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2 About Us The Local is a fortnightly community publication covering the Hepburn Shire. The next edition is due out on Monday, March 31.

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Love for sister sees Lani gear up for epic ride L

ANI Bullen is gearing up for a bike ride.

Not your usual ride – this one’s 4961 kilometres long – from Tylden to Broome. Lani is making the ride to raise money and awareness of cystic fibrosis, the disease which took the life of her younger sister, Elke. She will start her epic journey on April 9 – which would have been the 23rd birthday of her sister, who was also known as Flea. “(Flea) had long wanted to buy a VW and drive to Broome when she turned 18,” Lani has posted on the Ride for Flea Facebook page. “I am going to fulfill her dream by riding my push bike up through Central Australia to Broome covering 4961km. “Help me raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis as I fulfill my little sister’s dream.” And helping Lani is the Trentham Golf Club with its Charity Day on March 22. Lani’s uncle, Peter Bullen, is one of the club’s members The club is asking people to get together a four-person ambrose team “and help fight CF”. Entry is $5 per player and members and visitors can pay on the day with all competition and green fees going to Cystic Fibrosis Australia. There will be a barbeque, a betting hole, raffle and silent auction. Enter on the day to tee off between 11.30am and 1pm or e-mail to reserve a time. Cystic fibrosis is the most common, genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illnesses affecting young Australians today. On her Facebook page, Lani has posted “a little about Elke”. “She was 16. Her favourite colour was red. She loved Good Charlotte, Blink 182 and Green Day. All she wanted was a tattoo and lip ring. She was nicknamed ‘flea’ because she was so small. “She was learning to play the guitar and wrote a lot of music. She would speak her mind - if you pissed her off she would let you know! “She was a daughter, sister , granddaughter, cousin, niece and friend. She was born with cystic fibrosis. She was a fighter. She was my best friend.”


was disbelief as residents and ChillOut visitors watched Whoops, they’ve done it again THERE as roadworks signs went up again in Vincent Street on Sunday afternoon, March 9.

It was clear the new road paving had not handled the ChillOut street parade with patches of asphalt once again displaced. It comes just weeks after the council closed Vincent Street for almost two days while contractors resealed the road. A week later council workers themselves were back digging up two large patches of asphalt which had not taken. On The Local’s Facebook page the comments came thick and fast from “why are we surprised!” to “no such thing as a quick fix with roads.”. Two business owners queried why they had closed for two days. Council Infrastructure general manager Bruce Lucas said the resealing was completed “as a cost effective treatment to hold the existing pavement together in the short term”. “Prior to the resealing by contractors, council completed some patches in areas where the road was unstable. “Regrettably, the patching works have not been successful. The problematic areas are planned for remedial works to be completed one evening, outside business hours, as soon as arrangements can be confirmed.”

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Hats off to milliner Shai Tabassi


HAI Tabassi finds nothing “fascinating about fascinators”. And that’s no surprise.

The milliner has been creating beautiful couture hats for women around the world for the past 13 years. And that’s real hats! Shai, who moved to Daylesford with her husband Ahmad last year, said she had swapped a civil engineering career for a four-year millinery course at the Kangan-Batman School of Fashion in 2001. But at the same time she also, through a collection for a celebrity designer client, got in touch with boutiques in Dubai, with the prestigious Dubai World Cup clientele in mind. “I knew that in Dubai they didn’t have any local milliners so I got in touch with three boutiques and since 2001 have been selling hats for the Dubai World Cup. Meanwhile I finished my course and became an official milliner.” But Shai’s love of fashion and hats goes back to her younger years – creating her first hat, for herself, at the age of just nine. “I made my own hat with no knowledge of hat making because I was very interested in sewing and figured out how I could make a hat from a flat pattern. “I don’t know how I can describe it. I am in another world when I am doing this. I always have three to four projects at the one time, there are always ideas coming

into my head. It’s my escape, my passion. I love it.” Along with creating individual designs, never mass production, she has also been an assistant milliner for Melbourne Theatre Company stage productions as well as the Singapore Ballet Company. Shai said she spent hours with clients, before deciding on what suited them best. “There are many factors that influence the design of a hat for a client, in my view, the ‘personality’ of the person is a strong decider as well as the occasion, physical appearance and of course the outfit. “I must admit that I make a lot of fuss over the issue but perhaps this is the reason for my success as a professional milliner and not just someone selling hats.” Shai uses a lot of vintage material, sourced from Paris and New York, which “puts my mark” on her creations. But the genuine 1920s and 1940s materials come at a cost – and are sold in stores which do not display prices. “In Paris recently one day I paid 95 Euro a metre for some material (but) two weeks earlier I had paid 50 Euro. But you can’t argue. There are no prices.” Shai, who averages about 50 hats per year, said they were more popular than ever but lamented that unfortunately due to the lack of training, or perhaps the carefree lifestyle, many younger women didn’t

have the confidence or perhaps knowledge on the intricacies on how to wear and carry a classic hat. Shai, who now works from her home studio in Daylesford, said she and Ahmad were enjoying their tree change. “We built this house in 2008 and finished in 2010. It was for long weekends, a holiday home. “But when our two children, 28 and 23, moved out mid last year, the Melbourne house was too big for us so we decided to sell. We decided to come to Daylesford for three or four months but both of us are so happy to be here we will stay as long as we can. “We are finding out what Daylesford has to offer and it’s very easy to live here.”


