Monday, March 27, 2017

Youth event this Saturday

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When: Saturday, April 1, from 11am until 2pm

Where: Ellis Dean Reserve, Blair St, New Norfolk

What:
• Tas Laser Skirmish
• Graffiti art workshops
• Laughter Lines face painting
• Community2Sea
• Mission Australia Youth Beat Program
• Derwent Valley PCYC
• Jumping castle
• Dunk tank
• Barbecue and coffee van

For more information contact Derwent Valley Council youth and community participation officer, Matt Hill on 0408 618 588. This is a drug and alcohol-free event.

Power outage at Molesworth

MORE than 60 homes at Molesworth are without power this evening after a large sheet of bark wrapped itself around an electrical transformer during windy weather this afternoon. 

Restoration of the power supply is expected in several hours time. Check the TasNetworks website for updates.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Esplanade walk and talk

THE public will be able to have its say on the recently-released Draft Esplanade Precinct Concept Plan during a "community walk and talk" this Tuesday at 6pm.

Derwent Valley Council general manager Greg Winton told this month's council meeting that the purpose of the Esplanade Precinct Concept Plan was to help the council to secure a promised $600,000 in federal funding for the upgrading of the infrastructure and facilities on the Derwent Esplanade at New Norfolk.

Mr Winton said it was proposed to combine the federal funding with an earlier State Government election promise of $300,000 for a marina on the Derwent to produce a project valued around $1 million. The project could exceed $3 million if combined with the proposed relocation of the New Norfolk Rowing Club to the southern bank of the river.

Those at the council meeting heard that although the draft concept plan had already been provided to the Federal Government, the consultants who developed the $20,000 plan intended to hold a “community walk and talk” at the Derwent Esplanade on Tuesday, March 28, starting at the Ferry St pontoon at 7pm.

The draft concept plan has also been advertised for public comment for a period of 42 days closing on May 3 and can be obtained from the council office or downloaded here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Local cricket season wraps up

IN the Southern Cricket Association first grade preliminary final between New Norfolk I and Wellington on Saturday, it was Wellington that went through to the grand final by the very big margin of 211 runs.

Wellington had first knock, making the massive total of 7/322 off its 50 overs. In reply, New Norfolk was never in the hunt and finished 9/111 off 26.3 overs. Josh Dykes didn't bat, sidelined due to a finger injury.

Nathan Eiszele and Jason Rigby took two wickets each while Stewart Rice and Joe McCulloch got one each. I hear Nathan Eiszele was the main run score, but with no stats available this is all that I can report on at the time of writing.

Bad luck to New Norfolk I. It was a great effort to make the preliminary final after having had only a couple wins before the half-way mark this season.

For the record, this will be Wellington's ninth first grade grand final appearance in a row since 2008/09- and that's what I know from the MyCricket website, it could well be even more. It's an excellent achievement and they have only lost one of those finals, which was in 2011/12. If Wellington wins this year, it's five flags in a row for them.

Well that's it for our local clubs this season. It's been a good one and each team and its players can hold their heads very high for what has been yet another great season of cricket.

WADE GLEESON

New Norfolk wins Fourth Grade flag

Man of the match Nathan Rice.
THEY have done it! After finishing minor premiers in the Southern Cricket Association, New Norfolk II  has gone on and claimed the ultimate prize, defeating Bagdad for the Fourth Grade premiership at Tynwald Park on Saturday.

In what was their first premiership in 20 years, the Red Caps defeated Bagdad by the big margin of 96 runs. After being sent into bat, New Norfolk gave a great display of batting, making 6/234 off its 50 overs. In its best batting display of the season, the team put together a defendable target that was always going to be hard to get.

Cody Neads batted well under pressure and made the opposition pay for its mistakes, making the high score of 67 in a very timely knock. From here it was the innings of Nathan Rice who soon had the crowd on his side. The 16-year-old came to the crease with plenty to do if his team was to post a good score. Facing more than his share of sledging, the kid known as "The Reason" stepped up to the plate and made his first ever half century, remaining 53 not out. Later named man of the match, Rice struck many boundaries and defied all odds in what was a memorable innings. Leigh Berry hung around and made 19, captain Chris Ashcroft 18 and Josh Walsh a handy 17.

