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Monday, November 30, 2015

New date for vaccinations

THE Derwent Valley Council's free childhood immunisation session for this month will be held on December 16 instead of December 23. The session will be held between 2pm and 2.30pm at Ptunarra (Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre), 52 Blair St, New Norfolk.  For more information contact immunisation co-ordinator Laura Minton on 6261 8530.

Friday, November 27, 2015

New planning scheme declared

THE Minister for Planning and Local Government has declared a new planning scheme for the Derwent Valley Council.

The new planning scheme will take effect on December 16, 2015, replacing the New Norfolk Planning Scheme 1994, and will be available at on commencement. Further information about interim planning schemes is available on that website.

Counting down to the Country Music Muster

Part of the crowd at the second muster
at Boyer Oval last February.
THE countdown is on until the third Derwent Valley Country Music Muster which will be held at Boyer Oval, New Norfolk, tomorrow (Saturday).

This will be the second muster for 2015, following the decision to switch the event from February to November. The feature acts will be Jetty Road, Ben Ransom, Seleen McAlister, Susan Lily and Becci Nethery, as well as Tasmanian artists Debbie Parry, Gina Timms and the Lone Strangers.

The gates will open at 10am and the program will start at 11am.
  • 11am Gina Timms
  • 11.45 Susan Lily
  • 12.30pm Lone Strangers
  • 1.30 Debbie Parry
  • 2pm Becci Nethery
  • 2.30 Ben Ransom
  • 3.40 Seleen McAlister
  • 4.50 Jetty Road
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $35. Children under 16 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. A bar will be available and food vendors will be on site. Activities for children will be provided. More information is available from

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sheep graziers warning

Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 2:56pm on Thursday 26 November 2015.

Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Thursday. Areas likely to be affected include the Furneaux Islands and King Island forecast districts and parts of the Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast and East Coast 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 Thursday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Local cricket - week seven

Southern Cricket Association
Round 7 - Derwent Valley games

In the cross-town rivals match, New Norfolk I defeated Molesworth I by 53 runs at Boyer Oval. The home side won the toss sending the Red Caps in, and they made 8/212 off 50 overs. Batting at number six, Stewart Rice cracked a very-good half-century of 54, belting six sixes and one four. Joe McCulloch just missed out making 49 with six well-struck fours and two sixes. Chris Ashcroft made 22 and Dave Maddox 20. For Molesworth, Jamie Adams was the main wicket taker with 3-36 (10) while opener Chris Slater bowled tightly with 1-16 (10). In reply Molesworth got of to a great start with openers Brayden Hodge 33 (three fours) and Daniel Adams 21 putting on 57. Brad Coppleman made 31 (four fours) while Nathan Eiszele remained 22no. In the end Molesworth was bowled out for 159 off 44.2 overs. Doing the damage and capping of a good day was Joe McCulloch who took 4-23 off 9.2 overs. Rohan Heron backed up well with 3-32 (7) while coach Todd Rusher got 2-25 (10).

Four wins from its past four encounters has Gretna I as the in-form team of Second Grade. Playing at home, Gretna I accounted for Claremont by a comfortable five wickets. Winning the toss, the visitors were bowled out for 148 off 43.3 overs. All the Gretna bowlers preformed well. Spinner Craig Cunningham 4-33 (8) and paceman Aaron Maddox had a terrific spell taking 2 for just 11 runs off his 10 overs. Jackson Ackerly finished with 2-36 (8). In reply Gretna finished 5-149 off 27.1 overs. Leading from the front, captain and opener Ben Rainbird belted a very quick 56 runs. Rainbird had his scope well-sighted, smashing eight fours and two sixes. Down the order Bruce Emery 27no and Rhys Browning 19no finished the game off well. Congratulations to Jackson Ackerly who played his 150th club game and Rhys Browning on his 100th club game.

Gretna II had a very good 35 run win over second placed St Anne's at Cadbury's. Gretna had first knock and made the good score of 6/207 off 50 overs. Openers Damien Hack 22 (two fours) and Luke Wheeler 32 (seven fours) put on a 67 run stand. Peter Jelkic top-scored with a run a ball, making 47 (four fours and one six). Tom Allcock made 25 and Zac Crosswell 20 (three fours). In reply, St Anne's was bowled out for 172 off 39.5 overs. Paceman Zac Crosswell bowled very well, finishing with 3-33 off 8.5 overs as did Aaron Browning with his spinners taking 3-38 off 10. Luke Crosswell did his bit taking 2-16 (6).

Bushy Park played Brighton at the Bushy Park Showground resulting in a win for the home side. The winners had won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up the good total of 10/184 off 44.2 overs. Shaun Fenton had a great knock of 71, keeper Geoff Crosswell made 42 while Blake Howlett remained 10 not out. No other details were available.

Bothwell I had a convincing six-wicket win over Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond. The home side won the toss and had first hit. Due to some great bowling it was bowled out for 117 off 39 overs. Peter Hansch sent down six overs taking 3-6 in a tight spell. Brodie White 3-13 (6) and Trent Rogers 3-24 (9) also contained the opposition batsmen very well. In reply the Bucks lost just the four wickets on their way to victory finishing 4/118 off 22 overs. Opener Craig Davey keep his good season with the bat intact, scoring another half-century remaining unbeaten on 56. Matthew Eyles was next highest on 17.

New Norfolk II had a good 43-run win over the Knights at Tynwald Park. The Red Caps made 10/156 with Ashley Morgan making 43. Batting at number nine, Josh Walsh made a quickfire 40 (four sixes and four fours). In reply the Knights were bowled out for 113. Shannon Long who has fitted in well at the Red Caps bowled superbly taking 6-20 off 7.2 overs, well supported by Nathan Cashion 1-12 (8), Nathan Heron 1-15 (10) and Josh Walsh 1-24 (7).

Molesworth II was defeated by Montagu Bay by six wickets at Boyer Oval. The home side had first knock making the low score of 10/81 off 27.2 overs. Jake King 19 (three fours) and captain Sam Triffitt 19 (three fours) were the only batsmen to score double figures. In the run chase the Sharks finished 4/87 off 19.3 overs. Opener Martyn Evans tried his best to keep his team in it, taking 3-19 off 7 overs and Sam Triffitt took 1-13 (6).

