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

There's a lot to look forward to this month, with the upcoming Easter break providing some much-needed respite for our hard-working teachers and support staff currently dealing with the impact of COVID in our schools.

We've proven ourselves to be an incredibly resilient community, and we remain so thankful to our health, education and aged care sector workers for their tireless efforts and ongoing dedication and commitment.

On a sadder note, I'd like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to former City of Launceston Alderman Ted Sands, who passed away suddenly on Monday.

Ted was first elected to the council in 1999, and after being re-elected in 2005, served as an Alderman until 2018. Throughout his 16 years of service, Ted was a proud and passionate advocate for Northern Tasmania who was driven to make Launceston a better place.

He spoke with passion and conviction on important issues such as the state of the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary, and was determined to use his formidable skills and life experience to make a positive difference.

Ted's focus was on rolling up his sleeves and getting to work, because he was a 'can do' councillor. He also had a wicked sense of humour and was always ready to laugh.

On behalf of the people of Launceston, I extend my sincerest condolences to Ted's wife, Anne, daughter, Chelsea, and extended family and friends. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

- Mayor Albert van Zetten

Major works projects now underway

CEO Michael Stretton

The City of Launceston has recorded a very productive start to the year with a number of significant works projects underway and progressing well, and I'm pleased to be able to provide updates on the following:

  • Dolphin Fountain restoration: The historic Dolphin Fountain in Launceston's City Park is undergoing specialised analysis ahead of restoration works which will be undertaken over the coming months. Originally installed in 1861, the fountain is a unique historical sculpture, which has been repainted numerous times throughout its lifetime. The current assessment will evaluate methods of removing layers of paint without damaging the structure itself.
  • Albert Hall redevelopment: The City of Launceston recently advertised a Development Application for a significant upgrade of the Albert Hall. Due to a further injection of funding from the Federal Government, the total value of this project is now $11.58 million, and work on stage one and two of the redevelopment, which includes upgrades to the hall's heating, meeting rooms, toilets, lighting, audio and visual capabilities, will be completed later this year.
  • North Esk Trail upgrade: The City of Launceston is currently undertaking a $770,000 upgrade of the North Esk Trail which links Hoblers Bridge and Henry St. The project involves reconstructing, raising and widening sections of the 1.5km trail to reduce the impacts of tidal inundation and protect the wetlands bordering the pathway, and is expected to be completed mid-April.
  • Macquarie House Landscaping Project: Work began last month on the redevelopment of the Denham Henty Waterscape Fountain into a small area of public greenspace. During construction works for the Macquarie House redevelopment in 2018, major cracking was located in the bed of the fountain leading to it being decommissioned. A section of the cobbled area will be grass and garden displays whilst retaining a section of existing fountain surface and the iconic willow. Similar designs will be utilised so the space ties back in with the broader Civic Square landscape, with the project expected to be completed mid-May. 

You'll find more information about our current and upcoming works projects on our website.

CURRENT & UPCOMING WORKS

Major boost for Albert Hall redevelopment

The designs for the multi-million dollar upgrade of Albert Hall have been released, bringing to life the vision behind the redevelopment one of Launceston's most significant heritage buildings.

The designs have been released as part of the City of Launceston’s advertisement of the development application for the project.

The $11.58 million project is part of the $569 million Launceston City Deal,  a 10-year partnership aimed at transforming Launceston into Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional city.

PHOTO: City of Launceston Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson, Scott Balmforth from Terroir Architects, and Bass Liberal MP Bridget Archer.

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Search for Tassie's best street performers

The hunt is on for Tasmania's next street performance star in the inaugural Launceston Busking Competition, with great cash prizes up for grabs!

Musicians, comedians, dancers, human statues, jugglers and artists are being invited to showcase their talents by entering a submission to the competition.

The 10 best submissions will be selected by a panel of judges to compete at a public event in Launceston's CBD on Saturday, May 14. The winners will be judged by the general public, and awarded $800 - first prize, $500 - second prize and $200 - third prize.

Online submissions close 5pm, April 14.

ENTER NOW

Community-led road safety campaign

A community-led road safety pilot program is being rolled out in Launceston's Northern suburbs, encouraging motorists to slow down near schools and in residential areas.

The Slow Down Save Lives campaign is the brain-child of community members who developed the concept during workshops held in July and August last year, and is designed to remind motorists to prioritise the safety of all road users.

It includes social media messaging, a short video series by local film-makers, and the roll-out of road safety stickers on wheelie bins in Rocherlea and Ravenswood. The stickers feature images of pupils from East Tamar Primary School and Ravenswood Heights Primary School, which will be fixed to wheelie bins in Prossers Forest Rd, Lambert St and Blackwood Drive over coming weeks.

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Free buses Statewide 

Want to save money and help the environment? Ditch the car and catch the bus!

