Derwent ferry service starts today

A TOURIST ferry connecting Hobart and New Norfolk has had its first official run up the Derwent today. A media launch was held earlier in the week and was covered in the Mercury newsaper here. Contrary to negative remarks posted online, the ferry is an expansion of the existing water

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Dry cleaner shuts shop

EQUIPMENT failure and declining custom are the stated reasons behind the closure of the New Norfolk Dry Cleaners on Christmas Eve. A sign in the window of the Charles St premises thanks customers for their support over the past two and a half years.

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Ombudsman has her eye on cherry farms

UP to 10 cherry farms in Tasmania’s Derwent, Huon and Coal River valleys will receive visits from officers of the Fair Work Ombudsman this summer. Ombudsman Natalie James said Fair Work inspectors would visit farms in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania to check employers were paying fruit pickers their

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Fitness centre approval zaps through

APPROVAL for the opening of a Zap Fitness outlet in central New Norfolk was granted at tonight’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. With three councillors absent and one stepping out after declaring an interest, the application was dealt with by the bare minimum of five councillors. All spoke in favour of

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Supermarket site on the move

RAPID progress is expected in the development of a new supermarket at New Norfolk following the sale of the Willow Court oval to a Woolworths subsidiary. The oval was sold to property developer Robert Rockefeller about three years ago and there has been ongoing speculation about which supermarket chain would

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Happy days at Heimat Chalets

One of the Heimat Chalets. LOCAL accommodation business Heimat Chalets won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Tasmanian Tourism Awards on Friday night. Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO Luke Martin said the awards played a critical role in encouraging business excellence and innovation in Tourism, while recognising those operators

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Old view of the Colony Inn

This 1950s-era image of New Norfolk’s Old Colony Inn is being sold on eBayby a West Australian seller. With a starting price of $9.95 the black and whitepostcard shows the popular tourist attraction before the later addition of thedining room on the right hand side. See the listing here. 

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New Zealanders read all about it

A KIWI journalist’s recent visit to the Agrarian Kitchen at Lachlan is a feature article in the travel section of The New Zealand Herald today. Reporter Mike Van de Elzen writes that he was excited about visiting the farmed-based cooking school as he had heard so much about it. The

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New Norfolk pharmacy is tops again

THE New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy has been named the best in Tasmania for the second year running. The win was announced at the Sigma Pharmacy Assistant Annual Conference in Launceston last weekend. The event provides recognition for Amcal and Guardian stores and the New Norfolk pharmacy will now compete for

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Local fruit does well in Hong Kong

THE website of ABC Rural has a great story about local fruitgrower Tim Reid and his successful promotion of Derwent Valley cherries in Hong Kong. The story, including a radio interview, can be found here.

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Brighter prospects for Norske Skog

ONGOING investments at the Boyer Mill and another at Saugbrugs in Norway were progressing well and would improve profit margins at both mills from next year, according to paper-maker Norske Skog’s report for the second quarter of 2013. “Despite falling demand, we are experiencing high capacity utilisation of our machines

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Move to wind up business group

The Chamber of Commerce logo A MEETING will be held early next month to wind up the Derwent Valley Chamber of Commerce after several years of inactivity. The chamber was established in 1954 to promote business in the community for the benefit of the whole community. Several years ago the

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