On with the show as date is set in stone

THE Hamilton Agricultural Show Society has locked in dates for next year’s show, with hope everything stays on course after the 2021 cancellation.

President of the Hamilton Agricultural Show Society Jack Beattie said: “We are as certain as anybody can be in the Covid world.

“We are set for March 5, and we are keen to get it back and running again.
“We are excited to be back on again, to extend the long history of the show for the benefit of not just the local community, but for people coming in from Hobart and other urban areas.
“We get to show them what we get up to in the country and show what a career in farming can look like, whether in dairy, sheep, aquaculture, there’s a lot going on.”

The Hamilton Show Society got together to refresh the iconic hillside sign late last month with a new coat of white paint, all but confirming their proposed date, weather and pandemic permitting.

Mr Beattie said while Covid restrictions will be a barrier in the organisation of the show, as it has been for so many others in their position, the smaller size of the show will certainly make it more manageable.

“We will be limited to 5000 attendees at the moment, but that is more than we would normally get anyway, so we shouldn’t have to change too much of the show from previous years.”

Many agricultural shows have been cancelled over the past eighteen months, however confirmation the Royal Hobart Show will go ahead may signal a change in fortune for shows in Tasmania.

Cider from land of Plenty

TRANSFERRING their knowledge from the winemaking industry over to Tasmania’s “best fruit”, Plenty Cider are bringing their enthusiasm for the industry to the Derwent Valley.

Adam and Grace D’Arcy have been quietly growing Plenty Cider since it was showcased at Taste of Tasmania and the Hamilton Show in 2019.

Grace is born and bred in the Derwent Valley, her family farm in Plenty being where the cidery is located, while Adam made his way down from Adelaide a few years ago.

Coming with experience across Australia as a contract cider maker as well as his time at Willie Smith’s as a production manager, Adam began the Plenty Cider journey experimenting with his own style in his shed on the family farm.

“When I came to Tasmania and saw how awesome it was, I saw an opportunity to lead a growing category in Tasmania, where the best fruit was available,” Mr D’Arcy said.

“We’ve had a European cider trip to inspire us to where we wanted to head and what ciders we wanted to make,” Mr D’Arcy said.

While they grow apples at their family farm, Plenty Cider take the majority of their produce from Reid Fruits’ orchards across Glenora Road.

“The most important thing for us, whether you’re a traditionalist, or in to the new-world ciders is that you’re using Australian fruit, we’re really trying to focus on using fruit from the Derwent Valley.”

“We’re proud to be here in the Derwent Valley, the wine region has always been top notch in this area and now there’s new brewery’s, new distillery opening, I think this area has been crying out for more things like this for a long time, and now we’re here, the local support we’ve had has been fantastic.”

Vax slacker Valley

THE Derwent Valley and Central Highlands have one of the lowest rates of Covid vaccinations.

Health Department statistics based on local government areas shows of the 8478 over 15 years of age in the Derwent Valley, less than half, 48.2 per cent, have had the first dose and just a third have had the second dose.

In the Central Highlands the results are even worse.

Of the 1767 aged over 15, just 46 per cent have had the first jab and only 26.3 per cent the second.

Compared to the municipality of Tasman, which has a similar population, 67.7 per cent of the Peninsula’s residents have had the first vaccine and 26.3 per cent the second.

The Government acknowledged the vaccination rates was a problem.

“We acknowledge that vaccination rates in the northern suburbs are lower than in southern suburbs,’’ a spokesperson said.

“This is the reverse of what occurred early in the rollout when we had vaccination clinics in Brighton, New Norfolk and in Moonah.

“In recent weeks pharmacies in the northern suburbs have joined the vaccination program and GPs will soon be able to deliver the Pfizer vaccine while the Moonah Clinic will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

“However, we do recognise the need to make vaccinations as accessible as possible to everyone and are planning for additional vaccination clinics to be set up in all areas of the state where vaccination levels are lower in the coming months.’’

Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw took to social media to encourage vaccination. “First Covid Jab done and dusted,’’ Mr Shaw said.

