Southern Lightscapes Photography Workshop

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Norfolk Island Country Music Festival

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Keeping the Community Informed - Sussan Ley

Dear residents

I am looking forward to visiting the Island which I can now confirm will be from 12-16 November 2018. My trip will include a visit to key tourism destinations, including the Norfolk Island National Park and the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA). I know that KAVHA is a massive drawcard for national and international tourism, and that many tourists say that this is the main reason they become interested in visiting Norfolk. I would like to hear more about the community involvement and collaborative partnerships that have a positive impact on the sustainability of KAVHA going forward.

In good news for tourism, the custom-built passenger transfer vessels are on track to be delivered to Norfolk Island in mid-2019 in readiness for the 2019-20 cruise ship season. The vessels will be used to transfer passengers from the ships to the pier at either Cascade or Kingston. This will mean that cruise ships don’t need to use their own boats and should increase the numbers of cruise ship passengers that can visit Norfolk Island.

The first of the three vessels is nearing completion, with sea trials happening in the coming weeks. Design is also underway for the modifications to the roads which are necessary for the safe movement of the vessels to and from Cascade Pier.

I am disappointed to hear that the Pacific Explorer was not able to disembark passengers onto the Island last week. Cruise ship visits are a huge economic opportunity for the community and a fantastic time to showcase the local heritage and culture. I hope the new passenger transport vessels may assist with more frequent visits from cruise ship passengers.

I understand there are several projects that are likely to start in the Kingston area in the coming months. Some of these focus on improving the appeal of KAVHA to tourists.

Across the road from the golf club, a damaged roof of the duplex will be replaced, using Norfolk pine shingles. This is a great opportunity to showcase the traditional trades of Norfolk Island.

Preparations are underway to improve access to the disabled toilets near Slaughter Bay, which will improve the visitor experience to KAVHA. 

A project aimed at replacing old and poorly functioning sewage transfer and storage infrastructure in Kingston will also commence soon. This project will improve the quality of water flowing into Emily Bay, helping protect the health of residents and tourists who swim in the area. The reduction in pollution will also help protect the environment in the Norfolk Island Marine Reserve. 

The retaining wall at Cemetery Bay will also be rehabilitated, using timber and other materials that are similar to the existing structure.

Don’t forget that Round 3 of the Building Better Regions Fund closes for applications on 15 November 2018, and with $45 million earmarked for tourism-related ventures, I encourage Norfolk Island organisations to consider submitting an application. This funding opportunity has the potential to drive economic development, create local jobs and grow stronger partnerships across the community. I encourage interested applicants to speak with the Administrator about their application. 

As always, I encourage you to contact the Administrator’s office should you have any questions or concerns, or a particular matter on which you would like an update.

Lastly, I am very pleased to be able to visit Norfolk Island next month. During this time I would like to meet as many people as I am able to. I will make time to meet with individual residents. Please contact Eric Hutchinson, the Administrator, if you would like to meet with me.


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2018 Norfolk Island Fly-In

There’s been a buzz quite literally in the air this week with the sights and sounds of model aeroplanes being flown around the island by our local and 33 visiting model aero flyers from Tingalpa, Rockhampton and RANS Model Aero Clubs – also a flyer from Thailand! Here for the 2018 ‘Norfolk Island Fly In, Allen Danvers Challenge’ they’ve had a brilliant week of flying all around the Island.

Participating flyers brought over a range of electric planes and gliders for flying this week, all especially freighted over. There have not only been planes both big and small but also a para motor glider (complete with parachute); a quad copter with a 4 motors controller that can flip, roll – and get up to speeds of 160kmph! We can’t wait to see some of the imagery from a DJI Mavc quad with inbuilt camera that has taken footage over Kingston and the Island during the week.

Over the past six years the success of this annual event means it has become the highlight of the year for many flyers and each year more and more flyers participate. One of the reasons it works so well is that Norfolk Island is a pretty unique model-aero flying destination due to the variety of places to fly from according to conditions and that are all only 5 - 10 minutes away. Flying locations this week included early mornings at Kingston, each afternoon at Cemetery Bay, Ball Bay and on private properties. The guys would like to especially thank David and Margaret Buffett and Mat and Natalie Christian for use of their land.

