Reserves overrun

THE Lindisfarne Two Blues showed that they were committed to the task at hand and played to their system and game plan to completely overrun a struggling New Norfolk outfit to claim the 2021 SFL Reserves Premiership Cup.

The Two Blues ran out 66-point victors in a convincing display of finals football at North Hobart Oval on Saturday.

The Two Blues would not allow the Eagles a look in over four quarters as they applied relentless pressure at every contest along with some fierce tackling which forced the Eagles to turn the footy over on many occasions.

The Eagles looked to be switched on in the opening 15 minutes of the term, but their only goal came early with the dashing Rowan Thomason passing to Tyson Eiszele who in-turn found key forward Clint Curtain who kicked truly.

The Two Blues hit back quickly finding big forward Oliver Rand on the lead on two occasions, but he could only register minor scores. Lindisfarne pressed forward once again finding Jayden Harris who opened the Two Blues account for their first major.

The midfield battle at this stage had Eagles Andrew Minchin, Torne Tangata and Jack Hills go head-to-head with Andrew Clark, Jarrod Fisher and Dylan Zantuck while Two Blues ruck man Thomas Currie was up against Eagle Corey Ransley.

The Two Blues slammed through another quick goal from only 10 metres out due to an Eagle handballing error followed by another major from the hard running Jacob Kent which gave the Two Blues a 15-point lead at quarter time. They were looking more dangerous when entering their forward fifty.

Quarter time scores were Lindisfarne 3.3 (21) to New Norfolk 1.0 (6).

Lindisfarne continued to dominate the contest in the second term with goals to Jarrod Fisher and Jayden Harris for his second which gave the blues a 25-point break.

Moments later the Two Blues transferred the footy from a kick in from full back for a coast-to-coast goal to the dangerous Jacob Kent.

At this stage the signs were not good for the Eagles.

The Eagles were forced to move Rohan Heron from the forward line to centre half back to try and stop the Two Blues adding to their score line.

The experienced Andrew Clark slotted through another major for the Two Blues to see them take a commanding 39-point lead into the main break.

Half time scores were Lindisfarne 7.5 (47) to New Norfolk 1.2 (8).

The Eagles made several positional changes after half time and gained some control with the footy in the early stages of the third term but could not break through the Two Blues backline which was well led by Ryan Edmondson.

Big Eagle ruck man Michael Murray was moved to the half forward line. Blair Wardlaw went onto the ball and Kyle Walker into the ruck, but nothing was working for the Eagles on a day they would prefer to forget.

The Two Blues continued to dominate with Dylan Zantuck, Daniel Reimers and Toby Jackson having a major influence throughout the game.

When Jack Anning and Jacob Kent booted another two majors the Two Blues had both hands on the cup at three quarter time leading by 58 points.

Three quarter time scores Lindisfarne 10.8 (68) to New Norfolk 1.4 (10).

In the last term both sides were going through the motions as the result was inevitable.

Lindisfarne kicked the only goal of the term to be big winners by 66 points on the most important day of the season and prove they were the best side in the competition.

For the Eagles, no one tried harder than Torne Tangata who had a great season.

Rohan Heron certainly put the brakes on Lindisfarne going on to an even bigger winning margin.

Corey Ransley battled hard all day in the ruck and around the ground.

Jack Hills and Blair Wardlaw were busy all day.

Kyle Walker played a fantastic second half and Rowan Thomason backed himself with the footy in hand.

Even though things did not go to plan for the Eagles on the day, they can hold their heads high after a strong showing for the season defeating all sides underneath them on the ladder and performing well against Dodges Ferry and Huonville in the lead up finals.

New Norfolk assistant coach Bradley Chaplin addressed the players after the contest and said that the result was disappointing, but the club and supporters should be proud of what the squad had achieved and made the point that with another level of commitment and fitness they could go the next step in season 2022.

They were simply beaten by a better team. Let’s see what they can bring next season.

That’s footy. See you all next year.

Report by Wayne Walker.

Labor backs rail revival

THE Derwent Valley Rail could be operating again as soon as early next year after the Government confirmed it would table a corridor notice soon.

