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December 9, 2013 Issue 8

2 About Us The Local is a fortnightly publication covering Daylesford, Hepburn and surrounding villages and towns. The next edition is due out on Monday, December 23. Advertising deadline: Space bookings: December 17 Copy provided by: December 19 Editorial deadline: December 19 Editor: Donna Kelly Photography: Kyle Barnes Sales: Donna Kelly and Kyle Barnes Graphic designer: Glen Heyne Sub-editors: Nick Bunning and Lindsay Smith Editorial and sales - 5348 7883 / 0416 104 283 / 0418 576 513 / Photo sales - 8� x 10� - $10. Electronic version - $50 Front cover: Santa takes time out at Lake Daylesford to rest his weary feet over the Christmas rush. With many thanks to Danny Moynihan for his help at the photo shoot. Photo: Kyle Barnes

Christmass in the Parish of Daylesford Sunday 15 December 10am - Advent II Eucharist 5.30pm BBQ - All Welcome 6.30pm - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with the Daylesford Brass Band Sunday 22nd December 10am - Advent III Eucharist

Tuesday 24th December 5pm - Children's Service at St John's Glenlyon 11pm - Musical Meditation on the Incarnation at Christ Church Daylesford 11.30pm - Midnight Mass Wednesday 25th December 9am - Feast of the Nativity

Sunday 29th December 8am - Christ Church Daylesford 10am - St John's Glenlyon for the Feast of St John Sunday 5th January Feast of the Epiphany 10am - Christ Church Daylesford

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News 3

Kids keep their cool in new bus stop


EITHER summer’s hot sun nor winter’s cold rain will be bothering Coomoora’s school students as they wait for the bus each morning. Coomoora resident Jobbo, as he is known, is busy building a bus shelter – for all the town’s students - on the property of chef Andrew Dennis and his wife Lindy Churches. Jobbo said the pair had been keen for a bus stop for some time and approached him as a “jack of all trades”. “My principle in building is in getting people involved in the journey and by being hands on,” he said. “The material needs to be found, sourced, recycled or traded. That way, the building creates itself.” Jobbo said some of the materials for the bus shelter included pieces from Hepburn’s The Grande Hotel, Ms Churches’ grandfather’s property and “from around the town”. Jobbo said he had spent five days so far on the bus shelter. “The back part will be finished in the next couple of weeks and then there is the internal fit-out. But it all depends on what and why they can find it. “The philosophy is to have a zero cost on materials. Of course not all buildings can be done like that but for a small little shack it’s a more organic way to build.”

Bus stop town limits: Andrew Dennis, Escher Miller, Ginger Dennis, Jobbo, Violet Dennis and Alice Dennis, with pooch Bliss

Christmas Cheer

FOODIE BOOST Edible plants

FOOD, gifts and donations are welcome to help families, already struggling with financial hardship, make the most of Christmas.

THE 2014 Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Week Festival, held from April 25 to May 4, has received a $7500 boost from the State Government.

The Daylesford & District Christmas Cheer Trust accepts donations at the Daylesford Community Centre and the Daylesford Community Bank. The trust will help more than 500 families within Hepburn Shire. Any cash donations are tax deductable. Anyone struggling financially can receive Christmas Cheer by registering with CAFS on 5348 8200.

Northern Victoria MP Amanda Millar said the money would raise the event’s profile in Melbourne and interstate markets through public relations, marketing and social media activity. Event organisers anticipate 12,000 patrons will attend the 2014 event.

ALEXIS Pitsopoulos will take people on “a leisurely stroll through the back streets, lanes and gardens of Daylesford in search of edible wild plants” later this month.

Mr Pitsopoulos will help people find out what’s growing right under their feet and discuss the culinary and medicinal uses for them. The event is on Sunday, December 15 with the walk from 10am to 11am, and the banquet from 11.30am to 1pm. Bookings: Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre on 5348 3569.

4 The Arts

Ellis Ebell celebrates 50 years at Williamstown


AYLESFORD resident Ellis Ebell has celebrated 50 years of being on the stage at Williamstown Little Theatre, where he is now playing Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This year has been a big theatre year for Mr Ebell starting in April with him playing Anton Diabelli in 33 Variations by Moises Kaufman, a play about Beethoven’s 33 variations of Diabelli’s waltz. In June and July, he directed the Irish Martin McDonagh play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Stephen Sondheim’s classic A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, his most recent production, is a bawdy, madcap, musical romp through ancient Rome, complete with citizens and centurions, courtesans and eunuchs, cunning disguises, mistaken identities and pitiful puns. Mr Ebell plays Lycus, a purveyor of courtesans, with plenty of song and dance to add to the excitement. He also appears regularly in television and film, most recently seen in ABC TV’s It’s a Date. Meanwhile, as a director in 2012, Mr Ebell produced, Doubt: a Parable, which received 10 nominations resulting in eight gold awards at the Victorian Drama League Awards.

Above, Ellis Ebell plays Marcus Lycus in the classic A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and right, as Anton Diabelli from 33 Variations, a composer of Diabelli’s waltz for which Beethoven wrote 33 variations.

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Samuel Johnson to finish epic ride in Hepburn


AMUEL Johnson will finish his epic Love Your Sister unicycle ride around Australia at the Savoia Hotel in Hepburn Springs next month.

Well known as an actor, in shows including The Secret Life of Us and Rush, Mr Johnson is also brother to Connie, who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. So he decided to get on his bike, literally, and ride around Australia to raise money for breast cancer research. What some people don’t realise is that Mr Johnson was born in Daylesford Hospital. Love Your Sister spokeswoman Kim Gilliott said many people knew Mr Johnson personally “and know what a great bloke he is”. “On Wednesday, January 8 about 5pm, Sam is due to be riding his unicycle into town nearing the end of his epic year-long Australia wide journey,” she said. “With almost 15,000 kilometres under his belt and well over a million dollars racked up for breast cancer research we think he deserves the best kind of welcome we can give him. “We’ve got a massive shindig planned and we need help. (And) we need people to write down the date and get excited…” Ms Gilliott said organisers wanted people to dress up in the “wackiest pink get-up” possible “and ride, skate, skip or jump all the way to Savoia Hotel”. The event will include an auction, live music, special guests and “a real feeling

“We all thought he was crazy...”

