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all about us PHOTOGRAPHER My name is Anthony Webster but everyone calls me Redda. I’m a down-to-earth, easy going person who loves to laugh. I also love family, my two girls Amber and Sarah and my wife Jenny. I love to go fishing (but I don’t catch fish). Jen always says to call into the fish and chip shop on the way home. And I love my work, I’m very passionate about creating things from nothing. For this issue I photographed a constant variety of clients and subjects, from body spray tanning to Bendigo league footballers. It’s always interesting, always challenging. Otherwise, you’ll find me shooting photography for my own business Imagine Pictures and spending as much time as I can with my family.

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fashion editor Esther McRae FREELANCE JOURNALIST My name is Susan Turpie but everyone calls me Sue. I’m a pretty easy going person who loves motherhood, music, my friends and family. In this issue I share a drink with a local cider and wine producer and take a look at the joys of the country school, but otherwise you’ll find me teaching keyboard or selling keyboards depending on the day of the week.

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writers Steev Cowled, Sarah Harris, John Holton, Ash McAuliffe, Jennifer Mellberg, Pam Harvey, Jacqui Mott, James O’Brien, Sue Turpie.

contributors Katarina Binks, Kylie Freer, Jac Griffiths, Jennifer Harwood, Jack Higgs, Mark Hilson, Geoff Hocking, Simone Jones, Wayne McAuliffe, Lois McBain, Paul Murphy, John Pawsey, Ashley Raeburn, Russell Robertson, Amy Sim.

photography Cassandra Cheeseman, Terri Douglas, Rod Doak, David Field, Anthony Webster, Paige Wilson. HEALTH AND WELLBEING COLUMNIST My name is Simone Jones but some of my friends call me Sim. I’m a passionate woman who loves learning new things and inspiring people on how to live a healthy, balanced life. In this issue I am at my clinic but otherwise you’ll find me at the gym, meditating, walking my dog, enjoying Bendigo’s fabulous restaurants with friends or in a quiet moment reading...bendigo mag of course!

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We would like to invite you - as our readers - to submit letters, ideas, My name is Ashley Raeburn but everyone calls me articles and other material that you would like to see included in Ash or I generally answer to just about anything! I’m bendigo magazine. a Bendigonian originally who loves playing football If bendigo magazine is to truly reflect your city as you see it, then with Y.C.W and spending time with my fiancé NOT EXPANDED NOT EXPANDED we need your contribution. enjoying good hospitality. In this issue I match some SYMBOLS AT SYMBOLS 100% ANDATSHOULD 100% AND APPEAR SHOULD IN THIS APPEAR ORDER. IN THIS ORDER. delicious wines with curry but otherwise you’ll find Email us at me at Wine Bank on View working or enjoying the Fax (03) 5444 4313 Or snail mail to PO Box 2523, Bendigo VIC 3554 atmosphere. Or visit us at 225 Barnard Street, Bendigo VIC 3550 Phone (03) 5444 5868 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.


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Where do you look if you want a tooth pick for a miniature pony? Bendigo. How about a lavender lemonade? That’s just up the road. And where to go if the only thing missing from your wardrobe is a second-hand grass hula skirt? You’ll find that here too. The things we’ve unearthed in this issue of bendigo magazine! And speaking of earth, Rob and Pauline Bryans couldn’t be any more knowledgeable. “Women have cycles, so why shouldn’t the land?” Asks Pauline in our feature on locals living via ancient ways. In a world where talk of getting back to basics underpins the issues of climate change and financial meltdown, it’s refreshing and hopeful to see so many locals setting an example for the rest of us. You’ll find them from Page 30.

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Business owner Paul Chapman reckons technology will be another saviour, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is, helping establish the first Environmental Villages Worldwide site in Kangaroo Flat. Read all about it on Page 171.


And then there’s optimism, creativity and energy for the future, of which we have bucket-loads worth in Bendigo. Turn these pages and you’ll see the vibrant face of our business community, which drives forward despite a media onslaught of gloom. You’ll find no doom in our office – just a touch of gloss, glamour and good vibes that we aim to pass on to you, dear reader.


Enjoy this issue, and don’t forget to have your say in our second annual Best of Bendigo poll, the voting forms are included in this magazine. It’s a chance for you to share your favourite places and faces and go in the draw to win a whopping five grand to spend with our advertisers. We look forward to hearing from you.




While the AFL usually gets all the press, there’s plenty of local footballers for our pint-sized players to look up to. So we gathered five of the region’s young die-hard fans to represent their colours... you may recognise their faces; these kids rarely miss a chance to see their teams in action on the footy field or netball court. Thanks to Bailey Ilsley, of Eaglehawk, Olivia Richards, of Golden Square, Jeremy Ellis, of Sandhurst, Joshua Leech, of South Bendigo and Bailey Matheson, of the Bendigo Football League’s newest addition, Strathfieldsaye, for being our winter cover kids!

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It’s often not until you leave Bendigo and live elsewhere, that you recognise the depth of history and warmth of community lurking underneath all its infrastructure: a city where you can walk downtown and always see someone you know, find a car park or pop in to a café and get a ‘quick’ coffee, a city where original Victorian façades are juxtaposed next to gleaming colored glass structures and yet look so at home together, where the burgeoning population gives birth to new and exciting businesses every year. Your magazine is such an amazing celebration of the many facets that Bendigo has to offer. I love receiving it in the mail, catching up with what’s new and remembering the city that I once called home with love... Thankyou! Jude Geelong

Dear bendigo magazine, I am a compulsive reader of everything from cornflake packets to the magazine I saw in Bendigo recently. It was a good read and I am hoping to contact some of your subscribers. My family has a bit of gold dust in its veins and consequently many times along life’s journey various members of my family have been drawn almost against their will to where gold lies. Often it is unbeknown to my relatives the reasons they move to a new area. My father’s grandfather found an eight ounce nugget of gold we think somewhere in Victoria and later had large land holdings in SA. My grandfather on my mother’s side was a manager of the Florence gold mine near Menzies in WA and later found gold in his own right and ended up with large landholdings in WA . My late uncle Charlie earned good money through the last depression in the WA goldfields and my nephew now operates a diamond tip drilling rig pretty close to that same area also searching for gold. Family rumours have always said I may have some long lost forbear that had something to do with gold on Ravenswood Station.

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Many times in the last 15 years my wife and I have also travelled the gold road, often ending up in Bendigo. For whatever reason, on our last visit a few weeks ago, like a moth circling a flame, I was drawn to Bendigo creek in nearly the centre of Bendigo. We happened upon a sign and walked down a path to read a plaque saying two women had discovered gold there. They truly must also have had gold dust in their veins. It is hard to imagine the women back then in their finery panning for gold in the heat, dust and flies miles away from their families and loved ones. Truly pioneering women. I wonder how they got there, with no bitumen roads back then and barely any tracks, no maps, thick scrub and convicts and bushrangers around. I forget their names except it was different to my grandmother’s, grandmother’s father Christian Asquith. He had some sort of dark past that dad never spoke of. I’m just writing in case some of your readers knew of him or any possible connection between him and the ladies... perhaps they were related, or heaven forbid, secret lovers? Name and address supplied Patyah

We want to keep hearing from you. Have your say (about anything really) in What’s The Go. Email or snail mail to PO Box 2523, Bendigo DC, 3554.


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Harvey Norman Bendigo is also what we term in the trade as a ‘brand house”. We support the major brands that have a complete service back up. We do stock the unknown cheap quality brands that we term the “yum cha” brands. We don’t like to sell these brands as the failure rate is so high but if some one really wants something cheap then it here if they want it. Bushy Martin says “I have been in the electrical industry since I left school in 1984 (25 years… scary!!!!) And I have seen so many yum cha brands come and go and thousands of customers get let down as there is no warranty or spare parts when these companies go broke. I have seen four brands go down in the past two years, I have always maintained my belief that you only get what you pay for and it is no different today than it was 25 years ago, invest in quality, in the long term it always pays off. So for all your electrical needs go and see the professionals at Harvey Norman “the true technology specialists” where technology and people come together. Open 7 days.






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You probably know Continuing Education Bendigo (CEB) runs adult learning courses, but you may not know the further education provider has launched a Small Business Advisory Service funded by the Australian Government. CEB now provides advice, mentoring and a range of free or low cost services relating to all aspects of planning and managing a small business; and welcomes all small businesses to take advantage of this new initiative. CEB will target those small businesses most vulnerable during these uncertain economic times. The staff are particularly keen to help micro home-based businesses, those one or two person businesses that can feel quite isolated, to enhance their skills, networks and opportunities. CEO Janet Russell says, “This initiative aims to maximise the growth, potential, prosperity and sustainability of small business and improve the business skills of owners and managers“. Visit or call (03) 5430 2155.

Face life refreshed Refresh Day Spa has always specialised in giving a quality, relaxing massage with the added benefits of a qualified remedial massage therapist skilled in finding your tension areas. Now the business also offers beautiful facials. The recent introduction of Thalgo brand skincare, exclusive to Refresh, combined with a facial massage and scalp massage, make for a facial treatment to become addicted to. Refresh also offers Intraceuticals O2 facial rejuvenation, hot stone massage, Algologie and Thalgo body treatments, pampering packages, manicures, pedicures, waxing and more. Check out the user-friendly website at Refresh is located at 23 Wills street Bendigo, phone (03) 5442 5409 for an appointment.

a branch for the future The opening of Bendigo’s biggest five-star green-rated building – The Bendigo Centre – includes a new look branch to meet your banking needs. Bendigo Bank’s Bendigo Central branch is designed for comfort (think couches), convenience (right next to cafes and specialty shops) and to match the way you choose to do your banking (most likely quickly and using a touch of 21st century). It’s fresh, light and bright – and there are no counter screens between you and staff. With a greater demand for self-service, the layout includes coin counting machines and Internet kiosks. A high level of staff training means you can be confident of receiving friendly and specialist advice. Sheryle Watson and her team are locals – just like you – and understand the challenges of buying a home, raising a family, running a business and planning for a comfortable future. Call into the branch in Bath Lane or phone (03) 5485 7154. 18

With over 30 wineries in the Bendigo region, if you have only one afternoon to sample what the region can offer, it is hard to go past the Tri Bendigo tour. In a spirit of cooperation characteristic of the wine industry here, three wineries on the northern side of town – Balgownie Estate, Sandhurst Ridge and Connor Park – have pooled their resources to offer something more than the usual wine-tasting experience. Visit each winery, located less than ten minutes from each other, and taste a range of fine wines, including sparkling, blends, and older vintages. Purchase four wines at each winery, making up your own mixed dozen, and receive, on the spot, two Reidel wine glasses. Purchase just one wine at each stop and go into a draw to win a mixed dozen wines. If you’ve ever experienced wine served in a Reidel glass, you can understand why visitors return to Tri Bendigo again and again to expand their collection of these glasses which so beautifully enhance the rich, ripe flavours of a Bendigo wine. For more information contact Balgownie Estate on (03) 5449 6222, Sandhurst Ridge on (03) 5435 2534 or Connor Park (03) 5437 5234.

where food is the focus Tim Rooke and Daniel Whalen are Bendigo born and bred and despite sitting through school classes with each other since the age of ten, they still love working together. The only difference now is they’ve gone from pen to pub and their shared passion is The Golden Vine Hotel. The hotel has seen a lot of changes of late, moving its focus to great food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. With a renovation to boot, the bistro menu is full of hearty goodies and the bar area now has leather couches and coffee tables. Wednesday nights see the locals team up over trivia to raise money for the Otis Foundation. Guests can book a table for dinner and stay afterwards to give their brains a workout. This winter, if you don’t fancy braving Bendigo’s best beer garden, stay inside by the fire and enjoy relaxing with a few quiet ales. Either way, Tim and Daniel look forward to seeing you soon. The Golden Vine is located at 135 King Street, (03) 5443 6063.

taking care of the lives in our hands Amity Group has now officially launched its new brand identity, representing a significant milestone for the company and strengthening its position as a leading aged care provider in Australia. The company’s 47 residential aged care facilities and 4,100 employees will now deliver their consistently high standards of care to customers under the new banner of Bupa Care Services. After being acquired by the global health and care leader Bupa in December 2007, Bupa Care Services is the first Australian aged care organisation with direct access to international best practice. With aged care operations also in the UK, Spain and New Zealand, Bupa brings with it the knowledge, experience and credentials that come with caring for almost 32,000 people at more than 400 care homes.   

name change makes history Victory Church is now known as History Makers Church, pastored by Nathan and Kirsty Claridge. History Makers Church has a simple approach; building great people, creating a dynamic community and bringing social justice to the world. The new complex being developed on the corner of Condon Street and Kairn Road Bendigo will be known as the HMC Justice Centre and will be home to the church from 2010 onwards. Services are currently held at 29 Valentine Street Bendigo, each Sunday at 10.00am.

Bupa Care Services head of sales and marketing Stephen Druce says, “Changing our identity to Bupa Care Services will enable us to embrace the strengths and benefits of Bupa globally, while reinforcing our credentials for service and quality within the Australian aged care market.”

sunny days in winter Jamaican Sun has been taken over by new owners Mollie and Amanda Stevens and has been re-decorated to create a cosy, warm, classy atmosphere.

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promotions with community at heart Bendigo Community Promotions has been around for over three years, previously under the name Labelsprint as part of another business. Now under new management and with an exciting new name, the business is focused on building strong communities. Luke Buckland has a heart to see local government, businesses, schools and families all working together to support each other. He is offering community-minded advertising through sponsorship of full colour printed school newsletter covers provided free to Bendigo district schools. With many businesses and schools already involved, they’re set to do great things and continually looking forward to working with existing sponsors and building new relationships. This is a great way to support our local schools and give businesses a legitimate opportunity to advertise in this unique part of our community, not to mention how families love to support the local businesses that support their local school. For more information visit

As well as offering a range of different tanning and beauty services, the salon now has new products in store, like O.P.I nail polish and prescription-free coloured eye contacts. Well-known beauty therapist Kylie Wyatt and beautician Kirsty Munn are on-hand to get the locals looking gorgeous. Jamaican Sun has cheap Brazilian Mondays and Tuesdays - XXX= $30. And for even more savings, enquire about membership and keep an eye out for the regular specials. Jamaican Sun can be contacted on (03) 5443 0690 and is located at Centreway Arcade Queen Street Bendigo.

chopping in china Two students from the Te Shin Kai Karate school at the Bendigo Training Academy headed over to China to represent Australia in the Shanghai International Karate Tournament in April. Ben Burch (2nd Dan Black Belt) and Joshua Mertens (2nd Kyu Brown Belt) competed in one of the toughest competitions on the martial arts calendar. Both boys started with BTA and have recently completed Certificate III in Sports Coaching for martial arts and have also received instructor accreditation. They were accompanied by Shihan Barry Johnston and Sensei Frank McKinley. Results of how the boys went still to come.... For more information Bendigo Training Academy is located at 20 High Street Bendigo and can be contacted on (03) 5444 1876.

a warm and hearty night inn wild about cocktails There’s a little bit of terrace culture emerging in one of the city’s newest commercial hubs. You know Wild Mint at the Bendigo Centre is great for lunches, and the new menu means dinners are a winner... but have you seen the latest cocktail menu? Located right in the centre of town, Wild Mint is a fantastic place for after work drinks and Friday night cocktails. The menu is brimming with yummy choices and the gorgeous fit-out makes for a funky environment to wash away the week just passed. Check out the new menu, try one, try a few! For more information visit or call (03) 5444 2060.

Leslye and Frank from the Emeu Inn Heathcote are proud to announce the tenth annual Deep Winter Wine Dinner. This event will take place on Saturday, July 4 at 6:30pm. Hosts for the evening will be David and Liam Anderson from Wild Duck Creek Estate winemakers. The evening includes a multi-course degustation menu matched to Wild Duck Creek’s voluptuous wines. This event is always a great night! Bookings are essential as seating is limited to 30 people. Please contact The Emeu Inn for pricing and any further information on (03) 5433 2669. ■ 19

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The Bridge, Bendigo has something to offer for all occasions from the relaxed, fun environment of the front bar/bistro through to the Dining Room for that special experience with some of regional Victoria’s best food, wine and service. Newly completed upstairs private dining/function room for all your special events. The Bridge, Bendigo is the only Bendigo venue to be reviewed, recommended and scored in The Age Good Food Guide 2008. 14/20 “The food is notably fresh, interesting and beautifully presented…the wine list has good representation, especially from Central Victorian reds. Service is friendly and professional.” “With it’s smartly presented room, switched on service, interesting flavours and nicely balanced wine list, The Bridge is a text book example of Bendigo’s forward looking attitude and increasingly sophisticated food scene”…Michael Harden. The Age Newspaper. Sept 15th 2007




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For business owners, the words ‘number crunching’ can strike more fear than ‘back breaking’. So it will come as a great comfort to know there’s good people out there with a head for figures and a heart to help. Kristy and Paul Edmonds have just launched their new venture, K Edmonds Bookkeeping, bringing together more than 30 years experience in the sector. They’re all about allowing their customers to remain on track and concentrate on the more profitable aspects of their operation. The business provides door-to-door service when picking up and returning books and can even help establish office spaces and systems. Contact K Edmonds Bookkeeping on (03) 5441 4146 or 0458 502 399 or visit

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car help on the hill Gratiano and Adriano Moro and Jake Dooly have been working together for years. They make for an impressive team when it comes to repairing your car and have been in the businesssince the 80s. After the hard slog, they have been working even harder and have now opened their dream workshop in Kangaroo Flat. As part of Bendigo’s newest industrial estate in Phillips Drive, Moro & Dooly Accident Repairs shines brightly on the hill along the Calder. You may have noticed it as you drive past the Rocklea Homemaker Centre. These guys are specialists in insurance work and also do private repairs for when you have an accident! These Bendigo boys are thrilled with their new centre and invite you to seek their advice the next time you have an accident. *Note: Whilst we were proofing our deputy editor had a bit of a ‘Lara Bingle’ and wants to thank Gratiano, Adriano and Jake for fixing it before hubby even had time to know...much appreciated guys. For more information visit or call (03) 5447 9172.

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how’s your luck? This issue’s prizes cater for the ladies and the children... Imagine winning all three? Keep the kids amused for the rest of the year, then reward your good fortune with some well-deserved pampering. party on at big 4 Big 4 Bendigo Ascot Holiday Park has all new facilities and kid’s birthday parties are just one way you can make the most of them. Win an Easy Party for up to ten children under ten years old valued at $150. The party includes time on the jumping pillow, in the play room (or mini golf for 6 to 10 year olds), access to camp kitchen barbecue area, party food and drinks, plus tea and coffee for supervising adults. Conditions apply. Just email with your name and contact details and who you would like to throw an Easy Party for and when.

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a healthy way to takeaway Spencer’s on Carpenter is certainly more than your average milk bar. The cafe at Spencer’s offers beautiful home cooked breakfast and lunches daily and a new addition to Spencer’s on Carpenter is take home meals, providing a healthy alternative to your tradtional takeaway foods on those nights when you just don’t have the time to cook a nutritious meal. Steve and the team have worked hard to ensure their meals are priced competitively with some available for under $10. Meals include lasagne, crumbed cutlets, risottos, pastas, chicken parmajana, roast of the day and rissoles. For more information visit the website at or visit Steve and the friendly team in Carpenter Street Bendigo or give them a call on (03) 5444 4990.

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feeling lucky, kid? the business of fun and games After completing an Advanced Diploma of electronics engineering last year, gaming enthusiast Vladimir Korinfsky has pooled his passion into the new business Extreme Rigs. Extreme Rigs provides customised computer solutions, specialising in high end gaming computers and home theater PCs. “I also provide computer based home entertainment solutions, a must have all-inone device for the home theatre enthusiast,” says Vlad.

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success story

our belle of ballerinas Alice Topp left Bendigo solo at 13 to pursue a dream. Now, this 24 year old is dancing her way around the world with The Australian Ballet and appreciating every moment of her amazing career. When and where did you start ballet lessons? I first began ballet lessons in Bendigo at the Maude Stuart Academy of Dance. I was eight years old.

When did your hobby turn into a career ambition? I was completing Year 7 and was taking my dancing very seriously at this stage, so decided to see whether my passion and talent was worth pursuing. I auditioned for the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne and never anticipated getting accepted. When I was offered a scholarship, I had to decide whether that was what I wanted to do with my life and whether I wanted to sacrifice moving away from home for dance.

What were the challenges of leaving home so young? I struggled for most of the year with homesickness and found it difficult living away from home in the college hostel. It’s always a challenge moving schools but also moving to the city and trying to adapt to a specialist school and going straight into Year 8 when most of the kids had developed strong friendship networks was a huge learning curve for me. It was a difficult period for my parents also because they knew how hard it was for me but I was so determined. They had to put up with many tearful phone calls that year!

How did your study progress from there? I was only at the VCASS for a year before leaving to attend a fulltime classical ballet studio, also in Melbourne. That’s when I began commuting from Bendigo by train. I did this for four years.

How did you make it into The Australian Ballet? It’s been a journey...everybody’s path is different and I auditioned a couple of times before being accepted. I spent two-and-a-half years in The Royal New Zealand Ballet and three months in ‘Out There’- The Australian Ballet in Schools education program before being offered a place as a member of the ballet company two years ago.

What do you consider to be your successes so far?

ABOVE: Alice Topp; the consummate ballerina. Photographer: Tim Richardson RIGHT: The 24 year old couldn’t be happier with her blooming career. Photographer: James Braund Photos courtesy of The Australian Ballet.

I have had the privilege of working with some very special choreographers and teachers, talented dancers and artists and have had the opportunity to perform in some amazing places. I feel incredibly lucky to become involved in such a beautiful, creative organisation. One of my highlights so far would have to be our overseas tour last year to Paris and London. It was an amazing experience.

What is your best memory of being on stage? One that stands out for me is performing Swan Lake in Paris at The Chatelet Theatre last October. It was an extraordinary feeling and the audience were very appreciative...we had eight curtain calls!

Do you have a favourite ballet? Romeo and Juliet, Manon and Swan Lake are my traditional favourites because of the passion and pain involved in portraying tragedies. Story ballets are incredibly fulfilling because you encourage the audience to take on the journey with you as you become your character and experience the story for yourself. I also really love contemporary ballet pieces. Many push physical limits and encourage you to discover ways of moving that you may not have thought you were capable of.

The lifestyle of travelling and performing seems to be a glamorous one. What’s it like in reality? It can be very exciting...the overseas touring is always something to look forward to because it’s like travelling overseas with your mates and doing what you love in the best theatres and somehow getting paid for it doesn’t seem right! But on a more practical level, it can be very draining. We spend about five months of the year travelling

so this can be very difficult for people with homes and partners or families in Melbourne. We spend two months in April/May and again in November/December in Sydney when we perform at the Opera House. The conditions that we live in are always great but it’s also a long time to be away without your full wardrobe!

What is your performance schedule for the year? As a company, we usually perform up to 200 shows a year. We perform in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and internationally.

What do you aspire to achieve next? I just hope to make the most of my journey in the ballet profession because it is short lived and for me, it’s about making the moments you have count. ■ 27

the graduate

a life in pictures Ben Wood was born with a pencil in his hand, and while becoming a professional illustrator has been a lifelong process, it was La Trobe University that fanned his creative flame. I was always the ‘drawer’ or the ‘artsy creative kid’ at school. When I was little I made my own books and happily drew all the pictures for them. I was always drawing any chance I had! It wasn’t until late high school though that I started to seriously consider it as a career to aspire towards. My parents have always been an amazing support. They’ve always said as long as I am happy with what I do with my life, then they are happy. It’s been a pretty good motto to live by so far. I grew up in South Gippsland, in a little town called Mirboo North. After school, I moved to Bendigo for further study. In 2006 I moved to Melbourne, where I currently live. I studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design), at La Trobe University and completed an honorary year to study children’s picture books and illustration. I chose La Trobe as it offered a unique opportunity to study illustration during the design course itself. Most metropolitan design degrees do not specifically have illustration as a class, and only concentrate on it as a secondary subject. The design course at La Trobe really was embracing and exciting. Working alongside friends and lecturers in the studio was extremely beneficial and unique. I say unique because the lecturers were always in amongst their students, igniting ideas and discussion. Creative collaborations and group discussions were invaluable. The lecturers become friends, and this pushed your creative abilities further. Without a degree or diploma in design it is almost impossible to get a job in the field. I feel that the qualification has shaped my work ethic. Apart from skill and talent, I think my work ethic and passion has shaped where I am going. Artistic ‘talent and creativity’ always needs education or further development (this is a never-ending project), and I learnt a lot about my own creative aspirations while there. Every small step has counted for much, from art awards, to every freelance job. Even folio dropping to publishers has counted for a lot too. My big break came when I was approached by Scholastic to illustrate Give Me A Home Among the Gum Trees by Wally Johnson and Bob Brown, which was released in 2008. And my second illustrated book Big Bad Bushranger, by Bob Brown (Scholastic Australia) hit bookstores in April. 28

I am currently illustrating three other children’s books. These are all to be released over the next few years. Also, through a literary agent called BookedOut, I visit schools and run drawing and illustrating workshops. In 2006 I was accepted into a mentorship program run by the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust. It is for emerging authors and illustrators, and over a two-week period I was able to meet with publishers, editors and other illustrators and learn about the world of publishing. I am about to start my first solo project, which I will be writing and illustrating. It is quite exciting and daunting at the same time. ■

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the way of the ancients

Across the central goldfields there are special places where clocks have stopped and seasons turn on the swish of the scythe and the phases of the moon. Here, people are once again learning to tread lightly across the landscape. - Sarah Harris


LEFT: Pauline and Rob Bryans tend their biodynamic vines.

avonmore estate

Photographer: David Field

Just as the ancient Egyptians used the appearance of the star Sirius to predict the flooding of the Nile, Rob Bryans knows it doesn’t do to bale hay on a full moon. “That is when the moisture content is highest, so we might cut the hay, but we will pick another time to bale it,” the Elmore farmer says. For 20 years Rob, his wife Pauline and son Shaun have been following moon shadows and star charts as natural tools to manage their 300acre property north of Bendigo. Today, Avonmore Estate is widely regarded as the pioneering pin-up for biodynamic farming in central Victoria, producing award-winning wines and raising sleek, glossy red Angus cattle entirely without chemicals. Biodynamics is the buzzword coined to describe the farming philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, a 20th century Austrian intellectual who also gave rise to the eponymous education movement. While some regard Dr Steiner’s ‘spiritual science’ with scepticism, the central tenet of biodynamic agriculture to treat farms as a whole organism subject to the pulls of time and tide can be traced back to the earliest Mayan civilisations, which had no less than 17 cosmological calendars. Support for farming by lunar phases can also be found in the writings of Pliny the Elder, Plato and even in the Bible, but for the Bryans it just makes sense. As Pauline puts it; “Women have cycles, so why wouldn’t the land? For us it is about getting in time with the earth’s cycle, which is why we pick on certain days, plant on certain days.” The farm is designed as a self-sustaining system, producing grain and hay to feed the cattle which, having never been drenched or vaccinated, are snapped up faster than you can say moo by organic butchers in Melbourne. The only fertiliser used is cow manure,

which is packed into cow horns, buried to ferment over winter and unearthed in spring, by which time it has transformed into a rich odourless compost. This, in turn, is diluted and sprayed over the property in autumn and spring. “We are not supporting Monsanto – we are just supporting ourselves, so not a lot comes in from outside,” Rob explains. “I guess really we are closest to peasant farmers. This was how they survived. Most lived and died in the same house and village. They would never leave it, so it was a case of having to make the best of what you have.” The main exception is fuel, which must be brought from outside. “We have converted our farm machinery to use a canola biofuel, so now when you get off the tractor it smells like fish and chips,” Rob laughs. But the pride of Avonmore is its vineyard, which looks like few others with its extra wide rows grazed down by sheep and lambs in winter, with seasonal splashes of white lupins and yellow peas to put nitrogen back into the soil. “A lot of people ask how we get rid of the pests and disease,” Pauline says. “The secret is if you have a really good healthy soil structure it gives you healthy vines. Our aim was to put light into the vineyard and aerate it with really good wind space so you don’t need the chemicals. It is like washing on the line airs out naturally and the vines do exactly the same.” From vine to bottle the Bryans regard themselves as shepherds rather than manufacturers of wine. “Most winemakers buy their yeast, but we start ours from scratch, using wild yeast naturally produced in the vineyard, which is not always predictable,” Pauline explains. So, this form of organic wine-making also involves taking risks, but isn’t that just what makes life worth bottling? ➤ 31

henry of harcourt There once was a time when cider was so popular it was used as currency to pay farm workers – they should be so lucky that it was Henry of Harcourt’s Kingston Black. The family of local cider-makers has helped reclaim the reputation of the heritage drink; restoring it to its rightful place alongside champagne and fine wine. Eschewing modern high-speed belt presses, the Henry family use the centuries-old calico cloth and board technique – now conveniently powered by a hydraulic press – to crush fruit hand-picked from their own orchard to make international award-winning cider, perry and vinegar. “We make our cider the traditional way – the same way you make wine,” Drew Henry explains. “You get the juice, inoculate it with yeast, let it settle and then when we are ready to bottle we put in ten grams of sugar per litre and make sure we have a live yeast before we put the top on and get a second fermentation going, which builds up pressure and creates the bubbles. It’s the same method as making champagne and just as old.” The image of Drew, his wife Irene and son Michael moving though the orchard with buckets picking from more than 20 varieties of cider apples and half a dozen or so of perry pears serves as a bucolic contrast to the starkly industrial process behind the big bottleshop labels. “There is no resemblance between real cider and industrial cider,” Drew says “The latter is often made from imported apple juice concentrate, cooked to concentrate the sugars with hydrolysed corn starch added to give it more body. It is made in a factory and artificially carbonated by pumping in carbon dioxide.” And, where real cider is equal to full-strength wine with an alcohol content of 8.5 per cent upward, commercial ciders have twice as much sugar, but half the alcohol. “The commercial ciders are made for kids, ours are for grown-ups and the greatest challenge is to educate people about the difference,” Drew says. Yet for centuries cider rated up there along with wine, enjoyed by everyone from kings to commoners. After the Norman conquest of 1066, cider consumption became widespread in England and by medieval times cider-making had grown into a major industry. “It wasn’t until the start of the Industrial Revolution the whole cidermaking process started getting bastardised,” Drew laments. Though they are principally cider-makers, the Henrys take no less care with their vinegar, which is made according to the Orleans process and aged for three years in oak barrels. This sour wine, as vinegar translates, is a smooth, palatable drop, unlike the choking bite of the cheapest white vinegar. “At the extreme end of the scale some white vinegars are, in fact, just commercial acetic acid and water manufactured in an industrial plant,” Drew says. “For us vinegar isn’t something churned out in isolation, but a logical progression. You take apple juice and you add yeast and ferment it to make cider. The next part of the process of making vinegar is really another fermentation process.” The Henrys are now keen to revive some of the very old 16th century English and French apple varieties of cider’s heyday, including the wonderfully named Brown Snout. “What I would love to do is have a six pack of different varietal ciders,” Drew says. We are going back to the very old varieties trying to bring out the nuances of different fruit. We haven’t got the colour difference, but in the terms of tannins and complexities we have everything from white right through to the heaviest of reds.” Then, perhaps the Henrys will have convinced a broader market they can turn apples into wine.

