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The Local Voice

Community News Magazine for the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Summer 2016/17

Issue 024

Inside... Cover Story – Bike Riding On The Rise


Feature Story – For the Love of Food 10-11 Honey Bees and Swarming


and much more....

Bike Riding On The Rise Brian Wood: Photograph by Kirsty Hall

Recreation and performance cycling is a popular activity throughout the Hills and Dandenong Ranges. There are lots of off road cycling trails for riders of all skill levels to explore and enjoy, whilst on road cycling can be more challenging for cyclists and motorists. With not a lot of shoulders on the road (an area to

the left side of the road, which can be sealed or unsealed), cyclists and motorists need to be cautious, comply with cycling regulations and implement safe driving practices to ensure a safe and a pleasurable experience for all. In 2005, cycling was rated the fourth most popular activity, both nationally (10.3%) and

in Victoria (11.5%). The rate of participation continues to climb since a decline was recorded between 2001 and 2002. Key findings from the 2015 National Cycling Strategy showed young children have the highest levels of cycling participation, 49% of two to nine years old ride each week, 37% of 10 to 17 year olds and 85% of anyone cycling

in a one month period is for recreational purposes. A Cardinia Shire community survey of 156 participants undertaken in 2003 and distributed to township committees, community groups and made available to residents via Council customer service, identified 57% of people surveyed had ridden Continued on page 4

Contents: What’s On


Cover Story: Bike Riding On The Rise


Town Talk

7-9 10-11





Arts & Culture Food & Gardening





CONTACT Our Contributors this Issue: The Team Kirsty Hall, Vivien Masala, Gulsen Ozer & Lynne Trensky. Tourism & Business Group Contributors Emerald Medical Centre Key Permaculture The General Food Store The Independent Gembrook Community Group Contributors Emerald Arts Society Emerald Lions Club Emerald Museum Emerald Village Committee Guest Contributors Bec’s Bees Brendan Edwards Jai Carey Kathleen Brennan Ranges Ward Councillors Raquel Carter Simon Mildren Steph Lightfoot

The Local Voice is a volunteer run quarterly community news magazine for the Eastern Dandenong Ranges. We are always looking for people interested to contribute to The Local Voice. If you’d like to contribute to articles in The Local Voice on a casual or permanent basis please contact us at Our vision is to improve information communication and overall connectedness between townships. The Local Voice is a product of the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association. The opinions or views as expressed in this news magazine are not necessarily those held by members of The Local Voice team.



Health & Wellness

Foodie Feature: For The Love Of Food


Friday 31 Mar

Regional World’s Longest Lunch Gembrook – An Argentinian Feast alongside a heritage listed railway – ‘A Chef, A Train and A Lemon Tree’ Join Chef Mauro Callegari for an Argentinian Feast alongside the Puffing Billy Railway line at the historic Gembrook Station. The Independent has been selected by the 2017 Melbourne Food and Wine festival to host The Regional Long lunch for Victoria this March. ‘A Chef, A Train and A Lemon Tree’ will cater for up to 200 guests, meeting at the restaurant for ‘pre lunch drinks’, followed by a walk over to Gembrook where the feast awaits. Tickets now on sale directly via the restaurant (5968 1110) or via the festival Cost $148 Time 12.30pm

DEC 2016 ON SALE DEC 1 – Autumn 2017 Day out with Thomas

Saturday 25 | Sunday 26 February 2017 Saturday 4 | Sunday 5 March 2017 Saturday 18 | Sunday 19 March 2017 Saturday 25 | Sunday 26 March 2017 9757 0700 Bookings


Puffing Billy ‘Steam & Cuisine Luncheon Trains Enjoy first class dining and local wines. Depart daily at 12.30pm from Belgrave Station to Lakeside Station and return to Belgrave 3.30pm. Natter Platter $75 Adults, $67.50 Children 5-16 yrs & concession, Three course dining menu $98.50 Adults, $88.50 $67.50 Children 5-16 yrs & concession


Mt Burnett Observatory – Members Night 420 Paternoster Road, Mount Burnett Time 8-11pm 0409 703 929

Friday Dec 2

Emerald Twilight Market Puffing BillyPark, Kilvington Drive, Emerald Time 3-8pm Cost Free

Saturday Dec 3

Kallista Market 2 Church Street, Kallista Time 9am-1pm Cost Free

Saturday Dec 3

Cockatoo Country Market – Twilight Christmas Market Locally grown, made or produced. Food and drinks for sale. Alma Treloar Reserve 77 Pakenham Road, Cockatoo Time 3-8pm Cost Free

Sunday Dec 4 Grow it Bake it Make It Market Lions Club Emerald Emerald Mechanics Hall 400 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald Time 10am-3pm Cost Free

Tuesday Dec 6 Mt Burnett Observatory – Public Viewing 420 Paternoster Road, Mount Burnett Cost Adults $15 Children over 12 & Concession $10, Children over 5 $5 Time 8.30-11pm 0409 703 929

Saturday Dec 10 Cockatoo Community Carols Alma Treloar Reserve Pakenham Road, Cockaoto Time 5pm Carols at 6pm

Saturday Dec 10 – Sunday Feb 12 Wominjeka: A New Beginning – Burrinja Gallery A New Beginning celebrates 30 years of the Koorie Heritage Trust. This project highlights cultural continuities alongside new modes of creative practice in the work of five crossgenerational early career artists. The exhibition presents this new work alongside the objects of inspiration from the Trust’s collection. Exhibited works utilise a broad array of media, materials and techniques including; painting, animal skin cloaks and textiles, bark and feather flowers, clay. Tues-Sun 10am-4pm

Sunday Dec 11 Belgrave Big Dreams Market Hayes Car Park, Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave Time 9am-2 pm

Saturday Dec 24 Christmas Eve Dinner at The Independent Gembrook Cost $58 Adult

5968 1110Tues Dec 27-Apr 3 Blue Water Lotus Garden 2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction, Yarra-Dandenong Ranges Cost $17 Adult $14 Senior Child Free Time 10am-5pm

Thursday Dec 29 Mt Burnett Observatory – Public Viewing 420 Paternoster Road, Mount Burnett Cost Adults $15 Children over 12 & Concession $10, Children over 5 $5 Time 8-9pm 0409 703 929

Saturday Dec 31 New Years Eve Black Light Party Elevation @ Emerald Cost $99 Adult $47.50 Child Time 8pm-1am 5968 2911 bookings

JAN 2017 Sunday Jan 1 Grow it Bake it Make It Market Lions Club Emerald Emerald Mechanics Hall 400 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald Time 10am-3pm Cost Free

Saturday Jan 7 Kallista Market 2 Church St Kallista Time 9am-1pm Cost Free

What’s On: Summer 2016/17 Wed Jan 4, Mon Jan 9 & Sat Jan 14

Mt Burnett Observatory – Public Viewing 420 Paternoster Road, Mount Burnett Cost Adults $15 Children over 12 & Concession $10, Children over 5 $5 Time 8-9pm 0409 703 929

Sunday Jan 15

Emerald Market Cnr Main Street & Kilvington Drive, Emerald Time 9am-3pm Cost Free

Saturday Jan 21

Mt Burnett Observatory – OPEN DAY 420 Paternoster Road, Mount Burnett Cost Adults $15 Children over 12 & Concession $10, Children over 5 $5 Time 12-6pm 0409 703 929

Sunday Jan 22 Gembrook Market Gembrook Community Centre Corner of Gembrook-Pakenham Road & Main Street, Gembrook Time 9am-2pm Cost Free

FEB 2017 Saturday Feb 4 Kallista Market

2 Church Street, Kallista Time 9am-1pm Cost Free

Saturday Feb 4

Cockatoo Country Market – Locally grown, made or produced. Food and drinks for sale. Alma Treloar Reserve 74 Pakenham Road, Cockatoo Time 8.30am-1.30pm Cost Free

Sunday Feb 5

Emerald Market Cnr Main Street & Kilvington Drive, Emerald Time 9am-3pm Cost Free

Saturday Feb 11

NEW Hills Art Market 1 Memorial Drive, Emerald (behind Emerald Puffing Billy Station) Time 9am-3pm 0416 726 406


Tuesday Feb 14 Puffing Billy Valentines Day Dinner Depart at 7.30pm from Puffing Billy Belgrave Station to Lakeside Station and return to Belgrave approx. 10.30pm. Live musician performing from 6.30pm onwards. Three course dinner with tea, coffee and complimentary glass of port. $112 per person. No concessions apply. Bookings

Sunday Feb 26 Gembrook Market Puffing Billy Station, Gembrook Time 9am-2pm Cost Free



Gembrook IGA continues to donate fruit to every student every week at Gembrook Primary School. This initiative is now in it’s 5th year and the value of the fruit donated to date is in excess of $5,000. With the support of the Gembrook community shopping at IGA we can continue to support this and other activities such as the local footy, netball and cricket clubs within the Gembrook community.


