Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Councillors pleased with community forum response

Mayor Ben Shaw, left, listening to speakers from the Derwent
Catchment Project Landcare program.
THE first of the Derwent Valley Council's roster of regional community forums has been declared a success. Mayor Ben Shaw said the two-hour meeting at Westerway last night (Tuesday) had been a positive one.

The forum in the Westerway Community Hall attracted 12 members of the public, including people from Maydena and New Norfolk as well as Westerway residents, and there were seven council representatives and two guest speakers. Three councillors, the acting general manager and one of the two executive managers were absent.

Cr Shaw told the meeting that the new group of councillors was trying to find ways to better engage with the community, and regional communities in particular, but also New Norfolk. "It is extremely difficult to get that community engagement and get people involved in civic decisions, responsibilities and those types of things," he said.

"So we are trying something different and as most or a few of you would know, council would bi-annually come to regional areas such as Westerway, Bushy Park, Maydena, Lachlan, Molesworth, Granton, and actually hold our council meetings there, and ... there's not a whole lot of interest as such in a council meeting, sitting, watching councillors sit around scribbling on pieces of paper and making a few decisions about things that might not necessarily be relevant to those regional communities.

"So, we thought how can we actually engage better with our regional communities and actually have that chat that's a little bit more informal and a little bit, you know, catch up, how are you going, have a chat, what's the issues in the area, and find out what they are. And if there's anything that's really pressing, invite people to let one of your elected members take that to the next council meeting as a motion on you behalf. That's essentially one of our main roles, is to be a community advocate and be your voice.

"That's why we thought, the easiest way to get in contact with these people is bring them to you. And also, we decided to have senior staff members here as well, at each of these regional forums, because there's a lot of things that are operational that councillors always get asked, but we may not necessarily know or have the in-depth knowledge, so it's great to have some of our staff members here and we'll keep going that at our other regional forums as well.

"So I guess that's a bit of a background of why we are here. But also, one of the other things we decided to do is actually make them relevant to your area so in each forum we are going to have some presenters and we've got three or four really topical things that are going on in Westerway and this regional community and out a bit further and of course into Glenora Rd, to give you a bit of a chance to say to us, the elected members and staff, what you feel about some of these projects and what you feel about some of these things that's going on in your region as the regional community of the Derwent Valley."

Cr Shaw then introduced Cr Natasha Woods, Cr Julie Triffett, deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove, communications officer Daniel Cheetham, Cr Luke Browning, and Richard Blackwell from the senior management team. He said councillors and staff would remain after the end of the forum for further discussions on an individual basis.

Guest speakers from the Derwent Catchment Project spoke generally about their program and in more detail about the Willow Warriors initiative which has a 10-year plan to remove crack willows and revegetate the banks of the Tyenna River between Maydena and Westerway. A resident asked when the council would match the work of the Central Highlands Council and remove willows from its end of the Bridge Rd bridge. He also asked when damage to the bridge would be repaired. Mr Blackwell said the council was working collaboratively with the neighbouring council to come up with a solution. It was also asked whether picnic tables could be placed along the riverbank and Mr Blackwell said this may form part of the council's open space strategy.

Rob Clark was then invited to speak about the Westerway Primary School centenary which will be celebrated on February 29. "We are all working together to have a festival activity at the school," Mr Clark said. "We'll have chopping and shearing and hop-picking and hooplas, and all the things that might have been done over that hundred year period. We've got a horse and carriage and will do hop-on hop-off horse rides through the town, we've got tractors, a berry festival, and an old-time dance in the hall," he said. Mr Clark said 100 tickets to the dance had been sold so far, and donors had contributed $7500 to the cost of staging the centenary events.

Glenora Rd was the next topic for discussion, with Cr Shaw saying the council was very pleased with progress on the $2.5 million upgrade. He also touched on community consultation that had been undertaken in relation to a proposed speed limit reduction on the road. A recommendation on the speed limit will be made to this week's council meeting. Most speakers at the forum were in favour of a reduction in the limit.

Residents spoke about the dangerous nature of the junction of Gordon River Rd and Ellendale Rd, with its blind corner and single-lane bridge, which they were continually raising with the Department of State Growth to no avail. Cr Shaw said the matter could be raised by a councillor at a council meeting for him to take up. "If we continually keep getting ignored, what I'm saying, what I'm suggesting, is you do it on a political level. So then I will go as the mayor of the community and go to the minister and say 'right, we will start making some noise and make you look stupid if you don't fix it'."

Residents also spoke of a duplication in services between the Derwent Valley Council and Central Highlands Council in areas around Westerway and National Park, where variations in the municipal border often required vehicles and equipment from one council to travel through the neighbouring council. Mr Blackwell said the council was improving its relationship and communications with adjoining councils.

Westerway Community Hall.
Next, Mr Clark was invited to speak about the Westerway Community Hall upgrade, which has been delayed due to several factors. He said the Hall Committee had been working to reduce the cost of the project while still achieving most of its aims, including the provision of public toilets. Mr Clark encouraged the council to develop a more flexible approach to working with suitably qualified local contractors. He also urged the council to develop one or more big projects to put forward for government funding at the time of the next state and federal elections, due in two years.

The forum was then opened to questions from those present, which included:
  • Access to the National Park tip
  • Lack of recycling facilities at the National Park tip
  • Better education to reduce contamination of recyclable material
  • Better notification of the next regional forum
  • Progress of the council's waste strategy
  • Container deposit legislation
  • Need for additional rubbish bins at Maydena
  • Need for more frequent mowing of public areas at Maydena
  • How to contact the council
  • The status of funding for a footpath at Westerway
  • Cawthorns Lane speed reduction
With there being no further questions, Cr Shaw said the presenters, elected members and staff would be available for a further 30 minutes for individual discussions. "Can I just say, and I'd like some feedback as well, that this is our first one that we've done of this, and I really feel that it's been a really positive move for us, from what we've got today, the engagement we got from you as a community ... I think it's really exciting that we're going down this path.

The response from the room was that the forum had been a comfortable event where everyone was able to ask questions and get their point across, although more notice of the event would be appreciated. Mr Cheetham said exactly one week's notice had been given. 

