Councillor attendance questioned

Wayne Shoobridge. A REQUEST for councillor attendance records to be published each month is yet to be formally considered, despite being raised during public question time at the last two meetings of the Derwent Valley Council. The agenda documents for this Thursday night’s council meeting state that the matter was

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Council to meet at Lachlan

THE Derwent Valley Council will travel to Lachlan for its monthly meeting this Thursday evening. This will start with a public forum at 5.30pm, followed by the council meeting at 6pm. The venue will be the Lachlan Community Hall. Items for debate include the conditional approval of the first stage

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Councillor laments lack of training

Cr Anne Salt addressing the meeting. COUNCILLOR Anne Salt told last month’s Derwent Valley Council meeting of her disappointment at having had a code of conduct complaint made against her last year, particularly as she had received no training at that point. The subsequent investigation resulted in Cr Salt receiving

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Latest election promise hits a roadblock

Part of the Plenty Valley Link Rd near New Norfolk. THE Labor Party’s federal election promise to upgrade the Plenty Link Rd between the Derwent and Huon valleys could result in the route being closed to the public, Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw said today. Commenting on Facebook after the

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Councillor’s code of conduct chargeback call

Cr Martyn Evans speaking during last week’s council meeting. COSTS associated with investigations into a complaint against him should be charged back to the state’s Code of Conduct panel, Councillor Martyn Evans told last week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. The meeting heard that allegations made against Cr Evans had been

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Councillor defends decision to take leave

Paul Belcher IN a wide-ranging interview on community radio this morning, Derwent Valley councillor Paul Belcher defended his decision to apply for three months leave from council duties and challenged other councillors to show that they were earning their allowances. Cr Belcher told Tyga FM host Nigel Jones that he

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Councillor granted three months leave

Paul Belcher THREE months leave from council business was granted to Derwent Valley councillor Paul Belcher at last Thursday night’s monthly meeting. Mayor Ben Shaw told the meeting that a request for a leave of absence had been received from Cr Belcher for three months from April 18. General manager

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Council meeting suspended over question time row

Ben Shaw, right, leaving the chair after adjourning last night’scouncil meeting for 30 minutes. LAST night’s Derwent Valley Council meeting was suspended for 30 minutes after the mayor refused to allow a personal statement to be made during public question time. After dealing with several questions from local residents, mayor

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Council to expand kerbside collection areas

Saddle Rd, running between Magra and New Norfolk, is one of12 roads to be offered kerbside rubbish and recycling collection.  JUST over 200 homes in the Derwent Valley Council area will be offered the chance to opt-in to the existing household waste and recycling collection service. Councillors tonight gave unanimous

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Council “more open” after shutting the door

Councillors Salt and Power. THE door has been shut on public forums at Derwent Valley Council meetings in New Norfolk, which have been replaced by “listening posts” at public events starting with tomorrow’s Autumn Festival. Moving the adoption of the new community forums schedule at last month’s council meeting, Cr

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Councillors abandon code of conduct opposition

Cr Anne Salt. A SECOND confrontation with Local Government minister Peter Gutwein has been avoided after Derwent Valley councillors reversed their opposition to the updated code of conduct for elected members. Despite the arguments against the new code of conduct heard at the February council meeting, the majority of councillors

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Deputy mayor sorry for Facebook comments

Cr Jessica Cosgrove addressing last week’s council meeting.She explained that her new look was as a result of having herhead shaved for charity after local high school students raisedmore than $3000. DEPUTY mayor Jessica Cosgrove has apologised for a social media post criticising local businesses over a petition. Cr Cosgrove

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