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August 12, 2019 Issue 156 Trentham bush poetry

The Local - The Heart of the Highlands

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Front cover: The Trentham and District Historical Society will host a celebration dinner in honour of local bush poet Bruce McKenzie. John McLaren, pictured on our front cover as his alter ego, Reg, will be reading one of his own poems in Bruce's honour. It's all part of Trentham's Words in Winter program. Read all about it on page 19.

August 12, 2019 Issue 156 Trentham bush poetry

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Fuzzy friends wanted by Carina Ferret Math “One ferret equals two ferrets (you don't want the first one getting lonely do you!) Two ferrets equal three ferrets (you have to have a third in case something happens to one of the first two and then you have a depressed lonely ferret again). Three ferrets equal four ferrets (three's a couple (?) and one left out). Four ferrets equal five ferrets and a new cage (have to have a fifth in case something happens to number four). Now you are back to one ferret in a cage and the process repeats."


ARINA Smith bought her first ferret and then ferret math happened. She now has a fluctuating population of about 30 and also runs Unwanted Fuzz from her Creswick home.

Carina said after her first few ferrets, she purchased one which was malnourished and in a very bad shape. “So, I thought OK, I am going to start up a group to help educate the public on how to look after ferrets.” She now has people phoning or messaging from her Facebook page every day asking for advice on diet, housing, breeding services and how to help their female ferrets to survive the breeding season without having to produce a litter. (Female ferrets on heat can develop anaemia and risk death. Being mated with vasectomised ferrets can help with the problem.) “So, any questions we get we will give them a crack and get some answers out there.” Unwanted Fuzz also takes in unwanted ferrets, hence the name, with ferrets also nicknamed Fuzzies. “Ferrets go through a really trying stage when they are young, and they like to nip a lot, which can be quite terrifying for people who have not owned ferrets before. We get a lot of them handed over to us. “Ferrets also get left out in the field when they go rabbiting and sometimes we get calls from people who have found a stray ferret.” Carina said the best ferret owners were those who were willing to listen and learn and also understand that ferrets are obligate carnivores and need a diet of meat, organs and bones. And if the diet is right and luck is on their side - because they are susceptible to a number of illnesses - ferrets can live to 10 years. But while some people are handing in their ferrets, Carina loves them with a passion. “I love their zest for life, they are very bouncy and playful and curious and always make people laugh. You can’t sit down and look at a ferret and not smile. “And while I have had quite a few nasty bites I suppose I am used to handling ferrets now, so I do it in a certain manner to reduce the risk. “I do this, what I guess you would call a hobby but it's almost full-time, for the love, nothing more.”

Link: Words: Donna Kelly | Images: David White

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4 Poetry

Local Lines Lessons my father taught me. It’s us or them, he would say. And we are winning. For the moment. And not because we are superior or white. Only a fool would think that. We have the British empire because we were brutal. Yes, rape, pillage, torture, murder. And not because we are superior to the Blacks, Arabs, or Asians. Just lucky in the scuffle. We got the gun first. Or we cheated. I don’t like other races and they don’t like us. They would do the same to us, and I wouldn’t blame them. They are no worse than us. I remember being on the ship before the Suffolk, around the time of the Bismarck encounter. We had torpedoed a German battle cruiser and there were survivors in the water. Our captain ordered us to steer the ship right through them. Men in the water were screaming, drowning. We saved not a one of them. That was my education. Winners—losers. That’s the history of the world. Have they taught you that? You say we massacred Africans, Indians, Aborigines, the Irish. Of course we did. And you are at university because of it—and eating well. And they are not. Or not as much. There are not enough good things to go around. Or no one will share them. It's the same result. Somebody always misses out.

We clawed our way to the top. We were ruthless. More savage than the others. That’s a funny thought, isn’t it? The most civilised being the most barbaric. The whole of mankind is down in the muck together, scrabbling away. There are no good guys—only human ones. All of us. Never think you are better than someone else. Never judge them. Just make sure you come out on top.

- Tom Perfect Tom Perfect lives in Glenlyon with his wife Judy. He loves the beauty of the Central Highlands and the generosity of the people. His interests include talking over a coffee after just finishing reading a book. "My father, Percy Perfect, was orphaned at age 11 and was placed on an orphanage training ship HMS Exmouth on the Thames from age 12-15. He then joined the Royal Navy and saw lots of action in WWII and the Korean War. He was a gunner on HMS Suffolk when it, in conjunction with HMS Norfolk and HMS Prince of Wales, sank the Bismarck in 1941." 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 -

Why the geese? Opinion: Alla Wolf-Tasker


F ALL things. Why the geese…?

If there was ever going to be a good case for Hepburn Shire Council having a sound strategy of stakeholder management, this was going to be it. Council papers identified this as a likely to be contentious issue. Just as the “several” complainants who (we are told) were intimidated by the geese, or who had their lawns damaged, were clearly heard and had their issues acted on, other members of the local community would also liked to have had their opinion at least equally considered. That some of us, myself included, who have lived and worked on the lake for decades, have been members of Friends of Lake Daylesford when it was a group of active volunteers and have seen new "lake initiatives" come and go and consultants' reports acted on, with varied degrees of success over decades, might even have had something useful to contribute, could have been a consideration. But certainly, once the swell of opinion began to build, council’s responsibility should’ve been to engage with the community, to respond to mediation initiatives and not just persist against all odds. After all there was no timeline for removal of the geese in the wording of the council vote. I love that ours is a community that often agrees to disagree. Living with the opinions of others is part of healthy co-existence, as long as issues of critical concern are dealt with with evenhandedness, compassion and above all, transparency. In this case, this decision was also relevant to the extended community of visitors who do us the favour of choosing this region for their travel and holidays and on whom many local businesses and jobs depend. Many of these folk are regular returnees over decades and have a proprietorial love for this region. A huge number of them made their feelings clear about the removal of the geese.

But never did I realise the extent of the iconic status these birds had developed both within our community and visitors. The outpouring of dismay locally and from all over Australia via various commentary and the over 6000 signatures collected online (all available on record, but not accepted for tabling by HSC), all attest to the fact that this was a much-cherished and enjoyed flock. Perhaps it was hoped that if the decision was pushed through, the deed expedited, officers instructed to not answer questions from community on timing, the destination of the geese and certainly not on the possibility of any delay or compromise, perhaps it would all just run its course and everyone would just move on. I would like to hope that ours is not a community for whom that is in any sense a "resolution". I’ve done a fair bit of grieving over the past two weeks – primarily for the geese of Lake Daylesford who were friends to me and my family for three generations, as well as to much of the local community.. But probably my grief is fuelled even more by the associated loss of trust over a decision so hastily pushed through, with no transparency, no opportunity for input, a lack of respect for the local community and a clear lack of natural justice. Meanwhile feral foxes and cats roam, glyphosates continue to be used in the region and our creeks are overwhelmingly lined and in some cases are completely overgrown by noxious gorse and blackberry. But these hapless geese, friends to many, not needing to be "rescued", not listed as pests, nor as feral on any government lists, not mentioned in the HSC "biodiversity" plan, have gone…

Alla Wolf-Tasker AM, Culinary Director Co-Proprietor Lake House, Daylesford



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Russian Trio Concert at Christ Church


HE St Petersburg Trio will perform a Russian Trio Concert at Christ Church Daylesford on Saturday, August 31 from 7.30pm.

The trio comprises of Liv Migdal on violin, Lev Gordin on cello and Roman Salyutov on piano. Liv Migdal discovered her love of the violin at just three. She began her artistic training at 11 under Christiane Hutcap at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Rostock, where she graduated with excellence. She completed a Masters’ study under Igor Ozim at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Lev Gordin was born in St Petersburg and began his cello studies at the age of six with Natalia Tolbukhina. He performs as a soloist and chamber music partner at international festivals, gives master classes and appears as a jury member in music competitions. Roman Salyutov was born in 1984 in Leningrad, USSR and at 10, he entered the Special Music Lyceum at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Since 2013, Roman Salyutov has been chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Bergisch Gladbach. The program includes Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Trio Élégiaque in G Minor, Anton Rubenstein (1829-1894) Piano Trio in F Major, Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Sonata for violin and piano in D Major, Dmitri Shostakovich (19061975) Piano Trio in E Minor. Tickets are $30 with concession $20. Available from eCasa at 89 Vincent Street, Daylesford or

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THE online petition requesting the council reconsider the removal of the Lake Daylesford Geese received more than 6000 signatures and hundreds of letters of concern. The petition has now closed.

