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Issue 225

November, 2017.

Chai tasting in Chewton – at the General Store. Matti Chai had his products displayed on tables just inside the shop so there was no way of missing them – and customers pausing to look were offered a tasting. Great vibes as compliments flowed… and Matti was able to point out that his products sit on the shelves of the shop and are always available there. Instant Chai, Original Chai, Chai with Bush Spices, Sticky Chai, Real Vanilla Chai, Chilli Choc Chai – each with a unique aroma. Absolutely delightful. The reception from tasters was so great, plans are being discussed for more tastings in the future. The day’s tasting lasted beyond the advertised 10 a.m. closure. Chilli Choc Chai in Chewton! Chew on that one!

Having a Chai time in Chewton...


Remembrance Day and the memorial gate Remember the car crash? Remember the wrecked gate (left)? Well, a lot has happened since then. And anthing involving insurance claims and insurance companies can take time - but council has followed this through and the re-instatement of the gate is happening! Work has begun, and apparently will take a few weeks. Maybe, just maybe, it will be completed by Remembrance Day on November 11th. Completed or not, the usual Remembrance Day will be held there at 10.45 a.m.. If the webbing is still in place, enter from the pool side.

Changing circumstances that will dictate some Chat changes.. It has been widely publicized that the Castlemaine Copy Centre (CCC) will be closing

in December. As an initiative begun and operated by Windarring, the decision to close has been made and the shut-down is being implemented. The Chewton Chat has been largely printed by the personnel at CCC since 2006 – a very long time! The December chat will be printed there, and possibly the January 2018 edition. The Chewton Chat Sub-Committee of the Chewton Domain Society provides the strategic direction and leadership for the Chat and now one of the big tasks for the Chat sub-committee will be to review the production and distribution of the Chat. After 18 years of the same it is maybe time for a change and many issues will need to be considered. Such as: • Quotes obtained from possible future publishers • A greater role of an on-line version where the costs are cheaper • Fewer paper copies printed • Income from advertisements • Income from donations at distribution sites where this is possible • A fixed cover charge rather than “by donation” • Fewer distribution points Whichever of these points are taken up, the Chat as it operates now will be affected. If you have ideas that could be considered during planning discussions in November please email, call 5472 2892 or leave a note in the Chewton Chat box in the Chewton General Store.

MAS Council changes At the 17th of October Council meeting Cr. Bronwen Machin was elected mayor of the shire, for a period of two terms. Cr Machin will complete the remaining month of this Mayoral term then continue on as Mayor for another 12 months. This was necessary because of the resignation of Cr. Sharon Telford, whose ward of Tarrangower will now have a by-election conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) in 2018. Following the resignation of Cr. Bell, there will be a Castlemaine Ward Countback on the 20th of November 2017. Castlemaine Ward is a multi-councillor ward hence a countback is held rather than a by-election. This countback to fill the extraordinary vacancy will be held in


the Ray Bradfield Room, Forest Street, Castlemaine. The VEC will be conducting the countback.

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Monster Meeting 2017 Each year on December 15 people from central Victoria and afar celebrate the 1851 Monster Meeting of Diggers by meeting at the site in Chewton and re-telling the story of how 15,000 diggers, who did not have a vote, defied the Victorian Government with Australia’s first mass antigovernment protest meeting, forcing Governor La Trobe to rescind his plan to double the Gold License fee. This year we have even more reason for celebrating since the site has now been included in the Victorian Heritage Register as a site of national significance, ensuring that it will remain as public land within the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Last year, the retelling of the Monster Meeting story was expanded to take in its implications for 2017 issues of democracy. Speaker, Michael Smith, told of his walk from Chewton to the Federal Parliament in Canberra, to present legislation calling for Australia’s involvement in wars to be decided by parliament, not just by the Prime Minister. Michael, inspired by the Monster Meeting, started his walk from Chewton. This year we will continue in the same vein and are calling on anyone who may have a poem, a song or a short story about democracy or people fighting for their rights to send it to us for possible inclusion in the day’s celebrations. It may be directly connected to the Monster Meeting or connected thematically only. You may want to perform your own material or get someone else to do it for you. But we’d love to hear from you. Email us at


Remember Kavisha Mazzella’s performances at the long-gone Chewton Folk Festivals? Kavisha is returning to Chewton for the 2017 Monster Meeting celebration. The highlight of the 2017 celebration will be a twelve minute choral piece written by renowned local musician, Kavisha Mazzella. Local singers are invited to join and take part, along with members of Kavisha’s Italian choirs from Melbourne and Ballarat. Titled ‘Tunc Justus’ it is an anthem to democracy. It is based on Italian Raffaello Carbone’s writings about the Eureka Stockade – the end game that began with the Monster Meeting – plus original lyrics. This stirring, emotional composition in Latin, Italian and English received a standing ovation at Eureka’s 150th anniversary. All are welcome to come and join Kavisha Mazzella and the Monster Meeting Choir singing Tunc Justis (Thus Justice). If you are interested, send an email to kavisha@ The concert will start at 5 p.m. but come early. From 3pm on site there will be a sausage sizzle (thanks Parks Victoria), displays and music from the Monster Meeting CD and time to enjoy a walk along the creek. Pat Healy.

Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 Since the State Government purchased land associated with the Monster Meeting site (see the April 2017 Chat) from the Ralph family, the Heritage Council has granted Heritage Protection (see the August 2017 Chat). Things have moved further in succeeding months with the State Government legislating to include that land in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. The Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 added the Anglesea Heath to the Great Otway National Park and made amendments to several parks and reserves. One of these was related to the Chewton land. The Hon L D'Ambrosio (Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change) introduced the first reading of this bill in June and it passed the first reading on the 06/06/2017. It eventually passed the Second and Third Readings in September. In the Second Reading speech, Minister D'Ambrosio, is recorded as saying, “ Of particular interest, the bill will add the recently acquired Monster Meeting site (1.66 ha) near Chewton to Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. This park has outstanding cultural significance related to the gold rush era and is of potential world heritage significance. Its historic value will be enhanced by the addition. The meeting held on the site on 15 December 1851 and attended by up to an estimated 15,000 people is considered to be the first mass protest against a government in Australia and a direct precursor of the Eureka rebellion and the battle of the Eureka Stockade three years later.”

Having passed all stages in the lower house, the bill was introduced into the Legislative Council on the 7th of September by the Hon. G Jennings (Special Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council). It passed the First Reading and went to the Second Reading by the Hon. Jaala Pulford (Minister for Agriculture) and eventually passed the Second and the Third Readings on the 19th of October. Royal Assent was then given on the 24th of October, with the Act Number: 53/2017! A long drawn out process but one successfully completed and to be celebrated on the 15th of December 2017!

After 13 years of dedication and the serving of culinary delights from the Bold Café, November will see us handing the baton to Jose Rodriguez and Rosa Martinez. The café will be transformed into

The Granada Café Authentic Traditional Andalusian Cuisine. A whole new cultural experience for all of us to enjoy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the continuous and dedicated patronage over this extended period of time. As we head into the sunset, please know that Onn and his delicious Asian food will be making “flash” appearances @ Granada Café. Please leave your contact details in our book at the Café if you would like us to contact you for such “flash” occasions. With thanks to all. Onn & Eddie Ho & Staff

SPANISH TAPAS BAR A touch of Spain at the Bold Café.. Jose Rodriguez brings an experience of Spain to Castlemaine. On Friday nights only, Bold Café transforms into a Spanish Tapas Bar, serving house made, authentic tapas accompanied by delicious Spanish wines. Sample Andalusian paella and other specialities from various Spanish regions. Vegetarian options available. Come and practice your Spanish with Jose or organise for him to give you lessons. Meet, eat, chat, drink, maybe dance…Enjoy!!! Fridays 6.30pm to 9pm Bookings essential Call Bold Café 5470 6038 146 Duke Street Castlemaine


