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The Local - The Heart of the Highlands

Your local real estate guide to the Central Highlands

Inside this edition!


www.tlnews.com.au Front cover: This is the second annual Producers' feature covering anything from Pink Muesli to Josh's Rainbow Eggs. We hope you enjoy the read.

June 3, 2019 Issue 151 Producers’ feature

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The Local - The Heart of the Highlands

The Local is a fortnightly community publication covering the Central Highlands. The next edition is out on Monday, June 17, 2019. Or online on Sunday, June 16 at www.tlnews.com.au

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Space bookings: Wednesday, June 12 Copy deadline: Thursday, June 13 Editorial deadline: Thursday, June 13

HE Local is a free publication distributed throughout the Central Highlands of Victoria. The first "monthly" edition was published in September 2013 and immediately became fortnightly thanks to the demand of our readers and advertisers.

Managing editor | Donna Kelly General manager | Kyle Barnes

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The Local is brought to you by a team of local journalists, photographers, columnists, sub-editors, graphic designers, book-keepers and, of course, great delivery people. So when we talk about being local, we really do put our money where our mouth is. The Local's motto is to "connect the community" by bringing people closer with great features on amazing local people and ensuring you know what is happening around your community whether that's a festival, a fete or maybe just a great special from one of our fantastic advertisers. Content is key. We love writing about local people doing inspiring things and even local people doing ordinary things. And as some people, mostly politicians, have found out, if you are not local you will not appear in the pages of The Local. You will find The Local, and all the back copies, online at www.tlnews.com.au and we deliver bulk drops throughout the region along with smaller "cafe" packs to every cafe, hotel, bar and restaurant we can find. We've even heard of The Local turning up in places like a cafe in St Kilda and a bar in Bali! All up we have a print and online readership of about 14,000. The Local's advertising rates have always been kept affordable so even small advertisers can advertise big. Colour is free, the sizes are an eighth, quarter, banner, half and full page and we can help with making up branding and graphics. The world is confusing enough, so we like to keep things simple. Finally, from the start, we have offered two free adverts in every edition for notfor-profit organisations along with a rescue pet looking for a new home. It's just our way of giving back. We really hope you enjoy this edition of The Local.

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Welcome to The Local's Producers' feature

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The Local also headed to Shepherds Flat where Andrew and Claire Gallagher run Lithia Springs Olive Grove. “When we arrived here it was all uncultivated paddocks Our journalists and photographers have been busy working over the and we wanted to grow something that was sustainable,” says Claire. “We had an increasing interest in good quality organic produce with an ethos of using no harsh past few months to bring you another diverse group of producers from around the chemicals on the land or in harvesting a crop.” Central Highlands. Finally, and one of our most famous producers, is Josh Murray – the founder of First up is Pink Muesli. It's produced in Blampied and is the brainchild of Marita Josh's Rainbow Eggs – which can be found in a supermarket near you. Josh, now Valenzuela, who’s originally from the Philippines and is a powerful proponent of 19, started his free-range egg business on the family farm at Kerrie in 2009 to get beetroot, attributing it to her recovery from illness. Next is Milking Yard Farm, where things happen very slowly. Mind you, growing some extra cash, but quickly expanded beyond those modest beginnings. Over the next few years, while his schoolmates were preoccupied with video games, parties Australia’s most expensive – and best – chickens affords a bit of patience with the and reading, Josh was off selling eggs, doing his monthly profit and loss sheets and circle of life. Bruce Burton and his wife bought their Trentham property about 10 years ago with the idea of growing and selling slow-grown sheep, cattle, chickens and investing his earnings. They are five producers all doing different things, but with a passion. It's been heirloom vegetables. a great edition to put together and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did Then there's Ian Munro, whose passion lies solely at his feet. Or under his producing it. feet, to be more specific. Ian is the founder of Pootilla-based Munash Natural Oh, finally, this edition is also home to The Local's House.Land.Home. Premium Fertilizers, and spending time with him, his obsession with soil is quickly revealed. magazine - a glossy guide to all things real estate in the Central Highlands. Enjoy! This obsession has led him onto his career path and the drive to rebalance our soils, Donna putting him at the top of industry leaders in soil rejuvenation.

ELCOME to the second annual edition of The Local's Producers' feature.


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Local Lines Come home Dear Ones Where mist hangs its cloak over the horizon Where magpies sing their warning song Where the air clings to your clothes in damping dewdrops And the sun in red and yellow glows It’s that time in morning stillness As you walk the tracks unknown It’s then you will often hear them The voices echoing so On the wind or in the rustle of tree tops In the ripple of water over submerged stones Their call ever haunting, ever more poignant Come home Dear Ones, come home Yvonne Fix Yvonne Fix sees her role as a storyteller and investigator of true tales, a guardian and defender of those who once came to this place and find it difficult to leave. She is a repository of stories of local identity.

Poems for Local Lines come predominantly from a group of poets. However, other locals who would like a poem considered for publication can contact Bill Wootton cottlesbreedge@gmail.com

EPA’s online help for farmers

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NVIRONMENT Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has a one- stop-shop for online advice for the agricultural community, and is taking requests on what farmers need

EPA executive director of regional services Damian Wells says there’s already a lot of useful information in the Agricultural Guidance section of EPA’s website. “We aim to support farmers; equipped with the right advice, farmers can manage the farm in a way that minimises harm to the environment and human health, meets Victorian regulations, and helps them to pass on their farms to the next generation in good condition,” Mr Wells said. “Victoria’s $13 billion agricultural sector is very broad and we want to ensure our advice meets farmers’ needs. That’s why we’re encouraging them to tell us where they need greater support,” he said. “Our Agricultural Guidance page includes a simple, two-minute survey that gives farmers an easy way to ask for the environmental advice they most value.” EPA’s advice for agricultural community is available online at: www.epa.vic.gov.au/business-and-industry/guidelines/agricultural-guidance It offers useful advice on protecting the environment and human health, and meeting Victorian law and regulations on livestock planning,

farm waste, chemicals, noise, sediment and dust.

Anyone involved in agricultural activities is invited to make a request or provide feedback via the survey, at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/EPAwebpagereview Farmers and members of the public can report pollution to EPA’s 24-hour hotline, by calling 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).


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Turning 60 no reason not to smash it at the gym Wellness by Sam Redlich

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T IS with great pleasure that I introduce one of the most inspirational people I know. Now, she hasn’t literally climbed Mount Everest but she has surpassed many rocky mountains and climbed her way to the top of her own game. At 60, setting out earlier this year to be the fittest and healthiest she has ever been, Leah Willian has sure met her goal.

Meeting Leah a few years ago was an encounter that changed both our lives. When I took some time off last year, it was Leah who kept all things group fitness alive at the Xistance Gym in my absence. Not only did she take the lead, she also inspired all the other girls to keep going amidst the adversity of not having an instructor. When she took the stage, after great effort and hard work, we all applauded her gusto and were proud to see her shine. Leah came to Daylesford a few years ago. She felt “tired and old”. She had been working in a demanding job and had just finished building a house with her husband. Aware that both her mother and grandmother had died of arthritisrelated illnesses and feeling the heredity of symptoms herself, Leah decided to take up exercise. Knowing that weightresistant exercises may delay the onset of arthritis and help against further deterioration, Leah started attending group fitness classes. It was not love at first sight, as she had given up on exercise. “I hated going to the gym and I thought I was finished with aerobics, but I learned to love it,” she said. After some years of slogging it out in the gym, Leah said: “As a lead up to 60 I wanted to be the fittest I’ve been in my life and have actually achieved it. At 60 I have no aches and pains, no signs of arthritis, no grey hair, I don’t need glasses and I have a healthy and happy mind. Exercise has made me happy. I don’t have anxiety anymore and it is due to six days a week at the gym. It’s the exercise. I don’t come here and muck around.” I asked Leah if she had a birthday message to her friends, and she said: “To my friends, exercise. It has regenerative and anti-ageing properties and helps your body and mind.” And with a cheeky smile she added: “Get off your bums and exercise, girls.” She hopes her story will inspire those who are a little timid about going to the gym, by showing the possibilities. “If I can do it, so can you.” Not only does Leah “do it”, she can now box it out with the 20-year-olds and still stay in front. She leads “it” in one of our most demanding aerobic classes and without her I would not have my right hand or stay focused when I’m feeling a little wobbly instructing. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for this woman and her continued unconditional support. The girls and I wish you the happiest of birthdays, Leah. You have made our gym world an inspirational and wonderful place to play, work and get on with the job of exercise.

