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FREE Issue No 84 April 2014

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Welcome to country

Moving ceremony at Daly Reserve Friends of Daly Nature Reserve were honoured to host a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony with respected Wurundjeri elder Ron Jones on the evening of March 19.

This was held to acknowledge and celebrate confirmation that the reserve is a significant cultural heritage site and that the nature reserve is largely ‘undisturbed’.

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Kids Corner FROM the Editor’s Desk with Bryan Power Anzac feature This year’s article (on page 17) is the story of Gisborne RSL President John De Lai and focuses on his service with the Royal Australian Navy. My thanks to Russell Servis for interviewing John and writing the story.

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Art space ballot The ballot for free exhibition space at the GREAT Centre attracted applications from 19 artists and art groups, and the roster until October 2015 is published on page 16.

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World’s Greatest Shave Congratulations to the local youngsters who have taken the initiative to join in the annual effort to support the Leukaemia Foundation. By having their hair cut or coloured they have raised thousands of dollars for a good cause.

Who’s Around Town column When Jessica Cotter moved to Geelong this popular column lapsed but now young resident Natalie NG has offered to do an occasional interview (she is a busy university student) and her first column with Gisborne identity Tricia Kaye is on page 11.

Gisborne Dragons cricket results Congratulations to the Gisborne Dragons cricket teams who have won two of the three grand finals the club’s teams contested in late March. See For the Record on page 5 for details. Bryan Power

Gisborne RSL meetings move Because of renovations at the House of the Rock hall at New Gisborne, the RSL meetings on the first Monday of the month at 2pm will be held at the home of the Secretary at 65 Fisher Street, Gisborne, until further notice. Rob Funston

Heritage in our shire The council is seeking community input into a new Heritage Strategy, which aims to protect the region’s heritage features such as buildings, streetscapes, historical documents or objects and indigenous cultural sites. The draft Heritage Strategy will be available for public exhibition from April 1 until May 1, with copies available on the website au/heritage and in council service centres. 2

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Where can I pick up the Gazette? If you do not receive the Gazette in your letter box, you can collect a copy at: Mt Macedon: The Trading Post. Macedon: Post Office, IGA store and the service station on Black Forest Drive. Gisborne: Village Shopping Centre, Gisborne Library, Foodworks supermarket, Caltex Service Station,

Coles supermarket and the GREAT Centre, Hamilton Street. New Gisborne: Baringo Food and Wine Co in Station Road, and the cafe in the Industrial Estate. Riddells Creek: Neighbourhood House. Woodend: Information Centre and Library. Sunbury: Information Centre and Library.

Councillor’s Column

with Cr Sally Piper

It’s all systems go go go at the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for 2014 with lots of projects in the pipeline, strategies out for public comment and a new budget to be struck. We have been tested with the recent fires in the community and our thoughts are with those families that were affected. It was a difficult time but the community rallied together to help out when it mattered the most, showing the real strength of the Macedon Ranges’ residents. With Gisborne and the surrounding area continuing to grow, there are often many requests for funding and facilities from groups in the community. There will be opportunities to make public submissions to the budget for this purpose from April-May and suggestions and input into the budget are most welcome. However don’t forget the Community Funding Scheme which is a better option if you are interested in applying for grants of less than $6,000 and meet the criteria. Applications close on May 2. An Environmental Management Plan has been completed for UL Daly Nature Reserve in Gisborne and is currently out for public exhibition until April 17. This means that you all get to look at the proposed plans for the nature reserve (which includes a footprint for a new kindergarten) and make a formal submission about your thoughts. The early years hub footprint is not absolute and council will decide whether this is the appropriate place for such a building at its April or May meeting. So, how can you stay in the loop? As well as the Shire Life newsletter which is mailed out quarterly to residents, council offers the following channels that you can connect to in order to link in with services in the area: ●  Subscription to eNewsletters via council’s website at to one or more of the following: Aquatics & Leisure, Arts & Culture, Business, Disability, Landcare, Family and an eShire Life. ●  And….. (drumroll please) Council has now added more Facebook sites to its repertoire to connect with even more residents. Find and ‘Like’ the following pages on Facebook to keep in the loop: Gisborne Fitness & Aquatic Centre, Macedon Ranges Youth, Macedon Ranges Emergency Alerts (especially helpful during the recent fires) and Macedon Ranges Arts & Culture As always, any questions or concerns please let me know through any of my contacts that work for you: 0400 865 543, or Twitter: @salpal10 Have a great Easter break perhaps exploring some fantastic hidden treasures in the Macedon Ranges and, most of all, stay safe.

OBITUARIES To submit an obituary for publication, please email or phone 5428 2522. Please also provide a photograph for publication and restrict the article to 250 words.

Protest rally at Council offices A large crowd gathered at 6pm on March 26 to hear seven speakers representing various district groups speak on the themes of “Equality, Respect and Inclusion”, expressing concerns with Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s governance, lack of consultation with the community and lack of respect for female councillors and for those who attempt to engage with the council on issues. The rally unanimously endorsed the following motions: ●  A vote of no confidence in the CEO;

Residents gather despite imminent rain to hear the speakers.

●  The Minister for Local Government to provide immediate intervention by governance

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Diggers Rest History Project In January, the “Diggers Rest History Project” was launched for the purpose of gathering historical information and creating community discussion focused on historical events and personal stories. Input is wanted! If you have a story and would like to share, please call David O’Connor on 9740 1060 or email mail@ Facebook: Many of the locals who turned out to examine the Environmental Management Plan for Daly Reserve and discuss it with council officers at the Scout Hall on March 20 stopped on the way in to view a resident’s display.

Environment plan for Daly Reserve completed An Environmental Management Plan prepared by consultants Biosis has confirmed that U  L Daly Nature Reserve is a significant aboriginal cultural heritage site. “A field survey in the reserve found 11 aboriginal stone artefacts at two locations. Both were in areas of little grass cover so it can be assumed that there is potential for further artefacts in the vegetated areas adjacent,” the assessment said. The council held an information session for residents at the Scout Hall in Howey Street on March 20. Residents have until April 17 to lodge submissions and tell Council their view of the proposals. The two reports by Biosis – Environmental Management and Cultural Heritage – can be downloaded from the council website or obtained from the council offices in Robertson Street.


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ANZAC Day at Gisborne The service will begin at 10.30am at the War Memorial in Hamilton Street. Ex-service men and women are asked to gather at the Court House by 10.20am before marching to the memorial. The ANZAC Day address will be given by Group Captain Carl Schiller, OAM. The Gisborne Singers will lead the singing at the commemoration and congregation members of the House of the Rock Church will provide morning tea after the service. A special visitor at this year’s service will be Sally, the medal-winning bomb sniffer dog, who worked with Sapper Tom Trewin, grandson of Gisborne resident Barb Annison. ●  Those who intend going to the dawn service at Mount Macedon are warned that private vehicles will not be permitted to travel to the top car park but will be diverted to Tony Clarke Reserve, from where people will be ferried to the Cross by bus. Free buses will also depart Gisborne Railway Station at 4:15am and 5:15am and Riddells Creek Primary School at 4:15am. A continual shuttle bus service will operate from Tony Clarke Reserve, ­Waterfalls Road, Macedon, with the first bus departing at 4:15am and the last bus departing at 5:20am. Sally will return to this year’s Anzac Day service.

Listening post in Gisborne Federal MP for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, will be at the Gisborne Village Shopping Centre (outside Chemist Warehouse) on Thursday May 1 from 9.30 to 11.30am to discuss any issues or questions you may have.

Local Government Minister visits The Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jeanette Powell visited Gisborne on February 27. After a meeting at the council offices, the minister and the Member for Northern Victoria, Amanda Millar, held a “listening post” at Coles supermarket to hear residents’ issues regarding local government.

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Committee appointed on Sunbury council move Jeanette Powell, left, with the Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar during the visit to Gisborne.

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Kids Corner


Spot the difference

1 What is a group of tortoises called?

First Week – We love wombats! Join the fabulous Narelle Stone of Quirky Tales for some great interactive book theatre and puppetry as ‘Wombat goes Walkabout’ and returns home for some ‘Wombat Stew’! Wednesday April 9 2 - 3pm Children 5 - 10 years Bookings 5428 3962.

2 What parts of its body does a butterfly smell with? 3 What is the name of the largest stick insect in Australia? 4 In the Harry Potter books, what is Hermione’s surname: Robinson, Taylor, Granger or Smith? 5 How many compartments are there in a cow’s stomach? 6 How tall was the tallest man ever: 2.39, 2.72, 3.16 or 3.64 metres? 7 How many microorganisms do you have in your body: More than a trillion, less than a billion, about one million, less than 100,000?

If you can you find seven differences, you’ve got them all!

Second Week – Not going on holidays? Here’s an idea! Drop in and try your hand at some gorgeous creative Easter crafts and activities. Monday-Thurs April 14-17 each day anytime between 10am and noon. Children under six must be supervised by an adult.

Gisborne Kindergarten mixes it up

8 What are the Melbourne Men’s Basketball team known as? 9 How many players are on the court in a basketball game?

Answers: 1. A creep 2. Its feet and antennae 3. The titan stick insect 4. Granger 5. Four 6. 2.72 metres (8 feet 11 inches), the height of US citizen Robert Wadlow at the time of his death in 1940 at the age of 22. 7. More than a trillion 8. The Tigers 9. Ten (five on each team).

Jokes and riddles

School holiday program at Gisborne Library

“How far is it to the station?”

“It’s only a 10-minute walk if you run.”

Gisborne Kindergarten children have been introduced to the skills of cooking through class activities. They made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, teddy bear biscuits for our teddy bear day and vegetable slice. Jasmine donated a zucchini as the base for the slice and the children used eggs laid by our own hen Lulu. Through cooking children learn about numeracy, literacy, cooperation and hygiene.

What do you get when you cross an echidna with a giraffe? A toothbrush Doctor, Doctor, you’ve got to help me! I keep thinking I’m a bridge! Good heavens! What’s come over you? So far a truck, a motorcycle and two cars. What is Dracula’s favourite fruit? Necktarines! Your daughter is only five and she can spell her name backwards? Why, that’s remarkable! Yes, we’re very proud of her. And what is your daughter’s name? Anna. Why do you go to bed? Because the bed can’t come to you. What Aussie bird is a master chef? A cook-aburra. What does a pig use to write a letter? A pig-pen and oink. 4

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(Cartoon by Joycelyn Moreland)

Addison holds the cup for Jessica as she pours the milk into the flour mixture. This is an example of working cooperatively to achieve an outcome.

Cut and paste team The bright-as-buttons Writers’ Group at Newham Primary School put together this edition of the Gazette. Heather, Mitchell, Caelan, Jack, Phoebe, Carmen, Jade, Amber and Isabella also provided the jokes, riddles and quiz questions.

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Grants on offer for ANZAC Centenary Schools and community groups are encouraged to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and apply for an ANZAC Centenary grant to help fund their project. Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell said “The ANZAC Centenary Grants are a way to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War. “The project can be anything from a memorial statue, a community education program or even a performance inspired by the spirit of ANZAC. “I’m really excited to see what fantastic, commemorative ideas our community comes up with.” Applications close Wednesday April 30. You can submit your application to PO Box 583, Wallan 3756 or email If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea before you submit your application, please contact Rob Mitchell’s office on 5783 4880.

More to Macedon Ranges than your own backyard! We live in a beautiful part of Victoria that attracts many tourists, so how about we become tourists in our own backyard. We have events, places of interest, towns, farmers’ markets, cafes, restaurants and so much more to explore. FOCUS ON KYNETON This month we are featuring Kyneton; come along and enjoy the events or have a coffee or a meal at one of the town’s cafes or restaurants, or visit the local shopping strips to find a bargain. Some April events in Kyneton: Saturday 12: Kyneton Farmers’ Market, St Pauls Park. 8am – 1pm. Enquiries: 5422 1025 Sunday 13: Taste of Kyneton Food and Wine Festival, Kyneton Botanic Gardens. Enquiries: Saturday 19: Zonta Trash and Treasure, Kyneton Community & Learning Centre, 8am – 12 noon. Saturday 19: R M Begg Annual Easter Fair, in the grounds of Duck Duck Goose & Larder, 17 Piper Street. A great place for a bargain including home baked goods.


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q  Gisborne Football-Netball Club launched its 2014 season with a cocktail evening at Gardiner Reserve in late March. The club plays its first round on Saturday April 5, hosting Castlemaine at Gardiner Reserve. It will go into battle against Golden Square at home on ANZAC Day.

Riddells Creek brigade receives the cheque.

Riddells Creek market for CFA raises... $30,449.45! The Riddells Creek Farmers Market Committee is thrilled to announce that over $30,000 was raised for the local CFA Brigade in the four hours that the market ran in February. The Farmers Market announced it would hold a raffle fundraiser on the Tuesday after the fires that almost wiped out the town and the Facebook posting went viral. More than $9,000 worth of prizes were donated by individuals and businesses in the community for the raffle and auction on the day. The committee became aware during the week that Riddells Creek CFA needed another $30,000 for a new fire truck (after 10 years of fundraising) so we made that our very lofty goal. People were incredibly generous and grateful to the CFA, and the total amazed us all. The Brigade proudly announced on Sunday via Facebook that they have now placed the order and we hope to see the shiny new truck at the station in September!       Meagan Upsher 0414 913 337

Reservoir holds up during high summer water use Gisborne’s Rosslynne Reservoir was about 85 per cent full at the end of February despite water use soaring over summer. Gisborne residents used about 310 litres of drinking water per person per day over summer, almost double the amount being used in the months prior to December. There was also very high water use in Riddells Creek due to fire-fighting efforts during the February fire. The rain station at Rosslynne shows that just 65mm of rain fell over December, January and February. Rosslynne Reservoir began supplying residents of Gisborne with drinking water again last year after a lengthy break due to drought. For more information go to or call 1300 650 422.

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q  Seventeen members of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn worked from March 20 to 27 on David Brown`s burnt-out property in McGregor Road that was pictured on the front page of the March Gazette. The group rebuilt David’s fencing as part of the BlazeAid efforts. The group attended Gisborne Rotary’s dinner meeting at the Gisborne Golf Club on March 25. q  Gisborne women cricketers put up a great fight but went down to Frankston in the grand final of the one-day competition at Dixon Field on March 22. q  At the same time the Gisborne Dragons Men’s teams were fighting for flags in the district grand finals. In B Division Gisborne looked shaky at 8/137 trailling Diggers Rest Bulla’s 168 by 31 runs at the close of play on March 23. However the tail wagged strongly on March 29 to take Gisborne to a winning score of 175. In D Division Gisborne belted an impressive score of 453 against Lancefield who batted well for a score of 288 before conceding victory to Gisborne. q  Donna Petrovich has been selected as the Liberal Party candidate for the state seat of Macedon in the November state election.

MP in tribute to shire’s emergency services On February 25 Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell spoke in the House of Representatives of the February 9 fires that swept though parts of the electorate. Mr Mitchell said: “While many properties were Rob Mitchell destroyed we were so grateful that no lives were lost. It is this point as well as the fact that dozens, if not hundreds, more properties were saved due to the bravery, selflessness and expertise of our emergency services, particularly the Country Fire Authority. To all emergency services, government agencies and volunteers who helped throughout the fires, on behalf of the people of McEwen, thank you.”

