Friday, January 31, 2014

Total fire ban this weekend

Total Fire Ban
for southern Tasmania

Issued at 3:53pm on Friday January 31, 2014.

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for Saturday, February 1, 2014, for the Southern Region.

For further information regarding fire bans and other fire restrictions contact the Tasmania Fire Service on 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au/



Fire Weather Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley forecast district

Issued at 3:50pm on Friday January 31, 2014.

Weather Situation
Temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s, low relative humidity and variable winds to around 15km/h are expected.

For Saturday, February 1:
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: Upper Derwent Valley.
Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control. There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through www.fire.tas.gov.au.
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.
The next warning will be issued by 5am Saturday.


Total fire ban in the south.
Permits required elsewhere.
Tasmania Fire Service
General Advice on a day of Total Fire Ban

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your TFS Regional Office.

Barbecues that use wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned. Gas and electric barbecues are permitted subject to the strict application of the conditions set out below. Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing the barbecue is electric or gas fired and the barbecue is fixed permanent structure.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided: The barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings).

Additional conditions that apply to the use of portable electric and gas fired barbecues and barbecues in public reserves and campsites:
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbecue is completely cleared of flammable material.
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a tap with hose connected is ready for use
  • at least 10 litres of water is on hand in case of emergency.

Commercial caterers are required to obtain a special permit from your TFS Regional Office.

Redlands eyes Chinese whisky market

A Redlands barrel top for the
Chinese export market.
PRODUCING whisky for export to China is the latest initiative of the steadily-growing Redlands Estate at Plenty, near New Norfolk. A partnership announced today is expected to see a sustainably produced internationally-focused whisky grown from the soil in the Derwent Valley.

Redlands Estate chairman Peter Hope today spoke of a partnership between Redlands Estate and NRM South focused on producing a whisky for the Chinese market that will be produced using sustainable agriculture practices. NRM South CEO Donald Coventry said the partnership was the perfect fit for NRM South’s focus on sustainable agriculture and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Tasmanian whisky industry.

“Redlands Estate is an iconic Tasmania brand that is already working toward a premium quality whisky," Mr Coventry said. "Our goal is to assist Redlands to deliver a product within a few years that is clearly produced with the environment in mind. Consumers are now interested to know where their products come from and how they are grown and we can help Redlands lead the way.

“Our goal is that Redlands Estate will not only be able to reduce its impact on soil and water by undertaking sustainable management practices on the property but also ensure a quality yield for their whisky. Our goal is that the property will continue to produce a high quality crop well into the future and this information can benefit the growth of the industry as a whole,” he said.

“The Derwent Valley has such a rich history of productive agriculture and we’re pleased to help continue this legacy.” NRM South hopes the partnership with Redlands Estate will demonstrate the value in undertaking sustainable property management to generate interest from other producers within the southern region.

NRM South is supported by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments and it works with property owners and managers throughout southern Tasmanian to investigate and implement innovative sustainable agricultural practices that reduce environmental impacts. NRM South more broadly works in partnership other organisations and the community to improve the quality of the region’s natural resources.

Changed tip hours this weekend

Derwent Valley Council
Peppermint Hill Landfill Site Information

Due to the impending total fire ban for Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February 2014, the council's disposal site will operate from 8am until noon on both days.  Free admission in accordance with council policy will be offered on both of these days.

During Declared Total Fire Ban days the Peppermint Hill Landfill site will open from 8am and will close at noon. These operating times will continue during Declared Total Fire Ban Days. Please check the fire.tas.gov.au website for Fire Ban information.

Mayor calls for tougher firebug penalties

DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL
MEDIA RELEASE 

Tougher Penalties Called for Fire Bugs
31st January 2014

Mayor of the Derwent Valley, Martyn Evans, has reignited the discussion around tougher penalties for people caught deliberately lighting fires on Total Fire Ban Days, and days of extreme fire danger.

“Earlier this week the Derwent Valley had ideal conditions for fires to start and become uncontrollable.  That same day, a fire was deliberately lit in a residential area of New Norfolk.  It was only due to the quick action of the local fire brigade that the fire was under control very quickly.

“The extreme heat of the day and strong winds could have caused a catastrophic outcome.  Yet we still see firebugs being let off with a slap on the wrist,” Mayor Martyn Evans said.

Very hot conditions and strong winds caused concern for residents in the Derwent Valley earlier this week. Smoke from fires elsewhere blanketed the valley bringing back strong memories of events just over a year ago.  Residents of Lachlan were concerned due to a fire in the Lachlan area, and the Tasmania Fire Service and volunteers were kept busy with several reports of small fires.

“Our community, and others across the state deserves to know that if a fire is deliberately lit, and the perpetrator convicted they will get more than the current slap on the wrist.  Over the years and more recently we have seen many people convicted of deliberately lighting fires, which put property and life at risk, be given community service orders and similar.

"These crimes must be taken more seriously, and in the case of young offenders, there should be a mechanisim by which parents accept some responsibility for the actions of their children,” Mayor Evans said.

This weekend's cricket

Southern Cricket Association - Round 14
Derwent Valley matches

All matches start at 10.30am

SECOND GRADE - Saturday, February 1.
Gretna I v New Norfolk I at Tynwald Park.
Molesworth I v Runnymede at Runnymede.
Bushy Park v Sandford at Sandford.

FOURTH GRADE - Saturday, February 1.
Gretna II v Bagdad at Gretna.

FIFTH GRADE Sunday, February 2.
Molesworth II v Dynnyrne at Eady St.
New Norfolk II has the bye.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Local sides in Twenty20 game tonight

TWO Derwent Valley cricket clubs will go head-to-head in the Southern Cricket Association Kookaburra Tier 2 Twenty20 Super Bash at Boyer Oval in New Norfolk this evening (Thursday). See Gretna and Molesworth in action from 6pm.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Huon wins representative weekend

ALTHOUGH there were no senior cricket roster matches on the Australia Day long weekend, there was still plenty of cricket going on. On Saturday the Southern Cricket Association played the Huon/Channel Cricket Association in representative matches at Abbotsfield Park.

A great panorama showing the bowling of the first ball of the Under 23 match.
Photo: Wade Gleeson
It turned out to be a great day for the HCCA which won both the Under 23 and Senior matches. The first match of the day was the Under 23 Twenty20 match where the HCCA were victors by 20 runs. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, making what seemed to be a small total of 9 for 108 off 20 overs. All the SCA bowlers did well with New Norfolk's Josh Rowlands bowling exceptionally well, taking 1 for 11 off his four overs including one maiden. The team did very well to keep the HCCA to the small total and could not be faulted in the field, holding on to every catch that came its way.

