Friday, August 31, 2018

Warning to sheep graziers

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:44 pm on Friday 31 August 2018.


Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong southwesterly winds are expected during Saturday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.


The next warning will be issued by 11pm Friday.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Council response to break-in shocks volunteers

Damage inside one of the ransacked Tidy Towns Committee
rooms at Carinya Education Park.
MEMBERS of two of New Norfolk's hard-working voluntary groups are dumbfounded that the Derwent Valley Council did not see fit to advise them of a recent break-in at their shared headquarters.

Extensive damage was discovered in one of the buildings at the Carinya Education Park in Blair St yesterday morning when Derwent Valley Tidy Towns members went to collect additional equipment for one of their regular community clean-ups.

When they reported the finding to the Derwent Valley Council - which leases the building from the Crown - they found that the council had known about the incident for a fortnight.

A Tidy Towns spokesman told the New Norfolk News that the council did not regard the damage as significant. However, photos show that extensive damage was done to walls and doors as well as to the contents of the rooms.

The building is also used by the Friends of Frescati to store equipment for its working bees at the historic house and garden they care for at Willow Court. The Carinya building is also used by a number of other community groups for meetings and storage.

Every unlocked door was kicked in and graffiti was painted
on many walls and doors.
The Tidy Towns spokesman said that far from being insignificant, the incident at Carinya amounted to breaking and entering, burglary, vandalism and destruction of property. "A window was broken to gain entry and once inside, every locked door was kicked in," he said.

Rooms were ransacked, property was thrown around and special paint intended for use in graffiti clean-ups was instead used to deface the walls and doors. Members of the two groups are all the more disheartened by the council's response because they are official council volunteers and members of council committees appointed under the Local Government Act.

The Friends of Frescati also lost equipment earlier this year when the council provided the keys to Frescati to a third party without notifying the Friends. This resulted in the removal of a ladder, wheelbarrow, garden tools and an A-frame sign, which have not been seen since.

A member of the Friends of Frescati attended a recent council open forum to ask why the council appeared to have developed a negative attitude to so many of its committees. No answer was given.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Road weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:34 pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Snow covered roads above 600 metres, and black ice, will make driving conditions dangerous during Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police community alerts page.




The next alert will be issued by 5am Wednesday.

Council feedback sessions coming up

THE Derwent Valley Council yesterday announced that it will stage information sessions to report to the community on progress with the development of its new strategic plan.


A council spokeswoman said the local authority was well under way with the development of its new strategic plan. "Community consultations are now complete and council would like to thank everyone who contributed," she said. "Feedback has been collated and a number of common themes have been identified that will form objectives within the plan."

The spokesman said the new plan would include specific actions reflecting the community's input. "The plan will also include provision to measure ongoing progress towards achievement of the plan’s objectives," she said.


"In response to community feedback, council is now in the process of arranging report-back sessions to the community. Report-back sessions will be advertised in the coming weeks and will provide the community with an opportunity to see the results of what people have had to say about the future they want to see in the Derwent Valley."

Monday, August 27, 2018

Road weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:52 pm on Monday 27 August 2018.

Snow covered roads above 300 metres and icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Monday and Tuesday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police community alerts page.

The next alert will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Night game for New Norfolk colts this Saturday

THE Eagles' colts side will take on Southern Storm in the SFL preliminary final in a night game this Saturday.

The colts booked a berth in the preliminary final after going down to Lindisfarne in the second semi-final at Anzac Park yesterday. Lindisfarne goes through to the grand final and will take on the winner of the preliminary final.

Saturday's start time of 4.45pm at North Hobart has drawn some criticism on social media. Instead of having the first match of the day, the colts will play last, with the women's match at 10am, the reserves at 11.50am and the senior match at 2pm.

Yesterday's scores
COLTS
Lindisfarne 4.5 7.7 12.9 13.14 (92)  
New Norfolk 2.0 5.0 7.2 7.4 (46)
Goals - Lindisfarne: N. Plunkett 3, C. Coles 3, J. Kent 2, J. Adams 2, J. Heffernan, D. Woodham, J. Devine; New Norfolk: C. Triffett 3, B. Howlett 2, R. Franklin, Z. Wheeler.
Best - Lindisfarne: A. McKay, J. Adams, D. Woodham, C. Harris, T. Steele, A. Sharp; New Norfolk: H.. Davis, J. Triffett, C. Morgan, R. Franklin, T. Rainbird, R. Thomason


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Shiploads excavation causes a stir

Work is proceeding at the Shiploads development site at
the old Woolworths supermarket in New Norfolk.
A DEEP excavation in the old Woolworths car park this week sparked a spirited discussion about the merits of drive-through bottleshops.

