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July 4, 2016 Issue 75 Horse Whisperer

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Front cover: Steve Brinkworth is all about horses and is taking part in the Australian Brumby Challenge.

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July 4, 2016 Issue 75 Horse Whisperer

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CFA volunteers still not convinced on EBA

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Emergency Services minister James Merlino was also establishing a consultative committee with volunteers, career firefighters and CFA management to also work through any issues or challenges. “We will be able to build, and continue, a CFA best in class," Ms Thomas said. But volunteers were quick to point out they continued to have concerns with the Ms Thomas told the Glenlyon meeting, which had volunteers from around the EBA and the handling of the entire issue. region, that she acknowledged it was a “difficult time with a lot of competing views One said the “core of our concerns” was that they simply did not believe the and interests”. “The one thing that I want you to be absolutely assured of is that the government government was working in their best interests. “We are looking at the very credible minister Jane Garrett, who has found herself holds volunteer firefighters in the highest regard and is committed to fire services that where she had to resign, on principle. She stood up to the pressure for a long time will keep Victorians safe,” she said. “When I talk to brigades one thing I do want you to think about as volunteers, and career firefighters, is that you are united by one and she is highly intelligent with political skills. The board is the same, they are not idiots, they have not been hoodwinked. And the CEO. thing; that is your passion for the community you serve and keep Victorians safe. “Compared to (Victorian premier) Dan Andrews, that’s a pretty formidable fire “We live in one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, if not the most. Right here in Glenlyon, we are among the most fire-prone areas in Victoria. You also know power group of people who say ‘no, this does have implications for the future of the we have a long and tragic history of terrible bush fires that have tragically taken many CFA’. Another female volunteer said she was particularly concerned in relation to lives over many years. As a government we are committed to building the best fire gender diversity. services in the world.” “Three per cent of paid firefighters are women and 15 per cent of volunteers are Ms Thomas said the enterprise bargaining agreement with the United Firefighters women. The 10 out of 14 day rostering may not be direct discrimination but women Union and the CFA, which led to the downfall of the CFA Board, Ms Garrett and Ms Nolan, who only took on the CEO position in September last year, was essentially who are carers and have families can’t be full-time firefighters because they can’t turn out on the 10 out of 14 day rosters. There are also implications that volunteers can’t just a way of determining the wages and conditions of a paid workforce. be trainers. I feel incredibly disappointed with what the government has done and Because volunteers were not paid, the EBA would not affect them, she said. basically I think the whole thing is disgraceful.” Meanwhile Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley had been Another said the CFA had been built by local people working together with most appointed by the government to oversee the implementation of the EBA and listen to of the hierarchy also local. “We don’t want the union coming in and controlling what the voices of the CFA, she said. we do.” “I believe that is an additional safety net in there.”

FA volunteers met with Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas last week as the outfall from the resignation of the Victorian Emergency Services minister Jane Garrett and the sacking of the CFA Board and chief executive officer Lucinda Nolan continues.

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Amber's plucky outlook on life leads to book

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HEN it comes to getting what she wants in life, Amber Jepsen is no chicken. But her book is.

About a chicken, at least; actually, the plucky 13-year-old has just self-published a collection of short stories each about a different breed of chicken, all taking on their own characters as they have fun farmyard adventures. It was the help of doting mum, Shelley, who, along with Amber’s visiting teacher, saw Highshire Farm - Poultry Passion become a soft-cover reality for the Carlsruhe resident. “It’s always been my dream to have it published,” Amber explained. It was a dream that took a while to come true – three years, in fact, as Amber started writing the book at the age of 10 while recovering from a full spinal fusion. Diagnosed with a medical condition resulting in weak muscles, it was during the recovery time from her major back surgery, at home on the family farm near Kyneton, when Amber started her writing. “I’ve always liked writing, and I started writing short stories to get my mind off things. I didn’t realise how far I was going to go, but I knew I wanted to have it published.” Despite living on a farm, it’s not typical of a 10-year-old to have an extensive knowledge of chicken breeds; the original inspiration for the stories came from visits to a friend’s Daylesford property, where there was a large brood of chickens.

“I always liked talking to her about the chickens, and she would tell me about the different breeds.” From there, Amber put her own creative spin on her feathered friends, and used her impressive level of maturity to bring a lesson to life in each tale. “They’re fun and exciting adventures… but I wanted to have a moral in each one. In one of them, I put the theme of bullying in.” But writing the book was just the first step for this modern-day Beatrix Potter. Amber also learned, as writers everywhere nod their heads in appreciation, the pain of the editing process. “The writing part was really fun, coming up with the idea and everything…but we did the editing as part of school, with my visiting teacher. “We’d go over something seven times, then go over it again, and find something else to change. That took so long... it doesn’t happen overnight.” *Highshire Farm - Poultry Passion is available from Aesop’s Attic in Kyneton, or by contacting The Local for Amber’s email address.

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Steve Brinkworth up for the challenge

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TEVE Brinkworth is a horse trainer and endurance rider from South Australia but moved to Korweinguboora with his wife Sally two years ago.

Over the years he has developed a practical and simple approach to helping both horses and their owners with all types of horse-related problems. Since he’s been in the area, he has received a steady stream of clients who have benefitted a great deal from his approach to horsemanship, but Steve is not one to remain in a single niche, he is also taking part in the Australian Brumby Challenge. Three days prior Steve, pictured left, had been at Brumby Junction Sanctuary, a property near Beaufort where a large group of wild horses were yarded. There he had a beast allocated to him, which he is to prepare for public competition within four months. Back at Steve’s property I am introduced to the hairy and muddy five-year-old horse he now has in training. His name is VBA Fergus, (the VBA stands for Victorian Brumby Association) and he has never been handled before. He is small, almost a pony in fact, chestnut in colour with a large Roman nose and solid front end. Born in Mt Kosciuszko National Park, he looks every bit the untamed horse he is, with a long ragged mane and a wary look in his eye. Steve moves about with the young bloke in a small yard getting him used to being handled, but the trainer is cheerful and optimistic about the task ahead. “Once I can get him past this little barrier where he doesn’t want me in his space and he accepts the halter, he will move along quite quickly. I’ll teach him, instead of going flighty, to drop his head, lift his back and start to move how he needs to move.” The Brumby Challenge takes wild brumby horses, passively trapped as part of an ongoing management program, from the high country of Victoria and southern New South Wales. They are then partnered with 25 horse trainers for 150 days. In the Ridden Challenge, brumbies aged four and older are saddle trained. In the Youngster Challenge, yearling-aged brumbies are trained and presented in hand only, not to be started under saddle or sat on. At the end of the breaking in and training period, the trainers and their horses will show at the finale of the Australian Brumby Challenge held at Equitana Melbourne 2016, one of the largest equine festivals of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Over the four days of the event the former brumbies will be taken through their paces in several classes; all of which are designed to showcase their trainers' ability and the trainability and versatility of the horses and ponies. Steve is taking part in the Ridden Challenge, which means the most important part of his horse’s training will be learning how to comfortably carry a rider. “Out in the wild Fergus probably had a good use for carrying his head high the way he does at the moment but we have to change that. He has to bring it down so the spine will level out, bring his back end underneath in order to carry the burden of saddle and rider without injury. "This is the foundation to training any horse; it doesn’t matter if you pursue western, dressage or whatever. The foundation for every horse is to carry the burden of the rider without getting injured and we have got to enhance his ability to do that.” It begs the question; how long do you think it will take before you are able to step on him? “All horses develop differently,” Steve says. “You never push an untrained horse any faster then he is comfortable to go. At the moment he’s acting quite wild and standoffish but he is also interested in me and taking cues. Even now, after only a few days, he is curious and will approach looking at me with both eyes. I think I’ll be able to get there pretty soon. Well before Equitana that’s for sure.” So that’s the story so far. The Local will be following Steve and Fergus’ progress up to Equitana Melbourne in November and for all you horse lovers out there, remember all the brumbies are to be auctioned off at the end of the competition. Go place a bid; you may very well pick up a Steve Brinkworth-trained ex-wildling for your paddock at a great price.

