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Gisborne Gazette 150th


serving the southern macedon ranges APRIL 2020 – FREE

Safe at home

It's lovely how teddy bears are popping up on local properties to provide some fun for passersby leaving the safety of their homes for exercise. The Gazette team wishes our readers good health and strength in this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and reminds everyone that the safest place to be right now is at home.

Gisborne Gazette April 2020


HOME  PAGE From the Editor's desk Welcome to the 150th edition of your community newspaper! I hope it brings some welcome joy, distraction and comfort at this challenging time. As this edition goes to the print, Stage 3 Restrictions are coming into force to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Accordingly, and to keep our volunteers safe, we slashed the number of printed copies of this edition, cancelled our regular distribution to letterboxes and are only stocking this paper in supermarkets and newsagents for readers to collect during essential trips there. The Gazette has been available online at for years, but we know many of our readers love the hard copy. If you are shopping for a neighbour at risk, please pick up a copy for them. In these ever-changing times, we recommend you follow Australian Government sources such as, the Coronavirus Australia app and the latest local advice on to keep updated on recommendations and restrictions. As our cover says, the safest place to be right now is home and we strongly encourage readers to stay home as much as possible in the interest of public health. To help keep your brain active, we added a crossword on page 38. We also thank those who continue to work in essential services to the benefit of our community. As always, this Gazette provides many club reports, happy community stories and local news items. I am excited to also bring you a number of longer form items relevant to what many of us will be experiencing this month. We’ve all noticed the recent panic buying and hopefully most of us have enough toilet paper at home! On pages 4-5 we take a look behind the scenes at Gisborne Foodworks during the panic buying and on page 7 award-winning Age journalist Warwick McFadyen writes for the Gazette with a reflective commentary on the local phenomenon. School closures mean students will be starting Term 2 with remote learning. On page 26 home school mother of two Shelley Obermoser shares some tips on schooling at home and secondary school teacher Glenn Matthews shares his first experiences with remote instruction. Sadly, this year’s public Anzac Day services have all been cancelled due to the pandemic, but we continue an April Gazette tradition of featuring a local veteran as our history article on pages 16-17. Importantly at a time like this when we must band together as a community and support each other, we celebrate on page 20-21 some of the many people who have helped the Gazette reach the milestone of 150 editions. What a successful team effort it has been over the past 16 years! Thank you one and all. Lastly, as the grade 5/6 class from Mount Macedon Primary School has communicated so wonderfully on our back cover, remember to be kind to yourself and others at this challenging time. If we help each other, there is always a solution to a problem. Take care, Corinne


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AM   INUTE W   ITH M   AXINE Graeme Millar OAM, JP, has been involved with the Gisborne Gazette since the first edition back in September 2006. I thought it was only fitting that I should sit down for a chat with him for the 150th edition. Graeme was born in Mildura and in 1956, at 16 years of age, he began work at the Wedderburn post office as junior postal officer. Three years later he was promoted to Postal Clerk and relieved in many post offices in north-eastern Victoria. He married Elaine in 1963 and they lived in Kyabram before moving to Gisborne in 1975, where he commenced as Postmaster. They have a son, Rohan, and two daughters, Carolyn and Heather. In 1983 he was promoted to Postmaster, Sunbury, before taking early retirement in 1992. Graeme has delivered thousands of Gazettes over the years and he always has a smile on his face and will sometimes tell you a joke or two! You might also see him at the Op Shop on the corner of Brantome and Fisher Streets, or speak to him if you need to hire the Masonic Hall in Aitken Street. Graeme commented how much he likes Gisborne’s accessibility to the city and to Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong.

Graeme Millar, Gazette helper since 2006 and still smiling! He also likes the weather and even though Gisborne is expanding, thinks it still has a country feel to it. Maxine Barker

Two Warrina residents celebrate 100th birthday milestone Doris Caddaye (below) is the last survivor of the Canadian war brides who came to Australia at the end of WW2. While working in Calgary she met Owen Caddaye who was one of several Australian RAAF serviceman training in that city in 1945. Within six weeks of their first meeting Owen and Doris were married. At war’s end she boarded a ‘ship of brides’ and settled in Melbourne with Owen where they had three sons. Doris helped establish the Canada Club which still exists to support expatriates far from the country of their birth. Doris was a talented typist and seamstress during her working years and a keen walker into her nineties. She   has six grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Connie toasts milestone with daughter Helen

Residents and family members joined two grand ladies at Warrina on March 5 for a joint celebration of 100 years well lived. Connie Dunlop (above) left England as a child with her family to make a new life in Australia. Connie’s future husband James literally fell for her at their first meeting. She rode around a corner on her bike and knocked James off his as their bikes collided. Connie has been blessed with three children, 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her secret for a long and happy life is to “make the most of everything that comes along”. (And that includes bringing down a good-looking young Scottish engineer when he comes along around a corner.)

Doris with great-granddaughter Harper

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As I write this, the situation with COVID-19 in Australia is changing rapidly. This is the biggest public health challenge we’ve faced in our lifetime, and make no mistake, the next few months will be tough for everyone. We must listen to experts, and we must all play our part in keeping each other safe. The best way you can protect yourself and others is to wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, and dry with paper towel or a hand dryer. Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. If you are unwell, stay at home and avoid contact with others. It’s a good idea to have a few extra staples in your pantry, but stockpiling is making things very difficult for everyone – especially the most vulnerable members of our community. Please think of them while you’re filling your trolley. And remember, if you see an empty shelf, our retail staff are doing their best. Please treat them with respect. You can find up-to-date information at, or at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service’s Facebook page. If you are concerned, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1900 675 398. Lastly, it’s very understandable that a lot of people are feeling pretty overwhelmed and anxious right now. With so much information and uncertainty, it can be hard to focus on the facts. If you’re having a hard time, remember to speak up and reach out. Mental Health professionals are available 24/7 at the Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Take care and be kind. We’re all in this together – and we’ll get through it together.


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'Keep calm everybody, let’s How David Williamson delivered for locals during the pandemic in March. By Corinne Shaddock


The start of it all: Toilet paper was more popular than Easter Bunnies on March 9.

Priority shopping for members started on Tuesday March 17.

Foodworks had plenty of meat on March 17.

hen we caught up with David Williamson, owner of Gisborne Foodworks, on March 24 he was feeling run down but still smiling because a semitrailer had just delivered a pallet of hand sanitiser, one of the prized items subject to panic buying across the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic since early March. He expected the new supply to last a few days. An industry veteran with 42 years’ experience, David has never seen anything like the recent panic buying and describes it as being, in a work sense, like Christmas Eve (the store’s usual busiest day) every day. “The difference is that after Christmas Eve, you usually get two days off,” he said. David has been working 13 or 14-hour days most of this month and had his first full day off for two weeks on Saturday March 21. Foodworks staff have been working extremely hard too, many to the maximum hours their roles permit, and facing increased pressure on the job. Cashiers, who usually get some downtime between customers over the course of their shift, have been serving customers continuously for their three or fourhour shifts. David has been touched by customers bringing cakes and flowers to thank staff for their efforts, and the many offers of free help to stock shelves. Foodworks is supplied through wholesale distributor Metcash, which also supplies IGA, and keeping the Gisborne store’s shelves filled in March was a challenge to say the least as many producers prioritise delivery to Coles and Woolworths. Despite this, Gisborne Foodworks’ shelves have often been stocked with grocery essentials such as meat, rice, flour, sugar and milk when other local supermarkets haven’t, for two reasons.

