Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Congratulations to all involved at the WESLEY VALE FOOTBALL CLUB on their Senior and Reserve Premierships which were played at Ulverstone recently.  The success is well deserved and particularly for the respective coaches Shane Hefford and Dwayne Aherne who have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure the Vale is once again at the pinnacle of the NWFA. 


KERBSIDE RECYCLING BIN ASSESSMENTS have commenced once again and I challenge our community to aim for zero contamination in this assessment. These random checks look for contaminants such as soft plastics (such as bags, bubble wrap and cling wrap), foil food bags, foam meat trays, polystyrene, metal and electrical items.  Please be mindful to keep these items out of your kerbside recycling and let’s all try and be a ‘Good SORT’!  


The recent COMMUNITY INFORMATION EVENING held at Latrobe was well attended and it was pleasing to see local residents and business owners so engaged with what is happening in their community.  Feedback from attendees at these events has been very positive with ratepayers appreciating the open forum for discussion.  Council will continue to schedule these ‘evenings’ so keep an eye out in Council’s various publications and on-line for further details.


The LATROBE FEDERAL BAND were runners up (by three points) in B Grade at the recent State Band Championships held in the Latrobe Memorial Hall.  This achievement was remarkable given the band’s recent promotion from C-Grade and a credit to Musical Director Geoff Dell and all band members.


Tuesday 12th September 2017

Nominations for the TASMANIAN YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARDS are now open and it would be great to see our local young achievers recognized so I encourage readers to visit the website www.awardsaustralia.com/tasyaa to see what categories are available. Category winners will each receive a $1,000 thanks to Axsys and a magnificent trophy. One of the seven category winners will be chosen as the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year and will win an additional $2,000 from the Tasmanian Government and a State trophy. To submit a nomination, simply go online to www.awardsaustralia.com/tasyaa and click ‘Nominate Now.’ Nominations close Wednesday 13th December 2017 and for assistance please contact the Awards Office on 6234 9677 or email tas@awardsaustralia.com

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION continues unabated in both Latrobe and Port Sorell and nowhere more prolifically than up in the ATM New Estate in and around Stanley and Cotton Streets. This area is a hive of activity on weekdays and I’m sure many residents are unaware of the significant development that has and is taking place there. Likewise there is consistent development in the Calthorpe subdivision off Hamilton Street and less concentrated building activity right across the greater Port Sorell area. The new rate income generated from these developments is pivotal to Council’s capacity to keep general rates at their current comparably low levels.

Just a month to go before the “phoenix rises from the ashes” at the old RELIQUAIRE site in Gilbert Street and we look forward in anticipation to seeing all that is currently happening behind the scaffold and barriers being revealed!!


Tuesday 5th September 2017

This Thursday Council will host a LATROBE COMMUNITY INFORMATION EVENING at 7.00pm in the Latrobe Memorial Hall Supper Room.  This is a great opportunity to be informed about the latest local issues and discuss any matters of concern. Topics listed on Thursday night’s agenda include; Council’s capital projects for 2017/18, Latrobe Township Flood Study, proposed playground development on the corner of Stanley and Cotton streets, Latrobe Town Enhancement Project and State Growth’s planned Latrobe and Bass Highway safety upgrade works, to name a few.  Attendees are also welcome to raise any local issue or area of interest for discussion.

Last week I attended the AGM of the MERSEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AUXILIARY and again we were reminded of what a wonderful hardworking group of volunteers can and have achieved for our community. Council congratulates and thanks President Maureen Clarke and her team for the support provided to our hospital and the care of our community.

Have you ever considered joining a Probus Club?  If you are you male, retired and under the age of 100 the PROBUS CLUB OF MERSEY MEN’S GROUP are looking for new members and invites interest from residents of the Municipality of Latrobe.  Probus is an organisation for all active seniors who no longer work full time and wish to advance their intellectual, cultural and sporting interests in conjunction with current memberships.

The Mersey Men’s Group meet every second Wednesday of the month, 10.00am at the Latrobe Senior Citizens Club. Please contact Trevor Miles, 64287133 or call into the clubrooms when Probus next meet.


Tuesday August 29TH, 2017

The ROTARY CLUB OF LATROBE have recently introduced informal breakfast meetings to their repertoire which are held every second Sunday of the month, 9.30am at Belly’s Restaurant, Gilbert Street Latrobe.  The club are keen to invite new members to join the group and these gatherings are a great way to enjoy some fellowship and find out what Rotary is all about over a cuppa or some breakfast (at your own cost).  There are countless benefits of joining a service club including personal growth, leadership skills, public speaking skills and continuing an education to name a few.  Being part of Rotary affords members the opportunity to ‘make a difference’ whether in your community, nationally or internationally and I strongly encourage any interested members of the community to attend Rotary’s next breakfast meeting on September 8th.  For further information please contact President John Blackwell (0467 672 700) or Secretary Peter Broun (0407 871 137).

A reminder that the LATROBE COMMUNITY INFORMATION EVENING will be held next week (Thursday September 7th at 7.00pm) in the Latrobe Memorial Hall Supper Room.  Further information is available on Council’s website/Facebook page or by phoning 64264444.

Thanks to everyone who attended the recent LATROBE CEMETERY WORKING BEE with a strong contingent of volunteers in attendance an outstanding amount of work was undertaken.  The next working bee will be held on Sunday October 29th and for further information please contact Council on 6426 4444.

Mayor Peter Freshney


Tuesday 22nd August 2017


The PORT SORELL CARAVAN PARK Public Meeting notes and associated recommendations were tabled and confirmed at Council’s recent meeting held at Port Sorell’s Banksia Centre.

Council agreed to implement four definitive actions emanating from the meeting and I expect each will provide a positive outcome for the park and the wider community.

Firstly, Council resolved to explore what, if any, legal options can be put in place to ensure the caravan park remains as such for the medium to long term.

Council also agreed to review the composition of the Park Management Committee and give consideration to adding an additional representative from the Lions Club.

The Park Management Committee has been asked to prioritise a meeting with semi-permanent residents in an effort to understand and formulate a plan to address the current and long term non-compliance issues.

Council also acknowledged concerns relating to the lack of information provided to the wider community on this issue and committed to implementing a more appropriate communications strategy if or when similar issues arise.

Council values, respects and acknowledges the pivotal role of the Port Sorell Lions Club both in the Caravan Park and the wider community and we are committed to working together for the common good.

A LATROBE COMMUNITY INFORMATION EVENING will be held in the Memorial Hall Supper Room on Thursday, 7 September at 7.00pm.

Council representatives will update community members on topical issues and provide a forum for discussion on any matters of interest or concern.

Further information is available on Council’s website/Facebook page or by phoning 64264444.


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