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Spring brings myriad festivals and shows Wow. How lucky are we. So many events This edition you’ll notice The Local has leapt up to 28 pages with loads of photos, to attend coming up. There’s the Daylesford Art Show, the new Daylesford Photography Show, the Swiss Italian Festa, the Bullarto Goat Festival, the Daylesford Swing Band and the Daylesford Show. The only problem is how to get to them all. And if that’s your biggest problem, you’re probably doing OK. And thanks upfront to all those who spend their valuable time helping out behind the scenes to make these events happen. It takes hundreds of hours and many meetings to make it look like everything just happens seamlessly. This issue of The Local also comes together thanks to many people offering their time to help with things like making up advertisements, checking all the words - and there’s lots of them, and plenty of encouragement. Glen Heyne, who is featured on page 13 of this edition, has been an absolute champion for The Local. From the start Glen offered encouragement and then fabulous practical skills on design and layout. So thanks again Glen. You are much appreciated.

stories and advertisements. We guess this means you like what you are reading - and that’s great. Keep the news coming in, let us know your events in advance and if you want to spread the word about your business, give us a call and let’s talk. Oh, if you see a photo you like, they are for sale at very reasonable prices. If you want to get in touch email or call us on 5348 7883. Anyway, enough from us. Once again we really enjoyed putting together this edition of The Local. We hope you enjoy reading it too. By the way, our main delivery points are Tonna’s, Daylesford’s Bendigo Bank, Tricycle Cafe and Cyclery and the Hepburn General Store. But you’ll also find copies around cafes and hotels. And we’re online at Enjoy! Donna Kelly - Editor 5348 7883

Again, special thanks to: Publishers - Donna Kelly & Kyle Barnes Photography - Kyle Barnes Sales - Donna Kelly, Kyle Barnes Graphic design - Glen Heyne Contributors - Darren Lowe Sub-editing - Nick Bunning & Lindsay Smith (Front cover image - Father Andrew Eaton and Raffi, at the Blessing of the Animals at Glenlyon. Photo by Kyle Barnes. More photos - p15.)

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Just briefly... New routes for bus Bookings are now open for two new routes for the Daylesford & District Community Bus.

The new routes are Franklinford/ Yandoit/Clydesdale (Thursdays) and Musk/Bullarto/Trentham (Wednesdays). The community bus will pick up from the door and drops off at four stops in Daylesford. It arrives in Daylesford at 10.30am and leaves at 1pm. Bookings are essential on 1300 443 534 and must be made before 5pm two days before travelling. A gold coin donation is requested.

Biodiversity Lecture

Happy Birthday Noeline Actor and comedian Noeline Brown, pictured above with Di Bretherton, left, and Robyn Lawrence, right,was guest speaker at the U3A Hepburn Shire’s annual meeting earlier this month. The Logie winner and star of the Mavis Bramston Show, Blankety Blanks and The Naked Vicar Show, has worked tirelessly for arts organisations and children with special needs. She was appointed Australia’s first Ambassador for Ageing in 2008, for a three-year term, which was extended for a second term. U3A Hepburn Shire president Di Bretherton said Ms Brown, who was celebrating her 75th birthday, “gave an excellent speech focusing on positive health promotion in the third age”. “While the future of older people is sometimes treated as a matter of doom, Noeline used humour and grace to get her message across and involve the audience in discussion. “There was a lively debate about the use of computers, with the full spectrum of views represented. While some members of the audience wouldn’t touch ‘machines’, Noeline explained that her computer was her best friend and helped her to write her memoirs in three months, a task that would have taken years by longhand. “At 75 years young she is highly involved in a number of organisations, suggesting that volunteering keeps us young, still beautiful and a picture of vibrant health and taking on new challenges like ‘Dancing with the Stars’.”

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Wombat Forestcare is holding its next “You, Me & Biodiversity 2013 Lecture Series” on October 19.

The event will be about the ongoing research project into three nocturnal species – tawny frogmouth, southern boobook and Australian owlet-nightjar. Guest speaker Marian Weaving will speak at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre from 1pm to 3pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Bookings: 5424 1354.

Francophiles are being gathered by U3A Hepburn Shire – for an inaugural “France – Life and Language” meeting on Tuesday, October 22.

David Hall said the group was keen to hear from people interested in the French way of life, the language, films, visits to France, food and culture. The meeting will be at the Daylesford Senior Citizens rooms. Details: Mr Hall on 5348 2872 or

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Dee Waterhouse, right, and Helga Hart, below, are two of the artists opening their studios in November.

Artists set to open their studio doors Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios will see artists across the region open their doors, for the second time, on November 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10.

