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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Greens' campaign launch

Phil Bingley and Tim Morris
PUBLIC health and environmental management expert Philip Bingley has been endorsed by the Tasmanian Greens to contest the seat of Derwent at the Legislative Council election on May 7. Greens deputy leader Tim Morris made the announcement at the Hamilton Agricultural Show on Sunday. "Mr Bingley has worked for over 30 years in public health and environmental management as an environmental health officer," Mr Morris said.

Mr Bingley, of New Norfolk, said he was standing for the Greens in Derwent because he believed Tasmania was at a crossroads - particularly with respect to the Tamar Valley pulp mill and responsible budget management. "I would like to thank deputy Greens leader Tim Morris MP for officially launching me as the Greens’ candidate for Derwent in the Upper House, and look forward to a strong and rigorous campaign," Mr Bingley said.

Mr Morris said that the Greens’ election campaign would focus on giving the Upper House a shake up and dust off. “A vote for the Greens for the Upper House will be a vote to put an end to the divisive Gunns Tamar Valley pulp mill, a vote for responsible budget management and continuing the economic transition to a modern and sustainable economy,” Mr Morris said.

“A vote for Phillip Bingley in Derwent is also a vote for shaking up and dusting off the Legislative Council. Mr Bingley will bring 30 years experience as an environmental health officer. Mr Bingley’s determination guarantees the voters of Derwent a strong, positive and feisty representative who will stand up for their quality of life, access to services, and an advocate for strengthening local businesses and economy in regional areas,” Mr Morris said.

“Mr Bingley will be a strong voice for the division of Derwent in promoting the Greens’ policy platform to protect local jobs and regional economies, as well as act as a buffer against inappropriate legislation. The Greens believe that it is the responsibility of all candidates to declare any political party allegiances which is why we proudly support endorsed Greens candidates to contest Upper House seats. Too often we see so-called independents elected to the Legislative Council who do not disclose their political leanings,” Mr Morris said.

Maydena news updated

THE latest issue of the Maydena Moving Ahead newsletter is now available from the Maydena Community Development Association and can be downloaded here.

Big weekend coming up

HERE'S a guide to the events associated with Autumn in the Valley this weekend:
  • Aldo Fabian's play Women of the Willow will be performed by the Derwent Valley Players at the historic Willow Court Barracks with shows at 7.30pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 1-3), tickets at the venue from 7pm.
  • Derwent Valley Autumn Festival on the Derwent Esplanade at New Norfolk this Sunday. See this week's Derwent Valley Gazette for more information. Free car parking and shuttle bus at Tynwald Park.
  • Open day at the Willow Court Barracks, 10am-4pm on Sunday. More
  • Community market at Derwent Valley Community House, Willow Court, 10am-4pm on Sunday. More
  • Antiques fair and swap-meet at Willow Court Antiques.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

NNnewsflash: Greens name Derwent candidate

THE Tasmanian Greens have today named New Norfolk's Phil Bingley as their candidate for the Upper House seat of Derwent.

More to come

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our man in Christchurch

FORMER New Norfolk paramedic Peter James is back at work at the Scottsdale ambulance station following his return to Tasmania after a posting to earthquake stricken Christchurch in New Zealand. Mr James, who was well regarded during his five years at the New Norfolk ambulance station, is pictured below with a team of Chinese emergency workers on duty in Christchurch.

Gretna under-15 cricketers

Gretna Under-15 cricketers team, photographed by Tania Stevenson on their trophy day at Gretna last Saturday.

Back row, left to right: Joshua  Raspin, Jeremy Nossiter, Trent Grant, Aaron Triffitt (captain), Brodie Gleeson (vice captain), Zac Webb, Nathan Wakefield, Connor Salter and Wade Gleeson (junior co-ordinator).

Front row, left to right: Nicholas Wakefield, Aaron Thorpe, Joshua Whitford-Marriott, Dylan Carver, Kai Wilton and Alex Blair.

Absent: Liam Russell and Aaron Dawes.

