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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Plans lodged for Molesworth school upgrade

Two views of the new classroom block designed for Molesworth
Primary School by Dunbabin Architects.
PLANS for a major redevelopment of Molesworth Primary School have been lodged with the Derwent Valley Council.

The Education Department's $1.7 million project includes a new classroom block and upgraded administration area.

Dunbabin Architects has applied for a planning permit for a partial demolition and new buildings at the school, located at 540 Molesworth Rd, Molesworth.

The development will provide an extra 250 square metres of floorspace at the school and will see a permanent building replace two demountable Terrapin classrooms which have been in use at the school for many years.

The location of the new classroom block
Three new classrooms, described as "general learning areas" will be built behind the existing block of three classrooms added in the 1980s. There will also be a new stormwater drainage system, upgraded fire hydrants and several new water tanks.

The school administration offices and staffroom will be upgraded in new locations. The existing office area will become the staffroom, with a new meeting room, while the upgraded office suite will feature a new reception area, file room, and offices for the principal and advanced skills teacher.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Wade's tips for the first week of cricket finals

Wade Gleeson’s southern cricket finals tips

FOR Week 1 of the Southern Cricket Association finals this weekend, I’m tipping the Second Grade second semi-final between New Norfolk II and Gretna I at Tynwald Park on February 29 to be a tie, with the match to come down to the final over. For the Red Caps, Sam Hoggett to get among the runs and Mitch Crosswell to take wickets. For Gretna, Craig Cunningham to take wickets and make good score with the bat.

In the Fourth Grade second semi, Bothwell - in red hot form - to defeat Hobart by three wickets or 50 runs. Mathew Eyles to use his experience and make a big score, while Brock Nichols will clean up with the ball. This will be played at Bothwell on February 29.

In the Fifth Grade first semi-final at Gretna on February 29, after defeating Claremont last Sunday, Gretna II will be too good at home, winning again by four wickets or 70 runs. Ross Langford to make a captain's knock, while Josh Whitford will take some handy wickets.

In the Seventh Grade first semi, Bothwell - which has won its past three matches - takes on Campania at Campania on February 29. These teams have meet twice this season, with the Kookaburras taking the chocolates on both occasions. With this, I’m tipping the Bucks to go down by three wickets. Ashley Browning to continue his form with the bat and Adam Pearce to get amongst the wickets.

In the women’s roster, Bothwell plays Montagu at Eady St No.1 on March 1. The two have played off twice with the Sharks winning on both occasions. With Bothwell winning their last three matches, I’m tipping them to cause an upset and progress to the grand final. Rachel Clark to make runs with the bat and Jemma Burke to take the wickets.

Men's ladders at the end of Round 14
(Top 5 play off for finals in First Grade and Top Four for the remaining grades)

New Norfolk I 70
Wellington 65
St Anne's 61
Old Beach 55
Rokeby 52 
Claremont 52
Montagu Bay 20
Sorell 18

New Norfolk II 79
Gretna I 56
Derwent 56
Richmond/Cambridge 52
Molesworth I 50
Knights 47
MacKillop 42
St Anne's 7

Bothwell I 87
Hobart 71
St Virgil’s 68
Richmond/Cambridge 47
Sandford 36
Montagu Bay 34
Wellington 28
Knights 19

Rokeby 76
Lindisfarne 70
Gretna II 54
Claremont 51
Sorell 40
Montagu Bay 34
New Norfolk III 31
Derwent 27

Derwent 80
Wellington 73
Campania 70
Bothwell II 57
Molesworth II 54
Knights 47
St Virgil’s 36
Old Beach 27
Montagu Bay 24
Claremont 10

Women's ladder after Round 8 
(Top 4 play off for finals)

Wellington 48
Montagu Bay 36
Bothwell 30
St Anne's 21
North Huon 6
New Norfolk 3

New Norfolk man selected for youth summit

Matt Hill.
A LOCAL leader in the youth development field has been selected to attend a national summit in Victoria in just under two months' time.

Former Derwent Valley Council youth worker Matt Hill has been awarded a scholarship to attend the National Youth Futures Summit which is to be held in Melbourne on April 20-21.

The summit is the first of its kind and will be hosted by the National Youth Commission with the aim of understanding the problems and challenges young people face in education, employment, and transitioning into the workforce.

"The summit will explore a range of topics including education, training, job services, young workers’ rights and future changes to the workforce and work types," Mr Hill said.

The New Norfolk resident last year participated in National Youth Commission (NYC) inquiry focus groups in Hobart as an identified expert in youth engagement and participation. He also supported the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) with its attendance and participation in the same focus groups.

