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Photo supplied by Elliott Bell | Energy Round Table, Monday March 21, 2022

From the Interim CEO

“I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.”
Australia has always been a land of extremes, but I doubt that even Dorothea McKellar would have predicted the extreme weather events we have seen in the first quarter of 2022.
The floods in Queensland and New South Wales have devastated many Australians, affecting their livelihoods, destroying their homes and limiting access to fresh food and water. Once again, we experienced the new paradigm of bushfire risk we live in, with more fires of increasing severity, including the February fires in Lebrina that burned 1789 hectares. We have also seen the damage to Australia’s biodiversity from a mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, the first of its kind in a cool, wet La Ninã year.
Climate change is a reality, and the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report released on February 28 painted a disturbing picture of the threats of climate change on human well-being and the health of the planet. It is essential to take a triple bottom line approach and remember that climate change affects our environment, society, and economy as we tackle these issues.
Over half of our global GDP - $44 trillion of economic output - is moderately or highly dependent on nature, requiring healthy ecosystems rich in biodiversity. In the worst scenarios, climate change has the potential to reduce global GDP by 18%.
Our Tasmanian economy links to our environment. Agriculture demands access to healthy soil, water and pollinators, like bees. Aquaculture requires healthy ocean ecosystems to sustainably produce one of the world’s key protein sources. Pharmaceutical companies turn to nature, particularly plants, to create innovative medicines. Tourism relies on beautiful beaches, snowy peaks and natural parks to attract visitors. Construction industries need sustainable materials, from wood products to metals and other resources produced with green energy and minimal waste.
The increase in extreme weather events as described above clearly impacts our economy. We see this in the direct costs of rebuilding homes, roads and infrastructure and the costs of the rescue, recovery and rebuilding of our affected communities. However, we also feel these costs in indirect ways, including business interruptions, disrupted supply chains and increasing business and personal expenses, especially insurance premiums.
Climate change may threaten our economy, but climate adaptation can offer economic opportunities. To adapt to climate change we need to proactively approach these challenges and mitigate the risks for our community and economy.
NTDC is working on projects connected to this work, including establishing a Circular Economy Working Group and facilitating Northern Tasmania’s Regional Planning Group. We also advocate for regional projects that address these risks, including the Northern TransLink to develop sustainable supply chains and the UNESCO Creative Cities’ work to grow sustainable food systems and increase food security.
Adapting to climate change also presents unique opportunities, especially in Northern Tasmania. After all, risk and opportunity are two sides of the same coin.
Our region has unique advantages in using climate and the green economy as economic drivers. These advantages include rich biodiversity, high rainfall and water availability, a growing culture of innovation, regional programs like the Blue Economy CRC and Drought Resilience Hub, established hydroelectric infrastructure and policies that support and promote green electricity generation and circular economies.
The opportunities for our region are many and varied, from green hydrogen generation at Bell Bay and biogas production in Westbury to green cloud infrastructure at Firmus and plastic repurposing at Environex. But we only have a limited time to capitalise on these opportunities before Australia and the rest of the world catches up with us.
Now is the time for us to work together to use our natural assets and the challenges and opportunities of climate change to adapt and grow Northern Tasmania. We may pride ourselves on our Aussie ability to survive the extremes of drought and flooding rains, but can we also use them to thrive?

Case Study

JingJing Wang
Photo supplied | JingJing Wang 
How would you describe living here? 
I had a wonderful life in Tasmania. I would like to say Tasmania is an amazing place to give your chance to explore your inner being. Unlike the big city, people are always chasing their dreams with a busy schedule, In Tasmania, life is simple and pure. The environment is natural and peaceful, For me, the beautiful natural environment and relaxed life inspired me to develop my hobbies like painting and baking.
Did you find the community welcoming? 
Absolutely,  there was great support from the teaching team and  accommodation staff team when I was in the university, the staff are friendly and approachable, it's easy to get help from them.  After graduation, I got more chances to be involved in the local community, as a waitress I  feel the Tasmania people are very welcoming, customers always show me their kindness, they care about my situation and look after our small business. Also, there is no difference between new immigration and local,  the public facilities are free and easy to access.

Click here to view JingJing's full case study...

Launceston City Deal 

Update
Three City Deal commitments reached significant milestones this month. They demonstrate the various stages involved in delivering these complex projects such as feasibility studies, planning, investigations and design through to construction.
Community walks at the Inveresk University campus now include a tour of the new Library. Discover what the future campus will provide during an evening walk around the precinct.
Book online: Community Walk at Inveresk Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
A vibrant future for Newnham
As the University of Tasmania transitions to its new campus at Inveresk, a bright future for Newnham is taking shape as a key commitment under the Launceston City Deal.
Work is underway to create a vibrant, mixed-use Newnham Precinct which supports research and industry engagement, in addition to community facilities and new housing. Read more.
Designs released for the Albert Hall redevelopment
The designs for the multi-million dollar upgrade of Albert Hall have been released.
The redevelopment of one of Launceston's most significant heritage buildings will serve the Northern Tasmanian community for many years to come, providing the region with a venue that will help attract local visitors and tourists. Read more. 
Improving the health of the Tamar
Infrastructure works are progressing to improve the health of the kanamaluka. TasWater are continuing works on the St John Street Sewer Rising Main and its connection.
Investigations, analysis and planning is being undertaken on several projects including geotechnical investigation to further the design of a new pipeline to pass under the North Esk River. Read more.
Photos | All the above photos have been provided by the City of Launceston Council.

