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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Targa does it again

The advertised location for yesterday's
Targa lunchbreak was deserted at the
time it should have been full of cars.
FOR the second year in a row, Targa Tasmania made a late change to its plans in New Norfolk and held its lunch at a different location to the one advertised.

In 2016 the motorsport rally unexpectedly shifted its New Norfolk lunch break from one end of High St to the other, and for the 2017 event yesterday the gathering moved from one side of the river to the other.

Despite announcing Arthur Square as the place where the 250 crews would take their Day 5 lunchbreak - complete with road closures in Bathurst St and lower High St - the event ended up being held at the Derwent Valley PCYC at Norfolk North.

The first car arriving at the Derwent
Valley PCYC.
No explanation has been given for the change which potentially robbed a large cohort of motorsport fans of the chance to take a close look at the cars contesting the 26th running of Targa Tasmania and meet some of the crews.

Commentators on social media say about 60 people watched the proceedings at the PCYC, which was also the venue for school holiday activities being held at the same time.

The first car arrived at about 11.40am and further vehicles arrived in quick succession, filling the paddock opposite the sports centre. After the break, the crews set off for the competitive stage at Molesworth.

Today's footy scores

COLTS: New Norfolk 22.15 (147) d Claremont 3.4 (22)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 8.9 (57) d Claremont 8.8 (56)

SENIORS: New Norfolk 14.15 (99) d Claremont 10.8 (68)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Targa in town tomorrow

DAY 5 of the 26th annual Targa Tasmania will see the fleet make its way from the West Coast tomorrow, passing through the Derwent Valley with competitive stages at Tarraleah and Molesworth and a lunch break at New Norfolk.

There will be a number of road closures in the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley municipalities.
  • At Tarraleah, the Lyell Highway between Tungatinah Rd and Oldina Drive (southern end) will be closed from 9.30am to 2pm.
  • There will be partial road closures for High St and Bathurst St in New Norfolk for the lunch break between 11am and 3.30pm. Cars are expected to file thought the town throughout the time that period, with Arthur Square being the best place for a close-up look at the entrants.
  • At Molesworth, Molesworth Rd will be closed between Glen Dhu Rd and Glenlusk Rd from 12.20pm to 4.50pm for the competitive stage in that area.
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Tarraleah stage. Click image to enlarge.

Molesworth stage. Click image to enlarge.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Norfolk's Anzac Day 2017 in pictures

Dawn parade participants lined up on George St outside the
New Norfolk RSL awaiting parade marshal Dale Britten's
instructions to march to the Cenotaph.

The parade standing at ease in front of the Cenotaph in Circle St.

Some of the Dawn Service onlookers at the top of High St.
All quiet at the Cenotaph around 7am.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band about to step off, setting
the 11am parade in motion.

Three veterans at the head of the main parade at 11am.

Derwent Valley Concert Band members on parade.

The Catafalque party from the 12th/40th Battalion

Veterans and family members in High St.

Parade participants wearing the service medals of their relatives. 

New Norfolk High School representatives.

New Norfolk Primary School.

Dominic College.

St Brigid's Catholic School.

New Norfolk Salvation Army Corps.

Spectators at the corner of High and Circle streets.

The catafalque party taking position at the Cenotaph.

The scene at the New Norfolk Cenotaph.

The 11am service master of ceremonies, Dallas Baker, left,
listening to guest speaker Major Danny Fleming of the
12th/40th Battalion.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band.

New Norfolk RSL Sub-Branch president Geoff Hack laying a
wreath on the Cenotaph.
A family placing flowers in memory of a loved one.

The parade breaks up after the 11am service.

Floral tributes on the New Norfolk Cenotaph.

Thursday frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4.21pm on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees are forecast for Thursday morning in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, Midlands, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts

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

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Good turnout for Anzac Day

Veterans and family members in the 11am parade.
GOOD attendances have been reported at Anzac Day services throughout the Derwent Valley municipality today, from the Dawn Services at New Norfolk and Maydena to the 11am services at Bushy Park and New Norfolk, and the special 9.30am Corumbene Nursing Home service in between.

At New Norfolk the conditions were still overcast at 11am but the morning fog had lifted. There were very good numbers both in the parade and in the crowd looking on. Derwent Valley Concert Band musician Arthur Jones sounded the Last Post at all three New Norfolk services, to wide acclaim.

Local students at the Bushy Park
The Maydena Dawn Service had about 60 people in attendance, with many then traveling to New Norfolk for the 11am service. About 50 people attended the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool's 11am service. Student represenatives of Glenora District School were among those laying floral tributes at Bushy Park and a pleasing number of students was also reported at the Maydena service.