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Rotary members started from the Rotary rotunda near the adventure playground.

Clean up runs like clockwork Members of Gisborne Rotary, 1st Gisborne Scouts and Friends of Daly Reserve provided the biggest numbers yet to join the national Clean Up Australia effort on March 2. Rotary members cleaned up the parks to the west of Aitken

Street while the Friends and scouts covered the reserve, cemetery, pine plantation and Melton Road as far as the Secondary College. Scouts and cubs also picked up litter along Brantome, Prince Cubs and Scouts in central Gisborne. and Goode Streets.

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  Macedon CWA's museum jaunt

Our next meeting is April 14, at the Masonic Hall, corner of Aitken and Fisher Streets, at 10am. New members are always welcome. Our country of study this year is Mongolia. We gather once a month at the CWA hall on the Mount for a craft day. Our CWA branch won first place for the most knitted baby matinee jackets which were donated to babies in need in Third World countries. Gisborne CWA group wishes to say what a wonderful effort was made by the CFA, SES, Red Cross, Police and all the volunteers when our community needed them during the recent terrible fires. Yours in CWA friendship   Janet Wojtylak

On March 15, eight Macedon CWA members met five from our Tyntynder sister branch at the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo. Our guide, Geoff, provided an excellent explanation of the collection, its benefactors and the history of the Bendigo Chinese community. The Bendigo Chinese Association opened the museum in 1991 to document, interpret and preserve the Chinese heritage in Australia. Sun Loong (new dragon), the world’s longest Imperial Dragon, was a highlight. His Some of the ladies from body is nearly 100 metres long and stretches Macedon and Tyntynder outside around the gallery. The textile collection and the museum. costumes were closely examined by the keen craftswomen in our group. The museum is so extensive that most members felt they must return for another look. Later we all retired to the Bendigo Art Gallery restaurant for a sumptuous lunch, a good chat and a cake celebrating Macedon CWA’s 88th birthday. Macedon CWA is pleased to have three new members. A warm welcome to Rebecca, Michelle and Lesley for a long, happy time with us.  Lorraine Tweddle, 5426 2045

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Runners and cyclists are invited to enter the Rotary Macedon Ranges Challenge to be held on Sunday May 4 to raise money to support community, health and humanitarian projects. Participants can enjoy a 7km or 14km run in the foothills of Mount Macedon, or ride a 68km or 121km cycling course traversing the area from Mount Macedon to Daylesford. The Macedon Ranges Challenge is more than just a ride or a run. It's for charity, the scenery is second to none, and what better way to reward your effort than with a country barbecue to refuel after you've overcome the challenge. Organised by the Rotary Club of Gisborne, the event has raised thousands of dollars over its past six years, benefiting organisations such as the CFA, SES, local schools, the Australian Rotary Health Fund, MS research and other good causes. The main charity partner this year is the MS Society, which Gisborne Rotary supports in its quest to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Challenge yourself for a good cause and lots of fun. School teams and corporate teams are also encouraged to enter. For more information go to or call 0408 284 510.

Gisborne Friends of Red Cross Gisborne Friends of Red Cross thanks all the caring and generous people who donated to “Red Cross Calling” in March. The final figure will be in the May edition. Our March meeting was well attended and we were thoroughly entertained by Florence Carter with her talk about being a British army nurse in India in WW2 and she even brought along her heavy woollen officer's jacket complete with brass buttons which she had to wear in the stifling heat. She deserved a medal. On April 4 our speaker is Joan Rollason and her subject is a “mystery man” with some connection to Vegemite! On May 2 we have a representative from Australian Red Cross to mark the Centenary of Red Cross in Australia this year. Our traditional International Project fundraiser, “Winter Wear by Blumes” will be held on June 6 at 1.30pm. Details next issue. We meet in the Gisborne Seniors rooms on the first Friday of the month from 1.30 to 3.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Trish Clark is our contact person on 5420 7712 if you would like to attend or just find out more about us.– Jean Poor

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Who's around town This month: Tricia Kaye

The 2014 Probus committee: From left: Wray Taylor, Trish Kaye, Don Alexander, Audrey Kilpatrick, Kevin Morgan (Vice President), Jan Jones, Dawn Belton (president) Robert Wilkie, Barbara Crapper, Wendy Hanstead, Anne Ciesielseki (treasurer). Missing Keith Hallett (secretary).

Probus goes to university Despite last-minute changes our recent trip to Melbourne University went very well indeed. First we visited the Medical Museum which, while not being large, houses a wide range of photographs and documents as well as medical and scientific instruments tracing the history of medical training in Victoria. It also provided tremendous insight into the difficulties faced by female graduates in getting a foothold into the medical profession. For instance, in 1951 a woman graduate was denied entry into obstetrics! The museum also houses a reproduction of a pharmacy showing the types of drugs available in the late 19th century when pharmacists compounded all their own medicines. A surprise for one of our members, Margery Cross, were two group photographs of medical students taken in 1913 and 1915 – her mother was in them! Margery had never seen the photographs before. There was much of interest in this museum; a visit is highly recommended. After a generous lunch at the Dr Dax Café we adjourned to the Grainger Museum. Again, not a large museum, but one which houses an extensive range of artifacts, clothes, china, furniture, letters, musicals instruments and more documenting the creative and sometimes turbulent life of Percy Grainger, one of Australia’s most famous composers. It is both fascinating and intriguing, another place not to be missed. All in all, a great day.   Marg Cabassi

Tricia’s beloved 1852 cottage – also home to two cats – is a collector’s wonderland, which I had the pleasure of visiting recently. Born in Garden City near Port Melbourne, Tricia has also lived in Alice Springs, St Kilda and Sunbury. The ‘lovely community’ makes Gisborne Tricia’s favourite, and she remembers the little town as it was in 1960, having lived here for 44 years. ‘Hardly any shops, there was a general store; things closed for lunch; there was a one-man police station with the Sergeant and his family living in the police house next door – so we were and still are close friends’, she reminisces with a soft laugh. Starting out as a shop girl, she has, in the past, been an antique dealer and also spent 25 years selling prestigious, handmade Morgan sports cars in Australia through Museum Motors. She widely collects Australian art and personally relishes Chinapainting. Ever since her early days in Gisborne, Tricia has been an active and highly involved member of the community. She started off forming the Gisborne Ambulance Auxiliary which built and manned the early ambulance station, helipad and officer’s home. The auxiliary went on to start the famous Gisborne Market,

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which was passed over to GREAT – Gisborne Region Events, Activities and Tourism – 11 years ago. ‘We started that with eight stalls; look how big it is now!’ Apart from being secretary and treasurer for the Auxiliary, Tricia is also the President of the Gisborne Artists’ Society, Gisborne Friends of Vision Australia and is a member of the Gisborne Probus and Garden Clubs. Tricia helped found the Artists’ Society 28 years ago, gaining inspiration from her time with the late Pat Royal. ‘[A group of local artists] and I decided we would do something with our art – have a yearly exhibition, sell our works and give the money to something in the community.’ When initially quizzed about what she has learnt from art, Tricia answered instead with what she has gleaned from life. "I’m a patient person. I try not to worry. Try and have a smile; look on the bright side of things. Do your best. Be kind to creatures and people." We talk a bit more about expansion and the pros and cons involved, before wrapping up our 90minute interview. I leave with the sense that having people like Tricia around town, we’ll be just fine. Tricia Kaye has lived in Gisborne for 44 years.

A colourful Swinburne tradition Each year, the new arrivals to Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten eagerly await their chance to decorate their very own kinder hats.

The children are let loose with colourful, and often sparkly, paints to create their own masterpiece.

The teachers help with names or a special picture, but the children have full artistic licence over the final product. The hardest part for our budding artists is waiting overnight for the paint to dry before they can wear their art with pride! The hats have become a significant transitional tool for the newcomers and help to create a

Kyle and Levi hard at work creating their fabulous hats. great sense of belonging to our group and our kindergarten. The excitement of the hats certainly does

help support our Sunsmart policy nicely! Swinburne students have become a distinguishable group in our community. Keep your eye out for one of the very colourful possums, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas or koalas at a shopping centre near you! Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten currently has places available in most groups. If you or someone you know might like to join our wonderful learning community, please call 5428 3731 or 5428 3697 to speak with one of our wonderful teachers. Kylie Ball  Swinburne Avenue Committee


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from the archives of Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society Gisborne Courthouse, 4 Hamilton Street Open Wednesdays 10am to 4 pm.

Local History By Phyllis Boyd

Proudly sponsored by Amanda Millar, State MP for Northern Victoria

Dear Old Gisborne There’s a spot in Australia, a spot I love well, But how dearly I love it no tongue may e’er tell; 'Twas the home of my youth, my childhood and prime, And in dreams I revisit that spot so sublime.

From broad Sunnyacres once I calmly looked down In the days of my youth, on my loved native town, And the scene from the hill o’er the creek was so fine That I ever will treasure that picture divine.

'Tis surrounded by hills, purple, golden and green, Where the wattle and eucalypt e’er may be seen; Where kangaroo bounds and the possum runs high, And proud Macedon tow’rs his tall head to the sky.

Yes, 'tis impressed in my heart and there it will stay Till my pulse beats its last, till my life’s latest day, Till I breathe my last breath and my last sigh I give, In my mem’ry the glories of Gisborne will live.

Nestling down in sweet vale, 'tis easy to seek My dear town of Old Gisborne on loved Jacksons Creek, With its wide streets well planted, gravelled and clean And its island half hidden by willowy sheen.

In the field of athletics our sons took the lead, There was no one could beat Gorman, Haire or Den Creed; At tossing the caber or a hop, step and jump, Sure the Bulleng’rook boys gave the smartest a bump.

There are ranges close by with their crests in the air, Where a scene may be gazed on that’s ever so fair, There are valleys around her abounding in gold, And hills heights and bluffs – abrupt, steep, stately and bold.

At reaping or ploughing or in throwing the sheaf The Bulleng’rook boys brought all opponents to grief, They were brave, stalwart men of the very best breeds, Be they Dohenys, Moloneys, Mulcahys or Creeds.

Each morn Sol smiles on her, sweet, softly and bright When he peeps o’er the hilltops to shed his first light, And her sunsets are lovely and grand to behold When the sky is lit up in deep crimson and gold.

In cycling and running, at football or cricket, Our boys held their own and were great at the wicket; Some in coursing and fishing found very great fun, But our boys at all times, were all there with the gun.

At Bulleng’rook Hill is a scene worth espying, At Waterloo Flat is a view that’s undying, At Paradise Gully 'twould make your heart quiver To view from the bridge, the sweet scene of the river.

For great learned men too, our town is far famed, Of her sons and their sons no one need be ashamed; In the broad ways of science, progress and honour, The splendid old boys cast their glories upon her.

High up on Mount Gisborne doth a stone cairn stand, The view from its summit is inspiring and grand; The Pyretes below you their wild grandeur display And away in the distance is deep Hobson’s Bay.

And in our old town they ne’er reared a man shady Bear witness to its Dixon, Hussey and Brady; Our Gisborne girls were smart, witty and peerless In riding a horse o’er a fence, they were fearless.

The colours bright blending on a clear summer’s day, Makes the scene seem like heaven I’ve heard them all say; Had Thomas Moore seen it, like me he’d be smitten; The Vale of Avoca he’d never have written.

Oh, the Old Boys were great and we love them all still, Fitzpatrick, Joe Leonard, Dick Rough and Fred Hill; We had Herman Hill too, once a ball thrower great, And all those fine fellows you’ve seen there of late.

'Neath the Castlemaine Road is a scene that is quaint, Which no artist may sketch and no limner may paint; 'Tis Wyabun Valley with the creek running through, There, the landscape’s enchanting and splendid the view.

The boys of the old town were straight, sturdy and brave In the far fields of France many found there a grave; When the cross headed Kaiser set Europe aflare Our boys with their rifles, in the trenches were there.

They fought at Gallipoli – we all heard the story – They swept back the Turks and they gained deathless glory, The honours they won are on Gisborne reflected And ne’er in the town will their names be rejected. For the gallant who fell, our hearts melt in pity – Swinburne, Moffitt, Short, Maggs, Wilson and Pretty – And though in those far, far off lands they are lying, Their names, like their deeds, in our town are undying. Then where is the heart, so unfeeling and cold That could fail to love Gisborne far better than gold, No patriot he and he knows not his duty Who loves not her people and sees not her beauty. 'Twas such love of my old town through many long years, Thro’ fame and thro’ fortune, thro’ smiles, travels and tears, O’er mountains and valleys, in breeze, tempest and gale That at length drove me back to sweet, loved 'Erinvale' And here in Old Gisborne, though I’m now old and grey 'Midst the scenes of my childhood I’m wishing to stay, With school mates around me, who’ve now lost their bloom, Till retired from my labours I rest in the tomb. And even in death, should it be granted to me, A glimpse of Old Gisborne I’ll be longing to see, For deep down in my heart is its beauty embossed, But deeper, far deeper, is its love there engrossed. Written by D G O’Donnell David George O’Donnell was born at Bullengarook in 1860, eldest son of Michael and Johanna (nee Barry). An astute detective, his crusade against illegal gambling, particularly the operations of John Wren, and his relentless efforts to close the Collingwood totalizator and other gambling houses made him almost legendary. In Frank Hardy's book Power Without Glory, he features as detective sergeant Dave O'Flaherty. After retirement he lived at 'Erinvale' on Kilmore Road for 16 years, where he wrote prolifically. O'Donnell died in 1946.  Historical Society Happenings, page 28


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Sunday April 6 at 3pm Church of Christ, Saunders Road New Gisborne &

Sunday April 13 at 3pm St Paul’s Anglican Church, Kyneton

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For the green thumbs . . . Gisborne Garden Club

Lavender banks scent the air at St Cybranet.


Autumn program

Opening for the first time, St Cybranet – 468 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon – is a five-hectare romantic garden in the foothills of Mount Macedon. A French chateau-inspired house sits in a sprawling garden. Autumn-toned birches, oaks, crab apples, ornamental pears and maples are a wonderful foil to the dark green hedging enclosing a formal reflection pool, statuary and gravelled areas. A parterre with vegetables, roses and perennials creates a very pretty productive area. A dramatic steel dome-shaped wisteria arbour is at the heart of a fabulous circular garden of four beds featuring crab apples and prostrate rosemary. Teas will be available and plants will be for sale. When: Saturday April 5 and Sunday 6, 10am to 4.30pm. Children under 18 admitted free. Entry $8. Maren Kamen, 26 Margaret Street, Macedon, is an exciting, contemporary garden of rare plants created by passionate and talented plant collectors in a modern setting. The garden was begun in 1998 and the planting scheme has evolved towards hardy plants that are at roughly the same latitude north and south of the equator as Melbourne. Plants were chosen from the Mediterranean to China, California and Mexico, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. Contrast in foliage, colour shape and texture is centre stage. This is an exciting and challenging garden – full of rare plants in a modern setting. When: Saturday April 5 and Sunday 6, 10am to 4.30pm. Children under 18 admitted free. Entry $7.