Bothwell II totally outclassed Old Beach at Pontville by 10 wickets. Old Beach had first hit, making 10 for 108 off 24.3 overs. Openers Nathan Eyles 3-36 (6) and Nathan White 3-19 (6.3) did the damage with the ball. In reply the Bucks finished 0/110 off 19 overs. Anthony White 43no and Simon Eyles 37no got the job done.

At Tynwald Park, New Norfolk III had a close one with Runnymede, winning by just 18 runs. The Red Caps had first hit, making 10/127 off 28.4 overs. Brad Kemmler top-scored with quickfire 47, hitting six fours and three sixes. Damien Quinn made 22 (three fours) and Trent Smith got 17. In reply Runnymede didn't quite get there and was bowled out for 109 off 31 overs. Damien Quinn 3-16 (4) and Trent Smith 3-18 (7) showed they are handy not just with the bat. Brad Kemmler did well taking 1-22 (9), as did Shayne Upton 1-18 (4) and Jye Bearman 1-20 (4).

Warning to sheep graziers

Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 9:24am on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

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

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Wednesday.

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Urgent Detergent" on the way to New Norfolk

There may be a number of at-risk Samsung
top-loader washing machines in New Norfolk.
SAMSUNG Electronics Australia today announced that New Norfolk has been identified as a suburb where there may be a number of households with top-loader washing machines that are subject to its ongoing safety recall.  These washing machines are a potential fire hazard.

Samsung first announced the recall of six models of its top-loader washing machines in April 2013. Despite ongoing national advertising campaigns, tens of thousands of recalled top loaders are yet to be resolved either by refund, replacement or rework.

The next phase of Samsung’s recall efforts will include a unique direct mail campaign targeting households in suburbs in Australia, including New Norfolk, which have been identified as likely areas where affected machines may still be in use. Samsung will dispatch "Urgent Detergent" packs to households in New Norfolk. The packages contain a sample of laundry detergent along with information regarding the Samsung washing machine recall.

Samsung will conduct a direct-mail
campaign in New Norfolk.
“The safety of our customers is our first priority and we remain 100% committed to resolving every washing machine that is subject to this recall,” Samsung spokesman Mike Lilly said. "Samsung has found that over time, traditional mass advertising campaigns regarding the recall are generating fewer and fewer responses from customers. For this reason, we have developed this campaign that taps into the one thing that everyone does in the laundry: fill their washing machine with detergent. It’s our hope that Urgent Detergent will not only get people’s attention when they receive it in the mail, but they’ll take it to their washing machine to see if their model is subject to the recall.

“We have identified New Norfolk as one of the areas that could have a high concentration of Samsung top-loader washing machines impacted by the recall. Please check your own washer, but then encourage your neighbours, family and anyone else who could own one of the affected top loaders to check their machines,” Mr Lilly said.

The model numbers for theaffected top-loader washing machines are:
Anyone who may be impacted by the recall can visit Samsung’s recall website  or call its toll-free product safety hotline on 1800 239 655.

Junior cricket catch-up

Round 3-5

ROUND 3, November 8

Clarence 5/89 off 25 overs defeated Gretna Green 8 for 87 off 23 overs at Gretna. Batting: Hayden Davis 18 (2 sixes), Kane Lovell 10, Cameron Clark 9 (1 four), Brayden Butler 8 (1 four). Bowling: Jorden Conley 1-4 (3), Kane Lovell 1-4 (3), Cameron Clark 1-8 (4), Dylan Davis 1-13 (3), Conor Kelly-Lennox 1-13 (3) Josh Whyte 1-27 (4).

Brighton 7/133 off 25 overs defeated Gretna Gold 8/45 off 12.4 overs at Cove Creek Oval. Batting: Tyron Bailey 14 (2 fours), Zac Wickham 3, Aidan Featherstone 2no. Bowling: Tyron Bailey 2-5 (3), Brodie Scanlon 1-10 (3), Sam Jackson 1-11 (3), Kyeden Booth 1-14 (3), Tyler Scanlon 1-17 (3).

New Town 5/186 off 25 overs defeated New Norfolk 4/82 off 22 overs at Ogilvie High School. Batting: Tyler Harvey 15no, Bailey Chaplin 9no. Bowling: Tyler Harvey 1-15 (2), Jordan Gittus 1-19 (2), Tatem Lovell 1-4 (2), Bailey Chaplin 1-13 (2).

Kingborough 5/110 off 38 overs defeated Gretna 7/106 off 40 overs at Gretna. Batting: Jake Campbell 40 (2 fours), Adam Bartels 23 (2 fours). Bowling: Ryan Emery 2-17 (7), Jake Ransley 1-3 (9), Andrew McKenzie 1-5 (3), Jake Campbell 1-9 (5).

Old Beach 10/209 off 38 overs defeated Molesworth 7/126 off 27.1 overs at Old Beach. Batting: Jayden Wilton 59 (8 fours, 1 six), Josh Ransley 26 (1 four, 2 sixes), Jake Bearman 14, Jeremy Nichols 9 (1 four). Bowling: Jeremy Nichols 3-28 (6), Josh Ransley 3-31 (7), Jayden Wilton 2-28 (5), Bain Tomlin 1-13 (3), Jake Bearman 1-26 (6).

New Norfolk 7/223 off 40 overs defeated St Anne's 10/74 off 24 overs at Boyer Oval. Batting: Jye Bearman 63 (7 fours), Coby Kemmler 62 (3 fours), Lucas Higgins 24 (2 fours), Cody Morgan-Coleman 11no, Dylan Browning 10. Bowling: Cody Morgan-Coleman 3-8 (4), Dylan Morgan 2-6 (4), Jack Gordon 2-20 (4), Jye Bearman 1-5 (2), Coby Kemmler 1-7 (2), Liam Kalbfell 1-8 (4).

ROUND 4, November 15

New Town 8/88 off 21 overs defeated Gretna Green 86/73 off 25 overs at Gretna. Batting: Cameron Clark 24no (three fours), Brayden Butler 9, Hayden Davis 8, Dylan Davis 8no. Bowling: Jorden Conley 2-10 (2), Cameron Clark 1-3 (3), Dylan Davis 1-4 (2), Jacob Blackwell 1-8 (2), Hayden Davis 1-14 (3).

