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Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Anzac honour for Bryony

Bryony Dwyer, right, singing in France on Anzac Day. ABC TV
FORMER New Norfolk singer Bryony Dwyer last week added to her record of achievements with a performance at the Anzac Day dawn service in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

The talented soprano performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band in addition to her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In 2010 she sang on Anzac Day at the Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli. Other career highlights include performances at the Coronation of King George Tupou V in Tonga and the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson in Denmark. Bryony attended New Norfolk High School and was a member of the Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Cloud seeding starts

HYDRO Tasmania has started its cloud-seeding program for 2012 and it will run until the end of October. University studies have shown an increase of at least 5% in monthly rainfall over seeded  catchment areas.

Local catchment areas to be seeded this year are Lakes Gordon and Pedder, Great Lake, Lake King William, Lake St Clair and Lake Echo, as well as Lakes Rowallan and Lake Mackintosh.

Hydro storages are currently 48 per cent, which is about 5% higher than the same time last year. Find out more about cloud seeding here.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Opening the gates

Working bee today.
THE security gates at Willow Court will be opened next weekend for an open day forming part of Tasmanian Heritage Month. A working bee was held today to prepare C Ward, which is one of the buildings that will be open next Sunday, May 6. This will be a great opportunity to visit several of the buildings and see the newly uncovered pond at Frescati.

Between 11am and 3pm parts of the Barracks, C Ward (Carlton House), Industrial Therapy and A Ward (Alonnah House) will be open. Admission by donation. There will be a number of things going on at the site including a photographic display, information, archival footage, “Life in Willow Court” display and a number of tour guides, some with first hand knowledge of the site in its operational days.

Between noon and 2pm on the same day there will be a free community barbecue by the Pond at Frescati House, opposite the former Administration Building at Willow Court. All welcome.

Banjos slab to stay

CONTRARY to earlier advice from the Derwent Valley Council, the latest information is that the cement slab at the site of the recent fire in High St will remain in place until the corner is redeveloped. Council general manager Stephen Mackey had originally said further road closures would be required to allow the slab to be removed prior to Easter. It was then announced that this had been deferred until after Easter in order to limit further disruptions in the central business district.

Speaking after a councillor workshop on Thursday night, Mr Mackey said the slab had been treated with a sealant and would now remain in place until work started on a replacement for the Lee building lost in last month's fire.

Basketball revival

AFTER some keen interest from in and around New Norfolk, men's basketball is again up and running at the Derwent Valley Sport and Recreation Centre. The new social roster of six teams has been set up by Ben Shaw of Lawitta. It's been years since a men's roster was run and interest is growing with a good roll up for round one last Sunday.

"It's been six years since men's basketball has been played and I was approached by number of people suggesting we should start up a roster, so I spoke to the Sports Centre committee and also started up a Facebook page and now have around 100 members," Ben said just before the game.

The roster goes for 10 rounds plus finals, and the games are played on Sundays with the first at 3pm then 4pm and the final game starting at 5pm. Keen recruiting has already started. "The Hurricanes have Joel Davie playing for them. Joel is a former Hobart Hurricanes player and I believe his brother still plays with that team," Ben said.

If you wish to join a team or maybe umpire or just help out you can contact Ben Shaw through the Facebook page "Derwent Valley Men's Social Basketball" or just go along to the Sports Centre in New Norfolk on Sundays between 3 and 6pm.   

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Footy previews

By Gary Williamson

Brighton v New Norfolk
Brighton are back at home and get a real chance to grab a big scalp this season when they host the powerful New Norfolk who are not at their best as yet and will need to paly improving football to defeat the Robins on their home ground. The Robins were disappointing last weekend away from home against Lindisfarne and need to maintain consistency for the full four quarters if they are to defeat the top sides. New Norfolk produced a good second half at home to defeat highly rated Dodges Ferry and will be looking to build on that performances especially away from home but realise they have a real battle on their hands.

Both sides have very strong marking forwards capable of kicking plenty of goals and the side that can win the midfield battle and stoppages should take the points. Both sides like to run the ball out of defence and create the loose man, so match ups and accountability will be crucial to the result. You would except a fiery clash from these neighbours and Brighton is always hard to beat at home. New Norfolk should have too much strength and class but will have to work really hard against an improved home side and take the points.

Mercury newspaper preview here.

Central Hawks v Lindisfarne
Central Hawks are back at home and looking for their first win of the season but will face a mammoth task against the in form Lindisfarne who will be determined to remain undefeated. The Hawks were soundly beaten last weekend against Huonville. After a really slow start they produced a much better second half and need to play that standard for the full four quarters if they are to cause a huge upset. The Blues have started the season brilliantly with two good wins and they will be full of confidence but still need to rectify their inaccurate kicking for goal.

The Blues have a tight defence and if they are allowed to set up the loose man and run the ball through the corridor then they will score heavily against the opposition. The Hawks have the home ground advantage and need a good start and accountable football to slow the opposition and use their height and strength to advantage. We should see some improvement in the Hawks especially at home but the class and experience of the Blues should see them record a comfortable victory away from home.

Claremont v Huonville
Claremont are back at home and looking to record their third win of the season for a perfect start and get every chance when they host Huonville who are yet to play their best football. The Lions started brilliantly last weekend at home, easily defeating Central Hawks but faded badly in the second half and need to fully run out the game this week if they are to cause an upset victory. They need a good start and must get their key match ups spot on to dull the influence of the Magpies' star players.  In what should be a fairly close contest for most of the day the Magpies with the home ground advantage should be too strong and keep their unbeaten record in tact.

