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Mayor's Message 4 October 2016

The announcement of a share sale agreement for the purchase of the Avebury nickel mine is positive news and I, like all West Coasters, hope the sale proceeds to settlement.

I would like to think that the West Coast is making its way out of the trough created from the downturn in metal prices, with mines restarting and job creation on the horizon.

The tourism season is upon us already – several tourism operators have experienced an increase of up to 30% during September.  The streets are starting to look busy again, with school holidays helping boost visitor numbers.

It was great to see the Gaiety Theatre full to the brim for the recent Zeehan Primary School arts performance – I may have even enjoyed my little bit of time on stage playing violin with one of the classes.  The local dance groups also performed ballet and jazz routines as part of the show.  It was great to see children from across the West Coast come together for the evening.

We’re heading into a busy couple of weeks on the West Coast, with several major events scheduled.  The Unconformity is on from 14-16 October – with Queenstown already booked out there will be an on flow of visitors to other West Coast towns.  Beach to Bay Strahan and the Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair will keep us busy on the November long weekend before several hundred delegates head into the West Coast for an Australian Labour Party Conference from 11 November.

Works are progressing well on Council’s Capital Works Program, with demolition of buildings at the old Queenstown Hockey Ground and at the Queenstown Recreation Ground scheduled to start in the next few weeks.  Planning is also well underway for the Roads to Recovery works.  Council will also be creating some job growth by employing some casual workers when the footpath improvement program kicks off in the next few months.

Phil Vickers

MAYOR

11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467