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Mayor's Message 16 August 2016

Council will meet tonight in Queenstown from 5pm with members of the public welcome to attend.

The agenda is available on our website and can be viewed at our office and agencies.  With a lot of business to cover Council will be holding a second meeting this month, on 30th August.  This will allow us to consider a wide range of important matters that within preferred timeframes.

I met with National Trust last week, with indications they are keen to find a use for the Mt Lyell offices and will be seeking to engage with Council to develop a partnership to approach all heritage buildings on the West Coast.  With cultural heritage a key strategy in the West Coast Community Plan 2025, the importance of these buildings to our region cannot be lost and Council will play a key role in working with key stakeholders to progress ways to have our heritage on display and looked after for our future generations. 

Interviews for positions on the Economic Development Advisory Committee will be held in the near future, likely September, following the recent expression of interest period.  We are impressed with the quality of applicants and look forward to finalising membership and getting the ball rolling on delivering ley advice and ideas to Council.

RACT, in partnership with the Tasmanian Government, have re-launched the loan fund announced over twelve months ago as part of the West Coast Economic Working Group package.  The reinvigorated fund will provide start-up, interest-free loans of up to $100,000 to eligible businesses.  The fund aims to create economic activity and new employment opportunities on the West Coast and a panel, including myself, will oversee the fund and assess applications.  For more information please visit www.ract.com.au or email westcoast@ract.com.au.

Phil Vickers

MAYOR

11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467