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Front cover: How does the rising generation feel about the future of our planet? That's what the 19 members of the Daylesford Youth Theatre have spent six months exploring. And producing a play, Trashlanders. Read their story by Kevin Childs on page 15.

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AY and Pray, an initiative started at St Mary’s in Woodend by Father Neil Fitzgerald, and now headquartered in Daylesford, has been accepted as a formal mission by the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo.

Daylesford Christ Church congregation member Jenny Jordan, pictured with Father Neil, took the motion to the recent annual Bendigo Synod, as a representative, where it was voted in, 47 to 21. Jenny said she started out questioning what the Anglican church was doing about last year’s marriage equality laws but realised after research and talking to clergy that would be a “bridge too far” at the moment. Instead her motion was for the Synod to commend to parishes, both Gay and Pray and Held Together in the Love of Christ, a pastoral resource published by the Church of England, “as they develop a welcoming attitude toward, and grow in understanding of the difficulties faced by LGBTIQ church members”. The motion also included: “That we affirm that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and are accorded equal dignity, regardless of their gender or sexuality. “We acknowledge the reality of the recent change in Australian marriage law to include same-sex couples. That the Synod commends the importance of developing robust pastoral relationships with all of those who desire to be married.” “I felt it was really, in the end, the only thing that could be usefully done to encourage churches to open their doors to LGBTIQ members. When I spoke to the motion, I wanted to underline the fact we had spent two days talking of Jesus’ message of compassion and love thy neighbour and ministry to refugees and prisoners, and it just seemed logical to include this. “I was just really sad and angry and I wanted to push that issue forward. Another really powerful thing for me is that I have had gay friends say to me it has been wonderful to come to Daylesford because they can be themselves and breathe a sigh of relief and be accepted. If you are straight, you never have to deal with that. “There were even people in the (Synod) room who have to fly under the radar and live a lie, and that should be anathema to Christians who believe in love. “We need to move forward. I just hope it is a step in the right direction and there were definitely people with a real light in their eyes saying, ‘thank you’. Marriage equality (in the Anglican church) will happen, it will be a long time because of the conservative element, but it will happen. We just need to keep pushing.” Father Neil, who moved to Christ Church Daylesford in 2017, said he started Gay and Pray in Woodend in 2015 in response to the bad publicity the churches were receiving when talking about the gay community. “We decided we would openly welcome the gay community, put signage up and put the word out we were a safe place for gay people to come and worship. “It has been picked up by St John’s at Malmsbury, St Paul’s at Kyneton and St George’s at Trentham and now the headquarters are at Daylesford. And it was always a ministry of our parish and the diocese but now it has been formalised so that every parish within the Bendigo Diocese will have information on how to welcome the gay community, or people struggling with their sexuality.

"They will be able to give them information about what they need, what the right things to say are, what the wrong things to say are, where they can be referred if they feel they are in danger, or simply to educate their congregation on how difficult it is for gay people of faith to step into a church. “We are at the cusp of the new dawn of this era and it is a massive tick from the Diocese. I am so proud of the Diocese and the support of not just our clergy but Woodend and Kyneton and Bishop Matt Brain. To have that sort of calibre standing up for this…” Father Neil said Jenny, along with the united Daylesford congregation, also found support at the Synod with deacons and priests standing behind her as she stood at the microphone showing their solidarity. “And with the same sex marriage situation, which will probably never change in my lifetime as a vicar, it will give parishes tools on how to handle people who are married and what their needs are and try not to alienate them from church life. Even knowing the church has a different stand on performing marriages doesn’t mean we can’t accept and embrace them.” Father Neil said while it would be a “tough climb” he was hoping the initiative would one day be rolled out to at least neighbouring Ballarat and Melbourne but would love to hear from any parishes throughout the country keen to take part. “Here, we are all onboard and enthused and energised with this. The Daylesford congregation is one in a million, to stand behind Jenny, and then to have other clergy stand behind her on the day, it’s a TV midday movie in the making.”

Words: Donna Kelly | Image: Kyle Barnes

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Climate change

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Vague dawn

RAMPIANS region residents are invited on A Climate Journey, a series of public forums, focusing on the past, present and future of the changing climate in the region.

I woke from a dream where Seamus Heaney, buried up to the belt in thick black mud, held a pencil that had a spade handle spade handle toward me, mouthing words that seemed to say 'Just write'. I knew who I was from memory, I suppose, but in the sudden waking, I forgot, staring at the vague light of dawn in the window, both strangely present and a self-stranger, absent-memoried, brand new mind. My room smelled of a smell I'd gotten used to, a room closed off for months from the highlands chill, of old sweat in the bedding, a smell of maybe mud. And I fell a full free-fall back into this body, this body demanding I rise from the smelly half-dark, recalling the dream, to have a piddle. The vague dawn became a definite different day, then I took up my pencil and wrote this down.

- James Baillie 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

James Baillie lives in Glenlyon and runs a business called The Arthritis Man. He has been writing rhythm and rhyme as a hobby since age 11.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Community and Partnerships Program Manager, Tim Hudspith said: “We encourage anyone with an interest in our climate to come along. We hope by attending the forums people find out more about how our climate is changing, particularly in their local area.” A Climate Journey is part of the Supporting our Regions to Adapt initiative, a three-year program providing practical support for communities to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate. The first forum in A Climate Journey was held in May and looked at the past with the Bureau of Meteorology. The second forum, focusing on the future of the changing climate will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre on Thursday, July 25 at 6.30pm. Presented by the CSIRO, the forum will give insight into how projections are made, how good they’ve been over time and what the latest projections are at national, state and regional scales. CSIRO’s Regional Projections Research team leader John Clarke will talk about the cutting-edge science being used by CSIRO to inform our understanding of what to expect in the future.

Link: The event can also be streamed live on Zoom at

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After the all-nighters, this chef gets personal


HE wheel has turned full circle for award-winning chef Denis Hagger. Having honed his skills when young at Parma House in Hepburn Springs, he’s returned to realise a long-held ambition by opening a gourmet retreat in Maldon.

In between, he’s ranged far and wide. Along the way he has gathered anecdotes galore, some of them publishable. Such as when the great rocker, Joe Cocker, came to dine. Hagger’s restaurant in Flinders Lane was decidedly Frenchorientated but the Englishman let it be known he wanted sausages and mashed potatoes. A trainee cook was sent for the spuds. They were being prepared when Cocker turned up alone and early. Denis chatted with him while his trainee took it upon himself to cook. “It came out while I was still sitting there,” says Denis. “The sausages were burnt and the mash was lumpy. Joe enjoyed every mouthful. He almost licked the plate and said, 'They told me I wouldn’t eat well in Australia, but they were wrong’.” The 70s were the days of long lunches, especially on a Friday. One such went into Saturday morning. Around 8am a guest realised that she had to read the ABC radio news at nine. “She rushed off to the studios in Lonsdale Street, only to find she had no keys and the place was well-locked. She hurtled home, got the keys and read the news. We listened, but no one could understand a word!” A similar lunch, this time of stockbrokers, started on a Thursday and went until the following afternoon, with fresh underwear, socks and shirts ferried in so they could continue. On another evening, a diner enjoyed herself so much she asked if the Haggers’ driver could take her home in their ancient RollsRoyce. “I knew she lived in South Yarra,” says Denis. “But the driver didn’t come back for many hours, and when he did, he had a great handful of receipts for petrol. Her other house was somewhere beyond Warburton.” As well as being the scene of some outrageous events, Denis’s restaurants helped shape Melbourne’s dining scene over a decade. He sold his last one, in Toorak Road, South Yarra, three years ago. Always up for change, he spent a couple of years exporting Australian seafood to France, then pioneered sous-vide, vacuum-packed gourmet meals in Australia, sending 50 tonnes of veal sauce jelly each month from Melbourne to top-tier passengers on Japanese airlines “I think a lot of people then thought I would retire to the country for a quieter way of living, smell the flowers and breathe the fresh air,” he says. “Well, I’m doing some of that, but not all.” With his partner of 20 years, Carolyn Rowe, he recently opened Maldon Maison Gourmet Retreat, just outside town. There they offer a getaway for just two people. “We wanted a place where those who love fine food and wine can be pampered in tranquillity,” he says. An inclusive a-la-carte breakfast is served in the private suite. Lunch and dinner are also available and can be taken indoors or in one of two private courtyards, beneath oak trees. “We are very happy with the design of the suite of four rooms, and more than happy with the comments of our guests, who seem delighted to have a personal chef.”

