Leigh News - Inverleigh: March 2024 Edition.

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Bannockburn Surgery first opened its doors in 1983 – a humble beginning in small rooms located between the original Pharmacy and Supermarket.

The practice soon moved to 19 High Street in 1986 with two consulting rooms, a small treatment room and tiny tearoom for its team members. In 2000, the current building (16 High Street) was opened, – a purpose-built practice complete with five consulting rooms, a sixth room having been added in 2010.

One of the Principal GPs, Dr Cameron Profitt commenced in 1991. With Dr John Henderson joining the practice in 2006 and Dr Ben Fry following suit in 2012. The practice has since grown from strength to strength and has a wonderfully dedicated team of Doctors, Nurses, Reception staff and Practice Manager. They also have access to high-quality Allied Health Practitioners with plans for more services to come.

Bannockburn Surgery has been fortunate to have additional GP Registrars join our team expanding our provision of service even further. This means they are lucky to be in the position to have capacity to offer more appointments including on the day appointments.

Dr Cameron Profitt

Dr John Henderson

Dr Benjamin Fry

Dr Rupali Jain

Dr Veronica Donahoe

Dr Edward Carson

Dr Rebecca Tidd

Dr Bushra Akhund

Dr Abhirami Selvakumar

continuing to support the growing community of Bannockburn and its surrounds.

The surgery has big plans for a new development next door to the current practice which is currently awaiting the approval of council. They are incredibly excited for the future of not only Bannockburn Surgery but also

Bannockburn Surgery is a fully accredited medical practice that provides comprehensive GP services and have been practising within the community for 40 years.

Bannockburn Surgery is the largest practice within the shire.

We are an accredited teaching practice –training medical students, nursing students and future GPs.

Bannockburn Surgery doctors will bulk-bill patients with healthcare cards and pension cards, as well as those under 16 years old.

Appointments are available and our doctors are welcoming new patients.

Book online via the website or contact (03) 5281 1481.

We also offer the following services:

Diabetes Education



Q Fever (Testing & Vaccines)

Yellow Fever (Vaccine)

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NEW PATIENTS WELCOME 16 High Street, Bannockburn VIC 3331 Tel: (03) 5281 1481 www.bannockburnsurgery.com.au Online bookings available

When we speak about ageing well it often means staying healthy, active, and connected. It’s about never giving up and inspiring changes that create valuable legacies for future generations of Australians. And it makes me proud to be part of a government that is supporting programs for older Australians and driving aged care reforms so that no matter who you are, you can look forward to living a long, healthy, and connected life.

To assist you and your family members in accessing these government programs, I’ve put together an updated 2024 Seniors & Pensioners Kit.

In the kit you’ll find a range of useful information on the latest pension payment

rates, as well as information relating to aged care services and general safety tips. All of this and more is available on my website and can be accessed at: Resources (libbycoker.com.au).

You can also collect one from my electorate office in Armstrong Creek –I look forward to hearing from you!

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7th March Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve AGM P17

9th March Inverleigh Food Swap @ Sonny Cafe.

16th March Land Care "going batty" talk. P14.

26th March Calm the Farm Workshopp and dinner P23.

29th March Inverleigh and District Good Friday Appeal P14

13th April Land Care Dry Stone Walling workshop P14

25th May

Inverleigh Book Bazaar P13


meet in the Inverleigh Public Hall



on the 3rd Wednesday of each month @7 :30pm (Except January) VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

President: Hilary Hamilton

Treasurer: Luanne Thornton

Leigh News Editor: Peter Trevaskis

meet in the Inverleigh Public Hall

0n the 4th Wednesday of each Month @ 2pm (Except December & January) VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

The Progress Association has been actively working towards improving the amenity of Inverleigh for over 40 years. Of course all such organisations need volunteers and the Association is no exception. Without them nothing happens. If you have some ideas for the town you would like to achieve, you are welcome to join us and help achieve them.

Some of the projects completed by the Progress Association include:

Public Toilets Progress Association members worked for many years with Council to have a new block built. They are used more than any other toilets in the Shire.

The Clock a new clock was recently installed on the clock tower in our main street.

Town Entrance Signs. IPA worked for many years to procure the 2 Entrance Signs (Hamilton Highway East and West) welcoming travellers to our town.

The Inverleigh Historical Society was formed in 2004. It operates under the auspices of the Inverleigh Mechanics Institute and Public Hall Committee.

Our Aims are to collect and preserve items of local historic interest and to promote research and interest in local history.

We welcome all donations to our collection or the opportunity to copy material. We are most grateful to the many people who have kept the Historical Society in mind as they sorted through their own collections. We undertake many interesting projects and have enjoyable meetings, which you are welcome to attend.

Hello again everyone and I trust you will enjoy this edition of the Leigh News. Younger Girls and Boys might enjoy the "Where's Maggie" for this month too. The photo of Maggie is getting smaller each month and just a bit harder to find, but should be a lot of funs for the little ones! And some feedback too if you can. Would children like a colouring competition, with a voucher to a local business as a prize. Please let me know by email to leighnews@bigpond.com or send me a text message to 0407 100 791.

I have really enjoyed reading the 'CFA article' and the 'Calendar article' this month too. Both very well written by Ewen Peel and Christine Windle and I trust you enjoy reading them. They may even rival the Policeman's Article as the most read article each month. I'll be going to the "Inverleigh and District Good Friday Appeal" supporting the Royal Childrens Hospital on the 29th March at Victoria Park in Inverleigh. I hope to see many of you there on the day, doing it for the kids! Go Inverleigh!

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Convenor - Bronwyn Price, Secretary - Christine Windle, 0403 267 286, inverleighhistsoc@gmail.com Progress Association
Progress Association Inc. Inverleigh Where is Maggie hiding this month?

John Olsen's walks across Australia

Recently, at a meeting of Inverleigh-Leigh Valley Lions Club, I was invited to attend and to compile a story where their guest speaker, John Olsen, shared his experiences walking across Australia. This remarkable man walked unaided across Australia three times.

John is a grandfather of nine and his three walks began in 2004, where he walked from north to south, a distance of 5,622km. In 2008, he walked from west to east, as distance of 7,500km. Then he crossed Australia for North East to South west, and all this in the space of four gruelling years. He was a member of and supported by Lions Club of Corio Bay Geelong. Walk 1 - 2003. It was not John’s intention for the first walk be a fundraiser, but people along the way, wanted to give him money. He became known as the "hippie with a trolley" as he walked from the very northern tip of Queensland to the southern most tip of Tasmania, benefitting from a free passage on the ferry following a phone call with "Macca" on the ABC Sunday morning show. People asked "what charity he was supporting?" and John then realised he could do something to support the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (ALCMF), and could help children suffering cerebral palsy and who lacked any form of mobility. Donations were received and Lions Clubs forwarded the donations direct to ALCMF. During his first walk it is estimated $10,000 – $12,000 was raised. Walk 2 2008/09. John expressed the view “The purpose of my next solo walk across Australia is twofold. First, it is an attempt to break the existing record of 115 days set by Tom Hallyar in 1978. Second and foremost, is my endeavour to persuade every Lion in Australia to play a small part by helping to raise $200,000 shared equally by the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation and the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group Inc. "I know about Leukodystrophy because my partner was a sufferer". Long Walk No. 2 was born and John firstly drove from East to West with 6 others, planting supplies underground on the way in readiness for the return walk. He learned from Aborigines to dig a trench in the sand, light a fire and then cover the fire with sand and place his swag on top to keep warm

on the cold, cold nights. He was eventually welcomed to the East by the Mayor of Byron Bay.

