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Meandering around Murrindindi . . .

Its all here in the Murrindindi Shire . . . WELCOME to the winter edition of the Murrindindi Guide. This season we have lots going on including the Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show, exhibitions of photography, paintings and quilts, community markets, and heaps of activities at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. Rug up and experience the speedway – a thrill for young and old. Check out the heritage day in Yea on 26th May or the comedy festival in Marysville on 22nd May. Take your canine (and all your friends) for a million paws walk in Eildon on 19th May and raise money to support the RSPCA. And of course, no matter what it is called, the rail trail is popular all year round with those wanting a stroll, run, cycle, ride . . . Find out about what happens to Queenie the bee or which tree to plant where.

THE SHIRE OF MURRINDINDI, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA Alexandra: 5772 1100 or 1800 652 298 36 Grant Street Alexandra Vic 3714 Melways Ref: 610 T8 GPS: S37°11.376’ E145°42.469’ alexvic@virtual.net.au www.alexandratourism.com Eildon: 5774 2909 Main Street Eildon Vic 3713 Melways Ref: 610 U8 GPS: S37°13.981’ E145°54.536’ eildoninfo@virtual.net.au www.lakeeildon.com

Marysville: 5963 4567 Murchison Street Marysville Vic 3779 Melways Ref: 610 T11 GPS: S37°12.651’ E145°25.520’ info@marysvilletourism.com www.marysvilletourism.com Yea: 5797 2663 Marmalades Cafe 20 High Street, Yea Vic 3717 Melways Ref: 610 Q8 GPS: S37°12.651’ E145°25.520’ yvic@bigpond.com www.yea.com.au

Use our website www.murrindindiguide.com.au to find your tradie, eatery, gallery, retail stores – just use it like you’d use a telephone book. Its quick and easy! Also the magazine can be printed, read or downloaded from issuu.com and search murrindindi guide. Advertising deadline for the SPRING issue is Friday 19th July 2013. If you wish to advertise please contact Tim Skerritt, Sales and Distribution, Phone Office 5772 1026 or 0439 358 880 or Ann Friedel Publishing at publishing@friedel.net.au Phone Office 5772 1026 or 0418 556 107 Produced and published by Ann Friedel Publishing, 11 Albert Street Alexandra Victoria. Material published in the Murrindindi Arts & Tourism, Business & Trades Guide is protected by Australian copyright laws. Reproduction of any material in whole or part is not permitted without prior authorisation by the publisher. Ann Friedel Publishing has made every effort to ensure the information provided at time of printing is correct, but accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions. Events listed in this publication may be subject to change without notice. Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 1


11 Artist, Pagan McCarthy................................................... 3 Wetlands dinner .............................................................. 5 Robert Young exhibition................................................ 5 Rustic Simplicity exhibitions........................................ 6 Alexandra quilters show................................................ 8 Show success..................................................................... 9 Alexandra Truck, Ute & Rod Show............................11 A ginger brew..................................................................14 Lazy River Cafe, Marysville..........................................15 Flowerdale Hotel............................................................17 Sedona Estate..................................................................19 Birds of the shire.............................................................21 Million paws walk, Eildon............................................23 High country rail trail....................................................24 Fishing festival.................................................................29 Fishing report..................................................................31 Cycling tour, Eildon........................................................32 Lake Mountain Alpine Resort.....................................34 Hot shots tennis..............................................................36 Alexandra hospital fundraisers..................................37 Permaculture part 3.......................................................38 Gardening.........................................................................40 Speedway..........................................................................42 Calendar of events.........................................................44 Regular markets..............................................................46 Business and trades directory....................................46 Business and trades listings........................................51 Contact numbers............................................................52

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Arty facts . . .

PAGAN McCARTHY

Pagan’s latest work of art – this boat, ‘Overkill” has been airbrushed with flames and skulls.

Hotrods drive Pagan to airbrushing By Tammy Lovett CAPTURING a person’s story through the lines and creases of their face, or crafting a koala’s delicate fur are some of the many challenges for Yarck-based artist Pagan McCarthy. As a child sitting on the floor of her father’s workshop, watching him paint cars, Pagan first drew upon the inspiration that would lead to an artistic career. Pagan now has her own business specialising in airbrushing.

While Pagan says her creativeness came naturally, it was her family’s interest in cars and hotrods that really sparked her airbrushing passion. “Always as a kid I was drawing and painting. I’d sit in my room painting for hours,” she said. “Dad was a panel beater. I always used to watch him. I remember one time paint flew into my eye because I was too close.” Pagan began airbrushing eight years ago and has since transformed cars, boats and motorbikes with her artwork.

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While her inspiration began in the automotive scene she now centres much of her work on canvas. The challenge of getting a realistic image quality is something Pagan enjoys, especially when it comes to airbrushing animals. “There are so many different creatures out there with different textures and hair features,” she said. “Trying to make a koala look fluffy is a fun challenge that, once I realise I’m getting right, the animal starts to come alive.” Pagan says she also loves creating black and white pieces. “When you take the colour out it creates more interest and emotion in the image,” she said. Samples of Pagan’s work.

One her favourite works is a black and white painting of a baby’s toes. “I can’t sell that one,” she said. “Artwork is all about passion and emotion, and this often makes it difficult to part with particular pieces,” Pagan said. “I sold an artwork a few weeks ago. I’d done it during a class and it had been sitting around for five years. It wasn’t until then I looked and remembered that time in my life. My emotions that go into it are completely different from what other people see,” she said. Pagan’s latest challenge has been creating a mural at Marysville Primary School. The piece took three weeks to finish and features Australian animals in a natural landscape. Being her first mural, the project took Pagan out of her comfort zone but gave her the freedom to express herself and her love of animals. “I was able to let out all my energy. The mural was a great release,” she said.

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Sights and sounds . . . Yea Wetlands dinner Friday 10th May

THOSE who attended the Yea Wetlands dinner in June last year, and were impressed by the story of the powerful owls, as told by Ron Litjens from Strath Creek, will love the wildlife photography showcased by Ayden Doumtsis at this year’s first Friends of Yea Wetlands dinner. Ayden has captured some stunning images and will share his story and photography with us. An evening with great food, local wines supplied by wine maker Philip Lobley and some wonderful wildlife images is not to be missed. Please support the Yea Wetlands and join us for an entertaining evening. Individual or table bookings accepted. Contact Glenda Woods on 0428 321 545 or email woodsygm@ bigpond.net.au by the end of April. Cost is $45 per person and includes a two course meal plus coffee and chocolates. To further support the Yea Wetlands, please save the date of Friday 23rd August. This will be a function not to be missed, when the Yea Wetlands Committee of Management will be holding a ‘black tie’ dinner to raise funds to help fit out the exciting new Y Water Centre. Look for details in local media, on yea.com or visit us on our YeaWetlands Facebook page, where details will be posted. ‘Like’ us on Facebook and you will be kept up to date.

“There’s a fly in my beer!”

An exhibition of hilarious works of art AN exhibition of Robert Young’s truly delightful paintings will be held at Rennies at Acheron Gallery and Restaurant, 132 Breakaway Road, Acheron via Alexandra, from Saturday 18th May to Sunday 2nd June. Robert’s works are full of fun, life and activity. His extraordinary attention to

detail makes his paintings fascinating; the more you look into them the more you can see. There is much to think and laugh about in his paintings. He depicts people in whimsical circumstances and paints about the humorous and wry side of Australian life, working in either water colour or oil.

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Proudly Presented by Marysville and District Lions Club Inc. Proceeds from the night will go towards local projects. ‘BLUE NUDE SERIES’ by John Harcourt

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Venue:

Marysville Community Centre, Falls Road, Marysville Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2013. Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm Format: 2 Course Dinner and Show Price: $50.00 per head (15 years and over) Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au or call Helen 0448 954667 Email: lionsmarysville@gmail.com This is a Licensed Event, no BYO, full bar facilities available.

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Sights and sounds . . .

RUSTIC SIMPLICITY, ALEXANDRA

Rustic exhibitions over winter

Art and Soul: In the Beginning . . . …is a collection of reduction prints and etchings, charcoal and pencil sketches and oil pastel pieces from two local artists in Eildon. This debut exhibition showcases subject matter of ethereal beings, portraits, landscapes and abstract works. Both artists, Bec Carlisle and Lauren Powell, studied art in their youth and have since continued to experiment with different styles and mediums, drawing inspiration from the people in their lives and surroundings. They would like to invite you to view their work and their journey so far. Accompanying artist Mandi Renslow was born and bred in Gary, Indiana, the steel capital of America, where industry meets cornfields. Raised by a mother full of creativity and the passion to share, Mandi has been painting since she was a young teen. Andrew Chapman’s photo of local shearer Ted Hall.

Now living in Alexandra, but inspired by her American

roots, she has fused a series of works in oil painting and collage of famous 50’s legends, with an abstract twist. On Sunday 19th May, Bec Carlisle will run a printmaking workshop, offering a demonstration and instruction using both linoleum and wood. During the course of the workshop, participants will carve out an image and create a print using their own image that they have carved into the lino or the wood. Bookings essential. ‘Art and Soul’ is showing until 5pm Monday 27th May. The ART of TRAnsport This group exhibition of local and Victorian artists is based on the very loose theme of transport (to coincide with the Truck Ute and Rod Show held in Alexandra on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Contributing artists are encouraged to be either literal, or if they like, quite lateral in their thinking on their definition of transport! ‘The ART of TRAnsport’

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opens with drinks and nibbles from 6pm Friday 31st May. All Welcome! The exhibition runs until 5pm Monday 1st July. The Final Clip – Images of our disappearing wool industry Opening with drinks and nibbles from 6pm on Friday 5th July, this solo exhibition is by Andrew Chapman (whose interest in shearing began in 1976). It will feature local and iconic images of the people and the places that star in the stories surrounding this significant aspect of our local agricultural heritage and current day rural way of life for many working on the land. Since the mid-70s, Andrew has travelled the country documenting the sheds and the shearers who inhabit them. In November 2006,

Andrew published his first book, The Shearers. The second, Woolsheds, was published in October 2011, and the third companion book in this series, Around The Sheds, was released in October 2012. Andrew has retained a love of photojournalism and documentary black and white photography since studying photography in the 70s and working as a newspaper photographer in the 70s and 80s. With a passion for documenting rural lifestyles, and especially rural workers, Andrew continues to create portraits and landscapes for his own personal pleasure, and in his work as a freelance photographer. Since the mid80s, Andrew has worked on numerous assignments for major Australian magazines

Cherry Pixie by Lauren Powell, left, Loves Lucy’.. and newspapers, with more than a dozen Time covers and headline stories to his credit. In the late 90s Andrew began regularly exhibiting his photography. His work now resides in collections at The National Library in Canberra, The State Library of Victoria, The Monash Gallery of Art, The City of Montpellier

and Mandi Renslow’s ‘Who in France, The Horsham Regional Gallery, The City of Knox, and many private collections. ‘The Final Clip – Images of our disappearing wool industry’ runs until 5pm Monday 26th August. Rustic Simplicity @ The Shear ‘N’ shedS, is located at 74 Grant Street, Alexandra, phone 0419 517 045.

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A stitch in time . . .

QUILT SHOW ON SUNDAY 9TH JUNE

Alexandra Quilters show off their work by Denise Fiddes IT is twenty nine years now since a very talented local lady by the name Shirley Hibbert held patchwork classes at the local adult education centre. I wonder if she knew then, that nearly thirty years later, her inspiration is still strong and flourishing in Alexandra. Friendships forged then are still alive today, and the group has grown into an incorporated body of fifty folk, some travelling many miles to enjoy the creative camaraderie which abounds. We are a not for profit friendship group that comes together to share the joy of patchwork and quilting on the first Saturday and third Monday night of every month. For a small joining fee our ladies enjoy membership with Victorian Quilters Inc, the use of an extensive library, organised activities such as retreats and trips, and participation in friendship rounds whereby we help each other to piece together a quilt learning new techniques as we go. Membership also gives the opportunity to join our craft and chatter group on the third and fourth

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Friday of the month and join in with the Blossoming Buds, a craft group which meets each Friday in the month.

