2020 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards – each year, the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards provide an opportunity to nominate those people in our community who are local heroes and are helping to build a vibrant and thriving state. The Awards recognise excellence across a number of categories, with nominations now open and closing on 22 July 2020. To submit a nomination go to: http://www.awardsaustralia.com/tascaa

Huntingfield Master Plan – this is now available for public consultation. The Master Plan will deliver a broad mix of around 470 residential lots, as well as high-quality public amenities and open spaces to serve the needs of the local community. The Tasmanian government will deliver the subdivision in conjunction with private sector partners but will retain at least 15 per cent of the lots to deliver new social and affordable housing. Consultation will be conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with submissions open until 26 June 2020.
Feedback can be provided through the following link: https://huntingfield.mysocialpinpoint.com/huntingfield-master-plan

emergency food relief – applications are now open for the Local Emergency Food Relief – COVID-19 Grants Program. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to organisations to deliver emergency food relief to Tasmanians in need in their local community. Many not-for-profit and charity organisations have reported a huge increase in the demand of their services, while also experiencing a loss in fundraising and donations, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Grants are available in two categories: Category 1 for organisations which provide low-cost ready-to-eat meals following current restrictions; and Category 2 for organisations which have new or changed food hamper services as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Guidelines and application forms are available from Communities Tasmania website www.communities.tas.gov.au/csr/grants.

COVID-19 Stories ProjectLibraries Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) are partnering on a long-term collecting project to document the Tasmanian community’s experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Stories Project seeks to capture the impact of this historic event on the lives and livelihoods of everyday Tasmanians to create a collective memory for the future. As cultural institutions, both Libraries Tasmania and TMAG are aware of how crucial it is to collect this material now, so that future generations can comprehend how Tasmanians lived through the pandemic.
Both organisations are reaching out across Tasmania to collect photographs, writing, and other objects that have mattered to Tasmanians during this unprecedented period of disruption, social distancing and self-isolation. Libraries Tasmania’s focus will be on ‘grass roots’ photographs taken by members of the public, as well as key documents and stories in written, digital, or audio-visual formats. TMAG will focus on collecting three-dimensional items and the personal stories and meanings connected to them. It is hoped that a wide range of items will be submitted, from personal digital photography to hardcopy items such as personal written accounts, artist diaries, posters and other material such as the contents of care packages used by Tasmanians in quarantine. More information about the COVID-19 Stories Project and the process for submitting material can be found on the websites of Libraries Tasmania and TMAG: www.libraries.tas.gov.au and www.tmag.tas.gov.au

Place Names Advisory Panel – the Tasmanian government is seeking members of the community with an interest in place naming to join the new Tasmania Place Names Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel replaces the Nomenclature Board when the new Place Names Act 2020 comes into effect on 1 July and is responsible for assessing Tasmanian place naming proposals. The new Act requires one person with knowledge and experience in outdoor recreation and up to two people with knowledge and experience in heritage or historic matters and/or orthography and/or linguistics. Once established, the panel will comprise the Surveyor-General as Chair, a state service employee with primary responsibility for the state’s spatial data and mapping, a Parks and Wildlife Service representative, a person nominated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania, one person with knowledge and experience in outdoor recreation and up to two people with knowledge and experience in heritage or historic matters, orthography or linguistics.
Expressions of interest for the community membership positions close on 29 May 2020. Successful applicants will be appointed for a period of three years. More information is at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/nomenclature