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High in the sky Daniel Bettio isn’t content with making wine and growing grapes. He spends his nights taking photos of the stars. Read us on

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ON THE COVER The delightful Daniel Bettio pictured with his telescope and camera set up. Picture: LYNNDA HEARD


Garden visitors


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If you play your cards right, you’ll be rewarded with the sights of many different native beasties, all in your home garden.

Myrtleford’s John Parkes loves fishing. He and his wife Jill share fishing stories.

Four brides and grooms share their special days with us.



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Getting on in years Alexandra turns 150 and we celebrate.


Our vet, Dr Doug Norman, explains the importance of that first drink of mother’s milk.

Love thrives Lou Munro recounts some the warm feelings, and worries, of the early days of her relationship with the old boy.


The first critical hours



Food & Wine


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Doing it all Colette Geier meets two treechangers who promote and develope avenues for selling local produce.


Bountiful breakfasts at Mansfield’s Witches Brew, and Ian Dunn tries some wines from Oxley Estate.

Robyn and Peter Baddeley deliver well wishes.

Beautiful properties We look at two properties, both very different and both very appealing.

It’s all here Pages of events that are happening in the beautiful North-East.

Gone fishin’ Gary Constantine is a fisherman on a mission to catch that big one.




Sharing the passion


very dear friend wrote: ‘You are his is our 51st issue such a beautiful man Glen … a and the first for 2017 unique combination of humour, and again our region of humility, outrageousness and North-East Victoria has thoughtfulness … all packaged divulged more wonderful stories up with those sparkling blue for us to share with you. Sadly, eyes that light up when you are there is never enough room in engaging with people … I think NNE to publish all of the amazing relationships and friendships stories out there; but we relish are really built on how the other the challenge so keep alerting us person makes you feel about for stories to consider. yourself and you have the ability This issue, like so many to make people feel special. before, gives people a chance to Whenever we have shared time share with us their passions. This picture only goes to show that the foxes are flourishing with you I have always come The country night sky is in Strathbogie... or should we say were flourishing. away feeling good, with the world amazing. Looking up into the being a happier place.’ blackness on those still clear As I write Glen is there that share our flora. Ross Harlock and nights it is awe-inspiring and checking that all is well, and ensuring Nicola Tilbury share with us some of beautiful. On page 12, NNE talks with that the wonderful team of people at their photographs of the creatures that Daniel Bettio, amateur photographic NNE continue to share with you this enhance their gardens. astronomer in Wangaratta who also is a remarkable part of the world through the The warmer months not only bring wine maker in the King Valley during the magazine he and I created. out the bathing suits, it also brings out day. Glen Rohan died on Tuesday 29th the brides and grooms. On page 44 our We also visit two fisherman, Gary November 2016 after he had seen the Hitched section highlights four weddings Constantine from Eildon (on page 22) page proofs of his last editorial in the and we also talk with Robyn Baddeley, and John Parkes from Myrtleford (page December / January issue of North by civil celebrant in Mansfield, and her 36), who both share a love and respect North-East magazine. There is nothing for the rivers, streams and lakes that flow husband Peter, the Tolmie postman, on to describe the hole inside that he has through, fill our valleys and wind through page 82. left, a hole that can’t be filled. He was in Our real estate section starting on the countryside. To both, catching a fish page 90 has two very different properties every sense of the word, unique. He was is only part of the experience; the joy is my love and my life. featured and there is a mass of events in also in the environment and the beauty Happenings on page 98. of the region. Both Gary and John take Editor Lynnda Heard On a personal note I need desperately time out to share a joy for fishing and to say thank to everyone for their kind share some of their knowledge with us. thoughts, cards, emails, phone calls and It is often easy to miss what is in letters. I know how much I love him and front of us as we rush around in our it was overwhelming to see how much often busy lives. In our Garden section, so many other people also did. He was starting on page 30, we look at the and is an extraordinary man. As one cute, cuddly, crawly and winged friends

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The sky’s the limit Daniel Bettio is a scientist of many parts. Among other things, he’s an astronomer by night and a wine maker by day. Story and pictures by LYNNDA HEARD


targazing is an imperfect science or in this case, art. According to Daniel Bettio, perfection is what he is chasing. He’s sitting on a summer day outside the Whitty Café talking about his fascinating hobby, photographing the night sky. “I just do it, it is complicated and hard to talk about,” says Daniel initially, but he soon warms up and is more than informative about being an amateur astronomer. “I am looking at pictures of stars millions of light years away, looking at new galaxies,” says Daniel as he starts explaining the basics. “The telescope I have has special features and is mounted on a permanent pier, that enables the telescope to rotate. Mounted on the telescope is the main camera for imaging, plus a small guide camera.”





Some of the most interesting objects are directly above you”



It is soon very clear that this is no ordinary everyday telescope and what Daniel does as a pastime is a science requiring a range of skills and a lot of patience. This very likeable man is at once intriguing and a delight. Daniel continues: “The camera locks onto a star and then starts tracking it, then the camera starts and three and half hours of footage is shot.” To get the pictures, Daniel uses a digital camera specifically designed to take astronomical photographs. “The camera needs to be cooled to -20 degrees Celsius to reduce the noise in the pictures. The camera shutter opens for ten minutes and takes a lot of photos that are then stacked to reduce the noise.” Daniel is correct; it is complicated but it’s also intriguing. (The noise is the unwanted fluctuations you see in images that are taken with a long shutter exposure.) “The camera attached to the telescope is a black and white one; to get colour I add separate red, green and blue filters and then combine them,” explains Daniel. “It is pretty hard this time of year to get a good picture as it is not astronomically dark enough until after eleven at night. I divide the night up into sunset, twilight and darkness stages and I can only use the darkness to take photos. When it’s pitch black you can hear all the outside noises around you.” There is a lot of setting up each time Daniel uses his camera and telescope, including having to calibrate each of the colour filters; it all takes time. With a laugh Daniel adds: “Then the dog bumps the telescope and I have to start again.” As Daniel’s passion has grown so to has his approach to his equipment. “I now have a permanent setup on our property out the back of Wangaratta. The telescope is on a stand that is set on a concrete base. I built a shed about eighteen months ago to protect the equipment from the winter weather and to make it warmer for me. The shed is on tracks and I roll it back to reveal the telescope.” Winter is best for viewing the stars as there is more night time and u

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hemisphere. The handle is known also as the sword and the middle star in the handle can be seen with the naked eye. Zoom in on it and it is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky that can be seen from both the northern and southern hemispheres,” explains Daniel. “You become familiar with certain nebulae and they are so colourful and immense, a stellar nursery where stars form; I won’t see one happen. I am more likely to see the death of a star, a planetary nebula, a supernova, the catastrophic explosion before the collapse of a star. I would love to find one,” says Daniel. There is an online forum dedicated to amateur astrophotographers where Daniel is able to feed his evergrowing need for more information on



equipment. “You are always learning about new equipment, it all depends on how deep your pockets are. Mine only go to the mid range setup. Doing this stuff gives you a whole other perspective on life.” “Everything is all-important, yet we’re really nothing in the big scheme of things, we are insignificant,” Daniel reflects. “You realize that there is an even more massive picture beyond the big picture. When I am back down to earth I look at the photos and I can imagine galaxies that I have not seen and I get a fuzzy feeling. We are all part of the solar system.” Daniel admits that his night time ventures give him an escape from everything and an opportunity to think. It was in 1986 when Hayley’s Comet

was crossing our skies and Daniel was a child. His dad, Aldo, and mum, Renate, bought him his first telescope from Target and kicked off his interest in astronomy. “I used it to look at all sorts so of stuff as a kid then I went to High School in Wodonga, and packed it away and never brought it out again,” Daniel admits. While at University studying the wine industry, Daniel happened to pass a photography shop. “There was a cheap telescope for sale in the window and suddenly my interest was rekindled. Then I started reading about the great photos that had been taken of the night sky and wanted to take photos myself.” With some money saved Daniel started in 2007 to buy his present equipment, starting with the telescope and mount.

In coming to terms with his new purchases he realised he needed more. “I was not happy to look through the eyepiece of the telescope and realised I needed a camera.” Daniel added an astronomical camera from which he learnt a lot. “It took video style pictures at twenty-five frames per second but I was not happy with that and I wanted more detail, I wanted to take super shots.” After more money saved he bought the current dedicated camera. “It’s a cool, cool one. With this one I know I have the potential to achieve 80 per cent of the type of pictures I want, it’s the last 20 per cent that is hard to achieve.” Being interested in all things Daniel started reading all things ‘science’. During the daylight hours Daniel is a wine maker for Dal Zotto under the guidance of Michael Dal Zotto. “Working with wine has always intrigued me, I find it really interesting,” says Daniel. “Wine and vineyards are effected by so many different variances, everything affects everything and anything that is slightly different I need to know about.” Daniel enrolled in the Charles Sturt University in Wagga u

suddenly my interest was rekindled”




and achieved his Associate Degree in Wine Growing. “Recently I completed a Graduate Certificate in Wine and Viticulture at Melbourne University,” says Daniel. “I wanted to learn more about wine. I find it fascinating and there is only so much you can learn from your peers in this industry and the Melbourne University course was challenging.” Daniel feels that there is too much intervention in vineyards and prefers the minimalistic approach to vine growing. “The ‘less is better’ attitude is cost effective and you keep the natural balance of growing things. The focus on pest management is a less is better example. There needs to be bad pests to make the good pests grow and strengthen. When complex situations come across my plate I need to find out more. Growing organically interests me; it’s the cyclic nature of all things, the web of life; a vineyard is a complicated eco system. ” Daniel worked as a wine maker at Baileys in Glenrowan before taking a position at Dal Zotto wines in the King Valley. To test his theories, Daniel has planted vines on his property. “I have planted the rows east-west to reduce the sunlight on them; I am trying out a theory of mine. The varieties I have put in are mostly white and in this area red is normally planted. I am doing as little intervention as possible. The vines have been in for three years and I haven’t sprayed any fertilizer,” says Daniel “I have planted veltiner, verdello, moscato yellow, semillon and traminer.” His one concession to the region is to plant durif, given that they do well in these soils. Lennie Lester is Daniel’s working partner in the wine venture and they have created their own brand, Arlo. “Lennie is the marketer and I am the wine maker,” says Daniel. “I have spent twenty years making wines for others and am looking forward to making my own, it’s my turn. Lennie and I make a good partnership and we are hoping to have a release in May.” Life partner Rosie Allen is very supportive of Daniel’s night hours pastime. “Rosie is into astrology,” explains Daniel as he confesses that he had better tell Rosie how much he loves her, especially as



...he had better tell Rosie how much he loves her, especially as he has just spent money on some new equipment.”

he has just spent money on some new equipment. Rosie and Daniel have a two year old daughter, Ivy. Professor Greg Parker is a sort of hero to Daniel, in astronomy, Parker is from New Forest in England. “He is amazing. We communicate via an online forum. I have one telescope and one camera with four different filters where he has four cameras, four telescopes each with its own dedicated filters. His is a professional setup,” says Daniel. Daniel may be a little envious of the Professor’s setup but the Professor is also envious of Daniel. “I have no light pollution and it rubs his nose a bit that I can take pictures of the southern part of the sky that he can’t access.”

“I do get a bit of light pollution from Yarrawonga, even though Wangaratta is closer. Apart from that it’s about nine out of 10 for night sighting,” says Daniel. Moon glow is a problem for astrophotography as out of 365 days in a year you might get 20 that are the perfect conditions. “The moon, clouds or wind can affect the pictures. The best conditions for photographs are generally in winter after 5.30pm,” explains Daniel. “It’s not uncommon for me to spend three hours a night outside at the telescope. I put on my hat, coat, gloves, scarf and take my hot water bottle with me in winter.” Daniel reflects on nights in the cold.

“After one occasion of five nights of taking pictures I ended up with one photo that I liked and I still wasn’t 100% happy with it. None of us is ever happy with our photos,” remarks Daniel. After three and half hours of footage it can take Daniel another five hours of registering and ‘Photoshopping’ before he ‘gets it almost right’. It can take him up to eight hours to get close to his desired result in a picture and then, as he says: “It sits on my hard drive.” Displaying his pictures means that Daniel needs to frame them and that is also expensive. A course in picture framing is what Daniel is considering. Daniel’s pictures can be seen on ‘chunkstardog’ a Flickr account. NNE

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Just fishing around Eildon’s GARY CONSTANTINE tells how his love for fishing led him to Murrundindi and a life by Lake Eildon. Story and pictures by CASS JASPER u




It was a two hundred foot drop until the line hit the water and then a hundred foot into water”

Gary stands proudly with his catch, a Yellow Belly from Lake Eildon Picture by Gary Constantine



Fishing was the main reason I moved to Eildon in first place,” says Gary Constantine. “I have always had the country in my heart.” Originally from Glen Waverley when it was “all cow paddocks”, Gary started his working life at 15 as an apprentice chef at the Australian Wool Corporation headquarters in Royal Parade Melbourne. “We cooked for the staff bistro, catering for around 80 to 120,” says Gary. Through the Australian Wool Corporation Gary met a lot of country “cockies” (his words) who entranced him with their tales of country life. “I learned a lot about where the best shearing sheds to work at were,” he says. It was only natural then that after his fouryear apprenticeship finished Gary went bush. “I was 19 years old, this was a brand new experience and my first time

away from home,” says Gary. “I took a job as shearers’ cook in south-west Queensland, a placed called ‘Bollen’. I took the back roads to Queensland; I remember clearly that it was awesome”. Gary was a city-qualified chef mixing it with the country boys. The shed has around 25 people to cook for. Being hundreds of miles away from the nearest supermarket Gary had to learn to do his own slaughtering; luckily for him John Kink, one of the locals, took him under his wing and showed him the ropes. “I had as much lamb as I wanted to deal with,” says Gary. “Every now and then we did have chook,” he laughs. “My intention was to stay up there and do some jackarooing,” he sighs. Instead there was twenty-five years as a chef travelling around Australia and experiencing everything: “A lot of good u

