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a spring fling fashion with flower power

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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?

managing editor

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.

fashion editor


creative director

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!

Andrea on 0400 643 005 Esther on 0419 386 214


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.

print manager

What do you love about Bendigo?

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Nigel Quirk

distribution co-ordinator

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.

This magazine is printed on acid free paper that is pH neutral, that is elemental chlorine free and manufactured using sustainable forestry practices. The mill has ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification. It is printed using vegetable based inks.

What is one thing that people don’t know about you?

This magazine is printed in Australia by Printgraphics Pty Ltd under ISO 14001 Environmental Certifications.

I love to sing. Go Sing Australia (Bendigo). RACHAEL RALPH – WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT How long have you lived in Bendigo? 16 years. What do you love about Bendigo?

We would like to invite you - as our readers - to submit letters, ideas, articles and other material that you would like to see included in bendigo magazine.

All the historic buildings. If bendigo magazine is to truly reflect your city as you see it, then EXP ANDED NOT EXP ANDED we need your contribution. WhatNOT is your favourite thing about springtime SYMBOLS AT SYMBOLS 100% ANDATSHOULD 100% AND APPEAR SHOULD IN THIS APPEAR ORDER. IN THIS ORDER. in Bendigo? Email us at Lying on the grass in Rosalind Park and looking at Fax (03) 5444 1044 Or snail mail to PO Box 2523, Bendigo VIC 3554 the sky. Or visit us at 225 Barnard Street, Bendigo VIC 3550 What is one thing that people don’t know Phone (03) 5444 5868 about you? I watch Hannah Montana!

bendigo magazine takes all care but accepts no responsibility for unsolicited materials. bendigo magazine holds copyright to all content unless otherwise stated. ISSN 1833-1289. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, the publishers accept no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences including any loss or damage arising from reliance on information in this publication. The views expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the editor or the publisher.


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%

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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



ways to

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

In the garden 15

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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Use rainwater tanks to water the garden and supplement the water supply to toilets.

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young achievers

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


a pony tale

Talk about loving your sport – anyone who knows a horse rider knows how passionate they are…we meet a local who fits the bill.


all about us editor’s letter what’s the go in the know new business win stuff

fashion and beauty 87 beauty q&a 89 a new you 91 get the look 92 style guide 95 style inspiration 97 this season 115 men’s style 119,121 yummy mummy 124 kid’s fashion 133 alternative therapy food 67


chef’s choice

arts & entertainment 75 local band profile 77 at the movies 78 book review 79 bendigo authors 81 for art’s sake home 145,147 home solutions 149 bendigo on display 156 real estate advice 157 diy 159 gardening ideas people 27 28 37 38 41 50 57 59

success story the graduate 24 hours with school story be a part of this from brit why bendigo? my favourite things

life 72 82 117 123 130 135 137 141 167 169 170 171 173 175 180 184 188 190 192

bendigo landmark bendigo memories a man’s word mum said your kids bendigo brides local bride your personal trainer your financial advisor the business champion legal eagle employment advice health & wellbeing tech advice sporting extreme travelogue test drive my car big boys toys



editor’s letter

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Locally owned & operated!

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!

Amy J

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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.

GUERLAIN FRAGRANCES AND MAKE UP NOW IN BENDIGO Created in 1828, Guerlain is the oldest French cosmetic house still in activity and is now available at Bamboo Beauty Lounge. Awarded Marie Claire Prix D’ Excellence for its entire make up range, Guerlain is recognised for its high performance, innovative textures and colours as well as its very luxurious packaging. Come and discover the extensive range of make up and fragrances. Bamboo Beauty Lounge’s trained, friendly and professional beauty consultants will provide expert advice to help you choose the right products.

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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 - 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!

We want to keep hearing from you. Have your say (about anything really) in What’s The Go and you could win a $75 voucher from any advertiser featured in the same issue as your letter. Email or snail mail to PO Box 2523, Bendigo DC, 3554.


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in the know

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

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

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are you hiring the wrong people?

Behavioural profiling is a tool organisations can use to help select the right candidates. The use of behavioural profiling provides an understanding of a candidate’s personality in terms of behavioural characteristics related to their work style, their motivations and work preferences. Managers are then able to make a more informed hiring decision, which helps to reduce the cost of a mis-hire. For more information on behavioural profiling or recruitment needs, call Drake on (03) 5441 6655

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

vision australia celebrity art show

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.

cleave relocations Moving house can be very stressful, this is why you need to call an Australian Furniture Removals Association member. This will guarantee you get an accredited removalist. A.F.R.A. is a controlling body for furniture removalists in Australia. Cleave Relocations is A.F.R.A. accredited and will come to your house for an inspection and provide you with professional advice and a firm written no obligation quote. Cleave Relocations are licensed to sell Insurance for your relocation, you will be provided with an Insurance Policy on the day of your removal. For information on Furniture Removals, call the professionals in moving house - Cleave Relocations on 1800 803 967 for friendly advice or visit our website ■

new business

starting out in business We receive many emails from people who are just starting out in business. As we still consider ourselves a relatively ‘new business’ too…we thought it would be nice to let everyone know all about them! If you have just started a new business and want to let the world know…email us at hempel on high

woman’s choice is your choice!

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.

Is your Pap Test due? Can’t find a female practitioner? Then Women’s Choice is the choice for you!

41 High Street, Maldon. Phone (03) 5475 1272.

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 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

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.


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’ ( 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 ■

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.

“Invest in your health … It will pay the best dividends” Dr. Leisha Bickley - Chiropractor

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.

Many health problems develop unnoticed over many years. When children have chiropractic checkups throughout their developmental years, early imbalances can be corrected allowing for optimum development & wellbeing.


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win stuff

win stuff Seems everyone likes to get something for nothing and there isn’t anything wrong with that! In fact, we’re happy to oblige. But you do have to do a little something…and that is contact us in order to be in the running to win! la toriana September 2008 sees the celebration of local children’s wear website La Toriana’s first birthday. In celebration of this event bendigo magazine readers can receive a 20% discount off all purchases from the La Toriana website. Just enter ‘BENDIGO’ as the code at the checkout to automatically have the discount taken off your purchases! La Toriana are also giving away a Dobbin Drum Tee Pee valued at $280. This Tee Pee is great for girls or boys, can be used indoors or outdoors and is 100% Australian made. Just log onto the La Toriana website and answer a simple question and you could be the proud owner of this fantastic Tee Pee.

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  

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

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 24

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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

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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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- Sharon Greenaway

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 ■

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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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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.

91 Creek Street, Bendigo. 3550. (03) Phone: 5442 1722 Email: visit ■

A Christian community building a firm foundation for the future.

Providing affordable, quality Christian education within a disciplined and caring environment. Information Packs are available by contacting the college office and tours are available upon appointment.

91 Creek Street, Bendigo 3550 Ph: 5442 1722


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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 ■


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Having a new baby has turned Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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’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

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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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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

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Black Tie ~ Price includes pre-dinner drinks and canapés, sumptuous dinner and entertainment ~ Hosted by Derek Guille ~ Donations can be made to Annie North Inc. prior to the evening


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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.

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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

to take a few risks.

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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“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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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 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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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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- 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




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



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 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 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

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simply capital If the story of The Capital was ever scripted it would include two great fight scenes, some stirring soliloquies and quite a few possums. - Sarah Harris

Such was the backdrop to the construction of the ‘grandest Masonic temple in the colony’ that it would take some years before the breach between the lodges would heal. But by 1873 Zenith had come in from the cold to take part in the grand procession of several hundreds of masons to lay the foundation stone of what would become a neoclassical treasure designed by W.C. Vahland and his partner in the craft, Robert Getzschmann. As a boy’s club, much of the original building was out-of-bounds to non-initiates and women, but in 1890 the public was given a strong proprietary interest in the temple with a two-storey brick extension housing the 500-seat Capital Theatre. Even as the Masons’ fortunes faded and the all-seeing eye watched, as over the decades, the numbers slowly dwindled in the lodge room, Bendigo residents continued to troop up the stairs for their entertainment; booing at pantomime villains and cheering on their favourite vaudeville acts. But ultimately television gave people a more compelling reason to stay home and in the 1970s the theatre closed. Act two: A ruined neo-classical temple sits in the heart of a burgeoning modern city as opposing forces wrangle bitterly over its future. One side is hell-bent on tearing it down to be replaced by something shiny, bright and new with no ornate plasterwork to maintain and the other sings a passionate aria of preservation. Brotherly and sisterly love hits a new low. In late 1987 three of the five soon-to-be-amalgamated municipalities, Marong, Strathfieldsaye and Eaglehawk, bravely purchased the building from the Masons and the painstaking rehabilitation (I suggest: restoration) of The Capital begins. “It was regarded as the 72

most expensive pigeon house in Bendigo,” Bill Delecca, a member of The Capital advisory committee, laughingly recalls. “It was simply a derelict building. The seating was on a flat floor and it was the stage that sloped.” Many had fought long and hard to save The Capital, but few put so much of themselves on the line as then Bendigo Advertiser general manager, Reg MacDonald and his wife Judy. “When I started there was just myself and a part-time accountant who, the day I arrived, led me to the doors and said; ‘Look at those Judy, because they will be closing by the start of next month’,” she recalls. ‘’We had no technicians, absolutely nothing - we used to hire the follow spots from a chook farmer who loved amateur theatre.” She recalls one occasion when one of the many possums which inhabited the roof peed down the ’capacious décolletage’ of the soprano playing the role of Pamina as she neared the end of a big aria in The Magic Flute. “We made the Opera Australia newsletter after that as the only venue in Australia with a self-watering system for singers.” Since the refurbished theatre was officially re-opened by then Premier, Joan Kirner, in 1991 it has provided so many fantastic memories. Long-time Capital champion, Councillor Wayne Gregson, recalls the spine-tingling moment when his then nine-year-old daughter Lizzy took the role of Cosette in a production of Les Miserables which people still speak glowingly of today. “I remember sitting in this theatre on opening night and suddenly realising that the first person who occupied the entire stage on their own in front of 500 people to sing the most delicate little song was my own little daughter.” The Capital story is far from over. The plan is for a new, larger theatre with full fly facilities allowing Bendigo to stage some of the major productions that we now miss out on. Some people might oppose this. There may even be a fight, but walk up the wide bluestone steps through the Corinthian portico. Do you hear the people sing? When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums. There is life about to start when tomorrow comes. ■

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Act one: The year is 1866 and members of three Masonic lodges are arranged on vacant land near the Government Survey Offices in View Street, their aprons flapping angrily in the breeze; they bedazzle passing non-initiates with breast jewels. Through the combined wits of the Golden and Corinthians Lodges and a slightly rigged auction, the Zenith Lodge is gazumped on the first of two blocks of prime real estate and brotherly love is at an all-time low.


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imn bandroom ‘Basically if Australian artists don’t stand their ground and continue to create and release new music we will continue to rarely see successful launches of Australian artists in comparison to incoming overseas artists’ - Steev Cowled These words from Australian singer/song writer and published recording artist, Ian Sandercoe ring all too true in the local music industry. In pubs and clubs around Bendigo every week there are numerous bands displaying enormous amounts of talent, all hailing from our hometown or its surrounding areas. We go and watch their shows, we take back their tunes and if we are feeling generous or genuinely impressed we may buy a copy of their E.P…. if one exists and is available at the show. The unfortunate news is, that it takes more than a couple of local shows and some E.P. sales for bands to gain recognition within the music industry and to compete with already well-established acts and this is where the Independent Musos Network (IMN) comes in and lends a helping hand.

The Bendigo BANDROOM is predominantly metal, as there is a large metal scene in Bendigo.

The IMN is a non-profit organisation formed in 2003 and based in Bendigo, with the sole purpose of developing opportunities for those involved in the music scene. By providing networks of like-minded people the IMN assists in the provision of appropriate means and technologies essential to progressing in the field. One of many successful projects run by the IMN is the BANDROOM. The BANDROOM is an unlicensed venue for people of all ages, interested in the music industry to hangout. It offers bands a place to rehearse their material in front of a crowd and for music lovers to experience what their hometown has to offer. The BANDROOM also offers up-and-coming artists with a chance to have their set videoed, sell merchandise, and most importantly, be viewed by A&R Reps. “The response to the BANDROOM is always good – most musos are receptive and are looking for guidance in their music business… It is about providing an environment where acts can perform, get real stage experience and have the opportunity to try new songs and gauge audience reaction.” Says Anita Donlon, founder and CEO of the IMN. “The BANDROOM has also provided a safe place for music lovers of all ages to gather, make new friends, support local artists. This has created and maintained a scene which we are all very proud of. The music industry across Australia is aware of our BANDROOM and we have a list of bands wanting to perform on an ongoing basis.” The first BANDROOM was opened in Bendigo in 2005 and to date has played host for many bands in all stages of development and styles of music and it is not just musical artists that can benefit from The BANDROOM. Younger fans of local and visiting acts are offered a place to attend regular music events in a drug and alcohol free environment. The events held by the BANDROOM are largely run by volunteers, volunteers that can gain experience in other aspects of the music industry other than being in a band; aspects such as audio mixing, public relations and mentoring as well as event staffing like roadies, stage hands and door attendants.

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“The Bendigo BANDROOM is predominantly metal as there is a large metal scene in Bendigo – a lot of our volunteers are people who enjoy coming to the BANDROOM and want to help to ensure it stays! However we foster all genres and are happy to work with anyone who is wanting to create their own shows.” Just a few of the bands to have reaped the benefits of the BANDROOM and assistance from the IMN are Jord Allen, Burn the Fleet and Portrait of A Disaster. Jord Allen has signed his style of alternative, folk rock to Blue Pie, a record label that distributes the music of national and international acts to leading digital retailers. Burn the Fleet and Portrait of A Disaster, have performed regularly at the BANDROOM and in doing so created quite a loyal fanbase and perfected their sounds. Now both of these bands have been chosen to partake in a 2008 tour.

The current location of the BANDROOM on the corner of Mundy and Hargreaves Street, owned and provided to the IMN for the past three years by The Pub owner, Gavin Fisher, will one day become a licensed venue as an extension of The Pub. However Anita is reassuring in the fact that this is in no way the end of the idea or the premise of the BANDROOM. “The BANDROOM will always exist regardless of location” ■ 75

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get lost in a good read wine, war, wisdom and’ll find it all in this season’s latest releases. Breaking Dawn

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Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final book in the popular Twilight series, a teenage love story with a vampire twist. More sure than ever that she has made the right choice forsaking her human life to spend eternity with Edward. Bella moves forward with the planning of her wedding, but a new enemy stalks closer, seeking to tear Bella and Edward apart forever, one with ties to both Vampire and Werewolf. Will the new threat force both sides to settle their blood feud once and for all?

Keenly anticipated by winemakers, lovers, faithful collectors and the casual buyer alike, the 2009 edition of this bestselling guide has been completely revised and updated to bring you the latest information.

The Time Of Terror The first in a trilogy of novels featuring Nathan Peake, a British officer and spy during the war with Revolutionary France.

You’ll have to read it to find out! Since the beginning of this epic saga just three years ago. Meyer’s series has gone from strength to strength, topping numerous best sellers lists. In fact, it was the last book in the series that finally knocked ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ off the top spot, so this eagerly awaited release is bound to fly off the shelves. If you’ve already devoured the book, don’t worry. Keep your eye out for the release of ‘Midnight Sun’, where you’ll get to experience the world through Edward’s eyes and the upcoming movie release of ‘Twilight’ (starring Harry Potter’s Cedric Diggory, Robert Pattinson) should keep you satisfied in the meantime.