Boat club keen to hear more stories about Lake Daylesford

of celebration to help let Sam know that we’re really super proud of him”, she said. “We all thought he was crazy and more than a few didn’t think he’d make it. Slowly though the cynics became convinced, the media got behind him and as he rode, Connie battled on.

STORIES about Lake Daylesford and boating are starting to arrive at The Local’s front desk.

The Daylesford Boat Club is keen to hear from anyone who has memories about the lake as it works to return boating to Lake Daylesford. Send stories and images to or 17 Barkly Street, Glenlyon, 3461. Memories include: *A local third generation retailer reports that Lake Daylesford was created by flooding the Chinese district of Daylesford in the 1920s. *Sara Watson, who was the owner of the Boat House Cafe in the 1990s, owns an ornate three-corner roof tile from the Joss house which was raised by a

“Connie is a mother and a sister and Sam’s love and dedication to her and this cause has warmed all of our hearts.” Volunteers for the event can call 0437 628 911 or go to The welcome home is from 6pm to 11pm on January 8. Adults - $10, children - $5 and under 12 - free.

boat anchor in the 1990s. *The barbecue shelter at the lake is oriental in design and a tribute to the Chinese heritage of Daylesford. *The ferry boat was known as “The Motor Boat” and was operated for many years on the lake, lastly by Ted Williams who passed away in the 1960s. The boat fell into disrepair and eventually became unsafe and was burnt in the 1960s. *A local recalls swans on the lake. Once, while fishing with a mate, an old Ford roared up and two men got out and started taking pot shots at the swans, over the heads of the pair, who had to lie face down on the bank to avoid the bullets.

6 News

Going, going, gone!


HERE was plenty of facial hair going under the razor at the Farmers Arms Hotel in Daylesford as Movember came to an end.

The hotel, and its patrons and shavees, raised more than $8700 in pledges, donations, street raffles and the weekly Friday meat tray raffle. Dream team members included Ian “Hog” McCarthy, a prostate cancer survivor, who lost a one-year-old mo, Johnny Beetham, who farewelled a 33-year-old mo and last year’s pin-up, Rodney Peacock, who said goodbye, again, to his mo, after having his 38-year-old handlebar moustache shaved off last year. Meanwhile, Don Breen lost a 45-year-old moustache and beard, and even allowed Spice’s Pauline Hartz to shave his head. One of the larger donations came from the Daylesford and District Community Bank with manager Steven McKinley kicking in a cool $500. Movember raises money for men’s health including research into testicular and prostate cancer, and mental health. Farmers Arms Hotel owners Claire Levine and Susanne Devine said they loved being involved in Movember. “It is a charity that is close to the Farmers Arms as one of our loyal customers and friends, Hog, has gone through a couple of bouts of prostate cancer,” Ms Levine said. “His positive outlook and humour about the situation is an inspiration to a lot of people. “It’s a great community event with so many people wanting to be involved and give up their time to raise money and for others to donate so generously. “Rodney Peacock was a driving force behind the collection of funds and the whole event culminated in a fun, rowdy night.”

The Dream Team: From left, Johnny Beetham, Don Breen, Rodney Peacock and Ian “Hog” McCarthy


For the Daylesford, Hepburn Region. “As your local State Member of Parliament,

the most important part of my job is to keep listening to your concerns. I can assist with anything relating to the Victorian Government and provide you with information and advice. I would also love to know what you think are the most important issues facing our community.”

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Opinion 7

My Say by Donna Kelly


’VE been called a lot of things in my time.

Some nice. Dear, darling, sweetie… Some not so nice. Trouble-maker, gutter journo, dickhead… And worse. (One time, someone emailed and asked if I wanted to die – but I wrote back saying ‘thanks for asking but I am OK for now’.) But this year I got a new title. Tree hugger. And I like it. It came about as the CFA decided it was time to build a new fire station at Glenlyon. Which was all well and good. But at the last minute someone mentioned, they had heard, through a friend of a friend, who knew someone in the CFA, who knew someone in council, that one or more of the beautiful oaks and elms in the main street, planted to celebrate Federation, was going to have to make way for a driveway. So I, and my husband, and really just one other neighbour, did some investigating and found out it was true. And it had already gone through council without a “how do you do”.

(Keep in mind we are neighbours of the new CFA station, and the other woman lived across the road. So you’d think if anyone would be told about a planning situation it would include us.) So we got a “sorry but we can’t help you” from the council.

“there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know”

And to a trouble-making, gutter journo, who can act like a bit of a dickhead now and again, that was akin to a red rag to a bull. So we made calls, wrote emails, contacted pollies…and pretty much made a nuisance of ourselves. And it worked. The CFA decided they could drive out onto the main street and drive back in through the back of the block. Simple solution. And the three potentially endangered trees, which

had all happily celebrated their centenaries, live on. And the three of us were all labelled tree huggers. And the new Glenlyon Fire Station was opened on Saturday. The trees are now officially on the council’s Significant Trees Register - after being mooted for inclusion in 2006. Only took seven years... Anyway, I asked what that meant for the trees and was told “the process for the register to be formally recognised in the planning scheme will continue into early 2014”. So there is a register, but not a formally recognised register. Yet. Mmm. Sometimes I think council policy is a bit like Donald Rumsfeld’s famous quote. “...there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.” Yep. But if I do find out more - I’ll be sure to let you know.

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8 Our students

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Happy Birthday Jayden!


VERYONE knows 11 + 12 + 13 does not equal 10.

Not usually anyway. But on 11/12/13, that’s December 11, 2013, Jayden Adams will celebrate his 10th birthday. So the Hepburn Primary School student decided in the lead up to the big day, with a similar combination not happening for many years, it was just time for a bit of maths fun. Happy Birthday Jayden!

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Our students 9

Buddy program building positive relationships


RE-SCHOOLER Indianna, 4, met up with Hugo, 10, when the Daylesford Primary School held its latest “buddy” program induction.

Principal Peter Burke said the school had been holding the buddy program for seven years with great success. It pairs pre-schoolers who will be coming to the school to start preps with students who will be in grade 6. “The grade 6 students understand how important it is to have a buddy when you start school and they are also introduced to a ‘family group’ of about 20 students and teachers,” he said. “We hold the buddy program every Monday afternoon for all students in the school. It builds positive relationships.” Hugo, who is in grade 6 next year, said the buddy program saw students “doing things together” including playing and cooking. “I have gotten to know everyone a lot better,” he said. Meanwhile Mr Burke said the school would have two small prep classes in 2014 and were still taking enrolments. “We offer a warm, safe, supportive environment,” he said.