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experiences working with people in hospitality and a few bad ones,” Gary confirms, from cooking at the Sheraton in Alice Springs, working on the rigs off the Australian coast, to Mt Buller and Portsea. After 10 years on rigs and five on the Spirit of Tasmania, Gary eventually found his home in Eildon. “When I was working on the rigs off the Australian coast it was amazing fishing,” says Gary. “It was a two hundred foot drop until the line hit the water and then a hundred foot into water.” Gary is sitting in the kitchen at his home in Eildon. Renowned for his generosity when it comes to fishing information, Gary is also comfortable sharing the experiences that have led him to a life in Eildon. Outside on the front lawn, sitting wrapped up, is a boat. “Dad gave 26


me a boat and it doesn’t move off the front lawn. I fixed it up with a mate and blew the motor the first time I put it in the water. It has been sitting on the lawn ever since”. “I moved to Eildon when I was still working on rigs over 26 years ago,” says Gary. “Eildon locals didn’t see me every day so most didn’t realize how long I had been here.” When he first moved to Eildon, despite his home being only five hundred metres from the Eildon pondage, he didn’t go fishing there for the first five years. Murrindindi Shire has always attracted Gary, especially as he loved to water ski, but he uses his age as an excuse not to ski these days. He says that he is too old now to take the tumbles. “Back in the 80s, my mate and I used to hire

houseboats on the lake. I would set it all up and organise catering and cook all the meals. It meant that I always got the best bedroom,” says Gary. “I would load up the fridge with food and then go out and ski. We would be on the lake first thing in the morning when the water was like glass, and ski till it was dark. I skied one day from Bonnie Doon to the Pines at Howqua. Sometimes we would stay in caravan parks in rented vans. Great days.” That all changed when Gary bought the local shop, Eildon Bait and Tackle. “I always wanted to have a crack at my own business before I turned 40,” he says, “And I bought the store one week before my fortieth birthday. I moved into the store on 1st March 2004.” Fishing has been part of Gary’s life

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for a long time, even as a young chef at the Wool Corporation. “My mates and I were always keen fishermen,” explains Gary. The three of them, Gary, Stretch (aka David Bolitho) and Bone Head (aka Michael Perrin) have been a firm fishing trio for over thirty years. Gary proudly produces a book the three of them produced showing the wonderful experiences they had while fishing. As Gary states: “It is not all about fishing, it’s the whole excursion, it’s the memories of the places you have been and who you were with. It’s remembering when everything blew up and we had to overcome some obstacle. It’s the whole thing.” Gary, with Stretch and Bone Head, still makes an annual two-week fishing pilgrimage to the Eucumbene Dam in the Snowy Mountains. “I shut down the store for two weeks and just go fishing,” says

Gary. Back when Gary had more time to go fishing, a day barge was what he owned and used on Lake Eildon. “It had a flat deck and was less hassle than a boat, especially in rough weather. It was much better to handle,” says Gary. “There was a time I was in a two-foot swell with only a nine horsepower engine on the back, but I had confidence that it would stay afloat. It had twin pontoons with four chambers and always stayed afloat, and I always wear a life jacket. When I was out on the lake I always wore a jacket.” When Gary does fish, his favourite destination is Big River “I love river fishing and being in the bush with my mate Tiny, Ian Uthenwoldt.” Over the years Gary has met many people who enjoy fishing and some have left a lasting impression. One such person was Mick Hall, a local known

for his fly-fishing prowess. “He told me that as far as he was concerned there was not a lot to know about fishing; it’s all about the nut (the fisherman) behind the bolt (the rod). You can make fishing as complicated as you like but it always comes back to the basics: some bait and a hook. In the end you’ve got to get the fish to take the hook,” Gary’s face lights up. “People try something different when they are fishing and they make a great catch and whatever they did becomes a legend in the fishing circles.” The go-to person for fishing in the area is Gary and he enjoys listening to people’s experiences. His philosophy is that if you give people your time they will return it back to you. There are times though, when Gary does have to laugh. He is often asked the same questions over and over again, especially in the shop. “I can put a u

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board out the front of the shop with all the info on it and people still come in and ask the questions that are on the board. When they walk into the shop they zone-out just like they have walked into a lolly shop. The Eildon store is packed to the rafters with fishing gear of every description. Flies of all types line the walls and rods fill every spare spot of floor space. There can be two guys standing behind each other at the counter. The guy in front will ask a question and I will answer it and then the guy behind, who can hear everything, will ask exactly the same question. It’s as if I am going to give them a different answer. We have a sign in the shop, ‘don’t worry, our staff are used to dumb questions’,” says Gary. “Fishermen are a strange breed”. “There is loads of information and 28


then there is common sense,” says Gary. “It’s about matching the fish with the system you’re using, with the equipment. There are many types of baits and lures available.” Gary’s preference when fresh water fishing is to use worms and yabbies, especially for red fin, yellow belly and cod. He has learnt a lot since he took over the bait and tackle business. Take yabbies for instance. “Yabbies are basically scavengers and act as a filtering system for their water. They eat meat to keep the environment clean and love to eat carrots, grass and weeds.” Piled high at the rear of the shop are lidded plastic containers filled with live yabbies, and Gary demonstrates by slicing a carrot into one of the containers and we watch as they devour it. Gary refers to the Goulburn River

as the Backwards River. “It flows in summer when it should be running low. It is good for tourism with lots of water flowing when people are up here. Fishing is tricky though, as people want to use a heavy sinker to get their line into the middle of the river,” says Gary. “I explain that the fish aren’t there, that they are near the bank as the water flow is too strong out in the middle and too cold. No fish wants to work hard to feed itself; it wants the easy way to get food, near the bank. Occasionally they listen.” Gary also writes a blog on fishing. “People send me pictures of their catch and they try and make it look larger than it is. It’s amazing how long some people’s arms are,” he laughs. There is never any need to source information for his blog. “Fisherman love to talk and I am a good listener,” he says. Gary is also

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a relayer of information when it comes to fishing, using his fishing information show on UGFM radio to send out the latest information on fishing he has heard and seen. Where possible he heads out and puts into practice what he has learnt to see if it works or not, but not as often as he would like. Living in Eildon means you are living in a village where you know everyone and find yourself involved in all aspects of village life. “I went to a cooking demonstration at the kindergarten recently. A young girl was taking the demo and was surrounded by mums from the town and she asked for a volunteer to help her. I put up my hand

much to the surprise of some of the mums. They didn’t know that I could cook; I guess I surprised them.” Gary is also a member of Eildon Lions Club and CFA. At last year’s annual Eildon Fishing Festival, held in October, Gary gave a cooking demonstration. He plans to be more involved with the Fish Festival this year, as he enjoys working with Fisheries Victoria, who do the annual restocking of the Eildon pondage. One dream that has eluded Gary is to catch a cod, a big cod over a metre long. As for the future, Gary wants to find more time to get out there and fish and spend more time with his partner Robyn Davis. NNE

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very garden is a part of nature, but one in a rural area can be especially so. Being close to the bush, if you put the right plants and some strategically-placed water sources, you’ll be rewarded by a parade of birds, insects and native animals. You’ll also need a seat in an unobtrusive spot, so you can sit quietly to enjoy your visitors. All sorts of birds will come into your garden, but you want the smaller birds in particular to feel safe. For those, you need to provide some dense, prickly shrubs, ones that bigger birds (and cats!) won’t be able to penetrate. If you put a bowl of water just below, the littlies will feel confident that they can escape any predator that comes near. Once you’ve got that established, you’ll notice that birds certainly have a pecking order; they don’t very often mix with other types of birds when they’re drinking. Rosellas only drink with rosellas, wrens with wrens, and so on. A bit like a pub, really. u

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an echidna a bit of help. After they wake from hibernation, they may be disoriented, and be heading into a brick wall. Just turn them around gently (make sure you use gardening gloves!) and head them in the right direction. It’s really good to attract native animals, but sometimes they can become a nuisance. Wombats come to mind, but they can be managed. Make sure there’s nowhere for them to get under your house; they can undermine the foundations and the earth will swallow you. All you’ve got to do now is go for it: plant the right plants, lay out some water, grab yourself a seat and a camera, and enjoy! NNE

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The art of fishing JOHN PARKES love for the art of fishing has been with him since he was a lad. Story and pictures by LYNNDA HEARD


rom the first time John tied a piece of string together with a piece of catgut that he found lying around the farm, he was as they say, hooked. As a bit of history, back then they used actual catgut as fishing line; nylon line only became available shortly afterwards. “It was my first fishing line; Dad tied a metal bolt on one end as a sinker and added a hook and I added a piece of wood to the other end as a makeshift rod,” says John. “It was spring country and the water was crystal clear.” He recalls catching a 1.5 pound trout with a worm as bait on his string fishing line. John Parkes was nine years old and living in Gippsland with his family when he decided that fishing was for him. “It was a rough start but I met a local lady called Dolly Forsyth and she loved fishing. Dolly taught me how to tie knots and bait hooks,” explains John, “And we were both competitive when it came to fishing; she was always Mrs Forsyth to me.” Arriving back from a morning’s fishing at Lake Buffalo with his two grandsons, Willam and August, John sadly reports that they had u no luck this particular day. John and Jill Parkes live in Myrtleford near the Ovens River in the beautiful Ovens Valley. John and Jill were both teachers and living in Hawthorn when John was offered a promotion to Senior Science teacher at the Myrtleford Seconday School. “While we lived Hawthorn I didn’t really do any fishing,” says John. Jill gave the move north three years. “That was thirtythree years ago,” Jill says. Jill lost no time in securing a teaching position at St Mary’s Primary in Myrtleford and they both applied themselves to becoming very much locals. u John has a long connection with North-East Victoria. His father NORTH BY NORTH-EAST



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Above: Jill and John’s daughter Simone with a trout caught in Myrtleford with brother Daniel looking on. Picture from John Parkes



Richard, a farmer, was born in Ancona and attended Dookie University; his grandfather Fraser Parkes lived in the Ovens Valley and loved the area and his Jersey dairy cows. Fraser was the man behind the microphone on the ABC radio program ‘The Country Hour’ broadcast from Albury, where he presented his thoughts on rural life. The program was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as Australia’s longest-running radio program on December 3, 2005 when it turned 60. Jill is and always was a huge reader as she states with a huge grin on her face: “It’s because I had such a boring upbringing. I loved to do three things: go to Girl Guides, tennis and church.” Jill (nee Haslam) attended Methodist Ladies College in Kew and the two met at the Power House dance in Melbourne. It would be hard to find a more welcoming, delightful couple and their home is filled with laughter and great conversation and there is definitely nothing boring about them. Apart from their home being filled with books, Jill also talks about John’s fishing gear. “There were always frozen bits and pieces in the fridge that John used to make flies for fishing.” Jill recalls one such occasion: “John had tufts of hair from a ram’s testicles that he used to tie flies with. You had to wash off the dags and John used one of my good pillow cases,” Jill laughs. “When they were dry he put them into the food processor to get the right length and added cochineal food colouring to the hairs to make them pinker in colour.” John finishes the story: “Graeme Gibb, a local farmer, said if he had a ram with testicle hair that colour he’d shoot it. The thing is, it worked.” Fly tying is a very much-valued art form and it seems it takes a number of different materials to achieve it. Between John’s first fishing adventures as a boy and the move to Myrtleford John did fish. Picnics in Yea were a welcome break from Melbourne for the couple. “We used to


John had tufts of hair from a ram’s testicles that he used to tie flies with”

picnic on the banks of the Yea River and fish for trout in the streams for about ten years,” says John. “On one trip I remember calling out to Jill that I needed help to bring in a fish. Jill was feeding the baby and had to dump the baby to help. She misunderstood the instructions and I lost the fish.” Jill was not impressed with John and threw the rod down and never fished again. It was after John’s experiences at Yea that he graduated to fly-fishing and after joining a fly-fishing club he met Ian Scotch who was a bit of a mentor and encouraged him to invest in some fly-fishing gear. The tales of catching four pound trout sounded “Very up beat to me,” says John. Now that John was touched by the magic of fly-fishing living in North-East Victoria was perfect. John and Jill’s children, Simone and Daniel took the move to Myrtleford in their stride and joined dad when fishing. Within a few months Simone had caught a sevenpound rainbow trout on a fly. Fishermen are a rare breed and competition is strong between the anglers and luck plays a big part in hooking the right fish. John recalls fishing with one of his fellow teachers: “I caught a good sized trout and he said ‘you bastard where did you get it?’ So we went together and fished in the spot again for about a couple of hours until it was getting dark. He stopped fishing and sat down and I hooked a brown trout. He was livid.” There are no guarantees when it comes to fishing; you catch fish one a particular day from a particular spot and the next day same spot, nothing. “The last big one I caught was from up in the Snowy Mountains but even that is in trouble as it is being overrun with horses,” says John. Fly-fishing is an art and John gives a brief explanation on the difference between wet and dry flies. “The easiest way to fish a babbling stream is with a dry fly as it floats on the water and represents something that could be food u

