From the Mayor

Welcome to the first edition of the City of Launceston's new electronic newsletter.

Your News will be published in the first week of every month and distributed directly to your inbox, helping us ensure our residents and ratepayers are well-informed on key issues and up to date with all the latest news and events in our municipality.

After an incredibly challenging 2020, this year is about supporting each other through the recovery process and further cementing Launceston's standing as the most liveable regional city in Australia.

As you'll read below, we have some fantastic initiatives underway this month, with crucial work being done under the River Health Action Plan, and Council's roll-out of more than $15 million worth of accelerated capital works. 

It's also a great time to get out and about and enjoy signature events Indulge Us by Festivale and the Launceston Cup, and free community favourites Music in the Park and World Street Eats

Our Community Grants and Event Sponsorship programs are now open, and you'll find the links to these and the council's Hard Waste Collection 2021 below.

I hope you find our newsletter both informative and interesting, and please don't hesitate to send your feedback to

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

Quick links: 


kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary update

The Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce is currently undertaking a scientifically robust, evidence-based evaluation of the wide range of sedimentation management options that have been proposed for the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary.

The data gathered will allow for sensible community discussion on ways forward, and an improved understanding of what our goals should be.

The TEMT was established three years ago as part of the Launceston City Deal, resulting in the development of the six-year $140m River Health Action Plan. The City of Launceston played a lead role both in advocating for the estuary's inclusion in the City Deal, and in the creation of the River Health Action Plan.

Significant gains have already been made in terms of water quality with the taskforce overseeing the roll-out of programs aimed at diverting pathogens from our waterways, including stock catchment fencing initiatives and sewage intrusion into stormwater projects.

The sewage intrusion project alone will remove more than five Olympic swimming pools of sewage from the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary every year by locating and fixing pipe cross-connections. The project is a collaboration between lead agencies NRM North and the City of Launceston, supported by the West Tamar and Meander Valley councils.

There's still much work to be done to ensure we have an estuary the City can be proud of, and the Council looks forward to seeing the results of the TEMT review later this year.



Key to the City presented to star cyclist

One of Australia's finest road cyclists, Richie Porte, has been presented with the Key to the City by Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten.

Porte, 36, capped off a successful 2020 with a podium finish at the prestigious Tour de France late last year.

"Richie has been a leading cyclist on the world stage for a number of years and his performance finishing third at the Tour de France was an outstanding achievement," Mayor van Zetten said.

"He has been a wonderful ambassador not only for his home state Tasmania, but for all Australians and it is certainly an honour to present Richie with the Key to the City."

Porte joins an elite group of recipients of the Key to the City, which includes round-the-world yachtsman Ken Gourlay in 2007, world boxing champion Daniel Geale in 2012, Test captain Ricky Ponting in 2014 - and most recently, esteemed composer, the late Peter Sculthorpe in 2015.


Council's $15m accelerated capital works roll-out

The City of Launceston plans to roll out more than $15m worth of targeted infrastructure upgrades in the first quarter of 2021 as part of its five-year $40m Accelerated Capital Works Program.

The Accelerated Capital Works Program is an initiative of the City of Launceston's Community Care and Recovery Package, Tasmania's largest local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over five years the program will bring forward a range of infrastructure upgrade and improvement projects across the municipality, aimed at sparking new economic activity and employment opportunities.

Reseal works are already underway on Poplar Pde and Quarantine Rd and will take an estimated eight weeks to complete. A major reseal of Invermay Rd will take place later this year, between Forster St and Vermont Rd, as well as a reseal and road widening project at Golconda Rd.


 Current & upcoming works 

  • Footpath Resealing Program
  • Golconda Rd Asset Upgrade
  • Poplar Parade Road Rehabilitation
  • Quarantine Rd Upgrade

Off-leash upgrades a Tassie first

The City of Launceston recently opened Tasmania's first dedicated greyhound off-leash exercise area at Heritage Forest.

