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all about us RUSSELL ROBERTSON – ORFM LAW How long have you lived in Bendigo? 25 years What do you love most about living in Bendigo? The people. The physical aspects of Bendigo are attractive but the people are very generous, kind and cheerful. It is truly a lovely place to live.
What is your favourite thing about springtime in Bendigo?
The weather is great. Spring means that daylight savings will soon start and I look forward to going home at the end of the day and still being able to be outside in sunshine. What is one thing people don’t know about you?
Amy Doak Andrea Coates
deputy editor Esther McRae
copy editor Ali Brakha
I have completed a marathon. I wasn’t fast but I got there. It gave me a lot of personal satisfaction.
JEN HARWOOD – DIRECT INCITE
How long have you lived in Bendigo? I moved from Sydney to live in Bendigo four years ago – wow, where has the time gone?
Esther McRae Dustin Schilling
graphic designer Ashleigh Leech
What do you love most about living in Bendigo?
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Bendigo is more relaxed and laid back, everything is only five to ten minutes away and you can see lots of stars at night!
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What is your favourite thing about springtime in Bendigo?
Kristen Allender, Steev Cowled, Shelley Friesen, Sharon Greenaway, Sarah Harris, Hayden McDonnell, Amanda Mann, Esther McRae, Jennifer Mellberg, Pam Harvey, Jacqui Mott, James O’Brien.
The roses are in bloom and the tulips are on full display. What is one thing people don’t know about you? I enjoy rainbows and have been known to stop whatever I’m doing (driving or working) and go and admire them, and if possible, take a picture.
contributors Katarina Binks, Jaime Cail, Kylie Freer, Jennifer Harwood, Geoff Hocking, Brikitta Kool-Daniels, Ash McAuliffe, Wayne McAuliffe, Paul Murphy, John Pawsey, Russell Robertson, Amy Sim, Heyltje Vaneveld.
photography HEYLTJE VANEVELD – VIBRANT WELLNESS How long have you lived in Bendigo?
Terri Douglas, Rod Doak, David Field, Ashleigh Leech, Cris Palmer, Kylie Ross, Mal Whitehead, Paige Willie.
I can’t believe it, but 21 years. Bendigo is my home now. My heritage is Dutch, though I was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada.
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The ease; Bendigo is a complete city providing plenty of opportunities, yet remains quiet, country and comfortable. What is your favourite thing about springtime in Bendigo? Seeing the city wake up after winter – spring blossoms.
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20 In the bathroom 1 Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and save around 9,000 litres of water a year
Replace your old cistern with a dual flush cistern and save up to 36, 000 litres of water each year
For a cheaper but effective alternative install a shower flow control valve
Put a plug in the sink while shaving
Reduce your shower from 8 minutes to 4 minutes and save around 20,000 litres of water a year – this can be reduced even more when a water efficient shower head is in use.
Save Water In the kitchen 9 10
Install tap aerators and reduce water flow by 50%
Try the economy cycle on your dishwasher
Use a basin to wash fruit and vegetables or rinse your dishes, and use the water on your plants
Replace tap washers as soon as they begin to leak
In the laundry
Replace your old shower rose with one that’s AAA rated or better and use up to 50% less water in the shower
Repair a leaking toilet as it can waste up to 16,000 litres of water a year Put a full plastic bottle in an old single flush toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used each flush
When it comes time to replace your old top loading washing machine, consider purchasing a front loading washing machine as they use up to 50% less water
Change the water level on your washing machine to suit the load
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Always use a broom to clean your driveway or footpath.
Consider hardy ground covers or paving instead of lawn
Choose drought resistant plants and grasses.
Use rain saver crystals in your garden
Spread mulch on garden beds and reduce water loss by up to 70%
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Meet the future – Bendigo youth taking on the world!
that lad called dad
Happy Fathers’ Day to some amazing local dads
living your best
This fundraising queen sure knows how to promote a good cause – doing more for Bendigo than most people know
who’s up for pizza
Here’s a few locals putting their vote in for best pizza in Bendigo
the school of wines
Learning the art of making wine has never been easier – or tastier – thanks to the winery at BRIT
twin festivals to taste and savour
October means it’s almost summer with long, sunny days and two great wine festivals – Heritage Uncorked and the Heathcote Wine Festival
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Talk about loving your sport – anyone who knows a horse rider knows how passionate they are…we meet a local who fits the bill.
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They say moving is one of the biggest and most stressful, things a person can do in their life…and it is safe to say that moving an office is about as hard as moving a house!! Our little bendigo magazine home in View Point was lovely – we had a gorgeous view of the Fountain and we were literally a stone’s throw from everything central! However, our rapid growth over the past three years (yep, we are nearly that old!) has meant more full time staff and we grew out of the space we had. So, we moved…to our new home in Barnard Street. And it is just as lovely, I must say! Another brilliant old building and loads of light. We even scored our own little history lesson on the new location (see page 82 – thanks, Geoff!) We often speak with people who have made the move to Bendigo… selecting it above all other regional centres…quite a compliment, I would think. What we found interesting about this issue is that we spoke with a number of people who have lived here for many years… and who do their very best not to ever leave. From some outstanding young people (see pages 27 & 30) to some well-known locals who have long been doing great things for our community (see pages 28 & 54), it seems that we aren’t the only ones who think that Bendigo is a stellar place to live! I personally love Bendigo during spring. We certainly live an al fresco life in this region and winter often reminds us how much we take that for granted. So here’s to longer days, Spring Racing Carnivals, wedding season (which we are now also checking in on – see from page 135) and plenty of sunshine. Enjoy your version of spring in Bendigo, and happy reading!
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Gorgeous local girl, Jaime Engelsman and her beautiful little daughter, Cameron, are making the most of spring and all it has to offer out at Bendigo’s Mohair Farm. Jaime is dressed by Mona Lisa with make up by Lois McBain. Cameron is dressed by Milt and Joe. Thanks to Joe at the Bendigo Mohair Farm for letting us hang out with the cute lambs! Photography by David Field.
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what’s the go Tim & Sharon Carlson Welcome You
letters to the editor To bendigo magazine I was delighted to read the ‘bendigo magazine’ as I used to live in Bendigo and I still have many family and friends that do. It was great to see what’s happening and keep up-to-date with all that’s relevant. Thanks for the read. Lyndall, Sunshine Coast (We love that people from all over the country – well, world for that matter – are keeping in touch with what is happening in Bendigo. If you are looking for a subscription so we can send a magazine far and wide, visit www.bendigomagazine.com - ed)
Dear Amy I read with interest the article on local student, teacher and writer, John Snowdon, on page 75 of the autumn magazine. The author of the article also noted that another local writer had a story in ‘Short and Twisted’ – Miranda Brash-Brennan. One of the dangers when naming names is that someone else, who has achieved similar status, may be excluded. In this case it was Rebecca John, who lives and works in Bendigo. May I suggest that she somehow be mentioned retrospectively? My regards, Joy, Bendigo
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(Thanks for the heads up, Joy!! We weren’t aware of Rebecca’s contribution to the anthology and it is great to hear that there is yet another quality writer in our midst. We will certainly be keeping tabs on her work. Check out a couple of other quality local writers doing great things on pages 79, 165 and 168. – ed)
To the editor I am writing to say how much it pleased me to see Sarah Harris’ recent article on Maple Street Primary (winter 2008) in your magazine. It was an interesting and quirky way to start a story on a school, particularly one with such a long history of serving the Bendigo community. As the employer of the cleaner responsible for keeping the school clean, including the toilets, it was nice to see such a positive opening to Sarah’s article regarding the ‘cleanliness’ of the girl’s toilets. Not long after this article was written, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development conducted a cleaning audit of Maple Street Primary and the school got a 100% pass rate on all matters related to cleaning. In our industry, cleaners are usually only noticed if something is not quite right. It was nice to see Sarah notice when something was, in fact, quite right! Thank you for your great magazine. Martin, Bendigo (Great news, Martin! And to give Martin a little plug – if you are looking for the cleanest, cleaners around…it seems Bendigo Property Services might be a start… - ed) Congratulations, Martin – you are the writer of this issue’s winning letter!
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in the know This is the bit where we let you know what’s happening in business…what’s new, who’s who and things that are happening around town. Got something to share?? Email us at email@example.com
Managers may be shocked to discover the hidden costs of hiring the wrong person. A recent analysis put the actual cost of a mis-hire at up to 70% of the person’s annual salary! To avoid these costs, organisations need to have sound hiring strategies and practices in place to find the right people.
new faces at bristol A few changes have been going on at Bristol Paint and Decorator Centre - Bendigo over the last few months. Not only has the premises undergone a rather noticeable exterior makeover (yes it’s the bright red store at the top of Williamson Street) but the interior has also had a major facelift. You can now choose your colours in the comfort of the complimentary coffee lounge whilst the kids enjoy the new dedicated play area. New owner Warrick Broad brings with him 25 years trade experience and a passion for customer service. The team wouldn’t be complete without Steve who has 35 years trade & industry experience and Sharon who has added to her 12 years in the trade by completing her Colour Consulting Diploma six years ago. So why not pop in and talk to the expert team at Bristol Paint & Decorator Centre - Bendigo at 113 Williamson Street, give them a call on (03) 5443 4344 or access the website www.bristol.com.au
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parwill swill open their cellar door If fresh air, warm weather, green grass, full dams, spring lambs, sunny days and a party atmosphere sound like a fantastic time; then come along to ParWill Swill when they celebrate all their achievements over the past 10 years. In particular, the opening of their cellar door at 199 Moorabbee Road, Knowsley. ParWill Swill has also won the highest award given to any wine in the ‘Fortified and Dessert Wine’ section of the Wine Style Asia Award in the Wines for Asia Expo. Their Premium Gold medal was received for the 2002 vintage Roadside Rosé plum wine. The philosophy at ParWill Swill has always been about the care of the environment; who have just installed a new composting system. Contact the Swillery to find out how you too can care for the environment with the new system. Celebrations are planned for November. Stay tuned for a confirmed date on the bendigo tourism website www.bendigotourism.com
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maldon money In what is almost certainly a first in Australia, Maldon has produced a gift voucher that can be redeemed at virtually every business in town. Called Maldon Money, it has been developed by the Community Bank and the local business association, Maldon Inc. Maldon Money is available in multiples of $10 and can be spent at over 80 businesses – retail, accommodation, food & wine and even petrol or the steam train. Maldon has changed. The heritage streetscapes remain intact but a new generation of shops selling smart clothing, gifts and jewellery, organic produce, contemporary homewares and Japanese furniture are now part of Maldon’s ‘mix’. All the old favourites are still there of course - lace, lollies, antiques & collectables and craft - making Maldon a great place to spend a gift voucher. Contact the Community Bank on (03) 5475 1747 to buy Maldon Money or have it posted to you. 20
Friday October 3rd is this year’s annual Celebrity Art Show and Auction raising much needed funds for Vision Australia. Hosted by Vision Australia Radio (VAR) Bendigo 88.7FM, this major event will take place at the Bendigo Town Hall and will showcase the talent (or lack thereof) of local well known people around Bendigo. Armed with a canvas and paints in primary colours, the Celebrity Artists will be doing their best to create something of value! Tickets are $25 and include finger food and champagne on arrival. For more details, contact Vision Australia on (03) 5445 5700.
the perfect spring fling! The spring theme for the upcoming Mayoral Ball will bring a bright and radiant feeling to all who attend. But for those whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence the joy of spring is often lost. That is why the funds raised from this year’s Mayoral Ball will go to support the great work being done by Annie North Women’s Refuge & Domestic Violence Service. If you haven’t got your tickets already you will have to hurry as seats are limited and have been selling fast. For those who would simply like to make a donation, Bendigo Bank are accepting financial gifts at their Fountain Court branch. The Ball’s spring theme will be dazzling, the guests will be pampered and it will be a night to remember! For full details see page 51
more time for fun! Sandhurst Cleaning Service have been in the cleaning business for many years! While they offer commercial cleaning services such as window cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning and a 24hour flood emergency service, Sandhurst Cleaning Service also offer domestic cleaning. This is the exciting bit! This is where Sandhurst Cleaning Service can give your family more quality time together instead of spending all that valuable time cleaning your home. Sandhurst Cleaning Service are your Family Fun Co-ordinators. Phone (03) 5442 2227 for more information.