Students transform centre


PRINGS Medical Centre has launched a new project, Springs Kids Art Project, to engage and encourage primary school students in the Hepburn Shire region.

TOP THAT: It was all about toppings when students made pizza for lunch at St Michael’s Primary School recently. Teacher Kym Rouse said the Grade 3 and 4 students had been busy experiencing the fun of cooking. Above, Ursula Pendlebury and Melissa Jones opted for plenty of salami and cheese.

The first recipient of the annual $1000 bursary is Bullarto Primary School. Artist Petrus Spronk launched the project last Tuesday, December 3. The five-year project combines the resources to support visual art with an opportunity for students’ art to be exhibited to the community at the Springs Medical Centres in Daylesford and Trentham. The school’s 24 original paintings, by students aged 9 to 12 who have studied the works of John Brack and Cezanne, will be on display during 2014. Art teacher Ange Quinlan said the project was “a wonderful opportunity to engage students in an art project that inspires their creative ambitions and sees their efforts celebrated in a broader community context”. Dr Beth Quin, pictured right with Tom, 10 and Max, 12, said the students’ artwork had transformed the medical centre and given it a more welcoming atmosphere.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: 52 West Street, Daylesford, above left, and 62 West Street, have put their best foot forward, lighting the street for Christmas. Send Christmas lights photos to and we’ll run them in the next edition.

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Clogging at the Canberra convention


OMBAT Forest Cloggers were among those at the annual National Clogging Convention in Canberra recently.

Lorene Gottschalk said the Canberra convention was a great success with participants’ ages ranging from four to 80. “The tempo and skill of dances ranges from slow to very fast and from simple to complex,” she said. Ms Gottschalk said the Wombat Forest Cloggers had been dancing in Daylesford for more than 10 years. She also said that clogging was a misnomer. “It is not performed in clogs. Cloggers wear shoes with jingle taps - which can be likened to thin metal castanets. “Clogging is a tap dance variation, based on Irish dancing and Appalachian mountain folk dancing. “Clogging is also influenced by the traditional dance of native Americans. It is danced to a variety of music, including Irish folk, pop, rock, and country and western. “So, we do not dance in wooden shoes and there are no tulips.” Wombat Forest Cloggers gather on Wednesday evening and there is also a Hepburn Shire U3A clogging group which welcomes non-U3A dancers. Details: 0427 051 361.

Lorene Gottschalk and Maree Hempel clog up a storm

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Twilight Market A TWILIGHT Market, promoting fair trade goods and locally made gifts, sourced/recycled and up cycled goods, books, retro and plants, will be held at Fair’s Fair, 1 Knox Street, Daylesford on December 13 from 5pm to 8pm.

Snacks and dinner will be available along with music and creative stalls. All money raised will go to local youth programs. Stalls are $10 each. Contact Joseph on 0404 432 913.

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Buy Local from The Daylesford Community Op Shop 3 Mink St, Daylesford Merry Christmas! Get down to the Community Op Shop and check out Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, decorations and table settings!

The Local crew Donna, Kyle, Glen, Lindsay and Nick wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Lifesaving lessons OVER the past two weeks, Daylesford and District Community Bank assistant manager Danni Mackley has spent her mornings away from her desk. Not that far away. Just over the road in the Daylesford Primary School’s swimming pool – giving students from preps to Grade 2 intensive swimming lessons that, one day, might just save their lives. There are 22 students in each half hour class, with six classes held every day. Students from Yandoit also join in. It is Ms Mackley’s fifth year of teaching swimming lessons at the school and her second as a volunteer from the bank – which gladly offers up her work time for the project. “Children are taught how to do basic swimming techniques such as freestyle and backstroke and also learn how to be safe around water,” she said. “It is amazing what the children learn after just two weeks and how much they improve.” Ms Mackley, pictured with prep student Daisy, 6, is Austswim accredited and qualified. Daylesford Primary School principal Peter Burke said the bank’s donation of staff was very generous. “We are very appreciative of Danni’s time.”

Seasons Greetings Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year holiday period. Take care on the roads, stay safe in the water

Seasons Greetings from Birch Ward councillors Cr Kate Redwood Cr Pierre Niclas

and have a workable fire plan ready for Summer. From Cr Bill McClenaghan

Christ Church celebrations


HRIST Church Daylesford celebrated its 150th anniversary on Sunday, December 1.

Hundreds of people joined in the celebrations on both November 30 and then on December 1. Among those attending was Father Bill Pryce, whose great grandfather was the first clergyman at the Anglican church. Also joining in were Daylesford resident Frank Page, and his sister Helen Page, whose father, Reverend Canon Cliff Page, was the rector from 1973 to 1976. Father Andrew Eaton, pictured third left with Bishop Andrew Curnow, Andrea Johnson and Jenny Jordan, said the 150th anniversary of the opening of Christ Church “was a grand celebration, with Friday night’s evensong a great joy”. “Father Ken Parker preached on the idea of sacrament, that the church had sacramental spaces which were a symbol of God’s grace,” he said. “Most importantly it is us who are symbols of God’s grace in how we love each other. “Father Soley sang the service beautifully, and the choir from Castlemaine was a highlight. “On Sunday Bishop Andrew Curnow preached and presided, reminding us of the history of the parish, as well as our need to connect with future generations of Daylesfordians. “Special guests include Father William Pryce, great grandson of our first rector, as well as other children or spouses of former clergy, including local Frank Page and the much loved Mary Davies of Ballarat. “Memorabilia is displayed in Stanbridge Hall for the next two weeks and can be viewed during the free lunch on Fridays between 12-2pm.”

