Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lakes wind warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Updated Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 10:03pm on Wednesday 1 October 2014
for the period until midnight Thursday 2 October 2014.

Wind Warnings for Thursday, October 2

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 Thursday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Launceston winner for Tour of Tas valley stage

Wesley Sulzberger claims victory in the Derwent Valley
stage of the Tour of Tasmania today.
BATTLING wind, rain and hail, Launceston rider Wesley Sulzberger clinched the Tour of Tasmania’s second stage from Strathgordon to New Norfolk earlier today, holding on as his initial four-man breakaway was whittled down to just two riders for the final sprint.

Sulzberger outpaced 18-year-old Ben O’Connor on the ride into New Norfolk at the end of a challenging 119.9km course from the banks of Lake Pedder. Ahead of his home town stage tomorrow (Wednesday), Sulzberger was pleased with the victory, alongside a fifth-place finish for brother Bernard.

“I was actually hoping to go up the road tomorrow because my mum and dad and sister and mother-in-law will be there watching,” Sulzberger said after the race. “So a day early, but I’m really happy with the win!” The finishing line was in central New Norfolk, in Pioneer Avenue alongside Arthur Square.

The start at Strathgordon this morning.
Sulzberger joined the breakaway of O’Connor, Jordan Davies and Darcy Ellerm-Norton just after the 23km mark, as the group worked together to form an imposing three minute time gap. “There were a lot of attacks early on, and then a group of three riders established and I decided to go across and see if it stuck. There were just four of us, and we were in for the long haul!”

While Davies and Ellerm-Norton dropped back to the peloton on the descent into New Norfolk, Sulzberger and O’Connor held off the chasing pack to finish almost a minute ahead of the third-placed Raphael Freinstein. “I thought once we hit over 2.00 minutes, and if we could keep increasing the gap, then hopefully I could come away at the end with at least 1.50, and with the time bonuses I could be in the leader’s jersey,” Sulzberger said.

The peloton pedaling past Pedder.
The final 48 second time gap wasn’t enough though to force a change in the yellow jersey, with Ben Dyball retaining the lead going into stage three. A second storyline for stage two was the emergence of young O’Connor, who matched it with the eventual winner throughout the race and only to be pipped to the finish line.

“I started racing in January at the start of this year, so it’s been a pretty big progression since then,” the West Australian rider said. “I used to be a cross-country runner, but I always watched Tour de France on television and found it fascinating – so I just gave it a go!”

After two trying stages in arduous Tasmanian conditions, the riders will turn their attention to a 93km road race from Launceston to Grindewald on Wednesday.

Interesting statistics from the day include:

  • Average speed of the winner: 39.9 km/h
  • Number of starters: 103
  • Riders finishing out of time limits: 2
  • Riders abandoning the race: 2

  • See the video highlights here
  • More great photos can be seen here
  • Another video by one of the teams competing

The Tour of Tasmania making its way out of Maydena today.

Feds will be in the Valley next week

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ONE of the Federal Government's mobile service centres will visit the Derwent Valley next week.

Essentially a large truck with a "pop out" office, the mobile service centre travels through rural and regional communities to provide personalised face-to-face access to information and services.

Staff on board the mobile service centres can provide information, assistance and support to older Australians, families, students, jobseekers, people with disability, carers, farmers, and self-employed people.

The itinerary will be as follows:

NEW NORFOLK: Woolworths car park, Charles St, from 9am to 4pm on Monday, October 6.

MAYDENA: Near the community hall, Mayne St, from 9.30-11.30am on Tuesday, October 7.

OUSE: Adjacent to the Lachlan Hotel, Lyell Hwy, from 1.30-4pm, on Tuesday, October 7.

HAMILTON: Hamilton Park, River St, from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday, October 8.

Tour of Tasmania in town today

SCANT information has been provided, but Stage 2 of this year's cycling Tour of Tasmania will be conducted over a 120km course from Strathgordon to New Norfolk today.

