Thursday, July 31, 2014

River Derwent flood warning update

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Tasmania

RENEWED WARNING

MINOR FLOOD WARNING FOR RIVER DERWENT

Issued at 8:07pm on Thursday 31 July 2014
by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart

Flood Warning Number: 2

Minor flooding is now occurring in the middle reaches of the River Derwent and below Meadowbank Dam following heavy rain across the catchment in the past three days.

High levels of minor flooding will develop into the lower reaches around Macquarie Plains and New Norfolk late Thursday evening into Friday.

Strong river rises will continue in the Ouse river with levels expected exceed the minor flood level (2.4 metres) about Ashton overnight Thursday.

Strong river rises expected to continue overnight Thursday into Friday along the River Derwent. Storages in the Derwent system are quite full with several dams currently spilling. An additional 20 to 30 mm of rainfall are possible in the reminder of Thursday into Friday.

Derwent above Ouse River
Strong river rises have been recorded in the majority of the upper River Derwent. At Glendhu the Derwent River is now above the Minor Flood Level (4.0 metres) and rising. Minor flooding to continue overnight Thursday into Friday.

Ouse River
Strong river rises will continue in the Ouse river with levels expected exceed the minor flood level (2.4 metres) about Ashton overnight Thursday. River levels are expected to remain near but below minor flood level at Ouse township.

Clyde River
Small river rises remaining below the Minor Flood Level.

Below Meadowbank Dam
High levels of minor flooding are expected to develop in the Lower River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam late Thursday. Strong river rises will occur about Macquarie Plains with river levels expected to approach the Minor Flood Level (4.0 metres) overnight Thursday.

Tyenna River
River levels in the middle Tyenna River peaked Thursday morning and are now easing. Localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas in the lower Tyenna River about Westerway to continue overnight Thursday into Friday.

Styx River
River levels in the upper Styx catchment peaked early Thursday morning above the Minor Flood Level and are now easing. Localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas in the lower Styx River around Bushy Park and Glenora expected to continue overnight Thursday and Friday.

New Norfolk
Strong river rises will occur about New Norfolk overnight Thursday with river levels expected to peak above the Minor Flood Level (2.0 metres) late Friday morning. Tidal variation at New Norfolk may produce localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas of the River Derwent early Friday morning, well in advance of the arrival of the main flood peak.

Predicted River Heights/Flows - Based on observed and forecast rainfall, the following river peak heights are predicted:

Ouse River at Ashton 2.6 - 2.9 m (MINOR) late Friday morning, 01/08/2014

Ouse River at Ouse 3.4 - 3.6 m (BELOW MINOR) early Friday afternoon, 01/08/2014

River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam 5.5 - 5.8m (MINOR) early Friday morning 01/08/2014

River Derwent at Macquarie Plains 4.6 - 4.9m (MINOR) early Friday afternoon 01/08/2014

River Derwent at New Norfolk 2.0 - 2.4m (MINOR) late Friday afternoon 01/08/2014


FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au.

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 13 25 00.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Weather Forecast: Showers, chance of thunderstorms.

Next Issue: By 9AM on Friday 1 August 2014

Latest River Heights:
Location Height of River Date/Time of Observation
Derwent River below Lk St Clair 2.39m steady 07:05 AM THU 31/07/14
Ouse River at Ashton 1.55m rising 07:00 PM THU 31/07/14
Clyde River at Bothwell 0.48m steady 06:00 PM THU 31/07/14
Derwent River below Meadowbank Dam 4.82m rising 07:00 PM THU 31/07/14
Derwent River at Macquarie Plains 3.25m rising 07:16 PM THU 31/07/14
TYENNA RIVER AT NEWBURY 1.7m steady 06:15 PM THU 31/07/14
STYX RIVER AT BRUCES BRIDGE 2.05m falling 07:11 PM THU 31/07/14
Derwent River near Bryn Estyn 3.36m steady 06:00 PM THU 31/07/14
DERWENT RIVER AT NEW NORFOLK 1.45m falling 07:24 PM THU 31/07/14

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood/

Wet and wild in the Valley

A fallen tree has put the Railtrack Rider tourist attraction
out of action at Maydena today but it is expected to be
 open again tomorrow (Friday).

WINTER has hit hard in the state this week and the Derwent Valley hasn't been spared. The Bureau of Meteorology has updated or extended a raft of weather warnings, which can be seen here.

Above and below: Parts of Redlands Estate at Plenty are under water.
Several readers have submitted photos for the New Norfolk NEWS and others may be sent to newnorfolknews@gmail.com






The scene at Tynwald Park earlier this afternoon. Click image to enlarge.

Flood advice for Tyenna and Styx

MINOR FLOOD ADVICE
- TYENNA AND STYX RIVERS

The State Emergency Service and Bureau of Meteorology advise that consistent rain over the region in the last three days will create moderate flows in the Derwent River system. Minor flood conditions are expected for the Tyenna and Styx river systems.

