Saturday, February 13, 2016

Smoke alert and bushfire update


Updated at 11.53am:
There may be smoke from this fire detectable around southern Tasmania and surrounding communities.

Issued At: 13/02/2016 9.21am

There are bushfires at Gordon River Rd, Mt Cullen and Maxwell River in the South-West.

There is no threat to communities. There may be smoke and ash from this fire detectable around Hobart and surrounding communities.

What to do:
  • People travelling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke. Turn on your headlights and drive slowly.
  • Stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service Website.
  • If you have respiratory concerns please follow your medical action plan and check the Department of Health and Human Services website for information relating to Outdoor Smoke and Your Health, and Keeping Rainwater Tanks Safe in Bush-fire Affected Areas
  • For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website. 

A Community Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 14, at 6.30pm at the Maydena Hall, (behind the old school) to provide an update on the fires in the south-west.

Specialist remote area teams from New Zealand, New South Wales, Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are continuing to establish containment lines around the fires.

Continuing favourable weather conditions are allowing crews in conjunction with air support to make progress with construction of containment lines. Efforts are continuing to focus on Eastern boundary south of Gordon River Road and any other hot spots identified that have potential to run. Suppression activities are likely to continue for a number of weeks. Sustained extinguishing of hot spots is reducing the likelihood of the fire taking further runs. The weather forecast for the next few days should allow operations to continue and see little change in the fire boundary.

If there is any fire activity causing you concern please report it to the TFS by calling triple zero (000).  
Fire operations are being co-ordinated, together with the application of relevant policies and procedures, to ensure the protection of natural and cultural values in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.


To gain access to areas that are effected by road closures please contact the Public Information Officer at the Incident Management Team at Cambridge, phone 6225 8327. Please provide as much notice as possible as an escort needs to be arranged. With the prolonged road closures this is being done in a co-ordinated way.


All roads beyond the Scotts Peak Rd junction, including Gordon River Rd, are only open to essential services (i.e. supplies for Strathgordon Village; Hydro etc). This section of  road is likely to remain closed for some time (several weeks).

Scotts Peak Rd is open, this includes the Huon and Edgar Campgrounds. Campfires have been banned until further notice for the South-West National Park due to the current fire situation (gas stoves are permitted). 

Emergency service vehicles and personal will be in the area for several weeks to come.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Success for aspiring cricketers

Young New Norfolk cricketer Coby Kemmler playing for the
Southern Storm West team last month. 
IT has been a big summer for some of the emerging players in the ranks of our local cricket teams.

Gretna Cricket Club's Jack Stevenson has been selected in the Tasmanian State Under 15s cricket team for the second year in a row. Jack has been named as co-captain of the team which will travel to Brisbane this month.

New Norfolk Cricket Club's Coby Kemmler represented the south of the state playing for the Southern Storm West team on the North-West Coast last month. The team took out the Under 14s Boys Intrastate Cup and they did it in style, winning every game. The team played in two T20 and three 50-over matches with Coby's top score being 16 from 40 balls. The young cricketer says he was quite nervous throughout the Cup, but enjoyed the challenge. The experience on turf will help a lot as he is looking to play with a premier league club next season.

Three boys in the Molesworth Under 16s team hit up big scores in Round 9 of the Youth League competition. Jeremy Nichols made 94 (thirteen fours, one six), Josh Ransley retired on 86 (seven fours, seven sixes) and Jye Lester made 52 (eight fours) in the team's score of 3/300 against St Anne's at Cadburys. Unfortunately the match was washed out.

Finally a big shout out to all the T20 Blast kids who completed the last of the eight-week sessions which included a trip to the Test Match at Bellerive Blundstone Arena in December. Thank you to Cricket Tasmania and the New Norfolk and Gretna Cricket clubs for running the T20 Blast program.


