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Reg. No. A0034364L P.O. Box 85, Chewton, 3451.



Published on the 1st of each month

Issue 209

July, 2016.

It’s cold, it’s mid-winter and we’re in an election period... why not share (some of) Marion Williams’ images of the 2016 Biggest Morning Tea. 1

Come and join Golden Point Landcare Sunday 24th July at 10 a.m. as part of National Tree Planting Day or in our case “Creek Planting Day” along Forest Creek

Look out for signs on the day for the exact location or posters on the Chewton PO Noticeboard and the Chewton Shop in the week before for more details or contact Jennifer on 0423 900 590 or email

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Standing to become a sitting member... Federally... It’s the election season! July the 2nd sees the double dissolution election come to a head, with the Australian Electoral Commission’s website listing 1,626 hopefuls from around Australia vying for a seat in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. That’s the big picture. Locally, we go to the Chewton Community Centre to vote and in the lower house we have 8 candidates to choose from… The Nationals • MADDISON, Andy • GLAISHER, Rosemary The Greens • CADDY, Sandy Rise Up Australia Party • CHESTERS, Lisa Australian Labor Party • PURCELL, Megan Liberal • PARRAMORE, Ruth Animal Justice Party • DONLON, Anita Erika Independent • HOWARD, Alan Family First Party …and in the Senate another 115 candidates seeking to win a Victorian seat. We’ve heard the spiel, seen the ads, read the papers, digested the commentaries – and now it is decision time. And in the activity of the moment, don’t forget to acknowledge the contributions made by each of 123 people we get to make a decision about. Democracy depends on people like them giving us a choice.

...and locally Hard on the heels of the Federal election we roll into the local government election. Mount Alexander Shire will have 7 places at the table to be filled – 3 from the Castlemaine Ward, and one each from Loddon, Tarrangower, Calder and Coliban. Mount Alexander Shire is gearing up for this election. Mount Alexander Shire will hold local government elections on Saturday 22 October and Acting Chief Executive Officer Vicky Mason is encouraging communityminded citizens to consider standing for Council. Ms Mason said now was the time for potential candidates to learn more about what’s involved in standing for Council and planning an election campaign. “Becoming a councillor is a great opportunity to influence the future direction of the local community,” she

said. “Our community is made up of a diverse mix of people. Therefore we encourage people from all walks of life to nominate as a candidate. Whether you are retired, a stay-at-home parent or student, all are welcome to join the election race.” Mount Alexander Shire is participating in a state wide Stand for Council campaign to encourage citizens to consider standing for Council and to help candidates understand what is involved in becoming a councillor. “Deciding to stand for Council is a big decision. A councillor’s role is exciting but also demanding and prospective candidates should find out what’s involved before nominating for election,” Ms Mason said. A dedicated website allows candidates to check their eligibility to stand for Council and find about more about the day-to-day activities of a councillor. Council will host a public information session where prospective candidates can hear first-hand from experienced councillors from nearby Councils about what the role entails. Public information session on standing for Council 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Monday 4 July Ray Bradfield Rooms, 30 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine (enter via the supermarket car park on Forest Street) For more information contact Suellen Pepperell, Manager Governance and Customer Service, on 5471 1700 or and to find out more about the election process, visit the VEC website

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As we all know, Buda has endured over 30 years of operating on a shoe-string budget and, despite the best efforts of staff and volunteers, is forced to endure a tough patch now and again. Currently the committee is preparing itself for a budget shortfall as this financial year comes to a close. According to Treasurer, George Milford, total expenses have overrun the budget by $9,000, the chief unbudgeted item being $7,098 for the cost of removing two trees due to disease and safety issues. So what can the community do to help? • Donations to Buda are tax deductible so please think of us, in particular, as 30 June approaches. • Become a Friend of Buda and enjoy keeping up with our latest news and get lots of member benefits including free admission for you and a friend all year round. • Encourage visits to Buda. We have rotating exhibitions in the house and there is lots to see all year round. • Think of the delightful Buda Garden Room for your next event or celebration. • Buy from the Buda Nursery and Gift Shop, accessible free of charge. • And, of course, we welcome the assistance of volunteers in a wide range of tasks all year round. Donation and Friends of Buda Membership Forms are available on Buda’s website along with information about volunteering and venue hire.


As always, Buda has much to look forward to. We have recently welcomed Chewton resident, Jill Hildebrandt, to the role of Garden Curator. Jill is stepping into the enormous shoes of Dianne Thomson who retired in May following 29 years of volunteering and working at Buda. Watch this space for exciting developments as Jill hits the ground running! House Curator Lauretta Zilles is currently attending the Attingham Summer School in the UK thanks to the Alex Copland Attingham Scholarship 2016. Upon her return Lauretta will be presenting a lecture on her experiences including the results of her research into Ernest Leviny’s years in London between 1846 and 1852. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details. If there is anything else you’d like to know or discuss further, please give Clare a call Monday to Thursday (03) 5472 1032 or email

Mount Alexander Shire has a new CEO Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Darren Fuzzard as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Councillors passed a resolution to appoint Mr Fuzzard at a Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday 7 June 2016. Mr Fuzzard is currently Director of Presentation and Assets at the City of Greater Bendigo. He comes to Mount Alexander Shire with a strong background in leadership and major project management in the local government and road transport sectors. Mayor Christine Henderson said the appointment follows an extensive recruitment process which attracted a number of highly capable candidates. “Council decided Mr Fuzzard was the best candidate in a very competitive field,” said Cr Henderson. “Mr Fuzzard impressed councillors with his energy, enthusiasm and considerable skills and experience as a senior staff member in two of our neighbouring councils, large and small. He has demonstrated a genuine interest in working with the local community to ensure Council’s efforts are focused on the right things. Council acknowledges the strong work completed by previous CEO Mr Phil Rowland in establishing a broad strategic base for the organisation. We also thank Ms Vicky Mason for taking on and continuing the role of Acting CEO until Mr Fuzzard commences on 18 July.” During the last five years at the City of Greater Bendigo, Mr Fuzzard has overseen and led the delivery of more than $400 million of works and services across many areas including engineering and public space, parks and natural reserves, construction and maintenance, waste management, environmental sustainability and major projects. Prior to that Mr Fuzzard was Director of Operations at Loddon Shire Council and held several different roles at VicRoads. He is looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as Council continues to deliver on its vision and

budget, while navigating the challenges of increased demands on services. “I was born in Bendigo but spent most of my childhood growing up in a small rural town in northern Victoria,” said Mr Fuzzard. “While several towns in Mount Alexander Shire are much bigger than where I grew up, that same sense of being a welcoming and friendly community has struck me whenever I visit. Add to that the beautiful heritage buildings and a magnificent landscape, the opportunity to be part of a very positive future for the shire was a combination too good to miss.” Mr Fuzzard, who currently lives in Bendigo, has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from RMIT and a Graduate Diploma in Management. Taken from a Press Release. The Bendigo Advertiser also covered this story... another-bendigo-director-resigns/

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The teacher who is going to lead the classes is Iris Amalin. Iris has been practising Yoga for over 26 years and teaching for 10 years. She is a fully accredited level


2 Yoga Teacher with SATYANANDA YOGA® and Yoga Australia. Yoga Australia is a peak body for Yoga teaching in Australia, requiring high professional standards of its members, ensuring that their members are well qualified and consistently update their knowledge. A benefit for the students of a registered Yoga Australia teacher is that certain health funds will provide a rebate. (SATYANANDA YOGA® Academy 013199) SATYANANDA YOGA® is a trademark of IYFM used under license Full details will be published in the August edition of the Chewton Chat.

Know Your Neighbour Have you met Carl Harris? Carl Harris was born in Castlemaine. When he was in his early teens his family bought a property in Eureka Street and moved to Chewton. ‘I attended the Castlemaine North Primary School in Castlemaine and then the technical college where the IGA supermarket is now.’ At age 16 he began his working life with Coles, spending the next 22 years with this firm, moving from store to store around the state. ‘I met my wife Maree when we were both working at Coles in Northland. She was also a country girl, growing up in Mansfield. We both wanted to raise our children in the country and so we moved back to Castlemaine where I managed the Coles store in Barkers Street. We lived in Castlemaine for a few years, then moved to Chewton about 20 years ago.’ Six years ago Carl and Maree set up Chewton’s Lifestyle Gymnasium in what was then stables with four stalls and a dirt floor. It was just a tin shed. ‘A friend, Guy Peters, and I renovated it into a gym.’ Why a gym? ‘I did Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness Training. I always had an interest in fitness, mainly through cycle racing which I’ve done since I was 14. I’ve competed in Track and Road for nearly 40 years. I thought it would be a good idea to have a gym in Chewton, a place where anyone, any age or size, can feel comfortable to come in and start an exercise program.