Gretna Gold 6/127 off 25 overs defeated Clarence White 7/96 off 25 overs at North Warrane. Batting: Tyron Bailey 55no (seven 4s, one 6), Tyler Scanlon 24 (two 4s), Bailey Wheeler 12no, Brodie Scanlon 9 (one 4). Bowling: Tyron Bailey 3-1 (3), Brodie Scanlon 2-24 (3), Connor Gittus 1-5 (2), Tyler Scanlon 1-7 (3).

New Norfolk 6/87 off 25 overs defeated University Red 3/65 off 25 overs at Tynwald Park. Batting: Jordan Gittus 25 (four 4s), Cameron McMaster 8 (one 4), Bailey Chaplin 7no, Zayde Hil 6, Jordan George 5. Bowling: Tate Browning 1-5 (3), Zayde Hill 0-4 (3), Jordan George 0-5 (3), Cale Browning 0-7 (3), Tom Eiszele 0-7 (3), Josh Cantrell 0-13 (3).

Gretna 1/75 off 16 overs defeated New Town 10/74 off 32 overs at Gretna. Batting: Blake Mayne 30no (one four), Grant Booth 26 (one four, one six), Jake Campbell 14no (one four). Bowling: Sam Booth 2-10 (6), Ryan Emery 2-12 (5), Jake Campbell 1-7 (5), Blake Mayne 1-9 (5), Jacob Bowerman 1-10 (3).

Wellington Blue 1/81 off 21 overs defeated Molesworth 19/80 off 37 overs at Shoobridge Park. Batting: Jye Lester 23, C. Evans 17 (two 4s), Jayden Wilton 13 (two 4s), J. Nichols 11. Bowling: J. Nichols 1-18 (5).

North Hobart 9/227 off 40 overs defeated New Norfolk 10/114 off 21.1 at Cadburys No.2. Batting: Cody Young 25no (six 4), Cody Morgan-Coleman 18 (two 4s), Coby Kemmler 12 (one 4), Lucas Higgins 11 (one 6). Bowling: Cody Morgan-Coleman 3-26 (7), Jack Smith 2-27 (3), Lucas Higgins 1-9 (4), Jack Gordon 1-11 (2), Dylan Browning 1-18 (3).

ROUND 5, November 22

Gretna Green 8/99 off 19 overs defeated University Red 3/76 off 25 overs at Cornelian Bay. Batting: Hayden Davis 36 (four fours, one six), Nathan Barrington 25 (five fours), Jacob Blackwell 14 (three fours). Bowling: Jorden Conley 1-2 (2), Nathan Barrington 1-11 (2), Byron Conley 1-11 (2).

Gretna Gold 1/115 off 25 overs defeated New Town 8/94 off 24 overs at Ogilvie High School. Batting: Tyron Bailey 31no (three fours, one six), Tyler Scanlon 22no (two fours), Bailey Wheeler 19no (three fours), Connor Gittus 18no (four fours). Bowling: Tyron Bailey 3-7 (3), Aiden Featherstone 1-3 (2), Tyler Scanlon 1-8 (3), Brodie Scanlon 1-12 (2), Connor Gittus 1-13 (3), Sam Jackson 1-20 (3).

Wellington 108 defeated New Norfolk 10/105. Batting: Jordan Gittus 26, Jack Morgan-Miller 18, Cale Browning 14no. Bowling: Jordan George 4-21 (4), Josh Cantrell 1-4 (2), Jakob Quarrell 1-12 (2). Tatem Lovell 1-27 (3).

Gretna 7/119 off 40 overs defeated Sorell 10/65 off 30.1 overs at Sorell. Batting: Grant Booth 39 (two fours), Blake Mayne 25 (three fours), Jake Campbell 19 (one four). Bowling: Blake Mayne 3-7 (5), Jake Campbell 2-12 (5), Andrew McKenzie 1-9 (3), Ryan Emery 1-10 (5).

New Norfolk 5/187 off 40 overs defeated Molesworth 8/158 off 22.3 overs at Shoobridge Park.
Batting - New Norfolk: Jye Bearman 65 (nine fours), Cody Morgan-Coleman 50 (five fours), Rhys Franklin 40. Bowling - Molesworth: Jake Bearman 3-26 (7), Jye Lester 1-7 (5), Jayden Wilton 1-33 (5).
Batting - Molesworth: Jayden Wilton 75, J. Nichols 30. Bowling - New Norfolk: Jye Bearman 3-12 (2.3), Coby Kemmler 1-3 (2), Dylan Browning 1-13 (2), Cody Morgan-Coleman 1-24 (5), Liam Kalbfell 1-14 (3).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Noodles are on again

Dingding's Noodle and Dianxin Shop at 5 High St.
THE noodle shop at 5 High St, New Norfolk, re-opened earlier this week with new owners and a new name.

Alexia's Noodle Plus opened in September last year and despite a promising start the business closed without notice earlier this year.

Now trading as Dingding's Noodles and Dianxin Shop, the new iteration has a smaller selection of noodles but a wider range of additional menu items including soups, entrees and Chinese-style main course options including dumplings.

The restaurant and takeaway will open from Wednesday to Monday for lunch and dinner (closed Tuesday). Trading hours are noon-2.30pm and 4.30-8.30pm. The menu is posted in the window and includes noodles, fried rice, soup and sushi.

*Dianxing is "snack" in Chinese.

Friday, November 20, 2015

This weekend's cricket

Southern Cricket Association
Round 7 - Derwent Valley roster

All matches start at 10.30am

FIRST GRADE - Saturday
Molesworth I v New Norfolk I at Boyer Oval.

Gretna I v Claremont at Gretna.

Bushy Park v Brighton at Bushy Park Showground.
Gretna II v St Annes at Cadbury's No.1.

Bothwell I v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond.
Molesworth II v Montagu Bay at Boyer Oval.
New Norfolk II v Knights at Tynwald Park.