As for the vacuum-packed meals, Denis learned this craft at the renowned Sorbonne University in Paris and says that most three-star restaurants in Europe use it as a time-saver. “The wonderful thing here, also, is that we can use so much gloriously fresh local produce.” As well as staying to be pampered, guests have an option of joining Denis’s cooking class, called My French Table, held for no more than six people each Saturday. After a hands-on lesson in the art of this cuisine, there follows a lunch of fine food, matched with local and French wines.

Words: Kevin Childs | Image: Supplied



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HINGS will get curiouser and curiouser at this year’s Malmsbury Village Fayre on Sunday, November 17 with the botanic gardens turning into a wonderland for children and adults with the theme Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Fayre – now in its 18th year – is known for its live music, local produce, craft stalls and unique family activities held in the enchanting Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and lake. Committee member and Malmsbury resident Laura Evans said 2019 would feature fayre favourites including a jumping castle, face painting, storytelling, live music, more than 80 local produce and craft stalls around the lake, international food and food trucks. “2019 will also bring Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland fun with giant butterfly stilt-walkers, a mad-hatter’s tea party, croquet games, story-telling and a crazy hat competition to celebrate its Alice theme.”


The Local Networking Event What: A Spring networking event for all business owners Where: The Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford When: Tuesday, September 3, 5.30pm - 7pm Who: The Local Publishing Group and Hepburn Shire Council Why: Because networking is a good thing to do! RSVP: Essential to by Friday, August 30 What else: After the event, complimentary dinner and drinks are on offer for attendee business owners plus one. Bookings Essential: 03 5348 2202 124 Main Rd Hepburn Springs

Locals Night at The Argus Every Monday $45 per person “feed me”. Local seasonal food prepared by our chefs in a shared banquet style for two or more. Includes a glass of local house wine or beer.

Nature Diary with Tanya Loos


HIS winter we have been blessed with rain, but also some magical blue sky days, bathed in soft golden sunshine. Last week, on just such a day, I was wandering about in my local patch of the Wombat Forest when I spied a large dark bird circling low over the tree canopy. A wedge-tailed eagle! I stopped, and soon enough, another appeared.

I usually see these birds soaring over the paddocks surrounding Lalgambook (Mount Franklin), not flying tight and low over reasonably dense forest. One of the birds was smaller and much darker – most probably the male, the other, the female, was large with a golden ruff of feathers about the neck. Wedge-tailed eagles, like many birds of prey are sexually dimorphic, that is the males and females differ in appearance. The males are on average 3.2kg in weight, the females are a whole kilogram heavier at 4.2kg. This way, the pair can feed on slightly different sized prey and avoid competing directly with one another as they occupy the same hunting territory their whole adult lives. As I watched the pair kept circling in a ritualistic kind of way, until the male flew high, straight up into the blue sky, went into a steep short dive, then pulled out and rose a little way up with wings partly open, only to repeat the process. The female, obviously impressed, joined her mate and they circled together in perfect unison, with matching slow wing beats and circles as precise as a pair of competitive ice skaters.

The male’s dive is called a pot hook display, and both sexes display in this way. The eagles also grapple with one another’s talons in a gravity-defying tumble, and even do cartwheels! These aerial displays reinforce the pair bond, but also send signals to other sharp-eyed eagles far away – “this is our territory”. According to my trusty huge bird book, the 11-volume series known as the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB), this kind of courtship carries on for a month or two followed by nest building, or nest repair. A pair of eagles usually has two to three nests in one territory. These huge piles of sticks serve as territorial markers, and are renovated each year, depending on which nest is used that season. The parent eagles are very, very sensitive to disturbance at the early stage of nest building or egg laying, so if you know of a nest site do stay well away, particularly around the base of the tree. A perfect situation is being on top of one ridge line and being able to view the nest through binoculars from another.

Above, a small, dark wedge-tailed eagle – probably an older male Image: Ed Dunens, NO6. CC BY 2.0. Tanya Loos is a keen field naturalist who spends a lot of time wandering around the bush in our beautiful region. She loves writing about nature and science - she blogs at (The Local is thrilled to have Tanya join its team of columnists. Nature Diary will run every second edition of The Local.)

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Whippet good!


HIPPETS and their owners headed to Lake Daylesford recently in a response to a call-out from the administrators of the "Come Play with My Whippy" Facebook page. Owner of local whippets, Beau and Lexi, Linda Carroll said it was "a lovely event with lots of well behaved, well-dressed dogs".

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Remembering Creswick's Chinese heritage


IKE most settlements that grew up around the discovery of gold in Victoria, Creswick had a large Chinese population working on the diggings.

From 1851 onwards they occupied a neighbourhood known as the Chinese Settlement, surviving for over 50 years before the land was cleared and dredged for mining. Today that area is known as Calembeen Park and the 4000 Chinese who worked and lived throughout the Creswick district are largely a memory. Some families moved to other places in Australia including Melbourne, Ballarat and even Darwin but most returned home; predominantly the province of Canton in south-east China, known as Guangdong today. Since then, all traces of their time around the area has largely faded away except for the remnants of old market gardens. That and the Chinese Memorial Garden within the boundaries of the Creswick Cemetery on the road north to Clunes. “Chinese were interred in the first cemetery near today’s Calembeen Park from 1851 until 1858 before the reserve was moved to its present location,” says Wendy Ohlsen, secretary and groundskeeper for the Creswick Cemetery Trust, and pictured right, “and burials continued within the new cemetery up until about 1923”. As with all burial reserves, the cemetery was divided up into the various religious affiliations of the community and the Chinese had theirs as well. So, while Europeans in the district often harboured great antipathy towards the Asian community, at the end of it all, everyone wound up in the same place. However, there were marked differences with Chinese funerary practices. Most Chinese were Buddhists and mourners would burn reams of substitute money as offerings to the departed. This would take place in burning towers, a unique feature of the Australian goldfields. Most were constructed in the 19th century to prevent summer grass fires being sparked from these burnt offerings. But while the towers at Creswick disappeared years ago, the grave markers did not. Unlike Christian graves, Chinese plots were not marked with headstones, but footstones fashioned out of local bluestone. They had four rows of Chinese script with a name and date of burial and sometimes the name repeated in English script across the top. Unfortunately, the Creswick stones were removed around 40 years ago and jumbled up, as Wendy explains. “At the start of the 1980s the section that held the Chinese graves was cleared back and it was decided by the cemetery trustees at the time to move them up to the old cemetery site and call that the Chinese Cemetery. Although they were eventually returned in 1991 there were no identifying numbers on them, and it was impossible to know which plot they belonged to or even how many there were.” By 2010 there were moves initiated to try to correct this, beginning with the visit of a Melbourne-based geophysics team using ground-penetrating radar in the reserve’s sixth compartment to establish where the plots were. Later in 2012 a Heritage Victoria archaeological team did further examination and found the bases of footstones that had been broken off and left in the ground.

Eventually the cemetery trust had established the existence of an additional 400 graves of mostly Chinese heritage. While they could not know who was in what grave, all this work helped to re-establish the layout and orientation of the section. Today, the Creswick Memorial Cemetery features a Chinese Memorial Garden built on the site with assistance from the Chinese Association of Victoria. Along with a mix of Chinese and Australian native vegetation there is also a headstone that lists the names of every person interred in that area. “Town regulations said the Chinese were supposed to stay within their own community,” says Wendy, “but they worked as labourers, had businesses in town, market gardens and contributed a significant amount towards the growth of Creswick. It is only fitting that they be remembered”.

Words: Anthony Sawrey | Image: Kyle Barnes

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Creswick Pooches

HERE are plenty of pets in Creswick and some get to go to work with their owners. Right, Mel Stewart, the principal of Creswick Primary School, brings her seeing-eye puppy, Ollie, to school most days. Meanwhile, Kerry McKenzie, above, loves working at home, with pooch Lenny and cats Fluffy and Bella, as a home loans mortgage broker with Smartline. Oh, Vision Australia is always on the lookout for more seeing-eye puppy trainers. Head to


Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend

OW in its sixth year, the 2019 Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10.

