Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 25th July 2017


At the July Council Meeting it was pleasing to see 21 DEVELOPMENT applications lodged for June along with 39 building, plumbing and Building Certificate applications. 

In addition, the State Government has just announced funding for an additional 26 new residences in Latrobe which, when completed, will help address the un-met demand for social housing in our community.

Council has partnered with Housing Choices in the successful application which will see new homes built in Fairlea Crescent, Moriarty Road, Walpole Crescent and additional units in Hamilton Street.

The current spike in development activity is indicative of a progressive and innovative community and certainly reinforces the municipality as one of the fastest-growing population centres in Tasmania.

Visitors to Latrobe may have noticed the significant upgrade to the REJECT SHOP CARPARK and the new exit onto James Street. Motorists have previously experienced difficulty exiting onto Gilbert Street but that option is no longer available and we expect the new dedicated entry and exit to provide long term benefits for shoppers and visitors alike.

Line marking within the carpark has also been redefined to angle parking to assist with the new exit via the laneway onto James Street. Our thanks to all involved.

The Cherry Shed and the co-located VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE will be temporarily closed from 31 July to 12 August to enable site maintenance works to be undertaken that can't be completed during standard operating hours. 

The dates have been specifically chosen to allow trading as normal during the mid-year school holidays and to be ready to re-open for Chocolate Winterfest on 13 August.


Tuesday 18th July 2017

During a recent walk around PIG ISLAND at Bells Parade, Council’s elected members and management inspected the reconstructed walkways and footpaths following the devastation of the 2016 floods.  Those in attendance also considered potential issues and opportunities in the wider Bells Parade Precinct.  Well done to the Green Army, Council’s Parks and Reserves Staff along with Ron Hedditch and Latrobe Landcare volunteers for the work that has been undertaken in that area to date.  If you haven’t had a walk around Pig Island recently it is well worth taking a leisurely stroll to enjoy the natural splendour and tranquillity that the precinct has to offer.


Following what appears to be the removal of and VANDALISM TO VEGETATION on the North Freers Beach Foreshore and Shearwater Park, the Port Sorell Advisory Committee have recommended to Council that a sign, similar to that at Squeaking Point, be erected and that Council apply a consistent approach for any future incidents of this nature.  The sign, approximately 2.4m x 1.2m, will condemn the unauthorised removal of vegetation and will remain in place until such time that the native vegetation has regenerated.


Council recently received a proposal requesting Council give consideration to altering the speed limit on PARKERS FORD ROAD from 100km to 80km from the junction at Gardams Road to Woodbury Lane (approximately 1.5km).  Elected members considered that the issue had merit and Council Officers have now been requested to approach the Transport Commissioner to initiate the necessary consultation.


A reminder that a PUBLIC MEETING at the Banksia Centre will be held tomorrow (July 19th) commencing at 7.00pm relating to the Port Sorell Caravan Park.

Mayor Peter Freshney


Tuesday 11th July 2017

World Chocolate Day on July 7th saw the official launch of CHOCOLATE WINTERFEST, LATROBE (August 13th) at the House of Anvers with the program of events now available from Visitor Information Centres statewide. This event continues to draw thousands of visitors to our region and this year’s edition promises to be similarly inviting so please keep the date free.


I recently had the pleasure of attending the LATROBE ROTARY CLUB’s Annual Changeover Dinner where John Blackwell was inducted as the new President and Peter Broun was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Rotary and the community over many years of service. On behalf of council and our community I congratulate Peter who is without doubt a very worthy recipient.


On a personal level, I’d like to thank all those groups and individuals who contributed to our recent fundraising event at the Latrobe versus Ulverstone NWFL roster game. The circumnavigation of the Latrobe Recreation Ground on a Segway was a part of the REAL MEN WEAR PINK campaign in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Our fundraiser was an initiative of Council’s office based staff ably lead by Michelle Dutton and Glenys Nicholls, with major financial contributions from the Lions Club of Port Sorell, Wesley Vale/Sassafras CWA, the Latrobe Football Club and Bob Ibrahim. Together we have raised well over $5,000 to assist National Breast Cancer Foundation in their ongoing efforts for life-changing breast cancer research.


A reminder there will be a PUBLIC MEETING at the Banksia Centre on Wednesday July 19th commencing at 7.00pm to discuss the petition seeking a reversal of Council’s decision to take over the management of the Port Sorell Caravan Park.

 Mayor Peter Freshney

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