General Manager Moving On

Devonport City Council’s General Manager Paul West is set to leave the Council at the end of the month, the Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, announced today.

Mr West has been General Manager at Devonport for the past six years and has been instrumental in guiding the City through a period of both challenge and achievement, particularly with its ambitious LIVING CITY project.

“I’ve made my decision to leave Council both with a sense of pride but also with some regret,” Mr West said.

“Being General Manager at Devonport has been extremely rewarding and I am proud of all we have accomplished in this time on behalf of the community.  I have always undertaken my role with Council diligently and with the best interests of the Council and the Devonport community in mind.

“When I applied for the role it was very clear the then Council only wanted a General Manager who would not only support, but actively work with Council on implementing the LIVING CITY vision.   I believe those involved in LIVING CITY will in the future be applauded for not only their foresight, but also for their determination in seeing it delivered.

“Rome was not built in a day and the rejuvenation of Devonport is going to take time. It should be remembered that a project the size of LIVING CITY is about building for the future not just for today.”

There was a recent call by a councillor for Mr West to resign following an Auditor-General’s report into the LIVING CITY procurement practices.

Mr West recently indicated in a statement to Council, that he acknowledged and accepted his share of the accountability for the Providore Place lease issues as outlined in the Auditor-General’s Report.

“At the same time though, I believe it is important to also acknowledge the Auditor-General in releasing his report to Parliament was quoted as saying ‘other than issues raised with the lease agreement, the Council had performed effectively in all other aspects of the audit,” Mr West said.

Mayor Rockliff said she was disappointed Council was losing Mr West and that his departure will leave a significant gap in the administration of the Council.

“Mr West is a well-respected, experienced and very capable General Manager and Council has been truly lucky to have had him in the role for the last six years. From my perspective his will truly be large shoes to fill,” she said.

“Mr West had an impressive understanding of the City’s budget and was instrumental in identifying and implementing a number of improvements during his tenure, including making the budget process more open and transparent.

“The ability for Council to keep rate rises to a minimum over the last 6 years is a testament to Mr West’s close financial oversight and management.

“I have appreciated Mr West’s knowledge of the sector and his support and advice, particularly when I unexpectedly became the Acting Mayor in early 2018.   I thank him for his service and extend my very best wishes for whatever the future brings for him.”

Mr West indicated he had come to the view it was in the best interests of both himself and the Council for him to move on.

“I am not sure what the future holds, but as I am too young to retire, I am sure there are new opportunities and challenges out there – I’m just not sure what they are yet,” he said.

The Council will soon begin the process to recruit a new General Manager, which will hopefully see someone appointed to the role early in the new year.


Media Contact
Nigel Tapp |Media and Communications Officer | Devonport City Council
03 6424 0562| 0427 132 972 |

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New exhibition explores the perceptions and realities of life in regional Tasmania

 The Natural Estate exhibition, which will open on Saturday 19 October, is the latest instalment in the Little Gallery’s Emerging Artist Program.

It includes works by Laura Gillam, Joey Gracia and Callum Donoghue, who all grew up in regional Tasmania and draw on their experiences to explore both commonly held perceptions and the realities of life in regional communities.

According to the artists, at the peak of Tasmania’s tourism boom, their exhibition explores the alternative to the narratives and landscapes presented by glossy pamphlets and travel magazines.

It also questions the popular representations of Tasmania as an island of dreams and possibilities, abundant with pristine wilderness and fine wine.

The Natural Estate features a series of drawings, paintings and installations that seek to uncover the stories of regional Tasmania not always apparent to visitors to the State, while exploring how we connect culturally in a State both isolated from and increasingly connected to the outside world.

Laura and Joey will lead a free public talk discussing these themes at the Little Gallery from 5 p.m. on Friday 18 October with the exhibition running from the following day until 24 November.               

Image credit: Laura Gillam, Love Notes, edible candy installation, 2019



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Erin Wilson
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Three successful local men to speak at inaugural International Men’s Day luncheon

Three successful local men will speak at the Devonport City Council’s inaugural International Men’s Day luncheon next month.

Dominic Peters, Justin Delanty and James Leslie will share their experiences at the paranaple convention centre from midday on Tuesday 19 November.

Tickets are $30 per person, which includes a two-course lunch. Tickets can be purchased online at

Dominic has been working in the Tasmanian Health Service for the past 14 years and his passion is men’s health. His role is to support individuals and families with a health condition.

He was heavily involved in the establishment of the Devonport Men’s Shed and Men’s Resources Tasmania and also coordinates the “PitStop” program across the Coast highlighting important health issues in a fun way.

Justin, who has had 35 years’ experience in the finance industry, holding senior positions within the banking and mortgage sectors, is the Managing

Director of local finance brokers Lending4U and president of the East Devonport Football Club.

