Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Mayor Anita Dow

Mayor Anita Dow

ON Wednesday last week Council presented to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation of Government Departments. It was a great opportunity to provide insight into the need for more government investment programs/funds aimed at supporting businesses in regional areas to employ more people and achieve growth. This is much more difficult in regional areas. Additionally the importance of access to education and health services was highlighted and access to the best possible technology such as the provision of government funding assistance to partner with local government or business to facilitate fibre to the premise connections in city centres and industrial precincts.
Decentralisation of Government Departments has merit in regional Australia. If determined by Government to commence this process it will be important for local communities to be part of the planning for this change to ensure success and sustained investment and population growth are achieved.

ON the weekend I joined the Burnie RSL in celebrating their 100th birthday. The Burnie RSL is a cornerstone of our community having helped our ex-service personnel integrate back into the community for 100 years. I congratulate the Burnie RSL Club in their commitment to the community and assistance with a variety of community programs including Mates for Mates and Legacy.

I recently met with Bob Tolputt to discuss the survey he has undertaken on ‘Living in Burnie”. It was great to catch up with Bob and Council looks forward to discussing further with him the final results of his survey.