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the decision taken to remove the geese without reference to due process and in flagrant disregard for the overwhelming negative community response to this matter. I draw council’s attention to s65 of the act and its obligations to represent the local community in decision making and consider the diversity of interests and needs of the local community; and observe principles of good governance and act with integrity and facilitate effective communication between the council and the community. In this matter the council has manifestly failed to meet its obligations nor has it met the base expectations of ratepayers. Further, the level of media attention this matter has received is embarrassing and is severely damaging the reputation of the area. The haste with which the actions were taken, in the full knowledge community members and stakeholders were continuing communications with the hope of a reprieve, a stay or, at the very least, some mediation opportunities, displays a staggering level of arrogance. I note council’s response to my letter of complaint did not address any of the concerns outlined in that letter. I have referred this matter to the offices of both Adem Somyurek, Minister for Local Government and David Wolf, Chief Municipal Inspector and head of the Inspectorate for their investigation into council’s handling of this matter. Results of the petition are found at: (comments) and (signatures)

- Kate Parry, former Daylesford resident

I READ Tanya Loos’ piece in The Local (Nature Diary, July 29). She was supportive of the Hepburn Shire Council’s actions in removing the geese.

She called it a “rescue” - the geese may not have felt they needed to be “rescued” as they were in the place they had been living in for 30 years. I read Tanya’s posting on the Friends of Lake Daylesford Facebook page. This expressed the same views as her article in The Local. Finally, I turned to the council’s Biodiversity Strategy, which was the auspice for the geese removal. On page 2 it identifies Tanya Loos as “Flora and Fauna Consultant”. Being the council’s Flora and Fauna consultant it should come as no surprise that Ms Loos would come out in favour of the council’s decision. She helped them develop the Biodiversity Strategy. But she should have been upfront about that when she submitted the article in The Local. She is not an unbiased observer.

- Gina Lyons, Daylesford

THERE are a few reasons that I did not put a disclaimer with my recent article (Nature Diary, The Local, July 29) about the geese.

My nature column writing has always been written as a sole, independent nature writer, I have always thought that was clear, and have never actually felt the need to spell that out. I was employed by Hepburn Shire Council to take minutes for the biodiversity strategy working group and provide advice where needed for the biodiversity strategy due to my long history of working as an environmental officer for multiple councils. The biodiversity plan did not specifically mention the geese, and I did not write any part of the plan so it didn’t occur to me that I would need to disclose this information.

Letters 7

WE WISH to compliment Tanya Loos on her Nature Diary note (The Local, July 29) on the subject of the relocation of the geese and ducks from Lake Daylesford to the Mornington Peninsula.

There may be many other reasons put forward in favour of the relocation but Ms Loos' argument wins our praise.

- Barb and David Kinloch, Clunes

THANK you for the considered and authoritative words of Tanya Loos on the subject of the domestic geese.

For those who wished to retain the geese, I would ask: 1. How many (if any) would be too many (and who would organise and pay for removal of the excess?). 2. What other farm animals might be let loose on the lake (or Wombat Gardens or any other public land), to become future icons? 3. What studies can you cite that show domestic geese have no effect on native waterfowl? 4. Do you value domestic animals over native animals, on public land and waterways?

- Greg Pyers, Daylesford

MANY residents remain unhappy with Hepburn Shire Council’s decision to remove the geese from Lake Daylesford without proper community consultation.

The decision was made at a Clunes meeting, the geese were removed just days later and council has refused to answer questions concerning their removal. A number of people will be attending the next council meeting, this time in Daylesford, at the rear of the Town Hall, in the Senior Citizens’ Centre, on Tuesday, August 20 at 6pm, to try and get those answers. More people are welcome to ask questions. They need to be emailed to the council by noon that day to Or just attend the meeting. Hepburn Shire Council and its councillors need to be accountable to residents and ratepayers.

- Louise Oldfield, Daylesford

OUR Australian state and federal constitutions already have a mechanism for sharing power with our indigenous people.

All that is necessary is for Liberal and Labor leaders to declare a joint policy of appointing only indigenous people to the positions of Commonwealth Governor General and State Governors. Pastor Doug Nicholls was an indigenous leader and appointed Governor of South Australia in 1976. He made a valuable contribution to public office. In addition to the traditional role the Attorney General could chair a permanent committee handling indigenous issues which would include all indigenous state governors and report directly to our Queen, the United Nations and all Australians. No costly referendums or delays, just a bit of leadership from our politicians. The billions of dollars spent on fighting a referendum could be better spent on implementing some of the recommendations of the Indigenous Governors Committee. Personally I think appointing Adam Goodes as our first of many Indigenous Governor Generals would be a good start.

- Ian Petty, solicitor, Daylesford

Letters are always welcome. They must be short and to the point. Email Any addressed Dear Sir will be deleted.

- Tanya Loos, Nature Diary

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8 News

Rock of Ages


ET in 1987 against the backdrop of the seedy, sordid, yet vibrant heart and rough energy of the Sunset Strip, the fabled West Hollywood club, the Bourbon Room, sets the scene for the musical, Rock of Ages.

It’s a big, brash, energetic tribute to classic rock, over-the-top ballads and fierce guitar, featuring unforgettable 1980s hits such as We Built this City, I Wanna Rock and Don’t Stop Believin’. In her debut director’s role with The Mount Players, Alice Bottomley, owner of Castlemaine café, Run Rabbit Run, said: “We live in such a politically correct time where people can be offended by the smallest thing. This musical, while pushing the boundaries, will hopefully allow the audience to relax, let it go and enjoy the overthe-top setting, costuming and fabulous 80s hits.”

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Music director Tim Francis is a third year Bachelor of Music student at Victoria University. He has played in punk rock bands as guitarist and singer since he was 15 and was drawn to do the show because it was a great avenue to have his love of music theatre and loud aggressive rock combined. In The Mount Players’ sell-out 2019 musical, Les Miserables, Alice was understudy to Madame Thénardier while Tim took on the challenging role of Enjolras. Rock of Ages does contain coarse language, suggestive dancing and sexual references so is not suitable for children. The show is on now at the Mountview Theatre, Macedon, and runs until September 1.