Know Your Neighbour Have you met Amy Emons? Born in Melbourne, Amy Emons is the last of five siblings. After her schooling Amy took up Bachelor of Music studies, majoring in sax. ‘I was a classical sax player. I played with the Uni orchestra and performed at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony.’ However, after two years, spending 8 or 9 hours a day practising alone, she realised music could be a very isolating field. ‘I knew I’d rather work with people than spend time practising on my own. So I decided to give up music studies and switch to a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics instead.’ What appealed to her was the hands on aspect, making things, creating body parts. ‘I really loved prosthetics and I did an Honours degree in it.’ After graduating Amy moved to Sydney, and worked in this field for four years with a private company. ‘I found I loved working with older people in particular and I met some interesting characters. I really valued being able to help people, getting to know them. It was a privilege really.’ After four years she felt she needed a break. ‘I’d always felt drawn to Darwin. Melbourne friends were heading there, so I decided to join them.’ Amy was only there two days when the Prosthetic Department in Darwin heard she was there and offered her a job. ‘It was very different working in this field in Darwin where they had so few resources compared to Sydney. It was really challenging, but it was good to see the other side of health care in Australia.’ It was in Darwin that Amy met her partner, Jackie. ‘I decided to stay on in Darwin but by then I wanted to get out of prosthetics, mainly because of the chemicals I was being exposed to. It was day in day out exposure to fibreglass resins. So I moved into education, to secondary teaching. I did a Dip.Ed then taught for three years at Darwin High School.’ By then Amy had been away from family and Melbourne for ten years, so she and Jackie decided to move to Melbourne. After life in Darwin they found Melbourne a bit crazy. ‘I’d always loved being out in nature but we were also in search of a town with culture, creativity and access to good food’ so they chose the Castlemaine area to live. Before moving here they set off to South America,

planning to travel for six months then return to the Castlemaine area. Three months into their trip Jackie was offered a job at Winters Flat Primary School, ‘so we came back here. This is now our fourth year living in Chewton.’ Amy says she loves Chewton. I think it’s just the most delightful little place, in terms of just the right size, the right amount of space, the fact that I can ride my bike on the main road with a lower speed limit. It’s 50 or 60 ks the whole way to Castlemaine from Chewton. When we first moved here Jackie and I cycled to school and back each day, even in winter. I was teaching Maths and Science at Castlemaine Secondary school.’ Amy and Jackie had talked of wanting to have children, but decided to put it off until they had established themselves in a new place. ‘Our daughter Henrietta came into our lives in July last year. She’s certainly taught us a lot in the 14 months that we’ve had her, keeping us on our toes. She’s very special and adorable.’ Gloria Meltzer.

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Tamsin Whaley, Civil Celebrant Tamsin Whaley is a fifth generation Castlemaine local with Chewton ties: her grandfather George Whaley went to Chewton Primary School - the old Chewton Primary School and then from 1911 the one that is still in use today. Tamsin’s great grandfather George Samuel Whaley ran a paint and wallpaper shop in the main street of Chewton. Now Tamsin’s own children attend Chewton primary school, and for the past six years Tamsin has been working as a civil marriage celebrant. With a Bachelor of Arts, a Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing, Civil Celebrant training and annual professional development, Tamsin is well qualified to help people find the words for their ceremonies. Some people don’t know what they want, what to say, or where to start when planning their wedding ceremony. Tamsin asks some questions about their history, their priorities in life, what sort of “mood” they want in their ceremony, and starts writing from scratch. “I’ve had people give me three words to work with, and then one bride who gave me thirteen heartfelt pages. I had tears in my eyes reading that. We bounce the script back and forth by email until it is exactly what they want. It usually takes four or five drafts (one took fourteen but that was a very complicated ceremony.) I like to give people’s own words back to them.” Every wedding is unique. Tamsin says some people just want a very quick ceremony, and she has performed one with as few as three guests. Some are much more elaborate. A favourite wedding at which Tamsin was the celebrant, was a Tolkien themed wedding at Newstead. Coincidently, yours truly was a guest at this wedding, and it was fabulous. A lovely outdoor setting with people dressed like Hobbits and Vikings. What fun! Another memorable wedding for Tamsin, was a couple who had lived in Sweden for twenty years. The bride used to holiday in Fryerstown as a child, so the couple and their seven children all flew out from Sweden to get married under the Big Tree by the Burke and Wills Hall at Fryerstown. With her role as a wedding celebrant, it is Tamsin’s aim to help people bloom and facilitate the growth that comes with a big step in life. Tamsin also works as a funeral celebrant. She says that when people are grieving, a funeral celebrant offers practical help to bring the ceremony together and keep it moving along on the day. Naming ceremonies, where a new child is welcomed and godparents inaugurated, are also performed by Tamsin. It is Tamsin’s belief that it is important to celebrate the thresholds of life. She loves her role as a celebrant and delights in helping people “find the words”.

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Tamsin with her with her family (Leonie Meadows, Kyneton Photographer)

Tamsin at a wedding (Chris Clarke Photography)

The bride and groom who flew from Sweden with their seven children specifically to get married under the Big Tree in Fryerstown in January this year (Kate Deagan Photography & Design of Castlemaine) Jackie McMaster. 7

Business of the Month 2

Jean-Pierre Mercader, Inventer and Beekeeper. Jean-Pierre Mercader has recently downsized from a farm in Sutton Grange to his new home in Chewton. JeanPierre has had many years of experience in the agricultural field, having previously worked as a transport analyst for the Australian Wool Corporation. In order to understand the wool industry, he has completed professional training as a wool classer and eventually after retiring he became interested in bee keeping. Responding to problems facing the bee keeping industry, he has invented a new type of brood box bottom board designed to be fitted into bee hives. (The brood box is a breeding box at the bottom of the hive that houses the breeding Queen bee). He is now focusing his energy on educating and promoting the benefits of his invention to the apiarists industry. There have been very few changes to the design of beehives since the Langstroth’s Brood Box which was invented in 1851. With recent pest invasions decimating bee colonies in many countries, Jean-Pierre was surprised that the prefered method of controlling this was using chemicals. Jean-Pierre’s goal was to find a more wholistic method of controlling pests and diseases. The type of traditional plain board that has been used in hives for many decades creates too much of a humid environment in which fungi and parasites thrive, including the recently invader known as the Small Hive Beetle. The traditional plain board allows a large accumulation of debris to occur in which pests hide and diseases flourish. JeanPierre’s Bluebees Board provides the optimal amount of ventilation creating the right sustainable environment for the bees to thrive and making it inhospitable to the Small Hive Beetles and other pests. The slots in the Bluebees Board also allow the bees to more effectively clean their hive and eliminate debris allowing for optimum hygiene. Australia is currently the only country in the world which is free of the Varroa Destructor parasite. If and when this parasite gets through our bio-security JeanPierre’s invention will greatly help our bees to combat the invasion. In response to the Varroa Destructor threat, some apiarists have tried replacing the traditional plain board with a stainless steel mesh, but this created too much ventilation and the bees did not respond well to walking on mesh and became aggravated. Jean-Pierre’s aim is to create chemical free hives with increased honey production and increased pollination efficiency. His invention has been very well received by the industry and sales are strong. He has had many apiarists try out his Bluebees Board on a couple of their hives. After noticing the improvement in the hive and increased honey yield, they are ordering more boards to fit out more of their hives. Jean-Pierre’s Bluebees Board is made from food grade plastic and is easily fitted to existing hives.


Jean-Pierre with a Mercader Bluebees Boards Jean-Pierre says that it is vital to understand crop farmers and apiarists must work together. Without healthy bees there will be inadequate crop fertilisation. He says, “The pollination and fertilisation methods of agricultural crops has dramatically evolved. Beekeepers have a dual role, that is: honey production and, over the past 50 years or so, crop fertilisation via bee-pollination. Tests to date show the most successful strategy is the use of the Bluebees Bottom Board. In field testing it has been proved that the Bluebees Boards are the essential element for reestablishing and maintaining a sustainable and healthy chemical free environment in the Honeybee hives.” To help keep the bees healthy and the honey chemical free, the Bluebees Bottom Board allows the beekeeper to temporarily shut down the hive if chemicals are being used nearby by cropping farmers. With optimal ventilation and honey reserves they can survive until the chemical threat has dissipated in two or three days. If you love pure and natural honey, Jean-Pierre recommends that you purchase your honey from local bee keepers and at local farmers’ markets. The food we eat is dependent on a healthy food chain of which bees are an integral part. Jean-Pierre’s commitment to healthy bee-keeping is a valuable contribution which was recognised in 2012 when he won an award at the Bendigo Inventor Awards under the category of Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability. To find out more about the Mercader’s Bluebees Boards see or phone 0412 451 060. Jackie McMaster.

Chewton’s People & Places Collection

A historical look at the hirsute of Chewton. In 2003 the first Movember campaign was launched. Normally clean shaven men decided to “Grow a Mo, and save a Bro” raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. The Movember Foundation began in Australia with about 30 moustache growers, and has now become a global movement with approximately 5 million participants. In the 19th century and early 20th century, such was the fashion in facial hair, that every month was moustache month and here are some very fine examples as found in Chewton’s People and Places Collection. Who were these distinguished gentlemen behind the marvellous moustaches, and what was their role in Chewton’s history? To find out this and so much more you can view the collection at the Chewton Town Hall on Saturdays or Sundays from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.. To find out more about the Movember Foundation and how you can participate, see

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2017/18 Chewton Swimming Pool Season The Chewton Swimming Pool’s Committee of Management is excited to welcome the appointment of our management team for the 2017/18 Season • Sarah Myles as Pool Manager • Hayley Sommeling-Farrugia as Operations Manager. Sarah and Hayley along with the Committee and devoted volunteers are gearing up for the season opener on

Friday 24 November 2017. Please note the new opening hours for this season will be;

Mon-Fri 3pm - 7pm

More information about pool activities and developments will be discussed at the Chewton Pool Inc Annual General Meeting. All members are invited to attend, and of course new members are welcome. Sunday 12 November 2017 - at the Chewton Swimming Pool, BBQ from midday and a 1pm meeting. The ongoing success of the Chewton Swimming Pool is dependent on the commitment of our volunteer base. If you are interested in becoming a member or joining up as a volunteer for kiosk work, grounds and facilities maintenance or general assistance please contact our Pool Manager, Sarah We are also seeking new members of the community to come on as employed lifeguards, for more information please contact our Operations Manager, Hayley hayley.