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that falls into water and floats. A wet fly represents any food under the water that swims. To me dry fly-fishing is more fun as you can see the fly all the time. My favourite lure is the Royal Wulff type of dry fly hook.” But, as John tells us, everyone has their own favourites. John’s interest in fly-fishing grew and he joined the local Alpine Fly Fishing club in Bright. “I used to do nothing else but make my own flies and would teach the kids how to make them,” says John. Jill tells another fish story. “The hairs from fox tails are revered for tying flies. John, Denis Smith and Lindsay Easterbrook were driving to practise fly tying at the club at Porepunkah. A fox had just been hit on the road and the three of them stopped to grab the tail. The only thing they had was a chain saw to detach the tail from the fox. So one of them held the head, one held the tail and one brandished the chainsaw to remove the tail and of course a car drove past just as they were cutting it off. Goodness knows what the driver thought,” laughs Jill. Some of the bits and pieces around 40


the house kept for making flies includes feathers. John explains: “To make flies float you use a feather; there are fine filaments on each feather that stick out and enable it to float on water.” John displays some of his collection of flies and bits for making flies which include pelts of feathers from the backs of roosters and other birds that are available from specialist fly fishing stores. Today John still hand-makes a few flies but not as many as he used to. “When we were young we would make 10 to 15 flies in one sitting. On weekly club nights there were about twelve of us there. I have some great memories from those days.” John does not fish as often now. “Fishing is worse now on the Ovens River below Myrtleford. In the past during the fishing season on a keen dry fly-fishing trip you would get good-sized fish and about five or six a night. Now there are no trout here as far as we can tell,” says John. “From what I can see the carp have moved in and the cod are back which is good for the native fish. Not

good for trout fishing. The cod and carp eat the trout and eat what trout eat and are more competitive. The West Kiewa River and the Ovens River above Bright are still good fishing spots.” John has noticed other changes in some of his favourite fishing spots. Trying to fish from riverbanks is more difficult as access is diminishing. Where there were once firm, greened banks running down to water there are now blackberries and weeds. “Habitat is disappearing, there are less native forest areas on the rivers, less shade, less natural environment, less insects, less leaves falling in the water,” says John. “The rivers are losing a metre of their bank yearly.” The bushfires and heavy rainfalls and logging are also making an undesirable difference to the waterways in the area, according to John. He has noticed that the riverbanks are less stable and more mud is running into the water. Added to that is that after fires comes the deluge and the water is an obscene dark brown colour that fish can’t live in. John has observed native fish, carp, trout and red

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One of John’s many boxes of fishing flies

fin lying on top of the water and watched native crayfish crawling up the banks to get out of water. “It is terrible killing the fish but we are also killing the next generation and their food supply,” explains John “They are de-snagging rivers and streams and removing the protection for fish and their food supply.” On a positive note John tells of pro-angling groups that are returning the snags and improving the environment of the waterways. “My fishing club is associated with the Mansfield and Lilydale groups who are out there working on repairing the damage. The work is slow going; to reclaim just half a kilometre of a stream, using boulders and revegetating takes time and real dedication.” John is both pessimistic and optimistic about the future of angling. “There is only a fraction of the grasshoppers in the environment now and they are trout food; frogs used to be all over our windows after insects but not now. We used to see sometimes twelve snakes in a season but now we’re lucky to see six,” says John. Trout fishing is the only type of fishing he does in fresh water though he does enjoy sea fishing and has noticed that there are have been environmental improvements made to the coast that affect fishing. “All too often I have seen anglers with a huge catch that they can’t possibly eat,” he says. “I have seen some people tip their catch of fish out to make room for something bigger than they have just caught, instead of stopping at what they have.” The ideal fishing day for John is to catch two lovely fish and eat them immediately rather than having two dozen fish that will never be eaten and will sit in the freezer until they are thrown out. Jill observes that a lot of their friends don’t keep the fish and catch and release them; they are using the fish for sport. John adds: “I’m of the old generation that if I can catch a fish I can give it to Jill to cook and there is something nice to eat. Catch and kill and enjoy it as food and catch only what you can eat, be sustainable.” NNE



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accommodation while the bridal party went to Euroa for photos. Walters Bus Service later collected the guests and delivered them to the Euroa Butter Factory where the 96 guests enjoyed canapés in the garden followed by the reception with music from Woodlock. Flowers were by Georgie Campbell from Tynong, the cake from A Slice is Nice in Euroa, the car from friend Jimmy Kirkos and hair and beauty from Heather Wolfe. The couple wanted their wedding to be a weekend getaway with family and friends to celebrate with them, not just for a few hours but a few days, and they achieved just that. Dinner on Friday night at the Sevens Creek Pub Euroa, their wedding in the middle and capped off with breakfast in Euroa made for the perfect weekend and wedding. NNE

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Big Birthday for Alexandra Alexandra started off as a small gold town, but it’s grown and today supports all the features of modern life in country style. To celebrate Alexandra’s 150 year the town is putting on one hell of a party. Story by JOE BLAKE, pictures by LYNNDA HEARD



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lexandra gives the appearance of being a laidback country village but don’t be deceived, Alex (as it is known to the locals) is a bustling town that lays in the most picturesque valley setting. The Goulburn River flats around Alexandra were settled by European sheep farmers in the early 1840s. Attracted by the reports given by the explorers Hume and Hovell of rich soil and abundant rainfall, these new world farmers headed north. In its early days, Alex was certainly considered to be a bit off the beaten track; the name of its creek running through the centre of the township is the Ultima Thule which means “beyond the borders of the known world.” That is definitely not the case today. With the Goulburn Valley Highway and the Maroondah Highway running through the township, Alexandra is a destination for tree changers, visitors and of course locals. Known as the Redgate Diggings during the 1866 gold rush, the name of the town was changed to Alexandra when in 1867 the Post Office was established. There are different reasons why the name was change and why Alexandra. Firstly, was it after the three Scottish diggers who discovered the gold, all with the given name of Alexander, or was it perhaps because the Danish government donated a statue of their own Princess Alexandra? That statue still stands in the Jack Shiel Gardens in Alexandra. Whatever the reason the locals are very proud of their heritage and have taken great care to preserve the relics u

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that commemorate their history. The local historical society is proud of their achievements including the restoration of Dove Cottage, an 1890s miner’s residence. The energy of the people of Alexandra is shown clearly in the diversity of the businesses that have taken root and grown in the area. Like those who came earlier, people today see Alexandra as their future, a place to call home, raise a family and grow. It is a place where ideas flourish and are nurtured and where community support is always available. As when the mining petered out by the 1890s, new employment opportunities were created in the timber industry, which thrived until the 1950s. Since then Alexandra’s location close to Melbourne made it the perfect place for people to move to and start a fresh and with the strength of the establish community the locals have been able to build upon the ideas and dreams and bring them to life. This birthday celebration shows just how strong the community is as it gears up for a party. The fun begins on Saturday 4th of March and continues over the long weekend to Monday 13th of March. You will be spoilt for choice with numerous events including the Alexandra Horse Races, a street party that will fill Perkins Street, a locals market and a proud display of historical photos and memorabilia. u NORTH BY NORTH-EAST



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A Simple Love Story LOU MUNRO recalls finding love amongst the tantrums and the smoke.


ith Valentines Day just around the corner I have chosen to share a love story for this issue. Not, the gushy, sickly, Mills and Boon type of dramatic tales, simply stories of an average, everyday couple. Yep, me and the Old Boy! Up front I’m going to first apologise to friends who have possibly heard me tell these tales. One of them was spoken about at our wedding reception by my mum, who made a heart warming, hilarious speech. I just hope I can do her justice. Mutual friends insisted we would make a good match, so they orchestrated for us to meet at their house. This meeting was brief and awkward, due to me having my daughter with me, who was five at the time and an intuitive little person; she obviously picked up on her mum’s nervousness and chose to communicate this by throwing a tantrum and





refusing to go with her older brother on an access visit. Her father folded and suggested she stay with me. Due to getting her way, tantrum quickly forgotten, the little miss smugly trotted into our lounge room and comfortably plonked herself on her beanbag in front of the telly. I promptly announced “Not happening love, we are visiting friends”. Hence another tantrum commenced. I didn’t fold but collected my niece along the way, to soften the blow. What a woman will do in the name of love, or at least that was what I was hoping for. Rocking up with not one but two little girls should have sent the Old Boy packing. To his credit he stayed and we arranged another date this time with no children present. Living just over an hour from each other, we decided to meet half way. This time we chose a quaint little village to rendezvous. The same village, as it happened, was also the destination for our wedding day. But now I’m jumping ahead. I stipulated that this date be a Sunday lunch, thinking it to be a safer option as it’s easier to keep one’s head during daylight hours. I was still a little jittery and had, over the previous year or so, sworn off men due to not having much success. My life as a divorcee and working mum of two young children was okay, not great, but I didn’t want to, shall we say, spoil our little family’s equilibrium by throwing a new man into the mix. This was back in the year 2000, Australia was hosting the Olympics and daylight saving had been changed to suit the games. As it turned out, this particular Sunday was the first day of daylight saving for the year. I arrived promptly at our agreed time and destination and waited … and waited! I have mentioned previously that I had had some bad luck with men in the past, and right at that moment with each passing minute I felt that life was repeating itself. As a struggling single mum I hadn’t the luxury of owning a mobile phone, so I left the meeting place to use a phone box to ring our mutual friends, my plan being to ask them for the Old Boy’s mobile number so I could ring him. The man of the house answered and I immediately barraged him with my anxious verbal diarrhoea. He then burst out laughing and stated that he couldn’t wait to tease his mate about this one! “He’s forgotten about daylight saving,” our mutual friend informed me. As I was now much relieved I decided to question our mutual friend on how interested the Old Boy was in meeting me again, he replied with: “Na Lou, don’t stress, he’s definitely keen.” Much reassured, and yet annoyed, I Lou and the Old Boy - picture supplied by LOU MUNRO



he then quietly told me to breathe and wrapped me up in a beautiful warm hug”

went back to the meeting place via the servo to have a nervous wee and guess what, the Old Boy’s vehicle was parked out front. As I pulled into the garage I spotted him casually walking out of a shop with a newspaper under his arm. The Old Boy had planned to read said paper as he apparently thought that he was fifteen minutes early. Wearing a broad grin he sauntered up to my car window and announced that I was early. I immediately blurted out, hurriedly falling over my words, that he was the one that was actually late and had forgotten about daylight saving. At the time I even embarrassingly added to my response that I had to have a wee. The Old Boy, being calm under pressure, opened my car door and offered his hand. As I stepped out he then quietly told me to breathe, then wrapped me up in a beautiful warm hug and apologised for being late. Say no more, I melted. All went well and we had a lovely lunch at an old country pub that we still occasionally

frequent so we can relive those special memories. Some months went by and the Old Boy and I became an item and my mum asked to meet this mysterious new man in my life to suss him out. Mum lived approximately three hours away from me so we arranged a weekend visit to stay over while my children were with their dad. My little missy moo again had a wobbly and again her dad folded to her wishes. So it was that she came along for the ride. Kids! You have ‘gotta love em’. My mum loved good company and a good bottle of red, so after dinner and several wines the three of us were having a good time; it was all going swimmingly. Mum had a lovely ritual of lighting a candle every night just before dinner to remember Dad; unfortunately we had such a lovely time together we forgot to blow out the candle before we went to bed. At 4am I was woken by a blaring noise: the smoke alarm. I jumped out of bed and

opened the door to the passage and saw flames coming from the kitchen where we had eaten a few hours earlier. “The kitchen is on fire,” I stated to the Old Boy and instinctively I grabbed my PJs and tucked them under my arm. Mum opened her bedroom door to see me naked and sprinting down the passageway. By the time Mum joined me in the kitchen I had managed to sort of put my PJs on. We managed to put the fire out and assess the damage. We were very lucky and thankful for fire alarms. Over a much-needed calming cuppa after the excitement was over Mum stated that she was very much relieved when the Old Boy had appeared from the bedroom; he was at least wearing boxers. I have however saved the best till last. When the Old Boy was back home from the weekend, one of his cricket mates asked him how did it go meeting his future mother-in-law, the Old Boy just grinned and replied, “Well mate, we got along like a house on fire.” NNE

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The immune response and its role in the newborn

To be healthy, all mammals need a drink of mother’s milk in the first six hours of life. Vet DOUG NORMAN describes why colostrum is so important. Pictures by LYNNDA HEARD




ll living things are in danger of being harmed by disease throughout their life. Some organisms have physical barriers for protection, but only vertebrates have these barriers as well as an immune system. Not every disease is able to infect all animals. For instance, whilst a dog is not prone to the cat’s immunodeficiency virus (FIV), bacteria such as salmonella can infect most animals.


The concept of immunity was first established back in Greece in the fifth century BC. Survivors of a plague were labelled “immune” or “exempt”. Much later, in the 1700s, attempts to immunise against a specific disease were trialled. Most famously, Edward Jenner used cowpox to protect against the more severe smallpox.


Animals possess a primitive form of protection called innate immunity. It

has two parts, humoural and cellular. Humoural immunity protection is provided by substances in body fluids which interfere with the growth of diseases. Phagocytes, cells that engulf and destroy foreign invaders, are responsible for cellular innate immunity. Natural killer cells also target cancerous cells throughout the body. Only vertebrates have the additional and more sophisticated system of defence called adaptive immunity. This protection is provided by lymphocytes, a class of white blood cells that have their origins in stem cells found in bone marrow. I remember reading James Herriot’s exploits as a vet while studying for my vet degree. One of the standout statements he made was the healthiest robust kid he knew belonged to the owner of the abattoir. Obviously, the early exposure to many different antigens while playing in that environment triggered a strong immune response. As we move further into the 21st century u the number and type of childhood

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allergies have risen dramatically. Could it be linked to an overzealous approach to cleaning and restricting the opportunity for kids to get dirty? Two types of lymphocytes are produced: T cells and B cells. These cells are responsible for the formation of antibodies, a special group of blood proteins called immunoglobulins


These are the antibodies that initiate the immune response. In all other mammals the transfer of immunity occurs through the first milk, called colostrum.


Colostrum is nature’s way of transferring the protection a mother has built up over time to her young. This is the first milk produced by an animal and contains high concentrations of immunoglobulins (antibodies), protein, energy, fat, minerals and other substances essential for a newborn’s survival. That exposure can be an accumulation of specific vaccination programs in past years as well as dayto-day exposure to diseases through her life. All mammals produce colostrum, including humans. Colostrum is the only protection a newborn has against disease. These antibodies are only absorbed through the gut wall for a short period, being large molecules. An adequate amount of colostrum should be consumed in the first six hours of life. By 36 hours the gut wall no longer absorbs the antibodies. As animals are born with little or no immunity this transfer is critical. The quantity and quality of the colostrum is important, as it can take up to three months for the animal’s immune system to start to work. 68



There are many reasons why newborns do not receive adequate protection on the first day of life. Orphans are at high risk, as they may not receive any colostrum at all, or reduced amounts. Twins and triplets are at risk, as well as mismothered newborns. In some species, there is a failure of passive transfer of immunity. This can occur with poor or low levels of antibodies in colostrum as well as the newborn having difficulties absorbing the antibodies.


