2018 Media Releases


Council purchases land at Wivenhoe Showgrounds

Council have today finalised a contract of sale to purchase a parcel of land at the Wivenhoe Showgrounds for $1.4 million.

Public Notice - Syringes in Public Places

The warmer weather is upon us and with more people heading out to our beaches and parks, council would like to remind the public to be aware that unfortunately, syringes are sometimes illegally discarded in our public places.

A Francophile in Burnie

An exhibition by local artist and art teacher Alison Thomas titled A Francophile in Burnie will be opened at Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) by Dr Wayne Brookes on Friday 21 December at 6pm.

Sea FM Christmas Parade 2018

The Sea FM Christmas Parade will be travelling through the streets of Burnie this Friday 14 December starting at 7pm.

Colour Me Crazy Fun Run 2018

The Colour Me Crazy Fun Run is on again this Sunday 9th December, 11am in South Burnie!

Hidden Treasure

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) has recently had its full collection valuation completed by visual arts professional and valuer, Mr Ross Searle. Mr Searle had the opportunity to have a careful look at the City’s permanent art collection, housed at BRAG, and he was delighted to find some hidden treasures.

2019 Performing Arts Subscription Season

The team at Burnie Arts & Function Centre is thrilled to bring you the 2019 Subscription Season. The program seeks to cater for everyone with classical music, contemporary theatre, song & dance, comedy, jazz, Ten Days On The Island, ballet, family theatre and musical theatre.

Honouring our Fallen this Remembrance Day

In early September the Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Museum put a call out to fibre artists from across the North West to help us honour those soldiers from the region Killed in Action during the First World War.

Three exhibitions opening at BRAG

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) will be a hive of activity when three exciting exhibitions open on Friday 9 November at 6pm.


THE PARTNERSHIPPING PROJECT is a major touring program that will open at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) on Friday 9 November at 6 pm.

Launch of the 2019 Performing Arts Subscription Season

The team at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre has been busily preparing for the Launch of the 2019 Performing Arts Subscription Season on Thursday 15 November 2018, from 6.00pm.

Burnie Works Action Team tackling Alcohol and Drug issues

The Burnie Works Local Drug Action Team is excited to announce it has received funding from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation committed to preventing and minimising the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.

Humid Spring Weather – the BEST time to spray Ragwort

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time for land owners to take control and spray Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) on their properties.

Burnie City Council Welcomes 50% Increase in Cruise Ships

Burnie City Council has welcomed the news that there will be at least 42 Cruise Ships visiting Burnie in the 2019/20 season.

Devonport City, Central Coast, Burnie City Council's Mental Health Week

Tasmania’s Mental Health Week is held from Sunday, 7 October 2018 to Saturday, 13 October 2018, incorporating World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. This year’s theme is again ‘Stronger together’. Councils encourage community to connect with those around them, their communities, and services available for mental health support and wellbeing.

Cradle Coast Council’s and CCA to work through issues - re-assess in June 2019

Burnie City Council has decided unanimously to remain a member of the Cradle Coast Authority and has committed to working with the other member Councils to address concerns raised through a recent review.

North West, Central and West Coast Councils push for Project Marinus

The mayors of Kentish, Central Highlands, Northern Midlands, Burnie City, Circular Head and West Coast Councils have welcomed the State Government’s commitment to the Battery of the Nation, but are seeking a commitment from the Federal Government to Project Marinus so that billions of dollars of investment can be unlocked.

Death By Soprano

Death By Soprano, Friday 19 October, 7.30 pm, at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre Theatre, satirically catalogues operatic death scenes in an A-Z, cabaret romp through Operatic Occupational Hazards.

Remembering the ANZACS, 100 Years On

Starting Saturday 29 September, the Burnie Regional Museum marks the end of the Great War through its immersive exhibition 100 Years: 100 Objects - Finally the War is Over.

Immediate action urged as Blueberry Rust committee findings released

Burnie City Council welcomes the release of the Legislative Council Report into Biosecurity Tasmania’s response to two outbreaks of Blueberry Rust and urges the Minister to urgently consider the report and to take immediate action.