Taken at Gretna, March 19, 2011.

Gretna juniors celebrate first season

THE Gretna Cricket Club juniors finished off their season with a trophy day at Gretna last Saturday. The juniors enjoyed some cricket, followed by a barbecue and then the presentation trophies and certificates by Stuart Schultz from Cricket Tasmania and Gretna senior players Rhys Browning and Tom Allcock. Mr Shultz presented the club with a cricket bat which is signed by the members of the 2010-11 Tasmanian Cricket Team. The club was very grateful for this, particularly with the Tasmanian team going on to win the shield final.

It has been an exciting time for the Gretna club this season, fielding junior sides for the first time. With 37 juniors playing this season, it gives the club a great future. Every player had a ball and all have shown great improvement, which was just terrific. A little hard work and dedication goes a long way. I would like to thank all parents and family members for bringing the kids to training and games.

Planning started during last season to establish junior cricket at the club. It's been a real team effort from the committee. Seeing the two teams play their first games, which were at Gretna, was very rewarding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have helped along the way to make the juniors become a reality:
  • Club treasurer Ben Shaw: Your involvement has been second to none, securing sponsorship for the juniors, organising the new tops and the many other jobs that went into getting the juniors off the ground. The support you have given right from the start has been fantastic.
  • Senior captain Ben Rainbird: As always, working hard behind the scenes. Your involvement and support has been excellent.   
  • Darren Stevenson, Owen Browning and Bruce Emery:  A very big thank you for the time and effort you have put into coaching the kids. It is very much appreciated, not only from the club but from the parents as well.
  • Kevin Williams, Jarrod Nossiter and Andrew Salter: Thanks for looking after the scoring throughout the season. A top job, fellas.
  • Todd Jarvis and Brodie Gleeson: Thanks for coming along with me to the schools to do clinics and promote the junior concept. This really got the word around.
  • Club president Peter Rainbird: Thanks for your assistance and for having the ground in top condition throughout the season - a job well done.
  • Senior players: Your assistance at training and matches has been great. It won't be too long until the juniors will be pressing for your spots in the senior sides.
  • Annie McKenzie and Natasha Farrow: Well done and thank you for the work with the Milo "in2cricket" kids. This pathway is the first step into our junior cricket teams.
  • Thank you also to Roger and Dean Hay and Celia Carver for offering to help out when needed. If I have missed anyone, I really do apologise.   
Finally to you all our junior players: without you all, this wouldn't have been possible. Thank you and I hope to see you all back next season. Our Kids - Our Future.


Gretna under-13 cricketers

Gretna Under 13 cricket team, photographed by Wade Gleeson on their trophy day at Gretna last Saturday.

Back row, left to right: Kevin Williams (scorer), Owen Browning (coach) and Darren Stevenson (coach)

Middle row, left to right: Hannah Mann, Joshua Hills, Zac Carnes, Jack Stevenson, Aiden Russell, Jock Parsons, Luke Crosswell, Joshua Farrow, Joshua Russell, Nick Wakefield.

Front row, left to right: James Webb, Dylan Downie, Zachery Crosswell, Tom Parsons, Jacksyn Mann, Daniel Browning, Reece Williams, Jacob Bowerman, Ryan Browning.

Absent: Finlay Crisp, Rupert Johnston Ryan Emery, Bruce Emery. 

Taken at Gretna, March 19, 2011.

Garden club's annual meeting

THE Derwent Valley Garden Club will hold its annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, April 7, at the Derwent Valley Community House, Willow Court, New Norfolk.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Park site approved for family centre

THE Derwent Valley Council has approved the use of part of the Ellis Dean Reserve for the development of a Child and Family Centre. The $2 million project is an initiative of the State Goverrnment and will be located next to the Blair St Kindergarten.

It was announced last December that the reserve on Blair St, New Norfolk, had been chosen as the preferred location for the centre. This was done before approval had been received from the council - which has a long-term lease on the reserve and has been negotiating to transfer ownership from the Crown.

