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



Published on the 1st of each month

Issue 213

November, 2016.

Can do! Can deliver! Can-berra!

A farewell party with Lisa Chesters at the Chewton Town Hall, posting the letters saying he’s on his way - and the 600km walk begins in Chewton.

He’s off and running! Or walking really – you have to pace yourself when the journey ahead stretches out for 600 kilometres. Michael Smith chose the Chewton Town Hall as the place to start his walk because of a town hall’s link to discussions, decisions and democracy. He arrived with an impressive backpack and a box full of letters to post. After all, why walk to Canberra without letting everyone involved in governing Australia know he’s coming? The Queen, the Governor-General and every elected representative will be aware by the time he arrives – although Lisa Chesters quipped there was every chance he might arrive by foot before the mail from Chewton arrives! Yep, the federal member for Bendigo was on hand to see Michael begin the journey - and intends being there to greet him in Canberra in about four weeks. Letters in the pillar box, Michael explained his mission to the impromptu town hall gathering. It seems very few people realise that the call to commit Australia to war is the call of only one person, and it seems there is a shocked reaction when this is explained. This has motivated Michael to have a piece of legislation drafted to redress this and make any such decision in the future

Council election results... •

Coliban Ward: Christine Henderson returned. After counting almost 75% of the votes in Coliban Ward Christine has attained more than 50% of the total first preference votes (an absolute majority) and is successful. Coliban Ward: Tony Cordy returned unopposed.

They join John Nieman, Sharon Telford, Bronwen Machin, Robin Taylor and Tony Bell to form the new council.


Start: Chewton Town Hall

The letters are all posted and the feet are ready... and there’s inspiration at the Monster Meeting plaque... subject to the approval of both houses of parliament. And this legislation is being carried to Canberra by foot. Lisa presented Michael with a Monster Meeting flag to carry. A small version that wouldn’t add much weight to the task ahead. After all, the backpack already had essentials like a tent, sleeping bag - and solar panels! Lisa took the opportunity to remind everyone that Chewton was the birthplace of Australian democracy, where 15,000 diggers had met and demanded their rights – and set Australia on a 3 year road to Eureka. With the presentations, speeches and hugs over it was time to hit the road. Along the Pyrenees Highway and left up Golden Point Road past the site of the 1851 Monster Meeting. There was a pause here to read the commemorative plaque and it revealed a very appropriate quote from that momentous day. “There are few people who properly understand what a government is, or what is should be. It should be the chosen servants of a free people.” So said Mr. Booley on the 15th of December in 1851, and those words were selected by the Ballarat Reform League in 2005 to have pride of place on the historic marker. After more hugs from the “Mothers Against War” an inspired Michael was off to Canberra – one step at a time!

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More of this story and more photos on page 18...


-Golden Point Rd -Faraday -Mt Alexander/Regional Park -Sutton Grange -Pilchers Bridge Nature Reserve - by Lake Eppalock - Axedale -Toolleen -Gobarup Nature Reserve -Gobarup -Whroo Nature Reserve -Whroo Historic Area -Rushworth -Murchison -Moorilm -Yukon Enterprises -Violet Town -Benalla -Winton -Ned Kelly statue -Glen Rowan -Wangaratta -Springhurst -Chiltern -Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park -Wodonga -Albury -Table Top -Ettamogah Pub -Lallarook -Mullengandra -Blue Metal Rest Area -Spring Creek -The Pines -Ulladulla -Tiverton -Wantagong -Dunoon -Loch Haven -Dalray -Glenville -Laloki -Rosewood -Green Hills -Windowie -Snowy Mountains Highway -Tumut -Brindabella Road -Gwydir Park -Billapaloola -Bondo -Brindabella National Park -Uriarra Forest -Uriarra Managers Cottage -Stony Creek Nature Reserve -Cotter Reserve -Stromlo -Ses Depot -Coombs (Canberra) -Yarralumla -Deakin

Finish: Parliament House

Stop the gazanias! One day someone planted gazanias in our school garden. The kids in our school think that they are pretty but it is only a matter of time before they will start to spread. That is not pretty. Gazanias are a type of weed that grows thousands of flowers mostly on the sides of roads and now we have the same problem outside our school. The kids at our school have spent some time pulling out some of the pretty, but spreading weeds. We need some help to stop them growing through to the bushlands and into other places such as nature strips, bush and other common areas. We need your help to stop these pretty weeds from spreading. By Kirsty and Scout.

And some snippets from the world of gazanias... 1. A tough, low-growing perennial, the gazania has brightly coloured daisy-like flowers, grows to 30cm tall and is native to South Africa. It is a popular drought-tolerant plant which impacts on our natural environment by displacing native ground cover species and dominating certain landscapes. 2. In Victoria, gazania (Gazania linearis) was first recorded as naturalised in 1979 and was considered to be widespread and common by 1995. It is now very common in the Melbourne area and on the Mornington Peninsula and is also becoming very widespread and common in northwestern and north-central Victoria. 3. An ecologically significant area of native grassland at Lockington station, south-west of Echuca, that was in good condition in 1994 has subsequently become choked with gazania (Gazania linearis) and is now no longer significant. 4. Gazanias have invaded one of Victoria’s best grassland reserves, Terrick Terrick National Park, where it is considered to be a significant threat. 5. Woodland areas are not immune from invasion, and gazania (Gazania linearis) is also listed as a high threat weed species in riverine chenopod woodlands and shrubby riverine woodlands in Victoria. 6. Gazania or ‘Treasure Flowers’ are environmental weeds currently invading native vegetation along the Surf Coast (Great Ocean Road area). If left unmanaged, Gazania will continue to spread and smother coastal dune and cliff vegetation within the Surf Coast, resulting in insidious weed infestations similar to that caused by Blackberry, Gorse and Boneseed.

7. Gazania (Gazania linearis) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and as an emerging or potential environmental weed in parts of Western Australia and New South Wales. 8. The gazania is one of 24 plant species that have recently been added to the declared plants list of South Australia – meaning they are now banned from sale and movement within the state. 9. Natural Resources SAMDB Riverland District Officer, Lauren Burdett is reminding the community that transplanting or propagating gazanias from roadsides to plant in backyard gardens is illegal (in South Australia). 10. Herbiguide advises for Management and Control of gazanias: • Grazing normally provides control. • It is relatively tolerant to occasional mowing or slashing. • Increasing shade levels reduces it. • It is difficult to hand weed because all the stem and rhizome material must be collected and destroyed. And eradication strategies are : Use a fork for hand weeding to ensure the underground rhizome is removed with the plant. Mowing is not effective unless repeated regularly and close to the ground. Cultivation is effective but rhizomes will transplant in wet conditions. Herbiguide then gives advice on herbicide spraying... These quotes are all taken from government documents that are freely available on the internet. Making people aware of an impending problem seems to be a common theme.

And lastly - Gazania is considered a significant environmental weed and has the potential to completely cover the ground on which it grows, displacing native vegetation and directly threatening rare flora and fauna (Impact Assessment – Gazania in Victoria, Department of Primary Industries Victoria). John Ellis.


CFA Update – November 2016 Saturday the 15th saw Chewton hold the first of its new Listening Posts and, ironically, turn out to the first grass and scrub fire since last fire season. On Saturday morning members headed down to the Chewton Shop for a coffee and to engage with the community. This is a new initiative being trialled by the Brigade to help us get more involved with our community and to provide a forum for people to come down and have a chat. Plenty of fire safety information is on hand at the Listening Posts and members of the Brigade are available to answer questions. These Listening Posts will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month between 9.30am and 10.30am so make sure you come down and say hi! As if perfect timing, our first ever Listening Post was followed by a call out to a fire at the end of Golden Point Road. The fire was down in the creek and, despite heavy rain over the past months, was a going fire as it made its way through the reeds in the creek. Firefighters from Chewton, Castlemaine and Campbells Creek attended the blaze which was quickly brought under control. Such a fire acts as a timely reminder that the 2016/17 Fire Season is well and truly on its way. Members of the community need to ensure they do not let cooler weather make them complacent. Now is the time to be preparing your homes and families for fire season so that we are ready before the warmer weather gets here. Paige Mounsey, Chewton CFA Communications Officer.

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From a Fire Action Week flyer... Seasonal outlook •

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The Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC Seasonal Outlook has predicted an above average fire season for Victoria. It also predicted rain through spring and Victoria has experienced major flooding throughout September and October. Note though: BNHCRC does a revised outlook in November which may change the outlook formally. Despite the recent and continuing rainfall, an above average fire season is still anticipated, however the season is likely to be later and a little shorter. The areas of Victoria not under water will start to dry out as the weather warms, promoting growth and potential fire risk across the State. Traditionally, Victoria’s worst period for fire is in January and February. This is something fire agencies are aware of and continuing to plan for.

