In the News: Meet this year’s Australia Day Award winners

FOR only the third time in the 54-year history of the local Australia Day Awards, the title of Citizen of the Year for 2022 was awarded to dual recipients at yesterday’s presentations at New Norfolk. Read all about it in the 28th print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News tomorrow.

New Norfolk Lions Club president Kerry Kievit and emergency services volunteer Adrian James are the joint Derwent Valley Citizens of the Year for 2022, J’Khobi Bone is the Young Citizen of the Year and Ailie Morgan is the municipality’s Sportsperson of the Year.

  • Mr James has been a member of the Derwent Valley Concert Band since 1998. He also volunteers with the Lachlan Fire Brigade and Derwent Valley State Emergency Service and has leadership roles with both organisations.
  • Mrs Kievit and her husband moved to the Derwent Valley in 2016 to be nearer to their children. They joined the Lions Club and Kerry soon found herself in a leadership role.
  • Fifteen-year-old J’Khobi began playing basketball at age seven and last year represented Tasmania at the Under-16 Australian Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal. He has also coached primary school basketball teams. His sister Shakira won the Young Citizen Award in 2016.
  • Thirteen-year-old Ailie is active in a number of sports. The NNHS student plays football and basketball and is also a quarter-horse rider, and competitive cheerleader and dancer.

In the Central Highlands, awards will be presented at a later date to Citizen of the Year Ron Brown, Young Citizen of the Year James Brazendale, 12, Community Event of the Year: Bothwell Sheepstation Cup, and Appreciation Award recipients Linda Jeffrey, Lyn Brown and Fran McDonald.

This latest issue of the paper is dated January 28, is the 28th paper since its launch in 2020, and contains 28 pages of purely local news. There are about 40 items in the paper, including two pages featuring statements from the six candidates seeking election as mayor of the Derwent Valley Council. There are the usual two puzzle pages plus a bumper 50-question Australia Day Quiz, 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.

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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