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Introduction

The Meander Valley Council was created on 2nd April, 1993 from the merger of the former Municipalities of Deloraine and Westbury and covers an area of 3,821 square kilometres, extending from Paramatta Creek in the West to Prospect Vale in the East, and from Birralee in the North to Liena in the South.

Meander Valley is a very large and diverse municipal area offering a range of lifestyle opportunities. It ranges from the mountainous areas of the Great Western Tiers and World Heritage Areas in the west, extensive areas of forest and productive lands, historic towns and villages, urban suburb of Launceston, small businesses and major businesses such as Federal Country Club Casino and Tasmanian Alkaloids.

The municipality offers convenient access to the North East and North West coasts. Our Eastern urban centres of Prospect Vale, Hadspen, Carrick and Westbury are only a short drive from the centre of the North's regional city Launceston where there are major regional facilities such as the University of Tasmania, Launceston General Hospital, Institute of TAFE, Australian Maritime College and Launceston Airport. Our major western urban centre of Deloraine is only 30 minutes drive from the centre of Devonport where there are also major recreational facilities.

Lifestyle opportunities range from urban, country town and village living, rural residential, rural and alternative lifestyle retreats. The Meander Valley has tremendous outdoor recreation assets, a strong arts and crafts community, active community involvement and many community facilities.

We also have many special events with two of these in particular having national recognition in Agfest, one of Australia's largest regional agricultural field days which is held in the first week of May each year, and the Tasmanian Craft Fair, one of Australia's largest arts and craft festivals which is held in the first week of November each year.

Services

Waste management

The bin with the RED LID is for your weekly garbage collection. Please use your garbage bin for household refuse only. Building rubble, soil and rocks are not to be placed in the bins as they create too much weight and the truck's arm is unable to pick the bin up.

In line with best practice strategy for waste minimisation to landfill, Meander Valley has undertaken the first kitchen and garden organics fortnightly collection in Tasmania. This collection is currently conducted in the Blackstone Heights area however it will be expanded throughout the municipality in the near future. The kitchen and garden organics collection for Blackstone Heights has enabled Council to reduce the garbage collection from a weekly to a fortnightly frequency. The garbage collection is on the alternate week to the organics collection.

Storm Water

Council maintains stormwater drainage systems in urban areas and these may be either piped or open drainage systems. Because stormwater systems end up discharging to a river or creek then material such as oil should not be put down stormwater manholes, drainage pits or into open drains. In heavy storms if blockages to drains or pits occur we would appreciate you reporting this to Council for clearing, phone 6393 5300.

Immunisation

Is there an immunisation program for my children?
Council conducts immunisation programs for school children against preventable diseases in accordance with the requirements of The National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Immunisation Handbook. Immunisations include Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Human Papilloma Virus. Programmes are conducted annually, according to the National Immunisation Program Schedule. In 2017 we will be conducting sessions for Grade 7 students at Deloraine High School.

If you would like to find out more about immunisations in Tasmania, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

How can I access Immunisation records for myself or my children?

Council maintains an accurate record of previous immunisations which it has conducted. Schools who have previously been involved in Council Immunisation Programs include: Bracknell Primary, Deloraine Primary, Deloraine High, Hagley Farm School, Meander Primary, Mole Creek Primary, Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic School and Westbury Primary. Council also maintains records for Public Clinics prior to 2002-2003. If you are looking for records from St Patrick’s College, Prospect High or Summerdale Primary, you will need to contact City of Launceston.

If you need information on what vaccines you or your child have been given at our sessions, you will need to make a written request to Council. Please complete the following 'Immunisation Record Request' form below, then press 'Submit'

For any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Council's Environmental Health Officers on 6393 5300.

Cemeteries

Council operates the below cemeteries, for further information on location or plot layout please click on the cemetery in question :-

Deloraine General Cemetery
Deloraine Lawn Cemetery
Mole Creek General Cemetery
Mole Creek Lawn Cemetery
Western Creek Cemetery
Any enquiries regarding purchasing of plots or information regarding burials should be directed to Council on 6393 5300.

A listing of Graves is available below, however the "Date of Burial" noted could be either Date of Burial or Date of Death. These records are currently being confirmed.

There are other cemeteries within the Meander Valley Council municipality that are not managed by Council. For information about these cemeteries please contact the relevant Church.

Citizenship ceremonies

Meander Valley Council conducts Australian Citizenship Ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Council's role is to provide a ceremony where conferees are required to pledge their allegiance to Australia and its laws, after which they receive their Certificate of Australian Citizenship. The presentation of a Citizenship Certificate is the final step to becoming an Australian Citizen.

Once you have received notification from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Council will contact you to arrange a ceremony at the Council Offices at a date and time mutually convenient to the recipient and the Mayor. These ceremonies can be arranged by contacting Council's Personal Assistant on 0363 935317 or email merrilyn.young@mvc.tas.gov.au.

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