Lifestyle Gym has a pin code entry system that gives people a lot more access every day of the year, including public holidays. This seems to appeal to people who want to exercise at their own pace. I’m also the gym instructor at the hospital in Castlemaine. Even people who have had heart problems or are at risk can still work out reasonably hard regularly. It’s a far greater risk to do no exercise.’ Carl says he is happy for people to come and have a free try out session at the gym. Carl says that his wife is also into weight training, and jogging and has achieved significant weight loss as well as reducing her body measurements. Carl and Maree have four children, now grown up and left home. ‘Two are regular exercisers and two aren’t. Two out of four is pretty good.’ Gloria Meltzer.

The day of Chewton’s Biggest Morning Tea a Bendigo Advertiser reporter came to town to see what the issues were in the weeks preceding the federal election. The report by Joe Hinchliffe appeared in a double page spread on May 27th – one of a series made in communities within the Bendigo electorate. Joe began his research at the Biggest Morning Tea but then moved through Chewton interviewing, photographing and videoing. His comprehensive report is found at Those interviewed and quoted were Di Baird, Marie Jones, Jeff Makin, Julie Holden, Rob Palmer and David Cummings. Issues raised included access to health and its service quality, education funding, NBN and internet access, the environment and climate change.


Fryerstown We have returned home to Fryerstown after about five are effectively speed boats to and from the airport, a fast weeks away catching up with family, friends and favourite and exciting journey of about 30 minutes. spots, especially Venice and the Highlands of Scotland. The 80th birthday was celebrated many times over the We found Venice as exciting and beautiful as ever despite next few days – a party the night before, a dinner party even more crowds than last time and not even high season. for about 100 in a larger palace on the day, and lunch at We were there for a family 80th birthday and spent our time one of the traditional restaurants, La Madonna then to the rather differently from previous visits. The scene was set Rialto Bridge and another in San Marco was the venue for by an elderly gentleman in the next seat on the Dubai/ Sunday lunch. Venice flight who introduced himself and told us he was Travelling backwards and forwards in vaporettas visiting his friends and relatives, as he had done virtually (Venetian ferries or water buses) is one of my delights. every year since he left Venice for Australia to work in the You travel at a speed that enables you to observe life and what’s going on the banks of Snowy Mountains scheme many years ago. His name was one the canals and in the hundreds of palaces that line the Grand of the well-known and ancient prominent names of the leaders Canal, each built around 500 of Venetian society. He was in to 600 years ago to rival the his 80s and accompanied by his neighbour’s palace, each of the daughter and as we circled to same basic design, with a ground land, he pointed out some of the floor warehouse for traded goods prominent features. such as spices brought in from the East and sold for 10 times On arrival in Venice we found a much larger airport and the cost! The second floor is for bus station than was there on entertaining clients and showing our last visit and ferry access to off the merchandise and the Venice... a contrast to Fryerstown? San Zaccaria, a stop close to San other floors for living. Many are Marco and the Doge’s palace accompanied by or incorporate and our hotel where we had a church, the neighbour with booked accommodation. With grander paintings and carvings no cars in Venice, water taxis and to protect you from the plague. Vaporettas are the only way to Thus they are stuffed full of get around, other than walking, unimaginable treasures such as so you immediately feel the paintings of the grand masters difference to virtually any other and astonishing carvings. city in the world. To get to our When we were leaving we hotel there were a large number took a private taxi to the airport. of small bridges to be navigated We flew into Gatwick and put our heavy cases, with some relief, and we were still wheeling our into a hire car and drove North heavy cases, although there were porters available – at a price of course! up the A9 to Scotland via Penrith on the edge of Cumbria, When we reached our hotel we found that actually an ancient town renowned for evidence of ancient British there was water access so that you could land door to door and Roman occupation and for clock makers in the 18th from the airport if you could afford a private water taxi century, staying one night just outside the town in the last from the airport. These water taxis are very well kept as room with nice views of horses in a paddock against a are most things that interface with tourists in Venice and lovely distant view of hills.


The next day we travelled north and passing Culloden, BBC have filmed here regularly, for shows including The drove to Carr Bridge. From Carr Bridge we were able to One Show and Springwatch.” “The hide itself is a warm, get set up to check out our destination in Scotland which comfortable forest cabin, fitted with controllable outside was Easter Strathnoon, a small 18th century stone crofters spotlights. Large viewing windows (double glazed!) allow cottage where Tim’s family used to holiday some 60 years you to get eye to eye with the visiting wildlife, which quite ago. It is now a self-cater cottage, which has an appeal to often come right up to the glass.” That certainly got us in anyone looking for the ultimate as we love watching the wildlife getaway, way up in the moors from our kitchen window in with only a farm track through Fryerstown and I always find it gates to get there. interesting and often very useful We spent about 10 days to see how other communities there and to our surprise we with similar attitudes handle found that there were many things like ecotourism. changes in attitudes since we The guide, who lived were there last. The locals are close to the Hide, was very trying to re-forest many areas knowledgeable and talked on the with native vegetation following walk in about what we should extensive pine plantations and expect to see and how to behave the harvesting of the pines. This so that nothing would disturb the Pine marten (it’s worth googling!) above was a very welcome change and native fauna around us in any and a badger below somewhat surprising given the way. When we got to the hide previous neglect of the native it was a surprise because, even flora and fauna. But they now though we had read the brochure make a real feature of it. For we had only experienced hides example, we have been aware consisting of rough galvanised that the native red squirrels were roof and lean-to timber walls being ousted by the stronger from which watchers huddle introduced grey squirrels which silently. This one blew our socks is a much more aggressive off with proper doors and display creature. It had got to the stage windows from where we could near there that people were move around without disturbing putting up notices when a red anything – even stools to sit on! squirrel was nesting so people We settled down comfortably to would drive more carefully. This hear about what we hoped to see time there were quite a few red squirrels near us and even and watch. The guide distributed patches of peanut butter special trips to see them being organised by nature trails. and peanuts around the hide and on an eye level platform. We found that there was a strong environmental We were there for about 3 hours and were rewarded by movement, particularly in the Cairngorms, to promote first badgers totally ignoring us and feeding greedily from native life. So we made contact with Speyside Wildlife the peanuts on the ground in front of us. Then the Pine and the Rothiemurcus Centre close by and picked up a Martens which we had never before seen. They were often brochure headed “Wildlife in the Cairngorms”. This told only a couple of feet away, on the other side of the glass. us that “The Cairngorms are home to some of the most We finally dragged ourselves away at about 11.30 pm and elusive birds and mammals in the UK” and that there are a on the way out was a roe deer and calf. We got back to our number of nature walks offering guided tours, bush walks, cottage after midnight, dusk watches from hides and other opportunities to observe We finished our trip by joining the Victoria Welsh wild life without disturbing the animals and birds. We Male Voice Choir for their tour of Wales and Worcester. were particularly attracted to the dusk watches where “The This ended with two memorable concerts one in Pershore


Abbey (7th century) and one in Worcester Cathedral (7th play with his Mum who played for the famous Fryerstown Century with the tomb of King John of Magna Carta fame) Hall Dances for all of 25 years. He has a very rare talent in where the choir received standing ovations. 12 choristers playing the bones simultaneously with both hands, which of the Bendigo chapter of the he learnt from an old resident choir, including Tim, were on here. They are played, skilfully the tour, joining another 19 ‘clicking’ to a huge variety of Melbourne choristers. memorised rhythms. Jimmy Back to Fryerstown and Marilyn had been playing where all is well thanks to that afternoon to one of the local good friends keeping an eye elderly citizens groups and they on the place – but cold – so came straight to the school to cold! Including snow! continue on, demonstrating how There was a Winter to keep and feel young through Warmer family supper playing music and entertaining. advertised for Friday the It was a great night! th 24 , the day after the Winter Sales of Paul Gahan’s book ‘Celebrating Fryerstown Past Solstice, at the School when many families kept warm by Jimmy and Marilyn playing at the Winter Warmer and and Present’ are still going well. The book is available the great food and great live Sass and Holly dancing to their music music played by Jimmy Cole from Stonemans Bookstore, the Chewton Store and from Paul and Marilyn. Jimmy, who th (0421 809 193 or psgahan@ celebrated his 90 birthday in the Burke and Wills and from Tim Mechanics Institute Hall a (0412390966 or ttodhunter@ few weeks ago, was a student The next Fryerstown at the school in the 1930s. community lunch is on the 31st He told us that there were 70 students at the school when July at 12.30. All are invited he was there and the teacher and it is worth booking if you stood on a stage beside the old intend to come. Book through fireplace in the big room. He learnt the drums to start with Kay Thorne. when he was 10 and went on to learn to play a variety of instruments. Jimmy used to Photos courtesy Tim Todhunter.