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Planning and preparation •


Taking steps to get prepared before the fire season means you know what to do when you’re at risk of fire. It’s important to prepare your property for fire, but you also need to plan and prepare for your safety. Pack important documents, photos, medications, money and clothes so you can leave easily before a

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fire starts Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe Leaving early is the safest option to protect yourself and your family Leaving early means leaving the area before a fire starts – not when you can see flames or smell smoke. Leaving early means avoiding panic, being trapped, making the wrong choices and risking serious injury or death Do you have family, friends or neighbours who might need help preparing to leave early? Talk to them about when they’re going to leave, where they’re going to go, and how you can help Fire Danger Ratings are a good way to decide when to leave. They are not a weather forecast – they tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. As the ratings increase, so does the risk of a fast moving and uncontrollable fire Never drive if you can see smoke or fire. Thick smoke will make it hard to see and traffic jams and accidents are likely. You also need to keep the roads clear for emergency services You could be at serious risk of uncontrollable fires on Severe, Extreme and Code Red days. It’s up to you to stay informed. Check the Fire Danger Ratings daily and act to protect yourself and your family Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Early action can prevent fires threatening lives and property. If you see smoke or fire, call Triple Zero (‘000’) immediately. If you see something suspicious, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 Preparing your property gives it the best chance of survival during a fire, even if you plan to leave early Keep trees, overhanging branches and shrubs to a minimum near your home, particularly around and under windows. A big clean up before the fire season can make a huge difference to the survival of your home in a bushfire Embers are one of the most common causes of homes burning down during a bushfire, even if the fire front doesn’t reach the property. Check where leaves and twigs gather around your home as this is where embers are likely to fall. Keep these areas clear all summer Before you leave, make sure you remove all flammable items from around your home. Houses have been lost from things as simple as embers landing on a doormat Keep leaf litter, shrubs and any other fuels to a minimum under trees on your property. This will help to stop a fire from reaching the tree tops, which will reduce embers and the fire intensity near your home For information on how to stay safe this summer, visit or ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 Check that your home and contents insurance is current and includes a level of cover that will be in line with current building standards and regulations.

Be prepared for fire season... Fire Action Week ran from 23-30 October. Now is the time to find out more about the fire risk where you live, plan ahead and start preparing your property. Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Fire Prevention Officer Luke Ryan said now is the time to start your preparations as forecasts show there is potential for an above average fire season. “While many areas of the shire are still wet following recent floods, we face the prospect of escalating fire behaviour ahead fuelled by excessive vegetation growth. Heat waves are predicted to occur late in summer which will also contribute to an increased risk of fire danger,” he said. While the bushfire season is expected to start later than usual, property owners are urged to start preparations now to ensure their property is clear of fire hazards. “We understand vegetation is wet and green now. However, it won’t take long before the green grass dries out and becomes a fire risk,” said Mr Ryan. “Begin your preparations now and schedule a follow up in December and January to help manage the significant regrowth expected throughout the season. Start with regular actions like pruning trees and cutting your grass. Other actions are once a year, but could help save your life, household or home.” In November, Council officers start working with local CFA brigade representatives to undertake property inspections to ensure residents are adequately maintaining their properties to reduce the risk of bushfire.


Fire Action Week The Right Time To Prepare

Council’s Works Unit will also start a slashing program to create strategic firebreaks along key roadways and public land. For more information about how to prepare and maintain your property and when fire restrictions come into effect, visit the CFA website or contact your local brigade. Property owners issued with a fire prevention notice who need a time extension, due to the wet conditions, should contact Council on 5471 1700. Prepare your home checklist • Plan what you’ll do in the event of a fire, talk to your household and know where to access information on high risk days • Keep grass cut low. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass • Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home • Remove or prune shrubs near windows and well away from branches of mature trees • Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property no branches in 10m space • Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter (if you are physically able to). • Remove all materials from around the home that could burn, such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles. Taken from a Mount Alexander Shire Press Release.

1. Plan what you’ll do in the event of a fire, talk to your household and know where to access information on high risk days. 2. Keep grass short. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass. 3. Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home. 4. Remove or prune shrubs near windows and well away from branches of mature trees. 5. Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property – no branches within 10 metres. 6. Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter (if you are physically able to). 7. Remove all materials from around the home that could burn, such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles. I VicEmergency app - launching November Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne


Fryerstown Another wet month in October, ‘Tour to Fryerstown, Vaughan, but towards the end a few specTarilta and Guildford’ tacular sunny days to remind us published in 1990 by the that summer is coming and the Castlemaine Field Naturalists growth in bush and grassland Club acknowledging material is huge this year. We need to drawn from George Brown’s tackle it before the fire season book and Ray Bradfield’s is upon us. Paddocks need to publication. I published a bit be mown (or eaten down!) and of it covering the Anglican fallen trees and undergrowth in Church history here and the the bush close to homes cleared. area along the Campbells Creek The wild flowers have continued Fryers Rd from the Bellevue along the old tracks, like Morcorner because it fitted the gans Track and Jacobs Track topic and area I was writing and many others. about. This time I am starting We met a small herd of at the beginning from Barker kangaroos with one laggard St, Castlemaine because I find mum in the middle of the road it contains so many interesting recently. At first we thought observations about both the that there was something wrong geology and botany. More will be printed in the next Chat too. and stopped. But soon we saw Drive east from the Barker that the mum had a large joey St corner, along the Melbourne that had jumped into her pouch with legs sticking out in all Ron Murray and Sarah waiting to play and sing road towards Chewton. Some directions! There was no way of the gullies in this area were at Friday night popup pub at the old school‫‏‬ that mum could move! So there fabulously rich. Gullies leading was a frantic scrabbling where she used every ounce of to Forest Creek and Moonlight Flat were particularly energy she had pumping the arms and legs into her pouch productive. Most of the workings have now been smoothed and finally, lumbering in a rather ungainly fashion and out but some evidence of past diggings can still be seen. with great effort, she hopped off over a (low!) fence and The highway has just descended from Wesley Hill got away to join the others! We could almost hear her and crossed the Kampfs Gully. Wesley Flat is to the saying ‘Phew that was close!!!’ northwest. The Pennyweight Flat cemetery can be seen as It was disturbing though to read about people a tree covered knoll in the middle distance. Happy Valley dumping asbestos boards along the bush tracks. We came is west of Pennyweight Flat and Moonlight Flat is to the across some - an unsightly dumped pile of white boards north. The tree covered range extending north – south is along Morgans Track and were grateful that it was taped Kalimna reserve. off quite quickly to warn walkers to stay clear of the pile Sailors Flat is to the north east. A lone yellow until it was removed. Very necessary in an area where box in front of the plantation is close to where gold was most of us pick up small rubbish like cans and bottles and first discovered in Chewton in January 1852. The hill even cartons of rubbish in the bush to avoid it spoiling our to the south is Montgomery Hill. The red-coloured rock environment – but mucking about with asbestos is another covering this hill and many others along this stretch of story – a potentially fatal one! Anyone seeking to dispose road contains rounded pebbles, showing that once it was of it should seek professional help and be very cautious a creek bed, in this case, of the ancestral Forest Creek. about picking it up! Sometimes these gravels contained gold, and many have In the last Chat I referred to a small booklet on a been worked. The gravels are up to 15 m thick. Blue


Gum, Ironbark and Spotted Gum have been planted. A little further on Sugar Gums line the road. Only the Ironbarks are native to the goldfields. Continue along the highway down Montgomery Hill and past Steeles Gully, over Butchers Gully, Manchester Flat is on the left, and Adelaide Hill on the right. Chewton sports oval is built on part of Adelaide Flat. Southern Blue Gum have been planted past the oval. Continue along the highway past the Fryerstown Road. Near the bridge over Forest Creek several anticlines are exposed. Golden Gully leads off to towards the southwest. Argus Hill is on the north, across Forest Creek. Like most such hills, it was completely denuded of timber in the gold days, the timber being used for mines and for fuel. Notice how slow regeneration is, Coffee Bush (or Drooping Cassinia) is an important native colonising species and can be seen on the hill. Red Hill. The Francis Ormond mine was on the left, south of the creek. It was flooded during the great flood of Jan 1st 1889. Two miners trapped below ground were drowned. Turn right, off the highway along Railway Street. The erosion is a result of mining. Regeneration is slow. Railway Bridge Hotel. The old Chewton Railway Station platform can be seen a few hundred metres to the west. Interesting rock strata are exposed along the railway line. Take care – there are some steep unprotected cliffs. The rocks are of Ordovician age (that is about 450 million years old) with a more recent Tertiary Capping. Some of the features that can be seen are; -almost vertical strata. The rocks were laid down almost horizontally. Pressure from the east has caused them to be tilted, with the strata in a N-S direction (to make a handy compass when in the bush) -faulting. The pressure has caused the strata to be broken and displaced. Sometimes layers have been shifted a few centimetres, and other times by much greater distances. -veins of quartz filling the cracks in the rocks. Veins may be between strata, of along fault lines, on in other directions. Quartz veins may or may not carry gold and may be coated with brown iron oxide. Tunnels can be seen where miners have searched for gold-bearing quartz veins. -a syncline. The pressure has caused folding of the rock layers with the fold downwards. It is about 130 m west of the bridge. It is easiest to see when on the south bank.