Calves should consume at least five per cent of their bodyweight of colostrum, ideally in the first 20 minutes of life. At least two litres must be given in the first six hours. This can be accomplished either in the paddock, or if necessary in a small yard or crush. Colostrum can be stripped (milked) from a reluctant cow in a crush and given either by stomach tube or bottle and teat (if it is sucking well). If no colostrum is available, then frozen colostrum can help. This should be thawed in a bucket of warm water and not placed in a microwave. Remember, after 24 hours there is little value in giving colostrum to a newborn. If the time for colostrum to be used has passed, or there is none available, the only way to passive immunity is by giving plasma intravenously, taken from a donor animal. This procedure is commonly used in the alpaca industry and is an important tool in the survival of foals that have had a failure of passive transfer. Antibody levels can be assessed in newborn foals

and additional immunoglobulins given. A blood test can determine the level of immunity, and additional antibodies can be given.

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When no colostrum is available, a substitute recipe has been suggested as a replacement. Although most of these recipes have adequate fat, protein and energy components they do not contain antibodies and no protection from disease is available. Whilst many of these products are advertised as colostrum substitutes, they are aimed at promoting development of the immune system by improved nutrition. Again, the absorption of antibodies is not possible after the first day of life. One advantage of feeding whole cow’s milk is that it contains the antibody IgA, providing local protection in the gut. Powdered milk replacers do not provide this.


If the orphan animal is struggling with infection, then a broad-spectrum antibiotic can be used in control of infection until the animal’s own immune system starts. This may take up to twelve weeks. If hand-rearing is the only way for survival, then strict attention must be given to preparation of milk, making sure that strict cleanliness and sterility are observed, not only with preparation of milk but also of the feeding teat and bottles. NNE

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verlooking the Tallarook Ranges is Blue Tongue Berries farm, the home of Cynthia Lim and Nick Bray. This pair of first generation Australians and former urbanites that form part of the future of regional Australia. They are smart, brave and tenacious, and their endeavours are setting a new benchmark in life quality. But happiness isn’t all cocktails and free time. Cynthia and Nick work hard for their pleasure; it is indeed the ultimate fruit of their labours. With 600 blueberry bushes, 30 sheep, 20 chickens, an extensive vegetable patch and a B&B, there is seldom a dull moment at Blue Tongue Berries, but the property provides just a portion of their workload. When they’re not tending their own land, the couple are working on an extensive range of projects from farmers’ markets to water industry projects, all of which enrich their lives, their community and their environment. Nick and Cynthia met about twentyfive years ago when both were working for an environmental laboratory and well entrenched in inner-city life. Both Nick and Cynthia are trained scientists and found in Melbourne a rich and sophisticated social life and throughly enjoyed the food and coffee culture. Deep inside though, Cynthia yearned for a country life. “At the age of thirteen I knew I didn’t want kids, but I did however know that I want to live on a farm,” she says. It just took a few twists of fate and a couple turns and Cynthia’s young wishes came true. Around 2000, Cynthia was working as a sales rep for a company specialising in submersible pumps. The job took her all over Victoria and into southern NSW. Cynthia found herself waking at 5am and clocking up hundreds of kilometres

a week. Cynthia adored her job and her country clients became good friends. “I felt like I was on holiday all the time,” she recalls. Despite their rich city environment and community, Cynthia’s heart was in the country. A compromise between Nick and Cynthia was to buy a weekender within a reasonable radius of the city. Ever the optimists, they purchased twenty acres of shaly hill country with no power and water and a half finished house (which would have most people running for the nearest housing estate) on the property. This offered the couple endless possibilities and so began their life as farmers. Over many a weekend they worked to install rainwater tanks, a wind turbine and solar panels and once the house was liveable, they gave up their innercity terrace to save on rent and their ‘weekender’ was suddenly home. Both continued to work full time for over a decade whilst they gradually built up their small holding, first with the blueberries and then the farm stay. The region’s ancient, depleted and acidic soils didn’t lend themselves to grow many crops without significant input but, by utilising their training in chemistry and environmental science, Nick and Cynthia were able to create a thriving grove of organic blueberries featuring 12 different varieties. The robust nature of the blueberries makes them the perfect crop to plant on the well-drained slope on their porperty and the bushes are watered via a single dam at the bottom of the farm. Despite the growth of expansive multinational blueberry farms around the country, Blue Tongue Berries remains viable due to its organic status and the growing demand by local consumers for a sustainable product with uncompromised provenance.

Although they have received plenty of interest from providers in Melbourne, they have neither the quantity of fruit nor the inclination to supply further than their immediate surroundings. With the success of the blueberries came the need to accommodate pickers and that, combined with a constant stream of visitors, meant space in the original house was getting tight. Cynthia and Nick had a long-held dream of building an environmentally sustainable home that would sustain them into old age and the idea of a farm stay (coupled with the need for more space) offered the perfect excuse to build. With no firm budget, a hand-drawn plan and breaking the well-known rule of never employing the same person to design and build your house, they both thought: “Let’s go for it,” and their courage paid off. Friend and local architect/builder Peter Lockyer produced a two-storey straw bale masterpiece with majestic views out over the adjacent plains. With terrazzo polished concrete floors, bespoke lead light windows created by a local artisan and beautifully appointed en suites adjoining every bedroom, Lockyer has raised the bar in straw bale construction and created a truly beautiful and sustainable home for Cynthia and Nick. Along with the accommodation, an adjacent cantina style commercial kitchen with an expansive larder was built into the side of the hill. The cantina provides gourmet breakfasts to B&B patrons, and council approval is currently being sought to also host small-scale events on the farm. However romantic, the build meant putting off plans of ‘retirement’ for Nick who had been working as Water Quality Manager at Goulburn Valley Water for 12 u years and was ready for a change. NORTH BY NORTH-EAST



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Once the build was complete, Nick quit his job, listed the property on Airbnb and the couple held their breath to see what happened and the gamble paid off. “The day I was able to change my LinkedIn profile from ‘Water Quality Manager’ to ‘Farmer, Innkeeper & Head Chef’ was a really good day,” says Nick, “And it turns out the lack of security isn’t that scary.” Perhaps fear levels are based on early success; even early on the couple fielded requests to invest in their enterprise. “What? We don’t even know how that works,” they replied, but expansion was never their aim. Nick’s departure from corporate life wasn’t about ‘retiring’, he explains, it was about ‘rewiring’ and having the freedom to pursue a daily lifestyle of their own creation. He’s gone from corporate logistics to making beds and he couldn’t be happier, which is evident in his sharp corners and tireless attention to detail. Cynthia, meanwhile, had made an earlier withdrawal from employee status and set up ‘Out on a Lim’ consulting, specialising in public relations, communications, content writing and marketing for regional producers and ‘locavores’. Under the banner of Out on a Lim (with the help and support of Nick) Cynthia has overseen a slew of local projects, which have not only created numerous opportunities for neighbouring producers, but significantly raised the sophistication and provenance of the region’s food culture. After spending a decade searching for local producers, the duo created the food eXchange, a community organisation and radio show promoting local, ethical food, including farmers, producers and 72


local food initiatives. The food eXchange not only promotes ethical and healthy food consumption, it links consumers with local producers creating a thriving community of likeminded people in the local area. (www. Next stop was the local markets. After expanding and remodelling the Tallarook Farmers’ Market into a growing farmers’ market, the couple set their sights to the north. Last year they set up the Nagambie Farmer’s Market (with much success) and as of this month the Avenel Market will undergo the same ‘Out on a Lim’ treatment. Cynthia’s plan is for locals to have access to a genuine farmers’ market every weekend of the year within an 80 kilometre radius to facilitate the availability of local produce. Also a regular contributor to Town and Country magazine, Cynthia is constantly finding new ways to link new local producers and service providers with customers, and create stronger community ties in the process. Whether Nick and Cynthia’s boundless enthusiasm and energy is a result of their surrounds or vice versa is arguable but regardless, they have created their environment and it stands as an example of how knowledge, passion and dedication can create not only a happy and sustainable lifestyle, but a truly elegant one too. Going out on a limb is the perfect metaphor for Nick and Cynthia’s journey to a successful rural life and Mark Twain was right when he enthused: “That’s where the fruit is!” NNE




Old School Winemaking by a Master From a wake to an awakening, wine writer IAN DUNN discovers the wonders of King Valley’s Oxley Estate wines. Picture by MEG WEBSTER


first became acquainted with the wines of Ciavarella’s Oxley Estate a few weeks ago at a wake. Good food had been eaten and some fine wines tasted by a sad group, including a couple of former wine makers who produced an Oxley Cabernet Merlot. Once I tasted it, I knew further investigation was required. So the Deft Palate and I made a trip to Oxley. No hardship in such a trip, being a lovely part of the lower King Valley. The cellar door is a delight of the old school with no frills, but a tasting experience with decent people who know their wines. The Ciavarella’s (Cyril and Jan) have operated Oxley Estate since 1978. Unlike so many producers with Italian names from the King and Alpine Valleys, they do not come from a background of tobacco growing. Cyril’s family hail from the Goulburn Valley, growing stone fruit. Cyril and Jan were teachers, with part of Cyril’s subsequent work involving consulting to ex-tobacco families as they

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again demonstrates something I have suspected for some time, notably, that the King Valley produces a more refined elegant wine than that produced at Rutherglen. This is a beautiful wine, which could be served with almost anything. And so to the Reserve Shiraz ($40). I explained to our house guests that we shouldn’t drink it on top of the wines described previously. “Let’s keep it until tomorrow”. Grand idea! Subsequently I arrived home a little later than anticipated the next day to find our guests in a happy frame of mind. Not only had the Reserve Shiraz been opened, it had been consumed! Not a drop remained. In response to my

queries I received “ awesome”, “ bloody huge wine” and many other favourable comments. Better judges than I (or the house guests) rate both this, and the Durif very highly. One final comment about this excellent producer. The Ciavarellas invest much time and effort in the grapes which are grown and sourced. They pay well to the handpicked vineyards from which they select their grapes. In a bad year they won’t make a particular wine if the fruit is not of a suitable quality. Many of the labels also contain an attribution for the particular vineyard source. In this, they set an excellent example. NNE NORTH BY NORTH-EAST



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½ cup of plain flour 1 x tablespoon of Cajun seasoning 1 x teaspoon of mixed dry herbs Olive oil Preheat the BBQ. Place in the clean plastic bag the plain flour, the Cajun seasoning and the dry herbs. Shake the bag to mix the dry ingreidents. Wash the trout in clean cold water throughly. Leaving the scales on. Place the trout into the seasoning bag and toss until the fish is well coated. Oil the BBQ with the olive oil. Remove the fish from the bag and place onto the preheated hot plate. Brown the trout on both sides until crispy. (By leaving the fine scales on the fish it helps adds to the crispiness). To know when the fish is cooked open the fish’s cavity area and check the blood line that runs down the spine. When it has gone dark in colour the trout is cooked. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and preferrably under open skies. NNE

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With a broad range of delicious options, NNE recently visited the Witch’s Brew Café for breakfast to really get the day started well. Story and pictures by PAT O’BRYAN


stroll to the far end of High St Mansfield for breakfast is well worth the effort. Breakfast is one of those meals which can mean so many different things to different people, and The Witches Brew serves up a delicious start to the day. A Witch’s breakfast is a meal where you can enjoy a wide variety of offerings. Starting with a coffee, tea or hot chocolate, the diner has choices ranging from small and sweet all the way through to hearty and savoury. It might be a house made muesli, a bowl of fruit with yoghurt, a croissant with jam, pancakes stacked high and topped with ice-cream, maple syrup and fresh strawberries or a meal of sausages, eggs, bacon and tomatoes with generous

slices of buttered toast. With the added advantage of a great location, breakfast becomes an occasion. The Witches Brew Café is bright and open on the inside and has a large covered deck area at the entrance that overlooks the High Street of Mansfield. If you fancy eating outdoors on a fine day it is a great spot, while inside the café is cheerful and welcoming in any weather. On a cold day, the open fire inside is very appealing. The friendly staff at The Witches Brew Café are prompt, greeting you with a smile. They are happy to accommodate any special requests, fresh water is readily available and there is a load of great reading material for diners who

enjoy lingering over their breakfast. Choices for breakfast from The Witches Brew menu include the All Day Breakfast list of dishes that fall under the headings of breakfast specials, rolls and Turkish bread toasties, free range eggs and toast, toast plus oats plus pastry plus sweet tooth items, the children’s breakfast, extras and there are always specials of the day. Under the breakfast specials there is the Brew Special of poached eggs on grilled Turkish bread served with smoked salmon and avocado, topped with hollandaise sauce ($17.50) or perhaps a Wicked Breakfast of fried eggs on sourdough with bacon, pork sausage, tomato, herb mushrooms and a hash brown ($19.50), breakfast

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bruschettas ($19.50), dukkah eggs with avocado, cheese kransky and feta on grilled turkish bread ($19.50) and there is a very vegie dish ($18.50). The toasties offer a range of fillings ($10.50 to $18.50). The eggs and toast ($9-$16) selections comprise favorites such as poached, scrambled, Benedict, Florentine and the popular Atlantic poached eggs, (smoked salmon and a hollandaise on a muffin). For the sweet tooth and toast lovers there is a broad selection of breads to choose from, including freshly baked croissants ($5.50 to $7.50), all with a list of spreadable options. Our leisurely breakfast on the deck for two started with a good strong coffee requested in an extra large cup and a tea. The pot of real tea came with an extra pot of hot water and as a special request, a small bowl of honey and a slice of lemon on the side. Both were delivered hot and swiftly. To start our day we selected the freshly baked croissant with jam on the side while the other diner ordered a special request of toasted sourdough with avocado and smoked salmon with one poached egg. The croissant was wonderfully fresh and came with plenty of jam, while the other meal arrived with generous slices

of avocado, a lavish helping of smoked salmon with a wedge of lemon and egg as requested and all with toast. It was great to be able to dally over breakfast with a friend, in comfortable surroundings, with good food. A great way to start the day. After a second tea and coffee we sadly couldn’t find any excuse to stay longer and had to move into the rest of the day. The Witches Brew Café is not just for breakfast, it is also open for lunch, and offers light meals and snacks, grilled Turkish toasties, something more hearty and a children’s lunch list of dishes. Their homemade pies and cakes are delicious and the brew burger and club sandwich are definitely for those with an appetite. Don’t hesitate to visit The Witches Brew Café for breakfast and lunch and be prepared to sit back and enjoy. We’ll be back for sure. NNE

