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The biggest cuppa of all

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Christine Donohue (left) and Sally Donohue (right) having their cake and eating it at the Biggest Morning Tea!

Christine Donohue (left) and Sally Donohue (right) having their cake and eating it at the Biggest Morning Tea!

By Wendy Laing

DELORAINE’S 2019 Biggest Morning Tea was held this year on 13 June.

The RSL clubrooms were abuzz with the happy sounds of approximately 100 people enjoying a morning tea of home-made sandwiches, cakes, slices and scones with tea or coffee.

Mrs Helen Horton and her husband Don initiated the first Biggest Morning Tea in Deloraine and continued running them for 20 years.

For the past two years, Helen’s daughter-in law Leanne Horton and Leanne’s two daughters, Danielle Donovan and Nicole Sherriff, have continued the tradition.

‘So many people have helped to make the Biggest Morning Tea a success this year,’ Leanne Horton said.

‘I would like to thank everyone who worked in the kitchen, supplied plates of food and donated items for the raffle.’

She also thanked the RSL for allowing them to hold the event in their clubrooms and the Information Centre for running off the fliers advertising the event.

Ms Kate Bennett from Westbury was thrilled when told she had won the raffle.

This year the successful Biggest Morning Tea raised the grand total of $1452 for the Cancer Council.

Walk on the wild side

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
The Rotary Club of Deloraine’s Wild Wood, tamed for walkers.  Photo supplied

The Rotary Club of Deloraine’s Wild Wood, tamed for walkers.

Photo supplied

WITH THE Meander River alongside, the small patch of woodland known as Wild Wood is a quiet and pleasant place to walk and contemplate the natural scenery.

The Wild Wood is owned and looked after by Deloraine Rotary. Tidied up, with mown trails and undergrowth cleared, the Wild Wood is waiting for walkers.

Home to native fauna, yet just a few short steps from the streets of Deloraine, at the southern end of the Caravan Park, you will see that somebody has been busy.

Local author looks north

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

SET IN the Northern Territory during the early 1960s, there is a good mix of the funny, everyday and tragic in Wendy Laing’s novel Memoirs of an Arresting Woman.

Arriving at police headquarters in Darwin, Constable Laurie McKenzie learns she is the only female officer in the Northern Territory Police Force.

Transferred to the outback town of Rabbit Creek, she has to deal with murderers, a paedophile, domestic violence and crocodile poachers as shestrives to earn the respect of the townspeople and her male colleagues.

Although there is a continuing thread throughout the novel, the scenes break down into enjoyable short stories. The town and its surroundings almost become another character, they are so well described.

This novel would appeal to readers of other fictionalised memoirs such as those by Gerald Durrell and James Herriot.

Sally Odgers, editor, manuscript assessor and author, describes Memoirs of an Arresting Woman as a thoroughly good reading experience.

Deloraine author Wendy Laing is Secretary of the Society of Women Writers Tasmania, writes for the Meander Valley Gazette and runs the Deloraine Writers Group.

Memoirs of an Arresting Woman is published by Indie-Mosh and is available through their website, or as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords.

You can contact Wendy Laing on 0499 993 850 to purchase a signed copy.

Grab those guns and light sabers!

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann
CJ Kilbride and Ken Bradford, both of Deloraine, showing off their martial skills in anticipation of this year’s Space Western showdown.  Photo by Mike Moores

CJ Kilbride and Ken Bradford, both of Deloraine, showing off their martial skills in anticipation of this year’s Space Western showdown.

Photo by Mike Moores

THE DELORAINE Winter Masque Ball is back again, continuing the tradition of local balls and dances that were centrally important to small communities, providing meeting places for neighbours, family, new friends and new love.

Waltzes, foxtrots and folk dances brought dancers together in mutual respect, allowed young folk to get to know each other, kept older folk active, and forged a strong sense of community in regional towns.

The new millennium brings a blending of old and new.

