Northern Midlands
Our Community

Our Community

At the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics census, the Northern Midlands recorded 12,228 residents, with 60% of residents living in or near the northern towns of Longford, Perth, Evandale and the rural residential estate of Devon Hills.

Whilst there are areas that are economically disadvantaged (at the 2011 ABS census, 32.2 % of Northern Midlands’ households had a gross weekly income of less than $600 – compared to the Tasmanian average of 30.7%), our area has strong social capital in the form of volunteering, as evidenced by the array of sporting, recreational, social, service clubs and organisations throughout the local government area.

As a community we face many future challenges and opportunities. Council will work with the community to leverage on existing strengths, promote opportunities, and create new possibilities as we respond to political, social, economic, environmental, technological and legislative shifts.

New Residents

Northern Midlands Council encourages new residents to join their community. There is a ‘New Residents Pack’ containing information on the area including community groups and facilities, available to residents. This information is forwarded to all new ratepayers and can be accessed directly on the website or, on request a hard copy pack can be mailed out.

Councillor Representation on Committees

Section 23 and 24 of The Local Government Act 1993 (Tasmania) states that Council may establish Committees to assist with the carrying out of its functions, the following link to the Act provides additional information;      
Northern Midlands Council has appointed a number of Committees, details of which are on Council’s website. Each Committee includes at least one Councillor representative, as appointed by the Council. 

Progress and Special Interest Groups

Progress and Special Interest Groups are created by community members to progress an area of interest. These progress or special interest groups bring together like minded individuals to lobby Council with the aim to progress a particular issue or agenda. The types of special interest or progress groups may include ‘Rate Payers’ who are dissatisfied with an action/s of Council or a ‘Lobby Group’ who are keen for Council to progress a particular development in their area. As a Councillor you may receive a request to meet or receive written communications from these groups; it is important to understand that these progress or special interest groups are not a ‘Committee’ as above, but a group created externally to Council.

Volunteers

Northern Midlands Council has a number of Volunteers who work through out the organisation. Community members wishing to pursue an interest in becoming a Council Volunteer should contact Council’s Executive Officer for further information. 

Annual Community Events

A number of community events are held annually in the Northern Midlands, the dates and types of events change from time to time, to learn more about what is happening in the Northern Midlands municipal area click the link below.

Australia Day Celebrations and Awards

The Northern Midlands Council Australia Day Honour Roll monument is located at Victoria Square (Village Green) at Longford.

The Honour Roll commemorates the centenary of Rotary International (1905-2005) and displays the names of the Northern Midlands Council Australia Day Award recipients since 1994; and was jointly funded by the Rotary Club of Longford and the Northern Midlands Council.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Northern Midlands Council in partnership with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship conducts Citizenship Ceremonies for new Australians. Citizenship ceremonies are held throughout the year on an ‘as required’ basis; in addition a Citizenship Ceremony is held annually in conjunction with Council’s Australia Day celebrations.
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