Many happy returns, Sam (Sam Redlich is the owner of Xistance Gym in Daylesford and a regular contributor to The Local .)

“As a lead up to 60 I wanted to be the fittest I’ve been in my life and have actually achieved it...It’s the exercise. I don’t come here and muck around.” - Leah Willian

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The beet of a different drum, Pink Muesli

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ONSIDER, if you will, the humble beetroot. Not so humble after all it seems, for as a reputable website says, it’s low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants - a health food

Marry this titan with that other mighty health food, muesli, and wow! You have a Blampied product called Pink Muesli. It’s the brainchild of Marita Valenzuela, who’s originally from the Philippines and is a powerful proponent of beetroot, attributing it to her recovery from illness. It’s been quite a trip for Marita, who as a child ate beets, as they’re called in her homeland, only when her mother made a Russian-style salad. After earning a degree in economics, Marita took her master’s in business. Several years working in the corporate world saw her become a volunteer counsellor. She went to night school to do a master’s degree in counselling, going on to start a private practice in psychotherapy, while training call-centre workers. When looking online for a women’s program, she found her future husband, Stan Sleep. Marita moved here to be with him 13 years ago. He runs team-building programs for organisations such as the CFA. “About four years ago I was on the highest dosage of hypertension medication,” says Marita. “My mother died of a stroke at 68, so at 50 I was very worried. My son, Miguel, who’s a bodybuilder, has a nutritional supplements company.” Miguel, 30, looked at her medication and believed it was making her condition worse. He suggested beetroot, which she ate or drank as juice and tea for six months. Her astonished GP found her blood pressure was normal and she went off medication. Such are the health-giving properties of beetroot, she says, that a grower in the Mallee supplies them to the Crown Prince of Dubai, who can afford to import them for his racehorses. Apart from its usual rich crimson colour, beetroot can be white, golden and even with pink and white stripes in a variety called chioggia. “I’ve been eating healthily since before it became trendy, making my own cereal out of granola. So I began making Pink Muesli, originally with blueberries, cranberries, goji berries and inca berries, which are like gooseberries, combining them with beetroot, granola and muesli," Marita says. “Pink Muesli has the properties of both muesli and granola, the rawness of muesli with the crunch of granola. Pink Muesli is dehydrated, not cooked.” She and Miguel can hardly keep up with the demand, she says. One customer pays by Bitcoin. “Some of our products take four days to make; you can’t hurry quality.” The rich, volcanic soil of nearby growers Greg and Marg May produces vibrant beetroots, which go into her range: coconut, caramel crunch and almonds, dark cacao puffs and strawberry, cinnamon, carrot, apple and raisin, citrus and ginger, plus lime and kiwi fruit. She got a boost after going to a State Government event in Daylesford about artisanal products. Out of this came a $5000 grant, which enabled her to buy commercial-scale dehydrators to double her output. (“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard a government listen to the people.”) Peeling is still by hand, however, because a machine couldn’t cope with the varying beetroot shapes. She and Miguel dry over 100kg of raw product a week, which translates to about 50kg of Pink Muesli. All this is done in an eccentric, somewhat collapsing castle-style house handmade by a European immigrant some time ago, complete with his coat of arms. Marita says a new home is being built. And as for beetroot’s health-giving properties, the BBC’s Good Food website explains how, like many modern vegetables, beetroot was first cultivated by the Romans. It shot up in value when it was found that beets could be converted into sugar. Of the many classic beetroot recipes, probably the most famous (before Pink Muesli!) is borscht soup.

Words: Kevin Childs | Images: Kyle Barnes

“About four years ago I was on the highest dosage of hypertension medication. My mother died of a stroke at 68, so at 50 I was very worried. My son, Miguel, who’s a bodybuilder, has a nutritional supplements company.” - Marita Valenzuela, founder Pink Muesli


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Milking Yard Farm, well worth the wait

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HINGS happen very, very slowly at Milking Yard Farm.

But growing Australia’s most expensive – and best – chickens affords a bit of patience with the circle of life. As Bruce Burton explains, he and his wife bought the property about 10 years ago with the idea of growing and selling slow-grown sheep, cattle, chickens and heirloom vegetables. The sheep, cattle and veggies may be gone now but their Sommerlad chickens are sold to some of the top restaurants in Victoria. Shunning the industrialised monoculture farming technique, Milking Yard has taken the time to grow from scratch – again, slowly – since Bruce and his wife Roz first spotted the road sign to Trentham, found their dream – but vacant – block of land, and set about building a house, sheds and fences. No chook yards though – the birds freely roam the forest by day, foraging for food, and are rounded up into insulated sheds at night where they sleep with two of Milking Yard’s working Maremma dogs. It’s part of the one-in, all-in organic philosophy that has made the farm so successful; successful enough to take out a "From the Paddock" Delicious magazine produce award – more than once. “And our dogs sleep with the chickens at night, and if they bark I go out there and there’s a fox. They protect them. Nature is an integrated system and if we start growing monocultures, it interrupts that system,” Bruce says. Meanwhile, the chickens sell for about $25 a kilo (at retail) – and they’re bigger than the usual supermarket chook, so $75 a bird is not unusual. But the breed, Sommerlad, is a fine choice for meat – it beats the first two common breeds that the Burtons tried, all of which died when they were exposed to free-range living on natural food; the modern super-hybrids couldn’t keep up the nutrition required to grow from zero to two kilos in just six weeks. The old-fashioned Sommerlads, however, take up to three times longer to grow. “Rather than just being stamped as free-range, we think animals should be grown in an environment as close to their natural environment as we can make it. They came from the Asian jungle, they’re a forest-dweller.” The chickens boast an old-fashioned flavour; they are grown naturally to maturity and so are fatter, with a superior rich, smooth texture. And as far as customers are concerned – it’s worth the wait.

Words: Kate Taylor | Image: Kyle Barnes

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“And our dogs sleep with the chickens at night, and if they bark I go out there and there’s a fox. They protect them. Nature is an integrated system and if we start growing monocultures, it interrupts that system.” - Bruce Burton, owner Milking Yard Farm


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Soil balance the key to growing at Munash

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AN Munro’s passion lies solely at his feet. Or under his feet, to be specific. Ian is the founder of Pootilla-based Munash Natural Fertilizers, and spending time with him, his obsession with soil is quickly revealed.

