In the News: Community Achiever Josh

HUNDREDS young cricketers and footballers have benefited from the encouraging words and supportive practices of coach Josh Walsh, who is this month’s recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award. So too have the students of New Norfolk Primary School, where he works while studying to become a teacher.

Soon to become a father, Josh is stepping back from his junior development role with the New Norfolk Cricket Club but his influence will long remain. Over many years he has volunteered his time to attend training and games, co-ordinate teams, mentor young players and support their families, and write match reports.

He also volunteers at school, helping to set up carnivals and he previously helped to organise an Active After School program. Read more about Josh and his award in the March 17 print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

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, George Springer and Annie McKenzie. Nominate a local hero today.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 56th print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains about 50 news items for the cover price of $2. Up front there’s a great photo showing the low water level in Lake Meadowbank while Hydro Tasmania does work on the dam. Inside we have the story of the historic Back River Chapel being put up for sale, as well as some historic photos from when the church celebrated its centenary in 1937.

There’s plenty of sports results and news, as well as the launch of our new Bragging Rights page. This is a chance to claim bragging rights by sending us your photos of everything from your golfing hole-in-one or your cricketing half-century, to your first bridge-to-bridge swim… or a fine fish! We also welcome scenic images captured while you’re enjoying the great outdoors, or photos of your children with their sports carnival ribbons. We’re also interested in that huge flower or odd-shaped vegetable you grew.

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, Bronte Park Store, 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; Lenah Valley Newsagency, Elizabeth Mall News and Salamanca News. You can also look out for our paper sellers at the New Norfolk Market.

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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