In reply Bagdad finished all out for 138 off 40.1 overs due to the very tight bowling of the Red Caps who took every chance that came their way. Josh Rowlands led the way taking 2-26 off 10 overs in a fine spell of bowling. Josh Walsh bowled as well as he has all season, taking 2-26 off eight overs. Cody Morgan took 2-19 off six overs, claiming two wickets in one over to have Bagdad on the ropes early. Jamie Hill chipped in with 2-19 off 4.1 overs. But then cometh the young man, cometh the moment when Nathan Rice turned his hand to bowling and took 1-20 off six overs in what must have been a very satisfying match for the youngster. Cleaning up was Aaron Drew who took 1-26 off six overs.

It was a very good win for New Norfolk, which has been the most consistent team all season. These two teams met in the Twenty20 grand final with a win to Bagdad, but to turn the tables when it really mattered is a big feather in New Norfolk's cap. Well done to all. Playing on Saturday were: Jamie Hill, Mitchell Rice (12th man), Chris Ashcroft (captain), Glen Williams, Josh Rowlands, Cody Neads, Leigh Berry, Aaron Drew, Josh Walsh, Cody Morgan, Nathan Heron and Nathan Rice.

Fourth Grade premiers, New Norfolk II. Back row from left: Jamie Hill, Mitchell
Rice (12th man), Chris Ashcroft (captain), Glen Williams, Josh Rowlands, Cody
Neads, Leigh Berry and Aaron Drew. Front: Josh Walsh, Cody Morgan, Nathan
Heron and Nathan Rice.
New Norfolk II's last premiership win was 20 years ago in the now defunct Derwent Valley Cricket Association in 1996/97 when they defeated Glenora/Ellendale by 148 runs at the Bushy Park Showground in the B-Grade grand final. The team then was: Rohan Windsor, Sam Wardlaw, Robert Crane, Glenn Eiszele, Jarrod Browning, Shane Eiszele, James Bramish, John Walsh, Rodney Hayden (captain), Dale Robertson and Corey Reeves. Scores: New Norfolk 10/241 d. Glenora/Ellendale 10/93.

In that same season the club made it the double with New Norfolk I winning the A Grade premiership, defeating Old Beach at Bushy Park.

New Norfolk II's last grand final appearance before Saturday was in Division 3 of the SCA in season 2009/10 when it was defeated by MacKillop Beltas at Richmond. The team was: Nathan Heron, Daniel Taylor, Chris Ashcroft, Jarrod Browning, Simon Crane, Richard Munnings (captain), Jeremy Cashion, Luke Browning, Bradley Chaplin, Khyle Ashcroft and Graeme Rowlands. Scores: MacKillop 6/181 off 48 overs d. New Norfolk II 10/158 off 41.3 overs.

WADE GLEESON

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Forestry burns planned for today

FORESTRY TASMANIA

Planned forest regeneration burns - Tuesday 21 March 2017

• 1 forest regeneration burn to the west of Maydena
• 1 forest regeneration burn to the west of Mount Field National Park

Smoke from these burns is forecast to travel to the southeast initially and to the west later in the afternoon and evening.

No impact is expected on local communities. Smoke may be visible from Maydena throughout the day.

For more information about our planned burns program visit the link below:

All burning planned and undertaken by the forest industry will now be displayed on the Tasmania Fire Service website at the new link below:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Berries, burritos, burgers and home brews

The scene at Forest Secrets yesterday.
WHILE much of Tasmania sweltered yesterday, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed cruisy tunes and tasty eats under shady gum trees at National Park. The occasion was the first Derwent Valley Tasmania Wild Food Festival.

Hosted by Forest Secrets at their scenic location nestled between Gordon River Rd and the Tyenna River just outside Mt Field National Park, the festival provided a chance to experience Tasmanian foods that are harvested and caught in the wild.

Food choices ranged from native berries, leatherwood honey, gourmet trout and eel, to grubs, choc-coated insects, wallaby and kangaroo burgers and more - all offered by local community groups or businesses.

Ice-creams in forest flavours and locally brewed soft-drinks and beers rounded out the menu and a program of live entertainment contributed to a great day out.

Robyn Britton assembling a wallaby burger with pepper berry sauce.

Patrons queuing at one of the food stalls.

Visitors listening to one of the musical acts.