Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wind warning for south-west lakes

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 10pm on Tuesday 30 September 2014
for the period until midnight Wednesday 1 October 2014.

Small Craft Alert for the following area: 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.

Council election candidates named

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has today announced the names of candidates contesting next month's Derwent Valley Council election. The election will be conducted by postal voting and the municipality's 7147 electors will receive their ballot packs in a fortnight's time, with a further two weeks to consider their vote and return their ballot.

Following changes to the laws around council elections, all elected positions on all Tasmanian councils are up for grabs. There will be eight vacancies on the council following a decision to reduce the number of councillors by one. More information about the council election process is available at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.

Nineteen people have nominated for the position of councillor. There is a good spread of candidates from the general area of New Norfolk, Magra, Molesworth and Lachlan, but none from Granton or anywhere past Lawitta.

Of the 19 candidates for councillor, five are seeking to be elected mayor and seven have nominated for deputy mayor. The candidates are listed below in the order provided by the electoral commission:

Councillor - 19 candidates (eight to be elected)
BELCHER, Paul, of Magra
BESTER, Damian Rodney, of New Norfolk
BILINSKI, Joe, of Lachlan
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
BROMFIELD, Judy, of New Norfolk
EVANS, Martyn, of Magra
FARRELL, Kylie Anne, of Molesworth
GRAHAM, James, of New Norfolk
HILL, Jamie, of New Norfolk
LATHEY, Barry Keith, of New Norfolk
LESTER, Chris, of Magra
MORRIS, Tim, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
PEARCE, Frank, of Black Hills
SALT, Anne, of New Norfolk
SHAW, Ben, of Lawitta
SHAW, Scott Darrell, of New Norfolk
SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk
TRIFFETT, Julie, of New Norfolk

Mayor - five candidates
BELCHER, Paul, of Magra
BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
EVANS, Martyn, of Magra
LESTER, Chris, of Magra
PEARCE, Frank, of Black Hills

Deputy Mayor - seven candidates
BILINSKI, Joe, of Lachlan
LATHEY, Barry Keith, of New Norfolk
MORRIS, Tim, of New Norfolk
NICHOLSON, Tony, of Lachlan
SALT, Anne, of New Norfolk
SHAW, Ben, of Lawitta
SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk

Monday, September 29, 2014

Derwent Estuary program continued

PARTNERS in the Derwent Estuary Program agreed to continue the 15-year-old initiative. The third Derwent Estuary Program partnership agreement was signed last week by the councils that border the estuary (Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough) and five major industry partners (Nyrstar Hobart, Norske Skog Boyer, TasWater, the Tasmanian Ports Corporation and Hydro Tasmania.

Acting director Ursula Taylor said that as the condition of the estuary improved, there was growing interest in conserving and enjoying the Derwent’s natural features. “Since 1999 more than $150 million has been spent towards environmental improvements,” Ms Taylor said.

“The Derwent is now showing promising signs of recovery. During the past decade, there have been substantial reductions in discharges of organic matter (90%), heavy metals (60%), and sewage-derived nutrients (10–20%), as well as improvements in stormwater treatment.”

Derwent Estuary Programs have included:
  • Monitoring pollution levels at swimming beaches and bays;
  • Monitoring pollution levels in seafood;
  • Increasing the area of protected wetlands by 40 percent;
  • To preserve iconic species such as the little penguin and the endangered spotted handfish; and
  • Encouraged the enjoyment of the Derwent through the use of foreshore tracks by developing the Greater Hobart Trails website.
The DEP Environmental Management Plan can be found here: www.derwentestuary.org.au.

Welcome to New Norfolk Central

A second shelter has now been installed
at the new bus stop in Laskey Car Park.
O'DRISCOLL Coaches has announced that its New Norfolk bus service, Derwent Valley Link, will start using the new bus stop in Laskey Car Park from next Monday, October 6.

Describing the new bus stop as "New Norfolk Central", the company says this will replace both stops in Burnett St. All inward and outward services will pick up and drop off at Laskey Car Park.

The bus company has also announced that additional bus stops will be placed in George St near the intersection with Burnett St.

www.derwentvalleylink.com.au

The car park has two designated RV parking spaces as well as clearly marked
parking spaces for the disabled.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fire weather warning cancelled

Cancellation of Fire Weather Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 4:10pm on Sunday 28 September 2014.

Weather Situation

A cold front is crossing Tasmania. Temperatures have lowered, relative humidities have increased and winds are lighter meaning that a fire weather warning is no longer required.

For the rest of Sunday, September 28:

The Fire Weather Warning for the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts has been cancelled.
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.
No further warnings will be issued for this event.

As of 4pm Sunday:

Fire weather warning - Upper Derwent Valley

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

Issued at 12:43pm on Sunday 28 September 2014.

Weather Situation

Maximum temperatures reaching the high 20s, relative humidities lowering to 20% and strong and gusty north to northwesterly winds averaging 45 to 55 km/h are expected, with gusts over 100 km/h until evening.

For the rest of Sunday, September 28:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: 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 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.
No further warnings will be issued for this event, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings issued if necessary.

Sunday morning weather warning updates

Still current:

Severe Weather Warning
Marine Weather Warning
Total Fire Ban

Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds
for people in the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts
Issued at 3:16am on Sunday 28 September 2014.
Damaging winds for the southern half of Tasmania on Sunday.

