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Here is our latest news and updates from the City of Launceston!

Here is our latest news and updates from the City of Launceston!

  • Hawks to fly by night in Launceston in April 2018

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    Hawthorn's first night match for premiership points at University of Tasmania Stadium will kick start the Hawks' 2018 season in Launceston.

    The Hawks will host St Kilda on Saturday, April 28 at 7.25pm in round six of the 2018 AFL season.

    The AFL released its 2018 home-and-away roster this morning.

    Hawthorn will play four home games at UTAS Stadium next season - with matches against Port Adelaide (Saturday, June 2 at 2.10pm), the Gold Coast Suns (Saturday, June 23 at 1.45pm) and Brisbane in round 17 on Saturday, July 14 at 1.45pm.

    That final game will be a homecoming of sorts for former Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge, who came out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with Brisbane at the end of the 2017 season.

    Hawthorn will be looking to rebuild in 2018 following a disappointing end to last season, which saw the Hawks finish 12th on the ladder - two games outside the top eight.

    It was the first time Hawthorn finished the home-and-away season outside the top eight since finishing ninth in 2009.

    The Hawks will also host Carlton in a JLT Community Series pre-season match at UTAS Stadium on Saturday, March 10 at 7.05pm.

    Hawthorn Chief Operating Officer Tim Silvers told

    “Tasmania has truly become our home away from home as we enter our 17th year in what continues to be a terrific partnership,” Slivers said.

    “To be a part of the first ever night game at UTAS Stadium and come up against a quality side in St Kilda is really exciting for the club and our fans.

    “This match should prove to be a great draw card and I encourage all our Tassie supporters to get along and show their support for what will be a terrific game.”

  • Eat Street here to stay

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    The City of Launceston has voted unanimously to support mobile food vans operating in High Street.

    It its ordinary meeting today, the Council voted to adopt its mobile food vendors interim policy.

    Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said he was delighted by the support shown by the community and the food van operators for Eat Street.

    "As a Council, we have always supported food vans operating in Launceston - the policy we've adopted today gives absolute certainty around that support and I'm delighted with the way the community has rallied to show how much food vans mean to them," Mayor van Zetten said.

    "Obviously there were some issues that needed to be discussed and worked through - primarily around public safety when the food vans are in operation in High Street, but I'm confident that we have the right policy in place in terms of speed reductions and other initiatives to keep the public safe."

    Under the new model, a maximum of four food vans will be permitted to trade at St Georges Square, seven nights a week.

    Mayor van Zetten said the model will also provide greater certainty for traders by enabling the four spaces to be securely occupied for 12 months. The sites will be publicly advertised every 12 months to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to all food van operators to benefit from the popular High Street destination.

    "We've heard loud and clear that the public loves food vans and we want to fully support this, it's a wonderful initiative and one that adds much to the food culture and amenity of this beautiful city," Mayor van Zetten said.

    "Going forward into next year, there will be even more exciting spaces becoming available for food vans to operate - such as our magnificent $9 million North Bank redevelopment

    "I have absolutely no doubt that food vans will play a huge part in the amenity of this area, providing even more scope for the Launceston community to enjoy the food van culture in what will be the municipality's premier public recreation space."

  • City of Launceston wins Sustainable Cities Award

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    The City of Launceston's focus on recycling and energy efficiency saw it take out the 'Sustainable Cities Award' at last week's 2017 Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian Tidy Town Awards.

    The Council was recognised for the following initiatives:

    • Environmental Sustainability:

    Awarded to the City of Launceston for the installation of LED lighting at the Albert Hall, Princes Square and the Inveresk car park and walkway)

    • Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery:

    Awarded to the City of Launceston's Remount Road Depot energy efficiency initiatives, including the installation of a 40kW Solar system and LED lighting with motion and lux sensors.

    • Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery:

    Awarded to the City of Launceston for its support and commitment to the Northern Tasmania Waste Management Group's recycling education program, which enthusiastically and effectively spreads the recycling message through new collaborations and ongoing school and community education sessions and displays.