A letter from Germany - a shrinking world! YFU Student Exchange-Make the World Your Home “Guten Tag” or G’Day, my name is Pauline and I was an exchange student from Germany. Earlier this year I spent 4 months in Castlemaine, went to Castlemaine Secondary College and stayed with an amazing family. My host family and I spent a lot of time together. We went to the Grampians where we went hiking and I got to see my first koala, waterskiing, playing tennis together, and the list goes on and on. I also enjoyed our dinnertimes and our big family gatherings as it made me feel like part of the family. Sometimes people ask me if it was hard to adjust to a new culture and make friends. Adjusting to a new culture is never easy especially when there is the difference of sky and earth between the cultures, or in English, when our cultures are poles apart. But the people in Caslemaine made it easy for me to feel welcome and comfortable. Another great experience was going to school and I really enjoyed cooking classes. We had so much fun in our classes and I got to know some Australian recipes. The students at CSC were welcoming and I made really good friends. One of the most Australian things I did was going to a footy game. Watching a sport I’ve never heard of before in my home country was fun. Especially the team spirit

and wearing the Collingwood jumper that my host dad gave me. I would like to thank everyone, especially my family, friends and teachers, who made my student exchange experience one of the best times of my life.

My host family and I If you would like to make the world your home by hosting a student like Pauline, or, becoming an exchange student yourself, contact YFU today at au or 1800 654 947,

And the world shrinks on Facebook too... The Chewton community Facebook page is Have you seen it yet? It has quietly been growing and the number of “likes” is steadily growing. 448 at present! And where do these likers come from? The countries are listed as Australia 425 - then come United Kingdom, Taiwan, Canada, United States of America, Germany, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Italy and Papua New Guinea. Definitely a shrinking world!

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Max is one of our breakfast club student leaders. The team had a trial run on serving breakfast and tasting the products this week. Daniel presented his push/pull project to the class.


The school year has reached the half way point. There is always lots to celebrate. As well as the usual sporting, academic and cultural activities a group of dedicated parents have also been working on our school maintenance and building program with the grant money announced earlier in the term. We love our old building but it does mean there are many, often hidden works that need attention from sinking floor boards to damaged guttering. We are hopeful that we will have sufficient funds for a new focus point for the building with the library and multipurpose rooms featuring highly on a wish list. Any changes that are made will be sensitive to heritage look and feel of our school. There are many departmental hoops to jump through before funds can even be deposited into our account. I am finding rules that I never knew existed. A lot can be said for the time when you got a local down the road to do a job and you then sent the bill to the department to be paid. Our student leaders have been very active this term. Many have volunteered to help with Breakfast Club which starts next term. With a large number of our children travelling to school by bus this program will help make the morning a smoother start for many of our families. We need an adult helper on each shift and have many parents who have offered to help but I would love to hear from any members of the community who are willing to give up 30 minutes of their day on one or two mornings a term. Our welfare team has been working on the ‘Bunny Bench’. Read a full report about this from Max and Ivy on the next page. Many of the children are running club sessions this term with lessons in Japanese, art and environmental science. This week classes have been showcasing their work in science and technology. The grade 2-3 class had a sharing afternoon where children first presented their written design brief to the class and many demonstrated their constructed push/ pull innovation they had made at school or at home. The 4-6 brief was to talk about something we already have and make it better. Some children took a solar light and turned it into a head torch for reading. Very innovative indeed. Next term the younger children will investigate seasons at home and across the globe learning how seasons can determine our food, clothes, recreation and housing. The older children will focus on South America comparing environmental and sustainable practises in our very different cultures. And all of us will learn something about Rio as we end next term with an Olympic Fun Day. Perhaps you might care to join in? Julie.

July’s Community BBQ will be on 2 July at Ellery Park from 6 pm. A bow tie night, something to think about... 12

Our P-1 class celebrated their great effort this term with a pet day...

The Bunny Bench We would like to call our bench the “Bunny Bench”. It would have mosaic bunnies on the front and a simple wooden semi-circle design. The whole class has basically voted on the “Bunny Bench” which is why we chose the “Bunny Bench”, the reason is because bunnies play and work together often. Bunnies love digging holes, and when they are digging holes they are working together, they love to cooperate. We have decided to put it against the wall near the 2-3 kids classroom, if this is not possible we will put it on the brick wall near the toilets as people often sit there anyway, or we get rid of the bench near the playground. The reason we will be installing the “Bunny Bench” is because when people have no one to play with or if they are lonely people can come up to them and ask them to play. Max, Tav, Ivy and Kirsty.

...and at the end-of-term - we breed them tough out on the hill (above) and a bit of rain, hail and odd flake of snow does not stop our mid year cook-out (below)

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Council adopts Climate Change Action Plan Taken from a Press Release.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is another step closer to becoming carbon neutral following the adoption of a Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020 at last week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council. Director of Sustainable Development Jason Taylor said the plan features more than 60 actions and clarifies Council’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2025. “Council is serious about reducing emissions and the action plan provides us with a clear pathway to responsibly reduce emissions and to become more resilient to climate change,” he said. The action plan identifies key ways to reduce carbon emissions by reducing waste emissions and gradually replacing fossil fuel energy with renewable energy for transport, buildings and public lighting. “The largest source of carbon emissions for the shire is landfill, which accounts for around 90 per cent of Council’s emissions,” said Mr Taylor. “Residents can make a big impact in reducing emissions simply by keeping food and green waste out of their bins. Buried food and green waste produces the worst emissions – methane – a gas that

traps a lot of heat in the atmosphere. Organic waste is compostable and makes a great food source for the garden so it is best to make use of this resource at home.” Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) Chair Mick Lewin said MASG strongly supports Council’s goal of reducing emissions. “Mount Alexander Sustainability Group had set a goal for the shire to become carbon neutral by 2025, so it is incredibly encouraging to have Council on board and focused on the same objective,” said Mr Lewin. “We look forward to working closely with Council and the community to reduce emissions and help minimise the impact of climate change.” To read the action plan visit the Plans and Strategies section of Council’s website. Council committed to integrating climate change considerations into all operations in its Environment Strategy 2015–2025. Climate_Change_Action_Plan_Mount_Alexander_Shire_ Council_2016.pdf


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Black hats into the night... a hair-raising thought?

While not quite officially winter, the June Chewton community BBQ certainly put the brazier to the test. The good news is that it passed with flying colours. Those who are concerned about the cold should fear not. You can come along and be toasty warm. Black hats were in abundance being the optional theme for the night. There were bowlers, beanies, fedoras, and yes even a mortarboard. The theme for July’s community BBQ is a bow tie. This is of course optional. If you don’t have a bow tie don’t worry, or just be imaginative. There was a pause in proceedings to mark the demise of Madame Spider when it was realised that, while still


there in her web appearing to be keeping a watchful eye, it was in fact deceased. We will miss you Madame Spider. So, Saturday 2nd July. I know that date rings a bell. Clearly it’s because it’s the next Chewton community BBQ, oh, and it is also the day of the federal election. What better way to start the evening than with friends and neighbours sharing food and conversation around the cosy brazier? Afterwards we can sneak off to take in the election coverage of our choice. See you there. Words and pictures courtesy of Rob Palmer.