Weather Situation: A vigorous cold front is approaching and will cross Tasmania tomorrow afternoon, with a fresh to strong northerly flow to shift west to northwesterly.

Damaging north to northwesterly winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts. Winds are expected to increase during the morning, ahead of the front, then ease in the evening.

In the last three hours, wind gusts of 96 km/h have been recorded on Mt Wellington, with 76 km/h at Maatsuyker Island and 74 km/h at Tasman Island.

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 ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

The next warning will be issued by 11am Sunday.


Total Fire Ban
Issued at 3:16am on Sunday 28 September 2014.

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a day of Total Fire Ban for Sunday 28 September for the following area: Southern region

For further information regarding Fire Bans and other Fire Restrictions contact the Tasmania Fire Service on 6230 8600 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au.


Updated Marine Wind Warning
Issued at 5:01am  on Sunday 28 September 2014
for the period until midnight EST Monday 29 September 2014.
Wind Warnings for Sunday 28 September
Strong Wind Warning for the following area: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast and South East Coast
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Monday 29 September
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 Sunday.

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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Severe weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9:02pm on Saturday 27 September 2014.
Damaging winds for the southern half of Tasmania on Sunday.

Weather Situation

A vigorous cold front is approaching and will cross Tasmania tomorrow afternoon, with a fresh to strong northerly flow to shift west to northwesterly.
Damaging north to northwesterly winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts. Winds are expected to increase during the morning, ahead of the front, then ease in the evening.

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 132 500

The next warning will be issued by 5am Sunday.

Total fire ban advice

General Advice on a Day of Total Fire Ban

SUNDAY, September 28, 2014, has been declared a Day of Total Fire Ban for the Southern Region.

No fires may be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12am on Sunday, September 28 until 12am Monday, September 29, 2014.

Tools and Equipment
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
  • 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.

Water Usage
For information regarding water usage during a day of Total Fire Ban please refer to www.taswater.com.au

Total fire ban tomorrow

Tasmania Fire Service
Total Fire Ban for Southern Tasmania
Sunday, September 28, 2014

With the upgraded forecast for tomorrow, TFS chief officer Mike Brown has declared a Total Fire Ban for the South starting midnight tonight.

“We have never declared a Total Fire Ban as early as September before” Mr. Brown said. “Forecasted very strong winds, low humidity’s and warm temperatures will very quickly push fire danger ratings well into the ‘Very High’ range tomorrow, meaning any fires in the bush will be difficult to control."

"While many paddocks are still green, forested areas in the east and south east are really starting to dry off. Southern Tasmanians are reminded that Mt Nelson and the Eastern Shore experienced particularly challenging fires as early as the first week of October 2006,” Mr Brown said.

Areas covered by the Total Fire Ban include the municipalities of: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan/Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman.

The fire risk is considered to ease tomorrow night with the possibility of rain in the late afternoon

TFS advises that gas or electric barbecues are permitted during a Total Fire Ban.

For fire, or fire preparedness information, go to fire.tas.gov.au or call 1800 000 699.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Big grant to benefit students

A LOCAL partnership is one of eight projects named as recipients of $300,000 grants today. Medicare Local will provide $2.4 million to fund projects around Tasmania as part of its "Social Determinants of Health" program.

Funding of $300,000 each will be provided for projects in New Norfolk, Bridgewater, Gagebrook Wynyard, Devonport, Burnie and Ravenswood that aim to increase access to fresh, affordable food and increase engagement in education and training. The funding is being provided until June 2016 under the Australian Government’s Tasmanian Health Assistance Package.

The local project dubbed "Tree2Sea" is a partnership of the Derwent Valley Community House, New Norfolk High School, Derwent Valley Council, Derwent Valley Real Action Forward Thinking (RAFT) and Workskills Inc. Its aim will be to improve education retention, training, employment, social connectedness.

Tree2Sea will use boat building and the local environment to engage young people in further education and training in the area of boat building. Students from New Norfolk High School will construct kayaks and sailing boats and develop a social enterprise to increase well-being and employment skills. The project will provide opportunities in design, event organisation, marketing and environmental studies and is centred on local waterways.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mental health first aid course

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Walkers helped to light the night

The participants gathered in Circle St before the walk. 
Entertainment at Arthur Square after the walk.
MORE than 100 people are reported to have taken part in the "Light the Night" fundraising event in New Norfolk on Friday evening.

Organised by New Norfolk High School's student leadership group with assistance from the Derwent Valley Council, the event raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Participants assembled outside the council office in Circle St before walking down High St to Arthur Square, carrying lanterns to light the night.

Funds were raised through lantern sales, sponsorship, a raffle and the sale of barbecue food. BBQ and raffle. Musical performances entertained the participants at Arthur Square.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Norfolk gets its noodle on

Inside Alexia's Noodle Plus at 5 High St.
NEW Norfolk's first noodle shop appears to be doing a roaring trade since opening on Friday afternoon. Located at 5 High St, Alexia's Noodle Plus promises an authentic taste of Asian cuisine using fresh Tasmanian ingredients.

There are reports that opening day was so successful the supplies were sold out an hour before closing time. There was a good crowd in the shop soon after it opened this afternoon.

The restaurant and takeaway will open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. The advertised trading hours are 11.30am-2.30pm and 4.30-6.30pm. The menu is posted in the window and includes noodles, fried rice, soup and sushi.

