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Friday, January 31, 2020

Relay for Life named community event of the year

Anthony Edwards.
THE local event that has raised more than $150,000 for cancer research and support has been recognised with the Derwent Valley Council's Australia Day Award for Community Event of the Year.

The Derwent Valley Relay for Life has been run by local volunteers since 2015 and with the support of the wider community has raised more than $150,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania. This money goes to cancer support, education, advocacy and research.

The first Derwent Valley Relay for Life was held at Boyer Oval, New Norfolk, in 2015. It moved to Tynwald Park for the subsequent relays in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Last year's relay involved 15 teams and 291 participants walking laps at Tynwald Park for sponsorship, working together towards a common goal and sending a positive message supporting those undergoing treatment for cancer, remembering those lost to cancer, and offering hope for a cancer free world in the future.  

Derwent Valley Relay for Life committee member Damian
Bester, left, chairman John Simpson, and state project manager
Anthony Edwards with the 2020 Community Event of the
Year Award.
The Community Event of the Year Award was accepted by Cancer Council Tasmania's Relay for Life state project manager, Anthony Edwards, at last Sunday's Derwent Valley Australia Day celebration.

"I would like to acknowledge the people around here who make an impact to our wonderful community of the Derwent Valley, because whilst it is our event it is actually people and those individuals out there who do special things in our community that make it special," Mr Edwards said. "Whether you are an award recipient or not, congratulations and I acknowledge everything you do."

The illuminated "Hope" sign is a feature of each Relay for Life.
Mr Edwards said the Relay for Life had special meaning in the community. "It's a fundraising event that allows Cancer Council to do what it does, and all the services it provides in the community," he said.

"But it's also about walking the track, and for individuals who have that special meaning, that special reason why they come to Relay for Life for their family and friends. Thank you for continuing to support support this significant event and supporting the community of the Derwent Valley," he said.

Congratulations to the Derwent Valley Relay for Life organising committee and all participants.

Friday: Total Fire Ban continues

TODAY is the second day of the Tasmania Fire Service's two-day Total Fire Ban declaration for January 30 and 31 in the state's south, including the Derwent Valley, as well as two northern municipalities.

No fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air until 2am tomorrow, Saturday, February 1. This includes (but is not limited to) incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fuelled barbecues. Machinery including lawn mowers that could cause a spark, should not be used.

In New Norfolk the temperature is forecast to reach 40 degrees today, with a 90 per cent chance of late rain and a thunderstorm in the evening. Tomorrow's maximum is forecast to be 28 degrees, with a 70 per cent chance of rain in the morning with the chance of a thunderstorm.


Tasmania Fire Service alerts and incidents: Click for updates.

Weather warnings: Click for updates.

General advice for days of Total Fire Ban: 
From Tasmania Fire Service

Water use during Total Fire Bans: 
Advice from TasWater

Road closures: Click for updates.

New Norfolk and National Park tip sites: Closed due to total fire ban. Click for updates.

Local weather forecasts:

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Young local cricketers in Northern Suburbs contest

Hamish Edwards, Connor Mayne, Liam Maw and Zayne Field
proudly show their premiership medals from he recent Northern
Suburbs Community Cricket Shield contest.
ELEVEN New Norfolk Under 13 cricketers played in the inaugural Northern Suburbs Community Cricket Shield on January 19, organised by the Glenorchy Cricket Club.

Players were mixed into four different teams along with other players from the Glenorchy, Wellington and St Anne's clubs.

The day saw six matches of 14 overs per innings played at Cadbury Oval and Abbotsfield Park, with the top two teams then playing off in the grand final.

Team Horne, 3/72 off 14 overs, defeated Team Daft, 8/54 off 12.3 overs, in the final at Cadbury. Red Caps juniors Connor Mayne, Liam Maw, Zayne Field and Hamish Edwards played in the winning team. It was an exciting time for the boys, who proudly received premiership medals.

Callan Barry, Steele Quarrell, Cooper Gleeson and Chance
Hyland played in the runner-up team.
Edwards remained 8 not out from 10 deliveries, Field made 5 off 3, Connor Mayne was 2no and Maw made 1. There were also New Norfolk boys in the runner-up team, with Cooper Gleeson making 4 from 9 deliveries and Callan Barry 1 from 6. With the ball, Chance Hyland took 1-9 from 1 over and Steele Quarrell 0-6 off 1 over.

In the 3rd v 4th match, Team Palmer 5/70 off 14 overs was defeated by Team Spotswood 8/89 off 12.2 overs. Doing well for Team Palmer, Logan Hunt opened the batting and made 12 from just 14 balls, while Bobby Nossiter also did very well, making 11 not out from 12. Fearghus Joyce bowled well taking 1-13 off 1 over, as did Logan Hunt taking 1-14 off 1.

Fearghus Joyce, Logan Hunt and Bobby
Nossiter also represented New Norfolk.
During the presentations, special awards were presented to three players from each team for special achievements across all matches played on the day.

Of the New Norfolk boys, Zayne Field, Cooper Gleeson and Bobby Nossiter each collected vouchers for The Cricket Hub in Kingston.

