Mayor's message


Mayor's Message 18 September 2018

It was a wonderful moment last week when we cut the ribbon to start works on the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike track.  This project has only been made possible with the support of all levels of government and I thank the State and Federal Governments for their support and confidence.  As I write I am sure that our contractor Marcello Cardona of Next Level Mountain Bike is laying tracks around Warrawee with tracks ready to ride by Christmas.  After four years of planning it is actually happening. 

Tonight is the September Council meeting at 7pm at the Council office.  The usual sequence for tonight is varied as we have considerable staff and some consultants presenting planning matters, including the extension of Wilks Road in Lorinna.  Planning will be dealt with first.

Council recently met with Telstra representatives to discuss mobile coverage, in particular coverage on the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike trails.  Warrawee (Latrobe) has coverage already, the linking trail to Railton has reasonable coverage but on the Badger trails west of Railton it’s patchy at best and non-existent in most areas.   It’s important for MTB riders to be able to share adventures and location with friends and family via social media. This is best done on the spot rather than saving up and sending from base when have reception.  It is also very important for emergency response.

Congratulations to Josh Bakes of Claude Road who won the Stihl Timbersports Australian Rookie Championship on the Gold Coast last weekend.  This adds to a long list of awards and achievements already and his family and supporters here in Kentish are very proud of him.  Fellow Tasmanians including near neighbour Kody Steers also did very well and deserve congratulations.

Further to my message last week where I talked about the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group delving into your recycle bins to see if you are being a good sort -that is to make sure you are only putting recyclable things into the yellow lidded bin, there is a proposal to start a ‘GOOD SORT’ of the month to recognise the achievements of everyday Tasmanians and to inspire others.  It could be as simple as someone you know or a business who goes out of their way to do their bit to reduce waste to landfill / recycle / reuse.  If you know of anyone you think worthy of nomination please let Council know.  They will be contacted first to ensure they’re happy for their achievement to be shared via the Rethink Website and Facebook pages.

The Mount Roland Cableway meeting is next Tuesday 25/9, at the Sheffield Town Hall commencing 7pm. I urge all those in the Kentish region to turn up and learn more about this proposal for the Kentish region and Mount Roland.

Debbie Hutton Conveyancing has been announced as the major sponsor for the Sheffield Women’s Cricket team for the next 2 years. The women’s team have also signed Tayla Wigg who has represented Tasmania and Australia in Indigenous cricket teams.

Arrr me hearties, Wednesday 19 September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Nominations for the 2019 Tasmanian Young Achievers Awards are now open.  If you know someone worthy of recognition and would like to nominate them you can do so online at

Don Thwaites, Mayor

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