-an anticline. The fold points upwards. It can be seen on both sides so the cutting about 40 m west of the bridge. -an unconformity. Tertiary rocks lying on Ordivician rocks. The lowest point would be an ancient creek bed, and the tunnel at the base dig by miners looking for gold in this old stream bed. It is just east of the bridge. -a dyke near the bridge. Probably volcanic, it is now greatly eroded and has a gutter-like appearance. -a variety of colours. Generally brown/red colours are due to iron and purple colours often indicate manganese. -vestiges of old mine shafts (a few metres S.W. of the bridge in the old river gravel. The circular shape suggests that they were dug by Chinese miners. Plants in the area are Long-leaf Box (with strap shaped leaves), Red Box (with roundish leaves), Golddust Wattle (a small shrub with oval leaves), Coffee Bush and Native Cherry (a cypress-like tree, semi-parasitic on roots). Continue south. Prospect Hill is on the left. Turn right at the T intersection along Dinah Gully. Turn left at the T intersection along the sealed road towards Wattle Gully. Adelaide Flat is on the right. Wattle Gully Mine is on the right. Once there was a line of mines from the Melbourne Road including North Wattle Gully, Wattle Gully no 2, Wattle Gully, Chewton, Wattle Gully Extended, Central Wattle Gully and Wattle Gully United. Wattle Gully has been in operation since 1876, with some inactive periods and with various owners. Tailings have been dumped in the stretch along the road, and have at time been re-worked as more efficient methods of gold extraction has made this profitable. The white coloured sand (called battery sand) has been made by crushing quartz. Some of the plants to be seen are Spiny Rush, Blackberry, Pampas Grass, Coffee Bush and Gorse. Water Race. Park near the crest of the road, with care. The water race crosses the road at the crest. It is still used to carry water from the McCay Reservoir and the Coliban system to the Wattle Gully mine. Formerly it was part of the Castlemaine water supply system. Most water races have a path along the edge, and the race can be followed for some distance if desired. Rock strata exposed along the roadway are again of Ordivician Age, and have also been tilted almost vertically. On the forest track leading to the east a pavement of exposed vertical rock layers can be seen. To the south west the remains of an old orchard can

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be seen. Note the weeds, was also on the right. The which include Gorse, Cape old road bridge is on the left. Broom, Dock, Hawthorn The track to the left leads and Blue Perriwinkle. to Crocodile Reservoir, on Greater mining activity a rather rough dry-weather will probably increase the only road. The reservoir rate of weed invasion. Red is part of the Fryerstown Stringybarks are common water supply, and so public here. Ironbarks can be seen access is not permitted. growing on either side of the The road continues to the road, although Ironbarks Castlemaine-Elphinstone are very common in some of road, it is rough and steep, the Victorian goldfields, they but passes through some are not very common near excellent wildflower areas. Castlemaine and this is one We had a special Sarah, Geetha, Nick, Jodie, Marylin and Steph at Friof the few localities where evening at Friday night day night ‘pop up pub’ with songs from Alese they can be found growing. drinks (5.30 to 7) when The track to the west climbs to the top of a small about 30 people gathered to have fun together at the old hill where the old Wattle Gully South mine was sited, the school. The launch of an album and concert at the school boiler and chimney are still here. There is also a view over by Alese Lajana was booked on Saturday and at the Friday Chewton to Castlemaine. gathering she gave us a foretaste of her lovely banjo Escott Grave. Park off the road where the power singing – a special pre-taste of the launch and concert! lines cross the road and a line goes off to the south-east, This was followed by didgeridoo and violin and songs by a 150 m walk along the track to the left leads to the grave Ron Murray and Sarah James plus a great bush story. of Elizabeth and Fanny Escott (died 1856 and 1855) Things are hotting up for the 42nd Annual Fryerstown Trees here are Red Stringybark, Long-leaf Box, Red Box Antique Fair around the Burke and Wills Mechanics and native Cherry. Shrubs include Fairy Wax, Gold-dust Institute Hall between the 27th and 29th January. Proceeds Wattle, Rough Wattle, and Handsome Flat Pea. A few go towards the maintenance of the Hall, the Fryerstown metres past the grave a disused water race crosses the Rural Fire Brigade and the old school. Over 5000 visitors track. Water races such as this are a common feature of usually come, many are regulars. If you are interested in the Castlemaine bushland. volunteering to assist for an hour or so with things like Sandstone Bridge. Park about 100 m south of the manning the gates or helping in the kitchen or with the cutting. The bridge is over the small gully, and can be school lunches/coffee stall please get in touch with Tim reached by walking along the track on the east side of the Todhunter 0412 390 966 who will direct you to the right road, and then along rough ground to the bridge. Turn left place! It is a great event with a great reputation and a great off the bitumen onto the Taradale Road history. Kay Thorne. New Era and Ferrons Mines. The major goldbearing reefs of Fryerstown (the Cattles and Ferrons Reefs) ran in a N-S direction. The New Era Mine (originally the Ferrons Reef Mining Company) on the left, was the deepest mine in the district with a depth of 330 m. and the engine, pumping and winding gear were from Thompsons Foundry in Castlemaine. The New Era had one of the first industrial strikes on a Victorian goldfield. The mine worked from 1871 until the 1880s, and in the first 10 years produced 736 kg of gold. Ferrons no 2 mine was on the right. Mullock from the mine can be seen. The Anglo Hotel


Know Your Neighbour Have you met Tony Allan? After finishing high school, Tony Allan went to Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst to study Journalism, ‘one of the first colleges to offer a Journalism course.’ This was in the 1970s. He then worked on both the local paper and the radio station in Wollongong and later in Sydney radio. ‘After working in radio in London, on my return I became the state political reporter with Radio 2GB and 2CH in Sydney, where I spent six years in the NSW Press Gallery.’ He was then offered a job in Canberra as head of the Macquarie radio bureau. ‘I spent six years in Canberra, four in the Press Gallery, then two years presenting the Drive Time show for ABC Radio Canberra.’ Tony worked for the ABC in Victoria as their state political reporter ‘when Kennett was in power. That was a lot of fun, and I’ve been in Victoria ever since.’ Initially he worked as a presenter with the ABC, and after moving to Castlemaine in 1998, for the ABC in Bendigo as a presenter of the Central and Western Morning Program. ‘I later worked as regional program director, which meant I was in charge of all the regional stations. I set up the ABC radio station in Ballarat, as well as their newsroom.’ Returning to live in Melbourne, Tony worked for the ABC’s rural department for ten years. ‘I’ve worked for newspapers, TV, radio online, and running the ABC’s rural online page.’ When he retired in August 2015, he told the ABC he would be interested in any casual work or shortterm contracts that came up. ‘Since March this year I’ve actually been working full-time in Ballarat running three regional radio stations.’ Despite recent cuts to the ABC, Tony Allan believes the ABC is still very highly regarded. Tony says it was music that brought him to Chewton. ‘I play different sorts of music, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and piano, and I play with local band ‘The Ugly Uncles’. Other attractions were friends in the area, plus ‘it’s cheaper to live here. I don’t think I would have moved to any other country town, and if you work for the ABC it’s within distance of three ABC stations, which is useful.’ Coming from old Australian stock, Tony says he likes the gold rush feel of the area. ‘When I lived in Bathurst I really liked the architecture and the history of the place. There’s a lot more of this in Victoria and better

preserved.’ He believes the area is quite cosmopolitan and sophisticated, even though it’s in the country. And he likes the artistic community for which Chewton and Castlemaine are well known. ‘I’ve done a lot of moving around and now, living in Chewton, I don’t have any desire to move from the area.’ His Chewton home also provides a base for his two children and four step-children, aged between twenty and thirty two, plus one grandson. Gloria Meltzer.

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A feast of news-making tales

Stories around the table and to the open mic made the 11th annual Community Newspaper Association of Victoria (CNAV) conference a feast of knowledge and friendship. Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe opened the conference with a welcome to country and a warm welcome from his goldfields city, which makes funding available to the community-owned projects in that region. Journalist, media adviser, Red Cross delegate, war accountability campaigner, walker, and off-the-grid Chewton Bushlands resident Michael Smith steered the day as MC. In all its diversity, including online platforms, grassroots journalism is about truth, honesty, and humanity, he told the conference. Keynote speaker Superintendent Matthew Ryan, from Victoria Police Family Violence Command, revealed the startling statistics of family violence: 30 deaths per year over the past 10 years, 80,000 police incidents over the past year: one every eight minutes, and the fact that only one in six victims reports to the police. Sexual assault and child abuse take up 60 per cent of police time. Superintendent Ryan told the conference that coordinated planning with other agencies including the Office of Public Prosecutions, child protection agencies, and D.H.S, as well as specific police career training, were the strategies his office was adopting to combat the tragedy. Of particular interest to CNAV members was the way community-owned papers could help, by recognising the role of language to cause or combat damage, by letting people know that ‘love doesn’t hurt and hands are not for hitting’, by encouraging young women to look after their friends, and by recognising that domestic violence

happens not necessarily in a sudden outburst but often by conscious planning. “Domestic violence is nearly always about disrespect for women,” he said. Few other associations attract such a range of scribes, of I.T. geeks, of organisers and contributors, as the CNAV conference does, for the sake of publishing the local news on behalf of the community. The youngest at the conference were school students, the team of regular conference attendees from the Tallangatta Herald. The newest paper represented there was just two editions old: Brownhill Community Newsletter, which started with a seeding grant, a publishing budget per edition of $500, and a circulation of 2000. Also represented at the conference for the first time was the Learmonth Thunderer, which recently became the glue for a community of about 300. Like some other community papers, the Thunderer picked up where an earlier paper in Learmonth 150 years ago had left off. The story was told of one local businessman who had been taking out advertisements in his town’s communityowned paper for 46 years. Ah, the power of print in the digital age. There has never been a more exciting time to be in CNAV, president John Ellis told the conference. It was a sign of maturity when the association awarded its first life membership to the editor of the 38-year-old Waranga News and founding member of CNAV, Mary Jo Fortuna. Workshop presenters Rosanna Arciuli, Wayne Gregson, and Jinny Coyle provided their expertise on copyright, headline writing, and the use of social media platforms. In keeping with tradition, the workshops were a chance for members to discuss with the experts their own particular questions. The 2016 CNAV conference, like others before it, demonstrated the increasing authenticity of community-owned, hyper-local, citizengenerated news-making at a time in history when

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institutional media are facing an uncertain future. While many CNAV volunteers naturally think of themselves as community workers rather than journalists, there is increasing recognition of the ways community-owned papers contribute to a town’s self-definition, as an alternative form of journalism. In 2015 the journalism scholar Chris Atton wrote: “Alternative journalism suggests that authority does not need to be located institutionally or professionally; that credibility and trustworthiness can be derived from accounts of lived experience, not only from objectively detached reporting; and that there need be no imperative to separate facts from values.’ The table of papers at the 2016 conference, and the diversity of content in the CNAV awards, reflected the particular values of every town represented there. The successes and challenges of citizen news-making were everyone’s story to tell in their own way. Liz Hart, former President of CNAV.

