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Norfolk Island Flora & Fauna Society

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Norfolk Island Flora & Fauna Society will be holding its Monthly Meeting on Monday night, 2nd of September, 6pm at the A&H Hall, behind Rawson Hall.

For more information, please contact Mark Hallam on 52509 or Margaret Christian on 50901.  New members welcome!  

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Thank you beautiful Norfolk Island 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

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The island's economy is basically unsustainable

Friday, August 30, 2019

Dear Alison

with just 24,300 tourists visiting Norfolk in 2018/19, the island's economy is basically unsustainable. 

With the vastly  increased operating costs to business through taxation, compliance costs and other Commonwealth financial imposts, many more local businesses will unfortunately be forced to close.

Bio security conditions-imposed from Canberra-are also literally destroying local businesses.

The experiment of the applied law regime model of governance has failed miserably in three short years on Norfolk, but then it hasn't worked in the Indian Ocean Territories since 1984.

Kind regards

Brett Sanderson

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Letter to David Smith

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Urgent intervention is called for before Norfolk Island becomes a failed state in the Pacific

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Community consultation on management strategy for Kingston and Cascade Ports

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Australian Government wants to hear from the Norfolk Island community on best options for the long-term management of Cascade and Kingston Ports.

With reliable and safe port operations essential to the economic wellbeing of the Norfolk Island community, a Ports Management Strategy is being developed by Grosvenor Performance Group.

Current issues and potential solutions will be explored with a wide range of local stakeholders, drawing on the expertise and knowledge of the Norfolk Island community.

Driven by community consultation and best practice, the strategy development project will consider sustainable sea-freight arrangements, landside infrastructure and operational requirements for the two ports.

Information on Norfolk Island’s ports will be combined with investigations into the freight industry in the South Pacific to identify appropriate options for future port management and infrastructure for the Island’s unique circumstances.

A community engagement plan has been developed, using the principles of the Community Engagement Framework which was co-designed by the Norfolk Island community and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. A fact sheet on the project can be found on the Department’s website at

Grosvenor’s first on-Island engagement will occur in the week of September 23. Invitations to workshops and interviews are being sent out to stakeholders and there will also be a pop-up engagement stall during this week. There will be a second set of sessions later in the year, at which the options for future management will be tested with the community.

Project documents will be available from the Department’s website as the project progresses. In addition to the on-Island sessions, Grosvenor Performance Group has set up a dedicated email address, which can be used to communicate with the project team. The address is

Eric Hutchinson

August 2019

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Air passengers to Norfolk Island boost tourism and economy

Friday, August 30, 2019

Some 30,000 people travelled to Norfolk Island as air passengers in 2018-19, boosting the Island’s tourism activity and economic opportunities.

With the Australian Government committed to keeping the local community informed on services and trends, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development has now released the second Airline Services for Norfolk Island fact sheet, summarising passenger data for the second half of the 2018-19 financial year.

Norfolk Island’s regular passenger air services are underwritten by the Australian Government and provided by Air New Zealand (Air NZ), to support the local community and economy.

This arrangement keeps ticket prices within a specified range to protect travellers from price fluctuations resulting from fuel cost changes and other factors.

The majority of people who came to Norfolk Island during 2018-19 were tourists – 73 per cent of total travellers – with the remainder of passengers visiting family and friends (8 per cent), coming for business (4 per cent), or Island residents (15 per cent).

Travellers coming to Norfolk Island from mainland Australia made up 94 per cent of all travellers in the past financial year. The next largest group over the period, at four per cent, came from New Zealand. Least common were travellers coming from Europe or other regions. Almost 80 per cent of visitors flying to Norfolk Island are aged 51 years and over.

Air NZ provides a core service of two flights per week from Brisbane and two flights per week from Sydney. In addition to the twice-weekly core service, there are three flights per week from mid-September to end-April between Sydney and the Island.

Air NZ started using the new A320neo aircraft on the Brisbane-Norfolk Island route in May 2019, with the new aircraft to be introduced on the Sydney route over the next year. The new aircraft provides the same capacity as the previous aircraft but with new seating and in-flight entertainment. Every Air NZ flight from Australia to Norfolk Island also has freight capacity. Air NZ prioritises air freight, such as medical supplies and mail. 

The airline actively promotes Norfolk Island as a destination through its website at This site also contains additional information about airline services to Norfolk Island.