This obsession has led him onto his career path and passion to rebalance our soils, putting him at the top of industry leaders in soil rejuvenation. A considered and highly driven man, Ian discovered it is imperative to nourish the soil via organic composition. Over many decades, this has become a labour of love, established by meandering in the field of soil science, observation, rigorous testing and analysis. That he is a patient man goes without saying. Raised in Walpeup in Victoria’s Mallee, Ian was engrossed with the Mallee Research Centre, and fortunate enough to have the ear of locally well-versed agronomists and Department of Primary Industries staff, from whom he learned a great deal. Growing up in wheat country, a descendant of intergenerational farmers, these encounters greatly sparked his interest. Ian is the type of bloke for whom the land is everything, hence his deep relationship with it. He went on to be, among many things, a sheep farmer, a shearer, a market gardener; learning all he could to do with soils along the way, chiefly how to get the best out of them, the organic way. Ian believes chemicals on farms don't work and too much is invested in them. “Soil, water and microbes mean healthy food for healthy people. The more demands on a plant, the fewer nutrients produced.” A lack of knowledge among growers, plus their use of chemicals, he regards as a challenge. His own knowledge, coupled with listening to the farmers' observations, plus Ian’s innate sense of what is right for a particular soil, makes his products a popular commodity with the organic farming world. Ian believes soil balance is the key to growing. Balance is the word that launched his move from farming to producing natural fertilisers almost three decades ago. In the late 1980s, Ian joined a WA rockdust company for two years, which he went on to buy. Ian named it Munash Natural Fertilizers, and his aim from that day forward has been to build better soil. “I learned an awful lot while running my farm. I started growing broccoli, caulis, cabbages and a few potatoes to sell at the wholesale market in Melbourne.” He joined a Creswick growers’ group, then became an agent for a Euroa-based fertiliser company. Viewed by many during those times as unorthodox, Ian’s theories are proved via the results achieved. Many farmers today are seeking alternatives and are more adaptive to new ideas. Chemical-laden products are prone to cause virus and disease, whereas the organic approach is producing better yields. “It all starts with the soil,” Ian says. “Energy is the key, so I found out how it worked. For plants to grow properly you have to feed the soil. If you use a lot of chemicals, you get bad soil. We prefer to work with nature.” He receives constant positive customer feedback, such as the NSW dairy farmer increasing his milking output by six litres a day per cow, and a grazier reporting better lambs, meaning vastly improved prices from using Munash’s Rockdust. Munash Rockdust is the only rockdust worldwide to be uniquely blended from ground basalt and granite from a Central Victorian quarry. It is also a process that is strictly quality controlled and done en masse, ensuring that all the minerals are 100 per cent balanced. Every batch is tested before being packed, and all Munash products come with a National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia certification. Not only does it balance the soil, but it also continues working for four years, aerating the soil and feeding it with microbes, which is what the plants feed on and rely on for healthy soil nutrition. Munash today is an award-winning business, with three Victorian agents, two in NSW and is slowly migrating into Queensland, securing the eastern seaboard. Ian’s focus is firmly on how natural soil fertilisers at his family-run organics business can change farming now and into the future. Munash is at the forefront of the industry selling a range of other products including Renew, a mineral liquid fertiliser made from southern ocean waters containing trace elements plants love; and Revitalize, Munash’s certified organic compost. “You have to balance microbes, air and water to reduce the amount of water used, which saves money," Ian says. "Farmers haven’t done the wrong thing, they have just been told what to do by the chemical companies. We have gone far beyond just adding minerals and addressing the topsoil issues like other products, the slow absorption of rockdust means the soil is replenished over time, slowly and surely. Rockdust is nature’s food." Ian and his staff of eight share a core mission to bring soil back to life. He has dedicated his life to it and is now passing down this knowledge to his family and staff to continue his legacy in improving the region’s soil.

Words: Lou Ridsdale | Images: Kyle Barnes

“Soil, water and microbes mean healthy food for healthy people. The more demands on a plant, the fewer nutrients produced.” - Ian Munro, founder Munash Natural Fertilizers


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To market, to market...

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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 Sunday 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 Woodend Farmers Market - first Saturday Castlemaine Artists’ Market – first Sunday Trentham Community Group Market - second Saturday 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 (Not held during winter) Trentham Station Sunday Market - fourth Sunday Buninyong Village Market - fourth Sunday

food and drinks, organic veggies, local produce, craft, art, music, plants

kids' craft, handmade goods, eco-wares, 90+ stalls, friendly atmosphere

The Trentham Farmers Market has joined with Trentham Makers Market

Third Saturday, 9am - 1pm

TRENTHAM PETROL & STUFF 1 Market St PH 5424 1611 Mon - Sat 8am - 6pm Sun 9am - 6pm 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


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Fabulous food and service at bowls club bistro

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AYLESFORD Bowling Club bistro is under new management - and the food and service are fabulous.

We dined there last Friday and chose a table by the window overlooking the greens and half of Daylesford. It must be one of the best views around. Jo Best, who is front of house while wife Lee Littlepage is chef, cheerfully offered us menus including the Light Lunch Menu which has all your favourites from pasta bolognaise and quiche Lorraine to lemon pepper calamari and pizza. The menu changes regularly and ranges in price from $10 to $15. Then there's the extensive lunch and dinner menu covering starters, pasta/risotto, club classics, mains and sides. We chose the tasting board for two ($27), for starters - and it's a winner. Pea, mint and haloumi fritters with mint yoghurt, gyozas, vegetarian curry puffs with mango chutney dipping sauce and huge battered scallops on cauliflower puree with aioli, crispy bacon and lemon. And just because Lee, who was chef at the bistro for about six years some time back, is very generous, we also received a serve of house-made Peking duck spring rolls with hoisin and plum dipping sauce ($18). Honestly, the flavours here are incredible. The spring rolls are just delicious. Lee made them at Zest in Ballarat and has a following coming to Daylesford now, and no wonder. And every bite from the tasting board was just spot on. If you wanted you could just share this for a really delicious lunch - but you must add the Peking duck! Lee, with her background, has brought some fabulous restaurant-style dishes along with her - without the sometimes exorbitant price tags. I chose the fresh Australian barramundi ($26), pan-fried and resting on cauliflower puree with Brussels sprouts, crispy bacon, peas, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms and lemon. It was beautiful. The fish was perfectly cooked and the medley of specialty vegetables was just right. This is a real winner. Of course, there are still all your favourites and Kyle went for the classic bangers & mash ($20) with onion gravy and buttered vegetables. This is a generous serve, full of flavour and texture and perfect for a winter's day. As Molly would say, do yourself a favour and make your way to the Daylesford Bowling Club bistro. It's a lovely spot with great food and friendly service. What more could you want? Well, maybe to win the raffle on a fun Friday night...

Words: Donna Kelly Images: Kyle Barnes

D AY L E S F O R D B O W L I N G C L U B BISTRO UNDER NEW

NT E M E G A MAN

Lee & jo are back in the kitchen with a delicious new menu Lee will be having wednesday winter warmers during june - every wednesday for dinner –

2 course meal for $25 We are also available for functions, weddings etc.

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Queen’s Birthday High Tea Saturday 8 June

Sitting One: 12pm - 1:45pm | Sitting Two: 2:15pm - 4pm Raise a glass to her Royal Majesty this Queen’s Birthday Weekend whilst dining on scones & conserve, ribbon sandwiches, petit fours, savoury bites and sweet delights served in a delicate English style Tea set in our Regal Heritage Restaurant overlooking the Wombat State Forest.

Royal High Tea:* $49 | Children (6 -12 years): $19 | Children under 5: Free *Royal High Tea includes a glass of bubbles.

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DAYLESFORD & CRESWICK

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MOUNT PROSPECT 110 TELEGRAPH ROAD

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OAK FARM - UNIQUE RURAL LUXURY LIVING CLOSE TO DAYLESFORD

CENTRAL EDWARDIAN SET ON 1000M2

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3 1 2 SOLD PRICE $725,000 CONTACTRae Corris 0408 358 772 Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

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DAYLESFORD 14 CENTRAL SPRINGS ROAD

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4 2 6 SOLD PRICE $600,000 CONTACTRae Corris 0408 358 772 Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street Daylesford 5348 2328

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SOLD PRICE $626,000 CONTACTTom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street Daylesford 5348 2328

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ENERGY EFFICIENT, ECO HOUSE IN THE HEART OF HEPBURN SPRINGS

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SOLD PRICE $539,000 CONTACTTom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street Daylesford 5348 2328

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WHEATSHEAF 175 GAYS ROAD ABSOLUTE SECLUSION ON 5 ACRES

THE OLD NEWLYN BAKERY WITH ORIGINAL BAKERS OVEN

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DAYLESFORD 6 MACADAM STREET ELEVATED FAMILY HOME IN PEACEFUL LOCATION

CENTRALLY LOCATED MASTERPIECE

NEWLYN NORTH 8 NEWLYN RESERVOIR ROAD

DAYLESFORD 23 STANHOPE STREET

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DAYLESFORD 4/34 SMITH STREET BRIGHT 3BR SINGLE LEVEL RESIDENCE IN QUIET COURT AREA

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DAYLESFORD & CRESWICK

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CLUNES 38 CANTERBURY STREET STUNNING CONTEMPORARY HOMESTEAD ON OVER 1/2 AN ACRE Situated in a prime position, on over half an acre of beautiful gardens and walking distance to the centre of Historical Clunes is this immaculate and spacious 4 bedroom brick homestead. The full country kitchen offers plenty of cupboard space, dishwasher, quality electric appliances, ceramic cook-top and complete with butler’s pantry. From there the open plan dining room opens via sliding doors to the expansive covered entertaining area, ideal for family get togethers.