All our boys were terrific in the way they represented themselves and the club through out the whole day. Over all, it was a well organised day which will only get better. Excellent work by Damien West and the Glenorchy Cricket Club's senior players and officials.

Results and statistics can be found on MyCricket under the Glenorchy Cricket Club.
These players received cricket vouchers for their performance in the matches.

New Norfolk boys padded up and ready to play.

Members of the premiership-winning team, with their medals and trophies.
The winners and runners-up together.

Friday: fire weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology

Fire Weather Warning for the Central North, North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central Plateau and Western forecast districts

Issued at 4:16pm on Thursday 30 January 2020

Weather Situation: Hot to very hot. Showers developing about the west from later in the afternoon then increasing and extending over most districts during the evening. Possible thunderstorms from late afternoon. Fresh and gusty northerly winds developing. Relative humidity down to 10-15% over southern, eastern and central areas before increasing late. Winds increasing to 35-45km/h, gusting to 70 to 80 km/h over parts of the Southeast, Upper Derwent Valley, southern Midlands and East Coast. Temperatures in the mid to high 30s, and likely to reach 40 degrees about parts of the southeast. Severe Fire Danger about southern, eastern and central areas.

For Friday 31 January: 
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East and Central Plateau
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Central North, North East and Western

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local ABC radio station, and 
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency 

For information on preparing for bushfires go to

The next warning will be issued by 5am Friday.

Australia Day: Leading citizens acknowledged

Craig Youd accepting his award.
THE award for Derwent Valley Citizen of the Year has been shared by a local teacher and a successful businessman, and an award for local Senior Citizen of the Year has been presented for the first time.

Craig Youd and Justin Derksen were named as the first joint-winners of Citizen of the Year during the Derwent Valley Australia Day celebration on Sunday. John Geraghty was named Senior Citizen of the Year.

Mr Youd has spent three decades at New Norfolk as a teacher and also serving as assistant principal for many years. He has supported students in extra-curricular activities and community events such as Anzac and Remembrance Days, New Norfolk Christmas Parade and Light the Night, and as a chaperone on mainland tours.

Accepting the award, Mr Youd acknowledged all the staff of New Norfolk High School, past and present, who had also given up many hours of their own time to support students in extra-curricular activities.

"Perhaps I'm remembered simply because I've been here forever but there are many, many other staff who have done the same thing," Mr Youd said, adding that the school was very well run. "We are doing the best we possibly can for the youth of New Norfolk and we hope to have your assistance in doing that in the future. So, thank you very much."

Justin Derksen addressing the crowd.
Mr Derksen's award recognised the contribution his family business Crusader Homes is having on the Derwent Valley, both as an employer of 15 people and the winner of multiple awards during the last year, including being named the Small Employer of the year at the Australian Training Awards.

Outside of work, he has also been a leader in the Australian Army Cadets for many years and was promoted to major last year.

Addressing the crowd after accepting his citizenship award, Mr Derksen said he was a firm believer in family, friends, community and love. "And from most of those origins, we can fix most of our problems," he said.

A recent review of the Derwent Valley Council's Australia Day Awards policy resulted in the introduction of a Senior Citizen award and John Geraghty of Bushy Park is the inaugural recipient.

John Geraghty.
Mr Geraghty has given decades of voluntary service to the community since moving to the Derwent Valley as a young man more than 40 years ago.

He is valued by his peers for his reliability, deep local knowledge, handiness, kindness and dedication to charitable works.

Not-for-profit organisations that Mr Geraghty remains engaged with today include the Bushy Park Show Society for 39 years as a committee member, life member and ground keeper.  He has been a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows' Loyal Glenora Lodge for 36 years, and a member of the New Norfolk RSL for more than 30 years.

Congratulations Craig, Justin and John.

Total Fire Ban information for today and tomorrow

JANUARY 30 and 31 have been declared Days of Total Fire Ban in the state's south, including the Derwent Valley municipality, as well as two northern municipalities.

No fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air from 2am today until the same time on Saturday, February 1. This includes (but is not limited to) incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fuelled barbecues. Machinery including lawn mowers that could cause a spark, should not be used.

In New Norfolk the temperature is forecast to reach 33 degrees today and 39 degrees tomorrow, with a 60 per cent chance of late rain tomorrow.


Tasmania Fire Service alerts and incidents: Click for updates.

Weather warnings: Click for updates.

General advice for days of Total Fire Ban: 
From Tasmania Fire Service

Water use during Total Fire Bans: 
Advice from TasWater

Road closures: Click for updates.

New Norfolk and National Park tip sites: Closed due to total fire ban. Click for updates.

Local weather forecasts:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Australia Day: Young sportswomen celebrated

Kady Morgan with her award.
TWO young sportswomen were recognised in the Derwent Valley Council's Australia Day Awards on Sunday.

The title of Young Citizen of the Year was the first award presented at this year's Australia Day celebration on the Derwent Esplanade in New Norfolk.

The recipient, New Norfolk High School student Kady Morgan, was described as a young person who dedicates her spare time to sporting pursuits, community, and advocacy for life in New Norfolk.