This new restaurant is not the previously reported noodle bar approved for 63 High St, of which nothing further has been heard.

Woolworths progress

Progress at the Woolworths construction site in New Norfolk last week.
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As well as ongoing work on the building, the car park is also starting to take
shape and a footpath is being built along the George St boundary.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Go underground at Strathgordon this Sunday

HYDRO Tasmania invites the Tasmanian community to take a look inside the Gordon Power Station this Sunday, September 21, as part of a program of events to celebrate the Hydro's centenary. Located about two hours beyond New Norfolk, the Gordon Power Station is the largest in Tasmania.
Commissioned in 1977 with two turbines, it is the only power station on the Gordon/Pedder scheme. A third turbine was commissioned in 1988. Situated 183 metres underground, the power station is supplied with water from lakes Gordon and Pedder. The combination of these lakes is not only the largest storage in Hydro Tasmania’s system but the biggest in Australia.
The Gordon Dam is recognised as a national engineering landmark. It is Australia’s tallest arch dam, and its construction used a unique double curvature that significantly cut costs by reducing the volume of concrete. The dam wall has a walkway which is open to the public.
This is a rare opportunity to see what the inside of a hydro power station looks like and an even rarer opportunity to visit one that is so far underground. Tours will be conducted by Hydro Tasmania employees. Visitors will learn how the water in our rivers and lakes ends up powering the lights and appliances we switch on every day.
Tour details
Date: This Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: Tours will run every 20 minutes from 11.30am until 2.30pm. There is no need to book.
Location: Gordon River Rd, Strathgordon
Tours will depart from the entrance to the Gordon Power Station. Visitors will also be able to wander the dam crest and visit the information centre at the Lake Pedder Chalet hydro.com.au/community/lake-pedder-chalet.
For safety reasons tour group sizes will be limited so there may be a short wait between tours during peak times.

Getting there: From New Norfolk take the B62 to Bushy Park then continue on the B61 through Westerway and Maydena arriving at Strathgordon. Continue on B61 through Strathgordon for another 15 minutes to arrive at the Gordon Power Station.
The following power stations will also be open to the public as part of Hydro Tasmania’s centenary celebrations:
  • Paloona - Sunday, October 12
  • Devils Gate - Sunday, October 12
  • Lake Margaret – Saturday-Sunday 11-12 October 11-12 during the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival
  • Waddamana Power Station Museum - Sunday, October 26 (Back to Waddamana Day)
  • Tarraleah Sunday, November 9.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

See you at the Junction

The function room at the Junction.
THE restaurant at New Norfolk's Junction Motel will re-open as a cafe and lounge bar on October 1.

Opening hours will be 4-8.30pm from Monday to Friday while Saturday nights will be by group bookings only.

More information is at www.junctionmotel.com.au

New Norfolk Under 16 victory reviewed

Josh and Jack with the cup.
WADE GLEESON reviews the youth football match that set the scene for New Norfolk's big grand final weekend. 

IN an absolute thriller, New Norfolk won the Under 16B premiership by defeating Kingborough Gold by 15 points in an entertaining STJFL grand final. In very warm conditions at North Hobart Oval on September 7, the young Eagles played their hearts out in what was a close encounter from start to finish.

At half-time New Norfolk trailed the Tigers by just one point. At three-quarter time the Eagles were three points up and in the the final quarter they kept playing outstanding football. With about 90 seconds to go New Norfolk led by the barest of margins, two points. Not to be outdone the mighty Eagles slammed on two more goals to clinch an amazing victory.

Coach Michael Graham was all phrase for his charges after the game. "The boys really played their hearts, out they truly did. It's a credit to them, especially on how hot it was," coach Graham said. The temperature reached around 20 degrees, with many players needing extra water to get themselves through the match.

The Eagles victory is an excellent achievement in more ways than one. The team started in Under 16C but was moved up to B Division during the season, but without the points they already had at that stage. To their credit the young Eagles against all odds finished on top of the ladder and now have won the premiership.

Well done boys, the Valley is very proud of you and your coach Michael Graham and his assistant Paul Clark. The boys have worked hard over many seasons and the victory is richly deserved.

New Norfolk   10.8 (68)
Kingborough   7.11 (53)
Best - New Norfolk: M. Noisier, Zac Triffett, Torne Oates, Patrick Vout, Jaidyn Fisher-Cooley, Josh Farrow. Goals - New Norfolk: Jesse Morgan 4, Jack Guesdon 2, Billy Pauly, Reece Williams, Jake Campbell, Josh Farrow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Community market this Sunday

Derwent Valley Community Market

Sunday, September 21, 2014

10am-2pm

at Derwent Valley Community House

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk

(Market held on the third Sunday of every month)

Magra Fire Brigade quiz night

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eagles now on five flags from six starts

Best on ground: Nathan Ross.
New Norfolk 28.9 (177) d Claremont 14.10 (94)
NEW Norfolk easily defeated a gallant Claremont in Saturday’s SFL grand final, running out winners by 83 points in a display that showed once again why the Eagles are the dominant side in the competition.

Everyone expected Claremont to come out firing in the first term if they were to win this game and they had full ascendancy for most of the quarter, kicking seven goals and grabbing a 20-point lead at the first change.

