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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Crash on Glenora Rd

EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a vehicle crash on Glenora Rd, Plenty, south of the Salmon Ponds. The road is blocked at this stage and motorists are asked to avoid the area. 

Police report there are two vehicles involved, with the drivers suffering minor injuries.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Remembering those touched by cancer

Pink Lady Day at New Norfolk today.
THE New Norfolk Can-Hope Cancer Support Group's annual event remembering those living with or lost to cancer was held at Arthur Square today.

The service was held near the rose garden that has been progressively developed as a memorial on the High St edge of the square, opposite the Star and Garter Hotel. Most recently a pink park bench has been installed to provide a comfortable place for reflection.

Reverend Celia Hooker from St Matthew's Anglican Church once again officiated at the service, which  remembers those lost to cancer as well as those who have survived the illness or are presently struggling with it.

The memorial rose garden and the new
park bench.
These tribute events are often called Pink Lady Day or 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. Blue silhouettes were introduced last year for those specifically wishing to remember a male relative or friend.

Several Derwent Valley Councillors were in attendance and the service was followed by morning tea provided by the Top of the Town Bakery. The Can-Hope Cancer Support Group expressed its thanks to all participants and supporters.

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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Longer wait for water at Bushy Park

The Gretna water district top, and the new Bushy Park/Glenora
water district at the bottom of this map. Click image to enlarge.
GRETNA residents are now drinking water from the Lake Fenton Line but Glenora and Bushy Park people will have to wait a few more months, a public meeting heard earlier this week.

Addressing about a dozen locals and three councillors at the Glenora Online Access Centre on Wednesday night, TasWater representatives said weather and rock had delayed the installation of the water mains through the hopfield towns.

The meeting heard that water from the Lake Fenton Line was now flowing to Gretna through Bushy Park and Macquarie Plains but it had taken longer than expected to negotiate a contract for a new water treatment plant and to construct the Bushy Park and Glenora water mains. A temporary plant has been installed at Gretna to provide treated water to people there, but drinking water would not flow to the neighbouring towns until next year.

With the original Christmas deadline unable to be met, TasWater now expected to be able to provide water at Bushy Park/Glenora by March or April next year. The present supply from Hop Products Australia (Bushy Park Estates) would continue until the end of June if necessary.

* Despite the switch to the Lake Fenton supply, the long-standing boil-water alert at Gretna has not yet been lifted and was likely to remain in place until Christmas, TasWater said this week.

This weekend's cricket

Southern Cricket Association

T20 Super Bash, Semi-Finals this Saturday

First Grade: New Norfolk I v Wellington at Abbotsfield Park, 12.45pm.

Fourth Grade: Bothwell I v Hobart at Risdon Vale, 12.45pm.

Seventh Grade: New Norfolk III v Derwent at Tynwald Park, 12.45pm.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Junior cricket scores - Round 1

JUNIOR LEAGUE — Round 1 Sunday, October 22 

Gretna 1-168 off 30 overs d New Norfolk 7-85 off 30 overs at Tynwald Park.
New Norfolk - batting: Jack Morgan 16 not out (one four), Luke Jarvis 11, Tom Eiszele 7, Blake Sillifiant 6no, Jesse Laycock 4. Gretna - bowling: Caleb Mayne 1-3 (3), Byron Conley 1-4 (3), Bailey Mayne 1-6 (3), Brock Hill 1-6 (3), Ilar Flynn 1-7 (3), Kane Lovell 1-14 (3), Charlie Salmon 1-21 (3).
Gretna - batting: Jorden Conley 38no (six fours), Connor Gittus 34no (four fours), Caleb Mayne 33no (three fours, two sixes), Bailey Wheeler 17no (two fours), Kane Lovell 15no (two fours), Ilar Flynn 7no (one four), Bailey Mayne 7no, Charlie Salmon 3, Brock Hill 1no. New Norfolk - bowling: Luke Jarvis 0-2 (3), Tom Murray 0-17 (3), Cameron McMaster 0-17 (3).

Gretna 3-47 off 13 overs d Wellington 8-44 off 23 overs at Gretna.
Gretna - batting: Zac Wheeler 33no (two fours), Josh Whyte 4, Brayden Butler 1, Cameron Clark 1no. Gretna - bowling: Zac Wheeler 3-6 (4), Josh Whyte 2-11 (4), Cameron Clark 1-1 (4), Dylan Davis 1-2 (3), Jacob Blackwell 1-9 (4).

Sunday, October 29

Under 13 - Gretna v St Annes at Gretna; New Norfolk v Wellington at Tynwald Park; 9am start.

Under 15 - Gretna v North Hobart at Gretna, 12.30pm start.

