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STATE GROWTH TASMAN HIGHWAY CLOSURE – PARADISE GORGE

Please be advised this is a communication from State Growth, we will continue to engage the community via our website as we know more.

The Department of State Growth will close the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge, west of Orford, for several weeks, starting 11:55 pm on Friday 28 May 2021, in the interests of public safety.

Wielangta Road

Road users will be advised not to use the Wielangta Road as it is not suitable for the volume of detouring traffic expected. It is a gravel road unsuitable for heavy vehicles in particular.

Re-sheeting and grading works are ongoing on Wielangta Road. The road has temporary speed limits of 40 and 60km/h and is trafficable in a two-wheel drive although this is not encouraged. Driver caution is urged and as always, the road must be driven to the conditions. State Growth contractors will continue to monitor and repair Wielangta Road whilst it is being used as a detour.

Bus Services
The Tasman Highway closure near Orford affects the following public and school bus services:

  • Swansea to Hobart – Tassielink general access route 736
  • Bicheno to Hobart – Tassielink general access route 737
  • Buckland to Triabunna – school bus service: operated by East Coast Cruises
  • Bicheno to Hobart – school bus service operated by Walkers Coaches on Sunday nights.

The Buckland to Triabunna school bus service will operate between the Tourist Information Centre at Orford and the Triabunna District School. This bus will not service Buckland – please speak to your school for information about alternative learning arrangements.

Services between Orford and Hobart will detour via the Lake Leake Highway and Midlands Highway. There will be one service a day in each direction seven days a week.
Services between Buckland and Hobart will continue to operate in both directions, but with one less afternoon service. Services will start and finish at Buckland and not travel to/from Swansea/Bicheno.
The Bicheno to Hobart school bus service will operate as normal from Bicheno to Swansea, then turn around and travel to Hobart via Lake Leake Road and the Midlands Highway.
Students in Orford and surrounds north of the road closure should connect with the bus in Swansea. Students in Buckland should connect with a general access service in Sorell or make independent arrangements.
For more information about bus services including timetables, maps and contact details, please visit the Public Transport service updates page.

Shuttle Service – Orford – Hobart

The service will commence on Thursday 17 June 2021 and conclude when the Tasman Highway is reopened, scheduled for mid-July 2021.
The Department of State Growth will provide a temporary shuttle service to connect Orford and Triabunna residents with appointments and personal business in Hobart.

  • It will operate twice a week, travelling via Wielangta Road using two 4WD vehicles.
  • There is no charge, however bookings are mandatory to manage extremely limited capacity.
  • Bookings are limited to Orford/Triabunna residents, and will be allocated on a first-come-best-served basis. Passengers cannot travel without a booking.

For futher information regarding this shuttle service and booking process, please click here 

Wednesday, 9 June – Latest Update 

Rock removal works are continuing at the Tasman Highway through Paradise Gorge despite rain.

The wet weather may cause some deterioration to the condition of Wielangta Road; however, the road remains open to both four-wheel and two-wheel drive vehicles.

We are continually monitoring both Wielangta Road and Lake Leake Road during the closure through both regular and ad hoc inspections, with increased inspections scheduled during periods of bad weather. Any issues are identified and scheduled for repair.

The road was graded last weekend in preparation for the wet weather, and we have a grader on standby to make immediate repairs when required.

Road workers are on-site daily undertaking maintenance activities including grading and rolling works, and the speed limit may be reduced while they conduct these important safety works.

We ask all road users to drive with caution on Wielangta Road during the wet conditions this week and comply with all speed limits and other signage.

Reduced speed limits and other traffic management at roadworks sites are important for protecting road workers, and also to reduce the risks to the travelling public. The need to reduce speed may not be obvious, but reduced speed limits are for your safety and the safety of road workers.

The Department is maintaining Wielangta Road to ensure it remains safe during the Tasman Highway closure and the subsequent increase in traffic on this gravel road. While Wielangta Road can be used by general access vehicles, Lake Leake Road will be a smoother, safer, and easier journey.

Rock removal work will continue to progress while conditions allow for this to occur safely. The safety of both our workers and the travelling public is our highest priority.

