New look waterfront opens in Derwent Valley

Tasmania’s Derwent Valley waterfront will host even more events and festivals thanks to a revitalisation of the New Norfolk  Esplanade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals’ Government worked in partnership with the Derwent Valley Council to deliver an important piece of infrastructure for the entire New Norfolk region.

“The revitalised Esplanade will create a more attractive destination for increasing visitors to the region and provide better public amenities and recreation facilities for the whole community to enjoy,” Mr McCormack said.

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said the Esplanade is the largest open community space in the Derwent Valley.  

“The Esplanade has traditionally been the main hub for the community to come together for various social activities and sporting events. It’s great that we’ll now see more people getting out and involved along the waterfront,” Senator Duniam said.

Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie said the precinct also includes a campground and the town swimming pool.

“It’s so important for people of all ages to get active and this new precinct will encourage the whole community to get outside and enjoy nature while also improving their health,” Senator McKenzie said. 

Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said 30 jobs were supported during construction and the project will support one ongoing position.

“The new improvements will allow for greater outdoor recreational activity, with lighting, new play facilities and multi-use trails,” Senator Martin said.

Mayor of Derwent Valley Martyn Evans said the revitalisation works had transformed and modernised the river waterfront area, enhancing the local character and ambience of New Norfolk and the Derwent River.

“The Esplanade can now become a place for regular events and is a real asset to our community,” Cr Evans said.

The Derwent Valley Waterfront Revitalisation project was jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $600,000, and the Derwent Valley Council $76,659.