Mayor's Message 6 September 2016

Council at its meeting last week approved an alteration to the 2016/2017 Capital Expenditure budget to allow for the replacement of basketball rings at the Queenstown Sports Stadium.

The additional allocation of $25,000 to the CAPEX budget will allow the current rings, which were found to have structural inadequacies and are unsafe for use, to be replaced to ensure the safety of players.  Unfortunately this may result in a delay to the basketball season however Council is working with the basketball associations and suppliers to complete the installation with as little disruption to the season as possible. 

Tenders for rural primary health services commissioning are now open.  Primary Health Tasmania is encouraging groups to work together on submissions and I would encourage anyone interested in submitting a tender for rural primary health services funding on the West Coast to contact Council to discuss the possibility of partnerships where applicable. Go to www.tenderlink.com/primaryhealthtas for tender documentation and information. 

A revised Code for Tenders and Contracts has been approved by Council, ensuring we meet legislation.  The updated code also aims to provide a fair avenue for West Coast-based businesses to continue working with Council outside of formal tenders.  An increase to the tender limit provides Council the opportunity to work with local business more often than may otherwise previously been possible. 

The program for the upcoming Unconformity festival in Queenstown was launched last week – and is packed with events for West Coasters and visitors to enjoy.  Council is a proud gold partner of the festival, with funding provided via our Financial and In-Kind Support Policy. This support continues our aim to support the identification and preservation of the cultural heritage of the West Coast, as highlighted in the West Coast Community Plan 2025.


Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467