James has had over 10 years in the real estate industry and over that time has gone from sales into management and eventually into owning his own Agency.

After spending time owning a franchise business, he chose to sell out and start his own independent brand, Hudson365.  The direction of his new business is to create a legacy and build something that was not only about selling houses, but “to give back to the community so we can all thrive”.

CAPTION: Successful local men (from left) Dominic Peters, James Leslie and Justin Delanty will speak at an International Mens’ Day luncheon in the paranaple convention centre next month.


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Nigel Tapp |Media and Communications Officer | Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562| 0427 132 972 |

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2019 Christmas Parade Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open 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.

Registrations will close on Thursday 28 November 2019.

To register, please completer the registration for attached below and return it to Council at PO Box 604 Devonport TAS 7310 or via email to

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Council Welcomes Auditor General’s Findings on LIVING CITY

Council Welcomes Auditor General’s Findings on LIVING CITY

19 September 2019

The Tasmanian Auditor-General has today released the long-awaited report on his examination of the governance and procurement of goods and services by Devonport City Council in relation to its LIVING CITY project.
“There has been significant public interest in LIVING CITY and Council welcomes the findings of the Auditor-General’s independent review following what has been an extensive 18-month examination of the project dating back to 2013” Mayor Annette Rockliff said.
The Report confirms that the Council (with one exception relating to reporting of one contract in Council’s 2015 Annual Report) had complied with all of its statutory reporting requirements under the Local Government Act 1993 and Regulations.
The Report acknowledges that prior to entering into its contract with P+I Group, Council had considered issues around the commerciality of the agreement, however it is identified this could have been better documented.
“Council accepts there is a need to improve its documenting of any value or reasonableness assessment in the future when a contract is entered into based on the extenuating circumstances provision of the Local Government Act” Mayor Rockliff said.
The Auditor-General’s Report concluded the approach taken by Council regarding the sale of land on the waterfront for the hotel development to Fairbrother Pty Ltd, met all legislative requirements and expectations. “With construction about to commence in the Waterfront Precinct, it is reassuring that Council can move forward with the confidence that due process was followed” Mayor Rockliff said.
The Report highlights the extensive cost control and program reporting measures which Council applied throughout the construction of Stage 1 of LIVING CITY. “In part, it was these measures which contributed to the project being completed around $1 million under budget” Mayor Rockliff said.
A thorough examination of the lease arrangements relating to Providore Place was considered as part of the Auditor-General’s review. The Report found there were some short comings in relation to the development of the original lease agreement between Council and Providore Place (Devonport) Pty Ltd.
“Although at the time of entering into the lease there was a desire by Council and the Lessee for a non-traditional cooperative shared arrangement, this has proven to be ineffectual and has created a significant amount of angst between the parties and I acknowledge this has reflected badly on Council within parts of the community” Mayor Rockliff said.
“I accept the findings in the Report that Council did not fully meet good governance expectations in relation to the Providore Place lease, and I commit to ensuring the recommendations provided by the Auditor-General are fully implemented”.
The Report contains eight (8) recommendations in total. Of these, three (3) are for the Government to consider relating to potential changes for inclusion in the Local Government Act with the other five (5) specifically for Devonport City Council’s consideration. “I am committed to seeing all recommendations fully implemented” Mayor Rockliff said.
Council appreciates the detailed review the Auditor-General has undertaken of the LIVING CITY project. “Whilst there are certain aspects that could have been better managed, particularly relating to the Providore Place lease, the Report acknowledges that Council in the main met its statutory and reporting obligations under the Local Government Act” Mayor Rockliff said.
“I hope now the thorough independent examination by the Auditor-General of the LIVING CITY project has been completed, and the Report publicly released, we can all move on and look to a bright and positive future for our City”.

Media Contact
Kym Peebles |Executive Manager Organisational Performance |Devonport City Council
03 6424 0597| 0477 296 059 |

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Good Luck Devonport Magpies


The Devonport Magpies will have the backing of Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff as they take on the Burnie Dockers in the clash of the Cities at Latrobe on Saturday for the
NWFL Grand Final.
“I am sure I speak on behalf of all Devonport residents when I say “Go Magpies” and we look forward to their victory over the team from that ‘smaller City’ down the road in
Burnie” Mayor Rockliff said.
In fact, the Magpies will be hoping to make it two wins on the day, as they are also in the Under 18 Grand Final up against Wynyard.

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Indie School to Open in Devonport


New Indie School to open in Devonport 17 September 2019

The Devonport City Council has confirmed that, subject to approval from the Minister for Education and Training, there will be a second alternative education Indie School in Tasmania.