SES advises the following precautions BEFORE the flood:

  • Make sure all poisons are stored well above ground level
  • Have suitable protective footwear available
  • Ensure you have candles and matches in waterproof containers available
  • Prepare a flood emergency kit including a torch and battery operated radio with fresh batteries to listen for flood warnings and updates
  • Have a supply of bottled water and food for you and your pets
  • Disconnect electrical items
  • Turn of power sources such as gas and electricity if flooding occurs
  • Have waterproof bags ready to protect clothing and important documents from flood waters
  • Listen to ABC radio for flood updates

SES advises the following precautions DURING and AFTER the flood:
  • Do not enter any flood water unless you are sure it is safe to do so
  • Do not allow children to play in flood water
  • Watch for trapped animals
  • Beware of fallen power lines
  • Do not turn on your gas and electricity until you are sure it is safe to do so
  • Listen to the radio for flood updates
If you need assistance from SES volunteers due to a storm or flood emergency the number to call is 13 25 00.

Bushy Park road closure

TASMANIA Police reports that the Gordon River Rd at Bushy Park is closed at the Styx Bridge due to flooding.

Click here for updates.

OTHER ROAD WARNINGS - 5PM
The following roads are affected by snowfall and are accessible by 4WD vehicles or vehicles with chains only:
  • Mount Arrowsmith on the Lyell Hwy at Derwent Bridge.
  • Highland Lakes Rd, from Golden Valley to Steppes.
  • Poatina Rd from Poatina to Highland Lakes Rd.
  • Marlborough Rd from Miena to Lyell Hwy.



River Derwent minor flood warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Tasmania

INITIAL WARNING

MINOR FLOOD WARNING FOR LOWER RIVER DERWENT

Issued at 1:16 pm EST on Thursday 31 July 2014
by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart

Flood Warning Number: 1

Minor flooding is expected to develop in the Lower River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam late Thursday afternoon following heavy rain across the catchment in the past three days.

High flows near minor flood levels will extend into the lower reaches around Macquarie Plains and New Norfolk Thursday evening.

High river levels are occurring in the Styx and Tyenna rivers with localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas possible this afternoon and during Friday.

Strong river rises have been recorded in the majority of the rest of branches and reaches along the River Derwent. Storages in the Derwent system are quite full with several dams currently spilling.

Additional 20 to 30 mm of rainfall are possible in the reminder of Thursday into Friday.

Derwent above Ouse River
Strong river rises have been recorded in the majority of the upper River Derwent, with levels expect to remain below their minor flood levels during Thursday.

Ouse River
Renewed river rises are expected to occur in the Ouse River overnight Thursday. River levels are expected to peak near their minor flood levels about Ashton and Ouse township early Friday morning.

Clyde River
Low level river rises.

Below Meadowbank Dam
Minor flooding is expected to develop in the Lower River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam late Thursday afternoon following heavy rain across the catchment in the past three days. Strong river rises will occur about Macquarie Plains this afternoon with levels expected to approach the minor flood level (4.0 metres).

Tyenna River
River levels in the middle Tyenna river peaked this morning and are now easing. Localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas in the lower Tyenna River about Westerway are possible this afternoon and during Friday.

Styx River
River levels in the upper Styx catchment peaked early this morning above the minor flood level and are now easing. Localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas in the lower Styx River are possible this afternoon and during Friday.

New Norfolk
Strong river rises will occur about New Norfolk overnight Thursday with river levels expected to peak above the minor flood level (2.0 metres) late Friday morning. Tidal variation at New Norfolk may produce localised flooding in adjacent creeks and surrounding low lying areas of the River Derwent early Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning, well in advance of the main flood arrival.

Predicted River Heights/Flows. Based on observed and forecast rainfall, the following river peak heights are predicted:
  • River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam 4.1 - 4.4m (MINOR) late Thursday afternoon 31/07/2014
  • River Derwent at Macquarie Plains 3.7 - 4.1m (MINOR) overnight Thursday 31/07/2014
  • River Derwent at New Norfolk 1.8 - 2.1m (MINOR) Friday morning 3/10/13

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au.

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 13 25 00.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Weather Forecast: Showers.

Next Issue: By 7pm on Thursday 31 July 2014

River Heights:
Location Height of River Date/Time of Observation
Derwent River below Lk St Clair 1.92m steady 11:05 PM WED 30/07/14
Ouse River at Ashton 1.18m steady 09:30 AM THU 31/07/14
Clyde River at Bothwell 0.22m rising 12:00 PM THU 31/07/14
Clyde River at Hamilton NA NA
Derwent River below Meadowbank Dam 3.21m falling 11:00 AM THU 31/07/14
Derwent River at Macquarie Plains 2.55m rising 12:11 PM THU 31/07/14
TYENNA RIVER AT NEWBURY 1.52m steady 10:15 AM THU 31/07/14
STYX RIVER AT BRUCES BRIDGE 2.55m steady 12:07 PM THU 31/07/14
Derwent River near Bryn Estyn 3.08m steady 12:00 PM THU 31/07/14
DERWENT RIVER AT NEW NORFOLK 1.52m rising 12:19 PM THU 31/07/14

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood/

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Bombers made the Eagles earn their win

SFL match reports
By Gary Williamson

East Coast Bombers v New Norfolk
DESPITE being made to work hard for most of the day, New Norfolk eventually ran out winners over a gallant East Coast Bombers in the match played at the Lauderdale Oval on Saturday. The 75-point victory sees New Norfolk with a stranglehold on top position on the ladder.

