Mayor's Message 1 March 2016

Simon Lee, Council’s Economic Development, Tourism and Events Coordinator has been busy since commencing work recently. Simon has been making contact with key industry managers to progress partnerships and push forward some of the West Coast Community Plan 2025 strategies, including the key outcomes of ‘a strong and diversified economic base’ and ‘a sustainable, dynamic and resilient business sector’ which are notably impacted by the limitations associated with the proposed NBN rollout.

Council will be facilitating a public forum in Queenstown on 8 March from 5.30pm where attendees can listen to West Coast industry leaders such as Alex Simpson (Granville Harbour Wind Farm) and stakeholders such as the NBN Co speak about issues, opportunities and the critical need linked to NBN technologies on the West Coast.  We are encouraging all West Coast businesses and residents to come along – there will also be a Q&A session after presentations.  Give Council a call to RSVP.

I had the pleasure to open the West Coast Fibre Arts biennial conference and workshop held at the Tullah Lakeside Chalet last Saturday.  Over 200 people participated or visited the two day program. This is a great event for the region and is funded purely by the participants, much to their credit. Congratulations to those involved.

The Rosebery Festival was a great success once again and the organising committee led by Kim McDermott are to be congratulated for their efforts, with the addition of the 3km fun run to the program an excellent initiative.

Reducing waste is the order of the day in March, with Council conducting its Annual Clean-Up on 8 & 9 March.  Please register your address at Council if you have waste you would like collected (outside of normal kerbside collection).  Australia Day Clean-Ups will also be held on Sunday 6 March from 10am-12pm at Ocean Beach then at West Strahan Beach from 5 to 6.00pm.


Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467