Cover Story

cont’d from front page – Bike Riding On The Rise and potential name change to Eastern Dandenong Ranges Recreational Trail. Naming the trail the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Recreational Trail will benefit all the townships the trail runs through along the Puffing Billy corridor and possible further expansion of the trail through to Menzies Creek, Belgrave and link to the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track. SAFE CYCLING

Repeat cyclists and motorists need to be cautious, comply with cycling regulations and implement safe driving practices to ensure a safe and a pleasurable experience for all in a pull-out box. See http://www.victorialawfoundation for more information/ Riding on the Road

You can ride on the road unless there are signs saying otherwise, for example a ‘No Bicycles’ sign or similar.

How many bike riders can ride next to each other?

You cannot have more than two riders next to each other except when overtaking. When you are riding next to someone you must not ride more than 1.5 metres apart from them. When can I overtake?

When you are riding on the road, you can overtake a vehicle on the left or right as long as you can clearly see any approaching traffic and can overtake the vehicle safely. You must not overtake a vehicle on the left if it is turning left and indicating left, on the right if it is turning right and indicating right or on the right if it is doing a U-turn from the centre of the road and indicating right. Off road cycling in Sherbrooke Forest

a bicycle, 5% of trips being for commuter purposes and 62% for recreational/fitness reasons. 56% of all cycling movements were on-road. 21% surveyed believe cycling/ walking to be safe in Cardinia, whilst 51% thought cycling was unsafe. A review of the 2003 Cardinia Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategy was undertaken in 2007 by Stratcorp Consulting. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategy is currently under internal review. A revised draft will be presented to Councillors later in 2016 and Council is anticipating it will carry out community consultation on the draft strategy in February 2017. At a recent address to the Casey Cardinia Tourism Advisory, CEO, Garry McQuillan said the new draft Cardinia Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategy aims to build a world-class regional trail cycling network. On 9 December, 2012 the Victorian Government released the Cycling into the future 2012-2023: Victoria’s Cycling Strategy (VCS). The strategy sets out the

government’s 10 year plan to grow and support cycling and position Victoria as Australia’s most bike-friendly state. The strategy aims to make it easier for people to get out on their bikes for the first time and safer for people who already ride and aims to address formerly inconsistent planning by coordinating, planning, prioritising and delivering better connected cycling infrastructure. One million committed federal funding is available for the completion & upgrade of the multi-use Emerald-Gembrook Recreation Trail from Cockatoo and Gembrook, and provide a safe and tranquil place for pedestrians, cyclists and horse enthusiasts to travel along. The EmeraldGembrook Recreational Trail is part of a larger Regional Trail connecting townships and key tourist sites within The Dandenongs and outer eastern suburbs. The Trail, now in the making for 20 years will be a key project for the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Business and Tourism to push and advocate physical development of the trial

What speed am I allowed to ride at?

Speed limits must be obeyed. It is also a serious offence to ride at a dangerous speed. To ride safely you might need to ride more slowly than the speed limit. Speed limits are often shown by speed limit signs – but even without signs speed limits still apply:


In built-up areas where there are no signs, the speed limit is 50km/h.


In country areas where there are no signs, the speed limit is 100km/h.


Near schools and in shopping strips, the speed limit, marked by a sign, is often 40km/h.

In an area shared with pedestrians, and marked by a ‘Shared Zone’ sign, the speed limit is 10km/h.

One lane of traffic If there is only one lane heading where you want to go, you must ride as near as you can to the far left side of the road. FREEWAYS

You can’t ride on urban freeways, but you can ride on the shoulders of some rural freeways, including parts of the Princes Freeway to Traralgon. To find out what rural freeways you can ride on, visit the Vic Roads website and download the ‘Cycling on freeways’ map. Can I use a mobile phone and ride?

When riding a bike, you must not hold a mobile phone, use it to send text messages or touch it in any way. You can use a mobile phone as long as it’s fixed to your bike, ‘hands-free’ and only used for calls, listening to music or GPS navigation. For your safety, it is better not to use your phone at all while riding. BIKE LANES AND PATHS

Bike lanes are on-road lanes reserved for bike riders identified with a bike symbol on the road and a sign, which says that it is a bike lane. Bike paths are separate, usually off-road, paths reserved for bike riders. Bike paths are marked by a ‘Bicycles Only’ sign on a signpost, which has a bike symbol and the word ‘only’ underneath it. Shared paths are off-road, public areas that bike riders and pedestrians are allowed to use. They are marked by painted images of a pedestrian and a bike on a signpost or the path itself. On a shared path, you must keep to the left and give way to all pedestrians, walking and using wheelchairs. When overtaking pedestrians, slow down, ring your bell in advance and make sure you leave enough space when overtaking. A separated footpath is a path divided in two – with one side reserved for bike riders, the other for pedestrians. It is usually marked by a sign on a signpost. You can only ride on a footpath if you are under the age of 12, are an adult (18 years or older) supervising a child under 12 or have a disability that means it’s difficult for you to ride on the road. When riding on a footpath, you must keep to the left and give way to pedestrians.

By Lynne Trensky

Sources Australian Bicycle Council Victoria Law Foundation Cardinia Shire Pedestrian & Bicycle Strategy Bicycle Victoria

Cover Story

Photos on this page by Brendan Edwards

Suggested Bike Rides

Cardinia Reservoir Scenic Climb Local riding enthusiast Brendan Edwards founded his cycling blog http://www.thedandenongranges. com in 2011. Brendan publishes articles on climb reviews, group rides, recreational events and suggested places to ride and specialises in promoting cycling in and about the Dandenong Ranges.

The Cardinia Reservoir Park offers some of the best views Cardinia has to offer and is a great scenic detour for cycling enthusiasts. It offers one of the most family friendly bike paths in the Dandenong Ranges. The park is situated a short ride from Emerald (8kms). You can drop in for a scenic cruise and test yourself against one of the area’s toughest climbs that runs parallel to the dam wall.

Here are a few of Brendan’s favourites to enjoy over the summer holidays. You can keep up to date on where to ride for pleasure and cycling groups in the region via the following sites:

Distance: 11km Gradient: 75% Elevation: 89 metres Surface: Average Traffic: Non-existent

Birdsland Reserve Trail Birdsland Reserve in Belgrave Heights is a great area to explore by bike and is one of the Dandenong Ranges best-kept secrets. It is located in the southern part of the Dandenongs and offers some truly amazing scenery and if you love climbs has quite a few really short sharp climbs which have been known to have the hardiest of climbers get of their bikes to walk up.



Health & Wellness

Lower Back Pain

Dr Chris Madden, Emerald Medical Clinic

Lower back pain affects up to 90% of us at some point and is a common presentation to a General Practitioner (about 5%). Whilst most episodes are short and selflimiting, a number of cases can be so disabling to force people into extended time off work. It can strike at any age – the average age of presentation being 45. Common causes include: • •

Muscular strains/injuries;

‘Vertebral dysfunction’ – intervertebral disc protrusion plus or minus sciatica or facet joint disease; and

‘Lumbar spondylosis’ – wear and tear arthritis of the spine

Less common but important causes include: •

‘Spondyloarthropathies’ – arthritis of the lower spine due to an inflammatory reaction in the body.

Tumours – primary bone cancers or metastatic deposits from cancer in another part of the body. Infection – bacterial osteomyelitis or tuberculosis (TB).

A careful history and examination by a GP will usually point to the cause. The vast majority of cases settle rapidly so rarely do investigations such as bloods and x-rays or scans make much impact on the end result; longer term or more complicated cases of pain would however necessitate further study. Management of lower back pain requires several types of approach. •

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TIME AND REASSURANCE. One third of lower back pain is reported to settle within a week so. Despite acute injuries being debilitating, many cases can be left to heal.

STAYING ACTIVE AND EXERCISE. People with back injuries should be encouraged to walk around and engage in regular back stretching exercises (which can be downloaded from the internet) but naturally avoid harmful activities such as lifting. HEATPACKS.

PAINKILLERS AND ANTIINFLAMMATORIES. Panadol to sooth pain and regular antiinflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may be all that is needed. A GP may prescribe stronger painkillers if required. INJECTIONS. Corticosteroid plus or minus local anaesthetics may be injected into the facet joints or epidural space for long, unsettling standing pains such as in spondylosis or sciatica.

PHYSICAL THERAPY. This is believed to be more effective past the acute phase, the engagement of a trained professional therapist of stretching, mobilization, manipulation or massage with or without dry needling can assist with healing. SURGERY. A last resort if there is persisting neurological damage, pain and disability.

Prevention of lower back pain is a key part of managing people who suffer or are of high risk from suffering lower back pains, such as sportspeople and manual workers. People should be aware of the merits of appropriate posture and seating, lifting techniques and regular stretching to maintain a healthy back.

Does Your Brain Work For You Or Against You? –

Retrain Your Brain

Many of us engage in regular exercise and over time train our bodies to be fit and healthy and function optimally. We eat lean and clean, avoid excessive alcohol and processed food and ensure we have frequent hydration and adequate sleep. Nutrition and health awareness has never been more accessible; however, there seems to be a gap when it comes to mind health as we seem to take better care of our body than we do of our mind. Perhaps it is time to incorporate some brain gym activities into our health regimen to address the broader scope of well-being. The human brain has been mostly misunderstood with many believing that the brain we are born with is hard-wired and remains functioning in certain patterns until our death. Neuroscience research reveals the human brain is actually softwired which means we can rewire parts of our brain to better serve us and deliver positive changes within our life.