Brisinger For all fans who have been eagerly awaiting the release of the newest Christopher Paolini book the wait is almost over. The third volume in the Eragon series will be released world wide on September 20th at 2:01pm AEST. The details of the plot have been closely guarded but Paolini has given a few hints about what to expect. Regarding the title of the book, which many fans had earlier anticipated would be ‘Empire’, Paolini has said “‘Brisingr’ is one of the first words I thought of for this title and it’s always felt right to me. As the first ancient-language word that Eragon learns, it has held particular significance for his legacy as a Dragon Rider. In this new book, it will be revealed to be even more meaningful than even Eragon could have known.” It seems that meaning will be left to our imaginations until the release date.

It is 1793, and Peake, Commander of the prison ship Nereus, is unhappy with his commission and is desperate for some real action. When revolutionary France declares war on England, he gets his chance. The French have killed their king and are about to embark on that violent period of bloodletting known as the Terror. Peake is entrusted with a vital mission to wreck the French economy by smuggling millions of French banknotes across the Channel and into the heart of Paris. But opposition to the Terror mounts and Peake is soon forced to leave Paris and find the storm-tossed British squadrons in the Atlantic... Fans of historical fiction will love this piece of espionage wrapped up in a traditional naval tale, with the only trial being the wait for the sequel.

Running the War in Iraq - Jim Molan It’s a war which has divided citizens, politicians, and militaries, resulted in headlines about torture and suicide bombings, death and destruction. There’s no single identifiable enemy and no exit strategy. So how will the war in Iraq be won? What will victory look like?

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In 2004, when Australian Major General Jim Molan was deployed to the war to oversee a force of 300,000 troops, including 155,000 Americans, he faced these and other questions on a daily basis. In Running the War in Iraq he gives a gripping insider’s account of what modern warfare entailsthe ghastly body count, the complex decisions which will mean life or death, the divide between political masters and foot soldiers - and the small, hard-won triumphs.

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With the war in Iraq and all surrounding issues even more controversial now than ever this book is sure to get the nation talking. ■

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sue king-smith Sue King-Smith has been writing and performing poetry in Central Victoria and Melbourne since the mid 1990s. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Arts at Deakin University. For three years, she was the co-editor of The Animist, an electronic arts ezine that has been archived by the National Library as part of the Pandora Project. In the past few years, she has had poems published in various journals including, Famous Reporter, Mascara, The Paradise Anthology, Tarralla, Blue Giraffe, Woorilla, Pendulum, Oban ‘06 and Tamba and she has had articles published in JASAL and LiNQ. Her first collection of poetry, An Accumulation of Small Killings, was published by MPU in early 2008. At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to be an author? I didn’t really start to consider a career in writing until I was in my mid twenties. I’ve always envied those people who seemed to know in utero that they were destined to write – they had such a head start.

Many of us fancy ourselves as budding authors. In reality, are there any career opportunities? Writing, as with many creative careers, can be tough. If you are a creative writer, it can be particularly difficult. And if you’re a poet, like me, then having alternative employment is definitely a bonus (if you don’t want to live on baked beans)! Having said that, I’ve been paid to write for the last four years after receiving a university scholarship, so there are definitely pathways for writers out there. I think it’s actually a very exciting time for writers with the move to electronic forms of publishing. The online industry is culturally diverse so if you can carve out a niche for yourself, you can potentially reach a much greater audience than ever before. There are also all sorts of new possibilities out there for writers prepared to experiment with new media forms.

When you are working on a project, what does an average day involve? I have two young children and work two part time jobs. I’m also trying to finish a PhD so I don’t really have a typical day, just lots of chaos! In a typical week, I write all day Friday and try to write for at least a couple of hours on 2-3 nights, once the kids are in bed. When my youngest goes to school next year, I intend to write more regularly.

Photographer: David Field

Are your characters based on people you know, or are they entirely fictional? As a poet, I approach characterisation differently to fiction writers. I’ve written quite a lot of character-based poems and have found the response to these pieces interesting, as people tend to assume that poetry is automatically autobiographical (and a lot of it is). The character pieces I write are often about women facing adverse life circumstances, so I’ve had quite a few people tell me I’m brave to reveal so much about my life (when it’s not my life at all).

What’s your latest project? I’ve recently launched a poetry collection called An Accumulation of Small Killings (available in Bendigo at Innovative Resources) which was published earlier this year by MPU. It brings together a number of previously published poems and some new work. This collection is quite political, in the sense that it attempts to deal with some of the

darker elements in the collective human psyche (mine included). These ‘darker elements’, I believe, have manifested in our culture in various forms, including our seemingly insatiable desire for war, our continued incursions on the environment and the ongoing marginalisation of already disenfranchised people within the global community. Not all of my work is quite so bleak. I’m actually very interested in the way creativity can be used to generate positive social and political change. I’m currently working on a series of essays that explore these ideas.

Who are your inspirations? Are there any local authors you find inspiring? I’ve always been inspired by writers who speak the socio-cultural ‘truths’ of their age. Writers like the British novelist Doris Lessing (who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2007) and the Australian poets, Judith Wright and John Kinsella, are examples of authors who have challenged the oppressive ideologies of their time, exploring subjects and material that other writers have avoided. I’m also inspired by writing that has emotional integrity, and writers who treat those around them with respect and empathy (there are a lot of inflated egos in the writing world). Local writers like John Holton and John Charalambous epitomise this for me. My partner (poet, novelist and non-fiction writer) Ian Irvine, has always been my greatest inspiration.

What advice would you give aspiring authors in the region? Writing is really about bums on seats – your bum on the ergonomically designed seat in front of your computer (you will be spending a lot of time there so make sure it’s comfy)! You can have copious amounts of talent, a constant stream of exciting new ideas, contacts into the deep blue yonder, but if you don’t learn your craft and write, a lot, then you’re unlikely to get anywhere. Read continuously, everything you can get your hands on. Make sure you surround yourself with people who will encourage and support you through the years it will take to hone your skills (and relegate those people who seek to undermine you). Also, develop a thick hide – sometimes constructive criticism can transform good writing into great writing. Then, enjoy yourself ultimately, writing should be a pleasure. ■ 79

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young professionals cocktail night Sponsored by Danny Clapp The Good Guys, the autumn 2008 YPN Cockail Party was held at the GPO Balcony Room. The night included cocktails, nibblies and entertainment by DJ Jayden James. The Young Professionals Network of Bendigo is a vibrant initiative to attract and retain young professionals within the Bendigo and Central Victorian regions. For more information on the YPN visit ■

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marnie bowles turns 30! Bendigo’s very own ‘Trinny,’ Marnie Bowles wasn’t too excited about leaving her 20s but faced her demons and decided to live it up at The Bendigo Art Gallery Café. The mum of of 3 had a ball with her closest friends and family. DJ Jason Tav spun some old faves that got the party going and the Art Gallery Café food went down very well! Guests danced well into the night and Marnie looked stunning. Here’s to the next 30 years! ■


for art’s sake

a conversation with the purple poet “Why purple?” I ask, and Tru Dowling smiles. “Purple is the colour of bravery. Artists are brave in their attempts to communicate. It’s also the colour of spirit. It can be a humble colour, too, indicating an artist’s attempt to create successfully.” - Pam Harvey I’ve always thought of Tru as a writer, a performer, of poetry. She is the president of the Bendigo Writers’ Council and runs a program called ‘Write at Home’ – a fortnightly group for writers wanting support and encouragement to continue their craft. She has had poetry published in many journals and conducts regular writing classes at a local primary school. But wait! That’s not all. Tru is a songwriter and singer as well, using her poetry skills and love of music to write stories that can be sung. “I sing for a group called ‘Wagtales’, a small folk music band,” she says. ”We perform mostly original songs, and occasionally do covers. Our songs celebrate life and talk about experiences we’ve had or people we’ve met. We write a lot of travel stories as well.” Is songwriting just another form of poetry? It’s a question I’ve always wanted to know the answer to. Tru pauses. “I think that song lyrics seem to be more accessible for people than poetry and so they are written differently. People listening to songs want a sense of familiarity; they want to be able to recognise the concepts in the songs so a cliché might actually be used in songwriting but not in poetry. Storytelling lends itself to songs – more so than poetry.” A regular attendee of the Bendigo Folk Club, Tru is also a committee member of Bendigo’s Open Stage, a group that organises nights for people to come and display their performance skills. “We have people that want to try their acting on a real stage, with lights and microphones and, most importantly, an audience.” It was at an Open Stage reading that Tru was asked to join her first musical group as a singer for a Blue Grass band. Whether it be writing poetry or writing songs, Tru believes that the whole point of writing is communication. “I write sometimes for an audience, but mostly for myself. I like to celebrate the words themselves. I love performing my work, using intonations and pauses to express what I have written. I try to involve the audience, start a conversation with them, get them in, make them react. But sometimes after I read a poem, they’re just silent, listening, wanting to know more. That’s very powerful communication.”

Photographer: David Field

Can anyone be a writer? Is it a gift you are born with? Tru shakes her head. “People write for all sorts of reasons. Some don’t ever want to be published. You have to have confidence in yourself to be a writer, you have to believe in yourself and tap into your own spirit. Ask yourself: what do I want out of it? And then do it. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m writing until it’s down on the paper but the important thing is that I have written something.” Writing has long been thought of as a solitary occupation, one where people shut themselves into garrets and never see another human being. “Writerly support is very important,” Tru says. “That’s why I started my Write at Home program. We get together to share experiences, to practice our skills, to help each other improve our writing. It’s a very win-win situation for me: I get as much out of my program as the people who come along.” Tru also belongs to another writing group, the Platter Poets. Members include other published writers – all looking for support and friendship with like minds. After completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at BRIT, Tru is now studying literature in a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe. “I feel more comfortable at Uni because I went through TAFE first,” she says vehemently. “It gave me the context to the craft of writing

and the support and encouragement I received there was invaluable. And now I find myself studying the history and culture of literature. I’m just loving it.” Of all the things Tru does, what is the one thing that she would do, if money and the real world stopped getting in the way? “I’d write poetry,” says Tru simply. “That’s what I’d do.”

Kauri Pines These army trees – camouflaged natives stand thick, stand tall as giraffes on African plains in forests that reach their long necks, and stick out tree tongues to grasp and curl the carbon-clouded sky, slivering air like ants down an anteater’s throat to liven and spark sap flow, tip growth, through mottled arms and truncated coat.

© Tru Dowling

Write at Home classes contact Tru on (03) 5441 1424 Bendigo’s Open Stage contact Bill O’Brien on (03) 5446 7822 ■ 81

bendigo memories

in praise of bobs - and franks and georges. In the thin light of morning, the graveled streets washed with greyness, the streetlamp fades as the sun stretches its arms, yawns, and pokes its reddening fingers through a roadline of trees, bright-tipped, aglow, the hollow sound of horse-clops clip-clop, clop-clip, and clop out from the gloom. - Geoff Hocking A rustly snuffle– a moistly horses fart, punctuates the emptiness–in the waking quiet before the day comes bright. Every lightening morn— in wetness, or hot, dry weather or not, out of the mizzle to our creakening gate the milko, at an athlete’s sprint dashed from his cart to the Billy just inside the fence, just inside the gate. Mum’s silver gives the order and the milko splashed his pint a scoop– into her galvanized tin with its looping wire handle and tight fighting ‘Billy Lid’. That was fresh milk from a can, from the back of an open cart, just a tail-flick away from a horses bum, ladled out with a tin scoop by a man’s hands and dashed into an open tin which had just had some coins taken from the pocket of another human being, those coins had no doubt passed through hundreds of pockets before they hit the bottom of mum’s can and now they were in the milko’s hands, transferred to the leather pouch strung around his waist before he picked up his ladle again and headed for the Billy next door. Us ‘Billy-Lids’ didn’t get sick, we weren’t all chronic asthmatics, or allergic to the breath of open air, or needed bottled water or sanitised, homogenised, hermetically sealed, resalable, made from local and imported ingredients and may contain traces of peanuts with childproof lids in recyclable plastic containers which we must dispose of thoughtfully. Mum put the milk in the jug, whacked it in the ice-chest, washed the billy, threw in a handful of coins and put it out behind the gate again – until tomorrow. bendigo magazine has moved its offices into what I know as Sim’s shop on the corner of Barnard and Forest Street. My best mate through art school was Brendon Sims, his father Frank, and mother Joan, ran a grocer’s shop there from the late fifties until Frank went to the great grocery run in the sky. Frank, a doppelganger for Clark Gable, with elegant Joan behind the counter, he took out his little van and delivered the orders door-to-door. There must have been a special training school for grocers: learning how to put the pencil behind your ear, licking it before you began to write down the orders, whistling classes, carrying weighted boxes on one shoulder and learning line after line of charming chat. For most housewives, stuck at home, in the days long before the coming of the supermarket, shopping was a local affair. The weekly visits by these gentlemen of trade were anticipated; they broke up the day of cleaning, cooking, mending – and gossiping. The men of trade had a style all of their own: cheeky, friendly and flirtatious, they were at times confessors, confidantes, councellors– their visits brought the world to the back door, they watched the neighbourhood long before that concept was formalised, they knew who the kids were, whose kids they were and whether they needed a clip over the ear, or an ear to listen to. There seemed to be a corner shop within five minutes walk of every home. Grocers, butchers, bakers and even greengrocers delivered weekly orders to your door, kids did the urgent shopping–went messages–whipping around the corner for some butter, cut from a slab, if mum was baking, and it was Saturday afternoon, and three days away from the Grocers; for your trouble you may get an icecream if you were lucky, a bag of broken biscuits if you weren’t. We went on our own, on our bikes. (To set the scene I grew up in Chum Street) I hated having to go up to Gills on Marong Road, it was uphill 82

all the way up Booth Street, but a great ride back again. I liked going around to ‘Ma Beatties’ half way down to the ‘square’, an easy pedal both ways and she always snuck you a lolly for your trouble. Bob, who had his shop near the old hospital, was a little grocer bloke. He whistled his way from his van to your door and back again. The cheeriest little chappie you could ever hope to meet. With the grocer’s standard pencil behind his ear, he licked it and asked your mum ‘What will we be needing this week Mrs… (insert your Mum’s name here)’ and then he went on, he asked about the family? How were the kids? The husband at work? Any plans for a holiday? and then some gossip. He was conduit of information from one house to the next. He must have had a little book in his van with everybody’s personal details in it to look up before he came up your path because he never forgot anybody or anything. He took your order, wrote it down, in pencil, in his little pad with the deep-blue Bushells Tea logo across the top (with a little cup of tea drawn within it), worked out the price and whistled himself away. One week later he was back again with a box balanced on his shoulder whistling his way back up the path. The Raggatt’s van carried its payload of bread. Another little Bob with a white apron and a cane basket covered with a tea-towel over his arm, walked along the street his horse pulling the high-wheeled van along apace. He sold uncovered, un-wrapped, beautiful fresh bread and warm: high-tin, vienna loaf, square block sandwich loaves, exotic French-sticks and buns–wholemealed, poppie-seeded, wheat flour dusted, and white bread with the texture of clouds. He whistled. We jumped on the back of the cart, jumped up into the seat alongside and pretended we were riding the coach into town, our imaginary pistols aimed at every redskin who dared attack the bread coach of destiny. Nowadays, ‘going a message’ means a drive to the supermarket just for a litre of milk, or an over-fluorescent-lit ‘convenience store’ with all the charm of a hospital dissecting room where no one whistles, or knows your name, or who your kids are: where, after you swipe your plastic in the black-buttoned swiping-thing the cashier repeats the multi-national mantra “Have a nice day” or even worse “Any plans for this evening? – Like I’m going to tell you, We haven’t even been introduced – is your name Bob?” Footnote: My wife and I spent the first few weeks of our married life in the dwelling at the back of Sim’s shop. Joan had gone to live in Flora Hill and the shop was empty and we had a couple of weeks before we moved up to Wangaratta for a year where ‘Ma’ Beatties son Jim was to be my boss. Soon after Frank Barr moved in with his screen-printing business. Years later his son Colin began Digitype upstairs. Lloyd and Sue Nuttall renovated it and sold antiques from Joan’s grocery for a while, then a flower shop and now the magazine—for almost half-acentury I have been going in and out of that front door. I might start whistling. ■

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jacs salon A ‘girls night out’ was recently held at Jacs Salon to help raise money for the Newbridge Netball Club. The night provided players, family and friends of the Newbridge Netball Club to have a night out and see the latest hair and beauty offerings from Jacs Salon. Two lucky netballers were also given a complementary makeover by the talented girls at Jacs. Door sales and raffle proceeds for the night went to the Netball Club! Jacs Salon can be found at 49 Williamson Street Bendigo and can be contacted on 5441 2304. ■




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taste of gold wine & food festival Maldon was the place to be in June with the Taste of Gold Wine & Food Festival taking place in the middle of the main street.