Michael Henry knows his apples.


lower widdecombe There is a mouse carved into the stone spiral staircase of Lower Widdecombe that always sends children squealing downstairs with delight. It is just one of the enchanting eccentricities of the olde English-style house on the edge of Castlemaine, with its curly chimney and fallaway floors. So faithfully has owner-builder Rob Hadden reproduced features from some of the oldest homes still standing in the United Kingdom that he has deliberately built in flaws. “I like what happens to a building when it ages and because this will never do that naturally, I have to build it in,” he explains. “Hence the floor falls down and the window is skewed, mimicking the effects of time.

Rob Hadden stands proud in front of his olde English home in modern day Castlemaine.

“But while it looks like it is going to topple over any minute and lurch down the hill, it’s going nowhere because it is built on state-of-theart foundations. It did give the building inspector something to think about. Last time he stopped and looked at the window and said; ‘Geez, Rob, I think you need a new level’. But, he’s a nice guy who respects what I am doing and knows I would never do anything stupid.” It was a mock Tudor house in North Richmond that first set Rob off on a 20-year study, culminating in the construction of Lower Widdecombe. “People see chocolate-box pictures of black and white Tudor houses, but they don’t really see what they are about – all the bizarre and weird little timbers,” he says. The main house and outlying building are constructed around heavy timber frames – using mortise and tenon joints, a method first introduced to Britain by the Romans. And, instead of nails, everything is held together for the most part by wooden dowels and pegs. “The appeal of doing it is the total sustainability of the whole method of working. You are using timber, clay and lime – that trifecta has been around for millennia for good reason. All the material is reusable, unlike concrete. The size of timbers I use can potentially last for hundreds of years and in that time you can grow another round or two of trees. All of the timbers I use are salvaged and would otherwise have been burnt or left to rot. In the case of the barn, for example, most of that wood came from the Castlemaine Botanic Garden when a 123-year-old tree came down, as they do when they are old.”

Photographer: David Field

The main house, in which Rob and his wife Toni Lumsden live, contains 5000 mud bricks and nearly 10,000 roof tiles, all made by Rob himself. But, while it has taken a huge amount of his time and labour, the house cost just $20,000, of which $15,000 was spent on connecting utilities. “The house I am building now will probably also come in around $20,000, even though it is bigger, because every stick of timber has been donated. So all it has cost me is my time, the petrol to pick it up and bring it back and the petrol to mill it. At the end of the day, for me it is just a total satisfaction – I am living the dream if you like. I watched my dad go to work all his life to pay off his house. I thought there has to be a better way of life, a better way of building that is cheap and efficient. “So, when I was retrenched from my job in desktop publishing, I was like, ‘hurrah’. I decided then I was never going back to full-time work. I want to be happy. I want to enjoy myself and do things that make my heart sing.” ➤ 33

LEFT: All the produce at Lavandula is lovingly handled by hands. BELOW: Lines of poplars border the scenic lavender rows. Photos Courtesy of Lavandula.

lavandula Sitting in the shade of a small grove of English Ash, squinting down the gardens of Lavandula to exclude dry grass, it is just possible to imagine yourself in Renaissance Europe rather than down the road. But, far from being the folly of the fabulously wealthy, this still remarkably lush vista through lines of poplars and hedges of spirea to row upon row of lavender is a testament to frugality built on the time-honoured peasant practice of making do. It is two decades since Carol White, the owner and creator of this Hepburn Springs haven, fell in love with the romantic ruin of an 1860s farm founded by SwissItalian immigrants. Then newly divorced with two young children, she needed to start making a living from the land fairly quickly and decided the best way was to recreate the lifestyle of those early settlers. “They had to make do with what was here to create, so they picked up the stones from the land to make the house, used mud which was its fill and hand-adzed logs as their beams,” Carol says. “They were using resources that were here, rather than trying to manipulate the landscape around them. There was no wire, no nails and no concrete and we have tried to emulate that. So we restored the house rather than renovated it by using what was within the gardens rather than things that hadn’t come from the land here. It is about frugality and that is the lost art that has been the essence of it.” Similarly, when it came to planting and cropping, she took the immigrant farmers’ lead again and listened to the soil. “It is about knowing your landscape, which is how the old farmers worked. When I got here I started chipping away at a very bare paddock and always had that philosophy. For example, the trees we are sitting under now started as a lavender patch. I had put mulch around the bottom of the lavenders and these trees popped up, so I pulled out the lavenders because it is so hard to grow trees here. I thought, ‘If they are going to come up from seed, they are going to do well’ and they have. For too long we got caught out with fashionable gardens; ignoring what grows well in the landscape in favour of things you had to pour water on, otherwise they simply wouldn‘t survive.” As the business has grown to a seasonal high of 14 employees attracting thousands of visitors, Carol has held faithfully to the early agrarian methods, using sickles to harvest the lavender crop and hand-picking the fruit, olives and nuts. “We could really have jumped to mechanical harvesting, but what we are still trying to capture is that essence of a family surviving alone; having to hand-pick, to follow the seasons and wait maybe even until midnight to pick. There is an intimacy with the land and landscape and it is something we follow through with. “We also hand-winnow and hand-sieve the lavender, which is made into produce right here. We make all our lotions and potions, the jams and preserves we use and sell are produced here. We grow the herbs that go into the herb pillows and all the sewing of them is done here. It is quite a long, laborious process and sometimes you think, ‘Oh why did we ever do this‘, but hand-made gets a feel through the place and it is what makes it tangible to people. “It is like that one little tomato that you pick off your own plant and you cut it and eat it and it seems to taste so much better because it has got a bit of self in it.” ■ 34


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art starts in the bush Cascade Print Workshop is one of central Victoria’s newest galleries and publishing studios, with a sculpture garden set in 30 acres of bushland. The opening exhibition Inside/Outside @ CPW was an opportunity to experience the work of local artists with national and international profiles – Robert Maclaurin, David Frazer, Jeff Gardner and Gunther Wilhelm. The Gallery directors Kareen Anchen and Jeff Gardner share a common vision to create and exhibit fantastic art. They are also committed to teaching others and will present a series of one day print making workshops throughout June and July. For more information visit Cascade Print Workshop at 482 Bendigo Road, Maldon, or phone (03) 5475 1085. ■


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ron stockdale Basketball fixtures, board meetings and Benson take up much of Ron Stockdale’s life, but in his spare time this die-hard Hawks fan can be found hitting up the Axedale Golf Course or enjoying a bottle of red and a good meal. Ron Stockdale recently moved to Bendigo after 13 years at the Echuca Moama RSL and Citizens Club and is finding his new role as chief executive officer of the Bendigo Stadium an exciting challenge, testing his 34-years of experience. He has been married for 31 years to his beautiful wife Carol and has two daughters, Renee (married to Steve) and Rachel (almost married to Tim). He works hard to oversee the Bendigo Stadium which attracts thousands of patrons each week to its basketball games, function centre and clubroom.

6:00am Short walk with Benson, our faithful Beagleir, a cross between a King Charles Cavalier and a Beagle. He’s a great dog but the Beagle tends to take over! Enjoy a light breakfast while watching the Today Show, into the shower and dressed ready for the day.

8:00am Arrive at work to do some last minute preparation for the Bendigo Stadium finance committee meeting starting at 8:30am. Photographer: David Field

10:30am Attend the stadium’s schedule meeting to prepare and discuss upcoming bookings, Bendigo Spirit games, domestic basketball fixtures, Bendigo Braves’ training schedules, functions and events.

12:00pm Lunch, shared with some work colleges in our Stars Bistro, mixing and talking to our patrons and getting some valuable feedback.

12:30pm Meetings with all our managers discussing all aspects of their operation, including budgets, key performance indicators, future planning and any HR issues.

4:00pm A couple of hours spare to read emails and correspondence and prepare for the Bendigo Stadium’s board meeting at The Borough Club in Eaglehawk, the other arm of our business.

6:00pm Bendigo Stadium board meeting, usually takes about three or four hours, during our meeting we enjoy a magnificent meal prepared by our Borough Club bistro staff.

10:30pm Arrive home and reacquaint myself with my wife Carol and, of course, our old mate Benson. Watch a bit of TV, usually the 2008 AFL Grand Final and go to bed dreaming of back-to-back premierships by those magnificent Hawks. ■


a school story

I love it. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The kids are fabulous.

kids learn the country way They’re more like family than class mates out Axedale way, where learning, growing and grieving together is all part of the curriculum. - Sue Turpie When you think of country schools you imagine community-minded staff, small classroom sizes, learning about the earth and way of life as well as the fundamentals of reading, writing etc. Well, Axedale Primary School is all this and more. Principal Sarah Faye has been at the school for 14 years and for her, working at Axedale Primary has meant not only being principal but being able to have a real hands-on role in educating the 42 students and overseeing the four staff members. “I love it. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The kids are fabulous, it’s like a family. Everybody actually enjoys coming to work which is wonderful and the staff get on really well. We have great teachers and we have a lot of fun. I suppose it can sound trite, but it’s just nice making a difference to kids,” Sarah says. The children learn not only in the classroom, they also have a handson opportunity to learn about the circle of life raising animals and being involved in breeding programs with the school pets. Inside the school grounds is an enclosure for some sheep and a goat. There’s also an emotional benefit for the children in such an environment. “Part of the thing with the animals is that for children who maybe have a rough home life, they make friends with them and they’ve got somebody to go and talk to. So as well as giving them a responsibility, it provides that social interaction,” Sarah says. “I’ve taught in schools with 700 children in Canberra and they’ve each got their benefits but here it’s more pastoral care. Everybody knows every child really well. All of us teach everybody. I was teaching the 3/4 Grade before and after lunch I’ll be with the Preps and Grade 1 and 2s, so I teach everybody and the others teach everybody. It’s much easier to notice problems and be able to pick up on little things. I suppose, too, we’re old fashioned in our manners. The kids say please and thank you and hold doors open for people and it’s just a really nice place to be.” 38

ABOVE: Woolly Ruby is Axedale Primary’s most popular resident. BELOW: Principal Sarah Faye wouldn’t dream of working anywhere else but Axedale.

When bendigo magazine visited, Ruby the sheep was due to have her baby so the students were keeping them separate until the big day. This was the third lamb for Ruby and the children have been at the births each time. “The previous students raised Ruby as a baby and they’ve watched her have two lots of lambs. So the children have jobs and help look after the animals. We’ve also got budgies and love birds. But the kids are really good because they decide when they’re mating them and they write on the board when it’s time to take the male out. Then they bring them into the inside cage to keep an eye on them.” Such learning is of great to benefit to the children who attend Axedale Primary, especially given they live their lives on the land. For many it’s a family tradition to attend the school. “There’s one family on their third generation here and quite a few families on their second generation.” “We go down as far as Toolleen and there’s some from out Eppalock way, so it’s quite a wide area. Because Toolleen closed, Muskerry closed some time ago when not enough people were living there. But now more people are building there so we get quite a few, so about 75 per cent go on the bus, the others live locally.

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“I live at Sebastian, which is 45km away, another teacher lives at Campbells Creek which is about 50km away, and another lives in Sedgwick and Epsom.” As you would expect in such a close-knit community, grief would affect the school as a whole, and when it did they didn’t shy away from the subject but banded together to create a reflective garden in the school. “We had a little Prep girl who died of leukaemia so we put a chair for her there, and then one of our mums died of cancer so we’ve got a little water feature too. It’s a nice little place to sit down and think.“ In terms of the future, all is looking great at the historic Axedale Primary School. The original school building is 137 years old. While extra rooms have been added on to cater for the growth in the school population, the time has come to upgrade and a new school is already in the planning stages. But that is another story. ■

Cascade Print Workshop G A L L E RY Cascade Print Workshop is a small publishing studio and gallery dedicated to the production, exhibition and promotion of artist made limited edition prints. At Cascade we have a fine selection of prints by local artists from Central Victoria. Included in the collection are a range of drypoint prints, etchings and wood engravings both framed and unframed by artists Jeff Gardner, Robert Maclaurin, David Frazer, Jane Rusden & Rhyll Plant. Gallery Manager, Kareen Anchen warmly invites you to view the prints on display in the gallery located just outside Maldon. Hours Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm and by appointment. 482 Bendigo Road Porcupine Flat / Maldon Victoria 3463 Melways Ref. 509 C5 Vic Roads Ref. 44 C9 Telephone 03 5475 1085

Top left: “The other side of the Tree” Jeff Gardner Top right: “The Great Rock” Robert Maclaurin (detail)

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Members of BAMM gather at the Star Cinema

lucky break for filmmakers If your thirst for film extends well beyond the couch on a Friday night, this local group may be just for you. BAMM nurtures budding actors, directors, writers and editors in fun-filled, star-studded fashion. - John Holton Jamie Roberts and Paul Dundas are two men passionate about film. Sitting in a café in Eaglehawk – a ‘long shot’ from the Star Cinema – they talk enthusiastically about another of their shared passions – BAMM (the Bendigo Amateur Movie Makers Club). Jamie founded the club in 2006 while working on his first short film, Huggers. “Back then, the filmmaking process was very much a learning experience,” Jamie says. “It was hard to find like-minded people – people interested in film and cinema. I was using the Internet to find information – doing online tutorials – learning as the film came together.”

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Huggers became the catalyst for Jamie to form BAMM. “The process of advertising for actors and promoting the film made me realise that there were a lot of people like me out there – fascinated about filmmaking, but struggling to connect with other enthusiasts. BAMM gives members the opportunity to share their particular skills and talents on group projects, but also to seek help with their individual projects.” BAMM’s first group production was Serial Mourner, a short film conceived in one of the group’s earlier meetings and written by BAMM member, Tracey Gundry. It’s a quirky tale of a lonely man who seeks companionship (and a free feed) by attending the funerals of strangers. The film is funny and poignant and showcases the talents of BAMM from acting, to technical support and even musical score composition. “We try to choose projects (like Serial Mourner) where we can make the most of what we have available locally,” Jamie says. “Things like good locations, props and costumes. I don’t think there’ll be any period dramas or blockbuster action films on the horizon!” BAMM calls the Star Cinema home, both for its regular meetings and for screenings. Serial Mourner was launched at a packed Star Cinema back in November 2007.

The club is open to all comers. As Jamie says, “We’ve deliberately kept the word ‘amateur’ in our title to make it accessible to anyone and everyone with an interest in film. We try to give each meeting a different focus. Sometimes we’ll watch a short film and discuss how it was made – everything from the writing and direction, to technical aspects such as the lighting. It’s always fun though. We try hard not to take ourselves too seriously.” When I spoke to the group, it was putting the finishing touches on its second production, Lucky Break, written and directed by Paul Dundas. The film was launched at The Star Cinema in April along with screenings of other projects by members of BAMM. There’s a certain glint in Paul’s eyes when he speaks about Lucky Break. It’s quite obviously a project he’s proud of. “The main character in Lucky Break is someone who’s incredibly superstitious,” Paul says. “It’s a narrative that’s driven by a sense of great anticipation, but to say anymore would give too much away. Let’s just say the film has a sting in the tail.” Our conversation continues well after I close my notebook; there’s conjecture over which are the best Woody Allen movies, and a glowing account by Paul of Andrew Niccols’ 1997 film Gattaca. I leave after scribbling the names of several must-see movies on my hand, including a recommendation by Jamie of another Ethan Hawke film, Tape. The conversation could go on all night – but I wouldn’t expect anything less from this talented pair of film buffs. BAMM is a self-funded not-for-profit organisation. The club meet on the second Wednesday of each month at The Star Cinema in Eaglehawk and newcomers are always welcome. For further information contact Jamie Roberts on 0408 521 972, email: or log onto: ■ 41

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all the world’s a stage Bendigo business is strutting its stuff on the world stage. International and entrepreneurial, our quiet achievers are doing great things. We take you under the wire, to check out some of our city’s most exceptional enterprises. - Jacqui Mott a real gem If you find yourself fossicking at China’s top art shows this year, chances are you’ll come across one of Bendigo’s top businesses.

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Just like her work, Bendigo businesswoman and artist Jennifer Benaim is unique. Her company is Jenador, and her story starts in the outback township of Lightning Ridge, where many a crusty miner opts for opal. Quenching his thirst for adventure, her father, Henry, led the way with wife Dorothy and six children in tow during some harsh times. “Dad was a real pioneer. He would go where no man would fear to tread! And life as a child was just one big adventure,” Jennifer warmly recalls. Yet it was Henry’s mining knowledge above the ground, and not below it, that held the key to Jennifer’s future. “Dad became a gem dealer, regularly travelling to Cooper Pedy and White Cliffs. I would journey with him and come across opal craft, often made by the wives of miners.” While browsing during one such trip, small put-together pictures made from scratched painted glass with glistening opal inserts stopped them in their tracks. “We liked what we saw and knew the concept could be developed into something special. And typical of dad, he wanted to aim for the ‘biggest and the best’.” So Jennifer (then 17) embarked on a work regime in partnership with her father that extended another two decades until Henry’s untimely death. She admits that despite fate intervening, Henry’s groundbreaking vision and larger-than-life energy hasn’t departed the scene. “It’s been

Jennifer Benaim’s Australian opal artwork is popular in the Chinese Market.

hard, hard work...but dad knew we could make the world’s largest, high quality opal art...and after a long journey, after many years of experimentation, the vision is reality.” A decade on in her Bendigo studio, Jennifer uses an intricate technique of embedding precious stone into the design lines of etched glass, a concept that for one piece of artwork can take six months. She’s passionate about placement and takes meticulous care every step of the way, eager to show off the gemstone’s brilliant rainbow appeal. Jenador’s small opal art pieces can retail for $1200 while some of the largest pieces sell for $200,000-plus and demand more than 90,000 pieces of opal in production (that’s equal to 225 carats). And while the opal is quintessentially Australian with 97 per cent of the planet’s resource mined here, Jenador is capturing the imagination of the world. From outback to art-opulence, Jennifer is discovering China is particularly taking a shine to her works. “Every time I go to China, there’s more and more interest, and more business to do. I find the market here a lot harder – but because I am developing more success overseas, I’m now becoming more recognised in Australia.” Jennifer coordinates gallery showings, attends international exhibitions and has established a website for direct sales. This year she’s been selected to create artwork for the Chinese government for the Shanghai 2010 Expo’s promotion to executive visitors, while demands for her work also extend to Russia and Indonesia. And as the word spreads, and the opals sparkle, Jenador’s design-commission slice of the business is carving its own niche, ranging from corporate logos and gifts to collectable and heirloom artwork. “There’s nothing like it in the market place, and Henry’s pioneering spirit lives on!” ➤

Brothers Tim and Kieran McMahon are sharp operators.

We’ve got customers everywhere, in fact we now export to 30 countries.

a competitive edge Local sharpening business The Edge has galloped into an international spotlight by developing a cutting-edge company of the equine kind. Brothers Tim and Kieran McMahon aren’t at all horsey. Stirrups and saddles are definitely not on their wish list. But the two admit if horses were designed with an ignition key and accelerator pedal they may change their tune. Yet, it’s the equestrian world that sets the pace for these local lads. Their company started out as a blade sharpening business 12 years ago and uniquely diversified into an equine dental equipment operation that’s now holding the reins in a competitive global market. According to Tim, who established The Edge in the early 90s, all this horsing around started with a curly customer request eight years ago. “A local horse dentist who’d been buying his blades in the US used our service – and he asked us to make a dental rasp. So we went down the track of making some for him and then started making a few more to satisfy other requests. It all seemed a natural progression really. We work very closely with the Equine Dentistry Association of Australia, especially in those days, to make sure we had the tooling right, and addressed all their professional needs.” As the word spread, so did the work. That meant plenty of globetrotting to research and promote the new business. As third generation saw-millers, the brothers enjoy being workplace buddies. “We started our working life in the family business, a sawmill in Heathcote, before it closed in the 80s.” And from those traditions of the trade, to the design and manufacture of the very finest equine veterinary equipment, Tim recognises common ground. “In sawing you’ve got to be flexible, you’ve got to adjust and develop – and that’s what we are still doing. I think that’s what we do best.” 44

When you visit The Edge Equine, Tim and Kieran are happy to show you around. Mouth gags, floats, rasps, headstands, tooth elevators and basically every product associated with veterinary dental procedure that you didn’t know about – is available for inspection. You’ll find designs that are fully adjustable, equipment made for miniature ponies, and a new line of autopsy stands. It’s a product range that sets them ahead of a sharp international stable, testimony to a business that listens to feedback and acts on customer needs, while satisfying the McMahon aspiration to “get it right”. “We’ve got plenty of competition overseas, the other companies make a similar product but they use the same design as they did 20 years ago, whereas we took the design and refined it, and made it user-friendly. And through innovation we can make this physically demanding dental job a little easier.” While making a significant mark in the European, American and Asian equine dental and veterinary scene, Tim says Africa is also hot to trot. “We’ve got customers everywhere, in fact we now export to 30 countries including South Africa where national park rangers use our tools on the black rhino population. We are world leaders in the products we make; we have the competition copying us – and that means we’re doing it right.” With a diary choc-a-block with tradeshows, workshops and meetings by the herd-load, Tim’s a local boy at heart. He says the manufacturing is achieved by processing small batches at their Strickland Road plant, utilising carefully selected and highly durable supplies. “The materials we use need to withstand the extremes, from a freezing minus-30 night in Wisconsin to a 48-plus day in Dubai. With everything we use, we always consider local suppliers first. Our business is thriving, and in this current economic climate, it’s great to give our business back to Bendigo.”

Patrick Wooldridge and Chris Walker

Lights, camera, action VEA, with its headquarters in Bendigo, started out as a local audiovisual venture and is now the largest producer of educational programs in the world. “I can walk to work,” says VEA general manager Patrick Wooldridge, who explains that VEA’s Bendigo team was given a choice of workplace. “We did make a very conscious decision; we were asked if we wanted to stay in Bendigo, and we said ‘yes we do’. It’s comfortable. We can be at the airport in an hour and a half,” Patrick says. He’s originally a Londoner – but undoubtedly loves it here. Joining VEA in 2001, coming from a professional medical publishing background, he was very excited at the prospect of change. “I started with 25 educational program titles and I’ve seen enormous growth in the business since then – now there’s a range of more than 2000.” VEA (then Environment Audio Visuals) was established by Heather and Neil Barrett in the days when photographic slides and separate soundtracks were merged together to form audio visual presentations. It was all the go, high-tech even – especially in the 70s. Leading independent education publisher Pascal Press then purchased the company and through a series of acquisitions business grew rapidly. From slides sets to VHS to DVD and now to digital streaming, the organisation boasts a 77-strong team working across Bendigo, Melbourne and the United Kingdom. It’s aim is to produce and source the best possible content for customers across the board. And it’s a goal that’s being scored.