1. Best article by a person 18 years or younger- Finalist Harcourt News - The Core ‘Does social media wreck young lives’ by Scarlett Berger. A very thorough, explorative piece that manages to speak in a tone that works for both older and younger readers. 2. Best feature story - Finalist Harcourt News/The Core ‘Harcourtian - Troy West - Catman’ by Jenny McKenry. I loved this story. It was a terrific read about Geelong’s most passionate fan - Catman Troy West, whose father, Roy, was a Best and Fairest winner and a Geelong Premiership player in the ‘60s. It was a thoroughly entertaining, very well written story and I simply couldn’t put it down. I think what stood out most in this article was that I could hear the writer’s voice in the story. Well done Jenny. Judges’ comments are in italics. Photos in sequence from far left: Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, (Cr. Rod Fyffe) opening the conference, Superintendent Matthew Ryan opening eyes regarding family violence, Dr. Mary Jo Fortuna receiving a life membership of CNAV, M.C. Michael Smith at the podium and editor of The Core Robyn Miller receiving one of that paper’s two awards from CNAV Vice-President Jens-Kristian Toft Hansen.


le who e h t g ild turin very ch r u N in e After ending last term on such a high with our school production we might have well thought that was the end of all the major excitement for the year! However, in week 2 of Term 4 we embarked on our bi-annual bike camp. As part of our bike education program, the grade 3-6 children and families are invited to a 2 day ride. In 2014 it was from Geelong to Queenscliff and this year from Heathcote to Bendigo with an overnight stop at Axedale. The 8 days of Bike Ed prior to the ride were in rain, hail with very little shine but we had perfect weather conditions for our 2 days. The children were amazing and rightly proud of their total ride distance of 50km. We had a fantastic team of back up parent helpers. The holidays saw lots of action at school with our long awaited rebound wall finally completed. It looks a little dull and grey at the moment however targets will be painted in the New Year. My only complaint is that the children seem to gain the most pleasure from seeing if they can throw balls over the wall rather than against it.


Other works have included bird proofing the chimneys, topping up insulation in the ceiling and installing an air conditioner in the computer server room. The overheating of equipment has been a major issue during the past few summers. This term we are revisiting the ever popular paddock to plate units across all grade levels. As the younger classes learn some basic skills in where our food comes from, the older classes have been discussing some of the ethical issues around food production as well as more positive stories about advances in science changing the way we manage farm land and livestock. The extra rain this year has our garden looking fantastic and I have just learnt that we have been shortlisted for the State School Garden Awards under the category of the ‘Most Engaging Garden for Play’. Presentations will be at the Botanical Gardens in November. The harvest from our winter vegetable crop has been used extensively in cooking programs this year. Plans are well under way for 2017. Prep transition starts in the next few weeks and we have 12 new preps for next year so enrolments are well and truly healthy up here on our hill. Julie Holden.

It’s all action at Chewton School! The rebound wall in action, gathering together to walk to school on Walk to School Day and two photos of the bike camp.

...shortlisted for the State School Garden Awards under the category of the ‘Most Engaging Garden for Play’.


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On the 13th of October the grade 3-6 s from Chewton Primary School drove to Axedale to start their bike camp. When we arrived in Axedale we stopped for about 15 minutes to have a healthy snack. Then we started to ride, we rode a long tedious journey down to Knowsley. We then had lunch in Knowsley and filled up our water bottles next to the fire station. Some people played a game of soccer inside the tennis court while everyone else had a rest and ate. One of the parents, Lorenzo, joined in to help one of the teams. Not long after we set off again to ride back to Axedale. The ride back to Axedale was much better as we were going downhill so we didn’t have to pedal as much. When we arrived back at Axedale we rested for a while and then set off up a large hill towards Camp Getaway which was where we were staying for the night. At Camp Getaway we met a cute pug named Magnus. After we all finished patting Magnus the cute pug we started to settle down into our dormitories. We chose our beds and set up,

then we had a small snack, after that we had a few hours of free time. Most people went into the games room, while other people did different things, like some people got out their pokemon cards and traded. About at 6:30 we had a dinner of cauliflower and roast vegetable cheese bake with broccoli and bread. For dessert we had chocolate brownies and cream. About half an hour later Scott started a movie which was called The triplets of Belleville. After the movie we went back to our dormitories and tried to go to sleep, some people fared better than others. The next morning we had a delicious breakfast of weetbixs, fruit and yogurt and honey. We then got all our stuff packed up into the car and started to leave for the bike ride ahead. Then we started going to Bendigo, when we got there we stopped at Lake Weeroona. We had rolls for lunch and a play at Lake Weeroona. After we finished playing we left for Chewton Primary School, where our trip ended. Erlin and Tav.

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Golden Point Landcare held it’s AGM on Sunday 23rd October in the Chewton Town Hall. President, Fritz Hammersley welcomed everyone present and thanked Connecting Country’s Landcare Facilitator Asha Bannon for making the time to join us. The report given by Fritz encapsulated the busy year’s events and members are looking forward to completing projects. Office Bearers for the next year are Fritz Hammersley president, Marie Jones vice-president, Jennifer Pryce secretary/treasurer and Julie Trumble assistant secretary. During morning tea the survey that Parks Victoria is asking the community to respond to was discussed and members were asked to both respond and to encourage other people to have their say - see PV letter page 15. Some discussion points were: • Interpretation of the cultural history of the goldfields should include the Indigenous people, the geology, the native flora and fauna as well as the discovery of gold and its impacts. • The significance of the Monster Meeting on Forest Creek at Chewton should also be acknowledged from a social history aspect – mass migration, democracy. • The management of both the park and the adjoining land would benefit from improved engagement between Parks Victoria and the local community. Interest groups such as Landcare would be a good starting point. • A priority for the physical management of the environment was weed control along with illegal rubbish dumping and track/steps/bridge maintenance.

Visitor facilities should be in line with the fragile landscape to protect it from overuse – good walking tracks and signs to allow people to use the park for the gentler, peaceful passive recreation of walking, bird watching, interpretation of the landscape, feeling the sense of history ……. • Designated areas for prospecting to be maintained. • Tourism and promotion should be a partnership between PV and local government. It would be great to see many surveys sent in to PV so they will understand how important the community regards its parks. If you could pass this on to perhaps 6 other people to respond to, the show of interest will help to indicate to the state government that adequate resourcing is necessary for good management of our Australia’s only national heritage park.

GPL President’s report... 2016 has seen another action packed year for Golden Point Landcare. It is worth noting how few available Sundays there are in a year, and how many other fixtures are vying for the same timeslots. This year saw us signing up and off with MAS for another year of roadside weed control, focussing on blackberry, gorse, bridal creeper and sweet briar. Once again we used the services of Bushco for the operation. Bushco has been in partnership with Golden Point Landcare for a number of years and its local knowledge is invaluable. Earlier this year, the casual observer might have noted the sudden arrival and installation of round wooden posts with squared off ends at three sites along Golden Point: the Monster Meeting site, Chinamans Point and Expedition

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Pass Reservoir. These mute and lonely outposts formed from Grey Ironbark foreshadow some exciting interpretive signage and are not, as some parishioners imagined, an installation of faux historic carvings. This has been one of our major projects for the year, driven very capably by Jennifer Pryce and Marie Jones. I have been witness to the huge amount of work that has gone into the project thus far and I know there is still a lot to do. This State Government Local Landscapes Enhancement Grant (LLEG) project will be iconic in its own right, with the final design setting a benchmark in this specialised area for many years to come. We have used the services of local graphic designers Jane Prideaux and Stuart Billington (whose innovative work can be seen in some public buildings in Dunolly) and I feel confident that this signage will look as fresh and contemporary to observers well into the future as it will upon completion. Part of this funding was also directed at constructing two bridges and two sets of steps that easily survived the recent dramatic flood events. Well done Jennifer and Marie in both conception of an idea and the at oft times fraught consultation process. You have made project management appear to be a walk in the park! In conjunction with an army seemingly modelled on another army of a different colour from a different time and place, (we do indeed live in strange times) we saw the installation of resting tables and guide posts tippainted in a highly visible flame red, perhaps as homage to that other army. Yes, this infrastructure was installed by the Green Army team and their enthusiastic leader Peter Barrow. This track work was funded through a Federal Government Community Heritage Icons Grant (CHIG.) This year also saw us, in partnership with North Central CMA, embark on ongoing weed control and revegetation along Forest Creek. Over the years we have done many such projects at various sites and I can now say with some confidence that we have established an important seed production bank along the Golden Point section of the creek. We have also organised and participated in many walks, community Landcare events and local school events. We are still going strong and our works have become a benchmark with other local Landcare groups’ for ongoing success. Go well GPL - and all who sail with you! Fritz Hammersley.

