Works to redevelop New Norfolk’s Esplanade along the Derwent River are complete, revitalising the space for use by the broader Derwent Valley community.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, officially opened the Esplanade recreation area, which was funded through the Morrison Coalition Government’s Community Development Grant Programme.

“The Esplanade revitalisation project has breathed new life into the area along the Derwent River, a fantastic community asset which locals will continue to enjoy,” Senator Chandler said.

“New barbeque facilities, shelters and outdoor furniture will be put to good use by family and community groups planning a day out on the river, especially in the warmer months ahead.

“The installation of fitness equipment and an all-abilities children’s playground means people young and old can keep active and stay healthy.”

Derwent Valley Council Mayor, Ben Shaw, said the delivery of the project would provide ongoing benefits to New Norfolk and broader Derwent Valley residents.

“We thank the federal government for their continued financial contributions and support in revitalising what really is the jewel in our crown the banks of the Derwent River,” Mayor Shaw said.

“This funding has enabled us to provide a fun, safe and inclusive space for all residents and visitors to enjoy now and many years into the future.”

Additional project works included upgrade of existing pathways, additional lighting, landscaping, replacement of street furniture, and the extension and upgrade of the car park.

The Esplanade project received $500,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Programme.