CRESWICK 32B ELIZABETH ROAD CLASSIC LOG CABIN HOME ON A HUGE FAMILY BLOCK This 3 or 4 bedroom log cabin home with a flexible floor plan is on an expansive block of 1198 m2 (approx.) and includes master bedroom with en-suite and walk in robes and B.I.R’s to the other bedrooms. The open plan main living zone with new carpets and feature slate flooring has a near new gas log fire, functional hostess kitchen and separate meals area. • Close to shops, schools & transport • Flexible floorplan

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SOLD PRICE $482,500 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073

FOR SALE PRICE $339,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073

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ENCHANTING ELEVATED FAMILY HOME ON 2 TITLES. With its elevated position and stunning views, this recently renovated family home on 2 titles of 1925m2 & 400m2 (approx.) is an oasis for those seeking space and privacy just moments from the centre of Historic Clunes, with the added benefit of developing the 2nd 400m2 title with frontage to George Street (STCA). • New modern kitchen and bathroom. • Stunning open plan living. • Amazing views over Clunes.

JOIN THE GOLD RUSH Situated on the exclusive Beckworth Court Rd in historic Clunes is this sensational 20-acre lifestyle block with an expansive approved building envelope, ready for you to build your dream family home (STCA). Boasting spectacular views to Mount Beckworth and shady gums scattered across the mainly cleared block, don't miss your opportunity to strike gold here! • Power passes directly outside the front fence • 20 Acres ideal for many farming/leisure pursuits • Rural Living Zone

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FOR SALE PRICE $398,000-$415,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073

FOR SALE PRICE $285,000 - $310,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073

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NEWLYN NORTH 2851 MIDLAND HIGHWAY

OLD NEWLYN BUTCHERS SHOP AND RESIDENCE C1860 Here is a unique opportunity to own a historically significant property with intact period features in a highly soughtafter position.The original 4 room cottage was built c1860 by a Cornish miner and around 1903 a weatherboard butcher shop was added to the front. Later a much larger house was moved to the site from Ballarat to creating a single dwelling. The property has for many, many years been successfully been part of the Newlyn Antique and Cottage Garden Nursery and is available for the next phase and a new occupant. It is suited for a diverse range of uses including a gallery, exhibition space, restaurant, cafĂŠ or as permanent residence or weekender.

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OLD NEWLYN MECHANICS INSTITUTE AND HALL C1866 Steeped in history and offered for the first time in 25 years is this charming old Mechanics Institute, hall & library. Located in the picturesque Newlyn Township 18 kms from Daylesford and only 26 kms from the Ballarat CBD. The former Mechanic Institute and library were officially opened in 1886 and features a decorative, timber mansard ceiling and a large memorial window. In 1924 there was a further addition of a large room for concerts and dancing followed in 1930 with a porch and smoking room. The property has for many, many years been successfully run as the Newlyn Antique and Cottage Garden Nursery but is equally suited for a diverse range of uses.

a2 b1 c2 FOR SALE PRICE $475,000 CONTACT Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328 ID and contact details are required at all open for inspections

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DAYLESFORD & CRESWICK

HEPBURN 26 GOLF LINKS ROAD ELEGANT HOME IN EXCLUSIVE GOLF LINKS AREA Located close to the beautiful Hepburn Springs Golf Course, this home will surprise you with its spacious well appointed interior and rare combination of modern living with a country aspect. A superb 4 bedroom residence that showcases quality-built designer style, impressive proportions and deluxe finishes. A statement of contemporary elegance, providing an enviable lifestyle opportunity for permanent living or holiday accommodation suited to groups and golfing weekends.

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FOR SALE PRICE $780,000 - $825,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

DAYLESFORD 37 FULCHER STREET “SILVERBIRCH”, CHARACTER HOME CLOSE TO LAKE DAYLESFORD f you are looking for a home with character and privacy in the heart of Daylesford, then this delightful 1940’s era elevated cottage could be perfect. Set privately on a leafy garden allotment close to Lake Daylesford, the Mill Market and walking distance to Daylesford’s main street shops and cafes, the cottage has been thoughtfully renovated to provide bright open plan living while retaining many character features.The property is ideal as a holiday rental, personal weekend retreat or low maintenance residence.

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FOR SALE PRICE $549,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

DAYLESFORD 4 MORRIS STREET a3 b1 c3

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DAYLESFORD 3/61 RAGLAN STREET a2 b1 c2

PRETTY RENOVATED MINERS COTTAGE FOR LEASE PRICE $450 per week - fully furnished CONTACT Tanya McLeod 0437 808 087

CENTRALLY LOCATED HOME WITH GREAT AMENITIES FOR LEASE PRICE $370 per week CONTACT Brody Munson 0439 864 486

BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED BUSH PROPERTY FOR LEASE PRICE $470 per week CONTACT Annika Bowling 0400 439 900

SHORT WALK TO THE MAIN STREET FOR LEASE PRICE $350 per week CONTACT Annika Bowling 0400 439 900

PORCUPINE RIDGE 15B WOOLNOUGHS ROAD

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CRESWICK 112 CUNES ROAD a3 b2 c2

TIMBER HOME NESTLED AMONGST THE TREES FOR LEASE PRICE $380 per week CONTACT Tanya McLeod 0437 808 087

FABULOUS PERIOD HOME IN PRETTY LOCATION FOR LEASE PRICE $350 per week CONTACT Tanya McLeod 0437 808 087

THE STATIONMASTERS HOUSE FOR LEASE PRICE $400 per week - gardening included CONTACT Brody Munson 0439 864 486

HEPBURN SPRINGS 1 WESTERN AVENUE

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Suburb 166 Kingston Newlyn Road Newlyn 4

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Homestead heaven - Lifestyle, location and acreage! Set in an established garden, the homestead provides 3 bedrooms all with fireplaces, separate living room, formal dining room, and a central bathroom with claw foot bath. The home opens out into a country style kitchen, meals and casual living area with French doors. Just adjacent to the homestead you will find a separate bathroom, laundry and storage area as well as a converted shearing shed guest retreat. On the working side, currently a sheep stud, there is a large machinery shed capable of housing 10 plus cars, 2 car Garage, a large workshop shed, functioning shearing shed, fully fenced perimeter and fenced paddocks, town water, a bore, water tank, 2 dams- one is an overflow dam and lovely volcanic soil. 10 minutes from Daylesford and 15 minutes from Ballarat. This property really offers everything- lifestyle opportunity, location and acreageweekender, live in, work the land, you choose.


Price $1,325,000

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Land Size 40 acres approx.

Contact Annette Leary 0407 917 054 Will Walton 0412 511 717


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Porcupine Ridge Lot 5 386 Porcupine Ridge Rd

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50 acres of secluded privacy A secluded property set on approximately 50 acres of land located in the highly sought after Porcupine Ridge region, only moments from regional wineries, popular Glenlyon Store and a short 6 min drive into the lively tourist town of Daylesford. Upon entering the property off the sealed road onto the all-weather driveways, you’ll see a mix of native eucalyptus gums, wattles and established pine trees across its rolling hills. Near the spring fed dam is the cleared land perfect for a 4 bedroom home and swimming pool. – (planning permit approved) There is a number of tracks that have been established around the property which is perfect for horse riding, quad bikes or mountain bike riding. Pan for gold in the creek running along the property boundary meeting the adjoining crown land. You may even find gold on the property! Price $350,000 Inspect By Appointment Contact Gary Cooke 0488 547 004 Will Walton 0412 511 717

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Mount Franklin 75 Sawpit Gully Road 2

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Located within 10minutes drive from Daylesford. this weatherboard home consists of open plan living with views towards Mt Franklin, kitchen with Miele appliances, master bedroom with ensuite, laundry and fantastic verandah. There is also a one bed hut/studio and a huge shed, and a large building with 4 good sized rooms, its own heating and cooling. There are 5 tanks in total over the property for water storage, 3 dams and 3 power meters.

