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Council meetings back in the open

ABOUT 15 members of the public took the opportunity to attend the first open meeting of the Derwent Valley Council since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The council has been meeting behind closed doors since last March and is one of the last to return to public sessions. Under

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Willow Court Barracks leased to Salamanca Arts Centre

THE Willow Court Barracks are expected to open for their first exhibition as soon as next month, following today’s official handover to the Salamanca Arts Centre. Following lengthy negotiations, it has been announced that the Derwent Valley Council has leased the 190-year-old former hospital building to the arts body. Handing

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Council meetings to reopen to the public this month

THE public will be readmitted to Derwent Valley Council meetings starting with the monthly meeting for January, mayor Ben Shaw said in a video message on Facebook today (pictured). The council has been meeting behind closed doors since coronavirus public health restrictions were introduced last March. “Due to COVID restrictions

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Council approval for statue and streetscape plan

A PROPOSAL to defer a decision on the placement of the proposed Peter Hudson statue was defeated 3-2 at Wednesday night’s special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. The meeting was called after the December meeting lacked a quorum on this subject. At the start of Wednesday night’s meeting, Councillors

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Hudson statue and master plan up to council this week

THE New Norfolk town centre master plan will be the subject of a special council meeting this week after a lack of councillors prevented a decision being made about it at the monthly meeting in December. With two councillors absent from the meeting and another two stepping out after declaring

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Australia Day committee faces the axe

THE New Norfolk Australia Day Committee faces dissolution at this week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting, with a council officer stating that the annual Australia Day celebration has “outgrown the scope” of the committee. The committee is an independent group which has organised the local Australia Day events for several decades,

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Councillor’s planning call after Code of Conduct stoush

A COUNCILLOR has called for councils to be removed from planning and development matters after being involved in a Code of Conduct complaint over the opening of his business. The Local Government Code of Conduct panel has issued Cr Paul Belcher with a caution after finding that he had brought

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Sharland Ave residents still shovelling gravel after 50 years

AFTER nearly every heavy rain in the last 50 years, Kerry Rhodes has had to scrape away the gravel that washes down from the unsealed section of Sharland Ave, and the steep bank opposite. The runoff is substantial. “At times it sounds like we live next to a waterfall,” Kerry’s

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Prospectus to aid Willow Court partner and funding search

A PROSPECTUS aimed at promoting opportunities at the Willow Court historic site will be put to this week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting for approval by councillors. Already made public at the recent opening of the New Norfolk Distillery, the 24-page Willow Court Partnership Prospectus provides an overview of the developments

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Council rates to go up… and down

COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve a 3.95% rates rise when the Derwent Valley Council budget is considered at a special meeting this week, along with a COVID-19 rebate intended to result in a nil-increase for ratepayers. Other fees and charges look set for small increases, including price rises at

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Doors remain closed for council meeting

SOME councillors will return to the New Norfolk Courthouse for tonight’s monthly council meeting but the doors will remain closed to the public. Council meetings have been held in an online format since the outbreak of COVID-19, with only the mayor and key staff being present in the council chamber.

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Geese question remains unanswered

A COUNCILLOR has repeated his request to see a copy of the complaint that led to last year’s culling of birds at Tynwald Park. In response to an outcry over the lingering deaths of several bird species last June, a council spokesman said the cull had been conducted in response

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