On a pleasant autumn day 47 members of the Gisborne Garden Club visited a fellow member’s garden on a fourhectare property at South Gisborne. The basic structure of the garden was already established when they purchased five years ago but a great deal of work and redevelopment has been done to bring the garden to its present delightful presentation. Varying sizes and species of hedging dominate the outlay of the garden along with expanses of lawn separating the generous brick-edged beds, each displaying either selections of a single species or a combination of complementary perennials. A succulent garden, featuring varieties with vibrant red flowers, purple leafed with small mauve flowers, yellows and shades of green and grey-green foliage, was well positioned to bask in the midday sun. A relatively new area, intended to eventually replicate a “tropical” style garden, was cool and restful and an attractive vista from the glass enclosed patio. This well-manicured garden, despite limited water supply, was lush and inviting, due in part to the rectangular fish pond visible from the house and the water-lily dam at a distance. Kerry For further information about the Langmaid club phone Kerry on 0408 115 759.

Community garden on way for Gisborne Plans for a community garden at Gisborne Church of Christ are flourishing, with donated materials on site and a garden plan under development. Church members attended a workshop in March to learn more about how to set up and run the project. Run by Western Water, the workshop included a presentation by Elaine Shallue, from Sustainable Gardening Australia, who worked with bushfire-affected towns to set up community gardens after Black Saturday. Church member John Randles said the workshop had provided good advice on the operating structure of the garden and getting the wider community involved. He said the church would hold a community meeting in the coming months to get input from local people and groups.

Award-winning dahlias at Bolobek.


Hello everyone. It was so good to get some worthwhile rain in mid-March. I am confident that this rain heralds the with Chris Williams end of summer and hopefully the end of the lengthy dry spell. It was certainly long overdue! A lot has been happening at Bolobek – we have had a wedding and an open garden in the past few weeks. Our new vegetable garden has been productive over summer; there have been good crops of potatoes, zucchini, peas, lettuce, rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries. We also have a great bed of culinary herbs and it is a joy to be able to use fresh herbs from the garden instead of paying a lot for the rather ordinary supermarket variety! The vegetable garden has several beds that are planted with flowers for indoor decoration and so far we have had success with lupins, delphiniums and a bed of bright orange dahlias. Recently, I entered a container of the dahlias in the Mount Macedon and District Horticultural Society’s annual flower show – we won the blue ribbon for champion dahlia in show! The Horticultural Society is always running interesting events. Keep an eye out for its wonderful annual Plant Lovers Market to be held at Bolobek in September. Happy gardening and don’t forget to visit some of the local gardens that will be open this autumn. It is such a good season to be out and about in the Macedon Ranges.

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Proudly sponsored by Gisborne Artists Society, Macedon Ranges Art Group, Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art & Craft, The Gallery Mt Macedon, The Gisborne Singers, Duneira, The Licorice Allsorts, Macedon Music and The Mount Players

Singers to perform two new concerts

Thanks from Artists Society

A huge thank you to the Macedon Ranges community for helping to make our annual show held February 28 to March 2 a wonderful success. We would also like to thank students from Gisborne Secondary College who exhibited their work this year. As in the past, proceeds will go to Gisborne Oaks.   John Clarke

Quilters rise to challenge ABOVE: Linda Rodgers, Janet Sheppard and Vicki Wells discuss last month's film.

It was a challenge – the 6 x 4 quilt challenge. A group of ladies from the CWA and Friends Patchwork Group were up to it. Take 90 six-inch squares, not of our own choosing, and up to four other fabrics, and six very different results are shown in the photo.  Helen Hallett

April will be another busy month at Duneira with guided house and garden tours, a Mt Macedon bush walk with Stephen Ryan, lectures by Michael McCoy on the great gardens of the world, Simon Rickard on the ‘musical trees’ of Duneira, John O’Donnell on the authorship of Richard II, Bryan Dawe presenting a satirist’s journey and On the Couch with Sir Roderick Carnegie. Other events will be concerts with pianist Stefan Cassomenos, the Joseph Tawardos Trio plus an Easter egg hunt and an outdoor performance by Le Petit Circus. For the full program, see the March-May 2014 brochure or go to the website Bookings are essential. Enquiries to 5426 1490.

Flood exhibition at Kyneton

100 Frames – flood events in photographs. In January 2011 floods devastated parts of Victoria. These photos tell the story of the flood in its entirety. April 4 - June 29. Kyneton Town Hall and Kyneton Museum.

Susan Millman and Paul Tanner.

Award-winning Israeli film shows at Woodend At the March meeting of the Macedon Ranges Film Society, the audience was entertained by the clever writing in the film The History Boys. Based on a play by Alan Bennett, the film stars Richard Griffiths as the redoubtable Hector, teacher at a fictional Grammar school. The film centres on the education of eight young male students, all vying for 'Oxbridge' acceptance. On April 9, a 2007 Israeli film will be screened. The Band’s Visit, directed by Eran Kolirin, won eight Ophir prizes awarded by the Israeli Film Academy.  The plot involves the arrival from Egypt of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra consisting of eight men.  They have been booked by an Arab cultural centre but through a miscommunication, the band takes a bus to a town in the desert. Here, they must face the challenges that arise. The society meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Woodend Community Centre. Film notes are provided and there is supper, kindly supplied by members, after the screening. Enquiries about membership must first be made by visiting the website – – or by phoning Christine on 5429 5452 or Lorraine on 5427 0921.  Christine Caley

The Gisborne Singers are now into the final rehearsals for their next concert. This will comprise excerpts from Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The choir will be supported by two professional singers — Alexandra Flood (soprano) and Lotte BettsDean (contralto). They will appear with a hand-picked chamber orchestra. Patrons will be delighted to know that we have at last found a venue in Gisborne suitable for our concerts. This is the Church of Christ's new auditorium on Saunders Road and it will be the venue for the first concert on Sunday April 6 at 3pm. This will be followed on Sunday April 13 with a performance at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Kyneton, also starting at 3pm. In traditional style, both concerts will be followed by afternoon tea. For bookings go to our website www. or telephone Robert on 5428 7033. Tickets are also sold at the door unless sold out prior. Booking is recommended. The Gisborne Singers will also perform at the Anzac Day ceremony in Gisborne.

Nursery at The Gallery When visiting his son in Sydney recently, Les Marshall’s son, who is expecting his first child, commented that he couldn’t find any good art for the nursery. That got Les thinking so he painted some quirky ‘nursery’ art and he has been taking orders since. So this month at The Gallery Les is showing ‘paintings for the house’, from cute animals to balloons to kitchen-inspired themes. Les has had many solo exhibitions One of Les Marshall's works and now paints from his on display at The Gallery. studio in Mt Macedon. Meet the artist at the opening of Art for the House at 2pm on Saturday April 12. Exhibition on for a month from April 7. Gallery hours 10am-4pm Friday-Tuesday.

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Commemorating the ANZACS BOOK WORMS

Taylor’s letter collection Those ANZAC Day 2014 will be a special commemoration because it marks Who Marched Away, while Ross McMullin’s biography Farewell the centenary of the beginning Dear People won the 2013 of World War One – a time to pay Prime Minister’s Award. homage to those who fought and to The role of women in war can those who sacrificed their lives. Renowned and thorough histories be found in Australian Heroines with Natasha Boyd of WWI and Patsy Adam Smith’s can be found with Paul Ham’s republished Australian Women 1914: The Year the World Ended, Mike Carlton’s First Victory: 1914 at War. Good picture books to gently introduce war concepts HMAS Sydney, Patrick Lindsay’s Fromelles and Michael to younger children include Simpson and his Donkey, Caulfield’s Unknown Anzacs. A different approach A Day to Remember, Red Poppy with cd, Gallipoli and comes from Roland Perry with several military animal Meet the Anzacs by local writer Claire Saxby. Popular biographies: Horrie the War Dog, Australian Lighthorse and Bill the Bastard. James Brown’s Anzac’s Long historical fiction novels for older readers are “Warhorse” by Michael Morpurgo, French’s novel A Rose for Anzac Shadow highlights the cost of our national obsession, and Boys, Greenwood’s Evan’s Gallipoli and Gary Sheffield’s First World War in 100 Objects Soldier Boy about the youngest Anzac. is both visual and informative. Allen & Unwin have provided a new Some gorgeous pictorial coffee table type children’s picture hardback, I Was Only keepsakes include Coulthart’s The Lost Diggers, Pelvin’s Anzac: An Illustrated History, the official Nineteen, as our giveaway (pictured left). The winner will be the first person “Australian War Memorial” collection and “The to visit the Gisborne Gazette office Great War in 3D” with stereoscopic viewer and in Hamilton Street with evidence of a 35 images. soldier in your family.  First-person accounts are documented in Kirby’s Love Letters of the Great War and    March book winners: page 12 This month's book prize.

Clarinet group performs with youth choir The Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Choir joined forces with the Bendigo Youth Choir on Sunday March 23 to delight an appreciative audience at the Church of the Resurrection, Macedon. Both choirs donated their share of the door takings to the music program being run at the church.

'A Few Good Men' wins plaudits for director The Mount Players’ first production for 2014, the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men, draws to a close on Saturday April 5. The play has been an outstanding success for director Neil Coulson in his first full-length production at the helm and will hopefully be only the first of many this experienced theatrical all-rounder creates for us. Aaron Sorkin’s witty and suspenseful script has been brought to life by superb performances from a highly experienced cast. While there are many faces familiar to our audiences, we have been also blessed to see gripping performances from several relative newcomers to our theatre, including the flawless Claire Benne as attorney Jo Galloway, Chris Sliwczynski getting up a great head of steam as rookie attorney Daniel Kaffee, a brilliantly subtle turn by Chris Davis as prosecutor Lieutenant Jack Ross, and a remarkable performance from Darren Gregor as the near-psychotic Lieutenant Kendrick — these among Russell Servis equally fine performances across the ensemble. If you haven’t got tickets yet, phone the Box Office on 5426 1892 or visit the website www.themountplayers. com and follow the booking link. Our next production, the black comedy Harold and Maude, has been cast and rehearsals are under way. This play runs June 6-28. Tickets are now available as above. Russell Servis

Sketch and Wash workshop

Macedon Music Concert Sunday May 4 2.30pm Violin & Piano – Zoe Black and Joe Chindamo play J S Bach/arr. Chindamo Goldberg Variations at 70 Brougham Road, Mount Macedon.

Continuing the highly popular series of one-day workshops by the best of Victorian artists, Macedon Ranges Art Group presents a Sketch and Wash workshop by Linda Weil on Sunday April 27 in Woodend. Linda absolutely loves to draw. She will use different drawing mediums to create final pieces of art. Her preferred subject matter is nature and wildlife Linda Weil studies, often with a slight twist in concept. Her sensitive handling of line and tone is expressed in delicate renderings of the subjects’ fur and textures. Linda’s love of the medium and subject is evident in her works of beautifully drawn native animals and nature studies. For enrolment and more details on this and other workshops and MRAG activities including membership and plein air activities, contact John York on 5427 1780 or Dieter Goethel on 5426 1229, email or go to


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What is the truth behind the Baroness’s death? Are things all as they appear to be? What types of colourful characters will be attending this highly publicised event?

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First outing for Taste of Kyneton festa The Kyneton Community Park is excited to present the first ‘Taste of Kyneton’ food and wine festival on Sunday April 13. This festival to be held at the Kyneton Botanical Gardens will showcase the best that Kyneton and surrounding regional food and beverage providers have to offer. Taste of Kyneton festival will be an all weather event and include music, kids’ entertainment, local produce market and more. Starting at 11am, visitors

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will be able to spend the day sampling signature dishes from some of Kyneton and surrounds most reputable restaurants, complemented by drinks from the region’s best wineries and breweries. Taste of Kyneton will have its own currency, ‘Green Tix’, which will be redeemable for food and drinks on the day. For bookings go to www. For further information check www.


March book prize winners

The winners of the March book prize were the Graham children of Macedon: Zara, Samuel and Bryn. For this month’s prize and the Bookworms column, see previous page.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING Going.....    going.....


Proudly sponsored by Macedon Ranges Health

‘Betty’s Boop’ with Betty Doolan

All go at new health centre site A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site of the new health centre site on March 14. Senator Scott Ryan participated in the ceremony. The old building has now been demolished and work is ready to begin on the new centre. It is expected to open early next year. Chairman John Wauchope said this investment in health infrastructure was visionary. “The existing building served us well but it was not able to be adapted to provide the facilities we need for a new era of primary health care that has a focus on prevention,” he said. “The aim is to avoid more-acute health episodes, keep people out of hospital and in their homes. Originally we had Gisborne and District

Bush Nursing Hospital which was replaced by more contemporary aged care with The Oaks. From that emerged a much-needed community and allied health service. This is the next step which will see Gisborne and district well served with primary preventative health care services.” The new centre will provide a general medical practice which will integrate with the existing aged care, allied and mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle services offered by Macedon Ranges Health. This will be supported by other specialist services such as paediatrics, pathology and a day procedure service as soon as practical.

Goodbye to Men’s Shed... just for a while Sadly, by the time you read this our beloved Shed will be gone! Our home away from home for the past 2½ years had to make way for the new Macedon Ranges Health Care Centre. As we packed up we reflected on the friends we’ve made, fun we’ve had, the support we’ve given each other and the many projects we have provided to our community. We couldn’t begin to count the cups of tea and biscuits consumed (all Bill, Jack and Geoff, above, and Gunther, Robert and Max pack healthy, low fat, gluten-free of course) or the new up the Men’s Shed. skills many of us have learned. But fear not, the GREAT Gisborne Men’s Shed will for new projects already on our books. The Gisborne be back, better than ever. It will be directly across Neal Historical Society has generously allowed us to use the Street from the old shed; we’re not sure when but let’s old courthouse for a meeting place. But even with all this interim activity, it won’t be just say “a few months”. All our equipment is now in the same without a shed. So if you see a shedman storage, ready for a much-anticipated return. In the meantime the most important part of The wandering aimlessly around the streets, give him a hug Shed, we shedmen, are all still here. We will continue and offer a bit of sympathy. If you would like to enquire to meet on Mondays and Thursdays to plan the fit-out about joining us, ring 5428 0300 for the latest news on of our new shed, visit other sheds and develop designs our progress.

