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June 9, 2014 Issue 21 Glenlyon CFA celebrates 100 years

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Front cover: Glenlyon CFA is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, June 21. Margret Lockwood and Anne Dobbs took time out to talk to Donna Kelly about the history of the organisation and the book, Saving the Glen. Read the story on p5.

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Firefighting visit for Dharma kids


HARMA School children visited Daylesford CFA last week.

CFA secretary Paul Anderson said the children, aged five and six, were given a short talk on smoke alarms and showed the different trucks. “They saw the rescue truck, climbed in the pumper for a look and then we dressed them up in cut-down uniforms and let them spray water. “We also normally give them some goodies when they leave like stickers.” Any school wanting to take part in a visit can contact Mr Anderson at

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Bridge closure will affect business


HE planned closure of the Hepburn-Newstead Road for more than two months for the rebuilding of the Excelsior Bridge at Shepherds Flat will “hugely affect” business for Bodhidharma, owner Diederik Haneveld says.

Mr Haneveld said residents had received a letter last week notifying them of the closure. Apart from a meeting with Hepburn Shire Council staff and residents, organised by the residents, there had been no notification or consultation, he said. “I will probably be forced to close for two to three months because they won’t finish on time, they never do. “It will affect my students because they won’t have a direct route here, my bonsai business will close up and I am not sure how the accommodation will be affected yet.” Mr Haneveld said he believed the logical solution was to build a new bridge next to the current bridge, keeping the road open to traffic. He also expressed concerns over the alternative routes on offer from the council saying Basalt Road was already dangerous without extra traffic. “And they haven’t even started to think about emergency services. If a house catches fire or someone needs an ambulance, how will they get to them.” On its website, Hepburn Shire Council says the road will be closed to traffic from south of Mullers Lane to north of the driveway of 239 Hepburn-Newstead Road, from July 7 to September 19.

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KETCHED, Spun & Warped is a collaboration between three artists, Ann Jeffree, Janine Wilson and Prue Simmons, which has revitalised the former library in the centre of Clunes. Pastel artist Ann Jeffree took time away from her easel to speak to Donna Kelly. Donna: So Ann, what do you do? Ann: I am a pastel artist who specialises in portraits of wildlife, animals and Friesian horses. I am self taught and grew up sketching and drawing. I went to the zoo a lot to sketch and it all just developed from there. Once I found pastels I really found my niche. Donna: Who do you paint for? Ann: Many people commission me to paint their horses, or dogs, or puppies. When you are painting a commission it’s not your vision it’s your client’s vision. But the benefits of that is you are creating something for people that is a lasting memory of someone or something they love. Or perhaps something they want to give to someone. It’s really special to be able to do that for people. Donna: And what do you paint for yourself? Ann: Well every now and again you have to go back to something that inspires you to paint to keep that muse in you happy. You need to have a balance with creating what inspires you and keeps your artistic soul alive. For me, I am often inspired by the Friesian horse. I do a lot of paintings of them. Donna: What’s your connection with the breed? Ann: I fell in love with the breed about 20 years ago. They are very expensive to buy and I never thought I would own one – but I do. I got my own baby 12 years ago. Friesian are also very people-oriented. So as well as being beautiful they also have a personality. They are just lovely to be around.

Donna: Tell me about the shop. Ann: It’s a collaborative space which we use as a studio and a retail space under the Empty Spaces Project by Renew Australia. It’s about getting creative people into unused places and revitalising space and energy around the town. And giving people who can’t afford commercial rents a retail space. Donna: How’s it going? Ann: We have only been here six weeks and we are loving it. It’s been crazy, we chose to get in for the Easter weekend and Booktown and it was just run and scramble. But we are settling into things a bit now and it’s morphing into a different vibe. We work together well with our different skill sets. Donna: Who else is here? Ann: There’s Janine, who we call our spin doctor, who creates hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-knitted products with unique colours and textures, and Prue, who brings a form of weaving she discovered in Japan. She also dyes pre-loved clothing using a natural mineral oxide also from Japan. Then we have our visiting artists. A large part of what we are doing here is providing spaces for artists to come and use, and sell their products. Our UFO area, unfinished objects, is also a social area and people are welcome to just come along and hang out.

Sketched, Spun & Warped is at 53 Fraser Street, Clunes and open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

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Glenlyon CFA celebrates 100 years


LENLYON CFA will celebrate its centenary on Saturday, June 21.