A formal request was put to the council at its January council meeting, when councillors voted to defer consideration until further information had been received from the State Government, with particular reference to whether the community had been fully consulted on the change of use for part of the reserve.

At last week's March council meeting, deputy mayor Craig Farrell said he now had the information he needed and was prepared to support the centre being built at Ellis Dean Reserve. Councillor Damian Bester was next to speak and said he supported the centre but could not support the general manager's recommendation as the community at large had not been consulted. "We need more places for children to run and play, not less," he said.

Cr Jim Elliott said he had grown up in Melbourne with very little space to play. He said he did agree with Ellis Dean being the location of the Child and Family Centre but he did not want to jeopardise the centre by voting against the site. "It is more important to have the facility than to lose a small section of the park," he said. Cr Barry Lathey said the group planning the centre had acted with integrity and he was told community consultation could be done when the devlopment application was lodged. "I think there is ample room for everybody," he said.

Cr James Graham said he had been involved with the Child and Family Centre proposal from the start and would be voting for it. He agreed that the public would have an opportunity to comment on the use of the park once the development application was lodged. Closing the debate, Cr Farrell said it had been a good discussion. "It comes to us as elected people to make a decision," he said. He said the public would have its say in the development application process, although he accepted Cr Bester's comment that it was an adversarial process.

The matter was put to the vote, with all councillors except Cr Judy Bromfield and Cr Bester supporting the general manager's recommendation to use of part of the Ellis Dean Reserve for the development of a Child and Family Centre. Cr Narelle Hill, who had been an outspoken opponent of the proposal, voted in favour of it without comment. Cr Scott Shaw was absent from the meeting. The general manager's recommendation specified that the State Government was responsible for any costs involved in transferring the land.

Burnoff on Back River Rd

Tonight's burnoff along Back River Rd at New Norfolk

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Policy comments closing soon

PUBLIC comments close in just over a fortnight on two Derwent Valley Council policy documents. At the council meeting held in Maydena last month, a revised strategic plan and a new tree policy were approved to be released for public comments.

The Strategic Plan is available for downloading from the council website using the following link:
Strategic Plan 2011-15

UPDATED: The draft tree management policy is now available on the council website by clicking here:
Tree Management Policy

Mayoral tussle for Upper House seat

Deirdre Flint
CENTRAL Highlands Mayor Deirdre Flint has announced her intention to contest the Legislative Council division of Derwent following the impending retirement of the incumbent MLC, Michael Aird. A former senior member of the Liberal party, Mrs Flint, of Hollow Tree, will stand as an independent.

Mrs Flint's candidiature adds a new dimension to the campaign, challenging the endorsed Labor candidate Craig Farrell, who is deputy mayor of the Derwent Valley Council. Mr Farrell, of New Norfolk, has previously sought election to the House of Assembly as a candidate for the division of Lyons.

Snakes alive!

THIS photo has been widely distributed by email and via mobile phones in the last week or so, apparently showing a gigantic snake. Most versions of the story say the snake was killed near Ouse in the upper Derwent Valley, while others specify that it was at Black Bobs, past Ouse on the way to Queenstown.

What do you know about this story? Send us an email or leave a comment below. If you are the man in the photo, or if you are the photographer, or if you know the man in the photo or the person who took the photo, send us an email at

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Paramedics home from New Zealand

FORMER long-serving New Norfolk ambulance officer Peter James has today returned home to Launceston following a deployment to New Zealand where he provided assistance in the aftermath of the recent Christchurch earthquake. He was joined by Adrian Abel, another former branch station officer at New Norfolk.

Both are highly qualified intensive care paramedics deployed and this was thought to be the first time Tasmania's ambulance service had deployed paramedics to help in an overseas emergency. They were part of an Australian multi-jurisdictional taskforce that also included South Australia, the ACT and Victoria. The team worked alongside fire service colleagues and rescuers from other nations to search for victims of the earthquake, as well as making safe buildings in the city and houses in the suburbs.