An extensive range of quality product, an understanding of the marketplace and a multi-pronged approach to marketing has been the key drivers for success. “VEA is a world leader in educational programs, for training, the education sector and corporations. With our educational programs, we produce across the whole curriculum, for primary, secondary and tertiary levels.” The VEA group represents three operational strands, VEA providing to secondary schools, TAFE University and job network organisations; Classroom Video supplying to primary and secondary schools and TAFE; and Training Point, a corporate distribution company. And while satisfying local educational avenues, Patrick admits there’s more fish in the sea. “With distributors in Asia, Europe and North America, and for us to grow seriously, we are looking towards international markets and diversifying content-wise in the domestic market.” ➤

“We’ve got sales, marketing and IT services here and warehouse facilities nearby in Bendigo. Our production is based in Melbourne where we film, edit and put together the content for our programs. And in the UK, we’ve got a presence in the market with an office in Bristol.” 45

In times when headlines speak of global downturns, it’s pleasing to release a quality product to the world. the software smarts Most of us know that Asia’s monopoly in the IT game is nearly impossible to fathom let alone break, yet a Bendigo company is proving it’s got the software smarts to crack the code. It may have taken years of dialogue, development, hard work and head-to-head deliberation, but local information technology firm Bendigo IT has launched a new product that’s set for success. In partnership with digital giant Ricoh Asia Pacific, Bendigo IT has designed leading edge software ‘Ricoh EZ Charger’ that now sits at the core of sophisticated multi-function printer user systems. The release of this highly innovative product is a pivotal move for a local business that’s been providing information technology services to regional Victoria since 1979. Formerly Scientific Business Software Systems and established by Ian Gillard and Marie Denham, Bendigo IT has worked with a diverse clientele in Australia and abroad, yet it was a link to the Australian division of Lanier that sowed the seed to sprout this strain of software. According to Bendigo IT CEO Andrew Trewartha, who came onboard as a software consultant in 1994, this latest breakthrough is a culmination of two hard yakka years. “Since that first approach by Ricoh, we’ve been in daily contact with their Singapore office.” He says his company’s high level of collaboration has been the key that’s opened the door to success. “We have such good communication with Ricoh and they have put an enormous amount of energy into this project.” As a fully branded Ricoh product, distributed throughout South-East Asia with initial circulation across ten countries now sitting snug in its professional portfolio, this 100 per cent Bendigo business is keeping its eye on the horizon. “After rigorous testing procedures our software is in the marketplace, we’re really excited and because of this product I believe we will forge a truly outstanding partnership.” The know-how to provide a seamless solution that’s now part of the internal workings of Ricoh devices is clearly the result of Bendigo IT’s leading edge advancements. For instance, during the past 15 years Bendigo IT has developed and marketed Gaia software, aimed at the educational sector for use in print management environments. “This technology is a winner for organisations. We were determined to design innovative software to reduce the use of consumable items associated with printers, copiers and Internet access. We did this with Gaia. And that’s what we do best, we innovate.” “This Ricoh development accounts for roughly a quarter of our total operation, a service that offers a diverse range of customised software to Australian and international clients,” the CEO adds. “But now, in times where headlines speak of global downturns, it’s pleasing to be able to produce and release a quality product of this nature to the world, especially one that’s been conceived right here in central Victoria.” ■ 46

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The Zonta Club of Bendigo recently held its 16th annual International Women’s Day dinner at the All Seasons International with guest speaker Nicole Livingstone. Founded in 1980, the Zonta Club of Bendigo meets monthly and works to improve the status of woman through service, advocacy and fundraising activities. The club services local projects such as Ease, Annie North Refuge, Casa, Breast Screen, Jobs with a difference, Dragon’s Abreast and Drought Relief. The Zonta Club of Bendigo invites you to mark these two dates in your dairy now! Sunday, October 25 for the Open Gardens Day and Sunday, November 8 for the third annual Zonta Christmas Market at the Bendigo Club. For further information about The Zonta Club of Bendigo please contact Dianne Hicks on 0409 873 830 or email ■

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an eye for a good time Optometrists like to party too you know, and what better excuse than to celebrate with friends and clients?


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Wills Street Eyecare recently held a get together to celebrate the official opening of its extended consulting rooms. The night provided an opportunity to talk with Kirily Bowen and Mark Letts about all things optical, view their growing practice and enjoy a relaxed drink. Wills Street Eyecare is located at 82 Wills Street Bendigo and can be contacted on (03) 5441 3343. â&#x2013;


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The Star Cinema is a feast for the senses at the best of times but the place turned on all its charms for a multi-cultural extravaganza. Star Cinema presented the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire to raise funds and awareness for the Bendigo-born, international charity, Renew the Spirit Foundation, which aims to heal the hearts of child survivors of war and terrorism. The film event included Indonesian dancing, a Karen refugee camp photographic exhibition and supper. For more information about the Renew the Spirit Foundation please visit â&#x2013; 

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surprise... it’s sue! Through the power of television, Sue Mulqueen warmed the lounge rooms of countless families during her 20s and now, it’s her own brood that feels the full force of that gorgeous, loving smile. - Lauren Mitchell

Sue laughs loudly at the thought... it’s a big, generous, contagious laugh... the same one that won the hearts of so many kids for so many years. My fellow children-of-the-80s will know Sue from all those Saturday mornings in front of the box. She went hand-in-hand with mooching about in PJs, nursing bowls of soggy cornflakes. As co-presenter of BTV8’s cartoon show Surprise Surprise, Sue kept country Victorian kids out from under their parent’s noses from 1985 to 1992. But not everyone can place her. “They’re absolutely certain they know me but it’s not from TV,” Sue says. “One lady said, ‘no, you lived next door to my mum’. Another man who I met at a function was sure I nursed him. I’ve also been told I was a teacher at Flora Hill Secondary College – I’ve never even been there!” Those who watched Sue on TV knew her as a down-to-earth, funloving person, and outside of the box, that’s exactly what she is too There’s nothing fake about this lady; she was the antithesis of a TV star, and while she always dreamed of a career in television, that goal was very much behind the scenes. “I never intended to be in front of the camera, it was just a one in a million chance,” she says of landing the Surprise Surprise role. Sue’s mum worked in Melbourne’s GTV9 film department and as a child Sue loved spending holidays at the station, so when a position came up in accounts, she grabbed it at just 15 years of age. “It was very strange that I ended up in accounts as maths was not my strong subject,” she laughs. That job led to a three-year stint as a director’s assistant in the days of 54

the Don Lane Show, The Paul Hogan Show, The Sullivans, and Sue’s favourite, The King of Pop Awards, however late nights started to take their toll and Sue fell off the TV track for a short while. Among other things she tried her hand at being a flight attendant with TAA. “Poor TAA got the wrong girl,” she says. “After two weeks of training I realised my fear of flying was real. I never even got off the ground!” Soon after this Sue found herself down the Calder in a Bendigo phone booth, sweet talking her way into the local studios. She figured a regional station would be the best place to learn all facets of the industry. And she was right. The answer was a yes, which resulted in a position in videotape editing. When the idea for a Saturday morning children’s cartoon show arose, the station went searching for a co-host for Neil McLean. With no luck. Sue was recording the pilot episode when the director said “go downstairs and talk to Neil”. “Well, we talked, and obviously something clicked because the show went ahead.” And so did Sue’s unexpected new career. She outlasted four co-hosts, and a monster, survived countless helicopter flights to schools, hospitals and festivals, and landed herself the industry’s top award...twice. Sue won the Penguin Award for Best Regional Television Presenter in 1986 and 1989, in her eyes, for simply doing what she loved. She says the station was always accessible, it was part of the community, rather than being seen as a closed shop. Sue loved the opportunity to bring some fun and action to country areas through outside broadcasts and show visits. Her growing profile also led to the role of mainland reporter for the Tassie-based KTV show. “That was great fun too, I got to pick and choose my own stories and travel around Victoria. I went to the sets of the Flying Doctor and Man From Snowy River, it was a really exciting

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Sue Mulqueen was driving down High Street in Bendigo recently, with a car full of kids, when a battered ute of blokes revved up behind her. “It was like a Wolf Creek moment,” she says. “I thought, ‘what did I do? Didn’t I use my blinker?’. Then they wound the window down and called out, ‘We love you Sue’.

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ABOVE: Sue with co-host Mike O’Loughlin. LEFT: Making the news and taking the accolades. RIGHT: The Mulqueen family; Simon, Sue, Harrison, Murdoch, Ethan and Eilish. BOTTOM: Sue with co-host Daryl Cotton and Marty Monster.

time and you never know what was going to happen next.” Surprise Surprise ended in 1992 when aggregation hit the industry. “Everyone could then transmit into everyone else’s coverage area. It was great for the viewers but probably hard on local jobs. We were up against the national children’s shows – they were giving away computers and we were giving away Lego,” she says. But Sue had another love by that stage...Simon. She met local lad Simon Mulqueen through “friends of friends” and the pair married at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1992. “We knew each other a long time before we got together. Simon would console me after other boyfriends broke up,” she laughs. Although don’t think for one moment Sue had a reputation. “The news girls were foxy little things and they got away with everything, but not me, I was quite censored,” she says. “The news readers could be really naughty and go to Velvets, whereas I was the ‘family girl’, but I thought, I’m 27!” But Sue does admit she had offers from “all types, and some interesting letters, a few from Her Majesty’s different facilities.” After the show Sue spent three years working in the station’s publicity department. There she was responsible for promoting programs such as Neighbours and E-Street. She produces a newspaper photograph of herself with the international heart throb Simon Baker; who now happens to be on her son’s favourtie TV show, The Mentalist. “I’m now cool in Harrison’s eyes,” she says. Sue and Simon share a happy, historic Quarry Hill home with their four beautiful children, Harrison, 13, eight-year-old twins Murdoch and Ethan and Eilish, five. “I just loved Bendigo and I knew this is where I wanted to stay. I never thought about Melbourne because I never thought of myself

as a television personality. Then I went on maternity leave and I loved being at home, I love being a mum. I still do a few voice overs and corporate videos.” However becoming a mother of four has not been without its challenges. Sue’s younger three children were conceived though IVF. After having difficulties conceiving naturally after the birth of Harrison, the couple decided they “didn’t want to end up sitting back when we were older and thinking ‘we should have tried a bit harder’.” “The whole emotional roller coaster of IVF fortunately worked for us but not everyone is so lucky,” Sue says. “Professor Carl Wood [IVF pioneer] was our doctor. It was amazing meeting someone I’d heard of as a young girl. I remember hearing about the first test tube baby and thinking it was quite freaky. But you never know what your future holds.” That statement has certainly rung true for Sue. And while her life has been a series of chance happenings and amazing twists, I can’t help but think it’s all a result of her resolve to “try harder”. Her own children now laugh at the thought of mum as a TV star. “When they hear people say Surprise Surprise, they just crack up, especially if it’s a male saying ‘I loved your mum’. To them I’m just mum.” To the rest of Bendigo, Sue will always be the hearty laugh and the much-loved face that hasn’t changed a bit and to some of us of a certain age, she is the memory of the seven-yearold in flannelette pyjamas on a Saturday morning. ■

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yvonne wrigglesworth She may be a self-confessed gypsy but Bendigo Health’s director of governance and risk management has found her place among Bendigo’s ironbarks. And this former Melbournedweller is here to stay. What made you move to Bendigo? I moved to Bendigo for this position at Bendigo Health in May of last year with my husband Cameron and our two kids Harrison, five and Amy, three, plus our dog Bindy. We had always wanted to do a ‘tree change’ and realised it was a perfect time in our children’s lives to make a big move. We love doing lots of things as a family such as bike riding, exploring and day trips around Victoria. My husband often says I must have gypsy blood! I inherited that from my father.

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Do you feel at home yet? Settling in has been great. My husband felt at home and relaxed – quote “the minute we pulled in the driveway”, I however took a couple of months to feel truly settled.

Do you see a long-term future for yourself here?

are endless when a first-class facility is built for Bendigo. It will truly match the potential and ability of the Bendigo Health team.

How do you feel about the recent announcement of funds for a new hospital for Bendigo? I watched with interest the community campaign. A new hospital is likely to be one of the biggest projects that Bendigo has ever seen. The board and the executive team at Bendigo Health are working very hard with the state government to get a facility that Bendigo deserves. I am confident it will be successful.

What advice would you give to other newcomers?

Absolutely. My husband and I have just bought a house and are planning to stay for a while!

Well if you are like us and looking for a ‘tree change’, remind yourself often why you came from the city, no traffic! And live somewhere that makes you feel like every weekend is a weekend away.

How do our health facilities compare with other places you’ve worked?

What’s your favourite thing about Bendigo?

Considering the age of the facilities, the dedication of the team at Bendigo Health is truly remarkable. I can only think the possibilities

All the convenience of metro living (ie. shopping, schools, facilities) in the countryside. And almost all parts of Victoria are a reasonable distance away. The day trip possibilities are endless!■

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discover who dunnit How are your CSI skills? Young wannabe sleuths from suburbs near and far are invited to test their powers of deduction. The re-opening of the Discovery Centre features the new Crime Scene Discovery Challenge. The centre has been housing a rare fossilised dinosaur egg from China, which has been stolen. Careful analysis of the evidence will lead to the guilty party’s arrest. On hand at the launch was advice from real police and other crime scene specialists. Some lucky investigators will win a trip to tour Melbourne Police Station and Victoria Police Museum. This challenge is recommended for children aged seven to 15. For more information contact Discovery Science & Technology Centre on (03) 5444 4400 or visit ■


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dannielle sexton After toiling away in the back shed for four years, jewellery designer Dannielle opened the inner-city Damani Studio with fellow creative soul Linda Clark last year. However work isn’t the only precedent in her life... 1. My family My family is incredibly important to me. My Husband Matt and I have been married for 14 years and we have four gorgeous children; daughters Ashleigh and Madeline and sons Harrison and Oliver.

2. Damani Studio

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Hearing business coach Jen Harwood’s words of ‘why don’t you’ really got me inspired to open Damani Studio. Fortunately I met Linda Clark and we opened our studio in August 2008 and we have two representing jewellery artists myself – Damani and Linda Clark – Ostara.

3. Special holiday spot Palm Cove in Northern Queensland. We have visited this beautiful holiday destination four times and hope to continue to do so well into the future. It’s such a pretty place with such authentic restaurants and cafes. It has a real funky edge to it.


4. Friends I am very fortunate to have some truly fantastic girlfriends. I know they are always honest with me which I really value. We were all first-time mums together and have continued the friendships from there. We catch up for coffee around Bendigo on a regular basis, but we can’t go past visiting Pete and Jo Cavalaro at GPO.


5. Licorice ice cream My favorite ice cream is from Favourite Flavours in Mitchell Street Bendigo. It is amazing and it has become a bit of a family ritual. We visit every Sunday, pretty much all year round!

6. I love Matt’s sense of humour Intelligent, witty and downright stupid rolled into one. He makes me laugh all the time, whether it is with him or at him – either way is funny.


7. My grandfather’s WWII hammer


It takes pride of place in my tool rack at the studio. When he immigrated from Holland to Australia he could only bring three tools with him (this was one of them).

8. My ipod touch I can walk Bendigo for ages with that much music on board. My favourite place to walk at the moment is the O’Keefe Trail in between Strathdale and Junortoun. After recently going to the Coldplay concert I can’t get enough of listening to them on my walks, as well as a bit of Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20.



9. Shopping See girls.... it’s healthy to admit it. I will shop anywhere and everywhere in Bendigo! My personal favourite at the moment is Karma Kameleon just off Bath Lane. There is such a wide choice of flattering clothing. I now tend to shop alone as those honest girfriends of mine can become too honest at times! I would say my taste is on the bizarre side.

10. Jewellery One particular piece of jewellery called ‘Inca’ (so hard to choose just one) which I designed and made for my first Sydney Fashion Week collection. It’s really a one-of-a-kind talking piece. ■

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all souped up The quickest way to warm the cockles is with a bowl of steaming broth. And we’ve tracked down four of Bendigo’s best... Slurp away! lovely laksa Family man, ResCom property salesperson and business owner Phillip Walter is known more for his love of suits than soup. In fact for years Phillip has been otherwise known as ‘Suitman’, as he has had the privilege of suiting up countless local grooms as owner of Walter’s Fashions. Phillip is a busy man, but come winter, he always makes time for a warming lunch. What is your favourite soup on the Bendigo Fresh Food Bazaar winter menu and why? Laksa...but they are all great and very different. Full flavoured and true to the cultures they come from without being overpowering and there is always bread or a papadum to go with them. Comfort on a cold day. What’s the best way to tackle your soup? Try to never slurp! (Lost cause.) Consumption is a combination of drink then eat. I never share as it’s all too good, but I have been known to buy a bowl of soup for someone else. What else do you love about winter in Bendigo? I have always loved the cold. We are lucky here in Bendigo to enjoy a dryer cold than Melbourne or Ballarat. There is nothing better than sitting in front of a raging open fire with either a cold drink or hot soup.

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minestrone maestro As an employee of the Bendigo Bank, Kirrily Sandiford doesn’t have to go far to get her winter warming fix... Just across the road from the office is her fave lunch spot, Bath Lane Cafe. But it’s not all work and lunch for this proud local. On the weekends, Kirrily loves supporting and being at South Bendigo Football and Netball Club, walking and catching up with friends. What is your favourite soup on the Bath Lane Cafe winter menu and why? Photographer: Anthony Webster

I love all the yummy soups, but Minestrone is my favourite. If chicken soup is for the soul, what is Minestrone for? For keeping me going for the rest of my working day. What’s the best way to tackle your soup? I eat it, drink it, but never share it! What else do you love about winter in Bendigo? I love the fashion in winter, the football and sitting at Bath Lane Cafe having a nice bowl of soup... yummy!

bravo brodo Carl is an electrician who employs six people in the local area. He works from home but The Subtle Eye has become somewhat of an office for him. Most mornings he can be found in there, tucked down the back corner, working away while enjoying a latte and a cranberry juice, but he will also often pop in for lunch or afternoon tea with his daughter. What is your favourite soup on the Subtle Eye winter menu and why? My favourite is the tortellini in brodo with chicken meatball and vegetables. I love the strong flavour of the chicken. In the depth of winter this soup would ward off any illness! It’s just full of good stuff. If chicken soup is for the soul, what is tortellini in brodo for? This soup is definitely for the spirit. I usually use a spoon to slurp up all the brodo broth first. The soup is always served with a delicious bread, so I always dunk this in. Then comes the vegetables, and I always save the chicken meatballs for last because they are the best! What else do you love about winter in Bendigo? I love walking through Rosalind Park in winter, seeing the street lights come on as it is just getting dark through the fog. I love the smell of the leaves laying in the gutter – it brings back memories of my childhood growing up in Bridge Street. I also love heading to the footy at the QEO in winter. 60

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pumpkin panache Madison Stephen is studying first year Pharmacy at La Trobe University Bendigo and just loves it. She also loves her soup, which is just as well...those uni students need a healthy diet! Madison is proud of her family, younger brother Micahel, mum Ros and dad Craig, and is proud to be a born and bred Bendigo girl.

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What is your favourite soup on the Bendigo Food Store winter menu and why? I love the pumpkin soup. It is a little different than your usual – there must be some special ingredients in there or something. You can just tell the soup is so fresh and it has that truly authentic home made taste. If chicken soup is for the soul, what is pumpkin soup for? For beating the cold winter chill in Bendigo. It warms you from the inside out. What’s the best way to tackle your soup? With a spoon and a nice bread roll. What else do you love about winter in Bendigo? I love to go to a café and get a hot chocolate with my girlfriends. ■

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graduate and celebrate It was a time for all walks of life, from artists to bricklayers, to close the text books and clink glasses. Hundreds of Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE students who completed their studies in 2008 put on their gowns and graduated earlier this year at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre. BRIT offers courses in a whole range of areas to full-time and part-time students. Find a course to suit you at the BRIT website, ■



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Dedicated to chickens, in touch with the earth, the Bress winery is luring the lifestyle set down the Calder quicker than you can say cheers.

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- Sue Turpie Harcourt’s reputation is built on the fruits of its labor and wine and cider producer, Bress, is making the most of all the region has to offer.

the animals and the climate. I got married in 2000 and my wife Lynne (Jensen) said, ‘well, why don’t we make some booze for ourselves’.”

At the helm of Bress operations is Adam Marks, who enjoys a joke or two hundred. But underneath the sharp tongue and quick wit is a man dedicated to his craft. For Adam, Bress winery marries many of his passions – wine, good food, chickens and a love of Mother Nature and all she provides. Adam has spent 20 years in the wine industry, working throughout Australia and Europe. The move to become an independent winemaker happened when Adam found he had become “disenchanted” with large company winemaking.

It was in 2001 that Adam and Lynne found the site for their winery; a property on the Calder Highway.

“I was working in Burgundy and Beaujolais in ‘96, and I’ve always bred chickens and there’s a town in the east of France called Bourg Nbresse which produce the finest eating chickens in the world...I thought to myself as I was becoming more and more disenchanted, that if we ever make booze for ourselves I’m going to dedicate it to these chooks. The way they go about preparing them for market is just amazing. It’s all very traditional, family focused, a real respect for

“And subscribing to French ideals we thought that one region can’t be all things to the wines we want to make, we made pinot noir from the Yarra Valley, then we moved to Perth in 2002 and made sauvignon blanc from Margaret River and then Heathcote shiraz. I think Heathcote is this country’s finest shiraz-producing region for the styles we want to make. And wine makers are a bunch of egotistical freaks – I being one of them. But we beat to a particular drum and that’s what we do. Everything we make here is quite French inspired. “We were renting floor space in friends’ wineries and buying everything in so we knew we needed a home. Then we happened across this.” Adam and co are biodynamic farmers steering clear of pesticides and the likes, using compost and mulch to build up organic matter. ➤ 63

fine belgian chocolates home made ice cream beraldo coffee His respect for the earth and desire to create from nature is evident in the quality of the ‘booze’, as he calls it. “The soils here in Harcourt are atrocious, that’s just the nature of them, they can compact incredibly readily. We knew when we first got here that the supplementary water we were being offered through Coliban wouldn’t last long so we knew we had to change the way we farmed. Biodynamics is a cheaper way to farm and staff can’t get afflicted by nasty chemicals. Here we wanted to keep it as simple as we could and you work with your environment rather than trying to control it.” This approach also works with the wildlife. “We don’t net here, because there’s six acres that we’ve reverted to native vegetation. We want to have local bird species as they become quite territorial and will drive off introduced species such as starlings and marlins,” Adam says. “What got me into biodynamics was, from a wine perspective, when I tasted this wine eight years ago, and where I was taught the acid at the back of the pallet never had flavour, this wine I’m sure had flavour attached to the acid. It just went on forever. I thought, ‘I want to make booze like that’. “We’re not hardcore biodynamic by any stretch, but it’s just a lovely way to farm. “We compost everything here. Because what you take from the earth you must return. This is more than a philosophy – I’m only serious about this stuff – everything else is so tedious.” The goal for Adam and Lynne was to make Bress as visitor-friendly as it is environmentally-friendly, starting with the family dog. Visitors are often greeted by Olly – the black rat as he’s known. Bress is open to the public on weekends and public holidays and there’s always home-grown produce on the lunch menu. Alongside grape vines and apple and olive trees is an impressive vegetable and herb garden. “We’ve got an olive grove at the base of Mount Alexander which we lease and that’s where the olive oil comes from. We have hives over at my parent’s place so we make our own honey. There’s an old shed we’ve refurbished and that’s where we make our vinegar. And if people take an interest we say ‘come on out’ into the [winemaking area] and it’s like being Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory. “Vintage time is the most exciting time. There’s grapes fermenting... and people want to see this stuff rather than being cooped up in the cellar door. And we get people up there [in the vats] and we have them plunge, it’s fun.” Even the cellar door has a degree of fun. The toilet doors haven’t the usual indicators on them. You’re either a rooster or a hen, which can make for some confusion for city folk. “It’s funny because you get kids, especially from Melbourne, and they look at the toilets and go, ‘which one’s boys and which one’s girls?’. It’s an experience that people want. We’re not just a winery anymore, we’re in the lifestyle business and that sounds a bit clichéd and tweebut it’s true.” While Adam’s character would appear to be enough of a draw card for Bress – he’s the first to tell you he can talk under wet cement – its quality products are the main sellers. “Our ciders and wines are made Euro-style. We do alright. We’re Halliday rated at five stars year-in, year-out and that’s just a vindication as to what we do. It’s not an excuse to think ‘well, geez, I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread’ because you’re always trying to push the bar, always trying to make better booze and you learn more each vintage. You only get one shot at it each year.”

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Bress opens its doors at weekends and public holidays, from 11am to 5pm, or by appointment. Bress is at 3894 Calder Highway Harcourt, phone (03) 5474 2262. ■

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launching a new mystery Friends, family and fans of local author Rohan Davey gathered at Dudley House recently to welcome his debut book into the world. Rick Dunlop Cases is the collected stories of an ex-detective investigator turned jaded. Davey’s publisher flew down from Sydney for the launch, where champagne flowed and stories abounded; of the character Rick Dunlop, and of his creator’s equally mysterious talent; turns out the book was a surprise to many as few people knew of Rohan’s writing. The secret’s out... and so is the book. Look out for it in local bookshops. ■

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tell ...more than 70 stories to h The 60 goats from this farm (wit ers) own a little help from their have just produced Sydney Royal Show Grand Champion cheese – the first goats cheese to ever win this of prize. Go try La Luna on some nic orga Redbeard’s wood-fired oven sourdough.

Who: Carla Meurs & Ann-Marie Monda What: Holy Goats Cheese Where: Sutton Grange (30km from shop)

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These organic, fair-trade coffees are roasted and blended just down the road. We stock 5 different blends - the East Timor Maubisse seems to be the local favourite – probably due to Bendigo’s connection with East Timor, but maybe just because it tastes great.

This 2008 yellow pages pinup boy is lucky he’s got farming to fall back to. He’s now been able to switch his focus back to producing great quality organic beef and lamb for our store, with a little help from the Locky Butchers.

gLoBaL Who:Craig Sobey What:Organic beef and lamb Where:Ballendella (70km from shop)

Who: George Bobin What: B&B Basil Where: Bendigo East (3km from shop)

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a right winter warmer Just the mention of the word curry can warm even the coldest of hearts. Whether it is a traditional green variety or a milder, yellow version, there is a curry to suit all tastes. Matching wine with curry can be a difficult choice. Stick to beer or boring green tea you will hear people say. Although we often have to overlook our favourite wines because they may not be suited to the intense flavours of the curry world, I say, be adventurous and give it a try!

to balance some of the fiery chilli found in some curries. Red wines can also be enjoyed equally well with curry dishes. Lighter style reds such as Pinot Noir or even a French Beaujolais would match with the milder versions – maybe a vegetable curry or any yellow curry dish. A richer style beef or lamb korma/vindaloo paired with a Merlot, Grenache or even a Grenache blend goes down beautifully. The plush, ripe fruit flavours are ideal and remember to avoid wines that are top heavy with alcohol or with high tannin levels. These wines will over accentuate the flavours of the curry and make the wine appear lifeless and dull.

Typical of Asian cooking, curries often contain a combination of four key elements – sweet, sour, salty and hot. To achieve the perfect match, a number of different factors need to be considered. Flavour, texture, acidity, tannin structure and sweetness are all aspects that affect the balance between the dish and the glass.

Those a bit more alternate may like to try an Italian or Australian Prosecco or a Sparkling Rose. The bubbles help cut through the richness of the sauces and can even revitalize the palate. Remember, curries are the perfect sharing food, you can find something to suit everyone’s taste and liking. Don’t be afraid to try something new, we all need something to warm us during these chilly winter months.

A well chosen glass of wine can compliment any curry. We have become more adventurous with our wine purchasing, mainly due to the explosion of new and alternative wines on the shelf. New, fashionable varietals such as Pinot Gris/Grigio, Verdelho, Gewurztraminer and Albarino are all ideal with curry dishes. Old favourites such as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis and zesty, crisp Australian Rieslings also prove a perfect match. Ideally, we are looking for an unoaked, fruit driven white, with some aromatics and just the hint of sweetness LOCAL: Flynn’s, Verdelho 2008. Heathcote. $26 Retail. $9 Glass.

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD: S.C. Pannell, Grenache 2006. McClaren Vale. $26 retail. $9 glass

Another great varietal produced by Greg and Natala Flynn from their Heathcote vineyard. More structured and with more finesse than most Verdelhos, this vintage still displays delicious tropical fruit and hints of green apples and citrus flavours. Perfect amount of acidity allows for a luscious, mouth filling finish.

Rich, ripe red berries come straight to the fore with this luscious South Australian red. Delightfully fragrant – think raspberries and cream and some lengthy flavours of blackberries and ripe plums making for a lingering, dry finish. Perfect with a spicy beef or lamb curry.

Spare dollars in the pocket or time to impress that someone special? Look no further than this delicious fresh Champagne. Salmon pink in colour and intense flavours of strawberries and citrus zing around in your mouth. Keeping light and elegant with a fresh finish, this is perfect for that extra special occasion.

BUDGET: Chalmers, Vermentino 2008. Murray Darling N.S.W. $22 retail. $8 glass Little known varietal that outclasses some of the more well known whites. Beautiful crisp acidity shines through with citrus aromas dominating the bouquet. Flavours of fresh pears and apples plucked straight from the tree, fine minerality and a long dry finish make this a must with spicy curries. ■

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- Esther McRae People often ask Bendigo Tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie where she gets her outfits. Renowned for her quirky fashion pieces, she is proud to say much of it comes from the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. Yes, there is more to this show than you first imagine. OK, so the name doesn’t conger up the thrill and excitement of a fashion event but perhaps it’s time you gave this exhibition a chance. Bendigo has hosted The Australian Sheep and Wool Show for a whopping ten years, bringing together people from all ends of the sheepy spectrum. ➤ 73

The competition at the Australian Sheep and Wool show is healthy, yet tough. Photos courtesy of Stock & Land.