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Hempel on High is located in the beautiful heritage town of Maldon. The business is housed in an amazing building that was built in 1863. In more recent years it has been renovated back to its original splendour, and is situated in High Street, which is often referred to as the Paris end of town. The eclectic range of treasures that you will find here will bring delight to all. The fashion is exciting and stylish. From our very own label (which is a little different) to the much loved favourites. So drop in and see us, we are always happy to help you find that special gift or put together a fantastic outfit.
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Jac Griffiths who has a professional background in Women’s Health Nursing, is passionate about women’s health and women living in the Bendigo area and believes that Women’s Choice will help address a shortage of access to female practitioners in Bendigo and surrounding areas. Jac believes that all woman should have access to a positive Pap test experience! Now also running Thursday evening and Saturday morning appointments. For more information on the services Women’s Choice provide give Jac Griffiths a call on (03) 5441 2466. ➤
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xtreme adventures Xtreme Adventures is a Bendigo based company that was established as a result of a shared passion for fun, personal development, and experiencing the best the outdoors has to offer, both at home and abroad. In fact, you’re invited to join us for our Himalayan adventure to Nepal in April 2009. Whether driven by the possibility of summiting a 6,000m plus mountain, or trekking to spectacular locations including the famous Mt Everest Base Camp, you’ll be in safe hands. Closer to home, Xtreme Adventures also offer team building programs for schools, businesses, sporting clubs and caters for casual groups who just want to experience the excitement of rock climbing in a safe and relaxed environment. For more information contact us on 0400 634 626, or visit our website www.xtremeadventures.net.au Photo Caption: Mt Everest summitteer and Xtreme Adventures Climbing Guide, Tika Bahdor Tamang.
your space constructions Local builder Matt Hargreaves has become quite the alfreso expert with new business, Your Space Constructions! Your Space Constructions focuses mainly on outdoor construction – decking, pergolas, verandahs, entertaining areas etc. They also offer a wider range of services from the construction of a cubby house to building a retaining wall as well as minor renovations and home maintenance. Your Space Constructions enjoy working closely with clients to develop their ideas from conception to finished product and love to see people gaining greater use of their outdoor spaces. Given the wonderful climate in Bendigo, the addition of an alfresco area is a worthwhile investment for every homeowner. For a free, no obligation quote call 0407 829 130 or email email@example.com
castlemaine artists’ market Launch into spring Sunday 7th September 9am – 2pm! The Castlemaine Artists’ Market is held on the first Sunday of the month in the Courtyard of the Theatre Royal. Artists who show and sell their work include potters, painters, printmakers, textile artists, jewellery designers, sculptors and soapmakers. Run by artists from the local community, the Market aims to provide: - a chance for people to talk directly with designers and makers about their work; - a venue for artists to promote their work, build networks and be part of a community of makers; and - a pathway for the growth of arts businesses and community arts projects. Location: Theatre Royal 30 Hargraves St Castlemaine. Information & stall bookings: Kirsten (03) 5472 2790 or Melinda 0407 833 638. www.theatreroyal.info
You may have noticed recently on your travels down the ever changing Bath Lane, a new gorgeous shop that has just opened it’s doors! The Eternal Vase specialise in beautiful and everlasting forms of floral decorations that are suitable for homes, offices, businesses, motels, bars, restaurants, churches, function centres, weddings and other special events. The Eternal Vase stocks the largest selection of quality artificial flowers and plants in Bendigo and you are welcome to choose from their wide selection or have an arrangement specially made to order! Owner operator Miranda is a fully qualified florist and can assist you with all your floral needs. She invites you to come in and check out her beautiful new premises for yourself. Visit The Eternal Vase at Shop 1/22 Bath Lane Bendigo or give Miranda a call on (03) 5442 1622 for further information.
urban corridor Since returning to Bendigo in October last year, Brad and Wendy Ford have settled into the country Victorian swing of things like they had never really left it. They have in fact been living in the West on-and-off for the past 21 years. Wendy has played the hospitality game, managing a restaurant in Broome and working for Alan Bond’s “Observation City Hotel” in Scarborough. Wendy then got in touch with her retail side with a ten year carreer in senior management positions with David Jones in Hay Street Perth. Wendy’s husband Brad has cooked in restaurants from Port Douglas to Perth, and has also promoted Australian produce in Mauritius, Singapore & Jakarta for various government and trade departments. Wendy and Brad have returned to Bendigo and opened Bendigo’s latest men’s and women’s fashion store “Urban Corridor”. “We have tried to group together an affordable range of fashion that has not been available in Bendigo before” Wendy said. Brad and Wendy have chased labels they have been asked for since opening their shop. Their shops appearance takes on a fresh and new look as often as possible by constantly changing its stock and continually looking for new and exciting labels for both men and women. Urban Corridor is located at 14 Mitchell Street Bendigo and can be contacted on (03) 5441 8330
boost enterprises Boost Enterprises is the exclusive Australian distributor for Escera and Volition surf clothing. Boost Enterprises was started in 2004 by Ben Matthews whilst studying at university. The business unexpectedly began when Ben sold some spare motorcycle parts that he had on eBay; this gave him the idea to import on a regular basis. Due to the high volume of sales Ben formed an internet retail mail order outlet known as ‘Boost Bikes’ (boostbikes.com.au). Over the last year the business has grown into distribution where Ben works directly with companies based in the United States and UK and imports their products to retailers throughout Australia. To see some of the Escera surf clothing range, check out our fashion pages (from page 107) or visit the Escera website at www.escera.com ■
Feeling well is the FIRST step to living well Being healthy is normal – if you don’t feel full of life, look at what is out of balance in your life.
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Many clients are surprised to experience relief from decade long complaints! Frequently clients report sleeping the best they have in years & not knowing how energy draining & stressful their ‘everyday aches & pains’ were until they were gone.
Improved quality of life is important for everyone Too many people are limiting their lifestyles & rejecting beloved hobbies/activities due to pain stiﬀness & weakness. Relief is possible regardless of age, arthritis or results of other treatments. Chiropractic is unique; using gentle, modern, low force methods, it is safe & eﬀective for all age groups.
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songs to make you smile! Justine Clarke is back with a national tour to celebrate the release of her new CD, Songs To Make You Smile. This acclaimed Australian actor, singer and star of ABC TV’s Play School will tour Bendigo as part of her Australia-wide tour. Justine Clarke will perform on stage with her live band as she journeys through a fun filled musical landscape singing old favourites and cool songs for kids from her new CD, ‘Songs To Make You Smile’. For more information on Justine’s tour, go to www.justineclarke.com.au
it’s our shout This Spring, check out The Bridge Hotel Dining Room and their stunning new menu. Better still, we’ll shout you your meal when you take someone special out for dinner. You could win a voucher for $60 to spend on entrée, main or dessert or all three for one person. Simply send your name and address and why you would like a night out with a special loved one to firstname.lastname@example.org
calling all ‘yummy mummies’ Do you need an excuse for a night out with the girls? Have you ever wondered how to dress for your shape but feel like it’s all too hard? Then why not check out ‘YUMMY MUMMY’ an event featured as part of Bendigo Fashion Week 2008 on Tuesday the 9th of September at GPO. Come and see the latest fashion as part of a panel presentation by Bendigo’s leading retailers as you get ready for spring. Even better; learn how to wear it all as Marnie Bowles of There is Hope, will teach guests about how to dress for your shape. Cocktails and canapes on arrival, tickets are $25 from bendigo magazine. To win two tickets to this event, simply email your name and address with why you aspire to be a yummy mummy to email@example.com 24
To win one of 5 double passes to the show at JB Osborne Theatre on Thursday the 11th of September, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what your favourite Justine Clarke song is. Entries close Monday the 8th of September.
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zak dempster Kangaroo Flat boy, Zak Dempster, started competitive cycling at the ripe old age of 13! In 2004 he competed in the Australian team at the Commonwealth Youth Games and just before that he even won the Austral Wheelrace – the youngest ever winner. Currently in Europe, Zak is racing and training hard, before returning back to Bendigo (and Oz) for our summer of racing. What is a typical day like for you? My life basically revolves around three day blocks of training: three days of hard training, one day recovery - repeat process. I try to work in a core stability session most mornings which lasts around 45mins, followed by breakfast before heading out onto the road. On average I would do four and a half hours of training a day, but I have done three day blocks totaling 18+ hours of ride time. I much prefer that to 18+ hours at a desk in three days so it doesn’t bother me one ounce.
What made you get into cycling? I think my competitive nature lead me to cycling. I grew up watching the Bendigo Madison and my Father competing in two Hawaiin Ironmans so I suppose I was directed to cycling through my surroundings - if it wasn’t cycling I had gotten into it would have been something else goal driven.
Were you encouraged to pursue your dream? My parents have provided the most encouragement any parent can give to their son/daughter. Whether it was Dad getting home from night shift at 5am and leaving in the car by 8am to take me to some U15 handicap halfway between Avoca and Ararat, or Mum driving me to gym at 5:30am after working all night at Scope. Also Tim Decker (local cyclist and cycling coach) has been a major influence on how I prepare mentally and physically.
What made you decide to keep Bendigo as a base? Besides the fact that all my family and the majority of my friends are in Bendigo; the main thing is how dynamic Bendigo is. The centre has a really upbeat modern city feel, but in 5kms you’re into a ‘small town country feel’ riding through paddocks – it’s such a nice in-between.
Who are some of the big names you’ve ridden with? I’ve trained at one point or another with most of the Australian Professional cyclists including Cadel Evans. We had a really cool team after party at the world championships last year in Stuttgart where most of Australian cycling partied down.
What are some of the countries you have spent time in? I’ve visited 16 countries in the last two years - I’m currently based in Italy, which would be my favourite besides Australia. I also love Japan and Switzerland. I had quite a cool experience in Thailand last year: I actually rode over the bridge over the river Kwai - that was cool.
You are overseas again right now…what big race are you preparing for now? I’m currently preparing for the Tour of Britain and Tour of Ireland, along with some Italian racing and Belgian racing, after which the World Road Championships will take place in Varese, Italy - it’s actually where we live so it’s sort of a home town affair.
Your ‘job’ sounds pretty great…any downsides? I love what I do - I’m thankful for it every day. The most difficult thing is being away from my family and girlfriend for so long - it’s really difficult and I miss them very much. Also at times (as with any job) there are difficult people to deal with on a regular basis. Also, falling on my backside and injuries are two things that definitely require some will power to recover from.
And the positives? I’m 20 years old, traveling the world, experiencing new things in new places most weeks - whilst doing a job I love. Also, the amount I can eat when I am training hard - especially Italian pizza.
What have been some personal highlights over the years? I smile every time I think of the 2006 Bendigo Madison - that was extremely satisfying. There are so many more trophies I still want to put into the cabinet though - so I try to focus on acquiring those rather than my past success.
When you are away, is there anything you miss about Bendigo? I miss that the shops are open all day - Italians shut up shop at 12pm and have a feast for lunch and some wine, followed by a quick kip then re-open around 3ish, it becomes quite frustrating when you need something between those times! Like I mentioned before, I also love the contrast of city and country that Bendigo maintains.