"NYC is an independent, non-partisan community inquiry into the challenges faced by young people preparing for and seeking employment now and into the future," Mr Hill said.

Mr Hill's long background in youth support and development initiatives includes being an adult facilitator for D'FAT since its establishment as an advisory group for the Derwent Valley Council nearly 20 years ago, as well as various community-based roles with the Salvation Army.

Meanwhile, D’FAT is presently seeking stalls, entertainers and food vendors for the 2020 Market in the Carpark twilight festival at Glenorchy. "This event is a partnership between D’FAT, Hobart City Council, Clarence City Council and Glenorchy City Council and will be held at the Glenorchy City Council car park on Friday, April 3, from 3.30-7pm," Mr Hill said.

"This Youth Week Tasmania event builds upon a successful similar market held in Youth Week 2019 [which] had an attendance of 800 individuals and 51 stalls, entertainers and food vendors,” he said. “D’FAT encourages young people, schools, community groups and youth groups to apply to be involved by hosting a stall, food stand, performing, busking or leading an activity”.

Applications are invited from young people or organisations and registrations close on Monday, March 9. Youth Week Tasmania is an initiative of the State Government, which has also funded activities to be held in New Norfolk.

Results from the final round of local cricket

Molesworth I captain Jamie Adams scored 151
runs off 134 deliveries last weekend.
Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 14

THIS season's KSCA roster matches are now complete and what a round the final session was! Three big centuries, six scores of 50 or more, some very big partnerships, a five-wicket haul and a very close match in Fourth Grade. In the end, some of our local teams made finals and some missed out. Here's how Round 14 unfolded.

FIRST GRADE: In the final roster match, ladder leader New Norfolk I traveled to Eady St where it was totally outplayed by Wellington, going down by 248 runs. Batting first, the home side amassed the very good score of 8/328 from its 50 overs. In reply and in uncharacteristic fashion, the Red Caps were bundled out for just 80 from 25 overs. The visitors just couldn’t get it together and opener Seb Wishart was the only batsman making more than 20, finshing with 22. With the ball, Jason Rigby took 1-51 (10). Despite the loss, New Norfolk still finished on top of the First Grade ladder and will now have a week's rest due to it being a top five finals series.

SECOND GRADE: A blistering 151 from Molesworth I captain Jamie Adams, 96 from opener Daniel Coppleman and a five-wicket haul from Jeremy Nichols set the tone for their team's big win over the Knights at Collinsvale. After being sent in to bat and with a finals spot still up for grabs, the Molesworth batsmen pilled on the runs in emphatic fashion. Adams joined Coppleman at the crease with the score at 1/9, and the pair set about destroying the home side's bowling attack, belting boundaries at will and putting on a 149-run stand. Coppleman’s 96 came from just 89 deliveries, hitting 15 4s and three 6s. After Brad Coppleman went cheaply, Nick Piuselli joined Adams and the two kept the runs flowing, compiling a 92-run stand. Piuselli belted nine 4s in his 49 off just 39 balls faced. Adams went soon after, but not before making his second century of the season, amassing 151 from 134 balls. The run-machine belted 13 4s and 12 6s, running for just 27 of his big score. Brad Ransley continued the carnage smacking 47 from 19 deliveries, hitting a lazy five 4s and four 6.  Larry Menzie with 28 from 12 with a 4 and three 6s, lifted the team's total to 7/392 from its 50 overs. In reply, the Knights were bowled out for 268 from 48.3 overs. The destroyer, Jeremy Nichols who picked up his best bowling figures for the season, captured 5-38 from his 10 overs. In an excellent spell the opener removed five of the top seven batsmen. Brad Coppleman, who unusually missed out with the bat, took 2-43 (10). Molesworth did everything to keep its finals chances alive, but fell just short and will take its big win as a positive into next season.

In a do-or-die match to stay in the finals, Gretna I, sitting in fourth spot, toppled second-placed Derwent by 106 runs and in turn took their spot and gained the double chance. Playing at home, Gretna with good vibes amongst the players were sent into bat and made the very good score of 9/265 from its 50 overs. Earlier the home side was 1/12, but then a 78 run stand from captain Ben Rainbird 38 (six fours) and Rhys Browning got this going. Soon after, Mathew Burns joined Browning and the pair took full control, putting on a 131 run partnership. Both players showed great stroke play with Browning compiling a fine 75 from 96 (seven fours, one six). Burns was on fire making 76 from just 61 and hit four fours and four big sixes. Jackson Ackerly made a run a ball 19 and Aaron Maddox 18 from 22. In reply, Derwent were no match and was bowled out for 159 off 45.1 overs. Aaron Maddox who continues to play well, sent down 8.1 overs capturing 4-49. Jackson Ackerly was tight with 2-11 (6) as was Mathew Burns with 10 overs 1-14 with three maidens. Craig Cunningham did well with 1-30 (10).