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The day will start at 10am with a historical display of firefighting equipment from the Fire Services Museum of Victoria including, hopefully, an Austin truck. At 11am State Education Minister Martin Dixon, whose family history includes one of the Glenlyon CFA’s former captains, will unveil three plaques to commemorate the anniversary, the opening of the new fire station in Barkly Street and the work of the women’s auxiliary. CFA operations officer Malcolm Bruce will then launch Saving the Glen - the history of the brigade. The event also includes the Daylesford Brass Band, an appearance by Captain Koala, a photographic display and lunch. At 2pm, the station will close for preparations for the centenary dinner to be held in the motor room. Glenlyon CFA member Margret Lockwood, Glenlyon resident Anne Dobbs and Glenlyon Progress Association president Joy Durston were among those behind Saving the Glen. Ms Dobbs said the project had been at least four years in the making after the brigade was alerted to the upcoming anniversary. “We hadn’t been amongst the newspapers very long before we realised there was quite a bit of a story there. And it grew and grew,” she said. Ms Lockwood said the book had started with a small group doing research, mostly at the Daylesford and District Museum, and it had been “definitely a collaboration”. The pair found that 1913 and 1914 were both very bad fire seasons with a drought keeping everything tinder dry. And while the Daylesford Fire Brigade had started in the 1860s with plenty of financial backing, bush fire brigades, as they were known, were left to fend for themselves. “They met up to form a more organised arrangement. But they were a bush fire brigade – very much the poor cousins - they just did what they could, with what they had,” Ms Lockwood said. “Our first tanker was a second-hand Chevy Blitz from the Forest Commission – possibly through the American Army. That was housed beside the shire hall for a while then it moved to captain’s properties. A little shed at (Des and Denise) Leonard’s paddock was the tanker’s home from the 1970s and then they opened the old station in Barkly Street in 1982. They got a new tanker at the same time and few months later it went to the Ash Wednesday fires.” Ms Dobbs said her research led her to the realisation that Glenlyon was “a very lucky town”. There had been a number of major fires around the town, two in one day at one time, but the township itself had always survived intact, she said. “The first fire the new brigade went to was up in the bush to the south of the town. They cut a fire break with cross cut saw and rakes. Then they decided they better have a fire pump because of the height of the trees. I can just imagine that cross cut saw going. “And thank goodness for the potato paddocks. Nice and green. There is a story about Glad Fleischer’s furniture going up to the paddocks during one fire. The book was nearly called Saved by the Spuds – but we thought that was a little flippant.” Saving the Glen is available for $20 and can be bought on the day or by ordering it through Ms Lockwood on 5348 7758.


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by Donna Kelly


WAS in a cafe on Saturday morning. That’s Saturday of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

It was pretty busy, which is good, because hospitality and retail businesses need to do well during long weekends. And it can be a hard gig at times. I know, we tried a cafe/gallery for a bit at the school. It was awful. We found out we didn’t like the general public. Well, we did like them, just not in our home. And I didn’t much like scraping food off plates that the general public had eaten off. I hardly like scraping leftovers off Kyle’s plate. And sometimes cyclists turned up. Now I don’t mind cyclists. I am not keen on the lycra bit and their stompy shoes, but they seem a decent bunch. And at least they are keeping fit. But Kyle, after years of driving up and down Beach Road, doesn’t have much time for them. So when a group arrived, all ordered coffees, all asked where the toilet was, and then sat down to open their own food, things were already a bit rocky. Then when I served up the coffees and was asked “don’t you have a bigger cup?” it was only going to end badly. Apparently they had all wanted mugs - at cup prices clearly. I could feel my hand shaking as I returned to the kitchen with the undersized coffees and the request for mugs. Kyle, to his credit, kept his cool. Yes, some little wisps of smoke came out of his ears, but he didn’t go for any of the knives... We closed not long after. Well not before an elderly woman came through the gate and headed for the home part of the school. As in our home. I politely explained that part was private property. She ignored me and kept walking. I politely, perhaps a little more loudly, explained that was private property. She kept walking. I yelled “we have dogs and it won’t end well”. And she stopped, looked at me, and tutted. (Being tutted at is my first hate. I was at a

funeral once, the food part of it. I put a couple of things on my plate but then saw the coffin outside and didn’t feel like eating. So I politely (I was well brought up) took the plate back to the little kitchen area. The woman looked at me, looked at the plate, and tutted. Really, at a funeral?) Oh, I have digressed a lot this time. Back to the woman then the cafe. After tutting the elderly woman said “I only came to look in the school” and stomped away. At the first cafe, there were a few people waiting. The staff were busy making coffees and taking orders but they still managed little chats to customers who were mostly locals. I noticed a man standing up the back. A tourist. He looked a bit perturbed, sort of not quite into the holiday atmosphere. He stood a bit longer and then lunged forward, grabbed a pie he had obviously already bought, and said dramatically “I asked for a coffee - but I wanted it today not tomorrow” and stormed out. One local surmised that the bloke clearly didn’t want the cafe to be successful - just empty and ready to serve him. The waiter just commented that the bloke had already paid so it was a win/win situation. I thought he was just another tourist on his way to his relaxing long weekend holiday in the country but didn’t want to stuff around with “country time”. I see them often. They rush to get here, then rush around doing things, and then rush home again. In the pubs they rush to the busy bars, sigh loudly, and say, to no-one in particular, “what do you have to do to get a drink around here?” I usually say “just be polite and wait a minute” but they look at me like I’m the local idiot and turn away. You wouldn’t want to talk to a local on your country break. Then they order their food, rush to find a table, and wait while texting or just swiping through their phone for something interesting. You wouldn’t want to just take the time to chill and look out the window... Sometimes, just sometimes, I see tourists on a Sunday morning. And they look like they have slowed down just a little. That’s nice. But then they get in their cars and rush back to Melbourne, or wherever home is. To plan their next country break. I guess we’re lucky. We live here.

