Latest round of Devonport City Council’s 2019/2020 Community Financial Assistance Scheme now open

Applications are now open for Round 2 of the Devonport City Council’s 2019/20 Community Financial Assistance Scheme, with Council seeking to support the community through a wide range of activities, initiatives and programs.

Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said the scheme provided valuable financial support to help local community groups, clubs and organisations deliver important projects and programs for the benefit of residents.

“Community groups, clubs and organisations play a vital role in helping create a healthier, stronger and more vibrant Devonport community,’’ Cr Rockliff said.

“And this is one way in which Council can assist them undertake their important work.”

“A range of grants are available for not-for-profit community organisations and groups to help them to deliver community projects, infrastructure projects, events, and purchase equipment, in addition to individual development grants and donations.”

Cr Rockliff said Council was particularly keen to support activities based around community development, culture and heritage, economic development, sport and recreation and healthy living and learning.

“Other financial assistance measures – including grants towards travel costs for residents competing, performing or presenting on a national or international level – are also available throughout the year”.

Applications for round two Major and Minor grants are now open and close on Friday, 28 February 2020.

Full information, including details of how to apply, is available at

The 2019/2020 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)
Twice yearly:

· 1 January – 28 February 2020

· 1 July – 31 August 2020


Minor Grants Up to $3,000 Twice yearly:

· 1 January – 28 February 2020

· 1 July – 31 August 2020



Enquiries regarding Council’s Community Financial Assistance Scheme should be directed to Karen Hampton on 6424 0511 or email


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Karen Hampton |Community Services Manger |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0527 | 0419 111 598 |


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Devonport Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony
2019 winners of Australia Day Awards with Mayor Annette Rockliff.

Devonport Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

The Devonport Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held in the paranaple convention centre on Sunday 26 January 2020 at 10am.

The Australia Day Awards recognise those people and community groups who have made a significant contribution to the city.

There are three categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.

Mayor Rockliff said the quality and calibre of the nominees was exceptional.

“This is an important opportunity to recognise some of those people and events which help make our city special,” she said.

“Those chosen have given exceptional service to Devonport and are deserving recipients of these awards.”

As part of the celebration, Devonport will also be recognising and welcoming 23 new citizens to our city, who have come from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Philippines, Ukraine, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Taiwan and China.

Vicki Purnell will be the city’s 2020 Australia Day Ambassador and will present the address.

Vicki grew up in the Midlands and on the North-West Coast.

After graduating from the University of Tasmania Vicki taught maths and science in schools on the West and North-West Coasts before retiring in 2012.

In April of 2013 her good friend, Anna Connelly, gave birth to a stillborn baby girl called Bridie.

Utilising her sewing skills, Vicki started a project called Bride’s Blossoms and Blessings to ensure that every miscarried and stillborn baby in Tasmania was clothed and farewelled with respect and dignity.

Vicki’s project has grown to support those with dementia, women undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancer and women and children at a local women’s shelter.

She was recognised for her volunteer work by being named the 2019 Local Hero for Tasmania.

The Devonport Brass Band will be providing the musical entertainment and the national anthem will be sung by Mason Waller, who is well-known in the local musical theatre scene.

Those wishing to attend are asked to rsvp for catering purposes by 5pm on Monday 20 January 2020 to Council on 6424 0511 or

Caption: 2019 winners of Australia Day Awards with Mayor Annette Rockliff


Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Where: paranaple convention centre, 137 Rooke Street Devonport

Date: Sunday 26 January 2020

Time: 10am

This event is open the public. Light refreshments will be served.


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


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New venue for Devonport’s New Year celebrations

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 at a new venue, due to the redevelopment of Roundhouse Park.

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

However, Mayor Annette Rockliff has assured revellers one thing which will not change will be a party catering for all ages.

A full evening of live music will begin at 6pm and will start with local youth bands as part of Skyfire Spotlight,” she said.

“Special guests, Nine Live 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 with activities such as Zorb Balls, Swing Cars, inflatable slide, and a jumping castle to keep the kids entertained and family and friends can challenge each other at the tabletop and giant games.

“Patrons can also decorate themselves with face painting, temporary tattoos and Henna art, or decorate a scratch mask.

Cr Rockliff said other highlights included the SeaFM Silent Disco and the chance for people to write their wishes, dreams and resolutions to be added to the Wheel of Dreams.

Council and bus operator 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 Rooke Street interchange.

The Spirit of Devonport Ferry will also be crossing the Mersey during the evening, at its normal pricing.

“Patrons can dress for the journey into the new decade and enjoy a scrumptious selection of food and beverage at the event as well.”

Entry is free to this non-smoking event for the fully licensed, which means no alcohol or glass can be brought onsite.

For those wanting an adrenaline rush, the Summer Family Fun Fair at Devonport Oval will also be opening on New Year’s Eve, from 6pm with a terrific selection of carnival rides and games.

CAPTION: Getting into the New Year’s Eve spirit are from left Connor Mitchell, 5, Cr Gerard Enniss, Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff and Flynn Mitchell, 9.


