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March 12, 2018 Issue 119 International Women’s Day

The Local - The Heart of the Highlands

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Front cover: Five women, one posthumously, have been inducted onto the Hepburn Shire's Heather Mutimer Women's Honour Roll. Pictured on our front page, clockwise from above left, are Rose Wilson, Mara Macs, Annie Smithers and Maureen Corbett. Bessie Harrison Lee (1860-1950) is pictured on page 3 - where you can read more about these women's achievements.

March 12, 2018 Issue 119 International Women’s Day

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International Women's Day honour roll


IVE women, one posthumously, have been inducted into the Hepburn Shire's 2018 Heather Mutimer Women’s Honour Roll.

Rose Wilson Rose worked for a women’s health clinic in East Arnhem Land and as a counsellor for the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Katherine. In Vietnam, as a volunteer, she taught English to poor and underprivileged children. She has supported many charities, both local and international, through exhibitions at her Little Gallery on High in Trentham and through the sale and donation of her artworks. Maureen Corbett Maureen was inducted for her involvement and achievements with the Hepburn Relocalisation Network, Local Exchange Trading System, as a Hepburn Windfarm member, Sustainable Hepburn Association Committee Member, treasurer of Sustainable House Days and teacher, trainer and tutor in permaculture and sustainability. Annie Smithers Annie is a chef, restaurant owner and gardener. She has taken in female apprentices and excelled within a male-dominated industry. She is known within the industry as a trail-blazer for her innovative approaches to food. Mara Macs Mara has been teaching circus skills to children and adults of the Daylesford community for the past 21 years. She founded the Sprung Circus in 1996. Mara also coordinated the acquisition and donation of a substantial midwifery kit to the Balep Health Clinic on Ambryn Island in Vanuatu. Bessie Harrison Lee (1860-1950) Bessie was born in Daylesford and was a suffragette, an activist for gender equality and a public speaker for Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

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4 Our artists

Inspiring teachers, artists, lead to life of art


Donna: When did you know art was going to be your path? David: I was never going to be an accountant. I wanted to be a singer, or write songs, or be an artist from a young age. In year 7 I befriended an old, old artist who was going blind and on the weekends I’d go to his studio and he’d teach me to paint. I really loved him, and I loved the studio and the smell. In year 10 my pretty Donna: You do myriad art enterprises – can you tell us cool art teacher invited the class to his house and studio on a Sunday. Me and my best mate were the only two a little about them? David: I used to paint and then also do printmaking to turn up. I was completely blown away and it changed my life. I’d come from this fairly dull suburban house to when I discovered it later. For the past five years I’ve one that was covered in art, and African sculpture and mainly concentrated on printmaking, incorporating musical instruments and he offered us exotic snacks like wood engraving, linocuts, etching, sometimes olives and strange cheese. From that day I was pretty lithography and hand-made books determined to become an artist.

AVID Frazer grew up as a principal’s son in the small Wimmera town of Murtoa and then Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. He had very inspiring art teachers in high school and as soon as he finished year 12 he went to art school, majoring in painting and submajoring in sculpture.

Donna: Do you prefer one medium over another? David: Depends when you ask me. I go through a period of doing big linocuts then I get bored with it. Then little wood engravings. Then I get on an etching burst. I get bored with doing the same thing.

Donna: Where can we see your work next? David: My studio, at 28 Blakeley Rd, Castlemaine, will be open as part of Newstead Open Studios Art Trail which is part of Castlemaine Arts Open – Meet the Makers over the Labour Day weekend and the following weekend, from 10am to 5pm. I’ll be doing a bit of printing, there’ll be work for sale plus you can enter my raffle for the chance to win an original wood engraving. Donna: What is your Central Highlands story? David: I had friends who grew up here and I knew the place pretty well. We moved up here 10 years ago as we couldn’t afford Melbourne.


Donna: What do you hope people take from your work? Words: Donna Kelly | Images: Supplied David: I hope they connect with it and feel some emotion, or it inspires some memory or feeling, or makes them laugh, and cry…

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A great tree, the great Barassi and Guildford’s great grub


HE shelves are made from boxes that once held kerosene, other boxes that carried ammunition, blasting powder, Persil soap and Vacuum oil are perched on high.

All round is the chatter of locals (a 40th wedding anniversary has been celebrated in former stables out the back), the rustle of a newspaper and the hiss of a coffee machine. Guildford General Store is open for business. Across the road a bust of local hero Ron Barassi gazes from beneath trees edging the cricket oval, properly the Recreation Reserve, just missing the two Bushells Tea signs that occupy two windows around the corner. Even the great “Barass” couldn’t see everything. Once one of 40 hotels in Guildford in the 1800s, the Commercial Hotel's transformation into a store is marked in a photo showing a small boy beside a recent arrival, a motor car. The first store was a wooden building next door to the present one. It burnt down in the early 1900s. The Zepnick family have just passed three years running the store, with “Granny” cooking, daughter Emily totally involved and sister-in-law Caro on the team. Guildford-born Emily, one of seven children, did her hospitality training at the Ballarat School of Mines, washed dishes, worked at the Swiss Mountain Hotel at Blampied, and was front of house at Frangos in Daylesford. Full of smiles and stories, she says the store is a hub of conversation with locals and visitors. Some from out of town seek directions and when it’s suggested they take the highway, ask, “Where’s that?”. The weary road past the store could easily be mistaken for something less. At 7.30 in the morning, customers are lining up to get coffee and perhaps some breakfast as they head off to work in Daylesford, Bendigo, Castlemaine and even Melbourne. Emily ’s noticed an intriguing change with the offspring of some local families returning from the city to holiday or spend the weekend. “It’s pretty cool,” she says, explaining that many conversations veer off onto, “How do I know you? My grandparents' place is at so-and-so". “Once they’ve grown they start to appreciate the place. But it’s always been a community hub, built on what was happening.” Online, the food gets raves…"the best quiche for 100kms…” "the cauliflower and leek pie was delicious - both filling and pastry,” and “Hope they start to produce their tasty relishes and sauce so we can take them home". Alas, this hope seems doomed, for Emily says the demand for tomato sauce was such that they had to stop selling it. The sauce is there for the pies, which wait near the takeaway lasagne, baked beans ($10.50) and curry on Friday nights. The food to go is apparently handy for people heading to their holiday homes.

Emily has lots of historical photos, including one of her when a little tacker, holding hands with other kids near the store around what is said to be the biggest gum tree in the state. They were successfully protecting it from an assault by power authorities, who found a way to divert the lines instead. With its girth of 13 metres and 20 metres high this eucalyptus rostrata is such a gem it’s even said Burke and Wills rested in its shade when on their doomed journey. Daylesford folk make the journey to the store for organic washing powder and doubtless for the gluten-free and vegan fare. Come September the cricket ground opposite is jammed with tents as the Banjo Jamboree plunks into town, with players from across the country and abroad pouring in for concerts and workshops. In summer, the town closes down a little - they no longer leave their car windows open. Nothing to do with the heat, it's zucchini season and there's only so many bags of the vegetables you want dropped on your car seat by well-meaning neighbours. As I leave, Emily hands me a green stubby holder bearing the store slogan, “A little bit of everything”. Fair enough.