Show success . . .

The yearly display of our work will be held in the Alexandra shire hall on 9th June, from 10am to 4pm, in conjunction with the Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show. 2013 is an exciting year for us as we move our display into the shire hall. This large space will enable us to display the quilts in their best light and gives us the potential to extend the show. There are many quilters living within the Shire of Murrindindi who have not had a venue to display their work. This year Alexandra Quilters extend an invitation to them to enter their work into the ‘open’ section of the show, giving them a chance to see their work on display. For the first time creators will be permitted to sell their quilts and the public will be given the opportunity to vote for their choice of ‘best of show’. The proceeds from our quilt exhibition will be donated to a local charity. This continues our tradition of also donating a quilt to the same local charity to be used as a fund raiser. We welcome you to come and see our display. Entrance is $2 with children under fourteen free. For any further information about the quilt show contact convenors Jill on 5774 7091 or Nancy on 5774 7152. For general enquiries contact president Thelma on 5774 2641 or secretary Denise on 5772 2183.

Nici wins with her flowers LOCAL resident of Alexandra and floral artist, Nici Thompson took out second place at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Floral Gift Competition 2013 and sixth place in the Window Shop Competition. Flowers by Nici Thompson was launched in 2010 with a vision to be one of Australia’s leading floral artists. With a dedication to excellence in every aspect of her business, Nici offers the very highest quality of product crafted into works of floral art. She specialises in weddings, functions and special occasions. For more information contact Nici Thompson on 0400 154 047.

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Rigged out . . .

ALEXANDRA TRUCK, UTE AND ROD SHOW

Visitors can enjoy viewing the many trucks, utes and rods as well as trade displays, a major auction and great music all day. by Andy Friedel to such a high standard involves constant work and attention to FOR most visitors to the Alexandra detail and thousands of dollars. Truck, Ute and Rod Show the day For many the truck is their home is an opportunity to check out for a week or more at a time, and some pretty special gear. these drivers are house proud! If If the weather is fine, as it has they operate a truck on dirt roads been the last few years, strolling logging or a tipper out of quarries through the array of machinery is the job is even harder. a pleasant way to spend a Sunday Every year for the past 10 years with the family. If it rains there are I’ve had a group of up to 10 mates plenty of places to get out of the camp at my place for the long weather, and because the show weekend. They come from as far as is held on paved streets, mud is Wagga, Cooma and Warrnambool. never an issue. They’re all either drivers or owner drivers, and although they go to For the several hundred people other truck shows, they love this who bring their vehicles for one because it is such an easy, display what we see on the friendly atmosphere. Sunday is the result of countless hours of work. Whilst most of They can check out the vintage the rods are ‘weekend drives’, trucks and reminisce (“I learnt to be taken out and enjoyed on to drive in one of those old a sunny day, spare a thought bangers”), they bump into friends for the drivers and owners and talk about the good old days, who have brought their trucks. and then, being interested in With the exception of new anything with wheels and motors, vehicles displayed by the major they’ll have a good look at the manufacturers, vintage trucks rods and ‘bundy’ utes. And when and a few show trucks, these are they’ve seen as much gleaming working rigs. They would have paint and polished chrome and delivered their last load for the aluminium and stainless steel week on Friday or Saturday, and as they can handle in one burst, by Monday evening or Tuesday they’ll wander over to watch the morning they will be back on the chainsaws racing and woodchop. road. For us it’s a good way to catch That immaculate three or four year up and talk about old times. For old Kenworth might have close to those who bring their vehicles it’s a million kilometres on the clock. an opportunity to have their hard The fact is that these operators work and customising skills on are passionate about their trucks. display. Rain or shine it’s a great Maintaining their appearance Championship wood chopping. day.

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An immaculate rig. Over 100 trucks are displayed on the day.

Rods aplenty. Local organisations cater on the day to raise funds.

Memorial service A SERVICE to honour the lives of those who have been lost in the trucking industry will be held in Alexandra’s Rotary Park on Saturday 8th June at 2pm. This is a first for Victoria, and is a non-denomenational memorial to honour and remember loved ones who have died while working in the trucking industry. This industry covers so many of societies, needs; from freight transport and towing to mining and emergency services, from long distance haulage to local 12 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

waste collection. The Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial is an initiative of the Creative Ministries Network and under the direction of a group of dedicated women whose family members have spent their lives in the trucking industry. If you would like to have your loved one placed on the honour roll for the Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial, please email the administrators at victoriantruck driversmemorial@hotmail.com.


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A ginger brew . . .

DAWNIE GINGER BEER

Don’t be ginger about this brew

THERE’S a rich family history that’s gone into brewing a new ginger beer now on the market. Quizzical hints abound on the label – a red cat with a pirate’s patch appears neither evil nor mischievous, but possibly both, and the question is posed: “Do you like cats? Me neither.” Truth is, it’s a caricature of a slightly horrid but notable, one-eyed ginger feline once owned by the woman who provided the inspiration and the name for Dawnie Ginger beer, developed by Joanna Stubbings of Flowerdale. Joanna’s grandmother, Dawn Stubbings, who lives just up the road, is the family’s “ginger matriarch”. For years she’s brewed up a ginger beer that refreshes, quenches and cheers her big brood of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and their entourages. With a degree in food/ consumer science from RMIT, Joanna somehow strayed to traineeship with federal government and to Mitchell Shire as youth resources officer before realising her passion. With the help of her father Ric, mother Sal Phillips, and brothers, Bill and Edward, her brewed alcoholic ginger beer has just hit the market,

Cheers Joanna! but not before she’d done thorough testing on all the family and many friends. Her friend Brittany Kilsby, from Kinglake, produced the illustrations for the basis of the label. “We wanted it to be a family business and we wanted it to be focussed on where we’ve come from,” Joanna said. It was an in-depth process – finding the right ingredients from independent producers, blending the ginger with lemon and lime to get the right balance between the earthy ginger and sweet flavours.

Then it had to be stabilized, blended and carbonated to produce a palatable and consistent result – one that wouldn’t explode, as more amateur brewers would confirm as a dire occupational hazard. To add to her skills and knowledge, Joanna completed a short course in wine making and says that while the process of making ginger beer is more like brewing beer, understanding the wine making process was really helpful. “Our priority was to have something that tastes great.

We wanted it to be the best tasting ginger beer, using independent producers.” Dawnie Ginger Beer was officially launched on April 7 at Gallery 34 at 34 High Street, Yea in a special event entitled “Craft Ginger Beer meets Art”. Gallery 34 is among the first local stockists of Dawnie Ginger Beer. It’s also on offer at The Flowerdale Hotel and Wallders Café in Kilmore. For details email dawnie@ dawniegingerbeer.com.au or check out the Facebook page: Dawnie Ginger Beer.

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All f i red up . . .

LAZY RIVER CAFE, MARYSVILLE

By Georgina Beach

OVER thirty years ago, in a fine French restaurant in inner Melbourne, the young Michael Jaeger completed his apprenticeship as a chef. Since then, he has prepared exquisite food in a wealth of settings, from the illustrious Metro Nightclub to the launch of The Man From Snowy River. And, just like the movie, Michael chose the mountains over life upon the flat: the nineties saw him divide most of his time between the Dandenongs and Marysville – until 2003, when he settled on a small property in Narbethong, working at Stonelea and then the Cumberland. In 2009, Black Saturday signalled the time for Michael to go it alone. Initially in a marquee on the old Cumberland site, and then in Marysville’s shiny new shopping centre: ‘My Chef, Mike’ swiftly took shape as a busy catering and take-away business, feeding the stream of workers clearing and rebuilding Marysville. He also catered for cheery

events such as the opening of the new Narbethong Hall and the launch of the local Steelpan band’s first CD, entitled ‘Recovery’. Following the shopping centre’s change of ownership mid last year, Michael’s growing business was re-branded the ‘Lazy River Cafe’ – in honour of the Steavensons River passing the door – and heralding a change towards ‘slower paced’ cuisine.

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Comfortable outdoor seating encourages patrons to relax on the riverbank... whilst the indoor tables are surrounded by a gallery of glorious works by local wildlife and landscape photographer, Donovan Wilson. Whilst the threat of riots in the street prevented Michael from deleting his famous woodfired pizzas from the menu, the other take-away options are no more. Instead, a new list of delectable, a-lacarte delights showcases his traditional cooking methods, where every meal is made by hand, from scratch, on the spot. From wood-fired pork belly to vegetarian calzone, gluten-free fritters to

crumbed calamari – there is something to suit every taste and dietary requirement. As for dessert, well . . . if Mike’s memorable homemade icecream sundaes don’t slow you down, the array of freshly baked cakes and other goodies certainly will! Meanwhile, the catering side of the business enjoys a roaring trade. With packages tailored to accommodate every budget, Michael regularly caters the local sporting and community club events; and has become the first choice amongst discerning brides planning their spring weddings. All that aside, the secret most closely kept is Michael’s bread. Flavoured according to the day’s fancy, these handmade sourdoughs are coveted by regular

* Wood-Fired Pizza * * Hot Coffee & Cakes * * Freshly Baked Bread * * Homemade Ice Cream * Lazy River Cafe Marysville Central, 49 Darwin Street Marysville 3779 Ph 03 5963 4512 Open from 9am Wednesday to Sunday 16 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

The bright and cheery Little River Cafe. customers from all corners of the district. But look out locals, word is spreading! There are already several Melbourne families pre-ordering their favourite loaves in bulk in time for their next day trip, squirrelling them away in their freezers at home.

OPEN 7 DAYS

“After the fires, everyone needed take-away,” Michael explains, “but now, folk have time to sit down and enjoy a real meal.”

First in best dressed! The Lazy River Cafe is located at 49 Darwin Street, Marysville, and is open from 9am to 5pm on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 9am to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call 03 5963 4512.

As well as our usual range of sweets we have many new products including Locally made Ice Cream and Italian Frozen Yoghurt Jonesy’s Dairy Fresh Milk, Cream and Flavoured Milk Thornton Smokehouse Bacon and Cabana, Garlic from country Victoria, a huge range of Local Preserves, Chutneys, Berry Sauces and lots more Marysville Lolly Shop Phone 03 5963 3644 www.marysvillelollyshop.com.au


Flock up . . .

TO THE FLOWERDALE HOTEL

Car park display of motorcycles.

Flock up and frolic at the Flowerdale THE Flowerdale Hotel has been a welcome stopping point for travellers for more than 90 years. Set in the picturesque Valley of a Thousand Hills, right next to the beautiful, meandering King Parrot Creek, the hotel has long had a reputation for hearty, country style fare, cold drinks, best beer and great company.

hotrods and more modern cars, are frequent visitors to the hotel, as are motorcycle groups making the most of the beautiful winding roads in Murrindindi Shire. The hotel is also a great place for family outings, with its spacious, fenced, childrenfriendly beer garden. Seniors groups are also well catered for.

It’s a favourite stopover for those on the way to the ski fields or Lake Eildon, and is popular with fishing enthusiasts dipping for the bounty of the King Parrot Creek.

Steve and Viv Phelan, and their family, have owned the well-known pub for the past 12 years and have carried on the pub’s well worn traditions, adding touches of their own and they have won wide praise for their efforts.

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FLOWERDALE The Flowerdale Hotel offers meals and accommodation seven days a week, with a family friendly atmosphere in an original country style hotel 3325 Whittlesea-Yea Road Flowerdale 3717 Ph: 5780 1230 www.flowerdalehotel.com.au Email bigflocker@bigpond.com

Viv and Steve Phelan at the 2011 AHA Awards for Excellence.

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national and state Australian Hotels Association awards (2010 and 2011 respectively), a QANTAS tourism award (2008), Murrindindi Shire business award (2006), and 3AW Pub of the Week (2008). Viv ensures that all meals are freshly cooked, country style .generous serves, with quality and value-formoney assured. There are weekly specials along with traditional favourites. The amazing mixed grill more than satisfies the biggest of appetites, and the variety and quality of parmas is also an AHA award winner. Sunday afternoon jam sessions, on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm, attract musicians from across the shire and beyond, and Steve and Viv are now looking to introduce more regular Sunday afternoon live entertainment. There is ample parking for buses, boats, campers and trailers as well as bikes and cars. With the car clubs and motorbike groups, the car park can at times be an attractive motor show in itself. The hotel offers accommodation via four comfortable, budget priced motel units. For bookings and more details phone the Flowerdale Hotel at 3325 Whittlesea-Yea Road, Flowerdale on 5780 1230 or visit: www.flowerdalehotel.com or email bigflocker@bigpond.com.