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

A survey – tell us your thoughts Parks Victoria is currently reviewing the Heritage Action Plan for the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and your ideas are invited as part of this review. We ask that you also forward this email through to your networks to encourage others to do the same. We want to know about the places you value within the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, find out about issues of concern and get your ideas about other themes, stories or aspects of the park that could be shared with visitors. You can provide your feedback and ideas via an online survey that will remain open until Wednesday 30 November. Fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/CastlemaineDiggings. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Note: The survey is conducted by Context and information is treated confidentially. The survey does not seek to collect personal information or identify any individual, although if you want to be kept informed about planning for the future of this park, you can leave your contact details at the end of the survey. Why is this information important to Parks Victoria? The results of the survey will provide baseline data for Parks Victoria to identify strengths and gaps in our current themes, stories and practices in relation to the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. It will also enable us to report on improvements, achievements and initiatives and better plan for the future of the park to enhance visitor’s experiences. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jade Harris via either email or skype number (see below). Regards, Jade Harris Area of Work Coordinator, Visitor Experience and Historic Heritage I Northern Victoria Region Skype (03) 8427 3374 E


Chewton Community BBQ Saturday the 1st of October was an historic day. Yes it was the Chewton Community BBQ, but that it started barely an hour after the 2016 AFL Grand final finished could not be ignored. In the absence of any Sydney supporters, there was unified enthusiasm for one of the best grand finals in recent memories. Chewtonians of all colours – Essendon, Carlton, Geelong, Collingwood etc. – celebrated the success of the (under) Dogs. Gradually football gave way to the theme of the October BBQ which was Oktoberfest. For most the theme was expressed with beer steins and samples of European beers. Gerald was the only one willing to brave the chilly conditions and don his lederhosen. October last year we had temperatures in thirties and the odd total fire ban. This year, perhaps a more normal year, October is just too darn cold for Oktoberfest. Our next community BBQ will be on Saturday 5 November. Consider it an opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours and to meet others from Chewton you are yet to cross paths with. Rob Palmer.

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Patches The trouble with the world”, said Dad. As he reached for pipe and matches, The trouble with the world today, Is no-one uses “Patches”. Back in days - those early days When payin’ crops were few, We had to fix the things we had, We had to just - Make ‘do’. If harness broke we fixed it up, We never missed a beat, We’d patch it up - with Rivet - strap, And we were on our feet. Some fencin’ wire ‘n a pair of pliers Did wonders on the track, The Cockies friend in times of need, A friend to all Outback. And no-one threw a thing away – Like Flour Bags and such, They were handy for an sorts of things, And the cost was not-too-much. ‘Kero’ Tins and ‘Kero’ Boxes, They were ‘treasure’ to us folk, For Buckets - and for Furniture, And to fix the things that broke.


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And Newspaper wasn’t thrown away. We’d keep it for ourselves, All cut in fancy patterns, To brighten up the shelves. We never threw a thing away And we mended what we had, I reckon that it stood us well. “We could teach a few” said Dad. “When as Families we had arguments, We didn’t throw it all away, We’d wait a while an’ “Patch” it up – Not like they do today. Nowadays, it’s throw away, Get a NEW one - no expense! - We settled for the ‘old one’ And I reckon that made sense. We were satisfied with what we had And stayed together longer, We didn’t throw it all away, And those “Patches” made us “Stronger”.

Grahame “Skew Wiff” Watt. Song by Brendon Walmsley 2005.

How awful when - however hard I strain – I seem to lose the Muse in charge of verse. No words of rhyme sublime enthral my brain. There cannot be a situation worse. There’s nothing quite so boring to my mind Than iambs beating feet parade-ground drilled. I’m uninspired; no idea can I find Creative juice once flowing now lies stilled. Is this what writers’ block is all about? For this the cure for sure - they say - is Write! Your pen can tame the flaming pit of doubt And wrest a crystal ode from fetid night. I’ll throw away my dictionary of rhyme And grab the pen: be ready When it’s time... Sonnet by David Watson October 2016.

To her husband from Mrs. Cadbury (to be hummed to Bob Hope’s theme tune)

Thanks for the calories. The thought was very kind. Just think of my behind. My waist, my hips, my arms, my thighs Could spread to twice their normal size But... thank you so much. Thanks for the calories. I hope you realise That when I gormandise My frame will lose its slender charms Grow gross - complete with tuck-shop arms I thank you ... so much. I never thought when we met dear Chocolate would be such a bore. Christmastime what do I get dear? Just one more box Of lousy chocs So... Thanks for the calories. You gave them on a whim I’d rather I stayed slim Svelte lines might turn to rolls of fat And as for sex - goodbye to that So, thanks but... NO THANKS! David Watson October 2016. “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Hi, I’m walking 600km from Chewton in central Victoria, where I live, to Parliament House, Canberra, carrying in my backpack a piece of legislation that would require the government of the day to gain parliamentary approval before going to war. Currently, Australia’s Constitution and defence legislation does not require the government to gain parliamentary approval before going to war or deploying forces overseas. Some Prime Ministers don’t even consult Cabinet. Major General John Cantwell, who was head of Australia’s forces in the Middle East, said - on Page 24 of his book Exit Wounds (Melbourne University Press, 2012) - commenting on the 1990-91 Gulf War: “Australia’s Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, decided it was in ‘our national interest’ too and committed three navy ships and, later, small groups of specialists, all without consulting Cabinet.” Canadian international lawyer Robert Amsterdam is preparing the legislation. He is based in London and Washington. Bob and I first worked together at the 2007 APEC Summit in Sydney. He is one of the best international lawyers in the world. His defence of African disaster management expert Dr Georges Tadonki at a UN Tribunal won American Lawyer magazine’s Pro Bono Case of the Year at the 2013 Global Legal Awards. In 2013, I had a feeling that the world was heading towards a world war. I commissioned a poll. Did Australians want a say in whether Australia went to war? 58.5% said Y​es, 26.4% Possibly and just 15.1% No. (iView National Omnibus, 1050 respondents, the sample representative of the national voting population.) I asked Robert if he would prepare the legislation. ABSOLUTELY he e​mailed back, within minutes. His remittance? A couple of bottles of Australian shiraz. The legislation is such that it could be adapted for other parliaments around the world.​Some countries, such as Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland, do require parliamentary approval. Others, such as the UK, USA and Canada, don’t. Under the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces’ scale, Australia’s level of parliamentary involvement is likely to


be rated ‘very weak’ (Parliamentary approval not required for military action, Parliamentary consultation not required under Australian law). I’m calling it the Uncle Lenny Bill. My Uncle Lenny, dad’s brother, was a 19-year-old soldier in Papua New Guinea in 1944. The Japanese had run out of resources and their soldiers were starving. Uncle Lenny, walking at the back of his group, put out his food rations for the starving Japanese soldiers. An RSL member told this story at Uncle Lenny’s funeral in 2014. Uncle Lenny’s truth is, I believe, our truth, not the horrible things we do to each other. Thank you Uncle Lenny for showing us! Key elements of the Bill: • a resolution to go to war or deploy forces overseas must be approved by both Houses of Parliament • any such resolution must be supported by a report to the MPs, containing critical information on the scope of the deployment as well as the reasons and authority behind it • in the event of an approved deployment, Parliament must be updated regularly on the reasons for continued deployment. Throughout the entire period of the deployment, the responsible Minister must provide both Houses with regular reports on the status, scope and legality of the deployment. I left from the Chewton Town Hall on Sunday, October 23, 2016. I plan to walk about 20 to 30km a day. I should arrive at Parliament House the week of November 21. Both Houses of Parliament are sitting that week and the next. I have written to all Lower and Upper House MPs, 226 in total, letting them know about the current situation, the walk and the Bill. It is then in their hands and the hands of the Australian people what happens next. People can follow the walk and the progress of the Bill at or on my facebook page (Michael Smith). Michael Smith, Chewton,.

Watch out for Chewton Pool’s opening date What a wet and cold spring it has been, hopefully it will really get everyone champing at the bit for some long hot summer days at the pool!!! So far things are looking great with help from some great new members of the community and fabulous volunteers Rachael and Andrew who have spent countless hours mowing and whipper-snipping, and the place looks great. Lawn seed has been sown a couple of times due to heavy down pour washing the seed away. Hopefully the new seed will germinate fast in this weather and be looking amazing by the time we open Opening day for the pool will be somewhat dependent on the weather, late November or early December – here’s hoping it warms up quickly and we can all be splashing around in no time! Thanks to our generous supporters - Lions Club and Mount Alexander Shire Council – our family seating area with specially designed moveable shade sail umbrella is coming along nicely – you may have seen the crane lifting the final piece into place on Tuesday. Keep an eye out, it will be finished really soon. Also thanks to Maree Edwards and the Community club grants program we now have our very own defribulator. A big ‘Thankyou!’ to St Johns Ambulance for training us on how to use it and delivering it last Saturday. Coming up to the opening of the 16/17 Pool Season, we have a few big dates coming up: Chewton Pool AGM – Saturday November 6th at the pool. 12.00pm BBQ 1.00pm AGM, come one come all to

hear how well we did last year and our exciting plans for the year ahead! It is Nov 6th. As we gear up for a great season, there are several areas that we need volunteers for: • BBQ preparation, • BBQ cooking, • Helping set up events such as the Christmas party and Australia day, • Running games for the kids, providing awesome tunes (either acoustic or a DJ set up like Andrew McAdams last year), • Watering the lawn before opening hours, • Participating in working bees, • Flyer /advertising creations • or even joining our fabulous fund raising team! Please give Jasmine a call on 0417018417 if you wish to become a part of our great volunteer team this year. All of these things are so valuable to our pool community and everyone is welcome to join in. There are so many ways you can get involved and make this pool run with a smile. And please remember the more people putting in, the less each person needs to do! So let’s share the work load. Please keep your eyes peeled for our season opening dates and calendar in the next Chat. Cheers, Jasmine and the Pool Committee.


