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November 4, 2019 Issue 162 Timber by Timmermans

The Local - The Heart of the Highlands

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Front cover: At first sight Peter de Deugd wasn’t convinced the old garage in Clunes fitted the bill for his fine furniture business, Timmermans. But his wife Genevieve convinced him otherwise. Read their story by Barbara Curzon-Siggers on page 19 - in The Local's Cool Creswick and Clunes feature. Image: Kyle Barnes

November 4, 2019 Issue 162 Timber by Timmermans

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What: Summer Networking Where: Bellinzona Grange, Hepburn When: Tuesday, December 3 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Why: Because networking is fun! Free admission, drinks at bar prices, free nibbles and a great guest speaker.

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RSVPs essential to by Tuesday, November 26. Brought to you by The Local Publishing Group. The Local is a fortnightly community publication covering the Central Highlands. The next edition is out on Monday, November 18, 2019. Or online on Sunday, November 17 at Advertising deadlines for the next edition of The Local: Space bookings: Wednesday, November 13 Copy deadline: Thursday, November 14 Editorial deadline: Thursday, November 14 Managing editor | Donna Kelly General manager | Kyle Barnes Sub-editors | Nick Bunning and Lindsay Smith Sales | Kyle Barnes on 0416 104 283 or Writers | Kevin Childs, Kate Taylor, Anthony Sawrey and Donna Kelly

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Trying to save the canaries in the global coalmine


HE worldwide Extinction Rebellion movement hit Daylesford with an all-singing, all-dancing “flash mob” over the weekend.

This colourful protest follows participation by local residents in Melbourne blockades. And students involved in the school strike for climate action aim to ask Hepburn Shire councillors at a meeting to set out steps towards alleviating the crisis. Daylesford resident and public servant Matthew Phelan took part in Melbourne Extinction Rebellion protests, emerging more convinced than ever of the need for change in the face of a climate crisis. Now a year old, the non-violent Extinction Rebellion claims 646 branches in 56 countries. And as 200,000 residents fled bushfires ranging from Los Angeles to the north of San Francisco, the Los Angeles Times asked, “How did things get so bad in California, so quickly? The answer is climate change. It is here and our communities are not ready for it.” Matthew, 57, went to three protests, one with about six locals. “I came away generally very positive,” he says. “The protests were good-humoured in some ways and uplifting.” For the first time in his life he marched through the streets, distributing leaflets to passers-by who were by turns positive and dismissive. “I was surprised by the large police presence when we got to the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets. As a middle-aged, middle-class white person I had felt a degree of privilege in relation to the police and I was surprised to feel intimidated.” There were arrests of protestors who made a conscious decision to stay on the road, while he chose to move to the footpath and observe what happened. “The more people arrested, the more it will become clear that civil disobedience will not be stopped by arrests. There has to be another approach.” Matthew noted that all protestors had a positive attitude, while possibly motivated by both anger and hope. “The intention is to change the way things are done.

“People have been actively wanting to change how the world works throughout my lifetime and I was born the year the environmental classic book Silent Spring came out. There has been an active and continuing voice that wasn’t listened to.” As a trained archaeologist he looks at the long term. “What we are experiencing now has never happened before. This is the beginning of the Extinction Rebellion movement. We need to continue with civil disobedience and protest.” He added: “The government has failed to act and time is running out - we may have only six to eight years to turn this around before a global tipping point takes us into catastrophic planetary collapse, so many people feel we have run out of ways to politely ask our leaders to do something.” Protestors used the example of the suffragettes who chained themselves to railings as sources of inspiration, as were India’s Gandhi and the black marchers of America’s civil rights movement. Other locals took part in a Melbourne world-first, Disco-bedience, with about 400 protestors dancing to Stayin’ Alive, to the amusement and delight, the locals say, of most motorists. Beforehand, Extinction Rebellion briefed supporters in Daylesford and Trentham on how to turn away provocation by singing rather than arguing. “Thank you for your opinion,” was a response to people who disagreed. Intriguingly, the Daylesford group was told studies show 75 per cent of violent protests do not lead to lasting change, while half of the non-violent protests do. From Turkey to Mexico, Europe to South Africa, Extinction Rebellion is now a global phenomenon that is not without humour. “Don’t panic,” read a sign at a London protest, “we’ve still got 23 trees”. Elsewhere, protestors dressed as bright yellow canaries glued themselves to offices of firms that help mine and burn coal. They were echoing the words of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, “If we were miners, we would be up to our knees in dead canaries.”

4 Words

Local Lines The Blue Jug I laugh at my daughter, she wants to buy a blue jug. Her house is white, with walls of yellow, orange, green and red, in groupings styled from magazines. Not a blue note anywhere, so she gives the blue jug to me. I make a compelling, creamy liquid. A sheen, like crumpled silk covers the surface of my sauce. It’s crème anglaise - to fill vanilla slices. I pour it into the blue jug hanging from a hook. Rarely used, but just the vessel for such indulgence. The creamy folds slide into the dark interior, a slight wisp of steam gilds the blue walls. A job well done. He brought bluebells, the colour of the jug I placed them in. He brought books I had never read. He brought ideas I had never considered. He read poetry I loved. Today my blue jug stands empty, the glaze discoloured, its gloss is lost. He died a year ago.

The Carer: Funny, tender, illuminating


HE Carer by Alan Hopgood is a funny, tender play about a man coming to terms with himself, and life without his partner.

Dee Briscomb has lived in Glenlyon since 2007. She has a background in marketing the arts in Melbourne, in particular theatre, and has worked for The Playbox Theatre and the Melbourne International Festival. She maintains a love for literature, performance and music.

George Parker’s wife, Josie, has just died with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was diagnosed at 55 and George retired from his management job to care for her. Josie died a little over five years later. The play opens with George bringing her ashes home and he is trying to adjust to a new way of life without her. But how will he cope? Who cares for the carer after the caring stops? A lot of carers struggle with isolation and loneliness both during the caring period and after their loved one has passed. The Carer gives an illuminating insight into some of the things that sustain us in those difficult times, such as a sense of humour. This one-man show creates a host of colourful characters, either off-stage or at the end of the phone. His daughter, Sophie; his zealous Christian sister-in-law, Pamela; Agnes the egg lady; old Fred next door to name a few...and of course, the spirit of Josie is ever-present on the stage. Directed by Megan J. Riedl and starring Jeffrey Bryant Jones as George, pictured above, this heart-felt Australian comedy/drama will be presented by Hobo Playhouse Theatre Company until December. The tour opened at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine on October 27 and then toured Central Victoria. Interestingly, this performance was presented on the eve of the first rehearsed reading of The Carer by the late Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell in Melbourne exactly 20 years ago. The Carer is touring to Creswick, Kyneton and Bendigo. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 concession and $18 groups of 10 or more. Creswick Theatre - Friday, November 15, 8pm and Saturday, November 16, 8pm. Bookings:, Kyneton Bluestone Theatre - Saturday, November 23, 8pm and Sunday, November 24, 2pm. Bookings: www.trybooking. com/BEQYV and Bendigo The Engine Room - Saturday, November 30, 8pm and Sunday, December 1, 2pm. Bookings:

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

*The Local has two tickets to the Kyneton show on Saturday, November 23 at 8pm to give away. For your chance to win email by November 16.

They arrive, altogether, laughing, talking, touching, carrying stuff. I welcome them with cake and sandwiches, with tea and beer and lemonade. It’s hot, they choose the latter. I run to collect the blue jug from the fridge. I made the lemonade myself, its sweetness fills my mouth with pleasure. They drink, and talk and laugh, I turn to fill the jug. Time slows, I see the tap - but have no time to shift my balance. The handle first and then the blue body shatters, The dark interior is exposed. No warning, no expectation, no belief that it might happen, Once there and then not. My jug is broken. - Dee Briscomb

Art on display Gender stories


ARICATURIST George Haddon will have his work on display at the Art Trax Gallery in Beaufort from the Melbourne Cup weekend. The opening was on Sunday and it ends on December 2.


