Monday, January 29, 2018

Road weather warning renewed

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 10:30pm on Monday 29 January 2018.

Slippery roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Monday night and Tuesday morning 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 5am Tuesday.

Save the date: February 17 at Bushy Park

BUSHY Park Show Day 2018 on February 17 will have lots to enjoy from 9am-4pm including plenty of demonstrations throughout the day such as Cooking with Rodney Dunn; Herbal teas and beauty products from the garden with Sandra Whalan; How to bottle fruit at home, with Mavis Beattie;  Hand dyeing wool using jelly crystals with Eva Ruzika; Hands-on old woodworking tools with Fred Lees; and watch local blacksmith Phil Green at work. 

Sands Family Circus will perform again and this year they are bringing their crazy fun bikes for anyone to try. Matthew Johnson will be there with his "Kelpies in Action" - watch as he explains how to train a kelpie to round up sheep, and even see them round up some ducks!

Also on the program are woodchopping, animal competitions, live music with the Goodfellas, and bush poetry with Phil Rush. Animal displays including mini goats, highland cattle, and a chance to learn about Tasmanian snakes. There will be an equestrian competition including events for miniature horses.

With a State Election campaign now under way, show-goers will be able to watch some of our state politicians and local councillors as they race each other and the clock in a fun challenge around lunch time.

Children will be well catered for with the ever-popular teacup ride, jumping castle and other sideshows. Plenty of food and drink will be available and there will be trade sites and information sites as well.

For anyone interested in home industries, there will be a competition for home-made jams, preserves, honey and home brews. If sewing, needlework and cooking are more your thing, give the homecrafts competition a go - there are categories for juniors too! The first five entries per person in each competition schedule are free if you attend on the day, and $1 per entry thereafter. "We would love more entries and we are even offering to collect via prior arrangement, in New Norfolk, ($1 per entry) if you cannot make it on the day," show secretary Alison Hennessy said. "Maybe you grow flowers or fruits and vegetables, or like art - there is something in our homecrafts program for this as well."

For competition schedules and entry forms visit the website at www.bushyparkshow.com.au or email bushyparkshow@hotmail.com. Inquiries can also be made by phone on 6286 5156 and via FacebookSite applications are still open: contact the show society using the methods above.

Entry to this year's show will cost $18 for a family of two adults and 3 children (5-16 years). Individual prices are $7 for adults, $3 for children, and infants under five are admitted free.


Lester's calling it a day


Road weather warning

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 11:06am on Monday 29 January 2018.

Slippery roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Monday 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 5pm Monday.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Locals honoured on Australia Day

Perri King and Paul McMaster.
VOLUNTEER firefighter Paul McMaster is the Derwent Valley municipality's Citizen of the Year for 2018 and footballer Perri King is the Young Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Martyn Evans said Mr McMaster was well known as a member of the Magra Fire Brigade and on of the organisers of its annual quiz night which is regarded as one of the biggest and most successful around. Mr McMaster also published a book on the history of local pubs and hotels last year.

New Norfolk Under 17 women's football team.
Click image to enlarge.
The Young Citizen award caps off a spectacular 12 months for Miss King, who won the Southern Tasmanian Junior Football Association's Under 17 women's best and fairest award for 2017 as well as the New Norfolk Junior Football Club's Under 17 best and fairest award for the 2017.

Miss King was also the originator of New Norfolk's Under 17 women's football team, which was awarded the Sports Group of the Year Award. The award was accepted by team-mate Maddie Shaw, who was last year's Derwent Valley Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Australia Day Ambassador Ian Allison with
Carol and Peter Nichols of the New Norfolk
 Rowing Club. Click image to enlarge.
Promising young oarsman Matt Byrne was awarded his fourth Australia Day honour since 2011, being named the Derwent Valley's Sportsperson of the Year. Unable to attend the presentation due to his rowing commitments at Lake Barrington, Byrne's award was accepted on his behalf by New Norfolk Rowing Club president Peter Nichols.

Byrne received the Young Sportsperson of the Year Award in 2011 in recognition of his success in soccer and futsal. In 2016 and 2017 he shared the Sports Team of the Year award with his rowing mate Nathanial Graham. Byrne has been named as a 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay bearer.

The Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group was named the municipality's Community Group of the Year. Established in 2016, the group gives early and ongoing support for families, friends and others affected by the loss of someone to suicide. The award was accepted on behalf of the group by the Reverend Celia Hooker.

Matt Hill, Sonja Gregory and Celia Hooker with the Community
Event of the Year award. Click image to enlarge.



Last days for Discovery Ranger program

THE Discovery Ranger Program for summer 2017/18 is nearing its end. Discovery Ranger Emma has two more days of activities planned at Mt Field National Park, followed by a quiz night at Westerway on Tuesday.

Sunday, January 28
11am - A walk among giants (1 hour). Meet at the Tall Trees Carpark. Get a new perspective on trees, landscapes, fire, and how humans fit in to it all.
2pm - Prickly pandani (1.5 hours). Meet at the Lake Dobson Carpark. Just a spiky plan or something much more amazing? Find out on this guided walk of the Pandani Circuit.

Monday, January 29
2pm - Mt Field minibeasts (1 hour). Meet at the William Crooke Shelter (behind Visitor Centre). Bugs are the foundations of ecosystems. Explore their world in this invertebrate extravaganza.
5pm Platypus prowl (1hr). Meet in front of the Visitors Centre.
Learn about these fascinating monotremes that call the streams of Mt Field home.

Tuesday, January 30
6pm - Westerway Community Quiz Night (2.5hrs). Westerway Community Hall. Sausage sizzle from 6pm, quiz from 7pm.

Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities. Programmed activities may be cancelled in bad weather. An adult must accompany children under 12. For more information contact Discovery Ranger Emma on 0428 407 598.

Sunday: Total Fire Ban

TODAY is a day of Total Fire Ban throughout southern Tasmania, including the Derwent Valley municipality. The Tasmania Fire Service has strike teams posted in high risk areas including Ouse, and was able to contain and extinguish several outbreaks of fires yesterday.

