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December 2019 Volume 23 // Issue 11

Club of Woodend



Holgate Brewery expansion opens its doors Woodend’s internationally renowned, family-owned Holgate beer brand will welcome 60,000 additional visitors to the region every year and employ up to 15 new workers. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas joined Paul and Natasha Holgate at the official opening of the new Holgate Brewhouse Visitor Discovery Centre and Taproom to the public – made possible by a $1.5 million grant through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund. “We’re so proud to back this local business to expand and create new jobs in Woodend, while supporting the local tourism industry and attracting new visitors to our beautiful region,” said Mary-Anne Thomas. The new Visitor Discovery Centre is set to stimulate the local economy by $1.87 million in visitor spending each year, with a new tasting tap room, views of the brewery, reception for the adjoining hotel and an interactive visitor experience showcasing the history of Holgate Brewhouse. The new centre comes after upgrades to the brewery including a world-class German-made brewing system and equipment - a first in the Australian craft beer brewing sector, increasing the brewery’s capacity and improving consistency across its products. The project is the second stage of a three-part vision for the brewhouse’s growth, which also includes a Macedon Ranges Wine Hub and upcoming Calder Corridor Craft Beer Trail tourism experience. The Holgate Brewhouse is the brainchild of Paul and Natasha Holgate, who had the idea for their business while

Photo: L-R Cr Janet Pearce; Paul Holgate; Natasha Holdgate; Mary-Anne Thomas, MP.

on holiday in the USA when they came across the small craft brewing industry and were inspired to start their own. Two years later, they began operating from their backyard in Woodend and selling craft beer, before venturing into hospitality and tourism in 2002, when they took over the town’s historic Commercial Hotel. Constructed in 1896, the building has been Holgate Brewhouse’s home ever since. Since 2013, the Holgate beer brand has been exported to the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and Singapore. SUBMITTED BY BELLA MANSON, OFFICE OF MARY-ANNE THOMAS

Council to introduce glass kerbside collection in 2020 Macedon Ranges Shire Council will introduce a separate, glass-only bin collection service next year. The 140 litre bins, which will be collected every four weeks and have purple lids, will be delivered to approximately 20,000 households in February 2020. This decision comes after Macedon Ranges Shire Council was one of 33 Victorian councils affected by the closure of recycling processor SKM Recycling earlier this year. In the meantime, residents have been asked to remove glass from household recycling bins. A new recycling processor has been identified but only if glass is removed from the recycling bins with the yellow lid. Shards and small pieces of glass can become embedded in paper and cardboard in recycling bins and contaminate the other recyclables. Glass-only bins have been installed in public places

across the shire to assist residents in removing glass from their recycling bins. When the new service commences, the glass collected in the public place bins and the glass-only kerbside bins will be processed and reused in construction materials. Until the new service begins next year, residents are asked to continue to keep glass out of their recycling bins and to use the public place glass-only bins. For a list of locations, see Council advises that as a last resort, glass can be placed in the red-lidded, general rubbish bins. The Shire Council will also explore options to reuse glass locally as part of a feasibility study that will be considered in April 2020. SUBMITTED BY LEANNE YOUNES, MRSC



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Our community lost one of our colourful and much-loved citizens recently, when Joanna Casey, née Sheil, passed away on October 25. Joanna was a woman of great intellect and keen insight. She was always interested in what was happening around her, and was never afraid to express her views, particularly when it came to fairness and injustice. She fought relentlessly for the ‘underdog’ with compassion, wit and a steely resolve, and is remembered for her huge, kind, caring, generous heart. From an early age, she developed a strong social conscience and community spirit, and was active in local affairs until her death. Joanna grew up on Mt Macedon and moved to Melbourne to study at Toorak Teacher’s College. She is remembered by her friends there as an extroverted, boisterous, fearless and fun loving 17 year old. After several years’ teaching and raising her family in Melbourne, she returned to Mt Macedon in 1977 with her husband, Paul, and three sons, Simon, Adam and Jonathan. Joanna was appointed as the first female principal at the Malmsbury Youth Detention Centre School and was passionate about her work. It was well known that some of her more unorthodox methods changed the lives of many adolescent males – providing them with opportunities to develop the skills and attitudes to keep them out of trouble. Her colleagues recall that as the principal, Joanna provided staff with amazing support and inspiration, and was widely respected – even though one of them later described her as a “new-age feminist, get-out-of-my-way power woman”! She had a big personality, humour, opinions, voice and stature. Nobody could put one over her! In the 1990s, Joanna worked at Cobaw, where she coordinated the Homelessness program. She was a fearless advocate for the disadvantaged and worked hard to raise community awareness of homelessness and family violence to bring about change. Joanna saw the potential in the people she supported and provided them with opportunities and encouragement. According to those who were involved with the Shire Council, Joanna was a keen Council observer and an active participant, who valued the opportunity to have input on issues that she was passionate about. Whether it was through the Shire’s Housing Advisory Committee, which linked to her professional work with Cobaw Community Health, the Disability Advisory Committee, or various aging forums and networks, Joanna was a practical and considered advocate who linked real life and its problems to the work of Council and other agencies. Always respectful and willing to engage with officers or councillors, nevertheless she was persistent and tenacious in pursuing a logical, commonsense response. Many current and