David Williamson unpacks hand sanitiser inside the warehouse. First, when David saw toilet paper sales hit the roof in early March followed by tissues, paper towels and cleaning products, his industry experience led him to stock up on the grocery essentials at his New Gisborne warehouse. This foresight ensured good stock levels at the store until about March 20. Second, in a Victorian-first, on March 17 David introduced members-only shopping before noon with the first hour, 9-10am, reserved for pensioners and the disabled. Amid reports of out of towners

emptying country supermarket shelves, David decided he needed to look after locals. Coles and Woolworths had introduced early morning shopping for the elderly from 7-8am, but David thought that was too early for many such people and moved his overall store hours back to allow a more comfortable first shopping window for the frail or disabled. The new hours and morning shopping restrictions received overwhelming customer and community support so David feels confident that he did the right thing. He has been surprised by how calm shoppers have been since the new system has been in place and touched by how good local customers have been to each other, citing a case of a young mother who had secured one of the last packages of toilet paper one day then giving it to an elderly customer who arrived at the empty shelf and was distraught. At the point of writing, panic buying had largely eased. The challenge is to get back to normal stock levels. If he can do that, David thinks the pressure going forward should be manageable. Pubs, cafes and restaurants ceasing onsite service will reduce demand, but people making more meals at home will increase it. As a major local employer with 168 staff across his store and warehouse, David feels a strong responsibility to maintain local employment. In response to the increased demand, he has employed four new staff, prioritising the couple of hundred applicants on past experience at the store, living locally and ability to meet the physical demands of the warehouse jobs on offer. He expects to need more store staff in the near future to allow current store staff to return to their regular work hours. Looking forward, David expects changes in consumer behaviour as a


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The queue for elderly and disabled member shopping at 8:15am on March 19. result of the current time. More people may start shopping at multiple supermarkets than before COVID-19 and many may keep larger stocks of essentials at home in case of emergency. He hopes there will be more appreciation of the need to support local businesses and thereby local employment. Online supermarket shopping in

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Taking it outside When Council closed its indoor community facilities on Tuesday March 17 for at least one month due to the pandemic, Jo White taught her morning yoga

Making the most of it during COVID-19

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Restrictions on public movement have led to new experiences around town

Jo Hoyne of Mt Macedon has changed her morning schedule to include two hours of gardening. Previously busy as volunteer coordinator for the Woodend Winter Arts Festival (which will not be happening in June this year due to the coronavirus pandemic) and on weekly duty at The Gallery Mt Macedon (which has now closed), Jo is making the most of her new free time with projects at home. Snapped in her garden on March 19, Jo said, “It will look fabulous by the time this is all over!”

More time with pets Many pet owners with ‘desk jobs’ are now working from home as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as a result spending more time with their furry friends. This can bring joy and welcome company to both parties and gives owners a reason to get outside for some fresh air and exercise, both valuable at uncertain times like these. It can also present unexpected challenges, like Toby Somerville’s cat Daisy who is convinced she is a valuable coworker! Daisy the Fiend conference-calls with Toby Somerville on March 24.

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Rebecca Thorpe, Phil Wilkinson (centre) and Paul Spry enjoy some down time on March 20.

Need a chat? The term ‘social distancing’ is a misnomer as what we need is physical distancing with stronger social connections. To this end, a range of local online chat groups have been started recently to help keep people in touch and able to look out for each other. Before outside in-person meetings were halted in the interest of public health, Phil Wilkinson launched a pop-in community meeting point on the deck of the former Olive Jones restaurant in Macedon to give people working from home due to the pandemic or other reasons a way to socialise (outside, at arms-length) with no costs involved. He thanks site owner Peter Thomson for hosting the impromptu hub while the building was vacant in return for gardening and tidying up.

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Seen around town  Works for the construction of the Aldi supermarket on the site of the former Mitre 10 hardware store on Aitken Street finally started with fencing going up in mid-March and the house next door to the store demolished on March 20. The shop went on March 25.

  The Telstra tower in New Gisborne was upgraded on March 18, just in time for increased demand from more people working from home.

Work about to start at the new Aldi site on March 20. By March 25, all that is left of the old Mitre 10 store is this pile of bricks.

The drainage at Tony Clarke Reserve was upgraded in March which should make football a bit less messy once it resumes. The upgrade coupled with the installation of competition-grade lighting in December set the picturesque reserve up for even more sporting and community events in future.

Drainage work at Tony Clarke Reserve on March 17

Different signs of the times The sign on the footpath outside the Town Butcher in Hamilton Street was simple enough: 'Be kind'. No one could misunderstand the message. A quiet plea in unquiet times. The night before I had walked the littered, scuffedup supermarket aisles. I walked among the dead boxes and empty shelves. I walked among the walking dead, eyes glazed and brows furrowed as if asking themselves, “If that’s gone, then what can I buy instead?” I walked the aisles of the three supermarkets looking for kitty litter, milk and bread. Earlier in the week I had sat with the dog outside the Jolly Miller, as is our wont, and watched an increasing volume of cars pull into the IGA supermarket across the road. “Busy for this time of morning,” I said to the dog. I went down the street again later. The checkouts were thick with people. I turned away and thought, “Later tonight ... that’ll be the go”. Thus did I find myself at eight o’clock looking for kitty litter, milk and bread. It was indeed a strange thing to look at a completely empty wall of fridges where the milk should have been and see nothing. Not even soy milk. Not even almond milk. Never before had I experienced this. Yes, it was a First World problem, I knew. I laughed, for if you didn’t laugh you might cry. Each aisle had borne the sign of the times: “Limit

REFLECTIONS Warwick McFadyen of one or two”. Luckily, it was a pleasant evening for a stroll, I consoled myself, as I left one store for the other. And still the car parks were full. But there was no fighting to be seen. No arguing to be heard. Perhaps all were too tired from the searching and the gathering and storing to lift a finger or raise a voice. Despite Melbourne’s inexorable creep towards Gisborne, it still sees itself as a country town. Three supermarkets and two dozen places to get a coffee attest to its growth, but it still feels rural. And it feels the pain of being under siege by busloads of out-of-towners looking not for conviviality, but the rude expression of commerce, manifesting itself in the scouring of shelves. Later in the week, Gisborne did something quite out of character. It made the news. Foodworks had instituted a shopping regime, not just of the number of items, but the type of clientele and their hours. It began: “Urgent notice to all customers. Due to extreme shortage of stock, we have been forced to implement the following changes.” It then went on to lay out changed shopping hours, when some might

shop in preference to others. It had also hired bouncers to enforce the changes. Bouncers at a supermarket in Gisborne. Surely, these were surreal times. There had been much talk of the out-of-towners swooping in and departing laden with goods, without so much as a by your leave. Just a buy and leave. The little roads were clogged, the tailback akin to peak hour in the city. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had said hoarding was “unAustralian”. Nothing happened. The next day, he beseeched: “I can’t be more blunt about it. Stop it.” The next morning I sat with the dog in the early morning Gisborne light, having a coffee. It’s always a good time to send random thoughts out into the universe. This virus is reducing people to insane thinking, I said to the dog. The trick is not to let insanity seem normal, the dog replied. Do that and soon enough we’ll be talking about apocalypses. But maybe that’s the thing with apocalypses, you never see them coming. And this one began innocuously enough, sort of a cat video gone viral: no toilet rolls, and the fighting began, a man was tasered. Not in Gisborne, mind. A police officer remonstrated, “This is not Thunderdome. This is not Mad Max.” No, this is the here and now. This where a sign on the footpath makes the most sense of all. *This is a reworked version of an article that appeared in The Age.

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The Mount Players have to make sad decision In line with the new public health regulations, The Mount Players General Committee made the sad decision to postpone all theatre activities at the Mountview Theatre from March 17. This includes Youth Theatre programs, play readings, rehearsals and set building. We have also deferred the next two productions, The Vortex and The Complete works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which were scheduled to be performed from mid May to late June 2020. The musical Annie will be rescheduled to 2021. Our website and Facebook page will be kept up to date pending information that comes to hand. On a more positive note, our March 5 performance of Switzerland together with program takings and donations raised $2,430 for Wildlife Victoria. A huge thanks to all who donated to this wonderful cause. Keep well and we will hopefully see you at the Mountview Theatre in the not too distant future. Karen Hunt

Woodend Winter Arts Festival postponed It is with great sadness that the Woodend Winter Arts Festival Committee announces that this year's festival will be postponed. The festival was scheduled to take place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (June 5-8). It is a great disappointment for regular festival attendees and locals, and especially difficult for the artists we had engaged to perform and present. We are in the process of working with all those committed to the program to find a new date later in 2020 in the hope that the coronavirus will have been contained and ordinary life has resumed. If we are not in a position to reschedule, we will cancel for 2020 and be back bigger and stronger in 2021.

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Music festival raises over $10,000 The 2020 Macedon Ranges Music Festival is done and dusted for another year after the event on March 14 at the Gisborne Steam Park. It proved to be one of the final festivals able to run before the events ban was imposed and attendees made the most of the live music. Headline act Kylie Auldist stunned the crowd with her world-class show while others to impress were Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers, Michael Dunstan and Shaun Kirk. Seven-piece African band One Spirit Africa kept the crowd warm with an energetic show. The festival’s Youth Stage competition also unearthed some of the region’s best new talent. Taking out the main prize was One Spirit Africa got the crowd on their feet and dancing. local artist Jasper Byron who impressed with his instrumental virtuosity and looping. With the festival donating 100% of ticket sales to the Cambodian Kids Foundation, over $10,000 was raised to support the charity’s community development in rural Cambodia. To stay up to date about announcements for the 2021 festival, search Macedon Ranges Music Festival on social media or head to our website, www.macedon Jasper Byron impresses on the Danielle Sabella and Chloe Hansen, two of many festival volunteers, manage registrations.

