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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas winners

UPDATED with more details:
ON the eve of the new year, here are the details of the winners of several Christmas-related events in New Norfolk.

New Norfolk Christmas Parade
Best emergency services presentation: Tasmanian Ambulance Service (New Norfolk volunteers)
Best business presentation: Derwent Valley Community House
Best decorated vehicle: Derwent Valley Players' Alice in Panto Land
Best school presentation: Combined Aussie Christmas, Glenora/Ouse/Westerway/Maydena schools
Best community activity presentation: Combined Churches of New Norfolk nativity scene
Best overall presentation: New Norfolk Primary School

New Norfolk Business Alliance shop window competition
Winner: Terry White Chemist
Runner-up: 20th Century Artifacts
Honourable mention: Big Red Box
Highly commended: Country Florals Florist, Choo Chews, Salvation Army, Mitre 10, Guardian Pharmacy, Glasser and Parker, New Norfolk Newsagency, Camelot Fashions, GN Electrical, Keitha's Salon and Nails, and Morf Antiques.

Derwent Dollars Giveaway
1st: Suzanne McDonald
2nd: Carly Munnings
3rd: Sally Coleman,Wendy Burdon,Veronica Honey

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Head to the mountain for fun

A PROGRAM of family-friendly events at Mt Field National Park had its start yesterday and continues until February 3. The first few days' activities are listed below.

The annual Summer Discovery Ranger Program was launched by Environment, Parks and Heritage minister Brian Wightman. “Summer is a wonderful time to get outdoors and celebrate how lucky we are to live in a beautiful, natural place like Tasmania,” Mr Wightman said. “This program offers many opportunities ... led by a skilled and passionate team of rangers, who provide a really memorable experience,” he said.

Summer Rangers will be based at 15 parks and reserves across the state, providing a wide range of free programs for all ages. Details are available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at

Mt Field National Park discovery activities
Friday, December 30
10.30am: Kids Caper - discover some of the incredible adaptations of Tasmania’s wildlife through fun games and activities. Meet at the visitor centre foyer. Under 12s  must be accompanied by an adult. One hour.
7.30pm: Platypus Prowl - learn how this unique animal lives and thrives here. You may even see a platypus in the nearby streams. Meet at the visitor centre foyer. One hour.

South-West National Park
Saturday, December 31
8am–5pm: Southwest Wilderness - the Discovery Ranger will be visiting the South-West National Park’s popular campsites and lookouts. Campers and day visitors are welcome to come and chat. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear, sunscreen, hat and water.

Friday night at the speedway

TASMANIA'S most sought-after speedway title will be up for grabs at the Hobart International Speedway near New Norfolk this Friday night (December 30) when the Tasmanian Sprintcar Championship is contested, sponsored by New Norfolk Mowers and Chainsaws. The Friday night program gets under way at 6.30pm and will also feature the fifth round of the Junior Sedan Championship Series, plus support class racing from lightning sprints, street stock sedans, Tassie sixes and bombers.

The championship will also be round four of the Sprintcar Series. Series leader Jamie Bricknell will start among the favourites for the title as he chases his first championship. Fellow Launceston driver Jason Dawkins has also put in some impressive drives in recent weeks, including a victory at Carrick on Monday night's Boxing Day program in the final hit-out before the state title. Bricknell finished third in that race, but may have been a little conservative ahead of the championship. Reigning champion Kurt Luttrell will defend his title in what will be his first race on home soil this season, having been racing in Victoria.

Meanwhile, the junior sedan championship series round should see an exciting battle between series leader Josh Smith and the much-improved trio of Brodie Piper, Nathan Russell and Josh Stephens.

Hobart International Speedway (presently branded as Mountain Dew Raceway) is on the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek - ignore the television ads saying it's at Granton. Future events at the speedway are on January 14, 27 and 28, February 18 and March 17.

Youngsters into cricket

Aiden Featherstone and Kiara Moodie
DRESSED in Australian colours and aspiring to be just like their favourite cricketing heroes, 30 girls and boys aged 5-10 years have taken part in a Milo In2Cricket program run by Glenora District High School and Cricket Tasmania.

Every Friday afternoon for the last eight weeks of the school year, the young cricketers enjoyed all the fun and games the sport has to offer. Co-ordinators Annie McKenzie and Natasha Farrow have run the program for the past two years. "It has really grown. We had nearly 20 children last year, to have 30 this year is just fantastic and it was great to see so many parents getting involved," they said.

In the final week the future cricketing heroes had their last session at the Gretna Cricket Club. Afterwards they enjoyed a barbecue before being presented with certificates and gift bags which contained a medal and many novelty items for them to enjoy.

The group's last get-together was at Bellerive Oval on the first day of the second test between Australia and New Zealand, where 16 children from the group were lucky enough to be selected to participate in the opening ceremony. Among them was Jacob Blackwell, 7, of Macquarie Plains, who said "we got to stand next to the players and I got to shake hands with the New Zealand captain."

During the test match lunch break, Milo In2Cricketers from all areas showed off their skills on the oval, which was a big thrill for all.

The children, their parents and the Gretna Cricket Club say a really big thank you to Annie, Natasha and also Wendy Hickman for all their hard work and extra special treats each week. It has been an excellent program. If you would like your child to participate in Milo in2Cricket next season, contact the Glenora School or go to the website.
Wade Gleeson

Valley farm the pick of the bunch

THE Clark family's Westerway Raspberry Farm is the biggest in Australia, the Mercury newspaper reported this week. Reporter Roger Hanson's article says the Derwent Valley farm has an annual production of 200 tonnes of raspberries and 300 tonnes of blackcurrants. The family employs 150 pickers at peak times and has invested in an American-made mechanical harvester. The article can be read here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas lunch in New Norfolk

A FREE Christmas lunch will be available at the St Matthew's Church Hall in Bathurst St, New Norfolk, from noon on Christmas Day (Sunday). The lunch is provided by the churches of New Norfolk, particularly for those who may be on their own at Christmas. The theme is "bring a friend or come and make a friend." Lunch starts at noon and there will be a concert at 2pm. For more information, to request transport or to make a booking (to assist with catering) phone 6261 1528 or 6261 1627.

Season's greetings to all readers of the New Norfolk News.

New jetty nearly finished

CONSTRUCTION of a new jetty is nearing completion on the northern bank of the River Derwent at New Norfolk.

The jetty is a Federally-funded job-creation scheme under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The $64,000 facility is intended to improve tourist access to the river. It was described as a "ready to go" project when the funding was announced in February 2010.

The new jetty seen from the Esplanade

The view from the new jetty off Rocks Rd

Last chance to see Santa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cricketers break for Christmas

ROUND 10 of the Southern Cricket Association was played last weekend and the teams now have a break until the first weekend in January.

Molesworth openers Bradley Coppleman and Mark Reggett were unstoppable in the 2nd Grade match with Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond last Saturday. Coppleman 116 not out and Reggett 105no had the opposition scratching their heads for answers but Richmond/Cambridge was not to be denied and nearly turned the match on its head. With one wicket in hand and needing two runs for victory with three balls remaining, the home side was bowled out after Baxter Oliver used his quick thinking to run out the final batsman to give Molesworth a win to remember. Molesworth can also thank Nathan Eiszele for his efforts - he skittled the opposition batsmen by taking 6 for 44. Adding to the individual performances, captain and wicket keeper Nick Piuselli took five of the six catches.

In another exciting match in 2nd Grade, Gretna I pulled off a gutsy win against Runnymede at Gretna. Gretna I 9 for 274 off 48.1 overs defeated Runnymede 6 for 273 off 50 overs.

In the other 2nd Grade game, New Norfolk 7 for 224 off 50 overs defeated second-placed Rokeby Wanderers 9 for 182 off 44.1 overs at Tynwald Park.

