Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Council will be undertaking its annual roadside weed control program commencing from Monday October 15 for a period of approximately 6 weeks, weather permitting.  If you do not wish to have herbicide sprayed adjacent to your property or require further information, please contact Latrobe Works on 6426 4444 to register your details on Council's No Spray Register.

Don’t forget to make your voice count and vote in the Latrobe Council election. Ballot papers are currently being distributed by the Tasmanian Electoral Office and must be returned by 10.00am on October 30.  Simply by returning your completed ballot paper, you can ‘Make a Difference in your Community’.

The life of Mr Kem Perkins OAM of Latrobe was recently celebrated at St Luke's Anglican Church following his passing on October 5.  Kem was a much respected elected member of Latrobe Council from 1972-1984.  Among his numerous contributions to the Latrobe community, Kem was a staunch supporter of the Latrobe Federal Band and was President for over 50 years.  He was also a founding member of Latrobe Rotary with 60 years of involvement in the club.  Kem made significant contributions through various local, regional and state organisations over many years and his passing is a great loss for not only Latrobe but indeed for the wider north west community.  Council extends its deepest sympathy to Geraldine and family.  


Wednesday 26th September 2018

Council will be hosting a Meet the Candidate Forum for members of our community and I encourage those with any interest in Local Government to come along and meet with your prospective elected representatives.  The Forum will be held in the Latrobe Memorial Hall Supper Room commencing at 7.00pm on Monday 1st October and will be MC’d by local identity Brian Wilson from the Crowded House Coffee Lounge.  Light refreshments will be provided.

While on Local Government I’d like to take this opportunity to further encourage residents and ratepayers to participate in the upcoming Local Government elections by casting and returning their postal vote during the period ending October 30th.  This is very much your opportunity to support your preferred candidates and at the same time, influence the direction and future of the Latrobe Municipality.

Council is currently considering the potential roll-out of drinking fountains across the Municipality and is keen to hear from community members as to where those fountains would be best placed.  Please feel free to contact Council and make your suggestions.

Council staff are currently undertaking significant projects in the Benny, Reibey and Hamilton Street precinct and there will be some inconvenience for motorists using this area until construction is completed.  Similarly, the kerb and channel project in Kermode Street, Port Sorell is about to commence and again we ask motorists to be considerate of the work being undertaken to improve this area.

The foreshore pathway project at Port Sorell is well underway and whilst there has been widespread support, Council is cognisant that we minimise the impact on the natural environment wherever possible.  We have appreciated and considered feedback from local residents and look forward to the completion of the pathway and rehabilitation of both the sand dunes and the sea wall in that area.


Wednesday 19th September 2018  


On October 1 Council will be holding a ‘Meet the Candidate’ evening at the Council Chambers at 7.00pm.  It is intended that this event will provide a relaxed forum in which candidates nominating for the forthcoming Local Government election can introduce themselves to the community.  I welcome and encourage interested members of the community to attend however, it is important to note that the event will only take place should there be sufficient nominations to warrant an election.


The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group (CCWMG) have commenced conducting random bin assessments to determine how much general waste is being incorrectly placed into yellow lidded recycling bins in North-West Tasmania.  The assessment will be coupled with an education program to assist residents in deciding what can and what cannot be placed in recycling bins.  Random checks of kerbside recycling bins will be undertaken to assess the level of contamination with stickers placed on each bin depending on the amount of contamination found.  What CCWMG learn from those checks will shape future recycling education and help keep good recycling free from bad contamination.  For further information including what can and cannot be recycled can be found on www.rethinkwaste.com.au


Council is considering a change to the off leash dog exercise area on the Port Sorell foreshore from the boat ramp south to Panatana Rivulet to a prohibited area for dogs due to its proximity to Panatana Park.  The amended plan is available for viewing on Council’s website or from the Council Office.  Written submissions on the proposed alteration are encouraged and should be forwarded to council@latrobe.tas.gov.au  or PO Box 63, Latrobe, by  September 28, 2018.  Council will consider all representations received prior to making a final decision on the proposed changes.



Tuesday 12th September 2018


This Friday (14 September) at 11.00am representatives from all levels of government, including the Latrobe and Kentish Councils, will be officially turning the first sod on the construction phase of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Project.  This long awaited project is finally coming to fruition and undoubtedly provides a real stimulus to the local economy as well as providing opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and skills.  

I would encourage you to mark this Saturday (15 September) in your diary as a day to get along to the Latrobe Memorial Hall and view the 60 entries that will be walked on the runway in the Apex Teenage Fashion Awards.  This competition for youth aged from 12-19 years features four categories; formal, casual, wearable art and society and environment.  The Hall will be open from 11.30am for a 12 noon start.  Along with some great prizes in each section, winners will progress to the National Final in Melbourne on 20 October.

Grand Final time is here again in NWFL and Latrobe Reserves and U18s will representing the club at the Latrobe Recreation Ground this Saturday.  Our best wishes to both teams as they strive to achieve the ultimate success but likewise our thanks and appreciation to all those volunteers who will be working on the day and whose help is pivotal to the staging of this wonderful event.




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