Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Spelling out a new future

The mystery signage in viewed from Hobart Rd.
PROPS from a failed media stunt have found a new purpose on the outskirts of New Norfolk. Large letters spelling out "Back on the map" appeared in a paddock near the Millbrook Rise boat ramp early yesterday afternoon.

Earlier, the same lettering had been in place at the rear of the Granton Green Reserve where the Derwent Valley Council staged a Federal Election media stunt that failed to attract any media*.

A statement issued by a public relations firm acting for the council explained that the council was calling on politicians to put the Derwent Valley "back on the map" but some are now interpreting the signage to represent that New Norfolk is firmly back on the map following the success of Dark Mofo at Willow Court.

Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art) says the events it presented at Willow Court attracted 12,700 visitors between June 9 and 19. The support of the local community and the commercial sector has been celebrated on a banner at Lees Corner in High St.

* Maybe we're being too harsh. While no media attended the event at Granton yesterday morning, The Derwent Valley Gazette gave it front page coverage today and the Mercury included comments from Mayor Martyn Evans in today's issue.


Police seek house fire witnesses

POLICE have appealed for information about a suspicious house fire in Kensington St last night.

"Around 7.20pm on Tuesday, emergency services were called to the fire at Unit 22, 35 Kensington St, New Norfolk," Constable Stephen Bugg said. "Members of the New Norfolk Fire Brigade attended and were able to extinguish the fire," he said.

"This morning a fire scene examination was conducted by members of the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police," Constable Bugg said. "As a result of the examination, police believe the fire at the unit was deliberately lit.

The property is owned by Housing Tasmania and was vacant at the time of the fire. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Police urge anyone with information about the fire to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Big future for promising footballers

Ryan Banks-Smith, Jack Stevenson
and Josh Farrow.
THREE promising Derwent Valley footballers continue to show they have what it takes when it comes to  making the big time in their chosen sport.

Ryan Banks-Smith, Jack Stevenson and Josh Farrow played in the Tasmanian state team that defeated Queensland by the big margin of 43 points in Under 16s Division 2 Championship earlier this month.

Played on home soil at Kingston on June 11, the match was an excellent win for the team which has shown it can match it against the bigger states. These inspiring boys all played well, with Banks-Smith being a standout kicking a goal and featuring in the best players.

All three boys have shown they have plenty of talent and this was evident by their selection in the state squad. They came through the junior teams at New Norfolk and, as a requirement for state selection, now play with TSL club Glenorchy.

The state team will now travel to the Gold Coast to play two more matches, one against the Northern Territory at Metricon Stadium at 1pm July 5 and one against NSW/ACT at Southport on July 9 at 10am. All three boys have again been selected for the team.
WADE GLEESON

SFL match reports - Round 12

SFL Round 12 Report
Provided by SFL League Management

New Norfolk 13.8 (86) d Cygnet 8.10 (58)
Despite the Eagles being three places behind the Port on the ladder they managed to claim their best and most convincing win of the season on Saturday. This was a thriller of a game as New Norfolk shocked everybody watching with their form turnaround and took out the win against Cygnet.

The Eagles led the game from the start, managing a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was all about the Eagles as they showed everybody at the ground how to use the home ground advantage to perfection.

In the third quarter, Cygnet narrowed the margin but still could only come within 13 points of the Eagles. By the time the third-quarter siren sounded the Port had managed five goals, while New Norfolk only claimed one but still managed to hold the lead.

During the fourth quarter the Port had more than enough opportunities to take the lead over the Eagles but due to their inaccurate kicking and New Norfolk’s strong defence they remained goalless.

Rohan Heron and Michael Thompson kicked three goals each for the Eagles, while Jacob Wigg and Clint Curtain finished with two for the game.

In the Reserves game Cygnet held on to a 26-point lead, while in the Under 18s Southern Storm managed a 68-point win over New Norfolk.

SENIORS
New Norfolk 3.0 (18) 9.2 (56) 10.6 (66) 13.8 (86)
Cygnet 1.2 (8) 3.4 (22) 8.5 (53) 8.10 (58)
Goals - New Norfolk: R. Heron 3, M. Thompson 3, J. Wigg 2, C. Curtain 2, B. Wardlaw, J. Van-Lierop, A. Burgess; CygnetC. Nield, B. Hayes, G. Quirk, W. Ford, D. Millhouse, M. Cane, T. Bakes, J. Laycock.
Best - New Norfolk: R. Thompson, J. Wigg, N. Lester, B. King, T. Eiszele, B. Wardlaw; Cygnet: C. Wilcox, C. Nield, T. Cowen, M. Direen, W. Ford, K. Nielsen.