Kady has won awards in horseriding at the state level and has also been a Tasmanian representative in cheerleading. She has been a member of the New Norfolk Junior Football Club since seven years of age, when being a female player was still regarded as unusual.

She captained New Norfolk's Under-15 girls football team and last year became the first female to play 100 games in New Norfolk colours. This year she has set herself the goal of encouraging more girls to play AFL and to develop her coaching skills so she can one day coach a New Norfolk team.

Anna Blackwell.
The award for Derwent Valley Sportsperson of the Year went to Anna Blackwell, who last year completed Year 12 at St Mary's College while excelling in the sport of racewalking.

She has won two national medals and was a gold medallist at the 2019 Oceania Area Athletics Championships in Townsville, where she represented Australia.

Anna has been awarded a Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship for this year to assist her to further develop her athletics career. She is described as a committed athlete who holds herself to high standards.

Anna gives back to her sporting community by mentoring and officiating at Little Athletics. Her Australia Day Award was accepted by her mother, Joanne Blackwell.

* The award for Junior Sportsperson of the Year was abolished in the recent review of the council's Australia Day Awards policy.

Thursday-Friday total fire ban

Click image to enlarge.
THE Derwent Valley is expected to experience very high to severe fire danger ratings tomorrow and Friday, with a Total Fire Ban to be enforced across the state's south and two northern areas.

The Tasmania Fire Service urges Tasmanians to be prepared for challenging fire weather conditions towards the end of the week as hot temperatures, north-westerly winds and low humidity are expected to push the fire danger to severe in parts of the state.

The forecast has triggered a Total Fire Ban to be declared for 48 hours from 2am tomorrow (Thursday) until 2am on Saturday, for all municipalities in the south, as well as the Northern Midlands and Break O'Day municipalities in the north.

"As far as the fire danger goes, there is potential for Thursday and Friday to be challenging across large parts of the state," TFS acting regional chief Dale Rayner said. "Fire danger ratings ranging from very high to severe are expected to be widespread across the Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, East Coast and South East.

"It's crucial that people adhere to the Total Fire Ban and also act responsibly in the lead up to Thursday by not lighting fires. Fires that start under these conditions will be very difficult for firefighters to control. Even though much of the State has had some rainfall recently, this has not been enough to improve the conditions, and the fuels are still very dry and will burn easily," Mr Rayner said.

A Total Fire Ban means no fires can be lit in the open including campfires, fire pots, incinerators, burn offs and solid-fuelled barbecues. The declaration applies to the following municipalities: Bighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman, Break O'Day and Northern Midlands.

Other information:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any smoke or fire sightings to TFS immediately via Triple Zero (000).
  • If a fire starts in your area listen to ABC Local Radio or visit for the latest bushfire information.
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan review it now and know what you will do and where you will go if a bushfire starts in your area.

Monday, January 27, 2020

New Norfolk golf results

View of the New Norfolk Golf Course.
New Norfolk Golf Club

Saturday 25/1/20 Canadian Foursome
Gross: D. Stevenson-J. Hall 76, B. Hall-L. McKenzie 78 c/b, R. Rainbird-B. Withers 78.
Nett: F. Carmichael-S. Ackerly 74-11½-62½, P. Harriss-D. Martin 86-23-63 c/b, K. Clark-K. Sturzaker 83-20-63.
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd L. Heron, 6/15th J. Cox, 8/17th L. Post, 11th D. Armstrong. Superpin: L. Post.
Eagle: D. Armstrong 9th.

Saturday 25/1/20 Stableford
D. Armstrong 45, L. Post 42, D. O’Neill 41.

Thursday 23/1/20 Twilight Stableford
Division 1: F.  Carmichael 21, L. Wardlaw 20, B. Heron 17 c/b, C. Youd 17, J. Miller 16.
Division 2: M. Tangata 21, D. Post 20 c/b, M. Smith 20 c/b, R. Rainbird 20 c/b, J. Marais.
Division 3: R. Walters 21, D. Vagg 20, M. Heron 19, A. Youd 18 c/b, D. Pursell 18.
Superpin: S. Ackerly.

Wednesday 22/1/2020 Stroke
18 hole: Ken Horne 88-21-67, Charles Simpson 89-19-68, Robin Hoare 911-22-69, Gavin Smith 83-12-71 c/b, Kim Clark 94-23-71. Birdie draw: Geoff Hack.
9 hole: Ken Horne 41-10½-30½, David Claxton 49-17½-31½, Phil Foster 44-9½-34½, Robin Hoare 46-11-35, Barrie Crowley 53-17½-35½ c/b. Birdie draw: Robin Hoare.

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
The club is available for hire for weddings, private functions etc.  The venue cost is free for a function of more than 40.

2020 Australia Day fun run results

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

The 10km and 5km events were conducted by the Tasmanian Road Runners for the fourth year. Forty-two athletes contested the 10km event and a further 160 took part in the 5km run and walk.

Nick Earle and Anita McGinnis were the winners of the 10km run and Damon Court and Tania Rowlands finished first in the 5km event.