Cr Browning thanked everyone for their attendance. "This has been an initiative that I've been trying to drive and I want to put more effort in to see it succeed and improve so with every session would be an improvement and that's important to get that feedback," he said. "I want to make sure that you guys know how that you can communicate with council. "We're people, we're approachable, come and see us, but I know it can often feel like that, being further out that you don't necessarily have that connection with the council, that we're all about New Norfolk, not about the regional areas, but we're here."

Cr Triffett said anyone needing to contact an elected member could call the council to obtain councillor phone numbers and email addresses, and Mr Cheetham said this information was also on the council website.

Cr Shaw said he hoped it was only a misconception that councillors did not think about regional areas. "We certainly talk about different things to do with our whole region on a regular basis, and especially now that we have been doing that strategic stuff," he said.

"I want to say thank you very much to everybody for coming, to all our presenters, elected members, staff members, community members. I'm excited about where this can potentially go. I like the style, I like the set up, I like the feedback, and I think we can take more out of it going forward. I appreciate your time and everything that the Westerway community do," he said.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Politicians' potato peeling picture special

Bushy Park Show program co-ordinator Alison Hennessy, left, listens as sponsor
Bel Bird of the New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy starts the 2020 Pollie Peel-Off
at the show on Saturday.

Bushy Park policeman Peter Gibson's performance in
Round 1 got him through to the final of the fastest-peel.

Lyons MHA and Primary Industries minister Guy Barnett
in Round 1 of the fastest-peel event.

Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell, last year's winner, earned a
place in the final of the fastest-peel event this year.

Legislative Councillor Craig Farrell and Derwent Valley deputy mayor discussing
implements before the start of Round 2 of the fastest-peel event.

Derwent Valley Councillor Natasha Woods in Round 2
of the Pollie Peel-Off contest. 

Round 2 appeared to be a dead-heat between Lyons MHR
John Tucker and Cr Natasha Woods.

Alison Hennessy distributing potatoes to the finalists in the fastest-peel event,
from left, John Tucker MHA, Cr Natasha Woods, Brian Mitchell MHR and local
policeman Peter Gibson.

Cr Woods checks her work after winning the fastest-peel event, while last year's
winner, Mr Mitchell, continues peeling.

All the competitors returned for the second event, for the longest potato peel.
From left, John Tucker MHA, Cr Jessica Cosgrove, Cr Natasha Woods, Guy
Barnett MHA, Jen Butler MHA, Constable Peter Gibson, Brian Mitchell MHR
and Craig Farrell MLC.

Fellow competitors react as Mr Farrell becomes the final contender in the
quest for the longest potato peel.

The crowd watching the Pollie Peel-Off.

Mr Farrell displays his competition-winning longest potato peel.

Derwent Valley councillors Jessica Cosgrove, left, and Natasha Woods.

Craig Farrell MLC and Councillor Natasha Woods with their Pollie Peel-Off
championship ribbons and certificates.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

New Norfolk golf results

The New Norfolk Golf Club is open for meals from 5-8pm
on Thursdays and 4-6pm on Fridays. All welcome.
Inquiries: 0437 801 495.
New Norfolk Golf Club

Saturday 15/2/20 3rd Club Championships Stroke
A Grade gross: B. Rainbird 66, A. Lowe 67, C. Youd 72; Nett: A. Lowe 67-5-62, I. Holthouse 74-10-64, B. Rainbird 66-7-67.
B Grade gross: P. Foster 83, D. Post 86, K. Sturzaker 88; Nett: P. Foster 83-17-66, K. Sturzaker 88-16-72, D. Post 86-13-73.
C Grade gross: D. Vagg 90, S. Gray 91 c/b, D. Giles 91; Nett: D. Vagg 90-23-67, M. Heron 92-23-69 c/b, S. Gray 91-22-69.
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd K. Sturzaker, 6/15th D. Hack, 8/17th G. Heron, 11th B. Rainbird. Eagle: A. Lowe on 16.

Saturday 15/2/20 1st Round Vets Championships Stroke
Gross: C. Youd 72, M. Williams 74, G. Hack 79; Nett: P. Foster 83-17-66, C. Youd 72-4-68 c/b, M. Williams 74-6-68.

Thursday 13/2/20 Twilight Stableford
Division 1: B. Withers 24, D. Williams 23, R. Dureau 20, M. Williams 19 c/b, J. Miller 19 c/b.
Division 2: G. Triffitt 22, I. King 19 c/b, M. Smith 19, A. Watts 18, R. Hoare 16.
Division 3: A. Bond 22, D. Giles 21, B. Rice 19 c/b, A. Youd 19, R. Hodge 18 c/b.
Superpin: R. Hodge.

Wednesday 12/2/20 Stroke
18 hole: G. Smith 40, D. Watts 38, B. Rice 37, R. Rainbird 36 c/b, P. Foster 36 c/b. Birdie hole: G. Hack.
9 hole: R. Collins 20 c/b, M. Williams 20 c/b, G. Smith 20 c/b, S. Baron 20, R. Rainbird 19. Birdie draw: M. Smith.

Saturday 8/2/20 2nd Round Club Championships Stroke
A Grade gross: C. Youd 73 c/b, B. Rainbird 73, L. Post 74; Nett: C. Youd 73-4-69 c/b, G. Hack 75-6-69, B. Watt 79-8-71.
B Grade gross: A. Watts 84, P. Foster 85 c/b, G. Bailey 85; Nett: P. Foster 85-18-67, A. Watts 84-15-69, K. Sturzaker 87-16-71 c/b.
C Grade gross: K. Clark 92, D. Watts 93, T. Banks 96; Nett: J. Broadhead 96-27-69, K. Clark 92-21-71, D. Martin 97-23-74 c/b.
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd B. Watt, 6/15th G. Smith, 8/17th A. Watts. Superpin: A. Watts.

Thursday 6/2/20 Twilight Stableford
Division 1: D. Williams 24, B. Heron 21 c/b, B. Watt 21, R. Rainbird 20, G. Hack 19.
Division 2: A. Watts 20, M. Woodhams 19, P. Foster 18 c/b, B. Chaplin 18 c/b, B. Coy 18.
Division 3: D. Vagg 21 c/b, R. Green 21, R. Oakley 20 c/b, R. Hoare 20 c/b, D. Giles 20.
Superpin: J. Kinloch. Eagle on the 1st D. Williams.

