Proposed Street Trading By-Law open for public comment

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, public notification is given of Council’s intention to make proposed By-Law No. 1 of 2020 entitled Street Trading By-Law.

The purpose of the By-Law is to regulate and licence street trading on public streets within the Devonport municipality.

Submissions from the public are invited on the proposed By-Law. All submissions are required to be made in writing and may be mailed to the General Manager, PO Box 604, Devonport 7310 or emailed to council@devonport.tas. gov.au

The period within which submissions may be made will close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday 12 June 2020.

The proposed By-Law, along with the Regulatory Impact Statement prepared in respect of the By-Law, can be viewed below or by contacting Council on 6424 0511 or emailing council@devonport.tas.gov.au

The Regulatory Impact Statement has been certified by the Director of Local Government as required by the Local Government Act 1993.

The objectives of the proposed By-Law and the means of achieving them are set out in the Regulatory Impact Statement as well as the primary features of the By-Law and its envisaged or potential impact on the community or particular groups within the community.

The Infringement Notice Offences are also attached below.

Public enquiries on the content and effect of the proposed By-Law can be directed to Council’s Development Services Manager on 6424 0511.

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Council reintroduces paid parking on street meters from Monday

The Devonport City Council will reintroduce parking fees for street meters from Monday 25 May.

Council car parks will remain free for a further three weeks.

Chair of Council’s COVID-19 Response Committee Cr Leon Perry said now was considered an appropriate time to re-introduce the fees, which were suspended on 25 March until community restrictions were eased

“Businesses within the city are now beginning to reopen, albeit slowly, and it is important Council supports them by ensuring that parking opportunities exist for customers seeking to access shops,” he said.

“With schools returning from Monday, we are starting to see some degree of normalcy return to our streets and ensuring people abide by parking time restrictions is important as businesses are eager to see increased activity in the precinct.

“People will still have the opportunity to park for free, consistent with the time limits set down in car parks, until 15 June. This action will ensure the availability of parking spots outside retailers for customers, which is of benefit to our businesses who have done it tough over the last couple of months.”

Cr Perry said those parking on street meters would still have the opportunity to pay remotely by using the EasyPark App, rather than relying on cash.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said Council would continue to look at ways of providing support to the community, and particularly local businesses as they sought to get back on their feet.

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Mayor’s Message – 19 May 2020

Volunteer Week, which began yesterday, acknowledges the contributions that volunteers make within local organisations and the broader Devonport community.

The theme this year is Changing Communities. Changing Lives.

Devonport City Council offers Certificates of Recognition for organisations to request and present to their volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Given social distancing requirements, this year Council have extended the submission date until Wednesday, 1 July 2020.

Council has also planned a social media celebration via its Facebook page called Three Cheers for Volunteers.

Each day a different type of volunteer will be celebrated -, from Council volunteers, to volunteers in large organisations and those who quietly assist neighbours with shopping or gardening.

We want to ensure every volunteer is noted and appreciated!

Volunteer Certificates can be requested via the online form located here.

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Many local families have spent their time in Coronavirus “lockdown” reacquainting themselves with their kitchens, and the Devonport City Council is keen to share the fruits of their labour.

As part of National Families Week, Council is seeking favourite family recipes which will be included in a recipe book, which will be available to download from Council’s website for the whole community to enjoy.

There is no limit to the type of recipes eligible – It could be one that has been handed down through the generations, or it could be a yummy concoction you, as a family, have created in isolation.

There will be prizes for the top three recipes submitted by Thursday 21 May.

Recipes can be submitted to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au, online at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/community-recipe-book/  or they can be dropped off at the ground floor of the paranaple centre, the East Devonport Child and Family Centre and the  Devonport Community House

Entrants are asked to indicate if they do not wish to be included in the recipe book.

We would love a photo of families cooking up a storm to use with their entry.

The pandemic – and the importance of physical distancing for ongoing community wellbeing – means Council is celebrating National Families Week in a different way this year.