RESERVES
Cygnet 4.1 (25) 5.4 (34) 7.7 (49) 9.7 (61)
New Norfolk 0.4 (4) 1.8 (14) 2.8 (20) 4.11 (35)
Goals - Cygnet: B. Carver 4, S. Burgess 2, J. Bester 2, J. Direen; New Norfolk: J. Papera 2, K. Walker, M. Jones.
Best - Cygnet: D. Donato, P. Ford, J. Direen, B. Smith, J. Bester, B. Carver; New Norfolk: C. Ransley, T. Bligh, J. Papera, J. Pregnell, J. Hill, N. Coy.

COLTS
Southern Storm 5.2 (32) 10.3 (63) 11.4 (70) 13.7 (85)
New Norfolk 1.0 (6) 1.0 (6) 2.5 (17) 2.5 (17)
Goals - Southern Storm: J. Direen 6, J. Dance 3, B. Lane 2, K. Russell, J. Brereton; New Norfolk: A. McKenzie, J. Russell.
Best - Southern Storm: J. Gordon, L. O'Neill, P. O'Neill, N. Duggan, C. Gane, J. Direen; New Norfolk: T. Heron, J. Evans, J. Fisher-Cooley, J. Graham, J. Campbell, J. Russell.

Other games

Claremont 15.17 (107) d Sorell 6.4 (40)
From not long into the game it was clear Sorell did not stand a chance as the Magpies set about securing their ninth win. The reigning premiers had a 15-point lead at quarter time and as the game went on the margin kept getting bigger. In the Reserves match the Magpies played an unbelievable game of football defeating the Sorell Eagles 20.22 (142) to 0.1 (1).

Huonville 17.16 (118) d Dodges Ferry 6.5 (41)
The Lions took out a 77-point win and moved up into third spot on the ladder. In the Reserves the Lions claimed the win with a nine-point victory after a tight game, while Dodges Ferry took out the Under 18 game with a 40-point win.

Hobart 13.9 (87) d Brighton 8.14 (62)
The Tigers played a strong game of football and took out a comfortable win over the Robins. In the Reserves game the Robins managed a 15-point win, while in the Under 18s they gained a massive 87-point win over the Tigers.


BYE: Lindisfarne

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Local candidates in Senate election

TWO local women are among the 58 people contesting the 12 Senate senate available to Tasmania in this weekend's double dissolution Federal Election.

  • Jo Volta, 57, of New Norfolk, is a candidate for the Arts Party. 
  • Kate McCulloch, 53, of Malbina, is a candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party. 
Click here for the full list of candidates in the 2016 Federal Election.

High tea at the Oast House

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LADIES and anyone else interested in frocking up for a special occasion may be interested in a series of high teas on offer at the Oast House at New Norfolk from next month.

Local resident Chrissie Maciocco of Love Our Valley Enterprises will host a series of Pop Up High Tea Afternoons at the historic Tynwald Park venue in mid-July, August and September.

At each event there will be a “woman of interest” who will share some of her story. "Come and enjoy a glass of bubbly stuff on arrival as well as sample some delicious, delightful delicacies," Chrissie said.

DATES:  Sunday July 17, August 21 and September 25.
TIMES: 2-4pm
BOOKINGS: Call 0413 774 049 or email loveourvalley@outlook.com
MORE ON FACEBOOK here.

Councillor says keep the Rosehaven set

Rosehaven stars Luke McGregor and
Celia Pacquola.
THE Rosehaven set in High St should be retained as a tourist attraction, Derwent Valley Councillor James Graham said last week.

Rosehaven is an eight-part comedy written by Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor. Tasmanian-born McGregor plays a man who returns home to run his parents' real estate business in the fictitious town of Rosehaven, which through the magic of television will mostly be made up from locations in the Derwent Valley.

The production has filmed locally at several places in New Norfolk and Lachlan, initially spending a few days on location in Circle St. There was also great interest when driving scenes were filmed in the Avenues area of New Norfolk North.


Filming outside "McCallum Real
Estate" recently.

It's been suggested that the Rosehaven
real estate office could be left in place.
An empty shop at 55 High St has been transformed into the office of "McCallum Real Estate", where two weeks of filming was carried out, including a street protest scene.

Cr Graham said there would be many people wanting to see where the ABC-TV comedy series was filmed once it hit the small screen. He suggested that the council could ask for the set to be left in place once the production has wrapped up.