past council officers valued her input, wisdom, humour and contributions to her community. Joanna loved politics and engaged with it at all levels to campaign for change. Joanna joined the Australian Labor Party in 1964. She was a strong Labor supporter and advocate and represented the Labor Party as a councillor with the now amalgamated City of South Melbourne. After decades of service, Joanna was granted Life Membership of the party. She manned the polling booths at every state and federal election up until 2018. Due to ill health, Joanna was unable to participate in the campaign for the re-election of the State MP for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, but she celebrated in her own way with a glass or two with ice. During the 2019 federal election campaign, Joanna insisted on ‘walking her block’ and letterboxing for her local federal MP, Lisa Chesters. The current president of the Woodend Labor Party branch, which Joanna co-founded, Pauline Brown, remembers Joanna’s unrelenting support and mentoring over many years. Joanna encouraged women of all ages to participate, champion causes and seek office, assisting many in their professional endeavours. She was really chuffed to see so many women representing her community at local, state and federal levels. Apart from her involvement with social issues, Joanna was a volunteer at the Visitor Information Centre for many years; a member of U3A; and a founding member of the Cambodian Nights, which raises funds for an orphanage in Siem Reap. She was a generous and fun-loving host and enjoyed participating in all things social, in the company of her many friends. She is remembered as a loyal and caring person and will be very much missed. Sadly, Joanna’s husband, Paul died of cancer in 2002 close to retirement age, denying her the privilege of growing old with him. Joanna Casey is survived by her three sons and seven grandchildren. SUBMITTED BY JENNY CHESTERS, RUTH DEJONG, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES

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Western Water is warning customers in the Macedon Ranges that they should not rely on their mains water supply if there is a bushfire in the region. “Water pressure, water quality and water supply cannot be guaranteed in the event of a bushfire,” said Graham Holt, Western Water’s General Manager, Customer, Community Relations and Operations. Western Water also says large bushfires in the region could affect the quality of its drinking water. “During and after a serious bushfire we recommend you boil your drinking water until Western Water confirms it is safe to drink,” Mr Holt said. Western Water works closely with the CFA during the bushfire season and has prepared staff and networks for extreme conditions. Mr Holt says residents can also help the community to be prepared for fire season by ‘adopting’ a fire hydrant. “You can help by keeping fire hydrants near your home free of debris and vegetation,” he says. If residents think a hydrant needs maintenance, they can contact Western Water by calling 1300 650 422 or by completing an online form at their website. Customers can go to to record their mobile phone number on our system. This allows Western Water to provide customers with direct updates via SMS if there is an issue with the water supply. Residents are advised to plan ahead and consult their local CFA for information on preparing for a bushfire and recommendations for an independent water supply. To find out more, visit

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season, after research found many people were becoming complacent about their personal bushfire risk. Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas welcomed Victoria’s bold new approach to fire preparedness – one of the largest fire campaigns in the state’s history. “We know that we can’t afford to be complacent across the Macedon Ranges and Daylesford regions. Planning and preparing for your fire risk can be the difference between life and death.” Available emergency management staff and agencies are ready to respond to incidents across the state, including thousands of volunteer and career firefighters from across all agencies, as well as a record fleet of 50 aircraft,

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Have a mouthwatering, musical, merciful Christmas!

During this month’s farmers’ market, three local choirs will present a charitable Christmas concert, so you can multi-task to make mouthwatering meals, maximise musical merriment and manifest mercy! The one-hour, family-friendly concert starts at 10:30am on Saturday 7 December in the Woodend Community Centre (the hall beside the library). Entry to the concert is by donation, with all proceeds going to Macedon Ranges Rural Australians for Refugees to support the just and humane treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum. It’s a one-stop shop for a merry and meaningful Christmas: • stock up on seasonal produce before/after the show • enjoy carols, folk, pop and world music performed by Miranda’s Picnic, the Woodend Warblers and Takt, and • help vulnerable people to reach safety and shelter – in the true spirit of the season. For more information, please contact Bec Colless on 0412 219 093. SUBMITTED BY BEC COLLESS

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I would like to start by thanking all the volunteers in the CFA brigades in our shire for their dedication and commitment travelling to New South Wales and supporting the communities during the devastating fires. We are also feeling the warmer weather conditions here in our shire now, and in our recent Shire Life edition we have some important information and reminders about preparation and responses. Please talk about this with your family, friends and neighbours at home. Thank you all for your support over the last year in my role as mayor. For the many invitations to share in your events, to hear your stories, and for keeping me informed about all the work community groups are doing, as well as allowing me to talk about the work of Council. I have enjoyed every minute. I would like to thank my fellow councillors for electing me to continue for another year – a very important final fourth year of our council term. It is a great privilege and honour to have this opportunity, and we will continue to move forward, working together on our strategic vision and priorities, and continuing to advocate for and support our community on important issues. Congratulation to Councillor Mandi Mees who was reelected as Deputy Mayor. You are probably aware that progress is being made with funding secured for a Masterplan and Business Case for the Woodend Community Precinct, so keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to provide input into what this area means to you, and ideas for its future role for the town, shire and region. This is a significant opportunity for Woodend, so please be part of it. I would like to welcome the new director for Assets and Operations, Mr Shane Walden, who has a wealth of experience and has joined the Executive team at Council. Council is very pleased that the results of the trial glassonly household collection bins in Lancefield have been so successful and has endorsed plans to introduce this separate glass-only bin collection service next year. We hope this will be at the same time as the Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO ) service in February 2020, and residents will be contacted. We appreciate the continued supCould you port from you all as we continue to address the Waste and Resource recovery issues. Home I thinkLoan? we are all looking forward to the end of year and time to catch up with friends and family. Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to an exciting 2020. Best wishes, Janet