    • Natural Environment Conservation:

    Awarded to the City of Launceston for the stabilisation and conservation of the Kings Meadows Rivulet at the Punch Bowl Reserve.

    • Environmental Sustainability:

    Awarded to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk for the installation of a 50kW Solar System.

    Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said he was delighted to see the city's work in the sustainability sector recognised.

    "The City of Launceston is committed to reducing our energy footprint and to diverting reusable and recyclable materials away from landfill," Mayor van Zetten said.

    "These awards are a credit to our city and our council, and the various programs recognised are making a real and concrete difference.

    "The LED street light program alone will save an estimated 3,848 tonnes of greenhouse gases over the life of the globes, while initiatives in recent years like the construction of the Uptipity re-use shop, the dedicated recycling facility at the Launceston Waste Centre, and the roll-out of the new food organics and garden organics kerbside collection service will extend the lifespan of our landfill cells by decades."

  • Work to start on Newstead flood levee

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    The Launceston Flood Authority will this week begin construction on a 700m-long flood levee in Newstead, designed to protect low lying parts of the suburb from a one-in-350-year North Esk River flood.

    The levee will be predominantly an earth levee, but will also include a Bauer flood gate across Hart Street and a concrete levee between Hart Street and the Hoblers Bridge Netball Centre.

    The Federal Government has provided $250,000 towards the $780,000 project, which is expected to be completed early in 2018, with the work being undertaken by Baker Building and Civil Contracting.

    Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said he was pleased work on the new levee was starting.

    "This is a project that is going to bring new confidence to residents of low lying parts of Newstead, some of whom were severely impacted in last year's floods," Mayor van Zetten said.

    "It's another asset to the city's flood protection system, and one I hope rarely needs to be tested."

    Launceston Flood Authority Chairman Alan Birchmore said the new levee will be built to withstand the same flood levels seen in the North Esk last year.

    "We're very grateful for the Federal Government funding that we've received for this important project," Mr Birchmore said.

    "Once complete, the new levee will provide protection for the same level of flooding we saw in June 2016.

    "The flows we saw in the North Esk last year were significantly higher than any previously recorded flood in that river in decades, which is why this levee is built to a higher standard.

    "We promised local residents that we would do our best to get this work completed before next winter, and I'm very pleased that despite a detailed and complicated design process, this is going to be achievable."

    Construction of the new levee comes in the wake of the recent Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research report, which found Launceston's flood levee system performed above expectations during the June 2016 floods.

    Liberal Senator for Tasmania, David Bushby, said he was delighted to see another election commitment delivered for Launceston.

    “The recent CRC Research report found that during last year’s floods, the levees prevented losses of more than $216 million — highlighting the significance of this infrastructure,” Senator Busby said.

  • Carlton FC to cross the Bass Strait

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    Hawthorn will host Carlton in a pre-season night match at University of Tasmania Stadium early next year.

    The AFL released its full schedule of the JLT Community Series this morning.

    The Hawks will play the Blues in Launceston on Saturday, March 10 at 7.05pm during week three of the competition.

    The match will be another home-coming for Carlton coach and former North Launceston midfielder Brendon Bolton, who is in his third year in charge of the Blues.

    For the rebuilding Hawks, it will be the first opportunity for Tasmanian fans to potentially see Port Adelaide recruit Jarman Impey in action after be moved to the Hawks in the recent 2017 trade window.

    Impey, who won the Gavin Wanganeen Medal as Port Adelaide's best under-21 player in 2016, played 75 games for Port over four seasons.

    Ticketing information for the Launceston match will be announced soon.

    Entry to all Hawthorn JLT Community Series matches is free for 2018 members (subject to availability).

    The full 2018 home-and-away fixture will be released next Tuesday, October 31.

  • Council reiterates support for Eat Street

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    The City of Launceston is a supporter of food vans operating in High Street.

    City of Launceston General Manager Michael Stretton said that the Council had invested in infrastructure upgrades to support the vans at High Street, such as increasing the waste management capacity on site and the installation of irrigation.

    Mr Stretton said recent media reports that the Council had made a decision regarding the future of "Eat Street" were incorrect.