The weekend brings together a dedicated group of amateur gardeners and creative green thumbs who open their gardens to the public just once a year. The event showcases private and well-known gardens, and celebrates the skills of passionate gardeners in and around Creswick. Visit and enjoy 10 diverse private gardens and chat with their creators, including country gardens, backyard and courtyard gardens. Entry fees: $5 per garden. Children admitted free. Also take time to visit Bells Water Gardens, Brenlissa Nursery, Creswick Nursery in Miss Northcott’s Garden, Lambley Gardens & Nursery, Maze House, Overwrought Sculpture Garden & Gallery, and Spring Park Nursery. As well, there’s the Creswick Garden Club’s Flower Show at the Town Hall and a café, community barbeque and self-guided tours around the gardens of John Curtin Aged Care. Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 1921 Victoria Street. This is also the collection point for maps. Online bookings will be available from early September. Links:, Facebook - Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend and Instagram: @creswick_garden_lovers_weekend

Creswick Havilah Lodge: 160 years old

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Below, freemasons Bob Orr, left, and Matt Salter Image: Kyle Barnes | Words: Contributed


RESWICK Havilah Lodge is one of Creswick’s oldest organisations. Established in May 1859 it had its 160th anniversary this year.

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The name Havilah was chosen for the Lodge by its founding members for the relationship between the gold of Creswick and the gold of the biblical land of Havilah, referred to in the second chapter of Genesis, where it is stated in relation to Havilah, “The gold of that land is good”. For the first 31 years of its existence the Lodge met in the lodge room it shared with other fraternal organisations in Creswick’s American Hotel, but in the late 1880s, with increasing numbers of members and overcrowding becoming a problem in the hotel room, the Lodge decided to build its own premises. Adding an adjacent block of land purchased for £35 to a block donated by one of its members, and with the necessary funds provided by members and a loan from the Miners’ Association, tenders were called, a builder was engaged, and construction of the new premises in Albert Street began in March 1890. The “foundation” stone of the building, and three other commemorative stones, were laid with great masonic ceremony on May 14, 1890. Two of the three commemorative stones laid that day support the columns at the front of the building and are readily seen from the footpath, the third is in the southeast corner at the rear, and the true foundation stone, as is traditionally the case, is in the northeast corner. Passers-by may be puzzled by the year number visible on the stones at the front of the building. It is shown as AL 5890. AL is an abbreviation for the Latin anno lucis, the year of light, an early Christian estimate of the year of the creation, 4000 years before the birth of Christ. The Lodge moved into its new building, completed at a cost of £650, in August 1890. Features of the building include the depictions of the working tools of an operative mason moulded across its façade, the impressive plaster ceiling added to the lodge room at a cost of £53 shortly after it was opened, and the highly decorated walls of the Lodge room, displaying masonic motifs and symbols, painted in 1895 at a cost of £26.5.0. With almost 1000 men having been members of the Lodge since its inception, it is inevitable some will have been notable in public life, the most prominent being Sir Alexander Peacock, a former premier of Victoria and minister in a number of state governments. The Lodge can be opened for visiting groups. Contact secretary Bob Orr on 5345 2165 or Membership enquiries are also welcome.

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Mural artist enjoys country freedom


I LEHNE was born in Ballarat, lived in Ballarat North and painted and did drawings of the area as a child - the bluestone buildings, barns, and animals. The artist says she was very lucky to be in a country environment with lots of freedom. She told her story to Donna Kelly.

Five free things to do in Creswick

“I married, had two children, worked as a kindergarten assistant and kept on painting - Victorian homes, portraits, landscapes, snowscapes, learning exclusively in oils. I entered Ballarat art shows and sold works, then realising how much time we spent out in Creswick at the lakes and forests we moved to the Hepburn Shire. I learned watercolour at classes in Maryborough and paint in these also, but once I dabbled with acrylics I found my forte. I use different mediums to suit my needs and the subject. I can also draw with pastels and loved oil pastels as a child. My art is my world, if it was taken away from me for some unknown reason it would be the same to me as losing a limb. Before we moved to Hepburn Shire, I was commissioned to paint a mural at Kingston. It was huge, above a four-car garage in a barn-style room. I painted all four walls with snowy mountains, waterfalls, a quarry, a city, rolling country hills…it was pure joy and brought absolute delight to the owners. Mural painting grew wings after this leap of faith. Now more murals can be viewed in Creswick at Red Fox Café, Creswick Country Roast, 84 on Albert, the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre and the scout hall. My artworks are found around Creswick; shop owners request them to be in their shops. There are two hanging in the Farmers Arms Hotel of two historic local buildings, this series was very popular. You can also find me at Artcreations Facebook page and Instagram. My art is also for sale at Ballarat’s Healthy Hub Wellness Centre thanks to my long-time friends and work colleagues, Stacey and Luke. The reason I paint is solely to bring joy to the owners, to make their environment how they want it to be, to make children happy and brighten their play space. I think anyone can be an artist if they put their mind, heart, soul and passion into it like I have. Study, research, practise and don’t give up. I paint every day. I've also been blessed by being employed to illustrate books for a well-known author. Here's to a great, colourful, happy, bright future with more murals on the way that speak to people about their culture, history or maybe just the love for a certain subject. My one desire for Creswick is to have an art gallery. Maybe this dream of mine will come true one day, it's a shame local artists have to go elsewhere to exhibit. My favourite saying is 'the Earth without art is just 'Eh’."

There is free live music and more than 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique locally-made goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, something for everyone. The market features gourmet take away food and great coffee, live music, kids entertainment and playground, beautiful gardens to relax in, historic township to explore, handmade arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, homegrown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce.

Image: Kyle Barnes

The Creswick Market is open 9am until 1pm, on the third Saturday of every month. The market is a great day out for the whole family – bring the kids and four-footed friends – everyone is welcome.

The Hammon Park pump track is the first stage of the Creswick Trails Project which will see the creation of a 100-kilometre purpose-built mountain bike trail network.

The track is covered in bitumen for a smoother and faster riding surface for mountain bikers, skateboarders and scooter riders to enjoy, and is already being hailed by riders for its quality. Other mountain biking trails around Creswick include the Creswick Township Loop, the Jackass Loop and the Slaty Creek Lasso Loops. Details of these trails are in the Creswick Walking and Cycling Map available from the Visitor Information Centre at 41-43 Albert Street (Midland Highway).

Creswick Cemetery is located north of the township on the Clunes Road, and the gates are open daily from 9am to 5pm. The cemetery originated on March 12 1869. In August that year a substantial iron rail fence with a bluestone basement was erected along the south side. In 1909 a permanent memorial was erected in the centre of the cemetery to remember those who perished in the Australasian Mine Disaster of 1882. Of the 22 miners that died on that fateful day 19 are buried at Creswick, two in the Old Ballarat Cemetery and one in the New Ballarat Cemetery.

St Georges Lake offers picnics, boating, swimming, walking and fishing and abounds with wildlife. The lake was once a mining dam used to supply water to the Creswick State Battery for crushing quartz. It was built by hand in 1895 by local tradesmen and today is a popular summer base for water activities.

Slaty Creek is a great place to enjoy a bush picnic.

Sit and watch the bush come alive with many species of birds, pan for gold along the meandering creek, or take a stroll beside old water races. There are three free camping areas with wood barbeques and tables on the creek flats surrounded by tall manna gums. The main area has toilets and is more suitable for larger groups.

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Creswick Museum looking forward to 50 years


RESWICK Museum will celebrate its 50th birthday next year, after opening in 1970.

Creswick Museum Committee of Management secretary Margaret Fullwood said the two-storey museum, which occupies a part of the former Creswick Town Hall, had some great collections. “We have colonial art, some quite unique including five Burkitts, whose water colours are very delicate. They were done before 1860. “Every three months we change the display of our colonial art so we can preserve the paintings for another 100 years.” Ms Fullwood said the main exhibition room also changed around, every three to six months, and volunteers were in the process of moving in a hotel exhibition. “We also always have mining and we have a research centre open two days a week, in the old infant welfare centre. “And one of our prize exhibitions is the council chamber which is pretty much how they left it when they went next door. We even have some money in the budget to do some conservation work on the table which is bowing in the middle.” The heritage-listed building is open on weekends and public holidays along with extra days for Clunes’ Booktown and Seniors’ Week in October. School groups are also welcome. Ms Fullwood said she grew up in a Roman town in England and used to go digging for ruins. “I think the only thing I ever found was a Roman sandle and a dead cat, but I was always keen on history. Someone approached me to go on the committee here so I did. They thought I had the necessary nous to be an administrator and I have been the secretary since then. I really do enjoy it.”

