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Thursday, July 19, 2018


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16th Norfolk Island Open 3d Archery Championships

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Coming from far and wide, 52 visiting archers from New Zealand, NSW, QLD, ACT, Victoria and even Perth joined the small band of local archers for a superb week of camaraderie and competition.

‘Family’ and is a word widely used in the sport and it was easy to see why with a great number of juniors also shooting it out for the prizes. They don’t get it easy either as they share in the scoring duties, offering fish and helping tidy up. Well done to our juniors for their sportsmanship and being a valued part of club and future in the sport.

Following a blustery welcome fish fry on Sunday, the weather settled for the first round of competition on Monday. 

Competition is shot over four rounds throughout the week with only the archers top three cumulative scores counting in the final mix, meaning if the men want to drop a day to go fishing, they can without jeopardizing a spot on the podium.


As readers will see in the scores opposite, competition was close with the Norfolk archers mixing it with the some of the best from the region including sponsored archers and Australian Reps.


In conjunction with the local association’s competition, Mark and Maura Harvey host a fun event for lovers of traditional (longbow) archery across other properties on the island.  This was also a lot of fun for those involved and the proceeds from the entry fees go to a local charity, this year Boomerang Bags, who are working to reduce the need of single use plastic bags, a topic close to Mark and Maura’s heart.


So the dust has settled on yet another important sporting event on the Norfolk calendar. Thanks must go to the generous sponsors and supporters who work tirelessly supporting events such as these, the passionate workers in the club  to make it a success, and especially those who have traveled so far to join us and share in our wonderful island and sport.


See you next year and thanks f’ ucklun.


If you wish to join us and try archery, please see contact Bob, Rosa, Petra or Dave and make a date to come and give it a go.


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Spring Fair - Sat 15th September 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018


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This Weeks special from Foodland 19 July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018


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Federal Government Intervention Resulting in Economic and Social Disaster for Norfolk Island - NORFOLK UNITED GROUP – 21 July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Norfolk Island is in the throes of a major economic and social crisis precipitated by changes introduced by the Australian Federal Government since 2016.


Both the Administrator, as the local representative of the Australian Government, and the Minister for Territories, are ignoring the unfolding crisis impacting the island's economy, tourism, commercial sector, and agricultural interests.


Issues raised as a matter of urgency in two recent reports authored by Dr. Chris Nobbs, the November 2017 report 'On the Brink of Disaster' and the June 2018 report 'Norfolk Island’s major problem is DIRDC', sent to the Minister for Territories have been ignored.  

 

Norfolk United Group (NUG) previously requested a meeting with the Administrator to discuss these issues, including the air services, the hospital, and Federal Government responsibility for tourism promotion, but was rebuffed, with the Administrator reluctant to address these issues in any meaningful way.  This has been a consistent pattern throughout the Administrator’s tenure, despite his public announcements that his “door is always open”.


NUG also requested a separate meeting with Minister McVeigh during his visit to Norfolk Island in July 2018, but this was also declined, with the Administrator indicating that there will be “opportunities for members of NUG to contribute to discussions at meetings and events during the scheduled visit”.


On 1 July 2018, the Modern Award System (MAS) took effect on Norfolk Island, representing the largest single impact on the Norfolk Island economy at a time of declining visitor numbers (-11% from March to May 2018), severe economic contraction, and on top of a raft of new Federal and local Government taxes, land rates, fees and charges.  Many employees have recently lost their jobs or had their hours reduced, and businesses are struggling to survive.


Despite repeated warnings of loss of employment, severe increase in business costs, reduced business viability, and damage to tourism, the Department of Regional Development & Cities (DIRDC) has not conducted a single economic assessment.  The Administrator and Minister have remained totally silent throughout this crisis.


What exactly is the Federal Government’s long term plan for Norfolk Island?


Despite the failed political model for the Indian Ocean Territories, the Federal Government imposed the same failed model on Norfolk Island.  Now, in the same spirit of “governance on the fly”, the Minister with responsibility for Territories is writing to the Premier of Western Australia and Chief Minister of the Northern Territory to formally explore interest in incorporating the Indian Ocean Territories into WA or NT.


NORFOLK ISLAND UNITED GROUP

21 July 2018

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News from NIMS

Thursday, July 19, 2018


NIMS Bulletin No 3

The management committee met this morning and I can report that all is progressing well.   It is disappointing that we are not open at the shed but I can assure you that all questions and requests posed by the planning officer have been addressed and we are now awaiting the time allowed for objections to expire so a ruling can be made.   In the meantime we are still active and I wish to thank everyone who has been helping with the various tasks undertaken lately.    It is most encouraging that there remains a great deal of support from the community and the many organisations on the island.


Shed Administration

As reported last bulletin we are fully registered for membership of AMSA and have paid the registration for 30 members insurance through their Insurance scheme.   The treasurer has report a healthy financial situation due mainly to sponsorships and donations and we are in the process of formulating our budget for the coming twelve months.   Once we have the result of the DA we are unaware of any further legal requirements to be met and we will be looking to becoming fully active at the shed.


BBQ at Munners, Kingston, Saturday 28th July 12:30pm

The committee has reacted to the consensus of the group at the last BBQ that this is a great way to bring all shed members together whilst we are waiting for the DA result.   We are therefore gathering again on Saturday 28th and will have similar arrangements in place.   The committee will organise the BBQ, meat, B&B, plates, tea/coffee etc. while members will be asked to bring a plate of either salad or dessert.   The cost per member is $5 and its BYO alcohol.   Could we encourage you to bring a mate and also encourage as many of our existing members as possible to attend.   RSVP to Bruce 23291/53058 or Paul 23431 by Thursday 26th for catering purposes.   Even if not currently a member but you have shown interest in NIMS you are very welcome to join us for this social affair.   Arrangements for inclement weather are being organised.


Health & Wellbeing Expo

NIMS participated with a table at the expo last Saturday and thanks to all those who turned up to help.   We feel it was a fantastic opportunity for exposure to the community and the gathering of names from interested males.   We took quite some names and several membership applications were handed out for potential new members.   The day was well worth the effort and mixing with all the other organisations, clubs, and general food stalls was enlightening as to just how many people are involved in special interest groups and volunteer organisations on the island.   Well done all those that attended.


Federal Minister’s visit later this month will provide an opportunity for NIMS to talk with him about our vision for NIMS future.   Our thanks to the Administrator for his organising of this opportunity.


Future Projects

Just as soon as we are back into operation at the shed we have a number of projects lined up to occupy members in helping other community organisations and to get our workshop up and running.


Major Raffle for NIMS

The committee is actively pursuing the major prizes for our raffle and as soon as we have confirmation of the prize line up we will be moving to get underway.   The initiative will call for participation from all shed members in manning ticket stalls and promoting ticket sales to all and sundry.   We’ll have more on this soon.

All in all there is lots going on and hopefully we will soon be back up and running at the shed.

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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, July 13, 2018



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Mayors Update - Keeping the community Informed

Friday, July 13, 2018



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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, July 13, 2018


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July Spending Spree Competition

Friday, July 13, 2018


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