In the match at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk II defeated Richmond/Cambridge by 31 runs and now sits 23 points clear on top of the Second Grade ladder heading into the finals. After winning the toss and batting, the Red Caps made the good score of 9/256 from their 50 overs. The opening duo of Rohan Heron and Jake King was again among the runs. Heron made 65 (six 4s) and King 43 (54) hitting four 4s and one 6, putting on an opening stand of 95. Dave Maddox 29 and Nathan Rice 32 then put on 58, while down the order Stewart Rice made 23 (17) and Mitchell Crosswell 22 not out from just 14 deliveries. In reply, the visitors after putting on 107 for the fourth wicket were 4/153, but then there was a run out and they lost their last six wickets for 72 to be all out for 225 from 48.2 overs. Richard Graham was the main wicket-taker with 3-60 (8.2), Jamie Hill 2-26 (7) and Stewart Rice was tight 1-11 (7) with three maidens.

FOURTH GRADE: Looking at its first defeat since round five, Bothwell I snatched victory in the dying stages against St Virgil’s to win by three runs. Chasing Bothwell’s total of 9/177 off 50 overs, St Virgil's was cruising at 5/154, but then the pressure from the Bucks mounted and the wheels fell off and the Saints were bowled out for 174 off 38 overs. Brock Nichols was the main destroyer, sending down 10 overs to capture 4-27. Captain Cody Eyles was just as good helping with the downfall by taking 3-35 from nine overs, while Josh Eyles took 2-51 from his 10 overs. Earlier with the bat for the Bucks, Josh Eyles top-scored with 31 from 34 deliveries, hitting a 4 and three 6s. Brock Nichols made a very patient 25. Connor Woodham remained 24no and Cody Eyles made 23. Bothwell I has now won its last nine matches and will go into the finals full of confidence in the quest to win its first flag since joining the association in 2015/16.

FIFTH GRADE: Thanks to an excellent century from allrounder Zac Crosswell, Gretna II booked itself a home final. In the battle for home ground advantage for the first semi-final, Gretna easily defeated Claremont by eight wickets at Abbotsfield Park. Needing 198 to win, Gretna was 1-4, but then a fantastic 158-run partnership between the century-maker Crosswell and Jake Campbell assured the win. Campbell was very solid making a very patient 54 from 112 balls, hitting four 4s. At the other end, Crosswell - who has two hundreds for the season, struck 18 4s during his 111no from 128 balls faced. Crosswell, who gave just the one chance when on 99, then finished off the job with Adam Browning 7no, the pair getting the further 36 needed for victory. Earlier, with the ball for Gretna, openers Adam Browning 2-32 from nine overs and Josh Whitford 2-35 (8) put in good spells, while run-makers Jake Campbell 2-38 (9) and Zac Crosswell 1-23 (6) both got among the wickets and Bailey Wheeler was tight with 1-24 (10).

New Norfolk III finished off the season with a victory, defeating Montagu Bay by five wickets at Clarence High School on Sunday. Winning the toss and batting, the Sharks were bowled out for 114 from 37.1 overs. In reply, the Red Caps finished 5/116 off 25.4 overs. First drop Aaron Triffitt top-scored with 37 from 54 balls faced, hitting four 4s. Triffitt shared a 54-run partnership with opener Chris Ashcroft who made 28 (one 4). Coby Kemmler remained 17no from 17. Earlier with the ball, Luke Jarvis sent down six overs to take the good figures of 3-15, while David Mitchelmore was tight with 2-28 (10) and Nathan Heron picked up 2-22 (6.1).

