Sunday, May 31, 2015

Winter arrives on cue

The scene on the jeep track to the Mt Mawson ski field today.
WINTER has arrived right on cue at the Mt Mawson ski field at Mt Field National Park, writes Peter Davis on the Mt Mawson blog.

On the eve of the first day of winter, Mt Mawson certainly delivered, as this photo shows. "It was a spectacular cold day, with snow showers throughout the day. A light covering added to the drifts left from a couple of weeks ago – it all augurs well for the coming season," Mr Davis wrote.

"The temperature remained sub-zero all day, but this did not deter a number of tourists and visitors from heading up to Lake Dobson to enjoy the fresh snow. Expect more light snowfalls to low levels over the next couple of days," he said.

Keep up to date with the snow news by following the Mt Mawson blog.

Big crowd for morning tea

Part of the morning tea crowd at the RSL Club.
ABOUT 250 people attended the Can Hope Cancer Support Group's Big Morning Tea on Thursday, raising about $4000.

Held around the country in May and June, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea will be held at nearly 29,000 locations to raise funds for cancer research and support.

The New Norfolk event was once again held in the function room at the RSL Club, with the tables well attended for more than two hours. Among those attending were several busloads of visitors from Corumbene and other nursing homes.

Donations can still be made at www.biggestmorningtea.com.au

Sunday-Monday road weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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

Issued at 4:15pm on Sunday 31 May 2015.

Snow covered roads above 300 metres will make driving conditions dangerous during Sunday and Monday in parts of the North West Coast, Western, Central Plateau, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

The road weather alert for the Midlands forecast district has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts will be issued if necessary.

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

The next alert will be issued by 11pm Sunday.

Yesterday's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 25.20 (170) d Brighton 8.4 (52)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 4.8 (32) dw Brighton 3.14 (32)

COLTS: New Norfolk 10.8 (68) d Lauderdale 9.5 (59)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Severe weather warning for Saturday

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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

Issued at 9:54pm on Friday 29 May 2015.
For western, southern and eastern Tasmania, south of a line from Smithton to Oatlands to Bicheno.

Weather Situation: A cold front approaching Tasmania from the west will cross the state on Saturday afternoon.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS 50 to 55 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for Saturday for the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the North West Coast, Central Plateau, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts. Damaging winds are expected to commence late on Saturday morning and ease by late afternoon. Soft ground due to recent heavy rain about western parts of the state may cause trees to fall quite easily in strong winds.

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

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

The next warning will be issued by 5am Saturday.


Marine Wind Warnings for Saturday, May 30

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Central North Coast and Lower 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 5am Saturday.

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

Eagles host Brighton at Boyer tomorrow

SFL Season 2015
Round 7 Preview

New Norfolk v Brighton at Boyer Oval

By BEN HARRISON
NEW Norfolk is back at home to host the Brighton Robins tomorrow (Saturday) and as much as the ladder positions suggest this game could be close, New Norfolk’s form looks a different level to every other team in the competition. Fourth-placed Brighton is impressive and much improved but this task seems a huge ask as the Robins' strongest form line is at home.

Jacob Daley has been in outstanding form for New Norfolk and Zeke Gardam has been able to find the goals with 30 for the season and he will be the key target for the Brighton defenders to shut down.

New Norfolk appears to be too strong at home in this one, and following what might be a competitive first half it seems as though the Eagles will prove to have too much class for Brighton and pull away to win comfortably after half-time.

Form player to watch:  Jacob Daley (New Norfolk).

Prediction: New Norfolk by 83 points.

State Budget allocations for the Derwent Valley

THE Tasmanian Government budget for the 2015-16 was handed down in State Parliament yesterday. It appears that the only specific allocations for the Derwent Valley are:

  • New Norfolk High School and Glenora District School extension to Year 12 in partnership (costings not detailed)
  • New Norfolk Marina: $300,000 (2014 election promise)
  • Derwent Valley Community Centre: $25,000 (presumably the Derwent Valley Community House allocation from the 2014 election promise of $1.8 million for Neighbourhood and Community Houses)

At first glance there seems to be nothing in the budget for the major issues of Willow Court or the Bridgewater Bridge.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Council's new general manager named

Greg Winton
A MAN with extensive experience in local government in regional areas has today been named the incoming general manager for the Derwent Valley Council. Mayor Martyn Evans told a council staff meeting late this afternoon that Greg Winton had been selected to lead the council's administration.

“From a strong field of candidates, we conducted a thorough recruitment process with assistance from consulting company KPMG and determined Greg had the skills and experience we were seeking from the 66 applications received for the role,” Councillor Evans said.

Mr Winton's background includes 11 years as general manager of the Circular Head Council, six years at Waratah-Wynyard Council, and most recently, one year as interim general manager of the West Coast Council. At the time of Mr Winton's departure from the Waratah-Wynyard Council last year, Mayor Robby Walsh said he had been with that council since 2008 and had developed a number of initiatives that put the council in a sound position.

In a statement released by the council, Mr Winton said he was looking forward to moving to the Derwent Valley and would work hard for strategic, future-focused and positive outcomes in the years ahead. His focus would be on working with the council and the community to support the delivery of high quality local services. “Building strong relationships with other levels of government and neighbours in the region will assist in making the Derwent Valley a more front of mind destination for visitors and additional economic investment also,” Mr Winton said.

Cr Evans said the new general manager would receive an annual salary package of $190,000 including all entitlements, plus a laptop computer and up to $7000 per annum for communications, conferences and memberships.