The most costly things these days are false teeth, hearing aids and spectacles. I decided to get new glasses and on going to the optometrist I was pleasantly surprised to find I was entitled to apply to Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) who have a scheme to help Pensioners and Health Card Holders. This is supported by the Victorian Government. Your glasses may be provided at a subsidised rate through the VES so check out your local optometrist and pick up a pamphlet. Our Lifestyle Enhancement Program coordinator Steve suggested that residents might like to have an art afternoon. A resident would choose a painting, then the group would discuss what you saw in the painting. (I had my doubts if I would enjoy this group as I don’t know painters’ names; I just know if I like or dislike a painting.) I found it hard to believe that a group could study a painting or have so many different opinions about it. I thoroughly enjoyed our art chat especially as several of the paintings were from residents who at one time lived at the hostel. Brian, a resident who started the garden around the hostel, has certainly made a difference to the garden. He has painted an outside table white with red garden planter boxes (Brian has assured me that it has nothing to do with Essendon Football Club). Lovely tall sunflowers were blooming everywhere, all the fruit trees leaves are shining and bushes have been trimmed. On behalf of the residents and staff, a big thank you. I cheat with my garden: I use some artificial flowers and everyone thinks I am a good gardener (our secret). Stay Safe Betty

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We can all eat well, live well Naomi is a firm advocate of the Australia is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed idea that prevention is better than world. If weight gain continues at cure, saying that a dietitian can do current levels, by 2025 close to 80% so much to help people prevent of all Australian adults and a third many of the chronic diseases so of all children will be overweight or prevalent in our community. “So many people have diabetes obese, making obesity the single biggest threat to public health in and there is no cure for it so it is important that people understand Australia. For Naomi Adams, dietitian with its potentially drastic consequences Macedon Ranges Health, helping before it’s too late,” she said. people to manage their weight is an important aspect of her work. Naomi can also help people of any age deal with a wide range of nutrition and foodrelated health issues. Parents of children who are fussy eaters, people who need to manage irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol or those who just want to understand how to read food labels could all benefit by a Naomi Adams, dietitian at MRH. visit to Naomi.

Celebrating Healthy Active People Everyone is invited to attend an afternoon of celebrations on Tuesday April 8 to celebrate the achievements of the ‘Healthy Active People’ initiative over the past two years. The celebrations will kick off at noon at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute, Mollison Street, Kyneton, and include a healthy lunch, cooking activities and giveaways. For further information or to RSVP, contact the Healthy Communities team on 5422 0206 or email

Local Toastmasters Club in clean sweep In February Sunbury residents Sam Riggio and Bill Burley won their Toastmasters International Speech and Humorous Speech contests against several local clubs. Sam, a local author and professional motivational speaker, and Bill, a retired grandfather, will now compete against the best speakers around the country in May in Melbourne with the winner of that contest going on to compete at the International Toastmasters convention in Kuala Lumpur in August. Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Toastmasters can help with your confidence, public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Meetings are held every first and third Tuesdays at the Sunbury Senior Citizens Centre. For more information please call Luba on 0402 486 362 or visit

“It is important to start young. I would very much like to be working with local schools to help educate children early and to improve their canteens. “It could make a huge difference to our local health profile in years to come.” Anyone can see Naomi, who is working from the Health Centre on Hamilton (at the old hospital) while the Macedon Ranges Health centre is being built. The benefit of becoming a Macedon Ranges Health client is having access to its large team of allied health practitioners who work together to manage integrated health issues. “Call our reception on 5428 0300 to make an appointment,” Naomi said. (Fees charged at Macedon Ranges Health allow for concessions.)

Stronger allergy policy for all Victorian schools New guidelines announced by Education Minister Martin Dixon will mean all schools – including Catholic and Independent schools – must comply with the Victorian Government’s Anaphylaxis Guidelines. The guidelines come into effect on April 22. All Victorian schools will now be required to: ●  Ensure staff are trained in anaphylaxis management; ●  Implement prevention strategies to minimise the risk of an anaphylactic reaction; ●  Have backup Epipens in first aid kits for general use in an emergency; and ●  Develop an individual anaphylaxis management plan for every student at risk of anaphylaxis.

Gisborne Ramblers This month’s program will be shortened because of April 18 falling on Good Friday and April 25 on Anzac Day. The walk on April 4 will be a Macedon town walk and on April 11 will be a Mt Macedon-Mt Towong walk. Meet at the Gisborne Tennis Club at Anne 9.15am; please bring your own water. Paterson – Anne Paterson

Not just for elderly, but all locals

By Michael O’ Connor

Macedon Ranges Health (MRH) is surely well known to most readers of the Gazette so I wasn’t quite sure why our esteemed editor wanted me to write about this important institution. However I should declare a personal interest. My late wife was for two years cared for at The Oaks by a staff who dispensed love and selfless devotion as much or more than they did their pills and potions. Of course, I was also shanghaied into volunteering and that is not just some inadequate repayment but good for my health as well. Of course, The Oaks aged care facility is well known in Gisborne. Perhaps less well known is that so many of MRH’s services are conducted in individual homes. These include nursing and allied services but more than that they provide companionship for people more or less confined by age or illness to their homes. As the local population grows not only in size but also in age, the demand for MRH services will inevitably grow. As I write, the old head office in Neal Street is being torn down to make way for a much larger building to house the professional and administrative staff. MRH is a community organisation with a membership drawn from interested citizens. The members elect a board of nine directors with wide experience in health delivery or in business. Funding is drawn from a mix of federal, state and local government agencies based upon the services delivered. The fees charged allow for concessions to those in need and based upon an ideal of welfare before profit. There are numbers of benefactors whose support is vital. Volunteering is an important part of MRH activities and service provision. The range of opportunities is such that few people would lack valuable skills to support the organisation’s work. All that is needed is the volunteer’s time and that is readily negotiable with MRH staff. As a volunteer, I get a buzz not only out of helping people but also from the gratitude they express. MRH has a very informative website at www. It’s well worth a close look not just to see the wide range of services but also background details of the highly skilled and experienced board.

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Each patrol at Gisborne Girl Guides has been working on a project to organise a session for all the girls. Koala patrol organised a party night with games and food; Kangaroo Patrol organised a sports night and Platypus Patrol organised a ‘glamour’ session. This activity required the girls to work cooperatively to achieve an enjoyable and successful outcome. They had to organise all the resources and communicate activities to the other girls – skills required of future community leaders. The girls participated in Red Cross Calling in March and wish to thank residents for allowing them to knock on their doors and ask for a donation. In the process the girls practised the art of effective public speaking! If you are interested in joining Girl Guides phone Deb on 5426 1931 for details. We meet on Thursdays between 5 and 6.30pm.

Macedon Cubs need you!

1st Macedon Scout Group needs your help. We find ourselves without a cub leader and are at real risk of closing our cub pack. We are looking for adults to guide our local kids through their cub experience. Leaders give strong adult support, are enthusiastic adventurers and have a keen desire to enrich young people’s lives. Cubs are typically boys and girls from 8 to10 years old. Adult volunteers receive fully paidfor training (some of which is online) from Scouts Australia. Successful completion also provides you with  a nationally recognised Certificate in Leadership and Management.   You don’t need any scouting experience, just self motivation, leadership qualities and a commitment to our once-weekly night meetings during school term.  Through the year we may have one or two outdoor activities or camps locally.  Scouts Australia supports you with the skills to plan, encourage and challenge our kids. Cub parents are there for you weekly as parent helpers. It’s an empowering chance to mentor youth and a brilliant opportunity to contribute to our local community. Please contact Ken Bryce on 0407 737 386 with any enquiries.

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THE GREAT ASSOCIATION Gisborne reGion events Activities



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GREAT held a ballot on March 14 to allocate display space on the walls of the GREAT Centre in Hamilton Street for the remainder of this year. We were pleasantly surprised to receive 19 applications. As a result we decided to extend the draw to cover all 19 – up to October 2015. We thank the art groups and individual artists for submitting their names and we look forward to viewing their work over the coming 19 months.

2014 First Sunday of every month April: Jack Trawn; May: The Gallery Mt Macedon; June: Marian Alexopulos; Kathryn Aprile; am July: pm August: Caroliza Job; September: Hamilton Street-Aitken Street Peter note dogs Newberry; October: *Please not permitted in



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Along the path in the Reserve in Hamilton Street, shoppers with an interest in gardening can find a huge range of plants of all sizes and varieties, from seedlings to many mature trees and shrubs, reasonably priced, from Plant One On Me. See the advertisement on page 21 for more details of specials available at the June and July Olde Time Markets.

Kay Le Vannais’ exhibition of paintings in March at the GREAT Centre attracted a great deal of favourable comment.

Macedon Ranges Art & Craft; May: Denise Martin; November: Peter Plant One On Me has a large area of plants and trees on display. Gerasimon; December: Kathy Robyn Pryse; June: Macedon Ranges Photographic Society; July: Medbury. Patricia Beasley and Jan Maxwell; 2015 Goldfields Honey has been providing January: Buttlejorrk Artists; Australian honey varieties and honey- August: Susan Velk; September: Susan Key; October: Gisborne February: Harold Korte; March: based products for the people of Central Victoria Clarke; for over 20April: years. Phoenix Secondary College. John

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They have been attending the Gisborne Olde Time Market for many years and have educated their loyal customers about the many different types of honey, their flavours and their health benefits. You will find good value and friendly service at the Goldfields Honey Stall at Site 62 on the corner opposite the Mechanics Institute. Mention seeing this article in the Gazette and provide your own container and they will fill it for $6 per kilogram.

$20,000 promise for Gardiner Reserve

The 2014 GREAT Macedon Grand Tour will be flagged off from the Gisborne Bowling Club between 8 and 9am on Saturday April 5. Be sure to make your way there to see these magnificent old cars as they head out on what is always a very enjoyable weekend of motoring in the Macedon Ranges. The cars will then be at John Aitken Reserve for a ‘Show and Shine’ on Sunday Wild Trout’s Men’s and Women’s Headwear morning. is For information www. onefurther of the many stalls thatgo is ato regular at the market.

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The Gardiner Reserve Community Left: Award winners. Project committee has received a Above: Jade Gledhill was unable to attend $20,000 commitment from the three the presentations Gisborne Football Clubs, Gisborne and was presented Cricket Club and the GREAT Association. with her trophy by This is a great platform for our goal of Gazette editor Bryan raising $130,000 to ensure the upgrades Power (above) a can go ahead at Gardiner Reserve. week later. The goal is to have the upgrading GISBORNE TENNIS CLUB of lights, scoreboard and netball court completed by April 2015. The committee agreed on the sale Gisborne Tennis Club held its special to A1 - Legends: Nathan Moore, A2 of pavers to the community that will be day with a barbecue on March 15. Mustangs: Rory Conolan, A2 - Vipers: used to landscape areas within Gardiner Bryan Power presented the GREAT Matthew Collins, B1 - Cobras: Nick Reserve. These pavers will be available GisborneVisitors Gazette Sportsperson Fox, B2 -Street. Leopards: Meg Somers. from $50 for individuals and families and browse among the stalls on Aitken Awards to: B2 Raptors: Rhys Conolan, C1 up to $1,000 for corporate supporters. A Grade: Jai Henderson, B Stars: Livi Cautley, C2 - Hornets: Lewis More details on this fundraising scheme Grade: Andrew Gati, C Grade: Lucas Bouckley, C2 - Rangers: Zac Vescovi, will be available in coming weeks, so An enthusiastic team of volunteers from the GREAT Association manages the Anastassiou and on D the Grade: - Vikings: Thomas McCormick, stay tuned and get involved in making Olde Time Market held first Jade Sunday D1 of each month, from 9am to 2pm. Gledhill. D2:are Bears - Joshua Walker, Hotshots our parklands a showpiece in the region. Funds raised from the collection of stall fees returned to the community in Most Valuable Player wentto community - Wallabies: groups Kai Testro. many and varied ways, suchAwards as grants or sponsoring of Paul Doolan 0437 840 989

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community events. The GREAT Association and other volunteers also produce the monthly Gisborne Gazette and distribute it throughout the south ward of the Macedon Ranges Shire. If you would like to become involved in any facet of this community service, please contact one of the following people: GREAT president Phyllis Boyd, 0431 063 119, secretary Ian Boyd, 0417 059 525, or treasurer Graeme Millar, 5428 2522.

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GSC’s Molly in Greatest Shave Molly Harris from Gisborne is a student at Gisborne Secondary College. She volunteered to have her long hair shaved off in support of the leukaemia foundation “World’s Greatest Shave” charity. Molly wishes to thank the GREAT-run View of the market from the Hamilton Olde Time Street office. Market market for the use of a stall where she made more than $300 by spraying people’s hair with coloured hair spray. The inaugural presentation of the She would like to donate the leftGisborne Gazette Award was made over full cans of coloured hair spray last month to Gisborne Singers to any If you know member suitable Margaretcharity. Brockman. ofMargaret any, please ring her the mum on was awarded prize as the145 choir member who had sold 0424 233.

Gazette award to Singers choir member

the most tickets to one of the choir’s major concerts. The award was made by Richard Whiteley on behalf of the Gazette and was one of a number of recent Gazette awards initiated as a way of returning funds earned by the Gazette to the community.

From ship to shore, a life well travelled may be, but John was nonetheless off the very afternoon I spoke with him to a flag presentation ceremony for some soldiers “tied up” with the Malayan conflict. John’s Navy career concluded after he had obtained the rank of Petty Officer, a rating-one position and equivalent to Sergeant in the Army. His job was to manage the unit running the guns on a section of his ship. This was as far as his ambitions went, but he sees great opportunities for advancement in the Navy (and other services) for those who are keen. “If you’re prepared to give it a crack you can go right up the ladder,” he says.John suggests that people with an interest in electronics are just what the Navy would be looking for these days, but anybody planning on a rewarding career should give the job consideration.



ohn De Lai, current President of the Gisborne Branch of the RSL, is a sharp, fit and funny bloke, who in his 60 years in Gisborne has become something of a local icon. He is a man who has managed to become involved in a wealth of groups throughout the community despite the demands of a much-travelled working life. Having spent his boyhood in Fitzroy and Tatura, John and his family arrived in Gisborne in 1950, where his father Steve found employment with the Shire. The move was prompted by the support of the Gardiner family: John’s mother Mary and Alec Gardiner’s wife Nora were sisters. Retired mechanics Peter and Eddie Gardiner are John’s cousins and are somewhat iconic themselves. John boarded at Assumption College, Kilmore, and upon leaving school spent a couple of years working with his uncle Alec servicing cars. Around this time he also began a 20-year career with Gisborne Football Club. Upon turning 18 he undertook a brief period of national service: he chose the Army, and was in the second-ever intake at Puckapunyal. After training he moved into the reservists and continued his Army life at the Kyneton Citizen Military Forces unit, camping out and learning survival crafts one weekend a month. Although still working for the Gardiners, John felt he was at a loose end. Seeing an ad for recruiting, he decided to give the Navy a go — in spite of the fact that not only had he never been to sea before, he’d never even been on a boat. The Navy, however, seemed interesting, so in June 1953 he packed his bags for HMAS Cerberus, the RAN’s training base off Western Port. Upon marching out he was assigned to the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia, and his first mission was to sail halfway across the Tasman to escort the HMY Gothic on the new Queen Elizabeth’s first visit Down Under. “It was a fairly rough voyage,” he remembers, “but escorting the Queen was not a bad start to the Navy. We paraded past her but she probably doesn’t remember me.”

