Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Congratulations and best wishes to local identity Zillah Jones as she retires from 53 years’ service to Meals on Wheels.

Mrs Jones’ time with Meals on Wheels has certainly been colourful and her outstanding contribution to the Latrobe community is very much appreciated. 

She has fulfilled many roles in the organisation including completing paperwork, meal delivery and leading three delivery groups. 

Mrs Jones recently recalled many good times during her service including the time her ‘Boss’ rang her to enquire if she had had lunch yet to which she replied ‘yes’, to which her boss simply said, “well the old people haven’t!”  I understand this was the one and only time she was AWOL.

Along with her service to Meals on Wheels, Mrs Jones has made significant contributions to other organisations including the Latrobe Senior Citizens’ Club, the Latrobe Football Club and St Patrick’s Parish.

Council sincerely appreciates Zillah’s valuable involvement and tireless service to our community and wish her (and Tom) all the best for the future.


There are so many benefits of ‘giving back to the community’ - making a difference, learning new skills, meeting new people and making connections within your community are all positive consequences resulting from volunteering.

Community, sport and service organisations and volunteer groups are an integral part of society, but they can't do it alone. 

One never knows, volunteering may prove to be one of the most rewarding things we can do, so why not give it a go?

Please contact Council (64264444) or call into the office to chat about options available.


Tuesday 13th March 2018


An opportunity exists for a young person (16-30 years) in our community who might consider becoming a member of the LATROBE YOUTH COUNCIL

The ‘Council’ exists to provide a collective voice for local youth on issues of importance to them while also raising the awareness of Local Government amongst the younger members of our community. 

If you know someone who might like to be involved I strongly encourage you to contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Mrs Michelle Dutton, on 64264444 or via council@latrobe.tas.gov.au  

Nominations close at the end of this month.

Well done to Esther Magor and her teammates at the LATROBE CRICKET CLUB on their success last weekend in claiming the Cricket North West Women’s Title for the first time in the Club’s history. 

Congratulations to Steven French and the team at the Latrobe Cricket Club on their support of both women’s and junior cricket.

It’s great to see their hard work paying dividends.

Due to the Eight Hours Day Public Holiday yesterday, COUNCIL’S ORDINARY MEETING will be held tonight, 5.00pm in the Latrobe Council Chambers. 

The agenda and attachments are available from the Council Office or on line and should you have any questions regarding tonight’s meeting, Sarah Cairns, Council’s Executive Assistant (64264444) would be happy to help.

Council BIDS FAREWELL to employees Lesley Palmer, Lisa Blackaby and Samantha Seaton. 

We are grateful for their contribution over several years and wish each of them the very best in their future endeavours.

Providers of chocolate infused delights are invited to apply to participate at the CHOCOLATE CORNER, held as part of Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe on 12 August.

Further information is available from enquiries@chocolatewinterfest.com.au

Mayor Freshney

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Last week’s Vice-Regal visit to the municipality has been consigned to the history books and upon reflection it is appropriate that I thank all those groups and individuals who contributed in any way to make the visit the undoubted success that it was.

Her Excellency and Mr Warner were greeted with warmth and genuine affection wherever they went, nowhere more so than Latrobe High School and Port Sorell Primary School.

Students and staff at both schools proved to be great ambassadors for our community and their respective families.

The Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club proved to be the perfect venue to host the civic reception which was the culmination of a very busy day for the Governor, Mr Warner and their support team.


The recent announcements by the current State and Federal Governments of financial support for the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike project is a wonderful outcome for those in our community who have been waiting patiently for construction of this project to commence.

Stage 1 of this project is almost ready to go and the potential benefits for both the Latrobe and Kentish communities are unlimited.

I am particularly looking forward to seeing families once again accessing the Warrawee Reserve and the surrounding area with the option to cycle up to Railton and ultimately Sheffield being a real attraction for locals and visitors alike.


This month Council is expecting to receive the draft Latrobe Flood Mitigation report from our Consultants Entura.

The report will determine if the township is able to be protected, what if any mitigations options are available and at what cost.


Tuesday 27th February 2018

Residents will be aware that the feature wall on the corner of Gilbert and Percival Streets has recently been completed and is a testament to the skill and expertise of the Council staff involved.

The wall is an initiative of the Latrobe Community Cemetery Committee led by Councillors Brown and Wicks, together with a very committed team of supporters.

The wall certainly adds to the aesthetics of not only the cemetery but also the streetscape in that area and is one component of the long-term plan for the cemetery and surrounds.


As one project ends another one begins and its pleasing to advise that the first stage of the Kings Creek retaining Wall Project will commence shortly, if not already underway.

The overall project at Kings Creek will be staged and will form part of the ultimate flood retention strategy for the Latrobe Township once constructed.


Today Council hosts the visit of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania and Mr Warner.

Council are grateful Her Excellency and Mr Warner are able to tour various locations throughout the municipality including Rubicon Grove Aged Care, the refurbished Latrobe High School, Port Sorell Defence Memorial and the Port Sorell Primary School.

Her Excellency will also revisit some residents impacted during 2016 Floods crisis.

The tour will culminate with a Civic Reception and I am sure the community will join me in expressing our gratitude to the Governor and Mr Warner.


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