SIXTH GRADE - Saturday
Bothwell II v Old Beach at Pontville.
New Norfolk III v Runnymede at Tynwald Park.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Local cricket - week six

Southern Cricket Association
Round 6 - Derwent Valley games

IN A rain-affected match that was reduced to 33 overs, Molesworth I defeated Sorell on its home turf by 61 runs. The visitors had first hit make 9/189 off 33 overs. Opener Daniel Adams showed good form with a top score of 65 (two 4s). Chris Slater hit out for 47, striking one 4 and three 6s. Jack Evans made 25 and Cody Neads 24. In reply Sorell ran out of overs finishing 8/128. Chris Slater had a good day and was best of the bowlers taking 2-19 off seven overs. Dean King 2-21 (7) and Jye County 2-28 (7) also bowled well.

In the other First Grade match New Norfolk went down to St Anne's at Cadburys No.1 by eight wickets. Battting first, the Red Caps were bowled out for 158 off 45 overs. Captain Dave Maddox top-scored with 42 (three 4s). Chris Ashcroft remained 40 not out while Rohan Heron struck four boundaries for his 22 and newcomer Harry Booth got on the board with 21 (one 4). In reply St Anne's did it comfortably finishing 2/161 off 34 overs. Wicket-takers for the Red Caps were Stewart Rice 1-20 (7) and Rohan Heron 1-21 (5).

CONTINUING on from their good win the previous week, Gretna I recorded another victory, this time at the hands of Richmond/Cambridge by four wickets. The home team won the toss and had first dig making 10/137 off 41.2 overs. Azza Maddox bowled well getting three of the top four batsmen, taking 3-25 (10). Todd Jarvis took 3-9 (2.2) while Jackson Ackerly took 2-23 (5) and opener Corey Ransley finished with 1-18 off 10 overs. In reply Gretna I reached the target off 38.3 overs finishing 6/139. Mathew Burns held the innings together with a well-made 53 which included five 4s and two 6s. Azza Maddox capped off a good day making 21no.  He shared a 37 run stand with Brian Smith 18no to claim victory. Craig Cunningham made 15.

IN the match that was to be played at Gretna, Bushy Park forfeited to Gretna II.
BOTHWELL I went down to the Marquis Tigers by just one wicket. Bowling the last over of the match, paceman Brock Nichols did his all to the get his team over the line, but it wasn't to be with the Tigers hitting the winning runs with just one ball to spare. Playing the club's first match at home this season, Bothwell did well making 7/193 off its 50 overs. Openers Craig Davey 55 runs and Tyler White 34 gave the Bucks a solid start together putting on 66. Captain Cody Eyles made 26 and Matthew Mayne 13. With the ball it was Brock Nichols 3-26 (7.5). Tyler White with a great all-round effort took 3-32 off 6 and opener Nathan White bowled tight with his 10 overs finishing with 1-12.

Molesworth II had a washout against the Knights at Boyer Oval. Play got under way with the home side batting first making 10 for 157 off 38.1 overs. Batting at seven, Josh Ransley did very well making 63, striking four 4s and three 6s, while at 10, Jayden Wilton was second highest with 17 (one 4). There was no other play due to the rain.

New Norfolk II had the bye.
AN excellent all-round effort by New Norfolk II resulted in the Red Caps thrashing the Knights by some 145 runs at Collinsvale Oval. Winning the toss and batting, New Norfolk hit up the very good score of 8/276 off its 50 overs. Ashley Morgan just missed out on a half century with 49, striking seven 4 and two 6s. Opener Rohan Heron made 46, hitting seven 4s and one 6. Graeme Rowlands made 35 not out (three 4s, one 6). Brad Kemmler hit a quick 26, all coming in boundaries, with two 4s and three 6s. In reply the Knight were never in the hunt and were bowled out for 131 off 40.5 overs. Shannon Long topped the wickets with 3-30 (6) while Ashley Morgan had a great match collecting 2-31 (10). Young Mitch Rice did well with 2-27 (4).

Bothwell II was totally outclassed by Wellington, going down by nine wickets at Eady St. Batting first, the Bucks were bowled out for just 33 off 20.4 overs. No batsman made double figures with Bradley Eyles top-scoring with 8. In reply the home team lost just the one wicket finishing  1/35 off 8.4 overs. Captain Nathan Eyles captured the only wicket ending with 1-20 (4.4).

Concert band's annual meeting

THE Derwent Valley Concert Band will hold its annual general meeting at 7.30pm on November 25 at the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall, Circle St. The agenda will include reports of officers, election of the 2016 management committee and the endorsing of two life membership nominations.

Swimming season starts at Bushy Park

THE Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool opens for the summer season today (Wednesday). Lifeguard/caretaker David Dwyer and the pool committee have the popular public facility ready for another year.

The 33m solar-heated outdoor pool will initially be open from 3.15-6pm on weekdays, while on weekends the pool opens at 11am. Facilities include a kiosk and barbecue area.

Entry fees: $3 (ages 17 and over), $1.50 (child or spectator), Under 4s free with parents. Season passes: family $130, child $50, adult $60.

For more information phone 6286 2050 or visit the pool's Facebook page.

The New Norfolk Olympic Pool has been open for several weeks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Council meeting this Thursday night

THE monthly meeting of the 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.

Come on, Cyrene

PAPERMAKER Norske Skog will manufacture a range of  "green" chemicals from wood fibre at its Boyer factory near New Norfolk. In a joint venture with Circa Group Pty Ltd, a multi-million dollar commercial demonstration plant will be built at Boyer to produce Cyrene, a non-toxic alternative to existing solvents used in pharmaceutical and agri-chemical industries across the world.

The $6.6 million plant will produce around 50 tonnes of Cyrene per annum and is due to be up and running within 12 months, following a grant of $1.5 million from the State. Government. Norske Skog regional president Andrew Leighton said this diversification into bio-chemical production was a good fit for Norske Skog's Australasian strategic direction of "building our future from fibre and energy".

Mr Leighton said the company had been working with Melbourne-based Circa Group for the past 12 months and he looked forward to a long and productive relationship. He thanked the Tasmanian Government for its support for the exciting new opportunity. Circa Group CEO Tony Duncan said his company's focus was in the research, development and commercialisation of biochemicals from sustainable cellulose feedstocks. He said Circa had been working on the current project since 2009 and it was great to have Norske Skog on board given its knowledge and experience in processing wood residues and large-scale manufacturing.

