From the Mayor 

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

The events of the past fortnight have certainly raised the profile of Launceston on the world stage - specifically, through the incredible performances of one of our own at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Ariarne Titmus stunned the swimming world with two mind-blowing performances in the pool - winning both the 200m and 400m freestyle Olympic finals, on both occasions beating reigning Olympic champion Katie Ledecky.

The American has been virtually unbeatable over those distances for a number of years, but Ariarne backed up her performances at the recent World titles to not only win two gold medals, but the hearts of millions of Australians along the way. 

It is performances like Ariarne's that will inspire people to achieve greater things, and bring joy at a time when millions of Australians need something to cheer about.

"I am just from a small town in Tassie - this goes to show if you believe you can do something, you can 100 per cent do it if you work for it,'' she said, and she's absolutely right.

On behalf of the City of Launceston, I sincerely congratulate Ariarne on her success and look forward to following her career for many years to come. An appropriate recognition of her achievements will be considered at our Council meeting next Thursday.

There's a lot on this month as you'll see in this edition's events section, however it's crucial we remain vigilant, adaptable, and well-prepared in this ever-changing COVID-19 landscape.

We must continue to do everything we can to help protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. 

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

Technology and design to boost city heart

CEO Michael Stretton

The cityscape we see today in Launceston has changed significantly from what it was 10 to 20 years ago.

Buildings change, businesses come and go and the redevelopment of our major spaces such as Civic Square, the Quadrant Mall and Brisbane Street Mall have also altered the landscape and amenity of our CBD.

Similarly, the way we as residents move about our city streets will undoubtedly be quite different over the next decade and beyond.

The City Heart Project has fundamentally led to a number of those changes since 2014. And no doubt as we move through stage 2 and 3 of this generational project, those streetscapes will change even further.

However in the short term, there will be changes to the way we move around our city courtesy of proposed changes to legislation and technology.

The Council expects that by the end of this year - and that's just a handful of months away - we will see electric scooters operating through our CBD. The State Government is already working on a number of amendments to legislation to allow e-scooters to be introduced to Tasmania.

These changes will allow both commercial ‘hire and ride’ operators and private e-scooters to be ridden (at a limited speeds) on most local roads, footpaths, shared paths and bicycle paths.

The City of Launceston and the City of Hobart councils have been working together for a number of months to identify a suitable supplier and operator for a trial of 'hire and ride' e-scooters for our respective cities.

As that process is drawing closer to a conclusion, it's likely one or more operators will be providing this service in Launceston by Christmas.

For various reasons, public transport take-up across our municipality is quite low compared with most regions around Australia and the Council has been exploring ways to address this in collaboration with Metro.

An increase in public transport use would have a significant positive impact on the City in terms of traffic management and parking as well as the environmental benefits from a reduction in petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.

The introduction of e-scooters could very well remove a number of cars from our roads and car parks by giving people a viable and attractive alternative to vehicle usage for short trips within the CBD boundaries.

The Council strongly believes in this exciting technology and the benefits it will bring to the amenity and liveability of our city.

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Council endorses zero emissions plan

The City of Launceston has endorsed a plan designed to allow the organisation to achieve carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy consumption for all Council facilities by 2025.

The Towards Zero Emissions Action Plan 2021-2025 sets out how the City of Launceston will achieve targets committed to in its 2019 Sustainability Strategy, including to power building operations with 100% renewable energy and operate as a carbon neutral organisation by 2025.

"We know from the findings of the City of Launceston's Tomorrow Together community engagement program that residents are concerned about limiting our impact on the environment and moving towards more sustainable operations," Mayor Albert van Zetten said.

"While as a Council we've already made a lot of progress in this area, this plan sets the direction for the Council to 2025 and identifies a number of areas where we can take action within our organisation to reduce emissions."


Launceston City Heart Project: Stage 2

The City of Launceston will next week invite community feedback on the second stage of the Launceston City Heart Project, an initiative aimed at bringing new vibrancy to our CBD.

The first stage of the Launceston City Heart Project involved an award-winning public consultation process which sought to understand how Launceston residents wanted to see their CBD developing in the future.

Further consultation work was undertaken as part of the Tomorrow Together community engagement program, including an 'Open Streets' public event in the CBD exploring mobility and accessibility in late 2019.

The second stage of the project will have a specific focus on the section of Paterson Street between Charles and George streets, and the section of St John Street between Paterson and York streets.

The Council is redesigning these streets with the aim of making them more vibrant, accessible and pedestrian friendly — including contemporary public infrastructure like street furniture, dynamic lighting, more greenery, and improved connectivity.

Five pop-up community consultation sessions will be held throughout August:

• Saturday, August 14 - 11am to 2pm, Brisbane St Mall (St John St end)
Wednesday, August 18 - 10am to 1pm, Civic Square (between State Library & St Andrew's Presbyterian Church)
Friday, August 20 - 1pm to 4pm, Quadrant Mall (St John St end)
Tuesday, August 24 - 10am to 1pm, Brisbane St Mall (St John St end)
Thursday, August 26 - 1pm to 4pm, Quadrant Mall (St John St end)

Online consultation will open next week on Your Voice Your Launceston and close on September 10. 