Molesworth president Brayden Hodge scored
125 for Molesworth II last weekend.
SEVENTH GRADE: A smashing 125 off just 54 deliveries from Brayden Hodge helped Molesworth II to victory at the weekend. Playing at Cadbury Oval No.2 and being sent in to bat, Molesworth made St Virgil’s pay, making the big score of 10/296 from 35.1 overs. The star with the bat, Brayden Hodge, belted the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Hodge, whose hundred was his first for the club, wasted no time, spending just 62 minutes at the crease, totally destroying the opposition bowling attack to the tune of 14 4s and 10 6s! It was 116 in boundaries, leaving just nine runs between the wickets. Hodge put on 59 with captain Jack Evans 29 (33) who did virtually no running with seven 4s. Hodge then put on 78 with Brad Jarvis 9 (18). Earlier, Shayne Upton made 38 from 42 with five 4s and a 6, while Daniel Williams made 22 (19) and opener Nathan Wakefield made 16 sharing a 46-run stand with Upton who also had a 49-run partnership with his captain. In reply, St Virgil’s was bowled out for 165 from 31 overs. As if he wasn’t done, Brayden Hodge then sent down eight overs to finish with 3-29 in what was a superb day of cricket from the president. Jack Evans took 2-24 (6).

Bothwell II defeated second-placed Wellington by three wickets at Bothwell. Batting first, the visitors made 8/153 from their 40 overs. In reply, the Bucks chased down the target, finishing 7/155 from 27 overs. Openers Nathan White 57 and Ashley Browning 34 got the got their team off to a great start and got the bulk of the runs. At number three, Matthew Eyles made 18 and down the order at eight, Jorden Conley remained 19no. Earlier, with the ball, the main wicket takers were Nathan White who took 2-21 (8) and Matthew Eyles who grabbed 2-22 (8). With the win, Bothwell finished fourth and will play Campania in the first-semi.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Council and general manager part company

Derwent Valley Council general manager,
Greg Winton, left, with mayor Ben Shaw.
THE Derwent Valley Council and its general manager will part company this week. In a joint statement announced this afternoon, the council said recruitment of a new general manager would start soon.

Outgoing general manager Greg Winton has been on leave since mid-September last year and his contract has been the subject of numerous discussions in closed council meetings in the intervening period.

First joining the council in 2015, Mr Winton was appointed to a second three-year term starting in July 2018, and the current council reaffirmed the appointment in January 2019.

He briefly took leave from the council in July while an internal investigation was conducted into the culling of geese at Tynwald Park. Daniel Smee of the Kingborough Council was appointed acting general manager until Mr Winton returned to work two weeks later. The result of the geese inquiry remains known only to councillors and their legal advisers.

In August Mr Winton started the process of recruiting a deputy general manager and announced he had been discussing his retirement with the council since March. On September 17 it was announced that Mr Winton had gone on leave and Hobart City Council officer Margaret Johns was appointed acting general manager. Mr Winton did not return to work.

The council today announced it would pay Mr Winton $156,829 plus his accumulated leave entitlements in accordance with his contract. Cr Shaw thanked Mr Winton for his contribution to the council. "During his tenure, Mr Winton assisted greatly in helping to deliver significantly better value for ratepayers” Cr Shaw said.

Mr Winton thanked the community for its support during his time with the Derwent Valley Council. “I have enjoyed many achievements with council and I wish council, residents, and in particular council staff, all the best in the future,” he said.

In Mr Winton's absence since September the council has been administered by three acting general managers, with senior manager Richard Blackwell following Ms Johns. Former Marrickville Council general manager Brian Barrett took the reins in November and Mr Blackwell had another stint as acting general manager over Christmas while Mr Barrett was on leave.

TV bank becomes real-life cop shop

Police officers outside the temporary police
station in High St, New Norfolk.
A FORMER bank used in two seasons of ABC-TV’s Rosehaven will serve as the New Norfolk Police Station until late next year.

Tasmania Police yesterday announced that the former ANZ Bank at 24 High St would today become a temporary police station.

The existing police station in Bathurst St, New Norfolk, is to be demolished and rebuilt after serving the town since 1967. The site next to historic St Matthew’s Anglican Church has been home to local law enforcement officers since colonial times and once also housed a jail.

A development application for the new police station  was lodged with the Derwent Valley Council last week and is open for public comment until March 10.

While the temporary police station will be open from today, the New Norfolk branch of Service Tasmania will continue to operate from the old police station until early next month.

The New Norfolk Police Station in Bathurst St, New Norfolk.
The new $5 million police station will provide separate accommodation for police and Service Tasmania.

A post on the Tasmania Police Museum Facebook page yesterday said the New Norfolk Police Station - once described as the most modern in the state - was well past its use-by date due to "the ravages of time and a degree of neglect over the years."

When it opened in 1967, the building was the headquarters of the Central Police District, with a complement of a superintendent, inspector, sergeant, detective sergeant, senior constable, nine constables and two junior constables, responsible for about 17,000 square kilometres of central Tasmania. The station was built with provision for the addition of a second floor which never eventuated.