Price $825,000 Inspect By Appointment

Contact Nathan Skewes 0439 322 630

Kingston 3832 Kingston Newstead Road 3

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“Lone Hand” circa 1890 is a majestic homestead in the lovely hamlet of Kingston nearby to Daylesford, Creswick and Ballarat. This homestead features sweeping front and side verandahs, bay windows, wide hallways, generously proportioned rooms, 3/4 bedrooms, formal and casual living spaces, a billiard room, outdoor entertaining area with outdoor spa, underground cellar, large oval and pavilion, croquet lawn, tree orchard and lovely gardens, a must to see!

Price $1,350,000

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Contact Annette Leary 0407 917 054 Will Walton 0412 511 717


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Daylesford 59a Vincent Street North 2

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The property is set on 392m2 approx. and consist of 2 spacious private one-bedroom suites with an interlocking central door, both sections mirror each other with 2-person spa bath, private ensuite and kitchenette (with electric cooking on one side).

Price $549,000

Shepherds Flat 10 Carrolls Lane 3

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With a curved front, sweeping wide verandahs draped with wisteria and an Italian inspired entertaining terrace this home is absolutely stunning. Featuring large living and dining area with a stone fire place, a lovely country kitchen and two bedrooms. The second level a master bedroom suite, retreat and office and downstairs a cellar to die for and so much more.

Contact Annette Leary 0407 917 054 Will Walton 0412 511 717

Contact Nathan Skewes 0439 322 630

Daylesford 7 Stanbridge Street 2

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“Alba House” is a spacious, 2 bed property with an eclectic bathroom, lounge room opening onto a sun room with views of the surrounding district, open plan kitchen (with gas cooking) /dining area; and a laundry with second toilet. Perfect as a weekender or investment. Currently on the holiday rental market.

Price $560,000

Contact Nathan Skewes 0439 322 630


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No two rides are the same

You’ve taken the same path. Packed the same load. Travelled the same speed. Everything’s the same, except today one thing’s different, the lower tyre pressure on the left side. Find out more about quad bike safety and the Victorian Government safety rebate at worksafe.vic.gov.au/quadbikes

Trentham East

439 Pearsons Road

St Claire - Set on 9.8 Ha (24.2 Acres)

Inspired by the French Colonial style, grandeur and luxury are in abundance at St Claire, offering a magnificent main residence and separate private self contained guest house. Set over three pavilions/wings offering accommodation of eight bedrooms and five bathrooms or you could reconfigure to suit your own needs. With modern French Colonial interiors throughout St Claire offers exquisite country living spilling out to sensational wild romantic gardens and glorious grounds with a lush green northern lawn, views to Mount Macedon and surrounded by tranquil countryside. St Claire is offered for sale on a walk in walk out basis. Close to the culinary delights of the Trentham Village and sensational attractions of Victoria's spa country of the Macedon Ranges and Daylesford.

Price $3,295,000 Refer to keatings.com.au for viewing times or view by appointment Sandi Barry-Mueller 0408 392 347 John Keating 0419 880 444


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Design with Indre Kisonas

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ECENTLY I have been travelling with my work. From the Gold Coast to the outback and you can't get more different. An outback retreat is updating its colours and furnishings from tired and much loved to yet-to-be loved. I was there to put the palette and materials together.

As this part of our gorgeous country is a new experience for me, I am staggered by the vastness of it. Space and light is endless, which changes the colours in the hills, rocks and sky from morning to evening. The array of colours all around you is so much more than you expect from first glance. So too, the geology. Different types and forms of rock sit side by side in abutting ranges. Deep gorges with mysterious petroglyphs containing “signposts� left by our first peoples. Many dry, old, creek beds with fossilised formations 800 million years old. These are the oldest exposed rock formations in the world and they are in our extended backyard. It is the age and isolation in these parts that gives us the feeling of peace and serenity. When we visit, and stay quiet, this is a rare gift to experience. The colour palette we will draw from for our outback retreat is straight from our surroundings. Due to tectonic upthrusts and compression, with weathering and erosion, I found maroon and rust conglomerate stone next to purple siltstone with orange granite, black silica and white kaolin. The river gums draw these minerals from earth and represent these colours in their bark. Everything is coordinated and blended. These will be the colours to use in our outback retreat's new colour scheme. It will blend with its surroundings if you stop and linger long enough to notice. In this part of the country, stopping to observe is not a difficult past time. Wherever you live, your home can reflect its surroundings. To become a part of our environment is soothing and harmonious. As windows with their double glazing or louvres will reflect your cold or hot climates, and verandah sizes will shade or protect from heat or frost, colour palettes will bring your outside in. Enhance your connection with your piece of paradise by taking the time to observe the nuances of the outdoors. Bring these colours into your home through wall paint, cushions, rugs, bed linen and art work. You will be glad you did.

Indre Kisonas - principal designer at iok design www.iokdesign.com.au | indre@iokdesign.com.au


INTRODUCING GEMLIFE a new concept in over 50’s living GemLife Woodend, a luxury over 50s resort development.

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Conveniently located, residents have Melbourne’s vibrant shopping, business and entertainment precincts only one hour away, and the stunning countryside of the Macedon Ranges on your doorstep.

Caesar stone benchtops, European

“Location is a key priority for GemLife,” said Sales Manager, Julie Cahill. “GemLife actively searches for development locations that offer beautiful, natural surroundings and also the convenience of thriving local communities.” Our feature home, Whiteley, is one of twelve architecturally designed homes to choose from. All home designs feature two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two-car garages and flexible entertaining areas. Homes are completed with top-of-therange appliances and fittings including ducted air conditioning, ceiling fans, security screens, window coverings and landscaping.

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appliances and a deluxe walk-in pantry make the kitchen a gourmet’s delight. High 2.7 metre ceilings and open plan living spaces create a stunning lightfilled area to relax or entertain. “The resort offers every amenity for a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Ms Cahill. “World-class resort facilities include a heated indoor pool and spa, gymnasium, sauna, cinema, tennis court, bowling alley, games room and bowling green, to name a few.” GemLife Resorts do not charge entry or exit fees and home owners retain 100% of capital gain. Other benefits include the option of caravan and boat storage, and all GemLife Resorts are pet-friendly.

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T H E GE M LI F E PROM ISE No entry or exit fees Friendly community Pets welcome Gated neighbourhood Extensive five star facilities

Affordable luxury homes Caravan and boat storage* Retain your capital gain No stamp duty Ageing in place

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125 CLARKES ROAD FRANKLINFORD Riverbend

Once in a generation opportunity to secure 80 hectares (200 acres) of mostly cleared, undulating grazing land comprising multiple titles. The spring fed Jim Crow Creek forms the whole eastern boundary and the parcels comprise creek flats, dams, established treed areas and shelter belts. The property has subdivision potential (STCA) and numerous elevated home sites with views down the Jim Crow Valley and of Mount Franklin.

For Sale EPR $675,000 - $735,000

55 RAGLAN STREET DAYLESFORD Fontaine

Sublime charm & modern function are the perfect combination in this renovated 4 bedrm, 2 bathrm period residence, set against a backdrop of original period features. Relaxed family living wraps around the chef’s kitchen, & the covered alfresco area becomes an extension of your entertaining zone, stepping down to a shaded north facing garden.

For Sale $995,000

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Meaning ‘beautiful place’ and quietly secluded close to the famed Lavandula, this 18 acre lifestyle property really connects with the terrain overlooking a large dam in a lightly treed setting. Featuring 3 bedrooms, kitchen-dining, adjacent living, set against a backdrop of polished floors and a wrap around verandah with french doors. Ancillary outbuildings include a double garage/workshop, studio and former stables and there are 2 water tanks and 2 dams.