SCA T20 Super Bash - Round 2 results

AFTER a big win last week, New Norfolk I was defeated by St Aidans at Cambridge Oval by 62 runs in their SCA Superbash First Grade match. Batting first, the home side made 8-164 off 19 overs. In reply the Red Caps were bowled out for 102 off 16.1 overs. Captain Jason Rigby top-scored with 36 (four fours, one six) and Harry Booth was next best with 17 (one four). With the ball for the visitors, Seb Wishart took 3-36 (4), John Ferguson 2-21 (4) and Nathan Eiszele 3-36 (3) while Ben Smith did well with his four overs, getting 1-22.

Second Grade: Gretna I was defeated by St Annes by 14 runs at Cadbury Oval No.1. Gretna won the toss and sent St Annes in to bat, with the home side making 9 -117. Peter Jelkic did well with the bowling for Gretna, taking 4-19 from his four overs. Aaron Maddox took a hat trick with the first three wickets of the St Annes innings and finished with 3-29 off four overs. Craig Cunningham 1-23 (4) and captain Ben Rainbird 1-7 (2) were the other wicket-takers. In reply Gretna gave it a good shot, finishing 8-103 off 20 overs. Rhys Browning scored 29 (four fours) and opener Ben Rainbird made 24 (two fours) to be the top scorers while Todd Jarvis made 14 and Aaron Maddox 11.

In the other Second Grade match, Molesworth I went down to the Knights by 100 runs at Boyer Oval. Batting first, the visitors made 7-154 from their 20 overs, while in reply Molesworth were bowled out for just 54 from 12.1 overs. Youngsters Jayden Wilton got 14 (one four, one six) and Ryan Banks-Smith also 14 (one four), making them the only batsmen to reach double figures. With the ball, Larry Menzie did well for his team with 4-31 (4) as did captain Brayden Hodge with 2-20 (3). There was one run-out.

Third Grade: New Norfolk II went down to Marquis Tigers by four wickets at Ogilvie High School. New Norfolk won the toss and elected to bat, but could only manage 63 from 19.5 overs. Will Banks with 10 (one four), Joe McCulloch also with 10 (one four) and Coby Kemmler (10), were the main run-scorers. The Tigers lost six wickets in the chase, getting the runs off 12.2 overs. The Red Caps’ bowlers tried hard to keep their side in it — Jamie Hill did well with 2-11 (3) as did Joe McCulloch with 2-14 (3.2) and Josh Rowlands with 2-26 (3).

Fourth Grade: Bothwell I went down to St Aidan’s by six wickets at Cambridge Oval. Winning the toss and batting first, the Bucks were all out for 115 from 20 overs. Opener Tyler White was the shining light for his team. The first man in and last out, White top-scored with a well-made 67. Veteran Joey Eyles was the next best with 12. In reply, the home side chased down the runs, finishing 4-116 off 16.5 overs. Captain Brock Nichols did his all to keep his team in it, finishing with great figures of 3-20 off his four overs. Joey Eyles also did well, taking 1-4 off 2.5 overs.

In the other Fourth Grade match, Bushy Park forfeited to Gretna II.

Seventh Grade: New Norfolk III continued on its merry way with a good win over Old Beach to secure a semi-final berth. Playing at home, New Norfolk had first hit, making 8-109 off its allotted 20 overs. Steven Sillifant batted very well, hitting five fours in his total of 32. Brad Kemmler made 14 (one four, one six) and Josh Dykes 11 (one four). In reply, the New Norfolk bowlers all did their bit and held Old Beach to 5-97 off their 20 overs. David Mitchelmore was the main destroyer, taking 3-25 from his four overs. Sillifant followed up his good batting with 1-15 from 3. There was one run out.

Also in Seventh Grade, Molesworth II went down to the Knights by 106 runs at Boyer Oval. The visitors had first dig, making 3-169 from 20 overs. In reply Molesworth finished 9-63 from its 20 overs. Colby Evans was the only wicket-taker, finishing with 3-37 (4). With the bat, Zane Lester top-scored with 14 (three fours).

Eighth Grade: Bothwell II lost to the MacKillop Beltas by 81 runs at North Warrane Oval. The home team had first knock and made 3-124 off its 20 overs, while the Bucks were dismissed for just 43 off 11.5 overs. Blake Eyles (17) and Anthony White (12) were their team’s top scorers. With the ball for Bothwell, Stuart Eyles with 1-16 (3), Anthony White with 1-14 (2) and Mark Pearce with 1-30 (4) were the wicket-takers.

JUNIOR CRICKET: A reminder that Milo In2Cricket will start this Sunday at Glenora District School at 9am. Milo T20 Blast begins at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, on November 2 at 3.30pm. If your child would like to join, it’s not too late. To register , go to

Monday, October 23, 2017

See TasBash in New Norfolk on Friday

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THE 27th annual TasBash is making its way around Tasmania in an eight-day adventure, driving awareness and raising funds
for Variety Tasmania.

