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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Wade Gleeson reviews the cricket season

WITH the 2019/20 cricket season now completed, let's take a look at how our local clubs fared in what was a great season of cricket action.

Some teams played finals and some missed out, while others went on to win the premiership. The men's statistics quoted below are combined from the T20 and 50-over formats.

BOTHWELL CRICKET CLUB: Bothwell I had a pretty good season in fourth grade, but would have preferred a bit more success over all. In the T20s they finished runners up by just 18 runs to St Virgil’s in the grand final. Then after winning nine matches in a row and finishing on top of the ladder in the 50-over format by 16 points, they went out in straight sets during the finals. Although the disappointment would be felt, hats off to captain Cody Eyles and his team. Standouts with the bat were Josh Eyles (498 runs and 18 wickets) and Mathew Eyles (364 runs and 25 wickets). The opening duo of Brock Nichols (37 wickets) and Cody Eyles (34 teamed) up well. Congratulations to Brock Nichols for taking a hat-trick earlier in the season.

Bothwell II played in seventh grade and in the T20 series won one match, lost one and the third was a wash out, resulting in them not making the finals. In the 50-over roster they finished fourth with seven wins and then bowed out after losing the 1st semi-final to Campania by seven wickets. In that match the team was playing one short and was dismissed for just 20 runs. Nathan White had an excellent season making 439 runs and taking 21 wickets, while captain Peter Hansch did well with 21 scalps. A player to watch in coming seasons is youngster Dylan Branch (who also played for Brighton in third grade of the premier league) who made 212 runs and as keeper took nine catches with five stumpings. A very good effort.

In their first season, the Bothwell women’s team did very well. Of their eight roster matches, the team was defeated in the first three rounds, then in the next two they secured the points from forfeits. With the final three rounds, the team strung together three very good wins which put them in the top four for finals. They played off in the semi-final, going down to Montagu Bay. During the season Leisa Pearce did well with the bat making 94 runs while Jemma Burke took 11 wickets and Kristy Mayne got 45 runs and took five wickets. In all it was a very good effort in their inaugural season. Well done to club secretary Rachael Clark who was instrumental in getting the team up and running and she had great support from club president Joey Eyles and vice-president Traci Millhouse. Well done to all team members on what was a historic achievement for the club as a whole.

Gretna I, runners-up for 2019-20, back from left: Todd Jarvis,
Glenn Blackwell, Mathew Burns, Corey Ransley, Trent Grant,
Adam Browning (12th man); front: Aaron Maddox, Marc
Worldon,  Jamie Duggan, captain Ben Rainbird, vice-captain
Jackson Ackerly, Rhyn Browning. Mascot: Cooper Gleeson. 
GRETNA CRICKET CLUB: Gretna I again played in second grade and in the T20 matches finished second in Pool B, but then lost the semi-final to Richmond/Cambridge by seven wickets. In the 50-over season they won eight matches from 14 rounds, with the final-round victory giving the team second place by percentage and the double chance in the finals. Gretna again made it to the grand final, but was beaten by top-of-the-ladder New Norfolk II by 54 runs. It wasn't a bad season, but after being runners-up for the past two seasons, they will be looking to go one better in 2020/21. Ben Rainbird (570 runs) and Mathew Burns (448) did well with the bat, while Aaron Maddox and Mathew Burns both took more than 20 wickets each with Burns also taking a double hat-trick in round 14.

Gretna II had a pretty good season in fifth grade. In the T20s they finished on top of Pool A and played off in the semi-final, going down to eventual premiers Rokeby. In the 50-over roster, they won seven of their 14 roster matches, finishing third on the ladder. They then played Claremont in the first semi-final where they lost by 26 runs. Zac Crosswell made 453 runs in the season while Josh Whitford, Bailey Wheeler and Adam Browning all took more than 20 wickets each.

