Poll

The Great Regional City Challenge

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Peter Murden
on 15th March 2020
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I care about
  • Supporting start-ups
  • Supporting local
  • Support for my family
  • Sport and exercise
  • Seniors making a difference
  • Self-improvement
  • Reading and writing
  • Meeting essential needs
  • Making friends and meeting new people
  • Living life to the full
  • Knowing what's on
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Helping people in later life
  • Helping others
  • Growing the economy
  • Getting connected
  • Financial security
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Enjoying recreational activities
  • Enhancing public spaces
  • Education and employment
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Climate and the environment
  • Celebrating diversity
  • Being independent for longer
  • Being in good mental health
  • Arts and culture
  • Accessing support
Community
  • Youngtown
  • Westbury
  • West Launceston
  • Waverley
  • Trevallyn
  • Summerhill
  • St Leonards
  • South Launceston
  • Ross
  • Rocherlea
  • Riverside
  • Ravenswood
  • Punchbowl
  • Prospect Vale
  • Prospect
  • Norwood
  • Newstead
  • Newnham
  • Mowbray
  • Mayfield
  • Longford/Perth
  • Legana/Riverside
  • Kings Meadow
  • Invermay
  • Hadspen/Carrick
  • Georgetown region
  • Exeter
  • Evandale
  • East Launceston
  • Dilston
  • Deloraine/Mole Creek
  • Cressy
  • Campbell Town
  • Blackstone Heights
  • Beaconsfield

Check out these 50 EXCITING PROJECT IDEAS for making Launceston one of the GREAT Regional Cities of the World… and then vote for the 5 BEST projects. The top ranking projects get part of the $100,000 funding pool plus project support.

And, if you want to follow how the projects are polling - You must be registered and logged in, then scroll down through the list of projects. The number of votes and score for each project is included under each project title.


Here's how voting works:

  • First, REGISTER HERE or by clicking on the register link in the main menu. It takes about 30 seconds to register.
  • Make sure to tag your community in the Best Match section. Only residents of Launceston, West Tamar, Meander Valley and George Town are eligible to vote. ONE vote per person.
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  • READ ALL THE PROJECTS OR those that appeal to you most. Click on the “More Info” drop-down arrow to read the full description. Don’t click on the title as this short lists the project.
  • When you are ready, SHORT-LIST your top 5 FAVOURITE PROJECTS. As you scroll through the list click on the box on the top left corner next to the title if you want to short-list this project. You can only short-list 5 projects. Unclick the box if you change your mind.
  • Now CAST YOUR VOTE. Click on the CAST VOTES tab at the bottom of your screen and drag the projects into PRIORITY ORDER from #1 (the best), #2 (second best) and so on.  
  • Voting ends on the 31st of May, 2020. The best projects will announced in mid June at a major event at Launceston Country Club – and in the media.
  • Projects - and the funding and support - commence from July 1, 2020.

Good luck and may the best projects win!

option #1

Aboriginal Launceston: building on a resource rich site.

  152 votes | score 532
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Aboriginal Launceston: building on a resource rich site.

Strapline: Encapsulating the Aboriginal landscape of Launceston as a rich resource site that was also the basis for attracting white settlement.

Opportunity: To understand future direction we need to know origins. Launceston was built on a resource rich Aboriginal site of abundant fauna, riverine resources and edible and medicinal flora, which remains the environmental foundation of the region.  It was a place of intense seasonal habitation, congregation and trade.

Plan for the funding: The intention is to produce a publically accessible website that combines cartographic and photographic imagery with a concise, accessible written explanatory exposition of the Aboriginal landuse and modification of the Launceston basin at the confluence of the South and North Esk rivers and the Tamar estuary.

Revealing the landscape and resource utilisation of the region, the paths of migration, trade and congregation, knits a complex environmental interrelationship of landscape and people that persists into the present in a new affirmation of environment and landscape that has a relevance to understanding the rich basis of Launceston today. Amount requested: $10,000.  

The team: The team draws on particular knowledge, while emphasising the need for ease of public access, to enrich present understanding of origins and continuity of landscape. It is a knowledge that is an affirmation of place and the diverse connections of the present with the past.

  • Lyndall Ryan
  • Tom Dunning
  • Michael Powell
  • Ian Pattie
  • Mark Brown
  • Jon Addison
  • Patsy Cameron
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option #2

The Wheelie Good Guide to Accessible Accommodation – Northern Tasmania

  39 votes | score 131
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The Wheelie Good Guide to Accessible Accommodation – Northern Tasmania

Strapline: Property accessibility assessments by persons with lived experience of disability to promote accessible accommodation in Launceston

Opportunity: Tourism in Tasmania is booming however the opportunity for travellers with disability is limited by information about the accessibility of venues and activities. The accessible tourism market in Australia was valued at $3.5 billion in 2017, and value adds to other niche markets eg young families and ageing travellers.  Tasmania receives over one million visitors per annum, as 1 in 5 Australians identify as having a disability this is significant opportunity missed.

Plan for the funding: Our project team will: 

  • $2500 – Convene an Accessible Tourism Working Group bringing together tourism operators, industry representatives, disability advocates and developers in the Launceston and greater Northern region.
  • $5500 - Coordinate and host Accessible Tourism workshop/events for existing operators and potential entrants to the tourism market drawing on the experience of successful interstate regional access consultants and local expertise through ParaQuad Tasmania 
  • $1500 - Expand existing Northern listings on the “Wheelie Good Guide” website including a guide/information sheet about ‘successfully marketing disability access’.

The team: ParaQuad Tasmania is an organisation governed and staffed by people of whom 50% are with lived experience of spinal cord injury and other physical disability. CEO, Carmel Clark has extensive project management skills and a determination to promote access across all sections of the community.

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option #3

Australia’s 1st ASV competition

  220 votes | score 1057
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Australia’s 1st ASV competition

Strapline: Being the first in something is always innovative. This idea can make Launceston a more diverse, liveable and connected city.

Opportunity: Launceston has a low population, hence lack of demand for many trades. There are few major events held in our city, and money does not circulate actively. Thus, hosting a major landmark event, especially in the wintertime, not only makes Launceston a popular regional city, but also helps the economy.

Plan for the funding: Being the host to Australia’s 1st Autonomous and/or controllable boats competition can bring jobs, joy, tourists, fame and most importantly money circulation to our city. Luckily, Launceston is the home to the only Australian Maritime College. AMC has the necessary infrastructure, diverse experts and knowledge to cooperate in promoting such events. A primary investment of $10,000 is enough to plan for the competition, make the connection between relevant organisations, identify and prepare the venue, write the rule book and advertise the competition nationally and internationally. so people can design and build a certain class of controllable boat and attend our competition.

The team: This competition brings people from other cities and countries to our city. It not only promotes Launceston but also helps businesses to earn more money. With the support of world-renowned AMC and Launceston Council, the chance of success should be much higher than other cities in Australia. Thus, regardless of who wins the competition, Launceston is the real winner.

Leo Nowruzi, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics Australian Maritime College (AMC), University of Tasmania T: +61 482 048 678 E: anowruzi@utas.edu.au,
leo.nowruzi@gmail.com.

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option #4

Supporting, attracting and retaining health professionals in Northern Tasmania

  124 votes | score 388
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Supporting, attracting and retaining health professionals in Northern Tasmania

Strapline: Supporting, attracting and retaining essential health related professionals and services is a key to improving living standards and population and economic growth.

Opportunity: Growing essential health services is a key to improving living standards, population and economic growth, yet there are a range of health professional vacancies across the region. Supporting, attracting and retaining health professionals is a challenge, but there are ‘local’ things we can do that could make an immediate difference.

Plan for the funding: Supporting health professionals to remain in the region means making them feel welcome and helping them settle in socially / professionally. Improved promotion of the region / lifestyle can support attraction and recruitment. The plan:

  • Establish and promote a regional online social / support network to connect existing and potential health professionals
  • Train a small group of volunteers to administer the network, welcome new professionals and their families and help connect them to professional and local services and social networks
  • Develop and promote success stories that highlight the advantages of health professionals living and working in the region

Funding is requested for a 12-month pilot project for set up / supporting the network, training volunteers and starting to populate the story library. Amount sought is $10,000.

The team: The project will be led by three leaders from within the health sector:

  • Andrew Billings – St Giles
  • Lauren Oliver – I-Med
  • Ross Lamplugh – Ochre Health

Peter Murden – CLIP will provide initial project management support. Additional support will be sought from other health and community leaders.

