COVID-19 Response – Development Stimulus Program

At its upcoming meeting on Monday 28th September, Devonport City Council will be considering a significant new initiative as part of its LIVING CITY urban renewal program that is designed to stimulate economic activity and development within the Devonport CBD in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative proposes to release four sites within the CBD to the open market via an Expression of Interests (EOI) process that will consider submissions for private sector development against a broad range of selection criteria.
The criteria address issues such as the experience and capacity of project proponents, the commercial viability of their submissions, along with the financial, economic and social benefits that may be realised via their project proposals.
Devonport City Council Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff said Council’s investment in new infrastructure and the strategic transformation of the Devonport CBD as part of the LIVING CITY Masterplan, is about setting the city and region up for growth and success into the future.
“Public sector investment in the early stages of the Masterplan implementation has been critical to establishing exciting opportunities for complementary private sector investment and job creation.
“With the $40M private investment in the new waterfront hotel now on the ground, the time is right to commence planning for the next stages of LIVING CITY.
“As we look to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring Council is acting strategically to realise opportunities for the private sector to contribute to this recovery are critically important. Construction is such an important part of our local economy.”
In selecting the sites to be included in this EOI process, consideration has been given to a range of factors including the inclusion of sites that can be progressed to development in a timely manner, and sites that will cover a range of development types and scales that will maximise the opportunity for local developers and investors to participate.
Whilst most of the identified sites provide some public car parking at present, this may not necessarily be lost, depending on the final development outcomes.
“Council is committed to ensuring adequate convenient parking capacity remains now and into the future and the location of parking will form part of Council’s consideration. Ultimately, it is about making the best use out
of valuable CBD land,” said Mayor Rockliff.
Details of the proposed EOI process, development sites and selection criteria are available via the Council Meeting Agenda published on the Devonport City Council website.
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Julie Burgess – Transfer of Ownership

Devonport City Council has transferred ownership of the Julie Burgess, through a Deed of Gift to Julie Burgess Inc., an independent organisation established to operate the vessel in Devonport.
The Julie Burgess is a two-mast ketch, listed on the Australian Register for Heritage vessels. It is also a classified ship with the National Trust. The vessel was built in Launceston for Captain Harry Burgess, in 1936. It was purpose built to harvest crayfish in Bass Strait and regularly transited the Strait to Victoria. She was the last purpose-built vessel of the Burgess family fishing ketches to operate out of Devonport.
In 2009, Council received a Federal Government, Jobs Fund grant for the project ‘Julie Burgess: Maritime Discovery Centre’. The grant enabled Council to purchase and restore the vessel to operate her as a passenger carrying sailing
attraction out of her home port of Devonport.
After eight sailing seasons, a thorough operational review was provided to Council in August 2019. The review highlighted that passenger numbers and engagement in the vessel was decreasing year-on-year, and that Council did not have the
capacity, nor the resources to diversify the operation and increase the levels of engagement.
Subsequently, Council undertook an expression of interest process to seek an alternate operator, preferably one who would continue to operate the Julie Burgess in Devonport.
As a result, Julie Burgess volunteers and members of Council’s Julie Burgess Operations Committee sought to establish the independent organisation, Julie Burgess Inc. to takeover operations from Council.
Members of Julie Burgess Inc. have extensive experience in operating the vessel, with several members having volunteered with Council on the project since its inception in 2009.
Council agreed to allow Julie Burgess Inc. six-months to fully establish itself and undertake the appropriate requirements.
Mayor Annette Rockliff said, “It is wonderful that the vessel will remain in its home port and continue to provide a visitor attraction for Devonport.
“Council have worked with Julie Burgess Inc. and are excited about the plans they have in place for the future.
“All the hard work of volunteers over the last 10 years has not been lost, and the vessel will continue to be enjoyed in Devonport.”
The Bass Strait Maritime Centre will continue to promote heritage sailing vessels of Bass Strait and be a source of  information on the Julie Burgess. Sailings on the Julie Burgess, however, will now be purchased online through
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Safe Space – Contemporary Sculpture

Devonport Regional Gallery is proud to present Safe Space, a major touring exhibition of contemporary sculpture,  showcasing the works of 12 acclaimed Australian artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, David Cross, Franz Ehmann, Karla Dickens, Keg de Souza, Michelle Nikou, Rosie Miller, Tim Sterling and Will French.
Featuring a diversity of sculptural materials, techniques and scale, Safe Space explores different notions of space — abstract or real, physical, psychological, political and social — to spark the viewer’s curiosity.
Many of the works in this exhibition take as their point of departure the human body: its dimensions, the spaces it occupies, the narratives that contain it and the theatre or spectacle that unfolds around it.
According to exhibition Curator, Christine Morrow, “The title of the exhibition coaxes viewers to consider the ways these artworks engage the themes of safety and its lack; space in all its rich possibility and — perhaps unexpectedly — in all its difficulty. Sculpture is conventionally defined by the way it occupies three dimensions. Yet these works project into other psychological and cultural dimensions; those that cannot be contained within the physical realm.”
Devonport City Council Convention and Arts Centre Director Geoff Dobson said, “Who would have thought in 2017 when we expressed our interest in hosting Safe Space, the exhibition title would be imbued with an added and very acute  meaning because of a pandemic.
“The tone of the exhibition ranges from humour and playfulness, nurturing and warmth, through to unease and  melancholy and the themes of the works include privacy versus public space, refuge and sanctuary, agoraphobia and
Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler said, “Museums & Galleries Queensland is committed to developing and presenting high-quality, diverse touring exhibitions — Safe Space is no exception. We trust audiences will enjoy engaging with this thought-provoking, diverse, often playful, sometimes confronting exploration of Safe Space.”
Safe Space will be displayed at Devonport Regional Gallery from 3 October to 14 November 2020 as part of its national tour to regional and metropolitan centres in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

Do not miss this opportunity to see these remarkable contemporary sculptural artworks.