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OCALS and tourists with physical and mobility issues keen to experience Hepburn Shire’s parks, reserves, tracks and trails are invited to hire the council’s TrailRider - an all-terrain access wheelchair. The TrailRider was bought a year ago with the $7000 price tag funded by the Transport Connections project and Parks Victoria. Hepburn Health Service’s rural access worker Fiona Porter said the TrailRider was suitable for low to moderate terrain with people currently asked to bring their own “Sherpas”. “(However) the TrailRider working group is looking at setting up a Sherpa volunteer bank,” she said. The TrailRider chair is free to hire, available for up to seven days, and easily disassembles to fit into the back of a station wagon or large vehicle. It can be booked through the Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre. At least two people are needed for the TrailRider operation and an Australian Safety Standards approved helmet must be worn while on the TrailRider. To volunteer to become a Sherpa call 5321 6567.

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Then read on. Daylesford Girl Guides are selling Girl Guide biscuits to raise money to help with some upgrades to their hall – and to attend some camps later this year and next. Guide leader Annette Fisher, pictured with nine-year-old girl guide daughter Marissa, said the money stayed in the local area and would go to a great cause. “We are hoping for a few more resources for the guide hall and are also hoping to attend a camp later this year in Brittania Park in Melbourne. “There is also a big international camp in Lake Somerset in south-east Queensland being held next year. The average cost per guide for that camp is roughly $2000 so we need to keep fundraising.” Girl Guide biscuits are available from the Glenlyon General Store and any Daylesford guide leader or girl guide. Ms Fisher said she would also love to hear from anyone willing to place the biscuit packets, priced at $3, in their shops or businesses for sale. She can be contacted on 0409 393 190 or 5348 7539. And who best to ask what flavours they come in? Marissa, of course, as she cleaned up a few after The Local’s photo shoot. “Chocolate, original…and mini chocolate,” was the answer.

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OBY Sime grew up in “old” clothes. And a hippie. And without a father figure.

So as a young person who didn’t mind being a hippie in a political sense – but hated it aesthetically – he worked to find himself through fashion. “My mother was a single mother bringing up three children and we were dressed from the op shop partly also because she believed older clothes were better made – which I tend to agree with. “But I also grew up in a hippie environment which I didn’t like. Politically yes, but aesthetically no. And I found myself watching lots of black and white movies which also gave me an idea of how a man should be – because my father wasn’t around to learn from. “I loved it. It was for me a kind of rebellion against the hippie childhood and I just liked the old fashioned idea. I am also a poet and the poets I liked were pretty much 20th century poets and that’s pretty much how they dressed. “I could also dress a lot more cheaply that way from the op shop and as a student I didn’t have money. And when I started worked there were other things I wanted to spend my money on. “The other thing was that there was a lot of bullying happening and people expected you to conform and I just didn’t want to. Part of it was making fun of the those people. “And I like the way they fit, the way they feel and that they are cheap. When I started noone else was doing this – now it’s an industry.” Mr Sime said he had quite a collection of “really good quality clothing” at home which he started at the age of 18. “I have tweed suits, silk ties, complete first and second World War army uniforms. It is just incredible to me that these things have been thrown out.” Mr Sime said his “go to” outfit in winter included gumboots, a tweed coat, a tweed hat and sometimes a tie. He also likes high-waisted trousers because “they make your legs look longer”. As the interview wraps up, Mr Sime brings up one more unlikely hero. The wily fox in The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck. He is described as having “black prick ears and sandy-coloured whiskers” and wears a lovely waistcoat and trousers. “That fox was my first inspiration.”

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New fundraising approach for wildlife shelter


ERFECT Drop owner Christine Molloy loves all creatures great and small.

So when it comes to fundraising the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter was a natural fit. Along with holding fundraisers at her Daylesford venue, Christine also asked her staff to vote on whether they would donate five per cent of their tips to the organisation, It was a unanimous decision – and Christine, pictured right with Peridot, has just dropped off the second donation in six months – all up totalling $1000. “So we are on track to donate $2000 a year. That’s good.” And that would be enough for many business owners. But after visiting the shelter for the first time three weeks ago Christine is now going a step further and creating a fundraising arm to hopefully provide much needed funds for shelter owners Gayle Chappell and Jon Rowdon. “It wasn’t until I came here three weeks ago that I realised they do so much. It’s so overwhelming and there are a very small handful of people who could do it – it takes over their whole world. “They are taking care of 140 animals and Gayle is waking up every two hours feeding the pinkies and then there are the hundreds of different bottles and formulas for all the animals…And there is no funding. “I can’t donate my time at the shelter because I have a business but I can donate something else and that is my time in doing fundraising through Perfect Drop and corporate fundraising in Ballarat and maybe Melbourne. “I am creating tiered corporate packages so the shelter will hopefully have money coming in via direct debit and they might be able to get their bunker to save the animals if there’s a bushfire or get a part-time or even full-time person to help them. They haven’t had a holiday in five years.”

