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York Street West tree replacement
24 June - The City of Launceston will next week replace four trees in the York Street West car park with more appropriate trees.
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Bi-partisan support for University of Tasmania northern expansion
24 June - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten says the Coalition's commitment of $157.5m to the University of Tasmania's Northern expansion project and the Launceston City Heart Project mark a red letter day for the City of Launceston.
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Extended operating hours for Customer Service Centre
17 June - With the recent flooding events in Launceston, we're aware many people have had difficulty getting around.
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Council approves 2016-17 budget
15 June - Aldermen this week voted to endorse the City of Launceston's 2016-17 Annual Budget.
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Young Writers in the City program
15 June - The Tasmanian Writers Centre and the City of Launceston are this week launching the Young Writers in the City program, a writer-in-residency program for the North which will take place this winter.
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Rainfall event - June 2016
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Public meeting rescheduled for Tuesday, June 21
14 June - The Public Meeting has been adjourned to Tuesday, June 21, 7pm at the Albert Hall...
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Submissions for the June 7 Public Meeting
June 3 - Submissions received for the June 7 Public Meeting...
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Town Clock out of action this weekend
27 May - Launceston's Town Clock will not operate this weekend, after a break-down in the 116-year-old mechanism.
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Street sweeping in Launceston
27 May - The City of Launceston's City Services Cleansing Crew has a busy time keeping the city ship-shape.
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Quadrant Mall paving reaches halfway mark
27 May - Another major milestone in the redevelopment of the Quadrant Mall will be marked today with the Baker Group's newly laid pavers reaching the halfway point.
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Funding push for City Heart
26 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and City of Launceston General Manager Robert Dobrzynski met with Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic this week to highlight the importance of the Launceston City Heart Project.
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Mayor welcomes Federal support for Tamar River
25 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten has welcomed a $1.5m commitment from the Federal Government to allow silt raking to continue in the Tamar River beyond 2016.
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Council supports Australia Band National Championships
24 May - The Council this week voted to provide $20,000 in funding to the Australian national Band Championships, which will be held in Launceston in April 2017.
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Council votes on Mowbray and Newnham connectors
24 May - The Council this week supported a motion from Alderman Robin McKendrick to call a meeting with the Minister for Infrastructure and the Department of State Growth to discuss what it believes are dangerous intersections; the Mowbray and Newnham connectors.
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Quadrant Mall works taking shape
24 May - The works in the Quadrant Mall as part of the Launceston City Heart Project are fast taking shape.
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Federal Government support vital for Tamar River
21 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten is urging the Federal Government to provide continued funding towards the Tamar River silt raking program, and encouraging the Federal Opposition to make the same commitment.
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Gas generation at the Launceston Waste Centre
20 May - The City of Launceston's regional waste centre generates electricity from gasses trapped in landfill.
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Northern mayors unite on University proposal
20 May - Northern Tasmanian mayors have united today as signatories of a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to confirm their support for the University of Tasmania's proposed move to an inner city campus.
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2016 Heritage Award winners announced
20 May - The City of Launceston last night presented its 2016 Heritage Awards, in front of an audience of more than 150 people.
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New landfill cell under construction
20 May - The City of Launceston is constructing a $4.5m state-of-the-art landfill cell at the Launceston Waste Centre.
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Leave a message of support for Roughy
20 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten has expressed his shock and sympathy at the cancer scare which has struck Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead.
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Survey: smoke-free CBD areas
19 May - The first smoke-free areas within Launceston’s CBD were implemented in January, 2012.
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New rubbish and recycling bins in CBD
18 May - The City of Launceston has been installing new Tasmanian-made stainless steel rubbish and recycling bins around the CBD in recent months.
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2016 Heritage Awards to be presented tomorrow
18 May - The City of Launceston will tomorrow present its 2016 Heritage Awards, designed to recognise the promotion of heritage, and the sensitive restoration projects undertaken in homes and businesses around the city.
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Festival of Voices launches 2016 program
17 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten helped launch the Festival of Voices' 2016 Northern program this morning at Penny Royal Adventures.
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Mayor welcomes Federal jobs package
13 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten has welcomed the announcement of a $24m Federal package which aims to create 140 new jobs in Northern Tasmania.
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Young VIP arrives in Launceston
13 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten met a VIP with a difference this morning at the Launceston Airport.
