Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hannah Mann - Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Hannah Mann.
YOUNG cricket tyro Hannah Mann has been named the Derwent Valley municipality's Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Hannah, from Bushy Park, has represented the Derwent Valley in cricket on local, state and national levels for several years.

Fourteen-year-old Hannah has represented Tasmania at the under 15s Female National Cricket Championships in Sydney during 2013 and 2014; and in the Commonwealth Interstate Cup during 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Glenora District High School student recently received a number of awards at her school's prize presentations for 2014.

Sports Team of the Year

Adrian Graham.
AN award of Sports Team of the Year was made to the New Norfolk District Football Club at the local Australia Day celebration on Monday.

Presenting the award to the retiring club president Adrian Graham, Derwent Valley Council deputy mayor Ben Shaw said the senior team had played in the last six Southern Football League grand finals and won five premierships.

The Eagles have won the last three senior and reserve grand finals in a row.  The NNDFC has also been awarded the Bibby Shield on several occasions as the most successful SFL club in all three grades for the home and away season.

"During 2014, the club was inducted into the AFL Tasmania Hall of Fame," Cr Shaw said.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Community Event of the Year

Harry Sherwood.
THE annual New Norfolk Anzac Day observances have been named the winner of the Derwent Valley Council's award for Community Event of the Year.

The presentation was made by deputy mayor Ben Shaw as chairman of the council's Australia Day Committee. The award was accepted by Harry Sherwood from the New Norfolk RSL.

"The Anzac Day service has grown from strength to strength," Cr Shaw said when presenting the award on Monday. "With 2015 being the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, it is very appropriate to publicly acknowledge the New Norfolk RSL and the Anzac Day service," Cr Shaw said.

For many decades the New Norfolk RSL has organised marches and services at dawn and 11am every Anzac Day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ricky Duggan - Sportsperson of the Year

Ben Shaw and Martyn Evans presented
Ricky Duggan with his award at the races.
REINSMAN Ricky Duggan has been named Sportsperson of the Year for the Derwent Valley municipality.

The award was announced at the Australia Day celebrations at Tynwald Park on Monday, where the framed certificate was accepted by Ricky's proud dad Bryce Duggan.

Ricky was unable to attend the presentation as we was preparing for the New Norfolk Pacing Cup being held at Kensington Park the same day.

"From participation in his chosen sport of harness racing, Ricky has won a record 22 Tasmanian Sires Stakes finals and three Tasmanian Easter Cups," deputy mayor Ben Shaw said.

"He has been the leading driver four times in 1997/98, 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05. He has driven more than 1310 winners to date and has represented Tasmania on a national level against other states and New Zealand," Cr Shaw said.

Cr Shaw and mayor Martyn Evans later attended the races at Kensington Park where they were able to make a formal presentation to Ricky.



Kerryn Bone - Citizen of the Year

Kerryn Bone.
VOLUNTEER ambulance officer Kerryn Bone is the Derwent Valley Council's Citizen of the Year for 2015. The award was announced on Monday by deputy mayor Ben Shaw at the local Australia Day celebration at Tynwald Park.

Councillor Shaw said it was impossible to measure Kerryn's contribution to the community since she become a volunteer ambulance officer at New Norfolk at the age of 18 years in 1997.

"Kerryn has been a significant and reliable volunteer ambulance officer who has attended an unknown amount of serious illnesses and accidents," Cr Shaw said. "Kerryn has been called without prior notice, in all weather conditions, at any time of day or night, to assist paramedics in difficult, time consuming and intensive medical treatment scenes."

Kerryn also served as co-ordinator of ambulance volunteers for seven years, managing the induction, training and welfare of 25 to 30 fellow volunteers based at the New Norfolk Ambulance Station.

Congratulations Kerryn.

Ellie Hayton - Young Citizen of the Year

Ellie Hayton.
A STUDENT entering Grade 10 at New Norfolk High School has been named the Derwent Valley municipality's Young Citizen of the Year for 2015.

Ellie Hayton, 15, received the honour at the Australia Day celebration in New Norfolk on Monday.

A successful all-rounder at school, Ellie has been a Beacon Foundation Student Ambassador since 2013 which has involved active participation in a large number of school events, working with more than 120 businesses and community partners.

Ellie is also an active member of the Derwent Valley Concert Band and a keen participant in Corumbene Nursing Home’s "Aiding the Aged" program. This program provides art, craft and cooking activities in the dementia area.

Congratulations Ellie.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cricket honour for Gretna great

Tasmanian Cricket Volunteer of the Year
Peter Rainbird taking a look at the ICC
 World Cup at the MCG recently.
HOT on the heels of being awarded the title of Cricket Tasmania volunteer of the month for November, Gretna Cricket Club president Peter Rainbird has now been named Tasmania's Cricket Volunteer of the Year.

The untiring volunteer who is in his 50th season of involvement with cricket, received a phone call from Cricket  Australia acknowledging his efforts by offering to fly him to Melbourne to watch the day-night match between Australia and India at the MCG on January 18, all expenses paid.

"I didn't know what to say to tell you the truth," Peter said. "I was very humbled to say the least." Peter was treated to first class viewing at the MCG and got to mix with all state volunteer winners as well as officials and former players from the Australian and Indian teams. "It was a great atmosphere, I thoroughly enjoyed myself," Peter said after returning home.

In a statement, Cricket Tasmania noted that Peter not only serves as president of the Gretna club, he also plays roles in being a groundsman, helping to run the canteen/bar, maintaining the clubhouse and even has a hand in scoring.

"The Gretna Cricket Club has a family culture which is mainly due to Peter and the involvement he has had with in the club. The club (in a small country town region) boasts a MILO in2CRICKET Centre with 20 participants and has a strong junior pathway program, with a number of current talented players (boys and girls) representatives in Tasmanian state junior teams," Cricket Tasmania said.

"The work he and his club are doing in this space ensures cricket in the Derwent Valley will always be a breeding ground for local talent. Peter has been president of the club 23 seasons now and has also been the secretary and also the treasurer for periods during this time. Along with his off-field efforts, he has played over 500 matches and played in 15 grand finals for seven premierships for the club, been captain of the club at certain stages and is (for obvious reasons!) a life member of the club.