In reply the SCA started well and was cruising with Ethan Engels finding the boundary on 10 occasions during his top-score of 47 runs and they were then 3 for 67.  From there things went pear shaped and they lost 7 for 21 as the match lipped from their grasp. HCCA bowler C. Polley did the damage with a magical spell of bowling, taking 4-7 off his four overs. Combined with his 20 runs, this earned him man of the match honours. Mention must go to SCA player Ethan Engels who top-scored with 47 and took three great catches and a run-out.

Well done to the players from the Derwent Valley who participated this match: Josh Rowlands (New Norfolk C.C.) and Dylan Pearce and Brock Nichols (Gretna C.C.).  During the presentations, Wade Gleeson congratulated the HCCA on winning what was the first Under 23 match between the associations. He also thanked the SCA for giving him the opportunity to coach the side and said he hoped the team would go one better next season. A return match will be played next season, hosted by the HCCA.

In the senior match between the two associations, it is understood the HCCA won in a close one by one wicket. The SCA had first hit and made 10 for 237 with Glendon Bentley top-scoring with 95. In reply the HCCA finished 9 for 238 to be victors for the first time in the six-year history of the event. No other details were at hand for this match at the time of writing.

Scores - Under 23 Twenty20
Huon Channel Cricket Association 9 for 108 off 20 overs (13 extras) d Southern Cricket Association 10 for 88 off 17.1 overs (12 extras) at Abbotsfield Park. HCCA batting: C. Polley 20 (4x4s), A. Crowe 19 (3x4s), J. Coombes 12 (1x4), A. Schwesinger 11 (2x4s), J. Lovell 10 (1x4). SCA bowling: Matthew Carr 2-11 (2), Stuart Beswick 2-12 (3), Ashley Burgess 2-14 (2), Josh Rowlands 1-11 (4), Brock Nichols 1-9 (2). SCA batting: Ethan Engels 47 (10x4s). HCCA bowling: C. Polley 4-7 (4), S. Strong 2-12 (4), A. Schwesinger 2-23 (4), J. Fordham 1-3 (1.1).

Locals in junior cricket win

North Hobart Country coach Marcus Wilde and his team, back
from left: vice captain Nathan Rice, Ryan Daft, Sam Banks, captain
Jack Stevenson, Sam Booth, Sam Holloway, Alec Wilde. Front:
Nicholas Davis, Coby  Kemmler, Josh Eyles, Jye Bearman and
Will Banks. Photo: Chloe Stevenson.
LOCAL boys did well in the State Country Challenge held in Hobart last Wednesday and Thursday, with the North Hobart Country team defeating the North-West in the final at the Queens Walk ground.

North-West had first hit, making 101 off its 20 overs. In reply North Hobart Country chased down the runs with five overs to spare. Sam Booth made 40-odd runs and Jack Stevenson 28. The players in the southern side were selected from the Derwent Valley, Midlands and Tasman teams that played in the Southern Country Challenge a couple of weeks back, with 10 players making the team from here in the Valley.

The boys had defeated  the Huon/Channel and North-East on the Wednesday and the North-West on Thursday morning and then again that afternoon in the final. The team was very well led by its captain, Jack Stevenson, and vice-captain Nathan Rice.

This was the first time this team has won the State Country Challenge. An excellent effort boys, you should all be very proud of yourselves for winning a state final.

Youth cricket resumes

THE youth cricket roster resumed after its Christmas break on Sunday with the Gretna Under 13s getting their first win of the season. And what a win it was, coming down the the last ball. The young Gretna team hung on to defeat New Town Jatan by just two runs. Josh Eyles top-scored with 31 not out while Brayden Butler was their main wicket taker with 2-8 off two overs. Well done to every one involved in this much-deserved win.

The Gretna Under 15s continued on with their great season defeating Old Beach Green by 140 runs. Jake Campbell is improving all the time and had a great match top scoring with 45 not out. Then with the ball he finished with great figures of 2-1 off 4 overs. This  team has been going very well to date and with a few big matches coming up, it will be interesting how it all pans out.

No other youth match details were available at the time of writing.

This week, local players Alex Blair and Hannah Mann are playing in the Intrastate Cups. Alex is in the Southern Storm Under 16s team while Hannah is in the Southern Storm Under 18 girls team. Best of luck to them both.

SCORES - YOUTH LEAGUE
Round 8

UNDER 13 - Gretna  5 for 104 off 20 overs (38 extras) d New Town Jatan 5 for 102 off 20 overs ( 30 extras) at Cornelian Bay. Gretna batting: Josh Eyles 31no (4x4s, 1x6), Blake Eyles 14 (2x4s), Tyler Farrell 12no, Jack Smith 5no, Aidan Featherstone 3no, Jamieson Farrell 1. Gretna bowling: Brayden Butler 2-8 (2), Jacob Blackwell 1-4 (2), Aidan Featherstone 1-13 (2), Blake Eyles 1-22 (2).

UNDER 15 - Gretna 6 for 222 off 37 overs (53 extras) d Old Beach Green 10 for 82 off 24.3 overs (14 extras) at Cove Creek Oval. Gretna batting: Jake Campbell 45no (5x4s, 2x6s), Ryan Emery 39 (5x5s, 2x6s), Nathan Eyles 31 (4x4s, 2x6s), Sam Booth 29 (5x4s), Grant Booth 12no (2x4s). Gretna bowling: Jake Campbell 2-1 (4), Ryan Emery 2-9 (4), Nathan Eyles 2-15 (4), Mark McGuire 2-33 (4), Sam Booth 1-13 (4), Brody Nichols 1-0 (.3).

NEXT GAMES
YOUTH LEAGUE - Round 9
Sunday, February 2.

Under 13
Gretna v University Yellow at Gretna
New Norfolk v North Hobart Blue at Glenora District High School.
Molesworth v University Black at Boyer Oval.

Under 15
Gretna v Old Beach Gold at Gretna.
Molesworth v Sorell at Boyer Oval.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Smoke alert for greater Hobart

TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE
SMOKE ALERT FOR GREATER HOBART

Issued At: 28/01/2014 16:31pm

There are several fires around the state. There is no threat to communities around Hobart.

There may be smoke from these fires visible around Greater Hobart.

Current closed roads: There are no reported closed roads in Hobart.

What to do:
  • People travelling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke. Turn on your headlights and drive slowly.
  • If you live in the area of the fires, stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service website - www.fire.tas.gov.au

Grass fire in New Norfolk

Local fire brigades including crews from New Norfolk and Magra responded
to a vegetation fire off Lower Rd, New Norfolk, earlier this evening. First
reported at 6.40pm, the fire is believed to have been deliberately lit in an
area of dry grass and blackberries near the Lachlan Creek. The area is still
being patrolled. On a day of total fire ban throughout Tasmania, there were
other vegetation fires at Lachlan, Bushy Park, Ellendale and Ouse in addition
to major fires in other regions. Report any fires by calling Triple Zero (000).
Multiple resources were deployed to bring the grass fire quickly under control.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Total fire ban Tuesday

Total Fire Ban
For the whole of Tasmania

Issued at 3:45pm  on Monday January 27, 2014.

