New life rings installed at the Mersey Bluff

The Devonport City Council, with the support of the Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA), has taken a major step towards safeguarding the lives of all water users, by installing two Angel Rings at popular locations around the city.

Angel Rings are life buoys which can be thrown to anyone who unfortunately finds themselves in difficulty in the water, and greatly increases the chance of survival until rescue.

One ring is located adjacent to the Bluff Lighthouse car park and the other is next to the path adjacent to a popular rock fishing area about 250 m north of the old sound shell at the Bluff.

The Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, said water activities were commonplace in the city, particularly during the summer months, and the rings had the potential to greatly assist anyone who may unfortunately find themselves in difficulty in the water.

“The rings certainly have the potential to save lives and while we obviously hope they will never be needed their presence is an important safety measure,” she said.

“There have been incidents previously where people have lost their lives in our waters and any step Council can take to lessen the possibility of this happening must be seen as a positive.”

ANSA Safety Officer Stan Konstantaras said prevention was the best cure and there were many steps rock fishers could take to ensure their safety.

Such tips can be found at

Council worked with the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club to determine the most appropriate locations for the rings.

DSLSC vice president Luke Emmett welcomed the Council and ANSA initiative.

“These are great lifesaving aids which can be used to assist someone who ends up in the water until we, or other parties, can be contacted to provide assistance,” Mr Emmett said.

Mr Emmett encouraged anyone who used a ring to also call 000 for assistance.

Caption: Mayor Annette Rockliff and Devonport Surf Life Saving Club vice president Luke Emmett inspect one of the rings.



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2020 Visual and Performing Arts Season Launch

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 on Wednesday 11 December.

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.

Convention and Arts Centre Director Geoff Dobson said the launch was an opportunity to get a glimpse of the year ahead.

“It is also a chance to become a member and book premium seats to any number of performances.,” he said.

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 , or


CAPTION: George Orwell’s Animal Farm will be one of the productions to be performed in the Devonport’s Town Hall Theatre in 2020. Picture Credit: Dylan Evans.

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New Exhibitions Opening at Devonport Regional Gallery

This month will see the opening of three new exhibitions at the Devonport Regional Gallery – Modern Sublime – Photographs from the Robinson Collection, Rust, Resin and Reality by Darryl Rogers and Serene and Menacing by Olly Read.

 Modern Sublime – Photographs from the Robinson Collection

Traditionally, the word ‘sublime’ has referred to feelings of awe inspired by nature. However, in the 20th century, the notion of the industrial sublime emerged – the feeling of awe induced by machines, technology and progress. Modern Sublime explores this idea, with focus on the former Edgell factory, at Quoiba.

Devonport was once the largest processor of peas in Tasmania, and this played a vital role in the economy of the North-West region. This exhibition traces the journey of the humble pea from harvest, to factory and store, through images which celebrate technology, machinery and production.

Modern Sublime has been curated by Erin Wilson

Following the oral history Robinson Project in 2018, the gallery is now gathering anecdotal stories from community members who have had a connection with Edgells in the region,

In order to enhance information about this aspect of the Robinson Collection and ongoing research purposes, people are invited to leave their comments whilst visiting the exhibition or to email their memory to

Rust Resin and Reality

 Darryl Rogers has had   a long career as a theatre and museum designer also working in in television broadcast production and, for the last decade, working within videoart. This exhibition contains a selection of works that Darryl have been working on for the last 12 months.

Impermanence, permanence, transience and the timeless are symbolised in a series of 3D works where rust and resin are used as the primary sculptural medium. As a sort of physical manifestations of temporal extremes, these two materials in concert with assemblage, text and other detritus explore aspects of quantum physics, the metaphysical and other entangled bits of informed reality.

These sculptural works are a type of fusion of collage, painting and sculpture created from found objects, text, clocks, toys, animals are combined with other plastic mediums such as resin and rust.

 Serene and Menacing

 Devonport-based artist, Olly Read’s works are driven by exploring materiality and how tactility and tension can be communicated and speak to larger, disparate, ideas.

Read wants to depict reality in all its horror and beauty, the reality of life, of the human condition and of how we relate the physical world.