Cygnet v  East Coast Bombers
Cygnet should be fresh from the bye and very determined to open their account for the season when they host the improved East Coast Bombers in what should be a very even encounter. The Port need to play more as a team and with a solid week on the track they should be at their best for this important encounter. In a game that could go either way, perhaps the Port with a strong vocal home crowd may sneak over the line but will need to be at their best against a talented opposition on the rebound.

Dodges Ferry v Sorell

In the game of the round Dodges Ferry will be looking for their first win of the season when they host arch rival and neighbour Sorell who were gallant in defeat last weekend and will view this game as a big chance for an upset victory. The Sharks are yet to win in two games so far this season but have played the top two sides and will relish being back at home and gaining some confidence to win tough games. The Sharks should be a bit more match hardened and take the points but must be aware of an improving Sorell who have recruited well this season.

Junior football

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football Association
Round 2 played Sunday, April 22

New Norfolk results

UNDER 8: New Norfolk Eagles 15.7 (97) d Central Hawks 4.4 (28) at Tynwald Park. Goals - NN: Riley Blackaby 4, Brodie Scanlon 3, Bailey Wheeler, Ashton Henderson, Samuel Jackson, Connor Lennox, Tomas Anders, Jye Gray, Tyler Booth. Best - NN: Riley Blackaby, Markus Black, Tyler Booth, Bailey Chaplin, Connor Klemke, Lewis Spaulding. 

UNDER 9: Kingborough Black 11.3 (69) d New Norfolk Eagles 4.7 (31) at North Hobart. Goals - NN: Blake Lennox, Tyler Balmer, William Temple, Taj Auksorius. Best - NN: Jordan Pauly, Blake Lennox, Cain Plunkett, Tristen Post, William Temple, Tyler Triffett.

New Norfolk Black v Huon at North Hobart - no details supplied.

UNDER 10: New Norfolk Eagles 11.8 (74) d Brighton Blue 10.8 (68) at Tynwald Park. Goals – NN: Hayden Davis 3, Jye Bearman 2, Jake Carnes 2, George Lazenby 2, Zachary Wheeler 2. Best – NN: Zayden Kelly, Ryan Triffitt, Zachary Wheeler, Ryley Wilton, Lochlan Bowerman, Dylan Browning.

Kingborough Black 10.11 (71) d New Norfolk Black 5.5 (35) at Tynwald Park.

UNDER 11: New Norfolk 23.13 (151) d Clarence Roos 1.2 (8) at Tynwald Park. Goals - NN:  Brock Triffett 9, Jack Stevenson 4, Will Banks 2, Corey Keleher 2, Samuel Holloway 2, Jaiden Russell 2, Owen Hole, Ben McRoss. Best - NNP: Brock Triffett, Owen Hole, Ben McRoss, Jake Stevenson, Jack Hills, Nathan Rice.

UNDER 12: Lauderdale Bombers 5.3 (33) d New Norfolk 4.8 (32) at Tynwald Park.

UNDER 13: Clarence 11.18 (84) d New Norfolk 3.4 (22) at Geilston Bay.

UNDER 14: New Norfolk 10.12 (72) d Kingborough Gold 7.8 (50) at Kingston Beach Oval. Goals - NN: A. Blair 5, D. Smith 2, J. Daniels, C. Salter, T. Henderson. Best -NN: C. Triffitt, A. Blair, C. Salter, D. Smith, T. Henderson, J. Farrow.

New Norfolk travelled to Kingston Beach to take on Kingborough Gold. In an even, hard-fought game, the New Norfolk boys came out on top with a 22 point win. It was a great team effort with all players persisting throughout the game.

UNDER 15: New Norfolk 9.10 (64) d North Hobart 5.8 (38) at New Town Bike Track. Goals - NN: Nathan Wakefield 5, Brett Hodge 2, Torne Oates, Charlie Stewart. Best - NN: Brett Hodge, Brayden Chaplin, Nathan Wakefield, Hayden Bielleman, Brodie Gleeson, Daniel Cooley.

In a game that ebbed and flowed through all four quarters, the Under 15s came away with another good win. There were some very good contributors, with best on ground Brett Hodge being a big stand out, while Brayden Chaplin was everywhere. Defenders Brodie Gleeson and Daniel Cooley did a great job down back while goal sneak Nathan Wakefield bagged five great goals. The next game is on Sunday against Lindisfarne at Tynwald Park starting at 12.30. 

UNDER 16: New Norfolk 13. 9 (87) def Lauderdale 7. 9 (51) at Boyer Oval.

Firefighters thanked

Thanks to Craig Farrell MLC for this photo of a barbecue held for local firefighters last weekend

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anzac Day in New Norfolk

GOOD numbers were reported at the dawn service and 11am Anzac Day observances in New Norfolk today. More than 100 people attended the dawn service and several times that number were at the parade and service at 11am. About 350 copies of the order of service were given out.

There were several innovations in this year's program, including a Bible reading by St Brigid's School student Prue Huntington and singing by the Derwent Valley Choir to accompany the Derwent Valley Concert Band. Addresses were given by celebrant Celia Hooker and Captain Cameron McDougall of the 12th/40th Battalion.

In addition to the large crowd there was a strong contingent of politicians, led by the Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MHR. Craig Farrell MLC represented the State Government and Mark Shelton MHA represented the State Opposition. Also present were the mayor and several Derwent Valley councillors.