Above, Emily Zepnick serves a customer, inset, from left, mum Janet "Zeppi" Zepnick and former owner Trevor Martin, with Emily. Words: Kevin Childs | Images: Kyle Barnes



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8 Opinion

Just sayin’...

Pick me, pick me...

By Donna Kelly


WEEK ago someone asked me how long it took to write this column. "About five minutes if I am switched on, or about 10 if I have to think about it," I replied.

Sounds smug but let's face it, if you are a journo, you need to be able to write. And unlike authors there is no room for "writer's block". Deadlines wait for no man, or woman. I could always write. I started with mini books in primary school, also writing captions for photos in photo albums, and then moved on to editing school magazines in high school. I think writing got me through uni. I didn't know much about politics or economics but I wrote so well I think the professors got dazzled by the bullshit. I actually worked in a uni once in the public relations unit. It was my job, among other things, to write media releases about the amazing things the professors were busy inventing. It was quite interesting. I got to see man-made lightning once and was very careful to "stand over there, just in case things go wrong". But I remember one bloke who was on the verge of some incredible discovery. I wrote a media release about it and sent it to him to check over. I received it back, a printed copy with red writing over the top saying "when you learn the proper use of English you can write another release". Whoops, accidentally dropped that into the closest bin. I always wonder if it was some great breakthough which would have changed the world - because I never got in touch with him again. Anyway, back to the top bit and as soon as I proudly declared it only took me five minutes to write a column I got writer's block. For a week now I have been wondering what to write about. Even to the point of glancing in the direction of the blackboard where Kyle has his "rant" ideas written down. And there was even the ignominy of having to sub Kyle's completed rant. Aghhh. I thought I might do something on the Daylesford caravan park issue - where a number of permanent residents have been given their marching orders by the new park owners. They will now let them stay but under certain circumstances and it's going to take a fair whack of money to make it all feasible. Which the Hepburn Shire Council, who handed over a new lease knowing the residents were there, and knowing it was, at the time, illegal for them to be there, doesn't have. But it's a hard one and getting litigious - so I really need more info and no-one is talking very much - which often happens when lawyers get involved. Then I thought I could write something about how wonderful ChillOut is and how it brings the community together but then I thought ChillOut's more about colour and less about talking, so I will leave that to our photo spread on pages 6 and 7. And then I was thinking about Seinfeld and how he decided to make a series about "nothing" even though George didn't think it would work. But nah, it has to be about something. Anyway, I hope you have got to here and thought "that's been a good read, she really does know what she's talking about" - just like those uni professers 30 years ago. Just sayin'...

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News 9

Darts players - we need you!


ARTS players are needed to join the Daylesford & District Darts League.

President Les Quick said he joined the league back in the 1980s when there were 24 teams of eight players. “Every Thursday there were 200-odd people playing darts in the region and now we are down to five teams of six. It’s been a steady decline. “But while over the past few years we have been able to balance numbers by moving team members around, now we have more than one team struggling because they are short on numbers. We just want to get the word out there if anyone is interested.” Les said games were played every Thursday, except school holidays, at the Savoia and Old Hepburn hotels from 8pm with most games finishing up about 10.30pm. “We don’t mind if people have thrown a dart before or never thrown a dart in their life. It doesn’t matter and we will cater for anyone, male and female, of any age. “And everyone knows that they had to learn from the start so they are all keen to teach people how to play. We all know the only way you can improve is by practising and playing.” Les said he joined up as a young bloke to have something to do. “There were always pub sports, mostly pool or darts to pick from, and there was even a game of quoits at the Farmers Arms, anything to get bums on seats. “It got me in. It’s a numbers game and you are playing against yourself more than an opponent. And the more you improve the more competitive you become. I just stuck with it.” Les said anyone interested could either just call him on 0400 483 769 or turn up on the night and “have a look and a chat”. “The night can be as cheap as you want to make it. I am a teetotaller so I have a can of soft drink and put in a little bit for fees, about $2.50, and have hours of entertainment. Other people come along and make a night of it with a meal. “And we have plenty of darts, you don’t need your own set although mine were just $17 from Kmart about 10 years ago.” Born and bred in Daylesford, the builder's labourer, said he had seen a lot of change over the years, including in the pubs. “The Savoia and the Old Hepburn are the only two hotels left that I would really call a pub, the others have gone upmarket or are catering to tourists. Frangos used to be the Belvedere, a great pub, the Wentworth, opposite the turnoff to Jubilee Lake was bulldozed down for units..that was a lovely old hotel. “And others have just closed down. Spargo Creek, Dean Hotel, Newlyn Hotel – too many to mention. “But we just keep playing in Hepburn, having a bit of a yack, turn the juke box flat out and have a banter. When I started the whole pub had to be quiet when you were throwing but now everyone has a good stir, you know when you haven’t thrown well. “We just hope more people will come along and enjoy the night.”

Five fun facts about darts

*The game was taken into all theatres of war by English servicemen (including prisoner of war camps in Europe and the Far East) and so many allies, particularly the Americans, Australian and New Zealanders learned about the game. *In January 1979, eight million BBC television viewers watched Chesterfield’s John Lowe win the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship at Jollees Club, Stoke-on-Trent, defeating the previous year’s champion, Wales’ Leighton Rees, 5-0 in the final. *When darts was first introduced into English pubs there were no hard and fast rules of play so the ‘house rules’ applied. Travelling darts players could find themselves throwing from, say, six feet (two metres) in Cornwall and nine feet (three metres) in London.

See Les' throwing style on the back page!

*The legality of darts (whether it was a game of chance (illegal) or skill (legal)) was challenged in a Leeds court in 1908 when a publican was prosecuted for allowing darts to be played in his pub, the Adelphi Inn. Fortunately he took along with him his best player William “Bigfoot” Annakin who, by demonstrating the game, so impressed Words: Donna Kelly | Image: Kyle Barnes the magistrates that the decision went in darts’ favour. *In the 1930s darts was banned in Huddersfield (on health grounds), Liverpool (on the grounds that it encouraged drunkenness) and Glasgow (as magistrates believed that this ‘new’ game would encourage young people to enter pubs).

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Kyle’s Rant


SN’T it amazing how nowadays we give all our files over to the “cloud”?

