Free coronavirus testing at New Norfolk

Click image to enlarge. FREE testing for Covid-19 will be conducted at New Norfolk this weekend. While public restrictions relating to the coronavirus are being relaxed, the State Government says widespread testing remains essential in order to track and slow the spread of the disease. Mobile testing units are making

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Hop kiln fire investigation continues

Before-and-after image of the Hopgrove Kiln. INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the fire that destroyed a historic hop kiln at Lachlan on Sunday. Crews from multiple Derwent Valley fire brigades were called to the fire yesterday afternoon to find the three-storey oast house well alight. It took crews several hours to

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Roundabout roadworks coming up

LANE closures and a reduced speed limit will be in force at the roundabout at the New Norfolk Bridge from June to August while essential roadworks are carried out. After repeated attempts to patch the several failures in the road surface surrounding the roundabout near St Brigid’s Catholic School, the

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Council to partially reopen its doors

Temporary doors remain atthe council chambers in placeof the originals. THE Derwent Valley Council will reopen the council chambers doors to essential visitors from today. The council announced on Friday that it would open its Circle St office to the public from 10am-2pm on weekdays, for essential visits only. The

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Fire claims historic hop kiln

Fire has destroyed Hopgrove kiln at Lachlan. A CENTURY-OLD hop kiln has been destroyed in a spectacular fire at Lachlan this afternoon. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from New Norfolk. Fire brigades from throughout the Derwent Valley converged on the scene at Hopgrove, on Lachlan Rd, finding the

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D’FAT to help in Covid-19 campaign

Amy McDonald THE Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) has been selected to participate in a statewide Covid-19 focus group, through the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT). D’FAT facilitator Matt Hill said YNOT was undertaking a youth-focused Covid-19 communications and marketing campaign. “This campaign is designed with and for

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Mayor’s monthly message

Councillor Ben Shaw in a scene from his mayoral message. THIS is the text of a video message from Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw that was posted on the council’s Facebook page on Friday. “G’day everybody and welcome to this month’s mayor’s message. It’s been a while since we’ve had

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Lions Club news: Meet Margaret Bester

Margaret Bester. THE New Norfolk Lions Club has long been a family affair for Margaret Bester. Her Dad, Sam Wilton, is a life member, and her son Troy is the current president. “Dad and some of my uncles joined the club in in the 1980s,” Margaret said. “I helped out

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Grants for SES and axemen’s association

UP to $10,000 in funding will be provided to a local emergency service organisation and a sports association in community grants from Hydro Tasmania. The Hydro offers grants of up to $5000 to help fund projects by Tasmanian not-for-profit organisations making a difference for people and communities. Eleven grants have

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Frost warning for the Derwent Valley

BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY, TASMANIAFrost Warningfor the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts Issued at 3:32pm on Tuesday 26 May 2020. Frosts with temperatures down to -2 degrees are forecast for Wednesday morning in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts Please be aware: Temperatures

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Remembering Barry Gittus

Barry Gittus. MAYDENA lost a well-known and loved local identity with the recent passing of Barry Gittus, who died at home on May 9. Born in December 1943, he was the elder son of Cecil Gittus and Ruby Marshall, members of two prominent Derwent Valley families. The family, including siblings

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New Norfolk golfers back on course

NEW NORFOLK GOLF CLUB Competition golf has returned to New Norfolk, with the first event following the relaxation of physical distancing restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. Saturday 23/5/2020 StablefordA Grade:  L. Griffith 39, J. Britten 38, S. Ackerly 36.B Grade: D. Armstrong 39 c/b, A. Watts 39, D. Lowry.C

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Federal Member condemns tree spikes

THE alleged “spiking” of Derwent Valley trees destined for sawlog harvesting has been condemned by the Federal Member for Lyons. “At least nine metal bolts were discovered in logs sourced from harvesting coupes near Mt Field,” Brian Mitchell MHR said on Wednesday. “Some of the bolts were discovered only once

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Emergency funding boost for valley councils

THE two Derwent Valley councils will share nearly $1 million in new Federal Government funding for road and community projects announced today. “Every local government across Tasmania will share in this funding, which will support local jobs and businesses across our state, and boost local economies that have been struggling

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