New parking machines: the FAQs 

The City of Launceston has installed 49 new parking machines in the CBD, replacing 82 old and outdated meters.

What are the new blue parking meters in the CBD? In June, 2021 the City of Launceston installed 49 new parking meters in Launceston's CBD, replacing 82 outdated parking meters.

How are the new parking meters different? The new parking meters also accept coins or VISA and Mastercard cards.

Do I still need to enter my parking bay number? No. You can use any meter - on either side of the street - in the block where you have parked, even if it is across the road. You cannot, however, use a meter around the corner or in another street.

I prefer to use the EasyPark app. Can I use the app instead? Yes, EasyPark is still available across every on-street meter. EasyPark zones can be found on the meter and street signs at the entry and exit to the zone or by using the location services on the EasyPark app. Please remember to confirm your registration is correct and that you are in the right zone before making payment. 

Where is the EasyPark zone number located on the new meters? Each of the new meters displays the EasyPark zone number for its area. It can be found on the time limit sign adjacent to the meter's coin slot.


Feedback sought on planning framework

The City of Launceston is updating its Planning Scheme to bring it into consistency with the Tasmanian Planning Scheme framework, and we're inviting the community to have its say.

The Launceston Draft Local Provisions Schedule will be on public exhibition until Saturday, September 18. The documents will be available to view and download online and hard copies can be viewed at the Town Hall.

Our Planning team will also host a series of information sessions where you're invited to come along and have a chat about what the new planning scheme will mean for you and our city.

Upcoming sessions: 

● Northern Suburbs Community Centre: Friday, August 6 from 10am to 2pm 

● Lilydale Hall: Tuesday, August 10 from 10am to 2pm 

● Launceston Town Hall Reception Room: Thursday, August 19 from 6pm to 9pm


New Places of Launceston event series 

The City of Launceston is launching a new event series this month focusing on the importance of our unique built environment and the value it provides to the city, now and into the future.

The Places of Launceston series includes a revamped Heritage Awards program including the Heritage Snap photography competition, Open House Launnie presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, and In Conversation community discussions presented by professionals, academics and city-shapers. It's about showcasing and embracing the value of our city's architecture, public spaces and landscapes to our economy, society, environment and culture.

In Conversation: Learning from the past, Looking to the future

The first In Conversation event will feature presentations from leading industry professionals in urban design and built heritage, followed by a panel discussion with local designers and change-makers.

Thursday, August 12  - 5.30pm to 8pm
Tram Room 29 - Tramsheds Function Centre, Invermay

Key speakers include:

  • Rob Adams, City Architect - City of Melbourne
  • Lucy Burke-Smith, Heritage Architect - Purcell

Attendance is free but registrations are essential.


Heritage Awards 2021

The Heritage Awards are an initiative of the City of Launceston's Heritage Advisory Committee, aimed at supporting awareness and celebration of local individuals, groups and businesses who are actively reimagining residential and commercial heritage built environments across the city.

Heritage Snap: This year we're inviting photographic entries from people of all ages with a new, all-inclusive category, 'Highlighting Heritage'.

The Heritage Awards 2021 categories are: 

  • Built Heritage Project Award: Works under $200,000 - For building and landscape works that retain the cultural significance of a heritage place
  • Built Heritage Project Award: Works over $200,000 - For building and landscape works that retain the cultural significance of a heritage place
  • Highlighting Heritage Award: For the production of photographs, video and other media, exhibitions, programmes, conservation and promotion of heritage collection items, concepts for heritage sites, and more. 

Entries in all three categories open August 12 and close 5pm, September 15


Open House Launnie 

Open House Launnie is back on Saturday, August 28, inviting you to be a tourist in your own city. Get out your camera and photograph the buildings and spaces you walk past every day, take a peek at how others live, work and play, and see how the city’s infrastructure works. Look up, look inside, climb a bell tower or descend into a basement, and take in the incredible views from different vantage points around town.

Join us for  this extraordinary opportunity to experience the city's buildings in new ways and meet the people who design, build and preserve them.

Stay tuned for the program launch on  August 12. 

QVMAG Royal Park Art Gallery transformed

QVMAG has launched a new flagship exhibition at the Royal Park Art Gallery as part of its 130th anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition, a permanent feature of the gallery, moves away from the colonial and federation narratives towards stories that are more diverse. Setting a bold new direction for Launceston's premier cultural institution, the exhibition deploys a dynamic and immersive mix of old and new art, which brings the histories, identities and stories of Northern Tasmania into a fresh and contemporary context.

"This is an exciting new direction for QVMAG, once a colonial gallery now telling contemporary stories about our community, our history and our country," Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said. 