MOLESWORTH CRICKET CLUB: Molesworth I had an indifferent season in second grade. In the T20 matches they won one of the three matches and didn’t make the finals. In the 50-over format, they managed to win seven of their 14 roster matches. After winning six of their first nine matches, they then lost their next four in a row. A big effort in the final match saw them make the very big score of 7/392 against the Knights, with captain Jamie Adams smashing 151 from 134 deliveries. But this wasn’t enough and Molesworth didn’t make the finals, finishing fifth. Brothers Brad Coppleman (525 runs, 27 wickets) and Daniel Coppleman (406 runs) doing well with the bat, while Jeremy Nichols took 27 wickets.

In seventh grade, Molesworth II missed out on the finals in the T20s, finishing last, but in the 50-over roster finished fifth. Winning eight of their 14 roster matches played, and considering their were 10 teams battling it out for a top four finals set-up, it was a pretty good effort. Captain Jack Evans led by example, making 448 runs with the willow and taking 16 wickets, and Ben Triffett captured 11.

New Norfolk I players with the SCA first-grade shield.
NEW NORFOLK CRICKET CLUB: What a season it was for the Red Caps! New Norfolk I began the season doing well in first grade of the T20 Super Bash. After defeating Wellington in a thriller in the semi-final, they then went on to defeat Old Beach in the final by 33 runs. From this win, the team made it into the Hurricanes Community T20 Cup at Blundstone Arena on the turf wicket. Here they defeated North Huon in the semi-final to earn a place in the grand final against Devonport. In a very good contest, the Red Caps gave it their all, only to just miss out, going down by the small margin of six runs. In the 50-over matches, they won 10 of their 14 matches and then in a spectacular fightback won the second semi-final over Wellington and advanced to a home grand final. Unfortunately this match didn’t go ahead due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but fittingly after finishing on top of the ladder and being the best team all season, the Red Caps were declared premiers for season 2019/20. It's not how New Norfolk wanted to win the premiership, but I guess that’s the advantage of finishing on top. With the bat, coach Jason Rigby scored 474 runs with 20 wickets for the season, while Seb Wishart scored 432 runs and 15 wickets, and Josh Rowlands took 17 wickets.

New Norfolk II team members, back from left: Nathan Rice,
Richard Graham, Bradley Chaplin, Sam Hoggett, Stewart Rice,
and Mitchell Crosswell; front: David Maddox, captain Jake King,
vice captains Rohan Heron and Jamie Hill, and Josh Walsh.
New Norfolk II started the season by not making the finals in the T20 format, but it was a much different story in the 50-over roster. The Red Caps powered through the 14 rounds losing just two matches and finishing on top of the ladder by the big gap of 23 points. In the finals they then won the second semi-final and grand final over Gretna I to take out the premiership in an excellent effort. For the season, openers Rohan Heron and Jake King shone with 609 and 566 runs respectively. Among the wicket-takers were father-and-son Stewart Rice with 32 and Nathan Rice with 18.

Playing in fifth grade, New Norfolk III won one of its three T20 matches, finishing third in Pool A and as a result didn’t play in the finals. In the 50-over roster, the Red Caps won four from 13 matches played and finished seventh, missing out on finals action. Among the runs and wickets over the two formats, captain Nathan Heron did very well with 246 runs, 25 wickets and a double hat-trick in a great performance. Young Jordon Gittus made 203 runs and took nine wickets, while David Mitchelmore took 15.

The New Norfolk Women’s team again coached by Brad Kemmler continued to show how important it is to have female cricket involved at club level. Although the women didn’t make the finals, they had some good individual performers, in particular in Lisa East who took out the team's best and fairest award and also was named in the KSCA team of the year. East scored 174 runs for the season, with highest score of 35. Others to do well were Kelly Read with 103 runs and three wickets; Amity Booth 101 runs and seven wickets; and Teagan Kemmler 82 runs and five wickets. This roster featured 20-over matches over eight rounds, plus finals.

New Norfolk once again ran a successful junior cricket program, fielding two Under-13 teams in the Cricket Tasmania Hurricanes Junior League. Both teams this season were made up of mostly younger first-time cricketers and credit must go to coaches Josh Walsh and Todd Jarvis for their work with the boys as the improvement by all was outstanding over the course of the season and I’m sure all will be returning.