The East Coast Bombers took it up to New Norfolk in the first term and only mistakes around the ball cost them towards the end of the quarter as the Eagles edged to a seven-point lead and really knew they had a tight game on their hands. New Norfolk really started to take assert its authority at the centre clearances and slammed on eight goals in the second term to take a 38 point lead at the main break. The East Coast Bombers were gallant but lacked height and strength in the contest.

The second half saw New Norfolk slowly edge away to a commanding victory but the Bombers still showed how much they have improved this season. With a few more avenues up forward they could be a dangerous side in the finals and go deep in September.

Best players for New Norfolk were Crane, Herron, Booth, and Horne while key forward Hall continued his recent good form with a bag of five goals. Best players for the Bombers were Crew, Walsh, Arnold and DeWinter while Novy was dangerous up forward with three goals.

New Norfolk 4.3,  12.4,  19.9,  22.13  (145)
East Coast 3.2,  6.2,  8.4,  11.4  (70)
Goals - New Norfolk:  J. Hall 5, N. Ross 3, B. Chaplin 3, B. Booth 3, C. Wilson 2, R. Belcher 2,  M. Thompson, J. County, J. Horne, Z. Gardam; East Coast:  C. Novy 3, T. Giffard 2, M. Walker 2, G. Frankcombe 2, D. Arnol, M. Dance.
Best - New Norfolk: S. Crane, R. Heron, B. Booth, M. Horne, N. Ross, J. Hall; East Coast: D. Crew, M. Walsh, D. Arnol, J. De Winter, M. Walker, T. Giffard.

RESERVES
New Norfolk 1.4,  5.6,  10.9,  13.13  (91)
East Coast 1.1,  2.1,  4.3,  9.4  (58)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Cashion 4, B. Chaplin 2, N. Lester 2, N. Clayton 2, J. Adams, B. Chaplin,
T. Triffett; East Coast: J. Wright 5, J. Baker 2, G. Mills, A. Mcintosh.
Best - New Norfolk: T. Rainbird, K. Cashion, B. Kaye, T. Triffett, A. Minchin, N. Lester; East Coast: G. Mills, M. Fitze, B. Marsland, M. Reid, L. Taylor, J. Padman.

COLTS
New Norfolk defeated East Coast by forfeit.

OTHER GAMES
Brighton 23.16 (154) defeated Hobart 7.8 (56)
BRIGHTON continued its recent good form when it hosted Hobart at home and showed the Tigers no mercy. The Robins thrashed their rivals by 104 points to clearly show they are the best side outside the top five.

Claremont 19.20 (134) defeated Lindisfarne 7.7 (79)
CLAREMONT dominated a disappointing Lindisfarne on its home ground, winning by 85 points in a very powerful display. The Magpies had a point to prove to the third placed Lindisfarne, who they will meet in the qualifying final in a few weeks time.

Dodges Ferry 13.9 (87) defeated Cygnet 3.8 (26)
DODGES Ferry recorded its 10th win of the season with a solid performance away from home, eventually defeating an undermanned Cygnet by 61 points.

Sorell 18.21 (129) defeated Huonville 6.10 (46)
SORELL recorded its best victory of the season away from home, thrashing an extremely disappointing Huonville Lions by 83 points.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Norfolk did well against ladder-leader

THE New Norfolk senior men's soccer team had a great game against Division 4 ladder-leader Huon Valley at the weekend. With New Norfolk playing with no bench and half the players having some sort of minor injury it was going to be a struggle, but the Panthers dug deep and produced some opportunities in front of goal.  Unfortunately the ball didn’t hit the back of the net and Huon managed to put three in to be 3-0 at half time.

The second half saw some awesome football from both teams and the Panthers got themselves on the board with some great teamwork leading to Shaun Jenkins popping one in. This lifted the team's spirits and although Huon got another goal before full time, it showed the improvement that has been made in the past few weeks with some hard work. Huon Valley ran out 4-1 winners but the Panthers can hold their head high.

This Sunday sees the Panthers travel to Wentworth Park to take on Clarence. A couple of players are expected back to bolster the side so it should be a great game.

Junior soccer back in action

Under 6 Red played a great game, unfortunately defeated by Bagdad. Well done to new players Tyler and Jayla. Tyler a goal and there was great team work from Ruby, Jake, Anna and Noah.

Under 6 Black played a good game against Holy Rosary White with a hard fought draw. They were really unlucky not to score on numerous occasions. There was a great captain's run by Zach and top effort by Hemi, Shaun, Lucas and James. Well done.

Under 7 Red had a great game against Glenorchy Knights. Tenesha and Tristan were the goal scorers and a special mention goes to Joel for showing great awareness as to the position of the rest of his team.  A fantastic game.

Under 7 Black played Derwent United in a great first game back after the school holidays on Friday night at Weily Par. Excellent work by Amber Rainbird and Rodney Browning who scored a goal each. Keep up the good work, team.

Under 8 Red played Under 8 Black. It was good to have some fun with changing things around. Thanks to J’Khobi for changing teams for the day to make it even. Great goal work by Joshua and Mikayla.

Under 9 played a very good Dominic team who kept New Norfolk scoreless. Goal keepers Caleb and Jenny did a great job. Well done to Luke and Cruez for some great team work.

Under 10 was more than ready to hit the ground after the two-week break. Another great game was played by all with result being a 9-1 win against Brighton Gold. Aidan and Kiara shared goalie duties with great saves and kick-ins by both. They were well backed up by Alex G, Luke and Brock in defence. Goal scorers today were Ostyn, Maddy and Aidan with two each and Jacob, Freya and Alex B with one each. A great game.

