EAST COAST HEALTH CENTRE – COMMUNITY UPDATE
19 July 2021
As we all know too well, Australia is still suffering the effects of border closures and unplanned, sporadic lockdowns in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. This situation adds to the difficulty in getting GPs to travel to Tasmania as they are understandably concerned about getting stranded and being unable to return home to their families.
This evolving situation is placing additional pressure on the ability to maintain the service levels at both of our Practices at Triabunna and Bicheno. These challenges are on top of the existing shortage of GP’s and other health professionals around Australia, which is being felt particularly hard in regional and remote locations. Currently there are approximately 50 unfilled GP vacancies in Tasmania.
It is in this environment that we have continued our strenuous efforts to recruit GPs to provide services to our communities at both sites. Whilst it has been a challenge, we have been able to secure locum (travelling) GPs for periods of time to provide services at both Practices. Furthermore, we are pleased to report that we have recently been successful in recruiting a new permanent GP at our Bicheno practice. We would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on progress for each Practice.
East Coast Health, Triabunna
Dr Winston Johnson continues to provide a high level of medical care to the community in his role at the Triabunna Practice. As communicated earlier in the year, we have arranged for a permanent GP to join this Practice. Unfortunately, the Doctor’s start date has been delayed due to COVID restrictions and the Australian Government Registration requirements and timeframes around relocation. We expect that the realistic start date will be towards the end of the year.
However, we are currently communicating with several doctors who have expressed an interest in joining the Triabunna Practice permanently. These discussions are ongoing and we hope that we can report back with some positive news shortly. In the interim we have organised some locum doctors to support Dr Johnson with the current workload. We have locums already booked for the months of September and October and negotiating arrangements for August.
Bicheno Medical Centre
We are pleased to advise that Dr Ashton Kelly will be joining Dr Elizabeth Grey at the Bicheno Practice at the beginning of August. Dr Kelly and his family have recently arrived back to Australia, after living in Europe for two years. Dr Kelly was previously working as an independent consultant for the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies.
Dr Liz Grey is taking a well-earned break for three weeks (12th – 30th July). We have welcomed Dr Louise Johns again as Locum for the period 12th – 23rd July. Dr Johns has been with Bicheno recently as a Locum and knows many of the patients. We will also be using other locum doctors to support the practice before Dr Kelly commences.
In regard to the Expression of Interest process, a report is being presented to Council at the 27 July meeting. This report will outline the process that will be undertaken which will commence immediately after the meeting. The panel will consist of employees and members of the community who have relevant medical experience.
The management team look forward to welcoming the new GPs to our communities and keeping you informed of progress throughout the period up to their placement and beyond.
GLAMORGAN SPRING BAY NATIONAL TREE PLANTING DAY – BICHENO, FORESHORE HABITAT PLANTING
National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community. Please join this fun community planting event held in Bicheno on the 1st August 2021.
When: 1 August, 2021
Where: Allan Street Foreshore Reserve, Bicheno (on the foreshore reserve in front of the walkway between 14 and 16 Allan Street, Bicheno)
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Amanda on the below contact details.
Contact: Glamogran Spring Bay Council (Amanda Brooks) 0488 573 175
DSRA LANDCARE GROUP – WORKING BEES
The DSRA Landcare group will be holding working bees on the last Sunday of each month, from 9.30am -11.30am
The working bee will be held on Sunday 25 July from 389 – Yellow Sandbanks Road. They will be removing weeds from the roadside verge where the road has been widened in recent works.
SUMMARY OF RATES & CHARGES 2021/22
At a meeting held on 22nd June 2021, Council made the following rates and charges, summarised below, for the period 1st July 2021 to 30th June, 2022:
|For Land which is used or predominantly used for:||Cents in $AAV||Fixed amount|
|Sporting or Recreation||5.45||$300|
Waste Management Service Charge
General waste management base levy for all rateable land $100
Residential waste collection services $105
Commercial waste collection services $237
Fire Service Rate
Urban 0.3239260 cents in the dollar of AAV with a minimum of $42
Rural 0.4618290 cents in the dollar of AAV with a minimum of $42
Community Medical Service Charge
For all rateable land a Medical Charge of $90
Payment of rates & charges by instalments
31st August, 2021, 30th November, 2021, 28th February, 2022, 30th April, 2022.
Interest on Overdue Rates – 6% per annum, calculated daily.
