Thursday, April 19, 2018

Targa in town tomorrow

DAY 5 of the 27th annual Targa Tasmania will see the fleet make its way from the West Coast tomorrow, passing through the Derwent Valley with competitive stages at Tarraleah and Molesworth and a lunch break at New Norfolk.

Targa Tasmania is described as the world's largest, longest and hardest tarmac rally event, covering more than 2000km with almost 40 competitive stages on closed roads, catering for up to 300 cars each year.

There will be several road closures in the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley municipalities between 9.30am and 5pm tomorrow.

  • At Tarraleah, the Lyell Highway between Bradys Lake Rd and Oldina Drive (southern end) will be closed from 9.30am to 2pm.
  • No road closures have been reported for the lunch break in New Norfolk between 11am and 1.30pm. Cars are expected to file thought the town throughout the time that period, making their way to the Derwent Valley PCYC in Third Avenue.
  • At Molesworth, Molesworth Rd will be closed between Glen Dhu Rd and Glenlusk Rd from 12.21pm to 4.51pm for the competitive stage in that area.

For more information visit

Tarraleah stage. Click map to enlarge.

Molesworth stage. Click map to enlarge.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Community market this Sunday

Derwent Valley
Community Market
Sunday, April 22, 2018

at Derwent Valley Community House
The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk
Indoor and outdoor stalls available
Inquiries: 0458 649 379 / 0427 612 327
(Next market on May 20)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Women and babies escaped $400,000 house fire

FIREFIGHTERS from New Norfolk, Lachlan, Bushy Park and Magra were called to a house fire at Mt Lloyd just after 11am on Sunday.

They were alerted to the fire by a triple zero (000) call from the occupant and arrived to find the large house fully engulfed in fire.

"The fire had also spread to an adjoining garage and several cars," regional fire investigation officer Andrew Emery said. "Two women were able to evacuate the house with two babies before the fire took hold," Mr Emery said.

The fire took about an hour to bring under control and one of the occupants was treated for smoke inhalation. "While firefighting efforts were challenging due to strong, gusty winds, fire crews were able to stop the fire spreading to several other outbuildings," Mr Emery said.

Investigators from the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police attended the scene this morning and determined the fire was caused by a mattress that had been placed too close to a wood heater.

"This is the second house fire in a week caused by items being left too close to a heater," Mr Emery said. "Unfortunate events like this can be avoided by making sure all flammable items are kept two metres from any type of heater and open fires have a fire screen."

The damage bill of the fire at Mt Lloyd fire is estimated to be $400,000.

Saturday's scores in detail

SFL Round 3 scores
New Norfolk v Sorell

New Norfolk 4.5, 8.8, 10.9, 10.12 (72)
Sorell 0.2, 0.3, 2.5, 5.10 (40)
Goals - New Norfolk: M. Parker 5, B. Ransley 2, T. Purdon, B. Lovell, J. Wigg; Sorell: I. Salter 2, J. Curran, T. Gatehouse, B. Pace.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Clifford, M. Parker, R. Heron, J. Daley, M. Horne, J. King; Sorell: J. Curran, M. Johnson, J. Byers, B. Pace, I. Salter, J. Bateman.

New Norfolk 2.2, 4.8, 5.8, 6.12 (48)
Sorell 1.2, 2.3, 2.4, 4.7 (31)
Goals - New Norfolk: C. Ransley 2, J. Ransley 2, J. Wilton, J. Whitford; Sorell: C. Broughton 2, R. Batchelor, D. Griffiths.
Best - New Norfolk: B. Tomlin, L. Browning, Z. Harris, J. Whitford, J. Wilton, A. Matcham; Sorell: R. Batchelor, J. Hansen, J. Clear, M. Beven, J. Berry, D. Griffiths.

New Norfolk 2.3, 4.4, 5.4, 10.4 (64)
Sorell 0.2, 0.2, 2.4, 5.4 (34)
Goals - New Norfolk: C. Morgan 3, C. Triffett 3, R. Franklin, J. Triffett, T. Donaghy, J. Harris; Sorell: J. Watson, T. Cooper, K. Bennett, J. Campbell, T. Knott.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Palmer, B. Howlett, C. Keleher, C. Triffett, Z. Wheeler, D. Morgan; Sorell: J. Watson, K. Bennett, K. Webber, J. Pace.

Warning to sheep graziers

Bureau of Meteorology


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:54pm on Monday 16 April 2018.

Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Tuesday. Areas likely to be affected include the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the Midlands and East Coast forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Family movie night this Saturday

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