Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Wednesday road weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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


Issued at 3:46 pm on Tuesday 30 July 2019.
Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Wednesday morning in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts.
For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 11pm Tuesday.

Five dollars trimmed from your rates rise

Cr Rachel Power, right, addressing the budget meeting.
FIVE dollars was trimmed from each ratepayer's bill for 2019-20 during the brief discussion of the Derwent Valley Council's budget at last week's special meeting in the New Norfolk Courthouse. Two alterations were made to the draft budget before it was unanimously approved with its 3.95% increase in the general rate.

In moving that the council adopt the Annual Plan for 2019-20, Councillor Martyn Evans proposed that a funding allocation for the New Norfolk High St Market be removed from the budget, and that the waste management levy be reduced from the recommended $60 charge to $55. This charge, now in its fourth year, is intended to cover the cost of eventually closing and rehabilitating the Peppermint Hill tip site and establishing a waste transfer station.

"Obviously the market is contracted out and I don't think there needs to be a provision in the budget for $15,500," Cr Evans said, adding that this represented a saving of almost $5 per rateable property and this should be passed on. "[The waste charge] was to be $60 per property, so moving it back to $55 ... takes it back to what it was the year before last."

Cr Evans said this would mean the waste charge had gone from $35 in its first year, to $55 and then $85, and now back to $55. "That's a good result considering there is no plan on how we're doing, and [how we're] going to spend that money on the waste refuse site up there at Peppermint Hill," Cr Evans said. "We need to know what we're actually putting that money away for. We understand that there has been some estimates around $2 million but we need that plan to actually say that."

Cr Julie Triffett seconded Cr Evans' proposal and in the only other discussion Cr Rachel Power asked whether the savings from the market would balance out the lost income from the waste charge. Mayor Ben Shaw said this was difficult to estimate. "I think it's about $10,000 difference, but essentially it won't change the overall operating budget because it's going to be added to a reserve."

When put to the vote, Cr Evans' alteration to the Annual Plan was approved unanimously. The market operator, deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove, did not speak during the discussion of the Annual Plan and had declared a conflict of interest in the next agenda item which was the council's 2019-20 Rates Resolution and Charges.

The six-minute long discussion of the annual plan was then followed by the rates and charges document for the next financial year, which was dealt with in less than three minutes. Cr Evans pointed out the changes that would be necessary to reflect his two alterations to the annual plan, and Cr Power asked about late payments.

"If we are going to be increasing late payment fees, what is the process to get to that point? People will be charged the extra 8.1% ... if we've got people facing hardship is there a backup plan for those people?" Cr Power asked. A council officer responded that the council's Rates and Charges Policy allowed for people in financial difficulty to make arrangements for a special payment plan.

Mayor Ben Shaw then asked about the process for dealing with overdue rates payments. "Do we actually contact the ratepayers and let them know ... or do we actually just send them straight to collection?" A council officer responded: "Oh no, they definitely get reminder notices."

RELATED:
COUNCIL RATE RISE RECOMMENDED
COUNCIL'S "SENSIBLE BUDGET"

Speaking from the chair after the passing of the Annual Report, Cr Shaw thanked the finance staff and everyone else who had contributed to the preparation of the budget. He said it had been a lengthy process with quite a few meetings and workshops.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Tuesday 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 9:48pm on Monday 29 July 2019.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during 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.

The next alert will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Weekend footy scores

Tyson Eiszele
ALLROUNDER Tyson Eiszele gave an outstanding performance in his 50th senior game for the Eagles on Saturday. While the result was a loss for the side, there is no doubting Eiszele's hold on his position in the senior side.

Capable in any position on the ground, he is a skillful midfielder who has made a welcome return to the team after being sidelined by a leg injury last season. He was a member of the 2017 premiership-winning side and is one of the younger players who form the future of the club.

The club says it is a pleasure to watch Tyson play, especially on the occasions when he shares the ground with his brothers Nathan and Jordy.