For Sale EPR $760,000 - $830,000

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This idyllic home and artists studio on 13.5 acres with an established orchard and Sandalwood plantings embrace dry-land permaculture techniques. Recycled floorboards and church windows characterize the home and the new bathroom, 2 split system units and wood fire heater ensure year round comfort. The northern orientation, solar roof panels and the abundant rainwater storage adopt sound, ecological principles.

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Creswick Park Lake Botanical Reserve Park Lake Drive, Creswick

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NFORTUNATELY, this is yet another regional botanic garden in a parkland setting that, through the ravages of time and possibly, lack of civic will or interest, was finally over taken by the parkland.

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"The Botanical Reserve. This area, the site of the Government Camp and Police Paddock of gold rush days, was gazetted as a botanical reserve in 1861. Through the next 30 years walks were laid out, trees and shrubs were planted and some structures were built. From 1888 development was guided by a planting plan prepared by George Perrin, Victoria's Conservator of Forests. The reserve reached its peak between 1910 and 1922, when it had a permanent caretaker. When the caretaker position was abolished neglect and vandalism took their toll and the gardens deteriorated." Sadly, all that remains to define the original garden other than a few straggling lilies, is a time-ravaged native hedge and the remains of a stone-lined fountain near the lake. Having said all that, and despite a decade-long drought, the Creswick Park Lake Botanical Reserve set on a hill at the northern entrance to town above and bordered by the beautifully restored lake and fountain is still the perfect spot for family or group outings. Located as it is on the main highway between Ballarat and Daylesford, and with ample shady parking, the reserve offers a welcoming place to break a long journey or a great destination for a picnic. Central to it all, in a shady grassed area, sits a massive, colonial styled and constructed rotunda. A plaque on its central pole provides its history: "Rotunda Park Lake - In 1861 the former Chief Commissioner of Police's Camp was gazetted for use as a Public Gardens. The garden was first laid out in 1870 and a summer house erected c. 1871, but rebuilt in 1878. The rotunda is identified on the detailed planting plan produced by George Perrin, Conservator of Forests, in 1888. The rotunda is designed in the picturesque rustic Gothic architectural style." Close by a multi-hotplate, wood-fired barbecue built of local stone offers the promise of crowd-sized cook ups. Adjacent to this, alongside well kept and very popular tennis courts, is a picnic area with undercover electric barbecues and a great playground. Tree-lined walking tracks take you through recent plantings down to and around the lake itself, where a recently constructed lookout deck over the water provides ample opportunity for photos of the nearby fountain and the lake itself. A bench bearing a brass plaque honouring four local women for their dedication in striving to maintain the gardens, invites you to sit and rest a while. I look forward to revisiting and enjoying the facilities with my "brood", hopefully after a winter of decent rainfalls rain has replenished and returned the grassy park to its usual verdant green.

Words & images: Glen Heyne


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The Garden Studio at the Shelter Shed

Looking for somewhere to stay in the Central Highlands, perhaps with your pooch? Look no further. The Shelter Shed is a private studio apartment, set on half an acre in the grounds of an old school at Glenlyon - and fully fenced. Enjoy a quiet drink on the deck while your pup runs free. Or stroll down to the welcoming Glenlyon General Store for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or Friday night dinner/ drinks. Details: hello@2cool4school. com.au or call 0416 104 283.


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Small business write off and tax planning

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ITH the end of financial year quickly approaching now is a perfect time to review your income position for some income tax planning.

Using the actual data for the first 10 months of the year, we can then estimate the income and expenses for the remainder of the year, to work out an estimated income position for the year. Based on this estimated position, we can work out the potential income tax expense, and provide details on whether we needed to look at options to reduce any potential tax bills. The ATO has recently increase the small business immediate write off threshold up to $30,000 (excluding GST). On a tax rate of 34.5 per cent this could allow for tax savings of $10,350 in the current year, so if you need new equipment for your business this may be a perfect time to purchase it. There are also options for putting amounts into superannuation and claiming a tax deduction. You will receive a tax deduction for the contribution at your marginal rate usually between 21-39 per cent, and then the superfund will only pay contributions tax at 15 per cent. This is a great way to reduce your personal tax, and you also get to retain a large portion of the funds in superannuation for retirement. Any funds contributed to superannuation are not available to be touched until you meet a retirement condition, so please discuss with your financial planner before making any contributions.

Words: Shane Corbett Shane Corbett is a partner with MOR Accountants based in Ballarat


Regional round-up

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ARWON Heads remains home to regional Victoria’s most expensive real estate, but it has not yet cracked the million dollar mark and is sitting at $957,500, having increased 2.3 per cent in the 12 months to March 31, 2019.

The latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria figures show that another holiday haven, Torquay, is sitting in second place with a median house price of $845,000 with values also going up in the past 12 months, by 7.6 per cent. The Geelong suburb of Newtown has also recorded positive growth, of 4.7 per cent over the past 12 months, to give it the third most expensive median house price in regional Victoria of $830,000. Gisborne, Woodend, Geelong West, Ocean Grove, Highton, Inverloch and Kyneton rounded out the top 10. For those on more restricted budgets, Gippsland is the place to house hunt. The most affordable houses in regional Victoria are in Morwell, Churchill and Moe. Morwell’s median house price is $173,000, having dipped 1.4 per cent in the past 12 months, Churchill’s is not far behind at $183,500 after a 1.9 per cent annual increase in the median and third on the list is Moe at $208,500, up 12.7 per cent in the past 12 months.

Bells Water Gardens @ Newlyn

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Meal deals for locals - and visitors!

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

Community Lunch:

The 5000 Club, Daylesford is open for lunch from noon every Friday at Victoria Park, Daylesford. All welcome.

Raffles:

Monday:

Peppers Mineral Springs, Hepburn - Feed me - includes a glass of beer or wine $45pp

Fundraising raffles for local organisations are held on Friday evenings at the Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford, the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham and the Daylesford Bowling Club.

Wednesday:

Mamma Dona's, Kyneton - a range of parmas, $15 takeaway or $18 eat in

Thursday:

Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford – Steak Night - $25 The Plough, Trentham - Locals' All Day Dining - 2 courses $27/3 courses $32

Friday:

Criterion Hotel, Castlemaine - Express Jalapeno Poppers $12, Fried Chicken Wings $12, Refried Bean Rolls $12, Fried Baby Calamari Tostada $16, 12-2.30pm

Sunday:

Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford - Roast, a pot or glass of wine or soft drink - $25 Daylesford Bowling Club - Parma Night - $14, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Business Networking Event Daylesford Hotel Wednesday, June 19 from 5.30pm All welcome RSVPs to by Monday, June 17 to rpedretti@hepburn.vic.gov.au Supported by:

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

Introducing our newly refurbished (and now private) dining room. Perfect for functions and parties.

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The good oil comes out of Shepherds Flat

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SCOTTISH-born builder wandered around an olive grove at Shepherds Flat, trying first a green one then a black variety. With disappointment in his voice, he told grower Andrew Gallagher, “I don’t think much of them.”