Wednesday 5/2/20 Stroke
18 hole: L. McKenzie 75-10-65, L. Dittmann 81-13-68 c/b, B. Crowley 100-32-68, G. Smith79-10-69, J. Miller 74-4-70. Birdie draw: A. Watts.
9 hole: L. McKenzie 37-5-32 c/b, B. Crowley 48-16-32, L. Dittmann 40-6½-33½, K. Sturzaker 42-7½-34½ c/b, C. Simpson 42-7½-34½.
Birdie draw: L. McKenzie.

Anyone interested in joining the New Norfolk Golf Club as a playing member (there are clubs and buggies for hire), as a social member, or looking for a function venue, is welcome to contact the club for further information:
1 Howell Drive, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Phone: (03) 6261 2653
Email: newnorfolkgolfclub@bigpond.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewNorfolkGolfClub/
The club is available for hire for weddings, private functions etc.  The venue cost is free for a function of more than 40.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Cracking day for the Bushy Park Show

Nine-year-old Ricky Cooper gave five whip-cracking
demonstrations during the day.
DESPITE a forecast of rain and a storm, the Derwent Valley turned on the weather for today's Bushy Park Show.

A bigger than usual crowd took advantage of the sunny conditions that emerged after an overcast morning, with the temperature peaking at 22.8 degrees at 3pm.

Show program co-ordinator Alison Hennessy said the attendance was up on last year, with final figures still to come. The total looks certain to be a record for recent years.

Bushy Park Show patron Christine Downie said the event had been an important day in the Derwent Valley for nearly 150 years, made possible through the efforts of many volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors.

The fifth annual Pollie Peel-Off potato-peeling contest was won by Derwent Valley councillor Natasha Woods, while Derwent MLC Craig Farrell won the contest for the longest peel. See the Pollie Peel-Off photo gallery.

An entrant in the mini-horses event.

The awarding of ribbons after the sheep judging.

The junior stock handling competition.

Entrants in the junior stock handling event.

Children on a ride in sideshow alley.

There was a big audience for the Pollie Peel-Off.

Victory to Craig Farrell in the longest peel category of the Pollie Peel-Off.

Craig Farrell MLC and Councillor Natasha Woods with their Pollie Peel-Off
championship ribbons and certificates.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Council criticism 'not warranted'

Cr Ben Shaw.
CRITICISM of the Derwent Valley Council's decision to replace regional council meetings with community forums is unwarranted, Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw has said in a Facebook post.

While sharing a council Facebook post that announced next week's regional forum at Westerway, Cr Shaw said "most people only look at a headline or a comment from someone's personal opinions and then off they go without looking at all the details."

"At last month's meeting we voted on changing up how we do regional community engagement," Cr Shaw said in his post, noting that under previous councils the only engagement some regional areas had experienced was a council meeting in one of the areas every three months. "But honestly, in my five years on council I can say it was really not very engaging and honestly not ever relevant within those communities," he said.

"I truly think this is a great initiative and thank Councillor Browning for bringing it up as a motion recently. I’ve heard criticism around this move and ... I will say that is not fair or warranted. Let’s try something different. We don’t have great engagement in those communities now, so let’s try something new?

"I have always and always will be firmly in the camp of moving on form the old adages, 'But that’s the way we’ve always done it' or 'we’ve done it this way for years.' I hear this in our community and I make no apology for trying to be someone who is backing in some change, because you know what, in most instances the old ways of doing things have not served us well!"

Cr Shaw asked how anyone who had read the council's post could possibly say the council was restricting access. "I would say quite the opposite," he said. "Anyway I urge the Upper Derwent residents to get along and have a chat about relevant things in your specific area, catch up and ask questions of your elected members and staff in an informal setting.

"Change should not be feared but embraced, we can always go back to the old ways if it doesn’t work. See you there," Cr Shaw said. Deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove congratulated Cr Shaw on his remarks. "Well said," she said in a response posted online.

The council posted on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon that a Westerway Community Forum would be held at 6pm next Tuesday, February 18, in the Westerway Hall, for updates and to be involved in discussions about:

  • Derwent Catchment Project works including: Willow Warriors program, environmental Working Bees and Workshops, Tyenna Flood Plans and other projects
  • Glenora Rd works
  • Speed limit consultations on Glenora Rd and Cawthorns Lane
  • Westerway Primary School Hundred Year Celebrations
  • Westerway Hall upgrade
  • Public discussion time.

The post said councillors and staff would be in attendance to take questions from the community.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Local cricket - round 12

New Norfolk II opening batsman Rohan Heron scored 102
during his team's big win on Saturday.
Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 12

FIRST GRADE: New Norfolk I sit five points clear on top of the First Grade ladder after defeating Sorell by seven wickets at Pembroke Park on Saturday. After winning the toss, the Red Caps put the Eagles into bat and bowled them out for 124 off 38.5 overs. Jye Lester did the early damage with the ball, removing both openers with just 15 on the board and finishing with 2-13 (5). Jason Rigby was also tight taking 2-17 (6) as was Josh Rowlands with 2-12 (4). Seb Wishart 2-15 (5) did no wrong and Jordan Banks-Smith was 2-22 (4.5). In the run chase, it was captain Matthew Bowden leading from the front with a well-made half-century of 56 not out from 68 deliveries. Bowden creamed five 4s and one 6 in his unbeaten innings and shared a 67-run partnership with Jason Rigby who remained 29no from just 32 balls, hitting four 4s. Opener Arron Drew made 28 from just 17, hitting four 4s and one 6.

SECOND GRADE: Thanks to superb century from Rohan Heron, New Norfolk II defeated MacKillop by the big margin of 150 runs and all but locked in top spot of the Second Grade ladder with two roster matches remaining. Winning the toss and batting, the Red Caps hit up the good score of 7/251 from its 50 overs. Heron set the tone for the day with a top score of 102 from just 138 deliveries. The in-form batsman hit 13 well-struck 4s and two 6s in a score that in the end was more than all the opposition batsmen put together. From seven matches this season, Mr Reliable has made 378 runs with average of 63. Heron put on 96 with fellow opener and captain Jake King who made 34 (59) with three 4s and two 6s. He then did likewise with another 96-run stand with first drop Sam Hoggett who made 64 (71), belting five 4s and one 6. Richard Graham made 22 (17) two 4s. In reply, the visitors were bundled out for 101 off 30.2 overs. With the ball for the winners, opener Stewart Rice - who at one stage was on a hat-trick - took 3-18 (8) with three maidens. Jamie Hill took the last couple of wickets taking 2-10 (3.2), Bradley Chaplin 2-22 (6), Josh Walsh was tight 1-17 (5) and Nathan Rice 1-21 (4).

