In the News: Annie is our community achiever

CHILDREN in the Upper Derwent Valley are given a sporting chance in life by this month’s recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award. Annie McKenzie, from Westerway, is the voluntary co-ordinator of junior cricket and football activities at Glenora and her award is announced in tomorrow’s issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Annie has been running the Junior Blast program (previously called In2Cricket) for 14 years and took up the AusKick football program about five years ago. The Junior Blast sessions attract about 10 participants aged 4-11 years, although the numbers have been as high as 40. There is usually a four-week pop-up program in Term 1 and a longer eight-week program in Term 4 each year.

In fact, the pop-up program is coming up soon: the skill and game-based program for children aged 5-11 will be held on Fridays from February 24 until March 17 at the Glenora school oval. The cost is $30 and Ticket to Play vouchers are accepted. Sign-up online at

Annie has worked at the school for 25 years and is presently acting as school business manager. A registered teacher, she also looks out for grant funding to provide other activities including the Get Active program which is held weekly. She has also sourced funding for school holiday 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 are featured in the newspaper and online, and they 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. There’s no paperwork to complete. All it takes is someone to let us know the basic details and we’ll take it from there. Previous recipients of the award have been Tim Size, the 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, Margaret McMaster and George Springer.
Nominate a local hero today.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 54nd print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains about 50 news items for the cover price of $2. Up front and on two pages inside we celebrate the great success of last weekend’s Derwent Valley Relay For Life which has so far raised more than $20,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania. There’s also another two pages of Australia Day photos inside.

We also have the latest information on what’s happening with The Mills, which has been a talking point for the last few months. We’ve also got the story of the high school principal’s apology for removing many of the toilets at a local school. There’s plenty of sports results and news, including a great story about New Norfolk basketballer Tyler Zabel, 19, who is hoping to play in the US. 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

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