New Chair for STCA

Media Release

At the Annual General Meeting of the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA), Damon Thomas, Lord Mayor of Hobart, was appointed as the new Chairman replacing outgoing Chairman Alderman Rob Valentine.

Tony Bisdee, Mayor of Southern Midlands, was appointed as Deputy Chairman, replacing the outgoing Deputy Alderman Jock Campbell.

“The Board would very much like to express their thanks to both Ald Rob Valentine and Ald Jock Campbell for the time and effort they put into the STCA.” said Ald Damon Thomas.

“The STCA has made significant progress on some key issues over the last few years, including the development of the Southern Regional Land Use Strategy and the Southern Integrated Transport Plan.” said Ald Damon Thomas.

“The STCA is currently working with the councils on major regional issues such as the future structure of local government in the region, adaptation to the impacts of climate change on the region, economic development and a study of industrial land use in the region. We are also continuing to implement the Southern Weed Strategy, and continuing to pursue cost saving measures such as region-wide purchasing for the 12 southern Councils.” said Ald Thomas.

“Southern Tasmania is confronting some real challenges in the future. It is my aim, as the in-coming Chair of the STCA, to ensure that the STCA continues to work with the 12 Councils to support the continuing upgrades to the Midlands Highway and the Bridgewater Bridge and to pursue improvements to critical tourism infrastructure such as the Arthur Highway and the Highland Lakes Road.

“We will also continue to advocate for improvements in critical areas such as public transport, the development of our Antarctic Gateway and improvements in the arrangements for water and sewerage delivery in the region.

“The Board also recognises the need to ensure that Local Government can continue to be a strong, vibrant and relevant sphere of government that remains accessible to our communities and we will therefore continue our conversation with the community over the best way for local government to structure itself to meet those future challenges.”

For further information please contact:
Alderman Damon Thomas

Mobile: 0419 355 115