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Devonport Community Newsletter Devonport City Council 44-48 Best Street, Devonport www.devonport.tas.gov.au

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Edition No. 4 – December 2011

What’s Inside: Mayor’s Message Summer Events Council Services & Projects Your Elected Members Community Engagement DCCI President Council Car parks Indoor Aquatic Centre Surf Life Saving New Skate Park for East Devonport

One thousand lanterns, carrying dreams, wishes, resolutions or messages to loved ones will be a major highlight of the inaugural Lantern Dreams Festival to be held at Roundhouse Park on New Year’s Eve. In a first-of-its-kind for the North West Coast and possibly Tasmania, Devonport will host the inaugural Eve in the City: Lantern Dreams Festival and we are inviting you to be with us on this special night. To page 3.


Mayor’s Message Devonport City Council

Hello and welcome to my first message as Devonport Mayor in this your summer edition of the Devonport Community Newsletter.

44-48 Best Street, Devonport PO Box 604, Devonport Tasmania, 7310 Telephone: (03) 6424 0511 Facsimile: (03) 6424 9649

Firstly, I must say how proud and honoured I am that you have entrusted me with your vote of confidence to lead Devonport as your Mayor.

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Email: council@devonport.tas.gov.au Website: www.devonport.tas.gov.au Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm This publication is part of the Council’s commitment to improving communication and consultation with residents. It is published four times per year and is delivered to all Devonport households. It is also available from the Customer Service Centre at the Council’s Best Street office and from the Council’s website. This publication is printed in Devonport with vegetable based inks on 100 percent recycled paper. For more information on any content within this publication, to obtain further copies or provide feedback, please contact the Customer Service Centre on (03) 6424 0511 or email council@devonport.tas.gov.au

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The prestigious role is not something I take lightly and I give you my word that I will do everything in my power to see Devonport continue to grow and be the best it can be. I will work hard with my fellow Aldermen, the General Manager Ian McCallum and other Council staff to ensure we continue to keep striving to keep our city at the forefront of all things Tasmanian. I also want to take this opportunity to thank former Mayor Lynn Laycock for her magnificent work and for the dedication that she has shown the Devonport people over the past six years. Alderman Laycock was a great leader and worked very hard for Devonport and its constituents. I am also very pleased that Alderman Laycock will stay on as an Alderman where her vision, wisdom and advice will be so very valuable to our Council and community.

I would like to also pass on my congratulations to Council and the wider community, on Devonport winning the overall Sustainable Cities Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns Awards. Devonport will now represent Tasmania at the National Awards. Devonport received a number of certificates of excellence and appreciation in a range of categories. Also, December marks the start of summer and Council has a wealth of events designed to get all of the community in the spirit. So sit back and enjoy the read about what Council has been up to and what we have planned for you in the coming months. In closing I say that my door is open to everyone so please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns or comment if you wish. Ald. Steve Martin - Mayor


Christmas spirit alive in Devonport In response to community concerns raised last year at the lack of communal festive events, Council has allocated adequate funds to ensure the coming period of celebration meets community expectations. A new Christmas tree will be erected in the Mall at the start of December which will be followed by Festive Friday on 2 December. This day encompasses a huge shopping extravaganza in the Four Ways and Mall followed by the Apex Christmas Parade and Christmas Light-up down at Roundhouse Park. You can find more details about Festive Friday on page 14. This year we have combined the parade with the traditional Christmas Light Up Concert at Roundhouse Park. Music and dancing will ensure that 2 December will be a great launching pad to the Christmas period.

Local community groups, schools, businesses and individuals have entered this year’s parade vying for great prizes. In the event of poor weather, the Parade and Christmas Light Up Concert will be postponed to Friday 9 December. Don Chorale’s performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is on 9 December followed by Christmas in the East the following day. Sunday 11 sees 9 Lessons and Carols with the traditional Carols by Candlelight at the Sound Shell later that night. On Friday 23 is the fast growing Breakfast in the Park at Roundhouse Park, with the award winning Devonport Athletic Club’s two-day carnival at the Oval on December 29 and 30. Rounding out the month will be Eve in the City featuring the Lantern Dreams Festival.

