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‘Despicable community members’ force mayor from office

A BY-ELECTION is likely to be held in the new year to elect a new mayor and councillor to replace Ben Shaw who has announced his immediate resignation today. In a post on Facebook this morning, Mr Shaw said the demands of the mayoral role, full-time work, and “social media

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Legal stoush sees council AGM abandoned

THE Derwent Valley Council will attempt to reschedule its annual general meeting to be held in January after last night’s meeting was abandoned on a legal issue. From the public gallery, former council general manager Steve Mackey said the council had failed to comply with the Local Government Act and

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DV Council

Belcher bows out: ‘Some will be delighted to see me go’

THE Derwent Valley Council has lost a second councillor in only a week, with the resignation of Paul Belcher earlier today. In a Facebook post late this afternoon, Mr Belcher advised of his resignation and said it had been in the wind for six months. “It is not a decision

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Local councils holding their annual meetings this week

THE annual general meetings of the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley councils will be held this week. A requirement of the Local Government Act, these meetings must be held prior to December 14 each year. The Local Government Act also requires councils to advertise these meetings in the daily press

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Lightning strikes rock New Norfolk and surrounds

A LIGHTNING strike is said to have caused a power pole fire and taken out electricity supplies in parts of New Norfolk during this afternoon’s thunderstorm. The New Norfolk Fire Brigade responded to the pole fire at about 6pm, and it has also been kept busy with alarm calls caused

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DV Council

Three-strikes rule ousts former mayor

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission will conduct a recount of votes from the 2018 council elections to find a replacement for former mayor Martyn Evans who has lost his seat on the Derwent Valley Council after being absent from three council meetings without having had leave granted. The TEC began contacting

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Community

More tickets for New Norfolk Christmas carols

THE unprecedented demand for tickets to the Lions Derwent Valley Carols in the Park event has led to the Lions Club making 500 more tickets available. Lions president Kerry Kievit is thrilled with the response from the community but the decision to increase the number of tickets was not taken

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Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at New Norfolk tomorrow

ANOTHER pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in the Community Health Centre downstairs at the New Norfolk District Hospital tomorrow (Saturday). Access is via the lower-ground floor entry. Anyone over the age of 12 who wants to be vaccinated will be able to walk in, with no booking required.

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Community

In the News: Ouse embraces house fire victim

THIS week’s 24th print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News details the response of the Ouse community following the recent fire that destroyed the house of local resident Wendy Hean (pictured above with friend Fran McDonald). The community quickly threw its arms around Wendy, who was away from

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Eight rescued after off-road adventure at Lachlan

POLICE have encouraged people to be better prepared when off-road driving, following a Derwent Valley rescue at overnight. “Around 11.35pm yesterday (Sunday) police were notified that a group of people in two 4WDs had not returned as planned from a day trip along Jefferys Track, and they couldn’t be reached

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Man, 44, charged over New Norfolk assault

POLICE have charged a man with causing grievous bodily harm following an investigation into a serious assault in New Norfolk last month. Detective Constable Anthony Marr said the victim and alleged assailant were known to each other. “On October 19, Ambulance Tasmania members located a man unresponsive on Andrews St,”

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Community

Faces new and old at Remembrance Day in New Norfolk

AN earlier-than-expected start to yesterday’s Remembrance Day service caught some people unawares, with some veterans and family members arriving to find the event already under way at 10.45am. Some missed the opening address by young veteran Michael Hodge who moved to the Derwent Valley two years ago. After the service,

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