Their duties also included providing health care support for the Australian rescue team. The paramedics were accommodated for the extent of their time away in a ‘tent city’ in Latimer Square in central Christchurch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Glenora twilight fair

THE annual Glenora District High School fair will be held this Friday, March 18, from 5-7pm.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Losing that lovin' feeling

BOTH the developer and opponents of the proposed New Norfolk McDonald's restaurant are believed to have lodged appeals against the recent development application approved by the Derwent Valley Council.

The development was approved by the council on February 17 and the window for lodging appeals closed last week. At a council workshop on Thursday night, general manager Stephen Mackey said he had not been notified of the existence of any appeals but he understood that both the developer and opponents of the project were likely to have lodged formal objections.

An advertisement in yesterday's issue of the Mercury newspaper advised that a directions hearing would be held on March 21 at the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal in Hobart.

Gold, gold, gold, gold

Anthony Edwards
THE Derwent Valley's four-time Olympian Anthony Edwards will bring home to Molesworth four gold medals from his performances at the National Rowing Championships held in Adelaide.

As well as his four gold medals, the New Norfolk Rowing Club member and state development officer was also named as a member of Rowing Australia's male crew of the year for 2010.

His wins at the national titles were:
  • Men's Open Lightweight Pair, with Sam Beltz from Lindisfarne Rowing Club. The two successfully defended their national title with a comprehensive victory, finishing a boat-length clear of Ben Cureton and Todd Skipworth (WA).
  • Men's Lightweight Coxless Four, with Beltz, Blair Tunevitsch (Tamar Rowing Club) and Tom Gibson (Huon Rowing Club).
  • Men's Open Lightweight Eight, with Beltz, Tunevitsch, Gibson, Michael Egan (University RC), Oliver Lindsay (Tamar RC), Nick Baker (Lindisfarne RC), Alister Foot (Tamar RC) and cox Nick Edwards (Hutchins).
  • Men's Open Lightweight Coxless Four, with Beltz, Tunevitsch and Gibson, retaining the Penrith Cup for Tasmania).
Edwards, Beltz, Tunevitsch and Todd Skipworth (Perth Rowing Club, WA) were announced as Rowing Australia's Male Crew of the Year 2010 at an awards presentation on Thursday night in Adelaide. The four were silver medalists at the World Rowing Championships Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, last November.

Unrest at Corumbene home

NON-NURSING staff at New Norfolk's Corumbene Nursing Home are taking industrial action after negotiations for an Enterprise Agreement reached a deadlock. Members of the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) have been negotiating with Corumbene for 18 months without reaching an agreement.

A stop work meeting was held last Thursday and industrial action will continue with workplace bans."This enterprise agreement involves over 80 non-nursing staff who have to endure excessive workloads and awfully low wages and conditions," HACSU acting state secretary Tim Jacobson said. "These workers continue to care for the residents because they are committed to ensuring they receive quality care."

Hopfest on again

Tickets from band members and Derwent Valley Council Chambers

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Medical scholarship for Tristram

FORMER Molesworth man Tristram Parr, now of Gretna, is one of three promising students awarded scholarships to study medicine at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Mr Parr, 19, yesterday received one of two inaugural Medical Council of Tasmania Medical Student Scholarships - the other recipient was 18-year-old Victoria Jordan of Hawley Beach. , two awards were made in 2011 to outstanding students. West Moonah's Jessica Beechey, 18, received a UTAS School of Medicine scholarship.

All three awards were intended to support talented students in their medical studies and are valued at $8000 per year for up to five years. Professor James Vickers, Head of the UTAS School of Medicine, said it was wonderful to see such promising students rewarded for their hard work and determination. “Scholarship support of this kind is important to students whose circumstances mean they require a level of financial help to study to their full capacity,” Professor Vickers said. “By awarding these scholarships, our best and brightest young people are able to shine, by enabling them to devote their full attention to their studies.”

