I am pleased to write my first column as Councillor and Mayor of Tasman. I would like to thank our community for their support and confidence in electing me to this position. It is a privilege to be allowed the opportunity to serve in this role.
Congratulations to the other 6 elected Councillors – Deputy Mayor, Maria Stacey, Hannah Fielder, Angela Knott, David Beard, Kelly Spaulding and Daniel Kelleher. I would also like to recognise and thank Kelly for his contribution as Mayor over the past 4 years.
Your new council is determined to provide the leadership and support that you expect. We have already begun this task and we are now working to develop the plans and direction for the next four years. Councillors are undertaking induction training and settling into the role. We are all excited to have an opportunity to help shape the future of Tasman and to make it an even better place to live.
Council has commenced engagement with other Southern Councils as well as State and Federal Governments and agencies. In particular, we’re continuing to develop a strong relationship with our State Government, to ensure we maximise the opportunities available to us. I will keep you updated along the way.
Councillors are committed to supporting our Council staff in their administrative and operational roles. As readers will be aware, we have the task of recruiting a new General Manger in the months ahead. During this period, Council staff have stepped up into acting roles and taken on additional work to ensure that the functions of Council continue. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all our staff for their commitment to our community.
Business development is an important element in improving the prosperity of our region and I am pleased that this has been recognised with several major State Government grants (totalling over $3 million) recently awarded for investments in Tasman. Recipients include Allure Pty Ltd (for a new 34 Villa development at Stormlea – incl a restaurant and wellness centre), McHenry Distillery (upgrade of current night sky observatory facilities) and Stand Up Point Camp (luxury tent based accommodation for walkers on the Three Capes Track). Pennicott Wilderness Tours were also successful in obtaining a grant to establish a new cruise from Port Arthur to Cape Raoul.
Tasman’s iconic Koonya Garlic Festival was successful in receiving funding through the Events Marketing Tasmania Grant Program.
Keeping Fire Safe
As the fire season approaches, now is a good time to clean up around your house and farm to ensure fuel loads and the risk of fire is reduced. The Tasmania Fire Service web site is worth a visit
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay safe and have an enjoyable festive season.