Words: Donna Kelly | Images: Kyle Barnes

Images; Kyle Barnes Promotion

They have seen the future – and they want to make it work


CROSS the globe, a climate disaster now hits every week, according to the United Nations. So how does the rising generation feel about this?

That question was put to young Daylesford people, and some saw a cataclysmic picture of a fried and trash-strewn planet. Others were less bleak. The 19 members of the Daylesford Youth Theatre spent six months exploring this question and considering what the earth may be like 40 years from now. Out of this came Trashlanders, a sci-fi adventure, epic in its scale and imagination, being staged at the Daylesford Town Hall later this month. The performers, aged 11 to 18, were united in their frustration at not having a voice or a vote in their future while adults appear to stand idle. So they came up with this show, using discarded rubbish to make striking costumes…here a necklace of bread ties, a garbage bag skirt, adornments of aluminium cans, biscuit wrappers and chip packets. The costumes are called “trashion” or “junk couture”. The Daylesford tip shop has been turned over, with a lot of junk also coming together in an art installation. Theatre director Jen Bray says the performers range from some who had been to climate protests in Melbourne to those who asked, “What climate crisis?”. “They do see the future as being not as bleak as it may seem,” she says. “And they’re very funny. It’s exciting and adventurous, with wacky characters.” Trashlanders builds on the success of last year’s Mavericks and Misfits, a production praised for its bold circus, dance and drama exploration of the challenges of “being yourself ”. Trashlanders, which opens at the Daylesford Town Hall on Friday, July 26, has a second show two days later. A special performance will be given for primary and secondary school students.

Words: Kevin Childs | Image: Mara Ripani

So just how do young people see their world in 40 years time? "A lot more animals might be extinct," said 14-year-old Caelen. "We might only have three species left." Twelve-year-old Alhucema said, "There could be an age of fire. It might be really hot for a long while." To 11-year-old Dru, pictured above, "Either we're really smart and have worked out what to do, or everyone's just running around in a panic." And Neve, 14, said, "I just guess we'll be really restricted on resources. People would have to get nutrients from vitamin supplements."

16 Happy & Healthy


with Sam Redlich

Five ways to keep smiling in winter Winter is here. We have been blessed with milder conditions, more sunshine and less of the gloomy days we’re used to in years gone by. Right now we have an opportunity to remain in front of the winter blues by utilising simple practices to stay happy. Sing - Singing releases the feel-good hormones - endorphins and oxytocin. It’s a fun thing to do on your own in the car, the shower or whenever you hear something that sparks your inner melody. I love to sing along with my son on trips, not only is it a bonding experience, it brings a lightness to our day. Laugh - My husband likes to tell jokes, and he’s Dutch. Ever heard a Dutch joke? A good belly laugh with friends and family, watching your favourite comedian or a comedy movie can be a great way to release dopamine and serotonin, more of the feel-good hormones. Keep active - Go for walks, keep up at the gym, play indoor sports, take the kids bowling. See winter as a time to take your activities inside. The body loves movement and we all know the benefit that comes with a healthy active all year round lifestyle. Nourish yourself - Now is the time for slow cooked nutrient-enriched foods. Warm and wonderful aromas through the house, baked winter vegetables and roasts. Hearty meals with family and friends, full, vibrant conversations and great wine. Nourishment comes not only from good food, but also from good loving relations and time spent with others. Face the sunshine - Take your favourite book, magazine, or the latest copy of The Local and sit outside in the sun with a cuppa reading and soaking up the rays. It will help to replenish vitamin D and stave off SAD. You only need 10 minutes now and then to boost vitality and bring a skip to your step. Joy and happiness are harvested by doing the things you like and enjoy and winter is the right time to bring it all indoors. Yours in health and wellbeing with a big smile, Sam

Brian and Mr Bailey loving Hepburn House


RIAN Glew grew up in Footscray and went to the Christian Brothers College.

At the age of 16 he started worked in customs, searching ships, planes and people and also had a stint in the construction industry. Brian also did some part-time bartending and, now living at Hepburn House, says he is keen to run the bar in his new home. Although he moved for medical reasons, Brian is enjoying life at Hepburn House and loves “the women – the old ducks” and, ever the diplomat, says “all of them” when asked if he has a staff favourite. But Brian did not move in alone. His 15-year-old cat, Mr Bailey, made the move as well. Quite an impressive size, Mr Bailey is well-known at Hepburn House, with some staff saying he is “like Garfield on steroids!”. Obviously a fan of the late, great comedian Spike Milligan, Brian has already made his wishes known about what to put on his headstone. “I told you I was ill.” Hepburn House is a government-funded aged care facility which offers all levels of care, from respite to permanent. Residents are looked after by a team of personal care workers, with access to a team of allied health professionals who regularly visit Hepburn House, and there is also an in-house kitchen providing home-style meals.

Hepburn House is located at 1 Hepburn Road, Daylesford. For more information, call 5348 8100 or visit



Dr. Susanne M. Heringslake Chiropractor Moments To Ponder

Skin Checks with Dr Brad Wyer (Diploma of Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Surgery from the Australian College of Cutaneous Oncology).

a little gift from me to you

The winter solstice has just passed, the longest night of the year. Now each day becomes a little lighter, a little brighter. Just like life sometimes.

Book Your Skin Check Online or download the HotDoc app.

For all enquiries and to book appointments, please contact: Dr Susanne M Heringslake Chiropractor Mobile: 0407 301 352


In an emergency always call 000 Daylesford

10 Hospital St | tel: (03) 5348 2227

Trentham 22 Victoria St | tel: (03) 5424 1602

Sal’s Salon

Winter specials

Cut and Blow Wave $35 $30 pensioner Half head of foils, Cut and Blow Wave $100 Tint, Cut and Blow Wave $65

22 Raglan Street, Daylesford New phone number 0422 228 920

In February 2019 our shop front closed but you can still buy our aromatherapy products online. Locals can pick up orders Tuesdays from Daylesford and Fridays from Glenlyon and, of course, it will be freight free. Refills - sorry we won’t be providing this service. Please remember we are an online store now so you won’t be able to call as there is no number, or swing by for favourite goodies. All orders need to be placed on the website with PayPal payment. If you can’t manage the payment or website get a friend or relative to do it for you. The reason for no phone number, refills and online orders only is it frees me up to do other things like more massage days at Aromatic Healing, hiking and most importantly spending time with family. Looking forward to making your aromatherapy goodies. Fiona, Daylesford Aromatherapy Facebook: Instagram: daylesford_aromatherapy

18 Markets

To market, to buy cool candles


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, pictured 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

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

The spring edition of House.Land.Home. PREMIUM will be published on September 23. If you want to get your property in front of thousands of locals and visitors in this glossy quality seasonal magazine over the Grand Final weekend, make sure you book your space!



CRESWICK 91 CLUNES ROAD 'THE BLUE COTTAGE'. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF PERIOD CHARM. Lovingly maintained and situated on the high side of the road is this Victorian era cottage, with stunning gardens and a plethora of original features including lead light windows and a mixture of timber and pressed metal ceilings. Rich in historic old world charm, 'the blue cottage' boasts wonderful street appeal. From the charming picket fence, to the lovingly maintained English cottage gardens with steps that lead up to the front veranda, you will become lost in the history of this charming home.

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FOR SALE PRICE $395,000 to $410,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073

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

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FOR SALE PRICE $369,000 to $379,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073


NEWLYN NORTH 2901 MIDLAND HIGHWAY FAMILY HOME ON HUGE TOWN BLOCK Family Home on Huge Town Block Positioned on a generous country block of 2387m2(approx.) with stunning views of Farmland and Mount Kooroocheang is this spacious family home ready for someone to add some flair and make their mark. Situated in the historic town of Newlyn and just 10 a minute drive to Daylesford or Creswick and less than 90 minutes’ drive to the Melbourne CBD you have easy access to all the modern conveniences while enjoying a laid-back home life surrounded by nature.

AUCTION Saturday 10th August at 12:00pm PRICE Contact Agent CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073

ID and contact details are required at all open for inspections

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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FOR SALE PRICE $328,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073


HEPBURN SPRINGS 24 FOREST AVENUE COUNTRY RETREAT IN TREETOP TRANQUILITY This recently updated and immaculately presented property is sited on 4028 m2 approx. with potential be subdivided [STCA }. Bathed in light, renovated and neat as a pin, this residence comprises 3 bedrooms with BIR’s, entry to open plan lounge-dining-kitchen, separate laundry, bathroom and wonderful deck with view across the valley. The lower level comprises a huge 12m x 7m garage/storage area with remote control roller door access. Perfectly suited to holiday let, permanent rental or peaceful country retreat.