Lantern Dreams Festival

Continued from page 1. Families can decorate one of a thousand Dream Lanterns with their own personal messages, then allow one of the safety staff present to launch their lantern on to a contained area of the river. Dream Lantern candles will burn throughout the evening, creating a spectacular sight. The festival will be supported by two world-class pyrotechnic displays as never seen in Devonport before. The first will be at 9.30pm followed by another at midnight. Live music will feature on the 7AD stage with Erin Self and her ensemble; the Filthy Stringers are next, followed by the

Christmas & Summer lift-out See the handy lift out in this newsletter for more information about events happening throughout the city this summer. If you haven’t received a lift out with your copy of the newsletter, call Council on (03) 6424 0511 to obtain your copy or visit council’s website. www.devonport.tas.gov.au

headline act, Long Way Home who are fronted by the highly accomplished Nathan Wheldon. Children will be catered for in the SeaFM Kids Corner with jumping castles, a playground and roving entertainers. Gates open at 6pm and the lantern decorating marquee will be available on a first serve basis. A large community lantern will be made available to those who miss out on an individual lantern. Entry to the Eve in the City Lantern Dream Festival is by gold coin donation.

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Building a vibrant City •

Stewart Street Stage 2 (Rooke Street intersection) • Durkins and Waverley Road slip repairs. Planned works

Office Hours

Council has identified a range of capital projects set to address a number of issues within the Devonport community. It has a significant capital works program which has exceeded $15.1 million this financial year.

Monday to Friday,

Projects recently completed

The following are expected to be undertaken over the next few months –

8.30am-4.30pm

Recently completed projects include –

Customer Service Centre

Payments can be made for council rates, dog registrations, parking infringements and more. Common question: When are my rates due?

• •

Answer: Rates are due either: •

In full by 31 August

2011; or •

In four instalments

31 August 2011 30 October 2011 29 February 2012 30 April 2012

Projects commencement / completion by March Other major works are well advanced and projects expected to be completed in coming months include – • •

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Walking track repairs in the Don area near the Dell Luck reserve The Meercroft Park concrete path which provides a footpath link from William Street to the Hockey Club facility and the car park Building improvement works at the Senior Citizens Club, the Devonport Recreation Centre, Maidstone Park and the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre Steele and Watkinson Street roundabout and the Miandetta pedestrian refuge and traffic calming measures Footpath construction in Morris Avenue and David Street.

Spreyton shared pathway from Formby Road to Quoiba Art Gallery Storage Facility off Lawrence Drive

Construction of the Thomas and Woodrising Avenue footpaths • Oldaker Street reconstruction (William to Gunn) • Bridge Road pavement repairs and bitumen surfacing of various streets and roads listed on the annual resealing program. Spreyton shared pathway from Formby Road to Quoiba The Formby Road to Quoiba shared pathway is a jointly funded project by Council and the State government through the “Trails and Bikeways” fund. The project is an $870,000 investment and will provide approximately 2.1km of linking pathway connecting the expanding areas to the south of the city with the Victoria Bridge and the city itself. This new shared pathway will add to the city’s already extensive pathway and provide over 16.5 kilometres of flat, safe and accessible cycling along foreshore bush reserve and street locations.


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Tidy Towns Awards Devonport has been named the overall winner

Mersey Bluff Precinct including the Devonport Surf Club

Tutors wanted

Rotary Club of Devonport South East – Vietnam memorial

Calling for expressions of

Devonport Community House

Devonport Visitor Centre

‘N’ Choose 2012.

Devonport Regional Gallery (Heritage and Culture)

Energy Innovation and Efficiency for work at the Mersey Bluff Precinct

Stewart Street Redevelopment

Devonport Transfer Station

Lions Club of Mersey – Men’s Shed

current team.

Devonport and Hillcrest Primary Schools – environment

For enquiries, please call

Community Relations and Partnerships

Devonport City Council on

in the prestigious 2011 Sustainable Cities Award at the Tasmanian Tidy Towns Awards and will be Tasmania’s representative at the National Tidy Towns Awards in November 2012. Devonport also received a number of certificates of appreciation and excellence at the awards which were announced in New Norfolk recently. The extensive list of certificates cover a range of categories and awards went to – •

Mersey Bluff Beach

Phil Murray – outstanding service to community

Formby Road Streetscape, Walk and Cycleway

Resource Recovery Waste Management (TROLL Shop)

interest for Tutoring at Chat Are you keen to share your craft knowledge with a group of adults? We’re looking for people who have a skill to share with others to join our

Barb or Charmane at (03) 6423 4099.

