City Council has added to the amenity of the Miandetta Park with the provision of new seating and toilets.

Following community consultation, Council installed the playground last year and now two seats have been installed in a joint project with Mersey Devonport Lions and the Rotary Club of Devonport North.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said the seats were a welcome addition to the park.

“Seating was identified as a priority for users of the park during consultation on the playground project, and it was pleasing that the two service clubs wasted no time in joining us in this project, for which I thank them both,” she said.

One of the seats is in memory of successful local businessman Joe Krawczyk.

His daughter, local resident and a driving force behind the playground project, Megan, thanked Council for the recognition of his legacy describing the seat as a “simple but beautiful way to remember him.”

Ms Krawczyk said she and her son MJ would cherish it.

Council committed $150,000 in the 2019-20 capital works program to the toilets.

Cr Rockliff said the Miandetta Park project was a direct result of a community lobbying effectively for the work and she was pleased at how quickly Council had delivered on it.

“The feedback has certainly been positive since the playground was installed and I am sure many children have enjoyed getting back out on the equipment now restrictions have been eased.”


CAPTION:  Checking out the new additions to the park are (from left):  Mersey Devonport Lions Club president Peter Noble, Rotary Club of Devonport North president Phil Gregory, Rotary Club of Devonport North member Leigh Titmus and Mayor Annette Rockliff.

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Council seeks EOI for Sports Infrastructure Master Plan Working Group

Devonport City Council is inviting nominations for a Sports Infrastructure Master Plan Working Group.

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.

It will include representatives with a high-level knowledge and/or experience in sport and recreation planning or development.

Three members will be drawn from the business/ general community, two from peak sporting bodies and one from the State Government.

Two Councillors will also be appointed.

The Terms of Reference and nomination form for Working Group membership can be found below and also on Council’s website at the Speak Up Devonport Page. An electronic copy of the EOI form can also be found there.

Nominations close 5 p.m. Wednesday 8 July 2020.



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Council to invest strongly in the community

The Devonport City Council has announced a capital expenditure program of more than $25 million as a part of its 2020-21 Budget, which was approved at tonight’s Council meeting.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said Council understood the importance of capital infrastructure investment with research indicating that it was one of the best and most effective ways local government could stimulate the local economy.

A total of $15.56 million has been allocated for new capital works, in addition to over $10 million in works funded in the current Budget which will be carried forward into the 20/21 financial year.

The LIVING CITY Waterfront Parkland project will account for almost half of the new planned capital expenditure, with Council contributing 25 per cent of the allocated $8 million and the remainder coming from promised Federal funding.

Cr Rockliff said Council believed its LIVING CITY project was now even more crucial than when it began five years ago.

“LIVING CITY is built on the principles of increasing the tourist market to North- West Tasmania, increasing business confidence, and improving the amenity of the city for those who live and work here,” she said.

“Post the pandemic, these are all principles that Council will be strongly supporting, and we consider ourselves fortunate that we had a plan in place prior to the start of the pandemic.”

“Over the next two years work on the Waterfront Precinct will see $57 million in construction activity flowing through the economy with the privately-funded Waterfront Hotel and the Parkland.

“Importantly, at this time, Council will not be borrowing any additional money for this project.”

The Budget also has a zero increase to property rates across all categories and a freeze of all fees and charges at their current levels.

“Whilst costs continue to increase and Council will provide all the services the community expect and value, Councillors have made the decision to freeze property rates and all  fees and charges at last year’s levels given the current financial strain in the community.”

”This, along with the loss of some revenue streams and the financial support being provided to the community, means we have planned for an operational deficit next financial year.”

Prior to the pandemic Council had forecast a small surplus for the 2019-20 year but the 2020-2021 Budget now projects a deficit of about $1.3 million for the current financial year increasing to about $2.2 million in 2020/21, before returning to a small surplus in 2021/22.

Council income for 20/21 is estimated to be down $3.3 million, or 8% per cent, on the previous year Budget. COVID related financial impacts include the loss of $1.6 million in TasWater dividends, a significant reduction in parking revenue, the loss of commercial and community rent and income reductions from major regional facilities and attractions, including the cancellation or postponement of 80 external meeting room hires and 13 major events at the paranaple convention centre.

Council has supported the community with a range of economic initiatives which will eventually cost close to $1 million including waiving all parking fees for a two-month period, ground fees for sporting clubs, rent payments for community and sporting organisations and licence fees for food businesses.

Rate deferrals, and in serious cases, rate remissions will be provided under a new Hardship Policy.  The policy and application form can be found on Council’s website.

Grant opportunities and other stimulus measures are also being planned in coming months

“Council’s revenue has been negatively impacted, like that of many businesses and households in our area, and as a result, hard decisions have been taken,” Cr Rockliff said.

“It has been necessary to reduce any discretionary operational expenditure, whilst continuing to invest in infrastructure, asset renewal and those projects which will have long lasting benefits for the community”

“I remain confident Devonport is in a strong position to deal with a still uncertain future and will continue to provide value for money for ratepayers.”

The Public Open Space Program includes a path renewal project at the Don Reserve from Nicholls Street to James Street ($140,000), a playground renewal and relocation at the Don Reserve ($90,000), a new toilet block and link path at Horsehead Creek ($95,000)  and a new barbecue shelter at Highfield Park ($75,000) – all to be funded from grant monies.