SENIOR MEN: New Norfolk played Dodges Ferry at Shark Park, at 2pm on Saturday
Dodges Ferry 7.0-42 9.3-57 14.4-88 21.6-132
New Norfolk 3.5-23 7.10-52 9.14-68 14.19-103
Dodges Ferry - Goal Kickers: E. Stanley 8, C. Hooker 6, J. Young 2, T. Cannan, O. Dodge, S. Kennedy, J. Wilson, T. Kelly; Best Players: E. Stanley, T. Cannan, J. Young, J. Dunn, C. Hooker, J. Murphy.
New Norfolk - Goals: M. Parker 7, J. County 4, B. Lovell 2, J. Hills; Best Players: J. County, T. Eiszele, J. Banks-Smith, J. Farrow, M. Parker, R. Thomason.

WOMEN: New Norfolk played Claremont at Abbotsfield Park, at 4.30pm on Saturday
Claremont 4.2-26 8.9-57 13.16-94 18.21-129
New Norfolk 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0-6
Claremont - Goals: G. Bailey 5, S. Roberts 3, B. Mckeever 3, K. Domkus 2, T. Chatterton 2, I. King , S. Wylie, E. Edwards; Best: G. Bailey , B. Mckeever, S. Wylie, I. King , E. Siely, K. Domkus
New Norfolk - Goal Kickers: B. Franklin; Best: K. Slater, K. Harris, H. McMaster, J. Kenzig , K. Rainbird, S. Walker.

RESERVES: New Norfolk played Dodges Ferry at Shark Park, at noon on Saturday
Dodges Ferry 5.2-32 9.4-58 11.5-71 12.7-79
New Norfolk 0.3-3 3.6-24 5.7-37 8.7-55
Dodges Ferry  - Goals: H. Barwin 6, L. Minty 2, L. Taylor 2, P. Allison, T. Howells; Best: L. Minty, H. Barwin, P. Broad, J. Chynoweth, L. Taylor, M. Young.
New Norfolk - Goals: B. Ransley 2, L. Browning 2, B. Hodge, J. Walsh, D. Triffitt, C. Ransley; Best: J. Walsh, L. Browning, J. Ransley, T. Purdon, B. Ransley.

RESERVES: New Norfolk played Dodges Ferry at Shark Park, at 10am on Saturday
Dodges Ferry 1.1-7 3.2-20 3.2-20 5.10-40
New Norfolk 1.6-12 2.9-21 5.17-47 7.18-60
Dodges Ferry - Goals: J. Arnold, T. Sookee, I. Enslow, M. Sutton, S. Fazackerley; Best: I. Enslow, S. Fazackerley, J. Arnold, T. Sookee, A. Richards, T. Morris.
New Norfolk - Goals: B. Howlett 2, T. Rainbird 2, T. Triffett, T. Lovell, J. Triffett; Best: H. Davis, W. Banks, C. Keleher, T. Rainbird, E. Holden, Z. Wheeler.

NEXT GAMES
Boyer Oval, New Norfolk, August 3
SENIORS: New Norfolk v Claremont, 2pm
RESERVES: New Norfolk v Claremont, noon
WOMEN: New Norfolk v Kingborough, 10.15am
COLTS: Bye

Click here to check for updated fixtures on the SFL website.





New Norfolk golf results

NEW NORFOLK GOLF CLUB

Saturday 27/7/19 Stableford (sponsored by R.E. Clark and Son Butcher)
A Grade: S. Ackerley 37 c/b, T. Lowe 37 c/b, G. Hack.
B Grade: R. Dureau 42, L. Heron 40, J. Cox 36.
C Grade: B. Hall 40 c/b, K. Elwell 40, K. Sturzaker 39.
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd no takers, 6/15th G. Duggan, 8/17th W. Coleman, 11th J. Smith.
Superpin: 6/15th G. Duggan.

Wednesday 24/7/2019 Stableford
18 hole: D. Lowry 42 c/b, Barry Crowley 42, D. Post 39, L. Dittmann 37 c/b, J. Miller 37. Birdie draw: D. Post
9 hole: D. Lowry 24, L. Dittmann 21 c/b, J. Broadhead 21 c/b, B. Crowley 21, J. Miller 20 c/b. Birdie draw: G. Hack.