"Peter has done so much for the game of cricket at Gretna but his impact has also served as vice-president of the former Derwent Valley Cricket Association, was an umpire in the competition and also represented the DVCA in country week matches for many seasons."

This was a fitting way of rewarding a man who has given so much to the game of cricket and the community he lives in. Congratulations and well done Peter. Your efforts and contributions are truly appreciated by all.
WADE GLEESON

Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day 2015

COOLER than usual conditions prevailed for this year's annual Australia Day observance at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, today. With temperatures hovering around 15 degrees, master of ceremonies deputy mayor Ben Shaw kept the program running smoothly.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band performed, the New Norfolk Lions Club cooked a sausage sizzle, the New Norfolk Fire Brigade and the State Emergency Service gave displays, the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team and the Salvation Army conducted children's games and the national flag was raised by a cub scout and two joey scouts. The Australia Day Fun Run attracted a record crowd but the numbers are not yet available.

Award recipients at the New Norfolk Australia Day event.
Five Derwent Valley residents chose Australia Day for their citizenship ceremonies and an address was given by Australia Day Ambassador Robert Pennicott. A presentation was made to Mr Pennicott by New Norfolk Woolworths representative Maree Kennedy in acknowledgement of his service as an Australia Day Ambassador.

Australia Day Awards announced by Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans were as follows:

Derwent Valley Citizen of the Year: Kerryn Bone
Derwent Valley Young Citizen of the Year: Ellie Hayton
Derwent Valley Sports Team of the Year: New Norfolk District Football Club
Derwent Valley Sportsperson of the Year: Ricky Duggan
Derwent Valley Young Sportsperson of the Year: Hannah Mann
Derwent Valley Community Event of the Year: New Norfolk Anzac Day Services

Community appreciation certificates were awarded to: Gwen Spinks (presented at Maydena), Denise Mills, Barbara Morley, Pauline Bryant, Jaidyn Daniels, Alice Clarke, Matt Byrne, Nathanial Graham, New Norfolk Can Hope Cancer Support Group, Derwent Valley Community House, Lions Club of New Norfolk, Corumbene Nursing Home, St Brigids Catholic School.

Check back later for profiles and photos of the award recipients

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last days for summer ranger program

Russell Falls in full flow after
last weekend's rain. More great
photos on Facebook.
THE discovery ranger program at Mt Field National Park is entering its last days for this summer season. The final roster runs from tomorrow (Thursday), until Monday (Australia Day).

All activities are free but park entry fees apply. Programmed activities may change in adverse weather. An adult must accompany children under 12. Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities.  For more information contact Discovery Ranger Alex on 0428 407 598.

Thursday, January 22
10.30am – Photographing Nature. Create lasting memories of your visit to Mt Field as you unlock the potential of your digital camera. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
2pm – Don’t Die in Oz. Learn about how easy it is to perish in the Australian bush and how easy it is to avoid an untimely death through a humorous presentation in the Fagus Room. (45 min.)

Friday, January 23
11am – Ecology is Everything! Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a short nature walk and have your eyes opened to a new world at your feet. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
2pm – Feral Peril. Introduced animals and plants are a major threat to many iconic Tasmanian species. Learn how to identify and reduce these threats. Meet at the Interpretation Centre. (1 hr.)

Saturday, January 24
10am–noon – Roving Ranger. The Discovery Ranger will be at the Mt Anne car park in the morning and around the South-West picnic areas for the rest of the day. Take the opportunity to learn about wilderness safety and care.

Sunday, January 25
11am – Really Big Trees. Get a new perspective on trees, landscape, big time, the history and future of humanity and your place within it. Meet at the Tall Trees Car Park. (1.5hrs.)
3pm – Art in the Bush. Discover your inner artist using natural materials to make temporary works of spiritual expression. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)

Monday, January 26
10.30am – Falling Water, Falling Trees. Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a guided natural history walk to Russell Falls. Meet outside the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
2pm – Creepy Crawlies. Invertebrates are bizarre and beautiful, fascinating and sometimes fearsome. Join this remarkable presentation in the Fagus Room at the Visitor Centre. (1hr.)


For further information about the Discovery Program around Tasmania visit the Parks and Wildlife website at www.parks.tas.gov.au. Activities are free, but a Park Pass is required for activities in the Park. Wear appropriate clothing, sunblock, repellent and footwear. Activities may be cancelled in adverse weather; check with Visitor Centre staff. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For further enquiries about the Discovery Program at Mt Field contact Alex Dudley on 0428 407 598.

Cricket defied the rain

SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Derwent Valley matches
Round 13

WITH all but one of last weekend's SCA matches going ahead despite the wet weather, there were some good games of cricket in all grades. Molesworth II recorded a three-wicket fifth grade win over St Aidans at Boyer Oval on Sunday. Chasing 173 for victory, Molesworth showed great poise and patience, reaching the total with plenty of overs to spare.

The experienced Martyn Evans led the way with a fine 42 not out find the boundary on five occasions. He was well supported by Nick Piuselli who made 36. Earlier, with the ball, young Brayden Chaplin put in a great short spell of bowling taking 2-7 while Evans had a good match taking two wickets as did captain Jacksyn Mann. Molesworth II is looking every bit a finals team and if they can continue this form they will be a real chance for the big one.

In first grade on Saturday, New Norfolk I was handed a big loss going down to Wellington by seven wickets. Having first hit, the Red Caps managed just 65 before being bowled out after 22 overs. Only two batsmen made it to double figures with evergreen Adrian Eiszele top scoring with 22 and Richard Graham 16.  In reply Wellington lost just three wickets in the run chase with Kendal Bluett the main wicket-taker with 2-26.

In Second Grade, Gretna I kept its winning streak intact with a good six-wicket win over Sorell. Bowling out the visitors for 144, Gretna chased down the target with just under 20 overs remaining. Azza Maddox was the main destroyer with the ball, taking 3-35 while Craig Cunningham picked up 2-24. Opening batsman and captain Ben Rainbird led from the front with a well-made 54 while Rhys Browning continued his good form with 40. Congratulations to Corey Ransley on playing his 150th club match for Gretna, may there be many more ahead.

The other second grade match, between Molesworth and Wellington at Boyer Oval, was washed out.