After a blast from coach Murray the Eagles responded like the champion side they are in the second term, kicking seven goals to one as they moved to a 15-point lead at the main break. They were starting to win the centre clearances and with the onballers creating havoc their key forwards were starting to dominate the game.

Michael Thompson and his
dad Hedley Thompson.
In the premiership quarter where most grand finals are decided the Eagles decided to make a statement and shell-shocked a Claremont side which again had a bad lapse allowing the sharp shooting New Norfolk side to kick 12 unanswered goals. The game was well and truly over at three quarter time with New Norfolk leading by 88 points as it appeared Claremont was out of its depth and had conceded defeat.

The last term faded out as it appeared the New Norfolk boys were already celebrating their win and Claremont was able to kick six goals in junk time to make the scoreboard more respectable. There is no denying New Norfolk’s third premiership in a row and five flags in the last six years prove what a dominant side they are and all avenues point to more success for this powerful club.

Claremont was clearly the second best side in the competition this year but they were not able to match New Norfolk's depth and experience on the big stage.

Brothers Josh and Sam Hall
The best player for the Eagles was their champion player Nathan Ross who dominated all over the ground and really stood up to set them alight in the third term, eventually kicking six goals. This shows the strength of New Norfolk as he was a late starter to the season.  Other good players were Josh Hall who finished a fine game with eight goals and he was well supported by Clayton, Wardlaw and Eizsele while forward opportunist Gardham finished with five goals.

Best players for Claremont were Grant, Butterworth, Spencer and Kamaric whilst Bennett was their leading goal scorer with three goals all kicked in the first term.
GARY WILLIAMSON


New Norfolk      4.0,  11.2,  23.4,  28.9  (177) 
Claremont          7.2,  8.5,  8.6,  14.10  (94) 
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Hall 8, N. Ross 6, Z. Gardam 5, B. Booth 3, N. Clayton 2, T. Rainbird, M. Thompson, B. Wardlaw, J. Clifford; Claremont: A. Bennett 3, D. Hunt 2, N. Brown 2, N. Matthews 2, T. Kelly, T. Arnold, S. Jones, J. Gillie, P. Bedford.
Best - New Norfolk: N. Ross, J. Hall, N. Clayton, B. Wardlaw, N. Eiszele, R. Belcher; Claremont: J. Grant, T. Butterworth, S. Spencer, D. Kamaric, B. Sweeney, S. Jones.

Mercury newspaper reporting of the win and the aftermath.

Back to back win for the Reserves

New Norfolk 11.9 (75) defeated Claremont 10.5 (65)
IN the 2014 SFL reserves grand final New Norfolk was the underdog but produced its best football on the day that counted, eventually running out narrow winners by 10 points in a high standard game.

The first half was fairly even but a couple of late goals in the second term saw the Eagles move to a 14-point lead at the main break in a low scoring affair. The third term was when New Norfolk won the game, kicking five goals to two as they reserves race to a 36 point lead and appeared to have the game in hand.

The last term saw Claremont come hard back at the Eagles but New Norfolk was never going to lose this game and the players were soon celebrating back-to-back reserve premierships.

Best players for the Eagles were Ross, Kelly, Taylor, Evans and Browning in an even team performance. Best for a disappointing Claremont were Jetson who kicked five goals in a fine display, Cowling and Woods.
GARY WILLIAMSON

New Norfolk          3.4,  5.5,  10.8,  11.9  (75)
Claremont              2.2,  3.2,  5.2,  10.5  (65)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Cashion 2, J. Murray 2, N. Lester 2, B. Chaplin, B. Chaplin, J. Kelly, D. Triffett, P. Ross; Claremont: D. Jetson 4, S. Webster, N. Burdon, B. Nightingale, A. Arnold, M. Carr, K. Smith.
Best - New Norfolk: P. Ross, J. Kelly, J. Taylor-Evans, L. Browning, T. Triffett, N. Lester; Claremont: D. Jetson, C. Bennett, A. Cowley, S. Woods, T. Pennicott, A. Arnold. 

Colts final in review

Dodges Ferry 11.4 (70) defeated New Norfolk 9.11 (65)
NEW Norfolk's quest to win three premierships in the one day was derailed early on when the colts side was defeated by a dominant Dodges Ferry in the last quarter of the first match of the day on Saturday. he Sharks ran out winners by 5 points in a thrilling game.

It was a very even game of football to kick of SFL grand final day at KGV Oval. In the first half no side could get a real advantage. At the first-quarter break the Eagles held a narrow three-point lead and the game could go either way.

New Norfolk slowly got the upper hand towards the end of the third term and they moved to an 11-point lead and appeared to be finishing the stronger side.

In a nail biting final quarter, Dodges Ferry with more accurate kicking finished with four last term goals to get with their noses in front of unlucky New Norfolk whose inaccurate kicking for goal probably cost them the premiership. It was a thrilling end as the Sharks ran out winners by five points.

Best players for the Sharks were Davis, Edwards, Wilson and McKnight whilst Wilkinson was their leading scorer with four goals. Best for the disappointed New Norfolk side were Wakefield, Hodge, Neads with three goals, and Chaplin.
GARY WILLIAMSON

Dodges Ferry             3.0,  5.3,  7.3,  11.4  (70) 
New Norfolk             2.4,  5.6,  8.8,  9.11  (65) 
Goals - Dodges Ferry: B. Wilkinson 4, L. Edwards 3, C. Blackley 2, J. Wilson, J. Booth; New Norfolk: C. Neads 3, J. Banks-Smith 3, H. Bielleman, J. County, B. Chaplin. 
Best - Dodges Ferry: H. Davis, L. Edwards, J. Wilson, T. McKnight, B. Wilkinson, T. Sutton; New Norfolk: R. Wakefield, B. Hodge, C. Neads, B. Chaplin, T. Purdon, H. Bielleman. 