The project involved the redevelopment of the existing off-leash area at Heritage Forest to include a greyhound exercise area, a general off-leash area for other dogs, and an area for 'vulnerable' dogs — including smaller dogs, older dogs, or dogs recovering from injury or veterinary surgery — at the discretion of owners. 


Parenting facility & accessible bathroom major upgrade

The City of Launceston has started work on a major redevelopment of the public toilets and parenting facilities in the Paterson St West multi-storey car park, which will include Northern Tasmania's first 'Changing Places' accessible bathroom.

The upgrade project will involve three elements: the construction of new parenting facilities, the replacement of the public toilets fronting Paterson St, and the construction of a new accessible 'Changing Places' bathroom.

The Changing Places bathroom will include an ambulant toilet, shower, hand basin, change table and ceiling hoist. The new parenting facilities will include updated fittings and provide more a contemporary changing experience for Northern Tasmanian families.

Construction works are estimated to take four months. The parenting facility will remain open during this period however alternate public toilets in the Centreway Arcade and Paterson St East Car Park will need to be utilised.

PHOTO: City of Launceston Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson & Mayor Albert van Zetten with Chris & Jack Duffy.


$10m Albert Hall project

The City of Launceston will this month begin an upgrade of Launceston's iconic Albert Hall thanks to funding support from the Federal Government.

The Council last year received a $10m Community Development Grant from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Communications to make the project a reality.

The project will be undertaken in three stages, with the first stage including upgrades to heating, lighting, audio and visual capabilities, and Wi-Fi connectivity. There will also be repairs made to sections of the hall's roof.


Launceston's Citizen of the Year 2021

The City of Launceston presented its 2021 Citizen Award to Janine Healey at a special ceremony at Town Hall last week.

Ms Healey stepped down from the board of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce in October last year after 20 years of service. She was a founding member of the Harvest Launceston community farmers' market, a founding trustee and treasurer of the Tamar Community Peace Trust, a former director and treasurer of Cityprom, and a former member of the QVMAG governance advisory board.

Ms Healey is currently the Tasmanian Divisional President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a director of the Football Tasmania Board, and a director of the Unconformity festival.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said there were few people who could lay claim to such a wide breadth of service to the Tasmanian community.

"Launceston is a better place for having this amazing woman as part of our community," he said. "She doesn't sit on the sidelines and wait for things to happen - she finds a way to become actively involved." 


HOT TOPIC: Resilience - have you got it?

Communities across Tasmania and Australia perpetually face the risk of emergencies - think bushfires and floods - and throughout this past year, COVID-19 has not passed without notice nor without impacting each of us in ways many and varied.
Plenty of research has shown that individuals, communities, businesses and governments with more resilience cope better when disaster strikes. As an individual or family we can improve our resilience by learning more about the risks we face, by making household emergency plans, by purchasing insurance, by putting together an emergency kit, and in many other ways. 

So, what is resilience? There are many formal definitions and you can look those up, but most come down to the preparations we make to improve our ability to cope with changes so we can preserve what we value. When you push on a spring and then release, the spring will 'spring back' to where it was - this is the core of resilience. In emergencies, we are the spring and the disaster pushes on us. When the disaster 'goes away' we begin to spring back to normality. Once we recover from a disaster, we are different, and have new ideas and strategies to help us cope next time. We 'spring forward', not back.
Having lived through COVID-19 you are better prepared for the next pandemic, and you have developed skills that will benefit you in many other ways long after 2020 is a distant memory.
You are resilient, but you can be more resilient. You don't have to wait for the next emergency.


Hard Waste Collection 2021: register now

Registrations for the City of Launceston's annual Hard Waste Collection Day are now open. 

For just $10, residents in the Launceston municipality can register their bulky unwanted items for collection in March, including fridges, furniture, and other large items.

Registrations close March 1. 


Community Grant applications now open

Community Grants for organisations provide assistance to organisations delivering projects/activities held in the Launceston municipality which result in social, cultural and environment benefits for the Launceston community.

Online applications are now open for projects commencing after May 31, 2021. Applications close March 31.