In 4th Grade on Saturday, Bushy Park continued on its merry way, recording their sixth straight win over Gretna II at Bushy Park. Bushy Park 10 for 236 off 43.4 overs (batting first) defeated Gretna II 10 for 118 off 28 overs

In 5th Grade on Sunday, Old Beach  9 for 204 off 45.5 overs defeated Molesworth II 10 for 97 off 30.4 overs at Boyer Oval

SCA ladders at round 10 (unofficial)
2nd Grade
Sorell 45pts 1.72%
Richmond/Cambridge 45pts 1.48%
Rokeby Wanderers 45pts 1.47%
Molesworth I 39pts 1.36%
Gretna I 39pts 1.27%
New Norfolk 27pts 0.84%
Hobart 24pts 0.74%
MacKillop Beltas 21pts 0.69%
Runnymede 9pts 0.63%
Montagu Bay Sharks 6 pts 0.51%.

4th Grade
Bushy Park 42pts 1.97%
McRobies Gully 42pts 1.00%
Sandford 36 pts 0.95%
Marquis Tigers 33pts 1.27%
Knights 33pts 1.10%
Sorell 33pts 0.94%
Claremont 27pts 1.13%
Dynnyrne 27pts 1.00%
DOSA 21pts 0.61%
Gretna II 6pts 0.48%. 

5th Grade
Old Beach 48pts 1.63%
Risdon Vale 39pts 1.36%
Montagu Bay Sharks 36pts 1.60%
MacKillop Beltas 36pts, 1.34%
St Aidans 36pts 0.80%
Campania 27pts 0.89%
Lindisfarne 24pts 0.89%
Moonah 18pts 0.80%
Molesworth II 18 pts 0.73%
Runnymede 18pts 0.59%
Next Matches
2nd Grade
Sunday, January 8: Gretna I v Sorell at Sorell No.1; New Norfolk v Runnymede at Tynwald Park;
Molesworth I v MacKillop Beltas at Boyer Oval.

4th Grade
Saturday, January 7: Gretna II v Marquis Tigers at Gretna; Bushy Park v Claremont at Bushy Park.

5th Grade
Saturday, January 7: Molesworth II v Campania at Tynwald Park.

Twenty/20 Super Bash results, December 13
Old Beach 8 for 126 off 20 over's defeated New Norfolk 8 for 125 off 20 overs at Pontville.
Batting - New Norfolk: Stewart Rice 65, Chris Ashcroft 26, Josh Walsh 10. Bowling - New Norfolk: Stewart Rice 2 for 6 off four overs (one maiden), Josh Walsh 2 for 24 off two overs, Jamie Maddox 1 for 19 off four overs, Josh Rowlands 1 for 20 off four overs (one maiden), Rohan Heron 1 for 23 off two overs, Graeme Rowlands 0 for 26 off four overs.

Bushy Park in the swim

BUSHY Park Swimming Pool open for its summer season today. Hundreds of students have received learn-to-swim lessons in the last fortnight and the pool will now be open to the public from noon-6pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends and public holidays (closed Christmas Day).

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Reader's letter - fox baiting

TODAY I noticed several signs posted within the Peppermint Hill Estate area in Kensington St in relation to 1080 being laid on December 13. Where are the public notices about this and the fox?

Nicole Lawrence

Junior selected for southern side

AFTER being nominated and attending several months of trials in Cricket Tasmania's "Emerging Tigers" program, 12-year-old Gretna junior cricketer Joshua Farrow has been selected in the southern team for the Under 13 Intrastate Cup.

The Ouse District School Grade 6 student will have three training sessions with the team before they travel to the North-West Coast in January where they will play four games over four days against the North and North-West teams.

"I'm very excited and very pleased to be chosen for the team," Josh said. His parents Natasha and Craig Farrow will be going to watch Josh play. "It's just great that Josh has this opportunity," Natasha said. "We, along with Josh's sister Sophie, are all so pleased for him."

In just his second season, Josh has shown early signs of becoming a very good cricketer. In the six matches played this season so far, Josh has had five innings with the bat, making 141 runs. His highest score is 45 not out. In fact Josh has been dismissed only once in those five innings and hit a total of 18 fours and two sixes.

His bowling performance is just as impressive, capturing a total of nine wickets at the expense of just 25 runs off 25 overs with four maidens, with best figures of 3 for 1 off two overs. To cap it off, his Gretna Green Under 13s coached by Darren Stevenson have won all six matches so far.

Josh's cricketing ability has had a slight helping hand - his great-grandfather the late Les Cunningham is regarded as Gretna's finest ever cricketer. He captained the senior teams to many premierships over a career that spanned five decades, 50 centuries and many wickets. It sure is in the genes, that's for sure.

Gretna Cricket Club wishes Josh all the best and will be certainly keeping a close eye on how he and the team perform in January.

Strathgordon motel to reopen

THE Lake Pedder Chalet will reopen on January 1 after being closed for more than two years. Situated on the water's edge at Strathgordon, the chalet has been leased to private operators Susan and Neville Quarrier to run as tourist accommodation.

Located at the far end of the Derwent Valley municipality, the village is a recognised gateway to the south-west wilderness. The chalet has been undergoing a $300,000 refurbishment prior to reopening.

Hydro Tasmania CEO Roy Adair said he was pleased to see the chalet back in business. It had been closed to the public in 2009 due to excessive operating costs and the need for the Hydro to "realign its priorities" following three years of drought.

“The chalet is located in a magnificent part of Tasmania right next to the World Heritage area,” Mr Adair said. “More and more people want to experience this type of natural attraction and the chalet is in the perfect spot on the banks of Lake Pedder. We are confident the chalet will be a successful business under the enthusiastic and professional guidance of the Quarriers,” Mr Adair said.

The new operators will also open the restaurant and bar and are keen to upgrade the sports facilities and introduce kayaks, bikes, native gardens and a children's playground. “The area is what Tasmania is all about – it is unique, historic, diverse and untamed,” Mrs Quarrier said.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Woolies carpark "dangerous"

CONCERN about the new layout of the New Norfolk Woolworths car park was expressed at tonight's meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. New line markings have been painted in readiness for the expected opening of McDonald's next week.

Councillor Wayne Shoobridge said the car park now looked dangerous. Following the reorganisation it is no longer possible to drive in a straight line between the Burnett St and Charles St entrances. Cr Shoobridge said there were blindspots in the new layout. Cr Judy Bromfield agreed, describing the situation as very bad, particularly when the car park was busy. Mayor Martyn Evans said he would investigate.

Earlier this year, the council approved the construction of the McDonald's Restaurant in the Burnett and George St corner of the supermarket car park. This has reduced the number of spaces available for car parking and the impact was felt soon after the building works commenced, with busy times encountered more often than in the past.

Earlier in tonight's meeting, Cr Evans noted that the new McDonald's had created about 75 jobs, many for young people.

See Santa in New Norfolk

FATHER Christmas made his first visits to Glasser and Parker in New Norfolk today and will return tomorrow (Friday) between 11am-1pm and again from 2-4pm for chats and photos (bring your own camera). He will be back again on Saturday between 11am-1pm.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Riverside access restored

The popular sightseeing spot at Plenty
PUBLIC access has been restored to the river's edge at Plenty after a lengthy process. Many were caught unawares about three years ago when a fence went up across the popular area in front of the No 1 Railway Bridge.

What was long presumed to be public open space turned out to have been private property and a new owner exercised his right to fence the land.

Spurred into action following the loss of public access to the river's edge, the Derwent Valley Council started a compulsory acquisition process that was completed only recently.

The No. 1 Railway Bridge across the Derwent River at Plenty

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Round nine cricket

MOLESWORTH II scored a good win over Lindisfarne in their 5th Grade match at Lindisfarne yesterday. Molesworth won the toss and sent the home team in to bat and after their 50 overs put up a very competitive 6 for 222. (51 Extras). In reply Molesworth did very well thanks to their opening batsman Jade Hodge who just missed out on a century scoring, a well made 98. Molesworth finished at 7 for 227 off 46.2 overs.

2nd Grade
In the game at Boyer Oval, Molesworth I made it a double for the club after close encounter with New Norfolk. Molesworth won the toss and elected to bat only to be bowled out for a low 121 off 43.5 oves. In reply New Norfolk fell short by just seven runs of a victory, 10 for 115 off 36.3 overs.

Rokeby Wanderers 6 for 372 off 50 overs defeated Gretna I 9 for 200 off 31 overs at Clarendon Vale yesterday.

4th Grade
Bushy Park made it five wins from their last five starts with an easy win over DOSA, which had just nine players at Shoobridge Park yesterday.

