Local Government office “aware” of council issues

Cr Paul Belcher. A COUNCILLOR’S request for a formal inquiry into social media comments by elected members has been refused by Derwent Valley Council general manager Greg Winton. During councillor question time at the end of last week’s council meeting, Cr Paul Belcher said there were comments online, allegedly from

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Mayor’s Valley Vision apology

Mayor Ben Shaw, centre, with Richard Warner and GovernorKate Warner in a photo shared on his public Facebook pageon two recent occasions.  COUNCILLOR Ben Shaw delivered the following apology from the mayor’s seat at last week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting following publication of private messages about Mr Richard Warner, the

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No news on council meeting just yet

IN the interest of accuracy the New Norfolk News will delay its reporting of last night’s Derwent Valley Council meeting until the audio recording of the meeting is made public. Reporter Damian Bester was unable to attend the meeting and will await the publishing of the official recording of the

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Council to acknowledge first Tasmanians

Former councillor James Graham makingthe first Acknowledgement of Country ata council meeting two years ago. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community as the traditional owners of the land occupied by the Derwent Valley Council will be made at monthly council meetings following a near-unanimous decision last month. Following repeated requests

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Council staff call in the union

A REPRESENTATIVE of the Ausrtalian Services Union will visit the Derwent Valley Council next  week to discuss health and safety matters. “We have received multiple requests from members at Derwent Valley Council to assist with the election of Health and Safety Representatives in accordance with the Health and Safety Act

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Five dollars trimmed from your rates rise

Cr Rachel Power, right, addressing the budget meeting. FIVE dollars was trimmed from each ratepayer’s bill for 2019-20 during the brief discussion of the Derwent Valley Council’s budget at last week’s special meeting in the New Norfolk Courthouse. Two alterations were made to the draft budget before it was unanimously

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Council statement on bird cull

DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL MEDIA STATEMENT Results of Independent Review 26/07/2019 Council has received the independent investigation report into the poisoning of the birdlife at Tynwald Park. Late yesterday afternoon, the mayor, elected members and staff were briefed on the findings. The report highlights the need for improved internal communications within

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Council’s “sensible budget”

DERWENT VALLEY COUNCILMEDIA RELEASEDerwent Valley Council releases “sensible” budget Derwent Valley Council have approved their 2019/2020 budget, labelling it as “sensible, but future focussed”. Mayor Ben Shaw has said “I’m happy with the budget the Council has handed down tonight. We’re including something for everyone. We’ve balanced the need to address

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Council rate rise recommended

A RATES increase of just under 4% will be recommended to councillors when the Derwent Valley Council holds a special meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) evening to set its budget for the coming year. A draft budget with a 3.95% rates increase will be considered by councillors, following what former mayor Martyn

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Willow Court assessment process questioned

Acting general manager Daniel Smee, left, and mayor Ben Shaw during last night’s council meeting. NEGOTIATIONS for the use of buildings at Willow Court will continue despite concerns over the Derwent Valley Council’s handling of the process. Last night’s council meeting faced a second round of public questions about the

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Mayor calls for code of conduct review

Mayor Ben Shaw TASMANIA’S Code of Conduct for councillors needs some work, Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw told last month’s council meeting following the conclusion of a case against him. The state’s conduct panel dismissed multiple complaints about Cr Shaw but issued him with a caution in relation to treating

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Don’t ask about the geese

QUESTIONS or comments about the recent poisoning of birds at Tynwald Park will not be addressed until the completion of an independent review, a spokesman has announced on the Derwent Valley Council’s Facebook page this afternoon. With the monthly council meeting to be held this Thursday night, an unsigned statement

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