The producers are hopeful the first series of Rosehaven - to be aired later this year - will be the start of a long-running flagship comedy on the ABC.

The town of Minyip in Victoria continues to attract fans of the 1980s medical drama The Flying Doctors 25 years after it ceased production, while Pitt Town and surrounds in the Hawkesbury region of New South Wales still offer A Country Practice tours more than two decades after that show ended.

Five polling booths disappear

PEOPLE intending to vote at Ellendale, Gretna, Hamilton, Bronte Park or Maydena in next Saturday's Federal Election will have to make other plans.

Following a review of polling places by the Australian Electoral Commission, 16 fewer polling booths will be operated in the Lyons electorate. It has been reported that 730 booths have closed across Australia, including 38 in Tasmania.

The Derwent Valley has been hit particularly hard, losing five federal polling places. Based on the number of votes cast at those locations in the 2013 Federal Election, nearly 700 people will have to find an alternative polling place.

Number of votes cast in 2013 Federal Election

  • Dromedary: 338 votes
  • Bronte Park: 93 votes
  • Ellendale: 150 votes
  • Glenora: 199 votes
  • Granton:  464 votes
  • Gretna: 184 votes
  • Hamilton: 133 votes
  • Lachlan: 412 votes
  • Magra: 529 votes
  • Maydena: 130 votes
  • Molesworth: 317 votes
  • New Norfolk: 1981 votes
  • New Norfolk North: 1355 votes
  • Ouse: 215 votes
  • Westerway: 213 votes.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Today's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk  13.8 (86) d Cygnet 8.10 (58)

RESERVES: Cygnet 9.7 (61) d New Norfolk 4.11 (35)

COLTS: Southern Storm 13.7 (85) d New Norfolk  2.5 (17)

Road weather alert

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

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

Issued at 3:32pm on Saturday 25 June 2016.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Sunday morning in parts of the Central North, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts.

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

The next alert will be issued by 11pm Saturday.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sheep graziers warning

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

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

Issued at 2:54pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

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

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Thursday.

Road weather alert

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

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

Issued at 3pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Icy and snow covered roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Thursday and Friday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

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

The next alert will be issued by 11pm Thursday.

SFL Round 12 preview

Southern Football League match preview
Round 12 - Provided by SFL League Management

New Norfolk v Cygnet at Boyer, 2pm Saturday
New Norfolk has had two weeks off to prepare for this game at home against Cygnet, but Cygnet has had some big wins in recent weeks, making this one a tough contest.

The last game New Norfolk played was against the unbeaten Lindisfarne where the Eagles dropped off in form after three solid wins in a row. They will be looking for a return to form against Cygnet this weekend.

Round 11 saw Cygnet pull off a massive win against Brighton on the road, leaving the Port sitting in third spot on the ladder and trying to chase down the reigning premiers in the quest for a sought after home final.

Both teams have a lot to play for this weekend as they seek to improve their position on the ladder and prove they’re going to be one of the teams to beat in the second half of the season. This will be an interesting match to watch.

Claremont v Sorell at Abbotsfield Park, 2pm 
Now that we have passed the middle of the season teams are beginning to get focused for a run at the final five. The reigning premiers will be sure to put up a strong effort this weekend and it will take a lot of skill and determination for Sorell to stand a chance in this game.

Huonville v Dodges Ferry at Huonville, 2pm
Both teams came home with massive wins in Round 11 and it will be a good match to see who can come through with the win again this week. Huonville has the advantage of the home ground and a higher spot on the ladder, but Dodges Ferry won’t go down without a fight.

Brighton v Hobart at Pontville, 2pm 
Brighton and Hobart are both recovering from big losses so this will be a good match for them both to prove what they have to deliver for their supporters and the rest of the season.

BYE: Lindisfarne

Band celebrates tunes from stage and screen

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MUSIC from some of the great shows of stage and screen will be celebrated in a special election night concert to be given by the Derwent Valley Concert Band. The performance will be at 7.30pm on July 2 in the Stanley Burbury Theatre at the University of Tasmania campus at Sandy Bay.

The band promises that brain cells deadened by the federal election campaign will be rejuvenated by Joe Hisaishi’s amazing score to the Anime movie Spirited Away. "Relax and recuperate by singing along (perhaps not too loudly) with those wonderful songs from South Pacific and the Wizard of Oz, a band spokesman said.