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30 stalls of local produce lined the streets in heated marquees along with live entertainment and plenty to see for both adults and kids. People traveled from all over to taste the local wines and foods. ■

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beauty q & a

the mineral miracle During the course of the years working as a Beauty Therapist, it’s been interesting to see what diverse products come and go, promising all sorts of incredible results. Many fail, but some make it through and are still just as fantastic and ever expanding from the day they were oh-so-quietly introduced. Whilst spreading my wings and branching out into the wonderful world of Cosmetic Laser and Cosmeceutical Skin treatments, I stumbled over a real wonder of a product. Mineral Makeup. Many of my clients that came in had various skin conditions which often meant that their skin was just too sensitive to wear regular makeup, which sent me on a mission. Mineral makeup has been around for years, with the first of its kind making it onto the market in 1994, but it seems only now that it is being touted as the Next Big Thing, with plastic surgeons, dermatologists and celebrities lining up to endorse its benefits. Mineral makeup comprises only of crushed minerals such as Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin clay and Ultramarines. No fragrances, dyes or preservatives. Used together, these minerals promote anti-inflammatory properties, provide complete coverage and broad-spectrum sun protection, are water resistant and are safe to use on acne, rosacea, bruising, birthmarks and post-operatively after laser and microdermabrasion and give a radiant finish but also enhances the health of the skin naturally. What makes it different to regular makeup? These natural cosmetics rely on oxides for color, which are extremely concentrated

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pigments. Therefore, a little goes a very long way and you’ll need far less to get the same coverage of traditional makeup. This complex blend of minerals are micro-pulverised to create flat crystals which overlap each other on the skin to form a filter that allows the skin to breathe and function normally while still protecting it from air-borne pollutants. The staying power of the minerals is so great that they rarely need a touch-up during the day, and because these light, silky-feeling powders are water resistant, they won’t crease into fine lines or smudge even during the most strenuous gym workout or the odd teary moment! Even more importantly, the health and condition of your skin will actually improve with regular use of mineral cosmetics. The minerals not only soothe inflamed skin, but have superior oil control and help hold moisture in. Lois Mc Bain, Director of Adonia Cosmetics, swears by these beneficial effects saying that “Adonia’s Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation is excellent for ladies in the Bendigo region, many suffering from skin dryness due to the low humidity, so the water based Liquid Mineral Powder Foundation will remedy this and nourish the skin dramatically”. Whether it be teenage acne prone skin or the more mature woman (or man!), mineral makeup is fabulous, hunt it down, have a play with it and really see how it’s natural ingredients can remarkably benefit your skin. ■

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september 7 - 13

a new you

from rugrats to the races These Spring Gully Kindergarten parents can usually be seen ferrying their little ones here and there. We ditched the denim and got Sue, Russell and Kirsty ready for the races. Strong, clean colours make it easy to coordinate your outfit and these fresh blues will look great as the warmer months ensue. If you know someone who deserves to be pampered and needs a fresh change, why not write to us: â&#x2013;

Sue, Russell and Kirsty are wearing clothes and shoes from Myer Bendigo, with hats from the Bendigo Hat Shop A special mention and big thankyou to the girls from Seven Deadly Sins in Bull Street Bendigo. For pampering our mums and giving them a gorgeous new look.

Hair & Makeup: Seven Deadly Sins

Photographer: David Field

Models: Sue, Russell & Kirsty

For all you hair and beauty needs give Seven Deadly Sins a call on (03) 5442 7467



Open Tuesday - Saturday | p.5441 7999 | 126 Queen Street Bendigo

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lee adams 50th birthday celebration Well known Bendigo Garden Designer Lee Adams recently celebrated her 50th birthday in style at Seboo Restaurant in Bendigo. A large gathering of Lee’s closest family and friends got together to party the night away in celebration of Lee’s milestone! A great array of food was on hand as well as many beverages If you’re looking at booking a venue for a party you’ve got coming up, why not call Seboo Restaurant on 5443 9777 ■


get the look

the sun is on it’s way! Photographer: David Field

Hair House has created a sultry, glamorous, sun kissed look for spring. Dimity’s deep hazel eyes were the inspiration for the colour and style creation, created by the team at Hairhouse. The colours used were L’Oreal professional’s soft caramels and warm light chestnuts, complimented with deep mocha lowlights. As a highlight ammoniafree platinium blonde was used to brighten around the face, resulting in a soft sultry look.

Pre-styling, Kerastase Ciment Thermique was applied to protect the hair from blow drying and hot rollers. The new Chroma Riche leavein serum was then added for extra shine. In this hair design L’Oreal Tec.Ni.Art Volume Lift Mousse and Tec.Ni.Art Pli was applied to roots and ends giving a long lasting curl with the hot rollers.

To achieve Dimity’s extra length South American hair extensions were attatched to Dimity’s hair. This quality of hair blends well with the natural movement of our models own hair.

The look was finished with Kerastase Nutri-Sculpt Lumiere to define and condition the ends, and gave a final spray of Kerastase Brume for hold.

To get this great style and condition Dimity had an in-salon Kerastase Micro-Mist Pixelist treatment, this added shine and durability to her colour.

For more information on this sultry spring look, visit the girls at Hairhouse at 126 Queen Street Bendigo or give them a call on (03) 5441 7999. ■ 91

style guide

a bijoux or two Be it classic pearls, chunky buttons or a statement piece, make sure you brave some bling...for spring!

Rachael wears Earrings $135, necklace $295 and bracelet $115 all from Bazulas (Bath Lane)

Rachael wears Samantha Wills Wow Factor Cuff in Cobalt $165, Samantha Wills Blossom Necklace $85 and Samantha Wills Wow Factor Necklace in Cobalt from Robe (Chancery Lane)

Rachael wears Samantha Wills Jet Set Necklace $135 and Samantha Wills Play Glamorously Bangle $85 from Robe (Chancery Lane)

Rachael wears Habadash button set in a silver cuff, buttons set in silver rings, vintage buttons charm bracelet and Habadash buttons set in silver necklace all from Habadash (Templeton Street Castlemaine) ■

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reiv dinner The who’s who of realestate in Bendigo recently gathered at The Bendigo Club for the annual general meeting for the REIV Central & North/ West of Victoria. A new executive committee was introduced on the night and is headed by Brad Hinton of PH Property. Guest speakers on the night included Margot Spalding and Noel Dyett with special guest appearances by Mayor David Joans and Trevor Booth from the REIV Board. Local Real Estate representatives also modeled in a fashion parade on the night! ■


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style inspiration

how fascinating! Whether you step out in style at the races this year or play it casual, you can still embrace wearing some headgear! Check out new styles, vintage finds or a simple fascinator. Back a winner with these flamboyant examplesâ&#x20AC;Ś

Makeup: Lois McBain

Photographer: David Field

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Clockwise from top left to middle: Jendi Fascinator $44.95 from Ultima (Williamson Street) Original Headpiece $180 from the Bendigo Hat Shop (High Street) Original Hat $169 from The Bendigo Hat Shop (High Street)

Goorin Floral Cap $39 from Robe (Chancery Lane) Feathered Fascinator POA from McCalmans (Queen Street) Yellow Vintage Headband $27 from Vonica Vintage (View Street) Red Vintage Hat $35 from Vonica Vintage (View Street) â&#x2013; 95

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Annemarie wears Dress $129 and Gregory Ladner Hat $79.95 both from Myer (Hargreaves Mall)

this season... Choose clean, bright, crisp colours and fabrics with layers and killer heels. Pattern features widely, but so does textured and tailored block colours. For spring racing, add a touch of glamour with metallics or embellishment. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a taste of what our elite Bendigo Retailers have on offer for spring...


Annemarie wears red Seafolly dress $79.95, black Seafolly dress (worn underneath) $119.95 both from Sportsco (Hargreaves Mall) and Hop Scotch Sandals $100 from Kick (Bull Street) 98

Annemarie wears 7 for all Mankind Ginger Jean in LA Dark  $350, Wyse Turtle Neck $79.95, Dogstar Fuji Wrap $95, Axcent (Bangle) Watch $199, K8 Collectables bracelets $20.00 each all from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street) and Zoom croc pump $70 from Kick (Bull Street). Christopher wears Uber stone Shirt $120, Kromosome Jean $199 both from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street) and Windsor Smith Vintage shoes $120 from Kick (Bull Street). 99

Annemarie wears Mazi dress $169 from Ultima (Williamson Street). Christopher wears Ben Sherman pants $139, Ben Sherman shirt $110 both from Ultima (Williamson Street).


Annemarie wears Studibaker dress $275 from For Weddings and a Formal (Williamson Street) and Sandler Dante heels $99.95 from McArthurs (Hargreaves Mall). 101

Annemarie wears Geoff Bade slip $89, Mela Purdie top $189 both from McCalmans (Queen Street), Morgan and Taylor Sin Beret $99.95 from Myer (Pall Mall) and BonBons Scout heels $89.95 from McArthurs (Hargreaves Mall).


Annemarie wears vintage dress $58, vintage hat $42, vintage gloves $23, vintage bag $19 all from Vonica Vintage (View Street) and Zoom croc pumps $70 from Kick (Bull Street). Christopher wears Vintage Dinner Suit $195, Vintage shirt $23 both from Vonica Vintage (View Street) and Julius Marlow Flynn shoes $119.95 from McArthurs (Hargreaves Mall). 103

Annemarie wears Twisted Strap Polkadot Camisole $59.95, Racer Back Button Dress $79.95 from and Melissa Flats $95 from Kick (Bull Street). Christopher wears Element Shirt $49.95, Element Shorts $79.95 and Es Shoes $159.95 all from Freestyle Xtreme (Hargreaves Street). Photographer: Terri Douglas Makeup: Bamboo Beauty Lounge Models: Annemarie and Christopher 104


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omething old, something new, something vintage, something for you.

Hannah wears Wish Dress $99.95 from Myer (Pall Mall) and Fascinator from a selection at Vonica Vintage (View Street) 108

Hannah wears Vintage Dress $60 and Vintage Floral Piece worn in hair from Vonica Vintage (View Street) 109

Hannah wears Wish Dress $139 from Mona Lisa (Bath Lane) 110

Hannah wears Bardot Singlet $39.95 from Myer Bendigo (Pall Mall), Vintage Necklace and Vintage Scarf from a selection at Vonica Vintage (View Street). Photographer: Terri Douglas Makeup: Bamboo Beauty Lounge Models: Hannah 111

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myer winter fashion parade Another fantastic fashion parade was hosted by Myer Bendigo to showcase the latest looks in fashion for winter! The night was held not only to showcase brands such as Cue, Sportscraft, Country Road, Pleasure State and Miss Shop, but to also raise money for Bendigo Health. With some local talent modelling the gorgeous clothing, a great crowd in attendance and some delicious food from GPO the atmosphere was set for a fantastic night. Why not head along to the spring summer fashion launch presented by Myer on September 19th at GPO. You can get your tickets from Myer Bendigo. â&#x2013;


Spring Summer Fashion Launch

presented by Myer Bendigo

Here comes the sun and with it, a gorgeous choice of brands such as Cue, Country Road, Sportscraft, Esprit and more on show at the Myer Bendigo Spring Summer Fashion Launch. Special appearance on the night from Myer Racing Ambassador, Rebecca Twigley Friday 19 September 2008, 6pm GPO Balcony Room, Bendigo. Tickets $30 and are strictly limited Tickets available from Myer Bendigo Service Centre or call 5448 2211 MYER BENDIGO TRADING HOURS MONDAY - THURSDAY: 9am - 5.30pm, FRIDAY: 9am - 9pm, SATURDAY: 9am - 5pm, SUNDAY: 11am - 4pm IHDP/MYER/0001.1134/BM

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sex and the city A group of around 70 local women got together to see one of the first screenings of Sex and the City at the Bendigo Cinemas. The women then made their way down to Café Au Lait’s beautiful function room where they sipped on Cosmopolitans, enjoyed nibbles and gave away prizes for the Best Dressed, Highest Stiletto and Best Look-a-like of a Sex and the City character! $450 was raised on the night and donated to the Cancer Council. ■

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a night in paris You would be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris when Bendigo Health staged their fundraiser for the Santuary for Kids. The night was filled with everything French, right down to Fillet Mignon and Loretta Gibson dressed as Marie Antoinette. Moulin Rouge dancers headlined the show along with an auction in which the main item was a trip to the romantic city itself. The night raised $20,000 for it’s cause and guests danced the night away in ‘ooh la la’ outifts. ■


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cool, calm and collected Guys! Don’t just leave it up to the girls this spring when it comes to stepping out in style at the races. Find a hat that says something about who you are. There are plenty to choose from in knits, wool, straw and even leather. Dress up any outfit with these hats…

Photographer: David Field

Models: Tony


Clockwise from top left to middle: Vintage Straw Fedora $22 from Vonica Vintage (View Street) Goorin Royal Class Cap $69 from Robe (Chancery Lane) Obey ‘Scritti Polit’ Cap $60 from Robe (Chancery Lane) Element Bowler Hat $39.95 from Freestyle Xtreme (Hargreaves Street)

Mossimo Chicago Knit Fedora $39.95 from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street)

Blake straw hat $39 from The Bendigo Hat Shop (High Street) Grab Felt Fedora $49.95 from Ultima (Williamson Street)


a man’s word

hunters and gatherers

- Ash McAuliffe

The evolution of the human race has seen some big changes in how we behave, but some things will never change… The premise of many of my writings is that there are fundamental differences between men and women. It stems from pre-historic times when women and children would wander the landscape gathering the items required for life. Women went out in large groups and made a social event of it that took all day. Men on the other hand, went out, killed something, ate it, then sat around talking about it, sharing the details of their conquest over and over with anyone who will listen, and the story probably got better each time it was told. This ‘hunter and gatherer’ type of behaviour is ingrained in our actions to the extent that we are beyond being able to adapt…and this is most evident when men go shopping. One trip to a shopping centre on a Saturday will bear testament to the fact that men are not supposed to be shopping for more than 30 minutes at a time, or for more than one item at a time. Most guys will say the same thing... “when I go shopping I know what I want. I get it, then I go home”, while women seem to make a Contiki tour of it, photos and all! Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to go shopping with your lady every now and then, but the average male needs to keep his wits about him at all times, if for no other reason than to make sure the VISA doesn’t get the speed wobbles, but how can it be made a bearable experience? The classy clothing outlets will cater well for the male who has been roped into a shopping trip, but be very wary of such establishments. I’ve been in Boutiques with lounge chairs or couches, TV’s with sport playing and some even offer refreshments. But don’t be fooled men, this is not to make you comfortable. As surprising as it may be, the actual purpose of all this is to distract you from the spending frenzy that is going on behind your back while you mindlessly watch the V8’s or football. To overcome this distraction without missing the free entertainment, it’s a good idea to set your watch alarm to go off in

ten minutes time to remind you to get out of there. Another common scene is a café, strategically placed near the shops so that in a desperate attempt to flee the mind numbing boutiqueconversation and endless “Does my bum look big in this?” style of questioning (or trap questions as I like to call them), men say “I’ll go and get a drink and sit down while I wait for you”. You may think you’re clever or that you’ve earned a break, but you’ve actually fallen for the second oldest trick in the book…You’ve been distracted by food, while your sweetheart is left helpless at the merciless hands of the sales assistant who is guiding her to a spending frenzy of biblical proportions. Because they’re girls and they’re smart and we’re boys and we’re not, they get away with it every time! Most of the items bought during the shopping ordeal will be pulled out of the wardrobe within a week amid claims of “I’ve had this for ages”, with a back up of the old chestnut: “Don’t you notice what I wear?” Men somehow seem to think that they would be much better off if they went shopping by themselves. Not so I’m afraid. I recently went on an expedition to the supermarket. The mission was to come home with: toilet paper, two light globes, tea bags, and something for dinner. I came home with shaving cream, toothpaste, two light globes, corn chips, salsa and sour cream. The shaving cream was a good get because I was out of it but we didn’t need toothpaste, the two light globes that I got were the wrong type, and Lisa hates Nachos. Not exactly a successful outing but it certainly made for interesting conversation. So what’s the moral of the story? Beware of girly shops that try to make you comfortable. She hasn’t had it for ages but you can’t prove it so leave it alone. If you go to the supermarket take a list or only go for one item at a time. ■

