Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Council rate rise recommended

A RATES increase of just under 4% will be recommended to councillors when the Derwent Valley Council holds a special meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) evening to set its budget for the coming year.

A draft budget with a 3.95% rates increase will be considered by councillors, following what former mayor Martyn Evans last week described as eight weeks of deliberations at budget workshops.

In a statement included with the budget papers, mayor Ben Shaw says the council is comfortable with what it is proposing in the new budget.

"We’ve balanced the need to address our ageing infrastructure but also with enough of a focus on investing for the future. Understanding the current financial situation of residents across the municipality we’ve approved a 3.95% increase in rates revenue," Cr Shaw said.

"This year’s budget contains a $10.31 million spend on infrastructure and capital works, partly funded by capital grants totalling $5.65 million and new borrowings of $1.5 million," Cr Shaw said. This includes:
  • $2.5 million Glenora Rd upgrade
  • $2.7 million roads and bridges program including Britten St; Wyre Forest Creek and Plenty Valley Rd bridges; and Stage 1 of works to Molesworth Rd.
"Even with this modest increase [in the general rate], this will be our biggest spend on major projects we’ve ever done in a single year. Other projects to be completed in the coming year include the community hall upgrade at Westerway; money set aside for the rehabilitation of the Peppermint Hill Landfill site; investment in council’s Integrated Business System and the long-awaiting Derwent Valley branding project."

Cr Shaw said the rates increase would be partially offset by a reduction in the waste management charge to Derwent Valley residents. Described as a contribution towards the future rehabilitation costs of the Peppermint Hill landfill site and the construction of a transfer station, this levy was last year increased from $56 to $85 per rateable property. The new budget proposes to reduce the charge to $60.

The council's budget meeting will be held in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 5.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday). As this is a Special Meeting, there is no provision for public question time. The budget documents can be downloaded here.

Update to River Derwent flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Flood Watch for the Macquarie and Derwent

Issued at 10:59 am on Tuesday 23 July 2019

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 2

Isolated minor flooding may develop during Tuesday into Wednesday in the flood watch catchments.

A cold front crossed the state overnight Monday into Tuesday bringing showers statewide.

Some catchments are saturated from recent rainfall and are likely to be highly responsive to further rain.

Widespread rainfall totals of 5-15 mm are forecast for the remainder of Tuesday.

River rises are expected and isolated minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall.

Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

Macquarie River

Derwent River
(including River Ouse)


Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: North Esk, Meander

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.


Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11am on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Weekend footy scores

SENIOR MEN: New Norfolk played Huonville at Boyer Oval at 2.30pm on Saturday
New Norfolk 1.1-7 2.2-14 2.5-17 3.9-27
Huonville  6.2-38 12.5-77 14.7-91 18.7-115
New Norfolk - Goal Kickers: M. Parker 2, J. Clifford; Best Players: B. Wardlaw, R. Heron, T. Eiszele, T. Tangata, J. Hills, D. Coppleman.
Huonville - Goals: B. Sullivan 6, T. Lamprill 5, J. Howarth, C. Elliot, C. Johns, J. Lawler, R. Douglas, B. Rundell, J. McIndoe; Best: C. Johns, B. Sullivan, B. Rundell, L. Ward, J. Lawler, R. Douglas.

RESERVES: New Norfolk played Huonville at Boyer Oval at 12.30pm on Saturday
New Norfolk 1.1-7 1.2-8 2.3-15 2.5-17
Huonville Lions 4.2-26 7.7-49 9.9-63 10.16-76
New Norfolk - Goals: L. Crosswell, J. Ransley; Best: J. Walsh, L. Browning, J. Ransley, B. Ransley, R. Graham, C. Neads.
Huonville - Goals: B. Guy 3, B. Page 2, C. Jackson 2, J. Lange, B. Allie, A. Golding; Best: D. Mulder, A. Crowe, J. Lange, T. Campisi , A. Golding, J. Stanway.

RESERVES: New Norfolk played Huonville at Boyer Oval at 12.30pm on Saturday
New Norfolk 1.1-7 5.4-34 5.6-36 6.12-48
Huonville  0.3-3 0.3-3 3.3-21 4.4-28
New Norfolk - Goals: B. Howlett 4, Z. Holloway, J. Miller; Best: H. Davis, E. Holden, C. Keleher, T. Scanlon, J. Triffett, Z. Holloway.
Huonville - Goals: J. Devine 2, G. Duggan, N. McQueen; Best: J. Geeves, J. Devine, D. Geeves, C. Rawnsley, A. Cowen, B. Pike.

