In the News: Achiever Award for Janet and Richard

RICHARD and Janet Onn have been key contributors to the community since arriving as the new owners of the then BP New Norfolk service station in 1976. In recognition of their decades of service, they have been named this month’s recipients of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award.

Janet quickly became involved with parent activities at New Norfolk Primary School and later ran disco exercise classes for the YMCA at two venues in New Norfolk. Richard, meanwhile, gave about 50 years service as a rugby coach at Glenorchy and on the Eastern Shore and is a life member of the Tasmanian Rugby Union.

Both have been members of the Friends of Frescati and in retirement the couple are voluntary announcers on community radio station Tyga-FM, between them filling at least five time slots each week, and Janet is also a board member. Read more about Richard and Janet and their award in the April 14 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, Annie McKenzie and Josh Walsh. Nominate a local hero today.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 58th 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 of two of the council workers involved in the development of the Jubilee Garden in Humphrey St, New Norfolk. Inside, we catch up with the Derwent Valley educator who has returned as principal of Westerway Primary School, more good news for the Westerway Post Office, and the low-key 30th anniversary party for the Derwent Valley Concert Band.

There’s plenty of sports results and news, as well as the second instalment 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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