The following results have been published:

10km Fun Run and Walk
  1. Nick Earl 34:25 (1st Male)
  2. David Bailey 36:19 (2nd Male)
  3. Thomas Wilson 37:21 (3rd Male)
  4. Josh Durno 38:36
  5. Damon Nichols 41:33
  6. Anthony Baines 42:01
  7. Anita McGinniss 43:00 (1st Female)
  8. Bonnie Davies 43:32 (2nd Female)
  9. Mark Murray 45:07
  10. William Yee 45:08
  11. Clynton Scharvi 45:41
  12. Rod Mason 45:56
  13. Nicholas Clifford 46:33
  14. Neal Ames 46:56
  15. Mathew Derrick 47:40
  16. Trent Henderson 48:35
  17. Sam Wooley 48:36
  18. Whitney Bowerman 51:06 (3rd Female)
  19. Narelle Patterson 52:16
  20. Tim Manning 52:24
  21. Simon Stubbs 53:06
  22. Tracey Keating 54:00
  23. Josh Clarke 54:33
  24. Tim Jarmon 54:34
  25. Max Murray 55:03
  26. Hannah Moore 55:04
  27. Phil Hand 55:14
  28. Makaila Higham 55:46
  29. Natasha Wiggins 56:51
  30. Mabel Murray 57:42
  31. Mark Beech-Jones 58:53
  32. Carolyn Aubrey 1:00:58
  33. Ashley Edwards 1:02:48
  34. Aidan Featherstone 1:04:02
  35. Martha Robson 1:04:47
  36. Evelyn Murray 1:05:19
  37. Theresa Harrex 1:08:21
  38. Cheryl Longley 1:08:59
  39. Josiah Douglas 1:12:44
  40. Haylee Van Beek 1:13:13
  41. Sally Douglas 1:13:41
  42. David Cresswell 1:14:42

5km Fun Run and Walk:

  1. Damon Court 18:24 (1st Male)
  2. Jarrod Shaw 19:55 (2nd Male)
  3. Scott Barwick 20:49 (3rd Male)
  4. Michael Deppeler 22:25
  5. Dan Mimuca 22:42
  6. Mathew Burns 22:46
  7. Paul Neely 23:13
  8. Michael Aitchison 23:30
  9. Ben Neely 24:00
  10. Leigh Nichols 24:05
  11. Tania Rowlands 24:15 (1st Female)
  12. Jamie McConnon 24:19
  13. Henry Forbes 24:25
  14. Dylan Forbes 24:26
  15. Nick Benson 24:36
  16. Mark Topping 24:59
  17. Avalon Forbes 25:06 (2nd Female)
  18. Vanessa Kearney 25:11 (3rd Female)
  19. Tyler Benson 25:46
  20. Mark Gilbert 26:08
  21. James Horne 26:11
  22. Danielle Duffin 26:25
  23. Leah Rosevear 26:42
  24. Oscar Neely 27:24
  25. Jay Gordon 27:38
  26. Tim McConnon 28:04
  27. Ryan Darlow 28:13
  28. Jie Liary 28:14
  29. Tarlya Johnson 28:35
  30. Steven Paletherpe 28:36
  31. Tenille Nossiter 28:50
  32. Peta Jelkic 28:59
  33. Rebecca Ackerley 30:11
  34. Lucas Pursell 30:40
  35. David Lawless-Thompson 30:41
  36. Andrew Thompson 30:53
  37. Maree Madden 31:31
  38. Jacinta Crosby 31:34
  39. Joshua Geleby 31:36
  40. Hannah Harrison 31:41
  41. Matilda Jelkic 32:48
  42. Kathryn Ellston 33:07
  43. Scott Woodham 33:25
  44. Hayden McLean 34:04
  45. Ann Burns 34:14
  46. Tracey McConnon 34:19
  47. Justin Benson 34:26
  48. Kim Boxall 34:28
  49. Olive Jenkins 36:25
  50. J Jenkins 36:25
  51. Sonia Tomlin 37:40
  52. Chantelle Batchelor 37:40
  53. Julie Pace 37:57
  54. Mike Pace 38:18
  55. Sue-Anne Thompson 38:26
  56. Brock Joseph 39:11
  57. Mick Stevenson 39:16
  58. Sylvia Drebosz 39:37
  59. Isabelle Hodge 39:44
  60. Luen Triffitt 39:44
  61. Cody Mutton 40:30
  62. Zara Coppleman 40:32
  63. Lucas Dudgeon 41:11
  64. Cam Dudgeon 41:11
  65. Margaret Horne 41:13
  66. Tracie Lovell 41:59
  67. Mason Ede 43:21
  68. Gemma Wakefield 43:21
  69. Lauri Wallner 43:21
  70. David Crosswell 43:23
  71. Belinda Crosswell 43:31
  72. Lisa Joseph 44:11
  73. Isabella Joseph 45:17
  74. Harrison Hyland 45:29
  75. Jacinta Cartwright 45:36
  76. Rodney Cleaver 47:00
  77. Rachel Judges 47:05
  78. Mandy Cantwell 47:06
  79. Sarah Stevenson 47:08
  80. Denise Drewitt 47:42
  81. Amber Rainbird 48:33
  82. Nash Benson 48:39
  83. Ruby Rainbird 48:40
  84. Elsie Chaplin 48:41
  85. Dale Elwell 48:51
  86. Anita Haigh 48:51
  87. Vicki Triffitt 48:56
  88. Judi Forsyth 49:00
  89. Jenae Clark 49:01
  90. Millie Pulbrook 49:05
  91. Gabby Pulbrook 49:05
  92. Georgia Townsend 49:07
  93. Jenna Townsend 49:08
  94. Michael Townsend 49:08
  95. Jayne McLean 49:13
  96. Jett Benson 49:16
  97. Lucan Benson 49:19
  98. Chelsy Benson 49:31
  99. Ella Belcher 49:55
  100. Kodi Stevenson 49:55
  101. Tanisha Crosswell 50:22
  102. Susan Nation 50:25
  103. Kelsey Treloar 50:26
  104. Allison Treloar 50:29
  105. Skyla Donaghy 50:31
  106. Suzie Benson 50:42
  107. Sarah Hill 50:54
  108. Austin Hill 50:54
  109. Travis Jarman 50:57
  110. Jenna Jarman 50:57
  111. Miriam Cockerill 50:58
  112. Keema Browning 51:33
  113. Bronte Benson 51:43
  114. Annemaree Harrison 51:49
  115. Cindy Ackerley 51:52
  116. Kayla Adams 52:03
  117. Stacey Benson 52:04
  118. Tom Joseph 52:05
  119. Maddi Lawless-Thompson 52:17
  120. Esme Cave 52:23
  121. Antony Cave 52:23
  122. Leeanne Clark 52:23
  123. Jess Coppleman 52:34
  124. Carla Mutton 52:34
  125. Addison Jelkic 53:02
  126. Michelle Duggan 53:05
  127. Belinda Hill 53:23
  128. Abbey Butler 54:46
  129. Harper Duffin 54:47
  130. Bree Clayton 54:51
  131. Mila Clayton 54:52
  132. Ella Donaghy 54:52
  133. Emily Shaw 54:53
  134. Alisha Donaghy 54:53
  135. Jackie Shaw 54:53
  136. David Ellwell 55:01
  137. Leo Minnucci 55:01
  138. Claire Minnucci 55:02
  139. Jade Deverell 55:19
  140. Beth Elliott 55:19
  141. Christine Blackwell 55:53
  142. Jill Claridge 55:54
  143. Amber Cantrell 56:34
  144. Brooke Cantrell 56:34
  145. Karen Bennett 56:34
  146. Mia Watson 57:27
  147. Courtney Watson 57:27
  148. Jenny Stevenson 1:00:11
  149. Andrew McDonald 1:00:24
  150. Eva Willcock 1:00:27
  151. Eden Willcock 1:00:27
  152. Claire Whitehead 1:00:28
  153. Lilly-May Oakley 1:00:32
  154. Laura Rainbird 1:00:33
  155. Xavier Lawless-Thompson 1:01:27
  156. Cheryl Harris 1:01:55
  157. Shae Cresswell 1:01:56
  158. Greg Harris 1:02:15
  159. Lousie Jones 1:07:51
  160. Robyn Ackerley 1:07:52