The mayor also acknowledged the long service of the outgoing general manager, Stephen Mackey. “On behalf of past and present councillors, council staff and the community, I wish Stephen well and sincerely thank him for his contribution over the past 15 years to our community,” he said. While speaking at the staff meeting Cr Evans described Mr Mackey as a friend and mentor to many members of the staff. Mr Mackey's term as general manager ends on June 30 after a two-week handover to Mr Winton.

Two wins at Dodges Ferry

SFL Season 2015 
Round 6 Review

By BEN HARRISON
DODGES Ferry played host to New Norfolk whose form after Round 1 of the season was a frightening proposition to any team in the competition. At quarter time on Saturday New Norfolk had a great start and led by 24 points.

The Sharks faithful would have been hoping for a more committed effort in the second quarter but they were disappointed as a five goal quarter to two opened up the whole game the Eagles way and at half time the margin had blown out with New Norfolk leading by 43 points.

The gap proved too wide for the Sharks to mount a comeback and the pattern didn’t alter much for the rest of the afternoon as by the final break the lead was 70 points to New Norfolk with the final margin increasing as the Derwent Valley juggernaut rolled on as the Eagles won by 125 points.

Jacob Daley was best on ground and Zeke Gardam had a great game with seven goals for New Norfolk. For Dodges Ferry it was once again left to evergreen Jamie Curran who finished with two goals and was the Sharks best player on the day.

In the reserves it was New Norfolk victorious by 113 points

SENIORS
New Norfolk 6.2 (38) 11.4 (70) 19.8 (122) 28.10 (178)
Dodges Ferry 2.2 (14) 4.3 (27) 8.4 (52) 8.5 (53)
Goals - New Norfolk: Z. Gardam 7, C. Wilson 4, M. Horne 3, B. Booth 3, R. Heron 2, J. Wigg 2, N. Clayton 2, T. Rainbird 2, B. Chaplin, R. Belcher, L. Joseph; Dodges Ferry: J. Scott 2, J. Curran 2, B. Jackson, B. Dolliver, L. Fazackerley, S. Kennedy.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Daley, T. Rainbird, B. Chaplin, C. Wilson, Z. Gardam, N. Ross; Dodges Ferry: J. Curran, J. Godden, M. Cusick, M. Hughes, J. Scott, J. White.

RESERVES
New Norfolk 5.3 (33) 11.4 (70) 15.4 (94) 20.9 (129)
Dodges Ferry 0.1 (1) 1.2 (8) 2.3 (15) 2.4 (16)
Goals - New Norfolk: T. Triffett 8, B. Chaplin 3, N. Lester 2, J. Duggan 2, J. Van-Lierop 2, D. Triffett, A. Minchin, B. Ransley; Dodges Ferry: M. Charlesworth, M. Fazackerley.
Best - New Norfolk: N. Lester, T. Triffett, P. Ling, A. Minchin, S. Rogers, J. Banks-Smith; Dodges Ferry: H. Davis, M. Fazackerley, M. Wiggins, R. Wright, J. Lockley, M. Hammer.

COLTS
Glenorchy 2.0 (12) 9.3 (57) 11.7 (73) 15.9 (99)
New Norfolk  3.2 (20) 3.2 (20)   4.2 (26)   6.3 (39)
Goals - Glenorchy: T. Goodsell 3, H. Gunther 3, A. Blair 2, T. Williams-Wheeler, B. Bester, J. Farrow, Z. Baynton, K. Phillips, F. Rose, J. Males; New Norfolk: N. Wakefield 3, J. Eiszele 2, J. Whitford-Marriott.
Best - Dodges Ferry: T. Williams-Wheeler, F. Rose, D. West, J. Farrow, W. Atkin, N. Percey; New Norfolk: H. Bielleman, T. Oates, D. Smith, R. Wakefield, N. Wakefield, Z. Crosswell.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Gordon River roadworks

DRAINAGE works along Gordon River Rd between Mt Field and Maydena will result in lane closures and minor disruptions between 8am and 5pm until Friday this week.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yesterday's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk  28.10 (178) d Dodges Ferry 8.5 (53)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 20.9 (129) d Dodges Ferry 2.4 (16)

COLTS: New Norfolk v Glenorchy, scores unavailable.

Monday frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Frost Warning
for the Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts

Issued at 4.45pm on Sunday 24 May 2015. 

Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees 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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today's footy preview

SFL Season 2015
Round 6 Preview

Dodges Ferry v New Norfolk at Shark Park

By BEN HARRISON
DODGES Ferry heads back to home to Shark Park today (Saturday) with the massive task of taking on the New Norfolk Eagles who are beginning to look unstoppable after only five rounds.

Dodges Ferry will need to attempt a simple approach to its game plan and have every one of its 22 selected players try to beat their opponent. However, it would be a courageous and loyal Sharks supporter who would be confident of their players being able to compete with the powerful Eagles and their star goal kicker Zeke Gardam and the SFL’s new number one swingman Rohan Heron who is dominating at either end of the ground would be the hardest tasks on the ground going on current form.

New Norfolk looks way too good and a 10-goal margin is expected in this one.

Form player to watch: Rohan Heron, New Norfolk

Friday, May 22, 2015

Robbery on the walking track

TASMANIA POLICE


Footpath Robbery at New Norfolk

Detectives from Bridgewater CIB are investigating a robbery against a man which occurred in New Norfolk last night A 21-year-old man was walking along the Scenic Track at about 7pm between Humphrey St and The Avenue when he was approached by three young males while another two young men watched on.

