Mayors Update

The Ordinary Meeting of Council was held on Tuesday 25 January 2022 in Queenstown. Unfortunately, we had IT issues with the LIVE Stream of the meeting to the community. An audio recording of the open session of the meeting has been made available on the Council website. The meeting was closed to the public due to the current COVID-19 exposure risk.

Questions from the public could be submitted via the General Manager. There were two questions received.

Vikki Iwanicki 17 Railway Reserve Queenstown

What steps have West Coast Council put in place to ensure that a high level of continued engagement with the local community and broader audiences is still possible?

The General Manager took the question on notice.

Vikki Iwanicki 17 Railway Reserve Queenstown

What processes does Council have in place to ensure this, and all information shared in web links is working so that the public have easy access to important information?

The General Manager advised that the links to the Community Bushfire Plans should now be fixed.

The General Manger took the question on notice.


Questions Without Notice

Councillor Ryan – Sykes

Mayor, would Council now fly the first nations flag on the Council building and display it at our ordinary council meetings?

The Mayor advised that we do display the First Nations Flag in the Council Chambers building. There are no flags displayed on Council buildings. There are flags flown on flag poles at Miners Siding but given there are only two flag poles there, there would be an expense to in install another flagpole. The Mayor asked the General Manager to include in RAP discussions.

Councillor Graham

In the Livable Communities Strategy there was mention of housing stock and the installation of walk-in showers for our aged in the community. Have we done any of this?

The Mayor took the question on notice and requested that Councillor Graham send in his question in writing for minuting purposes.


There was a variety of correspondence presented to Council at the meeting.

Correspondence Out


The Unconformity

Letter of Support

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania

West Coast Council Support for Tourism Initiatives

Business Grants Hub (DISER)

Letter of Support

Mayor Annette Rockliff

Letter of Condolence

The Paragon Theatre

Letter of Support

Local Government Board

Local Government Reform

Deputy Premier Rockliff

West Coast District Hospital

Minister Courtney

Teacher Retention of the West Coast

Correspondence In


Elizabeth Jane

Citizenship Thankyou

Department of State Growth

West Coast Business Support Grant Program


Approval of Specifications and Drawings of New Landfill Cell

Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff

West Coast District Hospital Upgrades




That Council approve $2000 sought by Ten Lives Cat Centre to deliver the Edu.Cat program in West Coast schools.

Moved: Cr Evans

Seconded: Cr Newman

Outcome: The Motion was PUT and Carried

Against: Cr Gerrity and Cr Graham



That Council approve $2000, or part thereof as requested by Anglicare for the International Women’s Day Art Exhibition and Workshop.



Outcome: The funding application was withdrawn.



That Council approve $1,500 or part thereof, as requested by Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre for the Youth Week Colour Run.

Moved: Cr Ryan-Sykes

Seconded: Cr Stringer

Outcome: The Motion was PUT and Carried Unanimously



That the report by the Planning Officer dated 20 January 2022 concerning development application DA 2021/45 be received and that Council approve the proposed intensification of existing quarry at Heemskirk Road, West Coast (PID 3388303) subject to the following conditions:

Intensification of use

Consent is for the existing Extractive Industry use to increase its maximum capacity from 18,000 cubic metres to 50,000 cubic metres per year.

EPA conditions

The person responsible for the activity must comply with the conditions contained in Permit Part B. Permit Conditions – Environmental No. 10599, EPA ref. No. 20/8383 issued 1 November 2021 under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, which is attached and endorsed to be a document forming part of this permit.

Route improvements

The route along Heemskirk Road is to be upgraded in accordance with the requirements of the Traffic Impact Assessment by RJK Consulting Engineers: Ref. 20/21 TAS 042 V1, dated 18 November 2021. A copy of which is endorsed as part of this permit.

Car parking

The provision for onsite car parking must be equal to or exceed one space per two employees.

Any new parking, access ways, manoeuvring and circulation spaces on the site must comply with the following:

  • ● be constructed with a durable all-weather pavement;
  • ● contain generated stormwater within the boundaries of the site;
  • ● have a gradient in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2890 – Parking facilities, Parts 1-6;
  • ● provide for vehicles to enter and exit the site in a forward direction;
  • ● have car parking space dimensions which satisfy the requirements in Table C2.3 of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme – West Coast;
  • ● have a combined access and manoeuvring width adjacent to parking spaces not less than the requirements in Table C2.3 of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme – West Coast where there are 3 or more car parking spaces; and
  • ● be delineated by line marking or other clear physical means.

Moved: Cr Newman

Seconded: Cr Evans

Outcome: The Motion was PUT and Carried

Against: Cr Ryan-Sykes

Agendas and Minutes for the Council Meetings can be accessed on the West Coast Council website and hard copies are available for viewing at West Coast Council Agencies as listed below:

· West Coast Council Queenstown

· Post Office Strahan

· Post Office Zeehan

· Rosebery District High School Rosebery

· Tullah Post Office

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