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for Tuesday, January 28, for the whole of Tasmania, in addition to the total fire ban for Monday, January 27, for the Southern Region.

For further information regarding Fire Bans and other Fire Restrictions contact the Tasmania Fire Service on 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au/

Fire Weather Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley, East Coast, Midlands and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:40pm on Monday January 27, 2014.

Weather Situation: Temperatures in the low to mid 30s, low relative humidity and northwesterly winds of 20 to 30km/h are expected.

For Tuesday 28 January:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: Upper Derwent Valley. Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be uncontrollable. Some people in the path of a fire may be killed or seriously injured.

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: East Coast, Midlands and South East. Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control. There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through www.fire.tas.gov.au.
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.
The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Total fire ban for all of
Tasmania on Tuesday.
Tasmania Fire Service
General Advice on a day of Total Fire Ban

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your TFS Regional Office.

Barbecues that use wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned. Gas and electric barbecues are permitted subject to the strict application of the conditions set out below. Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing the barbecue is electric or gas fired and the barbecue is fixed permanent structure.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided: The barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings).

Additional conditions that apply to the use of portable electric and gas fired barbecues and barbecues in public reserves and campsites:

  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbecue is completely cleared of flammable material.
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a tap with hose connected is ready for use
  • at least 10 litres of water is on hand in case of emergency.

Commercial caterers are required to obtain a special permit from your TFS Regional Office.

John Simpson - Citizen of the Year

Jan and John Simpson.
MALBINA resident John Simpson has been named the Derwent Valley's Citizen of the Year for 2014. John has had a 45-year career in the forest industries of New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia, primarily in operational management and marketing, Now semi-retired, he has had a long association with Norske Skog Boyer.

"John Simpson, or 'Simmo' as he is known by many, exemplifies the notion of community spirit," mayor Martyn Evans said yesterday. "John set up the 'Log A Load for Kids' charity in 1999 to assist rural children in need of medical, educational or social assistance. He persuaded forestry contractors, suppliers and employees to support this charity and it has never looked back, assisting many families as well as invigorating his local community," Councillor Evans said.

In 2002 John took things to a new level when he cemented a relationship with the Variety Club, entering the now famous "dragon car" in the Tasmanian Variety Bash.  Following the success of the dragon car, in 2004 an additional car was purchased and restored as a bumble bee, with John’s wife Jan and close friends crewing the second vehicle.

In a period spanning more than a decade John has contributed more than $100,000 to Variety funds through his combined TasBash entries. In 2010 he joined the Variety Board and in 2013 he received the Variety Tasmania Chairman’s Citation Award.

Congratulations Simmo.

Daniel Coppleman - Young Citizen of the Year

Daniel Coppleman.
AN all-rounder who recently finished Grade 10 at New Norfolk High School has been named the Derwent Valley's Young Citizen of the Year for 2014. Daniel Coppleman, of New Norfolk, was recognised for his record of school and sporting achievements.

Mayor Martyn Evans said it was a pleasure to present the award to Daniel, who he had watched develop over the last few years. Daniel participated in many events at New Norfolk High School and was secretary of the Prefect Board in 2013.

He was a student ambassador for the Beacon Foundation for the past two years and also served as a peer support leader. Daniel won a number of awards for personal growth, citizenship and service at the NNHS prize presentation ceremony in December.

Through the school Daniel participated in golf and bowls programs and he represented the school in many inter-high activities. A former New Norfolk junior footballer, he played for Hobart in last year's Tasmanian State League RACT Insurance Cup, and he plays senior cricket with Molesworth.

Congratulations Daniel.


Good sports honoured

New Norfolk Fire Brigade competition team members.
THE New Norfolk Fire Brigade's competition team was named the Derwent Valley's Sportsperson/Team/Group of the Year at yesterday's Australia Day observance in New Norfolk.

Young tennis player Daniel Groom was named the municipality's Junior Sportsperson of the Year. Unable to attend the presentation due to a clash with the Cygnet Open, Daniel's award was accepted on his behalf by his brother Benjamin.

Accepting the fire brigade's award from mayor Martyn Evans, James Lusted said the Number 1 team had won third place in the State Firefighter Championships held in November and was hoping to improve on that result this year.

Councillor Evans said the competition team members spent much time sharpening their skills in addition to their regular firefighting training. "Many members have donated considerable hours supporting schools, community groups and fairs and Carols by Candlelight," Cr Evans said.

Describing the achievements of the new Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Cr Evans said Daniel Groom's sporting talent and positive tenacious attitude made him a role model for others. "He is recognised among his peers for his strong work ethic, commitment to doing his best and his down-to-earth nature," Cr Evans said. "He is always ready to be an advocate for his local community and speaks well of his local area when in statewide competition."

Daniel has represented Tasmania at a national level in tennis and also plays soccer. He is a member of the New Norfolk tennis and soccer clubs.

Medal for police officer

A FORMER New Norfolk man has been awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day Honours List for 2014. Inspector Glenn Lathey is the son of Derwent Valley deputy mayor Barry Lathey and his wife Madge. The medal is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force and recipients are entitled to the post-nominal APM.

Tasmania Police commissioner  Darren Hine said Inspector Lathey was a worthy recipient of the Australian Police Medal and had made valuable contributions to policing. Inspector Lathey started his career as a cadet in 1976 and was the runner-up dux of his course.

"Inspector Lathey has worked in all districts and a range of support commands, including uniform, crime and drug investigation, the Tasmania Police Academy, Office of the Commissioner and Cold Case Unit," Mr Hine said. "He was seconded to the National Crime Authority in Melbourne in 1994 for two years as a senior investigator, and the Australian Federal Police, as Commander of the Airport Police in Hobart in 2006 for two years.

“He has received notable commendations for his efficiency and devotion to duty during severe fires at Zeehan in 1981; for his courage under gun fire during an incident at George Town in 1994; for courage and professionalism upon disarming a highly unstable and violent man in Launceston in 1993 and in 2005 for his high level investigation skills resulting in the successful prosecution of offenders involved in two violent home invasions upon elderly victims.

“Inspector Lathey is well recognised by his peers for his management of serious crime investigations, his involvement as a member of the Special Operations Group and counter terrorism investigations and related work, his high level investigative skills and ability to prepare complex and comprehensive prosecution materials and his calm demeanour,” Mr Hine said.

Inspector Lathey is a previous recipient of the National Medal and clasp.

Australia Day in Maydena

The Maydena Community Association and Derwent Valley Council put on a
great day of activities for Australia Day in Maydena yesterday morning,
starting with the now traditional walk to Junee Cave. A free barbecue and
free use of the town's swimming pool followed. Thanks to Jacky can Beukering
for these great photos.
