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option #5

Babyboomers Community Housing Project

  50 votes | score 159
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Babyboomers Community Housing Project

Strapline: A self-sufficient community for babyboomers and transitioning ‘system’ clients providing security and independence – PREVENTION NOT INTERVENTION.

Opportunity: Many Launceston babyboomers and others cannot afford housing. My vision is a community of sustainable tiny houses and similar, including emergency housing transitioning clients. A community garden, communal spaces, plus a park area, will encourage community bonding, provide support and prevent isolation, loneliness and the consequences thereof.

Plan for the funding: I will align myself with an existing not-for-profit organisation, perhaps accessing community funding - to purchase land and build sustainable small homes. I will also approach developers with a proposition of buy/build/lease. I am talking with Bendigo Bank, for funding ideas, and suggesting new loan methods, whereby people may borrow money to buy/build their tiny homes, with some type of lease/rent arrangement and the asset returning to the bank upon death or when person[s] move into a care home. Community Housing Ltd would/could fund the transitional houses.

$10,000 would enable me to get much of my groundwork underway.

The team: Just me – but will hopefully join Mandie Austin, with similar ideas.  I have a duo of architects on board; one lectures at UTAS – he will be assigning his students to design small sustainable housing solutions. I have a Launceston City Council contact, who has agreed to help with the land processes. 

 

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option #6

Beautification of Launceston & surrounds

  117 votes | score 361
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Beautification of Launceston & surrounds

Strapline: We have the ideal climate for growing flowering annuals and perennials.
Our Project is to plant as many flowers, herbs and vegetables as possible around the Launceston area making Launceston a tourist hot spot over the Spring/Summer and autumn months and more.

Opportunity: Brighten up tourist areas with colour. Concentrate on area hot spots, for example increase park plantings (star sign’s in the park), the Mall could have a floral photo section. The Gorge, Wineries, Caravan parks are examples of areas that could be beautified.

Plan for the funding:Any money received would be donated in plants for example
$10,000 would buy at whole cost 450 trays of 64 plants, 110 trays plants started 4 pack x 16, 5000 of Potted Colour plants. Herbs and perennials could also be donated along with all the plants above.

The team: The project could include Tafe Horticultural students, Rotary, Council, Retied and other interested groups that would like to assist in planting and general maintenance, helping the community come together.

William Allan, David Allan, Jason Geisler and Steve Bowen are the advisory on planting, timing and also the production of the planting materials with 58 years experience.

Hopefully our application is successful. Let’s get the garden city image and surroundings a bright and cheerful approach.

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option #7

Launceston Embraces the Future of Money

  14 votes | score 52
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Launceston Embraces the Future of Money

Strapline: Launceston adopts innovative financial sector technologies to be at forefront of innovative regional tourism and lift its destination profile.

Opportunity: Launceston’s strategic adoption of highly innovative cryptocurrency-to-AUD-cash payment technology by local shops, merchants, professional service providers, and even local government, can give the city an important tourism edge nationally, even globally.

Plan for the funding: Following on from projects in Fremantle (WA) & Agnes Waters (QLD) - https://www.wheretoshopwithcrypto.com, we propose a regional adoption project for Bitcoin - facilitating:

  • 50 Local Merchants & Tourism, to accept Bitcoin 
  • 500 Local employees - receive ~$50 per week in Bitcoin
  • Community education: participants learn to save & store Bitcoin securely
  • Increase technical proficiency
  • Diversify payment options, enabling remote & secure online payments
  • Provide point-of-difference for tourism
  • Local, national & international media interest

Seeking

  • $9,000 Cash Funding to pay: materials, marketing, travel Launceston-Fremantle
  • $1,000 of Bitcoin: providing participation Bitcoin rewards

Project

  • Running educational & training - practical demonstrations & marketing
  • Visiting retailers & staff - how-to details

The team: AbheetiK Pass & Sophie Amat. In collaboration with:

  • Councils, Chamber of Commerce, NTDC, Cityprom and Tourism Northern Tasmania
  • Local Bitcoin volunteers Alex Saunders & Adam Poulton

Creating an innovation-focused community as we have successfully done in Fremantle.

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option #8

ByeBuy! Shop: a gathering place

  29 votes | score 87
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ByeBuy! Shop: a gathering place

Strapline: An inclusive gathering place - balancing life with values of society, community and wellbeing.

Opportunity: Societal changes have resulted in disparate communities that are time poor, financially stressed, socially isolated and left unable to connect. While cities provide inclusive socially engaging external gathering spaces, such as parks and squares, the equivalent for internal places is greatly lacking, unless associated with shopping, libraries or community centres.

Plan for the funding: In 2014 the original ByeBuy! Shop opened for one week in Charles St Launceston, engaging over 300 people in the middle of winter with a place to swap things, ideas, skills, stories, friendships, recipes… and more. ByeBuy! Shop (2) will bring this back - a safe and inclusive place to connect and engage local Launceston communities, decrease consumption for a more sustainable city, increase well-being, provide skills for self-sufficiency, engage social connections and uplift the human spirit.

$10,000 will be used to establish this place in the Launceston region with 6-8 months rent and internal furniture and fittings.

The team: At the end of ByeBuy! Shop (1) about 50 people attended a meeting to support its continuation. This one-week pop-up provided a need amongst a diverse population for a gathering place - engaging, safe and open to anyone. This not-for-profit members-based ‘shop’ will be financially sustainable and socially equitable, initially established by Kirsty Máté seeking members for a board

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option #9

A Community Stage made from a shipping container for Harvest Market and other Events

  114 votes | score 365
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A Community Stage made from a shipping container for Harvest Market and other Events

Strapline: Making the arts accessible to all Launcestontians - A community stage to share music, drama, theatre and dance.

Opportunity: Currently buskers play at Harvest Market each Saturday for 4 hours.  We envisage a community stage built from a shipping container, taking inspiration from the MONA FOMA SOMA will enable local and visiting artists, local schools, theatre and dance groups to share their art with our community.

Plan for the funding: We propose to collaborate with the UTAS school of design and architecture to turn a plain side opening shipping container into an edgy, multi-use shipping container, community stage which has a primary purpose of sharing arts with the community.

Budget:

  • A side opening shipping container = circa $7500
  • Transport of shipping container = circa $1500
  • Fit out of shipping container = circa $6000

Harvest market is asking for $10000 towards the Community Stage and the Market will contribute the excess to the project should it be approved. We are excited!! 

The team: This project will be driven the successful team at Harvest who collaborates with diverse organisations to bring the world’s best produce from the farms and kitchens of our region to the people of Launceston. The Harvest Market is a not-for-profit community driven organisation. Harvests’ Chief Operating Officer reports to the volunteer Board and is responsible for the market operations and community projects. 

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option #10

Creating a Healthy Active Community

  53 votes | score 173
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Creating a Healthy Active Community

Strapline: Bootcamps bringing the community together to get active, learn about nutrition and connect with others.

Opportunity:Tasmanians have a higher rate of being overweight/obese compared with the rest of Australia. The cost of joining a gym and/or having a personal trainer is too high for many. Most overweight/obese people do not go to gyms. If people are healthier they feel better within themselves both physically and emotionally.

Plan for the funding: Run monthly Mega Bootcamps, a free 2 hr event connecting the community together in a fun and safe environment. Educating people on the importance of exercise, healthy eating, maintaining good mental health, creating affordable fitness and sustainable lifestyle, which is open to a diverse community.

  • Monthly Venue Hire $250 p/m ($3000 per annum)
  • Park Fee Permit $250 per annum (weather permitting)
  • Flyers/Marketing $1500
  • Radio/Media Advertising $1500 (will negotiate for free or discounted advertising) 
  • Fitness Equipment for Bootcamp $500 (exercise mats)
  • Participant Handouts/Information $500
  • Total required $7,250

The team: I currently run weekly Community Bootcamps, but want to expand to the wider community and this provides an opportunity to do so. I am a Personal Trainer/Nutritionist, and have the support of Parents and other Health Professionals to make this happen. This will succeed as I am committed to helping people lose weight, eat better to improve their quality of life on a sustainable basis.

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option #11

Cups 4 Conservation

  48 votes | score 133
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Cups 4 Conservation

Strapline: Advocating for an eco-friendly WORLD by reducing single-use plastics WASTE to landfill while supporting WILDLIFE conservation initiatives in Tasmania.

