Mayor's Message 14 November 2017

The remarkable heritage of our region was highlighted last week, as the Galley Museum celebrated 120 years since the construction of the Imperial Hotel, where the museum is located.

The many grand old buildings on the West Coast are a testament to an era that built the West Coast to the resilient, strong community it is today, each with its own story to tell.  It’s fantastic to see people experience our built history, congratulations to the volunteers at the Galley Museum for working to provide this opportunity to both locals and visitors.

The state government is this week launching the Western Journeys Project which aims to better engage travellers as they make their way to the West Coast from southern Tasmania.   This project has the potential to become a real driver for the West Coast economy, especially if it’s successful in keeping visitors here longer.  There is also the connection between initiatives such as this and the West Coast Branding project which will soon be commenced by Council.  Importantly, these projects are not just for tourism operator involvement – our communities are at the heart of our region and resident and business involvement in how these projects will look and be delivered is important to their success.   There will be Western Journeys launch events later this week, anyone interested in attending can get more details from Council’s Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator

It’s not too late to enter the Lake Burbury Fishing Competition, to be held from 24-26 November.  The competition, recipient of the 2016 Australia Day Community Event of the Year award, sees an influx of visitors to the area as people compete for a range of prizes.


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