The committee so far consists of Christine, Gayle, long-term shelter volunteer Tiina Alliksaar and The Local’s Donna Kelly and Kyle Barnes. The Local has also put its hand up to be a media partner. But a few more committee members would be very welcome. “There are a lot of passionate people in the region who would like to be part of something special,” Christine said. Meanwhile, Christine will host a fundraising day at Perfect Drop on Sunday, August 24 from 3pm to late. A host of musicians are donating their time and there will also be a huge auction with donations needed. Christine said helping the shelter fitted in with a love of animals and supporting local causes. “I just love animals so much. I have always donated to the refugees but I changed my way of thinking to being more local and to animals, who unfortunately in farming and everything, have it a little bit unjust. “There’s just an innocence about an animal.” For expressions of interest for the committee contact Tiina on 0400 909 286 by Monday, June 23. For corporate packages or to donate auction items contact Christine on 5348 1100.

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WITH the start of the third CWA in Daylesford, The Local decided to chat to each group to find out what makes them different - and the same. Donna Kelly did the talking while Kyle Barnes let the photos tell their own story.


RESIDENT Sally Reeves started the region’s newest CWA group - the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs CWA – after seeing girls on Facebook asking for help to learn crafts like sewing and knitting.

“My mum’s a member of CWA and I thought a good way of helping these girls was to create a new group - but a much younger group,” she said. “We started last month and have from young teenagers to my mum who is 75, so there is a big span of age. “And we are basically taking traditional skills into the modern day. Someone might teach someone how to knit, or sew, and we are yarn bombing a bicycle. “We still have to run by the CWA’s rules and protocols, so we have those old fashioned values but with a more upbeat and modern group. “We are also a fundraising group. We are holding a market where people can come along and hire a trestle and have a stall for the day. They money from the trestle hire will go to the CWA and once we have a nest-egg we can help an individual or a community group.” Ms Reeves said she had decided to create a new CWA rather than just another social group because of its name and backing. “You also have all the groups surrounding your area and you can all come together and piggy back off each other. And just to have that reputable name of CWA. “It’s also keeping a tradition going. There was probably a time when knitting was a bit fuddy-duddy but now for girls in their 20s and 30s it’s very fashionable. And the CWA supports women and children so it’s a great community group.” Ms Reeves said the club, in just one month, already had 15 members but was keen for more. The CWA market day will be held at the Senior Citizens Room at the rear of the Daylesford Town Hall on June 14 from 9am to 4pm. Details: Ms Reeves on 0458 977 600.

Left: Shannon Harvey, far left, with the makings of a yarn bombed bike.


S THE longest standing member of the Daylesford Spa Centre CWA, Mary Richards, above, has been chosen as the spokesperson for the 38-year-old organisation.

Ms Richards joined the Newlyn CWA in her late 20s and when it closed 10 years ago, she moved to the Spa Centre CWA. Also, now with time to take part in Ballarat group activities including the choir, she would be “lost without it”. The women meet at Holycross Hall each month for a morning “not at all boring” meeting, a shared lunch and then a craft afternoon. “We don’t get many apologies – everyone enjoys the meeting and our craft afternoon lasts two or three hours and we have some very talented ladies in our branch who teach us things to do. “Today we are doing a needle case although not everyone is doing it because we haven’t all finished the cushion from last time. And next month Jenny (Jordan) is going to bring in her bead collection and we are going to do something with beading.” Ms Richards said some of the craft was put aside for the biennial group exhibition in Ballarat. It’s just been held and the Spa Centre CWA won “quite a lot of prizes and a trophy for most points for a small branch”. The women in the group are aged from under 60 to the mid 80s. “And it’s the ladies in the mid 80s who are the cleverest with their fingers, you should see some of the work they do. And you don’t think about age when you get to know someone.” Ms Richards said having another CWA opening in the town was a good thing. “It’s great to have so many CWA members in Daylesford. One meeting may not suit everyone – the night branch goes out for dinners. I think the CWA is a bit in-fashion at the moment with a group of ladies getting together and wondering what they will do and then deciding they want to join the CWA but perhaps don’t want to join an established group. And something new means we get new CWA members. We have about 15 members but we are always looking for more.”


PA Dinner CWA president Jenny Jolliffe, pictured centre, said all of her organisation’s members were still working.