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Singers concerts on hold

The Gisborne Singers' Barry Nunn reads at the Relay for Life ceremony on February 29.

The Gisborne Singers once again performed at the Lancefield Relay for Life on February 29. This is an important annual event for the choir, allowing them to participate in and enhance a wonderful community event. This year, three members of the choir lit candles: for the past (David Flentje), present (Corinne Shaddock) and future (Adrian Simpson). Barry Nunn delivered a passionate and gracious reading of the poem Little Flames. With the passing of Annie Phelan, who normally sang the first verse of Amazing Grace, the choir provided Fiona Gordon to take her place and she sang it beautifully. What next for the choir? Well, we were busy practising for concerts in May and a hymn festival in March. However, the corona virus curfew has seen choristers confined to home practice and events postponed. Visit our website www.gisbornesingers. for updates on the new concert dates. Alison Kinghorn






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Autumn colours thrill at The Gallery The Gallery Mt Macedon celebrated autumn in March with a burst of nature’s colours depicted on canvas, silk, glass, paper, jewellery and more in its Autumn Reds Exhibition before closing on March 27 due to COVID-19. Members of the Macedon Ranges Arts Collective anticipate this to be a temporary closure only and intend to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Art on display included the Autumn quilt by Colleen Weste 'Tall Ships and Boats, Williamstown' Pictures: John Spring

Getting out and about

With cameras always at the ready, Macedon Ranges Photographic Society members have been popping out from behind stalls at the Gisborne and Hanging Rock Markets, peeking through vines in a local winery and hanging out with penguins in Antarctica. Regular club outings (previrus!) provided opportunities to capture images in new and interesting places, share experiences and ideas, or simply chat over coffee. The group recently enjoyed visiting a local winery to photograph the landscape and sculptures, while others turned up with their cameras at the Gisborne Market. On another outing, members explored the Spotswood Pumping Station. Upon hearing that the tall ships were nearby, the group was delighted to extend the adventures to Williamstown. At club nights recently, members Deborah Mullins, Martin Leitch and John Spring provided some special

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Great time for genealogy research at home

Rotary Clubs strive to Rotary make the world a better Club of Gisborne place and it's terribly disappointing to have to temporarily suspend our meetings and activities due to COVID-19. We look forward to the time that meetings can resume. Rotary began in Australia in 1921 (almost 100 years ago) and continues to grow and make positive impacts to our world. As a member it is your decision to decide what local, national or international projects you would like to get off the ground or support. The meetings are informal where we like to hear all voices (not all at once), enjoy a meal together, meet new friends and like-minded people, learn about things happening locally and internationally and finally see what we can do to support efforts. For further information or to have a chat with our President, Richard Stewart, please phone 0400 899 607 or email

I had intended informing our readers of forthcoming activities. All that has changed, due to COVID-19. As of March 17 the Family History Room, adjoining the Gisborne Library, is closed until further notice. That means there will be no monthly meetings, and our room will not be open for research on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our trip to Geelong on April 4 has also been cancelled. None of us know what lies ahead but hopefully by isolating ourselves as much as possible and avoiding close contact we can at least slow down the spread of this virus. So, what to do while you are at home? With genealogy there is always plenty to do. It could be a good time to sort out your files and organise them better. Perhaps you have books that you’ve been meaning to read? Perhaps you might want to create a scrapbook on your family? – always an attractive way to display your photos and other memorabilia. It might be time to take out a subscription for or findmypast. There are also many free online sites to explore such as familysearch, genuki (for UK and Ireland) and Trove (Australian newspapers). Our AGM will be held online on April 16. Members can vote via Lyn Hall email at I suggest you keep checking our website at for all the latest details about our group. Stay well. Lyn Hall

Pancake Day happiness

Parkinson’s support group in recess

Prices were low but appetites were large as members of the Gisborne Uniting Church undertook their annual Pancake Day in the mall on February 28. Funds raised go to the outreach work of the service agency, working especially with families in need.

The Parkinson’s Support Group which gathers on the second Wednesday of each month at the Lancefield Bowling Clubrooms will cease until at least June, and there will be notification in time as to when it will recommence. Anyone with concerns re their Parkinson’s symptoms or effects from COVID-19 can contact Parkinson’s Victoria on 03 8809 0400, freecall 1800 644 189, email or web Kate McCormick, Group facilitator 0448 445 694,

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Untitled Youth of New Gisborne with their popular 'Ferrari' couch entry.

Relay for life raises over $63,000 The annual Macedon Ranges Relay for Life was held at Lancefield Park on Saturday February 29 to Sunday March 1 in idyllic weather conditions. The trinity of focus – Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back – shone throughout the event and the many children participating created a party-like atmosphere during the afternoon. The event opened with a lap for survivors and carers which included a two-year-old cancer survivor, who was given an emotional standing ovation. Gisborne was well represented with many children from New Gisborne Primary School fundraising and walking laps, some going all night. Members of a New Gisborne Youth Group, ‘Untitled Youth’, entered their annual team and brought a wonderful energy and enthusiasm to the relay. Their ‘Ferrari couch on wheels’ fundraiser was a very original idea and a highlight for many who nabbed a ride. The Gisborne Singers supported the moving candlelight ceremony with graceful music and the lighting of candles of dedication. Seventeen teams took to the track and raised over $63,000 for Cancer Council Victoria. The committee thanks everyone who supported the event, whether through participating, donating or volunteering. Alice McMahon

Special fiftieth for firies Local resident Kelly Taylor had her birthday on March 14 with the Gisborne Fire Brigade ending up with her presents. Kelly approached Gisborne Lieutenant Bevan Moody before the event with a very kind gesture. She then asked the guests attending her birthday party to not bring presents but to donate money to the Gisborne Brigade. Firefighters Steve Blaker and Corey Stomilovic attended the party and collected more than $500 in cash donations raised by Kelly’s guests. “My guests loved it!" Kelly said. "I am 50, I don’t need any gifts so they loved giving a donation instead. Hopefully more do this!” We would like to thank Kelly and her guests for the generous donation. Bevan Moody Gisborne Fire Brigade

CFA still there during pandemic The Gisborne Fire Brigade will continue to provide 24/7 response to all fire and emergencies. The Fire Brigade have extra preventive measures in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19. All non-essential activities have been postponed or cancelled, including junior programs, social events, award ceremonies and VCAL activities; school-based programs and visits and community facing activities; meetings and training. At certain incidents we will be wearing an extra level of personal protective equipment to protect not only our firefighters but also members of the public. Again, rest assured that our 24/7 emergency response will continue.


Kelly Taylor presents her ‘presents’ to brigade members Corey Stomilovic (left) and Steve Blaker.

Macedon thanks all donors

Bullengarook maintains readiness

The Members of the Macedon Fire Brigade would like to thank our generous donors for the goods and services they provided for the auction and stalls at our Annual Fundraiser held on February 29. With the tremendous support of our community, we achieved a net return in excess of $25,000. This together with a most generous grant from the RACV of $5,000 for portable tents makes this our most successful fundraiser. Our change from a flea market to primarily a goods and services auction, together with the provision of “fire ready” information and activities and entertainment for children, has proved very successful. The change of focus has meant that the event is more of a fundraiser and family day, with activities such as the donated performance by Chris Humfrey and his Wild Action Zoo which was popular with all ages. Also very popular was Susan from Animal Rescue with her Petting Zoo and the children’s activities organised by our firefighters such as the fire truck construction and the fire hose propelled truck race. In addition, our members would like to thank all those “Friends of our Brigade” who worked tirelessly, over a number of days in some cases, to ensure the success of this year’s event.

For Bullengarook the fire season ended as quickly as it started and virtually overnight, it was over. We have been making use of this extra time by completing various training exercises to maintain our operational response and readiness. Most recently we completed an exercise for a simulated 4WD accident down a remote track in the Pyrete. Members were given a brief only of a 4WD accident along with some coordinates and track name. They needed to decide which gear to dress in, what equipment to take and what appliances to turn out with. Once on the way they needed their map reading and navigation skills just to find the scene. Once on scene we practised safe approach of the vehicle as well as ‘size up’ procedures. Once the Incident Controller had a clear picture and plan, they were able to task the crew to extinguish the fire, check the vehicle for occupants, make the scene safe and of course simulate providing first aid. It was a great exercise that tested many skills and the operational readiness of our members in a highpressure environment.