Ostapkowicz, Jeremy Barrett, Kim Barter, Helga Hart, Russell Petherbridge, Colleen Weste, Ellie Young, Bridget Bodenham, Alison Cowan, Bridget Farmer, Lawrence Finn, Sarah Gabriel, Jackie Gorring, Frances Studio doors from Basalt, Yandoit, Guerin, Frances Harkin, Anton Hassell, Tim Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Musk, Wheatsheaf, Glenlyon, Lyonville, Trentham, Jones, George Lianos, Maxine McKee, Fiona Woodend, Mt Macedon, Gisborne, Kyneton, Orr, Ashika Ostapkowicz, Chris Rowe and Lauriston and Malmsbury will be open from Anthony Vanderzweep. Occupations include painters, ceramicists, 10am to 5pm. printmakers, gold and silver smiths, The Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open sculptors, mixed media artists, jewellers, Studios’ hub will be in Kyneton’s St Paul’s photographers, textile artists, pencillers, Church Hall where people can preview a glass artists and metal artists. piece of the individual artist’s work, pick This year the event will be part of a live up a map and check the times of artist social broadcast with social media partners demonstrations. Yum Studio. This year’s artists include: Art lovers can read previews, tag photos, Dee Waterhouse, Rose Wilson, Allan share finds and recommendations online. Wolf-Tasker, Marian Alexopoulos, Liz Archer, Bronwyn Bain, David Bryant, Daniel Join the live broadcast at #dmros13. Use the hashtag to find them on twitter, google+, Butterworth, Robyn Clarke, John Lloyd, facebook, vimeo and flickr. Maggie Millar, Louise Otten and Padma

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Blessing of the animals at Glenlyon Words and photos: Kyle Barnes The Glenlyon Blessing of the Animals attracted just the two types of God’s creatures - well-loved canines and their owners.

On a beautiful spring evening the unusual congregation of church goers gathered on the grounds in front of the Glenlyon Anglican Church to be greeted by Father Andrew Eaton. This was a warm ceremony in the sense of the weather and companionship. The 20-strong crowd, consisted of well behaved dogs, two photos of beloved pets and the two-legged attendees. The dogs sat face-to-face with Father Eaton, who knelt on the ground in his graceful robes. All received the blessing of the Lord, along with a dab of the sanctified water. Father Eaton wrapped up the proceedings shortly after with a warm, two-handed handshake and a sprinkling of holy water over the crowd. The blessing of animals was a way of “us giving something back”, he said. Father Eaton said pets, especially in rural areas, were important to “instill in us wonder and awe at the creation around us”. “We don’t have to live in isolation.” Father Eaton also blessed his own dogs, Rafiki and Penzi.

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Woolworths supermarkets, Commonwealth Bank branches, BIG W, Newslink or Avon Representatives. It can also be bought at or 1800 423 444. The Local has two copies of the diary to give away. For your chance to win, just like The Local’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/dhslocal Or write your name and contact number on the back of an envelope and send to The Local, 17 Barkly Street, Glenlyon, 3461. Winners, with one from each drawer, will be contacted by October 21.

Boathouse Cafe Ten months after fire destroyed The Boathouse Café on Lake Daylesford, Hepburn Shire Council is in the process of obtaining a new building permit. Spokeswoman Maria Abate said the

By Paul Laurence council hoped to have the permit by the end The Daylesford Bushwalking Group recently headed to of this month. the beautiful Brisbane Ranges - out past Ballan. “The builder will then be appointed The walk was supported by 18 very keen walkers who thoroughly enjoyed the vistas and flora associated with this very attractive area. We started at the parking area on Stoney Creek, attacking the instant gradient successfully and at the top of the hill we took to the varied and equally pretty bush, ending back at the park for a barbecue lunch. We were even joined by two young folk from South Australia who really enjoyed the day and the fabulous weather.

by our insurers in order to commence construction before the end of 2013,” she said. “When the building permit is obtained we will commence advertising for expressions of interest to operate the new facility.” After the café was razed, architect Clinton Krause said there was an opportunity to create something on a grander scale.


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Medals for Daylesford Fire Brigade

Daylesford Fire Brigade member Neil Chamberlain has been awarded a CFA 25-year Long Service Medal.

The presentation was made by CFA District 15 acting operations manager Alfred Mason on October 7. Meanwhile, another 11 members received the National Medal. The Commonwealth medal was introduced in 1975 and first awarded to the CFA in 1982. To qualify for a National Medal, a member must have provided 15 years of diligent service in hazardous conditions. A clasp is then awarded for each subsequent 10 years of service. The member must have been available for fire prevention and suppression activities for the entire period.

Free green waste service in November

Medals and clasps were presented to Darren Manning (National Medal), David Morrison (National Medal and 1st clasp), Geoff Morrison (National Medal and 1st clasp), Ivan Pearce (National Medal and 1st clasp), Patrick Torpey (National Medal and 1st clasp), Jack Walker (National Medal and 1st and 2nd clasps, Harry Scascighini (National Medal and 1st and 2nd clasps), John Liversidge (National Medal and 1st and 2nd clasps), Stephen Ware (National Medal and 1st and 2nd clasps), Don Anderson (2nd clasp) and Russ Jenkin (National Medal and 1st, 2nd and 3rd clasps). Also on the day, Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay officially presented the keys of the new Daylesford Tanker 2.

Green waste can be dumped, free of charge, at Hepburn Shire Council’s transfer stations during November.

The service is only for residential properties within the shire - and excludes commercial quantities of green waste from commercial operators. Lawn and grass clippings are not included in the free green waste program. A council media release said the service was to help residents clear their land before the fire season. Queries from The Local on why the service was not earlier in the year or offered all year, were answered in a media release which said fire restrictions “usually start in December (the start date last year was Monday 10th December) so the free green waste in November complements the anticipated starting date for fire restrictions”.

