In the News: Community Achiever Jett plays by the rules

A HIGHLY-REGARDED young football umpire is the latest recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award, announced in the October 21 issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. Jett Benson, 15, has been umpiring for about five years with the New Norfolk Junior Football Club and two years with the Tasmanian Football Umpires Association.

He also referees basketball at New Norfolk and in both sports he is regarded as a fair, consistent and knowledgeable umpire. In football, he has been a goal umpire and field umpire and he has ambitions of becoming an AFL umpire or a police officer, or both.

Jett, of New Norfolk, is a former student of Molesworth Primary School where he received the School Spirit Award in his final year. He is a year nine student at Dominic College in Glenorchy and has been elected the school’s vice-captain for 2023. Sponsor Robbie Iles of Banjo’s Bakery Cafe New Norfolk congratulated Jett for being the youngest recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award.

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 are featured in the newspaper and receive a certificate, 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, or call 0417 387 577. 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, John Crowle, and the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT).

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 47th print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains more than 40 news items for the cover price of $2. There’s a great photo up front celebrating the success of last weekend’s model train expo at New Norfolk, which looks very likely to return.

There are two pages of photos and all the results from the New Norfolk Junior Football Club’s best and fairest night. There’s the latest on the council elections and results from the first two rounds of the cricket season. 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

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