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Break O'Day Mayor, Mick Tucker would like to see more Tasmanian Mayors locked up for the night!

On May 18 Mayor Tucker spent a night locked-up in Richmond jail as part of Whitelion Tasmania’s annual fundraiser, Bail out.

He said it was a sobering experience that he felt all Mayors would benefit from as it opens your eyes to the lives of those less fortunate in your own communities. Jail Mick

“What we do not see is the other side of life where you do not know where you will be sleeping tonight, where your next meal may be coming from, where you can feel safe and cared for,” he said.

“We should all look through their eyes for a few hours and then we would not be so judgemental.”

Mayor Mick Tucker hopes that all Tasmanian Mayors will take part in the event next year.  

Triabunna Gatehouse Hits World Stage

On Saturday May 26th 2018, the 16th Biennale Architecture opened at the Giardini and Arsenale in Venice, Italy.  The small town of Triabunna on Tasmania’s east coast was quietly celebrating as the Triabunna Gatehouse situated at the entrance to the town is featured as part of Australia’s exhibition themed Repair.  The exhibition will highlight the importance of environmental gatehouserehabilitation in architectural practice.

The Triabunna Gatehouse is featured in an experiential video series, created by Linda Tegg and Baracco and Wright, authored by David Fox, which showcases 15 Australian projects, built and unbuilt, that exemplify various approaches to repairing the natural environment.  The projects were selected following a nation-wide search that received 126 submissions and will be displayed on five-metre-high screens within the pavilion. 

The Triabunna Gatehouse is the first built outcome of a revitalisation project for the town called Triabunna Tomorrow, which is driven by Glamorgan Spring Bay Council (GSBC) under the guidance of Gilby + Brewin Architecture.

The overall purpose of the Gatehouse is to create a welcoming, memorable and meaningful entry experience to the town. The Gatehouse is designed to encourage visitors travelling the Great Eastern Drive to ‘Just Stop’ and discover Triabunna, Spring Bay and the magic of the Maria Island National Park. 

The Gatehosue was built by GSBC with the assistance of a grant from the State Growth Tourism Funding Program. It is symbolic of a bigger vision for the Great Eastern Drive to be characterised by a series of interesting and architecturally designed buildings along the entire touring route that will include toilets or “loos with a view”, look-outs, walkways and picnic areas that all take advantage of and showcase our landscape and marine environment.

The Gatehouse is a built symbol of the positive change and optimism within the township of Triabunna.  In being a little bold, daring and ambitious the township now has a very interesting building that is memorable and engaging for visitors whilst framing what is unique and interesting about the Spring Bay area, including a focus on the Maria Island National Park.

The Gatehouse was recently featured in the Architecture Australia magazine March/April 2018 edition.

Regional Telecommunicatoins Review - Issues Paper & Consultation

On 30 April 2018, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Communications, announced the commencement of the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The committee will review telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia. As part of the review, the committee will:

  • consider how regional communities can maximise the economic benefits of digital technologies
  • consider how regional consumers use their broadband services and how they might derive more benefits, and
  • analyse the coverage outcomes achieved through the Mobile Black Spot Program, and examine the extent of the existing gaps in mobile coverage in regional Australia.

The Committee has released an issues paper which provides an outline of key interest areas and invites submissions. Information on how to have your say and participate in the committee’s public consultations is available on the Consultation page.

Tasmanian Volunteering Awards - Congratulations to Kingborough Council


LGAT congratulates Kingborough Council, whose Kingborough Volunteer Program was an Awards Finalist (Volunteer group or Program) at this year’s Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.   

The Kingborough  Volunteer  Program  (KVP)  has  made  a  measurable  impact  over  the  past  5.5  years  as  a  dedicated  social  and  support  service  for  residents  in  Kingborough  aged  over  65,  wishing  to  remain independently  living  in  their  own     

Planning a Better Event Toolkit

An innovative new resource has been developed by Clarence City Council to make the sometimes daunting task of planning and running an event easier for all members of the community. event toolkit

Council, in partnership with Healthy Tasmania, identified that a simple toolkit which aims to help organisers ‘think outside the box’ – looking beyond the sausage sizzle – to create more diverse events which are inclusive to more people.

The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit is a guide to help identify, personalise and brainstorm all aspects of planning an event, leading to healthier, more engaging and memorable events in Tasmania. The toolkit is divided into sections – food, the physical environment, sustainability, social inclusion and legalities with each listing a number of items to consider.  

The quality of food presented can make a big difference to the success of an event, how it is perceived by event-goers and whether they decide to return to future events. The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit provides a check-list to help planners think about whether food supplied at an event is suitable and desirable.

Sustainability is also covered and is based on the ‘no trash, no trail and no trace’ motto – and how to make more sustainable choices. Transport for event goers is something also to be considered to help include more people from all around the community.

Council has partnered with Healthy Tasmania to provide the toolkit to other organisations around the State. It is also available to download online at:    

Healthy Shed

On behalf of the Starting Point Neighbourhood House in Ravenswood, Healthy Tasmania is excited to be launching Healthy  Shed. This brand new free program is starting on Tuesday 1st May bringing multiple sessions to the community including:

  • stress management, Snip Shed
  • health literacy,
  • smoking cessation,
  • healthy eating,
  • boxing techniques,
  • relaxation,
  • suicide awareness,
  • back pain management,
  • understanding medications,
  • respectful relationships.