What advice would you give to other young people growing up in the Bendigo region about chasing their dreams? You only get one shot at life so don’t sell yourself short in pursuing your ambitions, however high they may be. A lot of people limit themselves according to their insecurities or by underestimating their potential work out what it is that you want, understand how to get it - then go about attaining it. Bear in mind that things change, people change so you won’t have the same ambition your entire life and don’t be afraid to change it. ■ 27
derek devrieze I attended Asquith Boys High, in the northern suburb of Sydney. It was a long time ago, but from what I can remember, it was good and had its moments. Back when I went to school the cane was not my friend, the occasional infliction of pain has lasting memories. For me it was like an annual event, doing something stupid resulted in some red marks across the hand. In one instance, it was either the cane or having my bike impounded by the headmaster. Apparently, skid marks on the school quadrangle were not appreciated. Mind you, it was harder riding home that day with my hands red and throbbing after either two or four cuts of the cane. On the positive side, I was in the school’s Chess Club so we travelled to other schools in the district for interschool competitions and I won a few games. There was one disadvantage that I recall and that was that the Asquith Girls School was on the other side of town. A friend of mine who was doing a course at La Trobe encouraged me to enrol there. I liked what they had to say about La Trobe and the courses they were doing. So I thought why not? A degree in business would be handy, you never know where that will lead you or the opportunities that come your way when you complete the degree. I undertook the Bachelor of Business degree. I really appreciated the additional knowledge, skills and its relevance to work. As a part-time, mature aged student the night subjects meant that I got home late – after 9pm. Also, I struggled to meet the number of words required to complete the assignments. I liked economics but I found that difficult, it was not the lecturers, it was that I could not grasp some of the concepts. With a little extra effort, burning the midnight oil I got through. I developed some good friendships and University is a great source for networking. I am still friends with some of the current and past lecturers and also I catch up occasionally with past La Trobe Bendigo identity, David Ensor. As a part-time student, I was working full time, therefore no transition issues for me like with younger students. Having said that, I had less time to spend with my wife Carol and children, Anna and Christian. Once the course was completed, I became more involved with my children’s sports. Both children were in swimming club and that meant time travelling to competitions. I even got into a few swimming relays with them. Anna was in pony club and athletics and Christian played soccer and raced go-karts. I had a go at that too, but success went Christian’s way! Currently my title is National Manager of Business Partnerships at Bendigo Bank. It is an interesting role in that it connects me to many interesting people in government, industry and communities. My role allowed me to connect with others in the community to create the Central Victorian Business Network (CVBN). Collaboration and broad community partnership was the key to its establishment and on going success. You learn that people like helping others succeed and networking provides the venue and the opportunity. I am also a non-executive director on the Board of Landpartners Limited, a Brisbane based company. I travel to Brisbane once a month for Board meetings and Audit Committee meetings. After 23 years I am about to leave Bendigo Bank. Over that time I have had a variety of roles starting at Sandhurst Trustees. I have been fortunate to have had many wonderful experiences and developed good friendships inside and outside the Bank. I certainly believe my time at Univeristy helped me through my career development within the Bendigo Bank Group and in my role at Landpartners. In more ways than one my involvement in La Trobe’s Alumni played an important part too. In particular it introduced me to La Trobe’s Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities and the guys at Compelling Economics (an offshoot of La Trobe). I believe my La Trobe degree will help me in the next stage of my life also…whatever that may be! ■ 28
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I asked Shannon if he had a hero.
One of the youngest managers of national company Fone Zone, Shannon had an impressive 2007. As well as winning the Vibe award from his company, Fone Zone, Shannon was also a finalist in the Australian Retailers Association ‘Young Retailer of the Year Award.’
“I was asked this at the ‘Young Retailer Award’ and I answered ‘Richard Branson’. I used to work for Virgin mobile and I won an award through those guys and he actually brought us over to the UK. We didn’t get to meet him but just doing research on him [I found out that] he started off very simple, thinking outside the square… having a go.”
“The Vibe award,” explained Shannon, “is an award for achieving company core values that include making Fone Zone a great place to work while offering high levels of customer service and [ensuring the business has] strong performance.” Originally from Wycheproof, Shannon moved to Bendigo when he was 18 in order to study graphic design at BRIT. He has worked for various retail companies and worked as a personal trainer. In October this year he will have been with Fone Zone for three years. “With my job today [as well as managing the store] I do a lot of visual merchandising. I’m also studying interior design part time at R.M.I.T. I travel down to Melbourne every Friday and my company is really good as they give me access to be able to study. It’s a lot harder working full time and studying at the same time.” 30
For people unsure of a career choice, Shannon advises, “I think retail is a very good way to start as it gives a good grounding. Fone Zone has taught me lots of things at a management level as well as a personal level, such as organising and planning things. At the end of the day you have to work for [what you want], as life is not a dress rehearsal.” Shannon envisages that the skills he is obtaining with his studies will be incorporated by the company in various areas including visual merchandising and marketing at a national level. In the longer term Shannon wants to explore and develop his love of visual design. “I hope to be more in the interior design industry, that would be good. Retail is a good area to be in, but it would be good to be [more involved] with design.”
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The singer Having seen her performance at the Bendigo Eisteddfod I was looking forward to meeting 16-year-old Lizzie Barrow, winner of the 2007 Bcentral Youth Awards – Arts/music award. The person I met was a quietly spoken, passionately determined young woman. Singing, for Lizzie, is an integral part of her life “I do a lot of it,” she explained, “As well as practising every two days at home, I have a lesson once a week with my singing teacher, Marj Somerville. I’ve been with her for about six years and she is fantastic. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. Then there’s the Cathedral Choir, the school choir, and also on Sundays in Mass. At my school, Catholic College, my music teacher, Cathy Moore, helps me a lot. “Singing is my biggest way of expressing myself, whether I am angry or sad there’s always a song to sing. I like the fact that you can bring out all sorts of emotions in other people; when I sing sadder songs it tends to make them cry. To know that I can bring that emotion out of people and to have them come up later on and say how fantastic that was is the best thing, it’s what I love about it.” Lizzie has definite goals for her future. “I want to study at the Victorian College of the Arts. I also want to go to Venice and sing at the Fenicci Opera School and especially go to the La Scala Theatre in Rome. If I can achieve these goals within the next five to ten years it would be
fantastic. I’m always conscious of the fact that what I want to achieve is really difficult; that is to become a worldwide famous opera singer. “[The downside to this is that] I know that to achieve this would mean I would have to do a lot of touring and this would be really difficult to find a partner in life and have a family and have kids as I would hate to cart kids around and keep them moving from school to school. This goal is the one thing I really want, and I know that you should always accomplish your dreams otherwise you’ll be sitting there later on and thinking, ‘What could have happened, what might I have accomplished?’ And I don’t want that to happen.” Lizzie’s Mum and Dad and especially her Grandmother support her in her goals. Lizzie was happy to offer advice for those people who are thinking of a career in music. “You can’t suddenly jump into something, you’ve always got to start small. Lessons are always a fantastic thing to do, because it may not seem like you need them but it really develops the voice and takes you to places that you never thought you could go. Also you shouldn’t get scared by the idea that there are so many other fantastic singers out there that you can’t achieve what you want to achieve. “No matter what the talent is, if you are passionate about it, take it as far as you can.” ➤ 31
The future leader Danielle Wheeldon was a winner in the 2007 Bcentral Youth Awards in the field of Education & Training – Future Leader. “Last year at Eaglehawk Secondary College I was part of a group of ten students called BYTE (Borough Youth Taking on Eaglehawk),” explained the softly spoken 16-year-old. “The group gained a grant and then we asked people in the community to write an application to us so that we could give them money to help the community.” This project is one of many that Danielle has been involved in and her impressive C.V. includes participating in the Energy Breakthrough (2003/07), Wakakirri dance (2007) competition for schools and the 2006 River health conferences. I asked Danielle what was her motivation to get involved in things. “You can go to school,” she replied, “and you can do the homework and all that and you can think school is so boring, but I think school is what you make it. I guess I just wanted to do something so that it would make the year good. I haven’t been involved in so much this year because it’s been a bit busy [with study and exams] at Bendigo
Senior Secondary. Last year I saw the opportunities as exactly being that, opportunities to make new skills and meet new people.” “When I won the award I was very honoured and proud to think that people would recognise me for it, as I never felt like I was doing anything special or anything because I knew that there were a lot of other great kids at my school and other schools who I thought were a lot smarter than me. The fact that they acknowledged me for something good was something I was really proud of.“ Danielle is still keeping up her editing commitments at Lead On Bendigo in her role as one of the editors of LOOP, the weekly supplement in the Bendigo Advertiser. This interest in journalism is one that she would like to pursue as a career. As to the type of person she aspires to being, Danielle looks for inspiration from her heroes – her mum and dad because “they are hard workers and honest and kind people; I just want to turn out as decent as they are.” Finally some advice to those who may not think they can achieve the sort of things that Danielle has. “You can do it, never underestimate what you are capable of, never think that you can’t do something; get involved. Don’t be scared and just sit back and watch other people.”
The community leader 2006 Young Citizen of the Year, James Reade, has done a lot for the community since he was 15-years-old and was, as he describes himself, “just an average kid.” It was at this time that James was encouraged by his mum and the promise of free pizza, to go along with a couple of his mates, to a Lead On community youth forum to discuss the Commonwealth Youth Games. “[We] went along and got involved and they gave us $3,000 to organise a music gig for the games,” James explained. “That was back in 2004. From there I really enjoyed learning so many new skills and meeting so many new people, and so Chris DeAraugo from Lead On got me involved in lots of other projects. One of them was Community Door. I remember going along wearing my board shorts and thongs to my first board meeting with this group and toward the end of the meeting the C.E.O., the late Peter Krenz, turned to me and asked me my opinion about Bcentral. I remember thinking ‘Hang on there. Is this high profile community leader asking me, 15-year-old Jimmy, my opinion about a $2.4 million building?” “[I realised then] that I can make an impact on my community, but also my community can help me as well.” From there James got involved with the Bcentral project in as many ways as possible, from buying the furniture to developing a marketing plan to organising the Bcentral week and then emceeing the opening of the building in 2005. While being an enthusiast for Lead On, it was a different story for James and school. As he tells it, “School and I never did get along. I learn by doing practical things, real life things, that’s why I enjoy Lead On because everything you do is real life… When I was in year 10 a school based traineeship popped up and I asked the careers teacher about it and then I started doing this at Lead On and finished last year, having done VCE.” 2006 was quite a year for James, as he also went on the sailing ship the Young Endeavour. “We went from Geelong to Melbourne via
Tasmania and I threw up 33 times! The experiences you get out of that…just learning how to work with 25 other young people. I was lucky enough to be elected XO (executive officer) for 24 hours. My job was to steer the ship and tell the crew what to do.” In November he went to India with eight other young people from his school, Catholic College, as part of the Immersion Tour. The school had raised $8,000 and the group took that money across and gave it to an orphanage and eight schools. In 2007 James won the ‘Victorian School Based Student of the Year’, which came with a $10,000 scholarship. James has done a lot of public speaking and provided he is organised, he doesn’t get nervous. “If you talk from the heart,” James adds, “if you are passionate about what you are speaking about then you shouldn’t have any problem talking.” James has umpired football since he was 12 and last year joined the Bendigo Umpires Association as a director. James’ current role at Lead On as Projects Officer means he facilitates the projects that Lead On undertakes to engage young people in the community. “This job is the best job anyone could ask for,” said James, “as you are doing fun things every day and you are also seeing people grow and achieve, there’s nothing more powerful and rewarding than watching someone achieve something.” People who have helped James along the way include Chris DeAraugo, Ray Shaw and the late Peter Krenz. James admires “Nelson Mandela because he has gone through so much and been knocked down so many times and still has the ability to get up and fight for what he is passionate about and what he knows is right.” James’ plans for the future? “As Shakespeare once said, ‘The world is my oyster’…who knows where I can be in two or five years time, but staying in a role where I can help people and help them develop themselves and to work within communities is something that I am passionate about and something I enjoy doing.” ➤ 33
The mechanic 25-year-old V8 Supercar Series race engine builder Brad Nankervis started his career working in his family’s boat building business at Lake Eppalock. Brad works for Ford Performance Racing, building cars to race in Australia’s biggest touring car series. Last year he travelled with the series, which tours New Zealand, Bahrain and all over Australia. When interviewed Brad had just celebrated his engagement to local Bendigo girl, Victoria Gill. Brad’s journey from his family’s boat business to working in the car-racing field has been a long one. “I really got into cars when I started with British Sporting cars in Bendigo after a guy who was an apprentice at my family’s business started up his own business. I’d do a few days work at Eppalock and then a few days work with him. From there I went to work for Larry Perkins with Holden V8 Supercars. I got this job when I saw an ad in the Bendigo Advertiser; they [Larry Perkins] actually like country people to work for them as they seem to reckon they are keener and harder working. So I worked there for three years and that started me off in V8 Supercars. Once you are in that industry it means you can move around.” In the engine shop where Brad works a 45 hour week, (more in race season) he is part of a team of six who are in turn part of the bigger team of 50 who work to put three cars on the track. “We buy in the cylinder blocks and stuff like that but we also make a lot of the actual smaller parts in house. The engineers design the parts and then we make sure it works, suggest modifications or help develop the parts and then build the engines. That way we can build whatever we need for our requirements. While we don’t drive the cars, we do dyno tune them which means we run the engine in and test it.” Brad would like to get into research and development of the engines, emulating his hero the late Keith Duckworth who invented “interesting engines that were used in Formula One for 20 or so years.” For anyone wanting to get work in this industry Brad says, “Get the experience. Volunteer to help someone look after his or her car at club level on weekends. You can also work with race boats as the engines are similar. Like myself, you don’t necessarily need formal qualifications to get into this area, but a lot of people come from a basic mechanical apprenticeship or there are some motor sport courses you can do at TAFE; there’s one in Albury/Wodonga.”