PORCUPINE RIDGE 36 RUSSELLS ROAD COUNTRY RETREAT ON 5 ACRES This property is nestled on 2 ha [5 acres approx.] and set in wonderful natural vegetation position in a quiet and tightly held area of Porcupine Ridge. Bathed in light, with a northern aspect, this residence comprises 3 bedrooms with built in robes. The open lounge-dining room features a wood fire heater and a separate living room adjoins the central kitchen. This space opens onto a wonderful deck with view across the valley. There are several sheds including a wood shed plus a fully buried shipping container that could be used as a fire shelter or superb canteen storage area.

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FOR SALE PRICE $699,000 CONTACT Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

FOR SALE PRICE $480,000 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

HEPBURN SPRINGS COSY COTTAGE Situated in the heart of Hepburn Springs in walking distance to Cafes, Spas, Restaurants, newly refurbished Palais theatre and many walking tracks into the Wombat State Forrest. This neatly presented 3-bedroom home offers many possibilities. Featuring beautiful views from the large entertaining decking towards Doctors Gully and an eclectic mid-century charm. Currently offered on the holiday let market, ideal for a first home buyer or perfect permanent rental. - 613m2 land size Zoned General Residential 1 - Natural gas, town water, sewerage, mains power and NBN

THE EDGE OF A DREAM – 3/4 ACRE LAND WITH PLANNING PERMIT This beautiful site is located in a hidden bushland area of Hepburn Springs just 5 minutes from Daylesford township. Approx 3000 square metres/three quarters of an acre with planning permit for a contemporary 3 bedroom dwelling. The building envelope has been positioned to provide privacy and take advantage of the outlook over the native bushland surrounds and neighbouring natural dam. Set in a very quiet residential area, this north facing allotment has all services available for connection.

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FOR SALE PRICE $395,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328

FOR SALE PRICE $275,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328


Master craftsman's work now on show

“I would love to chat to people about what we do at Pride Furniture and show IT'S not hard to make furniture, it’s hard to make good furniture,” says them a few of our pieces. We also have a showroom at the factory which anyone Donald Straka.

And he should know. The director of Pride Furniture has been making the latter for the best part of 30 years, crafting flawless and beautiful pieces of bespoke furniture, from parquetry tables to sleek sideboards. A self-taught craftsman, Donald started his career in furniture in the retail side from the age of just 18. After 15 years of learning what the public wanted to buy, he was offered the chance to buy some pretty decent woodworking machinery equipment and set up his own factory. “I have always loved timber – doesn’t everyone? And the guy I bought the machinery from was really good, he came every week for about a year and trained me up. He was a very clever fellow.” Working and living in Melton with his wife Dona, and sons, Nathaniel, Luka and Caleb, now aged 15, 13 and 12, Donald started selling first to big furniture stores and then moved on to working with Melbourne’s top interior designers – expanding his stunning range to tables, buffets, sideboards, entertainment units and desks. All are crafted using sustainably-sourced timber from around Australia and America. But just over two years ago the family decided it was time for a change and moved to Daylesford, to a cosy cottage by the Wombat Forest and a factory off East Street. Still selling to Melbourne, Donald’s buyers have expanded to local wineries and B&B owners and is now opening up his factory to the public. “People come in with an idea, sometimes with a photo, and we work together to produce something special for them. Our prices start from around $1000 for a table and go up to $15,000 – but that’s for a piece that I might work exclusively on for three months. We create one-off designer pieces, everything you see here has been sanded and shaped by us, but being wholesale we can keep our prices very affordable.” Donald said the move to the Daylesford region was being enjoyed by the entire family with his sons all keen sportspeople and his wife opening a home-style Italian restaurant, Mamma Dona’s in Kyneton. And Donald’s work will be on display at Mamma Dona’s (138 Mollison Street, Kyneton) for the next month – with the Meet the Maker sessions each Saturday from noon until 6pm.

is welcome to come and see. We are there on weekends although with all our boys involved in sport, it’s best to make an appointment.”

Pride Furniture is at Factory 7/37 East Street, Daylesford. Phone: 0422 111 310 Email: Mamma Dona’s is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to late and Sunday from noon to 4.30pm. Advertorial

IF WALLS COULD TALK with Dominic Romeo


Fast forward 30 years…my wife and I have restored some of Australia’s largest and most important heritage-listed historic houses and Sue Gratton, company director and lifestyle property specialist of Circa Heritage gardens. I am about to embark on the restoration of one of Australia’s important heritage buildings and Lifestyle Property approached me a while back to join the team as a heritage on the World Heritage List and Australian National property sales consultant. I have worked for a number of years in the Macedon Ranges for local agents but Heritage List. We wrote a book titled The Constant Renovators published by MUP in 2015, this was right up my alley! Sue recognised an unmet demand for professional and knowledgeable advice within a unique section of the real estate landscape – heritage I became a director of the National Trust of Australia (Vic) 2005 – 2015, deputy chairman and held positions on various Trust committees, including Finance and and lifestyle – a first in the Australian real estate industry. My main focus is selling heritage property but I equally enjoy selling everything Conservation, and chairman of the Mooramong Farm Committee in the Western District of Victoria, I think this qualifies me! in between. I absolutely love my job. I get to see some of the most amazing Join me next month when I will write about the meaning of a heritage listing properties across the Macedon Ranges and Central Highlands, rural Victoria and and the various levels of heritage listings. Tasmania. What I particularly enjoy about selling houses is talking to property In the meantime if you have any selling or property enquiries or wish to owners and purchasers. Everyone has an interesting story to tell about their property obtain a market appraisal for your property, please contact us at Circa Heritage or fascinating tale about their search for the dream property. and Lifestyle Property - Dominic Romeo on 0438 500 277, Sue Gratton on Dealing in heritage property sales is another kettle of fish! Not so much for 0407 599 559 or the vendor but more so for purchasers. Buyers are often overwhelmed by heritage property – particularly if the property is heritage-listed or requires some level of Advertorial restoration. There is a misconception that heritage authorities “dictate” what you can or cannot do with classified or protected properties. This is further complicated when the sales agent cannot answer some of the prospective buyer's questions. It can be daunting and overwhelming and therefore crucial for an agent to have a good level of understanding to put a buyer's mind at ease. Understanding heritage listings, permit applications and processes when restoring or extending a heritage home and\or restoration allows the selling and buying process to be easier. Some of you will know me but others may ask, what makes him a heritage property expert? I have 30 years of experience in sales, tourism and hospitality and lived in the Macedon Ranges and Central Victoria for the past 25 years. My obsession with heritage property started when I contacted an agent about a local historic homestead, at age 18 – a serial property pest at a young age!

elcome to “IF WALLS COULD TALK”, a monthly segment about all things heritage, written by a serial restorer and real estate heritage property specialist.

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. or call 0416 104 283.


Luma is back with her own Real Estate Agency...


uma Whitehead, who was previously known as Luma McCullagh, had previously lived and worked in Real Estate for over 10 years in Daylesford, has now relocated back to her favourite place not only with a husband (after a two and a half year absence) but with her own Real Estate Business...Daylesford Mineral Springs Real Estate Agents.

Luma hails from a Middle Eastern background and after her family moved to Australia, she grew up in North Dandenong. Always a believer in hard work, Luma’s career has taken her from hospitality, the defence forces and telecommunications, to the police force, banks, accounting firms and many other institutions. She is widely travelled, having made her way around Australia, Europe, Dubai, England and USA. But it was when she was going through a divorce in 2003 that she was told by her real estate agent that she had a talent and should use it! And so, she did, and hasn’t looked back in 16 years. Just this month she opened her own agency, Daylesford Mineral Springs Real Estate Agents. She chatted with Donna Kelly. Donna: Why branch out on your own? Luma: I am going out on my own to maintain ethical standards in real estate and to look after people’s real estate needs professionally and with empathy. Everybody's personal circumstances are so different, whether it be needing or wanting to sell or lease out their property. I want to make a difference and treat my clients as individuals and not as a number - I want to recognise them in the street and remember their names and continue the relationship with them into the future. I can spend one hour or four hours with all my clients – there are no time restraints. I can offer my clients and customers what they need to achieve their real estate goals "Your goal...our passion”. Donna: What are you going to be doing differently to other agents? Luma: That's for me to know and for my clients to find out...just joking! Seriously, it’s all about time with my clients and offering that really personal service you do not receive, in my opinion, from any other real estate agent. Also, you get to visit me in my office and lay down on my comfy orange couch!