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Can't get no satisfaction More talk on hub - with Hepburn Shire T

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TILL not happy, Jan.

Hepburn Shire Council remains below every average performance measure for Small Rural Councils, bar one, in the 2016 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey. The annual statewide survey is conducted by the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and designed to measure community satisfaction with local government performance. A council media release said the 2016 results “reveal that council has improved in the majority of indicators, including Overall Performance, Community Consultation, Advocacy and Making Community Decisions”. But the council remains under the statewide average for small councils in six of the seven areas. The ratings were Overall Performance – Hepburn Shire Council 51, Small Rural Councils 57, Community Consultation – 49/55, Advocacy – 49/54, Making Community Decisions – 48/53, Sealed Local Roads – 43/52 and Customer Service – 60/69. Overall Council Direction was up two points - 51/50. “Council acknowledges that it has continuing areas to work on, in particular customer service. This has been the main focus area for the organisation over the past 12 months, with a lot of time spent on improving our systems and how we interact with our customers. Changes that have occurred to our customer service centre in Daylesford, our phone system and internal knowledgebase have enhanced how we interact with customers. “We have in place a plan to increase consistency and give timely responses to customer requests in 2016. Our customer service team have been working with departments within the organisation to assist them with resolving customer enquiries at the point of first customer contact.” Mayor Neil Newitt said the community's view of overall council direction and performance was improving. "Although there have been gains in many areas, we constantly seek improvements in all areas. Council is committed to delivering better services to our community in a financially responsible way." said Cr Newitt.

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RENTHAM Hub consultations continue with Hepburn Shire Council endorsing “an additional broad-based community consultation process to facilitate the best way forward”. The council will re-examine suitable sites and solutions which consider the utilisation of the existing Mechanics Institute building. Mayor Neil Newitt said council continued to be committed to delivering a community hub in Trentham that gives the community what they need. "We've heard the community feedback and we're acting on it. We want to work with the community on options for the hub. Recent consultation with the community demonstrated great support for the project.” Additional community consultation will commence over coming months and will look at other design options at the site, including options which incorporate the existing Mechanics Institute building.

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EPBURN Shire Council has adopted the 2016/17 budget.

The total Capital Works Program will be $13.9 million, of which $7.4 million relates to renewal of assets. Budget highlights include: maintenance and upgrades of roads and footpaths, including reconstructions, resheeting, resealing, footpath expansion and streetscapes renewal; building renewal to maintain old and new buildings and public toilet upgrades; walking and cycling priority identification and construction of new and improved trails; improvement works to public parks, reserves, botanic gardens and mineral springs; Towards Zero Sustainability Strategy implementation; facility development and expanded programs for recreation, children and youth; and community planning implementation fund to deliver on community plan priorities.

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A Day in the Life 7

New officer-in-charge at Kyneton Police Station

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ROM being a handler at the dog squad, to working with the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse unit, the new officerin-charge at Kyneton certainly has a diverse background in policing.

Taking on the lead role at the 36-officer station, Senior Sergeant Tim Douglas is also responsible for a cluster of stations in the Kyneton response area including Malmsbury, Lancefield and Romsey. And having been in the job for just 10 weeks so far, the Kyneton post is proving as diverse as his extensive background. “We’re a general duties station, so I’m doing everything from road policing to crime investigation; a lot of our work is tied up dealing with issues around family violence, mental health, and the ongoing challenges and issues in relation to illicit drug use and the effects it has not only on those involved, but on the wider community,” Snr Sgt Douglas said. “It’s busier than I thought it would be.” It is also a welcome home, with the father-of-four living in the area. “It was something I wanted to do, transfer up here, I live in the Macedon Ranges and I’m very passionate about it - I obviously have a vested interest in the local community.” Never working too far from his home area, Snr Sgt Douglas’ career has been in the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne – but it has also taken in some tough roles. Along with having worked in traffic operations on motorcycle duties, Snr Sgt Douglas put in several years with the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Unit, and more than five years as a handler with the Dog Squad, taking a promotion and working at Sunbury before beginning the Kyneton post. “I miss working with the Dog Squad, but it’s a very demanding job working with the armed offenders and siege situations…it’s very physically demanding. I was in my early thirties, and it was a young man’s job. “I’ve fortunately had a very diverse and exciting career, which has spanned across road policing, critical incident management, emergency management… it’s all transferable into the role as officer-in-charge at Kyneton.” Already a member of the local safety committee, Snr Sgt Douglas’ door is always open to the community. “At Victoria Police we rely a lot on community involvement and interaction to get the job done, and I really want to get involved with the community in tackling the issues around family violence and also illicit drug use, particularly how it affects families – as well as apprehending offenders, and dealing with the aftermath and how it destroys families in the community. “I really look forward to the opportunity to have some say and direction in how we approach safety in the local community. I have the Macedon Ranges at heart.”

“I’ve fortunately had a very diverse and exciting career, which has spanned across road policing, critical incident management, emergency management…" - Snr Sgt Tim Douglas

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Just sayin’... By Donna Kelly

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WAS interested to read the June edition of the Glenlyon and District News. Cr Bill McClenaghan, the Holcombe Ward councillor who covers this

area, had a lovely big say on the "Telstra Tower Update". Now it would have been nice to be offered right of reply but luckily we have The Local. So there are just a few points I would like to address. The Telstra tower is the one planned for the corner of Barkly and Molesworth streets in Glenlyon. Planned for the middle of a lovely historic village in a street lined with unique oaks and elms planted to commemorate the Federation of Australia. Planned for the site of the existing Telstra exchange. What a great spot for a tower - and oddly, as well, so cheap. Just plonk it on an existing exchange, pay the owner of the land another $2000 a year for the privilege and all is well. Don't mind that there are houses just metres away - yes, in the city they put towers everywhere but if you look around in the country you mostly find them out of the way in a field, or perhaps, and someone has done their research here, sometimes they are actually on a hill. Now I am not a scientific person. I still don't know how the picture gets into the TV and I never worked out how to tape on a video cassette. If the world was destroyed tomorrow and I was the only person left I would be unlikely to even manage to rub two sticks together for a bit of fire, let alone anything more technical. But, I do know that before we got our smartphones, which work perfectly well in Glenlyon already, that if I went up a hill I got a better signal. So I wonder, just quietly, if you built a mobile phone tower on a hill, and not in a low-lying town, would you get better reception? That's just a thought... Anyway, back to Bill. Bill wrote that the Hepburn Shire Council had voted to grant "a notice of decision to grant a planning permit" which means if no-one objects it goes ahead. "Unfortunately for those wanting the Telstra tower to be built as soon as humanely possible there have been VCAT appeals lodged. This effectively puts everything on hold until VCAT makes the final decision and that will not be for many months because of a backlog of cases from all over Victoria waiting to be heard," he wrote. Now it has already been reported in two newspapers that a group of Glenlyon residents have lodged a single appeal with VCAT. So you would know that Kyle and I are among them.