Australia Day in New Norfolk

Small craft alert for Tuesday

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 5:02am on Monday January 27, 2014
for the period until midnight Tuesday January 28, 2014.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday, January 28
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 4:05pm Monday.

Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fire weather warning for Monday

Total Fire Ban
For Southern Tasmania

Issued at 4:13pm on Sunday 26 January 2014.

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for Monday, January 27, for the Southern Region.

For further information regarding Fire Bans and other Fire Restrictions contact The Tasmania Fire Service on 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au/

Fire Weather Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley forecast district

Issued at 4:13pm on Sunday 26 January 2014.

Weather Situation
Temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s, low relative humidity and west to north-west winds of 20 to 30km/h are expected.

For Monday 27 January:
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: Upper Derwent Valley.  Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control. There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through www.fire.tas.gov.au.
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.
The next warning will be issued by 5am Monday.

Queen's honours for three New Norfolk people

A NEW Norfolk woman and two men with local origins have been named in today's Australia Day Honours List. Professor Kate Warner will be made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the law, particularly in the areas of legal education and reform, and to the community.

The significance of Professor Warner's award is reflected in it being featured on the front page of today's Sunday Tasmanian. The online version can be read here.

Also to be admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia today is lawyer Tim Bugg, while journalist Peter Boyer will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Both men grew up in New Norfolk.

Mr Bugg, of Sandy Bay, will receive his award for significant service to the law, particularly through executive roles with professional legal organisations, and to the community. Mr Boyer, of Fern Tree, has been recognised for his service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the field of climate science.

Have we missed someone? Send us an email with the details.

Australia Day 2014

A MODEST crowd attended the Derwent Valley Council's annual Australia Day observance at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, today. In very warm conditions of about 25 degrees, New Norfolk High School principal and master of ceremonies Malcolm Elliott kept the program running smoothly as the Derwent Valley Concert Band played, the New Norfolk Lions Club cooked a sausage sizzle, the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team and the Salvation Army conducted children's games and the national flag was raised by two scouts. The Australia Day Fun Run attracted about 180 entrants but most did not stay for the presentations that followed.

Award recipients at the New Norfolk Australia Day event.
Australia Day Ambassador Bruce Englefield spoke about the importance of good citizenship and reflected on his own story that began with a career in English television working with everyone from Benny Hill to Dr Who, to farming, and on to a new life in Tasmania in 2000 and becoming the Tasmanian Australian of the Year in 2010. "Australia Day is a great time to revitalise our own commitment to citizenship, to be active citizens," Mr Englefield said. "Our communities depend on, and live through, the actions of good citizens driven by friendship and collaboration," he said.

Mr Englefield said it was good citizenship that fired the friendly hand that helps with Meals on Wheels, or joins the volunteer fire brigade or cleans up Australia. "Good citizenship is about volunteering time, energy and commitment to the wellbeing of others. Good citizenship is a model for others. Let's be the model for all new citizens, about how we can all contribute and embrace the values of this young but old country in a spirit of harmony, dignity and generosity."

A presentation was then made to Mr Englefield by New Norfolk Woolworths representative Maree Kennedy in acknowledgement of his service as an Australia Day Ambassador.

Australia Day Awards announced by Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans were as follows:
  • Derwent Valley Citizen of the Year: John Simpson
  • Derwent Valley Young Citizen of the Year: Daniel Coppleman
  • Derwent Valley Sportsperson/Group/Team of the Year: New Norfolk Fire Brigade Competition Teams
  • Derwent Valley Young Sportsperson of the Year: Daniel Groom
  • Derwent Valley Community Event of the Year: Elsie Rayner, Can Hope Cancer Support Group events.
Community appreciation certificates were awarded to: Stan Harrex, Eating with Friends Group (Derwent Valley Community House), Deb Morgan, Corumbene Leisure Lifestyle group, Barbara Davis, Ptunarra Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre, Ben Rainbird, Adrian Graham, Samantha Lester, Acacia Fenton, Janine Allcock, Pat Nichols, Greg Hudson, Andrew Pegg, Jack Spinks and Sandra Johnson.

Check back later for profiles and photos of the award recipients

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Meet the Australia Day Ambassador for 2014

Bruce Englefield.
FORMER Tasmanian of the Year Bruce Englefield is this year's Australia Day Ambassador for the Derwent Valley. A leader in the effort to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction, Mr Englefield will give an address at tomorrow's Australia Day observance at Tynwald Park in New Norfolk.

Sponsored throughout Australia by Woolworths, the Australia Day Ambassador Program provides a unique opportunity to meet inspirational Australian achievers. On Australia Day, Woolworths sends ambassadors to communities across the country to spread the message of national pride at various celebrations.

Ambassadors participate in local activities, assist with the presentation of local awards and deliver a short speech on what being Australian means to them. Across the country, more than 350 municipal councils will host an ambassador on Australia Day.

Ambassadors are recruited from diverse fields such as the arts, sport, science, business, government and entertainment. They can be of any age, but they all share the common traits of achievement through hard work, talent, and a strong sense of patriotism. All act in an honorary capacity, giving freely of their time to help celebrate our National Day.

Mr Englefield has served as an Australia Day Ambassador for several years, serving previously at George Town, Brighton and King Island.

Cricket reunion planned

WADE GLEESON reports that Tony Adams and a few other ex players are organising a reunion for former players and officials of the old Derwent Valley Cricket Association.  The reunion will be held at the New Norfolk District Football Clubrooms on Sunday, March 2.

"This will be a great chance to catch up with old mates from days gone by," Wade says. "If you would like to attend this event, please let Tony Adams or Kerry Ransley know for catering purposes. Tony can be contacted on 0408 610 728 or Kerry Ransley on 0448 574 229. Maybe you may also know of some one that doesn't live in the valley an would also like to attend."

Pedestrians to have priority at Tynwald Park

DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL
MEDIA RELEASE

CHANGES TO SPEED LIMITS IN TYNWALD PARK

A change is happening at Tynwald Park in New Norfolk. Traffic conditions and speed limits in the Park will be altered to improve safety for pedestrians in and around Tynwald Park. Tynwald Park is often used by children and families. Recently concerns about the speed of cars travelling through the park have been raised by parents who are supervising children in the park.

Visitors to Tynwald Park will notice the erection of new signs indicating that the park is now a "shared zone" and that the motor vehicle speed limits in the park have been reduced to 10km/h throughout section of the park. These changes create a right of way for pedestrians who travel along existing roadways in Tynwald Park.

In accordance with the law, in a shared zone, motor vehicles are required to give way to pedestrians at all times. The changes will make it easier and safer for people supervising children who want to have access to the playground, barbecue huts and bicycle track. It will ensure that everyone can safely access all the facilities in Tynwald Park.

A number of options in relation to increasing road safety within the park have been considered by the Derwent Valley Council’s Tynwald Park Development Committee, with the creation of a shared zone determined to be the most logical and economically viable option for council to implement.