Professor Vickers said that in 2015 the UTAS Medical Faculty would celebrate 50 years of establishment - the same year that Victoria, Tristram and Jessica were likely to satisfy requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

A former student of Molesworth Primary School and New Norfolk High School, Tristram was named the Claremont College Dux of 2009 and also received a TCE score within the state’s top 100. He has selected his courses at university because he is interested in science. He said he is quite ambitious and wishes to make a difference to people’s lives.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rapid reponse to fire

POLICE today laid arson charges against a 48-year-old New Norfolk woman following last night's fire which caused about $100,000 to a block of units in Montagu St. The woman appeared in court today and was remanded in custody, to appear again tomorrow.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Tasmania Police said this event was not linked to the fire at La Bella Pizza in Burnett St, New Norfolk, which occurred at 4am on February 18. "Investigators are following specific lines of enquiry in relation to this fire," the statement said.

Forest moratorium - to be or not to be?

LOCALS concerned for the quality of their water catchment in the Tyenna Valley say they walked into a logging coupe to stop operations today. "Our community has been drinking the water from the Canaways Creek for over 100 years," spokeswoman Barbara Poynter said. "Now Forestry Tasmania has begun logging this water catchment, threatening our community’s precious water resource," she said.

"People from this community have been trying to stop the logging of this water catchment for a long time, and have met with Forestry Tasmania and the local council as part of this process. Yet, despite this, Forestry Tasmania has broken written and verbal promises made to the community. I have lived here for years only hearing the creek and the birds and now I wake up at 7am to chainsaws, cable loggers and trees crashing to the ground. The whole community is affected by this. If the logging doesn’t stop there will be irreparable damage to the water quality. This will be detrimental to the many families here that rely on drinking water directly from this creek.”

Ms Poynter said it was an outrage that logging of the coupe had started only weeks before the forest moratorium was due to be in place. "We are calling on Forestry and the government to meet their promise and get out of this coupe by March 15, so that this creek can be protected for the future generations of our community," Ms Poynter said.

The Hobart Town Hall will be the venue of a public meeting discussing the forest moratorium next Tuesday, March 15, from 5.30-7pm. Hosted by the Wilderness Society, the meeting will feature guest speakers explaining the moratorium.

Remote rescue

A VICTORIAN woman was evacuated from Strathgordon after a motorcycle accident yesterday. The 46-year-old had been a pillion passenger and was injured after the rider lost control on gravel verge off Gordon River Rd. She was retrieved from the Lake Pedder Chalet and flown to Hobart in the Westpac rescue helicopter. Strathgordon is the westernmost outpost in the Derwent Valley municipality.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Drama on Montagu St

FIREFIGHTERS remain at the scene of a structure fire in Montagu St, New Norfolk, which was first reported nearly three hours ago at 7.40pm. Two heavy tankers and other vehicles from the New Norfolk Fire Brigade attended, finding one of three flats at 20 Montagu St to be fully engulfed in flames. The female occupant of the flat was unharmed.

A crew from Magra Fire Brigade arrived to support their New Norfolk colleagues, and they were soon joined by police and ambulance officers. Firefighters initially searched the premises to ensure they were vacant and quickly turned their attention to dousing the fire, which was expected to cause extensive damage to the old brick building.

Aird sets the date

DERWENT MLC Michael Aird today announced that his resignation from the Legislative Council would take effect from March 31. “When I announced my intention to retire from politics, I said my resignation would be timed to fit in with the Legislative Council elections on May 7,” Mr Aird said. “By resigning on March 31, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission will have the necessary time to issue writs for the seat of Derwent,” he said. Nominations will close on April 14 for the election to fill the vacancy, and the candidates will be named on April 15. Polling day will be Saturday, May 7.

Jerry's back

AFTER the year's first frost a couple of days ago, the first fog of the season rolled into the Derwent Valley this morning. After an odd summer, winter is clearly on the way.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Huddo at home

NEW Norfolk's most famous son, AFL legend Peter Hudson, returned home last weekend to officiate at the second annual KidFit junior triathlon in the town. The event started at the New Norfolk Olympic Swimming Pool, followed by cycling and running events on the Derwent Esplanade.