It was then during the walk from Byron to Geelong that he met the love of his life, Vida Brazionis, who was suffering from a rare and life-threatening disease –Leukodystrophy. He eventually lived with her as her Carer until she passed away in 2014.

Walk 3 - 2016. In the years preceding 2015, John expressed an intention to undertake Long Walk No 3. Late 2015 John experienced an accidental fall, which injured his left knee and required surgery. In the early months of 2016 he continued to limp awkwardly – this did not stop him from departing Geelong with his friends Brian and Yvonne Edward, who drove him to the tip of Cape York. They arrived 3 April 2016. The slow healing knee resulted in what John now describes as a “limp across Australia” and his journey of 5182km was extended from an anticipated 5 months to 9 months. Walking from the tip of Cape York, walk 3 eventually reaching Cape Leeuwin, the most south/westerly point of Australia and then walking north to Perth, Johns third walk was completed. John enjoyed many meals with the indigenous people of the outback on this journey too and is proud to say he enjoyed their cooking. He on one occassion shared a meal of Emu with them, with his favourite morsel being the "Parsons Nose". John also proudly passed a letter from Mayor of Geelong, Darren Lyons to the Mayor of Perth. All up with Donations, including a Lions Club fundraising dinner, $72,500 was for Leukodystrophy Australia.

All up a very fine achievement with many highlights, such as being attacked by a Camel, almost standing on a death adder and surviving a wild pig trying to get into the tent with him. He also though it a good opportunity to walk part of the way naked! Why not! Very unlikely to meet up with someone walking towards him. Guess what? It happened! but I have no further details to hand.

New and interested residents of Inverleigh, Teesdale & Shelford

Your local Lions Club (Inverleigh-Leigh Valley) invites interested people to come to a Lions meeting & hear about the community work & projects we undertake.

We meet at the Inverleigh RSL sub branch in High St on the second & fourth Wednesday of the month at 8pm DST reverting to 7.30pm EST when daylight savings finishes.

For new residents, this would be a great way to meet other people & join in with our activities. We have a diverse membership & would welcome men & women alike.

For further information – please contact Lion David Walpole 0429 958 769.

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Inverleigh and District Good Friday Appeal - Friday 29th March 2024

Planning is well underway for another great day. We are excited to have some new entertainment on board.

La Rissa’s Imaginarium Project will run a fun interactive singing and dance show, as well as run an all-day easter craft and photo booth stall. Local Inverleigh musician Rohan Windle will entertain us with some great tunes,

KF dance and Wildlife exposure are back with live shows. CWA Inverleigh return to run the Teddy Bear Hospital all day and Bannockburn Men’s Shed will assist kids to build a boat to take home. Our Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 12:30. We have carnival rides, face painting, roaming entertainers, classic cars, plenty of market stalls, food vans and much much more.

The Royal Children’s Hospital have recently announced that a portion of money raised during the 2024 appeal will be donated to 5 regional hubs including Barwon Health Geelong to fund state of the art equipment and training to improve the outcomes of children receiving care in regional settings, keeping children closer to home. 4-year-old Tedi from Torquay is one of the faces of this year’s appeal. He was born at 23 weeks, weighing 600gm

Vale Rod Franklin

The Inverleigh Golf Club were saddened to hear the news that one of our Life Members and a past Inverleigh resident has passed away in his 99th year, Rod Franklin.

Rod and his wife Dot were both Life Members of the Inverleigh Golf Club and members since June 1977.

When the current golf course was being constructed in the Inverleigh Common, Rod and Dot worked alongside most of the other members, clearing up a lot of rocks and parts of tree roots that had been brought to the surface after the fairways had been disc ploughed.

Dot passed away in August 2020 and with Covid in our midst funerals and memorials were hard to organise. On Friday 17th February the family held a memorial service for Dot & Rod in Barooga, where they have both resided for several years since leaving Inverleigh.

Many members could tell their stories of both Dot & Rod, how they helped all new golfers

and has undergone many surgeries and died a few times during his extensive time spent at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Tedi had a trachea for 3 years allowing him to breathe through his throat. Our “Doing it for the kids” live Auction will kick off at 3:30pm, whilst our silent Auction will end at 3:30pm. All money raised at our event goes to the Royal Children’s hospital Appeal, and this year will have a direct impact on our Geelong community. In 2023 our event raised $20,072.60 (despite the rain), and this year we hope to smash this amount.

We are always looking for volunteers on the day and day before for set up and collection of equipment and items. Please call President Jay Cook on 0409 234 652.

Alternatively, if you have an item or service you wish to donate to the live or silent auction, please call Stacy Symons on 0400 911 641.

We hope to see you on Good Friday 10am to 5pm at Victoria Park, 20 Park Street Inverleigh.

along their journey of learning to grasp the game of golf. They both held positions on the committees over the years. Being a local farmer, Rod and several of the men with the same knowledge kept the fairways in the best possible condition.

The Committee and members of Inverleigh Golf Club, send their condolences to Rod and Dot’s family.

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Inverleigh & District RSL = RUSSELL - OUR SECRETARY

Russell Allan joined the Regular Army in 1969 at the age of 17, after being influenced by his family’s history of Military Service

Russell undertook basic training in Kapooka near Wagga Wagga. In 1970 Russell was sent to Senior Officer Training in Queenscliff, it was while he was here that he met his future wife Suzanne Warrior.

After volunteering to go to Vietnam, Russell completed more training at Puckapunyal with exercises in Enoggera, Townsville, Shoal Bay and Tin Can Bay as part of Specialist Corp with the Vietnam Veteran Unit Transport Platoon, specialising in Field Force Tactical exercises with the training focusing on Jungle Warfare.

discharged and returned to the family’s Building and Construction business and to family life.

Medals achieved.

In 1971 Russell’s Platoon departed Melbourne for The Vietnam War. In the timeframe of 12 months the 86 Transport Platoon 5 Company advanced from highly trained specialists into hardened Veterans upholding the ANZAC Tradition.

When Australia’s commitment to Vietnam come to an end, Russell’s Platoon were the last of the troops to depart Vietnam and after 13 days at sea on RAN Troop Ship HMAS Sydney, they were pleased to see the sight of Sydney Harbour Heads and the “Greatest Country on Earth”, they were home.

After Vietnam, all Veterans confronted different difficulties adjusting to their return to civilian life. For Russell, after completing six years of service, in 1975, he was

* Australian Active Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp

* Vietnam Australia Medal

* Australian Defence Medal

* Vietnam Star with 1960 Scroll

In 2023, 50 years after the war, Australian Department of Defence Directorate of Honours and Awards finally awarded 86 Transport Platoon 5 Company with-

* “The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry” with “Palm Citation for Distinguished Service”

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Deciduous Tree Tales

The tree featured for March in the Inverleigh Historical Society 2024 calendar is a Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis). It grows on the south side of High Street, west of the row of shops beside the CFA. It is stunning in autumn against the dark green back drop of the hedge.

This tree was planted by Tracey Crerar in the early 1990s. Tracey explained that her interest in self-sufficiency led her to plant mainly food bearing plants, including a nut bearing pistachio, and a feijoa hedge each side of the gate. However, she planted the tree in our photo simply for its beauty. If you are considering planting a Chinese Pistachio, select one in Autumn when you can see its leaf colour. Most are grown from seed, so a young tree is not identical to its parent, and the leaves can vary from spectacular oranges and reds to dingy dried off brown.

planted in 1887. Their work was worthwhile because that protection has enabled us to enjoy the majestic trees we see in our median strips today.

When Carolyn Eaton came to live in the township in 1977, both sides of High Street were lined with well-grown cherry plum trees (Prunus Nigra), with their purple leaves and bright pink flowers. Lifelong resident, Bacil Sargent, is recalled as saying how much she liked the Spring display because it evoked memories for her of the days when Inverleigh was surrounded with orchards all the way to Harvey Road.