    "Today's agenda item at its Strategic Planning and Policy Committee meeting was aimed at informing aldermen about the issues surrounding food vans operating in Launceston and providing a forum in which they could discuss those issues," Mr Stretton said.

    "There are several aspects that need to be discussed, such as the safety of pedestrians crossing High Street, speed limits, sight distances for vehicular traffic and the capacity of the Council to maintain the grass in the area.

    "But I just want to reiterate that Council strongly supports the idea of food vans. Anyone who frequents High Street of an evening will know that they bring a sense of vibrancy to the area and of course we want to see that vibrancy flourish, and for people and their families to continue enjoying the food van culture."

    Mr Stretton said that council staff are currently considering the arrangements for High Street following comments from aldermen at today's SPPC meeting.

    "Obviously with our $9 million North Bank project due to come online later in 2018, there is an opportunity for food vans to be considered as part of that precinct," Mr Stretton said.

    "There are some issues to be addressed such as pedestrian safety when the food vans are operating, as well as the impact the vans and their patrons have on the park in St Georges Square over a seven-day-a-week operation.

    "We firmly believe that the food vans should be left to operate in that area with only the minimum of regulation needed to ensure public safety is prioritised."

    The draft interim mobile food van policy is expected to go before Council at its ordinary meeting on Monday, October 30.

  • Launceston batonbearers prepare to share the dream of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has announced the local batonbearers from Launceston who will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

    Across the community, hundreds of people will get the opportunity to engage with the Baton as it spends quality time in the region, arriving in Launceston on February 7, 2018.

    For the Launceston leg of the baton relay, Rocherlea's Denise Delphin and Launceston's Jack Duffy have been selected as feature batonbearers.

    Denise lives and breathes the Rocherlea community, and is committed to ensuring an inclusive, safe, prosperous community for all members. In her role as the Manager of the Northern Suburbs Community Centre, she has worked tirelessly to improve the outcomes for everyone, particularly the young people in the community.

    Jack has cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia. Supported by his parents, Jack has achieved many extraordinary things, raising $100,000 for various organisations through his adventures, Since 2013, Jack, supported by his father, has completed two marathons, a 600-kilometre paddle from Launceston to Hobart, the 65-kilometre six-day Overland Track and the 2016 Hobart Point to Pinnacle.

    From youngsters to some of Australia’s most accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.

    Collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

    The uniquely designed Baton starts its Australian journey on 25 December 2017, 100 days before the Opening Ceremony. For one month during the school summer holidays, the Queen’s Baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals.

    From Canberra on 25 January 2018, the Baton will switch gears to a traditional Relay and be carried by great Australians through QBR celebration communities around the country.

    Street level and community celebration details will be announced on 17 November.

    Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, the Baton has inspired athletes and fans across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Currently it is in Malaysia and is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.

    It will be 60 years since a Baton first carried Her Majesty’s message to athletes of the Commonwealth at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales.

    GOLDOC showcased the uniforms batonbearers will wear today the first time.

    Batonbearer names and the communities that they will carry the Baton in are available at

    City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten:

    “I am immensely proud of our batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to Launceston. Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams. Being a batonbearer recognises all of this, and more. I encourage all Northern Tasmanians to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”

    GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC:

    “We couldn’t be more excited for the batonbearers who will be a part of this rich tradition. We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come.

    “For the batonbearers, this will be a rare and unforgettable experience.”

    QBR Hashtag: #QBR2018

    GC2018 Hashtag: #GC2018, #SHARETHEDREAM























    The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) continues to connect the Gold Coast with the entire Commonwealth.

    Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

    The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

    The Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days.

    The Baton arrives into Brisbane on Christmas Eve and approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry it through every state and territory in Australia.

    The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.

    The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.

    The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

    Image: Denise Delphin, Alderman Simon Wood, Mayor Albert van Zetten, Jack Duffy, Deputy Mayor Rob Soward and Chris Duffy.
  • Big Bash tickets on sale

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    Tickets have gone on sale for the much-anticipated Hobart Hurricane's Big Bash League match at University of Tasmania Stadium in December.

