Councils host Liberal Senate Team Meeting

Burnie City Council, Waratah-Wynyard Council and Circular Head Council today played host to a Liberal Senate Team Meeting at the Wynyard Council Chambers.

The meeting, which involved Senator Stephen Parry, Senator Eric Abetz, Senator David Bushby and Senator Jonathon Duniam was scheduled so that the Councils could further discuss the community infrastructure projects that have already received support from the Federal Liberal Government, as well as advocate for those projects that are yet to receive any support.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “In light of the recent Federal election, the Councils thought it would be timely to meet with the new Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team.”

“The Senators were provided with a briefing from each of the Councils on various projects and issues affecting our municipalities. It is important that the Senators understand the significance of projects such as the Coastal Pathway Project for our communities. Burnie City Council’s priority projects committed to during the federal election from the Liberal Government include the University/West Park redevelopment project, Burnie Tennis Club upgrade and Burnie CCTV network upgrade and expansion, it is important that these are delivered in a timely manner.”

“The Councils were also able to reiterate the importance of having a Liberal Senate Team member based in Burnie.  Burnie is the central location for Braddon and is the logical location for a member of the Liberal Senate Team, as it provides the best opportunity  for those living in rural and more regional areas of the North West Coast, such as the West Coast and King Island, to have access to government representation.”

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the meeting was a good opportunity for all three Mayors to discuss projects that had funding committed as part of the Federal election as well as those that missed out.

“Our main priority is to get the next phase of discussions underway to get a new pool in Smithton,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“However, from a regional perspective we are also keen to ensure there is a continued focus on improvements to the Bass Highway west of Burnie as well as further discussions on the Cradle Mountain Masterplan and the return of indexation to Federal Assistance Grants.”

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh said the meeting provided a chance to update the Senators on previously funded projects and future priorities.

“As all three Councils, plus West Coast and Kind Island, have recently released the Draft Sustainable Murchison Community Plan, we are in a far better position to lobby for priority projects as identified by our communities,” Mayor Walsh said.

“The meeting was also a chance for our Council to go over what’s happening at Somerset and Boat Harbour as well as lobby for funding for upgrades on the Wynyard waterfront as identified in the Wynyard Waterfront and Environs Masterplan.”

For further information please contact

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