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Launch of new web site for Norfolk Island Travel Centre

Friday, June 28, 2019


Norfolk Island’s leading on-island wholesaler and retailer of Holiday Packages for event, group and escorted travel is Norfolk Island Travel Centre and they are proud to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website at https://www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com/.  For over 35 years Norfolk Island Travel Centre (NITC) has specialised in promoting and bringing visitors to their island home.

The new site features a streamlined, cleaner design with improved functionality and access to the travel information visitors are seeking.  Overall it will help potential visitors to choose Norfolk Island as their preferred travel destination and move through making initial enquiries to bookings.

NITC owner Rebecca Christian feels a special responsibility, drive and pride in bringing visitors to her Island home. Growing up, living and raising a family within the small, tightly connected community of Norfolk Island means she not only knows the island well, but also where to go and who to engage to bring to life new events and group and escorted travel to the Island. Employing staff who are either also born-and-bred on Norfolk or have lived there for many years, has resulted in team-knowledge that is second to none and a genuine opportunity for visitors to ‘meet the locals’.

“We are ‘Real People’ and ‘Real Locals’ who seek to create ‘Real Experiences’ for our clients. As passionate locals we genuinely want them to love our Island, its people and experiences as much as we do. We understand that journey begins before they even arrive, via our website. We are thrilled to debut our new website which reflects our knowledge of the island and the personable service that you will receive when you book with us.”

The new website brings together every aspect of planning a Norfolk Island holiday into one space. Users have the ability to browse;

Norfolk Island Travel Centre’s connection with local businesses provides exclusive savings on travel packages that they pass on to their customers. Highly valuing its community responsibilities NITC works closely with the Islands sporting, arts, music, service and other clubs to support the annual events they run.

NITC's new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of exclusive travel deals, new event promotion and Norfolk Island news. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for Norfolk Island Travel Centres’ eNewsletter and receive regular direct information.

Rebecca says: “As a seventh generation descendant of Fletcher Christian operating a locally run business, my colleagues and I are not only dedicated to promoting our island home – it’s our passion”

For further information contact:

Roshelle Halatau, Marketing and PR manager: roshelle@travelcentre.nf  or Phone: 1800 1400 66

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Social Ballroom dancing at its best, here on Norfolk Island.

Friday, June 28, 2019


This week we welcomed 93 dancers to Norfolk Island to take part in the legendary Norfolk Island Social Ballroom Dancing Week. There's a reason why this event sell's out year after year months in advance. As with past years there were many dancers who returned to the Island for the week, and they were joined by a number of first time visiting dancers.


Dancers were treated to a week of dancing workshops, socialising, themed dinner dances and amazing costumes! Over 6 workshops dancers learnt new choreography with returning coaches Jan Lawrence and Tanya Kershaw. Since they visited themselves and fell in love with our island, Jan and Tanya have returned to teach ballroom each year for 23 years.


At night dancers attended 5 evening dances, including this year’s themed night ‘Purple & Blue’.  Rawson Hall was transformed into a blue and purple wonderland, with blue trees and shrubbery it was like something out of a Dr Seuss book. The dancers really outdid themselves this year and dug deep into their creative imaginations for some awesome outfits. Many recognisable characters made an appearance including the Joker, Popeye and Olive, Mad Hatter, B1 & B2, plus Doctors, Nurses and Police Officers. Congratulations to the Best Dressed winners.


Dancers pulled out their best frocks and dancing shoes for the favourite Farewell Supper Ball where they waltzed, tangoed, Cha Cha’ed, Rhumbaed and danced the night away.


At the end of an incredible week of dancing, dressing up, socialising and touring, Helen and all the team at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre wish this year’s visiting dancers a safe journey home. It has been such a pleasure to welcome you to this special year of Social Ballroom Dancing on Norfolk Island – and we look forward to seeing you back here again, places are already filling up for next year. Shall we waltz into 2020?

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Foodland Weekly Specials

Friday, June 28, 2019


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Golf Report

Friday, June 28, 2019


A big thanks to my fill in script “Bumby” for helping out whilst off Island on my short trip away. Our wonderful weather of late keeps keeping on with the odd shower to keep everything fresh. With the cooler weather upon us and the shortest day been and gone we can all look forward to longer, hopefully, warmer days.


The Club Administration is pleased to announce our new electronic processing of player cards and statistics is moving ahead well and with donations towards the cost flowing in from members. Thank you all for the support so far. We have a specialist technician arriving on Island next week to begin installation and training for match committee members. Startup date should be early July.