However, the current circumstances highlight the importance of the theme of National Families Week – Stronger Families, Stronger Communitiesand the role families play by working together to support each other and provide care for those in the broader community.

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The State Emergency Service does an amazing job in the North-West helping to keep us all safe day in and day out.

Even in the midst of a pandemic team members have still been out working within our communities.

Since late March they have undertaking daily tasks at each arrival of the Spirit of Tasmania and working with the Tasmania Fire Service and Australian Defence Force personnel on compliance checks for those in isolation.

They have also been involved in search and rescue, road crash rescue and storm responses.

And now is the time to say thanks by wearing orange tomorrow as part of Wear Orange Wednesday, which recognises their service.

The paranaple centre will also be bathed in orange on Wednesday night to recognise SES workers.

To learn more visit http://www.wearorangewednesday.com.au/tas-ses/

 

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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Draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule on public display

The draft Devonport Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) is now on public exhibition from Monday 23 March 2020 until Friday 12 June 2020. The draft LPS will form part of the single state-wide planning scheme known as the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. Representations are invited on the draft LPS to be received by close of business on Friday 12 June 2020.

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Playgrounds to reopen on Monday

Residents have been reminded to observe all COVID-19 health advice and restrictions when Devonport City Council playgrounds, skate parks and fitness equipment reopen on Monday.

Mayor Annette Rockliff urged those planning to visit playgrounds to ensure they fully understood the restrictions imposed by the Government.

“All playgrounds are limited to 10 people at any one time and all people should practice social distancing as well as covering any cough or sneeze and not attending if at all unwell,” she said.

“Local parks and playgrounds can be used for activities such as picnics as long as there are no more than 10 people and social distancing is maintained with 1.5 metres between participants and only one person per four square metres.

“Outdoor exercise equipment can also be used but, once again, social distancing is required.”

A full list of the Government’s requirements can be found at https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/roadmap-to-recovery

Cr Rockliff said she understood that some people may feel frustrated if they went to a play area but were unable to access the equipment because of the number of people already there.

“I know everyone wants to take advantage of the reduced restrictions, but we all have a responsibility to be sensible and behave appropriately,” she said.

“If there are a lot of people there, go and come back at another time or try another playground.

“Council will close playgrounds if it becomes aware that people are not sticking to the rules – it is that simple.”

Cr Rockliff said Council’s roadmap to recovery may look a little different from, and may not directly align with, the dates announced by the Premier last week.

“Council is currently undertaking a range of protective measures to make sure when our recreational spaces and facilities do open, the safety of the community and council staff is the highest priority.”

“Announcements about re-openings and dates will be published on our website and social media pages as they become available.”

CAPTION: Council playgrounds, such as the one at Miandetta Park, will reopen on Monday (Please note this is a file photograph used for illustrative purposes only).

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Share your favourite isolation recipe

Many local families have spent their time in Coronavirus “lockdown” reacquainting themselves with their kitchens, and the Devonport City Council is keen to share the fruits of their labour.

As part of National Families Week, which begins on 15 May, Council is seeking favourite family recipes which will be included in a recipe book, which will be available to download from Council’s website for the whole community to enjoy.

Mayor, and chief judge, Annette Rockliff said there was no limit to the type of recipes eligible.

“It could be one that has been handed down through the generations, or it could be a yummy concoction you, as a family, have created in isolation.” she said

Cr Rockliff said prizes will be given to the top three recipes submitted by Thursday 21 May.

Recipes can be submitted to marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au, online at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/community-recipe-book/  or they can be dropped off at the ground floor of the paranaple centre, the East Devonport Child and Family Centre and the  Devonport Community House

Entrants are asked to indicate if they do not wish to be included in the recipe book.

“We would love a photo of families cooking up a storm to use with their entry,” Cr Rockliff said.

Winners to be announced on Wednesday 27 May.

Cr Rockliff said the pandemic – and the importance of physical distancing for ongoing community wellbeing – meant Council was celebrating National Families Week in a different way this year.