LIVING in a Gendered World storytelling event will be held at the Bluestone Theatre in Kyneton on Thursday, December 5 at 7.30pm.

Through exploring people’s personal stories, the Mr Haddon lived in Beaufort for many years, with Living in a Gendered World project aims to illuminate his wife having connections back to convict days, before the influence of gender identity, how that influences lives and ultimately, to challenge gender stereotypes. moving back to Melbourne about three years ago. Community Wellbeing director Karen Stevens said He worked for The Herald Sun as its chief political rigid gender roles had the ability to divide, but a journey cartoonist in the 1980s and also had a double-page within, shared through the art of storytelling, had the spread in The RACV's RoyalAuto magazine for many power to unite. years - depicting his wanderings around Victoria and "The process of developing a story involves deep South Australia. reflection and an exploration of personal history that can Most of the work on display will be retrospective reveal universal insights." - like the cartoon above showing the Lake Daylesford The storytelling may address some complex gender geese at their best at the former Boathouse Cafe. issues and parental guidance.

Park plans


ACEDON Ranges Shire Council is working on the master plan for an Ash Wednesday Park in Macedon.

A council spokesperson said while the priority was to retain the natural bush setting of the park, the draft master plan included upgrades to play equipment, a new multi-purpose platform, new paths and upgrades to the open grass and regeneration areas. The draft master plan can be viewed online with residents able to have their say by Saturday, November 30 at More than 100 fires started on February 16, 1983, the day now known as Ash Wednesday. This is now one of Australia's most well-known bushfire events. Fires swept across Victoria and South Australia, killing 75 people and causing widespread damage.



Exodus Evolve-A

What the flock? Let's get a community flock of geese back to Lake Daylesford! Sign the petition to council now to get the lake back to life.

Little Gallery is sadly closing for renovation but we will be back bigger & better in 2020.

Join us for a special pre-Christmas drink at our Renovation Bash - our way of saying thank-you for all your support over the past 7 years. There will be new wonderful art works for sale - last chance to get that special art piece! RENOVATION BASH SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16THÂ @ 2pm Last day of trading for Little Gallery in 2019 - Sunday 17th November. 32b High Street Trentham. Ph 0439 984 314 fb Little Gallery See you back at Little Gallery around April 2020

Petitions are waiting for your signature at Harvest Cafe, The Secret Garden Nursery, The Boathouse Restaurant, Lake House and the Wombat Hill House Cafe. Sign the petition today.

Letters #goosegate

THE lakes of Daylesford, Lake Daylesford and Jubilee Lake, are non-natural man-made artefacts of our small country town, as indeed are the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, which is largely an exotic pinetum. They serve as urban recreational areas, particularly for tourists at weekends and town dwellers during the week. As Greg Pyers rightly stated (The Local, October 21, 2019, Issue 161) Lake Daylesford "belongs to the whole community". This is the point: as it belongs to the community, the community should be able to have a large say in how it is managed and be able to direct our council's servants accordingly! What we saw was an autocratic council making a decision on the run which affected the whole community. Hence we have a petition to return our geese to the lake. Whether they are "domestic" geese or Egyptian geese variants is beside the point. They are our geese! An attraction of visiting these areas is to enjoy their non-native trees, especially in Autumn, perhaps with a picnic or barbeque, and once it was also to enjoy the antics of the geese around Lake Daylesford. Such attractions add significantly to the character and enjoyment of our lake. It is a town park where one might reasonably expect to find exotic flora and fauna. I think that it is neither possible nor indeed desirable to seek to return our treasured lake to some imagined earlier pristine "wild" form. Can we perhaps adopt a more measured, inclusive approach to our lake and bring back its feathered residents?

- Wayne Burtt, Daylesford

AT THE September 17 Hepburn Shire Council meeting, council responded to the petition requesting a formal apology from the council in relation to the decision to rehome the Daylesford geese without due process or community engagement.

The council noted that the petition contained "approximately 375 signatures of which approximately 35 per cent provided an address located in the Hepburn Shire". The remaining 65 per cent of signatories, whose address didn’t include the immediate local area, were dismissed and not taken into consideration. That is 243 people who regularly visit Daylesford.

It should be noted that the 35 per cent of locals who signed represents 131 people which, on its own, would be the largest petition received by the council in the past two years. On October 16 2019, there was a posting on the council's Facebook page regarding the importance of attracting visitors to our shire which "helps support business and events and creates jobs and investment that benefits our community". On the one hand council wants visitors to come here, spend money and speak positively about the area, but on the other hand council does not want these same people to criticise them via a petition they support. Am I the only one that sees this as self-serving and hypocritical?

- Deborah Clarke, Mollingghip

HEPBURN Shire Council cited the pollution of Lake Daylesford by geese as a reason for removing the entire flock.

While recently on the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website, I came across a publication called Central Highlands Strategic Directions Statement dated September 2018. Five local councils together with other authorities were involved in the development of this very important long-term integrated water management strategy. Page 19 mentions the important waterways in the region, including Lake Daylesford. It indicates that waterways and wetlands are challenged by poor water quality and are suffering from degradation due to surface water runoff, untreated storm water and waste discharge due to water extraction for urban supply, agriculture and stock water. No mention anywhere of pollution by geese or any other wildlife. Council, if you have any respect for the communities you represent and serve, you have considerable explaining to do.

- Betti Reissinger, Daylesford

Letters to the editor are always welcome - and not just about geese. They should be shortish (about 200 words), to the point and signed with a full name and town/suburb. For your letter to be printed in The Local just email Any addressed Dear Sir will be deleted.

Locals edgy over development traffic danger


The only other possible ways into the site are from the Midland Highway through the historic Wombat Park, which is unlikely, or from Raglan Street past Spade to Blade catering, also difficult because land here is separate from the development. The developers have moved to ease fears, saying they are working closely with Opposite the college is a 39-block development; at the other end of the street a 53-home development is planned. With parking banned in this narrow street during the Hepburn Shire Council on a custom-designed vehicle and pedestrian access from Smith Street. “The design will also act to slow vehicles down near the intersection the start and end of school and Hospital Street climbing to a tricky turn into the second sub-division at the brow of a hill, it's easy to see why the plan to jam all these – in effect a win-win outcome for all involved,” says Joseph van Dyk, director of Melbourne developers Hygge Property. houses into just under five hectares upsets locals, some of whom have lived here for Asked whether he would consider reducing the number of houses, he says this 50 years. number reflects the size of the site. “However, the development will occur in stages The site is being developed by its long-time owners, the well-established over many years, with perhaps only 10-15 homes developed a year, no greater than Henderson family, with a development firm, which estimates it will bring $15-18m. the current rate of growth in Daylesford. Certainty about where and when additional Residents, however, put the figure higher, and say so far there are 83 objections. Smith Street has 90 housing lots and locals say the new project threatens to bring homes will be delivered in Daylesford will help to ensure housing is more affordable another 100 cars a day into the traffic, and with them danger for students and parents than might otherwise be the case in the longer term.” Starting price for the blocks is below $300,000. Buyers will be subject to design guidelines for their homes. walking and driving to school. When questioned about a resident’s fear that the development would resemble Residents watched in mixed amusement as a semi-trailer tried to manoeuvre from subdivisions in Caroline Springs or Hoppers Crossing, Mr van Dyk said: “Average Hospital Street up into the new site, while imagining the struggle for fire trucks. lot sizes are to be very large (lots range from 512sqm to 979sqm), consistent with Unsurprisingly, perhaps, they also quote a council report that says a study shows those of older homes in the immediate surrounding area, and more than double those there would be no ill-effect for the building of 53 homes. typically found in metropolitan growth areas.” A weathered sign beside a magnificent oak tree announces Middleton House, a The aim is to have houses that reflect the special character of Daylesford, with long-empty building scheduled for demolition if work proceeds. It stands at the end design guidelines to ensure this. Van Dyk’s comments were greeted with scepticism by of a paddock that has been home to sheep, horses and cows. Smith Street resident Lesley Corcoran. “I don’t see how it would work, with all those In spite of fears, the developers say the intention is to save the oak tree. vehicles coming and going,” she says. “It will be quite dangerous for the many kids Gazing upon all this, long-time resident Jenny Porter ponders whether the new and parents who walk to school.” houses would be against her back fence. She’s sent the council an objection but She has lived in the street for almost six years but in the district for over 30 years. chuckles as she says she won’t be around to see much building. She and her husband “Do bigger blocks mean bigger houses? If they want two storeys there is nothing to Roy are retiring to Ballarat and their home, built by Roy 46 years ago, is on the stop them,” she says. “Twenty-five would be too many.” market. One potential buyer has been dissuaded by the development. Lesley believes there will be a solution through discussions if a way is found to She sums up her attitude: “They (the developers) are buying the land and they have homes that fit the town. Words: Kevin Childs can do what they like, but access to the street is difficult…the exit is unsafe.”