We don’t have photo albums, we just run around with our iPhone memory, snapping up photos of sunsets, meals and good times, that noone will really remember. Except those of us who pop it onto Facebook, where we are reminded of the one-year anniversary since you took the snap of yourself in the mirror where you had just lost all that weight and then the awful reality bites when you realise you have piled the padding back on again. I started my career in the merchant navy when the GPS had not long been around. It was called the Doppler system and it used the ping of an approaching and disappearing satellite, to give you your position. It’s hard to explain scientifically without glazing over, suffice to say that was about as accurate as a drunken sailor's footsteps and was only to be relied on within 10 square miles. Things have moved on now. During the 90s the new, much more accurate GPS came out to the domestic market, however because of the Middle East conflict, the inventors put a bug in the system, kind of a small inaccurate fudge factor, so the enemy couldn’t pop a bomb down the chimney of a passing ship. Back then you would come into the port and switch over to a differential GPS, which would put you on track within an inch or two. Nowadays we have cars that can park by themselves using a combination of sensors and GPS. Now all this worries me a little, yes, I know I have to go with the times, but my point is I had to learn Morse Code and the use of signal flags only back in the mid90s when I sat for my captain’s ticket. This was not because you were expected to use it. It was so if the kaka ever hit the fan and some war mongering idiot turned off all the electronics, some of us (who had paid attention) would be able to keep a universal language alive. Back to my first point, and it is a bit of a doomsday scenario, but what if this same tyrant hit all the Google drives and dropboxes at the same time, what would happen to all the memories? The photos of our loved ones growing up, the stupid cat movies, even re-runs of Sons of Anarchy – all gone. Anyway, I will leave you on that cheery little note. Bring back the photo album and slideshows. Rant over.

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Vale Matt Harding


RENTHAM-based sculptor Matt Harding passed away on February 22 after a year that saw his international career as a sculptor really take off - most recently he installed his works in the foyer of a building in Miami.

Matt was an outlier in the art field, he came from a large working-class family that insisted he do a trade rather than pursue art. He completed his apprenticeship, winning Apprentice of the Year, and the day after finishing at TAFE he enrolled in a print-making course determined to be an artist. He eventually went to Australian National University to study woodworking, then moved to massive metal structures, many of which for instance Melburnians would know though he was not a household name. One of his most famous Melbourne pieces is Fruition. Importantly however, Matt helped people in the local area running a large workshop in Trentham, where he employed people as welders, drafters and artists. His staff are continuing to work and finish his sculptures which includes an old electricity transformer tower that is a three-storey high piece of art.

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Swim and fundraiser a huge success at Lake Daylesford


VERY successful swim and fundraiser was held at Lake Daylesford on 18th February this year.

A record 63 participants completed the 1.2 kilometre course in beautiful conditions. The first person over the finishing line was Ebony Ebenwaldner in a women's record time of 14 minutes and 54 seconds. The second person over the line was Justin Rodda in a time of 15 minutes and 27 seconds. The event raised funds for La Faek Diak Foundation of East Timor. Thanks to our valuable sponsors The Book Barn, The Boathouse Restaurant and Lake House. The donation of their fabulous services made for an exciting raffle. More photographs and previous years' results can be seen on Lake Daylesford Swim Classic facebook page. We are already looking forward to next year's swim.

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Clunes art


RTIST Joanne Mott will deliver a landbased artwork in the shape of a crescent moon, 12 metres in diameter, holding a quartz-encrusted circular pavement area, to the Clunes skate park reserve.

Ms Mott was awarded a $30,000 commission for public art by Hepburn Shire Council last week. The moon-shaped mound will be oriented towards the north, facing the historic Port Phillip Gold Mine and aligned with the path of the moon. The circular area in the middle will be linked to an Augmented Reality phone and tablet application. The artwork is intended to activate the skate park and be a place to sit, socialise and contemplate. Three artists were shortlisted to develop their concepts for a permanent public artwork after an expression of interest process. Mayor John Cottrell said that public art commissions across the shire were becoming popular attractions with both locals and visitors, with a number of artworks commissioned over the past few years. "The public art work proposed in Clunes will no doubt generate interest and conversations in the community. The commission is a modern and interactive art work that will allow visitors to engage directly with the piece.” Cameron Ward councillor Neil Newitt said as an interactive public art piece, the Clunes artwork would embrace new and emerging technologies. "It’s exciting because it will continue to engage with the community and visitors into the future.”

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LIFESTYLE COUNTRY RETREAT IN THE HEART OF SPA COUNTRY This magnificent lifestyle property is set on 38 acres and is only 7 mins from the Daylesford Township. Barcaldine House consists of 3 luxurious suites with private bathrooms and a further manager’s bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom and walk-in robe. Feel the Victorian Period charm whilst overlooking the established gardens and vineyard. Previously used as holiday accommodation with the vineyard supplying the cellar door. Full commercial kitchen providing café meals. The property has also been used for weddings and other corporate functions. Capitalise on the existing set-up or convert to a wonderful private country retreat. Features include: • Fully equipped commercial kitchen, wine cellar, café and tasting room • Vineyard with 2100 mature vines, spring fed dam, irrigation system and 5 rainwater tanks • Stunning English style garden and 200 established olive trees • Divided into several paddocks and with established helipad • 38 acres of rich red volcanic soils in tightly held location

AUCTION Saturday 24th March at 11:00am CONTACT Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

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DAYLESFORD DAYLESFORD 45 HEPBURN ROAD "MONTECELLO", CHARMING COUNTRY COTTAGE & GARDENS Full of personality, this attractive and traditional country cottage surrounded by lovely established gardens is perfectly located between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The cottage is sited high on a huge corner allotment that may suit further subdivision (subject to Council approval). The front sitting room has French doors to verandah, 2 bedrooms, then a step down to the open plan kitchen and spacious family area that opens to a large elevated eastfacing deck. Underhouse, there is a large studio area with second WC and laundry facilities.

a2 b1 c1 FOR SALE PRICE $525,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

DAYLESFORD 11 NORTH STREET EXCEPTIONAL IN EVERY WAY Delivering a statement of contemporary elegance, this magnificent double storey 4 bedroom residence with private home cinema in central Daylesford showcases quality-built designer style, impressive proportions and deluxe finishes, providing an enviable lifestyle opportunity. • Master bedroom with stunning ensuite bathroom • Spacious open plan living areas upstairs & down, wide entertaining terrace & balcony • Elevated private allotment approx 1000 sq.m.

a4 b2 c2 FOR SALE PRICE $1,130,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

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DAYLESFORD 8 HEPBURN ROAD PERSONALITY PLUS Having just undergone a recent refurbishment this light-filled residence encompasses free-flowing living, dining & entertaining zones featuring many charming vintage details and contemporary inclusions to create a captivating country home of great personality. Gracing a generous allotment of approx. 1662 sqm (over 1/3rd of an acre) halfway between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, the property has views to nearby bushland and presents a superb lifestyle opportunity.

