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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Candidate forum coming up

THREE of the five Legislative Council election candidates for Derwent have confirmed their intention to appear at a public forum in New Norfolk on Monday night. They are the three New Norfolk-based candidates Phil Bingley, Craig Farrell and Ray Williams. Apologies have been received from Deirdre Flint, of Hollow Tree, and Jenny Branch, of Claremont.

The forum at the New Norfolk District Football Club on Monday (May 2) will start at 7pm with each candidate being given the opportunity to make a brief statement. After these introductory proceedings there will be a public question and answer session.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Country towns on the buses

BUS services to Derwent Valley towns beyond New Norfolk are to be expanded on a trial basis by O’Driscoll Coaches. Starting next week, twice weekly services will connect Ouse, Hamilton, Gretna, Maydena, Westerway, Bushy Park and Plenty with New Norfolk, while weekday services will start from New Norfolk to Lachlan, Lawitta and Magra.

Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim MHA said the timetables would be structured to have passengers arrive at New Norfolk in time to connect with regular services through to Hobart. “The services have been established under the Service Development Planning framework which allows bus operators to work with their communities to identify areas where they believe there is a transport need," Mr McKim said.

The State Government will provide funding assistance for O'Driscoll Coaches' Derwent Valley Link to trial these new services for a year while they build patronage to support ongoing operations. Operator Peter O'Driscoll recently told the Derwent Valley Council that he was purchasing a comfortable modern bus for the Upper Derwent Valley run and would need an additional driver.

The Lachlan and Magra service (via New Norfolk and Lawitta) starts on Monday, May 2 and will operate twice daily on weekdays.

Services from Ouse to New Norfolk (via Hamilton and Gretna) with connections to Glenorchy and Hobart will start on May 2 and will operate every Monday and Wednesday.

Services from Maydena to New Norfolk (via Westerway, Bushy Park and Plenty) with connections to Glenorchy and Hobart will start on May 3 and will operate every Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information visit or phone 6249 8880.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Anzac Day at Gretna

ABOUT 50 people attended yesterday's Anzac Day dawn service at the Gretna monument. Afterwards, an egg and bacon breakfast was provided by the Central Highlands Council and cooked by Gretna Green Hotel owners Colleen and Phillip Sharpe and staff.

The Gretna cenotaph under floodlight

Central Highlands mayor Deirdre Flint and Reverend Ellen Clark

Vietnam veteran Darrell Lockley

Monday, April 25, 2011

Country bus run starting soon

TIMETABLED bus services to areas beyond New Norfolk are set to be introduced in the near future. The operator of Derwent Valley Link buses, Peter O'Driscoll, advised a recent Derwent Valley Council workshop that his service was going from strength to strength and he was awaiting a ministerial announcement of another expansion of his routes.

Mr O'Driscoll said his Granton-based company started about five years ago when he bought the former Ace bus service and was expanded in 2008 with the aquisition of the Hobart Coaches run. O'Driscoll Coaches' Derwent Valley Link subsidiary has been operating the New Norfolk-Hobart route for more than two years and has shown steady growth from 160,000 passenger trips in its first year, to 200,000 passenger trips in the second year and an expected 220,000 passenger trips in the third year.

The service now has 13 return trips between New Norfolk and Hobart each week day, including the introduction of late evening services in both directions. Saturday services have been expanded and Sunday services reintroduced after a long absence. An Ellendale service was introduced, providing a daily bus to and from Hobart.

Anzac Day 2011

THE sun shone on New Norfolk's community Anzac Day commemoration this morning. A smaller than usual crowd attended the 11am service and there
appeared to be fewer veterans than last year but a higher participation of descendants and family members of our servicemen and women.

Reverend Lance McCallum delivered an address on the topic of mateship, soloist June Purkiss sang a hymn and master of ceremonies Stephen Ball kept things running smoothly.

Norfolk trio's national call-up

THREE New Norfolk rowers have again won selection in national teams. The Mercury newspaper has the latest news about Anthony Edwards, Kate Hornsey and Kerry Hore here.

Lights shine on the Eagles

NEW Norfolk scored a 74-point win over Glenorchy on Saturday night in the first league game under the new lights at Boyer Oval. The reserves had their own big win earlier in the day but the colts were not successful this week.

Scores - New Norfolk 2.4 9.7 16.8 20.12 (132) d Glenorchy 1.3 2.6 5.8 8.10 (58)
Goals - New Norfolk: M. Thompson 5, S. Bonnitcha 4, N. Benson 2, R. Belcher 2, B. Booth 2, Z. Graham, P. Jelkic, J. Murray, J. Wessing, K. Styles; Best - New Norfolk: S. Bonnitcha, J. Wessing, K. Styles, B. Wardlaw, R. Heron, S. Crane.

Reserves - New Norfolk 16.10 (106) d Glenorchy 5.1 (31)
Goals - New Norfolk: L. Menzie 5, J. Wallner 5, M. Bearman 3, B. Chaplin, B. Lovell, A. Papera; Best - New Norfolk: T. Allcock, J. Wallner, J. Papera, L. Menzie, A. Minchin, N. Coy.