Hang on, I am just thinking which two newspapers that was in, and mulling over their readership...no, you probably don't know about it. Anyway, we are. And that is our democratic right. That is one reason why VCAT exists. To hear objections from residents about council decisions. Just because councillors, none of whom live in Glenlyon, make a decision it doesn't mean we all sit back and go "fair enough - what were we thinking?". And I think it's hardly fair to blame the hold-up at VCAT on us. Perhaps there needs to be a plea for more staff if they can't keep up? Bill also writes that we are in danger of Telstra "abandoning its plans" for Glenlyon even before it reaches the courtroom. But as far as we are aware Glenlyon has been nominated as a Mobile Phone Blackspot by the Federal Government and Telstra has put its hand up to acquit the program. So how can Telstra suddenly pull out and say to the Federal Government - "sorry, too hard - we'll find somewhere else"? Once again, I am not a politician, but when we had our Telstra consultation day the Telstra engineers told us it would be acquitted, somewhere in Glenlyon. They also told us that they had done modelling on Gooches Hill and it provided "at least" 20 per cent better coverage. Now I know that VCAT can't comment on other locations - but why not head for the hills? Bill also writes the delay at VCAT could see us in the next fire season. That could be true - but surely that's not also our fault? We are in the system, we did not make the system. Perhaps appeals regarding mobile blackspot towers need to go to the front of the queue? There's an idea. And then there's the use of council resources to defend its decision. But if the decision is so right then surely you just handover your paperwork and let VCAT decide. If all the i's have been dotted and the t's crossed, isn't that enough to get over the line? Why the extra work? Finally, Bill talks about coverage for "Glenlyon". But what about Wheatsheaf, Porcupine Ridge and Coomoora? Are we finally dropping the pretence that this tower is purely for Glenlyon and won't reach those other areas? Unless it was on a hill... Bill, going to VCAT is a right and fighting for your community is nothing to be ashamed of. A few years back Kyle and I and one other resident fought to save up to five trees from the Avenue of Federation when the new fire station was going in. We were vilified by many people. We were told "you are holding up the fire station". But finally, everyone saw sense, the driveways were changed slightly, and not one tree was removed. The new station went ahead in a timely manner and we kept our avenue. So, we are going to VCAT whether you, or anyone else, likes it or not. And it is not "unfortunate". It is our right. True, we may not win, but we can always say we tried. Just sayin'...

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Info centre volunteers tour Hepburn Bathhouse

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Another tough breed are the volunteers behind the information desk of the Daylesford Regional Vistor Information Centre and those in Trentham, Creswick and Clunes, some of whom, pictured above outside the Pavilion Cafe, recently took part in a familiarisation tour of the bathhouse. More helpers are always appreciated, and they don’t need extensive local Simon DiCato, the acting building and services manager at the bathhouse, has knowledge, says visitor services co-ordinator Ellie Beer, “just a passion for the region”. done a fair amount of study into the history of the Hepburn Springs facilities and says that, as an example, in 1910 as many as 12,000 “private baths” were administered Volunteers receive training and then are asked to commit to working a regular shift, from as little as two hours each fortnight, she says. there. In directing visitors to the Hepburn Bathhouse, information centre volunteers If that was an average year, then, the past 100-plus years would have seen a lot of might point out that it is a key component of the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, soaking being done - hundreds of thousands of bathers, Simon reckons. a 30-hectare slice of the Hepburn Regional Park. It re-opened in 2008, costing more Our region has changed markedly in that time. Gold and timber came and went, than $10 million, and is the latest in a long line of facilities - Simon says there may farming became a mainstay, but because of our renowned mineral springs, tourism have been as many as five on the site over the past 150 years. has been an important part of the local economy throughout the decades. In any community, change can cause all kinds of divisions, and ours is no According to some sources, more than 80 per cent of Australia’s known mineral different. The creation of the contemporary bathhouse was challenging on many water springs are found here, and they’ve attracted visitors to the region pretty much levels, from disputes over the design to problems with funding. To the credit of all from the time of settlement. involved - the state government, the shire council and the local people - the job got Indeed, there is ample evidence that Aboriginal people recognised properties in done and the results are nothing short of excellent. the mineral waters here going back thousands of years. Along with the main pools, there is a range of private baths and treatment Simon says the bathhouse has always filled its pools with water pumped from the facilities. Prices are variable but most days the main features of the bathhouse are same springs, bubbling up from deep underground - even during drought years the available to locals at good discounts. water arrives. Along with locals, the bathhouse welcomes guests from all over the world. The The primary minerals present are iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur key to enjoying all it has to offer, Simon says, is to respect that it is a “communal and silica. In some of the baths, extra salts are added. The water is heated to varying space”. It caters for families and for those looking for a more contemplative or degrees but back in the day, he says, bathers took the waters cold - they bred folks exclusive experience. “We aim not to be restrictive,” he says. tough back then.

T’S been many years since Daylesford and Hepburn Springs were listed among the locales seeking recognition as Tidy Towns, but we would surely be among the cleanest people on the planet, if the number of visitors to the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is anything to go by.

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'The Journey' celebrates 100 years of Lions

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S PRESIDENT of a rather unusual Lions Club, Trentham local Robyn Falloon has helped create a masterpiece quilt marking a major milestone.

Named The Journey, and valued at $6500, the 84 square-inch quilt took four teams an estimated 2000 hours to create, with 2016-17 Lions Quilting Club of Victoria president Ms Falloon at the helm. “We’re not a traditional Lions Club – for starters, we don’t do barbeques,” Ms Falloon, pictured above with the quilt, said. Instead, The Journey will be used to raise funds for the quilting club’s projects supporting disadvantaged women and children, with support to the Lions’ International Foundation. Marking the Lions Club 100-year anniversary next year, the quilt took two years to design and construct with the work of 27 quilters, including Ms Falloon heading up the Trentham team. “We think the name The Journey is absolutely perfect. It relates to the journey of Lions’ 100-year history, the journey of our club, and the journey of people throughout the world as they serve others or have been touched by our work. Where the story will go from here…it gives us the most awesome goose-bumps to think about this." The “tree of life” theme features leaves appliqued onto the quilt as botanical representations of signature trees, plants and flowers from the major continents and countries of the world where service is given by Lions. The border showcases a magnificent display of flowers and fruits from these countries, and the hands in each corner represent the work of 1.4 million volunteer Lions members worldwide – it’s the world’s largest volunteer organisation.

