Friday, May 6, 2016

Help count this year's census

AUGUST 9 will be Census night around the country and the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is looking to employ up to 800 enthusiastic field officers across Tasmania to make sure everyone is counted this Census.

There are about 25 vacancies in the Derwent Valley, ideal for anyone looking for a challenging and rewarding short-term job with flexible working hours.

Census Field Officers:

  • Are casual positions, with flexible working hours
  • Earn $21.61 per hour (inclusive of 25% loading)
  • Must be comfortable using a computer, mobile or tablet device
  • Will be responsible for making contact with households to make sure everyone can complete the Census.

Desired skills and experience for the role:

  • High levels of motivation, a positive attitude and reliability.
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Reasonable level of fitness.
  • Ability to work independently in the field.
  • Moderately tech savvy.

Job seekers from diverse backgrounds, including non-English speaking backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged to apply. More information is available here.

Footy preview - Round 6

Southern Football League match preview
Round 6 - Provided by SFL League Management

Huonville v New Norfolk at Huonville, 2pm Saturday
Both teams will want to secure a good win this weekend to continue to move up the ladder as we move further into the 2016 season.

New Norfolk won their first round for this season last weekend and will be hoping this will be a turning point for the team. The Eagles will be travelling down to Huonville to play this week, looking for a strong and confident game of football on top of the solid win over Brighton in Round 5.

Huonville is sitting in the middle of the ladder, holding a place in the five on percentage,  but will need to win this game if they want to improve their position and secure a place closer to the top if they want to make it to finals.

Both teams will be willing to give it their all this weekend in an important match for both teams. It will be interesting to see who will come out that little bit stronger from the first bounce.

Cygnet v Hobart at Kermandie, 2pm
This will definitely be an interesting match after both of these teams had exceptional wins in Round 5. This match will be played at Kermandie Oval as part of the Cygnet Football Club’s community focus and the SFL commends the club on this initiative to take the game back into a traditional football community and looks forward to a strong crowd.

Brighton v Claremont at Pontville, 2pm
After a big loss for Brighton and a bye for Claremont in Round 5, both teams will be up for securing the win this week. After the form from the last few matches it’s a matter of whether the reigning premiers will come through again or if Brighton will put everything they have into it and prove to be a genuine finals contender in 2016.

Dodges Ferry v Lindisfarne at Shark Park, 2pm
Dodges Ferry is probably feeling a little nervous going into Round 6, taking on the undefeated Lindisfarne. There is no sure tip for how this game will go... will Lindisfarne keep their undefeated position or will Dodges Ferry be strong enough to take the points?

Bye: Sorell

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Police seeking information about van driver


TASMANIA POLICE
MEDIA RELEASE


Police have received a number of calls in relation to a white/cream van seen near schools and children in the New Norfolk area in the last couple of days.


The van is described as off white/cream in colour, with a circle-shaped badge at the front, possibly a Toyota emblem. It has two doors at the front and a sliding side door. There are three aqua blue stickers on the driver’s side of the car.


The driver is described as having red to fair hair with a goatee/unshaven and wearing a light grey jumper. Anyone who spots the van is asked to take note of its registration number and call police immediately.


Parents are reminded of the importance of speaking to their children about personal safety.


Anyone with information about the van or the driver is asked to call police on 13 14 44 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TV comedy picks New Norfolk

Luke McGregor and Celia Paquola
are heading to New Norfolk to film
their new TV comedy series.
A SHOP in High St, New Norfolk, will be the setting for a new ABC-TV series due to start filming this week. The show, Rosehaven, is an eight-part comedy written by Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor. The producers are hopeful it will be the start of a long-running flagship comedy on the ABC.

Tasmanian-born McGregor will play a man who returns home to run his parents' real estate business in the fictitious town of Rosehaven, which through the magic of television will be made up from locations in New Norfolk and Geeveston.

The series will be filmed entirely on location in the state, creating jobs for 200 Tasmanians in the cast and crew. The production team will be based at the ABC Centre in Hobart and the first series will screen in the second half of this year.

A member of the production team last week said the crew had fallen in love with New Norfolk and Circle St in particular. Local filming locations will include the visitor centre and historical centre, while Circle St itself will be used for "walking and talking" scenes.

Luke McGregor will play Daniel McCallum, a Tasmanian living on the mainland, who returns to his home town to take over his family’s troubled real estate business. His best Melbourne friend Emma (Celia Pacquola). Tasmanian-based AFI Award nominee Kris McQuade will co-star as Daniel’s mother and Rosehaven Real Estate agent Barbara McCallum, and Katie Robertson will play Grace, the town doctor. McQuade and Robertson will soon be seen in Foxtel's The Kettering Incident, which also made extensive use of Derwent Valley locations.

Geeveston will provide the main street for the fictional town of Rosehaven, whilst New Norfolk will provide other parts of the town centre and several other key locations for the series.

It has been widely reported that McGregor's parents and their Moonah real estate firm provided the inspiration for Rosehaven. That business had a big presence in New Norfolk in the 1990s when it traded as Derwent First National Real Estate. It is now known as McGregor First National.

Monday, May 2, 2016

SFL 2016 - Round 5 report

SFL Round 5 Report
Provided by SFL League Management

AFTER a strong start by both teams in Saturday's contest between New Norfolk and Brighton, the Eagles came out on top and proved they are starting to get their season back on track.

Brighton finished the first quarter with an eight-point lead over the Eagles but this did not last long as New Norfolk fought back in the second quarter and then remained in front for the rest of the game.

