Valley’s growth priority for Shaw
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
COMMUNITY FOCUS: Ben Shaw with daughters Caitlin, 12, and Emily, 9, by the Derwent River at New Norfolk.