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Welcome to the June edition of Your News, the City of Launceston's monthly newsletter. 

Launceston was this week named Tassie's Top Tourism Town 2022 (population >5,000) as voted by the people in the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania's Top Tourism Town 2022 awards.

We will now join Small Tourism Town winner Sheffield and Tiny Tourism Town Strahan in representing Tasmania at the national awards.

The win is further recognition of Launceston's appeal to visitors from across Australia and the world, after our city was named Wotif's Aussie Town of the Year in February, and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy late last year.

Our tourism and hospitality sector punches well above its weight - it's fantastic to see that hard work being recognised once again, and I congratulate all those who work so passionately to attract new and returning visitors to Launceston.

On a different note, local government elections are coming up in October and I want to encourage members of our community, and women especially, to consider standing as candidates for our Council. You can find out more here.

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

New gardens and seating in the city 

CEO Michael Stretton

One of the more consistent messages we receive from our community regarding the CBD is a desire to see more trees, more colour and greenery and more seating for people to enjoy.

Last week saw the installation of a 4.5m-tall arbour system in Charles St between Brisbane and York streets.

This new system has involved work from teams across the City of Launceston and once established, the native plants are going to be a fantastic addition to the streetscape.

Later this year, street level garden beds will also be installed around the base of the arbour to add even more colour to the area.

This project is part of the final works being undertaken in Stage 1 of the Launceston City Heart Project, alongside the recently completed Macquarie House landscaping project and the public seating replacement project that is also underway.

This involves more than 30 public seats, which will be replaced across the CBD and in the Mowbray business zone, along with upgrades to existing seating in the Brisbane St Mall to provide new charging points for phones, laptops and other devices.

With the City of Launceston and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce having recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate urban greening projects across Launceston, we're hopeful of rolling out even more projects like this in the future.

Launceston's top dog names revealed

We've crunched the numbers on the City of Launceston's most popular dog names for 2022, as the Council sends out annual registration reminders for the municipality's 10,000-strong pooch population.

The top five names were:

  • Bella (175)
  • Molly (137)
  • Charlie (131)
  • Max (115)
  • Ruby (114)

Some of the more unique names included Dave GrowlChew BarkarChampus Maximus, and Parasniffaloticous

Registered dog owners will receive an annual renewal notice in the post or via email this month. Alternatively, one-off lifelong registrations are also available for a discounted rate. 

New dog owners are being reminded to make sure their furry family members are registered, microchipped, and desexed. All dogs aged six months and over must be registered - this is a legislative requirement and also helps us return lost dogs to their rightful owners.

If you've moved, your contact details have changed, or your dog has passed away in the past 12 months, please contact Customer Service on 03 6323 3000.


Smart City Strategy session & survey

The City of Launceston is developing a Smart City Strategy to guide the roll-out of new technologies in our city - to learn more, register here for our digital engagement session on June 14.

The free online session will be run via Microsoft Teams & meeting details will be emailed prior to the 5.30pm start time.

You can also provide your feedback on how we can make Launceston more accessible, sustainable, and mobile into the future by completing our quick online survey (survey closes 5pm, June 17).


Find out about service interruptions & delays

We've created a helpful new section on our website to give you up-to-date information about interruptions or delays to council services, and issues affecting council-managed property and facilities, such as rubbish/FOGO collections and walking track closures.


Draft plan for flood levee-protected areas

The City of Launceston is reviewing how we manage land protected from flooding by our city's levee system, and we've written to community members who've been identified as either living, working or owning a property in one of the levee protected areas in Newstead, Invermay and the CBD.

As part of our consultation process, we're keen to learn how affected residents and business owners consider and manage their flood risks, and whether they'd like to see things managed differently into the future.

If your home or business is within an identified levee-protected area, you're encouraged to provide your feedback via our online survey (consultation closes June 24). The Draft Flood Levee Protected Areas Specific Area Plan is available here.


Parenting facility access

The Parenting Facility at the Paterson Street West Car Park has reopened with a new intercom system installed and can only be accessed by parents and carers of young children.

Open Mon-Fri (9am - 4.30pm) & Sat (9am - 3.30pm). Closed Sundays & Public holidays.

Place Brand resources

Launceston businesses and event organisers can access free marketing resources including photography, illustrations, design systems & social stickers by signing up as a Launceston Place Brand Partner.


Help shape the future of our city

The City of Launceston is seeking your feedback to help make Launceston a more social, inclusive, and fair city as part of our Tomorrow Together community engagement program.

This chapter of the Tomorrow Together program will explore the Launceston community's long-term aspirations for public open spaces, recreational trails and natural attractions and more.

Tell us what you think about:
• Improving Launceston's health and well-being
• Barriers preventing people in Launceston from being physically active and healthy
• What people value most about Launceston's public open spaces
• Improvements to public spaces and the urban tree canopy
• Connecting Launceston's public open spaces
• Priority experiences people want from Launceston's play spaces
• How to guide the future of technology, data and innovation for Launceston

Consultation closes July 8.


Free access to #PinkBox period packs

A partnership between Share the Dignity, the Launceston Library and the City of Launceston will see a Dignity Vending Machine installed in the library's unisex toilet.

Dignity Vending Machines dispense free #PinkBox period packs, which include six tampons and two pads, and are installed nationwide in areas where they can easily be accessed by those who need them - learn more here.

Mental health resources for barbers

Barbers For Life is a community-led network of barbers who have gathered to help support our community and raise awareness around suicide prevention.

Last month, six local barbers and seven community members (pictured) completed a two-day Mental Health First Aid program delivered by trainer Jonathan Bedloe. 

The Barbers For Life initiative consists of a set of mental health support tools and resources for the community and barbers to access - find out more here.

QVMAG: Hands on - floor talk & clay making

Join QVMAG curators Ash Bird and Jon Addison and pottery studio Glazed and Confused to learn about the history of pottery through making at the Museum at Inveresk.

Starting with a short guided tour of our new Northern Clay exhibition module, you'll learn about the history of Launceston pottery factories John Campbell's and McHugh Brothers', before joining a one hour hands-on pottery workshop with Glazed and Confused.

As you're guided through the practice of pottery making, you'll learn about wheel throwing and make your own pottery creations to be glazed and fired. A select range of objects will be chosen for a short-term display at the Museum.

Three sessions will be held each day on June 17 & June 18: BOOK NOW

  • 2022 Program
  • Multiple events
  • Multiple events
  • Launceston CBD
Community Farmers' Market
  • Every Saturday
  • 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • 71 Cimitiere St
  • June 12
  • Multiple events
  • June 15
  • Meet 11.15am 
  • Civic Square
  • June 16
  • Tramsheds 
Winter Warmers
  • June 23
  • 7.30pm - 10.30pm
  • Kingsway Bar
  • June 25 & 26
  • Launceston
  • June 30
  • Glebe Farm Rd
  • July 1
  • 4pm - 9pm
  • Civic Square

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Council meetings

June 16 & June 30 | Launceston Town Hall | 1pm 

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