2013 Opening Night You are warmly invited to the official opening Daylesford Town Hall Vincent Street, Daylesford

Friday 1st November 6.00 - 8.30pm

 Canapés provided by The Belles of Daylesford and Hepburn.  Background music performed by pianist Meredith Borlin.  Announcement of winners with all paintings available for sale.  Meet and chat with the artists over wine and canapés.

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Photography on show at Bokeh Gallery The 2013 Daylesford Art Show – Photography Exhibition will open at Bokeh Gallery at 10 Howe Street on Thursday, October 31 at 6pm.

Art Show on over Melbourne Cup weekend It’s time to mark your calendars for the 2013 Daylesford Art Show at the Daylesford Town Hall.

Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, the event is a major annual event in the arts calendar of Victoria. Run now by The Rotary Club of Daylesford it brings together more than 110 local and national artists. Last year 400 paintings were on show, including those by Brian Nash, pictured with his work above, the major raffle prize. This year there will be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Category – We Come in Peace, a Clayspace Ceramics exhibition and a Sculpture Exhibition.Opening night is Friday, November 1 from 6pm to 8.30pm, then the show is then open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and Monday from 10am to 2pm.

The exhibition will then be open for public viewing over Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and Monday from 10am to 2pm. Guest judge is Jeff Moorfoot, the festival director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The winner of the open category of best photographic work will win a two-week exhibition of a series of work at Bokeh Gallery. The deadline for entries is 5pm, Monday, October 14. For photographic artistic queries contact Sonja Rolten on 5348 3936 or info@ For opening night bookings go to www.

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Rescuers needed to help save wildlife

Robert English, above, with rescued kangaroo Poseidon at the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter. Mr English has been a rescuer for six years.

Jon Rowdon, right, with an injured magpie. Mr Rowdon said the shelter was getting calls from people worried about stranded magpie chicks. He said it was normal for them to forage on the ground for about five days until they learned to fly. If they seemed healthy and parents were nearby, they were best left alone.

When Robert English and his partner Jane Ross found an injured cuckoo shrike, they had no idea it would lead to, so far, a six-year career as wildlife rescuers.

“We tried to find someone to take her and when we finally got hold of a shelter they told us they were just desperate for rescuers,” Mr English said. “There was a course two weeks later at Glenlyon, which we attended, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since.” Mr English, who lives at Castlemaine but can find himself anywhere from Hepburn to Mt Alexander shires, or over at Campbelltown or Heathcote, said calls came for rescues from individuals, the police and vets. Kangaroos kept him and Ms Ross the busiest with many either hit by cars or caught up in fences which they have tried to jump but failed, he said. “It might be they are panicking, or the fence might be higher than they expected, or a female is carrying a joey and doesn’t realise she has the extra weight.” In spring there are also many bird rescues but “you name it,

we’ve had just about everything you can imagine”. Mr English said he gained a great deal of satisfaction when he saw injured animals nursed back to health by people like Hepburn Wildlife Shelter owners Jon Rowdon and Gayle Chappell. “And the roos all have their own personality,” he said. Mr English said he and Ms Ross carried a basic rescue kit in their car and could also call on Mr Rowdon and Ms Chappell for advice on injured wildlife. One of his favourite rescues was of a powerful owl from the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens. The owl is still recovering at Hepburn although he’s quickly making friends with a female owl in the wild. A nesting box is on hand, just in case. Meanwhile, wildlife rescue training is on offer at the Daylesford SES on October 20. Hepburn Wildlife Shelter owner Jon Rowdon said new rescuers were given full training, generally started with transport runs and small animals or birds, and could call any time for advice. Bookings are essential on 5348 3932 or info@

My Say By Donna Kelly

I am a bit puzzled lately.

Well, probably most of the time at my age, but there’s a few specific things. I watched the parking bloke nab someone recently. It was a Saturday I think. Now, I have nothing against the parking bloke. He is just doing his job, which is making sure people don’t overstay their welcome in the parking spots around the shire. But don’t we want people, especially the tourists, to feel welcome? Because while I watched him print out a ticket, so did a family group, clearly here for the day, but all they could do was start walking very quickly to their car. And then they got in and drove away. I don’t know where they went, maybe Castlemaine, maybe Maldon. But they stopped spending any money at that moment in Daylesford. I would have thought that if a family, or a group of friends, or even a lone traveller, wants to park up for a few hours and wander Vincent Street, or meander up Howe Street, and then have some lunch in a cafe or pub, then an ice-cream to top off the day, that would be a good thing.