As well as the obvious sheep and wool, the initiative showcases the final produce and the creativity the industry inspires. There is much more to look at than the odd lamb or two. Kathryn is an ambassador to say the least, she is excited to visit the show again this year and sees it as a meaty entree to a smorgasbord of creativity our region has to offer. “I’m really passionate about getting people to realise that whilst the agricultural side is important, the ancillary of artists and artisans should be highly valued,” she says. Kathryn is talking about the stallholders, the food, the wine, the produce...and the fashion. If you loved the Bendigo Art Gallery’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition earlier this year, then get set for your second course in Bendigo’s fashion feast. We’re talking parades, stalls and unique pieces. Kathryn excitedly lists the features; wedding frocks, daywear, local and international designers and award-winning garments. “We need to foster the creativity within our regional and rural communities, these are people that take the produce and get creative. Most artisans are rural who bring their expertise to our city,“ she says. Andrew Ternouth has been involved with the show since it came to Bendigo and is now secretary. After spending much of the 1960s as a sheep and wool officer, he is passionate about this industry. Andrew believes the show is an integral part of our city, estimating its extended revenue at a whopping $4 million. But for him, the big excitement of it all is the networking. “This really is a networking opportunity, where people from all ends of the spectrum can come together and celebrate the process of agriculture,” Andrew says. The show runs over four days. The first three are open to the public for a great family day out. This year, there will be four fashion parades per day, fleece competitions, woolcraft competitions and displays, goats, alpacas, ram sales, over 250 commercial sites, sheepdog trials, shearing competitions and more. “I get lots of calls from people wanting to bring their dads or relatives to see a sheepdog trial, it really has a sense of nostalgia about it,” Andrew says. Visitors can experience things first-hand and see and feel the livestock. The whole cycle of the industry, from animals to produce and everything in between is on show. The fourth day involves an export ram sale. “There is a great deal of excitement around auction time when the show visitors have gone and the sales begin,” Andrew says. Buyers are looking for rams that have certain attributes that may “boost their stock”. The auction is a huge part of the agricultural aspect of the show and Andrew would even go so far as to believe that the first run of ram sales act as a market indicator. Another of the more exciting events takes place by night and under lights at the All Seasons Resort. It is a prime event involving the finest genetic material in the country. I’m talking about the judging of the national Merino pairs. People travel from all over the country to show off their finest, with the judges looking at the body, the producer, the conformation and more. To us lay people, this means the sheep stands up straight, has no arches in its back; things that make for an impressive-looking being. Can you imagine this grand affair – all packed into the All Seasons! Andrew is as knowledgeable as Kathryn is passionate and he encourages people to re-assess their opinion of the show. If you see him on the day, he’ll be busy answering questions, organising the events and making sure things are running smoothly. He also makes sure the sheep are in their correct category...another thing I’ve learned is about teeth; a lamb doesn’t have any and a sheep gets two teeth at one year, has four by the age of two and six teeth at four years of age. Smile! The Australian Sheep and Wool Show is on Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19 at the Bendigo Showgrounds. For more information visit ■ 74



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tree of life Bendigo’s community tree is not a box ironbark as you may expect, it’s not an accacia wattle; it’s a pomelo, planted with dreams for a golden future. - Pam Harvey At Wong Loong, the dragon blessing ceremony, the local Chinese community gather around Sun Loong to begin Easter cerominies. Among the many traditions bestowed upon him that day, the dragon Sun Loong is blessed with pomelo leaves doused in water and white spirit. The shriveled leaves that have been in his mouth for a year are removed and fresh pomelo leaves – sourced from local trees that have been propagated from the original citrus – are fed to him. They stay with him on his journey around the streets and through his long sleep to the next Wong Loong. The pomelo – Tree of Life – gives Sun Loong the strength to travel, spreading good fortune among the people.

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The pomelo (also known as a pumpkin-lime, shaddock or jabong) is an important tree in Chinese culture. Unlike other citrus species, the pomelo is not common in Australia, however most Chinese families who settled in our region during the golden times planted a pomelo in their gardens. If you have a pomelo in your yard and you didn’t plant it yourself, chances are your property was once owned by a Chinese family. Newborn Chinese babies were bathed in water in which pomelo leaves had been added, and the fruit – large, thickskinned and yellow – is still placed as offerings in Chinese temples. The Tree of Life stands in most Chinese cemeteries around our region, honouring the journey to the afterlife. The Bendigo pomelo was originally sited in the middle of where the Golden Dragon Museum now stands. Its origins go back to Gladys Ah Dore’s tree in Elmore that was propagated from seeds sent to the family from China. Gladys was the grandmother of Russell Jack, of the Golden Dragon Museum. The Bendigo pomelo was the only one to be saved after the Bendigo Council bulldozed what remained of Bridge Street Chinatown in 1964, and was preserved by a surrounding of bricks because of its significance in local culture. In 1990, the then large and prolific tree was moved to make way for the museum and, true to its name, survived the ordeal. The Golden Dragon Museum has recently released a DVD on the tree, recording its life – and it’s very interesting viewing, retelling Russell Jack’s huge efforts to keep the tree alive. Gladys Ah Dore’s original tree was situated in what is now the main street of Elmore and, on its

removal, a plaque was erected to commemorate its significance. “The Bendigo pomelo tree has become the community’s tree,” says Anita Jack. “Once it was shifted, people took it on themselves to look after it. Russell waters it regularly but someone has recently fertilized it. And, before the water restrictions, the women from the Bendigo Creche used to drag the hose down to keep it going. Now City of Greater Bendigo Parks and Gardens workers water it with their portable tanks.” Interest in the tree is across the region. A woman from Elmore came into the museum one day with four chaff bags full of pomelo fruit. “Her tree was probably a descendent of Gladys’s,” says Anita. “It had an amazing lot of fruit that year, more than usual, and had actually borne in the wrong season. But it was a very timely gift. Bendigo Parks have used the seeds from the fruit to propagate more pomelo seedlings in case anything happens to the Bendigo pomelo.” The pomelo has been cultivated in China for over 3000 years and can be traced to the Zhou Qin dynasty. There are many varieties, with pulp colour ranging from pale yellow to pink to red. It has a surprising taste: sweeter than a grapefruit but not as sweet as an orange. One fruit can grow as big as a basketball. Its peel is used in Chinese cooking and is sometimes candied, but – if you take the time to cut through its thick pith – it’s mostly eaten fresh. In Bendigo, we mainly associate the pomelo with our Chinese dragons, who eat its leaves. The Bendigo pomelo tree is still here, planted unobtrusively among natives on the hill in Park Road. The years of drought have taken their toll. The branches reach darkly towards the light and are capped with sprays of new growth. Its scars and large girth make it an awesome, but battered, sight; this tree was here when George Lansell died; it witnessed the end of the gold rush, lived through two world wars and a depression; and the growth of Bendigo into the provincial city it has become. The Tree of Life still lives, saturated with our history. For more information about the Bendigo pomelo tree, visit the Golden Dragon Museum in Bridge St. If you have a pomelo and you’re not sure of its origin, the museum’s research centre may be able to tell you about its history. ■ 77

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a grand talent Former local Margaret Hickey is basking in the rave reviews of her debut book A Grand Prospect, in between working on her second novel and the all-important time in the sand pit. My school years at Catholic College Bendigo were wildy happy. Though I chatted through most of my classes I paid attention in English and was encouraged by my teachers there to continue with my writing. I’m a White Hills girl, so my favourite places in Bendigo have always been the White Hills Botanic Gardens and the tiny White Hills pool. I also love the White Hills cemetery for its incredible history and peaceful beauty. When I come home I love to visit the gallery, (my mother is a guide there) and the Wine Bank, which, despite its name, does great gin and tonics. My parents still live in Bendigo and I have many friends from school who settled there, so I try to see them often as I can. I have always enjoyed writing, however I never thought it would become a career. I used to write a column for MX newspaper in Melbourne, just funny anecdotes on life and so forth, but it was when I was pregnant with my third son that I revisited my love of history and began reading the early accounts of settlement in Australia. I began writing notes and scenes for the tale which would later become A Grand Prospect. Months down the track I thought maybe I had the remnants of a book and began furiously writing. I didn’t tell anyone. For a few months my husband thought I was addicted to Ebay even though I tried to convince him it was an on-line boyfriend! When I had finished I sent the manuscript to various publishers and was delighted when I received a contract a few months later.

than the first. It is a thriller about war criminals living amongst us. I am finding it easier to write, and am over the tricky research parts. The first draft should be ready to send to my editor by September. I am also very nervous for my monologues to be performed in front of a live audience,. What if the audiences don’t like it? Still, they can always blame the actress I suppose! Maxine Morrison has had great experience in the West End London and the Edinburgh Festival, so I am sure she will do a great job. Great writers inspire me. Cate Kennedy, who launched my novel, is one of the best story writers in the country. I also love Ian McKewen, Lionel Shriver, Annie Proulx and Pat Barker. Their stories are entirely believable and often heartbreaking. Inspiration I would give to young authors is to stop making excuses! Stop saying you would like to write a book and write one. There is always time, always! Also continually edit your own work and don’t get depressed by knock backs. I was so excited when I finished the first draft of my novel that I sent it off immediately to a publisher, who replied simply, “Unworkable”. Margaret’s novel is available and selling like hotcakes at Dymocks Booksellers Bendigo. ■

In the meantime I had various successes elsewhere. I was short listed for the National Crime Writers award, the Scarlet Stiletto, for a different piece of work, and I was approached to write a series of monologues for performances in wineries. ABC radio announcer Melanie Tait has asked me to appear on her upcoming show about emerging writers, which is very daunting. I found it quite hard to write A Grand Prospect, it isn’t easy after all to write in the voice of a 40 year-old-man from 1797! I don’t think I will do that again. I have played around with various styles now, and I usually go for the genres that I enjoy reading. Historical fiction and thrillers for instance, these I find much easier to write. I don’t normally write crime, so I was very surprised that I was short listed for the award. How do I change styles? I make sure that I know my characters inside and out, and for historical fiction I research for months. For A Grand Prospect I researched solidly for at least three months. And then I began to piece my fiction together. The novel is strictly a fiction so I have taken liberties with the characters. Ultimately, it is a love story, so while the research was important to recreate the setting, it is the characters that I have invented that are of my primary interest. The book is probably 40 per cent fact, 60 per cent fiction. I chose Captain Arthur Phillip as a subject because he has never been widely recognised for his work in the settlement of Australia and his civility toward the Aboriginals. I tried to imagine what sort of a man he would be, what happened in his failing marriage and how he felt as he was abandoned at the end of his career. My publishers told me this is the first fiction ever written about him. I am so lucky to have a quote from Geoffrey Robertson QC on the cover. He was one of the first people to review the book. I always loved him on Hypotheticals and greatly respect his work as a UN High Court judge. I remembered him appearing on 60 minutes a few years ago, discussing Captain Arthur Phillip, so I wrote to his London offices asking if he would be interested in reading my manuscript. About six weeks later his secretary wrote back to me with the news that he had “greatly enjoyed the book” and would even write the covering quote. The other positive reviews have been lovely, but I am still waiting for a shocker – I know I will have to get at least one! I have three young children and work part time so finding time to write can be difficult. I squeeze it in whenever I can. When they’re in the bath I can write 100 words, when they watch Thomas the Tank Engine I can even manage 300! And as for the sand pit – well that’s where most of my plots are formed. And I try to devote from 8.30 to 10 every night to lock myself in the office. I am 30,000 words into my second novel, and I like it so much better


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the wry, the sombre and the salt Most know him only by his last name – a scrawled signature at the bottom of a cartoon. For many locals Glanville represents opinion, wit and humour, but it turns out his talents go much deeper. - James O’Brien “The actual illustration is easy. It’s the idea that may take ages,” says Ian Glanville – artist, illustrator and renowned local cartoonist. “My inspiration can come at any time. In a darkened room, or when I’m driving. I could even be sitting on the toilet. It flashes into my brain. I start with a hook and I have to put my hat on that hook.” His studio is a small room behind his house. The walls are lined with sketches, photographs and drawings that depict over 30 years of Bendigo’s history. He makes room on his work bench for my notebook and digital recorder and perched on high stools, like two men at a bar, the interview begins. “A cartoon is a send up. It’s a satire. It’s an exaggeration. A cartoonist is a lampoonist. It’s meant to be taken with a grain of salt,” he says. “I am more the traditional cartoonist. The modern cartoonist can be very cruel at times, particularly with politicians. In my case I like to get a likeness in the drawings to be true to what they really look like and the work has to have a certain amount of authenticity about it. “When I draw a Bendigo personality for example, I like to show familiar Bendigo buildings in the background to get everything in perspective. Rod Fyffe is one of my favourite characters because of his great face and hair. I try to feature Rod whenever I can.” As a child Ian had a natural talent for drawing and as a young man 82

ABOVE: A selection of Ian’s publlished works. BELOW: Bendi the dog features in all of Ian’s regular Bendigo Weekly cartoons.

he took a short course in art at the Bendigo School of Mines. While employed at Myer he emblazoned some old ties with a sketch of Hopalong Cassidy, a popular movie cowboy at the time, and the batch of ties sold very quickly.

week. Bendi is a little dog I have walking around. Bendi may even have opposing ideas to the caption. He has the final remark. People often listen to Bendi and not the caption. That makes me think,” he notes humorously.

From then on it was a matter of building his skills and some years later he was invited by the manager of BCV8 to paint the backdrops for the new television studio. This was the start of his television days, where he had a segment called, Drawing for Fun, where children would watch him draw their favourite TV characters.

“I’m told the first thing people look for in the paper is the cartoon and then they read the rest of the paper. It does have an impact and people don’t often realise the strength of the message,” he says with a wide grin.

After ten years, he decided to break away from television and joined the media services department at La Trobe University. While working there he was asked to do a weekly cartoon for the then Bendigo Advertiser. This was his first break into cartooning. “The cartoon in the Addy was called Glanville’s Glimpses and depicted what was happening in Bendigo over that particular week. It was also an historical record. And I have managed to keep all the original cartoons in my possession and I would like to bring out a book someday, as it’s a record of significant social and political events,” he says.

At his front gate as we are about to part he pulls a rolled edition of the Weekly from his letterbox. Today’s cartoon (February 13, 2009) is a serious one about the terrible bushfires that caused such devastation and loss of life. It depicts a fireman down on his knees valiantly fighting the inferno. A serious cartoon for sombre times. Once again Glanville has caught the mood. Another picture to add to his sometimes poignant, occasionally wry, but mostly humorous and very apt depictions and glimpses of Bendigo life. ■

“For the next seven years, I did a weekly cartoon for the paper. I worked hard and they gave me a five column space. I was also asked to do some caricatures of faces which proved to be very successful. They were good years because it improved my skills. But I had other work to do such as photography and that was a big part of my work as well.”

Photographer: Anthony Webster

Ian has also illustrated text books to assist teachers and nurses. And illustrated a cricket manual featuring Frank Tyson that was published world-wide a number of times. Wilbur Howcroft ‘The Bard of Culgoa’ asked him to illustrate his books of bush poems and encouraged him to produce his own three St Just Point booklets. Being proud of his Cornish ancestry, Ian’s St Just Point cartoons are based on the descendants of the Cornish miners around Bendigo. Ian released the latest book, number three in the series, in February this year. As well as cartooning, Ian enjoys oil painting, water colours and pastel painting and held an exhibition of these at The Capital some years ago. Asked what advice he would give to aspiring cartoonists Ian says, “Out of my wide experience, some of the most important things are, always strive to learn all the aspects of the art world, create your own style of work, listen and learn from others and mostly, enjoy this wonderful craft.” Almost ten years ago Ian joined the Bendigo Weekly team and has produced close to 500 cartoons for that newspaper. “Like many cartoonists I have my own cartoon character that appears every 83


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blue ribbon bluegrass With Hamish Davidson now calling Bendigo home, the city has seen some intimate performances by his internationally-successful band, the Davidson Brothers. So, let’s get to know the siblings a little better. - Steev Cowled “Blistering banjo, bluesy fiddle, mandolin pickin’, vocal harmonies, and lyrical ballads. There are up-tempo lively songs, a darker, cheating story-song and there’s some gypsy-swing for the jazz fans.”

a gargantuan list of tours with the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and Jimmy Barnes is bound to impress even the most Bluegrass-uninformed punter.

This is how Hamish Davidson describes the 2008, self-titled release from the bluegrass outfit founded by himself and his brother, Lachlan, over a decade ago.

The names and accolades don’t stop there either, with the brothers travelling to the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee for the recording of their most recent album – produced by Mark Thornton, former guitarist for the late Jerry Reed. It’s an album that plays host to a bucket-load of special guests and then some, including multiGrammy nominated Cia Cherryholmes, Larry Mars and Trev Warner.

Photography courtesty The Davidson Brothers

Having grown up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar, the Davidson boys began their path into the country music industry at a young age, gradually paving the way to international success. As Australian Country Music College graduates, Lachlan and Hamish Davidson have become synonymous with the country music scene and its affiliated awards. The Davidson Brothers have taken home more awards than you can poke a stick coated in bottle-caps at, including Best New Act at the TREV AWARDS (Tertiary Recreation and Entertainment Victoria Awards) in 2003, Best Band Featuring a Fiddler at the 2008 Golden Fiddle Awards in Tamworth and, most recently, Instrumental of the Year for their track Left Hand Drive at this year’s Golden Guitar Awards. “Obviously we are stoked to have won the 2009 Australian Country Music Award (aka Golden Guitar) for Best Instrumental. These were judged by members of the Australian Country Music Association for the first time this year, so that packed an extra big punch,” Hamish says. “All up we had six nominations, and the tune that won was written the night before we recorded it. It just feels great to be acknowledged by our peers, that we have achieved national status playing the music that we love,” Lachlan adds. And it’s not just awards that have flourished in the Davidson Brothers’ bluegrass garden. There’s been many appearances on television shows such The Panel, Good Morning Australia and even Hey Hey, It’s Saturday, which the band still regard as a highlight. And if appearing on TV with Ossie Ostrich, Dickie Knee and Red Symons isn’t enough,

“Bryan Sutton is the greatest acoustic guitarist in the world today,” Hamish says. “He took charge of all the counts, finding our groove and helped iron out our arrangements. Dennis Crouch is the bass player and clown of the group...Rob Ickes is a mad, full-of-beans Californian dobro (slide guitar) player. He is so ahead of his time on his instrument and nothing seems to be too challenging.” Hamish speaks excitedly about the guests on the album, his brother seconding his notions. “It has always been a thrill to make music with people you always listened to on record, so the feeling to have these guys help create our original songs, into something memorable, is indescribable,” Lachlan says. It is hard to summarise a band that has achieved as much as the Davidson Brothers, so instead of trying I will close with some advice for budding musicians out there, from Hamish Davidson, a man who has truly proved his worth, alongside his brother, in the world of music. “Don’t listen to anyone who says there is only one path to success. Create your own thing. Do things differently. Create a new market. The Australian public’s perception of bluegrass is so out of date that we’ve found we are better off performing to crowds that have no preconceived perceptions of what bluegrass is. If you want to rise to the top of your field, carve out your own niche – otherwise you will always be a follower.” ■ 85

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drawn to the river It’s an hour away by the clock, but a world away in lifestyle... why not take yourself river-side this weekend? - Esther McRae I have just been on an interstate holiday. My destination of choice was not the Gold Coast, however I’m told Echuca-Moama experiences more sunny days than the popular Queensland hotspot anyway. Every time I visit, the twin towns never fail to deliver. The air smells ‘Australian’ and there’s a distinct river feel. The mighty Murray commands respect and industrial yesteryear lingers…yep, I like it there. Just over an hour from Bendigo by car or train lies a lifestyle far removed; a myriad of leisure-filled moments either side of the Murray. If the towns were people, they’d be social butterflies and if they could talk, they would beckon you to be a part. One particular textbook Echuca morning, I’m sitting in the Campaspe Courtyard at the back of The Black Pudding. Fair trade organic long black in hand, and breakfast on its way, this is what I call a weekend. Rob and John Taverna are brothers with hospitality in the blood. They purchased The Black Pudding Delicatessen in 2005 and have since put their cosmetic stamp on the place. I love the café. It has a wholesome feeling, wooden floors, cosy nooks and the food…the food! When in Echuca, I make sure I don’t miss out on popping in. My nook of choice is the courtyard, which overlooks the Campaspe River. Even on the crisp mornings that have been rife of late, the covered, enclosed courtyard feels like an outdoor room and welcomes you past the open kitchen to enjoy its view. The brother’s Italian heritage sees their love for food most evident in the delicatessen. Meats and cheeses galore shout Europe in the midst of Echuca. Rob and John are excited for another season of soups, risottos and curry specials for winter. I asked Rob about living in Echuca; “there’s always something to do on weekends whether it’s a jazz festival or the Southern 80, there’s always something going on, drawing people to the river.” One such event happens on the last weekend in July. The chairperson of the Winter Blues Festival, Peter Williams, is keen to tell me more. I say chairperson; I also mean local bookshop owner and mayor of the Campaspe Shire. During the Winter Blues Festival, the streets come alive with entertainment and the weekend culminates in a truly festive Sunday in the streets and venues of the town. I am told there is a big name

booked in for the Saturday night, and while I have not been privy to that information, the Paramount Theatre will be the place to be on July 25. Peter’s favourite thing about the weekend is the “vibe”. “You can walk around to every venue and see a whole lot of acts all in one night, very close together amidst family fun.” He has seen the festival grow from a relatively low-key affair to a full-blown event, which this year sees its tenth anniversary. Whilst in the historic port, I find out the area has the largest riverboat fleet in the world, experience authentic shipwrights, blacksmiths and a horse and cart (listening as it clops down the road), but at the end of the day, I want to lay my hat in the 21st century. Melissa Sellars manages Echuca’s newest accommodation and is proud of the new kid on the block; Quest Serviced Apartments. The complex is bright and welcoming and while new (July 2008), has views over the old buildings in Echuca, offering a taste of yesteryear. And boy what a block it’s on, leave the car…you won’t need it. I make a weekend of my trip and bed down in a one-bedroom apartment. I love that the kitchenette makes my stay a bit more like home, a true apartment rather than just a hotel room, complete with fresh plunger coffee for the morning. I take a tour of the complex and find out there are 60 apartments all up, ranging from one to three bedrooms. I make a note to return in summer to take full advantage of the pool and barbecue area. Perhaps one of the best things about staying in Echuca-Moama is, unexpectedly, the clubs. In particular, one club and the fact that a courtesy bus picks us up and drops us home, for free! The Moama Bowling Club is uber stylish, thanks to a renovation that sees it rivaling the Crown Casino in the décor stakes. While the club has the usual entertainment and gaming aspects, it holds much more charm than most. There are three dining areas as well as The Pavilion, which has Saturday night entertainment, and the Piano Lounge – my favourite area, complete with cocktails and canapés. The centerpiece of the lounge is a large tree, handcrafted from metal, just one of the many artistic features throughout the venue. ➤


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I would gladly spend my weekends here, having a quick go on the pokies, relaxing by the fire in a comfy leather couch, listening to a band, watching the footy in a cosy nook or sampling something from the bistro. On my most recent visit, happy hour saw me order a half price bottle of wine and do all of the above…so much fun!

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op shop hop With ten bucks in my pocket and a nose for a bargain, I set out for a spot of op hopping. I got much more than I bargained for, finding laughs, tears and big hearts among the Little Golden Books. - Lauren Mitchell beat of the square According to the expert opinion on, the Golden Square Uniting Care Op Shop gets five out of five for being the best value charity store in Bendigo.

Golden Square. The merry band of volunteers at

Here at bendigo magazine, we love a bargain, so it was in the car and down High Street to the little shop with the cult following. Turn left at the Laurel Street traffic lights and you can’t miss it... furniture oddments and bargain bins spill out from the facade like child’s Lego from a toy box, and the customers bottle-neck at the entrance as if it’s five o’clock at the fountain. And according to shop manager Jan Burgess, it’s like this every day. That’s because if Golden Square has a heart, it beats from within the walls of this place. There’s so much love here, the customers are treated as visitors and the shop counter is more like the kitchen table of your nanna’s house. “We are a happy family, we have our regulars everyday – it’s somewhere for them to come and say hello,” Jan says. When we visited, Jan and her band of volunteers rolled out that fivestar treatment in a barrel of laughs, all washed down with a whitewith-one cup of tea. Not to mention the chocolate cake. Visit on a Saturday morning and you may just luck a slice of volunteer stalwart Jeanie’s cake, or maybe even a biscuit or sausage roll. Jeanie’s sparkling eyes moisten as she tells why she is compelled to bake for the volunteers. “I’ve lost three beautiful sons and a husband and this is why I do it. I do my heaven’s work on earth,” she says. “Otherwise I could sit at home and cry all day. I’m a bit sad today as it’s my son Patrick’s birthday this week.” Give Jeanie a hug? Yes, just don’t ask her for a recipe. “I can make anything, I’m a country cook and I can turn my hand to anything, I don’t use books, I use my head.”

Another lady, arms full of crockery, sings out, “I do the happy hour at the nursing home and we go through a lot of glasses. I come here and get them for ten cents where elsewhere they’re $1.” But my favourite is the woman who shall remain anonymous, who remembers coming to this site when it was a Sunday school decades ago. “I hated every minute of it and it really didn’t do anything for me because I’ve sinned a lot in my life,” she winks. Someone buys a stack of old jackets, planning to cut the buttons off and use them as bedding at the RSPCA, while a young woman snaffles a knee-length pink winter coat, just $10 mind you. All the money raised here stays in the community, distributed through Bendigo Uniting Care Outreach. When asked what surprises have shown up in donated goods, Jan goes all girly on me. “That’s not really for the magazine – we have lots of laughs,” she assures. Looking for a good time and a warm smile? You’ll find it right here, along with clothing, toys, glassware and bags, and surprisingly, a very good selection of grass hula skirts. 90

Jeanie’s best ever chocolate cake.

at home on Chapel St Vinnies is next on the calling card, where the surprises just keep coming. Inside, this place is more like a View Street emporium than an oppy. Artful displays of bric-a-brac belie their price tags and the window display would be just at home along Chapel Street, Prahan, as Chapel Street, Bendigo. A few minutes into our visit, the “lively” Jane Pleta runs through the racks towards us like a child to a Christmas present. Jane migrated to Bendigo from the Phillipines with her family 18 months ago and volunteers one day a week in the op shop, lending her interior designer’s eye and her careful hand to the visual merchandising. “Hi,” she says, with easy expertise... there’s been plenty of practice of that word since she arrived here. “We were told when we meet someone new we have to say hi – until then we were just smiling at people. But no, you have to smile and greet. In the Philippines you just smile – it’s just enough for us. Now I say hi often. In the grocers, in the park, it’s automatically set the standard. I ride the bus and I always talk to [the driver] and they’re so accommodating, it’s nice, I feel like they’re spilling out their experience.” ➤

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It’s impossible to get a word in edge wise here as customers sporadically offer their two-bobs worth. And trust me, two bob will get you a long way in Jan’s shop. “If I don’t come around every second day I get withdrawals,” says regular shopper Lorraine. “I just got a case of 20 Bratz dolls for my granddaughters for only $15.”


