Media release: Candidate Paul Belcher

Paul Belcher inspecting an illegal dumping site on Box Hill,
near New Norfolk.

Press Release – October 1, 2018
Paul Belcher, Candidate for Councillor and Mayor, Derwent Valley Council

Today I meet a ratepayer who used six vouchers to dispose of two single bed mattresses at the New Norfolk tip, which would have cost her $48 (WOW).

If elected I will bring to the table free disposal of green waste, metal and allowing car wrecks back to the tip site. Green waste is mulched up and used on the tip to cover it and metal is crushed and sold, so I do not think users should be paying to deposit them.

Tip vouchers should be a choice, not forced on ratepayers for $86 a year. I believe the people of Derwent Valley should have an option to purchase these as a lot of people are forced to, and don’t use them.

Household rubbish has been dumped in multiple locations on
Box Hill near New Norfolk.

I will also work to deliver a hard waste collection two times a year which will hopefully stop the illegal dumping of these big items.

Dumping of waste is on the increase around the Valley and we as ratepayers have to pay to have it cleaned up.

We need councillors who are fighting for the ratepayers who they work for and not thinking they work for council.

Written and authorised by Paul Belcher, 68 Derwent Tce, New Norfolk 7140.

All candidates are invited to submit statements and photos for publication by emailing
When do you vote? Voting packs will start to be delivered on October 8 and must be returned by 10am on October 30 for your vote to count. Full details about the council election process can be found here.
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