N A a balmy midweek afternoon Smith Street is abuzz with cars and school kids. Pick-up time at St Michael’s Primary soon blends into day’s end at Daylesford College.

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Movember: Give in the memory of Hog


HIS Movember is a poignant time for the McCarthy family. Just four weeks ago, husband, father and grandfather, Ian "Hog" McCarthy passed away after battling prostate, bowel and bladder cancer, in various stages, for 10 years.

But Ian, true to form, did not go quietly. Anyone sitting next to him at the Farmers Arms, mostly blokes, were likely to hear his sometimes-gruesome tales. "Ian was so not PC, so he really opened up to other men with some of the very shitty personal stuff he endured," wife Gayle said. "And at first I thought what the hell are you doing, but then I realised he was not only spreading the word about men's health, he was also letting others realise it was OK to speak up, get checked out, talk about things." Gayle said she hoped this year's fundraising at the Farmers Arms, an annual tradition with her husband the face of the pub for many years, would be bigger than ever. "It is a very emotional and important Movember for the family and we just want it to be the biggest and best ever - in Ian's memory." Gayle said she and the family had already been contacted by many people via all sorts of methods to see if they could donate money, donate time, or just give support by turning up to the five Friday night raffles in Movember. "It has already gone viral and quite frankly, it's really overwhelming, but in a beautiful way. And I know that Ian will be looking down, smiling his wry smile and wishing he could give someone a bit of shit!" To donate raffle items or money contact Megan Evans at The Farmers Arms Hotel on 5348 2091 or Or just turn up on a Friday night in Movember for the raffle which is drawn at 7.30pm.

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Botanic fundraiser


OTANICAL artist Marcia DeVincentis will be painting, demonstrating and selling her beautiful cards at the Bank House Open Garden in Newlyn on November 16 and 17. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens which will see a new stone sculpture installed. Marcia studied with the Society of Botanical Artists in the UK and holds a Diploma of Botanical Art. She says she has always had a love of nature and an interest in botany. “I never knew until well after beginning my interest in botanical art that my great-great-grandfather, Lieutenant General Sir John Bennett Hearsey was a collector and illustrator of many plants that grew in India. He corresponded with and collected plant specimens and seeds for William Hooker, who became one of the most influential British botanists of his time and collaborated, contributed to and influenced Charles Darwin and his On the Origin of Species. “Inspired by my own small but beautiful garden in Melbourne, and looking longingly at a pumpkin flower one day, I decided that being able to capture that precise intricate golden profile would be a wonderful thing to do. I particularly love to paint fruit and when I paint flowers, I love the smell of them; it adds more to the painting.” Marcia and her husband Michael joined the Friends when they moved to the area eight years ago with Marcia inspired by the myriad plants at the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. “We do what we can to help with fundraising which is why I am selling my cards, which are all my own designs, from $4 each to six for $20 including a neat little calico bag. I will also have my easel set up on the day with a project started and I am very happy to talk to anyone who wants to come along and see how I work. And if they would like a little try, we can do that too.” Marcia will be set up in Bank House’s shed from 10am to 11.45am and 2pm to 4pm both days.

Also joining the event is Daylesford’s Denise Robinson, who will be demonstrating flower arranging at 11.30am and 2.30pm both days.

Bank House, Newlyn, is open on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17 from 10am to 4pm. Entry: $10, children free. Words: Donna Kelly | Image: Kyle Barnes

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HEPBURN HUB AT THE REX – PUBLIC ART COMMISSION Council is seeking Dja Dja Wurrung artists for a major public art project valued at $30,000. Collaborations between Dja Dja Wurrung artists and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are also supported. The public artwork will enhance the space at The Rex building by acknowledging the rich culture of the traditional custodians on whose Country the building is located. The artworks will create greater community and visitor awareness of the Jaara people, their culture and Dja Dja Wurrung language. The Hepburn Hub project at The Rex will transform this iconic building into a valuable community asset. The project is a major Council initiative which will deliver a modern administration centre, library and facilities, including a community theatre and social enterprise cafe. Visit to download the Expression of Interest or contact Donna Spiller or call (03) 5321 6498.


If you’re interested in having your say about your community now is your chance. Community Planning in Hepburn Shire has recommenced with some important changes. With a review of what the Community Planning groups will look like and a review of each plan, now is the time for community to get involved. Funding is available right now, so don’t miss your chance.

CONTACT US Contact Community Development Officer Inga Hamilton for further information on 5321 6124 or email ihamilton@ Visit to find your community plan.

LISTENING POST EVENTS ACROSS THE SHIRE We’ve heard from the community that you want to engage with us in more ways, so we will be hosting listening post events in all our Wards. You can drop in and speak with representatives from different Council departments, including rates, community safety, community development, events, planning and more. The next listening post event will be hosted in Holcombe Ward on Tuesday 26 November 2019 between 4.30pm and 6pm at the Glenlyon Town Hall. Save the dates: •

Coliban - Tuesday 24 March 2020

Creswick - Tuesday 26 May 2020

Birch - Tuesday 28 July 2020

Cameron - Wednesday 26 August 2020

(All meetings will be hosted between 4.30pm and 6pm. We will advise venues for these meetings closer to the dates) Keep an eye on our website ( and Facebook page (hepburncouncil) for more information.

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Wonderful teacher led Margaret to art life


OODEND’S Margaret Morgan has always been interested in art and, in particular, painting. She says she was very lucky growing up to have wonderful teachers who were very innovative and progressive. She told her story to Donna Kelly. "Mrs Zeiker, whose husband designed stained glass windows for churches, and priests’ garments, would have us painting to music. With Mother Marcella the students would go on walks around the grounds of Genazzano with sketch pad in hand, checking out the beautiful purple shades thrown by the shadows in Cyprus Walk. When my children were at kindergarten, I took up oil painting, tutored by Ron Reynolds and Marion Bruere. My first masterpiece was a painting of Beethoven’s death mask - I’m surprised I didn’t call it quits after that. Ron would have a box of black and white photographs for us to select our subject matter from, resulting in an exciting night of tonal painting. The Sunday morning field trips to places like Pound Bend (in the middle of winter) and Warrandyte were fun. I had two years of watercolour lessons from David K. Taylor, and have attended workshops been tutored by Alvaro Castagnet, Amanda Hyatt and Joseph Zbukvic to name a few. I would enjoy visits to Harold Freedman’s studio in Brunswick watching the mosaic murals taking shape and casting an eye over David Jack and Joe Attard’s oil landscapes. I paint in an impressionistic manner, though many describe my paintings as abstract. I love the free-flowing movement of the paint on the chosen surface whether it be paper, linen, board, canvas, Yupo or silk. Wet-on-wet allows free movement of the paint, then to be built up and defined as wanted. Painting methods and techniques can be taught. I have been working with acrylicpouring methods of late and it's fun, creating landscapes this way, it is much more than just creating cells. I have a landscape hanging in The Victoria Hotel in Woodend. Though I always revert to my first love, watercolour. I came across to Woodend several years ago, it was over a holiday weekend, to attend a gallery opening I stumbled on the Woodend Art Group and the members there were so helpful and friendly and their works on display were of such a high standard that I decided to join the group. I am now their secretary."