McRobies Gully 5 for 139 off 40.3 overs defeated Gretna II 10 for 138 off 38.4 overs at Gretna today. Sunday.

Last Sunday (Round 4) saw Knights 10 for 286 off 43.4 overs defeat Gretna II 10 for 180 off 34.3 overs at Cosgrove High School.

Twenty/20 Super Bash results
New Norfolk 9 for 75 off 18.1 overs defeated Montagu Bay Sharks 10 for 74 off 14.1 overs at Risdon Vale.

St Annes 1 for 56 off 6.5 overs defeated Molesworth 10 for 55 off 15.5 overs at Pontville.

Claremont 7 for 126 off 20 overs defeated Gretna 8 for 98 off 20 overs at Pontville.

Sports scholarships for local three

THREE New Norfolk Rowing Club members are among 104 athletes who will receive Tasmanian Institute of Sport Scholarships for 2012. Lyons Labor MHA Rebecca White said the scholarships, now in their 26th year, provided invaluable support to talented Tasmanian athletes striving to achieve at the highest level.

“The State Government is committed to supporting our sporting stars, and this year we have contributed $2.11 million to assist elite and promising Tasmanian athletes,” Ms White said. “Next year will be a very important one for our elite athletes as they aim to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

“These scholarships will help them balance the demands of competitive sport with their personal, work and academic commitments,” Ms White said. “The athletes will receive elite coaching, sports science and technical analysis, strength and conditioning coaching, training and competition equipment, national and international training and competition experiences, career and education advice and financial support."

Locally resident 2011 rowing world champion Anthony Edwards has received another TIS scholarship, along with fellow NNRC members Kate Hornsey and Kerry Hore.
Edwards and Hore were also finalists in this year's Tasmanian Athlete of the Year Award.

Film society proposed

THE first meeting of a proposed new film society will be held in New Norfolk in the new year. This first meeting of the Derwent Valley Film Society will be held in the St Matthew's Church Hall, Bathurst St, on the evening of January 21.

A website has been established at and anyone wanting more information can email

Christmas parade gallery

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas parade

THE sun shone brightly on High St this afternoon as the New Norfolk Christmas Parade made its traditional two laps of the central business district. With nearly 40 entries in this year's pageant, it remained one of Tasmania's biggest annual celebrations of the Christmas season.

More to come, including photo gallery

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Norfolk's big weekend

IT'S a big weekend of pre-Christmas activities in New Norfolk this weekend. Here's what we know of:

Friday, December 9
  • New Norfolk High School fair, Blair St, 3-7pm
  • Molesworth carols by candlelight, recreation ground, Molesworth Rd, 6pm

Saturday, December 10
  • New Norfolk Christmas Parade, High St, noon
  • Speedway, Sorell Creek, 3pm
  • Christmas pantomime, Memorial Hall, 2pm & 5pm

Sunday, December 11
  • Powerboat racing, Granton circuit
  • Christmas pantomime, Memorial Hall, 2pm & 5pm

Big night at the speedway

Hobart International Speedway
CHRISTMAS will come early for southern speedway fans when the Hobart International Speedway outside New Norfolk stages its fireworks spectacular race meeting this Saturday night.

As well as providing a big night of family entertainment including a fireworks display after dark and an appearance by Santa Claus, the sparks will fly on the track with round three of the super sedan series and round four of the street-stock sedan series. Support-class action will include racing for V8 AMCAs, Formula 500s, wingless sprintcars, bombers and speedway karts.

The speedway is off the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek, where the gates will open at 3pm, with racing for the karts at 4.30pm and other divisions from 6pm. Read more at

Former Tasmanian V8 super sedan champion Steve Latham leads the series, but has opted to miss his home round as he prepares for an assault on the national super series, which starts on the mainland later this month. The series will include three rounds in Tasmania in January. Latham’s absence will open the gate – and the series - with reigning Tasmanian champion Jarrod Harper the driver in the best position to take advantage and possibly the series lead. Harper won the second round of the series at this venue last month and will be keen to back up with another victory this weekend.

The street-stock sedan series will provide an opportunity for Corey Bauld to extend his lead after strong results in earlier rounds, with his main challenge likely to come from Matt Templar, Robbie Fisher, Todd Russell and Todd Auton.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New faces but same great coffee

SUE and Larry Hill are the new owners of Number 10 cafe in High St, New Norfolk. The couple has been running the popular coffee shop for about two months, introducing daily morning and afternoon tea specials.

Number 10 is open from 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-2pm on Saturdays (closed on Sundays and public holidays).

Congratulations to Sue and Larry on their new venture.

Hair-raising times at Gretna

A WELL grown moustache and a hairy chest is all that was need to raise awareness for men's health issues at the Gretna Green Hotel last Wednesday evening. Todd Jarvis, 20, of Magra, had most of his body hair waxed and shaved after spending the month of November growing a well-groomed moustache for Movember - the fundraising month for men's health.

Amongst the large crowd in attendance was Todd's grandmother, Jan Ransley, who had the pleasure of pulling the first wax strip off her grandsons chest! Mikayla Lathey from Classic Hair Design in Moonah was their to make sure all Todd's hair came off smoothly. Todd raised $700 during the evening, with paying to have a turn ripping off the wax strips off or just donating to the cause.

The biggest donations came from a group that put up $120, along with Phil and Colleen Sharpe of the Gretna Green Hotel who put up $100 as did the Gretna Cricket Club of which Todd is a member. Todd's girlfriend Amanda McCall had the pleasure of removing her partners moustache - I'm sure she wont miss it.

At the end the evening Todd received a round of applause from all, not only for enduring the painful hair removal but for his support of men's health issues during the month. "It was more than worth it," Todd said afterwards. He also said a big thank you to Mikayla Lathey, Phil and Colleen Sharpe, Ben Shaw, the Gretna Cricket Club, all those who also donated, and not forgetting his mum Trudy for holding his hand through the waxing.    
Story and pictures by Wade Gleeson

Amanda McCall tackles Todd Jarvis' moustache

The crowd at the Gretna Green Hotel

Swimming school

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fruit farms in focus

TWO Derwent Valley fruitgrowers were featured in today's issue of the Mercury newspaper. Michelle Paine's article features Sorell Creek cherry grower Craig Fraser and Westerway raspberry grower Richard Clark. Read more here.

Round eight cricket

AFTER a convincing win on Saturday, Gretna jumped further ahead to be the best of the Derwent Valley teams on the second grade ladder.

Gretna's score of 7 for 266 off 50 overs was just to big a target for Molesworth yesterday, bowled out for 171 off 39.2 overs. In the other 2nd Grade game New Norfolk was too good for Hobart at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk sent Hobart in and bowled them out for 102 off 44.4 overs. In reply New Norfolk made 4 for 105 off just 20 overs.
4th Grade

Bushy Park 2 for 77 off 10.5 overs defeated Sorell 10 for 73 off 24.4 overs at Sorell No.2
Knights 10 for 286 of 43.4 overs defeated Gretna II 10 for 180 off 34.3 overs at Cosgrove High School.
5th Grade
MacKillop Beltas 2 for 107 off 15.5 overs defeated Molesworth II 10 for 105 off 26.1 overs at Cambridge Oval.

This weekend's games, Round 9
2nd Grade - Saturday: Gretna I v Rokeby Wanderers at Clarendon Vale; Molesworth I v New Norfolk at Boyer Oval
4th Grade - Sunday: Gretna II v McRobies Gully at Gretna; Bushy Park v DOSA at Shoobridge Park
5th Grade - Saturday: Molesworth II v Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne No.2

This week sees the start of the Kookaburra Twenty/20 Super Bash. These are the matches involving the Derwent Valley clubs.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 5.20pm: Molesworth v St Annes at Pontville
  • Wednesday, December 7, 5.20pm: Gretna v Claremont at Pontville
  • Thursday, December 8, 5.20pm: New Norfolk v Montagu Bay Sharks at Risdon Vale

Junior cricket - round six

Youth League results

Under 13
Tas Uni 2 for 94 off 20 overs defeated Gretna Gold 6 for 80 off 20 over at Gretna.
Batting - Gretna Gold: Hannah Mann 27, Ryan Emery 15 (two 4s), Zac Crosswell 13 not out (one 4), Blake Eyles 11no, Joshua Eyles 8no, Adam Bartels 2, Colby Monks 1, Grant Booth 1.
Bowing - Gretna Gold: Adam Bartels 1 for 5 off 2 overs, Hannah Mann 1 for 6 off 2 overs.

