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The below letter has been sent out to residents of Ansons Bay but is applicable to any regular users of either Ansons Bay or North Ansons Bay Road.

Dear Ansons Bay resident,

Re: Ansons and North Anson Bay Roads

We are writing to you today in regard to the condition of Ansons Bay and North Ansons Bay Road.

Council has received numerous concerns from residents regarding the condition of these roads and we want to assure you that we acknowledge and understand your concerns and we are working hard to fix the problem.

Council has engaged the services of a grading contractor to assist with undertaking the maintenance on Ansons Bay Road and they are scheduled to start on Monday 12 July.

Both Ansons Bay and North Ansons Bay Road are regularly maintained by Council and are graded at least twice a year as per our maintenance schedule.

We last graded and re-sheeted Ansons Bay Road in December 2019 and were back doing section maintenance in February 2021. Segments of these roads are scheduled for resheeting later in the year when there is less likelihood extreme weather events.

Due to community concern, Council Works Crews graded  and applied gravel where needed on  North Ansons Bay Road in early June. Normally we would not undertake this kind of work at this time of year due to the high possibility of heavy rainfall. This was highlighted when a few days later we had significant rain which essentially undid all the road works we had undertaken. This weather event put the road maintenance and grading schedule behind and we are now working as a first priority to ensure North Ansons Bay Road is safe for road users.

While we appreciate the concerns of the community we ask for patience and understanding. Council has more than 320km of gravel road to maintain across the entire municipality and while we try to maintain all in a timely fashion, there are factors beyond our control.

In the meantime we have placed additional signage in place and ask that all road users drive to the conditions.

Yours faithfully,

John Brown

General Manager

You can download a copy of the letter here: Ansons Bay Resident

The State Government has provided a FAQ document on the Tasman Hwy Closure at Paradise Gorge.

Update 3 June – Tasman Highway closure at Paradise Gorge frequently asked questions

UPDATED 28 June 2021

Provided by State Growth

While the Scamander Bridge removal is not a Council project we are still hearing lots of questions about the project from the community so we forwarded some of them on to State Government for answers. The questions and their answers are below.

What is happening to the old trusses and scrap metal?

These materials are being loaded into skip bins and recycled at an approved steel recycling facility in Devonport.

What remediation works will be done to the river banks where the abutments were?

Once the Old Scamander Bridge demolition is complete and all of the materials have been removed, the river banks will be reinstated to a similar state as the surrounding banks.

How much longer before it is completely removed?

The removal of the Old Scamander Bridge will finish by end of July 2021, weather permitting. We have also started the remediation work of the surrounding areas, and expect to finish by mid-August.



UPDATED 8 March 2021

Works were on hold over the Easter Break so there were no disruptions to Easter Holiday traffic.

Works on the new Scamander Bridge will commence on Monday, 12 April and continue for approximately 3 weeks on the East side of the bridge.

Once the East side of the bridge is complete, the bridge demolition will begin, working concurrently with the west side handrail installation on the new bridge.

The Demolition is anticipated to take 2 months, with an end date of works to be mid July.

Frequently Asked Questions – Scamander River Bridge

For information on the Council decision regrading keeping and maintaining the bridge see below FAQ

Old Scamander Bridge FAQ

Did you know that almost 1 in 20 Tasmanian women have experienced violence? Or that 17% of Tasmanian women have experienced sexual
harassment? Even more worrying than these stats is that on average in Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.

This is not good enough and we all must do more.

Break O’Day Council will not tolerate domestic violence in our community.

Domestic violence is defined by the Australian Government as including:
behaviour or threats that aim to control a partner by causing fear or threatening their safety.

Domestic and family violence can include:
• hitting;
• choking;
• denying essential money to the partner or family;
• isolating the partner from friends and family;
• insulting or constantly criticising the partner;
• forcing the partner to have sex; and
• threatening children or pets.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, they are not alone and there are a range of support services available to help. You can find information and links to support services at

We have also included some
quick link phone numbers below.
• If you are in immediate danger, Call the Police on 000

Support services include:
• Safe at Home Family Violence Response – 1800 633 937
• 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
• Men’s Referral service to counsel men who use family violence –
1300 766 491
• LifeLine: 131114
• Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800

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