The Local loves promoting our region's artists. If you, or someone you know, would like to be featured just email We would love to hear from you!

The Woodend Art Group is holding Summer Workshops in January for acrylic pouring with Margaret Morgan, painting with pastels with Maria Dee and oil painting with Richard Chamerski. Contact Margaret on 0409 193 369 or Below, Margaret's Down the Hill to Kilmore East

12 Happy & Healthy


with Sam Redlich

Be your own Wellness coach I recently attended a Wellness coaching training session as part of my CEC requirements for fitness registration. It was a great course and reinforced the way I already work with my clients. What struck me was Wellness coaching could be utilised by anyone who comes in contact with a friend, neighbour, spouse, child, family member etc who is undergoing difficulties. And let’s face it, who isn’t undergoing difficulties today? There’s a simple ABC of Wellness coaching that we can all try when we engage in conversation with others. By practicing these ABCs we may just aid another to move through their problems, rather than reinforce or further complicate what is going on for them. A – Active listening. When listening to another tell their story, try not to think about what you want to say. Give them the attention they need, and then objectively reframe what they have said so that they can make sense of it. B – Be a friend. Friends take time to put themselves in another's shoes. What is it like to be the other? Emphatically relating to a story without trying to tell your own will ensure the other feels heard and met and enhances relationships. C – Catch yourself if you are becoming judgmental or taking on another’s emotional state. There’s a fine line between healthy empathy and vicariously taking on another’s woes. Learn where you end and they start. A person doesn’t need you to collude with them in their problems, so remaining objective and impartial is the key. Helping another make sense of their world with right listening and reflections promotes nourishing friendships. This not only applies to others, but also to ourselves. When we are faced with adversity, we too can use the ABC of Wellness coaching to find positive and productive outcomes to our problems. Try it today, just something small and watch as your inner and outer relationships move toward positive, healthy collaborations.

Yours in health and wellness, Sam (owner of Xistance Gym, Daylesford)

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Melissa loves country feel at Hepburn House


ELISSA Henley has been working at Hepburn House for a year now and hasn’t looked back.

Since moving from Melbourne, Melissa has built a new skill-set and began working at Hepburn House as a domestic and kitchen hand. “I knew that I would find the right job for me eventually. Hepburn House has been that and so much more to me,” Melissa said. Hepburn House is a government-funded aged care facility that offers a range of care for residents, from respite to permanent, with a dedicated team of trained health care staff including personal care workers as well as registered nurses. It’s a home-style environment at Hepburn House and its country feel is something that Melissa loves about her job. “Hepburn House is progressive and inclusive. It’s truly a remarkable team, with a proactive approach together with staff training and support, I cannot speak more highly of the team.” Residents often say that one of the things they like best about life at Hepburn House is the food - home-style meals that are prepared on-site and are tailored to suit any dietary or religious requirements that residents may have. “I love my job, and talking with residents, and being part of a team that makes a difference to aged care,” Melissa added. Residents can choose to participate in a range of activities at Hepburn House, from exercise classes to craft groups and Morning Melodies. Regular outings are also held, for residents to head into town for coffee and shopping. Residents also have access to a team of allied health care professionals who regularly visit Hepburn House.

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


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The Graduate production THE Graduate, by the Mount Players, is an amateur production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French.

There will be very few people who don’t remember the iconic film, The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, released in 1967. It contained no flower children, no hippies, no dope, no rock music, no political manifestos and no danger. However, the play, like the movie is a bitterly hilarious dark comedy, full of rapid-fire dialogue between fascinating and horrifying characters. This play explores family dysfunction, parental expectations, crumbling marriages, and the naive, yet disillusioned, dichotomy of youth, against the shiny backdrop of affluent Southern California in the 1960s. Director Robert Wallace has brought together a stellar cast and placed them within a creative, contemporary space with clever use of lighting to create just the right atmosphere for every scene. Wrapped up with a fantastic soundtrack, patrons will just love this show. Warning: Recommended 18+/ contains adult themes. The season runs from November 1 to 23 at The Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon. Bookings:



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Catch a Budburst Bus The Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival will take place on November 9 & 10 with wine tasting, live music and food as over 25 local vignerons throw open their doors. With tickets from only $23 for a full weekend of entertainment, this is a great way to enjoy the Macedon Ranges and watch the region come to life. Catch a Budburst Tour Bus that departs from Woodend train station and stops at three or four wineries. With 12 routes to choose from and tickets at $75 for the day, including the wine tasting pass, this is a great value day out. For festival information, to buy your pass and to book a bus, visit But get in quick, buses book out.

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OW in its sixth year, the Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend is organised by Business & Tourism Creswick.

The weekend, on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 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, like Fieldhouse pictured opposite, 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. Entry fees: $5 per garden; children are free. Visit outstanding and iconic commercial gardens and nurseries: 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. Online bookings at



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Overwrought Garden Art is an inspiring creative retail enterprise set on five acres of lush farmland in Blampied, Central Victoria. Artist David Dawson creates his uniquely Australian sculptural metalwork designs in his extensive workshop. They are displayed next door in the rustic hay-shed gallery and beautifully landscaped garden setting that he has created. The gallery also offers the art and produce of more than 30 local artisans, many whose work is not available to purchase elsewhere. 3409 Midland Hwy, Blampied | Phone: 0403 675 170

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All in for award-winning Mollongghip Poetry Slam


N AWARD-winning community event, the Mollongghip Poetry Slam is now in its 14th year and regularly attracts an enthusiastic audience of more than 100. It’s on again this Saturday, November 9, at the Mollongghip Community Hall.

Spokesperson Gib Wettenhall says the audience comes to hear locals, friends and visitors pour out raw emotions or spin a yarn in verse – all from people who would normally never describe themselves as poets. "We’re not looking for professionals. What we would like to see this year are more women up on stage and a more diverse range of people willing to have a go. If you’re brave enough to stand on stage and read an original twominute poem, you get in for free. Not a big ask to gain the chance for a few minutes' fame. Would-be poets need only register on the night at 7pm. "The key words to be inserted in participants’ original poems changes annually. The words that have to appear in poems this year are 'all in'." The Slam is heartwarming and lots of fun. The judges dress up in floral hats and are often as entertaining as the poets. Regular MC Mark Grant adds theatrical flourishes. Everyone brings a plate for supper and even the kids are invited to recite a poem of their own making. And there’s plenty of opportunity to gather round the licenced bar.

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HE Bendigo Bank has donated $94,000 towards the major redevelopment of the Creswick Nursing Home.

The gift allows the creation of a sensory courtyard garden which is destined to become the centrepiece of the redeveloped aged care facility. More than simply an aesthetic enhancement, the garden offers significant wellness, safety and lifestyle benefits for residents. The integration of the garden at the centre of the newly-built residential rooms will add amenity and a therapeutic level of natural filtered light into many of its rooms and interior spaces, making the new development easy to navigate, particularly for those residents with dementia. Likewise, the design delivers staff good visibility of those enjoying the garden, thus providing high levels of resident safety. Raised garden beds will allow even wheelchair-bound residents to potter in the garden filled with highly colourful and aromatic foliage specifically designed to stimulate the senses and memories. As a home-like focal point, the garden will undoubtedly attract residents’ visitors of all ages. The construction phase was launched at the same ceremony with a turning of the first sod. Hepburn Health CEO Maree Cuddihy said the service was "delighted" that the facility would be embarking on a significant development to better meet the needs of the residents and the local communities it serves.

