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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Community committee OK with tip fees

A COMMITTEE appointed to review the Derwent Valley Council’s waste management charges has reportedly recommended against changing either the existing fee structure or the tip-ticket system. A report to the December council meeting said the group had instead proposed a range of initiatives to better inform the public about the

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Council forums live to fight another day

Councillors Luke Browning, left, Anne Salt and Rachel Powerat last month’s council meeting. THE first Derwent Valley Council meeting for 2019 – on January 24 – will start with the usual public forum after the final meeting of 2018 saw councillors back away from the plan to end the 30-minute

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Council backs its general manager

General manager Greg Winton, left,with mayor Ben Shaw. THE terms of the employment of Derwent Valley Council general manager Greg Winton have been reaffirmed by the recently-elected council. A statement on the council website says Mr Winton’s performance was discussed at the final council meeting of 2018, along with the

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Mayor: Gazette ‘on its last legs’

The last issue of the Gazette for 2018 couldbe the last under its current ownership. MAYOR Ben Shaw has taken aim at the Derwent Valley Gazette following social media speculation that the 65-year-old local newspaper will soon be under new ownership. “Not sure who the new owners will be but

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Mayor’s Christmas communication

Mayor Ben Shaw in his video message on Facebook. THIS is the text of a video Christmas message from Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw that was posted on the council’s Facebook page earlier today. “G’day everybody, Ben Shaw here, the new mayor of the Derwent Valley Council and welcome to

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Council annual general meeting rundown

In a video posted on Facebook, Cr Rachel Power, front, said fivepeople had caused an uproar in the public gallery at the councilAGM last week and 20-odd had encouraged them.  FACING its second no-confidence motion in as many years, the Derwent Valley Council’s annual general meeting last week had one

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Power: No decision on response to bullying

Rachel Power. THE Derwent Valley Council has made no formal decisions on its response to alleged bullying and intimidation at last week’s annual general meeting, Councillor Rachel Power said today. Responding to the New Norfolk News’ request for information about what decision the council had made in its closed meeting

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Councillors slam public behaviour at annual meeting

The crowded venue for the council’s annual general meeting. SEVERAL councillors have taken to social media to decry what they describe as bullying, intimidation and bad language in the public gallery at Thursday night’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting. Mayor Ben Shaw described the situation as a “line in

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Council narrowly avoids no-confidence vote

General manager Greg Winton, left, and mayor Ben Shaw discussing the votingon the no-confidence motion. COUNCILLORS have used their numbers to defeat a no-confidence motion at the Derwent Valley Council’s annual general meeting. Facing its second confidence motion in as many years, the council failed to have its annual report accepted at

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