“Doing my bit to keep Tassie and our families safe.’’ And in a tongue in cheek message to Premier Peter Gutwein, Mr Shaw asked “so who wears it better? Mr Premier may be fitter than me but he has a bit to go on his tattoo game’’ comparing his tattooed arm to that of the State leader.

On a more serious note, Mr Shaw said the vaccination rate was disappointing given the local age demographic.

“I do understand that it’s been very difficult for those in the valley to access local vaccination centres and with a culmination of transport issues and ability to access Hobart or northern suburbs clinics this is always going to be the case,’’ Mr Shaw said.

“It’s been disappointing that we have not had a set Covid clinic. We have very low numbers of GP appointments at our local doctor surgery available so this will result in a lag of local residents getting vaccinated.

“Thankfully the local Guardian Pharmacy has now been afforded the opportunity to provide vaccinations locally so that should increase the numbers.

“I personally had my first shot last week with absolutely no side effects and I’m encouraging those who would like to help keep our community safe to book in as soon as you can, so our state and country can get back to some sort of normal way of life.’’ Derwent MLC Craig Farrell also urged locals to get vaccinated. “Getting vaccinated is vital to keeping you and your community safe,” Mr Farrell said.

“Vaccinations help stop the spread, which not only protects you, but helps protect your family and friends.

“The process is painless, quick and easy to book and provides a great sense of pride in doing something for the greater good.
“I encourage all members of the wider Derwent Valley community to roll up their sleeve and get the jab.’’

Eagles’ season hit hard by injuries

THE 2021 SFL season ended for the New Norfolk Eagles following an 81-point loss to a more powerful opponent in the Dodges Ferry Sharks.

It was a disappointing end to the season, however there were many positives in a season that was decimated by injury.

Senior coach Josh Clifford addressed the players after the last game and simply stated that his side was not good enough against the top sides this season.

He advised that he would be standing down as coach, but his love for the club would see him keep playing.

Josh is a valued and experienced member of the squad and has played in several winning senior grand finals. He has coached the seniors for the last three seasons achieving finals appearances in each season.

He has been a great mentor for the young players coming through the system. Reflecting on the season the Eagles failed to string wins together consistently.

They could not gain momentum, winning one week and losing the next.

They played some great footy at various stages against the top sides but could not perform consistently for the full four quarters. Inconsistency and injuries to key players were a major factor in the 2021 season.

We lost Jack Stevenson, Bryan Chaplin, Tim Butterworth, Caden Wilson, Tyson Eiszele with season ending injuries. Injuries at unfortunate times to Josh Hills, Jack Crossin, Brock Triffett and Blair Wardlaw really stretched our depth.

On a positive note, the boys from the Valley did make the finals and the coaching panel introduced several exciting young players to the Senior side over the year.

The development of our younger players has been great to see.

We have seen significant improvement from Will Banks, Tyron Bailey, Brock Triffett, Jack Stevenson (injured), Braden and Bailey Chaplin, Jack Hills, and Rowan Thomason this season, which augers well for the future.

We have also seen several Colts players step up to assist the Seniors and Reserves which is also a pleasing sign. Captain Jacob Wigg returned after a long-term injury midway through the season and worked his way back into form. On-baller Jamie Sokolski had a blinder of a season along with Jye Bearman and Josh Farrow who were consistent contributors throughout the year.

Veterans Josh Clifford, Rohan Heron, Benny Lovell, and Blair Wardlaw continue to lead the group and have been great players and stalwarts for the club.

Newcomers Jack Crossin, Tyler Ford, Corey Jetson, and Tim Butterworth (retired) all contributed. We hope to see them all at the club next season along with other Senior players such as Nathan Eiszele, Jacob Daley, Jordan Banks-Smith, Rhys Heald, Ashley Burgess, Josh Hills, and Jake Bearman.

Coach Josh Clifford and Assistant Coach Robbie Iles would be pleased with the good performances the boys have produced this season and we congratulate and thank them for their hard work this season.

Colts

The Colts finished the season in fifth position on the SFL ladder with six wins and eight losses.

The wins were impressive and the losses full of merit as they showed glimpses of good football against much stronger opposition.

Several players were required to also play for the Reserves.

These boys performed well and gained valuable experience.

It has been great to see the improvement these boys have made this season.