A special mention goes to Josh Walsh who was also the club's junior development officer. Josh has been coaching and organising the juniors over the past five seasons and before this was the co-ordinator of the former Milo In2cricket and T20 Blast programs for the younger children. Josh’s knowledge and efforts over the past seven seasons has been exceptional and the way the kids look up to him is a great reflection of his hard work. Well done mate, you're a real asset to the New Norfolk Cricket Club and the wider community.

Before I conclude, a massive shout out goes to all club officials and volunteers, whose efforts nowadays basically go all year round and are greatly appreciated. It takes a lot to keep a cricket club running and with out you all, things wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do.

Lastly, please look after each other during this unfortunate coronavirus pandemic. Things will be tough on each and every one of us, but we Tasmanians are resilient. Until next season, stay strong.


Changes to local charity services

INCREASED preventative measures against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted on the provision of charitable and welfare services in New Norfolk and around the country.

New Norfolk's two thrift shops are now temporarily closed, following decisions of the Salvation Army and the St Vincent de Paul Society, and new delivery methods have been introduced for their welfare services.

Due to the constraints put into place to contain COVID-19, the Salvation Army's Derwent Valley Corps has had to change its service delivery process.

"We are still operating and are able to assist our community," corps officers Tim and Di Size said during the week. "We are no longer able to provide face-to-face appointments, instead we ask that you call us on 6261 5996."

The services available from the Salvation locally include:
  • Material support
  • Financial support
  • Referrals
  • Budgeting
  • Information and advice
  • Advocacy
  • Emotional support
The St Vincent de Paul Society has also announced that it remains available to provide assistance despite the closure of its Vinnies shops, with southern Tasmanian clients asked to phone 6234 4244.

"We are still providing assistance ... however we are observing Federal and State government guidelines to protect our staff, volunteers and our clients," a spokesman said. "We urge you to follow these guidelines too, for the protection of you, your family and the broader community."

Friday, April 3, 2020

Lions Club news: supporting Cystic Fibrosis Tas

YOUR generous support for our fundraising activities recently enabled us make a number of donations, one of which was to Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited, life-threatening condition for which there is currently no cure.

In Tasmania, one in 20 people carry the CF gene which is the second highest rate in the world behind Ireland. People with CF develop an abnormal amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and the digestive system. From birth, they undergo ongoing medical treatments and physiotherapy to improve their quality of life, emotional wellness and life expectancy.

Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania (CFT) offers invaluable services to its members, with nebulisers and other airway clearance devices available for loan.

Because regular exercise is an important aspect of treatment, CFT offers subsidies towards personal gym memberships, the purchase of exercise equipment and for sports registration fees.

To support educational aspirations, CFT offers Aaron Mackrill Memorial Scholarships for members wishing to undertake University education or TAFE or any other nationally recognised training.

Parents of children with cystic fibrosis are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, or both. Family respite and parent support is provided by CFT through the Little Day Out Program and parent events.

A counselling service is also available for members living with CF and their loved ones. In addition, a range of different financial assistance is available. Thank you for supporting our fundraising activities so that we can donate to such vital services. Lions Australia. We serve (more than sausages).

All local clubs and organisations are welcome to share their news. Email

Mayor explains meeting cancellation

Councillor Ben Shaw in his video message.
THE following is a lightly edited transcription of yesterday's video message by mayor Ben Shaw, explaining the cancellation of last night's special council meetings.

"Hi everybody, just a quick update from here at council. We were supposed to be having a special council meeting tonight, to deal with some very serious issues in terms of support packages for our community.

"It was a special meeting because we felt that we really wanted to respond, as a lot of our colleagues around the state and other councils around the state have put some interim support packages for their community. We wanted to do the same. Unfortunately, I'm here to advise that we've had to cancel tonight's special council meeting and for a couple of reasons.

