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Flooding

Flood Recovery

Supporting our Wellbeing:

The events of the past week have affected the lives of staff and students, and the community. Many of us are experiencing grief and loss and the need to recover, restore and rebuild is just as relevant to people, as it is to our campus environment.

At this time, it is so important to reach out to colleagues and students, check how they are managing and to give and seek support. Student Wellbeing team can contacted by following this link.

Staff may access the Employee Assistance Program, by following this link.

We are seeing many informal gatherings, barbecues and other events that enable everyone to get together.  These occasions are an important way for us to reconnect.

Restoration and repair of flood damage:

The University has engaged contractors to start the work of restoration and rebuilding. For your safety and that of others, be sure to follow instructions and stay out of construction zones. Follow signs and instructions that are provided.

Rubbish skips and damaged furniture and other damaged goods have been placed outside, awaiting disposal. Please stay away and do not handle or retrieve items in bins. These items are contaminated and pose a health risk if salvaged.

Heavy machinery will be in operation. Please try to stay away from working machinery.

Take care on pathways which may become slippery when wet.

Report Issues:

Report any issues around your campus by contacting campus.services@utas.edu.au

Report any health and safety issues or incidents by through MySafety


UPDATE - 18 May 7:10pm

It seems remarkable that a week ago today our institution was engaged in the first stages of a fully blown crisis response.

Our thanks and gratitude remain with those involved in the flood response and all of those who have been impacted by the event. So much has been achieved to bring the institution back into an operational mode.

As buildings and rooms come back online, interim teaching and learning arrangements will change and the best possible facilities will be used. Students and staff can find an updated map of class arrangements for next week here.

Staff also should be aware that the Activities Centre of the TUU building is no longer available for temporary work arrangements. Unmet demand for interim work arrangements should be referred to the Executive Director (Operations) of the Colleges.

Restoring the University completely will be a long, complex process and we ask that you continue to be patient. We will provide further updates as that process continues.

We understand the events of the past week have been distressing and challenging to members of our community. The University has in place free 24-hour counselling support for staff and students. Staff or their families can contact 1800 650 204. For students, please phone our 24-hour University of Tasmania Crisis Support line on 1300 511 709.


UPDATE - 14 May 7:31am
Update for reopening of Sandy Bay campus

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our recovery crew, the Sandy Bay campus is being reopened today.

Please note that timetables have been changed to reflect the new teaching arrangements which were announced yesterday. The guide outlining those changes can be downloaded here.

Staff should bring presentations on their own laptop or on a USB stick, or print copies for students where possible.

A point of clarification about classes scheduled for the Law building. Only Law classes (Unit Codes LAWxxx) have been cancelled for Monday 14 May. Other classes that would usually have taken place in the Law Building will proceed today in the alternative locations detailed in the guide.

We are extremely grateful that by yesterday, 270 staff and students had volunteered to assist with the campus recovery effort. If you need to access volunteers, please contact stephanie.taylor@utas.edu.au.


UPDATE - 13 May 9:19pm
Detailed guide for resumption at Sandy Bay available now

The University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus reopens tomorrow, three days after buildings were flooded during wild storms over Hobart.

University staff and contractors have worked tirelessly over the weekend, while a whole-of-institution team has planned to reschedule and rehouse impacted teaching, research and professional activities.

Please consider that we have made enormous strides in difficult circumstances and the best available alternative circumstances have been found.

A detailed guide to arrangements for tomorrow can be downloaded here.

Key points of the plan include
  • Most classes in the engineering building will resume Monday in different locations but there are some cancellations (detailed in the guide).
  • Law classes are cancelled for Monday 14 May with the exception of LAW121 Introduction to Law lecture (detailed in the guide).
  • All classes that would have been in the Law Building will resume Tuesday 15 May in alternative locations (detailed in the guide).
  • Student volunteers will staff information points at the flood-impacted buildings, along with an Information Centre near Lazenbys Café to answer or triage questions. The Information Centre will operate from 8am.
  • Due to equipment damage, University numbers starting with ‘6226’ will be greeted with a recorded message asking the caller to use mobiles or email. 1300 and 1800 University numbers continue to operate. Skype for Business and video conferencing will operate as usual.
  • Managers will advise staff directly if they need to relocate while buildings are brought back into full service.
  • When you return to campus, Security is available to assist with access or other concerns on 6324 5902.
  • All other general enquiries including any safety concerns can be directed to 6324 5900.

The University has in place free 24-hour crisis support for staff and students. Staff or their families can contact 1800 650 204. For students, please phone our 24-hour University of Tasmania Crisis Support line on 1300 511 709.

Students with non-critical inquiries should email U.Connect@utas.edu.au.


UPDATE - 13 May 4:30pm
Flood Response Update

The University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus will reopen tomorrow, Monday 14 May.

Arrangements are in place to deliver learning and teaching activities over the last three weeks of classes, while work continues to restore the most impacted areas of the Law, Engineering and Corporate Services buildings.

University staff and contractors have worked tirelessly over the weekend, while a whole-of-institution team has planned an ongoing program of work to get the University fully back to business as usual.

