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Mayor's Message 2019
January 2019

Mayor’s Message - January

During the month of January we have been so lucky to have a wide variety and great choice of events and functions to attend during the Summer months, with the Northern Midlands having such a broad range of landscapes and locations that allow us such great venues and backdrops.

During 2019 we will see the completion of two major projects in our region, the new multi purpose facility located at the Campbell Town War Memorial Oval and the upgraded facility at the Longford Recreation Ground. Both of these developments have been long awaited by their communities and user groups and we look forward to seeing them both in completion. We have received great feedback regarding both of these projects and we are eager to see them both in use.

I look forward to spending Australia Day in the beautiful town of Evandale with our friends at the Rotary Club of Evandale. The event will commence at 10:45am with citizenship and Award Ceremonies, an address from Australia Day Ambassador Wesley Sulzberger, the first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mt Everest. There will also be a free community BBQ and activities. Please come along and join us in celebrating Australia.

Mary Knowles OAM


February 2019

Mayor’s Message - February

January was another big month for the Northern Midlands with a huge range of events and community gatherings that were held all over our region. We also celebrated Australia Day with a variety of community groups within the Northern Midlands hosting events.

We are starting to see more progress on our new developments in Ross (the new Ross Village Green) , Campbell Town (the new multi purpose facility at the War Memorial Oval) and both developments in Longford (the extension of the Sports Centre and Longford Recreation Ground Facility) starting to take shape. I am excited to see all of our wonderful new developments completed and being used by all of our community members.

In the month of February, myself and Northern Midlands Council General Manager, Des Jennings will take a brief trip to Canberra to meet with Anthony Albanese, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and the Shadow Minister for Tourism. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss opportunities for Federal Government funding for upcoming projects and developments within the Northern Midlands. I look forward to showcasing our region and the developments that are planned.

Mary Knowles OAM


March 2019

Mayor's Message - March

February was another busy month with many commitments and events throughout the municipality. General Manager Des Jennings and myself flew to Canberra in late February to meet with the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP to discuss outstanding payment of ex-gratia rates from the Launceston Airport.

We have also held meetings with several candidates in preparation for the upcoming Federal Election to discuss with them our Priority Projects for 2019. The document can be found on our website if you wish to also view these projects for yourself. So far we have met with Liberal candidate for Lyons Jessica Whelan, Senator Steve Martin, Bridget McKenzie MP, Mark Shelton MP, Brian Mitchell MP, Jacquie Petrusma MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. We have had excellent feedback on our presentation and delivery of our 2019 Priority Projects document and we hope that this document can provide our communities with further election funding promises and commitments. We will continue to lobby Federal members for the benefit of our communities and municipality.

We received some very good news regarding two of our funding applications, they were both successful through the Levelling the Playing Field Grants Program. These funds will allow us to provide amenities to our female sports players at Longford and Evandale, providing equity to female players within our municipality. Further information on these applications is provide on the following page.

Perth has been identified as an area of strong growth due to it close proximity to Launceston, the Airport and the TRANSlink precinct. Council has purchased a property next to the Perth Childcare Centre to cater for infrastructure now and in the future. Council is currently in discussions with the State Government about how best to provide for this.

Mary Knowles OAM


April 2019

Mayor’s Message - April

On Wednesday 27 March 2019 Councillors and Senior Staff took part in Council’s annual bus tour. The purpose of the bus tour is to allow Councillors and staff the opportunity to meet with members of the community and to view and inspect current and proposed developments within the municipality. Councillors and staff visited various locations throughout the day which included Cressy, Ross, Campbell Town, Evandale, Perth and Longford.

We visited two of our largest developments in the region, the Longford Recreation ground Development and the Campbell Town War Memorial Oval Development. Both projects are progressing rapidly and beginning to take shape. Feedback on both of these projects has been overwhelmingly positive and we do not doubt that they will both be in regular use.

ANZAC Day is rapidly approaching and I encourage all of our citizens within the Northern Midlands to respect and recognise the importance of this day. There are services and marches in each of our towns run by dedicated an passionate community groups.

Mary Knowles OAM


May 2019

Mayor’s Message - May

April has been another busy month for myself and Council staff with visits from politicians and candidates ahead of the upcoming Federal Election. The Northern Midlands was lucky enough to receive a variety of election promises and myself and fellow Councillors look forward to seeing them fulfilled.

We are getting close to the completion of the new developments at the Longford Recreation Ground and also at the Campbell Town War Memorial Oval. Both new facilities will provide multiple brand new spaces for sporting groups and community groups to share and will allow for use by external users too. We have already received high amounts interest on both new developments and don’t doubt they will be well used.

I also attended ANZAC Day services in Ross and Avoca and was incredibly pleased to see large crowds at both.

Mary Knowles OAM


June 2019

Mayor’s Message - June

In the upcoming month Council will vote on the 2019/2020 Council Budget. We have already had several Council Workshops directly related to the budget and it will now formally go to the 24 June 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting.