This year’s theme is ‘Space Western’ so break out the spacesuits, ball gowns and bling and dance the night away!

Learn with us, to waltz and ‘Strip the Willow’ to live local band ‘KentankRus’.

Win a prize for best supper dish or best mask. Be chosen Belle or Beau of the Ball.

The ball will be at the Western Tiers Community Club from 7pm, Saturday 27 July.

For more information or to volunteer to help on the night, call Megan on 6302 3372.

Address: Western Tiers Community Club, 33A Parsonage St, Deloraine.


Kicking AFL goals in Tasmania

SportJoanne Eisemann

THE INQUIRY into the establishment of AFL in Tasmania is currently underway, and an extension of time has been granted.

Those interested in taking part have until close of business on Thursday 25 July 2019.

The terms of reference for the inquiry include the likely benefits to the Tasmanian economy and community by having a Tasmanian team in the AFL.

For further information, contact the Hon. Ivan Dean MLC, Inquiry Chair, on 0417 364 375.

In the meantime, the Meander Valley community can keep the flags flying for local NTFA teams Deloraine,

Meander Valley Suns and Bracknell.

Firing up for Winter

Arts and Reviews, EventsJoanne Eisemann

THE ANNUAL WinterFire Festival on Saturday 22nd June will be a night of celebration, entertainment and food.

Starting off at 4.00pm, there will be lots of great spots to grab with friends and family.

The Blazing Fire Drums will be fuelled throughout the night, making sure you’re all nice and toasty till the Mega Bon Fire at 7.30pm.

This year, Arts Deloraine has great music from the local Jazz Quartet and the Meander Men. The drumming workshop will be in full beat, and the fantastic belly dancers are bringing a not-to-be-missed fire routine. There will be storytelling, circle dancing and fire sculptures.

Children can join the drumming workshop or the ‘Best Dressed Competition’ – this year’s theme is ‘The Human Scarecrow’.

New food vendors are joining past favourites with delicious hot food from Haddo’s Hot Dogs, Taco’s and Wings, Char Char Char and Coffee Buzz.

Arts Deloraine will warm you up with Ye Olde Mulled Wine, evoking the magic of winter, freshly popped corn and marshmallows for those blazing fire drums!

New this year is the ‘WinterFire Photography Competition’, with $500 in cash prizes. Everyone has a camera, so flex your creative spirit and show how the night is seen through your eyes! Finalist entries will be exhibited in Deloraine later in the year.

Email for more information about the competition. Make sure you check out Winterfire on Facebook to keep you up-to-date with events and information.

Presale tickets are available from

All presale ticket holders go into the draw to win a family photo session with Kristy L Photography valued at $650, so make sure to get in early.

It is the annual event that should not be missed. See you there!


Thumbs up for Kanga, the Roos’ new recruit

Feature, SportJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine Football Club’s new mascot Kanga gets to know some of the club’s rusted-on supporters. From left, Cooper Field, Benji Crowden (6) and Lucy Crowden (3).  Photo by Mike Moores

Deloraine Football Club’s new mascot Kanga gets to know some of the club’s rusted-on supporters. From left, Cooper Field, Benji Crowden (6) and Lucy Crowden (3).

Photo by Mike Moores

By Hayley Manning

THE DELORAINE Football Club’s latest recruit – Kanga, has become quite the socialite, posing for snaps, sponsoring businesses and handing out Easter eggs around Deloraine.

It is going to be a busy year for Kanga on the field and at the club, as they prepare to acknowledge Deloraine Football Club’s milestone 125 years with a host of events.

Club President, Shaun Donohue, said he wants to ensure the year is a success, not just in terms of winning games but with the local community taking part in the celebrations. And presumably Kanga and friends will be there too.

Don to Deloraine, on track!

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
The Don River Railway diesel locomotive and heritage carriages.  Photo supplied

The Don River Railway diesel locomotive and heritage carriages.

