In the News: Celebrating community achiever Carol

FIVE decades of volunteering earns Carol Volant a special place in the heart of our community and today she is named as the seventh recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award. The story will appear the February 11 issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, which is the 29th print edition of the newspaper since its launch 18 months ago.

Carol Volant has been volunteering with one Derwent Valley organisation or another for more than 50 years. Chief among this was her 49 years with Meals on Wheels from its inception until it was absorbed by the state body. Her voluntary efforts in the 1960s and 70s resulted in the introduction of school holiday programs, the Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS) and family day care. In 1990 she led a group which successfully lobbied for a full-time social worker. Carol has been a member of the New Norfolk Hospital auxiliary for five years and is its secretary.

Much of this voluntary effort was done while raising a family and working full-time, initially as a nurse and director of nursing at Corumbene and then later as the co-ordinator of the Derwent Valley Council’s family day care service.

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 Committee, Pauline Ackerly, Matt Hill, Myfanwy Lawless and Michael Hanson.

This latest issue of the paper contains 28 pages of purely local news, all about the Valley and Highlands. There are more than 40 items in the paper, including a question-and-answer with the six candidates vying to be the next mayor of the Derwent Valley Council. There are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide, plenty of sport, and another of Annie Warburton’s quizzes.

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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