Opportunity: Over 1billion single-use disposable coffee cups/year (55,000 every half hour!) go to landfill in Australia. On average in Tasmania, use of one reusable cup daily, diverts over 1000 disposable cups from landfill/year. 'Cups4Conservation' aims to minimise the use of disposable single-use plastics and support wildlife conservation initiatives in Tasmania. 

Plan for the funding: I am seeking $9,450 in financial support for phase 2 of the 'Cups 4 Conservation' Program. This amount would help me cover the costs of the secondary shipment of cups, as well as work with a local agency to develop a targeted branding and marketing program for 'Cups4Conservation', promote the environmental &sustainability outcomes it delivers, forge additional partnerships with other businesses, organisations and government bodies with the ability to influence single-use coffee cup consumption in Tasmania, promote Launceston as a 'Sustainable City' through the adoption of this program and deliver greater targeted financial support towards wildlife conservation initiatives. 

The team: I designed and delivered the Cups4Conservation Program to date. I am a Qualified Environmental Scientist, with 15 years' experience in environmental management, corporate sustainability and wildlife conservation https://www.wildlifeenvironmental.com/professional-bio. I launched 'Cups4Conservation' only a few weeks ago, and the response was immediate with incredibly positive feedback on the design/look of the glass product, as well as its functionality.

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option #12

A Drive in Movie Theatre (winter) and Open Air movie theatre (summer) in the Harvest Market Car Park

  233 votes | score 730
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A Drive in Movie Theatre (winter) and Open Air movie theatre (summer) in the Harvest Market Car Park

Strapline: Car Park Movie Magic: Bringing a monthly movie event to the people of Launceston, rain, hail or shine.

Opportunity: Visitors to Launceston often report that there is nothing to do in this City after 8:00pm. An outdoor movie theatre capable of functioning rain, hail or shine in summer and in the depths of winter would add so much to Launceston’s current offerings. We also plan to collaborate with other local groups and events such as BOFA and the Star Theatre as well as enable a food van culture to revive at these events and in Launceston.

Plan for the funding: We propose to create a monthly drive in / outdoor movie (weather dependent) - one Saturday evening each month. The event will be pitched at creating a social gathering space for families and visitors with food vans, a bar and some awesome movies!

Budget:

  • A commercial quality outdoor projector with a minimum of 8000 lumens = $7000
  • A commercial quality outdoor inflatable screen = $6000
  • A commercial grade FM Radio Transmitter (so y’all can listen to the movie through your car radios!) = $5000

The team: Harvest market is asking for $10000 towards the monthly drive in / outdoor movie theatre - we believe it will add so much to this city and can’t wait to launch this project!!

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option #13

Greening A Community Space

  91 votes | score 246
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Greening A Community Space

Strapline: Greening and screening a bland space - Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market with planter boxes.

Opportunity: For a few hours every Saturday, a bleak grey asphalt car park is brought to life with abundant produce, people, music and food as the home of our iconic farmers’ market. Out of market hours this urban lot is a pedestrian avenue connecting the city and in urgent need of green fingered tender care.

Plan for the funding: 

  • We propose to green this dreary parking lot with mobile planters built by vulnerable teenagers and create a green avenue linking new hotels, City Park and Inveresk to the city precinct.
  • Made of sustainable materials and on wheels these planters will create a green backdrop during market hours, create opportunities to utilise this space in different ways for community events.
  • In collaboration with Studentworks Inc.,a steel and timber products manufacturer that provides support and skills to at risk young people in grades 9 and 10 from northern high schools, a pedestrian thoroughfare will be brought to life with boxes of green plantings.
  • Studentworks Inc will build a minimum of eight boxes out of sustainable materials and fill with plants from local growers. Total cost $8000 to $10000.
  • We undertake to keep the boxes sustainable.

The team: This project will be driven the successful team at Harvest who collaborates with diverse organisations to bring the world’s best produce from the farms and kitchens of our region to the people of Launceston. The Harvest Market and Studentworks Inc. are not-for-profit community driven organisations. Harvests’ chief executive officer reports to the volunteer Board and is responsible for the market operations and community projects. 

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option #14

In the Mood – Launceston’s Music and Dance Spectacular

  31 votes | score 94
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In the Mood – Launceston’s Music and Dance Spectacular

Strapline: An annual music and dance event aimed at showcasing Australia’s best musicians and dancers designed at raising the profile of Launceston.

Opportunity: Launceston is home to some of Australia’s most talented musicians and performing artists. Creating an annual event that not only brings performers and audience Australia wide but also showcases Launceston and Tasmania, building partnerships with community organisations and bringing together locals and visitors to celebrate a diverse and vibrant Launceston.

Plan for the funding: A weekend long festival to become an annual event, that will include musicians from across the State and Australia to host a 1920s era Swing Dance event that encompasses cabaret, a grand ball, dance classes, competitions, live music, film and ‘flash mobs’. The focus will be to develop Launceston’s audience and to mark a place on Australia’s dance scene to encourage annual patronage to this beautiful city. The benefits of music and dance is proven to reduce anxiety and depression, increase physical activity and health as well as significantly increase community participant and engagement. $7,500 seed funding is being sought. 

The team: Both Andreis and Bec are strongly involved in the dance and music sector with long reaching connections, in addition to strong event management and business backgrounds. It is envisaged that should the seed funding application be successful, that partnerships with community organisations will be developed to establish a management committee. 

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option #15

Have a Ball - REMADE 2020

  36 votes | score 98
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Have a Ball - REMADE 2020

Strapline: Re-Staging the REMADE Brand – Sustainable Wearable Art Show. After 10 years REMADE is ready to grow, locating to the magnificent Albert Hall.

Opportunity: REMADE is a proven concept developed over 10 years. With the relocation to a bigger and better venue this year, REMADE has the opportunity to reach a wider audience. We need funds and expertise in marketing to draw in more people and spread the word locally, nationally and internationally.

Plan for the funding: REMADE is inclusive of all skill levels, encourages upcycling and provides engagement, community strength, capacity building and connectedness, culminating in a public showcase that improves livability. Participants are invited to create sustainable wearable art from recycled goods. REMADE improves the region in an innovative and creative sense by providing unique opportunities to express the community's creative thinking. Interweave's aim is to develop a whizzbang marketing strategy that will reach a wider audience and grow our products. With funding of $5,000 we will develop targeted material and frameworks for ongoing promotion and marketing of REMADE as an iconic local event.

The team: Interweave Arts has 21 years of experience providing cutting edge community arts projects that empower participants and foster inclusivity. Interweave has an extensive network of partnerships at all levels of the community. We will embrace the guidance of Owen Tilbury as a community builder to develop strategies to enhance the marketing of REMADE and build on its past successes.

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option #16

Let’s get kids moving

  101 votes | score 289
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Let’s Get Kids Moving

Strapline: To give all children in Launceston the opportunity to learn to ride a bike to make cycling a regular daily activity.

Opportunity: Kids now spend too much time inside, on “screens”, with 1 in 4 either overweight or obese, instead of spending time outside exercising, having fun & exploring their neighbourhood.  Most Launceston residents don’t cycle as a means of everyday transport, yet everything tells us we all should!

Plan for the funding: Based on a program in Taupo New Zealand, we intend to provide free and accessible learn to ride bike activities in all Launceston suburbs, particularly targeting 3 to 6 year olds to teach them to ride a balance bike and then to learn to pedal and ride a bike by themselves. We seek $10,000 to purchase balance bikes, pedal bikes, helmets, jumps and witches hats and a van to move it around plus we need to advertise the activity to encourage kids to want to participate. Additional funding sources will be pursued including Rotary and Community grants.

The team: The Rotary Club of Central Launceston (Launceston’s largest Rotary Club and Sally’s Ride organisers) will instigate this project. We have received encouragement from parents, educators, health professionals & local business to get the program happening. Getting kids cycling, will encourage parents to cycle and make Launceston more liveable, healthier, create a cleaner environment and encouraging greater connectedness between its communities.

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option #17

Launceston: The numerate city

  69 votes | score 234
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Launceston: The Numerate City

Strapline: Capitalise on all the numeracy opportunities Launceston has to offer through using an app to engage in some fun mathematics.

Opportunity: Numeracy skills are critical to being an active and informed member of society. Numeracy means using mathematics in context; this project encourages engagement with mathematics in a fun and novel way and aims to change public perceptions of mathematics as being irrelevant, boring and something you only do in school.