Southern Football League - round two

SFL reports - round two
By Gary Williamson

New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry
NEW Norfolk bounced back after last week's loss to Kingborough by defeating a gallant Dodges Ferry at home by 39 points, kicking 19.12 (126) to 12.8 (80). The Eagles had the better of the first term but knew they would be in for a real fight as they edged to an 11 point lead. Nothing really separated the sides in a fast paced first term.

New Norfolk really applied the pressure in the second term and the Sharks could not respond as the home side piled on six goals and moved to a very handy 28 point lead at the main break. Dodges Ferry was not going to give up and outplayed their more fancied rival in the third term and reduced the gap to 17 points and an upset loomed.

As good sides always do, the Eagles responded magnificently with seven last-term goals to blow the game away and again showed why they are very dangerous whilst the visitors would be disappointed in their finish as they again failed under extreme pressure, which is a worry for new coach Miller.

Best players for the Eagles were Horne, Clifford, Wardlaw and Joseph whilst Thompson bounced back to form with four goals. Best for the Sharks were Tennick, Millers, and Martin with five goals along with Cusick.

Huonville v Central Hawks
HUONVILLE recorded its first win of the season at home by easily defeating a disappointing Central Hawks by 50 points, kicking 16.8 (104) to 6.18 (54). Huonville blew away their opposition in the first term as they came out full of running and slammed on seven goals to race away to a 35 point lead at quarter time. A big margin looked on the cards as the Hawks were struggling badly.

The second term saw the Hawks start to match their opponents as they slowed up the game but struggled up forward as the Lions increased their lead to 45 points. The second half was a scrappy affair as the Hawks surprisingly played the better football but kicked poorly for goal in an improved performance whilst the Lions would be disappointed after stopping badly after quarter time.

Best players for the Lions were plenty with Conlan outstanding all day, Sullivan up forward with six goals along with Crouch and Causon. Better players for the Hawks were Ladic, McWillams and Brown as they remain without a win this season.

Lindisfarne v Brighton
LINDISFARNE continued its good form from last week when they returned to their home ground and defeated a very talented Brighton by 41 points with inaccurate kicking of 17.16 (118) to 12.5 (77). The first term was a real beauty with both sides playing attacking football. With fierce tackling and hard running the Blues started slightly better and edged out a seven-point lead in a tight contest.

The second term saw the Blues really pile on the pressure and the Robins could not respond, struggling up forward as they trailled by 21 points at the main break and needing to lift in the second half. Lindisfarne answered every challenge and should have won by a lot more but for inaccurate kicking for the second week in a row.

Best for the winners was young Hobden who capped off a great game with four goals, well supported by Braslin, Mills and Phillips with key forward Marriott kicking three goals. Brighton was best served by Willing, Howlett, Salter whilst Martin kicked four goals in a lone hand up forward.

East Coast Bombers v Claremont

CLAREMONT continued its good start to the season with a gutsy win away from home over an improved East Coast Bombers, 14.9 (93) to 12.8 (80).

Sorell v Kingborough

KINGBOROUG remain undefeated with a unexpected hard-fought win away from home over an improved Sorell by 62 points, 18.9 (117) to 8.7 (55).

In the morning they remembered

New Norfolk Anzac Day Dawn Service, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

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 (followed by barbecue lunch and eightball afternoon)

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

Bushy Park's War Memorial Swimming Pool Hall ready for Anzac Day

Honours for emergency volunteers

Jason Lawrence
LONG-SERVICE awards were presented to two members of the New Norfolk SES earlier this month. Unit manager Jason Lawrence received the 20 year pin and fellow member Clare Swinton received the 10 year medal.

Originally wanting to join the Rural Fire Brigade, Jason decided to attend one of their training nights nearly 21 years ago but found himself attending on the wrong night.  With State Emergency Service training being held nearby that night, Jason followed his desire to join an emergency service and signed up as a member then and there, volunteering under John Maher.

Jason became unit manager in 2006 and has received various awards including a commendation from Tasmania Police. Volunteering has its highs and lows but Jason is happy to continue responding to his pager whenever it goes off.

Clare Swinton

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tribute wall nears completion

Bricklayers at work on the wall.
WORK is nearing completion on the Derwent Valley tribute wall at Arthur Square in New Norfolk. The curved sandstone-like wall will feature the names of local pioneers on one side, while the other side will list the names of the municipality's Australia Day Award recipients.

Project manager Ngaire Glover said credit for the idea was due to Dorothy Robinson, who had initially raised the matter of a pioneer wall with the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre some years ago.

Mrs Glover revived the idea when the Derwent Valley Council asked the community for proposals for funding under the Federal Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Project. Mrs Robinson and Mrs Glover put a formal grant application proposal to the council and the $11,000 project was approved by the Federal Government last year.

Mrs Glover said professional plans had been drawn up and the site on the High St side of Arthur Square was accessible and visible. The curved wall reflects a river theme and the use of sandstone-coloured smooth-faced bricks is both aesthetically pleasing and will enable brass plaques to be installed.

Descendants of pioneering families are invited to put their name forward to purchase a plaque to add to the wall. For more information contact Mrs Glover on 0419 337 608.

Bushy Park Hall needs a hand

Politicians' day at gun club

TASMANIAN politicians have been invited to a clay target competition day at the Derwent Valley Field and Game Club in June. Club president Ray Williams said all politicians and their staff were invited to take part on June 10 to find State Parliament's champion clay target competitor. Individual or team entries can be arranged.

