Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 6 January 2021

To reduce the number of face-to-face interactions with the community and protect our staff and their ability to carry out ongoing essential services, the Derwent Valley Council Offices are open to the public from 10am - 4pm from Monday 24 August for essential visits only.

Council operating hours are still 8.15am – 5pm (Mon - Fri) and Council services can be accessed over the phone, by email or via our website. We encourage all enquiries by phone or email where possible.

Information on the Tasmanian Government and Council's response to COVID-19.

This information includes support available to individuals, business and community organisations including grant funding and mental health support and where to access further information around the pandemic and Council services.

Please stay home, save lives. Practise social distancing and good hygiene practises.

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Australia Day 2021

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Australia Day, 26 January, is a day for all Australians no matter where our personal stories began.

Derwent Valley Council invites members of the community to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate – because we’re all part of the story.

It’s a day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate our community and acknowledge our history.

The Derwent Valley 2021 Australia Day Ambassador is Bill Lark, owner of Lark Distillery, who with his wife Lyn, obtained the first Licence to Distil spirits in Tasmania since 1839. Lark Distillery now employs over 50 staff, exports throughout the world and is proudly recognised as a leader in the Australian Distilled Spirits industry.

Australia Day celebrations at the New Norfolk Esplanade will commence at 10:00am and involve displays and activities with community groups, live entertainment, free Lions Club BBQ and food vans.

Official proceedings begin 12:00 noon and will include the 2021 Australia Day Awards. Awards will be given to Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and Sports Person/Team/Group of the Year.

The categories for the Derwent Valley Australia Day Awards are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Sports Person/Team/Group of the Year.

The day will end with a Colour Walk.

Maydena Community Association will also be holding a small free event at Maydena Park 10:00am to 2:00pm involving a walk to Junee Caves and a BBQ.

Australia Day will be a COVID-safe event and contact tracing will be mandatory. In preparation, you can download the COVID tracing App on your mobile phone, or scan the QR code available at the gate on the day. Download the App

Manual tracing sign in sheets will also be available for those without mobile phones.

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