"Shake off your body’s torpor by dancing (on the inside please) to Leonard Bernstein’s stunning music from West Side Story and be completely amazed by the brilliant pianistic skills of Thomas Misson when he performs Richard Addinsell’s timeless classic, Warsaw Concerto."

After interval, another talented pianist, Jennifer Yu, will join Misson to perform two short pieces from Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride. Yu, with the DVCB Wind Quintet, will also present the Carl Davis theme music to the BBC 1995 television series Pride and Prejudice.

Other music on the program will come from the video game Halo, as well as The Man From Snowy River, The Nightmare before Christmas and Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan.

Refreshments will be available and admission is by donation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Norfolk hospitals in the news

TWO New Norfolk hospitals were the subject of discussion at Budget Estimates hearings in Hobart earlier this month. The New Norfolk District Hospital and the Millbrook Rise Centre were brought up in Legislative Council Estimates Committee A on June 7.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson said it was proposed to make better use of regional health facilities, focusing on the New Norfolk District Hospital in particular. "I assure the committee and the community that we are committed to all of our rural sites," Mr Ferguson said. "If anything, the Government, in my view, is that we need to be looking for opportunities to better utilise our rural sites. New Norfolk, in particular, holds that prospect very much before us."

Tasmanian Health Service acting chief operating officer Craig Watson said much work had been done around how to better utilise rural hospitals to assist the major acute hospitals. "The minister has referred to the New Norfolk Hospital and would have referenced that because we are probably looking at making that a bit of an earlier adopter or exemplar of some of the works we are trying to do in relation to better utilising the facilities," Mr Watson said.

"New Norfolk has advantages in terms of its proximity, if you like, to where the Royal [Hobart Hospital] is, the number of beds and the skills of the people we have there, the attractiveness of it as a facility," Mr Watson said. The THS had already been engaging with New Norfolk's general practitioners about better ways to utilise the local hospital.

Lessons learned at New Norfolk would then be rolled out to other facilities. "This will be addressing a combination of factors of having the right relationships with the GPs and their willingness to take patients under their care ... making sure we have the appropriate staffing within the hospitals, the nursing staffing, but also the access to allied health services, to support patients who are transitioned from our acute setting from our major hospitals into that facility, as well as having the right information available to actually encourage patients to be willing and agreeable to do that.

Mr Watson said it was also important for doctors in the major hospitals to understand that it was safe for patients to move from their care to the rural facilities. "Sometimes there is even some tendency to hang on to a patient a bit long within the acute hospital because sometimes they are not as aware of the care that is available within the rural facility and that the patient can be ready to go," Mr Watson said.

"So that is a variety of different pieces of work that we are undertaking and trialling different elements at different facilities, but we are looking at New Norfolk certainly as, as I said, an earlier adopter of that. As I said, the ability to market it to patients because it is an attractive facility, it has nice sized spaces within there, it has a nice outlook."

Later on the same day, Derwent MLC Craig Farrell asked whether there were any plans or ideas for the Millbrook Rise Centre on the outskirts of New Norfolk, and whether the services there could be expanded or improved. Mr Ferguson offered to write to Mr Farrell about the government's vision for the mental health facility there. He said the government had recently purchased the property from its private owner.

"I would be pleased to write to you and offer you further briefing if you would like it, because I know it is in your patch in your seat of Derwent. But, yes, we have made that purchase on behalf of the Crown and we certainly are maintaining and indeed increasing our efforts to provide appropriate care and more options for people to continue to live happy lives away from hospital," Mr Ferguson said.

Pasta popping up at the Oast House

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LOOKING for somewhere new to eat in New Norfolk this winter? Get your nostrils twitching as the smell of authentic Italian cuisine mixes with the earthy and woody smells of the Oast House at New Norfolk.

Local residents Chrissie and Marino Maciocco of Love Our Valley Enterprises will host a series of Pop Up Pasta Nights at the historic Tynwald Park venue in early July, August and September.

Marino is an award-winning chef who creates authentic and rustic Italian meals, and loves to see and hear people enjoying the dishes he has created.