Waterfront Projects to Start

The Waterfront Eastern Promenade and the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club Redevelopment will soon be underway after a tender contract for both projects was awarded to Fairbrother Pty Ltd at last night’s council meeting.

Burnie Shines launching over 100 events this October!

Burnie is once again gearing up for Burnie Shines, the much anticipated month long festival of community events held each October. Burnie Shines will be officially launched on Friday 21 September at The Advocate Laneway by The Hon Elise Archer MP.

Cradle Coast Authority – decision to be made in coming weeks

Council has received a request from the Cradle Coast Authority to meet to discuss the concerns raised in the Report tabled at the September council meeting.

North West, Central and West Coast Councils push for Energy Policy

Earlier this month Kentish, Central Highlands, Northern Midlands, Burnie City, Circular Head and West Coast Councils wrote to Prime Minister Morrison to congratulate him on becoming the 30th Prime Minister.

Burnie Youth Council Art Challenge 2018

View outstanding artworks this week as the annual Burnie Youth Council Art Challenge kicks off at Studio 2 Eleven in Upper Burnie.

North West an obvious candidate for Forestry Hub

The Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard and Burnie Councils welcome the Federal Government’s announcement of a $20 million investment into the Forestry Industry and look forward to future announcements in relation to establishing at forestry hub in Tasmania.

West Park Face-Lift begins in Preparation for Cricket Season and WBBL

Annual ground renovation has begun at West Park Oval this week in preparation for the Cricket Season and the much anticipated Women’s Big Bash Block Busters that are coming to Burnie in December.

A Stitch in Time… Final days of Exhibition!

There is just over one week left to visit Burnie Regional Museum’s temporary exhibition, A Stitch in Time.

Madame Butterfly

Opera Australia brings the Regional Tour of Madame Butterfly to the Burnie Arts and Function Centre Theatre on Wednesday 12 September, 7.30 pm.

Focus on smooth transition as single use plastics are phased out of Burnie events

Council recently passed a resolution to adopt a policy that bans single use plastics from council run events.

By-Election promises to start rolling out

Burnie City Council is not concerned with the change of Prime Minister impacting on receiving funding for projects announced in the July Braddon By-Election.

Council push for local workforce skills focus

Burnie City Council has welcomed the attention from both the State Government and Labor Opposition on regional skills, but argues more needs to be done to ensure all coastal residents can share in the future prosperity of the region.

Primary Kaleidoscope @ BRAG

If you love seeing great children’s art work, it is time to go to Burnie Regional Art Gallery. Now in its 6th Year, Primary Kaleidoscope is an annual collaborative exhibition by primary school students who are invited to explore a new theme each year through art.

Virtuosi Tasmania

Virtuosi Tasmania will be performing on Friday 7 September, 2.00 pm, in the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

Councils Call for Support of National Energy Guarantee

Councils across Tasmania who stand to benefit from the Battery to the Nation initiative have welcomed the acceptance of the National Energy Guarantee by the Coalition party room.

$80 million investment for the Port of Burnie

Burnie City Council welcomes today's announcement that Tasports will be progressing its Master Plan for the Port of Burnie

Battery to the Nation - Burnie a possibility for second interconnector site

Burnie City Council has welcomed the news that Burnie is a possible location for a second interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria.

The Boy From Oz

Burnie Musical Society presents The Boy From Oz – opening on Friday 24 August, 7.30 pm at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre Theatre; with the season running through to closing night on Saturday 8 September.

Burnie Ten secures new naming rights partner

The Burnie Ten race committee is thrilled to announce that The Heritage Burnie, our local specialty cheese manufacturer, and already a major partner, will continue their involvement this year as naming rights partners of Tasmania’s iconic road race.

CCTV Camera Boost for Burnie

Burnie City Council has welcomed the announcement of funding for the further rollout of CCTV cameras in the Burnie CBD.

