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Front cover: Kyneton beekeeper Claire Moore is bringing the national spotlight to the plight of bees around the country after coming runner up for the national 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Read her story by Donna Kelly on page 7.
September 23, 2019 Issue 159 Buzz about bees
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One couple’s race to save world wildlife
N THE shadow of Mount Franklin two former scientists work to reform global companies as a step towards saving endangered species. They are pushing for international trade in wildlife to become digital and brought into the 21st century.
The illegal trade in flora and fauna is estimated to be worth up to a staggering $375 billion a year. Lynn Johnson and Peter Lanius met when studying for their doctorates in particle physics, the science that brought us everything from the World Wide Web to touchscreen technology. In those exciting times, they tackled the big question: how did the universe start? Likely answer: the Big Bang around 13.8 billion years ago. Lynn, 54, comes from the north of England and is the first in her family to go to university. Peter, 53, originates from East Berlin and followed in his dad’s footsteps as a particle physicist. Their field of particle physics involved researching the smallest detectable particles to explain their behaviour. “We like complex problems,” says Lynn. Having worked in management consultancy and business analysis, they became fascinated with the ins and outs of people’s evolving emotional intelligence in the workplace. There was a big buzz about leadership in the mid-90s, with many firms worried about the number of staff leaving for the bush or seaside. The two of them set up a consultancy to help, working with firms as large as the big banks down to medium-sized businesses. Their business went so well that they were able to cut back to two days a week in 2012-13 to focus on wildlife. They knew about behaviour and cultural change and how to support an organisation in such a transition as consumer expectations change. And so they advanced to what could be called pragmatic idealism. Back then it looked as though within five years the rhinoceros would be extinct and Vietnam was the epicentre of the problem. Lynn and Peter tackled the problem creatively. After research in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City they designed ads in glossy business and airline magazines to show why businessmen need not offer rhino horn to seal business negotiations. At $94,000 a kilo, the horn powder was a stratospheric gift to be drunk in water or rice wine at the end of an evening, supposedly to detox. With 93 million Vietnamese and only 27,000 rhinos, the odds were stacked. The ads pointed out how success could not be created by causing misery elsewhere in the world. The global reputation of Vietnam was also emphasised – the nation once known as the Jewel of Southeast Asia wants its standing restored. Next, they realised that the illegal wildlife trade can’t be stopped without first tackling the legal trade, said to be worth $465 billion annually back in 2012. Against this figure, the United Nations’ budget to police the trade is just $9 million. What’s worse, perhaps, the trade is monitored by a paper-based system set up in 1975. “We need an electronic permit system working with customs worldwide,” says Lynn. “It would cost $41 million to roll it out, monitoring the trade from the source to destination. And the industry should pay.
“This would seriously reduce the opportunity to launder products and stop illegal wildlife trafficking.” She shows a form from the Congo for the export of 30 live monkeys. It is not signed or dated. The monkeys were probably sent to restaurants in Asia, she says. International criminal syndicates traffic people, drugs and wildlife. The penalty for wildlife smuggling, she says, is effectively a smack on the wrist. Lynn and Peter recently went to Geneva for the CITES conference, where they found trade in wildlife is encouraged, especially when it comes to luxury goods. She shows a picture of a car outfitted in Poland with an elephant hide interior. To the European fashion industry, python skin alone is worth $1.5 billion a year. Because the trading system hasn’t been modernised, pythons are illegally harvested from forests and laundered into the legal trade. Then there is the most trafficked mammal, the pangolin, a scaly anteater found in Asia and Africa and prized in China and Southeast Asia for its scales and high-status meat. In spite of the depressing picture, Lynn and Peter don’t seem weighed down by the problem. They are organising letters to some of the world’s leading fashion houses as one step to stop the trade by highlighting just how much these firms profit from this trade and why they need to invest in modernising their systems to ensure transparency. “Loss of wildlife, through trade,” she says, “is second only to land use as the largest contributor to the extinction of species.”
Words: Kevin Childs | Image: Kyle Barnes | Inset: Lynn in Kenya
Local Lines Wanderers The Sun and Moon don't go retrograde but Wanderers can go backward in our sky: some necessary part they act in our play, back-tracking in our zodiac on the fly, resonating tones and maybe a tune, wheeling around in a whirling dance up there ... I wonder could we see the same from the Moon, or hear the ringing music the planets share? ‘Go on with yer,’ I'm told, ‘yer star-struck git.’ ‘We're sick of your astrology and crap.’ ‘It doesn't matter to us one little bit.’ ‘Yer better off to keep it under your hat.’ Well, I do, mostly, but hats can spring a leak and the Wanderers are dancing while we speak.
James Baillie Wanderers was written by James Baillie, depicted right, who lives in Glenlyon and runs a business, The Arthritis Man. James has been writing rhythm and rhyme as a hobby since age 11.
Prepare for fire season
REPARATIONS for the upcoming fire season are well under way for the state’s emergency services and Victorians are being urged to start actively preparing in the coming weeks.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville last week joined key emergency services and supporting agencies to discuss the season ahead and the upcoming intensive month of activities to raise awareness in communities and assist them to prepare. Hot and dry conditions are forecast over summer and these elevated conditions mean an extended preparedness campaign is necessary above and beyond a single week of fire action which has been the practice in the past. The Victorian Government has provided more than $29 million in funding for a record fleet of 50 aircraft, including a mix of water bombing, air supervision and air intelligence-gathering aircraft. Victoria will also be supported by a surge capacity of up to 100 aircraft, which can be called upon to supplement the fleet when needed. Emergency services agencies have begun preparations, pre-briefings and training exercises, while thousands of volunteers and career firefighters are on standby to respond to emergencies. While Victorian emergency management agencies are preparing, it’s also important the community understands their own risk and is actively preparing. Victorians can stay up-to-date with emergency warnings throughout the fire season by tuning into ABC local radio or other commercial and community radio stations, Sky News broadcasts, phoning the VicEmergency hotline 1800 226 226, visiting emergency.vic.gov.au, and downloading the VicEmergency App. Minister Neville said good information would lead to good decisions. "Staying safe during a fire - whether you live in the bush or on the urban fringe is a shared responsibility. As we’ve unfortunately seen in Queensland and New South Wales, it’s possible the fire season could start here in Victoria before the weather warms up. "Victorians should start developing a fire action plan for themselves, their family and their pets, discussing it and even practising it so that everyone is ready to act."
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Above, this year's Hepburn fire Image: Wayne Rigg, CFA
Chilling worries as we head for summer
HE almost shockingly early bushfires that raged through Queensland and NSW could scarcely be described as a wake-up call in this part of the world. But they do form a backdrop to the work of a group of locals bringing their experience and knowledge to bear on just how to try to reduce the fire menace.
And you only have to drive from Daylesford to Lyonville to see the amount of fallen and sawn trees at the roadside to be aware of one of the group’s key worries. Four years ago the State Government came up with the idea of community-based bushfire management to try to tap into community expertise as well as seeking to build trust between communities and agencies. Background documents talk of “agencies and communities working collaboratively, sharing and valuing knowledge, enabling communities to make informed decisions and developing local solutions to reduce the bushfire risk”. A fundamental shift in the relationship between communities and organisations is being sought. So for almost a year, a dozen or so members of the Hepburn-Daylesford Community Bushfire Mitigation Group gather, with no irony intended, in a roomy funeral parlour to try to nut out how to prevent a repetition of infernos that regularly devour parts of the country...and enjoy homemade cake. Reducing the fuel load is clearly a priority and they say that with Hepburn Shire Council help they have succeeded on Ajax Road. Another success is the Hepburn Weir pump restoration. Except for a one-off problem, where two people had not met, communication does exist between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the inelegantly titled DELWP, and Hepburn Shire Council. Vital roles are played by Parks Victoria and the CFA, with the CFA providing liaison officer Sally White. Still, the nagging worry of fuel in gullies remains. “Burning-off has its place,” one member says, “but it is limited because of humidity, moisture and tight conditions”. “We need a new way of working, because fuel loads have not been reduced,” says another. Steep gullies make things hard for heavy equipment, and there is worry about people who choose to live in gullies. Talks continue with authorities about getting rid of the fuel load. Members of the group also spoke of the need for a larger trial of the use of goats, citing the clearing of six hectares of potential fuel in East Street by a dozen goats. “They’re all-season, year-round fire mitigation, with no soil destruction and no chemicals.” All up, the group’s combined ages come to around 720 years. With those decades comes a clear passion to help against the fire menace. First to leave the meeting to tend to her seriously ill dog was Marg Freederick, a retired physiotherapist contractor representing Brandy Hot Fire Guard group, formed in Eganstown after Ash Wednesday.
Marc Dankers, captain of Leonards Hill CFA, was there, with another CFA member, Russ Jenkins, ex-Mitre 10. The Yanner clan was represented by plant operator Mick, and Michael, deputy CFA captain at Hepburn and a self-employed carpenter. Ian Scott of the Landcare committee of management came across from Cornish Hill, while Rotary was represented by Danny Moynihan, retired postal manager. Vasko Drogriski, a building designer, spoke up for his beloved goats. Richard Perry, Patrick Jones and Darren Manning couldn’t make it. Some guarded frustration emerged at the meeting, particularly about the response of the community. “They want ownership and not responsibility,” a member says. Hovering always in the background is the climate crisis, highlighted by the warning that conditions this summer could rival Black Saturday. And it’s only seven months since parts of Hepburn were evacuated and schools closed when a fire threatened the town. Massive intervention at a cost put at more than $3 million saved the town, and possibly Daylesford. On a cold winter’s night, the warning could scarcely have been more chilling.