A total of $4.83 million has been allocated for transport projects with stage one of the Devonport Road Renewal ($1.1 million), the Coastal Pathway project ($1 million), a $500,000 allocation to the State Vehicle Entry Point Project at East Devonport and the renewal of Wright Street between Tarleton Road and John Street ($400,000) the main projects.

Stage two of the Oldaker Street East catchment upgrade has been allocated $550,000 of the $1.2 million stormwater project budget with a further $350,000 for pipe upgrades at Church Street.

Cr Rockliff said developing Council’s intended targets, projects and services for the coming 12 months had been challenging and she paid credit to all Councillors and staff for their efforts under trying circumstances.

“I  wish to thank my fellow Councillors, and our dedicated staff, who have dealt with difficult circumstances professionally and with a real commitment to ensuring Devonport remains in a position where it can continue to flourish.”



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Council to Live Stream Monday’s meeting

The Devonport City Council will Live Stream its meetings via YouTube on Monday 22 June 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

To access the live stream, please click here. A recording of the video will remain on Council’s YouTube channel should you wish to view it at a later time.  The video will also appear on Council’s website within 48 hours of the conclusion of the meeting.

You can find a copy of the Agenda here.

Members of the public will not be able to attend meetings in person or virtually, however Council is committed to ensuring meetings remain accessible and transparent. To find out how you can lodge a question please, go to

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Mayor’s Message – 16 June 2020

The Cradle Coast Authority and the University of Tasmania have recently launched surveys aimed at better understanding the impact of the COVID-19pandemic on both the general and business communities in the region.

The Cradle Coast survey is focussed on businesses and other organisations in the region.

If you would like to participate, you can find the survey at

The University of Tasmania is undertaking research on Tasmanians’ experience during the pandemic.

It aims to identify experiences and concerns from across the State to help inform a wide range of areas into the future.

You can complete the survey by going to

It will close at midnight on Wednesday 17 June.

The findings will be summarised and published as a resource for those making critical decisions in response to the pandemic


Residents are reminded that Council reintroduced paid parking in its car parks yesterday.

It follows the decision to reintroduce paid parking to street meters effective from Monday 25 May.

Now is considered an appropriate time to re-introduce the fees, which were initially suspended in March, as businesses within the city are beginning to reopen, albeit slowly, and it is important

Council supports them by ensuring that parking opportunities exist for customers seeking to access shops.

Council will continue to look at ways of providing support to the community, and particularly local businesses as they seek to get back on their feet.


Yesterday also saw the reopening of The Visitor Information Centre, in the paranaple arts centre.

Social distancing will be in place and anyone feeling unwell is encouraged to not visit.

The centre will be open until from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Council will advise when other facilities are re-opened.


The Mersey Vale Memorial Garden will be closed to the public from today, Tuesday 16 June, until Friday 19 June to allow for the installation of new columns.

Obviously, the work is dependent on suitable weather.

Only the memorial garden is affected, and the remainder of the Cemetery will be open as normal during the work.


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Mayor’s Message – 09 June 2020

The Mersey Vale Memorial Garden will be closed to the public from Tuesday 16 June until Friday 19 June to allow for the installation of new columns.

Obviously, the work is dependent on suitable weather.

Only the memorial garden is affected and the remainder of the Cemetery will be open as normal during the work.

And while on cemetery matters, do not forget Council is inviting public comment on its draft Devonport General Cemetery Master Plan 2021-2031.

The Plan is a guiding document for the development and management of the Cemetery over a ten-year period commencing in July 2020.

The development of Master Plans for all Devonport cemeteries is an action of the Cemetery Strategy 2011-2030.

The Cemetery sits on a 2.8 ha site of public open space, in ownership of the Devonport City Council, located on the northern corner of Stony Rise Road and Lawrence Drive. The entrance is located off Lawrence Drive, adjacent to Council’s Works Depot.

It is the second largest of the four cemeteries along this road and is within a few hundred metres of St. Olave’s and the Congregational Cemetery.

The central aim of the Master Plan is to preserve the individual and shared heritage values of the Cemetery, while sustainably adapting the site for the current and future needs of the community.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Identify relevant landscape, heritage and operational constraints and opportunities.
  • Understand and respect social and historical values in Cemetery management.
  • Provide a strategic approach towards cemetery enhancement that is realistic, achievable and within reasonable resources available to the Council and community.

It includes three principles and 11 actions which aim to meet these objectives. Council is now seeking feedback from Cemetery visitors and interested community members on these.

Participants were asked for their suggestions on how to improve the cemetery with general maintenance (tree pruning, weed control, removal of litter), plot maintenance/restoration and road/walkway accessibility among the most common responses.

A link to the survey can be found on the Speak Up Devonport page of Council’s website.

The survey closes at 5 p.m. on 26 June 2020


The Australian Governments Drought Community Support Initiative offers grants to farmers, farm workers, farm suppliers and farm contractors.

Eligibility and application details can be found on the Council website:…/

Devonport was announced as an eligible Local Government Area in the DCSI (2B) Round of Funding.

Funding is delivered through The Salvation Army.


Council has been advised by the operator that the Tip Shop at the Waste Transfer Station will remain closed until at least mid-July.

Residents seeking to drop off items are asked to make alternative arrangements.


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