One of the youths assaulted the man by striking him with what was believed to be a metal star picket. As a result, the man fell over and the boys were able to remove $250 from the man’s wallet. The young males then fled the area in the direction of The Avenue and Lower Rd.

Detectives and local police searched the immediate area but were unable to locate the alleged offenders who are described as being about 15-17 years old, small builds, and wearing mostly black clothing. The person responsible for assaulting the man was wearing a black hoodie-style jumper with a skull on the front face of the hood.

The youths are believed to have left on foot and may have been observed in the general area surrounding The Avenue at New Norfolk around 7pm on Thursday.

Senior Constable Fred Nyhouse said anyone with information relating to this matter was asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 referencing OR 513535.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friday frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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

Issued at 4pm on Thursday 21 May 2015.

Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees are forecast for Friday morning in parts of the Central North, 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.

Fire at Boyer Oval

THE press box at Boyer Oval has gone up in a spectacular fire that could be seen from many parts of New Norfolk about an hour ago.

The fire was first reported at 10.18am and the fireball was seen by many people from the opposite side of the river.

There are reports that minor damage has been done to the grandstand next to the press box, which was used by match-day commentators and timekeepers as well as for some storage.

The Mercury has more here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Town water plan for Bushy Park

A MEETING will be held tonight (Wednesday) to discuss the introduction of a modern water supply at Glenora and Bushy Park. Residents of the area have been invited to attend a meeting at 7pm in the Glenora District High School gymnasium to hear the final proposal from TasWater after a decade of discussion.

The water company recently approved a project to upgrade nearby Gretna’s drinking water supply to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The project, which will connect Gretna into the Lake Fenton Pipeline, provides an opportunity for TasWater to connect Bushy Park and Glenora into the system if there is enough community support.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bombers crash at Boyer

SFL Season 2015 
Round 4 Review

By BEN HARRISON
FROM the start of the clash between New Norfolk and the East Coast Bombers on Saturday it appeared in the first quarter that spectators in the Boyer crowd were in for a real first versus second encounter as at quarter time it was the Eagles holding a slender 10-point lead.

However, in the following three quarters New Norfolk showed why it has been the dominant side of the SFL competition in recent years, going on a rampage kicking 19 goals to one solitary Bombers major.

East Coast went into the match as ladder leader and was previously undefeated this season but as the second term progressed the bigger bodies of the New Norfolk forward line came into play as most of the quarter was spent inside the Eagles forward 50 and they kicked away to a 45-point lead at the long break. It wasn’t just on the scoreboard that the Bombers were getting hurt, as injury began to play a role with East Coast having no fit players through the interchange bench after half time.

For the Eagles, Rohan Heron kicked five goals all in the final quarter and Zeke Gardam kicked four majors to go six goals clear at the top of the SFL goal kicking tally.

New Norfolk coach Caden Wilson told the Mercury after the game “To East Coast’s credit their first half pressure was great, but gradually as the game went on we began to get on top and played the footy we wanted to play.”

New Norfolk also won the Reserves game by 122 points but in the Under 18 Youth League Sandy Bay defeated New Norfolk by 25 points

SENIORS
New Norfolk 2.6 (18) 7.12 (54) 12.17 (89) 21.24 (150)
East Coast    1.2 (8) 1.3 (9) 2.7 (19) 2.8 (20)
Goals - New Norfolk: R. Heron 5, Z. Gardam 4, N. Clayton 3, C. Wilson 3, S. Bonnitcha 2, L. Joseph, B. Wardlaw, M. Horne, R. Belcher; East Coast: C. Baker , J. Eaton.
Best - New Norfolk: M. Horne, B. Wardlaw, C. Wilson, N. Clayton, S. Moles, P. Ross; East Coast: C. Hutchison, T. Giffard, B. Morrisby, M. Walker, B. Palmer.

RESERVES
New Norfolk 5.4 (34) 9.10 (64) 12.15 (87) 19.21 (135)
East Coast     2.0 (12) 2.0 (12) 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Van-Lierop 5, T. Triffett 5, J. Banks-Smith, J. Adams, J. Kelly, D. Triffett, J. Duggan, J. Murray, B. King, B. Ransley, L. Browning; East Coast: J. Kopra, H. Triffett.
Best - New Norfolk: L. Browning, J. Van-Lierop, N. Lester, T. Triffett, S. Fenton, J. Banks-Smith; East Coast: D. Bell, D. Mead, J. Baker, H. Triffett, W. McNamara, P. Turner.

COLTS
Sandy Bay     2.6 (18) 5.9 (39) 7.12 (54) 10.12 (72)
New Norfolk 1.2 (8) 3.5 (23) 4.8 (32) 6.11 (47)
Goals - Sandy Bay: H. Dudgeon 2, S. Kenny 2, R. Blakers 2, A. Bastick 2, J. Hudson, P. O'Keefe;
New Norfolk: J. Eiszele 2, N. Wakefield 2, B. Chaplin, S. Upton.
Best - Sandy Bay: R. Witte, J. Denehey, J. Higginbotham, P. O'Keefe, H. Johnstone, S. Kenny; New Norfolk: N. Wakefield, J. Morgan, J. Mann, H. Bielleman, B. Hyland, D. Smith.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Colder night and more frost tomorrow

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Frost Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley and Midlands forecast districts


Issued at 3:29pm on Sunday 17 May 2015.

Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees 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.