“There’s maple flowers and leaves for Canada, cherry blossoms for Japan, flowering gums for Australia of course, the fala tree for South America, the boab tree for Africa, and the birch tree for Russia.” The reverse side of the quilt has the extensive story about the project printed onto the fabric as a permanent historical record. Keen eyes will spot the Beyond Blue and Deafness Society butterflies in the tree’s branches, while the quilt also features the words “Lions Club International” embroidered in braille. “We had a blind person test it to make sure it actually says that.” The quilt has already attracted international recognition – it is set to be featured in French quilting bible Quiltmania, as well as going on display in Chicago next year for the international centenary celebration. The quilt will also be accompanied to Chicago by the “leaf series” – a set of panels featuring leaves with the names of donors and sponsors supporting the quilting club. “I look forward to an inundation of names for this project – we are up to the task!" Locally, The Journey will feature in Australian Quilters’ Companion, as well as at this year’s Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair. “It’s valued at $6500…but it will increase in value as the story unfolds.” *Go to www.quiltersjourney@lions201v1-4.org.au to buy a leaf for just $10.

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Daylesford Family Video Attention Borrowers The video store will be closing shortly. All dvd’s should be returned by the 12/7/16. Any dvd’s not returned will be invoiced and sent out with the money owed for the dvds.

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Glenlyon tower to VCAT

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GROUP of Glenlyon residents has gone to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to try to stop a Telstra tower being built in the main street.

The residents are concerned that the Telstra tower will impact on the visual amenity of the small hamlet. Spokesperson Donna Kelly said the residents were disappointed the tower had been approved by Hepburn Shire Council and felt they had no option but to challenge the decision at VCAT. "We believe there are better places for the tower and that, placed where it is planned, it will cause real visual impact on not just residents but also visitors to Glenlyon. "The Avenue of Federation, with its unique oak and elm plantings, must be one of the loveliest vistas in Victoria and we can't understand why Telstra would choose it as a site for a 21st century piece of communications equipment - which is really ugly. "You can paint it green and call it a tree but it is still a 35-metre tower in the middle of an historic village. We have the old primary school, the shire hall, the Glenlyon General Store...all beautiful links to the past which we should honour. "And this tower would be just metres from the front doors of a number of homes, and would also be able to be seen from many sites throughout Glenlyon. "Going to VCAT is just part of the democratic process. It's not that any of us don't want a phone tower, we do, just not in the middle of the town where it will impact on the beauty of the area." VCAT did not return requests for information about hearing dates. The first one is believed to be in August with the second, if it is not resolved, in October. Holcombe Ward councillor Bill McClenaghan said, in the Glenlyon & District News, that it was "unfortunate" that the VCAT appeal had gone ahead. "The biggest problem will be the time this appeal takes to get a final VCAT ruling. It could take eight or nine months, in which case we are well into the next summer fire season with inadequate mobile phone reception in Glenlyon, and this to me, is where the real tragedy could occur."

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Geelong Businessman, Mark Ward has ownership of the Mill Markets group and brings years of expertise to this amazing concept. The Mill Markets operate three massive venues located in Ballarat, Daylesford and Geelong. With a total of over 12,000 square metres of undercover floor space, (3 acres), treasure hunters have the opportunity to spend many hours browsing and meandering through the eclectic mix of products. There is a fantastic variety of home decor, furniture, records, vintage and new clothing, books, fine china, glassware, industrial items, jewellery, antiques as well as Australian pottery, homewares, memorabilia, retro fashions and collectables. We also have many stalls selling new products and have gift vouchers for those people who have everything!

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LONG, long time ago in a distant land far, far away… actually in New Zealand about 29 years ago, my dad was a professional fisherman.

Actually as it turns out, he was the best fisherman in Northland, New Zealand, well, according to the government of the time which decided to give out snapper quotas based on historical catch data. My dad was given the largest quota, an annual snapper catch allowance of 24 tonnes. This equated to a lot of money in those days, considering the Japanese market was buying snapper at a rate of 10 bucks a kilogram - so all we had to do was get out there and catch them. I worked alongside my father as a deckhand and was well rewarded for my efforts. At the same time the day of Maori activism had arrived. As I understand it, the Maoris had a treaty with the British - the Treaty of Waitangi - and they were a bit over being second-class citizens. So they acted on the treaty, claiming everything from the air waves, which the radio stations used, to fishing rights. At the time there was a big divide between our tightknit small community and one particular activist turned politician was Dover Samuels. His particular bent was fishing rights, so my father as the largest quota holder in Northland and Dover the Maori activist, who also lived in Northland, didn’t exactly see eye to eye. A few years later when the situation had settled, I actually went to work for Dover much to the disgust of my father, but I was a young qualified commercial skipper and needed the money. I am guessing I only lasted for a weekend as something better probably came up but I am a little foggy on the details. Fast forward to this year, and yes, there is a point to my story, I was at a friend’s barbeque when I got talking to a nice woman. It turned out to be Nicole Chvastek, again yes, the same woman who presents the Statewide Drive program on ABC Radio. Nicole and I hit it off and then midway through a sentence she dropped a vowel and reverted to her old kiwi tongue. We went through the usual things which expats say when they first meet, that whole “where are you from” conversation and it turns out that she is the daughter of Dover Samuels. I couldn’t wait to get home and call my father to get his reaction, it was, as predicted, sour. It just shows that some wounds just won’t heal, meanwhile over this side of the ditch Nicole and I are still good mates. You can actually read her story in this edition on page 23. It’s a good yarn.

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LENN Campbell is the new chief executive officer of the Hepburn Health Service.

Formerly the CEO of Tasmania’s largest disability support provider Possability, Mr Campbell, pictured below, was responsible for implementing its National Disability Insurance Scheme strategy. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with formal qualifications in finance and an MBA. Mr Campbell’s previous CEO appointments have also included Family Planning Tasmania, private health insurer, RT Health, and private hospital, Hopewell Hospice. Mr Campbell has also held general management roles with Mayne Health and MBF (now BUPA) following senior commercial roles in the defence and construction sectors. He was a director of National Disability Services, Football Federation Tasmania, Tasmanian Council of Social Services and Mental Health Carers-ARFMI and has served on a number of national industry advisory committees. Mr Campbell started work on Monday, July 4.

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To market, to market...to pick up some winter woollies

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OU can find everything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds. Here are just a few. Daylesford Railway Market – every Sunday Wesley Hill Market - every Saturday Daylesford Farmers’ Market – first Saturday Golden Plains Farmers’ Market – first Saturday Trentham Neighbourhood Centre Makers’ Market - first Saturday Castlemaine Artists’ Market – first Sunday Kyneton Farmers’ Market - second Saturday Kyneton Rotary Community Market – second Saturday Ballan Farmers’ Market - second Saturday Maldon Market – second Sunday (pictured right and left) Clunes Farmers’ Market - second Sunday Trentham Farmers’ Market and Makers’ Market – third Saturday Glenlyon Farmers’ Market – third Saturday Creswick Market – third Saturday Leonards Hill Market - third Saturday Talbot Farmers’ Market – third Sunday Woodend Lions Market - third Sunday Buninyong Village Market – fourth Sunday Trentham Station Sunday Market - fourth Sunday

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Functional pieces of art creating more art

