In the News: Celebrating Pauline’s gift of giving

THIS week’s 21st print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News announces the selection of the Pauline Ackerly as the third recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award. The October award is in recognition Mrs Ackerly’s 50 years of voluntary service with the St Vincent de Paul Society at New Norfolk.

Over that time she has been the heart and soul both of the “Vinnies” charity shop at its various locations as well as the society’s welfare service in the Derwent Valley. She joined when Vinnies was at it’s original location in the De Jersey’s building next to the New Norfolk Hotel and moved with it to Charles St and then to Burnett St, and most recently to the big new shop that was previously Video City in High St.

Despite recently standing down as manager, she still volunteers two days each week. St Vincent de Paul is also looking for additional volunteers to assist with the society’s work in the Derwent Valley.

The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award has been introduced by Banjo’s Bakery Cafe and the New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News in order to recognise the quiet achievers who make our community great.

The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Awards will be presented monthly and nominations can be sent to this newspaper or delivered to Banjo’s Bakery Cafe in High St, New Norfolk. There are no big prizes on offer, just an opportunity to celebrate the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands people who make our community great.

The monthly winners will be featured in the newspaper and will receive a Banjo’s voucher and a 12-month subscription to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. Nominate a local hero today by emailing, or drop a letter into the box near the coffee machine at Banjo’s Bakery Cafe, 30 High St, New Norfolk.

Tomorrow’s issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 21st in total, and the eighth since the paper switched from monthly publication to fortnightly. The 28-page issue includes more than 50 items of purely local news, including a full report of the September Derwent Valley Council meeting. There are two pages of letters to the editor and a double page of photos from the New Norfolk Cricket Club’s “Team of the Decade” function. There are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide and another of Annie Warburton’s quizzes written exclusively for the paper.

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 Mood Food in Kempton or 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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