Opinion 11 Surely limiting them to one hour or two hours of parking works against the idea that, like it or not, we are a tourist region and a lot of businesses rely on the tourist dollar. Anyway, just ideas. The other thing that puzzles me is the Buy Local scheme that the Hepburn Shire Council has instigated. You know, the stickers are on all the doors. But it seems to me a bit like a “no child shall live in poverty” sort of thing. It’s a nice motherhood statement but you know that you are just going to head to Ballarat or Bendigo or Melbourne to shop now and again. I admit sometimes I shop at Kyneton. But that’s also when I want a quick shop. I know, it’s a 20 minute drive there and back, but sometimes that’s quicker than being stopped in the supermarket or the main street. And sorry lovely Chemist people, but sometimes there’s stuff I need to buy that you just don’t need to know about... Anyway, I called the shire and asked if they could fill me in on the Buy Local scheme. (And I do think buying local is what we should do as much as possible.) But my interview didn’t go ahead. The person I needed to see was ill and apparently they didn’t have anyone else who could answer my questions. Well, I don’t know that but no-one else got back to me. So I am still waiting. When I find out I will let you know. One thing was interesting though. When The Local approached Hepburn Shire Council for advertising, back in July, we were told there was no budget available. (That’s a bit worrying in itself. The Local’s adverts start at $25. That’s $12.50 per week. That’s a very tight budget.) So when they encourage people to Buy Local, the council also obviously understands that it only works if you can afford it. Because sometimes there’s only so much money to go around.

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Community the key to life for Glen

Glen Heyne hosted Adelaide’s first weekly gardening television program in 1967.

But that’s not really a surprise when you hear his botanist great grandfather Ernst Bernhardt Heyne drew up the first official plans of the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. EB also started the family nursery/florist business in Adelaide in 1868 with Heyne’s Nurseries the longest running nursery in Australia and now in the hands of fourth and fifth generation members of the family. But back to “Daylesford’s” Mr Heyne. After an amazing career in radio, television, newspapers and magazines, along with covering public relations for companies including Mobil Oil, G.J. Coles, AV Jennings, Dalgety Australia, AMP, Twinings Tea, David Jones and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mr Heyne took up the role of publicity officer with the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Adelaide Festival of Arts. He stayed, from 1971 to 1979, promoting the new centre as a major tourist attraction as well as promoting shows including Jesus Christ Super Star, Evita and Dracula. “By 1979 I decided that eight years was enough,” he said. He was also thinking of a move to Victoria. “Ballarat appealed, I had an idea about running a little café, because, in those days, you couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee in rural Victoria.

“Of all times, I visited in July. You can imagine it was winter and freezing, so on the third day I decided to visit Daylesford, a little town I’d heard of. “I drove into town and looked up and saw the Convent Gallery bathed in a shaft of sunlight. Something was telling me this was the place.” But with work in Melbourne, promoting the new Jam Factory in Prahran, directing two Chapel Street Festivals, and then being head hunted to take on the position of Victorian and Tasmanian manager of the

“Friends say we should move somewhere warmer in winter – but we can’t leave Daylesford.” South Australian Department of Tourism, the move to Daylesford, with his wife Peta and three children, did not happen until 1986. Finally, with “the call to Daylesford too strong”, the couple built and ran The Coach House, a craft shop and tearooms, for five years, along with running Petaglen Promotions, a marketing and public relations business. Mr Heyne was also convinced to run for a seat as a councillor for the then, Daylesford and Glenlyon Shire, in 1987. But the offer of a weekly gig on national television, this time in Sydney, meant he

could not commit for more than one term. “I did it (the show) for 18 months, I was being flown every week to Sydney for the day, but after that we started to pre-tape segments for the show down here and just fly up monthly.” The Coach House was eventually turned into self-contained accommodation in 1995 and the following year, the couple took over Daylesford Cottage Directory, winning three Telstra Small Business awards along the way. It was about then that Mr Heyne was invited to return to radio, which meant six years of daily commuting to Melbourne. Over the years his community activities have included involvement with the Words in Winter festival, the Chamber of Commerce, the Hepburn Shire Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee, and now, being a director and publicity spokesperson for the Daylesford District Community Bank. The community involvement is something that Mr Heyne clearly loves. “I’d lived in a little town called Clare (in South Australia) and was involved in many community activities. “And Peta and I decided that would be a nice type of lifestyle when we came to live in Daylesford. To be involved. “Friends say we should move somewhere warmer in winter – but we can’t leave Daylesford. It’s just that kind of place.”

14 Community events Glenlyon Village Market Saturday, October 19, 9am – 1pm. Glenlyon Shire Hall. Locals raid their gardens for excess fruit and veg to sell. Plus preserves, biscuits, cakes, the most amazing donuts made to order, pastries and olive oil. Details: Dan Harris on 5348 7662,,

Swiss Italian Festa Wednesday, October 30 - Sunday, November 3, 9am - 9pm. Heritage programs, descendants gatherings, concerts, parties, the parade, open gardens and much, much more. Details: Held throughout Hepburn Shire. Sunday Market Each Sunday, 8am-4pm. The market is at the Daylesford Station and operates rain, hail or shine. Or snow.