As work progressed on the redevelopment of the old supermarket this week, a social media storm was unleashed when a Facebook post criticised the apparent digging of a driveway on the eastern side of the building.

Development plans approved by the council earlier this year show a 135 square metre extension to the building in the area that has been excavated in recent days. No reference is made to a drive-through.

Architectural plans for the northern frontage of the
redeveloped supermarket site.
The Charles St building operated as a supermarket from 1983-2015 and has been vacant since it was replaced by the new Woolworths across the road in George St.

The council-approved plans show the building will be divided into three tenancies, with discount retailer Shiploads to occupy a large shop in the middle of the building, with a gymnasium on one side and a bottleshop on the other side.

Work continues inside the new Shiploads store.
The development application specified that nine parking spaces would be lost due to the $200,000 building extension, leaving 140 spaces for customer parking. The council has been asked for comment about any variation to the approved plans.

Meanwhile, Shiploads has posted another video on its Facebook page, showing the progress inside the new shop.




Sunday road weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:54 pm on Saturday 25 August 2018.

Snow covered roads above 300 metres will make driving conditions dangerous during Sunday afternoon and evening in parts of the North West Coast, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 11pm Saturday.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Town-side water out until 9pm

ABOUT 400 households in New Norfolk remain without water due to delays in the replacement of a water main today. TasWater advises that full supply will not be restored until 9pm, following initial advice that the work would be carried out between 9am and 5pm.

The affected area includes Humphrey St, Charlotte St, Sharland Ave, Kensington St, Trevor Tce, Andrew St, Rex St, Nicholson St, Quarry St and Gordon Ave. Bottled water is available from the car park at the Derwent Valley Council depot at  6 Glebe Road, New Norfolk.

TasWater apologised for the inconvenience and recommends that once the water supply is restored, customers should run s tap until the water is clear to remove any sediment, cloudiness or air in the pipes. Anyone continuing to experience discoloured water after running the taps can contact TasWater on 13 69 92.

Click here for updates on the TasWater website.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Robotics club gets the go-ahead

Click image to enlarge. More on Facebook.
A 10-WEEK program of fun with robotics will start at New Norfolk this weekend. Following last Friday's information session. the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT) will go ahead with the forming of a local team in the First Lego League.

D'FAT has received grant funding to enable the establishment of a local team in the robotics-based problem-solving competition. The First Lego League (FLL) competition involves students aged from 9-16 years in teams of up to 10, to build, program and compete with a robot at state, national and international levels. 

As well as having fun, the participants learn about a problem facing modern science and engineering and develop solutions for it. Sessions will be held each Saturday morning from August 25 until November 3, at D'FAT's new meeting place at the Salvation Army’s New Norfolk headquarters at 79 Hamilton Rd. 

Register your interest or obtain more information by visiting the D'FAT Facebook page, emailing info@dfat.com.au or by calling Matt Hill on 0459 096 003. A galactic adventure awaits. D'FAT acknowledges the support for this project from the Children's University Tasmania (operated by the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, University of Tasmania) and the Salvation Army Derwent Valley. 

Road weather alert

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:38 pm on Tuesday 21 August 2018.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Wednesday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.
For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 5am Wednesday.

River Derwent final flood warning

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Final Flood Warning for the River Derwent

Issued at 9:40 am on Tuesday 21 August 2018

Flood Warning Number: 14
Minor flooding has eased along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam. No further flooding is expected during Tuesday.
In the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-15 mm have been recorded in the catchment, with isolated totals up to 32 mm. 
Showers will continue, with up to 10 mm expected during during the remainder of Tuesday. Snowmelt may contribute to runoff.
Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next few days.


River Derwent above River Ouse:

Elevated river levels are falling along the River Derwent above the River Ouse.