"No previous experience is necessary and the safety rules and some coaching will be given. No actual firearms licence is necessary to participate," Mr Williams said. "Male and female participants are both welcome and the event is to be held at our grounds situated at 1065 Boyer Rd,New Norfolk."

Mr Williams said he hoped state politicians would come along to have some fun at this Olympic sport, support the club and gain a better understanding of the sport.

Seat of power

The Derwent electorate
THE immiment elevation of Craig Farrell to the position of Leader for the Government in the Legislative Council will make him the third Member for Derwent (in a row) to hold the position.

The late lamented Charles Batt held the position from 1989-92 during the term of the Field minority government. His successor in Derwent, Michael Aird, held the same position from 1998-2006 under premiers Jim Bacon and Paul Lennon, before being appointed treasurer.

Following Mr Aird's retirement in 2011, the vacancy in Derwent was filled by Craig Farrell who was subsequently appointed Deputy Leader for the Government on the day he took his seat in the Legislative Council.

Minority government Premier Lara Giddings last week confirmed that Mr Farrell will be promoted to Leader for the Government on the imminent retirement of the incumbent, Doug Parkinson. The Mercury's report can be read here.

Reader's letter - Willow Court

THE real estate agent didn't lose a sale because of Leo Schofield's comments; he lost it because of the situation in New Norfolk to which Leo Schofield's criticism applied – corporate and individual vandalism, and frequent fires which are suspected of being arson.  The people to blame are those in a position to lift this town out of the doldrums, but are not only not doing it but obstructing progress.

Development of the historic site of Willow Court would not only generate employment both directly and indirectly but would attract tourists and completely change the town's image. Leo Schofield seems to be the only person able to get media attention.

The government is evidently disinclined to audit the books of Derwent Valley Council to see where the missing millions – which should have been spent on Willow Court – have gone.  Is the reason for this lack of intervention because at least one prominent councillor is a member of the Labor Party? And we thought that the council's job was to represent ratepayers!

Pat Durrant

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Footy previews

By Gary Williamson

New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry
New Norfolk will be looking to bounce back after last week's defeat when they are back at home and take on Dodges Ferry who are also on the rebound and looking for their first win of the season. The Eagles were brave in defeat last week away from home against Kingborough but faded in the last term and will strip fitter for the hit out and should be striving to make amends. The Sharks were narrow losers at home against Lindisfarne but inaccuracy from the visitors stopped them from receiving a thrashing and they must vastly improve if they are cause an upset. The Eagles forwards were down last week and this is one of their strengths and if they can win the all important midfield battle then they should be too strong in the one on one marking contests. Dodges Ferry need a good  start to get some much needed confidence as the home side will be striving to make amends for last week.You would expect a fairly close contest for most of the day but the Eagles haven’t lost two in a row since joining the competition and should be too strong at home in what will be a good test early in the season for the Sharks under new coach Miller.

Huonville v Central Hawks
Huonville are back at home and in search of their first win of the season when they host Central Hawks who are also desperate for a victory but really need to improve. The Lions were thrashed last week away from home by Brighton but will be better prepared this week and are always hard to beat at home. The Hawks were very disappointing last week at home when they were thrashed by the East Coast Bombers and will need dramatic improvement if they are to threaten the home side. Huonville have lost some key players from last season and need to have their young players stand up for a full game if they are to match the strong bodied Central Hawks.  The Lions have forwards capable of kicking a winning score but will need to take control of the midfield and tighten up their defence to put some early scoreboard pressure on the visitors. The Hawks need to be more consistent than last week and really have a more even contribution and need to get off to a good start to gain some much needed confidence. In what could be a close contest for most of the afternoon, the Lions should prove too strong in the end and take the points from an improving opposition.

Lindisfarne v Brighton
Lindisfarne will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they are back at home and take on the in-form Brighton in what appears a very even contest. The Blues recorded a gutsy win away from home last week against Dodges Ferry but must eliminate their inaccuracy in front of goals in this contest of they will lose the four points. The Robins easily defeated Huonville at home last week and with an extra game played this season they should be more match fit and starting to know their new players style of football.  The small confines of Lindisfarne really advantage the side that get the ball out of the middle really quickly as both sides have tall marking forwards capable of kicking multiple goals. Brighton may hold an edge in the rucking duels whilst the Blues probably have more leg speed and the skill level and switch of play will need to be precise as both sides defend really strongly. In a game that could go either way, perhaps Lindisfarne with home ground advantage will prevail.

East Coast Bombers v Claremont
The in-form East Coast Bombers are back at home and looking for their second win of the season when they host another in form team in Claremont in what should be a very close contest. In a game that could go either way perhaps the Bombers with the home ground advantage may take the points but a Magpie win would not surprise as both sides look evenly matched and very well coached.

Sorell v Kingborough
Sorell open their 2012 season after the bye last weekend but host the competition's best side in Kingborough who have already played two games and will be a lot match hardened and fitter early in the season. The Tigers are full of confidence after defeating New Norfolk last week and will be looking for a percentage-boosting victory away from home. You would expect Sorell at home to put up a brave fight early in the game but the class and strength of the Tigers should see them record an easy victory and remain undefeated as Sorell will only improve after this week's game.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Southern Football League - round one

SFL reports - round one
By Gary Williamson

KINGBOROUGH proved it will be the team to beat this season with no fears of the once-powerful New Norfolk, by defeating them by 23 points under lights at Kingston on Saturday. Scores were 13.12 (90) to 9.13 (67). The first quarter had everything expected, with both sides attacking the football hard. With plenty of players at the contest there were no easy possessions but the Tigers steadied late to grab a very handy 11 point lead at quarter time.