The Australian Government also subsidises additional dedicated air freight flights through its contract with TOLL. The schedule of the TOLL freight flights is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development website at

Growth of the Norfolk Island tourism industry continues to be a Government priority. The Air New Zealand and Unique Tourism Collection annual Norfolk Island briefing recently took place in Sydney on August 21, where I joined a range of Australian Government representatives, Norfolk Island Regional Council, Air New Zealand officials and key Norfolk Island and mainland industry partners to discuss recent statistics and trends and future marketing plans. Stakeholders agreed it is in everyone’s interests to foster sustainable growth in tourism numbers to Norfolk Island.

Both fact sheets on airline services for Norfolk Island can be found at

Eric Hutchinson

July 2019

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Introduction to Daylight Saving Time in 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

As you are aware, Norfolk Island residents and businesses will shortly begin observing and enjoying Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Norfolk Island.

Each year, from the first Sunday in October, clocks on Norfolk Island will need to be moved forward one hour and then back one hour on the first Sunday in April. In 2019, DST will begin at 2am on Sunday 6 October and end at 2am on Sunday 5 April 2020.

It will be the first time DST is observed on Norfolk Island, after the community decided to enable more hours of daylight in the evening for recreation, health and wellbeing, as well as more time for tourist activities.

In 2017, the Norfolk Island Regional Council put a call out for the community’s perspective on the introduction of DST and 85 per cent of respondents strongly supported a change to Norfolk Island time through the warmer months.

Observing DST will also ensure that Norfolk Island remains one hour ahead of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory, and one hour behind New Zealand, all year round.

This will provide the benefit of consistency for business and tourism with the mainland and New Zealand.

To ensure the successful implementation of DST, my office and the Department have been working with the Norfolk Island Regional Council, as well as stakeholders on and off Island, to ensure the community and businesses are well prepared for the change.

We have also prepared a handy fact sheet which is available here:

Eric Hutchinson

August 2019

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Foodland Weekly Specials

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Principals Report

Friday, August 30, 2019

Congratulations Sally-Ann Thompson!

            Sally-Ann Thompson has been successful in being appointed the Acting Principal for Norfolk Island Central School in 2020.  Sally has been instrumental in partnering me to effect strategic change and improved practices across the school over the last two years in her role as Deputy Principal.

Sally’s appointment brings continuity in the school’s senior leadership team to build on the great foundations she has played a significant role in.  As Principal, knowing my term will come to a close at Norfolk Island Central School in 2019, I am content knowing that the school will continue to grow through upcoming opportunities under Sally’s leadership.

            I’d like to personally thank Sally for her committed practice, support and relentless pursuit for what is best for our students at Norfolk Island Central School.  Sally, I hope I have taught you as much about effective leadership as you have done for me.  Congratulations on your astute appointment as Acting Principal for 2020.

Love Bites – Respectful Relationships Program

On Tuesday, August 27, the school hosted the Love Bites Respectful Relationships Program in partnership with the community.  The day was a great success with students from Year 7 through to Year 12 engaging in activities designed to raise awareness around quality relationships, quality interactions with others, and ways to access support when needed.

The success of this program relies heavily on the support, time and dedication of teachers and key community members outside regular work hours.  I’d like to thank all who were involved for leading another great day.  Thanks also to our Head Teacher Wellbeing and Engagement, Chris English, for coordinating the team.

Tell Them From Me – Partners in Learning Survey

            Every year we invite parents to give us valued feedback about the school and the quality of our service delivery.  The ‘Tell Them From Me’ survey window is currently open between now and the end of the term.

            Advice on how to access the ‘Partners in Learning Survey’ will be sent to parents and carers next week.  We encourage all parents and carers to participate, so we can make accurate and informed assessment on areas for future development, to strengthen what we do.

Ancillary Staff Positions

I’d like to thank Claire Quintal from Department of Infrastructure for her assistance and support over the last few weeks as we have engaged in recruiting for additional support staff at the school.  Excitingly, we will be able to announce the two people joining our team in our new positions:

School Learning and Support Officer – Early Intervention P-2

Norfolk Island Engagement Officer

We have been very fortunate to have had such strong applicants throughout this recruitment process.  Thanks must also go out to Emma Cullen for her expertise and involvement in with the recruitment of the shared SLSO position between Banyan Park Early Learning Centre and the school.

P&C Meeting – Open Invitation

            Our next P&C Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4, at the school.  All are welcome to attend.  Our meetings kick off at 7pm in Room 21.  We hope to see you there!

Things coming up Term 3 - Week 7:

  • Book Week Parade – Tuesday, September 3.
  • Book Week Disco – Tuesday, September 3.
  • P&C Meeting – Wednesday, September 4.


Brett Carr

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