Thumbs up for Australia Day

An enthusiastic young participant in the Australia Day
colour run at New Norfolk.
AN enthusiastic crowd celebrated Australia Day on the Derwent Esplanade at New Norfolk yesterday.


The day kicked off with 200 participants starting the annual Derwent Valley Australia Day Fun Run and Walk at 10am.

Also at 10am, four rafts set off from the New Norfolk Bridge in the third annual unofficial raft race to the Black Jetty.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Community Winds section of the Derwent Valley Concert Band, along with local group The Sign (Jo and Paul Volta) also performing some old favourites in two sets.

Food and drink vans did a good trade and the Lions Club barbecue was kept busy. Fun and games for children was provided by the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT), the Salvation Army and the Police and Ccommunity Youth Club (PCYC).

Australia Day Ambassador Rosie Martin spoke of the significance of Australia Day to her, while noting that it is not regarded as a day of celebration by everyone. Victor Kaiser of the New Norfolk RSL Club performed the flag raising and soloist Nic Courto from the Derwent Valley Concert Band sang the National Anthem.

Mayor Ben Shaw announced the local Australia Day Awards as follows:
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Kady Morgan
  • Citizens of the Year: Craig Youd and Justin Derksen
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: John Geraghty
  • Community Event of the Year: 2019 Relay for Life
  • Sportsperson of the Year: Anna Blackwell
The event concluded after the staging of the Colour Run which was introduced three years ago at the suggestion of Derwent Valley Council general manager Greg Winton. This event sees participants showered with colored powder (made of food-grade corn starch and dyes) at stations along the run.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Gallery: Australia Day 2020 at New Norfolk

The start of the Australia Day Fun Run and Walk on the New Norfolk Esplanade.

Pram-pushers at the tail-end of the fun run.

Four crews took part in an unofficial raft race on the River Derwent.

One of the rafts in the race.

A crew nearing the finish line.

The winning entry in the raft race returning to the finish line.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band's Community Winds Band performing.

Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Australia Day Ambassador Rosalie Martin giving her address.

Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw presents Rosalie Martin with her
Australia Day Ambassador pin.

Victor Kaiser of the New Norfolk RSL Club
raising the Australian Flag.

Derwent Valley Concert Band soloist Nic
Courto singing the National Anthem.

Four people became Australian citizens during the Australia Day event.

This year's Derwent Valley Australia Day award winners with Senator Wendy
Askew (back row).

Derwent Valley Relay For Life committee members Damian Bester, left, John
Simpson and Anthony Edwards with the Community Event of the Year Award.

A Colour Run participant.

Runners in the Colour Run event.

Thumbs-up from one young runner.

A group in the Colour Run.

Paul and Jo Volta of The Sign performing their second set.

Australia Day honour for Dick Warner

Dick Warner.
FORMER New Norfolk man Richard Warner has been made a Member of the Order of Australia in today's Australia Day Honours List.

Mr Warner lived his whole life at the family's Valleyfield property at New Norfolk until his wife, Professor Kate Warner, was appointed Governor of Tasmania in 2014 and the couple moved to Government House in Hobart.


Mr Warner has been awarded the AM in recognition of his significant service to agricultural research and development.

Among his many achievements in this field, in 1999 he was a awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate employment creation programs for implementation in rural areas, studying developments in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.

Until relinquishing his commercial activities in order to support his wife in her Vice Regal role, Mr Warner's career had been as a farmer and director of a number of agricultural companies. His current roles include chairing The Crawford Fund's Tasmania State Committee and the Tasmanian Agriskills Reference Panel, and serving with Education Ambassadors Tasmania.

Mr Warner previously held a number of chairmanships, with Houston's Farm from 2002-14, Glenora Raspberries from 2005-14, Tasmanian Grain Elevators Board from 1995-2003 and the Egg Marketing Board of Tasmania from 1994-2002.

From 1998-2003 he was an advisory panel member of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's Asian Food Program, and in 1999-2000 he was an honorary research fellow with the School of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania.

His voluntary work in the Derwent Valley included serving as the founding chairman of the Derwent Valley Economic Renewal Group and being a director at Corumbene Nursing Home.

Mr Warner's late father Jim was awarded an MBE in the 1984 Queen's Birthday Honours, for his service as chairman of the Royal Derwent Hospital Board, and his late uncle Denis Warner received the OBE in the New Year Honours of 1971, for services to journalism.

Her Excellency, Professor Warner, was elevated to Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours, for eminent service to the people of Tasmania through leading contributions to the legal community, particularly to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher, and as a supporter of the arts, and environmental and social justice initiatives. She had been made a Member of the Order of Australia three years earlier.

Congratulations Dick Warner, AM.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Meet this year's Australia Day Ambassador

Rosalie Martin.
FORMER Tasmanian Australian of the Year Rosalie Martin has been named as this year's Australia Day Ambassador for the Derwent Valley.

The speech pathologist, criminologist and facilitator will be the guest speaker at tomorrow's Australia Day event at the New Norfolk Esplanade.

In 2013 Mrs Martin founded Chatter Matters Tasmania, to bring literacy and parent-child attachment programs to Risdon Prison. This work led to her being named the Tasmanian Australian of the Year in 2017.


The Australia Day Ambassador program sends high-achieving Australians to more than 300 community celebrations nationwide. Ambassadors include past recipients of Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers who provide inspiration and pride to Australia Day events and activities. Several of the ambassadors are Derwent Valley people, including Dana Faletic, Sally Wise and Diana Butler.

The Derwent Valley Council encourages participation at its main Australia Day event on the Eplanade tomorrow from 10am. Activities include free family fun, live music, a free sausage sizzle, face painting and more. The event will kick off with the Derwent Valley Fun Run and Walk and will conclude with the third annual Colour Run will be held. Official proceedings start at noon, followed by the presentation of the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

The Maydena community will stage its traditional Australia Day walk to Junee Cave and back, starting from the local playground at 10am, followed by a barbecue lunch, as well as fun and games for all ages.

The New Norfolk and Bushy Park swimming pools will once again offer free entry, a sausage sizzle and Australia Day fun and games, from 10am.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Rundown for Australia Day this Sunday

THE local Australia Day observance in New Norfolk will be held on the Derwent Esplanade this Sunday, January 26, with free activities and entertainment for all ages. Events will also be held at Bushy Park and Maydena.

The day kicks off at each location at 10am. At the Esplanade, this will be the starting time for the Tasmanian Roadrunners' Derwent Valley Fun Run and Walk.  The categories and 5km walk/run and 10km run. Entries will be accepted on the day.

The rest of the Esplanade 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 address by the Australia Day Ambassador, Rosalie Martin.

The New Norfolk Lions Club will host a free Australia Day barbecue, including a vegetarian option for the first time. Free children's activities will be provided by the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT), the Salvation Army and the Derwent Valley PCYC. Facepainting will be available from the Hedgehog Fairy and the Guardian Pharmacy will provide free water and sunscreen. Food and drink vans will be on site. First aid support will be provided by local members of St John Ambulance.