Life experiences impact every individual and the difficulties of life tend to shape us and influence the way we behave. Our brain reacts cognitively via our thinking and emotionally via the emotion centre which is influenced by our values, beliefs and perceptions, and what our difficulties mean to us on a personal level and how we respond to them. This creates a new pattern within our brain which is reinforced over time and these patterns become our “new normal”. Our brain then becomes a little stuck in these new patterns that are deeply entrenched in our mind and like the mouse on the wheel, we get caught up in the “think, feel, mood, behaviour” cycle that then becomes repetitive sometimes for an entire life-time. Over time an anxious person may become more anxious, a stressed person more stressed, a negative person more negative, as the pattern remains the same and as the duration of time expands on our repeat cycle brain response.

When we think we trigger a chemical response within our brain and it lights up a pathway, a bit similar to Christmas lights being turned on. Positive, happy and contented thoughts light up one pathway within the brain and stressful, anxious and negative thoughts light up another. The more we think in a similar manner or experience similar situations, the faster and brighter the lights are triggered and the pathway reinforced within the brain. If the brain was hardwired this would be a problem, however, as the brain is softwired we have the ability to create great change within our lives by simply rewiring our brain and allow the trillion brain cells within us to better serve us by activating as many pathways as possible and freeing us from our current constraints. Sometimes we can be led by our thinking and we need to pose the question: is our thinking friend or foe? In order to activate new neural pathways within the brain you must recognize the values, attitudes, thinking pattern and beliefs that sustain your objective. Take the time to consider if your current thinking pattern has been negatively impacted by past experiences and adjust as necessary with positive intention and a belief in the

outcome untainted by the past. Allow your beliefs to support your goal and discover the emotions that draw you closer to achieving your goal and embrace those emotions as they will stimulate your desire to create change. Then create images within your mind-space and visualise yourself moving toward your desired goal, reinforcing this positive change within your life. Make the colours of your images bright and clear and the sounds and senses somewhat heightened, and then enlarge the picture as if to fill a movie screen and submerge yourself in this visual imagery on a regular daily basis. Notice what you see and how you feel and allow your mind to absorb these positive actions and feelings. Focus on allowing your actions and behaviours to be congruent with your words, feelings and moods and that they work in unison and harmony to support your goal and your intention. And, finally, putting it all together and repeating many times daily to create a new pattern of change and rewiring of the neurotransmitters within the brain. Change occurs when practicing new behaviours becomes so deeply entrenched into your life that it forms a new habit. Successful outcomes are achieved with the alignment of a new open thinking pattern, free of inferential distortions; a healthy emotional centre with positive flowing emotions, behaviours that support and protect your self esteem, self worth and frequent visualizations that open up the images of your goals, intentions and desires. Over time you will notice a more positive you that will radiate from the inside out and you will be fully aware that the external glow that is visible for all to see has everything to do with the new pathways of lights that brightly shine within your retrained brain. Kathy Brennan

Counsellor, Supervisor, Child Educator & Mothercraft Nurse

Town Talk

New Emerald Village Committee Councillors


Representing the communities of Ranges Ward is an honour and we thank the residents for the trust they have shown for us in the recent elections. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tania Baxter for her work as a Ranges Ward councillor over the last four years. Tania has decided to return to her teaching profession and we wish her well in the future. If you would like to contact our Ward councillors, please see the details for each of us below. We wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing many of you at different meetings and events over the coming year. Merry Christmas from Leticia, Jeff and Brett.

Cr Jeff Springfield, Cr Leticia Wilmont and Cr Brett Owen (from left to right)

The results of the recent Council election were declared on 2 November and the new councillors were sworn into office for the next four years on 4 November, 2016. Brett Owen and Leticia Wilmot were re-elected and we welcome Jeff Springfield to the team as the third Ward representative. We are certainly looking forward to working together over the next four years and

ensuring the Ranges Ward continues to be well represented at council. An introduction from Jeff Springfield

It is with great honour and sincere humility that I take on the responsibility of being your council representative for the Ranges Ward. I was born and raised in Emerald and will always consider these ranges my home.

I work in the music industry as a production engineer, event management professional and recording artist. I will work hard towards bringing our local communities together and to be your collective voice towards council. I will strive to preserve and protect our unique local environment. I will push to have our council’s services delivered to where they are needed most.

Cr Leticia Wilmot E: M: 0427 135 879 F: Cr Brett Owen E: M:0418 993 379 F: Owen - Ranges Cr Jeff Springfield E: M: 0427 383 810 F:


It’s your responsibility to be fire ready this summer. Prepare your property, fire plan and emergency kit now. When hot, dry, windy days are forecast, check Fire Danger Ratings daily and monitor warnings via local radio, the VicEmergency website and app. Leaving early, before a fire starts, is always the safest option. Download the VicEmergency app

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Town Talk

Emerald Lions Club donation to Emerald SES By Lynne Trensky

Wombat Corner – Much More Than Just a Camp By Lynne Trensky

Wombat Corner School Camp, the longest continuing running private school camp in Victoria, has undergone a major refurbishment by its operators Halls Outdoor Education.

Cheque for $20,000 from The Emerald Lions Club donated to the Emerald State Emergency Services organisation.

The Emerald Lions Club was delighted to be able to present a cheque of $20,000 to the Emerald State Emergency Services (SES) to assist them towards the purchase of their new replacement truck.

market day and had a record taking wih the income also adding to the SES funds.

The new truck will enable Emerald SES to be able to safely continue the magnificent work that they do for our community, out in all weather and often dealing with some very distressing jobs.

Lions is the largest service club in the world with 1.4 million members belonging to 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries worldwide and the only club with a seat on the United Nations Board. Our projects include, vision, youth, the environment, disaster relief, hunger relief, measles eradication and many, many more. We change lives in so many ways locally and internationally and we have a lot of fun and make so many friends while doing it.

The camp, located at the entrance and inside Emerald Lake Park was originally built as accommodation for the Emerald Lake Park Rangers. The 2nd world war prevented use of the facility and post 1946 a woman named Mrs Hamilton leased the place and eventually bought it and started operating as a guest house, one of nine guest houses in the area. In 1975 Koos Groenveld bought the property for the purpose of a school camp which opened during the school holidays in the same year. Koos operated the camp until 1991 and during this time also started Emerald Backpackers which still runs. Koos leased out Wombat Corner to two other operators until 2000, after which he operated the camp again for another eight years with local, Shane Closter. In 2008 Anthony Hall took over the management and bought the premises in 2012.

The funds came from a trust we administer for community use and from Club fundraising including our successful Grow It Bake It Make it market. The Emerald SES also ran the community sausage sizzle at the October

The Emerald Lions Club are always looking for community minded people of all ages to join with us in serving our community and the world.

Games Room

Photographs by Kirsty Hall

Ever new Lion means two more hands to enable us to achieve more.

The newly refurbished camp boasts facilities to accommodate up to 150 guests. Each room comprises approx 10 bunks, each with their own ensuite as well as a bedroom and bathroom facility suitable for all abilities. The camp is set in the lush environment of Emerald Lake Park and includes a rope course, flying fox, basketball court, trampolines, concert/music room, games room, meeting room, activity room and a large dining room with lovely views. Outside of school camps, Wombat Camp can now provide the perfect facility to provide dormitory style accommodation for large wedding parties and groups looking for convention facilities. Booking enquiries Phone: 5968 1739 E: W:

Emerald Lions Club’s Popular Grow It Bake It, Make It Market

Dining Room

Town Talk

An interview with

Kirst y by Gülsen Öser Gülsen: How did you come to begin working with photography and what sort of images do you like to take? Kirsty: I started doing it at high school and kept on doing it from then on. I am currently doing my diploma of photography. I do most types of photography but I really enjoy sports / action photography, close up, landscape and wildlife. One of my favorite images is an abstract shot of a wave made by a water skier.



Gülsen: What’s the most fun thing/ job/adventure you have had as a photographer? Kirsty: I got to go to The Man From Snowy River Festival at Corryong. It’s a great long weekend away, lots of things going on during the day and bands entertaining festival-goers as well. Gülsen: Can people book you to take photos? Kirsty: Yes I am available to take photos for people. They can contact me via email

Water Skiing Spray

Remembrance Day Poppies

Kurth Kiln

The Emerald Village Committee The Emerald Village Committee cohosted with the RSL a very successful meeting of community groups in Emerald and surrounds at the RSL on Tuesday, 25 October, 2016. Over 30 different organisations came and gave a three minute talk on their group, membership and their current plans. From this, all groups were invited to join an email linked Emerald Community Network. The Village committee sees this as a means of communication directly with groups. The objective to find out what the concerns are so we can all better informed and have a better community view on issues and developments in Emerald. Groups can also publish their own activities.

Gülsen: Where do you live? What do you enjoy about the area where you live? Kirsty: I have been living in Gembrook for 16 years after living in Narre Warren. I like the country life, fresh air, hills and the casual pace of life. Gülsen: You have started taking photos for The Local Voice? How is that going?

Kirsty: Yes I have, this will be the second issue that I have been involved with. So far for The Local Voice I have taken photos of the model trains at Emerald Lake Park, the Cockatoo Market, The Emerald Lions Club market, the ‘Art in the Garden’ event that was held at Gembrook recently and also some images documenting the rehabilitation of orphan wild animals. I am looking forward to continuing and being more involved with taking the photos for the news magazine.

