Monday, September 22, 2014

Mental health first aid course

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Walkers helped to light the night

The participants gathered in Circle St before the walk. 
Entertainment at Arthur Square after the walk.
MORE than 100 people are reported to have taken part in the "Light the Night" fundraising event in New Norfolk on Friday evening.

Organised by New Norfolk High School's student leadership group with assistance from the Derwent Valley Council, the event raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Participants assembled outside the council office in Circle St before walking down High St to Arthur Square, carrying lanterns to light the night.

Funds were raised through lantern sales, sponsorship, a raffle and the sale of barbecue food. BBQ and raffle. Musical performances entertained the participants at Arthur Square.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Norfolk gets its noodle on

Inside Alexia's Noodle Plus at 5 High St.
NEW Norfolk's first noodle shop appears to be doing a roaring trade since opening on Friday afternoon. Located at 5 High St, Alexia's Noodle Plus promises an authentic taste of Asian cuisine using fresh Tasmanian ingredients.

There are reports that opening day was so successful the supplies were sold out an hour before closing time. There was a good crowd in the shop soon after it opened this afternoon.

The restaurant and takeaway will open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. The advertised trading hours are 11.30am-2.30pm and 4.30-6.30pm. The menu is posted in the window and includes noodles, fried rice, soup and sushi.

This new restaurant is not the previously reported noodle bar approved for 63 High St, of which nothing further has been heard.

Woolworths progress

Progress at the Woolworths construction site in New Norfolk last week.
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As well as ongoing work on the building, the car park is also starting to take
shape and a footpath is being built along the George St boundary.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Go underground at Strathgordon this Sunday

HYDRO Tasmania invites the Tasmanian community to take a look inside the Gordon Power Station this Sunday, September 21, as part of a program of events to celebrate the Hydro's centenary. Located about two hours beyond New Norfolk, the Gordon Power Station is the largest in Tasmania.
Commissioned in 1977 with two turbines, it is the only power station on the Gordon/Pedder scheme. A third turbine was commissioned in 1988. Situated 183 metres underground, the power station is supplied with water from lakes Gordon and Pedder. The combination of these lakes is not only the largest storage in Hydro Tasmania’s system but the biggest in Australia.
The Gordon Dam is recognised as a national engineering landmark. It is Australia’s tallest arch dam, and its construction used a unique double curvature that significantly cut costs by reducing the volume of concrete. The dam wall has a walkway which is open to the public.
This is a rare opportunity to see what the inside of a hydro power station looks like and an even rarer opportunity to visit one that is so far underground. Tours will be conducted by Hydro Tasmania employees. Visitors will learn how the water in our rivers and lakes ends up powering the lights and appliances we switch on every day.
Tour details
Date: This Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: Tours will run every 20 minutes from 11.30am until 2.30pm. There is no need to book.
Location: Gordon River Rd, Strathgordon
Tours will depart from the entrance to the Gordon Power Station. Visitors will also be able to wander the dam crest and visit the information centre at the Lake Pedder Chalet
For safety reasons tour group sizes will be limited so there may be a short wait between tours during peak times.

Getting there: From New Norfolk take the B62 to Bushy Park then continue on the B61 through Westerway and Maydena arriving at Strathgordon. Continue on B61 through Strathgordon for another 15 minutes to arrive at the Gordon Power Station.
The following power stations will also be open to the public as part of Hydro Tasmania’s centenary celebrations:
  • Paloona - Sunday, October 12
  • Devils Gate - Sunday, October 12
  • Lake Margaret – Saturday-Sunday 11-12 October 11-12 during the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival
  • Waddamana Power Station Museum - Sunday, October 26 (Back to Waddamana Day)
  • Tarraleah Sunday, November 9.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

See you at the Junction

The function room at the Junction.
THE restaurant at New Norfolk's Junction Motel will re-open as a cafe and lounge bar on October 1.

Opening hours will be 4-8.30pm from Monday to Friday while Saturday nights will be by group bookings only.

More information is at

New Norfolk Under 16 victory reviewed

Josh and Jack with the cup.
WADE GLEESON reviews the youth football match that set the scene for New Norfolk's big grand final weekend. 

IN an absolute thriller, New Norfolk won the Under 16B premiership by defeating Kingborough Gold by 15 points in an entertaining STJFL grand final. In very warm conditions at North Hobart Oval on September 7, the young Eagles played their hearts out in what was a close encounter from start to finish.

At half-time New Norfolk trailed the Tigers by just one point. At three-quarter time the Eagles were three points up and in the the final quarter they kept playing outstanding football. With about 90 seconds to go New Norfolk led by the barest of margins, two points. Not to be outdone the mighty Eagles slammed on two more goals to clinch an amazing victory.

Coach Michael Graham was all phrase for his charges after the game. "The boys really played their hearts, out they truly did. It's a credit to them, especially on how hot it was," coach Graham said. The temperature reached around 20 degrees, with many players needing extra water to get themselves through the match.

The Eagles victory is an excellent achievement in more ways than one. The team started in Under 16C but was moved up to B Division during the season, but without the points they already had at that stage. To their credit the young Eagles against all odds finished on top of the ladder and now have won the premiership.

Well done boys, the Valley is very proud of you and your coach Michael Graham and his assistant Paul Clark. The boys have worked hard over many seasons and the victory is richly deserved.

New Norfolk   10.8 (68)
Kingborough   7.11 (53)
Best - New Norfolk: M. Noisier, Zac Triffett, Torne Oates, Patrick Vout, Jaidyn Fisher-Cooley, Josh Farrow. Goals - New Norfolk: Jesse Morgan 4, Jack Guesdon 2, Billy Pauly, Reece Williams, Jake Campbell, Josh Farrow.