Open to boys and girls aged seven to 15, the KidFit Triathlons inspire children to get off the couch and get active in a friendly and supportive environment where the emphasis is on enjoying the experience rather than competition. Distances are specially tailored for different age groups so that children of varying abilities can successfully complete the course and feel the thrill of becoming a real triathlete.

The series is the result of a collaboration between "Life. Be in it" and the Bupa Foundation. A pleasing number of children took part in the event last Saturday, which was part of a series of five junior triathlons around Tasmania. Spokesman Stephen Dimsey thanked all participants, parents, sponsors, supporters, Life Be in it crew and local volunteers from the Lions Club of New Norfolk and St John Ambulance.

Peter Hudson, right, officiating at the junior triathlon last Saturday

The New Norfolk junior triathlon course

Willow Court report on the table

Mayor Martyn Evans receives Malcolm MacDonald's report
THE long-awaited business and development plan for Willow Court was presented to the Derwent Valley Council at a closed meeting last Thursday night. The council voted to receive the report and proceeded to endorse a motion from Councillor Damian Bester seeking to make the report available to the public.

Consultant Malcolm MacDonald's 115-page report includes a consolidated summary of a series of plans, reports, studies and documents commissioned by the council over the last 10 years. It also provides a business strategy for the re-use of buildings in the area known as the Barracks precinct, and a step-by-step development plan for the staged restoration of the site over the next five to seven years.

Significantly, the report's principal finding is that the scale and complexity of the Willow Court project does not represent the core business of the council. Instead, Mr MacDonald recommends transferring the site to an independent body with an expert board. 

Copies of the report will be available from the Derwent Valley Council Chambers. The council is expected to meet with its Willow Court committee in the near future to discuss the report and agree on its implementation.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Gretna 13s end on a high

GRETNA Under 13s ended the junior cricket season with a big win over Glenorchy. Playing at Gretna, the home side scored 7 for 150 off 25 overs to defeat Glenorchy 10 for 96 off 22.3 overs. Batting - Gretna: Jacksyn Mann 47 not out (six 4s, two 6s), Reece Williams 39no (five 4s), Josh Russell 18no (three 4s), Aiden Russell 7, Jack Stevenson 6, Dylan Downie 2, Daniel Browning 2no. Bowling - Gretna: Hannah Mann 2 for 8 off two overs, Ryan Browning 2 for 8 off two overs, Josh Russell 1 for 2 off 1.3 overs, Jack Stevenson 1 for 3 off two overs, Ryan Emery 1 for 4 off two overs, Daniel Browning 1 for 7 off two overs, Jacob Bowerman 1 for 11 off two overs.

Gretna Under 15s ended the season with a bye. The club's junior trophy day will be held on March 19 at the Gretna Sports Ground starting at 10am. There will be a barbecue, game of cricket and team photos will be taken. For more information contact Wade Gleeson on 0429 704 677.

Mixed results for New Norfolk juniors

THE New Norfolk Under 15 cricket team has finished the season well, with a good win in the final round of competition. New Norfolk 7/255 defeated New Town 9/89. Batting - New Norfolk: J. Rowlands 123 (17 fours, 2 sixes), B. Ransley 50 (7 fours), B. King 18 (3 fours). Bowling - New Norfolk: M. Rice 2/5, C. Neads 2/9, J. County - 2/15.

New Norfolk Under 13s went down in tight finish, making 6/108 to University's 7/138. Batting - New Norfolk: R. Banks-Smith 25 not out (1 four), N. Rice 17no (2 fours), J. Ransley 11. Bowling - New Norfolk: J. Ransley 4/5 including hat-trick, N. Rice 1/5.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Remembering the Marana

ANOTHER piece of Derwent Valley history as turned up on eBay - the online auction site. A photo of the river steamer Marana (left) today sold for $33.78 after being listed by a seller in Brisbane. The seller estimated the real-photo postcard to have been made in the 1920s. The image shows passengers disembarking at New Norfolk's Black Jetty.