a3 b2 c3 FOR SALE PRICE $695,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

DAYLESFORD HEPBURN SPRINGS 8 FIFTH STREET CALLING RENOVATORS, BUILDERS & VISIONARIES Located in the heart of Hepburn Springs, this private and secluded home is set on an amazing 1743 m2 approx. block, just 3 minutes to Daylesford. The property has been set out and used as 3 apartments for many years, but has outlived that purpose. The bright and light spaces are currently configured as 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lounge, dining, sunroom and 2 kitchen areas. Featuring high ceilings, timber floors, bedroom with direct access to outdoor decks, the possibilities for this property are endless. Offering a peaceful lifestyle opportunity, this property would suit an investor/developer, permanent residence or ideal as a weekender. AUCTION Sunday 8th April at 11:00am CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

DAYLESFORD 47 WEST STREET RENOVATORS DELIGHT WITH SUBDIVISION POTENTIAL (STCA) With outstanding views to Wombat Hill and Daylesford CBD this large, elevated allotment of approx. 1408m2 has a lot to offer. The home features 3-bedrooms, 1-bathroom with separate toilet, kitchen/dining, separate living and a full laundry with sensational views and an abundance of period features throughout. A well-established garden surrounds the home with large trees, orchard, tiered garden beds and a garden shed.

a3 b1 c2 FOR SALE PRICE $540,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

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DAYLESFORD 2453 BALLAN-DAYLESFORD ROAD COUNTRY COTTAGE ON TOP OF THE FALLS Situated just minutes to Daylesford, in picturesque Sailors Falls right next to the newly restored reserve with its own mineral water spring. This fabulous period cottage is set on approx. 4 acres of flat cleared land offering 3 good sized bedrooms, big bathroom, separate laundry room, central kitchen and separate living room. Outside a double car garage/workshop with power connected, caravan/ float shed and a recently landscaped backyard with decking overlooking the falls.

a3 b1 c4 FOR SALE PRICE $430,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328



DAYLESFORD 12 QUEENSBERRY STREET STYLISH & ELEGANT RESIDENCE WITH VIEWS Situated on top of the hill with sensational views over Daylesford, this double storey property offers stylish modern living on a low maintenance allotment. Upstairs boasts a well-appointed kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, dining/ lounge room and two generous sized bedrooms with central bathroom. Downstairs the large master suite or self-contained apartment has its own balcony, kitchenette, walk in robe and big bathroom with double walk in shower and spa bath.

a3 b2 c2 FOR SALE Contact Agent CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

DAYLESFORD 2 ARMSTRONG STREET VACANT RESIDENTIAL ALLOTMENT IN PRIME LOCATION This vacant residential allotment is set within one of Daylesford’s most sought-after areas close to Lake Daylesford, with nearby access to the Peace Mile walking track around the Lake. The well proportioned block of approx. 675 sq.m rises up from the roadway and offers the opportunity to site an elevated residence to take full advantage of the northern aspect and views towards Daylesford township and Wombat Hill.



7.5 ACRE IN TIGHTLY HELD AREA This open land in the peaceful, tightly held rural area of Yandoit just 15 minutes from Daylesford. Sited down a private lane is approx. 7.5 acres [3.0 ha] of beautiful land with some light bushland which is a haven for the abundant wildlife. Relax and enjoy country living as you watch the spectacular sunsets over the long horizon. Fabulous location to build your dream home, weekender or private retreat [STCA].

23 ACRES OF TRANQUILITY Sited on approx. 23 acres [9.5 ha] of beautiful light bushland with spectacular views and a haven for the abundant wildlife. Enjoy country living as you watch the spectacular sunsets over the long horizon. There is an exciting 2 bedroom mudbrick residence that just needs your personal touch to create a wonderful weekender or permanent residence. Alternatively, the owner had previously obtained a permit to build a new residence on the nearby higher ground and decommission the existing house.

FOR SALE PRICE $170,000 CONTACT Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

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FOR SALE PRICE $410,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

a2 b1 FOR SALE PRICE $430,000 CONTACT Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

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Letting texture be the key to beating blandness


IXING materials both natural and man-made brings an authentic, sensory quality to our abodes.

Regardless of my client and their brief, I will not encourage elements that are not low maintenance. Who wants to polish, clean, stain or paint unnecessarily? Materials can be chosen for any project that are hard wearing and durable that retain their finish. Unfortunately, these man-made materials can be too smooth or bland. It's wonderful (or is it?) to have smooth plasterboard walls. Wipe down cabinetry. One neutral colour... because who wants to fuss with a colour palette? This bedroom is an excellent example of neutral toning. Tones and texture make a cosy, inviting bedroom space. There is a blending of tones that complement each other. The earthiness and rustic textures add layers to the bedroom scheme. If the timbers on the ceiling or the floor were one colour only, or the whites were all one white then the room would be flat and uninteresting. By adding the variation in tones and fabric texture the bedroom becomes more appealing and cosy. The same can be said for stone feature walls. Stone connects us to the outdoors. To the earth. It is solid with variations in colour and texture. Without bringing in a spectrum of colour. You can witness this each day in the Central Highlands by noticing the exposed faces of sandstone and mudstone. The colour palette can stay simple but it becomes so much more interesting and tactile. Texture can be added to any room. Simple treatments include rugs, throws and cushions. Add texture or tone with curtains or textured roller blinds, vases or pots. You will soon see how easily a bit of cosiness and interest can be introduced into your space. Enjoy your texture.

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Good passive design for thermal comfort, low energy bills and low greenhouse gas emissions

PASSIVE design’ is design that takes advantage of the climate to maintain a comfortable temperature range in the home. Passive design reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, which accounts for about 40 per cent (or much more in some climates) of energy use in the average Australian home.

A contemporary living room has wide glass bifold doors opened to connect the room to an outside balcony with trees beyond. High windows with louvres run across the wall above the bifold doors, allowing plenty of light into the room. The importance of passive design cannot be overstated. Paying attention to the principles of good passive design suitable for your climate effectively ‘locks in’ thermal comfort, low heating and cooling bills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions for the life span of your home. Passive design utilises natural sources of heating and cooling, such as the sun and cooling breezes. It is achieved by appropriately orientating your building on its site and carefully designing the building envelope (roof, walls, windows and floors of a home). Well-designed building envelopes minimise unwanted heat gain and loss. The most economical time to achieve good passive design in a home is when initially designing and building it. However, substantial renovations to an existing home can also offer a cost-effective opportunity to upgrade thermal comfort — even small upgrades can deliver significant improvements. If you’re buying a new home or apartment, assess its prospects for thermal comfort and/or ability to be cost-effectively upgraded to reflect good passive design principles in its climate. For best results, ‘passive’ homes need ‘active’ users — people with a basic understanding of how the home works with the daily and seasonal climate, such as when to open or close windows, and how to operate adjustable shading. A number of different and interrelated strategies contribute to good passive design. Passive design strategies vary with climate. The best mix of passive design strategies also varies depending on the particular attributes of your site. Good passive design is critical to achieving a lifetime of thermal comfort, low energy bills and low greenhouse gas emissions.