With high temperatures and extremely dry vegetation across the state, TFS station officer Andrew Emery said fire crews weren't taking any chances heading into today's Very High Fire Danger and Total Fire Ban for the south of the state.

Mr Emery said the plan was respond to any fires rapidly with heavy resources to keep them small, limit damage and fully extinguish the fires quickly.

With the TFS still patrolling several fires today, Mr Emery asks landowners to check any fires they may have previously had on their properties. "Three of the fires over the last 24-hours have started from re-ignitions of old fires which landowners previously believed were extinguished. TFS urges any landowner who has previously had fires burning on their property to check them again to make sure that they are completely out," he said.

A Total Fire Ban applies
throughout the south today.
The Total Fire Ban started at midnight and will be in force until midnight tonight (January 28). During this period no fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air. This applies to all outdoor fire, including incinerators, burn offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans. These are developed to provide assistance in the event of an emergency that will inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

The TFS urges the public to be vigilant and report any fires immediately to the Tasmania Fire Service by calling Triple-Zero (000).

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Derwent Valley fire weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Fire Weather Warning
for the Upper Derwent Valley forecast district

Issued at 4pm on Saturday 27 January 2018.

Weather Situation: Very High fire dangers are expected in parts of southern and eastern Tasmania on Sunday, with temperatures expected to reach mid to high thirties and winds speeds of 15 to 30 km/h. Relative humidity may reach 15-20% in the Upper Derwent Valley during the afternoon.


For Sunday 28 January:

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: Upper Derwent Valley 

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:


The next warning will be issued by 5am Sunday.

2018 Australia Day fun run

The start of the fun run.
MORE than 200 entrants contested the two events in the Australia Day Fun Run and Walk at the Derwent Esplanade in New Norfolk yesterday.

The 10km and 5km events were conducted by the Tasmanian Road Runners for the second time.

The following results have been published:

10km fun run and walk
  1. Mark Dooley 35:43
  2. Damon Court 36:39
  3. David Bailey 37:27
  4. Damon Nichols 42:42
  5. Josh Rayner 44:45
  6. Criag Canham 44:59
  7. Clynton Charvi 47:15
  8. Ben Heaven 47:22
  9. Euan Rose 47:23
  10. Chloe Eiszele 47:41
  11. Grant Mannix 49:56
  12. Andrew McDonald 50:19
  13. James Horne 51:16
  14. Tracey Keating 51:40
  15. Tania Rowlands 51:48
  16. Michaela Venn 51:57
  17. Eve Lancaster 52:27
  18. Michael Aitchison 55:45
  19. Chris Donald 57:15
  20. Jane Colton 1:00:02
  21. Jessica Lagerewskij 1:01:49
  22. Lyndal Tolly 1:05:50
  23. C Longey 1:09:21
  24. Aidan Featherstone 1:10:43
  25. Gloria Byas 1:18:46
5km fun run and walk
  1. Nick Moles 22:16
  2. Gabby Wilson 22:48
  3. Carl Lancaster 23:04
  4. Paul Parry 23:31
  5. Emma Lagerewskij 23:50
  6. Jamie McConnon 24:13
  7. Nick Benson 24:42
  8. Kristy Mundy-Castle 25:08
  9. Darryl White 25:14
  10. Sarah Holmstrom 25:17
  11. Tim McConnon 25:32
  12. Thomas Marbey 25:44
  13. John O'Keeffe 26:00
  14. Shin O'Keeffe 26:00
  15. Nick Laggar 26:09
  16. Olivia Gillie 26:29
  17. Danielle Nossiter 26:39
  18. Lucas Pursell 27:19
  19. Sally Miller 27:39
  20. Tenille Nossiter 28:03
  21. Steve Palethorpe 28:10
  22. Sinead MacLaney 29:19
  23. P Jelkic 29:29
  24. Will Pursell 29:42
  25. Jelly Pasten-Anderson 29:43
  26. Chad Nichols 30:12
  27. Ethan McMaster 30:33
  28. Georgia Parry 30:39
  29. Caden Donaghy 30:56
  30. Jemma Palethorpe 31:19
  31. John Anderson 31:39
  32. Stuart Edwards 31:46
  33. Elizabeth Leitch 31:57
  34. Tyler Benson 33:02
  35. Stacey Benson 33:04
  36. Justin Benson 33:10
  37. Michelle Duggan 33:11
  38. Paul McMaster 33:15
  39. Kodi Quarrell 33:22
  40. Paul Leitch 33:41
  41. Maddy Donaghy 33:51
  42. Alan Bennett 33:52
  43. Anita Vagg 34:15
  44. Tracey McConnon 34:48
  45. John Paton 34:56
  46. Sarah Davison 35:35
  47. Sally Douglas 36:04
  48. Rob Curtis 36:14
  49. Chris Davidson 36:16
  50. Jen 36:27
  51. Lily Pursell 36:40
  52. Christina Schmuki 36:52
  53. Kylie White 36:53
  54. Matthew Martin 37:29
  55. Kyle Martin 37:30
  56. Grace Martin 38:19
  57. Jasper Woodrow 38:31
  58. Kirsten Redstone 38:32
  59. Zac Woodrow 39:46
  60. Alison Thorpe 39:52
  61. Jillian Freeman 40:13
  62. Julie Pace 40:53
  63. Michael Pace 41:19
  64. Dave Morris 41:20
  65. Poonyanuch Donald 41:28
  66. Margaret Horne 41:28
  67. Karrina Cooper 42:07
  68. Leslie Watson 43:04
  69. Kristy Hall 43:37
  70. Rhonda Woodrow 43:54
  71. Debrah De Williams 44:06
  72. Mollie Fenton 44:08
  73. Megan Fenton 44:20
  74. Wendy Meadowcroft 44:44
  75. Sara Leitch 45:16
  76. Jasmin Rayner 46:20
  77. Kellie Rayner 46:22
  78. Denise Drewitt 46:30
  79. Hayden Burns 46:42
  80. Ann Burns 46:42
  81. Arden Petersen 46:57
  82. Patrick McMaster 47:19
  83. Hannah McMaster 47:30
  84. Tanya Cooper 48:27
  85. Ochne Triffitt 49:10
  86. Jazmyn Bartels 49:36
  87. Danika Triffett 51:10
  88. Georgie Shaw 51:11
  89. Diana Ackerley 51:39
  90. Robyn Ackerley 51:39
  91. Logan Quarrell 51:48
  92. Ameliah Bartels 51:49
  93. Sarah Quarrell  51:49
  94. Tobi Southwell 52:33
  95. Wyatt Southwell 52:35
  96. Bec Acteiley 52:36
  97. Nicole Donaghy 53:05
  98. Annalese Peterson 53:07
  99. Wayne Treloar 53:08
  100. Shane Eiszele 53:10
  101. Lisa Eiszele 53:10
  102. Allison Treloar 53:20
  103. Leeanne Clark 53:21
  104. Kim Clark 54:10
  105. Jorge Triffett 54:10
  106. Katie Featherstone 54:11
  107. Cathy Adams 54:11
  108. Trudy Jarvis 54:24
  109. Ilar Flynn 54:40
  110. Jack Richardson 54:43
  111. Belinda Jones 54:46
  112. Lucy Russell 54:56
  113. Chloe Richardson 55:18
  114. Brendon Petersen 56:08
  115. Heidi Petersen 56:08
  116. Lynette Kent 56:19
  117. Mandy Woodote 56:19
  118. Claire Whitehead 56:20
  119. Eva Willcock 56:27
  120. Eden Willcock 56:34
  121. Dale Sykes 56:58
  122. Ellie-May Sykes 57:03
  123. Evie Lagerewskij 57:15
  124. Tyler Woodrow 57:19
  125. Jackson Wright 57:19
  126. Belinda Graham 57:20
  127. Melanie Brazendale 57:22
  128. Angela Shaw 58:38
  129. Molly Hobson 58:51
  130. Tegan Johnson 59:35
  131. Katie Russell 59:35
  132. Chelsy Bear 1:00:03
  133. Brad Smith 1:00:28
  134. Karen Fenton 1:00:30
  135. Alison Rainbird 1:01:48
  136. Lisa Sykes 1:02:29
  137. Triacia Yasserie 1:02:32
  138. Lucas Benson 1:02:33
  139. Meegan Geard 1:02:34
  140. Suze Benson 1:02:34
  141. Montanna Ward 1:02:34
  142. Kaitlen Rainbird 1:02:35
  143. Hannah Smith 1:02:35
  144. D'arne Triffett 1:02:36
  145. Charlie Lovell 1:02:36
  146. Perri King 1:02:36
  147. Brianna Oates 1:02:36
  148. Kayla Rainbird 1:02:37
  149. Kimberly Slater 1:02:37
  150. Meg Walker 1:02:37
  151. Dean King 1:02:39
  152. Adrian Shaw 1:02:39
  153. Lachlan Ludeke 1:03:22
  154. Deb Ludeke 1:03:24
  155. Carolyn Grimmond 1:04:10
  156. Michelle Dolliver 1:04:11
  157. Deb Briggs 1:05:07
  158. Brock Benson 1:05:08
  159. Jenna Collins 1:05:08
  160. Rosa Lagerewskij 1:05:35
  161. Brad Lagerewskij 1:05:35
  162. Greg Lagerewskij 1:05:35
  163. Jack Lagerewskij 1:05:36
  164. Millie Marney 1:08:23
  165. Scott Carmichael 1:08:37
  166. Ruby Carmichael 1:08:37
  167. Ella Carmichael 1:08:44
  168. Hailee Marney 1:08:50
  169. Kassidy Cooper 1:10:15
  170. Nikita Cooper 1:10:49
  171. Cassidy Cooper 1:10:55
  172. Ann Cooper 1:10:58
  173. Mia McKenzie 1:16:31
  174. Maree Menzies 1:16:31
  175. Jack Marney 1:16:31
  176. Taya Adams 1:19:46
  177. Elisa Carmichael 1:19:46