Mr Duncan said the commercial demonstration plant at the Boyer Mill would be the fifth and largest scale-up of Circa's "Furacell" technology. He said the plant was designed to demonstrate the commercial viability of the technology, while providing increased volumes for researchers and customers in Europe, North America, Asia and locally.

He said customer trials over the last 18 months had shown Cyrene to be one of the very few new solvents capable of competing in a global market of over 900,000 tonnes per annum, where many traditional products are under increasing pressure due to environmental and health concerns.

Announcing the government's support last Friday, Premier Will Hodgman and Resources Minister Paul Harriss, said $6.6 million pilot project had the potential to lead to full-scale commercial production, delivering a new industry and creating as many as 60 new jobs. "The plant will produce Cyrene, a non-toxic, cleaner alternative to fossil fuel-based solvents, and will use certified plantation wood, making this a great example of the potential for value-added processing in our forest industries," Mr Hodgman said.

"While there is a long way to go, this investment by Norske Skog and Circa Group, backed by the government, is an important step for the industry. This demonstrates that there are opportunities to grow the value of our forest industries, to create more jobs in Tasmania. The world wants new, more environmentally-sensitive products to replace those that use fossil fuels, and bio-technology is the way of the future," Mr Hodgman said.

Norske Skog and Circa Group would produce about 50 tonnes of the bio-solvent each year for export to European markets. "The investment is a vote of confidence in the Tasmanian economy, and will add to a long and proud history of forest-based processing at the Boyer Mill site. It also continues Norske Skog’s efforts to move with the market and to position the company to capture emerging opportunities," Mr Hodgman said.

"The government’s commitment will be drawn from unspent Commonwealth funding provided to the State under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. This is a particularly appropriate use of these funds as they will help to grow – rather than shut down – our forest industries; creating jobs rather than ending them. We are pleased to support this project, and commend all involved in their work to seek a new and exciting future direction for our forest industries," Mr Hodgman said.

No more hiding behind the hedge

The New Norfolk McDonald's minus its hedge.
A SNEAKY visit to the drive-through at the New Norfolk McDonald's may be a thing of the past following the sudden removal of the old hedge that adorned the corner for decades.

The last remnant of the 19th century house that once stood on the corner of Burnett and George Sts opposite the gates to Willow Court, the hedge was felled last Thursday morning.

Contrary to popular opinion, the hedge was not heritage-listed. The confusion arises from the Derwent Valley Council's decision in 2010 to allow the old house to be demolished but not the hedge on Burnett St and a paling fence on the George St frontage.

A 2011 artist's impression of the New Norfolk McDonald's
including the hedge.
While not having a heritage listing, the hedge was deemed to be a significant part of the streetscape and the council ordered that it not be damaged or removed until a future development application was approved. When the McDonald's development application was approved in 2011, protection of the hedge appears to have lapsed, despite allowances being made on the site boundaries to allow for the hedge.

In the wake of the felling of the hedge, commentators have variously lamented its loss or welcomed the improved access for pedestrians and better sight-lines for traffic. In response, the Derwent Valley Council issued the following statement late last week:

  • "Council is aware that the hedge has been removed."
  • "No, the hedge is not heritage listed."
  • "The hedge has been removed due to it obstructing pedestrian traffic in Burnett and George Streets."
  • "Lopping of the hedge is not an option as it would expose a great deal of dead wood and would not be an attractive planting."
  • "Council has requested the landowner to replace the hedge with suitable plants to the satisfaction of council."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Flag flying low for France

THE Australian Flag above the Derwent Valley Council Chambers in New Norfolk is flying at half-mast today and tomorrow (Tuesday) as a mark of respect and mourning for those who lost their lives during recent events in the French capital.

Across Tasmania, all councils will fly their flags at half-mast tomorrow as a means of demonstrating sympathy and support to those communities affected by last Friday's violent attacks in Paris.

“In our peaceful part of the world, it is difficult to comprehend such wanton violence but it is important we stand against it,” Local Government Association of Tasmania president Doug Chipman said.

“Flying our flags at half-mast not only shows our concern for the victims and their communities, but also our determination to be strong," Alderman Chipman said.

“Our thoughts, our sympathy and our condolences are with all those impacted,” he said.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

House fire closed Boyer Rd

PART of Boyer Rd was closed  earlier today due to a house fire at Dromedary. Acting Sergeant Scott McKenzie of Tasmania Police said no-one had been injured in the fire, which was reported around 1pm.

Boyer Rd was blocked for about 90 minutes while firefighters brought the blaze under control. Motorists travelling to and from New Norfolk were advised to use the Lyell Hwy. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Community market this Sunday


Derwent Valley Community House

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk

Sunday, November 15

Weekend cricket fixture

Southern Cricket Association
Round 6 - Derwent Valley roster

All matches start at 10.30am

FIRST GRADE - Saturday
Molesworth I v  Rokeby at Boyer Oval.
New Norfolk I v Sorell at Tynwald Park.

Gretna I v Sorell at Sorell.

THIRD GRADE - Saturday
Bushy Park v Hobart at Bushy Park Showground.
Gretna II v Brighton at Gretna.

Bothwell v Bagdad at Bagdad.
Molesworth II - Bye.
New Norfolk II v Old Beach at Lindisfarne No.2.
Bothwell II v Derwent at Bothwell.
New Norfolk III v St Anne's at Tynwald Park.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Biggest Remembrance Day service in decades

Mayor Martyn Evans and RSL sub-branch
president Stephen Ball.
ABOUT 100 people attended today's Remembrance Day service in New Norfolk, representing the biggest attendance in several decades. A small group of veterans was supported by Legacy Widows, CWA members, school groups, council staff and the general public.

New Norfolk RSL Sub-Branch president Stephen Ball welcomed those present and spoke of the special significance of the day. "At  11am on the 11th November, 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, ending the First World War. We come here today to remember all those who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and their families."

Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph and a short address was given by Reverend Celia Hooker from St Matthew's Anglican Church. Just before 11am Mr Ball recited the Ode of Remembrance and Arthur Jones from the Derwent Valley Concert Band played the Last Post which led into a minute's silence.