Since its establishment in 1991, TasBash has raised more than $2 million for Tasmanian children in need, including those who are sick, disadvantaged for have special needs.

Variety Tasmania says TasBash is not a race or a rally, but an adventure with mates driving cars that are specially themed or branded. "Variety TasBash is for those with a sense of humour and adventure, who love cars and don’t mind getting a little dirty! Every dollar raised in Tasmania stays in Tasmania," the organisers say.

TasBash 2017 started at the weekend and the fleet will roll into New Norfolk on Friday morning for a meet-and-greet in the Derwent Valley Council Chambers car park and around Circle St from 10am. Later, the TasBash participants will have a lunch stop at the National Park Hotel on their way to the Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge.

Among the participants in TasBash 2017 are locals John and Jan Simpson for the 16th and 15th year respectively, along with crewmates Denise Burns (15th year), Jim Percival (15th year) and Lynne Coleman (10th year) in Car 62, "Puff the Magic Dragon."

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meet Thommo at Gretna next month

Australian cricket great Jeff Thomson is coming to the Gretna Green Hotel on November 10, writes WADE GLEESON. 

The event at Gretna will be a free event for all you cricket fans and alike, with the opportunity to meet and greet the great man from 4-10pm (closing time).

Thomson played 51 test matches for Australia, taking 200 wickets with a bowling average of 28.00. He also played 50 one-day internationals taking 55 wickets for a bowling average of 35.30.

Regarded by many cricket greats as the faster bowler of all time, in December 1975, during the second test match against the West Indies at the WACA, Thomson was timed with a release speed of 160.45 km/h. Measurements were also made of three other fast bowlers - Dennis Lillee, Andy Roberts and Michael Holding - and the study found that Thomson's fastest delivery was significantly quicker than the next best bowler, Andy Roberts, whose fastest delivery was measured at 150.67 km/h.

Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh kept wicket to Thomson for most of his Test career and has claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h.

Jeffrey Robert Thomson was born on August 16, 1950, in Greenacre, New South Wales, and was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history.

So come along and listen to some great stories from the man himself when he visits the Gretna Green Hotel on November 10. For more information you can call the Gretna Green Hotel on ‭6286 1332‬.


First-aid courses available next week

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Derwent Valley could be Australia's battery backup

Hydro Tasmania's Gordon Power Station is 183m underground,
supplied with water from Lake Gordon, above.
TWO Derwent Valley power stations are in line for multi-million-dollar upgrades to serve as part of the proposed "battery of the nation" as Hydro Tasmania investigates the prospect of using "pumped hydro" to double the state's energy output and support the national grid.

A shortlist of about 30 potential pumped hydro energy storage sites has been identified and funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will help narrow that list to between 10 and 15 possible development sites. When fully realised, pumped hydro could generate up to 2500 megawatts of electricity, which would double Tasmania’s current hydro capacity.

It has been said this could also create up to $5 billion of infrastructure investment and 3000 jobs over a 10-15 year construction period. Hydro Tasmania chief executive Steve Davy said Tasmania was uniquely placed to help lead Australia through its energy challenges.

“The Battery of the Nation is about energy security and affordable prices,” Mr Davy said. “Doubling Tasmania’s renewable energy capacity addresses three big challenges at once. It will lock in full energy security for Tasmania, help give Tasmanians some of the nation’s cheapest power prices, and give us plenty of spare energy to support mainland Australia."

ARENA has recently committed up to $2.5 million for Battery of the Nation project studies, with funding to be matched by Hydro Tasmania. The ARENA funding includes $300,000 for the initial study to assess and prioritise potential pumped hydro sites, and $500,000 to support feasibility studies into the Tarraleah and Gordon Power Station projects - which will boost efficiency and reliability.

Mr Davey said Hydro Tasmania had ruled out developing any pumped hydro sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and was not investigating new on-river dams. Pumped hydro storage works by pumping water uphill (when surplus energy is available) so it can be re-used to generate electricity later.

Tarraleah and Gordon Power Stations

With the support of ARENA, Hydro Tasmania is conducting pre-feasibility studies into the redevelopment of the Tarraleah Power Scheme and the augmentation of the Gordon Power Station at Strathgordon.

The Derwent Valley's Tarraleah Power Station is more than 80 years old. Its redevelopment would involve building a new power station, which would cost up to $650 million and increase the energy output by up to 200 gigawatt hours a year.

Meanwhile the augmentation of the Gordon Power Station would involve building a new turbine at Tasmania’s largest power station. To manage environmental water flows, one of the largest turbines is currently being run at very low efficiency. The proposed improvements would allow more efficient generation from existing environmental water flows to the Gordon River.

The initial stages of the Tarraleah and Strathgordon studies, jointly funded by ARENA and Hydro Tasmania at a cost of $1 million, are due to be completed by the end of the year. Based on the outcomes of the studies, construction on augmentation of the Gordon Power Station could start next year.

