From the Acting Mayor
Welcome to the July edition of Your News, the City of Launceston's monthly newsletter.
This week we've come together to celebrate and recognise NAIDOC Week 2022, with this year's theme 'Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!' a rousing call to action extended to every Australian.
For the first time, both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are being proudly flown at Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery throughout this week, and the Aboriginal flag now flies above Town Hall each and every day.
The City of Launceston is an organisation that values its relationship with the local Aboriginal community. We're on a journey of understanding and learning in this space and we will continue to listen and we will continue to learn - that is our pledge.
Also this week, it was great to see our reputation as a City of Gastronomy further cemented by hugely popular TV show Masterchef's latest episodes filmed in Launceston - a testament to all those involved in making this a reality.
In other news, the Council has outlined a dynamic new future for the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery with the unanimous endorsement of the QVMAG Future Directions Plan.
The plan contains a roadmap to a new governance structure and sustainable funding, improved activation outcomes, and infrastructure overhauls of both the Royal Park and Inveresk sites.
The new governance model allows the Council to retain ownership of the museum buildings and collection, and a new skills-based board will be established to oversee all operational activities.
The plan also outlines five potential future funding models to replace the current model under which the majority of funding is met by Launceston ratepayers - you can read more here.
I look forward to seeing you out and about in our wonderful Launceston!
- Acting Mayor Danny Gibson