The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - ANNE MATHER and JAMES KITTO

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.

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