Mayor's Message 27 September 2016

The Zeehan Community Bushfire Mitigation Plan has been approved and will be formally launched at a community event in Zeehan in October

Thanks to all who contributed to the development of the plan, particularly Lyell Dean from Tas Fire who has the massive task of completing these plans for communities across Tasmania.

The West Coast swimming pools restructure has shocked many in the community.  Our region is extremely lucky to have three public pools – most municipalities have one facility, and some don’t have any.  It has been disappointing to hear the personal attacks - the decision to cut the pool budget was not made lightly by Councillors however to continue spending $400,000 a year is no longer possible if we are to become a sustainable region and continue to provide a huge range of services to the community. 

To open all pools from November to the end of March like usual wasn’t possible in order to meet the new $200,000 budget.  Whilst the new operation option may not be perfect, it still allows for all our pools to be open at some point – a better option at this stage than having one or more completely closed.  Schools will still hold programs in either terms four or one, and there is still the opportunity for swimming programs offered by organsiations and private swim teachers to happen at each of the pools. 

We will review operations and take on board ideas however we must still meet budget requirements.  Future planning for the pools is key, as is the public ensuring their viability by making use of the pools in the times they are open.

Details about the restructure, including answers to questions, are available on Council’s website or from the Council office.

Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467