Colts - Glenorchy 12.10 (82) d New Norfolk 8.6 (54)
Goals - New Norfolk: T. Lacey 2, J. Shearing, S. Triffitt, D. Huxley, M. Thurston, J. Walsh, J. Adams. Best - New Norfolk: T. Lacey, B. Wakefield, M. Thurston, D. Triffett, T. Gregson, K. Gilbert.

Next games this Saturday: Dodges Ferry v New Norfolk

Friday, April 22, 2011

It's Woolies... or Coles... maybe

THE Willow Court Oval had been sold to a developer who would build either a Woolworths or Coles supermarket on the land, Mayor Martyn Evans told last night's Derwent Valley Council meeting. The information came in the form of answers to separate questions from ratepayer Len Butterworth and councillors Jim Elliott, Damian Bester and Judy Bromfield.

During public question time, Mr Butterworth asked whether the council had received the best price for the land and whether the development of a new supermarket would provide New Norfolk with a competitive retail environment. Councillor Evans answered "no" to the first question and "yes" to the second. He said the purchaser was an experienced developer who had dealings with both Woolworths and Coles.

At the opposite end of the meeting, several councillors had their own questions about the sale. In questions without notice, Cr Jim Elliott challenged the mayor's earlier statement that the proposed but unspecified development on the oval would bring competition to the local market. In contrast, Cr Elliott asserted that the preferred tenderer had offered less money and guaranteed no competition.

The mayor said there would be competition, as the developer "does both Coles and Woolworths", but he went on to say New Norfolk did not have the required population to have both supermarket chains operating here. He said a new, larger supermarket would create competition by having a larger range of products on offer.

In follow-up questions, Cr Damian Bester sought confirmation that the oval had now been sold and Cr Judy Bromfield asked whether due diligence had been completed. The mayor answered "yes" to both questions.

The purchaser and purchase price were not disclosed.

Woolworths has had a presence in New Norfolk since the 1970s and Coles once had a variety store in High St.

Anzac Day observances

5.30am - Gunfire Breakfast, New Norfolk RSL, George St

6am - Dawn Service, New Norfolk Cenotaph, Circle St (followed by breakfast at RSL Club)

10.45am - Anzac Day March, High St

11am - Anzac Day Service, New Norfolk Cenotaph, Circle St (followed by refreshments at RSL Club.)

11am - Anzac Day Service, Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool Hall, Lake Dobson Hwy

6am - Dawn Service, Gretna War Memorial, Lyell Highway (refreshments afterwards at Gretna Green Hotel)

6am - Dawn Service, Maydena RSL Club

11am - Anzac Day Service, Hamilton Town Hall, Tarleton St

Discover Mt Field National Park this Easter

A RANGE of educational activities will be on offer at selected national parks including Mt Field during the Easter school break. Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman yesterday encouraged everyone to enjoy some of the state’s most beautiful places by participating in the free activities on offer through the Parks and Wildlife Service’s "Discovery Ranger" program.

“During the Easter break, Discovery Rangers run a range of free activities for visitors to some of our national parks and reserves. Activities include guided walks, natural and cultural heritage talks and presentations, and a host of other interpretive activities” Mr Wightman said. Visitors are encouraged to check the local park’s noticeboard and community noticeboards, or to visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website for detailed information, including times, for the planned activities.

Activity programs for each park/reserve are available at and the published activities for Mt Field National Park are as follows:

Good Friday, April 22, 5.30pm - Bush tucker nibbles and Quiz Night (1-1.5 hours). Come along and sample some tasty bush tucker, then form a team and get your brains into gear for an action packed quiz night. Meet at the Browning BBQ shelter next to the playground.

Easter Saturday, April 23, 1pm - Bush tucker cooks (1-1.5 hours). Have you ever thought about adding some native “bush tucker” plants to your garden? Have a go at preparing a few easy dishes and find out the benefits of growing these gourmet delights in your own backyard. A sure way to wow your friends and family at the next BBQ. Bring a mug and meet the Discovery Ranger at the Browning BBQ shelter (next to the playground).  3pm Kids Capers (1 hour) - Grab the kids and head to the playground for a bit of bush art and a few games. Have a go at making a card for someone special, play the evil fox game and use your problem solving skills to escape the “big knot”. Meet at the playground, children to be accompanied by a guardian.

Easter Sunday, April 24, 1.30pm -  Young Bush Explorers Easter Treasure Hunt (1-1.5 hours). Are there bunnies in Mt Field National Park? What about bandicoots? Look for clues to find out what creatures live in the park and how you can help protect them. The Discovery Ranger has also left a series of clues that will take you on a treasure hunt. You will need your best detective skills and your new found knowledge on Mt Fields creatures to find the treasure. Meet at the playground. 6.30pm Creatures of the Night (1.5 hours) - Discover Mt Field’s wild nightlife on a spotlight walk with the Discovery Ranger. Find out about the green lights of the forest (glow worms), keep a sharp eye out for an eastern quoll and improve your spotlighting skills with a few helpful tips from the Discovery Ranger. Please book at the visitor centre.

