In the News: Sam and Tahlia’s big move

LEAVING home is hard enough for most, without moving to the other end of the country to start your first business. Derwent Valley women Sam Rayner and Tahlia Zabel are doing just that, while also serving as ambassadors for one of Tasmania’s biggest home-grown brands.

The pair has recently relocated to Rockhampton, Queensland, to open that city’s first Banjo’s Bakery. They are being mentored by their former employer, Robbie Iles, who owns the New Norfolk and Rosny Banjo’s franchises.

“I’m so pleased and excited to be supporting them as they step out on their own,” Mr lles said of Sam, 25, and Tahlia, 20. The pair will be part owners of the Rockhampton Banjo’s, which is due to open on June 19.

Read more of their story in tomorrow’s New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News print edition, which has 28 pages of purely local news for just $3. Following the huge popularity of our spread of readers’ photos of the aurora australis in our last issue, we’ve got two pages of gorgeous images of autumn in the Derwent Valley.

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. In sport we’ve got the story of two holes-in-one being scored on the same hole at the New Norfolk Golf Club, just a week apart.

Derwent Valley outlets for the paper include the New Norfolk Newsagency, New Norfolk Foodmarket, Eagle Snack Bar, New Norfolk IGA, Mood Food New Norfolk, 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; Austins Ferry IGA, Claremont Newsagency; Glenorchy Central News; Northgate Newsagency; New Town Plaza; Lenah Valley Newsagency; Winning’s Newsagency North Hobart; Salamanca News; and Kingston Nextra. 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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Top photo: Tahlia Zabel and Sam Rayner at the New Norfolk Banjo’s ahead of their move to Rockhampton.

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