Thursday, August 21, 2014

Icy patches on the roads

Road Weather Alert

for Central Plateau, Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts

Issued at 4:05am on Thursday 21 August 2014.

Icy patches on roads may make driving conditions dangerous early on Thursday morning in parts of the Central Plateau, Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 11am Thursday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lyell Highway crash

ABC Radio has reported on Twitter that police are attending a crash involving a motorcycle and a car on the Lyell Highway, near Granton about 3km west of the Bridgewater Bridge. 

A second message says there are no obvious life threatening injuries but warns of traffic disruptions and advises motorists to avoid the area.

Boyer Rd or Molesworth/Glenlusk Rds may be a better option for commuters at present.

New Norfolk for dummies?

A screengrab from the video clip. Click image to enlarge.
A TRIP to New Norfolk by river ferry is one of the elements of a new $9 million marketing campaign launched this week as part of Tourism Tasmania's "Go Behind the Scenery" initiative.

It features a curious video clip presented by a ventriloquist's dummy which travels from Hobart by water taxi and goes on to visit a number of points of interest including St Matthew's Church and the barracks at Willow Court, plus a number of antique shops.

The character describes himself as a local but has an unusual pronunciation of New Norfolk and repeatedly describes Tasmania's third-biggest town as as a "little village". The two-minute clip ends with the host falling in love with a female puppet in one of the antique shops.

The new campaign is receiving a mixed reaction on social media. See the clip for yourself here.

Council seeking director for children's service

THE Derwent Valley Council is seeking a new director of children's services following the recently announced retirement of the founder of the service, Carol Volant.

An advertisement published online says the successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management and organisation of the council's child care centre (Valley Children's Centre) and family day care service.

More information is available at

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday road warning

Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for Upper Derwent Valley, Central Plateau, Midlands, Central North, North East and East Coast forecast districts

Issued at 10:09pm  on Tuesday 19 August 2014.

Icy roads will make driving conditions potentially dangerous during Wednesday morning in parts of the Central North, North East, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 5am Wednesday.

Statewide radio broadcast from Maydena

ABC Radio will present its statewide afternoon program from Maydena tomorrow (Wednesday). Presenter Penny Terry will broadcast live from the Maydena RSL Club from 2-4pm.

Penny and the Your Afternoon team regularly take the program into communities to find out more about the people and the places. Today they were at Sorell.

For the Maydena broadcast Penny will meet, among others, Debbie Raspin, the RSL's licencee and treasurer; Dulcie Donahue, who has lived in Maydena for 70 years; and tourisim operator Derek Whitwell.

The show can be heard on 936 ABC Hobart, ABC Northern Tasmania and via the stream at

Monday, August 18, 2014

Science expo at NNHS

New Norfolk High School
National Science Week

New Norfolk High School is hosting a Science Expo this Thursday, August 21, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Where? New Norfolk High School Science Hub

Who can come?

  • Primary school students from the Derwent Valley
  • Parents
  • Community members
  • High school students (after 3pm)

What to expect? Awesome interactive science activities prepared by New Norfolk High Grade 9 students.

How long does it take? To go through all stations, you need about 70–80 minutes. Come and have fun!