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Shire celebrates International Women’s Day


epburn Shire Council has celebrated International Women’s Day posthumously inducting pioneer Elizabeth Hepburn onto its Women’s Honour Roll.

The roll has also been named the Heather Mutimer Women’s Honour Roll to reflect Ms Mutimer’s work in having it established 10 years ago. Guest speaker was Victorian Women’s Trust executive director Mary Crooks with Dr Lorene Gottschalk speaking about the life of Elizabeth Hepburn. Two Daylesford Secondary College students also spoke. Chloe Wrigley talked about body image and the media while Lotus Hackenberger raised the issue of gender inequality in leadership. Abridged versions of their speeches are below. Ms Mutimer said when she was first elected to the Hepburn Shire Council in 2003 she was the only female councillor. “I became increasingly aware of the lack of presence of women adorning the walls of the town hall, council chamber, and in the little halls scattered across the shire. No photos of women or names on honour rolls,” she said. “So one day in 2004 we discussed ways in which we might acknowledge/celebrate IWD day for the first time. I also saw it as the perfect opportunity to create a local Women’s Honour Roll. So began the creation

of the Hepburn Shire Women’s Honour Roll. A small vibrant committee was formed and the roll was launched on International Women’s Day the following March.” Meanwhile, Dr Gottschalk said Elizabeth Hepburn was born in 1805, the child of Thomas and Anne Combes. She was baptised at the parish church of Cowley, and on 17 May, 1830 at the age of 25 (or 24) married John Hepburn at St Anne, Limehouse. She joined her husband, a steamship captain, to travel from London to Australia in 1837 with two young children in tow. They then travelled overland, with Elizabeth pregnant again, to the area now called Smeaton where they settled. “She learned about bush survival at these homesteads and was said to be given gifts of preserves, seeds and cuttings for a garden as well as advice for bringing up children in the bush. She was taught survival skills such as camp oven cookery, grinding of flour and porridge meal, bread and damper making and the many ways to disguise a diet of mutton, though the meat was supplemented with kangaroo, wallaby and the local fowl. “She learned that sheep provided rugs, bedding, mats and knitting wool. She learned how to make soap, cheese, butter, first aid, what flora and fauna were harmful and how to treat snake bite and ant bites. Possum skins made warm fur coverings.

“Eventually Elizabeth Hepburn was the lady of a grand two-storey house. “John Hepburn died in August 1860. Elizabeth Hepburn died in May 1869 in Melbourne at age 64. She had retired there with her four unmarried daughters.” *Photo courtesy of Margaret Fullwood from the Creswick Museum.

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By Lotus Hackenberger



But what is perfection? Everyone has imperfections or things that make them different to others. I believe that the media distorts body image. In our present day and age, women such as Marilyn Monroe are considered plus size or ‘fat’ when in past years they were considered the most attractive women in the world. I believe that media distortion is a growing problem for our future generations. Young, impressionable people are being shown and told, whether it be by magazines, TV shows or even music videos, that you are only beautiful or attractive if you are skinny. And it is not only girls; many young men have also been drawn to the idea of perfection – and it has to stop. The media is a marketing source, but is it for the right reasons?

Now, 200 years later, we realise that having the vote is not enough. To advance the cause of women, we need them to be equally represented in decisionmaking organisations – especially in parliaments and in boardrooms. Let’s look at the situation in 2014. Women make up just over 50 per cent of Australia’s population. However, in federal parliament, the coalition’s cabinet is made up of 18 men and only one woman. In Victoria the situation is only marginally better, with five of the 24 cabinet members in state government being women. The situation is repeated in our businesses and professions. What can be done to address this inequality? We must encourage girls to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. We must work towards making a real combination of challenging work and successful family life achievable. (This) won’t be easy but surely the benefits are worth it.

n the media there have always been issues. An ongoing issue frequently brought up is body image. For years there has been constant scrutiny of the perfect body.

n the nineteenth century the suffragette movement persevered against great opposition to begin the process of gaining the vote for women.

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It’s not you Donna, it’s all the other idiots! My Say by Donna Kelly


Y NEPHEW has just received his learner’s licence.