At the beginning of the season, we were unsure if we would be able to field a team.

With a lot of hard work from Coach Paul Clark and assistant Anthony Bean they gradually got enough boys together to get the season started.

With the rotation of some of the under 16.5 boys from the Junior Club through the team they improved that much that they played finals.

This was not considered at the start of the season.

Coach Paul Clark and assistant coach Anthony Bean would be pleased with the progress and improvement shown by the young side this season.

Using of some under age players this season has provided them with valuable experience for the future.

This young group of players has the potential to improve significantly next season and coach Paul Clark would be looking forward to taking these boys to the next level and to prepare them for Senior football in the not-too-distant future.

Women’s

Under first-season coach Ben Shaw, the women started training in November 2020 and had 30 different faces roll through over this period.

The coaching staff concentrated on the basics, while also adding some experience with Carolyn Mart, Steph Claridge and Jaymee Lee Mansfield joining the club from North Hobart.

Former under 17 premiership players Sophie Farrow and Tahylar Tangata also joined the team this season.

The women finished the season in fourth place on the SFL Division 3 ladder, winning four games and losing eight games.

In a season of firsts, they won their first ever game and made their first ever finals appearance.

This season was a significant step in their development. It was great to see the improvement the women have shown, and finals were a just reward for the effort they have put in since they began training in November last year.

Strong performers for the season included Sophie Farrow, Tayhlar Tangata, Danielle Clifford, Kaitlin Rainbird, Carolyn Mart, Mia Temple, Jorja Franklin, Jasmin Skelly and Laura Wigg.

Reserves

The Reserves finished the home and away season in third position on the SFL ladder behind Lindisfarne and Huonville.

They won 11 games and lost four games for the season.

They have now won their qualifying final against Dodges Ferry and will compete with Huonville for the right to move into this year’s Grand Final.

It has been a great year for first season playing coach Bryan Chaplin (injured) and assistant coach Bradley Chaplin.

They would be extremely pleased with the performance of the boys this season, particularly as the reserves were required to supply players to the senior side regularly this season due to the high number of injuries.

Strong performers this season included Torne Tangata, Clinton Curtain, Andrew Minchin, Jack Hills, Jordan Eiszele, Jake Foster, Nathan Ford, Michael Murray, Corey Ransley, Luke Browning, Jaidyn Fisher-Cooley, Brett Hodge, and Tyler Purdon.

The New Norfolk District Football Club thanks Bryan and Bradley for their great work with this group this season and all the players for their dedication

Report by Chris Lovell

Water war looms

DERWENT Valley farmers who rely on Meadowbank for irrigation face three months of severe water restrictions.

Hydro plans to lower the level of Lake Meadowbank by two metres over 10 weeks in February next year for maintenance on the dam’s crest gates.

This will be followed by a two-week period where the dam level is dropped a further four metres for tests.

The process will be repeated in early 2023 on a second gate.

As a result, irrigators in the region will be unable to access water through their current means.

Hydro has already confirmed it would meet the $300,000 cost of modifying infrastructure that supplies water to stock and domestic users, a legislated requirement, but at a meeting in Hamilton last week between irrigators and the energy utility, negotiations were yet to reach an amicable conclusion.

Hydro has offered $10,000 to compensate each irrigator for the cost of modifying irrigation systems, however it is expected that amount will only be sufficient for a third of affected irrigators, the remainder expect costs to be upwards of $40,000.

Prior to last week’s meeting, irrigators tabled an offer where they would pay 25 per cent of the costs of new infrastructure, estimated to total about $300,000, with Hydro paying the remaining 75 per cent of costs, about $900,000.

Hydro’s offer was to compensate either $10,000, or contribute 20 per cent of the total expense to the irrigator’s modifications, whichever was more viable to the irrigator.

TFGA CEO John McKew said negotiations needed to move forward quickly to meet their deadlines.

“For the impact this has on this community, this issue is fundamentally important, there is a moral and ethical obligation on Hydro to find a solution to this issue and get on with it,” Mr McKew said.

“The 20 per cent offer from Hydro today just is not good enough, it was nowhere near the mark, irrigators offered to cover 25 per cent cost and Hydro hasn’t even matched that.”

