Local candidates in Senate election

TWO local women are among the 58 people contesting the 12 Senate senate available to Tasmania in this weekend’s double dissolution Federal Election. Jo Volta, 57, of New Norfolk, is a candidate for the Arts Party.  Kate McCulloch, 53, of Malbina, is a candidate for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. 

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Five polling booths disappear

PEOPLE intending to vote at Ellendale, Gretna, Hamilton, Bronte Park or Maydena in next Saturday’s Federal Election will have to make other plans. Following a review of polling places by the Australian Electoral Commission, 16 fewer polling booths will be operated in the Lyons electorate. It has been reported that

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Six candidates to contest seat of Lyons

THE Australian Electoral Commission has announced the names of the six candidates running in the Division of Lyons at the 2016 Federal Election. They are among the 994 candidates running for the 150 House of Representatives seats across Australia. An additional 631 candidates are  running for the 76 Senate vacancies.

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Liberals promise esplanade makeover

RIVERFRONT cycleways, disability walkways, improved visitor facilities and a relocation of the New Norfolk Rowing Club would be funded by a re-elected Coalition Government, Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson has announced. “The Derwent Valley community will benefit from a re-elected Turnbull Government with a $600,000 commitment to the Derwent River Waterfront

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Labor wins quickdraw contest

LABOR candidate Brian Mitchell was first out of the blocks in the contest for the seat of Lyons, having posters erected at New Norfolk within hours of the Federal Election being called on Sunday. Mr Mitchell also claims bragging rights having been the first to stake a claim at New

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Potato Peel-Off picture special

Gretna fire chief Colin Cunningham, left, Derwent MLC Craig Farrell and LyonsMHA Guy Barnett selecting their implements for the first heat of the greatPotato Peel-Off at the Bushy Park Show yesterday. Colin, Craig and Guy tackling their first potato. First place went to Colin, second to Craig and third to

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Maydena online centre up in the air

THE State Government has been urged to clarify the fate of the Maydena Online Access Centre following speculation about its future. Opposition education spokeswoman Michelle O’Byrne says the Maydena community had been told its local online centre could be closed within the next two months. She said this was contrary

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State Budget allocations for the Derwent Valley

THE Tasmanian Government budget for the 2015-16 was handed down in State Parliament yesterday. It appears that the only specific allocations for the Derwent Valley are: New Norfolk High School and Glenora District School extension to Year 12 in partnership (costings not detailed) New Norfolk Marina: $300,000 (2014 election promise)

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Cabinet meets the community at New Norfolk

Mayor Martyn Evans and Premier Will Hodgman STATE Cabinet met at New Norfolk this morning before reconvening with several government backbenchers for a “regional cabinet” meeting with the Derwent Valley Council. Six councillors and general manager Stephen Mackey held a brief meeting with the government representatives, during which Mayor Martyn

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Derwent poll – little progress today

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has today conducted a recheck of the votes counted yesterday. This resulted in small increases in the tallies of both candidates. Craig Farrell 12,251 votesAlan Baker 6753 votes. About 21% of the vote remains to be counted but will not change the outcome. Final results are

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Derwent poll – final results for the night

THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission has published its final results for the night, stopping the counting of votes at 78.58%. These will see Craig Farrell comfortably returned as the Member for Derwent with 12,096 votes, about double that of Alan Baker who has 6733 votes. About 21% of the vote remains

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Derwent poll – results as at 7.40pm

ALMOST 78% of the first preference votes from today’s election for the seat of Derwent in the Legislative Council are now counted. The New Norfolk and New Norfolk North polling booths have now reported but have made little change to the percentages. Craig Farrell – 12,096 votesAlan Baker – 6667

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