Postscript: Marc Dankers contacted The Local after this piece was written and added: "The last meeting on Tuesday, September 17 was productive, with DELWP producing some planned works on three of the priorities that were identified by the group. So although it's been frustratingly slow, things may be finally moving..." Above, from left, Margaret Frederick, Marc Dankers, Russ Jenkin, Ian Scott, Richard Perry and Vasko Drogriski Words: Kevin Childs | Image: Kyle Barnes
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Swiss Italian Festa back
HE Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa will return next year after a two-year hiatus.
Spokesperson Em Ireland said the festa connected the town's past to its present village heritage. "Our annual Swiss Italian Festa, which has been sorely missed by everyone in the community, is all set to return in 2020. "Our fantastic new committee has commenced meeting behind the scenes to create the best festa yet. "We look forward to sharing our history and identity with the community through Festa 2020 by bringing families together for a weekend celebration and an understanding of our local beginnings - showing how it shaped who we are today." Ms Ireland said the committee would be fundraising over the next few months with raffles and silent auctions and would also have a stall at the La Primavera Festival at Lavandula on Sunday, October 27. The committee is also seeking major partnerships, sponsors and expressions of interest. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee, from left, Stephen Carr, Lisa Hadingham, Ian Head, Robyn Rogers, Em Ireland, John Stanwell, Helen Hambling and Jacinta Tori Image: Kyle Barnes
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#Geesegate continues IF THE Hepburn Shire Council was really concerned about bio-diversity along with the well-being of tourists then they would have directed their energies to getting rid of European wasps.
The wasps continue, year after year during Autumn, to take over Lake Daylesford and its surrounds for months, leading to many hastily-departed picnics and lake walks. The outdoor tables at The Boathouse Restaurant, which we lease for very good money from the council, remain empty during this time of the year. The wasps are aggressive and every year we have people coming in asking for medical assistance because of one or multiple stings. Nobody ever sought medical help for attacks by the geese or ducks which were removed recently. If we had been consulted, which we weren't, we would have suggested that Hepburn Shire Council start with removing the European wasps before taking aim at a few harmless water fowl. According to Mayor Don Henderson and council, 29 geese do not make the tourism industry. (It is already visibly much quieter around the lake!) But believe us Don, because we are there, a few thousand European wasps can destroy it.
- Susanne Devine and Claire Levine The Boathouse Restaurant, Daylesford
I ATTENDED the (Hepburn Shire) council meeting at Trentham last night to continue the discussion and questions regarding the removal of the Lake Daylesford geese.
Again, to my and my colleagues' dismay, we were given rote answers to our questions. They complained of council staff being abused regarding the issue but what the council and their remarks fail to recognise is that the subterfuge and speed in proceeding to remove the geese when the community was growing in anger is what put their staff in the firing line. The lack of community consultation and problem solving and the lack of appearance by senior management and councillors left the community no choice but to contact the staff at council.
Council may believe that removing the geese is a small matter, but the businesses around the lake have had much feedback from visitors dismayed at the loss of the geese. If only council could take a leaf out of Macedon Ranges Council's book and treat their constituents with respect and dignity instead of treating us all with disregard and contempt. If this is the way they choose to treat us, then this is what in turn they will receive. As you sow, so you reap.
- Deb Clarke, Mollongghip
ACCOUNTABILITY, transparency and community engagement â€“ three primary responsibilities of councillors and council staff to the communities they serve within the Hepburn Shire Council regions.
It is therefore with utter disbelief and significant concern that, having attended the August and September council meetings, I have witnessed and experienced the inability of council to appropriately answer carefully prepared questions and engage with their constituents on matters of significant concern to them. Questions about a number of pertinent and relevant issues to do with the removal of the flock of geese from Lake Daylesford were asked at the August meeting and due to council not appropriately answering these questions, they were repeated at the September meeting with the same responses provided. Not only is this dismissive of members of the communities in which they represent and serve their constituents but reflects a complete disregard and disinterest in matters of concern to them and the impact of decisions and actions taken by councillors and council staff. The community deserves better.
- Dianne Sharpe, Daylesford
Thanks WE HAVE been really amazed at the reactions from your story on Red Cross and the Trauma Teddy programme. (The Local, Edition 158, September 9, 2019)
Cash donation, completed Teds and wool donations all received! Congratulations on your long-range influence! Since we had such an enthusiastic result I thought you may like to know so you could tell your readers what good people they are, and how the effect spread to little old Woodend. Many thanks again.
- Robyn Grant and the Trauma Teddy crew, Woodend
A family affair at the Good Life Farm Co
YNETON beekeeper Claire Moore is the runner up of the national 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
Claire won the state level award earlier this year and went on to compete at the national level. Claire said her project was breeding genetically-diverse queen bees for the commercial bee industry – a calling which started when she was just four years old. “I always wanted to be a queen bee breeder, either that or a stockbroker, they seemed equally exciting as each other.” Stockbroking came first and after studying politics at university Claire found herself in the banking industry for the next 12 years – but also dabbled in beekeeping getting her first bee hive in 2007. “I was this weird mix of stockbroking and beekeeping – and I used to get in trouble for having my queen bees sent to the snail mail room at work.” Claire said there were three types of beekeepers: those doing it for honey, those for pollination and those for breeding queens. The last is the most technical, she says, and also her passion. Having it explained for the first time can prove hard to keep up. “So, for a queen breeder, 14 days before you want to breed a queen, you start breeding male bees and specifically get a queen to start laying drone cells so they can start laying the boys. Then you get a piece of honeycomb that has an egg in it that is less than 24 hours old, and use a special tool to grasp the royal jelly and the egg out and place that into a queen cell and a hanger, and then you put that queen cell into a hive that doesn’t have a queen bee in it and the bees will naturally make the cell into a queen and start creating more queens for you. “After a period of time, you take that queen out, and you know exactly what day she will be born, and you put her in a hive without a queen and she will mate with the boys you planted 14 days earlier. And then you have a queen that has the genetic traits you want – high yield, hygienic so they can keep a clean hive and keep disease down…” The bees are then distributed to the honey and pollination industries. Not content with that process Claire is also now looking at setting up research on how to artificially inseminate a queen bee to get those traits. But it’s not all sweet in her world. Claire says the majority of our foods need pollination to exist. Many industries like almonds are already under stress and are aware that for the 2025 harvest they will be 110,000 hives short. She and others have gone to the State Government asking for grants to set up a bee school in Kyneton to create a pathway for beekeepers to become pollinators along with a social enterprise to help beekeepers get more hives. Claire hopes the NDIS will be a part of that future along with reintroducing a Certificate 3 bee keeping qualification into Victoria.
Currently potential beekeepers have to go to New South Wales to get a certificate, with hefty fees and travel involved, and without which one cannot get bank funding for start-up businesses. Currently there are 250 commercial beekeepers in Victoria – with an average age of 65. Claire hopes that more young people will be able to come on board and eventually turn their beekeeping into a full-time career. She and husband Paul, with children Hugh, 8, Freya, 5, and Wren, 3, pictured above, farm full-time now on their four-hectare property, The Good Life Farm Co, including pastured hens. The move to farming came suddenly, after Paul suffered a massive seizure on his way home from his landscaping work. It happened in Kyneton’s Piper Street and he nearly died with Wren just five weeks old. Paul recovered but had his licence taken away for two years. At the same time the global financial crisis hit and Claire also lost her job. The family was about to go under, but not on Claire’s watch. “I was ‘Right, neither of us have anything going on but we have a farm’. So we started farming and we had a few tough years but we are back now. And I enjoy it. I love working with Paul and the kids and going to the farmers’ markets. It can be a bit scary, going it on your own, but that’s why I want to support other people.” Claire said the award was a “big nod” to both herself and the industry, and has helped put beekeeping on the national agenda. She also learned that Parliament House in Canberra has its own apiary. “The head beekeeper there came to the awards and said he had asked the kitchen to make a honey-based dessert for the night. Unfortunately, it was one of those events where you get one or the other of the meals and I missed out on the honey dessert. It went to the person around the corner from me. And there was too much going on to swap but I did think ‘oh no, oh no, give me that one’.”
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Arsenic and Old Lace
OES anyone remember the 1944 movie, the classic Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Cary Grant? A tad before your time, maybe, but the play before the movie ran for three years on Broadway, and now it's Kyneton's turn.
Cathouse Player's director Bette Sartore and her cast of 11 guarantee that there will be laughs a-plenty when they present this fast-moving, wacky play, at their warm, pop-up theatre, at Kyneton's Masonic Centre, 7 Yaldwyn Street West. There's mayhem and murder in the Brewster mansion, after New York theatre critic Mortimer Brewster unexpectedly discovers a corpse in the window seat, and with it comes a startling confession from his two charming spinster aunts, Abby and Martha, that they've been compassionately serving poisoned home-made elderberry wine to homeless old men, thus saving these unfortunates from the sorrows of the world. It appears that Mortimer's eccentric brother Teddy believes that he is President Theodore Roosevelt, and digs locks down in their cellar for the Panama Canal. So after the aunts conduct decent funeral services, the bodies – 12 in total so far – are buried there. All graves are marked, and “flowers are put there every Sunday”. With the unexpected arrival of his other brother, the sinister Jonathan Brewster and his mad assistant and plastic surgeon Dr Einstein, Mortimer realises that his relatives are one crazy homicidal family, and that his recent engagement to sweet girlnext-door, Elaine, cannot go ahead.
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There's a special Gala Opening Night with supper on Friday October 18 at 8pm, plus a second evening show, also at 8pm, on Friday, October 25, serving interval wine and cheese. The popular “High Tea with Bubbles” matinees at 2pm will continue, on October 19, 20, and October 26 and 27, and don't forget the gorgeous Cathouse raffle baskets. Tickets: $25/20 for all sessions, and include pre-show sherries, program and all refreshments. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Enquiries and door sales: Katie or Brian 0490 485 850 or www.trybooking.com/ BEDKY.