Under 11 was defeated 4-0 by Derwent United at Weily Park. Players tried hard with special mentions to Jacob for consistently being on the ball and to goalies Lane and Blake. Congratulations Derwent United.

Under 14 played New Town White at Clare St, beating them 3-0. Scorers were Jakeb Rhodes, Ryan Emery and Thomas Fulton all with one each.

Junior football resumes

SOUTHERN TASMANIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

UNDER 16
New Norfolk 2.3 5.5 9.9 11.14 (80)
Sorell Blue 1.4 6.8 8.9 10.11 (71)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Morgan 4, R. Williams 2, Z. Triffett 2, T. Oates, J. Campbell, J. Graham. Best - New Norfolk: T. Oates, J. Morgan, M. Noisier, B. Higgins, J. Fisher-Cooley, R. Williams.

UNDER 14
Sandy Bay 2.5 4.5 5.8 7.13 (55)
New Norfolk 0.1 3.3 3.5 3.5 (23)
Goals - New Norfolk: C. Coleman, T. Donaghy, A. Long. Best - New Norfolk: R. Banks-Smith, T. Eiszele, B. Duncan, R. Franklin, C. Coleman, C. Keleher.

UNDER 12
Clarence Red 2.2 4.3 5.3 6.3 (39)
New Norfolk 1.1 1.2 1.2 2.3 (15)
Goals - New Norfolk: C. Kemmler, J. Nichols. Best – New Norfolk: Z. Wheeler, Z. Burke, J. Nichols, C. Kemmler, J. Triffett, D. Browning.

UNDER 10
New Norfolk 3.3 6.3 10.6 15.8 (98)
Sorell 2.1 3.2 3.3 4.3 (27)
Goals - New Norfolk: M. Marriott 4, J. Quarrell 2, R. Blackaby 2, B. Russell 2, C. Kelly-Lennox, J. Gray, T. Anders, C. Clark, B. Wheeler. Best - New Norfolk: M. Marriott, B. Russell, R. Blackaby, T. Anders, C. Clark, C. Kelly-Lennox.

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Warning for damaging winds and rain

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rain
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, Central Plateau, Midlands, South East, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western and East Coast forecast districts

Issued at 3:47pm on Wednesday 30 July 2014.
For all of Tasmania

Weather Situation

A cold front approaching Tasmania from the west will cross the state during Thursday. An intense low pressure system will pass to the south of the state on Thursday night.
Damaging west to northwest winds of 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for all of Tasmania this evening and overnight. Localised gusts may reach 110km/h about the west overnight and the north during Thursday. Damaging winds are expected to contract to the northeast and Furneaux Islands during Thursday and may return to the west and far south on Thursday evening. Wet ground due to recent heavy rain may make trees fall more easily in gusty conditions.
Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for the North West Coast, Central North, North East and Central Plateau forecast districts during Thursday.
Over the last 3 hours, wind gusts of 90 to 115km/h have been recorded at exposed parts of the west and far south, and a gust of 93km/h was recorded at Friendly Beaches.
The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving
  • Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, South East, King Island, North West Coast, Central North, Furneaux Islands, East Coast and North East forecast districts

Issued at 3:01pm on Wednesday 30 July 2014.
Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong northwesterly winds are expected during Wednesday and Thursday. Areas likely to be affected include the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast and North East forecast districts and parts of the Midlands, South East, Furneaux Islands, East Coast and King Island forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

Not a great day for bushwalking

Bush Walkers Weather Alert
for the Western and Central Plateau forecast districts

Issued at 3:01pm on Wednesday 30 July 2014.
Bush walkers are advised that snow as low as 500 metres is expected during Thursday. These hazardous conditions are expected to occur in parts of the Western and Central Plateau forecast districts.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Severe weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning

Severe Weather Warning
for destructive winds and damaging winds
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, Central Plateau, South East, Midlands, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, and Western forecast districts

Issued at 4:53pm on Tuesday 29 July 2014.
For all of Tasmania

Weather Situation

An area of low pressure lies to the southwest of Tasmania with an embedded trough in a west to northwesterly airstream to cross Tasmania this evening, and an intense low to pass to the south of the state tonight.
Destructive winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 130 km/h are forecast for the South East forecast district for a period at first this evening as a fast moving band of showers and possible storms crosses from the west.
Damaging west to northwest winds around 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for all remaining districts of Tasmania this evening. Gusts may reach 120km/h about the west and in thunderstorms. Recent heavy rain about the north of the state may make trees fall more easily in gusty conditions. Winds are expected to ease early on Wednesday morning.
During Monday evening, thunderstorms caused wind damage about Burnie, Turners Beach, Ulverstone, Devonport and Latrobe. Over the last 6 hours wind gusts in excess of 90km/h have been recorded about many parts of the west and north of the state. Scotts Peak has just recorded a gust of 130km/h as an organised line of thunderstorms crossed.
The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 11pm Tuesday.