Sat-Sun 12pm - 8pm

Old cars and gourmet lunches Way out west – or on the Western Oval actually. Chewton Pool volunteers are hard at it – “it” being cooking and serving gourmet lunches to the crews and onlookers of the cars involved in the Castlemaine Rallye run by the Lancia Register. It wasn’t just the servers that were on their toes, the back-room crew were pulling out all stops. Old cars obviously mean many, many memories so out came the spectators – along with the anecdotes and tall-tales. And their cameras! Smile as you walk around… Dogs behind the wheel, late-comers arriving, and even an old Holden appearing the day after Australia’s last Holden rolled off the assembly line in SA. But all the while assembly line at the Chewton Pool food marquee kept on rolling… and rolling, and rolling. Gourmet sausages in rolls… and rolls, and rolls…


Hope to see you at the pool. Frog Peck Vice President, Chewton Pool Inc.

Council funding of Chewton’s Pool An edited extract taken from the unconfirmed minutes of the October Council meeting: 1. Executive Summary: This report provides Council with a description of how Chewton Swimming Pool fits within Council’s current provision of aquatic services, and recommends that Council continue to provide funding to Chewton Pool Incorporated. The Chewton Swimming Pool is a public facility that provides good value aquatic services in Mount Alexander Shire. By contributing to its funding, Council is meeting its aquatic services goals in a cost effective way. The function of the pool, and Council’s financial contribution to it should be reviewed when further information is detailed about the construction of an indoor aquatic facility in Castlemaine. 2. Recommendation: That Council approve a funding contribution to Chewton Pool Incorporated for the purpose of operating Chewton Swimming Pool of $40,000 for the current financial year (2017-2018), $40,000 for the 2018-2019 financial year and $40,000 for the 2019-2020 financial year. MOVED COUNCILLOR HENDERSON That the recommendation be adopted. SECONDED COUNCILLOR CORDY CARRIED. 3. The associated report also gave the context: In July 2010 a report from an expert aquatics engineer identified Chewton Swimming Pool (Chewton Pool) as in such poor condition that it was no longer feasible to repair. As a result, Council resolved to close the pool (which is owned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Council accepted a proposal in 2011 for a new community group, Chewton Pool Incorporated (CPI), to operate the pool, as a committee of management directly to DELWP. This agreement required the new group to meet a number of conditions, including undertaking works to the pool and associated assets as recommended by the aquatic engineer. The majority of these actions have been completed. In 2011 Council resolved to allocate $25,000 per year for the operations of Chewton Pool. This commitment was renewed in 2013, with Council committing $35,000 which increased to $40,000 over 3 years, up until the 2016/2017 financial year. Any shortfall in operating costs is met by volunteer labour and fundraising. The operating cost to Council for Chewton Pool is lower than all Council run pools.

Patronage at Chewton Pool is good in comparison to Council pools, achieving 80% of the attendance of Castlemaine Pool. This means the cost per swim to Council at Chewton is substantially lower than all Council run pools. As part of the operational support agreement CPI provides Council with a brief overview of the attendance, activities, programs, improvements and financials. All program and activities are supervised by a trained lifeguard; the facility is managed by a Pool Operations Manager and staffed by volunteers. The Council funding has been used to cover the salaries of paid staff at the facility. The following is the community usage and programming that was held at Chewton Pool during the 2016/2017 season: • Christmas Party – 220 attendees • Blue Light disco – 70 attendees • Australia Day – 40 attendees • Adult swim sessions - Golden girls/ Nuggets – approx. 15 participants per week • Aqua aerobics – figures not available • VicSwim learn to swim - 40 enrolments (at capacity and to be expanded in 2017/2018) • Chewton Primary School – 622 attendances over two weeks • Olivet Christian College - 400 attendances over two weeks 4. The associated report also gave alternate options: An alternative option is to cease providing the CPI with funding for the operation of Chewton Pool. The impact of this may be that CPI would struggle to pay staff and open their pool to the public.



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to the families of 15-20 years ago who planted fruit trees, bulbs and flowering shrubs. These efforts have been added to in past years by our focus on local wildflowers with the school boundaries now in a massed display of colour. You may have noticed, however, that we have removed the gazanias from the nature strip. They were planted as pretty flowering plants but are now spreading along road sides competing with the native vegetation. Our school is committed to removing all gazania plants from our grounds.

One of the major decisions that we have needed to make this year is how best to replace our well-worn artificial turf. When I started at our school six years ago, I was extremely keen to get rid of that horrible plastic stuff so I was very keen to see some real turf irrigated via a tank system. Further investigation however showed that it was really not that simple. We have 78 children using this space with at least 20 children on the surface each recess and lunch time. Add to that 4 classes of 30 minutes sport each day and the traffic really adds up. The amount of excavation required to dig below the rock layer would be extensive and the water we could collect from our roof area would fall very short of keeping the surface green all summer. Then there were all the environmental issues to deal with. The end decision is that we will be re-laying artificial turf, hopefully over the summer holidays. Our biggest concern is that we don’t want the existing turf to go to landfill. If anyone has a use for this free product can they please contact the school with the amount required. We are expecting to remove the old turf in the final week of term for collection.

Each month I seem to report on the building project in the hope that all works will be complete. We are almost there with just a few spots that need painting and some new carpet in one of the classrooms. Orange pin boards arrived over the weekend and new white boards are in all classrooms. In keeping with the tradition of our school we have left one chalk board unchanged. It has been a challenge to modernize the teaching spaces whist still retaining the heritage of our school. We are planning a grand opening very soon.

Our school supported this year’s ‘Friends of Lolotoe’ Garage sale by painting fish that could be sold as garden decorations. Once again our talented art teacher came to the rescue and created some beautiful designs with the children. Scout attended the garage sale on behalf of our school and was praised by the organisers as an articulate ambassador for our school.

Term 4 sees our school at its spring best. This is a legacy

Buda Historic Home and Garden A property of national significance.

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


I was equally impressed with the five students who attended this year’s ‘Schools Sustainability Awards’ because we were a finalist in the ‘Student Leaders’ category. Leadership has been a focus of our school over the past few years and various teams have represented our school in a range of activities over this time.

High praise indeed...

Our next big event is the Twilight Artists’ Festival. This is a project that is being run by our student leadership team. The aim of the event is not as a fundraiser but as an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to hold an event. There has been limited support from adults with activities and stalls being student organised. The idea has been to keep it simple and just enjoy the evening, supporting the children’s efforts. There will be food, drink and musical entertainment so please come along and join us. I hope to see you all there. Julie.

A recent Airbnb guest, Greg, has given permissions to use his review that was posted online. We often get good guest reviews of Ottery Cottage, and this time we were delighted with how much a guest enjoyed and appreciated Chewton... even saying it was better than Castlemaine! “Great little hideaway. Loved the fireplace and the spa is huge. Also great to sit out looking over the creek reading a book on a sunny day. Chewton is a cool little town. I actually liked its character more than Castlemaine. But only a short drive to Castlemaine for supplies. We’ll be back!” Greg’s review of Ottery Cottage October 2017


Phil & Debbie Hall, Ottery Cottage 226 Main Road. Chewton


GUY LAWSON 0490 841 790


Chewton Phoenix CWA Chewton Phoenix CWA is a group of vibrant women who meet every Tuesday morning at the Chewton General Store. Good cheer, coffee, companionship and craft skills are shared. The membership numbers are about 25 and growing. All of the current members are, or have been working women so they have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they utilise to do wonderful community work. Their goal is to support women, children and families, and the general community in what ever way they can. They are keen to develop their profile within Chewton, and support other community organisations such as the Chewton Domain Society, the Chewton Pool and the CFA. They aim to gather information from the community to see what is going on and how they can be supportive. They are open to volunteering and catering at community events, and can help other organisations run events. For example, they have been involved with catering for the Relay for Life event which supports cancer survivors and carers. With their wealth of experience in running committees, they plan to offer mentoring to people who are new to being on a committee for a community organisation. Another plan in the pipeline is to offer an education scholarship to a young Chewton resident and to start a group for young mothers. The Chewton CWA members also love to support the elderly, by going into day therapy centres and getting them involved with group craft projects. Resurrecting old skills helps the elderly with improving their motor skills and the warm companionship and story sharing gives them a lift. The Chewton CWA is also excellent for new residents. The precious companionship, sharing, caring and networking helps new residents settle in. On November 21st at 6.00pm they will be holding their AGM in the Chewton Town Hall, and all are invited. The AGM will be brief and will be followed by a power point presentation about the CWA and the work they do, followed by a delicious supper and lucky door prizes. The group have decided to run a craft stall at the December Castlemaine Artists’ market (the first Sunday in December as well as the twilight market on December 15th) and are asking for donations of small art and craft items as well a small succulent plants. So if you would like to connect with this great group of women, they meet every Tuesday, 10.00am at the Chewton General Store.