Plan for the funding: We plan to provide opportunities for people to engage in numeracy opportunities as they walk around the city. We will use existing features and landmarks to create numeracy stimuli. E.g., we will paint numbers and calories burned on overpass steps; we will post fun puzzles and problems to solve at bus stop shelters; we will paint circles on footpaths indicating distances and times to popular locations. We will need $8000 to develop an app to allow interaction with the numeracy opportunities and $2000 to fund materials and artists’ time for painting the stimuli.

The team: Tracey Muir and Abbey McDonald will contribute mathematics and artistic expertise; Rob Youl will develop the app. Our project will succeed because we have the necessary expertise, Tracey has worked on similar projects to develop numeracy in schools’ playgrounds, and we have the demonstrated commitment and drive to deliver innovative projects.

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option #18

Listen Up! Make Noise!

  19 votes | score 70
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Listen Up! Make Noise!

Strapline: Raising and acknowledging youth voices for the future of Launceston to lead and influence change.

Opportunity: As Launceston embraces the opportunity of becoming a university city, it is important we know what young adults (16 - 35) value about the place they choose to live. Through understanding their needs, we can position Launceston to be a place where young adults choose to stay and flourish.

Plan for the funding: Develop a youth-led working group in partnership with experienced researchers that will create and champion the survey platform for young people. This will help regularly listen to young people about issues that matter to them, acknowledging their voice and raising their opinions to help inform future decisions around our region on an ongoing basis. We are asking for $7500 to cover the development of an online survey platform that is an ongoing resource, marketing and prizes to encourage young people to complete the survey, with all labour being provided by volunteers.

The team: This project will be delivered by the Launceston Global Shapers Hub, a collective of young professionals, creatives and students who care about our community. It will succeed as we have seen the impact first hand, we can leverage the global network of +10,000 Shapers to support, and we are collaborating with stakeholders actively that can lead change right now.

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option #19

AN 'URBAN FRINGE TRAIL' FOR LAUNCESTON

  151 votes | score 467
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An Urban Fringe Trail for Launceston

Strapline: Developing 102 km of walking (and wheel friendly) trails for a wide range of participants - showcasing Launceston & surrounds.

Opportunity: Our community needs opportunities for gentle, low-cost fitness. An 'urban trail' ticks many boxes - an outdoor activity assisting discovery and appreciation of geography, history, and community. To be a great regional city we need a great urban fringe trail.

Plan for the funding: A GRCC grant would be spent on trail development & improvements. It would make Launceston a more ‘liveable’ city. It would also make us ‘Australia’s most walkable city’. It’s an exciting proposition. It would add to the niche tourism to attract more walkers, casual and serious. A plaque would be created: This project is 'of the community, by the community, for the community'. An annual event will take place: ‘The Launceston Walking Festival’. The LUFT (Launceston Urban Fringe Trail) is not just for events. Individuals can enjoy it any time. Walking, jogging, bike-riding  … all encouraged.

The team: The Rotary Club of Central Launceston is project manager.

  • Rotary is experienced/respected for involving business/government/other community organizations.
  • The LUFT already exists. It was founded with co-operation from the 3 Councils through which the LUFT runs. 
  • The project promotes fitness/health/community/liveability/tourism

… essential building blocks for a great regional city!

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Meander On

  89 votes | score 340
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Meander On

Strapline: Art, Culture and Exercise meet Commerce, Viability and Resilience.

Opportunity: A small regional town in the Greater Launceston region, Deloraine has remained a dynamic and viable township, in some measure through its activity and reputation as one of Australia’s Creative Communities. Meander On aims to capitalise on this and continue to entice local and tourist visitation into the main street.

Plan for the funding: Walking is good for us. Experiencing art whilst walking enhances benefits to body, mind and spirit. Acknowledging and celebrating Tasmania’s original people and their culture does matter. Our plan is to extend artwork from Kooperoona Niara Cultural Trail, situated along the Meander River, by installing six mosaic/cobble panels in strategic locations in Emu Bay Rd Deloraine: steps beside the library, Seppenfelts shop, the laneway precinct, Brush Rabbit shop, Telstra, Toilet block and GWT Visitor Center. Community artist Niecy Brown, assisted by school children, will create the artworks guided by Hank Horton as cultural advisor. Cost $6000 fee and materials.

The team: 

  • Mark Flanigan - Great Western Tiers Tourism Association
  • Vicki Pryer - GWT Visitor Centre
  • Gary Conroy-Cooper - Libraries Tasmania
  • Hank Horton - Aboriginal  Advisor
  • Rob VanderElst - Rotary Craft Fair
  • Niecy Brown - community artist,
  • Lynnette While – Meander Valley Council.

The plan is straight forward and we have proven expertise and experience in creating outstanding financial outcomes through the arts.

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Open Streets Launceston

  74 votes | score 212
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Open Streets Launceston

Strapline: Come to Launceston central and enjoy the city while being active on the streets by cycling, scooting, skateboarding, and walking.

Opportunity: Tasmanian cities are designed for vehicles. The impact of this has contributed to Tasmanians becoming lazy, poor health outcomes, and social isolation through a lack of social interaction. Open Streets presents an exciting opportunity to experience city streets free of vehicles by promoting healthy active behaviour, social interaction, and economic capital.

Plan for the funding: To close selected streets within Launceston central to vehicles for a maximum of five hours on three separate occasions (days). The three proposed days are: Sunday September 8th2020 (in conjunction with Junction Arts Festival ten year anniversary); Saturday December 6th(in conjunction with Launceston Christmas parade) and February 2021 - in conjunction with either: i) Commencement of school year, ii) Commencement of University year, or iii) Hawthorn Community Camp. A primary focus of Open Streets is to involve local businesses and promote engagement and involvement of the local business sector, with the aim to increase patronage. Cost $2500 for each Open Streets day event = a total of $7,500.

The Team

  • University of Tasmania (Dominic Geraghty, Corey Peterson, current students)
  • Heart Foundation (Keith Brown and Graeme Lynch)
  • Bicycle Network Tasmania (Alison Hetherington)
  • Tamar Bicycle Users Group (Malcolm Reid)
  • City of Launceston (Nigel Coates, Megan Brown)
  • Tasmanian Active Living Coalition (Rebekah Harrison)
  • City prom (previously Steven Henty)
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Metal Minds Robotics

  92 votes | score 322
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Metal Minds Robotics

Strapline: To increase participation in youth base robotics competitions in regional areas across the north west of Tasmanian

Opportunity: We are now setting up outreach teams. These teams will be part of Metal Minds but have their own mentors, venue and meetings. These teams be located outside of Launceston but can draw on the resources and experience of the greater organisation.

Plan for the funding: Our committee will look after the red tape of registrations of students, working with vulnerable people checks, insurance and entry to competitions. We will provide them with a Robot kit and support to help you get up and running. We need two to three people in each outreach program. To be able to deliver this we need to have a permanent location in Launceston to base Metal Minds from and money to help with travel to competition and robot parts. We are seeking $10,000.

The Team: Our team is a group of passionate volunteers that already have proven this model. Metal Minds was formed in 2013 and has growing into teams across 3 levels of competition and already 1 outreach team.         

  • Fiona Turner – IT Project Manager
  • Harry Heathcoat – IT Scotch Oakburn
  • Jon Heathcoat – State Manager Sage Automation
  • Warren Kinman – IT Dep of Health
  • Wendy Mountney
  • Kate Heathcoat
  • Tracy Meek  
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Paint by Numbers Community Mural

  26 votes | score 59
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Paint by Numbers Community Mural

Strapline: Bringing community together to participate in creating a huge paint by numbers style mural in Launceston.

Opportunity: There are so few opportunities for people of all ages and skill type to come together creatively.  Our work involves involving locals to help create an artwork to beautify and transform a neglected space in their local area.

Plan for the funding: Our team will use the funds to finance the concept fee, artists fee, materials, equipment and insurances. Paint materials will be high quality exterior low sheen paints from Wattyl or Dulux.  The concept will involve local species of plants and animals that are native to the area.  The community painting will last one day, with 3 to 4 sequential days required by the artists to finish the mural to a professional level. We anticipate over 120 people to come help paint the mural (approx. 12m long). We will be asking for $8,800 (incl. GST) to complete our project.  

The team:

Melski McVee and sister Tash - We will be moving to Launceston in February and are looking forward to continuing our work in the local community there.  Our work is always well managed, organised and efficiently run.

