Mayor's Message 21 February 2016

I was happy to support a letter to the Federal Health Minister signed jointly by all Cradle Coast Mayors requesting a firm decision on future funding for the Mersey Hospital.

The request is for a ten-year agreement to give some certainty to the role of the Mersey in the Tasmanian health reform process. The concept of a completely new hospital located at Ulverstone has been raised on previous occasions. Whilst I don’t dismiss this idea I think it’s important to make what we have work in the first instance - under the current health reform process the Burnie and Mersey hospitals have important roles in providing health care to our region and the state.  The concept of something completely new should be a matter of investigation and discussion looking forward ten to twenty years.

Council’s 2015-2016 Annual Report is now also available to view in hardcopy at the Council Office and our agencies.  This report is a snapshot of a very busy and productive year as Council continued to pursue the goals adopted in the West Coast Community Plan 2025, whilst also consolidating our business to ensure we are able to operate sustainably into the future.  I invite the community to read through the Report to gain an understanding of our performance in achieving strong outcomes for the West Coast community.

A reminder to take care on our roads and footpaths with a lot of works currently occurring as Council completes the capital works program.  Please check our Facebook page, website and listen to 7XS for updated footpath/road closures.  Whilst delays can be inconvenient it’s important we follow changes in traffic management to ensure workers and the public stay safe.


Phil Vickers



11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467