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Trees for Cornish Hill


HE Friends of Cornish Hill took advantage of damp soil late last month and held a tree planting day.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority provided funding for the event with 200 trees including eucalypts, blackwoods and wattle varieties as well as musk daisies and pomaderris were planted on prepared sites. Friends president Margie Thomas said the authority had already offered another round of funding for next year which would see more weed removed, replanting, and the construction of an earthen pathway to link the picnic table at the southern end of the hill to the streets leading to the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. The latest works can be found by parking at the intersection of Stanley and Stanhope streets and walking downhill across the creek. The Friends of Cornish Hill are on Facebook at cornishhilldaylesford

Hands on: Volunteer Pat Hicks gets down and dirty at Cornish Hill

Nature 17

Other lives lead to peace and connection


ATURALIST and writer, Tanya Loos, has published the Daylesford Nature Diary.

The Porcupine Ridge resident, who studied English at the University of Queensland before taking on professional writing at Deakin University, said she had always been interested in nature and writing - and inspired by writers including Gerald Durrell and David Attenborough. “I got my first binoculars when I was eight years old – and my first nature book at six. It was about pond life and I was hooked,” she said. “My fascination and wonder at nature is something I just can’t turn off – no matter where I am or what I am doing. “It makes me connected and peaceful to know there are over lives going on.” Ms Loos said her mother was from Shepparton and her father from Adelaide, but with his career in the mining and exploration industry, she lived in six countries and attended seven primary schools in her younger years. “I wasn’t full time back in Australia until I was 18.” After her father died from cancer when she was just 19, Ms Loos invested in the property market in her 20s and then volunteered with groups including the Melbourne-based Friends of the Earth in her 30s. “I guess you would call me a self-taught ecologist,” she said. “And for the past 10 years I have worked in government, both state and local, and am now a Landcare facilitator in the Kyneton region where I support and nurture 13 Landcare groups around the Campaspe River.” But Ms Loos, 39, said it had not all been smooth sailing, with smaller part-time positions often necessary to add to her income. If she had lived in Melbourne, she believes her career may have included being involved with non-government groups such as the World Wildlife Foundation, but there were compromises to be made. “I live with Gang-gang cockatoos in my garden. I would never go back to Melbourne. I love it here.” Ms Loos, who also volunteers at the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter, said the Daylesford Nature Diary, which reintroduces the six seasons for Victoria’s southern foothill forests, took about two years to complete using newspaper columns and working as a “team” with her editor Gil Wettenhall from em PRESS publishing. She said she was “stoked and delighted” with the book which includes a wall poster of the Wombat Forest six-season wheel calendar. Daylesford Nature Diary is available at Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre and selected stockists.

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18 Community Events

Community Events Glenlyon Community Barbecue

Ecumenical Carols Service

The barbecue, which includes a visit from a lolly-giving Santa Claus about 7pm, will be held at the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve on Saturday, December 14 from 6pm.

Carols will be held at the Christ Church, Daylesford on December 15 from 5.30pm.

Family Fun Day

Santa and Mrs Claus will be at The Rex Arcade on Wednesday, December 18 from 10am to 2pm.

The event, at Bodhidharma at Shepherds Flat on Saturday, December 14, from 11am to 3pm, will raise money for Tang Soo “Karate Kids” to take part in the National Championships in Darwin. Cost of entry is $10 per family.

Plant Clearance Sale The Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens will hold a clearance sale on Saturday, December 14 from 10am to noon.

Daylesford Hotel’s 100th The Daylesford Hotel will celebrate its 100th birthday on Saturday, December 14 from 2pm to 5pm. Entertainment includes the Daylesford Swing Band and the Daylesford Pipe Band.

Santa at The Rex

Carols by Candlelight Carols by Candlelight will be held at the Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve on December 20 from 7.30pm.

Children’s Christmas Service An Anglican Church service for children will be held at St Johns, Glenlyon on December 24 from 5pm.

Christmas Mass Carols will be sung at St Peter’s Daylesford at 9.15pm on Christmas Eve followed by Christmas Mass at 9.30pm. The Christmas Day service is from 9am.

Floats needed for parade THE New Year’s Eve Gala committee is calling on community groups and businesses to enter a float in the parade.

A highlight of last New Year’s Eve parade was the number of community groups, businesses and friends which created floats – more than 30 all up. Flights of fantasy, like the winning “Garden of the Octopus”, complete with mermaids and jellyfish, paraded down Vincent Street. There will be entertainment for the entire family in Vincent Street from 6pm with the parade starting at 7.30pm on New Year’s Eve. Entry forms for the parade are available from the Daylesford Town Hall or 0408 550 945. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Gervasoni)

Season’s Greetings Help the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter - buy a raffle ticket for this delightful nativity setting

help us Share the Joy....... Enjoy the Carols with the Daylesford District Brass Band Dec. 9: Carols Around Town (Daylesford) Dec. 15: 5.30pm Ecumenical Carols Service, Christ Church, Daylesford Dec.16 : Daylesford Street Carols Dec. 20: 7.30pm. Carols by Candlelight Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

Leave unwrapped gifts under our Christmas tree for our less fortunate children.

News 19

Busy year for Spa Centre CWA


t’s been a busy year for the Spa Centre CWA.

The group took home first prize for Community Branch Display at the 2013 Ballarat Show with the Garden of Delight theme also receiving the Perpetual Silver Cup. Pictured below, left to right, are group president Ballarat Region Marilyn Watts, Mary Richards, Helen Caudry and Peta Heyne. Meanwhile, the group also raised $320 for lesser known cancers at its recent Danny Blume fashion parade. The event, right, was held at the Daylesford Masonic Lodge and attracted a record crowd.

Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre thanks all of our valued clients and community partners for the year, and wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. For details on next year’s courses and much more see our website at, call us on 5348 3569 or drop into 13 Camp Street, Daylesford.

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New fire station and tanker for Glenlyon


LENLYON has had its new $528,000 fire station officially opened.

Western Victoria Region MP Simon Ramsay opened the new station and also handed over the keys to a new $335,000 tanker on Saturday. Mr Ramsay said the station was “fantastic recognition for the committed members at Glenlyon Fire Brigade”. The station includes a multi-purpose room, a two-bay motor room, a kitchen, toilets, nine car parking spaces and rainwater harvesting facilities. The brigade and the Glenlyon community has also raised almost $30,000 for a storage shed for the rear of the new station. Glenlyon Fire Brigade was established in 1914 and has 81 members. Meanwhile, at the end of the proceedings, CFA board member Paul Denham presented a National Emergency Medal to Glenlyon Fire Brigade member and former Glenlyon Group captain Gerald Coffey, pictured left outside the new station, for his long and impressive contribution to the community. Mr Coffey said there were many people to thank but most importantly his family who had made many sacrifices while he attended to myriad CFA duties over the years.