OK, so he just turned 20 but apparently there isn’t the push there was in “the old days” to get your licence as soon as possible. I think he’s also just going for the automatic option. Just easier. And who bothers with gears these days anyway. Well, me, but then when I was growing up, whether the world was flat or not was still a worry. We needed transport options. But it made me start thinking about my own early driving days - and all the things my nephew will miss out on. My first car was a Torana Sunbird. Blue. I loved it. I remember kitting it out with cushions for the back seat and using plenty of cleaning products. The dash was always shining and the steering wheel was always a tad slippery. But it wasn’t all clean sailing, or driving. I had a leak in the back window which meant the carpet on the rear parcel shelf smelt a bit mouldy. Well, a lot. But just for one winter while I saved to get the glass resealed. It was also a bit tricky learning how to use the “dip” button on the floor near the clutch. For anyone born after about 1970 that’s the headlight’s highbeam. Yes, I know where it is now, but in the days before colour television it was on the floor. True story. No, I have not been on the sherry. So not only did you have to learn how to change gears you needed to also keep

your toes nimble and ready to drop your highbeam - even while changing gears. We may have slowed but we were pretty quick back then. Then there was the choke. What’s that, I hear you ask, as everyone stops taking selfies for a moment. That’s the lever you pulled out to get the car started and then again at every traffic light until the engine warmed up enough not to stall. What’s stalling, I hear you ask, as everyone stops tweeting for a second that they are “in Myer, not sure which top, taking both, mums (sic) money anyway, whatevs olds”. It’s when the car stops because the engine has stopped because it’s cold - or overheated. That’s another story. Not just because you ignored the idiot petrol light. What’s an idiot light...don’t even go there. Oh, and will my nephew ever know the joy of topping up both the oil and the water. I had a friend who needed more oil than petrol to keep his car running. These days only qualified mechanics are allowed to touch anything to do with the engine. My father used to pride himself on his home services on both the Holden and the Valiant. I don’t think either ever saw the inside of a garage. Oh, and what about jump starts? Does anyone do them anymore? My mum recently drained her battery after leaving the lights on - which she denies to this day, except the light switch was on. So we pushed it back up the drive - just a little car - and Kyle got in, I gave a push, and within two metres the motor was purring. Just as well, because the fence was only three metres away. Anyway, my nephew has his learner’s and I wish him all the best. I think where he will really lose is with the number of losers on the roads these days. Perhaps it’s just me, but there seem to be more tailgaters, roadragers, angry overtakers and need for undertakers. It’s a different world. But the only advice I can offer is the same sage backhanded wisdom my father gave me 30 years ago. “It’s not you Donna, it’s all the other idiots”. Drive safe!

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Hepburn Primary celebrates 150th anniversary


F ANYONE knows a little, or a lot, about Hepburn Primary School’s history, it’s Betty Johns.

The great-grandmother’s family has been attending since the 1920s. So it’s no wonder Mrs Johns has been asked to chat to The Local about the upcoming 150th anniversary at the school on March 29. “My parents went to the school, probably around the 1920s, maybe before that, and then I went to the school, and then my children were there for 30 continuous years, and at the same time some of my grandchildren were there. “So I have had 47 continuous years at that school.” Mrs Johns said she had “great memories” of the school which at the time was just the red brick building. “We had up to 100 students there with no partitions. One teacher taught grade 1 and 2, another teacher taught 3 and 4 and the head teacher taught grades 5 and 6. “And it worked. You were not allowed to talk unless the teacher asked you a question. And one class read from the back board while the other teacher taught from the front. “Would it work today? No way.” Mrs Johns, who was a student from 1937 to 1942 “or something like that” said everyone knew everyone else. “We weren’t poor but we were all in the same boat. Probably everyone wore hand-me-downs – and they were quite appreciative of that.” After finishing at Hepburn Primary, Mrs Johns went on to the Daylesford High School which was at the southern end of the Daylesford Primary School. When Daylesford Technical College and the high school combined, to become the Daylesford Technical School, she went from “school to school” playing sport at Middleton Park, now the site of the current secondary college. “We walked up there for the two last periods of a Friday so if you were late getting up there you didn’t do much sport and we made sure we were back to catch the bus home or we had to walk.” After finishing school, Mrs Johns married Brian,

a schoolmate, and moved to Porcupine Ridge for a couple of years before returning to Hepburn. “”We bought a house here, probably the oldest in the district and one that should have been condemned, but we had to live there 10 years before Brian could build us this new one. “And it’s still my new house after 48 years.” Mrs Johns said her first nine children were born in the old house, which was on the land which is now between her ‘new’ house and the front gate. Another five children came along after the move including twins. Other memories of her schooling include her mother, on a roster system, appearing with milk to heat up in the school’s kitchen to make hot cocoa for the children’s morning tea. “It was cold in the brick building. In the middle of the room was a fireplace which kept the teacher warm. “In winter we were allowed, for one lesson, probably half an hour, to stand in the aisles and get