When Jane first came to Bendigo, she was shown this op shop. “I suddenly felt this urge to come back here. I decided if I enjoyed coming here I would probably enjoy working here. And I’m enjoying it,” she says. The role is part of a whole new life for Jane, her husband and their two sons, who, thanks to the first home buyers grant, are now building their first home in Kangaroo Flat. And she certainly won’t be short on homewares if she chooses to stock up at work. The shop has an amazing collection of just about everything; knitting needles and zippers, books and records, furniture and teapots. A floral armchair has a price tag of $55 – you can even forgive the foam starting to peak out of the arms for the plastic that’s still on the foot rest. A forage among the many book shelves shows endless material for romantic souls, and a retro row of Little Golden Books for just 50 cents each. “I love the truck books,” says four-year-old Ian, sitting on the floor while his mum sifts the racks nearby. Come on a Wednesday and you’ll also see Barbara Lane, usually nattering behind the counter with fellow volunteer Marlene Banfield. Twelve years ago Barbara suffered from a brain tumor and so considers herself very lucky to be here. “I just thought I needed to give something back because I got through what I did and I’m so grateful,” she says. Mary and her mum Helen shop here most days. “We’re looking for anything and everything, it was for our kids and now my brothers and sisters have got grandkids so now we look for them,” Mary says. “I get a bargain every day. Usually we’re here early in the morning. These days mum’s really not that well but this is what she does that keeps her going. My kids have grown up with op shop prams, bikes, everything they needed and we all hand them down. I’ve got a big family and we all go op shopping and we all share.”

Volunteer Clies loves a bargain.

Ian loves his Little Golden Books.

High-class thrift Love your labels? How about Sass & Bide jeans for $15...Carla Zampati for the price of a Gillies? Since the Storehouse Charity shop in Mitchell Street opened 12 months ago, many Bendigonians are starting to look considerably better. And there’s no excuse not to frock up when we’re talking Country Road at country prices. “We have bit more upmarket goods and quality control. The clothing comes from Melbourne bins situated in pretty prominent areas, so that’s where the quality comes from,” says staff member Karrina. “We’ve had Hugo Boss suits and lots of designer clothes come through. We get top brand name jeans and excellent second hand shoes.” As I chat to Karrina, the customers start queuing. A young mum buys her daughter two pairs of as-new sneakers and an elderly lady in a white hat, as big as an umbrella, stocks up on lingerie. It’s a cliche, but it’s true...there really is something for everyone. “One thing I must admit is we have a beautiful range of men’s clothes. Young blokes are starting to realise we’re here and have got the good stuff happening,” Karrina says. Taking pride of place in the CBD, this store is gaining a good reputation, even with the tourists. “A lot of people who catch the train love it. We get a lot of people from Melbourne and Castlemaine. We’ve had people miss their trains – you need time to browse an op shop.”

Jane and Betty on the couch at Vinnies.

Clies started volunteering here a few months ago, but was part of the furniture long before that. “My sister and I used to come in here often and I’ve always loved op shops – after shopping here the quality was so nice I didn’t bother going elsewhere,” she says. “I love it... volunteering here, helping out, it’s fantastic. And it helps me dress the kids, as I’m working I see little bits and pieces that I put aside to purchase. I’ve got four kids and I’m always getting Pumpkin Patch, Country Road and Osh Kosh for them. It’s like my dream job.” Storehouse Charity may not yet be a household name like the other op shops mentioned but it has the same aim of helping others who need it, namely, young people. The charity was formed to reach out to disadvantaged youth, and in Bendigo, that’s through Elevate; a Christian volunteer program that works to develop leadership and resilience in our young people. This is achieved through breakfast programs at Bendigo schools, adventure camps for at-risk kids and setting up community youth groups. So, the Sass & Bide on your behind goes to putting some special care into the lives of the very people you pass on the street. ■

Marlene and Barbara, op shop buddies.

Looking for a great day out? It would be hard to beat an op hop. I laughed, I cried, I connected with real people, and let’s not forget the shopping here... I came away with bargains that’d make the thriftiest shopper salivate...and just 50 cents over budget. Small brown teapot, St Vinnies, $1.50 Pink and white sandwich plate, St Vinnies, $2 Tailored white blazer, Golden Square Uniting Care, $2 Spiderman hoodie, Storehouse Charity, $5


Lauren Mitchell bought a lot for less on the op shop hop.


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book in some story time Who took the $100,000 Crown Casino chip? Why did a career girl choose a cotton crop over city life? Is Charlie Teo a misunderstood maverick? Don’t fear, we’re not giving the endings away... - Books reviewed by Lauren Mitchell Love in the age of Drought Fiona Higgins Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia ISBN: 978-1-4050-3909-3 R.R.P: $34.99 This real-life story of a ‘career girl, a cotton farmer and an unlikely romance’ is Fiona Higgins’ debut book, and as they say, everyone’s got a story in them, so why shouldn’t she start with her own? Fiona’s tale of how she met her husband is a thoughtful, neat account of a deeply personal story. Although the book’s title promises romance, we’re talking the old-fashioned, cordial kind, rather than a fullbodied, flaming love affair. It’s the sort of re-telling you’d reserve for your mother. When Fiona and Stuart meet at a city conference, love blossoms, despite the tyranny of distance (she in Sydney, he in rural Queensland) and Fiona’s longstanding fear of commitment. After some dramas between the couple, Fiona decides to abandon her metro life and risk happily ever after on Stuart’s cotton farm. Nearest township? Jandowae, population 750. Her account of falling in love with the land, and the locals, is enough to make anyone want to pack it all in and live the good life, despite the frogs in the loo and snakes on the doorstep. But what makes this book really interesting is the story between the lines. Fiona touches on the other passions and outlooks of her life; ethics, the environment, feminism and fitness. She tells of how she once rode a bicycle around Australia as a fundraiser, of the ethics course which took her to mining sites in Indigenous Australian communities and of her father suffering Multiple Sclerosis in a nursing home. And she tells of the battles facing rural Australia when it comes to that topic on everyone’s lips...climate change. It’s these things that tell me there should be other books on the way from this eloquent philanthropist.

Rick Dunlop Cases R.M Davey Publisher: A&A Book Publishing R.R.P: $19.95 R.M Davey’s debut publication opens with the politically-incorrect Rick Dunlop, a misunderstood, down-on-his-luck ex-employee of Victoria Police landing a new job with private investigation company Fitzroy Fields. In Rick’s own admission, “It had been a long time since I tackled anything remotely bordering investigation or analysis, apart from how much my few valuables are worth on eBay and the growth rate of my stubble when shaving up as opposed to down.” Yes, he says it how it is, is sometimes sexist and sometimes racist, but this guy is downright likeable. The tales included in this energetic, fast-paced read take you behind the scenes of places most readers


will readily relate to; such as inner city Melbourne. The first story, The Crowning Initiation, is set in “a fairyland created in an epileptic nightmare”. Otherwise known as Crown Casino. It seems Davey has done his research and is good mates with his genre, talking the talk of crime fiction in a fresh voice that will get the attention of local whodunit junkies. The locals would do well to support this book; it’s written by one of our own. Davey is a Bendigo lad and no doubt frequent Melbourne metro lingerer, judging by his descriptions of the city. In the book’s publicity, it is said Rick Dunlop defies the rules and pokes fun at social institutions, helping readers discover the true rebel in themselves. I can’t help but think this slightly jaded, edgy character, does just that for his inventor too. Buy the book, support local talent, and follow Rick Dunlop’s journey from a green PI... “China, Rick, is run somewhat different to the State of Victoria...If you take money that doesn’t belong to you, your second cousin gets her hair shaved off right down to her collarbone.”... to a seasoned professional.

Life In His Hands Susan Wyndham Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia ISBN: 978-0-330-42483-7 R.R.P: $24.99 This book has received rave reviews from all the industry greats and is now in its second print run. So what can I add to the praise, that includes a gushing account by one of my literary idols, Helen Garner, who says, “A fast moving, warmly sensitive account of a thrilling double act”. This is the story of Charlie Teo, perhaps Australia’s best know doctor. The controversial, maverick neurosurgeon who has appeared on the likes of Enough Rope and 60 Minutes, is not backwards in coming forwards. He approaches his work as he does his life; with gusto and bravery, accepting the successes with the losses. This book outlines one of his great success stories; saving the life of Aaron McMillan. A brilliant concert pianist, at 24 years of age, McMillan was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given six weeks to live. In the hands of Charlie Teo, he underwent radical brain surgery, and went on to not only survive, but thrive in his chosen musical career. In the hands of experienced journalist Susan Wyndham, this story becomes that of three spectacular talents; her prose, which sucks you in like a novel, pays tribute to an equally outstanding, true life tale. ■

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jump in my car Ahh, the little white bambino, a bag of chips and a companion of choice. It was the perfect scenario for a memorable night at the drive-in...just don’t ask Geoff what the film was about. - Geoff Hocking I would like to point out before I get very far with this story that my first car was a FIAT 500. That’s a little Italian car about as big as a sardine tin with a little folding canvas sunroof. I think the sunroof was there because the car was so small sometimes you needed the extra headroom. On occasions I drove along with my head stuck out the top pretending I was in a sports car. It was a very small car, neither flash or impressive, my little white bambino*, but I wish I still had it for many reasons. One was that it used about $2 worth of petrol a week, the others, well... read on. To begin at the beginning: I heard this song on the radio the other day, Take Your Girlie To The Movies (If You Can’t Make Love at Home), and it got me thinking, ‘How times have changed’. When Bill Murray (not the mad one from Groundhog Day, another one) first sang that song in 1919, getting to know a fellow human being of the opposite sex had always followed well-established rules, and Bill was obviously a modern young fellow with modern ideas of his own. Going to the movies has always been a great way for the young and amorous to cuddle up in the dark, away from prying eyes.

– your own wheels and the perfect pretence for spending an hour or two in the dark with your companion of choice. You only needed to look up every now and then to get the idea of the picture, and you could listen to the dialogue from the speaker on your window anyway, just in case her father asked when you got her home ‘What was the picture like?’ [This was no good for foreign films, you had to read them all the way through]. There have been any number of popular songs written around the theme of cars and ‘summer lovin’. Ted Mulry’s ode to the motorist trying his luck rings as true today as it ever did – ‘Jump in my car, I wanna take you home. Jump in my car, it’s too far to walk on your own. No thank you sir. Ah, c’mon, I’m a trustworthy guy… Oh little girl I wouldn’t tell you no lie’. ‘The Hof’ had a number one hit with this in Germany a couple of years ago – it’s a universal truth.

For a start you didn’t have to dress up, you took your own seats, it was dark and private...

Even into the 1960s, on the cusp of the so-called permissive society, young hopefuls still dressed up to meet one another at the movies on a Saturday night, lads in three-piece suits, lasses in frocks and twin-sets, then, everything changed. Was it the Beatles’ Drive My Car, or The Beach Boys I Get Around [We always take my car cause it’s never been beat, And we’ve never missed yet with the girls we meet.] or the Stones who asked Let’s Spend The Night Together that broke down the barriers for young lovers everywhere?

However, the words of old Bill Murray still rang true in the second half of the 20th century – ‘Take your lessons at the movies, And have love scenes of your own; When the picture’s over and it’s time to leave, Don’t forget to brush the powder off your sleeve; Take your girlie to the movies, If you can’t make love at home’. Well, the drive-in was a great spot to ‘take a girlie to the movies’. For a start you didn’t have to dress up, you took your own seats, it was dark and private, and it combined the passions of most young blokes

The car song I like best is 1959’s Seven Little Girls sung by Paul Evans and the Curls, a jaunty tune with the lyrics which go: ‘Seven little girls, Sitting in the backseat, Hugging and a kissing with Fred. I said, why don’t one of you, Come and sit beside me, And this is what the seven girls said. All together now, one, two, three, Keep your mind on your driving, Keep your hands on the wheel, Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead, We’re having fun, sitting in the backseat, Kissing and a hugging with Fred’.

Once upon a time there was a road which ran all the way around Lake Weeroona. On a Saturday night scores of cars parked into the early hours, noses to the water, like ants around a drop of Antrid, all around the shoreline. If the lakeside drive was full, there were plenty of other spots just far enough away from the city lights ‘for a bit of luurvin’ – Ewing Park, Sterry Street up behind the Goldmines Hotel had a view over Bendigo, not that anyone was looking, Kennington Reservoir, White Hills Botanic Gardens, and even the shores of Lake Neangar provided yet another opportunity to look for ‘luminous ducks’. We stopped on the way home the other night and bought a bucket of chips at a drive-through. When we opened the bag in the car the aroma that wafted under my nose flicked a switch in my smell-memory and the Golden Drive-in came back to me. A distinctive smell that reminded me of the drive-in movies; starry, starry nights; the flickering lights of the projection room next to the café that never had enough staff and the long, slow queues for chips and chocolate; my little car; my companion of choice – ‘Heaven’s in the back seat of my Cadillac – Let me take you there, yeah yeah’. Anyone for Hot Chocolate – or a bag of chips? *They’re making ‘bambinos’ again. I’m saving up. Where’s the drive-in gone? ■

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the street smarts These local girls know how to throw an outfit together, so we stopped them in their tracks to get the low down on their winter look. - Jack Higgs

Ashliegh, of White Hills My jeans are from Factorie (Williamson Street), this top is from Cotton On (Pall Mall), my scarf is from Karma Kameleon (Laity Lane), and these gladiator sandals were a gift from my mum.

Jacinta, of Bendigo The top is Metalicus (try Soho Boutique), the vest is from Sportsgirl (Pall Mall), my jeans are Esprit from Myer (Pall Mall), these are Oroton sunglasses from Wills Street Eyecare (Wills Street), and my bag is from Lulu’s (Bath Lane).











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Camille, of Maiden Gully My jeans are from S3 Select (Mitchell Street), I got the shirt from Sportsgirl (Pall Mall), the bag is from Dotti (Marketplace), my beret is from Portmans (Marketplace), and I found this trench coat at the Queen Victoria Market (Melbourne). ■

local designers

kosi kosi of the never never These Bendigo boys create street wear with a focus on prints and graphic design. With a respectful nod to Mr Lagerfeld himself, their latest collection could mean big things, making Kosi Kosi one label to look out for. - Esther McRae Kosi Kosi’s new range We of the Never Never is based on the childhood fairy tales its creators grew up with. The collection has a mysterious twist and features T-shirts, pants and hoods a-plenty.

by other Australian-based international labels such as Trimapee, Claude Maus and Bassike. “These are young, fresh designers who work hard and strive to get to that next level constantly,” Kane says.

Kane Barri, 22, started the label in Bendigo a few years back, and soon had his designs stocked throughout Victoria and South Australia.

When asked about how he thinks we will dress in the future, Kane says, “The next few years will probably just see more re-hashed designs from other eras with a 21st century approach. However I predict that in five to ten years, clothing will branch out using really distinctive mediums. There will be more garments using fundamental substances blended with other mediums such as chains, perspex, hair, paint and metal.”

Photographer: David Field

After a short hiatus throughout Europe and the United States, Kane returned to Australia and joined forces with Kyle McDonald, 21, to run the entire Kosi Kosi process, from design to delivery. “We are both interested in anything design and fashion is something that we both take seriously. We also love to see our designs out there on people who enjoy our approach,” Kane says. The boys’ aim is to see their clothes stocked in boutiques nationally. “We aim to take our label back to the roots of fashion. Back to the times when the owners still produced and ran their label. We try to control as much of the process as possible, keeping our touch at all times.”

The vision has been set, the wheels are in motion and should this all come to fruition, where would the boys like to be in the future? “At Paris Fashion Week sipping on some over-priced alcohol and eating some disgusting, yet expensive form of seafood,” Kane laughs. “Not really. I’d love to be working out of a warehouse in New York with an exciting team of designers producing full ranges for a range of labels that we had created. And eating pizza.”

Kane and Kyle take inspiration from life experience, childhood memories or situations they have overcome. They are also influenced

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face up to the cold We asked beauty expert Katarina for her picks of the best lotions and potions to care for your skin in the colder months. From luxury lines to cheap and cheerful, these lovelies will do the trick. 1. Elemis Absolute Eye Serum $81 from Bamboo Beauty Lounge (Bath Lane)

5. Beauty Essentials Pumice Mouse $5.69 from Priceline Pharmacy (Hargreaves Mall)

2. Essentials Vitamin E Cream $4.55 from BUFS (Barnard St) 3. Thalgo Dèlice de lait Dèmaquillant Cocooning Cleansing Milk $57 from Refresh Day Spa and Remedial Clinic (Wills Street) 4. Gal Collection Vaselina Fragranced lip balm $10.95 from Myer (Pall Mall)

6. Aveda Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Cream $89.95 from Silk Day Spa (McIvor Rd) 7. Pevonia Botanica Rejuvenating Dry Mask $76 from Spa Eleven (Forest St) 8. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment $6.35 from BUFS (Barnard Street) ■






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They’re hard working, valuable members of our community who deserve a little pampering. Here, some of the nurses of Bendigo Health’s medical unit receive the bendigo mag magic treatment. We began with a personal style consultation to determine the direction of their new look. It was then into Karma Kameleon to choose some fabulous new outfits. It was then back to the Adonia Studio for hair and makeup, and ready for the photo shoot. These gorgeous girls had a lot of fun with their new looks. Karen generally is a jeans and T-shirt girl. We decided to do something a little different  using simple layers to create a relaxed look with a funky edge.  The  long  line top and  tan  coloured  boots, combined with black leggings and long sleeved T-shirt, create a current yet

Julia wears Spicy Sugar dress $60, Therapy shoes $85, GabbyWears boho scarf $25, pendant necklace $16, bangle $12 and belt $35 all from Karma Kameleon (Laity Lane).

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comfortable look. Karen’s outfit is complete with the addition of a floral print scarf and great new hair style. Julia’s cooler colouring lends itself well  to this  soft  grey  dress. Complete with a zip and  hood, this makes  for a versatile piece  to have in your wardrobe. Scarves are a great way to add interest and extend out your winter wardrobe. Debra loved her new look, a splash of colour in this KK label print dress, created a fun, energetic look. Combined with must-have leggings, it’s the perfect combination to brighten up the colder days. ■

Karen wears Sunny Girl vest $45, Filo leggings $20, Therapy boots $85, GabbyWears scarf $20, bangle $9, clutch $32 and belt $20 all from Karma Kameleon (Laity Lane).


Debra (middle) wears Karma Kameleon dress $45, Filo leggings $20, Therapy ballet shoes $45, GabbyWears belt $35 and necklace $16 all from Karma Kameleon (Laity Lane).

Models: Julia, Karen and Debra Photographer: Anthony Webster Makeup: Lois Mcbain @ Adonia Cosmetics Hair: Thelma Beeton Mobile Hairdressing



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Model: Lisa Photographer: Anthony Webster Hair: Vibe Hair Lounge Makeup: Beauty FX by Summer

a warm new vibe Using the toasty tones of nature, Vibe Hair Lounge’s talented ladies create a healthy glow for winter. Vibe Hair Lounge treated Lisa to its range of De Lorenzo products. All Australian made and owned, De Lorenzo products are naturally based and use no animal testing. Base hair colour: ICH5 (ice cool chocolate) in a semi permanent, is a new colour just released by De Lorenzo. Semi permanent was chosen to maintain the health and shine in the hair. Oil balance and protein complex treatments were used prior to the colour service, which replaces natural oils and protein that can be removed from the hair during a colour service. Foils: Spliced foils were placed underneath the part to create a more subtle look. Alternating warm blonde with copper gold creates a warmer overtone for the winter months. Cut: Hairdreser Becky Tori cut the hair into a slight concave at the back, maintaining the length around the face. She layered it quite heavily and slide cut throughout to create more texture and remove weight. A choppy asymmetric fringe was sculpted to frame the face. Style: Static Free Smooth Operator was used before blow drying to smooth down any fly-aways. Lisa’s hair was blow dried straight before Becky used the GHD styler, curling large sections to add volume and texture. De Lorenzo Granite Lacquer and Shine Mist was applied to hold the style in place and add shine.

Beauty therapist Summer, of Beauty FX by Summer, rents a room in the Vibe building, so was on hand to do Lisa’s makeup. Summer went for a warm look to compliment Lisa’s chocolate hair colour. She played up the eyes in smokey colours and nuded down the lips. Foundation: Lancome – Teint idole ultra in lys rose was used and set with shine control loose powder in Sable. Cheeks and neck: A bronzer put some colour into Lisa’s complextion. Eyes: On the base of Lisa’s eyelid is Atlier brown pencil in dark brown, with a dark brown eyeshadow over the top, then blended to outer corner and up to the brow bone. A copper eyeshadow was used in conjunction with a light gold, almost white, in the inner corner of the eyelid up to the brow line. Under the eyes at the base of the lashes, Summer applied the dark brown eyeshadow and blended for a smouldering look. She then applied Lancome Virtuose mascara. Lips: Lips were lined in Atlier lip pencil in very light brown then filled in with Atlier lipstick in nude. For more information Vibe Hair lounge is located at 173 Forest Street Bendigo and can be contacted on (03) 5441 8188 ■ 105


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a model art show Some of Bendigo’s best local artists contributed to a St John of God exhibition in April. Talented locals Brian Thompson Terry Jarvis, Patrick Verdon, Bruce Ramage and Geoff Paynter hung a collection of their painted works to support two of the hospital’s causes; the St John of God Hospital Auxiliary Fair and Horizon House. The exhibition opening drew a great crowd, with the added lure of wine tasting, finger food and men’s fashions modelled by the hospital doctors and senior staff. A dapper night if ever there was one! ■

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if the jeans fit Occasionally worn past fraying point, these denim wonders are a favourite and always the perfect basic for any girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outfit. - Jack Higgs Jeans, the ever-versatile staple, are like a second skin for some. For winter, the icy season of blue and grey hues, darker shades of denim like deep indigo and charcoal tend to suit. The popular skinny jean is usually a safe bet for success if the pair bought has the rise to fit your body type and is balanced out with volume in the top half of your outfit to create interest and give proportion. For those wanting to add a little more intrigue, try something with a higher waist, an acid wash, or even flares and bootcuts. These styles, being wider around the ankle, give the impression of slimmer calves and thighs. For those wanting to make their legs look longer, jeans faded lighter at the thighs or calves can give this illusion. The most important thing is to find a pair you love; that fit well and do the right thing by your physique. â&#x2013; Model: Madison Photographer: Anthony Webster Makeup: Lois McBain @ Adonia Cosmetics

7 for all Makind bootcut jeans $279 from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street)

DC skinny jeans in black acid wash $109.95 from Skin Ski and Surf (Hargreaves Street) Bettina Liano jeans in black shadow $269 from Soho Boutique (Bath Lane)

Guess sassy flare jeans in dark vintage $149.95 from Taig 22 (Hargreaves Mall)


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Staff, friends and family recently got together to celebrate an exiting new change at Hairhouse Bendigo. Jay Chapman has recently taken over the business and thought it would be an excellent opportunity to have some canapes and wine to mix and mingle with the hairhouse staff and friends. Hairhouse is open from Tuesday to Saturday and welcome you to visit them to get a fresh new look for the winter months. Hairhouse is located at 126 Queen Street Bendigo and can be called on (03) 5441 7999. â&#x2013;

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fashion alley In the moonlight lane, where dragons play, model citizens strike a pose.

Erin wears Billabong Polaroid jeans $119.95, Roxy Lackey shirt $69.95, Roxy Stevie knit sweater $89.95, Rip Curl Oceania beret $25.95, Icon necklace $15.95 and Billabong Hunter boot $149.95 from Skin, Ski and Surf (Hargreaves Street) Clint wears Density jeans $129.95, Element Backyard sweater $79.95 and Custom Chisel shoes $99.95 from Skin, Ski and Surf (Hargreaves Street)


Erin wears Esprit Leggings $29.95, Esprit long sleeved top $29.95, Esprit short sleeved cardigan $109 from Taig 22 (Hargreaves Mall) and Zoom Zara chestnut boots $220 from Kick Shoes (Bull Street)

Erin wears Tummy Tuck jeans $249, Metalicus high neck long sleeved sloppy joe $129, necklace $189.95, Verge Milano coat $325.95 from Shop 12 (Killianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk) and RMK Cooper boots $199.95 from McArthurs Shoes (Hargreaves Mall) 113

Erin wears Rose Garden coat $209.95 and Bella Regazza Tropez boots $362 from Lulus (Bath Lane)


Erin wears Country Road pants $24, shirt $39, leather jacket $83 and RMK shoes $40 from Vonica Vintage (View Street)

Erin wears Muccia pants $169, Ping Pong coat $139, Jump scarf $59.95, Jendi hat $29.95 from Ultima (Williamson Street) and RMK Geri boots $259.95 from McArthurs Shoes (Hargreaves Mall) Clint wears Ben Sherman jeans $155, Ben Sherman T-shirt $55, Industrie jacket $149.95, Zac scarf $29.95 from Ultima (Williamson Street) and Slaters Coburg boot $119.95 from McArthurs Shoes (Hargreaves Mall)


Erin wears Superdry Authentic Vintage skinny jeans $189.95, Living Doll tank $11.95, Living Doll Wolf bomber $109.95 from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street) and RMK Geri boot $259.95 from McArthurs Shoes (Hargreaves Mall) Clint wears Superdry London Denim Slim $169.95, XXX Industries T-shirt $59.95, Paul Frank Regent cardigan $119.95, Paul Frank scarf $44.95 from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street) and Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Baja trainers $180 from Kick Shoes (Bull Street)


Erin wears Merino Travel Pant $200, Cooper by Trelise Crews Control top $187, Meredith cardigan $169 from McCalmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Queen Street) and Zensu Havana boots $249.95 from McArthurs Shoes (Hargreaves Mall) Clint wears Blazer rib jeans $99.95, Blazer button neck knit jumper $99.95, Boston Flynn jacket $159.95, Allegre scarf $34.95 and Stacey Adams shoes $149.95, all from Peter Anthony Menswear (Hargreaves Mall)

Erin wears Kill City leggings $99, Fluxus long sleeved top $110, Metalicus tank $63, Sass leather jacket $320, Morgan Marks scarf $45, Escapulario necklace $95 and Misano shoes $75 from Soho Boutique (Bath Lane) 117

Erin wears Riders by Lee jeans $119.90, Just Jeans long sleeved top $39.95, Just Jeans cardigan $89.95, Just Jeans cap $16.95 and Just Jeans boots $49.95 from Just Jeans (Bendigo Marketplace) Clint wears Just Jeans Strummer jeans $79.95, Just Jeans long sleeved T-shirt $24.95, Just Jeans jumper $49.95 from Just Jeans (Bendigo Marketplace and Stray sneakers $54.99 from Roger David (Bendigo Marketplace) 118

Erin wears Sunny Girl pants $60, Lily Whyte blouse $45, Gabbywears scarf $18, Gabbywears earrings $12, Gabbywears chunky bangle $12, Gabbywears bangle set $10 and Therapy heels $75, all from Karma Kameleon (Laity Lane)

Erin wears Grab jeans $139.95, Little Potty Red Shoes top $119.95, Grab jacket $179.95 from Raw Boutique (Killians Walk) and Therapy Trident heels $50 from Kick Shoes (Bull Street) Clint wears Kornerd jeans $189.95, Zanerobe hoodie $139.95 from Raw Boutique (Killians Walk) and Windsor Smith canvas shoes $60 from Kick Shoes (Bull Street) Models: Clint and Erin Location: Dragon City Lanes 159 Hargreaves Street Bendigo (03) 5443 9145 Makeup: Lois McBain @ Adonia Cosmetics Photography: David Field 119
















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Cam wears vintage Country Road suit $97 vintage shirt $35, vintage tie $4 and vintage cufflinks $29 all from Vonica Vintage (View Street)

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Cam wears Studio Italia Money Market suit $499.95, Brooksfield shirt $69.95 and Hardy Amies silk tie $49.95 all from Peter Anthony Menswear (Hargreaves Mall)


Cam wears Tarocash Redland suit $299.95 Tarocash Harvard Check shirt $89.95 and Tarocash tie $29.95 all from Tarocash (Bendigo Marketplace)


Cam wears Industrie suit $299.95, Geoffrey Beene shirt $119.00 and Geoffrey Beene tie $79.95 all from Ultima (Williamson Street) Model: Cam Photographer: Terri Douglas Stylist: Esther McRae



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how to shift the high class thrift ... for a 7000 per cent profit! As our fashion editor found out, never assume what is or isn’t hiding in an op shop ... it’s valuable advice too, during these turbulent shopping times. - Esther McRae My name is Esther and I am an op-shopaholic. I am a well taught, apprentice of the master, my mother, who is the ultimate op-shopper. As a result I am an addict, frequently spending my lunch breaks meandering among the aisles of Bendigo’s op shops. If I see something exciting, I get a little adrenaline rush, my heart skips a beat and I panic, making sure I hold on tight to my find until I get to the counter. One such op shop memory takes me to Tasmania, in one of the older, stinkier, fuller shops visited over my well-covered op shop career thus far. I was with the master. We had ducked in on a whim and weren’t looking that hard, when I came across a coat. Now, I always check things that could have potential in case I strike it lucky. This is why antique hunters turn over crockery and an avid record collector spends hours sifting though old boxes. Me? I look at labels. My initial thought was that this beige trench could be something special; it had a distinct checkered lining...but was it real? My eyes were then led to a lovely big navy blue embroidered label with ‘Burberrys of London’ written on it. I must have a face I pull when such things happen to me. While my heart was racing, I calmly picked up the trench coat and walked over to my op-shopping companion. I showed her quietly before taking it to the counter to delve out a whopping five dollars for the piece. Safely out of the shop (because you can never get excited in the shop, or the op shop ladies pick up your ecstatic vibe and realise they are selling a gem), we made a small scene about the find and walked on with spring in step; carrying that baby all the way home. The next exciting part, secondary to actually finding the piece, is finding out how much it is worth. On this occasion, InStyle magazine informed me I had bagged somewhere near $2000. I kept the trench in my wardrobe for a while, even though it was too big for me and later sold it on ebay for a 7000 per cent profit – not bad at the age of 17. It is experiences such as these that keep me motivated to find a bargain, they happen to me in differing degrees, almost every week. Since this date, my favourite purchases have come and gone. Loved, then let go (usually via ebay in order to fund my continual shopping habit). The things I keep and love are things that aren’t necessarily as financially valuable, but fashionably valuable, if there is such a term. These are items that are ‘in’ but are made all the better by their individuality and uniqueness. I am inspired by the latest glossies (another of my addictions) and head out hungry for a fashion fix.

