Mayor's Message 8 November 2016

CareFlight will be delivering specialist trauma training for West Coast emergency service volunteers in Strahan on 24 November.

As our volunteers are often first responders in regions such as the West Coast this training will be a vital tool for our West Coast volunteers, providing additional skills needed to manage situations appropriately.  Council is encouraging as many people as possible to participate in the training, including those who are interested in joining one of our emergency service crews.

The Tasmanian branch of the Australian Labor Party is holding its annual conference in Queenstown this weekend.  With approximately 300 delegates and partners attending the conference this will be a great boost for our hospitality providers.  The West Coast is a great location to hold a conference and it’s pleasing to see many organsiations heading here in recent years – including the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania.  Hopefully the attendees at the Labor conference will take the time to explore the region over their four day visit to gain a fuller understanding of our communities and our strengths, along with the challenges the region is facing.

This Friday is Remembrance Day, marking the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.  Ceremonies will be conducted across the West Coast at our cenotaphs and RSLs with the traditional minutes-silence at 11am.  It’s great to see that our schools will be involved in the ceremonies – whilst almost a century ago, it is ever-important for our communities, particularly our youth, to learn about and commemorate our fallen ancestors who sacrificed for us all. 

November is Asbestos Awareness Month and Council is once again participating in the national campaign.  With many of us getting in and renovating properties, the wide variety of places asbestos can be found in our homes is not always known – visit our Facebook page for some tips and links about how to stay safe around asbestos. 


Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467