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Photo essay 21

Fire ready Department of Primary Industry and the Environment staff and CFA members were kept busy last month fitting in prescribed burns. Photographer Kyle Barnes headed out with a crew. Clockwise, from top left, Ferret Haywood, Vince Cafari, Alex Shellard and Robin Holmes

22 Inspiring stories

Changing Cambodian lives for the better


DAYLESFORD business is helping change lives for children living in Cambodia.

The Cooper family, who own Color Me Cooper in Howe Street, have also changed their own lives to ensure the children in Soksan Village receive international standard educations along with helping the community to help itself. Sam Cooper, who works at the store and its Woodend counterpart when she’s not studying at university or visiting Cambodia, said the Cambodian Kids Foundation started in 2006 after she and her mother, Donna, returned from a trip to the country. “My mum and I went to Cambodia and worked with a lot of small organisations, and some big ones, in different areas and when we came back we really just left our hearts behind,” she said. “We wanted to help so we started raising money, and raised about $20,000 and started sending it. But while some organisations spent it exactly how they wanted and we were happy, with others it would sometimes get lost or be spent on things we didn’t want it spent on.” Sam, pictured right with a student, said her family, Donna, father Ian and siblings Jack and Indiana, decided to create their own organisation which would be completely transparent so those donating could see exactly where their money went and one also run by only volunteers in Australia. “When we first started, we did small projects like building wells, so we could take photos and show people what we were doing,” she said. “Then we started to get a bit of a following of young people, they liked what we were doing, and we asked them what they wanted and they said their dream would be to help them through their education so they could become teachers. “So, in 2007, we put them all through university and the majority have now completed their Masters and all are now working in a school that we set up in 2012 - Soksan International School.” Set in Soksan Village, the school is one of 22 projects the foundation is working on in the region, and has about 300 students although it is

large enough for 2000. “We want our school, in terms of education, to be good enough for international standards in education, classroom sizes and teaching.” Along with teaching the basics, the school also has a host of electives including music, art, dancing, sport,

“It’s never a hand out - always a hand up.” sewing, textiles, media, photography and even farming. “We realise that not all students will continue to university so if they want to become a farmer, we want them to be the very best farmer they can be.” All subjects are taught in English, with students

encouraged to speak as much English as possible, not to be indoctrinated into a “western” lifestyle but because the only decent jobs in Cambodia require English language skills. Their native language of Khmer is also taught and half of each school day is spent at a public school. The foundation’s school means the opportunities for the children are opening at a rapid rate from being able to take on soccer scholarships which take them not only outside the village, but outside the country, to getting a look at the world through iPads – from a starting base of not knowing what it was like to hold a pen or piece of paper. Sam said the community was also seeing a big change in culture with Soksan residents now working for the future including through the Sew Good project, a business set up by the women who are taught sewing skills to create soft toys, clothing and pillows – selling around Australia including at Color Me Cooper. “It’s never a hand out - always a hand up,” Sam said.


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Real estate 101 - The buying process By Bruce Bavin Real estate agent


t’s a good plan to take your time and certainly don’t be pressured into making a hasty decision – there are usually plenty of properties available on the market and there is a good deal of money at stake.

If you are a first home buyer, then you will probably be paying your mortgage off over many years. Getting your finances in order first so you can be in a position to negotiate strongly or attend an auction is very important – do your homework and shop around for the best loan that’s the most appropriate for you and your particular circumstances. A reputable mortgage broker can be of great assistance and can save you a lot of running around. The main lenders are banks, building societies and

credit unions, and the mortgage brokers act on behalf of the lenders. There is a lot of competition between the lenders and the brokers, so be careful, as the loan with the lowest interest rate may not be the cheapest in the long haul when fees, ongoing charges and penalties such as those for early repayment are taken into account. Getting a pre-approval is a step in the right direction, and while it isn’t a steadfast guarantee of a loan, and it is only valid for a certain period, it puts you in a stronger position at negotiation time. During the buying process, you will come across a veritable mountain of paperwork such as contracts of sale, section 32s and loan documents. Please make sure you read and understand everything before you sign. I suggest that everyone seeks the advice of their conveyancer or solicitor of choice, and presents all documents to them for vetting prior to signing. They can also advise you on the many and varied special conditions that you can have inserted for your protection. Getting a pest and building inspection on your house of choice is pretty highly recommended, and they can save you a lot of money in the long term. Termites can cause a huge amount of damage to a property in a short time. A written report will enable

you to identify faults in the home, help figure out what the repairs may cost or in fact if they are viable to repair. Quite often, the report from a qualified and reliable inspector can be used to negotiate the end price and then assist you to develop a maintainence program should you decide to buy. More in the next issue ! Cheers, Bruce Bavin

“Getting a pre-approval is a step in the right direction - it puts you in a stronger position at negotiation time.”

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22 FOURTEENTH STREET, HEPBURN A clever melding of the old and the new, true country style with a contemporary interior and style that today’s busy lifestyle demands.

This purpose-built “disabled accessible “property is perfect as a holiday home, permanent residence for singles or professional couples or high yield furnished holiday investment. The floor-plan offers the flexibility of a two or three bedroom layout, practical zoned living and comprises a long shady verandah entry or disabled ramp access from the multiple vehicle parking areas and big carport, living/dining room with adjacent “gourmet” kitchen, spacious downstairs master suite/parents retreat/sitting room, a huge wheelchairaccessible bathroom /laundry/auxiliary room plus, upstairs, two sizable bedrooms, a spa bathroom plus ample space for extra guests, or as a home office /TV/reading room. Range: $379-$399K.

This absolutely stunning brand new home has a light-filled spacious interior and is well sited on a lovely large allotment near the school and the golf course, an easy stroll into the village or down to the Hepburn Bath House or to the pub. Bustling Daylesford is a quick five minutes or so away by car, with the CBD and airport being a mere hour to an hour and a quarter away. Three separate verandah areas promise privacy and zoned living plus a wonderful relaxed outdoor lifestyle with meals al fresco or a cool cleansing drink while watching the picturesque sunset vista. There is a really big garage/carport and room for multiple vehicles, a van or a boat and still loads of garden space.