The corridor notice would enable the Derwent Valley Railway to use a section of the track.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said she supported the Derwent Valley Rail getting access to the line as soon as possible.

“Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to ask the Government how negotiations regarding access to the railway line were going,” Ms White said.
“It was revealed that the corridor notice for the first section of rail access is being prepared and will be tabled in Parliament later this year.”

Ms White said it was vital Derwent Valley Rail gained access to the line ensuring it could operate and generate revenue as well as offering a top-class visitor experience.

“The Government provided important funding to help with the cost of insurance for operators across the state and this is welcome, but access to tracks is even more important.
“I look forward to the Derwent Valley benefitting from everything tourist and heritage rail can bring.”

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson welcomed the Opposition’s support for the Government’s solution for opening up the track.

“Earlier this year, following discussions with heritage rail organisations, including the Derwent Valley Railway, I committed the Government to $600,000 over seven years to offset the cost of public liability insurance necessary to operate on the non-operational sections of the Tasmanian rail network,’’ Mr Ferguson said.
“After close cooperation between my department and the hard working team at Derwent Valley Railway, the official corridor notice is now being prepared to allow access to a short section of the Derwent Valley Line around the old New Norfolk Station.
“I note that the Opposition has indicated it will support this in both Houses of Parliament when I table it later this year.”
“In 2018, the Government also committed $25,000 to the Derwent Valley Railway to assist them in planning.
“The Derwent Valley Railway has identified a staged approach to re-establishing services.”
“Future extensions can be facilitated through making additional sections of the line available through the strategic corridors legislative process.”

Successful year for junior soccer

THE Junior Trophy Day 2021 was a great success at the weekend.

Congratulations to all the kids who seemed to be the overwhelming winners in the kids vs adults games.

What a great season this has been for the juniors.

It follows a very difficult couple of years for this club, with just two people trying to keep the club afloat, which meant the club was unable to field junior teams last year.

Thankfully this year we have a full strength committee to rebuild and get things running again. We fielded four teams this year, not much but it’s a start – and what a superb four teams they are.

All players have improved out of sight over the season, it’s been a very special time for us to watch the change.

Thank you to the player and parents for sharing the joy of this beautiful game and getting players to their games on time each week, we hope you have enjoyed yourselves.

Thank you to our wonderful coaches – Paul Cairns for Under 6; Sean Feil, Kayla Bentley-Kobie and Sean Hay for Under 7 Black; April Watt for Under 7 Red; and Charlie Downie for Under 10.

It’s a demanding job but also so rewarding.

Report by Janine White

Hub boosts job search

DERWENT Valley and Central Highland job seekers and local employers seeking job candidates will soon be able to access the South Central Jobs Tasmania Hub at Brighton.

Last month, $10.6 million was earmarked for four new hubs, based on the successful Sorell South East Hub model. The new hubs will be at Brighton, Huonville, St Helens and Burnie.

A Glenorchy hub was officially opened on Monday.

The funding will support regional employment initiatives already in place and provide a boost for local job creation and placement.

The Brighton-based Jobs Hub will cover the Central Highlands, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Brighton municipal areas where the councils have joined together to form the sub-regional group.

Chair of the sub-regional group and Brighton Council General Manager James Dryburgh said the Jobs Hub would build on the success of the group’s current workforce development project.

“The State Budget funding is recognition of the commitment and success to date of our four councils working together to identify and develop employment opportunities in the region,” Mr Dryburgh said.
“Given the region’s socio-economic profile, there is a significant potential workforce in the region that, because of social and educational disadvantage, has been unable to take advantage of growing employment opportunities.
“As well, employers in existing and emerging industries have often found it difficult to find suitably trained and qualified local employees.
“The four councils are working proactively to lift employment opportunities for people in their municipalities while providing potential employers with suitably trained, employment-ready employees.
“The Jobs Hub will enhance the sub-region’s workforce development project and support the connection between education and training organisations, job seekers, employment providers, the three tiers of government and employers.”

