Thursday, January 19, 2017

Next batch of National Park activities

THE Discovery Ranger Summer Program continues at many national parks, including Mt Field National Park in the Derwent Valley. A Discovery Ranger will offer free fun and educational activities at various times. Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities. Programmed activities may change in adverse weather.

Friday, January 21
10.30am – Rainforest Wonders (1 hour): Come on a short walk with Discovery Ranger Cat and uncover the ancient secrets of the rainforest along the Russell Falls track. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitors Centre.
2.30pm – Eww! What’s on my shoe? The ranger will be cleaning boots and giving some simple outdoor hygiene tips to help you protect the places you love from nasty environmental hitchhikers. Stopover on your way into the Visitors Centre. No official meeting time  - come and go as desired, until 4.30pm.
8:30 pm – Creatures of the Night (1 hour, places limited)
What goes bump in the night? Bring your torch and find out as we discover the nocturnal
inhabitants of Mt Field National Park! Book at the Visitor Centre to secure your place.

Saturday, January 21
10am – Rainforest Wonders (1 hour): Come on a short walk with Discovery Ranger Cat and uncover the ancient secrets of the rainforest along the Russell Falls track. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitors Centre.
11.30am – Moss Magic (1 hour): It’s not all about tall trees and waterfalls at Mt Field National Park, with the Magical World of Moss waiting for just under the next leaf. A fantastic activity for children, come and discover miniature forests and alien creatures living in amongst the undergrowth! Meet at the Russell Falls viewing platform (at the waterfall).
2.30 pm – Tales of Tall Trees (1 hour): Come face to trunk with some of the tallest trees in the world and learn about some of the secrets hidden in the branches. Meet at the Tall Trees carpark.

Sunday, January 22
11am – Tales of Tall Trees (1 hour): Come face to trunk with some of the tallest trees in the world and learn about some of the secrets hidden in the branches. Meet at the Tall Trees carpark.
3pm – Marsupial Circus (1 hour): Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bound across the open plains like a kangaroo, or hop about like a wallaby? Now’s your chance to run away with the circus as special guest trainer Ana teaches us how to bounce around on jumping stilts. Meet at the northern end of the grassy oval closest to the Visitors Centre, look out for the purple flag.

Monday, January 23
9am – Yoga in the Park (1 hour): Show off your downward devil or try your hand at an echidnasana or a tall tree pose. Sure to tickle your funny bone, this activity is the perfect preparation for a day spent wandering Mt Field’s wonderful walks. Meet at the southern end of the grassy oval near the campground. Bring a foam mat, beach towel or similar if available.
11am – Rainforest Wonders (1 hour): Come on a short walk with Discovery Ranger Cat and uncover the secrets of the Russell Falls rainforest walk. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitors Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: All activities are free. Please bring sun and rain protection to activities. Activities may be cancelled in bad weather. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more
information, see or call Discovery Ranger Catherine on 0428 407 598.

Click here for more information about visiting Mt Field National Park. Bilingual Discovery Rangers will also be available at Mt Field to assist Chinese-speaking visitors.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Southern cricket - round nine

Round 9

After some close matches in previous rounds, New Norfolk I recorded its second victory of the season with a hard-fought two-wicket win over Claremont at Abbotsfield Park at the weekend. The home side had first hit, making the good score of 5/217 off its 50 overs. In reply and with one over remaining, the Red Caps dug deep, hitting the winning runs off the first ball, finishing 8/220. Late in its innings and looking shaky, New Norfolk had been 7/160 until number nine batsman Joe McCulloch made a match-winning 41no to give his side a much needed victory. McCulloch hit four fours in a great display of determined batting. Earlier, opener Jake King got the team off to a good start with a well-made 44, hitting five well-struck boundaries while Stewart Rice made a quickfire 39, clubbing seven fours and one six. Earlier with the ball, Seb Wishart was the main wicket taker with 2-32 (10).

Gretna I had excellent nine-wicket win over Richmond/Cambridge at Gretna. After bowling out the visitors for 165 off 47.5 overs, Gretna chased down the runs and finished 1/169 off 19 overs. This was thanks to some excellent batting from openers Ben Rainbird, 75 runs, and wicket keeper/batsman Glenn Blackwell 50no. Just like old days, the pair put on a 154 run stand setting up a big victory for the team. Rainbird hit a match-high 10 fours while Blackwell reached the boundary on seven occasions. Rhys Browning remained 8no (two fours). With the ball for Gretna, Corey Ransley continued his good form sending down 9.5 overs taking 4-35. Aaron Maddox did his usual bit, taking 3-25 (10), while Craig Cunningham took 2-30 off 8 and Daniel Browning 1-22 (8).