Significant progress has been made, with a number of ‘high risk’ rocks removed. The next phase includes removing some of the more difficult to access rocks and cleaning the rock face and slope of the large amount of loose debris and broken boulders.

This debris has collected during the rock removal works as pieces of rock break off the falling boulders. The debris includes pieces of rock ranging from the size of a basketball to a bar fridge.

Once all identified high-risk rocks and debris have been removed, sensors will be placed on the remaining rocks to provide notification in the future if there is any further movement on the rockface.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as this important safety work proceeds. We will continue to keep the public updated on the progress of the work.

Road users advised that emergency road closures are communicated through the Tasmania Police Community Alerts page. For up to date advice on weather-related road closures, we recommend visiting police.tas.gov.au/alerts

8 June 2021 Business Hardship Critical Support Grants announced

Jane Howlett, Minister for Small Business

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Businesses affected by the recent closure of the Tasman Highway will be able to apply for a Business Hardship Critical Support Grant from this coming Friday 11 June,  providing much-needed support during this unprecedented event.

Significant progress on the rock removal has been made at Paradise Gorge since the road’s closure, allowing experts to provide an estimate on how much more rock needs to be removed and how long it will take to clean up the site.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said the project would move to the next phase focussed on removing the more difficult to access rocks and cleaning the rock face and slope of the large amount of loose debris and broken boulders.

“Our estimates at this stage is that we expect to reopen the Tasman Highway in mid-July, but we’ll be doing everything possible to minimise the time taken to complete this work, keeping safety at the forefront of our minds,” Minister Ferguson said.

Minister for Small Business, Jane Howlett, said that given the timeframe for the interruption is now better understood, the Government would immediately offer a Business Hardship Critical Support Grant for impacted businesses of between $2,500 and $25,000.

Up to $1 million has been allocated to these grants, with the program guidelines to be released tomorrow and applications opening this Friday 11 June.

Grants will be available to businesses located south of Lake Leake road, or in one of the following towns being Buckland, Orford, Triabunna, Little Swanport and Swansea, as well as those businesses who can demonstrate that they are part of the supply chain through the delivery of essential goods and services in and out of the area.

“To be eligible for support of more than $2,500, businesses must demonstrate a loss in turnover of greater than 30 per cent from 28 May 2021 in comparison to the previous month prior to the road closure.

“Importantly, these grants will be available to businesses so they can support their employees through this difficult time, with a set of criteria developed to make the process as efficient and easy as possible,” Minister Howlett said.

First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the difficult impact this is having on the community and that’s why we have announced this targeted support for businesses today, as well as the range of transport, freight, education and health supports provided over the past 10 days.

Applications will be assessed by a Departmental assessment team for consideration by an independent panel, including a representative from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives from the Tasmanian Development and Resources Board. Grant payments will commence in early July. Consistent with other hardship grant programs specific details of grant recipients will not be disclosed.

Once all the rocks and gravel have been removed from the road, a full assessment of the road and retaining wall will be done to assess what further repairs will be required.

Importantly, road users are reminded to drive with caution on Wielangta Road during the expected wet conditions this week. Wielangta Road was graded over the weekend to prepare for the expected rainfall and the road condition will continue to be monitored and repaired as necessary.

We again thank the community for their patience and for continuing to work with us during this unexpected and serious event. We will continue to keep the public updated on progress of the work.

Businesses who believe they are impacted by the Tasman Highway closure and would like to learn more about the grants announced today, are asked to contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or ask@business.tas.gov.au

Please see below link to the new footage and a few stills of the helicopter water drop: https://files.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/index.php/s/TeDfklNsoTzC0aM

 

ZEPS CAFE, Campbell Town – East Coast Driver Reviver

Zeps Cafe, Campbell Town have provided residents of Orford, Triabunna and Swansea a lovely offer whilst they are affected the Tasman Highway road closure.

Regular coffee & a choice of one of the following:
– Takeaway soup
– Savoury cabinet item
– Sweet cabinet item

If you would like further information on this offer, please click here.

 

Council Works:

Please note dates and times may change subject to conditions and other factors.

