Burnie celebrates 25 years as a city

26 April 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the date Burnie was proclaimed a city by Queen Elizabeth ll.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “Burnie’s population boomed to city status due to the strong paper industry. It is an amazing journey our city has taken in 25 years. Our population is in fact slightly less than when we became a city and the industry that made us a city is no longer operating. However, I am proud of the journey Burnie has taken, considering we lost what was one of our strongest industries.

“I think we all feared when the paper mill closed, that it too would see the end of Burnie. Together, Burnie has transformed and taken a new direction. We are a completely different city than 25 years ago. We are now a stronger and more sustainable city.

“We once shied away from the red coloured sea that we had at the time and now we embrace our coastal positioning and promote ourselves as the city by the sea.”

Photos from the proclamation are on display in the Burnie City Council offices at 80 Wilson Street until 31 May.    

“We are still a relatively young city, but 25 years is a wonderful milestone. We invite the community to visit our city offices to view photos of the Queen’s visit in 1988. I also encourage the community to take the time to celebrate our great city by doing one of the many activities our region offers. We often tell tourists to do these attractions, yet we don’t always make time ourselves to enjoy what a special place Burnie is.

“In another 25 years time, I hope to see more people living and visiting Burnie. I hope to see a more socially inclusive community. I hope to see better educational outcomes for everyone in our region, not just those who can afford it. I know our community can make it happen,” Mayor Kons said.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net