Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time to retune the telly again

THERE will be a change in television frequencies in much of southern Tasmania next week. Suburbs affected by the change in transmission from the Mt Wellington tower include Hobart, Sorell, Richmond, Brighton, Bridgewater, New Norfolk, Kingston, Lauderdale and Derwent Park.

These move is are part of a national retune program that will free up broadcasting spectrum for new services such as mobile broadband. For Hobart and surrounding areas, the retune will occur after 5am on October 30. Some viewers in the New Norfolk area may also have retuned earlier this year if they receive their signals from the Shepherds Hill tower.

Viewers in New Norfolk may experience interruptions to ABC and SBS between midnight and 5am on October 30 due to work being conducted on the local distribution network, specifically at Hobart, in preparation for the retune of television services.

After the channels have changed, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to find the channels that have moved. Retuning can done using the remote control. For most systems press the "menu" button on the remote. Look for settings such as "channels" or "auto-tuning" and follow the prompts to retune. A video and three-step guide to retuning is available online.

There may be temporary disruptions to all TV services on the retune day and the following day due to work being conducted at the transmission site.

For more information about the retune, scheduled outages, or to sign up for an SMS or email reminder, visit the retune website or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013, 8am to 10pm, seven days a week.

Voting time running out

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission reports that the response rate for this year's local government elections has climbed to 44.29%, compared to 41.58% at the same stage of the 2011 elections. Electoral Commissioner Julian Type encouraged all electors, who have not already done so, to take the time to record their votes and post them as soon as possible to ensure they are counted.

“Consider your vote right away so that you don’t miss the deadline,” Mr Type said. Votes must be received by 10am this Tuesday, October 28. As of yesterday's mail, 166,000 votes had been returned so far, including 3331 votes in the Derwent Valley Council election.

Counting of votes will start on Tuesday afternoon at centres in Devonport, Glenorchy and Launceston. Progressive first preference figures are expected to be posted from about 6pm onwards. The figures will be available on the TEC website, and will also be posted at the TEC tally room in the Hound and Horse Bar, Tattersalls Park (Elwick Racecourse) which will be open to the media, candidates and the public from 5pm.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Back to Waddamana this Sunday

A BIG celebration of the centenary of Hydro Tasmania will be held at the site of its first power station this Sunday. "Back to Waddamana Day" will be held at the Waddamana Power Station museum and village in the Central Highlands. The original station entered service in May 1916, providing the first hydro-electric power to Hobart.

Between 10am and 2pm there will be a free family day with guided tours through the power station museum and opportunities to share memories with former employees and past Waddamana village residents. There also will be music from the St Andrew’s Caledonian Pipe Band and a photographic slideshow of what life was like at Waddamana in the early days. An official cake-cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the Hydro’s 100 birthday and to acknowledge the people who built the business, as well as those who worked and lived at Waddamana.

There is no need to book - just turn up. Waddamana Power Station and Museum is wheelchair friendly and more information is available online.

Important information
  • Please drive safely. The roads into Waddamana are unsealed. Conditions can change quickly on gravel roads as a result of traffic movement, weather conditions and wildlife.
  • Parking will be available on the grass oval opposite the village.
  • Food and drink: Home-made soup and bread rolls will be provided. There will also be a sausage sizzle and a coffee van where food and drinks can be purchased. The Hydro suggests taking your own snacks or a picnic lunch and drinking water. The closest shop is at Bothwell (42.5km away).
  • Prepare for all weather conditions as the weather can be changeable! We suggest you bring warm clothes and sun protection.
  • Mobile phone and internet coverage is not available at Waddamana.
  • There will be a live radio broadcast from Waddamana on the day. The ABC's Chris Wisbey will present his Weekends program live from the site.

How to get there
The Waddamana Power Station Museum and Village is located 42.5km north-east of Bothwell on the Waddamana Rd off the Lake Highway (also known as Highland Lakes Rd - A5). Travellers from Hobart should turn left off the A5 15km north east of Bothwell.

Round two cricket matches

Round 2

All Matches start at 10.30am

Saturday 25th October.
New Norfolk I v Old Beach at Old Beach.

Saturday 25th October.
Gretna I v Wellington at Eady Street.
Molesworth I v Old Beach at Boyer Oval.
Saturday 25th October.
Bushy Park v DOSA at Shoobridge Park.
Gretna II v St Virgils at Gretna.

Sunday 26th October.
New Norfolk II v Knights at Tynwald Park.
Sunday 26th October
Molesworth II v St Annes at Cadburys 1.

Community House women's group

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kids get into cricket

THE junior cricket roster starts this Sunday, October 26. Molesworth, New Norfolk and Gretna cricket clubs are all fielding teams in the youth league competition.

Sunday's first round of competition includes:

Under 13s - 9am start.
Gretna v New Norfolk at Gretna.

Under 15s - 12.30pm start.
Gretna v Glenorchy Magpies at Gretna.
Molesworth v  New Norfolk at Boyer Oval.

Tight finish at Tyga trivia night

The trivia trophy.
ABOUT 100 people attended community radio station Tyga FM's annual trivia night at the New Norfolk Golf Club last Saturday night.
Master of ceremonies Steve Halloran challenged the participants with a wide assortment of questions.
The result was a cliffhanger finish with only a half a point separating first and second place.
A good time was had by all and the station thanks everyone who supported the event.