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Probus committee members for 2020 (from left): Helen Nettleton, George Peart, Irene Bullard, Anne O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Pam Snape, Susan Skinner and Susan Denheld.

Probus outing makes it before the shutdown The first Probus outing for the year was a Mystery Tour, which provided a great opportunity for club members to catch up after the holiday break. An excellent lunch at the Hanging Rock Cafe was enjoyed by all. The Annual General Meeting of Gisborne Probus was held in March and the following office bearers were elected: President, Irene Bullard; Vice-President, Helen Nettleton; Secretary, Susan Skinner; Treasurer, Michael O’Brien and committee members Anne O’Brien, Pamela Snape, Susan Denheld, Diane Barbie, Josephine Desira, Carolyn Ciopicz, Stephen Halligan, Ron Hebbard and George Peart. A presentation was made to Pam Walsh to thank her for organising many interesting and entertaining speakers over a period of several years. Unfortunately, further meetings and outings have had to be suspended until further notice. If you would like to find out more about the club phone the President, Irene Bullard, on 0419 370 349 for further information.

Introducing a new column by local primary school student Asher Kroon. In his first article filed for the Gazette, grade six student Asher talks about being a junior CFA member.

Gisborne junior CFA program Recently I joined the Gisborne junior CFA program. It is held every week on Thursday evening at the Gisborne CFA headquarters. The program is run by two Gisborne CFA leaders. It is great fun, and you learn so much! It is all free, and you get loads of firefighting gear and equipment. All for the price of... well, nothing! I have learned various skills since I joined, including how to bowl a hose, which is aimed at getting the hose close to the fire – it’s not as easy as it sounds! I’ve also learned how to put out fires, and the types of fires that our Brigade attends and how the equipment on the trucks work. All of this I have been taught in a month since joining! I enjoy participating and encourage anyone between the ages of 11 to 16 to join. While you are there you will learn some very useful life skills, such as CPR, and in the Seniors program (16+) you can get your heavy truck licence. I think it's an amazing opportunity, and it's all community led.

Last month the Gisborne Shed hosted a World’s Greatest Shave event for the Leukaemia Foundation. We invited Sandra Hills, CEO of Benetas (our supported by benetas landlord), to be our celebrity shearer. Following a training course from Shedmen Doug and Gunther, Sandra brandished the clippers like a seasoned pro. Following the Shave we drew the raffle. First prize of lunch for two with Athol Guy at the Top Of The Range was won by Barb Annison (this prize will be deferred until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted). Second prize of autographed copies of a Shane Jacobson DVD and book was won by Robyn Johnston. The event closed with a barbecue sponsored by the GREAT Association, allowing all proceeds to go towards the funds raised. Thanks to our sponsors and all the people who pledged their support to our shaving team, we raised more than $7,000. Not a bad effort for a bunch of old blokes.

CWA gisborne branch The Central Highlands group Annual General Meeting was happy to have Pam Mawson, the deputy state president, attend. She welcomed Amanda Millar to continue as Group President of our 12 branches with 240 members. Congratulations Amanda on your good work. The Group was able to donate $5,000 to the Royal Women’s Hospital accommodation unit which houses patients having ongoing treatment who live more than 100 kilometres away from the hospital. At our local meeting, Osija's international talk on Botswana covered the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the problems they have, being forced out of their traditional areas by farms and fencing and the government push to assimilate their communities with the modern world. Seven of our members attended Wine O’Clock Wine Bar to celebrate International Women’s Day. We were inspired by three wonderful speakers, Justice Lesley Taylor, Associate Professor Ngaire Elwood and Dr Jacky Ogeil, and the proceeds from the evening were sent to CWA headquarters for the fire relief fund. Due to the public health emergency, the group creative arts exhibition was postponed in March and will be advertised at a later date. Also, our meeting in April has been called off. We hope next month’s meeting will go ahead on May 11, 10am, at Christine Gisborne Secondary College, likewise Edwards Coffee, Craft and Chat the following Monday, May 18, but this will depend on how the situation progresses. In the meantime, we are busy making more cloth bags for the Foodbank.

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From left: Paul, Terry, Ken and Martin, with Sandra, from our team of six after it was all shaved off to a safe length.


with Asher Kroon The juniors program participate in charities and helps raise money for things such as the Good Friday Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. The program can also help keep you fit, and will encourage you to join the CFA brigade when you are older. It is a very friendly team and you are guaranteed to make friends, get fit, and learn life skills all while having fun! Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to be a firefighter. Then when I saw this opportunity pop up I was instantly interested. I like it because we get to give back to the community a lot, and just help out. I greatly encourage anyone who is interested in helping the community to join. It’s a really interesting experience, you will probably never get to do ever again in your life, so do it while you can! * Since Asher's column was written the CFA junior program has been suspended under COVID19 restrictions, so anyone wanting to join – hold that thought!

The time for talk on ideas will return


At the time of writing, the entire community is tense and alert to the possible spread of a virus. There are attempts to UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE keep this away from others who are not infected, but a sense prevails that one cannot stop its spread. U3A is not nearly as dangerous as the virus, but we do share some characteristics in common. That is: you cannot contain an idea. History shows that attempts by the powerful to stop a modern and challenging idea ultimately fail, for a powerful idea will take hold come what may. At U3A we exchange ideas (without necessarily washing our hands). As with a virus, it does not matter if an idea is carried by older or younger people, and as with a virus, it is unpredictable. But also, as with a virus, an idea is seldom the last word – an idea exchanged is an enrichment, even if one disagrees with the ideas presented. Whether we agree or not with a presenter, it leaves the participant thinking, sharing, accepting, rejecting or modifying our ideas. Unfortunately our next discussion of ideas will have to wait for a while, as the Macedon Ranges U3A is in recess until further notice due to the virus. Keith Hallett

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Family tradition in glass to continue In July of this year Terry Vernon will bring to a close 50 years in the glass industry and providing a glass service to the Macedon Ranges. If you have had a broken window at home, or had a new shower screen installed, it’s likely that Macedon Ranges Glass did the job. It may have been Terry himself, his son Brett, or possibly even Brett’s son Riley who has now joined the team, making three generations of Vernons in the local business. It is rare to see three generations working within one business and it is something of which Terry is extremely proud. “It’s great to have the family name continuing in the business,” said Terry. “Running this business has given me great joy over the

It's transparently clear that the family works well together. Riley (left), father Brett and grandfather Terry.

years and I hope that Brett and now Riley enjoy it as much as I have.” Brett has been working alongside Terry since 1989 and

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is committed to continuing a local glazing service and the businesses’ support of local sporting clubs and community initiatives.

Scholarships help students start uni The Gisborne Bendigo Bank branch team was delighted to award university scholarships to three Gisborne students starting their tertiary studies in March. Eleanor Borg will receive $15,000 over three years for study-related costs of a Bachelor of Criminology/ Bachelor of Psychological Science double degree at La Trobe University, Bundoora. She is keen to make a positive impact on young people at risk and is targeting a career in juvenile detention. Eleanor attended Salesian College and works at Jets Gymnastics and The Field Trip. She was nominated for a 2019 Macedon Ranges Community Award for mental health promotion. Chantelle Takos has received $5000 for her first year of a Bachelor of Science at Monash University. Chantelle attended Sacred Heart College and would like to become a medical doctor. Timothy Zarb received $5000 for his first year of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University. Timothy attended Salesian College and is leaning towards a career in medical research. He works at Gisborne Foodworks. Manager Sarah Barton said the branch team is excited to support these three outstanding local students and hopes their scholarships help set them up for success at university. Chairman Gary McSwain hopes branch customers are proud that their banking is helping local young people in this way.

CWA macedon branch Dear Readers, We are sorry to announce that all Macedon CWA activities are suspended for the foreseeable future. We are all facing unprecedented times and must work for the good of one another. We hope that resilience and kindness will see us through tough times, and please think of those who may have less than you. We at CWA wish the Gisborne Gazette readers courage and good health. Jenny Strang

How well do you know Gisborne? This decorated tree stump is somewhere in the inner streets of Gisborne. Do you know where? Answer   page 39.