“And that’s why we started. A group of women wanted to join the CWA but the only one was the afternoon group and our members either work in a job or on the farm. “This way people can finish their work and then we meet and have a meal as well. We have 10 members but are looking at expanding.” Ms Jolliffe, who took on the president’s role in November last year, said the Spa Dinner group had started up 10 years ago. Along with dining out, the group has also done a lot of catering for different occasions from boxed lunches to scones for afternoon teas with the CWA “famous for its scones”. Ms Jolliffe said the addition of a new CWA in the region was “fantastic”. “There’s us, the afternoon group with a majority of older women, and the new group of younger mums who want to learn craft. “And we can all work together.” Spa Dinner CWA details: Ms Jolliffe on 0408 735 068.

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OBURG Lions Club member Steve Gordon moved to Daylesford 18 months ago and is keen to get a club happening for the town again.

And while he’s working on building up interest Mr Gordon is also introducing a Lions Club initiative to the region. Mr Gordon has been distributing Emergency Medical Information Books. Roughly the size of a passport and contained in a plastic sleeve, the books are intended for people to fill in with their medical history and contacts and then be placed on the fridge with magnets attached to the back of the sleeve. Then, if ambulance officers are ever needed, especially for older people and those living alone, the medical information is quickly accessed. “You write any medication you are on in the book, ideally done with your doctor, and then there are contact details. Ambulance officers have been trained to go straight to the fridge so they don’t spend time trying to find out what you are taking or calling people for that information. They can get started straight away.” Mr Gordon said the books were available at St Vinnies in Daylesford for a gold coin donation if possible. “It was started as a joint project by Rotary and Lions, but Lions have been really pushing it in recent years. We have 200,000 books around Australia now. And it’s such a simple thing. The only thing people need to do is make sure they update the book if they change medications.” Mr Gordon said he was keen to start a Lions club in Daylesford and plans to have a stall in Vincent Street next month do drum up interest. Details: Mr Gordon on 5348 1601 or 0412 236 485. Book details:

NoTiCE oF PRoPoSED CLoSuRE oF THE HEPBuRN–NEwSTEAD RoAD FRoM 7 JuLy To 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 The Hepburn Shire Council wishes to advise both residents and businesses of the proposed closure of the Hepburn-Newstead Road at Shepherds Flat whilst the Excelsior bridge is being re-built. The road will be closed to traffic from 6.00am on the 7 July and reopened to traffic on 19 September 2014. The road will be closed from South of Mullers Lane to North of the driveway of 239 Hepburn –Newstead Road. During this period Daylesford, Hepburn, Franklinford and Newstead can be accessed via the Daylesford – Newstead Road, Midland Highway and the Back - Hepburn Road. Alternatively both Carroll’s Lane and Basalt Road can provide access between the Hepburn Newstead Road and the Midland Highway. Road closure signs and electronic signs notifying both road closure and alternative routes will be erected on the Hepburn-Newstead road and will remain for the duration of the works. Further information can be obtained from or by calling Darren Dumesny, Manager Strategic Project Delivery, on 5317 7242.

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HE Vincent Street Makers Market attracted plenty of talented craftspeople including many locals. Clockwise from above, Rub a Dub’s Natalie Hardy, MikiMoo Design’s Yvette Muratti with daughter Miki, Edge of the Forest’s Cat McConnell and potter Minna Graham.

The Stock Merchant is Australia’s first range of free range and sustainable stocks and sauces. We work with local small-scale producers who provide us with free range chicken, grass fed cattle, sustainably harvested shellfish and pristine vegetables and herbs. The Stock Merchant range: • Free Range Chicken Stock • Free Range Beef Stock • Handmade Vegetable Stock • Sustainable Crab Stock • Free Range Master Stock • Free Range Old Fashioned Chicken Gravy • Free Range Red Wine Jus Find out more at

The Local Stock Merchant stockists are: Tonna’s 141 Vincent Street, Daylesford And The Blackwood Merchant 21 Martin Street , Blackwood

TRENTHAM STATION SUNDAY MARKET Victoria Street, Trentham On the 4th Sunday of each month from 8.30am - 2.30pm Enq/Bookings - Gwenda 5424 1611 or Ross 5424 1509 A great variety of stalls in and around the beautiful Trentham Station **Permanent carriage stalls open** **EVERY WEEKEND** Including - Craft in the Carriage, Kayes Soaps & Candles, Leigh’s Homemade Preserves, Snax on the Trax & Trentham Olde Worlde Lolly Shoppe Trentham - Always relaxed and refreshing

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WinterFest offers school holiday fun


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OOKING for ideas to keep the kids happy over the “zines” scene - using typewriters, hand drawn art and the school holidays – WinterFest is the answer. photocopiers to create a personalised magazine to share

It’s a one-page guide to everything kid friendly happening in the region. WinterFest organiser Jen Bray said the program was designed to stick on the fridge “and plan your whole holiday from there”. “It’s easy to read and there are activities for all ages from pre-school, primary kids, to teens and older. Highlights include two circus performances with Justine McGinley performing the magic show “Radio Control” at the ARC, and the “Circus in a Suitcase” at various libraries in the shire. Pre-schoolers can bring their scooter along for a morning of going round and round at the indoor “Scooter Grand Prix” while primary-aged children can choose from crafts, indoor soccer, theatre sports, rock climbing and trapeze. And for teens and up there’s the chance to catch onto

