Tasman Council and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Last Updated: 24 April 2020

Dated: 24 April 2020

At Council’s Meeting held remotely for the first time on 22 April 2020, approved the following COVID-19 Community Support Package and authorised the General Manager to implement the package, which will assist all ratepayers and businesses within the Tasman Municipality during this crisis. The package includes -

• No penalties, interest, charges or debt collection for late rate payments will occur up until 30 June 2020.
• Adopt a zero percentage (0%) rate increase of the General Rate for the upcoming financial year 2020-21.
• Adopt a zero percentage (0%) rate increase of all Service Charges for the upcoming financial year 2020-21.
• Adopt a zero percentage (0%) increase for all Fees and Charges for the upcoming financial year 2020-21.
• To refocus our Community Grants Program for 2020-21 to support local non-for-profit organisations and community organisations to help recover their operations so they may rebuild their future resilience.
• Support local businesses recovery and inject funds into the local economy in a timely manner, by settling all creditor invoices within 14 days of receipt (or sooner), irrespective of normal or contracted trading terms.
• Approved the new ‘Financial Hardship Policy 2020’, which is effective immediately.
• Approved the General Manager (or delegate) to assess rates hardship claims in relation to the payment of rates, under the newly adopted ‘Financial Hardship Policy 2020’.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for financial hardship, please contact Council Staff by phoning 6250-9200 or emailing to tasman@tasman.tas.gov.au.

Kelly Spaulding

For further information visit our Public Health Information page https://www.tasman.tas.gov.au/servicesfacilities/public-health-information/ or https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/news/2020/coronavirus_update

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.

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