Inspiring 9

Daylesford Longhouse wins House of the Year


"The scale of the shed responds to the expansive landscape setting, but once you’re inside, it shifts to the human scale, making it a comfortable space in which to The house was built by architecture firm Partners Hill for owners Ronnen live and work.” Partners Hill said as an operational farmhouse, the project had to take account Goren and Trace Streeter, pictured above, with Ronnen left, at the start of the project of many pragmatic factors while still delivering some life-enhancing charm. Though in 2014. the large volume is scaled to sit well within the large landscape, it also enables water The pair spent years looking for the right piece of land for their project, with Ronnen saying back in 2014 that the decision to build the Daylesford Longhouse was harvesting, protection from blistering conditions and other rural realities. “The response has been strategically derived from a requirement to collect enough ultimately a lifestyle change. water and provide enough protection for a garden to flourish. It derives from a Trace was making the move from Brisbane, after the couple met through mutual friends, and they wanted something that “married together two individual passions”, principle that the landscape is for being with, not gazing at. "Principally it’s a huge act of adjustment that while defensive, makes all threats he said. companions, not pests. It refers to the Palladian tradition of including living, “It was a place to live the dream together. Trace’s passion for farming and my working, storing and making in a single suite rather than referring to the Australian passion for cooking and hospitality. habit of casual disbursement. “It’s a journey for both of us – going back to being more closely associated with “The volumetric approach allows a suite of intermittent minor buildings to have the land in terms of eating and what we produce. a character and delicacy not normally associated with Australian rural traditions. In “And learning everything from bread-making through to butchery. And we’re concept, it shares similarities with the paradise gardens in tougher, older climates allowing people to come along on that journey and share that knowledge.” One of the judges, Rachel Nolan, said: “The consolidation of multiple uses into a where it was presumed that a lush inner sanctum could legitimately contrast with harsher surrounding context. In this case the inhabitants also include animals. single structure is compelling. The project explores opportunities for volume within "The making of a microclimate enables all species to comfortably spend a lot its form and the discovery of terrain inside makes it all the more exciting." more time outside than would be expected in Central Victoria. Ordinary occupation Another judge, Katelin Butler, said the Daylesford Longhouse was more than a remarkable home. "It's also a hardworking farm building, a verdant greenhouse and a and work are made more comfortable, enjoyable and imaginative.” new business setup, all within the confines of a 100-metre-long shed. Words: Donna Kelly | Left image: Kyle Barnes, right image: Rory Gardiner “The opportunity to create a generous volume within a singular footprint is cleverly exploited and the timber and brick buildings within the shed form an internal terrain. The contrast between the scale and character of the industrial building and the craft and detail of the internal structures is unexpected, yet delightful.

HE Daylesford Longhouse has won Australian House of the Year in the Houses Awards, architecture awards run by Houses magazine.

The art of taxidermy


T’S a rare and, literally, dying art. Taxidermists Dean Smith and Ewin Wood, pictured, were brought together by a mutual respect for one another’s work and a shared love for the natural world.

The pair, who have worked together at the old Museum of Victoria, now Melbourne Museum, joined forces last year to create Museum Makers based at Castlemaine. They have worked on prized exhibits and collection treasures including the original McCoy Hall dioramas, the great Blue Whale skeleton, and thousands of old and new taxidermy mounts. Dean and Ewin, who will hold a workshop later this year, also provide custommade workshops and presentations for students of museum studies, fine arts, and science educators. Images: David White

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New shopping experience at Creswick IGA


It also requires much less electricity to operate and means the new building’s TEVEN Sellars is the proprietor of the one and only Creswick supermarket and it has served the local community well for many years. carbon footprint will be 47 per cent less while saving over 6000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year. In addition, the new IGA trolleys are manufactured from He bought it from Ben and Iris Huntley in 2003, trading under the recycled milk bottles and all the interior lights are low energy LEDs. FoodWorks name. Up until October 2018 the FoodWorks had operated out of 47 Albert Street. But when the lease ended on that building, Steven switched to being an IGA outlet with a temporary pop-up store in the old British Hotel next door. He did this to maintain a grocer in the town while the long-awaited supermarket development across the road was brought slowly to completion. It had been over 10 years since the site was first mooted as a shopping centre and after a number of issues were addressed, development finally began in 2017. All is now complete and the new Creswick IGA at 48 Albert Street had its grand opening on Thursday, on the eighth hour of the eighth day of the eighth month. The ribboncutting duties were performed by Iris Huntley. And not before time. Creswick has made do with a single supermarket for decades as the local population grew and the town expanded around it. Besides being a popular destination for tourists exploring the Goldfields region, Creswick had also become a highly sought-after location for home buyers working in Ballarat. But unfortunately, if anyone wanted to do a serious stock-up of provisions to sustain hungry families, they had little choice then but to do a trek into places such as Ballarat. But now such trips could very well be a thing of the past and Steven could not be happier for the new development to finally open its doors. “Now people in Creswick and the surrounding districts shouldn’t need to drive away from and through Creswick anymore,” says Steven. “They really have a one-stop shop here for their groceries and fresh food.” The purpose-built store comes in at 1434 square metres with 76 car parks including disability access, which was seriously lacking at previous locations. And Steven is proud to say that the new supermarket will have numerous environmental sustainability features, including 100 per cent CO2 refrigeration with an ozone depletion potential of zero.

The increased floor space also signifies a great change for local shoppers because, they now have access to a far greater range of choice. Many people elsewhere take such abundance for granted but it had been a real issue for Creswick residents. “We now have a full service deli, our own butcher and meat department and we will be baking fresh bread. We are no longer working with a reduced offering like before. We have a much larger array of liquor, fresh produce, dairy and frozen items and the groceries range has been increased significantly.” There is no doubt that the opening of the new IGA supermarket will be great for the town and not just for the convenience of off-street parking. Coming in with its increased floorspace are more employment opportunities. “We had 26 people working at the old one and we will probably double that here. We have put on an extra eight full-time employees and many more part-timers and casual employees. These range from skilled labourers such as butchers through to apprentices in the bakery.”

Words: Anthony Sawrey | Images: David White

12 Happy & Healthy

Matcha Tea Cake What's great about it It's no secret that I love my matcha. One of the many reasons I love it is because of all the incredible health benefits - matcha has the ability to boost your immunity, control your stress and gently support weight loss. Whilst I always start my day with a warming cup of matcha green tea, I also love to use my matcha powder in recipes so I can enjoy all of its wonderful health benefits. This Matcha Tea Cake is a delicious recipe from my Healthy Baking Cookbook and is perfect to serve for morning or afternoon tea. Antioxidants | Dairy free | Gluten free INGREDIENTS (Makes 1 cake) 250g (10 1/2 oz) pistachio nuts, ground 100g (3 1/2 oz / 1 cup) almond meal 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder 80ml (2 3/4 fl oz / 1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil 120g (4 oz / 1/3 cup) raw honey 4 organic eggs juice and zest from 2 limes 1 teaspoon organic matcha powder

METHOD 1. PREHEAT your oven to 160°C fan-forced (320°F). 2. COMBINE pistachio nuts, almond meal, baking powder, olive oil, honey, eggs, lime juice, zest and matcha into a bowl. 3. MIX until combined, and then spoon into a prepared 20 cm (8 inches) baking tin. 4. BAKE for 80 minutes or until cooked through. 5. REMOVE from the oven to cool completely. 6. COMBINE frosting ingredients into a high-speed blender for 1 - 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. The addition of coconut oil will make it set in the fridge. 7. SERVE cake by itself or with frosting and enjoy! Notes and inspiration Garnish with pistachio nuts, blueberries, pineapple or mango.

Teresa Cutter, founder of The Healthy Chef, is an author, nutritionist and classically trained chef. You can find more of Teresa's tips and recipes on her website, Healthy Recipes App, eBooks, Facebook and Instagram.

MATCHA FROSTING: 1 avocado, seed removed handful baby spinach 75g (2 3/4 oz / 1/2 cup) frozen mango 1/2 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 tablespoons coconut yoghurt or cream 1 teaspoon organic matcha powder 60g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) cold-pressed coconut-oil, solid state

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Each visit may take 30 to 60 minutes.

Where will the clinic be held? The Better Breathing Wellness Clinic will be available at both the Trentham and Daylesford Springs Medical Clinics, starting in September 2019.

Discuss with your GP if the Better Breathing Wellness Clinic is an option for you.

It is time for our GP registrars Dr Danielle Robinson and Dr Holly Lewis to leave Springs Medical for 6 months while they complete their registrar training. We are pleased to say that they will be coming back to join us again in February 2020. The management and staff at Springs Medical wish Danielle and Holly all the best for the completion of their placement training and look forward to welcoming them back in 2020. L/R: Dr Danielle Robinson & Dr Holly Lewis In an emergency always call 000 Daylesford 10 Hospital St | tel: (03) 5348 2227


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14 Happy & Healthy

Hep C clinic


Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infection that damages the liver and causes liver cancer. Hepatitis C often doesn't have any symptoms and many people with Hepatitis C don't know they have it, so don’t receive any treatment. Most Hepatitis C cases can now be cured with an eight or 12-week course of tablets with very few side effects. Austin Health is leading the way in treating people in the community with Hepatitis C and has now cured more than 1000 people since the new Hepatitis C medications became available. Residents currently travelling outside of the region to attend Austin Health’s Rapid Access to Hepatitis C Treatment Service will now be able to see a gastroenterologist, clinical nurse consultant and clinical pharmacist close to home. The clinic also offers access to FibroScan, a device that provides a quick and simple update on liver scarring. Kyneton District Health chief executive officer Maree Cuddihy said the new clinic had boosted the community outreach services already available through the hospital. Austin Health Hepatitis C nurse consultant Susan Campfield said the new clinic would help the organisation to further enable community-based treatment. The Hepatitis C Outreach Clinic is Medicare bulk-billed. Medication is dispensed via post by Austin Pharmacy at a cost of $6.50 per month for concession card holders and $39.50 per month for nonconcession card holders. Details: 0481 909 741.

