- Fingal Housing Project - Housing for those in need
- St Marys Pass Closure - Updates
- The Future of Local Government Review
- Domestic Violence is NEVER ok.
- Latest Council Newsletters
Updated: 9 May 2023
On the 26 April, Council staff, alongside representatives from CentaCare Evolve Housing held a community information forum about a Housing project proposed for Fingal. The meeting was held at the Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House where approximately 30 attendees spoke with CentaCare and Council staff and learned more about the project including looking at concept designs.
This proposed project would see eight Independent Living Units built on Council land located at 29 Talbot Street, behind the Old Council Chambers. The aim of this project is to provide much needed housing for those in our community who are currently on the Social Housing Register and desperately looking for Housing. The housing will be made available to those already living in Break O’Day over the age of 55.
Council has repeatedly heard from the community that we need to look at ways to provide housing solutions to those in need in our community and this project is one of the ways we are able to do this.
The majority of concerns which arise about these housing projects stems from a lack of knowledge around how Social Housing works – it is a totally different model to the old style community housing. CentaCare Evolve provide wrap around services for tenants who have a Tenancy Officer assigned to them. CentaCare also carefully select tenants for each unit and work with them to ensure they have all they need to integrate into our wonderful communities.
You can find a FAQ sheet on the proosed housing development here: Community FQ – 29 Talbot Rd Fingal
Learn more about CentaCare Evolve by clicking here:
If you would like to get in touch with CentaCare you can email them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Marys Pass Closure
So that our community can stay up to date on the works on St Marys Pass we have set up this webpage.
St Marys Pass is managed by the Department of State Growth.
You can keep up to date on their works on St Marys Pass HERE.
What has Council been doing?
Break O’Day Council has been advocating for the community, asking the State Government to consider alternate routes to the East Coast that do not bypass our townships.
We have also asked the Government to consider emergency payments for the St Marys Community, similar to those offered when Paradise Gorge closed.
We are also keeping a close eye on the impact the closure is having on our communities. We attended the St Marys Community Meeting on Friday 25 November at teh Town Hall. We listened to the communities concerns and took extensive notes which we will pass on to both the State and Federal Governments.
So we can better understand the impact the closure is having no St Marys’s businesses, we have developed a survey. If you are a business in St Marys you can take the survey HERE.
Below are some of Council’s communications on the Pass closure.
Premier Rockliff – St Marys Pass closure – seeking funding
The Elephant Pass is managed by the State Government.
It is open as an alternate route to the East Coast but is down to one lane in places.
We urge all drivers to use caution and obey any signage in place.
Upper Scamander and Semmens Roads
Since the closure of St Marys Pass, there has been a significant increase in traffic using these roads as a by pass.
Normally Upper Scamander Road experiences around 100 traffic movements a day – this has increase to 670.
Due to this increase in traffic we have lowered the speed limit to 60km and are conducting daily inspections of the road to ensure it is suitably maintained. A similar limit will also be applied to German Town Road and Semmens Road in the coming days.
We urge all drivers to obey the speed limit and drive to the conditions.
UPDATE: 29 May 2023
The Future of Local Government Board has just released its Information Packs on their proposed catchment areas.
You can find the Info Pack HERE:
The Board has also released several Supporting Discussions, you can find these HERE
As part of these ongoing discussions the board would like to hear fromt the community – you can have your say through teh Future of Local Governemtn Review Website, HERE:
Break O’Day Council is also really eager to hear what our communtiy thinks about the proposed changes and we will be undertaking communtiy engagement. we are still planning how this will work and what it will look like. Keep an eye out for opportunities to have your feedback and thoughts heard on our website here, our Monthly Newsletter and our Facebook page.
UPDATE: 27 April 2023
The Local Government Board has now released its Stage 2 Review Papers.
These documents propose several municipal catchment areas as well as other recommendations making it really important that our community has its say.
You can find the most recent documents here:
Future of Local Government Stage 2 Summary Report
Future of Local Government Review Stage 2 Interim Report
UPDATE: 15 December 2022
The Local Government Board has now released its Options Papers (see below) and has opened up community consultation.
There are several ways you can get involved:
Go online to the interactive version of the Options Paper at www.engage.futurelocal.tas.gov.au and submit your answers to any or all the consultation questions.
Make a submission in an email or letter. The Board’s contact details are below:
Postal address: Future of Local Government Review GPO Box 123, HOBART, TASMANIA 7001
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE OPTIONS PAPER CLOSE 19 FEBRUARY 2023.
Regional community meetings:
In early February 2023, the Board will be visiting communities all around the State to hold town hall style meetings. You can register your interest in attending one of these sessions here, and we will be in touch with further updates in the near future.
Engagement with Tasmanian councillors and council staff will also be supported through a series of meetings (LGAT and LG Pro will provide more details shortly).
Sue Smith Chair LG Board – Letter to Councils re Options Paper Release
FoLGR – Stage 2 Options Paper Appendix
FoLGR Stage 2 Community Update
UPDATE: 25 July
The Local Government Board has now collated all feedback from the first round of consultation. You can find a report on their findings here: Stage 1 – Interim Report
The report has developed some themes with questions posed to the community and stakeholders under each theme which the Board is now asking for feedback on.
To find have your voice heard head to the Future of Local Government website.
You can also find more information on this project on our website here: Future of Local Government Review
The Tasmanian Government commissioned the Local Government Board to undertake a review of the role, function and design of Local Government in Tasmania. The Review will provide the Government with practical, evidence-based recommendations needed to ensure the future needs and aspirations of Tasmanians are met.
The Tasmanian Government has launched its Future of Local Government Review and it’s important that we all have our say on what this future may look like.
There will be a pop-up session in St Helens on Saturday 26 March from 9am – 11am outside the Bay of Fires IGA where you can share your thoughts.
If you are unable to make this session you can still have your voice heard by taking the online survey here:
If you would like more information please head to our website where you will find information as well as relevant links.
Did you know that almost 1 in 20 Tasmanian women have experienced violence? Or that 17% of Tasmanian women have experienced sexual
harassment? Even more worrying than these stats is that on average in Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
This is not good enough and we all must do more.
Break O’Day Council will not tolerate domestic violence in our community.
Domestic violence is defined by the Australian Government as including:
behaviour or threats that aim to control a partner by causing fear or threatening their safety.
Domestic and family violence can include:
• denying essential money to the partner or family;
• isolating the partner from friends and family;
• insulting or constantly criticising the partner;
• forcing the partner to have sex; and
• threatening children or pets.
If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, they are not alone and there are a range of support services available to help. You can find information and links to support services at www.staysafefromviolence.tas.gov.au.
We have also included some
quick link phone numbers below.
• If you are in immediate danger, Call the Police on 000
Support services include:
• Safe at Home Family Violence Response – 1800 633 937
• 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
• Men’s Referral service to counsel men who use family violence –
1300 766 491
• LifeLine: 131114
• Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800