Gretna Green 5 for 92 off 20 overs defeated Kingborough 5 for 73 off 20 overs at Lightwood Park.
Batting - Gretna Green: Josh Farrow 32 retired (three 4s,  one 6), Reece Williams 16 retired (one 4), Jack Stevenson 5 (one 4), Jake Ransley 4 (one 4), Jack Hills 2, Josh Hills 2no,  Dylan Downie 1, Jacob Bowerman 2.
Bowling - Gretna Green: Ebony Downie 1 for 5 off 2 overs, Jake Ransley 1 for 8 off 2 overs, Jacob Bowerman 1 for 10 off 2 overs, Jack Stevenson 1 for 13 off 2 overs.

Under 15 (Twenty/20 match)
Gretna 6 for 121 off 20 overs defeated Wellington 8 for 60 off 20 overs at Gretna.
Batting - Gretna: Brock Nichols 44 (four 4s, one 6), Dylan Pearce 35 (three 4s), Cody Eyles 15no (three 4s), Alex Blair 6.
Bowing - Gretna: Wade Lockley 3 for 7 off 2 overs (hat trick), Jeremy Nossiter 1 for 3 off 2 overs, Connor Salter 1 for 11 off 2 overs, Kai Wilton 1 for 12 off 2 overs.

Next games - Round 7 -  January 29
Under 13: Gretna Green v New Norfolk at Gretna
Under 13: Gretna Gold v St Anne's Crows at Cadbury No.2
Under 15: Gretna v Old Beach at Pontville Oval

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Flexibility for oval development

COMMERCIAL development of the Willow Court oval is expected to be more "flexible" following a planning scheme amendment for the site. A special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council last Monday accepted a report recommending that the oval be removed from the "core" and "peripheral area" of the greater Willow Court site. The draft amendment will be displayed for public comment for at least three weeks. The oval was sold to a developer earlier this year. The cost of the planning scheme amendment will be borne by the council.

Field and game club

INDIFFERENT weather saw good use being made of the clubhouse facilities at the Derwent Valley Field and Game Club recently. "Whilst the weather was not fantastic we still enjoyed ourselves and being able to retreat to the clubhouse when it was raining is a much better scenario than for many other sports," spokesman Ray Williams said.

The results at the end of the 90 target five stand event on November 20 was an overall best score of 80/90 to young Tom Jenkins of Plenty in B Grade followed by Darrell Evans in A Grade 75/90 and finally Keith Howells in C Grade with a 63/90.

Clay target shooting of various styles can be enjoyed by people from age 12 right through to 80 plus. Hobart Gun Club member Trevor Newman still competes at 92 years of age. Anyone interested in trying out at this sport should contact Ray Williams on 6261 3444 during business hours.

Successful students

SEVERAL New Norfolk youths were among the Claremont College students who received Duke of Edinburgh's Awards recently.  Silver and bronze awards were presented during a ceremony at the Police Academy, Rokeby. Recipients included:

  • James Tassell, 18 (silver)
  • Joshua Walsh, 17 (bronze)
  • Trent Mayne, 17 (bronze)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Remembering Rotary

New Norfolk Rotary Club 1964
WITH moves afoot once again to revive the New Norfolk Rotary Club, it is interesting to look back at the men who made the club such a success in its formative years.

This photo from the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre's collection shows the New Norfolk Rotarians of 1964.

In the back row are, from left: Arch Andrews, Ron McCrickard, Gordon Bradshaw, Don Lennox, Joe Salter, Barry Churchill, Vern Fyle, Ron Jacobs, Bob Hansen. Middle row: Eric Windsor, John Craw, George Johnson, Jim Hamilton, Ludos Krasauskus, Rex Traill, Bevan Robinson, Dave Traill, Eddie Wigston. Front row: Clyde Webb, Keith Downie, Ken O'Brien, Fred Potter, Alan Wilson, Ray MacArthur, Terry Scoles, Keith Goodrick and Dave Barnes.

The club was chartered in 1959 and went into recess shortly after its 40th anniversary.

Askew family agony

THE elder brother of missing person Eve Askew has spoken of his fractured family's two decades of agony. Jake Askew, now 38, and his brother David, 36, were the last people to see Eve before she disappeared from the family's Derwent Valley home in 1991. The Mercury has the story here.

Fire probe stalemate

POLICE are waiting for a report from the Tasmania Fire Service before investigating the blaze that destroyed Ward 1 at the former Royal Derwent Hospital a fortnight ago, Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans said tonight.

Councillor Evans told tonight's council workshop that he had contacted the police as requested at the last council meeting, and had been advised the police would act once they had been informed that the fire had been deliberately lit.

Such a report seems unlikely to be received. The building was demolished within hours of the fire, following the fire service's announcement that the incident would not be investigated. "Because our meeting with Tasmania Police some time ago it was determined that any investigation would probably come up with very little evidence and chances of succeeding a prosecution now is virtually nil," a Tasmania Fire Service spokesman told the ABC at the time.

Deputy mayor Barry Lathey told tonight's workshop that it was a "very bad practice" not to investigate the fire. A former chief officer of the New Norfolk Fire Brigade, Cr Lathey agreed that firefighters did not need to enter potentially unsafe buildings, but said they "could do an offensive attack and extinguish the fire" from outside, particularly as the hospital wards were "wide open". 

The same workshop heard from council general manager Stephen Mackey that Ward 1 had not been one of the hospital buildings approved for demolition.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Statement: Lachlan Festival cancelled

IT is with great disappointment that I inform you of the cancellation of the 2012 Lachlan Festival. Due to a lack of support from both the community and the Derwent Valley Council, the Lachlan Festival cannot continue.

The Lachlan Festival Committee was formed as a sub-committee of the Lachlan Reserve Committee. The Lachlan Reserve Committee is a special committee of the Derwent Valley Council. The purpose of the Reserve Committee is to administer the funds allocated to Lachlan from the councils' reserves fund which is funded from subdivision of land in the Lachlan area.

The festival committee (Lachlan Reserve sub-committee) was formed to promote use of the public space (Gleeson Park) that the reserve committee maintains and develops. Whilst the festival committee was included under the umbrella of the Reserve Committee we were covered under the Derwent Valley Council's public liability insurance.

The council has decided that the festival has outgrown its original charter, and therefore will no longer allow the event to operate under their insurance. The festival runs on a tiny budget and we cannot afford to both pay for our own insurance and pay for the event. Whilst we are unsure of why the council has made this decision, it is a decision they are standing by and efforts to convince them otherwise have fallen on deaf ears.

I have spoken personally to the council's insurance company who explained to me that all the council had to do was approve the event as a "council event" and authorise the committee to organise and run the event on council's behalf in order for us to remain insured. The council steadfastly refused to consider this option.

I was told to approach the council for sponsorship, which may or may not be approved, and they couldn't give me an answer until the next meeting of council which is far too close to the event to find out that we're not insured. We were no longer able to run our fundraising events without insurance and therefore have no way to raise the funds to pay for our own insurance.

Had all of this occurred much earlier in the year and planning process, we may have been able to overcome the setback, however the council chose to formally notify us in October which was simply too late for us. At this juncture it seems unlikely that the festival will operate again in the near future.

The committee has worked hard over the past year to make many improvements to the running of the festival, acquire assets and raise the profile of the local area.

Sponsorship money will be returned to sponsors, stallholder fees will be returned, and any remaining funds will be given to the Lachlan Reserve Committee (Gleeson Park) to help fund their current projects. All non-financial assets (such as marquees etc) will be donated to the Lachlan Community Hall.

