Thursday, February 23, 2017

Counting down to the relay

THE third Derwent Valley Relay for Life will be held at Tynwald Park in New Norfolk this weekend. The event will start at 2pm on Saturday and continue until the closing ceremony at 10am on Sunday. 

There are presently 210 participants registered in 22 teams and more than half of the $40,000 fundraising target has already been raised.

The Relay For Life raises funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Now in its third year, the New Norfolk event is a chance for the local community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

To find out more about the Derwent Valley 2017 Relay for Life contact Katrina Foxton on 6169 1902 or email relayforlife@cancertas.org.au. Alternatively find out more and donate here.

There is still time to register a team or sign up as a team member. Online registrations have now closed but there will be an opportunity to sign up on the day from 11am at the Cancer Council of Tasmania's tent.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Campers to be asked to move next door

It was bumper-to-bumper at the boat ramp on Monday night.
THE Gazette reports today that the Derwent Valley Council will set up a temporary campground to take pressure off the Millbrook Rise boat ramp at New Norfolk.

Mayor Martyn Evans is quoted saying that self-contained motorhomes will continue to be able to make daytime use of the boat ramp but those staying overnight will be directed to an adjoining paddock that will be opened up for the purpose.

The move is in response to ongoing concern about the number of campers of all kinds taking advantage of free use of the boat ramp for overnight stays, despite signage saying the area is for self-contained recreational vehicles only. The public toilets at the boat ramp use septic tanks and cannot cope with the additional use by overnight campers.

In recent months the council has been handing out a notice to campers at the boat ramp, pointing out that the self-contained restriction was due to misuse of amenities and vandalism. Complaints have included blocked access to the boat ramp and damage to the public toilets.

Users of the WikiCamps mobile app have been warning for months that continued abuse of the site was likely to see it closed to all campers. In a post dated January 27, one WikiCamps user wrote: "Another great spot getting ruined by bogans and backpackers leaving toilet waste everywhere and going to get another free site closed." Another wrote on January 30: "Totally amazes me how some people can't read signs. It says self-contained motorhomes and caravans only ... the tent and 4x4s parked overnight must have come in after the ranger came round."

Another wrote on February 1: "If this beautiful camp is closed it will be due to the rude arrogant grey nomads who insist on dumping their waste into the public toilets, which creates havoc with the system ... so lazy that they can't drive a couple of kilometres down the road to the dump point."

The Millbrook Rise boat ramp was the subject of discussion at a closed council meeting last Thursday night, with general manager Greg Winton submitting a late agenda item as an urgent inclusion in the meeting. Afterwards the council announced that it had approved the trial of a new area for self-contained campers and that the boat ramp would in future be for day-use only.

Mayor Evans told the Gazette that signage at the temporary campground would provide information about the location and services of the New Norfolk Caravan Park, which includes an area for RV parking for $9 per night.

The Millbrook Rise Boat Ramp at New Norfolk was filled with campers on
Monday night. The council plans to move them to the adjoining paddock seen
here in the foreground.

Top chemist expands again

2a High St is to be incorporated into the adjoining pharmacy.
WORK has started on an expansion of the New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy at the top end of High St.

Proprietor Bel Bird said she was pleased to see the work under way after a long wait. The project will also see the existing shop given a new fitout.

Established at 6 High St in the 1960s, the pharmacy expanded into 4 High St a decade ago and a first-floor office was added several years ago. The business will now extend into number 2a, which has previously been an office space.

Locally owned and operated, the pharmacy will remain a Guardian outlet with the same staff, plus some new ranges, enhanced layout and a large consulting room.

"The pharmacy will continue to trade seven days a week throughout the works, with minimal disruption to customers," Ms Bird said. The building work is expected to be completed at the end of March.

Congratulations Bel Bird and thanks for your expression of confidence in the town.

How the expanded pharmacy will look, stretching from 2a to 6 High St.

Very high fire danger today

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Archaeologists farewelled... come back soon!

Councillor Barry Lathey, back right, called at Willow Court
this afternoon to farewell archaeologists Calvin Logan, left,
Heather Burke, Lynley Wallis and Bob Stone.
PARTICIPANTS in the third annual Willow Court archaeology field school have downed tools after a successful three-week long investigation.

While most of the student participants finished their work early last week, a small team remained on site until today, continuing underfloor excavations, cataloguing artifacts, scanning documents and conducting oral history interviews.

Late this afternoon, it was announced that the inaugural recipient of the Wallis Heritage Consulting Archaeological Fieldwork Bursary was Calvin Logan of the Archaeology Department at Flinders University.

"Calvin has just spent three weeks carrying out research at Willow Court, on a joint historical archaeology project with the Derwent Valley Council led by Associate Professor Heather Burke of Flinders University," WHC principal Lynley Wallis said.

"Calvin will be completing his honours thesis on an analysis of the materials excavated from under the floor boards in several of the rooms in the Barracks (the oldest building on the site, dating to c1830)," she said. Congratulations Calvin and good luck with the thesis!

Meanwhile, work continues on site at Willow Court on the development of the Agrarian Kitchen's restaurant in Bronte House/B Ward. The owners have recently advertised for staff including a restaurant manager.

Police probe Maydena incident

TWO men have been hospitalised following an incident at Maydena earlier today. Police say a 53-year-old man suffered several stab wounds to the abdomen and arm but his injuries were not considered life threatening.

A 42-year-old man is also being treated for a knife injury and is assisting with police enquiries. Police investigations are continuing.
The Mercury has more.

Bushy Park Show 2017

About 2000 people attended the 2017 Bushy Park Show on Saturday. One of the
popular events was the second annual Great Pollie Peel-Off. Defending
champion Paul Britten, second from left, was victorious once again, fending off
Rebecca White MHA (pictured with infant daughter Mia), Councillor Paul
Belcher and Derwent MLC Craig Farrell. In an unexpected twist, organisers
substituted apples for potatoes in this year's event.
Click here for more Peel-Off photos.
The Tasmanian Lighthorse historical re-enactment troop.
New Norfolk Lions Club member Dick Andrew selling tickets on the
chocolate wheel.
Nahlia Carver, 3, with her two-year-old Palouse pony
named Dotty.  
Nick Fenton holding the new award named
after his late mother, the Sandra Fenton
Memorial shield for the champion junior
cattle handler at the show. 
Sandra Fenton Memorial Shield winner Thomas Kline, centre, with Nick and
Mollie Fenton, left, and Kelly and Maddison Fenton.
Gerald Oakley in action in the chopping arena.