out and do our exercises, jump up and down, to keep warm. “We probably were freezing but it’s what you had to do.” One photo, in the frame above, shows Mrs Johns’ sister practicing dancing around a Maypole. “Each year the strawberry farm had a fete and the proceeds went to the school – so we did the Maypole dancing. “If was during the war, of course, and we had no material, just crepe paper dresses. “Gee, they were itchy.” Hepburn Primary School’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Day is on Saturday, March 29 from noon to 4.30pm. Events include tours, displays, memorabilia, an official ceremony at 2pm, plaque unveiling, tree planting, children’s performance and afternoon tea. A dinner will be held from 6.30pm. Tickets are $35. If anyone has memorabilia, or for details, contact 5348 2531 or Rebecca Pedretti on 0488 604 902.

Theatre to close Applications open Book launched


HE Daylesford Community Theatre will vacate the Rex Arcade by April 30.

The move comes after an agreement by the owner of the Rex Arcade, ITC Property Holdings, and the Daylesford Community Theatre committee. A media release from the committee said it would continue to operate until April 30 “after which screenings will cease and thereafter the committee will vacate the premises as agreed”. “The committee proposes to continue the Daylesford Community Theatre at another venue in Daylesford to be announced. “For that purpose, it will be removing all equipment, fittings and chattels purchased with funds raised by the public from the existing premises and will be removing those assets to a new venue. “The landlord and the committee have reached their agreement in good faith and will not be making any further public statements concerning the matter.”



The board is responsible for joint management of six parks and reserves in central Victoria. Department of Environment and Primary Industry Land Management Policy executive director Peter Beaumont said the call for applications follows an agreement in March last year between the Victorian government and the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to jointly manage the area. The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board will be made up of seven members including four nominees of the corporation, one general member nominated by the secretary of the Department Environment and Primary Industries and two general members. The board is expected to be established by September. Details:

Ten years in the making, i-brainmap is based on 25 years of working with and treating people for posttraumatic stress, anxiety and chronic stress. Ms McInnes, using her own experience with posttraumatic stress, said “it became clear that the brain could get stuck at any time”. “It can be overwhelmed even when those events are forgotten or not recognised as traumatic.” Dr Craig Hassad, a GP and senior lecturer for the Department of General Practice at Monash University, launched the book at Bokeh Gallery, Daylesford on March 14. Ms McInnes is donating two copies of i-brainmap to the Daylesford branch of the Central Highlands Library and will be signing copies there on March 29 at 11am. Link:

PPLICATIONS are open for two members to join the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board.

EPBURN psychologist Rita McInnes has launched a book to celebrate Brain Awareness Week, March 10 to 17.

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Oak felled without consultation


EPBURN Shire Council has felled a historic oak tree at Glenlyon Reserve – with no consultation with the reserve committee or residents.

Hepburn Action Group Public meeting at the Savoia Hotel on Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm.

We are asking for the community’s input and aspirations into the Hepburn Streetscape Design which Hepburn Shire Council has attempted to gather community ideas on recently. Have your say! We are asking for your input and also your aspirations as to keeping the demolished council depot site as a public recreation site for the community to use. Come along and make a submission or be part of a joint community submission to Hepburn Shire Council. Your ideas will be recorded and submitted to Hepburn Shire Council in late March 2014. See you all there!

Infrastructure general manager Bruce Lucas said the oak had been identified as structurally unstable “with the trunk having a significant split through it which extended down through the major part of the tree”. Mr Lucas said the damaged tree was reported to council by a local resident but it was “council’s responsibility to assess the tree and ensure public safety”. After an assessment and advice from contractors it was confirmed the tree was a risk to people and nearby buildings, and it was felled, he said. Mr Lucas said the council was now in discussion with the reserve committee of management about the potential for some form of carving or reuse of the larger timber sections and opportunities to assess and manage the remaining trees to minimise potential damage in heavy winds. “Council also acknowledges that advice to the community could have been improved and has modified the process for tree removal works to ensure this occurs with future works.” Glenlyon Progress Association president Joy Durston said there needed to be more council “consultation and connection with the local community regarding management of assets”. “It would seem appropriate that council initiates guidelines for contractors which detail action and management of assets such as fallen trees. “The good timber from the reserve tree could have been stored for drying and curing and later use for sculpture or street furniture.”

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Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra playing Mozart Don Giovanni Overture Beethoven Symphony No 2 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto With guest soloist Ji Won Kim at the Daylesford Town Hall, Sunday 30 March, 2pm Tickets $20 from Paradise Bookshop (Vincent St) or Bookbarn (Leggatt St). Online at, phone 0411 866 643 or at box office from 1pm on the day.