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ICK Carpenter is a luthier. That’s someone who builds or repairs stringed instruments. He started making instruments when he was just 17, growing up in Fremantle. After crossing the Nullarbor one too many times, Nick and his partner Jeffrey decided to move to the east coast, settling in Brunswick before moving to Mt Franklin. Nick chatted to Donna Kelly. Donna: Tell us a bit about your background. Nick: I began making instruments 25 years ago. I grew up in Fremantle and at that time there was not much in the way of education in this field, so it was pretty much up to individuals to teach themselves. It was a fun hobby that just kept growing until it became my life. In 1999, I registered the business Wildwood Instruments. I started out making unique acoustic guitars and, after a few years, I focused on smaller folk instruments like travel guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, xylophones‌which sold well at music festivals around Australia. After crossing the Nullarbor several times, my partner Jeffrey and I decided to move to the east coast of Australia, as there was more opportunity on this side of the country. We had a shop in Brunswick for about six years, selling my instruments. I also increased the range of instruments, including mini slide guitars, ukuleles and regular sized acoustic guitars, among other things. The time came when we were both looking for a change. So Jeff gave up his corporate job, I packed up the workshop, and we moved to 20 acres of bliss in Mount Franklin. It took a few years but I built another workshop, this time for the main purpose of running classes. There seemed to be a gap in the guitar-making classes market. There are plenty of comprehensive courses out there that run for weeks at very high costs, but there didn’t seem to be anything for those that would like to try it without the massive commitment in time and money. Thus, I came up with an affordable course where you get to put together an electric guitar in two days. Donna: What do you enjoy about making instruments? Nick: The joy of making an instrument is in creating something with precision with your own hands. And what you have created is a functional piece of art, which you can use to create more art. I want to share this with everybody, and for them to experience it as well. Donna: Why electric guitars? Nick: The courses are for electric guitars and basses because it is possible to put these together in a short period of time. There are eight different models to choose from. We start with a kit, where everything you need is provided. With my extensive experience in instrument making, I guide the students through each step of the way in the building process, and they get to take home the guitar they made, at the end of the course. Donna: Who comes to your courses? Nick: The courses are open to anyone 16 years or older. We welcome students of all levels of experience, as we will teach them all the skills and techniques required to complete the instrument. Donna: Do you still make other instruments? Nick: I have been occupied getting these courses up and running, but I do have some acoustic guitars and mandolins available that I have made. I plan on building some rather unique acoustic guitars again, when I get the chance. Donna: Are you also a musician? Nick: Yes, I play guitar, drums and some mandolin as well. I have been in a few bands over the years. In fact, I will be heading back to Fremantle next month for a reunion gig with Squidfinger, a band I was in 20 years ago, as part of the Hidden Treasures Festival. Donna: Cool. Finally, where can we see your work and find out more about your courses? Nick: Head to www.wildwoodinstruments.com.au or www.facebook.com/ wildwoodinstruments or www.instagram.com/wildwoodinstruments

"The joy of making an instrument is in creating something with precision with your own hands. And what you have created is a functional piece of art, which you can use to create more art."


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See ya beautiful daughter, see ya beautiful mum

SEE ya beautiful daughter.”

I half saw her out of the corner of my eye as I dashed out of a Kyneton market clutching a takeaway juice and something called beetroot chocolate cake to sustain me for an afternoon of work. She was dressed against the cold in a beanie and an old parka and speaking into a mobile phone. Her words rose above the happy clatter of the store, as I dashed towards the exit of the Market on Mother’s Day. Her love for her daughter sparkled through her words. They stopped me in my tracks for a moment and made me reflect. I might not be a mum but I too am someone’s daughter. My first mum, my birth mother, gave me away when I was 10 days old, pressured relentlessly by nuns in an Auckland home for unmarried mothers. But even though she was just 16, she carried everywhere that fierce maternal bond I heard in that mother’s voice on a rainy day at the Kyneton market. It drove her on a lifelong search through tears and mental anguish to airports to fly to places she thought I might be and to the offices of uncaring adoption bureaucrats. I remember the rather unremarkable day when the phone rang at my then home in Hawthorn. I was lounging around doing not much in particular, and picked it up. “Hello?” “Is this Nicki?” the voice on the other end said. There was a pause. “Yep”, I replied, only half interested. She took a breath. “I’m your birth mother”. In a nanosecond all the assumptions and unknowns I’d grown up with were out the window. My mother’s name was Judy. She’d been looking for me most of my life. My father was the Minister for Maori Affairs in the New Zealand government. I’d been born on the same date as my maternal grandmother and named after her. The information swirled around my head. I was being catapulted into a parallel universe, but where the invisible pieces of my life had been floating all the time. I put a smile in my voice and told her how I’d been looking for her. And slowly the blanks about how I’d come to be adopted out in New Zealand pieced together. She’d fallen in love with a handsome Maori singer in a band. When she fell pregnant to him, her own mother rejected her. There was no government support for single mothers in those days, just condemnation. So it was go back to work, earn a living, give away your child and “get on with your life”…or stay home together and starve. I never felt angry that she had given me up. Only grateful that she had given me life. We met weeks after that phone call in a crowded airport terminal surrounded by a hundred other mums and kids hugging each other. We looked like each other. Had similar mannerisms. We were clearly related. But we were strangers. I’d never seen anyone who looked like me. And there she was. Blue eyes. Dark hair. Dead ringer. She showed me an old photo of herself when she was pregnant. I was sure it was me. We were carbon copies. It started well and she was loving towards me but a sort of corrosive anxiety started to set in. Small things would set her off. Her birthday card not arriving on the right day triggered tears. Not making breakfast meant I didn’t love her. The terrible scars of giving away a daughter tore at her mind and I could not stem the haemorrhaging sense of loss and the unspoken demand I could somehow make it right. No fairytale reunion could mend the damage. Eventually, the effect of the actions by those who took a child from her mother in the 1960s was that decades later they got their way and we parted again. So here I am, on a rainy Mother’s Days in country Victoria, and my thoughts turn not to my lost birth mother, but to my adopted mum. Her name was Estelle, and she was a glamorous, headstrong bohemian growing up in Australia. In her 20s she married a dashing Czechoslovakian man who had fled the conflict in Europe and as their life together started their thoughts turned to children. Mum couldn’t have kids but she liked to adopt friends and then kids. When she moved to New Zealand in the ‘60s, I was one of them. We lived in a funny little bungalow-style house in the suburbs of Auckland not far from the beach and Mum often spoke of her life in another land. In Australia she’d been a torch singer during the WWII staging concerts for adoring American soldiers at their base in Parkville. We loved her velvet Julie London-style voice and having four adopted kids in tow, she would regularly morph back into that songstress, and belt out a tune. When her life in New Zealand didn’t work out she packed us all up and moved back to Australia by herself. We crowded into the spare room at her sister’s dairy farm in regional Victoria.

Then she piled us into an old white Austin and drove back to Melbourne where she controversially managed a BYO booze nightclub in the conservative dry belt of Balwyn. The neighbours were furious but we had the time of our lives. When her older kids left home she bought a Kombi van, bundled in my little brother and drove all the way up the east coast to sun-drenched Cairns to live. The passage of time took her mobility, but never her spirit. My most recent memories of her are in a nursing home, frail, but with sparkling eyes, railing angrily against carers who hauled her into the shower without knowing her hip was fractured and fighting against the loneliness which had settled into her heart after dad died. The sting of those images is softening knowing she is with him now. And so its Mother’s Day. For a daughter, not a mum. A friend on Facebook reassures me that all women are mothers and this day is for all of us because we love and we nurture. Others post fading beloved pictures of elderly mums with white hair and gentle smiles I’ll use these words that I write to paint my faded picture of her instead. And wherever you are Estelle, “see ya beautiful mother”.