Program - January 26, 2020

At the Derwent Esplanade, New Norfolk
From 10am
  • 10am Event begins
  • 10am: Derwent Valley Fun Run & Walk begins
  • 10:15am: The Sign perform on the main stage
  • 11.15am Derwent Valley Fun Run & Walk presentations – main stage
  • 11:30am Derwent Valley Concert Band Community Winds perform at side of main stage

From noon – Official Proceedings, main stage
  • Welcome
  • Australia Day Ambassador Rosalie Martin
  • Flag-raising ceremony
  • Citizenship ceremony
  • National Anthem

12.45pm – Break
  • The Sign perform on the main stage

1pm – Official Proceedings resume, main stage
  • Australia Day Awards presentation

1.30pm - Colour Run

2pm - Event finishes

| At the New Norfolk Swimming Pool (Esplanade, Page Avenue):
  • From 10am: Free entry, treasure hunt (11am), sausage sizzle (noon) and bomb competition (1pm)

| At the Bushy Park Swimming Pool (Gordon River Rd, Glenora):
  • From 10am: Free entry and activities, sausage sizzle (noon)

| At Maydena:
  • 10am: Assemble at playground for walk/run/ride to Junee Cave. Refreshments provided before returning to Maydena
  • Followed by free barbecue lunch at the Giants Table and activities in the paddock

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Local cricket reports, Round 10

Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 10

FIRST GRADE: Chasing 177 for victory, New Norfolk I brought up its seventh win of the 50-over season, downing St Anne's by two wickets. Winning the toss and sending the visitors in, the Red Caps bowled out the Crows for 176 from 49.5 overs. In reply, the home side lost eight wickets, getting the 177 from 40.5 overs. At first drop, captain Matthew Bowden put together a well-made 73 from 110 deliveries, which included seven fours and two sixes. Bowden was the mainstay during his team's run chase, sharing a 69-run stand with Cody Neads who made a good 39 from 31 (seven fours). Bowden then put on a further 53 with Jason Rigby 23 from 33 (three 4s). Jordan Banks-Smith made 18 and earlier with the ball he was the main wicket-taker with 3-43 from 10 overs, while Jason Rigby got 2-32 (10).

SECOND GRADE: Gretna I got back into the top four, when it easily defeated MacKillop by the big margin of 107 runs at North Warrane. Winning the toss and batting, the visitors brought up their second win in as many matches making 7/221 from their allotted 50 overs. The competitive score was again brought about with a captain's knock from opener Ben Rainbird who made 66 from 79 deliveries. Rainbird hit seven fours during his stay at the crease and from his seven innings in Second Grade has scored 365 runs for an average of 73.00. Down the order at number seven, allrounder Aaron Maddox put together a fine 51 not out from 55 with five 4s. Maddox put on 81 with number six Jackson Ackerly who made 44 from 57. Ackerly hit five 4s and 6 in his valuable knock. Craig Cunningham made 19 from 21 and Jamie Duggan 18. In reply, the home team was bowled out for 114 off 40.2 overs. Of the Gretna bowlers, it was spin twins Craig Cunningham who captured 3-16 from his 10 overs and Rhys Browning who from just 4.2 overs, finished with the excellent figures of 3-3 in a great spell with the ball. Aaron Maddox took 2-23 (10) and Jamie Duggan 1-6 (2).

In low-scoring match at Richmond, Molesworth I went down to Richmond/Cambridge by three wickets. After being sent into bat and making 10/89 off 27 overs, the home side made hard work of it for the win, finishing 7/93 off 3.1 overs. Opener Jeremy Nichols did his best to keep his team in it taking 3-21 (10). Daniel Coppleman took 2-44 (20) and Brad Coppleman 1-13 (6). Earlier with the bat, opener Josh Ransley made 20 (30) with two 4s. Josh Nichols at number eight made 19 (two 4s) while the opener, Daniel Coppleman, made 14.

In the match between New Norfolk II and St Anne's at Cadbury Oval No.1, the Red Caps took the points as the Crows forfeited.

FOURTH GRADE: Continuing on with its winning run, Bothwell I brought up their its straight victory in accounting for Sandford at Cambridge Oval by four wickets. Batting first, the Demons posted 9/133 from their 50 overs. In reply, the Bucks got the job done finishing 6/134 off 30.1 overs. Batting at number eight, captain Cody Eyles made 36 from 43 balls with four 4s. Josh Eyles made 23 as did Nathan Eyles while Mark Pearce got 14. With the ball, Matthew Eyles in a tight spell picked up 2-22 (10). Opener Nathan Eyles took 2-22 (8), while Brock Nichols who now has 21 50-over wickets, finished with 2-26 from 9, and Mark Pearce got 2-28 (10).