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Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |



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Devonport City Council appoints new General Manager

The Devonport City Council has announced the appointment of Mr Matthew Atkins as its new General Manager.

Following an extensive recruitment process, by a national consulting firm, Mr Atkins’ appointment was approved by Councillors at a Special Council Meeting this morning, for a five-year term.

Mr Atkins, pictured above, has been Acting General Manger since the resignation of the previous General Manger, Mr Paul West, in October.

He has worked in local government for 18 years, 15 at an executive level across Burnie and Devonport City Councils, the last six as Deputy General Manager at Devonport.

Prior to joining local government Mr Atkins started his career in the private sector as an Estimator/Project Manager in the construction industry.

He is well regarded within the local government sector and currently a State and National Board director of LG Professionals.

The Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, said the position had attracted a field of quality applications with Mr Atkins standing out.

“The appointment of Matthew follows a comprehensive employment process which attracted high calibre applications both from within Tasmania and interstate. We welcome Matthew to the role, and Council looks forward to working with him as we aim to make Devonport a better place for all our residents.”

“This is an exciting time in the development of the city with the second stage of the LIVING CITY project – including the Waterfront Park – just beginning and Council is confident that Matthew’s skills and past experience will be pivotal in seeing this come to fruition.”

“I thank the Councillors for putting their confidence in me to lead the organization for the next five years. I appreciate the opportunity and I’m looking forward to working closely with the elected members and staff to continue the good work Council does in the community,” Mr Atkins said.

“There has been a lot achieved at Council over the last 10 years in a whole range of areas and the organisation is in a really good position to build on the foundation that is in place.”

I think it is an exciting time to be involved with Council and an exciting time for Devonport and I’m looking forward to working with the Mayor & Councillors to make sure the City makes the most of the opportunities that will exist.”


Media Contact

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

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New Development Application for Waterfront hotel

The Devonport City Council has confirmed it has received a new Development Application for the Waterfront hotel, a private development being undertaken Fairbrother Pty Ltd.

Devonport Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said she was excited that Fairbrother had the confidence to upsize its original proposal.

“This level of investment is exactly the type of private investment that the LIVING CITY project has sought to attract to Devonport. A larger hotel, obviously, means more jobs, more tourists and more opportunity for the city and region,” Cr Rockliff said.

Cr Rockliff said she understood that the building size has not increased, and it would look the same as the original design, although the residential apartments on the top two floors had been replaced with hotel rooms.”

She said a new Development Application, which was advertised today and can be found here, had been made to Council by the developer for the proposed changes, which will be subject to the normal planning assessment process.

CAPTION: The site of the proposed Waterfront hotel.


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

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2019-2020 Christmas Season Trading Hours

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.

Please see details in the pdf below.

Waste collections will be commencing earlier than normal over the festive period, so residents are being asked to put their bins out the NIGHT BEFORE to ensure their bins are emptied.
If your bins are normally collected on a WEDNESDAY, please put them out on MONDAY EVENING – as they will be collected on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (a day earlier than normal).
If your Veolia recycling bin is normally collected on a WEDNESDAY please put it out on MONDAY EVENING for collection on Christmas Eve.
There are no other changes to normal rubbish collections.

Council wishes you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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100th Birthday of Harbour Master’s Residence to be celebrated

The Bass Strait Maritime Centre is celebrating the Centenary of the Heritage-listed Harbour Master’s Residence and the longevity of the Museum on Saturday 18 January 2020 by having a 1920s themed garden party between 10 am and 4 pm.

There will be many activities at this Birthday Bonanza, including a 1920s costume competition, traditional rope making, flag hoisting, live music, as well as a High Tea run by Pearl Oyster Bar & Cafe. Several historical organisations will also be in attendance.

The main event for the day is the inaugural ‘Slocum Dry Land Regatta’, a boat race on land that will take place on Joshua Slocum Park. Teams will build their own boat out of cardboard over the course of the day, with racing commencing at 3 pm. There will be medals for all participants, as well as trophies for race winners, best dressed team and best boat.

This is a family friendly event, with activities for all ages. This event will take the place of the Centre’s usual school holiday programming. This event is gold coin entry, and will also allow patrons to gain access to the Museum.

Registrations for the ‘Slocum Dry Land Regatta’ are essential prior to the event. Team fees are

$15 to cover material costs. Please get in touch with the Centre on 03 6424 7100 or to receive an information pack. Team places in this event are limited, so get in early to avoid disappointment.

Keep an eye out in early 2020 for the day’s programme times.


Media Contact:
Jaydeyn Thomas
Bass Strait Maritime Centre Coordinator
T: 6424 7100 M: 0418 321 845



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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.



Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |

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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.

Media Contact:
Geoff Dobson
Convention and Arts Centre Director, paranaple arts centre
M: 0419 505 838



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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.





Media Contact:
Geoff Dobson
T: 6424 0577
M: 0419 505 838

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