Mayor's message

 Mayor Don Thwaites


Mayor's Message 21 February 2017

Last week Councillors and senior officers took a bus tour of the sites proposed for work in next years budget.  These included footpath extensions, road works and various requests from the community for assistance.  This is a good way to see for ourselves and set priorities.  One shining light was to see construction well underway on the Merseylea Bridge.

This weekend will see the official opening of the Goliath Park Skate Park.  Starting at 12pm on Saturday the 25th February the opening will coincide with the annual Know Your Odds Scoot, Skate and BMX Competition organised by Council and Anglicare. Prizes valued at $1,000 are on offer, with competitions for all age groups and skill level.  Free food and drink will be available for all who attend.  All welcome.

Last week NW Coastal Mayors attended a presentation on cruise ships arriving in Burnie.  In the last 3 months 11 cruise ships visited Burnie, with passengers visiting many of the NW sights on day trips.  Around 800 passengers visited Kentish while in port.  Congratulations to the Burnie Council for managing this so well as it brings an $8M pa boost to the North West, and generates many return visits from passengers who enjoyed what they saw and wanted to come back to see more.

Today Council is hosting a meeting of the State Cabinet in Sheffield.  Council welcomes the Premier and Ministers to Kentish.  We will be taking the opportunity to inform the Cabinet of what is going on in Kentish, and of course we will make some proposals how we can work together on some local projects.  At the last Cabinet visit in 2010 the then Labor State Government accepted Councils proposal and donated the old Sheffield Infants School and grounds to the community as a Health Centre.

A reminder tonight’s Council meeting is at the Wilmot Memorial Hall.  

Don Thwaites, Mayor

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