There have been some small changes to the Fixture book for the next couple of rounds with the “Commonwealth Bank Day” postponed to another day soon with the “Araucaria Building Contractors & N I Pest Control”  Trophy Rd 1 being played today and we welcome back our valued sponsors Mal & Rae Tarrant  and Duncan & Terry Gray for another year.


Competition Results:

A big thank you to our new sponsors Fraser & Teresa Cook for last Saturdays event “The Norfolk Forwarding Challenge” Rd 2, attracting another very good field and some excellent golf scores again. Dylan Quintal-Christian turned in a blinder with 43 pt’s to claim the day from Jess Tierney 42 pt’s and Sean Ellard 41 pt’s on a c/b from Mat McCaskie.  Robyn Lockhart had the best in the Ladies division with 34 pt’s from Edie Christian 31 pt’s and Caroline Miratana 29 pt’s. 


The Pro-Pin 4th went to Stephen [Cooky] Gardiner [71cm], the all-In 9/18th Tommy Greenwood [192cm], the Ladies 3rd shot to 2/11th Tane Cottle [200cm] and the Men’s 2nd shot to 8/17th Jess Tierney [280cm].


The “Island Plumbing & Gas” Putt Off once again remained elusive and today will be worth $275.


Wednesday’s Golf, a Stroke and Putting had a slight weather change from our normal sunny days of late with a fresh south-easter blowing across the course, but a good size field braved the conditions.  Robyn Lockhart won the Ladies Division with 75.25 nett from Pat McCoy 76.33. Chris Magri had the best amongst the Men’s with a 69 nett from Arthur [Arty] Keeping 71 nett on a c/b to Dave Jeffreys.  Arty also claimed the Putting with another master display of 26 putts. The Pro-Pin 4th went to Sean Ellard [298cm].


Social Golf News:

Veteran’s Golf had the usual tragics turn up on Tuesday for an enjoyable walk around our beautiful golf course, but did we do it justice, absolutely no.  The beer sure tasted good afterwards though. Ian [Hussa] Harris had the best of an ordinary 9 holes with 15 pt’s. The rest are not worth mentioning. Whilst we call ourselves Veterans we are just another social golf group who enjoy a relaxing 9 holes of golf on a Tuesday afternoon with fellow golfers for the friendship and companionship that golfing brings to us. So, come down next Tuesday 2pm for a 2.30pm tee off and enjoy the fun.


Mal ‘Figgy’ Rundell took out first place in the Norfolk Island Mechanical Chook Run on Friday.  Well played Figgy.  Our juniors played a pairs competition in the Junior Choc Run with the team of Jonah Sheridan and Kayden Judd taking out first place.  Well played boys!  Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of social Friday afternoons; enquiries can be made to Andrew in the Pro Shop 23603.


What’s on this Week:

Today’s golf, as mentioned earlier, is R1 of the “Araucaria Building Contractors” & “N I Pest Control” Trophy, an Individual Stableford event. Tee off time are 8.30am & 12.30pm and as usual players are asked to have their cards into match committee no later than 15 mins prior to tee off. Any visiting golfers with an official club handicap are always welcome to come down and play.


Tuesday - Veteran’s Golf - 9 holes - 2.30pm

Wednesday - Individual Stableford [bonus pt’s Ansbury Christian Cup] - 1pm

Friday - “N I Mechanical” Chook Run - very social 7 holes - 3pm

                AND Junior Choc Run - 4 Junior holes - 4pm

Saturday - “Olive Café” Monthly Medal & Lisner Trophy Rd7 - 8.30am & 12.30pm


Our Club is open Monday to Saturday from 11am and Sundays from 12pm.  Lunch and afternoon nibbles are available at ‘The Olive Branch’ Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm. 


Enjoy fabulous golf course and ocean views while sampling something from The Olive Branch’s menu, which changes regularly to take advantage of our fantastic local produce. 


Tea, coffee and gourmet cheese plates are available every day along with a great selection of beer, wine, cider, pre-mixed drinks and spirits.

Finally,    


A Thought for the Day

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”

Good Golfing Everyone,

‘Squirrel’

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Probus Club of Norfolk Island – Friendship for Active Retirees

Friday, June 28, 2019


The Probus Club of Norfolk Island provides an opportunity for all retired (or semi-retired) members of the community to come together for Friendship, Fellowship and Fun…and Food.  Probus  is built on the principle that social interaction keeps us healthy in body and mind.  Probus opens the door to new experiences and friendships through shared activities with other retirees in our community.