From the top: Chewton Phoenix CWA members in the Chewton General Store, enjoying a cuppa and craft at their rooms in the Primitive Methodist Church and working with the senior day therapy centre participants in craft activities.

For more information about this group, SMS Jenny Howe on 0408 599 801 or phone Pat Pearson on 0408 599 801


SELL Antiques, Coins, Badges Open Friday & Saturday 67 Forest Street Castlemaine 3450 Ph: 0419 673 663


Merging the Wonders of Art with Beauty of Garden lawns and panoramic views make Mica Grange an idyllic location to relax, meander and enjoy the beauty of garden. Entry is $6 per adult, children free. Mica Grange Open Garden Sculpture Exhibition Each weekend 21 October to 26 November plus Monday, Tuesday of Melb Cup. Group bookings available during week. Mica Grange, 373 Faraday Sutton Grange Rd. Sutton Grange. M/A Tea, Lunch available 10am to 4pm. Ph.5474826 or for further information



The 2017 Spring Open Garden Sculpture Exhibition, which features more than 60 creative exhibits, is open each weekend from 21 October to 26 November plus the Monday and Tuesday of Melbourne Cup. The exhibition provides garden lovers with ideas on how they can achieve greater enjoyment from their gardens. A large range of garden art, plants and preserves complement the sculptures giving visitors a vast array of creative ideas. There is something for everyone with prices ranging from $7 to $7,000. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are served on the deck overlooking the Sutton Grange valley. The abundance of gardens, including a fairy garden for children, expansive


OPEN EACH WEEKEND from Oct. 21 to Nov. 26, 2017


10am - 4pm plus MON., TUE. of MELB. CUP WEEK


Children Free

Morning tea - Lunch - Afternoon tea. Garden art - Plants Preserves available.

373 Faraday Sutton Grange Rd. Sutton Grange (03) 54748262


Chewton’s Community BBQ Clearly a much warmer night than the previous month was the comment that accompanied these photos. And it was! And it brought the people out! Lots of new faces means lots of introductions and lots of new names to remember… testing times for a few days! The October Chewton community BBQ was a humdinger, with more conversations that could be taken in on one night. Fortunately it’s not long till November’s Chewton Community BBQ – the first Saturday of the month. November 4 at the usual time and the usual place… 6 p.m. at BBQ beside the town hall.

WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2017, 6pm-8:30pm CHEWTON COMMUNITY CENTRE, 201 Main Road/Pyrenees Highway, Chewton


• Learn how to recognise and identify local noxious weed species that occur in Chewton and surrounding areas through a presentation and fun games • Meet friendly members of your local Landcare groups • Share a delicious provided supper • Bring in photos or samples (in ziplock bags) of weeds or other plants for help with identification

• For more info, please contact Asha at Connecting Country on 5472 1594 or at

Listening Post held in Castlemaine last Friday of the Month 10am to 2pm. Please phone for appointment. 8 Panton Street, Golden Square VIC 3555 P: 5444 4125 @mareeedwardsmp mareeedwardsmp Authorised by M Edwards, 8 Panton Street, Golden Square. This material has been produced by Maree Edwards MP using her Parliament’s Electorate Office & Communications budget.


RSVP to by Friday 10th November for catering purposes

A rose by any other name... My moniker is Monica I’m Monica the Monitor I monitor Veronica Who plays a mean harmonica (Mostly opera by Honegger) Beneath a small japonica Where there’s no room for a monitor Or even a goanna. My moniker is Monica I’m Monica the Monitor I can’t monitor Veronica Playing airs on her harmonica Beneath that small japonica Where there’s no room for a monitor. I’ll find someone else to monitor Someone who plays pianna. My moniker is Monica I’m Monica the monitor. I saw mathmagician Kroneker; He didn’t need a monitor. According to The Chronicle He wore a gold-rimmed monocle, And a top hat comi-conical, In a very stylish manna. My moniker is Monica I’m Monica the monitor. Rejected by Veronica Of zero use to Kroneker. I cannot stand japonica. I hate the damned harmonica. Smash all words that end in “’-oniker”! I just need a heavy spanna.

An old dog in the night

P o e t r y

Dogdoor slamming sends our sweet dreams flying As dear, deaf-blind, forgetful – But always unforgettable - Kelly the Kelpie Returns from her midnight garden tour. She finds the battered bowl of cold porridge – Carefully placed offering to an ancient deity – She eats, noisily nosing her midnight snack Across the back patio pavers. Replete, Kelly the Kelpie shakes herself, Rattles her collar, settles into bed And the welcoming arms of Dog-Lethe. Meantime we lie here, silently seething. Too soon we may weep... David Watson 2017.

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David Watson 2017.


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Dear Marie, We would like to sincerely thank you for your services and support in allowing us to use the Chewton Town Hall for The JLF Trek VIC 2017. The event was a fantastic success! Over 100 participants hiked 75km along the Goldfields Track, Castlemaine in the name of bowel cancer prevention. Our event raised awareness about bowel cancer while our participants enjoyed the camaraderie and what nature had to offer over two-adventure filled days. Our JLF Trek ended with a celebration party at the finish line with food, drinks and music. We have raised over $ 121,000 so far, which we are very proud of. Our aim is to eliminate bowel cancer in Australia, by empowering people to take active steps to prevent bowel cancer and live healthy lives. Your generosity and support enables us to continue the work we do, making a difference in the lives of so many Australian families. Warm regards, Nick Lee Founder & CEO


“Every artist was first an amateur” Ralph Waldo Emerson

what’s on? Lot 19 21 October to 5 November Open weekends 12 - 5pm SPRING SCULPTURE PRIZE

Seedpod at the Phee In 2017, Punctum’s renowned Seedpod residency program extends to the Phee. Seedpod artists create new forms of performance and share adventure with audiences in exciting ways. The residencies assist creators to shape their practice while inviting audiences to influence the next direction of their new work. Be part of what takes a first step to a next step. Share your thoughts at the post presentation hosted conversations. Refresh your ideas while you help sow the seeds of great, new performance. Watch this space..... More information: 5471 1795

Merging the Wonders of Art with the Beauty of Garden The 2017 Spring Mica Grange Open Garden Sculpture Exhibition brings together the creative works of 18 sculptors exhibiting more than 60 small and large creations across a wide range of mediums.

Chewton Town Hall A beautifully restored space available for events and use. (Because of the age of the building universal access is limited)

To discuss what you might need, what can be offered and the costs of hiring all or part of the hall...

contact 5472 2892 or


Set on the foothills of Mount Alexander with panoramic views across the Sutton Grange valley you can sit down and enjoy lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the deck after perusing the eclectic collection of artworks during your garden wander. In addition to the sculpture exhibition there is a large variety of garden art and plants giving visitors a vast array of creative ideas. Traditional gardens abundant with roses, Australian flora, Protea, rockeries, fairy garden, a large vegetable garden and orchard all set amid expansive lawns make Mica Grange an enticing and relaxing place to meander and enjoy the beauty of nature. Children, for whom entry is free, are most welcome. A special feature of

Local book lauded the garden is the expanded Fairy Garden village which sits under the old yellow box gum complete with fairies, fairy houses, fairy tables, trees, toadstools, plants and fantasy. The exhibition provides sculptors the opportunity to show their works in an idyllic garden setting. Open each weekend 21 October to 26 November plus Monday/Tuesday of Melbourne Cup. Group bookings available during the week. 373 Faraday - Sutton Grange Rd. Sutton Grange. Information: Ph. 54748262,

The 2017 Victorian Community History Awards were announced at the Arts Centre on the 16th of October. The category “Local History - Small Publication Award” was taken out by “Building Castlemaine: The Red Brick Legacy of H.D. McBean” by Robyn Lewis. This award recognises the best small, limited-run publication or e-book which features Victorian local, cultural or social history.

