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In the News: Celebrating Matt’s community contributions

THIS week’s 23rd print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News announces the selection of Matt Hill as the fourth recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award. The November award is in recognition of Mr Hill’s years of voluntary service to the community.

Most people probably know Matt for his longstanding commitment to the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) but that is only scratching the surface of his volunteering. The former council youth worker now runs a consultancy business and works with the Salvation Army, but his volunteering ranges from the Rotary Club to the Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group and more.

He also chairs the Derwent Valley Community House management committee and the New Norfolk High School Association. He has supported the Salvos’ Red Shield Appeal since 2001 and has been a Tyga-FM member since 2010, and he is in training to become a Justice of the Peace.

Matt is also a national and international First Lego LEGO League competition judge and a member of the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) since 2017. He has been a supporter of the 26TEN literacy program since 2015 and a long-term member of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC).

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 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.

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Matt Hill with his award.

Tomorrow’s issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 23rd in total, and the 10th since the paper switched from monthly publication to fortnightly. The 28-page issue includes another 50 items of purely local news, including a report of the October Derwent Valley Council meeting. There are two pages of letters to the editor and another double page of photos from the New Norfolk District Football Club’s “Red, White and Black Ball” and trophy night. 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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