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Macedon Ranges Shire Council is urging the community to call out disrespectful behaviour that fuels violence against women during the upcoming 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Council is taking part in a state-wide campaign called “Respect Women: Call It Out”, during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November to 10 December. The dates are significant, as 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and 10 December is Human Rights Day. The Call It Out campaign aims to raise awareness that bystanders can have a powerful role in helping change behaviour. Everyone has a role to play in calling out disrespect towards women – we shouldn’t wait for somebody else to do the right thing. The campaign is supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and funded by Respect Victoria. During the sixteen days of activism, Council will run a social media campaign encouraging residents to share their stories on how they call out disrespectful behaviour. Residents can comment on these social media posts or post a comment on a display board at Kyneton Sports and Aquatic Centre. Those who post stories either online or in person will have a chance to win prizes, including a six- month gym/swim membership at Kyneton or Gisborne Aquatic Centre, a sixmonth pass to Hanging Rock or two tickets to see comedian Ross Noble at the Kyneton Town Hall. Winners will be drawn at random and announced on the last day of the campaign. SUBMITTED BY LEANNE YOUNES


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Resonance String Orchestra connects the community through music

Macedon Ranges-based not-for-profit community choir Resonance String Orchestra will be performing a concert “You're the Voice“, all about community connection and cohesiveness, in Kyneton on Monday 2 December. Nine local and undiscovered vocal talents and a backing band comprising of some of the region's musicians will be performing with Resonance String Orchestra. Contestants will perform international hits, as they compete to win the attention of the event's judges, Opera Australia's Tiffany Speight and local music education specialist, Joseph Bromley. The audience will also vote for their favourite performer on the night. The concert is being staged with the support of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Commonwealth Home Support Program. which aims to provide experiences for social and community connection for residents aged 55 and over in Macedon Ranges Shire. Vocal coach Tiffany Speight from Opera Australia has already provided constructive feedback to local singers in a masterclass setting. The concert will be held on Monday 2 December at 7pm at Mary Maloney Theatre, Sacred Heart College. Kyneton Tickets via Ticket enquiries: 0437 175 972

Queen Scout Award Success 2nd Woodend Scouts last month celebrated the achievement of three of its Venturer members – Richard Jefferson, Lachlan Sutton and James Inkster from Woodend, under the leadership of Dale Sutton – in attaining the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement in the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Scout Award. The award focuses on achieving challenges from several areas, including community involvement, personal growth, leadership development and adventurous activities. In the seven years since its commencement, 2nd Woodend Scouts has seen seven of its members complete the award. The ceremony was held in Jackson Hall at Braemar College, with local council dignitaries, fellow members, Scout Association Commissioners, and family members in attendance. 2nd Woodend Scouts congratulates these fine gentlemen on this wonderful achievement, and we wish them every success in the coming months with their exams, and future endeavours. SUBMITTED BY TIM DUFF 2ND WOODEND CHAIRMAN

Photo: from left to right: Lachlan Sutton, former Scout Leader Andrew Johnson, James Inkster, Venturer Leader Dale Sutton, Richard Jefferson. Seated: 2nd Woodend Group Leader Phil Seeber.




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Dr Dennis Wong is a Geriatrician who is passionate and committed to providing specialised medical care to the aged. Dennis will be consulting at New Aged Care and have appointments from Feb 2020. Talk to will h your GP about a referral and contact us to arrange booking. We are also very excited to announce out Continence Consultant commencing in Feb 2020. All appointments will be bulk billed.

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Stars in our Eyes’ Celebrating International Volunteer Day To mark International Volunteer Day, local volunteer resource centre, Volunteer Central Vic are hosting an event to recognise the work of volunteers in the community. ‘Stars in our Eyes’ will bring together local organisations and volunteers, in celebration of the contribution that volunteering can make to the community. “The Macedon Ranges has one of the highest volunteering rates in the state,” says Lisa Richards, Volunteer Central Vic’s Coordinator. “Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, increase self-confidence, as well as develop stronger connections with your community.” Guest speakers include Jackie Nieuwenhuizen from Read Victoria, Kerryn Wildenburg from Kyneton Caring Community and Dawn Bamforth from Cobaw Community Health’s Social Support program. They will talk about what volunteers do in


each of their organisations and about how volunteers are helping to build a stronger, more connected community. Volunteer Central Vic helps prospective volunteers link up with available volunteering roles across a wide range of community groups and organisations. The service also offers training opportunities for volunteers and their managers, and resources as well as online and one-to-one advice and coaching. The event takes place on Thursday 5 December, 10am – 12pm at Social Foundry, 86 Mollison St, Kyneton. ‘Stars in our Eyes’ is free, and children are welcome under parent/carer supervision. Bookings are essential and can be made via For more information contact (03) 5421 1619/www.volunteercentralvic. or email