If a representative from your group could not attend the recent meeting and you would like to join the communication network please email me on The Emerald Village Committee currently meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the U3A and some current issues are The Hub Project, emergency planning, traffic and the updating of the Strategic plan. Bunyip Rodeo


Foodie Feature


For the



Food Glorious Food By Lynne Trensky

Spencers Store – Gembrook

It wasn’t that long ago locals had to drive off the hill or to neighbouring regions to have a choice of cuisine, range of establishments to choose from and be rewarded with quality. But over the last two years, we have seen new cafés and restaurants emerge in the hills townships and become recognised as sought after destinations amongst locals and visitors. Here are a few between Clematis and Gembrook to enjoy over the summer holidays. In Gembrook you’ll find two great cafés brimming with country charm and


hospitality and lovingly homemade fare. Spencers Store at 97 Main Street (top end of Gembrook) provides a large outdoor seating area ideal to shade in during summer. Spencers feautured this year in The Age Six Best Reasons to Visit Gembrook and top 10 breakfast and brunch spots in the Dandenong Ranges by The Culture Trip. Spencers serve breakfast and brunch daily except for Wednesdays. Open 7am-4pm. 5968 1715. spencersstoregembrook

Ranges Hotel – Gembrook

For dining with stunning views across the Warburton Ranges, you can’t go past Forest Edge Restaurant on the GembrookLaunching Place Road. This award winning wedding venue restaurant also caters for lunch and dinner fine dining on the weekends as well as casual indoor and outdoor dining from their pizzeria. Forest Edge is the perfect spot to relax with family and friends. 5967 7007. Forestedgerestaurant/ ••••••••••••••••••••••••

The Independent is a casual restaurant and bar found at Puffing Billy’s last stopGembrook. Mauro Callegari is the owner and Head Chef. His dishes are influenced by his upbringing in Argentina, and passion for Spanish, Italian, Creole and North African flavours. The Independent offers it’s ‘Six Steps’ sharing menu each day, allowing you to sit back, relax and let the kitchen make the hard decisions for you. The restaurant now offers an alternate menu option ‘Menu de Mauro’. This unique sharing menu will be designed for you by Mauro. If Mauro were to dine at The Independent, this is how he would dine. These options are also available with matching beverages. For your summer social events at home the restaurant is now offering ‘The Independent at Home’ Catering packs. Place an order, pick it up and enjoy at home. Catering packages come


Betty’s (previously Café 91) is at 91 Main Street. Only recently opened, the café serves old fashioned favourites. Open 8am-4pm. 5968 1289. Bettyscafegembrook/ ••••••••••••••••••••••••





Foodie Feature Zest Café Bar Restaurant serves an all-day breakfast menu and lunch. Open 7 days a week from 7.30am-4pm. 369 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald 5968 2500. •••••••••••••••••••••••

Elevations – Emerald

complete with starters, mains, desserts, and heating instructions. The Independent has been selected by the 2017 Melbourne Food and Wine festival to host Regional World’s Longest Lunch Gembrook on Friday 31 March. Join Chef Mauro Callegari for an Argentinian Feast alongside the Puffing Billy Railway line at the historic Gembrook Station. Meet at The Independent for a Melbourne gin cocktail and canapes then stroll across to the station grounds and take your seat at the grand table – with Puffing Billy steaming in to join the day. Tickets are now on sale directly via the restaurant on 5968 1110 or via the festival tickets@ The Independent will be offering a celebratory Christmas Eve lunch and dinner menu on the 24 December. Closing Christmas day, and reopening on the 4 January 2017 from 5.30pm. •••••••••••••••••••••••

Locals and visitors are thrilled to see the Ranges Hotel reopen after being closed for so long. The iconic, rustic Australian pub is opposite Gembrook Puffing Billy Station. The family friendly bistro and bar offers the best of the pub classics using locally sourced produce. Diners can choose to sit indoors or on the outside verandah. 5968 1220. TheRangesHotelGembrook •••••••••••••••••••••••

Family run Brunch on McBride in Cockatoo is open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm and Sat 9am-2pm. The bright and friendly café located at 44b McBride St serves a variety of homemade favourites. 5968 8814. brunchonmcbride/ •••••••••••••••••••••••

The General Food Store is always brimming with people and their changing seasonal menu draws on the freshest local produce available. The small café provides indoor, footpath and backyard seating. The General Food Store were 2014 winners in The Age Good Food Under $30, top 10 breakfast and brunch spots in the Dandenong Ranges by The Culture Trip and awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Opening hours are Mon-Sat 7.30am- 4pm, Sun 8am-4pm. 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald. 5968 3580. •••••••••••••••••••••••

Emerald Village Bakery & Emerald Village Life Emerald Village Bakery and its 300 plus specialty menu items ranging from savoury pies, quiches, cakes, desserts and biscuits is a feast for the eyes. Their new Emerald Village Life store next door caters to the gourmet and health conscious foodie. Top 10 breakfast and brunch spots in the Dandenong Ranges by The Culture Trip. 7 Kilvington Dve, Emerald 5968 4310. EmeraldVillageBakeryAndCafe/ •••••••••••••••••••••••

The Laughing Fox Café is located across from Puffing Billy Park in Emerald. Very popular with families, it serves breakfast and lunch and home baked goods. Mon-Sun 8am-4.30pm, closed Tuesday 13 Kilvington Dve, Emerald 0422 668 260. thelaughingfoxcafe/ ••••••••••••••••••••••

Elevation @ Emerald is the spot to enjoy casual dining and wood fired pizzas. The elevated restaurant takes in views of the Warburton Ranges including outdoor balcony seating. Popular for after work drinks and to relax. Takeaway meals available. A popular event venue, their next big one is New Years Eve Black Light Party. See their Facebook page for details. 374 Main Rd, Emerald. 5968 2911. elevationemerald/ ••••••••••••••••••••••

The Paradise Hotel runs alongside the Puffing Billy Railway and patrons can choose to eat in the bistro, public bar or beer garden taking in views of Puffing Billy. Open 7 days a week. Bistro Mon-Fri 12-3pm and 5.30-9pm, Sat & Sun 12-9pm, Bar 10pm to late. 249 BelgraveGembrook Rd, Clematis. 5968 4037. Paradise-Valley-Hotel

Cockatoo’s about to get Smokin’ Hot


By Jai Carey

The Chieftains story begins with two young men, an old recipe book and a passion for creating some of the best smoked goods on the market. We took over the lease of the original butcher shop (Moody Cow) in Cockatoo, and spent nearly a year renovating and building. The result is Chieftains Smokehouse, a brand new, one of a kind Smokehouse that really has to be seen to be believed. From the stone look walls in the main production area to the 35sqm traditional wood fired smoker in the back, we have spared nothing to make this dream come true.

Chieftans Smoke House shopfront

Over the years we have travelled extensively through some of the best regions in Europe learning and refining our skills as quality smallgoods makers. Our recipes have been in the family for generations and are always evolving as we continue to develop new ideas and share with our customers a passion for quality smoked goods. C h i e f t a i n s Smokehouse has started production and will offer a range of artisan products including continental sausages, prosciutto, bacon and cheeses. We also look forward to supplying local restaurants. We are excited to take this next step and show people our passion and dedication not only for smoking but customer service as well. Because we all know, without fans, you’re playing to an empty room. Chieftains Smokehouse is located at shop 1, 30-34 McBride Street, Cockatoo.

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Honey Bees and Swarming by Bec McBride

Our beekeeping season begins in springtime, however with this wet and unsteady weather our honey bees are almost four weeks behind schedule. This means that our swarming season will continue well into December. A honey bee colony consists of one queen bee, up to 50,000 female worker bees and up to 1,000 male drone bees at peak season in Summer. The queen bee has a pheromone which controls the personality of the hive and each queen pheromone is unique. The presence of her pheromone keeps the hive well-ordered and harmonious.

This queen substance is transmitted throughout the colony by the workers bees sharing the scent with one another whilst sending a message that the queen bee is present and all is good within the colony. However when the colony becomes overcrowded and there isn’t enough space the queen pheromone signal is unable to be shared amongst the hive. The worker bees then begin making a new queen to ensure their survival. The swarming impulse can also be triggered by a collective decision of the colony as it also is a natural progression for the honey bees to reproduce and it is nature’s ways for the survival of their species. I have always looked at swarming as a positive with beekeeping as it means the colony is strong and healthy enough to divide and survive the season ahead. The bees also are more in tune with environment and generally know what the season ahead is bringing therefore when we see more swarms in the Springtime, it generally is an indication that the season ahead will be bountiful.

Photography by Lynne Trensky

As the weather warms up the queen bee starts laying up to 3,000 eggs per day to build up the population of her colony to ensure there will sufficient forager bees out in the field for the summer honey flow. During this time, beekeepers need to be a few steps ahead of the bees and ensure the colony has enough space to accommodate the rapid growth of the hive otherwise the overcrowding of the hive can induce the swarming impulse.