In third grade on Sunday, Bushy Park continued on its merry way with a good win over St Virgils by six wickets. Bushy Park cleaned up the home team for just 78 with Dylan Grant and young Blake Howlett bowling extremely well and taking three wickets each. In reply Bushy Park lost four wickets in the run chase with Mitch Crosswell smashing 51 not out in yet another great display of batting. There is no easing up for this Bushy Park side which is clearly the in-form side at the moment.
 
Gretna II suffered a five-wicket loss to Derwent in the other third grade match. Gretna had first hit, facing out its 50 overs making 168 with the reliable Bruce Emery top-scoring with 63 and Brock Nichols 24. In reply the home team reached the target with  5.4 overs to spare. Jackson Ackerly was the main wicket taker for Gretna with 2-36.
 
In the fourth grade match New Norfolk II went down to Rokeby by four wickets on Saturday. In a reduced 36-over match, the home team had first hit making 7 for 140. Captain Josh Walsh batted well making 33 which included two 4s and two 6s. Aaron Drew was next best with 28. Special mention to Nathan Rice who remained 6no. In reply Rokeby reached the Red Caps' total with just under six overs remaining and four wickets in hand. Bowlers Mitchell Rice and Aaron Drew picked up two wickets apiece.
   
Next games: There will be no matches this Australia Day long weekend. SCA matches will resume with Round 14 on January 31 and February 1. Youth League matches will return from the summer break with Round 9 on February 1.

SCORES
FIRST GRADE - Saturday

Wellington 3 for 68 off 9.4 overs d New Norfolk I 10 for 65 off 22 overs (11 extras) at Eady St. New Norfolk I - batting: Adrian Eiszele 22 (2x4s), Richard Graham 16.  New Norfolk I - bowling: Kendal Bluett 2-26 (4.4), Jamie Hill 1-4 (1).

SECOND GRADE - Saturday
Gretna I 4 for 145 off 30.2 (31 extras) d Sorell 10 for 144 off 44.5 overs (21 extras) at Gretna. Gretna I - batting: Ben Rainbird 54 (2x4s), Rhys Browning 40 (4x4s), Mathew Burns 11no. Gretna I - bowling: Aaron Maddox 3-35 (10), Craig Cunningham 2-24 (7.5), Corey Ransley 1-14 (7), Mathew Burns 1-14 (5), Daniel Browning 1-19 (8), Rhys Browning 1-25 (4).

Molesworth v Wellington at Boyer Oval - washed out.

THIRD GRADE - Sunday
Bushy Park 4 for 81 off 19.1 overs (14 extras) d St Virgils 10 for 78 off 33.1 overs at St Virgils. Bushy Park - batting: Mitchell Crosswell 51no. Bushy Park - bowling: Dylan Grant 3-13 (8.1), Blake Howlett 3-13 (5), Troy Smith 2-36 (10), Nick Fenton 1-3 (2), Mitchell Crosswell 1-11 (8).

Derwent 5 for 169 off 44.2 overs (34 extras) d Gretna II 10 for 168 off 50 overs (44 extras) at New Town High School. Gretna II - batting: Bruce Emery 63 (2x4s), Brock Nichols 24 (2x4s), Jackson Ackerly 10 (1x4). Gretna II - bowling: Jackson Ackerly 2-36 (8.2), Zac Crosswell 1-32 (10), Todd Jarvis 1-36 (9), Luke Crosswell 1-40 (7).

FOURTH GRADE - Saturday
Rokeby 6 for 142 off 30.2 overs d. New Norfolk II 7 for 140 off 36 overs (29 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk II batting: Josh Walsh 33 (2x4s, 2x6s), Aaron Drew 28 (2x4s, 1x6), Zane Nossiter 16no(1x4), T. Smith 12 (1x4). New Norfolk II bowling: Mitchell Rice 2-21 (7). Aaron Drew 2-32 (5.2). Nathon Heron 1-21 (8). Josh Walsh 1-35 (5).

FIFTH GRADE - Sunday
Molesworth II 7 for 174 off 42.4 overs (39 extras) d St Aidans 10 for 172 off 48.5 (32 extras) at Boyer Oval.  Molesworth II - batting: Martyn Evans 42no (5x4s), Nick Piuselli 36 (2x4s), Jacksyn Mann 20 (2x4s), Tyson Gray 11, Josh Bomford 10, Jayden Wilton 3no. Molesworth II - bowling: Brayden Chaplin 2-7 (3), Martyn Evans 2-22 (10), Jacksyn Mann 2-31 (10), David Adams 1-11 (5), Brad Ransley 1-24 (8.5), Josh Bomford 1-37 (9).

Monday, January 19, 2015

Successful year for community radio

THE annual general meeting of community radio station Tyga FM last month heard of a successful fifth year of operations, including outside broadcasts from the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival and the New Norfolk Christmas Parade.

"A report was given of the successes we have had through the year including outside broadcasts, thanks to our excellent tech team," president Bruce Lamb said. "We were one of the sponsors for the inaugural Country Music Muster at Boyer Oval that featured the Wolfe Brothers [and] there is another one coming in February 2015," he said.

Other highlights of the year included a trivia night at the New Norfolk Golf Club that raised more than $1000 and the successful completion of a Women in Community Media course by several members.

Future plans included the construction of an antennae on Peppermint Hill to boost the station's broadcasting range as well as the installation of satellite feed equipment. Mr Lamb thanked all the volunteers associated with the radio station and everyone else who had helped to make Tyga FM what it is today. "We look forward to a progressive and developmental year in 2015," he said.

Office-bearers elected at the December 18 meeting were:

  • President/ Public Officer : Bruce Lamb
  • Vice President: Scott Shaw
  • Secretary: Chifley Clarke
  • Treasurer: Cheryll McIntosh
  • Station Manager: Roz Chapman
  • Sponsorship Manager: Lexie Hayton

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Big month for local businesses

SEVERAL new businesses have opened at New Norfolk this month, a couple have closed, some have relocated and one has changed hands.

Circle St neighbours Maree's Kitchen and Ooh Lah Lay closed just before Christmas but already the space has been filled by a new barbershop (top photo) that will open this week. Two doors along, In A Dash is getting ready to start cooking up a storm.