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fountain of life A windy winter’s day saw many people within the community head down to the Alexandra Fountain to help raise money for the Red Cross to aid and support the people in Burma. The Fountain of Life collection combined with a Charity Auction held at the Foundry Hotel Complex as well as business donations raised $25,000 for this special cause. This was Tweed Sutherland Real Estate’s 3rd Charity Auction in eight weeks and in total have raised in excess of $60,000 which is a fantastic achievement for the Bendigo Community. Keith Sutherland would like to extend a big thank you to the Bendigo community for still being able to find that extra bit of money to donate to worthwhile causes and the Media in particularly Star FM who promoted the event exceptionally well! ■



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with fabric that can be removed and washed, this nappy bag will be a gorgeous handbag for many years after you no longer need to carry around nappies. Love it! Silk Day Spa generously did hair and make up for Lee this issue. They have a number of pamper packages especially for pregnant mums-tobe, so if you’re expecting (or know someone who is) surely this is the best time to spoil yourself! ■

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oh so cute…with style to boot These kids couldn’t get much cuter, and this spring, clean bright cotton items with a vintage twist creep into the stores. Prints and easy styles make for gorgeous outfits, such as this denim dress or cotton top. Zac wears a clean crisp shirt that can work with jeans or for a more formal occasion. The fabric of Collene’s shirt adds a dressed up feel but again, can be teamed with jeans and sandals for the daytime if necessary. Prints are everywhere this season; we know kids can get away with colour and pattern, how about all the mums have a go too! ■

Collene wears Ping Pong shirt $169, Marco Polo pants $99.95 both from Ultima (Williamson Street) and RMK Lolita $119.95 from McArthurs (Hargreaves Mall)

Meg wears Finnigan Finn Dress $64.99, Finnigan Finn Blouse $39.95 both from Latoriana ( and Red Bootee Shoe $74.95 from Twinkletoes (Queen Street)

Zac wears Fred Bare Shirt $65.95, Fred Bare Pants $65.95 and Fred Bare Boots $84.95 all from Twinkletoes Kidswear (Queen Street)

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Model: Collene, Zac, Bridget & Meg

Bridget wears Milt and Joe top $ 59.95, Two Belles jeans $74.95 and See Kai Run shoes $74.95 all from Milt and Joe (Hargreaves Street)


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get back in the swing with a baby sling The baby carrier or sling is the new mummy must have. With magical baby-soothing powers and the ability to give you both of your hands back (finally)! But there are so many to choose from. Baby Bjorn - The Baby Bjorn has a cult status for good reason: It’s sturdy, comfortable, and easy to use... once you get the hang of it. While your baby is secure and will not feel as if it could fall out, it isn’t as cosy as some of the other slings. Price from $129.95

PortaMee - You can leave the nappy bag at home with this one. It has pockets galore for more than just your baby. A bit more expensive, but when you can use it from six weeks up to three years maybe it’s worth the extra dollars? Price $220.00

- Amy Sim

A popular pass time of new mums around town is to pack the pram in the car and head down to Lake Weeroona. And what better time to do it than spring? Each scenic lap is 1.4kms long so meet up with your mothers’ group or go it alone. Either way you’ll be sure to bump into many others doing the same. Day trips are fun, especially if you have older children who like to get out of the house. Trips to Daylesford, Castlemaine and Echuca are all within an hour and have lots of great shops and activities to explore. These trips need planning and always leave yourself an hour more than you think (for an extra coffee, chasing children and changing nappies!) Bendigo’s parks and gardens are at their best at this time of year. Rosiland Park, Crook Street, White Hills and Lake Weeroona all have fantastic playgrounds. You’ll be sure to find enjoyment for a toddler and plenty of other mums free for a chat. Whatever you do or wherever you decide to go, preparation and organisation is number one. You already know it takes an extra half an hour to even get out the door! But don’t be afraid to get out and about, as daunting, as it may seem, pack two extra nappies and just enjoy your day.

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Hug a Bub - With many positions, back support for mum, spine and head support for baby and some gorgeous colours to choose from, they have thought of everything with this one. Your baby feels wrapped to your body and is given great support whether you are shopping for the day or unloading the dishwasher! Price $115.00 Amanda



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Ergo - With padded straps and the ability to wear it on both the front, back and hip this carrier is a popular choice for parents on the go. Available in many great colours including a retro Hawaiian print! Not for everyone, but lots of fun! Price $120.00

Ramalama - If you love beautiful things, then this leather and suede carrier is for you. Possibly not the most practical with leaking nappies and milk spills. But it looks great! Suitable from approx five months up to 20kgs. Price $170.00

Time to get back out there. With spring upon us there is no better time to be getting back out and about with your new little bundle in tow. While it may not seem like the number one thing on your mind you will feel fantastic when you make the step and get back out into the world. You may like to plan a day trip away with a mums’ group? Or simply just a coffee and a chat with a friend? Whatever it is you choose here are a few tips to make the journey that bit smoother! If exercise is on the cards, check first with your doctor for the all clear physically. There are great programs available at gyms around town to ease you back in to the fitness world. Body Balance at Lifestyle Fitness, is a great way to rebuild your core strength after childbirth. You will feel toned and relaxed in no time!

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Do you think your kids are the cutest in Bendigo? Email us an image at or post a pic to PO Box 2523 Bendigo DC 3554 (remember to include a stamped selfaddressed, envelope if you want your photo back!) ■ 123

Charlie wears Little Horn T-shirt $39.95 and Munster stoveys $79.95 both from Milt and Joe (Hargreaves Street) with his own shoes.


Leila wears Metalicus Dress $95, Metalicus Tights $19, Metalicus Headband $15 and Fred Bare shoes $64.95 all from Twinkletoes Kidswear (Queen Street).


Tom wears Eternal Creations Corduroy Pants $44.95 and Finnigan Finn T-shirt $39.99 both from Latoriana ( 126

Chloe wears T-shirt $22.50 and Bridget B Skirt $26.50 both from Nannees Kidswear (High Street Kangaroo Flat)


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it’s party time! It’s every child’s favourite day of the year. The one day the world does revolve around them! Whereas Christmas belongs to everyone, birthdays belong to one person alone. - Kylie Freer From the circus that rolls into town for the 1st birthday, to the grand 21st when parents wash their hands of any further birthday celebrations, hosting a party can be a daunting task. The quick solution is to book a venue, from McDonalds to The Zone Family Entertainment Centre; from the Fun Factory or Kidz City to Bendigo Water World, or Ten Pin Bowling… Why? It’s fun and less fuss for parents! But for those of us who still love fairy-bread, honey-joys, party games and receiving loot bags, there’s not much that beats the old-fashioned, homemade party. To add a bit of zing, just use a little imagination. Include a theme. Choose from the traditional; pirates, spooky, fairies or planes and trains; to favourite cartoons or famous people; to aliens and crazy hair parties; to glamour or simply your favourite colour. As for decorations, make the food your theme and decoration in one. Fantasy. Create iced shortbread wands by cutting stars and inserting an icypole stick. Bake butterfly cup cakes. Cut out the top, add whipped cream and place the pieces back on as wings, then dust in icing sugar. Transport. Place chips and other goodies, like Allen’s racing car lollies in clean toy tip-trucks instead of bowls. Space. Add a Smartie to the top of a truffle to make alien eyes. Add chopped licorice allsorts to chocolate crackle mixture and shape them into UFOs. Alternatively, roll the mixture into ‘planets’ and insert a colourful straw for added visual appeal! Any theme. Using appropriately shaped biscuit cutters (try The Cooks Gallery), cut out themed fairy bread or biscuits. You can even replace the nuts in your Rocky Road with themed lollies. Cheezels on each finger is still a winner for all ages!

Healthy alternatives? Try fresh fruit kebabs with honeyed yoghurt dressing. Add dips with biscuits and raw vegetables. For older children, include a combination of fresh fruit and lollies with chocolate fondue or white chocolate passionfruit dip. Juice or naturally flavoured soft drink are healthier drink suggestions. For the younger ones, individually named cups or pop-top juice bottles are a great idea! The birthday cake. For the ‘wow’ factor, make a fancy cake sculpture yourself, get a talented grandmother to make one for you or just buy one from Country Cakes. For a simple, contemporary take on the birthday cake that guarantees the right number of pieces, try cup cakes; they are the ‘wow’ factor for a lot less pain! Decorate them in a range of colours and lolly toppings. In summer, try decorated choctop icecream cones with sparklers instead. The games. For the older ones, beg, borrow or steal Sing Star or Guitar Hero or some iToy games. Let’s face it, the older ones will run their own party. Stay traditional for littlies; pass the parcel, bobs and statues, musical chairs, piñatas, and treasure hunts. Two games are enough, then let kids be kids. Remember, not everyone can be a winner. Bouncing back after disappointment is an important life-skill. Loot bags. Many parents try to limit the amount of lollies going home. Pad out your loot with lesser evils; fruit bars, LCM bars, snackabouts, cheese sticks, girls head ties or clips, little dinosaurs or cars, balloons, and novelty straws. Try shops like Cheap’n’Sweet where you can buy multiple items in a pack for little cost. As for the bags, try party hats or coloured plastic cups. Feeling crafty? Personalise your loot with digital photos of each child! Birthday parties are about having fun and helping one person feel important… within a reasonable budget. The simple things with a little thought are often the best. Birthday party? Easy. Bendigo has it covered!

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hands for health Massage has strong roots in Chinese Folk medicine and the art of massage was first mentioned in writing in about 2000bc. The development of the therapy now means its used to treat a variety of symptoms. It is an easily accessible alternative therapy for a myriad of people. - Esther McRae Massage has always been one of the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort. It can be seen in animal behaviour, such as the application of pressure, rubbing, and licking. It is used instinctively to relieve pain, to respond to injury and for comfort. When a person has sore, aching muscles, abdominal pains, or a bruise, the instinctive impulse is to touch and rub that part of the body to obtain relief. Speaking to Robert Wild, director of the Australian College of Massage, he marvels at the endurance of massage through the centuries. Current trends suggest an increase in the popularity of massage and body-related therapies used for stress reduction and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal problems. According to Robert, massage has now become the number one health care modality in the natural therapies industry. Many of us have accessed the therapy in one form or another, whether it’s giving a loved one a neck rub at the end of a tough week or treating yourself to a relaxing massage. But many would not consider using the therapy for other symptoms. Some of the benefits of massage therapy include facilitating growth, alleviating pain, improving immune function, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing job performance, reducing headaches, and increasing flexibility and range of motion. In Australia today, the awareness of massage and its uses are growing, but here is a brief overview of the different kinds of massage available. Perhaps the most commonly accessed of the therapy is Relaxation Massage. Robert describes the smooth flowing style as one that promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and relieves muscular tension. The art of relaxation massage is being able to slowly relax the person while maintaining a smooth flow of strokes. This is sometimes referred to as Swedish Massage.

“Deep Tissue Massage Includes components of Relaxation massage combined with techniques for dealing with tight muscles that are causing general fatigue and pain.” Robert also suggests that Deep Tissue Massage can deal with painful conditions on a therapeutic level and may involve concentrating on a particular region of the body associated with the discomfort. Remedial Massage Includes components of Relaxation Massage and Deep Tissue Massage with additional techniques enabling the manipulation of the soft tissues and treatment of muscular dysfunction to a specific area of the body. Robert says; “The focus with Remedial Massage is to reduce pain and increase range of motion; many people use this form as a remedy for injury.” Sports Massage includes skills & techniques from relaxation, deep tissue and remedial massage, combined with additional massage techniques ideal for treating the sports athlete during the training program and before or after activity. Sports massage also deals with common sports injuries. The Australian College of Massage (ACM) was established in 1994 and is now the largest Massage College in Australia. The College has administration offices in Melbourne and Bendigo and 15 training centers throughout Australia. The Australian College of Massage currently provides training in Melbourne and Adelaide plus 13 regional locations. ACM will be opening a training centre in Brisbane in 2009 and Sydney in 2010. “The College delivers professional massage courses to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in a supportive academic environment,” Robert says. For more information on courses or about the therapy itself, please call The Australian College of Massage on 1300 880 885 or visit the website: ■ 133



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Clockwise from top left: DANIEL SMITH & CLARE FRENCH, married at Sutton Grange Winery. Photographed by Richard Gibbs. DAVID OATAWAY & DIANNE WATKINS, married March 1, 2008 at St Pauls Cathedral with a reception following at The Sandhurst Club. Photographed by Terri Douglas. Mathew Camilleri & Seona Jeffrey, married May 24, 2008 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral with a reception following at The Capital. Photographed by Kate Monotti. david cook & Belinda Williams, married April 12, 2008 at Nanga Gnulle with a reception at the Botanical Hotel. Photography at Bendigo Aerodrome by Imagine Pictures – Anthony Webster. If you’ve been married in the last few months, send your favourite wedding pic to ■




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Casey Matthews, 26, Nurse at the Royal Childrens Hospital, married Trent Clarke, 28, Corporate Banker at NAB Photographed by Sean Walsh

Date: Casey and Trent were married on 16th February, 2008. It was

a garden ceremony at Nanga Gnulle, followed by a reception at the Capital Theatre. The staff from Nanga Gnulle were very helpful with suggestions and planning the ceremony.

Number of Guests: 109 Wedding Dress: Casey’s

dress was purchased from Simonelli in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. The dress was a crystal pink silk, halter style gown with a draped front revealing the tulle underneath. The vale was tinted a matching shade of pink.

Wedding Bands: Casey’s ring is a yellow gold band with a row of 14 diamonds whilst Trent’s is a white gold band in a matte finish with

a thin line through the middle.


Classic and romantic. The bridal cars were three black 1951 Jaguars from Kyneton. The aisle was dressed with rose petals, and bonbonerie was red and white bottles of wine with personalised labels.

How Did you Meet:

Casey and Trent met while both at 

University in Bendigo.

Bridesmaids: The girls wore mocha coloured strapless dresses in a cocktail style made of silk with an ivory sash. Following Tradition: All the normal ones, not seeing each other

on the day until the ceremony, though there was one close call. Casey also wore something old (Nanna’s lace hanky), something new (the dress), something borrowed (underwear from one of the bridemaids) and something blue (garter).