Photo supplied

By Wai Lin Coultas

FANCY CATCHING a train from Deloraine to Devonport? This may well come to pass within the next few years.

The Van Diemen Light Railway Society Inc. (trading as Don River Railway) is embarking on a significant expansion of its tourist railway products and services.

Anticipated to commence by Christmas this year, a weekly Penguin Market Train will travel 34 km along the spectacular North West coastline from Don River to Penguin.

Existing DDR diesel locomotives with refurbished carriages will begin running one return service on Sundays, offering up to 6,000 locals and visitors annually the enjoyment of a 1.5-hour train ride each way.

At the start, a Tasrail driver will operate the train with one DRR driver on board.

Once the Penguin Market heritage rail service has been established, further expansion intends to deliver a similar weekly heritage rail experience from Don to Deloraine and return.

Expected to start in three years, this will be a similar distance and scope to the Penguin Market services, also forecast to attract approximately 6,000 additional passengers each year.

To be undertaken, operated and managed solely by Van Diemen Light Railway Society Inc, which trades as DRR, the loop at Deloraine on existing freight train tracks would ‘add another fantastic tourism option for Tasmanian visitors’.

‘Deloraine is an infinitely marketable destination. The Meander Valley provides some of the best scenic travel in the country,’ said Niels Brun, DRR’s General Manager.

DRR has met Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck with their plans for the new North West Tasmania tourist train on the main line.

Senator Steve Martin announced in April: ‘The not for profit Don River Railway wins a $200,000 boost to expand its operations and attract more tourists and therefore jobs to our local area.’

A volunteer owned and operated tourist railway and museum in Don, DRR was established in 1973. Passenger services commenced in 1976.

Not only a unique heritage rail experience, DRR has significant social and economic benefits for the North West, providing work experience, support and training for long-term unemployed.

About 80 regular volunteers engage in activities including retailing, mechanical workshops, general maintenance, horticulture, railway safety, train driving, operations and mentoring.

Neils Brun also points out as part of the heritage rail sector, Don River Railway is ‘for many people, the public face of the rail industry’, enabling people to ‘work together for the benefit of future generations.’

Closures on Emu Bay Road

Business, NewsJoanne Eisemann

By Hayley Manning

THE ANZ, a well established bank on Deloraine’s bustling Emu Bay Road has closed and a popular retail shop is set to follow suit.

The Reject Shop will close its doors on 5th July 2019. A spokesperson from the Reject Shop Head Office (Vic) issued the following brief statement. ‘After taking lots of factors into consideration we have decided to close the store. Staff will be redeployed to other stores.’

ANZ Deloraine branch closed at short notice on 24th April, after many decades of service.

Guy Barnett, MP, has gathered a petition to be tabled in the House of Assembly, aiming to draw attention to the effect the sudden closure has had on residents and small businesses throughout the Meander Valley.

ANZ General Manager (Vic/Tas), Michael Wake, said ANZ is disappointed that leasing circumstances beyond their control led to the Deloraine branch closure.

‘We were recently notified of changes to our leasing arrangement and have now reached an impasse which will see us discontinue our lease. We are working with customers and staff to ensure we can make this difficult transition as smooth as possible,’ Mr Wake said.

Online banking saves a bank the most money per transaction, followed by use of an ATM. Face to face customer service within a branch is the most expensive transaction for a bank.

In 2017, the four major banks spent a combined 4.2 billion dollars on online and mobile banking technology; giving an insight into the future direction of banking.

Mr Wake acknowledged the inconvenience rural branch closure would cause to a rural community.

‘We understand our regional customers are often adversely affected by branch closures and we apologise for the inconvenience we know this will cause some of our customers,’ he said.

Fathers with a diff erence

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019 | Sharon Webb

EIGHT BAD Dads from Launceston will bring their brand of soul rock’n roll to Deloraine’s Little Theatre on the 16th February.

