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February election to find new mayor

THE Derwent Valley Council will not have a new mayor until late February. Tasmanian electoral commissioner Andrew Hawkey has today announced that by-elections will be held by postal voting between January 25 and February 22. “Following the resignation of mayor Ben Shaw on Saturday, December 11, by-elections conducted by postal

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James Graham returns to Derwent Valley Council

DISABILITY support worker James Graham has been elected to replace Martyn Evans as a councillor on the Derwent Valley Council. Mr Graham, of Magra, previously served as a councillor from 2009-2018. Mr Evans’ seat on the council was declared vacant after he missed three monthly meetings in a row. Mr

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‘Despicable community members’ force mayor from office

A BY-ELECTION is likely to be held in the new year to elect a new mayor and councillor to replace Ben Shaw who has announced his immediate resignation today. In a post on Facebook this morning, Mr Shaw said the demands of the mayoral role, full-time work, and “social media

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Legal stoush sees council AGM abandoned

THE Derwent Valley Council will attempt to reschedule its annual general meeting to be held in January after last night’s meeting was abandoned on a legal issue. From the public gallery, former council general manager Steve Mackey said the council had failed to comply with the Local Government Act and

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Belcher bows out: ‘Some will be delighted to see me go’

THE Derwent Valley Council has lost a second councillor in only a week, with the resignation of Paul Belcher earlier today. In a Facebook post late this afternoon, Mr Belcher advised of his resignation and said it had been in the wind for six months. “It is not a decision

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Local councils holding their annual meetings this week

THE annual general meetings of the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley councils will be held this week. A requirement of the Local Government Act, these meetings must be held prior to December 14 each year. The Local Government Act also requires councils to advertise these meetings in the daily press

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Three-strikes rule ousts former mayor

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission will conduct a recount of votes from the 2018 council elections to find a replacement for former mayor Martyn Evans who has lost his seat on the Derwent Valley Council after being absent from three council meetings without having had leave granted. The TEC began contacting

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Deputy mayor hoping to fly the flag

A VOTE at the Derwent Valley Council meeting this week may see the Australian Aboriginal Flag flown at the council chambers in New Norfolk for the first time in 25 years. The council flew the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags for NAIDOC Week in 1996, but not since. Deputy

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Late ballots block council staff industrial action

A UNION representing staff at the Derwent Valley Council will apply to Fair Work Australia for another vote on protected industrial action after a recent ballot was declared to have failed to reach the minimum number of votes required. The Australian Electoral Commission said the majority of the votes cast

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Derwent Valley Council budget – in their own words

The following media release issued by the Derwent Valley Council is published without alteration. LAST [Thursday] night, Derwent Valley Council met to pass down their annual budget, approving a 3% increase on rates for this financial year along with a number of other increases to fund operations for the next

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Rate rise may hit 9% for some in the Derwent Valley

THE Derwent Valley Council last night handed down a 3% rate rise for the 2021-22 financial year but a manager confirmed the impact may be as high as 9% for some ratepayers. About half of the $19.5 million budget will be funded by rates and charges, with the remainder to

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Cautious council cancels meetings, citing Covid concerns

THE July 22 Derwent Valley Council meeting has been cancelled due to the unavailability of two senior staff members and an elected member who are isolating themselves due to COVID-19 concerns. In a video posted online this afternoon, mayor Ben Shaw said the trio did not have COVID-19 but were

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