Val­ley’s growth pri­or­ity for Shaw

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

AF­TER four years as Der­went Val­ley Deputy Mayor, coun­cil­lor Ben Shaw says the time now feels right to step up for a shot at the top job — and struc­tur­ing com­mu­nity growth is at the top of his to-do-list.

Fol­low­ing the open­ing of coun­cil nom­i­na­tions last week, Cr Shaw, who is run­ning for mayor and coun­cil­lor at the Oc­to­ber elections, said his tute­lage un­der cur­rent Mayor Mar­tyn Evans has given him the ex­pe­ri­ence needed to suc­cess­fully ful­fil the may­oral po­si­tion.

Coun­cil­lors Evans and Shaw could sen­sa­tion­ally switch po­si­tions fol­low­ing next month’s coun­cil elections, as they are run­ning for each other’s seat.

“The tim­ing (to run for mayor) seems right,” Cr Shaw said.

“A re­cent ca­reer move has al­lowed me to work from home which gives me the au­ton­omy to ac­tu­ally spend time in the com­mu­nity — which is what is needed.

“Mar­tyn (Evans) is very knowl­edge­able in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and my four years un­der him has al­lowed me to re­ally cut my teeth.”

As part of a no­tice of mo­tion, out­lined in to­mor­row night’s coun­cil meet­ing agenda, Cr Shaw is en­cour­ag­ing the coun­cil to adopt changes to tip vouch­ers and re­cy­cle fees.

The mo­tion in­cludes a pro­posal to rev­ert tip voucher value back to what it was in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, which would mean one ticket would ac­com­mo­date for one rub­bish load.

Cr Shaw is also call­ing for the coun­cil to in­tro­duce a re­quest form for prop­er­ties that don’t re­ceive kerb­side col­lec­tion to ap­ply for six ex­tra tip vouch­ers in the fi­nal yearly quar­ter, at no charge.

The deputy mayor said he was also hop­ing to see more de­vel­op­ment at the his­toric Wil­low Court site.

“The first thing I did when I got on coun­cil was got (Mona’s cre­ative di­rec­tor) Leigh Carmichael to look at the site for use,” he said.

“The Der­went Val­ley com­mu­nity suf­fered for 20 years due to the re­cent in­ac­tiv­ity at the Wil­low Court site.”

This week’s coun­cil agenda also re­veals plans for a new dis­tillery at Wil­low Court, as well as an ex­panded Agrar­ian Kitchen site.

“It’s my per­sonal opin­ion that any in­vest­ment on that site is wel­comed,” Cr Shaw said.

“I per­son­ally believe we need in­vestors like those at the dis­tillery and the Agrar­ian Kitchen on that site to move it for­ward.”

Also an­nounced as run­ning for mayor at the forth­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elections are Paul Belcher, Philip Bin­g­ley, Chris Lester and Julie Trif­fett.

A full list of no­tices of mo­tion be­fore coun­cil can be viewed on the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil’s web­site at www.der­went­val­ley.tas.gov.au

Pic­ture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

COM­MU­NITY FO­CUS: Ben Shaw with daugh­ters Caitlin, 12, and Emily, 9, by the Der­went River at New Nor­folk.

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