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Mayor's Message 10 May 2016

West Coast residents and ratepayers are invited to submit ideas for consideration by Council as part of deliberations for the 2016/2017 budget.

Ideas for potential projects can be submitted via Council’s website or on forms available at the Council Office and Council’s agencies in Strahan, Zeehan, Rosebery and Tullah.  Submissions close 25 May.

Congratulations to the Railway Hotel in Queenstown and their patrons for fundraising to purchase a defibrillator.  Thanks to the generosity and support of the local community the defib has now arrived and is mounted behind the bar at the Railway Hotel.   There are a number of defibrillators (or AEDs) on the West Coast now and Ambulance Tasmania has a free phone app showing where the units are located.  Just search “Ambulance Tasmania AED locator” to download.  The app uses the phone’s location to determine the closest defibrillator, giving directions to the unit.  The app also includes videos on how to use a defibrillator, how to perform CPR and how to manage an unconscious patient.  The defibrillators and app are great devices but let’s hope we never have to use them.

This week is National Volunteers Week.  In many ways the lifeblood of the West Coast is our volunteers – so much of what is provided to our community is reliant upon people generously giving up their time.  The importance of volunteering was recognised by the community during the West Coast Community Plan 2025 process, and the Plan acknowledges that volunteers contribute to a more connected and inclusive West Coast community.  Thank you to all those West Coast volunteers who support a range of activities -being a volunteer is very rewarding and I encourage everyone to become involved.

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PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467