River Clyde:

River levels remain elevated along the River Clyde.
The River Clyde at Bothwell is currently at 0.85 metres and steady.

Styx River:

Renewed river level rises are occurring along the Styx River, in response to overnight rainfall.

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding has eased along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam. No further flooding is expected.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is currently at 3.54 metres and steady. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.10 m) during Tuesday.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 2.45 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Tuesday.


Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

This is a final warning, no further warnings will be issued for this event.


Latest River Heights:

LocationHeight of River (m)TendencyDate/Time of Observation
River Derwent below Lake St Clair1.82Steady08:00 AM TUE 21/08/18
River Ouse at Ashton1.21Steady08:30 AM TUE 21/08/18
River Ouse at 3B Weir0.97Steady08:30 AM TUE 21/08/18
River Clyde at Bothwell0.85Steady08:00 AM TUE 21/08/18
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam3.54Steady09:00 AM TUE 21/08/18
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains2.45Steady09:06 AM TUE 21/08/18
Tyenna River at Newbury0.84Steady08:15 AM TUE 21/08/18
Styx River at Bruces Bridge1.50Rising09:14 AM TUE 21/08/18
River Derwent at New Norfolk0.90Falling09:20 AM TUE 21/08/18

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 216. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Spectacular scenes as transformer explodes

The explosion was captured on video
by many eagle-eyed New Norfolk people.
POWER supplies have been restored to New Norfolk and surrounding areas that were affected by a spectacular pole fire earlier this evening.


Local residents have shared videos of the incident online, showing the moment a transformer exploded on a power pole next to the rowing club in Rocks Rd.


The pole caught fire at around 7pm, taking out the power supply to about 1632 properties at Black Hills, Lawitta, Magra and New Norfolk North.


The electrical equipment on the pole
suddenly glowed very brightly just before
exploding next to the rowing club.
The New Norfolk Fire Brigade responded to the fire and TasNetworks quickly started work by bypass the affected pole and restore supply to as many customers as possible.



By 8.30pm supply had been restored to all but 79 customers and it was estimated those would be without power until 10pm. A further update from TasNetwork indicated a restoration by midnight, but supplies appear to have been reconnected by 11pm.


TasNetworks thanked customers for their patience and many commentators on social media appreciated the work that was being done to restore supply on one of the coldest nights of the year.


The moment of the explosion.

Road weather warning updated

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 4:56 am on Monday 20 August 2018.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Monday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.
For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 11am Monday.

For updated road closure notices check the Tasmania Police community alerts.

"No adverse finding" about any council staff

NO adverse findings had been made about any employees during recent actions at the Derwent Valley Council, general manager Greg Winton told last week's council meeting.

During public question time at the meeting, New Norfolk resident Len Butterworth drew attention to a recent social media post by deputy mayor Ben Shaw.

In a Facebook post earlier this month, Cr Shaw said the council had engaged an independent investigator to look into accounting practices and methods past and present, and he had asked for a report to be tabled publicly. "In no way am I saying anything untoward has happened but clearly lots of things could have been done better for a long time," Cr Shaw said in his post. "Some people don’t want this to come out, but I feel to move forward it’s exactly what needs to happen."

Mr Butterworth said the post had also made reference to a staff member having been stood down subject to the outcome of the investigation, but when he telephoned the council he had been told the individual was on leave. "Which is correct? On leave? Stood down?" Mr Butterworth asked.

Mr Winton said he would not discuss individual staff members in an open council meeting. "The deputy mayor's post was about an independent investigation into accounting practices. From my recollection there was no reference to any individual within that post," he said.

"It's one of many actions that we have been taking to improve the reliability of information that is used by council to make decisions. There has been no adverse finding made about any Derwent Valley Council employee and it's inappropriate to speculate about staff conduct at a council meeting."

Later in councillor questions without notice, Cr Shaw asked the general manager if he could confirm that the council had actively taken steps to engage an external independent investigator to look into historical and recent accounting practices.

"If you can confirm this, can you please indicate the basis of the reason for taking this course of action, if you can, and can you please tell me the desired outcomes of the investigation and what they will be and how it will impact this council?" Cr Shaw said.