Chat ‘n’ Choose Devonport Baptist Church Pastor, Scott Jones

and women of all ages to learn a craft and meet

and Devonport City Council’s Community

new friends. There are usually up to 30 crafts

Development Coordinator, Charmane Sheehan,

offered and craft sessions run for six weeks. Chat

are excited to announce the recommencement

‘n’ Choose is a non-denominational, caring

of Devonport’s Chat ‘N’ Choose in February 2012.

community based program held in the main hall

Chat ‘N’ Choose will be held on Thursday

at the Devonport Baptist Church (128 William

mornings between 10 am-12 noon during school

Street Devonport).

terms. It is a relaxing, friendly place open to men

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Your Elected Members Council Meetings Ordinary Meetings of Council are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, starting at 6pm. Council meeting dates are advertised in The Advocate newspaper. Council meetings are open to the public and time is set aside for questions to Council from those attending. A copy of the agenda is available from Customer Services or can be found on Council’s website from the Thursday prior to the meeting. It can also be inspected at the Mersey Regional Library in Devonport. www.devonport.tas.gov.au

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Steve Martin, Mayor - was first elected to Council in 2009. He and his wife, Susanne, own a business in Devonport and were recent owner/operators of a local newsagency. Steve has been a volunteer firefighter for 32 years; 1996 founder of Enormity Inc - a community based teenage committee, continuing in his mentoring role; Justice of the Peace; Chairman Mersey Community Hospital Support Group 2005-2007, past President Devonport Basketball Council 1999-2001. Graham Kent, Deputy Mayor - was first elected to Council in 2005 and was recently elected as Deputy Mayor. He has retired from business after a career that spanned a period of five decades, involving marketing, engineering, transport and employment. He, along with his wife Pat, have raised their family and undertaken leisure activities, including aviation, boating and motorsport. Graham is a former Commodore of the Mersey Yacht Club and remains as the Club’s current patron. Brian Cole - was first elected to Council in 2000. He was born in Devonport and has been in the Devonport area all his life. Brian is a member of the Art Gallery and Meercroft Park Committees. Grant Goodwin - has been a resident of East Devonport all his life and was first elected to Council in 1998. He commenced in business in December 1970 and is a life member of Apex Australia and the East Devonport Football Club. Grant is also a member of the City of Devonport Lions Club and board member of Meercroft. Peter Hollister - was Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and has been an Alderman since 1996. He has worked in the hotel and service station industries in Devonport for many years and is currently working in the disability area. Peter is a board member and Treasurer of Youth & Family Focus, is on several Council Committees and Controlling Authorities, as well as Dulverton Waste Management Committee and is a past representative for the Cradle Coast Authority. Lynn Laycock - a long term resident of Devonport, first elected to Council in 2002, and elected as Mayor in 2005. Lynn is currently Patron of Malangenna & Elanora Child Care Centres, Vice Patron for Mersey Yacht Club and Patron of City of Devonport Soccer Club. Prior to being elected Lynn was a member of three boards and numerous committees in the community along with being the founder of Breakfast in the Park and North West Network.


Alison Jarman - Alison is proudly a Devonport girl with a work background in banking, media, hospitality/retail and commercial. Her community involvement includes the Devonport Repertory Society, Brightstars – Down Syndrome Tas, a participant of Rotary and a member of the business committee for Gran’s Van. Justine Keay - first elected 2009. Born and raised in Devonport, lived and worked both interstate and overseas. Mother of two young boys and employed full-time as an Electorate Officer. Vice President of Leven Branch ALP and member of Administrative Committee. Member of a number of Council committees, including Building Families, Community Safety Liaison Group, Mersey Vale Memorial Park Working Group, GM’s Performance Review, Imaginarium, Financial Assistance.

Fire hazards To prevent grass around your property becoming a fire hazard it is important to remember to keep the length of the grass down.

Leon Perry - Leon was first elected to Council in 2009. He commenced business in Devonport in 1989. Leon is Vice President of the Devonport Football Club and played in two premierships with the Devonport Football Club. He was also a board member of Devonport Commercial Promotions, is a member of the DCCI and the DCCI Retail Sub-Committee.