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Ride-on fire trailer could save property S

PRING Hill’s Alvin Clausen has come up with an invention which will excite many people who spend their summers tuned to the fire reports.

“And most houses burn down because of ember attack but this will saturate everything.” Mr Clausen said while the CFA was not able to “approve anything” a number of individual members were “really knocked out with it”. With property leased in Trentham from March 1, WATERWORX is now taking orders for the trailers “and a whole bunch of other stuff – lots of water stuff”. “The trailer is quite unique – there’s nothing like it on the market – certainly not ride-on. “And you could use it save livestock in a paddock, or a cottage or shed. “And when it’s not being used for fire, you can take the tank off and you’ve got a trailer for a bale of hay.”

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In a practical way. Mr Clausen, and his wife Di, moved to Spring Hill after they lost everything, including good friends, in the Marysville fires in 2009. They had thought they would rebuild but found it was emotionally impossible. So later that year they found a six-acre block “with great Spring Hill soil” and a mud-brick house. They’ve made it pretty much fire proof, in as much as that is possible, but Mr Clausen, with a background in electronics, is a realist. And he recalls watching people in Marysville with a host of fire-fighting apparatus but mostly home-made and not fit for purpose. “Just two months ago I thought why not make something that is a bit practical – and purpose built,” he said. “So here I have a ride-on fire trailer with a tank that can hold 1100 litres of water, a pump, a fire reel and a high pressure hose which is push button controlled. “You can ride on the back, chariot style, and be towed by a vehicle. If you like both hoses can be operated out of the car. And all the pumps are key starts. “I wanted it to be really simple for home alone situations. “It’s not offensive, it’s defensive. It’s no use calling me up and saying I have a fire come and help, it’s to protect your property and your assets.” Mr Clausen said he had already sold two, to nearby residents, at just $3899 each which includes the trailer which can be used at any time. Another invention, as an addition to the ride-on fire trailer, are sprinklers with a reach of 20 metres which have flame activated sensors. The additional equipment is another $700. “So it can be just sitting in front of your house, with the sprinklers aimed at your home, and you just leave it like that,” Mr Clausen said. “The flames, or you can use heat sensors, will activate the sprinklers. The sprinklers use 100 litres a minute so will last 10 minutes and the tandem (tank) will last 20 minutes.


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Lions Club of Trentham Garage Sale

The branch meets at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month at Holy Cross Hall, Daly St, Daylesford. Details: 5348 1255.

The club will hold the garage sale on Saturday, March 22 from 9am to 3pm at Lions Shed, Park Street, Trentham. All proceeds returned to the community.

Daylesford Probus Club Daylesford Probus Club meets at 10am on the third Tuesday of each month at the Daylesford Bowling Club, Camp St, Daylesford. Details: 5348 2553.

Car Boot Sale The Glenlyon CFA will hold a car boot sale at the corner of Barkly Street and Dysart Lane on March 29 from 9am to 1pm. To book a stall please contact Ian on 5348 7945. $10 a stall.

Trentham Golf Club Charity Day The club will hold a Charity Day on March 22 to raise money for research into Cystic Fibrosis. Entry is $5 per player and members and visitors can pay on the day with all competition and green fees going to Cystic Fibrosis Australia. There will be a barbeque, a betting hole, raffle and silent auction. Enter on the day to tee off between 11.30am and 1pm or e-mail to reserve a time.

Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra The Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Daylesford Town Hall on Sunday, March 30 March at 2pm. The concert is sponsored by U3A Hepburn Shire and Rotary Club of Daylesford. Tickets are $20 and available at Paradise Bookshop, the Bookbarn, EHZH, 0411 866 643 or the box office from 1pm on the day of the concert.

Dharma School Autumn Fair Daylesford Dharma School will hold its Autumn Village Fair on Sunday, March 23 from 11am to 3pm. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes to the fair to promote sustainable living. Attractions include musicians and performers, the Big Box Sculpture project, the pop-up op shop with creative sewers, massages, a Dharma talk and meditation, organic produce, archery and a slowfood barbecue. The school is at 11 Perrins Street, Daylesford.


RENTHAM Photography Club is holding a Photography Exhibition as part of Spudfest.

The theme for the inaugural exhibition is “All Things Potato” so people can use their imaginations to draw from a range of scenarios including planting and harvesting, old and new machinery, farms, farmers, spudshacks, plants and food. Anyone can enter. Details:

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Kate busy Rockin’ “The Look!”


OCKIN’ “The Look!” is The Local’s latest segment.

It’s all about people, women and men, who go that extra mile to create their own look. Whether it’s from another era, like our first Rockin’ The Look! entrant Kate Larsen left, or an edgy, modern vibe or something totally eclectic, The Local wants to share your look. So if you have a “look” or know someone who does, get in touch with The Local at dhslocal@, include a photo and contact details, and we’ll be in touch. Now here’s Kate!


