Call to improve town’s identity
A PLAN to promote New Norfolk as a great place to do business is one of several budget submissions the Derwent Valley Council will discuss when it meets on Thursday.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said there had been a large number of submissions relating to the council’s budget for the next financial year, received recently.
‘‘It is a good thing, we have had inquiries about a number of things which our ratepayers would like to see happen around the Valley,’’ Cr Evans said. ‘‘I’m pleased people are getting involved.
‘‘There are of course lots of things which the council needs to consider and all the submissions will be discussed on Thursday.’’
Local resident Phil Bingley last week presented Deputy Mayor Barry Lathey with four petitions to support his submissions to council.
Mr Bingley said the issue many ratepayers were passionate about was the instigation of an economic development plan.
‘‘Now is the very time to have an EDP with objectives that promote a positive identity for New Norfolk as a business friendly town which supports small business development and expansion and aims at attract new investment into New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley.’’
The petition was signed by 64 individuals representing more than 30 businesses in New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley requesting that council initiates the development of the EDP in 12/13.
The largest petition submitted by Mr Bingley, which was signed by 139 residents, concerns one of New Norfolk’ busiest roads.
‘‘Glebe Rd between The Avenue and Lachlan Rd is more like driving on a cobbled street than a sealed road,‘‘ Mr Bingley said.
‘‘It is very poor, with many pot hole patches, and needs priority attention given the volume of traffic that uses the road.’’
The third petition, with 12 signatures, requested curbs and gutters to be installed along Lachlan Rd.
Mr Bingley said without a proper stormwater system some residents were experiencing water infiltration under their houses.
The fourth petition, which was signed by seven ratepayers requests that Triffets Rd, currently a gravel road be sealed.
INVOLVED: Deputy Mayor Barry Lathey recieves a petition
from local resident Phil Bingley.