● Macedon CWA branch kindly supplied a simple recipe to the Gazette's 'Dining In' page this month.  See page 15

This year's scholarship recipients, from left: Eleanor Borg, Chantelle Takos and Timothy Zarb, with bank manager Sarah Barton.

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MRH new starters Macedon Ranges Health Karla Williams is a new recently welcomed two new staff Intake Coordinator bringing members to our team. with her a wealth of experience Jessica is our new dietitian in the aged care sector. and is enthusiastic about food Karla previously worked as and helping clients set and fulfil a facility manager in residential their nutrition goals. aged care in Melbourne and Jess has worked in private Queensland for a number of practice, hospitals and years. community settings and has She then moved into a special interest in weight the community sector as a Karla Williams (left) and Jess management, heart disease, registered nurse and as a high cholesterol, diabetes, clinical team manager in the gastrointestinal and digestive health including IBS northern and western regions of Melbourne. and the low-FODMAP diet (The letters 'FODMAP' Karla has been warmly welcomed into the Intake stand for six types of carbohdrates). team and is looking forward to working in this new Jessica looks forward to meeting some new clients position in Gisborne and sharing her expertise and and assisting them to achieve their nutrition goals. experience.

Temporary closures Macedon Ranges Health programs It would come as no surprise that many of the programs and services that run from the MRH Centre have been affected. The community Life Enhancement Programs have temporarily ceased, however our teams continue to support our clients during this period. We have suspended the volunteer driving program until further notice. Group classes have ceased until further notice. The Men's Shed continues to operate, but is now only open Monday and Thursday mornings. The Young Men's Shed and the Windarring program have ceased temporarily.

Hamilton Street Op Shop and Gisborne Oaks Market are temporarily closed. We are very fortunate that Op Shop Coordinator Faye and Oaks Market Coordinator Celia are taking this opportunity

to work through a refresh of the Op Shop and get winter stock ready for eventual reopening. Please note for the period the Op Shop is closed we will be unable to accept donations.

Gisborne Oaks Aged Care visits From March 19 the Gisborne Oaks was temporarily closed to non-essential visitors and contractors. While there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19, in the interests of protecting our most vulnerable members of the community, it was felt that this ensured their best protection. Volunteers continue to work in the Gisborne Oaks which contributes to our residents feeling supported. Volunteers and anyone else visiting the Oaks are now able to enter only via Neal Street. A registered nurse will do a temperature check and there will be screening questions.


With Betty Doolan Exciting things have been happening at the Oaks over the past few months. There have been many tradesman, plumbers and electricians transforming the inside of the building. Some walls have been pulled down and other walls have been built. Now we have new dining areas, a library with beautiful chairs and matching cushions, and my idea of a nice corner for just sitting and having a cup of tea and a chat. The television area will soon have a fireplace and all the lovely white and blue chairs with matching cushions and small tables look so good. I am not sure about the statue of the pink parrot. A big thank you to all the tradies, they were very patient and helpful as residents moved around the building and a big thankyou to our wonderful staff. Although highly inconvenienced they managed wonderfully. Residents had a nice trip to Daylesford. There is a big Mill up there that has a large market – although the mill is closed items can still be purchased. With my granddaughter Fiona and greatgrandson Ayden we went to the Sunday Gisborne Market – there were so many different smells of food cooking. When you look at some of the craft there are some clever people around. I am disappointed that people still brought dogs to the market; my greatest fear is I will run over their paws, I am sure the dogs don’t enjoy dodging wheels and feet. I have started to do my garden again and I am surprised with all the weeds, I lost the azaleas. I think in the future I will grow geraniums. Stay safe Betty

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DINING IN World Health Day April 7 is World Health Day, pretty ironic under the current circumstances. In these uncertain times with the worldwide spread of COVID-19, health can be seen as the ‘absence of disease’, however health has multiple dimensions, encompassing our physical health, By Julie mental health and social wellbeing. Ireland So firstly, we need to do everything that we can to ensure that we are physically healthy at this time. Follow the recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the Victorian Department of Health, and the Australian Government Department of Health. All these organisations have websites that provide upto-date information and resources. Our mental health during times of uncertainty is also paramount so please reach out and ask for help if you feel that you might not be coping, as there are a number of organisations who can assist. These include Macedon Ranges Health (ph: 5428 0300), Beyond Blue ( or ph 1300 224 636) and Lifeline ( or ph 13 11 14). Look out for your friends and family to make sure that they are OK too. While social wellbeing, including being able to catch up with family and friends face-to-face, may be difficult under the current circumstances, we are fortunate to have other means of communication such as social media, email, texting and video calling and of course the phone. This means we are less isolated than we may have been otherwise. It is important though that we ensure that those who aren’t as connected via the internet, such as some of our older community members, or those who are the most financially vulnerable, are not forgotten, so please check in by giving them a call (most people have a mobile phone or a landline) and make sure they have the essentials they need such as food (& toilet paper!) and have been able to get scripts filled for essential medication. It is important that as a community we are there for each other in challenging times, as well as good times. Take care of yourselves everyone. Julie

Everybody's eating at home now. At time of printing many food outlets were making special arrangements so they could still safely provide takeaway, and as we also have plenty of time to brush up on our cooking skills, here are a couple of easy recipes.

EASY INDIAN DAHI (CURD) CHICKEN Ingredients 1 kg chicken thigh fillets 500 grams or 2 cups Greek yogurt or curd 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 medium onions finely chopped 2-3 green chillies 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon Chicken Masala (can be bought from an Indian grocery store, ask for Kadahi Chicken Masala)

Holy Cross grade 3 students demonstrate home dining in style at the Melbourne Museum on their city school camp in Term 1. School news   page 23

Salt according to taste Chilli powder according to taste Method Remove fat from thigh fillets and cut into small pieces.

CHOW MEIN 500g mince or vegan alternative 2 onions, chopped 200g shredded cabbage 125g sliced beans 1 cup frozen peas 1 red capsicum 2 cups stock 2 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon curry powder Fry mince and onions until brown. Add everything else and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with cooked rice or noodles.

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Marinate the chicken with yogurt, lemon juice, Chicken Masala, ginger-garlic paste, salt, chilli powder in a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Heat butter in a non-stick pan. Before butter starts burning add onion, green chillies and sauté until onions are translucent (pinkish in colour). Add marinated chicken, chopped coriander and mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

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LOCAL HISTORY Anzac feature: a family naval tradition For many years the Gazette has honoured the career of a local ex-service man or woman in its April edition. Bryan Power tells the story of Tony Graham, a Gisborne resident whose service to his country as a member of the Royal Australian Navy spanned more than 40 years.


ony Graham’s decision to join the Navy as a junior recruit was undoubtedly influenced by the “somewhat embellished” stories his English-born father John had told him of his WW2 service with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. John had served aboard the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Ameer in the Indian Ocean when he had flown as a telegraphist/air gunner on planes that bombed Japanese positions in Singapore and the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He told Tony that for him the war had been a great adventure and after he was demobilised in 1945 he set off on another adventure, travelling through France and Spain, where, in Seville, he trained to become a matador and survived one bullfight before taking an early retirement from that sport. On finally returning to England to a more normal way of life he began training as a cook in Bournemouth and met and married his first wife Brenda Mitchell. Tony, born in 1948, was the second child of the marriage. The following year John’s romance with the sea saw him return to an oceangoing way of life when he signed on as a cook in the merchant navy. His final major trip was aboard the Royal Yacht Gothic when it took Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip on a sixmonth tour of Commonwealth countries. On its return leg the Gothic stopped at Malta to where the very young Prince Charles and Princess Anne had been flown to join their parents. John remembers lifting up Charles and Anne in turn to view the party feast laid out for them in the ship’s dining room.

John’s absences from his family had been very hard for Brenda and they decided to divorce. John left his sea life and worked as a chef in Bournmouth. He met and married Joan Cooper and then in 1956 it was back to sea again but this time not as a cook but as a passenger as he sailed with his family to Melbourne to take up a job as a chef for the Australian and New Zealand teams at the Olympic Village in Heidelberg. After the Games John worked at the Springvale Hotel and found a home for his growing family at 9 Vincent Street in Mulgrave from where Tony and his siblings attended Springvale North Primary School and then Springvale High School.