During the last month I attended a variety of events including Ordinary Meetings of our seven Local District Committees.

Myself and General Manager Des Jennings met with John Tucker MP to discuss what’s been happening in the Northern Midlands and some of the upcoming projects we are about to embark on with funding support we received from the re-elected Federal Government.

I spent some time with our new Youth Officer who advised me that the Northern Midlands is severely lacking in support services for our youth. In particular in the area of mental health and wellbeing. I have since spoken to other Mayors and Councillors from other Councils about the need for better state-wide support services for our youth.

I am saddened to see the Avoca Church closing and will attend the final service on Sunday 23 June at 9:30am. I hope to see many familiar faces there.

Within my spare time (which was very limited!) I spent some hours working in my garden with my husband Bradley in the winter sun.

Mary Knowles OAM


July 2019

Mayor’s Message - July

June was another busy month for me with more community meetings and events to attend. We had the Local Government Association of Tasmania Annual Conference in Hobart which was well attended. It’s always good to get together and chat about what’s happening in Local Government and the achievements and challenges that often arise in the Local Government sector.

We officially handed over the keys for the Longford Recreation Ground and Campbell Town War Memorial Oval over to their user groups this month after a highly anticipated wait. I would like to say a special thank you to our Works Department staff who have worked tirelessly on these really big projects over the last few months, in particular the redevelopment at the Longford Recreation Ground. The Longford Recreation Ground Redevelopment was the first big project that our Works Department staff took on as project managers and it has proven to be very successful.

Well done to the Northern Midlands Council team for being inducted into the Employer of Choice Honour Roll for 2019. A very well deserved accolade for our hard working, dedicated and passionate team. Our Northern Midlands community is very lucky to have such a great team behind us.

Mary Knowles OAM


August 2019

Mayor's Message - August

During July myself and fellow Derwent Valley Council Councillor Julie Triffett met with the Hon Rebecca White MP and the Hon Jane Howlett MLC to discuss a variety of issues which included the poor availability of youth mental health services and access to support, and the lack of a women's shelter or refuge in whole of the Lyons electorate. These are issues that both myself and Julie are incredibly passionate about and we intend to continue to raise them until these services and support systems are implemented and improved. In my role as the representative for Local Government on the Family Violence Consultative Group I attended a regional eSafety4Women workshops in Launceston. This raised the issue of technology facilitated abuse which adds a extra layer to the issue of abuse for women and families.

I attended a Fingal Valley Tourist Group meeting where they discussed a collaboration between Northern Midlands Council and Break O’ Day Council to improve walking track facilities and provide maps. There was a great turnout at the delightful fundraising afternoon of music at the Riverland Centre in Longford to support the Helping Hand. On the same day I attended a TasFire thank you barbecue in Campbell Town where medallions were presented to northern region fire volunteers.

I am delighted to see that Council has once again secured the Festival of Small Halls event in Longford. The 2020 event will be the fourth time Council has hosted the tour. More details to come as they are finalised! I look forward to seeing many familiar faces there supporting this great community event.

I can feel the days getting warmer and longer and am eagerly embracing the return of spring so I can spend more time in my garden!

Mary Knowles OAM


September 2019

Mayor's Message - September

August was another busy month for me with a variety of meetings and Council related matters I attended to. In early August myself, General Manager Des Jennings and Council Officers met with members of the Helping Hand Association to further discuss the issue of homelessness in our area and what Council can do to assist with this matter. The Helping Hand is a Longford based not for profit organisation and emergency support agency who deal directly with those in need by providing emergency packs and access to services and assistance.

Council met with Labor Leader Rebecca White and caucus on Monday 19 August (pictured below) where we had the opportunity to show them our Priority Projects for 2019* and discuss with them what has been happening in the Northern Midlands. This was a great opportunity to showcase the projects we have recently completed and the projects we have planned.

Myself and General Manager Des Jennings met with Northern Tasmania Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Maree Tetlow to chat about the region and upcoming projects in Northern Tasmania that will impact us. I opened the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Men’s Shed that took place at Woolmers Estate last week. The celebration was well attended. The Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association was formed in 2009 and now includes more than 60 sheds that are located throughout Tasmania. These sheds and groups provide important support and play a vital role in our communities. I’m looking forward to Spring and the warmer weather it will bring. We have some very exciting events coming up to look forward to and I am looking forward to meeting more of our Northern Midlands residents out and about.

Mary Knowles OAM


Media Releases
Northern Midlands Courier

The Northern Midlands Courier is an independent, privately owned newspaper which serves the Northern Midlands region of Tasmania. It is published on the third Thursday of each month.

It is delivered free to businesses and residents at Campbell Town, Ross, Cressy, Devon Hills, Breadalbane, Evandale, the Nile, Longford and Perth as well as distributed to Epping, Bracknell, Poatina, Avoca and Rossarden and to more than 500 rural subscribers.

Each month, Council has a two page spread in the paper to inform the community of any upcoming Council events, provide them with updates on Council projects and to pass on relevant information to the community.

Northern Midlands Courier Website