Wrapped in Culture @ QVMAG

Witness a world-first collaboration between the First Nations People of Canada and Australia with the new QVMAG exhibition Wrapped in Culture.

Wrapped in Culture is a powerful reclamation project grounded in community, which was developed in November, 2017, when ten artists created traditional robes (a buffalo robe and possum skin cloak) during a three-week workshop in Ottawa, Canada.
QVMAG is the first Australian location to host the travelling exhibition, now open at the Art Gallery (Royal Park) until July.

Image courtesy Ottowa Art Gallery


Go for a swim or hit the gym

Whether it's staying on top of those New Year's resolutions, keeping the kids entertained, or simply making the most of summer, the City of Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre has it covered.

Enjoy our fantastic waterslide, diving board and children's aqua play equipment, sign up our award-winning Learn to Swim school, or check out LAfit's 80+ group fitness classes.


Event Sponsorship: apply now

The City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program provides funding support to events that deliver a range of community, social, cultural, tourism and economic benefits to the Launceston community.

Online applications are now open for events to be held between August 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, within the following categories:

• Major Event Sponsorship
• Small Event Sponsorship

Applications close March 15.

Expressions of Interest: New Year's Eve

The New Year's Eve Event Sponsorship Program provides support to the primary New Year's Eve event to be held in the Launceston municipality.

The City of Launceston on a triennial basis will commit to three years of continuous funding to the primary New Year’s Eve event.

Online Expressions of Interest are now open to event organisers with proven, successful events experience, closing March 15.


Special offer for newsletter subscribers 

Did you know the City of Launceston proudly owns and operates the Launceston Visitor Information Centre? Situated below the Town Clock at 68-72 Cameron St, the LVIC team can take care of all your accommodation, tour and attractions bookings.

As an agent for the Spirit of Tasmania, the team can also book your next sailing and don't charge additional amendment or booking fees.
If you're after a great gift idea, the LVIC stocks a wide range of locally-produced products from iconic Tasmanian businesses including the Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Anvers truffles, Tassie Dazzle, Spotted Giraffe jewellery, and the Tassie Soap Shed.

To celebrate the first edition of Your News, the LVIC is offering subscribers a 15 per cent discount on accommodation bookings for Strahan Village, Cradle Mountain Hotel and Freycinet Lodge. Simply call the Centre (03 6323 3085) or drop in to take advantage of this amazing offer before March 31.

Line the bottom of your 240L FOGO bin with cardboard to prevent material sticking to the bottom of the bin when emptied.

Good gardening: watering for best results

Green thumb tips from City of Launceston horticulturalist Matt Jordan
  • Wet it up: the first 5 mins of watering is considered 'wetting up' - this allows the initial layer of soil to accommodate the deep watering time and reduces the amount of water wasted by run off.
  • Less but more: the most efficient watering for plant health is by deep soaking. This is best achieved by less frequent, long watering times, encouraging deeper root development and reducing the impact of hot weather.
  • Get low: concentrate watering to the root zone - many plants don't like overhead or foliage watering.
  • Watering early or late: use the cooler hours of the day to take advantage of reduced evaporation.
  • Mulch it: a good layer of compostable mulch helps to reduce surface evaporation.
  • Check: after watering, scratch back the surface soil to check for moisture.
  • Help: increase water-holding capacity by incorporating FOGO compost into your soil.

Report an issue


Council meetings

February 11 & 25 @ 1pm

Current Development Applications


Job opportunities 

Explore your next career move @ the City of Launceston

Copyright © City of Launceston 2021, All rights reserved.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of this land. 

YOUR NEWS is distributed monthly by the City of Launceston. 

You are receiving this email because you opted in to email communications from the City of Launceston.
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THIS LIST

Contact us: | 03 6323 3000
18-28 St John St | Launceston | TAS | 7250

The City of Launceston makes every effort to ensure the content of this newsletter is accurate but makes no warranty as to its accuracy and does not assume legal liability for its content. The inclusion of a person, organisation, activity, event, or website link does not imply endorsement by the Council.