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Daylesford voted best town


AYLESFORD has bumped Western Australia’s Margaret River off the podium to take Australian Traveller’s Readers’ Choice for Best Town.

The magazine described Daylesford as being “nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, just over 100 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, Daylesford is a charming mix of cafés and farm gates, with lavender crops and boutique wineries; as well as a menu of mineral springs and local spas that earn it the title of Australia’s spa capital”. “‘Like a European village lost in time’, one reader commented, ‘Daylesford is the perfect blend of rural and urban’.” The magazine said there were also many votes for Hepburn Springs. “But our love for Daylesford is nicely summarised by one reader who wrote ‘Daylesford is gorgeous in its own rustic way – it’s perfect but not necessarily manicured’.” Runner-up was WA’s Broome, followed by Victoria’s Beechworth with fourth place going to newcomer Longreach in Queensland. Interestingly, Australian Traveller’s photo choice for the online story was the Boathouse Café, which burnt down just on one year ago.

Leonards Hill CFA turns 60 LEONARDS Hill Brigade celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Leonards Hill Hall on November 30.

The event included the presentation of a framed photo by local historian Chris Rae to past captain John Shanahan and present captain Sue Waters, commemorating 60 years of service to the Leonards Hill community. Commemorative certificates were also presented to each member of the brigade to mark the occasion. The CFA’s Malcolm Bruce presented service award medals to members - who have notched up a total of 400 years’ service to the community.


Scoble/Yelverton reunion at Cricket Willow


Scoble/Yelverton reunion is taking place at Cricket Willow, Shepherds Flat on February 8 and 9 next year.

Lyn Cecchin, whose maiden name was Scoble, with her mother a Yelverton, said the reunion would start at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Food and alcohol will be available to buy at the venue. There will be admission charge to the reunion to cover venue costs. Mrs Cecchin said the following families had family connections: Scoble side – Stubbings, Tretheway, Bishop, Goldsworthy, Rasmussen, Pardon, Mudford, Sanger, Trickey, Tori, Tuck, Russell, Vassie, Mathews, Richardson, Hatton, Manuell, Broad, Bennet, O’Sullivan, Flower, Flintoff, Rollings, Lavin, Turner and Gray. Also, any other families that may in some way be related to Tom Scoble who was born in 1855 in Cornwall England and died in Malmsbury in 1918, and his wife, Emily Bishop, who was born in 1856 and died in 1924 in Malmsbury. Yelverton side – Tate, Gibbs, Schmidt, Dinan, Halden, Brideson, Babington, Shears, Tidd, Rowling, Pardon, Prideaux, Daniels, Harbridge, Evans, Pringle, Huggard, Bull, Pedretti, Bushby and Cross. Also any other families who are related to Thomas Yelverton and Mary Dinan from the Glenlyon era of the mid to late 1800s, and Jennat Halden and William Forster Tate from Glenlyon around the mid 1880s and early 1900s are welcome to attend. Ms Cecchin said close friends of the families were also welcome. “Not all the family names are listed as there are too many to list but don’t be shy – come and meet and greet some new rellies,” she said.

Mrs Cecchin can be contacted by mail to 18 Swan Street, Gordonvale, Queensland, 4865, telephone (07) 4056 2472 or email She will return any messages from land lines.

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Out & About 27 Advertorial

Creswick Natural Fibres Glenlyon’s New Year’s Day Family Sports Day Held at the Glenlyon Reserve, the event is run by volunteers with all monies raised going towards the local organisations and charities. Last year $16,500 was raised. Features of the day include the woodchop, pony races and show jumping, mineral water drinking world championship, bullboar eating championship, ladies gumboot throw, ladies nail drive and children’s foot races. Mark it in your calendar now!

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reswick Natural Fibres is a welcomed addition to Daylesford’s popular Vincent

All the popular selections from the Creswick mill are there. Specialising in natural fibres knitwear for ladies, men’s and kids in cashmere, possum, alpaca, merino, bamboo and cotton. There is also a great range of Australian made accessories and homewares for Christmas gifts and to send overseas. To assist in your Christmas shopping they will be staying open until 7pm on Friday 13th of December. Furthermore from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th December there will be 20% off storewide (conditions apply). Offering fantastic personal service for all your needs, Creswick Natural Fibres stores have introduced a great new service. If an item is not available in your size or colour, but is available at another store, they will process the sale and post it to you for free. Ask in store for more details.

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RDA Gymkhana at Glenlyon


IDERS from Doveton and the Riding for the Disabled Victoria State Development Squad joined Daylesford and Maryborough riders at Glenlyon on December 1 to compete in the second Central Zone Riding for Disabled gymkhana.

Events included rider and handler classes, show jumping, cross country, handy mount and fancy dress. Most of the riders took the opportunity to test themselves on new activities in the relaxed, welcoming environment. Local judges Shelley Sandow and Katherine McWade, along with RDAV state coach Edwina Boase-Stratford, were impressed with the enthusiasm, pluck and willingness of the riders “to have a go”. Another highlight was Santa arriving in a horse and cart driven by Judy Webb from Maryborough. Daylesford RDA secretary Lesley Hewitt said the idea for the gymkhana came from riders who wanted the chance to interact more with other riders with a disability, to share experiences. “It couldn’t have happened without a lot of work from our local RDA volunteers helped by Maryborough volunteers, Jan Pengilley and Anne-Marie Boorsboom from Rotary, and Malcolm Bray from Hepburn, and Shelley Sandow and Katherine McWade.”

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Kilts on for gathering

THERE was plenty of tartan when the clans got together at the Daylesford Highland Gathering on Saturday. Above, the Daylesford and District Pipes and Drums Band gets a rousing reception at the parade, right, Langley Rowbottom, Rodney Peacock, Graham Maxwell and Matt Penny show a bit of what’s under their kilts, while below, Girl Guides, Elyse and Maeve proudly fly the flag for Daylesford.