Friday, January 26, 2018

Australia Day 2018

Part of the audience at the official part of the Australia Day
events in New Norfolk today.
A GENTLE breeze kept a lid on the forecast maximum temperature as Derwent Valley residents celebrated Australia Day on the Derwent Esplanade at New Norfolk earlier today. Mayor Martyn Evans said he thought the crowd was larger than usual, possibly attracted to the Colour Run which was being conducted for the first time.

One of the first events on the day was the annual fun run and walk, organised by the Tasmanian Road Runners with 5km and 10km events. There was no separate event for children this year, with younger runners encouraged to enter the Colour Run instead. Twenty-five runners contested the 10km event, with Mark Dooley and Chloe Eiszele the fastest male and female, while 176 people took part in the 5km event won by Nick Moles and Gabby Wilson.

Volunteers on the Lions Club barbecue.
Musical entertainment was once again provided by the Derwent Valley Concert Band and local duo The Sign. The Lions Club was on hand cooking a free sausage sizzle as usual and displays and activities were presented by groups including the Salvation Army, D'FAT, Community2Sea and the Derwent Valley PCYC.

An address was given by Antarctic expeditioner and researcher Ian Allison in his capacity as this year's local Australia Day Ambassador. Dr Allison said the Derwent Valley was one of his favourite places in Tasmania. He noted that many of the district's first settlers in 1807-08 were First Fleeters and this gave the Derwent Valley a closer link to the celebrating of Australia Day than most places in Australia. He acknowledged the history of all humans on this land for more than 60,000 years.

Deputy Mayor Shaw and Dr Allison.
Master of ceremonies Ben Shaw presented Dr Allison with his official acknowledgement of his service as the Australia Day Ambassador for the Derwent Valley and Dr Allison then assisted mayor Evans with the presenting of this year's Australia Day Awards.

Derwent Valley Citizen of the Year: Paul McMaster; Derwent Valley Young Citizen of the Year: Perri King; Derwent Valley Sports Team of the Year: New Norfolk Under 17 Women's Football Team; Derwent Valley Sportsperson of the Year: Matthew Byrne; Derwent Valley Community Event of the Year: Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group. No award was made in the category of Derwent Valley Young Sportsperson of the Year.