 

 

 

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Avenue of Chestnut Trees - Peace Avenue

  57 votes | score 150
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Avenue of Chestnut Trees  Peace Avenue

 

Strapline: WW1  Returned soldiers attempted an Avenue of European trees to go to Hobart. So in their honour an Avenue of Chestnut trees on the Outlet. SPIKY BRIDGE to AIRPORT.

Opportunity: To beautify the entrance to Launceston by creating a beautiful curved grand Avenue of Chestnut Trees. Why Chestnut trees? Because they are typical of Europe and suited to Tasmania.

Plan for the funding: To plant 100 Chestnut trees per kilometre - 20m apart on one side of highway..as a pathway avenue. Budget?

The Team: ??

 

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Play Streets: reclaiming local streets for people

  48 votes | score 112
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Play Streets - Reclaiming the Local Streets for People

Strapline: Local streets used to be places to meet, play and have fun. Let's do it again for an afternoon or day!

Opportunity: Local streets are no longer safe places to meet people, for children to play or have fun. We have retreated inside our homes. At an individual level this is understandable, but at a wider level, it causes issues. Other cities have Play Streets to build community and Launceston can too!

Plan for the funding: Temporary closures of local streets allows kids to get outside and play, and neighbors to meet, eat and chat. This project will trial the proven "Play Streets" approach in a minimum of three locations in the region. Closing streets can be tricky, so we will work with local councils and develop a "How To Guide" and an online Play Street social network to make it easier in the future. The project includes research, community engagement, insurance, road closures, funding for each Play Street team, materials, preparing the process and a How To Create a Play Street Guide for our area. We are seeking $10,000.

The Team:

  • We’ll invite local people to help with or lead a Play Street in their area. We’ll also need at least 3 streets to give it a go!
  • These will be local events driven by local people, who will be supported by the Project Team - Launceston residents Dean Cracknell and Brodie Sward, and the Launceston Global Shapers.
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Portable Art Pod

  17 votes | score 38
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Portable Art Pod

Strapline: A mobile art studio facilitating specialised modular art projects that visually transform and embellish the Pod space.

Opportunity: The portable nature & repeating geometric elements of Adapt-a-Pod shelters provide an ideal standard blank canvas. All modular artworks produced are compatible and transferrable to other standard Adapt-a-Pod shelters, thereby creating a niche market for the artworks. They can also be integrated into larger visual and performing art projects.

Plan for the funding: This project is inextricably linked to community engagement; therefore, the direction funding requirements will be largely guided by the cumulative experience, knowledge, skills and resources that the community bring to the project. Further in-kind support will be sought through collaborations with the corporate & education sectors. Given the modular & portable design of Adapt-a-Pods, the art components could be
fitted to a standard pod, provided for a hire fee, in place of purchasing a permanent pod.
This could offer a more affordable short-term alternative, enabling more funding to be
directed towards art supplies. Amount requested $$

The Team: 

  • While several key stakeholders are interested in supporting this project, the project team will grow and evolve in line with wider community interest.
  • Adapt-a-Pod is committed to this project and will provide access to a pod for creative meetings and experimentation to explore and assess the best ways to integrate the artistic elements into the space.
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Physical Therapies Pod

  8 votes | score 20
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Portable Therapies Pod

Strapline: A unique portable shelter that supports rigging from multiple node points, enabling an extensive array of supported physical therapy applications.

Opportunity: Conventional buildings are not suited to rigging support apparatus for physical therapy treatments. Adapt-a-Pod frameworks are engineered to support loads from multiple rigging points. This feature enables an extensive variety of attachments for assisted
physical therapy, general exercise & experimentation with a host of other potential
applications.

Plan for the funding: This project is inextricably linked to community engagement; therefore, the direction and funding requirements will be largely guided by the cumulative experience, knowledge, skills and resources that the community bring to the project. Further in-kind support will be sought through collaborations with the corporate and education sectors. Given the modular & portable design of Adapt-a-Pods, the rigging components could be fitted to a standard pod, provided for a hire fee, in place of purchasing a permanent pod. This could offer a more affordable short-term alternative, enabling more funding to be directed to supported physical therapy equipment. Amount sought: $$

The Team: 

  • While several key stakeholders are interested in supporting this project, the project team will grow and evolve in line with wider community interest.
  • Adapt-a-Pod is committed to this project and will provide access to a pod for creative meetings & experimentation to determine the best ways to integrate the required components into the space.

 

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Portable Studio Pod

  8 votes | score 19
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Portable Studio Pod

Strapline: A private recording studio capturing digital audio & video from multiple directions and saving it to your personal device.

Opportunity: The Studio Pod will provide a portable recording studio for music, podcasts, stories and performance art: Enhancing creativity & innovation within the region by creating partnerships and collaborations within community, corporate & education sectors; and Stimulating inputs and outputs from art and culture, the knowledge sector and
providing vocational skills training.

Plan for the funding: This project is inextricably linked to community engagement; therefore, the direction and funding requirements will be largely guided by the cumulative experience, knowledge, skills and resources that the community bring to the project. Further in-kind support will be sought through collaborations with the corporate and education sectors.
Given the modular and portable design of Adapt-a-Pods, the Techno components could be
fitted to a standard pod, for a hire fee, in place of purchasing a permanent pod. This
could offer a more affordable short-term alternative, enabling more funding to be
directed towards technological infrastructure. Amount requested $$

The Team:

  • While several key stakeholders are interested in supporting this project, the project team will grow and evolve in line with wider community interest.
  • Adapt-a-Pod is committed to this project and will provide access to a pod for creative meetings & experimentation to determine the best ways to integrate the required technology into the space.

 

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Psychles Crazy Bikes

  12 votes | score 25
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Psychles Crazy Bikes

Strapline: Psychles Crazy Bikes offer the opportunity to test your coordination, create your own crazy bike, or service your ride.

Opportunity: Psychles Crazy Bikes offer a growing array of over 40 uniquely warped bicycle creations providing quirky inspiration to keep young & old actively engaging their minds and bodies as they progress their way through the twisted fleet. Psychles engage people on many levels and stimulate creative motivation and playful exercise. 

Plan for the funding: The primary project funds will cover the costs of acquiring spare parts for the fleet
(mostly sourced from tip shops across Tasmania), as well as time towards creation of new
Psychles, but mostly for the travel and time to transport and run Psychles riding sessions,
creation or general maintenance workshops. Amount requested $$

The Team: 

  • The current Psychles team consists of the Fox family boys; Damon, Nolan & Lan’Ra, but is open to inducting new members as the phenomenon grows throughout Tasmania!
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Rascal Robot Art Space - Empowering our young minds.

  54 votes | score 141
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Rascal Robot Art Space - Empowering our Young Minds

Strapline: A place for young artists to develop their creative abilities, and grow their self-confidence, self-reliance, and resilience.

Opportunity: Art programs are quietly disappearing, talents going undeveloped and kids’ dreams pushed aside. We want to offer a creative space for the kids and young people of our community to access diverse skills and materials, and exposure to professional contemporary art practice.

Plan for the funding: Our Board and Staff are currently passionate volunteers paying for supplies, furniture, and time out of their own pockets. We’re also using donated art supplies that will need to be restocked at some point in the future. $10,000 would help us pay our Artistic Director, Sara, a wage so that she can continue to build and grow our brand new organisation and the programs we offer. We would also use the funds to pay guest teachers like animator Bobby Baxter, NIDA graduate Ben Vigers, and Marvel artist Patrick Brown to share their skills with our students and visitors. Amount requested $10,000.

The Team:

  • Our Artistic Director is Sara Ferrington, a professional practicing artist with 25 years of experience working with and teaching kids and young people in visual and performing arts.
  • We also have Dan, Dannielle, Bek, Donna, Chris and Beverley, who help at the studio and behind the scenes. And a community that has already embraced and welcomed us!

 

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Seekers of Wisdom (SOW) - Sowing The Seeds of Life.

  11 votes | score 26
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Seekers of Wisdom (SOW) Sowing the Seeds of Life

Strapline: Seekers of Wisdom (SOW) is a “school” for those wanting a more fulfilled life through knowledge rather than attainment of “skills”.

Opportunity: Today, experts are losing respect, centres of learning are becoming the new “factories” of mass produced job seekers and our elders are relegated more and more to the side bench.  It’s a world where wisdom from learning and experience has been replaced by mass information. SOW aims to tap into an under-utilised resource – our elders – to restore a love of learning.