Donna: What is it that draws buyers to the Daylesford region? Luma: Great food, wine, gardens, shops, markets, boutiques, music, clear air, gorgeous accommodation for people to chill and relax in, country hospitality and lovely views everywhere you go. Do I need to say more? Oh, and Daylesford’s secret. Lots of natural mineral water and springs in the ground, one of the largest in the country. Donna: What’s your Daylesford story? Luma: I have recently moved back to Daylesford as my husband and myself are in the process of selling our property in Melbourne. I am here four to five days a week until August 21 which is when the entire family, including our two fur babies (dogs) will be here permanently. My husband Nick will be starting up a handyman service in Daylesford and may look at being part of the real estate business in the future. If it wasn't for Nick's support, this business would not have been possible. Nick loved Daylesford when he first visited - because of his English background he couldn't help but fall in love with the gardens and country appeal.

Contact number: 0418 779 159 Suite 4, 6 Howe Street, Daylesford 3460 PO Box 42 Daylesford Luma Whitehead Licensed Estate Agent Director ABN 23 350 772 572 REIV Member Advertorial

Design with Indre Kisonas

Art Nouveau explained - French for 'new art' Few styles can claim to be represented across nearly all visual and material media as thoroughly as Art Nouveau. Peaking in popularity between 1890-1905, Art Nouveau was arguably responsible for narrowing the gap between the decorative arts applied to utilitarian objects, architecture, furniture and graphics and that of fine arts such as painting and sculpture, which has always been regarded as a purer expression of artistic talent and skill and superior to craft-based decorative arts. Art Nouveau had two distinct influences. Firstly, it began as a reaction to the stuffy, cluttered, heavy Victorian decorative arts. Interiors became lighter in colour and in furniture form. Rooms became less cluttered and white walls were embraced. Secondly, Japanese art was in vogue, particularly woodblock prints which contained bulbous forms and ‘whiplash’ curves, all key elements of the sinuous, organic plant motifs that are identified with Art Nouveau. Plant motifs often used included flower stalks and buds, vine tendrils, leaves and insect wings Artists that were swept up by the influences include Victor Horta, Gustav Klimt, Antoni Gaudi, Aubrey Beardsley and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Hector Guimard is best known for the Paris Metro wrought iron entrances. Wrought iron's ability to be molten and moulded lent itself well to form the curves and sinuous shapes. Technological breakthroughs at the turn of the 20th century saw the ability of glass to be framed by metal. Tiffany glass lampshades over new electric lighting was a luxury item as was etched, frosted glass shades, panels and vases. Lighter satinwood was frequently used for furniture where the woodgrain lent itself to help the carvings. In France, the Nouveau graphic style frequently promoted lavish, decadent lifestyles and new technologies such as the telephone, electric lights, bars and nightclubs, performers, posters and catalogues evoking the energy and vitality of a modern life. Nouveau architecture was seen on a grand scale, anywhere from small row houses to institutional and commercial buildings. Many buildings show a synthesis of ornament and structure where the combination of materials such as ironwork, glass, ceramic and brickwork are unified, where columns for example, become thick vines with spreading tendrils and windows are both openings for light and air as well as outgrowths of the organic whole. A fusion between structure and ornament. Spanish Antoni Gaudi went beyond traditionally-structured buildings that were being decorated, to the building structure itself being a curved, bulbous, colourful organic construction. Interior design and graphics across Europe and American saw posters, book covers, tiles, wallpaper, fireplaces, furniture, fabrics and curtains, wood trim, stucco and sculptural skins go from being total works of art, where every element worked harmoniously, with fine craftsmanship to become overly decorative. Art Nouveau became what it originally set out to abolish. Overdone and overly ornamental. Cleaner, more angular lines and a machine-inspired aesthetic developed. Industrial design as a profession began with Peter Behrens working as artistic adviser for German AEG. Form follows function became an ethos for the modernist movement, leading to Bauhaus and then Art Deco after World War 1.

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HEN I first agreed to embark on this "local garden" journey some 150 issues or so ago, it wasn't without some reluctance, having retired after almost 50 years of media involvement which included newspapers, magazines, radio and some television. I actually presented Adelaide's first TV gardening programs on Channel 9, hosted by Ernie Sigley, who also read the live ads. I promised myself never again to present the tired old litany of current garden chores preceded by "now's the time to plant" or whatever. Well, guess what - it has finally and unavoidably come down to this - a few helpful hints to keep you occupied in the rare moments of light and dry over the next couple of months. Winter round-up Open-rooted roses and deciduous fruit trees, although able to be safely planted right up until the new leaf buds burst, will get off to a much better start if they have plenty of time for a good root system to form before warmer weather forces top growth. Even if it is, or has recently been raining, be sure to water the plant in well, mainly to ensure the soil is packed well around the roots. Any cavities or gaps can cause those roots to dry out and suffer in the inevitable summer heat. Hydrangeas are now ripe for a good pruning to prepare for what will hopefully be a good spring season for flowering. Take out all the weak canes right down to their base and cut back the strong ones to three or four buds. Only the plump buds are likely to flower, thinner buds are incipient leaves so try to keep a pair of plump buds at the tip of each shoot. Indoor plants are in particular need of care through the cold, dark months, especially those that have to contend with smoke and dust from wood fires. They will appreciate a regular light sponging or a fine mist water spray of the leaves from time to time. Watering and feeding can be cut down drastically and they should be given all the extra light and warmth possible to make up for the lack of sunlight. Don't place them anywhere near gas heaters which tend to filch the moisture from their leaves. They will be far better off in a bathroom or well-lit, unheated room. Although they will need all the daylight they can get, keep them away from the ice-cold window glass. Herbaceous perennials wait can until late August, or even early September, if like me you have been either too busy or disinterested in facing the chilly winds and rain of the past months to divide and replant your overgrown beds. That's when the dormant period is ending and you can see which of the new growths are going to be successful. Besides, if dormant plants are broken up and moved now the disturbed roots may not take hold in the cold, wet soil and may die. Now is also a good time to start preparing mulching materials to help reduce water consumption during the coming summer. Not surprisingly, it's probably the best time to start installing or checking up on existing irrigation of the garden. It will be a lot better for the garden's health (and your water bill) if you start the season off with a highly efficient, low water usage, spring garden. Above, right, the birds' nest, a delightful addition to the recently revamped Fern Gully in the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, and left, a wonderful little ground cover native, miniature hybrid form of grevillea lanigera, spotted in Castlemaine



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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 or come and see our nursery at 1 Campion Rd, Newlyn.

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Warm winter fare at The Heritage Restaurant


IGHT now, we are in deepest darkest winter. Rain, fog, fallen trees and cold. It seems like it is impossible to get totally warm. Unless you do what the savvy folk do, which is get out of the house and take advantage of locals night in The Heritage Restaurant at Bellinzona, Hepburn Springs.