Some of the cherry plum trees died and were replaced with other species such as callistemons and small eucalypts. In 2022, in response to requests from the community, the Golden Plains Shire filled the remaining gaps with 108 cherry plum trees. The species they planted, Prunus Oakville Crimson Spire, has a brown tinged leaf, nearly white, pale pink flowers, and an upright growth habit. Two years later, most of the young trees have flowered and fruited and are doing well.

The Geelong Advertiser of Wednesday 7th June 1899 ran an article by ‘Our Own Correspondent’ reporting Inverleigh’s tree guard working Bee, organised by the Improvement Association. The men worked from 9am until dark, assisted by a ‘splendid spread’ at breaks, prepared by the ladies. They were erecting new guards large enough to prevent horses wandering the streets from eating the tops off the trees that had been

The deciduous species in the median strips include several oaks (Quercus robur), a silver poplar (Populus alba), a claret ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) and some field elms (Ulmus minor). The oak tree on the south side of the High Street, near the school crossing, was planted in the early 1980s, and did well to survive its early years because, once it was just big enough, it was often climbed and swung on by school children.

On June 18th, 1988, Inverleigh joined in the nationwide Bicentennial celebrations, including being part of the chain of beacon bonfires encircling Australia. Our beacon was on the hill above the town near where the Federation Bridge was subsequently built. It rained so much that access was not possible, and the expected crowds, food, drink, and music had to relocate to dryer spots in the town. The blaze and fireworks display went ahead. The ashes from the fire were collected and placed in the hole of an oak tree planted a few days later as a symbol of new life and the future. Known as the phoenix tree locally, it is opposite St Paul’s Anglican Church.

If you have stories about Inverleigh trees, can tell us when the original cherry plum trees were planted, or have memories to share, please send them to:

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Inverleigh Public Hall Committee are pleased to advise the community that the Book Bazaar will return in 2024.

Save the Date: Saturday May 25th

The 2024 Book Bazaar will be scaled down to minimize the workload on our committee members and volunteers from the community.

It will only be held for one day only. We will only be accepting your generous donation of books in good quality condition please. **See below paragraph for the category of books we are accepting. A table will be set up on the decking in the backyard of the hall facilities for you to drop off your book donations at your convenience. Otherwise please call Anne-Maree Tarbett who has taken on the role of Co-Ordinator again to arrange collection: 0417 512 240.

The only categories of books we are accepting for the Book Bazaar are: Childrens Books, Biographies/Memoirs, Novels/Fiction books –popular sought after authors books for example by Stephen King, Danielle Steele, Judy Nunn, Di Morrissey, Jodie Picoult, John Grisham,Tom Clancy, Catherine Cookson, James Patterson, Matthew Reilly and Nora Roberts are just a few that have been in hot demand at previous Book Bazaars. But of course we will accept any novels by other authors also.

We appreciate immensely the huge amount of book donations in the past by locals from surrounding townships and donators from as far as Hastings, Beulah and Brighton! As a lot of the attendees would of observed at previous Book Bazaars, the amount of work that goes into conducting this popular event in our town hall is immense. Therefore to be able to still run the event we have selected the book categories that


71 High Street Inverleigh Saturday May 25 2024 one day only

9.00am – 4.00pm

*Selling Only: Novels, Biographies/Memoirs and Childrens books.

*Soft covers $2/Hard Covers $3

*Childrens Books from 50 cent

Book Donations of above categories only to Anne -Maree 0417 512 240

*Or at your convenience, donations can be placed on the table at the rear Hall decking.

“Inverleigh Book Bazaar 2024”

It’s back but at a scaled down version

Proceeds towards refurbishing of Inverleigh Public Hall

sell the easiest and fastest!

If you are doing a holiday clean out at home, please consider donating any books of the above categories to the INVERLEIGH BOOK BAZAAR, your donations are always appreciated.

Anne-Maree Tarbett


SFS successful in receiving GRDC Infrastructure Investment

Southern Farming Systems has received an infrastructure investment grant for Victoria and Tasmania from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). These grants are investing in grains research, development and extension (RD&E) in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

The grants are part of a $20 million investment program to build Australia’s long-term grains research capacity and support the enduring profitability of the nation’s grain growers.

GRDC Board chair and grain grower John Woods says that the program reflected GRDC’s priority of putting growers’ money towards investments that will make a genuine difference.

“Our investments must make an impact, and building Australia’s research capacity is critical for the future of the grains industry for generations to come,” Mr Woods says.

Southern Farming Systems has purchased another Zürn Harvester, awaiting delivery to Tasmania. At Inverleigh the investment included renovations/construction of the laboratory and grains testing facility over the next few months; SFS has also been able to purchase new grain testing equipment, which was utilised this harvest increasing our efficiency to process the trial harvest.

The equipment purchased:

•FOSS Infratec™ - Which uses NIR technology to sample cereals, oilseeds and pulses for moisture, protein and oil content.

•Kimseed Vacuum Separator - This is used for cleaning grain samples, mainly canola, and is capable of cleaning large samples.

•Contador Seed Counter - Counts seeds from 0.3mm to 15mm. This has sped up the process of calculating 1000 grain weights as it used to be done by hand!

•Kimseed Thresher - Thrashers cereals, canola and pulses. We have used it recently to process the GRDC Crop Sequencing project harvest index cuts.

•Graintec Agtator - Used for shaking wheat and barley samples to get the retention and screenings values with all the pans and different grain sieves for this.

•Graintec Test Weight Kit - Assists in calculating the test weight.

“This investment by GRDC has enabled SFS to continue providing high rainfall zone growers with quality state of the art research and grains testing data, that is both relevant and reliable” said Bret Ryan, SFS CEO.

For interviews, please contact Michelle McClure, SFS Communication & Engagement Coordinator, E: mmclure@sfs.org.au or M: 0488 600 692

You may have noticed that the overgrown garden beds at the intersection if High Street and Dundas Street (Hamilton Highway and Winchelsea Road) have been removed by the Council. This has improved the visability at this intersection for motorists. Many thanks Golden Plains Shire. It has highlighted an issue for truck drivers who still have their line of vision impaired with the large "Winchelsea" sign, blocking their view of traffic coming from Geelong when they are stopping to turn either right or left. Some large rigs have to pull out onto the intersection to be able to see traffic


I have written to Vic Roads about this issue and they have acknowledged my email and will be sending staff out to inspect the intersection.

It you have any issues like this, feel free to email the Inverleigh Progress Association via the leighnews@bigpond.com and we will do our best to assist with forwarding concerns to appropriate local, state or federal departments. Also, consider becoming a member of the your local 'Progress Association'.

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Bannockburn Library has a range of activities this March.

Our preschool programs are back, offering Baby Time, Toddler Time and Story Time sessions. Bring along young family members to develop a love of reading, songs, and stories.

At Garden Chat, share your gardening tips and learn new ideas about various garden topics. Come along on Monday 18 March, 10.30am- 11.30am.

Interested in exploring new books? Book Chat meets monthly on a Monday. Talk about the books you are reading and gain new recommendations. Join us next on Monday 25 March, 10.30am-11.30am.

Places are now available to join our Library Book Club. We read and explore a new title each month, available at the library. The next Book Club meeting is on Wednesday 20 March, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Mega Lego Club is offered on Wednesdays during school terms from 3.45pm to 4.45pm. This session is for primary school students. Come along as we inspire their imaginations to build Lego creations.

To book & for more information, visit the Geelong Regional Libraries’ website.