Probus Members enjoy the chance to participate in a wide range of activities and explore our local community, around Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Being a member of Probus offers exclusive deals through the Probus Member Benefits Scheme including access to great deals and special offers from Probus Partners such as travel insurance tailored for over-55s travellers up to 100 years of age. The “Active Retirees” magazine keeps members informed about the latest news for over-55s with expert advice on finance, technology, health and travel.


Probus Club of Norfolk Island meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 9.30 AM at Christian’s Cave (Pitcairn Settlers Village). We invite anyone interested to come along to our meetings to enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people over a cuppa and delicious refreshments. We always have wonderful guest speakers sharing a wide range of valuable information to help us stay active and well. In addition, our local club organises regular social activities to points of interest on our island, and other groups such as our Reading Group that meets monthly to discuss a wide range of fascinating books. This year we will look at adding new club groups such as a Writers Group and Scrabble Group – we are always looking for new people with ideas to share and willing to take the lead to co-ordinate new outings or group activities, or simply join us for a rollicking good morning. Enquiries to Fenella on 50628.

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Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service – Update

Friday, June 28, 2019




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Positions Vacant 28 June 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019


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Police Report 28th June 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019


Tax Time Scams

Please be aware of the rising use of bullying tactics by fraudsters at tax time to try and scare people into making payments or to hand over their personal and financial information such as their Tax File Number or banking information.  Targeting people at tax time is a “very efficient business model” for scammers, because people keep falling for the scams. The Australian Tax Office last year received more than 81,000 scam reports.


Our advice is to never immediately open any attachments or links on emails that claim to be from the Australian Tax Office or other government agencies. Instead you should telephone them or go separately to their official website. The Australian Tax Office will never threaten your immediate arrest or request your personal information via email, text messages or social media. This is a clear sign that the communication is a scam.


Kids about on the Roads

As are school holidays are just around the corner, there will be increased numbers of kids enjoying our island on the roads on their bikes and on foot.


For drivers, please keep a careful watch for children when driving in the shopping precinct or residential streets as children can very quickly and easily move from safety to danger. Children act on impulse and have difficulty judging speed and distance.


Our New NI Traffic Handbook is now available on line & in print FOC.

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies.


If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Crimestoppers.com.au: 1800 333 000

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470 

Norfolk Island 2899                                     

Email: enquiries@police.gov.nf

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Community Matters - Responding on education

Friday, June 28, 2019



Community Matters

The Australian Government provides regular updates to the community on the development and progress of programs and services for Norfolk Island.


Responding on education

The Australian Government values the contribution and engagement from everyone on Norfolk Island, including teaching staff and the parents and community members, who support the school on a daily basis. Securing a way forward with a new service delivery partner is one of the Australian Government’s highest priorities.


Following on from a series of meetings about education transition on Island last week, the department has been working closely with the NSW Government to provide responses to questions asked by both the NICS P&C and teachers.


In line with the Australian Government’s commitment to keep the community informed about the status of the work we are doing to secure an alternate provider, next week the department will be circulating update #4 of an Education Information series as well as an update for teachers which will address as many of the questions from last week as comprehensively as possible. These updates will be available from the P&C committee, NICS Principal or by contacting us at NI.Education@infrastructure.gov.au 


Minister Nola Marino is working hard on behalf of the community to secure a long term education partner for Norfolk Island. This will give students, staff, parents and the school community the certainty it needs going forward. While this work progresses, the Administrator, Eric Hutchinson will keep the Principal and staff informed to ensure the community receives information as it becomes available.


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Community Matters - Have your say on proposed changes to local government elections laws

Friday, June 28, 2019



The Australian Government provides regular updates to the community on the development and progress of programs and services for Norfolk Island.


Have your say on proposed changes to local government elections laws

The Australian Government is asking the Norfolk community to have a say on proposed changes to the law dealing with Norfolk Island Regional Council elections.


To get ready for the council election, due to take place in September 2020, there needs to be a number of changes to the law to make sure it is fit for purpose.


The changes will ensure the law applying to NIRC elections is appropriate to the Island context and has a similar effect to the local government laws in NSW.


We are committed to continuing to keep the community informed and engaging with island residents. Anyone can have a say and give feedback on the proposed changes.


A discussion paper is available on the Department’s website that explains the changes, at www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/legislation-updates.aspx or in hard copy at the Office of the Administrator.


Some of the topics covered in the paper include treatment of political parties, political donations, lobbying, who may vote and qualifications for holding public office.


Please send your written comments by 5pm Friday 26 July 2019 to NI_Legislation@infrastructure.gov.au or to Norfolk Island and Mainland Territories Branch, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601.


The department intends to publish all submissions to the discussion paper, unless a request is made for a submission to be kept confidential or a submission contains other information that is not suitable to publish.


Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

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