BLACK SPUR INN

Look out for Frostys’ light meal deals in Snow Season

* Accommodation for couples, families and groups * Restaurant and bar open for chef cooked meals 7 days per week * Licensed bar offering vast selection of beer, spirits and local wines * Functions welcome

* Accommodation fortocouples, and groups The mystic gateway fine food,families wine & hospitality. * Restaurant and bar open for chef cooked meals 436 Maroondah Highway Narbethong Victoria 3778 7 days per week * Licensed bar offering vast selection of P: (03) 5963 7121 W: blackspurinn.com.au beer, spirits and local wines * Functions welcome

The Mystic Gateway to Fine Food, Wine & Hospitality 436 Maroondah Highway Narbethong Victoria 3778 P: 03 5963 7121 W: blackspurinn.com.au 18 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

We freeze our pots so you have really cold beer!

• Open from 6.30am for Breakfast • Dine-in or Take-away • Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week • Live music last Sunday afternoon of the month • Beer garden • Accommodation • Bottleshop • Open fireplace Buxton Hotel Maroondah Highway Buxton Phone 03 5774 7381 buxtonhotel@virtual.net.au www.buxtonhotel.com.au


Sipping at Sedona . . .

SEDONA ESTATE, MURRINDINDI

Wines with personality . . . For many years the traditionally structured barn provided shelter for the couple while establishing their vineyard. Today, the beautifully crafted cellar door with its fine balance of contemporary

Events 12th May - Mothers day 3 course lunch Starts at 12 noon Complimentary bubbles on arrival for mum! June long weekend Entertainment Saturday night from 7pm Christmas in July Join us for traditional dinner & All the trimmings on the 25th!

6 Glover Street, Strath Creek

Ph: 5784 9223 w:strathcreekhotel.com.au

Open 7days per week in the valley of the thousand hills Events, weekly happenings & meals 7 days per week (bistro and bar)

and Nordic features is a wonderful destination for local and visiting wine lovers. The first impression when arriving at Sedona Estate is the mesmerising views of Murrindindi’s hundreds of hills.

The visit to Sedona Estate is a personal wine tasting experience with Paul, sharing his love of the art of wine making, and a tour of the winery. The viticultural site, with its unique terroir, paired with

Wines with Personality

WHEN Paul Evans and Sonja Herges built their timber barn on their 52 acre property in Murrindindi in 1999, the idea of transforming the home of their tractor into a cellar door was beyond their wildest dreams.

Drink your favourite

SEDONA RED by our warm & cosy fireplace cabernet sangiovese

merlot shiraz

OPEN: 11am–5pm Wed–Sun & Public Holidays FOOD: Delicious Artisan Platters 182 Shannons Road Murrindindi 3717 T 03 9730 2883 M 0432 435 180

www.sedonaestate.com.au

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Paul’s formidable palate delivers wines of distinction with true varietal flavours in fine sparkling wine, crisp whites or full bodied reds.

Sedona Estate in the top ten best new wineries in Australia (Australian Wine Companion James Halliday 2007).

Sedona Estate is celebrating 10 years of fine winemaking this year.

Wine without food is a glass half full! Pairing Sedona wines with divine cheeses and fine local produce creates a delicious culinary experience, which is enjoyed by many local and visiting wine enthusiasts.

Its journey started with the flagship cabernet sauvignon and merlot, topped by Paul’s iconic cabernet/merlot blend. Sonja’s winemaking heritage from the River Mosel in Germany made the choice for the first white wine easy – Riesling – the elegant ‘Queen of Whites’. Not only have these four wines achieved outstanding accolades by respected wine judges, this small but impressive wine range also placed

In winter, the cosy fireplace invites visitors to stay and enjoy their favourite Sedona wines accompanied by local produce platters. The cellar door is open for tasting from Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays from 11am to 5pm. Artisan platters are available on week-ends and public holidays.

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THORNTON BUTCHER & DELI SMOKEHOUSE The best fish and chips, hamburgers and souvlakis in Kinglake

Ph 03 57861828 Open Wednesday to Friday 4pm-8pm Saturday 12-8pm Sunday12-7pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday) Shop2/31 Whittlesea/Kinglake Road Kinglake 20 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

SPECIALISTS IN a great range of smoked products all prepared and smoked on the premises FAMOUS FOR • beef jerky • smoked lamb backstrap • kabana • hams • bacon and more NOT TO MENTION a great range of quality meat and local products at great prices Phone Jeff or Wendy 5773 2224 Hours Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm Sat 8am-2pm Sunday ~ Cup Weekend till Easter 8am-1pm


Birds . . .

OF THE MURRINDINDI SHIRE

Watching birds part 2 By Bob Tate ANOTHER area I favour close to Alexandra is the Old Fawcett Road bushland and rail trail. From Alexandra travel towards Yea for 2 kilometres where there is a K sign; take the one marked Old Fawcett Road for 2 kilometres to the rail trail car park. The bushland here is called the Fawcett bushland and well worth a walk around. We once saw a pink robin in this area. From here the rail trail goes to the left and right and both are good for birds. In the section that goes towards Alexandra the very rare, for this district, hooded robin has been seen on a number of occasions and on one visit I observed over 20 species of birds in this short walk.

56 High Street Yea

Drive on over the hill to a set of cattle yards and park again here and walk along the road. There are dams, roadside trees and paddocks of red gums all with birds aplenty. After returning to the car either drive to the end of this road to Spring Creek Road or return to Alexandra. However a round trip can be made if you turn left at the end into Spring Creek Road and then return via the Goulburn Valley Highway. Birds of Alexandra – the New Holland honeyeater There are several species of honeyeater which come into our gardens in Alexandra. The New Holland honeyeater is one of them and, whilst it also frequents the bush, it is more common in the garden. There are many other honeyeaters in the district,

The New Holland honeyeater.

Ph 03 5797 3155

Great Aussie Pie Competition Winner Call in and try our delicious range of cakes, pies, pastries and speciality breads We have a wide array of products for special dietary requirements, including gluten free cakes and breads, also catering for diabetics Our award winning pies will be sure to tempt you Fax 03 5797 3166 I kmgyea@bigpond.com

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• all day breakfast • locally roasted fair trade ‘Great Divide Coffee’ • friendly staff and great service • freshly squeezed juices and smoothies • free range bacon, ham, chicken and eggs • local produce • vegetarian and gluten free options • customer wi-fi • courtyard

109 Grant Street, Alexandra Ph 03 5772 1155

OPEN S 7 DAY K E A WE AM 7 FROMLATE TILL

breakfast eve ry morning from 7am 4 WAYS TAKEAWAY & DYNA GOULBURN VALLEY HIGHWAY THORNTON PH 03 5773 2293 Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 21


but this one is probably well known because of its striking appearance. The bird has a black head, with a few white streaks, and a black back. The yellow on the wings is very obvious and the front is white streaked with black, and the bird is about 18cms in length. • Fish & Chips • Pizza • Hamburgers • Drinks • Ice Cream • Souvlaki • Coffee & Tea etc Open 7 days 7am-9pm

24 High Street Yea Phone orders 5797 2680

Both sexes are similar but the juvenile is a dull brown in the areas where it will later turn black. Its range extends from around Gympie in Queensland in a narrow band down the east and south coast to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. There is also another population in the south west of Western Australia. This is one bird that enjoys native gardens and will feed on insects and the nectar of banksias, grevilleas and eucalypts. They can be observed standing on the large flowers of the former two, thrusting their bill into the individual flowers collecting the nectar.

• City Discount Prices • Great range of Local Wines

44 Downey Street Alexandra Phone 03 5772 2557

They are one of many birds that can catch insects when in flight and will hold several insects ‘in line’ before flying off to feed their young. We have a largely native garden and have had two pairs nesting successfully over the last couple of years, in bushes only about a metre from the ground. They usually nest higher. They have several calls, with the more common being very harsh and scolding. This honeyeater is very dominant and will usually push out all other small honeyeaters – but they meet their match with the wattle bird.

Basic fishing & Camping Supplies, Groceries, Petrol, Gas, EFTPOS

Phone orders welcome • coffee and cafe style cakes and biscuits • great burgers and other light snacks • milkshakes, spiders or iced coffee

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Breakaway Twin Rivers Caravan Park

Strath Creek General Store 8 Glover Road, Strath Creek Phone 03 5784 9220 Fax 03 5784 9317

Acheron A quiet and tranquil park situated on the banks of the Goulburn River and Acheron Valley. Your choice of riverside / shady campsites, deluxe cabins and ensuite cabins with beautiful views, together with long-term holiday sites. Plenty to do with solar heated pool, tennis court, mini golf, fishing, rec room, jumping pillow and playground for the kids, what more could you want! Open 8.30am-12 noon; 2pm-6pm; 7pm-8.30pm

91 Breakaway Road Acheron P: 03 5772 1735 E: breakaway@virtual.net.au W: www.thebreakaway.com.au 22 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

HOTEL MOTEL located in Eildon on the Pondage overlooking the mountains • bottleshop • boat parking • traditional pub meals • chicken parmas • pizzas • function rooms 1 Riverside Drive Eildon 3716 Ph 03 5774 2508 Fax 03 5774 2429 goldentrout@bigpond.com www.goldentrout.com.au


Canine capers . . .

RSPCA MILLION PAWS WALK

Million paws walk in Eildon

BIGGER and better than ever before, Australia’s favourite canine event, the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, is set to be held on Sunday 19th May. This year the event will be held in Eildon for the first time. The festivities will start at the Lion’s rotunda beside the Pondage with registrations open from 9am and the walking starting at 10am. Everyone is invited to join the pack and walk with their beloved dogs, to raise funds for animal welfare. There will be something for everyone on the day with entertainment, food, competitions and lots of festivities.

VIC Permit No. 13/520

For human and four legged fashionistas looking for something fab to wear on the day, merchandise for people and dogs can be purchased from the same website as registrations can be made – www.millionpawswalk. com.au.

SUNDAY 19 MAY

Eildon • Lions Rotunda, Riverside Drive

RegisteR now

millionpawswalk.com.au Entertainment • Pet advice • Fun for everyone! Register and fundraise online for your chance to win a Mitsubishi Mirage!

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Rail trail . . . THE GOULBURN RIVER HIGH COUNTRY RAIL TRAIL WHETHER you’re seeking adventure or looking to get back to nature, the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail is for you. This easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to heritage classified rivers and majestic valleys, lakes and mountains. So strap on your daypack and head for the hills. The trail is Victoria’s longest rail trail and spans 134km from Tallarook through Yea to Mansfield, with a link between Cathkin and Alexandra. You’ll be able to explore the rail trail on a bike, on foot or on horseback. Located less than one hour from Melbourne, the trail meanders through beautiful countryside following the Goulburn River from Tallarook and passes through the Trawool Valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty. You can take a ride through the historic 200 metre long Cheviot tunnel and you may be lucky enough to arrive at the old Alexandra Station on a day that the Alexandra Timber Tramway and

You can be as laid back as you like on the rail trail. Museum operates. The trail traverses the Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shires, connecting towns and communities including Tallarook, Trawool, Kerrisdale, Homewood, Yea, Molesworth, Cathkin,

Alexandra, Koriella, Kanumbra, Merton, Woodfield, Bonnie Doon, Maindample and Mansfield, making it one of the longest trails in Australia. See the map for the location of these advertisers.