Pilgrimage Service at Jubilee Lake, Daylesford Saturday, October 19, 11am. Heritage Rail Experience Celebrating Anglican Worship at the Lake Every Sunday in the early 20th Century and the Feast of St Travel through the scenic countryside and Luke. forests of the Central Highlands. Meanwhile Bring a chair or rug to sit on. the next Spa Railway Silver Streak Saturday night event is on November 2. Enjoy the Swing Yourself Pink new summer menu while travelling from Saturday, October 26, 7pm. A fundraiser Daylesford to Musk and return. by the Daylesford Swing Band to raise much needed funds for the Hepburn Shire Trentham Farmers’ Market Women’s Cancer Support Group. Every third Saturday, 9am-1pm. A great night with lots of fun and great Fresh local produce on offer from a range music. of providers. Details; Held at the Daylesford Town Hall, contact Marc Dankers on 0418 560 477 Friends of Wombat Hill Plant Sale or Saturday, November 2, 9am - 1pm. Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Daylesford Spa Railway’s John Jeffkins gets ready for the Silver Streak Photo: Kyle Barnes

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Daylesford Folk and Blues Festival Daylesford Town Hall and The Rex Theatre were pumping with the Daylesford Folk and Blues Festival on October 12.

Audiences enjoyed a variety of acts, above left, instrument makers like Nick Carpenter, left, showed off their wares, and Daylesford’s Riding for the Disabled provided the catering, with vice president Jeanette Oakes and secretary Lesley Hewitt taking a well-earned break, above right.

Getting U.G.L.Y. for a good cause Daylesford’s Royal Hotel is raising money for the Leukeamia Foundation, to help regional Australians with blood cancer, by taking part in the U.G.L.Y. fundraising campaign. Along with 1150 bartenders around Australia, staff are wearing “I’m U.G.L.Y. – I need help!” tee shirts. U.G.L.Y. stands for ‘Understanding, Generous, Likeable You’. Manager Joel Grey said the hotel would be holding a host of fundraisers, including a pool competition, throughout October and November. Mr Grey said his grandmother had been diagnosed with leukeamia when she was young “but was lucky and lived a long life and everyone here wants to get behind a good cause”. Mr Grey said in the first campaign, held in 2011, the Royal Hotel raised $4000 which was sixth highest amount in Victoria. Staff had already raised $1000 since this year’s campaign started on October 11, he said.

Daylesford’s Royal Hotel manager Joel Grey gets ready to pot the black.


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Friends restoring Cornish Hill to natural glory Friends of Cornish Hill president Margie Thomas takes time out to enjoy the natural beauty so close to Daylesford.

She said over the past six years The By Donna Kelly It’s hard to believe that Cornish Hill has Friends had been successful with funding survived – just minutes from the middle applications leading to mapping the creek corridor, identifying wildflowers and of Daylesford. But the 38 hectares of bushland, decimated by gold mining, is being carefully weeded and revegetated by an enthusiastic group of people known as The Friends of Cornish Hill. President Margie Thomas, who moved to the Central Highlands from Melbourne nine years ago specifically to get involved with the community, said there was also a Committee of Management, and support from the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Daylesford’s Bendigo Bank and Hepburn Shire. Taking The Local on a walking tour along Smith’s Creek and the ridge above, past old mine entrances, and along a drive through successfully revegetated areas, Ms Thomas clearly is passionate about this parcel of land.

involving community members, including primary and secondary students, in planting days. The North Central Catchment Management Authority had also been proactive in initiating many projects which had “taken the pressure off us”, she said. “It’s hard to believe we have this land here, in the heart of Daylesford, it’s a real asset. “There are 40 different types of wildflowers, with six protected orchids, and we are trying to get a place along the creek, where we believe Aboriginal women would have ground seeds, verified. “We are also busy getting rid of gorse and returning to native grasses. We have planted 300 to 400 grasses here.

“During the mining period they cut down every single tree.” Ms Thomas said Cornish Hill was named after the arrival of the Cornish miners who originally headed to South Australia but then heard about the gold being found at the then Argus Hill. The region came under its greatest threat in the 1990s when developers saw the potential of the land for a housing estate. A VCAT protest was launched and won, with the land now owned by the Crown. Ms Thomas said the Friends group had about 40 members but was always keen for more, for myriad roles. The Committee of Management was also after a treasurer. “We have a renewed energy and as Margaret Mead said: ‘A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’.” Anyone who wants to get involved can call Ms Thomas on 5348 6541.

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Disappointing decision It is a great disappointment for local firefighters to know that Simon Ramsay MP, the Liberal Member for Western Victoria has turned his back on providing compensation for firefighters who suffer cancer as a result of their work protecting our community. Mr Ramsay’s decision to oppose the motion last week in Parliament was disappointing as such legislation would focus on improving access to compensation – claims made by career and volunteer firefighters exposed to the hazards of a fire scene. The Labor Opposition supports the introduction of presumptive legislation as Victorian firefighters go out every day in high risk situations to protect the community. Labor was prepared to work with all parties on progressing legislation through Parliament as we believe that supporting career and volunteer firefighters in this way is an issue that should be beyond party politics. The Napthine Government never came to the table to work cooperatively through the measures needed in legislation for this to be an effective scheme.