CURRENT & UPCOMING WORKS 2021:
Project Name: Activity: Status:
Swansea Boat Ramp Car Park Extension Civil/Construction works, concreting of kerbs & footpaths, sea wall construction & bitumen sealing In progress
Parsons Lane, Coles Bay Cleaning out of drains & general road maintenance In progress

WASTE TRANSFER STATION – WINTER OPENING HOURS 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday               2.30pm – 4.30pm
Saturday                                                              CLOSED
Sunday                                                                10am – 2pm

*Open all public holidays except Christmas Day & Good Friday –   Normal operating hours apply. 

The area of Waste Management has evolved from being landfill sites to environmentally responsible waste management and recycling centres. Council continues to operate its kerbside collection and recycling service throughout the Municipal area.

Council will continue to promote and implement the Waste Management Strategy and its associated implications.

If you would like any further information regarding your kerbside collection, or any other enquiries regarding Waste Management, please call the Works Department on 03 6256 4777.

 

KERBSIDE COLLECTION

All kerbside collection days and times remain unchanged

The area of Waste Management has evolved from being landfill sites to environmentally responsible waste management and recycling centres. Council continues to operate its kerbside collection and recycling service throughout the Municipal area.

Council will continue to promote and implement the Waste Management Strategy and its associated implications.

Council operates Waste Management Centres in Bicheno, Coles Bay, Swansea and Orford.

If you would like any further information regarding your kerbside collection, or any other enquiries regarding Waste Management, please call the Works Department on 03 6256 4777.

 

BIN SPRINGS – KEEP YOUR RUBBISH & RECYCLING IN YOUR BIN

Birds, animals or wind can cause rubbish to spill from your bin. If rubbish spills from your bin you could be charged with littering.

To prevent this happening please consider using a device such as a Bin Spring.

Council has made a bulk purchase of Bin Springs for residents and ratepayers of GSB to purchase at a substantially reduced rate. RRP is $24.95 each or purchase directly from council for $15 each.

Another cause of rubbish spills is bins being placed on the street several days before collection. Please consider asking for assistance from your neighbours. They may be willing to put your bins out closer to collection time.

Rubbish spilling from residential bins is a significant problem and residents are encouraged to prevent this happening and avoid being fined.

If you need any assistance with applying the Bin Spring please click here and watch the video on the bin spring website, please note you do have to scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

 

The Department of State Growth are responsible for the Tasman Highway in our municipality, you can find a full list of State Growth works here. You can also see the latest updates on RoadsTas Facebook page. 

STATE GROWTH TASMAN HIGHWAY CLOSURE – PARADISE GORGE

Please be advised this is a communication from State Growth, we will continue to engage the community via our website as we know more.

As part of its work to maintain a safe road network, the Department of State Growth has been proactively monitoring the stability of rocks above the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge near Orford.

While the road remains safe to travel on a detailed survey of the area has identified that there is a need to remove rocks to manage the risk of a rock fall. There is also a risk that severe weather, including heavy rainfall or frost, could result in a rock fall.

With frost forecast for this weekend, the Department believes it must act quickly to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the road.

The road will be closed from 11:55 pm Friday 28 May.
The Department will then start works to remove the rock, starting with site set up and preparation works, including protecting the road from the falling rocks.

There will also be intermittent closures of up to ten minutes this Thursday, 27 and Friday 28 May to enable preparation works for the rock removal.

The work will be complx and take some time. The community should prepare for a lengthy closure, as the works may take several weeks to complete. We will keep the community and key stakeholders informed throughout the works, and let people know once we have a confirmed date to reopen the road.

The road closure will impact those travelling on the Highway in both directions through Prossers Gorge, located about 1.5 km west of Orford.

An alternate route to the east coast is available via the Midland Highway and Lake Leake Road, and alternate routes will be clearly advertised.

We will try to minimise impacts wherever possible. We also recognise it will cause significant disruption for many, but the Department’s priority must be public safety.

Wielangta Road

Road users will be advised not to use the Wielangta Road as it is not suitable for the volume of detouring traffic expected. It is a gravel road unsuitable for heavy vehicles in particular.

