The new name for the New Norfolk Esplanade is…

A foggy morning at the New Norfolk Esplanade earlier this month. A PROPOSAL to rename the esplanade reserve at New Norfolk to “New Norfolk Esplanade” has been supported by the Derwent Valley Council. A report from an unnamed council officer to last week’s monthly council meeting said there was an

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Council loses senior staff

Mark Eady TWO senior members of staff have parted company with the Derwent Valley Council in recent weeks. A note in the agenda documents for last week’s council meeting mentioned the departure of corporate and community services manager Mark Eady on April 18. It is reported he will take up

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Mayor’s statement on distillery approval process

THIS is the unedited* text of Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw’s Facebook post, published yesterday in relation to Thursday night’s council meeting. “So we had a council meeting last night.For the main it all went as normal and pretty much to schedule.We did have the very important and very topical

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Council gets a fortnight to decide on distillery

Part of the audience at Thursday’s council meeting. THE Derwent Valley Council has been granted a two week extension to deal with the development application for a rum distillery at Willow Court in New Norfolk. The application was to have been decided on at last Thursday night’s council meeting but

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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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