Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Welcome to the first ‘on-line only’ edition of Latrobe Council’s Mayor’s Message.  This past week has seen a myriad of events take place in our municipality including the Latrobe Fire Brigade’s Presentation Evening, the Cement Australia Lights On Fire event, Tas Enduro at Bakers Beach, Devonport Angling Club’s Presentation Day and of course, Chocolate Winterfest Latrobe.  I would sincerely like to thank each and every individual, group and club who assisted in the organisation and running of these events. 

Over the past few years, Council has been working with the Port Sorell, Hawley Beach and Shearwater communities to create a long-term development plan for the area. This plan includes a proposal to develop all or part of the land that was the old Port Sorell tip on the corner of Alexander Street and Hawk Hill Road in Shearwater. This land is currently used for the Waste Transfer Station, but the rehabilitation project aims to convert it into a recreation zone with walking and cycling tracks.  The next stage of the rehabilitation project is expected to take approximately 9-11 months to complete and during this time detailed assessments will be taken at the Waste Transfer Station, along the drain, creek and at the golf course.  Residents may also see activities such as fencing, soil and water sampling, drilling and excavation during this time which will be part of the rehabilitation process.

Council is committed to keeping the community informed of the rehabilitation progress and advice regarding public and environmental safety and will be holding two ‘drop-in information sessions’ at the Banksia Centre Meeting Room A on Saturday 18 August from 9.00am–11:00am and on Wednesday 22 August 2018 from 1:00pm. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

a strong application and links to where you can get support.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/RDATasmania for further information


Tuesday 31st July 2018  


Happy Birthday to the LATROBE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB who will celebrate their 49th Birthday this coming Friday. 

The Senior Citizens Club, located in Hamilton Street, Latrobe are a very active group with regular get togethers, social outings and a variety of entertainment scheduled on their calendar. 

If you are interested in enjoying the benefits that the Senior Citizens Club can offer please contact the club on 6426 1823.

Congratulations to local resident ANGUS YEATES who was recently part of a history making Tasmanian team winning the Australian Under 21 Hockey Championships held in Sydney several weeks ago. 

Angus’ family, in particular his grandparents, and indeed the wider community, can certainly be proud of this outstanding performance.  Congratulations Angus!

The official opening of RUBICON RIVER ART’S ANNUAL EXHIBITION will be held at the Latrobe Visitor Centre and Arts Hub, 21 George Street, Latrobe this coming Saturday, 4 August at 1.00pm.  

The exhibition will be open from August 4 to 31 from 10.00am to 3.00pm daily. 

The exhibition, titled “Chrysalis”, will feature members’ interpretation, in a myriad of mediums, of new beginnings at the venue. 

For more information about Rubicon River Arts Inc or the exhibition please contact them on Facebook, email rubiconriverarts@outlook.com.au, phone Angela on 0498 243 460 or call in to Arts Hub.

A reminder that today is the last day to make use of Council’s discount period for DOG REGISTRATIONS

I encourage you to be a responsible dog owner and get your pooch registered.



Tuesday 24th July 2018


The Local Government Association of Tasmania Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting is being held in Hobart this week. 

There are several issues to be debated at the AGM including the sector’s concern at the level of Fire Service Contributions that Councils are expected to collect on behalf of the State Fire Commission, a request for a review of the Building Act 2016 to address shortcomings experienced by Local Government as well as elected member titles to name a few.

Our Council will be well represented at the meeting and I look forward to lively and constructive debate on the issues we face.

Latrobe resident Zillah Jones and a number of her contemporaries have been vocal in their appreciation of the work undertaken by Council staff and the Latrobe Cemetery Committee in improving the look of the Latrobe Cemetery.

Our sincere thanks to all involved.

Thank you to those interested community members who attended last night’s forum where the draft report on the future direction and look of the Port Sorell area was discussed in conjunction with the future of the Camp Banksia site.
A reminder that representations will be accepted by Council up until 4:00pm on 15 August.

This Sunday, 29 July, the pits at the Latrobe Speedway are the place to be for Round 4 of the Tasmanian Motorkhana Series for the MG Car Club of Tasmania.

These events are a great way to get started in competitive motorsport and a good excuse for a social get together.

For further information, please contact Robin 0400193579 or Craig 0408559252.




Tuesday 12th June 2018

◼ Several residents have queried the status of both the Latrobe and Shearwater Skateparks.
Any discussions around the Shearwater Skatepark will form part of the community consultation undertaken as part of the overall future of the Port Sorell area but at this stage there are no plans to change the layout or location.
Similarly, at Latrobe, Council is reviewing the siting of the skatepark in conjunction with the redevelopment of the Perkins Park Sports Precinct.
Rest assured, Council have every intention of engaging with users of the skatepark and the wider community prior to making any significant changes to the existing facilities.

◼ It is fantastic to see the new multi-age playground at ‘Bosworth Park’ on the corner of Cotton and Stanley Street, Latrobe being so well utilised.
The MegaDeck Tower, along with the spinner seat, rocker, carousel and supernova is certainly a welcome addition to the township’s playground infrastructure.
Council is hopeful that, subject to funding availability, future stages may include pathway linkages, a toilet block and a barbecue shelter.

◼ It is pleasing to see the in-fill piping of the open drains being undertaken in Bradshaw Street and Laura Street, Latrobe, linking in to and expanding the existing service.
These projects have been long in the making with great expectations by residents.
Similarly, the Joyce Street, Hawley road widening, new kerb and channel and development of a footpath is also underway.
This will provide much improved outcomes for residents with an offshoot being the alleviation of stormwater issues that have previously impacted on residents in this area.


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