After the singing of the National Anthem the focus shifted to the official opening of Centenary of Anzac Remembrance Garden adjacent to the Cenotaph. Thanking the State Government and Derwent Valley Council for their support of the project, Mr Ball said the roses planted in the garden had been chosen for their special significance. They are the Centenary of Gallipoli Rose and the Peace Rose.

Mr Ball then joined Mayor Martyn Evans in unveiling the Millbrook Rise interpretation panel telling the story of the Derwent Valley's participation in World War I and of the efforts to support soldiers when they returned from the war. Councillor Martyn Evans thanked the following for their assistance with information for the information panel: New Norfolk Historical Information Centre, Warwick Lee from the Army Museum of Tasmania, New Norfolk RSL Sub-branch and Ken O’Brien OAM, as well as Derek Jones for  his work on the design of the board, and Cr Damian Bester and Cr Paul Belcher for their involvement on the working group headed by regional development officer Jess Dallas.

The Millbrook Rise information panel. Click image to enlarge.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Local cricket - week five

Southern Cricket Association
Round 5 - Derwent Valley games

A MATCH-winning unbeaten century from Molesworth I all-rounder Brad Coppleman secured an excellent three-wicket win over Rokeby at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Runs were certainly the order of the day with 599 runs scored in the match. Needing 300 to win off its 50 overs, Molesworth I got home with three wickets in hand and just 2.1 overs remaining. At one stage the home side was 4/69, but when captain Jamie Adams (48 runs) and Brad Coppleman 105 not out (8 fours, 4 sixes) came together, they put on an excellent partnership of 147 getting the score to 216. Nathan Eiszele then made 37 and earlier Brayden Hodge got 36. Larry Menzie remained 12no. Brayden Hodge 3-37 off 9 overs and Aaron Wingrove 3-69 off 8 were the pick of the Molesworth bowlers.

In the other Second Grade match, New Norfolk I went down to Sorell at Tynwald Park by 63 runs. The visitors made 9/162 off its 50 overs and in reply the Red Caps were bowled out for 99. Keeper Leigh Berry made 30 (5 fours) and John Ferguson 18 (2 fours) to be the only batsman to reach double figures. Ferguson also did well with the ball taking 4-39 (10). Aaron Drew 2-28 (10) and coach Todd Rusher 1-28 (10) did their bit also.

GRETNA I comfortably defeated Sorell at Sorell by 10 wickets. Batting first, Gretna bowled the home side out for just 83 off 27.4 overs. Jackson Ackerly bowled well taking 3-21 off 8 while Zac Crosswell 2-12 (6), Todd Jarvis 2-12 (3.4) and Corey Ransley 1-21 (6) also bowled very well. In reply Gretna opening pair Bruce Emery 38no (2 fours) and captain Ben Rainbird 34no (5 fours) did a great job seeing their team to victory off just 17 overs.

PLAYING at home, Gretna II went down to new club Brighton Eagles by three wickets. Gretna had first knock making 10/145 off 45.3 overs. Glenn Blackwell top-scored with 28 (4 fours, 1 six) while captain Damien Hack made 29 (2 fours) and Tom Allcock 18 (2 fours). In reply the Eagles reached the target off 32.1 overs finishing 7/148. Luke Crosswell 2-24 (6) and Aaron Browning 2-38 off 10 while young Jake Campbell who also plays for the Under 16s bowled very well taking 2-28 off 5.1 overs. Well done also to Darren Lennox who played his 150th club game for Gretna last week.

It was a low-scoring affair in the other Third Grade match with Bushy Park defeating Hobart at Bushy Park by 35 runs. Bushy Park had first knock making 9/111 off 26.5 overs. Mitch Crosswell top-scored with 29 and Troy Smith 27 and captain Dylan Grant 26  were next best. In reply Hobart was bundled out for 76 off 29.1 overs. All-rounder Mitch Crosswell capped off a great match taking 4-24 off his 10 overs while Dylan Grant did likewise taking 3-9 off 5. Troy Smith 2-32 (10) and Blake Howlett 1-9 (4.1) also kept things tight.
PLAYING at Lindisfarne, New Norfolk II had a 36-run win over Old Beach. Opener Trent Smith made 26 and Nathan Cashion 21. In reply, Old Beach was bowled out for 112 off its 50 overs. Red Caps bowler Liam O'Brien bowled exceptionally well for his team finishing 10 overs 4-13 with two maidens. Shannon Long wasn't far behind with 2-13 off 10 and Blake Kemmker 2-28 (8).

Bothwell I had a narrow four-run win over Bagdad at Bagdad. Batting first Bothwell made 10/119 off 29.3 overs. Opener Matthew Mayne and captain Cody Eyles top-scored with 21 each. In the run chase the home side was bowled out for 115 off 23.3 overs. Veteran Joey Eyles 3-29 (5) and Nathan White 3-42 (7.3) were the pick of the bowlers, but Brock Nichols and Mathew Eyles each took two wickets as well.

Molesworth II had the bye.

NEW Norfolk III suffered a narrow two-wicket loss to St Anne's at Tynwald Park. Batting first, New Norfolk made 10/91 off 28 overs. Batting at number eight, captain Brad Kemmler made 27 (3 fours, 1 six), while Nathan Heron and Andrew Challenger made 12 each. Batting second, St Anne's finished with 8/94 off 37.2 overs. Again captain Brad Kemmler led the way taking 3-16 (9) as did Shayne Upton 3-25 (6), being the best of the home sides bowlers.

At Cambridge, Bothwell 10/144 off 47 overs lost to Derwent 9/166 off 50 overs. Stuart Eyles top-scored with 37. Next best were Kelvin Eyles on 21 and Simon Eyles with 14. With the ball for the Bucks, Stuart Eyles claimed 2-16 (4), Brodie White 2-21 (9) and Simon Eyles 2-42 (10) were the main wicket takers.

Have a blast with cricket

THE Derwent Valley T20 Blast starts this Friday at Tynwald Park at 5pm. T20 Blast is a program offering children first experience of playing cricket in a fun and social setting.