Plan for the funding: A free and universal model ”school” framework will be developed. It will not follow traditional lines. For example, classes can be anywhere on almost any topic. It’s definitely not about tests or certificates. While practical learning is encouraged SOW classes will not be job focused but far more about living and learning. For example, a retired mechanic may hold a class on a certain engine for those who want to learn in an atmosphere that promotes discourse. Likewise a history lecturer can engage learners in ways that the past has relevance. $6,000 is requested and will be used to research, consult and prepare a suitable framework to trial and begin marketing.

The Team:

  • Nick Tantaro

Both at the global and local scale, there’s strong evidence of a crisis of leadership, greater unhappiness despite greater affluency and a society overfed with information but starved for what it is to live a fulfilled life.

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Tasmanian Seniorpreneurs Mentoring Program

  29 votes | score 77
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Tasmanian Senriorpreneurs Mentoring Program - Let's not Waste the Talent

Strapline: Investing in the ideas and talent of older people who want to continue to contribute to the Northern Tasmanian economy.

Opportunity: Older Northern Tasmanians are expected to work longer, yet many have trouble finding employment or are choosing or being forced to retire early. Many have great ideas, experience and skills. With support, they can continue to contribute to our economy by creating or growing their own business.

Plan for the funding: Establish and promote a local support group for aspiring and existing seniorpreneurs with regular informative networking / pitch sessions; Establish an online learning network – to provide support via chatrooms / discussions groups, posting useful information and resources, sharing ideas and collaboration; Recruit and train a network of seniorpreneur mentors; Provide one on one and group mentoring sessions for aspiring and existing seniorpreneurs to start a new or scale up an existing venture; and Provide a community listing of available support services. Funding requested is for a 12-month pilot project for set up / supporting the network, training mentors and running events. Amount sought is $10,000.

The Team:

  • The project will be led by David Wells experienced entrepreneur and business mentor.
  • The project will be supported by Peter Murden and Phillip Ridyard, experienced social entrepreneur and business mentor. Other pro-bono support will be sought as required.

 

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Sustainably Designed Commercial Christmas Decorations

  13 votes | score 29
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Sustainably Designed Commercial Christmas Decorations

Strapline: Develop Christmas product designs suitable for renewable or recycled materials which can be manufactured in Launceston and distributed globally.

Opportunity: The majority of commercial Christmas decorations are made of plastics (PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride or PE- Polypropylene). When used externally, these products deteriorate quickly and end up in landfill. There is emerging demand for more ecologically sustainable large-scale commercial Christmas decorations across this $billion global industry.  Christmas Display Solutions (CDS) is a Christmas manufacturer based in Launceston and supplies Councils, Shopping Centres and Property Management clients across Australia. CDS wishes to engage with appropriate design professionals to develop a range of sustainable commercial Christmas products for the global market.

Plan for the funding: The steps are: Project Launch – Confirm Partners and Supporters; Materials Research; Product Design; Prototype Development; Market Testing; National Marketing; Local Manufacture and National Distribution CDS is seeking $10,000.

The Team:

  • Colin Kent – CDS Managing Director, CDS Production Manager and CDS Project Officer
  • External design consultant - Simon Ancher (Studio) has indicated interest.  
  • CDS is seeking support from National Institute for Forest Products Innovation and Design Tasmania.  

 

 

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A Fix for the Tamar River

  129 votes | score 413
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A Fix for the Tamar River

Strapline: A once beautiful river is choking. Only one course of action can fix it. We need an overall Independent Authority.

Opportunity: Our community is divided over many suggested ‘solutions’. But … ‘nobody is in charge’ and able to investigate, and implement, the best solution. There are several existing bodies and authorities doing good work on different parts of the Tamar, but none to fix the silt build-up or the overall problem.

Plan for the funding: How can Launceston be a great Regional City if we have a river where we can’t swim, can’t fish - and tourists see an ever-expanding build-up of choking mud. Our city will be more attractive, more liveable if we can methodically and scientifically work through the best combination of solutions to the ills of our river. Stopping the silt build-up, protecting the environment, flood protection, safeguarding against climate change sea level rise, irrigation, ecology and economics - all need to be considered. $5,000 is needed to help run a social media campaign to build community support for the Single Authority approach.

The Team: 

  • Tamar Lake is a non-profit body that over 10 years has spent nearly $500,000 in cash and in-kind scientific investigations to generate ecological, environmental, hydrodynamic and economic feasibility reports. 
  • With the appointment of a new Independent Authority, this altruistic investment by the 46 members of Tamar Lake Inc will have been completed. 

 

 

 

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Tasmanian Culinary Challenge

  16 votes | score 41
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Tasmanian Culinary Challenge

Strapline: Challenge the poetic and culinary expertise and skills of the people of Tasmania.

Opportunity: Create a Tasmanian wide Culinary Challenge with its base in Launceston. Two annual events in Launceston consist of an exhibition launch and the announcement of the Challenge winner. The exhibition consists of food poem and photograph of the ‘cooked poem’. A community based Culinary Challenge will be run in parallel.

Plan for the funding: The inaugural Tasmanian Culinary Challenge is underway (14 poets have contributed and 14 chefs have agreed to ‘cook a poem’ by end of March. Testing the concept and building basic structures (trophy and website) is underway. The next stages are: Prepare the exhibition; Promote the 2021 Tasmanian Culinary Challenge; Further develop website and social media; and Promote Community Challenge and community participation eg annual People’s Choice Award. The amount requested is $4,900.

The Team: 

  • Graeme Lindsay
  • Discussions are ongoing with CityProm and Drysdale.

  • Supporting organization include Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Launceston’s Tas. Poets Performing, and 28 poets and mostly Launceston chefs.

People’s interest in food and the Challenge builds on existing resources. Events add to CityProm’s Winterlicious program. Potential for community participation via its own Culinary Challenge. The basic ‘building blocks’ are being created.

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Tasmanian Innovation Expo

  61 votes | score 156
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Tasmanian Innovation Expo

Strapline: A "trades show" style event for startup founders and innovative industry representatives, paired with global best practice upskilling for founders. 

Opportunity: This event provides an opportunity for Tasmania startup founders to showcase their projects and reach potential markets and investment as well as providing access to funding for startup founders to assist them in developing a Minimum Viable Product and reach the market through a pitch competition.

Plan for the funding: The Riverside Lions Club are partnering with Startup Tasmania and Enterprize Tasmania to provide a unique opportunity for innovators to showcase their projects to the community and a panel of experts and win "seeding funds", as Tasmania is the only state without dedicated government seed funding for innovation. There will be workshops for participants on the Friday afternoon and an exhibition of the projects on Saturday culminating with participants "pitching" their proposals to a judging panel.There will also be a student poster competition. We are seeking $3,000 for prize money for the "Pitch" and the Poster Competiton.

The Team:

  • Kailtin Roach (Enterprize Tasmania Ltd)
  • Fiona Turner (Startup Tasmania Inc.)
  • Bob Harkness and Phil Crowden (Riverside Lions Club)

This project will succeed as it seeks to address the funding disadvantage for innovators in our state, that being the total lack at present of any seed funding to get innovative projects "off the ground".

 

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Tasmanian Storytelling Festival

  43 votes | score 109
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Tasmanian Storytelling Festival

Strapline: Tasmania : the island of stories. We celebrate, generate and reverberate with delight in the history of oral tradition.

Opportunity: Tasmania has a reputation for tradition, purity and rugged beauty. What better place to hold the definitive storytelling performance/learning festival, tailored for a world audience? A series of localised storytelling events at historical locations and in pubs, plus a series of teaching/training sessions with masters of the craft.

Plan for the funding: A year round series of weekly storytelling evenings will be held at local pubs/halls. This will seed the main project -  a week of international superstar-pro and voted-in local amateur storytellers who perform to paying audiences. These orators will also offer masterclass sessions for local and international attendees, as well as performing at unique locations. Side-sessions can focus on learning writing, oratory and presentations. Event locations can highlight local aboriginal, historical and educational venues. Initial funds will be to fund major tellers across initial year round sessions plus the basic funding for the Big Week. Request $2000.

The Team: 

Our experience, enthusiasm, and a fundamental desire by almost everybody to hear a good story told well will drive this project. It will also establish Launceston as the best place in the world to visit and learn about the crafts of traditional and contemporary storytelling.

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The Surf City Project

  265 votes | score 1226
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The Surf City Project

Strapline: To create world class urban river surfing and whitewater recreation facilities for everyone to enjoy, every day.