Anyone interested in joining the New Norfolk Golf Club as a playing member (there are clubs and buggies for hire), as a social member, or looking for a function venue, is welcome to contact the club for further information:
1 Howell Drive, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Phone: (03) 6261 2653
Email: newnorfolkgolfclub@bigpond.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewNorfolkGolfClub/
The club is available for hire for weddings, private functions etc.  The venue cost is free for a function of more than 40.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Road weather warning

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 8:55pm on Friday 26 July 2019.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Friday evening and Saturday morning 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 Saturday.

Final flood watch advisory

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Final Flood Watch for the Derwent

Issued at 10:48 am on Friday 26 July 2019

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 5

No further flooding is expected in the Derwent River catchment.

A series of fronts have crossed the state in the past few days. Conditions have now eased statewide.

There is no significant rainfall forecast for the Flood Watch area during Friday or Saturday.

Strong and dangerous flows will continue to be a hazard over the next couple of days.


Catchments no longer at risk include: Derwent River.


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


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 Flood Watch, no further watches will be issued for this event.

Council statement on bird cull


DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL
MEDIA STATEMENT

Results of Independent Review 26/07/2019

Council has received the independent investigation report into the poisoning of the birdlife at Tynwald Park. Late yesterday afternoon, the mayor, elected members and staff were briefed on the findings.

The report highlights the need for improved internal communications within Council and measures will be put in place to ensure that this occurs.

Council is unable to comment further on the findings of the report due to legal advice received in relation to the ongoing investigation being undertaken by DPIPWE. For further information in relation to the status of this investigation, please contact DPIPWE directly.

This has been a stressful time for everyone involved. The independent review was undertaken to provide transparency and answers to the community, and we would have liked to say more for everyone concerned.

It is unfortunate that we are unable to provide the level of detail expected by the community but we must allow the appropriate processes to be undertaken and respect the strong advice we have received from our legal advisors.

The public can be assured that appropriate measures have been undertaken to ensure the safety of Tynwald Park for all users.

Daniel Smee
ACTING GENERAL MANAGER

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Council's "sensible budget"

DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL
MEDIA RELEASE

Derwent Valley Council releases "sensible" budget

Derwent Valley Council have approved their 2019/2020 budget, labelling it as "sensible, but future focussed".

Mayor Ben Shaw has said “I’m happy with the budget the Council has handed down tonight. We’re including something for everyone. We’ve balanced the need to address our ageing infrastructure with a focus on investing for the future.

"We’re looking after our families with increased funding for open spaces and playgrounds across the valley and investing in our community with the Westerway Hall upgrade. We’re delivering the long overdue Glenora Rd upgrade, and funding the Britten St bus route upgrade along with Stage 1 works to Molesworth Rd.”

This budget will deliver $10.31 million to be spent on infrastructure and capital works. This comprises an investment of $2.5m in Glenora Rd with a further $2.72m being spent on council’s Roads and Bridges program, including Wyre Forest Creek and Plenty Valley Rd bridge upgrades.

The budget also includes funding for the Derwent Valley branding project, development of the Derwent Valley Youth and Family Strategy, and sets money aside for the rehabilitation of the Peppermint Hill Landfill site and an Integrated Business System for Council.

“Understanding the current financial situation of residents across the municipality, we’ve approved a 3.95% increase to rates. This has been partially offset by reducing the waste management charge from $85 down to $55, to help minimise the impact to residents. The tip coupon process has also been simplified, and will allow for greater amounts of waste per coupon. Even with the modest increase we’ve landed on, this will be our biggest spend on major projects we’ve ever done in a single year.”

Update to River Derwent flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Flood Watch for the Derwent

Issued at 11:55am on Thursday 25 July 2019

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 4

Isolated minor flooding may develop during Thursday and into Friday in the Derwent River catchment.

A series of fronts will cross the state in coming days, bringing showers to the west and north of the state.

Some catchments are saturated from recent rainfall and are likely to be highly responsive to further rain. Dams are spilling across the state.

Rainfall totals of 5-10 mm are forecast in parts of the flood watch area for the remainder of Thursday, while a further 5-10 mm are forecast for Friday.

River rises are likely and isolated minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall.

Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

Derwent River
(including River Ouse)


No further flooding is expected in the North Esk and Meander River catchments.