Healthy Shed will be held at the Men’s and Community Shed (MACS) on 341 Vermont Road, Ravenswood. Sessions are held Tuesday mornings from 10.00am from May 1 – July 31. Attendance at all sessions is recommended but not compulsory. For more information about the program contact 0438 386 025. 

Updated National Community Recovery Handbook to assist in Disaster Recovery

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has published an updated handbook to build capability for those assisting disaster recoverycommunities in recovery.

The updated Community Recovery Handbook is a useful resource for those in local government who have a role or responsibility in supporting communities through recovery after a disaster. The handbook explores key concepts and frameworks in recovery and provides resources for readers to work with communities to deliver effective recovery processes, services, programs and activities.

It can be used by local government to develop policies, capabilities, emergency management plans and other documents that incorporate disaster recovery within their own jurisdictions and that support local communities.

The handbook aligns to the recently updated National Principles for Disaster Recovery and includes guidance on applying the principles within various demographics and throughout the various complexities in supporting a community through the recovery process.

The revised handbook is freely accessible on the Knowledge Hub: 


Aurora Energy Community Grants Program - Open Now AE

Aurora Energy encourages all eligible community groups that deliver projects or programs which make a real, practical and positive difference in the lives of vulnerable Tasmanian to apply for grants f up to $5000. 


Smart Cities & Suburbs Program - Round 2 now open, closing 2 July

Applications are now open for Round Two of the Government’s Smart Cities & Suburbs Program.

The Program provides local government agencies and bodies with grants of $250,000 to $5 million to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

Find out more:



Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children - Free Forum for Local Government

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City of Hobart is proud to be working in partnership with LGAT, the Australian Early Development Census and the B4 Early Years Coalition to deliver a free Local Government Forum “Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children”. 

The Forum will be held on Thursday 5 July in Campbell Town and targets Local Government staff across Tasmania including those involved in planning, architecture, parks and recreation, arts, events, community development, engagement and children’s services staff to participate.

 Please see the Flyer to the left for further details and booking or click

For more information contact: Amanda Midgley or 6238 2953.  

2018 National Volunteering Conference: Sydney 20-22 June

You’re Invited! To help shape the future of volunteering in Australia. vol 2018

Volunteers are the lifeblood of local communities, and play a pivotal role in delivering services and programs run by local governments. The 2018 National Volunteering Conference is being held in Sydney 20-22 June, and will bring together Australia’s brightest minds to advance volunteering across the country.

Join us for this spectacular three-day event to engage in thought-provoking discussions, hear from our exciting speakers, and hone your expertise in our exclusive masterclasses.

Visit to see the full Conference Program and register today!  

106th LGAT Annual Conference 25-27 July, Wrest Point, Hobart

** Registrations now open!**


LGAT's 2018 Annual Conference is now open for registrations. This year’s theme is Reinventing the Three Rs. This year’s conference is all about moving forward from roads, rates and rubbish to a Local Government sector that is re-energized and reinvigorated with a redirected focus on innovation, creativity and harnessing opportunities.

An exciting program awaits you including Key Note Speakers Craig Reucassel (ABC TV’s War on Waste, The Chaser), Scott Rankin 2018 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Brook Dixon President of Australian Smart Cities Association and Genevieve Lilley, Architect, Writer and History Buff.

Our Workshops focus on three streams: Innovation and Digital, Infrastructure and Engagement and Corporate Development.

We have a number of flexible registration options and don’t forget to book your full registration before 2 July to go in the draw for dinner for two at Pier One Restaurant.

Find our more on our website here and register now!

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 6-7 September 2018 *Registrations Open*

Opportunity to Showcase Tasmanian Local Government Initiatives in Disaster Relief

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The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) is a unique opportunity to be immersed in leading disaster resilience thinking. Representatives from government, business, community, academia, emergency services and NGOs will meet in Perth on 6-7 September 2018, to share thinking and practice in meeting the challenges of future disasters.

Registrations now open for Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

Our understanding of disaster resilience is changing. With new groups, new technologies and new partnerships, we have a chance to build new approaches to tackle the challenges.   

Organised by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, the first-ever Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held in Perth on 6-7 September 2018, to share thinking and practice in meeting the challenges of future disasters.

The Conference will explore:

  • disaster resilience strategy and policy
  • new directions in resilience thinking
  • education for young people
  • animals in disasters
  • measuring and assessing disaster resilience
  • community recovery
  • innovative case studies that demonstrate disaster resilience in practice.

Tailored for a diverse audience, including local government, communities, NGOs, research organisations, education partners and the private sector, join the sector for two energising days of keynotes, panels, workshops, networking and more - all curated to broaden learning and encourage lively debate and discussion.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to share lessons and good practice and build a more inclusive and diverse community committed to building disaster resilience across Australia.

Register now to help shape the future thinking and action in disaster resilience.



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