COUNCIL BRIEFS

At the last monthly council meeting on Thursday evening, Circular Head Councillor John Oldaker raised concerns about the deterioration of the Bass Highway, specifically the section at the Smithton end of the Togari straight, and queried whether the council had received any response from the Department of State Growth. He was advised that no response has been received to date.

Cr David Woodward drew attention to a schedule of 32 cruise ships that are scheduled to dock in Burnie this cruise ship season, and enquired what the council could do to attract more visitors to Circular Head, including cruise ships into Stanley, to benefit the area. Mayor Daryl Quilliam said forums had been provided earlier in the week in relation to the topic which presented useful information. Strategic governance director Matthew Saward advised that he and other staff attended these forums, and informed councillors that the Circular Head Tourism Association had plans to make contact with cruise tour agents to gain an understanding of what experiences travellers want while onshore. This may include having these agents visit Circular Head to identify locations and experiences they think would attract visitors. He also advised that the cancellation of a visit to Stanley by a cruise ship this summer season was due to the cancellation of the Australian leg of the cruise.

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