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Introduction

Central Coast Council is a local government body in Tasmania, situated in the north-west of the state between Burnie and Devonport. Central Coast is classified as an urban local government area and has a population of 21,362, Ulverstone and Penguin are the two primary towns of the region.

The Central Coast Council was established on 2 April 1993 after the amalgamation of the Penguin and Ulverstone municipalities.

Central Coast is classified as urban, regional and small (URS) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.

The municipal boundaries are the Blythe River in the west, Braddons Lookout Road in the east and Black Bluff in the south. The Central Coast includes the tourist destinations Leven Canyon and Black Bluff, as well as a number of rural areas such as Upper Castra.

Services

ANIMALS

AGED PERSONS

The Central Coast Council maintains a variety of aged persons units within the municipal area. The information sheet below gives a brief outline of some of these services.

Aged Persons Units maintenance information sheet

The Council manages 77 aged-persons units – 52 in Ulverstone and 25 in Penguin.

The units are of the owner-donor type, with the premium buying a life tenancy of the units based on a term of 20 years. A refund of 5% per annum of the capital cost is made for any period of occupancy less than the 20-year period.

To give you an example, assume life tenancy is purchased for $30,000 but occupancy is terminated after ten years, the occupant or estate would receive a refund of $15,000 (5% x $30,000 = $1,500 per year, 10 years x $1,500 = $15,000).

The actual cost for each unit is determined by valuation which is obtained at the time it becomes vacant. The premium for a unit could be expected to be between $50,000 to $65,000.

In addition to the premium, a weekly service charge applies. The fee is currently $68.00 per week (as at 1 July 2018); this fee is reviewed annually.

The service charge covers the following:

water, sewerage and garbage collection charges;
insurance of the building and fixed items;
maintenance of the grounds of the complex;
maintenance of the building, classified as fair wear and tear.
About the units…

Units are all one bedroom;
Ground level and of brick construction;
Units are within reasonable walking distance to the town centre of either Penguin or Ulverstone;
Complexes consist of two units up to 14 units;
There are 52 units in Ulverstone and 25 in Penguin – no units with garages in Penguin;
Garages are provided at some of the unit complexes in Ulverstone.
If a unit becomes available for you, the financial arrangements will be explained to you in detail at that time and a written agreement is provided.

For more information, contact the Community Services Officer, Community Services Department., Administration Centre, 19 King Edward Street, Ulverstone or phone (03) 6429 8900 to make an appointment.

BUILDING & FACILITIES MAINTENANCE

The Central Coast Council maintains a variety of building assets within the municipal area. This information sheet gives a brief outline into relation to Building and Facilities Maintenance and how to use the service.

BUILDING AND PLUMBING

The Building Act 2016 came in to effect on 1 January 2017 which means that Tasmanian councils now have new regulations relating to:

building and plumbing work;
licensing of people in the building industry; and
residential building contracts.
The Building Act 2016 has an improved approach to building approvals. Low-risk building, plumbing and demolition work, and some medium-risk work can be undertaken without seeking a Building Permit from the Council.

If you are planning building or plumbing works, please visit the Department of Justice where there is a number of Fact Sheets to assist.

Copies of the Building Act 2016 and Building Regulations 2016 are available for download.

To obtain copies of your building and/or plumbing plans, including as constructed sewer and stormwater, the Council requires completion of the Request for Building/Plumbing Plans Application Form along with payment of fees.

Please refer back to the Council’s website for further updates.

CEMETERIES AND NICHE WALLS

The Council operates the Central Coast Memorial Park located at South Road, West Ulverstone. The Ulverstone General Cemetery and Penguin General Cemetery are now closed other than for previously approved reservations. Plaques can be ordered through the funeral director or the Community Services Officer, Community Services Department.

Burial arrangements are made through a funeral director.

The Council maintains a number of memorial parks located within Ulverstone that commemorate the various armed services. Niche walls are located in each of these parks for the placement of plaques (and ashes) commemorating those who served. Reservations and arrangements for the placement of plaques (and ashes) are to be made through the Council.

For more information, contact the Community Services Officer, Community Services Department on 6429 8900.

CHILDCARE

The Centre is sponsored by the Central Coast Council. It is run as a non-profit organisation to offer the community a choice of quality child care. The Child Care Centre, the Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care programs, which operate at Penguin, East Ulverstone and Forth are part of the Community Services Department of the Council.

The Children’s Services programs are under the management of the Director Community Services, Cor Vander Vlist. The Child Care Coordinator is Andrea Lutwyche and the Outside School Hours Care Coordinator is Brooke Edmunds.

The Centre consists of a team of professionals; teachers, childcare graduates, experienced educators, cleaners and a cook. We have access to part-time support for children with special needs through the North West Inclusion Support Team.