Monthly Social for LGBTIQ+ Adults Cobaw’s new Country LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Program (CLIP), is encouraging LGBTIQ+ adults to get together

for a cuppa and chat on a monthly basis. Meeting on the third Thursday of every month, Social@ will offer a regular opportunity for members of the LGBTIQ+ community across the Macedon Ranges to get together and make new connections. “Living in a rural area, LGBTIQ+ people are at higher risk of social isolation,” says Belinda Brain, CLIP Coordinator. “This can have an impact on a person’s mental and physical health, as they are often left with little knowledge of services and groups that are LGBTIQ+ inclusive”. Cobaw’s CLIP program was started earlier this year, following an increased acknowledgement of the need for adult LGBTIQ+ support in the region. Social@ is one of the first initiatives to be started up by the program, and there are hopes that it will grow each month and more opportunities for people to connect will come out of the monthly gatherings. For more information, call Belinda on 5421 1666. SUBMITTED BY SARAH TURNER

How ready is your skin for Summer? Regular skin checks are an important part of caring for your body all year round. Ranges Medical is the only practice in the Macedon Ranges using MoleMax digital scanning technology for a comprehensive skin examination. In addition, we now provide IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments to ensure you are summer-skin ready. IPL can assist with pigmentation, rosacea, spider veins and capillaries, hair reduction, and skin rejuvenation (reducing fine lines and laxity by enhancing collagen production). To book a consultation with one of our accredited Skin Cancer College of Australasia doctors, or a pretreatment IPL consultation with our Dermal Therapists, telephone 8373 5420 or online at






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The festive season is upon us, and that calls for a flagship wine. Sitting around the dinner table there is likely a relative that loves a big red with one of the most iconic wines from Heathcote sure to impress. The second wine recently won best aromatic white at the Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association wine show and even though from the 2016 vintage, it is still available from the winery.



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2018 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Jasper Hill is one of the pioneers of the Heathcote wine region and in the upper echelon of Victorian Shiraz. The vineyard itself has been organically farmed since its inception and is unirrigated. The attention to detail in the vineyard, combined with precise winemaking results in a wine of concentration and balance, whilst being a long term cellaring proposition. The wine is a deep but youthful red, with a nose packed with dark plum, raspberry and a touch of blackberry fruit; oak lifts the nose with a web of baking spice. The wine is 15.5% in alcohol, but you can’t tell. The weight of fruit and tannin are in equilibrium, and generosity of oak has the wine flowing from start to finish. A wine that is sure to impress. Rating: 96 | Price: $99 | When to Drink: 2019 - 2034

2016 Gisborne Peak Riesling This is a wine that continues to get better with age; the nose is framed by candied lime and lemon and is just starting to take on more aged characteristics. The palate has a flowing backdrop of citrus acidity; more than anything it is the interplay between fruit and acid that makes this wine so impressive. Subtle floral tones and driving length complete the picture. Rating: 94 | Price: $39 | When to Drink: 2019 - 2029 SUBMITTED BY PATRICK ECKEL

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By now everyone knows how many days to go until Christmas. We’re into December and Santa’s really busy allocating his last presents to boys and girls who’ve been very, very good. Mums and Dads are preparing for festivities on or around Christmas day and the lucky among us are looking forward to some summer holidays. But wait, there’s more… Another day on the calendar that Woodenders need to know about – the Bradleys annual fabric remnant sale! If you love quality fabric and you love a bargain, line up early to form an orderly queue on the morning of Friday 10 January. Meet old friends. Make new friends! Just make sure you’re there by 10am, because you know what they say


William Morris & Fabric-lovers of Woodend – hear this! Sandersons Rugs Projects get started. ProNow jectsAvailable are finished. That last piece to that ongoing bedspread puzzle is found. And the best part of it? Bradley’s gets to make way for the old and introduce the new! Everyone loves the Bradley’s annual fabric remnant sale!

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30th Anniversary of Brooke St Medical Centre, On 1st November 2019, the staff and owners of Brooke St Medical Centre (BSMC) quietly celebrated 30 years since the commencement of the medical practice. The original BSMC began in a small converted house at 5 Brooke St (now the site of a vet practice) as an extension of a long-term Kyneton-based practice, owned over the preceding decades by a succession of solo GPs (the late Drs Joe Connellan, Michael Bergin and Dr George Waters). Dr Peter Ferguson was mainly based in Woodend, working with one receptionist and, at that time, no practice nurse. From day one, the demand for quality GP care was high, and the practice quickly outgrew these premises. Drs Alison Killoh and Richard Bills joined BSMC in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Even in the early days, allied health services were co-located at the clinic, for example, physiotherapy and chiropractic. A six consulting room, purpose-built medical centre was built on the current site, with a brief interlude where the surgery shifted into a temporary demountable building – during which time the surgery building flooded in November 1992! BSMC was one of the first medical centres to employ a practice nurse in a dedicated treatment room area.

Since its inception, the Brooke Street Medical Centre has continued to grow to meet the needs of the local community and, at the end of 2001, opened a new wing of the building, which housed a larger treatment room, larger waiting and office spaces, an imaging facility and more consulting rooms. February 2012 saw the opening of yet another extension of the premises to enable the practice to house its own rehabilitation gym (“Fit for Life”), allied health wing, upstairs staff conferencing area, downstairs student teaching wing, five-bay treatment room with separate procedure rooms and emergency resuscitation area, onsite radiology and pathology and extra consulting space for visiting specialists.

