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

We've seen several great projects and initiatives come to fruition in the past month, two of which deserve special mention. 

We learned last week that our bid for UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy status was successful, with Launceston named one of 49 cities worldwide to join the global network. 

Over many years, Northern Tasmania has consistently demonstrated expertise in the development of agriculture, food processing, wine and beverage production, tourism and agritourism. Being recognised as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy will boost our regional economy and create new jobs in food-related industries and activities into the future. 

This week saw the official opening of our new car park at the northern end of the Inveresk precinct off Forster St, and the relocation of the Free Tiger Bus commuter service and permit parking from the Circle Car Park - which frees up short-term parking for users of the Inveresk site.

There's a plethora of spaces available in our fantastic new facility and I encourage anyone looking for hassle-free parking to use the Northern Car Park and take advantage of the Free Tiger Bus service into the CBD.

On a different note, it's now more important than ever for those of us who haven't been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to make this the utmost priority. The Tasmanian Health Department has been very clear that COVID-19 will come to Tasmania once borders reopen on December 15, and vaccination is crucial to protecting our community and way of life. 

I wish you and your loved ones the best for the busy month ahead, and I look forward to seeing you at some of the great upcoming events in our What's On section. 

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

Strategic approach to improved connectivity

CEO Michael Stretton

Like most councils in Tasmania, the City of Launceston regularly fields a number of questions around parking, transport and traffic across the municipality - particularly in the CBD.

From my perspective, it's an imperative that the Council takes a long-term, strategic view of managing its parking and road assets for all users.

Recently, the Council adopted these five key documents that set out the Council's vision for transport over the next 20 years: 

  • Greater Launceston Transport Vision
  • Launceston Transport Strategy 2020-2040
  • Launceston Transport Strategy 2020-2040: Four Year Implementation Plan
  • Central Activities District Parking Implementation Plan
  • Launceston Network Operations Plan

Councillors also endorsed a plan to establish a new Transport Committee, which will specifically support the delivery of the Greater Launceston Transport Vision as well as the Launceston Transport Strategy.

This suite of strategies aims to improve connectivity between people and their destinations - regardless of the mode of transport they use - and to create a more liveable city.

I encourage anyone who uses or has an interest in transport across our city to familiarise themselves with these vitally important documents, available on our website.

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Changes to Tiger Bus commuter service

All-day parking for the City of Launceston's Free Tiger Bus permit holders has moved from the Circle Car Park at Inveresk to the new Northern Car Park off Forster Street.

The bus stop for commuters has also moved to the new Northern Car Park, and the temporary stop on Invermay Rd will no longer be used for this service.

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the relocation would free up short-term parking for users of Inveresk site facilities including QVMAG, the Tramsheds and Blue Cafe. 

"It'll only add a minute to your commute and the Tiger Bus will still pick you up and and drop you off at your vehicle, so the change is very minimal," he said.

"The Council believes this service provides exceptional value for money for people who work or study in the CBD and need to park for longer periods."

FREE TIGER BUS

UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Launceston and Northern Tasmania's bid for UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy status has been successful with Launceston officially named one of 49 cities worldwide to join the global network.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 to strengthen cooperation among cities and help guide economic, social, cultural, and environmentally sustainable development.

Chair of the Creative Cities Steering Group Andrew Pitt said it was wonderful to have UNESCO’s endorsement of the vision for Northern Tasmania to be celebrated as one of the world’s great food regions.

“City of Gastronomy status will become what Launceston and Northern Tasmania are recognised for nationally and globally," Mr Pitt said.

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the UNESCO brand was recognised worldwide and was a marker of the very highest quality.

"Being listed as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy formalises Launceston’s identity as one of the world’s great regional food cities," Mayor van Zetten said.

The bid was developed by the Creative Cities Steering Group, whose members represent industry, community, local government, and educational and regional organisations, with significant work undertaken by FermenTasmania and funding from the University of Tasmania and the Great Regional City Challenge.

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Home renovations an asbestos risk

Asbestos-containing materials can be found in any Australian home built or renovated before 1990.

If sealed, undisturbed and well-maintained, asbestos is not believed to pose a health risk. But, when renovating (even simple DIY renovations), if asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, they can release invisible fibres that can cause deadly diseases if inhaled.

Before doing any work around your home, visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au to find out what you need to know and only ever use licensed asbestos removalists to remove asbestos safely.

RESIDENTIAL CHECKLIST

Celebrating our newest citizens

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten recently welcomed 148 new Australian citizens to the community at a special ceremony at the Albert Hall. 

Conferees from 37 countries including India, Iran, France, Thailand, the USA, Myanmar, China, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sierra Leone, Colombia, and Finland made the pledge.

“While many conferees have already been contributing to our community for some time, it gives me great pleasure to officially welcome all of them as new citizens," Mayor van Zetten said.

“We are privileged to live in a city that has such a rich cultural fabric, and our new citizens will add to the wonderful diversity of our community."

Historic camera equipment donated 

Historic camera equipment and photographic memorabilia originally belonging to Northern Tasmanian Camera Club founder Frank Styant Browne has been donated to the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.

The donation was arranged by the NTCC - established by Mr Browne in 1889 - and Mr Browne's descendent Malcolm Saltmarsh of Hobart, who had inherited the equipment and memorabilia.