Honey bee swarm weighing down a tree branch

Before the new queen emerges from developing in the cell, the parent queen leaves the hive with almost half of the workers bees and this is called the “primary swarm”. Prior to leaving, the bees gorge themselves on honey in anticipation of finding a new home. When they land, they form a temporary cluster usually on a tree branch, fence post or something nearby the parent hive. The worker bees form a tight clump protecting the queen bee in the middle and stay there until a new nesting site is located. This is the ideal time to catch a swarm as during this period the scout bees are seeking out a suitable cavity in which to set up their new colony. This can take up to a few hours before the worker bees collectively agree and move on. The sight of a bee swarm can be unnerving for some people. However as a general rule, swarms are not aggressive as they are not protecting a home – they are looking for a new one. Also they have full stomachs of honey which makes it harder for them to wrap around their abdomen to sting. There are exceptions to the rule therefore we recommend that everyone is kept well away until the beekeeper arrives.

5. The beekeeper requires information about the swarm: i.e. where the swarm is located; the size of the cluster i.e. orange, cantaloupe, watermelon or bigger; how high off the ground it is the swarm and how long the swam has been there. All of these things help the beekeeper prepare for the collection. By relocating the swarms as soon as you notice them the honeybees can be saved. Some swarm collectors do ask for a small donation to cover the cost of petrol. So always ask the questions during the phone call to save an uncomfortable conversation once the job has been finished. If the swarm is left to ‘move on’ the honeybees can find cavities in the walls, behind bricks and other structures to make their nest. This will then make the removal a lot more difficult, troublesome and costly as it is now a Feral Colony. Make sure you don’t confuse the bee swarm cluster for a wasp nest or feral colony. A feral colony is when the bees have made

If you do find a swarm please act and responsibly ask for help – we recommend the following steps to ensure the bees are safely re-homed by an experienced beekeeper. 1. Do not attempt to move the bee swarm yourself. 2. Ensure children and animals are kept well away. 3. Do not interfere with the swarm as it makes it more difficult for removal and it can also aggravate them.

Honey bee swarm on fence post

4. Call a local beekeeper in your area as soon as possible. Becs BeeHive has local beekeepers around Emerald and surrounding suburbs to assist. Please call 0409 850 735 to report a swarm.

0409 850 735 45 Trumpington Gve, Kallista Vic 3791

honey comb and therefore have made their nest and intend to stay as they didn’t find a suitable new home in time. Generally this is in compost bins, wall cavities and hollows of trees. These types of removals are difficult and it does takes quite a bit of time with no guarantee of success. So check the cost for removal before the beekeeper arrives. It is far better to call a beekeeper/apiarist than a pest controller (who charges a considerable fee too) so help save the bees and have them re-homed by someone who cares about our food security and our future. Bec McBride runs Becs Beehive – a hobby beekeeping education and supply business here in the hills. Her programs are designed to ensure beginners are confident and fully aware of their responsibilities before they take on the hobby – a comprehensive list of beekeeping supplies available to purchase too. Visit for more information.

Sustainability now and in the past. There are many options from writing on your hive with a marker pen, a paper diary, excel spread sheet and purpose built software programs. I have spent most of 2016 developing a smartphone software solution for beekeepers. This is not a world first but I found that there was a lack of good quality solutions that weren’t complicated.

by Simon Mildren Like most hills residents I have spent most of spring wondering if we were ever to get some weather that will make it feel like we are leaving winter and moving on to some consistent warm weather. It has obviously been a bit slow start but the lingering flowers from winter have tied over the bees until the spring growth has finally arrived. Whilst it can be hard to find time to get out and enjoy the brief moments of sun, the bees have not wasted a minute. By the time this article is published the bees will most likely be developing a healthy stock of honey to support their existence and perhaps (if we’re lucky) to let us have a little bit for our own consumption. I have never met a beekeeper that doesn’t give full priority to the health and wellbeing of their bees. Whilst I have spent many years learning the basics I am still reminded that nature is in charge. Sadly every now and then I let myself down when I find out that there is something not quite right with my bees. This year has been no exception. Some of my hives have succumbed to Small Hive Beetle, Wax moths, Chalk brood and failing queens. The constant threat from the many pests and diseases that face bees is a challenge for any hobby beekeeper. This situation can be improved with by gaining more experience and increasing connections with other beekeepers. The power of networking has solved many of my issues where a solution has not been available in a book or the internet.

Social Networking for beekeepers

There are many social media channels that can be used for this. We are lucky to have ‘Beekeeping Victoria (Australia)’ FaceBook page which is always full of good ideas and supportive tips. Our own ‘Macclesfield Beekeepers’ page is for locals wanting to network. YouTube provides many how to options from all over the globe. I have set up the HiveKeepers YouTube channel where I am video logging my efforts in my apiary and beyond. This is part of a bigger picture of providing support and networking within the hobby beekeeping community.

Smartphone app for beekeepers – HiveKeepers

An important part of keeping bees is to carefully log your hive inspections so you can easily keep track of what is happening


Wildlife Foster Care

The app needed to be simple to use, fast to load and operate, meet the same standards of data records as other programs and be manageable in a bee suit. This is not easy when you consider the last point but it punches above its weight with some additional features. Using the HiveKeepers app a beekeeper will be able to take photos of individual frames within their hive and track the changes over time with a clever time shift function. This can be shared with your friends and mentors to either help you troubleshoot issues or celebrate your successes. Users will also be able to transfer their hive equipment easily around their apiary and this can be replicated effortlessly within the app. The HiveKeepers app will launch in Australia and New Zealand in early December. We will be taking the app to the North American Beekeeping Conference and Trade Show in Texas in January and releasing it to the rest of the world in February 2017. If you want to follow the journey or be the first to know about the app visit the HiveKeepers Facebook page or go to Thanks for reading and wish us luck. Simon Mildren Macclesfield resident 0417 543 311

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Bee Keepers Club

Interested in joining a casual Bee Keepers Club that’s free except for contributing to room hire to hold some meetings and external costs to pay for things like excursions or guest speakers that the group decide and agree on collectively to engage, do or see. We have such a wealth of knowledge, expertise, suppliers and beekeepers of all sizes in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges to share bee information, experiences and get together visits to our club members’ properties. Well, we have stopped just talking about it and set a date for interested beekeepers to come along, meet each other and discuss how we’d like to run our club. Monday, 12 February Emerald Community House Hall 356-358 Main Rd. Emerald 7.30-9.30pm FREE For more information call Lynne on 0419 584 498

Foster Carer Anne Aitken feeding Ellen

Wildlife Foster Caring is extremely rewarding. A carer is one of the privileged few allowed to look after our sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife. The welfare of the animal is of paramount importance and subject to strict conditions. Rehabilitating a native animal and being able to return it to the wild, with the ability for it to fend for itself, is extremely rewarding and gives you a great feeling of satisfaction. On the other hand, wildlife care can often be very disappointing, distressing and upsetting. The important thing to remember is that the animal, on arrival, is compromised; either sick, injured, or orphaned. But you must realise that you can’t save them all, you can only do your best. The satisfaction of saving an animal, caring for it and returning it to the wild far out-weighs the disappointment of losing an animal in your care. People are not always aware, but wildlife foster caring can be very demanding, not only on your time but physically and emotionally, not to mention your finances. You need to organise the correct feeding regime and suitable housing for each stage

of the animals’ development, and you need to do this for every species you have in your care. Record keeping is also a requirement. If you decide that you would like to become a wildlife rehabilitator the licensing body is DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). There are two types of volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. The first type is the Foster Carer, for those wanting to learn about wildlife rehabilitation with the guidance of an experienced carer, gaining skills in safety, capture and handling of distressed wildlife, administration of first-aid and providing food and enclosures (appropriate housing). It is recommended that you volunteer with an experienced authorised shelter before applying to become a foster carer. A Shelter Licence is for those wildlife carers with the necessary facilities and expertise to care for and rehabilitate a range of wildlife. The “Wildlife Shelter and Foster Carers Authorisation Guide” is available from DELWP.

By Anne Aitken


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A Kaleidoscope of Colour By Lynne Trensky

The majestic 10 hectare Blackwood Lane Gallery Gardens and home to local Gembrook artist Sue Jarvis provided the perfect backdrop and inspiration for artists of all mediums to showcase and demonstrate their talents at the inaugural ‘Art in the Garden’ event held in late October.

Visitors meandered through the gallery garden and additional indoor display at the Gembrook Community Centre to explore an array of different art mediums including millinery, spinning and craft, mosaic, sculpture, botanical, painting, weaving and basketry, silk dyeing, photography,

sculpture, jewellery and drawing. Children frolicked through the garden and were able to enjoy free face painting, teddy bears picnic, traditional stick and bark painting and to make their own garden sculpture. The garden was in full bloom and visitors were able to enjoy live music by the Weatherheads, local wine from Emersleigh Estate, and delicious coffee and homemade Italian treats by Rosa Santa. Visitors started their art experience at the Gembrook Community Centre that displayed a small showcase of the 25 exhibiting artists situated at both locations. A large community canvas facilitated by Shane Fewster of Melbourne Art Direct in Pakenham was very popular with visitors as was a chair at the Mad Hatters Tea Party, at the entrance into the Gallery Gardens. The event was run by the Cardinia Art Society. The Art Society was established in 2014 as an umbrella group to meet the growing need to support and promote Cardinia Shire’s diverse art groups and individual artists operating in the region. The Art in the Garden Event succeeded in providing the opportunity to bring together artists, both old and new to share their passion, practices and artistic diversity and for visitors to share and find more about the different art mediums, groups, associations, workshops and events in the area.