Frosty Tuesday

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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

Issued at 9:20pm on Monday 15 September 2014.

Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees are forecast for Tuesday morning in parts of the Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

Please be aware: Temperatures at ground level can be many degrees lower than those recorded by standard weather stations, especially in calm conditions with clear skies.

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Severe frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Frost Warning
Issued at 9:01pm on Sunday 14 September 2014.

Severe frosts with temperatures down to -3 degrees which can cause significant crop damage are forecast for Monday morning in parts of the Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts

Please be aware: Temperatures at ground level can be many degrees lower than those recorded by standard weather stations, especially in calm conditions with clear skies.

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Road Weather Alert
for Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts.
Issued at 9:03pm on Sunday 14 September 2014.

Icy roads may make driving conditions dangerous early Monday morning in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, 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 Monday.

Premiership pix

New Norfolk's senior side celebrate their win yesterday.

The senior side holds the SFL premiership cup aloft.

The New Norfolk reserves celebrating their win.

Panthers proud of debut season

THE New Norfolk Panthers senior soccer side returned to Division 4 in 2014. With a mix of experience and youth the guys took some time to gel but learned to play together and develop the skills required to play throughout the season.
It was a season of ups and downs but mainly it was great to see the team develop a distinct passing game that saw them notch up five wins. They also were able to hit the back of the net regularly, scoring in every game.
The Panthers always showed 100% commitment and often outplayed more fancied opponents. We are all now really looking forward to next season.
COLIN BANKS (Coach)

Trophy Winners
Players Player Award: Dion Barnhoorn.
Coaches Award: James White.
Golden Boot: Ollie Chaplin - 16 goals.

Back row from left: James White, Alan Kalbfell, Bob Tolputt, coach Colin Banks,
conditioning coaches David Browning and Owen Browning, Luke Slater,  Tom
Shepperd and Morgan Giles. Front: Richard Blackwell, Shaun Jenkins, Brodie
Gleeson, Andie Nichols (goalkeeper), Josh Young, Dion Barnhoorne and
Ollie Chaplin. Absent: James Tassell, Alyce Jordan and Dylan Styles.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sing along if you know the tune!

There's a team on the track,
Dressed in Red, White and Black,
We are the mighty Eagle team.

It takes a good team to stop us.
A better one to wop us,
And Hobart knows that's true.

If the Magpies ever head us,
We'll all come fighting back.
For we're fighting for our colours,
The old Red, White and Black.

Down the 'Roos and the 'Gulls,
And we'll bust the Robins skulls.
We are the mighty Eagle team!

(Tune: Along the Road to Gundagai)

SFL grand final LIVE

WADE GLEESON reporting live from the Southern Football League senior grand final being played KGV:

VICTORY!
New Norfolk 28. 8.  176
Claremont 14. 9. 93
In a big win the New Norfolk Eagles have won their third strait premiership and the fifth in six years.
After quarter time the Eagles totally outclassed the Magpies, running out winners by a massive 84 points. Full-forward Josh Hall finished with eight goals.
A big night ahead at the clubrooms!

The Eagles celebrate their senior premiership win!


Three-quarter time
New Norfolk 23. 4. 142
Claremont 8. 6. 54
Amazing quarter of football!
After being 14 points up at half-time, the Eagles put the foot to the pedal and piled on 12 goals while Claremont failed to score.
In an outstanding brand of football, the Eagles showed what a team they really are. Nathan Ross kicked three goals for the quarter and took a screamer to go with them as the Eagles stretched their lead to an astonishing 88 points at three-quarter time.
I have never seen a lead be extended to such an extent after being down by 20 points at quarter time. Josh Hall has six goals so far.


Half time
New Norfolk 11. 2. 68
Clar 8. 6. 54
WITH the Eagles 20 points down and the crowd at a hush leading into the second quarter, the Eagles lifted their game from the first bounce with better teamwork and accountability, which is the style of football they wre known for throughout the season.
At half-time instead of being 20 points down New Norfolk has kicked seven goals and find themselves 14 points up.


First quarter
Claremont 7. 2. 44
New Norfolk 4. 0. 24
In a tight tussle early in the first quarter, underdogs Claremont kicked away and outscored the more fancied Eagles.
The Magpies' running play is a real concern for New Norfolk leading into the second quarter.

Reserves grand final win

SFL Reserves

New Norfolk  11.9 (75)
Claremont     10.5 (65)

IN a reversal of the earlier Under 18s grand final result, the New Norfolk reserves have just won their third premiership in succession, reports Wade Gleeson from KGV.

The Eagles hadn't beaten the Magpies during the roster matches and then lost to them in the first semi-final.

But with experience and determnation they won in the big one when it mattered! This is a good lead on for the seniors who now are also aiming for three in a row.

The scoreboard at full time in the reserves grand final.