Enjoy a holiday at Bells By The Beach with nothing else to bring except your food, personal items and your furry friends! Contact: Jan and Lin Bell 0403 221 737

thoughts, stories and art with the world. Young people interested in a career in music or the arts can also sit down with the organisers of music festivals to learn how to kick start their careers. For working families, Daylesford Outside School Hours Care provides a huge variety of activities from horse riding, to a day in Clunes with some zombies thrown in for good measure. It’s also open to anyone who wants to come along for a day of supervised holiday fun. The fortnight concludes with Disco Friday with a Baby Disco for under 5s followed by Disco-a-rama for under 12s. Fifteen to 25 year-olds have the Prom Deb Thingy, an allinclusive FReeZA sponsored masquerade ball. Link:

Our family-owned property is popular with every person and their dog Just 500 metres (or a 10-minute walk) to one of the safest and best dog beaches in Victoria Your dogs will be treated like canine royalty and can stay and sleep indoors on their own personal pet bed. Dogs play in a large garden with plenty of lawn and are safe and secure behind high fences. Dogs enjoy a freshly baked crunchy gourmet treat on arrival with comfy pet beds for big and small dogs Clean towels and blankets. Spare lead for beach walks Warm outdoor shower to wash off the salt and sand Self catering, large living area, gas log fire, spa bath. Cafes and restaurants that are outdoors pet friendly Plenty of walking and cycling trails The Bellarine Taste Trail – local provedors selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood delights, chutneys, jam, honey and fresh crusty bread. On-site vehicle parking Inspection invited, brochure available. From $165 per night – 2 to 6 guests Hire our linen, or bring your own

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Birch Estate: from paddock to plate


T’S NO wonder The Argus Dining Room won this Beef – from owners Chris Malden and Wayne Cross’s Birch year’s Luxury Travel Magazine’s Best Australian Estate, served with mushrooms, onions and a red wine jus. I don’t eat much red meat – but now I wonder why not. It was Food & Wine Experience.

But while some may view The Argus, at Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat, as somewhere just for a special occasion, the Birch Estate menu is a revelation. Two courses are just $35 while three courses, if you can manage them, are $42. With wine by the glass starting from $10. We arrived at The Argus on a Friday to be seated at a table with the winter sun streaming in the window. A choice of still or sparking mineral water was quickly offered by a friendly waitress who then took us through the menu – but not before serving up a complimentary amuse-bouche of delicate rhubarb sticks coated in sugar with a shot of Japanese yuzu beer. Perfect. Entrees were either a tomato gazpacho served with heirloom tomatoes, a delicate ring of basil oil, compressed cucumbers and Holy Goat fromage frais, or the duck liver parfait served with wafer thin garlic bread, fried onion and soft herbs. Both were amazing. Kyle had the lion’s share of the soup dish which he described as “like liquid refreshing cucumber and tomato sandwiches”. I thought it was more a decadent bruschetta – and we had already been served two thick slices of housemade bread (created three times a day) and housemade butter. Yum. The parfait dish was amazing. Rich, light, creamy parfait. The wafers, onion and herbs, along with delicate cubes of riesling jelly and a smattering of grapes, all combined into perfect mouthfuls of flavour. For the mains I decided on the barbecue British White

amazing. Tender rich beef, full flavoured mushrooms and onions, and the jus was just heavenly. Kyle opted for the pan-fried chicken breast with fennel, sweet corn and even a few flavour infused popcorns. It all worked. Kyle said the chicken, corn, popcorn and fennel all came together in a symphony of flavour. Sides also arrived – a bowl of turnip and radish leaves topped with pear strips and an amazing sesame dressing – with black and white sesame seeds, and a tiny frypan loaded with pan-fried potato balls teamed up with pieces of crispy chicken skin. Both simple but just yum. We couldn’t manage desserts but they looked tempting. Apricot fool – meringue, strawberries and a raspberry sorbet, or Birch Estate quince and rhubarb with goat milk sorbet. With the entrees, we both chose the 2012 Bobar chardonnay, from the Yarra Valley, which was $12.50 per glass. I opted for a 2012 Newbridge shiraz, from Bendigo, for my beef while Kyle, the lucky driver, kept to mineral water. (Oh, the drinks menu at The Argus must be the most extensive I have ever seen. The cellar must be huge. And there’s a price point for everyone.) The Birch Estate menu is all about offering diners the chance to enjoy the peaceful and welcoming atmosphere of The Argus, its lovely wait staff, the work of chef David Willcocks, and the amazing food Wayne and Chris are producing themselves, from paddock to plate. At a very reasonable price.

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THE GARDEN by Jackie Airey


hen I think of winter in the garden, I think of bare rooted plantings.

