Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Tuesday 12th June 2018

◼ Several residents have queried the status of both the Latrobe and Shearwater Skateparks.
Any discussions around the Shearwater Skatepark will form part of the community consultation undertaken as part of the overall future of the Port Sorell area but at this stage there are no plans to change the layout or location.
Similarly, at Latrobe, Council is reviewing the siting of the skatepark in conjunction with the redevelopment of the Perkins Park Sports Precinct.
Rest assured, Council have every intention of engaging with users of the skatepark and the wider community prior to making any significant changes to the existing facilities.

◼ It is fantastic to see the new multi-age playground at ‘Bosworth Park’ on the corner of Cotton and Stanley Street, Latrobe being so well utilised.
The MegaDeck Tower, along with the spinner seat, rocker, carousel and supernova is certainly a welcome addition to the township’s playground infrastructure.
Council is hopeful that, subject to funding availability, future stages may include pathway linkages, a toilet block and a barbecue shelter.

◼ It is pleasing to see the in-fill piping of the open drains being undertaken in Bradshaw Street and Laura Street, Latrobe, linking in to and expanding the existing service.
These projects have been long in the making with great expectations by residents.
Similarly, the Joyce Street, Hawley road widening, new kerb and channel and development of a footpath is also underway.
This will provide much improved outcomes for residents with an offshoot being the alleviation of stormwater issues that have previously impacted on residents in this area.


Tuesday 10th July 2018

As part of the PORT SORELL STRATEGIC PLAN REVIEW process, a public meetingis scheduled for Monday, 23 July, 7.00pm at the Banksia Centre, Port Sorell. 

At this meeting Council is keen to receive community feedback on the Port Sorell Strategic Plan Review 2017-18 document prior to its finalisation. 

The document, open for review concurrently with the Camp Banksia Master Plan and Feasibility Assessment Reports, is available on Council’s website and representations will be received until 15 August.

This key document will provide the framework for the future growth and development of Port Sorell and I strongly urge residents to attend this meeting to have a say on the future of your area.

DOG OWNERSHIP can be a positive and rewarding experience however, with dog ownership comes certain responsibilities. 

The Dog Control Act 2000, requires that all dogs over the age of six (6) months must be microchipped and registered with their local Council. 

Registration renewal notices have recently been posted and it is great to see Council, once again, offering a discount period throughout July. 

Among other responsibilities, legislation requires owners to dispose of their dog’s ‘droppings’ in a lawful and suitable manner (not in the closest hedge).

To assist dog owners, numerous dog poo loos are strategically located throughout the municipality as are bag dispensers.

A wealth of information including the location of dog poo loos, off leash exercise areas and dog owners’ rights and responsibilities can be found on Council’s website https://www.latrobe.tas.gov.au/animalcontrol


Tuesday 3rd July 2018

 How fantastic to see 136 participants taking part in the recent official launch of the PORT SORELL PARKRUN event.  Port Sorell parkrun is a great opportunity to come together with a group and run, jog or walk along the beautiful Port Sorell Foreshore at 9:00am each Saturday. If you would like to join in the fun, a pre-event briefing takes place just prior to 9.00am in front of the Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club.  I would like to congratulate Deborah Hicks on introducing this great initiative and especially her volunteer crew.  As with all community events, there is always work ‘behind the scenes’ and it is much appreciated although not always recognised.  If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email portsorellhelpers@parkrun.com

With the LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS looming later this year I encourage community members interested in standing for a position to attend an upcoming Council Meeting.  Latrobe Council’s next Ordinary Meeting will be held on July 9th, 2018 commencing at 5.00pm.  Council staff or elected members will be more than happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

The Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee will be running GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS throughout Tasmania in June/July with a workshop being held on July 11th in the Latrobe Memorial Hall 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The workshops, aimed at community organisations, sporting clubs and service clubs, will cover the fundamentals of what makes a strong application and links to where you can get support.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/RDATasmania for further information


Tuesday 26th June 2018  


A vacancy on the PORT SORELL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PSAC) for a Youth representative (aged from 12-25 years) is currently open for nomination.

PSAC is a representative body of the wider Port Sorell community, which generally meets at 4.00pm on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding December and January) to consider issues and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to the greater Port Sorell, Hawley and Shearwater areas.

Such matters may include foreshore and environmental matters, traffic management, recreational facilities or marketing and promotion of the area.

If you know an enthusiastic young person who can provide input to the committee from a ‘youth’ perspective, and can also attend these meetings, please contact Sarah Cairns, Council’s Executive Assistant on 6426 4444 or email sarahc@latrobe.tas.gov.au for further information.


Geneva Christian College’s ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR’ production promises to be a great outing involving approximately 50 students in the cast. 

With three 60-minute shows scheduled, commencing today through to Thursday, tickets will be selling fast and are available for purchase from Geneva Christian School, 197 Moriarty Road, Latrobe or by phoning 6426 1053.


It’s great to see the completed SHARED PATHWAY commencing from the rear of Station Square, Gilbert Street, Latrobe, running along the Hill Street boundary, and connecting to the existing pathway in Cotton Street, is being well used.

The pathway and associated carpark entrance work forms part of the linkage for the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Project and is a credit to Council’s external workforce - well done everyone!



Tuesday 19th June 2018


◼ Last week Council approved its ANNUAL PLAN AND BUDGET FOR 2018/2019. Council continues a strong emphasis on financial performance and I am pleased to say that we are again expecting an underlying surplus for the 2018/2019 financial year. Along with projects carried over from the previous financial year, next year’s budget contains a number of new projects including the long-awaited replacement of the Victor Street bridge and associated footpath which was delayed due to the flood mitigation study. I sincerely thank my fellow elected members and Council’s staff and management for their diligent efforts throughout the budget deliberation process.

◼ At the Ordinary Meeting Council also received the “PORT SORELL STRATEGIC PLAN REVIEW 2017-18: An Integrated Framework for the Future Growth and Development of Port Sorell, Draft Outcomes Report”, the “CAMP BANKSIA MASTER PLAN OPTIONS REPORT OCTOBER 2017” and the “CAMP BANKSIA MASTER PLAN OPTION FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT REPORT MARCH 2018”. All three documents are now on public exhibition for a period 60 days, after which, Council will review the documents, taking into consideration the content of public submissions received. These significant documents will guide Council’s future decision-making process and I strongly urge you to forward your comments by August 15th 2018.

◼ The LATROBE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION are hosting a ‘Turnback Tuesday’ evening tonight for their last senior home game for 2018. With prizes on offer for best dressed, why not come along to watch a great match, wear some old school gear and dance up a storm to some retro tunes after the game.



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