St. John’s in July There will be services at St John’s • Saturday 2nd July, 6pm • Saturday 9th July, 6pm • Saturday 16th July, 6pm • Saturday 23rd July,6pm • Saturday 30th July 6pm Everyone Welcome


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The next concert is Sunday 17th July at 2pm and the $5 admission includes afternoon tea.

Feel welcome to join the next talented local musicians at our lovely acoustic space, St John’s Anglican Church Fryers Road Chewton. It would be great to see more residents of the town support events. Alastair Maxwell will play mostly Irish tunes on his fiddle, with his companion, Allan Evans on a Chewton made superb Blackwood flute and maybe whistles and his new Andy Rigby Para Celtic Harp. Something in the Air, vocal duo from Castlemaine, Annie and Christine will impress with dexterous harmonies and arrangements of early and some familiar songs. Keppel is an observant traveller, who shares his stories with guitar accompaniment. These musicians very generously donate their time, please consider coming along and enjoy good company and some refreshments, all for just $5, proceeds go to maintain the church building. Julie Henchman. More June concert photos on page 30.

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They were talking about Mosquito repellent. Those spray on ones are no good They give you skin cancer. Some gift. A friend of mine told me About this brooch you can wear. It gives off something ... A sound perhaps? How would you know if it’s working? Too high pitched for us mere mortals to hear. Or gamma rays? You couldn’t know if you don’t have a Geiger Counter. My counter is with the cabinet maker being fixed. Your Geiger counter? The drawers, they’re train-wrecks. Your kitchen drawers have sex? Not every day. Maybe there’s no mosquitoes around you Because they have found me – Nasty little bastards. I heard about some mixture Something like Eucalyptus and Vicks Vaporub. Aren’t their tummies too small? What?? To be rubbed. No it’s the eucalyptus: They think they are koalas And start climbing gum trees. The koalas love them. Delicious. David Watson June 2016.


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Here and There

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Castlemaine Camera Club’s exhibition Here and There at the Phee Broadway foyer gallery showcases an eclectic range of subjects and photographic styles from the group of enthusiastic members. Walking through the exhibition, I was struck by the high quality of the work throughout, not only technically, but also the vision of the makers: their ability to go beyond mere recording of the subjects. There are fine compositional and storytelling skills throughout the exhibition.

The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Friday July1, 7:30pm CHASING ASYLUM - a not to be missed documentary Oscar-winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner recorded footage of life inside Australian-run detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island. Buy tickets at the door. $15.50/$13.50 No kids please. Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine Saturday August 6 DEATH IN BOWENGABIE - Death in Bowengabbie is a big, black, tender-hearted comedy about love, loss and the mourning after. $30/$25 Friday October 7 MY LIFE IN BOXES - My Life in Boxes unfolds between the past and the present, the ground and the air, in a unique theatrical experience coloured by circus, movement and text. $35/$30 Tickets available at The Market Building, Castlemaine, or ring 5471 1795 The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, July 22, 8:00pm EMMA DONOVAN AND THE PUTBACKS - Known for her solo career and work with The Black Arm Band, Donovan has cemented her reputation as one of the great Australian soul singers with her ongoing collaboration with The Putbacks. Buy tickets online here: au/events/emma-donovan-putbacks/ Castlemaine Art Gallery - BEARD & INFLUENCE by Clayton Tremlett, is a study of 12 bushrangers (and their beards) July 10 to August 15

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There were a few were standouts for me, the first among them is John Ellis’ Eyes Front. John has candidly snapped a group of people all looking offstage left in what looks to be one of the rooms at the Castlemaine Art Gallery. In the background are a number of life-sized portraits which seem so be complicit in the plot with similar facial expressions of attentiveness. Questions arise: What are they all looking at and listening to? How are they related? Why are they in that space? John has managed to capture a moment in time charged with a quiet tension in the style of photo-journalism.

The next image that drew my attention was Barb Guerin’s Hay Shed, Eddington. Guerin has managed to break the rules of conventionally good composition with aplomb and expertise. Normally, an image that is cut exactly in half will suffer an imbalance and fail to engage the viewer. But that kelpie standing expectantly towards the right of the empty bottom half of the image not only balances and grounds the composition, but also creates both tension and a focal point from whence the eye travels and takes in the rest of the image. As in Ellis’ image, this creates a narrative: what is the dog looking at or waiting for? What is about to happen?

Marion Williams’ Chewton Morn, a misty blue light through trees and saplings is just simply lovely to look at. Having said that, there are also overtones of mystery here, and I can imagine this image being very successful as the opening scene of a murder movie or book illustration: at once serenely beautiful and slightly disturbing. Craig Terry’s Harajuku Girl, Tokyo - a full frontal image of the face of a Japanese girl in unusual make-up is a gripping image of ‘otherness’, continuing the tradition common to ethnographers of earlier times recording the unnamed natives of far-flung places and cultures. As such, Terry observes the foreignness that is Japanese pop subculture. There are not many panoramic landscape images that catch my eye, as I find them a poor substitute for the real thing. But, Alaskan Gold by Dai Knowles shook me from that prejudice. Dai has created a mesmerising composition of serpentine rivers splicing the autumnal forests of Alaska from a high vantage point, and the result is an image that takes the eye on a journey of discovery around and through the landscape.

Trish Sharkey’s Dry Waterfall, Uluru is a masterful and uncommon image of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Overlapping hollows of the red rock, carved by millennia of rainfall, seen here in the

dry, draw the eye inwards and upwards to a clear blue sky contrasting perfectly and visually balancing the mass of the pock marked and stained rock. Sadly, if you are reading this review, you have already missed the exhibition. Don’t, whatever you do, miss the next show by this group of talented photograhers! Beverley Bloxham. ADVERTISEMENT

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Slow art On Fire The Phee Broadway Theatre continues to bring amazing talent to our town, and June’s performance was so beautifully conceived and delivered that critics seem to run out of superlatives for the performer and the performance that is Mama Alto. Mama Alto (aka Benny Dimas) is a countertenor diva, jazz singer and cabaret artiste, drawing on the legacies of torch singers. Fierce, femme and fabulous, she has been lauded as “divine” (Havana Tribune, Cuba), as “near flawless” (The Age), and “a knockout” (The Herald Sun) “Mama Alto is an exceptionally talented singer, who makes the question as to whether it is a woman or a man singing obsolete. It is clearly an angel.” (The Conversation) As one of the fortunate ones to catch the performance in Castlemaine and choosing a front row seat, I was bowled over by the intensity of the performance, the talent of the performers (the other being Miss Chief on the piano) and the trickle of humour throughout. And then there were the costumes: lots of sequins, feathers, costume jewellery and diaphanous drapery displaying long shapely legs (“I look good in heels”), looking every bit the classic torch singer. Sexually and racially ambiguous, Mama Alto’s voice transcends gender and delivers empassioned renditions of the classics and some intriguingly conceived blends of old favourites. Her story of her pilgrimmage to Billie Holiday’s grave in New York was authentic and touching storytelling, and of course, her vocal tribute, just splendid. Thank you to The Phee Broadway Theatre staff who continue to deliver wonderful talent to our town. If you missed this performance, try not to miss the rest of the year’s offerings. PS: the next performance from Phee on August 6 , Death in Bowengabbie, starring Bryce Youngman looks to be a must-see. “Youngman is the pumping heart of this black comedy. In the course of an hour, this gifted actor plays more than a dozen characters and never misses a beat. A star in the making? “ Media Review Check out our WHAT’S ON column for future performances at the Phee Broadway, or go to or ring 5471 1795.


Tea Time is a delightful exhibition of intimate portraits of tea utensils in watercolours and woven tapestry by Jennifer Sharpe in the perfect setting at Tog’s Place Gallery, 58 Lyttleton St. Castlemaine. Jennifer has been making tapestries for 30 years, having studied at the SW College of TAFE in Warnambool in the eighties. Following a family tradition of working with textiles, Jennifer loves the tapestry medium for its warmth and colour, and has worked as a weaver at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

This exhibition was inspired by many cups of tea with friends and relatives, and that everyone has a favourite teapot or cup. Antique tapestries were narratives recording the large events of life: battles won or lost, coronations, weddings, etc. Jennifer’s tastesties also tell the stories of everyday life, but on a much smaller scale, pysically and metaphorically: these dear little tapestries record the domesticity and intimacy of small rituals shared, quirky china collected and modest interiors. Tapestry is not a quick medium: it is slow and deliberate: first the watercolour study (delightful artworks in their own right); next the winding of warp on the loom, then the translation of the subject into woven form, line by line. And yet, these lovely works in Tea Time are very buyable for all the hours embedded in their very fibre.