Derwent system

Energy Minister Guy Barnett recently spoke about Hydro Tasmania's $275 million upgrade program the entire Derwent system, including a $28.5 million investment in the Cluny Power Station.

"Currently, one of the turbine runners is being modernised to make it more efficient, increase
energy output from the Station and reduce environmental risks. Following the completion of work on the Cluny Power Station, Hydro Tasmania will then begin upgrades to the Repulse Power Station," Mr Barnett said.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Water out at Westerway

A BURST main has cut the water supply  of about 30 properties in the area of Gordon River Rd at Westerway this morning. TasWater says repair crews are on site and the water supply should be restored by 2pm.

Friday, October 20, 2017

This weekend's cricket

Southern Cricket Association

T20 Super Bash, Round 2 this Saturday

First Grade: New Norfolk I v St Aidans, at Cambridge, 4pm.

Second Grade: Gretna I v St Annes, Cadburys No.1, 4pm; Molesworth v Knights, Boyer Oval, 4pm.

Third Grade: New Norfolk II v Marquis Tigers, Ogilvie High School, 1.15pm.

Fourth Grade: Bothwell I v St Aidans, Cambridge, 12.30pm; Bushy Park v Gretna II, Bushy Park Showground (Bushy Park have forfeited).

Seventh Grade: Molesworth II v Knights, Boyer Oval, 12.45pm; New Norfolk III v Old Beach, Tynwald Park, 10.30am.

Eighth Grade: Bothwell II v MacKillop Beltas, North Warrane Oval, 9.30am.

Junior Cricket
Junior cricket will start on Sunday with Gretna fielding Under 13s and Under 15s while New Norfolk will field an Under 13s team. To view the Cricket Tasmania Youth League Rosters, go to MyCricket and select the appropriate age group.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SCA T20 Super Bash - Round 1 results

THE Southern Cricket Association season got under way in great conditions at the weekend, with the Twenty20 Super Bash matches starting on Saturday. A match-winning innings of 97 from New Norfolk I batsman Stewart Rice was the highlight of the triple header at Tynwald Park against Montagu Bay.

Batting first, the Red Caps made the huge score of 4-180 off 20 overs. The innings from Rice was superb and included nine sixes and six fours. Rice put on 35 with fellow opener Rohan Heron (10), and then went on to a 100-run stand with newcomer Mathew Bowden who made 38 on debut, striking one six and four fours. Captain/coach Jason Rigby was 13 not out.

In reply, the Sharks could only manage 9-88 off their 20 overs. This was down to some excellent bowling from the Red Caps. Nathan Rice took 2-18 off his four overs, Seb Wishart got 2-1 from two overs and Jamie Hill bagged 2-5 , also from two. Nathan Eiszele also did well taking 1-14 (2), while big hitter Stewart Rice got in on the action, taking 1-24 off four overs.

In Second Grade, Molesworth I defeated Gretna I by 19 runs at Gretna. Batting first after being sent in, Molesworth scored 7-122 off its 20 overs. Openers Josh Ransley (21) and captain Brayden Hodge (14) put on 30 for the first wicket.

Brad Coppleman found early form, scoring a very entertaining game high 56. Coppleman hit fives sixes and three fours in his innings that really set up his team’s winning total.

Coppleman was out with the score on 2-103 when he was well stumped by Gretna keeper Glenn Blackwell off the bowling of Zac Crosswell. Daniel Coppleman scored 14. The main wicket takers for Gretna were Craig Cunningham with 2-5 off two overs and Peter Jelkic 2-29 off four.

In reply Gretna finished 9-103 off its 20 overs. Rhys Browning top scored with a good 35, that included two fours and two sixes. Vice-captain Todd Jarvis did well, making 21, and opener Glenn Blackwell got 17, including two fours.

The Molesworth bowling attack did very well with young Jeremy Nichols taking 3-14 off his four overs in a great spell. Josh Ransley also did well with 3-17 from three overs and Brayden Hodge 2-22 from four.

In Third Grade, New Norfolk II was defeated by Montagu Bay off the last ball of the match at Tynwald Park. With one ball remaining and the scores tied, the Sharks got bat on ball and scrabbled through for a single.

The Red Caps were sent into bat and made 7-122 off 20 overs. Young Jye Bearman was the star of his team’s batting line-up , making an excellent 46 not out. Bearman hit three sixes and four fours in his innings . Will Banks made 27 (three fours), Aaron Triffitt 19 and opener Aaron Drew 12.

In reply, the Sharks snuck home, making 4-123 off their 20 overs. Mitchell Rice tried hard taking 2-11 off three overs, as did Josh Rowlands with 1-9 off his four overs.