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Top tips for op shop finds Don’t necessarily look for specific items or you may get disappointed, have an open mind when shopping. Try to imagine an item with something you may already have. Don’t necessarily pass something up if it doesn’t quite fit, it is worth altering a vintage find. Spend time going through racks. Whilst 50 black tops in a row may not look appealing, there may be designer labels lurking within. Don’t be put off quality shoes if their heels are worn. It costs less than $20 to re-heel shoes that will end up as good as new. Frequent shoppers always get the bargains! If there is a bin or box full of clothes...rummage! It pays off. Always check the dress-up section or men’s section, sometimes the bargains are hiding. ■

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tailored to you Different styles match different personas; jeans don’t always have to be the generic basic. - Jack Higgs Though guys don’t have such an overtly creative license as women when it comes to dressing, they can still find ways to inject their own personalities into their jeans. Relaxed fits give a more laid-back impression of the wearer and are comfortable; the right pair can feel like tracksuit pants. Slimmer styles can give a slightly more formal, structured look but can easily be played up or down paired with the right items. When it comes to denim, subtle things can make a difference, such as interesting pockets and belt loops. Texture also achieves this. Go for something a little atypical; a pair with a smooth appearance due to spray coating instead of dying or some with a vintage, worn-in feel with a coarser weave. Dry denim (denim not washed after being dyed) is also great for this as it fades according to the wearer’s body and their daily life, creating a personal feel. Whether it be an interesting colour, unusual texture or creative nuance, individualism, when it comes to jeans, certainly isn’t dead. ■

Ben Sherman ‘soutfield’ low-rise slouch jeans in worn indigo $139.95 from Ultima (Williamson Street)

DC slim jeans in stretch rinse $119.95 from Skin Ski and Surf (Hargreaves Street)

Socio weathered colour jeans $99.95 (on sale) from Raw Boutique (Killians Walk)

Superdry New Dean straight-leg jeans in medium blue $169.95 from Urban Corridor (Mitchell Street)

Model: Bradley Photographer: Anthony Webster


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longing for lunch

- Ash McAuliffe

The long lunch. Is it a lost art, a waste of time or as Aussie as a Vegemite sandwich? Sir Lunch-a-lot has the answers. It was a glorious Friday afternoon and I was sitting on the balcony at my favorite long-lunch venue. Having just thoroughly enjoyed a wellcooked steak and a number of glasses of red, I was tossing up if I should head back to work, or stay around for the after-work-drinks crowd to appear. With a dash of irony, I got a message from Lauren (the editor) requesting a piece on The Long Lunch… That made my decision to stay for dinner easier… it was all in the name of research. When I told a colleague about my topic, he said, “I reckon you’d have a degree in it!”. I’ve also been referred to as ‘Sir Lunch-a-lot’.

lunch, then nothing says ‘You are important to me and I’ve got the time to look after you as a client’ more than a good long lunch – at your boss’s expense.

1. Eating a sandwich at my desk? Enough said.

However there is a segment of the community that I receive regular eye-rolling from when my lunching habits are exposed… I’m referring to women. It’s not as though women don’t know how to long-lunch, they just do it differently and think us men are oblivious. Well ladies, I’m here to expose you (metaphorically of course). Men, as you would expect, are open and blatant in their behaviour. “Cancel my three and four o’clock please, I’m going to lunch!” Women think they can break it up into little bite-sized pieces and no one will notice…

2. Popping to the take-away for chips and gravy? No, because Danielle (my assistant) will tell my wife I’ve been eating chips and gravy.

Ask your wife/girlfriend/partner how their day off was and the response you get is something like...

3. A meal-replacement shake? Well yes, but only because I eat chips and gravy too often.

“Oh, it was absolutely hectic, I didn’t get a moment to myself, I met so-and-so for a coffee after gym this morning and she told me all about her sister’s thingy-me-bob, by then it was time to meet what’sher-face for brunch to discuss the-other-thingy, then I had to rush to the salon where I got stuck next to that-girl-I-don’t-like, and by the time she’d finished telling me all about the guy she was seeing, I had to quickly get to the shops to pick out some new shoes, and wouldn’t you believe it, I ran into some-chick-I-used-to-go-to-school-with and we just had to sit down and have a coffee.”

Is the long lunch a bad thing? Let’s consider the alternatives:

4. A salad perhaps? Yeah, but only if it has a medium-rare scotch fillet sitting next to it. Life is too short not to enjoy a proper cooked meal for lunch. The French wouldn’t deny themselves the pleasure, so why should we? When I say to my PA, “I’m going to lunch” the usual response is “Are you coming back?”. The term ‘long lunch’ conjures up images of be-suited men sitting in expensive restaurants, but stroll into most Bendigo pubs on a Friday afternoon and you’ll see numerous tradies congratulating themselves on another hard week’s work. Whatever colour collar you wear, the networking power of a long lunch cannot be underestimated. If you’re lunching with work mates there is a team bond that forms and if you’re taking a client out to

Whether you do it man-style (all in one big lump) or women-style (in little bits), the long lunch is a good thing in my book. It promotes friendship and work-life-balance. The long lunch has long been part of Australia’s culture, even before Bob Hawke said, “any boss who sacks a worker for having a long lunch is a bum”. And before Gough Whitlam said, “Well may we say, God save the long lunch”. ■

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Bendigo maternity staff and families who participated in the Mamta program met recently to celebrate the first year of this innovative service. Mamta is an Indian word meaning a mother’s love for her child. The Mamta program at Bendigo Health offers women and their families the choice of a known midwife. They develop a relationship with this midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. Bendigo Health senior manager of maternity services Jodie Ashworth said many women feel more prepared with the Mamta program. “Women feel better supported in labour and parenting when they have had the opportunity to develop a relationship with their midwife. This is also supported by evidence of less intervention rates and greater client satisfaction.” Over 190 women accessed the program in 2008 and a number are in the program for the second time. To find out more contact Mamta on (03) 5454 8606. ■

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glow with the season

- Amy Sim

We say winter wins hands down in the maternity fashion stakes. And the proof is in these stunning outfits, chosen for style and warmth. So, is it easier to be pregnant through winter or summer? Some will argue the flowing maxi dress is the pregnant woman’s best friend during the hot months. But from experience, I loved winter; full of layers, scarves, tights and great shoes to fit those fat feet into. While your basics might be in black and greys, you can add gorgeous bold colours and patterns to brighten up even the bleakest of winter days. Invest in some great boots and a warm coat. They will last you for

Meg Merrilles hand knitted Australian wool scarf $149 from Robe (Chancery Lane)

years to come and you’ll feel both beautiful and warm. That pregnant glow will help too! Congratulations to Kendyl who gave birth to Milla Grace just before we went to print. A big thankyou to the fantastic team at Flaunt It On McIvor for Kendyl's gorgeous hair. They can be contacted on (03) 5443 1918 ■

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Red tartan scarf $25 from Karma Kameleon (Laity Lane) Ripe Prague dress in charcoal $129.95 from Mum & Bump (Bath Lane)

Maternity Plus cotton poly long sleeved top $45 from Mum & Bump (Bath Lane) Urban Originals Dreamtime bag $129.95 from Kick Shoes (Bull Street)

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making headlines in style Local journalist Nicole Ferrie is used to putting others in the spotlight. So we gathered Nic and her girls together for some payback...with fun to boot. Winter calls for coats and boots, and the warmer the better! While a classic cut in coats will serve you for seasons, make sure you have fun with colour and fabric. These gorgeous girls each showcase a staple coat and a great pair of boots. Nicole looks great in leather, a huge trend this season. A leather jacket wears with you and will become like a good friend. A good pair of black heeled boots (which are everywhere for winter) will last a few seasons and are worth investing in. Emily wears a classic trench, which will look great over her party dresses as well as casual outfits. Because it is long it is also warm and the fabric is durable. These leather boots are gorgeous and will go

Nicole wears Metalicus dress $155, Metalicus tights $24, Enhance rose necklace $45 from Soho (Bath Lane) with Bella Regazza leather jacket $362 and Cadelle boots $618 from Lulus (Bath Lane)

with pretty much anything. Neutral colours should be teamed with brights for some visual warmth. Charlotte channels the vintage look and looks great in a burst of colour. She can get away with some funky gumboots and luckily for kids, they are almost indestructible. Having a great coat and boots make for an easy outfit for special occasions as well as being warm for everyday use. Girls young and old should invest in some thick quality tights and show off their boots and coats this winter. â&#x2013;

Emily wears Mill & Mia dress $99 from Milt and Joe (Hargreaves Street), Minihaha trench coat $94.95 and Red Bootie boots $99 from Twinkletoes (Queen Street)

Charlotte wears Mill & Mia pants $74.95, Chalk and Cheese coat $159.95 from Milt and Joe (Hargreaves Street) and polka dot gum boots $19.95 from Twinkletoes (Queen Street)

Model: Nicole, Emily and Charlotte Photographer: Anthony Webster Makeup: Lois McBain @ Adonia Cosmetics Hair: Flaunt It On McIvor


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hair to help Bendigo businesses came out in force to aid those who lost their homes in the February fires, including local hairdressers Flaunt It! The lovely ladies at Flaunt It! hairdressers helped raise money for the Black Saturday fund with the help of Jess from Star FM, giving her a make-over of long blond hair extensions. Flaunt It use Matrix and GHD hair products and teamed with the excellent staff can give you a new and glamorous look this winter, just like Jess! For more information visit the girls at Flaunt It!, 77 McIvor Road Bendigo, or give them a call on (03) 5443 1918. â&#x2013;

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cutest kids - Amy Sim

name that baby The name you give your bundle of joy will have to see them through all stages of life. While Daisy-Boo might be oh-so-sweet at two, at 22, she’ll be wishing she was called Plain Jane.

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The names you give your child will be used every day for the rest of their life. Affectionately, first and second name together when they are in trouble, softly when they are sleeping, loudly out the back door when it’s time for tea. But what about seeing them through their older years? We spent, like many other soon-to-be parents, hours pouring over baby name books, reading newspaper birth notices and searching the net. We were looking for the perfect name for our perfect bundle of joy. We wanted something different, but nothing to laugh at, something individual, but nothing to spell each time she was asked her name and something that really just fit our child. And I don’t think we are alone in our search. Baby name books and websites make hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, which I find ironic considering in 2008 Jack and Emily were the names chosen by most parents once again.

Charlie Mortimer - 1

Cooper Perry - 2 1/2

So we started off with a list of the names we hated. This was long. I should have been prepared for some upsets! I have always wanted a Molly and my husband Jason only knew Molly as a dog’s name, so it wasn’t the smoothest of starts. Each weekend I would read out loud the newspaper birth notices, with strict rules in place for Jason’s response. Either a yes or no. No maybes or not sures. We knew no matter what we called a boy, his friends would shorten it and with most girl’s names they would want to change it at some stage during their teen years. So with that in mind we continued on… I do confess I love to read up on all the latest Hollywood baby news, who is having what, when and with who, not to mention what that ever important name will be. I was not going to even dream of pulling a Peaches or a Zuma out of the hat, just to be different, and while Apple had grown on me I just could not bring myself to do it to my child. Some celebrity baby names remind me of the baby naming game of putting all of your scrabble pieces in the clothes dryer and picking out five letters to then make a name, like Princess Tiaamii... that has got to be from a bad hand in scrabble.

Joshua Perry - 4

My google search on baby names gave me a whole 25 millions sites to choose from so I started at the top. After hours of reading I did find a few sites that gave me some inspiration and if nothing else, some fun. has a great graph showing every name and its popularity for the past hundred years and www.nymbler. com lets you type in your existing child’s name and then proceeds to suggest possible sibling names that would match. We now have two gorgeous little girls, Emerson Grace and Dylan Elizabeth. These are not the most common of names and we’ve received a mixed bag of responses (most of which were not asked for!), but we are so proud of our girls’ names and the way they fit them perfectly. I love the idea of a Charlotte or a Ruby, but our girls just don’t fit those names. I wonder if they will love the names we have given them as much as we do or if they will wish for something different? “Oh, what a beautiful baby, a boy or girl?” people ask me. “A little girl,” I say, and the obvious next question...“What’s her name?” And this is where it normally goes a little pear shaped! “Her name is Dylan,” I reply. “Oh, so it’s a boy?” “No, Dylan a girl, Dylan Elizabeth.” “Oh, well I like Elizabeth,” is normally the last comment I hear before the conversation finishes with some passing tut-tuts and a “how unusual”. While there are no more babies in the wings right now if we ever do decide to have another, I will be sure to ask the lady in the line at the post office and the couple at the coffee shop for their approval before we name our baby! ■

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James wears Munster skinny leg jeans $79.95, Munster check shirt $69.95, Munster reversible jumper $89.95 and Eleven leather boots $110 from Milt and Joe (Hargreaves Street)

hello possums Four gorgeous local kids cosy up in cool winter styles in the sumptuous showroom at Jimmy Possum. - Styled by Esther McRae


Jack wears Run Scotty Run check cargo pants $44.95, Run Scotty Run shirt $39.95, Run Scotty Run scarf $24.95 and Bibi lace-up boots $69.95 from Twinkletoes Kids Wear (Queen Street)


Keela wears Tea Princess vintagestyle denim jeans $69.95, Tea Princess white ballet dress $52.95, Tea Princess vintage lace vest $54.95 and Tea Princess beanie $29.95 from La Toriana (


Isabella wears Oobi Baby dress $49.95, Left Bank Babies long sleeve empire top $37.95, Oobi Baby white spot leggings $13.95 and Walnut black Mary Jane shoes $29.95 from Whoops a Daisy (Barker Street, Castlemaine) Location: Jimmy Possum 89 High St Bendigo (03) 5442 0022 Photographer: David Field


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support from the sidelines Winter is a great season for children’s sport. Just make sure their experiences are great – the old saying is true... winning or losing, it’s how you play the game that counts. And how you support your kids in their chosen sport.

- Kylie Freer Primary School Teacher

Frosty mornings, stinging rain, footy boots, hockey sticks, soccer shin pads and netball skirts...whichever winter sport you dedicate Saturdays to, as you stand on the sidelines cheering, clasping steaming lattes, consider that a large part of what your child gets out of their sport is up to you.

team and children do well and be treated fairly…it’s hard not to be emotional,” says Todd. “If children are encouraged to do their best regardless of position and outcome and all that is asked, they are more likely to be involved in activity for life. The child with the ‘ugly’ parent is more likely to quit sport as soon as the parent ‘lets’ them.”

Here, three Bendigo, all heavily involved in sports, offer their ideas on children playing competitive sport. One states; “Competitive sport is fine at any age, as long as the adults have an attitude that focuses on the enjoyment aspect; not winning.”

Sport’s greatest lessons are learning to play by the rules and becoming good winners and good losers. Losing is not failing, nor should it be the ‘fault’ of someone. Children need to feel you value their performance; not their winning. Winning is fun, but it is a by-product of all that is important in sport for children.

Todd, of Strathfieldsaye, says; “Even children up to 12 value the uniform, being involved and being part of a team more than winning.” Scott, of Golden Square, believes that from ten years onwards, playing competitive sport “helps kids understand about winning and especially losing, which will happen for the rest of their lives.”

Parents who value sport and want to offer it to their children should do so without fearing the competition. Most sports for youngsters have altered rules of the game including AFL, netball, ARL, soccer, basketball and hockey. Jump on their websites or contact your local clubs or schools for more information.

Children’s competition means enjoying sport and having fun together, be that in a team or the personal challenge of individual competition. It still involves winning and losing, but the focus is on participating. Sharyn, of Junortoun, says her son plays soccer “not for the competitive side of things, but to be part of a team.”

Otherwise, try different sports in age-appropriate, non-competitive classes like dance, gymnastics, martial arts and swimming. Indulge their interest in physical activity; kick the ball together and show them how to perform basic skills, such as throwing, skipping and jumping. Make family outings physically active. Ride bikes. Fly kites. Throw a frisbee. Rediscover ice-skating at the Bendigo Ice Skating Stadium!

Children’s participation in sport is strongly influenced by how parents, as competitors and supporters, behave and offer support, praise and advice. Many sports have policies in place for coaches, players and supporters alike focusing on resilience, perseverance, good sportsmanship, enjoyment and self-control. “We all want to see our

Children are naturally active and variety is the key. The benefits of exercise go beyond physical fitness, healthy weight and body image to promoting better sleep, enhanced concentration, increased self-esteem and social skills. Put simply, lead by example and provide opportunities that encourage your child to be as active as they can. ■




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wow for women Women’s Health Loddon Mallee’s events are always a great pow wow, made even more special this time around with Circus Wow. A special lunch was held at the Women’s Health Loddon Mallee clinic to celebrate International Woman’s Day in March. The day featured a performance by Circus Wow, which is a group of older women showing off their hidden talents in the performing arts. WHLM invite women to join them for Lunch in the Library each Wednesday, for a gold coin donation. It’s a great way to meet others in the community and hear guest speakers on a range of topics from climate change to careers. To register for Lunch in the Library phone (03) 5443 0233 or email For information on Circus Wow contact Pat Kendall on (03) 5446 2951. ■

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who wants a cuppa? If you cup something in your hands you hold it supportively and intentionally – you take care of it and protect it. The traditional Chinese medical treatment of cupping seems to adhere to these same principles. - Jennifer Mellberg Damien Bell is a man who obviously loves life and personally embraces the philosophies upon which his Chinese medical practice is based. What makes talking with him so interesting are several factors. Firstly, it is sometimes assumed that anyone who practices an alternative therapy would be critical of Western medicine and lifestyles. While Damien has personally made other choices, instead of criticising our exhausting lifestyles, he suggests the world is also filled with indescribable beauty – of which our lives are just one example. Secondly, although there are some similarities, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine understand the human being, and disease, differently to Western doctors. Damien explains, “A disease is like a virtue. It is letting you know that something is unbalanced... my role is to be sure I don’t just take away the discomfort without understanding the whole ‘story’ this person is telling”. Damien is clear that treating physical symptoms creates an effect upon the whole person. For those of us who have grown up with the idea of ‘body’ and ‘soul’ as separate aspects, the idea of treating the ‘whole’ person with a physical technique might seem strange. Yet, Damien explains that while a client may complain of, say, back pain or a digestive complaint – and be delighted with the relief they receive from their treatment – he is never surprised to hear that life in general seems less stressful or that some other concern has eased. And so, as Damien explains client treatment options, we talk about diet and the importance of cultivating a quiet mind. Terms such as ‘meridians’, the ‘five elements’ (wood, fire, earth, metal, water), ‘acupuncture’, ‘yin and yang’ and ‘cupping’, entered our conversation. Cupping is just one of a number of treatments Damien practices. It is an ancient therapy and the story of cupping is a fascinating exploration in itself. Just to whet your appetite: Ge Hong, a famous Taoist alchemist who lived between 281 and 341 A.D., first described a treatment that used cups made from animal horns. Although Damien has observed this – as well as practitioners using bamboo cups – glass cups are the norm here.

Photographer: Anthony Webster

These glass spheres are warmed and then applied to the body so that, as they cool, they adhere firmly and draw the skin and superficial muscle layer up slightly into the cup. The method allows the practitioner to both diagnose problems and treat symptoms. Discolouration of the skin – which can resemble a bruise – guides practitioners in identifying problems and choosing other treatments. Commonly, the cups are placed over the back or abdomen and left in place for between five and 15 minutes. Critical factors are accurate positioning, the degree of suction created and the length of time the cups are left in place. Among many other benefits, cupping is claimed to diminish blood toxins, ease tension, reduce the severity and length of colds and flus, ease muscular pain and is also prescribed for gynecological, skin and digestive conditions (especially in children). Professor Edzard Ernst, from the department of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, says cupping is relatively safe and, while acknowledging the lack of clinical trials and Western scientific evidence for its effectiveness, notes “There have … been satisfied customers for 3,000 years”. (BBC news online 2004) ■

TOP: The glass cups are warmed and then applied to the body. ABOVE: Damien Bell is a passionate Chinese medicine practitioner.


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solid as a rock Interested in where your furniture comes from? Buy from Rock Solid Furniture and it’s locally made, from top to tail.

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Handmade with love from Australian timbers, the Rock Solid Furniture range is something to behold. Husband and wife team Ben and Natalie finally opened their dream showroom recently, featuring much loved furniture pieces and examples of the type of pieces that can be custom made. To celebrate the opening, Jeff’s Mobile Barbecues was on hand to cook up a storm and Benny Jones from 3BO FM took time to invite Bendigonians to share in the festivities of this new family business showroom. For more information visit Rock Solid Furniture at 2a Thistle Street, call (03) 5442 2188 or go to ■

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TOP: Rebecca Hayes and Brian Westley were married on December 31, 2008 at the Sacred Heart cathedral, followed by a reception at Silks. Photography: Richard Gibbs LEFT: Ellen Cahill and Simon Francis were married on October 11 at St Killianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church. Their photographs were taken at the Victoria Diggings in West Bendigo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an area now devestated by the February fires. Photography: Embrace Images by Emma ABOVE: Benjamin Nikitenko and Kassandra Bell were married on November 1 2008 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral with a reception at the Bendigo Art Gallery. Photography: Embrace Images by Emma


LEFT: Dylan Parry and Rhianna Watson were married at Bellinzona at Hepburn Springs in February. Photography: Tim Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ath ABOVE: Alison and Brett Long were married on November 8 2008, with the ceremony and reception at Big Hill Vineyard. Photography: Illy Wedding Photography BELOW: Rachel Beer and Andrew Mason were married on February 21 with the reception and cocktail party at the Bendigo Town Hall. Photography: Terri Douglas


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nicole and daniel As owner of bridal boutique For Weddings and a Formal, Nicole Wilson was well equipped to choose The Dress. But what to do when you can’t pick one? You pick two... Where did you and your husband Daniel Steiner meet and how long have you been together? We meet in high school in about Year 9 and we have been a couple for six years now. Where did you choose to get married and why? We both grew up in Castlemaine, so we choose the Castlemaine Anglican church. Daniel’s parents go to church there and they also renewed their wedding vows there a couple of years ago. My parents were married there as well. Describe your dress. Well, I had two... Dress one: My first gown was a Wendy Makin gown which Wendy designed and made especially for me. This was my white princess dress with full tulle skirt and beaded lace bodice. The back of the dress had a bustled feature with pieces of beaded lace in the train. The gown was finished off with a white ribbon around the waist which I attached my great grandmother’s blue brooch to. Dress two: My second gown was a straighter style with white lace over blush pink satin and tulle. This dress had a modern feel to it, with its beaded white lace that had a swirling pattern to it. This dress was especially designed for me as well. It was designed and made by Caleche. How hard was it to choose your dress considering you own a bridal boutique? It wasn’t that hard to pick a dress as I knew what I wanted. And it helped by having two dresses. My hardest decision was which designer I was going to get to make my dresses. How many gowns did you try on to find ‘the one’?

ABOVE: Nicole Wilson in bright white. FAR RIGHT: Nicole and Daniel Steiner strike a pose at the fountain. BELOW RIGHT: The contemporary wedding party choose an ancient setting. Photography: Images by Gail What were some of the special, personal touches of the day? My mum’s side of the family is very close, so it was great having the whole family help with the wedding. Our reception was at the Whirrakee and was amazing! The Whirrakee is owned by my cousin Brent Slade. And Brent’s brother, Troy, is a graphic designer, so he designed and printed our invitations, place cards and order of service booklets. Something that surprised a few people was Daniel’s best man, or lady, to be correct. Bedou has been Daniel’s best friend for years.

I didn’t really try any on for my first dress. But my second dress, I took a trip over to Adelaide with the idea of changing one of their designs. But after trying on about five dresses, I totally changed my mind.

Did all go to plan?

What about the rings?

What is your stand-out memory of the day?

My engagement ring was Daniel’s grandmother’s.

Daniel’s speech, which made everyone at the reception cry. ■


Yes, every thing went to plan, it even rained when we were wanting people to leave the church.


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bush bands together A wonderful example of Australians helping each other in times of crisis, the Medibank Bushfire Concert raised much needed funds for the Salvo’s Bushfire Appeal. With all profits and donations going to bushfire relief, the concert, held at the Bendigo Schweppes Centre in February, was an overwhelming show of support for the Salvo’s appeal. Featuring Australian greats Jimmy Barnes, Lee Kernaghan and The Noll Brothers, the show was also a way to express the community’s appreciation for its CFA and SES volunteers who received VIP tickets in recognition of their integral contributions to the region. Well done to Mandy Maybanks, event manager. ■


your personal trainer - Brikitta Kool-Daniels Campus Captain at Australian Institute of Fitness

footy guru owes it all to fitness He is our oldest football umpire, yet runs rings around most men half his age. How does he do it? Tom Lane tells all. Thomas Lane is a familiar face around Bendigo. A legend even, if you ask some. He has been umpiring Bendigo football for 46 years and is also a long-time member of Lifestyle Fitness, since signing himself up in 1984. Training every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this gym junkie parks his car in Mitchell Street and goes for a run and if, when he arrives bright and early at 6am, the gym doors are still shut, makes constructive use of the time by doing some stretching. Thomas Lane, or Tom to his friends, is 71 years young. Umpiring in Bendigo since 1963, Tom believes this career could have been cut short in 1981 after he had a prolapsed disk in his spine removed; after visiting a doctor and local health professionals he was told he could either give up umpiring now, or get into the gym to continue his beloved time on the footy field. Tom has been completing a circuit and weights program at Lifestyle for many years now, and this keeps his heart rate up. “It’s as much about the breathing as it is about the weights. The way you breath can give you a more effective workout.” Tom finishes his morning gym session with a ride on the bikes. Oh, and every night he goes on an hour long walk with his dog!

ABOVE: Thomas Lane treads a well-worn path down Bath Lane. BELOW & LEFT: Thomas spends three mornings a week at Lifestyle Fitness.