‘Where your pets are our pets’

Let your pets enjoy our superior facilities in the beautiful Yarra Valley • 3 to 4 hours exercise daily on 18 picturesque acres • covered runs • heat pads available • nature walks and playtime • climate controlled cattery • daycare available 50 Pine Avenue, Healesville, 3777 10 % discount for new customers Ph 03 5962 5253 on mention of admin@badgercreekkennels.com.au this advert badgercreekkennels.com.au

MIGHTY HELPFUL OPEN 7 DAYS Monday - Friday 8am-5.30pm Saturday 9am-3pm Sunday 10am-2pm

Extensive range of • hardware • paint • timber • building & plumbing supplies • rural fencing supplies • water tanks • Origin gas distributor 892 Whittlesea Kinglake Road Pheasant Creek Vic 3757 Ph 03 5786 5451 Fax 03 5786 5751 kwmitre10@bigpond.com

Coffee Light Meals Pastries Cakes Bread Open from 7am Monday to Sunday The Eildon Bakery Cafe 10 Main Street Eildon Ph 03 5774 2362 24 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013


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RIGHT ON THE RAIL TRAIL • standard suites • spa suites • executive suites • grandmaster suites • family suites Continental breakfast included Start or finish your adventure on the Rail Trail here. Relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the Trawool Valley and Goulburn River when you take time to relax in the picturesque gardens 8150 Goulburn Valley Hwy Trawool Ph 03 5792 1444 enquiries@trawoolresort.com.au www.trawoolresort.com.au

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Country Retreat • Strath Creek • Eco-spa s/c Log-Chalet Accommodation. • Art Gallery / Exhibitions / Events / Sales. • Cafe / Olive tastings / Local produce. • Native / Bush-Food, Gardens. • Walking trails on King-Parrot Creek. • Birds and Wildlife. Located 3km from Goulburn Valley Hwy and Rail Trail from King Parrot Creek Road turn-off, [signposted] at Wentworths Road, [off Fairview Rd]. Mobile 0457 590 022 www.kingparrotvalleychalets.com.au

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• tranquil surrounds • close to river and wetlands • ample bike and trailer parking • tour and group bookings welcome

Tate & Isabella McGillivray 17-19 High Street Yea Vic 3717 Ph 03 5797 2202 Fax 03 5797 2406 reservationtartanmotel@bigpond.com www.tartanmotelyea.com

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YEA YOUR GOULBURN VALLEY GETAWAY TARTAN MOTEL • 12 spacious air-conditioned units • 1 spa suite • delicious cooked early breakfasts • convenient main street location • shady barbecue area and playground

34 High Street,Yea Thursday to Sunday 9-4 Monday 10-4 Public Holidays 9-4 Phone 03 5797 3222 info@gallery34.com.au www.gallery34.com.au

MannaFest Café Light meals for breakfast and lunch are served from Thursday to Monday and Public Holidays Our menus are full of local, organic and free range produce

Boutique Restaurant and Accommodation Restaurant Open Wednesday - Sunday Lunch 12noon - 2pm Dinner 6pm - 8pm (to 7pm on Sundays) Accommodation Open 7 days week Bookings essential 21a Station Street Yea Phone 03 5797 2000 www.yeapeppercorn.com.au

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• nine units ~ bright, clean and comfortable with 3 family rooms sleeping 4 in each. Twin share units also available • queen beds and en suites • heated pool • barbecues Phone 03 5797 2660 8 Miller Street Yea info@yeamotel.com.au www.yeamotel.com.au

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OPEN: 11am–5pm Wed–Sun & Public Holidays FOOD: Delicious Artisan Platters 182 Shannons Road Murrindindi 3717 T 03 9730 2883 M 0432 435 180

www.sedonaestate.com.au

Big country style meals, tea, coffee and light snacks Comfortable motel accommodation Beer garden overlooking the Goulburn River Bicycle and horse friendly with large backyard for horses 4364 Goulburn Valley Hwy Molesworth Ph 03 5797 6266 Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 25


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Pre-loved, affordably priced books and magazines which you can peruse at your leisure in a comfortable reading area Opening hours Mon 11.30am-3pm, Thurs and Fri 11.30am-4pm Sat and Sun 10.30am-5pm Catherine Wherry and Jeremy Morrison Ph 03 5773 4337 or 0400 418 139 6591 Maroondah Highway Yarck books.at.yarck@gmail.com

13 Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum

Ristorante, pizzeria and cafe Homemade produce Take-away or eat-in OPENING HOURS Thurs dinner from 5pm Wood fired pizzas a speciality

Fri and Sat lunch and dinner Sun lunch Long weekends Sun dinner Mon lunch ‘AGE Good Food Guide’ awarded 2 Hats and Best Country Restaurant 2011

6585 Maroondah Highway Yarck Bookings 03 5773 4233

Alexandra

70 Grant Street Alexandra Ph 03 5772 2272

• coffee and varieties of teas • specialty breads and pastries • mouth watering cakes • cakes and catering for special occasions • large variety sandwiches and rolls

Waverley 56 Nihil Street Alexandra Phone: 03 5772 1146 or 0409 411 816 waverley@ycs.com.au www.waverleyguesthouse.com.au Waverley House is a beautifully restored Federation style guest house built in the 1900’s and provides boutique accommodation for visitors to the area.

5016 Maroondah Hwy Alexandra Ph 03 5772 1222 info@alexandratouristpark.com www.alexandratouristpark.com

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109 Grant Street, Alexandra Ph 03 5772 1155

• Fully self contained Deluxe and Standard Cabins and Studios with air-conditioning and TV • Powered and Unpowered tourist sites • Long Term Holiday Sites Facilities • barbecues • playground • kiosk, ice, • camp kitchen • town water, sewerage

Historic Guest House Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Catering for groups up to 14 Adjacent to rail trail & eateries

• all day breakfast • locally roasted fair trade ‘Great Divide Coffee’ • friendly staff and great service • freshly squeezed juices and smoothies • free range bacon, ham, chicken and eggs • local produce • vegetarian and gluten free options • customer wi-fi • courtyard

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Bakery & Cafe Start and end your rail trail experience at the Timber Tramway. Train rides, kids activities and refreshments. Station Street, Alexandra Open 2nd & 4th Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm Group bookings welcome. Alexandra Market 2nd Saturday of each month. Ph 0427 509 988 www.alexandratramway.org.au

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Nick Taylor with his brown trout weighing 5.850kg (a little under 13lb) caught on a Rapala down Riverside Drive in the Eildon Pondage.

Goulburn Fishing Festival 6th and 7th September 2013 WITH last year’s festival being such a huge success, we are looking forward to a bigger and better event this year. Over 600 visitors and locals enjoyed a wide variety of activities last September. Almost everything related to fresh water angling was displayed and discussed, not to mention the giveaways and prizes.

This year’s event is on the weekend after Father’s Day when the rivers reopen, and will also have new season specials only available at the festival over the weekend. A big hit was our chef Peter with his demonstrations and tastings, the tour of the hatchery on Saturday also proved

Eildon Auto Spares & Eildon Bait & Tackle

• Auto Spares • Auto Accessories • Fishing Tackle and Bait • Fishing Licenses • Water Sports Equipment • Boat Safety Gear • Gumboots

Gary Constantine 7-8 Main Street Eildon Ph 03 5774 2712 Fax 03 5774 2738

popular with the young and seniors alike. There will be new events and displays this year to keep the keen angler up to speed with the latest and greatest in tackle and tactics. For more information make sure you visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishfest. And catch you there, Gaz.

Thornton Caravan Park

Situated on the banks of the Goulburn River 15 minutes from Lake Eildon • Powered and unpowered grass sites • Undercover electric barbecue • Cabins • Swings • Games room • Swimming pool Pets allowed ~ under control

Ph / Fax 03 5773 2305 Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 29


Goulburn Fishing Festival Friday September 6th & 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Saturday September 7th 9.00 am - 2.00 pm

Free activities for the whole family at the Eildon Community Centre. • celebrate trout season opening • guided tour of the Snobs Creek Fish Hatchery

• talk and learn about fishing the region

• face painting, jumping castle and fishing activities

• showcase of local produce

• prizes and giveaways

• fishing expo and presentations

• catering available.

For visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishingfest For more moreinformation information visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishfest Published by the Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries Victoria, March 2013. © The State of Victoria 2013. This publication is copyright. No part may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. For more information about DPI go to www.dpi.vic.gov.au or phone the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

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Something Eildon fishing report

By Gaz from Eildon Bait and Tackle THE summer months on the lake certainly sent the trout down deep, while the cod, yellow belly and redfin were well on the go. Redfin up to 50cm have been

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taken on yabbies, bobbers and worms from one end of the lake to the other. Rocky outcrops and trees were the areas to target, but during the winter months they are starting to congregate around the grassy flats, and river or creek run offs. Yellowbelly are taking stump jumper lures and spinner baits, but are also chasing small reddies and soft plastic redfin look-a-likes. A couple of 60cm plus cod were landed on, of all things, chicken fillets. Trout are on the go again being caught on the old favorites, Tassie Devils in pink/red/frog pattern and yellow wings. They are also being caught on stump jumpers with similar colours, and near the Alliance boat ramp, power bait is worth a shot.

The pondage has been a little on the slow side but it has still been receiving a stocking or two from Snobs Creek Hatchery. A total of 200 rainbow trout and 200 brown trout were released prior to Easter, with many happy anglers picking them up on local dough and power bait. The big news was obviously the near on 13 pounder that Nick Taylor caught on a Rapala, which just goes to show there’re still a few elusive thumpers in there. Irrigation is due to ease within the first two weeks of May and should create a steady flow, and hopefully give a little consistency to the fishing. Most anglers chasing trout have had the best results on Rapalas, scrubbies and celta type lures. Down towards Molesworth,

cod and yellowbelly are being caught on stump jumpers and spinner baits. Up towards Big River using scrubbies and bladed lures to target rainbow and brown trout will prove successful. The most interesting story that I have heard for a while is about our fresh water jelly fish that have been sighted again in the lake. No it’s not an April fool’s joke! There are two different types found in Australia and apparently the conditions in Lake Eildon have been just right for these little guys to fire up. They are only active for a very short period and remain dormant for years at a time. The size of a twenty cent piece, they are easily mistaken for a small piece of plastic, so there you go. Until next issue catch you later.

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is the perfect place for a weekend revival or stay for weeks for a complete rejuvenation. Featuring over 1km of Acheron River with the majestic Cathedral Range as your back drop, you can experience nature at its best. Be it fishing on the banks of local rivers, touring valleys or just kick back, relax and unwind. Hosts: Camille Goodman and Wayne Shegog 3380 Maroondah Highway Taggerty Ph: 03 5774 7263  Freecall 1800 880 895 Fax: 5774 7282 E: book@big4taggerty.com.au W: www.big4taggerty.com.au


THE sixth annual Foundation Technologies Junior and Women’s Cycling Tour, organised by the Blackburn Cycling Club, and run on behalf of Cycling Victoria, is scheduled again for this year on the 13th and 14th July in Eildon. The event has now been extended to include a full women’s series, which is a key to women increasing their involvement in cycling in Victoria. The Junior Tour has grown from strength to strength, with strong support from local businesses including Outdoor Education Group, Golden Trout Motel, Eildon Parkview Motor Inn, Rubicon Hotel Motel, Thornton Caravan Park and Blue Gums Riverside Holiday Park. With an expectation of over 150 junior cyclists, along with over 80 volunteers undertaking roles from traffic control (for the safety of riders and motorists), to first aid officers, plus the support of the families of the riders, the tour is expected to attract over 700 visitors for the weekend.

This is a great boost for the region in what is traditionally a quieter period. The carnival-like atmosphere of the tour kicks off with a time trial. Individual riders compete against the clock on the Back Eildon Road on the Saturday morning, followed by a road race in the afternoon. The finish on the dam wall, which all the cyclists enjoy, has become an iconic part of the event. The final event will be held on Sunday. This is another road race with the finish in Riverside Drive followed by presentations to all the winners. “Eildon region in July provides challenging courses against a stunning backdrop of lush mountains and waterways. We run approximately 25 events across a range of age groups, receiving a lot of positive feedback from riders, parents and officials who love participating in the Eildon Junior and Women’s tour,” race director David Gallagher said.

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Altitude with attitude . . .