Gently he was told that, much like Tony Abbott’s famous onion, they were not for eating raw. These olives are pressed for high-quality oil. Misunderstandings about olive oil still occurs and diners may be short-changed by tight-fisted restaurateurs who serve a second-rate oil. “In a salad, a poor-quality oil shows a lack of flavour, tasting bland or even soapy,” Andrew says. “You should experience a peppery taste. Its absence probably denotes that it is not the best quality oil.” Extra virgin, sometimes called EVOO, is the highest quality and most expensive olive oil classification. Simply put, it should have no defects and a flavour of freshly pressed olives, having not undergone the industrial processes used to make “refined” oils like sunflower, soybean and canola. It's not easy to produce extra virgin olive oil. A producer must use fresh olives in good condition and monitor every step of the process with great care. Extra virgin olive oil doesn't stay that way. Even in perfect storage conditions, the oil will degrade over time, so it should be enjoyed within its two-year shelf life. Such knowledge has been hard-won in the 24 years since Andrew and wife Claire moved to a hilltop on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, with 32 hectares of land. There they built an impressive, sprawling Mediterranean-style mudbrick home, with handmade tiles making the outside walls something of a gallery. “When we arrived here it was all uncultivated paddocks and we wanted to grow something that was sustainable,” says Claire. “We had an increasing interest in good quality organic produce with an ethos of using no harsh chemicals on the land or in harvesting a crop.” To them, olives seemed relatively straightforward, although it does take five years before the trees bear fruit. There was something very appealing about growing a tree that has been cultivated in the Mediterranean since 8000 BC, where Homer called the oil liquid gold, and 16 trees in Lebanon are said to still produce oil after 6000 years. From the many varieties of olives, the Gallaghers combine four, the majority being the Frantoio variety, a high yielding “oil” olive which was listed among the world’s best for 2018. Lithia Springs Olive Grove was named after the nearby sweet tasting Lithia mineral spring. Once matured, the olive trees need minimal attention; the 1000 trees are harvested over a couple of weeks in June. The crop is hand harvested by a team of 20 or more harvesters made up of “friends and family”. The olives are removed from the branches with small plastic rakes and then collected onto large mats placed beneath the trees. The harvest can yield up to 1500 kilograms of fruit, which is then loaded into large hoppers and taken to be pressed within 24 hours of harvesting. After pressing, the olive oil is left to settle in a vat for up to six weeks and then filtered and bottled. The finished product presents a verdant, fragrant oil with a strong peppery flavour. To ensure the quality of the oil maintains its integrity, once opened it should be kept in a cool, dark place. In the 10 years they have been selling olive oil, the Gallaghers have maintained a practice of educating would-be consumers about the true flavour and health benefits of good quality olive oil.

Words: Kevin Childs | Main image: Kyle Barnes

“When we arrived here it was all uncultivated paddocks and we wanted to grow something that was sustainable. We had an increasing interest in good quality organic produce with an ethos of using no harsh chemicals on the land or in harvesting a crop.” - Claire Gallagher, co-owner Lithia Springs at Hepburn


Hot chocolate while it snows outside? Yes please!

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S FAR as The Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company is concerned, this is the perfect way to officially launch themselves.

With a little help from snow-making company Alpine Snow, owner Arkie Williams looks forward to the launch on Wednesday, June 5 between 2pm and 6pm, with snow flurries and samples of dark and milk hot chocolate on offer. The little shop at 22 Raglan Street has been quietly humming along since late November, building a dedicated following for lovers of hot chocolate. With winter upon us nothing beats a Dark Chilli/Cinnamon hot chocolate according to Arkie! The shop offers a comprehensive menu of unique blends with spice, as well as traditional marshmallow topped cups of milky hot chocolate decadence. Blending hot chocolate started as a hobby for Arkie. Upon opening her first business, a slow food cafe in Ballarat in 2010, food origin and transparency became paramount which led to investigation not only of where product was sourced but also conditions for the farmers and workers. The discovery of the cacao from Vanuatu, far closer than most cacao growing countries, has been key to the quality and depth of flavour in our blends. We also work with cold pressed cacao, natural organic cocoa and a huge range of salts, sugars and spice. Changing the type of cocoa or measures of spice we use has a huge impact on flavour meaning we can customise our blends. Many people have allergies, are sugar free or have dairy free dietary requirements and our Hot Chocolate Apothecary gives us the ability to custom blend. We can make packs for customers to take home or have in the shop. The shop has a cosy old world interior designed to fit with the heritage and character of the old building, with a dedicated emphasis on repurposing and recycling materials from tips, buy/ swap/sell pages and op shops. The counters, for instance, are made from old doors donated by a local family with slab cedar tops custom-made by local wood craftsman Harry Rigby, from a cedar tree he'd stored after it was felled a decade ago. The long share table was custom-made by Adam Hall using floor boards he'd rescued from house demolitions whilst the century-old pub pool table legs Arkie found in Maldon. The Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company is a member of #responsiblecafes and does not use single use cups for take away. Having the Sunday market next door was leading to an extreme amount of take away cup use which is so damaging for the earth, even the current plant-based lining ones are impossibly difficult to compost despite claims, so we decided to ban them and use jars instead. We love jar donations and locals have really embraced the move, often dropping jars in for us to recycle.

The Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company is open Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm. Advertorial

BOOKBARN@DAYLESFORD THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CLIENTELE, LOCAL AND FROM AFAR, TO OUR SUPPLIERS, THE HEPBURN SHIRE, THE WONDERFUL TALENTED PEOPLE OF DAYLESFORD WHO MAKE DAYLESFORD, WELL, JUST DAYLESFORD. A THANK YOU TO THE WILDLIFE OF THE LAKE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE PLACE WHAT IT WAS, MY STAFF BOTH PAST AND CURRENT. TO CLARE, KATH, KATIE AND ISABEL, FROM WHOM I LEARNT JUST AS MUCH AS I HOPE I TAUGHT YOU, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU ALL. STAND TALL STRONG WOMEN. GOODBYE FROM ANDREW FORMER OWNER BOOKBARN@DAYLESFORD

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The Palais, Hepburn Springs

Boogie Nights - Saturday, June 8 Noel Howard & High Tea - Sunday, June 9, 3pm-5pm (Pictured below) Freya Josephine Hollick - Saturday, June 22, 7.30pm-1am

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn

Live music - 2nd and 4th Friday of the month

Bellinzona, Hepburn

Live music - every second Saturday night (Next June 1)

Daylesford Cidery, Musk

The Martel Blues Duo - Sunday, June 9

Scrub Hill, Newlyn

Sunday - 30 June 2019 Sugar ‘n’ Spice Homebrew CD launch and Fat Chance Sunday, June 30, 2pm-4pm

Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn

Corrine & Cal - Friday, June 7 Never easy - Saturday, June 8 Open Mic - Sunday, June 9 Andrea Robertson - Friday, June 14 Aurora - Saturday, June 15 Ellerby - Sunday, June 16

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Amateur theatre alive and well in Kyneton

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WO delightful one-act plays under the umbrella title of Starbursts is Cathouse Players' first production for 2019, in its pop-up theatre at the Kyneton Masonic Centre.

Play One: Bombshells, rehearsals pictured above right, by Australian playwright and author, Jane Tara, and directed by Bette Sartore. Writer Rose E. Leed has invited five former classmates to a special re-union, some fifteen years after their graduation. In a relaxed atmosphere, they happily share memories, and an old photo album is the cause of much hilarity as the women see their youthful selves, frozen in time. With each back story, it's seems that their lives and careers now bear little resemblance to the past. Inevitably, hidden secrets emerge, then Rose reveals her true agenda. (NOTE: Dialogue contains some occasional feisty language, and adult themes). Play Two: The Last Scene of All, rehearsals pictured below right, by Margaret Wood, directed by Cathouse member, David Prince. In the ladies' lounge of the Gwynne Garrick Home for Retired Artistes, five former luminaries of the London stage are endeavouring to agree on a theme for their Christmas show for their fellow residents. There's much petty squabbling, back-stabbing and predictable upstaging , but romantic memories, however distant, are excitedly revived, with the unexpected arrival of a new resident, a former Shakespearean actor. Their Christmas show is swiftly re-worked and all mis-matched talents and a backstage dresser come together in a pageant: The Last Scene of All. Matinee dates are Saturday, June 15 and 22, and Sunday June 16 and 23, all at 2pm, and all serving high tea with bubbles. The evening show is on Friday, June 21 at 8pm with wine and cheese. Tickets are $25/20 for all sessions, and include pre-show sherries, program and all refreshments. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Enquiries and door sales, call Katie or Brian on 0490 485 850, or book online: www.trybooking.com/BBOQJ Link: www.cathouseplayers.com.au


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Josh striving to find the perfect balance

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he average age of a typical Australian farmer is 56. Josh Murray, founder of the hugely successful Josh's Rainbow Eggs business, is 19 and totally destroys the stereotype.