All that jazz! Well, the Castlemaine Jazz Festival has come and gone for another year. The festival is run on a shoestring budget and is powered by troops of vounteers. Over 100 bands and 340 musicians converged on the town and there was music in the air - everywhere! As a first-time volunteer, I was at first slightly grumpy that I had been given more shifts than I had asked for and that they were longer than stated. BUT: after three shifts in Box Office, welcoming guests and musicians, side by side with other vollies, the excitement of the weekend took hold. Realising that the shortfall in volunteers was being taken up by the hardest working committeee members, I decided

to volunteer for another shift, this time as a door person so I could see some acts. The last act of my night was Miss Brigid & Her Mixed Nuts from Melbourne who had me (and others) dancing in the aisles! As a volunteer with more than 3 shifts, I was given free access to the Festival and I enjoyed every minute of my time either behind the scenes or in the audience. I can fully recommend becoming a volunteer for next year’s festival: it’s a load of fun, and everyone is in a great mood! PS: if you would like to see Miss Brigid & Her Mixed Nuts in their natural environment, you can catch them at 5 - 7pm on July 23 at OPEN STUDIO, 204 High St, Northcote. 0414 230 363

Welcome to Buda’s new Garden Curator A significant changing of the guard recently took place at Buda. After 29 years of volunteering and working as Buda’s Garden Curator, Dianne Thomson, was fondly farewelled at an afternoon tea on Sunday 5 June. Jill Hildebrandt stepped into the coveted role the very next day and hit the ground running! After a lengthy recruitment process that attracted a high calibre of applicants, Jill was delighted to be offered the position. “The opportunity to work in the heritage garden at Buda with a team of dedicated volunteers was most appealing to me,” says Jill when asked what attracted her to the role. “I’m looking forward to working in the garden in all the seasons, discovering the different plants and flowers as they show their glorious faces. Spending time getting to know the volunteers and having fun while we garden and grow plants together”

Creek Management Committee Parklands team doing revegetation and restoration works, and as manager of the Edendale Nursery for six and a half years. Most recently Jill was part of the Rosalind Park intensive horticulture team working for the City of Greater Bendigo. Amidst some welcome rain, Jill was kept busy on her first few days at Buda, meeting with volunteers, checking out the tool shed, and tracking down some troublesome tree roots blocking our drainage system. Despite this she had a big smile on her face. “I’m feeling very excited and highly motivated by all there is to learn about Buda, her community and gardens. Lots of new plants to meet and get to know, which is always great.” Jill is very thankful to Dianne for so generously sharing her time and knowledge during the handover and for the warm welcome she has received at Buda. “I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you all for the greater good of Buda and the gardens.” Kerry Anderson.

Chasing Asylum - a not to be missed documentary The Herald Sun said: “In Chasing Asylum, we have one of the most important documentaries ever made in this country, addressing one of the most important issues to ever face this country.” Oscar-winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner (Taxi To the Dark Side) spent more than two years gathering incredible, secretly-recorded footage of life inside Australian-run detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island. While a lot of the vision has been very shakily captured on smartphones, the images are often revealing, and always heart-wrenchingly sad. CHASING ASYLUM will be shown in Castlemaine on Friday July 1 at 7:30pm at THE THEATRE ROYAL, 30 Hargraves St, Castlemaine VIC 3450. Phone:(03) 5472 1196

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A resident of Chewton, Jill is bringing an impressive work history and a broad range of skills to Buda. She has worked in the horticultural industry in various roles for most of her career spanning 35 years. Roles have included working as a horticultural technician/gardener at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, with the Merri

Did you know that the Gallery’s website has archives of exhibitions going back over ten years? Ok, it’s not the same as being there, and sure, the exhibitions are not shown in their entirety, but it’s a good overview of what has been shown at our gallery over the years. For more, go to: http://www.castlemainegallery. com/archives/ To make sure you don’t misss another exhibition in the Gallery, check out the upcoming calendar at http://www.


Your Business in a Digital World workshop Small business owners looking to grow their business are invited to attend a workshop in Castlemaine to learn how to make the most of the digital world and take their business online. The workshop helps new and existing business owners make informed decisions about developing an effective online strategy and identifying the best online tools. Acting Director Sustainable Communities at Mount Alexander Shire Council David Leathem said the online world is changing and evolving very quickly. “It’s easy to become overwhelmed by digital options such as websites, blogs, social media and online advertising,” he said. “The July workshop aims to build business owners’ understanding of these elements and help design an online strategy that makes the most sense for each business.” Mount Alexander Shire Council has partnered with State Government – Small Business Victoria to deliver the low-cost workshops. The three workshops have had strong attendance from business owners looking to learn more about marketing, developing an online strategy or improving finances. Owner of Universal Power and Light, Morgan Kurrajong, has attended all three workshops to date. “The workshops have been really valuable for setting business goals and identifying how technology can help my business. I just wish they were on every Monday night!” said Mr Kurrajong. Along with the workshops, Mr Kurrajong is participating in one-on-one business mentoring offered through Council and Business Mount Alexander. “It has been great to get all this information locally and pick up new skills that will help grow my business,” he said. The workshop starts at 6.00pm with networking from 5.30pm on Monday 11 July, at the Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine. Cost is $20. To book, visit and search ‘Mount Alexander’ For more information contact Eva Parkin, Council’s Economy Development Officer, on 5471 1805 or

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Real Estate Gossip An early icy start to winter makes this a good time to stay inside and curl up with a good book and the Chewton Chat. Properties for sale around Chewton are listed as follows: Bendigo Property Plus: • 28 Eureka Street, well maintained and comfortable 3 bedroom brick home sits within well-established mature gardens on 1400 sqm. Outbuildings and rain water tank. For sale at $399,000.00. • 40 Eureka Street, stone and weatherboard 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home with retreat and picturesque outbuildings located adjacent to the Diggings, 2000 sqm and 2 hectare leasehold, price range $470,000,00 - $485,000.00 (UNDER OFFER); Cantwell Real Estate: • 1/40 Madigans Road, craftsman built off-grid on 14.5 acres in the Bushlands with space for 6 vehicles, $298,000.00; • 11 Eureka Street, rear vacant level lot of 3030sqm with views across to the Bushlands. Township Zone with services available. Building covenant applied. $185,000.00; • 28 Albert Street, 2 elevated allotments with a total area of 1555sqm vacant site with north-eastern views to the Diggings Heritage Park, services available, $279,000.00; • 41 Gallway Street, 2 bedroom mud brick with stone facing home in peaceful setting not far from the centre of town on 5.26 hectares of box iron bark trees. Trust for Nature protected adjoining Crown land. Well set up for off grid living with organic vegetable garden. Additional Architecturally designed plans for an 8.5 energy rated dwelling by local Architect Geoff Crosby available upon negotiation, $359,000.00; • Lots 1 & 2 Archers Road, each lot measures 1600 – 1700 sqm, spectacular views and planning permits for