The Lot19 spring sculpture prize... ...has won the hearts of community arts leaders, artists from accomplished to emerging, and many thousands of visitors. With $6000 in prizes, the exhibition attracts a diversity of detailed, heartfelt and accomplished work. This is the 9th annual spring sculpture prize. Open for 3 weekends from October 21 to November 5, 12-5pm. Contact Mark: 0427 724 149 or email Lot19 Langslow street off Mcshannags Lane, off Langslow Street) Castlemaine.


Beginners & Progressive 10 week Courses available on Wednesday afternoon/evenings at the Chewton Town Hall Enrolments are open now, places are limited, and a place can only be secured with a deposit. “First in, best dressed”but it is possible to join the course at any time depending on availability.

For enquiries or enrolment forms please call Iris on (M) 0419 110 125 Courses running from October 11th to December 13th


Real Estate Round Up With Spring being a popular time to sell property it is a surprisingly short list of properties for sale this month. Here is the round up for November. Cantwell Real Estate: • 15 North St, 1950s, three bedroom weatherboard home on 4000sq meters of land. Subdivision potential (STCA). First time offered to market in 60 years. $449,000 Castlemaine Property Group: • 227 Main Rd, immaculate, comfortable 3 bedroom home with light filled living areas, established gardens and secure fencing. This home has a lovely outlook across the historical environs of Forest Creek. $465,000 • 4/585 Pyrenees Hwy, 1.9 hectares of land with planning approval, power at boundary, a small dam, shade trees and delightful views. $195.000

Chewton General Store...

Catering needed for an event? Drop into the Chewton Shop and discuss your needs with Janelle and Maree. Special quality double porcelain coffee keep-cups Dishwasher and microwave safe - $15.50 filled with your first coffee! Using a keep-cup saves you 30 cents on each coffee! Customer loyalty coffee cards are available too! • And don’t forget our special raisin toast and coffee • Or our egg and bacon toasties

Sprout bread available Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays! Hours 7:30 - 5:30 Mon-Fri 7.30 - 4:00 Sat 8:00 - 4:00 Sun

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Connallys Real Estate, Kyneton: 788 Vaughan Chewton Road, 3 acres with two homes, a great shed and a dam, the main home having 4 to 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The second home being a small cottage style dwelling. $500,000 Keogh Real Estate: • Lot 40, Section F2, Hoopers Rd, 102 acre private block with fabulous views, mostly natural bushland with three dams and a cleared area. $425,000 Waller Realty: • 195 Main Road, Modern, stylish 3 bedroom home on compact allotment. $379,000 • 2/85 Main Road, a 570 square meter block with level building site. Access to all town services. Asphalt driveway and established shade trees. $110,000 Buy My Place: • (Contact agent for address). One bedroom cottage in need of a spruce up, connected to all services, baltic pine flooring. Great weekender or extend (stca). Price undisclosed. The Estate Agent Ballarat: • 103 Golden Point Road, spacious and comfortable 3 bedroom home with additional self contained one bedroom unit, all set in a delightful garden setting adjacent to state forest. $450,000 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, $649,000 Jackie McMaster.

Chewton Domain Society As usual there were lots of agenda items to discuss at the October CDS Meeting – the town hall had been getting plenty of use and the committee members who are rostered on to keep everything in working order had been busy. Business included the approval of the membership of the Collection/People and Places Subcommittee to be Marie Jones (chair), Pat Healy, Jackie McMaster, Elaine Appleton, Marion Landy with Ken McKimmie and Allan Dry to be included in the reports. At the first meeting to be called, the discussion will be around what is in the collection and where it is housed. The query from the Australian Business Register about the CDS contact details will be followed up. The Chewton Post Office Conservation Management Plan is progressing, with a draft being sent to the committee for feedback. Some of the information is dependent on people’s memories as the documentation over many years is very limited. The CDS was only formed in 1996! The committee discussed the need to add to our history collection with more recent events for future recording of the local history. With the Chewton Community Plan Forum, it was agreed to advise MASC that the committee believed that the theme for the next forum on Monday 11 December 2017 should continue to be Footpaths and Trails. A letter of appreciation is to be sent to the Chewton Primary School for their donation of $100 for the use of the town hall for the children’s art exhibition. A letter of thanks was sent to Glen Harrison for his continued support especially as he has offered to continue to help with membership matters despite no longer being on the CDS committee. Membership approval letters were also sent to the new members. The financial report showed a balance as at 8.10.2017 of $25,259.98 with accounts for approved for payment leaving a balance of $25,043.85. Committed funds are Chewton Community Plan Grant $1,090 and the air/ con $2,000.00 with the donation of $1,000 towards the Chewton PO CMP being paid in first instalment of $2,695. A further donation of $1,000 will be used for the PO Conservation Management Plan. A donation of $50 that was suggested to provide cushions for the town hall chairs from one of the recent visitors caused a lively discussion.

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A report was made to the committee on the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria’s conference held recently in Traralgon with samples of the diversity of newspapers being produced by communities across the state. It was then reported that it would be possible for the December and January Chats to be printed at the Copy Centre before its closure towards the end of December. Future printing suggestions were to check out the newsprint style and costs, and now that the CNAV conference is over, a Chat Subcommittee meeting will be called to discuss future production/printing arrangements. Plans are underway for the annual commemoration of the Monster Meeting on site, including speeches from appropriate politicians, telling the Monster Meeting story in words and music, poetry, songs, displays. Plans are to begin the on-site activity around 2.30 with the ‘meeting’ to begin at 4. There will be more seating/marquees with food and drink beforehand. Approval is being sought to have a gold mining related display by the Miners and Prospectors Association (and possibly the Maldon Machinery Museum) in the Town Hall and Ellery Park on the Friday/Saturday. Anyone interested in wishing to help with these plans please contact Pat on After a recent phone call from the Chewton CWA president, Marie Jones met with both the president and secretary to chat about their interest in Chewton and how they would like to work with the community. They have booked the hall for their AGM on Tuesday 21st November. The next CDS Management Committee meeting is on the 20th of November at 7 p.m. in the Chewton Town Hall.

2017 CNAV Awards 12th Annual





the voice of the community

the voice of the community



Saturday 14 October, 2017 Traralgon Century Inn, Traralgon

The 2017 Community Newspaper Association of Victoria CNAV has CNAV been held in Traralgon. (CNAV) conference An annual awards ceremony is part of the proceedings. Local success stories were the Blackwood Times – editor Jinny Coyle was in Chewton recently to launch our new www. website. And the Great Gisborne Gazette team pulled off a stack of awards after an amazing year! 1


the voice of the community


the voice of the community



Post Office Hill and the Action Group (POHAG)

In August 2006 the Chewton Urban Design Framework draft showed existing crown land in Chewton that could be made available for medium density residential development and small scale business/retail development. A large area on Post Office Hill and two pockets in the Wattle Gully area were marked this way. An on site meeting of fifteen concerned people took place at Post Office Hill as a result. It was decided to form a Post Office Hill Action Group to seek retention of this public land because of its cultural and environmental importance. These were evisaged as… * Cultural heritage significance - its name comes from the gold rush of 1851/52 when the hill was the focal point for one of the world’s greatest gold rushes (eg. Sunday was the great day of gathering on old Post Office Hill. Thousands of diggers made it a practice to meet on this spot and obtain the only newspaper then known on Forest Creek, viz., the “Melbourne Argus”which arrived every Sunday morning on a pack-horse). * Natural re-vegetation is very pronounced and special hakea, acacia, eucalypt, grasses etc. * Birdlife and wildlife of exceptional quality. * Weed control can be managed through current Landcare practices, in conjunction with DELWP. * An ideal situation to be a buffer zone between the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage park and township land. * The ability to present an education experience due to the advanced state of natural re-vegetation and geological surface exposures. This could be done in partnership with Chewton Primary School which adjoins the area. * Its own intrinsic character, marking the transition from Township land to the full canopy cover of Box Ironbark Forest. * An ideal range of topography and heritage features for creating walking tracks to provide recreation for different types of users. * Great scenic amenity. * Its own place in our gold rush history and that its management by local residents would be a great community strengthening project. So it was that the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) granted the Chewton community a licence to manage a significant area of crown land through

the centre of the township. Approximately 22.5 hectares of Post Office Hill is now managed by a committee of Chewton residents and friends. That was 2008. The committee still meets monthly and manages constantly… and the 2017 AGM has just been held.