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


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 Flood Watch will be issued by 11am on Friday 26 July 2019.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New start for Vinnies tomorrow

Click image to enlarge.

Derwent flood watch update

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Flood Watch for the Derwent


Issued at 11:04 am  on Wednesday 24 July 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 3
Isolated minor flooding may develop during Wednesday and into Thursday in the Derwent River catchment.
A warm front will cross the state during Wednesday bringing showers to the west, north and centre of the state.
Some catchments are saturated from recent rainfall and are likely to be highly responsive to further rain. Dams are spilling across the state.
Rainfall totals of 5-15 mm are forecast in parts of the flood watch area for the remainder of Wednesday. Snowmelt may add to runoff.
River rises are likely and isolated minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall.
Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

Derwent River
(including River Ouse)


Flooding is no longer expected in the Macquarie River catchment. Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: North Esk, Meander
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


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 Flood Watch will be issued by noon on Thursday 25 July 2019.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Council rate rise recommended

A RATES increase of just under 4% will be recommended to councillors when the Derwent Valley Council holds a special meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) evening to set its budget for the coming year.

A draft budget with a 3.95% rates increase will be considered by councillors, following what former mayor Martyn Evans last week described as eight weeks of deliberations at budget workshops.

In a statement included with the budget papers, mayor Ben Shaw says the council is comfortable with what it is proposing in the new budget.

"We’ve balanced the need to address our ageing infrastructure but also with enough of a focus on investing for the future. Understanding the current financial situation of residents across the municipality we’ve approved a 3.95% increase in rates revenue," Cr Shaw said.

"This year’s budget contains a $10.31 million spend on infrastructure and capital works, partly funded by capital grants totalling $5.65 million and new borrowings of $1.5 million," Cr Shaw said. This includes:
  • $2.5 million Glenora Rd upgrade
  • $2.7 million roads and bridges program including Britten St; Wyre Forest Creek and Plenty Valley Rd bridges; and Stage 1 of works to Molesworth Rd.
"Even with this modest increase [in the general rate], this will be our biggest spend on major projects we’ve ever done in a single year. Other projects to be completed in the coming year include the community hall upgrade at Westerway; money set aside for the rehabilitation of the Peppermint Hill Landfill site; investment in council’s Integrated Business System and the long-awaiting Derwent Valley branding project."

Cr Shaw said the rates increase would be partially offset by a reduction in the waste management charge to Derwent Valley residents. Described as a contribution towards the future rehabilitation costs of the Peppermint Hill landfill site and the construction of a transfer station, this levy was last year increased from $56 to $85 per rateable property. The new budget proposes to reduce the charge to $60.

The council's budget meeting will be held in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 5.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday). As this is a Special Meeting, there is no provision for public question time. The budget documents can be downloaded here.

Update to River Derwent flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Flood Watch for the Macquarie and Derwent

Issued at 10:59 am on Tuesday 23 July 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 2
Isolated minor flooding may develop during Tuesday into Wednesday in the flood watch catchments.
A cold front crossed the state overnight Monday into Tuesday bringing showers statewide.
Some catchments are saturated from recent rainfall and are likely to be highly responsive to further rain.
Widespread rainfall totals of 5-15 mm are forecast for the remainder of Tuesday.
River rises are expected and isolated minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall.
Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

Macquarie River

Derwent River
(including River Ouse)


Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: North Esk, Meander
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


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 Flood Watch will be issued by 11am on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Weekend footy scores

SENIOR MEN: New Norfolk played Huonville at Boyer Oval at 2.30pm on Saturday
New Norfolk 1.1-7 2.2-14 2.5-17 3.9-27
Huonville  6.2-38 12.5-77 14.7-91 18.7-115
New Norfolk - Goal Kickers: M. Parker 2, J. Clifford; Best Players: B. Wardlaw, R. Heron, T. Eiszele, T. Tangata, J. Hills, D. Coppleman.
Huonville - Goals: B. Sullivan 6, T. Lamprill 5, J. Howarth, C. Elliot, C. Johns, J. Lawler, R. Douglas, B. Rundell, J. McIndoe; Best: C. Johns, B. Sullivan, B. Rundell, L. Ward, J. Lawler, R. Douglas.