Whilst I was away on exercise sabbatical, I was able to reflect on what my body actually needed. I was strong, my cardiovascular fitness was great, yet there were little niggles starting to appear. Agerelated most probably, given I turn 50 next year. It was at this time that I came across Pilates. I’d never had much time for the softer stuff, like Pilates and yoga, and thought that by teaching bodybalance, I had these things covered. Gosh was I wrong! When I tried Pilates for the first time, I realised I’d stumbled onto a goldmine of possibilities for my body of today and beyond. The classes were agonisingly slow. In fact, they were so slow that it took me four weeks before I realised why. I had to come back into my body. Not just on the surface, but deep inside to contact my core so that I could execute the exercises precisely. I also had to learn to breathe anew. Pilates breathing is the opposite to gym exercises, where, when you breathe in, you expand your core muscles and when you breathe out you contract. It was much later that the miracles began. It took painstaking time and effort. To quieten down my mind, to learn to breathe and move the right way, and to trust in an 80+ year tradition even when I could feel nothing. Miracle 1 – My pelvic floor muscles grew stronger and the post-baby weakness disappeared. Miracle 2 – When I started teaching again, I used the right muscles in the right way and have not had any niggles at all. Miracle 3 – The utilisation of energy due to correct muscle use and core activation has been accelerated, resulting in more energy to teach and faster recovery after heavier sessions. It’s amazing how the things you are least attracted to can be the thing you most need. I was a fast sprinter and heavy lifter when it came to exercise. It took a wind-down and inner reflection to realise that old way of working no longer served this body of mine. I am grateful to have stumbled across Pilates and will continue to practice it from here on alongside exercising at the gym and teaching classes. Yours in health and wellbeing, Sam (Sam Redlich is the owner of Xistance Gym)


with Sam Redlich

The miracle of Pilates – a personal wellness story USTIN Health, Kyneton District Health and Cobaw I had some time off exercise last year. My body was tired, and it needed a rest. I’d been teaching Community Health have launched a new Hepatitis C back-to-back classes for years, and it was time to take my own advice. Rest, recover, recoup and then monthly Outreach Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Centre return. at Kyneton District Health.

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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

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Debbie passionate about great aged care


EBBIE Meech was working as a nurse in Ballan Hospital, taking on case management, when a position at Hepburn House as a personal care worker came up.

She finished up her position on September 2, 2014 and started at Hepburn House two days later and hasn’t looked back. The Ballan resident and mum of three said she was passionate about aged care and loved coming to work with older people, helping them make positive changes and reach their goals through their own strengths and challenges. “Hepburn House is a very pleasant place to work, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All the staff are centred around the residents being able to achieve satisfaction based on their choices and with flexibility. “My work colleagues are really jovial and approachable, and I have made a lot of friends in the time I have been here.” Debbie said while the drive from Ballan added a little to her day, she always made sure she leaves plenty of time for the trip. “As everyone knows, that road is renowned for kangaroos so I just sit on 80 (kmh) and if other drivers want to go past me, they can. And if they are right up my bottom I just pull over and let them go. Just the other day a truck flashed its lights and I turned the corner and there were about six cows on the road. You just have to careful.” Debbie said along with loving the staff she also loved the residents at Hepburn House. “I love their histories and the stories that they tell – I could sit and listen to them all day, they are really lovely people.” And any plans to move? “No, I will be working here until I retire. That’s the plan anyway.” 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 Advertorial

16 News

Dying to Know Day - death and dying


ROM the Sunshine Coast to Bunbury, from Penguin to Mudgee and beyond, this month thousands of people are gathering at dinners, bars, cemeteries, lunchrooms, local halls, hospitals, churches and cafes across Australia. Why? To talk about death and dying in preparing for a comfortable, calm and responsible end of life. Throughout our years we talk about the weather, our family, our career and interests, and as we get older, our health. We plan, we make serious and sound decisions about everyday life and our tomorrows. We celebrate the milestones but when it comes to the finite of these achievements, our dying and departure, we become an ostrich, we put our head in the sand saying it can be someone else’s problem, not mine. Following last year's successful gathering, Sylvia Johnson, an experienced Trentham celebrant will be joined by Virginnia Kingsford, end-of-life counsellor and doula, to have a gentle and enriching discussion on how to change that negative mindset into a positive one. Talk about the many options available today in end of life and funeral planning: facing fears, tying up loose ends, creating a "going away file" and documenting the finest of legacies, your story. Sylvia and Virginnia invite you to join in the conversation and to hear some heartfelt stories over tea/coffee at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre on Monday, August 19 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Dying to Know Day is an initiative of The Ground Swell Project inspired by the book Dying to Know by author Andrew Anastasios.

Sylvia Johnson, left, and Virginnia Kingsford, will host a Dying to Know Day in Tremtham Words: Contributed | Image: David White

Music & Workshops BMI at the



ITH generous support from Creative Victoria, Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute and Small Space Music present their third season of concerts and workshops.


Tickets at venue or trybooking

Saturday, August 24 - Luke Howard solo piano + Michelle Nicolle New Quintet

Contemporary jazz, world music and new sounds featuring some of Australia’s finest performers. Enjoy a night of intimate music in the historic Humffray Room at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat. Doors open at 7pm, concerts from 7.30pm. Bookings: trybooking Link:

Saturday, October 19 - Mary Doumany solo Harp + Cheryl Durongpisitkul Group

Kicking off the 2019/2020 series will be the Michelle Nicolle New Quintet on Saturday, August 24.

Friday, January 31 - Jon Delaney Gypsy Jazz Guitar + Fun Fun Fun plays the music of The Beach Boys

Michelle is recognised as Australia’s leading jazz vocalist and will be joined by equally celebrated musicians Stephen Magnusson (guitar) Luke Howard (piano), and her longtime rhythm section team Tom Lee (bass) and Ronny Ferella (drums). Performing new arrangements of jazz standards, songs from their own radio years and some rare beauties this, will be a night of beautiful music from Australia’s finest.

BMI Music Workshops

Open to all ages and all musical styles. Each workshop will focus on a different element of musicmaking; theory, practice and a little bit of musical history all rolled into one. Bring your own instrument and come along and play or just soak up the info. Held in the Hooper Room from 5.30-7pm. Cost is $10 per workshop.

Saturday, August 24 - chords and melody with Stephen Magnusson Saturday, October 19 - working the rhythm section with Ronny Ferella Saturday, November 30 - ways to get better at reading music with Ronny Ferella

Saturday, November 30 - Entretango Duo + Panorama Brasil and Dany Maia

Friday, March 27 - Omelette + Antelodic featuring Robbie Melville "Michelle Nicolle is undoubtedly one of the most talented, creative and original jazz voices this country has ever produced." - Weekend Australian

"Old world (Mechanics Institute) meets new world disruption-type model (Small Space Music)."

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The world's first marching marimba band


N A bold move, the Kyneton Street Band invites ukulele players to come and have a play outside the Social Foundry Café in Mollison Street, on Saturday, August 17 at 10.30am.

