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October update from the Derwent Valley Council

THE Derwent Valley Council published a monthly report to the community in the October 13 issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. The text of the advertisement is repeated here.

FROM THE MAYOR
Hello Derwent Valley! I hope this finds you well. Welcome to the first of what will be a monthly report to the public following each council meeting. In this month’s column, I’ll be unpacking some of the questions around Kensington Park. At our September meeting, Council resolved to consider of the sale of Kensington Park to Homes Tasmania. This process is provided for under the Local Government Act 1993 and requires a period of public consultation. Homes Tasmania is seeking land for residential development, for the purpose of increasing social and affordable housing, including rent-to-buy. They are also releasing residential land for home ownership for Tasmanians. It is important to know that we have not resolved to dispose of Kensington Park, only to begin a process for the views of the community to be heard. This process will start on 28 October 2023 and run for a period of 21 days as per the Act. The consultation period will be publicly notified and advertised on Council’s website. Comments will be invited in writing addressed to the General Manager or emailed to dvcouncil@dvc.tas.gov.au
Councillor Michelle Dracoulis,
Mayor – Derwent Valley Council

DECLARED DOG AREAS
At its meeting of 28 September 2023, Council declared its revised dog management areas, which came into effect on 1 October 2023. A regular review of these areas is required under the Dog Control Act 2000. The new areas, along with their conditions or restrictions, are largely a re-adoption of the previously declared areas, with the major change being the inclusion of Ellis Dean Reserve (outside of the mandatory Prohibited Public Areas) being classified a Restricted Area to allow for dogs on-lead at all times only. The public are reminded that, in addition to Council’s declarations, the Dog Control Act 2000 specifies the following prohibited public areas where dogs are prohibited from entering:
• any grounds of a school, preschool, kindergarten, creche or other place for the reception of
• children without the permission of a person in charge of the place
• any shopping centre or any shop
• the grounds of a public swimming pool
• any playing area of a sportsground on which sport is being played
• any area within 10 metres of a children’s playground.
However, these areas do not apply to a guide dog, a hearing dog or any premises related to the care and management of dogs.

FIRE ABATEMENTS
With the fire hazard season approaching and, given that there is likely an increased risk of bushfire, Council is getting our fire hazard warnings and abatement notice processes under way earlier than normal. Reminder letters will be sent in the coming weeks to remind all vacant landowners of their obligations throughout the fire hazard season. In addition, Council may become aware of nuisances though complaints in this regard. Inspections of these properties are undertaken and, if necessary, an abatement notice for the hazard will be issued, typically giving the landowner 14 days to have the land cleared. Not complying with an abatement notice may result in Council having contractors undertake the work at the owner’s expense. More information about fire hazards is available on Council’s website – www.derwentvalley.tas.gov.au/environment/fire-hazards. Council strongly urges owners and occupiers to proactively reduce the danger of fire which could arise from growth on your property and to keep that land clear from undergrowth until at least the end of March next year. This may require more than one cut and clearing during the season.

EVENT SUPPORT GRANTS AVAILABLE
Council has expanded its community grants program to now offer Event Grants to eligible organisations and groups that want to run community events that:
• Enhance community identity
• Encourage accessibility and community participation in the event and its related activities
• Support and enhance the cultural life of the Derwent Valley
• Acknowledge and celebrate cultural diversity
• Deliver economic benefits through increased visitation and promotion.
Grant applications opened on 10 October 2023 for events planned to be delivered between January and June 2024. Details about Event Grants and eligibility criteria can be found on the council’s website.

NEW NORFOLK SWIMMING POOL
The New Norfolk Pool opened for the 2023/2024 pool season on Saturday 7 October 2023. Pool opening hours are 10:00am until 6:00pm weekends and school holidays and 3:00pm to 6:00pm weekdays. Please see the New Norfolk Swimming Pool Facebook Page for updates and more information. The Bushy Park Pool will not be operating for the 2023/2024 season due to the impacts from the State Growth works replacing the adjacent Styx River Bridge on Gordon River Road.

DOG MANAGEMENT POLICY UPDATE
As part of its regular policy review cycle, the draft Dog Management Policy has been adopted by Council for the purposes of public consultation, as required by Dog Control Act 2000. The Act specifies the matters to be included in the policy which, after a substantial content review in 2017, is recommended to remain largely unchanged. However, given the recent declaration of the revised Dog Management Areas under a separate part of the Act, these areas are referred to but not included in the policy. Consultation has commenced and will run for 28 days. Comments are invited in writing, addressed to the General Manager or emailed to dvcouncil@dvc.tas.gov.au and will be received up to Monday 6 November 2023.

MEET COUNCILLOR DERKSEN
Councillors have been selected at random to write for this page. Cr Justin Derksen is first up.
Being a Derwent Valley Councillor is a pivotal role in shaping the lives of residents within our beautiful Valley, making significant contributions to the overall wellbeing of our community. I see local councillors as the voice of the people from the grassroots level. As a councillor we are elected to represent the interests and concerns of the ratepayer, removing ourselves as necessary, ensuring that the local government’s decisions align with the needs and desires of the community. This direct representation fosters a sense of democracy and accountability in the local government structure. We bear the responsibility of making crucial decisions that impact various aspects of community life, and provide advocacy for local education, healthcare to infrastructure and public safety. Providing direction in the allocation of resources, setting of policies, and making decisions that directly affect the quality of life for residents. I am proud to represent my community as a councillor and truly believe that our best days are ahead of us, it takes vision, hard work, determination, and most of all heart. It’s a role that is deeply intertwined with the welfare of one’s neighbour, and community. It demands dedication, empathy, and a commitment to the betterment of the community. In my opinion the people who live here are the most important element of the Derwent Valley, in a truly special place that I am proud to call home.

UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETINGS
Council’s ordinary meeting for this month will be held two days earlier than usual due to the Hobart Show Day public holiday. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 24 October 2023, in the Council Social Rooms in Circle St, New Norfolk, starting at 6pm. The November council meeting is scheduled to be held in the Social Rooms at 6pm on Thursday, 23 November 2023. On Thursday, 14 December 2023, the monthly council meeting will be held at 6pm followed by the Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm at the same venue.

derwentvalley.tas.gov.au
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dvcouncil@dvc.tas.gov.au
03 6261 8500

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