Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Council budget released



2013 – 2014 Rates Set for Derwent Valley
20th June 2013

Derwent Valley Council is pleased to announce that it has kept rate increases to a minimum again this year.

“Council voted to accept the draft budget presented to them with rate increases for the 2013–2014 year set to be 3.5%,” Mayor Martyn Evans said.

Derwent Valley Council was one of the first in Tasmania to introduce public budget submissions to its budgetary process.

“This gives members of the public the opportunity to submit projects to be funded in the budget, these may be community or infrastructure projects, and can be things that Council would sometimes overlook in day to day business.

Some of the projects funded this year include:
  • Derwent Valley Regional Arts inaugural art competition major prize,
  • Installation of guard rails on Backriver Road, in the vicinity of Fairview Primary to increase safety for both motorists and pedestrians.
  • Construction of a properly formed car park at the Molesworth Community Hall.  This was done as a joint venture between the Molesworth Hall Committee and Derwent Valley Council.  During recent bushfires the Hall was initially used as a community assembly point and emergency vehicles used the parking area, and
  • Financial support for the Tiger Trail Festival, an initiative of the Mt Field Tourism Group and community in the area.

Spending on capital works will continue this year with major items including:
  • Continuation of essential works including kerb and channel, stormwater works and sealing between Blackhills Road and Backriver Road,
  • Re-sealing of a portion of the Glenora Road,
  • Continuation of drainage replacement and upgrades across the municipal area, including Maydena, Molesworth and Third Avenue, and;
  • Erosion prevention along the Esplanade.

“Council is mindful of the financial pressures that household budgets face, and works to keep a balance between keeping rate increases to a minimum while still providing essential services to residents,” Martyn Evans said.


  1. Please could the council look at the state of the litter that is lining the Lyall Highway before after and through N.N. It really is disgusting. Surely this is something that is important, not only for locals to see that their town is cared for, but visitors from far and near. Please think of the wild life as well. We pick the litter on Glen Fern Road, and it is a constant job, I think something can be done state wide in the press etc to try and get people to care for where they live.

    1. Thanks for your comment. The council has a very active Tidy Towns Committee but the highway is a real problem area. Of course there would be no litter problem at all if people would simply take their rubbish home with them. Thank you for the work you are doing at Glen Fern Rd.