Yesterday's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 21.24 (150) d  East Coast 2.8 (20)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 19.21 (135) d East Coast 2.1 (13)

COLTS: Playing today (Sunday) against Sandy Bay



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Valley frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Frost Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley forecast district

Issued at 3:04pm on Saturday 16 May 2015.

Please be aware 
Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degrees are forecast for Sunday morning in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley forecast district.

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Norfolk cricketers celebrate season 2014-15

ALL-ROUNDER Stewart Rice was the stand out at the New Norfolk Cricket Club's annual trophy dinner recently. Rice collected five trophies including the top award of Club Champion - the Lyn Harris Memorial Trophy.

The night was attended by 45 guests including 10 life members and during the presentations life membership was bestowed on current player Rohan Heron who has captained New Norfolk I for the past two seasons. The Heron name has a big association at the New Norfolk Cricket Club. Rohan's father Glenn is the club treasurer and a life member, while brother Nathan also plays. Congratulations Paddles, your award is thoroughly deserved.

The club thanked all players, supporters and trophy donors for making the night possible, as well as all sponsors who supported the club this summer.

Trophy Winners
New Norfolk I (First Grade) - batting aggregate: Stewart Rice 399 runs; batting average: Adrian Eiszele 34.27; bowling aggregate: Stewart Rice 23 wickets; bowling average: Stewart Rice 22.13; most catches: Glen Williams 15 catches; best fielder: Jamie Hill 9 votes; club champion (Lyn Harris Memorial Trophy): Stewart Rice 805 points.

New Norfolk II (Fourth Grade) - batting aggregate: Aaron Drew 241 runs; batting average: Aaron Drew 30.13; bowling aggregate: Mitchell Rice 23 wickets; bowling average: Nathan Heron 18.62; most catches: Brendon Skelly 11 catches; best fielder: Trent Mayne 10 votes; best all-rounder: Mitch Rice 428 points; coaches award: Nathan Rice; best under 21: Joshua Walsh 546 points; best clubman (Charlie Eiszele perpetual Trophy): Jamie Hill.

Club awards - Life Membership: Rohan Heron; duck award: Kendall Bluett 6; encouragement award: Lokki Dootson; most improved: Trent Mayne; 100-plus runs in an innings: Jarrod Browning (4th Grade) 136 not out on 01/11/2014 v Old Beach; five wickets in an innings: Stewart Rice (1st Grade) 5-48 on 28/02/2015 v Campania, Joshua Rowlands (1st Grade) 5-7 on 7/11/2014 v Molesworth, Zane Nossiter (4th Grade) 6-19 on 1/02/2015 v City 6-19.

WADE GLEESON

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marine wind warnings continue

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

MARINE WIND WARNINGS

Issued at 4.06 pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015
for the period until midnight EST Wednesday 13 May 2015.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 12 May
Gale 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, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Wednesday 13 May
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Channel, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island and Central West 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 5am Wednesday.

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

Warning to sheep graziers

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

WARNING TO SHEEP GRAZIERS
for the Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast and King Island forecast districts

Issued at 10.08pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and southwesterly winds are expected during Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast and King Island forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Wednesday.

Cabinet meets the community at New Norfolk

Mayor Martyn Evans and Premier Will Hodgman
STATE Cabinet met at New Norfolk this morning before reconvening with several government backbenchers for a "regional cabinet" meeting with the Derwent Valley Council.

Six councillors and general manager Stephen Mackey held a brief meeting with the government representatives, during which Mayor Martyn Evans spoke about the opportunities for the Derwent Valley and the council's priorities. Premier Will Hodgman responded and then invited councillors to raise any concerns.

Despite the wet and windy weather, it was decided to pair each councillor with a cabinet minister for site visits to areas of importance. With only limited time, these visits were restricted to the local area but included the New Norfolk Hospital, Willow Court, Frescati House, Derwent Valley Community House, the Esplanade, New Norfolk Rowing Club, Derwent Valley Railway and Glenora Rd.

Between 1 and 2pm about 70 community, business and sporting leaders joined the government members and councillors for further discussions over lunch at the New Norfolk RSL Club with catering by the Magra CWA.

Road weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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

Issued at 4pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

Snow covered roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Tuesday evening and Wednesday, with snow to as low as 500 metres tonight and to 300 metres Wednesday morning before then rising. Areas affected include parts of the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, 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 11pm Tuesday.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tuesday weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS FOR DAMAGING WINDS
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 9.48pm on Monday 11 May 2015.

For all of Tasmania.

Weather Situation: An intense low pressure system will move to the south of Tasmania on Tuesday, with two associated cold fronts to cross the state during the day.

DAMAGING WEST to NORTHWEST WINDS 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for all of Tasmania on Tuesday, commencing about the Bass Strait Islands and western parts of the state during the early morning, extending statewide during the day and tending southwesterly in the afternoon. Damaging winds are expected to contract to the far southeast on Tuesday 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 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.


WARNING TO SHEEP GRAZIERS
for the Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast and King Island forecast districts

Issued at 9.49pm on Monday 11 May 2015.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Tuesday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast and King Island forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.


WIND WARNINGS FOR TUESDAY
Gale 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, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West 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 5am Tuesday.

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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Snow affected roads

TASMANIA POLICE


Snow affected roads

Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 3:08 pm
  • The Lyell Highway from Ouse through to Derwent Bridge is open but motorist should proceed with caution
  • Lyell Highway from Derwent Bridge through to Queenstown.  Access to 4WD only due to heavy snow.
  • The Lake Dobson Track is open to 4WD and 2WD  with chains only.  Extreme caution should be taken
  • Lake Secondary Road is open to 4WD and 2WD with chains only
For updates: Tasmania Police.