How can other young people develop their skills outside of study? “We are always telling kids that if they come in and ask they will get all the help they can possibly get,” said Bendigo regional YMCA youth development officer, Paul Johns. “Bcentral, where we are based, is all about young people. We have some fantastic people here at Bcentral. Nowadays the kids have to make the first step, it is really difficult to walk up to one kid and ask them to come and join the Y and do this fantastic program. There’s always stuff happening at Bcentral. There are a lot of businesses that want
young people’s input and they get young people to sit on boards and give their opinion. Lead On [one of several organisations based at Bcentral] has provided lots of young people to be involved in these meetings. Then there’s the school holiday program, rock climbing wall and lots more.” Bcentral is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, with the facilities open on weekends for various events. 45-49 Mundy Street Bendigo, Victoria. 3550 Phone: (03) 5441 8200 or visit www.bcentral.org.au ■
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margaret o’rourke Juggling business with family can be quite hectic, but Telstra’s Margaret O’Rourke is one successful businesswoman who wouldn’t have it any other way! 6.20am - Wake up and off for a walk at 6.30am with my neighbour, Jacqui. It’s a great way to clear the head, get some exercise and enjoy some company. It’s so dark and cold over winter…I’m looking forward to the days starting to lengthen. 7.10am - Back home and I get myself showered and dressed and go in to get my beautiful girls ready for the day. Ireland is six and in prep, and Bryde is two and a half. Mornings are busy in our house, but I love to spend them with the girls and getting breakfast and lunches ready – this is our time. My husband, Ray, is a wonderful househusband his day starts when I leave home. 8.20am - Ready to leave and take Ireland to school. I try to take her to school three days a week – usually Monday, Thursday & Friday however that can change week to week! We head into St Therese’s in Kennington – which is a great school; first up is reading. I love spending this time with Ireland, for ten minutes she reads her reader or I hear a couple of others in her class. It is so important to spend this time with her (more important for me, I think!)
8.50am - Into the office, grab a quick coffee and into a diary meeting at 9.00am – considering the amount of meetings and requests for my time, I meet with Tania (Executive Support) to work through what is happening over the week or fortnight. 9.30am - Planning and approvals time – work through expenditure sign-offs.
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11am - Start of week meeting with staff.
This is working through activities that those who report to me have on for the week and updates on various activities.
12noon - A customer meeting with account manager – this is working with a customer on new solution which will improve the efficiency of their remote working staff. It is great to be able to solve people’s problems – very exciting and rewarding! 1pm - Grab a bite to eat and catch up on some emails. 2pm - One-on-one reviews with staff members. 4pm - Time to work on a presentation for a community meeting later in the week. We do these from time-to-time – to share plans of new technology or where a community feels they are not receiving enough telecommunications services. I usually take another team member along so we can demonstrate various products.
5pm - Planning for tomorrow and catch up quickly on any emails. 5.30pm - Off to a BRIT Board Meeting: I am currently a Director of BRIT. We meet once a month.This usually finishes around 7–7.30pm.
7.30pm - Home to my family! “My weeks can vary quite a bit. I rarely have much time between appointments so it can be quite a juggling act for Tania to keep up with me and things can change in an instant. My accountability as the General Manager for Telstra in Central Victoria is to all customers who directly use Telstra infrastructure within this region. We have a large team of people here - close to 380 in various roles. We are a significant employer directing more than $21M into the economy each year. My team and I work towards ensuring access to products and services and maintaining this infrastructure into the future and investing in new technology as it becomes available.
Telstra supports many groups in the community (Bendigo Braves, OTIS Foundation and CVBN to name a few) and part of my role is to be the face of these relationships. I am also personally heavily involved in the Rotary Club of Bendigo of which I am a board member heading up the Community Service directorate, and I am a board member of the previous Bendigo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (now known as the Bendigo Business Council). I think it is important to give back to the community that I work within and try to work towards a better Bendigo business plan/precinct. I am still part of a Board interstate: Tasmanian Ports Corporation which is a great opportunity to learn & understand about a totally different business to which I work in everyday. Out of hours activities are pretty simple – my family. With a young family, weekends is their time and I have made a conscious decision to try and keep my weekends for my family & friends. Without the support of my wonderful husband Ray our household wouldn’t tick along. He manages the homefront beautifully and the weekends are mine to share with the girls and give him a break! I am originally from Bendigo and after thirteen years I returned in 2006. We love living in Bendigo, it so nice to have family as well as old and new friends here. Ray is from Tasmania and I enjoy seeing Bendigo through his eyes – he thinks we have a wonderful city and we live here by choice now. The support I have had since returning has been wonderful and particulary in business…so thanks, Bendigo!” ■ 37
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10am - Coaching session with a staff member. 10.30am - Time to look quickly through morning emails and answer
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a school story
a small community school Creek Street Christian College has grown considerably since opening with two classrooms in 1981. - Sharon Greenaway “The school was started by our church at Creek Street Christian Fellowship in 1981 with 23 primary students and now we have just under 250 primary and secondary students,” principal of the school, Coral Maxwell explained. “The school is inter-denominational, having families here representing most churches in Bendigo. All families who enrol their children need to be supportive of the Christian beliefs of the school, [as] the vision of the college is to provide a Christian education and training to children so they are equipped to impact their community, our nation in the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.” Coral wanted to introduce bendigo magazine readers to the background of the school as well as to the diversity of the curriculum of Creek Street Christian College that teaches children from Prep through to year 10. “[Our school] has a reputation as being a strong academic school and while our parents want us to continue to be that, we also provide a wide range of curriculum opportunities,” said Coral. “We have always promoted our college as providing affordable, quality, Christian education within a disciplined and caring environment. We want to add to that and emphasise that we are aiming to build a firm foundation for the future for our students in whatever they choose to do when they leave us. Years 9 and 10 are given a whole range of electives to choose from including two new ones this year; horticulture and small engines. We also offer year 11 maths to our year 10 students.” “On the sporting level we have a number of students who have achieved at a national and state sporting level and we are very proud to have them represent our college at these times.” “In our daily running of the school we have a very strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy and give comprehensive feedback to our parents on the student’s achievements in these key areas. Feedback on our semester reports always includes considerable areas of teacher comment and I believe our parents appreciate this personal detail. We assess all of our primary students from year one to year six on a term basis and parents get specific feedback on how their children are going in the areas of Spelling, Mathematics, Reading and Grammar. We also have a record book for our primary students, which they 38
take home twice a term to show their parents. It is good to have parents place positive written comments in this folder to encourage their children in their efforts.” Coral explained how the emphasis for academic success is maintained, “For primary students literacy and numeracy form the major component of the morning studies. I think the important part of those academic areas is that we keep emphasising the fundamentals of the English language such as grammar and spelling so that our students are very strong in those subjects and so when they leave us and go on to further study they do very well.” The secondary department continue on in those key areas but they also add in practical subjects such as Woodwork, Textiles, Food Technology, Art and core subjects such as Science and SOSE and as well a subject called Christian Living. The school also teaches French as the LOTE (Language other than English). Coral grew up on a farm at Campbell’s Forest and went to university in Bendigo before joining the school in 1982 where she taught the primary children and then became the head of primary for three years before six years ago taking on the role of principal. Coral still teaches one class, Year 8 Christian Living. Her belief in the school is underpinned by the fact that as well as her husband also teaching at the school, her children have both come through the school, with daughter Camille currently in year 10 and son Caleb now at senior secondary. “A lot of the school’s teachers have their children here at the college,” said Coral, “which demonstrates a commitment to the school through a shared belief and purpose.”
Plans for the future of the school “Over the next few years we hope to reach full capacity in all the classes we have now. Next year we expect that the secondary department will be full and a few of our primary classes very close to capacity. We have restrictions on the maximum size of our classes with 25 as the optimum number for each level. The college has grown sufficiently to enable us to no longer have any composite classes, which we believe is a real bonus. We plan to keep the single level classes as [we believe] it suits our school.”
Coral added that one of the advantages of Creek Street was that it was a smaller community school and as the whole school is housed on one site, the transition from primary to secondary is made easier. A smaller school population also enables Creek Street to more easily support individuals learning. Coral said that the school could best be described as providing a caring environment while also having clear expectations for student behaviour and conduct. At the end of the interview Coral took me on a tour of the school which included as well as the classrooms, a neat chook house where healthy Silkie chickens scratched around; recently purchased land where this year’s horticulture students will be planning a garden and the newly levelled play area where an old house used to stand. People are welcome to contact the school to arrange their own tour and to obtain information packs that contain the college handbook, enrolment form and fee structure sheet. Creek Street Christian College
As the school is housed on one site, the transition from primary to secondary is made easier.
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the army reserve in bendigo When many people think of Bendigo, they do not associate it with the military, or even think of it as having a military presence. - Kristen Allender “The 8th/7th Battalion, The Royal Victoria Regiment (8/7 RVR) is located at Passchendaele Barracks at Junortoun. Predecessors of the battalion have a long history in Bendigo and throughout Victoria,” explains Lance Corporal Tavis McLaren. Tavis joined the Army Reserve in 2002 after Year 12. He completed TAFE and university while in the Reserve, the latter enabling him to travel for courses and training and make friends all over Australia. “Army Reservists are not just soldiers. They are ordinary people with day jobs,” he says. Some are still high school students, as the minimum enlistment age is 17. When asked about the number of female Reservists, Tavis said they had a few. “We would like more. There are a lot of jobs that females can do.” Women are not allowed in direct combat roles, but if they want to be part of the action, options include those of combat medics or drivers. Cooks, supply operators and many other administration jobs also are very important to the running of the Army Reserve and can be filled by males or females.
Joining The Army Reserve Basic training is 28 days at Kapooka near Wagga Wagga.
For entry as an enlisted soldier, you need to: • Be aged between 17 and Economic Age Limit (54) • Have completed Year 9 with pass in Maths and English • Be an Australian Citizen (or have applied) • Be medically and phsically fit
“A bonus is that all pay is tax free and does not affect unemployment benefits, Austudy or any other Government allowance. But most people stay in the Reserve because they enjoy the work and to be part of something meaningful, the bigger picture, beneficial to self and country. Reservists become more confident, fit and can utilise their civilian skills as well.”
For entry to become an Officer, you must:
Tavis has found being in the Army Reserve is a “perfect way to get through TAFE and university. While completing these courses and training periods, which usually take place during school holidays, I was paid, fed, housed and clothed tax free, while some friends were working longer hours for less pay at fast food retailers,” he says.