The Spud Hut has opened in Burnett St, next door to the veterinary centre (middle photo). This business is offering locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables several days a week.

Meanwhile the former True Blue Real Estate and Ally's Emporium at 55 High St has reopened as Hand Made Emporium (bottom photo), providing a venue for local artisans and designers to display their wares. So far this includes abstract paintings, clothing, jewelry, artisan-wares, fabrics, goats milk soaps, candles, cards, cushions, photography, quilts and more.

In other business news, New Norfolk Timber has relocated from Stephen St to 4 Back River Rd and the former La Bella pizza in Burnett St is now trading as DJs Pizza.

Windy weather continues

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 10am on Sunday 18 January 2015
for the period until midnight Monday 19 January 2015.

Wind Warnings for today (Sunday, January 18)

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: 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 and Upper East Coast.

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.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Montagu St incident

POLICE, fire and ambulance crews are at the scene of an incident that has partially closed the western end of Montagu St in New Norfolk tonight.

Some traffic is diverting along Sharland Avenue, where caution is urged as part of that road is narrow and unsealed.

11pm update: The road is now clear.

Maydena cafe back in business

THE Maydena Adventure Hub Cafe re-opened yesterday. Petrol is also available once again, removing the need for a drive to Westerway for fuel.

Marine wind warnings

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warning

Issued at 10am on Friday 16 January 2015
for the period until midnight EDT Saturday 17 January 2015.

Wind Warnings for today (Friday, January 16)

  • Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Upper East Coast and Lower East Coast
  • Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes


Wind Warnings for Saturday, January 17

  • Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast and Upper East Coast
  • 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 Friday.

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

This weekend's cricket

SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION  
Round 13

All matches start at 10.30am

FIRST GRADE - Saturday
New Norfolk I v Wellington at Eady Street.

SECOND GRADE - Saturday
Gretna I v Sorell at Gretna.
Molesworth I v Wellington at Boyer Oval.
 
THIRD GRADE - Sunday
Bushy Park v St Virgil's at St Virgils.
Gretna II v Derwent at New Town High School.

FOURTH GRADE - Saturday
New Norfolk II v Rokeby at Tynwald Park.
 
FIFTH GRADE - Sunday
Molesworth II v St Aidans at Boyer Oval.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

They're back...


The TasNetworks helicopter flying
over New Norfolk this morning.
THE TasNetworks helicopter has returned to the skies above New Norfolk today for a second look at power lines surrounding the town.

Meanwhile the Mercury reports that helicopters were in demand yesterday to help dry out the cherry crops at a Derwent Valley orchard following the previous night's heavy rainfall.

More to do at Mt Field

THE discovery ranger program at Mt Field National Park resumes today (Thursday), with another roster of activities through until Sunday.

All activities are free but park entry fees apply. Programmed activities may change in adverse weather. An adult must accompany children under 12. Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities.  For more information contact Discovery Ranger Alex on 0428 407 598.

Thursday, January 15
11am – Ecology is Everything! Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a short nature walk and have your eyes opened to a new world at your feet. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
3pm – Feral Peril. Introduced animals and plants are a major threat to many iconic Tasmanian species. Learn how to identify and reduce these threats. Meet at the Interpretation Centre. (1 hr.)

Friday, January 16
10am-noon – Roving Ranger. The Discovery Ranger will be on the Russell Falls Track. Have all your Tassie wildlife questions answered, and get some local knowledge along the way.
3pm – Weird, Wild and Wonderful. Discover some of Australia’s spectacular and bizarre fauna with Discovery Ranger (and photographer) Alex. Meet at the Fagus Room. (1 hr.)

Saturday, January 17
11am – Really Big Trees. Get a new perspective on trees, landscape, big time, the history and future of humanity and your place within it. Meet at the Tall Trees Car Park. (1.5hrs.)
3pm – Art in the Bush. Discover your inner artist using natural materials to make temporary works of spiritual expression. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)

Sunday, January 18
11am – Falling Water, Falling Trees. Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a guided natural history walk to Russell Falls. Meet outside the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
3pm – Creepy Crawlies. Invertebrates are bizarre and beautiful, fascinating and sometimes fearsome. Join this remarkable presentation in the Fagus Room at the Visitor Centre. (1hr.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Latest cricket results

SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Derwent Valley matches
Round 12

IN first grade cricket last Saturday, New Norfolk I went down to Rokeby in a thriller at Tynwald Park. Needing five runs from the last over and then two from the final ball with one wicket in hand, the Rokeby batsman skied the ball just beyond the reach of the fieldsmen to claim victory. Red Caps captain Rohan Heron led the way with 52 runs and three wickets while Adrian Eiszele again got amongst the runs with 32. Jamie Maddox and Josh Rowlands bowled very well taking two wicket each.

In second grade on Saturday, Gretna I made it two wins in a row knocking off ladder leaders Richmond/Cambridge by six wickets at Richmond. The home side was bowled out for 162 which was due to some great bowling from Corey Ransley 3-25 from 10 overs and the Craig Cunningham who took 3 for 11 off 10 overs in a superb spell of bowling. At one stage Cunningham's figures were 2-0 from six overs. Yes, six maidens in a row and he finished with seven in total. Two of his victims were caught and bowled and Craig even managed a run out in the field and then made 12 runs with the bat. A real day out to say the least! Mathew Burns got back to the form he is known for with 64 while Rhys Browning continues to get amongst the runs remaining 39 not out. Well done to Tom Allcock on playing his 50th match for Gretna I.

In the other Second grade match, Molesworth I got back on the winners list with a 30-run win over Geilston Bay. Brad Coppleman has been in great form this season and again top-scored with 66 while Jake King gave great support with 47. With the ball it was Jamie Adams with 3-19 and Brayden Hodge 2-12 from nine overs doing the damage while Sam Triffitt also picked up two wickets.

Bushy Park continued on its merry way in third grade, thrashing Campania by six wickets on Sunday. It was the Troy Smith and Mitchell Crosswell show, with Smith taking 4-10 and making 18 runs while Crosswell also took four wickets and top-scored with 43. Nathan Grant also did well taking two wickets. With only six rounds remaining, Bushy Park is looking like a very outfit for a good finals campaign.