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Would you like to join the team running the Inverleigh Public Hall?

The 3-year term of appointment of the current Committee of Management runs out in May. A public meeting will be held at 8 pm on Monday May 13th at the Inverleigh Public Hall to elect people to the Committee for the next three years.

Nominations will be accepted prior to the night. Nominations from women, men, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and from people from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged.

For more information and nomination forms, talk to a Hall Committee member or contact the secretary, Christine Windle, on 0403 267 286 or windlechristine@gmail.com


Meet in the Inverleigh Public Hall @ Midday on 2nd Thursday each Month for a Meeting, guest speaker and afternoon tea and 4th Thursday each month for an outing.

Exercise Classes Each Thursday from 10am till 10:30.

At the Inverleigh Public Hall. Cost $5 each Seniors Meeting at Inverleigh Hall

14th MARCH @ Midday

We will have lunch together ($10 each)

Please attend with your Medicare Card & My Aged Care number for record purposes.


28th MARCH @ 9am.

we will be travelling to Ballarat, sightseeing, visit to The Botanical Gardens and Begonia flower displays, War Memorials etc.

$10 Bus Fare and lunch at a local Hotel. for more info contact-

President: Peter Trevaskis 0407 100 791

Secretary:Liz Platt 0423 301 519. Treasurer: Val Robertson 5265 1492


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The Hall Committee are seeking additional mowing volunteers to help keep the grounds at the hall facilities neat and tidy going forward. If you are able to help with this community task for occasional mowing within one month of the year and you have a reliable mower to use, please contact Anne-Maree Tarbett on 0417512240 with your enquiries.

We continue to be greatly appreciative for the current small band of volunteers for keeping the grounds looking neat and tidy throughout the year: Keith Robson, David Walpole, Alan Boyd, Campbell Brumby, David and Linda Farrimond, Mark Hambrook, Ralph Smith and Suzie Kelly.

Thank you once again from the grateful members of the Inverleigh Hall Committee.

White Lotus Reiki and Crystals is based in the picturesque township of Inverleigh.

White Lotus offers alternative therapies that promote positive health and wellbeing, improved sleep, and reduced stress and anxiety. Traditional Usui/Tibetan Reiki is applied through gentle touch and the movement of energy, while Sound Healing uses crystal bowls, each of which is tuned to the seven chakras.




White Lotus also offers the opportunity to purchase genuine crystal jewellery, home wares, books and individual pieces of Mother Earth’s natural wonders, ethically sourced from around the world.

If you would like to book an appointment or would like to know more, contact Jane on 0417 143 669 or email Whitelotus_reiki@outlook.com

Facebook: Whitelotus Reiki and Crystals

Instagram: whitelotus_reiki

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Inverleigh CFA. 100% Volunteers

In the February article I spoke about the cool summer and the potential of the next few months to warm up and become a more normal summer with a lot hotter weather.

Well, it has happened and the recent weeks we have seen several days with temperatures well into the 30’s. The rain has stopped as well and the countryside has dried out a lot over the last month to where it would now burn in most instances.

This has been clearly shown by the recent fires that have burnt the Pomonal area and the more recent fires in the Beaufort area. Large areas have burnt quickly and have proven hard to control due to the weather conditions and the terrain they were in.

Inverleigh brigade members have been up to Beaufort as part of the Winchelsea group’s strike team commitment and while every fire event is different with the challenges presented to firefighters, a lot of things are the same and often it reinforces things that have been learnt in the past. The two main things that struck me about this fire that we

You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Friends of Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve on Thursday March 7th at 7.30 pm at the Teesdale Community Hall.

The guest speaker will be Janine Duffy, President of the Koala Clancy Foundation.

Koala Clancy Foundation plants trees for koalas on farms and private land, creates new habitat and advocates for better protection of wild koalas. Koala Clancy Foundation is an independent registered charity and not for profit organisation.

RSVP if possible by March 5th.

Looking forward to seeing you there, Keith Windle on behalf of Friends of Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve

Phone 0429 651 298

can remember for our local events are the following.

1.Don’t go into bush land unless you absolutely have to.

2.Spot fires from embers are a major issue when bush land is on fire.

Both these points have created a lot of issues for the Beaufort fire as there is a lot of bush involved and the danger of falling trees and entrapment caused a lot of problems while trying put out fire in the bush land. The general consensus was, let the fire come to the edge of the bush and then deal with it.

This approach works well until you get a spot fire that starts some distance away from the main fire activity and this proved to a major problem at Beaufort with many spot fires up to about six kilometres from the main fire front. These then tied up a lot of resources in chasing down many smaller fires and a lot were in the neighbouring land to bushland, and then threated houses and other assets.

Here at Inverleigh, we don’t have the amount of bushland like at Beaufort, but what we do have will react in a similar way if it catches fire and property near bushland will be hard to defend and spot fires would be expected in front of the main fire front. Next months article will cover how to deal with spot fires at a residential level.

Lastly I would just like to acknowledge the commitment of the CFA personnel to a fire like the Beaufort one. It has gone for days on end, it has been a large fire that has taken a lot of work to put out and to see tankers from places such as Swan Hill, Silvan and Mt Eliza there helping just shows how dedicated people are to helping the community, even if it is not your own local one.

If you want to be part of this experience, then think about joining your local brigade.

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Contact Helen Collins on 0418 340 387 for all your Interior Design & Styling needs and she will work with you to create beautiful & functional spaces

Thanks to:

Ross & Caroline Wilson of Shelford and Mora Leach of Inverleigh for faithfully supplying the monthly rainfall figures. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Golden Pens - Write side up

G’Day from the penners for March. Well, it looks like summer has finally arrived, just in time for Autumn! Feb was certainly an interesting month weather wise, but I look forward to the Autumn very much, my favourite season, cool crisp mornings, sunny calm days, the sounds of crunching leaves under foot as the season progresses, delightful. This month’s poem comes from our newest member, John. He has only been with us for a month so we look forward to him revealing his craft over the years. Welcome John.

The penners can always be contacted via our email goldenpens4@gmail.com Cheers


Local trees stand tall ( by John Roberts )

Oh Granny Smith the apple of my day wherever I may be South East Australia is and has been home for 70 years

Thank-you Mother nature for each choice you made

In particular the many trees to climb in my childhood

Little blue and red from falls to be had from Boobiallas

Not like the Blue and Red gums my axeman grandfather fell Hardwood timber and Off cuts heat for grandmother’s cooking

Ah Manna for many bellies scones buns butter and honey

Manna gum oozing to be used long ribbons of white brown

Tea-tree fencing & cray pots

dilute rubbing of melaleuca oil

Black wattle bark & leaves widespread tanning & eucalyptus oil

Tough furrowed Iron Barks look underneath Houses and Bridges.

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Hello all,

School is back, the football and netball seasons are upon us and the year seems to be flying by already. Unfortunately, we have had some serious collisions involving both cars and trucks since the start of the year on the Hamilton Highway between Inverleigh and Geelong. Please take care on the roads, do not overtake over double lines, please obey the speed limits including the 80 km/h zone sections at the rail crossing and around the intersection at Burnside Road. Please be patient especially with slower vehicles and always be observant and on the lookout for any changes in direction or drifting of any vehicles coming towards you as well as cars entering the road without stopping and giving way. Some drivers do some silly and unexpected things at times and we have to be prepared for that as much as we can be. I will be doing more patrolling of this section of road.

I have had some recent comments about vehicles disobeying stop signs at roads entering the Hamilton Highway like Common Road. Please obey the stop signs ($385 fine with 3 demerit Points).

Received some reports of youths on trail bikes up in the Common and on Bakers Lane. Parks will be contacted about considering some more off road patrols in the area. Reminder you need to be registered and licensed to drive/ride in the Common.