There you can enjoy the warm, sumptuous dining room while the friendly staff look after your every culinary need. Most everyone knows this grand Edwardian-style building, originally constructed at the turn of the last century. But did you know about chef Stuart Whiley’s new European-inspired winter menu? Or that on Wednesdays you and a significant other can enjoy a two- or threecourse dinner with a glass of wine from only $40 per person? Best get down there and experience what they have on offer. “The food here at Bellinzona is made in-house from scratch,” says Stuart, “and we have taken on a European feel with the menu. But we are taking a fresh approach, no nonsense, just real good cooking, perfect for winter.” There is a wide array of dishes available on the menu, with plenty of options for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. And for our entrees, we chose apple-cured salmon with gin and tonic jelly, horse radish cream, apple pearls, roasted walnut and celeriac remoulade ($20). The combinations of flavours in this elegant offering was wonderful and it is sure to become a favourite with return visitors. The second entrée was a 16-hour braised lamb arancini with rich tomato and herb sugo, crispy basil, scorched fetta and garlic aioli ($18). This was a very hearty dish with a zesty combination of sauces sure to satisfy lovers of Italian fare. For the mains our chef recommended the Green Hills beef cheek Bellinzona-style with asparagus, sweet potato mash, gremolata, basil and braising juices ($34). It was a nice combination of delicate, savoury flavours that go perfectly with a portion of top quality meat slowly cooked to perfection. Amanda tried the other recommended item which was a pan-roasted Bendigo chicken breast with Istra prosciutto, porcini gnocchi, wild mushroom cream sauce and citrus crumbs ($31). As one could imagine, it was a fantastic combination of textures and flavours without being overwhelming or too filling. This is a good thing because we didn’t want to quench the appetite so as to savour the drinks on offer. The Heritage Restaurant is great for wine, beers, and ciders from local producers and their drinks' list extends for seven pages. Renee, our host for the evening, was a wealth of knowledge regarding the best wines to go with our dishes. I was directed to the Heathcote shiraz ($11.50 per glass), a medium-bodied tipple with a nice peppery finish. Our other drink, a complement to the chicken, was a Balgownie pinot noir ($12.50), a traditional entry level pinot sourced from their Bendigo estate. We generally have a rule in place regarding dessert, just one to share. That way we won’t need to have a snooze before going home. We choose the pere al forno, baked pears, amaretti biscuits, almond and mascarpone. However, Stuart is very proud of his emphasis on chocolate and orange, with spiced tart, fudge sauce, gold soil, crispy mandarin, thick shake and twigs, so we were offered this one as well. One can’t shirk from duty and we duly engaged with both. The baked pears were refreshing and tangy, the emphasis on chocolate was rich and textured and we did not regret having to go that extra yard for dessert. And, despite our selection of wholesome comfort food, perfect for a winter’s night, we did not feel listless from over-indulging. Stuart Whiley’s skills in the kitchen and expert portions saw to that. Wednesday is locals night at The Heritage Restaurant with two courses on offer with a drink for just $40 or three courses for just $10 extra. You can also enjoy a helpyourself English buffet breakfast from 8am to 10am every day of the week for just $22 and then take lunch in the wine bar downstairs from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.

Words & images: Anthony Sawrey

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Enjoy a two course meal with a glass of Balgownie Estate or Cleveland Estate Wine for only $40 per person. Open from 6pm. Bookings encouraged. Phone (03) 5348 2271 77 Main Road, Hepburn Springs VIC 3461

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Apple + Cinnamon Bread


HIS is the sort of no fuss - one bowl style of bread that can easily be whipped up in around 10 minutes. Your whole kitchen will smell amazing when it's being baked as the cinnamon apple spice floats through the air. There is no need to add any sugar as the apple provides enough sweetness to marry with lots of toppings both sweet and savoury - my favourites are macadamia nut butter, tahini or a generous spread of deli-style ricotta. Recipe from my Purely Delicious Cookbook.

INGREDIENTS 450g (3 cups / 15 3/4 oz) grated red apple - I used Fuji apple - but you can add any other apple you like such as golden delicious. 2 teaspoons baking power 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 3 organic free-range eggs (see notes for vegan option) 1/4 cup (60 ml / 2 oz) macadamia nut oil (or your choice of coconut oil, olive oil, butter) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract 2 cups (260 g / 9 oz) wholemeal spelt flour


1. Preheat your oven to 180°C / 360°F. 2. Combine apple, baking powder, salt, eggs, oil, cinnamon and vanilla into a bowl and mix well. I love using my hands for this to make sure all the ingredients get around the grated apple. Now it's important to remember that the sweetness comes from the raw grated apple which produces a lovely wholegrain bread that is only slightly sweet and purely delicious, so don't be tempted to add any extra sugar. 3. Add the wholemeal spelt flour and mix through lightly. It's important not to over-mix, so just until it's combined. 4. Line a loaf tin with baking paper at the base and the sides. The size I used was 10 1/2 cm wide and 26 cm long. 5. Spoon mixture into your loaf tin. Now at this stage you can choose to bake as is or garnish your bread with sliced apple and a little cinnamon or coconut sugar that will create a lovely caramelised flavour over the top of the apple. 6. Bake for 1 hour or until inserted skewer comes out clean. Times may vary so check after 45 minutes and cover with foil if necessary. 7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour before removing from the tin. Enjoy.

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NOTES + INSPIRATION Macadamia nut oil adds a lovely buttery flavour which I love - but you can also use your choice of olive oil, avocado oil, butter or coconut oil. My apple + cinnamon bread will keep for a good week in your fridge.

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Meal deals!


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


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


Mercato is now offering two dining spaces from Thursday, July 18. Enter the door on the left where we will be offering breakfast from 8am until 11am and lunch with a different price point from 12 until 3pm. Enter the door on the right for the Mercato you all know and love for lunch from 12 until 3pm and dinner from 6pm until late with our new a la carte “comfort food”.

Mamma Dona's, Kyneton - a range of parmas, $15 takeaway or $18 eat in Bellinzona, Hepburn - two/three courses & a glass of wine - $40/$50


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


Criterion Hotel, Castlemaine - Express Jalapeno Poppers $12, Fried Chicken Wings $12, Refried Bean Rolls $12, Fried Baby Calamari Tostada $16, 12-2.30pm The 5000 Club, Daylesford - noon every Friday at Victoria Park, Daylesford.


32 Raglan St, Daylesford Phone: (03) 5348 4488 Download WOWAPPS from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, and search for MERCATO@DAYLESFORD”

Mamma Dona's, Kyneton - one children's meal free with every adult main meal


Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford - Roast, a pot or glass of wine or soft drink - $25


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

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Daylesford Pride Cup


HE Inaugural Daylesford Pride Cup was held on Saturday, July 13 - with plenty of people attending the luncheon before watching the match between Daylesford and Newlyn.

The event was a joint initiative between the Daylesford Football and Netball Club and the ChillOut Festival. In freezing conditions, Daylesford lost to Newlyn, 5.7-37 to 18.15-123.

Festival funding boost


ESTIVALS and events in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges will receive a $200,000 boost thanks to the Victorian Goverment.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said the $200,000 would support festivals and events in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, and would help showcase "an area of the state full of natural wonders, great food and wine options and spectacular scenery". The funding will be managed by the Hepburn and Macedon Ranges shires, who will work in consultation with the Daylesford Macedon Tourism board. Earlier this year, Visit Victoria promised festival funding for the region after the failed Live.Love.Life Festival, organised by Daylesford Macedon Tourism, spent $200,000 out of a promised $450,000, and produced nothing.

Trentham Hairy Arch


HE annual Trentham Hairy Arch art awards, held at Trentham’s Pig and Whistle Hotel on July 13, has raised $12,000 for local charities.

Half will be used for a new David Bryant commemorative park bench to go in the Bath Street Reserve and the other will go to the Trentham Football and Netball Club. The Hairy Arch theme this year was portrait, with Al Dickerson winning the People’s Choice Award for the third consecutive year with a portrait of Bob Hawke.

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Gig Guide Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn

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

Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn

Pablo Naranjo - Friday, July 19 The Cartwheels - Saturday, July 20 Buck Jr. - Sunday, July 21 Aurora - Friday, July 26 Leo - Saturday, July 27 Never Easy - Sunday, July 28

Bellinzona, Hepburn

Macer Acoustic - Saturday, July 27, 5pm-7pm Crazy Antz - Saturday, August 10, 5pm-7pm

Newham Mechanics Institute, Newham

J.R. Reyne plus Mariah McCarthy - Saturday, July 27, 7pm

The Palais, Hepburn Springs

The Great Gatsby Party - Saturday, July 20, 8.30pm-10.30pm Arkie T Williams - Friday, July 26, 8.30pm-10.30pm Hugo Race - Saturday, July 27, 8.30pm-10.30pm Open Mic - Thursday, August 1, 8.30pm-10.30pm

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Extreme 4x4 farm drive is your answer. This is the only driving experience of its type in the southern hemisphere and its only 20 minutes from Daylesford. Catering for those with and without 4x4 driving experience, our professional instructors with over 20 years of experience will coach and guide you through the course, which culminates at Devil's Gate, an 8-metre drop, which is guaranteed to raise your heart rate. What is even better, the $129 dollar price also includes taking your partner or buddy along for the ride with you. All of our vehicles are automatics, have power steering and climate control, making this an awesome year round activity. Driving experiences and gift certificates are available on our website and you can also find more information and videos on our Facebook page, or if you are in Daylesford drop in to the Daylesford newsagency and you can purchase drives and gift certificates from Les and his team. Extreme 4x4 farm drive. If this doesn’t turn you on… you haven’t got a switch!

