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 [email protected]
Dated: 05 March 2020
As we, all respond to the challenges of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of our community and staff is Tasman Council’s number one priority. We have initiated precautionary measures in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
While the risk of contracting the COVID-19 is currently very low in Tasmania, we want to do everything we can to act responsibly and help slow the spread. This will allow our local health services to keep up with demand and help protect those most at risk.
In the interest of public safety, we are making some changes in the way we deliver services in accordance with advice from the Department of Health. Effective from Monday 23 March 2020 the Tasman Council Office and Depot Work Site will be closed to the public until further notice to support COVID-19 containment measures.
Council will continue to operate. We seek the community’s support in considering the way it interacts with Council. Many transactions and public requests can be dealt with via phone or email.
We ask that you contact Council on (03) 6250 9200 or email [email protected] if possible rather than visiting us in person. We anticipate service delivery to our community may be affected and likely to be ongoing until the pandemic subsides.
COUNCIL FACILITIES AND EVENTS:
Tasman Council’s Community Halls and Recreational Facilities are closed until further notice. Council has put additional hygiene practices (including more frequent cleaning) in place at all of our public toilets including our Council Office and Depot. All non-essential meetings and events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
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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Council is committed to ensuring all public and councillor request for works are registered and dealt with within the guidelines of Council's customer service charter. Additionally, Council has in place public and Councillor request procedures to ensure all requests are dealt with in a timely manner.
If you have an issue you would like to report to Council for follow up, including any problems you experience with a road or any signage within the Municipality:
1. Download the PDF form to make a request.
2. Print the form and fill it in.
3. Hand it in at the Council office or send it to us by email, fax or post.