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a dwelling on each, $185,000.00 each lot; • 1/72 Steele Street, north facing vacant allotment of approximately 2234sqm. Backing onto state forest but with services available. $190,000.00; • 225 Sparks Road, 58 hectares on the edge of the Bushland for sale, reduced to $480,000.00. Cassidy Real Estate: • 97 Pyrenees Highway, 2 bedroom, 2 living areas and plenty of period features. Large allotment of 1500sqm with workshops and room for several cars. For sale at $515,000.00; Castlemaine Property Group: • 27 Hoopers Road, individually designed house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms offering a flexible living/ working plan. Set on 1 hectare with heritage features improvements include a double carport, four 5,000 gallon water tanks, a water bore, watering system, fire sprinkler system, manageable grassed areas and extensive stone work in addition to all modern comforts. For sale at $610,000.00; • 12 Old Settlers Road, substantial stone and timber home on 2.4 hectares of bushland. Offering 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms over 2 levels. This is comfortable off-grid living. For sale at $635,000.00; • 23 Archers Road, light filled contemporary home designed around environmentally principles, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with professionally designed gardens and spectacular views, $740,000.00, • 77 Pioneers Road, single bedroom log cabin set high in the Bushlands with views over Chewton and onto Castlemaine, $249,000.00. Keogh Real Estate: • Nil for sale in Chewton. Waller Realty: • 14 Church Street, elevated 1050 sqm lot with northern views to Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, services to front boundary, $149,500.00; • 2/85 Main Road, 570sqm elevated lot with cleared area for a house, close to all facilities, with access to all services, $110.000.00; • 173 Main Road, renovated 1800s miners cottage right in the middle of town, 2 bedrooms and terraced rear gardens, $329,000.00; • 717 Pyrenees Highway, 3 bedroom double storey home on 3 acres on the rural edge of town, in ground solar heated pool, great outdoors areas and outbuildings, $565,000.00; • 16 Main Road, 1 acre of views over the Diggings National Heritage Park. With a sealed road frontage and the walking track into Castlemaine at rear. Connected to the reticulated sewerage system and with all other services available. For sale at $209,000.00. For sale by owner: • 734 Pyrenees Highway, large family home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an indoor pool and recreation room. Set on over 1 hectare of maintained grounds, for sale at $569,000.00. Lynne Williamson.


Chewton Domain Society Work is progressing on a Town Hall flyer and an inspection of the town hall’s front and rear doors is being arranged. A quote for painting the windows on the Post Office is being organised by Waller Realty. A quote for the production of more Monster Meeting flags is being sought, and quotes for upgrading the town hall toilet systems are being organized. Correspondence received included a congratulatory letter from Lisa Chesters for the town hall winning the MAS Heritage Award. There was also a donation of $1,000 from Cate Freeman, relayed via Karen Baker. There was also notification of a federal government grant for $2,755 for a kitchen equipment upgrade. Correspondence out included a letter of thanks to Frank Benbow for many years of support. The generous donation from Cate Freeman will be put towards the Chewton website that will enable the distribution of a coloured electronic version of the Chat each month. Some of the Community Plan funding will also go to the updating of the Chewton Website and the Welcome to Chewton kit as spelt out in the Chewton Community Plan. Jo Maher’s letter of resignation was tabled and accepted with thanks and good wishes – a thank you card to Jo for her input is to be sent. The committee vacancy created by Jo’s resignation was discussed. A visitor at the meeting, Gary Beaumont, was asked if he would be interested, the paperwork completed and he was duly accepted unanimously as an ordinary committee member. The treasurer reported the society’s balance as at 8.5.2016 was $18,443.75, with accounts for payment totalling $2,061.80. One of the accounts was for the reprinting of 10,000 Chewton Visitor’s Guide and Heritage Maps for $972.00. This was mainly funded by generous donations from Ewen and Linda MacDonald and Bettie Exon. Letters of thanks are to be sent. CDS membership was reported as the same as for last month – 172. Permission was sought for Heritage Advisor Mandy Jean to arrange for photos of the town hall by Julie Millowick. These are to used as part of a paper she is writing on the changing future uses of small rural town halls. This was granted. There is now a need to develop a management plan for the town hall’s maintenance, and this will become

a template to be used for the Post Office property maintenance too. Mount Alexander Shire Council has advised that council will be in caretaker mode prior to the election council will not be able to support the printing of the Chat’s printed for October. Marie reported on the Castlemaine Jazz Festival’s use of the Chewton Town Hall. The festival committee were good to work with and left the building in excellent condition. The town hall’s usage in future will need to be considered in light of recent events. Future needs could be a designated contact person for emergencies and arrangements made for furniture storage. Research is to be done on foldup tables to possibly replace the large wooden ones in the town hall as this would make to hall more attractive and flexible for hirers. The meeting closed at 8.20 p.m. The next CDS Management Committee Meeting will be on Monday July 18th at 7.15 p.m. in the Chewton Town Hall.

Cairn Curran update Blue-green algae warnings are still in place for Cairn Curran Reservoir. While blue-green algae are naturally occurring bacteria in waterways and water storages they contain toxins that can be harmful to humans and animals. Cairn Curran is at 11.6% capacity despite recent rains.


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Can you help? Equipment so people can more easily take part in public and community events is at the planning stage... The equipment is four sets of portable ramps, and two sets of portable hearing loops. The ramps will allow access where there is one step or two small steps inside or outside a building. The hearing loops use a magnetic coil to make it much easier for hearing-impaired people to follow a speaker or a presentation at a public gathering. Some publicity for this scheme is being considered. Is there anyone who may be interested in using the equipment, and being photographed and interviewed for a short feature story, perhaps someone who might gain from using it for a meeting. If anyone is interested in participating could you contact John Ellis at

Aargh! 2 big boo-boos in June’s Chewton Chat! Apologies... Two half page ads for events at the Phee Broadway Theatre were submitted and only one made it to the pages. The second oops was in the hard copy - the listing of advertisers on Page 35 was a repeat of the last month’s. The online web version had the correct listing. Fortunately!

Many of you will know Council has appointed Darren Fuzzard as the new Mt Alexander Shire CEO. Darren is a Civil Engineer by profession and has worked in local government as well as VicRoads. Darren starts with us on 18th July so if you come across him in your travels please make him feel welcome. Recruitment of a CEO is quite a complex issue but I feel confident Council has made a very good decision from a highly skilled group of applicants. Engineers are very nice people and where would we be without them!!! Rain beautiful rain. How long is it since we have had days of beautiful soaking rain? The countryside and gardens really needed that. Our farm sector is in desperate need of a few good seasons so here’s hoping. During the month Council had a special meeting to hear budget submissions. The early part of the year is spent preparing the next year’s budget and it is difficult to meet the needs of all groups looking for support from Council. With pressure on budgets the submissions must meet a range of criteria to be successful. For any groups that missed out please take advantage of the grant writing sessions that Council runs. Remember, Council elections are due again later this year. Some potential candidates have been in campaign mode already. If you want to serve your local community then being on Council is a great way to do that. I guess people who have lived in our community must have an advantage when it comes to elections but that would make them very old. (Ha ha!) For those that are interested, Dot Pollard is my oldest living relative that lives locally. Hi Dot, I hope this finds you well. Probably the other news that I can share is that Peter Mac has moved. I am still at the East Melbourne site for a few more weeks. Anyone going for treatment must go to the new site which is on the old dental hospital site. I have been very fortunate to have worked at Peter Mac for the past seven years. The new hospital was only an idea when I started there and now it is reality. Absolutely magnificent in every way. Best regards to all. Regards Tony Cr AG Cordy


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Spillway maintenance

Parks Victoria has had contractors complete some recent safety works at Expedition Pass Reservoir. The latest work involved removal of cumbungi that clogged the mouth of the spillway. The reservoir wall is 202.7 metres long and 18 metres tall at its highest point. This reservoir was constructed in 1868 and the embankment is made of earth with a puddle core. It was made before modern machinery was available, so was compressed by flocks of sheep being driven to and fro during the construction period. A mud core wall is vulnerable to erosion so constant upkeep is necessary to ensure its existence – and safety! A visual inspection of the wall is done regularly, and an annual engineering report is a requirement for all major Australian dams. Any wear or damage to the wall has to be constantly repaired. In mid-2006 trees that were growing along the wall were removed for fear they toppled and their roots exposed the inner parts of the wall to erosion – opening the wall to further (and dramatic) erosion.

Coliban Water spent hundreds of thousands of dollars ensuring safety of the reservoir before it was sold to Mount Alexander Shire – the spillway was lowered 1.2 metres to reduce capacity and lessen flood vulnerability, the wall was raised and widened with beaching installed to protect it from wave action - and the outlet valve was remodelled. After some years of ownership Mount Alexander Shire passed ownership of Expedition Pass Reservoir to Parks Victoria and it became an integral part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (CDNHP). The park’s management plan published in 2007 includes a section on Expedition Pass Reservoir. Successive engineering reports have spelt out the need to keep the spillway clear. In the event of the reservoir filling, the spillway needs to operate efficiently. Floating logs and debris swept into a spillway clogged with vegetation rapidly forms a barrier that increases the reservoir’s capacity. In a worst case scenario the water level rises to rush over the wall – an earthen wall. This actually happened in 1889 on New Year’s Day after torrential rain on Mount Alexander. Two miners drowned in Chewton when the Francis Ormond mine filled suddenly. You can read about this flood on article/3490839 And the spillway? It was really tested in January 2011 - remember that?