It is hoped that all road users, whether pedestrians, cyclists or motor vehicles, will take care as everyone adapts to the new conditions. The main thing to remember is that these areas may have people walking on them and to slow down and give way to them.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Australia Day in the Derwent Valley

BELOW are the details of Australia Day activities in the Derwent Valley this Sunday, January 26.

At Tynwald Park Oval, New Norfolk: 
  • 10am: Start of fun run & walk (entries close 9.30am)
  • 11.30: Children's activities with Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT) and New Norfolk Salvation Army. Sack races, tug of war, jumping castle.
  • 11.30: Free barbecue and drinks provided by New Norfolk Lions Club
  • 11.30: Derwent Valley Concert Band performances 
  • Noon: National Anthem, flag raising and citizenship ceremony
  • 12.30pm: Welcome to Australia Day Ambassador Bruce Englefield by Woolworths manager
  • 12.40 (approx): Derwent Valley Council Australia Day Award presentations.

At the New Norfolk Olympic Swimming Pool:
  • Free entry.
  • Free activities.

At the Derwent Esplanade, New Norfolk:
  • 2.30pm: Community fishing afternoon 

At Kensington Park, New Norfolk: 
  • 10-event harness twilight racing program including the New Norfolk Pacing Cup.
  • Gates open at 1.30pm, first race at 3.29pm.
  • Free entry for children.
  • Click here for race fields.

At the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool:
  • Free admission from 10am-6pm.
  • Free barbecue lunch at 12.30pm.
  • Free activities

At Maydena:
  • 10am: Community walk to Junee Cave. Meet at the Maydena Swimming Pool and then walk, ride or run 4.2km to the cave, where drinks and biscuits will be provided before the walk back to the old school.
  • Noon: Free sausage sizzle and games at the old school.
  • 1-3m: Free admission to the swimming pool (children must be accompanied by an adult). Please note: At 3pm the pool gate will be closed and it will be back the the standard system of purchasing a key from the general store.

At Sorell Creek:
  • Two nights of racing at the Hobart International (Mountain Dew) Raceway.
  • Gates open from 3pm on Saturday (January 25) and Sunday (January 26).
  • More information on Facebook.

Have we missed anything? Let us know.

Having a great Australia Day weekend? Send us your photos by email or text them to 0417 387 577.

Monthly meal at Molesworth

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Valley team runners-up in junior challenge

Front: Koby Kemmler, Nathan Rice, Will Banks, Jack Hills, Jye
Bearman, Ryan Daft, Josh Eyles; back: Sam Holloway, Alec
Wilde, Jack Stevenson, Sam Booth and Blake Howlett.
Photo by Tania Stevenson.
THE Under 13 Derwent Valley Warriors finished runners-up to the Channel in the Southern Country Challenge cricket in Hobart last week.

The team coached by Darren Stevenson played matches against the Channel, Huon, Tasman and Midlands over two days, winning three out of its five matches. This was a great effort by the boys.

A State Country Challenge was held in Hobart on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, with a combined Derwent Valley/Midlands/Tasman picked teams to play against a combined Huon/Channel team and two teams from the north of the state.

Congratulations to the following for making the team Derwent Valley/Midlands/Tasman team coached by Marcus Wilde: Sam Holloway, Alec Wilde, Jack Stevenson, Sam Booth, Koby Kemmler, Nathan Rice, Will Banks, Jye Bearman, Ryan Daft, Josh Eyles.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Junior cricket resumes this weekend

YOUTH LEAGUE CRICKET
Round 8 - Resumes Sunday, January 26, 2014

Under 13
Gretna v Glenorchy at Shoobridge Park.
New Norfolk v Wellington at Eady St.
Molesworth v North Hobart Blue at Boyer Oval.

Under 15
Gretna v Old Beach Green at Cove Creek Oval.
Molesworth v Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne No. 2.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Southern cricket latest

Southern Cricket Association
Round 13

THANKS to centuries from Stephen Nichols and Leigh Berry, New Norfolk II recorded an 84-run victory over McRobies Gully in Fifth Grade on Saturday. In a high-scoring match, Red Caps captain Stephen Nichols (102) and team-mate Leigh Berry (117) belted the McRobies bowlers, setting up a great score for their team of 5-351 off their 50 overs. The pair put on 138 in what was a great sign for the team heading towards the finals. Jamie Hill (36) and Josh Walsh (23 not out) added valuable runs to the big total and in reply the Gully did well, making 267 for a losing score. The wickets were shared amongst the New Norfolk bowlers with Nathan Rice leading the way taking 2 for 15 off four overs. New Norfolk is playing great cricket of late and look every bit the premiership contender.

Molesworth I got back on the winners list with a 92-run win over the MacKillop Beltas. Jamie Adams batted very well, making 60 and hitting seven sixes along the way. He was well supported by Mark Reggett's 46, Matthew Smith's 38 and captain Brad Coppleman's 35. Coppleman also did well with the ball, taking 3-24 while Jamie Adams also had a good day, taking two wickets to help bowl out the Beltas for 162. Molesworth coach David Adams also had a run.

Second Grade ladder-leaders New Norfolk I made it a double for the club on the weekend with a 25-run win over Sandford. Richard Graham made a fine 63 with four fours and a six. Rohan Heron also did well making 41 while coach Adrian Eiszele put on 31. All the Red Cap bowlers did very well in what was team effort, Josh Dykes 2-23 and Josh Rowlands 1-25 leading the way. New Norfolk is showing no sign of easing up and with the finals getting closer it will be hard to beat come the business end of the season.

Gretna I continued on with its good form, easily defeating Runnymede by eight wickets at Gretna. The visitors had first hit and were bundled out for just 50 runs. The Gretna bowlers were in top right from the first ball with Corey Ransley back among the wickets with 3-19 off 10 while Daniel Browning took 2-11 off 2.1, Azza Maddox 2-15 and Jacko Ackerly 1-3. In reply Gretna made quick work of the run chase, reaching it off just 5.5 overs. Mathew Burns top-scored with 37 not out. Well done to captain and keeper Glenn Blackwell on playing his 250th match for Gretna I.

In the other Fifth Grade match, Molesworth II went down to Claremont by 86 runs. All-rounder Cody Neads continues to impress with both bat and ball with a well made 49 which included seven well-struck fours, and capturing 2-29. Brad Ransley also got amongst the wickets with three.

In Fourth Grade, Gretna II lost its second match in a row, going down to Hobart by four wickets. Gretna had first hit and was bundled out for 149. Jordan Hastie batted well, showing great resistance making 43no to be by far the best batsman. In reply Hobart started well, but then lost several wickets and at one stage an upset was on the cards, but the visitors settled and reached the total with 13 overs to spare. All the Gretna bowlers tried hard with Adam Browning the main wicket tacker with 3-24. The excellent one-handed catch by Matthew Eyles was one of the best this season. Well done to Tom Allcock who played his 100th club match for Gretna.