At Richmond, Gretna I missed its chance of taking second spot on the ladder, going down to Richmond/Cambridge by six wickets. The home side won the toss and sent Gretna in to bat, bowling them out for 107 from 40 overs. In reply, the Lions chased down the score finishing 4/108 off 36 overs. With the bat for Gretna, first drop Rhys Browning top-scored with 25 (one 4). Jackson Ackerly made 18 and Aaron Maddox 15, with both hitting two 4s each. Best of the bowlers were spinners Craig Cunningham with a very tight spell of 1-6 off five overs with two maidens and Ben Rainbird 1-14 (7).

In the match at Boyer Oval, Molesworth lost easily to Derwent by nine wickets. Winning the toss, Derwent sent in the home side and dismissed them for the low score of 61 off 27.1 overs. Captain Brad Coppleman was the only batsman to reach double figures, with a lone hand of 35 from 59 deliveries, hitting fours 4s and one 6. Their were five ducks. The wicket-taker for Molesworth was Josh Ransley with 1-3 (0.3).

FOURTH GRADE: Bothwell I continued on its merry way, racking up its seventh straight win defeating third-placed Hobart by four wickets at Wentworth Park. The Bucks won the toss and sent Hobart in to bat. Hobart made 10/143 from 33.5 overs. Captain Cody Eyles - who has taken 23 wickets to date - sent down 9.5 overs to capture 5-27. Eyles had three maidens during his excellent spell and removed five of the top six Hobart batsmen. Brock Nichols took 2-20 (5.5). Josh Eyles 2-26 (8) and Mark Pearce 1-51 (6). In reply, the Bucks finished 6/145 from 35 overs. Mathew Eyles top-scored and just missed a half century with 49 hitting six 4s and one 6. Opener Joey Eyles, who has been in great touch of late, made 40 hitting eight well-struck 4s. Josh Eyles made 26 from 21 deliveries with three 4s and two 6s. Cody Eyles remained 16no with one 4 and one 6.

FIFTH GRADE: New Norfolk II broke its losing run when it easily defeated Sorell by seven wickets at Campania. After winning the toss, the Red Caps sent the Eagles into bat, who made just 82 from 36.3 overs. Continuing on from his double hat-trick, captain Nathan Heron showed his brother it was no fluke in a great spell yet again taking 4-12 from six overs that included three maidens. Dave Mitchelmore was also tight taking 2.4 (3.3) two maidens, as did Jordan Gittus who sent down six overs taking 2-13 in a great spell. Ryan Banks-Smith gave great support with 1-21 (7). In reply, New Norfolk took just 17.4 overs to chase down the target finishing 3/84. Second drop Ryan Banks-Smith put on a very well-made 38no with four well-struck 4s. Jordan Gittus made 17no, the pair putting on 67 to see their team home in a great win.

After three wins on the trot, Gretna II went down to ladder-leaders Lindisfarne by 27 runs. Playing at home, Lindisfarne won the toss and elected to bat making 7/156 from its 50 overs. In reply, Gretna lost regular wickets, but was still a chance right till the end finishing 10/129 off 41.4 overs. Adam Browning top-scored with 23 (three 4s). Jordan Hastie made 22 (one 4) and Andrew McKenzie 13, while Jacob Blackwell hung around at the end remaining 4no. With the ball, Adam Browning continued his good form taking 3-20 off 10 in a good spell. Josh Whitford 1-18 (8), Ross Langford 1-40 (10) and young Jacob Blackwell got his first wicket 1-41 (8) with his spinners which was caught by the keeperm his dad, Glenn Blackwell. Congratulations to players Zac Crosswell who played his 100th club match for Gretna and to Andrew McKenzie who played his 50th club match for Gretna - this was also his 50th for Gretna II.

SEVENTH GRADE: Molesworth II had a five-wicket win on Sunday when it defeated home side Claremont at Abbotsfield Park. The Magpies won the toss, electing to bat and making 8/172 from their allotted 40 overs. In reply, Molesworth chased down the runs off 34.3 overs, finishing 5/174. Brothers Nathan  and Nick Wakefield put on a great opening stand of 75 to get their team on a roll. Nick top-scored with 36 (51) hitting four 4s while Nathan made 29 (44) with three 4s. Ben Triffett made a quickfire 30no from 33 hitting three 4s, while Shayne Upton was out in unfortunate fashion hitting his wicket for 27 (three 4s). Earlier with the ball, Ben Triffett had a good day taking 3-26 off 8 overs. Daniel Williams picked up 2-28 (5).

Playing at home, Bothwell II recorded a big eight-wicket win over St Virgil’s. Winning the toss, the Bucks sent the visitors into bat and dismissed them 9/87 off 30.3 overs. One batsman did not bat. In reply, Bothwell finished 2/89 off 15 overs. Beau Kline made 19no. Ashley Browning 15 (15 balls) three 4s. Nathan White 10 and Dylan Branch 8no off 12. The best of the Bucks bowlers were captain Peter Hansch with 2 for just 10 from five overs. Blake Eyles was just as tight with 2-10 (4.1) while Adam Pearce took 2-20 (5).

WADE GLEESON

NEXT GAMES
Round 13, to be played on February 15-16. All matches start at 10:30am.

FIRST GRADE
Saturday: New Norfolk I v Claremont at Tynwald Park.

SECOND GRADE
Saturday: Gretna I v St Anne's at Gretna; Molesworth I v New Norfolk II at Boyer Oval.

FOURTH GRADE
Saturday: Bothwell I v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond.

FIFTH GRADE
Sunday: Gretna II v Montagu Bay at Gretna; New Norfolk III v Rokeby at Tynwald Park.

SEVENTH GRADE
Sunday: Bothwell II v Montagu Bay at Geilston Bay; Molesworth II v Campania at Richmond.

It's Show Day at Bushy Park this Saturday

Chainsaw artist Eddie Freeman will appear at the Bushy Park Show.
THE 146th Bushy Park Show will be held this Saturday between 9am and 4pm at the showground on Gordon River Rd, Bushy Park. Program co-ordinator Alison Hennessy said all the old favourites would be on offer and the organisers are hoping for a good crowd.

