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Mayor's Message 12 July 2016

An information session held by PYBAR regarding the Henty Mine was well attended by the public last week.

PYBAR’s Operations Manager advised that contract negotiations for the mine are still to be finalised, with the expectation that recruitment will commence within a month.  It was pleasing to hear of PYBAR’s preference for locals to be employed at the mine, with no accommodation or FIFO/DIDO to be offered to employees. 

This move directly supports outcomes created by the West Coast community in the West Coast Community Plan 2025, where the aim of increasing the number of people who live here for work and the impacts of FIFO/DIDO were highlighted.  Council’s Economic Development, Tourism and Events Coordinator is also currently investigating ways in which Council could potentially develop strategies with other partners to assist applicants with the recruitment process which must be completed fully online.

 

With Hydro Tasmaniaputting its cloud seeding program on hold, Council has received notification that planned engagement with the West Coast community will be postponed.  Should the cloud seeding program look set to recommence at any time in the future I would encourage Hydro Tasmania to consult with our community and the Council prior to any operations taking place.

 

West Coast Council staff have partnered with Anderson Morgan to participate in City Mission’s drive to help out struggling Tasmanians.  Non-perishable food items can be dropped into the Council Office in Queenstown. 

By participating Council will be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes donated by Anderson Morgan and if Council wins a prize it will be donated to a West Coast school.  The donations are distributed to those who ring into City Mission asking for help, including those in need on the West Coast, with City Mission working closely with the Rosebery Community House.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped into the Council Office at 11 Sticht Street, Queenstown. By participating Council will be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes (a tablet, computer screen or wireless keyboard and mouse) donated by Anderson Morgan. Should Council win a prize the names of all West Coast schools will go into a hat and the prize donated to the school name we pull out! The donations are distributed to those needy persons across Tasmania (including the West Coast) who ring into City Mission asking for help.

Phil Vickers

MAYOR

 

 

11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467