The game is much shorter than traditional cricket, with a maximum of 90 minutes playing time. All the equipment is supplied. The program goes for two months and is open to boys and girls aged from 7-12. The cost is $99.

Anyone wishing to register their children for T20 Blast can sign up online at Select your chosen club from either Gretna, Molesworth or New Norfolk and then follow the registration steps.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Derwent Valley Country Music Muster

Click image for more information.

Special Remembrance Day this year

REMEMBRANCE Day this Wednesday will have special significance in New Norfolk as it will include the official opening of a Centenary of Anzac Remembrance Garden and the unveiling of an information panel telling the story of the Millbrook Rise Hospital.

The Remembrance Day service will start at 10.45am at the Cenotaph in Circle St. In recognition of the Centenary of Anzac, the event will be more structured than in previous years. Wreaths will be laid and there will be addresses by New Norfolk RSL president Stephen Ball and Reverend Celia Hooker. A bugler will play The Last Post and the National Anthem will be sung.

After 11am the focus will switch to the opening of the Centenary of Anzac Remembrance Garden adjacent to the Cenotaph which has been funded by the State Government and the Derwent Valley Council.

The public is invited to attend.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

How to contact the hospital

THE New Norfolk District Hospital has advised of new contact details.

Phone: 6166 1300
Fax:     6262 2819

Glover wins national challenge

Kieran Glover
LOCAL driver Kieran Glover scored a second national championship earlier today, winning the Formula Vee National Challenge at Symmons Plains. The event marks the 50th anniversary of Formula Vee racing in Australia, with 34 entrants vying for the silverware.

Competing in the 1600cc division, Glover, from Sorell Creek, was racing on home soil for the first time since winning the Australian Formula Vee Championship in Sydney two months ago - the first Tasmanian to do so.

Meanwhile, among the 23-strong field in the 1200cc class was Glover's father, Leon Glover from Molesworth.

See the Mercury's preview here.

Record effort on Garage Sale day

TASMANIANS hit the streets on October 24 for the fifth annual Garage Sale Trail - a day of simultaneous garage sales across the country. The aim is to promote reuse, reduce landfill, build community connections and enable fundraising in a fun and social way.

The event was supported by 21 Tasmanian councils, and 174 councils nationally. Tasmania achieved a record level of participation this year, with 814 stalls registered statewide, and more than 1,822,146 items listed for sale at an estimated value of $1,531,745.  About 20% of the sales were fundraising for a cause.

The Derwent Valley Council emerged as the number one municipal area in the state, based on the number of stalls held on a per capita basis. The municipality also ranked fifth on the national leaderboard.

Friday, November 6, 2015

This weekend's cricket

Southern Cricket Association
Round 5 - Derwent Valley roster

All matches start at 10.30am

FIRST GRADE - Saturday
Molesworth I v Rokeby at Boyer Oval.
New Norfolk I v Sorell at Tynwald Park.

Gretna I v  Sorell at Sorell No.1

THIRD GRADE - Saturday
Bushy Park v Hobart at Bushy Park Showground.
Gretna II v Brighton at Gretna.

Bothwell v Bagdad at Bagdad.
Molesworth II - Bye.
New Norfolk II v Old Beach at Lindisfarne No.2
Bothwell II v Derwent at Bothwell.
New Norfolk III v St Annes at Tynwald Park.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Local cricket - week four

Southern Cricket Association
Round 4 - Derwent Valley games

A GREAT all-round effort from Bushy Park's Mitchell Crosswell saw his team record an excellent two-wicket win over St Aidans at Cambridge Oval on Saturday in STCA Third Grade. Crosswell took 2-18 off six overs during the home side's 8/227 and then went about taking to their bowlers, scoring a very good 103. Coming in at first drop and not dismissed until the score was 8/211, the work was done and Bushy Park finished 8/228 with 6.2 overs remaining. Shaun Fenton made 30, while Troy Smith also played a big part making 30 and taking 3-43 (8) and Trent Grant took 2-41 (10).

NEW Norfolk I recorded big nine-wicket win over Rokeby at Clarendon Vale. The home side was dismissed for just 84 off 26.2 overs with Joe McCulloch showing his talents as an all-rounder claiming 5/13 off 7.2 overs then in the run chase making 39 not out (4 fours, 2 sixes). Stewart Rice bowled well also taking 3/19 off 8 while assistant coach John Ferguson remained 39no including 7 fours and 1 six. New Norfolk finished 1 for 85 off just 11.1 overs.

In the other First Grade match, Molesworth I 10/148 off 45.2 overs lost to St Aidans 3/154 off 20.2 overs at Cambridge Oval. Opener Jake King was the only shinning light making 71.

GRETNA 6/297 off 50 overs easily defeated Campania 10/98 off 20.3 overs. Aaron Maddox was the big standout for Gretna, making 28 with the bat and 6-36 off 10 overs with the ball. Bruce Emery played a solid hand making 65 not out while Craig Cunningham made a welcome return to form with a fine 58 (6 fours), while Mathew Burns made 49 and Todd Jarvis also found form with 45 (6 fours). Jackson Ackerly hit up 21 (4 fours).

IN the other third grade match, Sandford batting first in a high scoring affair 7/305 off 50 overs defeated Gretna II 7/241 off 50 overs. Openers Luke Wheeler 64 (9 fours, 1 six) and Damien Hack 52 (8 fours, 1 six) shared a 111-run opening stand. Tom Allcock did well 42 (7 fours) as did Adam Browning 28no (3 fours). Darren Lennox tool 3/61 (10).

NEW Norfolk II 4/168 off 33.4 overs defeated Richmond/Cambridge 9/164 off 50 overs at Tynwald Park. Nathan Cashion 3/34 (10) and Shannon Long 3/39 (10) were the best of the Red Caps bowlers while it was opener Nathan Heron carrying his bat with 61 not out (4 fours, 2 sixes) and at number six a fine 57 not out from captain Jamie Hill (5 fours, 1 six). The pair put on a fantastic 147-run partnership. There were 44 extras.
At Bushy Park it was a all-Eyles attack with Bothwell I 10/193 off 37.3 overs defeating Montagu Bay 10/143 off 41.5 overs. Mathew Eyles again bowled well capturing 4/35 off 9. He also made 22 runs, while brother Joey Eyles made a fine 68 with the bat and then was very good with the ball taking 3/11 off 5. Captain Cody Eyles made 15.