Swing Man

One of Australia's best character comedians, Damian Callinan, confirms what many had already suspected: he suffers from OTTDs [Over The Top Dance Syndrome]. He performs Swing Man, at the Burnie Town Hall on Wednesday 1 August, 7.30 pm.


The 2018 Tasmanian of the Year and Creative Director of BIG hART Scott Rankin will be the guest speaker at the opening of ArtRage at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Friday 3 August from 6 pm.

Burnie Skate Park - Have Your Say

Burnie City Council has allocated $25,000 to fund improvement works at the Burnie Skate Park in the 18/19 capital works budget and will be consulting with users during July to provide a voice to the people who use the park.

In conversation with Viktor Zappner

Well-respected musician Viktor Zappner will discuss his love of naïve art at an event at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon, 21 July from 2 – 3 pm.

Major Recreational Works Complete

The last section of the Marine Terrace Coastal Pathway and the South Burnie Breakwater Reconstruction are now open to the public.

Interactive Beethoven - Burnie’s new Spiral Walk Public Art Installation

Public artwork entitled ‘Spiral Walk’ by designer/engineer David Owens is being installed this week in the Civic Plaza between the Burnie Regional Museum and the Burnie Arts & Function Centre.

Council adopts 2018/19 budget delivering rate reduction

Burnie City Council adopted the 2018/19 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates at its June Council Meeting held this evening.

Montello Soccer Grounds Redevelopment a Certainty

Burnie City Council welcomes the announcement of Commonwealth funding for the Montello Soccer Grounds Redevelopment in Burnie.

Tasmanian Naïvists and A Stitch in Time @ BRAG

More than sixty people attended the opening of the exhibitions Tasmanian Naïvists and A Stitch in Time at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Friday evening, 1 June.

Rogetta Project to benefit the Region

Burnie City Council has welcomed the news that Forward Mining’s Rogetta project, south of Burnie, has received Federal environmental approval.

paper on skin

The Burnie Arts Council is gearing up for the 4th biennial Betta Milk Burnie Wearable Paper Art Competition, to be held at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery at 6.30pm on Friday 15 June.

Last weeks to see stunning artworks

Two exciting exhibitions are still at Burnie Regional Art Gallery but get in quick before they finish on Sunday the 27th May.

Hampshire Facility Milestone Achieved

Burnie City Council Mayor Boyd today announced: “I congratulate The Hermal Group on securing the Hampshire property for its new Cross Laminated Sustainable Hardwood Plantation (CLTP) timber production facility.

Register now for Burnie Shines 2018

Registrations are now open to be a part of the 2018 Burnie Shines program.

Coastal Pathway Progresses Through Burnie

The Marine Terrace Coastal pathway project is nearing completion with some major works now occurring on the northern end of Marine Terrace.

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire is an all singing, all dancing tribute to the man who went on to become the most famous dancer of all times; performing at Burnie Arts & Function Centre Theatre on Saturday 12 May, 7.30 pm.

Ghost Jam!

Ghost Jam! is a hilarious take on classic Japanese ghost stories, offering 60 minutes of interactive, unpredictable fun for kids and adults alike.

Avi Avital and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Mandolin superstar Avi Avital, and the most mesmerising harpsichordist in the business Erin Helyard will perform alongside the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in the Burnie Town Hall, Saturday 28 April, 7.30 pm.

Plenty to BRAG About: two exhibitions at the Gallery

Two exciting exhibitions will open at BRAG on Friday 20 April at 6 pm. In the Main Gallery Burnie Regional Art Gallery: 40 Years, an exhibition of selected artworks from the City’s permanent collection, will celebrate the Gallery’s 40th birthday.

Learn to Dance like Fred Astaire

JTM Productions will be performing “A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire” at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre Theatre on Saturday 12 May, 7.30 pm.

International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day is a day officially designated by UNESCO to highlight Jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people around the globe.

Office Professionals’ Breakfast

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the 2018 Office Professionals' Breakfast.

Have you noticed some curious birds around Burnie?