Above, Nicole Chvastek, above right, Nicole with Estelle Words: Nicole Chvastek | Images: Contributed


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Duck down to Radio to hear the Duck Downpickers

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ERRY McDonald has been a teacher at Western Autistic School in Melbourne for the past 23 years, working with teenage Asperger kids in art and music “which has been very fulfilling particularly at the end of year concerts”. Gerry is now a member of The Duck Downpickers which prides itself on “Appalachian Old Timey, Jug, Cajun, Gospel and Country Blues" music. Gerry spoke to Kyle Barnes.

Kyle: What’s your background? Gerry: I got into music at age 14, learning basic guitar chords, but didn't do a lot 'til moving to Colac at 30, where I got involved with The Colac Players' theatre group and the Geelong Folk Club. I started playing in bands - Tongue & Groove - a music/comedy duo, Fiddley Bits - a five-piece mix of music genres and theatre, and Rhyming Slang - a Celtic/Aus folk duo..

Kyle: Why the duck thing? Gerry: I've always enjoyed being around ducks. They're such quirky characters and always make me smile. I have a sideline woodwork/pottery business called Wood Duck Rustics and just to add to the mix my grandfather, Ronald McDonald (yes, seriously) used to build bicycles under the name Dux Cycles. Kyle: What do you love about music? Gerry: I think the connection and interaction with other people. And a good harmony! I've had three trips to the USA over the past six years based around music and found it so easy to meet and connect with others from all over the world and have made lifelong friends along the way.

Kyle: If you could jam with anyone… Gerry: I would love us to sit in with a band from the USA, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African/American group who are bringing back a lot of Kyle: And then what? traditional black American music into the mainstream. We cover some of their songs Gerry: After moving to the Castlemaine area in 2007 I discovered banjo, and in 2009 got a duo going with Jonathan Ashley called The Sitting Ducks. We both played at our gigs and love their vibe. banjo so the name was appropriate, playing mountain music from the Appalachians Kyle: They sound interesting. Finally, where can we hear you next? in the USA. Clay Jacobsen joined us on double bass about four years ago, and Gerry: The Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville on Saturday night, August 13. we changed our name to The Duck Downpickers due to clash of names with two other bands from overseas. FYI downpicking is another name for claw hammer or Above, from left, Gerry McDonald, Clayton Jacobson and Jonathan Ashley mountain style banjo.


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E LIVE in an 1860s school so stepping into Small Holdings in Malmsbury, a former church, is like walking into our home. But with more style and way more panache!

Tongue and groove walls, high ceilings, beautiful little vignettes, a huge pot of stock bubbling away on the Aga, fires burning, a giant candelabra...what more could you ask for? But, of course, there is more. David Galle, who took over just six weeks ago, is the perfect host, leading us to a table by the fire - nice and warm with a wintry outlook over a grassy meadow. Water for the table is next while we mull over a small but impressive wine list with quite a few local drops available. Think Zig Zag Wines from Drummond and Birthday Villa from Malmsbury. But being a chardy girl I opt for a lovely, buttery offering, Voyager "Girt by Sea" ($12) from Margaret River. Kyle heads to the beers and enjoys a Fat Yak Pale Ale ($10). Next are our lunch choices - and we are hungry with the aroma from that stock pot just permeating through the building. We end up leaving the choice to David and he must have ESP. "I think the lamb shoulder and the gnocchi," he declares and we couldn't be happier. Kyle loves a good meat dish and I am almost at the vegetarian stage. The Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Potato and Celeriac Puree and Sprouts ($25) arrives and Kyle is in heaven. Tons of meat atop a beautiful mash with tender Brussels sprouts on the side. I jump in first for a quick taste and it's perfect. The meat is falling apart, the mash is creamy and the sprouts are tasty and al dente. This is an amazing dish and is quickly devoured. My House-made Gnocchi with Creamy Pumpkin and Mushroom Sauce ($22) is just as incredible. The gnocchi is pillows of potato perfection and the sauce and chunks of delicious and meaty mushrooms are fantastic. This is a stunning winter dish - just right to warm up on a cold day. Yum! And while Kyle literally wiped his plate clean I reluctantly left about four pieces - the serves here are generous. David is keen to keep his menu up to date. For example, the lamb shoulder will be around for another week (I would really recommend heading there sooner than later...) but then it is time for something new. His menu is on the blackboard and changes regularly. Other options on the day we visited included Warm Kipfler Potato and Goulburn Trout Salad ($17) or the Tomato, Pea and Fennel Risotto with Fresh Parmesan ($19). "Something sweet?" was the next question and the Panna Cotta ($9), usually part of the dinner menu, soon arrived. It was just goodness, or maybe badness, on a plate with the creamy dessert accompanied by slices of mandarin and a pistachio nut crumble. Now Kyle doesn't do dessert, but he now does Panna Cotta. I made the mistake of offering him a taste and found half was soon gone. Oh well. Other dessert offerings are Caramel Slice ($4), Semolina Syrup Cake ($7) and Rhubarb Frangipani Cake ($8). Dessert and coffee are obviously popular going by the couples that were lingering over their choices. It's been a wonderful lunch and David says dinner is even more special, although still casual, with the open fire and candles everywhere. With two courses just $40 and three courses still only $50. That's next on the list. David, an events person, is also already thinking about summer events, live music, theme nights and Christmas parties. He also has some locals' specials - see The Local's Meal Deals page for more details - already up and running. On the way out, with the kitchen neatly placed in the restaurant so you can watch your meals being freshly prepared, we thank chef Kersley Salvara, a great family friend of David’s mother, and someone he calls his second brother. Salvara, a French-Mauritian, has been in Australia for 18 years and has worked in numerous Melbourne restaurants but is now enjoying the vibe that is the Central Highlands. Clearly, Small Holdings, David and Kersley are a wonderful addition to the region and obviously keen to provide a fantastic new dining option in the place we call home. *A three-course dinner and jazz entertainment evening will be held on Friday, July 29. Bookings essential.

Words: Donna Kelly | Images: Kyle Barnes

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Blue Bean Cafe, Hepburn Scott Fraser – Friday, July 8 The Travelling Concessions – Saturday, July 9 New Elk – Sunday, July 10 Suzanne Hobson – Friday, July 15 Arkie T Williams – Saturday, July 16 Nick Knock – Sunday, July 17

Monster fundraiser for secondary college on this Friday at Farmers Arms Hotel

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HERE'S one week to go in the epic fundraising campaign being run at The Farmers Arms.

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In a final push to raise funds for the Daylesford Secondary College, which needs items from books to science resources following a devastating fire, raffle tickets have been practically selling themselves at the pub’s Friday night draws. “It’s been very busy, and I think that’s because of the reason that a lot of people know how hard it's been for the school, and they’re really digging deep,” said The Farmers Arms bartender, and Daylesford local, Sam O’Connor. “And the big auction this Friday night, that’s probably going to be even bigger.” So far, nightly raffle funds have topped $500 – it’s above target and building on the funding to help the school… but there’s still a long way to go. The total fundraising effort is up to $12,000 – with $2000 of that to be raised at The Farmers Arms. “The Farmers Arms and The Local have been fantastic…just last week a pensioner stopped me in the Main Street and gave me an envelope with fifty dollars donation and a message of care,” said fundraising coordinator Gary Thomas. “Mitch (the Farmers Arms co-owner) has organised all of the items for the auction – and they’re really good items as well. I’m hoping many people will get along to the auction night.” The fundraising grand finale, a raffle along with an auction of prizes donated by local businesses, is set to rocket the amount raised up beyond expectations. The auction will be held this Friday, July 8, in the front bar at The Farmers Arms, with tickets on sale from 6pm and the raffle held at 7.30pm.