1. Visit the historic Andersons Mill festival 2. Check out the Avenue of Honour 3. Visit the historic Creswick Cemetery 4. Head to the fabulous Creswick Market 5. Take time to see the fascinating Creswick Museum 6. Wander around Creswick Regional Park 7. Head to the Creswick Woollen Mills (Say hi to the alpacas...) 8. Go fishing in myriad lakes - or maybe have a swim 9. Play golf at the RACV Resort. Fore! 10. Be adventurous and go mountain biking

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Clunes: the perfect place for Timmermans


In the corner of the showroom is an intricately detailed and polished Louis XVinspired desk made by Peter during the last year of his apprenticeship. It’s a world "We were in Clunes for Booktown...I was leaning against the corrugated apart from his recent Danish and French industrial inspired work but it still speaks to Peter’s enthusiasm and commitment to design and quality. iron wall in my best jumper and it pulled a thread and I thought what a big ugly There are plenty of stories about the salvaged, often decades-old wood Peter building," the carpenter says. sources and crafts. He points to a sizable yellow box dining table. It came from a local "But my wife Gen said: 'hang on, imagine if you could have any building, you farmer who’d stored the yellow box in his hayshed for years and the timber had been know, it ticks all the boxes'." Peter and Genevieve de Deugd established Timmermans in Fraser Street two years originally milled in Clunes. However, as Peter says, it's hard to make a living in woodworking "and to offer ago. Stepping into the expansive showroom, two things strike a potential customer of this woodwork furniture business: it’s definitely a family affair and a love of timber good quality you can’t overdeliver on extraneous features". To pay the bills and put food on the table he’s produced furniture, often commissioned, for professional and bespoke objects is writ large. workspaces and has collaborated creatively with other designers and curators to The couple has eight children and one due in January. The eldest children and produce an original design, using standard manufacturing wood – but always keeping Genevieve’s parents have a hands-on involvement in the showroom. his eye on the bespoke prize. "Children don’t generally engage with adults in workplaces," Peter says. "We Now, as Timmermans transitions from wholesale service provider to curate believe it’s important that our children interact with adults from diverse backgrounds bespoke design, Peter, with carpenter Matthew Weir, has produced the original Bord within the business setting." table, Eiffel chair and the solid claret ash timber Bolton Slab Seat – a large, curved, Under watchful parental or grandparental eyes, eldest daughter Natalie is a semicircle seat suspended from the high roof by 25mm rope, draped in a calfskin calm and intelligent 10-year-old who converses easily with customers and is capable produced by 150-year-old Ballarat-based Greenhalghs Tannery. enough to take furniture orders, advise on delivery dates and arrange payments. For Gen and Peter, Clunes is the best place to be. "We live in a peaceful, generous Married since 2008, Genevieve and Peter work through production questions together, bringing to the process different ways of thinking about business and design. community. Probably every week or so someone comes in saying 'I’ve got a blowndown tree, you can have it if you want'. And then there are the close relationships Peter explains he crafts the designs and New Zealander Genevieve is the with locals. An arborist rescued my toy from a big tree when I was little. All these "mastermind marketer, entrepreneur, legal executive, property manager, homemaker." It works well. "Gen is perceptive and efficient. I’m relational. The storyteller." years later he’s bringing me some of the best logs." Central to the way they live including how they do business, the way they raise Words: Barbara Curzon-Siggers | Image: Kyle Barnes their eight children and Peter’s creativity, is their Presbyterian faith. Peter says: "God is creative. We have the desire to be creative (and) when we’re not creative we don’t function like we could. Being creative is one of the best therapies." A son of Coghill Creek farmers, he has a long-standing passion for timber and crafting wood and set up his first business in his teens, going on to attend TAFE and to undertake apprenticeships in Ballarat.

T FIRST sight Peter de Deugd wasn’t convinced the old garage in Clunes fitted the bill for Timmermans - fine furniture makers.




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HE long-awaited rebuild of the Clunes Newsagency has been completed and according to owners, Craig and Cyn Drewer "it has been returned to better than its former glory".

"It looks fantastic, and along with the rebuild and repaint of the neighbouring shops, the whole area has had a massive facelift," Craig said recently. Cyn, pictured right, said last week the floor coverings were installed in the building and a new bank counter and store counters had been built. Tatts counters have been repaired, and new terminals have been installed ready to go. The ATM has been reinstated and is fully operational. "Craig is currently working abroad but due to return in just over a week so we are hoping to make the move back to the store the week of November 11...if all goes to plan. "We will certainly be celebrating our move back and will let the community know as soon as possible the date for the party. The community has been incredibly supportive and patient over the past eight months and we cannot wait to celebrate with them and bring some normality back to town with the reopening of the store and particularly of the Bendigo Bank Agency." The Clunes buildings were damaged after an ATM robbery in March this year.


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CROSS the region chooks are being made to look their best, the 'cracks are gathering to the fray' to ride a mechanical bull, cakes and scones are being baked and all sorts of creatures primped and preened, as well as a few humans. It’s showtime!

Of all the competitions at these shows, one that is not public has many minds occupied. To placate its rural rump the Federal Government is giving $12m to help shows, so Don Harvey and his counterparts plan their strategy to get part of the dosh. For him, a pavilion extension is on the list, but not until the show’s over.

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First out of the box on November 16 is Kyneton, which is pitching to youngsters with laser tag and a game called Wipe Out. “Kids enjoy watching others being knocked over,” observes show president Vincent Lakey. He says there’s been a 10-year build-up to this, so there will be fireworks the next day which, oddly enough, is the same day as the Clunes Show where a new metal pavilion for food and wine will replace the marquee that blew away last year. Clunes is hoping to pull in the crowd with a mechanical bull ride and, like Kyneton, will have whip-cracking, as well as a shearing demonstration and a new lavatory block. Kyneton will finish earlier this year with a barbeque which, says president John Drife, will offer more than snags. The following week it’s Daylesford’s turn with the biggest poultry exhibition in the region (23 prizes for chickens), according to president Don Harvey, pictured above. And it’s in one of the best old-style poultry and pigeon sheds still upright in country Victoria. Inside, there will be guided tours with backyard breeders being urged to become exhibitors. Exhibiting rhododendrons and shrubs with some success back in 2000 set Don on the path to presidency. “I offered to paint some of the pavilions but had a heart attack,” says this 71-year-old former schoolteacher turned Boort newsagent, now retired to Bullarto. So he joined the committee, which includes Keith Pyers, his former English teacher from Year 11. The Central Victorian Axemen will show their skills at Victoria Park and there will be a talk on growing oyster mushrooms in your backyard, which should especially interest those composting worm beds, as well as instruction on beekeeping and fermenting. Gardening flowers, vegies and farm produce will move into the table tennis pavilion, as Don shows enthusiasm for having locals identify with the show. “I’ve met people in their 50s or 60s who still have a ribbon they won at the show.” There are an astonishing 300 horse events, with riders gaining points for statewide competitions and coming in from beyond Colac and Leongatha. Others will bring their sheep and goats - which compete for best udder. Even the “carnies” will be back, with rides for kids, who can also be entertained by puppets. Last year's show was overshadowed by the death not long before it opened of David Yoxall, who organised the poultry section. This year over 100 birds are expected, with 10-20 ducks, and the best bird will win the David Yoxall trophy. A brucellosis outbreak means that cattle will only be shown and not judged. Don produces a now-outmoded bright sash for a prize beef shorthorn. Like some other trophies, such as a Clydesdale award and silver plates given to the show society, it may end up in the Daylesford & District Museum. And just to show its modernity, the show will include performance art - cultural activity says Don, not art on the wall. “We could,” he grins, “even have a flash mob”. Coming up over the weekend of December 14-15 is the show in the idyllic Kingston village. For those who enjoy horsemanship, the stockman’s challenge sounds just that: there are three classes - Open, Ladies and Junior. (Such events may be among the last to retain a ladies’ class). The challenge is in three parts. There is a Working Horse Pattern where riders walk, trot, canter, hand gallop and do turns and/or go back, following instructions. An Untimed Obstacle Course where riders negotiate a number of obstacles such as a wooden bridge or carpet on the ground, jump poles, back through poles, open and close a gate, pick up a coat and place it where required. In the Timed Obstacle Course riders negotiate obstacles which may be the same or different to those in the previous event, with the quickest time winning. A tug-o’-war, dog trials and school handicrafts are also on the program.

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THERE was a great turnout last month with the Trentham & Districts Community Bank hosting its first Tradies Breakfast at Trentham CFA. Tradies were invited to share in their love of their trades and to introduce themselves to members of the CFA and Cool Country Men's Shed over coffee and an ample supply of bacon and eggs.