In the second term the Eagles showed why they have been so successful, with five goals to three to work their way back into the game. The third term saw both sides throw everything into the contest as no team could get an advantage and the game appeared to be set for a nail-biting finish.

Kingborough really lifted in the last term and used their fitness on the big ground to kick four goals to one and a deserved victory. Despite the loss, New Norfolk would be pleased with their first up performance away from home.

Best players for the Tigers were captain Philp who dominated around the ground all night. He was well supported by Collis with three goals, Mitchell, and defender Huizing who kept Eagle forward Thomson goalless for the evening. Better players for the Eagles were new recruit Moles, Heron, Joseph and Jelkic. They will be seeking revenge at their next meeting.

V ideo highlights of New Norfolk game

Central Hawks v East Coast Bombers
THE Bombers opened up their season with a thrashing of a disappointing Central Hawks who had the home ground advantage at Oatlands. The Bombers won by 93 points, kicking 19.11 (125) to 4.8 (32). The first quarter was a very tight tussle with no side getting any easy possessions. The Bombers had a nine-point lead at the first change, but the Hawks had more scoring shots and looked well in the contest. The Bombers started to get on top of their opponents and with a watertight defence they kicked three goals and moved to a solid 24 point lead at half time and clearly looked the better side over a tiring Hawks.  The second half was all the Bombers as they piled on 13 goals to two and raced away to a percentage-boosting victory in their best start to the season since they joined the competition. Best players for the shellshocked Hawks were Cox, Horne and Goss.

Brighton v Huonville

BRIGHTON continued its good form from the previous week with a solid game, defeating a disappointing Huonville at home by 62 points, kicking 16.13 (109) to 6.11 (47). Brighton dominated from the first bounce but kicked inaccurately. With nine scoring shots to two, they led by only 12 points at the first change. The second term saw the game open up with both sides gaining possession without any pressure and this seemed to suit the Lions who kicked three goals but still trailed by 16 points at the main break but appeared well in the game. The Robins really stepped up a gear in the third term and kicked six unanswered goals as Huonville dropped away. Brighton continued to control the game in the last term and ran out big winners having really improved from last season. Best players for the winners were Whitford, Conolon, Tubb with four goals along with Smith in a very even team performance

Claremont v Cygnet
CLAREMONT opened their season in great form under new coach Kim Excel and showed they have recruited well and are an improved side by thrashing a disappointing Cygnet at home by 50 points, scoring 18.11 (119) to 9.15 (69).

Dodges Ferry v Lindisfarne
LINDISFARNE started its 2012 campaign with a great nine-point victory over arch rival Dodges Ferry away from home, 7.22 (64) to 8.7 (55).

Junior football under way

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football Association
Round 1 played Sunday, April 15

New Norfolk results

UNDER 8: New Norfolk Eagles 5.8 (38) d Brighton 3.8 (26)
Best players: Jye Gray, Samual  Jackson, Connor Tomlin, Josh Whyte, Ballee Strong.

UNDER 9: Brighton Blue 9.10 (64) d New Norfolk Black 8.11 (59) at Ferguson Park, Brighton.
Goals - NN: Tyron Bailey 2, Baker Smith 2, Jordan George, Riley Higgins, Zac Holdsworth, Tyler Scanlon. Best - NN: Zac Holdsworth, Brandon Gall, Baine Tomlin, Riley Wenban, Jordan George, Baker Smith.

Central Hawks 12.13 (85) d New Norfolk Eagles 3.5 (23)

UNDER 10: Central Hawks 7.12 (54) d New Norfolk Eagles 5.7 (37) at Kempton.
Goals – NN: Jye Bearman 3, Jake Carnes 1, Zachary Wheeler 1; Best – NN: Zachary Wickham, Jack Triffett, George Lazenby, Dylan Browning, Jye Bearman, Jake Carnes. A great team effort from all the boys.

New Norfolk Black 11.11 (77) d. Brighton Blue 10.4 (64)

New Norfolk 14.3 (87) d Glenorchy 6.7 (43) at KGV.
Goals – NN: Jayden Wilton 4, Samuel Holloway 2, Brock Triffett 2, Jack Stevenson, Jack Hills, Owen Hole, Ben McRoss, Corey Keleher, Jaiden Russell. Best – NN: Will Banks, Jack Stevenson, Jayden Wilton, Corey Keleher, Samuel Holloway, Ben McRoss.

UNDER 12: Glenorchy 12.3 (75) d. New Norfolk 4.5 (29)

UNDER 13: Sandy Bay 14.13 (97) d New Norfolk 1.1 (7)

UNDER 14: Clarence 12.18 (90) d New Norfolk 1.2 (8).
New Norfolk kicked off the 2012 season against a strong Clarence outfit at Tynwald Park. From the outset the boys were prepared to attack the ball and tried to stick to their plan of moving the ball quickly. Generally it was simple mistakes which resulted in the ball being turned over but with more match practice their hard work will no doubt pay off. The back line held up well under constant pressure and never gave up. Best players were first gamer P. Vout, D. Smith, C. Triffitt, Connor Salter and goal-scorer Alex Blair.