ULVERSTONE CHILD CARE CENTRE
The Ulverstone Child Care Centre aims to provide consistent high quality care for your child, and support for your family and the community.

We aim to provide a warm, stimulating environment in which each child feels secure and is motivated to learn and develop through play at his/her own level, and that staff builds a trusting and secure environment for both children and families.

LONG DAY CARE
Alexandra Road, Ulverstone 7315
Telephone: 03 6425 3505

CENTRE OPENING HOURS:
7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday

SESSIONAL CARE TIMES:
Before School Care – 7.30am to 8.30am

am – 7.00am to 12.30pm
pm – 12.30pm to 6.00pm

Long Session – 7.00am to 3.00pm

CLIMATE CHANGE

Preparing Central Coast for unavoidable impacts of climate change is imperative. Australia’s climate is clearly changing and increasing temperatures, sea level rise, changing rainfall patterns and more frequent and intense extreme climatic events are likely (AGO,2007).

As a coastal community, Central Coast must plan for the impacts of climate change. Risks of inundation in low-lying areas and accelerated coastal erosion are particular concerns (Department of Climate Change, 2009). Given the uncertainties, but high probability that the sea level will continue to rise over the long term, it is important for the Council to determine how it will beneficially use coastal areas while recognising the long term planning need to protect, accommodate or retreat as sea levels rise.

The Central Coast Council recognises the importance of committing to the long term and strategic considerations of climate change and has included ‘The Environment and Sustainable Infrastructure” as one of the five directions in the Strategic Plan 2009-2014. To achieve this strategic direction, the plan included the following strategies and key actions:

“…Contribute to the preservation of the natural environment…

Investigate and plan for the effects of climate change on the local area;
Implement suitable climate change adaption and/or mitigation strategies…”.
The Council appreciated that we must act now to reduce greenhouse pollution to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to protect our regions long-term prosperity, environment and way of life. The Council also appreciates that we must act now to adapt to the impacts of climate change we are already experiencing.

As a first step in its response to climate change, the Council has adopted a Climate Action Plan (2010). The plan outlines that the Council’s response to climate change will involve a dual approach:

Management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation);
Making adjustments to exiting activities and practices so that vulnerability to potential impacts associated with climate change can be reduced or opportunities realised (adaption)

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

‘Environmental Health’ considers the inter-relationships between people’s health and their environment (the place in which they live). The Environmental Health Officer is the principal practitioner in this field.

The main functions in environmental health are:

Disease control, including immunisation services, notifiable disease investigations and public health risk activities;
Food Safety and Registration of Food Businesses
Place of Assembly for Outdoor Public Events
Health Education and Promotion;
Water Quality
Maintenance of acceptable public health standards for public and private cemeteries, including single burial ground.
The principle statutes are the Public Health Act 1997 and the Food Act 2003.

WATER AND SEWERAGE AND STORMWATER DRAINAGE

WATER & SEWERAGE SERVICES
Water and sewerage services within Central Coast are now managed by TasWater. Click here to visit the TasWater website.

STORMWATER DRAINAGE
Stormwater drainage systems have been constructed throughout most of the coastal urban areas.

IMMUNISATIONS

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against certain diseases. All of these diseases can cause serious complications and sometimes death.

These diseases can be prevented by routine childhood immunisation. Immunisation (or vaccination) is given as an injection and helps children stay healthy by preventing serious infections.

Vaccinations in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s recommended immunisation schedule are provided free to all persons. Click here to view the current Adult and Child Immunisation Schedule .

MONTHLY IMMUNISATION CLINICS
The Council no longer conduct monthly immunisation clinics. Childhood immunisation in accordance with the above schedule is available through local doctors.

SCHOOL IMMUNISATION CLINICS
During the year, in accordance with the above schedule, the Council’s immunisation staff will administer the following vaccines to students at school clinics within the Central Coast area:

Grade 7
* Gardasil (Human Papilloma Virus) 3 doses
* Boostrix (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)

Grades 10, 11 and 12 (during 2017 then continuing in 2018 with Grade 10 only)
* Meningococcal W

IMMUNISATION RECORDS
In order to obtain a copy of immunisations given by the Central Coast Council, completion of an Immunisation Record Request form is required (in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004). If under 18 years of age, a ‘responsible person’ must also fill in their details on the form and must be the one to sign the form.

Click on the link to download the Immunisation Record Request form Immunisation Record Request Form .

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is a national database with details of vaccinations given to children up to the age of seven (from 1996 onwards) who live in Australia. Parents can telephone the ACIR on 1800 653 809 (free call) for information about their child’s vaccination status regardless of where the vaccination was given in Australia. Information can also be accessed on line by following the link http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-childhood-immunisation-register.

For more information, contact the Council’s Environment & Health Group.

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