DATES:  Saturday July 2, August 6 and September 10.
TIMES: 6-9pm
BOOKINGS: Call 0413 774 049 or email loveourvalley@outlook.com
MORE ON FACEBOOK here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

SFL football - Round 11 report

SFL Round 11 Report
Provided by SFL League Management

New Norfolk seniors: bye
New Norfolk reserves: bye

New Norfolk colts 6.12 (48) d Huonville 5.4 (34)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Graham 3, B. Burridge 2, J. Fisher-Cooley; Huonville: B. Page 2, R. Castro, K. Wright, A. Myler.
Best - New Norfolk: Z. Triffett, T. Heron, B. Tomlin, J. Graham, D. Morgan, O. Haigh; Huonville: B. Page, T. Clark, C. Woolley, K. Wright, E. Monks, T. Campisi


Lindisfarne 15.11 (101) d Claremont 9.6 (60)
The reigning premiers didn’t stand a chance yesterday as a dominant Lindisfarne confirmed its standing as the team to beat this season. While the Two Blues delivered it to the Magpies in the senior game, Claremont came out on top in the earlier matches with a 65-point win in the Reserves and a 23-point win in the Under 18s.

Huonville 19.17 (131) d Sorell 5.5 (35)
Huonville had a comfortable win over Sorell which keeps the Lions on track in the hunt for the top three. The Lions took out the win in the Reserves by a massive 91-points, while in the Colts variation fixture New Norfolk defeated the Lions by 14 points.

Cygnet 21.8 (134) d Brighton 12.10 (82)
Brighton has unfortunately added another loss to its ledger, as Cygnet had the win in the bag from the start. Brighton took out the Reserves game by a huge 130 points. In the Under 18s game Brighton came through in a very close match with only a one-point margin at the final siren.

Dodges Ferry 24.20 (164) d Hobart 12.11 (83)
The Sharks were not messing around this week. Their sheer strength and determination were showing from the moment they ran on the field, crushing the Tiger opposition. Dodges Ferry also took out wins in the Reserves and Under 18s. A huge effort in the Under 18s saw a 90-point margin and in the Reserves it was a close game with only one goal between the two teams.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Funds for three community groups

VOLUNTEERS at New Norfolk and National Park will benefit from a share of this year's Commonwealth Volunteer Grants. Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said grants had been awarded to the Lions Club of New Norfolk, Derwent Valley Rotary Club and the Friends of Mt Field.

“The Lions Club of New Norfolk will receive $4777 for computer equipment, office equipment and outdoor equipment, and the Derwent Valley Rotary Club will use their $4500 for outdoor furniture and equipment,” Mr Hutchinson said. The Friends of Mt Field will receive $1230 to assist with fuel costs, landscaping and gardening.

“The grant funding is designed to make the work of volunteer organisations easier, safer and more enjoyable. The investment delivers vital support to small community organisations and the dozens of local volunteers involved,” Mr Hutchinson said.

The grants of between $1000 and $5000 enable local organisations to better support their volunteers and the community by purchasing equipment and computers, helping with training and meeting fuel costs, or undertaking background security checks.

Friday, June 17, 2016

All-clear for three water supplies

LIFTING of the boil-water alert affecting people at Lawitta, Boyer and Dromedary has been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. The warning was issued on June 8 after heavy rain resulted in floodwaters impacting on the water supply.

Extensive cleaning of reservoirs has taken place along with significant flushing of the reticulation system. Recent tests have demonstrated that the system no longer poses a risk allowing for the director of public health to lift the alert.

TasWater acting chief executive Dean Page thanked residents for their patience during the period of the boil water alert. Mr Page said residents and businesses would receive written a notice over the coming days informing them of the Boil Water Alert being lifted.

The boil-water alert for National Park, Westerway and Fentonbury remains in place. TasWater says water quality in the area has been affected by floodwater following recent severe weather conditions.

Fentonbury.

National Park.

Westerway.
Affected customers are advised to bring their drinking water to a boil by heating the water until a continuous and rapid stream of air-bubbles is produced from the bottom of a pan or kettle. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable, and variable temperature kettles should be set to "boil".

After heating, water must be allowed to cool before using it, and be stored in a clean, closed container for later use. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.

Customers in the affected areas should boil all water used for:
  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
    Washing and preparing food or beverages
  • Preparing baby formula
  • Cooking rice.

Unboiled water may be used for:
  • Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water). As a precaution babies and toddlers should be sponge-bathed to prevent them swallowing water
  • Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing
  • Washing clothes.

The Department of Health and Human Services advises that consumption of unboiled water could lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and a general feeling of being unwell. If you are concerned that you may have been affected by contaminated water please contact your doctor and advise them about the boil-water alert.

The state's chief veterinary officer has advised TasWater that there is no increased risk to animals drinking mains-supply water in towns under a Boil Water advisory.

For details on boil water procedures or for more information, visit www.taswater.com.au or phone 13 69 92.

