MEDIA RELEASE 06 JULY 2015
Tasman Council is pleased to inform the community that the Hobart District Nursing Service (HDNS) have now renewed their contract for service delivery at the Tasman Health & Community Service (THCS) in Nubeena, servicing the Tasman Municipal Area.
On 26th May 2015 the Board of the HDNS issued a press release stating that they were reconsidering their renewal of that contract.
On June 10th 2015 the Tasman Council Mayor and General Manager met with the HDNS Board to inform them of Council and community support for their continued service in the Municipal Area. Following the meeting, Council understands that there has been a period of discussion between HDNS, Department of Health and Human Services and the Tasmanian Health Service, facilitated by the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson MP. The outcome of those negotiations is today's announcement by the HDNS that they will be renewing their contract.
Tasman Council wishes to express its gratitude to the Minister for Health, Mr Michael Ferguson, for his determination to achieve a positive outcome for our community.
Mayor Roseanne Heyward said “This has been a very difficult time for the residents and staff at THCS and it is very disappointing that they had to endure this stress. We thank them for their patience. Council looks forward to expanding on this positive outcome, working with the community and HDNS to maintain sustainable health service delivery and a healthy community.”
DRAFT 10 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2025
Council is seeking feedback on its Draft Strategic Plan. Copies of the Plan are available on the Council website www.tasman.tas.gov.au and from the Council Offices. Comments will be sought up until COB on Friday, 10th July 2015.
The Draft Strategic Plan has been developed through a facilitated workshop conducted in May 2015 with input received from Community and Agency Representatives, Councillors, management and staff.
About our municipality
The Tasman Municipality is located on Tasmania's picturesque southeast coast approximately 90 minutes from Hobart. As in many rural communities, Tasman's population is dispersed with the majority of people centered in and around the township of Nubeena and the localities of White Beach, Highcroft, Port Arthur, Premaydena, Saltwater River, Koonya, Taranna, Eaglehawk Neck and Murdunna. The municipal area covers approximately 659.3 kilometres. Practically an island, the diversity and abundance of wildlife and plant life is truly remarkable.
The population is relatively stable at approximately 2400, which swells to between 8,000 and 9,000 as a result of tourists and visitors during the summer months who come to enjoy beaches, bush walking and fishing areas as well as as many other tourist attractions.
Tasman strives to be a welcoming community with an unbeatable quaility of life boasting a number of boating and sporting clubs with tourism services catering for all ages and interests. Tasman is also proving to be an attractive area for property developers, people seeking a 'sea change' and retirees looking for a quieter lifestyle.
The Tasman Peninsula was formerly a bustling industrial zone fuelled by convict labour. In the era between convict settlement and the introduction of the modern tourist industry the area was mostly engaged in timber and fishing. The terrain and soil type impeded large-scale agriculture although fruit farming and general farming was and still is carried out in suitable locations.
The Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas are renowned for its rugged coastlines which have been the scene of a number of shipwrecks. At Eaglehawk Neck there are many strange rock formations, including The Devil's Kitchen, Tasmans Arch, Blow Hole and the Tessellated Pavements. Tasman has been said to have some of the world's best surf spots at Eaglehawk Neck, Roaring Beach and Shipsterns Bluff.
An extremely scenic part of Tasmania that is dominated by rolling pastures and heavily timbered hills and surrounded by dramatic coastline of sheer cliffs, towering rocky outcrops and sheltered bay and sea caves. Walking tracks and kayaks provide access to the area's most isolated areas.