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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Four council meetings this evening

THE Derwent Valley Council’s annual general meeting will be held this evening (Thursday), in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 5.30pm. The agenda and annual report can be downloaded from the council website, or obtained in hardcopy from the council chambers. The AGM is an opportunity to ask questions about the

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Ex-mayor back in the chair

General manager Greg Winton with Cr Jessica Cosgroveat the start of tonight’s council meeting. FORMER mayor Martyn Evans made an unexpected return to the chairman’s seat at tonight’s special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. With mayor Ben Shaw absent, and two elected members including the deputy mayor sidelined due

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Council to seek heritage house’s de-listing

16 George St, New Norfolk. THE Derwent Valley Council is pushing on with a proposal to remove a George St cottage from the Local Heritage Register, but only if the property owner agrees to reimburse the costs after the property has been sold. At the council meeting held in June,

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Pay rise for councillors

TASMANIA’S local government councillors have received their yearly pay rise. Councillors throughout the state receive an allowance in addition to any expenses covered by their respective councils. Each councillor receives a fixed allowance plus additional allowances for mayors and deputy mayors, all based on the size of the council. Each

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