John below a picture of HMAS Vampire in rough seas and beside the list of ships and shore stations he served on. and explains the bad luck just continued: The voyage also provided John with his “On the way back again from Darwin we first opportunity to see more of Australia, hit a cyclone off the coast of Queensland. as he escorted Her Majesty to Hobart, We got really thumped. Guardrails were Sydney and Brisbane. bent, blokes were crook, it was terrible.” With the Korean War having drawn to a As well as chasing Japanese pearl tentative close, John was assigned to the boats out of northern Australian waters frigate HMAS Shoalhaven (the same ship and helping the Army re-map the Gulf of on which the late Gisborne RSL President Carpentaria (not a thing needed changing Bob McFadyen had previously sailed). The from the maps drawn up in 1802 by MatShoalhaven patrolled the 38th Parallel as thew Flinders), John spent 1963-4 aboard part of the Commonwealth peacekeeping HMAS Vampire helping the border secucontingent based at Kure, southern Japan. rity of Malaysia, the nation newly formed While no shots were fired in anger, from Malaya, Sarawak, North Borneo and John got plenty of practice for his job as Singapore (Singapore a gunner during his nine months off Korea. “It was extremely hot in the was later expelled from the union). summertime and freezing in the win“(President) Sukarter,” he recalls. “When we anchored no of Indonesia didn’t in the winter we’d have to run the arlike it,” John says of maments every 10 minutes to keep the unification. “He the guns from freezing.” On the way home a distress call reckoned the British were trying to push came from an oil tanker off the tip of their colonial ideas. the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Pacific A lot of Army blokes Clipper had lost all power and the John when a young went up there and had relatively tiny Shoalhaven obligingly Ordinary Seaman at skirmishes with the Intowed the giant tanker all the way HMAS Cerberus. donesian Army. It was back to Darwin. With the diesels an undeclared war, actually. We did a bit working overtime and the towline kept unof peacekeeping to see that no Indonesian derwater by heavy weights – keeping the ships or boats were going across to Malayprow of the frigate in the water – the consia. They were sending infiltrators across, voy managed no more than five knots the trying to put guerilla forces in there.” entire way back. A largely ignored chapter of history this “Everybody was cursing!” John laughs,

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79...80...81...” one to go” is the reasonably steep uphill going call. 1...2...3... I start counting the other way... my right foot striking the ground It’s 6.40pm, the air is cool, again. Just one more minute, there are 40-odd kangaroos in so plan on lifting the pace a the adjacent paddock watching little after 40. About 80 strikes our Intermediate Running is a minute with this ‘strides’ Group. It’s smell the roses time session. before Lisa’s next 41..42..lift now.. whistle. I hope Lisa is I’m no athlete, just watching the time; a 66-year-old bloke I will be ready for a trying to keep healthy break soon. 80..81.. and doing it in great come on Lisa... 82.. company. ‘whistle’. Ah, you The Start Running beauty; I slow to Groups are booming a walk, breathing Lisa Cole times the with the milestone sessions. heavily. 10km run on April 27. These runners are The 15 runners turn back down real achievers with this 10km the gravel road to regroup and target occurring after just 13 the banter begins. weeks of progressive training. My mind returns to things Visit our website to learn other than rhythm and foot more about our Start Running or placement and I remind myself Intermediate programs at www. that this is a three- minute macedonrangesrunningclub. recovery, not a walk, so I break com or email into a slow jog down the gentle slope. Lindsay Sharpe, President Funny, it seemed like

Gisborne Auskick is looking forward to another exciting season in 2014. Auskick is widely recognised as an impressive development program, where the emphasis is on helping children develop basic football skills in a safe and fun environment. We encourage parents to participate and regularly hold “parents v children” games that enable the children to put into practice the skills learned in the program. Our coaches are all qualified AFL Level One Coaches and we welcome mums and dads who are interested in taking on a coaching role. The registration and payment process is fully online – simply go to www.aflauskick. to register and pay, then come along to the Gisborne Auskick Registration Day on Saturday April 5 between 9am and 11am at Sankey Reserve, to receive your 2014 Auskick pack. Each participant who pays before April 11 will receive a Club Connect AFL ticket offer of two adult and two children FREE match tickets. For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Anderson on 0419 165 556.

Gisborne Thunder club championships Gisborne Thunder’s season culminated with swimmers gathering at the aquatic centre on March 15 for the annual club championships. Swimmers fought hard to post PBs and snare championship points within their age group races. Awards from the championships will be presented at our presentation night in April. This will be covered in our next report. The final major event for our junior swimmers was the “All Juniors” state-wide competition. The event attracts the best 14 years and under swimmers from all over Victoria. Gisborne Thunder sent 24 swimmers to the qualifying event held at Bendigo in February, with 12 kids qualifying through to the state finals at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on March 22-23. This is an excellent result for our small club. Well done to Hollie Buerckner, Ava Giddens, Carina Laker, Isabelle Luxmoore, Natalie Port, Olivia Smith, Brooke Williams, Darcy Frew, Harry Luxmoore, Lachlan Vincent, Thomas Vincent and Connor Wilson. After a short break during April, the new swimming season will kick off with our first club meet to be held on May 10, starting at 5pm. Our club nights are held on the

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Gisborne bowlers salute super veteran Looking for a new interest?

Late last year Central Highland Bowl chairman Gary Dickenson presented member Neil Challis with his Super Veterans Badge. This award is presented to all bowlers who attain the age of 80. Neil joined the Gisborne Bowling Neil Challis, left, receives his Club in 2006 and, badge from Gary Dickenson. although he has only been bowling for several years, Neil really enjoys his bowls. In the past he has been a very keen sportsman, playing cricket at a level, and this shows in his bowls as he is a very competitive player. Neil is a valuable member of our bowling club serving on the Match/Tournament committee 2011-2013 and regularly attending working bees. Neil is also head cook for our functions. We wish Neil many more years of bowling; congratulations on receiving your super veteran’s badge. 

Petanque at The Rock

Looking for something new to do, something fun, something interesting? Then Petanque at The Rock is for you. Welcome to the Woodend Hanging Rock Petanque Club The club plays socially at Hanging Rock every Thursday evening from 5.30 to 8.30pm. Experience the magic of Petanque and a barbecue with friends and family as the sun sets behind the rock and alongside the local inhabitants – kangaroos, rosellas and wallabies. For a small fee of $5 per person, Thursday evenings include a barbecue or casual meal and free entry to Hanging Rock Reserve. Social boules available for use. (BYO drinks) President: For further information contact secretary@

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Every Monday afternoon at the Macedon Tennis Club a group of fun and friendly people gather for a social hit of tennis. Drop in from 1pm onwards by yourself or with a friend. Bring your smile and tennis racquet Lisa Fowler and that’s it. Whether you are a current or retired player, or have never played before, it is a great way to meet and socialise with community members – not to mention the physical advantages of exercising. The playground next door will entertain the kids while mum can have a hit of tennis. Also by stepping out and using our great facilities you are supporting and encouraging others to do the same thing – the chain reaction effect! There is a $3 charge for visitors and club members are free. Our clubroom refurbishment is nearly complete with a few final touches required such as hanging the premiership flags on the wall. These range from early 1970s to current day such as our very own Ros Rodgers’ Country Week win. Country week was held in Shepparton in February. A team representing the Macedon Ranges made up of Jeanette Ryan, Cheryl Garner, Ros Rodgers, Jenny Buttigieg, Trudy Gundy, Wilma Brentnall and Di Stringer won the B Special 2 in a thrilling tie breaker. Well done girls! The Macedon Tennis Club was well represented in the Men’s and Women’s comp both on and off the courts! Keep a look out for club members selling Easter eggs which is our current fundraiser. Happy Easter and happy hitting.

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Open Day tournament at Mt Macedon Golf Club

Winners Michael Doyle and Wayne Christie with Bendigo Bank’s Susan Tresidder, who presented the trophy.

Mount Macedon Golf Club held its Open Day tournament in February. This is an important event when the club gets to show off the course and club. Golfers are able to play the course without fees. The event was most enjoyable and well patronised by members and visitors from surrounding golf clubs. The club is grateful to receive support from the Gisborne & District Community Bank and delighted that Gisborne branch manager Susan Tresidder was in attendance to make the presentations. The 4BBB

Memorable day for soccer club as Victory women visit Gisborne February 23 was a memorable day for the Melbourne Victory Women’s team as they won their first WLeague championship against Brisbane Roar. Saturday March 1 was a memorable day for Gisborne Soccer Club as three of the Melbourne Victory players came to Dixon Field to take sessions with the different age groups. Excitement was high when all Gisborne players were presented with a shirt and the girls signed them all. They then presented the club with a signed soccer ball. Before they left, they brought out the Championship trophy for all to see. For anyone interested in playing soccer – from four years of age through to 60 – now is the time to come and try before the season starts on April 27. Days to come down and try include age 4-11 years mixed (non-competitive), Mondays 5-6pm or Saturdays 10-11am; age 7-12 boys (competitive) Tuesdays 5pm-6.30pm; 8-12 girls (competitive) Thursdays 6-7pm; 13-16 boys Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm; senior women from 6.30pm and senior men from 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a great time to get into soccer with the World Cup starting on June 12. Visit or ring Rod on 0417 791 280 or Andrea on 0438 032 027 for more information.

Emily Hulbert signs shirts for young Gisborne Soccer Club players.

New senior women’s coach Steve Lee with the Championship Cup and the Melbourne Victory players, Alex Natoli, Emily Hulbert and Beattie Goad.

Stableford event was won by Michael Doyle and Wayne Christie. The annual Macedon Ranges Junior Tournament featured again at Mount Macedon Golf Club over the Labour Day long weekend. This three-day, 54-hole event is played at Mount Macedon, Romsey and Lancefield Golf Clubs on consecutive days. Junior golfers tackled MMGC on the Sunday in warm, sunny conditions. The event was judged a resounding success, with golfers and organisers particularly enjoying the good condition

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Ladies club titles decided The completion of the Ladies Club Championships played over three weeks ended in the following results: Nett Winners: A Grade, Jenny O’Connor; B Grade Adrienne Fievez; C Grade Sharon Arnol. Gross Winners: A Grade Joanne McPhee; B Grade Adrienne Fievez; C Grade Judy Trimble. Twenty-nine teams of three players representing clubs from the city and country took part in the Annual Bowl played in excellent conditions on February 24. Woodend, with two teams representing their club, won the event for the second consecutive year with a score of 97 points. Cheryl Garner was a member of the successful team in both years and also took out the Division B trophy this year. Heather Harley of Kooringal won Division A and Kris Hosking of Kew Division C. Our ladies are strong supporters of other club events and already this year 30 teams have travelled all over Victoria to represent Gisborne,

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in which they found Mount Macedon golf course. Congratulations to 2014 champions Cameron John and Kristi Bilkey as well as handicap winners Mitchell Ralston, Luke Rebbechi and Kristi Bilkey. Autumn is a delightful time of the year to play golf. Pro rata memberships are available at this time of the year. Mount Macedon Golf Club welcomes new members and green fee players. Phone 5426 1650 or drop into the clubhouse on the weekend. Website

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Cheryl Garner, Pat Burton and Jan Graeffe, winners of the Gisborne Golf Club Bowl.

with our team of Margaret Barker, Marlene Hodges and Angela Alcock winning the Goonawarra Bowl. Our attention then turned to making Ladies’ Gala Day on March 26 a success; the proceeds will be donated to the Macedon Ranges Central Highlands Autism Network. The ladies are proud of their efforts over past years, donating moneys to Windarring, Wildlife Victoria, Gisborne CFA and other worthy causes.

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Huge car show to go ahead on May 4 The Macedon Ranges & District Motor Club’s Annual Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show, which was originally scheduled for February 9, has been rescheduled for Sunday May 4. The car show was postponed because of the extreme heat forecast for February 9 – and fortunately so, because that Sunday was the day of the disastrous South Gisborne-Riddell area fires. Don’t forget to build your Rocker Cover Racer – this is a popular event and open to all ‘Rocker Cover Makes’. See the club website for rules and other information for the day: Entry conditions apply for all vehicles entering the designated display/show areas. General parking is available for all vehicles not 25 years or older. Display area access is from 7.30am, general parking from 8am. Entry fees $20 per car/truck, $5 for motorcycles and pedestrians (children free), and $5 a head for adults on buses. Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm at the clubrooms, Webb Crescent, New Gisborne. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Call 5420 7683 for further information.

Have a laugh A young boy arrives at the doctor’s crying his heart out. ‘Doctor, doctor, no matter where I touch myself it hurts.’ ‘Show me where you mean,’ said the doctor. So the boy touched himself on the nose and cried because it hurt. He touched himself on his chest and cried because it hurt. He touched himself on his tummy and cried because it hurt. And then he touched himself in another twelve places and every time it really, really hurt. ‘What’s wrong with me doctor?’ he asked. ‘How come I hurt all over?’ ‘Because,’ said the doctor, ‘you’ve got a broken finger.’

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More girls needed The Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Club is seeking interest from girls 12-17 years interested in playing football this year. After last year’s success, we would like to encourage all players from 2013 and invite new players to join the team for 2014. Training is held each Wednesday and Friday afternoon at Gardiner Reserve from 5.30 to 6.30pm. We are seeking to improve our playing numbers so come down and join the girls for what has proven to be a fantastic experience for everyone involved. The season begins on Sunday April 27 so it’s not too late to get involved. Enquires can be directed to our Girls’ Coach, Donald Cairney, on 0448 123 390 or our Girls’ Team Coordinator, Darren Mitchell, on 0412 335 554.

Players travel the state Several Mount Macedon Petanque Club members have been attending petanque tournaments around the state over summer. Three members travelled to Coonawarra in South Australia for the largest tournament in Australia. Danny Green with two other Victorian team mates finished 10th out of 66 teams. February saw six members travel to Mordialloc to participate in a three club challenge with Longbeach and St Andrews Beach Petanque Clubs. Mt Macedon club members filled the top four places in what was a very friendly and skilful competition. Our club will stage a coaching/umpire information day in April for clubs north of Melbourne which includes Sunbury, Avoca and Nagambie. Mt Macedon Petanque Club has one of the best playing areas in Victoria, with 14 full-sized playing areas which are very popular with the state premier players. If you are interested in a low impact yet skilful sport, come along on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10am. For further details please contact Danny on 0417 552 481.

 Congratulations to Bill and Bernice Cartwright of Gisborne who celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on St Patrick’s Day – March 17. Bill and Bernice were married at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at Nundah, Brisbane, in 1953. They still attend Mass at St Brigid’s. At the age of 82, Bill still delivers the Gisborne Gazette each month and last year he was awarded his certificate for five years’ service. He is also an active member of the Gisborne SES and has been involved in that organisation for seven years.  I love the new black paving in Brantome Street in central Gisborne. Hopefully it will mean no more broken bones.  On a recent Saturday, the Gisborne Christmas Festival Committee was conducting a fundraising barbecue at Bunnings in Sunbury. I was there with Doug and Sharon Markham and other volunteers, when a lovely coincidence happened. Doug and Sharon chanced to meet Bryan Webster This fundraising and his wife Marlyn after barbecue was the more than 40 years. Both site of a wonderful couples live in Gisborne. reunion. About 50 years ago Bryan, who grew up in Riddells Creek, and Doug from Gisborne met their prospective wives at a local dance. In those days all the young people attended the weekly dances at Gisborne, Riddells Creek and Macedon. Bryan met Marlyn James from Gisborne (her mother was Eva Samson of Samson’s corner store fame). Doug met Sharon Woodgate who was from Footscray, but she spent most weekends in the area because her family had a weekender at Riddells Creek. After they married the Websters moved permanently to Gisborne. The Markhams moved to the Dandenong Ranges for work. In later years the Markham children moved back to Gisborne, and upon retirement so did Doug and Sharon. It was a lovely chance meeting for these old friends and I, for one, found it a bit emotional.


