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Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 20th February 2018

The completion of the pathway loop along Wilmot Street, Port Sorell from the roundabout to Breteeca Close, is certainly a welcome addition to Council’s footpath network.

Local residents will no doubt appreciate finally having a sealed surface to walk on along this stretch of road.

A large amount of positive feedback has been received with thanks to the combined Latrobe / Kentish works teams who were involved in this project.

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Following several incidents of vandalism in Latrobe, Tasmania Police are urging residents and business owners alike to report all instances no matter how insignificant you think they are.

Every piece of information garnered by the Police assists them to piece together a ‘bigger picture’ which may go some way in apprehending the offenders and stopping the damage.

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State Growth have recently completed maintenance and line marking on the Port Sorell Main Road between Wesley Vale and Port Sorell.

The works have certainly improved the road and are very much appreciated by Council and road users.

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Our municipality has hosted a myriad of events and activities lately, one of which was the Annual Latrobe Flower Show organised by the Sassafras / Wesley Vale Branch of the CWA.

This event, now in its 28th year, was most enjoyable and I congratulate the members of the Sassafras / Wesley Vale Branch for their efforts.

The Sassafras Community Information Evening was also held last week and from the feedback received, attendees found the forum highly informative.

I encourage Tarleton residents to put 19 April in their calendar for their Information Evening.

MAYOR FRESHNEY

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Information detailing the FRUIT FLY CONTROL AREA and how to be vigilant and support Biosecurity Tasmania’s eradication endeavours will be available at this weekend’s Latrobe Flower Show.

Participants in the TASSIE TRACTOR TRUCK driving from Wynyard to Launceston will arrive in Latrobe at 4.00pm today and rattling the tin for donations for Beyond Blue until 5.00pm.

The BUDGET PROCESS for the 2018-19 financial year is well underway and many of the current year’s projects have either been completed or soon will be.

The recently refurbished LATROBE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE is up and operational and I expect the adjacent car park upgrade will be completed in coming weeks.

Both projects will provide long term benefits for community members particularly those attending events in the Memorial Hall Precinct.

The first in a series of COMMUNITY INFORMATION EVENINGS for 2018 is being held at the Sassafras Community Hall this Thursday, 15 February at 7.00pm. 

This forum is a fantastic opportunity for residents to be informed of local issues as well as providing a relaxed platform for those in attendance to raise any issue they wish to discuss. 

Attendees are requested to register their attendance by close of business today on 64264444 or email candicew@latrobe.tas.gov.au.

Council’s bi-monthly newsletter “COUNCIL COAST AND COUNTRY” is a great way to circulate information to the community about your community group or event. 

The deadline for Council’s March-April Newsletter is 15 February with articles (relevant to the Latrobe Municipality) of 200 words to be submitted to michelled@latrobe.tas.gov.au.

MAYOR FRESHNEY

Tuesday 6th February 2018

It’s not often we get the opportunity to recognise the contribution of one of our many business people but January marked the 40th anniversary of local butcher Peter Burk’s connection with Morse’s Butchery. 

On behalf of our community I would like to thank Peter for his contribution, not only in business but also for his involvement with the Lions Club of Latrobe and any number of community activities in which he has assisted over the years. 

Congratulations Peter and thank you.

Following hot on the heels of commencement of construction on the expansion of One Care's facility at Port Sorell comes a second major project in the aged care sector, this time at Uniting AgeWell's Strathdevon complex at Latrobe.

This $10,000,000 extension and upgrade will provide an additional thirty beds, community cafe, chapel, gym, a state-of-the-art cook fresh kitchen and additional services for clients. 

The major upgrade is certainly a welcome addition to aged care services in our municipality providing options for those wishing to remain in their community and maintain their social connections whilst moving into residential aged care. 

The redevelopment commenced last week with an official sod-turning ceremony and I look forward to seeing the completed works expected in early 2019.

Congratulations to local resident and Council employee, Gina Timms, who recently won Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and the People’s Choice for Best Female Vocal 2018 at the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Well done Gina and best of luck as you head to Missouri, USA to the Ozark Steel Guitar Spring Show in March.

Mayor Freshney

Tuesday 30th January 2018

The Port Sorell History Group will be taking a historic tour of Northdown this Thursday February 1st.  The motorcade tour will commence at the Hawley Esplanade (near Hawley House) at 8.45am and will visit seven historic sites along the way including the oldest property established on the North West Coast (1828), still in the possession of the original settler’s family.  The cost of the tour is $25 which includes lunch at Hawley House and if you are interested in attending please contact Betty Rockliff 0400 615 374 or Snow Thomas on 6428 4023 today to register.

Congratulations to Australia Day Award recipients Mrs Rosina Morris (citizen of the Year), Edward Lancaster (Young Citizen of the Year) and to the Official Opening of the Port Sorell Defence Memorial (Community Event of the Year).  A well-deserved honour for all Australia Day Award recipients.

Following the Latrobe Visitor Information Centre’s relocation to the corner of George and James Streets (behind the Latrobe Memorial Hall) the centre is now looking for more volunteers.  Being a volunteer Tourism Ambassador is a great way to meet people and assist visitors to the area to discover the beautiful and unique municipality that we are fortunate enough to live in.  If you think you may be interested, please contact Jessica Aitken (VIC Coordinator) on 6491 1179 or email jessica.aitken@kentish.tas.gov.au

Many community members will join me in thanking Prinella Woolley and her staff for their years of hard work and dedication as they prepare to hand over the reins of Shadows Café to new owners Michelle Stephenson and Joanne Brownrigg. Our best wishes for the future to all involved.

MAYOR FRESHNEY

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