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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology


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

Issued at 3:20pm on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degrees are forecast for Wednesday morning in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, 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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Young footballer needs a leg up

YOUNG New Norfolk footballer Bailey Wheeler is making his mark on the game and looks to have a bright future. Wheeler, 12, has been selected in the state Under 12 team that will travel to Darwin in August. He plays for the New Norfolk Under 12s in the STJFL.

Wheeler has been trying out for the state team for the past 12 months and was thrilled when he got the the phone call with the good news, but it was mum Casey who was over the moon and jumping around the lounge room. "Yeah, Mum was pretty happy," the quietly spoken footballer told me while on his way to watch the mighty Eagles senior teams at Boyer Oval.

But, like all things, Wheeler's selection for Tasmania comes at a price - more than $5000 - covering accommodation and flights for himself and his mum, plus uniform and other costs. His mum has already put plans in place such as a raffle to help ease the costs, but is now looking for potential sponsors or donors to help make ends meet. If you are able to help out, you can contact Casey Hack on 0406 909 167.

The talented footballer comes from some good footy stock. His grandfather Joey Hack has had a big influence on Wheeler's development and is a former New Norfolk senior player who featured in the club's drought-breaking TFL premiership in 1982.

Wheeler's father Luke is having a run in the reserves this year, while mum Casey Hack put her hand up this year and is coaching the Under 8s. Younger brother Taj is in the Under 12 team while elder brother Zac plays for the Under 14s and by all reports is also doing very well. To cap it all off, their two-and-half-year-old sister Ava is the mascot at every game. All three boys wear their grandfathers old guernsey number 11.

In the lead-up to the interstate game, Wheeler Bailey is giving his all for the Under 12s each Sunday and also training with the state team to keep his fitness up for what will be his biggest test when he faces off against the country's best footballers. All in the Derwent Valley will wish the youngster all the best and will be keeping a close eye on the team.

Yesterday's footy scores

Round 7



COLTS: New Norfolk 17.9 (111) d Huonville 0.2 (2)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Wilton 5, J. Campbell 4, D. Keleher 2, R. Thomason 2, B. Duncan, T. Heron, C. Morgan, B. Triffett.
Best - New Norfolk: D. Keleher, C. Morgan, B. Tomlin, H. Davis, J. Wilton, B. Triffett; Huonville: L. Campisi, B. Roberts, S. Roberts, B. Duggan, J. Cordwell, B. Triffett.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Youth centre's new roster

Click image to enlarge.

Molesworth cricket season celebrated

Molesworth Cricket Club life members, from left: Sean Hay,
Craig Vernon, Carol Hutton, Dion Hay, Craig Coppleman, Tim
Nicholls, John Hutton, Nick Piuselli, Kerry Ransley, Michael
Nunn and Tony Hall.
MOLESWORTH Cricket Club held its annual dinner and trophy presentations for the 2016/17 season at the Star and Garter Hotel. Some 60 people attended the night, including players, partners and life members.

For Molesworth I, Brayden Hodge bagged five trophies, while Jack Evans took home four for Molesworth II. Joshua Ransley also did well collecting three trophies including the club's Best Under 21 Player award. Ransley also won the same award for the Southern Cricket Association in second grade. Well done to all trophy winners.

The highlight of the night was when club stalwart Craig Coppleman had life membership bestowed on him. Coppleman has given great service to Molesworth over many seasons since starting his career in 1986. After three years with the club he then had one season with Glenora/Ellendale before returning to Molesworth for another three summers. He then had one season at Lauderdale and then from the next season returned to Molesworth where he played until 2008. He played in the 1993/94 B Grade Premiership with Molesworth II in the then Derwent Valley Cricket Association. This was also the season that the club took out the double with Molesworth I also taking out the premiership.

The Coppleman name goes back a bit with the Molesworth club, with Craig's father having played there as well. The name continues with Craig's sons, Bradley and Daniel, putting in some fine performances that must give great pleasure to their dad. Since retiring from playing, Craig has umpired in the Southern Cricket Association where he has given the same dedication as he did during his playing days. Congratulations Craig, your input into the club and the game is a credit to yourself, well done.

Danny Godfret Memorial Trophy winners Jack Evans and
Bradley Coppleman.
The club would like to thank Steve Salter at the Star and Garter Hotel for his help towards the night and also thanks all sponsors and trophy donors for the 2016/17 season.