Despite my last article I have still encountered some youths on electric scooters one lot dinking without helmets and going diagonally across Faulkner Road. As mentioned in last months article, Youths under 16 cannot ride electric scooters apart from on private property. If you own an electric scooter please look up the laws/rules on the Vic Roads website.

I have had several reports of diesel fuel theft from a farm tanks in recent times. Please be vigilant on your properties, report any suspicious behaviour and try to keep your gates and properties secure.

Had a report of some damage to the facilities at Turtle Bend reserve in Teesdale. If using the reserve and you notice any culprits please notify the council and myself.

I am getting enquiries about the ever increasing amount of permanent campers residing in the ‘free camping areas’ posted on social media! The area beside the Hamilton Highway is apparently Vic Roads property and I am seeking clarity/signage from them whether it is a rest area or a camping ground. There have been several people staying there for long periods which has led to people asking me to do welfare checks on them when they haven’t been seen for a while and which has led to some poor reactions from them. One subsequently left for other accommodation but left the van there and the tent of another appeared to have blown down for several days before it disappeared recently.

There are approximately four or so other long term/permanent sites being occupied along the river track, some with several vehicles/ vans belonging to them. This is a council run area and I have informed council about the long term residents and sought clarity on any rules for length of stay for that area as well and the need for some signage in relation to any rules for people frequenting/staying in that area as that is often subject to reports of tree damage, littering, illegal fires and fires during the danger period. If you are not in favour of people utilising the area for long term accommodation feel free to pass on your concerns to council.

Keep Safe Chris

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Estia Health Bannockburn is currently offering 2 weeks FREE respite.

Estia Health Bannockburn is a Residential Aged Care home and has availability for both respite and permanent care.

Call Kelly on 0419 030 510 before this offer expires (31 August) and to book your personal tour today. Current availability for both respite and permanent care.

Call Kelly on 0419 030 510 if you would like to have a look at our wonderful home and find out more details on Aged Care.

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MUSHROOM COMPOST is now available Contact Peter or Dianne 5265 1757 or 0418 514 926 to arrange for pick up from Inverleigh Shelford Road INVERLEIGH $4 per Bag or $50 per M3

Hesse Rural Health - Inverleigh Exercise Group

Hesse Rural Health will shortly expand their weekly Exercise Group which meet in the Inverleigh Public Hall on Thursday's from 10am to 10:30.

This group targets the over 60's age group and provides a wide range of challenges including:


* Strength

*Co-ordination etc.

Led by Jaxon and his capable assistants, the routines are conducted in a lighthearted and friendly manner.

Regular assessments are also conducted to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and adjustments to routines are made to suit each individuals need.

Fellowship together over a coffee at Sonny Cafe follows. Weekly cost is $5 pp and enrolment requires your "my aged care number" & "medicare number".

Come along on a Thursday morning and check out if this routine suits your needs. You will be made very welcome by all.

Leigh News 23 CALM THE FARM CREATING A HAPPY HEALTHY WORKPLACE U n d e r s t a n d i n g t h e m a i n w o r kr e l a t e d r i s k f a c t o r s t o f a r m e r s ’ m e n t a l h e a l t h E x p l o r e h o w t h e s e m a y b e i m p a c t i n g y o u a n d y o u r f a r m b u s i n e s s D e v e l o p y o u r o w n p l a n t o s t a y o n t r a c k Are you interested in reducing risks to mental health in your farm workplace by improving your work systems, or doing things a bit differently? Join us for an interactive and engaging two-hour workshop that explores ways of reducing workrelated stress Connect with other local farmers as you focus on practical solutions to improve job satisfaction and effectiveness for you and your team. Continue the conversation over a nutritious meal - ON US! Key focus areas What are the factors in the management of farm work that can affect the wellbeing of farmers and farm workers? How does it play out at your farm? What are the solutions and what can be improved? Use tools designed specifically for farmers - like Steering Straight to identify ways to keep you positive and focused and create a support network RSVP NOW TO BOOK YOUR SPOT Th s program is suppo ted by Western Victor a Pr mary Hea th Netwo k unde he Austra an Government s Pr mary Hea th N t k P g DATE: TIME: COST: LOCATION: LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2024 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start Followed by dinner FREE Inverleigh Public Hall, 71 High St Inverleigh VIC 3321 Event details RSVP: (Essential) 18 March 2024 Hannah Walker or Brooke Greig 5267 1200 Healthpromotion@hesse vic gov au in association with TStarting uesday February 13th! F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o nE m a i l : h e a l t h p r o m o t i o n @ h e s s e v i c g o v a u P h o n e : 5 2 6 7 1 2 0 0 B A L A N C E A N D B O N E S B A N N O C K B U R N P H Y S I O T H E R A P I S T L E D E X E R C I S E G R O U P A l l a b i l i t i e s w e l c o m e T U E S D A Y 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 1 1 : 3 0 a m B a n n o c k b u r n C u l t u r a l C e n t r e ( s i d e a c c e s s ) 2 7 H i g h S t r e e t B a n n o c k b u r n J o i n u s f o r a b a l a n c e a n d b o n e s h e a l t h p r o g r a m f e a t u r i n g s m a l l g r o u p c l a s s e s d e s i g n e d t o : i m p r o v e m u s c l e s t r e n g t h i m p r o v e b a l a n c e a n d c o o r d i n a t i o n i m p r o v e k n o w l e d g e o f r i s k f a c t o r s a s s o c i a t e d w i t h o s t e o p o r o s i s a n d f a l l s A l l p a r t i c i p a n t s a r e r e q u i r e d t o u n d e r g o a p r ea s s e s s m e n t

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Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve


Clancy Foundation Inc. Male koala “Clem” seen on one of our planting sites in 2022.

The Koala Clancy Foundation is seeking landowners interested in creating koala habitat on their land around Teesdale and Bannockburn. Land with creeks and tributaries is ideal. Large properties at Bruce Creek, Sandy Creek, Native Hut Creek and Stony Creek are very suitable.

Koala sightings in Inverleigh and Teesdale are scarce these days. A big mature male koala was seen in Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve in January 2023, and two other individuals were seen and reported to iNaturalist in May 2020 and November 2021. A fresh koala skull was found in July 2023. A koala was reported in Teesdale town area in December 2023 and there have been a couple of sightings in Bannockburn recently. We have also heard of other records, and koala scratches on trees have been seen at Woolbrook and in Inverleigh NCR.

The decade from 1980 to 1989 had lots of records of koalas in the area but each decade since then has seen a decline in sightings. The reason is not known, but the drying and warming climate is likely to be the cause. In addition, increasing carbon in the atmosphere is changing the nutritional qualities of eucalyptus leaves, making good koala trees toxic and inedible.

But, the grassy woodland plains are naturally good koala country. Much of the country around Teesdale and

Bannockburn was once a grassy forest of widely-separated big trees, with patches of grassland. Koalas love River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and Swamp Gums (E ovata) that grow beside creeks and on the flats, and Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis), Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) and Yellow Gums (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) on the sandy plains.

Koalas will be searching for big blocks of habitat that is moist and cool, on fertile soils.

We are looking for planting projects of 2 hectares and more that we can revegetate into prime wildlife habitat, with a natural and complex suite of local species, including native wildflowers, saltbushes, everlasting daisies, small wattles and eucalyptus trees.

If you have land that sounds like it will suit this project, please get in touch.

More information here:


Janine will be the guest speaker at the Friends of Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve AGM 2024 at Teesdale Community Hall, at 7.30 on Thursday March 7 - all welcome. Enquiries to Keith 0429 651 298.