WOMEN: New Norfolk played University at Boyer Oval at 9am on Saturday
New Norfolk 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
University 3.5-23 6.11-47 10.15-75 13.20-98
New Norfolk - Best: K. Slater, S. Devine, C. Percey, J. Kenzig , L. Walker, G. McNeill.
University - Goals: G. Watson 7, K. Baker 2, S. Rose, A. Madsen, C. Marquis, J. Hutchins; Best: G. Watson, E. Kierath, K. Baker, A. Mackintosh, A. Lord, H. Simpson.

NEXT GAMES
Shark Park, Dodges Ferry, July 27
SENIORS: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry, 2pm
RESERVES: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry, noon
COLTS: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry, 10am

Abbottsfield Park, Claremont, July 27

WOMEN: New Norfolk v Claremont, 4.30pm

Monday, July 22, 2019

River Derwent initial flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Initial Flood Watch for the Macquarie, South Esk, and Derwent


Issued at 4:08 pm on Monday 22 July 2019

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 1

Isolated minor flooding may develop from Tuesday morning in the flood watch catchments.

A cold front will cross the state overnight Monday and through Tuesday bringing showers statewide.

Some catchments are saturated from recent rainfall and are likely to be highly responsive to further rain.

Widespread rainfall totals of 5-20 mm are forecast for the remainder of Monday. Additional rainfall totals of 5-25 mm are forecast for Tuesday.

River rises are expected and isolated minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall. Minor flood warnings are current for the North Esk and Meander Rivers.

Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

South Esk River

Macquarie River

Derwent River
(including River Ouse)


Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: North Esk, Meander

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.


Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11am on Tuesday 23 July 2019.

New Norfolk golf results

Golfers at New Norfolk.
NEW NORFOLK GOLF CLUB

Saturday 20/7/19 Warner Trophy stableford
A Grade: M. Williams 41, L. Post 38, G. Heron 37.
B Grade: G. Bailey 42, L. Heron 40, M. Smith 39.
C Grade: L. Dittmann 41 c/b, B. Rice 41, D. Lowry 39.
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd J. Kinloch, 6/15th L. Heron, 8th/17th M. Gibson, 11th L. Post. Warner Trophy winner: G. Bailey.

Wednesday 17/7/2019 stroke
18 hole: G. Hack 76-11-65, K. Metcalfe 79-13-66, R. Rainbird 84-16-68 c/b, A. Bewley 88-20-68, L. Dittmann 89-20-69. Birdie draw: D. Lowry.
9 hole: B. Rice 44-12½ -31½, A. Bewley 42-10-32, G. Hack 38 –5½ - 32½, K. Metcalfe 40-6½-33½, L. Dittmann 44-10-34 c/b. Birdie draw: G. Smith.

Anyone interested in joining the New Norfolk Golf Club as a playing member (there are clubs and buggies for hire), as a social member, or looking for a function venue, is welcome to contact the club for further information:
1 Howell Drive, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Phone: (03) 6261 2653
Email: newnorfolkgolfclub@bigpond.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewNorfolkGolfClub/
The club is available for hire for weddings, private functions etc.  The venue cost is free for a function of more than 40.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Final flood warning for Derwent catchment

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Final Flood Warning for the River Derwent

Issued at 12:25 pm on Friday 19 July 2019

Flood Warning Number: 9
Minor flooding is easing in the lower Derwent River below Meadowbank Dam. Minor flooding is not expected to extend downstream to New Norfolk during Friday.
In the 24 hours to 12 pm Friday, rainfall totals between 5-15 mm have been recorded in the Derwent River catchment.
No significant rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Friday.
Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next couple of days.


River Derwent above River Ouse:

River levels are easing in the upper River Derwent and its tributaries.

River Ouse:

Lake Augusta is spilling in the upper catchment and river rises are occurring along the River Ouse.
The River Ouse at Ashton is currently at 1.44 metres and rising. The River Ouse at Ashton is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.40 m) during Friday.
The River Ouse at Ouse is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Friday.

River Derwent above Meadowbank Dam:

River levels are easing along the Florentine River and the middle reaches of the River Derwent.