At Boyer Oval, Molesworth II went down to Old Beach by five wickets. Dakoda Smith with some big hitting top-scored with a well-made 41 (3 fours, 3 sixes). Martyn Evans made 29 (4 fours) and Jake Foster 27 (3 fours, 1 six). Tim Radley-Kelly 2-34 off 7 was the best of the Molesworth bowlers.
IN their first match in the SCA, Bothwell II recorded a dominant first-up win when it defeated St Aidans by 97 runs at Pontville. With the bat, Stuart Eyles did very well making 54 while Anthony White made 39. Bradley Eyles sent down five overs for a tight return of 4/11, Brodie White was also very miserly with 3/14 off seven overs. Well done team, a good first up victory. It's interesting to note there were three Eyles's playing for Bothwell I and six for Bothwell II.

The match at Tynwald Park was a close one with New Norfolk III 10/147 off 47.4 overs going down to Weily Park 8/148 off 41.2 overs. Captain Brad Kemmler struck the ball well with some big hitting making 45 including 3 fours and 5 sixes. Coby Kemmker 3/8 (6) and  Blake Kemmler 3-31 (19) bowled superbly while Aaron Drew took 2/17 (10).

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Christmas markets coming up


Derwent Valley Community House,

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk

November 15 & December 6

Hot food, barbecue, cakes, jams, chutney, relish, sauces, seedling flowers and vegetables, bushes, shrubs, fresh vegetables, lucky dips, handmade products (cards, knitwear, aprons, bags, hats, signs, pillows), collectables, books, comics, bric-a-brac, clothing, pictures, jewellery, Christmas gift ideas and more.

Junior cricket - week two

Round 2

Brighton 7/161 off 25 overs defeated Gretna Green 7/66 off 25 overs at Gretna on Sunday. Batting: Cameron Clark 9no (2 fours), Brayden Butler 8no (1 four), Hayden Davis 6 (1 four), Josh Whyte 4.
Bowling: Josh Whyte 2/26 (3), Hayden Davis 1/9 (3), Jacob Blackwell 1/10 (2), Conor Kelly-Lennox 1-12 (2), Brayden Butler 1/22 (3).

Gretna Gold 5/126 off 25 overs d. University Black 7/76 off 24.2 overs at Glenora District School. Batting: Tyron Bailey 17 (3 fours), Brodie Scanlon 14 (2 fours), Callum Rogers 14 (2 fours), Bailey Wheeler 11 (1 four). Bowling: Bailey Wheeler 2/3 (2), Tyron Bailey 2/7 (2.2), Brodie Scanlon 1/8 (3), Tyler Scanlon 1/8 (3), Callum Rogers 1/10 (3).

Clarence White 6/79 off 25 overs d. New Norfolk 3/66 off 25 overs at Cornelian Bay. Batting: Jordan Gittus 17, Jordan George 15, Cam McMaster 5, Tom Murray 4, Cale Browning 3. Bowling: Jordan Gittus 4/8 (3), Cale Browning 1/4 (2), Jack Morgan 1.7 (2).

Gretna 10 for 154 off 37.1 overs d. Kingston 8 for 152 off 38 overs at Mt Nelson Oval. Batting: Blake Mayne 44 (9 fours), Sam Booth 32 (7 fours), Adam Bartels 13no (2 fours), Zac Wheeler 13 (3 fours), Jake Campbell 11 (1 four), Ryan Emery 6 (1 four). Bowling: Jake Campbell 3/25 (7), Adam Bartels 2/5 (2), Blake Mayne 1/24 (7).

Molesworth 7/205 off 40 overs d. Wellington 9/112 off 28.1 overs at Shoobridge Park. Batting: Jayden Wilton 57 (7 fours), J. Nichols 39 (7 fours), Colby Evans 26 (2 fours), Jye Lester 22no, J. Nichols 21 (3 fours). Bowling: Jake Bearman 4/7 (5.1), Baine Tomlin 1/10 (3), Jayden Wilton 1/11 (3), Jye Lester 1/18 (4), Colby Evans 1/24 (3).

New Town 9/145 off 35 overs d. New Norfolk 9 for 143 off 38 overs at Ogilvie High School. Batting: Jye Bearman 61, Lucas Higgins 39. Bowling: Jake Stevenson 2/18 (3).

Round 3 - Sunday

Under 13s (9am start)
Gretna Green v Clarence White at Gretna.
Gretna Gold v  Brighton at Cove Creek Oval.
New Norfolk v Bucks at Ogilvie High School.

Under 16s (12.30 start)
Gretna v Kingborough at Gretna.
Molesworth v Old Beach at Old Beach.
New Norfolk v St Annes at Boyer Oval.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Tuesday frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:15am on Monday 2 November 2015.

Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degree are forecast for Tuesday morning in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

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

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Colourful tribute at Arthur Square

PART of Arthur Square in New Norfolk became a field of pink and blue yesterday morning following the annual event remembering those lost to cancer as well as those who have survived the illness or are presently struggling with it.

Reverend Celia Hooker of St Matthew's Anglican Church officiated for the memorial service which was organised by the Can-Hope Cancer Support Group. Most of those in attendance were either celebrating being a survivor or remembering those who have passed away.

Celia Hooker leading the Mini-Field Service at Arthur Square.
Thanks to Bruce Lamb for the photos
These tribute events are often called Mini Fields of Women due to the tradition of placing pink silhouettes in the ground or on display, bearing personal messages from family and friends.

A local innovation this year was the creation of blue silhouettes for those specifically wishing to remember a male relative or friend.

The Can-Hope Cancer Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the New Norfolk Library. Phone 6261 3874 for more information.

Fuel reduction burn on Peppermint Hill

THE fuel-reduction burn on New Norfolk's Peppermint Hill provided spectacular scenes of smoke and fire late into the evening last night.

Resources mobilised for the event included a medium tanker and heavy tanker from the Tasmania Fire Service, two light tankers from Forestry Tasmania, and 10 light tankers, one medium tanker and two cars from the Parks and Wildlife Service.