The Brooke Street Medical Centre has consistently achieved accreditation as an undergraduate and postgraduate teaching practice and RACGP accreditation. BSMC has trained scores of medical students and dozens of medical registrars, as well as countless nursing and allied health students. Brooke St Medical Centre now employs over fifty staff, comprising eighteen general practitioners, nine treatment room nurses, twelve receptionists, five administration support staff, five allied health staff (including a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, asthma educator / QUIT Nurse), three psychologists, two chronic disease nurses, a travel health nurse consultant and a community mental health nurse. Visiting services now include a cardiologist, a urologist, a dermatologist, an orthopaedic surgeon, a geriatrician, a psychiatrist, a podiatrist and an audiologist. Plans are well advanced at BSMC for two innovative programs in early 2020: restarting the previous successful Pain Clinic program (including small group education sessions and individualised allied health services, incorporating mind and body activities) and a new program called “Yes to Healthy Life”, for people at risk of developing diabetes. The staff and owners of Brooke St Medical Centre appreciate the patronage of people living in Woodend and surrounding townships over the last 30 years and look forward to continuing to provide a high quality, integrated, multi-disciplinary, primary health care service in the one place for many years to come. SUBMITTED BY DR PETER FERGUSON







to the Library Volunteer Team. Throughout the year at Woodend Library we are very lucky to have so many people in the community volunteer their time to support the library. They contribute in a huge range of different ways and often work on many different tasks during the hours they are here each week. These tasks include selecting reservations, maintaining displays, supporting our programs and making deliveries for the Home Library Service. All of their help is greatly appreciated. It is wonderful to work with such enthusiastic members of the community who really care about contributing to the library service. Thank you all!

December Fines Amnesty Goldfields Libraries are celebrating the end of the year with a fines amnesty. Bring in those long overdue items or come in and speak to a staff member to have your fines cleared and start borrowing again.

Christmas! The children’s sessions will finish with Christmas Storytime on Tuesday 10th December and Christmas Toddlertime

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Friday 13th December. Woodend Library will be closed from 3pm Tuesday, 24th December, reopening on Thursday, 2nd January 2020. All loans will be automatically extended over this period and the after-hours chute will still be open for any returns during the Christmas break. Don’t forget our eLibrary is always open.

Did you know you can also access this from home? There is also the “Tumble Book Library” which reads aloud picture books with animated pictures in English and other languages, including Spanish and French. There are also puzzles and quizzes.

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Is finding out about your family history a New Year’s resolution? Book in for a one-on-one session at the Library to find out about all the resources you have access to with your membership., Trove, Australian National Archives and more….

Our new Summer What’s On program is now available. Check it out to find heaps of free, fun and educational activities for all ages. au/seasonalprogram Kids, join our Summer Reading Challenge, and be in the running to win some great prizes! More details coming soon. Drop in to spend time at our Lego table or play in the children’s area.

Need ideas to keep the kids busy over the summer holidays? Explore our comprehensive range of eLibrary resources specifically for kids and available free to all Goldfields Libraries members! If you’re familiar with the children’s screen in the Library, you will know “Busy Things”. Emilio Rossi and co-founder of Woodend building company, Elite Homes, Peter Stepic, with their ‘Special Commendation--Best Custom Home’ from the Master Builders’ Association, received at the Excellence in Building awards in October this year at Crown Palladium. Emilio and wife Jenny moved to Woodend in 2010 from the inner Melbourne suburb of Newport.

Find out more at goldfieldslibraries. com or email to book at woodend@ Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Woodend Library! We look forward to working with the Woodend community in 2020. Lulu, Mandy, Emma, Glenda and the team of casual staff who support us at Woodend SUBMITTED BY LULU COCKRAM

Attracted by the treechange lifestyle, the family soon became settled; their daughters attending Woodend Kinder, Woodend Primary School and now, Braemar College. Emilio, together with his company, has built several homes around town, including the awardwinner, a new home in Anslow St; and Jenny manages the Woodend Primary School canteen. SUBMITTED BY JENNY ROSSI


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Thank you to all who contributed to our successful Poppy Appeal, which raised nearly $6000 – all of which goes towards the welfare of veterans. The generosity of the community is very much appreciated. We also provided every primary school child in the district with a red poppy to wear on Remembrance Day. The local schools sent representatives who were involved in the ceremony held at the RSL on the day. About 100 people attended the solemn ceremony, including the mayor Cr Janet Pearce, and representatives from our state and federal governments.

