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Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 16th May 2017

IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK in beautiful Tasmania after six weeks in the United Kingdom visiting family and having a break from the rigours of life. Travelling overseas is a great experience but above all else, it provides an opportunity to reflect and appreciate just how fortunate we are to live here on the North West Coast.

My sincere appreciation to Deputy Mayor Rick Rockliff and my fellow councillors for taking up the slack during my absence and for their assistance on my return.

During my absence there has been much conjecture and speculation relating to the future of the PORT SORELL CARAVAN PARK.  Regrettably this issue has caused considerable angst for many in our local community.

For the record, Council has been actively engaged with the Lions Club of Port Sorell for nearly 18 months as we try to negotiate an agreement that provides for the club’s continued involvement with the park and its users; ensures the Club’s long term stewardship of and contribution to the park is both acknowledged and appropriately recognised and an agreement that provides some form of financial benefit to the Club given that the annual Caravan Park management fee is undoubtedly a major component of the Club’s income.

Council is committed to continuing those discussions, to finalising an agreement with the Lions Club of Port Sorell and, even more importantly, ensuring that the Port Sorell Caravan Park remains a much loved community asset where locals and visitors alike can enjoy great facilities, a friendly atmosphere and a natural environment that is often and too easily taken for granted.

MUNICIPAL GROWTH TRENDS in April continued with 49 building, plumbing and demolition applications and notifications of works received with a conservative construction cost of $6,164,892.

MAYOR FRESHNEY

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Council has recently agreed to hold an upcoming COUNCIL MEETING at a venue in Port Sorell in the not too distant future.  Details of the meeting will be circulated in Council’s various publications and on-line as soon as the meeting is confirmed.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a function for Cancer Council Tasmania’s Launch of AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MORNING TEA for 2017.  2017 is the 20th year of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) in Tasmania and the achievement was celebrated with a morning tea on board the Spirit of Tasmania.   The official date for this year’s ABMT is 25 May however, if that doesn’t work for any reason you can pick any suitable date in May or June.  It is interesting to note that Cancer Council Tasmania is over 90% funded by public donations and fundraising events with all funds raised going back to support Tasmanians affected by cancer.  To get involved please visit the Cancer Council’s website www.biggestmorningtea.com.au

The LATROBE CEMETERY WORKING BEE was held on Sunday and although the weather wasn’t great there was a good turnout and a lot of productive work undertaken.  The next working bee will be held on Sunday, 27 August and for further information please contact Council on 6426 4444.

This week (8-14) sees NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK (NVW) being celebrated at many events around the region.  NVW is celebrated annually and seeks to acknowledge the generous and significant contribution that volunteers make to our community.  Our volunteers are a precious resource and I am sure you will join with me in offering a heartfelt thankyou to our community’s volunteers and indeed to volunteers right across the nation.

May I take this opportunity to wish all mothers a very happy MOTHER’S DAY this Sunday, 14 May.

ACTING MAYOR ROCKLIFF

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

It was very heartening to see the ANZAC DAY services held in the Latrobe Municipality were once again very well attended. Thank you to the respective event coordinators – Latrobe RSL, Lions Club of Port Sorell and Latrobe Council - and their particular support organisations who ensured that the services were most respectful and poignant occasions. At the Latrobe Citizens Commemorative Service, Captain Stephen Hussey’s address focussing on the Coral Sea was most insightful and moving.A comment made to me by an interstate visitor that the service held in Latrobe was ‘one of the best they had ever attended’, was well founded. Whilst we place significant emphasis on commemorating ANZAC Day I believe that every day is important to acknowledge and appreciate those that have served and currently serve in the defence of our nation, enabling us to enjoy the freedom and lifestyle that we do.

Council will hold its next ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING on Monday, May 8th at the Latrobe Council Chambers commencing at 5.00pm. Public Participation and Question Time is listed shortly after the commencement of the meeting enabling anyone present to ask questions or address Council on any Local Government related issue, excluding those in the Planning Authority section. An agenda and associated documents will be available for perusal on Council’s website later this week. For further information please contact Council on 6426 4444.


The next LATROBE CEMETERY WORKING BEE to tidy up the graves of the interred prior to Mother’s Day, is being held from 10.00am until 11.15am this Sunday at the Latrobe Cemetery in Gilbert Street, Latrobe. It you are able to lend a hand, please come along or, if you would like more information, phone Councillor Brown on 0417598116.

ACTING MAYOR ROCKLIFF

Tuesday 25th April 2017

There is much discussion in the community at present regarding the future of the PORT SORELL CARAVAN PARK.  I can assure residents that the decision by Council in December 2015 to resume management of the park as from 1 July 2017 was not taken lightly and Council has no intention of selling off the caravan park. 

There have been many issues associated with park management over the last several years particularly relating to the erection of illegal structures and the transfer of sites to new owners where the structures were non-compliant. 

Council’s decision also took into account the ever increasing responsibilities relating to park management including the need for long-term financial and asset management plans and legislative compliance requirements, amongst others. 

Council sincerely acknowledges the significant contribution that the Lions Club of Port Sorell has made towards the operation of the park over many years and the outstanding work that they do within the Port Sorell community.  Council is in the final stages of negotiating an agreement with the Lions Club of Port Sorell which details their future involvement in the park including reimbursement for working bees, conducting fundraising activities within the park and remission of site fees for the six cabins which the Lions Club own, to name a few. 

Council made this decision in what it feels to be in the best interests of all stakeholders.

Congratulations to the LATROBE FEDERAL BAND who were victorious at the Australian National Band Championships held in Launceston recently, winning the Open C Grade Brass Band section.  The band’s Junior Quartet also took out top spot along with Jesse Spratt who is now the Australian Junior Cornet Champion!  Congratulations to all players, officials and volunteers for such an outstanding campaign!

ACTING MAYOR ROCKLIFF

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