SHAW STEPS UP
BETTER waste management and sport facilities will be the priority of new Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw.
“As I’d advocated for pre-election, I want to see the implementation of a waste management group for the Derwent Valley,” Cr Shaw said.
“We also have quite disgraceful sporting facilities in the Derwent Val- ley so I’ll look forward to driving to see improvements to a number of our sporting clubs that are financially struggling.
“Consolidating a few of our sporting clubs and gaining government funding for them will ensure long term viability for everyone.”
Cr Shaw was elected mayor by just 25 votes ahead of Paul Belcher in one of the closest margins in Tasmanian local government history.
The narrowness of the result forced a recount, but the margin remained sufficient to declare Cr Shaw mayor with 2004 votes (50.31 per cent).
The valley also has a new deputy mayor, Jessica Cosgrove, along with councillors Belcher, Luke Browning and Rachel Power.
They join councillors Martyn Evans, Julie Triffett and Anne Salt who retained their seats.
James Graham, Barry Lathey and Frank Pearce were not re-elected.
Cr Shaw said he was excited to be working with the newly elected councillors.
“It’s great to see the equality brought in with a 4/4 split of males and females,” he said.
“It shows Derwent Valley residents want to see differing opinions and the councillors elected are all strong in their own right.
“It’ll be great to still have that older generation there as well. Someone like Martyn [Evans] brings really valuable experience.”
Cr Shaw said he went for a big-picture approach about the municipality’s re-defined identity after the collapse of many traditional industries, while Cr Belcher campaigned on rates, rubbish and roads.
“The challenge now is how do we keep all those people happy,” he said.