Josh started his free-range egg business on the family farm at Kerrie in the Macedon Ranges in 2009 to earn some extra cash, but it quickly expanded beyond those modest beginnings. Over the next few years, while his schoolmates were preoccupied with video games, parties and social media, Josh was selling eggs, doing his monthly profit and loss sheets and investing his earnings. You can find Josh’s Rainbow Eggs on shelves at Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets including LaManna Direct, Foodworks and IGA as well as several local farmers markets. And as the byline on every carton will tell you, Josh’s eggs truly are ethical, free range, and come from a stocking density of only 300 birds per hectare - a statistic confirmed by Choice magazine; you can’t get a better reference than that. These days, Josh’s Rainbow Eggs operates from a second property at nearby Monegeetta, with around 10,000 chooks living in and grazing around mobile sheds powered by solar and wind energy. Additional employees spread the workload, but one wonders if Josh may not need a publicist as well. His young age, ebullient personality and drive have caught the attention of people from all corners of the media and business community and he has been in demand to talk about his enterprise and give inspiration to others. However, Josh is growing up. New frontiers beckon in the form of university and with it pressing concerns regarding how to manage the dual priorities of education and business. As we went to get a nice chook photo beloved by newspaper editors, Josh talked about the year ahead. “I graduated from high school last year and will be going to La Trobe University to study business and marketing. The campus is about 70 kilometres from here and an hour or so drive - or on public transport, even longer. So personally, it is about me figuring out how much time I’m going to spend here and how to balance it with school.” What’s more, the business continues to expand with more infrastructure and more outlets. Recently Josh’s Eggs added another shed with about 3000 more layers to meet demand. Not only that but there are the charity projects Josh’s Eggs is involved with. Giving back to communities has always been a big part of the business ethic and its philanthropic work has grown. As well as an ongoing relationship with Foodbank Victoria there are many more groups in the Macedon Ranges the business donates to, including Kyneton Caring Community, Romsey Neighbourhood House, a host of football and netball clubs, scout groups and local school fairs. “We also give eggs to refugees through friends who are volunteers with asylum seekers,” says Josh. “And we donate to From Us 2 You, a group of Melbourne women who travel to Batman Park in the city to provide regular home-cooked meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in the area.” Josh has made his egg business into a real success story, thanks in no small part to the guidance of his parents James and Tamsyn. But it is clear that this is a man with a big future ahead of him and there is a real interest in where Josh’s entrepreneurial acumen will lead him next. University will help answer those questions and may also manifest other opportunities in ever more diverse fields. There is no doubt that Josh has the drive but, as always, success is also about striking the perfect balance.

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“We also give eggs to refugees through friends who are volunteers with asylum seekers. And we donate to From Us 2 You, a group of Melbourne women who travel to Batman Park in the city to provide regular home-cooked meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in the area.” - Josh Murray founder Josh's Rainbow Eggs


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Pick me, pick me...

Just sayin’... By Donna Kelly

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KNOW it's coming. Every year. But I am never quite ready for winter.

We get wood delivered early and, like everyone, have already gone through about a metre, which is a bonus, because there's no point stacking it now. Then there's the clothing. We have a little rack in the hall that leads to the bedroom. And I have a lot of very nice scarves hanging there. Light weight ones. But when winter arrives, the rack becomes the depository of all things heavy. Coats, woollen scarves, hats and even gloves hanging awkwardly off hangers. And the sandals and thongs disappear for about four months while the water-proof boots make an appearance. The shoe thing has become a bit of an issue at our place. We have just had carpet installed in the hall and bedroom, light-coloured carpet, and have made a pact not to wear shoes through there. Hmm. It's worked for about two weeks so far although, I did see Kyle already take a couple of steps before remembering and back tracking. Is there a time frame for this sort of thing? A point where I think "who am I kidding?" and just give up? I lived in Japan for a couple of years and they don't wear shoes inside at all. Just lovely slippers. And they even have toilet slippers. But I digress. Back to winter and it's the heating of the house that is also a juggle. We have a wood fire in the lounge, a very nice Ned Kelly, along with reverse cycle airconditioning/heating. The latter comes on about 6am and then, if we are staying in the house, we crank up the wood fire about 8am. If we are going straight to the office, we crank up the heater in the office about 7am ready for an 8am start. At the other end of the day, we start the wood fire about 3pm, and about 5pm close the bedroom blinds and start up the heater in there. It's only taken 15 years to get it all in sync. Then there's the towels. Six of them. They lay in wait at the front door for when the wooden deck freezes over. We tried all sorts of other things. Chicken wire - dogs nails got caught in that. Salt - just a mushy mess when it all unfroze. We found the towels work best. We just walk out, throw down a towel, walk along its length, throw down another towel and continue until we make it down the steps. At the end of the day, or when it warms up, you just collect them all up the other way and pop them by the front door again. Finally, there's the cost. Wood and electricity aren't cheap. It costs thousands to keep warm, as anyone living here knows. We actually worked out that it would be cheaper to move to Queensland and pay for three months' accommodation rather than pay for heating in the Central Highlands. Not to mention less chance of coughs and colds! Hmmm. I might finish up and here and go and check out Airbnb. Just sayin'...

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Kyle’s Rant

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SEE that a headmaster from Western Australia was reinstated to his position after he tripped up a young dirtbag who was trying to pop him in the school grounds. The headmaster had been suspended for two months pending investigation.

There seems to be a fair bit of this going on with the poor bloody teachers trying to do their job while young yobbos have a go. I mean, these youngsters should be taught better at home. I realise that having a bit of a smack-down in the playground is perfectly normal, but it is the PC vibe around the whole thing, and youths' knowledge of what can’t be done to them by the constabulary, whether that means teachers, police or parking officers. Common sense has given way to political correctness. It's like the case of the poor bloke who ran from the police a few weeks ago in Melbourne and ended up with a broken arm. He thought the police were home invaders and argues they didn’t identify themselves. As it turns out, the guy had received death threats so was a little high-strung when the boys in blue burst into his home without a word. It turns out they were looking for a car-jacker and our old mate fitted the description. So, I call it a genuine case of mistaken identity with a smattering of excessive force by the police on that one. But the world has gone mad when parking officers in our sleepy part of the world are faced with threats, abuse and violence to the point they have to wear body cams. A few years back I was pinged by the inspectors and happily paid the fine - albeit in five-cent pieces - but I didn’t yell abuse. The parking officer had a job to do and I broke the law. A few years ago I worked for the Hepburn Shire Council running the visitors' centres, and the amount of unnecessary abuse I received because the volunteers weren’t recommending peoples' places of business was ridiculous. Unhappy members would first voice their opinions at the poor volunteers and I would have to remove them from the tourist centre to outside on the street where we could have a quiet conversation. It just seems that everyone is so angry and frustrated. I saw one peanut start road rage in the Coles carpark just because some poor old girl didn’t yield and let him into a park or perhaps didn’t see him. I don’t know and it makes no difference. The dickhead jumped out of his car, which was not parked, and shouted disgusting profanities at the woman for a good five minutes. He then got back in his car and parked two spaces down. We live in the Central Highlands, not Melbourne, and that sort of behaviour is not tolerated up here. By the way, a special shout out to Ben, who made sure the road rager understood our collective disapproval. People, calm down, rage rant over…

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DEBUTANTE Ball will be held at the Daylesford Town Hall on Saturday, August 10. All teenage couples welcome. Dancing lessons start, also at the hall, on Wednesday, June 5 at 4.30pm for 10 weeks. Details: Jayne Santurini on 0417 103 191. n Sunday, May 26 more than 100 botanic gardens around Australia and New Zealand will have activities and tours to highlight the work of botanic gardens. Friends of Malmsbury Gardens and Environs will be at the gardens and nearby town hall from midday to 3.30pm with hot food and refreshments, children’s botanic colouring-in activity, information, a guided tour at midday and planting of indigenous food plants at 1.30pm at the Malmsbury Arboretum opposite the gardens. Details: Nea on 0419 874 735.

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The Local Issue 151, 3 June 2019  

The Local Issue 151, 3 June 2019  

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