Important visitors at Boyer

Boyer’s Rod Bender, left, with Simon Crean and Dick Adams. FEDERAL MPs and Premier Lara Giddings were among a group of prominent visitors at Norske Skog’s Boyer mill late last week. The visit followed the recent announcement of an investment partnership between the paper manufacturer and the Federal and State

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Forest turmoil’s terrible toll

Will Hodgman MHA at New Norfolk SUICIDES, broken marriages and separated families were among the human costs of the ongoing turmoil in the forest industry, Central Highlands mayor Deirdre Flint said at New Norfolk on Tuesday night. About 150 people were at the New Norfolk District Football Clubrooms for the

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Public meeting on forestry and the future

THE future of forestry and the Derwent Valley/Central Highlands region in general will be discussed at a public meeting in New Norfolk on Tuesday night. Organised by state Liberal Party leader Will Hodgman MHA, the meeting will include a panel discussion as well as questions from the floor. Mr Hodgman

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Premier praises Boyer expansion

PREMIER Lara Giddings has welcomed yesterday’s news that Norske Skog would consolidate its Southern Hemisphere operations in Tasmania. Some $84 million will be invested in the Boyer Mill with the assistance of the State and Federal Governments. Ms Giddings said this was a sign of confidence in Tasmania. “This is

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Farrell hopes to share the load

DERWENT MLC Craig Farrell was hoping some of the independent members of the Legislative Council may help share his workload as Leader for the Government in the Upper House, according to a report in The Examiner earlier this week. The Launceston newspaper says Mr Farrell – now the only endorsed

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Crikey, yea or nay

DERWENT MLC Craig Farrell would toe the line as upper house leader for the government and vote in favour of premier Lara Giddings’ proposed marriage equality, according to the online magazine Crikey. The same report describes fellow MLC Mike Gaffney as an ex-mayor despite him still being in the chair

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Federal minister in town

The official party at Redlands FEDERAL tourism minister Martin Ferguson MHR was hosted on a tour of the Derwent Valley last Thursday to discuss the future of tourism in the region. He was hosted by his ALP colleague and Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MHR. The pair attended a

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Federal funds for Willow Court

A NEW grant of nearly $350,000 from the Federal Government will help fund the upgrading of the electricity supply at Willow Court. Heritage Minister Tony Burke this week announced the provision of nearly $10 million to heritage projects around Australia – including $346,136.36 going to Willow Court. The Derwent Valley

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Minister confident of success

Martyn Evans, Brian Wightman and David Llewellyn today TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT MEDIA RELEASE Brian Wightman MHAMinister for Environment, Parks and Heritage Sunday, 6 May 2012 The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, today welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Derwent Valley Council to help secure

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Politicians’ day at gun club

TASMANIAN politicians have been invited to a clay target competition day at the Derwent Valley Field and Game Club in June. Club president Ray Williams said all politicians and their staff were invited to take part on June 10 to find State Parliament’s champion clay target competitor. Individual or team

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Seat of power

The Derwent electorate THE immiment elevation of Craig Farrell to the position of Leader for the Government in the Legislative Council will make him the third Member for Derwent (in a row) to hold the position. The late lamented Charles Batt held the position from 1989-92 during the term of

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Smallfruits jobs boost

THE Federal Government last week announced three projects aimed at creating new jobs through the  Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). Regional Development Minister Simon Crean said $300,000 would be provided for a Derwent Valley soft fruit processing facility that would generate 170 jobs and open up new opportunities for product

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