Meander Valley Gazette

Your Independent Community Newspaper

Empire Hotel

Loving the laneway

Arts and Reviews, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Sheridan Dagg on stage at the Little Laneway Festival.  Photo supplied

Sheridan Dagg on stage at the Little Laneway Festival.

Photo supplied

By Hayley Manning

WHAT’S NOT to love about neighbouring businesses who decide a vacant laneway between their buildings would be the perfect setting for a little laneway fringe festival?

Mark and Amanda from the Empire Hotel, and Alfred and Isabel from Seppenfelts collaborated four years ago to form the Little Laneway Fringe Festival to draw Craft Fair visitors into the Deloraine CBD at the end of the day’s events.

Festival committee member Lisa Yates, said the Laneway Festival is a great opportunity to showcase local performance art, and to give bands, artists and performers experience performing on a stage in front of an audience.

‘We supported the National Square Dancing Convention and Seppenfelts’ 10th birthday in April, and we will have a rich line-up of performers for the up-coming Craft Fair and String Fest,’ Lisa said.

‘The laneway is sheltered and wide enough to hold our first purpose-built stage, dancers, and audiences. A ‘magic hat’ is passed around during the free performances and everyone leaves happy and has a good time.’

Council to the aid of small business

BusinessJoanne EisemannComment

July 2018 | Wendy Laing

ON TUESDAY evening the 29th May 2018, Business Tasmania, supported by the Meander Valley Council, ran a small business forum at the Empire Hotel in Deloraine.

Small business owners from Westbury, Deloraine and Mole Creek attended the forum.

Enterprise Centres Tasmania business advisor, Mr Daryl Connelly began the proceedings with a Power- Council to the aid of small business Point presentation which outlined free, confidential, unbiased programs that are available, with the objective of providing guidance and mentoring information to assist new and growing businesses.

For further information you can contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, email: or visit the website at

Daryl Connelly is also the Executive Officer for Switch Tasmania, a not for profit organisation that offers five hours of free coaching sessions on specific goals such as problem-solving, business advice on structuring your company, and the achievement of specific goals.

Switch Tasmania’s motto is ‘Changing our community, one business at a time’ and can be contacted for more details by emailing daryl@ or visit their website www.

The Business Engagement Officer for the Meander Valley Council, Mr Alan Blackmore, can also be contacted for information about the Business Tasmania programs. His phone number is 6393 5365 or email:

The theme throughout the forum was ‘Don’t wait until you have a problem before contacting a free business advisor for guidance’.

Little Woodstock

BusinessJoanne EisemannComment

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_custom_heading text="Little Woodstock" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left" google_fonts="font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]

October 2016 | Sharon Webb

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator color="black" align="align_center" style="dotted" border_width="2"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

THE FABULOUS musical talent of Meander Valley and north-west Tasmania will be on show in Deloraine’s main street during the Tasmanian Craft Fair at the Little Laneway Fringe Festival.

Blues singer Pete Cornelius will be a highlight of the long weekend program held in the laneway between Seppenfelts and the Empire Hotel, along with Ed Tuleja of Meander.

Musical director Lisa Yeates said other performers will include band Velvet Sledgehammer, Kim Clark from Jackeys Marsh, singer/guitarist Matthew Wood and many more. Drummers and circle dancers will join in the fun.

The tempo will change over the four-day weekend as musicians are joined by Launceston poets, including Yvonne Gluyas who is renowned for her poetry grand slam performances.

Organiser Linda Pittard said last year’s first Little Laneway Fringe Festival proved a great success with dozens of musicians, poets, dancers and drummers performing and good crowds gathering to spend time in the laneway’s ambience or just pop their heads in to see what was going on.

“There was a real buzz to the main street, with visitors and locals contributing to and enjoying this vibrant sense of community and we want to do it again.

“We’re fine-tuning to make Little Laneway 2016 better than ever and we know the local community will support us by joining in the fun,” Ms Pittard said.

Right up your music alley

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment

December 2015

“PEOPLE FELT they’d made a discovery,” said Mark from The Empire Hotel.

“Just walking up the street they weren’t expecting to find a stage full of musicians with stringed instruments or the poets or bards or beautifulvocal harmonies.”

The Little Laneway Fringe Festival Live Performing Arts was almost a ‘pop-up’ event, being conceived just 2½ weeks before the Craft Fair.

“I always thought that the space between Seppenfelts and The Empire Hotel had lots of potential,” said Isabel from Seppenfelts. “So when Anthony from Keep the Beat, a local drumming teacher, said he’d organise it, Alfred and I said ‘go for it!’”

“We got so much positive feedback! Everyone’s hoping it will become a regular event.