Passive solar heating Passive solar heating is the least expensive way to heat your home. Put simply, design for passive solar heating keeps out summer sun and lets in winter sun while ensuring that the building envelope keeps that heat inside in winter and allows any built up heat to escape in summer. Orientation, thermal mass, sealing and other elements all contribute to the design of a house that benefits from passive solar heating. Passive cooling Passive cooling is the least expensive way to cool your home. To be effective, passive cooling techniques need to cool both the house and the people in it — with elements such as air movement, evaporative cooling and thermal mass. Passive cooling design techniques can be applied to new homes as well as renovations, across a range of different climate zones. All Australian regions except those above the tropic of Capricorn require some form of passive heating in winter.

Author Caitlin McGee, Passive Design, Commonwealth of Australia [http://] Department of the Environment and Energy [2018]. Your Home: Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes.

HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION SPECIALISTS Sleep 1-18 guests with hand picked properties from within our area. A truly independent provider of holiday accommodation in Daylesford / Hepburn area. Providing holiday accommodation to guests for 21 years, with a fine selection of homes ranging from studios to five bedroom homes. We work with local partners to provide you with the right “break away” or retreat. On our site you will find a selection of our properties, prices and availability, along with our partners in regards to dining, lunch, coffee and relaxation. 94 Vincent Street Daylesford Vic 3460

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Bells Water Gardens @ Newlyn

Bells Water Gardens has been in the water garden business for over 25 years, building and maintaining ponds and growing a diverse range of aquatic plants for the nursery trade and public. We are passionate about building natural eco-system ponds, adding beauty and encouraging wildlife, allowing interaction with nature. Water gardens built by us are quiet, contemplative places to rest and energise the senses. Contact us for all your water garden requirements. Open all Labour Day Weekend at our nursery 1 Campion Rd, Newlyn. We will also be at the Ballarat Begonia Festival with a pond display!

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The perfect dining experience at The Drop


ISTEN to the locals and The Perfect Drop draws lots of great comments – and for good reason. The Daylesford restaurant opened 13 years ago as a wine bar, then a few years later found itself with a hatted chef and soon became a hatted restaurant.

And it’s not just the food. The Perfect Drop has three dining rooms, lovely outside spaces and is heavy on chandeliers, antique lamps, flowers and candles – a complete dining experience. Heading up the kitchen is Michelin Star French chef Fabien Manzoni who has created a wonderful fine dining menu using local suppliers and extensive kitchen gardens. Now that’s sustainability in action. We were lucky enough to dine there last Tuesday and were greeted by our waiter Matthew, a consummate professional throughout the evening, and at 25 a former chef himself now studying law, who showed us to our table for two. I like wait staff who can hold a conversation. Getting started We chose sparkling mineral water and Matthew also brought us our housemade rolls with lemon-infused butter while we looked over the extensive drinks list – there are more than 50 whiskeys to choose from. I had the Bress chardonnay while Kyle chose a Corona. After that, we left decisions to the chef, ordering the degustation menu. This is normally $95 but on Locals’ Night the price drops to just $55. For another $55 you can have matching wines. Now, whatever Fabien is doing in the kitchen, it is amazing. From the first of six dishes (we had a pre-dessert as well) we thought it couldn’t get any better, but it did. It really is fine dining at its peak, with flavour and presentation combining in beautiful and delicious dishes which offer the chance to savour food with all the senses and appreciate the ingredients and technical skills involved. Degustation menu First out was beetroot three-ways with pureed beetroot with goat’s curd mousse, three different kinds of pickled beetroots and pan-seared baby beetroot. It was a perfect start with the creaminess of the puree and mousse perfectly paired with the pickles and pan flavours. Next, was a pan-seared scallop on an apple and celery salad coated in coconut yoghurt, an oyster ice-cream, caviar and dusted with sumac. This was incredible. Flavours bursting everywhere but always light and elegant. You have to try that ice-cream! The third dish, and by now we were onto a glass each of the Mount Macleod pinot noir, at Matthew’s suggestion, was scampi with a scampi bisque, confit tomato and a red berry granita. Cliched, but it was perfect. And you are going to need that second dessert spoon for the bisque, it is just divine. Next up, and Kyle’s favourite, was the slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, confit garlic, onion marmalade, a pastry tube filled with pommes anna and mashed potato topped with a rosemary jus. If you think degustation means going home hungry, you are wrong. This was a big serve of the most tender meat you can imagine, with those fantastic sides all coming together offering big flavours from the garlic to the onion to the potato tube. All rounded up by that amazing jus. Dessert Now, we were pretty much done, full and out of superlatives. But Matthew kept coming, first with a “pre-dessert” which was a banana sorbet with a banana compote and a chocolate cookie. OMG. This dish is so bananery, if that’s a word, and reminded me of overloading on banana lollies followed by a hit of chocolate freckles as a kid. Heaven. But wait, there’s more. The dessert. The awesome dessert. A chocolate dome filled with chocolate mousse covered with high gloss ganache, with a salted caramel sauce, passionfruit ice-cream and dusted with 24-carat gold. Yes, gold. And it was, dessert-wise, pure gold. A la carte Now, if you are not into letting the chef take control, there is always the a la carte menu, with many of the above dishes, but also plenty more. Entrées include Quinoa and Tomato Salad, Gazpacho, Goats Cheese ($22) and Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio, Confit Carrot and Honey Glaze ($20). For mains you may prefer the Salmon, Asparagus and Pistachio Puree with Cauliflower ($46) or the ‘Cromesquis’ Coconut Risotto, Ratatouille, Eggplant Veloute ($32). There are also plenty of dessert or cheese options to choose from. The Perfect Drop also offers a special package for all lunch customers, with two courses for $40 per person - available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch.

Words: Donna Kelly | Images: Kyle Barnes

28 Dining

Monday Thursday  & Friday 5pm until late Saturday  & Sunday 12pm until late  Classic Pub Fare -  Eat in or Take-away available Monday $20 Parma night ( 8 varieties )  Thursday $20 Curry Night Live Music, Beer garden  Events, Functions, Venue Hire  





BAR , DINING & DAYLESFORD’S ONLY LIVE MUSIC VENUE Thursday to Sunday noon till late afternoon (5pm)

We invite you to experience the culinary delights which have made Mercato a popular destination in itself within the Daylesford/Macedon Ranges region. Exquisite food & wine in an ambient setting now including regionally inspired Tapas.


Every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday nights & DJ beats every Friday night

Local’s $10 pizza

The quality you know and love in small bites to share!