In the other second grade match, Molesworth I had a good four-wicket win over Old Beach at Old Beach. The home side won the toss, elected to bat and made 8/191 off its 50 overs. In reply, Molesworth finished 6/194 off 40.4 overs. Batting at first drop, Sam Triffitt top-scored with 44 hitting two fours. Brad Coppleman also did well with 40 (five fours, one six) while Nick Piuselli remained 33no (three fours, one six) and earlier, opener Josh Ransley made a quickfire 23 hitting five fours. With the ball for Molesworth, Larry Menzie took 3/57 (10) while Brayden Hodge 2-14 (2) and captain Jamie Adams 2-24 (10) and Josh Ransley 1-27 (7) were the other wicket takers.

This Saturday in second grade Molesworth I and Gretna I will play for the Ben Eyles Memorial Trophy. The match will be played under lights on the Boyer Oval starting at 2pm, so come along for what should be a entertaining match.

Bothwell I had a 56-run win over Hobart at Bothwell. Batting first, the Bucks were 5/83 then a 124-run stand from Brad Eyles 60no and Nathan Eyles 56no got the home side to 5/207 off its 50 overs. Earlier Michael White made 38. In reply, Hobart was bowled out for 151 off 38 overs. Mathew Glover was the best of the Bucks bowlers taking 3-25 off six overs. Matthew Eyles was very tight with 2-11 (5) as were Brodie White 2-16 (6) and Brock Nichols 2-23 (7).

In the other fourth grade match, Bushy Park defeated Gretna II by four wickets at the Bushy Park Showground. The home side won the toss and sent Gretna in to bat. At drinks after 17 overs they were 2/65 but from here the wheels feel off and they were bowled out for just 97 off 32.4 overs. Bushy Park's opening bowler Troy Smith had plenty of pace and bounce to finish with the great figures of 5-27 off his 10 overs. Spinner Nick Fenton also had a good day with the ball taking 4 for just 11 runs off 6.4 overs. Dylan Grant 1-14 (6) also did well. For Gretna, opening batsman Luke Wheeler played well for 24 (one four) before he injured his shoulder. Luke Crosswell again batted well making 21 (one four). In reply and chasing the bonus point, Bushy Park finished 6/99 off 16.5 overs. Captain Shaun Fenton top-scored with 27 and opener Troy Smith made 26. Ben Triffett's 14 was handy while Geoff Crosswell remained 14no. For Gretna, and after being taken to early, Zac Crosswell fought back to take 2-36 (6) to be the main wicket taker, while Adam Browning was very tight with 1-4 (3). Both clubs have had great matches in the past and this game was played in good spirits and it was great to see both sides have a few ales and yarns after the match.

In the match between New Norfolk II and Derwent, New Norfolk took the points due to Derwent forfeiting.

Molesworth II lost by nine wickets to Dynnyrne at Boyer Oval. Batting first, the home side was bundled out for just 36 off 21.1 overs. The only player to reach double figures was Josh Nichols with 14. In reply the visitors chased down the small target, finishing 1/37 off nine overs. Karl Mallinson was the wicket taker with 1-10 (2).

New Norfolk III played at Weily Park where they recorded a six-wicket victory over the home side. Batting first, the Rockers made 10/107 off 39 overs. Red Caps bowler Mitchell Rice had a good spell, taking 3-30 off his 10 overs, as did Brad Kemmler with the fine figures of 2 for just 8 runs off eight overs. Jake Bearman finished with 2-23 (6) while Andrew Challander bowled well 1-9 (4). In reply New Norfolk chased down the runs off 25 overs, finishing 4/110. Opening batsman Jye Bearman continues to impress this season making a superb 67no. The youngster hit eight fours and one six in what was a match winning performance. Cody Neads remained 11no (one four, one six). Keeper/batsman David Mitchelmore made 11 also.

After last week's tied game in eighth grade, Bothwell II travelled to Runnymede and again had a close one. The home side won the toss and made the defendable total of 7/214 off its 50 overs. In reply Bothwell gave it a good shake, but fell six runs short, finishing 10/208 off 43.1 overs. Batting at number eight, Nathan Eyles tried his hardest, making 46. Shayne Wood made 34 and Stuart Eyles 29.
With the ball for the Bucks, Mark Pearce was the main wicket-taker with 3-54 (10) while Stuart Eyles bowled tightly taking  2-17 (6).

Results for the Round 8 eighth grade match between Bothwell II and Old Beach were not available in time for last week's report but turned out to be very interesting to say the least. After making 147 with the bat, Bothwell was looking down the barrel of defeat with Old Beach 5/143 and cruising to an easy victory. Enter part-timer Crag Davey who had only bowled three overs for the season so far. He took 4 for 3 off one over to have the visitors reeling at 9/146. Stuart Eyles bowled the next over and on his third ball captured the last wicket to give what seemed an unlikely one run victory to an excited Bothwell team. But more was to follow. With the books tallied up, an extra run was found and the game ended in a tie! Just goes to show with our great game of cricket, no matter how far behind you might be, you are never out of it... or are you?