However, she said current circumstances highlighted the importance of the theme of National Families Week – Stronger Families, Stronger Communitiesand the role families play by working together to support each other and provide care for those in the broader community.

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Providore Place Settlement

Council and the former Providore Place Head Lessee have entered into a Deed of
Settlement bringing to an end all outstanding disputes between them.

The Devonport City Council will write off $194,147 in bad debts owed by former Head
Leasee Providore Place Devonport Pty Ltd following advice that it has no realistic
prospect of recouping the money.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said over the last six months Council had exhausted all
avenues to recover it.

Council terminated the Head Lease with Providore Place Devonport Pty Ltd in
December 2019 and claims the debt relates primarily to unpaid rent between
February 2019 and August 2019.

Council has previously acknowledged the initial decision in 2016 to enter into a Head
Lease has not been successful and resumed operational control of the facility on 1
January this year.

“Council has taken all actions it can to recover the debt, but to no avail. It is clear that
no party is happy with current status but, upon legal advice, the resolution was the
most appropriate way forward, and therefore, we have reluctantly chosen not to
pursue this matter any further and risk additional expenses.”

Council had not budgeted to receive the rent, therefore the write off has no impact
on Council’s bottom line.

“The write-off of this bad debt should not lead people to believe that Council tenants
are not expected to pay rent. Council’s expectation is that any business tenant, either
existing or new, will pay commercial rent for any Council premises they occupy.”

“Council recognise both the tourism and food industries are shut-down at present,
however, we are confident both sectors will play a key role in the regions recovery.”

“Providore Place remains a key element of LIVING CITY and the current developments
underway – the Waterfront Park and $40 million hotel project – will help draw more
people to the area over the coming years.”

The food pavilion is currently home to café/restaurant Pinctada, Ben Milbourne’s
restaurant CharlotteJack, Southern Wild Distillery, Redline Coaches, a Drysdale
cooking school and indoor market and function space.

“Council will look to attract additional tenants to the site, although that is understandably a great challenge in the current environment, with the facility effectively in hibernation whilst we see out COVID-19,” Mayor Rockliff said.

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Mayor’s Message – 12 May 2020

If you are anything like me, I am starting to wonder if the COVID-19 pandemic will ever end!

But take heart from the fact it will, and we will eventually be able to return to life as normal, or at least a new normal anyway.

The efforts of all our residents – and those in the rest of the State and nation – is why Australia has been able to flatten the curve so effectively.

Now is not the time for complacency, as we still have much work to do.

Both the State and Federal Government have produced a wealth of material to assist us all stay safe and I would like to share some of those with you.

To assist industry and workplaces to ensure that their operations are COVID-19 safe, Worksafe Tasmania has a comprehensive list of resources on their website.

You can find the information from the home page or by clicking here

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A new guide to help employers manage the risk of infection and work health and safety risk during COVID-19 is also available.

Different states have different restrictions as part of their response to COVID-19.

To understand the current position in Tasmania, please click here

The Australian Government has produced a fact sheet for older people who have an aged-care worker visiting them in their homes.

This is available on its website at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/its-ok-to-have-home-care.

The Australian Government also recently launched the National COVID Older Persons Information Line (1800 171 866) to provide a one-stop source for personal support, questions and up-to-date guidelines.

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Two of the popular resources Council is currently producing to assist the community stay connected are Wellness Wednesday and Fit Fridays.

Judging by the feedback I have received many people are finding them invaluable and I would encourage you to check them out as well.

Wellness Wednesdays is a weekly blog with tips and tricks to help the community stay well during this time.

It covers a range of different topics on positive steps that community members can put in place to help them through these difficult times.

You can find the link at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/wellness-wednesday/,

Council’s Recreation team is sharing videos of various exercises, from low impact aimed at the regular Ageing Stronger, Active Longer participants, to family fun activities and some for the regular athlete.