"The demonstration program is set to provide lots of interest and variety with demos scheduled through the day to include leatherworking, cooking easy family-friendly meals, growing unusual vegetables, basket-making with willows, and old woodworking/automotive/metalwork tools," Mrs Hennessy said.

An exhibition of Tasmanian oast house photographs by Pen Taylor will be a highlight, as well as displays by Derwent Valley Arts including woodchip art for children, portrait-drawing, displays of ceramics, paintings and sculpture and music at intervals by a string quartet.

Jed Gillian will demonstrate basket-making.
"Elsewhere on the grounds there will be plenty to entertain the public with performances by Set3 Circus group and later a circus skills ‘have a go’ workshop for anyone who wants to try," Mrs Hennessy said. "Members of Ali White’s Derwent Valley dance groups will perform and Pandara Kelpies will be doing demonstrations of rounding up sheep and even two demos of duck herding!"

Woodchopping events will start at 10am and further up the grounds Eddie Freeman will be carving a sculpture with his chainsaw. A silent auction will be conducted for one of his pieces. There will be vintage cars on site and at lunchtime show-goers can enjoy the annual the Pollie Peel-Off - the potato-peeling competition involving state and federal politicians and local councillors.

Animal competitions will, as usual, be an important feature of the day with cattle and sheep judging and handling, as well as an equestrian competition including mini horses, while an animal nursery and the informative Snakes Alive will attend with their pit of Tasmanian Snakes.  A pet parade will again be held with categories for all pets with their owners.

Live music will be provided in the afternoon by guitarist and vocalist Sharn Hitchens, while a variety of food and beverage sites will entice the public with their aromas, and the New Norfolk District Football Club will run the bar. Trade sites and sideshow entertainment for children will be in attendance.

See leatherworker Tania Burbury at the show.
The competition program includes home industries, with sections for children as well as adults, and there is a separate schedule for jams, preserves, brewing and honey.  Thanks to sponsors, there will also be prizes for overall section winners.

"If you have something you have made, please bring it along and enter - we would love to see lots of participation from Derwent Valley and Central Highland residents," Mrs Hennessy said.

Tickets are available at the gate on the day. Adults $7, Child $3, Family ticket $18 (two adults and three children aged 5-16). Accompanied children under 5 are admitted free. Disability parking will be available and anyone holding a Companion Card will have free admission. 

TIMETABLE OF EVENTS – Bushy Park Show, February 15,  9am-4pm
(Official Opening by Show Patron, Christine Downie, Village Green: 12.45pm)
(Raffle Drawn, Village Green: 3.15pm; Auction Winner of Trout Sculpture: 3.30pm)

Traditional Events
Equestrian: 9am 
Cattle Judging: 9am
Junior Handling: noon
Sheep Judging: 9.30am
Woodchopping: 10am-3pm 
Mini Horses: 10.30am
Pet Parade: 11.15am 
Chainsaw Racing: 3pm
Home Industries Open: 11.45am

Traditional Skill Exhibitions – Around Grounds – All Day
Blacksmithing
Heritage Woodworking Tools - mortise and tenon join: 10.15am, 11.40, 1.40pm; saw sharpening:  10.40am, 12.40pm, 2.40
New Norfolk Spinners
Eddie Freeman chainsaw sculpturing: all day
Pandara Kelpies - sheep herding and duck herding: 10.30am and 1.45pm
Sharn Hitchins: musician: noon-4pm Beside the Styx Shed.

Jeltje Gillian will demonstrate
Demonstrations – Shoobridge Shed
Growing Unusual Vegetables: Derek Jones 10.30-11am
Leatherwork: Tania Burbury 11.10-11.40am
Cooking Easy Family Meals: Jeltje Gillian easy chicken curry 11.50am-12.20pm
Pollie Peel-Off - Potato Peeling Competition: 1-1.30pm
Cooking Easy Family Meals: Jeltje Gillian tomato and red lentil soup 2.15-2.45pm
Basketmaking with Willow: Jed Gillian - all day

Village Green
Whipcracking (Ricky Cooper, 9yrs): 9.45am, 10.15, 10.45
Dancing: Industrie Perfoming Arts Dancers 11.15am-noon
Set3 Circus Performance: 12.15-12.45pm
Circus skills "have a go" 1.15-2.15pm
Whip cracking (Ricky Cooper) 2.30 & 3pm

Other Activities- various locations on grounds
Kids Corner (0-6yrs): 10am-3.30pm
Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (6+ years): all day kids games near oval
Derwent Valley Arts: Exhibition plus children’s activities. Styx Shed.
Pen Tayler Photography Display: Oast Houses of Tasmania. Styx Shed.
Snakes Alive: all day
Animal Nursery: all day

More information including competition schedules and entry forms is available on the new website at www.bushyparkshow.com.au, on Facebook, or by calling 6286  5156 prior to Show Day.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Country council meetings canned

The public gallery at the community forum and council meeting
 held at Bushy Park last October. Two councillors were absent.
A NEW schedule of Derwent Valley Council meetings has been published following the decision to cease the longstanding practice of meeting in country areas three times each year.  The council will now meet only at New Norfolk, with a roster of community consultations to replace the formal visits to Granton, Molesworth, Lachlan, Bushy Park, Westerway and Maydena.

The decision goes against the policy of some other councils with large land areas to cover. Central Highlands Council alternates its meetings between Hamilton and Bothwell, while Southern Midlands Council varies its venues between Colebrook, Tunbridge, Tunnack, Bagdad, Kempton and Oatlands.

The council's new meeting roster.
The move was initiated by Councillor Luke Browning at the November council meeting, when he called for a report investigating the potential for all future council meetings to be held in the New Norfolk Courthouse. He said he felt no-one was gaining much from the current practice and he wanted to see the country meetings replaced with "listening posts and other communications strategies addressing specific topics for that regional area."

Deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove agreed, saying: "When I have gone out to the regions with our council group I have noticed that we would be lucky to get at least one question at times from members of that region and it just seems to me like a bit of a waste of time that we could be using in a more productive way."

The report requested by Cr Browning was received at the December council meeting. The author, acting corporate and community services manager Amanda McCall, recommended replacing the country council meetings with regional community forums.