Annette Slattery – Mad Hatter Convenor

Our region bestows a high calibre of artists and the Art in the Garden Event worked towards enhancing the value and sustainability of Art within the culture of Cardinia Shire. The Cardinia Art Society (CART) is a proud supporter of the new Hills Art Market that is commencing 11th February 2017 in Emerald. For further information about CART go to

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New Hills Art Market starting in Emerald As 2017 approaches us quickly, new ideas and projects are forming all around us and into the community. Coming to Emerald Village in February will be the new ‘Hills Art Market’. A market space for artists of all disciplines from across the Hills and surrounding areas of the Dandenong Ranges. A place to come together and showcase their unique and varied creations. The market will be located in the tall trees grassland reserve behind Emerald Puffing Billy station and next to the Emerald RSL, you can see the site at Emerald from the main road as you drive over the train tracks.

Our vision for the Hills Art Market is to create a beautiful trail of artists and artisans. Makers of all hand-made materials, contemporary and traditional. Abstract and recycled, reinvented and reimagined, with a focus on quality and originality. The market will offer two stall sizes, both larger than normal market settings to allow for artworks of all sizes and to create an Open-Air Gallery feel. We are encouraging artists of all disciplines to be involved, whether you paint, pot, print, ink, oil, turn, carve, tattoo, design, weave, dye, sand, draw, sculpt, weld, write, make instruments or wearable art! We would love to have as many local artists of the regions apply, and every artist who applies will be provided their own page on our market website to showcase their work. It’s very important to us to support all the artists involved in every way possible. This project is artist run and funded. For us, art is our religion and art is what brings us together, it has the ability to communicate to every language. Everyone’s art has something beautiful to offer the observer. We are encouraging any artists who can work while they are at their stall even partially to create a sense of the maker at work and show the skills involved. This idea came about many years ago after my travels across France while living there for four years. In France it is a normal sight, to come across a market purely of painters and sculptors, printers and illustrators. With their easel’s fitted in between one another and their work displayed to the passing trade. Whether in the middle of Paris, far down on the coast at St Tropez, or up in the French Alps where I had a street stall in the mountains. After I returned home and travelled up and down my own

coast, I found myself always searching out the artists in the markets. Here and there in between the flowers and the clothes. I felt that the artists needed their own space to be seen, and know that everyone there visiting was coming to see the artworks they all created.

while also having an awesome day together swimming in beautiful unique artwork. If you would like to be a part of this project and network of artists, your work will be added to our website, which will be marketed across Melbourne and tourism sites going into summer.

By bringing the Artists of our community together and giving them their own market space. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase their work to a wider audience who come to the Hills to see all that the creative people in and around it have to offer. This not only offers exposure to a large audience each month, but also connects people to the artists work online and any studio space or workshops they might run.

Finally, the Hills Art Market will also be a place for kids to explore creativity. With a ‘play-n-paint’ space, magic bubbles, and amazing face painting, so that they are enjoying the market too. With music all day by the Chai tent and relaxing area alongside buskers and poets. With just a few coffee and niche food stalls on site, visitors will be encouraged to savour and enjoy Emerald Village to support local business.

We create a knock on effect of having visitors and art lovers from across Melbourne and across the world coming to the Hills Art Market specifically to buy art and see all the unique work being made across the region. This in turn supports not only the artists but also the framers, art supply stores and art collectives and studio’s who stock our artists work. Again supporting these small businesses who are supporting and promoting our local artists and families to continue expressing their creativity. All of which in turn brings more people to our communities to see their talents and variety of skill.

A special thank you to Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association (EDRA) for auspicing the Hills Art Market and collaboration with Puffing Billy Railway to use the grassland reserve to run our market.

It is a market for the artists to commune, a place to promote, sell your work and build on the art and culture of the communities,

Raquel Carter Organiser

We hope and intend to create a very special monthly attraction that will become a special part of the Emerald village culture and personality. If you are interested in having a stall or just want to know more or help out and get involved. We are looking for helping hands and volunteers for market day also. Please take a moment, have a wander through the website and get in touch.

Raquel Carter – Hills Art Market Organiser

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2016 hillsceneLIVE

All photographs of hillsceneLIVE2016 in this issue are by Sabrina Testani

hillsceneLIVE has been running in metroregional Melbourne (in the hills) for three years now. It is an experimental arts festival designed to support artists and their work, in all facets of their development. Many of the artists involved in the festival are living and working locally in the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges. This year’s festival was held in the picturesque township of Mount Evelyn across 28-30 October.

dissolved? It is thus that hillsceneLIVE so boldly spoke to its 2016 theme of Mapping Immediacy. Immediacy compels us to think about that something in different ways than if we were encountering it from a distance. Each of the pieces presented at the festival diminished the conventional distance between audience and artist, and many invited us to have a direct influence the outcome of what we were engaging in.

What is the appropriate angle from which to approach something intangible? What if the thing itself is so immediate, so closely tied to our experience in space and time, that the space between the self, and the artist, is

Take Flawless, by CJ Baxter, which invited the participant to dress or undress the artist to reflect their own aesthetic notions of the ideal woman. Many felt uneasy at the notion of this exercise, and indeed later,

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‘Present Perfect’ by Sara di Segna

during a panel that discussed the notion of artistic vulnerability, Baxter ventured that perhaps it was the participant that felt most vulnerable during the installation. Another piece that allowed itself to be shaped by its audience was Gene Holland’s Ten Variables, during which a series of tenmember audiences collectively conducted three improvising musicians. The collective energy in the room was almost tangible; there was agency, and we were musicmakers too. Ella Ruby’s Project Journey also invited audiences into a sharing space, albeit a more intimate, quiet one. A tapestry of stories about loss and self-realisation

were woven into an evocative and affective composition. Following this, we were invited to write or express responses that then joined Ella Ruby’s own paintings on the walls. Rod Price’s Everyone Make Noise was a digital improvisation using audience members’ mobile phone signals. The resultant soundscape, despite coming from something so contemporarily everyday, was something that became alien, and strange. Was this a deliberate play on the insidiously silent damage that is done by our enmeshment to technology? Electing to make themselves vulnerable whilst maintaining the fourth wall were

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artists Rachel Jones and Cher Silver. Jones’ It’s Never Been Done Before was, remarkably, a twenty-four hour performance on “endurance and immediacy, anxiety and calmness.” Jones was installed in the heart of the festival hub from before the festival’s opening festivities had even begun, drawing deliberate and deserved attention to the artist’s eventually exhausted yet almost meditative state. Around the corner, was Silver’s Unspoken, and Silver, seated and writing at a desk. This piece delved into some uncomfortable subject matter also, with the artist’s deeply personal thoughts and concerns both projected onto the wall behind, and tucked away into a little box beside her. These varied mediums of expression manifested the different ways through which we might make ourselves vulnerable, or choose not to.


By Steph Lightfoot

‘Present Perfect’ by Sara di Segna

suggestive changes in movement and dress, a minimalist soundscape, and a steady gaze, di Segna created a tense, captivating performance. In Real Life, collaboratively choreographed by and Gülsen Özer, and performers Kayler, Viv Rogis and Megan Rowland was an expansively engaging piece. Paired with movement was a series of silent, almost mimed facial expressions and scripted text, which was spoken mostly in unison. Much like Tyler Dowd’s performance, the effect felt like an inspiring compulsion, to be real. Just as emotive and moving as the content of each piece was the collective experience of the audience throughout the weekend. Festival director Gareth Hart guided us from space to space. Dispersed throughout the installations, and performances, were myriad opportunities to engage both with the artists and each another. Critical conversations, led by festival producers Toni Main, Alana Michael and Justine Walsh were an opportunity for audience

‘Leave’ by Dani-Ela Kayler

Making manifest more political, and yet profoundly human, matter, was Eliza Phillips’ art installation. In one such boat, she displayed a sequence of pairs of small shoes; a comment on the children who arrive to Australia to seek asylum by boat. This was a fitting backdrop for Kumari Middleton’s keynote address, in which she spoke of the community arts engagement project: Mayibuye, which engages at-risk youth, now internationally, through dance. This kind of empowering, and connecting of communities to their sense of each other, and place, was poignantly emulated in the room to which she spoke, in which eightyodd people, both festival-goers and locals, shared a meal. Inviting her audience to touch, taste, and smell, Renate Crow’s Inside Out’s captured “the moment of skin to skin contact, points of connection” through a series of silicone moulds of the space between two or more hands holding, suspended in frames that also displayed photographs, and honeycomb. One could place one’s own hand into each mould, and momentarily, vicariously feel the grasp of a stranger. In diametric opposition to this literal interaction, and yet drawing attention to the body in space was Jeremy Swan’s kinetic sculpture, in which Swan manipulated the sculpture as the participant walked, so that they would never come into direct contact with the beams as they moved.


members to question and respond to artists, and vice versa. Many of the pieces presented throughout the weekend were in prototype form and artists were hence eager to hear back from their audiences. Some pieces, such as the series of firsttime collaborations of I Look Good in Short Shorts, were completely improvised. Nothing felt more exciting than moments such as these, for there is momentum and there is energy in ephemera. Is right now too immediate to be counting down until next year? More information about can be found a or by searching for their Facebook page.