• One weekend a month
• Be aged between 17 and 50 • Have a Year 12 pass in English, Maths and two other subjects
A Reservist’s commitment: • One night a week (Tuesday night from 7:00pm to 10:00pm) • Two eight day blocks per year • Minimum 20 days of service per financial year
Opened in 2002, Bendigo’s Passchendaele Barracks is a small base, but it is self-sustaining and includes a gym and three lecture rooms. The Wellsford State Forest behind the base is used for training exercises. There is a cadre staff, as well as Australian Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets. “The Army Reserve battalion here is light infantry based. It uses all the weapons commonly found within an Australian infantry battalion, some of which are the AUSTYER 5.56 mm rifle, MINIMI 5.56 mm machine gun, 66 mm Short Range Anti Armour Weapon and hand grenades,” Tavis says. “In more recent times members of the battalion have seen service in many varying locations around the globe. These include East Timor, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Iraq. They have also participated in security operations in Australia, which include the Sydney Olympics, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and working jointly with the Navy in providing maritime security.” A proud day was Remembrance Day, 11 November 2006, when the City of Greater Bendigo granted the Freedom of Entry to the City to the 8th/7th Battalion. In August 2008 celebrations will be held for the 150th birthday of the military in Bendigo. “The company is going strongly in 2008, with training activities in Queensland in July and Canberra for a military range week in September. Company members will also be deploying with Rifle Company Butterworth in Malaysia by the end of the year,” says Tavis. “The Army Reserve really is the part time of your life.” Every Tuesday there is an information night at the Barracks at 7:00pm. For more information call (03) 5449 5587 ■
Photographer: David Field
Having a new baby has turned Andrewâ€™s life around in more ways than one...
that lad called dad From the moment our dads pop us into the highchair to the day we hold their timeworn hand for comfort – it’s easy to understand why fatherhood is a beautiful aspect of life. We catch up with four busy Bendigo dads to chat about life, love and relationships from a very fatherly perspective. - Jacqui Mott Dad’s the word. And love is the other word. Strong and capable, standing up for you and as soft as a sigh in the same breath. Gee aren’t they great? With Bendigo’s population peaking 100,000 this year, it’s no surprise the city is overflowing with dads of all denominations. It’s pop-land and we’re proud of it.
A Cornford-combo It’s a bit Brady-Bunchish at Andrew Cornford’s home. You see, even though he’s a Victorian Police officer – it seems that when Andrew sits at the breakfast table in his Bendigo home, he’s bamboozled by the peak hour traffic. “Our home is completely and utterly ‘out there’, there’s people coming and going all over the place … kids appear from every corner – it’s like a zoo. It’s all South Park and Simpsons.” With the comings and goings of four children aged between 12 and 21, Andrew and wife Fran found a special detour this year, with the birth of their first child together, Maeve. Kids-wise there are four girls and one boy in the Cornford-combo-clan, Jessica, Laura, Rene, Monique and Jack. Rene is Andrew’s 16-year old while Fran’s four complete the picture. Now, newborn Maeve makes six. But with so many female souls under one roof, Andrew has been feeling in the minority with only Jack by his side. “I was hanging out for a boy – either that or a bigger shed. “So it looks like I’ll be spending more time in the shed,” he said jokingly. According to Andrew, second-time-around-fatherhood is a very different experience. “Last time I was only 23, so I had no idea. I didn’t know what was expected of me as a father. The only fathers I knew were older dads. I was also working in Melbourne, gone for 15 hours a day.” Rene was only 10-months old when Andrew took on a single parent role. He said that life has been challenging at times.
“For a while it was just the two of us. It’s been difficult for Rene, then coming into a new family, well for a while she felt as if she was the odd one out - but now she’s got a new sister – well she’s very excited.” Andrew is discovering what a positive affect a newborn has had on the whole family. “The kids all feel they share something in common – it’s great.” “And now (with the new baby) I can sit back and enjoy life, because I know what is expected of me. We’re both working full time so I know I’ll be doing the night time feeds, the nappy changes and everything else that comes with it.” Having a new baby has turned Andrew’s life around in more ways than one. He’s given up smoking and focussed on fitness. “Having a young child to raise makes you aware of the need to be around for a lot longer, you’re conscious of your own mortality – and the need to project a positive image for the whole family.” When Andrew arrived in Bendigo 15 years ago he started work with the Victorian Police ‘sexual offences and child abuse unit’. He said his job exposes him to seediness and he admits his outlook of the world is coloured accordingly. “Most parents don’t see the side of life I see, it makes me more paranoid – but my cautiousness frustrates the kids. They don’t know why I’m being so protective. If I suggest anything, the kids think I’m a stick in the mud, a silly old fool - I can’t seem to educate them.” Andrew said he leaves the conveying of street-wise strategies to Fran. “The kids seem to take advice better from a mother,” he said. “But conflict also arises when children think they are a lot older than they are, they think life is like it is on the Simpsons and Big Brother, and it’s not.” But for baby Maeve life’s just not that complicated. Andrew and Fran both agree they’re happy to go with the flow, from toddler time to touring. “The three of us can go places, we’ll be able to travel, hire a campervan – we’ll keep the same plans we’ve always had – but modify them slightly for our baby girl, I’m looking forward to that. ➤ 43
It’s those simple moments, the together time I love…
Little country Fields David Field is a dad three times over. There’s Liam, Ryley and Elisha making up a busy Strathfieldsaye household, with the kids spanning ages from four through to 10. David and wife Jodie enjoy raising children in Bendigo and according to David, moving to central Victoria was a very conscious choice. Once a photographer caught up in the hustle-bustle of ad-industry hype, David said the family’s relocation in 2005 was all about seeking to soak up quality time away from the big smoke. “We made an executive decision. It was a natural progression really. Jodie’s parents relocated to Bendigo 12 years ago, so there was a strong connection here…and I knew while I was working in Melbourne I was missing out on being a father,” he said. David admitted during those city-busy years, he didn’t get time to peek through the window of childhood. “As an employee I was leaving at six in the morning – it was just crazy. I was missing out on special times, school stuff … especially for Liam and Ryley. It bugged Jodie and I. We knew life had to change.” When the couple settled in Bendigo, their roles as parents back-flipped big-time. Swapping home-work duties, David stepped back career-wise while Jodie stepped up. Launching a pre-school based business ‘Hey Dee Ho’, Jodie became the main breadwinner for that first country year, while David took on the role of househusband. Instead of rush-hour, he was dealing with bottle-necks of a different kind. “Looking after Elisha was easy, it all came at a time when I was renovating a shed. She’d go off to sleep. I’d renovate. Then she’d wake up, I’d put the tools down and attend to her. Jodie’s work also allowed her to be home early, so everything started to fall into place.” Now a freelancer, David said the couple’s move was a smart one, a catalyst for a major lifestyle change. “Both of us enjoy work more so now because we work for ourselves. I’ve launched ‘Picturegraphs’ creating montages, it’s a business designed around the need to be at home. I see my children, I have breakfast with them. I’ve been on excursions and on school camp!” In Dadland, 39-year old David is natural and nonchalant. He’s a bit of a kid at heart who freely admits tough fatherly lessons crop up from time-to-time. “Just how to react in certain situations, choosing the right thing to do to achieve the right outcome without looking like a big ogre…dealing with issues and taking a stance…that’s the hardest thing,” David said. “Oh yes, also trying not to yell too much – that’s my biggest downfall, you’d think I’d know that…but it’s hard for me.” For David, raising three little Fields has been a job the couple has taken on together without many outside influences. One of three children raised in Melbourne and schooled in Kilmore, David said the couple’s insight is borne of good communication within a solid partnership. “We’ve done a lot on our own, I’m a middle child – so I do things differently and Jodie, well she’s very strong, she’s Taurean, she’s stubborn. Opposites attract.” He said childhood holiday memories have inspired his young family to upgrade their campervan for a beaut new Jayco. “When I look back I can see the value my parents placed on holidays. It’s great. More together time, more adventures. We don’t go to the same place, but we stick to the New South Wales coast. We love that coast.” But for David, the ordinary is important. He talks about the times when everything stressful falls away and his children are around him, biding their time. “It’s those simple moments, the together time I love…when they jump into bed and cuddle up…when they sit on the couch and watch telly. It’s feel-good stuff. Our life is hectic, so quiet times are important. Times when you don’t have to say anything, because all you need is all around you.”
Gosh it’s Gus Travis Edwards is a dad to boot. He’s a boy from Albury who married a girl from Mildura and settled in Bendigo. But a third party came to join Travis and his wife Cate, a year before any wedding bells sounded. It was Gus, now two. “He arrived before we were married, so all our wedding photos feature him. It’s great to know he was part of that day. “It’s quite surreal, the whole pregnancy thing, while you’re excited...it’s not your body that’s changing. I suppose the ultrasound made it real. But nothing prepares you for the day, that’s the moment you become a father. I just remember crying and crying, and ringing people.” For Travis, fatherhood is a two-fold experience. At home he’s an active parent – and at work he’s a person many turn to, to discuss family relationship matters from a male standpoint. “With Gus I was big on changing and bathing – because I felt it was my way of connecting, and now he’s older we shower together every night. It’s one of those special things; it’s about making memories and rituals.” Work-wise, Travis is a ‘men and family relationship practitioner’ with CentaCare, it’s a government funded position that encompasses Bendigo and Castlemaine. He said government now recognises the important role men play in the modern family, and through sessions at local hospitals he’s able to create a forum to discuss all aspects of parenting. Travis believes men are not taught how to be dads. “Where do we learn to be a dad? Blokes don’t talk about it. And as men if we don’t ask, we don’t know. That’s why these sessions are just for men, it’s a time when they can express their fears and concerns, topics they may not feel comfortable talking to their partners about. Being a dad is tough; it’s a hard job. It’s a job worth doing. It’s the best job in the world. You don’t get paid for it, but the rewards come later on.” Through his work Travis communicates with men, mostly in their 30s, but that’s changing he said. “There’s many challenges faced by younger parents, I’m also talking to men under 21 about how to change a nappy, how to prepare a bottle, how to check a temperature … what to do on a practical level.” These sessions have spawned a dad’s group; it’s a catch-up every six weeks for a meal, which Travis believes is a casual way of sharing the common journey into fatherhood. “It’s like a mums’ group, we have a laugh, we chat.” Travis said past generations of men talked weather or politics rather than touch on the topic of parenting. Energetic and clearly passionate about the work he does with CentaCare, Travis revealed his work interest was borne while following a personal path. “Mum had been the backbone of our family and when she died my father was at a loss. He needed support as a parent…and now I understand his journey. I just don’t want men to slip through the gap like that.” Travis said wanting to do things differently is a natural expectation. “I talk to fathers about that role model experience. We’ve got a good opportunity to shape our future generation’s path. It’s a job forever. You’re a dad until you die. “For Gus…I just want him to be happy, to grow up knowing he is loved. To have an understanding of his emotions - to know it’s ok to love, ok to cry, they are my hopes and dreams for him.” With a sibling-playmate for Gus on the couple’s drawing board, Travis admitted the role of dad is really growing on him. “His name really suits him, he’s a bit of a larrikin; I drop Gus off and pick him up from creche and I take him to markets on weekends, or whatever’s on. It’s about giving him experiences. I don’t know if he likes the markets, but I sure like sharing these times with him.” ➤
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I’ve realised parenting takes a lot of time, and it’s a time I don’t want to miss. The ultimate Price Jamie Price is a Huntly lad. Four years ago he created his own company. Today with his wife Kelli, he’s creating time in his busy schedule to enjoy new son Aydin. From benchtops to changing-tables, Jamie said forging ahead with his InStyle Kitchen enterprise hasn’t been half as challenging as forging his way through newborn neverland. According to Jamie with eight-month old Aydin, the couple’s first child - fatherhood is a huge happening. “I’ve surprised myself – I’ve held strong when I thought I’d be nervous, and I’m the first to say I totally underestimated the journey,” he explained. Jamie shared a heavenly Huntly childhood with his brother, but through the years baby business eluded him, a phenomenon he now acknowledges as bigger than Ben Hur. “I undervalued the whole thing, I listened to as many people as I could about what to do, and what stage of growing was next. Being a father, I soon realised was a lot of work and at times very challenging.” Jamie surprised himself when he discovered the good side of a nappy change, a way of sharing time together with a smile and a giggle from Aydin. “I thought I’d have nappy-phobia, but I didn’t. Once the nappything happened it was fine – it’s actually quite a good moment…” Jamie’s lifestyle didn’t really change when he married his high school sweetheart five years ago, but Aydin’s arrival prompted a departure from the couple’s laidback ways. “Before Aydin life was free and easy, we both came and went as we pleased – now we don’t do what we used to do – but we don’t want to either. Being a father has definitely changed my focus. I’ve realised parenting takes a lot of time, and it’s a time I don’t want to miss.” Working close to home at the InStyle outlet, Jamie is surprised at just how mindful he is about home. “I’m constantly thinking about how Kel is doing – I find myself popping home for lunch more often, and at the end of the day I’m home early, because I don’t want to miss too much of Aydin’s day.” Jamie is a new age dad. He is happy to be a nightshifter. That means waking when Aydin stirs, changing him and taking him to Kelli for a feed. “At first I was a real zombie but now Aydin’s sleeping pattern has settled down and he sleeps right through the night. So that’s how it is, I’ll always do nights and Kel does days.”
