In the News: Achiever award for Westerway ‘mayor’

THERE isn’t much at Westerway that Stefan Frazik hasn’t been involved with in the last 30 years. He’s practically mayor of the town, such is the level of his community involvement and for this he has been awarded the 10th Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award, presented by Banjo’s Bakery Cafe New Norfolk, and New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Stefan’s family arrived at Karanja in 1952. He grew up in the area and moved away as a young man but returned in 1989 to work as a mechanic. He joined the local fire brigade in 1990 and now serves as a support member. He was brigade chief for five years and junior co-ordinator for 25 years.

Stefan’s interest in community safety saw him join the Westerway Bushwatch Group in 2003 and under his leadership it has expanded to cover the Upper Derwent Valley. In the last two years he has played a big part in the restoration of the Fentonbury War Memorial. He’s a member of the Westerway Hall Committee and a past member of the Westerway Primary School parents and friends.

His story will appear the June 17 issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, which is the 38tht print edition of the newspaper since its launch nearly two years ago. The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award has been introduced by the paper in partnership with Banjo’s Bakery Cafe 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, Michael Hanson, Carol Volant, Neville Fenton and joint recipients Jannie Fahey and Allacia Ford.

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 photos of the local footballers who played in last weekend’s representative football games in Launceston. There are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide and much more.

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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