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Introduction

Latrobe Council is a local government body in Tasmania, situated in the north of the state, east of Devonport. The Latrobe local government area is classified as rural and has a population of 10,699, it encompasses the principal town, Latrobe, and the nearby localities including Port Sorell, Sassafras and Wesley Vale.

Services

Elderly Person Units

Council operates 60 one and two bedroom elderly persons units within various locations in the town of Latrobe. The small number of unit complexes is two whilst the largest is nine units.

Tenancy is based on the payment of a founder donor contribution, plus a weekly rent that covers minor building maintenance, rates, lawn mowing and building insurance.

The units are not suitable for disabled persons. They are primarily provided as the step between being responsible for your own home maintenance and requiring full personal care in an aged care facility.

The payment of the founder donor contribution is able to be applied in three ways so as not to discriminate against prospective tenants that can't afford the initial foundor donor outlay. Options include the proportioned founder donor fee; the weekly rent and a levy.

An advisory committee, consisting of tenant representatives and Council representatives - staff and Councillors - advises Council on the overall management of the unit complexes.

Allocation of units is made from a waiting list and offered - in the first instance - to the person/s who has been on the register the longest.

To register, please complete the application form and return to Council.

Eligibility

Any person who is classed as an "aged person" as per the definition of the Aged Persons Homes Act 1954 and as amended in 1989, being "a man who has attained the age of sixty-five years or a woman who has attained the age of sixty years", and being in receipt of either an aged or service pension

For further information, please contact Michelle Dutton on 6426 4444.

Immunisations

There are a number of infectious diseases which can be prevented by immunisation. Many vaccines are provided free-of-charge and are available from your General Practitioner or Immunisation clinics. Click the link below to view the recommended and fully funded vaccine plan according to the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

National Immunisation Program Schedule

Why should I have my child immunised?

Immunisation is the only effective way of giving protection against the disease.
After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch the disease if there are outbreaks in the community.
If enough people in the community are immunised, the infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease dies out altogether. This is how smallpox was eliminated from the world, and how polio has been eliminated from many countries.
Despite excellent hospital care, significant illness and death still occur from diseases which can be prevented by immunisation.
Infant Immunisation Sessions

Latrobe immunisation sessions are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month between 12.00 and 12.30pm. at Latrobe Family Medical Practice, 45B Gilbert Street, Latrobe. Please remember to bring your Medicare card.

NB: As dates may change, please confirm session prior to attendance by telephoning 6426 1141

Council also conducts a school immunisation program for all schools within the Municipality. Consent forms are delivered to each school for distribution to those students that are eligible to participate in the program. An information sheet in relation to each vaccine will be provided with each consent form. Parents/Guardians are strongly recommended to read the supporting information before consenting to their child being immunised.

Food Safety & Licencing

Public and environmental health is about the monitoring and promotion of health through food safety, nutrition regulation, communicable disease prevention and oontrol, immunisation programs, radiation regulation, tobacco control, pharmaceutical services (drugs and poisons) and environmental health.

DRINKING WATER

Reticulated water which is supplied to many residents in Latrobe Municipality is provided by Cradle Mountain Water Corporation from treatment plants located at Forth. The Corporation has a Water Quality Policy which aims to comply with Tasmanian Drinking Water guidelines issued by the Director of Public Health under the Public Health Act, 1997.

Food Licensing
The safety and quality of food is regulated and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with local councils. Under the requirements of the Tasmanian Food Act 2003, food premises are required to be registered by their respective Local Government Authority.

The handling and selling of food is categorised from very low risk, such as selling pre-packaged food in canteens to higher risk activities such as food preparation in restaurants. Council is required to regularly inspect these premises to ensure that they comply with the Australian Food Safety Standards and the Tasmanian Food Act 2003.

Temporary food businesses are required to register with Council. Temporary food premises includes all food vans, trailers, food stalls, markets, fairs and the like where food for human consumption is prepared and/or sold. These businesses do not operate on a permanent basis.

Waste Management

Council provides, via a contractor (JJ Richards Waste Management) a fortnightly domestic garbage collection service throughout the urban and some country areas of the municipality.

Each property has been issued with a wheelie bin and it should remain at the property on change of ownership. Each bin is marked with a unique identifying serial number, which is recorded by Council.

In some small cul-de-sacs it may be necessary to place the bins together at the entrance to the cul-de-sac where the road is usually a bit straighter, as the mechanical arm may not be able to reach bins placed on the curved parts of the kerb.

Store wheelie bins in the shade, keep lids shut and wrap food waste in plastic (eg reused shopping bags). DO NOT place liquids, chemicals, hot ashes, heavy items or garden waste in bins.

When placing a wheelie bin out for collection, please make sure that:

the wheels are facing away from the road
bins are placed out the night before as collections can commence at 5.00 am on the day of collection
it is on level ground and one metre away from any other wheelie bin or recycling crate
the wheelie bin is away from trees, power poles and any obstructions that would prevent the mechanical arm being able to grab the bin
the lid is fully shut on the bin
there are no items placed on top of the lid.
There are four areas of collection:
Latrobe North Garbage (Every second Monday)
Includes north of Gilbert Street (not including Gilbert Street) up to the Moriarty Road roundabout, Bass Highway, streets off Bass Highway (not Moriarty Road) and all of Spreyton Area.

Planning

Planning approval and building and plumbing approval are two separate processes. Often a particular use or development of land may require a permit for planning, building and plumbing. If this is the case, separate applications are required and the Planning permit must be the first stage of the process.

The planning permit process regulates the use and development of land by assessing proposals against Council's planning schemes and the State's planning legislation. The planning approval process focuses particularly on the impact of a proposal on the site and neighbouring land. It addresses the following types of issues;

Does it comply with planning scheme requirements?
Is it located an appropriate distance from boundaries?
Is the scale and size appropriate for the area?
Is there adequate car parking?
Does it create any access or traffic safety issues?
Are the hours of operation appropriate for the area?
Are there any environmental constraints that need to be considered?
Council planning officers are available between 8.00am and 4.30pm for assistance with;

Enquiries regarding the Planning Scheme and other planning documents
Pre-application discussions and assistance
Lodgement of applications

Alternatively contact Lee-Anne Ryan or Jasmin Briggs on 6426 4444 or you may choose to email your enquiry to council@latrobe.tas.gov.au

The Latrobe Interim Planning Scheme 2013 can be viewed at http://iplan.tas.gov.au/pages/plan/book.aspx?exhibit=latips

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