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To: Simon Overland, General Manager, Burnie City Council

Save Burnie's Community, Arts and Tourism Services

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Save Burnie's Community, Arts and Tourism Services

Burnie City Council have made a decision to close the City's:
- Museum;
- Art Gallery;
- Visitor Information Centre;
- Paper Making Facilities at the Makers Workshop;
- Marketing, Events and Promotions department; and
- Community and Economic Development department.

The closure of these services will result in 25 redundancies and a loss of some of the City's main tourist attractions.

The loss of the arts, tourism attractions and the City's own community engagement sections will be hugely damaging to the fabric of Burnie.

We demand that Council reverse their decisions and stop these closures immediately.

Why is this important?

Burnie's arts, cultural and tourism sector is growing. Despite a pandemic, Burnie has seen domestic tourism return, and international tourism is on the cards sooner than anybody previously thought.

The City claims that their repeated deficits are to blame for these closures. These deficits were created through a reduction in rates, and they were planned for. These deficits are no surprise.

Council’s deficit last financial year was just $340,000; just 1% of their annual budget.

Council spent over $4 million on contract services last year and are expected to continue along this same trajectory into the future. Many of the services which were contracted out are services which could be done much cheaper in-house; such as cleaning, weed spraying, general construction and asphalt work.

Additionally, Council wasted over $550,000 in just five months last year on architectural services for a new Museum and Art Gallery, which will be thrown in the trash if these proposed changes go ahead.

It’s this wasteful approach to spending which is causing harm to the budget, not staffing these vital services for this community.

The decision to close many of the city's cultural institutions is incredibly short-sighted and extremely damaging to the fabric of Burnie.

Burnie City Council's employees worked right through the North-West's COVID-19 outbreak. The livelihoods of these dedicated, long term employees should be a key factor in any decision.

These closures will decimate any progress made towards a better Burnie for everyone and will result in a complete loss of vibrancy in the City.

The community have made their voices heard. Council has no mandate to close these services. The decision must be reversed.

Burnie TAS 7320, Australia

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Reasons for signing

  • If Burnie Council followed in the footsteps of Portland Vic (woodchip Port as well) they would have a thriving town, people visit each weekend to enjoy the amazing waterfront atmosphere, markets and a program to have an entertainment every weekend of the year, mini buses to nearby attractions, a small train trip from one side of town to the other, come on Burnie you already have the natural resources, built on that!!!
  • I visited Burnie from Queensland last week and literally the two places I went there were the Art Gallery and Makers Workshop. Art tourism.
  • MANY successful cultural industries practitioners have been raised in Burnie and flourished because of all the opportunities available to them here. Imagine a community without any cultural activities, amateur or professional : NO music - anywhere. NO drama - anywhere. NO visual arts - anywhere. NO literature - anywhere. IMAGINE the poverty and joylessness of such an existence! Is that what we really want for Burnie?

Updates

2021-05-13 20:06:16 +1000

500 signatures reached

2021-05-05 21:46:37 +1000

100 signatures reached

2021-05-05 18:20:21 +1000

50 signatures reached

2021-05-05 16:32:47 +1000

25 signatures reached

2021-05-05 13:40:38 +1000

10 signatures reached