Where grass and

Annette Rockliff - Annette was first elected to Council in 2007. Annette has lived all her life in Devonport, growing up in East Devonport and living in Spreyton for the past 30 years. She has been involved in many community organisations, including fundraising co-ordinator for Roland Childrens Services and Crescendo Choir, executive roles with Spreyton Primary School and Latrobe High School P&F and School Councils and Treasurer for her church. Annette has worked for not-for-profit organisation Choose Life Services.

the property and issue an

Warren Squibb - first elected to Council in 1975-77 and re-elected in 2011. He has been a resident of Devonport for 65 years. Warren was captain of the Devonport and the North West Coast Cricket team. He was past President of North West Coast Cricket Club and is currently Club Patron. Warren is also President of the Tasmanian Bowls Council, North West and Spreyton Bowls Clubs.

vegetation on residential property becomes a fire hazard, Council will inspect abatement notice. If the hazard isn’t attended to within 14 days of the notice being issued, Council will arrange for the hazard to be removed at the owners expense.

Bill Wilson - first elected in 1983 and completed over 25 years as an Alderman with having served in virtually all areas of Council including finance, planning, parks & reserves, arts and youth affairs. Outside committees have included Vietnam Veterans, City of Devonport Brass, Devonport Eisteddfod, City Celebrations, Australia Remembers, NASA Science School, Sister Cities, and the State Library.

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New look for Council’s website Devonport City Council is embracing an online future with the launch of new, innovative website, which will enable residents to contact Council more

Community Engagement Devonport City Council is seeking to increase

people do not participate in community

real time via the web.

community participation in its decision making

discussions for a variety of reasons.

Whether it be online

on ‘community engagement’ to increase

payments, project

opportunities for the public to be informed,

updates, facility opening

involved and heard by the Council.

quickly and efficiently in

times or activities for the children the new site aims to improve usability, making it easy to navigate and find the information you are looking for. Visit the new site today www.devonport.tas.gov.au

processes and has prepared a draft policy

The draft policy places a greater emphasis on community participation to ensure that community views are heard by the Council.

community involvement at the earliest possible opportunity, so that community views can help to shape the final outcome,” Mr. McCallum said. The draft policy is available from the Customer Service Centre, Best Street, Devonport Library and Community Houses and may also be

“The Council already uses various methods

downloaded from Council’s website at

to encourage community participation, but

www.devonport.tas.gov.au. Comments can be

community members often feel that their input

provided in writing to the Council or via email

is not heard, or is sought too late in the process,”

to eewins@devonport.tas.gov.au . Or you can

General Manager, Mr. McCallum said.

SPEAKUP Devonport and have your say on

“This policy sets out a more Have you got a smart phone? Scan this QR tag with your phone to access Council’s website on your phone’s web browser.

pro-active approach, which

Councils new online engagement page www.speakupdevonport.tas.gov.au

increases the opportunities for

A community survey was conducted earlier

meaningful input from start to

in the year which asked the community what

finish.

methods of participation the community prefers

Council values community input, but recognises that sometimes only a few voices are heard and that many

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“In many cases, we should be seeking direct

and which issues they prefer to be involved in. The survey can also be accessed at Council’s new look website.


Chamber President Steve Bramich Former Army man and new Devonport

“I want the retailers and hospitality to look at

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)

how they can do things better and differently,”

President, Steve Bramich knows a thing or two

he said.

about teamwork and how important it is to work

“I have some ideas that might help, including

together to help get things done here in his home town.

pay as you go parking, covering sections of the Mall and maybe having a mini-Salamanca

“Devonport is a unique place unlike no other in

Place style market in the Mall also. We could

Tasmania or on the mainland,” he said.

have more question and answer forums for

“We have such an attraction in our river and we

business and the public, and to achieve these

need to marry that in with businesses throughout

actions we must continue to work closely with

the city and work in unison with Council to make

Council and in particular with the Mayor.”

things continue to happen for our city.”

The DCCI was formed in June 1940 and is a

The founder of Braddon Building Surveying some

non-political body, currently with 143 members

eight years ago, Mr Bramich also worked at the

working for the business, professional and

Devonport City Council and knows the pitfalls

community interests.

some businesses face. His desire to share his

It is considered a vital mechanism in the

knowledge skills and experience with others in

growth of Devonport and has been influential

order to achieve potential in tough economic

in Devonport obtaining the airport and the

times.

Australian Weaving Mill.