Click here for more information on temporary boil water alerts.

Three more days at Willow Court

DARK MoFo re-opens at Willow Court today for a final three-day viewing. Performance artist Mike Parr has completed his 72-hour presentation, but his exhibition continues today and this weekend.

Selected items from Parr’s previous performances have been curated to form Asylum, a one-off installation occupying different buildings including the Barracks, Carlton House/C Ward, Alonnah House/A Ward, and the Occupational Therapy building, with video, sound, photos, objects and an interactive piece.

  • Open Friday June 17, 12-7pm
  • Open Saturday June 18, 12-7pm
  • Open Sunday June 19, 12-7pm

Entry is now general admission, no bookings required. Dark MoFo still requests that visitors bring a mirror to add to the exhibition and entry is subject to site capacity.


The exhibition contains disturbing content and themes, and may not be suitable for children. Curated by Jarrod Rawlins, the project is presented by Mona and Dark MoFo in partnership with Detached and the Derwent Valley Council.

There will also be occasional street entertainment and food vans in New Norfolk on Saturday and Sunday. Many local shops and businesses remain decorated with red lights and mirrors in support of Dark MoFo and many private homes have also adopted the same theme.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rosehaven returns

Filming outside the Rosehaven set in High St on Monday.
ROSEHAVEN has returned to New Norfolk for two weeks of filming in the High St location serving as the real estate agency at the centre of the ABC-TV comedy series.

The former Coopers Hardware premises has been transformed into "McCallum Real Estate". Filming is being be carried out in and around the shop at 55 High St.

Scenes were filmed on Monday and Tuesday and will continue today and tomorrow, as well as from Monday to Friday next week, generally between 7am and 5pm.

 Altus Traffic Control will manage any impacts on local traffic whenever the crew is filming outside.

The shop in High St dressed as
"McCallum Real Estate".
Rosehaven is an eight-part comedy written by Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor. Tasmanian-born McGregor plays a man who returns home to run his parents' real estate business in the fictitious town of Rosehaven, which through the magic of television will be made up from locations in New Norfolk and Geeveston.

Various scenes were filmed last month at locations including the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre in Circle St and Pennyworth in Burnett St. The production team is based at the ABC Centre in Hobart and the series is expected to screen in the second half of this year. 

Community market this Sunday

Derwent Valley Community Market

Sunday, June 19, 2016

10am-2pm

at Derwent Valley Community House

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk
(Market held on the third Sunday of every month)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Council to meet at Molesworth

MOLESWORTH will be the venue for the Derwent Valley Council's monthly meeting this Thursday night. The meeting will be held at the Molesworth Community Hall, starting with a community forum at 6.30pm. This is an opportunity for ratepayers and residents to discuss any issues of concern.

The council meeting proper will start at 7pm and the agenda can be viewed at the council chambers in New Norfolk or on the council website. The agenda is one of the longest in some time, running to more than 250 pages, plus a similar number of pages in supporting documents. Chief among these is the council budget for 2016-17.

Weather warning cancelled

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

Cancellation of Severe Weather Warning
for people in the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 12:46pm on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Weather Situation

The cold front has now crossed southeastern Tasmania.

The Severe Weather Warning for the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Wind gusts are now easing.

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

  • Supervise children closely
  • 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

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Updated: severe weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

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

Issued at 9:54am on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Damaging winds forecast for this morning south of a line from Strahan to Maria Island

Weather Situation

A cold front approaches from the southwest and is expected to cross southern Tasmania this morning and early afternoon.

DAMAGING WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for parts of the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

In the last three hours, wind gusts 126 km/h have been observed at Maatsuyker Island, with 119 km/h on Mount Wellington. 113 km/h on Scotts Peak and 96 km/h at Low Rocky Point.

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

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

For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Tuesday.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Willow Court exhibition extended

AN extra day has been added to the Dark MoFo exhibition at Willow Court in order to cope with the level of interest in the site and Mike Parr's exhibition, Asylum. More than 13,000 people are said to have visited the site since last Thursday.
 
Originally planned to re-open for eight hours this weekend, the site will now be open for a total of 21 hours across Friday, Saturday and Sunday according to information posted on Facebook by Mona creative director Leigh Carmichael.
 
The new schedule is:
  • Friday, June 17: noon-7pm
  • Saturday, June 18: noon-7pm
  • Sunday, June 19: noon-7pm


No bookings are required for those sessions but entry will be subject to site capacity. Dark MoFo still requests that visitors bring a mirror to add to the exhibition. The exhibition contains disturbing content and themes, and may not be suitable for children. Curated by Jarrod Rawlins, the project is presented by Mona and Dark MoFo in partnership with Detached and the Derwent Valley Council. More information.