"Legislation has recently been passed and sort of pushed through the parliament to allow councils to have meetings off-line. So we're adhering to the social distancing rules and having less people in meeting rooms and those types of things.

"So they've made the ruling, or, sorry they've passed legislation that says that we can have meetings off-line. We can have the via Skype or meetings online and then push them out into the public that way. However, we've found out today that the ministerial order hasn't actually been signed yet.

"So we've had to pull our meeting today because we really don't, we really want to make sure that the meeting is lawful and we want to make sure we're doing the right thing. Also, this is a crazy world that we're currently living in. Things are changing daily.

"We're not currently set up with technology for all of our elected members to be able to attend meetings at home or at their office or or practicing good social distancing. So we really want to make sure that all of our elected members and our staff could be involved in a meeting in a safe way. So we've had to pull that meeting for tonight.

"I'm going to shortly go through what the main motion around that community support package was, but just for your reference we will be dealing with this at our April meeting on the 16th of April. So we will re-advertise the 16th of April meeting, obviously we've got Easter in between there.

"But we just wanted you to know that we will, and we are looking at community support packages, and the motion that was going tonight, and if you hadn't seen it already, I'll just refer to my notes here.

Tonight's Special Council Meeting has been cancelled. Hear from Mayor Shaw about why this decision was made and some...
Posted by Derwent Valley Council on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"Firstly was to suspend all debt recovery actions against community members for outstanding rates and charges. So essentially, if you already have outstanding rates and charges and you are struggling to pay, we will not be pursuing any action against you. We'll make sure that any debt recovery action is suspended and that will be for until the end of the year. So that's one thing, we know that people are doing it really tough, we know the COVID-19 has played havoc with people's finances, so that's something that we really want to make sure is there.

"We'll also be looking to cease charges of interest on outstanding rates. So normally there's an interest component, compounding interest component. If you are outstanding rates we will not be charging those in these times as well. And that'll be to 30 June 2021. So that's another one.

"Item three was encourage payment arrangements, which we can already do, so we want to make it very clear that if you are struggling and it is because of COVID-19 or any other sort of financial stress, please call or email the council office and try and set up yourself some payment arrangements. We're going to try and formalise that with this motion we'll put to the April meeting. But if you are struggling right now, please contact somebody at council and make arrangements. Because we understand it's challenging time. We don't make any tougher. So please make sure you give us a call.

"Also, there's the waiving, potential waiving, of the two-week notification period for the Valley Children's Centre. So generally you would have to give two weeks notice to remove your children from the centre and you have to also pay for those two weeks. So we're proposing to make sure we take that burden off families and people who really need that extra cash. If you need to pull your children out because you're concerned, because you've lost your job and you're going to be at home or whatever reason, you can do that without any penalty, or potentially do that without any penalty.

"We're also looking at waiving the dog registration fees for the whole year of 2020 and half of 2021, so 30th of June, 2021. We know that not everybody has dogs, but certainly that's one thing that we can do here at council potentially to try and ease that financial burden on our community. Also, the waiving of kennel licence till the 30th of June, 2021. So you still have to apply, you'll still have to register your dogs. You still have to apply and register for a kennel licence. If this motion is passed on the 16th of April, you will not have to pay those fees, but you will need to still register and apply.

"Also, we're looking at helping out small businesses, in a very small way initially, but we'll be looking at some more things into the future. So at this stage we are looking to waive fees for food licences and health inspections. So again, you'll still need to apply for your food licence. You'll still need to have your health inspections up to date and regular. But we are proposing to not charge you for that again until the 30th of June, 2021. And that's hopefully just to try and ease that burden through this period and hopefully we're back out of it sort of late this year and early next year and we're all sort of ripping back into having very successful businesses.

"There's also, we're looking at reviewing the capacity of lessees to pay for council properties. So if there's anybody who rents a council property or leases a council property, we are going to try and negotiate some licence fees and some rental fees on those things, so, again, this isn't passed, we were supposed to have a meeting tonight and it will  be at the 16th of April meeting. So I look out for that.