New citizens Well and Barbara.
Cr Evans said certificates acknowledging contributions to the Derwent Valley would be posted to:  awarded to: Allan Matcham, Sue and Warwick Evers, Matthew Hill, Michael Berry and Dean King.

Local residents Barbara and Well took the opportunity to be naturalised on Australia Day, becoming Australian Citizens. All others at the event were invited to take the Australian Citizenship Affirmation which was being conducted for the first time.

A purple patch in the Colour Run.
The final event on the program was the Colour Run, being held in the Derwent Valley for the first time. The activity emphasies fun over competition and has no winners. Participants are showered with colored powder (made of food-grade corn starch and dyes) at stations along the run.

Check back later for photos of the award recipients.

Australia Day honour for Dr Peters

LONG-SERVING local doctor Ralph Peters has today been named as one of several Tasmanians who will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Dr Peters, of New Norfolk, has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to medicine, and to the community of the Derwent Valley.

Dr Peters has practised medicine in the Derwent Valley for 50 years. From 1968-72 he served as district medical officer at the New Norfolk Hospital, delivering babies and attending to casualties when the hospital still had an emergency department and maternity section. He has been a general practitioner since 1972 and was made a life member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2008.

As well as being a former volunteer and organist at St Matthew's Anglican Church, Dr Peters was for many years a fundraiser for charitable organisations including Lifeline, the Salvation Army, World Vision, Peter MacCallum Research Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Congratulations Dr Peters.

Very high fire danger this long weeked

THE Tasmania Fire Service has encouraged Tasmanians to be responsible with fire this Australia Day long weekend.

"Thousands of Tasmanians will flock to campgrounds and shacks for the long weekend," TFS chief officer Chris Arnol said. "The hot weather means fires that start will be hard for us to control. We would like people to avoid using fire at all this weekend wherever possible," Mr Arnol said.

"Very High fire danger means we will be declaring a Total Fire Ban in the south of the state on Sunday. While a Total Fire Ban has not been declared for Friday or Saturday, we ask that people consider alternatives to fire for cooking and warmth.

"A Total Fire Ban means no fires can be lit in the open air. At midnight on Saturday night all fires, including campfires, must be completely extinguished. We will not be issuing fire permits in the south until further notice.

"We encourage people to report fires as soon as they see them by calling Triple Zero (000) to allow us the best chance to control the fire early."

The Parks and Wildlife Service has banned the lighting or use of campfires, fire pots or other device that burns coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel in National Parks and reserves until the middle of March.

"Holidaymakers are encouraged to listen to ABC local radio and keep an eye on the TFS Facebook page as the advice may change over the weekend depending on the weather predictions," Mr Arnol said.

The Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are at a heightened state of readiness, with strategically placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby for this weekend in order to attack fires quickly.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Heatwave conditions in the Valley

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TEMPERATURES in the Derwent Valley are tipped to nudge 40 degrees Celsius as a heatwave passes across southeastern Australia over the Australia Day long weekend.

Top temperatures of 31, 34 and 39 degrees are predicted for New Norfolk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Severe to extreme heatwave conditions are forecast for all of Tasmania due to high humidity, and very high daytime and overnight temperatures.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a high pressure system over the Tasman Sea, coupled with sea surface temperatures well above normal, will bring increasingly warmer and more humid nights, with minimum temperatures continuing to be well above normal for January.

Northwesterly winds aloft are bringing air from Central Australia. This continuing warming will see inland maximum temperatures climb into the high 30s this weekend. Specific forecasts can be found at www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts/

A cold front is expected during Monday, with temperatures dropping to the low 20s in the south and west on Monday after a warm, wet and humid Sunday night. Relief is not expected elsewhere until Monday night.

High to Very High Fire Dangers are expected this weekend, with a Total Fire Ban on Sunday. The UV index is expected to remain Extreme over Tasmania throughout the forecast period.

For information on how to stay safe during a heatwave, visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/healthy_communities/extreme_heat

The RSPCA advises pet owners to visit http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-can-I-do-in-hot-
weather-to-prevent-heatstroke-in-my-pet_353.html

Bureau of Meteorology forecasts for the Derwent Valley:
New Norfolk
Ouse
Maydena
Mt Field
Strathgordon

Rundown for Australia Day tomorrow

THE local Australia Day observance in New Norfolk will be held on the Derwent Esplanade this Friday, January 26, with free activities and entertainment for all ages.

The day kicks off at 10am when the annual fun run and walk gets under way. Entries will be accepted on the day. The rest of the program includes music by the Derwent Valley Concert Band and the long-established local group The Sign, as well as the flag raising, announcements of Australia Day award recipients and an Australia Day address by the Australia Day Ambassador, Dr Ian Allison.

The New Norfolk Lions Club will host a free Australia Day barbecue and there will be vans providing coffee and ice-cream. Children's activities including a jumping castle, face painting, and more. Segway rides will be available and there will be displays by the New Norfolk Fire Brigade and Community to Sea. Support will be provided by the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT), Salvation Army and the Derwent Valley Police and Citizens Youth Club. St John Ambulance first aid volunteers will be in attendance.

There will be other activities in New Norfolk and Bushy Park.

Program - January 26, 2018

At the Derwent Esplanade, New Norfolk
From 10am
  • 10am – Tasmanian Road Runners 5km and 10km walk/run begins
  • 10.45pm – Performance by The Sign
  • 11.15am – Tasmanian Road Runners Awards
  • 11.30am – Derwent Valley Concert Band
From noon – Official Proceedings
  • Welcome
  • Australia Ambassador Dr Ian Allison
  • Flag raising
  • Citizenship ceremony
  • Affirmation ceremony
  • National Anthem
  • Australia Day Awards
  • 12.30pm – Colour Run
  • 12.30pm – Performance by The Sign
At the New Norfolk Swimming Pool (Esplanade, Page Avenue)
  • Free entry and activities and barbecue lunch
At the Bushy Park Swimming Pool (Gordon River Rd, Glenora)
  • Free entry and barbecue lunch

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Southern cricket - Round 10

Southern Cricket Association
Round 10

First Grade
New Norfolk I kept its winning run in First Grade intact with a close victory over fourth placed St Aidans at Cambridge. Batting first, the Red Caps made the good score of 5-252 off 50 overs. Openers Harry Booth with 30 (two fours, one six) and Adam McKeown with 21 (two fours) got their team off to a great start, putting on 56 together. Then Matthew Bowden with 81 (four fours, two sixes) and Seb Wishart with 51 (two fours) continued the good work, setting up the innings with an excellent partnership of 123. In reply St Aidans gave it a good crack only to fall just short, all out for 238 off 39.2 overs. The New Norfolk bowlers stuck to the task and it paid off. Joe McCulloch with 3-41 (7.2), Josh Rowlands with 3-50 (6) and Ben Smith with 3-51 were the main wicket takers.

