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 THE door has been shut on public forums at Derwent Valley Council meetings in New Norfolk, which have been replaced by “listening posts” at public events starting with tomorrow’s Autumn Festival.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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Council not keen on changing the date

Councillors Anne Salt, seated, andRachel Power. THE latest move to change the date of Australia Day will not be supported by the Derwent Valley Council.  Following last weekend’s successful “Australia Day Take 2” celebration being held in the upper Derwent Valley, Councillor Rachel Power proposed that the council support the

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Ex-mayor urges councils to stick together

Martyn Evans speaking at last night’s council meeting. REGIONAL councils should stick with the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority despite the potential departure of metropolitan counterparts, former mayor Martyn Evans told last night’s Derwent Valley Council meeting Councillor Evans said he had attended many STCA meetings in his previous role as

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Council forums on the chopping block again

A council officer recommends closing the doors on the publicforums held prior to council meetings in New Norfolk. PUBLIC forums at the Derwent Valley Council’s monthly meetings are once again on the chopping block, with a council officer recommending that only those held at Granton,  Westerway, Maydena, Lachlan, Bushy Park and Molesworth

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Target on plastic as council considers waste strategy

Mayor Ben Shaw, left, speaking at the last council meeting. BALLOONS, straws and all products packaged in plastic should be banned, Cr Julie Triffett said during debate on a proposal for a local waste strategy at last month’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. Stung by the community response to recent decisions

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Reader’s letter: council conduct

Letter to the EditorDuct & Weave I truly recommend that ratepayers attend as many council meetings and workshops as possible. It is hard to express the feeling in writing that a person gets when they are part of history in the making. The meeting on the 22nd of February 2019

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Second code of conduct stoush looming

A SECOND confrontation is looming between the Derwent Valley Council and State Parliament over the issue of the model code of conduct for councillors. Three years after running foul of the State Government after repeatedly refusing to replace its own code of conduct with the parliament-mandated model, the council has

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Aboriginal recognition urged for council meetings

Diane Cowburn making herstatement to the council. A LOCAL resident took the Derwent Valley Council by surprise when she delivered an Acknowlegement of Country before last month’s council meeting. Molesworth resident Diane Cowburn rose to her feet at the start of the public forum preceding the council meeting and made

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Council axes tip fees on reusable metal

The reduced tip fees schedule was published last week. FEES for the disposal of scrap metal, e-waste and whitegoods at Derwent Valley Council tip sites have been removed after six months of debate. Waste disposal fees have been a sore point since the council budget was handed down in the

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