Mr Winton took the question on notice.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Overnight weather warnings

THE Bureau of Meteorology has two weather warnings in effect for the Derwent Valley for tonight and tomorrow. These are continuations of the existing road weather alert due to snow-covered roads, and the latest update to the minor flood warning for the River Derwent.

Tonight's weather warnings for the Derwent Valley (click for the latest version):
For updated road closure notices check the Tasmania Police community alerts.


Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:56 pm EST on Sunday 19 August 2018.
Snow covered roads above 400 metres and icy roads in susceptible locations will make driving conditions dangerous during Sunday and Monday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.
For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.
The next alert will be issued by 5am Monday.


Minor Flood Warning for the River Derwent

Issued at 3:58 pm EST on Sunday 19 August 2018
Flood Warning Number: 12
Minor flooding is occurring along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam on Sunday afternoon. Flooding is not expected to extend downstream to Macquarie Plains and New Norfolk.
In the 24 hours to 9 am Sunday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-10 mm were recorded in the Derwent catchment, with isolated higher totals up to 15 mm at King William Creek. Since 9am Sunday 12 mm is the the highest observed precipitation, which has fallen at Butlers Gorge. Snow level has been down to 400 m.
Showers are expected to ease on Sunday afternoon.
Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next few days.

River Derwent above River Ouse:

River levels remain elevated along the River Derwent above the River Ouse.

River Ouse:

River levels remain elevated along the River Ouse.
The River Ouse at Ashton is currently at 1.44 metres and steady. The River Ouse at Ashton will remain below the minor flood level (2.40 m) during Sunday and Monday.

River Clyde:

River levels remain elevated along the River Clyde.
The River Clyde at Bothwell is currently at 0.91 metres and steady.

Styx River:

River levels continue to be elevated along the Styx River.

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding is occurring along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is currently at 4.70 metres and falling. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is likely to fall below the minor flood level (4.10 m) Monday morning.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 3.40 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Sunday and Monday.

River Derwent around New Norfolk:

Slight river rises are expected along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.
The River Derwent at New Norfolk is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.00 m) during Sunday and Monday.

Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 10am on Monday 20 August 2018.

Latest River Heights:

LocationHeight of River (m)TendencyDate/Time of Observation
River Derwent below Lake St Clair2.06Steady03:00 PM SUN 19/08/18
River Ouse at Ashton1.44Steady09:30 AM SUN 19/08/18
River Ouse at 3B Weir1.06Steady03:00 PM SUN 19/08/18
River Clyde at Bothwell0.91Steady02:00 PM SUN 19/08/18
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam4.70Falling03:00 PM SUN 19/08/18
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains3.40Steady03:06 PM SUN 19/08/18
Tyenna River at Newbury0.93Steady02:00 PM SUN 19/08/18
Styx River at Bruces Bridge1.35Rising03:24 PM SUN 19/08/18
River Derwent at New Norfolk1.38Rising03:20 PM SUN 19/08/18
This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 216. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts.







Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hike in waste levy protested at council meeting

Darren Graham, back, addressing the council.
AN anticipated "wheelie bin" protest did not eventuate at this week's Derwent Valley Council meeting but councillors and staff were left in no doubt about the attitude of many locals about the recent increase to the council's waste management levy.

Police were once again posted outside the meeting but the oversized pitchfork carried into the meeting by Willow Court Antiques owner Hadyn Pearce was clearly deemed to be no threat as it was left propped up inside the inner doors of the courthouse.

Having led a social media discussion about council matters including the recently-approved budget and increases in fees and charges, local resident Darren Graham and several supporters attended the open forum prior to the council meeting to air their concerns.

Mr Graham said the increase in the price of the council's "tip tickets" was unwarranted and particularly unfair on those who do not have a household rubbish and recycling collection. "It's just a joke. Every year it's just got dearer and dearer," Mr Graham said. "What is the council thinking, that everyone is rich? It's getting out of control."

Mayor Martyn Evans said the council was responsible for looking after waste. "The waste levy is on all properties, even if they get a waste pickup," Cr Evans said.

Mr Graham then asked if Brighton households were also charged the $85 levy, considering that their waste ended up at New Norfolk's Peppermint Hill disposal site. He also asked whether the payment from Brighton Council for use of New Norfolk's tip was being paid into a separate account to help fund the eventual closure and rehabilitation of the tip site.