Weather warning: damaging winds tomorrow

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

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

Issued at 3:17pm on Monday 13 June 2016.

Damaging winds forecast for Tuesday morning south of a line from Strahan to Maria Island

Weather Situation

A high near the New South Wales coast is currently moving east as a cold front approaches from the southwest, expected to cross southern Tasmania late Tuesday morning and early in the afternoon.

DAMAGING WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for parts of the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts for Tuesday morning.

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

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

For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.

Still time to visit Willow Court

Part of the Barracks building at Willow Court last week.
THE performance titled Entry by Mirror Only has now concluded but there are still more opportunities to visit Willow Court this week. Mike Parr completed his 72-hour presentation at noon yesterday, but his Asylum exhibition continues today and this weekend.

Selected items from Parr’s previous performances have been curated to form Asylum, a one-off installation occupying different buildings including the Barracks, Carlton House/C Ward, Alonnah House/A Ward, and the Occupational Therapy building, with video, sound, photos, objects and an interactive piece.
  • Open today, Monday June 13, 12-4pm
  • Open Saturday June 18, 12-4pm
  • Open Sunday June 19, 12-4pm
Entry is now general admission, no bookings required. Dark MoFo still requests that visitors bring a mirror to add to the exhibition.

The exhibition contains disturbing content and themes, and may not be suitable for children. Curated by Jarrod Rawlins, the project is presented by Mona and Dark MoFo in partnership with Detached and the Derwent Valley Council.

There will be occasional street entertainment and food vans in the New Norfolk central business district until Sunday. More than 40 local shops and businesses have been decorated with red lights and mirrors in support of Dark MoFo and many private homes have also adopted the same theme. See the gallery below or head out and see them live this week.

No plan for Port Arthur to run Willow Court

A PROPOSAL to have the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) take responsibility for Maria Island National Park will not be expanded to include Willow Court.

Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Matthew Groom last week said a working group was examining the potential transfer of Maria Island management to PAHSMA. Mr Groom said the group was being chaired by PAHSMA conservation and infrastructure director Jane Harrington. "I think we can do better to celebrate the extraordinary convict heritage that exists on Maria Island," Mr Groom said.

Addressing a Budget Estimates Hearing in Hobart last Wednesday, Mr Groom said he was excited about the opportunity and $220,000 had been allocated in the State Budget. "This can be a significant step change for how Maria Island is presented to the world," he said.

Lyons Labor MHA David Llewellyn asked whether the minister would have Port Arthur look at the management of Willow Court precinct at New Norfolk. "That facility predates Port Arthur. It is one of the iconic sites from a convict heritage point of view, and yet does not get the attention it deserves," Mr Llewellyn said. "Will you also have Dr Harrington look at the management of the Willow Court precinct with its barracks and buildings?"

Mr Groom rejected the notion, saying: "I have made it very clear that this specific inquiry, investigation, assessment, and working group task is focused on the Maria Island opportunity."

Mr Llewellyn said he was not being critical of the minister's decision. "For a long time I have put the point of view that PAHSMA ought to be the people who are administering that wonderful icon at New Norfolk."

Mr Groom acknowledged that Willow Court was an extraordinary place. "It has an incredible story to be told there," he said. "I know there have been a lot of efforts, in fact, there has been a fair bit happening at Willow Court, significant new activities." 

"There are some really exciting examples of how Willow Court has been better celebrated and where the stories are told and people are invited in to experience that extraordinary location.  It really is remarkable," Mr Groom said.  "As for the current work we are doing about the expansion of PAHSMA's role, it is something that we are limiting to the Maria Island opportunity.  We think that is important to give it focus and make sure we get it right."

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Boyer line to re-open on Tuesday

THE southern rail line connecting Boyer, Brighton and Conara is expected to re-open on Tuesday following last week's complete closure of the rail network due to flooding throughout the state.

The Conara Rail Terminal will open from Tuesday, enabling freight from Boyer and Brighton to be loaded on to trucks and transported to the ports of Devonport and Burnie and to bypass the worst of the flood affected Western Line in the Deloraine-Kimberley area.

TasRail asks the public to be alert for trains operating on this route. “We are progressively restoring rail services across large sections of the network," TasRail chief executive Damien White said.

