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The Derwent Valley Municipal area is characterised by its ever growing rural townships, green hills and river valley environment.

The municipal area covers 4,111 sq kms in South Central Tasmania. This peaceful, rural setting provides a gateway to some of Tasmania's most spectacular wilderness areas, including Mt Field National Park and the Western Tasmanian World Heritage Area.

Major features of the Derwent Valley municipality include it's land and fresh water resources. The region has lakes and river water supplies and productive soils. Some of the other features of the Derwent Valley municipality are:-

its people - the population is around 10,000;
its workforce - skilled and semi-skilled forestry, agricultural, heath care and service industry workers;
its land and fresh water resources - the region has lakes and river water supplies and productive soils;
its farmland and agricultural industries - the region has traditional farming of beef and sheep, an internationally competitive hop industry as well as emerging specialties agriculture such as essential oils and cherries;
its wilderness and natural areas - the region has national and world standard parks and conservation areas;
its lakes, rivers and water storages - the region has hydro electricity generation operations as well as fresh water fishing and related recreational and tourism activities;
its unique river valley environments - the region has spectacular mountain and river landscapes and is a popular rural residential area and scenic area for tourism;
its proximity to the Hobart metropolitan area - the area is approximately 30 minutes from Hobart which provides opportunities for employment, services and potential growth, and;
its history - first settled by Norfolk Islanders as early as 1807. The Valley has retained a fine array of colonial architecture ranging in variety from oast houses, humble cottages, grand mansions, and a heritage railway linking many of our historic towns and villages, Mt Field National Park and Hobart.


Animal Management

Dogs residing in the Derwent Valley Municipality must be registered at the age of 6 months.
Dog registrations expire at the end of each financial year.

Payment received after 31 August will incur a late fee on top of the annual registration fee. Proof of desexing and microchipping is required at the time of initial registration.

The registered owner must be a person 16 years or over, and that person must inform the Council as soon as possible if:

the dog is moved to a different premises
the dog dies, or is missing for more than 72 hours
the owner changes their contact number
ownership of the dog is transferred to another person. New owners have 14 days to register a dog, after which they can be fined if the dog remains unregistered.
For more information about dog registration and further concessions, or to update your details please contact the Council administration office on 6261 8530.

For a new registration please come in to the Council administration office and bring along any necessary paperwork (pensioner concession card, proof of desexing and/or microchipping etc).

Cemeteries and Ordering Plaques

Derwent Valley Council is responsible for the ordering of all plaques and niche plates in the Derwent Valley municipality.

Cemeteries in the Derwent Valley municipality include:

Malbina Cemetery
North Circle Cemetery
Red Hills Cemetery
Tyenna Cemetery

Ordering of Plaques
Plaques are ordered from the Derwent Valley Council located at Circle Street New Norfolk, or please contact us on 6261 8500 for further information.

Customer Service staff will guide you through the process of ordering a plaque either in person or if requested, we will gladly post all appropriate information to you.

Prices of plaques and niches vary depending on individual requests and it should be noted that when the order has been placed it takes up to 6 to 8 weeks before being completed.

When erecting a monument, approval is required by Council for the installation of a monument.

Child Care Centre

Physical Address: 45 Ring Road, New Norfolk Tas 7140
Telephone: (03) 6261 1203 Fax: (03) 6261 5281
Email: admin@dvelc.org.au

The Long Day Care area caters for children aged six weeks to five years. The centre opens at 7am and closes at 6pm. After school Care is also available.

There are several Family Day Carers available in the Derwent Valley Municipality.


All enquiries regarding the status of your Citizenship application should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or by calling the Australian Citizenship line on 13 18 80.

How do I become an Australian Citizen?
Further information regarding citizenship applications, test resources and practice Tests can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or by calling the Australian Citizenship line on 13 18 80.

Council's Executive Assistant will receive notification (usually at the end of each month) advising of candidates awaiting a citizenship ceremony. The candidates will receive a letter from the Council advising them of the date and time for the ceremony. The date and time of the ceremony will depend on the availability of the Mayor.

There are two types of Citizenship ceremonies:-

A private ceremony which is arranged within two weeks of confirmation being received from the Department of Immigration. The ceremony normally takes 15 to 20 minutes and we welcome family and friends to attend.
Public Citizenship ceremonies are held annually on Australia Day (26 January). This event is only held if the candidates are willing to have a public ceremony.
During your Australian Citizenship ceremony you will be asked to make a Pledge of Commitment in English. This Pledge is available in written form and provided to the candidate at the time of the ceremony.

Council Facility Hire

Derwent Valley Council maintains a number of facilities that it makes available for the community to use. The purpose of this policy below to outline how the community can access these facilities and the general conditions under which they are available.

Event Management

The Event Management Guide has been designed to assist in the running of public events within the Derwent Valley municipality.

The guide highlights a number of key issues to consider when organising an event, however it is a guide only and does not cover every issue that event manager might encounter. It is recommended that the event manager identify those parts of the guide that do apply to their particular event.

Council is available to provide guidance and direction to help ensure that the event meets all requirements and is run safely and successfully. However, it remains the event manager’s responsibility to seek additional information where required and to ensure that all approvals have been obtained.

Not all information contained in this document will be relevant to every event. This document is a guide only.


Council’s free childhood immunisation sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 1.00pm to 1.30pm at Ptnuarra (Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre) located at 52 Blair Street, New Norfolk. 

Vaccines available:

Birth - 4 years (Immunisation Schedule)
School program catch ups
Over 65’s flu vaccinations, zostavax (shingles), pneumovax 23 (pneumococcal)
Whooping Cough vaccine for all pregnant women in their third trimester (from 28 weeks gestation) preferably 28-32 weeks
Children influenza vaccinations 6 months - 3 years and 3 years - 5 years (all children) .

School Immunisations
For information regarding school immunisations and dates please contact the Immunisation Coordinator.

Enquiries to the Immunisation Coordinators on telephone (03) 6261 8530.

Justice of the Peace

A Justice of the Peace (JP) acts as a witness for documents used for official or legal purposes such as witnessing a statutory declaration or affidavit or in certifying original documents or a person's identity.

Council has one Justice of the Peace based at the Council Chambers, Circle Street, New Norfolk.

If the matter is urgent please telephone to check availability.

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