More Heritage Month activities at Willow Court

The Friends of Willow Court & the Derwent Valley Players present:

CONFLICT & CONSEQUENCES



  • Dr Meyers at Frascati: A play set in 1853 when Dr Meyer was the Medical Superintendent of the Asylum at New Norfolk.
  • Conflict & Consequences:  A display which gives insight into Willow Court’s relationship to Australia’s military history.



When:      16th & 17th of May, 2015
                  Dr Meyers play 1 pm each day (arrive earlier for a 1 pm start)
                  Conflict & Consequences display 10 – 4 each day

Where:     The play - Frascati House garden, the Avenue Willow Court New Norfolk
                  The display - The Lodge, entry via Humphrey St, New Norfolk

Cost:

  • Play and Display: Adults $25, children 12 and under $10, including afternoon tea. Also includes entry to the display.
  • Play without entry to display: Adults $20, children 12 and under $10 (includes afternoon tea).
  • Display: Adults $5, children 12 and under $2.

   
Bookings for play to Derwent Valley Council 6261 8500, door sales available.

Valley road weather alert

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

Issued at 10:03 am EST on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Snow covered roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Thursday in parts of the Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

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

The next alert will be issued by 5pm Thursday.

TASMANIA POLICE ROAD ADVICE
9.08am: Marlbourough Road at Bronte Park is closed through to Miena to all vehicles due to snow coverage.
8.20am: Police advise that there is currently a significant snow coverage on Highland Lakes Road, extending from approximately 20mm south of Waddamana to north of Great Lake. Motorists should avoid travelling on this road unless using snow chains or 4WD. Highland Lakes Road at the northern end and Poatina Road at intersection with Highland Lakes Road has snow cover and is accessible by 4WD only with caution.
For updates: Tasmania Police.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Windy Wednesday but fewer warnings

TODAY'S weather warnings for the Derwent Valley from the Bureau of Meteorology:

MARINE WIND WARNINGS

Issued at 10.06am on Wednesday 6 May 2015 
for the period until midnight Thursday 7 May 2015.

Wind Warnings for Wednesday 6 May
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay and Channel

Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Thursday 7 May

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay and Channel

Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

The next flood watch will be issued by 4.05PM Wednesday.

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


WARNING TO SHEEP GRAZIERS
for the Upper Derwent Valley, South East and Furneaux Islands forecast districts

Issued at 10:10am on Wednesday 6 May 2015.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, strong westerly winds and occasional showers are expected during Wednesday and Thursday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, South East and Furneaux Islands forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5pm EST Wednesday.


FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL NORTHERN, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN RIVER BASINS
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Issued at 10:20am on Wednesday 6 May 2015

A flood watch continues for all northern, western and southern river basins of Tasmania.

Rainfall totals in the range of 50-80mm were reported in the north and west of Tasmania in the 36 hours to 9am Wednesday with isolated higher totals along the the Great Western Tiers and the west of the State.

Showers are forecast for Wednesday with rainfall totals 20 - 30mm in the west and south. No significant rainfall is forecast for the north east.

Minor flood warnings are current for the North Esk River and upper reaches of the South Esk River.

Embedded troughs will cross Tasmania on Thursday and Friday. Rainfall totals of 20 - 30mm are forecast each day, mainly in the west and south of the state. Higher totals are possible about elevated areas.

Strong river rises have been observed in the most northern river basins and in the Huon River. As rainfall accumulates, southern catchments will become increasingly saturated there is a chance of additional areas of localised minor flooding developing.

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. Flood warnings will be issued for specific river basins if required. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch.
  • FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
  • Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
  • For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 13 25 00.
  • For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.
Weather Forecast: Showers in the west and south, falling as snow to 500m. Possible thunderstorms and hail.

The next flood watch will be issued by 4.30PM Wednesday 6 May 2015.

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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mental Health first aid course offered

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Weather warnings updated

THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated the multiple weather warnings impacting on the Derwent Valley today. These include a severe weather warning for damaging winds and abnormally high tides, a flood watch, marine weather warning and a sheep graziers alert. The most severe weather is expected in the late afternoon. Details follow.

For the latest warnings and advice click here.


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for damaging winds and abnormally high tides
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 11.33am on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

For all of Tasmania

Weather Situation: An intense low pressure system to the southwest of Tasmania will pass to the south of the state during today. A cold front associated with the low will soon clear the East Coast with another trough to cross this afternoon and evening.

DAMAGING NORTHWEST to WESTERLY WINDS around 55 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for all of Tasmania this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds are expected to ease early on Wednesday morning.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas are forecast for the South East forecast district and parts of the Western forecast district this evening. Tides are expected to be 40 to 50cm above normal. High tide today is about 7.30pm to 8.30pm about southern Tasmania.

In the last 6 hours, the following gusts have been recorded: 100 to 110km/h at Cape Grim, Mt Read, Mt Wellington, Maatsuyker Island and Tasman Island. Gusts of 90 to 100km/h have been recorded at King Island, Scotts Peak and Tunnack.

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
  • Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500
The next warning will be issued by 5pm Tuesday.



FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL NORTHERN, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN RIVER BASINS.
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Issued at 10.11am on Tuesday 5 May 2015

A flood watch continues for all northern, western and southern river basins of Tasmania.