Councillor Luke Browning.
Councillors unanimously supported the recommendation, on the proviso that the regional forums be added to the Derwent Valley Council Strategic Communications Plan and be adopted at the January meeting.

"I want to make sure that there is something in play that's better than what there is already, before we take it away, I don't want to take something and give them a work in progress," Cr Browning said at the December meeting. "I want to make sure, and that we also outline what exactly a community forum is, what we're going to do with it, what its agenda is, what we hope to achieve out of it and I believe that detail needs to be added down. And then also, who should attend, like I believe it should be treated like a meeting with importance and that all councillors should turn up and any relevant council officers should be as well."

Cr Browning said the regional community forums, to be held three times per year, could also be training opportunities. Guest speakers could be invited and he hoped the initiative would result in better communication between the council and the community. "So I really want it to work. I believe in it. It might be slow to get going initially, but I believe attendance will grow," he said.

The public gallery at the community forum and council meeting
held at Lachlan in 2019. Two councillors were absent. 
No community consultation was undertaken by the council in relation to the change, and Ms McCall said the meeting schedule would be advertised to advise residents once it had been adopted.

Last month's council meeting received and adopted the updated communications plan, ending more than 20 years of council meetings being held outside of New Norfolk several times each year.

Instead, regional community forums will be held at Westerway this month, Granton in May and Molesworth in September. Cr Browning said the proposal from communications officer Daniel Cheetham was a good start and had his full support.

Cr Paul Belcher was not so impressed. "It's not a start, it's an absolute balls-up [compared] to what we actually did have in place," Cr Belcher said, referring back to public attendance at weekly workshops before that opportunity was withdrawn by councillors, and participation at monthly forums prior to council meetings until those were abolished. He said the new structure of listening posts and regional forums would disadvantage New Norfolk residents because if they could not attend the scheduled "listening posts" on Australia Day and at the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival, they were not permitted to speak at the regional forums held outside the town.

Members of the public at a council meeting held at Granton
in 2018.
Cr Julie Triffett said New Norfolk people were not missing out, as they had the opportunity to attend the council itself, and the workshops referred to by Cr Belcher had been poorly attended. She said the new strategy was a good use of councillors' time.

Cr Cosgrove also agreed that it was a good start. "As I've expressed in previous meetings, I was getting quite frustrated by the lack of interest in our forums before our meetings, and I believe this is a good opportunity to move forward and I believe that a greater amount of members of our public will actually take this opportunity," she said, adding that the new structure could be reviewed if necessary.

The motion was carried with the support of mayor Shaw, deputy mayor Cosgrove and Crs Triffett and Browning. Cr Belcher opposed the motion and Crs Martyn Evans and Frank Pearce were absent.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Hobart Rd repairs start today

CONSTRUCTION work is scheduled to start in New Norfolk today to improve the section of Hobart Rd between the Lachlan Creek Bridge and the entrance to Tynwald Park. The Department of State Growth says this work will continue until about March 27.

"The Tasmanian Government is funding essential road maintenance work on the Lyell Hwy/Hobart Rd to the east of the Lachlan Bridge in New Norfolk," the department announced in a statement last week. "This work will strengthen and improve the condition of the road for all users."

Work on the 200m section of road will include sections of road resurfacing and localised repairs, and will be carried out between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Lane closures and temporary speed limit reductions will be in place but the department says one lane of traffic will be open at all times. "Road users should allow up to 15 minutes extra if travelling through the work site. Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs," a spokesman said.

The department has also been carrying out preparatory work for improvements to a longer section of Hobart Rd from Glebe Rd to Molesworth Rd.

The Lyell Hwy has been a hive of activity all summer, for works including:
  • Weed control between Granton and New Norfolk, from November 19 until Febuary 27
  • Reconstruction between Hamilton and Ouse, from December 9 until May 1
  • Line marking between New Norfolk and Rosegarland, and at Hamilton, from December 9 until February 14
  • Shoulder grading between Ouse and Derwent Bridge, from January 27 until February 28
  • Reconstruction between Tarraleah and the Nive River Bridge, from February 3 until March 31
  • Line marking between Victoria Valley Rd and Lake Repulse Rd, Ouse, from February 3-9
  • Investigation work near the Bridgewater Bridge and surrounds, from January 20 to February 7

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Derwent Valley cricket reunion

Click image to enlarge.
A REUNION for all cricketers, officials and supporters who were associated with the former Derwent Valley Cricket Association will be held in New Norfolk on Sunday, February 23. This will be held at the Valley Sports Bar, 21 Back River Rd (the former New Norfolk Football Clubrooms), starting at 1pm.

Anyone who served the association or was associated with any of the clubs that played in the DVCA is warmly invited to come along to catch up with team mates and opposition players and relive the many matches played.

The Derwent Valley Cricket Association started at the end of World War II, taking to the field in the summer of 1945/46. Its final season was 2007/08, and the competition disbanded when the teams entered the Southern Cricket Association for season 2008/09.


Current players with the local clubs now fielding teams in the Southern Cricket Association are also welcome to attend the reunion. Anyone with memorabilia is asked to bring it along. For more information contact Tony Adams on 0408 610 728.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Cautious response to Norske Skog forests sale

Norske Skog workers talking to Brian Mitchell MHR on an
official visit to Norske Skog's Boyer Mill in 2017.
NEWS of the proposed sale of papermaker Norske Skog's Tasmanian forests to an investment company has been greeted cautiously by Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell.

"The recent announcement of a sale of assets at Norske Skog’s Boyer is one of interest given the sale is to New Forest," Mr Mitchell said on Friday. “Jobs in the Derwent Valley are a priority for me, but I am comfortable with the news workers will be receiving any entitlements as per the Enterprise Agreement and potentially offered work with the new owners,” he said.

The Mercury reported that eight forest management positions at Boyer would be made redundant if the sale of 18,000 hectares of radiata pine plantations received regulatory approval, with the affected workers likely to be hired by New Forests if they chose to apply.

“Bipartisan negotiations between the companies and the unions need to be at the forefront of the sale and I will be encouraging all parties to tick that box,” Mr Mitchell said. He assured all Norske Skog workers that his office was in close contact with all relevant parties. "The Boyer site is the hub of the Derwent Valley and its secure future is on the top of my agenda for the future.”