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Our next major event is the Woodend RSL Christmas Luncheon on Sunday 15th December. This will be a roast carvery provided by Schatzi’s restaurant, and all members of the community are invited. Please make a reservation early by phoning 5427 4447, as seats are filling quickly. Please also note that Service Members of Woodend RSL are entitled to receive a FREE main course. Contact me for a voucher. Our Friday Schnitzel nights continue to be a success, particularly for families with young children who love the (weather-dependent) jumping castle. SUBMITTED BY PETER WHITELAW, PRESIDENT, WOODEND RSL



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Contact Matthew +61 427 860 979 Local engineer and electrician Matthew Curlis started Lightbox Solar to fill a niche he saw in the off-grid solar market. After being involved in several off-grid installations, it quickly became apparent that existing solutions need to be designed from scratch every time, leading to unknown costs and timeframes. The cost of arranging skilled labour in remote areas is one of the biggest problems, with poorly-engineered solutions a close second. The concept that Lightbox Solar came up with was a standardised module that contained the solar panels, batteries and associated electronics within a single package. These modules could be completely built and tested in a factory and then delivered to the site. Multiple units could be chained together if required, with minimal work required on-site to complete the installation. After nearly 18 months research and development, Lightbox Solar has released their first system. A single module is able to supply a shed, remote machinery, a pump or a small home. More modules or a generator can be added to supply additional demand and they can be easily relocated with a forklift. A factory has been constructed at Leonards Hill, near Daylesford, to manufacture modules for the local market. SUBMITTED BY MATTHEW CURLIS



Works to start on Woodend Kindergarten playground Works will start in the coming weeks on a development to improve the playground at Woodend Kindergarten. The $508,000 project will see an upgrade of the outdoor play space, thanks to contributions from the Woodend Kindergarten Committee, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Victorian Government. The project team, including parents and educators, have been involved in developing the detailed designs for the playground, which aim to deliver an inclusive space where children can explore, play and investigate with the use of natural elements. Preliminary works will start in term four this year, with construction likely to start over the Christmas holidays and continue into term one next year. Council will aim to minimise disruption to children and families accessing the service during the works. It is anticipated the upgrade works will be completed by April 2020.

Production year winds up for 2019 Mount Players’ final production, The Graduate, was a wonderful success with a near sell out season. Audiences across the board loved it and we have had tremendous feedback on the standard of our actors and the creative set. Thanks to director, Robert Wallace for bringing this iconic play to life on our stage. This year the Youth Theatre will be staging their productions across two weekends. On 6/7/8 Dec “The Trap” by Stephen Gregg will be performed by our 16 – 21 years group and on 13/14/15 Dec “The Golden Medallion” by Keith Passmore will be performed by our 10 – 15 years group. Combining their talents in “The Golden Medallion”. each play will be double cast, with each cast performing 2 shows. These shows are a fantastic opportunity to come along as a family and enjoy the super talent our youth theatre boasts. The first production for 2020, Switzerland, by Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith, has been cast and is already in rehearsal. This two-handed metaphysical thriller set in the Swiss Alps at the secluded home of author, Patricia Highsmith, opens on 28 February. To book tickets, or for more information about shows, go to or call 5426 1892 for general enquiries or assistance. – From everyone at The Mount Players – ‘Break A Leg’ & ‘Chookas’ for the Christmas season. See you at the theatre! SUBMITTED BY KAREN HUNT


The Fire Danger period has started In the Macedon Ranges! The CFA has commenced its Fire Ready Victoria Campaign, sharing vital messages about the dangers of bushfires. The aim is to reach residents, especially those in high risk areas (Woodend is in the Top 52) and ensure they have ample information from which to make an informed decision in the event of a bush or grassfire.

Any burn offs will require a Council Permit

The Fire Danger Period in the Macedon Ranges commenced on Monday November 25, and you cannot undertake a burn of any shape or size without a permit. The Fire Danger Period is a long-term restriction, and due to last until the end of April. Under fire restrictions, a permit issued by the shire’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer is required to burn off. Total Fire Bans are individual days of extreme weather conditions, where all burning is illegal, and serious restrictions are placed on the operating of machinery. The CFA has an excellent publication called “Can I or can’t I?”, which clearly spells out the distinctions between the Fire Danger Period and Total Fire Ban days. You can get a copy of the publication from your local CFA fire station or download it from the CFA website. Lighting a fire in the open without a permit is an offence and can result in a court appearance and a heavy fine, or even up to 12 months imprisonment. The CFA and Victoria Police have a Zero Tolerance policy for the lighting of fires both during the Fire Danger Period and Total Fire Ban days, and police will be called.

See you at the Woodend Farmers’ Market in December, January and February Woodend CFA will be at the Farmers’ Market on December 7, January 4 and February 1, to answer any questions from members of the community, and to provide information, free brochures and reference material, as well as free giveaways for the kids.

Santa is on his way … on the big red CFA sleigh!

Santa will again be visiting Woodend during December, with the help of the Woodend CFA, and he will also be touring the streets of the town and surrounds on Christmas Eve, as he has done for many years. Just a reminder that the event at Pine Close will not be taking place this year, due to a range of issues raised after last year’s event.