Fourth Grade saw Gretna II go down to Bagdad at Gretna. The home side won the toss and batted first, making 7-104 off its 20 overs. Gretna was in early trouble at 4-17 , but a quickfire 38 from Jon Smith got things back on track. Smith’s total came from 13 scoring shots, hitting three sixes and two fours. Luke Crosswell did his bit down the order with a well-made 20 not out (two fours).

In reply Bagdad finished 2-109 off 15.5 overs. Jake Campbell 2-19 (2) and Luke Crosswell 1-23 (4) were the wicket takers for Gretna. Well done to Matthew Coulson on his first game for Gretna. Matthew is the 301st player at the club since 1977-78 .

Bushy Park forfeited to Bothwell in the other Fourth Grade match involving Derwent Valley teams.

In Seventh Grade New Norfolk III started the day well in the triple header at Tynwald Park, defeating Montagu Bay by 29 runs. The Red Caps had first hit and looked like they would make a low score at 9-69 but a 44-run match-winning partnership between veteran Adrian Rowlands (31no) and Liam Kalbfell (6) got the Red Caps to 10-113 off 18.1 overs. Rowlands, who was a late inclusion, hit four sixes.

In reply, the Sharks made 8-84 off their 20 overs. Stuart Muir bowled superbly, taking two wickets for just five runs off his four overs. David Mitchelmore , 2-28 (4), and Liam Kalbfell, 1-10 (4), capped off a great day.

In the other Seventh Grade match, Molesworth II was no match for Derwent at Boyer Oval. The visitors had the first knock, making 6-132 . Liam Triffitt was the standout for the Molesworth attack, taking a game-high 4-24 off four overs in a great display. Jake Sorensen took 1-22 (4) and captain Sam Triffitt 1-27 (2). Mark Jablonski didn’t take a wicket, but finished with the very good figures of just seven runs off his four overs.

In reply Molesworth, playing one short, finished 8-48 off 11.4 overs. Josh Nichols (13) was the only batsman to get double figures. Number 10 batsman Larry Menzie did not bat.

Eighth Grade saw Bothwell II get off to a great start with a 19-run win over Brighton at Bothwell. The Bucks had first knock, making the good score of 4-134 off 20 overs. In reply, Brighton finished 5-115 . Bothwell opener Shayne Wood top scored with 39. Wood put on a 68-run stand with No.3 batsman Adam Clark, who made 20. Captain Blake Eyles made 27 not out and Stuart Eyles got 24. For the Bothwell bowlers, Mathew Glover was the main wicket taker with 3-31 from four overs, while Peter Hansch took 1-19 (4) and Simon Eyles 1-18 (3).

AFTER forfeiting to Bothwell in their Fourth Grade match at the weekend and also next weekend against Gretna, the Bushy Park Cricket Club is looking for more players. The club has one team and is struggling for numbers. Old and new players are invited to come along for a game. Training is on Thursdays from 5.30pm. For more details call Shaun Fenton on 0418 839 688.

Agrarian: What the Good Food Guide said

Good Food Guide 
2018 Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year

The best beyond metro limits. The winning establishment must provide a restaurant experience comparable to anything in the city but remain uniquely regional.

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store, Tasmania

It's fresh on the Tasmania scene, but The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store has deeply established roots through Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet's Derwent Valley cooking school, the Agrarian Kitchen.

Pickling. Fermenting. Local. Seasonal. They're techniques and terms chefs are infatuated with, but this newcomer presents a masterclass in all, using ingredients from barely beyond the doorstep, delivered in a sun-drenched room. It's a gun team from kitchen to cocktail bar.

The menu might read simply – carbonara macaroni; a caesar-like salad of broad bean leaves with smoked ham and alpine cheese – but the techniques drill deep into the collective cooking wisdom from around the globe and emerge as close to the ideal as it seems possible to get.

Both ideas and produce have been germinating and fermenting for a long time to result in a restaurant that calmly, cooly and deliciously screams a sense of place.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Agrarian named the best regional eatery in Australia

THE Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store at Willow Court has been named Australia's Regional Restaurant of the Year in the inaugural national Good Food Guide awards for 2018.

Published in various mainland states over the last 38 years, the Good Food Guide has been turned into a single national publication for 2018, featuring 500 restaurants from Hobart to Darwin and Brisbane to Perth.

Deeming The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store to be the best dining destination outside the metropolitan zone, the publication said the restaurant housed in the former New Norfolk asylum provided an experience comparable to anything in the city, while remaining uniquely regional.

"While fresh on the Tasmanian scene, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store has deeply established roots through Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet’s Derwent Valley cooking school, The Agrarian Kitchen," the Good Food Guide said.

This is the first time a restaurant outside New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland has received the regional restaurant of the year accolade.