Above, from left, Jonathan Brewster (David Prince), Officer O'Hara (Ian Hart), Dr Einstein (Frank Sartore), Aunt Abby (Lisa Martin), Aunt Martha (Maggie Browne), Mortimer Brewster (Sebastian Marshall), Elaine Harper (Emma Webb), Mr Gibbs (Alan Stone), Lieutenant Rooney (Ralph Slimmon) and Teddy Roosevelt (Ron Fenton) Link: www.cathouseplayers.com.au Words: Contributed | Images: Helen Gramberg
The Kutcha Edwards Hour at Tylden Hall
HE Kutcha Edwards Hour will be held at the Tylden Hall on Saturday, October 12 with workshop at 2pm and concert at 7pm.
Following up on the Festival of Small Halls held in April last year, The Kutcha Edwards Hour presents the community with an opportunity to take part in a cultural journey, including an afternoon of singing and evening concert with Kutcha Edwards. Writing music and singing have been Kutcha's lifeline as well as a continuation of his songline. Throughout the hour with Kutcha the audience will hear first-hand how it was growing up as an Aboriginal in a land that did not recognise his people as citizens of their own country. Kutcha's magnificent singing, poignancy and humour makes for an unforgettable encounter with one of Australia’s indigenous icons and celebrated singer/songwriters. The afternoon singing workshop will engage 25 to 30 people directly in learning about and singing along with songs that have deep significance and meaning for Kutcha and will lead the audience into a deeper understanding of where his music originates and how it has become so successful. Kutcha will be supported on the night by local blues singer and musician, Jarrod Shaw. Jarrod was born and raised in the Macedon Ranges and taught himself to play guitar listening to the renowned blues greats, as well as the icons of the Australian and local Melbourne blues scene. Also appearing on the night will be Allison Walsh and Trentham Primary School students, sharing songs they have learned from The Boite including music from The Mission Songs Project and Dhungala Choral Connection. The group has received special permission to perform a combinations of songs learned and taught by First Nations people. There will be supper and drinks available on the night, courtesy of Tina’s kitchen and Zig Zag Wines. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the workshop. Numbers for the workshop are limited. Tickets are available through Try bookings - www.trybooking.com/BEFOM - and are $30 each.
Businesses recognised for their excellence
OODEND manufacturer Barker Trailers has been named the Business of the Year winner for the 2019 Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards.
The company was also named the Excellence in Trades, Construction and Manufacturing category winner. The Business of the Year Runner-up was local free range egg producer, Josh’s Rainbow Eggs, which was also the winner of the Excellence in Agribusiness and Food Manufacturing category. The new People’s Choice Award went to joint winners Blackbird Cakes and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs. The annual awards recognise businesses which provide an outstanding service to the shire and beyond. The 2019 winners are: Business of the Year Award - Barker Trailers, Woodend Business of the Year runner-up - Josh’s Rainbow Eggs, Monegeetta Excellence in Agribusiness and Food Manufacturing - Josh’s Rainbow Eggs Excellence in Creative Industries and IT Technologies - Pass-the-Parcel, Kyneton Excellence in Health and Community Service Providers - Liberty Health and Happiness, Gisborne
Excellence in Hospitality - 3 Little Pigs, Gisborne Excellence in New Business - Gisborne Family Dental Excellence in Professional Services - Gisborne Medical Centre Excellence in Retail - Kyneton Toyota Excellence in Tourism - The Wine Collective, Macedon Excellence in Trades, Construction and Manufacturing - Barker Trailers Excellence in Wellness and Professional Services - Zenkai Apprentice of the Year - James Woollard (Barker Trailers) People’s Choice Award - Blackbird Cakes and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs The Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards is an annual event which recognises and acknowledges deserving businesses for their outstanding service, innovation, products and professionalism. Entrants, finalists and winners will be offered a free range of opportunities and experiences that will enhance and improve their business. This year’s finalists were identified by a judging panel comprised of independent business professionals who do not work or live in the Macedon Ranges.
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Village open day
MCH’s new retirement village, McAuley, located in historic Trentham, is perfect for those who wish to downsize and surrender to the slower pace of country living.
This boutique retirement village is ideal to meet new friends and stay connected, all while still enjoying your privacy. You can be as active or peaceful as you choose that's what makes downsizing in Trentham easy. VMCH has been around for over a century, and is a trusted, reliable, not for profit. Our retirement villages and apartments are located throughout Victoria and are designed with long-term comfort and security in mind. For many, the choice to live at home, with support, is the best option. It’s important you feel safe and comfortable in your home. Each unit at McAuley Retirement Village is generously sized and has been thoughtfully constructed, with Caesarstone benchtops, a spacious bathroom with additional powder room, reverse cycle air conditioning and heating along with quality appliances and fittings. The units are low maintenance, with a paved courtyard and a front garden which is maintained by VMCH, which leaves more time for you to do activities you enjoy. After looking at several retirement village locations, Alice, 74 and her friend, Rosemary, 56 are now the first residents of McAuley. “We love the town,” says Alice. “It’s lovely. We’ve already met a lot of people, and there’s lots of activities. “We’re going to join the golf club, the activities club, and the arts group. It’s such a great spot, you can walk everywhere, including the medical centre, and cafes and restaurants. It’s a real advantage to be close to the centre of town. We’re rapt, we love it. We’re so happy we made the move here.” Do you want to know more about how you can begin low maintenance living at McAuley? Come and visit us at our open day on Friday, October 18. We’ll be at 1 Bridge Street in Trentham between 11am and 1pm. Anyone who can’t make it to the open day should contact sales partner Harkin Property on 5424 1866 to book a tour. Advertorial
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Health services ready for amalgamation
HE voluntary amalgamation of the Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health is one step closer, with the formal endorsement by the two health service boards.
Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health CEO Maree Cuddihy said the proposal aimed to enhance the capability of the health services to meet the current and future needs of the community and improve access to high quality health care. “The submission was approved by the boards following extensive community and staff consultation, due diligence assessment and careful consideration of the benefits and issues.” Ms Cuddihy has been CEO of both health services for more than two years as they have worked together to develop the proposal to join together. The new entity will be known as Central Highlands Rural Health. The proposal has been submitted to the Department and Health and Human Services for review and approval from the government pending a decision. A media release said as part of the proposal there would be no reduction in services, staffing or funding. Hospitals and facilities will remain in place in their current locations at Kyneton, Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham. Donations would remain within the community that had donated/raised the funds. Kyneton District Health Board president Peter Matthews said the proposal was focused on delivering a stronger health service for the community, strengthening governance, enhancing existing services and enabling the development of new services for the community. “The outcome of the due diligence was positive and it found no barriers in relation to the proposal to join the services. It included a comprehensive assessment of governance, clinical, technological, regulatory, human resourcing and financial matters. “Through the (public) consultation, the theme of improving services for people of all ages and meeting the needs of our growing population came through strongly – with particular focus on children’s services and aged care. “Retaining and enhancing local health services in local communities was another key theme. The importance of keeping existing services in place, preserving local identity and harnessing opportunities for new services in each town was highlighted.” Hepburn Health Service Board chair Philip Thomson said as one entity the services could ensure greater access to health services in each community, share the knowledge, skills and expertise of staff to improve patient care, have a stronger ability to attract and retain staff and specialists, and secure funding for new services. “We want to reassure communities that local health services will continue to service local needs and that hospitals and facilities will remain in place in their current locations. The identity of existing services will remain.”
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Springs Medical Daylesford now has an operating microscope to enable micro-inspection of ear structures, and additional options for removal of wax and foreign matter. Please ask your doctor if you should book an appointment in our dedicated Ear Wellness Clinic.
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To market, to market, to support the CFA
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 Malmsbury Village Farmers Market - third Sunday (New market - 9am-1pm!) Trentham Station Sunday Market - fourth Sunday Buninyong Village Market - fourth Sunday
CFA info and fundraiser
AYLESFORD Scenic Country Railway and Daylesford Sunday Market are coming together with a CFA brigades information day and fundraiser on Sunday, September 29.
The extreme fire conditions up north at the moment should be a stark reminder that we cannot be complacent as a community. The forecast for a warm, dry spring here means we need to prepare our properties now for the coming fire season. Eight brigades in our area form the CFA Glenlyon Group with 100 per cent local volunteers - our bravest, most dedicated neighbours - risking their lives every year to protect us all. On the day we ask everyone to do two things. Firstly – Get informed about how to be best prepared for the upcoming fire season. Information sheets will be available from the centre of the market in front of the fire truck. CFA members from Daylesford, Franklinford, Glenlyon, Hepburn, Leonards Hill, Musk, Porcupine Ridge and Trentham will be in attendance to answer any questions you have about preparing for the coming fire season. Secondly – Give generously at the donation points that will be at each entrance. Do we want the best prepared CFA Group in Victoria? Fundraising by brigades tops up equipment to make firefighting easier or can buy small luxuries like a Sunday barbeque for the CFA families. This is our chance to contribute a little when they do so much. We sincerely hope that all our CFA members get to spend this fire season enjoying barbeques with friends, binge-watching Netflix, doing their actual jobs or just spending time with their families. If we all prepare, have a plan in place, know what to do and what not to do, we can help make this happen. The Daylesford Sunday Market is at 18 Raglan Street, Daylesford from 8am closing at 3pm. The CFA event will take place between 9am and 1pm.
Words: Raoul Benedict
The Trentham Farmers Market has joined with Trentham Makers Market
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HE Cook, the Chef and Us, an initiative of the Hepburn Local Drug Action Team, delivered through Hepburn Health and funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, held its 2019 graduation last week at Glenlyon Hall. Students from Daylesford Secondary College completed the program which used the hospitality industry as a platform to engage students in a different learning experience. The approach aims to reach young people and teach them new skills, build their confidence and show them they have options for future job prospects. During the program, the students spent one day a week learning about the hospitality industry from mentors including local businesses and employers. They learnt a wide range of skills including cooking, making coffee and serving food. The Cook, The Chef and Us shows students that “book smart” isn’t the only way to be intelligent, and that they have many options to find work that they love doing.