Reuben Hopkins

Municipal recycling options

THE topics of salvaging metal and other recyclable materials from the New Norfolk tip site will be discussed at this month's Derwent Valley Council workshop tomorrow night. This follows a series of questions about salvage and recycling rights put to the mayor at the November council meeting. Council workshops are open to the public and are held at 6.30pm on the first Thursday of the month, in the council social rooms.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bushfire survey on the way

DERWENT Valley residents are to be invited to take part in a survey that will help fire authorities better understand how people will react if threatened by a bushfire. Householders in Ouse will specifically receive a flyer in their letterbox about the survey but any Tasmanian resident who thinks they may be at risk of bushfire can participate via http:/

The research is being undertaken by the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre, based at La Trobe University in Victoria. Research project manager Glenn Elliott said little was known about what drives a resident’s decision under imminent bushfire threat.

“Unlike other surveys we will be asking respondents to imagine that a bushfire has broken out near your home and then ask what you will do and why,” he said. “Generally speaking, people’s intentions are a good predictor of their eventual behavior, however there are other potential difficulties when a bushfire actually breaks out.”

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Mike Brown said the research would provide important information to the TFS and other fire authorities around Australia. “When a resident finds a bushfire survey flyer in their letterbox we strongly urge them to read it, get the survey and complete it," he said.

Forest agreement briefing

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Round seven cricket

RAIN played a big part in the results of most local matches in round seven of the Southern Cricket Association on Saturday.

2nd grade
Gretna I 6 for 358 drew with Hobart due to rain, at Gretna
Molesworth I 4 for 200 drew with Sorell due to rain, at Sorell
MacKillop Beltas 5 for 161 drew with Molesworth due to rain, at Tynwald Park

4th grade
Sandford 9 for 95 drew with Bushy Park due to rain, at Bushy Park
Gretna II 7 for 213 drew with Claremont due to rain, at Abbotsfield

5th Grade
St Aidans 6 for 115 off 22.1 overs defeated Molesworth II 10 for 113 off 26.2 overs at Boyer Oval

This weekend's games, Round 8
2nd Grade - Saturday: New Norfolk v Hobart at Tynwald Park; Gretna I v Molesworth I at Gretna
4th Grade - Saturday: Gretna II v Knights at Cosgrove; Bushy Park v Sorell at Sorell No 2
5th Grade - Sunday: Molesworth II v MacKillop Beltas at Cambridge Oval

Junior cricket - round five

Youth League results, Round 5, Sunday November 27

Under 13

Gretna Green 8 for 101 off 25 overs defeated Tasmanian University 6 for 90 off 25 overs at Gretna.
Batting - Gretna Green: Josh Farrow 29 not out (four 4s), Josh Hills 13no (two 4s), Jack Stevenson 6 (one 6), Ebony Downie 1, Jacob Bowerman 1.
Bowling - Gretna Green: Josh Farrow 1 for 5 off 4 overs (one maiden), Jack Hills 1 for 11 off 2 overs, Ebony Downie 1 for 12 off 2 overs. (five extra overs played each innings)

Gretna Gold 5 for 68 off 20 overs defeated St Anne's Cougars 8 for 53 off 17.1 overs at Glenora.
Batting - Gretna Gold: Luke Crosswell 15 not out, Hannah Mann 13no (one 4), Ryan Emery 12 (one 6), Joshua Eyles 4 (one 4), Adam Bartels 11, Blake Eyles 5, Zac Crosswell 1.
Bowling - Gretna Gold: Ryan Emery 2 for 4 off 2.1 overs, Hannah Mann 2 for 7 off 3 overs, Blake Eyles 1 for 2 off 2 overs (one maiden), Joshua Eyles 1 for 5 off 2 overs, Adam Bartels 1 for 10 off 2 overs.

Under 15
Batting second, Gretna 10 for 117 off 39.5 overs defeated Wellington 10 for 94 off 40 overs at Eady St No 2.
Batting - Gretna: Cody Eyles 63 not out (eight 4s, three 6s), Daniel Browning 9, Aaron Thorpe 8 runs (one 4), Nathan Blair 5, Josh Russel 5, Aiden Russell 4, Jamie Davidson 3, Wade Lockley 2, Lucas Davidson 1.
Bowling - Gretna: Lucas Davidson 3 for 12 off 5 overs, Nathan Blair 2 for 5 of 5 overs, Daniel Browning 2 for 6 off 4 overs (two maidens), Aaron Thorpe 1 for 4 off 5 overs (three maidens), Brock Nichols 1 for 11 of 4 overs (one maiden).

Next games - Sunday December 4
Under 13: Gretna Green v Kingborough at Lightwood Park.
Under 13: Gretna Gold v Tasmania University at Gretna.
Under 15: Gretna v Wellington at Gretna. (Twenty20 match)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Macquarie celebration

Period dress added to the colour at today's Lachlan Macquarie commemoration
Organising committee member Jacky Whitehead

Historian Peter MacFie

In the beginning...

1830s New Norfolk by J.O. Ommanney
IN commemoration of the formal establishment of the town of New Norfolk 200 years ago today, the New Norfolk NEWS introduces a spinoff blog: New Norfolk News 200.

The intention is to create an archive of newsworthy events in New Norfolk 200 years ago.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Police want to know about Eve

Eve Askew
POLICE have re-opened their investigations into the disappearance of Derwent Valley girl Eve Askew 20 years ago. Eve disappeared from her home at Fitzgerald, near Maydena, in November 1991. An initial three-year investigation failed to solve the mystery.

The matter was revisited in 2001 but no new evidence came to light. Eve's parents were killed in a car crash soon after.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Willow Court oval latest

A SPECIAL meeting of the Derwent Valley Council will be held on Monday night to debate a proposed planning scheme amendment intended to pave the way for the redevelopment of the Willow Court oval. Several councillors queried the process being followed when the proposal came before last week's council meeting.

The council voted to defer consideration of the proposal until after a workshop with the council planning officer but the mayor and general manager subsequently called a special meeting instead. The public may attend the meeting in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 6.30pm but will not have an opportunity to ask questions. The agenda can be downloaded from the council website.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Back on the front page

FORMER Derwent Valley mayor Nick Cracknell is back on the front page this week, appearing in today's issue of Tasmanian Country.

An article by Roger Hanson reports on recent innovations at Cracknell Tomatoes, the Granton operation that has been run by Nick and Sue Cracknell since 1980. Their son Mathew is also a partner in the business, selling tonnes of vine-ripened tomatoes to Woolworths and other supermarkets.

Grab a copy of Tasmanian Country from the New Norfolk Newsagency or read it online.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Macquarie commemoration

Lachlan Macquarie
THE 200th anniversary of the first visit by colonial governor-in-chief Lachlan Macquarie to the "district of New Norfolk" will be celebrated this Sunday at Arthur Square from 2-4pm, followed by an ecumenical service at St Matthew's Anglican Church at 5.30pm.

Governor Macquarie visited New Norfolk on November 27, 1811, staying overnight at the home of Denis McCarty who is regarded as the town's first settler. Macquarie was taken with the local setting and decreed that "Elizabeth Town" would be the name for the local settlement between the River Derwent and the creek he named the Thames. On his next visit, 10 years later, he renamed the creek after his son, Lachlan.

Macquarie later dispatched surveyor James Meehan to lay out a town plan including a village green. That green, Arthur Square, will be the venue for this Sunday's commemorations at 2pm. The program includes:
  • Royal Anthem (God Save the King, as it was in 1811)
  • Flag raising
  • National Anthem (Advance Australia Fair)
  • Governor Macquarie's speech
  • Derwent Valley Concert Band
  • Performance by Uisce Reatha of colonial tunes about New Norfolk written by Alexander Laing
  • Afternoon tea by invitation
  • Church service at 5.30pm
These events will take place at the Stephen St end of Arthur Square. In the event of inclement weather the program will take place in the St Matthew's Church Hall, Bathurst St, New Norfolk.

Adams declines high office

THE Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams, today declined the Federal Opposition's nomination for him to become Speaker of the House of Representatives. The nomination was part of the political manoeuvring  that followed the unexpected resignation of the speaker this morning.