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When Tony reached the age of 15 his father asked him what plans he had for his future. John told Tony that if he wanted to be a chef he would send him to Paris to train. However Tony had made up his mind to join the Navy. He was accepted on 11 July 1965 and headed off by train across the Nullarbor with about 100 other junior recruits to start basic training at HMAS Leeuwin in Perth. Tony loved the life at Leeuwin – drilling, schooling, sport, swimming, learning to survive at sea, and rowing whale boats on the Swan River. As it had been for his father, life in the Navy was turning out to be an adventure for Tony too. After 12 months in Perth Tony was posted to HMAS Sydney, one of Australia’s two aircraft carriers at the time, for sea training. As the ship sailed north Tony was trained in all aspects of basic seamanship: manning the helm and the lookout, the mechanics of weapons and, of course, the use of all kinds of cleaning equipment. After six months he was sent to HMAS Cerberus at Flinders to train in his chosen specialised field as a weapons mechanic. He was taught everything about weapons large and small, from pistols up through rifles, machine guns and anti-aircraft guns to the big turret guns seen on warships in those days.

He learnt all aspects of the complex operation of the land-based turret gun at West Head Gunnery Range at Flinders from which live 4.5 inch shells were fired out into Bass Strait. This gun required a crew of 18: six in the turret, six in the gun bay below and six lower again in the magazine.

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n June 1967 Tony was promoted to Able Seaman and was posted to HMAS Parramatta, a destroyer escort, and he served on her until 1969. Parramatta was part of the Far East Strategic Reserve based in and around Singapore. It was made up of ships from the Royal Navy, the RAN and the RNZN. During that posting the ship’s drive shaft was damaged after the navigator had scraped a reef. The vibration became so bad that the ship had to be put into dry dock for repairs and the crew was based there, aboard the ship, for nine months in Singapore while repairs were carried out. Tony remembers the night in 1969 when HMAS Melbourne collided with the USS Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea. It was clear moonlight – you could see for miles. The Parramatta was about 20 miles away and sailed at full speed to assist with the search and rescue. The Parramatta escorted the severed stern section of the destroyer back to the US

A family naval tradition Navy base at Subic Bay in the Philippines. scientist. On the way through heavy seas the ship was completely swamped by huge waves, their impact Eventually Parramatta left to return to Australia and warping a solid steel door. They arrived in a gale and on the way drew alongside the ship that was relieving Tony was one of the crew that assisted in the construction it in order to transfer the laundry crew, a tailor and a of a landing platform to allow the base’s helicopter to “whackatack” (a bootmaker). These people were all land. As the chopper hovered above it Tony and several Chinese civilians. others grabbed the chopper’s skids and held it on the Tony was posted to HMAS Jeparit in 1970. This was a platform while the patient leased ANL merchant ship was removed. They got and it was used to transport the scientist back to equipment to Vietnam. Hobart but sadly he died No. 11 Walsh Street was in hospital. the Jeparit’s secure berth In the mid-1970s Tony at Wooloomooloo and the resigned from the navy. army did most of the work As was the case for his of loading the ship but the father’s first marriage, sailors operated the cranes. Tony’s long absences at Having arrived in sea proved hard for his Vietnam the Jeparit tied family too (Tony did not up in Vung Tau for about a see his first-born child week while being unloaded until she was six months by the army who constantly old) and he and Pam, dropped scare explosives the mother of his first two into the water around the Tony receives an award from Admiral Mike Hudson. daughters, Rachael and ship to keep any underwater Katrina, divorced. Following this a later partner Maureen swimmers away. The clearance diving team based in gave birth to his third daughter, Melinda. Vietnam also checked the hull regularly for mines. Tony missed the Navy and rejoined in 1977, serving The sailors cadged lifts with the RAAF to the until 1990 before retiring as a Warrant Officer, the Australian air base at Nui Dat. They were flown there highest RAN non-commissioned officer rank. He then in choppers or Caribous. In Saigon they stayed close transferred to the RAN Reserve, primarily at what was to the army provos (military police). Tony remembers then Naval HQ South Queensland. For two years he going out with them on patrol at night. The provos were was part of the Sea Training Group whose task was to armed with shotguns while each sailor was issued with a assess the performance of the officers and crew of a Browning pistol. While they were in Vietnam they totally ship over a period of between six and 10 hours while relied on the RAAF and the Army to keep them safe. they dealt with a number of demanding scenarios Tony saw his first Viet Cong prisoner on one trip and he presented to them. looked like a 15-year-old kid. In his final years Tony was the Navy’s Ceremonial On one trip the sailors went to a US base where the Officer in Brisbane. In this role he was in charge of Navy Americans wanted to swap their Colt 45s for the sailors’ funerals, elaborate decommissioning ceremonies as pistols. The sailors were amazed how the Americans well as the observances of the Battle of the Coral Sea would just push damaged vehicles and equipment and Anzac Day. aside whereas the Australian rule was for everything He remembers many Anzac Day ceremonies while to be brought back to Australia for repair. One of the at sea, held at dawn and led by the captain with all sailors ‘bought’ a boat with an outboard motor from the crew mustered on the quarter deck observing the event Americans for a slab of beer. He managed to get it home solemnly. through Customs by painting it the same grey colour as Prior to his retirement Tony married Rebecca who the Jeparit. had served as an officer in the Australian Navy Cadets. On the outbound trips the holds would be full and Their two daughters are Amelia and Madeline. vehicles were secured on the upper deck. On one trip Tony’s home is almost a shrine to his Navy career: the exposed jeeps on the deck were damaged when the there are books, photographs, models and memorabilia Jeparit was hit by the fringe of a cyclone. on display that attest to the affection he still feels for the The roughest trip Tony ever made was on HMAS time he served his country as a highly regarded member Hobart going to Macquarie Island to rescue an injured of the Royal Australian Navy.

The Anzac Day Dawn Service on Mount Macedon has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but we are pleased to print this photo of the Memorial Cross in the early morning light taken by Simon Walliss of Mount Macedon. The Gisborne service organised by the Gisborne & Macedon Ranges RSL has also been called off. This is the first time the local commemorative service has been cancelled in the 45 years that Rob Funston has organised it. At the time of going to print, community Facebook pages were suggesting residents stand for a minute’s silence at the end of their driveways at 6am on April 25 to commemorate those who have served and fallen for Australia. This is a lovely idea to safely observe Anzac Day as a community this year.

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GISBORNE REGION EVENTS ACTIVITIES  & TOURISM Gisborne Olde Time Market In consideration of the latest government public health edicts, The GREAT Association, which runs the monthly Gisborne Olde Time Market, has cancelled the April market (Sunday April 5) and subsequent monthly markets until further notice. We look forward to being able to the resume this popular market as soon as circumstances allow.

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GREAT Centre The GREAT Centre / Gazette office in Hamilton Street is also closed until further notice.

A cheery and colourful image to lift the spirits

GREAT Acting President Moc Hoyne (third from right) with Macedon Community House members at the Farmers’ Market on February 29. The GREAT Association has donated $4700 to the project to cover the costs of an entry ramp to make the facility accessible to all abilities.

Update on GREAT activities

BIRDS OF THE MACEDON RANGES Eastern Yellow Robin This small bird can be seen pouncing on its prey from a low branch or tree trunk. It eats a wide range of small creatures. Its nest is a neat cup made of fine plant material and spider web, usually placed in a tree fork.

During the spring breeding season pairs may lay up to three clutches of eggs. The female builds the nest and incubates the eggs. Eastern Yellow Robins are confident around people, often accepting food scraps from picnickers. Photo from the files of the late Ron Weste.

Our world has changed and like so many businesses and associations, GREAT has significantly ramped down operations due to the new order of global reality that is COVID19. Of most significance, the Gisborne Olde Time Market has been cancelled indefinitely affecting over 300 stallholders which to some is their only source of income. The Gisborne Gazette’s 150th edition is published this month but has limited circulation and the GREAT Centre in Hamilton Street is closed to the public indefinitely. The GREAT Association has only recently established four sub-committees to focus on and manage the key areas of involvement the association has with the community – the Gisborne market, Gisborne Gazette, community engagement and tourism. John Frearson, a long-time member of the executive committee, was elected president of the association last year. Unfortunately John has now had to resign from the position because of other demands on his time. Moc Hoyne has been elected Acting President, and Maxine Barker Acting Vice-President. Unfortunately, conducting “business as usual” by GREAT is not possible under the existing restrictions and guidelines so activity within the community will be very limited and regretfully for the foreseeable future. Our hope is that as a community organisation, GREAT can bounce back to full activity as soon as permissible and appropriate. Moc Hoyne Acting GREAT President

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FOR THE GREEN THUMBS Unlike Thomas, we're not off the rails A good muster of Friends of Jackson Creek turned out for the monthly working bee on March 22 just before the restrictions tightened up, and they planted a second row of oak trees along the trail running north of the creek between Gardiner Reserve and the Kilmore Road bridge. As always there was a cleanup of the creek which this month turned up a sad little abandoned baby among the bullrushes. No, it wasn’t Moses, it was Thomas the Tank Engine, completely off his rails! This was yet another example of the strange objects that finish up in our beautiful local waterway. If you’d like to be part of the group caring for Jackson Creek please give David Tunbridge a call on 0415 534 477.