First Dance: Their first dance was to Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’ while Casey walked down the isle to Norah Jones ‘Come Away with Me.’ ➤ 137


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there is hope… at mona lisa Mona Lisa VIP guests attended a style night in association with Marnie Bowles of There is Hope Image Consulting in July. The night consisted of complimentary fashion consulting and winter shopping at Mona Lisa with champagne and canapés on arrival. The change rooms were brimming as all the ladies tried on outfit after outfit with great success guided by the keen style eye of Marnie Bowles. If a bit of fashion advice wouldn’t go astray for you, why not call Marnie on 0428 509 380. ■


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how do they do it? Local couple Michael and Julie Hogan lead a very busy and active lifestyle! Juggling work, their growing family and keeping fit and healthy means that a great deal of planning and preparation is required to fit it all in! Michael and Julie were kind enough to fill us in on in how they balance their lives.

The weekly exercise regime: Julie - I go to the gym about six days per week, doing classes ranging from body pump, cycle, double step (my favourite) and freestyle step. Often on a weekend (when I have more time) I run to the gym and then do a class – that gives 20-25 minutes to run to get to the class and then really work out. I play netball once a week (with my 17 year old daughter) and usually try to do a gym class prior to netball to warm up. I have completed the odd cross country competition doing a 4 km run or a 7.5 km run.

Michael – I like to run three times per week. This involves training runs plus competition cross country. I also willingly run the boundary for my son’s football team. Gym sessions at Lifestyle at least four times per week, include a Body pump class plus a free weights session and the occasional Rev class. I try to walk each day for 30 minutes (counting steps as part of the Global Corporate Challenge). I play tennis in a mid week night competition and am an occasional part of the hospital’s mixed netball team that plays weekly.

Finding the time: M - I think you can always find time to do the things you enjoy. As our children have grown older they also have become involved in our sporting activity, so it’s something of a family affair, and part of the time we spend with them. J - I can honestly say it hasn’t been easy. Once I did a step class at Lifestyle, set up for body pump, took off to pick up my son from cricket practice, dropped him home and made it back to Lifestyle missing only two tracks! There was a time I was always too busy to go to the gym, but when I decided I needed to improve ‘me’ I became more organised with dinners and the house. We both try, together and separately, to attend most of the kid’s sporting events to show them support and encouragement.

Keeping Motivated: M - I have always been a competitive person and enjoyed competitive sport. Playing competitive sport well requires a good level of fitness and this has always motivated me to look after my physical condition. The reality is, as you get older you have to work even harder to keep fit! Being fit makes the other things you do easier to accomplish and helps with your mental sharpness. This helps with my work too. Keeping the routine on track is all about planning your week to make sure that all commitments are covered and that time is allocated for gym and other activities. My motivation remains high because I enjoy the activity and I can feel the benefits. I also know how quickly fitness drops if you start missing sessions!

- Brikitta Kool-Daniels Campus Captain Lifestyle Fitness J - I feel that setting a good example for our children is very important especially now as they are getting older and seeing us as role models. As I get older, I realise that it is important to look after yourself and I have learnt a lot of lessons from doing the classes - about posture, keeping my head and eyes up, shoulders back, standing tall – all very important and things that maybe once I didn’t do! I am a much happier person now than I was a few years ago when I had put on weight. I love keeping toned and being able to wear clothes I would once never wear.

The Diet: M -I would say that we eat fairly normal food with a good spread of chicken, red meat, rice, pasta, yoghurts, vegetables and fruit. We try and consume low fat where possible. We try not to eat between meals and as little ‘rubbish’ food as possible. We are both very partial to good coffee and enjoy the odd glass of wine at dinner. We are keen on some supplements including, glucosamine, fish oil, magnesium sulphate and a natural vitamin supplement. Sustagen gets consumed on heavy physical activity days to replenish energy. J - I changed the family’s eating habits back in 2006 – especially mine - I try and plan our meals for the week but sometimes it gets too hard, especially with work and outside activities. We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables (thanks to Quinns) and I make the children a bowl of mixed fruit every night before I go off to the gym for snacks until tea is ready.

The team at Lifestyle: M - Lifestyle runs great classes with excellent instructors who make you work hard but maintain a fun element. The team at Lifestyle have always been very welcoming and the facilities are great. I like the central location as it is easily accessible from work or home. J - I prefer the classes than attending the gym down stairs. I like doing the classes with Michael as we discuss them afterwards – how hard they were! Michael and I have been lucky enough to try the same classes in Melbourne, Queensland, United Kingdom, Barcelona, Florence and Paris and we both agreed that we enjoyed our classes in Bendigo most. Doing the same body pump classes in overseas countries were challenging but we realised how our home gym was far superior – with the instructors working us harder. As relative newcomers to Bendigo it has been good for social contact. It is also great to know that after exercising so hard you can go and have a great coffee at any of the coffee shops in town – which so many of the members do!

Words of Wisdom: M - The body takes time to adjust to heavier physical activity, so take it easy initially and then gradually build up intensity. Don’t expect quick and dramatic results. These things are about long term improvement to general fitness, body tone and body shape. The right nutrition is fundamental to achieving the best results with exercise. The right type of food at the right quantities to fuel the body needs to be established. Make friends at the gym and train with them. It will increase your motivation and someone else’s. J - It doesn’t matter what age you are if you can and want to do exercise. Being positive is so important - remember to enjoy what you do. You have to want to change and with that want you have to push yourself. I get teased a lot that I am a gym junkie but it is only roughly an hour out of the day and I feel so much better for the exercise. Eating the right food is important but enjoying the coffee afterwards is also important! For more information on living your own fit and active lifestyle, call Lifestyle Fitness on (03) 5442 1599 ■ 141

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australias biggest morning tea at twenty2 Twenty2 and the Bendigo Can Do Club recently played host to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for The Cancer Council Victoria. A great crowd was in attendance to raise money for this great cause. Twenty2 kindly donated $1 from every hot beverage sold with money also raised through a raffle. The Bendigo Can Do Club’s next event is a Fundraising Ball to be held on October 4th 2008. For more information please call Teresa on 5443 4081 or Jenny on (03) 5449 6862. ■

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do fence me in Choosing a fence for your home needs to take into account a number of factors. The purpose of your fence is a great place to start and then comes the fun part, choosing a style. - Esther McRae Ok so you need a fence, but where do you start? Jamie Hale at Jackal Fencing recommends that you speak to someone about what you expect from your fence. This way they can meet needs according to materials and cost etc. Jackal Fencing supply and manufacture fencing right here in Bendigo! When it comes to choosing what’s right for you it pays to talk to someone who knows the business. Here are a few fence choices to get you started,

Home Sweet Home Dreaming of a happy family life complete with white picket fence? Whilst this is achievable, there are a number of more modern options available now. The façade of a house can be dramatically improved with a new look and means the kids can play out front in a secure area. Why not try metal or aluminum pickets, or the latest trend aluminum slats?

Establishing Borders Although any type of fence can be used to establish a border, the range on offer means asking more questions! Do I want privacy? Is the fence on show and therefore needing to blend with landscaping? Your choice should reflect the period and style of your home and define your space from others. Colourbond or timber brush are popular choices.

Obstructing Views Fencing can stop your space from being on view and also cover the ugly parts of your property. How about trying to mask road noise or footpath onlookers with a high fence or clever privacy screen? By using lattice or slat fence extensions on your existing fence will not only add to privacy but also look great.

A fence doesn’t have to be boring – selected correctly, it can become a beautiful feature of your outdoor space.

Sports Courts and Areas These fences are not usually that pretty! They do however serve a very good purpose. We all know how annoying it is to try and find lost balls. Sports clubs and alike are constantly seeking non-intrusive styles that do the job well. There are new innovations around that mean that chainmesh fencing is not the only choice.

Safety and Security Whether it’s fencing the pool or keeping the burglars at bay, security and safety fencing doesn’t have to be ugly! You could look at the height of the fence as opposed to a heavy-duty material. It also pays to employ someone who knows all about the required specs for pool fences so you get it right the first time.

Enhacing The Look Many new home or new landscape designs call for fencing of all types to add a finishing touch. When polishing off your finished look, try fencing as an aesthetic tool with the added bonus of the above purposes. Your fence choice should be taken very seriously, it could be seen as the walls of your outdoor room (garden) or the difference between life and death (pool fence). Either way, talk to someone who knows fencing and has the variety available to suit the look you want to achieve. Still stuck for ideas? Call Jackal Fencing, Craig Street, 3 Long Gully (03) 5444 2472 ■


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sitting pretty Whatever your style, Bendigo’s set of elite furniture retailers offer plenty of choice. An armchair can be a great statement piece in your home to add colour or simply create a private sitting place in your home. There are so many styles to choose from and there’s something lovely

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1. Red Leather Karwa Recliner. Part of set from Harvey Norman (Furness Street).

5. Natuzzi Sergio Armchair $2400 from Domain Living (High Street).

2. Louis Wing Back Chair $999 pictured with Cushions listed front to back; Bay Leaf $34.95, Fringe Flower Nougat $36.95 and Soho Cushion $34.95 all from Via Furniture (Mundy Street).

6. Jaakko Chair $2540 as pictured (options also in fabric, leather and base design) from Jimmy Possum (High Street).

3. French Bergere Mindi Timber Chair with Rattan $499 with Masai Cushion $49.95 both from Via Furniture (Mundy Street).

8. Love Chair $1590 from Mon Coeur (Mitchell Street)

4. Natuzzi Vincent Armchair $3660 from Domain Living (High Street).

7. Cream Chair $399 from Harvey Norman (Furness Street). 9. Delphi Occasional $2123 as pictured (options in fabric, leather and stain) from Jimmy Possum (High Street).



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new laws for bodies corporate The body corporate has always referred to a home owners association of one or more housing units.

- John Pawsey CEA (R.E.I.V.) Director P.H. Property

The role of the body corporate manager is similar to that of property manager; they control and administer the area known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;common propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a subdivided property that is usually part of a block of units or flats.

corporations defined in the Act, are also required to: prepare financial statements in accordance with prescribed standards; have financial statements audited; Have a maintenance plan; get five-year valuations of common property for insurance purposes

Functions of a body corporate manager include: managing and attending meetings; preparing and distributing minutes and correspondence; arranging repairs and general property maintenance; collecting and managing funds; arranging insurance; advising of any changes to relevant legislation and regulations.

One of the most significant areas of change in the new Act is in the appointment and supervision of managers. Paid managers must be registered with the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) and are prevented from registering if they are insolvent or do not have professional indemnity insurance. The register will be made available to the public and include details of any orders made against the manager.

The new Owners Corporation Act 2006, which covers the management and operation of bodies corporate, came into effect on 31 December 2007. This now replaces the term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;body corporateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The Act incorporates relevant sections of the Subdivision (Body Corporate) Regulations 2001 and Subdivisions Act 1998 and builds on and enhances these provisions to give owners corporations the powers that are necessary to carry out their functions and requires them to exercise them responsibility. The Act clarifies the responsibilities and powers of ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporations and committees in meeting procedures, dispute resolution and record-keeping. It also recognises a common sense distinction in the financial and management responsibilities between, for example, a two-lot building and a modern 100-lot high rise. Large or prescribed owners corporations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those that have more than 100 lots, or collect more than $200,000 in annual fees per financial year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in addition to the standard requirements for all owners

The new Act also clarifies the managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powers where there is and is not a committee and enables the committee to remove a manager, rather than limiting this capacity to a general meeting or ballot of lot owners. Consumer Affairs Victoria has produced a free guide to help people understand their responsibilities under the new Owners Corporation Act 2006. Information on registering is available from the BLA on 1300 13 54 52 or On 7 February 2008, the Parliament of Victoria passed amendments to the Owners Corporations Act 2006. The Key changes: allow members to elect a manager to act as chair of a general meeting; allow owners corporation committees to appoint a manager to act as secretary; allow owners corporations to charge up to the prescribed fee ($150) for an owners corporation certificate. (Printed with permission of Consumer Affairs Victoria 1300 73 70 30) â&#x2013;

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Step 1: Tools Required. To build this planter you will need the following tools: power saw, drill & 4mm bit, hammer, tape measure, screw driver, router & straight cut bit and a square. Step 2: Materials. Component Size Length Any planter will be in Legs 50 x 50mm 540 contact with soil and 50 x 50mm 432 moisture, and therefore Rails Side Panelling 126 cover 368 it is important to use the right timbers which Base Slates 70 x 19mm 458 will not rot. These are Nails 100 x 4.5mm called “durable timbers” 30 x 2mm and will last for a long Shelving Brackets 100mm time when exposed to 20 x 8 mm moisture. Typical timbers Wood Screws which are suitable for a planter are – treated pine, cypress pine, jarrah and cedar. The side panels are constructed from readily available shiplap profile cladding, in either a sawn or dressed finish.


Step 3: Legs. Cut each leg to 540mm length. Each leg is to have two trenches cut along adjacent sides, as shown in diagram 2. This can easily be done with a router, or by running a power saw along the legs several times to achieve the desired dimensions. The trench is to be 20mm wide and 13mm deep. To create the decorative grooves at the top & bottom of the legs, mark them 25mm from the ends, 6mm wide and 5mm deep and cut with a hand or 20 power saw. Step 4: Side Rails. Cut the top and bottom side rails to 432mm long. The rails need to be grooved as shown in diagram 3.

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These dimensions are only suitable for 140mm panelling (with 126mm cover). Other size panelling can be adjusted to suit, with the aim being to end up with a side panel width of 456mm. Step 6: Assemble Side Panels. Assemble the panel boards into the side panels, using a board without a tongue, two normal boards and a board without a groove. The side panels should not protrude past the ends of the rails by more 540 than 12mm. The grooves in the legs were made 13mm deep to allow for slight expansion of the side panels when in use.

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Step 5: Side Panels. Four pieces of panelling are used in each side. Cut all pieces to 368mm long. The end pieces in each side need to be trimmed so that they can fit neatly between the legs.

20 Step 7: Final Assembly. Mark lines 70mm in from the ends and using a 4mm drill bit, drill through to the grooved faces from the outside. Drilling either side of the line on adjacent faces to ensure the nails do not intersect. Assemble the planter box with 50mm galvanised nails. It is easier to assemble two opposite sides complete and then fit the remaining components in between. After nailing, clamp the planter box with a sash or bar clamps, check to ensure they are square and screw the galvanised brackets to the inside corners, top and bottom, to prevent the nails from pulling out the end of the grain during use.


Step 8: Insert Bottom Slats. Cut the bottom slats to length and nail in place inside the planter box with 30mm galvanised nails, leaving a small gap between each for drainage and notching around the corner posts if necessary. Before filling with mulch or compost, place the box in its intended position, as it will be too heavy to carry. Place a layer of gravel screenings on the bottom to keep the earth from washing through the drainage slits. ■

Get ready for summer living this spring... It’s all about style, entertaining and enjoying family get-togethers After months of shivering under our blankets the sun has finally come out of hiding and it is time to step outside and take a deep breath of fresh air with the thought of outdoor living and entertaining. At Hume & Iser we’re excited about our new range of stunning dining, lounge, shading and storage solutions for al fresco living in every outdoor space, from designer gardens to functional family spaces and chic urban balconies. From elegant dining to casual get togethers, you can choose from a range of dining sets for your every entertaining need. The Cairns 11 Piece Kempas Timber setting will seat family and friends for a fabulous feast. And as the dinner party grows, you can extend the solid timber table to seat any last minute guests! When it is time to serve the coffees, why not move over to the Linden 4 Piece Timber Lounge Setting. The stylish twoseater sofa and two armchairs are so comfortable that your guests won’t want to leave. And the coffee table is the ideal place to rest a cocktail or canapé! For cosy barbeques in your classic courtyard, the Glebe 3 Piece Garden Bistro setting is the perfect choice, folding away neatly for easy storage to maximise space. And when the food is finished and the guests are gone, relax under the stars on the latest in outdoor beanbags. Why not even roll the TV outside and create your own moonlight cinema! “From courtyards to balconies, every outdoor space needs accessories” said Pam Miller at Hume & Iser. “We have solutions to add character to your fifth room.” The Outdoor Living and Garden Department team at Hume & Iser can certainly help get your outdoor and garden area ready this spring, to ensure you’ll be spending more time outside this summer. For stylish tips and space saving hints, look out for our Outdoor Living catalogue out soon.