Easter Monday/Anzac Day, April 25, 12.30pm Bush tucker cooking (1-1.5 hours) - Want to grow some beautiful plants in your garden that are edible, nutritious and provide excellent habitat for our native animals? Head down to the Browning BBQ shelter (next to playground) and have a go at preparing some native gourmet delights. Bring a mug and enjoy a herbal Baeckea tea. 6.30pm Going batty (1-1.5 hours) - Join the Discovery Ranger on a walk through the forest armed with a “Bat Detector”! On a search for some of Tasmania’s micro bats, find out how these crafty little mammals hunt their prey in the dark and how they contribute to a healthy ecosystem. If you thought “Batman” was a legend, you won’t want to miss this! Please book at the visitor centre.

Easter Tuesday, April 26, 11am Pandani Grove walk (1-1.5 hours) - Autumn in the mountains is the time when all the berries are out, the fagus is orange and the temperature is perfect for bush walking. Join the Discovery Ranger on this gentle stroll around beautiful Lake Dobson, keep your eyes open for the elusive platypus, discover how the plants survive harsh winters and look out for alienlike fungi. Please bring warm clothes and wet weather gear as conditions can change suddenly. Meet at the Lake Dobson car park (20-25 minute drive from the visitor centre). 6.30pm Creatures of the Night (1.5 hours) - See description above (as for April 24). Please book at the visitor centre.

Wednesday, April 27, 1pm Bush tucker cooks (1-1.5 hours) - See description above (as for April 23). Bring a mug and meet the ranger at the Browning BBQ shelter (next to the playground).

PLEASE NOTE: Park entry fees apply. All activities are free but may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Bring sun and rain protection to activities. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A tale of two convict sites

WHILE Willow Court was under attack from vandals last weekend, the Female Factory at South Hobart was secure in the news that its management had been taken over by the State Government.

Premier Lara Giddings and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman last Friday announced that "two of Australia’s most important convict sites" had been united under shared management. This announcement came 13 months after former premier David Bartlett's promise that the government would resume responsibility for Willow Court - but his successor was not talking about Willow Court.

Ms Giddings said responsibility for managing the Cascades Female Factory had been passed to the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and was supported by government funding of $610,000 this financial year. “Last year the Female Factory and Port Arthur were among 11 new Australian sites named on the World Heritage List, in recognition of their international historical and cultural significance,” Ms Giddings said. Willow Court - older and more intact than Port Arthur and the Female Factory - was not added to the list.

Ms Giddings said the Female Factory was "vitally important" in telling the story of female convicts and their children. “Combining the world class management expertise of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority with the historical significance of the Female Factory has obvious synergies. It opens up greater opportunities for joint marketing and tailored World Heritage visitor experiences. It will also give the Female Factory access to the significant heritage management and conservation expertise based at the Port Arthur Historic Site,” Ms Giddings said.

The premier's announcement coincided with Australian Heritage Week, which included an opportunity for community members to visit the preferred convict sites last weekend to have their stories, associations and memorabilia included on the historic record. Willow Court was not included in the "Collecting Memories" project, but a number of people attended the site on self-guided tours, selecting souvenirs and making structural alterations to the abandoned buildings.

Election forum on May 2

THE New Norfolk District Football Club will be the venue for a public forum in the final week of the Legislative Council election campaign to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Michael Aird MLC. Five candidates have nominated for the by-election and all have been invited to participate in the public forum.

Ngaire Glover is organising the event as a service to voters of the Derwent electorate and will act as moderator. The forum will be held at 7pm on May 2. Mrs Glover said it will not be an evening of long speeches, but an opportunity for residents of the electorate to put their own questions to candidates seeking election. The election is on May 7 and voting is compulsory.

First win for Eagle Under 14s

Nathan Wakefield
IN a seesawing game that went right down to the wire, the New Norfolk Under 14s recorded their first win when they defeated Sandy Bay by one point at Tynwald Park on Sunday. With just two minutes remaining on the clock, Sandy Bay was awarded a controversial 50m penalty that put them within kicking distance. The shot at goal was off target and went through for a behind. The young Eagles quickly ran the ball out of defence, the siren sounded and the red, white and black was jubilant.

New Norfolk held a three-point lead at quarter time and was two points in front at the main break, but Sandy Bay never gave up and had its nose in front to lead by five points at the final change. The Eagles took a more direct approach in the final quarter and in a five minute burst they got the ball into the forward line on four occasions. Jacob Triffitt kicked three goals from four shots - one was a real gem from deep in the pocket and a pleasure to watch.

The win was a team effort, but Nathan Wakefield must have nearly got leather poisoning from all the touches he had, and full-back Thomas Gillies played his best game ever - his defence was second to none. The team is really starting to gel and coach Josh Clifford praised his charges for their efforts.

A reminder to get along to Boyer Oval this Saturday evening at 4.30 to support Josh Clifford and the New Norfolk senior team when they take on Glenorchy in a twilight game in the SFL. The colts play at noon and the reserves at 2.15pm.