IF you are searching for the perfect affordable family getaway in the great outdoors then look no further than Lake Mountain Alpine Resort – the closest ski field to Melbourne, and Victoria’s newest natural theme park – providing locals and visitors alike with year round action and adventure and the opportunity to create lifelong childhood memories. Skiing, tobogganing, striking views, picnics, mountain biking, road cycling, walking, snow shoeing, ski trails, laser skirmish, dune buggies, flying foxes and downhill tubing are on offer – as well as a host of other activities on the mountain. Lake Mountain is Australia’s premier crosscountry skiing and snow play resort. The unique sub alpine environment is so close to Melbourne and offers a budget friendly adventure playground. During winter, Lake Mountain Alpine Resort promises excellent snow conditions for snow play, tobogganing and of course making your own snow man – thanks to the around the clock snowmaking machines.

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LAKE MOUNTAIN ALPINE RESORT country trail network or, if you or the kids have never skied before, book in for a ski lesson with our first-class ski school. During winter the Lake Mountain Bistro offers woodfired pizzas, tasty meals and drinks to warm you up after your snow adventures. Capture your visit on camera and video as you appreciate the several lookout points scattered across the mountain, offering panoramic views of the Victorian Alps, the Great Dividing Range and across to Melbourne. In the warmer months, Lake Mountain transforms itself from a winter wonderland to a spectacular summer playground. The extensive cross country ski trails can

be explored on foot or bike. There are also 15 kilometres of new single track mountain bike trails. There are great packages available for you and the family that will have you experiencing all the mountain has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Come on up and

join us on the mountain for a bit of ‘altitude with attitude!’ Visit www. lakemountainalpineresort. com.au or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about the events coming up see the calendar of events in the back of this magazine.

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Hot shots . . . Hot Shots of the future

LOCAL tennis clubs are producing the next generation of tennis stars by jumping onboard Tennis Australia’s official children’s development program – MLC Hot Shots Tennis. The program, run by coach Rachel Joyce, is for primary

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school aged children. It provides a fun, friendly environment where children can become involved in tennis, emulate their favourite stars and make new friends from within their community. Currently there are 65 local children, enrolled in the program at Yea Tennis Club and Alexandra Lawn Tennis

Club, who are having an absolute ball developing their tennis skills, and most of all having fun with their friends. MLC Hot Shots Tennis uses low-compression red, orange and green tennis balls, smaller racquets and courts, and is designed to get children playing the game and having fun from their very first session. Former world number eight, and Australian favourite, Alicia Molik has thrown her support behind the program. “One of the most important things for kids is trying new sports and having fun right from the word go,” Alicia said. “The MLC Hot Shots Tennis program lets kids learn the sport quickly and easily, build their confidence

and also gets them active through playing sport. “Using the modified equipment makes it easier for beginners to start playing the game, and it is a great way to introduce kids to tennis. “I wish MLC Hot Shots Tennis was around when I was starting out, and I have no doubt it will help inspire our tennis stars of the future.” The program is recommended as the ideal development pathway by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It enables children who are not yet able to play tennis on a full-sized court to play against others at a similar standard while, learning new skills and developing good technique. Rachel is very excited about the launch of the program

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Coach Rachel Joyce with the hot shots of the future. at St Mary’s Primary School and Yea Primary School in term 2, 2013 which will give each student the opportunity to experience the fun and enjoyment this program has to offer. Hot Shots is available at Yea Tennis Club on Mondays and Wednesdays and Alexandra Lawn Tennis Club on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information please contact Rachel Joyce on 0405 591 362 or prep2protennis@ optusnet.com.au.

Trivia night for Alexandra fundraisers . . . THE Alexandra District Hospital Fundraisers group is holding their famous Trivia Night on Wednesday 29th May at the Alexandra Bowling Club at 7.30pm.

The usual bountiful supper will be provided and, for those wanting alcoholic inspiration, the bar will be manned by the bowling club stalwarts.

A really good fun night is assured with our very capable compare Graeme Matthews keeping the questions flowing, and adding to our coffers with fines for those who misbehave. The questions will be interesting and varied, so a bit of a swot up beforehand will be advantageous. Those of you with good local knowledge will do well.

There will be lots of good prizes to be won so get together with your friends and workmates and organize a table for a great night of fun and the opportunity to help a worthy cause. Table bookings can be made with Betty Parsons, 57721758 or Margaret Taylor, 57722805.

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at Yea Railway Park, Station Street 9.30am-4pm Come and join us for a day of celebration of our proud heritage. Heritage displays include working steam machinery, radios, linen, bicycles, darning bobbins, early school photos and documents and much more . . . Guided walk of the Yea Pioneer Cemetery. Working dog displays and horse & cart and pony rides. Alpacas & spinning displays

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Permaculture . . . By Emily Friedel and Rohan Dodds

THE concept of Permaculture does not seem to be a fixed one. The ideas can be mutable and free to evolve as they will (or as best works for us), ever enlarging the system as a whole and drawing more under its umbrella as we continue into the practice of a more integrated way of living within our surroundings. This being the case, it made sense that we would bring bees into the mix! Bees have quickly become a consuming passion of ours, and such adoration seems to be the rule with most hobbyist beekeepers rather than the exception. Once these little critters enter your world and you begin to become more

aware of their presence, their behaviour, idiosyncrasies, and their incontestable importance to our current ways of eating (and much more) on this planet, it may be very hard not to be enamoured and constantly amazed by them. They say the bees choose you. In our case this seems to have been true – as soon as we contacted Emily’s Uncle Martin expressing our interest in getting a hive he said he’d found a swarm in a nearby suburban park that was in need of a good home. It must have been fate. Well, these bees that chose us also seem to like a little drama! On the drive home from Melbourne, with the hive in the back seat of the ute, bees started emerging from a crack they’d found between the entrance and

PART 3 ~ WHY NOT ADD BEES? the strip of wood that had been nailed in front of it to prevent precisely this issue. Somewhat concerned, but forcing ourselves to remain calm, we pulled into the nearest service station and made a slightly panicked call to Martin. He just had a chuckle and said to try to herd them back in if possible and block up the crack with whatever we could find, being night time they were unlikely to fly away from the hive unless they saw light. Once the bees had settled in to their new home in the country we began to open up the hive every week or two in order to learn about the goings on inside. We identified different castes of bee (even finding the queen sometimes), distinguished brood from capped honey and saw baby

bees eat their way out of cells. Getting to witness bees at work in their home is both fascinating and exhilarating. We were doing quite well, and felt we were becoming more adept at hive manipulations – even discarding the gloves and working with bare hands. Then one day we noticed the brood comb looked different, it was patchier than it had been and there were some cells with unusually high, extruded cappings (bees are meticulous and ordered so these anomalies stood out even to our novice eyes). In the same visit we noticed a very suspicious looking beetle darting in and out of cells, being chased frantically by a bee. Like fretful new parents, we headed straight for books and Google after the hive

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visit. We researched madly trying to find out what could be wrong with our beloved bees. It turned out that the beetle was a dastardly Small Hive Beetle, a pest that entered Australia in 2002 and has caused huge problems, completely destroying countless colonies as it has worked its way down the east coast. The strange brood comb seemed to indicate a failing queen. The two issues together could spell disaster, as a failing queen could mean a colony more vulnerable to a Small Hive Beetle attack. Immediate action was necessary! We ordered traps to control the Small Hive Beetle – that was the simpler of the two problems to address. Under normal circumstances, bees will replace their queen when they sense she isn’t doing her job properly any more. So, we had to determine if they were already doing that (they build a special type of cell to raise a new queen) or if they had eggs available to raise a new queen in the near future. They had built a cell to raise a new queen, but they must have done it after the old queen had stopped laying and there was no egg in it and no eggs available in the hive. The only way for us to fix our queen problem was to get a new queen and perform a manual replacement. We ordered a new queen (they come in the mail!), named her Queenie and went through the process of removing the old queen and introducing the new queen. Requeening does not always work, and sometimes the bees will reject the new queen, leaving you with a queenless colony which will inevitably perish unless you

Industrious workers. repeat the process until they do accept a new leader. This is quite daunting for the inexperienced beekeeper as their actions, the way they introduce the new queen and what they do afterwards can all affect queen acceptance – it’s a lot of pressure! Thankfully, our requeening mission (carried out with precise plans, contingency plans and written instructions like a military operation) was a success! Twelve days later after introducing Queenie we inspected the hive and found evidence that she was laying eggs. Our delight, and relief, that we had managed to save the colony is a testament to just how attached we have become to our bees. We think beekeeping will remain a part of our lives for a long time to come. And it is a hobby we would highly recommend to others.

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Gardening . . . Winter gardens By Sandy Burden Misty Valley Nursery IT’S mid-year and the chill of winter is in the air, soaking rains, some hail storms, and frosts to greet the morning light, while the soils cool blanket still envelopes the roots of sleeping deciduous trees. We are blessed in this region to be able to grow some wonderful cool climate fruits and berries. If yours is a small garden then miniature fruit trees like the ‘Trixzie®’ range or the ‘Ballerina®’ apple trees will allow for variety in dwarf form. Espalier on fence or trellis helps utilize limited space and you and your family can enjoy apples, plums, pears and much more.

If space is not an issue then regular fruit trees should suit. All fruit trees are best with pruning and they don’t need to grow taller than you want to reach for the reward of your own delicious fresh fruit. Apples need to cross pollinate between two compatible varieties as do pears and plums and they will produce wonderful crops in summer to autumn.

Pink Lady fruits best with Delicious or Granny Smith or Gala or Fuji. Snow Apple with Cox’s Orange Pippin or Jonathon or Granny Smith. Red Fuji with Golden Delicious or Jonathon or Lady William or Granny Smith.

The following plants fruit best together.

Apples: a fruit to keep long after picking and so good for you.

Pears: great to eat fresh or cook. Varieties to grow together are Beurre Bosc with Williams. Red Sensation with Williams or Beurre Bosc / Packhams with Winter Nells or Josephine.

Plums: Satsuma grow well together with Mariposa or Santa Rosa or Plumcot. Angelina with King Billy or Green Gage or Coes Golden Drop or Damson. Self fertile fruit trees include apricots, peaches, nectarines, persimmon, pomegranates and quince. Berries: blueberries, loganberries, currants and elderberries are easy to grow. Well that takes care of some of our produce, so lets turn our thoughts to the ornamental garden.

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One of my favourite plants is the camellia – one of the toughest and most resilient shrubs you can plant. With glossy deep green leaves all year, the flowers give magnificent displays of colour from whites to pinks to deep reds. They love an acid, humus rich soil, so lime and poultry manures should be avoided and once established they are hardy and cope with dry conditions. Camellia Sasanqua is a vigorous growing camellia. Many have fragrant flowers and bloom from late autumn to late winter, thriving in varied positions from full sun to part shade. Sasanquas are a most adaptable hedge plant.

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The most popular and well known is the Camellia Japonica. It has larger leaves than the Sasanqua and along with the hybrid varieties gives a wonderful floral display

over winter. There are five main bloom types: single, semi double, double, informal double and formal double. This may sound technical but what it really means is that camellia flowers offer a wide variety of shapes enough to suit any gardener, from the single layered flower with stamens showing in a bright inner circle, to the formal double with rose-like petals. These smart plants even provide their own mulch as the flowers drop, they not only look like a carpet of petals but improve the soil as they break down. Some camellias only grow to small bushes others to large shrubs and flowers can be miniature to larger than the palm of your hand. These plants are suitable for growing in tubs as well as in the garden. Winter is a great time to plant fruit trees and to choose your camellias in flower. I hope you enjoy your winter and happy gardening.

Falls . . .

Murrindindi Shire is a great place to enjoy an escape to tumbling waterfalls and lush ferny gullies. Above: Phantom Falls – a steep but rewarding 1.6km return walk takes you up from the Taggerty River Valley to the falls above. A stunning clear view down to the river below the lookout, allows you to see the path of river from the falls. Melting snow and heavy rain tumbling over the falls in spring bring the valley to life.

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Rev heads . . .