Olly has through his experiments with the materials employed, in these works aimed at expressions of tension between body, object, and environment; their ephemerality, the violent cycle of transformation, growth and decay.

Read completed his Honours year in Bachelor of Contemporary Art degree in 2019 at the University of Tasmania, Launceston.

Darryl Rogers’ and Olly Read’s exhibitions form part of the annual Little Gallery Program for early career Tasmanian artists. The Little Gallery Project Space is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 December, 6pm

Exhibition Talks: Pre-exhibition opening floor talk at 5.15pm with Olly Read and Darryl Rogers

Exhibition Dates: Modern Sublime: 7 December- 23 February 2020

Exhibition Dates: Rust, Resin and Reality/ Serene and Menacing:  30 November- 5 January 2020

 Image details: Serene and Menacing, I touch myself: suspended skin, 2019, soft sculpture (wood, fabric, fishing line, tacks, metal brackets).

Image details:  Modern Sublime (below left): Bert & Albert Robinson, Gordon Edgell and Sons Pty Ltd, 1961, The Robinson Collection, R13350. This mage is used with the permission of Simplot Australia.

 Image details: Rust, Resin and Reality (below right): Darryl Rogers, Dead Parrot, 2019, found object assemblage; cage, drone, rust, mirror.





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Council seeks public input into access and inclusion plan

The Devonport City Council is seeking public input into its draft disability inclusion plan which aims to make the city a better place for all to live in.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said the draft – approved at Monday night’s Council meeting – was part of a five-year plan built on community input aimed at building a more inclusive city.

“Inclusion is a long-term goal that involves removing or reducing the barriers to participation so that every person who wishes to can access and participate fully in all aspects of community life. Inclusive practices can create a more cohesive and liveable community,” she said.

“The aim of the Plan is to ensure that the full range of Council information, services and facilities are available to all community members.”

Cr Rockliff said Council had undertaken an initial range of consultation to get feedback from stakeholders and now wanted to understand stakeholders’ views on the draft plan.

“We want to know if residents believe that the plan will make Devonport an accessible community which means everyone can go to places, get around the city and access the Council services and Council information they require,” she said.

“We also want to know if residents believe the plan will help  build an inclusive  community which means that they feel their voice is being heard by Council, everyone can take part in social events and sporting and cultural activities run by Council and all have the opportunity to work or volunteer at Council.”

Members of the public can have their say online by visiting the Speak Up Devonport page of Council’s website,, where they can either fill in an online form or print and complete a paper form.

Copies of the form are also available from Council’s office in the paranaple centre.

Public input will be accepted until Friday 31 January 2020.


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Summer Activities Guide 2019-2020

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Work begins on Waterfront Park

Work has begun  on Devonport’s long-awaited $17 million Waterfront Park, part of the LIVING CITY development.

Contractors this week began the installation of stormwater pipes as a precursor to the project, which will be undertaken by Tasmanian firm Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd.

Centred on Roundhouse Park, the project is being funded by a $10 million Federal Government grant and Devonport City Council cash reserves with completion due in late 2021.

Among the features of the park will be:

  • An elevated walkway
  • Nature-based playspace
  • Tasmanian garden
  • Rotunda
  • Amphitheatre
  • Barbecue shelter and public facilities
  • Public events space
  • Public seating
  • Water and mist feature and;
  • Upgraded Rooke Street bus mall

The Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said she was excited to see work beginning on site.

“The Waterfront Precinct is the next step in the LIVING CITY project and the parkland – together with the privately established waterfront hotel – are certain to be significant developments in the city for generations to come,” she said.

Cr Rockliff said the Waterfront Park would draw people to the river both visually and physically, a long-held vision of Council.

“The new parkland development will also result in far more public open space, plants and trees than currently exists in the Central Business District.

“It is about creating new places, new experiences and new events and not just buildings.”

Vos Construction and Joinery Chief Executive Officer Kurt Jones said it was an honour for the firm to be involved in such an important development for Devonport, and the wider North-West region.

“It is an honour for Vos to be involved in such an important development for the Devonport, and wider North West Coast, region and we are excited to be undertaking this next major stage,” he said.