Safe Space will be exhibited in the Main Gallery from 3 October until 14 November 2020.
Image details: Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Downstairs Dining Room – Octopus, 2014, Lego, IKEA chair and plant with hanger, 96 × 100 × 72 cm. Photograph by Ivan Bulijan Image courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Safe Space is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Logan City Council through Logan Art Gallery, and curated by Christine Morrow. This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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Seniors Week 2020

Devonport City Council will be working with a number of local organisations to celebrate Seniors Week within the  Devonport area, with a jam-packed calendar of over 40 events for local seniors to attend during Seniors Week, 12 – 18 October.
The broad ranging program of events and activities has been designed specifically to be low cost and offer a wide range of activities that cater for diverse interests. Some events require advance booking and payment, whilst many others are free of charge and require no bookings.
The two main programs held this year will be ‘Treat to Eat’ and ‘Shout to Come Back Out’.
‘Treat to Eat’ has been running through the month of September and has encouraged the Devonport community to make donations which will be collected and distributed to seniors throughout the Devonport community who may be doing it tough. Parcels will be delivered to service providers within Devonport. Please contact Council on 6424 0511 if you, or someone you know, may benefit from a food package being delivered.
‘Shout to Come Back Out’ is a free promotional bag which will be available for seniors to collect from Council’s Customer Service Centre on Level 2 of the paranaple centre on Tuesday 6 October. The bag will contain information from local service providers and a token for a free hot drink at participating cafes within the Devonport area.
The full program of events can be downloaded from Council’s website or Facebook page.
For more information please contact Community Services at Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.
Image: Cr Annette Rockliff – Mayor enjoying a coffee with a friend, as part of the “Shout to Come Back Out” program.
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Community Input Sought to Shape Future of Devonport’s Sports Facilities

The Devonport City Council is seeking community input on the key issues, needs and opportunities to improve the use of Council owned sports facilities across the city.  Feedback will be used to help develop a Master Plan which will establish a strategic direction for sports infrastructure over the next 15+ years.
“Participation in sport contributes to the development of healthy, cohesive, resilient, liveable, and strong communities. To maintain and grow the current levels of participation in Devonport and the immediate region, we need to plan for facilities where people of all ages and abilities can participate in a wide range of sports”, said Mayor Annette Rockliff.
A project working group has been established to assist Council in developing the future sports infrastructure plan. The  group includes representatives from the peak sporting bodies, local clubs and, and Communities Tasmania, as well as Devonport City Council elected members and staff.
“Along with general community input, the group is currently seeking feedback from local sports clubs and state sporting organisations. This feedback is an important part of forming the direction Council and our partners take, to  develop infrastructure that meets the future sporting needs of the City while being financially sustainable”, said Mayor Rockliff.
The survey will take 5-10 minutes and is available on Council’s webpage – Speak Up Devonport or by contacting Council on 64240511 or via email
The survey will close 5pm Monday 5 October 2020.
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R U OK? Day 2020

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

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Treat to Eat

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:

  • Spreyton IGA
  • East Devonport FoodWorks
  • Devonport Library
  • Devonport City Council Customer Service – Level 2, paranaple centre
The donated items will be made into care packages for seniors within the Devonport community and distributed to service providers for delivery during Seniors Week, which runs from 12 – 18 October.
Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff encourages people to get involved and donate if they can.
“We appreciate that it has been a tough year for many elderly residents in our community, and this is a great way of showing our support to them”, said Cr Rockliff. Rockliff.
Council will be encouraging schools, childcare centres, churches, sporting clubs and service clubs to get involved and donate non-perishable items.
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2020 Festival of Learning opens 1 September

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

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Changes to end of year 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.

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Devonport City Council’s 2020/21 Community Financial Assistance Scheme

Applications are now open for the Devonport City Council’s 2020/21 Community Financial Assistance Scheme, with Council seeking to support the community through a wide range of activities, initiatives and programs.
This year, in addition to the regular Major and Minor grant categories, Council has introduced a COVID-19 Impact Assistance Grant.
Councillor Leon Perry, Chair of the COVID-19 Response Committee, said that a number of not for profit community organisations within the Devonport local government area have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
“Council is keen to provide assistance to those organisations who have suffered a financial loss due to COVID-19 limitations or restrictions” Cr Perry said.
Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said the financial assistance scheme provided valuable financial support to help local community groups, clubs and organisations deliver important projects and programs for the benefit of residents, and she is pleased that the scheme has been extended to include COVID-19 assistance.
“Community groups, clubs and organisations play a vital role in helping create a healthier, stronger and more vibrant Devonport community, and this is one way in which Council can assist them undertake their important work’’ Cr Rockliff said.
“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.
Applications for Major and Minor grants, and the COVID-19 Impact Assistance grants are now open and close on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.
Full information, including details of how to apply, is available on the Council website here.

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)
Twice yearly:

·            17 August – 30 September 2020

·            1 January – 28 February 2021

Minor Grants Up to $3,000
Twice yearly:

·            17 August – 30 September 2020

·            1 January – 28 February 2021


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

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