Hansard records the following:
Liberal MHR Christopher Pyne: " gives me great pleasure to nominate the member for Lyons as Speaker of this House. I do so because the conventions of this parliament are that a member of the government takes the role of Speaker, in our Westminster tradition. ... The member for Lyons has served in this parliament since 1993. He was elected in the same election as I was elected in 1993 and he has been re-elected on many occasions since that time. He has been a member of the Speaker's panel of this place since 1996. For 15 years he has been a member of the Speaker's panel of this place and, of course, in the Tasmanian state parliament he was the Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker from 1980 to 1981, and as a former member, of course, of the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1979 to 1982. He has served as chairman and deputy chairman of many parliamentary committees. He is eminently qualified to fulfil the role of Speaker in this parliament. I am almost trepidatious in nominating the member for Lyons knowing how he would like to deal with the opposition if he so took the role of Speaker in this parliament. I know that, if he fulfilled the role, he would do so fairly and reasonably. I know, most importantly, his No. 1 qualification for Speaker of this parliament is that he comes from the government. Everyone in this parliament knows that the Westminster tradition in this country has been that the government nominates the Speaker and the government fills the role of Speaker. That is as it should be and that is why I nominate the member for Lyons."
The Clerk: "Does the honourable member for Lyons accept the nomination?"
Mr Adams: "No, I decline the nomination, Mr Clerk."

The political manoeuvring continued with further nominations, all declined, until the controversial Queensland MHR Peter Slipper, a member of the Opposition, was declared to have been elected Speaker. He subsequently resigned from the Liberal National Party, improving the position of the minority Labor government.

Mayor to seek fire probe

IT was unacceptable for a major fire in New Norfolk to go uninvestigated, mayor Martyn Evans told last week's Derwent Valley Council meeting. Responding to questions without notice, Cr Evans said he had been aware of media reports that there would be no inquiry into the latest fire at the former Royal Derwent Hospital.

The brick building known as Ward 1 was destroyed by fire early last week and the remains were demolished on the same day, following the announcement that there would be no investigation.

Cr Evans told the council meeting that the lack of an investigation was unacceptable and he would raise the matter with local police.

High school fair

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Round six cricket

Southern Cricket Association - round six

2nd grade
Gretna 9 for 221 off 50 overs defeated MacKillop 10 for 121 off 36.1 overs at Gretna.
Molesworth I 4 for 90 off 19.3 overs defeated Runnymede 10 for 89 off 34.3 overs at Boyer Oval.
Richmond/Cambridge 5 for 146 off 34.4 overs defeated New Norfolk 10 for 168 off 46.5 overs at Tynwald Park.
4th grade
Bushy Park 9 for 289 off 50 overs defeated Marquis Tigers 9 for 174 off 34.1 overs at Lansdowne.
Dynnyrne 3 for 140 off 31.2 overs defeated Gretna II 10 for 137 of 38 overs at Cadburys No. 1.

5th grade
Moonah Cricket Club 7 for 221 off 34.2 overs defeated Molesworth 9 for 59 off 20 overs at Boyer Oval.

This weekend's games (Saturday)
2nd grade: Molesworth I v Sorell at Sorell No. 2; Gretna I v Hobart at Risdon Vale; New Norfolk v MacKillop at Tynwald Park
4th grade: Gretna II v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park; Bushy Park v Sandford at Bushy Park.
5th grade: Molesworth II v St Aidans at Boyer Oval.

Junior cricket - round four

Youth League Results, Round 4, Sunday November 20

Under 13
Gretna Green 1 for 97 off 20 overs defeated St Anne's Crows 8 for 20 off 8.2 overs at Cadbury No.1.
Gretna Green - Batting: Jack Stevenson 26 not out (three 4s), Reece Williams 21no (one 4), Zac Carnes 11no (two 4s), Jake Ransley 5 (one 4), Ryan Browning 4no (one 4), Jack Hills 2no. Gretna Green - Bowling: Josh Farrow 3 for 1 off 2 overs, Ryan Browning 2 for 5 off 2 overs, Josh Hills 1 for 0 off 0.2 overs, Jack Stevenson 1 for 4 off 2 overs.

Gretna Gold 4 for 95 off 20 overs defeated New Norfolk 9 for 83 off 20 overs at Glenora District High School.
Gretna Green - Batting: Nathan Eyles 42 not out (five 4s, one 6), Luke Crosswell 18no (one 4), Grant Booth 13no (one 4), Zac Crosswell 11no, Ryan Emery 6, Colby Monks 2, Adam Bartels 1; New Norfolk - Bowling: Ryan Banks-Smith 2 for 1 off 2 overs (2 maidens), N. Rice 1 for 3 off 2 overs, L. Triffitt 1 for 3 off 2 overs.
New Norfolk - batting: Ryan Banks-Smith 21 (two 4s), Jack Guesdon 15 (three 4s), Z. Hill 11, A. York 9 (one 4); Gretna Green - Bowling: Ryan Emery 2 for 8 off 3 overs, Colby Monks 2 for 4 off 2 overs, Grant Booth 2 for 8 off 2 overs, Blake Eyles 1 for 6 off 2 overs, Josh Eyles 1 for 7 off 2 overs, Nathan Eyles 1 for 10 off 3 overs.

Under 15s
Gretna 8 for 110 off 40 overs was defeated by Sorell 8 for 130 off 40 overs at Sorell No. 2
Gretna - Batting: Josh Russell 29 not out (one 4), Jeremy Nossiter 27 (one 4), Jamie Davidson 9, Aaron Thorpe 8 (one 4).
Gretna - Bowling: Zac Webb 2 for 10 runs off 6 overs (1 maiden), Daniel Browning 2 for 18 runs off 6 overs, Aaron Thorpe 1 for 6 off 5 overs (2 maidens), Alex Blair 1 for 11 off 6 overs (2 maidens), Jeremy Nossiter 1 for 21 off 3 overs.

Next games - Sunday, November 27
Under 13: Gretna Green v Tasmania Universtity at Gretna
Under 13: Gretna Gold v St Annes Cougars at Glenora
Under 15: Gretna v Wellington at Eady Street No. 2

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nicholson slams committee hoggers

THE routine appointment of councillors to various committees took a bizarre turn at last week's Derwent Valley Council meeting. Thursday night's meeting was the first since last month's election and the agenda featured several procedural items including the meeting roster for the next year and the appointment of representatives to special committees and outside organisations.

After several councillors had put their names forward to continue on various committees, newly-returned Cr Tony Nicholson voiced his objection to councillors seeking to "hold on" to their committees. "Appointment to special committees is not a sinecure," Cr Nicholson said, suggesting that some councillors may view committee representation as a long-term arrangement.

Cr Judy Bromfield refuted Cr Nicholson's assertion and Cr Damian Bester pointed out that the mayor had said a ballot would be held if there were multiple nominations for any committees.

Having had his say, Cr Nicholson put his name forward for several committees including the Historical Information Centre Special Committee, of which he is already the chairman. Cr Nicholson has been a member of the Historical Information Centre for more than 20 years and was the council representative at the time of losing his seat two years ago.

Excerpt from 2007 council minutes

Rotary on the river

The cruisers rafted together at New Norfolk
THE Rotary Club of Moonah held its annual fundraising boat cruise on November 8 and the destination was New Norfolk. Some 160 participants - being members, supporters, sponsors and friends - gathered at the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania at the Lindisfarne Marina for the 9am-5pm cruise on the beautiful River Derwent.

The 11 boats, heavily laden not only with people, but champagne, strawberries, gourmet food and a variety of refreshments made their way to Granton to await the "booked" opening of the Bridgewater Bridge's lifting span.

Following lunch at New Norfolk's Espanade, a swim by a few hardy souls and much merriment, the sailforce
made its way back down the river to comply with the re-opening of the span for the return journey. The Club has been holding the event for the past nine years, alternating the destination between Bruny Island and New Norfolk.

The cruisers making their way under the Bridgewater Bridge

Friday, November 18, 2011

Our band welcomes Polish orchestra

The Nadarzyn Wind Orchestra
THE Derwent Valley Concert Band is hosting the highly acclaimed Nadarzyn Wind Orchestra until November 22. This well-travelled ensemble was established in 1998 and, like our own community band, caters for musicians of all ages.

The band is from Poland and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the US, winning many competitions. As well as starring in concert halls, the band is also an award-winning marching band.

This is the orchestra’s first visit to Australia and lovers of quality band music are encouraged to take up this rare opportunity to hear this iconic music ensemble.

