Last week four Kentish Councillors joined the LGAT Annual General Meeting and Conference in Launceston. The conference is a good opportunity to catch up with various providers and suppliers like NBN, communications software companies, insurers, machinery dealers and the like. The many debates around communities, service provision, leadership and planning for the future are always lively and networking with Councillors from other areas is always an education.
We took the opportunity at the conference to meet with a contracting organisation who could help us with a study of the benefits of resource sharing – both tangible and intangible – as well as any drawbacks. It is possible some other Councils on the coast may join us in this study. We are hopeful of some meaningful information by early next year.
The Kentish Lions Club Music hall is on again in August so if you have not got your tickets yet, now is the time to do so. This year the theme is Bits from the Blitz – featuring the era of WW2 in London – and it is looking like a great show. Tickets are available from Burnie entertainment Centre 64305852 with shows from 14/8 to 29/8.
Federal MP Eric Hutchinson has recently written to Council advising of the Stronger Communities Program. It has just been announced that each Federal Electorate has $150,000 to grant towards community not-for-profit incorporated clubs and associations for capital projects. Clubs can apply for grants of between $5000 and $20,000 on at least a dollar for dollar basis. Expressions of interest close on the 17th August and are available through Mr Hutchinsons website www.erichutchinson.com.au
Cr Don Thwaites, Mayor