Featuring works that explore local Aboriginal cultures, colonial history and community diversity, the exhibition reflects the ever-changing cultural landscape and our sense of belonging within it.

Tasmanian artists are strongly represented across the exhibition with works by Lola Greeno, Julie Gough, Ricky Maynard, Vicki West, Dave Gough, Mish Meijers, Tricky Walsh, Rodney Pople and Mandy Quadrio.

The exhibition is open from 9am to 4pm daily and entry is free.

Youngtown Learning Site results celebrated

The City of Launceston recently celebrated the conclusion of the Youngtown ABCDE Learning Site program at the South Launceston Football Club, with more than 50 Youngtown residents in attendance.

Now in its fifth year, the Council's ABCDE Learning Site initiative aims to support local communities to reach their potential. Prior to Youngtown, the program spent 12 months at Rocherlea, Ravenswood and Mowbray, and will now shift its focus to Kings Meadows.

The Youngtown Learning Site resulted in a range of community projects including a short film by local students called 'Dear Youngtown', historical research into South Launceston Football Club memorabilia, new women's workshops, new signage at Franklin Village, and the establishment of a Launceston Tool Library.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the Youngtown community had been enthusiastic supporters of the Learning Site initiative, and he hoped the program would also be able to make a positive difference in Kings Meadows.

"The Learning Site program is an opportunity for communities to tell us what they love about where they live, what their suburb's strengths are, and what opportunities lie ahead," he said.


Essential items to reduce COVID-19 risk

Tasmanians must remain prepared for the reality that new cases of COVID-19 can occur in any community and that rapid responses and lockdowns may be required to deal with these cases.

Each of us should have in place a COVID safety kit that contains items to improve our personal safety and the safety of the people we come into contact with. Items in this kit can play an important role not only right now but in the event that new community safety measures are introduced or cases of COVID occur in our community.


Paid your dog registration renewal?

City of Launceston dog registration renewals were due by July 1 - if your furry friend's renewal is still outstanding, jump online and pay now to avoid an uneccessary fine.


ENTER NOW: Waste NoT Awards 2021

Have you, your school or your business made an effort to change the way you manage your waste? Entries in the Waste NoT Awards 2021 are open in a variety of categories. 

The annual awards celebrate and recognise those within our community who've made the effort to change the way they manage waste over the past twelve months. Entries close August 13.


Register now for $300 travel voucher ballot 

The State Government is releasing another $7.5 million in travel vouchers so register for the ballot now - and if you're one of the lucky recipients, call or drop in to the Launceston Visitor Information Centre so our friendly team can make booking your perfect Tassie getaway easy.

Online registrations for the random ballot draw are open from 9am, August 5 to 5pm, August 9. 

Recipients will be notified by email and SMS on August 11. 


Walk on Country with Aunty Patsy: Cold weather bush tucker & medicine

QVMAG's new YouTube Premiere series records traditional knowledge and practices from a well-researched Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder/historian to increase our understanding of the land on which we live.

In this first episode (August 20, 1pm to 1.30pm) we meet Aunty Patsy on Country and walk with her as she details cold weather cultural markers. Participants will also be able to ask Aunty Patsy live questions.

Register for free by August 18.

Free For All community music sessions | Sundays @ Sawtooth Gallery | 4pm - 6pm 
Tamar Peace Festival  | Various events | August 1 - 9
agriCULTURED | August 5 - 8 | Launceston - multiple locations/times
Launceston Night Market | August 6 @ Civic Square | 4pm - 9pm
Cultural Treasure Market | August 7 @ 49 George Town Road, Newnham | 10am - 2pm
TBC: Hawks v Western Bulldogs | August 14 @ UTAS Stadium | Ticketmaster
Marooned | August 26 & 27 @ Earl Arts Centre | 7.30pm
Junction Arts Festival | September 1 - 5 | Launceston

Good Gardening: Prepping for spring

 Green thumb advice from City of Launceston horticulturalist extraordinaire Matt Jordan 

It's the last month of winter, meaning you'll start to notice a shift in plant growth. Deciduous plants will start to bud this month, getting ready to burst into spring, and they can become vulnerable to pest attack.

Good gardening techniques will help reduce this risk - pruning, feeding, watering and mulching are all essential to good plant health, and will give your plants the best armour to fend off pests naturally. 

August is also a good time of year to prepare your vegetable patch for the next season, and weeding and feeding should be top of your job list. Removing spent winter crops and weeds, feeding the soil with FOGO and manure, and cultivating or aerating the soil are all good tasks to make your spring crops jump out of the ground.

Another important task that sometimes gets forgotten is ensuring your gardening equipment is in good condition. Sharpening secateurs and pruning saws and cleaning gardening tools is important to reduce the spread of pest and disease, and can be a great essential alternative to gardening on wet days.

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UPCOMING: August 12 & 26 | Launceston Town Hall | 1pm 

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