Medal for local fire chief

RECENTLY retired Magra fire chief Kevin Hardwick has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours List for 2011. Mr Hardwick joined his local fire brigade in 1969 and is one of its original members. Magra was one of many country brigades established in the wake

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Family centre for Ellis Dean Reserve

LAND on the Ellis Dean Reserve in Blair St, New Norfolk, had been chosen as the site for a $2.5m purpose-built Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre, Labor Lyons MHA Rebecca White said yesterday. “The … recommendation comes after an extensive consultation process started in February 2010 at the initial

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New wheels for local learners

A NEW car to help young learner drivers in the Derwent Valley was delivered to the Derwent Valley Community House. State treasurer and Derwent MLC Michael Aird said the car had been provided under the “Cars for Communities” program which had funded 29 organisations to purchase vehicles for a range

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New Norfolk ready for judging

JUDGES from Keep Australia Beautiful will be in New Norfolk this week to assess the town following its selection to represent Tasmania in the national Tidy Towns Award. The national judge will be accompanied by two state adjudicators. The New Norfolk Tidy Towns Committee has had a busy few day

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New Norfolk wins Tidy Towns title

NEW Norfolk is in the running to be named Australia’s tidiest town after winning the 2010 Tasmanian Tidy Towns Award on Friday. Making the announcement at the Keep Australia Beautiful awards lunch at Richmond, judge Barrie Muir said New Norfolk had been recognised as a “valued and sustainable community town.”

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Garden club’s global outlook

A TALK on the Eden Project – the world’s biggest greenhouse – will be given by guest speaker Colin Jones at this month’s meeting of the Derwent Valley Garden Club. The Eden Project (pictured) is located in a reclaimed china claypit in Cornwall, England. The meeting will be held at

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Community grants closing Friday

APPLICATIONS for funding under the Derwent Valley Council community grants program close this Friday, October 15. Non-profit, sporting and community groups in the municipality are eligible to apply for assistance in cash and kind under this scheme. Preference is given to applications with broad community benefit in the range of

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What’s so special?

IT does often take an outsider to remind us about some of the things that make our home so special. A recent visitor posted a video clip on YouTube (here) as well as highlighting the following attractions observed in the Derwent Valley: Australia’s deepest cave system (Maydena) World’s tallest hardwood

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New Norfolk students shine

FOURTEEN graduates of New Norfolk High School were among the successful students honoured at the recent Claremont College prize night for achievements in 2009. Multiple awards went to Tristram Parr, who was named Dux of the college and was described as an excellent role model for other students. While at

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But wait – there’s more

A NUMBER of Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to various members of the Derwent Valley community at the Australia Day observance at Tynwald Park last Tuesday. Presented with certificates for their services to the council and community were: Celia Hooker, Kaye Menzie, the late Helen McDiarmid, Tim Morris MHA, Jason

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Liberty Swing lets special kids let loose

THE Derwent Valley’s first Liberty Swing was officiallly opened at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, last Saturday afternoon. The innovative swing was installed, thanks to the efforts of the Variety Club Bashers and the local community. Liberty Swings are a world-first Australian innovation which allow people in wheelchairs the opportunity to

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