Presented by Arts Deloraine, the Bad Dads Orchestra’s guitar-driven sounds and soaring vocals are sure to have locals dancing the night away.

According to Bad Dads member Luke Young, the band’s rule of thumb is: We bring the party to town!

Together they’ve got hundreds of kids, hundreds of riffs and a big old bag of style and swagger.

Support acts will be guitarist Eddie Tuleja and fresh-out –of-college punk rock band FEELS, led by Monique How.

Luke said the Bad Dads Orchestra concept began more than three years ago as a social band, a sort of men’s shed for working musicians. And you had to be a dad.

But not many people know that the band’s roots are firmly embedded in Deloraine.

The co-founder with Luke was Liam Pennicott, who died a year ago; he grew up in Reedy Marsh where his parents Graham and Geraldine still live and the band continues his initiative after his death.

“We actually started performing as a one-off for the Jackey’s Marsh Forest Festival but that was cancelled because of a bush-fire threat,” Luke said.

“So we did a gig to compensate the organisers for their financial loss and kept performing from there.”

The band first toured Australia’s east coast in 2018, including performing in Blues on Broad Beach on the Gold Coast and will tour there again in 2019.

So will future members of the Bad Dads Orchestra definitely need to be dads?

“Yeah we have a blanket rule but sometime we’ll need to open it up to others,” Luke said.

So shine up those dancing boots. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s dad.

PS, you don’t have to be a dad to see the Bad Dads Orchestra but dads are super-welcome!

When: 7.00 pm, 16th February Where: Little Theatre, Deloraine Tickets: Adults $25.00; Arts Deloraine members $20.00 – available at The Alpaca Shop Deloraine & online at https://

The ‘Bad Dads’ will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre on 16th February.   Photo | Nathan Weldon

The ‘Bad Dads’ will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre on 16th February.

Photo | Nathan Weldon

Melbourne, Melba and Malua

FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Deloraine bred Malua was inducted into Australian Racing Museum`s Hall of Fame in 2007.   Photo | Mike Moores

Deloraine bred Malua was inducted into Australian Racing Museum`s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Photo | Mike Moores

Feburary 2019 | Wendy Laing

LOCALS AND visitors alike will have seen the statue of the famous racehorse Malua, gracing the forecourt of the Western Tiers Visitor Centre. Malua was bred at Calstock, near Deloraine, by John Field, purchased as a yearling by Thomas Reibey (former Premier of Tasmania), who sold him to Mr J O Inglis for 500 guineas.

Winning the Newmarket Handicap, the Adelaide Cup, and other races, his performance in the Melbourne Cup in 1884 saw him recognised as the best horse in Australia. The Examiner, on 5 November 1884, reported that ‘in the greatest race of the southern hemisphere, the Melbourne Cup, Tasmania produced the winner in Malua … who covered himself with glory by carrying 9st 9lb in the fast time of 3 minutes, 31seconds’.

Malua was an extraordinary horse – able to carry heavy weights and defeat the best racehorses in both sprint and staying races. He was in the habit of ‘coming from “nowhere” and fairly smothering the leaders’, The Sportsman wrote in May 1884. ‘The class of the field made little difference to him. At one stage he would not be in the picture, but in the next hundred yards he would swoop down and settle the argument.’ In July 1886,

The Examiner noted that Malua had gone to stud and would ‘probably bid adieu to the turf forever’. However, in 1888, Malua was switched to jumping – not so unusual in those days – and ridden by his owner Mr Inglis won the VRC Grand National Hurdle. Combined with his stud career, Malua continued to race, winning the Geelong Gold Cup in 1889, his last race as a ten-year-old. Malua was inducted into Australian Racing Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Malua Street, in the suburb of Ormond in Melbourne was named after this great horse. For a brief period of time, this little street was also home to Dame Nellie Melba.