Mr Dryburgh said the workforce development project had enjoyed important initial success and the confirmation of funding and establishment of the Jobs Hub would provide a vital boost.

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.’’

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.

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.

Port storms home

FROM the opening bounce, there was no doubt that the Cygnet Football Club had come to play with an eight goal first term setting up an impressive 81-point victory to stamp themselves as one of the flag favourites in season 2021.

The Eagles simply had no answers and were outclassed by the Port and could not match their hard running style of play which gave their tall key forwards Jordan Lane (five goals), Joe Direen (four goals) and small crumbing forward Jake Dance (five goals) great supply throughout the four quarters of football.

Port played the big Boyer Oval like it was their own as they continued to change lanes with great kicking efficiency to find their teammates in open spaces.

They were well led by the on-ball crew of Toby Cowen, Lachlan Watt, Rhys Jennings, and Luke Ashlin.

Giant Port forward Jordan Lane had a breakout first quarter booting three majors and was proving a handful for the Eagle backline.

James Zeitzen, Gordon Bailey, and Jake Dance were adding to the Eagles woes all booting single goals. Big Benny Lovell was looking dangerous up forward for the Eagles taking some strong overhead marks and converting for the home side’s first goal.

He followed up with a great pass to Tyler Ford who also kicked truly to give the Eagles some confidence heading into quarter time.

Quarter time scores were Port 8.3 (51) to the Eagles 3.1 (19).

Port opened the second term with a quick goal from Joe Direen followed by another from Rhys Jennings which gave the visitors a 45-point lead.

It was going to be a big challenge for the Eagles to reel in. A highlight of the quarter was 15-year-old first gamer Bailey Chaplin kicking a great goal from 40 metres out on the boundary line which was a great effort.

At this stage of the game Cygnet’s teamwork was just too good for the home side as they moved the footy from defence into attack with ease while the Eagles lacked run and accountability.

Half time scores (Port 12G 5B 71 points to the Eagles 4G 3B 27 points) Eagle Coach Josh Clifford questioned his players at the main break and demanded a greater effort in the third term.

However, Port was just too classy and continued to control the game adding another 5 goals for the term while the Eagles could only manage one through Tyler Ford.

Port was rotating their two big key forwards in Lane and Direen from centre half forward to full forward which was having a big impact on the game.

Big Eagle ruck man Ashley Burgess had to toil with Ports tall timber Will Polley in the ruck along with Direen and Lane at various stages throughout the game.

Eagle back up ruck man Tyron Bailey left the ground with an ankle injury which forced the coaching staff to move Jacob Daley into the ruck when big “Burgo” was resting.

Cygnet added another five majors for the term to go out to a 72-point lead with three quarter time scores reading (Port 17.7 (109) to the Eagles 5.7 (37).

The Eagles managed to hit the scoreboard in the last term with a great snap from the forward pocket on a tight angle from speedster Jye Bearman for a great goal.

Two majors from Josh Clifford with Ben Lovell adding another produced the home side’s best quarter.

Port kept the scoreboard ticking over with another 5 goals to run out convincing 81-point victors.

No one tried harder for the Eagles than Jamie “Sticks” Sokolski who was in everything and was always competing for the hard ball.

Blair “Torpa” Wardlaw was busy all day, Tyler Ford and Ben Lovell tried hard up forward along with Jacob Daley who played a consistent four quarters.

The Eagles must now focus on an elimination final against the Dodges Ferry Sharks on their home turf at Shark Park.

The senior squad have had an up and down season and have been unable to string wins together due to fluctuations in form and a challenging injury list, but it must be said that finals are a totally different ball game where anything can happen.

The Eagles could have a few players returning from injury which could give the side a much-needed boost for such an important game ahead.

The senior squad has plenty of experience and talent and if our boys are committed on the day, they could cause an upset and take the next step in the finals.

Report by Wayne Walker

Valley ramps up bridge concerns

THE new soon-to-be-built Bridgewater Bridge will not have rail capacity, which has sparked dismay from a Lyons Labor MP.