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Woodend CFA provides a free property advice visit service, designed to help local residents understand the level of risk where they live. A member of the brigade will conduct a quick assessment of the property and provide basic bushfire safety tips, with advice that covers both people and property. Contact Woodend CFA to make a booking. For further information, contact Captain Mike Dornau on 0409 093 935. Street. or visit SUBMITTED BY MIKE DORNAU, CAPTAIN WOODEND CFA

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The Woodend Pony Club recently held their annual Dressage and Combined Training Day, at the Racecourse Reserve in Forest St. It was a successful day with over 400 people in attendance. Competitors came from all areas of the state to participate in the popular equestrian event, held in the heart of Woodend. The club volunteers did an exceptional job at coordinating the event and ensuring an enjoyable day was had by all. The Woodend Pony Club, which was founded in 1971, provides a welcoming and friendly environment for riders from the age of four upwards. The club, situated at the old Racecourse site, continues to offer 11 rally meetings a year, on the first Sunday of every month (excluding January). New member enquiries are welcome and more information can be found at The Pony Club is pleased to be able to work alongside another critical youth organisation, in the 2nd Woodend Scouts Group, who share the club rooms. Exciting plans to refurbish the existing rooms are currently being developed, ensuring that these important community groups continue to provide valuable opportunities for local and visiting children. SUBMITTED BY JESS ZAITZEV Photo is courtesy of Belinda Cowburn Photography.

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December is a busy time at St Mary’s as we lead up to and celebrate Christmas. You are welcome to come along to any or all of our services: December 20, 6.30pm - Community Carols in the Garden. December 22, 6.30pm – Blue Christmas Service. If you have lost someone special this year (or in years past) and you’re finding it hard to celebrate, come along to our Blue Service where we can share some quiet time together and give thanks for our loved ones who are not with us. December 24, 6.00pm – Crib Service. Bring the kids along and help to set up the nativity scene in the church, sing some carols, and share some prayers nice and early so everyone can get home in time for ‘you-know-who’. December 24, 10.00pm – ‘Not Quite Midnight Mass’. Our traditional way to bring in Christmas Day and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Prayer, singing, and communion. December 25, 11am – Christmas Morning! Come and join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. December 26….Reverend Mel sleeps in If you have any queries about these, or any of our other services throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Reverend Mel 0411 722 718.

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Community Halloween party – a ‘spooky’ success. Ghastly ghouls and wicked witches were in abundance at this year’s Community Halloween Party, run by the Rotary Club of Woodend. On a hot spring evening, there was a great community turnout, with hundreds of children and adults in fancy dress. A good time was had by all, with some suitably ‘spooky’ music pumping out from the PA. Rotary members entered

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into the swing of the event, dressing up to serve hundreds of snags and soft drinks. Many thanks to our sponsors who make it all happen, including Fairhurst Conveyancing, Black Forest Meats, Blackbird Cakes and Newrap. Many thanks to our community partners, including the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the Woodend Scouts, who

provided the tables, and the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group who supplied vegetarian snags. Whilst the Halloween Party is a free community event, we would like to thank all those who made a donation to help us cover costs. SUBMITTED BY MIKE HAMER, PRESIDENT ROTARY

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As the Macedon Ranges slows down into the summer break, now is the ideal time to think about how you would like to spend your spare time in 2020. “Rotary Woodend welcomes everyone in our community to come and give us a try,” says Annie Hamer, membership chair for the Woodend Rotary club. “It’s a great way to meet new people, and to contribute to our community and Rotary’s global initiatives.” Annie has three key reasons why now is a great time to join Rotary. One: Rotary Woodend is active and visible in the local community – from regular fundraising activities, to marshalling the MRSPAG walk, to taking part in the Halloween Children’s party, there is a wide range of activities that members can be part of. The New Woodend Star is a Rotary initiative, published by the club every month on behalf of the Woodend community. Rotary gives back the profits from running this publication to local community groups, helping them to fund their activities. Two: Rotary activities make a difference to the lives of those around us. Whether it’s helping get furniture, household items and blankets for those in need, or

helping prepare our local secondary school students for job interviews, Rotarians make a difference to the lives of many in the Macedon Ranges. Three: Rotary makes a difference in the world. Rotary Woodend is currently building a school in Vanuatu for children who have been displaced due a natural disaster. It’s a significant project for a club of our size and there’s plenty of opportunity for people to get involved. The club also supports a number of Rotary international projects and has a regular commitment to support cleft palate operations in Bangladesh. “As a club, we are very active. We’re light on formality and big on talking about and actioning our projects and having fun doing it,” said Annie. “If this sounds like the sort of club you’d like to be part of, please get in touch.” Rotary’s final club meeting for 2019 is on 12 December. If you’d like to attend a club meeting and see if Rotary is for you, please contact Annie Hamer on 0411549562. The club meets every Thursday at 6.45pm, upstairs at the Victoria Hotel in Woodend. Come and join us for a drink and dinner, or just drop in and say hi. Guests are made very welcome. SUBMITTED BY MIKE HAMER, PRESIDENT ROTARY WOODEND


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In the early 1960's the Woodend Chamber of Commerce arranged for Father Christmas to visit. The district Schools were invited and children from Woodend, Newham, Hesket and Chanter's Lane gave him an excited welcome as his helicopter landed at the Woodend Race Course. Mary O'Brien is second from the left. Can you remember the exact date, and/or identify Father Christmas and the other children?

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Photo 715 Newham State School Christmas Concert, 1992, showing a section of the audience in the Newham Mechanics Institute Hall. Can you name anyone in the photo?


