In the News: Award for Maydena’s Gwen and Jack Spinks

MAYDENA couple Gwen and Jack Spinks are named as the latest recipient of the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award in the next print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, out tomorrow (September 15).

The couple have played leading roles in the Tyenna Valley community since making their home at Maydena 30 years ago. They have volunteered together and individually on a range of initiatives. Today Gwen is the chief officer of the Maydena Fire Brigade and Jack is the second officer.

Jack was also the co-ordinator of the local volunteer ambulance group prior to its disbanding in 2018. Before joining the fire brigade Gwen was a fundraiser for its annual lolly run and Jack’s other volunteering has included a stint as treasurer of the Maydena Community Association.

Congratulations Jack and Gwen and thanks for being two of the people who make the Derwent Valley great. Read more about them and their award in the paper.

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, Doris McNeill, Colin Cunningham and New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 69th print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains about 40 news items for the cover price of $2. Inside there are two incredible photo spreads – the first is a look back at Pyramid ’73, the Egyptian extravaganza performed by Fairview Primary School staff and students in 1973. As always we present the most comprehensive roundup of news all about the Valley and Highlands, as well as two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide, your Letters to the Editor and much more. There’s also a report on the return of a former mayor and golf club president to his old stomping ground.

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; Northgate Newsagency; New Town Plaza; Lenah Valley Newsagency; 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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