In the News: Community Achiever Award for John Crowle

FOR many people in the Derwent Valley, John Crowle’s voice might be more familiar than his face. Mr Crowle has been the voice of the Corumbene Radio Hour on community radio station Tyga-FM for about eight years, earning him a nomination for the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award.

The judges have made their decision and Mr Crowle received his award last week from Robbie Iles, owner of the Banjo’s Bakery Cafe at New Norfolk. The story is in the August 12 print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Mr Crowle has been so successful in this voluntary disk-jockey role that the Corumbene “hour” has grown to 90 minutes and the program is broadcast twice each week. He receives and collates requests for songs from about 60 residents at Corumbene Care, locates the tunes and records an introduction to each. The show can be heard on Mondays at 9am and again on Saturdays at 2pm.

The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award is an initiative of Banjo’s Bakery Cafe and New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News to recognise the quiet achievers 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. Previous recipients were Tim Size, Tidy Towns Committee, Pauline Ackerly, Matt Hill, Myfanwy Lawless, Michael Hanson, Carol Volant, Neville Fenton, joint recipients Jannie Fahey and Allacia Ford, Stefan Frazik and Celia Hooker.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 42nd print edition since the launch in July 2020. This number 42 probably isn’t the answer to the ultimate question of life universe and everything, but it’s roughly the number of items you’ll find in this bargain-priced 28-page newspaper.

Right up front we have the story of the reopening of the Possum Shed Cafe at Westerway and inside you can read about the Moogara boy who has been headhunted to join the Australian band 1927 on its national tour. There’s also a big eight pages of sport, our most ever, including spreads of soccer and SFL football photos. As always 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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