In the News: Miffy is our Christmas community achiever

A MARTIAL arts enthusiast is named as the fifth recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award in today’s Christmas issue of the New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. This is the 26th print edition of the newspaper since its launch 18 months ago.

The award goes to New Norfolk’s Miffy Lawless, who has been training in karate for eight years and for much of that time has also been a voluntary instructor, sharing her skills with others in her own time. This volunteering is conducted through GKR Karate, which operates more than 40 classes at about 20 locations in Tasmania.

This includes New Norfolk and Chigwell where Miffy does most of her volunteering. She describes karate as providing valuable skills in fitness, self-defence and stress relief. For children, the benefits extend to learning about stranger-danger and personal safety awareness.

The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award has been introduced by Banjo’s Bakery Cafe and New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News in order to recognise the quiet achievers who make our community great. The awards are presented monthly and nominations can be sent to this newspaper or delivered to Banjo’s Bakery Cafe in High St, New Norfolk.

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. Previous recipients were Tim Size, Tidy Towns, Pauline Ackerly and Matt Hill.

Today’s bumper issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News has 32 pages full of purely local news. With a big Christmas theme, there are six pages of photos from the community carols events held at New Norfolk and Hamilton this month. We bring you up to date with the latest events at the Derwent Valley Council and provide a report from Central Highlands mayor Loueen Triffitt. There are two pages of letters to the editor, two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide and plenty of sport.

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 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 New Norfolk Newsagency to organise for a paper seller to visit within the town boundaries. More distant readers might prefer to download a copy from

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