Second Grade 
Molesworth I had a good 46-run win over Wellington at Boyer Oval on Saturday. Batting first, the home side got 9-154 off its 50 overs. In reply, Wellington was dismissed for 148 off 42.5 overs. Brad Coppleman was again the top scorer for Molesworth with 40, hitting three fours and two sixes. Brother Daniel Coppleman made 33 (four fours). Opening the batting, Daniel Adams made 28 (four fours). Jayden Wilton got a handy 26, hitting two fours and two sixes. Wilton and Daniel Coppleman put on a 64-run partnership. With the ball for Molesworth, opener Jeremy Nichols bowled well to take 3-16 from 6.5 overs with two maidens. Brad Coppleman had a good day, taking 3-36 off his 10 overs, while young Blayne King got 2-27 from eight overs in his first Second Grade match.

Gretna I suffered a five wicket loss to Rokeby at Gretna in the other Second Grade match. Batting first, the home team got off to a good start. Openers Glenn Blackwell with 44 (eight fours) and Ben Rainbird with 11 were crushing it at 0-59. Then the wheels fell off all at once in one of the biggest collapses of the season, with the team losing all 10 wickets for just 14 runs, finishing with a lowly total of 73. Rokeby bowler and former Adelaide Crows footballer Ian Callinan finished with the incredible figures of 5-7 off 7.3 overs (three maidens). In reply Rokeby got the runs, finishing 5-77 off 18.1 overs. Of the Gretna bowlers, opener Mathew Burns bowled well, taking 3-27 (9).

Third Grade
New Norfolk II had an excellent win, defeating top-placed Marquis Tigers at Tynwald Park by 45 runs. The Red Caps won the toss and elected to bat, and were all out for 184 from 49.5 overs. In reply the Tigers were bowled out after 44.2 overs for 139. The New Norfolk opening pair of Blake Kemmler and Stewart Rice put on a 88-run stand. Kemmler got 29 (three fours) and Rice made a good 65 from 70 balls, including six fours and four sixes. With the ball, Jamie Hill sent down 6.2 overs capturing 4-19 in a very good show. Veteran Graeme Rowlands got 3-29 from seven overs.

Playing at home, Gretna II went down to the Weily Park Rockers by three wickets. Batting first, Gretna got 9-177 from 50 overs. Matthew Coulson made his highest score of 71, which included nine fours. In reply, the Rockers lost early wickets but then put on a partnership of 114 to set the win up, finishing 7-178 from 37.5 overs. For the Gretna bowlers, captain Adam Browning led the way with 3-29 (7) and Josh Whitford-Marriott got 2-36 (8).

Fourth Grade
Bothwell kept its winning run over Bagdad this season with a good five-wicket win at Bothwell on Sunday - and in doing so took top spot from Bagdad on the ladder. Winning the toss and batting, Bagdad were bowled out for the low score of 115 from 31.3 overs. In reply, Bothwell reached the target, finishing 5-117 from 22.2 overs. At No. 5, Kelvin Eyles kept the innings together during the run chase with a well-made 43no, including six well-struck fours. With the ball for the Bucks, all five bowlers took two wickets each. Josh Eyles was tidy with 2-17 (6), as was Nathan Eyles with 2-18 (5), Matthew Eyles with 2-19 (4.3), Brock Nichols with 2-20 (6) - including two maidens - and Nathan White with 2-34 (10).

Bushy Park got back on the winners’ list with a 45-run win over St Aidans at the Bushy Park Showground in the other Fourth Grade match. After being sent in to bat, Bushy Park was all out for 158 from 26.2 overs. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 113 off 35.2 overs. No other details were available at the time of writing.

Seventh Grade
A close match had a confused ending as cross-town rivals Molesworth II took on New Norfolk III at Boyer Oval. The home team won the toss and sent New Norfolk in to bat to be all out for 163 off 46.3 overs. Molesworth got the runs with just three balls to spare - but after the players shook hands it was pointed out the scoreboard and scorebooks were incorrect and Molesworth needed three more runs from three balls with three wickets in hand. I’m told the scorebooks hadn’t been signed off at that stage. Some New Norfolk players had left but then returned - but play didn’t resume and I hear a result hasn’t been confirmed . I understand the association is looking into the match. As the score reads now, Molesworth finished 7-164 from 49.3 overs. For the Red Caps, Stuart Muir at No. 9 top scored with 30no, hitting three fours and two sixes. For the Molesworth bowlers it was Larry Menzie who did the damage, sending down 9.3 overs to capture 4-24 with two maidens. Captain and opening bowler Jack Evans finished with the impressive figures of 1-10 off 10 overs with four maidens. With the bat for Molesworth in the run chase, it was Liam Triffitt who did the hard work, getting a fine 50 not out. Jack Evans also had a good day with 35, including five fours. Of the Red Caps’ bowlers, Liam Kalbfell took 3-27 from eight overs, while David Mitchelmore got 2-6 (3). With the match ending in a scorebook error, let’s hope the association can sort it out quickly.

Eighth Grade
Bothwell had a big 136-run win over Montagu Bay at home on Saturday. Batting first, the home team hit up the good score of 5-205 off 50 overs. Young Brodie White made a very good 54no, which included six fours, and Brad Eyles got 50no with a game-high nine fours. Together the pair put on an unbeaten 98-run partnership. With the ball, it was Peter Hansch who did all the damage, bowling superbly to finish with the excellent figures of 6-17 off 7.3 overs, including four maidens. Opener Blake Eyles was tight, taking 1-11 from five overs, Mark Pearce got 1-26 (8), and Anthony White capped off a very good day with 1-1 from two overs.

