Australia Day honour for Kerry Murtagh

A FORMER Derwent Valley man has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to veterans and their families. Originally from Maydena but now living in Queensland, Mr Murtagh served with the Australian Army in Vietnam and has dedicated several decades to the welfare of his

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Molesworth man in running for Tasmanian of the year

A MOLESWORTH man is in the running to be named the 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year. Microbiologist Dean Metcalf’s work is respected by primary producers around Australia and his dedication to chemical-free food production is reaping rewards. The Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young

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Education awards for three locals

Department of Education Young Teacher of the Year: Alison Harvey,New Norfolk Primary School. THERE were three local winners in the Tasmanian Department of Education Awards for 2016, recognising outstanding work in the public education sector. Education and Training Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the awards, now in their fifth year, were an

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Local actress brings emergency butcher to life

Meg Bignell as Rosehaven’s “24-Hour Emergency Butcher”. EAGLE-EYED Rosehaven viewers were quick to spot home-grown New Norfolk actress Meg Bignell in the role of Cathy the 24 Hour Emergency Butcher last week. While the character was not seen in the first two episodes of the ABC-TV comedy, the all-hours butcher

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No place like home

Bryony Dwyer following her concert on Sunday, holdingflowers that were presented by Layton Hodgetts. THERE were tears among some of the audience members as home-grown soprano Bryony Dwyer sang Home Sweet Home (there’s no place like home) as an encore at her concert at St Matthew’s Church in New Norfolk

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Bryony to sing for flood relief

Bryony Dwyer is home  briefly from Europe and will  give a Recital  of Opera Highlights  in aid of Tasmanian flood victims  in St Matthew’s Anglican Church Bathurst St, New Norfolk  on Sunday 17th of July at 2.30pm    Admission by donation   Afternoon tea will be served in the  Parish Hall following the concert  

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Lachlan fire chief farewelled

New Lachlan fire chief Victor Kaiser and the recently retiredchief  David Gleeson. IT was the end of an era recently at Lachlan Fire Brigade as chief officer David Gleeson stepped down after 18 years leading the brigade. Since joining the newly-formed brigade in 1983, David has seen a transition in

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Lachlan teacher’s new leading role

Petrina Essex. A DERWENT Valley woman is the new principal of the Northern Christian School at Bridgewater. Petrina Essex from Lachlan has taken over from the long-serving head-of-school Christine Woolley who was also a long-time local resident. Mrs Essex has lived at New Norfolk and Lachlan for eight years, having

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Anzac Day speech recalls New Norfolk war hero

Guy Barnett MHA speaking atNew Norfolk on Monday. ANZAC DAY ADDRESSBy Guy Barnett MHA, Member for LyonsGiven at New Norfolk on April 25, 2016 THE Centenary of Anzac, which runs from 2014 to 2018, represents one of the most significant commemorative events in Australia’s history. During this period, Australians will

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Gretna life membership for Ben Rainbird

New Gretna Cricket Club life memberBen Rainbird. GRETNA Cricket Club held its annual dinner and trophy presentation at the Gretna Parish Hall on April 2. The evening was well attended with about 60 members and guests in attendance, with many still going in the early hours of the morning. Ben

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Remembering Betty King

Reg Watson places a bush posy on the grave of Betty King. HISTORIAN and author Reg Watson visited New Norfolk earlier this week to place a tribute on a significant grave at the Back River Chapel. The grave is that of Betty King, believed to be the first white woman

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Celebrated citizens

The faces on the wall at Lees Corner. THE Derwent Valley’s citizens of the year for 2016 will be named at the Australia Day celebrations at the Derwent Esplanade in New Norfolk later today.  Mayor Martyn Evans will make the announcements shortly after noon today. Events on the Esplanade will

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