Don’t eat the bream

A RECENTLY issued brochure contains important information about the safety of fish caught in the River Derwent. The annual Derwent Estuary Report Card warns that heavy metal levels in shellfish are slowly declining but mercury levels in some Derwent-caught fish are above recommended health guidelines. “Results from a pilot survey

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Boyer’s efforts boost river health

A REPORT looking at the health of the Derwent estuary has found the completion of several wastewater treatment projects has led to further water quality improvements. Releasing the annual Derwent Estuary Report Card today, Derwent Estuary Program  director Christine Coughanowr said several projects had significantly reduced the amount of pollution

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Upper Derwent Valley health services boost

A $3 million project to boost health and community service infrastructure in the Derwent Valley has been announced by Health Minister Lara Giddings. It includes upgrades to the former Ouse District Hospital (now called the Central Highlands Community Health Centre), four “independent living units”, additional aged care placements at New

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Death of emergency services volunteer

SEVERAL of the Derwent Valley’s emergency services organisations are this week mourning the death of volunteer worker Margaret Goss after a long illness. Mrs Goss, of Bushy Park, was also a nurse’s aide at the Ouse District Hospital. For more than 20 years, Mrs Goss was a member of the

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Medal for local paramedic

FORMER New Norfolk paramedic Peter Berry has been awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours List for 2009. Mr Berry, a local man who served at New Norfolk as the Tasmanian Ambulance Service’s branch station officer for many years, is also a previous recipient of the National

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Road safety project on the right track

A CHILDREN’S road safety track in New Norfolk has been awarded by the Heart Foundation in recognition of its effectiveness in promoting health and fitness. News of the award was revealed by Mayor Tony Nicholson at last week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. Simulating real-work traffic conditions, the Tynwald Park bike

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News not good for Ouse hospital

THE Upper Derwent Valley did not get the news it was expecting last week, when a consultant recommended against establishing a multi-purpose centre at the Ouse District Hospital – effectively voting for its closure. Central Highlands Mayor Deidre Flint says the community will keep fighting for its hospital. ABC Radio

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Extra paramedics promised

HEALTH and Human Services minister Lara Giddings has announced her plan to deliver on last year’s promise to double the number of paramedics in the Derwent Valley. Ms Giddings last week said funding had been provided in the 2008-09 State Budget to recruit additional paramedics to New Norfolk. The commitment

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Boost for road safety

THE Derwent Valley Council will share in state funding to improve road safety through speed reductions and traffic calming. Infrastructure Minister Graeme Sturges today told State Parliament that this was the latest initiative under the Government’s 10-year Road Safety Strategy. “For the next four years projects will be awarded funding

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