Mr Saltmarsh and the club agreed the equipment and memorabilia would be best preserved by QVMAG, with the collection including Frank Styant Browne's original camera and tripod, a second historic camera, two silver medallions in their original cases presented to Mr Browne for success in early NTCC photo competitions, and an album containing photos taken by club members and prominent photographers which was presented to Mr Browne in recognition of him being Club Secretary from its inception in 1899 to 1911.

QVMAG thanks Mr Saltmarsh and the NTCC for this important historical donation.

Learn how you can make a difference

The City of Launceston and Town Team Movement invite you to participate in a personal development program where you'll have the opportunity to meet positive people, build your confidence and learn new skills.

The Ignite Us program focus is on how you can contribute to your community - how everyone can make important contributions based on their unique experiences, talents, skills, resources and connections. Participants learn by doing, trying new things and having fun. 

Ignite us will help you connect and collaborate with your community, and ultimately complete a community project. This is a free program that will help you learn more about yourself and how you can make a difference in your community.

Interested? Please phone Dean Cracknell on 0468 381 745 or email dean@townteammovement.com.

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Child-friendly activity list updated

The City of Launceston is currently updating our list of ‘52 things to do before you turn 12 in Launceston’ and we had a fantastic response to our recent call-out for community input. 

The focus is on great things to do that are low- or no cost and incorporate exercise, fun, science, exploring and/or creating.

Stay tuned for the new and updated list which will be available on our website in early 2022!

CHILD-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Protect yourself and our community

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and the wider Launceston community from COVID-19.

Walk in to a State-run clinic without a booking, or make an appointment online or by calling the public health hotline on 1800 671 738. Vaccinations are also available at participating GPs and pharmacies - contact your local GP or visit www.findapharmacy.com.au to make an appointment.

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NOMINATE: Community Recognition Awards

Do you know someone who has contributed significantly through their work in our community? Or has your organisation staged a successful community event during the year? If so, we encourage you to nominate for the City of Launceston's Community Recognition Awards 2022.

The four categories are the Citizen Award, Young Citizen Award, Sports Award and Community Event of the Year.

Nominations close November 26. For more information, visit our website or contact Elizabeth Clark on 03 6323 3142 | Elizabeth.Clark@launceston.tas.gov.au

NOMINATE NOW
Butterfly brilliance on show at QVMAG

Australia’s fifth-largest butterfly collection has landed at the QVMAG Art Gallery at Royal Park

Explore the collection through Butterfly Brilliance - a free pop-up exhibition on show until November 21, with a new showcase of specimens from the collection rotating weekly.

Spanning 50 years of research, butterfly researchers Trevor Lambkin and Ian Knight built this extensive collection of more than 12,000 butterflies from across Australia, South-East Asia and Oceania, before donating the collection to QVMAG last year.

Curator + Artist + Community Conversations: Vicki West

Join Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Vicki West and QVMAG Curator Ashley Bird and contribute to the second in a series of conversations exploring the new QVMAG Royal Park permanent galleries.

The reinterpretation of the collection now reflects our histories, identities and stories in a fresh and contemporary context. Focusing on local Aboriginal cultures, colonial history and modern diversity, this exhibition encourages us to contemplate the ever-changing cultural landscape and our sense of belonging within it.

As part of the transformation of Royal Park, QVMAG commissioned Vicki West, Dave mangenner Gough and Darryl Rogers to create the work taymi ningina/Never Ceded. This work revolves endlessly, echoing the persistent and sovereign presence of Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples.

Join an open conversation between curator, artist and community. Has our attempt at diversifying the gallery succeeded? Is it truly contributing to reconciliation? Is the term 'reconciliation' adequate from Vicki's perspective and yours? December 2 | 4.30pm - 6.30pm | QVMAG Art Gallery

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ILLUMINATE | November 19 - 20 | Cataract Gorge 
Graphic Design: Caleb Nichols-Mansell
TAS PET EXPO | November 20 | Silverdome
THAI FOOD & CULTURE FESTIVAL | November 21 | Civic Square
ROTARY CLUB OF LAUNCESTON CAR SHOW | November 27 | Silverdome
AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM NATIONAL FINAL | November 28 | Hotel Grand Chancellor
LAUNCESTON NIGHT MARKET | December 3 | Civic Square
TASMANIAN DISABILITY FESTIVAL | December 4 | Woolmers Estate
WORLD STREET EATS | December 12 | Civic Square
NEW YEAR'S EVE - TICKETS ON SALE NOW | December 31 | Royal Park

Leafy greens for super summer salads

 Your monthly green thumb guide from City of Launceston horticulturalist extraordinaire Matt Jordan 

Now's the perfect time to get your leafy greens into your vegie patch, with many varieties of lettuce, kale, and celery currently available in seedling size. 

When planting the seedlings in your prepared vegie patch, make sure you follow the spacing directions on the label to avoid crowding and ensure good air flow.

Leafy greens are beloved by our slimy garden foes so you'll need to keep a keen eye out for slugs and snails. I've had great success applying a barrier of coffee grounds around the plants to keep them safe - an excellent organic alternative to insecticides.

And leafy greens are heavy feeders so be sure to give them plenty of nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

Happy planting! 

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