Last week a Parliamentary Public Works Committee hearing was told there would be no rail built into the new bridge.

The hearing heard that the old bridge would be removed, with only the convict-built causeway staying and the new crossing would not include rail.

Lyons Labor MP Jen Butler said maintaining rail capability was crucial.

Ms Butler said maintaining rail capability was the main message she had received from the broader community.

“We all agree that the Bridgewater Bridge is beyond its use by date and that a new bridge is a good investment for Tasmania.
“By far, maintaining rail capabilities was the main input from the broader community. “To build a bridge without the rail being present is not rational or logical.
“To deny a capital city rail access to the rest of the state is shortsighted.
“Now with our main freight ports being in the north how rail will emerge in the next 20 or 30 years has to be given consideration.
“We’ve seen the growth of the Derwent Valley, Brighton, Bridgewater, Gagebrook and surrounding areas.
“There is never going to be a better time than now to invest in the future. “I was dismayed that rail transport was not part of the scope of the new Bridgewater Bridge.’’

Just last month Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw raised concerns about some of the convoluted connectors.

“The initial concept design worries our community and council as it depicts some convoluted connectors,’’ Mr Shaw said.
“We would like those addressed before any projects are awarded.”

The concerns centre around the on and off ramps to the bridge, both from the Lyell Highway and from Boyer Road.

When entering or exiting the new bridge from the Lyell Highway, commuters will be required to loop through Granton on Main Road and a new off-ramp where Black Snake Road is currently.

The loop to join or exit the bridge will add approximately 1-1.5km further than the current Lyell Highway to Bridgewater Bridge junction.

From Boyer Road, entering the bridge will require commuters to enter from Old Main Road.

“ We haver ecently expressed our concerns in writing, and I’ve met with Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson to discuss the on and off ramps and connections from the Brooker to Lyell Highways,’’ he said.

Mr Shaw suggested a shorter diversion from the bridge directly to the Lyell Highway, similar to the Glenorchy off-ramp on the Tasman Bridge in Hobart.

“We want to make sure that our community is not worse off than before the new bridge has its plans finalised.”

The new Bridgewater Bridge is one of the biggest projects in Tasmanian history.

Major construction is due to start in mid-2022 and open to traffic by the end of 2024. Two of Australia’s largest construction companies have tendered to design and build the new $576 million Bridgewater Bridge.

Bids have been received from CPB Contractors and McConnell Dowell Constructors.

Mr Ferguson said with increased size and load capacity and a higher speed limit, the new bridge would strengthen Tasmania’s National Highway and boost productivity on one of the state’s most important freight routes.

Family snags $2000 tag

THE River Derwent at Boyer proved profitable for a Brighton family after the keen fishers caught the first tagged brown trout on opening weekend.

Michael Deppeler caught the fish and won $2000.

Mr Deppeler was fishing in the River Derwent, near Boyer, with his children Lucy and Liam, when they caught the tagged fish last Sunday about 1.30pm.

He was presented with the prize by Primary Industries and Water Minister Guy Barnett at New Norfolk’s Esplanade. He plans to spend the prize on more fishing gear.

The Tasmanian Tagged Trout program is designed to stimulate the recreational trout fishery and boost tourism into regional communities.

“Fifty tagged brown trout have been released into 15 waters around Tasmania with each tag worth $2000 to the angler who returns the tagged fish to the Inland Fisheries Service,’’ Mr Barnett said.

“The Tasmanian Government doubled the potential prize pool to $100,000 and increased the number of waters to encourage people to try fishing, making it easier for anglers to try their luck and also encourage anglers to visit different waters.’’

The 15 waters and number of fish are: Arthurs Lake (5), yingina/Great Lake (5), Lake Mackintosh (5), Lake Pedder (5), Lake Burbury (5), Lake Rosebery (5), Derby’s Briseis Mine Hole (2), Bronte Lagoon (2), Craigbourne Dam (2), Curries River Reservoir (2), Huntsman Lake (2), Lake Leake (3), Lake Parangana (2), Lake Rowallan (2) and there are now only two left in the River Derwent.

For more information go to http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au.