ATE Larsen has been rocking her vintage rockabilly look for three years now and loves the attention it brings.

“I started when I left school and I just love doing it,” she said. “People stop you in the street and say ‘you look so gorgeous’ and I love being different – that’s one of the reasons I do it.” Kate, who you can find in Daylesford’s Brick Lane Bazaar, said she finds inspiration and additions to her wardrobe everywhere she goes. “Here, in the shop, and all sorts of places like rockabilly shows. And when I went to America for my 21st I got a lot of gear. Today I am wearing high waisted pants, a little western-style shirt with a red cardie and the ‘do’ rag in my hair.” Kate said she was always changing her look and also loved wearing a nice dress with a petticoat. Asked if creating “the look” took a lot of time she said “once you get used to doing it, no, it’s the same as everyone else”. And while ‘50s hair and make-up courses are on offer, Kate is pretty much selftaught. “I am right into 1950s time and style so I am always looking at images and taking note of people’s hairstyles and trying to replicate them.”

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New doctors in Daylesford


F YOU’VE been to the Springs Medical Centre lately you might have already met Lisa Hong and Kate Turnbull, pictured far right. Both are completing a year-long placement as part of their medical degrees at Deakin University. The Local’s Donna Kelly caught up with them recently.

that you may not have access to all the resources that a metropolitan hospital may have. As such, you have to rely on the bare essentials to help a patient. I’m hoping that I can further develop these organic skills during my stay. I also enjoy being part of the treating team and being an extra set of hands to help.

Donna: What are you doing with Springs Medical Centre? Kate and Lisa: We sit in with doctors and nurses while they see patients. In the next few weeks we will begin to see patients by ourselves too, under the guidance of the staff. We’re really enjoying our time here and the lovely patients who agree to see us are invaluable for our learning.

Donna: So what do you hope to eventually specialise in? Kate: My shortlist includes general practice, neurology and paediatrics. Lisa: General practice has always been my goal, however I do enjoy gastroenterology because I like food.

Donna: Why do you want the regional experience: Kate: Country GPs see a wider range of things. There is also less competition with other students to see and do things in country hospitals. Finally, not so much in Daylesford, but in the regional areas generally there is a shortage of medical staff. I want to skill up and get prepared to work outside the city, where medical graduates are most needed. Lisa: Being located regionally can mean

Donna: Any strange experiences so far? Lisa: Not yet, though I did drive past an echidna crossing the freeway! Donna: What do you hope your experience will give you? Kate: I hope that Daylesford will become a second home and that I will learn the skills and knowledge to make me a good fourth year student and down the track, a good doctor. Lisa: I hope to develop skills to become a safe and reliable doctor and to gain further insight into issues that regional areas face.

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Donna: When you are not doing medical things what do you do? Kate: I’ve always loved swimming, waterpolo, debating, teaching and reading crime fiction. Lisa: I enjoy food, baking, photography, travelling, reading and trapeze.

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HE 2014 ChillOut Festival was one of the largest ever, media spokesperson Shannon Martin said.

Mr Martin said a record crowd attended Carnival Day and ChillOut’s official events sold out over the weekend. “A majority of the umbrella events sold out during the festival and there were well-behaved crowds with no incidents recorded.” Mr Martin said Hepburn Shire was an integral part of the festival and without its support there wouldn’t be a festival. He said the Carnival Day crowd was moved by Mayor Don Henderson’s speech. Meanwhile Dolly Diamond was crowned ChillOut Queen for her 10 years’ service to entertaining festival goers. Mr Martin said the festival would not be possible without “the help and support of our volunteers, who give up their time and energy to ensure the festival runs smoothly”. “It was great to see businesses overflowing over the ChillOut weekend. Many businesses reported that they needed to put on extra staff to cater for the additional crowds.”

Photos: Above: Di Alysis, aka Max Primmer, did The Local proud on its float for the parade. And kept her fruit intake up afterwards with a quick stop to top up her headpiece at Coles. Left: Perfect Drop was just one of the many places to be during ChillOut. Below left: LeYoga participants really chilled out during one of the weekend’s outdoor classes. Below right: We can be heroes too! Felix and Phoenix were big photographic hits in the parade.

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USIC that is passionate and powerful will be performed by a full symphony orchestra when the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra performs in the Daylesford Town Hall on Sunday, March 30 March at 2pm.

The concert is sponsored by U3A Hepburn Shire and Rotary Club of Daylesford. Under conductor Mark Shiell the orchestra will present Mozart – Don Giovanni Overture, Beethoven Symphony No 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with guest soloist Ji Won Kim. Mr Kim is a graduate of the University of Vienna and winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year in 2009. Tickets are $20 and available at Paradise Bookshop, Vincent St, Daylesford and the Bookbarn, Leggatt St, Daylesford. They are also at, 0411 866 643, or the box office from 1pm on the day of the concert (subject to availability).