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Thomas amid the bullrushes.

Garden Club visits historic Williamstown Botanical Gardens March saw the Gisborne Garden Club head south with a group of 47 intrepid garden connoisseurs to the Williamstown Botanic Gardens. This historic garden was opened in 1860 and has had many makeovers and restorations since, and even now is undergoing substantial restoration work. Nevertheless, the gardens are well worth a visit. They are a botanic jewel, and we had the fortune of having the current curator of the gardens give us a guided tour, explaining the garden history and its potential future. A short distance from the garden was our lunch destination at the West Eighty One restaurant, just adjacent to the Williamstown beach, drenched in bright sunshine and happy beachgoers. The restaurant was somewhat overwhelmed by the gregarious bunch of garden lovers, but eventually everyone got their meals and with a last longing look at the beach, we were off again to a wonderful


cornucopia of a garden in the heart of Williamstown, hidden behind one of those wonderfully restored, turn of the century cottages, where many found interesting plants aplenty, particularly the crimson Alstroemeria psittacina ‘Royal Star’ that caught everyone’s eye. From there it was a short drive by bus to the Newport Lakes Native Nursery where many found reason to further invest in their garden with ornaments and plants. Unfortunately, there was no time to explore the Newport Lakes, a bushland reserve created from a disused quarry, and too soon we were off, home to Gisborne. Should you be interested in joining the Gisborne Garden Club after restrictions are lifted and we can gather again, it meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information on the next meeting you may wish to contact me in a month or so. Bernhard Sucher on 0424 038 474

Thank you to all who attended the recent Macedon Ranges Field Naturalist Group Inception Meeting. It was lovely to see such a great turn-out and such passionate interest. Although our shire is so environmentally significant, it is under-represented on formal listings in the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas. Formation of a Field Naturalists Group could help to rectify this situation by undertaking citizen science fauna and flora monitoring that increases our knowledge about what species exist across the shire. The group may also host community education and engagement activities that raise awareness about the shire’s wildlife and natural values. Enquiries about this new group can be directed to William Terry, Council’s Environmental Programs and Engagement Officer, at It would be wonderful to have a strong representation from the south ward. Much of the Macedon Ranges Shire is in the Victorian Volcanic Plains bioregion which is listed as a national “biodiversity hotspot” by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Our shire contains many different ecosystems that are characterised by different types of plants and animals. Each ecosystem is classified according to ecological vegetation classes (EVC). In the Macedon Ranges, 13 EVCs are ‘endangered’, nine are ‘vulnerable’, four are ‘depleted’ and six are of ‘least concern’ and the status of one has not been determined. The Statement of Planning Policy for the Macedon Ranges was recently launched by the State Government and confirms the importance of our natural environment. The foreword by Richard Wynne MP begins: “The Macedon Ranges with its iconic scenery, wildlife and rich cultural heritage is one of the most beautiful and environmentally sensitive areas in Victoria.” The full statement is available on Council's website and is well worth a read. Our Environment, Our Future. Helen

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editions, thanks to community support This month the Gisborne Gazette is proud to mark 150 editions since it started in September 2006. We highlight some of the many community contributions that have made this milestone possible.

Getting started

Editorial and production

In 2004 two members of the Gisborne Region Events Activities and Tourism Association (GREAT), Barb Nixon and Elaine Gregory, visited all the businesses in Gisborne township and a little beyond to ascertain how many would be willing to advertise in a community newspaper. Under thenpresident Phyllis Boyd, who had long wanted to get a community newspaper established, the GREAT Association was keen to underwrite the project if it was viable. Many businesses were supportive. In 2006 the canvassing of potential advertisers was repeated by Bullengarook resident Alison Joseph who had volunteered to come on board as advertising coordinator. South Gisborne resident and retired school principal Bryan Power, who had previously edited a community newspaper at Rowville for many years, volunteered to edit the paper. Phyllis Boyd was president of the Gazette Committee and Ian Boyd secretary and treasurer. The paper was called the Gisborne Gazette as there had been a local paper by that name in the past. Pip Butler volunteered to do the production from the third edition, a role she has continued to this day with the exception of a break in 2019.

The first edition of the Gazette appeared in September 2006 and was 24 pages in roughly A4 size. There were 49 community articles. The first history article was about Henry Fyshe Gisborne (1813-41) after whom Gisborne is named. The first Councillor Columns were written by Helen Relph, Rob Guthrie and John Letchford. Macedon Musings was shared by Melanie Fattore and Kate Lawrence, who were roped in (happily) by Bryan when he bailed them up as they were out walking in Macedon. Lyn Hall started as a reporter from edition two and still contributes articles for the Gisborne Genealogical Group. To engage the community, Bryan introduced the tradition of doing the first layout of each edition at a local school which was embraced by teachers and students alike. Gisborne Primary School did the first cut and paste in October 2007 followed by St Brigid’s in November 2007. The Gazette moved to its current size and full colour for the December 2008 edition after it was discovered this could be done at virtually no extra cost. Community articles and photographs increased into the hundreds per issue over the years and the paper steadily grew to its present 40 pages. Corinne Shaddock came on board as a casual editor in 2015 and took over the role from late 2016 to end 2018, then again from March 2020. Rosemary Davies and Phyllis Boyd edited the paper in 2019 before Bryan returned as editor in October 2018 until February 2020. The Gazette has been recognised numerous times by the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria over the years, notably winning the Best Community Content award from 2015 to 2018 and being a Newspaper of the Year finalist in 2018.

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The business support that was vital to the paper’s success was instant and ongoing. Advertisers did not need

Bryan Power, long-time editor of the Gazette, loves engaging with the community. Here with two work experience students in May 2018. Folding and stapling the first edition: Standing – Chris Thompson, Graeme Millar, Kim Excell, Arthur Ackhurst, Ian Boyd. Seated: Alison Joseph and Phyllis Boyd. G R E A T

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The cut and paste team of the second edition (November 2007) from St Brigid’s. Back: Ebony, Aislinn, Stephanie, Patrick, Felicity and Sarah. Front: Kate and Darci.

inducements to place ads, and they paid promptly from day one. Free ad space was provided for not-for-profit community groups when possible, as it still is today. The first edition had 34 advertisements. Of those, Bob Nixon Financial Services, Caddick Designs and Gisborne Peak Winery have been regular advertisers ever since. Kevin Mortimer’s Lending Services finished up last month after appearing in 149 editions.

The first sponsors were Joanne Duncan MP (Around the Grounds) and the Anglican Parish (The Churches’ Page). Strong backing by advertisers and sponsors has meant that the Gazette has been in the happy position of not only covering its costs from the first edition, but making a profit on virtually

all editions since, the money going back into community support activities managed by GREAT.

Octavian Power-Priede, Bryan Power's grandson, about the time he and a friend were responsible for counting all of the district letter boxes.

Gisborne Gazette of earlier times, after which this paper was named.

Distribution The first edition was sent out though the post office who insisted on the paper being folded and stapled. This was done at the Gisborne Courthouse by a dedicated group of people working for three days. Bryan Power vowed the tedious task would not be repeated so, before the second issue came out in October 2006, he organised a large number of volunteers to deliver

Gazette volunteers unloading the truck behind the GREAT office in June 2017 (L-R): Gary Sanders, Graeme (delivery driver from printers), Graeme Millar, Richard Whiteley, Maxine Barker and John Phair.

