In the News: Community Achiever Award for D’FAT

THE Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) is the latest recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award, announced in the September 9 print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. Now in its 20th year, D’FAT has had nearly 90 members over that time but hundreds more have taken part in its activities and events.

Highly regarded in the state’s youth sector, D’FAT stages regular events for young people and families, including movie nights in various parts of the Derwent Valley municipality. The group also advocates for young people at a state level and has formed enduring partnerships with groups such as the Youth Network of Tasmania and the Derwent Valley Salvation Army Corps.

Now an incorporated body, D’FAT has recently become a Learning Hub for Children’s University Tasmania, which has already led to higher attendance at its learning activities.

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 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, Celia Hooker and John Crowle.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 44th print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains about 40 news items for the cover price of $2. There’s a great photo up front celebrating the naming of Jamie Brown as TasWater’s young operator of the year.

There are two pages of photos from Beth Youd’s 60th birthday and six pages of sport including two pages of photos illustrating the football grand finals played by the senior New Norfolk women’s team as well as the Under 13 girl’s team. 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, Ouse IGA, 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

The ongoing support of readers and advertisers is greatly appreciated. Feedback on the paper is invited by emailing

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