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

While we start the new year with renewed positivity and plenty to look forward to, right now our main focus is on managing the impact of COVID-19 within our community.

We all know vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our way of life, particularly from the most severe side effects of the virus, and I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you to ensure you're up to date with all available vaccinations - including your booster shot if eligible. 

The situation is evolving daily and it's crucial we educate ourselves and comply with the relevant health and safety requirements set by the Tasmanian Health Department. 

We must continue to work together and support each other during this challenging period, and refrain from unfairly criticising other people, businesses, or events directly affected by COVID-19.

My best wishes to you and your loved ones for a safe month ahead, and I look forward to Council meetings resuming on January 27.

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

Construction complete on new landfill cell

CEO Michael Stretton

The City of Launceston has completed the construction of a new landfill cell at the Launceston Waste Centre - the latest in a series of cells which will serve the region's waste needs for the next three decades.

Construction started last February and involved the excavation of more than 48,000 cubic metres of earth to a depth of six metres. The new landfill cell is the largest ever constructed by the City of Launceston and covers an area of 32,000 square meters.

The cell itself is lined with three layers of synthetic material: a geo-synthetic clay liner, a polyethylene membrane and a geotextile protection layer.

These layers are designed to meet the highest environmental standards and to prevent leachate from contaminating ground and surface water. The layers act together to create an impermeable barrier between the content of the landfill cell and the natural environment.

In addition, the new landfill cell has been integrated into the Launceston Waste Centre's existing methane gas capture system which generates electricity from buried waste and mitigates 50% of the site's annual carbon emissions.

Over the past decade the City of Launceston has introduced a range of sustainability projects designed to increase the lifespan of landfill cells.

These include the roll-out of the state's largest food and garden organics kerbside collection service, the construction of a dedicated organics processing facility, the construction of a purpose-built recycling centre, the introduction of recycling bins in parks and public spaces, and the opening of re-use shop Uptipity.

The construction of the new landfill cell was carried out as part of the City of Launceston's Accelerated Capital Works Program, an initiative of the Community Care and Recovery Package, Tasmania's largest local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Heritage Forest accessibility upgrades

The City of Launceston recently installed an accessible seat on the popular flying fox at Heritage Forest, ahead of planned path accessibility upgrades in the park later this year.

WATCH: Our Public Space Projects Officer Geoff talks us through the park's top attractions.

TFS: Fire permits required Statewide

Fire permits are currently required Tasmania-wide.  

When do I need a fire permit? You need a fire permit for the burning of vegetation at all times during a declared Fire Permit Period regardless of the weather conditions. You do not need a permit for barbecues, campfires or incinerators provided you comply with the conditions associated with their use. To get a permit you simply have to contact your local Fire Permit Officer (permits are free).  

What's in a fire permit? Your permit will contain conditions to increase the safety of the fire. You may only be allowed to burn during specified weather and with certain equipment available. You will need to notify the Tasmania Fire Service when you intend to light your fire and may also be required to notify your neighbours.

How do I contact my local fire permit officer? Call the Tasmania Fire Service on freecall 1800 000 699


Mental wellbeing check-in resources

With the COVID-19 status changing week by week and as Tasmanians grapple with a new normal, it’s understandable that some of us are getting anxious and sometimes overwhelmed.

No matter how you’re feeling, it's important to understand that we are all feeling something, and to remember that you’re not alone - there are people who share the same concerns as you.

Find out how to stay on top of your mental wellbeing with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania's wellbeing check-in resources.


Protect yourself and our community

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

Make an appointment at a State-run clinic 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 to make an appointment.

QVMAG: Art workshop for parents & children

Join Iranian born artist Mehrangiz Modarres Tabatabaei to learn how to use art to share your family's story.   

Be inspired by Mehrangiz' work Windows, as she teaches Middle-Eastern classic techniques using acrylic paint, charcoal, bamboo, ink and more.

Learn how to paint and draw using Middle-Eastern geometrical and flourish patterns, fill in a pattern or draw your own - all levels and abilities are welcome.

Friday, January 28 | 10.30am - 1pm | QVMAG Royal Park

LAUNCESTON NIGHT MARKET | January 14, 21 & 28 | 4pm - 9pm | Civic Square
MUSIC IN THE PARK | January 16, 23 & 30 | 12.30pm - 2.30pm | City Park
MONA FOMA | January 21 - 23 | Launceston
SKATE PARK COMPETITION | January 28 | 11am - 4pm | Launceston Skate Park
WORLD STREET EATS | February 13 | 11am - 3pm | Civic Square

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Council meetings

January 27 | Launceston Town Hall | 1pm 
Please note: Social distancing measures will be in place and all attendees will be required to wear face masks and check in using Check in Tas.

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