RESERVES: New Norfolk played Huonville at Boyer Oval at 12.30pm on Saturday
New Norfolk 1.1-7 1.2-8 2.3-15 2.5-17
Huonville Lions 4.2-26 7.7-49 9.9-63 10.16-76
New Norfolk - Goals: L. Crosswell, J. Ransley; Best: J. Walsh, L. Browning, J. Ransley, B. Ransley, R. Graham, C. Neads.
Huonville - Goals: B. Guy 3, B. Page 2, C. Jackson 2, J. Lange, B. Allie, A. Golding; Best: D. Mulder, A. Crowe, J. Lange, T. Campisi , A. Golding, J. Stanway.

RESERVES: New Norfolk played Huonville at Boyer Oval at 12.30pm on Saturday
New Norfolk 1.1-7 5.4-34 5.6-36 6.12-48
Huonville  0.3-3 0.3-3 3.3-21 4.4-28
New Norfolk - Goals: B. Howlett 4, Z. Holloway, J. Miller; Best: H. Davis, E. Holden, C. Keleher, T. Scanlon, J. Triffett, Z. Holloway.
Huonville - Goals: J. Devine 2, G. Duggan, N. McQueen; Best: J. Geeves, J. Devine, D. Geeves, C. Rawnsley, A. Cowen, B. Pike.

WOMEN: New Norfolk played University at Boyer Oval at 9am on Saturday
New Norfolk 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
University 3.5-23 6.11-47 10.15-75 13.20-98
New Norfolk - Best: K. Slater, S. Devine, C. Percey, J. Kenzig , L. Walker, G. McNeill.
University - Goals: G. Watson 7, K. Baker 2, S. Rose, A. Madsen, C. Marquis, J. Hutchins; Best: G. Watson, E. Kierath, K. Baker, A. Mackintosh, A. Lord, H. Simpson.

NEXT GAMES
Shark Park, Dodges Ferry, July 27
SENIORS: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry, 2pm
RESERVES: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry, noon
COLTS: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry, 10am

Abbottsfield Park, Claremont, July 27

WOMEN: New Norfolk v Claremont, 4.30pm

Monday, July 22, 2019

River Derwent initial flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Initial Flood Watch for the Macquarie, South Esk, and Derwent


Issued at 4:08 pm on Monday 22 July 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 1
Isolated minor flooding may develop from Tuesday morning in the flood watch catchments.
A cold front will cross the state overnight Monday and through Tuesday bringing showers statewide.
Some catchments are saturated from recent rainfall and are likely to be highly responsive to further rain.
Widespread rainfall totals of 5-20 mm are forecast for the remainder of Monday. Additional rainfall totals of 5-25 mm are forecast for Tuesday.
River rises are expected and isolated minor flooding may develop as a result of the forecast rainfall. Minor flood warnings are current for the North Esk and Meander Rivers.
Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

South Esk River

Macquarie River

Derwent River
(including River Ouse)


Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: North Esk, Meander
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


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 Flood Watch will be issued by 11am on Tuesday 23 July 2019.

New Norfolk golf results

Golfers at New Norfolk.
NEW NORFOLK GOLF CLUB

Saturday 20/7/19 Warner Trophy stableford
A Grade: M. Williams 41, L. Post 38, G. Heron 37.
B Grade: G. Bailey 42, L. Heron 40, M. Smith 39.
C Grade: L. Dittmann 41 c/b, B. Rice 41, D. Lowry 39.
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd J. Kinloch, 6/15th L. Heron, 8th/17th M. Gibson, 11th L. Post. Warner Trophy winner: G. Bailey.

Wednesday 17/7/2019 stroke
18 hole: G. Hack 76-11-65, K. Metcalfe 79-13-66, R. Rainbird 84-16-68 c/b, A. Bewley 88-20-68, L. Dittmann 89-20-69. Birdie draw: D. Lowry.
9 hole: B. Rice 44-12½ -31½, A. Bewley 42-10-32, G. Hack 38 –5½ - 32½, K. Metcalfe 40-6½-33½, L. Dittmann 44-10-34 c/b. Birdie draw: G. Smith.