New Norfolk 6.7 (43) d Sandy Bay 6.6 (42)
Best - New Norfolk: Nathan Wakefield, Thomas Gillies, Jakob Triffitt, Joshua Berry, Zoe Thurston, Hayden Smith; Goals - New Norfolk: Jakob Triffitt 3, Hayden Bielleman, Joshua Whitford, Nathan Wakefield.

Next game: Sunday, May 1, New Norfolk v Cygnet/Kermandie at Cygnet starting at 1.30pm.

Monday, April 18, 2011

National Tidy Towns praise for New Norfolk

NATIONAL judge Dick Olesinski has congratulated New Norfolk on winning two category prizes at the 2010/11 Australian Tidy Towns Awards last weekend. Already the Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2010/11, New Norfolk received the "Heritage and Culture" and "Young Legends" categories at the national awards held in Beechworth, Victoria.

Mr Olesinski said the Derwent Valley Council and the local community had embraced historical conservation programs with enthusiasm. Highlights earning New Norfolk the Heritage and Culture Award included the refurbishment of the colonial Back River Cemetery (a joint venture with the church community, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and council) and the Derwent Valley Railway Preservation Society's work towards re-establishing tourist rail operations.

The Young Legends category win was a result of projects undertaken by the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT). The refurbishment of the Ellis Dean Reserve and the establishment of several youth attractions provided a large number of young people with the opportunity to engage with, and become integrated into, the wider community.

“The rich history and cultural heritage of New Norfolk is a key source of pride for the local community members and is greatly supported by the Historical Information Centre in New Norfolk," Mr Olesinski said. “There is also great focus on ensuring the younger community members are engaged in positive activities that help keeps their sense of community spirit strong.”

Keep Australia Beautiful national chairman Don Chambers said it was always a pleasure to be able to recognise and promote the work that many dedicated individuals and wider communities were undertaking to protect and preserve their local environment and history. “Congratulations to the Derwent Valley Council and New Norfolk community who have shown great commitment and leadership in local sustainability practices and education,” Mr Chambers said.

Lithgow in New South Wales won the overall national title of Australia's Tidiest Town for 2010/11.

Election campaign latest

Phil says: Deposit it

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eagles trounce Lions

IT was another three from three when New Norfolk travelled to the Huon Valley to take on Huonville at home yesterday. The seniors and reserves had big wins over the Lions while the colts match was a closer affair.

Seniors - New Norfolk 6.2 13.6 18.10 23.18 (156) d Huonville 3.1 4.2 8.4 9.6 (60)
Goals — New Norfolk: B. Booth 7, J. Hall 4, S. Bonnitcha 3, M. Thompson 3, P. Jelkic 2, M. Cashion 2, Z. Graham, B. Carver; Best — New Norfolk: J. Wessing, L. Joseph, M. Horne, J. Murray, B. Booth, M. Cashion.

Reserves - New Norfolk 19.12 (126) d Huonville 5.3 (33)
Goals — New Norfolk: M. Bearman 6, J. Wallner 5, B. Chaplin 2, D. King 2, T. Wright 2, D. Wigg, L. Menzie; Best — New Norfolk: N. Benson, D. Wigg, B. Wardlaw, M. Bearman, M. Hay, T. Wright;

Colts - New Norfolk 8.9 (57) d Huonville 8.2 (50)
Goals — New Norfolk: S. Triffitt 4, J. Walsh, T. Lacey, D. Huxley, K. Gilbert; Best — New Norfolk: J. Gregson, D. Triffett, T. Youd, J. Walsh, T. Lacey.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lithgow flash

THE New South Wales town of Lithgow has been named the overall winner of the Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2010/11. The announcement was made at the national awards ceremony held this evening at Beechworth in Victoria, the winner of the award last year.

New Norfolk represented Tasmania at the national awards and received two category prizes - the Heritage and Culture Award and the Young Legends Award.

Derwent candidates named

FIVE candidates have nominated to contest the 2011 Legislative Council election to fill the seat of Derwent following Michael Aird's early retirement. The candidates are, in alphabetical order as named by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission yesterday:

BINGLEY, Phillip (of New Norfolk, environmental health officer) Tasmanian Greens
BRANCH, Jenny (of Claremont, manager, teacher assistant, alderman) Independent
FARRELL, Craig (of New Norfolk, electorate officer, deputy mayor) Australian Labor Party
FLINT, Deirdre (of Hollow Tree, local government elected member), Independent
WILLIAMS, Ray (of New Norfolk, retailer) Independent

Names on the ballot paper are rotated and may not appear in this order. If a candidate has been nominated by a registered party, this will be indicated on the ballot paper. Electors who cannot get to a polling place on polling day (May 7) must vote early. This can be done by post or in person during normal business hours at location including the Australian Electoral Commission, 2nd floor, NAB House (formerly AMP Building), 86 Collins St, Hobart. Pre-poll voting can also be done at any Australian Electoral Commission office around Australia and at Bridgewater after Easter. Postal vote applications are available at any post office or electoral office or online at or by calling 13 23 26.