The full Rates Resolution are available on Council’s website or by contacting the Council Office on (03) 6256 4777
REGISTER TO ATTEND COUNCIL MEETINGS
Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is pleased to advise that members of the public will be able to attend Council Meetings in person once again, starting June 2021.
Due to maximum density limits associated with COVID-19, Council is able to accommodate for a maximum of 6 visitors in the Council Meeting.
Registrations will open on the Thursday prior to the scheduled monthly Council Meeting and will close by 12 noon the day before the meeting. Once the maximum numbers have been reached, no further registrations will be accepted and only members of the public who have registered for the meeting will be able to attend.
To register your attendance, please use the following link https://gsbc.tas.gov.au/council/register-to-attend-council-meetings/or contact Council’s Executive Officer on 6256 4777.
If you have a question to ask during Public Question Time and are unable to attend the meeting, Council will allow questions to be provided by written notice up until 12 noon the day before the Council Meeting by either emailing email@example.com or alternatively questions can be left in the post box outside the Council Chambers located at 9 Melbourne Street, Triabunna.
SWANSEA TOWN HALL – CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE
Please be advised that the Swansea Town Hall is closed for maintenance until further notice as of Monday 10th May 2021.We apologies for any inconvenience.
WEED SPRAYING PROGRAM
The weed and vegetation control spraying program in both township and rural areas is ongoing, weather permitting. The program involves treatment in residential areas, rural roadsides and public reserves.
Council has a current list of ratepayers who have requested that areas adjacent to their properties not be sprayed. Should any property owner wish to maintain their own frontage and be included on the ‘no spray’ list please contact Council’s Works Department on 03 62564777.
APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMITS
Applications have been submitted to the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council for a planning permit for the following uses and/or developments.
By accessing the following information on this website, you will be taken to have agreed to the following terms and conditions:
The information on this website is provided for the purpose of encouraging public awareness and participation in the planning process in accordance with the objectives of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. The information is not a detailed history of the planning application process and is not notification for the purpose of section 57(3) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
The contents of this website (which includes downloadable material) are subject to copyright and are protected by law. Council grants you a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the contents of this website in your web browser for the sole purpose of viewing the content. Council reserves all other rights. Digital applications displayed on this website are intended for public perusal only and should not be reproduced without the consent of the copyright owner.
Persons wishing to confirm the details of the application can view the application at the locations below during normal office hours.
Application documents will be available for inspection on Council’s website at www.gsbc.tas.gov.au/services&facilities/publicnotices and at Council’s offices at 9 Melbourne Street, Triabunna. Any person may make a representation on an application by letter (PO Box 6, Triabunna) or electronic mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) addressed to the General Manager.
|Name||Address||Application Date||Closing Date||Pdf file|
|Dwelling||35 Jetty Road, Coles Bay CT 55545/4||Friday 09 July 2021||Friday 23 July 2021|
|Partial demolition, additions and alterations for Caretakers Residence||40 Waubs Esplanade, Bicheno CT 172507/1||Friday 09 July 2021||Friday 23 July 2021|
|Outbuilding – boatshed||1238 Dolphin Sands Road, Dolphin Sands CT 54666/198||Friday 09 July 2021||Friday 23 July 2021|
|Demolition of existing water reservoir, construction of new treated water reservoir and associated works||38 Selwyn Street, Triabunna CT 7219/1 & Selwyn St, Triabunna CT157624/1||Friday 09 July 2021||Friday 23 July 2021|
|Dwelling||20 Tribe Street, Bicheno CT 24900/5||Friday 16 July 2021||Friday 30 July 2021|
|Driveway||3 Reserve Road, Coles Bay CT 211931/23||Friday 16 July 2021||Friday 30 July 2021|
|Dwelling||90 Freycinet Drive, Coles Bay CT 61085/19||Friday 23 July 2021||Friday 06 August 2021|
|Fuel tank||4 & 6 Franklin Street, Swansea CT26027/1 & CT161263/2||Friday 23 July 2021||Friday 06 August 2021|
|Outbuilding and addition to dwelling||43 West Shelly Road, Orford CT 15141/23||Friday 23 July 2021||Friday 06 August 2021|
|Multiple dwellings x 18 units||Spencer Street, Triabunna CT55156/62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68,69, 70, 71, 72 & 98||Friday 23 July 2021||Friday 06 August 2021|