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solid as a rock When Kenn and Pauline moved into their Lakewood Drive home a year ago, their Steve Bish built home needed an equally attractive front garden to set it off.

ABOVE The letterbox crafted from the original sandstone adds character. BELOW The tranquil water feature.

- Esther McRae At this time, Kenn and Pauline described their ‘pile of rocks’ to local landscaper Greg Guy and requested they have a parking space and a circular driveway, the rest was up to his expertise. Greg Guy Garden Design came up with a final design to include Pauline’s love of fragrant flowers and to be in keeping with the existing frontage of the home. The garden chosen is a semi formal / semi-natural design including some rock left over from the house excavation. This rock, whilst beautiful in the final design proved to be an initial hardship when excavating the land. As did the elevation, it took 200 cubic meters of fill just to get it to the right level! The view from the front diverts the eye to the house entrance and sweeps in a circular motion in keeping with the curved house. The sweeping gravel driveway is offset with a central water feature running down the garden with a red-gum bridge as the main feature. A variety of plants were chosen including Exotic drought tolerant plants, a variety of deciduous trees for autumn colour, Gleditsia, Mop Top Robinias, Manchurian pear, Crab Apple trees and Standard Roses (a must have for Pauline). The two original Iron Bark Gums stand proud in the garden design and look as though they were an intentional design feature. The front of the house has a balcony that now overlooks the water ➤


feature. Kenn and Pauline are very excited for it to be warm enough to enjoy a drink overlooking the water feature. The letter-box crafted from the original sandstone adds character and at night, lamps over the water add a nice feature. Plants used for ground cover, whilst in their early stages, will eventually mean the garden is covered in colour and fragrance almost all year round. Greg has also planted miniature bulbs that will flower in spring. Greg coordinated sub-contractors such as Tony Houlahan Earth Moving, Brendan Bailey at Dirt Bark and Bits and other various sub-contractors. This design considered the existing home, trees and rock and resulted in a practical tranquil garden that would rival any landscape designed back garden! For more information on the materials or design used contact Dirt Bark and Bits on (03) 5447 1999 or Greg Guy on 0400 564 118 â&#x2013;


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ratwhiskers and me book launch Walker Books Australia and Lorraine Marwood present their new book Ratwhiskers and Me.


Offically launched by Claire Saxby, Ratwhiskers and Me, set here in Bendigo is a fast paced verse novel aimed at upper primary to secondary aged school children. Held at Bunja Thai Restaurant the launch featured music by Helen Croome. Ratwhiskers and Me by Lorraine Marwood, released July 1st 2008 ■

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from little things big things grow This year saw the 2nd Annual National Premmie Day with celebrations occurring Australia wide for the births of our smallest and most vulnerable newborns. To celebrate the special day, two very special bananas...wearing pyjamas, with all their friends came to visit our city. In support of the National Premmie Foundation, very exited children and mums and dads too of course flocked to the Kangaroo Flat leisure centre. The Bananas in Pajamas brought their friends, Morgan, Amy, Lulu, Rat and even postman Pat and his cat made an appearance. Organisers look forward to next year when playschool come and visit. For more infrmation visit ■


your financial advisor

- Wayne McAuliffe AMP Financial Planner McAuliffe Financial Group

managing ups and downs The recent march quarter was the worst quarter for the Australian share market since the last quarter of 1987. After a rough five months, most superannuation funds are now recording negative returns over twelve month periods and virtually all are in negative territory so far this financial year. This is naturally very disconcerting, particularly for those near to or in retirement for whom it’s not so easy to top up their funds and take advantage of lower share prices. It’s made worse by all the confusing commentary floating around. I think that the global economic downturn is unlikely to be deep and long and that shares have seen the bulk of the damage. They may have even seen the bottom. Either way I believe they will be back into a sustainable rising trend by later this year. But there are many out there who see the current bear market (or market with a negative trend) stretching over several years. This bear market has come about due to recent problems in the US mortgage market, known as the sub-prime crisis. This is a result of rising defaults by higher than average risk mortgagees which have in turn affected the broader US economy due to the scale of these defaults. In times of uncertainty like the present, it’s useful to stop trying to predict the future and to put things into historical perspective instead.

Negative returns are not that unusual. The first thing to note is that it is normal to experience periodic negative returns from diversified portfolios of assets (including cash, bonds, property and equity). What has been unusual has been the relative stability of returns over the period from March 2003 to mid 2007. The historical record indicates that traditional diversified portfolios have negative returns every six years or so. The poor returns of the past few months may be seen as a sort of pay back after the much stronger than expected double digit returns of the 2003 to 2007 period. The 2003 – 2007 period and indeed the last 25 years, have seen returns run way above what appears to be sustainable. The key drivers have been the shift from high inflation to low inflation (which boosted equity and bond returns in the 80’s and 90’s) falling yields on other assets over the past five years and unsustainably strong profit growth. All of these drivers have now probably run their course, suggesting lower returns ahead in the absence of a new asset bubble. While most fund mangers didn’t see a violent and sudden bear market, most did see a return to more sustainable and more modest returns at some point, after the strong gains of the 2003-2007 period. The trick for investors is to hold the course. After suffering a loss, the temptation is to switch to a more conservative strategy.

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Conclusion. No one likes to see their investment portfolio fall in value. Unfortunately though, occasional bouts of negative returns are the price we have to pay for accessing the higher returns that growth assets such as shares provide over time. While switching to cash may make sleeping at night easier after, and during, periods of market weakness, it’s likely to ensure lower returns over the long term. The key for investors is to not be thrown off their long term strategy by periodic calamities. Information supplied by Dr Shane Oliver chief economist AMPCapital Investments. *Wayne McAuliffe is an Authorised Representative of AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd, ABN 89 051 208 327, AFS Licence No. 232706. Any advice given is general only and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this, before acting on any advice, you should consult a financial planner to consider how appropriate the advice is to your objectives, financial situation and needs.

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upbeat in bendigo book launch John Holton launches Lauren Mitchell’s debut book Upbeat in Bendigo. The book features a collection of columns on life and love, previously published in the Bendigo Weekly and now collated in one whimsical paperback. The launch also included a one-off photography exhibition showcasing the work of Bendigo Weekly photographer Andrew Perryman. For more information about the book contact Lauren Mitchell on (03) 5442 5448 or email To win your very own signed copy email ■

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farewell dinner for john ledwidge The evening was hosted by Strategem Financial Group to pay special tribute to John Ledwidge at the All Seasons Bendigo. Jock Clarke was MC for the night, with the night being held to celebrate the significant professional contribution John has made to the Bendigo community. Over 200 people attended the evening proving testament to the important role John has played in the Bendigo Community over the years. ■


the business champion

don’t grumble, grow When times are tough and the market slows, successful people don’t grumble, they GROW. Several years ago I coached a stock broker. Let’s call him Dave (not his real name). At our initial meeting it was clear that without help, Dave would miss out on his performance targets and annual bonus payment. The end of the financial year was six weeks away, the market was slow, and Dave needed the bonus badly. He wanted me to work with him to reach his goals. He agreed to work on three areas of focus to get the result he needed.

- Jen Harwood International Business Speaker and Author

there is nothing like reality to give you a moment of truth. You ask yourself… how badly do I really want this? Average people back away at moments like this because it all seems too hard, impossible or too much work. This is where successful people step up, face it, own it and WANT it. Dave wanted it badly enough to commit to the goal fully.

Create a Game

Re-evaluate and Commit

When you commit 100% to the goal and know what the target and deadlines are you can create a game with yourself. Dave became creative and started to network (yes, my favourite business tool). He focused on contacting all the people he knew, even from ten years previously. He had to fill four meetings and close ten transactions each day. He re-organised and worked a schedule. Appointments were in the afternoon with an hour in between for transaction calls. He asked one of his support staff to help him with messages. He chased his existing customers for referrals. He spent time at night re-learning all the product information about the funds he was selling. He became more confident as he trained himself, caught the occasional glimpse of himself in the mirror in his suits and closed deals. He did a short happy dance in the office every time he closed a deal and came closer to the target. He also kept going when he had an off day and didn’t meet the targets. Dave kept in mind that the game was six weeks long, not just a day.

The second thing I asked Dave to do was re-evaluate his position. Dave worked out he needed $X in broker fees and $X in assets under management. He figured out how many transactions and how many appointments he needed EACH DAY to get the results. Dave went white when he realised he needed ten transactions and four successful meetings per day, every day for six weeks. Let me tell you,

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Sharpen your Mind As Dave sat in our first meeting hunched over in the chair dressed in a semi-ironed shirt, average tie, worn suit pants and scuffed shoes it was clear that his appearance did not have the sharp, crisp edge he needed to succeed. Now I’m sure you’ve heard the saying you must ‘dress for success’. Well, most people take that statement literally and think that it’s their clothes that sell them. That’s not entirely true. What people don’t understand is that your appearance reflects your level of thinking. Your mind is much more able to take control of the bigger tasks with all the little things taken care of. The other factor is that when you are dressed well, you feel fabulous – and that impacts your attitude. So, the first thing Dave did after our meeting was go home and change. From that day forward, Dave only wore his best suits to work and looked like the most professional broker in town.

In just five weeks, Dave met his targets and received his bonus. He also learned the biggest lesson of them all… the state of the market or economy is irrelevant to how you play and win the game!

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We were making business decisions without careful planning and in no logical and workable order. Jen steered me in the continuous progress towards the successful completion of our own business plan. She inspired and helped me plan and implement actions for the future, to take advantage of changes and opportunities and guide us to success AND to build a successful platform to cope with our growing business. I really liked Jen’s ‘optimistic’ attitude. She inspires motivation and action in her expertly deliverd sessions that are fun and inspirational. Di Sloan - Bendigo Airport Service

We were looking for someone who could assist our teams with networking and personal development and after looking further a field outside of Bendigo we finally found a local Bendigo person Jen Harwood. Jen was someone who was interested in listening to what our training needs were first, then went about delivering a tailored program to meet our needs. Jen was very enthusiastic and created excitement in her presentation and brought her professional and personal experiences to the team in a fun and interactive way. John Sirolli - Bendigo Bank

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Business Consulting

Jen Harwood has worked with tourism businesses over the past two years delivering a series of Business Planning workshops. This has involved group workshops and individual business mentoring in reviewing business plans with a view to growing their business. The tourism operators involved have welcomed Jen’s energy, leadership, strategic direction and mentoring, bringing real changes to their business practices and bottom line results. Kathryn Mackenzie - Bendigo Tourism

At SB Libris, we enlisted the help of Jen Harwood in 2007 when the time came to grow our business. Regular meetings with Jen and others from the Direct Incite team enabled us to set realistic goals and strategically plan our growth. The advice and guidance we received was excellent and the results were beyond our expectations. A highly valuable experience for any small business! Simon & Belinda Dart - SB Libris

legal eagle - Russell Robertson Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist O’Farrell Robertson McMahon

can you stop your will from being challenged? Yes, in the vast majority of situations. The key is to understand why a Will might be challenged and why most Wills are not challenged. A good Will is made when you take the time to consider the people that you have a moral obligation to provide for. For most people this will include their immediate family and sometimes good friends as well. Gifts to charities might be appropriate. But what if you wish to exclude someone who has been an important part of your life? You need to carefully examine why this person is being excluded or why their share is much less. The most common situation is where a parent wishes to exclude one of their children and the reasons are often varied and quite complex. It is understandable that relationships between parents and their children will ebb and flow. Arguments with someone that you love can be very difficult to overcome. Your child may marry and have their own family. Maybe they don’t have time for their parents, but they seem to have plenty of time for their parents-in-law! A period of estrangement over a few months quickly becomes several years. But your other children remain loyal and close. You want to make a new Will and exclude the child that has not spoken to you for three years. The starting point is to be balanced and fair. Just because you have not spoken to your child for three years, does not mean that the first 35 years of that child’s life is meaningless and should not be given recognition. Is it possible that the poor relationship between you and your child is totally the fault of your child? Could you have contributed to the breakdown of the relationship? Perhaps the fairest way is to initially divide your estate equally between the children and make minor adjustments as seem appropriate. Instead of your child receiving $100,000, maybe that amount should be reduced to $75,000, but you should think long and hard before reducing the gift to zero.



A token gift of $1,000 will never prevent a legal challenge from occurring. But the Courts recognise that there are appropriate situations when a child should receive much less and possibly nothing at all. If adequate financial provision has already been given during your lifetime, then you do not have an obligation to make more provision in your Will. No one is entitled to be rewarded for bad behaviour either. Your reasons should always be adequately explained in your Will. A word of warning however, do not exaggerate your reasons and try to be fair in your explanation. A Will should be used in a positive manner wherever possible. When you feel obliged to make your Will negative and critical of others then you must be very careful. Keep in mind that a disappointed beneficiary will not be fighting with you after your death, but rather they will be fighting with the people that were closest to you. In giving a favoured child a financial advantage, you might also be creating for them an enemy that will last a lifetime. Think of your Will in the same way that you would examine your photo Albums. Reflect upon the good times and the people that were with you. If someone has upset you at some time it should not be more important than the good things that have occurred to you. People who cherish the good times but do not dwell on difficult relationships rarely have their Wills challenged.. ■ 170


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engagement at work?

- Paul Murphy, AtWork Consulting

Aaah, commitment! Parents look for it in their kids, partners seek it from each other, and employers like to think they have it from their staff. Another term for it in the world of work is ‘engagement”. Employee engagement has become something of a holy grail in HR and management circles. One reason is that retaining workers for long enough to recover the investment in recruiting and training them makes a huge difference to an organisation’s chances of succeeding. And highly engaged workers actually turn up (most days at least!). Plus when they do turn up, they perform at higher levels than staff who are disengaged. As a consultant, I’m sometimes asked “How can we make our staff more committed (or engaged)?” When we are invited in to assist, as a first step, we usually check in directly with staff to see how they are travelling. We typically use either a survey or interview format – the latter one-to-one or with groups. It can be as simple as asking questions like: How satisfied overall are you with your employment with us?; How committed are you to your role, team, and organisation?; and Do you expect to be still with us in a couple of years? These factors add up to particular measures of commitment to the organisation and its values. Another important form of engagement is ‘affective engagement’. This is a positive emotional attachment, where people identify strongly with the organisation’s goals and feel like remaining a part of it all. This is commitment because a person “wants to”. While it is important to all people, it’s a particularly big factor for many Gen X and Gen Y staff. To track this you can use questions like: How much is your organisation focused on customers rather than just profits?; Are you empowered to take ownership?; Are your workplace improvement ideas listened to and actioned?; Would you volunteer to work with your organisation?; Do you believe that customers value your personal efforts?; How much does your work feel like play?

There’s also ‘continuance engagement’. The individual commits because they see high costs in leaving, including economic costs (long service leave or other entitlements) and social costs (friendship ties with co-workers). They stay because they “have to”. This has been a factor for the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, though they are looking increasingly at work/life balance issues. Speaking of which, there are also variations globally in ‘engagement factors’: Australian and French workers increasingly place a premium on work/life balance; US workers seek respect and expect opportunities for career advancement; In India (which scores highest for engagement) the type of work and promotion opportunities are the biggest motivators; Chinese employees place a premium on benefits (but are increasingly dissatisfied with them); Mexican employees value structured development activities to prepare them for moving up (and leave more frequently for greener pastures). What about other types of engagement? One is ‘normative’, staying because you feel you “ought to” conform to organisational or social expectations of loyalty. This less inspired approach is fading, as old beliefs in loyalty have slipped away for both the employers and employees. Engagement is vital in today’s workplace and the information produced through a well-designed research approach looking at engagement factors will show where it’s most productive to adjust benefits or build the culture. I invite you to take a quick look at your workplace. Perhaps it’s time now to get answers about commitment and engagement, and build your organisation’s ability to engage its people. To discuss the best way to move forward , contact Paul at AtWork Consulting on (03) 5442 6445 or visit ■

Organisations are a lot like cars...


ver driven a car with its wheels out of alignment? It won’t stay on track and vibrates alarmingly. Parts wear excessively, and bits start falling off. Performance suffers; accidents happen; and there’s no way you’ll win that race!