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Midlands, Central North, South East, Furneaux Islands, East Coast and North East forecast districts

Issued at 3:37pm on Tuesday 29 July 2014.
Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong northwesterly winds are expected during Tuesday and Wednesday. Areas likely to be affected include the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley and North East forecast districts and parts of the Midlands, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and East Coast forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

Marine Wind Warnings

Issued at 4:07pm EST on Tuesday 29 July 2014
for the period until midnight EST Wednesday 30 July 2014.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 29 July

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas:
Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay and Storm Bay
Small Craft Alert for the following areas:
Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Wednesday 30 July

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas:
Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay and Storm Bay
Small Craft Alert for the following areas:
Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes
The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5am Wednesday.

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Central Plateau weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Central Plateau, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East and Western forecast districts

Issued at 10:11pm on Monday 28 July 2014.
For areas west of a line from Eddystone Point to Liawenee to South East Cape

Weather Situation
An area of low pressure lies to the southwest of Tasmania with a number of embedded troughs in a west to northwesterly airstream to cross Tasmania overnight and on Tuesday.

Damaging west to northwest winds around 55 km/h with gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East and Western forecast districts and parts of the Central Plateau forecast district. Gusts of 110km/h are possible with thunderstorms. Winds are expected to ease for a period from late Tuesday morning but damaging gusts are expected to redevelop later.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:

  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Marine wind warning for tonight and tomorrow

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warnings

Issued at 10pm on Monday 28 July 2014
for the period until midnight EST Tuesday 29 July 2014.

Wind Warnings for Monday 28 July
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 29 July
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay and Channel
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and 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.

Weekend footy scores

Saturday's football scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 22.13 (145) d East Coast 11.4 (70)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 13.13 (91) d East Coast 9.4 (58)

COLTS: New Norfolk D East Coast by forfeit.

LADDERS AFTER ROUND 15
Seniors
1   New Norfolk       14 wins & 56 points    
2   Claremont            14 wins & 56 points     
3   Lindisfarne           10 wins & 40 points    
4   East Coast           10 wins & 40 points      
5   Dodges Ferry      10 wins & 40 points  
6   Brighton                6 wins & 24 points      
7   Sorell                    4 wins & 16 points    
8   Hobart                  4 wins & 16 points     
9   Huonville               2 wins & 8 points    
10  Cygnet                 1 win & 4 points    

Reserves
1   Claremont            14 wins & 56 points    
2   New Norfolk       13 wins & 52 points     
3   Lindisfarne           10 wins & 42 points     
4   Brighton                 8 wins & 34 points   
5   East Coast             8 wins & 32 points     
6   Sorell                     7 wins & 28 points 
7   Dodges Ferry         6 wins & 28 points    
8   Huonville                5 wins & 20 points     
9   Cygnet                   1 win & 4 points    
10  Hobart                  1 win & 4 points

Colts
1   New Norfolk       15 wins & 60 points    
2   Dodges Ferry      14 wins & 52 points   
3   Claremont            12 wins & 48 points    
4   Brighton                 9 wins & 36 points  
5   Huonville                8 wins & 32 points    
6   Sorell                     8 wins & 32 points       
7   Cygnet                   5 wins & 20 points      
8   East Coast             nil  
9   Lindisfarne             nil  
10  Hobart                  nil  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tomorrow's southern footy previews

Southern Football League
Round 15 previews
By Gary Williamson

East Coast Bombers v New Norfolk
THE in-form East Coast Bombers are back at home this weekend and will be looking forward to a challenge against top side New Norfolk. It will be a great game for Coach Coppleman to determine the gap between his Bombers and the top side as an upset victory would see them move to third position on the ladder and get the all important double chance.

The Bombers produced their best performance of the season last weekend away from home against fifth-placed Dodges Ferry, dominating all over the ground. This confidence and momentum along with their key forwards back in top form should see them a dangerous combination at home.

The Eagles really had to work hard for a victory against Lindisfarne last Saturday but this solid workout is just what the Eagles need in their lead up to the finals. I’m sure they will relish the challenge of playing the highly-talented and high-scoring Bombers on their home ground tomorrow.

East Coast really needs to structure its defence to eliminate New Norfolk's high-marking multiple key forwards and stop them from creating the loose man out wide as the Eagles forwards will be really hard to stop if they can get into a one-on-one contest.

New Norfolk coach Jon Murray will also realise the dangers of the Bombers playing on their home ground and will ensure his players are really fired up to get a good start and not allow the home side to gain any early advantages.

You would expect the Bombers to be competitive throughout during periods of the game but if the Eagles are really switched-on they should power away for another comfortable victory as they tune up for finals and need to keep wining to ensure they remain in top position on the ladder.

Brighton v Hobart
BRIGHTON is back at home and looking to record a sixth win of the season when it takes on the improved Hobart in what should be an entertaining game as both sides have been in good form in recent weeks.

The Robins recorded one of their best wins of the season away from home against Sorell in a dominating display last weekend and they will be full of confidence for this clash. Hobart thrashed Huonville at the TCA last weekend and with multiple goal-scorers it really showed its best football. There are some promising signs for coach Woods as the Tigers strive for a few more wins to finish off the season.

In what appears to be a fairly even contest, Brighton with a home-ground advantage and recent good form should take the points in what could be a fairly close contest.

Lindisfarne v Claremont
IN the game of the round, third-placed Lindisfarne takes on the in-form second-placed Claremont. Claremont should be too strong towards the end of the game and this may be the challenge it is really looking for, but they must produce their best football as an improving Lindisfarne is a very dangerous side at home.