Performances in Hobart will include:
  • Today (Friday, November 18) A “Musical Taste of Poland” at the Hobart City Hall at 10am, catering particularly for schools. Admission is $2 person
  • Tomorrow (Saturday, November 19), the Nadarzyn orchestra will be a feature marching exhibit in the Hobart Christmas Pageant in the morning.
  • Tomorrow (Saturday, November 19), outdoor concert at MONA, Berriedale, at 3.30pm. Free admission.
  • Sunday evening (November 20) gala concert in the Farrall Centre, at The Friends’ School, 7.30pm, when the Nadarzyn Orchestra will be joined by the Hobart Polish Dance Group “Oberek” and the Derwent Valley Concert Band. Admission $10 per person (no concessions)
On Monday the Polish visitors will tour the Derwent Valley and perform at New Norfolk High School.

Tickets for today's concert are available at the door. Online bookings are recommended for Sunday night's gala performance at Friends -

Free concert this Saturday

Mercury reveals "tunnel"

THE Mercury newspaper yesterday published this photo (left) showing the archaeology that was uncovered by construction workers in Burnett St last week.

The photo is said to reveal a ventilation shaft connected to some sort of tunnel beneath the road. The question remains: is it a tunnel, sewer or drain?

Jennifer Crawley's report can be read here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No investigation for hospital fire

THE Mercury and the ABC have reported the decision of the Tasmanian Fire Service to forego an investigation of this week's fire at the Royal Derwent Hospital site.

  • The Mercury, here, says firefighters are sick of being called to fires at the derelict hospital site, situated a short distance from historic Willow Court
  • The ABC TV news report is here  and its earlier radio news bulletin is here.
  • and earlier on the Mercury website

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ward 1 the latest to go

The latest inferno at Royal Derwent Hospital
UPDATED: FIRE has destroyed the second-last of the 1950s-era wards on the former Royal Derwent Hospital site. The brick building was gutted early this morning. The fire was reported at about 12.15am.

Ward 1 was one of the first two buildings erected in 1957 when the hospital embarked on its landmark rebuilding program that completely modernised mental health care in Tasmania.

In 2001 the building served as the venue for the ceremonial closing of Royal Derwent Hospital, with the then health minister Judy Jackson doing the honours.

It then became one of the first wards recycled for alternative use, reopening as the New Norfolk annexe of Claremont College. This was discontinued after several years.

Ward 1 now becomes the third of the former hospital buildings destroyed by fire this year, following Wards 11 and 2 in June, as well as Ward 9 last December. The tragic process of wiping Royal Derwent from the map is almost complete and we should hang our heads in shame.

In the cold light of day only the shell remained. It was demolished later

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Man fell eight metres into sewer

THE latest research into the tunnel under Burnett St has turned up a report of a worker falling eight metres while working on repairs to the sewer in 1920. The Mercury reported that works foreman John Thurley had lost his footing and pitched head-first down a hole that had been dug in Burnett St to allow access to the sewer leading from Willow Court to the river.

He narrowly missed a wooden ledge about half way down, eventually landing in about 20cm of slush. George Mansfield was working in the sewer at the time and raised the alarm. Bruised and shaken, Mr Thurley was admitted to the New Norfolk Cottage Hospital.

MAN FALLS 27 FEET. (1920, March 20). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 6. Retrieved November 15, 2011, from

New business - Messpots

MONIQUE Smart of New Norfolk is pleased to announce the launch of her new online business, selling a range of children’s products. Themed around creative play and trying to moderate some of the mess that can go hand-in-hand with such activities, the MessPots website carries a broad selection of items – from aprons and paints to bubble bath and drawing activities.

You can see all the products by visiting There is also a Facebook page – become a fan to receive special deals, product updates and to share an idea or two.

As MessPots is a locally operated business, you can save on postage with free local pickup. Simply select the Local Pickup option at checkout when you make your purchase online – make sure to register your details and email address. MessPots will then be in touch to arrange a collection time in central New Norfolk. Monique also hopes to have a stall at the December 18 Derwent Valley Community Market.

Congratulations to Monique on her new venture. Other local businesses are welcome to send a profile to

Round five cricket

Southern Cricket Association - Round 5

4th Grade
Bushy Park 5 for 270 off 50 overs defeated Gretna II at Gretna.

2nd Grade
New Norfolk 1 for 105 off 28.4 overs defeated Montagu Bay Sharks 10 for 104 off 40.1 overs at Tynwald Park on Saturday.
Richmond/Cambridge 10 for 173 off 50 overs defeated Gretna I 10 for 119 off 38.4 overs.
Rokeby Wanderers 9 for 270 off 50 overs defeated Molesworth I 10 for 162 off 21.1 overs.

5th Grade
Molesworth II 5 for 174 off 39 overs defeated Runnymede 9 for 173 off 50 overs at Boyer Oval.

This weekend's games
2nd Grade: Molesworth I v Runnymede at Boyer Oval; New Norfolk v Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park; Gretna I v Mackillop at Gretna.
4th Grade: Gretna II v Dynnyrne at Cadburys 1; Bushy Park v Marquis Tigers at Lansdowne.
5th Grade: Molesworth II v Moonah at Boyer Oval.

Read the full details of the local cricket matches in the Derwent Valley Gazette's weekly report.

Junior cricket - round three

Under 13
Gretna Gold 4 for 77 off 20 overs defeated Molesworth 9 for 61 off 20 overs at Glenora District High School.
Batting - Gretna Gold: Ryan Emery 27 (two 4s, one 6), Hannah Mann 23 not out (three 4s), Luke Crosswell 19no, Colby Monks 5no, Adam Bartels 2, Zac Crosswell 1no. Bowling - Molesworth: C. Evans 2 for 4 off 2 overs, B. McRoss 1 for 22 off 2 overs, J. Ransley 1 for 5 off 3 overs (1 maiden).
Batting - Molesworth: J. Daniels 14no (one 4), B. Duncan 14 (one 4), J. Ransley 9 (one 4), B. McRoss 9, B. Kemmler 10 (one 4), A. Long 3, T. Rainbird 1. Bowling - Gretna: Colby Monks 2 for 4 off 2 overs, Hannah Mann 2 for 6 off 2 overs, Blake Eyles 2 for 10 off 2 overs, Ryan Emery 1 for 4 off 3 overs, Adam Bartels 1 for 8 off 2 overs, Grant Booth 1 for 11 off 2 overs.

Gretna Green 6 for 103 off 20 overs defeated North Hobart 7 for 74 off 20 overs at Queens Walk Oval.
Batting - Gretna Green: Joshua Farrow 45 not out (seven 4s, one 6), Jack Stevenson 27no (two 4s), Jacob Bowerman 8 (one 4), Jack Hills 5, Jake Ransley 1, Ebony Downie 1, Reece Williams 1. Bowling - Gretna Green: Joshua Farrow 3 for 6 off 3 overs, Jack Hills 1 for 5 off 2 overs, Dylan Downie 1 for 11 off 2 overs, Ryan Browning 1 for 12 off 3 overs, Reece Williams 1 for 16 off 3 overs.

Under 15
Gretna 7 for 203 off 40 overs defeated North Hobart 10 for 75 off 25.2 overs at Glenora District High School.
Batting - Gretna: Nathan Blair 34 (one 4), Connor Salter 26 (three 4s), Brodie Gleeson 24no (two 4s), Josh Russell 23 (one 4), Alex Blair 15 (three 4s), Cody Eyles 12 (two 4s), Guy Hodge 3, Wade Lockley 1no, Jeremy Nossiter 1. Bowling - Gretna: Daniel Browning 2 for 2 off 2 overs, Jamie Davidson 2 for 7 off 4.2 overs, Nathan Blair 1 for 0 off 2 overs, Alex Blair 1 for 1 off 2 overs, Cody Eyles 1 for 3 off 2 overs, Josh Russell 1 for 4 off 2 overs, Connor Salter 1 for 8 off 2 overs, Guy Hodge 1 for 9 off 2 overs.

Thank you and well done to the following Gretna Under 15 players who played for North Hobart on the day to make sure the game went ahead: Zac Webb 16 (two 4s) and 3 for 25 off 5 overs; Kai Wilton 0 for 23 off 4 overs; Aiden Russell 20 (three 4s), Lucas Davidson 1 run and 1 for 21 off 4 overs.