Anyone interested in joining the New Norfolk Golf Club as a playing member (there are clubs and buggies for hire), as a social member, or looking for a function venue, is welcome to contact the club for further information:
1 Howell Drive, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Phone: (03) 6261 2653
Email: newnorfolkgolfclub@bigpond.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewNorfolkGolfClub/
The club is available for hire for weddings, private functions etc.  The venue cost is free for a function of more than 40.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Final flood warning for Derwent catchment

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Final Flood Warning for the River Derwent

Issued at 12:25 pm on Friday 19 July 2019

Flood Warning Number: 9
Minor flooding is easing in the lower Derwent River below Meadowbank Dam. Minor flooding is not expected to extend downstream to New Norfolk during Friday.
In the 24 hours to 12 pm Friday, rainfall totals between 5-15 mm have been recorded in the Derwent River catchment.
No significant rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Friday.
Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next couple of days.


River Derwent above River Ouse:

River levels are easing in the upper River Derwent and its tributaries.

River Ouse:

Lake Augusta is spilling in the upper catchment and river rises are occurring along the River Ouse.
The River Ouse at Ashton is currently at 1.44 metres and rising. The River Ouse at Ashton is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.40 m) during Friday.
The River Ouse at Ouse is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Friday.

River Derwent above Meadowbank Dam:

River levels are easing along the Florentine River and the middle reaches of the River Derwent.

Tyenna River:

River levels are easing along the Tyenna River.

Styx River:

River rises are occurring along the Styx River, in response to yesterday's rainfall. The Styx River at Bruces Bridge is currently 1.48 m and steady below the minor flood level of 2.0 m.

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding is easing along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.
The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam peaked at 5.04 metres around 08:45 am Thursday 18 July and is currently at 3.90 metres and steady. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is likely to remain around the minor flood level (4.10 m) Friday afternoon. The river level is expected to fall below the minor flood level (4.10 m) Friday evening.
The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 2.95 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Friday.

River Derwent around New Norfolk:

River levels remain elevated along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.
The River Derwent at New Norfolk is currently at 1.12 metres and rising. The River Derwent at New Norfolk is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.00 m) during Friday.


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 Clair2.31Steady11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Ouse at Ashton1.44Rising11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Ouse at 3B Weir1.01Steady11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Clyde at Bothwell0.07Steady10:00 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam3.90Steady11:30 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains2.95Steady11:52 AM FRI 19/07/19
Tyenna River at Newbury1.09Steady10:15 AM FRI 19/07/19
Styx River at Bruces Bridge1.48Steady11:51 AM FRI 19/07/19
River Derwent at New Norfolk1.13Rising11:59 AM FRI 19/07/19

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. 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.

Willow Court assessment process questioned

Acting general manager Daniel Smee, left, and mayor Ben
Shaw during last night's council meeting.
NEGOTIATIONS for the use of buildings at Willow Court will continue despite concerns over the Derwent Valley Council’s handling of the process.

Last night’s council meeting faced a second round of public questions about the way it conducted an expression of interest process in the use of buildings it owns on the former convict hospital site in central New Norfolk.

After receiving advice that a probity inquiry had been launched into the EOI process, last month’s council meeting decided to lease three buildings to the New Norfolk Distillery and to start discussions with the Salamanca Arts Centre about two others for a community arts hub.

Responding to public questions last night, acting general manager Daniel Smee said there was no reason why those negotiations should not proceed at the same time as a probity audit. “The process of a probity review does not preclude the ongoing assessment and negotiations that are under way,” Mr Smee said. “The process of review is looking at what's occurred in the past and there's been no decision of council to cease the ongoing negotiations.

Questioners included former councillor and Friends of Willow Court secretary Anne Salt, who resigned her seat on council the morning after last month’s council meeting. That meeting saw the council decide not to proceed with the Friends of Willow Court's EOI for the site, while opting to progress other proposals received after the closing date.

In response to public questions at that meeting, general manager Greg Winton, now on leave, said all four EOIs had been assessed on their merits but he was aware of speculation that one had received preferential treatment. “I am commissioning a probity report to respond to those assertions,” Mr Winton said.