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Real Estate Gossip The Spring Racing Carnival has begun with the big race galloping into sight. It really is just one long celebration from now into the new year. Enjoy it! Properties for sale around Chewton are listed as follows: Bendigo Property Plus: • Nil at Chewton. Cantwell Real Estate: • 197 Main Road, 1 bedroom miners cottage on a compact allotment, originally built as a shop this premise retains cove ceilings, lining boards and dado, $259,000.00; • 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; • Lot 2, 26 Archers Road, this lot measures 1767 sqm, spectacular views and planning permits for a dwelling, $185,000.00; • 1 Sparks Road, 58 hectares on the edge of the Bushland for sale, reduced to $480,000.00. Cassidy Real Estate • Nil at Chewton. Castlemaine Property Group • 26 Pitman Street, large residential allotment of 1960sqm, access to services and located on a sealed road. $139,000.00; • 703 Pyrenees Highway, 8 hectares of vacant land with an approved planning permit. 2 dams and services available (excluding septic), for sale at $295,000.00; • 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. Keogh Real Estate: • 546 Pyrenees Highway, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom

modern house set on a level 4000sqm allotment. For sale at $430,000.00; • 97 Pyrenees Highway, large well maintained red brick period home with 2 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 10 ft ceilings. Set on 1500sqm with paved entertaining areas, good shedding and room for 6 vehicles. $450,000.00. Waller Realty: • 50 Dinah Road, 3554sqm site with large shedding, a pool and landscaped outdoor areas, already in place. $210,000.00; • 214 Main Road, the old Chewton Boot Store built during the gold rush, offers 2 bedrooms, 2 living areas, large kitchen and plenty of period detailing. Set on just under 1000sqm of established gardens with rear street access. For sale at $359,000.00; • 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; 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; • 50A Fryers Road, 1982 sqm vacant elevated allotment with views, planning permit, sewer and power connected, water and phone available, $125,000.00; • 180 Main Road, 425sqm of vacant land, for sale at $105,000.00. Lynne Williamson.


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what’s on? COMING SOON: The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine: Thursday Night Classics! Screening some of the best movies of all time.every Thursday night at 7.30pm. All tickets $10 each The Theatre Royal Secret Film Club now meets every Sunday afternoon at 5pm. Hosted by the grand lumiere John Waldie. Come and join us to see which gem he screens. We show films that film critics and buffs consider will stand the test of time. All welcome, bring your your friends! All tickets $10 at the door. YIRRMAL – ‘Young Blood’ EP tour. Young Indigenous artist Yirrmal Marika, from Arnhem Land, is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. Special guest performance by Neil Murray and support by IggyMax. FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER - 8.00pm. Tickets $25 + BF. This is an all ages event. For more information, contact the cinema or go to Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine Friday November 4 THE ORCHID AND THE CROW Reflecting on Daniel’s real life experiences, the Orchid and the Crow is a solo performance; part storytelling, part cabaret, part theatre, featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Otto & Astrid. $25/$230 Tickets available at The Market Building, Castlemaine, or ring 5471 1795

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Prudence Flint has won the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award, for her work Wash (2015). Melbourne based Flint has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Hobart. The Len Fox Painting Award is a $50,000 acquisitive award initiated and generously funded by Len Fox (19052004). This prestigious award commemorates the life and work of his uncle, the influential Australian born painter, Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915).


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Upcoming exhibitions at exhibition from Ben Laycock Falkner Gallery ‘Lie of the Land’, Mixed Media by Paula Martin and Chloe Simcox and ‘Away with Threads’, Embellishments by Quilly in the upstairs gallery. Christmas has come early at Falkner Gallery with a collection of gorgeous small scale artworks at very affordable prices for Christmas gift-giving. ‘Christmas Collection 2016’ by 30+ artists. Small in size, but large in quality: check them out soon before they all disappear. ‘A Taste of Japan’, woodblock prints and crafts from Japan will be on exhibition downstairs. All three exhibitions commence on 27 October and continue until 26 February 2017 For more information go to

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“After ceaseless wandering back and forth across this vast continent l have found it to be very dry and very flat. So l have taken a leaf from the book of aboriginal art and like to paint from a bird’s eye view. Just like them, l don’t need an airoplane (sic). I become an eagle and see the land from my minds eye, and what l see is a land etched and scoured and leveled by water in its endless quest to find the sea before being sucked back up to into the sky. A quest that so often ends in futility far from the shores of any ocean. Water flows downhill, but what if there are no hills? The river becomes lost and disoriented, like a blind man in the dark; wandering aimlessly, becoming weaker by the day, till it just curls up in the feotal position and fades away to nothing, leaving nothing behind but a patch cracked mud. The Walmajari people of the Western Desert have no word for river because for thousands of years none had ever seen one.” Above Stonemans Bookroom Corner of Hargraves & Mostyn Streets, Castlemaine Hours 10-5 Daily (except February 29th)

The Magic Hour Indian Classical Dance and Performance comes to Chewton! The Magic Hour is a highjacking of Shakespeare’s Othello, set to the scene of Indian classical dance. Starring designer and Kathakali dancer, Arjun Raina as himself, Othello and Iago and Odissi dancer, Lillian Warrum as Desdemona. Two Magical Shows on November 4 & 5 at 7pm. Bookings at Chewton Senior Citizens Centre 201 Main Rd/Pyrenees Highway Chewton. Contact: Lillian Warrum 0416 767 671 Tickets also available at the door. $20 & $15

Lot 19’s 8th annual

And the winners were: LOT19 SCULPTURE PRIZE of $2000 was shared by Paul Turbitt, Katherine Wheeler, Chris Barker and Gina Moore. The RON ANSTEY BIG HEARTED AWARD of $1000 was won by Sam Deal. THE HUB SUSTAINABILITY AWARD of $600 was shared by Eliza-Jane Gilchrist and Craig Stephens. THE OLD CASTLEMAINE GAOL AWARD of $500 was won by Paul Turbitt. CASTLEMAINE GALLERY AWARD - The Gallery will display Nici Wright’s and Selby Ginn’s work. THE CASTLEMAINE BREWING COMPANY’S NONFUNCTIONAL CERAMICS AWARD of $250 was won by Rachael Guy. BENDIGO POTTERY CERAMICS AWARD of $250 in kind was won by Nici Wright. ART SUPPLIES CASTLEMAINE AWARD of $250 in kind was won by Katherine Wheeler. This show is open 12-5pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October. Be quick if you want to see this amazing display of sculptural talent!

Spring Sculpture Prize This exhibition opened with the help of Thompsons Foundry Band on Saturday 15th 0ctober with more than 40 artists displaying works across more than 20 different medium. “This year’s show is gearing up to be the most exciting to date. We have included a special section for nonfunctional ceramics as well as returning the Soft Sculpture Prize. This year we are pumped to be showcasing a world class digital interactive sculpture installation by one of Castlemaines own best kept secrets!” There was more than $6000 in prizes and this year’s guest judges were Matthew Harding (sculptor), Judy Holding (sculptor) and Martin Paten (director of the Castlemaine State Festival). The opening was attended by 250 people and opened by the new CEO of the Shire Council, Mr. Fuzzard, who spoke about the Council’s commitment to the arts, and how a place like Lot 19 fills an extremely valuable role locally and nationally. Mark Anstey (founder of Lot19) said that the sculpture show is reminiscent of the core of Lot 19, supporting artists.


Chewton - 100 years ago Kyneton Guardian, Thursday 2nd November, 1916. Trouble About a Table. When the Borough of Chewton was amalgamated with the Shire of Metcalfe the council of the latter found that the table previously in use in the council chamber was too small to accommodate the increased number of councillors. A motion was accordingly carried that the table be lengthened or a smaller table procured and placed crossways at the end of it. Subsequently Cr. McMillan (Chewton) generously suggested to the secretary that the table formerly used by the Chewton council might be removed to Metcalfe and placed at the end of the table there in the form of a T. It would, he said, be “just the thing.” The secretary accordingly gave instructions for the removal of the table to Metcalfe, and the “job” cost the council 15/-. At Tuesday’s meeting of the council Cr. O’Grady said the people of Chewton were very indignant at losing their table, which was the only piece of good furniture in the hall there, and he demanded that it be returned. After discussing ways and means, the council decided to purchase a new table, and to return their own property to the people of Chewton. It will probably cost another 15/- to send the table back. In connection with the 15/- it must he pointed out that that was the amount charged by the man who brought the table from Chewton to Metcalfe, but the council thought the amount excessive, and decided to pay him only 11/-. Whether he will agree to submit to such a drastic reduction of his account remains to be seen. The distance from Chewton to Metcalfe cannot be less than 10 miles, and, of course, the man had to go back with his horse and dray after he had delivered the table. The table also is of such a size and weight that one man could not load or unload it without assistance. Cr. Owens remarked that he thought 15/- was little enough, but his colleagues thought otherwise. Bendigo Advertiser, Friday 10th November, 1916.