A huge thank you to all my wonderful clients I have shared the last seven years with for your tremendous support that made this journey such a wonderful experience. A big shout out to my amazing staff who have all contributed to the salon being such a success. I would like to congratulate Belinda Davis as the new owner of Spice Daylesford and wish her every success in the future. Thank you once again and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & New Year! Renee Henry

30 Gig Guide

The Gig Guide! Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville

Friday, December 13, Dinner - The ChrisPaul Jazztet Friday, December 20, Dinner - Table Hill

Lucky Strike, Clunes Saturday December 14, Dinner - Broderick Smith Saturday December 21st, Dinner - The Flames

The Old Hepburn, Hepburn Friday, December 13, 9pm – midnight - Nat Allison Friday, December 20, 9pm – midnight - Cam Kettle

Savoia Hotel, Hepburn Friday, December 20, 9pm until late - Whiskey

Glenlyon General Store, Glenlyon Friday, December 13, 7pm – 9pm - Pennyweight Friday, December 20, 7pm – 9pm - Moodswing Duo

The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham Sunday, December 15, 1.30pm – 4pm - Merryl Leppard Sunday, December 22, 1.30pm – 4pm - Little Miss Red


ROM the studio to the stage, Nat Allison, left, delivers a pitch-perfect scream, strut antics and evil guitar showboat.

A high energy, guitar heavy performance with tough lyrics, powerful vocals and guitar solos to match. To date Nat has played some 5000 gigs, including festivals and opening for big names such as Jimmy Barnes, The Screaming Jets, Martha Davis and The Motels, Invertigo and numerous others. Journeying to New York more than 20 times to write and record with producer/songwriter Mike Chapman, the partnership has produced exciting material with Allison and Chapman continuing to add to their already impressive catalogue. Nat is currently playing regular gigs around Melbourne and in between her busy show schedule she continues to work on new material. “Rock ‘n’ roll is not just about the clothes you wear, it’s about a hook, it’s about that guitar riff that hits you deep down in your soul and it’s about lyrics you’ll never forget. “What I’ve been doing is bringing the attitude back to female rock.”

Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford Saturday, December 14, 2pm – 5pm - Daylesford Swing Band

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Recipe book nurtures


AYLESFORD Dharma School has published Recipes for Life. Learning to grow and enjoy food, a recipe book intended to nurture the mind and soul as well as the body. School director Joel Hines said Dharma School teachers and students practised “non-harm to all living things” and were mindful of where their food comes from. All recipes in the book reflect this practice and many of the ingredients have been sourced from the school’s own garden.

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“Students work in the garden as part of their project learning,” Mr Hines said. “They have cooked and shared all dishes in the book and in doing so gain a deeper appreciation and connection of where our food comes from.” Recipes range from apple crumble and rhubarb jam to skordalia and spiced carrot dip. The recipe book is available from Daylesford Dharma School, 11 Perrins Street, Daylesford or Designscope, 13 Knox Street, Daylesford for $20.

LINDA Carroll, left, has taken over from Loretta Little, right, as the new president of the Rex Cinema committee. More volunteers are welcome. Call 5348 2691.

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Dinner: Thursday - Tuesday from 6pm Lunch: Friday - Tuesday from 11am Breakfast: on weekends from 9am Coffee & Cake: always available Locals Night: all welcome Curry & Hot-Pot Night Tuesdays $18 Fish Night Fridays: $26.50 with glass of house wine (a la carte dining also available)

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Archer inspired by “a million others” MUSIC writer Darren Lowe gets upfront and personal with Archer. ARCHER, yes, just Archer, is a local country music genius. But he’s too modest to take much credit or accolades for anything. In fact, he needed some convincing that anyone would be interested in anything he would have to say. DL: Tell us a bit about your love of traditional music. A: Traditional music from any country is a beautiful thing. Some come about from developing’ completely isolated and others from the early cultures coming’ together and bang bang bang! I couldn’t imagine any new kind of music coming out that could ever compare to what’s happened in those early days but I could be wrong. The good Lord knows I been (wrong) before. DL: I realise Hank Williams (senior) is a big influence. Can you tell us about any of your other big influences? A: Blind Willie McTell, Tex Morton, Woody Guthrie, Smilin’ Billy Blinkhorn, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly, Goebel Reeves, Jimmie Rodgers, Buddy Williams - and about a million others. DL: I love a quote I heard from Justin Townes Earle where he reckons country music lost its soul somewhere in the 60s/70s when it lost its connection to the blues. Does this ring true for

you? I can’t imagine you playing any Garth Brooks, for example. A: I don’t listen to any modern stuff really but it probably lost it a bit earlier even. Something amazing happened in those early days when African banjo players and Hawaiian slide players and Ukranian fiddle players and Cajun accordion players, and who knows who else, came together and, bang, the early days of country music were surely a golden era. Or you could call it folk music...I think plenty of them did. People music birds still do it better and always will. DL: I think you are one person in the local area who can fill the room with barely any need for a mic and a great example of how you don’t need to spend a heap on instruments to get a great, beautiful sound. Are you still playing with the same guys in the band The Long Gone Daddies? A: The good old Long Gone Daddies are still going when I can scrape myself and the boys off the floor. DL: And what’s in the pipeline, re gigs, over summer?

A: Probably going and hiding in a hollow log or going’ to Siberia to enjoy some snow. DL: Finally, any recordings on the horizon? A: Making a record at the moment - be out next year. DL: Thanks for your time mate!

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Fire plan action AFTER the 2009 Daylesford fire, Radio Springs Hotel owners Ken Parfrey and Jackie Airey decided it was time to take action on their fire plan.

The Lyonville hotel was only about two to three kilometres from the fire and under ember attack – about 7pm the power went, which meant no water. “We decided we needed to get some sort of resilience happening for ourselves as a business, and also as the community,” Ken said, pictured right with retired engineer Don Breen - who has been instrumental in the project. With the hotel the only business in the town, Ken said people tended to gravitate towards it for information. And stressing it will never be the place of last resort, and that all staff will be long gone on code red days, and guests will be told well in advance not to come, he wanted to ensure the hotel, if ever necessary, would be able to survive a fire and then cope in the aftermath as people returned. Working over the past year, in readiness for the 2013/2014 fire season, the Radio Springs Hotel is now equipped with a 35 kilo Volt Amps generator, food freezers, 42,000 gallons of water, large LPG tanks and a sprinkler system connected to a nearby dam. Ken said while the emergency services did their best, and a wonderful job, it was not reasonable for people to expect them to have everything done for them. “People must provide for themselves,” he said. But while everyone else will be gone Ken intends to stay. When asked why, his answer is simple - “I want the hotel to survive”. He believes that with all the precautions he has taken, if he is able to keep ember attack under control the hotel will

make it through most situations, and be there for the locals on their return. And while it has been an expensive exercise, Ken says it’s worth every dollar. “Where we are located it’s absolutely vital that we provide a safe situation for our own survival (and) so when people come out of their boltholes they’ll be coming here. “There’s no doubt about that.”