Meanwhile Gretna II kept its finals hopes alive with a good 48-run win over Weily Park. The Gretna batsmen did a great job with Aaron Maddox top-scoring with 77 while openers Damien Hack 41 and Bruce Emery 27 gave the team a great start. Brian Smith as always did his bit with 33. With the ball Luke Crosswell and Jackson Ackerly took three wickets each. Special mention to Aaron Maddox and Brock Nichols for their great figures - they didn't bowl a single extra between them.
 
Thanks to some fine bowling from Brad Kemmler 3-22 from 10 overs and great batting by Aaron Drew 72, New Norfolk II had a great four-wicket win over Old Beach in fourth grade on Sunday. All-rounder Josh Walsh chipped in with 1-21 from 10 overs and a 19 not out in what was a great day for the younger Red Caps.
 
In fifth grade on Saturday, Molesworth II went down to Sandford by six wickets. Young Jye County was the stand out, making 28 with the bat and bowling superbly to collect 3-11 off nine overs.
 
SCORES
FIRST GRADE - Saturday
Rokeby 9 for 215 off 50 overs d New Norfolk I 9 for 214 off 50 overs (28 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk I - batting: Rohan Heron 52 (8x4s), Adrian Eiszele 32 (4x4s), David Maddox 24, Jarrod Browning 22, Jamie Maddox 17, Leigh Berry 13, Richard Graham 10. New Norfolk I - bowling: Rohan Heron 3-51 (8), Jamie Maddox 2-21 (10), Josh Rowlands 2-23 (10), Ashley Morgan 1-35 (6), Jamie Hill 1-43 (6).

SECOND GRADE - Saturday
Gretna I 4 for 164 off 35 overs (30 extras) d Richmond/Cambridge 8 for 162 off 50 overs (23 extras) at Richmond. Gretna I - batting: Mathew Burns 64, Rhys Browning 39 not out, Craig Cunningham 12. Gretna I - bowling: Craig Cunningham 3-11 (10), Corey Ransley 3-25 (10).

Molesworth 10 for 182 off 44.1 (13 extras) d Geilston Bay 10 for 152 off 40.3 overs at Geilston Bay. Molesworth I - batting: Brad Coppleman 66 (6x4s), Jake King 47 (5x4s, 1x6), Cody Neads 19, Daniel Adams 10, Sam Triffitt 14. Molesworth I - bowling: Jamie Adams 3-19 (4), Brayden Hodge 2-13 (9), Sam Triffitt 2-17 (4), Brad Coppleman 1-11 (5), Nathan Eiszele 1-28 (7.3), Josh Ransley 1-46 (9).

THIRD GRADE - Sunday
Bushy Park 4 for 97 off 22 overs (11 extras) d Campania 10 for 96 off 30.3 overs (23 extras) at Bushy Park Showgrounds. Bushy Park - batting: Mitchell Crosswell 43, Troy Smith 18, Dylan Grant 13 not out. Bushy Park - bowling: Troy Smith 4-10 (5.3), Mitchell Crosswell 4-28 (10), Nathan Grant 2-33 (10).

Gretna II 7 for 217 off 50 overs (23 extras) d Weily Park 10 for 169 off 45.2 overs (31 extras) at Gretna. Gretna II - batting: Aaron Maddox 77 (8x4s, 1x6), Damien Hack 41 (5x4s), Brian Smith 33 (4x4s), Bruce Emery 27. Gretna II - bowling: Luke Crosswell 3-22 (10), Jackson Ackerly 3-41 (9.2), Zac Crosswell 2-61 (10), Aaron Maddox 1-10 (6), Brock Nichols 1-16 (10).

FOURTH GRADE - Sunday
New Norfolk II 6 for 159 off 42 overs (24 extras) d Old Beach 7 for 158 off 50 overs (31 extras) at Old Beach. New Norfolk II batting: Aaron Drew 72, Josh Walsh 19 not out, Zane Nossiter 13no, Nathan Rice 10, Brendan Skelly 10. New Norfolk II - bowling: Brad Kemmler 3-22 (10), Josh Walsh 1-21 (10), Mitchell Rice 1-27 (10), Nathan Rice 1-31 (8), Aaron Drew 1-35 (10). 

FIFTH GRADE - Saturday
Sandford 4 for 124 off 33.1 overs d Molesworth II 10 for 123 off 31 overs (30 extras) at Sandford. Molesworth II - batting: Jye County 28 (6x4s), Jacksyn Mann 20, Brad Ransley 10, Nick Piuselli 10. Molesworth II - bowling: Jye County 3-11 (9), Josh Bomford 1-24 (3). 

Earlybird offer on country muster

ORGANISERS of the 2015 Derwent Valley Country Music Muster are offering a $5 discount on tickets purchased during January.

The music festival will be held at Boyer Oval, New Norfolk, from 11am on Saturday, February 28. The featured artists will be Amber Lawrence, BayLou, Zack Walsh & the Young Guns, Sarah Kate Landy, Bridget Pross and Goodfellas,

Tickets cost $35 for adults and $30 concession, while tickets for children aged 10 to 17 are $15. Accompanied children under 10 will be admitted free of charge. Until February 1 the earlybird prices of $30, $25 and $10 will apply.

Tickets are available from 56 High St, New Norfolk, or by calling 6261 2888 or from the muster website. A $5.50 booking fee applies to online and telephone sales and these tickets will be delivered by registered mail.

The country music muster is an initiative of the New Norfolk Lions Club, New Norfolk District Football Club, Molesworth Cricket Club and Tyga FM. More information including video clips of the featured artists is available from derwentvalleymuster.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Road weather alert

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


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

Issued at 4:29pm on Tuesday 13 January 2015.

Reduced visibility in heavy rain will make road conditions dangerous during Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of the North East, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts. In addition heavy falls may lead to some localised flash flooding.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police..

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Tuesday.


Wind Warning for Wednesday

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, East of Flinders Island, South East Coast and South West Coast

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.

Chopper mystery solved

THE low-lying helicopter in the sky over New Norfolk this morning was conducting power line and bushfire hazard inspections, the Mercury reports. More here.

Rise and shine

A Reader Asks:

"So who decided that New Norfolk people sleep too long and needed a helicopter to wake them up today?"