Hamilton dairy farmer Dave Jones said negotiations were cordial, but echoed the need for speed, with deadlines approaching fast.

“I think today went well, as with all meetings we’ve had with Hydro and they have come back with another offer, but they need to find another 55 per cent, whether that’s from the Government or Hydro,’’ Mr Jones said.
“They’re delusional to think this work can be done by February, if they hadn’t mucked around for eight months, we might have had a change, but now, we’ve got zero.
“Hopefully they come back with a bit more cash and then maybe we can go forward.”

Hydro Head of Civil Assets Andrew Hickman said discussions with the community were not yet complete.

“This maintenance must be completed during drier and warmer months to ensure the safety of the communities downstream,” he said.
“We recognise this will have an impact on the community and we always take steps to minimise these impacts,” Mr Hickman said.
“We intend to continue to work constructively with stakeholders and find a way forward that delivers certainty for all.”

Primary Industries and Water and Energy Minister Guy Barnett was called on by irrigators to “put his big-boy pants on” and help resolve an issue that fell squarely in his departments.

“They can find a million so people can watch footy, they helped out the East Coast when they needed it yet here, they claim that they can’t find the money and just expect farmers to stump up and go away,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Barnett’s office was contacted for comment.

Go ahead for quarry

A NEW quarry in Maydena has been approved by the Environment Protection Authority.

Located on Sunshine Rd, the proposal is for the establishment and operation of a sandstone quarry and crushing and screening.

The quarry is located six kilometres north-west of Maydena on land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania and private freehold land.

The quarry is proposing to extract and process up to 90,000 cubic metres of rock a year.

Blasting will be undertaken approximately three to four times a year.

EPA Tasmania Deputy Director Cindy Ong, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, said the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

“The board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by Derwent Valley Council,’’ Ms Ong said.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the board in its assessment, particularly the potential for impacts on natural values and on nearby geo-conservation areas, potential impacts on waterways, and impacts of noise and dust from quarrying operations and drilling and blasting.’’

In relation to natural values, specific conditions have been imposed requiring pre-clearance surveys for Tasmanian devil and spotted-tailed quoll presence or habitat, as well as conditions requiring works to cease should nests or nesting trees of the wedge-tailed eagle, grey goshawk, or masked owl be detected on site.

Specific limits have been placed on blasting at the quarry to ensure that nearby geo-conservation areas are not impacted by ground vibration, and to ensure residents are not impacted by blasting noise and vibration.

She said the operating hours of the quarry would be restricted.

“Standard quarry operating conditions have been imposed for management of dust and water from the quarry, to ensure that impacts beyond the boundary of the mining lease do not occur,’’ Ms Ong said.

No public representations were received in relation to the permit application during the formal public consultation period.

This is despite an online petition of more than 3000 signatures, many presumed to be international or national respondents.

Animal magic at Henden

Last week, The Cottage, a day support program ran by Li-Ve Tasmania, visited Henden Ryse in Magra for a day interacting, feeding and playing with some of the Valley’s friendliest farm animals.

Henden Ryse, which is ran by Kim Wilson and her son Henry Wilson-Haffenden, offers day tours to small special needs groups, encouraging an interactive and purposeful experience in a safe environment.

The programs ran by Henden Farm are catered to the group or individual, and include time with the farm’s ponies, which encourages problem solving, patience, empathy, motor skills, breathing and communication, or general farm activities like feeding and caring for the animals.

The programs, which have been running for two years now, was born out of the need for Kim and Henry, who the farm was originally tailored for, to share the experiences they have on their farm to others who could benefit from it as much as they have.

Henry has a condition known as Vanishing White Matter Disease, and though his condition keeps him in his mobilised wheelchair, it doesn’t keep him from getting amongst the dirt with his mother, feeding and raising the animals, when he’s not doing doughnuts, according to his mother.

The visitors on the day were all part of The Cottage, a support program ran by Li-Ve Tasmania, specifically for people over the age of 50.

All the on-farm visitors are New Norfolk locals and regulars to Henden Ryse through The Cottage, and alongside their carer’s, have formed a strong attachment to the animals, knowing who likes what being scratched and where.