As hosts for the week the local Norfolk Island Model Aero Club organised not only a great week of flying but also socialising with plenty of time to catch up with friends. From Helen and everyone at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre we wish the Tingalpa Model Aero Club and other Club members a good trip home today. We certainly hope to see you all back next year for another fabulous Norfolk Island Fly In, Allan Danvers Challenge.

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Time To Book Your Vets Tennis Place

Maybe you’re feeling the same as we are that this year is flying by much too quickly and Christmas will soon be here which means that it’s just 6 months the Cheryl Tennis Club once again hosts their Vets Tennis Championships in April 2019. And right now is the time to book your spot!

10 night Holiday Packages have been prepared allowing you to participate in opening and farewell events, play your games and also enjoy any non-tennis activities you’d like to join. This is also a great week for non-playing family and friends to join you on a Norfolk Island holiday together and they are welcome at all social events  as tickets can be separately purchased. Importantly that means of course they can also be there to cheer you on during your games!

Contact Maria Massey today on 1800 1400 66 or email for an Information Pack filled with accommodation choices and from there a $200 deposit will secure your place!

If you have a group of 10+ (including players and non-players), let Maria know as depending on where you choose to stay, one person’s accommodation will be for free!

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VETS Tennis Championships

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2019 Bounty Fours Bowls Tournament

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Kids Stay for Free at Archery Norfolk Island Championships

Ask any archer who has competed in an annual Norfolk Island Travel Centre 3D Archery Championships and they will most likely describe the event using words such as ‘fun, welcoming, genuinely friendly, safe and a brilliant course’. Norfolk Island certainly seems to have it all when it comes to an archery holiday.

The local Norfolk Island Archery Club stands out in the way they encourage and include juniors to join up, learn the sport and compete. This happens not only during weekly Club meets, but also during their Championships when local children compete alongside visiting archers. Timed to occur during the July school holidays and including events for cubs and juniors as well as adults, really makes this competition a fabulous family friendly event and holiday.

As a family you’ll have plenty to choose to do in between the competition including Mini Golf fun, Strawberry Fields maze, museums, golf, Ghost tours, 

And there are now even more reasons to book in to July 2019’s Norfolk Island Travel Centre 3D Archery Championships with a special ‘kids stay free’ deal, PLUS the chance to win a $100 voucher to either local businesses the Bounty Centre Toy Shop or the Golden Orb Cafe!

Make a 7 night family booking staying with Archery Norfolk Island accommodation sponsors and your kids will stay for free. This offer is valid when two adults book with up to 2 accompanying children aged 14 years or under at either Fletcher Christian Apartments or Pine Valley Apartments. Based on a family of four, you’ll save $380 staying at Fletcher Christian Apartments or $360 staying at Pine Valley.

Make the most of Norfolk Island Travel Centre’s Early Bird competition and go in the draw to win a $100 voucher from your choice of the Bounty Centre Toy Shop or the Golden Orb Café  by making your booking by Friday 21 December 2018. For full conditions and details on the Kids Stay Free offer and the Early Bird competition contact Helen reeves at or on 1800 1400 66.

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Norfolk Island Country Music Festival

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Norfolk Island Garden Week

Forty three visitors travelled to the Island this week to participate in Norfolk Island Garden Week activities. Included in the group were both CWA and U3A members, combining with avid gardeners and those simply interested in our wonderful natural environment. Timed to coincide with the Royal A & H Show, participants have joined a number of tours as well as independently joining many others.

Following a Welcome Dinner at Castaway Restaurant, everyone started their week with a half day island tour providing an overall orientation to the Island. Other tours during the week included a Guided Tour of the Botanical Gardens including green parrot talk and a private Bush Walk with Arthur Evans followed by morning tea at Captain Cook lookout.  The Hilli Goat tour – the Norfolk Whey was no doubt informative as well as delicious. Visiting a local Norfolk Island Garden Club member’s garden would have proved a highlight with the chance to see a local garden and talk with the owners. Attending the A & H Show also provided the opportunity to view our local produce, flowers, cooking, crafts and much more.

One participant commented on how thankful they felt towards all the locals they encounter running tours and opening up their gardens during this week, they have been welcomed wholeheartedly and had such a great time.

After finishing the week at a Farewell Dinner at The Olive Branch at the Golf Club, Teresa and all at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre sincerely hope that everyone has enjoyed their week. We’d love to welcome you back to the Island one day soon.

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