Golden oldies

EventsJoanne Eisemann
Max Baker (ex-jockey), 73, of Longford, joined the ‘Golden Oldies’ for a chat and a cuppa.

Max Baker (ex-jockey), 73, of Longford, joined the ‘Golden Oldies’ for a chat and a cuppa.

SEPTEMBER 2018 | Marguerite McNeill

CATCHING UP with friends for a good long chat has taken on a whole new meaning for many of the older men in Deloraine. For a large number of chaps catching up for a chat and cuppa has become a favoured event in their social calendar.

The group, dubbed the Golden Oldies, started meeting two and a half years ago and since then there’s been no looking back - except for the stories they tell.

Last month’s gathering attracted 38 men, the biggest group so far. And there was quite a buzz of conversation in the air. After all, some old school friends are catching up on a lifetime of memories.

Mostly they chat in small groups around the tables, and those who are willing are encouraged to talk to the group as a whole about interests in their life and background.

Although most of the men live in and around Deloraine, some who grew up in the area travel from as far as Devonport to Launceston to make contact with old friends.

“We talk a lot about old times” one fellow said. “Most of us have known each other for years, but some I haven’t see for 50 years.”

Last month a new but familiar face, Max Baker arrived from Longford to join in the chat. Well known for his exploits on the racetrack the former jockey lived in Deloraine for 15 years from the age of 15.

The 73 year-old thought the gathering was a great idea and welcomed the chance to catch up with old mates in the town.

Though mostly retired there is no age limit to the Golden Oldies and they welcome any older men wanting to join. The group is open to men from all walks of life who would like renew acquaintances or make new friends.

The group has no formal agenda and there are no rules or regulations other than to enjoy yourself.

Golden Oldies meet at the Western Tiers Community Club in Parsonage Street, Deloraine from 10.00am to 12 noon on the first Thursday of every month.

The meetings only cost $5.50 to cover the venue and morning tea.

Photo | Mike Moores

Roos victory

SportJoanne EisemannComment


CONGRATUATIONS TO the Deloraine Kangaroos under 14’s football team who took out the  Division 2 premiership for 2018.
Coached by Harry Bloomfield, the team played the East Coast Giants in a nail biting finish, just 7 points up with one minute to go. The final score was 43 - 56.
Local businesses showed their support by flying the teams colours of blue and white in shop  windows, and in sculptures and trees all along the main street.
Deloraine High School showed support by holding a fundraiser for Beyond Blue, a charity for which Deloraine Footy Club is keenly involved.

Quamby’s Enchanted Glade

FeatureJoanne EisemannComment

AUGUST 2018 | Tara Ulbrich

THE PEAK of Quamby Bluff is an identifying silhouette on the horizon of the Meander Valley. Along the high street of Deloraine it seems as if the buildings have parted so you can see its form.

Residents of the area use ‘Quamby’ as a weather station. Snow on top? Sun shimmering off wet dolerite? Less often enjoyed is a direct contact with the mountain. For this, a trip to the Fairy Glade is recommended.

From the roadside-parking bay, it’s a mere a ten-minute stroll and a walker is already passing through chin-high bracken into tall melaleuca forest. Mist rises from still pools. Whatever the forecast, this microclimate is moody, the light, the bark, the fallen branches, the dulled effects of sound.

At first glance only the verdant moss rocks offer proof of vibrant life. But getting down at ground level opens up a delicate universe.

Soon the forest shifts into a dogwood stand so dense you might have to turn sideways to pass by. Throughout the walk huge tree-fall suggests the trespass of some giant, prehistoric creature, one that has noisily wrecked havoc. Can it only be the forces of decay and wind?

Keep following the red arrows. There is no signpost to declare you’ve arrived at the Glade. As the path builds to climbing you can turn back at whim. After around forty-five minutes of walking a scree slope is reached.

Consider taking photographic images as a report for those back on the lowlands. They might not believe all you’ve seen.

