Mayors Update - March

Published 4th April 2024

MAYOR’S SUMMARY March 2024

The Ordinary Meeting of Council was held on Tuesday 26 March 2024 in Queenstown.

The meeting was made available to view via LIVE Stream. The meeting was open to public attendance. Councillors were all present at the meeting.

COUNCILLOR RAISED ISSUES AND INFORMATION

Question without Notice

Cr McKay

Asked, regarding Mr Bill Suitors concerns at the last meeting, what is Council doing as a collective to make the process easier for the community.

General Manager advised that the question would be taken on notice.

General Manager also advised that she has been meeting with members of the community and will work to see what can be done to simplify processes.

Cr McKay 

Asked for an update on fuel at the Strahan site. She advised there is an influx of traffic which has caused congestion at the airport. When will normal services be returned?

General Manager advised she would seek an update on the matter.

Mayor Pitt said the Planning Department had worked hard with BP to ensure there was an interim service in place. He said that BP had not thoroughly thought through the upgrade grade process and impacts.

Motions without notice

Following on from a presentation in the Council Workshop from GHD and Bill Lawson, the below motion without notice was put forward.

Mayor Pitt advised that with the issues we have around housing this is something that the Regional Partnership could also be involved in.

The General Manager will ask the Regional Partnership to start an investigation into the project.

Cr Iwanicki said it was an exciting concept.

Deputy Mayor Butterfield said it was something different and warrants further investigation.

Motion 

That Council move forward with the “Something Concrete in Western Tasmania” concept.

Moved: Mayor Shane Pitt

Seconded: Cr McKay

Outcome: Carried 

CORRESPONDENCE

Council reviewed the below incoming and outgoing correspondence for the month, with the following actions were determined.

Noting Decision 

That Council RESOLVES that the Correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, as presented, be noted.

Outcome: Carried

CORRESPONDENCE THAT REQUIRED A RESPONSE

Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (Proposing the declaration of foxglove as a pest under the Biosecurity Regulations 2022.

Respond that the information has been received and noted. Council will also flag it will take money to implement, that Council has no dedicated Weed Officer, and that Council will need money to fund.

Sarah King – Community member

Respond that we have received email noting that we live on the West Coast and people need heating. Note the EPA guidelines. Council will direct her to PressWest with regard to the community garden. The matter will then be considered closed.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff – Leader of the Tasmanian Greens (Saving the Maugean Skate)

Extend an invitation to Dr Woodruff to travel to the West Coast to meet with Council.

Tammy King (WWVP Cards & Police Checks for all Councillors)

Council had previously resolved to wait until LGAT took the lead on this matter and provided some direction to Council. It was noted that individuals at any time have the right to undertake the process to acquire the cards, if they wish

REPORT - DELEGATIONS REVIEW

Recommendation

That Council:

Note the completion of the annual review of West Coast Council Delegations which have been authorised by the General Manager under section 22 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Moved: Cr Newman 

Seconded: Deputy Mayor Butterfield 

Outcome: Carried 

REPORT - SPONSORSHIP - STEPHANIE ALEXANDER GARDEN PROJECT

Recommendation

That Council:

Note this report, sponsoring Strahan Primary School, Zeehan Primary School and Rosebery District School for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program & note increasing collaboration through Councils youth work.

Outcome: Noted 

REPORT - SPONSORSHIP - NAIDOC WEEK SCHOOL INITIATIVES

Recommendation

That Council:

Provide cash support to the value of $450.00 for the NAIDOC Week School Initiatives 2024.

Moved: Cr Graham 

Seconded: Cr Stringer 

Outcome: Carried  

REPORT - INNOVATION FUND GRANT - ROSEBERY MAIN STREET BEAUTIFICATION

Recommendation

That Council:

Approve $500.00 cash Innovation Sponsorship for the applicant; Evelyne Casteres.

Moved: Cr Iwanicki 

Seconded: Cr McKay 

Outcome: Motion Amended

Amended Motion 

That Council leave the request for $500.00 cash Innovation Sponsorship for the applicant; Evelyne Casteres, in abeyance to allow the proponent to reapply for Council funding through an incorporated organisation.

Moved: Cr Iwanicki  

Seconded: Cr McKay

Outcome: Carried 

REPORT - INNOVATION FUND GRANT - QUEENIE QUOIR

Recommendation

That Council:

Approve $1,910.00 cash Innovation Sponsorship for the applicant: Queenie Quoir.

Moved: Cr Iwanicki

Seconded: Cr Stringer 

Outcome:  Carried 

REPORT - EVENT SPONSORSHIP - VAN DIEMAN'S BAND

Recommendation

That Council:

Decline the Event Sponsorship request from Van Diemen’s Band, for $2,000.00 cash, for their touring Songs of the Sea event.

Moved: Cr Graham

Seconded: Cr Newman 

Outcome: Carried  

REPORT – GROWTH & CHANGE – GENERAL ACQUITTALS

Recommendation

That Council:

Note this report and the attached acquittals from Cradle Coast Cloggers, Paragon Theatre, Tullah Progress Association and Neighbourhood Houses Tas Conference.

Outcome: Noted 

REPORT - GROWTH & CHANGE - SCHOOLS ACQUITTALS

Recommendation          

That Council:

Note this report and the attached acquittals for Strahan Primary School, Zeehan Primary School, Rosebery District School and St Joseph’s Catholic School, Queenstown for their End of Year awards.

Outcome: Noted 

REPORT - GROWTH & CHANGE - CHRISTMAS ACQUITTALS

Recommendation

That Council:

Note this report and the attached acquittal from Queenstown Lions Ladies 2023 Christmas Parade Committee.

Outcome: Noted 

REPORT- IMPACT OF DESIGNATING CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS IN WEST COAST TOWNS TO BE SMOKE-FREE

Recommendation

That Council:

Note the report and agree to seek community feedback to prioritise smoke-free control actions for central business districts in West Coast towns.

Moved: Cr Graham 

Seconded: Deputy Mayor Butterfield 

Outcome: Carried  

REPORT - NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING WEEK

Recommendation

That Council:

Direct the Growth and Change team to organise an event for National Volunteers Week and the West Coast Volunteering Strategy Launch.

Moved: Cr McKay

Seconded: Cr Jordan 

Outcome: Carried  

OTHER

Agendas and Minutes for the Council Meetings can be accessed on the West Coast Council website www.westcoast.tas.gov.au and hard copies are available for viewing at West Coast Council Agencies as listed below:

  • West Coast Council Queenstown
  • Post Office Strahan
  • Post Office Zeehan
  • Rosebery District High School Rosebery
  • Tullah Post Office

Questions for public question time can be submitted via the General Manager, 7 days prior to the day of the meeting, by emailing ea@westcoast.tas.gov.au or post to PO Box 63 Queenstown 7467.

Shane Pitt

MAYOR