Helicopter rescue at Derwent Cliffs last night

AN 18-year-old New Norfolk man was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital last night after falling during a walk in the Derwent Cliffs Reserve at New Norfolk.

Constable Oakden of Tasmania Police said the man had telephoned for an ambulance after slipping and falling at about 8.15pm. "A Paramedic and two volunteer ambulance officers attended the scene and were able to access him down a steep slope. He had broken his arm and had pain in his lower back," Constable Oakden said.

Police and ambulance officers decided the best way to transport the teenager to hospital was to use the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The helicopter landed nearby and its crew walked to the man's location and placed him in a stretcher.

The man was then winched into the helicopter and flown to the Hobart Cenotaph helipad and transferred to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance.

Part of New Norfolk without water

A BURST water main has cut water supplies to about 300 properties in central New Norfolk this morning. Reported around 5am, the incident is affecting parts of the town side of the river.

A TasWater crew is on site in Humphrey St and is working to restore services as soon as possible. An estimated restoration time of 1pm has been given. Click here for updates.

TasWater advises that once water has been restored to your property, please run your tap until the water is clear to remove any sediment, cloudiness or air in the pipes. If you continue to experience discoloured water after running your tap, contact TasWater on 13 69 92.

The company has apologised for the inconvenience and has placed a water trailer at the Child and Family Centre on Blair St for affected customers.

UPDATE: TasWater says full restoration is now expected by 4pm. The pipe has been repaired and is being scoured before the water supply resumes.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lyell Highway roadworks

ROADWORKS are continuing at several locations on the Lyell Highway between New Norfolk and Bronte.

There will be frequent lane closures and delays of up to 15 minutes while work continues on the reconstruction of a 2.5km section highway leading to Ouse. Works are being carried out between 7am and 7pm, with a 60km/h speed limit in force. Sealing is being carried out this week. February 14 is the scheduled completion date.

Major reconstruction continues on the highway between Hollow Tree Rd and Hamilton. A reduced speed limit applies, with frequent lane closures during working hours between 7am and 6pm until February 23.

Further maintenance will be carried out on road pavement on the Lyell Hwy (Hobart Rd) outside
Tynwald Park at New Norfolk today and tomorrow. There will be a reduced speed limit with frequent lane closures during working hours between 9am and 4pm, as well as a reduced speed limit after hours.

Repairs are also being carried out at the junction of the Lyell Hwy and Marlborough Rd near Bronte, starting yesterday and continuing until February 28. Between 8am and 4.30pm there is a reduced speed limit with frequent lane closures.

Glenora in2Cricket again

AN in2CRICKET program will be running at Glenora District School on Sundays from February 5 until March 19 for boys and girls aged 4-10. The sessions will be from 9-10am and the total cost will be $75 per child.

To register and pay, go to  > find my local club > enter your postcode > Glenora District High School > Milo in2Cricket.

For more information contact Glenora co-ordinator Annie McKenzie on 0407 881 276 or email

Monday, January 16, 2017

Roadworks aim for serenity on Boyer Rd

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WORK has started on a project to improve safety at a "black spot" on Boyer Rd near Bridgewater. A dedicated right-turn lane will be built at the intersection of Boyer Rd and Serenity Drive to address its poor crash record

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester MHR said in the last five years there had been three reported crashes at the intersection, all of which involved vehicles waiting to turn right from Boyer Rd into Serenity Drive.

The upgrade is one of 29 Tasmanian projects being funded through the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program. “Creating a right-turn lane on Boyer Rd will improve safety for all road users, and reduce the risk of such crashes reoccurring,” Mr Chester said.  “These works will ensure that vehicles turning into Serenity Drive will have a space to wait for an appropriate break in the oncoming traffic," he said.

State Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said the works would result in improved safety while supporting local jobs. Tasmanian contractor DCS Civil Tas Pty Ltd is expected to have completed the project by April.

“We recognise there will be some disruption to traffic while this safety improvement is delivered and I thank motorists for their patience during this time. We also remind motorists of the importance of slowing down and complying with posted speed limits when travelling through road works sites,” Mr Hidding said.

Liberal Senator Jonathon Duniam said he was pleased to see another black spot in regional Tasmania identified and fixed under this program. Senator Duniam said the Federal Government was providing $300,000 for the junction improvement, with the State Government contributing funds for the initial planning and design.

Works at the junction are scheduled to be carried out between 7am and 5pm until March 20. A reduced speed limit applies.

Click here for more information on the Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot.