In the News: Community Achiever George

SUNDAY mornings aren’t quite the same since George Springer retired from providing dog obedience lessons at the New Norfolk Esplanade late last year. Mr Springer, 87, started running the sessions in the 1980s and this dedication has earned him the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award for January. His award is announced in tomorrow’s issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, which is the first for 2023.

George has lost track of the number of dogs he’s worked with, but he was always particularly pleased when an owner returned years later with a new dog. The former auctioneer and newsprint worker lives at Moogara and says he will probably drop in on the classes under their new trainer every now and then. The sessions will resume on February 5 at 10am under new trainer Neil.

Several generations of Derwent Valley dogs and their owners have benefited from the wise counsel and calm instruction provided by George. He has been involved in dog trials since 1968 and was well known as a local breeder of german shepherds. He also exhibited at shows all around Tasmania and on the mainland and judged grading classes at a number of clubs.

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, a Banjo’s voucher and a 12-month subscription to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Nominate a local hero today by emailing, send a note to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, 4 Richmond 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, the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT), Jett Benson and Margaret McMaster.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 52nd print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains more than news items for the cover price of $2. There’s a great photo up front to celebrate the community members who have saved the Australia Day celebration at New Norfolk, and three pages of leavers’ dinner photos from New Norfolk High School and Glenora District School.

There’s also plenty of sports results and news. As always there are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide, a great quiz, 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, Blair St Shop, 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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