An electronic system to assist vision-impaired electors to vote independently will be available during the pre-poll period and on polling day. For more details call 13 23 26.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Oval sale near

FUNDS from the prospective sale of the Willow Court oval would be used to develop the remainder of the historic site, Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said in a statement issued to mainstream media last week. "New Norfolk is set to make a positive move ahead with the sale of the oval space," Councillor Evans said.

“For several years council has been seeking to sell this space with expressions of interest being called on three occasions. Funds raised from the sale of this space will go directly into the development of the Willow Court precinct. We are hopeful ... that these funds will bring about a much-needed new and positive approach to Willow Court,” Cr Evans said.

"Over the last 12 months the Derwent Valley Council has discussed the sale of the oval area, an empty piece of land behind [Woolworths] supermarket, with four prospective purchasers. Late last year, it was thought that a developer had been found, but the sale did not go ahead as the developer could not meet some of the conditions needed.

The council is now negotiating with a preferred tenderer who has not been named. Cr Evans said this decision was not based on sale price, but on what was in the best interest of the community. “It’s great to see that there is investment coming into the town, and that we as a council can manage that in the best interests of the whole community,” he said.

Broken bridge "bleeding taxpayer funds"

GREENS MHA Tim Morris today called on Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne to explain why the Bridgewater Bridge lifting span had failed to open on two occasions in just over a week, leaving river traffic unable to reach its destinations. Mr Morris said many people relied on the Bridgewater Bridge to function in a proper capacity, and given the recent $14 million upgrade it was unacceptable for breakdowns to continue.

“Tasmanians deserve to know why millions of dollars of their money have been spent on a bridge which for all intents and purposes, still hasn’t been fixed to fully operational status.”“Minister O’Byrne has some awkward questions to answer after the Bridgewater Bridge has failed twice now in the last two weeks, especially given the recent taxpayer upgrade on the bridge,” Mr Morris said. I shudder to think of possibility that the bridge opens one day and gets stuck in the air causing massive traffic back-logs.”

"Minister O’Byrne stated that a hydraulic cylinder had failed and was being replaced. The bridge should be operational in a few days. In addition to the $14 million already spent on the bridge, it appears that taxpayer funds continue to be spent in expensive analyses on tyring to determine where errors lie, why they are occurring, and in the interim we are still left with a non-functioning bridge,” Mr Morris said.

Willow Court snubbed again

The Federal Government's heritage website
WILLOW Court has not been included in a project to collect memories at convict heritage sites this weekend. The former convict hospital pre-dates Port Arthur but was excluded from the State Government's successful nomination for similar sites to be given World Heritage status.

Tasmanians are now being invited to take part in activities at the state’s "six World Heritage listed convict sites", to mark the inaugural Australian Heritage Week. Heritage Tasmania director Pete Smith said this event would be held on April 16 and 17 as part of the Collecting Memories Project.

“If your grandparents camped at the Coal Mines, or if someone in your family remembers playing tennis in front of Port Arthur’s penitentiary, you should consider being part of these activities,” Mr Smith said. “Better still, if you have photos, diaries, letters, stories or oral histories about our major convict heritage sites, why not share them?”

These activities will be held at Port Arthur and the Coal Mines Historic Sites, Cascades Female Factory, Brickendon Estate, Woolmers Estate and Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island. Mr Smith said each site had set aside a day to host community members wanting to share and reinforce their connections with the properties.

“People will be on hand at each site to record details of objects or memories,” he said. “Every contribution will increase our knowledge and understanding of our shared history, not just our convict past, and of the important place these sites hold in our local communities. Surviving records, collections and images relating to all these places are recognised as forming an incredibly important and significant component of the story-telling capabilities of each of the sites.”

Mr Smith said information gathered at the events would be collated into a publication that will help to celebrate our community’s connections to these significant Tasmanian places. “This month’s event will be the first to simultaneously involve all the Tasmanian convict sites in the one event and therefore will be the first opportunity for the wider Tasmanian community to come together to celebrate the significance of World Heritage listing,” he said.

All the convict sites except Willow Court, that is. If you played sport on the oval, danced on the stage at the social centre, raised funds for the hospital auxiliary, worked in the laundry, had a convict ancestor, visited patients, or did anything else in connection with Willow Court, it would seem that Heritage Tasmania doesn't want to know.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bureaucrat's bridge apology

TASMANIA'S Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) has apologised to people who were inconvenienced by the latest failure of the Bridgewater Bridge lifting mechanism. DIER roads and traffic general manager Peter Todd today said the department would be reviewing work done on the recent upgrading of the bridge.

"The review, in conjunction with the contractor, will seek to determine whether the issue is related to teething problems or some other cause. DIER will also be meeting representatives of the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania and the owners of the ferry Cartela," Mr Todd said.

"DIER is aware that vessels proceeding up river to the bridge need to be certain that the lift span will operate normally – unless high winds intervene – and steps will be taken to see whether we can improve the present system of vessel owners checking ahead before leaving. The department apologises to those inconvenienced by the weekend disruption to their river journey,” Mr Todd said.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bridge stuck again

THERE are reports that the lift span of the Bridgewater Bridge failed again yesterday - a week after it famously failed to lift to for the ferry Cartela, which was forced to abandon its run to the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival.