Northern Tasmania Regional Priority Projects

The Regional Priority Projects contain a mixture of health and well-being, built infrastructure, skills and jobs development and initiatives that capitalise on our competitive advantages to improve Northern Tasmania such as liveability, food and agriculture.
They are designed to identify projects ready to be funded and supported that will have the most impact on economic development.
Noting economic development is not just economic growth and people getting wealthier but a holistic approach that also sees improving health outcomes, better educational attainment and falling levels of disadvantage.
NTDC will continue to work hard to advocate for these projects and for the region.
Click on the here to view the detailed projects report and list of commitments... 

Labor commitments 

On March 5, 2022, Labor government announced, if elected they will commit $15 million to the George Town Aquatic Centre. 
Click here to read further details...
Photo | The Examiner
January 2022, Labor government announced, if elected they will commit $15 million for new Royal Flying Doctor Service facility at Launceston airport. 
Click here to read further details...
Photo | NTDC Quarterly Mayors March meeting
On March 22, 2022, Labor announced fantastic news for Community Care Tasmania and for the region.
NTDC will continue to work hard to advocate for the regional priority projects and for Northern Tasmania.
Click on the here to view the detailed projects report and list of commitments... 

Highlights

Perth early learning centre 

Earthworks have commenced at the new Perth Early Learning Centre.
The new purpose-built Early Learning Centre will cater for 42 long day care places and 49 after school care places.

Draft amendment to the
Local Provisions Schedule

West Tamar Council as the Planning Authority has prepared a draft amendment to the Local Provisions Schedule under s 40D and s40F of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
The exhibition period is from 21 March 2022 until 5.00 pm 3 May 2022.
Further information about the amendment can be found on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme page of the West Tamar Council website...

Pump Track update

Have you seen the progress on Alverston Drive?
Final touches are being made to the Pump Track design structures before asphalt is applied in coming weeks.
Want to view the design and learn more about the project? Visit https://bit.ly/3irpSDz

COTA Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government’s vision is to build an age-friendly state in which all Tasmanians regardless of their age, can stay active, healthy, resilient and connected to their community and the economy.
COTA Tasmania is undertaking state-wide consultation activities to ensure the opinions of Tasmanians are included in the development of the Government's next Strategy to support Older Tasmanians [Healthy, Engaged and Resilient 2023 - 2029]. The current Active Ageing Plan can be found here.  
The survey is open now and can be accessed at http://ow.ly/M0L350I8GN4
For more information please visit the COTA website or call 6231 3265 or email brigidw@cotatas.org.au

The Launceston Place Brand is here

The place brand was created with the community to celebrate Launnie's unique story and spark pride.
The brand will empower anyone with an interest in Launceston's future to talk about their city and tell their stories: artists, makers, growers, thinkers, do'ers are invited to step into the spotlight and share their tale.
Because we want to encourage people to visit, invest in or even move to this place that's been built by creators, problem-solvers and hard-workers.

 

The Launceston Place Brand Guidelines, photos and design tools, including social stickers and illustrations such as the caffeinated cyclist, will help you tell the story. To access everything for free and to find out more, register as a Launnie partner via this link.
To those who have been involved and contributed to this project - thank you.
If you have any questions or comments about the place brand, please email launnie@launceston.tas.gov.au

Upcoming Events

Are you a red meat producer interested in value-adding? Or do you already have an idea and want the skills to bring it to life? Don’t fly solo, value+d is the program for you! Register and join a FREE introductory workshop on Thursday 7 April at to find out about value+d, a new program supporting red meat ventures.

Click here to register for the free workshop⁠
Click here to find out more including other workshop locations and dates.
value+d is a collaboration between Straight To The SourceFarmers2Founders and MLA

The City of Launceston invites musicians, comedians, dancers, poets, artists, magicians, clowns, jugglers, human statues and other performances to participate in the 2022 Launceston Busking Competition, with the chance to win cash prizes.
For more information and to apply: click here

Round 3 of the COVID-19 Business Impact Support Program is now open for applications 

The COVID-19 Business Impact Support Program has been established to support Tasmanian businesses whose business operations have been impacted due to:

  • critical staff being required to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, or
  • being forced to close due to a Public Health Direction, or
  • suffered a significant reduction in demand,

that has resulted in a reduction in turnover due to COVID-19 of 30% or more between 15 February and 14 March 2022 inclusive, compared to the same period in 2021.

How to apply:
1. Read the guidelines and determine whether you are eligible to apply.

2. Read the FAQs for further information.

3. Apply here. Applications close 2pm Tuesday 5 April 2022.

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Karina Dambergs - Interim CEO: 0417 660 452 - karina@ntdc.org.au
Georgina Brown - Projects Manager: 0418 172 606 - georgie@ntdc.org.au
Edward Obi - Population Attraction Coordinator: 0469 827 427 - edward@ntdc.org.au  
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