“I want the retailers and hospitality to look at how they can do things better and differently”

Your DCCI The Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. is a vital mechanism for the advancement of commercial, business and industrial interests in the Devonport area, and is constantly striving to improve the quality of life for residents of Devonport. The Chamber is a “clearing house” for ideas and is intended to be a working forum for the development of the city and its surrounding region. Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. Devonport Corporate Centre, Bass House 1st Floor, cnr Edward & Best St DEVONPORT TAS 7310 PO Box 301 Devonport, Tasmania 7310 Phone: (03) 6420 7585 www.dcci.org.au

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Devonport car parks School Holiday Program

Don’t tear your hair out looking for activities to keep the children occupied during the coming summer school holidays. All you have to do is contact The Zone in Stewart Street or take a look on Council’s website to check out a great range of fun filled holiday programs on offer. From indoor to outdoor activities, the programs are designed for all ages from 10 and up and fill quickly. So don’t delay, contact The Zone on (03) 64234099 or check out what’s on at: www.devonport.tas.gov.au

Free Parking

Weekend Parking

The next upcoming free parking day is Friday 2 December for the Christmas Parade. All Council car parks will be free from 10am onwards (does not apply to street meters).

Every Saturday morning is free from 10am in Council car parks.

Workers Parking Permits There are two types of permits available for workers – one for Wenvoe Street car park and Victoria Parade car park for $60 per month ($3 per day) or a reserved site in Payne Avenue for $86 per month ($4 per day). Please contact Council for more information.

In September 2011 an occupancy count of Council car parks was undertaken. The result was a combined average total of 56% occupancy.

Parking Strategy The Devonport City Council Parking Strategy and Action Plan was adopted by Council in December 2010. The Action Plan is a three year document which ranks relevant actions according to priority. Pay As You Leave (PAYL) parking infrastructure is listed as a priority and as such $100,000 was allocated in the 2011/2012 budget towards purchasing and installing a PAYL facility. Council staff have been working to determine the most suitable car park from a technical point

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Occupancy of Car parks

of view, considering issues such as traffic flow, capacity, occupancy etc and have prepared draft layouts of possible configurations. All indications at this stage are that the Rooke Street car park is the most suitable for PAYL. Another of the immediate actions is to review car park layouts and determine if they meet Australian standards, including sufficient quantity and positioning of disability spaces, alternative transport spaces.


Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre

Julie Burgess returns to the water Celebrations for the return of the ketch ‘Julie

she will undertake sea trials and on receipt

Burgess’ to the Mersey River, are twofold.

of her survey certificate, she will then be

We have found that there is no traditional

commissioned. The commissioning is the finale

launching protocol required as the vessel has

and cause for a community celebration which

been undergoing a restoration and the name

will be celebrated in the New Year. The Julie

remains unchanged. Hence, the refloating

Burgess will be a feature of the Mersey River

of the vessel to mark the achievement of

and all concerned with her restoration are

a significant milestone in the Julie Burgess

looking forward to her actively participating in

Project. Following the final fit-out at her berth

community events over the summer.

on the eastern shore at Reg Hope Park,

Back to school at the Maritime Museum

The Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre (DECC) has what you need to make your event a success. The modern multi-purpose complex is North West Tasmania’s premiere performing arts and convention centre comprising of a proscenium arch theatre, foyer, three function rooms and a licensed restaurant. The venue offers the flexibility to allow arrangements to suit your specific requirements. Bookings and enquiries to

(03) 6420 2900

Since June approximately 400 students from local schools have visited our local Maritime Museum. Staff and volunteers have tailored activities to suit all age groups with their learning outcomes. Maritime staff are heartened to see schools utilising the venue to learn about our area’s rich maritime past. Volunteers are also working on a Bass Strait shipwreck display which is due to open in January. They are keen to find a wrecked dinghy to be part of the display. if you can help please contact the Museum on (03) 6424 7100 – any assistance would be very much appreciated.

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Indoor pool plan endorsed Aquatic Centre Operating Hours Open 7 days, 6am-7pm from Monday 10 October 2011 Fees: Adult – $5 Child16 and under – $3 Family two adults & up to three children – $13 Pensioner & Senior Card Holders – $3 Pensioner & Senior Card Holder – Season $90 Spectator – $3 Season tickets and multi visit passes are also available.