UPDATE: Read the Mercury's report here.

Graeme Dazeley's cartoon in last Monday's issue of the Mercury

Dazeley's excellent follow-up cartoon from today's Mercury

Twentieth Targa a triumph

A SMALL but enthusiastic crowd of motorsport fans turned out to take a close look at this year's Targa Tasmania fleet in New Norfolk today. The first cars arrived at the New Norfolk lunch stop in Circle St at around 11am - about an hour earlier than expected. Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans welcomed the competitors in the 20th Targa Tasmania and onlookers had about three hours of entertainment as the cars arrived from Tarraleah, had their lunch break and then continued on to Molesworth for the second-last competitive stage of the event.

Queenslander Tony Quinn claimed his second Targa Tasmania title in three years with an emphatic display across five days and 500km of intense competition. The 2009 winner had been the dominant force in the event in his Nissan GT-R.  He and co-driver Naomi Tillet took the lead on Targa stage four on the opening day and were never headed, crossing the finish line at Wrest Point three minutes and 39 seconds ahead of the second placegetter.

Eagles victorious at home

THE New Norfolk Eagles scored three wins in their home games against the East Coast Bombers (formerly Triabunna) at Boyer Oval yesterday. The seniors won by a massive 212 points and the reserves had a 143-point win, but there was more in the colts' game where the final difference was 17 points.

Seniors - New Norfolk 6.4 16.7 23.12 36.18 (234) d East Coast 1.1 1.1 1.3 3.4 (22). Goals — New Norfolk: J. Hall 13, B. Booth 5, R. Belcher 4, N. Ross 4, P. Jelkic 3, B. Carver, Z. Graham, J. Clifford, K. Styles, S. Bonnitcha, R. Heron, M. Cashion; Best — New Norfolk: J. Hall, N. Ross, R. Belcher, B. Booth, S. Bonnitcha, K. Styles.

Reserves - New Norfolk 21.18 (144) d East Coast 0.1 (1). Goals — New Norfolk: B. Lovell 5, N. Benson 3, T. Wright 3, L. Menzie 2, J. Wallner 2, D. King 2, A. Minchin, J. Papera, B. Chaplin, B. Wardlaw; Best — New Norfolk: B. Lovell, N. Benson, J. Kelly, T. Wright, J. Styles, D. Walsh.

Colts - New Norfolk 9.9 (63) d East Coast 7.4 (46). Goals — New Norfolk: S. Triffitt 3, J. Mayne 2, A. Barron 2, T. Youd, D. Triffett; Best — New Norfolk: J. Adams, D. Huxley, T. Youd, J. Shearing, T. Lacey, D. Triffett.

Read Mercury journalist Craig Hoggett's match report here.

Under 14s' close encounter

IN a close encounter at Tynwald Park today, the New Norfolk Under 14s went down to Sorell by six points. It wasn't until the third quarter that Sorell edged away, but New Norfolk wouldn't give in and in the final quarter the result could have gone either way. With just minutes remaining, New Norfolk pushed into the opposition's forward line only for Sorell to bring the footy out and the siren sounded.

The team can hold their heads high as there many positives to take out of the game and new coach Josh Clifford is very proud of them all. There are now 24 players on the track with six new players coming to training during the week. A win is just around the corner.

Results - Sorell 7. 7 (49) d New Norfolk 5. 13 (43). Goals - New Norfolk: Aaron Thorpe 2, Brodie Gleeson, Jakob Triffitt, Nathan Wakefield; Best - New Norfolk: Hayden Smith, Kye Tomkinson, Jahrod Locher, Joshua Raspin, Daniel Browning, Hayden Bielleman.

The team's next game is against Sandy Bay at Tynwald Park at 2.30 this Sunday. The NNJFC committee needs parents of all age groups to help out in the canteen during home games. If you can give up some time please let me know on 0429 704 677 as Kathy, Chris and David are run off their feet. Thanks to Josh Berry's mother and sister for their help today.

Science centre opened

A NEW federally-funded science centre at New Norfolk High School was officially opened on March 31. The school had received $2,048,988 under the National School Pride program and Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools elements of the federal government's economic stimilus package.

The Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MHR, congratulated the school on its new facilities. "It has been fantastic to see the principal, school staff, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these important projects. Now they are completed, teachers and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities that they so richly deserve," Mr Adams said.

"It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of the science centre and to witness first hand, the impact this has had on New Norfolk High School and the local community.  I am also delighted that this particular project has supported the employment of a number of workers. This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan," Mr Adams said.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

See Targa up close

THE Targa Tasmania fleet will lunch at New Norfolk this Sunday, providing an unrivalled opportunity to take a close look at the more than 300 cars taking part in the 20th running of the iconic tarmac rally. The first cars are expected to arrive in Circle St around noon.

From about 12.40pm, the cars will progressively leave for Molesworth, providing plenty of viewing opportunities along Hobart Rd between New Norfolk and the Sorell Creek junction.