A strong cold front is crossing the state during Tuesday. Rainfall totals of up in the range of 20 to 50mm were recorded along the north and west of Tasmania in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, mostly since midnight. Isolated higher totals (up to 78 mm) were observed in the the Great Western Tiers.

Widespread rainfall is forecast in the north and west during Tuesday, with additional falls up to 30 mm expected in the north east, and up to 60mm along the west in the next 24 hours.

River and stream rises may occur in northern and western river basins during Tuesday, with a small chance of localised minor flooding.

Localised flooding of small creeks and low lying areas may occur in locations that receive heavy rainfall during Tuesday.

Further cold fronts will cross Tasmania on Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall totals of 30-40mm are possible each day, this time mainly in the west and south of the state. Again, higher totals are possible about elevated areas.

As rainfall accumulates, catchments will become increasingly saturated and minor flooding is possible in some catchments.

River and stream rises are likely in the Huon river basin from Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. Flood warnings will be issued for specific river basins if required. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch.

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

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

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Weather Forecast: Statewide rain, possibly heavy about higher ground in the west and north, tending to showers in the afternoon.

The next flood watch will be issued by 4PM Tuesday 5 May 2015.

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


WARNING TO SHEEP GRAZIERS
for the Central Upper Derwent Valley, Central North, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and North East forecast districts

Issued at 9.53am on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Tuesday and Wednesday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and North East forecast districts during Tuesday, and the South East forecast district during Wednesday. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Tuesday.


MARINE WIND WARNING

Issued at 10am on Tuesday 5 May 2015
for the period until midnight EST Wednesday 6 May 2015.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 5 May

Gale 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, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast

Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Wednesday 6 May

Gale Warning for the following areas: Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay and Channel

Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 4.05pm Tuesday.

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

Two wins for New Norfolk at Cygnet

SFL Season 2015 
Round 4 Review

By BEN HARRISON
CYGNET returned to its home ground to host New Norfolk on Saturday. At quarter-time New Norfolk led by 31 points and the loyal Cygnet faithful would have been hoping for a committed effort in the second quarter but it didn’t eventuate and at half time the margin had blown out with New Norfolk leading by 14 goals.

The pattern didn’t alter much as by the final break the lead was 110 points to the Eagles with the final margin slightly increasing as New Norfolk won by 114 points.

Zeke Gardam was best on ground with nine goals for the Eagles and the league’s most highly-rated defender Rohan Heron went forward and got on the scoreboard with four goals and Jacob Daley had a great game.

For the Port, Matthew Coulson kicked three goals, coach Gavin Quirk finished with two goals and Cygnet was best served by Andrew Paul and Mitch Direen.

In the reserves it was New Norfolk victorious by 181 points.

SENIORS
New Norfolk 6.3 (39) 18.4 (112) 24.7 (151) 28.12 (180)
Cygnet           1.2 (8) 4.4 (28)    6.5 (41)     10.6 (66)
Best - New Norfolk: Z. Gardam, J. Daley, J. McCulloch, M. Horne, P. Ross, L. Joseph; Cygnet: A. Paul, M. Direen, P. Wilcox, B. Hayes, G. Quirk, M. Coulson.
Goals - New Norfolk: Z. Gardam 9, R. Heron 4, J. Taylor-Evans 2, R. Belcher 2, B. Chaplin 2, S. Bonnitcha, M. Horne, C. Wilson, J. Clifford, S. Moles, N. Ross, B. Wardlaw, T. Rainbird, N. Lester; Cygnet: M. Coulson 3, G. Quirk 2, J. Bester 2, R. Jennings, P. O'Neill, B. Hayes.

RESERVES
New Norfolk 8.2 (50) 16.6 (102) 23.11 (149) 31.13 (199)
Cygnet         1.2 (8) 1.3 (9)         2.3 (15)         2.6 (18)
Best - New Norfolk: D. Triffett, B. Chaplin, B. King, J. Banks-Smith, S. Fenton, T. Triffett; Cygnet: J. Shields, A. Dance, J. Duggan, J. Mazur, J. Harvey, T. Slevin.
Goals - New Norfolk: T. Triffett 9, B. Ransley 4, J. Banks-Smith 3, B. Chaplin 3, D. Triffett , J. Walsh, L. Browning, P. Ling, J. Murray, J. Van-Lierop, D. Triffett, J. Duggan, J. Foster, S. Fenton, A. Minchin, B. King; Cygnet: S. Clark, J. Shields.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Tuesday weather warnings

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued multiple weather warnings impacting on the Derwent Valley tomorrow. These include a severe weather warning for damaging winds, a flood watch, marine weather warning and a sheep graziers alert. Details follow.

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts
Issued at 4:03 pm  on Monday 4 May 2015.
 For all of Tasmania.
Weather Situation: An intense low pressure system to the west of Tasmania will pass to the south of the state on Tuesday. A cold front associated with the low will cross the state during Tuesday morning with a second front to cross during the afternoon and evening.
DAMAGING NORTHWEST to WESTERLY WINDS around 55 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for all of Tasmania on Tuesday, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Gusts may reach 110km/h about the West Coast. There may also be some damaging northerly winds about the west and north coasts during Tuesday morning, particularly if there are any thunderstorms.
The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.


Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 4:06pm on Monday 4 May 2015
for the period until midnight Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 5 May

Gale 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, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West 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 5am Tuesday.