Dad’s Day Out Inspired by a ‘Fatherhood Festival’ held in New South Wales, Bendigo launched its free ‘Dad’s Day Out’ last month as a part of Men’s Health Week 2008. Held on Sunday August 31 at Bendigo’s Civic Gardens, the event was designed for dads and offered an open-air forum for the whole family to promote fatherhood. On stage on the day, Master of Ceremonies ‘Ugly Uncle’ Derek Guille was joined by special guests (and prominent fathers) Archie Roach and Shane Howard for music and much, much more. Roving storyteller, Castlemaine’s Andrew McKenna was on tap with his tales while massage tents and refreshments tables were on hand to make the day very comfortable for everyone. Event organiser, new dad and CentaCare worker Travis Edwards said the event was a wonderful opportunity to question, share and celebrate fatherhood. “We’ve designed this free day especially for local dads and it was terrific to see so many men exchanging their stories, their aspirations and their world of fatherhood at our open-air forum on Sunday.” Look out for ‘Dad’s Day Out’ 2009 – because it’s in the pipeline. If you want to become involved, to get on the committee or to make a donation to support this not-forprofit event, contact Travis Edwards at CentaCare on 0438 036 181. ■ 46
bobby’s launch In honor of the late Robert ‘Bobby’ Kuchel, The Foundry Hotel Complex launched Bobby’s Bar! With a brand new cocktail list as well as the famous shot wheel, a large crowd dressed in everything 80’s and danced until the wee hours of the morning! Head into the Foundry yourself to check out Bobby’s Bar! They are located at 366 High Street Bendigo and can be contacted on (03) 5443 6144. ■
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Have you had your Maubisse today? What’s Maubisse? It’s Bendigo’s Sister City in East Timor and home to Kirsty Sword Gusmao, formerly from Bendigo. It’s also a classy Fairtrade Arabica coffee which, when carefully roasted, develops rich flavours and natural sweetness to present a clean, balanced cup with floral cedar bouquet, syrupy body, modest acidity and a soft caramel mid palate. The Maubisse is just one of 60 different, single origin coffees stocked by Grata Espresso, regional Victoria’s first coffee roaster. From estate grown fancies, to smooth and creamy arabica blends, we have coffee beans to suit every taste. Drop in and see us sometime and we’ll help you find the right beans for your perfect coffee.
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cracking into the fashion market through hard work and determination An old antique cupboard passed down through generations, two sewing machines, an overlocker and a large solid wooden dining table are the features of the space where Nikola Di Peta crafts her garments. There are numerous tape measures hanging where there once would have been ties or belts and usually rolls of material spread throughout her family home. - Amanda Mann
ABOVE Just a few of Nikola Di Peta’s gorgeous designs. LEFT Nikola is on her way to becoming the next big name in Australian fashion.
Twenty year old Nikola, who recently completed her Diploma of Textiles Clothing and Footwear, started her own fashion company in February of this year. Her steadfast determination and hard work have ensured her skills are in high demand. The decision to create her own fashion business in Bendigo, rather than do what most students do and go to Melbourne to find a job working for a designer like Lisa Ho, was based both on a good nose for business and her desire to stay in Bendigo. Nikola was able to get a foot in the door, in Bendigo, through the work experience she had done for her Diploma. Her work experience was for Joan Hooper in her Bridal Shop in Epsom. When she completed her Diploma, she approached Joan with a proposition. She wanted to work with Joan so much that money was of no concern. Now working twice a week with Joan, she enjoys every moment. Joan Hooper’s mother was a tailor, and Nikola feels as though Joan is passing that knowledge on to her. One day she would like to own her own shop, just like Joan’s and believes that there is enough demand for there to be no competition. Nikola works from home the other three days of the week, where some of her work consists of doing alterations for CUE (a department in Myer) and for Bendigo Fashion Plus who she also makes patterns for. Designing and making bridal gowns are her biggest passion, but she also makes formal wear, patterns, and does alterations. She is currently working on her first commissioned wedding dress, the dress will be tailored for her sister. She will also be making the brides maids’ and flower girls’ dresses. Nikola was first introduced to fashion after taking on a VET course at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (BRIT). She started the VET, or Vocational Education and Training, course while completing her VCE. This showed her what options were out there. She also believes that the prior knowledge, gained from the VET course, enabled her to focus on what she enjoyed the most. The first bridal gown that Nikola made was for a course assessment. She got to wear it, and other formal dresses that she had designed and crafted, in the fashion parade at the races on OAK’s day. This was part of the curriculum at BRIT and just one of the many things she feels has contributed to her success. 50
Nikola felt that her teachers at BRIT put a lot of effort in to helping her achieve her goals and said that she “wouldn’t be here today without the support from her teachers”. She loved the whole environment at TAFE and expressed that she would love to do it all again. Her favourite sewing machines are the industrial sort; she really enjoyed using them while undertaking her diploma. One of the things that she loved most about the course was that she was offered a lot of training in the construction of garments. Nikola feels that sewing and pattern making are two skills that are very important to her business. She contributes a lot of her success to her teachers at BRIT. Another aspect of her experience at BRIT, that she thoroughly enjoyed, was learning about body shape in design. What suits different figures and the tricks of the trade that designers have to complement the body. She believes that women have hips and a waist that should be shown with something fitted. She also loves seeing people feeling happy with their figure, and happy with their body. Nikola loves the lifestyle that comes with her business, being at home and getting to work individually with people. She also loves being able to do all of this in Bendigo, where she is happily planning to retire one day. The right training; guidance, hard work, and passion for what she does has ensured her entry into business to be smooth and prosperous. With her elegant designs and tenacity for her work, Nikola Di Peta could be well on her way to becoming one of Australia’s next big fashion success stories. ■
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Karen Gatford is very happy. After a 10 year career break caring for her family Karen completed Certificate IV in Nursing at BRIT, Karen now enjoys employment at St John of God Hospital. BRIT has built strong relationships within the health industry, along with many other leading business groups throughout the region. Partnerships which have assisted BRIT develop courses which encourage career opportunities in many business sectors.
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A day in the life of a Sushi
in support of Annie North Inc. Women’s Refuge & Domestic Violence Service
5.30AM My chef forms me from ultra fresh ingredients in Lyttleton Terrace Bendigo
Saturday 13 September 2008 at 7.30pm - Bendigo Town Hall
7AM All snug with my friends in our home, we are ready to be on display in Killians Walk
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Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done? Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
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living your best... and helping others to do the same If you go on-line you will find hundreds of great quotes from all kinds of poets, philosophers and lifestyle gurus. But consider Glenda Hazeldene’s philosophy: ‘Living your best and helping others to do the same’. - Jennifer Mellberg Between 2003 and 2006 Glenda Hazeldene was the fundraising coordinator for the Bendigo Radiotherapy Support Network. She says that the concept of nurturing the best in herself and others underpinned not only that role, but everything she still does. Descended from a long line of Bendigonians and now part of the wellknown Hazeldene family, Glenda is deeply connected to the Bendigo community and has never been a ‘lone ranger’ when it comes to helping others. Her first foray into supporting worthy causes dates back to grade six at Golden Square Primary School. She and a group of friends held raffles and door-knocked to raise money to buy Easter Eggs which they presented to the children at the St Luke’s Toddler’s Home (now St Luke’s Anglicare). This project helped Glenda realise how much she enjoyed helping others. Becoming a pharmacy assistant at the completion of high school seemed a natural progression. And, for those who can recall, the previous View Point office of bendigo magazine was once a chemist. This is where Glenda began her working life. In time, three children, a substantial family business and a love of tennis kept Glenda well and truly occupied. She’s also an extra pair of hands at Hazeldene’s when required. Not so long ago, with 50,000 eggs to be transferred into containers for incubation, she joined other casual staff employed for the task, introducing herself only as ‘Glenda’. One of the women commented that she seemed to know her way around very well and a conversation developed––something like this: 54
“I’ve never met you before. How often have you done this?” “Oh, I’ve done it a few times.” “So how long have you been working at Hazeldene’s?” (Glenda had to think carefully about her answer to this one: she was, after all, married to one of the bosses!) “About 25 years.” “What!” the astounded woman replied; “And you haven’t got a promotion yet?” Well maybe she wasn’t up for a promotion, but a change of focus was in the air. A close family member with cancer had been obliged to travel to Melbourne for radiotherapy treatment during 1998–– making Glenda aware of the difficulties regional people sometimes faced accessing treatment. Then, when the Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre opened in 2002 it was unable to operate to its full potential. A lack of specialist staff and the fact there was only one radiotherapy machine meant that a stream of local people requiring cancer treatment continued to flow to Melbourne. Glenda’s involvement began in 2003 when she joined The Bendigo Radiotherapy Support Network set up by patron of the Raise the Roof committee, her father-in-law, Dick Hazeldene. This Network included people from The Lions Club of Bendigo & District (Zones 9 & 10), Bendigo Y Service Club, Eaglehawk Y’s Men, Rotary, Bendigo Flying Club and Manchester Unity. Many others contributed. Innes Motors
LEFT Just a few of the many causes that Glenda has been involved in – helping to make thousands for the local community. OPPOSITE PAGE Raising money for the radiology and oncology departments at Bendigo Hospital via the Four Chef’s evening was another of Glenda’s great projects.
and Bendigo Mazda provided cars for patient transport. These are still driven by Red Cross volunteers and fuelled and maintained by the foundation. To date over $160,000 has been raised. All of this money has been spent on resources for people undergoing cancer treatment. However, back in 2003 the new Support Network realised that the most pressing need was for suitably qualified staff. Classroom raffles and door-knocking were no longer on the agenda. Instead Glenda presented the committee with an idea that combined three irresistible elements: fashion, relaxing and wineries.
Despite this conviction, she says it was still daunting to approach All Seasons Quality Resort to discuss a fundraiser called The Four Chefsespecially because some people insisted it couldn’t be done! Bringing together four chefs from four highly respected restaurants in a kitchen familiar to only one of them, is no small ask. But this totally scrumptious idea proved a culinary delight and a great success twelve months later The Four Chefs made a second appearance. But not a third (well––not yet).
In early spring, 2003, the inaugural Fashion For a Cause was held at Big Hill Vineyard. This event raised around $4000 towards the establishment of two scholarships for final year RMIT radiation therapists and confirmed something Glenda already suspected: Bendigo people are “extremely generous”. (They also obviously enjoy wearing nice clothes and kicking back with a good wine in hand!)
As part of ‘living her best’ Glenda has recently completed Cert. IV in Business and Marketing and a Diploma of Business Management at BRIT. These qualifications, combined with her personal skills, have inspired her to her set up her own business in central Bendigo’s Fountain Court. Her beliefs about the importance of being “mindful of the environment and buying locally” will now come to the fore with
Subsequently, two radiation therapy graduates were contracted to work in Bendigo for 2005. And Glenda got her promotion: she was asked to become the Fundraising Co-ordinator for the foundation.