Staffing of the New Norfolk Police Station is presently one sergeant and 11 constables in New Norfolk, with a further two officers expected to be appointed in two years time.

Westerway school centenary this Saturday

Westerway Primary School teacher Wendy Holdsworth, left, and
principal Andrea Long looking over an old scrapbook of newspaper
cuttings about the school and its community.
A CENTURY of Derwent Valley schooldays will be celebrated at Westerway this weekend when the local school has its 100th birthday.

In 1920 the town was newly renamed from Russell and had only recently ceased to be the end of the line for Derwent Valley railway traffic.

The new school started with 36 students under the supervision of headmaster Mr A.J. Huxtable. It had no electricity until 1934 and no telephone until 1951. A renovation in 1940 gave the school its familiar frontage which remains virtually unchanged today.

Hop-growing was an important local industry and would become the bane of teaching staff at the new Westerway State School when more than half of the students would be absent, having gone hop-picking. Fruit growing, the timber industry and the railway were the other big employers at the time.

Westerway Primary School pictured around the time of its opening
as Westerway State School in 1920.
When Westerway’s school opened in 1920 there were neighbouring schools at National Park, Tyenna, Maydena, Fentonbury and Ellendale. A century later only Westerway Primary School remains and most of its students progress to high school at Glenora. When the Fentonbury school closed, its remaining four students were paid a bicycle allowance to compensate for their bike ride to Westerway.

A centenary committee has spent the last two years exploring this rich history in preparation for the 100th birthday, which will be celebrated this Saturday, February 29. The whole town will be involved, including local businesses and community groups.

The school, at 1619 Gordon River Rd, will be open to visitors from 10am-3pm. Historical exhibits will be on offer, as well as more than 20 displays including Brighton Vintage Car Club, horse and cart rides, history trail, Inland Fisheries Service, Parks and Wildlife, railway display, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Tassal, Maydena Bike Park, Hydro Tasmania, wood chopping, oral histories, historic farming practices, photo displays, beekeeping, tractors, hop picking, PCYC, junior fire brigade, shearing, blacksmithing, D'FAT, Salvation Army and more.

The school as it looked in 1946 after an extensive renovation
earlier in the 1940s.
Local businesses including the Possum Shed, Westerway Raspberry Farm, Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, and the Westerway Roadhouse will provide food and refreshments. Tours of the school will be available at 10.30am, noon and 1.30pm and there will also be a berry festival just along the road at the Westerway Raspberry Farm.

Free bus rides to the centenary celebration will be provided from Maydena and Ellendale. The bus from Maydena will leave from the top shop at 9.45am and will return at 3pm. A bus will leave the Ellendale shop at 10.15am and return at 2.30pm. Free shuttle buses will operate to and from car parks and other venues in Westerway, so there will be no need to try to park near the school.

The school as it appears today.
An old-time dance will be held in the Westerway Community Hall from 7pm on Saturday.  Tickets cost $20 and need to be pre-purchased by calling 0411 273 614 (no door sales).

“Come along and help celebrate the amazing stories and achievements that have carried our school through 100 years of learning together,” teacher Wendy Holdsworth said. For more information or to book a tour, send an email to or phone 6288 1110.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Norfolk Golf Club championships awarded

New Norfolk Golf Club champions Brad Coy, left,
(B Grade), Ben Rainbird (A Grade), Alan Leitch
(C Grade) and Craig Youd (Veterans).
AFTER four great rounds of competition the trophies for the New Norfolk Golf Club's grade and club champions were presented at the weekend.

Heading the list was Ben Rainbird who won the title of A Grade and club champion for the 17th time. Brad Coy took out B Grade, Alan Leitch is the C Grade champion and Craig Youd won the Veterans.

The club offers its congratulations to all players and special thanks to Drummond Golf for its continued sponsorship, Adam Rice and his helpers for getting the course up every week, and the bar staff and helpers for their ongoing contributions to the club.

