Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Last Wednesday I had the great pleasure of representing Council at the formal opening of the $10,000,000 REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AT LATROBE HIGH SCHOOL.  The facilities are now state of the art and a far cry from the outdated facilities students and teachers have had to accept in the past. We are grateful to the current state government and in particular to Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff and his Braddon colleagues who have been united in their support for the project.  The school community, led by Mrs Doreen Carr, has been instrumental in providing the advocacy and ‘influence’ that only passionate people can generate.  Our community is indebted to Principal Brent Armistead and his team for the contribution they have made to deliver a great educational environment for our students and educators, both now and into the future.

Today is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY (Ag Day) which provides an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of farming and farmers to our nation's social and economic fabric.  Our municipality proudly boasts a strong agricultural community and the recognition of our primary producers can never be overstated. Much of our great country was and is built around the contribution of so many in this sector.

Council’s DOG MANAGEMENT POLICY is currently open for public comment until November 30th. Input is sought from both with-in our municipality and those in the wider community who wish to contribute.

Finally, a warm welcome to Lyndsey and the team at MUSE clothing and accessories, another addition to the retail experience available in the Shearwater Village. 


Tuesday 14th November, 2017

The recent long weekend provided an opportunity for Latrobe Rotarians to assist the Rotary Club of Deloraine with waste management at the Deloraine Craft Fair. 

Never has such an arduous task been made more enjoyable, primarily due to the antics and good humour of the crew which included a well-known former Latrobe pharmacist, a respected Spreyton orchardist, a former serving member of the British Armed Forces and fellow conscript Mrs Patrice Blackwell.

Many members of the Latrobe local Rotary Club were involved over the weekend and again it served as a reminder of the contribution service clubs and organisations make to our communities.

Likewise, the Truly Tasmanian Craft Fair at Latrobe was again a resounding success thanks to the Apex Club of Latrobe and all those involved in its organisation.

The Rubicon Ladies Club recently presented a seat to the community as part of Council’s seat dedication program. 

Located along the beachside footpath off Anderson Street, around a third of the way between Anderson Street and the Esplanade, the seat is a much appreciated addition to the area and I am certain it will be well utilised by locals and visitors alike.

It is nearing that time of year again when end of year functions, school leavers’ events, presentation evenings and Christmas celebrations are underway and the number of vehicles on our roads increase significantly. 

Now is an opportune time to remind road users to stay vigilant, drive with care and ensure a safe and happy festive season for all community members.


Tuesday 7th November, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of attending a reception organised by the ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Association, Tasmanian Branch North West Regional Group.  The reception was held to honour several coastal recipients including Dianne Kelly OAM and Gail Richey AM who both reside in the Latrobe Municipality.  Dianne received her award in the Australia Day Honours list for her service to the community and Gail received her award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her significant service to the fishing and aquaculture industry.  Congratulations to both recipients and I know that the accolades are certainly well deserved.

COMMUNITY EVENTS offer a multitude of social and economic benefits, playing an integral part in building and strengthening relationships and keeping the community connected.  Congratulations to the organisers of the Australian Masters Games and particularly the Latrobe Croquet Club, the Truly Tasmanian Craft Exhibition and Sale along with the Latrobe Primary School Fair. 

All events, although vastly different in size and scope, were a credit to the organising committees, competitors, exhibitors and volunteers.

The annual PORT SORELL GOLF CLUB CARPARK SALE will be held this Saturday, 11 November from 8:00am until 2:00pm in the Golf Club Carpark, Shearwater Boulevard. 

This sale provides an opportunity to purchase plants, produce, books, bric-a-brac, indulge in a sausage, buy a ticket in the raffle and much more.

I encourage you to support the Golf Club’s event and for further information please contact the club on 6428 7993.


Tuesday 31st October 2017

Latrobe Council’s DOG MANAGEMENT POLICY, adopted in 2012, is currently due for review and submissions are now invited from members of the community.  The Dog Control Act 2000, requires Councils to develop, implement and review a policy relating to Dog Management in its Municipal area.  I encourage you to view the document at either the Council office or on Council’s web site www.latrobe.tas.gov.au  and submissions in writing are to be forwarded prior to 30th November to the General Manager, PO Box 63 Latrobe TAS 7307.

To help celebrate the recent completion of redevelopments, Latrobe High School will be holding a TWILIGHT FAIR on 10th November from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.  This family friendly event will see games, produce stalls, a garage sale and much more so why not come along, have some fun and support our local high school.

A TIDY TOWNS entry for the Hawley, Shearwater and Port Sorell area is proposed for 2018. To assist interested residents to gain an insight into the entry criteria State Judge Lesley Gardner will be holding a Q&A session tonight, 5.00pm at the Banksia Centre, Pitcairn Street, Port Sorell (Room A).  If you would like to know more and potentially be involved in the development of a Tidy Towns entry, please come along.

Congratulations to local resident and Latrobe Council employee, GINA TIMMS, who was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to country music, along with the Tasmanian Female Legend Award 2017 at the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards held in Launceston.  Congratulations Gina!


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