Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Wednesday 19th September 2018  


On October 1 Council will be holding a ‘Meet the Candidate’ evening at the Council Chambers at 7.00pm.  It is intended that this event will provide a relaxed forum in which candidates nominating for the forthcoming Local Government election can introduce themselves to the community.  I welcome and encourage interested members of the community to attend however, it is important to note that the event will only take place should there be sufficient nominations to warrant an election.


The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group (CCWMG) have commenced conducting random bin assessments to determine how much general waste is being incorrectly placed into yellow lidded recycling bins in North-West Tasmania.  The assessment will be coupled with an education program to assist residents in deciding what can and what cannot be placed in recycling bins.  Random checks of kerbside recycling bins will be undertaken to assess the level of contamination with stickers placed on each bin depending on the amount of contamination found.  What CCWMG learn from those checks will shape future recycling education and help keep good recycling free from bad contamination.  For further information including what can and cannot be recycled can be found on www.rethinkwaste.com.au


Council is considering a change to the off leash dog exercise area on the Port Sorell foreshore from the boat ramp south to Panatana Rivulet to a prohibited area for dogs due to its proximity to Panatana Park.  The amended plan is available for viewing on Council’s website or from the Council Office.  Written submissions on the proposed alteration are encouraged and should be forwarded to council@latrobe.tas.gov.au  or PO Box 63, Latrobe, by  September 28, 2018.  Council will consider all representations received prior to making a final decision on the proposed changes.



Tuesday 12th September 2018


This Friday (14 September) at 11.00am representatives from all levels of government, including the Latrobe and Kentish Councils, will be officially turning the first sod on the construction phase of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Project.  This long awaited project is finally coming to fruition and undoubtedly provides a real stimulus to the local economy as well as providing opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and skills.  

I would encourage you to mark this Saturday (15 September) in your diary as a day to get along to the Latrobe Memorial Hall and view the 60 entries that will be walked on the runway in the Apex Teenage Fashion Awards.  This competition for youth aged from 12-19 years features four categories; formal, casual, wearable art and society and environment.  The Hall will be open from 11.30am for a 12 noon start.  Along with some great prizes in each section, winners will progress to the National Final in Melbourne on 20 October.

Grand Final time is here again in NWFL and Latrobe Reserves and U18s will representing the club at the Latrobe Recreation Ground this Saturday.  Our best wishes to both teams as they strive to achieve the ultimate success but likewise our thanks and appreciation to all those volunteers who will be working on the day and whose help is pivotal to the staging of this wonderful event.




Wednesday 29th August 2018

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Mersey Community Hospital Auxiliary Annual General Meeting.  With 86 members the Auxiliary provides an outstanding volunteer service to the hospital and in addition to running the kiosk the Auxiliary have donated an endoscope to the Emergency Department, medical books for the hospital library and a bariatric chair for the Oncology Department this year alone.  At the meeting Sheryl Rockliff, Aileen Heazlewood, Mary Mead, Margaret Russell and Ruth Rockliff were all presented with service awards – congratulations and well done ladies!  Council and indeed the wider community sincerely thank President Maureen Clarke and her team for their hard work and support of patients, visitors and staff at the Mersey Community Hospital.

 It is with much sadness that we mourn the loss of community stalwart, Lois Jones.  Lois was well known in the Latrobe community being a long term contributor to many local organisations including the Latrobe Football Club and of course, St Lukes Anglican Church.  We are certainly the better for her contribution to our community and Council extends sincere condolences to Lois’ family and friends.

 Candidate Information packs for residents interested in nominating for the upcoming Local Government elections are available from the Council Office or by phoning 6426 4444 to request a pack.  A wealth of information is contained within the pack which may assist in determining if becoming an elected member is appropriate for you.  I also strongly encourage prospective candidates to sit in on an upcoming Latrobe Council meeting (September 10 and October 8) to observe how a Council Meeting is run.  Please feel free to contact myself or any of the current Councillors if you have questions regarding the role of an elected member.


Tuesday 22nd August 2018

Once again the Municipality of Latrobe’s community calendar is brimming with events and activities.

In an effort to keep our community informed of the rehabilitation progress on the old Port Sorell tip (corner of Alexander Street and Hawk Hill Road in Shearwater) Council will be holding its second ‘drop-in information session’ at the Banksia Centre Meeting Room A today (Wednesday 22nd August) from 1.00pm-3.00pm. All community members are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend.

An invitation is also extended to any individual or group interested in participating in the next Latrobe Community Cemetery Working Bee. The Working Bee is on this coming Sunday (August 26th) from 10.00am-11.15am with a barbecue and a cold drink provided to volunteers on conclusion.  Further information or questions regarding the Working Bee can be directed to Cr Graeme Brown on 0417 598 116.

An Information Session for those considering standing for Councilis being held on Monday (August 27th) from 5.00pm-7.00pm at the Latrobe Council Chambers.  This forum is a great opportunity for prospective Local Government candidates for the Latrobe Municipality to gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being an elected member of Council.  Please RSVP to sarahc@latrobe.tas.gov.au or phone 6426 4444 by this Friday.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Lee-Anne Ryan, Council’s Planning Officer for four and a half years, all the best with her new career as she left Council’s employment yesterday.  Thank you Lee-Anne for your valued commitment and contribution to our Council and community.


Congratulations also to the Wesley Vale Fire Brigade who are celebrating their 50th year anniversary.


Decrease font size Reset font size Increase font size

Contact Us

Council Address
PO Box 63
170 Gilbert Street
Latrobe Tasmania 7307
Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
8.00am - 4.30pm
Emergency After Hours: 03 6426 2653