Most hardy deciduous trees and shrubs, including fruit trees, can go in bare rooted now and over the next couple of months, so this year, I’m thinking about roses and planning my attack. I’ll get out my rose books and dream about the ones I don’t have yet, think about where I might put them and then stalk some suppliers’ catalogues (not catalogues again! I hear you groan) – either online or in print, to see what’s available this year. I’ll see what they have, compare prices, narrow it all down and then take the plunge. It’s probably too late to order anything from catalogues now, but they help me to have some decisions made before I trundle off to the nurseries to drown in the sea of choices I always have difficulty navigating. We used to buy our roses from Rocklyn Roses off the Midland Highway on the way to Creswick. They helped us in the beginning when we decided not to rebuild our perimeter fence, instead adding a Rosa Rugosa hedge. Ninety-two bare rooted Rugosas, ordered well in advance, of five different types. The hedge is still going strong but unfortunately Rocklyn Roses became a victim of the protracted drought of a few years ago and is with us no more. Instead, we now go to Spring Park Nurseries, also on the Midland Highway at Eganstown. Good people, good roses – a nice place for a wistful stroll, and even better for some serious plant adoption therapy. So, why a Rugosa hedge, you ask. Well, they are very hardy, very prickly (good for a fence) and they can be pruned with a chainsaw. They have lovely fragrances and wonderful rosehips. In autumn, their leaves take on gorgeous russet tones and so, all round, they were a delightful and practical choice. This year, I’ll be considering some other lovelies that I’ve only ever read about. Two Bourbon roses will be first on the list: Duchesse de Brabant and Honorine de Brabant. Both vigorous, fragrant, repeat flowering, with fully double cupped flowers. The former is a lovely soft musky pink, and the other, a paler pink with mauvy, muddled stripes. Then I’m going to add some Gallicas: Cardinal Richelieu, with some of the darkest petals of any rose, said to be the colour of “the sumptuous bloom of a dark grape”, Belle de Crecy, all slatey mauve; the crimson Charles de Mills and the delicate, pale, shell pink Belle Isis. I think I need at least one of the big, cabbagey hybrid perpetuals, so it’ll be Paul Neyron, six inches across of blowsy rich pink. Then I think we’ll add another Tea Rose, and that will be Gloire de Dijon, the creamy and buttery relative of the amazingly successful apricot Crepuscules that currently lights up our front walls. I’ve just been told “you’ve got enough climbing roses, you don’t need any more”. So of course that means that I’ll have to bring home Sombreuil, a fragrant climbing tea, fully double, fluffy creamy white with pink tinges, looking like the longer floating skirts on the corps de ballet in Swan Lake. Honestly, he really should have known better.

Drop in to The Good Food Store and grab a great brekkie, a super tasty lunch or take something delicious home for dinner. We make it all here! Extended dining room now open. 8 Howe Street, Daylesford Find us on Facebook The

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Have you eaten at the Smeaton?

Welcome to The Farmers Arms Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner The Farmers Arms Daylesford offers the perfect blend of country charm combined with a sophisticated menu, wine list and professional service. For more information about the pub and also our current menu, please visit our website: www.thefarmersarms 1 East Street Daylesford ph. 03 5348 2091

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Our Musos


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Words/Image: Jack Larm

EL Staite has always considered performance and theatre her central passion.

Vertigo allowed her to continue developing her songwriting. “The first role of writing is for yourself. The simple act of doing, of exploring inner issues is On many levels this love of theatre and performance was encouraged by both her parents the most important part of the process. Of course, at a very early age. Her father reinvented himself it’s wonderful getting on stage to share your music.” from priest to a clown and her mother was a Perhaps Nel is best known for her tireless cabaret singer. Although their influences were involvement in running the Performance Nights, slightly different, it gave Nel many unbridled which have just passed a 14-year milestone. They opportunities to find her own creative self. Her allow Nel to not only support a rich and varied mother encouraged her to sing and to compete artistic community but also to create a sense of in competitions, while her father took Nel with theatre. It’s certainly not just about getting people him to busk. Both parents fostered her sense of on stage. performance and theatre. What keeps Nel enthusiastically organising “I preferred being out on the street where I could see the audience. For me, the dynamics and events like the Performance Night each month is twofold. On the one hand, she derives tremendous energy of busking was the key.” joy from seeing artists on stage and, on the other Opportunities arose and by the age of 16 she hand, she recognises how important it is for a joined a band, left school and pursued music as community to get together to share and support a lead singer. Being so musically endowed it helped get her out of a few difficult situations. For creativity. “We need to encourage and foster creative instance, faced with a huge phone bill she couldn’t afford to pay, she simply went out onto the street, events. Because it builds and strengthens community” sang acapella and made enough money to pay it Although Nel continues to write her own songs off. and occasionally performs solo, you’re more Moving to Daylesford and finding a house for $50 rent, she soon met other musicians and began likely to find her lending her voice to the band Pennyweight. exploring new areas of her creativity. With Paul Link: Nelephant Productions at www. Nunns, she had two projects: a covers band called Violet, and an originals band called Vertigo. With Violet it was all about the entertainment, but