Trophy winners - 2nd Grade (Molesworth I) - Batting Average: Jamie Adams 50.14; Batting Aggregate: Joshua Ransley 393; Bowling Average: Brayden Hodge 12.59; Bowling Aggregate: Brayden Hodge 29; Danny Godfrey Memorial: Brad Coppleman; Best Player in Finals: Jeremy Nichols; Fielding Award: Brayden Hodge (six catches and one runout.

6th Grade (Molesworth II) - Batting Average: Jack Evans 17.45; Batting Aggregate: Jack Evans 192; Bowling Average: Liam Triffitt 24.45; Bowling Aggregate: Liam Triffitt and Jack Evans with 11 each; Danny Godfrey Memorial: Jack Evans; Fielding Award: Jason Mallinson (seven catches and two runouts.

Trophy winner Zane Lester.

Trophy winner Josh Ransley.
Other awads - Duck Award: Liam Triffitt and Nathan Triffitt four each; Captains Award: Jye Lester; Encouragement Award: Jake Sorrenson; Best Clubman: Cathy Adams; Best Under 21 Player: Joshua Ransley.

Personal Achievement Awards: Bradley Coppleman 106 runs v Sorell; Zane Lester 5/25 v Bagdad; Joshua Ransley 7/19 v Sorell; Brayden Hodge 5/41 v Wellington; Brayden Hodge: hat-trick v Gretna; Life Membership: Craig Coppleman.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Letter: Red Shield Appeal this week

Red Shield Appeal 2017

WE will be holding our Red Shield Appeal in the Derwent Valley from May 22-28 this year. You can find our collectors in New Norfolk at Woolworths in George St, the Salvation Army Thrift Shop at 1 High St and the Salvation Army Corps at 79 Hamilton Rd.

We are also holding a doorknock on Sunday, May 28, and anyone who would like to lend a hand with that can contact 0408 003 635. The more help we can get the more homes we can cover. All monies collected are used in the local community to help those who are less fortunate or maybe just need a hand up.

The Derwent Valley has always been very generous to the Salvation Army and that helps us to be generous to the community. Help us to give hope where it is needed most.

Thank you and God Bless.

Lieutenants Tim and Di Size
The Salvation Army Derwent Valley Corps
79 Hamilton Rd New Norfolk
Ph 6261 2353 or 0408 003 635

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Community market this Sunday

Derwent Valley
Community Market

Sunday, May 21, 2017


at Derwent Valley Community House

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk
(Next market on June 18)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Frost warning

Bureau of Meteorology


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

Issued at 3:36pm on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Please be aware 
Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degree are forecast for Wednesday morning in parts of the Midlands, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts.

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Council to meet at Lachlan

THE Derwent Valley Council will travel to Lachlan for its monthly meeting this Thursday evening. This will start with a community forum at 6.30pm, followed by the council meeting at 7pm. The venue will be the Lachlan Community Hall.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Morning tea takes a break

Big Morning Tea

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Big Morning Tea organised by CanHope Cancer Support Group will not be held this year. Thank you to all who have supported this event in the past.

CanHope Cancer Support Group
Elsie Rayner

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today's footy scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 25.14 (164) d Cygnet 6.12 (48)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 19.14 (128) d Cygnet 4.5 (29)

COLTS: New Norfolk 13.12 (90) d Southern Storm 5.2 (32)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Moogara burnoff possible today


Fuel Reduction Burn - Moogara Rd - 10 May 2017

Weather permitting, the Tasmania Fire Service will be conducting fuel reduction burns on Wednesday 10th May at Moogara Rd as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of these burns will be approximately 230 hectares, and are likely to take 2-3 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.

During burning operations public access to these areas will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn sites while the burns are taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burns. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services and Asthma Tasmania websites and Current air quality information is also available via the Asthma Tasmania website or the Environment Protection Authority

Further information about these burns are available by contacting the Tasmania Fire Service on phone 1800 000 699 or email 

A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at

Monday, May 8, 2017

Wood chipper missing

POLICE are investigating the theft of a wood chipper from Phoenix Gardens at New Norfolk on Friday. The large chipper is green in colour and is designed to sit on a tandem trailer.  

If you have seen the wood chipper or have any information regarding its whereabouts, contact Senior Constable Brad Coulson at the New Norfolk Police Station on 6261 4287.  Information may also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online via, quoting OR560822

Farewell Stan Harrex

A GRAVESIDE service will be held at Malbina Cemetery tomorrow morning to farewell Stan Harrex the well-known veteran athlete and community worker who lost his life in the two-vehicle crash at Lawitta last week. Mr Harrex, of Hayes, was in his 89th year. The service will be held at 11am on Tuesday.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Warning to sheep graziers

Bureau of Meteorology


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 10:03am on Sunday 7 May 2017.

Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong southwesterly winds are expected during Sunday and Monday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Sunday.

Yesterday's footy scores

SFL Round 5

COLTS: New Norfolk 14.13 (97) d Huonville 3.3 (21)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 15.4 (94) d Huonville  8.7 (55)

SENIORS: New Norfolk 22.15 (147) d Huonville 14.5 (89)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Truck crash on Glenlusk Rd

MOTORISTS are asked to avoid the area of Glenlusk Rd, Glenlusk. Police say it has been reported that a truck has crashed, taking out power lines in the area.

Police are on the scene.  There are no details of injury reported at this time.

2PM UPDATE: The scene is now clear.

4PM UPDATE: TasNetworks reports that 37 customers at Glenlusk and Collinsvale are without power due to the earlier incident. TasNetworks asks motorists to avoid Collinsvale Rd, Collinsvale, while repair crews carry out their work. "The road is open to all local traffic, but please follow instructions from traffic management at the scene. We're expecting this work to be complete by 11pm," the company said in a post on Facebook. Check the TasNetworks website for updates.

Crash closes highway

POLICE advise that the Lyell Hwy at Lawitta is closed in both directions due to a two-vehicle crash. Please take care in the area and seek an alternative route such as Glenora Rd or Black Hills Rd.

The Mercury has more.

12.30PM UPDATE: One driver has been transported to hospital in a critical condition. Tow trucks have been called to the scene but at this stage the highway remains closed at Lawitta.

1.30PM UPDATE: The road is now open to all traffic.

3.30PM UPDATE: Sadly the Lawitta crash has resulted in a fatality. Police say an 89-year-old man from Hayes died in hospital from his injuries. A 76-year-old man from Maydena is receiving treatment for leg injuries. Police say they will issue a statement later today. Condolences to all involved.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Warning to sheep graziers

Bureau of Meteorology

Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:43 pm on Monday 1 May 2017.

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

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.

Gretna cricket season celebrated

Gretna 300-gamer Brian Smith.
THE annual dinner and trophy presentation for the Gretna Cricket Club was held at the Gretna Parish Hall last month.

The night went off well, with Gretna I wicket-keeper/batsman Glenn Blackwell being the standout during the presentations, collecting five trophies including the best all-rounder and the players award. For Gretna II, Jake Campbell did well collecting the best all-rounder, best Under 21 and bowling aggregate trophies.

At the conclusion of the trophy presentations, senior coach Colin Cunningham was presented with a framed certificate and pin from Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania for 50 years of service to the game.

Gretna I - batting average: Glenn Blackwell 39.6; aggregate: Glenn Blackwell 475 runs; bowling average: Corey Ransley 18.9; aggregate: Craig Cunningham 21 wickets; most catches: Glenn Blackwell 17; Geoff Jarvis Memorial Trophy for best all-rounder: Glenn Blackwell 254.5 points; players' award: Glenn Blackwell 15 votes; runner up: Ben Rainbird 12 votes.

Gretna II - batting average: Jordan Hastie 20.9; aggregate: Jordan Hastie 293 runs; bowling average: Adam Browning 15.4; aggregate: Adam Browning and Jake Campbell 16 wickets each; most catches: Adam Browning 7; best all-rounder: Jake Campbell 204.5 pts; players' award: Jordan Hastie 10 votes; runner up: Jake Campbell 9.5 votes; Cecil Gray Memorial trophy (Best under 21): Jake Campbell 205.5 pts; Captains Trophy: Luke Crosswell; 300 games: Brian Smith. Duck Trophy: Adam Browning, Zachary Crosswell and Jackson Ackerly (four each).

Congratulations to the following for reaching their milestone matches.

  • Club: Glenn Blackwell 350th; Brian Smith 300th; Craig Cunningham 200th; Tom Allcock 150th.
  • Gretna I: Ben Rainbird 250th; Bruce Emery 200th; Jonathon Smith 150th; Corey Ransley 150th; Rhys Browning 100th; Darren Lennox 50th.
  • Gretna II: Luke Wheeler 50th.

Life members in attendance for the evening were Peter Rainbird, Joey Hack, Paul Jarvis, Glenn Blackwell and Ben Rainbird. It was great to see major sponsors Mathew and Cindy Burns of State-Wide Earthworks come along and also long-time sponsors Phil and Colleen Sharpe from the Gretna Green Hotel. Also in attendance was Central Highlands Council Mayor Lou Triffitt who kindly donated a trophy as well.

The club thanks all trophy donors and sponsors for their ongoing support and generosity. See you all next season.