Saturday 22/2/20 4th Round Drummond Golf Club Championships stroke
A Grade gross: B. Rainbird 70, F. Carmichael 72 c/b, L. Post 72; Nett: F. Carmichael 72-8-64, I. Holthouse 74-9-65, G. Heron 75-5-70.
B Grade gross: B. Coy 81, G. Bailey 83, G. Triffitt 84; Nett: B. Coy 81-15-66, G. Bailey 83-14-69 c/b, P. Foster 85-16-69.
C Grade gross: K. Horne 88, A. Leitch 91, D. Giles 92; Nett: K. Horne 88-19-69, D. Giles 92-20-72 c/b, A. Leitch 91-19-72.
Superpin: B. Rainbird
Nearest-the-pins: 3rd: S. Gray, 6/15th b. Holthouse-Smith, 8/17th B. Rainbird, 11th G. Heron
2nd Veterans Championships: Gross: G. Heron 75, C. Youd 80, G. Hack 81; Nett: K. Horne 88-19-69 c/b, P. Foster 85-16-69, G. Heron 75-5-70

Overall championships results
A Grade gross: B. Rainbird 282, L. Post 294, C. Youd 302; Nett: I. Holthouse 279, B. Watt 280, B. Rainbird 286.
B Grade gross: B. Coy 341, G. Bailey 342 c/b, P. Foster 342; Nett: P. Foster 270, B. Coy 273, G. Bailey 286.
C Grade gross: A. Leitch 372, D. Giles 378 c/b, T. Morgan 378; Nett: D. Giles 290, D. Jenkins 291 c/b, A. Youd 291.
Veterans gross: C. Youd 152, G. Heron 157 c/b, M. Williams; Nett: P. Foster 134, D. Giles 141, K. Horne 142.

Thursday 20/2/20 Twilight stableford
Division 1: S. Ackerly20, C. Youd 19, B. Heron 18 c/b, B. Watt 18 c/b, B. Withers 18 c/b.
Division 2: M. Smith 21, D. Watts 16 c/b, D. Lowry 16, J. Cox 14 c/b, R. Hoare 14 c/b.
Division 3: M. Heron 19, S. Gray 17 c/b, R. Oakley 17 c/b, D. Pursell 17, B. Crosswell 16.
Superpin:  M. Tangata.

Wednesday 19/2/20 stroke
18 hole: P. Browning 86-21-65, A. Drew 78-11-67 c/b, J. Kinloch 77-10-67, K. Horne 88-18-70, A. Watts 84-13-71 c/b. Birdie draw: P. Foster
9 hole: P. Browning 43-10½-32½, J. Kinloch 39-5-34 c/b, K. Horne 43-9-34, A. Drew 40-5½-34½, D. Post 42-6-36. Birdie draw: L. Dittmann.

New operator sought for Valley Children's Centre

The Valley Children's Centre in Ring Rd, New Norfolk.
THE Derwent Valley Council is seeking a new operator for the Valley Children's Centre in New Norfolk after announcing that the current service provider will not be continuing after the end of the financial year.

Derwent Valley Council communications officer Daniel Cheetham said the council had today called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to operate the council-owned Valley Children’s Centre from July 1.

The centre is located at 45 Ring Rd, on the former Royal Derwent Hospital site, providing centre-based long-day care, vacation care, and before and after school care. There was disappointment several years ago when the centre ceased its longstanding role co-ordinating family day care in the region.

"The EOI calls for experienced not-for-profit child care providers to operate the child care service independently of council from the existing site. The EOI is available through Tenderlink, accessible via council’s website," Mr Cheetham said.

Mr Cheetham said the council acknowledged the importance of having a child care service in the Derwent Valley and had designed the EOI for that to continue. "Council remains committed to existing staff and to providing local jobs," he said.

"The EOI requires the new provider to offer employment to all permanent staff and requires services to be offered from the existing site for the next 10 years. Council was required to make speedy arrangements after being informed that the current operator, Uniting Care, would not be renewing their contract," Mr Cheetham said. Uniting Care has managed the Valley Children's Centre since 2015 but will not continue after June 30.

"Council believes that contracting with an established provider will enable high-quality child care services to be delivered to the Derwent Valley community and will enhance the service provided to existing parents and their children," he said.

Mr Cheetham said the council had informed the Department of Education about the change and would keep the department informed throughout the process. "Uniting Care will work with council to ensure a smooth transition to a new provider," he said.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Local cricket - round 13

New Norfolk III captain Nathan Heron has taken 13 wickets
in the past three weeks in the Southern Cricket Association.
Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 13

FIRST GRADE: In a thrilling match at Tynwald Park that came down to the final ball last weekend, New Norfolk I hung on to win by the barest of margins - a single run. Claremont needing 241 to win, was 8/237 with one ball remaining. The two Claremont batsmen ran two and were coming back for a third to tie the match, but when Seb Wishart ran the length of the pitch to make the runout, it was all over and the Red Caps had secured top spot on the ladder with one round remaining. After New Norfolk was sent in to bat, Jason Rigby compiled a good and fast 92 from 86 balls. Rigby struck the ball to all parts of Tynwald, hitting eight 4s and four 6s and shared a 165-run partnership with opener and match winner Seb Wishart who made an excellent 80 from 129 deliveries. Wishart belted seven fours during his innings and when he was out the score was 5-222. Fellow opener Aaron Drew made 32 from 33 with four 4s and one 6. New Norfolk made 7/240 from the reduced overs of 47. Wicket takers were Aaron Drew who took 3-34 from four overs. Captain Matthew Bowden took 2-29 (10) and Jason Rigby 2-52 (10) and Nathan Eiszele 1-49 (9).