For Kim and Henry, they have their eyes on potentially growing Henden Ryse to welcome in rehabilitation programs, but with so much of the work being reliant on volunteers, they are floating the idea of an open day for volunteers to help increase the capacity of the farm.

You can contact Henden Ryse at hendenryse.com.au, and Li-Ve Tasmania can be contacted at 6227 5400.

Check-in cheats on track for fines

SIGNIFICANT fines are now in force if people over 16 years fail to use the Check-In Tas app at applicable locations regardless of how long they are planning to stay at a business or venue.

About 30,013 venues have registered to use the Check In TAS QR code, as a safeguard to keep the community safe from a Covid-19 outbreak.

Since the end of July the range of premises required to use the Check-In TAS app expanded and businesses also require staff to check in on each shift.

Businesses now included in the check-in system include retail premises, such as supermarkets, shopping centres and big box outlets, as well as accommodation premises, educational settings and aged care locations.

In August taxis and ride share arrangements were added to the list. If someone refuses to check in, the business owner or event operator can ask that person to leave and refuse them entry to their premises.

A health department spokesperson said while it was not a legal requirement to refuse entry if someone chose not to check in owners and event managers have that option if they wish.

“If a person refuses to provide contact tracing information, businesses should politely make them aware of their legal obligation to do so, and encourage people to check in,” the spokesperson said.
“Businesses should not be enforcing the direction and may raise issues of non-compliance with Tasmania Police.”

Business owners and operators of relevant premises are required to display the QR code for Check-In TAS in prominent locations at the premises, and provide an option for persons unable to use a smartphone to check in.

Support is available for businesses to ensure they are compliant, and more information is available from http://www.business.tas.gov.au or by calling 1800 440 026.

The requirements do not apply to a person responding to an emergency; school students when they are at school or on a school excursion; and parents of children at childcare and students at kindergarten or primary school when dropping off or collecting a child or student from school.

Eagles bow out

THE SFL 2021 season has ended for the New Norfolk Eagles after suffering an 81-point loss to a more powerful opponent in the Dodges Ferry Sharks on their home turf at Shark Park.

The Sharks put on a convincing display of finals football as they march forward to take on the Lindisfarne Two Blues at Anzac Park this Saturday.

The Sharks jumped out of the blocks early with a five goal first quarter.

However, the real damage was done in the second term as the Sharks slammed on seven goals to the Eagles one to seal the contest by half time.

The home side had more options going forward, led by Cale Hooker (four goals), Robbie McManus (three goals) and Riley Hooker (three goals).

Symon Kennedy and Angus Kenny were also dangerous around the big sticks.

Match ups early in the contest had the Sharks ruck man Tim Cannan pitted against Jacob Daley, which was a surprise move by the Eagles as they opened the game with regular ruck man Ashley Burgess lining up at full forward.

The Sharks also had beanpole ruck man Mathew Young on the interchange bench.

Eagle key forward Jack Crossin returned from injury lining up in the forward pocket with Sharks vice-captain Jake Murphy in close check.

Eagle defender Josh Farrow had the job on Sharks captain Cale Hooker and David Cusick ran with high marking Eagle Tyler Ford.

The midfield battle saw Eagles Jamie Sokolski, Jacob Wigg and Jye Bearman facing the Sharks Jonathon Bullock, Jordan Dunn, and Fletcher Hooker but there were many rotations throughout the contest.

Eagle hard man Nathan Eiszele snapped a goal from 35 metres out to get the visitors on the scoreboard.

Another from Tyler Ford and the Eagles trailed by 20 points at the quarter time break.
(Sharks 5G.4B.34 points to the Eagles 2G.2B.14 points)

The second term was dominated by the Sharks with McGuinness, Jordan Dunn, and Fletcher Hooker instrumental in many forward entries while Robbie McManus and Symon Kennedy finished off their good work booting two majors each for the term.

The Eagles could only manage one goal for the quarter through Jack Crossin as the Sharks extended their lead to 60 points at the main break. Sharks 12.10 to the Eagles 3. 4.