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The new-look Declan, Matthew and Isaac.

World’s Greatest Shave at Holy Cross Primary Isaac Stewart and Declan Nitz generously offered to lose their curly locks in the cause of cancer research at a school assembly on March 14. Isaac’s dad Matthew also went under the clippers operated by local hairdresser Karyn Klaysen. Declan’s dad Jason cut Declan’s hair. Between them the boys and Matthew raised approximately $2500.

Our organised singers confirmed their dedication by working overtime in their performance at SunFest’s Battle of the School Choirs on a Saturday in mid-March. Mitchell in Grade Six took out the title and became the local boys’ singles tennis representative, while our swimmers put in dominant performances at district and divisional levels to kick off the sporting year. Special mention is made of our 12-13 years girls’ freestyle relay team (Tess, Chiara, Georgia and Izzy), that broke a long-standing record. The Royal Australian Air Force may have inspired a few future pilots in our aviation-linked area when they demonstrated the operational features of a hot air balloon on the school oval. This coincided with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first successful flight

of this kind. 2014’s Family Picnic Night featured the rare instance of an official opening for a retaining wall, making it one of the most famous barriers in town. Representatives from the Bank of Melbourne mingled with students playing games of football on the oval, alongside families enjoying a barbecue and Friday night favourites from popular nearby take-away establishments. Lastly, it is with great pride that we notice the regular appearances made by exGisborne PS students in both citizenship awards and the promotional material of our catchment secondary schools. This confirms that we’re not the only ones to recognise their strengths and talents as official ambassadors in the education and community sectors. – David McCalln

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Principal Craig Holmes with some of the award recipients.

Gisborne students at Sacred Heart receive accolades Sacred Heart College at Kyneton formally acknowledged students for their outstanding academic success in the 2013 VCE during an official awards ceremony at the college recently. Stephanie Cope of Gisborne was College Dux for 2013 with an ATAR of 99.2, and the Bronowski Prize for Academic Excellence in Biological Sciences. Darci Campbell and Nicholas Vinogradov were among the overall top 10 best-performing students in VCE last year. The following students were recognised for outstanding results in a specific VCE subject area: Stephanie Cope (English), Alexandra Kibble (VET Business), Darci Campbell (English and Literature), Robert Andrews and Jeremy Kieruj (Accounting). One of the 20 NAIDOC Prime Minister’s Medals distributed in Victoria was awarded to Jacob Stewart of New Gisborne. He was recognised for his short story based on the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). The 2013 Industry Based Training Award was awarded to Darcy Challis who fulfilled the criteria of outstanding commitment and excellence within a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. These students have shown exemplary commitment to their studies and achieved outstanding results. Sacred Heart is very proud of their achievements.

Many people throughout Australia have participated in the annual World’s Greatest Shave, raising money for people with blood cancer. The Leukaemia Foundation is a great way to raise awareness of cancer and what people are going through. We thank all those who participated in this wonderful cause, and also thank their sponsors for their generous giving. Students and staff contributed to this cause on March 14 by shaving, cutting or colouring their own hair. It was a great day and had a brilliant outcome. Baby chickens hatched a few weeks ago. Three out of six chicks (Pepper, Golden and Charm) are now healthy and running about. They are already starting to grow feathers and learning to fly. The school’s rabbit, ‘Pearl’, gave birth to four beautiful baby bunnies. They are also growing up fast and developing skills quickly. Interschool sports have been a great success for St Brigid’s. Many students have done a marvellous job competing in interschool swimming and tennis. Congratulations to Kade Whitefield, Laura Clough, Liam Spargo and Aoife Harkin who are proceeding into the division competition. Well done also to Isabel Zarkov, Bridget Barlow, Lewis Nicholls and Jack Stringer who represented St Brigid’s in interschool tennis last week. Isabel Zarkov is going to the next stage of the competition. Many more exciting things will be happening at St Brigid’s, and I look forward to keeping you informed. More next month, – EmilyClare, Student Leader, Year 6

‘Yink Day’ great success at Mount Macedon Primary On March 26 we had “Yink Day” at our school. Yink day is an invention of the Junior School Council. The name was made by a combination of pink and yellow because pink is the colour of the Breast Cancer Foundation and yellow is the colour for “Daffodil Day” and the Cancer Council. All the kids came dressed in pink and yellow with a gold coin donation and we also sold cupcakes for $2 each! All of the money made went to these Cancer foundations. Mount Macedon Primary School is becoming a sustainable school. We now have a Green Team of students and staff who are helping us to embed practices that will make sure our environment remains beautiful. This year we are looking at sustainable energy and ways to make sure we are using less fossil fuel energy in the school. Yellow and pink on Yink Day at Mt Macedon Primary School.

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uniform. Andrew competently answered a battery of difficult questions but took time out to impress upon the other students that his role is a voluntary one, adding that it has done wonders for his self-esteem and standing in the community. Andrew’s class are also planning a major VCAL project involving a school fun run later in the year to raise funds for our local Bullengarook CFA station. The students feel compelled to acknowledge the CFA’s work in keeping us safe over the hot summer bushfire season.


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Gisborne Secondary College News

Whats on at GSC

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March has been a productive month with many events being held, most notably our annual house swimming carnival. Hundreds of competitors made their way to the Gisborne Aquatic Centre to swim, gain points for their house but, most importantly, have fun! Year 12s had the privilege of dressing up as whatever they chose. This added more excitement to the day’s activities where we had the best-dressed winner pull off a creepy lookalike of the Joker from Batman. The day saw the yellow Bennett house win their fifth straight swimming title. The jealousy of the other houses may give them some fighting spirit come the athletics carnival. Also this month we had multicultural week which was full of cultural diversity and had many participants from all year levels. On offer were activities such as henna, palm reading, Irish dancing, and bush dancing. We also had the pleasure of having as a guest speaker an asylum seeker who gave all of us a great insight into the cultural diversity in Australia. Once again the Year 12s had the honour to dress up within the theme of multiculturalism. There were students dressed as Greek goddesses, famous international sporting players and geishas – just to name a few. There were prizes for best dressed, taken out by one very intimidating and scary character from Game of Thrones, and a very beautiful African lady. As first term is coming to a close, nerves are running high for a lot of students with assignments due. However, this term has been a great one and sure to be remembered.

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The GSC Chaplaincy Committee AGM will be held on Monday May 5 at 7.30pm at Gisborne Secondary College Library. Please come and join us and listen to our guest speaker, followed by supper. Our Bunnings Sunbury sausage sizzle is on Saturday May 31. If you could spare an hour or two to man the stall please call me on 0417 028 605. Bronwyn Tacey

State member Joanne Duncan joins students at the breakfast.

International Women’s Day breakfast

Gisborne Secondary College hosted a breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 14. More than 120 Year 11 girls, college staff and women from the local community came together to enjoy the morning and were also entertained by the sounds of the “Frocks and Jocks” choir. This was a tremendous opportunity for different generations of women from the Macedon Ranges to share stories and inspire the students. Guests included women from a range of backgrounds including politicians, doctors, nurses, teachers, small business owners and mothers.

Scholarship winner named Congratulations to Moyra O’Donoghue (Class of 2013) who has been awarded a Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch scholarship to La Trobe University. Moyra will study for a Bachelor of Education. As part of the scholarship, Moyra will receive $6000 a year for three years from the branch for expenses related to her course, and $6000 a year from La Trobe towards on-campus accommodation. Chairman Barry Mullens said Moyra was chosen because of her commitment to leadership and extracurricular community activities. “She is very deserving of this scholarship and will be a fine ambassador for the Gisborne community,” he said. The scholarship was awarded in conjunction with La Trobe University. For more information about the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank scholarship program, visit www.

‘Class Clown’ wins Comedy Festival spot GSC student Duke Howard has won a spot in the national final of the ‘Class Clowns’ competition, which will be held on April 3 during the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The national final will be at the Melbourne Town Hall at 1pm on April 3. To get to the final Duke and two more GSC students, John Reardon and Cameron Ward, gave great performances and received lots of laughs at the Class Clowns heat at Ballarat. Sadly there could be only one winner. The state finals were held at the Southbank theatre with a soldout audience and the young comics performed to a very receptive, encouraging crowd. A winner and runner up were announced to move on to the nationals and, once again, Duke was selected.

GSC Science teacher Dale Barry invites local primary school pupils to come along to GSC to view the partial eclipse of the sun (weather permitting) on Tuesday April 29. The eclipse will be visible from 4pm to 6pm.

Career Chatter with John Horley Making connections between school, the workplace and their futures is never easy for young people. There is often a lot of anxiety by both young people and their families about how to proceed with this decision-making and the misconception that students have to lock in specific choices early in their schooling to ensure they are doing the right subjects. GSC is always looking at ways to support and inform students and families to help them to understand the range of options available at the end of and during a student’s secondary schooling and how to use those options to plan an exciting study program that gives students broad pathway choices at the end of their schooling. For year 10 students, it is the time of year when they go out on work experience. It is a very exciting and important program enabling students to experience first hand a range of jobs that people do. Through work experience students can gain a deeper understanding of what subjects they need to study at school and where they need to study at the completion of their schooling to prepare for those jobs in the future. Work Experience dates are May 5-9 and 12-16. Please ensure that all placements are organised and the workplace planning sheet is completed by the beginning of second term. These sheets are available from the Careers webpage by pressing the workplace learning tab.

L-R: Zoe Heyne, Jazmine Andrews, Narelle Stone (Savio campus director), Michael Challis and Luke Walsh.

Duke Howard, left, and John Reardon at the Ballarat performances of the competition.

600 students launch mental health project Around 600 Year 8 secondary school students from the Macedon Ranges gathered in Kyneton on March 25 to launch the beginning of their involvement with the Live4Life initiative. Five years ago Macedon Ranges Shire Council entered into a unique partnership with Cobaw Community Health Service, Victoria Police and six schools in the region to actively promote rural youth mental health. Live4Life was created out of this partnership, and is a unique mental health promotion strategy which educates around 600 Year 8 students on mental health and provides leadership opportunities for 35 Year 9 and Year 10 students. Participating schools are Gisborne Secondary College, Macedon Grammar, Braemar College, Kyneton Secondary College, Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Specialist School and Sacred Heart College.

Gisborne students lead way at Salesian This year Salesian College has introduced separate campuses across its year levels to further enhance connection and engagement between students and their homerooms and teachers. Three campuses now exist – Savio Campus for years 7 and 8, the newly constructed Mazzarello Campus for year 9s, and the Bosco Campus for years 10-12. In the Savio Campus, students living in Gisborne and studying at Salesian College have been elected to positions of leadership across a variety of disciplines. Luke Walsh from New Gisborne is Savio Campus Captain and Jazmine Anderson from Gisborne is Savio Campus Vice-Captain. Other Gisborne residents appointed to leadership positions in the year 7 and 8 Savio Campus are Tyla Evans for Sports, Oscar Spargo for Environment, and Bonita Headberry for Arts. Savio Campus Director Narelle Stone said, “The students were chosen by the House Leader and staff in their House. They based their decisions on students who exhibited leadership qualities, excellent attitude to their studies, commitment to college activities and care and consideration for others.” Congratulations to all students.  Lisa Cole


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News about Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Visits to fire-affected residents Teams of outreach workers have visited more than 300 residents on properties affected by the recent fires, to check on their wellbeing and recovery needs. Five houses and 47 sheds in the Macedon Ranges were lost in the Dalrymple Road and Mickleham Road fires which began on Sunday February 9. Initial recovery assistance for fire-affected residents has included replacing affected tank water, disposing of dead livestock, reinstating fire breaks and cut fences and referring residents to agencies that can help them with fodder, fencing and counselling. For assistance or information contact Council on 5422 0333.

Rebuilding properties Residents whose homes or outbuildings were damaged by the February fires will have access to a faster, simpler permit application process to enable them to rebuild. Residents who need to rebuild homes or outbuildings will have fees waived for permit applications. For information call 5422 0333.

Free burnt fencing collection Fire-affected residents can register with Council to have their burnt fencing picked up in the first week of April. Residents are asked to roll up wire and separate it from treated pine posts for recycling purposes. The damaged materials should be placed in separate piles inside your property but close to your entrance or driveway. Arborists have also been travelling around checking the safety of burnt trees on roadsides and removing them where necessary. Residents who have concerns about burnt trees near their house or driveway can also request an inspection. For assistance, call 5422 0333.

Fencing volunteers help fire recovery A BlazeAid base camp has been established at Clarkefield Recreation Reserve to coordinate volunteer teams to repair and replace fences lost in the recent fires. Landholders with fencing needs or people who wish to volunteer or donate materials can contact the BlazeAid base camp on 0431 438 375. For more information, visit

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Local vet helps to re-home stray cats Cat lovers can adopt a new feline companion at a heavily reduced rate through Macedon Ranges Council’s new cat pound and shelter, operating at Tony’s Practice Veterinary Centre in Woodend. Council and Tony’s Practice are working in partnership to re-home a range of desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and vetchecked cats and kittens.

Kittens and cats are available for a reduced fee of $60 (from $160) until the end of April. Cats and kittens available for adoption can be seen on the Tony’s Practice Facebook page, tonyspractice For cat adoption enquiries, contact Tony’s Practice on 5427 9200. For lost and found cats, contact Council on 5422 0333.

Pets in public places The Council is investigating the introduction of new laws for pets in public places, such as dog on and off-leash areas and cat curfews. To seek community feedback, Council is undertaking an online public survey, and each participant can go into a draw to win $200 in pet supplies. To have your say, complete the five-minute survey on the website,  before April 30. To complete the survey in hard copy or to find out more, contact Council’s Local Laws unit on 5422 0333.

Riders join Amanda Millar MP (left), Damian Drum MP, Roger Jukes (mayor) and state Liberal election candidate Donna Petrovich.

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Town plan adopted for Riddells Creek Council has adopted a Town Structure Plan for Riddells Creek, which will help manage development and protect key features of the town over the next 22 years. The plan sets out how the township will expand to accommodate a projected population of 6,000 by the year 2036. Land north of Amess Road and south of the railway line were identified as priority areas for future housing growth. 10006947-01-a4Mar©MMP

After the fires

Council will develop a feasibility study into establishing an equine centre capable of hosting world-class equine events, educational experiences and other equine activities in the region. The Victorian Government will contribute $60,000 to the study, with Macedon Ranges Shire Council providing the balance of the $95,000 study. The study will take 12 months and will look at options for community and commercial use including indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling, yards, exhibition areas and meeting rooms. It will also consider non-equine uses such as canine and agricultural shows and exhibitions. Mayor Cr Roger Jukes said representatives from the recently formed Macedon Ranges Equine Industry Network (REIN) would be key to development of the study, from both a business and recreational perspective. To view the equine strategy, visit au/business/strategies For more information or to receive information and updates about equine projects, contact Leanne Davey on 5421 9617 or email

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This little fellow is recognised by its long, thin, curved bill and his rapid piping call. Spinebills are honey eaters and you can attract them to your garden by planting native flowering shrubs. Photo by Ron Weste

Riding two abreast – dispelling myths It’s the one thing some motorists love to hate so let’s consider the why. Cyclists are legally allowed to ride two abreast on the road: even the Chief Commissioner of Police says so and so does road rule 151. However cyclists cannot ride more than two abreast unless overtaking and should not ride more than 1.5 metres apart. Some reasons why cyclists ride two abreast are: to feel safer and more visible on the road; the inside rider may be protecting a less experienced rider on the road edge; they may be training together or just enjoying a social ride. Whatever their reason, they are lawfully using the road. But just because you can ride two abreast, doesn’t mean you always should. There can be many reasons why it makes good sense for riders to ‘single up’ and motorists will often observe experienced riders doing just that: when they hear a motorist approaching from behind, if it is safe to do so, riders will often move into single file to give the motorist room to safely overtake. It’s about sharing the road with mutual courtesy and respect. Cyclists: if riding on narrow roads, consider riding single file to allow vehicles to overtake you safely. Motorists: if approaching cyclists riding two abreast from behind, please be patient and only pass when safe to do so. We all want to get home safely to our families.