Monday, January 12, 2015

Council meeting this Thursday

THE third monthly meeting of the new-look Derwent Valley Council will be held at 6.30pm this Thursday in the courthouse in Circle St, New Norfolk. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda documents are available online and in hardcopy from the council chambers.

Formal council meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month. Informal workshops are held at 6.30pm on the first, second and fourth Thursday of the month and the public is invited to attend for the first 30 minutes of each.

Latest look at Woolies

The development site yesterday.
WHILE the current Woolworths store in New Norfolk is still looking a little worse for wear following the recent ram-raid, it's a a happier sight at the construction site across the road where work is continuing at a rapid pace on the new supermarket.

One entrance to the existing supermarket remains boarded up and awaiting repairs following the December 16 burglary. Meanwhile the development site in George St is a hive of industrial activity.

The work has extended beyond the former oval site and spilled out into the street which has been reconstructed to cope with the anticipated increased traffic. Line markings and a pedestrian refuge are now in place. A permanent boundary fence has also gone up on the southern side of the site, separating it from the former hospital wards next door.

This week's Derwent Valley Council meeting is expected to call for specifications for the reconstruction of the steep and narrow corner of George and Stephen Sts and converting that section into a one-way road heading away from the supermarket. That project has been funded in this year's council budget.

The new supermarket will have parking for 242 cars.

The view across the newly reconstructed section of George St, New Norfolk. 

The view from the corner of George St and The Avenue, New Norfolk.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Medical airlift from Plenty

TASMANIA Police advise that a rescue helicopter was called to perform a medical evacuation from a private property at Plenty near New Norfolk at 12.07pm today. A man had received serious leg injuries and has been airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Picnic weekend at Mt Field

THERE will be much to see and do at Mt Field National Park this weekend as the summer ranger program reaches the half-way point. The Mt Field Picnic Weekend will feature discovery tables, photographic presentations and guided walks. Check the whiteboard at the Visitor Centre for the weather-dependent activities with the Discovery Ranger.

The summer discovery ranger program operates in many of our national parks, connecting visitors to our parks, beaches and remote places and learning what is great about our island state, with messages that encourage children and adults to protect these beautiful places.

Mt Field National Park is about an hour’s drive from Hobart and half an hour from New Norfolk. Discovery Ranger Alex Dudley has been leading activities including as tree walks, children's activity events, bug detective and guided tours around Lake Dobson.

Discovery Ranger Alex Dudley at work.
A ranger since 1990, Alex has found himself working throughout Tasmania with the Discovery Ranger Program. He believes his love of nature is a gift that can be enthusiastically and willingly shared with others to generate joy. “I enjoy the challenges and rewards of introducing people to the natural world, of demystifying nature's connections while enhancing the wonder of what may be seen as the mundane," he said. “I enjoy sharing my own passion for the little miracles of the everyday, and sneakily encouraging responsibility in the package of a newfound connection to a place and its inhabitants, and opening eyes of strangers to the magical world we inhabit. In short, I love sharing the wonder which is what has kept me returning over so many years,” Alex said.

NRM South supports the work of the Discovery Rangers, in particular messages related to biosecurity and protecting our amazing wild places from pests and disease. Dr Magali Wright of NRM South will be visiting Mt Field and surrounds this summer to experience the diversity of landscapes and the native plants and animals that they support, such as platypus in the Tyenna River, tree ferns in rainforest gullies and beautiful alpine tarns.

“Mt Field National Park and surrounds are a great destination from Hobart, as you can see so much in a single day trip. The Discovery Rangers do an amazing job in helping visitors connect with natural environment and encouraging responsible enjoyment of Tasmania’s wonderful natural places," Dr Wright said.

On the way to or from Mt Field visitors can stop at Derwent Valley winery cellar doors, New Norfolk's various attractions including its antique shops, the Salmon Ponds, Redlands Estate, Westerway Raspberry Farm and Two Metre Tall Brewery just to name a few. Lovely Maydena is worth a visit for a ride on the Railtrack Rider, which has also branched out to National Park. There are even great places to cool off at the Maydena, Bushy Park and New Norfolk swimming pools.

The Discovery Rangers environmental engagement and community outreach program is now in its 36th year and reaches more than 30,000 people each summer.  Activities range from the ageless rockpool rambles and guided walks, to quiz nights and wonder tables. They are suitable for all ages and provide a fantastic opportunity for the community to enjoy their local national parks, reserves and coastal areas with an experienced and passionate discovery ranger.

Click here for more information about visiting Mt Field National Park.

Mt Field summer ranger program

Saturday, January 10 & Sunday, January 11
Mt Field Picnic Weekend. A variety of interpretive presentations will be occurring throughout the
weekend, including discovery tables, photographic presentations and guided walks. Check the
whiteboard at the Visitor Centre for the weather-dependent activities with the Discovery Ranger.
3pm – Up the Creek. Tasmania’s waterways are generally healthy - but how healthy are they? Learn
how you can keep them pristine as you meet some of our aquatic friends. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
(1hr.)

Thursday, January 15
11am – Ecology is Everything! Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a short nature walk and have your eyes opened to a new world at your feet. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
3pm – Feral Peril. Introduced animals and plants are a major threat to many iconic Tasmanian species. Learn how to identify and reduce these threats. Meet at the Interpretation Centre. (1 hr.)

Friday 16th January
10am-noon – Roving Ranger. The friendly Discovery Ranger will be on the Russell Falls Track. Have all your Tassie wildlife questions answered, and get some local knowledge along the way.
3pm – Weird, Wild and Wonderful. Discover some of Australia’s spectacular and bizarre fauna with Discovery Ranger (and photographer) Alex. Meet at the Fagus Room. (1 hr.)

Full details are on the Parks and Wildlife Service websiteActivities are free, but a Park Pass is required for activities in the park. Wear appropriate clothing, sunblock, repellent and footwear. Activities may be cancelled in adverse weather (check with visitor centre staff). Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For further information about the program at Mt Field contact Discovery Ranger Alex on 0428 407 598.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lyell Highway temporary closure

A SECTION of the Lyell Highway between Pioneer Avenue and Hillside Crescent in New Norfolk will be closed to general traffic for two days to allow for essential maintenance works. These works will improve the condition and safety of the road and have involved milling the road surface, including the roundabout, to be followed by road sealing.