ALEXANDRA & DISTRICT SPEEDWAY

Alexandra speedway – a great place to race SPECTACULAR action is regularly delivered at Alexandra and District Speedway, with the dirttrack cowboys and girls and juniors providing entertainment that thrills the younguns, the oldies and everyone in between. Whilst multiple layers of clothing are required for spectators during the colder months, there is nothing better than sitting by your firepot, cooking a barbecue and watching all the action under lights. For those just

looking for a night out, facilities at the track include a canteen and children’s playground, so you can bring as little or as much as you like.

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Throughout the year Alexandra Speedway runs a calendar of events between October and June featuring club classes competing for points. These classes include 1200 Juniors, Standard Saloons, Vic Sports Sedans, Open Sedans and Ladies Open with feature visiting classes in the fixture to keep things interesting.

Once a year thousands of spectators, drivers and crew from all around Australia converge on Alexandra for the infamous event. Held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, Alexandra Speedway really comes into its own with the unique format of open class speedway racing on a dog leg circuit.

The highlight of the racing season, dubbed the Bathurst of Speedway, is the annual 100 lapper event.

The event is different from normal forms of oval speedway, instead of racing in a circular motion around the track, sharp turns have to be made through the dog leg circuit. Up to 100 cars can enter the event, with only the top 40 qualifying cars making the final. Watching 40 cars race 100 laps over 1.5 hours is electrifying. Be warned, spectators adrenalin races almost as hard as the drivers. Open to all classes of speedway sedans, racing

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of the action too in the Kids Bike Race.

Other events over the weekend are, King of the Valley for Standard Saloons and The Alexandra Cup for Standard Saloons and The Short Circuit Championships for the 1200 Juniors. All of these are run through the dog leg. And kids, don’t forget to pack your bike because you can be a part

The 3 hour enduro format consists of a series of heats for two cars or more, and multiple driver teams. The 3 hour final must see a driver and or car change to be eligible to be crowned winners.

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• fun for the whole family • action packed and thrilling • full canteen Adults $20, pensioners $15, children 12-16 $10 RACE DATES 18th May (night) 8th June 100 lapper Day 1 (day) 9th June 100 lapper Day 2 (day) 17th August 3 hour enduro (day) Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 43


What’s on . . . IN THE SHIRE OF MURRINDINDI ~ MAY TO SEPTEMBER 2013 MAY 2013 Wednesday 1 mAY – Sunday 6 October Art Exhibition Marmalades of Yea, 20 High St, Yea Feature artist Meg Heres presents an exhibition of paintings in various mediums and subjects. Browsing welcome. Purchases may be taken on the day. 10am – 4pm daily 0400 340 279 or 5797 2999 megheres@bigpond.com Friday 10 Yea Wetlands Guest Speaker Dinner Maranatha Hall, Lyons St, Yea Enjoy a delicious two course meal by local caterers and the stunning wildlife images taken by young photographer Ayden Doumtsis. Wide appeal to anyone interested in wildlife, photography and the environment. 6.30pm start 0428 321 545 woodsygm@bigpond.net.au Saturday 11 Alexandra Market

Alexandra Timber Tramway, Station St, Alexandra Come and enjoy the atmosphere catering for all tastes and interests featuring plants, herbs, local produce, unique handicrafts, bric-a-brac and collectables. Refreshments available with a coffee cart, barbecue and cold drinks. Free entry and parking and, for a small donation, enjoy a train ride around the historic Alexandra Tramway grounds. 9am – 1pm 0427 509 988 market@alexandratramway.org.au www.alexandratramway.org.au

Sunday 12 Bollygum Community Market Bollygum Park, 40 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake The kids can play in the unique adventure playground as you soak up the market’s relaxing atmosphere search for special treasures, try fantastic local produce and much much more. 9am – 1pm 5786 1696 cheryl.phillips@smartchat.net.au www.bollygumpark.org.au Wednesday 22 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Eildon Primary School Come and celebrate our 20th year fundraising event for cancer research which has been held in the Murrindindi Shire since 1994. 10am start 5774 2641 thelmalucas1@gmail.com

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MAY 2013 SATURDAY 25 – SUNDAY 26 LAKE MOUNTAIN SPRINT Lake Mountain Alpine Resort A technically challenging 10km climb to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort village. Be sure to mark this tarmac car sprint on the calendar 0418 337 955 peter@mountainmotorsports.com.au www.mountainmotorsports.com.au Sunday 26 Heritage Day in Yea Yea Railway Park, Station St, Yea A celebration of our proud history and heritage with displays of historic machinery, articles, photos, documents, period costume and crafts, market stalls, working dogs, guided history walks, horse and cart rides. 9.30am – 4pm 5797 2756 yvic@bigpond.com

JUNE 2013 Saturday 8 Taggerty 4 Seasons Winter Market Taggerty Hall Excellent local produce featuring olive oil, honey, wine, cakes soap, fruit and vegetables, bric-abrac and plants. Enjoy a hot coffee and fabulous barbecue sausages beside the river in Taggerty. 9am – 1pm 0411 649 236 Saturday 8 to Monday 10 Family Fun Weekend Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Celebrating the opening weekend of the snow season there will be toboggan races, snow sculpting competitions, face painting, live music, wine tasting and plenty more. 5957 7222 admin@lakemountainresort.com.au www.lakemountianresort.com.au Sunday 9 Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show Alexandra Township The largest annual event in the shire is a ‘show & shine’ exhibition of trucks, utes and rods. The event includes a major wood chop tournament and live music. This is a free event in the main street of Alexandra which makes it a great family day out. 10am – 4pm 0428 589 852 www.alexandratruckshow.com.au Sunday 9 Alexandra Quilters Inc Annual Exhibition Alexandra Town Hall Alexandra Quilters will be including quilters within Murrindindi this year. There will be a quilt raffle where proceeds raised go to local charities. Handmade articles for sale. 10am – 4pm 5774 7091 or 0408 539 296 alexquilters@gmail.com


JUNE 2013 Saturday 22 Comedy Festival Roadshow Marysville The Comedy Festival Roadshow will visit Marysville again in 2013. This event was a sell out last year so be sure to book your tickets early. 0448 954 667 www.comedyfestival.com.au Sunday 23 Sprint X

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort A cross country ski sprint event with jumps, berms and crashes. An exciting event for entrants and spectators alike. Start 10am 0488 642 782 andrew@lakemountainresort.com.au www.lakemountainresort.com.au

JULY 2013 Saturday 29 June – Sunday 14 July Christmas in July Holiday Program

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Santa and his elves will be visiting lake Mountain during the school holidays with plenty of fun and games in the snow, including toboggan races, snow sculpting, face painting, colouring competitions and other Christmas themed activities for the whole family. 5957 7222 admin@lakemountainresort.com.au www.lakemountainresort.com.au Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 Eildon Junior & Women’s Cycling Tour

Eildon, Thornton and Alexandra Cycling races for junior males and females aged 19 and under. Also a womens cycling race. From 9am both days 0419 542 522 raceentry@bbn.org.au www.bbn.org.au Saturday 27 The Brave Winter Warrior Challenge

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort The Warrior Challenge obstacle race series is a gruelling series of 14.4km races. With challenging obstacles such as mud and ice pits, climbing walls and army crawls up and down the muddy and sometimes icy trails of Lake Mountain. Start 9am 0400 553 443 al@warriorchallenge.com.au www.warriorchallenge.com.au Saturday 27 Christmas in July Gala Dinner Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Celebrate a white Christmas with Lake Mountain’s’Christmas in July Gala Dinner. A great night out including a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, local beer and wine and live entertainment. Bus transport available. 5957 7222 admin@lakemountainresort.com.au www.lakemountainresort.com.au

august 2013 Saturday 17 Lake Mountain Cup – Toboggan Race Day Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Why should skiers have all the fun? Come and join in Lake Mountains annual Lake Mountain Cup toboggan race day. There are races for all age groups and a special appearance from resort mascot Lenny the Leadbeater Possum. 5957 7222 admin@lakemountainresort.com.au www.lakemountainresort.com.au Friday 23 Yea Wetlands – Black Tie Dinner A formal, sit down dinner, with jazz/blues band playing live. A three course dinner provided. Bar available and some fun provided with a ‘special auction’ all in a romantic location. 5797 2226 aha15188@bigpond.net.au

SEPTEMBER 2013 Sunday 8 Bollygum Community Market Bollygum Park, 40 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake The kids can play in the unique adventure playground as you soak up the market’s relaxing atmosphere search for special treasures, try fantastic local produce and much much more. 9am – 1pm 5786 1696 cheryl.phillips@smartchat.net.au www.bollygumpark.org.au Saturday 14 Alexandra Market

Alexandra Timber Tramway, Station St, Alexandra Come and enjoy the atmosphere catering for all tastes and interests featuring plants, herbs, local produce, unique handicrafts, bric-a-brac and collectables. Refreshments available with a coffee cart, barbecue and cold drinks. Free entry and parking and, for a small donation, enjoy a train ride around the historic Alexandra Tramway grounds. 9am –1pm 0427 509 988 market@alexandratramway.org.au www.alexandratramway.org.au Friday 6 & Saturday 7 Goulburn Fishing Festival Eildon Community Centre, Pondage and Snobs Creek Fish Hatchery, Eildon Fisheries Victoria will host a 2 day recreational fishing festival in the township of Eildon. The festival is an annual event celebrating the start of the trout fishing season and promoting Eildon as a fishing and holiday destination. Friday 5.30pm – 9.30pm Saturday 9am – 2pm 9658 4348 improving.fishing@dpi.vic.gov.au www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishingfest

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Marvellous markets . . . REGULAR MARKETS Flowerdale Community Market 3rd Sunday of the month 9am to 1pm Flowerdale Community Hall, Yea Whittlesea Road, Flowerdale Country market stalls with arts, crafts, vegies, plants, bric-a-brac and lots more. Hot food, Devonshire teas and cold drinks available. New stall holders welcome, $10 a stall. Alison 5780 1223 Alron27@bigpond.com Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market 4th Sunday of the month 9am-2pm Kinglake Township, Kinglake Whittlesea Rd, Kinglake Traditional style produce market. Buy direct from the grower producer or maker. Producers offer the best local, fresh, seasonal produce. Includes displays from many talented local artists. Robyn 5786 1976 info@kinglakemarket.com.au www.kinglakemarket.com.au Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market Marysville Community Market 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month Murchison Street, Marysville Crafts, gifts, clothing, plants, locally produced preserves, jams, chutneys, lavender products, shortbread biscuits, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables and wine. Additional stallholders invited. Kath 5774 7277 olivetto@bigpond.com Yarck Country Market

3rd Saturday of the month 9am to1.30pm Yarck Hall, Maroondah Highway, Yarck The market helps to fund the hall maintenance and provides an outlet for local produce, jams, craft, plants and wines. 5773 4304 walsh145@me.com www.visityarck.com.au Yea Country Market

1st Saturday of the month 9am the 2pm Yea Railway Park, Station St, Yea The Yea Country Market offers an array of stalls, the best in fresh local produce, arts and crafts, children’s activities, playground and skate park. The market showcases local producers, growers and makers and is a community event with a gold coin donation entry – funds from entry are donated to local charities each month. 0409 130 587 yeamarket@gmail.com Yea Country Market

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FARMGATE SALES TWO PICKLED FARMGATE SALES Winter tasting times by appointment ‘Burnside’ 84 Scrubby Creek Road, Molesworth February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12 On offer are unusual ‘Flavours of the Black Range’. Tastings of cold pressed oils and infused oils; marinated olives; striking dukkahs and tantalising jellies; chutneys and relishes plus produce for the sweet tooth and chilli lover. 03 5797 6309 twopickled@bordernet.com.au

Trades . . . AUTOMOTIVE

Yea Mechanical Repairs 3 Grevillea Street Yea Phone Kel – Workshop 5797 2200 Mobile 0419 979 373

Servicing All Makes And Models

• tyres • wheel alignments • computer diagnostics AUTOMOTIVE

Boz Miljkovic Mechanic 61 Downey Street Alexandra

Ph (03) 5772 3232

Alexandra Automotive

NOW Licensed Roadworthy Testing available • General Car Servicing • Repairs & Tuning • Disc & Drum Machining • Front Ends & Suspension