The Reverend Celia Hooker, who spoke at all three services in New Norfolk, told the 11am gathering of her pride in the service and sacrifice of Derwent Valley residents including those of her own generation. She also paid special tribute to World War II Z Special Unit veteran Ken O'Brien, 93, who she described as New Norfolk's hero.
More photos tomorrow.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band on parade.

Foggy start to Anzac Day

The New Norfolk Cenotaph after the
Dawn Service today.
ABOUT 300 onlookers turned out to observe the New Norfolk Anzac Day Dawn Service in the town centre this morning. Fog descended on the town during the service, adding to the already overcast conditions.

Master of ceremonies Phil Pyke said another 60 people had marched from the RSL Club to the Cenotaph in front of the Derwent Valley Council Chambers, under the direction of parade marshal Dale Britten.

The Reverend Celia Hooker led the prayers and gave a short address on the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country and also those for whom the horrors of war did not end with the Armistice.

Bugler Arthur Jones will play
the Last Post three times today.
"We remember those who suffered for decades afterwards, and their families, from what we used to call shellshock," Mrs Hooker said after the service.

Mr Pyke read the the names of the local service personnel who lost their lives in World War I and II, and Chris Lobb recited the Ode to the Fallen. The Last Post was then sounded by Arthur Jones from the Derwent Valley Concert Band in the first of his three performances today.

All is now quiet at the Cenotaph but from about 10.40am participants in the main Anzac Day parade will start to assemble at Arthur Square at the corner of High and Stephen streets. The parade will set off at about 10.45am for the main service at the Cenotaph at 11am.

There will also be an 11am service at the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool, Gordon River Rd.

Dawn Service participants formed up outside the RSL Club before marching to
the Cenotaph via Tank St for the 6am service.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Expanded pharmacy takes the cake

Bel Bird cutting the cake on Friday.
AN official re-opening of the New Norfolk Pharmacy was held last Friday, with proprietor Bel Bird cutting a cake to celebrate the near-completion of renovation works at the pharmacy, which now stretches from 2a to 6 High St.

Locally owned and operated, the pharmacy operates under the Guardian brand. The expanded shop features an enhanced layout and a large consulting room.

"I am really pleased with the extension, and the customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far," Ms Bird said. "The team has been absolutely incredible to continue with business as usual throughout the process, I am so proud of them," she said.

New home for Community House

THE State Government has today announced that the Derwent Valley Community House will relocate to the former Blair St Kindergarten in New Norfolk. Vacant since last year, the old pre-school will be renovated at a cost of around $300,000.

This brings to an end several years of negotiations to shift the Community House to a council-controlled building. The original plan announced in 2014 was for the centre to move several doors along The Avenue at Willow Court, swapping its current location in the old Royal Derwent Hospital Primary School for the recently-renovated section of B Ward/Bront House. The next proposal was to shift to the Carinya Education Park at the top end of Blair St.

Today's announcement, made after a meeting between the council and State Cabinet at New Norfolk earlier in the day, will see the Community House transfer to the Kindergarten building at 56 Blair St, next door to the Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Guide to Anzac Day in the Valley

5.30am: Gunfire breakfast at RSL Club, 30 George St
5.45am: Assemble RSL for march to Cenotaph
6am: Dawn service at the Cenotaph, followed by breakfast at RSL
9.30am: Special service at Corumbene Home
10.40am: Assemble at Arthur Square, corner of High and Stephen streets, for the parade
11am: Main service 11am: Cenotaph, refreshments at RSL after

11am: Anzac Day Service, Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool, Lake Dobson Hwy.

6am: Assemble near Mountain Cafe, Kallista Rd, for march to RSL Club
6.15am: Dawn Service at RSL Club

6am: Dawn Service at Cenotaph, Lyell Hwy.

11am: Anzac Day Service at Town Hall, Tarleton St.

Take care on Glenora Rd

A TEMPORARY speed restriction is in force on failing section of Glenora Rd at Plenty. The Derwent Valley Council has recently placed traffic hazard signs and reduced speed zones in the area of Frog Lodge and the Swallows Nest Guest House, where the road surface has partially collapsed.

The council is investigating the noticeable change in surface levels in the left-hand lane (western-bound) near Frog Lodge and asks motorists to observe the reduced speed limit and drive to the conditions.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Today's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 29.18 (192) d Sorell 4.1 (25)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 25.23 (173) d Sorell 0.0 (0)

COLTS: New Norfolk 22.11 (143) d Sorell 0.3 (3)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tourist videos then and now



Chemist celebrates with cake

A GRAND re-opening of the New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy will be held this Friday, followed by a gala day on Saturday.