Shiploads aiming to dock in New Norfolk by June

DISCOUNT retailer Shiploads has confirmed that it has a new store under development at New Norfolk. Managing director Ashley Wilson said the business was working with a local developer to remodel the old Woolworths supermarket at 17-21 Charles St to house a full-range Shiploads along with two other tenancies.

"Depending on the progress of the redevelopment works, it is expected to open the New Norfolk Shiploads by June. The New Norfolk store will trade seven days a week," Mr Wilson said.

Shiploads is a Tasmanian discount retail chain that employs more than 340 people across its network of 13 stores. "There has been much speculation over Shiploads coming to New Norfolk after opening stores across Tasmania in the last seven years. We have waited for the right opportunity to open at New Norfolk and the redevelopment of the old Woolworths site created the size that we needed for a full range Shiploads store,” Mr Wilson said.

“Whilst there are numerous small tenancies across the town, we need a large retail footprint to be able to offer the same range as our other stores. We also need access to significant parking to manage the large number of customers we serve," he said.

“Shiploads are not only excited about what the redevelopment will do the township, but the jobs growth it will create both during the redevelopment phase and when open for trade. We are excited to create more Tasmanian jobs. We are a genuine Tasmanian company and it is very important for us to create long term jobs for so many Tasmanians just like us,” Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said Shiploads' New Norfolk outlet would employ 20 people in a mix of permanent and casual positions. Details will be available on their website and our Facebook page when the building works near completion. “Shiploads provide training and support to our ‘crew’. We don’t hire on retail experience. We look for people with energy, people who like work to be fun and people who genuinely believe in customer obsession,” he said.

Shiploads started trading in 2010, opening its first store at Cambridge. Since then it has expanded across the state to a network of 14 stores when New Norfolk opens its doors. "We are very proud to be Tasmanian and to have built a business from scratch to 14 stores across the state in just over 7 years. It has been hard work but extremely rewarding,” Mr Wilson said.

“It has been possible because we have amazing ‘crew’ across the state and importantly Tasmanians have supported a Tasmanian business because we are genuinely offering extreme value shopping,” Mr Wilson said.

The Derwent Valley Council has recently given the necessary approvals to enable a gymnasium and a bottle shop to operate in one the additional two shops being created by the redevelopment of the old supermarket.

Antarctic explorer for Australia Day Ambassador

ANTARCTIC expeditioner Ian Allison is this year's Australia Day Ambassador for the Derwent Valley. Dr Allison is an adjunct professor at the University of Tasmania, an Associate of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre and the former leader of the Ice, Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate program at the Australian Antarctic Division.

Dr Allison has studied ice and climate for 50 years and participated in or led 25 research expeditions to the Antarctic. He has contributed extensively to Antarctic research and been actively  involved for  many years in international collaboration in Antarctic science

He was co-chairman of the Joint Committee for the International Polar Year 2007–08, a two-year polar research program involving more than 130 internationally collaborative science projects, and  50,000 participants from 60 countries.

Ian is an Officer of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was the 2016 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year. In 1988 he was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal.

More than 300 Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebration in communities across Australia. They include past recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers who speak at Australia Day events.

Participation of an Australia Day Ambassador in community events is regularly cited as one of the highlights of community celebrations and there have been a number of inspirational speeches given by Ambassadors at Derwent Valley Australia Day celebrations in the past. Dr Allison will speak at the Derwent Esplanade, New Norfolk, on Australia Day this Friday, where events will be held from 10am until 2pm.

Last year's local ambassador, home-grown Olympian Dana Faletic, has been named the Australia Day Ambassador for the Kentish municipality.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Australia Day this Friday

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Campfires banned in National Parks

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CAMPFIRE  restrictions have been introduced in National Parks and reserves in the Upper Derwent Valley as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.

Parks and Wildlife Service state fire manager Paul Black said campfire restrictions had been established this week in all National Parks and reserves in the North, North-east, East Coast, South-east, Upper Derwent Valley and King Island, effective from January 20 until March 14.

The restrictions ban the lighting or use by any person of campfires, fire pots or other devices that burn coal, wood, plant material or any solid fuel. Gas stoves are permitted.

“The fire risk has increased with ongoing dry conditions and poorly constructed, unattended and abandoned campfires are contributing to the fire risk,” Mr Black said. He said being aware of fire conditions and the restrictions in place was an important way to reduce the risk of bushfires to the community.

“PWS staff are continually patrolling campgrounds and unfortunately we do find people having fires during fire bans, as well as fires left unattended or not put out properly,” he said. “Already this year, we have recorded 22 unattended campfires in parks and reserves, with several confirmed campfire escapes. When temperatures rise and the wind increases, these campfires can reignite and cause dangerous bushfires."

Mr Black said PWS staff would be actively patrolling popular campgrounds and areas where arsonists are known to operate. "Parks visitors should be aware that these restrictions will remain in force until 14 March 2018, after the Labour Day weekend, or until a very significant rain event, so campers should be prepared with appropriate cooking equipment.

"The PWS requests the assistance of the public in ensuring the safety of visitors to our reserves and nearby residents as community fire safety is a shared responsibility," Mr Black said.

A map of the fire restrictions is available on the PWS website.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Government boost for Maydena Bike Park

JUST days ahead of the opening of the Maydena Bike Park next week, the State Government has provided funding for the second stage of the development. Environment and Parks Minister Elise Archer yesterday said 11 projects had been approved for funding under the  government's Cycle Tourism Strategy.

"This includes $800,000 for Stage 2 of the Maydena Bike Park that will establish Maydena as a leading mountain bike destination, resulting in an estimated tripling in total visitation and an additional 20 new full-time equivalent positions directly employed by the park," Mrs Archer said.

The Maydena Bike Park is set to open on Australia Day, offering a range of mountain bike trails suitable for everyone, from families through to elite riders. Posting on Instagram yesterday, the business said Stage 2 would feature another 65km of trails, with work due to start in coming weeks.