‘Stonewalled’ by Black Carnation Productions

‘ You Choose’ by Tyler Dowd

Also heightening the audience’s awareness of the body in space were the festival’s performance pieces. Keely Tyler-Dowd’s You Choose presented an aerial rendering of Jim Carrey’s rumination on choice; each fragment of meaning complemented by Tyler-Dowd’s movements. It felt like a call to arms not forceful but loving. Stonewalled by Black Carnation Productions was a triptych, moving from tongue-in-cheek and downright hilarious, into something profoundly emblematic of the convolutions of human interaction. Leave., the first solo composition piece by Dani-Ela Kayler was a deeply engaging reflection on “the art and the heart of leaving.” Particularly moving was her emulation of a beating heart, and the vast range of responses, from delight, to despair, that she both conveyed and elicited. Present Perfect by Sara di Segna was a physical reflection of the gap that is created between body and mind. With subtly

‘Stonewalled’ by Black Carnation Productions



Keeping our Heritage Safe At the Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park the committee and volunteers have had a very busy and productive year. With the granting of our National Significance status the staff at the museum have been implementing all the recommendations deemed necessary for this standing. This has meant that our small pool of funds have been stretched to the limit and a number of grants have been applied for in order to make our collection safe as possible from fire attack. Consequently new fireproof shutters and doors have been


installed and we are currently undertaking to install fireproof glass skylights replacing the old laser light. One of our priorities is to scan documents and photographs to upload to Victoria Collections to duplicate our collection. The loss of the Marysville Museum archives during Black Saturday re-enforces the importance of this activity. We desperately need an upgrade of our computers so that this can be done efficiently, yet another grant application will submitted over the next few weeks to try and address this shortfall.

Secret Gardens of the Dandenongs In October the Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park were thrilled to be included as a destination for the ‘Secret Gardens of the Dandenongs’ tour, a threeday celebration of private and public gardens in our beautiful hills.

Twenty visitors came to the Museum to hear about the importance of Carl Axel Nobelius and his nursery for the beginning of the Horticultural Industry in Australia. After the floor talk and afternoon tea the group then went for a guided tour through the Heritage Park to wonder at the large collection of trees and shrubs that form the last remnants of the once great Nobelius Nursery Estate. The weather was not kind to us for the Park Tour, but the participants braved the rain and wind to walk with Carey Williams (Heritage Park Curator) and hear about him speak with great passion about the Park and the significant trees. Thanks to a wet winter and spring the Park is looking exceptional, and the group were keen to see original plantings from the Nursery and rare mature trees. Some examples of the significant flora and sites discussed within the Park were: Chinese gooseberry/Kiwi Fruit Carl Axel Nobelius noticed Chinese gooseberry (Actinidia chinensis) plants on a trip to Japan in the early 1900s. He introduced this vigorous climbing plant to New Zealand where it was first grown in 1910. The Chinese gooseberry (also known as Kiwifruit) planted in the park is from the first consignment imported in the 1900s, this significant specimen was planted by Arch Nobelius and is arguably the one of the oldest Kiwi Fruit Vines in Australia.

The early settlers, including Nobelius, established orchards for their own consumption and to sell surplus. Fruit trees, especially apples, were the mainstay of the Nobelius Nursery throughout its history. By 1909 the nursery catalogue offered 207 varieties of apple for sale. Orchardists in the fruit growing areas of Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia and numerous retail nurseries were the main customers, but as the business expanded large consignments of fruit trees were sent to overseas markets. The trees in the Park plantation are heritage varieties found in Nobelius catalogues, with the exception of a tree known as ‘Brookdale’. This variety was planted in the winter of 2001 after being propagated by local nurseryman Leigh Asling from a

Up to twenty local workers were employed to cut the lavender with sickles prior to a horse drawn mechanical cutter. Lavender and rosemary plantations have existed in Nobelius Heritage Park since the 1980s and are grown for aesthetic appeal and historic recognition. The Packing Shed The Nobelius Packing Shed is situated on railway property and is not part of the park; however it is prominent in the park landscape and was a crucial part of the nursery enterprise. The railways made land available to Nobelius to construct the shed and siding so the packaged trees could be loaded directly onto railway wagons. The bare rooted trees were lifted from a holding area below the shed and packed in straw and wrapped in hessian and tied with twine ready for export to many parts of the world. The two story timber building was constructed in 1904 and the fireplaces and chimneys added in the 1930s. Below the packing shed was a fumigation chamber where ‘at a small cost’ consignments could be fumigated before dispatch if requested by the customer. The interior of the shed has now been restored and Puffing Billy Railway currently uses the building for functions and dinners.

Kiwifruit Vines

Knightia Excelsia

The rare Rewarewa or Maori honeysuckle (Knightia Excelsia), introduced by Cliff Nobelius from New Zealand is described by the National Trust as an outstanding example of this species, and at 19.5 metres (measured in 1984) is the largest specimen of this tree in Victoria.

Salvia Garden The Salvia Study Group of the Herb Society of Victoria has been associated with Nobelius Heritage Park since 1990 when a trial plot was established below and to the east of the museum. Over 200 cultivars, varieties and hybrids – both perennials and annuals are trialed in the garden.

The Knightia is adaptable to most soils and positions, and is drought and frost resistant. An evergreen, it grows to a height of 20 metres with a spread of three metres. A young tree, a seedling from this specimen, has been planted some 20 metres east of here as a future replacement. Apple Trees

very old tree from which generations of Emerald children picked apples on their way to school. Lavender and Rosemary

Salvia Gardens


Plantations of lavender and rosemary were established in the area that is now Emerald Lake Park near Nobelius station for the purpose of distilling oil for cosmetics. This enterprise collapsed during WW1, but lavender was grown extensively in the 1930s by Carl Axel’s son, Arch Nobelius. The site was moved to where the soil was more suitable to growing lavender, which is the present Lavender Farm Road, located on the boundary of the Cardinia Dam reserve.

Open days and plant sales are held by the salvia group, and these plant are a popular attraction for garden enthusiasts, photographers, birds, and insects Swales featuring plantings of flax Carl Axel Nobelius grew New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax) in a plantation of about 100 acres along the creek in the now Emerald Park Lake. Prior to WW1 twine was imported and Nobelius decided to trial flax for production of twine need for his nursery to mark out plant rows and tying bundles of trees packed for transport. During the cutting and treating season up to 25 people were employed. A small dam was built to provide water for treating flax fibre and the precedent for the ornamental Lake Treganowan (now known as Emerald Lake) A two-story steam driven mill was constructed below the present causeway across the lake. This mill operated from

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Heritage 1913 to 1926. From here the processed fibre was sent to Melbourne and Geelong to be made into rope and twine. The finished product was returned to Nobelius, any surplus being sold to other nurseryman and farmers. Eucalyptus Rows of Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) and Messmate/Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua), planted in the 1980s by Gus Ryberg, commemorate the timber industry. The Dandenong Ranges were covered in dense forest, and a ready market existed in growing Melbourne for timber use in building, furniture and fuel. The timber was cut by hand and logs hauled to nearby mills by winch and bullock teams providing a source of employment for early settlers. Camden wollybutt (Eucalyptus macarhurii) planted to commemorate the production of eucalyptus oils from the 1870s. Joseph Bosisto, a pharmaceutical chemist, established an experimental plantation of Camden woollybutt (endemic to southeastern NSW) along the lower side of what is now Lakeside Drive in Emerald and also on land he selected, located at Butterfield Park. Distilleries were at Emerald, Menzies Creek and Macclesfield. We have a heritage grant submitted to Cardinia Shire to have signage installed for significant trees and sites around the Park coupled with a self guided interpretive brochure. This initiative, we trust will enhance visitation to the Park. Currently there are two large signage boards within the Park to guide visitors; they are located at the Museum and at the entrance to the Park from Emerald Lake Park. We are confident that the proposed brochures and signage will enhance visitation to the Park. The Nobelius Heritage Park and Museum is a great place to visit, with free parking, BBQ facilities and easy walking tracks around the four and a half hectares of our Park. The Museum is open (gold coin donation) to the public on Wednesdays, 10am to 3pm and Sundays, 1.30 to 4pm. We always are happy to show visitors around the Museum and expand further on the history of Nobelius, Emerald and surrounding districts. Our collection includes an extensive photographic archive that has been invaluable for family history research. We also have local history publications for sale at very reasonable prices. New volunteers are welcome and we will train you to assist in this interesting and important work documenting and researching our archives. Please contact our President, Chris Britton for further information. Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park 5 Crichton Rd Emerald VIC 3782 (Melway Map Ref: 127G4) Phone: 03 5968 2152

By Kim Oakes



375g seeded raisins, chopped 375g sultanas 250g currants 185g prunes, chopped 185 g mixed peel finely grated rind of 1 lemon 90g blanched almonds, chopped 1 large carrot, coarsely grated 4 ¼ cups soft white breadcrumbs 1 cup sugar 1 cup plain flour ½ tspn salt ½ tspn nutmeg 1 tspn mixed spice 4 eggs ¾ cup milk ½ cup brandy (can use orange juice as an alternative to alcohol) ½ cup stout (can use orange juice as an alternative to alcohol) 250g butter

Method Grease two 4 cup (1 litre) basins or one 8 cup (2 litre) basin. Mix together in a large bowl the raisins, sultanas, currants, prunes, chopped mixed peel, grated lemon rind, almonds, carrot, breadcrumbs and sugar. Sift the flour with the salt, nutmeg and mixed spice and add to the fruit mixture and stir. Fill the prepared basins, leaving a space of about one centimetre at the top. Cut a round


each of greaseproof paper and foil larger than the circumference of the basin and place over the top of the basin. Tie securely with string, leaving a large loop with which to lift the basin in and out of the boiling water. Put a trivet or old plate with the base facing up in the bottom of a large saucepan half filled with boiling water. Carefully place the pudding basin in the saucepan making sure that the water comes two-thirds of the way up the sides of the basin. Put the lid on the saucepan and boil gently for five hours for one two litre pudding and three hours for one litre size puddings. As the water boils away, top it up with more boiling water. On the day the pudding is to be served, boil it for a further two hours or one hour depending on the pudding size. Serve with brandy cream or custard.