"But I wanted to let people know that we are looking at community support packages. It is very difficult for us at council land to do these things because our only income is from our fees and charges and from our rates. So we need that income to a) support our our staff and our community to deliver the services that you require, and b) to keep our community running.

"So we are definitely trying and looking at measures that don't negatively impact too much on council's income, but can actually support our community. Again, we will be looking at other measures to try and support our business community as well, our small business community.

"We absolutely understand that our tourism, our business community are the lifeblood of the Derwent Valley and we want to make sure that everybody has a chance to continue their businesses and services into the future after this horrible COVID-19 situation is over.

"So that's where the motion is going. Just to let everybody know that, yes, rates are actually currently due and what we're saying here, we're trying to put packages into place to support people that are under financial stress. At this stage, fortunately there is people that still have their jobs, can still afford to pay.

"We still need people to make sure they're paying their rates and make sure they're doing the right thing. And that's to support the council to continue their services. But also allows us, if we have that if we have that support in there, we can support the more vulnerable people in our community, the people that have lost their jobs, the people that have no income at the moment. We can try and push out more packages to support them. So we do need your support as well. So we need to make sure that that's sort of in place as well.

"Finally, look, we just want to make sure that everybody's safe and okay. I've heard around the place that we actually are really doing a really good job at social distancing. We've done a really good job of staying at home, staying away from sort of play equipment and those types of things. I know that it's confusing and I know that it's frustrating.

"Look, keep following the government websites, keep following the Frequently Asked Questions. Look, from our frontline service workers, which is our council staff as well, because we're out in the community, we're dealing with you on day to day basis, look, be kind, be courteous, be safe. Make sure we're doing the same when we're at the supermarket, make sure we're doing the same with all our other fantastic frontline service workers and essential workers because they are going through just as much stress as what everybody else is. Understandably, they're still at work, but you know we're all under stress, make sure we're looking after each other.

"Look, practise good hygiene, practise your good social distancing, and again, if you can stay at home, please stay at home. We're all in this together. Let's get through it all together and push on through to a strong Derwent Valley community into the future."

Thursday, April 2, 2020

More options for fresh food delivery

Marg Gaby with some of the fruit and vegetables available
from the Lachlan River Co-op.
LOCAL bakers and a recently-formed co-operative are now offering fresh food deliveries to housebound residents of the Derwent Valley during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lachlan River Co-op has been established by John Blegg, Ivan Bean and Margaret Gaby as a not-for-profit community assistance group. The same small group started the original New Norfolk Market in 2017.


The Lachlan River Co-op is open between 9am and 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9am-2pm on Saturdays, at 90 Ring Rd, New Norfolk. Visit the Facebook page for updated trading hours, product lines and contact details.

"The Co-op is currently organising fresh fruit and vegetables for the community, offering free delivery or pick-up," Mr Blegg said. Deliveries are made in the New Norfolk area on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Bank transfer is being used to lower the infection risks associated with cash.

Mr Blegg said all members of the co-operative were volunteers and they looked forward to hosting a free community event when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Deliveries of bread and other baked goods are now being offered by the New Norfolk Banjo's Bakery Cafe following a successful trial yesterday. Deliveries will initially be made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, including a weekly run to Maydena, Ellendale and surrounding areas. A minimum $20 order is required but there is no delivery fee. Visit the dedicated Facebook page for delivery details, product lines and contact details.

Top of the Town Bakery is also offering a free home delivery service for orders of $20 or more. Deliveries will be made by 3pm the day after orders are placed. This bakery is also taking orders for Easter, closing next Tuesday, April 7. Visit its Facebook page for the available products and prices.

New Norfolk's three supermarkets are still operating, the New Norfolk Popup Providore has established a temporary shop in High St, and The Kinky Kale is still delivering its vegetable boxes. The farmers market operated by Jessica Cosgrove last Saturday has been suspended by the operator.