The president’s report outlined the previous year’s progress… • • • • • •

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Funding for weed control and revegetation works came through a grant from the Threatened Species Program of DELWP. With assistance by a Landmate group from Loddon Prison, phascogale nesting boxes were installed. Nesting box monitoring took place with Connecting Country and Chewton School participating. Landcare co-ordinator Asha Bannon assisted in grant awareness and applications. Chewton Landcare gave POHAG the opportunity to be included in a joint grant application. Chewton School participated in the POHAG “orienteering” event, a community walk on Old Post Office Hill, visiting a diggings site, and planting then “guarding” app. 150 understorey plants east of the carpark The year’s highlight was a sugar glider that was disturbed during a monitoring activity. It rushed out of its box, rapidly scrambled to the top of a neighbouring tree, then launched itself spreading its four legs to paraglide quite a distance to a third tree - breathtaking! POHAG is indebted to Parks Victoria for the availability of The Green Army team for attacking emerging gorse, preparing holes and planting. Thanks also go to Bushco and Michael Blake, reliable

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contractors who continue to respond to requests for assistance with weed control and fire hazard reduction. POHAG members assisted in a working bee at Ellery Park as a thank you to the Chewton Domain Society for the use of Chewton Town Hall for meetings. Thanks to Rob at the Chewton Post Office who manages the key for the removable, lockable bollards installed in Hunter Street. The agencies and organisations with whom we operate have advised and assisted - DELWP, Parks Victoria, Mount Alexander Shire, Loddon Prison, North Central CMA and Connecting Country. Collating information about Old Post Office Hill and the initiatives undertaken since POHAG began. Associated with this is the production of an introductory brochure, a project being supported by Beverley Bloxham and cartographer Jayse Haysom. And ahead lies continued weed control measures, limited revegetation, design and installation of specific sites signage and combatting illegal dumping at the site. In concluding, president Ian O’Halloran thanked all members of POHAG for their support, and thanked John Leavesley for his input as Secretary/Treasurer.

POHAG is always looking for and welcomes any interested people to join and help determine the future of Old Post Office Hill. It is only $5 for a family membership! And the AGM? Ian O’Halloran (President), Robert Mawson (Vice-President) and John Leavesley (Secretary/ Treasurer) were all re-elected to their postions.

Going places...

Hey, sighted this van in Chewton the other day. And, guess what? Tori’s Pooch Parlour has got tails wagging everywhere - and tongues too! A van for all seasons! And aren’t the customers happy? Great to see effort and initiative rewarded.

Fire season ready?

With a high risk of bushfires predicted by forecasters this summer, Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging all property owners to prepare their properties for the Fire Danger Period. “How you prepare your property helps to protect the lives and properties of others from the threat of fire,” said Luke Ryan, Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council. “Dried undergrowth vegetation from last year means that on hot, dry, windy days, fires will start and spread quickly. This means it’s important to get prepared now.” To prepare your property for the Fire Danger Period, make sure that you undertake the following over the next few weeks: • Mow or slash grass below 75mm on your residential property • Remove leaves from gutters and stacks of wood, rubbish or branches from near your home. • Check your insurance. If you own a rural property you should also: • Create a 10-20 metre wide fire break around the boundary of your property by cutting or • slashing grass and weeds below 75mm. This is particularly important for boundaries of paddocks that adjoin residential and woodlands. • Cut or slash grass on a 30 metre radius around your house and other assets (including your neighbours’). To assist residents to prepare for the fire season Council is offering free green waste disposal at the Castlemaine and Maldon waste disposal centres from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 12 November. Accepted materials include tree prunings, garden clippings, grass and leaf litter (no weeds). See the article on page 27. “We urge everyone to make the most of this free green waste disposal period and clean up your property now,” said Mr Ryan. Fire prevention inspections start in November, with the aim to identify properties that need to reduce vegetation or fuel loads to reduce the risk of fire. Council prioritises inspections north of the shire and will move south. The initial focus is on rural properties close to towns. “These properties are targeted because they are the ones that can significantly reduce the likelihood of a bushfire moving from farms or rural locations into more densely populated areas,” said Mr Ryan. “We’re waiting for confirmation from the CFA about when the fire restrictions will start in Mount Alexander Shire, but we expect them to be in place by late November, early December. Residents are reminded to monitor the CFA website for announcements on when the fire restrictions will commence locally.”

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The Guideposts of Chewton Sometimes, when the family drove home at night through Elephant Pass, our parents put mattresses in the back of the ute with lambswool blankets and crumby biscuits and us children would lie staring up at the noisy, frozen universe whilst hurtling head first into a future that was risky but temporarily free of grownups, whose dumbshow might have been visible through the back window if we could only sit up. There were few satellites, no footprints on the moon and not all of the children were exhilarated; one, anxious about his fate, counted imaginary guideposts to peg his uneasy journey. The unseen whiteness of the posts might have modified the faint flicker of the tail-light’s redness bouncing off gum barks like a radio fading in and out but it was enough to get you home. It’s easy to count The Guideposts of Chewton, for they are currently highlighted by rectangular patches of dead stuff. For some time now it has been standard practice for roadside managers to spray around posts and difficultto-mow spots. As roadside infrastructure increases, so too does the amount of vegetation treated with glyphosate. A glance at the new safety barriers along the Calder Freeway will reveal long strips of completely dead vegetation in and around them, and at some places, such as the Kyneton Bypass, the grasses around posts have been replaced by

glyphosate resistant weeds such as Cape Weed and Wild Turnip. This surely indicates the folly and short sightedness of using glyphosate as a substitute for mowing or brushcutting. Every time a herbicide is used the process of natural selection is sped up and there will always be a time when a herbicide’s use becomes ineffective in a particular place. With indiscriminate usage of glyphosate such as we see on our roadsides that time is hurtling towards us at breakneck speed and will eventually join the dots to other places. All certified users of herbicide understand that its use must be part of a management plan which includes its phasing out and that its use is conditional on other avenues being exhausted. Neither of these guidelines are observed with roadside spraying. Its easy to see why this is happening. Traffic Management regulations say that a manual operator (brushcutter) on a roadside must keep a specified distance from the road or slow the traffic down. Other guidelines might say that guideposts cannot be obscured by vegetation and others might say something about fire hazard. Alternatives are more expensive, but in reality, the cheapness and the stop-gap effectiveness of herbicide is merely borrowing without consultation from our children’s future. Fritz Hammersley.

Playing pool in Chewton... It’s a dog’s life when no one has time to play ball! And there was no time. Chewton pool opens later in November and there’s much to do. In a great community effort, people of all ages kept rolling in to help – and Chewton CFA personnel were there with specialised equipment and even more specialised skills. And the new Pool Manager and the new Operations Manager were on hand – along with last year’s overall manager. Jasmine just can’t stay away!


Sunday 12 November 2017 Chewton Swimming Pool AGM at the Pool BBQ from midday and a 1pm meeting.

Locked up and secure... It was an article in the Waranga News that started this… the old Rushworth Lock-up that left for Tongala in 1915 has been returned! And haven’t we got a similar story in Chewton? In the park next to the Town Hall sits a goldfields Lock-up too. Chewton Lock-up (circa 1860s) was used at the Chewton Police station, according to local memory, until the station closed around the end of World War Two. Until 1994, it was located in the backyard of the police residence which was in Cribbes Street behind the town hall. It went to the Chewton tip from there… and the story of its resurrection and placement in the park is told in a display of photographs mounted on the walls inside the Lock-up. History saved…and, hey, look at the state of the town hall in 1994! More history saved?

Visiting Vaughan with the Castlemaine Camera Club Let’s just say, cemeteries aren’t my favourite places. But they are usually peaceful spots that offer some camera-inviting aspects. Vaughan Cemetery turned out to be that way too – with graves of long-interred Chinese, of locals and a recent one of historian and folk-singing legend Danny Spooner. Creative graves, traditional ones, ornate and simple – all adding to the jig-saw puzzle that is Vaughan’s history. And the dramatic erosion that runs through the cemetery, and edges it, brings on thoughts of a less than timeless burial ground. That thought makes photographing the here and now essential…


