Mayors Message

 

Welcome to the City of Mount Gambier website which outlines Council services, policies, activities and facilities.

I am very pleased to let you know that the New Venture Institute of Flinders University’s proposal to the Australian Government’s Incubator Support Initiative at AusIndustry has been successful. The Federal Government will provide $500,000 to support the initiative. It follows Council’s decision in April, 2017 to endorse a commitment of $100,000 to support the proposal to drive business and technology and foster regional development. The Incubator Project will provide the ability to link with global networks, experienced mentors and provide a springboard for co-working and business hub development will aid sustainability over the long term.

The Incubator Project is also supported by the South Australian Government including $150,000 in funding committed by the Department of State Development to the NVI proposal for infrastructure costs via the GigCity project. $500,000 has also been allocated to facilitate the Mount Gambier extension of the high speed optic fibre (AARNet) from UniSA into the Mount Gambier CBD to ensure that the business innovation hub has superior connectivity for research and development.

The City of Mount Gambier continues to build on Friendship Agreements established with Baotou, Inner Mongolia and Lu’an, Anhui Province in 2016 for potential cooperation within the areas of agriculture, innovation and education. During a 13 day Regional Business Delegation to China in October, the focus shifted from just product export and distribution to include the delivery of services, including sheep and cattle genetics, livestock and fodder management, dairy training, technology transfer, premium food distribution and education. The delegation was supported by the Limestone Coast Local Government Association (LCLGA), representing the seven councils throughout the region and Regional Development Australia (RDA).

We are very fortunate to have celebrated jazz musician James Morrison based in the city Mount Gambier. He promotes our city tirelessly through his passion for jazz and fosters local and international talent through the Academy and the annual Generations in Jazz event. Mr Morrison was instrumental in the effort to secure Sydney’s bid to host International Jazz Day in 2019, it’s a real coup for Australia and an outstanding achievement on his behalf.

Tension Woods College has been selected as one of three finalists in the Oceanic region for Zayed Future Energy Prize, a grant worth $100,000US. The City of Mount Gambier is proud to endorse the project based around a STEM hub dedicated to the investigation of current and future clean energy generation. We wish the College the best of luck in its final round submission.

Thank you for visiting our website and if you’re not a local, we hope you will come and visit us and enjoy the unique experience our City and region has to offer.

MAYOR ANDREW LEE

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