Trades & business directory . . . AUTOMOTIVE

Chisholm & Shaw Automotive P/L www.chisholmandshaw.com.au

AUTOMOTIVE

A YE

Graeme Chisholm & Ross Shaw 98 High Street Yea 3717 Ph 03 5797 2302 Fax 03 5797 2303 • Licensed motor vehicle tester • Range of Shell lubricants • Car and 4WD servicing and repairs • Full range of tyres ~ front end alignments • Computer wheel balancing • Disc and drum brake machining

AUTOMOTIVE

Lot 8 Melaleuca Street, Yea

Ph 03 5797 2800 0428 390 544 Fax 03 5797 2295

24 hour towing • smash repairs • spray painting • mechanical

BUILDERS

ALEXANDRA SERVICE CENTRE • Cars • 4WDs • Trailers • Servicing • Tuning • Exhausts • Brakes • Spare Parts • General Repairs VACC Member Computer Diagnostics ~ All Models

Mark and Serina 6A Webster Street Alexandra 03 5772 2133 or 0424 310 420 AUTOMOTIVE

 NO OBLIGATION DESIGN SERVICE  COMPLETED IN 8 WEEKS  BAL 40 EXPERIENCE  SLOPING BLOCKS Phone 03 5963 7035 Fax 03 5963 7039 645 Maroondah Hwy Narbethong

preconliving.com.au COMMUNICATIONS

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

AUTOMOTIVE Andy Tyson Ph 0448 314 104

6-8 Downey Street Alexandra

• Two way and CB radio systems • GPS mobile navigation • Telemetry and wireless data links • Mobile phone car kits • installation • sales • service

Phone 03 5772 1292 Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 47


Trades & business directory . . . ELECTRICIAN

FURNITURE & FLOORING

ELECTRICIAN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS • Everything electrical • Domestic • Commercial • Undergrounds • Electrical design • Trenching • Solar installations Ph

0418 543 310

Rec No 12906

www.etecelectrical.com.au

ELECTRICIAN

GRAPHIC DESIGN / PRINTING

ELECTRICIAN Grimshaw Electrics For all your electrical and communication requirements

Peter Donald

For all your graphic design and printing needs. . . Ann Friedel 11 Albert Street Alexandra Vic 3714 Phone: 03 5772 1026 Mobile: 0418 556 107 publishing@friedel.net.au

0429 808 596 REC 16666

A/H 03 5773 2457 FLOORING

Environmentally Friendly

Floor Sanding and Finishing SPECIALISING IN NON TOXIC POLYURETHANE COATINGS NEW & OLD TIMBER, PARQUETRY & CORK

TIM SKERRITT 0439 358 880 Alexandra ph 03 5772 2350 48 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

MAINTENANCE SERVICES FREE QUOT ES

Steve’s

Maintenance Service Honest and Reliable

Mowing, Slashing, Brush Cutting, Gardening, Gutters Cleaned, Rubbish Removed, Household Repairs and Maintenance Phone Steve 5772 2451 Mobile 0409 430 271


Trades & business directory . . . MARINE SERVICES

Ron Maroney Marine Services Specialising in Volvo, Mercury, Johnson

VALUE, & QUALIT Y SERVICE

• Electrical Repairs • All Inboard & Outboard Servicing • Stern Drives

Phone 03 5774 2222 Mobile 0427 575 976 PO Box 62, Eildon VIC 3713

MOTORCYCLES

PLUMBER

Grant Simms Plumbing H SP OUSE ECI BO ALI AT ST S

Small Jobs Specialist No Job Too Small

• Prompt Reliable Service • Hot Water Services • Tap Washers rs Repai and ce • Gas Installation enan Maint Pensioner Rates Available

Phone Grant or Chris Lic 21557 0428 576 002 or 0458 097 025 PLUMBER

Your plumbing specialist

Lic No 37388

• New Homes • Roofs & Gutters • Sewers & Septics • High Pressure Sewer Jetter • Drain Camera • Pipe & Cable Locator • Water Tanks • Solar HWS • Wood Heaters • Motorcycle Quads • Mowers • Pumps • Blowers • Ride-ons • Hedge trimmers

Sales & Service & Spares

Alexandra Motorcycles 65 Downey Street Alexandra Ph 03 5772 1045 PLUMBER

Excavators, post hole diggers, rock breaker, trencher & tip truck hire

0419 553 803 Ph/Fax 5772 2991 tcplumbing@bigpond.com SERVICE STATION

GOLDEN SPUR Service Station for easy access pumps and service with a smile

10 Downey Street Alexandra Ph 03 5772 1227

• snack food • icy cold drinks • ice • groceries • lubricants • batteries • accessories Kleenheat Kwik Gas LPG, Prem98, ULP, Hi-Flow Diesel, E10 Local accounts with 24 hour fuel access Open 7am-7pm 7 days a week

Spend $5 plus instore and receive 4 cents per litre discount

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Trades & business directory . . . SERVICE STATION

TREE SERVICES

Shell Buxton

• Convenience store • Snack foods • Hot food • Cappuccino • Groceries • Bait and tackle • Batteries for boats, bikes and cars • Barbecue gas • Firewood • Motor oils and lubricants • Ice • Motor parts and accessories Ph 03 5774 7171 2093 Maroondah Hwy Buxton

• Insured

Reliable •

• Experienced

Competitive •

5778 9603

JASON

SIGN WRITING

0413 671 066

WEED CONTROL

• SPOT SPRAYING • BOOM SPRAYING • 200M POWER REELS • COMPUTER CONTROLLED BOOM FROM 2M TO 10M Licensed – insured – experienced

ANDY FRIEDEL 0407 565 207 STOCK AND STATION AGENTS

6 Webster Street Alexandra 3714 Ph 5772 1052 JOHN TOSSOL Real Estate Manager 0419 558 032 john.tossol@elders.com.au OK TOSS I NEED WORDS FOR HERE JIM HUTCHINSON Livestock Sales 0409 799 928 HELEN BONSEMA Customer Service 5772 1052 STUART MUNRO Elders Representative 0407 574 073

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WINDSCREENS & GLASS

Alexandra

WINDSCREENS & GLASS • 24 hour service • House glazing

Steve Heard 31 Aitken Street Alexandra 3714

Phone 5772 1994 A/H 5772 1184 Mob 0427 577 839


Trades & business listings . . .

ACCOMMODATION Alexandra Tourist Park Alexandra 5772 1222 Big4 Taggerty Holiday Park Taggerty 5774 7263 Black Spur Inn Narbethong 5963 7121 Breakaway Twin Rivers Caravan Park Acheron 5772 1735 Buxton Hotel Buxton 5774 7381 Camp Marysville Marysville 5770 8293 Commercial Hotel Alexandra 5772 1004 Dalrymples of Marysville Marysville 5963 3416 Eildon Resort Eildon 5774 2415 Flowerdale Hotel Flowerdale 5780 1230 Giddy Goat Cafe Yarck 5773 4223 Granite Station at Trawool Valley Resort Trawool 5792 1444 King Parrot Valley Country Retreat Strath Creek 0457 590 022 Maybole Cottage Alexandra 5772 1690 Molesworth Hotel Molesworth 5797 6266 Pavilion Cafe Bar and Gallery Strath Creek 5784 9221 Saladin Lodge Narbethong 0429 699 969 Thornton Caravan Park Thornton 5773 2305 Waverley Guest House Alexandra 5772 1146 Yarck Hotel Yarck 5773 4226 Yea Motel Yea 5797 2660 Yea Peppercorn Hotel Yea 5797 2000 AGRICULTURAL SERVICES Sam’s Arcadian Services Eildon 0417 577 255 APPLIANCE CENTRES Bettervision Appliance Centre Alexandra 5772 3345 ARTISTS John Harcourt 0458 555 218 Marian Rennie Acheron 5772 1701 AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Alexandra Automotive Alexandra 5772 3232 Alexandra Service Centre Alexandra 5772 2133 Alexandra Tyrepower Alexandra 5772 3456 Chisholm & Shaw Automotive Yea 5797 2302 Eildon Auto Spares Eildon 5774 2712 Greensborough Smash Repairs Yea 5797 2800 Race Engines Automotive Alexandra 0448 314 104 Yea Mechanical Repairs Yea 5797 2200

BOAT HIRE Lakeview Boat Hire Eildon 0488 051 721 BOARDING KENNELS Badger Creek Healesville 5962 5253 BOOK SHOPS Books at Yarck Yarck 5773 4337 BOTTLE SHOPS Thirsty Camel Alexandra 5772 2557 BUILDERS Precon Living Narbethong 5963 7035 BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SheCommerce Yarck 0419 333 659 BUTCHERS Alexandra Quality Meats Alexandra 5772 1151 Thornton Butchers & Deli Thornton 5773 2224 CARAVAN PARKS Big4 Taggerty Holiday Park Taggerty 5774 7263 Breakaway Twin Rivers Caravan Park Acheron 5772 1735 Eildon Waters Holiday Park Eildon 5773 2386 Thornton Caravan Park Thornton 5773 2305 CAMP FACILITIES Camp Jungai Rubicon 5773 2320 CATERING Two Moons Ablaze 0417 395 874 CLOTHING SHOPS Mikany Fashions Alexandra 5772 2311 Miller’s Mensland Alexandra 5772 1254 This That & Whatever Alexandra 0408 584 510 Your Wardrobe Yea 5797 2309 COMMUNICATIONS Weeks Radio Alexandra 5772 1292 COMPUTERS Murrindindi Computers Alexandra 5772 1403 DOG SERVICES Dirty Dogs Alexandra 0413 892 722 EATERIES / BAKERIES Alexandra Bakery & Cafe Alexandra 5772 2272 Amble Inn Cafe & Pizza Yea 5797 2680 Aqua Bar & Cafe Eildon 0425 816 959 Burnsie’s Alexandra 5772 2693 Cafe Alex Alexandra 5772 1155 Cochin Bistro Buxton 0407 684 549 Eildon Bakery & Cafe Eildon 5774 2362 Essence Coffee Lounge Alexandra 5772 2122 Flying Tarts Bakery & Cafe Kinglake West 5786 5800

Kinglake Bakery Cafe Kinglake 5786 1063 Lazy River Cafe Marysville 5963 4512 Tea Rooms of Yarck Yarck 5773 4233 The Provender Country Bakehouse Yea 5797 3155 Top Of The Mountain Kinglake 5786 1828 Giddy Goat Cafe Yarck 5773 4223 Yea Chinese Restaurant Yea 5797 2865 Yea Take Away Yea 5797 2664 ELECTRICIANS E-Tec Electrical Contractor Alexandra 0418 543 310 Grimshaw Electrics Thornton 0429 808 596 FARM CONTRACTING Beilken Farm Contracting Yarck 0411 981 763 FARM FORESTRY SERVICES John Woodley 0427 747 393 FLOOR SANDING & FINISHING Tim Skerritt Alexandra 0439 358 880 FLORIST Nici Thompson 0400 154 047 Parkside Video & Florist Alexandra 5772 2619 FISHING SUPPLIES Totally Trout Fishing Centre Alexandra 5772 2662 FURNITURE STORES Chookies Furniture Warehouse Alexandra 5772 2152 GALLERIES Banksia Gallery Strath Creek 0457 590 022 Gallery 34 Yea 5797 3222 Rustic Simplicity Alexandra 0419 517 045 GENERAL STORES / GROCERIES / FRUIT & VEG Alexandra Fruit & Veg Alexandra 5772 1752 Strath Creek General Store Strath Creek 5784 9220 Yarck General Store Yarck 5773 4204 GIFT SHOP / CLOTHING Country Touch Marysville 5963 3753 GIFT SHOP / GALLERY Rustic Simplicity Alexandra 0419 517 045 GLAZIER Alexandra Windscreens & Glass Alexandra 5772 1994 HARDWARE STORES Thrifty Link Hardware Alexandra 5772 1126 Kinglake West Mitre 10 Pheasant Creek 5786 5451 HEALTH & WELLBEING Jessica’s Sheer Beauty Alexandra 5772 3322 Isis Healing Centre Taggerty 5774 7338