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Kebabs with companions

It was a day where those new to Australia had the opportunity to show Euroa how to have a great day out. Story and pictures by COLETTE GEIER


ate last year on a sunny spring Sunday (one of the few when it wasn’t raining) my family and I spent the day at the Euroa Arboretum. The RAR (Rural Australians for Refugees) held a picnic at the Arboretum to welcome refugees living nearby in Shepparton. It was blissful. The refugees were predominantly from Iran and Afghanistan, of all ages and were warmly greeted by locals from all over the region. New refugees,



white Australians and local koori kids played cricket and soccer, fished, talked; everyone had a great time. For many of the refugees it was their first encounter with a lot of Australian flora and to see groups of young immigrants strolling around talking and smiling was so uplifting. Local Taungurung elder Uncle Roy performed a smoking ceremony and I suddenly thought: if church was like this, I’d be there every week. As everyone got settled and groups splintered off to catch tadpoles or take a walk, the food preparation began and suddenly I was in my element. A group of young Afghani and Iranian women were putting marinated beef, lamb and chicken on skewers and, as they seem to do in every culture, the blokes were firing up the barbie and taking all the credit. Along with the copious tubs of marinated meats was a large bowl of seasoned mince which was what I was really interested in. The women dipped their hands into bowls of water to stop the mix from sticking to their fingers and then scooped a handful of mixture and moulded it onto long flattened skewers with a mastery that was something to behold. Kobra, the young woman running the show (though the blokes would have told me otherwise) didn’t seem that thrilled with her role and it took me a while to find out why. She told me all about how to make the mixture and tips

Kebab Koobideh (Iranian minced meat kebab)

to getting it to stick to the skewers and then I worked out why she wasn’t thrilled to be there. She was a vegetarian, had been for half her life and yet that didn’t get her out of kebab duty. As the men fanned the coals in the Mangal, a middle-eastern BBQ, and I started to salivate with the smell, the women told me about the custom in the middle-east of walking through the smoke of the Mangal. Where meat was expensive and kebab a rare luxury, smelling like grilled meat was a sign of opulence and wealth that could be achieved by loitering beside your local kebab stand. When I asked what the mince was seasoned with, I was told: garlic, minced onion, yoghurt and a specific spice mix. When I then asked what was in this specific spice mix they all looked at me like I was mad. “You don’t make it,” they all said, “You buy it.” “But what if you can’t buy it?” I asked (to which they all viewed me like I was a bit simple). “You can always buy it,” they said, “Or you don’t have kebab!” This is when it occurred to me that most of these young adults had grown up in refugee camps without access to fresh spices and markets or if they hadn’t, they’d had access to far better spice merchants than you would find in rural Australia. Once cooked, the meat was served with salad, vegetables and yoghurt sauce in the best flat bread I’ve ever eaten. I sat mesmerised, savouring the flavours in the warm summer sun with my beloved family and my newly-made friends. The picnic was about welcoming refugees to rural Australia but as someone who was born here, I had never felt so comfortable in my own country and I was so profoundly proud of the place I call home. This recipe has since become a staple in our house and whilst it will never be as good as it was on the beautiful Sunday in late 2016, I’ll think of that day and those new Australians every time I eat it. NNE

Not everyone has a specialized charcoal Mangal at home to cook their kebabs on, so I took an old aluminum fence stay, busting it in half and placing it at both ends of the BBQ. I can rest the ends of the skewers on the stay and the meat is suspended above the grill. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice with a fabulous tangy flavour now widely available throughout the country. If there’s no sumac in the larder and town is a fair hike away, you can make do with a bit of lemon or citric acid but it won’t be quite as fabulous. ½ kilo beef mince ½ kilo lamb mince 1 - 2 onions 3 garlic cloves (crushed) 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sumac ½ tsp. ground black pepper ½ tsp. turmeric powder Whizz the onion in a food processor or blender and then press it into a sieve to remove most of the liquid. Mix all the ingredients together and allow to sit for as long as possible before moulding it onto flat skewers or shaping it into cigar-shaped logs. Making sure the kebabs aren’t too fat and allowing them to sit for an hour or so before cooking will stop them from falling off the skewers and cook evenly. YOGHURT SAUCE I cup natural yoghurt 1 clove garlic (crushed) 1 handful flat leaf parsley (chopped) 1 handful mint (chopped) ½ tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. sumac Salt and pepper to taste Mix all sauce ingredients together and allow to sit in the fridge for as long as possible. Cook the kebabs on a hot grill until just cooked but slightly charred on the outside. Place in a flatbread with lettuce, tomato, onion and plenty of sauce and fresh parsley and mint. I can guarantee you’ll eat more than is good for you; we hurt ourselves every time I make them. NORTH BY NORTH-EAST





This year we do have a wedding booked on Mt Buller in July,” said Robyn “they are from Darwin …

Wedded to the job Robyn Braddeley take great joy in marrying couples while Peter Braddeley is busy delivering the mail to Tolmie. This busy couple from Merrijig have a varied, fun life together. Story and pictures by LYNNDA HEARD u




Every couple Robyn marries is special. Pictures supplied by Robyn Braddeley


eter is a self confessed golf tragic and on this particular day he did not wish to talk about his latest turn around the links. Robyn and Peter Braddeley are sitting at the table in their lovely home in the foothill of Mt Buller that they built in Merrijig ten years ago. It was fourteen years ago that they moved to Mansfield and it is understandable why Peter and Robyn chose this part of Victoria to live in when you see the mountains that soar up behind their home. It is a fine sunny morning after a generous summer downpour the day before. Robyn and Peter are preparing for a wedding, not their own but to preside over one that is to take place in Mansfield. Robyn has been a civil



celebrant for the last three years. “My confidence has grown but I am still a bit nervous,” said Robyn. “I love being a celebrant but my nerves can be a bit debilitating on the actual day of wedding.” There are times when Robyn has said Peter ‘why did you let me do it’. Once the wedding commences and Robyn focuses on the couple in front of her she forgets all her nerves. “I really do love it and once we start I am generally not aware of the guests, I focus only on the couple,” said Robyn. The groom can be the anxious one on the day and Robyn can often find herself talking with them to help calm their nerves before the ceremony. After the formalities both Robyn and Peter enjoy

observing the coming together of the different families. “Be coming a civil celebrant was always something that loitered in the back of my mind,” admitted Robyn. The couple moved to Mansfield when Peter applied for and was offered the role of Principle at the Mansfield Secondary College. “Mansfield always sounded a nice place and I needed a change,” said Peter “and as it turned out it was a good school to come to. I have always wanted to be a teacher and principal,” said Peter. Living Mansfield is a long way from family and being far away from them can be difficult sometimes. The couple have four grand children Jud, Tully, Amity and Hamilton and six children Hayden, Jackson, Lachlan, Jessica, Millicent and Stephanie. “We are a blended family,” explains Peter and Robyn “and we are very proud of them all, they are our strength and delight. Keeping any family close takes lots of hard work and everyone of our family works hard to ensure that we stay a family and we do, it’s beautifully, we are very proud parents.” Peter retired from teaching in 2012 and now helps Robyn on the wedding days by hauling equipment, organizing the music and also provides moral support. It is something that they enjoy doing together. Some of the weddings that Peter and Robyn preside are Peter’s former students from Mansfield. The weddings are only Peter’s weekend work, during the week Peter hold the contract to deliver the mail in Tolmie, “it means a lot of driving, I enjoy listening to radio national and it is amazing to see

On the day before the wedding Peter scoured the park and moved the rubbish bins that could have spoil the photos …

where people live up in the mountains.” Electronic parcel tracking means that Peter has to be on his toes as the Tolmie residents are pretty electronically savvy. Robyn admitted that since Peter became a postie she can no longer hide the parcels she was having delivered. “In the past Peter had no idea of what I bought and what was delivered. When a parcel arrived I would tuck it under the bed and bring it out later and tell Peter that I had it for ages,” smiles Robyn, and Peter too. Another admission was from Peter. “A postie’s car always has different coloured side mirrors, as they are always hitting mail boxes with them. I did borrow Robyn’s car once to do the run; only the once.” When the couple first moved to Mansfield Robyn was anxious to find stimulating employment after being Business Manager at the Hayward Secondary College and as luck would have it she found work as an administrator in Mansfield. A health scare made her refocus her future and she left work to relax only to find herself working part-time at Timbertop as Medical Secretary. She has been there for the past twelve months and she enjoys it very much. Peter and Robyn’s own wedding helped to convince the couple that

Robyn becoming a Civil celebrant was a good move. Their ceremony was at Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller and the reception at Principle Valley. The photographs were to be taken at the park. On the day before the wedding Peter scoured the park and moved the rubbish bins that could have spoil the photos and even spoke to a couple who were camping there and asked them if they would move. They were happy to move according to Robyn. Robyn enjoys the whole ambiance of a wedding and has a good rapport with people. All of the weddings we attend are special according to Robyn. “There are some weddings where I only physically meet the couple on the day of the wedding,” said Robyn. “We generally don't stay for the reception, it’s lovely to be asked but we usually decline.” Craig's Hut is a favorite location for weddings. Robyn recalls that in one case the bride had her heart set on being married there ever since she saw the movie ‘The Man from Snowy River’ at the age of eight. “She was from Western Australia and had never been to the area before,” said Robyn. There are some weddings that stay in your memory according to Robyn and one such was performed at a hut on Mt Stirling, there was only the bride,

groom, their parents and us, it was lovely. Peter points out that access to these remote locations can be a problem especially if the weather has made the access tracks difficult to travel on. The growth in weddings happening in the region has amazed the Braddeleys. Over the past three years Robyn has gone from performing thirteen weddings a year to twenty-one in 2016. Considering that most weddings happen in the warmer months, that’s a lot of weddings. “This year we do have a wedding booked on Mt Buller in July,” said Robyn “they are from Darwin and hoping for snow.” With the weddings on the weekends and Peter delivering the mail during the week, free time is a bit tricky. Robyn is also Secretary Treasurer for the Merrijig Rodeo Association and only realized the enormity of the task after she accepted the position. The fact that she knew nothing about rodeos has not diminished her enthusiasm for the job, even when it requires some impressive time juggling during the wedding season. “We have ordered a caravan to do some serious travelling around Australia,” said Peter “and I don’t mind European hotels either”. NNE

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Delightful art and music


enalla Art Gallery, nestled in the tops of the huge trees beside the Broken River in the beautiful Benalla Botanic Gardens, has two brilliant exhibitions coming up. Dawn to the Wild by Kate Jenvey will be on display February 9th to April 2nd, and West of the Divide by the famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley, February 11th to April 23rd. Kate’s pieces are highly detailed images of wild animals and birds. The countryside of Australia is the inspiration for Brett Whiteley in this particular exhibition of his work. The Benalla gallery is always a delight to visit. NNE



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he doors of Michelini Wines Cellar in Myrtleford are open to more than those who enjoy their wine. Over March and April, John Dermer, ceramicist from Yackandandah, and member of the International Academy of Ceramics, will be displaying his exceptional work at Michelini Wines Cellar Door. John lives in the Yackandandah Valley and in 2006 won the highly prestigious Saltzbrand Keramik International Award in Koblenz, Germany for his ceramics. In 1987 he received a major commission from Romaldo Giurgola and Pamille Berg for the new Parliament House in Canberra. John has a passion for the Australian outback and photography and annually travels to the remote areas of Australia in search of inspiration. Michelini is a great venue for this exhibition and is located on the Great Alpine Road just as you enter Myrtleford, with plenty of room for parking. This is an opportunity to taste the wines of Michelini while discovering the talents of John Dermer. The exhibition is from March 1st to April 30th and entry is free. Michelini Wines Cellar Door is open from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week at 213 Great Alpine Road Myrtleford. NNE

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he Juke will be the music and will be performed by the jazz and blues duo Wilson and White; the venue will be the glorious Saladin Lodge in Narbethong and the place, it will be jumping. This classic take on the Juke Joint tradition with harmonica sounds from Troy Wilson and Matthew White will make for a great evening of music. Let’s face it the venue, Saladin Lodge, is the perfect bush setting for a great night of music from the 20s and 30s along with 50s Chicago blues music eras that will bring to life the origin of the blues. Wilson and White have embraced not only the music, but the style as well. Matthew White’s outfit is a homage to Sunnyboy Williamson, his favourite musician and he wears a triple-breasted suit, jacket, bowler hat and an umbrella over his arm and according to all reports it suits him down to the ground. Kym from Saladin Lodge will be adding

to the night of music with a buffet meal in the middle of the performance and the bar will be open to purchase drinks. All in all, this sounds like a fantastic night to head to Narbethong. Remember though that word does spread fast and this is a ticket only event, so book early. For those travelling a distance for this night of jazz and blues there is accommodation available at Saladin Lodge but remember again to book early as it will surely fill fast. The Juke Joint night is on the 11th of March and if you need more information or want to book a seat or ten visit NNE

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A time to reflect

Barkskins, by Annie Proulx, 4th Estate, 713pp, $25.50. Reviewed by JOE BLAKE


merican writer Annie Proulx has had a long and distinguished writing career, and this is the great work she’s been promising all her life. An expert in the short-story format – Brokeback Mountain and others have been made into films – she’s needed a lot of pages to cover the epic scope of this novel. Covering three centuries of the logging industry in the USA, Canada and elsewhere is going to take a lot of words. The native people of North America, like ours in Australia, lived a rich life in harmony with the land. This was until the intervention of the Europeans who saw the possibility of getting rich from exploiting the natural resources that were laid at their feet. Generally treated horribly in their original countries, these Europeans felt no responsibility to look after the environment or inhabitants of their new world. In the late 1600s Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, a couple of young Frenchmen, are assigned to a wealthy landowner in what is now Canada. Their duty is to clear the forest so their boss can grow crops and, in Sel’s case, to marry a native American woman. Duquet escapes, remaking his life so that he becomes his own boss, employing others, cutting down trees and starting a dynasty of descendants who do the same. Their efforts have a huge effect not only on the forests, which seem to have no limits, but