Advice about where to find official information about COVID-19 appears at the top of the New Norfolk News homepage, including general advice about helping to reduce the spread of the virus. The best information is sourced from: World Health OrganisationAustralian Government Department of Health; and the Tasmanian Government Department of Health.

Washing your hands for 20 seconds is one of the most effective forms of infection control. Do this after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; after close physical contact with anyone who is unwell; after using the toilet; before and after eating; before, during and after preparing food; and after feeding or touching a pet.

Tonight's council meetings cancelled

TONIGHT'S Derwent Valley Council special open meeting and special closed meeting have been cancelled.

A small note on the homepage of the council website says simply that the meetings have been cancelled. The meetings were to have been held in the New Norfolk Courthouse from 5pm, with the open meeting to be live-streamed on Facebook.

Due to current regulations about physical distancing, it is understood the council did not intend to allow the general public to attend. The meetings were called at short notice to deal with the council's proposed COVID-19 community support package, and a confidential report on the Valley Children's Centre.

5PM UPDATE: In a video posted on Facebook late this afternoon, mayor Ben Shaw said tonight's meetings had been cancelled due to the absence of a ministerial order permitting council meetings to be held "off-line".

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Council to consider COVID-19 support package

A SPECIAL meeting of the Derwent Valley Council will be held tomorrow (Thursday) evening to consider a COVID-19 community support package including a rates freeze, free dog registration and food licences, and refunding certain fees.

The 5pm meeting has been advertised to be held in the courthouse in Circle St, despite this building recently being declared closed by the council. The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Acting general manager Brian Barrett, who will not be at the meeting, has recommended in a written report:
  1. Suspend all debt recovery actions against community members for the remainder of this financial year (for outstanding rates and charges or outstanding invoices);
  2. Cease to charge interest on outstanding rates and charges until 30 June 2021;
  3. Encourage payment arrangements to enable residents to apply to repay their rates and charges over an extended period in response to financial hardship;
  4. Waive the two-week notification period for the Valley Children's Centre for when a child is being withdrawn from our childcare service and the associated childcare fees AND hold existing childcare places for parents for the remainder of this financial year;
  5. Waive dog registration fees until 30 June 2021 while maintaining the requirement to register all dogs;
  6. Waive the fee to obtain a Kennel Licence until 30 June 2021 while maintaining the requirement to obtain the licence;
  7. Waive fees for food licences and health inspections until 30 June 2021 while maintaining the licencing and registration requirements;
  8. Review the capacity of lessees of council properties to continue to meet lease or license fees and suspend debt recovery action in the meantime;
  9. Endorse in-principle a 0% increase to rate or waste service charges for 2020-21.
  10. Endorse in-principle the community grants program being refocused to support local business and not-for-profit recovery or conversion to a digital environment or circular economy during 2020-21.
Mr Barrett says the proposal is in response to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on households and local businesses. With an estimated cost of $250,000 to the council budget, the support being offered in-principle would require a contraction of programs in the 2020-21 financial year and/or potentially significant increases in rates and charges in future years, he said.

"If [the] council is to provide support for its community now it must have the appetite to increase rates and charges significantly when this crisis is over.  The situation will be clearer when the 2020-21 budget is ultimately adopted as [the] council will for the first time in many years have adopted a long-term financial management plan," Mr Barrett said.

The notice advertising tomorrow's meeting.
Mr Barrett said the recommendation being put to tomorrow night's council meeting incorporated resolutions carried at a March 27 meeting of the Local Government Association of Tasmania in some cases went beyond them.

"As a matter of principle, [the] council will refund fees for bookings where the services can no longer be provided [for example] parks hire, barbecues, hall hire. This will have a limited impact on council revenue for 2019-20," he said.

Mr Barrett's recommendation to the council meeting does not include the LGAT's resolution to pay its bills with local businesses within 14 days. The proposal is discussed in the body of his report but does not form part of the recommendation.

The council will also hold a closed meeting to discuss a confidential matter relating to the Valley Children's Centre. Councillor Frank Pearce is listed as an apology for both meetings, along with Mr Barrett. The agenda for the open meeting is available here.