Riders on opening day, which is all but booked out, will have 27 trails to choose from.

Mrs Archer said the state's growing reputation as the cycling tourism capital of Australa was a great example of how the State Government’s expression of interest process for developing new tourism opportunities in National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land had created jobs and opened up stunning natural areas for tourism developments, especially in regional and rural areas.

"The government is a strong supporter of our booming visitor economy because it supports local economies and creates jobs right across the state, and this will entice tourists to stay longer and help achieve our goal to increase visitor overnight stays in regional areas by 70 per cent by 2022."

"We have targeted cycle tourism as one of the state’s strongest competitive advantages, with already around 38,000 visitors jumping on a bike to enjoy what Tasmania has to offer. We expect these numbers to continue to grow, and the Cycle Tourism Strategy is backed by a $6 million fund to achieve this."

The Maydena Bike Park funding announcement follows Liberal Party election pledges of $2.5 million to upgrade Glenora Rd and $5 million for a replacement police station in New Norfolk.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Southern cricket - Round 9

AFTER Round 8 of the Southern Cricket Association was played in very hot conditions, Round 9 last weekend was the total opposite. Temperatures on Saturday were as low as 15C at Bothwell, and heavy rain affected or washed-out some matches.

First Grade
New Norfolk I, just off top spot on the ladder by percentage, had a good win over Derwent at Tynwald Park. The visitors made 7-172 off their 50 overs. Then, with rain interrupting play, the overs and target were reduced with the Red Caps winning with 3-115 off 26.5 overs. First drop Matthew Bowden made 48, which included two fours and four sixes in an entertaining knock. Seb Wishart made 29no with three fours while opener Harry Booth made 10 (one four). Doing the damage with the ball earlier, opener Jason Rigby sent down 10 overs, taking 3-34 . Jordan Banks-Smith was tight, taking 2-28 (10), as was Joe McCulloch who sent down 10 overs for the tidy figures of 1-14. His spell included four maidens. The other wicket went to Josh Rowlands with 1-45 (10).

Second Grade
Gretna I accounted for Sorell by 119 runs in a match interrupted by rain. Winning the toss and batting first, Gretna hit up the good score of 8-245 off its 50 overs. In reply, Sorell was dismissed for 126 in 38.3 overs. Gretna’s top-order batsmen all made half-centuries. Openers Ben Rainbird with 52 (one four, three sixes) and Glenn Blackwell with 56 (five fours, two sixes) put on a partnership of 96. Rhys Browning got a well-made 56 (three fours, one six) and put on 65 with Luke Crosswell (17). Down the order, Aaron Maddox made 12 (one four) and Zac Crosswell 12no (one six). With the ball for Gretna, Peter Jelkic had the best figures with 3-22 (9) while spinner Craig Cunningham 3-36 (10) and paceman Aaron Maddox 3-38 (10) were also very good. Jackson Ackerly chipped in with 1-10 off 2.3 overs.

The other Second Grade match between Molesworth I and St Annes at Cadbury Oval No. 1 was a washout. Molesworth did get to bat before the match was called off and was all out for 137 from 30.1 overs. Nick Piuselli made 38 (six fours), Brad Coppleman got 34 (six fours), and captain Brayden Hodge made 17 (two fours). Josh Ransley and Jeremy Nichols made 12 each and both hit two fours.

Third Grade
The match between New Norfolk II and Campania at Campania got under way, but was eventually washed out. After being sent in to bat, Campania was all out for 126 from 38.2 overs. Wicket takers for the Red Caps were Stewart Rice with 3-21 (10), Josh Walsh with 3-30 (9.2), Nathan Rice with 2-13 (4) and Aaron Drew with 1-28 (5).

Fourth Grade
In another rain-affected match at Bothwell, Gretna II defeated Bothwell I by five wickets. Winning the toss, Bothwell had first hit and was bowled out for 101 off 24 overs. In reply, and with a reduced target of 81 from 40 overs due to the rain interruptions, Gretna finished 5-81 from 27 overs. For Gretna the stand out was paceman Cameron Emery who captured 6-41 from his 10 overs in a very good spell of bowling. With the bat Emery remained 11no at the end to give his side victory. Others to do well were Sam Booth who bowled six overs and 3-25 (two maidens), Jake Campbell with 1-29 (6) and Todd Jarvis with 18 (one four). For Bothwell, Nathan Eyles made a good 32, hitting three fours and two sixes. Nathan White made 15 (one four, one six) and Joey Eyles 13 (two fours). Matthew Eyles took 2-15 off eight overs in a very good display of spin bowling. Josh Eyles got 1-10 (5) and Nathan Eyles 1-14 (5) also did his bit. Special mention must go to Gretna wicket-keeper Brian Smith, who ran and dived full stretched to take an excellent one-handed catch. Not a bad effort for a bloke in his 50s!

Seventh Grade 
New Norfolk III went down to Hobart at Risdon Vale two wickets. Batting first, the Red Caps were dismissed for just 93 off 23.4 overs. Brad Kemmler was the only batsman to get double figures, top scoring with 36. There were 29 extras. In reply, Hobart made hard work of it, finishing 8-94 off 38.4 overs. Wicket takers were opener Stuart Muir who bowled very well to keep his side in the game with 4-26 from 10 overs. Zaheer Hussain was very tight with 1-15 (10) including two maidens. The other bowlers were Brad Kemmler with 1-18 (9), David Mitchelmore with 1-15 (4.4) and Liam Kalbfell with 1-18 (5). In the other match at Cambridge Oval, Molesworth II went down to St Aidans by just 25 runs. The home side had first dig and were all out for 158 off 46.2 overs. In reply Molesworth gave it a good shot finishing all out for 133 from 45.4 overs. The batsmen got off to a great start, with opener Josh Nichols batting superbly, making 53 including five fours. But from here things didn’t go to plan. Jack Evans, with the next best score of 24 (one four, one six), tried to keep his team in it but it wasn’t to be. Hang in there boys, I’m sure a win is just around the corner.