Targa at Molesworth

MOLESWORTH will be the venue for a new competitive stage in the 20th Targa Tasmania this Sunday. Residents and visitors to the area will need to be aware of a road closures on Molesworth Rd.

More than 300 cars are entered in this year's rally, which will make its way from Strahan to Hobart on Sunday. The Lyell Highway between Queenstown and Tarraleah will be closed in several places on the day - click here for details. The fleet will lunch at New Norfolk before proceeding to the Molesworth stage.

A 4.4km section of Molesworth Rd will be closed between 11.56am and 4.26pm. See the map below or click here to download a copy. The first car is due to start the course at 12.56pm.

The route for Targa Tasmania's new competitive stage at Molesworth

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Faces at the festival

THANKS to New Norfolk News reader John Davidson for the following gallery of photos from the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival last weekend.

McDonald's dispute goes to mediation

PUBLIC input is being urgently sought on how the proposed New Norfolk McDonald's Restaurant should look. Mediation has been ordered between the parties who appealed the Derwent Valley Council's recent approval of the development and this is set down for this Thursday, April 7. Before then, design concepts and ideas are being sought from the community for the proposed fast food outlet and these can be forwarded to Jim on 0408 535 086 on or before April 7.

Bingley queries x-ray promise

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Junior football under way

JUNIOR football had its start last weekend, including the New Norfolk Under-14s who played North Hobart at New Town on Sunday. North Hobart 13.10 (88) defeated New Norfolk 5.2 (32). New Norfolk's goal-scorers were Kye Tomkinson 2, Joshua Whitford-Marriott 2 and Jahrod Locher while the team's best players were Joshua Raspin, Brodie Gleeson, Nathan Wakefield, Joshua Whitford-Marriott, Brayden Chaplin and Hayden Smith. Pictured is Daniel Browning who had a good game.

Although the scoreboard doesn't show it, the team did a great job, with only the bare 18 players. Their effort and detemination was terrific. Well done team, stick together as there will be good times ahead. If you are eligible to play in the Under 14s and would like a game of footy, training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30-6.30pm at Tynwald Park. You are more than welcome.

Monday, April 4, 2011

And Ray makes three

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Of festivals and ferries

THE 11th annual Derwent Valley Autumn Festival drew about 10,000 people to the Derwent Esplanade at New Norfolk yesterday, the Mercury newspaper reports today. Read that report here.

Associated with this story was another failure of the Bridgewater Bridge lifting mechanism, which prevented the ferry Cartela from bringing festival-goers to New Norfolk and gave several yachts a longer than expected visit. Read more here.

UPDATE: Lift span reopens... Mercury

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Premiers off to good start

THE Southern Football League competition for 2011 got under way this weekend, with reigning premier New Norfolk starting well with three victories over Claremont. The seniors scored a 62-point win, the reserves finished 32 points in front and a colts won by forfeit.

Seniors: New Norfolk 4.0 10.4 15.5 20.10 (130) d Claremont 1.4 2.6 5.12 9.14 (68). Goals — New Norfolk: M. Thompson 4, J. Hall 4, N. Ross 4, B. Booth 3, B. Carver 2, R. Belcher, Z. Graham, M. Cashion; Best — New Norfolk: S. Crane, J. King, J. Hall, Z. Graham, M. Horne, L. Joseph.

Reserves: New Norfolk 9.11 (65) d Claremont 4.9 (33). Goals — New Norfolk: P. Jelkic 4, B. Coppleman 2, J. Wallner, S. Bonnitcha, J. Papera; Best — New Norfolk: T. Triffett, M. Jones, S. Bonnitcha, B. Chaplin, R. Graham, J. Papera.

Colts: New Norfolk won by forfeit.

Lowe on a high

LIFE membership was presented to Tim Lowe at the Gretna Cricket Club annual dinner and trophy night at the Gretna Parish Hall on March 26. Lowe was all but lost for words when receiving the award, which includes a badge and framed certificate.

In making the presentation, club president Peter Rainbird described Lowe as a quite achiever who has given great service since joining the club back in 1997-98. His service includes five seasons as secretary (1998-99 to 2002-03), captain of Gretna II (1998-99 and 2005-06) and senior coach for the past two seasons. Lowe played 210 games for the club (138 for Gretna I and 72 for Gretna II) and has helped out with many club projects.

From all at the club Lowey, thank you, you thoroughly deserve this award.  Thank you also to Tim’s wife Narelle for her efforts.

Gretna Cricket Club trophy night

IT was a repeat of last season when Gretna I player Bruce Emery and Gretna II captain Mathew Burns won the best all-rounder trophies at the recent Gretna Cricket Club trophy night and annual dinner. In the closest margin I can recall, Emery (193.5 points) won the award, half a point ahead of Gretna I captain Ben Rainbird on 193 points. This is the sixth time Emery has won the award.

It was a different story for the Gretna II award which Burns won with 499.5 points to Brian Smith's 188.5 points. Burns and Smith also figured in the Southern Cricket Association division three awards, where Burns took out the best player for the second season running and Smith won the batting average (51.2). Well done guys, especially Brian, 48 years young and still ahead of the pack, even winning the batting average for for both Gretna teams. I have no doubt we will see you playing next season Fossil.