CRESWICK 10 PHILLIP STREET TASTEFULLY RENOVATED HOME WITH SO MUCH MORE Sitting on a substantial block of 842m2 is this stylishly renovated 3 bedroom home with the entertainers touch. The fresh and on trend external colour scheme and easy to maintain gardens give this home real street appeal and you will continue to be impressed once you enter the home. A 6 x 7 metre carport offers cover for 4 cars and leads to the expansive 6 x7 metre garage/shed with front roller doors and a rear roller door giving you through access to the rear gardens and rear single garage/shed.

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CRESWICK 66 CLUNES ROAD INVITING AND SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME Impressively sized and oozing with creature comforts is this 4 bedroom family home just a walk to the centre of Creswick. Freshly painted and refurbished, with hydronic heating through out the home along with a private salt water pool in the expansive rear gardens. All 4 bedrooms are spacious and have BIRs (master with WIRs), along with split system heating and cooling, workshop and plenty of secure parking including space for your caravan.

CLUNES 33 FRASER STREET CLUNES TIME TRAVELLER • Historic building with many original features • Gallery-retail space, bed/sitting room with wood fire, French doors to private secure courtyard and access to rear street (Purcell Street) • Commercial kitchen has stainless steel benches, fridge, gas stove, extractor • Central bathroom (disabled access) with toilet and vanity. Second toilet and storage area • Commercial grade reverse cycle heating/ airconditioning. Ceiling fans, stylish lighting

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The joy of Spring Ah! The joy of Spring...waking up each morning to a breathtaking display of purple rhododendron and golden yellow banksia rose cascading over the pergola outside our bedroom window. Even after 30-plus years of living in Spa Country I still marvel each Autumn and Spring at the displays provided by so many beautiful trees and shrubs that would barely survive outdoors in Adelaide’s dry summer heat. Especially in a year of punishing water restrictions. Mind you, there are a few areas in the Adelaide Hills where such favourites as azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias thrive and Autumn colours can be magnificent, provided an early and hot, dry summer doesn’t turn the leaves to a crisp brown beforehand. Dazzling in the dark Speaking of colour, in most gardens there exists a spot or two where the sun rarely penetrates. Usually that dark corner is permanently shaded by an overhanging verandah or eaves, or even tall trees. It is in such a position where shade-loving plants can be grown to great advantage. Dark, shady areas of the garden can lack in colours other than green, so choose plants that will add year-round colour to the bed other than from the short-term showing of flowers. There are many varieties of shrubs and perennials with variegated leaves, and not all are deciduous, showing off only in Autumn, although some will provide the added attraction of Spring flowers. These include nandina domestica or Japanese sacred bamboo, which are available in myriad differing forms, producing brightly-coloured new foliage that will turn to various shades of red throughout winter months. Cotinus or smoke bush, in its many forms, although deciduous, provides colour for much of the year with delightful smoky, cloud-like flowers, highly-coloured new leaves in Spring and a bonus blaze of Autumn colour, pictured right. Berberis thunbergia in its many hybrid forms has purple-coloured leaves which Spring colour is everywhere deepen in colour in Autumn. Berberis, with its network of fine spikes has the added use of providing an animal-proof hedge. Many other shrub species provide colour throughout the year with their spotted or striped variegated leaves. These include hydrangeas, fuchsias, camellias, daphne, ilex (holly), geraniums and, of course the ubiquitous pittosporum. Among the range of highly-coloured leaved perennials to brighten up the edges of any garden bed or border are the newer hybrid forms of heuchera, with its fan-like leaves and dainty sprays of tiny pink or red florettes, and the deep bronze-leaved, ground covering, ajuga reptans which is covered in spring by miniature delphiniumlike flower stalks of cornflower blue. Both of these enjoy and deserve a sunny or shady place in the garden. Planting under established trees If any of these plants are destined to be planted under or among established trees or shrubs, they will more than likely need to contend with, and overcome, a substantial network of already established roots both in ground space and water supply. This will require a little extra preparation starting with hoeing or raking the area to loosen the top few centimetres of soil. This main element entails the provision of extra-rich and friable soil in which to give the new roots a flying start. A batch of rotted compost or crumbly loam, wellmixed with some finely pulverised dry cow or horse manure works well. Spread this to a depth of at least 10cm or more depending on the size of root ball of the plant. When planted, and after watering, cover the area around the base of the plant with a layer of mulch. This will reduce the need for excessive watering during hot weather and keep the roots cool.

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Styling basics for selling the home "HAVE no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it." - Salvador Dali Now that you have swept, cleaned, fixed and decluttered the home ready for selling, relax. Take a deep breath and imagine you don’t live there. Styling can be very difficult if you expect the rooms to be instantly fabulous as you’d see in a magazine photo shoot. They won’t be but they can become the best version of themselves. You already have the interior freshly-painted in a neutral colour that is the same throughout the house so take each room, one at a time. Stand where the room will be viewed from by a visitor. What do you see first? Is the room furniture orientated to its best angle? Is the room balanced for the eye? Is there a clean rug anchoring the room together? Is the light streaming in or is mood lighting better? A side lamp or standing light is great near a reading chair or in a lounge room to add cosiness or to highlight the nice side of the room. The diversion theory is where you want to change the immediate focus in the room. Lead the eye where you want it to go, for example, the side window looks out onto a brick wall. Use a mat with a design leading into the room. Have a bright painting on the wall at the end with a chair and standing light to bring the eye in and stop it wandering around the room. Now that the eye has seen and focused on the setting and not the ugly brick wall, it tends to move on to the next room. Bathrooms are to be kept clear and clean. Shampoo bottles go into the cupboard. Shower water is squeegeed away. Buy fluffy white towels and display them only for inspection times. Add green plants into the bathroom so it looks fresh and clean. Bedrooms are a major selling point. How many and how big are they? If the room is small, push the bed as far into the corner of the room as you can without it looking as though you need to be an acrobat to make the bedding. Invest in fluffy doonas, pillows and clean covers because you want people to feel as though they can easily curl up in that warm, cosy, soft space. Throw rugs are still a good idea. Place one casually on the bed end or over the arm of the chair for a colour or texture highlight. Remember bedrooms are to be inviting and not sterile like a hospital or hotel room. A fluffy rug near the bed helps portray comfort. Bedside lights for ambience and remove family photos. Nobody wants to sleep with your family watching. Depersonalise not only the bedrooms but the whole house. Open windows to freshen rooms. We get used to our own smells so light goodquality scented candles or dust with a drop of quality essential oil on a rag. Add green, healthy plants in bare corners or clustered by open windows or by the front door. They bring the idea of care and health and nature. A full fruit bowl in the kitchen can add health and colour. All green apples or oranges may work with your accent colours. Leave a couple of strategically-placed hard covered books on the coffee table. You’re creating a lived-in but not cluttered look. Ultimately your house is to become someone’s home. Neutral, cosy, comfortable and inviting by successfully focusing on the best points of the house.

