Southern Tasmania Extreme Weather Event

Tasmania experienced an extreme weather event that started late on Thursday 10 May 2018, with damaging south to south-easterly winds and heavy rainfall.

More than 120mm of rain fell in Hobart and surrounding suburbs – the wettest Hobart day since 1960 and the second highest recorded May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that by Friday morning, kunanyi / Mt Wellington had recorded 236mm, the highest rainfall ever recorded on the mountain.

The extreme weather caused considerable damage across Southern Tasmania. The most heavily impacted local government areas are Hobart, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Clarence, Huon Valley and Kingborough.

During the storm, between 12,000 and 15,000 homes lost power and flash flooding caused a number of motor vehicles to be swept down streets. The State Emergency Service reported more than 400 calls for assistance, with an additional 110 requests reported by Tasmania Fire Service.

Across Tasmania many groups have worked hard to help with the recovery process, including individuals, community groups, businesses and government.

Community Recovery Fund

A $9.67 million Community Recovery Fund has been activated to further support local government areas significantly impacted by the extreme weather event.

The Community Recovery Fund is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

The funding will assist with the restoration of Local and State Government owned recreational infrastructure and community facilities, such as walking tracks, mountain bike trails, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

It will also support a number of community awareness, recovery and resilience building activities, including the establishment of the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants. These grants will provide funding to eligible organisations to deliver recovery and resilience building projects and initiatives that will assist communities severely affected by the extreme weather event. Applications closed on 9 November 2018 and the list of successful applicants can be found here.

Find more information about the Community Recovery Fund, or contact the Office of Security and Emergency Management.


You can contact the Office of Security and Emergency Management, Department of Premier and Cabinet, on:

Further support

If you have been affected by the extreme weather event and are feeling worried and/or upset, make an appointment to talk to your doctor or contact one of the following service providers who are available to help:

Social Work Services - 03 6166 8354 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday)
Rural Alive and Well - 1300 4357 6283
Lifeline - 13 11 14 (24 hour / 7 days)
beyondblue - 1300 224 636 (24 hour / 7 days)
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800 (24 hour / 7 days)