Asked how he motivates himself to never miss a gym session, Tom says, “I just love to go. When my alarm goes off at 5:30 in the morning I will often have that thought of ‘I don’t want to get out of bed’ but I just push through it because I know I will be disappointed in myself if I don’t.” Being motivated and determined appears to be a learned part of Tom’s personality; as a youngster he was a bit on the pudgy side and “couldn’t run out of sight on a foggy night”. In his late teens he decided to change this by getting involved in umpiring and exercise and has not looked back since. People of his age giving up exercise and a healthy lifestyle irritates Tom, if only a little. “Some lose the passion for exercise, other just simply give up because they have the attitude that they are just too old and can’t be seen at a gym anymore. There is always an excuse. It’s too hot, or it’s too cold and they choose to sit in front of the TV instead of remaining active.” Tom credits his exceptionally good health to his active lifestyle. When asked if he has had any health issues in the past few years, Tom’s says, “Well, I did tear my Achilles a little while back while I was running, oh and I also had to get a filling in my tooth.” Tom gives us some advice on how to remain as fit and happy as he; exercise regularly and watch what you eat, don’t drink or smoke, and marry a good woman. Simple!

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Brikkita, of Lifestyle Fitness says Tom is a great inspiration to the older generation, as it’s never too late to start exercising. “It’s definitely a mind over matter situation,” she says. “Tom’s regime is probably more

intense than people’s half his age. It’s never too late to change your habits and get into the game. Even if it is just for ten minutes! Start simple and work your way up. It’s time to be selfish and focus on yourself and your body’s needs. The gym doesn’t have to be a scary place.” There are trained professionals at Lifestyle who can work with you to create a program tailored to fit your age and your body. Tom testifies to this. “Going to the gym for me is also a great social environment,” he says. “While I do go on my own, there are always the regulars in there spurring you on and providing some entertaining banter while we are exercising. It’s great, we are all accountable to each other and it inspires me to get out of bed in the morning. The gym has a great welcoming atmosphere and contains all the equipment I need for my regular workout.” Tom is the oldest umpire in the Bendigo region. We also believe he is the oldest member at Lifestyle gym, and being its resident guru, leaves us with some more valuable advice. “Exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle gives you a real sense of achievement, and that is priceless to me.” And, “Age is no barrier! Look at what I’m doing every week.” ■ 157

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stop the press from the past For all the whirring, purring, modern machines in the busy Bart n Print factory, the stories lie where the ink has long dried. If only the Original Heidelberg Cylinder could talk. For nearly 40 years this black beast of machinery printed a community’s comings and goings, as chief press of the Boort Standard newspaper. When cranked up, the old girl sure does make an impressive noise, but she speaks another language, from another time. Lucky for us, we’ve got Steve Bright to translate. The Bart n Print general manager has a real soft spot for his 1957 printing press; he used it every day once he completed his printing apprenticeship at Cambridge Press in 1977 and went to work for the tiny regional rag. Although Steve can’t recall any great mysteries making the front page during his time at the paper, he says the bowls results could ignite some heated discussion among the locals.

When the little paper closed shop in 1995 and the machinery was sold off, Steve put his hand up for the Heidelberg beauty, along with a stack of other printing paraphernalia now relegated to the past. Steve opened Bart n Print on October 20, 1977 “with very little money and a lot of passion”. His first job was his own 21st birthday invitations. “That’s what I cut the business on; lots of friends’ wedding, 21st and engagement invitations,” he says. Thirty-two years later, Steve employs 14 locals and has a factory full of state-of-the-art printing equipment...but it’s the old stuff that still inspires him. Since he has been working, Steve’s been collecting the tools of his trade, and with mammoth advancements in the industry over the past 30 years, his knowledge of the old ways is just as valuable as the new. “When I retire I want to teach others how it used to be done. Graphic 158

designers now seem to want to learn about letter press,” he says. In a dusty corner of the Bart n Print factory is an ancient timber cabinet, purpose made for housing old printing blocks. It’s full of well-worn letters, numbers, spaces and punctuation that would have breathed life to hundreds of thousands of words; created stories, letter by letter. Steve’s most treasured pieces in the collection are the American handcarved blocks, painstakingly crafted by a steady hand. Describing Steve as passionate about the job is an understatement. His career has taken him around the world; to trade shows and study tours to learn about advancements in the field. But for all the advanced, computerised equipment at Bart n Print, it’s those tangible, stylised machines of old this printer loves the best. Bart n Print is located at 18 Deborah Street, Golden Square. Give Steve and the team a call on (03) 5441 6600 or visit ■

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“We printed mostly sports results and shire news and we used to do the country show schedules. And in the early days we printed the Elvee Football Program. The very first program was actually printed on this machine.” Ironically, for the past 25 years, the job of publicising the Loddon Valley football league has gone to Bart n Print.

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eco by nature Locals have watched with interest the cluster of Ecopods being built along High Street. Get used to these smart little buildings, because they could just be the way of the future. - Lauren Mitchell Downtown Kangaroo Flat is not what it used to be. There’s been some colourful, almost alien additions to the familiar old strip, and they go by the name of Ecopod. Ecopod by nature too; these smart buildings are equipped to ensure an ecologically sound future...if Paul Chapman has his way. Paul is best known for his other Bendigo success story, the Australian Turntable Company; the world’s specialist rotating movement engineers. Recently he handed the family business over to his two sons, leaving some spare time to indulge his passions. And while many retiring business owners may be content hitting the golf course, Paul is putting his time into his newest venture; Environmental Villages Worldwide. When I sat down at the table of EVW’s Ecopod prototype I expected to hear a story of a building, however this tale is so much bigger than just one pod. But it’s a good place to start. From where I sit, the Ecopod is a clean-lined space of minimalist design; pale, natural colours and a comfortable temperature. At first glance it may look like a box but a closer inspection reveals renewable timbers, recycled plastics, photovoltaic panels, double glazed glass and heat-reflective paint. Windows act as energy regulators and the buildings create their own power. Smart little boxes indeed. Paul says they can be erected in less than three days by unskilled labourers with simple tools; making them perfect for indigenous communities around the world; not just residential Bendigo. ➤


Now let’s wind the clock back to 1970 when Paul began studying zoology, hoping to make the science his life’s work. Turns out it wasn’t to be and Paul never completed his study, falling into engineering instead. “The gods have smiled on me,” he says on combining his passion for nature with his engineering skills.

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Ecopods are also the brainchild of another local; broad acre farmer and property developer Gordon Hamilton. “He was searching for someone to help him bring an idea to fruition,” Paul says. “In the last 18 months we’ve taken the ideas out of both of our heads and put them on paper. We’ve worked diligently to produce a building system that’s carbon emission free and has a very high energy rating.” The Ecopod site along High Street will be used as serviced apartments and a sales office and EVW plan to replicate the set up in ten Australian cities over the next 12 months, showing the nation it is possible to live in harmony with the environment. But that is just the beginning. “We live in a city of 100,000 people with not a drop of water – our water comes from 300km away – we’re going to do something about that,” Paul says. That something is a 50-acre Maiden Gully site currently being developed into “Australia’s foremost ecomanufacturing society”. An environmental industrial site that Paul says will re-define the term industry. “This, without doubt, is the most exciting venture of my life,” Paul says. “We will attract the world’s best practice people, not only in manufacturing but in design, research and development, from academia, the financial sector, eco systems and bio diversity, students who are involved in environmental design.” 172

The site’s aim will be to develop sustainable products and systems, like the Ecopods, to export and replicate around the world. “We’ll incorporate all the environmental design principals we can and from there we’ll design better stuff,” Paul says. He describes the venture as a “think tank incubator” where futurologists, scientists and meteorologists – people who understand what’s going to happen to our environment – can come together. Imagine a place that generates its own, clean power. Wastes not a drop of water; preserves it in fact, thanks to roads the capture water beneath the surface. A place where mostly non-motorised vehicles take people where they need to go. Where the buildings feature live plant walls and Aboriginal artwork. While it sounds idyllic, it certainly doesn’t sound like an industrial park. “I don’t like the word ‘industrial’,” Paul says. “There will be a wetland for birds and an area for endangered species, an area for people from overseas to come and stay and take a study tour of our premises.” All this is happening over the next 12 months, which gives a glimmer of hope to anyone daunted by the increasingly dire reports of global warming and the government’s carbon cut commitment. “We’re disgusted by it,” Paul says of the federal government’s aim to cut Australia’s carbon emissions by just five to 15 per cent by 2020. “It’s shameful – we can make it happen if we get the people around us. Let’s set up a centre of excellence in Bendigo – let’s not worry about the government doing it.” And so it seems changing the face of Kangaroo Flat is just the beginning for Paul, Gordon, and their pods. ■

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big vision for big 4 Forget the plane tickets, the holiday fun is just around the White Hills. It’s been a long time coming for Anthea and Ray of BIG 4 Ascot Holiday Park, but they have finally opened their multi-purpose recreation centre. Anthea says their vision was to give Bendigo a holiday experience without going on holiday by using the venue for parties, functions, workshops and relaxed meetings. The out-of-towners will also benefit from a kids room, play area, pool table and heaps of facilities. The jumping pillow is so much fun and now with these new additions, Big 4 is fast becoming a kiddie paradise. At the launch, Bendigo Tourism manager Kathryn Mackenzie praised the couple for their hard work and entertained audiences with information about the centre and its value to Bendigo. For more information, why not pop out and see Anthea or Ray at Heinz Street, White Hills, or call (03) 5448 4421. ■

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what will come out of the royal commission can only be positive and hopefully help educate all of us for when this may happen again. Here are some interesting facts on some of Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other fire storms... The 1939 Black Friday fires burnt between 1.5 and 2 million hectares, with 71 fatalities and 650 buildings lost. In December 1943 hundreds of hectares and ten people were killed. In 1944 there were 500 houses lost and 15 fatalities. In 1962, there were 450 houses and 32 fatalities, and who could forget Ash Wednesday, where 210 hectares were burnt out and 47 people died. We as a community must build strength from what happened. We must build on the community spirit and we must never forget that terrible day, however we must also move on and we will rebuild. On a brighter note, the Bendigo real estate market is still going strong with solid enquiry still coming from interstate. House prices are generally holding well although we have seen some slight decreases in the outer areas. Land is still in demand with solid enquiries from the first home buyer. First home buyers need to remember they must enter into a building contract by June 30, 2009. (Unless the government extends the grants beyond this date). Currently the first home buyer grant is $17,000 on an established home and $29,000 on a new build with some builders offering more incentives to build with them. If any readers of bendigo magazine have real estate queries please give the friendly, helpful team at PH Property a call on (03) 5454 1999. â&#x2013;

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It is a sign of the times when a builder chooses his mobile phone as his favourite tool. However, when it comes to business, builder Paul Gray still likes to do some things the old-fashioned way. Like the service he gives to his clients. As a little fella, Paul watched his dad on the family dairy farm in Bamawm and thought he may too become a farmer, but he eventually favoured hammers over heifers after spending time in a woodwork class at Echuca Technical College. Paul first dreamed of a career in building while whittling away in that woodwork class. He certainly has come a long way from toiling over trinkets at the lathe.

Emily, nine and Darcy, six. Paul laughs when thinking back to his apprenticeship with CVGT when his most embarrassing building moment was hitting himself in the head with a hammer. His biggest piece of advice now? “Don’t hit yourself in the head with a hammer!” Paul Gray’s work is cropping up more regularly around our region, in new home estates and Bendigo’s historic neighbourhoods “One of my recent projects that stands out is the construction of a new home extension in Forest Street,” he says.

Paul Gray Builders began trading in 1998, but before that Paul worked as a subcontractor. He now prides himself on using local subcontractors and tradespeople in his own business.

Paul’s team of eight loyal staff make the job easier and 11 years into his dream, he remains passionate, however football, motor sports, fishing and camping help to provide respite from all the hard work.

Nowadays Paul thrives on being involved in the building of a client’s dream home and despite the long hours, he always enjoys the challenge. Paul has been in the building industry for 21 years and lives in Bendigo with his wife of 11 years, Kerrie, and his two children,

With his first display home under his well-worn tool belt, we ask Paul who he would most like to build a house for. “James Flaherty, captain of the Bendigo Bombers.” We reckon they could teach each other a thing or two about kicking goals career-wise. ■ 177

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Groundswell Australia, based in Bendigo, is the company responsible for landscaping this newest of public spaces. Groundswell is also an example of a successful business that really is home grown. Danny Wells started out on his own around 13 years ago and is now the managing director of Groundswell, employing 15 others. The Village project was handed over in the first week of March 2009. It has transformed part of what was once a sports ground – now relocated to Huntly – into a family-friendly and environmentally sensitive public space. In the process, the Groundswell team convinced all-who-had-to-be-convinced that turf was preferable to seeding for effective grassing of the 6000m2 centre of their latest masterpiece. And hey presto: instant green space! The large ‘green’ is surrounded by undulating garden beds planted with around 10,000 drought tolerant and indigenous grasses, shrubs and trees. A meandering concrete perimeter path completes the setting. Danny says creating an area for public use is very different to a private garden. For a start, private owners select plants and layout and colours according to their own personal wishes. And while this will usually involve a team effort, the team is likely to be small. Environmental concerns, that small gardeners can chose to embrace or ignore, are paramount throughout all public projects – and landscaping

must minimise disturbance while maximising benefits. Large public enterprises are also influenced by one very significant factor a private gardener rarely, if ever, has to consider: public opinion. Groundswell worked with developers, surveyors, the architect and the City of Greater Bendigo council to bring The Village to life. So what do the good people of Epsom think about this veritable meadow in their midst? Groundswell’s Marcus Austin says he has observed people – perhaps drought-weary and surprised by a vast tract of green – just standing, staring at the grass. Kids love it and perhaps that’s a reason for parents to appreciate it too. Getting such projects ‘right’ matters. Public spaces must be embraced, utilised and even loved by the public if they are to be considered truly successful. Numerous local parks, with a great variety of settings, vegetation types and facilities, enjoy this status: Crook Street Park, Rosalind Park, Spring Gully’s linear park and Lake Weeroona are four very different public spaces that are enjoyed day after day. In time, some people hope to see barbeques and playground equipment at The Village to increase its appeal for family gatherings and social occasions – and it certainly makes forgetting the meat a less disastrous event with the shops on hand! ➤ 179

In conclusion, this article would not be complete without asking the million-dollar question: is what they say about plumbers’ toilets, builders’ extensions and mechanics’ cars true for landscapers’ gardens? Well people, here’s the low-down: Mal says his backyard is completed. He opted to give in to the drought and chose artificial grass to give his kids something (relatively) soft and green to play on. Marcus, in contrast, insists he is still in a ‘reconstruction’ phase – mostly due to too many ideas and too little time. If the newly-placed turf survives the drought, perhaps it will be the inspiration, not only for Marcus’s dilemmas, but for other local gardeners wanting to help preserve our indigenous flora while creating an appealing place to spend time with family and friends. ■

ABOVE: Drought-tolerant plants provide a practical, hardy addition to the public space. LEFT: Walking paths and bench seats invite the neighbourhood to spend time at Epsom’s newest recreation area.


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Most women I see have no idea 99.7 per cent of cervical cancer is caused by a virus or that a Pap test helps monitor for abnormal changes caused by this virus. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a group of viruses that cause skin warts, genital warts and some cancers. Different HPV types will affect different parts of the body and are spread through skin-toskin contact whereas the virus passes through tiny breaks in the skin. There are over 200 different types of HPV affecting various parts of the body with around 50 affecting the genital area. Genital HPV is spread through genital skin contact during sexual activity. Genital HPV is now considered a normal part of being sexually active, as four out of five people will be infected with HPV at some stage in their life. While condoms are an important barrier to many sexually transmitted infections, they offer limited protection against HPV as they do not cover all of the genital skin. Most people with genital HPV will not develop any symptoms and some women only become aware that they have HPV when they have an abnormal Pap test. After entering the body, HPV will either remain inactive, or become active. When active, HPV can cause changes to the cells of the cervix or result in warts. It can take many years for the virus to become active and its presence is usually short lived as the body usually clears the virus naturally within one to two years. What effect HPV can have on the genital area will depend on whether it is a low or high-risk type of HPV. Low-risk types can cause minor changes to the cervix (low-grade abnormalities on Pap test results) or genital warts, but do not lead to cancer. Some high-risk types of HPV are difficult for the body to clear naturally and it is this persistence (as well as being an active infection) that can lead to significant cell changes on the cervix which could lead to cervical cancer within ten to 20 years. Smoking increases this chance dramatically. A proportion of vaginal and vulvar cancers have also been linked to infection with high-risk HPV types. There are HPV DNA tests available in Australia but these are only subsidised and recommended by the government for women who have had treatment for a high-grade abnormality. As most HPV infections usually resolve naturally, and there is no cure, there is little reason for other women to have a HPV DNA test. Gardasil and Cervarix are two types of cervical cancer vaccines available for women aged up to 45. Both protect against HPV high-risk types 16 and 18 (which cause around 70 per cent of cervical cancers), with Gardasil also protecting against HPV low-risk types six and 11 (which cause up to 90 per cent of genital warts). The Gardasil vaccine is given to all females in Year 7 through the National Immunisation Program. There is no cure or treatment for HPV. It will, in most cases, be cleared up by your immune system. However, the effects of the virus, such as warts or changes to the cells of the cervix, can be treated. A Pap test checks for changes to the cervix and is recommended every two years. Most abnormal cell changes on a Pap test are caused by HPV and will usually return to normal when the body has cleared the virus. If the changes continue, they can be easily treated before they become more serious. While a Pap test cannot identify which type of HPV is present, having regular Pap tests will make sure that changes are identified early and managed effectively, therefore preventing cervical cancer. For more information on HPV, HPV testing, cervical cancer vaccines or to book an appointment for a Pap test please phone Women’s Choice on (03) 5441 2466 or 0400 056 702. ■

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- Simone Jones Inspire Natropathic

If you’re too busy to read this, it’s a big sign you need to. Ask yourself this... how is stress affecting your life? Stress is unavoidable. It’s everywhere and unfortunately as we think we are becoming cleverer, stress is getting out of control. Stress evolved from a reaction to danger or a life or death situation. Adrenaline is released and you decide if you are going to tackle the situation head on or get out of danger, hence the term ‘fight or flight’ response, (the basis of our sympathetic nervous system/stress response). Yet today many of us are in a hyperactive stress response all the time and it’s not for life or death reasons.

Good coping mechanisms include taking time out to relax, exercising, spending time with loved ones, getting enough sleep, eating sensibly and keeping the communication lines open. Poor coping mechanisms are used as an escape or a temporary way of ‘switching off’, but they do not address the underlying problem. Stress releases harmful, damaging hormones and chemicals inked to most chronic diseases today.

Some common stress factors in our lives are relationships, work, finances, health and time management.

When we are managing stress we trigger the release of the healing/ happy hormones and chemicals into our body that prevent disease.

It is almost impossible to live without some stress; and some of us thrive off it and wouldn’t know how to live without it! But as stress affects every system in your body, long term unmanaged stress can have serious health consequences. These include cardiovascular disease, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, sleeping troubles, panic attacks and anxiety, weight problems and hormonal imbalances.

We are all different and what works for you may not work for others. One of the naturopathic principles is to treat the individual, in other words, treat YOU, as you are unique.

Sometimes stress is low grade and continuous, wearing you down slowly, and other times it can be a huge life changing event that affects you suddenly. Some exciting and positive events such as a holiday, wedding or birth can also be stressful. If you have positive coping mechanisms you can cope with more. Alternatively, if you have poor coping mechanisms you will cope with less. Bad coping mechanisms include using alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine, oversleeping, overeating, skipping meals, procrastinating and reducing your time with family and friends.

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Working with a lawyer is a partnership that requires effort and co-operation from both sides. Find the right lawyer Very few lawyers will handle every type of legal matter. Most lawyers will concentrate on a few areas of law that particularly interest them and for which they have developed a high level of competence. The best way to find the right lawyer for you is to ask your friends for a recommendation. A lot of lawyers advertise in the Yellow Pages and they will identify the areas of law that they accept work in. The Law Institute of Victoria has a referral scheme where you can be advised of lawyers with the expertise to help you. There is hardly a legal problem that cannot be competently dealt with by at least one or more Bendigo lawyers. If your own lawyer cannot help you they should be able to refer you to another.

Be organised Most people should be able to explain their legal problem clearly. Usually there will be documents relating to your legal problem, always take these and make some notes so you don’t overlook the issues you want to discuss. The more organised you are, the easier it is for the lawyer to identify your legal problem and then recommend solutions to you.

Be realistic Most legal problems can be resolved in a variety of ways. Some options may be risky and might involve considerable time and effort. Most of us will sometimes take a stand and say that you wish to hold firm because of the principle involved. However, the legal system can be slow and expensive. Be prepared to make an assessment of your position and weigh it up against the likelihood of success and the cost of such legal action. The High Court of Australia regularly hears matters and it is rare that the judges are unanimous in their decision. It is of little comfort to know that two High Court judges believed your case was correct, when there were three High Court judges who voted for the other side.

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Remember your lawyer is your friend, not your enemy As I left my dentist after having had my wisdom teeth extracted I looked into the face of the person who had just inflicted incredible pain and discomfort upon me and mumbled a genuinely appreciative “thank you”. Sometimes working with your lawyer can be similar to a visit to the dentist. Develop a good professional relationship with your lawyer and this person will be able to assist you throughout your lifetime. I know the reputation of lawyers takes a battering and the jokes about lawyers are endless. However, most people tell me their own lawyer is a person that they respect and trust. I hope you find the person that you can trust and respect as well. For more information contact the team at OFRM on (03) 5443 9977 or visit ■

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celebrate your success Successful people understand the following three routines create better results more often. Reflection Taking time out to review where you are now and how far you have come gives you perspective. This is not the time to beat yourself up about what hasn’t been achieved and what is still left to do. Reflection is about reviewing action and feeling good about moving forward (even if it’s only a few steps). Parents do this with their toddlers when they are learning to walk. Parents marvel at their youngster’s steps forward: not the wobbly-unstable style, or that there were only two steps taken or that the child didn’t cross the whole room by themselves. When was the last time you reflected on your achievements at work, in your career or personal life? Write a list of steps forward in any area of your life. I bet you could list at least five things you have moved forward on in the last month.

Acknowledgement This second part of celebration is critical to creating more success – it’s about recognition of achievement. If you are moving forward, acknowledging yourself and others is vital. Lots of people don’t do this as they think it’s self centred, big noting yourself and arrogant. Well, the most successful people I know are interested in making the world a better place, providing businesses and services to help people and contributing to society in a positive way. If part of the formula for success is celebrating, isn’t it obvious that successful people will celebrate from time to time to keep the rhythm and flow of success going? Of course they will. So must you. How you celebrate is the key. There are lots of ways to celebrate. The easiest way is to say out loud to yourself, “Well done (say your name) you did a fantastic job”. You could call your answering machine and give yourself the praise as

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a message. You can tell others what you have done, or even better, have others tell others what you have done. Other bigger ways are notices in the paper, press releases, private parties and large public celebrations. Whatever the method, you need to celebrate and FEEL the achievement. This lets your body and mind know you deliver and create results. What achievement have you not acknowledged in the last few months or year that really needs to be recognised? What could you do to celebrate?

Projection This part only works if you have completed Reflection and Acknowledgement. Projection is where you start to cast new dreams and goals into the future. It’s a time to let go of the past and invent the future. This is done by declaring the new focus of activity. On a big project, for example, it could be declaring stage two is operational. For the parent of the toddler described earlier it could be asking the child to walk across the room or even carry something as they walk. Similarly, after ending one job, an employee has a farewell celebration and declares the new job or company or role they are moving into. Projection is essential to success. If this is not done, a person can be caught up in how great their past achievement was and not move forward. What are you moving towards? Do other people know about it, or is it an idea or a secret? If you are not moving forward or have the success you want, you must share your ideas with a person you trust. This puts you in action mode and then, when you’ve taken a step forward, you can start this process all over again. The Celebration formula compounds the more you use it and before you know it, your success has created even more success. ■

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My business had evolved over 15 years and it was beginning to control me and I wanted to be in charge of my business and my own destiny. Jen gave me a clear view of where I had been too close to see the problem or the solution. We were experiencing growth and change and we started planning for this rather than just coping. I would recommend Jen’s service to any business that is growing or changing or even just surviving. Louise Mulqueen - SOS Support Office Software Services

The coaching I’ve received for my business Eaglehawk Cruise & Travel with Jen from Direct Incite has been invaluable. Not only has it challenged the way I was looking at my business but it’s taken me out of my comfort zone and helped me strive to reach our full potential. I would without hesitation recommend Jen Harwood to any business new or established who are looking to take the next step. Sarah Wainright Eaglehawk Cruise and Travel 81 Victoria St, Eaglehawk

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The new tax year is just weeks away, so there’s no time to delay putting in place a plan to boost your cash pool. There are steps you can take before June 30 to reduce your tax liability and increase your wealth. Whether you’re employed, self-employed or on a lower income, there’s a strategy here that might just suit you.

Government co-contributions What’s the strategy? If you make a personal contribution to your super account any time before the end of the financial year, the government will match your contributions on a three-for-two basis by up to $1,500. Using this strategy you can generate a 150 per cent, tax-free return on your investment within one year. And because the money is being invested in super, it’s concessionally taxed at a low rate as well. If you earn $30,342 or less for the 2008/2009 financial year, you are eligible for the full $1,500. However, co-contribution reduces on a sliding scale for incomes above $30,342, reducing to nil for incomes in excess of $60,342. Who can use it? Anyone earning less than $60,342 per annum for the 08/09 financial year, including self-employed people.

Sacrifice salary into super What’s the strategy? Salary sacrificing involves sacrificing part of your cash salary from your employer for the provision of a range of benefits, one of which is making extra contributions to your super. Better still, why not review your current salary packaging arrangement

before the financial year ends? Use that pay rise and start contributing a bit more into your super in 2009/10. You won’t really notice the difference now, but it can make a big difference by the time you’re ready to retire. Who can use it? Anyone in paid employment who is able to organise salary sacrificing with their employer.