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Welcome to our new Preps

We have 4 new Prep students begin at our school this year. Danila, Louella, Ivy and Levi have made a terrific start, quickly learning how fun and rewarding school life is at S.P.S.

They have already made many friends and our Senior students are providing them with assistance and positive role modelling in both the class and in the yard.

Check out our new uniforms

Don’t we look smart in our new school uniforms!

All current students and new enrolments are provided with a polo, jacket and hat free of charge, to begin their learning journey at Shelford Primary.

Our new vision, values and school motto

Last year, our School Councillors worked together to develop our new Vision, Values and motto. Our students played a vital role in identifying what we value and how we can support one another to display these every day.

We are proud to share these with our community as we embed them into our school culture.

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Inverleigh Bowls Club – March Report

Another bowling season is complete!

Our three pennant sides were competitive all season but unfortunately none will be playing finals. Saturday Division 6 finished in 5th spot, just missing out after the last round of the season! Well done to everyone who played pennant this season. It was a great achievement for our small club to fill these three teams every week. We look forward to doing it again in 2024/2025, as the new season starts in October.

We were excited to play our first pennant match under our new lights in early February – they are definitely brighter than the ones we had!

Club members and friends have enjoyed a range of social activities throughout the season including a Trivia Night, Sponsors Night and Bingo Night.

Our club events have been completed The Singles Champions for 2023/2024 are Joy Gray and Cameron Peel. The runner ups were Lesley Johns and Max Peel. The winners of the 100 Up Competitions were Anne-Maree Tarbett and Ken Hopkins. The runner ups were Joy Johnson and Max Peel.

In the Pairs Finals Penny Turnbull and Marj Peel and Rob Meek and John McPherson were the winners. The runner ups were Joy Johnson and Robyn Baker and Vic Leach and John Henderson.

Congratulations to all our winners and all those who participated in these events. These achievements will be recognised at our presentation night on April 6th.

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Mens singles Champion Cameron Peel (left) amd runner up Max Peel (right) with club president Adrian Hurring. Ladies singles Champion Joy Gray (left) and rummer up Lesley Johns (right)

White Butterfly or Cabbage Moths have been abundant.

The White Butterfly or Cabbage Moth has been running rampant over the last couple of months in Victoria and Inverleigh & district is no exception.

I have spoken with many residents of the area, some into their 90's and they have not seen anything like it in their lifetime.

An internet search confirmed that the conditions have been just right for these little fellows to mutiply and multiply they did. The cover photo shows the pestie little blighters on one of the shrubs in my own back yard. Many were sitting silently on the plants doing what they are best at doing, laying eggs, until I waved my arms and they all took off.

We have not had a particularly hot summer this year and perhaps if we had, things might have been different. So what do we put it down too, Global warming, the exchange rate against the American dollar, of just mother nature doing her best with the conditions prevailing at that moment in time.

Cross it off your bucket list for now. You probably wont see it again. PeterT

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are held in INVERLEIGH on second Saturday of the month

9:30 to 10:00 @Sonny Cafe and in BANNOCKBURN @ St. Mary MacKillop School 4th Saturday each Month



Est. 14th July 2014

This branch meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at Teesdale Hall, Main Road Teesdale.

All ages welcome.

It is not an “oldies” group. If you are interested in attending please contact:

Shirley 0447 873 763

Lions Club of Inverleigh

Leigh Valley

"Lions Club newspaper collection".

Leigh Valley Lions Club collects newspapers & magazines for recycling.

Funds raised are used for both local & international Lions projects. Community members are asked to deposit their papers in "LIONS" marked wheely bins located at Inverleigh Hall & beside the Bannockburn Library in High St. Pick up of large amounts can be arranged by text or phone to Secretary John Crowe 0414 674 156.



Inverleigh’s OP Shop


Mondays: 1 – 4 PM

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM

Closed School Holidays

EFTPOS and Cash

Do not accept:

Electrical Goods, Car Seats, Furniture, Your Rubbish

Contact the Editor to promote your community activity here



For only $15 each Chain you can get your chains looking brand new 0447 516 857 or 0407 850 041 TODAY TO GET YOUR CHAINS READY FOR THE WINTER. DROP OFF OR PICKUP IS AVAILABLE

Golden Plains Baha’i Community

The Baha’i Faith upholds the oneness of God, the oneness of Religion and the oneness of mankind.

Religion should unite all hearts and bring spirituality and world peace.

The equality of men and women is essential to create peace.

Spiritual education for all. We have no clergy as it is up to each person to investigate truth for himself. “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens” Baha’u’llah For more information: bahai.org or Bannockburn 52 812 102, Teesdale 52 815 143, or Ross Creek 53 420 286

Op Shop Bannockburn have relocating to St. Johns Anglican Church

11 Byron Street Bannockburn

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 to 4 Saturday 10 to 1

Justices of the Peace

Mr Keith Windle

77 Dundas Street

INVERLEIGH Ph: 0429 651 298

Mrs E McDonald

47 High Street

Inverleigh Ph: 5265 1270

Mr Peter Bufton

110 Savage Drive

INVERLEIGH Ph: 0448 694 204

Mr Rod McKenzie

7 Ruxton Crt.

Bannockburn Ph: 0408 527 704

Mr Stephen Gilligan SHELFORD

Ph: 0409 432 933



meets for rally

every 2nd Sunday @10.00am

Victoria Park, Park Street, Inverleigh Vic 3321

New Members always welcome for enquiries please contact

Pres. Narelle Bogle 0438 034 313

Sect. Claire Heazelwood 0438 449 048


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St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish of Meredith

Contact: Parish Priest Fr. Joseph

Mob. 0404 598 558 Office: 5286 1230

Office open Wednesday & Friday

9.30am to 4.30 pm


Winchelsea - St. John the Baptist @ 6pm Sat. MAR 2, 9, 16, 23

Anakie – St. Brigid @ 9am Sun. MAR 3, 17

Meredith – St. Joseph @ 9am Sun. MAR 10, 24

Bannockburn – St. Mary MacKillo@11am Sun. MAR 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Inverleigh – Sacred Heart @ 4pm Sun. MAR 17


Palm Sunday – Winchelsea 23/3 @6pm.

Meredith 24/3 @ 9am.

Bannockburn 24/3 @ 11am

Holy Thursday – Meredith 28/3 @ 7pm

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday – Bannockburn 29/3 @ 10am

Ecumenical Way of the Cross 29/3 @ 3pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday – Meredith 30/3 @ 8pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday – Winchelsea 31/3 @ 9am

Bannockburn 31/3 @ 11am

Weekly Bus Service provided for residents without transport to shop in Geelong!

The Bus leaves the Inverleigh Hall

Every FRIDAY at 9:30 am and leaves Geelong at 2:15pm for the return trip.



“Forwedonotpreachourselves, but ChristJesustheLord...” (2 Corinthians 4.5)

Sunday Service at Inverleigh

10 am.


For further information: Rev.SurendraWesley



Inverleigh Hall

Hall Hire Contact

The Inverleigh Hall Committee promotes the use of the hall and develops and maintains our fabulous community asset.

If you would like to become involved by serving on the committee or by initiating activities at the hall, please contact

Anne-Maree Tarbett

0417 512 240

Anglican Church

Church Services each Sunday

8 am Inverleigh

10 am Bannockburn 5pm Meredith

38 High Street, Inverleigh Rev’d Dr. Tim Smith 0412 673 152

Geoff Morgan 0408 106 559

Inverleigh and District Red Cross

Meet monthly in Inverleigh Public Hall at 1.30pm.

June 19th.

Annual Meeting August 14th, 12 noon Lunch.

October 9th.