Buzz, left, and Ryann, right, prepare food for the graduation party Image: Kyle Barnes
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33 MILLAR STREET, DAYLESFORD Unrenovated 1860s Miners Cottage
Bring your architect, your builder and unleash your imagination with this goldrush era cottage, centrally situated 2 blocks from bustling Vincent Street. Comprising 5 principal rooms, the home retains the hallmarks of its early origins including wide floorboards, hand sawn weatherboards and dado walls. Note: 41A Albert Street Daylesford is on a separate title with rear access and is being offered separately.
For Auction Sunday 20 October at 11.30am
2173 BALLAN DAYLESFORD ROAD, LEONARDS HILL Five Acre Farmlet
Close to Daylesford with easy access to the Western Highway, this Lifestyle Acreage could be the ideal weekender or permanent family home. On 5 acres surrounded by lush pasture, with the Wombat State Forest as a backdrop, this 3-bedroom brick veneer is in very comfortable condition. The rich soil, in conjunction with the large outbuildings would support a wide range of enterprises.
For Sale EPR $575,000 - $625,000
54 Piper Street Kyneton 1300 380 980
13 MILLAR STREET DAYLESFORD First Home Buyers and Investors Take Note!
Get into the market with this low maintenance, 2 bedroom home, close to Vincent Street shopping and the Medical precinct. Quietly positioned with front and rear gardens and easy car access, the bedrooms, central living room and kitchen have a sunny orientation and the home would make an ideal weekender, B&B or permanent down-sizer, and at an affordable entry point.
For Sale $320,000 - $350,000
99 HIGH STREET TARADALE
This attractive brick Victorian with a 1930s twist could be the ideal weekender or first home. The cosy family room, seamlessly flows into the light and bright kitchen/meals area and the central bathroom has a separate shower and bath. The 2 main bedrooms have built in robes and the 3rd bedroom could be adapted as a home office or studio. The garage and carport are useful extras as is the generous workroom and storeroom. NBN, phone, mains power and town water are at the property.
For Sale $335,000
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120 Barhams Road Bullarto These results don’t just happen–they are a culmination of years of experience, a commitment to ongoing training and education and a consistent refining of the 3 main skills that vendors often look for in an agent: • The ability to follow up • Customer service • Strong negotiation skills. When we opened our doors in 2018, we made the conscious decision to be a marketing-driven business, not a market driven one (any agency can look competent when the market conditions are favourable) and we acknowledged that we’re in the service industry, not just the property industry, by employing strategies such as: • 2 week ‘preview campaigns’ prior to our properties going online
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SOME OF OUR RECENT RESULTS DAYLESFORD AND KYNETON DISTRICT • 60A Drummond-Lauriston Road, Drummond: EPR $925 - $975,000 Sold Private Sale (Private Auction) $995,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 107% • Lot 2, 72 Leslies Road, Mount Franklin: EPR $560 – $600,000 Sold Private Sale $580,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 103% • 592 Yapeen-Muckleford Road, Yapeen: Asking Price $425,000 Sold Private Sale (Private Auction) $470,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 110% • 4A Trewhella Avenue, Daylesford: Asking Price $279,000 Sold Private Sale (Private Auction) $321,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 115% • 235 Main Road, Hepburn: EPR $500 - $550,000 Sold Private Sale (Private Auction) $551,750 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 102% • 44 Main Road, Hepburn: EPR $800 - $ 880,000 Sold at Auction $820,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 98% • 55 Raglan Street, Daylesford: EPR $995,000 Sold Private Sale $951,789 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 95.6% • 27 Hill Street, Daylesford: EPR $800 – 880,000 Sold at Auction $840,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 100% • 131 Railway Road, Taradale: EPR $800 - $880,000 Sold at Auction $920,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 102% • 19 Warren Street, Kyneton: EPR $600 - $660,000 Sold Prior to Auction $650,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 100% • 24 Welsh Street, Kyneton: Asking Price $530,000 Sold Private Sale $530,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: $100% • 19 Jamieson Street, Daylesford: EPR $525 - $575,000 Sold at Auction $575,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 103% • 2175 Ballan-Daylesford Road, Leonards Hill: EPR $420 - $460,000 Sold Private Sale $441,599 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 103% • 15 McMahons Road, Glenlyon: EPR $360 - $395,000 Sold Private Sale $385,000 % Recovery of Reserve Price: 101%
Robert Broadhurst 0488 300 900 | Zacton Mussared 0458 988 483
Money with Matt
Cash rate just the key to a chain of events
N THE first Tuesday of every month, with the exception of January, the board members of the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) meet to make a decision on the ‘cash rate’.
At present, the current rate sits at a flat 1 per cent, which is historically as low as this has ever been. The flow-on effect of this can be seen instantly through the Australian economy. For example, Australian home owners borrowing money for a house will rejoice at these low rates because typically, the lower the ‘cash rate’, the lower the interest rate is on their loan. This in turn means they pay less interest than they would otherwise through the course of their loan. Similarly, investors using borrowed funds to purchase an investment property are celebrating these low rates because their rental property becomes more profitable and more affordable. The flipside to these celebrations is the contrast to people with cash savings, who are hoping to earn interest from their bank. For example, a retiree wanting to invest a term deposit of $1million could attract a rate of 1.5 per cent meaning that for an entire year, they would earn $15,000. Whilst this isn’t a terrible thing, it doesn’t sound as tempting as 5 per cent (earning $50,000) which was a reality in approximately 2006/2007. As a selfconfessed ‘numbers nerd’ I find this fascinating. Although most of you will say this is technical mumbo jumbo, the reality is that the cash rate sparks a chain reaction of events that impact the vast majority of the population in one way or another. Whether you are a home owner, investor, retiree or someone with a basic bank savings account, the effects of the cash rate impact all of us!
- Matthew Richardson is a certified accountant with Cooke & Foley based in Ballarat The content expressed within Matt's column does not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of The Local Publishing Group Pty Ltd. But we do like Matt!
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DAYLESFORD 25 MILLAR STREET
CENTRALLY RENOVATED MASTERPIECE Centrally located, this beautifully extended and renovated 4/5 bedroom home sits on a large 1,000m2 block. This gorgeous home features a large light filled kitchen with SMEG appliances and bespoke timber island, connected to an open plan dining and living with north facing highlight windows and vaulted timber lined ceiling. A hallway (with a second entrance) leads to a second living space with open fireplace. There is a newly renovated central bathroom with freestanding bath and stunning leadlight window. There is a large master retreat with ensuite and WIR, plus another 3 bedrooms and a study / bedroom, as well as a separate laundry. All of this within a quiet location thatâ€™s under a 5 min walk to the Daylesford town centre.
a4 b2 c2 FOR SALE PRICE $875,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328 WHEATSHEAF 135 WALLABY ROAD
WALLABY WATERS ON 5 ACRES Sitting proudly as the centerpiece of a mostly cleared 5 acres in Wheatsheaf (just minutes to Daylesford) this home is sure to impress. The fully fenced block features 2 large dams, established gardens, chicken coop, enclosed vegetable gardens, tractor/wood shed and a 4-bay shed split into a 2-bay carport and 2 bay lockable workshop/storage. Downstairs the home offers an updated open plan kitchen, 1 bedroom with BIR, large bathroom with spa bath, separate shower and lead light window. Upstairs youâ€™ll find a loft bedroom & 2nd bedroom, both with BIR. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the bush on the veranda perfect for outdoor entertaining! Ideal as a permanent residence, rent on the holiday accommodation market or use as a private country retreat.
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FOR SALE PRICE $655,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328
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DAYLESFORD 3 MORELLA COURT
SPACIOUS MODERN HOME WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS Located in the highest position of a private court, this meticulously presented residence soars high above the landscape to provide breathtaking views to Mount Franklin and beyond. Glowing timber floorboards, light-filled rooms, deluxe detailing and finishes throughout highlight the contemporary architecture of this wonderful property. The north facing spacious living area opens directly to a wide undercover deck, picture-perfect for private relaxation or large scale entertaining with the impressive view as a backdrop. • Large allotment 1113 sq.m. • Beautifully landscaped established gardens with water reticulation system, all weather pathways, secure fencing
a3 b2 c2 FOR SALE PRICE $880,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328
HEPBURN SPRINGS 125 MAIN ROAD VACANT ALLOTMENT IN THE HEART OF HEPBURN SPRINGS •Land size approx 600 sq.m – east/west axis •Sloping allotment – ideal for split level building design (subject to Council approval) •Adjoining and sited directly above the beautiful Mineral Springs Reserve and Hepburn Bathhouse. •Cafes, hotel, entertainment venues, stores, spa therapies and bushwalking tracks all in immediate vicinity •General Residential Zone. All services available power, town water, sewerage, natural gas, NBN
HEPBURN SPRINGS 203A MAIN ROAD FOR SALE PRICE $210,000 CONTACT Rae Corris 0408 358 772 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328
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BREATHTAKING VIEWS FROM THIS NORTH FACING BLOCK WITH PLANNING PERMIT •1684m2 land size zoned General Residential 1 •Water connected – town services available at the building envelope plus 2 x rain water tanks •Established brick garage, garden shed, stone walls, terracing and pathways •Current Permit for 2-bedroom contemporary residence issued June 2018
FOR SALE PRICE $260,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328
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BLAMPIED 25 BRADSHAW COURT
LARGE RURAL ENTERTAINER ON APPROX. 9 ACRES Nestled in the private bush setting of Blampied this well-presented home offers the best of country living overlooking a picturesque dam. The large floorplan offers 3/4 bedrooms, with the master offering BIRâ€™s and ensuite bathroom. The country style kitchen features granite benchtops, oak cupboards and dining space overlooking the bushland surrounds. A separate family room leads to the large lounge area. The jewel of the property is the outdoor entertaining decking overlooking the dam which can be enclosed with outdoor blinds. Shedding is in an abundance with a double car garage, high bay machinery shed and 4-bay shed with a fully lined storage workshop space.
a 4 b 2 c 10 FOR SALE PRICE $735,000 CONTACT Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 Michael DeVincentis 0417 142 152 OFFICE 43 Vincent Street, Daylesford 5348 2328
CLUNES 7 SUBURBAN STREET A PERFECT PLACE TO START. Well located in a very convenient residential area, features include 3 well sized bedrooms, spacious bathroom and separate toilet. A modern kitchen with dining area and a huge lounge & family room complete with Coonara wood heater and reverse cycle split system contribute to make this a wonderful opportunity for comfortable living. A double lock up garage, garden shed, chook pen and run and a sitting on approx 1000 square metres with a spacious and private rear yard with established gardens make this home ideal for owner occupiers and investors alike.