“This project provides an excellent opportunity for Vos to contribute to critical infrastructure that positively impacts the Tasmanian community, as well as creating employment and upskilling opportunities for Vos employees, sub-contractors and suppliers.

“Vos is committed to supporting and encouraging local industry.

“This project is very important in providing confidence to the local building and construction industry, and through all our subcontract partners, the project is expected to employ over 100 people over the construction phase.”

CAPTION: Mayor Annette Rockliff is pictured at the Waterfront Park site with Vos Construction and Joiney site manager Marc Polden (centre) and North-West manager Kieran Rimmelzwaan


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Fenton and Stewart Streets blackspot to be remedied

Work will begin next week on safety improvements aimed at remedying the traffic blackspot at the intersection of Stewart and Fenton Streets, in Devonport.

Since 2000, 54 crashes have occurred at the intersection with one in every three resulting in injury.  Almost nine in every ten crashes have involved vehicles colliding at 90 degrees.

Daily traffic movements on the streets are projected to almost double – from 6500 a day to 12,000 – in the next 15 years with a 2015 Living City Traffic Study finding that the intersection would not operate efficiently in its current give-way configuration by 2025.

The intersection is above the threshold for a blackspot application and Federal funding of $415,000 has been secured for the project.

The Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, said traffic lights were considered for the intersection.

While they would address the dominant crash type and be suitable for pedestrians, they were not eligible for blackspot funding and did not align with Federal and State road safety strategies.

“From Council’s studies it has been determined that a roundabout would reduce the dominant crash type by 70 percent, would be effective beyond 2035, could be constructed in the available space and was suitable for pedestrians,” she said.

Cr Rockliff said the 2015 study also concluded that a roundabout was the best option in the long-term.

“Nationally, research has clearly shown that a roundabout has a lower likelihood of a crash than other measures and the lower circulating speeds and narrower collision angles mean any crashes which occur are less severe,” Cr Rockliff said.

Cr Rockliff also said, considering expected traffic growth at the intersection, the average peak hour delay at a roundabout was estimated to be eight seconds compared with four minutes if the current layout was maintained.

She said design work had also been based on a 12.5 m bus making a left or right hand turn at the corner or a 19m semi-trailer travelling through the roundabout.

Cr Rockliff said the design work had also considered the retaining walls located on all four corners and an arborist had been engaged to recommend on design and construction details to ensure minimal risk to the historic tree located at the intersection.

“Council has been assured that the work can be undertaken in a manner to ensure there is no detrimental impact upon the tree’s long-term health and stability,” she said.

Preliminary work, involving kerb and footpath replacement on the south-east corner will begin on Monday 2 December with the bulk of the work to be completed from Monday 6 January 2020, following the Christmas break. Detours and lane closures are likely for critical activities from 6 January.

CAPTION: Infrastructure and Works Manager Michael Williams and Mayor Annette Rockliff  at the intersection.


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RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portrait Prize Exhibition to open in Devonport next week

The RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portrait Prize will be officially opened at Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 22 November at 6pm and runs through until 19 January.

The Tasmanian Portrait Prize was established 12 years ago with the aim to foster the development of emerging Tasmanian artists and provide an opportunity for the public to appreciate their talents.

The Prize invites Tasmanian artists aged 30 and under to produce a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them.

The competition has seen more than $100,000 go towards ensuring top young Tasmanian artists can continue to follow their creative pursuits.

The winning portrait, titled Mongrel by George Kennedy, was selected by judges Nicholas Harding, Dawn Oelrich and Tess Campbell, from an incredible field of over 100 entries.

Judge and 2001 Archibald Prize Winner Nicholas Harding said the judges were impressed by the calibre and high quality of works as well as the refreshing diversity portrayed in the artwork.

“The judges’ final decision was a very unanimous one, and we were all were struck by both the vulnerability and the self-awareness of George’s portrait.

“All of the judges were drawn to Mongrel, not only for its beautiful aesthetic balance but also to the story behind the artwork which speaks of George’s journey to transform his gender identity.”

This year’s runner up was announced as Chas Hughes for his painting titled A night at the buffet.  Joshua Andree took out the Sponsors’ Choice award with his entry Self Portrait with Overturned Wheel Barrow.