Victorian firefighters deserve better that this raw deal from Denis Napthine and his Liberal National Government. Geoff Howard MP State Member for Ballarat East

Dogs on leads I know some people like to walk their dogs off lead but can they first make sure they have control of their animals. My dog is a rescue pup and not so keen on other pooches. I keep hearing “don’t worry, they’re friendly” but mine’s not. Ron Earle Daylesford

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Thanks for the animals Many thanks to Father Andrew Eaton for taking the time to hold two Blessings of the Animals. Your passion and willingness to go the extra mile is very much appreciated by many people. Louise Oldfield Daylesford

Enjoying the read Just wanted to write and say how much I am enjoying The Local. It’s proving a great read and I really love the fact that I know someone in its pages in every edition - usually more. I think it really is a small world and you are bringing our world to us. Please keep up the good work. I especially enjoyed the last edition’s sustainability page and got plenty of ideas from the Springhill couple on how to make my home more sustainable and maybe save a bit on the energy bills. Margaret Woodmead Hepburn Springs


Daylesford Floor Coverings not new kid on block BETWEEN them, Adam Sandlant and his father Bob, have 50 years of flooring experience.

Add another 10 years from Adam’s wife, Hayley, and you are looking at experts who can offer great advice on all types of flooring, and at the right price. Adam said he had just opened Daylesford Floor Coverings, at the corner of East and Mink streets, because there was an opening to service the region’s growing community. Not that he’s new to the area. Adam and Bob have come from the former family business, Homestead Carpets in Ballarat, so Adam has been servicing the Daylesford area since he was an apprentice about 18 years ago. “I have been travelling here at least a day a week, sometimes up to four days a week, so I know the region and am now looking at moving here,” he said. Adam said the store stocked all the major flooring brands with great support and enthusiasm for the new venture on offer from suppliers across the board. “No job is too small or too big,” he said. “If I don’t have it in stock, I can get it in.” Adam said floor styles, whether it was wood, carpet or laminate, were unique to different regions and “changed with the seasons”. “I think everyone has their own style and we offer obligation free quotes and also invite people to come to the store and just have a look around.” Daylesford Floor Coverings Phone: 5348 4097. Email:

Travel 19

Whale on the menu leaves a bad taste By Kyle Barnes It was a wonderful trip. A few years back my wife Donna and I spent three weeks in Japan, a country she had spent three years living in, to get a real understanding culture by taking the road less travelled.

Looking on the internet, Muroto, on the far eastern side of the lesser known island of Shikoku, intrigued. A large country town by Australian standards, Muroto is famed for “Deep Sea World” which uses the deep seawater that flows 200 to 300 metres below the surface of the ocean with a focus, not on marine life, but on reducing stress and preventing illness for people. It is a place that is not often frequented by the usual western traveller as it is only accessible by road away from the fast convenience of the Japan Rail Pass. Through old networks we were picked up at Kochi, the end of the rail line, by our hosts and driven around the impressive jagged coastline eventually ending up at the Fuji Hotel. It was a little of a shock to the system, and perhaps not a first for many travellers, in that it was nothing like what was portrayed on the internet. It did have quaint tatami rooms but they were accompanied by open air, concrete lined, squat toilets and there were hundreds of noisy children on a school overnight outing. Not quite what we had hoped for – despite understanding this was a country town far from the bling of Tokyo or Osaka. Luckily our hosts noticed our slight dismay and discreetly offered up a room at their modern yet traditional home, scenically placed on the edge of the rice paddies with no neighbours - except for the beer, cigarette and photo vending machines. We left the hotel without upsetting the owners, again thanks to our hosts, and enjoyed a lovely night’s sleep on the thickest futon – although the pillow still had a little rice rattling around in it. I don’t know why. The next day was sightseeing and then the chance to savour a traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi restaurant in one of the country’s best regions for deep sea fish. It was a treat. A mixed platter of sashimi was presented, along with some odd slug looking creatures, and we all dug in, downing more than one jug of sake between us. There was no menu so we were directed by our hosts who simply implied it was all good – and it was.

However, the next morning, as headaches slowly disappeared over rice and more fish for breakfast, our hosts casually mentioned, without any hint of a “gotcha” that as part of our special visitors dining experience we had eaten whale. As a hard line anti-whaling person, I was shocked, but, as you sometimes do, I put it down to their trying to give us the best experience and then put it to one side. Fast forwarding to Easter this year and we returned to the island of Shikoku, this time to a small city on the western side, Matsuyama. It’s about an hour across the inland sea from Hiroshima. We wanted to enjoy the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom season but knew we were arriving about week early from the “best blooms” However, it turned out the cherry blossom was at its best that Easter weekend - global warming perhaps. On our last night we dined at another sashimi and sushi bar where my wife, who still retains some language skills, spotted whale written on the menu on the wall. Maybe I was wrong but I was curious. The last time had been a country town, now we were in a large city of perhaps half a million people. Our hotel’s concierge even wore a top hat and coat. So I decided to give it a sober, intentional try. Everyone deserves a hearing. Maybe. The dish soon arrived. It was a piece of fish meat hand pressed over rice. Half the size of my palm. I was instructed by the bar’s master, or chef, to avoid the soy sauce as it would tarnish the taste. I looked at the whale, or what was left of him or her, and noticed what I thought was soy sauce dripping from meat. It soon became clear it was blood. With this thought, and already feeling a little ill, I took a bite. It was revolting. I gagged and nearly threw up on the bar. The master tried to hide his laughter at my distress while my wife told him it was “dame” or “no good” while the mama-san, his wife, rushed to get me a jug of beer. I followed this with two more. And felt very ill that night and on the plane home the following day. Whale’s revenge perhaps. My wife and I both love Japan, and Japanese people go out of their way to make tourists feel welcome, but we can’t understand why some still want to kill whales, such magnificent creatures of the sea. And why eat them, when nature has obviously worked so hard to make them taste bloody awful.