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

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"More buyers will also mean more houses being constructed and extra jobs in our region. The First Home Buyers Scheme will also be attractive to new buyers looking to relocate in regional Victoria where they get better value for money and a terrific Mr King said the rise in house prices was overshadowed by unit prices, which rose lifestyle to boot." Mr King said the regional Victorian real estate sector was already in healthy by an incredible 7.1 per cent during the past quarter across regional Victoria. shape, with the recent REIV quarterly median figures proving that the market was "Surging sales have led to a lot of smiles on the faces of sellers and agents across bouncing back. Victoria. "This upcoming summer is a fantastic time for local sellers; with extra buyers "Bendigo is the top regional housing performer, scoring 11.9 per cent quarterly around we will need a lot more properties up for sale. If you were unsure about selling and 29.7 per cent annual growth, followed by West Wodonga (6.1 per cent), Clifton your home, now is the perfect time to do so." Springs (5.4 per cent), Morwell (4.5 per cent) and Woodend (4.3 per cent). Mr King said last month's annual REIV Excellence Awards were held in "Churchill and Morwell have been crowned as the two most affordable suburbs in Melbourne and continued to be "the night of nights for anyone in Victorian real regional Victoria, followed by Moe, Stawell and Ararat." estate". Mr King said Bendigo remained Victoria’s most consistent region, achieving the "We had one of our biggest awards nights in 2019 with 117 finalists competing highest combined positive growth both quarterly and yearly. across 37 categories. Well done to all of the 2019 finalists and winners, you all deserve "A market on the rebound is music to the ears of potential sellers; these to feel extremely proud of your efforts. conditions should lead to more properties being listed for sale. "The quality of this year’s finalists is a sign that the Victorian real estate sector is "With easier lending conditions and historically low interest rates, there hasn’t in great shape." been a better time to sell your home." Meanwhile, Mr King says the Federal Government’s decision to expand the First Link: Home Buyers Scheme would have amazing benefits to regional Victorian real estate. "The REIV openly welcomes the plan unveiled by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, which will encourage first-home buyers on lower incomes to enter the property market with a deposit of just 5 per cent. "In regional Victoria, a 5 per cent deposit will mean that a potential homeowner would only need to save $18,750 to purchase a property worth $375,000, under the expanded scheme that comes into effect in January 2020. "The announcement has created a lot of buzz across Victoria’s real estate sector. Our market will be swarmed by new buyers, resulting in further transactions in our community.

HE regional Victorian housing market is gradually gaining momentum, with house prices up by 0.9 per cent in the REIV’s latest quarterly median prices, says CEO Gil King.

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30 Markets

To market, to market, to buy Xmas decorations


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 Trentham Station Sunday Market - fourth Sunday Buninyong Village Market - fourth Sunday

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Dining & Wining


Mercato is now offering two dining spaces. 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”. 32 Raglan St, Daylesford Phone: (03) 5348 4488 Download WOWAPPS from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, and search for MERCATO@DAYLESFORD”

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The Good Grub Club


HE Good Grub Club is a local charity that provides meals to those who are doing it tough in our community. It operates out of one of the buildings at the Daylesford Uniting Church site.

From left, Good Grub Club volunteers Jenny Hayes, Jan Jenner, Robyn Zanon, Annette Thomas, Sue Kirk, Braiden Thomas and Kath Howard

It provides meals to homeless and disadvantaged people twice each week - on Tuesday they provide a hot, cooked breakfast and on Thursday they provide a three-course lunch. Each week around 40 to 80 people come for these meals. A group of about 12 volunteers, including members of the church community, give their time each week to provide this service and to manage the receipt, cooking, storage and delivery of food and meals. The service also provides food hampers to ensure that people have food through the rest of the week. Some people come for hampers only. To provide the service, The Good Grub Club receives donations of food from Daylesford's Coles Supermarket, a local catering business and Food Share Bendigo. The food provided consists of both fresh and packaged products. Despite attempts to use as much of the fresh produce as possible each week there is always some that is beyond use, and there is also waste when the produce is prepared. In an attempt to deal with this waste some of the volunteers have been discussing the possibility of creating a composting system on site. Earlier in the year 'Captain Compost' visited the site and talked to volunteers about how a composting system could be introduced. He explained the reasons for composting, particularly in terms of reducing waste sent to landfill and also discussed how to create gardens to produce some fresh produce locally. The charity’s aim is to set up a composting system that could deal with the waste and produce valuable compost that could be used to develop a small garden to enable volunteers and attendees to grow some foods, such as a variety of herbs, lettuce and tomatoes, that could be used in the kitchen throughout the year. It will help to reduce the environmental impact of the food waste and will provide materials – composted waste from the kitchens – to help to support the development of kitchen gardens that will enhance the nutritional and aesthetic value of the meals provided by The Good Grub Club. The gardens will also increase the involvement and engagement of users of the meals service.





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Meal deals!


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


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


Bellinzona, Hepburn - two/three courses & a glass of wine - $40/$50


Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford – Steak Night - $25


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


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.

Every day:

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.

Community Lunch

The 5000 Club, Daylesford offers a three-course lunch most Fridays at Victoria Park, Daylesford. Due to other pre-booked events, there are no lunches during November, there is no lunch on December 6 and the last lunch for the year is for Christmas, on December 20.

Gig Guide Bellinzona Grange, Hepburn Jarrod Shaw - Saturday, November 16 Sean Dixon - Saturday, November 23 The Cartwheels - Saturday, November 30

The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham Zeebs vs Miss Vitula - Saturday, November 9, 1pm Victoriana Gaye - Sunday, November 10, 1pm Sarah Wilkinson - Sunday, November 17, 1pm

Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn Girl Friday - Friday, November 8 Buck Jr. - Saturday, November 9 Open Mic - Sunday, November 10 Josh Dance - Friday, November 15 Never Easy - Saturday, November 16 HMS Ash - Sunday, November 17

Daylesford RSL, Daylesford Open mic - 1st Sunday of the month, 3pm-5pm

Blackwood Hall, Blackwood The Black Orchid Stringband and Honeyfields - Sunday, November 10, 3pm

Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville Jugularity - Friday, November 8, 6.30pm-9.30pm (Pictured below)

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Jugularity heading to Radio Springs Hotel


ASED in Melbourne, Jugularity has been playing nationally and internationally for over 30 years. However, on Friday, November 8 from 6.30-9.30pm they’ll be at the Radio Springs Hotel.

Expect skilled, inspiring musicianship with comedy cabaret - incorporating upbeat, eclectic versions of jazz, folk, blues, rap, country, jug and other styles they've written, borrowed or parodied. There's surprise audience involvement, great music, fun and spontaneity. Bruce Stephens (guitar, banjo, classical kazoo, vocals) is a serial offender in bush music, rock’n’roll, choirs and butcher-shop quintets. No gig too small, no fee too large, no pun too laboured. An audience members quipped: "His jokes are such an effective counterpoint to the humour of the rest of the band." Peter Vadiveloo (percussion, toothbrush, sex cymbal, hyper-vocals) has played flamenco, modern jazz, R&B, funk, opera, orchestral, Irish, folk, West African, South American, North to Alaska and East of Eden. He also holds the title of 1997 World Amateur Kelp Hanging Champion. Brian Strating (fiddle, mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, harmonica, toilet seat, hypo-vocals) is involved in ensembles, swingsters, trios, street bands, bush music, old time string orchestras – but how does he find the time? And why do they call him “Strat O’Various”? Finally, Gavan McCarthy (double bass, ukulele, zampoña, mandola, vocals of little renown), despite a degree in music composition, is determined to keep playing. When asked to write some songs, he declined. Prosopographer by day, night-time with ensembles playing jazz, Kwela, Bolivian pan pipe, Celtic and Austrian choir music - just not all at the same time.

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Artist Brian Nash to talk at Cosmo Hotel


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Brian’s subjects focus on local beauty around the Hepburn Shire, which he depicts the beauty, colour and light with feeling and conviction.


AYLESFORD artist Brian Nash has an art exhibition at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham – and will be the focus of an artist talk and lunch on Thursday, November 14.

Brian was born in Yarraville and still has contact with many friends. “Yarraville was full of characters, friendly people, a bit like Daylesford, a village-like atmosphere. I moved to Noble Park when I was 15, spent the next 20 years there and that was when I decided I wanted to paint for a living and have been doing so for the past 44 years.” Brian has had more than 20 one-man exhibitions with numerous awards to his name. He focuses on sensitive nudes, gracious old Australian hotels and buildings, the Flinders Ranges and historical towns, mountain cattlemen of the High Country, romantic and historical gardens, and the flower gatherers of Monbulk, Olinda and Dingley. The move to Daylesford almost 20 years ago came accidentally after Brian and his partner Roberta Donnelly stopped for a cold drink on the way back from Maldon one day. Bookings: 5424 1516 by Thursday, November 7.


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Hits, giggles and some serious stuff


ENNIS anyone? The beautiful lawn tennis courts in West Street, Daylesford are open and ready for play.