Bushfire information session this Sunday

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Local cricket - round 16

Derwent Valley matches

Round 16 - February 5-6

FIRST GRADE: New Norfolk I picked up a bonus point with a comfortable six wicket win over Molesworth I at Tynwald Park on Sunday. Molesworth won the toss and batted, making 10/139 off 40.1 overs. Captain Jamie Adams led from the front, making 41 including five fours and one six. Down the order Damien Nieuwesteeg supported well with 32 (two fours, one six) while opener Daniel Adams made 18 (two fours). For the Red Caps, Stewart Rice bowled good line and length taking 3-28 off his 10 overs as did Joe McCulloch 2-27 (10). Graeme Rowlands bowled with heat 2-20 (6.1). In reply New Norfolk had little trouble reaching the winning target, finishing 4/142 off 27.3 overs. Stewart Rice put in a fine double for his team, top-scoring with 38 not out including four fours and three trademark sixes. Joe McCulloch did likewise and made 35, hitting five well-struck fours, while Harry Booth was next with 34 (three fours and two sixes). Jamie Adams had the best figures for Molesworth with 1-26 off 7.3.

SECOND GRADE: Playing in his 100th club game, young Cameron Emery gave a fine all round performance to help Gretna I take a three-wicket win over Claremont at Abbotsfield Park on Saturday. Emery has shown good signs since his return to cricket this season. He took 4-18 off 8.3 overs and then, batting at number six, made a match-winning 40 (four fours) sharing an excellent partnership of 56 with Zac Crosswell who showed great poise with 18 (one four). The pair came together with the score at 6/73 chasing 133 for victory. Captain Corey Ransley bowled well for his team, finishing with the good figures of 4-22 off his 10 overs. Aaron Maddox took one wicket as did young Ryan Emery. In the end Gretna finished 7/133 off 29.1 overs. Others to make runs were Rhys Browning 23 (three fours) and Brian Smith 14 (one four). With this win, Gretna I climb into the top five of the Second Grade ladder. During his 100th match, Cameron Emery had the pleasure of playing alongside his father Bruce and brother Ryan. Great work guys.

THIRD GRADE: Bushy Park moved into third spot with a convincing 123 run win over Brighton at Pontville on Saturday. Bushy Park won the toss and made the good score off 10/188. Opener and newlywed Shaun Fenton batted well making 61, sharing a 71-run stand with Mitch Crosswell 23. Troy Smith also made 23 and Damien Madden 12. In reply, Brighton had no answers to the bowling attack and was bowled out for just 65. After suffering a hit to the head with the ball last week, the destroyer Nathan Grant put on a fine display of bowling taking 4-20 off 10 overs. He was well supported by Troy Smith who finished with the fine figures of 2 for just 11 runs off his 10 overs. In fact all the bowlers did well with Damien Madden 2-6 (1.1), Mitch Crosswell 1-10 (7) and Blake Howlett 1-15 (5).

Gretna II went down to St Annes by five wickets. Playing at home, Gretna won the toss and batted first, making 10/111 off 38.3 overs. Opener Luke Wheeler top-scored with a good 37 (two fours, one six). Tom Allcock made 18 (one four) and Zac Wheeler 9 (one four). In reply St Anne's finished 5/115 in the run chase. Playing in his first senior game for Gretna, 15-year-old Blake Mayne bowled well finishing with the best figures of 2-15 off six overs. Another youngster, Sam Booth, also did well taking 2-15 off five overs. Well done boys, an excellent effort. For the record, Blake Mayne is the 299th player for Gretna since 1977/78. Who will be number 300?

FOURTH GRADE: Second-placed Bothwell defeated Bagdad by 97 runs on Saturday. Playing at home, Bothwell had first knock, making 9/178 off its 50 overs. Matthew Eyles and Trent Rogers top-scored with 32 runs each while captain Cody Eyles and keeper Darren Hawes made 24 each. Brock Nichols was 16 not out and Michael White 15. In reply Bagdad couldn't handle the Bucks' attack and was bowled our for just 81. Matthew Eyles made a good double with fine figures of 3-12 (8) and Brock Nichols was just as good with 3-14 (10). Trent Rogers was also tight 2-21 (7) and Nathan White 2-31 (10).