20 Out & About

21st Festa The Swiss and Italian Festa, from October 30 to November 3, continues to increase in popularity and in the breadth of its program of events, president Ian Head says.

“Last year we enjoyed our 20th Festa with record attendances and enthusiastic participation by visitors and locals,” he said. “This year we bring another exciting and diverse program.” The Festa’s theme is based on the heritage of the Swiss and Italian settlers in the mid-19th century. One of the highlights of the event is the Swiss and Italian Festa Grand Parade in Hepburn’s Main Road with this year’s theme “gold”. After the parade, on Saturday, November 2, from 10.30am to 11am, the Family Festa will start from 11am to 3pm, in the mineral springs reserve. During the Festa there are many events to choose from including the chance to pan for gold with the “Gold & Relics 4 wheel drive OKA Tour Bus”. The tour includes visiting historical sites, gold panning and stories of life in the early goldfields.

Just kidding around: Bullarto Primary School will hold its annual Goat Festival on Sunday, October 27. Student Veronica, pictured above with one of the school’s goats, Romeo, will be busy baking biscuits “in the shape of a goat” in the leadup. For those after the “wow” factor there is the Stony Creek Gallery, at 10 Stony Creek Road, Daylesford, with free wine tastings along with an exhibition featuring Michael Parker’s latest paintings - incorporating 24 carat gold - “Somewhere Out There”. For wining and dining, Salumi Bar Gypsy Night at Buffalo Girls in Daylesford’s back lanes is a must, celebrating an abundance of all things “local and luscious”. The Salumi bar with catering by Spade to Blade’s Gary Thomas will include

prosecco, local beer and wines and a host of entertainment throughout the evening and into the wee hours featuring Mikelangelo, Little Joe, Sue Simpson, Nara Demasson and DJ Alessia Pegoli. And for all ages, Circus Shenanigans and Pasta at The Pavilion will see Circus Oz’s Luke Taylor and Miss Ellenous presenting a blend of slapstick, feats of human strength and super skilled shenanigans. Details and full program at

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22 Out and About

The Gig Guide! Liz Frencham will be playing at Chaplin’s in Trentham on October 27

Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville Friday, October 18 - Appalachian Heaven Allstars - dinner Saturday, October 19 - Patt and Possum Charlie Walden “World’s best fiddler” dinner Lucky Strike, Clunes Friday, October 18 - Paris Payne & Jack Pantazis Jazz - 7pm Saturday, October 26 - Louie & the Cocktail Shakers - Dinner show ($50) The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Sunday, October 20 - Cartwheels - 4pm – 8pm (gold coin) Sunday, October 27 Sarah Wilkinson – 4pm – 8pm (gold coin) Savoia Hotel, Hepburn Saturday, October 19 - Johnny Gibson and Hangovers Blues – 9pm – midnight Saturday, October 26 - Family Farm – 9pm – midnight Glenlyon General Store, Glenlyon Friday, October 18 - Vida Jazz – 7pm – 9pm Friday, October 25 - King Maxwell – 7pm – 9pm Chaplin’s, Trentham Sunday, October 20 - Vocal Nosh lead by Annie Coyne – 3pm – 5pm ($10) Sunday, October 27, Liz Frencham 1.30pm – 4pm Daylesford RSL, Daylesford Every Tuesday – Live music for hospitality workers - 10pm to midnight The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham Sunday, 20 October - Bella Frisky – 1pm – 3pm Sunday, 27 October - King Maxwell – 1pm – 3pm

Music 23

Sound check By Darren Lowe Steve Douglas and Stacy Kilpatrick are from Family Farm, a predominantly, although not exclusively, country oriented act. They recently joined with ska band The Resignators’ Shane Biggs and Jeremy Meadon for a world tour.

Darren Lowe: Steve, tell us about how you and Stacy met. Steve Douglas: Stacy and I met playing music. I was on a verandah strumming my guitar late at night at Harrietville Bluegrass Festival and Stacy walked up with a fiddle. There was an immediate musical and romantic attraction - enough to make us both decide we should continue on together. A list of old-time fiddle tunes was drawn up and we had our first set. DL: The punk /country crossover seems incongruous at first, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Has this always been evident to you? SD: Yes. Punk rockers gravitated towards country as a natural progression when they discovered that folks like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Senior were also outsiders. Hank was kicked off the Grand Ole Opry, how punk is that? Bands like Uncle Tupelo

are credited with starting alt-country, but it goes back further than that in my mind. The Drive By Truckers would not be singing their songs of the south without predecessors Gram Parsons, Creedence Clearwater Revival… DL: Is ska music as understood and appreciated in US/Australia as in the UK? SD: We have found that there are ska scenes pretty much everywhere, as evidenced by the reception of our recent world tour with The Resignators. Ska was a “mongrel music” from the beginning in the 1960s as a result of many influences in its inception. Native Jamaican Mento music combined with New Orleans jazz and Nashville rockabilly heard on the radio, resulted in the first wave of ska. In the