The Burnie City Council, the Burnie Youth Council and the Public Art Committee worked together to create a public art project depicting the little known Tasmanian emu and the enigmatic Tasmanian tiger.


Marine plaza will be quarantined due to a widening zombie outbreak Saturday 14 April starting at 6pm, coupled with an open air film night for young adults 15yrs and up in celebration of Youth Week Tasmania.

The Ten Sopranos – a concert once seen never forgotten!

Possibly the most powerful all female group in Australia, The Ten Sopranos provides a musical feast to whet the appetite of true music fans of all ages, on Saturday 14 April, 7.30 pm in the Arts Theatre.


Company 13’s Macdeth is a cracking updated kid-friendly classic, filled with physical comedy and the tastiest morsels of Shakespeare’s prose; to be performed in the Arts Theatre on Friday 20 April, 11.00 am.

Easter Sunday Fun with Kids in the Park

Burnie Park is set to undergo a magical transformation in preparation for Burnie City Council’s Kids in the Park event. Have a slide, take a ride, have a bounce, blow some bubbles, dance with a butterfly, fight a Barbarian or pat a rabbit, but whatever you do, have fun!

Prepare to be challenged!

Burnie’s extreme sporting event is on again!

Entries are now open for the 2018 Health Care Insurance Burnie Challenge to be held on Sunday 8 April starting at the Hellyer College oval at 11am.

Students Gain Valuable on the Job Experience During the Cruise Ship Season

Hellyer College students have had a home town advantage in their tourism studies with access to on the job training during the cruise ship season.

Auditions - Opera Australia’s Regional Children’s Chorus

Opera Australia will bring the Regional Tour of Madame Butterfly to the Burnie Arts and Function Centre Theatre on Wednesday 12 September, 7.30 pm.

National Geographic Photography On Display

The National Geographic: 50 Greatest Images exhibition is now on at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. No magazine is as well known for its stunning photography as National Geographic. The exhibition has already had many visitors and will remain open until Sunday 15 April.

The Park Bench

Reflexions Dance Studio has been commissioned by the Burnie Arts & Function Centre to develop The Park Bench, which will be performed in the Arts Theatre on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March, 7.30 pm.

The Epic

The Epic is a retelling of the toughest stories from around the world. The Epic is fun. Some of the stories are outrageous, some are freaky, all of them are EPIC! These are amazing and strange stories you’ll be sharing long after the show

Completion of Burnie Waterfront Project Guaranteed

Burnie City Council has welcomed the announcement of joint Commonwealth and State funding to the completion of the Burnie Waterfront project.

Burnie Skate Scooter and BMX Series 2018

Returning again for 2018, the Know Your Odds Skate, Scoot & BMX competition series is back on the NW Coast! The Burnie skate park event on Saturday February 24 starting at 11 am will see competitors of all ages busting their best spins, flips and grinds as they vie for their share of over $1000 worth of prizes that are on offer.

Jazz @ The Gallery

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is thrilled to present jazz violinist and vocalist George Washingmachine on Monday 26 February at 7.30pm.

I am A Lake

Set on Tasmania’s rugged west coast, I Am A Lake is a coming of age story exploring the inextricably linked lives of Alice, Mum and Nugget.

Burnie City Council Welcomes The Hermal Group to Burnie

The Burnie City Council has enthusiastically welcomed news that The Hermal Group will be investing $190m in Burnie to establish Australia’s largest plantation hardwood mill.

Burnie Australia Day Award Recipients Announced

As part of the annual Burnie Australia Day ceremony, outstanding local community members and groups are presented the prestigious Burnie Australia Day Awards for Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year.

Australia Day Ceremony

The Burnie Australia Day Special Committee invites everyone to attend the Australia Day ceremony which is being held at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Friday 26 January, starting at 10:30am.

The Grigoryan Brothers

The Grigoryan Brothers will be performing works from their latest release, Songs Without Words, at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Thursday 8 February, 7.30pm. The program will include other works highlighting Slava and Leonard’s diverse skills.