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Hepburn Springs Golf Club


HE men played stroke for the June monthly medal on June 1. Shane Nevill won the day and the medal with 70-5-65. Nearest the pin on the 13th was Leon Hedwards. Shane Nevill, Leon Hedwards and Kevin Gilchrist all got the birdie hole.

The men played stableford on June 8. Charlie Roberts won the day with 38 points, he also got nearest the pin on the 15th. Two matches from the singles KO were also played. John Krunic defeated Chris Bell 2 up. Graeme Lucas defeated Tim Murphy 2 up. The 13-hole competition, played on June 13, was won by Leon Hedwards with 30 points. A small field of men played stableford on June 15. Wayne Mobbs won the day with 39 points. Nearest the pin on the 17th was Simon Bevanda. The 13-hole competition, on June 20, was won by Bill Jones with 29 points. Bill also got nearest the pin on the 11th. The men played stableford on June 22. Best score of the day was Mick Yanner with 35 points. Nearest the pin was Kane Trimble on the 8th. A match in the doubles KO was also played with Wayne Mobbs and Leon Hedwards defeating Jon Barrell and Peter Fell 3 and 2.

Central Highlands Football Ladder Waubra 48 Newlyn 40 Buninyong 40 Gordon 36 Springbank 36 Hepburn 32 Beaufort 32 Skipton 28 Bungaree 28 Learmonth 24 Creswick 20 Dunnstown 12 Rokewood Corindhap 12 Daylesford 8 Carngham Linton 8 Ballan 8 Clunes 4

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Pick me, pick me...

Just sayin’... By Donna Kelly


NEVER went to Sunday School when I was growing up. My older brother and sister went. I remember them coming home with pictures of what was apparently Jesus - big beard, Roman sandals, long gown.

I don't know why my younger brother and I didn't go. I guess it's the same reason there are barely any photos of us compared to the two older siblings. You've already recorded the first two, one of each gender, so the rest are just a waste of perfectly good film. Older people will remember film...and the disappointment of only one good photo out of 24. Mum says now it was a considered decision so we could make up our own minds when we got older. The trouble is, with no religious education, you don't really have choices. There's nothing to choose from. I have often thought - mind you, this has gone on for about 30 years - that I should get a bit better informed about religion. The thought first popped in when I was at a tutorial in university. I was studying philosophy - only because I thought it would be easy to pass - and someone mentioned Armageddon and I was so close to asking who that was. Whoops. I next nearly came undone doing the Easter times for the local paper I started with after university - which I did pass - with some high distinctions (statistics was a surprise) and a few barely made-its (sorry, politics). The churches duly sent in all their times but I didn't know my pastors from my vicars, or my masses from my communions. Not much later, I headed to Japan where they follow both Buddhism and Shinto which seem to exist pretty happily together. I quite liked their religion because you basically asked for what you wanted and didn't say sorry for anything because, being human, you were going to get a few things wrong. And with no Christ, their big religious day is New Year's Day where you climbed to the top of the nearest mountain to watch the first sunrise of the year, followed by a slug of special sake, disgustingly thick, and then lots of great food. Back to Australia, and my religious education/ability bombed again. When Kyle and I got married, and because I was keen to follow tradition and do it in the church my parents and grandparents were married in, one of us had to be baptised. After a brief confab, which included my atheism compared to his agnostic beliefs, we decided it should be him. It also included a couple's counselling session, a bit useless seeing we were young and still in the throes of love. Anyway, at the end of it all, the minister said gravely to us "May God be with you" and I turned and replied "Cheers". Still not quite there. Last week my education went up a notch. I covered a story about Gay and Pray and I now know what a Synod is. I also talked to a minister of the church and did not end the conversation with a cheery "Cheers". Mind you, I don't think this minister would mind. The story also made me think religion has come a long way in 50 years. Perhaps it's just as well I skipped Sunday School and the teachings of the 1970s. Just sayin'...

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The Local - Connecting the Community The Local is all about Connecting the Community. We run good news stories about amazing people and places, and festivals and events. And our fantastic advertisers run great deals for locals and visitors alike.

To give back to the community, The Local has been running its Connecting the Community adverts for more than five years. The adverts are for not-for-profit groups and organisations to lend a hand when finances can be a bit tight - or just don't exist. We all know how hard it can be to make volunteer-run organisations work on the smell of an oily rag! To apply just email with your event or organisation. We also put call-outs on our Facebook page and those of the various communities in our wonderful region. We work on a first-in basis, with a nod to time-lines too. There are a few conditions, well mostly that nonfor-profit bit, and also that you aren't grabbing a free advert and then we see a whacking big paid advert in other media. That wouldn't be fair. Cheers, Donna (Ed)

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Woodend Art Group Term 3 Workshops

HRCC is the July recipient for money raised at the Friday Night Raffle at The Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford.

July 27 - Richard Chamerski - oil

Come and grab a ticket or eleven, have dinner and a drink. The organisation distributes toys to the value of approximately $35,000 to children aged 0-11 yrs and gift cards to children aged 11 to 17 via gift cards. It also hosts a Christmas Day lunch in partnership with the Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford, for 50 locals to provide a fun and socially inclusive event.

August 24 - Margaret Morgan - watercolour techniques Sept 7 - Daniel Butterworth - acrylic September 15 - Jesse Candusio - using Instagram September 28 - Maria Dee - mixed media

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Just briefly...

Kyle’s Rant



OOPER Roo is still stalking the land around TL HQ. In case you have forgotten, or missed the story, the affectionately-named Rooper is a two-metre plus tall kangaroo that has made his home in my backyard. Well, every other day.

HE free recreational vehicle disposal point in Kyneton will be updated and relocated in coming months.

He, (you can clearly see he is a he, there's nothing gender fluid going on) is called Rooper because it rhymes in a song that I hum when I used go outside at night to collect the wood. It goes something like “Rooper, Rooper the Roo, when you gonna claw my guts out?”. Yes, a bit childish I know, but this monster stood in front of me the other night chewing what I can only imagine is the small winter bounty out of my garden, his claws glistening in the moonlight. I made a shush noise and, without a word of a lie, and no embellishment, he shook his large overbite of a head as if to say "NO" or "make me". I am telling you, it is something out of a Stephen King novel. In the daytime, Rooper seems a bit tamer, lying on his side to capture a bit of the winter sun. Actually he looks very Australiana, and noble, as his head drops now and then catching a few winks of sleep. But by night, this Jekyll and Hyde monster springs into life. I think it has taken up a gendarme-style employment, fiercely guarding the woodpile to ensure no humans come near. Obviously, he is an old man roo, probably ostracised from the pack after years of enjoying free range at the harem before some young buck's decided he’ll have a jab at the crown and as a result pushed old Rooper out of the pack. So I can relate. It’s sort of how my life has gone. After a long-term relationship in New Zealand I had free range of Hamilton Island for a whole week until I meet my monogamy 25 years or so ago. Same, same but different. But from one old buck to another I have a respect; besides he towers over me and is a lot fitter, looks very angry and probably has an axe to grind against my middle-aged contented dad body. So, I keep my distance and have taken to dragging the wood up during daylight hours only and not doing anything outside after dusk, which is pretty bloody early these days. It’s a bit like a scene out of one of those zombie movies where the zombies sleep all day and commit merciless murder on non-zombies during the night. So we just stay locked up inside, terrified until the safety of dawn arrives. Relaxing country rant over.

Above, the terrifying beast...

The disposal point allows recreational vehicles to empty their grey water and black water tanks. It is currently at Kyneton Mineral Springs and is attached to a holding tank, which has limited capacity. Council will relocate the disposal point to the side of the public toilets in Bourke Street, Kyneton. The new arrangements will allow the grey and black water to be emptied into a disposal point connected to the sewerage system. There is designated short-term parking for RVs at this site, as it is close to the Kyneton Visitor Information Centre. The site was identified through an assessment process of potential sites in the town with this site offering suitable access for vehicles and appropriate infrastructure for the disposal point. Kyneton has been declared an RV Friendly Town by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, and tourists with RVs and caravans provide local businesses with valuable income. In order for Kyneton to retain its RV Friendly Town status, the town must provide a free disposal point for grey and black water.

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