Alexandra Physiotherapy Alexandra 5772 2649 HOUSEBOAT HIRE / SALES Anchorage Houseboats Eildon 5774 2705 HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICES Steve’s Maintenance Service Alexandra 5772 2451 HORSERIDING Rubicon Valley Horseriding Rubicon 5773 2292 HOTELS / MOTELS Black Spur Inn Narbethong 5963 7121 Buxton Hotel Buxton 5774 7381 Commercial Hotel Alexandra 5772 1004 Eildon Resort Eildon 5774 2415 Flowerdale Hotel Flowerdale 5780 1230 Golden Trout Hotel Motel Eildon 5774 2508 Molesworth Hotel Molesworth 5797 6266 Strath Creek Hotel Strath Creek 5784 9223 Toolangi Tavern Toolangi 5962 9398 Yarck Hotel Yarck 5773 4226 Yea Motel Yea 5797 2660 Yea Peppercorn Hotel Yea 5797 2000 LOCAL PRODUCE Marysville Lolly Shop Marysville 5963 3644 Two Pickled Molesworth 5797 6309 MACHINING Alexandra CNC Machining Alexandra 5772 3356 MARINE SERVICES Ron Maroney Marine Services Eildon 5774 2222 MOTORCYCLES Alexandra Motorcycles Alexandra 5772 1045 NEWSAGENCIES Alexandra Newsagency Alexandra 5772 1025 Yea Newsagency Yea 5797 2196 NURSERIES / GARDEN CENTRES / SUPPLIES Alexandra Garden Centre Alexandra 5772 2536 Bedrock Garden Supplies Alexandra 5772 1911 Buxton Nursery Buxton 5774 7345 Garden Centre Yea Yea 5797 2933 Misty Valley Nursery Kinglake West 5786 5776 OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT Maroondah Outdoor Equipment Buxton 5774 7292 PAINTERS Paint Cam Flowerdale 0402 990651 Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013 – 51


PHARMACIES Alexandra Pharmacy Alexandra 5772 2153 Eildon 5774 2393 PHYSIOTHERAPIST Alexandra Physiotherapy Alexandra 5772 2649 PLUMBERS Faster Plumbers Alexandra 0417 155 659 Grant Simms Plumbing Alexandra 0428 576 002 Travis Capp Plumbing Alexandra 0419 553 803 REAL ESTATE AGENTS Elders Alexandra 0419 558 032 LJ Hooker Alexandra 5772 1774 Marysville 5963 3550 Eildon Real Estate Eildon 5774 2771 Landmark Harcourts Alexandra 5772 3444 RURAL PRODUCE STORES Alexandra Grain Store Alexandra 5772 2110 SERVICE STATIONS Eildon Service Station Eildon 5774 2220 Golden Spur Service Station Alexandra 5772 1227 Shell Buxton Buxton 5774 7171 Simpson & Sons P/L Alexandra 5772 1205 SKI HIRE Mystic Mountain Ski Hire Narbethong 5963 7029 Marysville Ski Centre Marysville 5963 3455 SHOE SHOPS Sole Train Shoes Whittlesea 9716 2842 Yea 5797 2851 SIGN WRITING Alexandra Signs Alexandra 5772 1145 STOCK AND STATION AGENTS Elders Alexandra 5772 1052 STOCK FEEDS Pheasant Creek Stockfeeds & Supplies Kinglake West 5786 5891 STORAGE Alexandra Self Storage Alexandra 0418 363 593 TOUR OPERATOR Country Touch Marysville 5963 3753 TREE SERVICES JT’s Trees 0413 671 066 TROUT FARM Buxton Trout Farm Buxton 5774 7370 Eildon Trout Farm Thornton 5773 2377 VETERINARY CLINICS Taggerty Vet Clinic 5773 2331 VIDEO HIRE Parkside Video & Florist Alexandra 5772 2619 WINERY Sedona Estate Murrindindi 9730 2883 WEED CONTROL Alexandra Weed Control 0407 565 207 52 – Murrindindi Guide – Winter 2013

Contact numbers . . . IN AN EMERGENCY CALL

000

EMERGENCY SERVICES Police...........................................................000 Alexandra..................................................... 5772 1040 Eildon............................................................. 5774 2104 Kinglake........................................................ 5786 1333 Marysville..................................................... 5963 3222 Seymour.............................................24hr 5735 0200 Yea................................................................... 5797 2630 Ambulance..................................................000 CFA...............................................................000 SES ...............................................24hr 132 500 Bushfire Information Line & Fire Restriction Info......................... 1800 240 667 Crime stoppers..................................... 1800 333 000 Gas emergencies..................................24hr 132 771 Goulburn Valley Water – faults..................................................... 1800 454 500 Help for Wildlife.................................... 0417 380 687 Power & Street Light Failures..................... 131 799 RACV.................................................................... 131111 Tru Energy......................................................... 133 466 Wildlife Victoria.................................... 1300 094 535 HEALTH SERVICES HELPLINES Kids Helpline......................................... 1800 551 800 Lifeline ....................................................24hr 13 11 14 Maternal & Child Health Line ............................................24hr 13 22 29 Mental Health Advice Line............... 1300 280 737 Poisons Information Centre........................ 131 126 Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service......................................... 1800 015 188 HOSPITALS Alexandra..................................................... 5772 0900 Yea................................................................... 5736 0400 After Hours GP clinic.......................... 1300 766 858 SCHOOLS / EDUCATION PRE SCHOOLS / PLAYGROUPS Alexandra & District Kindergarten............................................... 5772 1387 Alexandra Playgroup................................ 5772 2344 Eildon Kindergarten................................. 5774 2041 Flowerdale Kindergarten........................ 5780 2816 Kinglake Playgroup................................... 5786 1301 Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre........................................ 5786 1352 NEST Playgroup.......................................... 9719 7314 Yea Kindergarten....................................... 5797 2730 PRIMARY SCHOOLS Alexandra PS .............................................. 5772 1006 Buxton PS..................................................... 5774 7341 Eildon PS....................................................... 5774 7074 Flowerdale PS............................................. 5780 1264 Kinglake PS.................................................. 5786 1284 Kinglake Middle PS................................... 5786 1295 Kinglake West PS....................................... 5786 5262 Marysville PS............................................... 5963 3256 Sacred Heart PS Yea.................................. 5797 2723 St Mary’s PS Alexandra............................ 5772 1500 Taggerty PS.................................................. 5774 7224 Thornton PS................................................. 5773 2228 Toolangi PS.................................................. 5962 9255 Yea PS............................................................. 5797 2724 SECONDARY COLLEGES Alexandra SC............................................... 5770 2000 Yea SC............................................................ 5797 2207

ADULT EDUCATION CEACA Alexandra...................................... 5772 1238 Flowerdale Community House.................................... 5780 2664 Kinglake Neighbourhood House........................... 5786 1301 Yea Community House............................ 5797 3070 SERVICES CLUBS Kiwanis.................................................... 0418 335 692 LIONS CLUBS Alexandra..................................................... 5772 3428 Eildon............................................................. 5774 2674 Kinglake........................................................ 5786 1403 Marysville............................................... 0448 954 667 Yea ................................................................. 5797 3242 MASONIC LODGES Alexandra Albert Edward Masonic Lodge........................................... 5772 2474 MEN’S SHEDS Flowerdale............................................. 0434 023 533 Kinglake Ranges........................................ 5786 5999 Marysville............................................... 0407 134 277 PROBUS CLUBS Alexandra..................................................... 5772 1253 Alexandra Ladies ...................................... 5774 2641 Yea................................................................... 5797 2344 RED CROSS Alexandra Red Cross........................... 0419 872 230 ROTARY CLUBS Alexandra..................................................... 5772 1897 Kinglake Ranges........................................ 5786 2193 Yea................................................................... 5792 3515 RSL Alexandra RSL............................................. 5797 6269 Eildon RSL..................................................... 5774 2630 Marysville RSL............................................. 5774 7110 Thornton RSL Sub Branch................ 0458 082 823 Yea RSL Sub Branch............................ 0408 898 139 SENIOR CITIZENS CLUBS Alexandra Senior Citizens....................... 5772 1010 YOUTH GROUPS Flowerdale Junior Youth Group 5 to 14 yrs................................. 0408 333 953 Flowerdale Senior Youth Group.......................................... 0423 320 484 SPORTING CLUBS BASKETBALL CLUBS Alexandra .............................................. 0417 112 533 Kinglake........................................................ 5786 5441 BOWLING CLUBS Alexandra .................................................... 5772 1150 Eildon ............................................................ 5774 2540 Marysville Golf & Bowls .......................... 5963 3241 Whittlesea ................................................... 9716 1966 Yea................................................................... 5797 2770 CRICKET CLUBS Alexandra............................................... 0437 599 909 Merton .................................................... 0408 316 498 Yea Tigers...................................................... 5797 2543 Marysville & District ........................... 0422 702 956

FOOTBALL / NETBALL CLUBS Alexandra..................................................... 5772 1912 Yea................................................................... 5797 2412 Kinglake........................................................ 5786 1580 Marysville & District ........................... 0412 487 842 GOLF CLUBS Eildon............................................................. 5774 2044 Alexandra..................................................... 5772 1570 Yea................................................................... 5797 2746 Whittlesea.................................................... 9716 2066 Marysville Golf & Bowls........................... 5963 3241 KARATE Alexandra Karate Club....................... 0407 855 344 RACE CLUBS Alexandra..................................................... 5773 4304 Merton........................................................... 5778 9551 Yea................................................................... 5796 9396 RIDING CLUBS Acheron Valley Adult Riding Club...................................... 5773 2245 SPEEDWAY............www.alexandraspeedway.com SQUASH CLUB Alexandra............................................... 0438 546 070 TENNIS CLUBS Kinglake Ranges........................................ 5786 5228 Yea................................................................... 5736 0461 SWIMMING POOLS Alexandra..................................................... 5772 1705 Eildon............................................................. 5774 2174 Marysville..................................................... 5963 3387 Yea................................................................... 5797 2474 RECREATIONAL GROUPS Alexandra Brass Band.............................. 5772 1404 Alexandra & District 4 Wheel Drive Club................................... 5772 1395 Alexandra & District Dog Obedience.......................................... 5774 7303 Alexandra Eildon & District Lapidary Club.............................................. 5774 2908 Alexandra Quilters.................................... 5772 1897 Buxton Craft Activities............................. 5774 7291 Eildon & District Woodworking Guild................................. 5774 7513 Eildon Art Group........................................ 5773 2306 Upper Goulburn Field Naturalists.................................................... 5772 1189 Yea Camera Club........................................ 5797 3228 Yea Film Society......................................... 5797 2480 MURRINDINDI SHIRE COUNCIL Alexandra..................................................... 5772 0333 ..................................................Toll Free 1800 633 792 Yea................................................................... 5797 2209 ..................................................Toll Free 1800 672 719 Kinglake........................................................ 5786 1522 ..................................................Toll Free 1800 651 821 Home Based Childcare............................ 5772 0362 Aged Care Services................................... 5772 0353 Family Day Care.................................... 1800 633 792 Local Law Emergencies..................... 0419 572 425 Engineering Emergencies................ 0407 509 413

TRANSFER STATION LOCATIONS AND HOURS There are five Transfer Stations (also known as Resource Recovery Centres) and one Landfill (at Alexandra) in the Murrindindi Shire. Alexandra Marysville Eildon Yea Kinglake Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Mt Pleasant Rd 10am - noon Closed 1pm - 4pm Closed 10am - noon 10am - 4pm 10am - 4pm

Sunds Rd 1pm - 3pm Closed 10am - noon Closed 1pm - 3pm 9am - 4pm 10am - 4pm

Jerusalem Rd Closed 10am - 1pm Closed noon - 3pm Closed 9am - 4pm 10am - 4pm

Ghin Ghin Rd Closed 10am - 4pm Closed Closed Closed 9am - 4pm 9am - 3pm

Watson’s Rd Closed Closed 10am - 4pm Closed Closed 9am - 4pm 10am - 4pm

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