Latrobe Council

Mayor's Message

Mayor Peter Freshney's Message

Wednesday 13th March 2019

An article in the media recently noted safety concerns relating to the Port Sorell school crossing on Wilmot Street.  The article stated that, “A spokesperson from the department of state growth said the department had not previously been made aware of concerns relating to the crossings”.  This section of Wilmot Street is part of the state road network and I can confirm Council has indeed been liaising with several officers from State Growth who are well aware of the Council and community’s concerns.  Council have identified that the 40km/h school zone signs are an inappropriate distance away from the Wilmot Street crossing and have requested that State Growth ‘shorten’ this distance.  Council has also periodically installed a mobile electronic notice board advising motorists of the 40km/h limit during school times and has approval from the Department of State Growth to place some coloured bands across the road to highlight the changing road condition.


Congratulations to the Mersey Community Hospital Auxiliary who recently celebrated 70 years of service to the Mersey Community Hospital.  Thank you to all past and present members for the tremendous support you have provided to our local hospital. Your contribution is truly outstanding and a wonderful example of what a hardworking group of volunteers can achieve for the betterment of our community.


As part of the preliminary design phase of the Latrobe Flood Mitigation Scheme Council’s Design Consultant, Entura, will be undertaking survey and service locations in the general vicinity of the proposed works to flood protect the Latrobe township from events like that experienced in June 2016.  This initial survey work will be happening over the next week.  Entura staff undertaking this task will have identification with them however, if you have any concerns or queries please contact Council’s Infrastructure and Assets Department on 6426 4444.

Thanks to the residents and community members who attended the recently held Port Sorell Community Information Evening.  It was a great turnout and I hope that those attendees found the forum beneficial.  These regularly scheduled forums really are a good way in which to connect with Council in a relaxed and informal setting.  I look forward to meeting members of the Tarleton community for the next Community Information Evening which will be held at the Tarleton Fire Brigade on Thursday May 9th, 2019.


How great it is to see the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trails project receive further Federal Government funding of $850,000 through the Building Better Regions fund.  This funding enabling the expansion of Stage 2 and the completion of Stage 3 at Sheffield is a much welcomed boost to Kentish and Latrobe Council’s Wild Mersey Mountain Bike joint initiative.


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