Next games - Sunday, November 20
Under 13: Gretna Gold v New Norfolk at Tynwald Park, 9am
Under 13: Gretna Green v St Anne's at Cadbury No.1, 9am
Under 15: Gretna v Sorell at Sorell No.2, 12.30

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reader's letter - the tunnel

IT is interesting to read of the history behind the drain that was uncovered in Humphrey St last week, and the other articles regarding tunnels and drains to Willow Court.  What is extremely frustrating is that these stories only come to light during an event such as the burst water pipe in Humphrey St.

How much more interesting it would be for tourists and locals alike if the wonderful stories of New Norfolk's built and social history were permanently displayed.  What is needed in New Norfolk is a heritage trail with interpretation boards that depict pictures and stories of significant sites, historical  events and social stories around the whole town, linking Willow Court, the town, Esplanade and Turriff Lodge and other sites that are of significance.

The current Spatial Plan that is open to public comment until November 24 attempts to address this issue.

Anne Salt

Reader's letter - tourism shame

The walk into Junee Cave near Maydena
LAST month we had two ladies from Japan visit us and we spent time being “tourists” in our own state. Firstly we did a day tour of the Derwent Valley up to the Styx Tall Trees area near Maydena.

After phoning various departments to find out how to get there and what to see (as a tourist would) we ascertained that we could get to the Tall Trees area from the far side of Maydena. Preferring not to take the same road in as out, we enquired about the “round trip” using the road at Karanja almost opposite the sawmill. Nobody could tell us a thing about this road other than “there is a gate on it that could be locked and you may have to turn around.” Being intrepid we went in that way. A short way in we did see a gate but it would appear that it has not been closed for many years.

Eventually were delighted to arrive at the Styx Tall Trees area. Arriving at lunch time we got the Esky out but although there was a toilet it appeared that tables chairs and cover from the elements was not a priority. What a shame. A beautiful ferny area with some of Australia’s oldest tallest trees and well maintained walkways of timber and railings and several information boards, but nowhere to sit and eat. Very disappointing. The information sign tells you (if you came in from Maydena) “No exit from Styx Valley. Private road and locked gate 34km ahead” so nobody is really going to try it. What a shame.

Anyway we had been there, done that and headed into Maydena and sought out another local highlight: Junee Caves. This is a must do trip for visitors. For those that do not know, Junee Caves is a very interesting place where a mountain stream that empties eventually into the Derwent comes literally out of a hillside cavern. The system includes Niggly Cave, Australia’s deepest cave. There is a well maintained walkway with handrails through dense ferny bush leading to a viewing platform and information board. But the road in is an absolute eyesore: about 4km or so of roadside devastation. Trees laying on top of each other, like a bomb has hit them. Cleared for some reason I know not why. The bridge across the Junee River has been blocked by boulders meaning a long walk from the parking area to the cave, all right if you are fit, but not to be attempted if you are elderly or unfit. Again, no table, chairs or cover from the elements. What a shame. The entry to a fantastic icon is an absolute eyesore.

We chose not go into Mt Field as the National Park fees for a brief visit were too high, although there would have been tables and chairs and cover from the elements. So we headed back to New Norfolk, hoping for a nice area on the roadside to stop for afternoon tea. Westerway gave us some hope as there are tables and benches on the river's edge. But not a toilet in sight. Apart from that the next good stop off area to have a cuppa is in New Norfolk itself. What a shame.

Here we are, an acclaimed tourist area and we cannot provide facilities to make travel around our valley more pleasant. Even though we have the Derwent River running through the centre of the valley there are no real “happy friendly” parking spots to stop and view the river and orchards. Even the layby next to the railway bridge on the road from Bushy Park to New Norfolk has gone. What a shame.

Well that was our Styx Tall Trees trip as tourists. After that we went north to Burnie, Deloraine and then back home via the East Coast.  Places we could learn a lesson from.
Paul Beresford

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tunnel, sewer or drain?

THERE has long been speculation about secret tunnels under New Norfolk. The uncovering of some kind of archaeology this week may bring us closer to a definitive answer. There should be no fear of retribution for possible damage. The truth should be the real prize.

Just some of the longstanding stories include:
  • A tunnel between Willow Court and the Derwent River (so convicts and the mentally ill could be moved in private)
  • A tunnel between Willow Court and the Bush Inn (because soldiers could not be seen drunk in public)
  • A tunnel between the Star and Garter Hotel and the Bush Inn
  • A brick drain or sewer between Willow Court and the river
Of all the various stories, only the drain/sewer has been proven to exist. It has been exposed on several occasions, including during the installation of the infamous Burnett St planter boxes three years, and as recently as three weeks ago during the current roadworks in the same street.

In all likelihood, it is the sewer that was exposed again this week. A report in today's issue of the Mercury says the archaeology was inspected by the Derwent Valley Council's general manager before being recovered. Regardless, it is time for the tunnel story to be fully investigated.

Here's what is known about the sewer that drained from Willow Court to the river:
  • In early 1915, council and government representatives inspected the "great sewer from the Hospital for the Insane" and agreed to extend the outfall into deeper water. MUNICIPAL COUNCILS. (1915, February 11). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 2. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  •  In 1916 the State Government objected to the New Norfolk Council allowing residents to connect to the "sewer or drain" running from the hospital through the town to the river. NEW NORFOLK MATTERS. (1916, January 15). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 8. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from 
  • In 1920 a partial collapse of the sewer "almost engulfed a horse". The sewer was described as being between 80-100 years old. NEW NORFOLK'S CENTURY OLD SEWER. (1920, May 22). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 6. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from

  • In 1923 the the New Norfolk Council banned further private connections being made to what was then called the "asylum sewer". The Mercury newspaper reported that the council was concerned about polluting the river and also feared the State Government would want the council to contribute to the cost of maintenance. MENTAL HOSPITAL SEWER. (1923, September 14). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 3. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  • In 1929 it was reported that where the sewer passed under High St it was merely a tunnel cut through the rock. This section had recently been shored-up with pieces of timber. NEW NORFOLK COUNCIL. (1929, September 12). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 7. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  • Later in 1929 the Mercury reported: "The sewerage drain of the New Norfolk Mental Hospital has caused more than ordinary concern to the authorities during the past few years, and it has been necessary to spend a considerable sum of money on its upkeep. The drain, which runs from the Mental Hospital along Burnett Street to the River Derwent, a distance of a quarter of a mile, is really a large bricked-in tunnel about 15ft in diameter, with a gradual slope from the hospital to the river. It is probable that the tunnel was built over 100 years ago by convict labour when the hospital was set aside for Invalid prisoners, and not mental defectives. With the general increase of traffic through the streets of thc town the old drain has shown distinct signs of decay, and for the past few years it has been necessary for a close watch to be kept on it. Some, two months ago a considerable sum of money was expended in repairing the drain, and on Thursday work was again begun. It is understood that the idea is to thoroughly reinforce the overhead portion of the drain where it crosses under the intersection of Burnett Street and High Street (thc main intersection of the town) with concrete, and so prevent the possibility of heavy traffic, particularly steam rollers and the like, from causing extensive damage to it." NOTES OF THE DAY. (1929, November 2). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 10. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  •  In 1933 the New Norfolk State School applied to be connected to the mental hospital sewer rather than have septic tanks installed at the school. NEW NORFOLK SCHOOL. (1933, December 6). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 5. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  • In 1936 the New Norfolk Swimming Pool was moved to a site above the bridge because its original location was too close to drains discharging into the river, including the hospital sewer. DERWENT VALLEY. (1936, January 9). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), p. 5. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  • In 1948 there were complaints when the sewer was left open at several places in Burnett St while it was being repaired. An investigation the year before had found the sewer was blocked in several places, the Mercury reported. Complaints At New Norfolk About Open Sewer. (1948, February 24). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 5. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
  • Later in 1948 it was reported that the hospital had been connected to the town sewer and "the century-old drain leading from the hospital to the River Derwent through the main section of the town will be required no longer."   A.N.M. MAY SUBSIDISE SEWERAGE SCHEME. (1948, May 10). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), p. 7. Retrieved November 12, 2011, from
This list is a work in progress and will be added to. What do you know about the tunnels? Do you have any photographs (old or recent). The New Norfolk News will treat all correspondence in confidence if preferred. Comment below or email