In the News: Backing local businesses

“GO Local First” is a national campaign urging Australians to buy from small businesses in their local communities. Small business is the engine room of the national economy and the heartbeat of local communities.

New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News has backed local business since its first issue, and the 20th print edition today features the stories of four new or expanded enterprises. Pick up a copy locally or download one from to read about:

  • Adam Lawrence’s new location at Lawitta for his Tandam Car Care and Detailing operation (pictured)
  • Darren Pearce and Kim Beven’s first two months at the Gretna Green Hotel
  • Sharyn and Andrew Wakefield as the new owners of the Westerway Roadhouse
  • Nic Skeggs who has expanded his automotive business at Lachlan and taken on the RACT agency

New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is a local business too, and it is the support of other locals that keeps it going. We show our appreciation in a small way via our acknowledgement list in every issue of the paper. Everyone benefits when we all back local businesses and Go Local First.

Today’s 28-page print edition contains another 40 items of purely local news, plus a two-page television guide and two pages of puzzles including a special school-holiday page. We also have details of school holiday activities on offer for the next two weeks.

Derwent Valley outlets for 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, Fika Time Cafe Maydena, Ellendale Post Office, Hamilton Post Office, Ouse 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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