Grand final day LIVE

WADE GLEESON reporting live from KGV

(click here for senior game)

RESERVES
Three-quarter time
New Norfolk  10. 8. 68
Claremont 5. 2. 32

Five goals to two in the third quarter and the Eagles lead by 36 points.
The Eagles showed great pressure and desperation which should see them hold on in the last quarter. 

Reserves coach Dean King gives his instructions at
three-quarter time.


Half time
New Norfolk  5. 5. 35
Claremont 3. 2. 20

The Eagles have stretched their lead to 15 points in a good display of footy.
Their running in numbers has been a real stand out so far. Let's go Eagles!


New Norfolk supporters watching the half-time proceedings.


Quarter time 
New Norfolk  3. 4. 22
Claremont 2. 2. 14

In a close first quarter, the Eagles played a great style of footy to lead by 8 points.


New Norfolk players and supporters listening to the coach
at quarter-time. 


***

U18s

Dodges Ferry 9. 11. 65
New Norfolk 11. 4. 70
In a fantastic game the Dodges Ferry Sharks have pipped the Eagles by 5 points in a thriller. 
The young Eagles hadn't lost a game all season until today.
A fantastic effort New Norfolk. 


Earlier:
New Norfolk 8. 8. 56
Dodges Ferry 7. 3. 45
After being just 3 points up at half time the Eagles have extended their lead out to 11 points in what is a close encounter at KGV.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tommorow's team lists

TEAM lists for 2014 Southern Football League grand finals.

SENIORS - NEW NORFOLK v CLAREMONT

New Norfolk to be selected from:
J. Hall, R. Heron, N. Ross, S. Crane, A. Tonks, N. Clayton, S. Bonnitcha, S. Hall, B. Booth, C. Wilson, B. Wardlaw, T. Rainbird, J. Clifford, J. McCulloch, M. Thompson, J. Horne, M. Horne, B. Lovell, R. Belcher, L. Joseph, N. Eiszele, Z. Gardam.

In: J. Horne
Out: B. Chaplin


Claremont to be selected from:
J. Price, D. Cassidy, P. Bedford, S. Ladic, A. Arnold, S. Salter, N. Brown, A. Cowley, T. Butterworth, W. Byers, S. Jones, B. Sweeney, A. Bennett, M. Bird, J. Grant, B. Barwick, T. Bowden, D. Fewkes, D. Hunt, N. Matthews, D. Kamaric, J. Gillie, T. Kelly, D. O'Garey, T. Arnold, B. Lang.

In: J. Price, S. Salter, D. O'Garey, A. Cowley


RESERVES - CLAREMONT v NEW NORFOLK

Claremont to be selected from:
J. Atkin, M. Siely, R. Stocks, N. Burdon, S. Woods, K. Jones, D. Jetson, C. Bennett, S. Bennett, M. Bird, B. Nightingale, B. Lockley, B. Lockley, A. Robinson, M. Carr, T. Pennicott, S. Webster, D. Cassidy, A. Cowley, A. Arnold, W. Booth, B. Steele, K. Smith.

In: M. Bird, A. Arnold, T. Pennicott, D. Cassidy
Out: T. Kelly


New Norfolk to be selected from:
J. Taylor-Evans, J. Adams, J. Kelly, P. Ross, D. Triffett, K. Cashion, B. Chaplin, S. Bonnitcha, T. Triffett, J. Murray, D. Walsh, A. Minchin, J. King, L. Menzie, B. Chaplin, N. Lester, J. Papera, L. Browning

Int: J. Bomford, P. Ling, D. Triffett, J. Ackerley



COLTS - NEW NORFOLK v DODGES FERRY

New Norfolk to be selected from:
J. Banks-Smith, N. Wakefield, J. Daley, D. Smith, H. Bielleman, B. Hodge, T. Purdon, D. Browning, B. King, J. Whitford-Marriott, J. Eiszele, K. Walker, T. Gillies, T. Gray, B. Chaplin, B. Elliott, B. Ransley, C. Neads, J. Foster, B. Coles, R. Wakefield, J. County.

In: J. Foster, B. Chaplin
Out: K. Tomkinson,  A. Pearton


Dodges Ferry
B: L. Murphy, D. Blake, M. Hammer
HB: J. Booth, C. Britten, T. Bellette
C: K.  Pearce, C.  Blackley, J.  Smith
HF: C. Thiessen, L. Edwards, T. Sutton
F: J. Williams, J. Bowling, J. Wilson
R: T. McKnight, L. McLean, H. Davis
Int: B. Cripps, L. Thornbury, B. Wilkinson, B. Richmond

Out: M. Thiessen, N. Jones

New Norfolk in triple-header grand final gala

GARRY WILLIAMSON previews tomorrow's Southern Football League grand finals.

SENIORS: New Norfolk v Claremont
THE Eagles will be looking to win their third consecutive grand final when they take on Claremont in a replay of last year's premiership tomorrow. It is expected to be a tough and bruising affair as both sides look evenly matched and playing on the wide open spaces of KGV should really even up this contest.

The Eagles will be fresh after having a bye last week, having easily defeated Lindisfarne in the second semi-final which was a tough affair. The rest will have allowed their players to freshen up, including some who suffered key injuries. Whilst the Eagles would be rearing to go, having played only one game in four weeks could be a bit of concern for their fitness. However, having completed the same mission for several years in a row it should not be a problem for the high flying Eagles.