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RENTHAM restaurateur Annie Smithers will be the guest speaker at the next Conversations in Pubs event at Trentham’s Casa Allegra on July 17.

Annie, pictured centre right, said people often ask why she cooks “or why I have cooked for so long”. “The short answer is that I love it. The position of food in our lives evokes all sorts of emotions. Memory, pleasure, love, lust, familiarity and comfort. Food is the fuel that runs our engines, it is as necessary as sleep to our daily existence, yet it represents so much more than simply fuel to many of us. “It is in the kitchen that I can often be found. I am by qualification, a cook. I have no claim to being a small business manager, a human resources manager, a mechanical trouble shooter equipped to deal with refrigeration, plumbing, electrical and mechanical disasters. "These are tasks that fall under my watch, but are the more difficult side of my day to day existence. And a frown or grimace or general bad temper is almost certainly provoked by one of these disasters or another. It is rarely, if ever, the cooking that sours my mood. “Du Fermier seems to have come to represent my swan song to my life at the stove. When I set it up, I had no intention of it becoming either that or the perfect little restaurant it has become. “It was only ever meant to be a little French-style cafe, in a small out of the way country town. But like a doting parent, I have allowed the child that it was to become the adult that it has become. It has become unashamedly shaped around the things that make me happiest about food. It is not food that is fussed with, but food that speaks of the provenance of the raw ingredients and the history of classic European farmhouse cooking." Event details: Jill Rivers on 5417 5228.

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Meal deals for locals...and visitors too! EVERYONE loves a good meal deal. So here are the dining establishments offering great food and great prices! Monday Passing Clouds, Musk - (lunch from noon) main and side from the grill with a glass of wine - $30 Mercato, Daylesford – main dish & a glass of local wine - $30 Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford - Monday Meatball Madness with a glass of house wine, Furphy pot or soft drink - $20 (Vegetarian option available)

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Grange Bellinzona, Hepburn - two courses and glass of wine - $45 Blackwood Hotel, Blackwood - Fab 5 meals specials from $18 Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn - Burger Night with vegan options - $16 Blackwood Merchant, Blackwood - House-made pizza - $16-21 Small Holdings, Malmsbury - (lunch), Soup of the Day - $8, or House-made Gnocchi with glass of house wine - $25 Small Holdings, Malmsbury - Canapes and drinks, 4pm-7pm

Sunday Grange Bellinzona, Hepburn - two courses and glass of wine - $45 Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn - Curry Night with vegan options available - $18

Tuesday Perfect Drop - five courses with a glass of bubbles or beer - $55 Blackwood Hotel, Blackwood - Parma Night - $15 + glass of house wine or pot Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford - Burger Night with chips and a glass of house wine, Furphy pot or soft drink - $20 (Vegetarian option available)

Wednesday Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford – Pot (or glass of house wine) and Parma - $20 Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn – Roast - $17.50 Belvedere Social, Daylesford - four shared courses with glass of wine - $50

Thursday Daylesford Hotel, Daylesford – Steak Night - $20 Belvedere Social, Daylesford - four shared courses with glass of wine - $50 Small Holdings, Malmsbury - (lunch), Soup of the Day - $8, or House-made Gnocchi with a glass of house wine - $25

Happy Hours Daylesford Bowling Club has Happy Hour ‘n’ a half, from Monday to Thursday, from 4.30pm to 6pm. And Happy Hour on Friday, 6pm to 7pm. Perfect Drop, Daylesford, also has a Happy Hour, Thursday to Monday, from 4pm to 6pm with $12 cocktails and $2 oysters. Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn has Happy Hours from Friday to Monday from 4pm to 6pm with $5 beer, wine or bubbles

Raffles Fundraising raffles for local organisations are held on Friday evenings at The Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham and the Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn.

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Probus celebrates

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HERE was a sea of red at last month’s meeting of the Probus Club of Daylesford as it celebrated its 29th birthday and the ruby 40th birthday of the Probus organisation itself.

The highlight of the meeting was the awarding of Life Membership to club stalwart Ian Seeley. Ian joined Probus in 1999 and started assisting Len Sheriff with trips in 2004 and then took these duties fully from 2005 to 2008. He was Guest Speaker Organiser in 2010 then Club and Guest Speaker Organiser from 2011 to 2013. A committee member from 2009 to 2015, Ian was president in 2003/4 and again in 2009/10. Overall a great contribution to the Probus Club of Daylesford and a well-deserved honour. Any enquiries regarding the Probus Club of Daylesford should be directed to president Ted Goodwin on 5348 2955.

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HERYL Knight, a staff member at the Kyneton Sports & Aquatics Centre, has won the Swim Teacher for People with a Disability award at the annual Aquatics and Recreation industry awards.

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HE federal election is over but on October 22 Victorians will go the polls again!

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is holding a community and candidate information session on Tuesday, August 2 at the Gisborne Administration The Swim Teacher for People with a Disability Award Centre for potential candidates in local government recognises the outstanding contribution by an individual elections. The information session, from 7pm to 9pm, will to the teaching of swimming and water safety to people offer community-minded citizens the chance to find out with disabilities, including teaching effectiveness, professional development, leadership and commitment more about what’s involved in being a councillor. From imparting tips on council and community to excellence. meetings, through to communications material designed Cheryl will go on to represent Victoria as the to assist potential candidates with their campaign, the state nominee in her category at the National Awards information session will also show videos of elected ceremony later in the year. representatives giving helpful tips and advice. Pam Mathews won the Teacher of Swimming & Details and bookings: Kate on 5422 0345 or email Water Safety award last year and Marie Noonan won in kstrahan@mrsc.vic.gov.au 2014.


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Not so secret men's business

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HE Daylesford Men’s Shed continues to work with other local community groups in the completion of hands-on projects for the benefit of the overall community.

Vice president Peter Scullin said another recent example of this is the construction of some practical red gum seats for use by residents and visitors along the Glenlyon Biolink Reserve which winds around the Upper Loddon River in Glenlyon opposite the General Store. "This attractive walking trail has been recently well signposted between the Daylesford-Malmsbury Road at one end and near the entrance to the Glenlyon Reserve at the other. "As managers of the Biolink Reserve, the Glenlyon and Upper Loddon Landcare Group approached the Daylesford Mens Shed to assist them in the provision of some suitable seating along the 3km walking trail so that visitors could sit and rest at various points along the way. "The seats provide a good opportunity to quietly sit and contemplate nature in a natural setting." Mr Scullin said shed members, as they had done with many other community projects including the Cornish Hill Lookout refurbishment, the Railway Precinct Interpretive Sign and the restoring of the old telephone box for the historical society, went to work and constructed the seats at their workshop in Victoria Park in Daylesford. "They were then recently installed along the walking trail by members of the Glenlyon Landcare Group. This project has proven to be another example of how men from different backgrounds and various age groups can get together under the men’s shed organisation and achieve worthwhile objectives."