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store is situated in the old
B Ward/Bronte House at Willow Court in New Norfolk.
"This is a true honour for Rodney and I, as we had said that we would never open a restaurant," Severine Demanet wrote on Facebook today. "But after 10 years of being in Tasmania and operating The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School & Farm, the temptation grew too much. The plan was to create a place to eat that allowed diners to experience the best of the seasonal food we enjoyed ourselves.

"The path to opening a restaurant is never easy and we couldn’t have opened The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store without the support of our amazing team. We feel that we have created a place that we are all very proud to be part of," Ms Demanet wrote.

"A huge thank you to all of our staff who have become part of our Agrarian family - who work so hard each week to make this dream a reality for us all. A big thank you to all our diners who have supported us since we opened and to the community within our small town of New Norfolk for welcoming and supporting us from day one."

NNJFC 2017 best and fairest awards

TALENTED young footballer Perri King picked up her second Under 17 best and fairest award for the 2017 season when the New Norfolk Junior Football Club held its annual trophy night last month. This followed her earlier win in the STJFL Best and Fairest Awards.

King, who had only recently 14, won the local club's newly-created Cathy Adams Medal by 25 votes from runner up Madison Shaw on 31. King collected six best-on-grounds in what was a successful season for the very keen footballer.

In a close count in the boys Under 14 Best and Fairest, Zac Wheeler polled 43 votes to win by just four votes over runner-up Tyler Scanlon on 39. Both boys performed very well through the season and are fitting winners.

In the boys Under 12s, it was a reversed result from the Under 14s with Brodie Scanlon (younger brother of Tyler Scanlon) winning with 55 votes, 22 votes clear of runner up Bailey Wheeler (younger brother of Zac Wheeler) on 33. A real family affair! Bailey Wheeler had recently played in the Tasmanian Under 12 team in Darwin and looks to have a bright future ahead.

At the conclusion of the trophy presentations, life membership of the NNJFC was bestowed on Dean King who has been a tireless volunteer for the club. He has coached the boys from Under 9s in 2005 through to the Under 16s in 2012 and this season created history as coach of the first NNJFC Under 17s girls team, and what a season it has been.

Also on his resume, as well as playing 290 games with the NNDFC, King has also coached the Under 18s and Reserves and is also an Eagles life member. Congratulations Dean, your knowledge and experience of football is very highly regarded and you are a very worthy recipient of this award.

Well done to the NNJFC for naming the girls Under 17 Best and Fairest Medal in honour of Cathy Adams who has been an exceptional volunteer for club for many years and thoroughly deserves this recognition. It was great to have Cathy in attendance to present the medal.

Thanks also to Vanessa Britten for her excellent work with putting the slideshows together for all three best and fairest counts - a top job as always. Well done to the NNJFC committee, coaches, team managers and officials. Your untiring efforts do not go unnoticed and if it wasn't for people like yourselves, junior football would not be where it is today.


PICTURE - back from left: Under 16s best and fairest winner Zac Wheeler and runner-up Tyler Scanlon with Under 17s best and fairest winner Perri King and runner-up Madison Shaw. Front from left: Under 12s best and fairest award runner-up Bailey Wheeler and winner Brodie Scanlon.
Photo byWade Gleeson.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trolls drew a crowd

D'FAT members Nic and Campbell in
charge of the movie night barbecue.
ORGANISERS say Saturday night's school holiday movie night at Arthur Square attracted the biggest attendance since the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT) started running outdoor movie nights several years ago.

Saturday night's free screening of the 2016 animated movie Trolls was organised in partnership with Tassie Open Air Cinemas, with an audience of about 110 people. Former Derwent Valley Council youth and community participation officer Matt Hill assisted with the arrangements.

A spokesman said the turnout was an increase of more than 60 people since the last movie night in July. D'FAT members ran a successful barbeuce, selling out of all food during the evening.

The scene at the outdoor movie night at Arthur Square on Saturday night.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Find out about bushfire readiness today

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DERWENT Valley residents and visitors can learn how to become bushfire-ready at today's Tasmania Fire Service expo in the carpark at the New Norfolk Woolworths supermarket from 10am-5pm.

"As we move into the warmer months many Tasmanian communities have been participating in the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods (BRN) program," TFS community development co-ordinator Peter Middleton said.

"The BRN program recognises that individuals, communities and government all share the responsibility to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from bushfires," Mr Middleton said. Tasmania is one of the most bushfire-prone places in the world and now is the time for people to prepare their properties and get bushfire ready.

Mr Middleton said Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhood events were a great way for communities to learn how to help each other and themselves. Attendees will learn how to write a bushfire survival plan, which helps prepare their homes and teaches what to do if a bushfire approaches. "Writing and practicing a bushfire survival plan will help people think through the actions logically, give them something to refer to and can help control fear and anxiety if a bushfire breaks out nearby," he said.

"Over the past few weeks hundreds of Tasmanians have participated in bushfire ready activities in our communities in Sandford, Dolphin Sands, Collinsvale and Rowella. Bunnings stores state-wide also jumped on board and have held several bushfire ready events.