In Second Grade, Bushy Park went down to the Montagu Bay Sharks by five wickets. Bushy had first hit, making 10 for 122. Trent Grant showed great poise making a half-century and his brother Nathan was next best with 23 runs. In the run chase the Sharks lost five wickets with Trent Grant capping his day with 3-38 off eight overs while one each went to Mitchell Crosswell and D. Colbeck. There were some new names in the Bushy Park line up and it's hoped these guys can help lift the team for the remainder of the season and beyond.

No roster games this weekend.

SCORES - SECOND GRADE: New Norfolk I 9 for 207 off 50 overs (16 extras) d Sandford 5 for 182 at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk batting: Richard Graham 63 (4x4s, 1x6), Rohan Heron 41 (5x4s), Adrian Eiszele 31 (3x4s), Glen Williams 18 (1x4), Jake King 15 (1x4). New Norfolk bowling: Josh Dykes 1-23 (10), Josh Rowlands 1-25 (10), Jake King 1-25 (8), Stewart Rice 1-36 (10), Adrian Eiszele 1-18 (2).

Gretna I 2 for 52 off 5.5 overs (7 extras) d Runnymede 9 for 50 off 25.1 overs (10 extras) at Gretna. Gretna batting: Mathew Burns 37no (4x4s, 1x6). Gretna bowling: Corey Ransley 3-19 (10), Daniel Browning 2-11 (2.1), Aaron Maddox 2-15 (10), Jackson Ackerly 1-3 (3).

Molesworth I 9 for 254 off 50 overs (22 extras) d MacKillop Beltas 10 for 162 off 45 overs (9 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth batting: Jamie Adams 60 (1x4, 7x6s), Mark Reggett 46 (6x4s), Mathew Smith 38 (3x4s, 1x6), Brad Coppleman 35 (2x4s, 2x6s), Josh Bomford 28 (3x4s). Molesworth bowling: Brad Coppleman 3-24 (7), Josh Bomford 2-21 (5), Jamie Adams 2-22 (10), Nathan Eiszele 2-43 (10), Mathew Smith 1-26 (6).

Montagu Bay 5-123 off 26.1 overs (8 extras) d Bushy Park 10 for 122 off 31.1 overs (16 extras) at Bushy Park Showground. Bushy Park batting: Trent Grant 50, Nathan Grant 23, Mitchell Crosswell 17, B. Manten 10. Bushy Park bowling: Trent Grant 3-38 (8), Mitchell Crosswell 1-26 (6.1), D. Colbeck 1-23 (3).

FOURTH GRADE: Hobart 6 for 153 off 37 overs (9) d Gretna II 10 for 149 off 45.3 overs (43 extras) at Gretna. Gretna batting: Jordan Hastie 43no (2x4s), Brock Nichols 14 (2x4s), Peter Jelkic 12 (1x6). Gretna bowling: Adam Browning 3-24 (10), Peter Jelkic 1-27 (8), Brock Nichols 1-37 (5), Matthew Eyles 1-42 (10).

FIFTH GRADE: New Norfolk II 5 for 351 off 50 overs (25 extras) d McRobies Gully 8 for 267 off 45.4 overs (26 extras) at Risdon Vale. New Norfolk batting: Leigh Berry 117 (11x4s), Stephen Nichols 102 (6x4s, 5x6s), Jarrod Browning 36no (4x4s, 1x6), Jamie Hill 36 (3x4s, 2x6s), Josh Walsh 23no (3x4s), Mitchell Rice 12 (2x4s). New Norfolk bowling: Nathan Rice 2-15 (4), Leigh Berry 2-48 (9), Jamie Hill 2-70 (10), Josh Walsh 1-42 (10), Brad Kemmler 1-61 (9.4).

Claremont 10 for 222 off 45.1 overs (26 extras) d Molesworth II 10 for 136 off 33.4 overs (29 extras) at Shoobridge Park. Molesworth batting: Cody Neads 49 (7x4s), Brayden Hodge 11 (1x4, 1x6), Jye County 11 (2x4s). Molesworth bowling: Brad Ransley 3-54 (10), Cody Neads 2-29 (8), Aaron Triffitt 2-45 (7.1), Jye County 2-48 (10), Brayden Hodge 1-38 (10).

New Norfolk police request

THE New Norfolk Police want to contact a woman who visited the New Norfolk Newsagency at around 9.40am on Monday of this week.

She is described as being about 170-175cm tall, between 50-60 years of age, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white or pale yellow scarf. The woman was also wearing glasses and appeared to be wearing a wrist support and was carrying a pink or red handbag.

Police would like to speak to this person in relation to property she may have lost that same morning. She is asked to contact New Norfolk Police on 6261 4287.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fire brigade's controlled burn

The New Norfolk Fire Brigade has been conducting a controlled burnoff in
the paddocks adjoining the fire station in Back River Rd during its weekly
training session tonight.

Premier praises Minister Farrell

BEING appointed as a short-term minister did not diminish the ability of New Norfolk's Craig Farrell, Premier Lara Giddings said after Friday's swearing-in by the governor. Ms Giddings said the elevation of Mr Farrell and Lyons MHA Rebecca White to the ministry allowed voters to see what a Labor Cabinet would look like after the March 15 State Election.

 “The fact that Craig and Rebecca will only be ministers for a relatively short time before the election in no way diminishes their abilities,” Ms Giddings said. “In fact, it is an added challenge to get up to speed and provide necessary leadership in a relatively short space of time. I have no doubt that both Craig and Rebecca are up to the task.

“All my new Ministers have an important role to articulate the Labor agenda and highlight Labor values heading into the election. As Leader of Government in the Upper House Craig Farrell requires a broad ranging knowledge of issues across all Ministerial portfolios. That means he is well equipped to adapt quickly to his new responsibilities.”

Farrell to fight for jobs, services and opportunities

THE new Minister for Sustainable Transport and Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection, Craig Farrell, has said he’ll bring strong Labor values to his portfolios. Sworn-in last Friday, Mr Farrell soon issued a media release saying was seeking meetings with key stakeholders as soon as possible.

“Labor is all about jobs, services and standing up for people who need support,” Mr Farrell said. “Those will be my priorities in everything I do as minister. Public transport is a vital community service. It links people to jobs, education and a host of services and opportunities. I want ensure Tasmanians [to] have regular and reliable access to the public transport they need to reach work, study and other opportunities – especially in our regional communities.

“I also look forward to continuing strong reform in Tasmania’s corrections system, and helping protect the rights and livelihoods of everyday Tasmanians in the marketplace,” he said.

Mr Farrell said Labor’s commitment to strong, accessible services stood in stark contrast to the Tasmanian Liberals, who had proposed cutting Metro Tasmania funding by $3 million in their 2012-13 alternative budget.

