Council hosts Regional Cabinet Meeting

Burnie City Council extended a warm welcome to the Premier and his Cabinet today when it played host to a Regional Cabinet Meeting.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to welcome the Premier and his Cabinet to Burnie today to discuss the ongoing needs of our city and the region.”

“It is very important for Government to engage with and understand the needs of our community and I felt that today Council was able to provide a very comprehensive outline of the future aspirations of the city.”

“Council presented numerous partnership and collaboration opportunities to the State Government, all of which support primary job creation, building confidence and the diversification of our regional economy. Examples include investment in the Burnie Port including a mooring dolphin, investment in advanced manufacturing and skills development and in interim employment opportunities. We also highlighted the need to retain our greatest asset – our people – in the city, region and the State.

“We spoke about the importance of our city being a regional hub that provides services right across the region, as well as the need to provide access to quality recreational and cultural activities.”

“Council also took the opportunity to thank the Government for its recent commitment to growing the presence of UTAS in our city and the north-west region. Council is committed to working with our community, UTAS, the State and Federal Governments, as well as business and industry to develop the Master Plan for this precinct. We look forward to defining the future course offerings which will focus on the key drivers in our regional economy.”

“We understand it will be necessary to secure additional funding to ensure sustainable growth of UTAS in our region and we will work with all levels of government to secure this.”

“Council also welcomes today’s announcement of $3 million to support the recommendations of the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce. The funding will be allocated to key priorities as determined by the members of the Advanced Manufacturing Taskforce. We look forward to working on this at tomorrow’s Taskforce meeting.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728