Cygnet v Dodges Ferry
CYGNET has a home game to be played at Kermandie tomorrow. A big local crowd is expected as the Port hosts Dodges Ferry in a game where the locals will be looking to record their second win of the season. You would expect Cygnet to put up an improved performance for much of the game but Dodges Ferry should bounce back from last weekend’s poor performance as they are assured of finals football and really need to get back into form towards the end of the season.

Huonville v Sorell
HUONVILLE has a great chance to record its third win of the season but must improve on last weekend’s performance when they host the Sorell Eagles who have also struggled in recent weeks. Both sides look evenly matched and while the home side may have a slight edge as the Eagles don’t travel well, a win for Sorell would not surprise as its best form would be good enough to win this game.

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White offers her view on cannabis trials

"Facts on Cannabis Trials"
Article supplied by Rebecca White MHA
Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Human Services
State Labor Member for Lyons

IN the past few years there have been a number of studies and clinical trials around the world which have examined the efficiency of the medicinal use of cannabis to treat a number of medical conditions. The results of these have shown that cannabinoids can reduce the effects of pain caused by abnormalities of the nervous system and pain experienced by patients with multiple sclerosis. Cannabinoids also reduce the nausea and vomiting experienced by cancer patients where patients fail to respond to standard treatment.

The evidence is clear, medicinal cannabis could assist many Tasmanians suffering from terminal and debilitating illnesses by easing pain and associated effects of treatment. With the appropriate safeguards in place it’s time to show compassion and permit a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis production, processing and administration in Tasmania.

The cultivation and processing of a small crop of cannabis for medicinal purposes would also provide benefits to Tasmanian industry. It’s extraordinary that the Tasmanian Liberals are restricting Tasmanian farmers from the possible economic benefits of growing cannabis crops.

Already many Tasmanians have shared their stories of the benefits of cannabis to relieve pain and suffering. It’s common sense that medicinal cannabis products should be available for Tasmanians to use in the same way opiates are available, strictly for medical use. It’s the compassionate thing to do. Unfortunately Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been steadfast in his opposition of this proposal for safe clinical trials into growing medicinal cannabis in Tasmania.

Labor is sponsoring a petition calling for the State Government to allow a trial of medicinal cannabis in Tasmania. The petition is available from Labor MP's offices. If anyone would like paper copies to distribute in their community, contact my office on 6212 2225.  The petition is available for Tasmanian residents to sign. The e-Petition is available at the Parliament of Tasmania website at www.parliament.tas.gov.au/EPetitions/House/ (go to Current Petitions).

* In response to a question about Labor's position on medical cannabis prior to the last State Election, Ms White's office advised the New Norfolk NEWS: "We were in the process of giving permission for the trial of growing cannabis in Tasmania for medicinal purposes just before we lost the election. It was also something that was taken to the election as part of the Tasmanian Labor Party platform."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Road warning cancelled

THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its road weather alert for the Upper Derwent Valley, Central North, North East, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts. The bureau says the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts will be issued if necessary.

Barnett backs industrial hemp in the Valley

STATE Government parliamentary secretary Guy Barnett MHA has offered to work with the Derwent Valley Council to see industrial hemp grown in the municipality. "The Liberal Government supports the removal of red and green tape to grow a viable industrial hemp industry in Tasmania," Mr Barnett said earlier this week.

"Non-psychoactive cannabis used in industrial hemp has a number of uses including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel," he said. "Industrial hemp is already produced in many countries around the world. The Liberal Government supports this industry and the Deputy Premier, when in Opposition, led an inquiry on the issue and recommended its introduction. The Liberal Government has been a long-time supporter of the industrial hemp industry.

"The government fully supports the use of low THC industrial hemp in food products as it would immediately create new markets for the industry. I am disappointed that despite Tasmania’s urging to expedite a decision, the recent Food Regulatory Forum meeting of state and federal ministers again deferred a decision to allow the use of hemp in food products.

"I believe that there is a strong case to be made for growing industrial hemp in the Derwent Valley and am keen to see this opportunity realised. I would be pleased to work with the Derwent Valley Council and other key stakeholders to see this happen.

Mr Barnett said industrial hemp was an entirely separate issue to medicinal cannabis. "The issues are very much chalk and cheese. The reasons why the Liberal Government rejected the trial proposed by Tasman Cannabinoids have been clear, it did not address key concerns around security, safety and the potential for social harm.

"That is why the Liberal Government supports the Legislative Council conducting a committee inquiry into medicinal cannabis and we would encourage interested parties providing a submission to the inquiry. The Liberal Government supports this inquiry and will consider the report of the committee when it is released. The best way forward is to let the inquiry take its course," Mr Barnett said.

Icy roads this morning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for Central North, North East, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 4:03am on Thursday 24 July 2014.
Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Thursday morning in parts of the Central North, North East, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.
For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 5am Thursday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lindisfarne gave New Norfolk a good workout

SFL match reports
By Gary Williamson

New Norfolk v Lindisfarne
NEW Norfolk remains on top of the ladder after the Round 14 matches but the Eagles really had to work for the four points against a much improved Lindisfarne. Towards the end of the game New Norfolk was far too strong and powerful, eventually running out winners by 59 points.