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Gig Guide! Old Hepburn Hotel. Hepburn Springs Jessey Jackson – Friday, June 13, 9pm Matt Katsis – Sunday, June 15, 4pm Callum and The Big Order – Friday, June 20, 9pm

Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville Lily P - Saturday, June 14, lunch Geoffrey Williams - Saturday, June 14, dinner The Flames - Sunday, June 15, lunch

Perfect Drop, Daylesford Lizanne Richards - Friday, June 20 Ma Na - Saturday, June 21 Family Farm - Friday, June 27 Grumpy Neighbour - Saturday, June 28

Hepburn Chalet, Hepburn Springs Spa Vinyl Club - swap, sell, listen to LPs, 45s and 78s - Thursday, June 19, 6pm-9pm

Glenlyon General Store, Glenlyon Jennie Brown & Bruce Millar - Friday, June 13, 6.30pm-8.30pm King Maxwell - Friday, June 20, 6.30pm-8.30pm Liz Frencham, pictured below - Friday, June 27, 6.30pm-8.30pm

In black and white


OKEH Gallery is holding its first Black and White Photography Exhibition until July 4.

Contributing artists include Jeff Moorfoot, Jon Harris, Sandy Scheltema, Suzanne Williams, Terence Bogue, Tim Burder, Osvaldo Civetta, Sandy Breen, Garry Morcom and Sonja Rolton. Bokeh Gallery is at 10 Howe Street, Daylesford.

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Foodie giveaway TIRED of that same old question - what’s for dinner? Then enter The Local’s giveaway for Super Food Ideas’ Dinner in a Dash.

This collection of over 200 favourite recipes is all you need to put easy delicious dinners on the table without spending hours in the kitchen - or too much money at the supermarket. Created with the busy cook in mind Dinner in a Dash will have you cooking flavoursome and quick fuss-free meals. For your chance to win a copy email dhslocal@gmail. com - with your name and contact number by June 22. Winners will be notifed by phone. Foodie giveaway winners so far include Matt Johnson (Same, same but different by Poh), Beth Butler (Valli Little’s trio of cook books) and Dianne Moiler (Emma Dean’s A Homegrown Table).

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Locals’ deals


OR the locals - by the locals

Locals are always looking for a great deal – and the region’s restaurants and hotels are keen to make sure there is plenty on offer. Weekday specials are available from a host of establishments. Mondays, fittingly, is Mercato and also The Grande while on Tuesdays it’s hard to choose between Cosy Corner, Kazuki’s and Daylesford’s Royal Hotel. On Wednesdays it’s time for Sault or The Larder. And Thursdays head to The Daylesford Hotel or Daylesford Inn. On Friday, think about visiting the Anglican Church hall in Daylesford for the community lunch catered by the 5000 club. The more the merrier.

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Friday night raffles


ANT to help a local organisation - and have fun?

Time to take part in a Friday night raffle. At the Farmers Arms Hotel in Daylesford over the next fortnight members of the 5000 Club will be selling tickets to raise money for the Friday community lunch. Tickets go on sale around 6.30pm and the raffle is held at 7.30pm. Meanwhile, the Old Hepburn Hotel also holds its weekly Choke a Chook raffle on Friday nights. Call the Old Heppy to book your organisation’s raffle. Stop the presses, Daylesford’s Royal Hotel is also doing Friday night raffles for different charities. June is for Love your Sister and July for Christmas Cheer. Stay tuned.

28 Business Guide

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Call Malcom Tyquin for all your septic tank and grease trap de-sludging. 7 days a week 0418 507 172 All areas!

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Small Job Specialist All household electrical work guaranteed Daylesford /Hepburn region... Phone Gary Miles 0458 112 777 106 Albert St, Creswick garymiles5

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DAYLESFORD CARPET CLEANING ........nothing cleans like steam........

carpets – rugs - upholstery- hard floors windows (hi reach to 12m) – solar panels

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Mccarthy Firewood Sugargum firewood sales Bags of kindling & Bags of small wood. Leonards Hill 0418 137 195 Mob 0407 688 792 Mob

COMPUTER PROBLEMS? I will come to you! On-site support for PCs and Macs, home and business. Phone: 0466 238 178

Moss Shading Solutions For Hepburn Shire’s total shading solutions talk to Brian & Deborah Moss

Exterior Awnings Folding Arm Tension systems Drop screen Traditional canvas

Internal Blinds Roller & sunscreen Roman blinds Shutters



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INDSAY Perrin spends his Saturday mornings coaching juniors at the Trentham Golf Club.

The Level 1 coach said budding golfers received an hour of tuition, a drink and a chocolate for the princely sum of $2. “We would love more juniors. We have juniors’ coaching every Saturday during school terms – except winter.” Trentham Golf Club: 5424 1240

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Automotive Electrician on site Front end wheel alignments

Servicing all automotive air conditioning 4X4 Servicing and repairs

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The Local june 9 2014 Issue 21  
The Local june 9 2014 Issue 21  

Hepburn Shire's own community publication