How long since your organisation had a proper alignment check? Do you have the right structure, people and systems? How about culture, leadership, and performance? Are HR issues making it hard for you to reach your goals?

It’s exactly the same with your workplace. If your systems are out of alignment, people and performance suffer.

It may not be easy to step back and take an honest assessment. And that’s why expert help is invaluable.

AtWork Consulting offers a range of assessment tools including Team Management Systems® (TMS) team reviews, leadership profiling and our own 10-point organisational alignment review. It’s time to get aligned. CALL PAUL MURPHY TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS IN A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION DURING THIS MONTH.

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client testimonials “Our organisation was introduced to the services of Tracy the Placement People over three years ago. In that time they have provided a number of applicants that have matched our strict criteria and we have been happy to say that our company has employed a number of these recruits who have gone on to become valued members of our team. Wayne’s follow-up and prompt responses together with his professional approach have made the often difficult task of recruitment a seamless process.” Rod Devlin CAE (REIV) Managing Director Jens Gaunt Real Estate Bendigo

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health & wellbeing - Heyltje Vaneveld Naturopath Vibrant Wellness Naturopathic Clinic

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a healthy mood We have become more comfortable with the terms mental health and depression, though not so long ago we were more ‘careful’ with these words. Though these illnesses were common enough, treatment centres were separated from the mainstream, people were ‘put away’, which only served to create a mystery and a misunderstanding around mental illness and what a mental illness really was. The stigma, memories of ‘drug therapy’ and ECT, have made it more difficult for next generations to ‘own up’ and seek professional support. What then can complementary medicines offer that would realistically and effectively contribute to an improvement in these conditions? To begin with both subjective and objective testing should be done. A subjective assessment involves the person’s own analysis: How do I feel?; How do I cope?; Can I sleep?; Am I eating?; What are my thought patterns?; and for many people these are exactly the areas that they struggle with. These people are very stressed, but are still able to function. It is this group of people that natural medicines offer so much to. The practice and philosophy of complementary medicine is to support and correct the proper functioning of the whole person, introduce therapies that promote energy, increase digestive function, increase resilience in the nervous system, re-establish sleep patterns and promote deep body relaxation. This is where natural medicines excel. The use of nutrients to improve mood, decrease anxiety and improve brain function is currently a large focus of scientific research which is supported at both an investigative and clinical level. Nutrients work on the body’s bio-chemical pathways, and specific nutrients are known to exert very beneficial effects on the nervous system and the brain. Research in this area substantiates the use of complementary medicines either independently or in conjunction with drug therapy, and studies have confirmed that specific nutrients increase the effectiveness of SSRI’s, a type of anti-depressant, and may even hasten recovery from depression. An objective analysis involves performing assessments that are outside of one’s ability to influence the results. This type of test requires the ability to gain information from biological sources; blood, urine, salivia and hair samples are examples. An individual’s bio-chemical pattern may increase their susceptibility to a mood disorder, or may make it difficult for it to improve with standard treatments. There have been many advances in the range of tests available, and increased sensitivity markers for more accurate results. Nutritional medicine and the use of nutrient substances are used to correct these bio-chemical errors. This is very exciting, because nutrients as ‘drugs’ do not have major side-effects, very rarely do any harm, are more corrective than drugs and are more accepted by the consumer for long term use. Objective testing can measure nutrients; will measure the brain’s neurotransmitters and therefore treatment strategies can be comprehensively monitored.

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Neurotransmitters such as Serotonin and Dopamine are often targeted by psychiatric drugs, yet all neurotransmitters are very receptive to nutrients, and are actually produced and regulated by them and the amino acids. Why not correct the neurotransmitters with diet, lifestyle practices and specific nutrients before bringing in drug therapy? This should be a very serious consideration when one needs to correct neurotransmitter function in children. Complementary medicine therefore provides investigative screening, day-to-day functional support and treatment options for each individual, (who is) unique in their response to the environment. For more information or appointments phone Vibrant Wellness on (03) 5442 6544 or visit ■

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the latest gear on the tech front

iPhone 3G Much hype surrounded the sleek new iPhone 3G which finally landed in Australia on July 11. The iPhone 3G, as its predecessor, boasts a revolutionary, intuitive multi-touch navigation system. New features include 3G network capability, GPS functionality and iPhone 2.0 software update.

We take a glimpse at some of the newest gadgets on the market. Panasonic DMR-BW500 Blu-ray Disc Recorder

The Panasonic DMR-BW500 is the first Blu-ray recorder available in Australia. Featuring Twin HD Digital Tuners for viewing and recording enjoyment in both SD and full-HD as well as a 500GB built-in hard drive. Where long recording times are required this unit comes into its own. This recorder enables up to 885 hours of recording time on the built-in hard drive and up to 84 hours on a dual layer Blu-ray disc.

It is a fantastic handheld video player, mp3 player, camera and internet browser. Added to this it functions perfectly as a mobile phone. A true all in one device. Available in 8GB and 16GB models. Price: From $729 Available from - The Telstra Shop, Mitchell Street Bendigo, (03) 5442 9255.

Price: RRP $2,199 Available from - Harvey Norman Bendigo, (03) 5447 6000.

Uniden TRAX 353 GPS Navigation System

Epson EMP-TW1000 full-HD Projector

Combining the latest in GPS technology and software. The New Uniden TRAX 353 is stylish and powerful.

Up until recently full-HD home theatre projectors have been outside the budgets of most consumers. The EMP-TW1000, which sets record low pricing for 1080p projectors, will entice those conscious of the hip-pocket.

The mid-range Trax 353 has a 3.5-inch screen, 3D landmarks and terrain, safety camera locations. It also doubles as a hands-free car kit using its integrated bluetooth technology.

Capable of producing a large image from a short distance, the TW1000 has a 1200 lumens rating which provides impressive image contrast that rivals the best LCD and plasma televisions. Price: RRP $4,999 Available from - Harvey Norman Bendigo, (03) 5447 6000.

The screen is super bright, it also switches automatically to night mode for easy, glare-free viewing after dark. For drivers who travel to more than one location in a day, multipoint route planning allows for multiple destinations to be programmed in advance. Price: RRP $379 Available from Danny Clapp The Good Guys Williamson Street Bendigo, (03) 5443 4433. â&#x2013;

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move it or lose it

- Mark Hilson Central Victorian Technology Services

The five words most people dread to hear from their IT techs when something goes wrong with their computer: “Do you have a backup?” But indeed, when you do hear these five key words, you soon realise that ‘backing up’ your data is a critical, yet commonly undervalued IT process. Hopefully this realisation does not come too late for you! Businesses and individuals alike are becoming increasingly dependent on data for their very existence. This is regardless of whether it’s a large financial institution with a mass of transactional data or a mum and dad with family photos and emails from overseas friends. While data is vital in everyday life, it is also very fragile. For instance, a hard drive crash, virus, natural disaster, or the less publicised but equally damaging events such as fire, a malfunction in the sprinkler system or simple human error could instantly result in the loss of all your financial records, emails, and countless hours of work.

and sizes. What’s best for a large global company may not be right for your personal PC at home, but nevertheless the principles are the same. Consider a once-a-month backup to a CD that you store at a family member’s house. Developing a data protection strategy for your business does not have to be complicated, but it does need to be carefully thought through. For people who have more at stake than just a few family photos, proper planning requires clear answers to several critical questions: Which business functions are imperative to generating revenue? Which functions are imperative to normal operations? Which functions are less imperative, but still important to the business? The answers to these questions help determine minimally acceptable timeframes to recover from a failure and how much data loss is acceptable.

The risk of losing data or losing access to data for an extended period of time is well documented and for the most part, well understood. There is also an increasing awareness that responsible protection, particularly for businesses, includes moving data to a safe off-site location to avoid those on-site mishaps. Move it or face the reality that you really could lose it.

As individual businesses stop addressing data protection in generalities and start putting real timeframes and assigning real priorities to specific functions, the need for practical, affordable disaster recovery solutions becomes clearer.

But understanding the need for a backup is only the first step in the process. Equally as important is determining the right data protection strategy for you. A data protection strategy comes in many shapes

Just as a business owner would not operate their business without an insurance strategy, the same applies to one of the most valuable assets of your business: your data. ■



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Horse riding requires balance, courage, commitment, persistence, determination and confidence.


a pony tale Horse Riding has been around for thousands of years and has developed from a necessary mode of transport and many other day to day activities to what is now a common sporting and competitive pursuit. - Esther McRae Pony Club teaches disciplines such as dressage, show jumping, cross country jumping, drill work, games, polo cross, showing and horse mastership. Sue Foley rode as a child and joined pony club when she was 10. Her first job was as a track work rider at Lindsay Park Thoroughbred Stud, riding for Colin Hayes. She has been the District Commissioner for the club in Bendigo for the past four years and her passion is evident.

Can you briefly explain what a pony club is in the horse riding field? Pony Club is a youth organisation that encourages young people to ride and learn to enjoy all approved kinds of sport connected with horses, riding and the correct care of horses. It can be a steppingstone to competition as an adult and all the way to the Olympic games if a rider has the talent. Pony Club can also lead to a career in the many and varied horse related businesses and industries.

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What does your job entail? My job includes organising instructors for the monthly rallies, grading horses and riders according to their ability for competition and ensuring horses are suitable mounts for pony club and are not abused. There are over 200 pony clubs in Victoria and all are clubs are affiliated with the Pony Club Association of Victoria, which is affiliated with the British Horse Society.

What skills does horse riding require? Horse riding requires balance, courage, commitment, persistence, determination and confidence.

What competitions are there? Pony Club competition concentrates on horse trials in autumn and winter. Riders compete in dressage, show jumping and cross-country jumping at the event. They are scored for each discipline and the highest collective score wins. During the warmer months riders compete at showing and gymkhanas in classes and are judged on riding ability, their ability to handle their horse when un-mounted and riding in pairs. There are also classes where the horses are judged on their conformation and suitability as a pony club mount.

Is there a team or club and how many people are in it? Teams of four riders compete in dressage and musical ride competitions. There are also team competitions for games and horse trials

How long do the comps last for? At pony club level horse trials are held over one or two days. Shows and gymkhanas are usually only one day.

Is horse riding in Bendigo fairly competitive or can you ride socially? Many people ‘trail ride’ just for the enjoyment of getting out into the bush, but as with all sports horse riding can be as competitive as you want it to be.

What other kinds of horse riding are there in Bendigo? Other horse related sports active in the Bendigo area are camp drafting, polo, barrel racing, cutting, endurance riding, western pleasure riding and carriage driving. Bendigo also has a very active ‘riding for the disabled’ program. ➤ 177

Can all ages ride? Pony Club teaches young people from the age of four to 25 years to ride. Many riders started riding before they could walk and many continue into their later years. As it is a great way to keep fit as riding improves core muscle strength.

Why is horse riding such a good sport? Horse riding teaches many life lessons. Riders learn from an early age to put their horse’s needs before their own. Competition teaches riders the joy of winning as well as the disappointment of defeat. This can be learned in other sports but with horse riding there is another brain and will involved and even the best educated horse can have an off day. This makes the good days even sweeter!

Is there anyone locally doing us proud in other places? Local rider Deb Broweel has ridden successfully at ‘Four Star’ level. There are only four ‘Four Star’ cross-country courses in the world. Former Bendigo Pony Club rider Maree Tomkinson is living and competing in Germany in dressage at world class level and is likely to represent Australia at the next Olympics.

How does Bendigo fair in horse riding? Bendigo pony clubs are very competitive in the pony club world with many riders competing regularly at State level.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to get involved? Anyone wanting to get involved with pony club can visit ■


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bendigo jockey club pubs & clubs raceday The inaugural Pubs & Clubs Raceday was held at the Bendigo Jockey Club in June of this year. Seven Pubs & Clubs took part in this special event! The Rising Sun Hotel, Windermere Hotel, Bendigo RSL, Schweppes Centre Stars Club, National Hotel, Brougham Arms Hotel and the Golden Square Hotel & TAB. Part of their involvement included lunch with ten guests in the magnificent Silks Function Centre, overlooking the racecourse and catching all the racing action. A great day was had by all! â&#x2013;



sporting extreme

skater boy Matthew can’t ride his skateboard at the moment: a recent accident, leaving him with a badly broken leg, has meant his ollies and kick flips haven’t been practiced for a while. It wasn’t a skateboard accident that left him so low: although it could have been. - Pam Harvey But when I ask what the most dangerous move of the skateboarding world is, Matt looks puzzled. ‘Dangerous’ isn’t in a skater’s language. I change the question: what’s the hardest thing you can do on a skateboard? “For me,” says the lanky 14 year old, “it’s jumping down stairs. I can do three – some people I know do five. Five’s pretty good in our group.”

In the two years Matthew’s been skating, he’s been through three skateboards. The first one wasn’t quite good enough, the second snapped in half during a routine board slide, and the third’s still hanging in there. You can buy boards separate to their trucks (axles), wheels and bearings – and choose the grip tape you want on the top. Matt kept his trucks and wheels from his second board, cutting down the cost of new equipment. What other sorts of things do you need to start skating? “Helmet, maybe,” says Matt with a shrug. “ And knee pads, elbow pads, wrist braces if you’re trying to get some air.” Air? You get air at the skate park. Bendigo has two: the new McKern Skate Park at Eaglehawk and a smaller one in McIvor Road. ➤ 180

Photographer: David Field

Jumping down stairs, board slides, 50/50 – they’re probably all moves you’ve seen skateboarders do if you’ve ever stopped to watch them go through their stuff. We’re talking serious balance manoeuvres: jumping and sliding down rails or along ledges, flipping boards over in mid-air and landing on them again, balancing on back wheels or front wheels. These are skills developed by people that aren’t the least faint-hearted.