Macedon Musings with Melanie Fattore Autumn heralds the retirement of cricket bats and tennis racquets from the fields and courts of Macedon and surrounds. Good luck to the eight Macedon junior tennis teams that made it through to finals’ campaigns. Footballs are next on the sporting agenda – in a myriad of colours and sizes. Auskick begins in Macedon on April 26 and runs through term two. Registrations are now open and, if participants register before April 13, they will receive four complimentary AFL tickets to see the club of their choice. Enquiries can be directed to Tamara Collins on 0411 017 185. On a cultural note, the Australian Shakespeare Company joins Open Gardens Australia on April 5 at Bolobek to present the inimitable Wendy Stapleton as Dusty Springfield. Tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for children (5-17 years), which includes entry to Bolobek Gardens. Tickets can be purchased via the Australian Shakespeare Company website. Finally, the Mount Players has kicked off its season with the opening production, A Few Good Men. The play concludes on April 5 and tickets can be obtained by calling 5426 1892 or on its website, where a comprehensive list of 2014 productions can also be found.

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Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) Year Ending 31 March 2014 Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) arises when a payment is provided to an employee or their associate in a different, often non monetary, form to salary or wages. Common fringe benefits include: - motor vehicles - loans and debt forgiveness - provision of meals and entertainment - travel and accommodation (private) - personal expense payments FBT is payable by the employer at 46.5% on the taxable value of the benefit which forms part of rateable remuneration for Work Cover and Payroll Tax purposes. Appropriate salary packaging and record keeping may minimise FBT exposure of the employer and potential tax payable by employees. This is a very useful tool to incentivise employees. Now is the time to ensure that appropriate records are being maintained such as: - odometer readings as at 31 March 2014 - a current log book - diarised entertainment expenses (employee and nonemployee) and travel expenses If you have questions please feel free to contact Andrew Marshall or Janine Orpwood on 5427 8100 for an initial consultation.

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Gisborne Genealogical Group The next meeting of the group will be held on Thursday April 24 at 7.30pm in the Family History Room adjoining the Gisborne Library. As this is the day before Anzac Day and this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of WW1, we will be continuing with this theme, begun at our March meeting when Alison Hutchison gave a wonderful presentation on the role of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. At our April meeting GGG member Wendy Hebbard will talk about the letters written by her uncle while at Gallipoli. Other members will then have a chance to share stories of their ancestors who served in the Great War. If you have any memorabilia relating to WW1 you might like to bring it along to the meeting. Time to chat and supper will follow. Visitors are most welcome. ($2 donation please.) The next day a wreath will be laid on behalf of Genealogical Group members at the Gisborne Anzac Day ceremony. Members of the GGG are invited to attend.  Lyn Halln

The ’Rook Revisited

with Shirley McKeown

In his column in The Bacchus Marsh Express of February 26, 1916, W Williams delves into old editions of the paper to come up with gems like the following: “This Bullengarook correspondent to the Express on September 29, 1877 must have had a bad liver. His portrait of Bullengarook is not inspiring: Mr Editor, this Bullengarook is such a dull place; a man might as well be in Pentridge. The only difference in living here is you know we are free, slaving in ignorance all the year. If you meet a neighbour he can converse about nothing beyond his own circle; that is, his own affairs and those of his neighbours. “If you go into politics you have all the talk to yourself. If you ask about the war (Russia v Turkey) they will ask “who is beating”. If you go into a boot makers shop, a blacksmith or any other tradesman’s, you will find men who can converse with you on any subject. But Bullengarook thy name’s enough. The sooner I leave you the better, even should I earn my bread by chimney sweeping. “After such a gross libel on Bullengarook, whether the correspondent was mutilated or exterminated by the irate Bullengarookites we don’t know. I have searched diligently but have found no record of such.” Obviously the correspondent in these times did not settle in with the people of Bullengarook as for the past 44 years we have lived in Bullengarook and still feel it is our heaven on earth.

Historical Society Happenings Gisborne Cemetery Twilight Walk Twenty-five people participated in a guided tour through the cemetery on March 20 to hear local history stories relating to the development of the cemetery, the Sexton’s Cottage and tales about many of our well known Gisborne identities. These talks were presented by members of the Society and following each talk, rose petals were scattered on the family’s resting places. Families spoken about included Bloomfield, Dixon, Tweddle, Lock, Short Benson, Crawford and Woodworth. Thirteen folk then enjoyed an evening meal together at the conclusion of the walk. Gisborne Lock-Up After being closed for several weeks for renovations, the lock-up at the rear of the Court House will soon reopen with changes to stories, lighting and presentation, thanks to a supporting grant from Gisborne & District Community Bank. Gisborne Pioneer Park Three family plaques will soon be added to the Pioneer wall at the rear of the Court House.

Lighten up at Easter TOWN Club It’s Easter this month and as far as food is concerned, it’s all about chocolate. You’ll find it everywhere you look: on TV, in supermarkets, magazines and newspapers and all over the kids’ faces. It’s enough to make anyone’s good intentions melt away. It doesn’t have to be a tough time for dieting. Not all Easter eggs are created equal. The important rule when buying one is to read the labels and think small. Even indulging in a teeny weeny egg can set you back 400-plus calories and 30 grams of fat. Calories and fat aside, the most important thing for anyone trying to stick to a diet over Easter is to know yourself. Be realistic about resisting Easter eggs. Have a nibble here and there but keep in mind the idea that a large Easter egg could amount to a whole day’s intake of food. You don’t have to avoid chocolate altogether this Easter, life goes on even when you are trying to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you think you might like to consider sharing your experiences with like-minded people, come and join us at TOWN. At Gisborne Take Off Weight Naturally (TOWN), we work hard at trying to lose those extra kilos and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We meet each Monday from 6pm7.30pm at the Gisborne Bowling Club. If you would like more information, call Dianne on 5428 3088 or Kathy on 5428 1334 and have a chat. We always welcome new members. Dianne Egan

Visiting speaker for February Ron Speed with Deborah Mullins and club president Doug Hunwick standing at left.

Plenty coming up for local photographers During April, Macedon Ranges Photographic Society has loads of activities happening. On Saturday April 5 members will be heading to Port Melbourne for a photographic walk around the suburb combined with lots of technical advice and fun. We look forward to seeing fantastic images of beaches and piers in the coming months. The topic for the club technical night on Monday April 7 will be how to shoot for, and create, photo books. These books are fast becoming a popular alternative to the old photo album and are a great way to show off your latest holiday or special event. On April 1 a visiting judge provided feedback on members’ competition entries. This provided guidance and suggestions for improving our images. The society meets twice a month at the Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House, 59 Main Road, Riddells Creek. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Deborah Mullins on 0411 530 015 or visit the website or our Facebook page.

 Bushwalking Club Last month we had a good walk from Trawool to Tallarook on the rail trail. There was a special morning tea complete with homemade cakes and Royal Albert crockery. Some spent a pleasant long weekend at Point Hicks Lighthouse and there was a walk on the miners’ trail between Creswick and Ballarat. We look forward to a walk on April 2 around the Sugarloaf and the Antimony Mine in the Pyrete forest and on Sunday April 6, at Mount Disappointment. Finally we have a base camp at Pyramid Hill taking advantage of Anzac Day to make a three-day break from April 24 to 27. If you are interested in some healthy exercise and good company contact our president, George Peart, on 5428 2450, vice-president Nigel Tarr on 5428 6143, or view the website

Former Bullengarook resident active in local affairs Obituary David Carlton 1934 – 2014 David was born in 1934, the middle child of seven David Carlton with three sisters and three brothers. But the timing of his birth was such that there was no sibling within 10 years of his age, so that in some ways he was brought up as an

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only child. He married Margaret in Whyalla and they had three children: Lisa, Ben and Tim. They moved to Bullengarook in about 1980 and became very active in local affairs. David was a member of the fire brigade and was on the first walk with the bushwalking club. His son Tim said of David, “As soon as they joined a sporting organisation or attended a school, Dad would become the treasurer. He put a lot into

his various committees and got a lot out of them. He did this with a tremendous warmth of spirit and a deep love and affection for those people lucky enough to share his life and activities. “He was always interesting and stimulating to talk to and had a relaxed attitude to life.” David and Margaret lived at Bullengarook for 12 years (although there was a break of two years when David’s work as an accountant with

BHP took him to PNG and then Townsville). David and Margaret moved to North Melbourne and enjoyed the culture of the city for the past 15 or so years. A memorial service was held in their local church, the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. David would have approved of this because of his attachment to the local community and interest in other cultures.

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The CHURCHES PAGE Sponsored by Anglican Parish of Gisborne, Uniting Church in Australia, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gisborne, House of the Rock Church, Gisborne, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gisborne Church of Christ, Faithworks-Manaaki and St Brigid’s Parish.

Anglican Parish of Gisborne Easter eggs have been in the shops and supermarkets for more than two months now. Christmas celebrations had hardly finished before the hot cross buns and Easter eggs appeared. Perhaps some may remember the times when these only appeared a couple of weeks prior to the celebration of Good Friday and Easter which, I think, gave this special time of the year more focus and intensity of meaning. So I hope in some other way we might recover that focus and intensity of this Easter celebration which is about the new life that can come out of struggle, suffering, difficulties and even death – new life that Christians around the world will be celebrating again this Easter in the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Whether we observe Easter as a religious celebration or not, I hope in some way we might take the meaning of the hot cross bun and the Easter egg to heart: that new life is possible, that we can start again, rebuild and be renewed. A blessed Easter to you all.  Fr Greg Davies HOLY WEEK SERVICES Sunday April 13 (Passion/Palm Sunday); 10am St Paul’s Gisborne – one service only. Thursday April 17 (Maundy Thursday); 7.30pm – Sung Eucharist, washing of feet and prayer vigil, St John’s Riddells Creek. Friday April 18 (Good Friday): 9am Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord, St Paul’s Gisborne. 12 noon – Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord, Church of the Resurrection, Macedon. Sunday April 20: 6am Great Vigil and Renewal of Baptismal Vows followed by breakfast, Church of the Resurrection, Macedon. 9.30am Sung Eucharist and Renewal of Baptismal Vows, St Paul’s Gisborne.

FAREWELL TO A FRIEND Having lived in Gisborne for the past 20 years, St Paul’s congregation member Mary Miller has moved to be with her daughter and family in Northamptonshire, England. Her many friends arranged a farewell at St Paul’s Parish Centre on March 16. 17.5 x 7 advert copy2.pdf









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St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church At Easter time, our family will move into this lovely town of Gisborne. We are very excited about becoming part of this great community and we also look forward to the chance The Tegart family, looking of seeing the beautiful forward to Easter move. change of seasons from autumn to winter. Watching the leaves change colour and eventually fall to the ground is a reminder that even though the leaves will die and fall, in just a short time we excitedly look forward to that glimmer of green buds on the trees which offer the hope of new life in spring. Death and new life is the central message of Easter. On Good Friday we remember that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, went to the cross and gave up His life for us. But the sadness of His death is replaced by the joy of new life which is what we Christians remember and celebrate on Easter Sunday, the day we believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead. On behalf of the congregation of St Andrews, we invite you to come and join us on Good Friday at 9.30am and Easter Sunday at 10.30am as we remember and celebrate this life-changing and lifegiving message of Easter. If you have any questions, please call Matt on 0466 648 400 or email

House of the Rock Were you able to snag a bargain? We have Church of Christ’s generous offer to use their had a huge cleanout of our goods in readiness facility for our worship services. We will be for our big move. You may have noticed our holding an afternoon service each Sunday two Op Shops no longer exist in their former with the time to be confirmed shortly. locations but I hope you’ve been keeping an Our ministries and groups are all contineye on what’s happening in their stead! A new Gay Wilding uing, albeit with a different look. Many of our Antiques and Opportunities shop will be ready groups are now taking place in homes and the to open shortly at 16 Prince Street, Gisborne, just at Church of Christ premises will be well used over the the back of the Gisborne Village Shopping Centre. coming months. We are very grateful to the Church Come in and catch up with our friendly staff and have of Christ folk for sharing their beautiful home with us. a browse. For further information about our church or any of At the same time as this, major changes are the above ministries, please phone John or Jenny occurring in our church location. While renovating our Barnes on 5426 2039 or myself on 5428 7213. Gay Wilding new premises in Station Road, we have accepted the

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It’s hard to believe that by the time this article goes to print, a quarter of the year will already be over. Christmas seems only a short time past, but we’re now already looking forward to Easter, the real high point in the Church calendar. Our Good Friday service starts at 9am, while our Easter Sunday Service will be at the normal time of 10am. There will be an inter-church sunrise service held at the Mount Macedon Cross. There’s been a lot going on at the Church of Christ. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a combined dinner and AGM. It was a great night, enjoyed by all. In February, we welcomed some new members: people who have already been attending, but have now decided to “officially” make Gisborne Church of Christ their Church Home. Playgroup Vacancies Like our other groups, our Playgroups are now back in full swing. The church runs two playgroups: on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Our playgroups run a structured program, including free play and story time as well as music and craft activities. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the activities with their children. Playgroup is a great way for kids and parents to meet new friends and to chat and play, in a fun and relaxed environment. We also have great coffee. There are vacancies available. If you’d like more information, please contact the church office on 5428 4213 or use the enquiry form on the “Contact Us” page of our website:

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St Brigid’s Parish Holy Week and Easter Tuesday April 15: 7pm St Brigid’s Tenebrae – Service of Light into Darkness An ancient service drawing us into the solemnity of the Lord’s Passion, extinguishing seven candles, following the readings and leading us through the darkness of the crucifixion. Wednesday April 16: 7pm St Brigid’s Communal Service of Forgiveness. A communal gathering allowing us to get in touch with our brokenness and prepare ourselves for reconciliation in our relationship with God and one another. Holy Thursday April 17: First Rite of Reconciliation, 9am at St Brigid’s. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7pm St Brigid’s. We celebrate this Mass recalling the three elements of the last supper: the Eucharist, the call to service and the priesthood. We also celebrate and recall the memorial of the Exodus, the Passover. Good Friday April 18: Stations of the Cross, 10am St Brigid’s. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3pm St Brigid’s. This gathering is the solemn service of the Passion of the Lord Jesus and the Adoration of the Cross. Holy Saturday April 19: First Rite of Reconciliation, 9am at St Brigid’s. Easter Vigil, 7pm St Brigid’s. The culmination of Holy Week which the church celebrates Christ Jesus as the Light that dispels the darkness. We begin with the Easter fire and process into the Church with the Paschal Candle. Easter Sunday April 20: Mass, 9.30am at St Patrick’s Macedon. Mass, 11am St Brigid’s.

