Mayor's Message 22 November 2016

Our Roads to Recovery and Footpath Programs have commenced, with works in Strahan and Queenstown starting last week, before moving on to sites in our other communities.

These projects are the largest component of the Capital Works Program and will see vital infrastructure improved.  With works at over fifteen different sites there will be some traffic disruptions, including road closures and delays some days. The programs are expected to be completed by April, weather permitting, and I urge everyone to be patient and follow the changed traffic conditions.  Speeding through work zones or disobeying signage is not only illegal but very unsafe.  Regularly check our website and Facebook page, and listen to 7XS, for updates on closures and delays.

I’m excited to be chairing the first meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee later this week. The critical Advisory Committee to Council will help to bring a high level partnership approach towards achieving the vision adopted in the West Coast Community Plan 2025, with a focus on regional sustainability and economic development. With representatives from the mining, aquaculture and tourism industries, along with Simon Lee (Economic Development, Tourism & Events Coordinator), Deputy Mayor Shane Pitt, Councillor Lindsay Newman and Roger Jaensch MP, there is extensive knowledge around the table and plenty of enthusiasm to move things forward.

GM Dirk Dowling is taking some well-deserved leave and I’m pleased to advise that Eleanor Strang has been appointed Acting General Manager for the next two months.  El is not only one of Council’s longest-serving employees (starting when she was 15), she will also be the first female to fill the General Manager seat at West Coast Council.  I congratulate El on stepping up and taking on the responsibility of General Manager whilst Dirk is on leave.

Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467