In the News: Community achiever Colin

If Gretna had an honorary mayor, it would be Colin Cunningham. He’s been the local fire brigade chief since 1989, has nurtured several generations of fire brigade juniors and has also served the Tasmania Fire Service at the state and regional level. For this great personal effort, he has been named this month’s recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award.

Well known and respected throughout the region, Colin served two stints on the committee of the Upper Derwent United Hall and has been with the Westerway Bushwatch group for about 20 years. He had a long career with Gretna and Glenora-Ellendale clubs and took up umpiring with the Derwent Valley Cricket Association and Southern Cricket Association after retiring from playing.

He’s previously been recognised as an Australia Day Citizen of the Year by the Central Highlands Council. Congratulations Colin and thanks for being one of the people who make the Derwent Valley great. Read more about Colin’s community service in the July 21 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, Josh Walsh, Janet and Richard Onn, Steve Foley and Doris McNeill.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 65thd print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains about 40 news items for the cover price of $2. Up front there’s a great photo of some of the cast of the Derwent Valley Players production of Harvey, which can be seen at New Norfolk next month. Inside, we have lots more good news all about the Valley and Highlands. As always there are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide, your Letters to the Editor 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

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