Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 29 September

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 will reopen 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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COVID-19 Stories from Home

This is a Senior’s Week initiative of the Derwent Valley Council in support of the Covid19 Stories Project; a partnership between Tasmanian Archives - Libraries Tasmania - and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Capturing the experience of Seniors during COVID-19

Make a contribution to help capture this moment so future generations can understand the Tasmanian experience of the pandemic from the perspective of Derwent Valley seniors. Your ‘story’ might be photos, writing, art or objects that you are willing to donate.

How to contribute:

Read these FAQs for answers to any queries you may have.

Get your ideas flowing

Reflect on the following:

  • Your regular routine: describe a typical day during this pandemic.
  • Stuck at home: How did your world shrink or change during the pandemic?
  • Supplies: Hoarding toilet rolls, pasta, baked beans, flour and powdered milk. How did the empty supermarket shelves and limits on supplies affect you? What was your experience of shopping like? Did you go without anything?
  • What changed: Sometimes when something is gone or we’re forced to change the way we do things, we realise how much it meant to us or what we may have learnt: What did you lose? What did you find or connect with? Were you forced to change the way you did anything? Eg ordering groceries or staying in touch with family or friends.
  • Thoughts on the future: How long will this go for? Will Tasmania/the world change once we get a vaccine? How do you think this experience will change our community?

Create your ‘story’

You might write words or create sketches/images in response to the above - this can be your submission.
Your reflections might prompt you to tell a deeper story, collect objects or create artwork to share. Write notes to accompany these items.

If you prefer to tell your story over the phone, call the number provided to make time for a conversation.

Give your consent

Please complete this Donor Consent Form and include when you submit your ‘story’. Permission is required for all submissions because they will go into the State Archive collection and may be made accessible to the public.


You can choose any of the following options to donate your ‘story’…

  • Call 0438 072 880: Julia Goss, Literacy Coordinator, New Norfolk Library.
    Julia can help with filling-out the Donor Form and/or to tell your story over the phone.*
  • Post to:
    COVID-19 Stories from Home
    Care of: Community Development Officer
    Derwent Valley Council
    PO Box 595
    New Norfolk
    TAS 7140
  • Home collection: (subject to staff/volunteer availability)

    Corumbene Home Care clients please contact  Jo Dobson, Ph: 6261 7330 or M: 0484 248 172.

    Others please contact Council’s Community Development Officer Bec Tudor, Ph: 6261 8560 or email *

* These options available until 30 October 2020 only. All other submission options are available until 31 December 2020.