“We know the Liberals have scant regard for the needs of communities, and Will Hodgman is too weak to stand up for Tasmania,” Mr Farrell said. “With Tony Abbott sharpening the axe in Canberra, it’s more important than ever to have a Tasmanian Labor Government standing up for our community and the vital services Tasmanians need,” he said.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tuesday wind warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 6:58pm on Monday 20 January 2014
for the period until midnight Tuesday 21 January 2014.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday, January 21

Gale Warning for the following area: South-East Coast

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast

Small Craft Alert for the following area: South-West Lakes

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

Junior cricketer's state honours

Hannah.
REPRESENTING your state in your favourite sport is one thing, but being ranked the best Tasmanian and equal 21st nationally is another! That's exactly what 13-year-old Hannah Mann has done while playing for the state under 15 girls' team in the national cricket championships at Western Sydney recently.

The girls played against all the other states and the ACT (NSW having two teams) and in doing so Hannah scored 113 runs from seven innings with a high score of 46 off 42 balls (5x4s, 1x6) and captured five wickets with best figures of 3 for 11 off 3 overs. She also took two catches. Hannah was cheered along by her mum Georgina, nan Irene and aunt Debra who flew over for the big occasion.

Being the best ranked Tasmanian and 21st overall is a excellent achievement for the keen cricketer who plays for the Gretna Under 15s and spends many hours practicing with her dad Jarrad and brother Jacksyn who is another fine young cricketer.

"It was a really great experience," Hannah told Tyga FM's Weekend Sports Wrap. "To see how skilful some of the girls were was pretty good - some teams even had their own masseurs," she said.

The team was coached by Adam Drinkwell and Mia Blignaut, and finished sixth out of eight teams and won the Spirt of Cricket Award.  The team also recorded the highest score by a Tasmanian under 15 girls side twice. This happened in their first match when they made 10 for 162 in their win over Western Australia and then amazingly broke that record by making 10 for 180 in the last match against Queensland for fifth spot. Tassie fell just four runs shy of Queensland's 8 for 184. Hannah's highest score of 46 came in this match. NSW was the eventual winner, defeating Victoria in the final.

Hannah and the team have done Tasmania very proud. If her efforts are any indication, it won't be long until we see her in the state women's team. Hannah's team-mate and vice captain, Rhianne Hack of Launceston, finished third in the overall rankings is the grand-daughter of Geoff and Libby Hack of Lachlan.

You can see all Hannah's statistics and all match results at www.nationalchamps.com.au

Story and photo by WADE GLEESON

Tasmanian U15 Girls Team
Olivia McDonald (c) - Clarence
Rhianne Hack (vc) - Launceston
Madeline Clarke - Burnie Hurricanes
Zoe Lowry - Latrobe
Jessica Schnoor - Westbury
Emma Manix-Geeves - Launceston
Sophie Parkin - South Launceston
Joni-Marie Els -South Launceston
Courtney Webb - South Launceston
Phoebe Barnett - George Town
Sophie Alomes - Glenorchy
Emma Molnar - New Town
Hannah Mann - Gretna

Speedway double-header coming up

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Friday, January 17, 2014

This weekend's cricket

SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Round 13

All matches start at 10.30am except the Second Grade games which are twilight matches starting at 1pm.

SECOND GRADE, Saturday January 18.
Gretna I v Runnymede at Gretna.
Molesworth I v MacKillop Beltas at Boyer Oval.
New Norfolk I v Sandford at Tynwald Park.
Bushy Park v Montagu Bay at Bushy Park Showground.

FOURTH GRADE, Sunday January 18.
Gretna II v Hobart at Gretna

FIFTH GRADE, Saturday January 18.
New Norfolk II v McRobies Gully at Risdon Vale.
Molesworth II v Claremont at Shoobridge Park.

Friday: Total fire ban

Total Fire Ban
For the whole of Tasmania

Issued at 3:52pm on Thursday 16 January 2014.

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for Friday 17 January for the whole of Tasmania.

For further information regarding Fire Bans and other Fire Restrictions contact The Tasmania Fire Service on 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au

Fire Weather Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley, Central North, East Coast, Midlands, South East and Central Plateau forecast districts

Issued at 3:56pm on Thursday 16 January 2014.

Weather Situation
Temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s and up to 40 degrees about south-eastern Tasmania, low relative humidity and north to north-west winds averaging 30 to 35km/h are expected.

For Friday 17 January:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands and South East. Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be uncontrollable. Some people in the path of a fire may be killed or seriously injured.

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Central North, East Coast and Central Plateau. Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control. There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:

  • Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through www.fire.tas.gov.au.
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:

  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Friday.

Tasmania Fire Service
General Advice on a day of Total Fire Ban

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your TFS Regional Office.

Barbecues that use wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned. Gas and electric barbecues are permitted subject to the strict application of the conditions set out below. Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing the barbecue is electric or gas fired and the barbecue is fixed permanent structure.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided: The barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings).

Additional conditions that apply to the use of portable electric and gas fired barbecues and barbecues in public reserves and campsites:

  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbecue is completely cleared of flammable material.
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a tap with hose connected is ready for use
  • at least 10 litres of water is on hand in case of emergency.

Commercial caterers are required to obtain a special permit from your TFS Regional Office.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Yes Minister

Craig Farrell.
FORMER Derwent Valley deputy mayor Craig Farrell MLC has been elevated to the ministry following the removal of the two Tasmanian Greens ministers from State Cabinet today. Mr Farrell, of New Norfolk, will be sworn in at Government House tomorrow morning (Friday).

Mr Farrell serves as Leader for the Government in the Upper House and will have the additional duties of Minister for Sustainable Transport and Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection; and will also be a Member of the Executive Council.

The ministerial shakeup follows Labor Premier Lara Giddings' decision to terminate the arrangement that saw two Greens serving in Cabinet in order to keep her government in office. This accompanied the premier's announcement that a State Election would be held on March 15.

Southern cricket - Round 12

NEW Norfolk II kept its finals hopes alive in Fifth Grade with a good six-wicket win over Sorell at Sorell on Sunday. The home side had first hit but was kept to the total of 156 due to the good bowling of the Red Caps especially Jamie Hill who snared four of the Sorell batsmen. In reply New Norfolk had little trouble reaching the target with Leigh Berry (50 runs) and Mitchell Rice (46) leading the way with some great batting.

In Second Grade, New Norfolk I continued on its merry way with a nine-wicket win over Runnymede at Runnymede. Last week's run machine Stewart Rice again scored the runs with 78 while Dav Maddox made 33. Josh Rowlands was the best of the Red Cap bowlers, taking 3-18 off 10 overs in a fine display. New Norfolk is looking the goods so far and will be hard to beat coming into the finals in it maintains this form.

