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Cautious council cancels meetings, citing Covid concerns

THE July 22 Derwent Valley Council meeting has been cancelled due to the unavailability of two senior staff members and an elected member who are isolating themselves due to COVID-19 concerns. In a video posted online this afternoon, mayor Ben Shaw said the trio did not have COVID-19 but were

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Letter to the editor: community engagement

I’VE been going through tonight’s (June 24) Derwent Valley Council meeting agenda for a third time. What really has hit home for me in this one is item 10.7. If you are not familiar with this one, here we go: it is about undertaking a Communications & Engagement Survey. It

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Senior staff depart Derwent Valley Council

SENIOR staff departures from the Derwent Valley Council have now exceeded five so far this year, following the recent resignation of the senior planning officer. Last month’s council meeting heard that the senior planning officer, Linda Graham, had left to join the Planning Commission. Ms Graham’s departure follows those of

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Mayoral nomination dominated special meeting

LAST night’s special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council spent longer discussing a plan to nominate mayor Ben Shaw to be president of the Local Government Association than it did to approve a subdivision, two planning scheme amendments and a development application. Held to deal with matters deferred from last

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Deputy mayor standing in for a month

THE Derwent Valley Council will have its first female acting mayor, with Jessica Cosgrove tonight announcing that she would be standing in for mayor Ben Shaw for the next month. Posting on Facebook, Cr Cosgrove said Cr Shaw had been granted a leave of absence until May 3. As the

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Ex-mayor back in the chair

THE absence of three councillors including the mayor and deputy mayor resulted in former mayor Martyn Evans (pictured above) being selected to chair last night’s meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. The council has struggled to attract its full complement of councillors to its last few meetings. Three councillors were

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Low-key council AGM after two deferrals

LAST week’s twice-delayed annual general meeting of the Derwent Valley Council was the most low-key in recent years. With three councillors absent from the meeting, the small public gallery outnumbered the elected members. Lasting about 23 minutes, the meeting was also one of the shortest AGMs of late. There were

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Council’s one-minute discussion of $38m wish-list

THREE councillors were absent from tonight’s Derwent Valley Council meeting in the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall. With a reasonably brief agenda, the meeting lasted just over 30 minutes. Eight members of staff were in attendance and mayor Ben Shaw explained that they were present to provide advice if it

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Pioneer Wall booted for footy statue

A WALL remembering the contributions of pioneer families of the Derwent Valley has been demolished to make way for the statue of football great Peter Hudson. Onlookers last week were shocked to see the wall being knocked down and questioned what would become of the family plaques. With the statue

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Second deferral for council AGM

NEXT week’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting has been postponed for an unspecified period due to the lack of a critical document. Originally scheduled to be held in December, the AGM was initially deferred to February 25 and it has now been put off until a later date. A

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Letter to the editor: annual report unavailable

I CRUISED into the council offices on Friday, February 12, hoping to get an early St Valentines Day gift, but it was not to be. There was no Derwent Valley Council annual report to be found. I’m sure that a case for delay can be presented within the context of

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Council meetings back in the open

ABOUT 15 members of the public took the opportunity to attend the first open meeting of the Derwent Valley Council since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The council has been meeting behind closed doors since last March and is one of the last to return to public sessions. Under

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