Council criticism ‘not warranted’

Cr Ben Shaw. CRITICISM of the Derwent Valley Council’s decision to replace regional council meetings with community forums is unwarranted, Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw has said in a Facebook post. While sharing a council Facebook post that announced next week’s regional forum at Westerway, Cr Shaw said “most people

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Country council meetings canned

The public gallery at the community forum and council meeting held at Bushy Park last October. Two councillors were absent. A NEW schedule of Derwent Valley Council meetings has been published following the decision to cease the longstanding practice of meeting in country areas three times each year.  The council will

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Mayor rejects call to test his support

Cr Ben Shaw. DERWENT Valley mayor Ben Shaw has rejected a fellow councillor’s call for him to resign from the role and test his public support at a by-election. During councillor question time at the January council meeting, Cr Paul Belcher called on Cr Shaw to resign as mayor following

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Heritage doors off for assessment

THE metal-clad front doors of the Derwent Valley Council Chambers in New Norfolk have been removed for assessment. A key feature of the art deco building, the doors were removed last weekend and temporary doors were installed in their place. A council spokesman said the doors were so big and

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Councillors lack power to suspend mayor

Derwent Valley Council acting general managerBrian Barrett, left, with mayor Ben Shaw. COUNCILLORS have been told they have no power to require mayor Ben Shaw to stand aside in accordance with a motion carried at last month’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting. In a report to this week’s council

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Reader’s letter: Glen Dhu bridges

New bridge at 370 Glen Dhu Rd. I am writing in relation to community safety, the two replacement bridges at 370 and 420 Glen Dhu Rd, Molesworth, which do not have any safety barriers or reinforced concrete bollards. I have written to the Derwent Valley Council, about this matter twice

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More Derwent Valley towns on water restrictions

Map showing the parts of southern Tasmania now included inin Stage 1 water restrictions. Click map to enlarge. WATER restrictions have today been extended to several Derwent Valley towns not included in the original declaration late last month. In a statement, TasWater said it was acting to protect drinking water

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Council offers help applying for grants

THE Derwent Valley Council will offer an information session on its community grants program tomorrow (Tuesday). Community development officer Rebecca Tudor said Round 2 of the council’s community grants program was open until 5pm on February 11. Tomorrow’s information session is open to anyone interested in applying for a grant

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No council meeting this week

THE Derwent Valley Council’s first meeting for 2020 will be held a week later than usual, following a decision made at the final meeting last year. During discussion of the council’s meeting schedule for this year, Cr Julie Triffett proposed that the January 16 meeting be held a week later,

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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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