station at Chewton, he knocked up Constable Gilmore, in charge at Chewton. The flames then had such a hold on the building that nothing could be done, and it was quickly consumed. It was feared that the licensee (Mrs. Dot Rhoda Jones) had been burnt to death, but on Constable Gilmore making inquiries he was told by the station master at Chewton that Mrs. Jones had gone by the last train on Tuesday night to Castlemaine. On the arrival of the first train from Castlemaine at Chewton this morning the constable met Mrs. Jones on the platform, and when he told her about the fire, she was greatly distressed. She stated that as her husband was away in Melbourne, she was afraid to stay in the hotel by herself. She therefore locked it up securely, and went to Castlemaine to stay for the night with a lady friend (Mrs. Parkinson). The reflection of the fire in the sky towards Chewton was seen by Constable O’Mullane, on duty at Castlemaine, and at 2.30 he rang the firebell. The firemen turned out smartly, and rushed with the reel towards Chewton, but when they got to Wesley Hill they were informed that the fire had burnt itself out, consequently the reel was sent back. Several of the firemen proceeded to Chewton but their services were of no avail. The hotel, which was an old Chewton landmark in the early diggings days, was to have been delicensed at the end of the year. The building, which was owned by ADVERTISEMENT

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Messrs. Beckingsale and Sons, wine and spirit merchants, was insured for £350 in the Colonial Mutual office, and the furniture and stock for £80 in the same company. Mount Alexander Mail, Saturday 11th November, 1916. OLD STATE SCHOOL BUILDINGS, CHEWTON AND CHEWTON EAST (GOLDEN POINT.) Tenders invited for purchase and removal of either, or both, of the above. Terms : Cash. Highest, nor any, tender, not necessarily accepted. Six months allowed for clearance. Full particulars at Police Stations, Castlemaine and Chewton. Tenders close with the undersigned at Bendigo, on 1st December, 1916. Mount Alexander Mail, Saturday 11th November, 1916. The Melbourne Cup race will be run at Flemington this afternoon. The postponement from Tuesday last is likely to have an adverse effect on the attendance, still, with fine weather, the crowd will probably not fall far short of last year. Castlemaine will be well represented, many leaving here for the city yesterday, and others will follow by this morning’s train. Glen Harrison.

FAMILY NOTICES November 1916 Bendigonian, Thursday 2nd November, 1916. FUNERAL: The remains of Mrs. Helen Nelms, a well known and highly respected resident of Chewton, who had attained the advanced age of 90 years, were interred on 25th ult. in the Chewton Cemetery. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Canon Vanston. The deceased lady, who had resided in the Forest Creek district since 1856, left five daughters, 54 grandchildren, and 57 greatgrandchildren. Bendigo Independent, Thursday 23rd November, 1916. DEATH: Mrs. E. Jones, aged 97, died at Footscray last week. She was the relict of the late Mr. Joseph Jones, of Taradale. They came from London 64 years ago, and lived at Chewton for many years. She was head of five generations, having five daughters, four sons, 38 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. Mount Alexander Mail, Monday 27th November, 1916. FUNERAL: The funeral of the late Miss Esther W. Elliott, daughter of the late Mr Winchester Elliott, of Chewton, took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the family grave in the Church of England portion of the Chewton Cemetery, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. The deceased was a prominent member of the Holy Trinity Church, and took a great interest in the Sunday School, and did much good work among the young people. Canon Vanston attended the funeral, and officiated at the grave-side. The pall-bearers were Messrs. R. Inch, T. Ottery, S. McDonald, J. Inifer, J. Jones, and A. Davies, and Messrs. T. Odgers and Co. carried out the funeral arrangements. Glen Harrison.



November, 2016 Saturday 5 Marion Sunday 6 Irene Saturday 12 Elaine Sunday 13 Frank Saturday 19 Glen Sunday 20 Ken Saturday 26 Rose Sunday 27 Allan 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.


Chewton Landcare Dear Carers of the Land, Well it has finally stopped raining and we have a new lake in the Northern tailing dam in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. It looks fantastic and is highly favoured by ducks and there’s a wonderful chorus of frogs. Unfortunately the mosquitoes also favour it and they are elephantine, swarming and voraciously hungry. The creek was a torrent, flooding over the embankment and creating an enormous amount of foam - I did wonder where it came from as it did not look natural and wondered if there was overflow containing detergent from drains or septic tanks - a bit of a worry. One good thing however was that at our early October working bee, we raked all the gorse and blackberry cuttings from the south side of the tunnels and found a big pile of soil and rocks. The plan was to return on our next date with brooms and shovels to remove it all. We did not need to as the flood had carried it all away. There was cheering! Another bonus is that the flooding has revealed a couple of very good sites for some plantings e.g the islands and the peninsular in the dam further south - I envisage new habitat for small birds. Another consequence of the rain is a forest of weed regrowth, knee high grass in and around the wattle grove and a hundreds of thistles. Damian has continued his war on gorse, bravely confronting the tangle on the steep creek bank bordering Fryers Road. Meanwhile I arced up my ancient lawn mower and mowed the road verge and created a track around the wattle grove with a few little paths in amongst the trees to see if it would deal well with the grass, thistles and even the resprouting blackberries. Our new whipper snipper will be the tool of choice for that job I think and then back to the cut and paint method for the gorse and blackberries. Will they give up if we don’t? I wonder. The stone seats are again overgrown and when they have dried out a bit need to be sprayed with herbicide as pulling the weeds damages the stone work. The piles of cuttings are subsiding but are still too wet to burn - we live in hope that they will be gone before the start of the fire season. We have run a Wednesday working bee to provide an opportunity for those who cannot attend on Fridays. A short report has been submitted to Parks Vic. “Let’s Talk Parks” which includes some of our thoughts


and suggestions about progress over the past 12 months and future developments. We will meet with Fritz Hammersley sometime soon at the Wattle Creek junction with Main Road, behind the pool. Our intention is to further plan the North Central CMA grant-funded project of clearing, revegetation and information workshops. We would welcome your input so when advised of the date and time please come if you can. Maggie McLeod.

POHAG Post Office Hill Action Group How fortunate we have been with the weather after the planting done at the end of term 3 with Chewton Primary School. The continuous sprinkles (and more) of rain have kept the soil moist. Now we are anticipating a better than expected success rate with the more than 300 plants which were put in the ground. Early in November an afternoon with Connecting Country has been arranged to inspect the nesting boxes installed near the school for signs of occupation and to carry out any necessary repairs. Several boxes have been “modified” by galahs attempting to enlarge the access holes to suit their size. The results will be interesting! Further woody weed control is to occur during November, as well as slashing in the Hunter/Church Street area of Block 3. We are waiting for word from Loddon Prison Landmate Program to help with further removal of scattered rubbish and other environmental works. We wish Michael Smith the best of luck with his mission to Federal Parliament. The next meeting will be at the Chewton Town Hall on Sunday, 13th November at 10:00am. Please join in. Ian O’Halloran.

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Last FOBIF walk for the year Beat the bite this season

In October Alex Panelli led the last FOBIF walk for 2016 in the Fryers Ranges. Alex has led several walks in the area and this walk explored some of the valleys descending from Fryers Ridge and Old Firetower Track. Highlights of the walk were finding at least 30 examples of Mantis Orchid Caladenia tentaculata and Brown-clubbed Spider Orchid Caladenia phaeoclavia and being surrounded by scores of Caper White Butterflies as the walk ended.

Unfortunately there were a couple of disturbing sights. Several areas had been churned up by motorbike riding and digging by prospectors had caused extensive damage over a large area.

Mount Alexander residents may have noticed an increase in mosquitoes following recent widespread rains. Mosquitoes need water to breed, and the pooling of water from rains and floods have created ideal conditions. In Victoria, some mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus, which can be passed on to people through mosquito bites. Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to avoid mosquito bites and the risk of disease by taking these steps: • Cover up – wear long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts. • Apply a thin layer of insect repellent to all exposed skin. Make sure you follow the directions on the product label. Take care when using repellents on small children and avoid parts of children’s hands that may touch their eyes or mouth. • Use anti-mosquito coils or candles outdoors. • Drain any water left standing outdoors in open containers such as flowerpots, unused tins, tyres, buckets or blocked roof gutters. • Change your pet’s drinking water regularly. • Close doors and windows and repair or seal damaged fly screens. • Keep lawns and gardens trimmed back to reduce the areas where mosquitoes rest. Repellents come in lotions, gels, aerosols and pump sprays. Repellents containing picaridin or DEET are the most effective when used correctly. Natural repellents (such as Citronella or Eucalyptus) provide only very limited protection. For more tips on how to avoid being bitten by mosquitos visit the Better Heath Channel website at Taken from a Press Release.

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Fact sheet – 2015/2016 MAS Plan highlights Mount Alexander Shire Council has completed a number of actions in the 2015/2016 Annual Plan to deliver on its vision for Mount Alexander Shire. The plan is structured on achieving key priorities in the Council Plan 2013-2017 under four main goals. Highlights of the year include:

A vibrant and healthy community •

CULTURAL HERITAGE: Adoption of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan for Reconciliation reflecting Council’s commitment to involve and recognise traditional owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung. COMMUNITY: More than $153,000 awarded to community groups to support local events, environmental, health and social projects as part of the Community Grants Program. Eight Quick Response Youth Grants were allocated. HERITAGE: The Mount Alexander Shire Heritage Awards recognised the work of businesses, organisations and individuals in preserving and maintaining heritage throughout the Shire.

Better community facilities •

POOLS: Council completed a strategy for developing an indoor leisure centre with a 25 metre pool at the Castlemaine Pool site. Council is working on a plan to develop concept designs and secure funding to develop the aquatic facility. KINDERGARTENS: Major renovations at Castlemaine Kindergarten in Berkeley Street transformed the facility to improve privacy, access and usage to support children’s learning and development. NETBALL: The design for new netball courts at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve are complete as part of Stage 1 of the masterplan. The Federal Government made an election promise of $1.9 million towards Stage 2. Council has made funding submissions to the Victorian Government. New lights at Newstead Recreation Reserve support netball and tennis training all year round. FOOTBALL: Completed safety works and installed new lighting at Camp Reserve to comply with AFL night match standards and enable night games to be played at the reserve.