Opportunity: Land locked communities do not have any surf beaches. However, by reshaping dangerous man made weirs into 'wave shapers' or 'whitewater parks,' we can create world class deep water standing surf waves and river rapids that are super fun, safe and accessible.

Plan for the funding: Based on our experience visiting cities in the northern hemisphere, we are confident that the Launceston region can become the world's best river surfing and whitewater recreation destination. River surfing/whitewater facilities act as recreation hubs that connect individuals to each other and to nature. We know that surfing makes people happier, healthier and more productive. We intend to to commission an independent research report into the economic benefits of river surfing facilities and whitewater tourism. This report is an essential step in securing funding for construction. Amount requested $10,000

The team:

  • The Surf City Project is a Paddle Tasmania initiative lead by current Churchill Fellow Adam Dickenson
  • Our expert team includes Geoff MacQueen, Peter Sebbage, Kevin Turner, Paul Steane and John Borojevic

The Surf City Project presents a rare opportunity for a 'win-win-win.' A win for our community, a win for our environment and a win for our economy!

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Building Skills for Thinking Visually

  14 votes | score 48
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Building Skills for Thinking Visually

Strapline: Thinking Visually – building a movement of visual thinkers in Launceston so we can draw ideas that innovate, excite and unpack tricky issues.

Opportunity: Stuck, Stuck, STUCK! Stuck conversations, stuck meetings and stuck ideas. Thinking visually helps you communicate differently (and think differently too). We want to skill people up to draw ideas so that everyone can have Ah Ha’s together. Let’s build movement of visual thinkers to change the game.

Plan for the funding: The aim of this project is to train 100 people as Visual Thinkers, arming them with the tools to draw ideas, conversations and issues as sketch-notes so they can use this skill in the community. 5 workshops will provide basic tools for sketch-noting and practice (and more practice). We aim to get people moving with their skill set fast and get them out there using it. The workshops have already been piloted in Hobart and are based in solid instructional design and delivered by Visual Facilitators Julia Curtis and Kylie Dunn who specialise in working with people to capture ideas. Amount requested is $10,000.

The team:

  • Julia Curtis works to visualise stories and find ways to collaborate for change.
  • Kylie Dunn is a facilitator and lifelong doodler who uses these skills to increase understanding.
  • Julia and Kylie have been working across Tasmania to activate the use of visual thinking as a community engagement mechanism. We want others drawing pictures to tell a thousand words.

 

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option #40

Transition Tamar

  80 votes | score 242
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Transition Tamar

Strapline: Supporting the Tamar Valley community to become more liveable, sustainable, connected and resilient in the face of the climate crisis.

Opportunity: We are the local face of the Transition Network, a worldwide movement which seeks to create resilient communities as part of the response of moving to a low-carbon, re-localised economy. Transition communities adapt to the changing environment through skill-sharing, appropriate resource management technology & infrastructure, and building local food security.

Plan for the funding: We seek to launch Transition Tamar with as much exposure as we can; reaching out along the length of the Tamar River (from the coast inland to Launceston) to create maximum support and involvement. $5,000 will be reserved for our “Unleashing” phase: an event where community comes together to envision what their ideal Tamar Valley Region looks like in the future. From this event we will move forward as a community under the Transition banner, working towards a number of creative community-visioned ideas, with the remaining $5,000 to be used as seed money for realising a number of these. We request $10,000. 

The team: 

  • Transition Tamar emerged from the local permaculture network: the people involved have diverse interests in renewable energy, community food, clean transport and local connection.

Transition Tamar will succeed by harnessing the enormous societal appetite for positive change in the face of environmental challenges, and by drawing on local networks to drive individual projects from the ground up.

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Two Way – Future Way

  32 votes | score 95
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Two Way – Future Way

Strapline: To acknowledge the past, bringing understanding, opportunity and sharing within the Circle for two way - through the arts and story.

Opportunity: Indigenous/non indigenous facilitators, will provide a safe space, through story, conversation and support participants to understand their own story, through sharing skills, techniques and simple creative expression. Offering, increased self esteem, confidence, accepting self reconciliation – understanding their past and present, raising future pathways of opportunity and empowerment for community.

Plan for the funding : We envisage our circles at community spaces, community events and schools, bringing awareness, through conversations, media and distributing our brochures in community.  We are already seeking a gathering place as a base, in the vicinity of Launceston. Two to three hour sessions for sharing and conversation, then creative expression, providing eg: relaxation techniques for daily living, brain gym, sand play, painting, clay and wax sculpture, writings, prose, short story, for future two-way communal exhibitions. Empowering individuals, for empowered community. For two facilitators – hours, time, travel, costs for brochures, incidentals, tools and the implements for creative projects. Request $10,000.

The team:

  • Facilitators Aunty Dawn Blazely and Clare Napananga – mature, skilled, experienced, having lived their individual lives two ways, together, offer participants a strong foundation. 

Facilitators Aunty Dawn Blazely and Clare Napananga – mature, skilled, experienced, having lived their individual lives two ways, together, offer participants a strong foundation.  Understanding the surviving continuous living culture, adapting to loss and change, parallels us accepting our own loss and self reconciliation for a purposefilled future.  We believe these gentle yet vital circles will be a success. 

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Greater Launceston - A UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

  102 votes | score 405
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Greater Launceston - A UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Strapline: Launceston is fantastic food and drink and is seeking global recognition as an internationally connected, creative, equitable and sustainable city.

Opportunity: It is time for the Launceston community to unite behind an identity that celebrates what makes us exemplary. This identity is our great food and drink – our gastronomy – our opportunity to become globally relevant. Designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy will benefit our economy, culture, society and environment.

Plan for the funding: We need a communications platform to unite the community behind our new identity and aspirations to be one of the great regional cities of the world. We will apply to become a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2021. If we succeed, it will inject Launceston into a vibrant network of cities who pin creativity and sustainability at the heart of their future, deliver a wide range of benefits from greater collaboration with other cities around the world, but also with each other. We need $10,000 for creation and design of the platform and the campaign to spread the message. 

The team: 

  • Andrew Pitt on behalf of the Launceston Creative Cities Steering Group

The project will succeed because it:

  • Reflects and responds to what is already happening here
  • Is a ground-up project initiated from the business and education communities
  • Is a collaboration of community leaders who represent the key sectors and industries that relate to gastronomy – agriculture, food processing, hospitality, wine, markets, events, business, design, education, government.

 

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Virtual Sustainability Summit: Connecting global to inspire local

  47 votes | score 139
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Virtual Sustainability Summit: Connecting global to inspire local

Strapline: Launceston is a city of creativity, innovation and sustainability. Let’s share what
we are doing with the world!

Opportunity: Vibrant farmers markets, world class gastronomy, wild
festivals and arts. Our creative minds are the source of innovation, diversity and wonder that
shape Launceston. These are curious minds that are helping us become global leaders in sustainability solutions. Let’s connect with other leading communities to inspire even more local action.

Plan for the funding: This event series over six months will virtually connect the people of
Launceston with people from around the world who are leading the way in climate change and sustainability solutions. Fun and dynamic physical events will be held at venues in Launceston, from pubs to the markets and Launceston homes - with live crossover to global leaders. This will be a chance for Launceston to share our solutions with the world and be inspired by what other communities like us are doing. We will connect, share and be inspired by New Zealand, Hawaii, Copenhagen, Costa Rica and more. Request $8,000.

The team:

  • Jessica Robbins (Tasmanian Way)
  • Andrea Dawkins (Community Organiser)
  • Sarah Lebski (Tourism)
  • Jessie Stanley (Investment)
  • Sandra Murray (UTAS)
  • Fred Gale (UTAS)

This event series contributes to facilitating a statewide response to the UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals through the Tasmanian Way (tasmanianway.org).

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We don’t just talk about footy and shit

  19 votes | score 61
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We don’t just talk about footy and shit

Strapline: Men’s Tables are self-organising, local groups who meet monthly for dinner and heartfelt conversation about life’s highs and lows.

Opportunity: Local men don’t talk. Men are lonely. Men can be socially lazy. The stigma is that ‘real men’ don’t show emotions. The Men’s Table provides a safe and trusted space where men can share what’s really going on for them and how they feel with a trusted peer group.