Chewton 100 years ago 100 Years Ago – November 1917 Kyneton Guardian, Thursday 1 November 1917. METCALFE COUNCIL NOTES. General Expenses. A prolonged debate took place at the meeting of the Metcalfe Council on Tuesday upon a motion submitted according to notice by Cr. McMillan to the effect that, in future, the general expenses be paid pro rata upon the valuations of the various ridings, instead of, as at present, pro rata upon the revenue of the ridings. In support of the motion the Chewton Riding members claimed that it was unfair that they, having a rate of 1/9 in the £1, should be called upon to pay general expenses pro rata upon that, whereas the other ridings were contributing only on a 1/ rate. They also contended that they had to pay on the revenue collected for sanitary service, which the other ridings, having no such service, escaped altogether. The members for the North and West Ridings opposed the motion on the grounds that it meant that these two ridings would be carrying the smaller ridings “on their backs.” They contended that, when the Chewton representatives visited Metcalfe with a view to amalgamation, they gave an emphatic promise that they were not coming “cap in hand,” that they would be able to finance themselves, and that they would never be a burden in any way to the other ridings. Now they we’re practically in a state of insolvency and were manoeuvring to get their financial burdens borne by the other ridings. The Chewton members denied any such intention, and maintained that the payment of the general expenses on a valuation basis was fair to every riding. The motion was eventually carried, those voting for it being the President and Crs. McMillan, Sargent, McKnight, Matson, O’Grady, and Archbold, against Crs. Pritchard, Salathiel, Donovan, McNiff and Dole. Castlemaine Mail, Thursday 1 November 1917. DISTRICT CORRESPONDENCE CHEWTON. The anniversary of St. John’s Church of England will be celebrated by a concert in the Red Hill Hall on Saturday night, and three services in the church on Sunday, the Bishop of Bendigo preaching at the evening service. The house-removing industry is still flourishing here, and houses continue to go. It is to be hoped there will be a decided slump in this industry from now on. A novel but decidedly successful method of fishing was put into practice on Monday evening by Mr T. A. Ottery. From the creek at the rear of his residence he landed a 3½lb. rainbow trout with a hay fork. A fishing line is now unnecessary when a hay fork is handy. The fish measured 18 inches from tip to tip. People are asking if they still adopt the out-of-date fishing line, sinker, etc., at Elphinstone?


Castlemaine Mail, Saturday 3 November 1917. FUNERAL NOTICE. THE friends of Mrs Elizabeth Norton are respectfully invited to follow the remains of her late beloved husband (Mr John Norton) to the place of interment, the Chewton Cemetery. The cortege will move from her residence. “Cawdor,” Albert Street, Wattle Gully, Chewton, THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON. at 4 o’clock p.m. NIEBUHR AND SON, Undertakers. Castlemaine Mail, Wednesday 7 November 1917. MINING INTELLIGENCE FIND AT FRANCIS ORMOND. What promises to be an important discovery has taken place on the Francis Ormond lease at Chewton. Messrs Miller and Endall have been engaged sluicing in Forest Creek, which runs through the Ormond lease. In the old Ormond workings on the bank of the creek, some fairly rich gold bearing leaders have been uncovered, but the main discovery is a reef 4ft. in width, carrying nice gold, uncovered near the dredge site. Some good specimens have already been taken from this reef, and it looks as if it will be a consistent gold producer. A lease of the area has been applied for, and a start will soon be made to thoroughly test the stone. Everyone will wish the party the best of luck. The mine will be known as the New Francis Ormond. Glen Harrison.

Message from Elaine... This photo was taken by Maryanne Murdoch for my 80th birthday. My 2 daughters Maryanne and Wendy have written about me and my work. Unfortunately, this arrived after the October Chat deadline.



NOVEMBER, 2017 Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday

4 Glen 5 Irene 11 Frank 12 Elaine 18 Rose 19 Allan 25 Glen 26 Marion

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.

Council offers free green waste disposal To help residents prepare their homes and properties for the fire season, Mount Alexander Shire Council is offering free green waste disposal to local residents for 16 days. Mount Alexander Shire residents will be able to dispose of green waste at the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities at no cost from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 12 November – which includes three weekends. “Residents have an important role to play to reduce the risk of bushfires,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council. “We are encouraging residents to take advantage of the free green waste disposal period to clear their property of fire hazards ahead of the declared Fire Danger Period. This is a great time to get outdoors and pull out the weeds, mow the lawns, clear your gutters and prune overhanging branches to ensure you have a clear fire break around your home.” During this time residents can drop off garden waste such as grass, sticks and branches during normal operating hours. Green waste must be free of contaminants such as rubbish and declared noxious weeds, and emptied from plastic bags prior to disposal. Proof of residence in the shire will be required on entry. Normal green waste fees will apply to businesses or residents acting on behalf of businesses. Loads containing items other than green waste will be charged accordingly. Normal gate fees will apply before and after the free 16 day period. What green waste will be accepted? • Grass clippings (no declared noxious weeds) • Natural wood and tree branches (less than 100mm diameter) For more information and frequently asked questions visit For tips on vegetation removal visit For more tips on preparing your property ahead of the Fire Danger Period visit the Council’s fire prevention page at

Low cost compost bins a hit! More than 350 households in Mount Alexander Shire have taken up the opportunity to buy a low-cost compost bin and help reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. Mount Alexander Shire Council began offering residents 220 litre compost bins for $20 in July. The initiative has been so popular that Council has ordered more bins to meet demand. “It is great to see so many people getting on board and composting their kitchen scraps rather than throwing them in the bin destined for landfill,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council. “There are plenty more bins available and we encourage everyone to head to the Castlemaine Waste Facility and pick up a compost bin for only $20.” Residents who purchased a bin earlier this year are now eligible to purchase a second bin with proof of shire residency. Each bin comes with a free compost aerator tool. “We know that most people who have bought a compost bin through this program are using it to recycle absolutely all of their food scraps,” said Mr. Bowman. “We hope that even more residents will take up this opportunity to buy a bin and compost their food scraps at home.” When organic material is removed from the waste stream it reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and helps Council to deliver on its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. For more information visit

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Time to have your say on the Botanical Gardens Mount Alexander Shire Council is seeking community input to help shape the management and conservation of the much loved Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Council is developing a conservation management plan (CMP) that will include recommendations and an action plan to protect significant natural and cultural features at the gardens. As a first step, Council would like to hear from park users on what they value about the much loved gem and what they consider important for the future management of the gardens. “The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens are among the oldest in Victoria and are popular with visitors and residents of all ages,” said Rebecca Stockfeld, Acting Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council. “The 19th century gardens are home to an impressive collective of native and exotic trees, as well as individual specimens. A huge English Oak planted by the Duke of Edinburgh more than 150 years ago is growing within the award-winning playground. The picnic facilities are a drawcard for families and the well maintained paths attract walkers and joggers alike.” The heritage-listed gardens which span approximately 28 hectares feature formal garden beds, original features such as oak and elm avenues, Lake Joanna, the former tea rooms, a fountain and a meandering creek. To get involved, complete the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens survey via the Have Your Say section of Council’s website by Friday 12 November. Hard copies are also available at the Civic Centre and library in Castlemaine. The CMP will include a conservation works plan for significant buildings and landscapes, a maintenance schedule and weed management plans to retain the significance of the botanical gardens into the future. The draft conservation management plan will go on public exhibition in early 2018. Taken from a Press Release. Photograph by Richard Baxter


Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging local residents to have a say on how it can improve services and facilities to help people get active. Let us know how we can improve local parks, reserves, and other recreational facilities to suit your needs when it comes to staying active. “We would like to know the what, where, and when of how residents stay active to help shape our recreation services plan,” said Ben Grounds, Manager Community Places and Spaces. “There are so many different ways that people can stay active whether it be walking, running, cycling, dancing, tai chi or working out at the local gym. We are keen to understand more about where people exercise, and if they enjoy fitness activities alone, with friends, or as part of a group. All these factors are important when trying to determine where to best invest our efforts to promote healthy active living in the shire and provide suitable facilities.” Get involved by completing a five minute survey via the Have your Say section of Council’s website by 24 November 2017. Residents can also pick up a hard copy of the recreation survey at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library or community centres. Your feedback will be used to develop a Recreation Services and Infrastructure Plan to guide the future investment in local sports and recreation facilities, considering current and future needs and participation. Council is working with local sports groups, clubs and committees to complete a review of participation levels and sports facilities in the shire. This will ensure Council manages facilities to help people get and stay active. The draft plan is expected to go on public exhibition in 2018. The project is supported by a grant from the Department of Sport & Recreation Victoria (SRV). For more information contact Jacquie Phiddian, Team Leader Active Communities, on 5471 1700. Taken from a Press Release.

Council and LGBTIQ community meet

Nominations called for local young achievers

LGBTIQ community members and Mount Alexander Shire Council have met to continue discussions regarding the possible formation of a LGBTIQ Roundtable. The concept of the LGBTIQ Roundtable was endorsed at the September 2017 Council meeting as a way for Council to develop an informed position on how to support LGBTIQ equality. Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin thanked members of our LGBTIQ community and their allies for their hard work to date. “Members of the LGBTIQ community and their allies have already been enormously helpful in building a greater understanding in Council of the challenges still faced by LGBTIQ people and how we can help,” said Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire. “The meeting on 11 October was a terrific initiative by a number of LGBTIQ community members and allies and we plan to meet again in late November to progress our discussions on what we could achieve together if a roundtable proceeds. We would not be having these conversations without their strong leadership. While our goal is to achieve sustained and genuine equality for our LGBTIQ community, and we know that this will take time, we also appreciate that support is needed in the lead-up to the outcome of the same sex marriage postal survey and what follows. The type of support options, strategies and actions that will be undertaken are still being explored. Clear and firm outcomes are yet to be determined, however Council is actively reviewing this.” Mayor Machin emphasised Mount Alexander Shire Council supports equality for all members of the community. “There is simply no place for discrimination of any kind in our community - we reflect this in our Council Plan, in our policies and this is an example of us putting this position into action. We can’t thank enough everyone who has been involved to date for their dedication and passion towards making this community a truly supportive, safe and inclusive one for everyone. We also want to sincerely thank all members of the community who have taken the time to either write to Council to share their thoughts or have spoken up regarding equality for everyone in our community.” Taken from a Press Release.