The Sharks continued to apply pressure to the Eagles in the second half and were supreme in the air with their midfield group finding their key forwards on the lead on many occasions.

Brothers Cale and Riley Hooker added to the Eagles woes booting multiple goals during the third term to extend the lead to 74 points at three quarter time.

Tyler Ford performed well with three goals, Will Banks had plenty of the ball and provided run and carry for the Eagles.

Benny Lovell was his usual reliable self throughout the four quarters and bagged two goals and “that man” Jamie Sokolski was in every contest with his never-give-up attitude and continued to rack up heaps of possessions.

As for the Eagles, coach Josh Clifford addressed the players after the game simply stating that his side was not good enough against the top sides contesting for the SFL premiership cup.

He also said that he will be standing down as coach, but his love for the club may see him keep going in the future as a valued experienced member of the squad.

Clifford has played in several winning senior grand finals in past years and has coached at not only senior level but also coached the New Norfolk colts some years ago.

He has been a great mentor for the young players coming through the system.

Reflecting on the season the Eagles failed to string wins together and gain any momentum over several weeks, winning one week and losing the next which was a continuing pattern throughout the year.

The senior squad played some great footy at various stages against the top sides but could not go the full four quarters and eventually ran out of legs by seasons end.

On a positive note, the boys from the Valley made the finals and Clifford and the coaching panel introduced several exciting young players to the senior side over the year.

As usual with all footy teams, injury played a big part in the outcome of the season. If the group stays together, we may see the likes of the young brigade in Tyron Bailey, Will Banks, Brock Triffett, Brayden and Bailey Chaplin, Jack Hills, Jack Stevenson, Rowan Thomason, and several other young guns take the club into the next chapter of the New Norfolk footy club.

They have all gained valuable experience along the journey playing with the Senior squad this season.

Captain Jacob Wigg returned after a long-term injury midway through the season and worked his way back to the form we all know.

On baller Jamie Sokolski had a blinder of a season along with Jye Bearman and Josh Farrow who were consistent contributors throughout the year.

It was great to see Wigg and Farrow already commit for season 2022.

Veterans Josh Clifford, Rohan Heron, Benny Lovell, and Blair Wardlaw continue to lead the group and have been great players and stalwarts for the Club .

Newcomers Jack Crossin, Tyler Ford, Corey Jetson, and Tim Butterworth (retired) all contributed, and it would be great to see them all at the club next season along with other Senior players such as Nathan Eiszele, Jacob Daley, Jordan BanksSmith, Rhys Heald, Ashley Burgess, Josh Hills, and Jake Bearman.

As we know there will be changes ahead for the Club in the future with coaches and players so let’s see how the next chapter unfolds for this great footy Club.

Report by Wayne Walker.

10-year Valley vision

THE Derwent Valley Council has unveiled the draft plan for its 10-year outline to secure a stable financial future for the region.

In the words of the council, the Financial Management Strategy and Plan (FMSP) “is a strategic planning tool based on a range of assumptions that assess the financial requirements to achieve our strategic objectives: moderate underlying surpluses, sufficient liquidity and cash flow, minimal debt, and asset renewal requirements being satisfactorily funded”.

The FMSP, which was released last week, takes in to account a variety of factors and predicts their influence on the future of the region, including population growth of the state, age demographics, predicted growth rates and rate growth.

Some of the major points of interest in the FMSP include an ongoing rate rise of 4 per cent over the next 10 years, the introduction of a waste levy, which will facilitate rehabilitation of the tip site and a proposed stormwater levy, which will be introduced next year at $20, increasing annually by 5 per cent.

Growth of recurrent income for the Derwent Valley Council is expected to grow from approximately $15.4 million to $22.65 by 2030/2031.

One of the major influencers in the FMSP is the elimination of the operating surplus, which is outlined to be erased by 2027/2028, according to the financial plan.

The FMSP also outlines potential expenses to the council in the form of upcoming projects and expected costs associated with the growth of the region, which includes construction of a weighbridge at the Peppermint Hill Landfill, as well as the expected costs related to building a waste transfer station on the site.

The FMSP will be reviewed by the Derwent Valley Council annually.

The FMSP Draft is available on the Derwent Valley Council website.