It will operate from the former Devonport Library, in Oldaker Street, from the beginning of the 2020 school year.

Council has worked closely with the Indie School, which began in Albury-Wodonga in 2006, for several months.

Indie Schools aim to help teenagers considered educationally at risk, offering an alternative senior-secondary option to help them through years 9 to 12.

Indie School is a registered non-government school which provides an alternative education for young people aged 15-19, with campuses located in Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria.

Their programs are based on individualised support and strengths-based learning to reengage students into education by increasing their self-esteem, confidence and academic achievement. Class sizes are kept small, with individual learning plans being the cornerstone agreement to re-engage vulnerable students.

Indie Schools have higher ratios of welfare support, use life experienced teachers/coaches and offer flexible modes of study.

“Generally, our students would be those who are disengaged from the mainstream education process, and they may not have been attending school for some time,” the Deputy Principal of Indie Schools, David Pickett, said.

Indie School has appointed Mr. Nic Page, former Program Manager of Space Devonport and Burnie to lead Indie School Devonport. Mr Page has taken up his position and has commenced his liaison with local school, community service agencies and youth groups.
The Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said Council had negotiated a commercial lease of the former Library to Indie Schools.

She said it and hoped to work closely with the School to also encourage a greater level of assistance to young people in Devonport.
“It is acknowledged that children learn in different ways and some thrive better in a less traditional school environment,” she said.
“I am confident that this school will meet a definite need in the community and Council is pleased that it has been able to assist bring the concept to the city.”

The leasing of the former library to the Indie School, enables the use of the site for an important community service provider in the short to medium term, whilst providing Council with flexibility to redevelop the site in accordance with the LIVING CITY Masterplan in the future.

Media Contact David Pickett |Deputy Principal| Indie Schools 0428 895 030

Kym Peebles |Executive Manager Organisational Performance |Devonport City Council 03 6424 0597| 0477 296 059 |

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Expressions of Interest sought for Julie Burgess
Copyright Greg Close

Expressions of Interest sought for Julie Burgess

The Devonport City Council invites Expressions of Interest to sell or gift the Julie Burgess to a suitable operator, or to enter into a partnership agreement with a suitable operator.

Council would prefer a suitable operator undertake activity in Devonport, however Council is open to receiving an application from any interested party who would preserve the integrity of the vessel.

Council would consider a suitable operator to include any party interested in operating the vessel as a public/private enterprise, visitor attraction, training vessel or similar.

Council will consider offers to purchase the vessel for private or personal use.

You can view the EOI document here

Image Credit: Greg Close

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Devonport Food and Wine program launched

Devonport Food and Wine – a month-long celebration of food and community – was officially launched this morning.

The festivities include over 80 food and wine events throughout October, in more than 35 different venues in and around Devonport.

Festival highlights include special sessions for Seniors’ Week, food trails, tastings of gin, wine, beer and cider, cooking demonstrations, producer tours, barbecues, school holiday events, gourmet classes, and the Spring Fling – a fun day out for the whole family.

Festival Coordinator Maree Brodzinski said the Devonport Food and Wine Festival provided an opportunity for locals and visitors to discover something new and to learn more about growing, cooking and enjoying food.

“There is something for all ages and all wages with unique activities and culinary delights,” Ms Brodzinski said.

“If you’re ready for some gastronomic adventures, if you’re eager to enjoy gourmet delights by a host of talented culinary artists, or you’re wanting to learn how to do it yourself, get yourself to Devonport Food & Wine this October.”

“It will be a real showcase of the different food experiences available in our region.”

Full program details can be found on the Devonport Food & Wine website,

A printed festival schedule will be available from next week in participating outlets or from the Visitor Information Centre.


Media Contact

Maree Brodzinski |Events Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0510 | 0408 079 805 |

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Little Gallery Emerging Artist Program – Applications now open for 2020

Applications for the Devonport Regional Gallery’s Little Gallery Project Space are now open.

The Little Gallery Project Space Program is open to emerging Tasmanian artists whose projects are innovative and thought-provoking.

Projects must also address the Gallery’s mission to be the leading regional gallery of contemporary Tasmanian art, and inspire creativity and ideas through the arts.

Exhibitions will be displayed in the Little Gallery space of the paranaple arts centre in 2020 and will run for between four and six weeks. Applications are open to both individuals and groups.

The Little Gallery is named in honour of Jean Thomas. Jean’s vision for the Gallery was as a centre for community arts and activities which promoted the work of emerging and established Tasmanian artists alongside national and international artists.

Applications close on Sunday 20 October 2019 and can be downloaded from the Devonport Regional Gallery’s website at

Image: The Little Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery, paranaple arts centre.



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Geoff Dobson



P.  6424 0577 M. 0419 505 838


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