Fit Fridays can be found at https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/live/your-community/community-services/fit-fridays/

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Kelcey Tier reserve reopened

The Devonport City Council has reopened the Kelcey Tier reserve, but users have been warned to ensure they keep a safe distance from each other.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said Council believed that if users behaved appropriately and maintained social distancing it was safe to make the trails available to the public.

“Council is aware that many residents love to use the trails for recreation, and I am pleased that we have been able to reopen them,” she said.

“But it is the responsibility of all users to behave appropriately. If Council becomes aware that riders are not obeying the current restrictions relating to safe distancing it will have no choice but to close the tracks again.”

Mayor Rockliff said she hoped users exercised some common sense and did not all seek to visit them at the first opportunity.

“What Council does not want to see is hundreds of people descend on the area at the first opportunity – that would not be safe,” she said.

“I trust that some will wait another day or two before going there.”

Mayor Rockliff said the opening of the tracks would also ease congestion on the city’s other bike and walking paths, which have become much busier because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

She said the reopening of the trails should not be taken as an indication that other recreation facilities – such as the Splash Aquatic Centre or Devonport Recreation Centre – would reopen soon.

Council playgrounds also remain closed.

“We will continue to abide by advice from the health experts with regard to any other openings,” she said.

Council playgrounds also remain closed.

PICTURE: Rick Eaves

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Mayor’s Message – 05 May 2020

Work has begun on improvements at the base of the stairs at Back Beach.

Many residents have told Council that it was difficult to walk from the stairs to the sand because of the loose rock in the area.

The work to be undertaken over the next two weeks includes the construction of a concrete landing at the base of the stairs and the repositioning of some large rocks to protect the landing from being covered by material washed in at high tide.

While some people had hoped a path could be constructed from the base of the stairs to the sand, such a path was likely to be covered with rock most of the time and could be a hazard when underwater.

Council believes the landing offers people the best chance to navigate a path between the stairs and the sand.

While the work is being undertaken an alternate access point will be available for the public.

A walking track renewal project has also begun this week at Don.

It will cover 120 m and extend along the full length of the southern boundary fence of the Don Railway.

In response to high community demand for exercise opportunities due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Council has decided to keep the track open while the  project is being undertaken.

Diversions will be in place and the track will need to be closed for the final hot mix works in about a fortnight.

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SmartClinics has set up a Respiratory Clinic in Devonport in partnership with the Federal Department of Health.

This clinic is specifically purposed to address 80% of respiratory cases including cough, cold, sore throat and other symptoms that may indicate COVID-19.

The clinic is located at 144 William Street, is free to patients and is GP-led.

Patients can book by calling 1300 411 748 or via https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/devonport-TAS-7310/devonport-respiratory-clinic/doctors

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There has rarely been a more important time than the current COVID-19 pandemic for all of us to take some “me time” and keep an eye on our health and well-being.

There remains a lot of uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its scope and potential impact.

The emotional stress which comes from this affects everyone in the community, although in different ways. Those who have had to self-isolate, or enter a period of quarantine, will be impacted deeply.  Those who are working also have concerns and fears.

The good news is that for most people the distress can be tolerated and can be improved with the care and support of families and the community. Others may require more professional support and specialised mental health support to stay on track, and it is OK to ask for help.

There are many tips available at the State Government’s pandemic site, www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au, and I would encourage everyone to check it out.

The most important thing we can all do is to maintain basic hygiene such as:

  • frequent handwashing
  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people who are unwell, Call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.

Other ways that can help you stay healthy and calm include:

  • trying to maintain routine – as much as possible in these times
  • talking to your family and friends about your worries and concerns
  • engaging in enjoyable activities and hobbies
  • limiting alcohol and other comfort foods
  • using trusted media outlets to get the information you need.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to participate in normal daily activities, has lost hope or interest in the future, or is experiencing an overwhelming sense of sadness that is severe or long lasting, then contact your GP.

You can also access a range of telephone and online supports through:

CR ANNETTE ROCKLIFF
MAYOR

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