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HE official reopening of the train line to Bullarto was held on Saturday, March 15.

About 80 people boarded a restored train at Daylesford and enjoyed the trip through the forest and farmland to the station, with more people waiting at Bullarto for the ceremony. The line fell into disrepair after the 2009 Musk bushfire, and Daylesford Spa Country Railway volunteers have spent 4593 hours working on the project. Works included marking trees for removal, removing forest matter from the track, rail and sleeper replacement, drainage works, platform repairs, signal activities and station building works. Funding came from the Daylesford Spa Country Railway ($50,000 on top of volunteer hours), Hepburn Shire Council ($50,000), the Federal Government ($141,000) and the Victorian Government ($130,800), Cr Bill McClenaghan, Daylesford Spa Country Railway secretary, told the crowd it was “quite a privilege to be standing here today”. The station, 747 metres above sea level, is the highest train station in Victoria.

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Bullarto back in business

Driver Barry Fell heads back to Daylesford from Bullarto

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The Local The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Desperately Seeking - Friday, March 21 - 9 pm Shaun Kirk Album Launch - Friday, March 28 - 9 pm Under the Covers with Gabe Atkinson - Saturday, March 29 - 9 pm Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows with Chris Wilson Sunday, March 30 - 2 pm

Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville Sweet Nothings - Friday, March 21 - Evening Mr Scott Cameron on piano - Saturday, March 22 - Lunch Gillian Eastoe & Terry Murray - Saturday, March 22 Evening David & Martin - Saturday, March 29 - Lunch Liz Frencham & the People We Know - Sunday, March 30 - Lunch

Perfect Drop, Daylesford Family Farm Band - Saturday, March 22 - 7 pm Funky Soul, DJ Blair Stafford/Swami Salami - Sunday, March 23 - 6 pm Geoffrey Williams - Saturday, March 29 - 7 pm Like A Rolling Stone, DJ Mohair Slim/Swami Salami Sunday, March 30 - 6 pm

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HAUN Kirk’s grooves are addictive, and his capacity to connect with his audience also stems from his reflective song writing ability which is heartfelt and seemingly comes from a place beyond his years.

His sound drifts between soulful tones and a robust vocal range which has been described as “one of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard”. Catch Shaun launching his new album at The Old Hepburn Hotel next Friday, March 28 from 9pm.

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YNDI Boste is a finalist in the Americana section of the International Songwriting Competition for Outta Here (Ballad Of Chris Green).

The Hepburn resident said she was “pleased enough to have been a semifinalist two weeks ago”. “Winners are announced in April, so fingers crossed! I’m really chuffed to have made it this far.” The 2013 International Songwriting Competition received over 18,500 entries from more than 100 countries, and narrowed them down to just 306 songs. The 306 finalists’ songs are now competing for votes in the 2013 People’s Voice.


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Autumn menu at the Centre of the Universe


OR the record, Kyle and I are both regulars at Radio Springs Hotel. We have been since Jackie Airey and Ken Parfrey opened the doors a few years back. We love the atmosphere, the eclectic collection of “things”, the friendly bar and the great service. We also like the food. Kyle loves the steak, with his own mix of pepper and mushroom gravy, while I have been a stickler for the scallop salad. So when I heard there was a new menu, I thought we better check it out but there was a little me boring but when I find a meal I love I tend to stick with it. I shouldn’t have worried. Ken and Jackie know how to please and their autumn menu is just right. We started with a shared entree of the charcuterie for two - terrine, pickles, proscuitto, rillettes, artichokes and crusty bread. ($26). It is all seriously good. Chef Shane Fuller makes the terrine and the rillettes and he clearly knows what he’s doing. The rich flavours of the pork and duck are perfectly matched with the pickles and artichokes. We also loved the vitello tonnato - poached veal topped with tuna mayo, capers, lemon and raddichio. Yum! And I don’t know where the proscuitto comes from but it’s the best I have tasted. Then it’s onto the mains. I am tempted by the roasted Portugese chicken with seasonal remoulade and oven roasted potatoes ($28) while Kyle lingers

over the sticky Texan pork ribs with a warm Mexican salad of corn, greens, chat potatotes and coriander ($27) but then we spot the special’s board. Grilled Barramundi with handcut chips and a salad ($28) is my final choice while Kyle decides on the crispy pork belly with fennel salad ($20 - entree size). My fish is amazing. Cooked perfectly with flavours that just zing. The chips are crunchy and the salad is tasty and fresh. Kyle declares the pork a winner. It’s crispy on top and tender and lean inside. He teamed it with a bowl of steamed vegetables and is one very happy camper. We’ve been given a table in the main dining room and are enjoying the music on offer from Fire and Theft. It’s a busy night but everyone looks happy with their meals, the service and the ambience. We decide to skip desserts - there are five all priced from $12 to $15 and they all sound delicious - and finish up the night at the bar with what’s left in our glasses from a lovely bottle of Rebellion chardonnay. ($45) But once there we are tempted to try a cocktail, or two. We leave the choice in the hands of the bartender and he comes up trumps. One was a Japanese slipper - green and delicious, and the other was a peachy colour - and tasted of granny smith apples. At $18 each, they’re a great way to end a great night.