The road race will start at 10.30am at the Lake Pedder Chalet, with an approximate finishing time of 1.45pm at Arthur Square (Pioneer Avenue) in New Norfolk. Along the way the peloton will pass through Maydena, Fitzgerald, Tyenna, National Park, Westerway, Glenora and Plenty.

The day will present a challenge for tired legs as the 119 riders race through dramatic scenery from the banks of Lake Pedder to downtown New Norfolk. The Tour of Tasmania is a six day event that started in Hobart yesterday and concludes in Devonport this Sunday.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wind warning for south-west lakes

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 10pm on Tuesday 30 September 2014
for the period until midnight Wednesday 1 October 2014.

Small Craft Alert for the following area: South West Lakes

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

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

Council election candidates named

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has today announced the names of candidates contesting next month's Derwent Valley Council election. The election will be conducted by postal voting and the municipality's 7147 electors will receive their ballot packs in a fortnight's time, with a further two weeks to consider their vote and return their ballot.

Following changes to the laws around council elections, all elected positions on all Tasmanian councils are up for grabs. There will be eight vacancies on the council following a decision to reduce the number of councillors by one. More information about the council election process is available at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.

Nineteen people have nominated for the position of councillor. There is a good spread of candidates from the general area of New Norfolk, Magra, Molesworth and Lachlan, but none from Granton or anywhere past Lawitta.

Of the 19 candidates for councillor, five are seeking to be elected mayor and seven have nominated for deputy mayor. The candidates are listed below in the order provided by the electoral commission:

Councillor - 19 candidates (eight to be elected)
BELCHER, Paul, of Magra
BESTER, Damian Rodney, of New Norfolk
BILINSKI, Joe, of Lachlan
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
BROMFIELD, Judy, of New Norfolk
EVANS, Martyn, of Magra
FARRELL, Kylie Anne, of Molesworth
GRAHAM, James, of New Norfolk
HILL, Jamie, of New Norfolk
LATHEY, Barry Keith, of New Norfolk
LESTER, Chris, of Magra
MORRIS, Tim, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
PEARCE, Frank, of Black Hills
SALT, Anne, of New Norfolk
SHAW, Ben, of Lawitta
SHAW, Scott Darrell, of New Norfolk
SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk
TRIFFETT, Julie, of New Norfolk

Mayor - five candidates
BELCHER, Paul, of Magra
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
EVANS, Martyn, of Magra
LESTER, Chris, of Magra
PEARCE, Frank, of Black Hills

Deputy Mayor - seven candidates
BILINSKI, Joe, of Lachlan
LATHEY, Barry Keith, of New Norfolk
MORRIS, Tim, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
SALT, Anne, of New Norfolk
SHAW, Ben, of Lawitta
SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk

Monday, September 29, 2014

Derwent Estuary program continued

PARTNERS in the Derwent Estuary Program agreed to continue the 15-year-old initiative. The third Derwent Estuary Program partnership agreement was signed last week by the councils that border the estuary (Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough) and five major industry partners (Nyrstar Hobart, Norske Skog Boyer, TasWater, the Tasmanian Ports Corporation and Hydro Tasmania.

Acting director Ursula Taylor said that as the condition of the estuary improved, there was growing interest in conserving and enjoying the Derwent’s natural features. “Since 1999 more than $150 million has been spent towards environmental improvements,” Ms Taylor said.

“The Derwent is now showing promising signs of recovery. During the past decade, there have been substantial reductions in discharges of organic matter (90%), heavy metals (60%), and sewage-derived nutrients (10–20%), as well as improvements in stormwater treatment.”

Derwent Estuary Programs have included:
  • Monitoring pollution levels at swimming beaches and bays;
  • Monitoring pollution levels in seafood;
  • Increasing the area of protected wetlands by 40 percent;
  • To preserve iconic species such as the little penguin and the endangered spotted handfish; and
  • Encouraged the enjoyment of the Derwent through the use of foreshore tracks by developing the Greater Hobart Trails website.
The DEP Environmental Management Plan can be found here: www.derwentestuary.org.au.