Tyenna River:

River levels are easing along the Tyenna River.

Styx River:

River rises are occurring along the Styx River, in response to yesterday's rainfall. The Styx River at Bruces Bridge is currently 1.48 m and steady below the minor flood level of 2.0 m.

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding is easing along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam peaked at 5.04 metres around 08:45 am Thursday 18 July and is currently at 3.90 metres and steady. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is likely to remain around the minor flood level (4.10 m) Friday afternoon. The river level is expected to fall below the minor flood level (4.10 m) Friday evening.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 2.95 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Friday.

River Derwent around New Norfolk:

River levels remain elevated along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.
The River Derwent at New Norfolk is currently at 1.12 metres and rising. The River Derwent at New Norfolk is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.00 m) during Friday.


Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

This is a final warning, no further warnings will be issued for this event.


Latest River Heights:

LocationHeight of River (m)TendencyDate/Time of Observation
River Derwent below Lake St Clair2.31Steady11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Ouse at Ashton1.44Rising11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Ouse at 3B Weir1.01Steady11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Clyde at Bothwell0.07Steady10:00 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam3.90Steady11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains2.95Steady11:52 AM FRI 19/07/19
Tyenna River at Newbury1.09Steady10:15 AM FRI 19/07/19
Styx River at Bruces Bridge1.48Steady11:51 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Derwent at New Norfolk1.13Rising11:59 AM FRI 19/07/19

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts.

Willow Court assessment process questioned

Acting general manager Daniel Smee, left, and mayor Ben
Shaw during last night's council meeting.
NEGOTIATIONS for the use of buildings at Willow Court will continue despite concerns over the Derwent Valley Council’s handling of the process.

Last night’s council meeting faced a second round of public questions about the way it conducted an expression of interest process in the use of buildings it owns on the former convict hospital site in central New Norfolk.

After receiving advice that a probity inquiry had been launched into the EOI process, last month’s council meeting decided to lease three buildings to the New Norfolk Distillery and to start discussions with the Salamanca Arts Centre about two others for a community arts hub.

Responding to public questions last night, acting general manager Daniel Smee said there was no reason why those negotiations should not proceed at the same time as a probity audit. “The process of a probity review does not preclude the ongoing assessment and negotiations that are under way,” Mr Smee said. “The process of review is looking at what's occurred in the past and there's been no decision of council to cease the ongoing negotiations.

Questioners included former councillor and Friends of Willow Court secretary Anne Salt, who resigned her seat on council the morning after last month’s council meeting. That meeting saw the council decide not to proceed with the Friends of Willow Court's EOI for the site, while opting to progress other proposals received after the closing date.

In response to public questions at that meeting, general manager Greg Winton, now on leave, said all four EOIs had been assessed on their merits but he was aware of speculation that one had received preferential treatment. “I am commissioning a probity report to respond to those assertions,” Mr Winton said.

Last night’s meeting also heard about advice that a decision to have councillors involved in the discussions for the leasing of council-owned sections of Willow Court could comprise the final decision-making process and expose the council to risk. “The mayor has advised he will speak with other elected members regarding this and council officers will continue discussions with proponents,” Mr Smee said in a report.

Tony Nicholson asking a question about
Willow Court at last month's meeting.
Former mayor Tony Nicholson took up this issue during question time last night, asking why the council had gone ahead with its decision last month when the Local Government Act had clear guidelines on the conduct of councillors and their decision-making role.

"Why did the mayor have to receive advice that such a decision may compromise the decision-making process and expose the council to risk?" asked Mr Nicholson, who is deputy chairman of the Friends of Willow Court.

Mr Smee said it was not unusual for councils to appoint elected members to subcommittees or panels in relation to a matter that's before council.

"So what has occurred is certainly not something that is out of the ordinary, but in terms of best practice the advice that has been received is that because of the fact that council is to make a final decision on this, having elected members involved is not best practice in terms of good governance," Mr Smee said.

Mr Smee said he could understand why it had been decided to include councillors in the lease negotiations for the buildings at Willow Court. "Subsequently the advice has been received and those councillors have withdrawn from the process. What occurred is certainly not something that should have been known to councillors that this is something that is an absolute 'no-no'. I can understand why that decision was made, similarly I can understand why the advice has been provided."