Proprietor Bel Bird said the store renovation and expansion was not quite complete but the bulk of the work was done and so the celebration would go ahead as planned.
There will be a cake cutting at 11.30am on Friday, all welcome.

Click image to enlarge.
Click image to enlarge.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Honour roll recognises five local women

FIVE people with Derwent Valley connections are among the latest inductees to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women. The roll was established in 2005 to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the state.

The Honour Roll recognises both historical and contemporary contributions to Tasmania, ensuring women's achievements are given full recognition and not forgotten in the passage of time. The latest inductees were announced on March 29 by the Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma MHA. The five with local connections are profiled below.

Dr Karla (Berres Karlene) Fenton OAM
Awarded for service to science or medicine
Born February 6, 1926 - New Norfolk, Tasmania

Karla Fenton was born in New Norfolk and completed 61 years in medical practice before retiring in June 2016. Dr Fenton joined the Tasmanian Psychiatric Service in 1969 and worked in adult psychiatry, the Combined Children’s Centre, Youth Counselling and was Superintendent of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres at the John Edis, Royal Hobart and Royal Derwent Hospitals. She also worked at Clare House in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was Acting Regional Psychiatrist on the North West Coast and was a Forensic Examiner for the Sexual Assault Medical Services.

A concern for the effects of drugs and alcohol on young people and veterans saw Dr Fenton instigate and co-ordinate the Maturity and Youth (M-Y) program for drug affected families in the 1990s. Whilst in private practice, her patients were bulk billed, which enabled many who might have otherwise found it unaffordable, access her medical services.

She is an Official Fellow at the University of Tasmania’s Jane Franklin Hall, and provides a scholarship in perpetuity for a college resident to study abroad on the understanding they return to Jane Franklin College the following year. Dr Fenton also provides an Education Fund for the Alzheimers, Dementia and Related Disorders Society (ADARDS) Nursing Home. A foundation was set up in 1996 in perpetuity to supply money for a staff member to obtain further education in their discipline.

Dr Fenton received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005 for service to medicine as a practitioner, educator and counsellor in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, sexual trauma and mental health. The Anzac of the Year Award 2005 (Tasmania) and the Senior Australian of the Year (Tasmania) in 2004 were awarded to Dr Fenton and she continues as a Patron of Soroptimists International Hobart and a Convenor for Assisted Dying Group.

Margaret Josephine Bird
Awarded for community service
Born December 15, 1936 - New Norfolk, Tasmania

When Margaret Bird retired from a distinguished 38 year teaching career, it was said her “energies were not limited by the fence of her school”. As a teacher, school principal, mother and homemaker, Margaret always dedicated significant time to the community.

Margaret joined Zonta International in 1986 and held many positions including Area Director, Vice-Area Director and Volunteer Chairman and Coordinator of 300 volunteers at the Melbourne International Convention in 2006. Margaret was Coordinator of the Breast Cushion Project for 15 years with over 1,000 cushions made and distributed, the Birthing Kit Coordinator, and Chairman of Cheryl’s Angels Project (a support program for Rokeby High School students with issues relating to others at school, home and in the community).

Since her "retirement", Margaret has been actively involved in making communities more age friendly. Margaret was the Chair of the Tasmanian Council on the Ageing (COTA) Board for six years and chaired the Policy Councils for COTA Tasmania, and COTA Australia for three years. Margaret was COTA’s representative on the national RedUse Project, which promoted awareness of the significant risks and limited benefits associated with the use of antipsychotic and benzodiazepine medication for older frail people, and encouraged the use of non-drug strategies to manage behavioural issues and psychological symptoms. Since 2012, Margaret has represented COTA on the Telstra Low Income Measures Assessment Committee to ensure programs for vulnerable customers meet community needs.

Margaret has also played an important role making communities more age friendly at the local level by serving on the Clarence City Council’s Positive Ageing Committee since its inception in 2007. Clarence became the first Tasmanian Council recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly Cities and Community Network in 2014. Margaret was president, secretary and newsletter editor of both the Probus Club of Lauderdale and Wellbeing Club 13, which promote physical activity and mental wellbeing, recreational, social and cultural activities for older people.

Kerry Hore
Awarded for service to sport and recreation
Born July 3, 1980 - Hobart, Tasmania

New Norfolk Rowing Club member Kerry Hore became the first female rower to compete at four Olympic Games when she was selected for the Australian team to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016 at the age of 35. Kerry’s first Olympic Games were at Athens in 2004 where she was a crew member in the women’s quad scull that won the bronze medal. Kerry also represented Australia at the Beijing and London Olympics.

