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Deputy mayor hoping to fly the flag

A VOTE at the Derwent Valley Council meeting this week may see the Australian Aboriginal Flag flown at the council chambers in New Norfolk for the first time in 25 years. The council flew the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags for NAIDOC Week in 1996, but not since. Deputy

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Late ballots block council staff industrial action

A UNION representing staff at the Derwent Valley Council will apply to Fair Work Australia for another vote on protected industrial action after a recent ballot was declared to have failed to reach the minimum number of votes required. The Australian Electoral Commission said the majority of the votes cast

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Derwent Valley Council budget – in their own words

The following media release issued by the Derwent Valley Council is published without alteration. LAST [Thursday] night, Derwent Valley Council met to pass down their annual budget, approving a 3% increase on rates for this financial year along with a number of other increases to fund operations for the next

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Rate rise may hit 9% for some in the Derwent Valley

THE Derwent Valley Council last night handed down a 3% rate rise for the 2021-22 financial year but a manager confirmed the impact may be as high as 9% for some ratepayers. About half of the $19.5 million budget will be funded by rates and charges, with the remainder to

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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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