General manager Greg Winton said the two councils had entered into a six-year contract early in 2015.

Mr Graham then said Brighton Council was paying $350,000 per year for use of the tip and over the six years that should be enough to cover the costs of closing the tip. He questioned why Derwent Valley ratepayers were being made to pay for this via the waste management levy. Cr Evans said he would take the questions on notice.

Tidy Towns Committee member Ian Lacey spoke about the amount of littering along Lachlan Rd and moves to form a local clean-up group at Lachlan to address this. He asked what the council was doing to educate people about littering. "[Lachlan Rd] only goes to Lachlan, it's not a tourist road, so can any of the councillors tell me why it is caked with litter and we keep picking it up?"

Haydn Pearce shows his pitchfork to councillors before
the meeting.
Several people in the gallery said the Lachlan Rd problem could be attributed to increases in tip fees. "It's too expensive," Haydn Pearce said. "Rubbish is going to expand all over Lachlan, all over the area, because a lot of people are not going to go to the tip and pay the money. They are going to go to the side of the road and dump their rubbish. It's a no-brainer."

Cr Evans said he was aware of a similar problem along Back River Rd at Magra and he attributed this to a "throw-away mentality" as it was often branded take-away packaging. Mr Lacey agreed, said there was a difference between littering and illegal dumping, and he believed littering could be addressed by education. Illegal dumping was another thing all together, he said.

Len Butterworth said he had seen a mattress being dumped off Glenora Rd this week and he was aware of four illegal dumping sites along that road. He said the increased tipping fees were obviously having an effect. "I've not seen that level of rubbish dumped along Glenora Rd, in 30 years," he said.

Cr Evans said the council was aware of a number of known illegal dumping grounds and he thought cameras could be installed to catch the perpetrators. In response a speaker asked about the cost-benefit ratio to the council when it had increased the tip fees but had to pay for illegal dumping to be cleaned up. Cr Evans said that was a good question, but said that the prices at the New Norfolk tip were quite affordable when compared to other sites in the south of the state.

Mr Chris Lester said the introduction of the waste management levy three years ago, at $51.50, had resulted in an extra nine illegal dumpings each month.  "Will the council now keep an eye on its records to see how much further impact the $85 [levy] has on the dumping?" The mayor said this should be done, along with monitoring the cost of cleaning up after illegal dumping.

During public question time in the council meeting that followed the open forum, Mr Graham asked, for the record, whether all income from the council's tip tickets and Brighton Council's usage of the tip had been put side, and if so how much money was in that account. Cr Evans took the question on notice.

Sydney singers return to St Matthew's

The Jubilate Singers giving a "flash mob" Christmas carols
concert in Sydney last year.
THE Jubilate Singers of Holy Trinity Church at Dulwich Hill, Sydney,  will perform at New Norfolk tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon to help raise funds for the ongoing restoration of St Matthew's Anglican Church.

St Matthew’s is the oldest church in Tasmania and with the history and memories it holds, comes the responsibility for the up-keep of this wonderful heritage building. To help cover some of those costs, the church will host a grand fundraising concert this weekend.

A choir of more than 60 voices including the Jubilate Singers and the St Matthew’s Singers, under the direction of Susan Reppion-Brooke, will perform O Clap Your Hands, by Orlando Gibbons. This anthem, scored for an eight part chorus, is recognized as one of Gibbons' grandest choral masterpieces.

The other major work on the program will be the 12 movements of Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, being one of the most outstanding and popular choral works from the Baroque era. The Valley Baroque Group will also perform a selection of 17th century pieces.

The Jubilate Singers were last here almost three years ago to the day, with a Baroque orchestra including solo trumpeter Yoram Levy.

Tomorrow's (Sunday) concert will be held in St Matthew's Church, Bathurst St, New Norfolk, at 3pm. Entry will be by donation (suggested at $20/$10 concession) at the door, and the usual sumptuous afternoon tea will be served in the parish hall after the concert.

Tonight's weather warnings

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued several weather warnings for tonight and tomorrow, including a road weather alert and sheep graziers' alert. There is a severe weather warning for damaging winds tomorrow as well as a gale warning for the Derwent Estuary, and a minor flood warning is still in place for the River Derwent.

