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Autumn Festival cancelled for third year in a row

THIS year’s Derwent Valley Autumn Festival has been cancelled due to ongoing challenges associated with large-scale events during the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was to have been held on April 3. Acting Derwent Valley mayor Jessica Cosgrove said the council had been informed of the cancellation. “I understand the committee’s

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Two councillors join mayoral race

TWO serving councillors have announced their intention to nominate for the vacant position of mayor of the Derwent Valley Council, promising to bring stability to the unsettled local authority. Acting mayor Jessica Cosgrove and fellow councillor Julie Triffett join the two other publicly-declared mayoral candidates Michelle Dracoulis and Peter Binny.

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Information session next week for potential council candidates

AN information session will be held next week for people who may be considering running as a candidate in next month’s Derwent Valley Council by-elections. The dual by-election will elect a new mayor and councillor. Derwent Valley Council general manager Dean Griggs will conduct the information session at 6pm on

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First two mayoral candidates out of the blocks

A FORMER deputy mayor and a local artist are the first two intending candidates for the vacant position of mayor of the Derwent Valley Council. Nominations for the vacancy open next Monday and a by-election will be held via postal voting between January 25 and February 22. Photographer and art

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High St upgrade starts this week

A SIX-MONTH program to improve the streetscape at the top end of New Norfolk’s main street is expected to start this week. The Derwent Valley Council has appointed local business MSD Constructions to carry out this first stage of the High St improvement works. The council has advised that temporary

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Youth worker joins council table

YOUTH worker Matt Hill has been elected by recount to fill the Derwent Valley Council vacancy caused by the recent resignation of Paul Belcher. Mr Hill, of New Norfolk, will join Magra’s James Graham as the second of two new councillors at next month’s council meeting. Mr Hill is well-known

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February election to find new mayor

THE Derwent Valley Council will not have a new mayor until late February. Tasmanian electoral commissioner Andrew Hawkey has today announced that by-elections will be held by postal voting between January 25 and February 22. “Following the resignation of mayor Ben Shaw on Saturday, December 11, by-elections conducted by postal

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James Graham returns to Derwent Valley Council

DISABILITY support worker James Graham has been elected to replace Martyn Evans as a councillor on the Derwent Valley Council. Mr Graham, of Magra, previously served as a councillor from 2009-2018. Mr Evans’ seat on the council was declared vacant after he missed three monthly meetings in a row. Mr

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‘Despicable community members’ force mayor from office

A BY-ELECTION is likely to be held in the new year to elect a new mayor and councillor to replace Ben Shaw who has announced his immediate resignation today. In a post on Facebook this morning, Mr Shaw said the demands of the mayoral role, full-time work, and “social media

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Legal stoush sees council AGM abandoned

THE Derwent Valley Council will attempt to reschedule its annual general meeting to be held in January after last night’s meeting was abandoned on a legal issue. From the public gallery, former council general manager Steve Mackey said the council had failed to comply with the Local Government Act and

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Belcher bows out: ‘Some will be delighted to see me go’

THE Derwent Valley Council has lost a second councillor in only a week, with the resignation of Paul Belcher earlier today. In a Facebook post late this afternoon, Mr Belcher advised of his resignation and said it had been in the wind for six months. “It is not a decision

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