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National commendation for Launceston City Heart Project
12 May - The City of Launceston has tonight received a commendation in the Planning Institue of Australia's 2016 Planning Excellence Awards in Brisbane for its community consultation on the Launceston City Heart Project.
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Concert raises $440 for annual Winter Relief Appeal
12 May - The City of Launceston is pleased to advise that $440.55 was raised through donations at Sunday's annual Mother's Day Recital at the Albert Hall.
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Hawks set for 50th game at Aurora Stadium
12 May - The Hawthorn Football Club will mark a major milestone this weekend, playing its 50th game at Aurora Stadium.
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Coloured lighting upgrade for Town Hall
11 May - The City of Launceston is installing LED colour-changing lights behind the columns of the Town Hall; a new system which is capable of displaying a rainbow of colours.
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Public meeting to be held after petition
11 May - The City of Launceston will hold a public meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at Albert Hall, corner of Tamar and Cimitiere Streets, Launceston.
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2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards presented
10 May - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten today presented the City of Launceston's 2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards.
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App to help put the wheelie bins out
10 May - The Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group is making rubbish and recycling information available on the free smartphone app 'Recycle Coach', which is available on both Apple's App Store and Google's Google Play.
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Dicky Whites Lane street art project launched
7 May - Dicky Whites Lane became a hive of activity at the launch of a new street art project last night.
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Quadrant Mall redevelopment update
5 May - The redevelopment of the Quadrant Mall under the Launceston City Heart Project will mark a major milestone this week, with the laying of the first pavers and the unveiling of Cityprom's first laneway street art project.
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Council trials body cameras
4 May - The City of Launceston is taking part in a month-long trial of body cameras for its parking officers.
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Gorge paths set for upgrade
4 May - The City of Launceston is upgrading some of the trails and walkways in the Cataract Gorge Reserve.
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Mayor welcomes Labor commitment on UTAS proposal
28 April - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten has welcomed Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's commitment that a Federal Labor Government would invest $150m in an education-driven revival of North and North-West Tasmania.
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A few comments on the JB Hi-Fi signage application
21 April - The Examiner newspaper yesterday published a story headlined, "Council to refuse JB Hi-Fi application".
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Quadrant Mall redevelopment update
21 April - Work on a major overhaul of the Quadrant Mall as part of the Launceston City Heart Project is on track.
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The Tamar River: a letter to the Premier
16 April - A letter from Mayor Albert van Zetten to the Premier, sent last week:
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'Blame shifting on Tamar'
16 April - In an opinion piece published in today's edition of The Examiner, Treasurer Peter Gutwein accuses the City of launceston of harbouring no interest in improving the health and amenity of the Tamar River -- of distancing itself from the issue.
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Council explores energy efficiency projects
15 April - Energy efficiency measures introduced by the City of Launceston at Council-managed facilities have saved 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity, equal to a saving of $236,000 per year.
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Mother's Day Recital 2016
14 April - The City of Launceston's annual Mother's Day Recital at the Albert Hall will this year feature a unique echo from the city's past.
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Bridge upgrade program underway
14 April - The City of Launceston is undertaking upgrades of six rural road bridges around the municipality.
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Opening of Heritage Forest community garden
5 April - The Heritage Forest community garden was officially opened today.
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A few comments on the whisky distillery proposal
1 April - A lot of people have been talking about the Council's decision not to allow a whisky distillery to be operated in an inner residential zone in Garfield Street, and there are a few things we'd like to clear up.
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Scenic snap competition
1 April - The City of Launceston is encouraging residents to snap Launceston's most scenic areas to better understand what it is that makes Launceston a great place to live and to help set the parameters around future planning.
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Launceston water restrictions lifted
1 April - TasWater has lifted water restrictions in Launceston.
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Proposed statutory estimates out for consultation
31 March - The City of Launceston has voted to release the Proposed Statutory Estimates for community consultation.
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Ceremony welcomes 38 new Australian citizens
24 March - Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten today welcomed 38 new Australian citizens to the community at a public ceremony at the Albert Hall.
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Dogs on the roof
24 March - This morning the City of Launceston's regulations officers received a call about "two dogs stuck on a roof" in West Launceston.
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Polystyrene up for recycling at Launceston Waste Centre
22 March - In the era of online shopping, polystyrene packaging has become ubiquitous.
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2016 Heritage Awards open
18 March - The annual Heritage Awards are designed to reward people who share a passion for Launceston’s history and to recognise projects that have improved heritage places or promoted heritage issues around the city.