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


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and North East forecast districts
Issued at 4:07 pm EST on Monday 4 May 2015.
Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong northwesterly winds are expected during Tuesday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and North East forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The next warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.

INITIAL FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL NORTHERN, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN RIVER BASINS  Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.


A flood watch is issued for all northern, western and southern river basins of Tasmania.
A series of cold fronts will cross the state over the next few days and bring widespread rain to most areas. As rainfall accumulates, catchments will become increasingly saturated and minor flooding is possible in some catchments.
A strong cold front will cross the State during Tuesday. Widespread rainfall is forecast in the north and west, with daily totals of up to 30mm. Isolated higher isolated totals of up to about 50mm are possible about elevated areas.
River and stream rises may occur in northern and western river basins during Tuesday, with a small chance of localised minor flooding.
Further cold fronts will cross Tasmania on Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall totals of 20-30mm are possible each day, this time mainly in the west and south of the state. Again, higher totals are possible about elevated areas.
River and stream rises are likely in the Huon river basin from Tuesday eveningand into Wednesday.
Localised flooding of small creeks and low lying areas may occur in locations that receive heavy rainfall during Tuesday.
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. Flood warnings will be issued for specific river basins if required. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. 
  • FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au 
  • Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au 
  • For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
  • For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.
Weather Forecast: Rain, statewide during Tuesday.

Next Issue:The next flood watch will be issued by 10AM Tuesday 5 May 2015.

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

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Derwent poll - little progress today

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has today conducted a recheck of the votes counted yesterday. This resulted in small increases in the tallies of both candidates.

Craig Farrell 12,251 votes
Alan Baker 6753 votes.

About 21% of the vote remains to be counted but will not change the outcome. Final results are expected on Tuesday after the deadline for the return of postal votes.

Tasmanian Electoral Commission latest results here.

Yesterday's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 28.12 (180) d Cygnet 10.6 (66)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 31.13 (199) d Cygnet 2.6 (18)

COLTS: Glenorchy v New Norfolk (results not available)

Rainbird honoured at Gretna cricket dinner

ABOUT 80 people attended the Gretna Cricket Club's annual dinner and trophy night on on April 25. Corey Ransley, Brian Smith and Jackson Ackerly were the standouts, collecting a number of trophies each.

At the conclusion of the trophy presentations, club president Peter Rainbird was presented with a signed cricket bat and lapel pin from Cricket Australia in recognition of his 50th season of involvement with club cricket. After a terrific speech, Peter was given a standing ovation.

Gretna I trophy winners - batting average: Rhys Browning 26.92; Aggregate: Ben Rainbird 398 runs; Bowling average: Corey Ransley 13.33; Aggregate: Corey Ransley 33 wickets; Most catches: Glenn Blackwell 14; Geoff Jarvis Memorial trophy best all-rounder: Aaron Maddox, 340.5 pts; Players award: Corey Ransley, 18 votes; Runner up: Ben Rainbird, 17 votes.

Gretna II - batting average: Brian Smith 30.93; Aggregate: Brian Smith 433 runs; Bowling average: Jackson Ackerly 17.21; Aggregate, Jackson Ackerly 24 wickets; Most catches: Brian Smith 14; Best all-rounder: Jackson Ackerly 285.5 pts; Players award: Brian Smith 12 votes; Runner up: Jackson Ackerly 11 votes; Cecil Gray memorial trophy (best under 21): Brock Nichols, 190.5 pts; Captains Trophy:  Mathew Perotti; Best Clubman: Wade Gleeson. Duck Trophy: Brock Nichols, Tom Allcock and Zac Crosswell (four each).

Congratulations to the following for their milestone matches.
Club: Mathew Burns 350th, Damien Hack 250th, Corey Ransley 150th, Todd Jarvis 150th, Jordan Hastie 50th.
Gretna I: Mathew Burns 250th, Tom Allcock 50th.
Gretna II: Ben Shaw 100th, Jordan Hastie 50th.

Life members in attendance were Peter Rainbird, Michael Browning, Glenn Blackwell, Micky Rainbird and Tim Lowe. Craig Farrell MLC and Eric Hutchinson MHR were also in attendance. The club thanks all sponsors and donors, coaches, captains and office bearers. Special thanks to Debra Crosswell for her excellent work with the scoring duties and Colin Cunningham for  helping the players with their batting during training sessions.

WADE GLEESON

Address to dawn service parade

Dale Britten reflects on the Cenotaph on Anzac Day.
THE 120 people who took part in the 5.45am march to the New Norfolk Cenotaph on Anzac Day were addressed by parade marshal Dale Britten prior to setting off.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr Britten spoke about the significance of Anzac Day 2015 as the centenary of the landing of the original Anzacs - the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - so far from home on the beaches at Gallipoli in Turkey.

"These brave souls were attempting to break a corridor through the hills of Gallipoli. Thousands of other service personnel from other Commonwealth countries were active in and around the Dardanelles trying to achieve a breakthrough as well. Sadly it was not to be. Of the events that took place on the first day and the following months it can only be said that these fellows were the bravest of the brave. Valour was commonplace at Gallipoli - they gave no quarter and expected none.

"It is well recorded how they cared for each other as true mates do. The comradeship they shared and the support for each other truly earned the respect of their foe [and] earned more awards and decorations in a short period of time than at any other period of the First World War. Our Gallipoli fatalities were 8709, wounded 18,000. Some eight months later all forces were evacuated to Egypt for other campaigns and I am sure we all know the recorded history of these campaigns. Sadly the war was to last until the Armistice in November 1918. With 61,522 Australian fatalities, the face of Australia was never the same.

