Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lake claims victory at New Norfolk

Victoria's Sean Lake charged up Pioneer Avenue to claim victory
in Stage 1 of the Tour of Tasmania at New Norfolk today.
A BRILLIANT solo move by former rower Sean Lake saw him claim stage one of the Tour of Tasmania between Strathgordon and New Norfolk this afternoon, while Canberra’s Ben Hill retained the leader’s jersey after finishing fourth.

After enduring variable weather conditions on the scenic 119.9km ride , Victoria's Lake attacked inside the final 15km, holding off Anthony Giacoppo and teammate Michael Schweizer to secure victory by less than a second.

“I am absolutely stoked,” the 2014 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic winner revealed following his win. “It has been a while between drinks, and I was very happy with the way it panned out. I was out there by myself for about 15 minutes or so until the line, and then just held off the chase – having no time gap at the finish was a bit too close for comfort.”

The starting line at Strathgordon.
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A flurry of attacks was made immediately after the roll-out from Strathgordon, with the riders too focused on the task at hand to fully appreciate the spectacular scenery along the banks of Lake Pedder. A five-man breakaway quickly established a considerable time gap – stretching to over four minutes and 30 seconds at one point – before losing two riders and being absorbed back on the descent towards New Norfolk.

Lake soloed away just as the breakaway was caught, with the 23-year-old drawing on energy reserves to survive the climb towards the finish arch at Arthur Square in New Norfolk. “The last little
climb was pretty brutal,” he explained. “My legs were gone but I just managed to find something extra.”

Gordon River Rd outside Strathgordon.
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The Jayco Tour of Tasmania - part of the Subaru National Road Series - continues tomorrow (Thursday) with a 106.2km road race departing from Ulverstone. Often the decisive stage in past Tours, an ascent up Gunns Plains will test the peloton before it reaches a picturesque seaside finish in Penguin.

Local fires under control

HELICOPTERS continue to operate from the New Norfolk Fire Station today, keeping watch over fires in the region.

The 43 hectare bushfire at Plenty Valley Rd, Glenfern, has been contained but smoke may still be visible in the Glenfern and Mt Lloyd areas. Check here for updates.

Similarly, the 130 hectare fire at Magra/Dromedary has been contained within the Mt Dromedary Conservation Area and there is no immediate threat to communities. Smoke may be visible in this area and a helicopter remains on duty. Click here for updates.

If there is any fire activity causing you concern, report it to the Tasmania Fire Service by calling triple zero (000). For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website:

Save the date: Christmas Parade on December 12

The star attraction at last year's parade.
THE New Norfolk Business Alliance has appointed the Derwent Valley Rotary Club to organise this year's New Norfolk Christmas Parade, which will be held in High St on December 12. This follows several years of the parade being organised by the Lions and Rotary clubs in partnership.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top-class cycling in the Valley tomorrow

The Strathgordon to New Norfok road race course map.
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IN order to safely conduct the stage one of the 2015 Tour of Tasmania from Strathgordon to New Norfolk tomorrow, there will be changed traffic conditions in some roads and streets to allow for the setting up and conclusion of the event.

The Strathgordon to New Norfolk road race covers 119.9km, starting at the Lake Pedder Chalet at 10.30am and making its way to New Norfolk via Gordon River Rd and Glenora Rd for an estimated 1.30pm finish in Pioneer Ave at Arthur Square.

The challenging first 60km section sees two tough climbs, followed by the with a super-fast final 60km that finishes in the middle of New Norfolk. Past winners are Wesley Sulzberger in 2014 and Alex Edmonson in 2013.

Derwent Valley Council general manager Greg Winton asks residents and road users affected by this event to make allowances for interruptions and delays while this event is being held. "Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during this time," Mr Winton said. The affected roads and streets are:
  • Bathurst St and High St (from Bathurst to Stephen St), closed from 12.45pm to 2pm.
  • Stephen St (from High St to Pioneer Ave), closed from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  
  • Pioneer Ave (between Hackett St and Bathurst St), closed from 10.30am to 3.30pm 
  • Gordon River Rd and Glenora Rd: Rolling road closures will be managed by Tasmania Police from the start of the road race in Strathgordon to the finish in New Norfolk.

Believe it or not...

Bureau of Meteorology

Warning to sheep graziers

for the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts
Issued at 10:03am on Tuesday 6 October 2015.

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

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Tuesday.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Very high fire danger in the Valley

Fire Weather Warning

for the Upper Derwent Valley, Furneaux Islands, North East, East Coast, Midlands and South East forecast districts
Issued at 9:34 pm on Monday 5 October 2015.

Weather Situation: Temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s, low relative humidity, and north-west winds averaging 40 to 50km/h are expected. Wind gusts may reach 100km/h during the day in the east and south.

For Tuesday 6 October:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: East Coast and South East
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Upper Derwent Valley, Furneaux Islands, North East and Midlands.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.
The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Severe Weather Warning

for damaging winds
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, Western, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:33 pm EST on Monday 5 October 2015.
For eastern and southern Tasmania.

Weather Situation
A cold front will cross Tasmania during Tuesday afternoon, with northwesterly winds strengthening as it approaches.

DAMAGING WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the East Coast and South East forecast districts and parts of the Western, Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley 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 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.

Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 10pm on Monday 5 October 2015
for the period until midnight Tuesday 6 October 2015.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 6 October
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island and Upper East Coast

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.