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Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 19th June 2018

 

◼ Last week Council approved its ANNUAL PLAN AND BUDGET FOR 2018/2019. Council continues a strong emphasis on financial performance and I am pleased to say that we are again expecting an underlying surplus for the 2018/2019 financial year. Along with projects carried over from the previous financial year, next year’s budget contains a number of new projects including the long-awaited replacement of the Victor Street bridge and associated footpath which was delayed due to the flood mitigation study. I sincerely thank my fellow elected members and Council’s staff and management for their diligent efforts throughout the budget deliberation process.

◼ At the Ordinary Meeting Council also received the “PORT SORELL STRATEGIC PLAN REVIEW 2017-18: An Integrated Framework for the Future Growth and Development of Port Sorell, Draft Outcomes Report”, the “CAMP BANKSIA MASTER PLAN OPTIONS REPORT OCTOBER 2017” and the “CAMP BANKSIA MASTER PLAN OPTION FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT REPORT MARCH 2018”. All three documents are now on public exhibition for a period 60 days, after which, Council will review the documents, taking into consideration the content of public submissions received. These significant documents will guide Council’s future decision-making process and I strongly urge you to forward your comments by August 15th 2018.

◼ The LATROBE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION are hosting a ‘Turnback Tuesday’ evening tonight for their last senior home game for 2018. With prizes on offer for best dressed, why not come along to watch a great match, wear some old school gear and dance up a storm to some retro tunes after the game.

MAYOR PETER FRESHNEY

 

Tuesday 12th June 2018

It is pleasing to note that Council’s COMMUNITY INFORMATION EVENINGS have been well received. 

The ‘evenings’ are largely targeted to ratepayers and residents of the area where the meeting is being held and along with an information exchange, Council welcomes comments and questions on the night. 

The next meeting is for the Moriarty / Wesley Vale area and will be held at the Wesley Vale Football Clubrooms on Wednesday June 20th at 7.00pm.  

Please register your interest in attending on 6426 4444 or email candicew@latrobe.tas.gov.au.

Tenders are now open for Stage 1 of Kentish
and Latrobe Council’s WILD MERSEY MOUNTAIN BIKE DEVELOPMENT

This world-class project, comprising of approximately 100km of trails in the Kimberley’s Lookout and Warrawee regions of North-West Tasmania also connecting the towns of Latrobe, Railton and Sheffield, is predicted to have major significant benefits to our region.  

Stage 1 incorporates the construction of approximately 30kms of trails in Warrawee and Railton and linking the two areas. 

Suitably qualified and experienced mountain bike trial builders are invited to register their interest and obtain a Tender package by contacting Aleasha Goss, Kentish Council on (03) 6491 0200
or email aleasha.goss@kentish.tas.gov.au.

Tenders close at 2pm on Friday 29th June 2018.

As a resourced shared indoor workforce across both the Latrobe and Kentish Council is implemented, applications for the position of ASSET AND DESIGN OFFICER close next Monday, 18 June.

This permanent position includes responsibility for maintaining Council’s asset management systems and documentation including mapping and limited design and drafting.

If this is a position that piques your interest, an information package with full details is available online at www.latrobe.tas.gov.au/jobvacancies.

MAYOR PETER FRESHNEY

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Sincere congratulations to the LATROBE FIRE BRIGADE and MERSEY SES UNIT who were awarded the Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer’s Award at the Fire and Emergency Services Conference held in Launceston last week.

Both crews were commended for their selfless and valiant actions during the June 2016 Latrobe floods.

What a wonderful and well-deserved way to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

On behalf of Council and indeed the wider community, congratulations.

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It was extremely pleasing to see such fantastic support and attendance at the inaugural SHEARWATER MULLED WINE IN MAY festival, as patrons mingled and sampled the many delights on offer.

The turnout certainly exceeded the expectations of the coordinators - the Shearwater Village Business Group and the Port Sorell Lions Club - and ran smoothly.

Initial feedback indicates a desire to continue and grow this event as an annual experience.

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The LATROBE CRICKET CLUB was recently named Tasmania’s Community Cricket Club of the Year, as part of Cricket Australia’s “A Sport for All Awards”. 

This award recognises a community cricket club that exemplifies cricket’s vision as a sport for all Australians. 

Well done to President Stephen French, the Executive and all volunteers for helping to make the club a welcoming and inclusive environment.

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A heartfelt thank you to all those involved with the organisation and participation in the inaugural Community Connections event last Thursday.

The concept was well received and a wonderful initiative of the Latrobe Lions and Rotary Clubs with significant support from Council.

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A reminder that due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on Monday, COUNCIL’S ORDINARY MEETING will be held on Tuesday 12 June. 

MAYOR FRESHNEY

Tuesday 29th May 2018

 

Council, in conjunction with local service groups, will be holding an inaugural COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS event on Thursday, 31 May in the Latrobe Memorial Hall, Gilbert Street, Latrobe from 2.00pm until 8.00pm. 

To feel connected in a community is not always easy to achieve. 

Knowing what’s going on and how to link into opportunities can be daunting – this is where Community Connections can help. 

The concept is that community, sport and service organisations that exist and service the Latrobe Municipality will be located throughout the venue and attendees will make their way around, having a chat with whomever catches their eye. 

There are no appointments, just turn up at your own leisure. 

I am proud to say that one of the key features of our community is its inclusiveness and willingness to share and contribute. 

I encourage all residents, both new and existing, to embrace those values and perhaps find a way in which to further add to the vibrancy and unique tapestry that sets our municipality apart. 

Every contribution will always be encouraged and greatly appreciated in the wider community.

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With the TASMANIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS being held in October this year, the Local Government Association of Tasmania, in conjunction with various other Government agencies, are running a series of free information sessions for people who are interested in standing for a position. 

The North West session will take place at the Gnomon Pavilion, the Wharf, Ulverstone on 5 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. 

Registrations are requested to either reception@lgat.tas.gov.au or phone 6233 5966.

MAYOR PETER FRESHNEY

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