Mayor's Message 4 April 2017

Council welcomed second-year medical students to the West Coast yesterday, here part of the annual UTAS Rural Week program.

The week gives students an opportunity to experience what working in rural Tasmania can be like through exposure to GP work, nursing homes and community health services.  The students will also tour West Coast businesses and schools to learn more about rural living.  Weeks like this are essential if we are to attract medical professionals to the region and form part of the commitment made in the West Coast Community Plan 2025 for Council to collaborate with UTAS and industry to maintain effective medical care in the West Coast.


Deliberations to decide the next Council budget are in full swing.  It was great to see members of the public make submissions for projects for us to consider.  All submissions are being reviewed and whilst we are in a better position financially than two years ago, not all requests will be met for a variety of reasons.  Councillors are currently reviewing various options regarding rates charges, with more meetings scheduled over coming weeks to ensure we make the most informed decision.


Preparations are in full swing for the major tourism event to be held in Queenstown near the end of April.  The event will bring a range of stakeholders together to hear from guest speakers and to workshop ideas on how the region should be promoted and industry representation structured moving forward.  Council is looking to provide some leadership in this space, bringing together all tourism operators to map a new and exciting path for industry growth that will help the West Coast capitalise on everything we have to offer.  Stay tuned for more details.


Phil Vickers


West Coast Council Working In partnership with our community
Tel: 03 64 714 700
Fax: 03 64 714 720
11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467