Photo 855 “Merry Christmas” on float with kids on hay bales, balloons etc. “Apex in Action” float for Woodend Five Mile Festival. Date: early 1990’s. Photo taken in front of Newell's Nursery. Apex members include, LHS: (standing) Graeme Drew, Peter Newell (under beams), RHS (at back): Terry Bowles, RHS at front: (partly obscured) Steve Redmayne

Photo 532 We think this is the street parade during the local Five Mile Creek Festival, 1991. Photo: Janet Hawkins. Some of the people identified are, Front: Nicole Lewis (in boots), Jenny Lewis (santa hat), next row, Julie Webster (Christmas tree on shirt), Emma Webster (ponytail). Behind them, Bob Inglis (holding toddler) and Sally Inglis (striped shirt) holding hands with their children. Peter Stanley (dark belt) behind Bob Inglis's left shoulder. JANNYSE WILLIAMS


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We thank the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for their ongoing support and cooperation for the use of the tennis car park extension in Woodend. Monday Play - 10am: Woodend Neighbourhood House 5pm: Extension to Woodend Tennis Club car park Thursday play - continues from 4.30pm at Hanging Rock Results Halls Gap Joan Gladman, Noel Gladman and Chinka Steel finished fourth overall, missing the final when beaten by the eventual winners. Results Smythesdale Joan Gladman, Noel Gladman and Chinka Steel made Principale, again finishing equal fifth. Social winners: Jill Shaw, Ruth Giddings, Peter Barry Results Annual Rootes Car Club Challenge Rootes Car Club was again the honorable winner, in freezing conditions. State rankings as at November We hasten to add this is a computer-driven system based on attendance and performance, not a selection process. Women: Shirley Marshall 18, Joan Gladman 29, Jenny Large 40, Louise Potter 43, Ruth Giddings 44, Jill Shaw 46, Marilyn Steel 49. Men: Noel Gladman 52, Peter Wells 58, Chinka Steel 59, Lawrence Grech 63, Clive Potter 77. For further information contact Chinka 0427 272 826 SUBMITTED BY CHINKA STEEL


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Book now for barefoot bowls or your Christmas function Last year, we had a very successful summer season of Barefoot Bowls, with several local clubs and businesses incorporating the format into their Christmas party plans. Social/Barefoot Bowls is available all year round at the Woodend Bowling Club, but is obviously more fun and enjoyable in the warmer months. You can book it for a night of fun, a party for Christmas or any other occasion, fundraising and so much more. We can provide all the bowls you will need, and we can also organise catering or you can use our kitchen. We have a well-stocked fully licensed bar, which can be opened with people to serve you, and you pay our very reasonable Crackerjack bowls club prices. Bookings are essential. Booking forms are available on our website, or at the Clubhouse.

The new pennant season gets rolling! The Club has teams in both Midweek (Tuesdays) and Saturday competitions, starting in October, and going all the way through to March, with a break over the Christmas period. Results have been mixed thus far, so we are naturally hoping that we can get as many teams as possible into the finals. We have also started our Club Championship events, with the Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Championships to be completed by late December. Other events will continue in the new year, including the Consolation Singles, Men’s Pairs, Ladies’ Pairs, Mixed Pairs, 21 up and 100 up. Good luck to all competitors.

Play Bowls Month is coming in March Last year, the Woodend Bowling Club took part in Bowls Victoria’s ‘Play Bowls Month’ during October, and it was a great success. However, we decided to move it to the warmer weather of March, which will be more pleasant under lights. We organized two very popular battles involving local groups and businesses, and we will be repeating them again next year – The Battle of the Sports Clubs and The Battle of the Businesses & Organisations.

If you have wondered what playing lawn bowls is like, why not come down to the Club and have a go. The Club can provide everything you need, the bowls and important guidance from one of our experienced players. And it’s free!

Check out our website and Facebook page For more information, please call our NEW phone number 5407 9220, visit our website at www.woodendbowlsclub. You can also follow us on Facebook. SUBMITTED BY MIKE DORNAU, PRESIDENT WOODEND BOWLS CLUB

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Student podcasts share community members’ inspirational stories A group of students from Sacred Heart College Kyneton have been developing their project management and media skills through their involvement in the LINCS Program. LINCS (Learning, Initiating, Networking and Connecting for Success) is an alternate applied learning subject offered to Year 9 students. The major project for 2019 was selected after the students decided they would like to learn about the journeys taken by, and life experiences of, members of our community. The team of students investigated ways they could discover more about people they saw as inspirational, with an aim of eventually sharing their learnings with the broader community. The ‘Community Inspired Podcasts’ were the result. This project provided a fantastic opportunity for students to experience a hands-on project from conception to final delivery. As well as developing their project management, recording and

editing skills, the podcast project allowed them to improve skills including: active listening, public speaking, and interviewing, while learning about the many and varied paths taken by those being interviewed. We greatly appreciate the support of Kyneton Community & Learning

Centre through funding provided by the state youth Engage! funding program; by members of Cobaw Community Health, who delivered sessions on community-related topics; and of course, the large number of people who were happy to give their time to be interviewed. LINCS Podcast promotional poster on the Left The podcast can easily be reached by aiming your smartphone camera at the QR code on the LINCS Podcast Poster. We hope you enjoy listening to the students’ Community Inspired Podcasts. SUBMITTED BY JENNIFER BALDWIN

Sacred Heart College Kyneton Sacred Heart College wishes all in the Woodend community and surrounds a peaceful and Happy Christmas. We congratulate our wonderful Year 12 students, the ‘Class of 2019’, on their achievements.

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TNWS | December | 2019  

TNWS | December | 2019