    More than 1000 tickets were snapped up in the first 30 minutes, according to Hobart Hurricanes' general manager Phil Rigby.

    Preparations for the inaugural day-night match at UTAS Stadium between the Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder on December 30 are already in full swing, with work already under way on the drop-in wicket.

    City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said there was a growing air of excitement around the match in Launceston.

    "Just like most of the Hurricanes' matches in Hobart, we're expecting the game here in Launceston to be a sell-out, so I would encourage all cricket fans to get in early and purchase their tickets," Mayor van Zetten said.

    "We're already tipping a crowd in excess of 18,000 people. If this morning's ticket sales are any indication, it wouldn't surprise me if we find ourselves with a sell-out well in advance of the match."

    Tasmanian one-day star George Bailey, all-rounder Dan Christian and Tim Paine have already been announced as Hurricanes signings for the upcoming season, with more player announcements - including an international signing - set to be announced in coming weeks.

    The Hurricanes' match in Launceston will include a Women's Big Bash match against Sydney the same day, as well as a second women's game the following day.

    Tickets can be purchased via the Hurricanes website -

  • Mona Foma makes its way North

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    Mona Foma is coming to Launceston after the State Government announced funding for the event on Friday.

    Mona Foma Curator Brian Ritchie announced a mini Mofo will be held in Launceston on 12, 13 and 14 January 2018.

    Three fantastic City of Launceston facilities will play host to the wild creativity of the event.

    Internationally renowned artist Gotye will lead the Ondioline Orchestra in a tribute to the late electronic composer Jean-Jacques Perrey at the Albert Hall, with Tannery: Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra also taking to the stage.

    Canadian contemporary dance and Godspeed You! Black Emperor will echo through the Princess Theatre.

    Wrapping up a huge weekend will be a free block party in the courtyard of Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk. The full line-up is expected to be announced in December.

    Acting Mayor Rob Soward said the City of Launceston is more than ready, willing and able to host the festival in 2018 and beyond.

    "As a Council, we're excited at the prospect of working with the Mona Foma team — we're a city that's open for business, and that includes events of cultural significance," he said.

    "We already host a number of well-organised and well supported community events such as Festivale and the recent Junction Arts Festival.

    "Mini Mofo is expected to attract people from across the country and even the world, putting our great city firmly on the map."

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  • Roll up to the Launceston Show …

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    Roll up, roll up.

    Never before have those words held such weight as they do for this year's Royal Launceston Show.

    Northern Tasmanians are being asked to vote with their feet by attending this year's show, with reports it could be the last unless patrons show their support.

    Royal Launceston Show Society president Jock Gibson says this year's show will be action-packed, with activities designed to delight people of all ages - including the traditional sideshow alley, show bags, equestrian events, the animal nursery, wood chopping and all the regular agricultural displays.

    Jock has been involved on the show council for the past 13 years, but his affiliation with the Royal Launceston Show dates back 30 years.

    A livestock agent by trade, Jock said his connection with the agriculture sector in North Tasmania drew him to the show life - and keeps him coming back year after year.

    It's just a perfect fit, he says.

    There will be plenty of free entertainment at this year's show, including animal wranglers, the PCYC Taiko Drummers, and rock n roll dancers, Skooterz.

    For those with a penchant for all things agricultural, there is a full schedule of judging across a wide range of breeds, including beef cattle, angora goats, cavies, dairy cattle, cats, dairy goats, equestrian show horses and show jumping, junior cattle handlers, sheep and miniature horses.

    The show has been running since 1873, though the descriptor "royal" was only added in 1984 after a royal decree was granted giving it this official status.

    Gates will open at 8.30am on Thursday and run through until 5pm on Saturday, including a night spectacular on the Friday night through until 10pm. Admission is adults $15, children 5-15 $6 and concession $11. A family pass for 2 adults and 2 children is $35.

    The Friday night activities will start at 5pm, with admission $5 for adults and children.

    Early-bird tickets are available from Telstra Shops in Launceston's Quadrant Mall and Kings Meadows or from Heritage Isle Credit Union. Adult prices $11, children 5-15 $5 and concession $10. A family pass is $32. You can also book your early bird tickets online at

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