Re sheeting and grading works are ongoing on Wielangta Road. The road has temporary speed limits of 40 and 60km/h and is trafficable in a two-wheel drive although this is not encouraged. Driver caution is urged and as always, the road must be driven to the conditions. State Growth contractors will continue to monitor and repair Wielangta Road whilst it is being used as a detour.

Update on bus services:

The Tasman Highway closure near Orford affects the following public bus services and school bus services:

  • Swansea to Hobart – Tassielink general access route 736
    • Bicheno to Hobart – Tassielink general access route 737
    • Buckland to Triabunna – school bus service operated by Alison Pyke and Mark William Pyke on school days
    • Bicheno to Hobart – school bus service operated by Walkers Coaches on Sunday nights.

General access bus service update:
• Services between Orford and Hobart will detour via the Lake Leake Highway and Midlands Highway. There will be one service a day in each direction seven days a week.

  • Services between Buckland and Hobart will continue to operate in both directions, but with one less afternoon service. Services will start and finish at Buckland and not travel to/from Swansea/Bicheno.

School bus service update:
• The Buckland to Triabunna school bus service will now operate between the Tourist Information Centre at Orford and the Triabunna District School. The bus will not service Buckland – please speak to your school for information about alternative learning arrangements

  • The Bicheno to Hobart school bus service will operate as normal from Bicheno to Swansea then turn around and travel to Hobart via Lake Leake Road and the Midland Highway. Students in Orford and surrounds north of the road closure should connect with the bus in Swansea. Students in Buckland should connect with a general access service in Sorell or make independent arrangements.

For more information including timetables, maps and contact details, please visit the Public Transport service updates page.

3 June – State Growth update:
Current Paradise Gorge works & Wielangta road maintenance 

We brought down a number of large rocks overhanging the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge today.

Industrial airbags were inserted behind the rocks, slowly pushing them from the rock face and causing them to fall safely to the gravel cushion that was put in place to protect the road and retaining wall.

These are the first of many rocks that need to be removed. We will learn how much rock needs to be removed from this section as the rock removal works continue.

Once all the rocks and gravel have been removed, we will be able to assess the state of the road and get a better idea of when Tasman Highway will reopen.

The first rock to be removed today had previously been identified as a potential risk. It had been anchored by cables and regularly inspected. A recent inspection found flaws in the section of rocks supporting this anchored rock that posed an increased risk of rockfall, prompting the decision to act. This section contains several other rocks.

Lake Leake Road remains the safest detour and we encourage you to use this route until the highway reopens. However, we recognise that Wielangta Road is seeing increased traffic during the road closure, and have organised safety works to maintain its condition.

We will grade Wielangta Road tomorrow, on Friday, 4 and Saturday, 5 June 2021. The grading will involve machinery moving along the road with “stop-slow” traffic controls where work is taking place.

Please plan ahead for up to 10 minutes of delays. Please follow signs and directions of traffic controllers and drive to the posted speed limit.

ZEPS CAFE, Campbell Town –  East Coast Driver Reviver

Zeps Cafe, Campbell Town have provided residents of Orford, Triabunna and Swansea a lovely offer whilst they are affected the Tasman Highway road closure.

Regular coffee & a choice of one of the following:
– Takeaway soup
– Savoury cabinet item
– Sweet cabinet item

If you would like further information on this offer, please click here.

 

 

Midway Point Intersection

Upcoming night works on the Tasman Highway Click here if you would like to see updates on this project from the Department of State Growth.

Notice of upcoming works – Sheas Bridge, Tasman Highway Orford

Department of State Growth will start work to realign and construct a new bridge at Sheas Creek, Tasman Highway Orford.
This work will commence early March 2021 and finish approx. July/August 2021. There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the safety of workers and road users, the intention is to provide one lane of traffic at all times during the works.

Start of works notification – Lynes Creek Bridge

The Department of State Growth is strengthening bridges state-wide to continue to accommodate heavy vehicles and will commence work on the Lynes Creek Bridge, Bicheno from Monday 26 – April 2021. Works will be completed by mid May 2021, weather permitting. For further information regarding these works please click here.