New Norfolk II had a good 48-run win over Old Beach at Tynwald Park. Having first hit the Red Caps were in a spot of bother at 6/64, but an 84-run stand by Todd Rusher 66 (four fours) and captain Jamie Hill 39 (five fours) steadied the ship. Rusher's timing was a key and Hill rotated the strike with plenty of quick singles. Young Nathan Rice showed great poise and maturity remaining 18 not out. Leigh Berry made 16 (one four). The team finished on 9/199 off its 50 overs. In reply, Old Beach was dismissed for 151 off  30.2 overs. Todd Rusher put in a superb all-rounders performance, making 4/35 off his 10 overs. Jamie Hill also had a double, finishing 2-28 off six overs while Aaron Drew and Nathan Cashion both got two wickets also. With the win, New Norfolk II remains in fifth position on the ladder.

Molesworth II had the bye.

SIXTH GRADE: New Norfolk III went down to St Anne's by three wickets at Cadbury's No. 1. Having first knock, the visitors made 10/101 off 36.3 overs. Blake Kemmler was solid and made a good 35 not out while Trent Smith made 21 and young Coby Kemmler did well putting on 35 with his brother Blake making 8. In reply St Anne's got the runs, but not without trouble, finishing 7/103 off 25.2 overs. Liam O'Brien sent a message to the selectors, taking 3-27 off his 10 overs. Blake Kemmler took 2-19 (6) and his father Brad Kemmler  took 1-34 (7).

At Ogilvie High School, Derwent defeated Bothwell II by seven wickets. The Bucks batted first, making 10/181 off 49.5 overs. Batting at number seven, Clinton Millhouse showed great determination and made a very good 76 not out. Millhouse held things together, putting on 78 with young Brody Nichols who did well making 25. Opener Anthony White made 22. In reply Derwent finished 3/184 off 38.2 overs. Kelvin Eyles took 1-21 (6), Simon Eyles 1-23 (5.2) and Nathan Eyles 1-25 (6).

Smoke alert for southern Tasmania



Issued At: 10/02/2016 7:34am

There is a bushfire at Maxwell River (south), in the South-West. There is no threat to communities. There may be smoke and ash from this fire visible around Greater Hobart Area.

What to do:
  • Exercise caution if driving in smoke.
  • Turn on your headlights and drive slowly.
  • If you live in the area of the fire, stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service Website
  • For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Artwork unveiled at high school

The New Norfolk High School
sculpture, Community Monad.
ARTWORK commissioned to celebrate the redevelopment of New Norfolk High School's trades block has recently been installed at the school.

Dan Kershaw’s free-standing sculptural artwork titled Community Monad has been erected adjacent to the Material, Design and Technology (MDT) department.

The artwork is described as an exploration of built organic forms. Kershaw's motivation for this commission was to inspire the students studying in this subject area to see the creative possibilities of the materials he has worked with.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Smoke increases over Strathgordon fire

AN aerial observation flight was conducted over the Mt Cullen bushfire near Strathgordon earlier today. The Tasmania Fire Service reports that continued warm conditions over the last few days has resulted in an increase in the amount of smoke in the area.

The TFS urges people to remain informed as there are areas of fire that continue to burn and conditions can change. Any fire activity causing concern should be reported by calling triple zero (000).

Gordon River Rd remains closed beyond the junction with Scotts Peak Rd and is likely to remain closed for some time.

Scotts Peak Rd is open, including access to the Huon and Edgar campgrounds. Campfires have been banned until further notice in the South-West National Park due to the current fire situation (gas stoves are permitted). All walking tracks departing from Scotts Peak Rd remain closed.

Emergency service vehicles and personal will be in the area for several weeks to come. Deployed today were three helicopters, 17 remote area firefighters (Tasmanian, interstate and New Zealand crews) and three Forestry Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife water carriers.