Eighth Grade 
Bothwell II easily defeated MacKillop Beltas by 109 runs at home. Batting first, the Bucks made the big score of 9-245 off their 50 overs. Captain and opener Anthony White got his team off to a great start, making 40 in a knock that included five fours. Batting at No. 9, Jamie Devine made a very handy 35 that included five fours. Devine put on 52 with Brodie White who remained 31no, including four fours. Mark Pearce made a handy 28 (four fours) and Cody Eyles got 23 (one four, two sixes). In reply the visitors were bundled out for 136 off 36.4 overs. Opening bowlers Mark Pearce with 4-39 (9.4) and Cody Eyles with 3-25 (9), including two maidens, did the most of the damage with great bowling while Simon Eyles was also effective taking 2-11 from four overs. Peter Hansch took the other wicket 1-35 (7). A great win for the Bucks who are looking very good to figure in the top four come finals time.

Friday: Second day of Total Fire Ban

THE Tasmania Fire Service has declared the continuation of the Total Fire Ban for Friday with dangerous fire weather conditions expected. The Total Fire Ban will remain in force in the south and will extend to the entire north and parts of the north-west until midnight on Friday.

"The Total Fire Ban that is in place has been extended until midnight on Friday because of the predicted conditions," state fire controller Greg Butters," Greg Butters said.

The conditions in some areas are expected to see Very High and Severe fire danger ratings. Dry and windy conditions and temperatures in the high 20s to mid-30s are expected. A front is expected to cross the south east mid-morning and reach the northeast by mid-afternoon. The front is expected to bring stronger and gustier wind speeds and the potential for thunderstorms.

The continuation of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air. The embargo on all permits is to also continue. Operators of machinery are to comply with the TFS Machinery Operations Guidelines in relation to operating under Total Fire Ban declarations which can be found on the TFS website.

"Fires that occur will be difficult to control and we urge the public to report any fires to TFS immediately by calling triple zero (000) to give us the best chance of containing the fire quickly," Mr Butters said.

"We ask that people check all fires they may have had on their property, including any campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished. People are also encouraged to check their Bushfire Survival Plan and be ready to act if needed," Mr Butters said.

The Tasmania Fire Service, along with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania, are maintaining a heightened state of readiness, with strategically-placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby in order to attack fires quickly.

When instances of higher fire danger occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plan that may cover their area. These are developed to inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has established a campfire restriction in National Park including those in the Upper Derwent Valley. The restriction bans the lighting or use by any person of any campfire, fire pot or other device that burns coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel. Gas stoves are permitted. The restriction will be in place from Saturday, January 20, until Wednesday, March 14.

Details of campfire restrictions are available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 827 727.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.

Fire weather warning updated

Bureau of Meteorology

Tasmania


Fire Weather Warning
for the Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts

Issued at 4:55am on Thursday 18 January 2018.


Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure lies to the east of Tasmania, bringing warm, dry air from the mainland. Temperatures will reach into the low to mid thirties and relative humidities as low as 15%. Northeast to northwesterly winds will average 20 to 30 km/h. Winds will become gusty through the Midlands and Central North forecast districts, possibly reaching up to 55 to 65 km/h during the afternoon.


For the rest of Thursday 18 January:

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley 


The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Tip closed today

THE operators Peppermint Hill Refuse Site in New Norfolk have advised that the facility will be closed today (Thursday) due to the declaration of a Total Fire Ban.

The tip site will be closed on any day of a Total Fire Ban. More information about the fire ban is available on the TFS website (www.fire.tas.gov.au).

Advice for today's Total Fire Ban

TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE
General advice on a day of Total Fire Ban

Tools and Equipment: Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air. If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your TFS Regional Office.

Barbecues that use wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned: Gas and electric barbecues are permitted subject to the strict application of the conditions set out below. Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing:
  • the barbecue is electric or gas fired
  • the barbecue is fixed permanent structure.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided the barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings).

Additional conditions that apply to the use of portable electric and gas fired barbecues and barbecues in public reserves and campsites:
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbecue is completely cleared of flammable material.
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a tap with hose connected is ready for use
  • at least 10 litres of water is on hand in case of emergency.

Water Usage: For information regarding water usage during a day of Total Fire Ban please refer to www.taswater.com.au 

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.

Report any fires to the Tasmania Fire Service immediately by calling triple zero (000).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Derwent Valley fire weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania


Fire Weather Warning
for the Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts


Issued at 2:44pm on Wednesday 17 January 2018.


Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure moves to the east of Tasmania, bringing warm, dry air from the mainland. Temperatures into the low to mid thirties and relative humidities reaching as low as 15%. Northeast to northwesterly winds averaging 20 to 30 km/h. Winds becoming gusty through the Midlands and Central North forecast districts, reaching up to 55 to 65 km/h during the afternoon.


For Thursday 18 January:

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Midlands and Upper Derwent Valley 

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
  • For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.fire.tas.gov.au.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Thursday.

Total fire ban for Thursday

Declaration of Total Fire Ban - Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the South and parts of the North of Tasmania for tomorrow.

Tasmania Fire Service acting deputy chief officer Jeremy Smith said current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicated Very High fire danger ratings in parts of the state for Thursday, January 18.

The Total Fire Ban will be in place from midnight tonight until midnight on Thursday, with the possibility of it being extended through until midnight Friday. The conditions are forecast to be dry and windy with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air.

Operators of machinery are to comply with the TFS Machinery Operations Guidelines in relation to operating under Total Fire Ban declarations which can be found on the TFS website.

There is also an embargo on all fire permits from now until further notice.

"Grass and forest fuels are extremely dry and in abundance at the moment. Fires that occur in these conditions will be difficult to control and we urge the public to report any fires to TFS immediately by calling triple zero to give us the best chance of containing the fire quickly," Mr Smith said.

"People are reminded to check all fires they may have had on their property, including any campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished and check their Bushfire Survival Plan.

"Tasmania Fire Service, along with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are at a heightened state of readiness, with strategically placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby in order to attack fires quickly," Mr Smith said.

The Derwent Valley and the Central Highlands are among the municipalities covered by the Total Fire Ban tomorrow.

When instances of high fire danger occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plan that may cover their area. These are developed to provide assistance in the event of an emergency that will inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.