December 11th (Xmas lunch to be decided).

Heather Bogie President 0408 521 090.

Cathy Altmann Secretary 0409 024 578.


Welcomes existing and new members alike.

We are so much more than just Tea and Scones ladies!

Social Meetings 7.30pm every last Wednesday of the month (except Dec/Jan).

Meet in Presbyterian Church Hall. inverleighcwa@gmail.com or Brooke Wauchope. Ph 0431 006 761

13 11 14 LIFELINE


Park Street







Narelle Bogle 0438 034 313

Tai Chi


Teesdale Community Hall


9.30am phone: 0414 944 926


Bring a craft, learn a new craft or come for a walk, chat and cuppa.

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s , 9.30am - 1.30pm

At Teesdale Community Hall

*BYO craft and lunch

*Tea & Coffee provided.

Cost $5 Joining fee. $3 per session

Contact Lesley 0400 547 157 or Shirley 0447 873 763


(Formerly Community Hall)

Behind the CFA Building Main Road, Teesdale


Hall, Meeting Room, Kitchen, Tables, Chairs & Crockery.

For bookings, phone Dale on 0428 386 724 WHO

Meredith And District Motor Cycle Club

Ballarat Chooks Pullets for Sale: Hyline Brown Sexed and Vaccinated.

Delivering to:

Winchelsea (Eastern Reserve), Inverleigh (Lawsons Park), & Bannockburn (B&S Stockfoods)

Text or Ring Kelvin 0400 559 559 for delivery dates and times

"Ballarat Chooks Information Page" Please like my page!

VICTORIA PARK wish to advise the Scrap Bin is CLOSED until further Notice.




Further info: call Robyn 0408 346 222 or follow us on facebook.

24 Hourtelephone

Phone 13 11 14

We meet the 3rd Sunday of every month for our ride day (NO RACING AND NO QUADS /4 WHEELERS)

We have 2 tracks: One that is set up as a motocross track that is marshalled and we also have a smaller flat track for kids/beginners to learn to ride.

St Johns is in attendance as well as a canteen.

For more information please: head over to our Facebook page MADMCC or call 0415 503 869.

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Leigh News 33 •Accountants • Business Advice • Superannuation • Taxation Services • Financial Planning • Audit Services Surfcoast: 13 Pearl Street Postal: P.O. Box 178, Torquay Vic 3228 Tel: (03) 5261 2262 Fax: (03) 5261 6639 Email: admin@surftax.com.au Winchelsea: 22 Willis Street Postal: P.O. Box 40, Winchelsea 3241 Tel: (03) 5267 2673 Fax: (03) 5267 2465 Email: winch@surftax.com.au STS ACCOUNTING GROUP Surfcoast Taxation Services Pty Ltd Certified Practicing Accountants Your taxation specialist! Lic. 42937 Matthew Carr Painter & Decorator Interior, Exterior, Repaints and Wallpapering Fully qualified Quality workmanship 0438 559 635 8 McCallum Rd Inverleigh General & Children's Dentistry Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry Dentures - new, repairs & relines 5/14 High Street Bannockburn. We are open: Tuesday's 9am to 7:30pm Wednesday 9am to 5pm Friday's 9am to 4pm Creating bright smiles for the whole family Appointments for ALL Childrens needs are available during the School Holidays. Tuesday's 9am to 7:30pm Friday's 9am to 4pm Winter Sports are approaching too. Make an appointment now for Mouth Guards Phone: 4217 3810

Mike's snake removal Licensed 0401 732 399 (Call out fee applies)

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David and Isabell are available to answer all your questions related to moving cars and

Give them a call 0429 958 769

Leigh News 35 Paul Corcoran 0416 491 546 Paul O Grady 0414 932 018 57 Rankin Road, Inverleigh. Instagram @paulsbricklayinggeelong Email: paulsbricklayinggeelong@gmail.com
Local Towing Operator, DAVO's TOWING can handle all your towing needs, as you can see from the attached photos.


•Laminitis in Horses

•Healthy vs Laminitic

•Senior Pets


Welcome Dr Hugh Gibson

Bannockburn Vet Clinic would like to welcome a new veternarian to our team, Dr Hugh Gibson!

Dr Hugh recently graduated from the University of Melbourne and spent several of his practical placements here at Bannockburn Vet Clinic.

We look forward to working with Dr Hugh and welcome him to the Bannockburn Vet Clinic family.

Easter Holiday Clinic Hours

We hope all our clients have a nice break over the easter holidays.

Laminitis in Horses

Laminitis (also known as founder) is inflammation of the laminae of the foot which is the soft tissue structures that attach the coffin or pedal bone of the foot to the hoof wall.

This can cause permanent structural changes in a horses hoof.

Laminitis is a prevalent, extremely painful condition in horses. It is also one of the most common causes of lameness in horses and ponies.

Causes of laminitis:


Intake of lush pasture or pasture containing high levels of fructan/soluble sugars. Retained placenta in post-foaling mares.


Septicaemic conditions.


Horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome or Equine Cushing's Syndrome can be predisposed to laminitis.

Symptoms of laminitis:

A strong and bounding digital pulse (the digital pulse in found at the back of your horse's pastern)

A hoof that is hot for hours

A distorted hoof shape

Shifting weight between feet when resting (paddling)


The horse leans back on its heels.

Reluctance or refusal to pick up feet

If you suspect your horse has laminitis you should seek veterinary attention. The key to a successful outcome is early diagnosis. Our Vets can prescribe various medications to control pain.

Affected horses need to be stabled in deep shavings or soft sand so they can dig their hooves into a comfortable position.

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Please see below our opening hours over Easter and Labour Day Long Weekend.

Labour Day Public Holiday

Monday 11th March - CLOSED

Good Friday

29th March - CLOSED

Saturday 30th March - OPEN 8am to 1pm

Easter Sunday

31st March - CLOSED

Easter Monday

1st April - CLOSED

For any veterinary emergencies over the Easter period when we are not open please call Geelong Animal Emergency on (03) 5222 2139.

If laminitis has developed as a result of over-feeding restrict access to lush pastures. If you suspect your horse or pony may have laminitis please call the clinic on 03

5281 1221 to book a farm visit or consultation at our Equine Centre.

Healthy vs Laminitic

Senior Pets

When does my pet become a senior?

Pets age a lot faster than people do and their rate of ageing is influenced by breed and size. The greater the weight of the dog the sooner they reach their senior years. We consider animals as seniors based on the following criteria.

Toy Breeds < 10kg are considered senior once over the age of 10 years

Medium 10-25kg are considered senior once over the age of 8 years

Large > 30kg are considered senior once over the age of 6-7 years

Cats are generally under 10kg and are considered senior once over the age of 8 years. As animals age, their health status changes faster than their younger counterparts. Senior pets have different needs to younger pets.

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Our fleet of vehicles are growing to all late models and we are now covering an extended area including:

Winchelsea, Colac, Bannockburn, Inverleigh, Great Ocean Road and Geelong.

We have a fleet of 10 seater Maxi Vans, all with Capacity to carry wheelchairs.

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Fax: 5267 2699

Email: bannotaxis@gmail.com

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66A Batson Street, Winchelsea, 3241.

NDIS provider number 4050001044

NDIS provider number 4050001048

Inverleigh Playgroup welcomes all parents, grandparents and carers with children aged 0-4. Come along and try a session!

We run a weekly play session which brings families together to learn and develop through informal play activities and social interaction. Our aim is to provide a variety of experiences, toys and activities for children to enjoy, and create an inclusive atmosphere where care givers can have a hot drink, relax and build connections that last beyond playgroup. New members are always welcome, we hope to see you at a session soon!

