Mayor's Message 6 December 2016

I had the privilege of attending the Volunteer Ambulance Association of Tasmania event in Strahan on the weekend.

Opened by Health Minister Michael Ferguson over 120 people were in attendance, representing twenty ambulance stations from across the state, along with two South Australian Volunteer Ambulance Officers here on exchange.  The event was hosted by the local Strahan unit and was designed to get the volunteer ambos an opportunity to network and experience the West Coast.  A fantastic effort by the organisers and their supporters, with Strahan Primary P&F doing a wonderful catering job and RACT helping out also.  We can never underestimate the importance of volunteers in our community, with our volunteer ambulance officers providing essential lifesaving care.  Many situations would not have a happy outcome if not for the time and dedication displayed by these individuals.  Such an event is not only worthwhile for attendees but also showcases the West Coast and provides an economic boost.

Council staff met recently with TasWater regarding planned works on the West Coast.  It is pleasing to see organisations contact Council regarding activities in our region as we are often able to assist in some way.  As a result of the TasWater meeting Council was able to work with TasWater to promote some planned works to Rosebery residents to decrease inconvenience.

The West Coast Disaster Information guide has been distributed across the municipality.  This is a great resource for residents to keep on their fridge, not only in the event of an emergency but also to help plan and prepare for emergencies. The flyer was funded through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grant Program (NDRGP) and is a first for the region.  When you see the guide arrive in your mailbox remember it’s not junk mail!  Be sure to have a read, look at the checklists and maps and pop on your fridge.

Phil Vickers


11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467