In this role Glenda was to be repeatedly astounded by the people who generously offered their support through an eclectic offering of talents and expertise. During the months of hard work between an idea and an event, the right people just kept “appearing as if out of the blue”. She also discovered that the projects attracted people who brought out the best in each other as they worked to achieve something worthwhile. “Not only was I swept up into something I found really exhilarating, I loved using my capacity and desire to bring people together in this way.” Photographer: Mal Whitehead
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In 2004 an Auction To Make A Difference raised $125,000––which Glenda thinks may be a fundraising record for Bendigo. These funds were put towards the purchase of a second radiotherapy machine. Although Glenda admits managing events such as these require high levels of organisation and “clarity of purpose” her belief that “opportunities come when you put yourself out there” inspired her
Organise My... will offer home and office storage systems that she says will “look great, actually work and are eco-friendly” (in composition, manufacture and environmental impact). Glenda will also offer consultation and workshops to guide others into more effective and efficient ways to organise their work and living spaces. When asked to reflect on her involvement with the radiotherapy unit Glenda insists she hasn’t done anything particularly special. (In fact she found this article’s intent to ‘out’ her contributions quite excruciating!) But the truth is that she represents an enthusiastic, broad-focussed, committed collection of local people who pour time, creativity and energy into projects and services that benefit us all. Some work alone––some are part of Australia-wide organisations. Many are on committees or in small groups. Perhaps as you read this, names will pop into your head: people in your circle of friends who are ‘living their best and helping others to do the same’. Their efforts might not be widely known, but where would Bendigo be without them? ■
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jon neal Jon has travelled all the way from the UK and has recently settled into the role of Student Information Officer at BRIT here in Bendigo. We should feel most privileged in that Jon had a good look at all the regional cities in Victoria… before deciding that we were the best! So what determined that choice?
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“I was born in the UK during the 1970s and spent my childhood growing up in the county of Kent, often referred to as The Garden of England. In 1997 I moved to Brighton (a colourful seaside city in East Sussex) to study a degree in Music & Media Studies at the University of Sussex. After graduating I moved along the coast to Hastings (famous for the battle of 1066) before relocating to Australia this year. My partner, who I met in the UK, is Australian and originally from Shepparton. After deciding to relocate we had several visits to explore potential places to settle within Victoria and decided that Bendigo offered us the best mix of rural and city living. It provides many employment, housing and cultural opportunities. I particularly like the way in which Bendigo attempts to look to the future whilst maintaining a sense of history. This is evident in the mix of modern and classic architecture and through diverse attractions and events such as the Queer Film Festival, Talking Tram and Chinese Joss House. Bendigo’s close proximity and excellent transport connections to Melbourne are also a bonus. I sometimes wonder whether Bendigo really goes far enough in its efforts to become a progressive city. It could put itself on the map by embracing and celebrating diversity rather than just managing it. Also, Bendigo doesn’t focus enough on being environmentally sustainable.
It seems odd in a place with so much sunshine that there aren’t more incentives to use solar power. Up-rooting your life and moving to the other side of the world is a huge challenge. It brings up all sorts of unexpected emotions and feelings. Settling in anywhere takes time. If you’re moving to Bendigo it’s vital that you remain true to yourself; don’t be scared of letting people get to know the real you.” ■
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New wine releases include the 2007 Sheer Drop Riesling. This elegant Riesling exhibits aromas of lime and pineapple, a tropical palate with hints of lemon sorbet and a zesty acid finish. Available now from our friends at select wine merchants and restaurants in the Bendigo region: Castlemaine Cellars, Central Victorian Cellars, Bazzani Italiano, Winebank on View, Albion Hotel, Capones Pizzeria, Castlemaine Theatre Royal, Railway Hotel, Saffs Cafe, Providore @ Malmsbury. The 2008 Sheer Drop Pinot Noir will be released in December. Winemaker Garth Doolan has crafted a pleasing style of Pinot Noir exhibiting true varietal and rosehip characters to be enjoyed slightly chilled during the warmer months, the new Taste of Summer.
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Nathan Claridge is the Senior Pastor (or as he likes to call it ‘Cultural Architect, Spiritual Leader and Visionary’) of Victory Church; Owner of Kick Shoes (with wife Kirsty); Senior Coach of Eaglehawk Soccer Club; Conference Speaker; Husband, Father and activist for social justice through his organisation History Makers. His favorite things include... 1. My favorite people are my beautiful wife Kirsty, my incredible daughter Azhia Lily (5yrs) and my unborn child due in November. Kirsty and I were high school sweethearts and 13yrs on we’re more in love than ever. 2. My iPod. I love music! I used to be so uptight about my CD collection that if my friends ever borrowed a CD I’d enter it into my logbook and issue them a return date. Late returns were not tolerated! My iPod has solved that problem; no one touches it! It contains all my favorites from old school gospel to the Dave Matthews Band, Jet, Gavin Degraw and my boys History Makers. 3. My favorite food was a tossup between pepperoni pizza and donuts. But donuts won easily in the end, simply because of their ability to be devoured quickly and efficiently anytime, anywhere… without Kirsty finding out! 4. I love books. Not novels but special interest books. I love to constantly learn, challenge my thinking and develop the person I am on the inside. I’m currently reading four books. I’m sort of compiling my own resource library and yes, I am as uptight about loaning my books out as I was about my CD’s! 5. Soccer. When I was young I loved running around on the soccer pitch more than just about anything else in the world. After a few injuries I stick to coaching from the sidelines now. Coaching Eaglehawk is awesome!
6. Watching my AFL team the Geelong Cats battle it out on the footy field is my favourite way to relax on the weekend. When the Cats are playing it’s as if everything else in the world stands still and nothing matters but the footy… unfortunately Kirsty and Azhia know this only too well. 7. My bible and journal. Kirsty and Azhia bought me a really expensive calf-skin leather bible for my last birthday as well as a leather-bound journal from Robe. My mind is always running at a frantic pace and so I need to be able to write my thoughts and ideas down anytime anywhere.
8. My favorite memory apart from the obvious ones of my wedding and Azhia’s birth was a recent trip to India where we met twelve orphans who had lost their parents to AIDS. Ten of the children carry the HIV virus too. We played cricket in the park all day and then took them to dinner in a 5-star restaurant where a massive banquet was laid on complete with ice-cream cake for dessert. Words can’t describe the emotion of this evening!
9. I really like good design. It’s like candy for the eyes. If I had the time to do something else in life I’d study to be a graphic designer. I can’t always produce it but I can appreciate it!
10. My favorite thing that I don’t own yet is a big black grand piano. One day I will own one. I’m self-taught and only have a limited ability to play but I couldn’t think of a better way to chill out than sitting down at a grand piano and creating music from within me. ■ 59
who’s up for pizza I have just recently returned from a nice European holiday, which entailed a few days in Italy. On every corner in Rome, you can get a slice of pizza. Same applies in Florence and Venice. The pizza in Italy is totally different to anywhere else; is it the cheese they use? the garlic? the tomatoes? Whatever it is, you can’t beat it, which got me thinking: where’s the best pizza in Bendigo? I’ve martialled a few troops to help me find out. - Hayden McDonnell Tony’s Pizza and Pasta A new kid on the block in terms of Pizza Restaurants, Tony’s is located on High Street opposite the Cathedral. Anthony Taylor from the Bendigo Bank reckons Tony’s is a great spot for lunch or dinner. For a ten buck outlay, Anthony reckons the Mexican pizza is hard to go past. Thin on the base, but thick on the ingredients, Tony’s pizza’s comes highly recommended for pizza lovers who get a kick out of extra chilli! For those who enjoy a pasta or an à la carte dish, Tony’s has an extensive range of choice along with a licensed bar with plenty of beers and wines to pick from. Anthony’s final word: “The Pizza and customer service was great. I’ll be definitely heading back there”
Penny’s Pizza Perfection I discovered Penny’s a while back when I first moved to Bendigo and lived just around the corner from their Condon St location in Kennington. They’ve been knocking out great pizzas for years down at Penny’s and as far as Takeaway Pizza goes, Penny’s is one of the best. A mid sized base with heaps of topping, Penny’s will deliver anywhere in Bendigo, and you can even check out their menu and also a great range of specials on the web at www.pppizza.com before emailing or dialling in your order. Hayden’s final word: “The Paradise Special is as good as it gets!”
Jo Jo’s Jo Jo’s Pizza has been looking after Bendigonians for nearly a quarter of a century. Nestled in just opposite the old City Family Hotel, pizza punters can enjoy the fresh ambience of their restaurant, or get their pizza delivered to their doorstep. For some, Jo Jo’s has become ritual, especially for local builder Rod Doak, who’s customary Friday night during the winter includes a Jo Jo’s pizza and the footy on the TV. “The good wife knows she gets the night off on Fridays, and it’s a Chicken Deluxe delivered immediately!” explains Rod, “Jo Jo’s have been consistent in making a good pizza for years.” Jo Jo’s certainly deliver on quality and those who trust this reputable brand will pay good money for a slice of Jo Jo’s heaven. Rod’s final word: “Not too cheesy or greasy!”
Pinky’s Pizza Strathdale The Pinky’s franchise on Sternberg St have been doing a roaring trade for years. What’s their secret? Well they have been supplying the students at La Trobe Uni great deals on Pizzas which is light on the wallet but full of value. Second year student Owen Fuller says that “for only $7, you can get a large pizza, which is a favourite among the lads in the halls of residence”. So study heads out there shouldn’t forget their student card to be entitled to the discounts. Owen’s Final Word: “Pinkys Pizza re-heats nicely for lunch after a big Thursday night!”
Nelsons Pizza Ironbark Located along Barnard St near the Bendigo Hockey Fields, Nelsons do things a little different to suit all budgets. First of all, they have their basic pizza menu for which a large is only $6.90, however for those looking for extra ingredients, Nelsons also have a great range of gourmet pizzas from $12 and upwards. For those new to Nelson’s pizza, there is no dine-in service as they are purely a Take Away business, and they do deliver in the Bendigo area: just give them a call! The final word: Nelsons do a great pizza package for parties, gatherings and the likes.
OPPOSITE TOP The delicious Mexican Pizza at Tonys Pizza. OPPOSITE MIDDLE Anthony and Hayden test out Tonys Pizza. OPPOSITE BOTTOM Rod and Brent sample the Chicken Deluxe Pizza at Jo Joes. ABOVE The inviting interior at Jo Joes Restaurant. RIGHT Manager of Nelson’s Pizza, Rob Suares, serves up one of his famous pizzas.
