Councillor allowances updated

THE allowances paid to Tasmania’s local government councillors had their yearly update on November 1. Each councillor is entitled to a fixed allowance plus additional allowances for mayors and deputy mayors, all based on the size of the council. Following the annual adjustment where the allowances are adjusted against the

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Branding project to go on show

TWO exhibitions will be held in mid-January to update community members, local businesses and tourism operators about progress in the Derwent Valley Branding Project. The Derwent Valley Council this year awarded a $130,000 contract to Sydney-based consultants For the People for the development of a Derwent Valley brand. The agency had

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First round of community grants allocated

SEVEN local organisations have been named as the recipients of funding totalling nearly $9000 under the first round of this financial year’s Derwent Valley Council community grants. At the November council meeting, councillors received a recommendation from community development officer Bec Tudor for the approval of funding for seven of

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Speed limit reductions proposed on local roads

THE public has been invited to have its say on proposed speed limit reductions on two Derwent Valley Council-owned roads. The council is investigating lower speed limits for the length of Glenora Rd between New Norfolk and Bushy Park, and for Cawthorns Lane connecting Macquarie Plains and Rosegarland. The council

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Meeting expressed lack of confidence in mayor

Cr Ben Shaw. LAST night’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting resulted in the majority of voters present backing a motion of no-confidence in mayor Ben Shaw, ABC News has reported today. The motion put by former general manager Stephen Mackey was one of a number considered at the annual

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Council’s “green waste” weekend ahead

DERWENT Valley residents and ratepayers will have free access to the Peppermint Hill tip site this weekend for the disposal of green waste. The one-off opportunity comes a year after it was first proposed that local residents be able to deposit their green waste free-of-charge, but this failed to win

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Council annual meeting this Thursday

THE Derwent Valley Council’s annual general meeting will be held this Thursday evening (Thursday), in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 5.30pm. The agenda documents and annual report can be downloaded from the council website, or obtained in hardcopy from the council chambers.The AGM will receive reports from the mayor and general manager

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New Year pay rise for council staff

THE union representing Derwent Valley Council staff says it has negotiated a pay rise for most of the workers at the local authority. Australian Services Union Tasmanian co-ordinator Aaron De La Torre said the union had been working to resolve a dispute over the council’s failure to provide performance reviews

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The News comes in from the cold

Acting general manager Brian Barrett, left, speaking at lastmonth’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. THE Derwent Valley Council’s blacklisting of the New Norfolk News has been reversed by acting general manager Brian Barrett. Late last month, the council said it did not recognise the New Norfolk News as a media outlet and

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Glenora Rd reconstruction under way

WORK started recently on the long-awaited upgrading of Glenora Rd between New Norfolk and Bushy Park, which is expected to continue until mid-March next year. Initial works include the removal of trees along the route that have been deemed dangerous, as well as concrete works and stormwater installation at Bushy

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TasWater questions council fees

Cr Martyn Evans discussing his Glenora Rdfunding proposal at last week’s meeting. A REQUEST to reduce the council fees on a huge water infrastructure project at New Norfolk will be countered with a proposal to spend surplus funds on roadworks. TasWater has asked the Derwent Valley Council to reduce its

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Country council meetings face the chop

Cr Luke Browning discussing his proposal at last night’s council meeting. THE Derwent Valley Council will investigate the merits of continuing its longstanding practice of holding several council meetings outside New Norfolk each year. At last night’s council meeting, Cr Luke Browning successfully moved that the council “note” next year’s meeting

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