Photo | Jade Hallam

Lexie Turns 80

FeatureJoanne EisemannComment

AUGUST 2018 | Hayley Manning

CONGRATULATIONS TO Lexie Young who celebrated her 80th Birthday and OBE (admission to the ‘over 80’s’ club) at the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday 7th July.

A large party of family and friends connected to the Meander Valley region and Lexie, in one way or another, returned to help commemorate the milestone birthday.

You may recognise the Deloraine elder as one of the three ladies in the Four Roses flour advertisements that have been so successful. Lexie and the other ‘roses’ Jan Atkins and Sandra Atkins were asked to do a series of ads for TV and radio.

Lexie has volunteered tirelessly for many organisations over the years, including the Red Cross since 1976, and Lexie’s Town and Country, a column she wrote for the former Western Tiers community newspaper for 20 years, but she cites her daughters’ achievements: Karen’s admittance to the bar in 1990 and the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) awarded to her eldest daughter Merrilyn this year, as her proudest moments.

Some personal highlights include: winning Australia’s Fastest Knitter competition at Hobart in 1969, and the exhilaration she felt when most of the spectators were cheering her on. And The Yarns Artwork in Silk where “we got to meet so many new people who offered so many new skills.”

In May of this year Lexie says she was “totally surprised” when presented with Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award for community service. “When Rotary President Gayle Plunkett started a speech describing the winner, I turned to Merrilyn and said ‘that sounds a bit like me.’”

Life hasn’t always been ‘a bed of roses for Lexie. She has endured her share of hardships, including the loss of her husband six years ago, but she remains upbeat, attributing this to the diverse range of friendships she has made, good humour and the habit of writing a list everyday to help stay on top of things!

Photo | Hayley Manning

Recital Rustica Romania

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

AUGUST 2018 | Sharon Webb

A FEAST of classical and European folk music performed by local musicians will be presented by Arts Deloraine at Gallery 9 on Sunday 26th August.

The star attraction will be Deloraine composer Bruce McNicol playing the premiere of his recently completed Left Hand Piano Sonata along with two more of his compositions, Two Nocturnes and a Waltz Macabre and Ten Conversations with my Mother (Elegy).

Mr McNicol said his compositions for piano will be the first of three of the concert performances featuring very different types of music.

“Concert goers will also be treated to a duet: Westbury’s Joanne Mitchelson on harp and Hamish Pike on violin,” he said.

“They will play several pieces from their extensive repertoire, including an original work by each, Plaisir d’amour by G. Martini, Heartstrings by Rolf Lovland and Butterfly, a traditional Irish tune.”

Finally, as a trio, the musicians will present the first performance of their new world music group Rustica Romania, with Bruce on piano accordion, Joanne on Romanian Pan flute and Hamish on violin.

“As the Romanians themselves do, this will be a mixture of folk music and such pieces as The Lonely Shepherd, written by James Last in 1978 for pan flute and Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms,” Mr NcNicol said.

The concert begins at 2.00pm; tickets are $20.00, $15.00 concession and Arts Deloraine members, and $10.00 for youth up to 16 years, available at the door or from the Alpaca Shoppe.

Photo | Wayne Enright

Deloraine water now safe

NewsJoanne EisemannComment

August 2018 | Sharon Webb

DELORAINE RESIDENTS and businesses at 1,250 addresses boiled their drinking water for a week in July because dirty water overflowed from a holding tank into the town’s reticulated water supply.

Water is now back to normal with TasWater having reviewed its processes to ensure the problem is not repeated.

It is unknown whether anyone became ill from the water; Taswater said tests detected no E.coli, toxins or other pathogens.

But it moved quickly on 6th July to advise residents via the media about the risks of drinking the water, and to letterbox residents and businesses. The alert was lifted on 12th July.

Describing how the incident happened, Taswater incident controller for the boil water alert, Peter Januba, said when high rainfall in the first week of July caused “water in excess of acceptable turbidity limits” to leave the treatment plant, the plant automatically shut down.