Every Wednesday & Thursday nights

Monday night is Locals' night, enjoy one course meal and a glass of wine for $30. (not available on Public Holidays)

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday 5pm till late Functions welcome


32 Raglan Street, Daylesford (03) 5348 4488

22 Howe Street, DAYLESFORD Phone: 0429

585 129 for bookings & enquiries



$20 Mains

2 Courses $32 / 3 Courses $40


Locals Menu – all day

2 Courses $27 / 3 Courses $32

Tuesday & Wednesday 11.30am – 3pm Thursday to Saturday 12 noon – 10pm Sunday 12 noon – 4pm 31 High Street, Trentham (03) 5424 1144

Christmas 2017

Open every day from Tuesday 26 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018 Please call 5424 1144 for opening hours

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Meal deals for locals...and visitors too!


VERYONE loves a good meal deal. So here are some of the dining establishments offering great food and great prices!


The Surly Goat, Hepburn - lunch special - two courses and a glass of wine - $40



Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford - Monday Meatball Madness - $20 (Vegetarian too) Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn - Parma Night - eight varieties - $20 Mercato, Daylesford - One course, glass of wine - $30


Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford - Burger Night with chips - $20 Perfect Drop, Daylesford - Degustation menu $55


Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford – Pot (or glass of house wine) and Parma - $20 Spa Bar, Daylesford - Locals' $10 pizzas

The Surly Goat, Hepburn - lunch special - two courses and a glass of wine - $40

Monday - Friday (Not available public holidays or school holidays)

Galley Diner, Daylesford - lunch deal - burger, soft drink, fries - $17 Casa El Rey, Daylesford - lunch deal - burrito, soft drink - $15

Community Lunch:

The 5000 Club, Daylesford is open for lunch from noon at Stanbridge Hall, Central Springs Road, Daylesford. All welcome.


Fundraising raffles for local organisations are held on Friday evenings at the Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn and the Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford.


Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford – Steak Night - $20 Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn - Curry Night - $20 The Plough, Trentham - Locals' All Day Dining - 2 courses $27/3 courses $32 Spa Bar, Daylesford - Locals' $10 pizzas


The Surly Goat, Hepburn - lunch special - two courses and a glass of wine - $40 Criterion Hotel, Castlemaine - Express Jalapeno Poppers $12, Fried Chicken Wings $12, Refried Bean Rolls $12, Fried Baby Calamari Tostada $16, 12-2.30pm

The Farmers Arms Footy Tipping Competition just got real.

Someone WILL win two tickets to the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

Real prizes. Real chances. That’s a real pub.

Real mates. Real community spirit. That’s a real pub. Eat. Drink. Be Local.






30 Gig guide

Gig Guide The Spa Bar, Daylesford Z-Star Delta – Wednesday, March 14, 7pm-10pm Live Piano Improv – Thursday, March 15, 7pm-10pm DJ Beats Kid Sin – Friday, March 16, 9pm-11pm The Zero Point – Saturday, March 17, 7.30pm-10.30pm Live Piano Improv – Wednesday, March 21, 7pm-10pm Whiskey Room – Thursday, March 22, 7pm-10pm DJ Beats Clay Ravin – Friday, March 23, 9pm-11pm Suitcase Full of Blues – Saturday, March 24, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn Springs Jared Brentnall – Friday, March 16 New Elk - Saturday, March 17 Nathan Power - Sunday, March 18 Scott Fraser - Friday, March 23 Caroline Gale - Saturday, March 24 Polar Bare - Sunday, March 25

RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick Don Fisher - Friday, March 16 Vincent Emanuel - Friday, March 23 Dan West - Friday, March 30

All gigs are subject to change. So if you are only going for a particular entertainer/ band, check with the venue. Otherwise just go along and enjoy... Got a gig you want to list? It's free. Email


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To market, to market, to buy some tasty nuts!


OU can find everything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds. Here are just a few.

Daylesford Railway Market – every Sunday Wesley Hill Market - every Saturday Daylesford Farmers’ Market – first Saturday Trentham Neighbourhood Centre Makers’ Market - first Saturday Golden Plains Farmers' Market - first Saturday Castlemaine Artists’ Market – first Sunday Kyneton Farmers’ Market - second Saturday Ballan Farmers' Market - second Saturday Kyneton Rotary Community Market – second Saturday Maldon Market – second Sunday Clunes Farmers’ Market - second Sunday Trentham Farmers’ Market and Makers’ Market - third Saturday Glenlyon Farmers’ Market – third Saturday Leonards Hill Market - third Saturday Creswick Market - third Saturday Talbot Farmers’ Market – third Sunday Woodend Lions Market - third Sunday Trentham Station Sunday Market - fourth Sunday Buninyong Village Market - fourth Sunday

Want to advertise your market? It's free. Just email ****Love Your Sister will hold a Vanquish Cancer fundraiser at the Daylesford Sunday Market on April 8. Connie Johnson's brother Samuel Johnson will be there but volunteers are also needed on the day, mostly to be at donation points. If you can help SMS your interest to 0476 527 999 - (SMS only phone number).

The Trentham Farmers Market has joined with Trentham Makers Market

Third Saturday, 9am - 1pm


at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre

This Is... Regional Centre for Culture Event

1 Market St PH 5424 1611 Mon - Sat 8am - 6pm Sun 9am - 6pm

Celebrating culture and community with special presentations & performances at Creswick Market Wobbly Spoon - Circus Performance 10/11am/12pm Kite Making Workshop - 10-11am, 11:30-12:30pm Argentine Tango Dance Demo - 10:30am/ 11:30am Stallholder Interviews Live Broadcast 10-1pm Video Architecture Colouring Competition 10-12pm

Sat March 17th, 9am - 1pm 19-21 Victoria Street, Creswick @thecreswickmarket Free public event, no booking required

Petrol, oils, swap & go gas, firewood permits, farm produce / produce store, ice, milk, soft drinks, take-away pies, coffee, confectionery, local honey etc. rusty junk, secondhand books, old wares

Out & About 33

Dharma Autumn Fair Artists open doors


REPARATIONS are underway for the Daylesford Dharma School’s 7th annual Autumn Fair on Sunday, March 18 at the school, 11 Perrins Street, from 11am to 3pm.