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the school of wines The third biggest winery in our region sits slap-bang in the heart of the Bendigo CBD and though there’s nary a vine in sight, it’s a real bottler. - Sarah Harris It is a short stroll round the block from the old School of Mines to a thoroughly modern school of wines from whence some of the very finest reds in Australia have graduated almost entirely without fanfare. Browse the Bendigo-Heathcote section of any good bottleshop and almost a third of the wines are likely to have been produced on campus at the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE - just don’t expect to find its imprimatur on too many labels. It is one of the little conceits of the wine industry that some vignerons would have us believe they not only grow the vine, but make the wine. To be fair, as names go, BRIT Winery does lack the evocative quality of Firefly Dancing or One Woolly Wombat Crossing and could possibly make a customer think more of metalwork classes than meadows. But if BRIT Winery lacks public recognition, as the maker of mark, Greg Dedman, is not complaining. “Our clients praise us pretty well,” the chief winemaker laughs. ‘’The beautiful thing is that I get to play with so much fruit and we have so many different styles of wine we make and that is an incredible bonus.” In fact there are 45 clients who use Greg and his colleague Andrew Kotlarz to make 60 different wines under contract. Some of them have vineyards in areas as far-flung as the Yarra and Barossa Valleys; others are much closer to home and are scored very highly indeed by the likes of James Halliday in his annual wine bible. “There are plenty of four, four-and-a-half and five star wines that have been produced right here, but I can’t tell you what they are,” Greg says with an ‘else I‘d have to kill you’ wink. ‘’Most of the people we produce wine for prefer it not to be known that they have a contract winemaker.” The former Broadmeadows boy doesn’t need the accolade and despises pretension. When he was learning the trade and someone tried to tell him an old Hunter shiraz was ‘redolent of sweaty saddle’ he wasn’t afraid to call it how it was and say it smelled more like the Altona chemical plant pumping out polyvinyl chloride. His clients some of whom have followed him from Blue Pyrenees, where he was chief winemaker for a decade - know they are in honest hands, which is largely why BRIT Winery is now having to knock work back. This year Greg and his team will make 200,000 litres or 250,000 bottles of
wine from 180-200 tonnes of fruit. “We would be the third biggest winery in the Bendigo region after Waterwheel and Balgownie,” he says. ‘’In winery size we are probably a 500-tonne winery because we also do a lot of bottling for people as well. Some people will take it away and mature it themselves, others will make the wine and bring it in and we will finish it.” The diversity of activities reflects both the winery’s educational and community charter. “The winery is here obviously because it is a live environment for the students,” Greg explains. ‘’They are learning what is called food processing wine, which is a vocational training course. If you go to university it is going to cost you in the vicinity of $120,000 these days to do the course. It will be all theory, all chemistry and you will never learn how to operate a pump. Here, we specialise in the nuts and bolts stuff. Most of our students are professionals, doctors, accountants, dentists who have come for a tree-change - or, are about to retire - and have their little block with their vines on it and they want to learn how to make wine.” Students in the 2007-08 intake are witnesses to possibly the best vintage in the winery’s nine years to date. “This year is shaping up to be the best so far,” Greg says. ‘’Last year was an absolute disaster because of drought, but mainly the frosts; the fruit yields were quite low and the fruit was quite damaged. This year is going to brilliant across the board as far as a lot of the Bendigo and Heathcote wines are concerned. We will be seeing some fantastic shiraz this year from the region, some lovely parcels of cabernet from the southern Heathcote area. We also have some promising white wines. They are starting to get some lovely spicy verdelhos through for the first time and I think they will really start to make a name for the Bendigo region as well.” During vintage from January 16 to mid-May the winery operates full tilt; seven days round-the-clock. But the hardest work, Greg says, has already been done in the field. “You can make wine from anything, but the best comes from the best vineyards. If the fruit is good you can make good wine so what we try to do is capture and keep the characteristics of those vineyards. When we really earn our money is when we have poor grapes.” ➤ 63
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The investment in BRIT Winery has been significant. “This winery here for its size is by far and away the best little winery there is,” Greg stresses sincerely. ‘’We are lucky here in that we have a lot of cuttingedge technology, more than any winery this size probably anywhere in the world.” In turn, Greg and his team have ensured its continuing profitability by running wine appreciation courses and offering madeto-order self-labelled wines for small syndicates. “We have groups of mates who get together, all throw in a bit of money and say ‘go and buy us the best fruit you can’ and we normally make about three barrels for them and the whole package costs $3.50 to $3.80 a bottle and they get their own label and can say their own winemaker made it for them Our gross is well over $500,000 and we are returning about 21 per cent of our earnings to the institute.” Yet Greg became a winemaker more by accident that design. It was the rescue of a few struggling vines in pots abandoned by his sister’s ex-boyfriend that led the marine biologist-turned-explosives expert back to university. A double-degree and two decades later, with his own Nuggetty Hill winery, he is still clearly in the thrall of the grape. “Winemaking is the most beautiful simple process if you get it right. It is a great industry and at the end of the day we make something we can enjoy, too.”
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His advice to novices is not to be put off by ‘wine wankery‘ or to be afraid to ask questions. ‘’Trust your mouth and your palate. If you like it, it is good; if you don’t like it, it is not good - end of story.” This straight-forward manner is valued by his current crop of students, one of whom happens to be a Marist brother. But, if having Father Peter involved in this year’s vintage has led to some interesting metaphysical discussions, it hasn’t wrought miracles. Talented as he may be, it still takes man 15 litres of water to produce a litre of wine. ■
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TOM YUM GOONG TIPS: You can add more or less chili depending on how hot you’d like the soup to be. Unfortunately you cannot really afford to substitute the fresh herbs for anything else because the citrus and cut-throat flavor comes from them. Only add the prawns when the soup is at its boiling point and do not turn the heat down.
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- Serves 2 Ingredients & directions 4 Cups of water 6 Green tiger prawns, peeled and de-veined 5 Mushrooms - cut up into small pieces or halves. 1-2 Limes or lemons - juiced 1 Stalk of lemon grass - lightly bashed and cut into 2-3 inches long 5 Kaffir lime leaves - tear by hand in halves 2 tbsp Fish sauce or 1 tsp of salt 5 Spring onions - finely chopped 3-5 Hot Mexican chili peppers bashed 3 Cloves of fresh garlic 1 Galangal root - lightly bashed then cut into 2 inch pieces. ½ Red salad onion - sliced 1 tbsp nam prig pow (chili paste in Soya bean oil) 4 Cherry tomatoes - cut into 8 halves ½ Cup of coriander Put the water into saucepan and add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, chili, garlic, galangal, salad onions, chili paste, fish sauce and mushrooms. Bring this to boiling point then add the prawns. When serving into individual bowls add 1 tb of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of coriander to your liking. ■ 67
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The Bridge, Bendigo has something to oﬀer for all occasions from the relaxed, fun environment of the front bar/bistro through to the Dining Room for that special experience with some of regional Victoria’s best food, wine and service. Soon to be completed upstairs private dining/function room for all your special events. The Bridge, Bendigo is the only Bendigo venue to be reviewed, recommended and scored in The Age Good Food Guide 2008. 14/20 “The food is notably fresh, interesting and beautifully presented…the wine list has good representation, especially from Central Victorian reds. Service is friendly and professional.” “With it’s smartly presented room, switched on service, interesting ﬂavours and nicely balanced wine list, The Bridge is a text book example of Bendigo’s forward looking attitude and increasingly sophisticated food scene”…Michael Harden. The Age Newspaper. Sept 15th 2007
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twin festivals to taste and savour Each year come springtime the winegrowers of the Goldfields Region pay what could be regarded as tribute to the mythical gods of wine by organising two festivals to showcase the bounty of their vineyards. - James O’Brien No bacchanalian romps here; these festivals are designed to encourage tourists and residents to appreciate the magnificent wines and the fine local foods that are all part of the rich heritage of the region. This year the first of the festivals, Heathcote Wine and Food Festival, will be held on October 4th and 5th at the Heathcote Showgrounds and the second festival Bendigo Heritage Uncorked is to take place the following weekend – 11th and 12th October. Australia’s highest profile wine guru, James Halliday has described the regions wines as, ‘wines with awesome depth of flavour, richness and ripeness, a vinous brocaded tapestry’. And wine critic Max Allen has written ‘Some observers tip Heathcote as the very best place in Australia for full-blooded red wine (an opinion I share; as I’ve written previously, if I ever gave in to the urge to make wine myself, Heathcote’s where I’d go).’ Once a year the artisan winemakers of Heathcote gather to show some of the most distinctive and iconic wines in the country. ‘Wines of excellence and distinction from passionately maintained vineyards on the world’s most ancient soils,’ according to the promotional material of the winemakers. High quality varieties such as Shiraz, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from the area are considered equal to, if not greater than, that produced in any other Australian wine region. Chairman of the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival, Phil Meehan says “Heathcote is generally recognised as one of Australia’s finest
areas for Shiraz. And this year, the sixth year of the event, we will be showcasing more Heathcote wines than ever before.” Wines from over 40 producers as well as regional foods and produce will be presented for tasting and sampling. Add live music, activities for children and tutored wine tastings with hints on the best foods to go with the fruit of the vine and one can agree this ‘Class in a Glass’ festival is an event not to be missed. Entry is $25 per person and includes a tasting glass (non-drinkers $10). You can obtain an all-weekend pass for $40 and you can visit the producer’s stalls and taste their wine for free. Parking is in the Showground so the walk is short. More details can be obtained by visiting the website at www.heathcotewinegrowers.com.au Phil Meehan says, “Last year almost 4000 people attended. You can enjoy a day of gourmet foods, live music and lots of other events. Though the sheer bliss of tasting some of the most exciting wines in the world might be enough for some.” While the Heathcote festival is geared to providing a family day out ‘something for everyone,’ the Bendigo Festival is designed to appeal to those who appreciate grand architecture as well as fine food and wines. The second weekend in October will again see the annual ‘Heritage Uncorked’ festival in full swing. Local winemakers and eateries will tempt the tastebuds and whet the palates of tourists and residents with samples of gourmet food and top class wines as they take in the imposing architecture of Bendigo’s heritage buildings. ➤ 69
This rich legacy of gold and wine provides the backdrop we can build on to move into a new economy
Now in its 14th year this hugely popular event showcases the best of Bendigo: local wines, quality restaurants and magnificent nineteenth century buildings. The selection of historic venues for 2008 includes seven wine venues and two coffee outlets that can be explored. Six of the wine venues will offer specialty dishes prepared by local chefs and the grandiose Town Hall will become a produce hall with local food and wine on display. Kathryn Mackenzie, Executive Manager, Bendigo Tourism believes this peak festival is one of the best wine events in Victoria. “It is unique to the city because it combines the best of Bendigo wine with heritage buildings and local produce. The wine industry is important in this area, not just because of the brands. But because it fits into businesses, it fits into the economy and it fits the contemporary lifestyle. All of which is bound up with tourism,” she says. Spectacular heritage buildings will open their doors to allow visitors to experience their grand interiors while sampling good food and enjoying the fine wines. Such gracious landmarks as the Capital Theatre (1874), the recently restored Bendigo Town Hall (1885) and The School of Mines (1887) are just some of the superb venues that have been selected this year. Venues are conveniently spaced to allow for walking along historic Pall Mall and nearby streets. And the impressive Victorian buildings provide a reminder of the gold rush era and of the city’s rich history as you stroll, tasting glass in hand, from one exciting venue to the next. More than 30 wineries will offer tastings; from robust fully-flavoured reds to elegant whites. Live music will add to the experience at some of the marvellous venues. Tickets at $85 are available from The Capital Box Office, Bendigo. Phone (03) 5434 6100 or visit the website at www.bendigowine.org. au Bookings are essential. Tickets include all wine tastings, entrees, souvenir wine glass, coffee and a guide book with directions. Events like these are more than food and wine frolics. They provide links to the spirit and endeavours of the pioneers of the past and give the wineries a synergy with the rich soil and the gold that lies beneath the ground. “This rich legacy of gold and wine provides the backdrop we can build on to move into a new economy,” Ms Mackenzie says. She explains that events like Heritage Uncorked and the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival not only showcase wines, but showcase the city and the district. “And tourism is about the yield. It’s not just about numbers. It is about economic development. It is about bringing new money, all of which allows the city and surrounding district to build its viability,” she says. More than 80 volunteers at the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre have been trained to encourage tourists to discover the unique character of the district. Wine growers train the volunteers in understanding what’s involved, who they are, where they are located and what sort of wines they produce. The Visitor Centre takes more than 100,000 bookings annually for accommodation in the district, which brings in close to $1 million in revenue. Ms Mackenzie says Bendigo Tourism and the local winegrowers pride themselves on developing an effective marketing system so that individual operators can market themselves. However, it is much better for Bendigo as a whole to market itself and the winery businesses in a cooperative sense. The relationship/partnership works, across all levels and layers of the city and surrounding districts. Winegrowers play a significant role in the Bendigo economy. (Last year Mandurang Valley Wines secured a lucrative contract to supply wine to China). And together with the tourist industry their aim is to build Bendigo into a leading cultural, heritage, and arts destination. At the same time they will continue promoting the Goldfields Region and its wines as part of environmentally and socially sustainable tourism. Let’s all drink to that. ■ 70
â€œWine, food and the arts. Embracing these enhances the quality of life.â€? â€” R O B E RT M O N DAV I #GQHR -TQOGX The Puddler
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