SECOND GRADE: Thanks to a century from New Norfolk II captain Jake King and a half-century from Sam Hoggett, the Red Caps were able to defeat cross-town rivals Molesworth by two wickets at Boyer Oval on Sunday. Chasing 216 for victory, New Norfolk started well with King and Rohan Heron, 24, sharing a opening stand of 56. Then with Hoggett at the crease, he and King pilled on a 129 partnership with Hoggett making 56 from 69 balls, hitting five 4s and two 6s, while King - who now has two centuries to his name this season - made an even hundred from 111 balls. The wicket-keeper/batsman belted eight 4s and two 6s in a great display of batting. But when King was dismissed with the score on 3/196 and the match all but done, the wheels nearly fell off, losing 6/17 to be 8/213 when Bradley Chaplin was run out for a diamond duck. Richard Graham, 11no, steadied the ship and they finished 8/216 from 42 overs. Brad Ransley was the pick of the Molesworth bowlers, snaring 4-38 (7) and he also made a runout. Opening bowler Jeremy Nichols was very good, taking 3-30 from nine overs. Earlier with the bat, Brad Coppleman - who now has 522 runs in the 50-over roster with an average of 47.45 - made an excellent 91 from 89 deliveries, smacking six 4s and seven 6s. Opener Josh Ransley made nearly a run per ball, 41 with four 4s, while Brayden Hodge remained 25no from 19 balls (two 4s, one 6). Molesworth finished 7/215 off its 50 overs. The main wicket-taker for New Norfolk was Nathan Rice with 2-34 (4). During the Molesworth innings, at the second drinks break at 34 overs, the umpire in strange circumstances had left the ground and did not return. Well done to Molesworth coach Brett Smith and New Norfolk player Josh Walsh who stepped in and umpired to make sure the game went ahead.

At Gretna, Gretna I went down to the then winless St Annes by two wickets. Batting first, Gretna struggled to get going and was dismissed for 132 from 45.2 overs. In reply, the Crows were cruising at 0/82, but then lost seven wickets to nearly lose the match, but held on for their first win. With the bat for the home team, Mathew Burns made 36 with two 4s and one 6. Craig Cunningham made 25 (two 4s) and Corey Ransley 12 (two 4s). With the ball, Craig Cunningham took 2-25 (7.1), Aaron Maddox 2-26 (5.2) and Jackson Ackerly 1-17 (5). Congratulations to Todd Jarvis who played his 150th match for Gretna I.

FOURTH GRADE: Bothwell I continued in its winning form, racking up its eighth win in a row when it defeated Richmond/Cambridge by 53 runs at Richmond. Winning the toss and batting, the Bucks made the modest total of 10/163 from 42.3 overs. Opener Joey Eyles - who has made 49, 40 and now 52 from his last three hits - scored his half-century from just 63 deliveries, which included six 4s. Fellow opener Mark Pearce made 27 with two 4s and Simon Eyles 24 from 33 (two 4s, one 6). With the ball, Nathan Eyles sent down nine overs snaring 3-27. Mark Pearce was equally as good, getting the top three batsmen, taking 3-34 (10), and the very handy Joey Eyles took 2-11 from 4.5 overs and the home side was bowled out for 110 from 44.5 overs.

FIFTH GRADE: New Norfolk III let a big win slip through its fingers when it went down to second-placed Rokeby by 14 runs at Tynwald Park. Winning the toss, the Red Caps sent the visitors in to bat and had them 7/65 until a fightback by the Renegades saw them reach 10/135 from 48.2 overs. Wicket takers were opener Jamie Maddox who was extremely tight, sending down two maiden overs and taking 3-16. David Mitchelmore was equally as tight, taking 1-15 off 10 with a high of four maidens and Nathan Heron made it 13 wickets in his past three matches, including that double hat-trick, took 3-33 from 9.2 overs and was on a hat-trick again. In reply, New Norfolk was on track at 5/107, but then lost its way losing its next five wickets for just 14 runs to be all out for 121 off 33.2 overs. Leigh Berry top-scored with 23 (39) two fours. Chris Ashcroft made 22, Aaron Triffitt 19 (32) and Nathan Heron 18 (18).