SS Marana was purpose-built in 1908 for the New Norfolk passenger and cargo trade. Her hull was built at Purden and Featherstone's Battery Point shipyard for Whitehouse Bros. The keel and frame were made of Tasmanian bluegum and the decking was kauri. A newspaper report at the time said Marana was a "Tasmanian native" name meaning war. Her maiden voyage was in October 1908.

After operating the Hobart-New Norfolk run for nearly 20 years without incident, she suffered a number of mishaps starting in January 1928 when her propellor shaft broke just after leaving Sorell Creek. In November 1930 a disaster was narrowly avoided when the swing-bridge at Bridgewater unexpectedly slammed shut while Marana was passing through. In February 1938 a deckhand fell overboard and drowned near Old Beach.

In March 1954 it was Marana to the rescue after the Cartela famously ran aground during a charter cruise for the New Norfolk District Football Club. About 100 men and women boarded the Cartela at New Norfolk at 8pm for a three-hour cruise which came to a sudden stop when the Cartela ran aground about 800 metres shy of the Lime Kilns. And there they stayed until they were transferred to the Marana at 6.30 the next morning - reaching New Norfolk about an hour later.

A classic view of the SS Marana at New Norfolk

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cleaning up around the Valley

THERE is still time to register as a volunteer for Clean Up Australia Day in the Derwent Valley, or simply turn up at one of the assembly points this Sunday, March 6.

Maydena - meeting point: Maydena Primary School, start time 10am. Co-ordinator Roseanne Reason, email:

National Park - Cleaning up between National Park and Westerway focusing on roadside clean-up, start time: 9:30am. Co-ordinator Trevor Norris,

New Norfolk - meeting point: Derwent Valley Council Chambers, Circle St, New Norfolk, start time 10am. Co-ordinator Narelle Hill, email:

Westerway - meeting point: Westerway Fire Station, start time 10am. Co-ordinator Stefan Frazik,

Lachlan, Molesworth, Bushy Park - contact local co-ordinators

Another win for Gretna 13s

PLAYING at home on Sunday, the Gretna Under 13 cricketers scored 9 for 75 off 24.5 overs to defeat New Town 10 for 69 off 23. Batting: Josh Farrow 25 not out (three 4s), Zac Crosswell 8not (one 4), Tom Parsons 7, Rupert Johnston 6 (one 4), Daniel Browning 5. Bowling: Daniel Browning 2 for 4 off two overs, Josh Farrow 2 for 5 off three overs, Rupert Johnston 2 for 5 off two overs, Luke Crosswell 1 for 1 off two overs, Tom Parsons 1 for 3 off two overs, Reece Williams 1 for 8 off three overs, Hannah Mann 1 for 19 off three overs.

In the Under 15 match,  New Norfolk scored 10 for 192 off 39 overs and defeated Gretna 10 for 64 off 28 overs at Gretna. Batting - Gretna: Aaron Triffitt 19 (four 4s), Aaron Thorpe 7, Alex Blair 5; New Norfolk: Cody Neads 38 not out (three 4s), Jordan Banks-Smith 32 (three 4s), Luke Cooper 29, Daniel Coppleman 12 (two 4s), Josh Rowlands 12. Bowling - Gretna: Nathan Wakefield 4 for 18 off four overs, Aaron Triffitt 2 for 28 off eight overs, Jeremy Nossiter 2 for 36 off five overs, Dylan Carver, 1 for 12 off four overs, Aex Blair 1 for 37 off eight overs; New Norfolk: Josh Rowlands 2 for 11 off five overs, Tyson Gray 1 for 0 off one over, Brandon King 1 for 3 off two overs, Jye County 1 for 6 off four overs, Brad Ransley 1 for 8 off five overs, Mitchell Rice 1 for 10 off four overs, Jordan Banks-Smith 1 for 10 off four overs, Daniel Coppleman 1 for 14 off three overs.

The Gretna Junior Cricket Trophy Day will be on March 19 at Gretna, starting at 10. For more information contact Wade Gleeson on 0429 704 677.