Part of the Lyell Highway (also called Montagu Crescent in this section), will be closed between Pioneer Avenue and Hillside Crescent from:

• 7am–5pm, Wednesday, January 7, and Thursday, January 8

Shane Gregory from the Department of State Growth said detours would be in place during these hours, and the road will be re-opened to traffic after 5pm.

"The works have been scheduled to minimise length of closure and potential disruption for residents and local businesses," Mr Gregory said. "Residential and pedestrian access along the footpath will be maintained, however residential traffic will be affected for a maximum of 30 minutes while sealing occurs, and we ask for people’s patience during this time," he said.

The $190,000 project started today and has been funded by the State Government. During the works period most traffic including heavy vehicles is being diverted via Pioneer Avenue.

Further information about the project can be found at www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/closures_delays

Cricket returns from Christmas break

SOUTHERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION
Derwent Valley matches
Round 11

NEW Norfolk I made it three wins on the trot by defeating Old Beach by 70 runs in first grade at the weekend. Veteran Adrian Eiszele continues to show you get better with age, hitting up his third successive half-century making 56. Josh Rowlands did very well with the ball taking 4-28 and Graeme "Snowy" Rowlands took 2-22 in his first match of the season.

Brad Coppleman has been in terrific form every week and once again got amongst the runs, making 94. Despite narrowly missing out on his third century of the season in Molesworth's second grade loss to Old Beach, Coppleman has now hit up 518 runs in his 10 innings so far, for an excellent average of 51.8.

After a big loss in round 10, Gretna I turned full circle to thrash Wellington by 152 runs. Leading the way were captain  Ben Rainbird and Mathew Burns who made 42 each.  It was an excellent effort from the bowlers, knocking over Wellington for just 77. Azza Maddox was the best of the bowlers with 3-27 from 8 overs.

Brock Nichols.
In third grade Bushy Park gave ladder leaders DOSA a cricket lesson, winning easily by seven wickets. All-rounder Mitch Crosswell smashed a quickfire 74 as Bushy Park reached the target of 163 off just 124 balls. Troy Smith was the best of the bowlers taking 3-21.

In the other third grade match, Gretna II went down to St Virgils by 60 runs. This didn't stop Brock Nichols who put in a good performance with the ball, taking 5-62 off 10 overs, Jackson Ackerly made a welcome return to form with the bat with a well made 50.

In fourth grade, New Norfolk up-and-comer Nathan Rice continues to show the older players how its done, taking a bag of wickets of 4-47 from 10 overs against the Knights. Rice also made 16 with the bat. Nice work.

In fifth grade, Molesworth II had a good win over St Annes by five wickets. Brett Hodge led the way with the bat with a good 53 not out. Jacksyn Mann was elevated to the captaincy and showed great leadership making 30 not out and taking 3-22 with the ball. Not a bad effort considering he has only just finished high school.

SCORES
FIRST GRADE - Sunday
New Norfolk I 10 for 206 off 39.4 overs (30 extras) d Old Beach 10 for 136 off 33.5 overs (20 extras) at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk I - batting: Adrian Eiszele 56 (9x4s), Rohan Heron 41, Glenn Williams 31 (3x4s, 1x6), Stewart Rice 19 (3x6s), Jamie Maddox 11, David Maddox 10.  New Norfolk I - bowling: Josh Rowlands 4-28 (8), Stewart Rice 2-22 (8), Graeme Rowlands 2-22 (4.5), Jamie Hill 1-5 (1).

SECOND GRADE - Sunday
Gretna I 6 for 229 off 50 overs (27 extras) d Wellington 10 for 77 off 24.3 overs at Gretna. Gretna I - batting: Ben Rainbird 42 (6x4s), Mathew Burns 42, Jack Gregson 32, Craig Cunningham 29, Tom Gregson 27 not out, Aaron Maddox 20 not out.  Gretna I - bowling: Aaron Maddox 3-27 (8), Daniel Browning 2-7 (4), Corey Ransley 2-37 (10), Craig Cunningham 1-5 (2.2).

Old Beach 7 for 215 off 47 overs (19 extras) d Molesworth I 9 for 214 off 50 overs (21 extras) at Old Beach. Molesworth I - batting: Brad Coppleman 94 (5x4s, 5x6s), Jamie Adams 29, Nathan Eiszele 20, Cody Neads 13. Molesworth I - bowling: Nathan Eiszele 3-34 (9), Brayden Hodge 2-35 (7), Jamie Adams 1-32 (7), Larry Menzie 1-34 (7).

THIRD GRADE - Saturday
Bushy Park 3 for 163 off 20.4 overs (15 extras) d DOSA 10 for 162 off 44.4 overs (31 extras) at Bushy Park Showgrounds. Bushy Park - batting: Mitch Crosswell 74 not out, Troy Smith 38, Dylan Grant 33no. Bushy Park - bowling: Troy Smith 3-21 (5.4), Dylan Grant 2-15 (5), Nick Fenton 2-31 (10), Blake Howlett 1-22 (5), Mitch Crosswell 1-24 (7), Nathan Grant 1-25 (9).

St Virgils 10 for 198 off 39 overs d Gretna II 10 for 138 off 42 overs (13 extras) at St Virgils. Gretna II - batting: Jackson Ackerly 50, Damien Hack 27, Brian Smith 22. Gretna II - bowling: Brock Nichols 5 for 62 (10), Adam Browning 3-39 (10), Jackson Ackerly 1-24 (7), Zac Crosswell 1-24 (6).
 
FOURTH GRADE - Saturday
Knights 8 for 246 off 50 overs ( 39 extras) d New Norfolk II 10 for 107 off 34.2 overs (14 extras) at Abbotsfield Park. New Norfolk II - batting: Brad Kemmler 31, Josh Walsh 24, Nathan Rice 16, Mitchell Rice 12. New Norfolk II - bowling: Nathan Rice 4-47 (10), Mitchell Rice 1-30 (10), Brad Kemmler 1-43 (10), Josh Walsh 1-53 (10), Nathon Heron 1-63 (10).
 