Travel on all public buses is FREE Statewide throughout this month as part of the State Government's plan to lower cost of living pressures on Tasmanian families.

PLAN YOUR RIDE

Boost your immunity

You can be infected with COVID-19 multiple times - one infection does not protect you from future infections, making vaccination even more important. 

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 provides far greater immunity that remains stronger for a longer time - book your booster shot now. 

BOOK NOW

Have your say: Public Art Strategy

Whether you’re a spectator, participant, administrator, or creator of arts and cultural content - maybe you’re all of the above - we want to hear from you about how we can create meaningful and engaging public art in Launceston for everyone to experience.

We want your help to envisage a diverse range of creative artwork projects and programs that forge strong connections to place, expressing our stories, cultures, character, and showcasing our talent.

Launceston is increasingly recognised for its vibrant arts and cultural activities, and we're excited to evolve our contribution to art in public spaces through the development of a Public Art Strategy for the City.

By completing our survey, you can help to shape the future of public art in our city - your responses will help us to better understand how public art can have a significant impact on the quality of life and sense of place in Launceston.

ONLINE SURVEY

North Esk Trail upgrade underway

The City of Launceston is undertaking a $770,000 upgrade of the North Esk Trail which links Hoblers Bridge and Henry St.

City of Launceston Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson said the project had two key aims. 

"This popular shared trail runs along a tidal part of the North Esk River and in certain tidal conditions parts of the trail are inundated by the river," Cr Gibson said.

"This decreases the usability and functionality of the trail, but that tidal inundation is important for the ecological health of the wetlands behind the trail - so what we are doing is constructing new culverts and installing new drainage pipes to allow that natural water inundation through the wetlands, while also raising and widening the trail itself."

The project has been made possible through the Australian Government’s Local Roads & Community Infrastructure Program, and is expected to be completed in mid-April, weather permitting.

While the trail will be closed to users during this time, the section linking Hoblers Bridge to the Hoblers Bridge Reserve off-leash dog exercise facility remains open.

PHOTO: City of Launceston Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson & Bass Liberal MP Bridget Archer.

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Launceston pool makes national top 10

Launceston has claimed another national top 10 ranking hot on the heels of being named Wotif's Aussie Town of the Year 2022, with the City of Launceston Leisure & Aquatic Centre taking out the #9 spot in The Guardian's list of Australia's 10 best public pools.

PHOTO: City of Launceston Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson & the LAC team - well done!

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WATCH: The historic Dolphin Fountain in Launceston's City Park will undergo a restoration project in coming months.
QVMAG: Free school holiday workshops 

It's time to make rockets, bridges, animals and cars in The Make it Place!

With all materials supplied on the day, simply bring your budding craft skills and imagination for a family fun day out at QVMAG. These workshops are free to enjoy at the Museum at Inveresk, and no bookings are required.

WHAT'S ON @ QVMAG

ORGANOLOGY
  • On until April 17
  • Free entry
  • Design Tasmania

LAUNCESTON NIGHT MARKET
  • Fridays (April)
  • 5pm - 10pm
  • Civic Square
TASSIE MAKERS & CREATORS EASTER FESTIVAL
  • April 9
  • 9am - 3pm
  • Launceston Conference Centre
TAMAR NRM DISCOVERY SERIES
  • April 9
  • 10am - 1pm
  • Cataract Gorge
WORLD STREET EATS
  • April 10
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Civic Square
RIVERBEND ROCK CHALLENGE
  • April; 14
  • 3pm - 7pm
  • Riverbend Park
SKATE PARK COMPETITION
  • April 29
  • 11am - 4pm
  • Ravenswood Skate Park
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 2022
  • April 30
  • Multiple times
  • The Boathouse/ cruise
INTRODUCTION TO IKEBANA
  • April 30 & May 1
  • Three sessions
  • Design Tasmania

Replenish your soil with green manure

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

If your soil is looking a bit depleted, introducing green manure may just do the trick: green manure is a crop grown for the purpose of putting nutrient and organics back into the soil, and is beneficial for soils that have had nutrient-demanding seasonal plants growing.

You can use any plants that will germinate from seed now or you can purchase pre-mixed green crop seed from your local nursery. A typical green crop seed mix will contain legumes such as peas or beans.

Loosen hard soils with a fork and cast over a generous amount of green crop seed mix, lightly rake over to cover the seed and water in well - it's that simple. 

Allow around five to six weeks for germination and plant growth, keeping the area regularly watered. Once your green manure is at this stage, cut down and dig it into the soil. Making sure to do this prior to the plant going to seed - this is essential as the plant will start to draw nutrient at this stage.

After a week or so of digging in, dig it over for a second time, and again a week later - this will help with the composting. Your soil after this will be ready for whatever it is you fancy planting.

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