Like my father before me, I earned my first money in the timber industry. My job, stripping the bark from posts, was a hell of a way for a skinny 10-year-old with a blunt axe to make a sixpence.”

also on the lives of those who live and work in these forests. Sel’s family story is one of relentless destruction; of the environment, of people’s self-esteem, of life itself. The French connection is lost and they become part of the native American trauma. When Duquet’s family destroys the forests close to their home in Canada, they move to America, first to Boston and then to Chicago. They also make a trip to New Zealand to ensure the wholesale slaughter of the Kauri forests there. Meanwhile some of the Sels lose their lives in logging accidents; climbing to the very top of a tree and riding a logjam in a raging river are incredibly dangerous activities, even if they are considered a normal part of a day’s work. All of their acquired native knowledge is eventually lost. Retaining a connection to an environment that no longer exists is hard. On occasion, a possibility arises that some family member will inherit some of the wealth that’s their due, but always it’s thwarted by one of the Duquets. This marvellous book is not just a wonderful novel. It’s a timely history of an industry that, like many others which extract natural resources, has had a catastrophic effect on the world. Everyone should read this book and take a bit of time to reflect. We don’t have the excuses of those early settlers who’d been treated so badly. For many of us, life’s been very fortunate. NNE




An estate with majestic views


s you cross the Broken River and wind your way up Ohalloran Road your eye is drawn to the top of the hill where number 233 grandly sits, only 10 minutes from Mansfield township, yet in the midst of glorious countryside. An impressive brick gateway with iron gates creates anticipation of something special at the end of the winding driveway that does not disappoint. Following the stone driveway leads to a high covered entranceway that can also serve as a double carport. Bullnose verandas stretch along the front of the two wings of the home or should I say, homes. On entering you are struck by the magnificent views of the mountains - Mt Buller and Mt Stirling and the surrounding countryside through the expansive windows that form the south-easterly wall of impressive open plan lounge, family and living areas. The lounge is set down which gives the large area a sense of separation and relaxed formality. From the lounge area you look across to the kitchen and the family/living room. A kitchen built to a commercial standard is evidence of the owners’ commitment to quality. The rear of the kitchen comprises floor-to-ceiling cupboards,



while a substantial island bench houses gas hotplates, all with views across the mountain vista. Glass sliding doors lead from the dining area to the deck and garden, creating a perfect space for entertaining or just relaxing. Off the lounge is a billiard room with its own bar, bathroom and a small balcony off to one side. A short passageway with more storage cupboards runs from behind the kitchen, giving access to the country-style laundry with plenty of bench space, storage and outside access. The smaller of the two bedrooms is off to the side and has a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe, with a wall of windows giving sliding door access to the covered verandah. Adjacent to this bedroom and the laundry is a large well-appointed en suite with bath and separate toilet that also opens into the laundry, great for those quick dashes from outside. At the end of the hallway is the master bedroom running the width of the house. With views out across the beautiful Mansfield valley and up into the mountains it is the perfect place to wake each morning. A generous en suite with spa bath and walk-in robe complements this special space. Made up of three sections, the main

“A kitchen with a view to satisfy hungry tummies and eyes�

house and smaller complete home are connected by a glass atrium housing a large seven-person cedar above ground spa. This atrium, with a glass door opening onto the deck, also offers views of the magnificent vista outside. The smaller home is slightly offset, giving privacy to both abodes whilst maintaining magnificent views. Effectively one building comprising two residences, the formal elegance of the main house complements the country feel of the smaller home. The smaller home (the owners call it an apartment but home is more accurate) has its own covered entry from the main driveway. From the entrance hallway a double bedroom to the left, with floor to ceiling wardrobe and window, overlooks the garden and has its own en suite with bath. Further along the hallway you enter the well-appointed kitchen that looks across the dining and lounge room. The combustion heater in this area can easily warm the entire house. The living area has timber-lined cathedral ceilings and benefits from the natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that open to the garden. A full-sized laundry leads off the kitchen with external access. The large master bedroom with en suite includes a

spa bath. Glass sliding doors enable you to wander out to the garden and take in the views. Space, quality and thought have gone into the building of this home (or homes). Under the billiard room is an office with external access. A three car lockable garage sits snugly between the two wings of the home with a cement floor and access to the main house. In the past the owners have utilized the facilities to run a gourmet retreat and B&B whilst taking care to retain its family feeling. This home deserves a great garden and the owners have delivered. The formal feel of the garden is not only very impressive but also deceptively simple. The widespread use of box hedge and roses throughout the grounds is complemented by bluestone retaining walls. Stone paths meander through the grounds, leading to a formal maze, full sized tennis court and fountains, all lending to the formal feel of the grounds. In addition to the formal garden there is an extensive orchard with mature trees, partially covered with netting and serviced with a drip

watering system. Again, well thought out and properly implemented. The property comprises 24.28ha (60 acres) with the paddocks all well fenced and watered. The land rises from the Broken River flats up into the hills where this grand home stands. There are wooden stockyards and a large lockable equipment shed. There are sheds and water for poultry, a stable and two hay sheds, all in excellent order. The house has a large gas cylinder, solar panels and split systems for heating and cooling. There is still a liquor license for the property from its gourmet days. Be it retirement, family home, retreat or a mix of all of these, this home will fulfil all needs. NNE

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MOLESWORTH “BONNIE BRAE” 349 ACRES * This special property has been in the one family since around the 1900s. * 3 titles, one title with two houses, the other title with numerous beautiful house sites with unbeatable views. * Billabongs and wetlands of significant environment importance, attracting migrating birds and wildlife. * Goulburn river frontage, Home Creek (seasonal) flows into the property. * Highly productive grazing land with a perfect balance of river flats and hills. * Water: Goulburn River, Home Creek, natural springs, spring fed dams, water tanks, dams, stock and domestic bores, river irrigation licence for 15 ML high reliability and 18.4 ML low reliability. * Cattle yards with crush, sheep yards, round yard, shearing shed with yards, machinery shed, carport, workshop, chicken coop, 2 hay sheds, dairy/barn * Homestead - 3 bedroom WB home, kitchen, lounge and dining.

* The Farm Stay - 3 bedroom, ensuite, * Excellent access with Molesworth Dropmore Road running through the bathroom. There is an additional property, dividing the flats from the outdoor laundry, shower and toilet hills. as an amenities block. * Running 300 sheep and 110 cows and calves. Self-sufficient folder production of hay and silage. * Approx 28 paddocks with a lane way system.

* Fertiliser and pasture improvement history

150 – 152 Molesworth Dropmore Road


* 5 mins to Molesworth, 20 mins to Yea, 1 hour to Melbourne suburbs. 1.5 km to The Great Rail Trail.

Alexandra branch - 5772 1110 Nik Patek 0409 936 210

78 Grant Street, Alexandra (03) 5772 1110 L O C A L S E R V I C E , N AT I O N A L S T R E N G T H

For support call: 13 11 14

‘GILBURN’ - Euroa

58 Anderson Street

“Gilburn” is a beautifully restored Edwardian period home built in 1912 that displays period charm throughout, yet features all the modern comforts in a spacious 30 squares of living to cater for your growing family, business or hobby needs. Houses of this grandeur are hard to come by in central Victoria. A modern central kitchen designed for a chef opens to formal and informal living and dining spaces. The master bedroom features an ensuite, as does a second bedroom. Several other rooms could serve as generous family and guest bedrooms or be used for other purposes, such as a study, library, TV room, home office, etc. A large home theatre room would comfortably seat the family and all the neighbours. Ducted in-floor gas heating and evaporative ducted airconditioning provide year-round comfort, as does the rear sun room and enclosed deck. Outside there is a triple-car garage that can also accommodate a workshop and all your storage needs. The spacious grounds include established gardens, veggie patch, a variety of fruit trees and two garden sheds. Sited on a large block of approximately 1115 sqm, this home is well located, within an easy stroll to schools and Euroa’s shopping centre and amenities.


$550,000 - $585,000

Elders Property ID: 9437414

Peter O’Connor 0429 951 099

(03) 5736 4300

27 Binney Street


Rich in views and soil


he Goulburn River flows through Molesworth and past ‘Bonnie Brae’ as it make its way to the Murray. Bonnie Brae’s river flats abut the water and are rich and productive. The remaining half of the 349 acre property comprises of 26 paddocks, rises into the hills of the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges and the rear property fence line abuts Mt Concord. Bonnie Brae is about ten minutes from the township of Yea which is just over an hour from Melbourne. Set back from the Maroondah Highway, Bonnie Brae feels as though you are as far away as you could be from the often madness of city life. Looking out over the hills, the river, streams, abundance of mature gum trees and billabongs you can easily forget that there is a bustling town literally just over the hills. The present owners’ family have owned Bonnie Brae since 1900. Over the generations improvements to the land as well as changes to its usage have been made. Sheep rated fencing covers the hills and electric fencing runs around most paddocks. There are times when the fertile river flats are flooded, and the river dumps a layer of silt to build upon the already



abundant soil. Here the owners have annually cut silage and hay. This was once a dairy property; the old dairy building still remains and has been converted into a storage shed with electricity and stainless steel benches. The two homes on Bonnie Brae are situated on the higher side of the property. The older of the homes has been used as a farm-stay, it is weatherboard with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The other more substantial home is also weatherboard; built around the 1950s and moved to the property in 2000, it has two bedrooms and is all electric. There are numerous house sites to choose from if you wanted to build your own special home in the country. Dropmore Road runs for about a kilometre through the property, dividing the flats from the hills and providing excellent access to the paddocks as do the many laneways between paddocks. The old shearing shed is still used today and has been converted to a two shearing stand shed last year. It is filled with many memories and heaps of character. There is plenty of water on the property. As well as the Goulburn River there are three billabongs, and dams in most paddocks. The access to water

provides great fishing and boating opportunities. In the past, commercial vegetable crops have been grown on the flats. Presently the owners have studs of Polwarth and coloured sheep and are running about 400 sheep and about 80 head of Angus and Murray Grey cattle. Wherever you look, the views are wonderful and there is an abundance of mature native tress and plentiful native wildlife. The billabongs teem with local fauna including platypus and birds. The owners often see deer walking through their paddocks as they move down from the hills to drink at the river. There are two hay sheds and three sets of sheep yards, two horse square yards and a round yard. The forty-foot machinery shed has four bays. Numerous other shedding exists including a work shed with lockable rooms. The cattle yards are well positioned for easy access and has a shed converted so the owners can shear alpacas. Many wonderful stories are attached to this property, including the filming of a scene for the movie The Frontier where Bonnie Brae was chosen as the setting for the attack on the Indian village. This is a lovely property that has possibilities galore. NNE

AT A GLANCE ‘Bonnie Brae’ 150-152 Molesworth Dropmore Rd, Molesworth 349 acres Price: $2.5 million Agent: RuralCo Alexandra Nik Patek 03 5772 1110



Impressive freshly painted brick home comprising of 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite, walk in robe and split system air conditioner.

Just under 3 acres with neat and well-presented three bedroom brick veneer home with built in robes, master bedroom with ensuite, plus modern updated kitchen. A separate lounge with wood heater and dining area plus verandah’s all round makes this an appealing country retreat.


Spacious lounge with wood heater and split system air conditioner, dining area, galley style kitchen with walk in pantry and meals area, family bathroom, spacious laundry and double garage with internal access. Located on generous size block of approx. 1619sqm in parklike setting with just a short stroll to the Goulburn River. $438,000 Belinda Hocking 0418 115 574


Good shedding, fenced into 3 paddocks, in ground swimming pool, 5kw solar power, dam, town water, great rumpus/games room for the kids to enjoy. Don’t let this one pass you by. $440,000

5772 3444




Extraordinary Retreat MANSFIELD 233 OHALLORAN ROAD Taking advantage of jaw dropping views on 60 acres, originally built for a quality retirement, this property became a renown country gourmet retreat where guests could completely unwind amongst an amazing setting. Massive feature windows, high ceilings and large rooms throughout, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, dual living areas with step down formal lounge, commercial grade kitchen and billiards room easily converted to an extra bedroom if required. Great flexibility with the floorplan incorporating a self-contained apartment separated by covered spa room enjoying established garden with wonderful nooks, extraordinary roses, carport at main entrance plus triple lock up garage. Tennis court, extensive shedding, stable, cattle yards and netted orchard are all immaculately maintained. Abundant water supply with one boundary running to the Broken River and fenced into several easily managed paddocks. Inspections by appointment contact Andrew Clark of Clark & Co Real Estate on 03 5779 1700 or Andrew Houghton of RT Edgar on 03 9727 5300

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Happenings February&March February&March The following events are listed as a free service and were believed to be correct at the time of going to print. Readers should check details in case of changes and for further information.

Markets Every Saturday Mansfield Produce Swap 10am – 12noon Free. Swap excess produce. 120 High St.

Myrtleford Central Market 9am – 2pm. Farmers’ produce & local artisans. 10 Clyde St (rear entrance from Myrtle St). 0427 272 777 Myrtleford Produce Market (DEC to MAY) 8am – 12noon. St Paul’s Anglican Church Between Clyde St & Great Alpine Rd. 0419 872 326

Every Sunday

Third Sunday of month Myrtleford Flea Market 8am – 12pm. Old School Museum, Elgin St. 03 5727 1417 or 03 5752 1963

Flowerdale Community Market 9am – 1pm. Flowerdale Community Hall, Yea–Whittlesea Rd. 03 5780 1223

Wangaratta Farmers’ Market 8.30am – 12pm.

Mansfield Lions Craft Market 8am – 1pm.

Local produce & food. Apex Park, Clements St.