Gretna II, playing at home on Sunday, went down to Montagu Bay by 45 runs. Winning the toss and batting, the visitors hit up the good score of 8/226 from their 50 overs. In reply, Gretna gave it a good shot, finishing 10/181 from 41.2 overs. First drop Zac Crosswell top-scored with 28, with 20 of those coming in 4s, and shared a 40-run stand with Josh Whitford who made 24 (two 4s). Brian Smith - who took over Paul “Micky” Rainbird’s record of most matches played for Gretna II (226) - made 23 with two fours. Bailey Wheeler made 13no and Andrew McKenzie made 12. The main wicket-taker was Jake Campbell with 3-45 (8).

SEVENTH GRADE: Playing at Geilston Bay, Bothwell II gave its finals chances a big boost by defeating Montagu Bay. The home side won the toss and sent the Bucks in, and they made the good score of 7/192 off their 40 overs. The standouts with the bat were Bo Kline who made a fine 70 from 91 deliveries, hitting three 4s, and Blake Eyles who made a great half-century of 56 from 68, striking four 4s. The pair compiled a 126-run stand. Andrew Rolls made 16. The Montagu Bay score wasn’t available, but it was Adam Pearce for the Bucks who captured four wickets in a great spell while Bo Kline snared 3, Ashley Browning 2 and Glen Johnson 1.

In the other match, Molesworth II lost to Campania by 119 runs at Richmond. Molesworth won the toss and sent Campania in to bat, knocking up 5/229 from their 40 overs. Captain Jack Evans took 2-33 (8), Brad Jarvis 2-47 (8) and Shayne Upton 1-49 (8). In reply, Molesworth was all out for 110 off 35 overs. Jack Evans top-scored with 28, Larry Menzie 16, and Tye Benson 10.

CRICKET REUNION: A reminder for all former cricketers, officials and supporters from the now defunct Derwent Valley Cricket Association, that a reunion will be held this Sunday, February 23, at the Valley Sports Bar (formerly the NNDFC Clubrooms) starting at 1pm. If you played for any of clubs in the DVCA from 1945-2008, you are warmly invited to come along and catch up on old times with team-mates and opposition players and relive the many matches played. Current players with the Derwent Valley clubs in the Southern Cricket Association are also welcome to attend. If you have any memorabilia, please bring this along. For any more information, call Tony Adams on 0408 610 728.


Round 14, to be played on February 22-23. All matches start at 10.30am.
Final roster games before the finals.

Saturday: New Norfolk I v Wellington at Eady St Oval No.1.

Saturday: Gretna I v Derwent at Gretna; Molesworth I v Knights at Collinsvale; New Norfolk II v Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park.

Sunday: Bothwell I v St Virgil’s at St Virgil’s College Oval No.1.

Sunday: Gretna II v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park; New Norfolk III v Montagu Bay at Clarence High School.

Sunday: Bothwell II v Wellington at Bothwell; Molesworth II v St Virgil’s at Cadbury Oval No.2.

New Norfolk men on firearms charges

TWO men have been charged with aggravated burglary, stealing and various firearms offences following the alleged burglary of a Derwent Valley residence earlier this week. This is the fourth reported firearms incident locally since November.


Detective Inspector Troy Morrisby of Glenorchy CIB said three registered and correctly stored firearms were among the items stolen in the alleged burglary on Tuesday. "A 33-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, both from New Norfolk, were arrested after police searched a house in New Norfolk in the early hours of Wednesday, February 19, and located one of the firearms, and other stolen property," Inspector Morrisby said.

“While we have charged two people in relation to this matter, we are still focused on recovering the two outstanding firearms and will continue to make inquiries until they are located,” he said. “The firearms that were stolen had been stored correctly by the owner, who had also installed additional security measures, including CCTV. This allowed attending officers to quickly advance the investigation and make arrests at an early stage.”

Inspector Morrisby said he would encourage anyone who is legally storing firearms on their property to consider all reasonable measures above and beyond what is required by law. “Ultimately the greater the level of protection that is in place, the greater the deterrent. In the first instance, one of the most effective and simple things that people can do is to avoid discussing the fact firearms are stored on their property.”

Police ask anyone with information about the incident, or the location of the outstanding firearms, to contact them on 131 444. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at

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
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).


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

Saturday: New Norfolk I v Claremont at Tynwald Park.

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

Saturday: Bothwell I v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond.

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

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