UNDER 15: New Norfolk 23. 23 (161) d. Sandy Bay 3.0 (18) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - NN: Brayden Chaplin 3, Jacob Picken 3, Nathan Wakefield 3, Brett Hodge 2, Joshua Raspin 2, Charlie Stewart 2, Joshua Whitford-Marriott 2, Hayden Bielleman, Daniel Browning, Tomas Gillies, Hayden Smith, Aaron Thorpe, Kye Tomkinson. Best - NN: Joshua Whitford-Marriott, Ryan Wakefield, Jacob Picken, Brett Hodge, Brayden Chaplin, Nicholas Wakefield.

In a polished performance the Under 15s totally outplayed their Sandy Bay opponents right from the start. The young Eagles had winners all over the ground and it was great to see the players in such good form so early in the season. New Norfolk kept the opposition scoreless for two of the four quarters and had 13 individual goal kickers. Josh Whitford-Marriott put in a classy effort as did newcomer Ryan Wakefield. Brett Hodge made a welcome return to the team, kicking two majors as well as having plenty of the ball. Jacob Picken was just about everywhere as was Brayden Chaplin, while quiet achiever Nick Wakefield scouted the packs well.

UNDER 16: New Norfolk 10.12 (72) d Glenorchy 8.10 (58)
Goals - NN: Jordan Banks-Smith 4, Aaron Triffitt 4, Daniel Coppleman, Brandon King. Best - NN:  Tyron Rainbird, Daniel Coppleman, Blaise Reed, Brad Townsend, Aaron Triffitt, Josh Rowlands.

The Under 16s started the season with a good win against Glenorchy. The boys showed great spirit when they came from behind to win by 14 points. All the boys played well and it was a fantastic team effort. They are all looking forward to playing on Boyer Oval this weekend, starting at 9.30am before the SFL reserves match.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

No Norfolk Targa

THE spectacle of millions of dollars of modern and classic motorsport vehicles will be absent from New Norfolk this weekend. Seemingly without notice, Targa Tasmania has shifted its Sunday lunch break and regrouping to Bothwell, despite last year's assurances that it would back in New Norfolk - possibly with a race stage.

The 21st Targa Tasmania got under way today. As is traditional, the event will make its way from the West Coast and across the Derwent Valley this Sunday, but instead of following the highway to New Norfolk it will turn off after the Tarraleah competitive stage and head for Bothwell.

The Lyell Highway will be closed at various locations and times this Sunday to enable competitive stages at Strahan, Queenstown, Mt Arrowsmith and Tarraleah. Details here.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Smallfruits jobs boost

THE Federal Government last week announced three projects aimed at creating new jobs through the  Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). Regional Development Minister Simon Crean said $300,000 would be provided for a Derwent Valley soft fruit processing facility that would generate 170 jobs and open up new opportunities for product diversification and innovation in the growing berry industry.

“Tasmania has great potential and we’ve got to realise it. The aim of the IGA is to provide a sustainable forest products industry and a more diversified economy,” Mr Crean said. Premier Lara Giddings said the funding for the fruit processing project in the Derwent Valley would open up new opportunities for product diversification and innovation in the growing berry industry.

Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager Lucy Gregg said the facility would help the industry capture a more diverse market share. “It has long been recognised that the Tasmanian climate provides the perfect environment to grow full-flavoured berries and this is now being reflected in the expansion of the industry,” Ms Gregg said. The project would secure 20 full-time on farm and production jobs, as well as 150 seasonal positions.

Tasmanian Greens Lyons MHA Tim Morris said the funding for berry processing in the Derwent Valley was welcome recognition of the area’s huge growth potential as a producer of fine quality produce.

Big night this Saturday

Willow Court on the agenda again

WILLOW Court is the subject of three motions on notice at this week's Derwent Valley Council meeting. The first, from Councillor Chris Lester, calls on the Willow Court Working Group Special Committee to provide a detailed report on its activities and fundraising efforts.

The second and third motions are from Cr Damian Bester who is seeking to have the council cease its practice of charging the Willow Court account for the costs of office space at 2 High St, and to have an investigation of the apparently excessive cost of electricity at Willow Court.

There is also a closed council agenda item titled "access options Willow Court".

In written comments included in the agenda documents, Cr Lester says he is seeking to be better informed of the activities of the Willow Court committee, "as opposed to being told that council has provided them with little support or they can only make recommendations to council." He notes that he has neither seen nor heard any report on the committee from its council representative, deputy mayor Barry Lathey.

"The report I have asked for may quite clearly show that many things have been achieved by the Willow Court and Barracks Working Group, because I have no doubt that its members have a real passion for the development of Willow Court and are probably as frustrated as I am that there seems to be much negative debate and not much being achieved," Cr Lester concludes.

The council meeting will be held in the New Norfolk Courthouse at 6.30pm this Thursday. The full agenda can be downloaded from the council website.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Big day this Saturday

Southern Football League previews

By Gary Williamson

Kingborough v New Norfolk (night game)
In a repeat of last year’s grand final, victorious Kingboroughs get the all-important home ground advantage when they host New Norfolk under lights in what promises to be a very high standard and close encounter this Saturday.  The Tigers were impressive winners in last week's Good Friday match away from home under lights against an improved Brighton, but they need to find more avenues to goal as Lamprill will not be allowed to dominate like he did last week 10 goals. The Tigers will be better prepared with a strong gamed the week before and this should see them fitter and more consistent  The Eagles will still be hurting after last season’s grand final defeat and this will give them the extra incentive to start the new season with a win and prove they are still the side to beat for this year's flag. Kingborough will have gained a lot of confidence with their breakthrough premiership win and I believe they will continue their winning way and start the season with a win and take the four points.

