Electrical upgrades for New Norfolk Hospital

The New Norfolk District Hospital. THE New Norfolk District Hospital will benefit from improvements under the State Government’s  Rural Hospital and Ambulance Station Fund. Health Minister Sarah Courtney says the program will create jobs and deliver much-needed upgrades. “The $15 million Rural Hospital and Ambulance Station Fund is expected to

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Strathgordon and Pelham bushfire updates

UPDATE: The Pelham and Strathgordon fires have been downgraded to “No Alert” level this afternoon. See the Tasmania Fire Service “current bushfires” page for updates. EARLIER: FIREFIGHTERS are working hard to consolidate bushfire boundaries ahead of warmer weather predicted towards the end of this week. Aircraft, machinery and remote area

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Holiday fun continues at Mt Field

THE Discovery Ranger Summer Program continues at many national parks, including Mt Field National Park in the Derwent Valley. Several parks including Mt Field also have Mandarin-speaking rangers to highlight the wonders of national parks to Chinese visitors. Skilled and experienced rangers offer visitors to our national parks the chance

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Local woman injured in city incident

A DERWENT Valley woman was hospitalised after being struck by a car in Hobart at about 8.30am on Christmas Eve. Police say the woman, aged 46, was struck by a reversing car while crossing Argyle St, North Hobart. “The collision, near the corner of Argyle and Tasma streets, occurred when

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Lachlan bushfire extinguished

THE 21 hectare bushfire that started at Lachlan last Friday is now regarded as having been extinguished, although the Tasmania Fire Service will continue to patrol the fire over the next few days until it is declared “out”. A Tasmania Fire Service spokesman said the Jefferys Track fire had been

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Local bushfires update

The scene at Lachlan late last night. A BUSHFIRE at Lachlan is at present the only fire reported at “Advice” level in Tasmania following yesterday’s Total Fire Ban, but three other fires have been identified in the South-West beyond Maydena. Jefferys Track, Lachlan: Last night around 10pm a bushfire started

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Water restrictions start tomorrow

Map showing the area included in Stage 1 water restrictions.Click on map to enlarge. TASWATER customers throughout the Derwent Valley are included in Stage 1 water restrictions which start in the greater Hobart region tomorrow (Friday). These restrictions are expected to be in place until February. “Stage 1 restrictions require

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Ten-year power deal for Boyer

Energy Minister Guy Barnett MHA, right, at Norske Skog Boyer. HYDRO Tasmania and Norske Skog have agreed on an energy supply agreement for the Boyer paper mill for the next decade. Hydro Tasmania chief executive Steve Davy said the new agreement locked-in Boyer’s energy supply until the end of 2030.

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D’FAT and Salvos working together

A PARTNERSHIP between the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) and the local Salvation Army Corps will continue in the new year, D’FAT chairman Nic Kaiser has announced. Mr Kaiser said it had been agreed to renew the agreement at the November D’FAT meeting. “This renewal comes following the

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Council’s “green waste” weekend ahead

DERWENT Valley residents and ratepayers will have free access to the Peppermint Hill tip site this weekend for the disposal of green waste. The one-off opportunity comes a year after it was first proposed that local residents be able to deposit their green waste free-of-charge, but this failed to win

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Fatal car crash at Glenfern

A YOUNG German man was killed in a single-vehicle crash at Glenfern this morning. Police say the car he was driving collided with a tree. Senior Constable Adam Hall said the crash had occurred at about 11.30am when the man was driving a red 2000-model Mazda 323 sedan on a

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Local water plant struggling to keep up

TASWATER’S Bryn Estyn treatment plant near New Norfolk is struggling to keep up with Hobart’s increased demand for water as summer approaches. Following a period of below-average period of winter rainfall across south-eastern Tasmania, both TasWater and Tasmanian Irrigation are preparing for what could be unprecedented pressure on the water

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