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Chewton - 100 years ago Mount Alexander Mail - 13th July, 1916. CHEWTON RECHABITE TENT. JUBILEE CELEBRATION. TEA MEETING AND PUBLIC MEETING. TENT’S 50 YEARS’ RECORD. The celebration of the jubilee of the Yarborough Tent, No. 56, I.O.R., Chewton, was continued on Monday, when a largely-attended and very successful tea meeting was held in the Rechabite Hall, followed by a public meeting. The Rev. A. W. Rowland (Congregational) presided over a large gathering. In opening, he welcomed the District Treasurer (Bro. W. Wilson), and then alluded to the work done by the Tent during the fifty years of its existence, and concluded with an earnest appeal to the people to vote for the closing of hotels at 6 o’clock. The Secretary (Bro. W. E. Ebbott) gave some interesting facts and figures in connection with the Tent. It was started 50 years ago in the house at present occupied by Mr John Jones. A list of members, whose sons and daughters had followed in their footsteps, was given, including the following: Bro. John Ebbott, six sons and four daughters; Bro. J. Ellery, six sons; Bro. J. Thomas, five sons; Mrs McMillan, four sons and two daughters; Bro. Docking, three sons and three daughters; whole families were Bro. and Mrs J. O. Archbold. and four sons and one daughter; Bro. Inch, and three sons; Bro. and Mrs John Jones and one son. The Secretary, continuing, said Bro. W. E. Ebbott had proposed 91 members, and Bro. J. E. Jones 70 members. Mr John Vale, the District Secretary was to have been the speaker of the evening, but owing to ill health, he was unable to attend and his place was taken by Bro. Wilson. He produced the original minutes of the first meeting of the Tent, and said the finances of the Order were upward, and his aims upward. He paid a tribute to the memory of the veterans in the cause, and urged the younger members to emulate them. Speaking of the proposed referendum on the earlier closing of hotels, he said an attempt was being made to rob the democracy of the referendum, and to have the hour of closing fixed by the Legislature. It was claimed that early closing would increase sly grog selling and home drinking, but these claims were not born out in New Zealand and other parts where facilities for drinking had been curtailed. Prohibition was not in the present range of practical politics, but 6 o’clock closing was, and he urged his hearers to do their utmost to secure this boon for their fellow men. Bro. Wilson was heartily applauded on resuming his seat.

Bros. Rowe (Newstead), I. James (Harcourt), and J. E. Manning (Castlemaine) congratulated the Tent on reaching its jubilee, and on the amount of good work it had done. During the evening, musical and elocutionary items were contributed by the Temperance Choir, Miss Ivy Voisey, Mr W. Stewart, Mr F. Bell, Miss A. Wood, and Mrs Holy. The visitors and choir were entertained with a supper in the Town Hall at the conclusion of the proceedings. The celebration will close to-night with a grand picture show in the Red Hill Hall, and included in the list of subjects to be screened is the great recruiting film, Will They Never Come? loaned for the occasion by the Defence Department. Glen Harrison.



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We need friendly people with an appreciation of Chewton’s history, who are prepared to give 3 hours one Saturday or Sunday each month. Please ring Allan Dry 54723385 if you would like to be part of the team.

Buda Historic Home and Garden A property of national significance.

Home of the noted Gold and Silversmith ERNEST LEVINY and his family from 1863 to 1981, featuring authentic furnishings, arts and crafts collection, significant heritage garden and grounds. Nursery selling drought-hardy plants, many propagated from the garden. Open hours Wed - Sat 12noon to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. Groups by appointment. 42 Hunter Street, Castlemaine 3450, T/F: (03) 5472 1032 E:


Upgrade to Castlemaine’s Aged Care Services Castlemaine Health will receive over $1.5 million from the Andrews Labor Government to carry out refurbishments that will improve facility amenity and resident quality of life. Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, announced today that Castlemaine Health’s aged care facilities were among 24 rural public sector residential aged care facilities to share in $8 million from the Government’s 2015/16 Significant Facility Refurbishment Initiative. The initiative funds vital refurbishments that will assist older people in rural and regional Victoria access the high quality public aged care services they deserve, close to home and the communities they helped build and support. Refurbishments will help facilities meet contemporary standards, as well as providing better and safer living and working environments that enhance resident wellness, socialisation, privacy and dignity. Upgrades will also assist rural public sector aged care facilities to be sustainable into the future. Castlemaine Health will receive $1,526,360 to upgrade facilities at Mt Alexander Hospital aged care facilities. This project will improve resident amenity, dignity, comfort and safety. Included in the project is the installation of a new nurse call system; lifting systems in

FOBIF walk

Photo: Maree Edwards, Kerryn Healy (Executive Director Corporate Services), John McQueen (Resident), Donna Brook (Castlemaine Health), Shannon Uren (Unit Manager), Betty Rouch (Resident, seated) all residents’ rooms to support residents; air-conditioning in all resident rooms and replacement of redundant heating/ cooling system. “Public aged care facilities are the lifeblood of regional towns, providing aged care to older people in their own community, as well as being a major local employer,” according to Ms Edwards. Taken from a Press Release.

A cool winter day provided pleasant walking conditions for 19 participants on FOBIF’s June walk. Jeremy Holland led the group across some interesting isolated hills and ridges south of Italian Hill, before swinging past Sailor’s Gully and the Tubal Cain mine on a return trip to Vaughan Springs. Walkers were struck by early appearance of Golden Wattle blossom; the damper gullies provided many terrific fungi sightings; and Sailors Gully featured spectacular carpets of moss. Photo by Bernard Slattery.

Next FOBIF walk July 17

Walkers take a break at Tubal Cain mine

Ridges and Gullies - looking at some isolated ridges around Sailors and Stones Gullies in the southern section of the Diggings Park, skirting around Tubal Cain mine site. Some off track walking, so sections are steepish and a bit rough underfoot. c. 7 km. Enquiries: Bernard and Deirdre Slattery 5470 5161.

Trenches Excavations Landscaping Posthole Digger Rubbish Removal Driveway Construction Phone Colin on 5470


5975 or 0417 509 699

Winter Art

Artworks by more than 90 local artists are on display as part of the Market Art Winter Exhibition at Castlemaine’s historic Market Building. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photography, textiles and more, and provides a great opportunity to see the considerable artistic talent within the community. “The annual exhibition showcases the shire’s artists and is a real drawcard for locals and visitors alike,” said David Leathem, Acting Director Sustainable Communities, Mount Alexander Shire Council. “Hosting the exhibition in the Market Building, which houses the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre, means local art is easily accessible to our region’s visitors. We’ve already sold a number of pieces to visitors up from Melbourne for the day.” Market Art is a Council supported exhibition for artists residing in the Goldfields region. This exhibition is on until Sunday 21 August. All displayed artworks are available for purchase. The Market Building is located at 44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine and is open every day from 9.00am – 5.00pm. The exhibition is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Photo: Exhibiting artists Lorraine Taylor from Maldon in front of her artwork, with Jenny Merkus from Maldon and Rosie Laszlo from Hepburn.

Get your grant application in... This is just a reminder that the Mt Alexander Community Enterprise Small Grants for community groups will be closing on July 15th. Local, not-for-profit enterprises can apply for small grants of up to $500 to assist with their projects. This year’s grant round was moved to the second half of the year to offset them from the Mt Alexander Shire major grants which have recently been announced. ‘These funds come from Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco who pay us a small commission on every account linked to Mt ACE,’ said Secretary Robyn Lewis. ‘These funds have been growing steadily so we can offer these annual small grants to local groups as well as continue to support our major and ongoing projects such as the redevelopment of Wesley Hill Sports Complex, the Castlemaine Hot Rod and Community Centre, Fit2Drive program and Food@Christmas .’ Last year eleven local groups received grants. Full details relating to the grants can be found at and forms are available at Castlemaine’s Bendigo Bank branch. The Enterprise group receive their funds from a partnership with Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Community Telco. Anyone who uses these services and asks to have their account linked with Mt ACE can help to generate funds to return to the community. The arrangement retains full privacy, does not cost the customer anything and does not change accounts in any way. “The greater the number of people who choose these businesses and link with Mt ACE, the greater the number of groups we can support in future funding rounds,” said Chairman Larry O’Toole.