The Sandy Bay campus reopening tomorrow – which follows other campuses across the city yesterday – follows extensive equipment and safety checks.

Key points to the crisis response

LEARNING AND TEACHING
  • It is anticipated that classes that were in the Engineering Building will resume tomorrow, Monday 14 May, in alternative locations.
  • Law classes (Unit Codes LAWxxx) are cancelled for Monday 14 May, with the exception of LAW121, Introduction to Law, which will proceed as normal.
  • All Law classes will resume, Tuesday 15 May, in alternative locations.
FOR INFORMATION
  • We will have volunteer guides on the campus in the days ahead. Look for the friendly people in orange or red t-shirts wearing ‘Ask Us’ badges.
  • There will be an Information Centre at the Student Lounge near Lazenbys Café for at least the next week (longer, if necessary). Please drop in to if you are unsure about where your classes are or any other issues.
FOR STAFF
  • Due to equipment damage, University numbers starting with ‘6226’ will be greeted with a recorded message asking the caller to use mobiles or email.
  • Skype for Business and video conferencing are operating as usual and 1300 and 1800 University numbers also continue to operate.
  • Advice will be provided by managers to staff directly if they need to relocate while buildings are brought back into full service.

All facilities, including the Morris Miller Library, will be back in full operation from Monday but will remain locked down for the duration of Sunday.  We ask staff and students not to access the campus until tomorrow.

The Ref will provide limited service on Monday and will work up to full operation in the coming week. Lazenby’s Café is fully operational from Monday.

IF YOU NEED HELP

The University has 24-hour crisis support in place for staff and students. Staff or their families can contact 1800 650 204. For students, please phone our 24-hour University of Tasmania Crisis Support line on 1300 511 709.

When you return to campus, Security is available to assist with access or other concerns on 6324 5902.

All other general enquiries can be directed to 6324 5900.

Students with non-critical inquiries should email U.Connect@utas.edu.au.


UPDATE - 12 May 1:31pm

We are pleased to announce that our University City Campuses have reopened and this includes:

  • The Medical Sciences Precinct (MSP, including the Domain)
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Salamanca and Taroona
  • The Conservatorium of Music
  • The School of Arts, Hunter Street.

Sandy Bay Campus remains closed today as a result of flooding on the campus overnight Thursday. Teams are working on the ground to clear impacted buildings and make the campus safe again. We are managing many issues, including health related risks created by floodwaters and safely restoring power to buildings which have been inundated.

We ask people to help by staying clear of the Sandy Bay campus.

A group of senior academic and professional leaders are meeting during today (pictured) to plan how to respond to the worst impacted buildings on Sandy Bay campus including Law, Engineering and Corporate Services.. Tomorrow we expect to be in a position to make announcements about the week ahead.

IF YOU NEED HELP

For student questions about classes, evaluations or non-critical issues we ask that you email U.Connect@utas.edu.au.

The University has 24-hour crisis support in place for staff and students. Staff or their families can contact 1800 650 204. For students, please phone our 24-hour University of Tasmania Crisis Support line on 1300 511 709.

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER

Those engaged in the response have been deeply touched by the many offers by staff, students and the broader community to help during this difficult period.

To register your interest to volunteer please email U.Connect@utas.edu.au.


UPDATE - 11 May 6:29pm
Storm damage to Sandy Bay campus

Professor Rufus Black's update on the damage at our Sandy Bay campus.


UPDATE - 11 May 3:18pm

The University of Tasmania’s Hobart campuses, in Sandy Bay and the central business district, have been closed until further notice.

Due to an extreme weather event over Hobart last night, three buildings were inundated with floodwaters and Sandy Bay campus has been without power.

Our immediate focus is on the safety of our students and staff, and the broader community.

We have been in direct contact with University staff and students to advise them of the closure of all Hobart and Sandy Bay buildings. We cannot yet indicate when our campuses will reopen.

The worst affected buildings are Law, Engineering and the Corporate Services Building, all on the Sandy Bay campus. We do not yet have estimates of total damage costs.

Staff have been working closely with students who live in University accommodation. As of this morning, we have arranged for alternative accommodation for 36 students who cannot use their rooms due to damage.

Generators have been arranged to ensure we can provide catering for our student residences, and some power for basic lighting.

Our Colleges and Schools are working to provide alternative teaching and learning arrangements as quickly as possible to minimise the impact on our students’ studies. Steps have also been taken to protect research.

We have been communicating directly with students to reassure them that any impact on assignments, tests or exams will be taken into account, and have provided them with details on how they can make contact with relevant staff to discuss any issues.

Like all Tasmanians affected by these sorts of events, the University is grateful for the heroic efforts of our emergency services, volunteers and utilities workers.

We are thankful for the way our community has pulled together in the face of difficult circumstances, and for our staff who have worked tirelessly to convey us through this challenging and complex event.

We urge staff and students to monitor and heed advice from emergency services.


UPDATE - 11 May 7:43am

Tasmania Police are strongly urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in the CBD and Sandy Bay areas.

Staff and student safety is our priority and we encourage everyone to comply with the advice issued by Tasmania Police.