"Where the most serious damage has occurred, we are taking steps to maintain freight movements by combining both rail and road transport options. Our priorities continue to be ensuring the immediate needs of our customers are met while ensuring the continued safety and wellbeing of our workforce," Mr White said.

“TasRail would like to publicly acknowledge the commitment of its workforce to achieving the re-opening of the rail network as quickly as possible,” he said.

Six candidates to contest seat of Lyons

THE Australian Electoral Commission has announced the names of the six candidates running in the Division of Lyons at the 2016 Federal Election.

They are among the 994 candidates running for the 150 House of Representatives seats across Australia. An additional 631 candidates are  running for the 76 Senate vacancies.

Printing of the ballot papers will now start with early voting to start next week. The Lyons candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot paper, are:
  1. Eric Hutchinson MHR, Liberal
  2. Shelley Shay, Australian Recreational Fishers Party
  3. Duncan Livingston, Renewable Energy Party
  4. Hannah Rubenach-Quinn, The Greens
  5. Gene Mawer, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
  6. Brian Mitchell, Australian Labor Party
A full list of the candidates running in the 2016 federal election is available on the AEC
website at www.aec.gov.au.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Icy roads warning

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania

Road Weather Alert
for Upper Derwent Valley, Central North, Western, Central Plateau and Midlands forecast districts

Issued at 9:11pm on Saturday 11 June 2016.

Snow and ice will make driving conditions dangerous tonight for susceptible roads in the Western and Central Plateau forecast districts.

Icy roads will make driving conditions dangerous tomorrow morning in parts of the Central North, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts.

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

The next alert will be issued by 5am Sunday.

Food to go

LOCALS wanting something different for dinner tonight can choose between several food vans which have popped up in the town centre tonight.

There are two vans and a busker outside the New Norfolk Post Office in High St tonight and another food van can be found in Burnett St outside the Chinese therapy shop, roughly opposite McDonalds (don't be put off by it looking like an SES van).

Several local businesses are also open later than usual, with plenty of food options in the pubs and takeways too.

The food vans have been organised by the Derwent Valley Council in support of the Dark MoFo events in New Norfolk but no schedule has been provided, so going up the street is bound to bring a few surprises over the next week or so.

* A New Norfolk News reader suggests that Van Demons Cafe de Wheels and GASPmobile food trucks will be in town on Monday.

Food vans outside the post office in New Norfolk tonight.

Hydro Tasmania statement on cloud seeding

HYDRO TASMANIA
Media Release

Hydro Tasmania is aware of the devastating impact of the recent floods and extends
its sympathies to all who have been affected. Hydro Tasmania’s operational focus at this time is on the safety of our people, the public and our assets.

Hydro Tasmania understands community concern about its cloud seeding program. Due to the unprecedented dry conditions since September 2015, Hydro Tasmania began its cloud seeding season in April, one month earlier than has been the practice in recent years, to help rebuild storages affected by record low rainfall during Spring 2015 – Autumn 2016.

As part of that program a cloud seeding flight was undertaken on Sunday morning, 5 June. It was targeting the Upper Derwent catchment, specifically Lake Echo, one of the storages that remained below its desired level.

There were no flood warnings in effect for the Upper Derwent at the time of the flight. This area received a substantial, but not excessive, amount of rain after Sunday morning’s flight.

Water in the Ouse River came from the overtopping of Lake Augusta due to the flood event. Lake Augusta is not in the catchment targeted by Sunday’s cloud seeding flight.

Hydro Tasmania’s cloud seeding program is currently on hold. We believe that operation of our dams and waterways did not contribute to the flood flow. We had been operating storages to reduce levels following the significant inflows in May.

Many small and medium storages have been spilling, which is not unusual during times of high inflows. These storages have been spilling on and off since strong rainfall started in early May. When they are approaching full or on spill, we generate as strongly as possible to avoid or minimise spilling.

Our dams are not designed for flood mitigation. When they reach full supply level what flows in, flows out. During extreme flood events, spill is inevitable.

Inspections to date have found minor damage to non-critical elements of some dams. This minor damage will be repaired over coming weeks, and poses no issue for power generation or dam safety.

Floodwaters have also caused damage to some of Hydro Tasmania’s secondary assets, mainly landslips and road damage, damage to some canals, as well as failure of some river flow monitoring sites. We continue to assess the extent of that damage.

And then there was snow

The scene at the Mt Mawson skifield at Mt Field National Park today. The area
has had plenty of snow early in the season. Image from http://mtmawson.info.