Claremont had to do it the hard way. After losing the second semi-final it defeated Lindisfarne in a nail-biter. These good hard finals schedules should stand them in good stead for this tough encounter against the best side in the competition. It seems Claremont is yet to play its best football in finals as the Magpies still have lapses during quarters where they appear to go into take control of the game. Any lapse against the high-flying Eagles will cost them dearly on the score board in the grand final.

The Eagles' multi-pronged forward attack will cause problems on the wide open spaces of KGV and the Magpies defence will have to spoil hard all day. They must run off down the ground and take try to take the sting out of their players so they are not so fresh when New Norfolk is bringing the ball down into their forward line.

Claremont has experienced players all over the ground and after last year’s loss they have learnt what’s required to win the big grand final. I’m sure coach Excell will remind them that they need to play four full quarters, be competitive and stand up to New Norfolk from the start.

Whilst you would expect Claremont to come out firing and take it up to their more fancied rivals, New Norfolk as the fresher side will have too much firepower up forward. Now that New Norfolk’s defence has well and truly settled it should be able to restrict Claremont to a losing score and celebrate a third premiership in three years, but they must be at their best against a hungry Claremont.

RESERVES: New Norfolk v Claremont
NEW Norfolk and Claremont also clash in the Reserves grand final which would appear to be another close game as both sides have plenty of depth. Claremont will be fresh from last week’s bye after winning their second semi-final clash and would appear to have an advantage towards the end of the game if the game is close.

New Norfolk had a big win last weekend against Brighton and is the reigning premier from last year. Although they will start as the underdogs they have a habit of winning the biggies when it counts.

The wide open spaces of KGV will test both sides and the side that has the best skill and uses the ball more efficiently should take the points in what appears to be a very even match. In a game that could go either way, perhaps Claremont hungry for a premiership trophy may sneak over the line and claim the Reserves premiership.

COLTS: New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry
New Norfolk's colts are the third Eagle team to play in a grand final tomorrow, which shows what a strong club New Norfolk is. New Norfolk will be fresh from last week’s bye and full of confidence after a big win in their second semi-final. It should go into this game as warm favourites over Dodges Ferry.

Dodges had a nail-biting win over Huonville last weekend and this will give them confidence after playing on the KGV oval as well as momentum as they attempt to win the premiership. You would expect this game to be fairly even for most of the day but New Norfolk should have more skillful players and a potent forward line should see them win the premiership which would be a great start for the Reserves and Seniors.

Frosty start for Friday

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Frost Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley, Central North, North East, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts
Issued at 9:38pm on Thursday 11 September 2014.

Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degrees are forecast for Friday morning in parts of the Central North, North East, Midlands, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts

Please be aware: Temperatures at ground level can be many degrees lower than those recorded by standard weather stations, especially in calm conditions with clear skies.

No further warnings will be issued for this event.


Road Weather Alert
for Central Plateau, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts
Issued at 9:39pm on Thursday 11 September 2014.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Friday morning in parts of the Central Plateau, 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 Friday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

High school to seek new principal

NEW Norfolk High School principal Malcolm Elliott today announced that he will be standing down after seven years in the role. Writing in the school newsletter issued today, Mr Elliott said he would be taking up the post of president of the Tasmanian Principals' Association in January 2015.

"I am taking this opportunity to thank the community of our school for the wonderful support I have received since taking up the position of principal in July 2007," Mr Elliott wrote.

"The last seven years have been full of all sorts of highlights mixed with the sadness that comes with the loss of some dear colleagues and former students. My very fondest memories will be of the young citizens of New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley as kind, thoughtful, honest and supportive. I also have a trove of fond memories of the staff with whom I have worked over the years."

"While I will continue as principal of New Norfolk High until the end of the school year, the position will be advertised soon and we will know who will take over the reins. I still have a little over one more term in this community and I look forward to enjoying the continuing success and development of our students in that time. My kindest regards to all."

Council offers community grants

THE Derwent Valley Council has opened the latest round of its community grants program. Not-for-profit sporting, cultural and community groups within the Derwent Valley Municipal area are invited to apply for assistance in cash and kind under this program.

The council says it will give preference to groups in the municipality which have broad community benefit, with grants mostly falling in the range of $200 to $500.

Applications close on September 30. Click here for the application form and guidelines.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Soccer season wraps up

THE New Norfolk Soccer Club celebrated another great season with its trophy day held on Saturday at Tynwald Park. Every player received a trophy and there were added bonuses this year in the form of vouchers from McDonald's New Norfolk as well as a free ball for every junior player thanks to Football Federation Tasmania.

The presentations were followed by a barbecue lunch and the opportunity for photos. The New Norfolk Soccer Club committee thanks all players, coaches and parents for a sensational year. The club also thanks Tas Trophy House for their continued help with trophies, William Mitre 10 for giving us a great deal on new barbecues, the Star & Garter Hotel for sponsorship of meal vouchers and the Derwent Valley Council for presenting the playing fields so well each week.

The club wishes the Under 11 team the best of luck when competing at the Launceston Cup this weekend and expresses its thanks to all sponsors who have helped them to get there.  The Under 11 team has had a fantastic season, not just in wins but in the way the players conduct themselves and how they have grown as a team. Go Panthers!