Tonight's weather warnings for the Derwent Valley (click for the latest version):
For updated road closure notices check the Tasmania Police community alerts.



Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:21 pm EST on Saturday 18 August 2018.
Snow covered roads above 300 metres will make driving conditions dangerous during Sunday in parts of the North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.
For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.
The next road weather alert will be issued by 11pm Saturday.


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the King Island, North West Coast, North East, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:20pm on Saturday 18 August 2018.
Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong southerly winds are expected during Sunday. Areas likely to be affected include the King Island, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts and parts of the North West Coast, North East and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The next warning will be issued by 11pm Saturday.



Minor Flood Warning for the River Derwent

Issued at 3:10 pm EST on Saturday 18 August 2018
Flood Warning Number: 10
Minor flooding is expected to redevelop along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam from Saturday afternoon. Flooding is not expected to extend downstream to Macquarie Plains and New Norfolk. Minor flooding is no longer expected along the River Ouse.
In the 24 hours to 9 am Saturday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-25 mm have been recorded in the Derwent catchment, with isolated higher totals up to 63 mm at Pine Tree Rivulet. Additional totals of 3-12 mm have been recorded during Saturday, with snow likely in elevated areas.
Showers will continue on Sunday, with rainfall totals of 5-15 mm expected across the catchment and possible higher totals up to 20 mm. Widespread snowfall is possible with snow level down to 400 m.
Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next few days.

River Derwent above River Ouse:

River levels are rising along the River Derwent above River Ouse.

River Ouse:

River rises are occurring along the River Ouse
The River Ouse at Ashton is currently at 1.41 metres and steady. River levels are likely to remain below the minor flood level (2.40 m) during Saturday.

River Clyde:

Slow river rises are occurring along the River Clyde.
The River Clyde at Bothwell is currently at 0.87 metres and steady.

Styx River:

River rises continue along the Styx River.

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding is expected along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is currently at 4.03 metres and rising. River levels are expected to exceed the minor flood level (4.10 m) Saturday afternoon and may peak between 4.50 and 4.80 metres Sunday morning.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 2.77 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Saturday and Sunday.

River Derwent around New Norfolk:

River rises are expected along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.
The River Derwent at New Norfolk is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.00 m) during Saturday and Sunday.

Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 10am on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Latest River Heights:

LocationHeight of River (m)TendencyDate/Time of Observation
River Derwent below Lake St Clair2.14Steady02:00 PM SAT 18/08/18
River Ouse at Ashton1.41Steady01:30 PM SAT 18/08/18
River Ouse at 3B Weir1.03Steady01:30 PM SAT 18/08/18
River Clyde at Bothwell0.87Steady02:00 PM SAT 18/08/18
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam4.03Rising02:00 PM SAT 18/08/18
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains2.78Steady02:06 PM SAT 18/08/18
Tyenna River at Newbury0.92Steady02:00 PM SAT 18/08/18
Styx River at Bruces Bridge1.50Steady02:42 PM SAT 18/08/18
River Derwent at New Norfolk1.45Steady02:50 PM SAT 18/08/18
This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 216. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts.



Updated Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 4:05 pm on Saturday 18 August 2018
for the period until midnight Sunday 19 August 2018.

Wind Warnings for Sunday 19 August

Gale Warning for the following areas:
Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast
Strong Wind Warning for the following area:
Central North Coast
Small Craft Alert for the following areas:
Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes
The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5:00 am EST Sunday.
Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.


Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in King Island, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast and parts of North East, East Coast, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:30 pm Saturday, 18 August 2018.
Damaging wind gusts about northwestern and southern Tasmania, and the east and west coasts.
Weather Situation:
A low pressure system just south of Tasmania is currently spinning a cold air field over the state, with the coldest air, associated with surface trough and a southerly surge, expected tomorrow morning and early afternoon, as the low moves to the east.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts ranging from 90 to 100 km/h are expected about the northwest, and exposed western, southern and eastern coastal areas from early Sunday morning to around midday.
Winds are expected to ease from the west shortly after peaking tomorrow morning.
Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Supervise children closely.
* Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
* Manage pets and livestock.
* Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment.
* Be prepared in case of power outages and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
* Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.
* Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11pm Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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