Central Hawks v East Coast Bombers
The Hawks open their season with a home game at Oatlands under former Hobart coach Todd Lewis and have recruited very well in the off-season and should be fitter and more advanced than previous season starts. The addition of former North Hobart coach, the experienced Clinton Brown, will strengthen the Hawks and give them some much needed experience. The Bombers have recruited well from their feeder club Lauderdale and have several experienced players that have committed for the season, which should see the Bombers be a lot more consistent on a regular basis and they will surprise plenty of sides throughout the season. In a game that could go either way, the Hawks with the home ground advantage may take the points but will need to be at their best as the Bombers have really improved their depth in the off season.

Claremont v Cygnet
With two much-improved sides, both with experienced coaches, it should be a very close encounter for most of the day but perhaps the home side with the advantage of their vocal crowd may prove a little too strong towards the end of the game.

Brighton v Huonville
Brighton will be pumped up at home in front of their expecting crowd and they may start with a win to give them confidence for the coming games but will need to be at their best against a quality side that always plays well away from home.

Dodges Ferry v Lindisfarne

The Blues may have a little too much class and run for the home side and may take the points to get a perfect start to their season but must beware as the Sharks are always hungry and dangerous at home.

Adam Smith's report in the Mercury, here.

Eve updates

POLICE are continuing their renewed efforts to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Eve Askew. Operations continued in the Derwent Valley today, including related inquiries in the state's north. Anyone with information about Eve's disappearance can call the investigators direct on 0418 589 544. There is a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to a conviction.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Man "helping police" over Eve

Eve Askew
POLICE are using ground-penetrating radar and Federal Police search dogs in a renewed effort to solve the 20-year mystery of the disappearance of Eve Askew from her Derwent Valley home. Investigators swarmed on three upper Derwent Valley properties this morning and expect to be on scene for the rest of the week.

Police have taken a local man into custody and say he was known to Eve. The latest investigation is said to have been the result of information received following an appeal late last year. A reward remains available.

See the Mercury for updates. Other reports:, ABC News.

Tasmania Police media release
Tasmania Police is today conducting a number of searches for evidence in relation to the disappearance in 1991 of Eve Askew. Police have seized properties at:
  • Uxbridge Rd, Bushy Park
  • Property, workshop and house at Gordon River Rd, Karanja
The searches are one part of an investigation plan and is not the end state but one of a number of police actions. Investigators are determined to find evidence to:
  • Prosecute the principal offender or offenders in the death
  • Prosecute those persons who have assisted in the concealing of evidence that relates to the death
Police are seeking information from anyone who may have any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Eve Askew. There is a direct line to investigators on 0418 589 544. There is a reward of up to $100,000 for relevant information that results in the conviction of an offender in relation to the disappearance.

Background: Eve Askew was last seen alive 20 years ago, on or about 16 November 1991, at her family home in Fitzgerald. Eve was living with her mum and dad and her three siblings. She was reported missing during the afternoon of 17 November 1991.

Eve was born in New South Wales and moved to Tasmania with her family in January of 1989. Eve was 14 years old when she went missing. Eve was a Grade 8 student at Glenora District High School.

Eve’s family describe her as being a shy and reserved person who did not interact with people easily, she would avoid meeting new people if she could. At the time of Eve’s disappearance she was 157cm tall, of slim build, she had red hair and was of fair complexion with freckles.

At the time of being reported missing her family indicated that she was wearing a distinctive tracksuit. Investigations at that time included a series of extensive searches being conducted in the vicinity of the family residence and interviewing known friends and associates.

No further evidence as to the fate of Eve was discovered and she has not been seen nor heard from by any person since. Police conducted further investigations into Eve’s disappearance in 2001, however, those enquiries failed to resolve this matter.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Willow Court dominated workshop

WILLOW Court topics dominated the first of the Derwent Valley Council's new-style open and closed workshops last Thursday night. In the absence of the mayor, deputy mayor Barry Lathey thanked those present for their attendance. Present were the general manager and councillors Lester, Shaw, Bromfield, Bester, Nicholson and Shoobridge. There was no-one in the public gallery, which had been set up away from the main table in contrast to previous workshops when the public sat with the councillors. The mayor arrived about 15 minutes late.

The general manager advised that he had that day received a new draft memorandum of understanding on Willow Court from David Llewellyn. Lengthy discussion followed and a report will be provided to the next council meeting.

The general manager advised that Cr Lester had requested that a security consultant be asked for an opinion on Willow Court. Mr Hugh Eagling had been consulted and was unable to attend the workshop due to martial arts commitments but would instead meet Mr Mackey on site.

Cr Bester asked whether the council could ask the State Government to provide insurance coverage for Willow Court and Mr Mackey responded that he was surprised no-one had suggested this before. Cr Shaw asked why the Willow Court barracks could not be fenced like Frescati and a long discussion followed. Cr Lathey asked when the council would get a decisive answer from the potential purchaser of the Willow Court oval and Mr Mackey responded that this was in the lap of the gods.

At 8pm the workshop moved onto other topics, including a document from the Local Government Board on the subject of councillor numbers; an update on negotiations regarding access to private properties at Willow Court; a report on the council's enterprise bargaining agreement which Mr Mackey said had been the subject of discussions for about 12 months; a suggestion from the mayor that the State Government should lease the soon-to-be-closed Hayes Jail farm to the Van Diemen Dairy; and advice that the Carinya Education Park had been burgled.