"Our programs really help communities build resilience and prepare for the upcoming bushfire season. Research has found that households that participate in our programs are significantly more prepared which is great news," Mr Middleton said.

For more information about the Bushfire Ready Neighbourhood program visit the Tasmania Fire Service website or Facebook page or phone 1800 000 699. "All Tasmanians, regardless of where they live, are encouraged to understand the risks they face and explore options well in advance of the bushfire season," Mr Middleton said.

Visitors to today's TFS expo at the Woolworths supermarket carpark in George St, New Norfolk, can also find out about becoming a fire brigade volunteer.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great summer of cricket coming up for young and old

A BIG summer of cricket is coming up. The Southern Cricket Association season gets under way today with the T20 Super Bash matches.

There will be eight matches played in the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands. The New Norfolk Red Caps will host Montagu Bay in a triple header at Tynwald Park in what should be a great day of cricket for spectators and players alike. In the match at Boyer Oval, Molesworth II will take on Wellington.

Meanwhile at Bothwell and Gretna it will be a similar occasion, with both clubs’ two teams playing at home on the same day. Bothwell I takes on Bushy Park and Bothwell II plays Brighton. Gretna I will host Molesworth I and Gretna II will start the day playing Bagdad.

The Twenty20 rounds will run over two Saturdays, with semi-finals for the top four teams on October 28 and grand finals on October 31.

The 50-over rosters will begin on November 4 and 5. There will be 14 rounds, with the finals in March.

Training times for the local senior teams are as follows:

  • Bothwell Cricket Club: Bothwell Recreation Ground, Wednesdays at 5.30pm. 
  • Bushy Park Cricket Club: Bushy Park Showground, Thursdays at 5.30pm.
  • Gretna Cricket Club: Gretna War Memorial Oval, Wednesdays at 5pm. 
  • Molesworth Cricket Club: Boyer Oval, Thursdays at 5.30pm. 
  • New Norfolk Cricket Club: Tynwald Park, Thursdays at 6-7 .30pm. 

Milo In2CRICKET will again be run by Annie McKenzie at the Glenora District High School on Sundays, starting on October 29, at 9am. A second program will be run later in the season. Contact Annie on 6286 1301 or email

Milo T20 Blast will be run by the New Norfolk Cricket Club at Tynwald Park on Thursday afternoons, with the first session starting on November 2 at 3.30pm. The co-ordinator is New Norfolk Cricket Club assistant coach Seb Wishart who can be contacted on 0409 807 272. T20 Blast caters for boys and girls aged 7-12 years. To register and pay, go to

The Gretna and New Norfolk Cricket Clubs will again field junior teams in the Cricket Tasmania Youth League with the season set to start on October 22.

Gretna is looking to field Under 13 and Under 15 teams while New Norfolk will field Under 13s. To sign up, contact Gretna Cricket Club’s Glenn Blackwell on 0427 798 482 or New Norfolk Cricket Club’s Josh Walsh on 0417 426 269.

Training times for the local junior teams are as follows:

  • Gretna Under 13s and Under 15s, Gretna War Memorial Oval, Thursdays at 5pm.
  • New Norfolk Under 13s, Tynwald Park, Tuesdays 4-6 pm and Thursdays 4-5.30pm.

Today's cricket fixture

Southern Cricket Association

T20 Super Bash, Round 1

First Grade: New Norfolk I v Montagu Bay at Tynwald Park, 4pm.

Second Grade: Gretna I v Molesworth I at Gretna, 1.15pm.

Third Grade: New Norfolk II v Montagu Bay at Tynwald Park, 12.45pm.

Fourth Grade: Bothwell I v Bushy Park v at Bothwell, 1.15pm; Gretna II v Bagdad at Gretna, 10am.

Seventh Grade: Molesworth II v Wellington at Boyer Oval, 10.30am; New Norfolk III v Montagu Bay at Tynwald Park, 9.30am.

Eighth Grade: Bothwell II v Brighton at Bothwell, 10am.

Fifty-over matches will start on November 4-5.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fire brigade expo this Sunday

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THREE local fire brigades will host a bushfire-ready and volunteer recruitment expo at New Norfolk this Sunday.

Crews from the Lachlan, Magra and New Norfolk fire brigades will be on hand at Woolworths superrmarket, 51 George St, from 10am-5pm.

This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the local fire brigades and obtain information about preparing your home or property for the bushfire season.

Anyone interested in joining the fire brigade as a volunteer will be welcome to make themselves known.

There will also be children's activities and a free barbecue.