"With great winter rain and a hard-working team of volunteers led by Pete Risstrom, the courts are looking better than they have ever been," Daylesford Lawn Tennis club president Greg Malcher said. "We are having a Tennis Open Day on Sunday, November 10 from midday to 3pm to encourage new players to come down and have a hit." All new beginner juniors can join in the Hot Shots program where they play games designed to build their tennis skills. This will be run by Anna Santurini, Daylesford’s Hot Shot coordinator and past club champion. More experienced players can try their hand at keeping pace with the tennis ball cannon or having a casual hit. Brian Carr, Daylesford’s tennis coach will be roving to give tennis tips and advice to players. A demonstration game will feature Daylesford’s up and coming junior players pitted against senior club champions. There will also be a free barbeque and tennis give-aways. For anyone who has been thinking of taking up tennis or getting back into it, the open day is the time to pick up a racquet, come down and give it a go.

Above, 2019 Junior singles and doubles lawn tennis champions and Hot Shots, Back row, left to right, Oscar, Asha, Jess, Lola, Maddison, Grace and Caitlan, middle row Axel, Sebastian, Will and Lachlan, front row Adam, Josh, Dom, Olivia and Briony Words & image: Contributed

Open Day: Sunday, November 10, midday to 3pm Juniors

On Saturday mornings the beginner Hot Shot program is held from 9.45am to 10.30am. The junior competition (for more experienced players) begins 9am sharp.


Seniors tennis is held on Saturday afternoons (arrive 1pm for 1.30pm start) and Twilight Tennis is held on Thursdays (arrive 5.50pm for 6pm start). Social tennis is also held on Tuesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10am, for a casual hit with whoever shows up. For tennis coaching contact Brian Carr on 0409 189 736 or book a court online.


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42 Opinion

Pick me, pick me...

Just sayin’... By Donna Kelly


DID a Good Samaritan deed the other day. Not much, but you know, something.

I was standing behind a bloke in the "12 items and under" queue. And feeling rather smug, because rather than my usual 13 or 14 items, I had far less then 12. You know what it's like when you have too many and the person behind you has very few. I always say things like "surely five apples is just one item" to no-one in particular but generally receive a scowl from both the checkout operator (never Joy) and the customers behind. Anyway, this time, I was taking very little notice but then I realised the bloke in front, an older-than-me gentleman, was being asked for $27.20, twice. He then asked what they could remove from his shopping to bring it back down under the $25 cash he was holding. And the operator took away one item. Now, I am an ex-smoker, and have certainly bummed cigarettes in my day, but I don't think you should smoke and expect a handout. That's just me. But I didn't think he would be surrendering a pack of smokes - that would have reduced his bill to about $2. So when it was my turn I peered over at what had been removed and was struck to my Australian core. On the bit between the register and the next one was a packet of Iced VoVos. Yes, an Australian icon, at least according to Australia Post and its $1 coin collectables fad which is going viral - not. I do actually remember Iced VoVos growing up but I have not seen a packet for a long time, which is why Kyle ranted recently that he had never even tried an Iced VoVo. So, I had a win-win situation. I buy the Iced VoVos, and hope the man is not a speed walker, or I buy the Iced VoVos and he has long since disappeared and I present them to Kyle as a special Australian gift. Maybe to dunk in his tea. He is a former Kiwi and does these strange things from time to time. Anyway, it turned out the man was a wanderer so I called from behind him and said "I think these are yours" and mumbled something about paying with a card and it not mattering, and he said "thank you very much, very kind" and we parted ways. Now I thought it was a kind gesture, perhaps he was taking them home to his wife of 50 years, and they had met sharing a packet of Iced VoVos, or even just one if it was during the war years. But no, Kyle said I had done a disservice. Perhaps it was the disappointment talking, but Kyle insisted the bloke was probably pre-diabetic and was pleased the biscuits had been confiscated. He was now in a diabetic coma - thanks to my well-meaning ways. I was a bit upset so checked with a friend who said Kyle had it all wrong. The bloke was probably quite rich, with an black AMEX card, but so mean and stingy he just carried $25 in cash with him to keep purchases down, and was quite used to people topping up his shopping at their expense. Either way, I am stepping away from the Good Samaritan role. It is fraught with danger and very little thanks. In fact, thinking back, I am not even sure if he said "thank you" or something very close. No-one likes to be a charity case. Just sayin'...

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The Local - Connecting the Community The Local is all about Connecting the Community. And to help out we offer two, sometimes three, community adverts in each edition at no cost. Organisations need to be not-for-profit and must not be running paid advertising in other media at the same time - that wouldn't be fair. This time it's a Bushdance at the Glenlyon Hall and a bird walk with the Friends of Cornish Hill.

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Kyle’s Rant


ALL-OUT culture (also known as outrage culture) is a form of public shaming that aims to hold individuals and groups accountable for their actions by calling attention to behaviour that is perceived to be problematic, usually on social media. (Thanks, Google).

It seems we are living in a world of outrage culture with protests close to home and as far away as the other side of the world like Lebanon who are protesting over a proposal for a WhatsApp and other social media tax, or at least that’s how it started, now it seems it’s just to roll the government of the day. I am not sure why there is all this unrest in the world. It’s not that I can’t understand it, as those who read this Rant know, I am despondent about most authoritarian realms. It’s just that it seems to me that we are at another tipping point of change, sort of like the age of Aquarius for the millennium. Maybe it’s the frustration of dealing with government on all levels. I have seen perfectly normal and rational human beings enter a government position and within a matter of weeks start spewing out government speak such as checks and balances, on balance, filibuster, fence mending, McCarthyism, pundit, trial balloon and the list goes on. Take Peter Garrett. I thought Garrett, when appointed shadow parliamentary secretary for Reconciliation and the Arts back in 2005, would have been the perfect candidate but no, in a matter of months he had “modified” his views. Kakistocracy is a government that is run by unscrupulous citizens. (Thanks this time to Wikipedia.) This word seems to be coming up a lot when it comes to layers of government who are supposed to act in the people's best interest, but instead act in the interest of big business and self-profiteering. But back to the protests or the protestors. I find it amazing how they can even form a flash mob or where they get their information from. I, from time to time, glaze over social media, but no one invites me to a flash mob-style protest although I stumbled upon one last Friday in the Daylesford Coles breezeway (see page 3). My first thought was that at least it was convenient. I mean, there I was, Friday afternoon with the mob due to crank up at 5pm sharp, so plenty of time to get my pizza order in at La Luna and pick up the usual array of supplies for the evening. And right outside the booze shop - happy days. However, my second horrific thought was what if one of the Extinction Rebellion protestors took it too far and glued themselves to a pole like they did in Melbourne? I couldn’t think of a worse torture than having to say "G’day" to the hundreds of locals who lurk down there every night. Eekk! But I digress. On the other side of things, I think that being a politician on any level of government would be like riding a pogo stick in a minefield with all our political correctness and dehumanised approach to things. What I am saying is that we are all human, we all know right from wrong, the governments are just a bunch of humans who, for want of a better word, preside over the rest of us and it seems like the rest of us have had a gutfull. New age of Aquarius rant over…

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Dyslexia discussion


EW research says up to 20 per cent of people have dyslexia or a similar specific learning difference. With this, many bright students are struggling with reading, maths, behaviour or engagement.

Artist and creative director of a graphic design business, Kim Percy noticed her son was falling behind at school in year 1 and within a few short months was being called in weekly because of his poor choices. In year 2, he was diagnosed with dyslexia but by then habits had formed. By year 3, he was refusing to attend school. Kim was distraught but with the help of specialist educator Peter O’Mara and other experts, she was able to turn her son’s life around. Kim recognises the difficulties that many parents are going through and sees that students, like her son, can fall through the education system. She wants to be able to assist other parents and teachers so that more children receive the help they deserve. Kim is organising a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 19, with experts including Nathalie Parry, who has a Master’s of Education in specific learning difficulties, education psychologist Kathryn Kallady and young dyslexic speaker and medical student Jemima Hutton with MC Peter O’Mara. Child care will be available onsite. Bookings essential at

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