"Then there's the Lost Trades Fair, Malmsbury Village Fayre, Tylden Primary School Fair, farmers’ markets at Woodend and Kyneton, and the StreetSounds festival in Geelong.” Kyneton Street Band welcomes new members, including wind, percussion, and would-be marimba players, and meets at the Kyneton Uniting Church Hall on Tuesday nights from 7pm. Repertoire includes melodies from Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, some originals, and the odd pop tune or two.

The band will play some current tunes, and welcome special guests Pete Gavin and Rebecca Morton on ukuleles. They are the stars of Uked! - the first play-along ukulele musical, which is playing at the Newham Mechanics Institute on Friday, August 23 at 7.30pm and Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 at 3pm, after a sell-out season at Guildford. Bring a uke and some enthusiasm and join an “open Details: Andy on 0400 865 229 or jam” with the Kyneton Street Band and guests. Now in its fifth year, the Kyneton Street Band has developed a unique sound combining marimbas, horns and percussion, in a mobile format. The band has Words & image: Contributed established its place in the local music scene and is about to kick off the spring season. The “open play” at the Social Foundry will be followed by a series of rehearsals leading up to the annual Daffodil Parade in Kyneton in September, and various events including the Kyneton Show and the Malmsbury Village Fayre. Kyneton Street Band members are a mix of amateur and professional musicians from all sorts of backgrounds, including school-aged children. With initial set-up support from Community Music Victoria and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the Kyneton Street Band is now self-sufficient, drawing funds from performances and membership fees. The band is an incorporated body, with a strong committee guiding it and Andy Rigby as musical director and resident marimba maker. “We have made the marimbas portable, including a bass on wheels,” Andy said. “It seems that we are the world’s first marching marimba band. Add an array of brass and woodwind instruments and various percussion instruments, and you have the familiar sound of the Kyneton Street Band. “To this we would like to add the cheery sound of strumming ukuleles, which have been proliferating around the country in recent years. These affordable string instruments are often seen in schools or community sing-along groups, and we think they could have fun in a street band as well. Chord charts for all pieces will be provided on the day.” Andy said the Kyneton Street Band had played stage events but was at its best “on the move”. “The annual parade in Kyneton’s Daffodil Festival is a highlight, and in our short history we have played at events such as Maldon Folk Festival, Castlemaine State Festival and the Single Speed World Championship at Hanging Rock.

“It seems that we are the world’s first marching marimba band. Add an array of brass and woodwind instruments and various percussion instruments, and you have the familiar sound of the Kyneton Street Band."

18 Markets

To market, to market, to buy fresh fruit


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

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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

News 19

Vale Nick Gervasoni Nicholas Albert Gervasoni 15/3/1916 – 15/7/2019


ICK was born on 15/3/1916, a cherished only child of Nicholas Senior and Alice Gervasoni.

Life began at Pewley Hill, Kooroocheang, where the family ran a farm. When Nick was two his father bought a chaff mill in Doveton Street, Ballarat and so the family established a second home in Ballarat, spending weekdays in town and weekends at the farm. Nick attended Macarthur Street Primary School then Ballarat Technical School and finished his studies at the School of Mines, Ballarat where he studied bookkeeping so he could keep a ledger for the farm and the mill. Weekends were spent at the farm at Kooroocheang. His father had racehorses and the farm horse was an ex-Melbourne Cup horse. He said it really could gallop, but after one too many falls his mother suggested a motorbike with sidecar, far less dangerous apparently and more civilised for his companions. Nick loved his extended Gervasoni family. Weekends involved visits to family and friends at Yandoit. Being of good Swiss Italian heritage this involved lots of Yandoit plonk, bullboar sausages, dancing and playing bocce. He had quite the social life. When Nick was 16 years old, his father became gravely ill and the chaff mill and house in Ballarat were sold and the family returned to the farm to live. Nick was 18 when his father passed away and so he and his mother worked the farm together. Nick married Lorna Mizzeni in 1941 and so commenced a long partnership. Lorna loved farm life, they made a great working team, milking cows, hay production, sheep and contracting. They had two children, John and Helen, who both returned to the farm upon completion of school to work. Nick, an already dab hand at bocce, decided to take up lawn bowls. At the age of 35, he started playing at Newstead where they won a premiership. He was a founding member of the Smeaton Bowling Club and played there for many years. He moved to Daylesford Bowling Club where he had individual and team success. He gathered quite the collection of trophies, playing all over Victoria. He loved lawn bowls and continued to play until aged in his early 90s when he found he couldn’t reach long ends anymore. Nick lost his wife in 2006 and he lived independently until his 96th year, still keeping an eye on day-to-day farm operations. In 2012 he decided a bit of company would be good and moved to John Curtin Aged Care in Creswick where he remained until his recent death, in his 104th year. Nick is survived by two children, seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He left a legacy of hard work and commitment to family...a life well lived. Words & image: Contributed

Head to Trentham for Words in Winter


There is a three-course meal on offer with drinks ORDS in Winter has plenty happening bought separately. at Trentham.

The Little Choir will perform some of her compositions in German, which will be followed Bruce's book, The Best of Bruce, will be on sale by an overview of her time in Germany, including The film, Dead Letter Office, a romantic prior to and at the event from Trentham and District photographs. comedy about lost letters and love found, will be Historical Society, Dr B's Bookstore, or from Mike and Two speakers will discuss some of her stories known screened at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre on Natalie Gretton on 0400 919 104. as The Strasbourg Stories and also speak on the Germany Saturday, August 17 from 1pm to 4pm. The dinner will be held at Wild Thyme on Saturday, of the time she lived in. Entry fee is $5 which includes The movie follows Alice, (played by Miranda Otto), August 17 from 6.30pm. Tickets are $50 per person, afternoon tea. and Frank, (played by George DelHoyo), two social and can be purchased from Susie Spence on 5424 1272/ Details: Di Parsons on 0448 760 563 or misfits who meet at the Dead Letter Office and find common ground in their pursuit of the past, aided by a 0428 241 272 or email: The following day, Sunday, August 18, book hoarders pigeon called Punt Road. The screening will be followed by a discussion with can grab a table for $5 at the Trentham Neighbourhood Link: Centre and sell their books from 10am to 12.30pm. film historian Ina Bertrand and the film maker, John All books must be in good condition and suitable Ruane, who also directed Death in Brunswick. Gold coin for sale. Collections such as cookery books and science donation. fiction are welcome. Bookings are essential. Meanwhile, the Trentham and District Historical Also held at the centre is an event which celebrates Society will host a celebration dinner in honour of local the life and works of Henry Handel Richardson from bush poet Bruce McKenzie. 1.30pm to 4pm. Trentham local John McLaren, that's him on the front cover as his alter ego Reg, will present his own poem in the poet's honour.


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REIV round up


EGIONAL Victoria’s hottest unit market is in the burgeoning Geelong region according to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria’s latest data release.

Unit and apartment living tends to be more prevalent and sought after in the bigger regional cities than smaller rural towns and is becoming increasingly so as development surges and major cities get busier and more dense. The REIV’s June quarter data recording unit median prices in towns that had at least 10 unit sales in the 12 months to June 30, 2019 shows that Highton and Geelong CBD shared the top mantle with 33.3 per cent growth in their unit median price. Interestingly, both postcodes have a unit median of more than half a million dollars now, levels you would expect to see in an inner Melbourne suburb. Highton’s median unit price is sitting at $508,000 (up from $381,000) while Geelong’s is a whopping $690,000 (up from $517,500). Three more Geelong suburbs made the top 10 - Manifold Heights came in third with a 24.2 per cent increase to $402,500 for a unit, Herne Hill was fifth with an 18.3 per cent increase to $319,500 and Newcomb was seventh with a 14.1 per cent increase to $361,000. The Ballarat region also recorded significant growth in the unit median price with Wendouree and Canadian making the top 10 list. Wendouree’s median unit price is sitting at $222,500, up 20.3 per cent in the last financial year from $185,000 while Canadian came in eighth with a 13.5 per cent increase to $303,000 (up from $267,000). Rounding out the top 10 in sixth, ninth and tenth place respectively were Mildura, Warragul and Shepparton. Mildura’s unit median soared 15 per cent to $245,000, Warragul’s rose 12.3 per cent to $320,000 and Shepparton’s unit median recorded a 12.2 per cent boost to $258,000.