Callen Daly opened the second quarter with a goal two minutes in, but that’s when New Norfolk came back and scored five in a row to claim the lead. Once the Eagles got ahead, there was no slowing them and they extended their lead right through until the final siren and won by 51 points.

This was New Norfolk's first win of the season and it took them off the bottom of the ladder. There were several notable players for New Norfolk with seven players sharing the Eagles' 14 goals. Clinton Curtain was the major target up forward, kicking four majors. For the Robins, Zak Bird stood out kicking two goals and Dylan Grant was named best player.

The Robins prevailed in both the Reserves and the Under 18s, with New Norfolk suffering a huge loss in the Reserves by 95 points and a 45 points loss in the Colts.

SENIORS
New Norfolk 0.2 (2) 5.4 (34) 8.9 (57) 14.14 (98)
Brighton 1.4 (10) 4.6 (30) 6.8 (44) 6.11 (47)
Goals - New Norfolk: C. Curtain 4, R. Heron 3, B. Wardlaw 2, N. Clayton 2, J. Wessing, N. Santi, J. Gunther; Brighton: Z. Bird 2, T. Arnold, C. Daly, K. Clark, R. Bailey.
Best - New Norfolk: B. Wardlaw, N. Clayton, R. Thompson, N. Lester, C. Curtain, R. Heron; Brighton: D. Grant, H. Parker, D. Scott, S. Stewart, C. Daly, T. Arnold.

RESERVES
Brighton 4.6 (30) 10.8 (68) 13.13 (91) 19.15 (129)
New Norfolk 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 4.3 (27) 5.4 (34)
Goals - Brighton: D. Cragg 7, J. Whitford 4, C. Dransfield 3, J. Collis 2, A. Whitford 2, J. Davie; New Norfolk: K. Walker, C. Ransley, T. Jarvis, N. Heron, D. Triffett.
Best - Brighton: A. Whitford, T. Boucher, T. Taylor, M. Howlett, J. Whitford, D. Cragg; New Norfolk: D. Triffett, K. Walker, N. Heron, A. Minchin, C. Ransley, M. Murray.

COLTS
Brighton 3.1 (19) 5.4 (34) 5.4 (34) 11.12 (78)
New Norfolk 4.1 (25) 4.2 (26) 4.2 (26) 5.3 (33)
Goals - Brighton: J. Pate 2, C. Edgecock, T. Rogers, N. Eyles, J. Percy, J. Trinder, J. Adams, C. Smith, A. Stewart, D. Newton; New Norfolk: J. Russell 2, J. Evans, J. Campbell, D. Morgan
Best - Brighton: J. Adams, T. King, D. Rose, R. Jones, J. Percey, D. Newton; New Norfolk: R. Thomason, D. Keleher, B. Tomlin, T. Heron, J. Fisher-Cooley, J. Russell.

Other games:

Lindisfarne 22.18 (150) d Huonville 7.10 (52)
Lindisfarne remains undefeated this season, destroying Huonville with a 98-point margin. In the Reserves match Lindisfarne prevailed with a 54-point victory and in the Under 18s Huonville trailed by 34-points at the final siren.

Cygnet 14.3 (87) d Dodges Ferry 11.12 (78)
Cygnet had the game in the bag from the first siren. Even though the Sharks were behind the entire time they still showed determination and got their hands on the ball as much as they could. In the Under 18s Dodges Ferry came through, and in the Reserves Cygnet prevailed by 19 points.

Hobart 17.18 (120) d Sorell 12.4 (77)
Sorell finished the first quarter in the lead by two points, but a good start to the day wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers down. The Reserves game was a thriller with Sorell winning by a single point. In the Under 18s variation game at the TCA Ground on Friday night, Hobart played Claremont and suffered a 165-point loss.

BYE: Claremont

Tonight's weather warnings

  • Severe weather warning: damaging winds
  • Road weather alert
  • Sheep graziers alert
  • Marine weatheer warning


Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds

for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9.26pm on Monday 2 May 2016.

For all of Tasmania

Weather situation: An approaching cold front will produce strong northwesterly winds in all districts overnight tonight and early tomorrow morning, before contracting to the northeast.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western and East Coast forecast districts and parts of the Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

Several elevated and coastal sites have recorded wind gusts in excess of 100 km/h, with the strongest gust of 128 km/h at Scotts Peak. Devonport has received a gust of 87 km/h, Hobart 83 km/h and Launceston Airport 83 km/h.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.


Road Weather Alert

for Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9.19pm on Monday 2 May 2016.

Reduced visibility in heavy rain will make road conditions dangerous during Tuesday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 5am Tuesday.



Warning to Sheep Graziers


for the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Midlands, Central North, South East, North West Coast and North East forecast districts

Issued at 9.18pm on Monday 2 May 2016.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, rain and strong northwesterly winds are expected during Tuesday. Areas likely to be affected include the North West Coast forecast district and parts of the North East, Midlands, Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, South East and King Island forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.


Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 4.16pm on Monday, May 2, 2016
for the period until midnight Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Wind Warnings for Monday, May 2

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay and Channel

Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Tuesday, May 3

Small Craft Alert for the following areas:
Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

Tonight: Severe weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 12:45pm on Monday 2 May 2016.

For all of Tasmania

Weather Situation

An approaching cold front will produce strengthening winds in all districts overnight tonight and tomorrow morning.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western and East Coast forecast districts and parts of the Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:

  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice

For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Monday