Willow Court as it was

A VIDEO clip has been posted online showing Willow Court as it was just before its closure in 2000. Click here to see the clip at YouTube.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Workshops now an open and shut case

THE first of the Derwent Valley Council's new-style workshops will be held on Thursday night, with the public invited to attend for 30 minutes from 6.30pm. At 7pm the public will be asked to leave, allowing councillors to discuss further matters in private.

The new arrangements were endorsed by all but one councillor at last month's council meeting. They were but one part of a report into establishing a committee system at the council. The report also recommended against a committee system; suggested that consideration be given to an audit committee; and that councillor membership of committees be reviewed annually.

Opening the debate, Councillor Wayne Shoobridge said he was aware of much confusion amongst the public but he assured them there was no ulterior motive to the plan to close workshops to the public after 30 minutes.

Cr Judy Bromfield said she supported the proposal on the proviso that the council resumed its previous practice of publicly advertising the workshops.

Cr Chris Lester said there was nothing secret about the proposal, which was only one of the recommendations before the council. Cr Lester said he could see that Cr Damian Bester was shaking his head. "I ask Cr Bester whether his editor's meetings are open to the public," he said.

Cr Bester had unsuccessfully moved a motion that the council establish an audit committee in accordance with the recommendation of the auditor-general, and that workshops remain completely open. His remarks are on his website.

Petitioners seek budget action

Barry Lathey and Phil Bingley
PETITIONS requesting formal consideration of four budget submissions were presented to the Derwent Valley Council last week. Organiser Phil Bingley handed the petitions to deputy mayor Barry Lathey on Friday.

The first petition relates to having an economic development plan (EDP) in accordance with the council's strategic plan. "I am passionate about this and ... was very disappointed with council's answer to my question at the Bushy Park council meeting, ie that council would not be progressing the EDP because of the downturn in the forestry industry and the possibility of school closures. Yet again council quickly looks for excuses and sits on its hands," Mr Bingley said.

"Now is the very time to have an EDP with objectives that promotes a positive identity for New Norfolk as a business-friendly town, supports small business development and expansion and aims at attracting new investment into New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley," he said. The petition was signed by 64 individuals representing over 30 businesses in New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley requesting that the council initiates an economic development plan in 2012/13.

The second petition was signed by 139 residents calling on the council to reseal Glebe Rd between The Avenue and Lachlan Rd. "It's more like driving on a cobbled street than a sealed road ... and needs priority attention given the volume of traffic that uses the road," Mr Bingley said.

The third petition (12 signatures) requests that curb and guttering be installed along a section of Lachlan Rd where the absence of a proper stormwater system is said to cause water infiltration under some houses.

The fourth petition (seven signatures) requests the sealing of Triffetts Rd, Glenfern, to stop dust causing a nuisance to residents in the area.

Submissions received by the close of business last Friday are to be considered in budget deliberations starting shortly.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Our oarsome foursome

Anthony and Kate
FOUR Derwent Valley rowers have been named in the Australian team for the 2012 Olympics in London. In addition to Anthony Edwards and Kate Hornsey who were named last week, Dana Faletic and Kerry Hore have now been added to the list.

Edwards and Hornsey and their respective families held a get-together in their home town of Molesworth on Saturday night, where our photo was taken.

Edwards will once again row in the men's lightweight coxless four. A member of the New Norfolk Rowing Club and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, this will be his fifth Olympics. Hornsey will row in the women's coxless pair. A member of the New Norfolk Rowing Club, she presently rows for Mercantile and the Victorian Institute of Sport. This will be her second Olympics.

Faletic and Hore will form half of the women's quad scull. Faletic, who was educated in the Derwent Valley, won gold at the 2003 world championships and bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Hore is a member for the New Norfolk Rowing Club and the Australian Institute of Sport and was in the same medal-winning crew as Faletic in 2003 and 2004.

New Norfolk has never before had four representatives at an Olympic Games. Congratulations to all four and their families who will sacrifice much in the next few months.

Taking it to the streets

AUTUMN-THEMED footpaths stickers are one of the promotions being implemented by the New Norfolk Business Alliance to help bring shoppers b ack to the town centre. The stickers were some months in the planning and were installed on the Friday before the disastrous fire that destroyed the Banjos building a fortnight ago.

The signs are made of non-slip and hardwearing material and have a long life but it is intended they remain only for around three months to gauge their longevity. Business Alliance promotions co-ordinator Ngaire Glover said the signs had five autumn backgrounds and three slogans urging people to shop locally, support our town and local business.

Pictured admiring one of the stickers shortly after their installation were Business Alliance chairman Ray Williams and committee member Greg Hudson.

Scheduled musical events are the other string to the Business Alliance's promotional bow, via its Re-New Norfolk initiaitve. Live music will be performed in High St between 10am-1pm on April 14, 21 and 28. On April 14 there will be a range of activities on Arthur Square, the Memorial Hall and Ellis Dean Reserve.

Willow Court video

AN short and informative video about the historical significance of the Willow Court site has been published online. Click here to see the video at YouTube. A growing number of related video clips can be found at the same location.

In the news

THE Derwent Valley Autumn Festival, smoke clouds and the story of local dairy farmers have all been in the news today. Click the links below to read more.