Councillor questions Willow Court ownership plan

The overflowing public gallery at last week’s council meeting. LONG-TERM ownership of the section of Willow Court presently under Derwent Valley Council control is unclear as the council pursues an arts and culture concept proposed by the Salamanca Arts Centre and the recently-established Derwent Valley Arts, and the first stage

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Regional role for Derwent Valley mayor

Cr Ben Shaw FORMER mayor Martyn Evans has congratulated his successor, Ben Shaw, on his election to the general management committee of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) for a two-year term until July 2021. Speaking at the monthly council meeting last Thursday night, Cr Evans asked that a

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Arts hub future for Willow Court

AN arts and culture hub will be established at New Norfolk’s Willow Court under a proposal given in-principle support at last night’s monthly meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. In one of five agenda items dealing directly with the former convict hospital site, the council agreed to enter negotiations to allow

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Willow Court topics on the table

The southern wing of the “barracks” building at Willow Court. WILLOW Court is the subject of multiple agenda items up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the Derwent Valley Council in the New Norfolk Courthouse this evening. In one of the first items to be debated, Councillor Anne Salt

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Distillery given tick of approval

Cr Martyn Evans addressing tonight’s meeting. THE rum distillery proposed for Willow Court has been given conditional approval at tonight’s special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. After two councillors declared conflicts of interest and left the room, the remaining five councillors gave unanimous approval to the first stage of

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Special meeting for distillery application

Illustration of the front section of Alonnah House at Willow Court, which is proposed for converting into a distillery. A SPECIAL council meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) to allow councillors a second opportunity to consider the development application for a distillery at Willow Court in New Norfolk. Local business

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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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