Previous week's final games
Under 6 Red (coach Rebecca Tedeschi and team manager Danni Smith) played a fantastic last game for the year, drawing against Brighton White. Thank you to Hemi for helping us out. Great teamwork Tyler, Anna, Jake, Hemi and Ruby.

Under 6 Black (coach Ken Harwood) finished off the season with a win against Holy Rosary 3-2. Zach scored a goal and Holy Rosary kicked two for us.  Well done to all boys: Hemi, Shaun, Zach, Lucas, James, Vincent and Lewis on a great game and season.

Under 7 Red (coach Janelle Maw) finished the season with two great games on Gala Day. The kids had a tremendous year, with some huge progress with their ball skills. They have been a delight to coach. Thank you to all the parents that ensured the kids are there every week to play, and stand in the freezing cold and cheer the kids like every week is their first week.

Under 7 Black (coach Ben Rainbird) had a fantastic end to the season at the Gala Day at Tynwald Park. Under 7 Black versus Brighton played in glorious sunshine. All players put in 100 per cent. A special mention to Tristan Nicholson with a great goal from the other end of the field with help from Mikayla Bailey.  Well done team and a big thank you to our coach Ben Rainbird for his hard work this season.

Under 8 Red (coach Jason Priest) had their last game of the season against a strong Brighton side. In a fast paced game Brighton scored first but some good teamwork from New Norfolk saw us score immediately after Brighton, with a great goal to Jack. The game became a tussle with good play from Josh and Jack unlucky not to result in another goal. Jacob W and Declan were our goalies for the day and had some great saves, with help from Jacob P and Hamish in defence. Nayte, Josh, Jack and Tristan kept up the attack but Brighton kicked away in the second half. A great game by the whole team. You have come together so well this year and we are all proud of your efforts every week. Thanks to Josh and Tristan for always filling in for us when needed. Looking forward to 2015.

Under 8 Black (coach Paul Kelleher) -played a great game against Glenorchy Knights who thankfully made up a team to give our team a chance to play as our original opponents pulled out. Congratulations to Mikayla, Caitlan, Astrid, Mia, Jacob, Jess and Joshua for playing out the whole season holding their heads high. Special thanks to Jack who subbed for us most games and thanks to Tristian, Hamish and Declan for subbing on the last day. Good luck to all the players and we hope they return next year.

Under 9 (coach Bianca Tolputt) played two awesome games on the last day, with the second game being the best all season. Well done Jenny, Caylin, Ella and Caleb in goals, you all saved some great shots. Well done to Abby on the only goal for the day. Some awesome teamwork from Luke, Cruez, Maiken and Oliver. What will do with our Saturdays now?

Under 10 (coaches Jason Wilton & Dallas Featherstone) ended the season with a 4-0 win against Holy Rosary. Congratulations to Brock Hill, Jacob Blackwell, Aidan Featherstone, Maddy Wilton, Freya Downie, Kiara Moodie, Ostyn Wilton, Alex Bourne, Alex Gunn, Alex McMillan and Luke Jarvis on your fantastic season,. You have all grown so much this year. Your maturity on and off the ground, the way you all encourage each other and your work ethic at training and on game day is a credit to you, your club, your coaches and your families. You are an awesome group.  A huge thank you goes out to our coaches for your time, patience and encouragement. Our team wouldn't be as fantastic as it is without the support of all the family members who come along to training and the games each week. Our weekly kids v adult games are legendary. It has been another great season and you should be very proud of yourselves. A special mention to a young man who has come to all our training sessions and game days to watch and support his friends - Harrison Hyland it would be great to have you sign up next year.

Under 11 (coach Matt Rose) lost to Derwent United. A great game played by all, goal scorers Levi and Jacob, also a special thank you to Ostyn and Aiden from the Under 10s for filling in for us.

Under 16 (youth coach Andrew Nichols) played a fantastic last game for the season, going down 3-2 to Kingborough. Defence was strong in the first half with Billy, Jack, Jacob G and Jacob R rising to the constant push forward by Kingborough. Tom and Trent kept the score low in goals. Cambell and Nathan worked the wing and Joshua R and Jordan were strong in the midfield. In the second half New Norfolk pushed forward more with Josh C, Jayden and Tom. Josh R converted a penalty and Jayden scored the other New Norfolk goal. It was a great season played by all the boys. Thanks to Andy for his commitment to coaching again this year.

Seniors Division 4 (managers Colin Banks & David Browning) headed to Chigwell to take on Metro for the final game of the season. Right from the starting whistle, New Norfolk set the pace and looked most likely to score but no matter how close they got, the ball just could not find its way in the net. Metro managed a couple of chances just before half time but the score remained 0-0 at the break. Metro managed to get on the scoreboard in the first few minutes of the second half. Shortly after that, dual yellow cards resulting in a red card saw the Panthers down to 10 men and Metro capitalised, putting a second goal in quickly. New Norfolk then showed the focus they've developed in recent weeks and really tightened the screws on Metro, despite having one less player on the pitch. Keeper Owen Browning really stepped up and made some great saves. A great set play from a corner by James White, Colin Banks and Josh Young resulted in the Panthers clawing back to 2-1, but Metro slotted one more goal before full time to run out 3-1 winners.  It has been a very successful first season for the new Panthers senior team and, despite their final position on the table, the statistics show that they have stood tall amongst a competition full of established teams. New Norfolk managed to score in every game for the season. It has been a great team effort and there is no doubt that 2015 will be an even better season.