Nominations have been called for outstanding young people from across Northern Victoria for the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever Awards. Every day, many outstanding young people are going out of their way to make our community a better place, the Young Achiever Awards provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate the efforts of young Victorians who are making a real difference in our community. This award specifically recognises young people who have worked together to provide a service, program or project for young people that has resulted in positive changes in a local community. The Victorian Young Achiever Awards are open to people aged up to 29 years. the awards cover 10 categories including regional and rural health, community service, arts and fashion, and small business achievement. Each category winner receives $2,000 and a trophy. The Victorian Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $2,000 flight voucher and a state trophy. Award nominations are now open and close on 18 December, 2017. For more information or to nominate a young achiever, visit Taken from a Press Release.

And speaking of young achievers...

From next month the CNAV logo that appears on the front page of the Chat will change. A new logo was unveiled at the recent CNAV Conference, and designer Tim Croucher was happy to be photographed with them. Tim hails from Tallangatta, and the Tallangatta Herald started his journey. Tim joined the CNAV committee in 2013 and has since been studying at Swinburne University.


Come on a walking tour of Fryerstown Castlemaine District Community Health’s next walking tour will be in Fryerstown on Wednesday the 29th of November at 10am. The tour leader will be local historian Margaret Callister. All are welcome to attend this free walk, and bookings are not required. Meet at the old Fryerstown School (5 Camp Street, Fryerstown) at 10am for this one hour walking tour. The tour is suitable for people of all fitness levels as the easy walk will have many stops along the way. Castlemaine District Community Health is pleased to be offering this tour which has been achieved with limited resources to make a genuine difference to the health and social wellbeing of our community. The walk will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Phone Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 for further information. Taken from a Press Release.

Cactus warriors break for summer We had our last field day for 2017 on 29 October and will be in recess over the hot snaky months of summer and autumn. As a wind-up for the year we will still get together on Sunday 26 November, but it will be for a social gathering and a final ‘chat and chew’ barbecue. The venue hasn’t been decided yet, but members will be notified by email; or ring Ian Grenda on 0412 015 807.

FIELD NATS VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS AND EXCURSIONS Fri Nov 10th - Meeting with speaker IAN HIGGINS on Chilean Needlegrass and other bush weeds

Sat Nov 11th - Field trip - Stipoid weeds in the CBG with Marg Panter Ordinary membership: Single $30, Family $40, Pensioner or student: Single $25, Family $30. Subscription includes postage of the monthly newsletter, Castlemaine Naturalist. General meetings - (second Friday of each month, except January) are held in the Uniting Church (UCA) Hall (enter from Lyttleton St.) at 7.30 pm. Field Trips - (Saturday following the general meeting) leave from the car park opposite Castle Motel, Duke Street at 1.30pm sharp unless stated otherwise. BYO afternoon tea. Outdoor excursions are likely to be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. There are NO excursions on total fire ban days.


Our first field day in 2018 will be on Sunday 27 May. Watch this space!


The Maker’s Sessions with live music from The New Settlers Sunday December 3rd 2017 2 - 4pm Chewton Town Hall Entry by donation Join us for a relaxing afternoon of craft/art making to a live music soundtrack from The New Settlers. Bring your own knitting, hand sewing, drawing etc., be inspired by our guided book making session or just come to join fellow makers for an afternoon cuppa and to listen to the music.

All welcome (incl. little makers) Contact or for any further details.


Wesley Hill Community Market Every Saturday Now 9am – 2.00pm An old fashioned Country Market Opposite the Albion Hotel New stallholders always welcome.

Call the Market Manager

0418 117 953

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ELPHO JAM SESSIONS You are invited to our monthly Jam Sessions at Elphinstone These sessions are informal get-togethers of people who want to make some music and have some fun! Aimed at the over 50’s, but open to all.

Saturday Sessions (1:00pm – 4:00pm, 3rd Saturday of the month) Electric Blues, R’n’B, ‘60s, Rock & more…. Thursday Sessions (10:30am – 1:00pm, 2nd Thursday of the month) Jazz, Traditional, World, Acoustic, Folk & more…. For more information:



It’s mid-Spring, and feeling more like it We are coming up to Cup Day, not long now to that one day in the year when there are no more frosts and it’s safe to plant out the tomatoes; or is it? The broad beans are starting to turn from flowers to beans (at last), beetroots are jumping out of the soil, and the garlic is looking ready to brown off. Nearly time to see how well it has grown this year. There is no question that the grass has been growing more quickly, nor that many of us are out there doing our best to keep it under control. A quick peek at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) site to check their view, reveals change. They say that, verbatim: “The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently neutral. However, models suggest the tropical Pacific Ocean will continue to cool, making the chance of a La Niña forming in late 2017 at least 50%”. That is around double the normal likelihood. While this means the Bureau’s ENSO Outlook has shifted to La Niña WATCH, rainfall outlooks remain neutral due to competing climate drivers. They seem to be saying that with a fifty percent chance of a La Niña event we cannot necessarily expect rain. That the other six or seven climate models are mixed or showing slight changes in sea water temperatures. That the Pacific and Indian Oceans are not acting in concert. Mention is made however that a weak chance of a La Niña event can lead to heatwaves in southeast Australia. Better keep the mowing going.

As if in spite of the threat of a La Niña event, we have had very little rain this month. The rather meagre seventeen (17) millimetres arrived almost wholly over one twenty-four hour period in the middle of the month. Probably not as much as gardeners and fruit-growers would have liked just now. But, October is a typically unpredictable spring month. The feeling of spring has been most enhanced by the rising daytime temperature. This October average has risen to a little more than 21 degrees Celsius, some six degrees higher than last month. The highest daytime temperature was 31 degrees Celsius. I have recorded thirteen days of more than 20 degrees C. and two greater than 30 degrees. In addition, we had two more days where the temperature reached exactly 20 degrees C. Not surprisingly, the month’s mode was also 20 degrees. The lowest daytime temperature was sixteen (16) degrees Celsius, with no shortage of 17, 18 and 19 degree days. Our overnight temperatures struggled to get going early in the month, the month’s lowest overnight being just 1 degree Celsius. Only few night-time ‘double-digit’ temperatures were recorded in the first three weeks, but 14, 15 and 16 degrees C. at the end of the month. The average overnight temperature for the month advanced from 5.95 degrees to 8.7 degrees, with a mode of 10 degrees C. John Leavesley

Calendar of Events Nov 4th Nov 7th Nov 10th Nov 11th Nov 12th Nov 12th Nov 15th Nov 20th Nov 21st Nov 21st Nov 23rd

Chewton Community BBQ 6 p.m., Ellery Park – see page 16. Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. The Twilight Artist’s Festival 5 p.m., Chewton Primary School – see page 13. Remembrance Day service 10.45 a.m. Usual spot despite the damage! Enter from the pool side. POHAG Meeting 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. Chewton Pool AGM midday BBQ, 1 p.m. AGM – see page 10. Local Weeds Workshop 6 p.m. Chewton Community Centre – see page 16. Chewton Domain Society Man. Com. Meeting 7 p.m. Chewton Town Hall. Chewton Phoenix CWA AGM 6 p.m., Chewton Town Hall. MAS Council Meeting 6.30 p.m. Civic Centre, Castlemaine. Deadline for the December Chewton Chat.

Nov 24th Chewton Pool opens. Nov 29th Nov 30th

Walking Tour of Fryerstown 10 a.m., Old Fryerstown School see page 30. Folding the Chewton Chat, 2.30 p.m., Chewton Town Hall.

A Powerful Owl... There’s a great story behind these three photos... but that’s for next month. NBN has died the morning the Chat is to be printed so the story is inaccessable. So next month instead - if the NBN is co-operative... The story is on Facebook though.


Chewton Chat November 2017  

Tasting Chai,Kavisha Mazzella coming to the Monster Meeting, 2 local businesses, the hirsute of Chewton's past brought out for Movember, Fro...

Chewton Chat November 2017  

Tasting Chai,Kavisha Mazzella coming to the Monster Meeting, 2 local businesses, the hirsute of Chewton's past brought out for Movember, Fro...