Welcome to a new year and I thank The Advocate for the continuing opportunity to share Council news and opinions with readers. During the break Council supported the Sheffield Christmas Parade, the Railton Christmas party and the Wilmot New Years Eve party, and I know that there were many people enjoying these functions. Thanks to the organisers and participants who joined in the fun.
While the official opening and skate competition is not until 25/2, it is great to see that the Railton skate park is well and truly open and getting a good workout. It is really good to see so many young people enjoying themselves at the park. There is still some landscaping required to finish it off.
A new Dynans Bridge over the Mersey was opened just before Christmas. The new bridge is very substantial compared to the previous model. Kellys Cage bridge is still under construction, and when completed the construction company will move to the Beulah Rd bridge, but it does not look like that will be for a month or two. All the concrete sections for the Merseylea Bridge have been pre-cast and construction will commence very soon.
The big worry over Christmas period for everyone was the loss of health services at the Kentish Health Centre. I am very pleased that Rural Health Tasmania is able to continue to offer the clinical services in Kentish. Council and Tandara staff will work to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thanks also to Community Transport Service Tasmania (CTST) for providing an interim transport service to replace the Tandara bus.
Ps. to date we have had no response from the petition sent to the Health Minister in Canberra.
Don Thwaites, Mayor