Please join our Facebook page to keep up to date with weekly events and special announcements!

When: Wednesdays during school terms

Time: 9.15 – 11.15am

Where: Inverleigh Public Hall

Cost: $5 per family

What to bring: Please bring a piece of fruit to be cut and shared, a drink bottle and a hat Tea & coffee provided

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Come and join us for some fun!
Inverleigh Playgroup Enquiries: playgroup.inverleigh@gmail.com
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Opening hours

Weekends 9am til 2pm

Tuesday & Wednesday

Weekdays 8am til 5pm

Leigh News 41 Contact Details: Scott Moreland 5281 0345 8 Davies Street Bannockburn
Danny’s Firewood & Tree Services
Gum Firewood.
mtr Trailer or 8 mtr Truck. "Delivered"
Removal and Clean Up *Paddock Clean Up
with Elevated Work Platform & Log Grab
tonne excavator, *small kubota tractor with grab
mtr cherry picker.
Processor, Wood Splitter & Saw Bench. Contact: Danny Busbridge 0438 355 383 42 Leigh News GOLDEN PLAINS 03 5281 2226 ® BEST MATES Best Mates is Fur Life Vet’s preventative and protective healthcare program designed to keep your pet healthier and happier for longer.
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Directory of Clubs, Services and Organisations

Below is a directory for clubs, organisations and services operating in Inverleigh, Teedale, Shelford and surrounding areas. If you are interested in obtaining further information about an organisation, please feel free to ring and have a chat with them. Any club or organisation who wishes to be listed, please forward details to us and we will include your listing. We would also appreciate being kept up to date with contact details.


Anglican Church Inverleigh (St Pauls)

38 High Street, Inverleigh services: please check Leigh News for current times

contact: Rev. Dr Tim Smith

Ph: 5265 1284 / 0412 673 152

Friends of Inverleigh Nature Conservation Reserve.

President: Keith Windle, 0429 651 298 windle.keith@gmail.com

Geelong & District

Carriage Drivers

Christa Jones 0408 342 403 gdcd.secretary@gmail.com

Inverleigh Bowls Club

Pres. Adrian Hurring 0418 593 849

Sec. Jenny Peel 0418 301 939

Inverleigh Cemetery Trust

Chairman: Bruce McDonald 0408 567 979

Sextant: Alex (Sandy) McCallum 0408 378 752

Secretary: Tonya Allen. 0411 624 309 inverleighcemetery@gmail.com

Inverleigh Cricket Club

Pres: Marcus Warton ph. 0400 199 309

Inverleigh CWA

Brooke Wauchope 0431 006 761. Inverleighcwa@gmail.com

Inverleigh Football/Netball Club

President: David Haste 0425 810 983

Inverleigh-Leigh Valley Lions Club Keith Robson 0408 270 107 inverleigh.lions@gmail.com

Inverleigh Golf & Disc Golf Club

President: Greg Erwin 0408 651 744 Email: golf3321@bigpond.com

Inverleigh Historical Society

Christine Windle 0403 267 286

Liz McDonald 0417 066 433

Inverleigh Playgroup

President: Holly Windle. 0432 632 130

Inverleigh Progress Assoc.

President:Hilary Hamilton 5265 1384

Inverleigh Riding Club

Leighdale Equestrian Centre

Mark Mummery - 0437 807 675 or Melinda Spiller 0413 648 012

Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch

President: Deema Johnston 5281 1106

Inverleigh Tennis Club

Shane Lubcke 0410 483 690

Leigh District Landcare Group

Pres: Campbell Brumby 0419 889 757

Sec: Louise Blersch

Leigh District Adult Riding Club

President: Narelle Bogle 0438 034 313

Secretary: Claire Heazelwood 0438 449 048

Victoria Park Reserve

Bookings, Narelle Bogle 0438 034 313


Murgheboluc Recreation Reserve. 0459 042 910 - committee member

booking site - spacetoco email - murgheboluc.hall@outlook.com


Shelford Cricket Club

Robert Rice (Pres) 0459 491 698

Shelford Progress Association

Sec: Glenn Jeffery 0413 317 779


CWA Native Hut Branch

Shirley Wild Ph: 0447 873 763

Leighdale Equestrian Centre

Mark Mummery - 0437 807 675 or Melinda Spiller 0413 648 012

Leighdale Pony Club Inc.

Pres: Tom McCann 5265 1169

Sec: Sue Moran 0437 914 454

Teesdale Branch Liberal Party

Charlie Hartup 5281 5222

Teesdale Cricket Club

Alister Woods. 0439 395 456

Teesdale Pre School

Mandy Bartlett. 5281 5488

Teesdale Sporting Complex

Mrs Kay Hower. 5281 5389

Teesdale Tennis Club

Mrs Judy Evans. 5281 5328

Teesdale Community Hall

Dale Smithyman 5281 5486

Working Sheepdog Club

Glenn Agnew 0427 325 905



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& District Men's Shed
McConachy (Pres)
Wild (Sect)
-S E S Emergency 000
and Flood 132 500 Controller: Nathan
Mob: 0409
138 EMERGENCY POLICE, AMBULANCE, FIRE, SES Ring 000 FOR POLICE-WITHOUT LIGHTS & SIRENS Ring: 131 444 LifeLine 5222 2233 or 13 11 14 B’burn Surgery 5281 1481 B’burn Vet 5281 1221 Surfcoast Taxi 0408 325 992 Barwon Water 1300 656 007 Power Failure 13 24 12 Geelong Hospital Accident & Emergency 5226 7564 Golden Plains Equine Vets 0437 467 097 Golden Plains Medical Centre 5281 2320 Wildlife Rescue 0500 540 000 Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service 1800 015 188 Shire Ranger 5220 7111 If you would like your Club or Service included in this directory, or if you need to update any details above, please contact the Editor. leighnews@bigpond.com Advertisers Index Accountants 22,33 Air Conditioning 25 Antiques & Collectables 19 Banking 24 Bricklaying 35 Cartage 24 CCTV & Alarms 45 Chain Saw Sharpening 30 Chemist 45,51 Chooks 32 Church Notices 31 Compost 22 Crushed Rock 39 CWA 30, 31 Data Cabling 45 Dental 33 Doctor & Health Serv. 5, 26 Dog Grooming 26 Driver Tuition 34 Earthmoving 42 Electrician 30 Equip for Hire 44 Excavation 26 Firewood 42 Food Swaps 30 Funeral Director 20 Grain 19 Grass Slashing 16 Gardening 19,41 Garden Supplies 41 Hall Hire 31 Health Services 22 Home & Living 4 Home Care Staff Training 47 Interior Design 18 Justice of the Peace 30 Lead Light 16 Legal Services 42 Motor Mechanic 44 Mowers 35 NBN Setup 45 Painter & Decorator 33,40 Playgroup 38 Plumbing Services 33 Quarry 39 Rainfall 18 Real Est. 47,48,49,50,52 Reiki & Crystals 16 Snake Catcher 34 Stock Food 44 Taxi 38 Tax Returns 33 Towing 35 Tree Services 42 Tyres 16 Veterinary 36,37,42 Wool Buyer 29
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PO Box 247, Inverleigh 3321. Phone: 0418 489 486

Leigh River Water Pumps and Standpipes.

Murray McMillan has taken over responsibilities for distribution of Keys and new residents can contact Murray on 0408 036 783 if they would like to take part in this service.

Please call at 60 Napier Street, Inverleigh, after making phone contact with Murray. He will get new clients to complete a registration form with your contact details, including name, address, phone number and email address. A key will be provided for your personal use only. Payment can be made by Cash ($69 total) or an invoice can be forwarded to your email address.

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