BRIDGES: Constructed a replacement bridge on School Road in Barfold. Finalised designs for bridges at Nuggetty Road in Maldon, Strathlea Road in Strathlea, Metcalfe–Taradale Road in Taradale and the Vaughan Tarilta bridge. ROADS: Rehabilitated 2.2 kilometres of road along Bendigo Sutton Grange Road, resealed 14 kilometres of sealed roads and re-sheeted 29 kilometres of unsealed roads throughout the shire. SAFETY WORKS: Constructed pedestrian crossings on Kennedy Street, Castlemaine in front of the railway station to improve pedestrian access and safety, and completed improvement works at the Reef Street intersection in Maldon.

A thriving local economy •

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TOURISM: Contributed to the development of the Bendigo Region Destination Management Plan, launched at the Castlemaine Woollen Mills precinct, to deliver a targeted approach to developing the region’s strengths to maximise employment, growth and investment. TOURISM: Partnered with Bendigo Tourism to host the Great Victorian Bike Ride bringing 3,500 riders to the shire. GROWTH: Completed the structure planning process for the Diamond Gully growth area in Castlemaine to address the demand for housing with adequate services and fire protection measures. Building sustainable communities

SUSTAINABILITY: Upgraded the shire’s street lights with brighter and more energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as part of the Lighting the Regions partnership project. LAND MANAGEMENT: Finalised the Environmental Management Plan for Honeycomb Reserve (landfill buffer land) at Campbells Creek and started implementation with Landcare groups to protect and preserve the natural, cultural and recreational values of the reserve. WASTE: Developed a Waste Futures strategy outlining options for Council’s future waste management, with a focus on innovative waste management solutions. Taken from a Press Release.

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Geoffrey Blainey in Bendigo 2015/2016 MAS Annual Report adopted Mount Alexander Shire Council recently adopted the 2015/2016 Annual Report outlining the organisation’s performance throughout the year to deliver on its vision for Mount Alexander Shire. Mount Alexander Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Darren Fuzzard said the annual report highlighted a year of achievement. “Council delivered $8.09 million of capital works including the renewal of community buildings, improved roads and new bridges, in addition to completing the installation of energy efficient streetlights throughout the shire,” said Mr Fuzzard. “At the same time Council continued to invest in the health and wellbeing of the community, ensure strategies are in place to preserve and protect our built and natural environment, and plan for sustainable growth. Major renovations have transformed learning and development at local kindergartens, and new lights at key sporting reserves enable competitive sport and the use of the facilities year round.” Mr Fuzzard acknowledged the work of his predecessor Phil Rowland and acting CEO Vicky Mason who led the organisation throughout the year to deliver the results. “The year was firmly focused on maintaining services while managing and preparing for the introduction of rate capping, reductions in grant funding and cost shifting. In response to these challenges, the organisation undertook a review of many services to test if they meet community need, and are as efficient as possible. I would like to thank staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment throughout the year, and the councillors for their dedication and leadership during the term.” The annual report was endorsed at a Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday 18 October. The report was the third to measure progress against the strategic goals in the Council Plan 2013 – 2017. It was delivered to the Minister for Local Government by 30 September 2016 in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989. Read the report in the news and publications section of Council’s website at Taken from a Press Release.

Professor Geoffrey Blainey presents The Story of Australia’s People, Volume 2 Prominent historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey will visit Bendigo Library on Tuesday 30 November from 6-7pm to present the second volume of his new work ‘The Story of Australia’s People’. “Professor Blainey presented Volume 1 to a crowd of 150 people at Bendigo Town Hall shortly after it was released in February last year,” said Chris Kelly, Goldfields Library Corporation CEO. We are honoured to welcome him back for the next instalment of his ground-breaking research, and invite the community to come and learn more about his remarkable findings.” ‘The Story of Australia’s People, Volume 1’ delves into the history of ancient Australia, dating back 50,000 years ago through to European settlement. Professor Blainey explores the life of Aborigines, and how they endured changes in landmass, landscape, climate and sea levels, but successfully maintained their way of life for thousands of years. 86 year old Professor Blainey has lead a long and distinguished career, and is nationally and internationally recognised for his authoritative texts on the social and economic history in Australia. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Australian National Living Treasure in 1997 and the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000. Professor Blainey’s presentation is free, and will include book sales. Bookings are required. For bookings and more information visit:


November Cactus Field Day Last for 2016!


The Cactus Warriors will have their last field day for the year on Sunday 27th. We will start at 10.30 a.m. and end at 12–12.30 with our usual delicious lunch. All are welcome; equipment and cactus-killing knowhow will be provided. Field days will be in recess for the hot summer months and will resume on the last Sunday in April 2017. For this month’s venue or for any other information, please visit our website, or ring Ian Grenda on 0412 015 807.


The Anglican Parish of Castlemaine’s Fair on the Hill is on again!

Ordinary membership: Single $30, Family $40, Pensioner or student: Single $25, Family $30. Subscription includes postage of the monthly newsletter, Castlemaine Naturalist.

From 3:30 to 7pm on Friday 11 November there will be:

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.

Second hand books, records & CDs Live music Cakes & preserves Treasures & craft Nativity selfies Bric & brac Plants & produce Showbags Recycled clothes Food & wine Activities for kids Monster raffle …and more.

Fri November 11 meeting: Speaker Marilyn Hewish - Moths, including a night collection demo of local species

Sat November 12 field trip: No field trip this month.

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.


It’s all at the Anglican Church on Agitation Hill, in Castlemaine. Park the car in Mostyn, Forest or Kennedy Streets. More information from the Parish Office: 5472 1137

11 November Remembrance Day Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November.

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….and it’s still about the RAIN Last month it was all about the rain and the floods, this month it’s still about the rain but no floods. Making use once again of the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website, the Bureau believes that cooler days and nights are most likely until December, accompanied by continued above average rainfall over the same period. A very basic explanation goes something like: cooler (and therefore heavier) air in the western Indian Ocean tends to push the air eastwards towards lighter, less dense air, collecting moisture as it passes over the Indian Ocean. It rises (and cools) as it passes over the Western Australian coast and dumps the collected moisture over north-western Australia and down to South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. So rather similar to the shifting temperatures across the Pacific Ocean that bring El Nino and La Nina; the same shifts in warmer and cooler air across the Indian Ocean bring rain and drought. This year it appears we have something of a coincident cool Dipole event and a La Nina event, reinforcing each other, bringing us more rain than usual. Tanks and dams should be staying nicely full until the end of December. It’s an ill-wind. No doubt we shall soon be urged to review our summer Fire Plans once more. My rain gauge, like yours, has been working overtime again this month. I have hit a total of 124.5 millimetres for the last thirty-one days. Last month it

was 148.5 mms, and the August total was 55.25 mms. And of course the tanks are full. This has resulted in an annual total to date of 622.5 millimetres, received over 114 days. Given the typical Chewton average annual rainfall of some 450 millimetres, we have had a “wet” year. In addition I have noted as many as ten (10) NSR days, in which the rain only just made it to the ground, but was too little to register in my gauge. A quick review of my rain records shows that in 2005 and 2007, we had annual falls of 604 and 631 millimetres respectively. In 2010 and 2011, rainfalls were 897 and 732 mils. What makes this years 622.5 mms. to date signifcant is the low figure for last year, of just 296 millimetres in my gauge. In contrast, the temperatures have been lower than usual for October. The month’s average was just 21.5 degrees Celsius, with a maximum high of just 24 degrees C. The mode was only 15 degrees C, much lower than usual. A total of only 12 days of 20 degrees C. or more testifies to our low average daytime temperature. Our overnight temperatures have also been lower. The average overnight temperature was less than 7 degrees C, with a mode of 10 degrees and the month’s highest overnight temperature was 11 degrees Celsius. Looks like another month at least of the same old same old. John Leavesley.

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Melbourne Cup Day CFA Listening Post 9.30 a.m., Chewton Shop. Chewton Community BBQ 6 p.m., Ellery Park (see page 16). Service at 6 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church. Chewton Pool BBQ 12 noon, AGM at 1 p.m. (see page 19). MASC Meeting Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 27 Lyttleton Street Castlemaine. Remembrance Day 10.50 a.m., Chewton Soldiers’ Memorial Park Gates. Anglican Fair 3.30 p.m. Agitation Hill Castlemaine. Service at 6 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church. POHAG Meeting 10.00 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. CFA Listening Post 9.30 a.m., Chewton Shop. Service at 6 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church. Healing Service 5.30 p.m., Christ Church Castlemaine. Chewton Domain Society Mtg., 7.15 p.m., Chewton Town Hall. MASC Meeting Council Chamber, Civic Centre, 27 Lyttleton Street Castlemaine. Chewton Chat deadline. Service at 6 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church. Folding Chewton Chat, 2.30 p.., Chewton Town Hall (Wednesday).

Chewton Chat November 2016  

Walking to Canberra – he’s off! Gazanias a growing problem, Fire Action week in Victoria, community newspapers in conference again, the sch...

Chewton Chat November 2016  

Walking to Canberra – he’s off! Gazanias a growing problem, Fire Action week in Victoria, community newspapers in conference again, the sch...