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Public feedback sought on organics collection service
17 March - The City of Launceston is asking its residents if they would support a Food Organics Garden Organics wheelie bin collection service in the urban area of Launceston and Lilydale.
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Quadrant Mall open for business as works get underway
8 March - A campaign to remind people that the Quadrant Mall remains open for business during its redevelopment will kick off this week.
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Snakes in suburbia
18 February - City of Launceston regulations officer Oliver Breeze helped relocate a 5-foot Lowland Copperhead snake on Wednesday afternoon from a home in Youngtown.
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City Park watered in lead-up to Symphony Under the Stars
17 February - While Stage One water restrictions are still in place in Launceston, the Council has received an exemption from TasWater to irrigate City Park in the lead-up to tomorrow's 'bumping in' of Symphony Under the Stars.
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New screens in the picture at Aurora Stadium
12 February - Two new high-definition screens have been installed at Aurora Stadium this week, ahead of the upcoming NAB Challenge clash between Hawthorn and Carlton.
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Quadrant Mall works set to get underway
11 February - The City of Launceston is pleased to announce that Northern Tasmanian firm Baker Building and Civil Contracting has been awarded the contract for the civil works component of the redevelopment of the Quadrant Mall; the first major public space redevelopment to be undertaken under the Launceston City Heart Project.
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Ikeda delegation arrives in Launceston
10 February - A delegation of more than 50 people from Launceston's Japanese sister city, Ikeda, is visiting Launceston this week.
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Signalised intersection creates safer pathway
10 February - Pedestrians and bike riders will find it easier to navigate one of the city's busiest roads once a new safety initiative is complete.
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Festivale preparations underway in City Park
10 February - Iconic Launceston event Festivale has begun setting up in City Park ahead of its 2016 opening on Friday.
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Boag's announcement disappointing
8 February - Brewing company Lion has today announced that it intends to move around 20 million litres of annual brewing volume from the Boag's Brewery in Launceston to facilities on the mainland to improve the efficiency of its brewery network.
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Have your say on the 2016-17 budget
3 February - The City of Launceston is seeking community feedback to assist in the preparation of the Council's 2016-17 budget.
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Rainfall event in Launceston tests infrastructure
1 February - On Thursday and Friday Launceston was impacted by a one-in-50-year rainfall event.
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Final 2016 Music in the Park event cancelled
January 31 - Today's Music in the Park event has been cancelled due to bad weather.
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Flash flooding in Invermay
29 January - Invermay has received significant rainfall over the past 24 hours...
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Cataract Walk re-opens after rockfall
29 January - The Cataract Walk has been re-opened after a large boulder fell on the track last night, dislodged by heavy rains.
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Heavy rainfall causing minor flash flooding
29 January - City of Launceston crews have responded to a number of call-outs regarding blocked drains, blown manhole covers and minor flash flooding overnight.
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Expressions of Interest - New Year's Eve event
27 January - Expressions of Interest for the coordination of a 2016 New Year's Eve Event are now open.
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Australia Day Awards and Citizenship ceremony 2016
27 January - The City of Launceston yesterday hosted an Australia Day Citizenship and Awards ceremony at the Albert Hall.
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Nunamara Waste Transfer Station closed Saturday January 23
22 January - Due to a bushfire in the Nunamara area, the City of Launceston advises that the Nunamara Waste Transfer Station will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, January 23.
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Music in the Park 2016
22 January - The Tassie Tenor will be the performer at this Sunday's free Music in the Park event in City Park, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
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Stage 1 water restrictions announced
22 January - Taswater has advised that Stage 1 water restrictions will be put in place in Launceston to offset a significant reduction in North Esk River flows in recent weeks.
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New banners installed in CBD
21 January - The City of Launceston has begun rolling out more than 60 new promotional banners across the CBD, featuring images of Launceston attractions, events, and lifestyle highlights.
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Council to discuss future of New Year's Eve event
21 January - The City of Launceston will discuss an Expressions of Interest process to seek event organisers interested in coordinating a 2016 New Year's Eve event in the city.
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Bushfire smoke advice
20 January - Smoke from bushfires across Northern Tasmania is descending on Launceston.
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Road safety towards zero
4 January - With people out and about across Northern Tasmania on summer holidays, it's worth checking out the Road Safety Advisory Council's Towards Zero campaign...
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