The players' award vote count, which has now been running for the past 10 seasons, was held prior to the dinner. In a great count, Bruce Emery 17 votes won the Gretna I award by one vote from Ben Rainbird on 16 votes. Mathew Burns won the Gretna II award, 31 votes to Brian Smith's 10.5 votes. By all accounts, "Point 5" did a marvellous job once again as Richie Benaud in calling the votes.

Gretna I awards - batting average: Brian Smith, 24.8; aggregate: Ben Rainbird, 286 runs; bowling average: Bruce Emery, 18.2; aggregate: Corey Ransley 19 wickets; most catches: Ben Rainbird 6; best all-rounder: Bruce Emery, 193.5 points; players' award: Bruce Emery, 17 votes; runner up: Ben Rainbird 16 points.

Gretna II awards - batting average: Brian Smith, 51.2; aggregate: Mathew Burns 589 runs; bowling average: Mathew Burns, 13.8; aggregate: Mathew Burns, 26 wickets; most catches, Nathan Rainbird 10: best all-rounder: Mathew Burns, 499.5 points; player’s award: Mathew Burns, 31 votes; runner-up: Brian Smith 10.5 points.

Cecil Gray memorial trophy (Best under 21 player): Corey Ransley, 184.5 points; Captain's Trophy: Mathew Perotti. Best Clubman: Ben Shaw; Duck trophy: Jackson Ackerly, 8 (Jacko now shares the record with Ben Shaw!)

Congratulations to the following players for reaching game milestones during the season - club games: Ben Rainbird 200, Brian Smith 200, Peter Jelkic 150, Craig Cunningham 100, Cameron Emery 50 and Tom Allcock 50. Gretna I games: Bruce Emery 150, Ben Rainbird 150, Corey Ransley 50. Gretna II games: Nathan Rainbird 100 and Mathew Burns 100.

The awards night was well attended with around 70 people enjoying themselves. Life members in attendance were Bobby Butler, Peter Rainbird, Joey Hack, Paul Jarvis and Micky Rainbird. It was also great to see Central Highlands mayor Deirdre Flint and Derwent Valley deputy mayor Craig Farrell in attendance - the club wishes them both well in the running for the Legislative Council seat of Derwent.   

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors and trophy donors. Thanks also to Lyn Saunders from Glenora District High school for supplying chairs and tables for the night and also for her efforts in having a new synthetic wicket laid on the school ground for our juniors to play games there during this season and beyond. Catch you all next season.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Market milestone

THE Derwent Valley Community Market will celebrate its 5th birthday tomorrow, coinciding with the 11th annual Derwent Valley Autumn Festival. Held in the grounds of the Derwent Valley Community House on The Avenue at Willow Court, tomorrow's (Sunday) market will be just a stone's throw from the nearby historic barracks open day and antiques swap-meet.

The birthday market will run from 10am to 4pm. Products on sale at the market include home-made jams, soap, jewellery, woodturned products, plants, books and bric-a-brac. Hot food will also be available.

Also appearing at the market between 10am and 3pm is State Secrets, part of the 10 Days on the Island arts festival. Read more about State Secrets here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Another fire at La Bella

INVESTIGATORS are probing a fire in the roof of the former La Bella pizza shop in New Norfolk. The fire was reported at about 9.15pm on Thursday. Several units from the New Norfolk Fire Brigade were soon on the scene, supported by police and ambulance officers.

La Bella opened in the former Mario's Pizza location at 32 Burnett St in early February, but was gutted by a deliberately-lit fire a week later on February 18. Then on March 6, a vehicle with La Bella signage was vandalised.

Security shutters were recently installed over the damaged windows of the shop, and on Wednesday this week, the La Bella Pizza Facebook page announced that the business was soon to reopen. A day later, the shop was hit by another suspicious fire.

Women of the Willow

NEGLECTED Willow Court will come to life this weekend with an open day on Sunday as well as a long-awaited new season of Women of the Willow, a play in three acts written by Aldo Fabian.

First performed in 2007 and last seen in 2008, this play brings to life the early days of New Norfolk, seen through the eyes of seven women from different walks of life, confined to the hospital during the mid-1800s.

There will be performances at 7.30 tonight (Friday April 1), Saturday and Sunday. The play is performed outside in the Willow Court barrack square, so warm clothing, blankets and umbrellas are advisable, along with a torch for making the way back to the car. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for a family (two adults and two children. Tickets will be sold at the venue from 7pm.

Antiques on the green

AN antique and collectables swap-meet will be held on the lawns at Willow Court this Sunday from 9am-5pm. Entry is via George St opposite the New Norfolk RSL Club. There will be entertainment, a car display and antique appraisals as well as stalls with collectables, antiques, clothing, bric a brac and more.
The event is supported by the New Norfolk Lions Club, Willow Court Antique Centre, Olive Tree Cafe & Bar, and the Patchwork Cafe.