“Water which did not meet specification was diverted and stored in a tank and the plant was manually restarted and normal treatment resumed,” Mr Januba said.

But the tank was too small for the dirty water and it overflowed, polluting Deloraine’s drinking water.

As a ‘precaution’ Taswater advised Deloraine people to:

  • Boil all water used for consumption and food preparation and cleaning of teeth;

  • Discard any salads prepared or food or fruit washed to be eaten uncooked in either the home or commercial premises;

  • Dispose of food and beverages including ice and prepared baby formula prepared using water from 10.00am Friday 6th July.

TasWater’s general manager of service delivery Bennie Smith announced his organization was investigating technical causes of the event, while the whole reticulation network was flushed and scoured to clear the system of any compromised water.

By 12th July non-compliant water was no longer in the system and Taswater had changed its protocols to prevent overflow occurring again.

Mr Januba said in future any out-of-specification water would be discharged directly into the storm water system, avoiding any chance of it entering the reticulation network.

He said test results confirmed Deloraine’s drinking water now meets the standards of the Tasmanian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines and the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and is therefore safe to drink.

TasWater will continue to provide ongoing monitoring and testing to demonstrate water quality meets the drinking water guidelines. It is not aware of Deloraine’s problem occurring at any other Tasmanian water treatment plant.

Tasmanian Truffles nominated for award

RuralJoanne EisemannComment

August 2018

TASMANIAN TRUFFLES from Deloraine have been nominated for the Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award in the 2018 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards.

The Awards are all about recognising our silent achievers, the salt of the earth.

Nominations are still open in the following categories until Thursday 23rd August: Prime Super Business Achievement Award; Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award; Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award; MAIB Disability Achievement Award; Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award; Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award; Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award; Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award; Rural Health Tasmania Innovation in Mental, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award; EPA Sustainability Award; University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award.

To submit a nomination, simply go online awardsaustralia. com/tascaa and select ‘Nominate Now’. Or make the process even easier by calling 6234 9677 and and the administration team will follow up.

Great prizes are up for grabs with winners receiving either $1,000 from Bentleys Accountants, Auditors, Advisors and a trophy or a Southern Cross Television Airtime package and a trophy.

Coffee and carnations

Events, NewsJoanne EisemannComment

July 2018 | Wendy Laing

LACK OF room and space for expansion prompted the recent move of Deloraine floristry business ‘Found In Earth’.

Proprietors Carolyn Atkins and Ashton Howe formerly operated their florist and coff­ee shop in Emu Bay Road. However, over time, they realised the location had become too small to accommodate their growing business.

With this in mind, they have moved Found in Earth to larger premises at 29 West Church Street, next to Becks Hardware.

Although originally a teacher at Deloraine Primary School, Carolyn also has a horticultural background, and always had a vision of opening a florist shop.

The business is run in partnership with barista and videographer Ashton Howe.

“We needed more space to design a wedding concept area,” Carolyn said, “where, with our assistance, couples can be inspired by viewing Ashton’s wedding videos, discussing their inspirations, and creating a style to suit their special day.”

The barista and delivery person for their shop, Ashton, who grew up at Caveside, will also be the marriage videographer. Over the past four years he has specialised in filming and editing wedding videos throughout Tasmania.

Their long-term goal is to become the go-to shop for both local people and tourists, with the organisation of weddings becoming a big part of the business.

They also plan to use the upper story of the shop as a bridal preparation area and to run workshops.

‘Found In Earth’ provides flower arrangements for events such as birthdays, funerals and special occasions.

While enjoying a coffee, patrons can indulge in vegan-friendly and sugar-free slices and cakes.

Opening times are 9.30am to 5.00pm on weekdays, and 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturdays.

You can contact ‘Found In Earth’ by emailing, or via their Facebook page and Instagram. Online orders are available through their website, visit

Photo | Mike Moores