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FOR SALE PRICE $319,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073
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CRESWICK 9 AYRES STREET CENTRAL CRESWICK BUILDING BLOCK WITH STUNNING VIEWS With its central location, just 400 meters to the centre of town and views over Creswick Creek is this 422m2 building block with all services immediately available. Whether you are looking at building your dream home or wanting to take advantage of the burgeoning holiday & tourism rental market in Creswick, you will not find a better positioned parcel of land this close to everything. First Home buyers can take advantage of the $20,000 regional first home buyers grant. Concept drawings are available on request.
FOR SALE PRICE $143,000 CONTACT Nik Bradley 0448 407 387 OFFICE 32 Albert Street, Creswick 5345 1073
Biggin & Scott continue to expand
IGGIN & Scott Daylesford continues to expand with not only the opening of its Creswick office earlier this year but also the acquisition of AAG Real Estate’s Clunes rent roll.
Biggin & Scott directors Michael DeVincentis and Tom Shaw bought the roll just this month and will be running that business from the Creswick office. “We have a new property manager, Melissa Johnson, who has been in the business over 10 years and is very experienced. She actually lived in Clunes a few years back, so knows the area very well,” Michael said. “She has a great understanding of the area and has been chatting to all the landlords, just getting to know everyone and it’s just a perfect fit. She has a natural rapport with people and is just a really great person. "We now have four full-time property managers and one assistant. Which means if anyone is away, whether they are ill or just on holidays, their work still gets done. There's no waiting for a couple of weeks for someone to get back to their desk." Michael said Alan Gay started AAG more than 10 years ago and covered Clunes, Creswick and Daylesford for some time. He was now keen to retire and “do more with Rotary and play more golf ”. “Alan came to the opening of our Creswick office and while he was there asked if we would like to buy the rent roll, offered us a good deal, and it was done. “And he will remain on board for a while to make sure his people, who have trusted him for a long time, are going into good hands – which they are.” Michael said the purchase had increased Biggin & Scott’s rental business by about 50 per cent and was the perfect fit, giving them the majority of commercial businesses in Creswick and Clunes along with others in Smeaton, Talbot and even Ullina. He said the Creswick office was running well although the year had been about setting up in the community not looking for huge profits. “We had another big capital injection to purchase this rent roll but we are spot-on where we expected we would be.”
Biggin & Scott directors Michael DeVincentis, left, and Tom Shaw at the opening of the Creswick office
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Daylesford 15 Bridport Street 3
Contemporary Design and Sophistication Contemporary Design and Sophistication define all spaces of these beautifully styled three separate guest accommodations-live in one or offer all as boutique accommodation only a heartbeat from the Centre of Daylesford. Beautifully appointed throughout, accommodation no 1 offers a wide entrance hallway, large living space with an abundance of natural light, adjacent dining, stainless steel galley kitchen with direct access to the deck, master bedroom with walk in robe and a bathroom with a featured lead light window. A north facing deck perfect for entertaining runs the length of the house and looks onto a low maintenance garden. Originally part of the large main home, accommodation no 2 has its own side entrance. Perfect styling continues and comprises a bedroom, living space, kitchenette, bathroom and outdoor courtyard. To the rear of the residence is accommodation No 3, a separate studio with high pitched ceilings, parquetry floors, studio style bedroom, kitchenette and living room with bifold doors to the courtyard. With approved plans for subdivision from the main residence and plans for extending, this studio will offer the astute buyer an income or sale potential. Versatility abounds this property with Business/commercial zoning.
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Land Size 680m2 approx.
Contact Annette Leary 0407 917 054 Will Walton 0412 511 717
Daylesford 46A Vincent Street North
Hidden on a hill, a short stroll into the main street of Daylesford, “Little Chalet” has breathtaking views of Doctors Gully and beyond, making it the perfect investment or holiday home opportunity. Consisting of 2 large bedrooms, both with ensuites. Balcony, open plan kitchen, dining & living area. Glass sliding door onto the front patio, bright & sunny, west facing for the perfect sunset views & gas heating to keep you cosy. Separate laundry, 2 toilets, carport for 3 cars, enormous garage/studio, garden shed and a beautifully maintained tranquil garden, all sitting on approximately 1300m2 of land.
Price $595,000 Inspect By Appointment Contact Gary Cooke 0488 547 004
Will Walton 0412 511 717
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Hepburn Springs 106 Main Road 3
Sitting on a corner block this property is right in the heart of the wonderful Hepburn Springs Village. Step out to the Hepburn General Store, do a little retail therapy, settle in at one of the restaurants or cafes and indulge at the Hepburn Springs Bathhouse. This property with leased business to the front has so much to offer, further investment opportunity or live in it.
Wheatsheaf 140 Whitegum Drive 4
This spacious home comprises of 4 bedrooms, master with ensuite, gourmet kitchen, spacious open plan living/dining with wood fire, and large north facing windows that fill the home with natural light. A second living area, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms can also be used as a separate accommodation for guests. Outside there’s a wood fired pizza oven, large entertainers’ patio, ample water storage, enormous DLUG, double carport, large dam, all in a delightful 5 acre bush setting.
Price $949,500 Inspect By Appointment
Contact Annette Leary 0407 917 054 Will Walton 0412 511 717
Price $375,000 Inspect By Appointment
4.9 acres approx.
This divine 2 storey home offers 3 large bedrooms, an attic waiting to be converted, large family bathroom with claw foot bath, separate laundry, toilet, open plan kitchen, dining, sitting room and living room with large glass skylights above the central river stone fireplace. The love affair doesn’t stop there, large windows provide a light filled environment. Step out onto the large patio/alfresco dining and enjoy the gardens, dam and the sounds of the babbling creek, all on a picturesque 5 acres.
Daylesford 68 Millar Street 3
Contact Gary Cooke 0488 547 004 Will Walton 0412 511 717
Contemporary Design defines this beautifully appointed property at the edge of Lake Daylesford reserve. A spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living with bi-fold doors to the expansive deck offers a great lifestyle opportunity. Currently on the weekend market this three bedroom sophisticated designer home is elevated with tree top views of the reserve. This property is close to the Lake and easy walking distance to the Centre of town.
Price $749,000 Inspect By Appointment
Contact Gary Cooke 0488 547 004
Wheatsheaf 80 Whitegum Drive 3
4.3 acres approx.
Price $799,000 Inspect By Appointment
Contact Annette Leary 0407 917 054 Will Walton 0412 511 717
Smeaton 24 Corringarra Road 3
Clunes 79 Fairiew Road 2023m approx. 2
6.92 acres approx.
This light & bright cottage sits on a large 1/2 acre of land. Consisting of 3 bedrooms, country kitchen with new cabinetry, living room with original lining boards, wood heater and timber flooring adding to the charm. Satellite NBN, great under cover shedding for 6 cars, workshop, garage, garden & wood shed along with original outhouse.
Set well back on the block for privacy is this sweet, well positioned home with a lovely country outlook. Light & bright living areas, currently configured as one bedroom with ensuite, can easily be converted into 2 or even 3 bedrooms. Features include: Studio & or workshop with wood heater, large dam, grey water system, established native plantings.
Contact Angela Flowers 0437 456 908
Clunes 37 Leslie Street 4
Contact Angela Flowers 0437 456 908
Clunes 104A Bailey Street 1230m2 approx.
On a block size of 1230m2 this neat as a pin home. Freshly painted exterior, new carpet throughout, new Ultimate wood heater plus new internal blinds & drapes. The fourth bedroom/bungalow attached to the rear, includes a separate toilet. Outside, a Double Carport & Caravan port, large 9m x 8m Garage with Workshop & great access.
The cottage style home is well positioned taking advantage of trees and shrubs for shade and privacy. Refurbishment was completed recently with new stumping, wiring, plumbing, hot water service, water and sewer connections. Open kitchen/living area, bathroom with built in continental laundry.
Contact Angela Flowers 0437 456 908
Contact Angela Flowers 0437 456 908
Clunes 6 Smeaton Road 3
Considered one of a few properties in the town with a view over the streetscape of Clunes, this country home comprises 3 bedrooms all with built in robes, sunny and bright kitchen, and large living room. Outside has been well planned with stone walkways and a low maintenance established garden. Sundry shedding includes a fernery/potting shed, workshop and undercover walk through to the top of the block. The original features of this home give character and charm. The astute purchaser will soon transform this prime location property to a modern abode.
Price $329,000 Inspect By Appointment Contact Angela Flowers 0437 456 908
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Daylesford 5 Howe Street 1
484m2 approx. Building area 204.6m2
Daylesford 45 Leggatt Street 3
This 1890’s building is in a prime location. Howe Street is becoming a buzzing location, with high end restaurants, shops and accommodation. Howe Street wraps around the roundabout from the Main Street. Plenty of exposure to the passing trade. Currently 1/2 of this building is operated as a Ladies fashion shop but a keen tenant is ready to open a café/wine bar. (STCA).