There are plenty of activities for the whole family including all day workshops for children, some for adults too along with new ones to keep it interesting. Live music features local musos The Ciderhouse String Band and Sean Dixon. Former principal and board member Joel Hines said the fair coincides with the Autumn Equinox, “a wonderful way to celebrate our connection to the earth and the transition of seasons”. “We believe that sharing great quality local food is a meaningful way to honour this bountiful time of year. Our fair uses the symbolism of autumn as an opportunity to share more than food.” New principal Jen Willis is looking forward to meeting more community members on the day. “There is a growing awareness in our community of the need for sustainable living to be reflected in our food choices, consumer choices and how we behave. "We encourage people to ride bikes or walk to the fair to reduce their carbon footprint, and we choose to wash dishes and re-use to reduce our impact. We believe that every little bit helps.” The Daylesford Dharma School offers an educational philosophy that draws from the methods and wisdom of Buddhist teachings. Buddhism has been called the science of the mind, as quality of reasoning is highly regarded by its practitioners. It teaches the development of wisdom and compassion as a pathway to develop human potential. At the Daylesford Dharma School children develop their intelligence through critical thinking and awareness, informed by compassion and universal responsibility. Entry to the fair by gold coin donation.


The Mount Players presents

by arrangement with David Higham Associates

THE OFFSHORE ISLAND by Marghanita Laski Set in England some ten years after a nuclear explosion, Rachel survives with her two children in an isolated valley. They have no knowledge of what goes on beyond their little world until one day a group of Americans arrive. A poignant story with a theme as relevant now as the day it was written over sixty years ago

Performance Dates: March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 THE MOUNTVIEW THEATRE 56 Smith St, Macedon Tickets: Enquiries 5426 1892


OUR new artists are joining this year’s Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios program which sees 25 artists in 23 studios all inviting the public into their studios to see how art is created.

The new artists will join an established group of artists who have helped build the program’s reputation for showcasing high-quality work since the program was established in 2012. Open Studios draws more than 4000 visitors a year to the Central Highlands, an area regarded as one of Australia’s richest art regions. Lyonville artist and Open Studios’ committee member Chris Rowe said the program was popular because it helped demystify how art is created. “Artists and the public usually deal with each other at arm’s length via art galleries which act as intermediaries between creator and eventual owner. Open Studios has become popular because it allows the public to come inside studios, talk to working artists and see how art is created." New artists this year are drawer/painter/sculptor/installation artist Adam Cusack from Langley; botanical artist Steph Goss from Woodend; ceramicist Kim Haughie of Springmount; and ceramics sculptor Sam Varian of Mount Macedon. Ms Rowe said some of Australia’s finest artists were opening their studios to the public over three weekends in April and May with an extraordinarily wide range of art on show. Artists are only accepted into the program after vetting by an independent curatorial panel comprising Isobel Crombie, from the National Gallery of Victoria; Lesley Harding from the Heidi Museum of Modern Art; and Beverly Knight from Alcaston Gallery. Open Studios is operating April 21-22, 28-29 and May 5-6 from 10am–5pm. All artists are also exhibiting in an group exhibition at Daylesford’s Convent Gallery. Details, including a map of studios, are at; or on Instagram @openartiststudios, and Facebook. The printed program is also available free at locations throughout the DaylesfordMacedon Ranges region. Open Studios, which is volunteer-run, is also offering art lovers a chance to become a Friend of Open Studios, with donations possible via Open Studios’ website.

Autumn Equinox


Sunday 18 March 2018 11am - 3pm

Live music Roving performers Local market Delicious vegetarian food Community stalls Face painting Workshops + games

11 Perrins Street Daylesford Walk or Ride Your Bike. Stay for Lunch

34 News

Money with Matt


RECENTLY attended a seminar which was conducted by an insolvency accountant. Before you ask: “What does an insolvency accountant do?” let me tell you that it is a great thing if you don’t know.

I say this because you generally need the assistance from an insolvency accountant when you or your business is going down the tube. This inspired me to share with you my experience at the seminar, as there were some home truths regarding the reality of bad business decisions and the dreaded word – bankruptcy. This seminar revolved around some of the misconceptions around businesses going belly up. I wanted to summarise them for you because for many business owners, the difference between successful business, and business failure can be through understanding what is myth and what is fact. Points to note: 1. The majority of business failures occur because of mismanagement, not because of fraud and deception; 2. The majority of failed business owners cannot produce a viable budget when asked to; 3. A large percentage of failed business owners are often 12 months behind with lodging tax returns and financial statements; 4. Making purchases that are tax deductible are good, however please remember that you are still spending money to get a portion of it back. If you spend $100 for a tax deduction, you’ll only ever get say $30 back, you’ll never get the full $100. 5. There is a direct correlation between successful business having the owner regularly participating in bookkeeping activities. It is impossible to have your finger on the pulse if you put your head in the sand regarding your business finances.

Trentham dinner


OLLOWING a series of sold-out events, Trentham Food Hub is hosting the 7th Annual Growers, Cookers & Eaters Dinner on April 14 in collaboration with chefs and producers from the region.

The dinner is a celebration of all that is local and seasonal with a six-course shared banquet sourced mostly within 40km of Trentham and curated by a collective of chefs from local restaurants. Ingredients for the dinner are sourced from a wide array of local producers, many of whom are among the guests on the night. Regular suppliers include Angelica Organic Farm, Milking Yard Farm, Mount Franklin Organics, Jonai Farms, Wombat Forest Organics, Vue du Volcan Farm, Adsum Farmhouse, Goldfields Farmhouse, Barfold Olives, Meredith Dairy, Sandor’s Harvest and Tuki. Chefs participating in the dinner this year include Gary Thomas and Andrew Dennis from Spade to Blade Catering, Mark Mills and Brendan Hutchinson from The Plough, Catherine Speirs from Belle Patisserie, John Reid from Redbeard Bakery, Dave McKibbin from The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Annie Smithers from Du Fermier. The ‘Cocktail Lounge’ will offer tipples of the terroir from the finest steepers, stompers, brewers and bottlers in our region, selected in collaboration with the Cosmopolitan Wine Cellar. There will also be a few ‘spirited’ seasonal surprises conjured up for those looking for something a little more creative. Funds raised at the dinner will contribute to the development of not-for-profit local fruit and veg distribution, workshops, community events and associated projects of Trentham Food Hub – a grass-roots social enterprise.


The resounding message from this seminar was that you and your business cannot trade on hope. Success comes with doing the essential (and sometimes monotonous) activities such as bookkeeping, budgeting and reviewing your financial performance. If you trade on the ‘hope’ that things will turn out positively, you are on a fast track to booking an appointment with an insolvency accountant. - Matt

(Matthew Richardson is a certified accountant with MOR Accountants. The Local does not necessarily agree with Matt's advice - but we do like Matt.)

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HIS is…Creswick Market, on Saturday, March 17 at the town centre, will feature live interviews with stall holders demonstrating a diverse range of voices from across the

These conversations with local chefs, winemakers, food producers and artisans, will focus on the core values of these events: food production and its producers, the local area and community. Enthusiasts young and old are invited to share their passion for their particular fascination. Playlists by local composers, singers, storytellers, songwriters will celebrate keeping stories alive. They will tackle topics including regeneration and care of the land, supporting emerging talent whilst listening to the elders, and acknowledging the custodians of evolving traditions. In addition to the live entertainment program there will also be kids’ craft-making workshops which will highlight the importance of them finding joy in creating things. The market is open from 9am to 1pm and the This is…program will run from 10am to 1pm.