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Design with Indre Kisonas

Adults in need of a change My first experience with a child and pram admittedly was a long time ago, but I distinctly recall how difficult it was to navigate streets, curbs, stairs and public transport. You needed to be young and fit to lift and carry the pram, child and miscellaneous goods over and through all sorts of obstacles. Then there were the changerooms/tables or lack thereof. Many a time I had to place the baby or toddler on the floor in some disgustingly dirty toilet area to change a nappy, change on the grass outside somewhere or balance the child on my lap. Now, if you are an adult that has a profound disability which usually has you in a wheelchair, none of the above are acceptable options. Would you lie on the toilet floor in your closest public toilet? I certainly would not. Yet due to a disgraceful lack of acceptable amenities for the profound or complex disabled population, they are expected to do just that. Most outings for these brothers, sisters, children or parents are dictated by where there is an accessible adult change facility. These facilities will dictate where you can travel to and for how long and whether you can go alone. Employment opportunities are almost non-existent for them too, as we have a community with toilets that do not meet many needs. What we need to provide is dignity, equality and independence. Changing Places is a project to “advocate for public toilets with full-sized change tables and hoists in major public spaces across Australia to meet the needs of people with severe and profound disabilities”. It’s a great start with downloadable specifications and layout drawings, but from May 1, 2019 these adult change facilities are only required in: new or redeveloped shopping centres with a design occupancy greater than 3500; new museums, art galleries and theatres with a design occupancy greater than 1500; new stadia with a design occupancy greater than 35,000; new indoor aquatic facilities with main pool area perimeter exceeding 70m; and new or redeveloped airports. How many councils will be signing off on large new public builds in the very near future? Not many. You can now begin to see how one aspect of daily life can become such a limiting factor for so many, and this is only one factor for them. For those of you faced with complying with rules and guidelines and developing toileting facilities for public use, please don’t skimp on the size of the disabled toilet area. Don’t make a token gesture. Make it useable. Make it functional. Make it hygienic. There are so many that will benefit.

Indre Kisonas - owner and principal designer - iok design | Right, Darren Manning, who became wheelchairbound after his motorbike hit a kangaroo. Darren is an active member of Daylesford CFA with the position of Road Crash Rescue coordinator

Grow your own wasp trap The sight of the madly flourishing nepenthe pitcher plant, above, amongst a massed display of other similar carnivores, ferns and fabulous orchids on a recent guided tour of Cairns’ amazing botanic gardens reminded me of a promise made to “spill the beans” on growing carnivorous plants at home sometime soon. I have noticed a reasonable range of carnivores being displayed in specialist garden centres and chain stores, and Spring is the time for renewed energy, so here it is. Although many species come from sub-tropical regions, given the right treatment and location, most will adapt well to our not-so-temperate climate. Apart from the few dryland sundews which can often be found in our forests, carnivorous plants grow naturally in light, sandy soils. These are normally tiny and inconspicuous, so you’ll have to look to find them. Most of the popular and macabrely attractive ones which grow naturally in humid bogs and swamps need to be wet at all times, so need constant humidity. This means that, in our climate, the tropical varieties would love to be in an open terrarium. So choose one with a wide lid that can be left opened enough for sufficient air flow to prevent fungus or mould and, of course, the occasional snack. The carnivores evolved either in nutrient-poor soils or, as epiphytes, growing soilless high in the branches of forest trees so they will thrive in a mixture of sphagnum peat moss and coarse, clean and washed sand. Don’t use anything that may contain minerals such as builder’s or beach sand. The same applies to water, ensure it’s mineral free. The Venus fly traps (dionaea) and other similar forms such as the sundews (drosera), which catch their prey on their addictive but treacherous leaf pads, are quite happy to be grown in a pot, but make them either plastic or ceramic as terracotta pots have a habit of leaching out minerals over time to stress the plants. Any well-lit spot in a sunny room but out of direct sunlight will do for them all. The more light the better for the highly-coloured leaf forms. It is their colour, plus the delicious aroma of their liquid secretions, that will draw the insects into their clutches. In the case of the pitcher plant (nepenthes) and the vase-like cephalus, they catch and retain any stray water to add to their self produced victim-dissolving serums to drown their victims before turning them into organic fertiliser. Most carnivorous plants will survive on one or two monthly victims. If, like everybody else, you are compelled to occasionally demonstrate their unique trapping techniques, use fine tweezers to carefully place the insect. But don’t overdo it. Happy hunting. Cairns Botanic Gardens Peta and I happened upon this absolutely remarkable treasure simply because it was part of a half-day tour included in the itinerary of our recent winter escape to Cairns/Port Douglas. I can only say that the hour or so we spent in this remarkable garden left me breathless, with the promise to return as soon as possible to spend several days there, at least, to take it all in. The gardens have a fascinating history, surprisingly involving the Great Barrier Reef, which I plan to talk about in a future issue.

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Fine Farmers fare


E FOUND our way to the Farmers Arms Hotel in Daylesford when we first arrived in the Central Highlands 15 years ago.

It was inviting, fun, offered great food and there was always someone to chat to in the front bar - which is where we always find ourselves. Yes, sometimes when friends come to stay we sit in the dining room, but the bar is where we tend to congregate and catch up with local mates. Over 15 years the owners have changed a few times but the Farmers remains a great place to enjoy local produce, a glass of wine or beer, and a chat to locals or visitors. We headed there for a Friday lunch recently and scored a couple of seats in the bar before Liam, a friendly young bartender who can hold a conversation, helped us out with a chardonnay for me and a tap beer for Kyle. Being a pub, the drinks menu is extensive with loads of wine by the glass and plenty of beers on tap. Chris Timmins is the head chef here and in charge of a great menu with plenty to choose from, using as much local produce as possible. Keep an eye out for the pub's Local Heroes dishes - the autumn mushroom dish was a real winner! Entrees Speaking of mushrooms, we chose wild mushroom and spinach croquettes with truffle mayonnaise ($15) and Terra Australis gin-soaked gravlax topped with cucumber, red grapefruit and mint ($18). Both were spot on - and big serves. Fun fact: Terra Australis Distillery is in Daylesford, just up the road from the Farmers - and is producing some magnificent products - like their gin. Mains Onto mains and Kyle opted to choose from the Farmers Classics Menu - which means they will always be on offer - with fillet mignon wrapped in pancetta with mash, beans, garlic spinach and a red wine jus ($45). I don't know why they bothered to serve it with a steak knife because it was practically falling apart - and loaded with flavour. I decided on the pan-fried barramundi fillet with roasted chat potatoes, green beans and cherry tomatoes with a caper lemon butter sauce ($34). Now, I have had barra in the Northern Territory and thought that was the best - but this is better. It's a great piece of fish - moist inside with a crispy skin layer. Yum. Oh, Chris also insisted we try (and many thanks for that) the vegan Thai green vegetable curry served with coconut rice, coconut yoghurt and a cucumber onion pickle ($25). A beautiful, quite elegant dish, full of flavours and with just a bit of heat. I have a friend Jan, who raves about curries, and she would just love this! Desserts Next up, desserts. Now, I know we usually say at this point, we don't really do desserts, or we are too full. But we find every time we say that we end up eating the dessert anyway. So we said "yes please" to the Black Forest roulade with creamy mascarpone AND the vegan lemon cheesecake parfait with pistachio shortbread crumb and Persian fairyfloss. Both $16 and both awesome. That's the parfait over there on the right and it tastes as good as it looks. Lemony and creamy and crunchy with melt-on-your-tongue fairy floss. If you are not happy with this dish then you are not happy full stop. Something else Apart from great food and drinks and atmosphere, the Farmers also serves up a fantastic Friday night with its meat raffle with all proceeds going to local charities. It's a really fun night with the raffle drawn at 7.30pm. But get there early to nab a seat. Finally, you can't drink and drive but you can drink and stay at the hotel's Art Motel straight over the road. Lovely, well appointed rooms are there for the asking. Just ask. The Farmers Arms Hotel is at 1 East Street, Daylesford. Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Phone: 5348 2091.

