Town hall meeting for bushfire affected communities

A COMMUNITY meeting with meeting with representatives from the Tasmania Fire Service will be held tomorrow (Friday) in relation to the Dee/Bradys Lake bushfires. The purpose is to inform and reassure the community, give an update on the fire situation and answer any questions or concerns.


A TFS spokesperson said the meeting was intended for the communities of Dee, Bradys Lake, Tarraleah, Lake Binney, Victoria Valley and Ouse but residents of surrounding areas are also welcome to attend the meeting if they have any questions. The meeting will be held in the Ouse Hall, 6955 Lyell Hwy, Ouse, at noon tomorrow (Friday, February 23).

At 11pm tonight there remained 14 fire incidents in the lakes area of the Upper Derwent Valley/Central Highlands. Of most concern is the Dee bushfire which remained on an emergency warning at the time of writing. Bushfire “watch and act – prepare to leave” warnings applied to the Victoria Valley/Osterley area, and the Dee, Bradys Lake, Tarraleah and surrounding area.

Also as of 11pm there were “bushfire advice” messages for Strickland and surrounds, Lyell Hwy at Lake Binney, Mentmore Rd and surrounds at Dee, Mentmore Tier at Dee to Victoria Valley, and there was a bushfire smoke alert on the Lyell Hwy from Lake Binney to Tarraleah.

A number of road closures are in force in the area and the Lyell Highway beyond Gretna is only open for local traffic. Road closures include:

  • Portal Rd – between Lyell Hwy and Victoria Valley Rd
  • Victoria Valley Rd – Between Lake Echo Rd and Mentmore Rd
  • Lake Echo Rd – Between Mentmore Rd and Victoria Valley Rd
  • Lanes Tier Rd from Victoria Valley Rd – restricted to emergency services vehicles only
  • Victoria Valley R, from Lane Tier Rd to Bashan Rd – restricted to residents only
  • Bashan Rd – restricted to residents only
  • Strickland Rd – emergency vehicles only

For the latest road closure details visit –

An evacuation centre was established at New Norfolk tonight for people who had left the bushfire affected areas in the Upper Derwent Valley/Central Highlands area after warnings were issued during the day. The centre was established in the New Norfolk Sports Centre (former PCYC), by the Derwent Valley Council’s municipal emergency co-ordinator, Amanda McCall.

Ms McCall received word of the need for the centre during tonight’s council meeting and quickly left with several staff members to prepare the premises. The doors opened at 8pm and an Ouse resident soon arrived with her dog to seek refuge after being doorknocked by police earlier in the day.

This is the first time the sports centre has been used as an emergency evacuation centre, taking over from the local Salvation Army headquarters. Several council staff members and mayor Michelle Dracoulis turned out to lend support.

Picture: Michelle Dracoulis and Amanda McCall stocking a fridge at the evacuation centre in the New Norfolk Sports Centre.

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