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Love affair of Henry Lawson and Mary Gibson


OR decades Australians have fleetingly looked at the faces of two literary giants when handing over a $10 note…never realising that Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore, “the faces on the money” had shared a love that was kept hidden from the public.

Details of the romance did not come to light until writer Anne Brooksbank, researching a biography of Dame Mary Gilmore, uncovered actual letters between the two which revealed for the first time the extraordinary relationship and the dramatic betrayal that emerged. All My Love is a play that uses actual excerpts from those surviving letters and so the audience discovers this story in the actual words from two of the greatest names in Australian literature. The show will be staged at Kyneton Town Hall on Wednesday, March 28 at 11am and 7.30pm. Respected actor Dion Mills, who featured in the Foxtel series Conspiracy 365 and the film Killer Elite starring Robert De Niro, brings Henry Lawson to the stage. “I’m really excited to bring this new work about such famous faces to the Macedon Ranges. I know people from Daylesford to Kyneton and all over will see the show not as a lesson in history but a lesson in love and what threatens it,” Mills said. “Lawson was such a famous and complex man. Funny, brilliant, a larrikin but very troubled. It is a rare privilege to be able to speak his actual words when telling this true story. “While many of us grew up reading his works like The Loaded Dog and his other incredible stories of the bush, few have seen the romantic side of this Aussie bloke.” Producer Christine Harris, who has been touring high profile shows across Victoria for over two decades, says this production brings to life a famous yet forgotten woman. “I guarantee, after seeing All My Love, you will never look at a $10 note the same way again. Mary is Australia’s most famous ‘unknown’ woman. She replaced the man she loved on the $10 in 1993. Mary is a celebrated writer and led campaigns for women’s right to vote, pensions and for aboriginal rights.” Kim Denman, from Neighbours, Blue Heelers and Romper Stomper plays Mary Gilmore. “Mary was a trailblazer, an important literary and political figure who dedicated her life to fighting against injustice and inequality,” she said.

Gilmore and Lawson were two of the most famous people in the country, yet remarkably they managed to keep their relationship secret. But more in keeping with a Jackie Collins novel, their fairytale suffered an extraordinary plot twist…again something the public never knew, until now. Already both Denman and Mills have received rave reviews for their performance in this production, which has been touring Australia. The show is produced by HIT Productions and is directed by award winner Denny Lawrence.

Your chance to win tickets!

The Local, in conjunction with HIT Productions, is offering a VIP Experience which includes two house seats (best seats that are reserved for guests of the theatre), two drinks at interval and a copy of a special book celebrating the works of Henry Lawson, that will be dedicated to the winner and signed by the cast. For your chance to win, email your name, town and phone number to news@ by noon on Friday, March 23. Winners will be notified on Friday afternoon and their names published in the March 26 edition of The Local.

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What Katydid. Or, to be more precise, which Katydid. I found this attractive little garden visitor, pictured above right, sunning itself on one of my potted miniature cacti. A juvenile nymph, it was not only tiny - a little more than a centimetre and still to grow wings, when it will be four to six centimetres in length. It can take four months or more and several moultings before reaching adulthood. A member of the tettigoniidae family of insects, numbering more than 1000 and still counting, the katydids, or bush crickets, are related to crickets and their less popular cousins, the plague locusts. Like crickets, the males rub their wings together to serenade the females. Their never-ending call is supposed to sound like "katy-did", hence their name. Unlike their cousins, katydids are great to have around the garden as they feed mainly on insects and also aid in pollination. They can be forgiven then, for including some young leaves, pollen, nectar and the occasional flower in their diet. They are seldom noticed in the garden as they are masters of disguise and can change colour to match their surroundings. Although they are attracted to gardens featuring a wide variety of native plants, this is the first time I have been able to capture one with my lens.

Sally Holmes puts on a show The undisputed queen of the garden flowers, the beautifully formed, multipetalled tea roses and their myriad hybrid varieties have no rivals in bringing colour and beauty indoors. However, when it comes to creating a spectacular garden display, little can compete with the colour, perfume and species of single flowering, climbing and rambling roses. A wonderful example of these is the beautiful Sally Holmes, pictured below right. Sally is an award-winning (both for flower and fragrance), repeat-flowering, shrub-rose, bred in England in the mid-1970s. Its large, five petalled, creamy white flowers have a lovely pervading fragrance. It is strong-growing with glossy, deep green leaves on strong upright stems. When pruned back relatively hard it can be kept to a compact shrub of up to two metres high. Light pruning to allow longer stems will allow it to be espaliered along a trellis or fence to spread the display of arching branches filled with beautiful blooms.

End of summer? March 1 is supposed to mark the end of summer and the first rustlings of autumn but this year we are being warned of a long, slow, warmer than usual descent into winter. That could be a good thing for those of us who have been tardy in our late summer vegetable plantings. It means we can still risk our arm at a few extra sowings, and maybe our tomato and other frost-tender crops will survive a little longer than usual. It may also mean that we can hold off the planting of spring flowering bulbs until well into April. (Good news for those who, like me, haven't even decided what or where to make additional bulb beds). But spare a thought for our deciduous trees and shrubs planning this year's autumn spectacular. An extended warm period is certainly going to confuse them, AYLESFORD Indoor Aquatic Centre will hold a community and even worse, create a situation where the moisture-deprived, colouring foliage is briefing session which will include viewing the proposed sites. scorched by warmer than usual winds. The sessions will be held at the Senior Citizens rooms at the rear of the As it is, I have a young maple in an exposed position near my front fence that Daylesford Town Hall on Tuesday, March 27 from 4pm. like quite a few other local trees has completely lost the plot and already moved into The scoping document, which outlines the project details can be viewed at colour mode. If you have had thoughts of repotting or planting out container plants that have outgrown where they are, it would be wise just to keep them well-watered for the meantime and leave the replanting until we're sure autumn has really arrived.

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HE men played a 13-hole competition on January 3. Best score of the day was Colin Richardson with 30 points.

Nearest the pin on the 11th hole was also Colin Richardson. Leon Hedwards and Neil Bruce both got the birdie hole on the 18th. The men played for the March monthly medal on March 3. Les Healey was the medal winner with 76-14-62. Bernie Frith was the only person to get the birdie hole on the 6th. Nearest the pin on the 13th hole was Wayne Mobbs.

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AYLESFORD and District Darts League president, Les Quick, pictured showing his style, has been playing darts for about 30 years. But he says the league desperately needs more players. Find out how you can join up, and some quirky dart facts, on page 9.

The Local Issue 119 March 12, 2018  
The Local Issue 119 March 12, 2018