Guy Barnett MHA at Boyer last year.
Primary Industries and Water minister Guy Barnett told the Mercury that the State Government had been informed of the sale of Norske Skog’s forest assets operations and had been assured that wood supply for the Boyer Mill will not be affected.

In a Facebook post, Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw said he had been confidentially alerted to Norske Skog's proposal on Thursday morning. "Mill management and company management have assured me this will have very minimal impact on our mill and region, they are basically divesting themselves out of owning trees and forests," Cr Shaw said.

"There may be a few jobs that will no longer be employed directly by Norske in the forestry division, but on the back of the sale the company has signed a supply agreement for logs with New Forest so I’m assuming those people will have opportunity with the new owners," he said. "The mill is in really good shape after the decision recently to shut down Albury and this is just another measure that makes the mill more viable for the future."

Cr Shaw said the purpose of his social media post was to address "sensationalist headlines" and "locked stories". "I wouldn’t normally comment on these things however the life of the mill is extremely important to our region and when I seen this, another 'locked' story with sensationalist headlines, I thought best to clarify with the best of my knowledge what I could."

New Norfolk at top of cricket ladder after 11 rounds

Aaron Maddox was man-of-the-match in last
weekend's Ben Eyles Memorial game.
Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 11

FIRST GRADE: New Norfolk I climbed into top spot of the First Grade ladder when it scored its second win in a row, defeating Montagu Bay by a comfortable 76 runs at Geilston Bay. Winning the toss and batting, the Red Caps made the excellent score of 6/300 off their allotted 50 overs. The big score was due to a very good knock from Seb Wishart who made 73 from 117 deliveries. The opener (who in his last two hits has made 159 runs) put on 56 with captain Matthew Bowden, 36 runs, and 91 with the in-form Jordan Banks-Smith who made a very good 70 from just 62 balls. Banks-Smith hit 88 in Round 9 and 83 last week in the bushfire appeal match hit four fours and three nice sixes in a great display of batting. Jason Rigby smacked 39 from just 23 with two 4s and three 6s. Thomas Briscoe was also up to the task, belting 39 from a measly 17, hitting two 4s and four 6s. Opener Aaron Drew made 22 from 15 (three 4s). In reply the home side reached 9/224 from its 50 overs. Opener Thomas Briscoe made it a double, taking 4-22 (9) in a great spell while Jordan Banks-Smith took 1-32 (7).

Brian Smith played his 350th game for Gretna last weekend
and team-mate Corey Ransley played his 250th. 
SECOND GRADE: Gretna I made it three wins on the trot when it defeated Molesworth I by 48 runs for the Ben Eyles Memorial at Boyer Oval. Winning the toss and batting, the home side had Gretna in big trouble at 7/88, but then a rescue mission from Aron Maddox - who has been in great form - made a valuable 59 not out (five 4s). Maddox, who made 51no last week, put on 56 with the reliable Marc Worldon, 19, and then 48 with Corey Ransley, 18, from just 15 (one four, one six). Gretna was all out for 192 from 49 overs. Molesworth opening bowler Jeremy Nichols did very well with the ball,  removing both Gretna openers and finishing with 4/36 off 9. Brayden Hodge was tight with 2-25 (10) as was Brad Coppleman with 1-28 (10) including four maidens. In reply, Molesworth was going along nicely at 4/131, but then lost its captain and top-scorer Brad Coppleman for 45 (four 4s, two 6s). Things didn’t go to plan from there and with this wicket lost 6-13 to be all out for 144 from 42.5 overs. Nick Piuselli made 24 and put on a 50-run stand with his captain. Gretna needed some tight bowling for its fightback and this was delivered by captain Ben Rainbird who took 3-8 off just five overs and Aaron Maddox - who continues to play some great cricket - took 3-16 off 4.5 overs. Mathew Burns and Craig Cunningham took 1-26 (10) and 1-26 (9) respectively, while Trent Grant took 1-21 (5) and Corey Ransley 1-44 (8). Gretna has now won the Ben Eyles Memorial match for the past three seasons and its great to see both clubs keeping this event going in memory of Ben who was such a great cricketer with Ouse and later Molesworth. Congratulations to Corey Ransley who played his 250th club match for Gretna. He has played 221 for Gretna I and 29 for Gretna II. Being still relatively young, this total will only extend to bigger milestone. Well done mate.

New Norfolk II remains on top of the Second Grade ladder with its win over the Knights in a close one by 14 runs. Playing at home, the Red Caps won the toss and elected to bat, making 10/190 off 45.1 overs. In reply, the visitors put in a gallant effort to knock off the leading team, but fell just short, finishing all out for 176 off 45.2 overs. With the bat for New Norfolk it was opener Rohan Heron who top-scored making 49 from 78 deliveries with six 4s. Richard Graham made a very handy 37 from 43, hitting two 4s and two 6s. Graham put on 69 for the sixth wicket with Mitch Crosswell who made 32 from just 38, hitting three 4s and one 6. Stewart Rice made 27 from 25. With the ball, Bradley Chaplin, who has now taken 12 wickets from five matches, bowled very well taking 4-25 from 9.2 overs. Stewart Rice was tight with 2-22 (10) as was Mitch Crosswell who took 1-17 (7).

FOURTH GRADE: A vintage effort by veteran Joey Eyles guided the in-form Bothwell I to its sixth consecutive win when it defeated Montagu Bay by four wickets at home on Saturday. After winning the toss and batting, the visitors were bowled out for 140 off 37.4 overs. Keeping it to the low score was Joey Eyles who snared 31 off 6 overs while his son and team captain Cody Eyles took 3-30 (8). Matty Eyles was tight as usual taking 1-9 (4) and opener Brock Nichols 1-20 (5.4). In reply, the Bucks chased down the target with 10.3 overs to spare finishing 6/141. Opening the batting, Joey Eyles showed his experience and patience with a very good 49 from 103 deliveries. Eyles occupied the crease for 132 minutes striking eight fours and sharing a 52-run stand with Adam Clark who held his own with 19no (two 4s). Matthew Eyles made 14 while Nathan Eyles remained not out (one four, one six).