The residence offers 3 spacious bedrooms, central bathroom, well-equipped kitchen that adjoins the open plan living /dining areas with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open to expansive entertaining decks. Only a short stroll via the back gate leads to the Daylesford Lake path where you’ll enjoy abundant birdlife, wonderful scenery and tranquility.
Contact Nathan Skewes 0439 322 630
Daylesford 45 West Street 3
Contact Nathan Skewes 0439 322 630
Hepburn Springs 60 Main Road
6326m approx. 2
This amazing 3 bedroom plus study property has been recently renovated and extended and is set in extensive, yet very low maintenance, fully landscaped gardens on a large block of 1326m2. The property is perfect for entertaining and is sure to surprise and delight. Stunning views towards Wombat Hill and Mt Franklin. All this located just a 7 minute walk from the town center.
Short stroll from Hepburn Springs village, this beautiful well-presented home has been lovingly restored whilst retaining its charm. This home set on consist a central lounge room, 2 good sized bedrooms and central bathroom and laundry, great sized kitchen with gas cooking on a beautiful stove and with a Ned Kelly wood fire in the kitchen makes for a second sitting area.
Price $895,000 - $945,000
Contact Nathan Skewes 0439 322 630
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Netball win for Daylesford real estate agent
OR many real estate agents, Saturdays are more likely to centre around open homes or perhaps auctions but for Hocking Stuart Daylesford’s Gary Cooke, for about eight months they are all about netball.
So why the move from hospitality and his own business to real estate? “It is not that different in one day. In hospitality and my own business I am trying to sell my product and keep customers happy and hope they come back. You also build relationship with people. So now I am selling someone’s home and that is a big thing. With purchasers you make sure they have all the information and help them through the journey of buying a house, again quite an overwhelming event. “And I had done some sales prior to hospitality when I worked with Channel 10 buying and selling programs. There is a lot to learn but I have had a lot of good training on the job and much of it is common sense. It’s about how you approach people, not being in their face but being ready to hold their hand as well if that is what they need. It’s like any business, you need to read people and work out what they want. I think from years in cafes I know who needs space and who needs a more hands-on approach. What I am finding rewarding is vendors getting a sale and being happy with the process or the purchaser being able to find the right house and help them through that. It’s very rewarding and I am really enjoying it. I do miss the social side of the cafes but now I am meeting people through real estate and also seeing houses I didn’t even know existed. It’s great.”
The Hepburn netball coach has just taken all three of the club’s senior grades to the Central Highlands Football/Netball League’s grand final, with his A and C grade teams both taking out the premierships on Saturday, September 7. Asked how he felt at the end of the day Gary just offers “relieved”. “C won, B lost and then A won, so it was up, down and up again. I don’t think I want to do that again, it was emotionally exhausting, but I am so proud of the girls.” Gary, pictured above with the A Grade team, said the A Grade game was the hardest with the team down by seven goals to Springbank in the first quarter. “We had to fight back but that has been our motto throughout the year, the team that fights back. We had a couple of games against teams where we fell behind but then fought back and won. This was tough because it was the grand final. We just kept soldiering on and won by force – we always knew we could do it.” Gary started coaching Hepburn in 2009, had a three-year break from 2015 to 2017 when he was coaching state league in Melbourne and running his own successful Daylesford café, The Good Food Store, with partner Shane Phillips, but Words: Donna Kelly | Image: Alan Marini returned last year. “It was good to come back. It’s a local team, just 15 minutes from home and Hepburn is such a good club. When I came back I sorted them out a bit because they had dropped a little but it was just a case of rejigging the teams and recruiting a few new players - although most of the same players are still there - and then we had three teams in the grand final.” Gary started as a basketballer, with his dad playing for Australia, but he says while he was reasonably good at “five foot ten” by the time he was 14 there were already players pushing the six-foot mark. “When I was 15 my sister asked me to play in a mixed netball side and I was hooked. I kept playing and then when I moved to Melbourne from Shepparton I started with men’s teams and represented Victoria, coached teams and was completely addicted to netball.” Along with his local coaching Gary is often sought after by clubs and coaches for advice on training or to attend special sessions. He also gets poaching calls every year but is happy to stay with Hepburn.
Field House Davey Road, Springmount:
SPLENDID 9.3-hectare botanic park nestled in a small valley on the edge of the Creswick State Forest.
On first sight, as you enter this immaculate property through a shady avenue of spreading deciduous trees, you may be forgiven for thinking you had been transplanted into rural mid-west America. Not that surprising, especially as your view opens up to a panorama of tall hedges, shady, tree-filled paddocks, ranch-style post and rail fences, and the marvellous centrepiece - a large landscaped lake, featuring a small silver birch-clad island. A yearround mecca for native bird life. Waterlilies surrounding the island and shores provide shade and shelter for the marine life and floral colour throughout spring and summer. Fifteen years ago, taking inspiration from equestrian properties visited in the USA, Frank and Nola Wallis set out to establish a home to accommodate their great love of all things botanic, and for competitive equestrian daughter Rachael’s beloved horses. They now have this beautiful park-like paradise to enjoy. Even if Frank insists it’s still a work in progress. He has recently completed stoneworks around the lake shoreline and a sturdy bridge and is now looking fondly for a place for another bridge and walkway. More than 400 ornamental and deciduous trees throughout the property are bursting with new leaf and flower buds to celebrate the arrival of spring and to provide yet another coloured foliage spectacular, come next Autumn. These include birch, oaks, cedrus cedars, and various hybrid forms of acer (maple), prunus, and ornamental pear, including the spectacular Manchurian pear (pyrus ussuriensis). The homestead garden features a vegetable and cottage garden protected from the elements by several trellises of espaliered fruit trees, predominately heritage apples and pears gleaned from specialist growers. Frank is a passionate gardener/collector, always on the look-out for new and unusual plants and means of propagating and working them into his garden plan. An example of that is his group of macadamia integrafolia (Queensland nut tree), a creature of tropical rainforests, but thriving and even fruiting - and ripening prolifically here in chilly Central Victoria.
Field House is a major participant, and one of 10 magnificent gardens open to the public, in the 6th Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend open on Saturday, November 9 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, November 10, from 9am to 4pm. The event is organised by Business & Tourism Creswick and 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. This year there is a choice of 10 diverse and beautiful private gardens: town gardens, quirky and eclectic gardens, sustainable gardens, and large country gardens. Also visit outstanding and iconic commercial gardens and nurseries including 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. There’s also the Creswick Garden Club’s Flower & Home Crafts Show at the Town Hall; café, community BBQ and self-guided tours around the gardens of John Curtin Aged Care; plant sales, basket weaving, displays, and much more. Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19-21 Victoria Street. This is also the collection point for maps. EFTPOS facilities available and there are two ATMs in town. Online bookings at: www.trybooking. com/529211. Details: www.creswick.net or Facebook and Instagram: Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend.
Images: Rachael Wallis
Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend
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Tour: • • •
Maze House Creswick Garden Club Flower & Home Crafts Show John Curtin Aged Care Open Garden, Community BBQ & Cafe
Program, prices, information, and bookings:
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Land Sale - 28, 30 and 30A Leggatt Street Daylesford Suiting Investors seeking capital development in the elite Lake Daylesford tourist precinct. All fully council permitted with all services available. Magnificent home design and landscaping opportunities. Three blocks sold separately or as one development. Totalling 2,414m2, this land is the last remaining vacant allotments immediately surrounding Lake Daylesford. Pricing in the vicinity of $400,000 per block. www.lindsayhillrealestate.com.au Contact Lisa Fowler 0418 55 72 22 | Lindsay Hill 0419 557 139
â€œCountry Charmâ€? Price $639,000
Charming 3-4 Bedroom, two-storey home set on a stunning spacious 2000m2 allotment with two road frontages right in the heart of town. Beautiful tree-lined street, just a stroll to Glenlyon General Store where you can indulge yourself with a fabulous meal, meet the locals and have the opportunity to get involved in the very active community. Two living areas, gas cooking, split system, separate garage. Perfect for the avid gardener, a blank canvas to create your dream garden with rich volcanic soil. Bus stop close by, just minutes to V/Line service, easy commute. Houses in this area are popular with both investors and those looking for a tree change. 20 Barkly Street, Glenlyon Selling Agent. Jenny Stewart M: 0408 389 071 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.realestate.eom.au/news/which-suburbs-are-bucking-the-downturn
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Design with Indre Kisonas
An artist in her residence When Kaye and Alan built their home less than 10 years ago the brief was to be a gallery space for Kaye, and so it is. Hanging out over a gully in Hepburn Springs, it is a pleasure to look out of, as well as in. I had chatted with Kaye a few times and thought I had a sense of who she was, but do you really ever know anybody? I donâ€™t think you do, so when Kaye opened up her private space to me, it showed what an inspiring, creative talent Kaye is. Everywhere you look in this home there is a story attached to it. The rain chain at the front door was inspired from their trip to Japan. The front door is simply decorated with a couple of routed gum leaf shapes, evoking the natural bush setting in which it sits. Repurposed mining sieve screens make up the balustrade leading downstairs, while on the other side of the entrance sits a table runner hand-loomed by Kaye with thread, linen and shells from her travels. It echoes the colourful rug picked up on a separate journey, which then inspired her mosaic on the wall-mounted light shade. If Kaye has not made a decorative piece, she knows who did. This includes the gorgeous canvases created by her grandchildren which pick up the colours in her lounge-room setting. The bronze-backed mirror used as the kitchen splashback is repurposed from their previous business. This inspired the bronze-matte kitchen cupboards that complemented the concrete-looking kitchen drawers. Bronze and metallic touches in Kaye's pottery pieces and selected artwork pick up on the theme, to bring it through into the living area. Pottery artworks, bowls, plates and vases throughout Kaye's home shows experimentation with techniques, firings, slips and glazes. Kaye has creatively used her textile and fashion design background by using family linen as a mould for her vases. Not only in pottery has Kaye used her textile skills but an outdoor wall hanging comprised of rusted metal (that had been found on the property when building began) now includes a cobweb-like element that I couldnâ€™t work out. Kaye had sourced some thin copper wire and knitted it. It is remarkable and I think I can say it was one of my highlights from Kaye's home. Everywhere you look the stories transpire. Colour is very dear to my heart and it was such a pleasure to see Kaye use colour so well throughout her home. There were a few coloured feature walls that were teamed with texture and natural metals. All colour and materials flowed through the home whether it was the pink lounge besides the kids' paintings with pink and aqua, flowing to an aqua feature wall holding an ancestral chest of drawers in timber, by a rug with browns that flowed to the natural-coloured laundry space. It was such a pleasure to visit with Kaye and get inspired by her relentless creativity. Inside as well as out was thought out, balanced in composition and colour with features that drew the eye and had stories to tell. Mosaics in the garden, vegie gardens and a bushfire-rated house and setting proved to be such a satisfying experience that I am indebted to Kaye and Alan for allowing me a view into their sanctuary.