FIFTH GRADE - Saturday
Molesworth II 5 for 174 off 42.3 overs (37 extras) d St Annes 8 for 173 off 50 overs (44 extras) at Boyer Oval. Molesworth II - batting: Brett Hodge 53 not out, Jye County 31, Jacksyn Mann 30no, Jake Foster 11.  Molesworth II - bowling: Jacksyn Mann 3-22 (6), Kyle Walker 1-15 (5), Jack Evans 1-18 (5), Martyn Evans 1-21 (10), Jordan Eiszele 1-24 (6).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Youth group's LAN party

Click image to enlarge. More on Facebook.

Council to advertise for general manager

DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

THE Derwent Valley Council will advertise the position of general manager in accordance with the Local Government Act.

The present general manager's contract will expire at the end of June 2015. The council thanks Stephen Mackey for his 15 years of service and has advised him that he is welcome to reapply for the position when it is advertised.

A committee of councillors will meet shortly and will make a recommendation about the advertising process no later than the monthly meeting in February.

More fun at Mt Field

THE discovery ranger program at Mt Field National Park continues this week, but will take a break until Thursday.

Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities. All activities are free but park entry fees apply. Programmed activities may change in adverse weather. An adult must accompany children under 12. For more information contact Discovery Ranger Alex on 0428 407 598.

Thursday, January 8
10.30am – Falling Water, Falling Trees. Join Discovery Ranger Alex on a guided natural history walk to Russell Falls. Meet outside the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
3pm – Creepy Crawlies. Invertebrates are bizarre and beautiful, fascinating and sometimes fearsome. Join this remarkable photographic presentation in the Fagus Room at the Visitor Centre. (1hr.)

Friday, January 9
9.30am – Photographing Nature. Create lasting memories of your visit to Mt Field as you unlock the potential of your digital camera. Beginners welcome! Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitor Centre. (1 hr.)
3pm – Up the Creek. Tasmania’s waterways are generally healthy - but how healthy are they? Learn how you can keep them pristine as you meet some of our aquatic friends. Meet at the Visitor Centre. (1hr.)

Saturday & Sunday, January 11-12
Mt Field Picnic Weekend. A variety of interpretive presentations will be occurring throughout the weekend, including discovery tables, photographic presentations and guided walks. Check the whiteboard at the Visitor Centre for the weather-dependent activities with the Discovery Ranger.

Full details are on the Parks and Wildlife Service websiteActivities are free, but a Park Pass is required for activities in the park. Wear appropriate clothing, sunblock, repellent and footwear. Activities may be cancelled in adverse weather (check with visitor centre staff). Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For further information about the program at Mt Field contact Discovery Ranger Alex on 0428 407 598.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

And it's off again

INCREASING rainfall around 11pm was accompanied by another electricity supply failure in the greater New Norfolk area. Half of the town and several areas nearby returned to darkness at about 11.10pm.

TasNetworks reports outages in New Norfolk, Uxbridge, Mt Lloyd, Plenty, Lachlan, Molesworth and Moogara, with no indication of when supply will be restored. Black Hills is also without power and it appears this will not be rectified until Sunday morning. Once again the blackout has not affected Fairview.

The New Norfolk NEWS is calling it a night but anyone wanting updates can visit www.tasnetworks.com.au/your-property/outages

Storm knocks out power

PARTS of New Norfolk, Lachlan and Molesworth are without power following a blackout that coincided with a thunderstorm shortly after 8pm. Power supplier TasNetworks has not yet provided a timeline for reconnection.

8.40PM UPDATE: Parts of Uxbridge, Moogara, Plenty and Mt Lloyd have now lost power but the lights are still on at Fairview.

9.20 UPDATE: Power has been restored in New Norfolk and Molesworth. At Sorell Creek tonight's racing at the local speedway has been cancelled due to the heavy storm.

9.25 UPDATE: According to the TasNetworks website, power has been restored to all affected areas. On Twitter the company said 2500 homes in the Derwent Valley were blacked out. No reason has been given for the outage.

Hot day here already

GOOD afternoon New Norfolk, at noon the temperature has already hit 35 degrees at the nearest weather station at Bushy Park and it is just a few points below 37 degrees in New Norfolk (unofficial).
  • A fire weather warning remains in place for much of the state including the Derwent Valley.
  • A total fire ban has been declared for much of the state including the Derwent Valley until midnight tonight (Saturday).
Report any fires by calling triple zero (000) and listen to ABC local radio or visit the Tasmania Fire Service website (www.fire.tas.gov.au) to keep up to date with conditions.

The weather bureau forecasts a top temperature of 37 degrees at New Norfolk, with a 48% chance of rain late this afternoon and 71% chance of showers this evening. A cooler 24 degrees with an early shower or two is New Norfolk's forecast for tomorrow (Sunday).

Click below for detailed Derwent Valley weather forecasts.




Friday, January 2, 2015

Total fire ban tomorrow

DUE to hot weather conditions throughout today and forecasts for very high to severe fire weather for tomorrow, Tasmania Fire Service acting chief officer Gavin Freeman has declared a Total Fire Ban for the for southern and northern districts of Tasmania from midnight tonight (January 2) until midnight tomorrow (January 3).

"Tomorrow will see hot dry weather with forecast gusty winds of more than 50km/h in parts of the state. This will make any fire start difficult to control," Mr Freeman said.

"All Tasmanians are asked to take extra care. Machinery that emit sparks, such as mowers, slashers, grinders and other cutting tools are banned as this type of activity has the potential to start fires. Harvesting will be banned between 11am and 6pm on the day of the ban," he said.

"While the ban is in place please avoid non-essential water use. Turning off sprinkler systems and using hoses sparingly will help ensure that water is available for firefighting and protecting properties should it be required.

Mr Freeman said everyone living in and around the bush should review their bushfire survival plan now and be prepared to implement that plan if required. Details on how to prepare a bushfire survival plan, preparing your property for bushfires and other fire safety tips can be found from the front page of the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au

"There are significant penalties that can be imposed on anyone not adhering to the total fire ban restrictions," Mr Freeman said.

All fires should be reported by dialling triple zero (000).

Listen to ABC local radio or visit the TFS website (www.fire.tas.gov.au) to keep up to date with conditions.

General Advice on a Day of Total Fire Ban

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