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Our musos! Words/Image: Jack Larm


AYLOR Sheridan is first and foremost an entertainer. As a musician he feels his priority is to engage the audience in the music he loves. For Taylor there is nothing better than to see his audience get out of their seats to dance and sing along. It comes as a surprise then to learn that not only was he a relatively timid child, but also that he didn’t inherit any of his talent from his family. “When I was about 12 years old I discovered Michael Jackson,” he says. “I knew I wanted to do the things he was doing on stage. I was so obsessed watching his show that I wore out the VHS tape.” Soon after, Taylor started entering talent competitions and, although he was often successful, he knew he needed something to set himself apart from the other singers. He bought himself a guitar and learned to play. His guitar teacher introduced him to the music of Stevie Wonder, which encouraged young Taylor to explore other singer-songwriters. But he always asked himself: “What’s going to set me apart from other musicians?”. In high school, he started his first band and it was then that he really started thinking about doing things differently. He certainly didn’t want to do the songs that everyone else was covering. He put a lot of emphasis on finding those hidden gems of songs that he could make his own by being clever with musical

arrangements and, when on stage, “giving it his all”. Recently, Taylor and his band produced a six-track EP and hired the Kyneton Town Hall to launch it. “It was a big gamble and we didn’t know who would turn up,” he says. “I’m happy to say that about 400 people filled the hall and it was amazing. There was such a great energy and atmosphere.” Another highlight was when Taylor and his band toured with Uncle Jed - the winners of last year’s Australia’s Got Talent. They developed an instant bond, which Taylor is confident will lead to more touring with them. “First, it was the Melbourne show which was Uncle Jed’s biggest turn out of the tour with a full house. I must admit I was a bit nervous, but as soon I was on stage with my band that turned to excitement very quickly.” Although Kyneton born and bred, Taylor has always had a soft spot for Daylesford. In fact, his ties to the town run much deeper because it was his great grandfather, Stanley Hammond, who made the statue “From School” outside the Royal Hotel in Daylesford. The future for Taylor Sheridan and his band is writing more songs, touring the East Coast of Australia and making sure their audience is thoroughly entertained.



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Jeweller inspired by Australian outback T AKING inspiration from the Australian outback, Tony Redmond has been working with glass for about four years now.

The Clunes resident of eight years, who has had two earlier careers in education administration and working on the land, said he had started with glass beads before moving into glass fusing. He also works with jewellery crafted from brass, copper, sterling silver, chainmail and lately, after having two knees redone, titanium. Mr Redmond said he had started his glass artistic endeavours after retiring, and never quite getting the hang of painting. “I always tried but found with glass you can put your own colours in and work anything you like into it. “The challenge is to work with your own ideas rather than go with the traditional concepts – and the challenge is also about getting people used to glass plates rather than always going for china plates. “They (the glass pieces) are one-off but should be used every day. “Some have four layers of glass, so they are strong, but very light. They are great for fruit bowls or perhaps

ice-cream or desserts.” Mr Redmond said he was pretty much self-taught undertaking just two courses in Canberra and Melbourne “just to start off”. “All the jewellery is self-taught.” The nuts and bolts of glass fusing include a kiln fired up to around 800 degrees Celsius for about 17 hours to get the glass fused, then again to “slump” the glass into shapes. Mr Redmond sells his creations at the Maldon and Talbot markets and this

year was also invited to take part in the Festival of Glass in Drysdale last month. He spends about six hours a day in his studio on a bit of acreage in a quiet area of Clunes. “I enjoy it, I do different things all the time, and I don’t mind the quiet. “And my inspiration is the Australian outback. I just step outside. There was a good sunset last night – those are my colours.”


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HE 2014 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay crew is raising money through a dinner, dance and auction.

All money raised will go to the Hepburn Health Service. The event is at the Daylesford Town Hall on Saturday, March 22 from 6.30pm. Tickets are $50 for a three-course dinner with drinks at bar prices. The band Hydrosis will play and there will be an auction of local goods. Dress is smart casual and people can also just enjoy the band from 9.30m for $10. Bookings/tickets at Daylesford Hospital reception from Melissa Ballerin on 5321 6500. Like Facebook/Daylesford Wheel Suckers to see list of auction items or donate at

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