Summer Gardening Tips By Dave Key

Summer, the time of long sweltering days and seemingly longer sweltering nights. It is also an abundant time in the garden as all the spring growth is now coming to fruition. To keep the yield healthy and happy over this time, two of the most important things are watering and mulch. Let’s start with mulch.

several seasons before needing to be topped up. However, be a bit careful using it around fruit and veggies as it will rob nitrogen from the surrounding area. If you do use it around fruit trees, add a good handful of blood and bone to compensate. And the last type of mulch is living mulches. The best example is strawberries growing under my blueberries. They both like the same growing conditions and you end up with a double harvest. No matter what mulch you use, it is there to help stop evaporation and shade the soil keeping it and the roots cooler and happier. The next important thing for summer is watering. It is actually better to slightly under water than to over water. The best time to water is very early in the morning before the sun heats things up. Definitely avoid watering during the heat of the day. To tell if you need to water your veggies, stick you hand under the mulch and feel the soil, if it is damp to the touch, it can wait. If is starting to get a little bit dry, wait another

There are 3 types of mulch that are mainly used in a garden and they all have their own place. Straw mulches (including sugar cane) which is what I use around and over all my veggies and fruit trees. It lasts a season and then needs to be replaced as it breaks down and turns into new soil. However make sure you keep on top of the sprouts, as depending on what you are using you could end up with a crop of hay instead of mulch. (If this starts to happen just lift the clump of green growth, turn upside down, free green manure. The next is woody mulches, which I recommend for paths and high traffic areas. As it has a much higher carbon to nitrogen ratio, and is bigger pieces than straw mulches, it will take a lot longer to break down meaning it can last

day then water deeply. Less frequent watering, but longer soaking watering is better than constant shallow watering as it encourages deeper root growth and more resilient plants that can cope with a day or two of neglect. With your fruit trees, a deep water around Christmas time and then later January or early February is all they should need this year as with the excessively wet spring there is a lot of soil moisture available. And just like the veggies, if you overwater your trees, they will develop shallow roots and need constant irrigation to survive. And definitely do not water the 4-5 weeks before harvesting your fruit. This will help concentrate the natural sugars in the fruit giving you tastier fruit with a better shelf life. If you are making alcohol from your fruit, it also means you will have a slightly high alcohol content due to extra sugar. Till next time, happy harvesting. Key Permaculture and Constructions

Clubs, Groups and Associations ARTS & CRAFT


EMERALD ARTS SOCIETY Arts Society Hall, Emerald 5968 5406

EMERALD GARDEN CLUB 2nd Thursday each month, 7.45pm Arts Society Hall 5968 5220

QUILTERS & PATCHWORKERS OF GEMBROOK 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month 7pm-9.30pm Gembrook Community Centre 5968 1427 GEMBROOK CRAFT GROUP Mondays, 10.30am-3pm Cottage Redwood Rd, Gembrook Mondays, 7pm-10.00pm Gembrook Community Centre 5967 7165

BUSINESS COCKATOO TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE 1st Tuesday bi-monthly 7.30pm, Cockatoo Scout Hall 0421 219 899 EASTERN DANDENONG RANGES BUSINESS & TOURISM GROUP 1st Monday each month 7.30pm 0419 584 498 EMERALD VILLAGE COMMITTEE 4th Tuesday each month, 7.30pm Emerald Library 5968 5220 GEMBROOK TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE 2nd Tuesday each month, 7.30pm Gembrook Community Centre 5968 1400 (SCUD) SUPPORTING COCKATOO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 5968 1781

CEMETERY FRIENDS OF EMERALD CEMETERY Mondays, 10am-12noon 5968 5612

DANCE COCKATOO DISCO End of each school term 1-17 years, 2.30pm-5.30pm Cockatoo Community Hall Facebook.comCockatooDisco

EDUCATION COCKATOO NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE Short Courses 5968 9031 EMERALD COMMUNITY HOUSE Short Courses & Pre-Accredited Courses 5968 3881 U3A (UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE) Emerald Hall 5968 5469

FRIENDS OF GEMBROOK PARK Thursdays, 10am-12noon 5968 1011 FRIENDS OF KURTH KILN 5967 4201

OOSH AFTER SCHOOL CARE Grades Prep – 6 3.30pm-6pm Emerald Community House 5968 3881 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Friday nights, 12-18 years St Marks Church 5968 4460


HILLS COMMUNITY GARDEN Alma Treloar Reserve, Cockatoo 5968 9830

TINIES TIME Fridays, 11.15am Emerald Library


STORY TIME 3-5 years, Thursdays, 11.15am-12pm Emerald Library 5949 4600

BEYOND BEAT IT EXERCISE Mondays & Wednesdays, 9.30am Cockatoo Neighbourhood House 0407 104 400

KIDS COCKATOO KIDDELGYM PLAYGROUP Cockatoo Primary School 5968 2949 EMERALD PLAYGROUP Thursday, 9.30am-11.30am Emerald Community House 5968 3881 GEMBROOK PLAYGROUP Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am Gembrook Community Centre 0438 345 235 JITTERBUGS @ ST LUKES Pre schoolers Group Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9.30am-11am St Lukes, Cockatoo 5968 8459 EMERALD COMMUNITY HOUSE Occasional Childcare Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri, 9.30am-2.30pm 5968 3881 POWERHOUSE KIDS Prep – Grade 4 Tuesdays 3.30pm-6.00pm 1-3 Church St, Emerald 5968 4460 ALLSTARS Grades 5-6 Mondays, 6pm-8pm St Marks Church 5968 4460 KMOTION @ ST LUKES After School Club for Prep – 6 Thursdays, 3.30pm-5.30pm St Lukes, Cockatoo 5968 8459

5949 4600

MENS SHED HILLS MEN SHED COCKATOO Alma Treloar Reserve Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 1pm4pm 5968 9473 MEN SHED EMERALD U3A House Emerald 5968 5469

SPORT COCKATOO & DISTRICT BOWLS New members welcome Alma Treloar Reserve, Cockatoo Phone 5968 8709 or call Dan O’Connor on 0417 554 573 COCKATOO TENNIS CLUB Coaching Wednesday evenings Russell 0408 968 684 COCKATOO LITTLE ATHLETICS Mountain Rd Reserve, Cockatoo 0414 971 463 GEMBROOK CRICKET CLUB Gembrook Sports Ground 0414 797 393 GEMBROOK/COCKATOO FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Gembrook 0417 506 690


GEMBROOK INDOOR BOWLS Wednesday, 7.45pm-10.30pm Gembrook Community Centre 5968 1080

GEMBROOK SINGERS Thursdays, 7.30pm Gembrook Community Centre 5942 7484

KIDS KARATE Tues/Thur, 4.15pm-5.15pm Gembrook Community Centre 0417 740 409

HILLS RECORDERS (WITH ACCOMP. & RHYTHM) 1st & 3rd Thursdays, February to December, 2pm-4pm 65 Evans Rd, Cockatoo 5968 1781

REACH GYMNASTICS Prep-school age Fridays, Emerald Secondary College Rebecca 0402 723 320

SENIORS GEMBROOK SENIOR CITIZENS Gembrook Community Complex Every 2nd Wednesday of the month Commencing at 12.00 Noon 5968 1262

SOCIAL COFFEE CONVERSATIONS Friday mornings, 11am Charlottes on Main, Gembrook 5968 1715

SCOUTS 1ST COCKATOO SCOUT GROUP Cubs 7½ -10 years old Monday, 7pm-8.30pm Scouts 10-14 years old NEW FOR TEAM 4 Wednesday, 7pm-8.30pm Chris 0413 949 409

SHERBROOKE AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Rookie, Junior & Senior Teams 9754 3961 SOCCER Juniors Mondays nights, 5.30pm-6.45pm Seniors Monday Nights, 7.30pm Mountain Rd Reserve, Cockatoo 5968 8196

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