Indre Kisonas is the owner and principal designer of iok design. www.iokdesign.com.au | firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional round up
UCH has been said about Victoria’s strengthening residential property market, but what is underpinning this resurgence?
According to REIV CEO Gil King, firstly, there is renewed political stability following the state and federal elections, lending certainty to the market. Mr King also says recent Reserve Bank interest rate cuts are taking effect, and the RBA’s decision to hold rates at a record low 1.0 per cent adds to market confidence. "The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s relaxation of its loan serviceability guidelines last week should make it easier for borrowers to secure finance. "Following the market correction, REIV members say demand for property outstrips supply. These unique conditions offer benefits to both buyers and vendors." Preliminary figures from last Saturday (September 7) show a 77 per cent clearance rate across Victoria from a volume of 549 properties, compared to 63 per cent this time last year. Auction clearance rates have been above 70 per cent for the past three months, with 75, 78, 79 and 77 per cent recorded in the four weeks before the latest figures on rising volumes. Mr King said in regional Victoria, auctions were less common but were popular in some areas. There have been 1134 auctions in regional Victoria in 2019, with the most in Belmont (59), Highton (36), Geelong West (25), Newtown (21) and Mildura (25). Regional auction sales are growing fastest this year in Mildura, South Geelong, Morwell, Ararat, Lara and Warrnambool. The highest clearance rates are in Swan Hill (78.6 per cent), Mildura (73.5 per cent), and South Geelong, Lara and Highton (75 per cent each). Last month, Lara was regional Victoria’s auction hotspot, with nine half of all auction sales there this year. "With such positive fundamentals, potential vendors should consider their next move. Do your research. Check with local agents. Ask about their approach. Get appraisals from at least three competing agents. Use the REIV’s free Choose A Member service to find which local agents achieved the best results with properties like yours. "REIV’s market insights are also free and feature comprehensive, unbiased data on auction volumes, clearance rates and median prices in your neighbourhood."
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Locals Menu – all day
Mains from $22
2 Courses $32 3 Courses $37 3 Courses + Wine of Week $42
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Kids menu & regular menu also available
Thursday to Saturday 11am – close Sunday 11am – 4pm 31 High Street, Trentham (03) 5424 1144
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Thursday Meat Raffle Friday Raffle
2nd Thursday of the month 6.30pm to 8.30pm
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Wine festival at hall
VERYTHING In Its Right Place, run by Wine and The Country, will be held at the Daylesford Town Hall on October 13 from noon to 4pm.
The event is in its third year with 35 winemakers showcasing their sustainable growing and winemaking styles. Event organiser Jen Latta said the event was sure to convince people that "real" wine is best. Jen said the event would focus on "great wines from great people". Tickets are $30 from wineandthecountry.com.au or daylesfordwinefestival.com
The Local has one double pass to give away. For your chance to win just email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon October 1 with 25 words or less of why you would like to attend Everything In Its Right Place.
Do you feed and water people? Advertise here.
Cellarbrations @ foxxyâ€™s - our regionâ€™s largest local and boutique wine specialists. Open every day until late. 55 Vincent Street, Daylesford. 5348 3577
ON THE BANKS OF LAKE DAYLESFORD
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”.
Exquisite water views from any vantage point, The Boathouse Restaurant offers a sophisticated dining venue for lunch and dinner. You can take in the beautiful views from our warm and cosy indoor dining area for winter catch ups and our outdoor deck and seating area during the warmer months. The Boathouse Restaurant provides year-round comfort with stylish food and a relaxed yet professional style of service, making it the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine over a meal with family and friends. REGULAR DINING HOURS LUNCH
Wed - Sun 11.30am - 2.30pm
(last main course orders) DINNER
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SEPTEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS DINING HOURS LUNCH
Mon - Sun 11.30am - 2.30pm
(last main course orders)
Fri & Sat
(last main course orders)
5.30pm - 8.30pm (last main course orders)
5.30pm - 8.30pm
Fri & Sat
The Boathouse Restaurant does not take bookings for lunch but welcomes guests on a walk in basis. Reservations are available for dinner.
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Cricket crunch on the menu
GA is the first chain of Australian supermarkets to stock edible crickets. The addition of Grilo products to IGA shelves comes on the back of increasing demand from customers for more sustainable sources of protein.
For people looking to reduce their environmental impact while also meeting dietary needs, edible crickets offer the perfect substitute. Eating crickets has previously been uncommon in the West, largely due to the "ick" factor associated with eating bugs. However, consumers are now recognizing that not only are crickets mild in flavour, but their nutrient density, sustainability and versatility make them a more sustainable and delicious protein alternative. A media release said the three reasons why Grilo products will now be on IGA shelves were: as an environmental alternative with crickets the most sustainable source of protein on earth requiring far less resources (water, land, feed and energy) than other popular sources of protein; being nutrient-dense containing 69 per cent protein, vitamin B12, Omega-3, iron, potassium and calcium; and being versatile and delicious with their mild, nutty flavour.
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 (New Spring menu!)
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
Gig Guide Bellinzona Grange, Hepburn Andy Lacy - Friday, September 27, 8pm–10pm The Cartwheels - Saturday, October 5, 8pm–10pm
Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn The Old Married Couple - Friday, September 27 The Larks - Saturday, September 28 Ellerby - Sunday, September 29 Chris & Jonno - Friday, October 4 Floyd Thursby - Saturday, October 5 North East - Sunday, October 6
Scrub Hill, Newlyn
Criterion Hotel, Castlemaine - Express Jalapeno Poppers $12, Fried Chicken Wings $12, Refried Bean Rolls $12, Fried Baby Calamari Tostada $16, 12-2.30pm
Dave Graney and Clare Moore - Sunday, October 13, 3pm-5pm
Blackwood Hall, Blackwood
Community concert with The Black Orchid Stringband and Honeyfields - Sunday, November 10, 3pm
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.
Steakhouse, Daylesford - Kids under 12 eat free with any main meal. New $25 express lunch menu, with loads to choose from, 7 days a week.
The 5000 Club, Daylesford offers a three-course lunch most Fridays at Victoria Park, Daylesford. Due to other pre-booked events, there is no lunch on October 25, dates and venues for November lunches are to be advised, there is no lunch on December 6 and the last lunch for the year is for Christmas, on December 20.
Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs Hawke & Dove - Friday, September 27, 6.30pm Mimi Gilbert, Al Mattcock and David M Western Saturday, September 28, 6.30pm
Daylesford RSL, Daylesford Open mic - 1st Sunday of the month, 3pm-5pm
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Dine review 51
Feed Me: great flavour and value at The Argus
E FIRST tried a Feed Me option at a Greek restaurant in Carlton about 15 years ago. It was a rowdy, fun place and the owner swooped over to our table and pronounced "you will be eating..." and we did and it was fantastic.
Fast forward to last Monday and we tried another Feed Me option - this time at the very beautifully appointed The Argus Dining Room at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel in Hepburn. Again, it was fantastic. The Argus offers its Feed Me choice every night but on Mondays, for locals, the price drops from $65 per person to just $45, which is amazing value. It includes three entrees, two mains and a side, and two desserts, along with a glass of wine or a beer. Even at the former price - what's not to love? Oh, first up, a big shout-out to our wait staff for the night, Eliza and Elly. Both natural people people, they could hold a conversation, enjoyed a joke and were very attentive. Eliza's studying audiology at La Trobe uni in Melbourne and says while she should find a job in the city, she really loves working at The Argus. She'll go a long way. But back to the food. Eliza asked if we had any food allergies or if there was anything we really wouldn't like - after all, you are leaving the whole deal in the hands of the chefs. I said probably not the octopus and that I wasn't a great meat eater but Kyle was. It's a great way to dine. You don't have to puzzle over a menu and you end up trying something different rather than the sameold every time. First out, of course, were the three entrees. We shared the tempura cauliflower with a roasted garlic labne, smoked trout with avocado, chilli jam and puffed grains, and saganaki with a spiced fig compote and pickled zucchini - with a side serve of bread. All were delicious. Kyle's favourite was the smoked trout which was just zinging with flavour but mine was the cauliflower - the crunchy tempura batter is the perfect way to give this simple vegetable a real upmarket lift. I also loved the saganaki being served in the tiny frypan it is cooked in. And if they ever bottle those zucchini pickles I am buying up boxes. Yum. Next were the mains. The chef must know us because I was offered the pumpkin gnocchi with kale, beurre noisette and grana padano while Kyle received the confit pork belly with sweet potato, Brussels sprouts and a raw vegetable slaw. My gnocchi was perfect. Light and fluffy with the entire dish offering loads of flavour and textures. Even the kale, which I am generally not a big fan of, was delicious. The beurre noisette added a wonderful, nutty flavour. And be prepared for decent serves. The Argus does exude an upmarket feel but you are not going home hungry. Kyle loved his pork belly - with real crackling, not the sometimes soggy layer of fat you can get instead. The meat was tender and juicy and the sides were just right. Talking of sides, we were also given a big side serve of broccoli with chilli and almonds. Finally, desserts, and they are part of the Feed Me option so you can't say no. And why would you? Don't leave without trying the Argus affogato with vanilla ice-cream, caramel, Frangelico liqueur and espresso coffee. Best ever. We also loved the warm ricotta & orange pudding with caramel and fig ice-cream - but seriously, that affogato... Now, the food really is fantastic but I have also just done a quick add up. The above, including a beer and a chardonnay, if ordered a la carte would come to $187. Do the maths, head to The Argus and just say "feed me".