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When work on Devonport’s new Indoor Aquatic Centre is completed in May 2013, Devonport will be home to one of the most comprehensive indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities equal to any in regional Australia. The state-of-the-art complex will incorporate the current outdoor facilities, a 25 metre indoor eight lane pool, infant awareness pool, warm water pool, foyer, fitness gym, change rooms and a cafe/kiosk. The $13.96 million project will be the biggest ever undertaken by Council and has taken many years of planning, submission writing and talks with Federal and State Governments to get to this point. “We are very pleased that the plan’s costs have been kept in check and we can now look forward to the construction of another key facility that will further enhance Devonport as the leading sporting, commercial and cultural centre on the North West Coast,” Devonport City Council General Manager, Ian McCallum said.

“The health and well being benefits to not only our community but to those along the North West Coast will be immeasurable. To hear the excitement in the community about this venture is very reassuring because we at Council want the very best for everyone but realise that these facilities require a great deal of money both in construction and with ongoing costs.” To help alleviate some of those costs and to ensure the project runs on time, Council will be forced to close the outdoor facilities for the summer of 2012/13. “To ensure we run on time and to make adjustments to the outdoor facility, the builders need access to all areas and unfortunately we have had to make the tough call to close the outdoor pool for the 2012 summer,” Mr McCallum said. “But unlike what occurred in another part of the state, we will only be shutting the outdoor pool for one season.”


Brett and Lyn Norton-Smith Mersey Bluff Caravan Park operators Brett and Lyn Norton-Smith think they have the best jobs in the world. Not only do they get to meet happy holiday goers daily, they also get to indulge in their other passion of surf lifesaving on a 24 - 7 basis. “Unlike a normal job, a surf lifesaver never knocks off, they are always on alert and ready to help” Brett said. “Both Lyn and I are always keeping one eye on the beach and the water whilst we tend our regular chores and we often get knocks on the door from people wanting help or advice when it comes to sea safety.” While the Norton-Smith’s are as synonymous with

the Mersey Bluff as the newly built surf club or lighthouse, they put the safety of others before any of the many accolades that have come their way over nearly four decades of life saving. “We joined the Devonport Surf Club in the early 1990s from Ulverstone just to help out and have had just about every role in the club from president down since,” Lyn said. “The new complex is great and will attract more people to the beach and hopefully more active members for the club also. “But the more people using the beach, the more chance of incident. People just need to be aware of their abilities and ask surf club members or locals what the conditions are.”

BEACH PATROLS Bluff Beach is patrolled between midday and 5pm each weekend between 1 December through to the last weekend of March, including public holidays. Roving patrols will include The Hat and Coles Beach.

Brett and Lyn’s Surf Safety Tips

Always swim between the red and yellow flags as it’s the safest part of the beach

Ask a surf club member or local about local conditions

Don’t bring floaty toys to the beach as they can carry you offshore

Swim to your ability

Watch children

Don’t swim alone if possible

If rock fishing, be aware of rogue waves and slippery rocks

Train your children to swim

And don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!

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Skate Park on the way to East Devonport SbA Dew Series back in Devonport On Saturday 11 February 2012, Tasmania’s best amateur skateboarders will flock to Devonport to compete and qualify for the National Final. This is the 3rd year the event will be held at the Bluff Skatepark in Devonport. It is a great event for local skaters who can test their skills against Tasmania’s best. The skating on show defies gravity and with the backdrop of Bass Strait, the new Bluff playground and Surf Club – what better way to spend a Saturday in summer?

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When Bobby and Leanne Medcraft presented a petition to the Devonport City Council in October 2010 requesting a skate park in East Devonport, little did they know the wave of communal support their bid would receive.

Now, the Skate Park is set to be built at Pioneer Park and should be fully operational by January 2012.

Council resolved to prepare a report on its viability and then consulted the users of the park by survey. It came as no surprise that it would be utilised heavily.

“And this whole project has received superb support from the Lions Club for their huge donation, Fairbrothers for their manpower, the Eastern Shore Project Special Committee, Devonport Soroptimist and Devonport City Council and so on. They have all been fantastic in their willingness to support this project and I am sure this will be a magnificent boost for the young people of East Devonport.”

The Lions Club of City of Devonport jumped on board courtesy of some persuasive talk by Alderman Grant Goodwin and they chipped in $20,000 in cash and kind. Ald Goodwin then set about gaining the support of local business and was staggered to find that they as one, were right behind it.