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Op Shop Jottings ... For the second year in a row, St Paul’s Op Shop has been nominated by a customer for the 2014 Powercor Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards in the category “Excellence in Retail”. This is a great honour and we eagerly await the results in two months’ time. Beth Crawford, one of our longest-serving volunteers, has recently had surgery to her hand and we wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her early return. We all love competitions! Come into our Op Shop and, for a gold coin donation, guess the number of chocolate Easter eggs in a jar – the prize being the jar full of Easter eggs. For the children, there will be a colouring competition with Easter eggs also as a prize. Proceeds from the competitions will be donated to the Gisborne CFA. “Charity’s Secret” in Riddells Creek is another Anglican Op Shop in the area. They have a very attractive and well stocked shop at 8a Station Street and they are open on Thursday and Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. They also have a range of clothes, bric-a-brac, books and toys to suit all ages. This month we feature Norma Challis who serves on the counter at St Paul’s Op Shop. Graeme Millar 0413 781 501 Norma Challis

Gisborne Uniting Church A big thank you to all who bought pancakes and donated to our Pancake Day event. We raised $346 for the Homelessness Appeal. We seek to show compassion by having an emphasis on social justice. As a congregation we were therefore delighted to learn that Uniting Church Australia has offered sanctuary for all unaccompanied asylum seeker children. The government’s response is yet unknown. Food is collected weekly for those those less fortunate

than ourselves and taken to Broadmeadows to be distributed. On March 17 UCAF had a wonderful talk from Dr Paul Quigley about his work in India. What an inspiration. We are continuing our Lenten Lectures – ‘Exploring Faith’ – every Friday in the Church until April 11. As we head towards Easter we remember Jesus’ suffering and death. This time of year is a time of prayer and planning for us.

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with Emma Roan We all have a talent. I think that my sister’s is gardening. It all started a few weeks ago. Dad comes from a family of farmers in Ireland so he gets the urge to dig holes and plant things. When we lived in the city he dug out bamboo and most of the 19th century drainage system. Everywhere that we have lived since he has dug significant holes. Mum had to walk over the last hole over a series of planks to get to the washing line and threatened to host a second birthday party for it if he didn’t fill it in. He has tried to pass on his gardening genes to me and I have photos of four-year-old me posing with Vietnamese mint in my herb garden. Now that we’ve moved to Gisborne we have two veggie patches that our dogs get into and rearrange on occasions. Dad spends most of the weekend digging in his veggie patches and the rest of the week at the physio nursing a bad back. After giving up on my gardening aspirations he has recruited my sister Jessica to be his gardening helper. Jessica’s recent task was to water a propagator full of seeds that they had planted. They were a mixture of salad seeds and flowers for Mum’s hanging baskets. The instructions were to water gently each day. Of course Jess, being related to me, decided to take a short cut with the water and emptied a tsunami over the plants. All the seeds got mixed up and now we are probably the only house in Gisborne with lettuce growing in their hanging baskets. Jess is still having trouble identifying plants as well. When she was sent to get some basil for our pizzas she mistook chilli for basil, and cut up the entire chilli plant that dad had been growing from seed for the past six months. This caused a few arguments. On the positive side, we always have home-grown veggies for dinner and Dad and Jess are happy in their veggie patches, even if they’re not speaking at the moment. See you next month Emma 

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Maundy Thursday – April 17: 7-30pm Good Friday – April 18: 9-30am Easter Sunday – April 20: 9-30am with Holy Communion. Wherever you are on life’s journey you will find a warm welcome if you join us on any Sunday at 9.30am for worship.


invites you to the EASTER Sunday Church Service to find out the answers to 1. Who is Jesus? 2. Why did He die? 3. Did He die for you?

On April 20th 10am—11am Followed by morning tea at Manaaki Function Centre, 35 Aitken Street, Gisborne.

What’s On ADULT RIDING CLUB (Gis.) 2nd Saturday Robertson Res ADULT RIDING CLUB (Bull’rook.) 2nd Saturday Rec Reserve ANGLING CLUB 2nd Wed 8pm  Railway Hotel Macedon BRIDGE  CLUB Mon 12.30, Tues 7.15, Thurs 12.30  St Mary’s  Church Hall, Woodend 5420 7595 BUSHWALKING CLUB Tel 5428 2450 CANASTA CLUB  2pm every Mon except first Mon of month, Parish centre (behind St Pauls Church, Gisborne) CAR CLUB 1st Wednesday 8pm Steam Park CHILDREN’S CHOIR see Young Voices COMPUTER CLUB 3rd Sunday 2pm MRFEC CROQUET CLUB Wed & Sat 10am Dixon Field CWA GISBORNE 2nd Monday 10am Masonic Hall, Gisb. CWA MACEDON 3rd Tues 1pm 662 Mt Macedon Rd EUCHRE Tues 7.30 Doug White Meeting Room 5428 2695 FILM SOCIETY 2nd Wed Woodend Neigh’hood House 5427 2323 FOCUS CLUB 2nd Fri 12 noon Gisborne Golf Club FRIENDS of JACKSONS CREEK Working bees 3rd Sun 10-noon, 5428 1178 or 0417 558 221 FROCKS & JOCKS CHOIR Tuesdays 7.30pm 5428 3002 GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed Various 5428 2434 GENEALOGY GROUP 4th Thurs 7.30 Family Hist Rm GIRL GUIDES Thursdays 5pm  Gis Comm Hall GISBORNE SINGERS Tues 7.30pm Holy Cross PS HISTORICAL SOCIETY   Wed 10am-4pm Court House LIBRARY: TODDLERS’ STORY TIME Mon 10.30am, Wed 10.30am MARTIAL ARTS Thurs from 5.15pm St Brigid’s Hall MASONIC LODGE 2nd Thurs Masonic Hall Aitken St MT MAC & DIST HORT SOC 1st Tues Horticultural Hall OBEDIENCE DOG CLUB Sun 9am  Riddells Rec Res OLDE TIME MARKET 1st Sun each month 9am-2pm OXFAM 1st Monday Various 5428 6775 PETANQUE 2nd & 4th Sat 10am behind Caltex Service  station, Station Rd, Gisborne PHOENIX ART & CRAFTS 1st Thursday monthly  5428 2835 PHOTOGRAPHIC SOC 1st Tues & 2nd Mon 7pm Riddell’s  Creek Neighbourhood House PONY CLUB Bullengarook 1st Sunday Rec Reserve PONY CLUB Gisborne 1st Sunday Robertson Reserve PROBUS 1st Thurs 10am Masonic Hall QUILTERS(Gisborne) Wed 7.30pm Room attached to Gisb Library RAMBLERS Fridays 9.15am Neal St RED CROSS 1st Fri 1.30pm Sen Cits Rooms ROTARY Tues 6.45 for 7pm Gisborne Golf Club,  book 5428 4483 by 1pm Mon RUNNING GROUP

Tues & Thurs 6pm, Sun 8am Gisborne Aquatic Centre RSL 1st Mon 2pm New Gisborne SAFARI CLUB 2nd Sat 5428 1878 SENIOR CITS (Gisborne) Wed 11am Sen Cits Rooms SENIOR CITS (Macedon) Tues 10am Tony Clarke Res SPINNERS & FIBRE GROUP Tues 12 noon  Riddells Ck  Neighbourhood House RIDDELLS CK SEED SAVERS 2nd Monday 7.30pm Riddells Ck  Neighbourhood House THUNDER SWIMMING CLUB 2nd Sat 5pm Aquatic  Centre TOASTMASTERS 1st & 3rd Tues 7.20pm Senior Citizens Centre, 8 O’Shanassy St, Sunbury T.O.W.N. Mondays 6pm Gisborne Bowls Club TOY LIBRARY Sat 10-noon; 1st & 3rd Wed 10-11am TRAVEL CLUB 3rd Tues 7.30pm Riddell Neighb’hood H  ouse U3A Mondays 10.30am MRFEC ULYSSES GROUP 3rd Tues 6pm Sunbury FC VINTAGE MACHINERY 1st Sun 10am Steam Park WRITERS’ GROUP Last Sat of month 2-5pm Woodend Neighbourhood House YOUNG VOICES Thursdays 4.15-5.45pm St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Forest St, Woodend 5426 4801 or

100 Years Ago From the pages of the old Gisborne Gazette April 1914 Hotels Closed The Board was very prompt in announcing its decision with regard to reducing the hotels in the Lancefield Licensing district to the statutory number (8). The hearing of evidence in Lancefield closed at dinner-time on Friday, and its choice of hotels to be left open was announced at 3.00 p.m. The Board considered the hotels in market towns the most useful, and also studied the needs of the travelling public. The chairman announced that the licenses of the following hotels would not be renewed:Boundary Hotel, between Lancefield and Romsey: Bridge Inn, Deep Creek; Farmers’ Arms Hotel, Newham; Hanging Rock Hotel, Newham; Hesket Hotel, Hesket; Union Hotel, Romsey; Victoria Hotel, Lancefield. Gisborne Shire Council The Secretary reported:- on Tuesday, a conference was held between Crs. O’Brien, Starkie and Ford (of Bulla Shire), Pierce and Farrell (Gisborne Shire), Sanderson, Richardson and McDonald (Romsey Shire), at the site of the proposed new bridge over Jackson’s Creek, on Red Rock Road between Sunbury and Riddell. The engineers of the Bulla and Gisborne shires were present. The recommendation in favour of a reinforced concrete bridge near Grant’s boundary fence was adopted. The estimated cost is ₤600, and the representatives present agreed on a basis of allocating the cost between the three shires, and also to recommend the construction of the bridge next summer, providing the Government will consent to revote the grant for same. Australian Art It will be remembered that some time ago, the women’s guild of St. Paul’s, Gisborne, held a fete. With the proceeds of this, a prayer desk was presented to the church. The desk, which is of Mount Aitken blackwood, highly polished, is really a work of art. To the desk is attached a seat, and the whole is of Gothic design down to the two small arches forming the opening in the front. The excellent workmanship of the whole is set off by the polish which brings out the grain of this beautiful timber. The work was done by Mr. Frank Oakley, and Messrs. Cherry and Son are to be congratulated on such a beautiful specimen of church furniture being turned out at their establishment. The desk was dedicated by the vicar (Rev.H.F. Miller) on Wednesday evening last. Mount Macedon Road Mr. Robertson, M.L.A., on Wednesday introduced to the Minister of Public Works a deputation from the Gisborne shire council and Macedon residents regarding permission to the council to construct a deviation from the existing Mount Macedon track. The new road, it was stated, passed through a portion of the Government cottage grounds, and the departmental view was that the privacy of the occupants would be interfered with if permission was granted. The council undertook to build a high embankment and plant it with shrubs to overcome the difficulty. Mr. Catani, Chief Engineer for Public Works, had discussed the subject with the council, and proposed instead the construction of a through road, which could be made without interference with the grounds. Mr. Hagelthorne said he would secure an estimate of the cost of Mr. Catani’s project.

What Else APRIL  Page 1-30 Jack Trawn paintings at the GREAT Centre  16 5 Auskick registration  18 5 Gisborne v Castlemaine at Gardiner Reserve  5 5-6 Open Gardens  9 5-6 GREAT Macedon Ranges Grand Tour  16 5 Final night Mount Players’ A Good Few Men  11 6 Gisborne Singers Concert at New Gisborne  10 8 ‘Healthy Active Living’ celebration  14 9 Gisborne Library school holiday program  4 9 Film Society screens The Band’s Visit  10 12 Meet the Artist at The Gallery  10 13 Taste of Kyneton festival  12 13 Gisborne Singers Concert at Kyneton  10 13 Gisborne Aquathon 8 13-20 Easter church services  29-30 14-17 Gisborne Library school holiday program  4 17 Final day for comment on Daly Reserve plan  3 19 Easter Fair at Kyneton  5 25 Dawn service at the Cross  p3 and ad p18 25 ANZAC Day observance in Gisborne  3 25 Gisborne v Golden Square at Gardiner Res 5 27 Art workshop: Sketch and Wash  11 27 Running Club 10km milestone  18 27 Gisborne Soccer season begins  20 27 Gisborne Rookies season begins  21 30 Last day for Council pet survey  26 MAY 1-31 The Gallery artists at the GREAT Centre  16 1 Rob Mitchell meet and greet  3 4 Macedon Music concert  11 4 Rotary Challenge  6 4 Motor Club Car Show  21 5 Gis Sec College Chaplaincy AGM  24

From ship to shore: John De Lai From page 17

Dog Obedience Club (and a life member), and Secretary and Treasurer (also a life member) of the Football Club, where he played 200 games from 1951-71. John joined the Gisborne branch of the RSL in 2006 and became president upon the passing of Bob McFadyen at the end of 2012. The club meets in a room generously donated by Pastors John and Jenny Barnes at the rear of the House of the Rock Church, next to New Gisborne Primary School. Apart from being a social and support outlet for its members, Gisborne RSL works with Legacy to support local war widows and organises formalities for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services, including the Dawn Service at the Cross. John and Secretary Rob Funston also visit local schools to present the Anzac story to students. While John hopes the local branch can continue for a few years yet, he acknowledges a strong need for fresh faces. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month. Anyone interested in involvement with the Gisborne branch of the RSL, either as a full or associate member, may call John on 5428 2134 or Rob Funston on 5428 2233.

Easter with Faithworks With Easter just around the corner do you wish to know more about Jesus’ crucifixion and the reason behind it and what it means to you? While we shouldn’t neglect the fun that the Easter bunny (or bilby) brings, along with the chocolate, I encourage you to look deeper at the real meaning of Easter. FaithWorks Christian Church invites you to Easter Sunday church service on April 20, 10am to 11am followed by morning tea at the Manaaki Function Centre (35 Aitken Street). Gisborne Gazette April 2014


Proudly supporting the Mt Macedon ANZAC Day Dawn Service Lest we forget

We encourage everyone to attend a dawn service to honour and remember the sacrifice made by those who have fought, suffered and died for our country, and to ask ourselves ‘what can we all do to avoid such sacrifice in future?’ 2014 ANZAC Day Dawn Service Date: Address: Time:

Friday 25 April Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve, Cameron Drive, Mount Macedon 5.30am for 6am start

Gisborne & District Community Bank® Branch is very proud to support the Mt Macedon ANZAC Day Dawn Service to honour veterans from past wars and those currently serving in Australia’s armed forces.

The financial support from the Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch has been pivotal in assisting with the cost of staging this important community event. ” Bruce Mildenhall Chairman, Organising Committee

Due to traffic congestion on Mt Macedon, there will be no private vehicle access to the Dawn Service in 2014. Please visit www.mtmacedonanzacdawnservice. com to view the free bus timetable. For more information call into the Gisborne & District Community Bank®Branch at 11 Nexus Way, Gisborne or phone 5420 7210. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL 237879 (S47844) (03/14)

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