Words: Donna Kelly Images: Kyle Barnes
www.mineralspringshotel.com.au Bookings Essential: 03 5348 2202 124 Main Rd Hepburn Springs
Locals Night at The Argus
Every Monday $45 per person â€œfeed meâ€?. 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.
Arsenic and Old Lace
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U3A HEPBURN SHIRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
EOI - TRENTHAM COMMUNITY HUB PROJECT ADVISORY GROUP The Trentham Community Hub is a significant project for the Trentham and broader Coliban Ward community. It will be a multi-use facility delivering a range of services including library, visitor information and customer services. Community meeting and hall spaces will also be developed in the facility. Council is now beginning the design process for the new facility. To help include community input into this process, we are forming a Project Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to represent the diverse interests of the Trentham and broader Coliban Ward community in the design process, to help realise the vision of the community for the Trentham Community Hub. For a copy of the Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest Form please visit www.hepburn.vic.gov. au/trentham-community-hub-eoi-for-project-advisorygroup/. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Sunday, 6 October 2019.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1st at 10.30 am ( Doors open at 10am) SENIOR CITIZENSâ€™ ROOM Rear of Daylesford Town Hall SPEAKER : PROF. BARRY GOLDING Topic: Beyond Contact: upheaval in the first five years on the upper Loddon to 1841 A light lunch will follow the meeting Please RSVP by September 27th Robyn Lawrence ph 0414 500 174 Anne Tamblyn ph 0411 866 643
EPBURN Wind hosted the Victorian Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee last week and highlighted its work with the community to act on climate change.
The committee is undertaking a series of hearings and site visits as part of the parliamentary inquiry into Communities Tackling Climate Change. The inquiry seeks to better understand how people in regional and urban areas are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to climate impacts. Hepburn Wind general manager Taryn Lane said thanks to the two turbines at Leonards Hill, Daylesford was Victoria's first zero-net energy town. "We are now excited to be growing this legacy as partners in the Hepburn Z-NET pilot, which seeks to make our shire carbon free by 2030." The pilot is a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards under Community and Environmental Justice. “Hepburn Z-NET has captured the great ideas within our community to address climate change impacts and reduce our emissions. It has mapped a way forward which is not only achievable but possible for other communities,” Ms Lane said. The final report will be presented to Parliament by June 30 next year.
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EPBURN Shire Council has unanimously resolved to join a growing global movement and declare a climate emergency.
Mayor Don Henderson told last week's council meeting that the declaration supported what the council was already doing to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. "With initiatives like the Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap, Z-NET Hepburn Shire, Solar Savers and Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy, the council and community are at the forefront of localised emissions reduction action." Jodie Ferguson-Batte, who, with others, has been fighting for the declaration, said she had been surprised that Hepburn Shire Council "being so pro-active and really working hard in the area of climate change mitigation, sustainability and renewable energy", had not been on the list already. "It (the declaration) really is about telling the truth about the state of the climate because the main issue with this is the fact there is so much denial campaigning out there while the science is absolutely conclusive. "So, it is in fact empowering people by giving them the reality of the situation, what they are already doing and what they can actually contribute."
Daylesford magistrate ‘court’ out
CCORDING to Ann Baker, “all sorts” visited her in the local 1850s diggings. Even the very magistrate across the bench who formally asked if men called on her.
Ann was a feisty character, one of the regular defendants at the local 1850s Daylesford cCourthouse. As a sex worker charged with prostitution, she was not unlike many of the goldfields women moonlighting to earn a living. Back then a woman could not obtain a miners licence so she’d have to be resourceful and find other ways to make ends meet. According to historian Claire Wright, women quietly became the bedrock of gold mining towns like Daylesford. Lynda Poke, from Alice’s Journeys, and pictured right in front of the former Daylesford Courthouse, is surprised how few modern -day locals realise that before it was a wellness destination Daylesford was a gold rush town. On her walking tours she takes locals and visitors into the heritagelisted, former courthouse and a bunch of other buildings that come to life as untold tales are revealed. “Walking tours are such an easy and engaging way to get to know and understand a place without having to do all the reading and research,” explains Lynda. What happened to Ann Baker? It’s a history mystery as to whether her client Magistrate Daly let her go that day. But it’s just one of the interesting back-in-time moments you can contemplate and speculate on, when taking the local tour.
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Just sayin’... By Donna Kelly
HAVE attended many council meetings in my time as a journalist. All around Australia. Frankston, Rosebud, Hastings, Brighton, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Karratha, Alice Springs, Hepburn Shire.
They were mostly happy enough affairs - except for Frankston which was during moccasingate - which was actually the de rigueur wear of the time. Them and ugg boots. Oh, does anyone remember treads? No. Just me. Anyway, back to council meetings. After a long hiatus, self-enforced, I went to one at Trentham last week. I had heard there would be more questions surrounding the removal of the flock of geese from Lake Daylesford. So I decided to attend. It was an eye-opener, and not in a good way. Firstly, the room at Trentham is small. And from the questions sent in plenty of time for the meeting, council staffers would have known there were going to be quite a few people. But chairs stacked in corners around the room remained stacked, despite at least 12 people standing at the back of the room. And some not-so-young people at that. In the old days, even the old days of Hepburn Shire Council, someone would have noticed and called a halt to proceedings to see if more chairs could be procured. That's caring about people. Anyway, back to the meeting. It was a joke. Well-meaning people asked well thought-out questions and were treated with disdain. Mayor Don Henderson just read out pre-prepared answers which were short, sharp and with no point. Something like 29 questions and short statements were read out and all were dealt with in just 45 minutes. That's very quick. Co-owner of the Boathouse Restaurant Susanne Devine asked why lakeside businesses were not consulted and was told they were. She stated she and partner Claire Levine had not been consulted but the only comment was "next question". What is the point of pretending people have a chance to be involved in local government decisions - when it is clear they do not. What is the point of pretending the council cares about community consultation when it so clearly does not. It is not about geese, it is about consulting with, and listening to, the community. We deserve more. Oh, talking about the lake, while down that way, I spotted a Hepburn Shire Council electric car parked, not in an electric car charging bay, but in a clearly-signed disabled bay. So, I snapped a photo. And called to ask the council for a comment. See opposite. I also put it on Facebook. And while most people, thankfully, have agreed that it is wrong to park in disabled spots if you are able-bodied, it has been an interesting read. We have been attacked for "naming and shaming" (no faces, just a council vehicle), "perhaps the person forgot their permit" (they didn't) and that we should basically mind our own business. I often see people parking in disabled bays - and don't often enough call them out. Once I queried a young bloke who told me to "f..k off". Not nice. But all I can say is if you don't have a disabled permit, be thankful you can walk the extra distance. Just sayin'...
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HE term democracy, which means “rule by the people,” was coined by the Greeks of ancient Athens to describe their city-state's system of self-rule (thanks Google).
I wanted to look this up after attending my first Hepburn Shire Council meeting in a lot of years, which I trotted along to in Trentham to see what’s changed. I mean, I am not a prolific council watcher like some in the room, a particular mention of one old bloke who continually made the gesture of a gun with his hand when the subject of the expelled Lake Daylesford geese came up. Idiot. But it was interesting. Since my last visit to the chamber of boringness, citizens are no longer able to ask free-flowing or free-thinking questions. The questions have to be written and submitted onto the HSC website before noon on the day of the meeting, and then the opportunity is then given for the person to stand up and physically ask their question at the meeting. In the meantime, the researched dry answer wafts across the room, script and verse, citing some obscure reference from the “such and such act” of 1902 from the mayor (yawn). I mean what happened to people having a robust conversation about matters they care about. Oh, and while on the subject of the ludicrous boringness of the meeting, the councillors kick off the shindig by collectively getting up and pledging allegiance to, well I’m not actually sure, it was more of a mumble like when you trot out the national anthem on that one auspicious day of the year and paraphrase through the lyrics that you don’t know. I suppose they were swearing allegiance to roads, rates and rubbish. After this riveting spectacle, we are treated to each councillor standing to attention and divulging to whoever is tuned in at the time and not drifted off to a better place, all that they have done for the month – wow. Some even speed up the process by saying they haven’t done anything for the month. I don’t know whether to thank them for not boring me to death or despise them for not doing anything with my rates dollars. Anyway, they came out with a few recommendations including declaring a climate emergency but I am not sure what that means for the residents? I mean we already know we're up the proverbial dry climate creek where even if you had a paddle it wouldn’t help out except to swat off some of the zombies from the apocalypse. So, my conclusion is that I am not sure how to have your civil rights heard but it is certainly not at one of these turnouts. They are the most dry, soulless and non-human affairs and certainly don’t honour true democracy in its pure intended form. Bored rant over…
NE of Hepburn Shire Council's electric cars was spotted parked in a disabled parking bay at Lake Daylesford last Friday, September 20.
The driver appeared to be the cleaner for the lakeside toilets. There was no disabled parking permit on the windscreen. Council chief executive officer Evan King, after a query from The Local, said: "We are disappointed that a staff member has parked in a designated disabled parking space. We will be discussing this with the staff member involved and reinforcing with staff the importance of abiding by parking regulations."
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