The exhibition, showcasing the works by 33 finalists is finishing its tour of Tasmania at the Devonport Regional Gallery and visitors are encouraged to visit the gallery, or the TPP website to vote for the People’s Choice Prize. For more information, visit and like the RACT Insurance TPP page on Facebook.

Artists from the North- West region include Burnie-based artists Brodie Weeding and Shantelle Perry and Zoe Grey, from Marrawah.

Exhibition Dates: 23 November 2019 – 19 January 2020

Venue: Main Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery, paranaple arts centre

Official opening: Friday 22 November, 6pm

Image details: Winner of 2019 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portrait Prize, Mongrel, by George Kennedy.


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Don Reserve BioBlitz planned for next week

Devonport residents are being encouraged to do their bit to help discover and record as many living things as possible – plants, animals and fungi – which inhabit the city’s Don Reserve as part of the Bookend Trust’s BioBlitz on November 8 and 9.

The 30-hour exercise – being run in conjunction with the Devonport City Council –  will begin with about 120 students from the Our Lady of Lourdes and Andrews Creek Primary Schools assembling to begin their surveys from ‘BioBlitz basecamp’ at the Splash Aquatic Centre at 10 am on the Friday. From 4pm on the Friday, anyone in the community can book into the surveys, which will run until 4pm the following day.

It will be the fourth BioBlitz undertaken by the Trust following previous sessions in Hobart, Kingston and Latrobe. Each survey focuses on a different group of plants or animals, led by a specialist scientist or naturalist.

Threatened species zoologist and Bookend Trust Citizen Science Coordinator Clare Hawkins said the exercise was a valuable opportunity to track the inhabitants of the area.

“It is a great opportunity for everyone to gain a better understanding of what actually lives in areas such as this which are so close to town,” Dr Hawkins said.

“For that reason, the search will continue throughout the evening as some plants, animals and fungi are more difficult to spot or locate during the day.

“Obviously we do not expect too many people to be out at 3 am but there may be some.”

Dr Hawkins said previous BioBlitzes had helped uncover hundreds of species which had previously not been recorded in the BioBlitz sites, and she was hopeful the same would happen in the Don Reserve.

“Currently on the Natural Values Atlas (a publicly accessible Tasmanian Government database) actually only 29 species are recorded in the Don Reserve area which are mostly plants.”

“We can definitely improve on this as we are actually surveying a rather wider area, covering additional council land (and water!), and nearly 200 species have been recorded in this general area overall, so that’s a good start.

“Even in this larger area, the observations were mainly plants and also birds so given that the harder you look, the more you find and the fact we’re also looking for lots of other groups such as fungi, insects and mammals, we should have plenty to add.”

One of the key targets will be the endangered Central North burrowing crayfish. Dr Hawkins said some were known to be in the area, but it was hoped more could be uncovered as part of an effort to record the crayfish further through its known range between Devonport, Port Sorell, the narawntapu national park and Sheffield.

“As well as the Central North burrowing crayfish, we may be lucky enough to see some other threatened species which have been recorded in the area, including several birds such as the swift parrot, the white-bellied sea eagle and the grey goshawk,” Dr Hawkins said.

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff said Council was pleased to be able to support the Trust’s efforts to discover and record what lived in the area.

“There is a fair chance that we will all be surprised by some of what is found and the efforts of those involved will also assist Council in its management of the reserve in the long-term,” she said.

Bookings can be made at Eventbrite at

Further information is available from Council on 6424 0511

CAPTION: Bookend Trust Academic Director Dr Alastair Richardson (front) and university student  Wade Bone on the hunt at the Don Reserve preparing for next week’s BioBlitz


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Devonport Australia Day 2020 Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for 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.

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

Devonport City Council Mayor Annette Rockliff said the awards were an opportunity to recognise those who make important contributions to the community or have achieved something extraordinary.

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

“Making an Australia Day Award nomination is a simple process which only takes a couple of minutes. It can be done online, or people can pick up a nomination form at Council’s paranaple centre office. You’ll be helping recognise somebody who deserve our congratulations and thanks.”

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

Nomination forms can be obtained from Council’s paranaple centre office or

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


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