High St median strip. 03 5777 3760

Yackandandah Lions Club Market

Violet Town Community Market 8.30am – 1pm.

9am – 1pm. Wellsford St. 0418 122 921

No dogs. Recreation Reserve, Tulip St.

Fourth Saturday of month

Avian Park Raceway Wangaratta Market

Second Sunday of month

Alexandra on Perkins Market 8am – 2pm Perkins St. Alexandra 03 5772 1100

8am – 1pm. Newman St. 0427 215 258

Avenel Produce & Craft Market

Beechworth Country Craft Market 9am – 3pm.

First Saturday of month

9am – 1pm. Jubilee Park Queen St. 0468 586 069

Queen Victoria Park, Sydney Rd. 03 5728 2968

Beechworth Farmers’ Market 9am – 12pm.

Benalla Lions Club Carboot Sale

Benalla Lakeside Quality Craft & Produce Market 9am – 2pm. Fawkner Drive, Lake Benalla

Fresh local produce. Church grounds, cnr Ford & Church Sts. 0408 859 282

8am – 12pm. Fawkner Drv carpark.


Mansfield CWA Craft & Produce Market (FEB) 10am – 2pm. CWA Hall, High St.

Bollygum Park Community Market

Mansfield Farmers’ Market 8.30am – 1pm.

Mount Beauty Community Markets 9am – 2pm.

10am – 2pm. 40 Whittlesea – Kinglake Rd, Kinglake. 0409 849 722

Myrtleford Farmers’ Market 8am - 12.30pm.

Hollands St & Kiewa Cres. 03 5754 4097

Bonnie Doon Country Market & Car Boot Sale

Nagambie Lakes Community Market

4 – 8.30pm. 03 5778 7722 Bonnie Doon Community Centre grounds, Arnot St

9am – 1pm. Blayney Reserve (Beside the Lake)

Tatong Village Market 8am – 1pm. Tatong Tavern, Benalla-Tatong Rd, Tatong.

Yackandandah Makers Market 9am – 1pm. Yackandandah Station Artspace. 0411 029 566

Yea Country Market 9am – 1pm. Yea Railway Park, Station St. 0411 433 702

First Sunday of month Chiltern Market 10am – 2pm. Lake View House, 18 – 22 Victoria St. 0431 821 347

Milawa Gourmet Region Producers Market (MAR only) 9am – 2pm. The Crossroads Milawa, Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd. Milawa. 03 5727 3507

Myrtleford Cotters Market (FEB only) 9am – 2pm. Jubilee Park, Great Alpine Rd, Myrtleford. 0425 752 318

Tallarook Farmers’ Market 9am – 1pm. Mechanics’ Institute, Main Rd, Tallarook.

Second Saturday of month

Marysville Community Market 9am – 1pm.

Median strip High St. 0417 319 879 Piazza & adjacent church grounds. 03 5752 1800

Fourth Sunday of month Kinglake Produce & Artisan Market

Marysville Central Park, Darwin St 0405 146 961

10am – 3pm. 19 Whittlesea – Kinglake Rd, Kinglake. 03 5786 1976

Myrtleford Cotters Market (MAR only)

Marysville Community Market 9am – 1pm.

9am – 2pm. Jubilee Park, Great Alpine Rd, Myrtleford. 0425 752 318

Rutherglen Farmers’ Market 9am – 12.30pm. Lions Park, Douglas St, Rutherglen. 1800 622 871

Third Saturday of month Bright Market 9am – 1pm. Howitt Park. 0457 953 586

Euroa Village Farmers’ Market

Marysville Central Park, Darwin St. 0405 146 961

Shire Libraries Alexandra Grant St 03 5772 0349 Beechworth Cnr Albert Rd & Harper Ave 1300 365 003

Benalla Nunn St 03 5762 2069

9am – 1pm. Rotary Park, Kirkland Ave.

Bright Ireland St 03 5755 1540

Moyhu Farmers’ & Community Market

Flowerdale/Eildon/Marysville/Strath Creek

8am – 12pm. Lions’ Park, King Valley Rd.

03 5772 0349

Tolmie Farmers’ Market (SEP – MAY only) 8am – 1pm. Locally grown produce & products. Tolmie Recreation Reserve 5776 2231

Euroa Binney St 1300 374 765

Kinglake Kinglake – Whittlesea Rd 03 5786 1522 Mansfield Collopy St 03 5775 2176 Myrtleford Cnr Standish St & O’Donnell Ave 03 5752 2038

Alexandra Market 9am – 1pm. Alexandra Timber Tramway. 7 Station St.

Yackandandah Monthly Produce Swap

Mansfield CWA Craft & Produce Market (MAR) 10am – 2pm. CWA Hall, High St.

Yarck Country Market 9am – 1.30pm.

Wangaratta Docker St 03 5772 4211

Yarck Hall, Maroondah Hwy. 03 5773 4304

Yea The Semi Circle 03 5797 2209



9.30am. Yackandandah Community Garden. William St. 0477 417 445

Nagambie High St 1300 374 765 Violet Town Cowslip St 1300 374 765

Shire Swimming Pools

Gig Guide

Alexandra Perkins St

Open Mic Every Tuesday from 7.30pm. Commercial Hotel, Alexandra

Avenel Queen St

Open Mic 1st Sunday monthly 5 – 9pm. Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth

Beechworth Harper Ave Benalla Mair St Bright Gavan St Bright River Pool Centenary Park

Beechworth Ghost & Paranormal Tours Most nights. 1300 366 231 Live Music at Bright Brewery Sundays. Buxton Hotel Motel Live Music Last Sun of month. 03 5774 7381

Everton Hotel Open Mic Session 2nd Sunof month, 2pm. 03 5727 0232 The Flowerdale Hotel 2pm first Sunday monthly. 03 5780 1230

Chiltern Alliance St

Bracket & Jam at Mansfield Regional Produce Store. 3rd Fri of month. 6.30pm. 03 5779 1404

Eildon High St

60/40 & Dance Night 7.30 – 10.30pm every 4th Sat. Anglican Parish Hall, 2 Anzac Ave Seymour

Euroa Brock St

Wangaratta Ukulele Band 1st Thursday monthly Vine Hotel, Wangaratta Nth.

Mansfield Highett St

Yackandandah Old Time Dance 2nd Sat of month. Public Hall

Marysville Falls Rd

Galleries & Museums

Mount Beauty Pool Rd Myrtleford Standish St Nagambie Vickers Rd

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum Station St, Alexandra Banksia Gallery King Parrot Valley Country Retreat 26-66 Wentworth Rd, Strath Creek 0457 590 022

Bainz Gallery Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker St, Wangaratta

Porepunkah River Pool Nicholson St

Benalla Art Gallery Botanic Gardens Bridge St, Benalla

Rutherglen High St

Benalla Costume & Pioneer Museum 14 Mair St, Benalla

Tangambalanga Kiewa East Rd

Benalla Migrant Camp & Aviation Museum Samaria Rd.

Violet Town Tulip St

Bright Art Gallery Mountbatten Ave, Bright

Wangaratta Swan St

Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden 51 Falls Rd, Marysville

Yackandandah Railway Av Yea High St

Cinemas & Performing Arts

Chambers Gallery 113 High Street, Broadford El Dorado Museum 136 Main St, El Dorado Gallery 34 34 High St, Yea Highlands Hillcrest Gallery & Studio ’Hillcrest’, 33 Old Highlands Rd, Highlands

Ibrox Fine Art Gallery 24 Highett St, Mansfield 0418 579 633

Benalla Performing Arts & Convention Centre

John Dermer Gallery 225 Kirkby Flat Rd, Yackandandah

57 Samaria Rd

Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum 7523 Goulburn Valley Hwy

Chiltern Star Theatre Main St 03 5726 1395

MAG. Mansfield Art Gallery 4 Highett St. Mansfield 1300 783 446

Euroa Community Cinema

Mansfield Historical Society Mansfield Railway Station 175 High St. Mansfield

Shire Building, Bury St

Marian Rennie Gallery 132 Breakaway Rd, Acheron

Mansfield Armchair Cinema

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) 546 Dean St, Albury (02) 6023 8154

1 Chenery St www.the–

North East Artisans 122 Bridge St, Benalla

Swanpool Cinema

Old Courthouse Gallery Cnr. Emily St & High St, Seymour

2386 Midland Hwy

Old Post Office Seymour 50 Emily St, Seymour

Violet Town St Dunstan’s Hall High St

Robert O’Hara Burke Museum Loch St, Beechworth

Wangaratta Cinema Centre

Ruffy Produce Store 26 Nolans Rd, Ruffy 03 5790 4387

1st Floor, The Co Store Complex,

Rustic Simplicity @ The Shear ‘N’ shedS 74 Grant St, Alexandra

Cnr Ovens & Reid Sts

The Farmers’ Arms Hotel Museum 25 Kirkland Ave, Euroa 03 5798 9548

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

The Gallery 225 Kirbys Flat Rd. Yackandandah

33 – 37 Ford St

The Sheila Inc Design Centre 52 – 54 Binney St, Euroa 0400 753 715

Wangaratta Players Inc 4D Evans St 0427 522 318

Wangaratta Art Gallery 56 Ovens St, Wangaratta

Yackandandah Memorial Hall Complex

Wangaratta Historical Society Ford St

High St

Wangaratta Visitors Centre Exhibition Room 100 Murphy St. Wangaratta NORTH BY NORTH-EAST



Events (February) Saturday 28 January – Sunday 2 April

Sunday 5 February

Michelle Nikou: a e i o u

Origami at Mansfield Art Gallery

Michelle Nikou transforms mundane domestic

Mansfield Art Gallery, 4 Highett St. Mansfield 1300 783 446

objects and materials into sculptures of humour and marvel. Benalla Art Gallery Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street West, Benalla

Wednesday 8 February

Blueberry Book Launch

Wednesday 1 February – Tuesday 28 March

Glenna Thomson’s book launch ‘Blueberry’ 6pm Mansfield Regional Produce Store. 68 High St. Mansfield 03 5779 1404

Geoff Coleman – Painting Over Time Figurative paintings in a contemporary style. Wangaratta Art Gallery, 56 Ovens St. Wangaratta

Thursday 2 February Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Stage One Wangaratta to Falls Creek

Thursday 9 February – Sunday 2 April Drawn to the Wild: Kate Jenvey Images of wild animals and birds. 10am – 5pm Benalla Art Gallery Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street West, Benalla 03 5760 2619

1800 801 065 03 5721 5711

Friday 10 – Sunday 12 February

Adventure Travel Film Festival

Friday 3 February

Bright Brewery Complex, 76a Gavan St. Bright

Brewer For A Day at Bright Brewery 121 Great Alpine Rd. Bright 03 5755 1346

Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Stage Two – Mt Beauty to Beechworth 1300 365 003

Saturday 4 February Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb at Ruffy 6pm drinks, nibbles @ Ruffy Store. 8pm live music across the road at the Tablelands Community Centre. Tickets $25pp, bookings 0428 380 114. 26 Nolans Rd. Ruffy 03 5790 4387

Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Stage Three – Benalla to Mitchelton Winery 03 5762 1749

Shakespeare in the Vines Much Ado About Nothing in a grass amphitheatre. Gapsted Wines, 3897 Great Alpine Rd. Gapsted 03 5751 1383

Wangaratta Speedway Gates open at 12 noon with racing from 4pm. Wangaratta Speedway, 58 Shanley St.

Ales on Ovens Showcasing some of the finest brews from around

Saturday 11 February 131st Tolmie Sports Day The 131st sports day for the family. Woodchopping, equestrian and novelty events, craft and produce stalls, historical displays, kids races, the Three Man Challenge Tolmie Sports Ground, Old Tolmie Road, Tolmie

Saturday 11 February – 23 April Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide Works spanning four decades of the artist’s career. Benalla Art Gallery Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street West, Benalla 03 5760 2619

Thursday 16 February Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) visits Wangaratta Vivaldi, Mozart, Borne and Paganini pieces. St Patrick’s Church, Ford St. Wangaratta

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2017 DHI National Series, Round Three


Dean Haitani Live Bridge Road Brewers, 50 Ford St. Old Coach House, Beechworth 03 5728 2703

Sunset Soirees at Lake Moodemere Estate 12 Lake Moodemere Rd. Rutherglen 02 6032 9449

Nagambie Regatta Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre, Loddings Lane. Nagambie 03 9645 0624

Sunday 19 February Wicked Virgin Motor Cycle Show Wicked Virgin & Calico Town Wines, 165 Hopetoun Rd. Rutherglen 02 6032 7022

Friday 24 February Facile Dinner at Fairweather Farmgate 1556 Goulburn Valley Hwy. Thornton 0425 773 492

LANZA SINGS AGAIN!!! 7pm The life story and hits of Mario Lanza, one of the greatest tenors of our time. Mansfield Performing Arts Centre 15 View St. Mansfield 03 5777 3141 0418 595 878

Saturday 25 February Wangaratta Speedway Ned Kelly Cup Wangaratta Speedway, 58 Shanley St.

Winemakers’ Menu - Gapsted Wines 6pm Gapsted Wines, 3897 Great Alpine Rd. Gapsted 03 5751 1383

Sunday 26 February Lake Mountain Super G Family Ride Day Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, 1071 Lake Mountain Rd. Marysville

Tolpuddle Farm Open Day

$50 per adult - Grazing buffet with LIVE music ($30 per child 4 -12) Holmesglen at Eildon, 92 Moore Rd. Eildon 03 5774 2631


Stereo Stories is music and memoir, story and song. Stage Door Studio, 4D Evans St. Wangaratta 0407 867 778

Saturday 18 February

03 5721 7724

1800 021 621

0425 773 492

Wangaratta Marathon & Fun Run

Long Lazy Summer Lunch 12noon - 4pm

St Leonards Vineyard. 201 St Leonards Rd. Wahgunyah

Must book. Fully licensed. 1556 Goulburn Valley Hwy. Thornton

Big Hill Mountain Bike Park, Bogong High Plains Tourist Dve. Mt Beauty 07 5628 0110 www.mtba.