Lindisfarne was determined not to be blown away early in the game and put on a really strong defensive effort in the first term. The Two Blues were slightly the better side but turnovers late in the second half cost them dearly as they trailled their highly fancied rivals by two points in a high-class affair.

The second term saw the Two Blues again play the better football but inaccurate kicking for goal when they kicked one major and nine points to New Norfolk’s five goals and four points was the difference in the term and the accurate Eagles moved to a handy 24 point lead at half time. Lindisfarne was well in the contest and should have been a lot closer at the main break.

The second half saw New Norfolk really increase the pressure around the ball and the Two Blues' scoring really dried up as the Eagles continued to force the opposition into turnover. New Norfolk and kicked nine goals to four in the second half to run out big winners and really let third-placed Lindisfarne know the difference between them and the top two sides.

Eagles coach Jon Murray would have been pleased with his side's performance and the Eagles would have really enjoyed a side taking up the challenge, whilst Lindisfarne coach Adrian Goodwin would know the gap between his side and the best is not that far as they continue to improve in the latter half of the season.

Best players for New Norfolk were key forwards Wilson (four goals) and Michael Thompson who returned to his best form with three goals, and they were well supported by Horne, Clifford and McCulloch. Better players for Lindisfarne were McCulloch, Ford, Braslin and Howe as they have now moved into equal third on the ladder with the East Coast Bombers.

New Norfolk 3.2,  8.7,  12.10,  17.14 (116)
Lindisfarne 2.4,  3.13,  5.14,  7.15 (57)

GOALS - New Norfolk: C. Wilson 4, M. Thompson 3, J. Hall 3, J. Clifford 3, Z. Gardam 2, N. Eiszele,
J. McCulloch; Lindisfarne: M. McCulloch 4, D. Blazely, J. Anning, N. Hobden.
BEST - New Norfolk: C. Wilson, M. Thompson, M. Horne, J. Clifford, J. McCulloch, B. Chaplin; Lindisfarne: M. McCulloch, J. Ford, N. Braslin, M. Howell, R. Jackman, N. Hobden.

RESERVES
New Norfolk 1.1,  3.4,  5.5,  8.6 (54)
Lindisfarne 1.3,  3.5,  4.10,  6.10 (46)
GOALS - New Norfolk: J. Murray 2, K. Cashion 2, B. Chaplin, J. Banks-Smith, D. Triffett, T. Triffett; Lindisfarne: M. McCulloch 4, T. Bracken, T. Schlesunger-Hill.
BEST - New Norfolk: D. Walsh, B. Kaye, T. Triffett, J. Kelly, J. King, L. Menzie; Lindisfarne: J. Watson, J. Foster, M. McCulloch, R. Bradford, D. Bertoldo.

COLTS
New Norfolk defeated Lindisfarne by forfeit.

OTHER GAMES
Sorell v Brighton
BRIGHTON demonstrated it is clearly the best team outside of the top five when it travelled down to Sorell to take on the Eagles and eventually run out winners by 59 points. The Robins required a good start and did that by kicking three goals to one in the first term as they moved to a handy 14-point lead at the first change. The Robins continued their domination in the second term and with their defence well on top they were able to hold Sorell to only two points while kicking four unanswered goals to move to a 31-point lead at half time and the game appeared to be over in a low scoring affair.

Sorell again struggled and was unable to kick a goal in the third term. It was a disappointing display as the Eagles played very defensive football and did not allow themselves to attack while Brighton continued its dominance and looked in line for a really big win. The final term saw Sorell give an improved performance but the visitors were far too strong. Brighton coach Ling would have been proud to see his side finally put four full quarters together.

Claremont v Cygnet
CLAREMONT continued its recent good form and showed lowly Cygnet no mercy as it put on a dominant display to eventually run out winners by 170 points at Abbottsfield Park. Claremont were determined not to let the young Cygnet team into the contest and with a blistering first term the Port players hardly touched the football as the dominating Magpies slammed on 12 unanswered goals and the game was practically over at quarter time.

Hobart v Huonville
HOBART produced its best performance of the year when they defeated a disappointing Huonville by 59 points in a impressive display. The Tigers were determined to record their fourth win of the season and came out of the sheds full of running to dominate the first term with six goals to one and cruised to a 32 point lead at the first change as a shell-shocked Huonville were unable to get in the contest.

Dodges Ferry v East Coast
THE fourth-placed East Coast Bombers made a real statement when they thrashed a lackluster fifth-placed Dodges Ferry by 98 points on Saturday. The Bombers are really pushing hard for third position on the ladder with the all important double chance in the finals.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hazardous driving warning

Tasmania Police
Elevated Roads- Hazardous driving conditions

Police advise that hazardous driving conditions exist in all elevated roads in the state due to snow and ice. Motorists are advised to slow down and proceed with caution on affected roads.  In particular the following roads should only be used by 4x4 vehicles or those fitted with chains: Highland Lakes Rd between Miena and Golden Valley.

Highland Lakes Road - Hazardous driving conditions
Police advise that, due to significant snow cover, the Highland Lakes Rd between Miena and Golden Valley is suitable only for four wheel drive vehicles or those equipped with chains.

For updates click here.

Yesterday's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 17.14 (116) d Lindisfarne 7.15 (57)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 8.6 (54) d Lindisfarne 6.10 (46)

COLTS: New Norfolk d Lindisfarne by foreit.