Words: Donna Kelly | Images: Kyle Barnes

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Image: Kris Paulsen

Cookin’ On 3 Burners: funk and soul


Donna: What do you love about performing? ake Mason, pictured above left with Cookin' on 3 Burners members Jake: Converting the experience of playing music, the emotions, adrenalin and (special guest) Stella Angelico, Dan West and Ivan Khatchoyan, grew up performing headspace into words doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a constant challenge just outside of Glenlyon in a five-sided mud-brick house and attended with yourself, sometimes you succeed with your intentions and sometimes not but the local Glenlyon Primary School. After his secondary school years, he headed down to Melbourne and studied music at the Victorian College of the most of the time it is about the fantastic journey. Arts. He chatted with Donna Kelly. Donna: When did you get into the muso world? Jake: From a young age I was interested in being part of the muso world, whether it was hanging at out backstage as a five-year-old at the Maldon Folk Festival with Hans Poulsen or watching the Rolling Stones perform at the Tennis Centre a few years later. Donna: What do you play/do? Jake: For me all roads lead to playing music. Along the way there are many twists and turns in the journey such as writing songs, producing, recording, having a record label, the list goes on and I quite like all of them. My main instruments are saxophone and Hammond organ and I find myself perched most of the time in the jazz and soul music worlds.

Donna: What do you hope your audience takes home? Jake: The energy of us playing on the stage, the never-to-be repeated moment, a piece of mystery and sore feet from dancing.

Donna: Where have you performed around the world? Jake: I have been incredibly lucky to have played in lots of exciting places around the world like an ancient theatre in Rome and The Roundhouse in London but Australia has an exceptional live scene especially Melbourne. Some of the best gigs I have done or been in the audience for have been right here. Donna: Where can we listen to your music? Jake: There is no discrimination here, if you’re a streamer you can find us on Spotify and Apple Music, if you’re into CDs or vinyl we will be in the soul section of your local record store, or come and check out a live gig.

Donna: Who do you do that with? Donna: Sounds good. Finally, where can we hear you next? Jake: I’m one of the founding members of Cookin’ On 3 Burners which is a funk Jake: Cookin’ On 3 Burners will be playing at The Palais, Hepburn Springs on and soul trio that has been performing together for over 20 years. Imagine what August 30 with our special guest vocalist Stella Angelico. Expect to hear slow soul James Brown would have listened to on his Sony cassette walkman while on holidays, jams and smokey vocals flipped with a bubbling funk stew squarely for the dance and that’s our sound. I also write songs with Eric McCusker, get my 60s jazz on in the Jake Mason Trio, run a small record label and play the odd gig with Richard Clapton. floor. Tix from The Palais.

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30 Out & About

Meal deals!


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

Gig Guide Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford (Back bar)

Vanessa Craven with poems, short stories, songs - Saturday, August 17, 8pm-9pm (Pictured below)


Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn

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

Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn

Wednesday: 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

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 The 5000 Club, Daylesford - noon every Friday at Victoria Park, Daylesford.

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

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


Live music - 2nd and 4th Friday of the month Jazz Deuce - Friday, August 16 Arkie T Williams - Saturday, August 17 Dana Crowe - Sunday, August 18 Andy Lacy - Friday, August 23 James Hickey - Saturday, August 24 Buck Jr. - Sunday, August 25 Aurora - Friday, August 30 The Old Married Couple - Saturday, August 31

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs

Sparkling Gems and Bubbles – Thursday, August 15, 5.30pm – 8.30pm Ken Buddah Trio/ Indie soundscapes – Friday, August 16, 7.30pm The Resignators ska party – Saturday, August 17, 7.30pm La Familia Cuban Band – Sunday, August 18, 2.30pm Nikki Osbourne’s Bad Barbie – Friday, August 23, 7.30pm BABBA (ABBA tribute) – Saturday, August 24, 7.30pm Cookin' on 3 Burners – Friday, August 30, 7.30pm World Circus Cabaret Festival – Saturday, August 31, 7.30pm

Daylesford RSL, Daylesford

Open mic hosted by Andy Vogel - 1st Sunday of the month, 3pm-5pm

The Gatehouse, Ballarat

Sonic Remedy - Sunday, August 25, 1pm-3pm

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

Vanessa Craven will be playing at the Daylesford Hotel on Saturday, August 17

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A Feast of Music


ELBOURNE Chamber Orchestra’s festival, A Feast of Music, returns to Daylesford this September.

Now in its seventh edition, the festival is already one of Victoria’s leading classical music festivals, attracting audiences from across Victoria and Australia. The festival always attracts a high calibre of guest artists and this year’s festival is no exception. Australia’s leading harpist, Alice Giles AM, joins the festival for three events, including a performance of Mozart’s popular Concerto for Flute and Harp, alongside the Principal Flute of Melbourne Symphony, Prudence Davis. Prudence and Alice perform again together for a sumptuous musical dinner at Lake House in the festival’s Saturday evening slot, with gorgeous duet interludes accompanying a sumptuous dinner with selected wine. Former concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony, Elizabeth Layton, joins leading pianist Lucinda Collins with a recital to open the Festival. Lucinda also stars in A Feast of Music’s closing performance on Sunday, performing Ravel’s bravura Piano Trio, alongside the orchestra’s artistic director, William Hennessy AM. Daylesford and district residents can purchase discounted tickets for locals to most events through eCasa 89 Vincent Street Daylesford.


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32 Our history

Long lost family finally resting in peace


AMES (Jim) Thomas lives with his wife Sue in a pretty little house called Cobblers Rest and he is one of those residents whose connection to the area runs deep. He was born here in 1942 and after living and working around Victoria he returned to Daylesford to retire. But his youth is familiar to anyone who has grown up in the region in the years after WWII.

“I grew up on a mixed farm at Coomoora run by my father Allan and grandfather William (Bill),” Jim recalls. “For three years before the farm was sold, we rode nearly four miles (6 kilometres) to school in Daylesford, but not before getting the cows milked and let out on the Glenlyon Road to graze. In the afternoon me and my brother would bring them in for milking again. Winters were harsh with snow on the ground lasting for days, but on the upside, there was little traffic around and life was good.” As he grew up Jim was very familiar with the family tree on his mother’s side. His dad had married one of the Scheggia clan (originally from the Italian speaking canton of Ticino) and he was aware of connections to some 350 people. But he knew of no one on the paternal side except for his grandfather and his grand-uncles, James and John. James or Jim as he was known to most, was a road maintenance man charged with fixing up the potholes on the A300. Meanwhile uncle John (also known as Jack) had a farm at Mt Franklin called Cae'r Wern. Both were very old men when young Jim was a boy, with first-hand memories of the region when the Central Highlands was an isolated and quite insular community. And that is how things remained until recently when a nephew of present-day Jim had his DNA tested and posted the results online. Soon after he was contacted by a gentleman called Alan Denham who announced that they may be related. It turns out that Alan’s grandmother, Mary Ellen Thomas, was the sister of Jim’s grandfather William. And just like that, Jim had acquired a whole raft of new relatives he never knew he had. To put all of this information into perspective it was necessary to look at the period in the 1860s when Jim’s great-grandfather came to Australia. Alan, the long lost relative, had done just that and was able to provide the William Thomas branch of the family with some very interesting photos and material. Back in the 19th century, the original James Thomas left Wales and arrived in Australia with his wife to be, Mary Pritchard. They married in Riddells Creek then went and built a house in Church Road at the back of Mt Franklin. They named it Cae'r Wern after the original family house back in the old country and had seven children there. This was the surprising bit for present day Jim Thomas. He had absolutely no idea that there were any more grand-siblings besides the ones he knew, but there were another four. Owen was the eldest son, but he died in 1884 at 18 after losing his leg in a threshing machine. Then there was Annie, who died after only one year, causes unknown. Meanwhile the elder James Thomas died in a mining accident in 1880 at Dry Diggings and his wife Mary passed away nine years after. All of them were interred in the same grave at the Daylesford Cemetery. The property was then left to the eldest surviving son of the family which happened to be, you guessed it, Jim’s grand-uncle John. But as far as what happened to Margaret no-one is sure; all research so far has come up empty-handed as to her fate. Finally, there was Mary Ellen who married a Denham from the Daylesford area and would become the grandmother of Alan. “I thought I knew my dad’s side of the family pretty well,” Jim says. “But no-one made any mention at all about these sisters or eldest brother, let alone my ancestor from Wales. And as familiar as I am with the locations of graves on my mother’s side of the family, I never knew the existence of my great-grandfather and his family members’ final resting place.” With assistance from the cemetery trust, Jim and brother Ian found the grave and set about restoring the site. They removed weeds, set the headstone on a concrete foundation, surrounded the plot with a heavy plinth and filled the space with crushed basalt stones. The original wooden cross was then set on top. “I couldn’t leave my great-grandfather and namesake in a neglected grave. But I now feel James and his long lost family can now truly rest in peace.”