Five Flags Hotel 155 Main Rd Campbells Creek


* Open 7 days for Lunch and Dinner * Monday to Friday $15.00 lunch menu available *Sunday Roast *Warm cosy fires *Tab and Keno *Drive through bottleshop


Vocal Nosh! A good sing & good food in convivial company

Sunday 3rd July at 6pm At Newstead Community Centre Led by the wonderful Fay White Theme: Rounds, wassails and nonsense songs • 6:00 - 7:00pm Vocal entrée - warm up and easy stuff • 7:00 - 7:30pm Food - Hearty soup, crusty bread, fresh fruit • 7:30 - 8:30 pm Musical main course - delicious harmonies

Songs in the folk style, mostly a cappella

No prior musical experience necessary. No need to read music.

Singing for the pleasure of it. Whole session including food $15, concession $12, children $5, first hour only $5 Bookings by email: or phone Fay 0447 576 642

CACTUS WARRIORS FIELD DAY The Cactus Warriors will meet again on Sunday 31st at 10.30 for a happy and convivial morning’s cactus kill, stopping at about midday for a BBQ lunch. Equipment will be provided for the morning, and there will be a short demo and willing mentors to help any newcomers. For this month’s venue or any other queries, please visit our website or ring Ian Grenda on 0412 015 807.

More photos from St. John’s concert...


FIELD NATS VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS AND EXCURSIONS Friday July 8 meeting: Speaker Damian Kelly - Hugh Leach and the history of Birding in Australia Saturday July 9 field trip: Orchid Leaf Search – learning to identify orchids by their leaves Ordinary membership: Single $30, Family $40, Pensioner or student: Single $25, Family $30. Subscription includes postage of the monthly newsletter, Castlemaine Naturalist. General meetings - (second Friday of each month, except January) are held in the Uniting Church (UCA) Hall (enter from Lyttleton St.) at 7.30 pm. Field Trips - (Saturday following the general meeting) leave from the car park opposite Castle Motel, Duke Street at 1.30pm sharp unless stated otherwise. BYO afternoon tea. Outdoor excursions are likely to be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. There are NO excursions on total fire ban days.


Advertisers in this Chewton Chat Baker Earthmoving P 22 Ben Ross, All building work P 12 Blues music, jam sessions P 31 Bold Café P 17 Buda Historic Home and Garden P 27 Cameron Stewart, Podiatrist P 24 Castlemaine Mini-Diggers P5 Castlemaine Office Supplies P 13 CAE Performance Products P 15 Chewton Garage P 25 Chewton General Store P 2 Chewton Playgroup P 22 Chewton Service Station P3 Collector’s Cafe P 16 Come Clean Window Cleaning P 3 Doug Drury, Carpenter and Handyman P 25 Elphinstone Firewood P 5 EzyDig P 28 Five Flags Hotel P 29 Goldfields Concreting P 9 Goldfields Electronics P 8 Hire a Hearse P 29 Lisa Chesters, Federal M.P. P 12 Luca Ruiz Massage P 16 Marcus Houston, Bricklayer and Stonework P 11 Maree Edwards, State M.P. P 19 Merlarue, Etching Presses P 13 Mo’s Antiques P 11 Newstead Natives, Native Nursery P8 Printz Plumbing P 14 Ray Fowler, Master Painter P 27 Red Hill Hotel P 7 Robin Haylett, Gardens P 11 Soldier and Scholar, 2nd Hand Books P 26 Surtierra Alpaca Stud P 15 Thompson Family Funerals P4 Tim’s Gardening Services P4 Vault Self-Storage P 14 Waylaines Tiling P 30 Wesley Hill Market P 15 Wildlife Rescue P 14 Paper used in producing the Chewton Chat is donated by Ewen and Linda MacDonald of Moroolbark Excavations

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Chewton Town Hall


The Chewton Town Hall offers a beautifully restored space available for a variety of events and uses.

You are invited to a monthly Jam Session at Elphinstone

(Because of the age of the building universal access is limited)

To discuss what you might need, what we can offer and the costs of hiring all or part of the hall... contact Bettie on 5472 3892 or

This is a non-professional, informal get-together of people who want to make some noise and have some fun!

If you are into Blues, R’n’B and Rock music and sing or play an instrument you are welcome! For more information:



La Nina is on Her way Starting to see the winter weather now. Not yet too much in the way of frosts, but there is plenty of time. La Nina may indeed bring more rain, but the rain-bearing cloud may also limit the amount of frosty mornings, by stopping the daytime atmosphere from rising into the dark night-time sky. Last week I was asked what I meant when talking about a ‘model’. Primary school students of today collect information and know about ‘modelling’, but many of us older citizens may not have called the information we collected as ‘data’, nor used it in the same way as is done today. Modelling, or model-making is nothing more than collecting and organising information in a way in which we can predict a future event based on earlier events and/ or information. As a young cadet in the 1950s, I sailed in ships that were known as ‘weather reporting’ ships. As such, we collected meteorological information at six hourly intervals whenever and wherever we were at sea. We worked to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which meant that the local time was usually different on each day, as the voyage progressed. The information was coded into groups of five numerals, then sent to the meteorological office in London. The radio officer would send it in morse code. It did not seem to matter where we were in the world, he could always contact Radio Lands End. The coded data would start with our position

in Latitude and Longitude. Next came the current conditions (clear skies and gentle breezes, or howling gales with thunder and lightning). It went on to record the wet and dry bulb temperatures, the wind direction and speed (which we judged from the sea state). The engine room would tell us the sea-water temperature. The next job was to read the barometric pressure from a specially designed marine barometer, designed to minimise the effects of the ships motion in rolling, pitching and pounding. Following this was data about the direction from which the waves were coming and their height. This was followed by the direction of the swell and its height. Part of this information included the distance we could see. In thick fog, this was an easy job, but it was often misty or not easy to estimate. For this we would watch a passing ship on radar, and observe the distance at which it faded from view. Other times, say in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we would simply have to guess from the state of the horizon (whether it looked clear or indistinct). It also depended upon the ‘Height of Eye’ (at what height you were, usually on the ship’s bridge. The last job was to search the sky and report on the cloud. The three main types are cumulus, stratus and cirrus. But they were rarely that simple and were a mixture of low, medium and high level cloud. We would estimate the quantity in eighths of the hemisphere. More next month. John Leavesley.

Calendar of events Jul 2nd Jul 2nd Jul 2nd Jul 3rd Jul 4th Jul 9th Jul 10th Jul 11th Jul 12th Jul 16th Jul 17th Jul 17th Jul 18th Jul 21st Jul 23rd Jul 24th Jul 24th Jul 26th Jul 30th Jul 31st


Federal Election Day Chewton Community Centre 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Chewton Community BBQ (MOBQ) 6 p.m. Ellery Park (see page 16). Service 6 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Vocal Nosh 6 p.m. Newstead Community Centre. Public Information Session on standing for Council 7 p.m. Ray Bradfield Rooms. Service 6 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. POHAG Meeting 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. Term 3 starts. MAS Council Meeting 7.30 p.m., Castlemaine Civic Centre. Service 6 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. FOBIF Walk Ridges and Gullies (see page 28). Acoustic Concert at St. John’s, 2 p.m., St. John’s Church Chewton (see page 17). Chewton Domain Society Man. Comm. Mtg., 7.15 p.m. Chewton Town Hall. Fryerstown Community lunch 12.30 p.m. (see page 10). Service 6 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Golden Point Landcare National Creek Planting Day 10 a.m. Forest Creek Chewton Chat deadline MAS Council Meeting 7.30 p.m., Castlemaine Civic Centre. Service 6 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Folding Chewton Chat (Sunday) 2.30 p.m. Chewton Town Hall.

Chewton Chat July 2016  

Elections in the air, yoga coming to Chewton, Carl Harris,, Venice to Fryerstown via Scotland, a letter from Germany, school headlights, mai...

Chewton Chat July 2016  

Elections in the air, yoga coming to Chewton, Carl Harris,, Venice to Fryerstown via Scotland, a letter from Germany, school headlights, mai...