UNDER 16: New Norfolk v North Hobart results not posted

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Early morning accident

PART of Boyer Rd at New Norfolk was closed for an hour early this morning following a single vehicle collision. Police report that the two occupants were uninjured, but the recovery of their vehicle caused the road to be closed for about an hour from 1am.

Today's footy previews

SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
PREVIEWS ROUND  14
By Gary Williamson

New Norfolk v Lindisfarne
TOP-PLACED placed New Norfolk plays at home today, taking on third-placed Lindisfarne in a game that should show the gap between the top two sides and the other premiership contenders.

New Norfolk was menacing last weekend away from home against Cygnet. The Eagles allowed the home side to kick only one goal for the game and whilst they would have liked a much harder contest they have now been able to rest players and allow others to get back into form and fitness. New Norfolk is a formidable side and will relish a quality side in Lindisfarne today.

Lindisfarne has also been in great form in recent weeks and will really look for an upset win to hang on to third position on the ladder. The Two Blues need to restructure their side and try to stop New Norfolk’s powerful marking forwards Gardam, Hall and Thompson. But they must not under-estimate New Norfolk's smaller players who have been crumbing the ball and kicking running goals at will in recent weeks.

The Two Blues have been playing great defensive football and really strangling the opposition sides but they may find this a difficult task on the wide open spaces of the Boyer Oval. Lindisfarne needs to get off to a good start and attempt to play possession football. It must keep the ball wide and not give New Norfolk the opportunity to use its marking power and strength around the ground if the Two Blues are to stay in the game for long periods.

You would expect the home side to record a comfortable victory at home as they strive to play quality opposition to test their ability and it will be interesting to see how close Lindisfarne can get to New Norfolk today.

Sorell v Brighton
SORELL is back at home and looking to record its fourth win of the season when it takes on Brighton in what appears a fairly even contest today. Both sides should be desperate to record a win late in the season as neither side is in finals contention. The team that takes its opportunities and put some scoreboard pressure on the other side should take the points. Perhaps Sorell with a home ground advantage may sneak over the line in a very close contest.

Claremont v Cygnet
CLAREMONT looks set for another big victory when it takes on last-placed Cygnet in what appears to be another very one sided game today. You would expect the Claremont Magpies to record another big victory at home but let’s hope Cygnet can generate some scoring opportunities as they still have a few winnable games towards the end of the season.

Hobart v Huonville
HOBART stays at home to take on fellow struggling side Huonville in a game that should be close for most of the day as both sides are desperate to record another four points before the season ends. In a game that could go either way, perhaps Huonville is hitting better form towards the end of the season than the Hobart side and make take the points. However, a win for Hobart would not surprise the football public.

Dodges Ferry v East Coast
DODGES Ferry faces a real challenge at home today as it takes on the fourth-placed East Coast Bombers in what appears to be a very even game. These two sides are the most likely to meet in the elimination final in a few weeks’ time. The home side may have a little advantage towards the end of the game and may take the points in a game that should be decided by under a goal.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Police warn of hazardous road conditions

Tasmania Police
Community Alert issued at 9.45am 



Due to heavy snowfalls, motorists are urged to use extreme caution on the following roads:
  • Highland Lakes Road between Poatina Road and Miena 
  • Lyell Highway between Fourteen Mile Road and Derwent Bridge 
  • Malborough Highway between Miena and Bronte Park
  For updates click here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Council to investigate hemp

AT its monthly meeting tonight the Derwent Valley Council gave unanimous in-principle support to the growing of hemp in Tasmania for agricultural, industrial and medicinal purposes.

The council also formed a working group that will hold its first meeting next week to develop a policy position on the growing of hemp for medicinal, fibre and food production in the Derwent Valley.

While much of the discussion focused on medicinal cannabis, Councillor James Graham said the main focus should be on growing hemp for food. Cr Graham also said he looked forward to a future when the Boyer mill could make paper from hemp.

Mayor Martyn Evans said he expected considerable interest in the council's decision and he had already heard from ABC Radio earlier in the day.

Marine wind warnings

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 10pm on Thursday 17 July 2014
for the period until midnight Friday 18 July 2014.

Wind Warnings for Thursday & Friday
Strong Wind Warning for the following area: Derwent Estuary
Small Craft Alert for the following area: Central Plateau Lakes

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

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

Hazardous driving in the highlands tonight

Tasmania Police
Community Alert issued at 9.30pm 

Due to snow and ice, hazardous driving conditions will be experienced on the following roads:

  • Highland Lakes Rd between the Steppes and Golden Valley is accessible only by 4×4 vehicles and vehicles with chains;
  • Marlborough Rd – as above;
  • Poatina Rd, from Poatina to Highland Lakes Rd – as above;
  • Lyell Hwy between Mt Arrowsmith and Derwent Bridge is accessible only to four-wheel-drives or vehicles equipped with snow chains. 
  • Midland Hwy between Constitution and Spring Hill – reduced visibility / ice in elevated sections – proceed with extreme caution.

For updates click here. 

Snow affecting Lake Hwy

Tasmania Police
Community Alert issued at 3.30pm

Highland Lakes Road, restricted access due to snow

Due to steady snowfalls, the Highland Lakes Rd between Miena and Golden Valley is accessible only by 4x4 vehicles and vehicles with chains.

For updates click here.