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Low-key council AGM after two deferrals

LAST week’s twice-delayed annual general meeting of the Derwent Valley Council was the most low-key in recent years. With three councillors absent from the meeting, the small public gallery outnumbered the elected members. Lasting about 23 minutes, the meeting was also one of the shortest AGMs of late. There were

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Council’s one-minute discussion of $38m wish-list

THREE councillors were absent from tonight’s Derwent Valley Council meeting in the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall. With a reasonably brief agenda, the meeting lasted just over 30 minutes. Eight members of staff were in attendance and mayor Ben Shaw explained that they were present to provide advice if it

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Pioneer Wall booted for footy statue

A WALL remembering the contributions of pioneer families of the Derwent Valley has been demolished to make way for the statue of football great Peter Hudson. Onlookers last week were shocked to see the wall being knocked down and questioned what would become of the family plaques. With the statue

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Second deferral for council AGM

NEXT week’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting has been postponed for an unspecified period due to the lack of a critical document. Originally scheduled to be held in December, the AGM was initially deferred to February 25 and it has now been put off until a later date. A

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Letter to the editor: annual report unavailable

I CRUISED into the council offices on Friday, February 12, hoping to get an early St Valentines Day gift, but it was not to be. There was no Derwent Valley Council annual report to be found. I’m sure that a case for delay can be presented within the context of

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Council meetings back in the open

ABOUT 15 members of the public took the opportunity to attend the first open meeting of the Derwent Valley Council since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The council has been meeting behind closed doors since last March and is one of the last to return to public sessions. Under

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Willow Court Barracks leased to Salamanca Arts Centre

THE Willow Court Barracks are expected to open for their first exhibition as soon as next month, following today’s official handover to the Salamanca Arts Centre. Following lengthy negotiations, it has been announced that the Derwent Valley Council has leased the 190-year-old former hospital building to the arts body. Handing

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Council meetings to reopen to the public this month

THE public will be readmitted to Derwent Valley Council meetings starting with the monthly meeting for January, mayor Ben Shaw said in a video message on Facebook today (pictured). The council has been meeting behind closed doors since coronavirus public health restrictions were introduced last March. “Due to COVID restrictions

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Council approval for statue and streetscape plan

A PROPOSAL to defer a decision on the placement of the proposed Peter Hudson statue was defeated 3-2 at Wednesday night’s special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. The meeting was called after the December meeting lacked a quorum on this subject. At the start of Wednesday night’s meeting, Councillors

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Hudson statue and master plan up to council this week

THE New Norfolk town centre master plan will be the subject of a special council meeting this week after a lack of councillors prevented a decision being made about it at the monthly meeting in December. With two councillors absent from the meeting and another two stepping out after declaring

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Australia Day committee faces the axe

THE New Norfolk Australia Day Committee faces dissolution at this week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting, with a council officer stating that the annual Australia Day celebration has “outgrown the scope” of the committee. The committee is an independent group which has organised the local Australia Day events for several decades,

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Councillor’s planning call after Code of Conduct stoush

A COUNCILLOR has called for councils to be removed from planning and development matters after being involved in a Code of Conduct complaint over the opening of his business. The Local Government Code of Conduct panel has issued Cr Paul Belcher with a caution after finding that he had brought

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