“I thought I knew my dad’s side of the family pretty well. But no-one made any mention at all about these sisters or eldest brother, let alone my ancestor from Wales. And as familiar as I am with the locations of graves on my mother’s side of the family, I never knew the existence of my great-grandfather and his family members’ final resting place.” - Jim Thomas

Images: Contributed by Jim Thomas Clockwise, from above left, Jim and Sue Thomas at the grave at Daylesford Cemetery, James Thomas snr circa 1870, William & Emily Thomas' (James Thomas's grandparents) wedding day and Cae'r Wern homestead at Mt Franklin circa 1875 Words: Anthony Sawrey | Main image: Kyle Barnes

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Kyneton Horticultural Show celebrates 125 years


ELEBRATING its 125-year-old history, the Kyneton Horticultural Society is once again hosting its annual Spring Flower Show at the Watts Pavilion, Kyneton Showgrounds on Saturday, September 7 from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday, September 8 from 10am to 4pm.

The show highlights an extensive range of daffodils, hellebores, cut flowers, shrubs, pot plants, cacti and succulents, floral art, vegetables and a large children’s section. An excellent range of plants will be available for sale grown by the KHS members as well as potted bulbs, books, jellies and pickles, pots and gardenalia. President Nicholas Scott encourages everyone of all ages to participate to show what they can grow. The society website is at where entry forms can be downloaded. There will be afternoon tea and a raffle along with a free horticultural talk on Saturday. For general enquiries contact the show secretary, Arnold Jenkins on 5422 6449 or 0407 844 220 or president Nicholas Scott on 0438 664 849.

Save the date

The Kyneton Horticultural Society will be hosting a jubilee picnic in the Kyneton Botanic Gardens on Sunday, October 20. Information will be announced closer to the date.

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38 Opinion

Just sayin’...

Pick me, pick me...

By Donna Kelly


T THE bottom of this column we generally run two free adverts. They are for not-for-profit groups - just to help them along. Sometimes the last thing a group has is money for advertising.

If you look down now, and then come back up here, you will see there are three adverts this time. That's because I promised two away and then a third popped up and I couldn't say no. The first one in was for the Daylesford Community Brass Band. A friend, Glen Heyne, is in the band and asked for the favour. Glen is also known as the Godfather of The Local. He gave us a huge push when we first started and also writes our popular In Your Local Garden column. So we like to say "yes" to Glen. The next one was a bit different. It's from a Melbourne Uni student who is doing her PhD on bushfire prevention. She wants people to take a survey to see if communication and community knowledge can reduce the incidence of bushfires. Having been around for the 2009 bushfires and seeing the concern for the latest one in Hepburn I thought this was a very worthwhile cause. So it got a run. The third one came from the Daylesford Sunday Market. It's about an RU OK event on Sunday, August 25 from 9am to 1pm at the market. They are holding a sausage sizzle, to get people in perhaps, and giving advice on how you can ask people if they are travelling OK. There's also advice on when you think the problem has gotten too big to even ask. Other people who can ask for you. I think that is really important. I have had the black dog come calling a few times, ironically worst of all when I lost a black dog, and it's easy to pretend all is well when underneath you are struggling. I pretended so well that four doctors all said "You'll be fine" until I put my hand up and said I really wasn't. You know when you can't walk down the street that something is wrong. I finally got the right help and would not hesitate to reach out again. In fact, I have. I remember talking to a number of people at a function not long after and every second person chatted back about their own issues - depression, anxiety, loss of confidence. And I thought it was just me doing it tough. It did teach me that you are never on your own but also that each experience is unique. Anyway, if you find yourself at a loose end, head to the market. At the very least you will get a free snag and find out how to ask those around you RU OK? Just sayin'...

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Just briefly...

Kyle’s Rant


XOTIC and native trees will be planted throughout the Macedon Ranges Shire in coming months as part of the council’s annual tree planting program.


ACK in the good old days, guns were a necessary evil. I mean how would you head off the pirates on the high seas without blowing their ships to splinters with a four-ton cannon?

Oh, an interesting fun fact, the saying “two-six-heave” was the cannon crew number two and number six heaving to pull the cannon back on its chocks. There I go misting away in another pirate fantasy. In the words of Jimmy Buffett’s A Pirate Looks at Forty - "The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder, I'm an over forty victim of fate". But back on with my gun rant. My family had guns. In fact we would go shooting game to eat, to fill the freezer. In fact, on reflection, at a school camp I went to I learnt to fire a semi-automatic gun. Standing there next to the shooter, in my oversized hand-me-down rain jacket, waiting for my turn and feeling a sense of burning as my jacket sleeve filled up with the burning spent shells from the gun. Those were the days... On a recent trip to Europe, to be more specific the old eastern bloc countries, and to be even more specific, Lithuania, an about 60-year-old tour guide pointed to an old building where as an eight-year-old she used to “clean the guns”. After the tour was over I asked her what she meant by cleaning the guns. She told me how when the Soviets ran the country all the children were pressed into gun factories to be skilled so as they could put a gun together blind-folded. So, if the dirty foreigners - that’s us invaded in the middle of the night, the children could defend themselves. My deliberations about the gun massacres in America tell me that there are bigger forces at work there. I just can’t wrap my head around the whole powerless President thing in the states. It is not just Trump. He is just the latest to give his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims, hollow words if you ask me. I mean Trump has managed to stuff up trading relations with China, bringing the world to the brink of a 1930s style Great Depression, but he can’t simply stop automatic weapons. This of course makes the rest of the American citizens jittery and they buy more weapons to “protect” themselves; talk about domestic terrorism. But I have not heard of one American citizen stopping a gun massacre by unloading a clip (gangster-speak) into the shooter. Meanwhile, back here in good old Oz, I am so glad John Howard had the smarts to have gun amnesties and change the laws to better get with the times, so gun owners are vetted and, mostly, automatic weapons are out of the hands of crooks and extremists. Even our most exposed, the police who are on the scum frontline, prefer a taser as a first course of action above a gun. Mind you, for mine, you could only improve the world sometimes if the odd bullet was to escape into the odd criminal scumbo oxygen thief if you know what I mean. Gun rant over…

And residents will be asked to help with watering in hot weather. They will be given a bucket and information brochure. The trees will be planted in nature strips in several towns as part of the program. The advanced trees are a mix of native and exotic species and are more than 1.5 metres tall. Before planting, council staff will inspect all street tree-planting sites to check that the trees are a suitable species for each location. The tree planting program is conducted between May and September as this is the optimal time for planting. All trees are selected from council’s preferred species list. Council staff will care for and maintain the trees during the first two years to ensure they mature into healthy and structurally sound trees. A regular watering program will be conducted, particularly during the warmer months.

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