Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Wednesday 19th December 2018

Christmas is almost upon us and it’s great to see a vibrant festive atmosphere in both townships of Latrobe and Port Sorell. 

Christmas services are being held around the municipality including a Christmas Eve Service of Holy Communion at St Georges Church, Newground and the Bridge of Hope Church, Hamilton Street, Latrobe with both services commencing at 7.00pm.  A Christmas Day Service of Holy Communion will be held at the Bridge of Hope Church in Rice Street, Port Sorell at 9.00am along with a service at St James Church, Northdown at 10.30am.

If you are looking for an entertaining day out or are an athletics enthusiast, I encourage you to attend the Latrobe Carnival on December 28th commencing from 2.00pm at the Latrobe Recreation Ground, 213 Gilbert Street, Latrobe.  The Carnival, featuring wood chopping, athletics and cycling will be sure to impress.  For more information, go to http://www.tascarnivals.com.au/carnivals

With some garbage / recycling collections falling on public holidays it is important to be aware of your area’s allocated collection days.  The ‘Rural’ garbage due on December 25th will be run on the December 26th. ‘Latrobe South’ and ‘Rural’ recycling will occur on January 1st and ‘Latrobe South’ garbage will be collected on January 2nd.  Please place your bins out on the evening prior as collection times may vary during this period.  The Rural Bin Service at Sassafras, Valleyfield Rd / Oppenheims Rd junction and the Moriarty Fire Station will be held on the Saturday December 22nd and not on Monday December 24th.

The Council Office will close for the Christmas / New Year period from Monday December 24th, 2018 and reopen at 8.00am on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. Emergencies during this time should be directed to 6426 2653.

Lastly, please be mindful when you are out and about on our roads this festive season and New Year period.  Plan your journey, including stops if required, be aware of fatigue and drive to the conditions. 

On behalf of Council may I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year – take care.




Council held its Annual General Meeting on Monday evening where the Annual Report was formally presented for approval. 

2017/18 has seen progress on a number of important long-term projects including the Wild Mersey mountain bike trails, minimisation of flood risk in Latrobe, review of the Port Sorell Strategic Plan and development of a Latrobe Town Centre Enhancement Plan.  I am also pleased to report that flood repairs, following the June 2016 floods, were finalised during the year including repairs to Twiss Street and Shale Road.

Whilst the Annual Report focusses mainly on financial management and project delivery, as Mayor, my focus was firmly on Council’s staff who so diligently support Council’s strategic direction and continue to have a positive impact on our community and its residents.  I join with my fellow elected members in thanking all staff members for their contribution to Council’s performance.


Christmas celebrations are in full swing across the coast with many festive events being held in our municipality.

The Community Christmas Concert held last weekend at the Sassafras Community Hall was a great success and a fantastic way to start the festive season.  Similarly, the Port Sorell Community Carols were well supported and I would like to thank the Lions Club of Port Sorell, the Latrobe Federal Band and a number of community groups for their valued input into making the event a success.

It’s great to see the Latrobe Federal Band are again carolling in the streets of Latrobe (Monday nights) and Port Sorell (Wednesday nights).  For detailed information please phone President David Richards on 0408 262 187.

I encourage residents and visitors alike to join in the Christmas festivities this Saturday evening commencing with the Lions Club of Latrobe Christmas Parade at 6.30pm closely followed by the Carols in Kings Park – see you there!

Gerald Monson
General Manager

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