The wait is over: here’s your April News

THE April print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News will be published tomorrow (Friday), with 32 pages and more than 60 articles. Taking pride of place on the front page are Jodie and Nigel Graham of New Norfolk’s Welcome Swallow brewery, who are looking forward to next week’s local beer festival.

The beer theme continues inside the paper, with a great page of photos of the historic pubs of the Derwent Valley which are still in business. All have been trading for more than a century each – nearly two centuries in some cases. Steve Balmforth is back with another page of history from the Boyer mill and the series about the history of the New Norfolk Golf Club continues.

There’s a spread on the Legislative Council election with statements from all three men contesting the seat of Derwent. There’s also an up-to-date map of the huge electorate, which now stretches from Lachlan almost to Liffey, and from Derwent Bridge to the Bridgewater Bridge and along the Brooker Hwy to Berriedale Rd too.

We will introduce you to New Norfolk’s new Catholic priest, share information about a great new course for anyone a bit wary of computers, and provide another great recipe from the Magra CWA. Westerway Primary School has provided a page of photos from Term I, there is a report from last month’s Derwent Valley Council meeting, two pages of your letters, and much more.

In the back of the paper, there’s four pages of sport and some DIY tips from Williams Mitre 10 for your home maintenance in the lead-up to winter.

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The Bush Inn Hotel, New Norfolk, in 1938. Photo: J.J. Cowburn Collection

Derwent Valley shops stocking the paper include the New Norfolk Newsagency, New Norfolk Foodmarket, Eagle Snack Bar, New Norfolk IGA, Mood Food New Norfolk, Bushy Park Roadhouse, Westerway Roadhouse, Ellendale Post Office, Hamilton Post Office and the Bothwell Supermarket.

Other sellers include the Lagoon Store, Granton; Claremont Newsagency;  Kingston Nextra; Glenorchy Central News; Moonah News, New Town Plaza, Elizabeth Mall News and Salamanca News. You can even pick up a copy at the Longford Newsagency.

Readers in any part of Tasmania can ask their preferred newsagency to order them a copy via the Mercury as the distribution agent. New Norfolk residents can ask the Norfolk Newsagency to organise for a paper seller to visit within the town boundaries. More distant readers might prefer to download a copy from

The ongoing support of readers and advertisers is greatly appreciated. Feedback on the paper is invited by emailing

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