FIFTH GRADE: A superb double hat-trick to Nathan Heron for New Norfolk III surprisingly wasn’t enough for the Red Caps to get over the line in their match against Claremont at Abbotsfield Park on Saturday. Winning the toss and batting, Claremont was sailing at 4/138 and then in comes spinner Nathan Heron who bamboozled the Magpies, taking five wickets to have the home side 9/138. But Heron wasn’t done, and claimed the last wicket with Claremont finishing 10/153 off 40.3 overs and the Red Caps captain finishing with unbelievable figures of 6-18 off 7.3 overs with two maidens. Heron’s double hat trick was even more impressive considering his team was two players short with his wickets being three caught, two bowled and one LBW which was his fifth wicket. In reply, New Norfolk - being the two short - was bowled out for 97 off 30 overs. This club's first SCA double hat-trick. The top-scorer was last man Tejas Patel who made 23no. Nathan Heron got amongst it all, making 21. Chris Hall made 12 and Brad Smith 10.

Gretna II made it three wins in a row, when it thrashed Derwent by the big margin of nine wickets at Gretna. Winning the toss, Gretna sent in the visitors and dismissed them for the low total of 54 off 26.2 overs. Opener Josh Whitford bowled extremely well sending down 10 overs to take 3-14. Captain Ross Langford showed the way doing just as well, taking 3-15 from 8 including three maidens. Opener Adam Browning brought tight bowling to a new level when he sent down five over taking 2 for just 8 runs. Bailey Wheeler needed just two balls to take the last wicket, taking 1-1. With the bat, Zac Crosswell didn’t muck about making 32 from 31, hitting three 4s and one 6. Ross Langford remained 13no and Todd Jarvis 5no. Gretna finished the match early on 1/56 from 10.3 overs. Congratulations to evergreen Brian Smith who in this game racked up his 350th club match for Gretna. Smith, 57, continues to come back every season and still wicket-keeps. He has now played 125 matches for Gretna I and 225 for Gretna II. I reckon their is another 50 matches left in him yet, for 400 with Gretna and around 700 matches with all clubs since his debut with Westerway/Maydena in season 1981/82 when they won the flag. He needs just two matches to overtake Micky Rainbird for the most Gretna II games on 226. Congratulations also to Jake Campbell who played his 50th match for Gretna II.

SEVENTH GRADE: In the rain-affected match at Geilston Bay on Sunday, Molesworth II went down to Derwent by seven wickets. After being sent in, Molesworth made 4/156 off its allotted 37 overs. In reply Derwent nearly ran out of overs chasing down the target, finishing 3/159 off 34.1 overs. With the bat for Molesworth, captain Jack Evans made 46no, hitting four 4s. Nick Wakefield made 37 while his brother Nathan made 32 with both hitting one 4 each. Anthony Murray 11. Molesworth used nine bowlers, with Tye Benson the wicket taker with 2-11 (2) and there was one run-out.

The match between Bothwell II and Old Beach at Cloak Oval was a washout.

WADE GLEESON

NEXT GAMES
Round 12, to be played on February 8-9. All matches start at 10:30am.

FIRST GRADE
Saturday: New Norfolk I v Sorell at Sorell Oval No.1.

SECOND GRADE
Saturday: Gretna I v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond Oval; Molesworth I v Derwent at Boyer Oval; New Norfolk II v MacKillop at Tynwald Park.

FOURTH GRADE
Sunday: Bothwell I v Hobart at Wentworth Park.

FIFTH GRADE
Saturday: Gretna II v Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne Oval No.2; New Norfolk III v Sorell at Campania.

SEVENTH GRADE
Sunday: Bothwell II v St Virgil’s at Bothwell; Molesworth II v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Papermaker sells its Tasmanian forests

PAPERMAKER Norske Skog has announced the sale of its Tasmanian forests for $62.5 million. Included in the sale are forests in the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands and smaller stands in the Huon Valley, Tasman Peninsula and Southern Midlands.

The company says the sale is accompanied by a long-term wood-supply agreement to provide pulpwood to the Boyer Mill at New Norfolk.

The buyer has been named as Australian-based investment manager New Forests Pty Ltd. “The sale of the Tasmanian forest is a continuation of Norske Skog’s strategic asset review and is in line with Norske Skog´s communicated strategy of optimising its portfolio and seek value enhancing transactions," Norske Skog president and chief executive Sven Ombudstvedt said.

"The sale is part of the group's long-term strategy where released funds will enable the necessary conversions, investments in new green projects and investor policy to be fulfilled," he said. "I am satisfied that we also have assured a long-term softwood supply agreement for the Boyer mill.”

The company said the sale was subject to conditions including approval from Australian's Foreign Investment Review Board and is expected to take place in the end of the second quarter of 2020.  "The sale and the cash proceeds from the transaction will further strengthen the group’s underlying balance sheet and financial capabilities, and thereby provide increased robustness for future investments in the group and attractive dividends in the years to come,"  Mr Ombudstvedt said.

Norske Skog's Boyer Mill at New Norfolk.
Norske Skog Boyer has an annual newsprint production capacity of 150,000 tonnes, and magazine paper production of 135,000 tonnes. The plantations included in the sale have traditionally supplied around two-thirds of Boyer’s annual pulpwood consumption of approximately 550,000 tonnes.

Boyer will enter into a long-term pulpwood supply agreement with the buyer for supply of 360,000 tonnes annually, which will start from the completion of the transaction. At the same time the existing contracts related to the plantations - such as forest harvesting and transport services - will be transferred to the buyer.

The company says paper production will continue at Boyer. "Norske Skog’s long-term strategy remains to improve the group’s core business, to convert certain of the group’s paper machines and continue to to diversify the business into bioenergy, biochemicals and alternative fibre markets," Mr Ombudstvedt said.

Norske Skog operates six mills in five countries, with an annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes. Its newsprint and magazine paper is sold through sales offices and agents to more than 80 countries. The group has about 2300 employees. As well as the traditional publication paper business, Norske Skog has launched new initiatives related to renewable energy, biochemical products and fibre products.

The Boyer mill has been producing newsprint for Australia's newspaper publishers since 1941. A sister mill opened in Albury, NSW, in 1981 and closed last year. Boyer has long been involved in various diversification projects from the production of timber veneer and the switch from old-growth hardwood to plantation-grown softwood, to the more recent conversion of one of its machines to produce lightweight coated paper, and the production of a non-toxic solvent.

New Forests is described as an Australian-based international sustainable forestry investment manager, with interests in around 550,000 hectares of forests and timberlands across a global portfolio of nearly 1 million hectares of forestry and conservation investments. New Forests has offices and assets in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the US.