Pre-pay your interest What’s the strategy? If you’ve borrowed funds to make an investment that will generate assessable income, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction for the interest payable on your loan. If you pre-pay the interest on your investment loan now – covering the next 12 months – you may be able to claim a deduction for that interest in your 2008/09 tax return. Who can use it? Anyone who has borrowed money for an investment, or is contemplating doing so before June 30, 2009. For more information on ways to cut your tax, or on financial advice in general, contact the team at Flett Hatswell and Associates located at 110 Pall Mall on (03) 5443 3266. ■

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The end of the boom need not be bad news. Redefining retirement will make for a healthy, wealthy and wise life post-work. Many Baby Boomers – born 1946-1961 – now face retirement. Until recently, the last quarter century has been a fun ride for many, particularly the Baby Boomer generation. We’ve lived with booming economies, acquiring more goodies with easy credit fuelling instant gratification. Booming property prices have meant wealth generation without having to save a cent. Careers have boomed, small business has boomed – there’s been a lot of booming going on! But now, the global financial crash is impacting on the changing fortunes and futures of the Baby Boomer generation. De-valued investments and shrinking superannuation funds mean more people are revising retirement plans, staying in work and/or taking on pensions to fund the rest of their life. Our needs in retirement are changing. For traditional generations, retirement was often seen as a ‘reward’ at the end of a life of hard work – perhaps with a move to the coast and a life of golf, bowls, fishing and bridge. The sad reality was that for many, the ‘empty nest’ syndrome kicked in. For others, especially men, it was a short phase leading to ill-health and an early demise. Boomers though, will live on average longer than previous generations and may spend a third of their life ‘post-work’. Retirement planning today means realistically looking at what this extensive term will consist of. This includes the new need for a good financial plan and for keeping an income stream going. But what’s often missed in this has been the retiree’s equally important

lifestyle needs. Fulfilment and wellbeing in life does not just come from financial stability and cashflow. We also need to consider health, fitness and wellbeing, family and social life and replacing ‘work’ as a source of identity. When we’ve worked for 35-40 years, our identity can be attached to work roles and workplaces. When that changes, we need to generate a new sense of identity, and that doesn’t usually happen overnight. These elements are all a part of the ideal plan for...well, let’s not call it ‘retirement’. It’s a new phase of life, with a transition that may continue to evolve over ten to 15 years. Fundamental shifts are taking place in the workplaces of Australia, with unemployment tipped to reach up to ten per cent. Some Boomers who’d been planning to retire are shelving those plans and looking at remaining at work, perhaps part-time, while they re-build savings and their superannuation funds (touch wood) recover. How do you you do this? A systematic approach is good, particularly in areas like finance. But major benefits kick in when we also take account of the areas that systems don’t cover so well. These are the personal areas – identity, relationships, contribution to the community, where and how to live. Organisations and businesses now need to consider these issues for senior staff, as this impacts on workforce capability and staff retention. Individuals approaching ‘retirement’ definitely need to start working on it. A new initiative we’ve developed may be of help. Check out for links to more information and new resources. ■

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the winter fever Coghoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caught the bug and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing it on. Football fever has hit Bendigo, and all you need to treat it is a warm thermos and a hearty dose of off-side action. But first, he has a special thanks... - Bryan (Cogho) Coghlan Wow! Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it great that we live in a wonderful community....with the horrible bushfires around central Victoria on February 7, it was awesome to see the Bendigo sporting community come out in full swing with a series of fundraisers. The 20/20 cricket clash between the Bendigo District Cricket Association and the Emu Valley cricketers on Feb 21 was a fine example of this; five people on the committee, two weeks to organise and the result was a 4000-strong attendance and over $20,000 raised for the Bendigo Bushfire Appeal! And then two weeks later another small committee put together a local footy match between the Bendigo Football League All Stars and the Bendigo Bombers and even more people turned up and even more money was raised! And not forgetting the AFL match four days later which featured Essendon and North Melbourne, a big crowd and nice dollars raised again. Probably the moral of this part of the sportswrap is that when central Victorians are down, we are amazing the way we look after our own, through my part at 3BO l was astounded how many central Victorian businesses just simply said YES and not only gave their money but their time and expertise. Unfortunately l havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t got the space in our bendigo magazine to name everyone but then 99 per cent donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want that, they just wanted to help. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another example of why you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to live anywhere else! Now, onto sport... Gee we love it! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something the whole family can go and make a day of; mum and dad can catch up with friends and the kids can enjoy themselves outdoors ... with no computers! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rare time these days that you see the good old thermos of coffee getting a run, or you see the good old log fire keeping everyone warm, but it happens every Saturday with local country footy! It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who you support as long as you can take your mind off the worries of the world and de-stress with a little high pitched barracking. There would still be a few old footy diehards out there who will always say that footy was harder and better back in the 60s and 70s but wait...what has made the game better these days? Girls. Netball is huge and is the life blood of the Saturday match. Whether it is Harcourt v Newstead, White Hills v Huntly or South Bendigo v Golden Square the girls play as hard as the blokes and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, the guys these days like to watch.... but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m positive itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all about the game! If football and netball arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, there are heaps of other fine sports around central Victoria to get involved in or just as a spectator... they include basketball most weekends at the Schweppes Centre with the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves, plenty of cycling action each Thursday at the Tom Flood Sports Centre with our current stars like Glen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;shea and Zac Dempster having a ride and plenty of other winter sports on offer. But for now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to the footy... Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my country football predictions for the 2009 big improvers and premiers. In the Bendigo Football League, Golden Square will take the flag from Gisborne. Over in the Loddon Valley Football League, Pyramid Hill will win the grand final against Marong. In the MCFL grand final, Maldon will go down to the Rovers and for the big HDFL match, Colbinabbin will reign supreme over Mount Pleasant/White Hills. Until then, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of football to be played, so heat the thermos, grab your beanie and your scarf and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you at the game. Tune into Cogho on 93.5 3BO FM weekdays from 6am â&#x2013;

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office anytime With a variety of ways to stay in touch with the office, there’s just no escaping... which is great for those working on the road and at home. Remote access - Yes, you can access the office 24/7 Today’s business demands see many people needing access to the office when visiting clients or working from home. There are also those who operate day-in and day-out on the road. So to stay productive, it is critical to have access to the important business information normally located at the office. Thanks to the Internet, access to your business data is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – here’s how.

Access information from your office PC When out of the office, you can access information on your office workstation anytime of the day when you have Windows XP Professional installed on the computer. The Remote Desktop feature in Windows XP Professional lets you remotely control your computer from another office, from home, or while travelling. When remotely connected to your office computer, Remote Desktop automatically locks it to prevent others from gaining access to the applications and files you’re working with. And no one in your office can watch your desktop and see any work you are doing because only the logon screen remains visible.

Access information on your server If you operate a server in your office environment, you can securely connect to it when away from the office to access your business email, your workstation desktop and programs. Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 makes it easy with Remote Web Workplace, a dynamically created website that provides

a single, simple entry point to remotely access information on your company server. Using any computer connected to the Internet, your out-of-office workers can navigate the site. When you log onto the Remote Web Workplace, a web page presents you with options that enable you to connect to your office in-box, your computer desktop, the company Intranet site and more.

Access your business email Computer users have been accessing email over the Internet for years through services such as Microsoft Hotmail. But business users working out of the office typically require more sophisticated services. Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 includes Exchange Server 2003, which enables you to host your own email. And Exchange allows employees to use Outlook Web Access (OWA), a web-based email client that includes calendaring and scheduling, and folders that hold company documents. You and your out-of-office employees can simply log on to OWA from any computer connected to the Internet to receive and send email, view contacts and schedule meetings.

Access information on a mobile device Out-of-office workers can also require remote, anytime access to company information via mobile phones and other portable devices. Users of SmartPhones and Windows mobile software can access their email, calendar and task information from their Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 network live over the Internet. The variety of secure options now available to remotely access business information is making it easier for those who work away from the office to remain as productive as those at the office. ■

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when cricket bowled prejudice When Gregory de Moore visited relatives in Bendigo recently, he took a stroll down View Street, stopped at the Queen Elizabeth Oval, and commented on what a significant place it was in sporting history. This is why. - James O’Brien The most remarkable aspect of the story of white Victorian Tom Wills is the fact that he became coach and captain of a formidable Aboriginal cricket team just five years after his father had been killed in a battle with an indigenous tribe in Queensland.

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Against the backdrop of the hostilities and prejudices of the era he overcame his own personal anger and grief to forge an affinity with the Aboriginal people of central and western Victoria. And formed a black cricket team that played its second big game in Bendigo. On Boxing Day 1866 they played the first game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Over 10,000 people watched them play. Strong, athletic, beautifully attired and playing this the most English of games. And captained by a man whose father had been killed by tribesmen. This event was the headline news of the day. They lost the match, but they played well. They were looked on with some pride and considered ‘civilised’ according to de Moore. They played the Bendigo team at the QEO on Jan 18 and 19, 1867. On the first day 1000 spectators applauded Johnny Mullagh who became famous as an Aboriginal player. The Bendigo side included two teenagers, William Midwinter and Henry Boyle later to play Test Cricket for Australia and England. The Aboriginal team won by three wickets and caused quite a stir. Expectations had been that they would not be much good. In his biography of the legendary Victorian sportsman, Tom Wills, Doctor Gregory de Moore tells the story of an outstanding cricketer and footballer who was also a crusader for recognition and equality for the Aboriginal community of his day. 194

The book, Tom Wills: His Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall has been short-listed for the National Biography Award. “I think it has been chosen because the panel recognises the links between white and black society, the juxtaposition, not only in Tom Wills’ own life, but in the times that prevailed in the new colony of Victoria,” Gregory says. From the age of four through to the age of 14 Wills lived with his family in the land of an Aboriginal clan in the Grampians Ranges. His father’s diaries and family letters of the 1840s and 1850s mention Tom’s affinity with the Aborigines. “He played their games and he learnt to speak their language as a boy. Years later when he brought the Aboriginal cricket team to Bendigo, the language they spoke was similar to the language of the tribes around Bendigo. And the Bendigo Advertiser noted that when he spoke to the players, he spoke in their language,” Gregory explains. His father was extremely ambitious for his son and wanted him to become a lawyer. So the young Tom was to spend from 1850 – 1856 in England where he became a champion at cricket and football. “He was known as the best cricketer of his time in England. His father wanted him to go on to Cambridge, but instead of being the dutiful son, he was out playing cricket up and down the country.” News of his exploits in England had spread throughout the colony and when he returned to Melbourne at the end of 1856, it was hoped that the colony’s cricket fortunes would rise. At a time of intense colonial rivalry; the colony of Victoria wanted to show itself as being superior to the colony of NSW. Appointed captain of the Victorian

LEFT: Tom Wills (in hat), with the Aboriginal cricket team. ABOVE: A portrait of the sporting legend. RIGHT: Johnny Cuzens; one of Wills’ more brilliant cricketers. BELOW: Tom Wills in 1857, when he was considered the finest cricketer in the colonies.

cricket team Wills made a huge impression when Victoria was constantly victorious. “He became a celebrity; a pop star of the day. His name was better known than that of any politician. People would rush to shake his hand; they couldn’t get enough of him. He was improving the colony; he had an enormous profile. But though he played for the Melbourne Cricket Club, he had a very strong egalitarian streak. “Although he played with other amateur gentlemen cricketers, he got on well with ‘the lower orders’- professional cricketers, who were labourers in winter and played for money in summer. He always supported the underdog. He wrote letters to the Age, Herald and Argus newspapers – where he always championed the country cricketers,” Gregory says. In May 1866, a Melbourne entrepreneur, Roland Newbury, had the idea of getting together an Aboriginal cricket team to play the Melbourne Cricket Club – his motivation was financial. It was a time when indigenous troupes would travel around the country and other parts of the world. They were used to making money by exploiting the curiosity of the public. Wills did not want to see them exploited. He regarded the Aboriginal cricketers on the quality of their play and he was very protective of them. He agreed to go to the Western District to help coach and captain a team largely composed of farm workers that had been taught the skills of the game by their pastoralist bosses. “There was a polarised view of Aboriginals at the time of this Aboriginal tour,” Gregory says. “Now people were taking notice. The press observing their demeanour reported, ‘these people are gentlemanly’. All very confronting to some of the white settlers.” But the overall impression was one of warmth towards them. The black team was seen in the same glowing light as the public saw Tom Wills. Later, in1868, the team was taken to England. And though they went as part of an Aboriginal troupe and not as an official Australian team they were the first cricket team from Australia to play in England. An official white Australian team would not tour there until 1878. ■ 195

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splat zone Your heart starts to pound. Maybe it’s from the booming thud of the music on the safety video or maybe it’s because you’re about to don your paintball gear. Or maybe it’s because you’re about to splat your boss... - Pam Harvey Paintball is a new way to have fun and get fit; something different that you may only experience once in a lifetime. Or maybe you’ll keep coming back because you love it so much. Excitement is building. The adrenaline is flowing and you’re pumped. You’re about to play paintball.

Photographer: Anthony Webster

It’s the plane that catches your attention as you drive into Xtreme Zone. Nose buried in the dirt, wing smashed off, the Beechcraft Baron has seen better days. It’s splattered with white paint, as is the Jeep angled nearby. In fact, everything in the combat field is covered in white spidery splotches, including the marshal area. It’s Splatsville out there. The paintball arena at The Zone is divided into two parts. The competition field is an area set up with two exact halves. Barriers of 44 gallon drums mirror each other. In the middle is the fort. Paintball games vary, but the most popular on this field is to retrieve the flag from the fort and get it to the opposite end of the ground. In the combat field things are completely different. Mounds of dirt and dugouts as well as obstacles make games much less predictable. What to wear when you play? For those who want maximum padding, the supersuit is an obvious choice. It’s a thick, soft, blue coverall that fits quite comfortably over your clothes. If you don’t want that, the usual attire is camouflage coveralls that protect your clothes. A chest plate, mandatory for females, protects your…chest. (Anything for the boys, I wonder? Yes, protective boxes are for sale at the counter or you can bring your own.) A full face mask that includes a visor covers most of your head. 196

Paintball is relatively new to Bendigo. Although centres in the Melbourne metropolitan areas and some in other regional cities have been operating for a while, Xtreme Zone paintball only opened last December. Since then, over 800 people have been in to play; individuals wanting some fun, work teams looking for something different as a team activity, sporting teams like netballers – a whole gamut of all sorts of people from all types of backgrounds. Fancy a bit of team building? “Beat your boss days are pretty popular,” says Xtreme Zone manager Craig. “Although a lot of bosses tend not to turn up for it.” Craig says the aim of the program is to show people the effect they have as individuals in a team environment. “If someone doesn’t perform, or performs out of turn, it can jeopardise the team’s results. If companies request it, we can supply every team member with a performance evaluation sheet. This could provide individuals with important information that can help them understand how they perform under pressure, and can highlight areas of potential. Companies that have brought their workers to a team building program have said to me that team understanding and communication has improved after completing the day.” Paintball is increasing in popularity. Although 70 per cent of players are males, the supersuit option is steadily increasing the number of female participants. There’s only one more question left to ask: are you looking for a different kind of fun? ■

Some people like comparing their bruises with each other.

Suiting up for a spot of paintball is popular at Xtreme Zone.


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show of thanks

feast of easter art

Bendigo’s own Australian Idol Kate DeAraugo called on some industry friends in April to donate their time and talents and help stage the mammoth Bendigo Says Thanks concert.

One of our Easter Fesitval’s much-loved events clocked up 41 years in April.

It was an opportunity to celebrate the community’s resilience and thank those groups and individuals who helped during and after the February fires, when many local families lost their homes. The concert let the region, particularly those who have done it tough, reach out and express their gratitude for those who showed true community spirit and gave help when it was needed most. Staged by Lead On Bendigo, the day of family fun provided entertainment for all ages; the line-up including Kate DeAraugo, Choir Boys, Diesel and Angry Anderson with Rose Tattoo. ■


Easter saw the 41st annual Rotary Art Show at the Bendigo Town Hall. Local artists exhibited and sold their paintings and three major prizes were received. Funds raised went to the Rural Community Health Program and to help Bendigo residents affected by the Black Saturday bushfires. To find out more about Rotary events please visit ■


life blood of botswana Right now, there is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see life take hold of the Savuti Channel. It’s got local lad David Livermore planning a return trip to this awe-inspiring wilderness. - David Livermore Jetset Bendigo In northern Botswana’s world-famous Chobe National Park there is a place of unique beauty known as Savuti. In this area exists the mysterious Savuti Channel – a water source that flows only a few times each century before drying up again. For the first time in 25 years, the channel is again flowing and is establishing itself as a new and vital water source for north east Botswana.

Photographer: David Livermore

The Savuti is an arid savanna area which experiences the second largest Zebra migration on the African continent, (only the Serengeti/ Masai Marai migration is larger) with thousands of these beautiful animals migrating to the area each year. With the channel now holding water, even more animals will migrate to the area, which is also famous for the size of its lion prides (sometimes as many as 40 animals in a pride). The ‘super prides’ have adapted their dry season hunting to include elephants, although with the abundance of animals now in the Savuti, the elephants may be able to sleep easy for while. With water now flowing in the channel, a whole new era has begun. Water lily line the waterway, African fish eagles are taking residence in the trees and water birds rarely seen in this area are everywhere. Elephants are now staying in the Savuti instead of moving north to the Linyanti River and are creating some amazing viewing as they bath in the new water. These huge pachyderms spend hours playing and bathing and visitors can spend hours enjoying these amazing sites.

In May 2006 my wife and I spent three magical days in the Savuti. Our experience began with a wake up call around 5.30am with hot coffee, tea and biscuits delivered to our door. As the lodge is open to the surrounds it’s unsafe to walk on your own in the dark so we had our hot drinks and waited for our guide. Cameras at the ready, we headed over to our semi-open four wheel drive, brimming with excitement for what lay ahead. As the sun began to poke its head above the plains we drove out onto the Savuti. As the Savuti is part of the Kalahari sand basin, the area is basically sand, which makes it relatively easy to find animal tracks. We had only travelled a few hundred metres before we found our first track. Two male lions had wandered past our lodge during the night and were trying to meet up with the rest of their pride. Our expert guide read the ‘spoor’ like a road map and in no time at all we were marveling at the mighty kings of the jungle. Two magnificent golden maned lions walked straight past our vehicle without giving us a glance. I could have reached out and touched them if I wasn’t so busy taking photos. You have to marvel at the shear power of these animals. Having ‘ticked off’ our male lions we headed west towards the Savuti marsh, an area well know for its cheetahs. On our drive to the marsh we passed a large kopje, or rock hill, where our guide told us a leopard was raising two new cubs. We stopped to listen and immediately heard distress calls from some guinea fowls off to our right. Waiting in silence, we got our first glimpse of the tail of the mother leopard showing above the grass. ➤ 199

I felt privileged to be playing a small part in the ever-changing landscape that is Africa.

David Livermoore experienced amazing animal encounters at the Savuti Channel.

Taking very little notice of us she wandered directly towards our vehicle before turning slightly and passing about a metre in front of us. I leaned out the side to get a better view (against the instructions of the guide) and I was rewarded with one of my greatest experiences in the wild. The leopard stopped at the front of the vehicle and turned directly towards me, staring me in the eye for what seemed like forever (about five seconds). Looking through my 450ML zoom lens, its seemed like I could have reached out to pat her. A second later she was gone and we caught glimpses of her climbing the kopje and disappearing into rocks. It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better than that. We continued our drive and entered the marsh around 8.00am. Again our luck held and we discovered two cheetah brothers lying under a tree sleeping off last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner. They were so full they could barely lift themselves out of the grass. We took the regulation photos and marked the spot to return on our evening drive when perhaps they would be more active. We then drove to a scenic spot on the edge of the marsh and indulged in a very civilised morning tea. Standing out in the wild, enjoying coffee and cake, I felt privileged to be playing a small part in the ever-changing landscape that is Africa. Never has there been a better time to visit this amazing area. It is such a rare opportunity, I am once again packing my bags and heading back to the Savuti this year to experience it while the channel is flowing. 200

Three lodges/camps are situated in the area and each one offers four wheel drive game viewing with qualified rangers and trackers. The savuti is reach by charter flights from either Maun or Kasane and each lodge/camp will arrange to pick you up and transfer you to the lodge. Its not uncommon to see a variety of animals on the drive to the lodge and the bird life is also quite prolific. The savuti can be easily combined with two other legendary areas of Botswana, the magical Okavango Delta and the spectacular Moremi Game Reserve. Both areas are reached by short charter flights from savuti and travel between the Delta and Moremi can be in flat bottom boats through the maize of channels within the Delta. The Moremi area is famous for its leopard sightings and on a recent trip we were lucky enough to see two of these superb animals. Jetset Bendigo has a range of packages through Discover Africa that can get you on your way, from camping adventure tours to luxury lodge safaris. â&#x2013;

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top marks for the new three How to improve on the Mazda3? Let’s start with looks, technology, value and loads of zoom zoom.

- Ash McAuliffe

“You want us to do what?” I’m sure that is what the Mazda engineers said when they were asked to make the new Madza3 better than the existing, class-leading 3. When Mazda brought out the 3 a few years ago it was a hit from the start – with buyers of all ages. Its trendy looks and features made it popular with the 20-somethings, but my mum brought one, and Richard from Bendigo Mazda has had a few return 3 customers in their 80s! So what makes it so popular? Mazda’s focus for the 3 is looks, how it drives and value for money. Given the old one was such a success, what have the gurus at Mazda come up with to make the new one even better?

What about the drive? Richard kindly gave us the range-topping SP25 Luxury with a 5-speed auto. Upon settling myself into the cockpit, I noticed two things. Firstly, the leather seats were incredibly comfortable and supportive. Secondly, there were so many buttons on the steering wheel, it appeared I could do everything but change a tyre without taking my hands off the steering wheel. One button indicated the vehicle was fitted with satelite navigation, but I couldn’t see the usual big screen in the middle of the dash. A turn of the key soon solved the mystery. I would describe the sat-nav screen as perfectly placed. It is high in the centre of the dash, just below the windscreen, so you don’t need to shift your eyes far from the road to view the screen. Another great feature is the Bluetooth voice-activated phone system. After pairing my mobile phone to the car, I basically used


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Lets start with the looks. The new one gets the more pronounced front wheel arches similar to those on the recently released 6. Unlike the 6 though, the new 3 gets an elongated nose reminiscent of the awesome RX-8, which gives the car a low and aggressive look. Interestingly, in the old 3, the hatch had a different bonnet line to the sedan but this is not the case for the new 3. Personally, I think the sedan looks better, but the versatility of the hatch is hard to go past. As good as the old 3 looks, the new one looks fresher, sharper and sportier.

voice commands to make calls. If someone’s details were stored in my phone’s memory, I could also use voice commands to dial them without having to say the number. I thought it was about time to go and find some of this zoom zoom stuff Mazda is always banging on about, so a quick zoom down Diamond Hill road was required. On the road the SP25 is magnificent. The handling is as good as you would find in any sports car in the same price range, and the 5-speed auto knows exactly which gear to be in. By the time I was finished I had zoom zoom coming out of my ears! The last thing we need to know is that the new car represents good value, just like the old one. The new 3 doesn’t actually cost more than the old one, in fact the new entry level 3 is a couple of dollars cheaper than the old 3, but with more features. If that’s not value I don’t know what is. The new 3 is the cheapest car on the Australian market to have Electronic Stability Control as standard. At the other end of the scale, an SP25 with all the trimmings will cost you a bit over $36,000 and it is packed full of features. Most obvious is the larger 2.5 litre engine. All in all, the new 3 is a worthy replacement for the old, with great looks, great value and bags full of zoom zoom. It is definitley worth popping down to Bendigo Mazda for a drive…but I’ve already called dibbs on the grey one. ■

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must-have mustang ABOVE: Richard Brakha and his respectful Labrador, Moose.

Drool if you must, just don’t drool on the upholstery. Even Richard Brakha’s chew-crazed labs know not to go there... - Jacqui Mott There are two choc-brown Labradors at Richard Brakha’s place. He tells me they’ve chewed just about everything in the family’s Flora Hill garden. The hoses, the plastic pots, the irrigation pipes. It’s just typical Lab stuff.

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The fact that these handsome hounds haven’t chomped into the most precious item in the yard – the 1967 Mustang convertible is jolly good news. I suppose there’d be too much to digest, the creamychampagne leather trim, the designer dashboard, the customised timber steering wheel, the mirror-crisp chrome fittings… And while these pooches may not have an appetite for this American dreammachine, their master sure does. It’s Richard’s pride and joy. It’s his must-have Mustang. A vehicle purchased after wife Ali gave him ‘the green light’ to go out and splurge for a milestone birthday. “It’s fully restored. I bought it sight-unseen,” he proudly says. “I saw it for the first time at Brisbane airport. I flew up with two mates and drove it back along the coast – it was just the best three days.” The trio took turns in the back seat, unanimously voting it the best pozzie. ”It’s where you can fully relax and enjoy the car,” adds Richard. By collecting this lipstick red Mustang, Richard now owns a swanky slice of motoring history. That’s because the Mustang was all about Ford’s push to design a muscle machine, something sporty, with grunt 206

and glamour. A car with galloping horsepower, ready to set the 60’s set alive. And it did. Its debut generated an amazing 100,000 sales in a record 90 days. But Richard might not have owned a Mustang. Ford execs cooked up name upon name, before slipping into gear. Cougar, Colt, Falcon … and even Puma; but let’s face it, it doesn’t look much like a pop singer, a bite-sized Mitsubishi, a family sedan or a running shoe empire – it’s strikingly sleek and superior. A thoroughbred stallion comes to mind. But why did Richard choose this V8 v-roomer as his companion of the road? Was it movie images of coolster Steve McQueen driving a limited edition Mustang in Bullit? Or suave Sean Connery taking a Mustang Mach-1 for a spin in cinema classic Diamonds are Forever? Richard admits it’s probably all of that and more. The new fangled Ford had been high on his wish-list for yonks. “It’s been a life long dream. But, then again - it could be my mid-life crisis.” But while this classic keeps Richard’s American auto affair heading in the right direction, it’s the slow lane for this smitten fan. “I prefer to drive on country roads; I like the freedom, the wind in your hair. With modern cars you don’t think about anything, whereas this is a real experience. You’ve got to look at the gauges, check the water…it has all the foibles of a 40-year-old car.” Richard confesses, while not “overly mechanically minded” he’s up for a tinker. “On the trip home we needed a radiator hose. It took us three or four hours, going through boxes in a Port Macquarie auto parts shop to find one, and we had to modify it. But that’s the experience, the challenge, the fun.” For Richard, this motor isn’t about lengthy hauls. Short, scenic and romantic rides take his fancy. “It’s not ideal for long trips, especially with young kids. But Ali and I go out by ourselves; we sometimes cruise around Mandurang and watch the sunset – it’s lovely.” Back at the ranch, Mustang Sally has a new playmate and it’s not a four-legged friend. Could it be a sign that Richard’s Ford-fetish is spinning out of control? He’s clever…he’s not saying. “Well…I’ve just bought an old blue Ford, (fondly known as George), just because! I’m looking for simplicity, I like the 60s and 70s vintage and I love how these cars represent the uncomplicated aspects of life.” ■




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a cool cat with movie buffs This ‘toy’ has projected gold medal performances, Hollywood blockbusters and Playstation battles and in turn it’s seen the dreams of one man come to fruition. - Esther McRae

Corey and his wife Maggie’s home ‘in4rest’ has a double meaning for the couple. They made a tree change two and a half years ago, ‘in for a rest’ and live on 40 acres ‘in a forest’. That forest, however, has a clearing, which thanks to a bit of ingenuity and a lot of imagination, now houses a private drive-in cinema. It took quite a bit of research to see Corey’s drive-in vision come to fruition. After visiting numerous electrical stores, he was a little surprised to be shown equipment costing upwards of $50,000. Determined not to give up, searching through the trading post one day led him to a real bargain, and a bit of national history. Corey was delighted to see a projector for sale and even more so, when he found out its menial price tag. The projector had been used in Federation Square to broadcast the Olympics and was originally worth a whopping $95,000. It was advertised at a tiny fraction of its worth, so Corey was quick to snap up a bargain. The couple began by putting up a large drop sheet stretched onto a timber frame for the screen and even though this worked for a while, the weather soon had something to say about that. Corey is a metal fabricator by trade and so built a screen from sheet metal, painted 208

white. This now sits proudly near the entrance to their property where many a fun night has been shared in front of the big screen, the Bendigo Swap Meet weekend being the first of these which has now become a tradition with lots of cool cars in town. Corey and Maggie have had up to a dozen cars in the drive-in, with up to another 50 viewers in seats. These guests include the Bendigo Vintage Car Club and The Central Victorian Chrysler Club. He welcomes any car enthusiasts to call him so they too can experience a movie from their favourite seat. Corey’s other toy is a 1936 Dodge Tourer which he bought six years ago from a museum in Queensland. This car lover is proud to tell of his first film choice for the screen, Gone in 60 Seconds, the original movie. Drive-in cinemas were at peak popularity in the 1950s and 60s, however this moonlight past time remains alive and well at the Egan home. The 85kg projector now sits on a trolley with wheels and the cinema is ready and rearing to go in under 15 minutes after wheeling the mammoth machine out to the screen. The couple is adamant however, that this venture is purely for friends and friends of friends, only for fun and will never become their business. Their children love it, often playing Playstation drive-in style and new Years Eve saw family and friends dancing to music videos pouring off the big screen. The next venture is to find an FM transmitter for the area so guests can hear the films in their car and snuggle up in every season. From Fed Square to the Bendigo bush, this one-off ‘toy’ continues to entertain the masses. ■

Photographer: David Field

If you were among those huddled in front of Federation Square’s big screen in September 2000 during the Olympic Games you may have already seen this big boy’s toy. All eyes were fixed on the games, all thanks to a large projector; a special piece of machinery that now lives in Maiden Gully where it still has a die hard fan base, beginning with Corey and Maggie Egan.

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