FIFTH GRADE: Gretna II made it two wins in as many weeks, when its easily defeated New Norfolk III by eight wickets at Tynwald Park on Sunday. Winning the toss and batting, New Norfolk was bundled out for 73 off 17.1 overs. The main destroyer was Corey Ransley who sent down 8.1 overs in a great spell taking 6-29. Opener Adam Browning snared 3-24 off 5 overs. Bailey Wheeler 1-17 (4). Richard Graham top-scored with 31 from 22 hitting four 4 and one 6. Aaron Triffitt made 13 (17). In reply, Gretna got the runs finishing 2/75 off 18.1 overs. Opener Zac Crosswell remained 35no off 48, hitting six 4s. Corey Ransley made it a good day making 25 off 39 with two 4s and one 6. Tom Allcock remained 12no with two 4s. With the ball for the Red Caps, David Mitchelmore took 2-11 (4). Congratulations to Nathan Rice and Richard Graham who both played their 100th match for New Norfolk.

SEVENTH GRADE: Molesworth II made it back-to-back wins with a 46-run victory over Montagu Bay at Boyer Oval on Sunday. Winning the toss and batting, Molesworth made the modest total of 10/160 off 35.1 overs. Captain Jack Evans belted a top score of 65 from just 45 deliveries. Evans hit seven 4s and three 6s in what was a great innings for his team. Shayne Upton gave good support with 29 with four 4s and Brayden Hodge made 15 from 12 with one 4 and one 6. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 114 off 30 overs. Shayne Upton made it a good day removing three of the top five batsmen, finishing with 3-31 (8). Aaron Newbon also did well taking 3-17 off 4 and Jack Evans continued his leadership taking 2-20 (6).

In the other match at Bothwell, the home side went down to Campania in a close one by just two wickets. Batting first, the Bucks made 10/143 off 34.5 overs. In reply, Campania needing six to win off the last over hit a six from the second ball, finishing 8/144 off 39.2 overs. Top-scoring for the Bucks was Nathan White who made a good 43 from 40 with two 4s and one 6. Openers Ashley Browning made 27 with one 4 and Adam Clark 20 from 31 with two 4s. With the ball, young Blake Eyles did an excellent job removing the top five batsmen taking and 5-32 from eight overs. Nathan White took 1-24 (8) three maidens and Ashley Browning 1-22 (4.2).

No play this weekend due to the Australia Day long weekend.
Round 11 to be played on February 1-2. All matches start at 10:30am.

Saturday, February 1: New Norfolk I v Montagu Bay at Geilston Bay.

Saturday, February 1: Gretna I v Molesworth I at Boyer Oval; New Norfolk II v Knights at Tynwald Park.

Saturday, February 1: Bothwell I v Montagu Bay at Bothwell.

Saturday, February 1: Gretna II v Derwent at Gretna; New Norfolk III v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park.

Sunday, February 2: Bothwell II v Old Beach at Cloak Oval, Old Beach; Molesworth II v Derwent at Geilston Bay.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lions Club News: Swimming pool support

A happy sausage sizzle customer being served by Julie Triffett,
Roger Triffett and Fiona Cardwell at the Lions Club barbecue.
LAST Saturday saw New Norfolk Lions Roger, Fiona, Viv and Howard supporting Councillor Julie Triffett and the New Norfolk Swimming Pool Committee with a sausage sizzle to raise funds for a parenting room.

The warm, sunny day brought the crowds to the High St market and it was a great success. The Swimming Pool Committee, a Special Committee of the Derwent Valley Council, plans to build a Parenting Room to complement the current gender-specific change rooms.

At the moment mums can help their daughters in the female change rooms and dads can help their sons in the male change rooms. The new Parenting Room will provide a gender-neutral space so that either mum or dad can help their children whether they are daughters or sons. We all want to keep our kids safe and supervised and the Parenting Room will help.

Initial funds have been set aside in the Council Budget and the committee needs to raise $30,000. They are submitting grant applications and you will see them fundraising locally. Please support the Pool Committee for this worthy cause.

Our next sausage sizzle is on Australia Day which is just around the corner. The Lions Club of New Norfolk is once again pleased to be part of the Derwent Valley Australia Day celebrations at the Esplanade on Sunday from 10am until 2pm.

We will be serving our delicious beef and pork sausages, caramelised fried onions, soft fresh bread and an array of flavoursome sauces. In addition, this year we will also be serving delectable vegetarian sausages which will be gently cooked on a separate barbecue. It’s all free of charge, courtesy of Derwent Valley Council.

We look forward to watching the Australia Day Fun Run and Walk, hearing Rosie Martin, the Derwent Valley 2020 Australia Day Ambassador and congratulating the Australia Day Award winners. Some of us might even enter the colour run!

Come along, wear your sunscreen and thongs and join in the fun. Enjoy our sausage sizzle and say g’day to a local Lion. Lions Australia – We Serve (more than sausages).

All local clubs and organisations are welcome to share their news. Email

Heritage doors off for assessment

THE metal-clad front doors of the Derwent Valley Council Chambers in New Norfolk have been removed for assessment.

A key feature of the art deco building, the doors were removed last weekend and temporary doors were installed in their place.

A council spokesman said the doors were so big and heavy that they were starting to damage their surroundings. As a result it had been decided to remove the doors while the situation was assessed.

Opened in 1935, the council building was an addition to the original New Norfolk Library Hall which had been built in Circle St in 1866.  The prime site facing down High St was transferred to the council when it outgrew the combined council office, police station and court house in Bathurst St.