Festive Friday As mentioned earlier in the newsletter, Friday 2 December is Festive Friday and shoppers are urged to take advantage of some super deals that are being offered by the retailers of the CBD and in the Fourways. An initiative of the Devonport City Focus Group, Festive Friday will have something for everyone from giveaways, kids entertainment, in-store promotions and live radio crosses.

“This is a superb investment in the youth of East Devonport and will give them an outlet to exercise, socialise and hone their skills,” Ald Goodwin said.

The design of the skate park has been sourced by the Lions Club and features varied skill levels and age appropriate features.

As well as some great shopper deals, there will be prizes for the participating stores with an award for the best presented Christmas window. The ever popular Devonport Dollars will also be re-launched giving shoppers extra incentive to cash in on the bargains on offer. To find out more or to discover how your store can get involved, contact Wendy Squibb at Council on (03) 6424 0511 or wsquibb@devonport.tas.gov.au


Australia Day Fiesta 26 January, 4pm – 8pm Devonport’s Australia Day Fiesta, traditionally held at Roundhouse Park will now take place at the newly

Braithwaite comes to Devonport Former Sherbet front man Daryl Braithwaite will open the Devonport Food and Wine Festival (DFWF) when he appears at Ghost Rock Winery on Port Sorell Road, Northdown on Saturday 3 March 2012. Last year’s inaugural month-long festival proved successful beyond everyone’s expectations. An estimated 20,000 people attended the 77 events at some 39 venues that included tastings, cooking classes, themed nights, specialist dishes, gala dinners and demonstrations.

DFWF includes the iconic Taste the Harvest on Sunday 11 March and plans are in full swing to make this the biggest and best yet. Announcements on which big name chefs will be appearing to be released in the coming months. To enquire about how you can secure your spot or to get involved in this fast growing event, contact the Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.

developed Bluff precinct. The afternoon event will encompass the Australia Day Awards Ceremony, live music, dance and plenty of games and activities. Families will be able to appreciate the state-of-the-art playground, popular skate park and beautiful landscaped surroundings.

This year’s festival is fast approaching and organisers have sent out a reminder that the limited calendar spots on the North West Coast’s biggest event are filling fast.

Plenty of ‘Australian’

There are already 20 events booked in and enquiries are rolling in daily.

throwing and sand castle

Daryl’s appearance at Ghost Rock with its fabulous backdrop will be a perfect start to kick off what will be a magnificent month of showcasing the North West Coast’s superb produce and wines.

even be a lamington or

themed games are scheduled for the day, including thong competitions. There may two.

Bookings for Braithwaite’s performance are being taken now at the Devonport Visitor Centre, the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre and at the vineyard.

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Council Meetings 19 December 2011 17 January 2012 21 February 2012

Services over the Christmas & New Year Period We don’t want you to get caught out this summer, the following list of dates are for your convenience: •

Council Best Street Offices and Customer Service Centre – is closed from Friday 23 December at 3pm and will reopen Tuesday 3 January 2012

Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre – Closed from Saturday 24 December reopening Tuesday 3 January 2012

Commencing 6pm •

Devonport Regional Gallery – Closed Christmas Day

Maritime Museum – Closed Christmas and Boxing Day

The Zone – Closed Thursday 24 December reopening Monday 9January 2012

Commercial Garbage Collection – no service on Christmas Day

Domestic Garbage Collection – collections on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December will be earlier than normal. Please ensure wheelie bins are left out overnight

Devonport City Council 44-48 Best Street, Devonport PO Box 604, Devonport Tasmania, 7310 Telephone: (03) 6424 0511 Facsimile: (03) 6424 9649 Email: council@devonport.tas.gov.au Customer Service Centre: Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

Spreyton Transfer Station – closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and on Devonport Cup Day (after 11am)

Lawrence Drive Operations Centre – will be closed from Saturday 24 December until Monday 2 January 2012. For emergencies (only during that time) please contact the after hours officer on (03) 6423 3074.

Having a clean out? Did you know that the TROLL Shop (Tip Shop) will come and pick up any items that you no longer have a need for. For more information contact the TROLL Shop on (03) 6427 3424.

www.devonport.tas.gov.au

Devonport Community Newsletter - Edition 4  

DCN - December 2011