Last night’s meeting also heard about advice that a decision to have councillors involved in the discussions for the leasing of council-owned sections of Willow Court could comprise the final decision-making process and expose the council to risk. “The mayor has advised he will speak with other elected members regarding this and council officers will continue discussions with proponents,” Mr Smee said in a report.

Tony Nicholson asking a question about
Willow Court at last month's meeting.
Former mayor Tony Nicholson took up this issue during question time last night, asking why the council had gone ahead with its decision last month when the Local Government Act had clear guidelines on the conduct of councillors and their decision-making role.

"Why did the mayor have to receive advice that such a decision may compromise the decision-making process and expose the council to risk?" asked Mr Nicholson, who is deputy chairman of the Friends of Willow Court.

Mr Smee said it was not unusual for councils to appoint elected members to subcommittees or panels in relation to a matter that's before council.

"So what has occurred is certainly not something that is out of the ordinary, but in terms of best practice the advice that has been received is that because of the fact that council is to make a final decision on this, having elected members involved is not best practice in terms of good governance," Mr Smee said.

Mr Smee said he could understand why it had been decided to include councillors in the lease negotiations for the buildings at Willow Court. "Subsequently the advice has been received and those councillors have withdrawn from the process. What occurred is certainly not something that should have been known to councillors that this is something that is an absolute 'no-no'. I can understand why that decision was made, similarly I can understand why the advice has been provided."

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Update to minor flood warning

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Minor Flood Warning for the River Derwent

Issued at 12:07pm on Thursday 18 July 2019


Flood Warning Number: 8

Minor flooding is occurring in the lower Derwent River below Meadowbank Dam. Minor flooding may extend downstream to New Norfolk Thursday evening.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday, rainfall totals of 10 to 30 mm have been recorded.

Additional rainfall totals up to 25 mm are forecast in the upper River Derwent catchment from Thursday into Friday.

Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next couple of days.


River Derwent above River Ouse:

River levels are elevated in the upper River Derwent and its tributaries.

River Ouse:

River rises are occurring along the River Ouse. Lake Augusta is spilling in the upper catchment.

The River Ouse at Ashton is currently at 1.59 metres and falling. The River Ouse at Ashton is expected to remain below the minor flood level (2.40 m) during Thursday.

The River Ouse at Ouse is expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Thursday.

River Derwent above Meadowbank Dam:

River levels are easing along the Florentine River and the middle reaches of the River Derwent.

Tyenna River:

River levels are easing along the Tyenna River.

Styx River:

River levels are easing along the Styx River. The Styx River at Bruces Bridge is currently 1.65 m and falling. The minor flood level is 2.0 m.

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam:

Minor flooding is occurring along the River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam.

The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam peaked at 5.04 metres around 08:45 am Thursday 18 July and is currently at 4.89 metres and falling. The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is likely to fall below the minor flood level (4.10 m) Thursday evening.

The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is currently at 3.62 metres and steady. The River Derwent at Macquarie Plains is likely to remain below the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Thursday.

River Derwent around New Norfolk:

River levels remain elevated along the River Derwent around New Norfolk.

The River Derwent at New Norfolk is currently at 1.48 metres and steady. The River Derwent at New Norfolk may reach the minor flood level (2.00 m) Thursday evening with the high tide.


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 noon on Friday 19 July 2019.

Latest River Heights:

LocationHeight of River (m)TendencyDate/Time of Observation
River Derwent below Lake St Clair2.35Steady11:00 AM THU 18/07/19
River Ouse at Ashton1.59Falling11:00 AM THU 18/07/19
River Ouse at 3B Weir1.31Falling10:30 AM THU 18/07/19
River Clyde at Bothwell0.11Steady10:00 AM THU 18/07/19
River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam4.89Falling11:00 AM THU 18/07/19
River Derwent at Macquarie Plains3.63Steady10:52 AM THU 18/07/19
Tyenna River at Newbury1.33Steady10:15 AM THU 18/07/19
Styx River at Bruces Bridge1.65Falling11:18 AM THU 18/07/19
River Derwent at New Norfolk1.48Steady11:23 AM THU 18/07/19

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. 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.