Petitioners seek budget action

Barry Lathey and Phil Bingley

PETITIONS requesting formal consideration of four budget submissions were presented to the Derwent Valley Council last week. Organiser Phil Bingley handed the petitions to deputy mayor Barry Lathey on Friday.

The first petition relates to having an economic development plan (EDP) in accordance with the council’s strategic plan. “I am passionate about this and … was very disappointed with council’s answer to my question at the Bushy Park council meeting, ie that council would not be progressing the EDP because of the downturn in the forestry industry and the possibility of school closures. Yet again council quickly looks for excuses and sits on its hands,” Mr Bingley said.

“Now is the very time to have an EDP with objectives that promotes a positive identity for New Norfolk as a business-friendly town, supports small business development and expansion and aims at attracting new investment into New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley,” he said. The petition was signed by 64 individuals representing over 30 businesses in New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley requesting that the council initiates an economic development plan in 2012/13.

The second petition was signed by 139 residents calling on the council to reseal Glebe Rd between The Avenue and Lachlan Rd. “It’s more like driving on a cobbled street than a sealed road … and needs priority attention given the volume of traffic that uses the road,” Mr Bingley said.

The third petition (12 signatures) requests that curb and guttering be installed along a section of Lachlan Rd where the absence of a proper stormwater system is said to cause water infiltration under some houses.

The fourth petition (seven signatures) requests the sealing of Triffetts Rd, Glenfern, to stop dust causing a nuisance to residents in the area.

Submissions received by the close of business last Friday are to be considered in budget deliberations starting shortly.

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