Plan for the funding: We plan to hold 3 Entree events over 6 - 9 months where local men can learn how The Men’s Table works, with guidelines learned through 8 years of the founding Table. Then they can choose to either join a Table, or with another co-Host, kick-off a new Table. Support and tools are provided to help them build their Table and establish a self-organising, peer led monthly rhythm of meeting as a group of a dozen men. This will lead to the establishment of 3 - 6 Tables over the next 12 months for 50 - 80 men. We request $10,000.

The Team: 

  • Co-Founders Ben Hughes and David Pointon are members of the first Men’s Table, founded in 2011.
  • They will attend Entree’s, Table Kick-offs, and once a year Table Care visits. Local men in the current Launceston Men’s Table will also be on hand to support. New men who step up to co-Host new Tables play an important leadership role too.

 

 

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Launceston Welcome Dinner Campaign 2020

  51 votes | score 128
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Launceston Welcome Dinner Campaign 2020

Strapline: Celebrating our diverse community by connecting newly arrived and established Australians together through shared meals in local homes.

Opportunity: Established residents and newly arrived Australians crave opportunities to interact and connect. 11.6% of people in the Launceston region were born overseas. We need to embrace, celebrate and connect with the cultural diversity in our region, and Welcome Dinners give people the opportunity to do so.

Plan fore the funding: The Launceston Welcome Campaign 2020 tells the world that we say WELCOME. We will increase community belonging by connecting newly arrived Australians (migrants, refugees and asylum seekers) with established residents through pot-luck Welcome Dinners in local homes. Our dinners are facilitated by trained volunteers making sure that the dinners are safe, welcoming and fulfilling. We will deliver 10 Home Welcome Dinners across the Launceston region, engaging with over 100 guests to share their culture, food, passions and stories and forging life-long friendships and connections. To coordinate the dinners and train new facilitators, $7,500 is required to fund the project.

The Team:

  • Andrew Pitt, volunteer coordinator, brought the Welcome Dinner Project to Tasmania in 2013. He plays an active role in welcoming new members to our community. State Co-ordinator,

  • Julie Sanderson has coordinated over 30 dinners across the state since 2018.

  • Our team of dedicated volunteer facilitators are the key ingredient to successful Welcome Dinners supported by a National leadership team.

 

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Wireless Disability Door Access Alert System

  30 votes | score 86
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Wireless Disability Door Access Alert System

Strapline: A wireless Disability Door Access Alert System for store front entrances.

Opportunity: I am a retired Social Worker in a powered wheelchair and the biggest part of being included in Australian society is Access. Since the arrival of NDIA, Persons with a disability who need support, have finally the means to travel, locally, interstate and internationally and explore, and this means we are spending money! moreover we are all sharing accessibility of towns etc with each other online. Launceston and the region has some beautiful old buildings, which are a challenge! A few cafes, shops etc have tried to help by purchasing a ramp.. but to access them you need to YELL and wave (which is degrading) to attract the staff's attention. Moreover, if it is not clearly obvious that there is a ramp, I will not choose that business to spend my money in.

Plan ofr the funding: After considerable research I found a  product that provides a uniformly recognised symbol to all users and provides a low cost wireless bell alert for businesses to enable customers to easily request assistance with entry. Amount requested $10,000.

https://www.inclusionsolutions.com/ada-alert-system/

The team:

  • By combining my Social Work knowledge with my disability mobility issues whilst liaising with local business consultants Mr John Harris and Mr Neil Grose;
  • Together we have the skills to assess the potential of 50 businesses and community buildings within Launceston and the Region, with the aim to provide all Persons with a disability with a easy, and friendly way of accessing buildings in a dignified manner.

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In Defense of Humans

  13 votes | score 44
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In Defense of Humans

Strapline: This array of portal frames seeks to moderate the relationship between humans and cars, cars and the city, and then the city with this site. 

Opportunity: This is a car dominated landscape. Currently there is no “back-drop” for culture. What we need is an urban marker that will transform the site into a gateway for the city. These dynamic frames rise up to frame the city and landscape beyond, turning this black-hole into a place for humans and cars alike. 

Plan for the funding: The project requires input from the community. It would need $10,000 to back it through development in order to receive further funding.

The team:

  • Dion Hemelaar, freelance architecture graduate.
  • The team would grow to include a Community Builder mentor, and partnerships with other project consultants. 

This project will succeed because it responds to a strong need, having a broad reach within the community, and helping to shift perspectives about Launceston as a place of creativity.

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Grow Tasmania: Lunch into learning

  45 votes | score 136
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Grow Tasmania: Lunch into learning

Strapline: Children and the agricultural community confirming culture, food and economics across Tasmania

Opportunity: ‘...more than 3 300 children under the age of 13 are living in households that regularly run out of food and cannot afford to buy more.* The farm gate value of agriculture rose by 9% to $1.60 billion in 2017-18** (*Tasmanian Food Security Council, **Tasmania’s Sustainable Agri-Food plan 2019-2023)

Plan for the funding: Lunching with primary school children and farmers, chefs, producers and hospitality individuals to highlight how important Tasmania’s food economy is to the entire state. We need $5,000 to take these children to lunch and also empower them to show the importance of this sector in their understanding of food, nutrition and having a cool job as a grown up.

The team: The people involved in this project are far reaching across education, farming, hospitality, research, nutrition and leadership.  Key members - 

  • Paul Bunton Yr 3 teacher Riverside Primary School
  • Sandy Murray Lecturer Food Science, Nutrition and Public Health Accredited Practicing Dietitian, PHD Candidate Member of the Education for Sustainability Community of PracticeDiscipline of Allied Health | School of Health Science College of Health and Medicine,

  • Ally Bongard Clinical Nutritionist, BHSc - Nutritional Medecine

  • Karina Dambergs CEO Fermentasmania, Co-owner Red Brick Road Ciderhouse   

 

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Launceston A Great Cycling City

  116 votes | score 376
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Launceston A Great Cycling City

Strapline: To build an inclusive, vibrant and progressive cycling community in and around Launceston.

Opportunity: Launceston has some excellent existing infrastructure that provides safe and accessible areas to ride bikes. They are generally well connected and well built. Our project aims to gradually build resources, events and activities to make use of the existing facilities and public spaces. The project will assist activate the community be more actively engaged in cycling. 

Plan for the funding: The project will help build a more active, engaged and connected community. It will assist improve physical and mental health, improve access and opportunities for inclusion, assist with less traffic congestion, create a cleaner greener living space and a help provide a sense of freedom and independence for all members of the community.

  • Idea 1 - set up a park and ride program - est $9,500
  • Idea 2 - Incusive riding resources adult tricycles) - est $2,000
  • Idea 3 - Park ride - same concept as Park Run - est $5,000

The team: 

  • Tamar Bike Users Group
  • Reclink Australia
  • Able Australia, YMCA
  • On Your Bike Tours Launceston and Cycle 2 Launceston
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LAKE PALAWA - ‘A Fresh Water Idea'

  99 votes | score 301
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LAKE PALAWA - ‘A Fresh Water Idea'

Strapline: 3 elements that addresses the current problems of Launceston’s geographical situation - Traffic Congestion - Exposed Mud - Disposal of Waste Water 

Opportunity: Launceston is developing fast and infrastructure is in need of an upgrade to cope with future growth. Also, Launceston needs to maintain its Liveability and Attractiveness to sustain the quality of life we have been enjoying in this beautiful City. That is the focus of this proposal, coupled with the reality of Global Warming and its potential impact on the City eg. Rising Sea Level. The proposed Plan is to solve the 3 problems (listed a above) in one combined and integrated development while producing Green Energy and dealing with potential inundation from rising sea levels. 

Plan for the funding: Recent proposals of the Tamar Bridge (GHD 2014), Tamar Lake (Tamar Lake inc. 2018) and Sewerage Improvement Projects (TasWater 2019) are combined in the 'Lake Palawa' proposal using the latest available technology in Green Energy production, Plasma Energy. It is proposed that a quick study be undertaken by professional consultants having local knowledge and working in the field. Analyse previous studies and proposals and assess both the geology and the viability of the Lake Palawa Project. The funds are to carryout primary research and the initial analyses to verify the potential of the proposal. Amount requested $10,000.

The team:

  • Lez Penzes, Lez Penzes Architect
  • Dr. Wayne Griffoen, Tasman Geotechnics
  • Dr. David Beynon, Architecture UTAS
  • Dr. Mark Dewsbury, Architecture UTAS 

This a big and globally significant project for Launceston.  We can lead the way as we have done in the past.

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