Above right, Daylesford Mens Shed co-founder Don Killeen, Glenlyon Landcare president John Cable and secretary Margret Lockwood, and seat constructor supervisor Ken Ferguson

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TUDENTS from Daylesford’s Dharma School took time out from their studies to help plant trees at Cornish Hill recently.

The planting celebrated World Environment Day. Friends of Cornish Hill president Margaret Thomas said the group also acknowledged the funding and support of the North Central Catchment Management Authority. “Friends of Cornish Hill are grateful for the ongoing support from the NCCMA. Planting days such as these enable us to keep up with our commitment to return the reserve into an environment for all the community to enjoy. “At the same time, we have been asked to trial some biodegradable tree guards. Our Melbourne supplier has been developing these and we're keen to see how they stand up to the weather conditions over the next two years.” Ms Thomas said improvements of the reserve had seen an increase in dog walkers and as a result “dog poo has become an issue”. Signage by Mady Crystal and Miriam Porter should help solve the problem, she said.

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Check the drainage The late autumn downpours and follow-up rains are wonderful for our gardens, especially after so many years of drought. Our beds have finally received enough moisture for it to have penetrated deep down into the root zone of our long-suffering trees and shrubs. Now, with the promise of more rain to come, we should be making sure that any further doesn't lie about on the surface, particularly in our areas of clay soil. The last thing we need now is for our plants to suffer from collar rot - where the bark of the main stem starts to break, enabling fungal diseases to move in and cause the stem to rot. The three main quick remedies are to rake back any organic mulch, pull out close growing weeds and, in heavy soils, create shallow trenches to lead the water away. If you notice any peeling or rotting of the bark or stems, use a sharp knife to clean it back to healthy wood and apply a paste of copper sulphate, or any similar fungicide to protect it.

Winter colour and perfume Last issue I discussed the planting of winter flowering or coloured foliage plants to brighten up the garden at this time of year. You may notice that almost all cold weather flowering trees and shrubs have either small pointed or needle-like foliage to avoid damage from the weight of snow, or thick, hard, glossy leaves to avoid frost bite. For the same reasons they normally produce tiny flowers. However, to ensure visits from pollinating winged insects, most release intoxicating perfumes. One of the better known of these is the enchanting daphne odora, pictured above right. Added to the traditional pink form is a white-flowered variety and also a variegated leafed form. Daphne thrive in a moist but well drained spot and are also excellent tub plants.

Gathering moss One of the delights of having a multi-level garden is the use of large natural rocks as retaining walls. Even better if they are moss covered. After eight dry years in our current house we have encountered an autumn and early winter of frequent rains and mist. To my delight I now own a plethera of mossy rocks, pictured below right. On close inspection I discovered not just a mat of green sameness but an enchanting array of various forms of growth all clustered together in a Lilliput forest.

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ON’T let grey skies and winter chills stop you from seeing something remarkable this month at Kyneton Town Hall.

From a choir of hard knocks and a devilish troupe of circus-stars – the winter program of events is set to spark curiosity for the creative. For those seeking a show with heart, make merry on Friday, July 8 at 11.30am as the award-winning Choir of Hard Knocks brings its Hope and Inspiration tour to Kyneton under the direction of founding conductor Jonathon Welch. The show will celebrate the inspiring journey the choir has taken over the past decade, performing songs from the ABC-TV hit series Choir of Hard Knocks along with new, original material. On Friday, July 15 at 7.30pm, award-winning Australian country music sensation Country Conway will take to the stage as star of the musical Always… Patsy Cline. Playing the role of the late, great country music star, Always…Patsy Cline brings to life timeless Patsy Cline gems such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking after Midnight. Dispelling myths and medical quackery, the exhibition Trick or Treatment will shine a spotlight on claims made by scammers in the medical profession during the HEPBURN Golf Club women’s golfers held its Singles Knockout recently. Julie Victoria era. Higgs, pictured right, won against Vicki Horrigan, left. The wet weather over The exhibition runs from Thursday, July 14 until Sunday, October 16 and is the past week put paid to any other golf results. open from Fridays to Sundays from 11am to 4pm. Meanwhile, Ganagan: Waterways in Koorie Life and Art, an exhibition which features artefacts, artworks and stories by Victorian Koorie artists and celebrates Koorie traditions and their continuing connection to caring for Victorian waterways, is running until July 22. The free exhibition is open weekdays from 9am-3pm.

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What: Kyneton Sports Celebration, a major fundraiser for the Kyneton Tennis Club, features the Coodabeen Champions - Ian Cover and Greg Champion along with tennis legend John Fitzgerald. There will be live music and other sports personalities. Cost is $45 with all funds going to the new court upgrade project, to keep tennis thriving. Where: Kyneton Town Hall When: Saturday, July 16 Who: Simon on 0418 142 430 or email simonmmeadows@gmail.com

What: Hepburn Health Service Mental Health First Aid Training two-day course. Cost is $40. Where: Daylesford Community Health Centre When: Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20, 9am-5pm Who: Brian Dunn on 5321 6587 or briand@hhs. vic.gov.au What: Community-based program for leg-related issues treatment and management Where: 79 Raglan Street, Daylesford When: Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm Who: Patty McKibbin on 5321 6570

What: Metcalfe Vintage Tractor Pull with activities including the tractor pull, woodchop competition, swapmeet, train rides, jumping castle, food and drinks, lots of stalls and memorabilia, and car displays. Where: Metcalfe Reserve When: Sunday, September 18. Cost: $5 per adult with primary school students free.

What: Low-impact social exercise program for improved health and wellbeing Where: Daylesford When: Wednesdays, 8am-9am, Thursdays, 11am11.45am Who: Eliz Rhook on 5345 9150

What: Bastille Day with the Daylesford Community Brass Band, Danny Spooner and friends, and the U3A's Le Cercle Français. Cost is $10 per head, BYO food and drink. Where: Daylesford Town Hall When: Thursday, July 14 Who: Bookings essential to Don or Mary Harvey on 5348 5634 or email donharvey1@bigpond.com

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LY fishing personality, photographer, and writer, Peter “Morsie” Morse will present Fly Fishing Experiences at the next gathering of the Calder Fly Fishing Association.

Morsie, pictured left, will be talking about his fly fishing experiences and how anyone can apply the lessons learnt to catch more fish. The talk and slideshow will be followed by a Q&A session. The Calder Fly Fishing Association’s fishing areas are lakes and streams in the Daylesford area extending to Newlyn Reservoir and Hepburn Lagoon, and the broader Coliban catchment. It also holds club trips within Victoria and interstate. The club encourages, teaches and supports beginners with strong support from experienced members in fly fishing and fly tying. Its fishing policy is "catch and release". Morsie will speak at the Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre, 8A Hamilton Street, Gisborne on Wednesday, July 13 from 7.45pm.

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From left, Daylesford Hepburn United Soccer Club under 15s Taihlen and Govinda show off their skills at Victoria Park. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a function at the Daylesford Town Hall on Friday, July 15. Details: www.daylesfordsoccerclub.com

The Local Issue 75 July 4, 2016  
The Local Issue 75 July 4, 2016