If you are considering carrying out construction or tree planting works within the road reserve on a driveway or nature strip, a permit will be required.

Form: Permit to conduct – Activity or work within a council street

If the works are covered in the scope of a current planning permit, liaison with councils staff is required for agreement with proposed outcomes.

 

Don’t wait for a flash flooding event to learn what to do.

The Bureau of Meteorology issues advice regarding heavy and flash flooding rainfall due to happen in the near future.

To keep up to date with this advice listen to ABC Radio on the following frequencies:

Local ABC Radio

Bicheno 89.7FM – Radio National 91.3FM
Orford 90.5FM – Radio National 88.9FM or 585AM
Swansea 106.10FM – Radio National 107.7FM or 585AM
Triabunna 90.5FM – Radio National 88.9FM

    • Check your insurance cover.
    • Are you covered for flooding?
    • Does your policy replace new for old, does it have a limit on repairs?
    • Check both building and contents cover; don’t underestimate the value of contents

PREPARATION AND PROTECTION……

If people are asked how they would defend their property to prevent the inflow of water the initial response is sandbags. However, what is not generally understood is that sandbags are not waterproof.

Also, sandbags empty or full are not easily obtained. The State Emergency Service (SES) can supply sandbags to private properties however, Council has limited supplies and these are required to manage public infrastructure.

The main points of water inflow to properties during flooding events are:

    • Back flow through toilets and sink plug holes.
    • Through the gaps around windows and door frames.
    • Through air bricks

To aid in preventing water coming in these main entry points the following techniques can be used when sandbags are not available or in preference to sandbags as they can be more effective.

Put plugs in sinks and baths. Weigh them down with a strong plastic bag filled with sand or earth.

Place a strong plastic bag full of sand or earth in the toilet bowl to prevent sewage entering your property. Close the lid and weigh down. Manhole covers within your property boundary should be weighed down with earth or sand filled bags or heavy objects. The gaps around windows and door frames can be sealed with duct tape and plastic available from most hardware stores. Duct tape and plastic well applied on a dry surface is far more effective than sandbagging. Similarly air bricks can be sealed, duct tape placed over, or a sheet of plastic and duct taped. Do not permanently seal your air bricks.

In preparation for flash flooding, assess your property and its vulnerability. To increase the flood resilience of your home think about using the methods described above, and have on hand stocks of plastic, duct tape, bags filled with sand or dirt and silicone sealant. This will assist with protecting your home in the event of flooding taking place.

Know how to turn off your water, gas and electricity. Ask your supplier how to do this.

Mark taps or switches with stickers to help you remember. If safe to do so, turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when floodwater is about to enter your home. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in floodwater.

If possible, move any outside belongings to higher locations including car oils, pesticides and chemicals which can be very hazardous to the environment when mixed with floodwaters. These should be stored in plastic, airtight containers in a secure place away from the floodwaters.

INSURANCE…

  • Call your building and contents insurance company as soon as possible.
  • The insurance company will confirm what repairs and replacements are needed and covered by your policy.
  • Ask the insurance company how long it will be before the loss adjustor visits.
  • Ask the insurance company if you are to clean your property or if they will get a company to do it for you.
  • If you rent your property, contact your landlord and your contents insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Photograph and video record your damaged property. List the damage to your property and belongings.
  • Use a permanent ink pen to mark on the wall the maximum height of the floodwater – do this in every room affected by flooding.
  • Make a note of all phone calls. Record the date, name and what was agreed.
  • Keep copies of all letters and emails you send and receive. Also keep all receipts.
  • Don’t throw anything away until told to (except ruined food).

Please click here for a printable PDF.

Property Services:

TasWater:  13 6992

Aurora: 13 2004

SES: 132 500 (for damage to property during an emergency event like flood or storm)

Tasfire  – Information Line (free call): 1800 000 699

Tasmania Police 131 444

Community Groups and Support organisations

Medical Service Providers

East Coast Health Centre (Triabunna) 6256 4747

Mayshaw Health Centre (Swansea) 6257 9100