Victoria. Apex Park, Clements St. Wangaratta

Music on the Murray at St Leonards Vineyard

Formelles Dinner at Fairweather Farmgate

Wangaratta Showgrounds, Evans St. Wangaratta Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods, 70 Rusholme Rd. Tarrawingee 03 5725 1759

Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black – Piano & Violin Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, 37 Ford St. 03 5722 8105

Alexandra’s 150th Celebrations Follow @Alexandra150th on Facebook and check for updates closer to the dates

Sunday 12 March Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum 10am - 4pm 14 Station St.

150th Birthday Party 10am - 3pm

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 March

Saturday 11 March

Rotary Park, 36 Grant St.

National Kelpie Field Trial Championships

Alexandra Market

9am - 1pm Alexandra Timber Tramway, 14 Station St.

History of CFA 10am - 3pm

Around the Block Quilt Walk 10am - 5pm

Alexandra Primary School Open Day

Hosted by the Upper Goulburn Working Dog Group. Alexandra Showgrounds, Williams St.

Rotary Park, 36 Grant St.

Visit historical buildings in Alexandra

10am - 4pm 15 Webster St.

Friday 3 – Friday 31 March

Redgate Alexandra CWA Display 10am - 3pm

Dangerous Deeds Exhibition

Clubrooms at 31 Perkins St.

St Mary’s Primary School Photographic Display 10am - 4pm Myrtle St.

Artists collaborated with disability activists to create a videos, ceramics & books.

Alexandra Secondary College Open Day

Saturday 4 March Ye Olde Hacker Space Hands on science for ages 10+. 10am - 2pm Alexandra Library, 49 Grant St.

Alexandra Races ‘Alexandra’s Golden Sesquicentennial’ 12 noon - 5pm

10am - 2pm Downey St.

Historical Display 10am - 4pm RSL Hall, 44 Grant St.

Historical Display

10am - 4pm Dove Cottage, 6 Paynes Ave.

Civic Reception & E-Book Launch 2pm - 5pm Alexandra Shire Hall, cnr Grant & Perkins St.

Alexandra Race Club, 1 Gordon St.

Community Street Party Perkins St. 1pm - 8pm Projected Light Display 3pm - Midnight Alexandra Shire Hall, cnr Grant & Perkins St. Alexandra Library, 49 Grant St.

Redgate Ball 8pm - Midnight Alexandra Shire Hall, cnr Grant & Perkins St.

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 March Alexandra Speedway Gordon St.

Historical Display 10am - 4pm RSL Hall, 44 Grant St.

Historical Photographic Display 10am - 4pm Alexandra Shire Hall, cnr Grant & Perkins St.

Historical Display

10am - 4pm Dove Cottage, 6 Paynes Ave.

Monday 13 March Historical Photographic Display 10am - 4pm Alexandra Shire Hall, cnr Grant & Perkins St. Historical Display

10am - 4pm Dove Cottage, 6 Paynes Ave.

Other events Photographic Displays Grant St shop windows UGFM Recordings of Historic Events & Community Service Announcements




Events (March) Wednesday 1 March – Sunday 30 April

Thursday 9 – Monday 13 March

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 March

Ceramics exhibition - John Dermer

The Myrtleford Festival

Alexandra Speedway

10am – 5pm, 7 days. Michelini Wines,

Family fun, food, arts, music

Gordon St. Alexandra

Wednesday 7 March

Tastes of Rutherglen at Pfeiffer Wines

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 March

International Women’s Day ‘Resilience & Inspiration’ 7pm Lakeside Community Centre

Pfeiffer Wines, 167 Distillery Rd. Wahgunyah

213 Great Alpine Rd. Myrtleford 03 5751 1990

VYUFDA National Kelpie Field Trial Championships


Brighter Days Festival

Hosted by the Upper Goulburn Working Dog

Friday 10 March

Bikes, cars, live music Riverside Ave. Bright

Group. Alexandra Showgrounds, Williams St.

Campbells Cellar Door After Dark

0419 360 728

Alexandra. 0429 951 907

Campbells Winery, 4603 Murray Valley Hwy. Rutherglen 1800 359 458 02 6033 6000

Friday 3 March Brewer For A Day at Bright Brewery Bright Brewery, 121 Great Alpine Rd. Bright 03 5755 1346

Friday 3 – Friday 31 March Dangerous Deeds Exhibition Artists collaborated with disability activists to create a videos, ceramics & books.

Sip, Spin and Savour at Valhalla Wines

Wangaratta Model Aero Tow

MAGiC 2017 - Mansfield Art Glass Incorporating Ceramics

Wangaratta Aero Modellers, 100 Shanley St.

Martins Garage Car Dealership and Showroom, 52-54 Chenery St. Mansfield

Three Italians in King Valley

Recreation Reserve, Grimmond Lane. Wahgunyah

Pizzini Wines, 175 King Valley Rd. Whitfield 03 5729 8278

Buckley Park, Blayney Lane. Nagambie

Sunday 5 March Hairy Lassos Music from 4pm, small plates and drinks available all afternoon and evening Ruffy Store, 26 Nolans Rd. Ruffy 03 5790 4387

Winsec Savings & Loans Wangaratta Cup Wangaratta Turf Club, 15 Racecourse Rd. Wangaratta 03 5722 1242

Session du Dimanche (Sunday Session) at

Pfeiffer Wines Tastes of Rutherglen Dinner Pfeiffer Wines, 167 Distillery Rd. Wahgunyah

Creedence Clearwater Recycled at The Top Royal Mail Hotel, 350 High St. Nagambie 03 5794 2488

A Night on the Red at Buller Wines Buller Wines, 2804 Federation Way. Rutherglen 02 6032 9660

Magical Moodemere Lake Moodemere Estate, 12 Lake Moodemere Rd. Rutherglen 02 6032 9449

Merrijig Twilight Rodeo 6.30 pm. McCormacks Lane, Merrijig.

Fairweather Farmgate

Rutherglen Estate’s: A Casual Soiree

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Tuileries Complex, 13-35 Drummond St. Rutherglen 02 6032 7999

The Harvey Club Jazz in the Garden Rolf Koren, Liam Bradley and friends Delicious hampers available from Mansfield Produce Store. Mansfield Art Gallery, 4 Highett St. Mansfield 1300 783 446 102


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Friday 10 – Monday 13 March

Wahgunyah Speedway

Nagambie On Water Festival

Cofield Wines, Distillery Rd. Wahgunyah

Saturday 11 – Monday 13 March

Saturday 11 March

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 March

Gin and Seafood Bar

Valhalla Wines, 163 All Saints Rd. Wahgunyah 02 6033 1438

Saturday 4 March

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Cofield Wines Pop Up Twilight Sparkling,

Wilson & White at Saladin Lodge Embrace a classic take on the Juke Joint tradition with Wilson and White. 5pm Bar opens, 6pm music and buffet meal Saladin Lodge, 1188 Maroondah Hwy. Narbethong 0429 699 969

Wangaratta South

Friday 24 March Australian Canoe Polo Competition

Twilight Dinner in the All Saints Estate Vines

Facile Dinner at Fairweather Farmgate

Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre, 69 Loddings Lane. Nagambie 0411 412 564

All Saints Estate, 315 All Saints Rd. Wahgunyah 1800 021 621

1556 Goulburn Valley Hwy. Thornton 0425 773 492

The GT Bike Buller Festival presented

All GM Day and FE/FC Holden Car Club of Victoria Inc. State Titles

Rural legends & rustic relics

by Alpinestars. Mt Buller Village Square, Summit Rd. Mount Buller 03 5261 5511

Sunday 12 March

Apex Park, Clements St. Wangaratta 0427 500 815 0418 569 466

Bicycle Network’s Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Chiltern Pro Rodeo Chiltern Racecourse, Racecourse Rd. Chiltern 03 5726 1509

Bogong High Plains Rd. Falls Creek 03 8376 8888

Wangaratta Speedway

Gates open at 12 noon with racing from 4pm. Wangaratta Speedway, 58 Shanley St.

Mirimbah Park, Mount Buller Rd. Mirimbah 03 5777 7200

Wangaratta Twilight Pacing Cup Avian Park Raceway, Newman St. Wangaratta 03 5722 4003

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 March Yackandandah Folk Festival

Saturday 18 March

Rutherglen Rotary Triathlon Picnic in the Park

Rustic Simplicity @ The Shear ‘N’ shed, 74 Grant St. Alexandra

A Day on the Green at All Saints Estate All Saints Estate, All Saints Rd. Wahgunyah 1800 622 871 02 6033 6306

Buffalo Stampede (SkyRuns) Howitt Park , Howitt St. Bright 0409 047 714

Saturday 25 March APS Rowing Regatta, Heads of the River Nagambie Lakes, Loddings Lane. Nagambie 03 9804 3677

Fun and games


ut on your racing shoes, not the highheeled variety but the running type, it’s time again for the Tolmie Sports Day being held on Saturday 11 February at the Tolmie Recreation Reserve. Hessian bags will be filled with little bodies trying desperately for the finish lines. Two headed, four armed, three legged children will be attempting to run in unison. Parents will be sidelined but cheering as they pass. Wood chips will be flying through the air as the axemen make cutting a log in half look so easy. Horses events will test both the best of the horses and their riders. It is in a great part of the world and it is a great family day, don’t miss it. For information on the program of events visit www.tolmietimes. com. It really is a fantastically fun day and you can choose to be part of the many activities or just kick back and watch. Nagambie celebrates the water at the 10th Nagambie on Water Festival on the 4 and 5 of

March and you don’t have to get wet to be part of the fun as not all of the activities are on the water. See for the list of activities. The Myrtleford festival has been happening every Labour Day weekend since 1961. This year’s will be bigger and brighter than ever with a full program of events over the 9 to 13 March. Dog sports, the Myrtleford Festival Ball, markets and a parade are just some of the events listed on the program. Visit www.themyrtlefordfestival. for the full events list. In Yackandandah the 20th Yackandandah Folk Festival will take place on March 24 to 26. The aim of the festival is for everyone involved to have fun. Music is one of the highlights and three will be loads of it. Visit www. and see what’s on. Up on the Snowy in Corryong, The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival will be kicking up dust from 30 March – 2 April and will be a great weekend of art, music and horses. NNE




Events (March) cont... Saturday 25 March

Thursday 30 March – Sunday 2 April

Alexandra Cup Picnic Race Day

The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival

Alexandra Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, 7 Ruoak Way 03 5773 4304

Corryong Recreation Reserve, Hanson St. Corryong 02 6076 1992

Formelles Dinner at Fairweather Farmgate

Friday 31 March

1556 Goulburn Valley Hwy. Thornton 0425 773 492

Regional World’s Longest Lunch’s –

High Country Hops Festival

Patricia’s Table, Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, 239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd. Milawa 03 5720 5434

Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House, Ford St. Beechworth 03 5728 2703

Sunday 26 March Tolpuddle Farm Open Day Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods, 70 Rusholme Rd. Tarrawingee 03 5725 1759

High Country

Falls Creek Falls Creek All Seasons Alpine Resort, 1 Slalom St. Falls Creek 03 5758 1200

Nagambie Mitchelton Wines, 470 Mitchellstown Rd. Bailieston 03 5736 2210

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alling all makers of ceramics and pottery. This March, 2017, a new award is being offered for Australian ceramicists. Mansfield Art Glass Exhibition (MAGE), run by Arts Council Mansfield, is in its sixth year and will incorporate Ceramics into the exhibition for the first time. With this addition also comes a change of name. With the wave of a wand, MAGE now becomes MAGiC (Mansfield Art Glass incorporating Ceramics). The award will be called the “Klytie Pate Award”. Klytie Pate was a pre-eminent Australian ceramicist until her death at the age of 98 in 2010. Klytie’s work is highly sought after by collectors of Australian ceramics and pottery, and artists are urged to participate in this new competition and exhibition. The award carries a $3000 prize, and there is a People’s Choice Award ballot for visitors to the Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in the Showrooms at Martin’s Garage, Chenery St., Mansfield from 10am4pm daily, 8-15 March. Further information: 0437 775 776 NNE One of the impressive entries in the 2014 exhibition



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odel aeroplanes have come a long way since the days when the operator controlled a plane on a long piece of wire. These days they’re not just a hobby, and there’s no limit to how high they can go and what uses they can be put to. Until recently they were called drones, but now the government has renamed them RPA (remotely piloted aircraft). Steve Watson, of Levitate Creative, is in the business of using drones for different purposes. He started more than 30 years ago as a lad at the Police Boys’ Club, using the plane-on-a string technique that was limited by the length of the wire. Now there’s no end to his range, with six different drones of various sizes and capacities, used mainly for photography. There’s a small one for cinematography, through to racing type drones to large ones that can carry high-resolution cinema cameras. Steve’s work is very specialised, and

requires a particular set of skills. He’s not only a photographer who flies drones; he has a huge knowledge of the IT needed to pull it all together. Licensed by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority), he needs their permission every time he puts a drone in the air, and they are becoming quite firm with the requirements. Steve started work as a professional photographer, working on newspapers, and kept up his interest in remote flying until he saw the opportunity to combine the two. It was a perfect choice, especially when he saw that he could make it part of his work life. Steve and his partner Wendy Chua live on the edge of Lake Eildon and together they have an IT business in Mansfield, with clients all over the world. For drone work, his favourite activity, he travels throughout Australia. “It’s flying, its great, it’s fantastic and I love getting the footage to edit; its all fun,” he says. “Keeping up with the

technology is not cheap, but you’ve got to do it to stay in the field.” Steve and Wendy grew up in Port Stephens, near Newcastle on the coast of NSW, but eventually realised that an IT business would allow them to live anywhere. They’d visited northeast Victoria a few times, camping at Sheepyard Flats, and discovered that they could buy a 35-acre property on Lake Eildon for the price of a unit in Sydney. In 2003 they made the plunge, and now they’d never live anywhere else. “Why wouldn’t you live here?” says Steve. “There’s mountains, the lake, wonderful people. And the climate: the 45-degree days and minus degree nights. There’s so much freedom up here; you can jump in the car and travel at 100k and no traffic lights.” NNE Levitate Creative 0438 810 387





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