following decades ska has always stayed alive by the addition of fresh approaches, as 80s new wave and then punk rock added extra flavours to the melting pot. DL: Tell us about your latest tour. SD: It was a 100-day tour of 10 countries on three continents with 37,000 km of driving. Additional musicians, John Howell and Leda Scott, who both turned 19 on tour, were thrown into the deep end but each of them swam quite well and kept their heads above water. They both handled themselves quite well, onstage and off, and embraced the challenges of the rigours of the road, all the while enjoying the experiences gained from playing so many shows in so many places for so many people. (See Family Farm gigs opposite.)

24 Dining


Magic happens for Carol’s dream

KID friendly is the first thing that comes to mind when Carol Azzopardi is asked to describe her new venture, Tricycle Café and Cyclery.

In Daylesford’s Park Lane, just down from Coles, the café is bright and welcoming with a retro style right down to LP records on the turntable. Carol took the shop over on August 20 this year, but her first “official” day will be November 1. Opening a café is something she has always wanted to do. “My background is in finance so it’s something totally different. It’s a new start for me and my sons, Joshua - 17 and Nathan - 16. They will be helping out and have already done a barista course at the Neighbourhood Centre.” One of Carol’s main focuses is on providing a place that is child friendly where mothers, and fathers, can relax with their children, and being somewhere that people could just sit back and chill. The menu is delicious, affordable breakfasts and lunches, cost effective on the pocket, and a variety of cakes, biscuits and slices, sourced locally taking into consideration celiac, lactose intolerant and gluten free customers. There is also a line of Maltese Pastizzis and frozen Ravioli in Ricotta or Spinach & Ricotta flavours. Bags of Maltese Pastries are also on hand for those with a sweet tooth. And if you need to work off some of that fare then check out the bikes, skate boards, scooters and accessories. Also available is a huge range of runners and clothing. If your bike needs repairs or a service, then come in and see bicycle expert Nick who is available to make sure your bike is at its optimum. Carol, who has lived in Musk for three years now, is looking forward to her new role within the café which will be open every day from 8am. She is looking forward to pleasing her customers. “Magic happens and now I’m pursuing my dream.”

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26 Business

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Community 27

Graham wins Maine event Daylesford Travel’s Graham Maxwell has taken home the mature aged Run the Maine 5km event.

Run the Maine, held in Castlemaine, is a community event that raises funds for health services including Castlemaine Health and Cystic Fibrosis Victoria. The event has a 11km run, a 5km run and a 2km run and was held on October 6. Mr Maxwell’s 5km time was 25 minutes and 44 seconds. It was his first run. Meanwhile, Daylesford resident Oia Prelovsek ran the 11km in 44 minutes and 26 seconds, taking out second place.

Right: Oia Prelovsek and Graham Maxwell after their events.

Project fire fighters start protection work in region

Project fire fighters have started working in the Grampians region.

The first 14 of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria’s 86 Grampians project fire fighters started this week. DEPI acting Grampians regional land and fire manager Hamish Webb said the fire fighters worked alongside permanent staff to undertake fire protection work and respond to bushfires.

“Of course, once the weather warms up the project fire fighters will play an essential role in fighting fires across the region and across the state if required. “Project fire fighters in the Grampians will be based at DEPI and Parks Victoria work centres including Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Beaufort, Daylesford, Macedon, Serendip, Horsham, Edenhope, Cavendish, Halls Gap and Wail.”

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28 Sport

Daylesford wins friendly in 3-2 thriller Daylesford scored a third goal before the By Ivan Carter break, after some good work from Jeremy The Daylesford Soccer Club won the community shield 3-2 against FC Iranian on a Fullerton, Francis Comber and Rhys Sartori, sunny Saturday at Victoria Park, Daylesford. making the score 3-2 to Daylesford. The true winner of the day was the community and the coming together of new arrivals and a grassroots soccer team for a friendly day of fun, sun and good food. Daylesford raced to two early goals after some excellent work from Rhys and Jake Sartori, with Leonardo Milano scoring some early goals. Daylesford looked more likely to be run away early victors, after a stunning goal from Zoran Drogriski, and near misses from Leonardo and Patrick Jones. The defence was holding the stylish FC Iranian at bay, until quick work led to two great goals to FC Iranian.

The remaining 70 minutes saw both sides coming close, hitting the bar, forcing goal keeper saves and providing some excellent entertainment for the Daylesford folk on the sidelines. Daylesford will travel to Melbourne for the return leg of the friendly in early 2014. The highlight of the day was the pace and skills of newcomers Rhys and Jake Satori, who proved too good on many occasions. Daylesford’s defence did well to hold FC Iranian, with Anthony Pertrucci, Francis Comber, Jeff Brownscombe and Andrew Barnham having great games.

Clockwise from top left: Jeffrey Brownscombe “heads” the ball Paris Ibrahim-Katis pulls off a tricky manouvre Marcus MacIntosh hugs his opposition

Photos: Kyle Barnes

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