In the other Second Grade match Gretna easily accounted for the hapless MacKillop Beltas at Cambridge. The home side made just 102 with Craig Cunningham sending his spinners down to take 3 for 21 while youngster Daniel Browning captured two as did Jackson Ackerly. In reply Gretna lost just the two wickets in the run chase with Mathew Burns again the top-scorer with 40 runs and Todd Jarvis making the most of his chances up the order, remaining 32 not out. Well done to Craig Cunningham who played his 150th club match and Todd Jarvis who played his 50th for Gretna I.

In other matches, Molesworth I was defeated by Richmond/Cambridge by 20 runs. Chris Slater bowled extremely well, finishing with 5 for 36. For the Molesworth batsmen, Jamie Adams (38) and Daniel Coppleman (34) did their bit.

Bushy Park put up a good score last week but made just 95 against Derwent on Saturday. The Bushy Park batsmen got starts but just didn't go on with it. Mitch Crosswell top-scored with 17. For their bowlers it was also Mitch Crosswell with three wickets while captain Troy Smith tried hard taking two. Being one player short didn't help the cause.

Gretna II lost its Fourth Grade match, going down to the Knights by 26 runs. In a good all-round performance young Cody Eyles captured three wickets and then made 34 runs. Eyles put on a 49-run stand with Tom Allcock and at one stage it looked like pair might have got Gretna over the line. Peter Jelkic tried hard with the ball, taking three wickets and three good catches. Well done to Brian Smith who played his 150th match for Gretna II.

In the other Fifth Grade match Molesworth II went down to a more polished Lindisfarne on Sunday at Boyer Oval. Molesworth had first hit, making 123 with Nathan Hay 30 and captain Brayden Hodge 27 being the top scorers. In reply Lindisfarne had little trouble in the run chase, losing just the three wickets. Cody Neads, Jye County and Brayden Hodge picked up a wicket each.

SCORES - SECOND GRADE: New Norfolk I 1 for 123 off 15 overs (13 extras) d Runnymede 9 for 122 off 44 overs (16 extras) at Runnymede. New Norfolk batting: Stewart Rice 78 (6x4s, 5x6s), David Maddox 33 (1x4, 1x6). New Norfolk I bowling: Josh Rowlands 3-18 (10), Jake King 2-25 (7), Josh Dykes 2-27 (10), Brad Kemmler 1-6 (2).

Gretna I 2 for 103 off  19.4 overs (12 extras) d MacKillop Beltas 9 for 102 off 37.3 overs (22 extras) at Cambridge Oval. Gretna batting: Matthew Burns 40 (4x4s, 2x6s), Todd Jarvis 32no (3x4s), Damien Hack 12 (2x4). Gretna bowling: Craig Cunningham 3-21 (9), Daniel Browning 2-14 (4.3), Jackson Ackerly 2-25 (10), Aaron Maddox 1-17 (4), Corey Ransley 1-24 (10).

Richmond/Cambridge 10 for 159 off 40.3 overs (38 extras) d Molesworth I 10 for 139 off 31 overs (13 extras) at Richmond. Molesworth batting: Jamie Adams 38 (5x4s, 1x6), Daniel Coppleman 34 (5x4s), Chris Slater 19 (3x4s), Mark Reggett 14 (1x4), Molesworth bowling: Chris Slater 5-36 (9), Dean King 1-6 (6.3), Daniel Coppleman 1-21 (3), Nathan Eisezle 1-26 (10).

Derwent 7 for 97 off 19.4 (14 extras) d  Bushy Park 9 for 95 off 26.4 overs (22 extras) at Bushy Park Showground. Bushy Park batting: Troy Smith 17, Trent Grant 16, Mitch Crosswell 15, Nathan Grant 11, D. Colbeck 10. Bushy Park bowling: Mitch Crosswell 3-34 (7), Troy Smith 2-4 (3), Dylan Grant 1-27 (4), Nathan Grant 1-32 (5.4).

FOURTH GRADE: Knights 10 for 188 off 50 overs (35 extras) d Gretna II 10 for 162 off 44.1 (31 extras) at Gretna. Gretna batting: Cody Eyles 34 (5x4s, 1x6), Bruce Emery 23 (2x4s), Nick Wakefield 21 (3x4s), Matthew Eyles 19 (2x4s, 1x6), Brian Smith 14 (2x4s), Tom Allcock 12 (1x4). Gretna bowling: Cody Eyles 3-46 (10), Peter Jelkic 3-48 (9.4), Matthew Eyles 2-40 (10), Brock Nichols 1-13 (10), Dylan Pearce 1-26 (8).

FIFTH GRADE: New Norfolk II 4 for 158 off 28.4 overs (15 extras) d Sorell 10 for 156 off 38 overs (17 extras) at Sorell (1). New Norfolk batting: Leigh Berry 50 (8x4s), Mitchell Rice 46 (3x4s), Chris Ashcroft 23 (3x4s), B. Skelly 14 (1x4). New Norfolk bowling: Jamie Hill 4-38 (8), Graeme Rowlands 2-14 (7), Adam Nossiter 2-33 (8), Mitchell Rice 1-10 (1).

Lindisfarne 3 for 124 off 32.1 (14 extras) d Molesworth II 10 for 123 off 37.3 overs (24 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth batting: Nathan Hay 30 (3x4s), Brayden Hodge 27 (1x4, 1x6), Brad Ransley 14 (1x4), Aaron Triffitt 11. Molesworth bowling: Cody Neads 1-20 (5), Jye County 1-22 (8), Brayden Hodge 1-37 (8).

It's a date - February 15 at Bushy Park

Click here for more information.
THE 140th Bushy Park Show will be celebrated on February 15, featuring the inaugural “Valley Taste” - a food and beverage festival amidst the hopfields.

The program will run from 9am-4pm with events including woodchopping, cattle judging, equestrian, home industries, Show Ambassador, live music, stalls and entertainment.

The Valley Taste is a great innovation of the Bushy Park Show Society and it will be held in conjunction with the show. Food and beverage businesses will showcase their products and there will be cooking demonstrations throughout the day by the Derwent Valley's well-known cook and author Sally Wise.

Click here for information about booking a trade site at the show. Alternatively send an email or phone the show secretary on 6286 5156.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Today's tops

The weather radar shows light rain
sneaking past New Norfolk tonight.
FOR those with an eye on the weather, today's top temperatures recorded in the Derwent Valley were 37.2 degrees at Ouse at 1.54pm and 37 degrees at Bushy Park at 4.05pm.

Tonight's temperatures have dropped to 17.1 at Bushy Park at 11pm and 19.3 at Ouse, with the weather bureau reporting a 20% chance of rain at New Norfolk tonight.

The forecast for Thursday is 28 degrees and partly cloudy at New Norfolk, followed by a very hot 40 and possible shower on Friday before dropping down to 23 and a shower or two clearing on Saturday. Click for the latest forecasts for New Norfolk and Ouse.