Second round of community grants awarded

FUNDING of just over $14,000 was shared among eight applicants in the second round of the Derwent Valley Council’s community grants program for the 2019-20 financial year. In a report to last month’s council meeting, community development officer Bec Tudor said more money had been available than was originally expected,

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Council offering free ‘flu vaccinations

BOOKINGS are closing soon for the Derwent Valley Council’s free influenza vaccinations under its annual vaccination program. The council is offering free ‘flu vaccinations for: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy) People aged 65 years and over People aged six months and over

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Pollies’ pay cut proposed

Councillor Paul Belcher A LOCAL councillor’s proposal for elected officials to take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic was broadcast on multiple commercial radio stations on Friday. “In this troubled time I am putting forward the suggestion that elected members of Local Government and State and Federal parliaments, and

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Mayor explains meeting cancellation

Councillor Ben Shaw in his video message. THE following is a lightly edited transcription of yesterday’s video message by mayor Ben Shaw, explaining the cancellation of last night’s special council meetings. “Hi everybody, just a quick update from here at council. We were supposed to be having a special council

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Tonight’s council meetings cancelled

TONIGHT’S Derwent Valley Council special open meeting and special closed meeting have been cancelled. A small note on the homepage of the council website says simply that the meetings have been cancelled. The meetings were to have been held in the New Norfolk Courthouse from 5pm, with the open meeting

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Council to consider COVID-19 support package

A SPECIAL meeting of the Derwent Valley Council will be held tomorrow (Thursday) evening to consider a COVID-19 community support package including a rates freeze, free dog registration and food licences, and refunding certain fees. The 5pm meeting has been advertised to be held in the courthouse in Circle St,

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Derwent Valley Council offices close

THE Derwent Valley Council offices in Circle St, New Norfolk, will be temporarily closed to the public from 5pm today (Thursday) as a preventative measure against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. In a statement on Facebook, the council says it intends to reduce the number of face-to-face interactions with the

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Council chief to work from home

Brian Barrett THE Derwent Valley Council’s acting general manager will work from New South Wales following the State Government’s decision to close Tasmania’s borders and require incoming passengers to self-isolate for 14 days. Mayor Ben Shaw said it was now intended that acting general manager Brian Barrett would remain with

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Council: emergency powers motion withdrawn

A PROPOSAL to give special emergency powers to Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw has been withdrawn at tonight’s council meeting. Acting general manager Brian Barrett withdrew his supplementary agenda item after a heated discussion with former general manager Stephen Mackey during public question time. Mr Barrett had intended to recommend

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Spread out council meeting under way

The scene in the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall just beforethe start of tonight’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. THE Derwent Valley Council’s monthly meeting is under way in the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall, with extra space between the councillors, staff and public to help reduce the risk of spreading

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Pandemic powers proposed for mayor

COUNCILLORS will tomorrow (Thursday) night vote on giving Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw emergency powers to make decisions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in between council meetings. This may include decisions on abandoning community events or ceasing to provide community services. In a late agenda item for the March council

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Council closes visitor centre

THE Derwent Valley Visitor Information Centre has been closed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 infection. An independently-run service, the centre operates from a council-owned building in Circle St, New Norfolk, staffed by a team of volunteers. In a statement, the council said it was acting in the

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