Don’t ask about the geese

QUESTIONS or comments about the recent poisoning of birds at Tynwald Park will not be addressed until the completion of an independent review, a spokesman has announced on the Derwent Valley Council’s Facebook page this afternoon. With the monthly council meeting to be held this Thursday night, an unsigned statement

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Woods elected to fill council vacancy

Natasha Woods THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has named Natasha Woods as the newest member of the Derwent Valley Council. Following the resignation of Councillor Anne Salt last month, a recount was completed today to fill the vacancy on the council. As a result of the recount Ms Woods was elected

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GM stands aside for investigation

DERWENT Valley Council general manager Greg Winton will step aside during an investigation into the deaths of birdlife at New Norfolk last weekend, the council announced this morning. The announcement issued by communications officer Daniel Cheetham follows a lengthy private meeting of councillors last night.  Mr Winton made no reference

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General manager’s statement on bird poisoning

Statement from Greg Winton, General Manager, Derwent Valley Council Issued at 7.34pm, July 2 Early Friday morning, a pest control company used chemically laced baits to remove some problem feral geese from Tynwald Park, New Norfolk. Since early yesterday morning, I have been conducting some preliminary fact finding interviews with

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Council comments on bird removal

THE following statements about the death of birdlife at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, are provided without alteration for those without access to Facebook. Read the Mercury newspaper’s coverage here:SATURDAY: Council to investigate bird deathsSUNDAY: Bird poisoning saga deepens ORIGINAL STATEMENT, SATURDAY (Derwent Valley Council Facebook comment, unsigned): We have been made

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Councillor calls it quits

Anne Salt at a councilmeeting earlier this year. THE Willow Court historic site has lost one of its most passionate supporters on the Derwent Valley Council with the sudden resignation of Councillor Anne Salt on Friday. The news was made public yesterday with a report on the Mercury newspaper website.

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Councillor questions Willow Court ownership plan

The overflowing public gallery at last week’s council meeting. LONG-TERM ownership of the section of Willow Court presently under Derwent Valley Council control is unclear as the council pursues an arts and culture concept proposed by the Salamanca Arts Centre and the recently-established Derwent Valley Arts, and the first stage

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Regional role for Derwent Valley mayor

Cr Ben Shaw FORMER mayor Martyn Evans has congratulated his successor, Ben Shaw, on his election to the general management committee of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) for a two-year term until July 2021. Speaking at the monthly council meeting last Thursday night, Cr Evans asked that a

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Arts hub future for Willow Court

AN arts and culture hub will be established at New Norfolk’s Willow Court under a proposal given in-principle support at last night’s monthly meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. In one of five agenda items dealing directly with the former convict hospital site, the council agreed to enter negotiations to allow

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Willow Court topics on the table

The southern wing of the “barracks” building at Willow Court. WILLOW Court is the subject of multiple agenda items up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the Derwent Valley Council in the New Norfolk Courthouse this evening. In one of the first items to be debated, Councillor Anne Salt

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Distillery given tick of approval

Cr Martyn Evans addressing tonight’s meeting. THE rum distillery proposed for Willow Court has been given conditional approval at tonight’s special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. After two councillors declared conflicts of interest and left the room, the remaining five councillors gave unanimous approval to the first stage of

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Special meeting for distillery application

Illustration of the front section of Alonnah House at Willow Court, which is proposed for converting into a distillery. A SPECIAL council meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) to allow councillors a second opportunity to consider the development application for a distillery at Willow Court in New Norfolk. Local business

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