Community market this Sunday

Derwent Valley
Community Market
Sunday, October 15, 2017

at Derwent Valley Community House
The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk
Inquiries: 0458 649 379 / 0427 612 327
(Next market on November 19)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Get in2Cricket in the Derwent Valley this term

REGISTRATIONS for this summer's junior cricket programs are now open. The Milo-sponsored in2Cricket and T20 Blast programs give children a fun and fast-paced introduction to cricket, with more than 40,000 boys and girls around Australia taking part in the programs last year alone.

The in2Cricket program is designed for boys and girls aged from five to eight years old,  emphasising participation, basic motor skills and teaching the basics of cricket in one-hour sessions.

T20 Blast gives kids aged seven to 12 with basic cricket skills their first experience of playing games of cricket in a fun, safe and social setting. The program has a maximum playing time of 90 minutes, an exciting atmosphere complete with music and dancing, and everyone gets a chance to bat, bowl and field.

The Glenora in2Cricket program and New Norfolk T20 Blast Program hit off in early Term 4. To find out more and register, simply visit and type in your postcode.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Beanstalk banishes building's blank wall

A BLANK space at New Norfolk Primary School was turned into a welcoming wall under Arts Tasmania's public art program. A recent issue of the Public Arts Newsletter featured the completed Beanstalk work by Alex Miles, which transformed the front wall of the school's new Kindergarten building.

The newest classroom at the school was redeveloped early last year to provide a home for the school's Kindergarten following the closure of the Blair St campus. Beanstalk is one of the first things seen by students and families visiting the new building.

"It plays with the idea of growth, nurture and imagination with the design appropriating an existing downpipe and turning it into the stem of a beanstalk," the newsletter said. "The top leaves sprout out and above the roofline suggesting onward growth beyond the early years rooms."

"A friendly bird and grasshopper perch on the wall while a garden bed in front of the wall provides a place for young gardeners to plant their own beans and explore nature. Incorporated on the cladding above the wall Alex reproduced images from students in a monochrome paint."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Much to celebrate as hockey club looks back

Younger members of the team celebrating the club's 50th birthday.
MORE than 70 people met at the football clubrooms to join in the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the New Norfolk Old Scholars Hockey Club recently. The club was honoured to host the event and see the reunion of so many past players and supporters.

Five women from the founding team and club were in attendance and enjoyed mixing and reminiscing with the current team. Club stalwart Brian Eccles was unable to attend due to ill health but sent his congratulations and a few memories via club patron Carol Collins. A moment was taken during the evening to remember those players and supporters who have passed away.

700-gamer Lee Smith
A legend of the men’s team, Larry Hills, provided an entertaining rendition of the team songs, The Tynwald Terriers and The Tynwald Tarts. Those present also enjoyed looking through the wealth of memorabilia that had, in the main, been kept and recorded by Brian and the late Marion Eccles. The club is privileged to have had such a comprehensive account of its history.

During the evening it was announced that Lee Smith was about to make club history by being the first player to reach the grand milestone of 700 games in the final roster game of the 2017 season. Lee has been an inspirational leader and player for nearly 40 years. Her enthusiasm and commitment has been immeasurable. Lee has taken on numerous roles throughout the club including coaching and serving as president. A special highlight of Lee’s hockey career has been that she has played half of that time with her daughter, Sally. Finishing her final season with the best and fairest award for 2017 capped off Lee’s wonderful career prior to her retirement.

Although the club’s future is in limbo at present, there were positive signs that the evening had sparked some interest from past players to rejoin for the 2018 season. As a result of the organisational effort given by Amy and Helen Bannister, everyone had a fantastic night with lots of hugs and laughter.

Five original members, left, with the current team.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Maydena pool to remain closed

The Maydena Swimming Pool.
THE Maydena swimming pool will remain closed for a second summer after two safety audits returned unsatisfactory results. Maydena Community Association acting president Tim Parkes said the group, as the owner of the pool, had voted unanimously to close the pool at its meeting on Monday night.

"It is a sad duty to have to report to residents that the pool will not be opening this year or any time in the near future," Mr Parkes said. "We have had two separate safety audits done, sponsored by Derwent Valley Council, from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia and JMG Engineering and Planning from which we received a safety rating of 15 per cent," he said.

Mr Parkes said the association would need to spend about $20,000 to meet basic requirements. "A further large allocation of funds would be required to meet the full compliance costs, money which we do not have," he said.

"There are some 87 safety notifications in the audit which we are required to meet. Even if we had the money and could afford compliance this year, there is no guarantee that we could meet costs in the future. Swimming pools are extremely expensive to run, and it has become evident as the years pass that meeting rising costs is beyond our resources."

Mr Parkes said only a small number of people used the pool and it would never be financially viable on that basis. "It is unfortunate that the pool has to close. We know the children particularly are going to be disappointed, but we just do not have a choice."

A copy of the two safety audits will be available for inspection at the Maydena post office and the community association is looking for alternative activities for the town's young people, such as possibly providing a free bus to another swimming pool.