"One hundred years on and we gather here to march to the Cenotaph to pay our respect to those that gave their all. Our Diggers, the nurses, the sailors and the war reporters. Charles Bean, the official war historian, worked tirelessly to record and report about Gallipoli and the history of the First World War. He stated: 'we owe these Diggers a debt of gratitude and I will work tirelessly so our nation will remember them.' He worked for 22 years - 1920 to 1942 - and to him we owe a debt of gratitude as he was a prime mover for the Australian War Memorial, a truly remarkable place of remembrance for all who served and in particular those that have paid the supreme sacrifice for their service. In excess of 102,000 names are on these hallowed  walls - a sacred place indeed.

"Today we are  paying a tribute to current and past personnel that served our nation, including military (Army, Navy and Air Force), police and emergency response teams and boarder protection units, civilians and volunteers. This morning as we approach the Cenotaph we need to be proud Australians and remember all those that have served our nation. To remember we need to be eternally vigilant and give thanks to those who paid the supreme sacrifice so we continue to have the freedom we enjoy today. They believed our nation and freedom was worth fighting for.

"As time goes by we will hold in our hearts the Anzacs. Poet Rudyard Kipling said: 'Their bodies are buried in peace but their names will liveth for evermore.' And in the Ode we say 'They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning,  we will remember them. Lest we forget."

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Derwent poll - final results for the night

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has published its final results for the night, stopping the counting of votes at 78.58%. These will see Craig Farrell comfortably returned as the Member for Derwent with 12,096 votes, about double that of Alan Baker who has 6733 votes. About 21% of the vote remains to be counted and a recheck will follow.

Despite being a relatively unknown newcomer to New Norfolk, Mr Baker polled well in most booths, generally receiving about half the number of votes of the very well known Mr Farrell, but also winning a majority at the small Bronte polling booth and doing much better than his 35% average at booths including Austins Ferry, Dromedary and Old Beach.

Tasmanian Electoral Commission latest results here.

Derwent poll - results as at 7.40pm

ALMOST 78% of the first preference votes from today's election for the seat of Derwent in the Legislative Council are now counted.

The New Norfolk and New Norfolk North polling booths have now reported but have made little change to the percentages.

Craig Farrell - 12,096 votes
Alan Baker - 6667 votes

Tasmanian Electoral Commission latest results here.

Derwent poll - results as at 7.20pm

COUNTING of votes has now reached 50% in today's election for the seat of Derwent in the Legislative Council.

Craig Farrell - 7870 votes
Alan Baker - 4317 votes

Tasmanian Electoral Commission latest results here.

Derwent poll - results as at 7.15pm

WITH nearly 40% of the first preference votes counted from today's election for the seat of Derwent in the Legislative Council, the sitting member is comfortably ahead of the challenger.

Craig Farrell - 5995 votes
Alan Baker - 3266 votes

The major polling booths of New Norfolk and New Norfolk North are yet to report.

Tasmanian Electoral Commission latest results here.

Don't forget to vote today

AFTER the most low-key Legislative Council election campaign in three decades, the 25,816 voters in the division of Derwent are off to the polls today.

The Legislative Council is the upper house of the Tasmanian Parliament. Members are elected for a term of six years.Voting is compulsory.

Division of Derwent candidates
BAKER, Alan Graeme, IT Consultant, New Norfolk, Independent
FARRELL, Craig, Member of Parliament, New Norfolk, Australian Labor Party

Where to vote

  • Austins Ferry, St Virgil's College (Edmund Rice Hall), 195 Main Rd
  • Bridgewater (assisted disabled access), Brighton Civic Centre, 25 Green Point Rd
  • Brighton (assisted disabled access), Primary School, 17-27 Downie St
  • Bronte Park, Bronte Park Highland Village, 378 Marlborough Rd
  • Claremont (disabled access), Austins Ferry Primary School, 13 Brodie St
  • Claremont (disabled access), Girl Guide Hall, Box Hill Rd
  • Dromedary, Dromedary (Millvale) Community Hall, 14 Millvale Rd
  • Ellendale, Ellendale Hall, 939 Ellendale Rd
  • Gagebrook (assisted disabled access), Primary School gym, off Ashburton St
  • Glenora, District School, 620 Gordon River Rd
  • Granton (assisted disabled access), Memorial Hall, Lyell Hwy
  • Gretna, St Mary's Parish Hall, 3548 Lyell Hwy
  • Hamilton (assisted disabled access), Town Hall, Tarleton St
  • Lachlan (assisted disabled access), Community Hall, 511 Lachlan Rd
  • Magra (assisted disabled access), CWA rooms, corner Back River Rd and Saddle Rd
  • Maydena, Online Access Centre, 36 Kallista Rd
  • Molesworth (assisted disabled access), Primary School Hall, 540 Molesworth Rd
  • New Norfolk (assisted disabled access), Primary School Hall, Hillside Crescent
  • New Norfolk North (assisted disabled access), Sport & Recreation Centre, 50 Derwent Tce
  • Old Beach, Old Beach Fire Station, Jetty Rd
  • Ouse (assisted disabled access), Online Access Centre, 6947 Lyell Hwy
  • Pontville (disabled access), Old Council Chambers, 262 Midland Hwy
  • Tea Tree (assisted disabled access), Community Hall, Briar Banks Rd
  • Westerway (assisted disabled access), Primary School, 1619 Gordon River Rd