Kerry started rowing in 1997 while in Year 10 at Ogilvie High School. Kerry enrolled at The Friends’ School and then started rowing for the Huon Rowing Club where the Australian lightweight four was training in preparation for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Seeing two Tasmanians training for the Olympics was an inspiration.

Kerry consistently represented Tasmania at the interstate regatta within the Australian Rowing Championships. From 2003 to 2015, she raced for Tasmania on four occasions in Queen Elizabeth Cup VIIIs and on eight occasions she sculled for the Nell Slatter Cup. Kerry rowed in both boats at the 2007 and 2008 championships.

In 2003, Kerry was on the World Cup podium for the first time by winning gold as a member of the women’s quad scull in Lucerne. The crew went on to win the 2003 World Championships in Italy. Kerry has since placed on the podium at World Championships three times, winning silver in 2007, 2010 and 2011. During Kerry’s rowing career she trained with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.

Kerry graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Pharmacy and works as a pharmacist. She enjoys visiting schools and working in the canteen at Rowing Tasmania’s opening pennant regattas and making brownies for the competitors. She was the patron of this year's Derwent Valley Relay for Life.

Edna (Joan) Grant nee Bannister
Awarded for community service, education and training
Born July 9, 1932 - Hobart, Tasmania
Died September 24, 2005 - Launceston, Tasmania

Teacher and volunteer, Joan Grant had a saying “Don’t regret what you haven’t seen – simply treasure and marvel at the memories you have.” Born Edna Joan Bannister, she built a life of great memories through family, community, volunteering, treaching, travel and adventures.

Joan, who was raised at Osterley, moved to Launceston in 1951, trained as a teacher and married Wallace Grant in 1954. They had six children. In 1977, Joan completed a Graduate Diploma of Special Education, later securing a full-time position at Queechy High School where she was later appointed Senior Master, Special Education.

As well as teaching, Joan served as a volunteer giving many decades of service. Joan’s volunteer activities included leader of the Red Cross Youth and member of St John Ambulance for over 15 years. Joan was a long service member of the 8th Launceston Girl Guide Parent Association from 1968 and the 4th Launceston Scout Group from 1966. In recognition of her outstanding service to scouting Joan was awarded the Silver Wattle in 2001.

Joan participated in many volunteer roles at several Anglican Churches including St James, Franklin Village and St Mark on the Hill. When the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania threatened to close St James Church in 1997, Joan instigated a campaign against the deconsecrating of the church with an 1844 foundation stone. The decision to close the church was overturned in 1999.

Following her "retirement" in 1995, Joan joined Volunteers for Isolated Students Education (VISE) and taught children on outback stations in Queensland and the Northern Territory during her more than ten forays into her much loved outback. These were great adventures for a woman in her 70s, with experiences such as mustering cattle in helicopters and riding for 13-hours in a cattle truck to Cape York.

Joan was a Senior Australian of the Year (Tasmania) finalist in 2002 and was posthumously awarded Launceston City Council’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Community, Health and Education in 2006.

Deirdre Flint OAM
Awarded for service to government
Born January 20, 1945 - South Australia
Died January 31, 2017 - Tasmania

Deirdre Flint was elected to the Central Highlands Council in 1996 and was its mayor from 2002 until resigning due to ill-health in 2016. Deirdre selflessly volunteered her support and attended many community events and commemorations over the years. She involved herself in all three levels of government in a variety of ways and was a strong supporter of regional councils.

Her most prominent role was during her time as mayor. Deirdre was at the forefront of a joint effort between the Brighton, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands Council to instigate greater co-operation and promotion of the broader region.

In 2010, Deirdre was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to the community of the Central Highlands and in 2016 was the recipient of the Outstanding Commitment and Service to Local Government Award from the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT). Mrs Flint was a long serving member of LGAT’s General Management Committee, including vice-president from 2010-2012.

Some of Dierdre’s achievements in council included independent living units built for aged residents, the establishment of permanent medical services in Bothwell and Ouse and the sealing of roads between the Poatina Highway and Miena. Persistent pressure from the council resulted in ABC Radio emergency alerts becoming available to isolated rural communities, through a commitment from the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeals Distribution Committee.

Deirdre was active in her community and played leading roles in various organisations including the Hamilton Agricultural Show, Country Women’s Association, Southern Lyons Women’s Group, Tasmanian Women’s Committee, Federal Women’s Committee, Red Cross, Launceston Chamber of Commerce and the Premier’s Local Government Council.

Also a member of the Liberal Party, Deirdre served at both the state and federal level with great distinction, including as Federal Women’s Council President from 1999–2004. Deirdre was an outstanding role model for Tasmanian women throughout her career.