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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Council’s new rules for the new year

Only councillors Jessica Cosgrove and Anne Salt were in theirseats when mayor Ben Shaw opened the council’s first publicforum for the year. ONLY two other councillors were present when Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw opened the first public forum for 2019 just after the new starting time of 5.30pm on

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Councillor’s bullying claim “a personal opinion”

Anne Stephenson asking her question. CLAIMS of bullying by people in the public gallery at the December council meetings were the personal opinion of one councillor, Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw said at the first council meeting for 2019. Responding to a local resident’s question, Cr Shaw said he was

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Councillors give up control of credit cards

THE need for council approval before the issuing of a mayoral credit card has been removed by the new Derwent Valley Council. At its final meeting before Christmas, the incoming council unanimously approved a new credit card policy that increased the number of council credit cards from two to five,

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