Simon Crowe at the McKern Skate Park


The McKern Skate Park is a tribute to community support. Six years of planning, designing and building – and money raised through generous donations from community groups and dedicated individuals plus funding from the City of Greater Bendigo – have led to this YMCA run, state-of-the-art, facility. Opened in February 2008, the new park caters for skateboarders and BMX riders. It has three main areas: street and bowl sections for skaters, and a freestyle BMX area. “Sometimes there’s a bit of competition between the skaters and the riders,” says David Arthur, president of All Wheels United, the Bendigo BMX and Skate Club. “But it’s all good. The new skate park is a great thing for Bendigo’s youth. The community support behind its installation was fantastic.” The McKern Skate Park was designed by Convic Construction, a leading national skate park designer. It made sure it consulted people that would use the park as well as asking for community input, and interviewed skateboarders and BMX riders before submitting the final design. The park has attracted State interest, with people from Shepparton and Melbourne visiting regularly to check it out. “We’ve had busloads of people come up here,” says David. “Only last week, we had the Melbourne Old School Skaters come for a visit. They’re a group of men in their fifties who still like to skateboard.” He laughs. “They pad up more than the younger skaters!” Two competitions were run in the first few weeks of the park opening. The first raised $600 and went towards a BMX demo trailer to take around to schools showcasing the skills of BMX riders. “The comps were a huge success. We hope to have lots more.” So does David think skateboarding is dangerous? “Yeah, of course. There are a lot of wrist, arm and leg injuries. But it’s the same for any high risk sport. Lots of sports are dangerous.” Back to the air situation. Jumping from the half pipe gets you air – the higher the jump, the more air you get. You get air doing other moves, too: maybe not as much as Tony Hawk, but Bendigo has some pretty good skaters. So how long is it before Matt can get back on his board and start kick flipping it again? He spins the wheels longingly on the board that he’s holding. “Too long,” he says. “Much too long.” For news and up-to-date information on skateboarding and skate parks see ■

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archibald prize The much-anticipated Archibald prize opening was the largest the Gallery has ever seen with over 500 guests attending. Bendigo was very proud to have the prize visit. Opening night saw Red Symons entertain the crowd and open the prize in which a portrait of him was entered. The winning entry by Del Kathryn Brown hung proud with the other exquisite entrants. Particular attention was paid to a portrait of Heath Ledger, which graced the walls along with those of Neil Finn and many others. Bendigo looks forward to many more exhibitions of this quality. For more information on upcoming exhibitions please call Bendigo Art Gallery on (03) 5434 6088 â&#x2013;



egypt - land of the pharaoh’s The great pyramids of Giza are generally the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Egypt, but there is so much more this fascinating country has to offer. I was fortunate enough to see a number of Egyptian gems while spending an amazing two weeks taking in all that this unusual and majestic area has to offer. - Jaime Cail My journey started in the capital, Cairo; I had never seen anything like it. The traffic was crazy, there were people everywhere, and it was bedlem. Cairo itself had a lot to offer and one of the highlights was definitely the National Museum where we saw King Tutankhamen’s mask and sarcophagus, a mummified monkey and a number of beautiful ancient artifacts. From Cairo we took the drive out to Giza Plateau and I was quite surprised how close it was to the city, in fact from the great mosque perched high upon one of Cairo’s hills you can actually see the pyramids in the distance. At Giza we saw the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus along with the lion headed Sphinx which was unbelievable – definitely a great photo opportunity here if ever I saw one. I can see why they are an ancient wonder of the world. The pyramids were built to house the kings on their journey into the afterlife. The great pyramid of Cheops dates back 4600 years taking 20,000 men around 20 years to build. The only thing you had to be mindful of was the Egyptians walking around trying to con tourists into taking camel rides around the area. In fact our tour guide, Shariefh an archeological student with amazing knowledge, informed us of this scam where the camel owners prey on tourists taking them for rides out into the dessert to other pyramids and then demand money to be taken back. We left Cairo and caught an overnight train to Aswan which is Egypt’s southernmost city. Here we were introduced to Sudanese and Nubian cultures and ate at a fantastic Nubian restaurant where the staff performed local dances and even taught a few of us on tour. The local back street souks (markets) were fascinating where you could try out your bargaining skills and pick up some very interesting souvenirs like sheshieh tobacco pipes, clothes and silks. Abu Simbel was an optional extra on our tour and it was by far the highlight of the tour. You could either get there by bus or plane and we chose the latter. The temple of Abu Simbel which pays homage to Ramses II and his wife Nefertari was carved into a mountain on the west bank of the Nile. It was actually part of a huge rescue operation when it was threatened by rising waters of Lake Nassar. How the Egyptians managed to move this massive structure is unimaginable. Unfortunately part of the façade has collapsed however it is still an unbelievable sight. Any trip to Egypt must include a trip down the Nile River on a felucca. Our tour spent two nights cruising (more like floating) down the Nile between Aswan and Luxor. Sleeping on the deck just meters from the river was a little frightening (especially for those who sleepwalk) as their were no edges but there is nothing like watching the sun rise and set while floating down a river.


ABOVE The pyramids at the Giza Plateau need to be seen to be believed. BELOW The majesty of the Sphinx.

Our felucca tour ended in Luxor which is literally one of the world’s oldest museums and the point where we headed out to the Valley of the Kings. This is where ancient rulers buried their spectacular tombs deep in the dessert mountains. It was also the final resting place for King Tutankhamen’s tomb and until recently where his mummified body & sarcophagus lay. His tomb was magnificent. We saw a number of tombs and the artwork was gorgeous and looked like it had only been finished yesterday. One tomb’s ceiling depicted the night sky with vibrant blue colours and yellow stars. That day we also visited the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the workers. Our last stop on the tour was Dahab. Dahab is a funky little place nestled on the coast of the Red Sea. Where you can snorkel or undertake a PADI accredited diving course in the crystal clear waters near the “Blue Hole.” A definite must while staying here is a trip to St Katherine’s Monastery and trekking up Mt Sinai. Mt Sinai is believed to be where Moses received the 10 Commandments. Our guide for the midnight trek was deaf and mute which created an interesting journey. We headed off in the dark of the night so we could watch the sun rise from atop the mountain. Amazingly we made it to the top without too much grief – thankfully to a bit of teamwork and guessing what our guides hand gestures meant. Once up the top we watched a truly beautiful sunrise which seemed to stretch across the horizon as far as the eye could see.

LEFT Just your typical night out… MIDDLE A beautiful sunrise on Mt Sinai. RIGHT Sleeping under the stars on the felucca.

To see these Egyptian icons on TV or in photos is pretty exciting but to actually see them in the flesh is spectacular and will remain in my thoughts forever.

The journey down to the base of Mt Sinai also signaled the end our Egyptian adventure. So it was time to make our way back to Cairo for one final night before flying out for home. To see these Egyptian icons on TV or in photos is pretty exciting but to actually see them in the flesh is spectacular and will remain in my thoughts forever. Tour: Best time to travel: March to May or September to November Currency: Egypt Pounds ($1AUS = 5.18EGP) Websites: ■



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the volkswagen tiguan Like a big man jumping into a wading pool, the Germans are about to make a big splash in a market that is typically dominated by the Japanese and Koreans.

You may have seen the TV advertisements of Jason Sim from Symes Motors driving a Volkswagen Golf all the way to Sydney without stopping for fuel; well the good news is that now you can do it in an SUV. Along with the fabulously efficient Turbo Diesel engine and 6 speed transmissions, the secret to the efficiency of the Tiguan is Volkswagen’s 4Motion system. This means that most of the time you are driving around in two-wheel drive, but when a bit of extra grip is required the Tiguan imperceptibly engages four-wheel drive, so you get the extra grip of an all wheel drive, without the extra running costs. There are many cool and exciting features of the Tiguan, but I’m going to start with the coolest and most exciting. Whenever I stuff up an attempt at parking, it’s usually in front of a whole lot of people, and usually those people are all at the café that I’m about to get a coffee from, but parking catastrophes are a thing of the past with the Tiguan because this car can park it self. I’ll say that again. This car can park it self. Using the parking sensors on the front and rear bumpers, the Tiguan can sense the size of a park, and if it’s big enough for the Tiguan to fit in all you have to do is select reverse, let go of the steering wheel and control the accelerator and brake, the Tiguan will do the rest. This will definitely save embarrassing parking mishaps in front of everyone and it’s just a $1,390 option! If parking itself isn’t cool enough for you, then let me go on. When


you select the Satellite Navigation option you get more than just directions, you also get a 50GB hard drive that you can download music and videos to so you’ve got something to watch on that nonstop drive to Sydney. The options don’t stop there though, the fact is that you can have your Tiguan as ‘Plain Jane’ as you like or optioned up to the eye-balls. Along with the Sat-Nav and the magic-parking-system (more formally known as Park Assist) some of the options include a full panoramic glass sunroof, Premium 300W sound system, Bi-Xenon headlights, reversing camera and 18 inch alloy wheels to name just a few. Let’s not forget all of those things that come standard on every Volkswagen, such as the safety features. There are so many airbags in the Tiguan that to fill them all up you would need the same amount of hot air that a dozen politicians would make in a week. There is also the myriad of electronic safety features like Electronic Stabilisation Program and Traction Control and your passive safety features like side impact protection and front and rear crumple zones. I’ve been so busy talking about the features of the Tiguan, that I haven’t said anything about how it drives. We were driving the 103TDI model that has a 2 litre turbo diesel engine that matches well with the 6 speed automatic for a smooth ride. On paper the diesel is the slowest of the three models that will be available in Australia, but there is an undeniable punch in the way it delivers its 320 Nm of torque and you won’t be sacrificing performance and driveability in exchange for fuel efficiency. The versatility of the Tiguan gives it an edge over its competitors. The rear seats fold flat in one movement rather than the rubik’scube style of folding seats that you find in most small SUV’s and hatchbacks so you can fold the seats forward with just one hand and

Photographer: David Field

Volkswagen have done it again, another great SUV with another funny name. Small SUV’s (Sport Utility Vehicles) are taking a greater share of the new car market with many people preferring the elevated driving position of an SUV without wanting the truck like dimensions of a large Four Wheel Drive. A few issues ago we test drove the magnificent VW Touareg but now we get to drive it’s little brother, the Tiguan (pronounced tig-you-arn). The name is interesting enough but the car itself is even better.

- Ash McAuliffe

ABOVE Plenty of space in the boot. BELOW Everything you’d expect from Volkswagen.

without having to solve a puzzle. The tailgate has a wide and low opening for easy access. And finally, the most important feature of the Tiguan, even more important than the magic parking trick and the ever present safety features…The Tiguan, as with all of the current Volkswagen models looks great, especially in black with the 18 inch alloys fitted. It’s not exactly expensive to put yourself in a great looking European SUV that can park itself either, starting at a fraction under $34,000 for the entry level model and $60,000 will buy you a fully optioned allsinging-all-dancing top of the range Tiguan. And in case you were wondering where the name came from… it’s a combination of the German words for Tiger and Iguana. Just what you were thinking I bet. ■

Never make a bet with a Touareg driver After winning the world high altitude record, we thought it was time to find a new challenge for the Touareg. Not finding any on the ground, we looked to the skies. On one side we put a Touareg V10 TDI weighing in at 2,685kg with an added 4,345kg of steel plates for ballast; on the other, a Boeing 747 – total weight: 155 tons. Did the Touareg rise to the challenge? Not only did it rise, it soared. Its 750NM of torque pulled the hulking 747 – a mass the size of a suburban block – a cool 150 metres without showing any signs of strain. At Volkswagen, our Touareg engineers are always ready to put their money where their mouths are.

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a triumph triumph A quarter of a century ago Peter Standen bought a box of bits. He paid $2000 – but that wasn’t his only investment. Two hard years of work later he was ready to take his creation on an outing - a journey of rejuvenation. I’m talking about Peter’s Triumph TR3. - Jacqui Mott If you don’t know about a Triumph TR3, now’s the time to learn. It’s an open-top sportscar, a two-seater produced from about 1957 through to the early 60s. From the few clues this box of bits revealed, Peter’s sporty sidekick was born in 1957 - but that’s all he knows - the vehicle’s past life is still a mystery. As a youngster Peter frequently fiddled with cars – and since those childhood days in Swan Hill these four-wheeled friends have sparked his interest. “My father always had a car, they were always old – an Austin ute, 48 Chev, 52 Desoto, 56 Chev … so when I was old enough to have one, I made sure there was always a car in the backyard to tinker with.” Peter taught himself to drive the ‘farm way’, taking advantage of his fields of freedom. “I learnt in an Austin on paddocks and clay pans – very unofficially,” Peter says. Maybe Peter’s subconscious was free to tinker the day he picked up the box of bits. He says he was looking around for a project and was keen to own a sportscar. “I was drawn to it because it was the right price and in those days TR3s were cheaper than MGs and much cheaper than Austin Healeys,” he says. He embarked on a busy reconstruction project yet still found time to learn panel beating – adding another feather to his car-knowledge cap. “The project started with a rush, it’s like building a house – all the big bits get done first – the chassis, body, undercoat, assembly – but when it got down to the finer detail it seemed to take forever to finish.” Peter chose a cream exterior and red interior for his prized puttogether-Triumph, but clues during its refurbishment, such as fragments of upholstery and paint revealed its former blue twotone colour scheme. Restoration complete, it was time to the take tinkering target out for a drive. “Our first journey was to the Tarrengower Hill Climb back in 1984, but since then we’ve been to the Otways, down the Great Ocean Road, to Canberra – and the biggest trip was to Port Macquarie, when we did 4000 kilometres in one week.” 190

There’s something exotic and James-Bondish about sports cars…especially vintage ones.

“It’s a reliable car, it has only let me down once and that was in Milawa when a clutch slave cylinder decided to stop working. I know every nut and bolt, and I’ve always managed to drive home – apart from that one time.” Peter also admits his vintage classic moves along the highway comfortably at 70 miles per hour. “Yes, it cruises very nicely well over the speed limit,” he says sneaking in a cheeky grin. Like most sportscar owners, Peter is used to being noticed. Because there’s something exotic and James-Bondish about sportscars, especially vintage ones. “Most people call it an MG, but it’s surprising how many people will also stop and talk about the TR3 they used to own and once I scored a workshop manual from a guy who had parted with his TR3 – but kept the book.” And while Peter created the car – the car fuelled opportunities for Peter. He’s been chairman of the Tarrengower Hill Climb, he’s a current member of the TR register of Australia and he’s forged many a friendship from TR-talk over a warm bonnet. From my modern world observations too, it seems that if you own a convertible, it’s a rare day that you open up and let the elements do the talking – but not Peter. His soft-top hasn’t blocked the rain, hail or shine for 20 years – and in my book that qualifies him as a true sports-motorist. He says he doesn’t fuss over his TR3, when it’s in gear it’s everyday gear. “It’s always been fully registered and I’ve used it in all manner of situations, on dirt roads, on back roads …I even used it as a builder’s ute when I was renovating the house – you can carry some very long lengths of timber in it,” he adds. I left the big question until last. Yes, the classic Queen rock band question – is Peter in love with his car, does he have a feel for his automobile? “No I’m not in love; I’ve grown attached to it and I probably wouldn’t sell it,” Peter replies. But there’s something very nurturing about creating a car from scratch. It’s all about handling, about steering, about setting the right pace – it’s about triumph, and that’s what Peter has achieved, a Triumph. ■

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ycw sporting & social club ball In July the YCW Sporting & Social Club conducted their annual fundraising ball at the Platinum Room at The Foundry Complex. “Our senior football team have not yet won a game but the club is very high in spirit showing that we are a strong club. Our netballers are in the top 5 fighting to gain finals opportunities.” says Meagan Keating. For more information on the YCW Sporting & Social Club please visit ■


big boys toys

Photographer: David Field can be a bit of a handful if you’re not careful.

fergalicious! Geoff Holden owns a tractor with a difference. His 1949 TEA 20 Ferguson, or more commonly known as a Grey Fergie contains a V8 engine! Why, you may ask? This is what Geoff had to say: “All the other vehicles I owned were V8’s and a standard joke at the time was that the old Fergie would end up with one as well! So when the original motor finally needed replacing, the only choice was a V8. It’s much more fun than a 4 cylinder! I like to build things that are a bit different, and have a go at things people don’t think can be done, or aren’t normally done. It’s a real challenge and its good fun. Having a farming background where you learnt from your father how to engineer things to make them better, or to fix things on the go helps you learn the skills you need to have a go at just about anything!” Geoff’s Grey Fergie was initially purchased after selling his farm around 20 years ago. He needed a smaller tractor for benching fire wood for family members after selling the farms equipment and tractors. The tractor is also now used for grading and levelling gravel and soil, lifting motors and gearboxes and moving cars and hay bales around on the property. Usually it’s only Greg who gets behind the wheel of the Grey Fergie. “You don’t need any special skills, but it can be a bit of a handful if you’re not careful,” Greg explains. “I don’t have any huge plans for the tractor in the future; just use it around the farm as I do now. However I wouldn’t mind finishing off a V12 lawnmower project that I have had on the go for a while!” We’ll look out for that one…I am sure these are a couple of toys that would get a few blokes out in the backyard of a weekend! ■


BgoMag Issue 12  

Bendigo Magazine Issue 12

BgoMag Issue 12  

Bendigo Magazine Issue 12