“People must provide for themselves.”

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Philosophy is housemade and fresh


occoncini arrived on the Daylesford café/deli scene just four years ago.

But for those who have discovered its fabulous all day breakfasts, seasonal lunch menu and well stocked deli, it’s like an old friend. Need inspiration for an amazing platter? Just spend a few minutes at the deli counter and you’re done. Slept in and feel like breakfast after noon? No problems. Looking for somewhere affordable but that little bit special to catch up with friends. You’ve found it.


Owners Tony Raftes and Annette Leary have a philosophy that focuses on “fresh – day in, day out”. Their gnocchi, corn fritters, croquettes…pretty much everything, are made on the premises every day according to demand. And they also stock the ingredients to their dishes in case patrons want to try and recreate them at home. Tony and Annette have also put Bocconcini through two renovations. The first to open and the second to offer more room to diners to sit back and enjoy their dining experience. And it’s worked. There is a real feeling of space and diners can also choose to sit outside and enjoy some people-watching.


There is a great menu catering for breakfast and lunch dining. Last week I tried the housemade panfried gnocchi, $18, teamed with Istra chorizo, roasted capsicum, spinach and imported pecorino cheese. It was perfect. The gnocchi is light with just the right amount of bite and the spicy kick of the chorizo is tempered by the capsicum and spinach. My partner couldn’t go past the braised pork belly, $18, which was accompanied by a tangy, crunchy Asian salad, house cut chips and a fabulous jus. There was very little comment – but the plate was left empty! Also tempting were the caesar salad, $16, the pumpkin salad, $17 and, if you’re after a bit of everything, the tasting plate, $30, would fit the bill.


On the run? Short lunch break? Bocconcini can do most of its menu as takeaway – which suits a lot of Daylesford and Hepburn traders who don’t have time for long lunches.

Something else

If you haven’t noticed it’s almost the silly season. Perhaps it is the silly season. To help out Bocconcini can put together a hamper with savouries, sweets, a bit of both. Your choice or leave the hard work to experienced staff.

Bocconcini is at 59-61 Vincent St, Daylesford. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 8.30am to 4pm.

Bocconcini - not just a cafe!

We offer a large selection of local and imported deli goods ranging from cheeses, antipasto, small good meats, including locally produced Istra products, and accompaniments. We have a large selection of providore stocks, including our wonderful tea range.


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38 Opinion

Renovations, relationships and nocturnal activities


HEY say that for every year spent building or renovating, it takes another year to rebuild the relationship.

Finger on the Pulse by Jeff Brownscombe

On this basis, Daylesford’s swathe of ecobuilders and developers should support a whole industry of relationship counselors. Yet many travel to Ballarat for this service. Curious. We had been discussing the optimal height for our new shower rose. Our contemplations made us weary and we drifted off to sleep. Next thing you know the baby is crying. Here the only social discourse possible is the debate over who gets up. Now whether my unrousable state was genuine or contrived doesn’t matter. The point is this… As my wife wandered out to the car at 3am to retrieve the hug-a-bub (complex baby-carrying device), she heard a distant hum. What do you think it was? In past millennia the riddle might have gone unanswered, yet the following morning a series of facebook posts confirmed that Farmer Joe (not his real name) was busy bailing hay in a paddock immediately adjacent to a residential zone. Fair enough I say – dry spell after the spring rains, fire regulations bearing down. A few in the East Street vicinity were a little bleary-eyed. I’d remind them there are Buddhist paths to enlightenment that utilize sleep deprivation as a tool for spiritual progression!

So thanks Farmer Joe. Maintaining supplies of stock feed and mulch whilst reducing bushfire risk should be considered an essential service. Lets not quibble about who’s getting the sleep, nor stress about shower rose heights. Instead, let us seek acceptance. Something to ponder next time you’re awake at 3am…whatever your chosen activity.

“Now whether my unrousable state was genuine or contrived doesn’t matter.”

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Cricket scholarship

Business of the Year

CRICKET Willow is offering a young cricketer a part-scholarship to play a season of club cricket in Yorkshire, England from April to September next year. Under the scholarship, a Central Highlands region cricketer, aged between 19 and 28, will spend a season with Houghton Main Cricket Club in the South Yorkshire League. The scholarship will also include a return airfare to the UK to the value of $2500, provide accommodation and employment support while in the UK, club membership and Jabaroo cricket gear valued at $1000. The patron of the scholarship is Geoff McRae, a former chairman, life member and long-time administrator of the Central Highlands Region Board. Expressions of interest close on December 20. Details: Contact Campbell Waring on or 04278 39548.

DAYLESFORD Rotary Club is after nominations for the 2014 Business of the Year, Employee of the Year and Young Employee of the Year. Club president Jan Pengilley said the club had been running the awards for 22 years to recognise local businesses and employees within Hepburn Shire. “There have been winners from many localities including Daylesford, Creswick, Trentham, Hepburn Springs and beyond,” she said. “It is important to recognise great customer service from both businesses and employees. Many of them provide wonderful services to locals and visitors and also are involved in their community. The selection criteria reflect these qualities.” Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up at visitor information centres. Nominations close on January 14.

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40 Sport

Speedway thrills for father and son team

DAYLESFORD Speedway got its 2013-2014 racing calendar underway on December 1.

The day included ride-on lawn mower races along with the all the usual thrills of the speedway with A and B Mods, street stock, ladies and juniors. Among those taking part were Glenlyon’s Darren Giacometti and his son Bill. Daylesford Speedway is held at Basin Road, Daylesford, behind Victoria Park. The next event is on Boxing Day with a demo derby, push bike races and all other racing classes. Racing starts at noon. Entry is $15 for adults, $5 for teenagers from 13 to 17, $10 for aged pensioners and free for children 12 and under.

Above, Darren Giacometti, leaves a trail of dust as he overtakes on the speedway. Right, Bill Giacometti finds himself spinning out on the track. Photos: Kyle Barnes

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