The Scouts delivering the February 2007 Gazette.

the papers in the townships and for the postal contractors to deliver to the outlying areas. Bryan remembers, “During the school holidays in September 2006 I drove along every street in Gisborne, New Gisborne, Macedon and Mt Macedon while my eight-year-old grandson and his mate, seated in the back seat, counted the letter boxes on each side of the street. Armed with all of those numbers I

worked out distribution areas and set about enlisting volunteers. I spoke at meetings of Red Cross, Senior Citizens, U3A, Rotary and Probus seeking volunteer distributors and accosted every jogger and dog walker I came across. The response was very generous.” Sixty-three residents volunteered to distribute the 5400 copies of the Gazette from the October 2006 edition. Of those, 11 are still delivering

after more than 13 years! These are: in Gisborne – Trevor Armstrong, Isobel Gossip, Graeme Millar, Anne Paterson, George and Ann Peart, Lorraine Theel and David Tunbridge; in New Gisborne – Jill Bennett and John Bennett; in Macedon – Brian Smith and Rob Taylor. The Gazette has been distributed to local letterboxes by more than 90 individual volunteers plus 1st Gisborne Scouts and Windarring. To feed the distribution network, a group of volunteers has unloaded the truck every month and bundled the delivered papers as needed – yet another task. Richard Whiteley was the Gazette’s distribution manager for many years before Maxine Barker took over the role last year.

The future No one knows what the future holds, especially in current times, but the Gazette team hopes there will be another 150 editions of our green rag. Available online for several years, the Gazette, like many community newspapers, has continued to flourish in hardcopy format thanks to the support of its many volunteers, contributors, advertisers, sponsors and readers and for this we are very grateful. Thanks to everyone who has helped this paper be a quality newspaper for the community by the community since 2006.

150 editions in figures* ~ 15,450 articles submitted by community contributors ~ 14,000 photographs submitted by community contributors ~ 5500 ads placed, most by local businesses Up to 150 hours contributed by each of over 90 volunteer deliverers Innumerable hours contributed by committee members managing editorial, advertising, production and distribution

*Figures are averages based on content counts of random editions 2006-2020.

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What is the largest member of the cat family?

What’s a new year’s resolution? Something that goes in one year and out the other.


Which singing voice comes between a tenor and a bass?


Fletcher Christian led an infamous mutiny on which ship?

Do rabbits use combs? No, they use hare brushes.

In physics, is a capital E the symbol for evaporation or energy?

What is a mouse’s favourite game? Hide and Squeak.

4. 5. 6.

What are the biggest spiders?

Why is a boat the cheapest form of transport? It runs on water.

Through which continent does the river Nile flow?


How many pawns does each player start with in the game of chess?

Can you find 5 differences?

Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert? Because she was stuffed.


What name is given to the heavy implement used to moor a sailing boat to the sea bed?

What is fast, loud and crunchy? A rocket chip!


Scrums, tries and lineouts are involved in which sport?

What did the limestone say to the geologist? Don’t take me for granite!


'We're keeping our distance but still smiling!'

What is the fifth planet from the Sun?


6. Africa 7. Eight 8. Anchor 9. Rugby Union 10. Jupiter

This month’s edition was laid out by the Year 6 students of Mount Macedon Primary School, most pictured here keeping a safe distance apart on March 20.

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Focus on swimming and sugar on the mount DYLAN'S NEWS In term 1 the students of Mount Macedon Primary School 1858 as usual ran their swimming carnival. From the results, a team of 16 students was formed to represent the school at the District Swimming Carnival. Although 16 students attended on the day, only 10 of them were competitors. A few nerves and some very cold water didn’t stop the students representing the school proudly. Paddy Gadd and James Blanch were successful in progressing to the next level and they will represent the school at the Division competition in the near future. This term Mount Macedon Primary School also hosted a fundraiser for diabetes. It was a gold coin donation and a casual dress day. There was also a dance program hosted in the school’s library. The idea of the dance program was to get the heart pumping. Exercise is great for burning off sugar. (Diabetes: A disease where your blood sugar is too high or low. Blood sugar is a major source of energy and it comes from the food that you eat. Insulin is a chemical produced by your pancreas, that helps the food in your stomach get into your cells to become energy.) Overall, this term was a great Dylan term that everyone enjoyed. ■

Hanna Visagie and Eadie Velling had to work for their lunch!

Holy Cross camp in the nick of time Holy Cross Grade 3 and 4 students were lucky enough to have their camp early in Term 1 before everything was closed! They headed off to the CYC HOLY CROSS PRIMARY SCHOOL ST. BRIGID'S PARISH City Camp in Melbourne. This year we had a Curriculum Camp so being able to stay in Collins St made it easy to visit the Melbourne Museum, Polly Woodside and the Aquarium. The first day saw both grades exploring the First People’s exhibit where they had the opportunity to explore art, stories and traditional tools created by the Indigenous Australians. After a good sleep, the next day the Grade

Harry Dryden hangs out with Sid at the Aquarium.

4 students had to work hard, scrubbing the decks of the Polly Woodside, before they were allowed to have lunch! Meanwhile the Grade 3 students were hanging out with the characters from Ice Age at the Aquarium. We were all very grateful to be able to spend this time together exploring the city and bring the information back to school to enhance our learning.

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Montessori values in action

Prep students listen carefully to Joe the lollipop man.

St Brigid's lollipop road adventure On February 27 the junior students took son blows the whistle twice that means a trip to Gisborne Primary to learn how to you can walk across the road. The juS Brigid's cross a road safely. nior students came back to school with Catholic Learning Community In faith, we grow and learn. They listened to a talk by the lollipop smiles on their faces telling everyone man named Joe and were able to model the expected how much they had learnt. Thanks to our lollipop person behaviour. Prep students Ruby and Olivia learnt that “the (Joe) and everyone who helped teach our juniors how lollipop person is called a lollipop person because his/ to cross a road safely. her stick looks like a lollipop" and “when the lollipop perEden Fennessy, senior student reporter

Nine students swim for their school Nine students represented Macedon Primary School at Division Swimming at the Melton Waves Pool on March 10. They all did an outstanding job in their single and relay events. Finn came first in his freestyle and backstroke. Alexa came fourth in her freestyle and breaststroke. Next was Akira who came fifth in butterfly. Harley also came fifth in butterfly. Abbie came fourth in her backstroke event. Now for the relays: the first relay with the 12/13

years boys medley with Finn, Harley, Rupert and Archie, came fourth. The 9/10 girls freestyle relay with Niamh, Olivia, Alexa and Abbie came fourth. The boys 12/13 freestyle relay with Harley, Finn, Archie and Rupert came third. Congratulations to Finn who earned a place in the regional championships scheduled for March 24 in Geelong. By Harley and Finn   Finn came first in freestyle and backstroke

Developing values in children is important as they help guide our GISBORNE beliefs, attitudes and MONTESSORI SCHOOL behaviour through our thoughts, words and actions. A Montessori classroom is more than just academics as social aspects are just as important where children are encouraged to be independent, self-directed and compassionate, being part of a community of learners. At Gisborne Montessori School, teachers’ model and reinforce values every day through lessons in Grace and Courtesy. We look to develop happy, confident, independent human beings who show appreciation and interest in their environment and the people sharing it. This was evident when recently a student at Gisborne Montessori School took the initiative to demonstrate what these values meant to her. Year 3 student Myriam Hopwood, after seeing the devastation of the recent bushfires, felt she had to do something to help people affected by the bushfires. She wanted to find a way of doing this and considered several possible ways to raise money. Myriam’s family had recently started a beehive and had just got their first batch of honey on Christmas Eve. This gave Myriam the idea to set up a honey stall at school. The school community got behind this project and Myriam raised $325 which she will donate to the Victoria Bushfire Appeal.

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School Camp reflection More than 90 Year 4 students went to the Surf Coast for New Gisborne Primary's two-day camp. On the first day we went to Aireys Inlet where we climbed the Split Point Lighthouse, fished in the estuary and found out about the beach and ocean. We stayed overnight at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea where we challenged ourselves at archery, the climbing wall, the flying fox and the low ropes course. The following day we travelled to Queenscliff and learnt lots at the Marine Discovery Centre and beachcombing on a bay beach. We learnt some fascinating things such as: Cuttles change their colour, abalones have a tongue, hooded plover birds, which inhabit beaches, are nearly extinct, tides come in six hours apart, limestone is made up of animal bone, there was once a river beneath Port Phillip Bay and plastics are killing our marine life. Some things we liked were the view from the top of the lighthouse, getting wet in the estuary, collecting interesting things on the beach, handling creatures in the touch tanks and the delicious food. Some things we would do next time are: be more careful stepping in the estuary so we don’t scare the fish and listening closely to the guides. Some things that didn’t work for us were: mosquitos biting everyone, people chatting in the cabins and not getting enough sleep! Some of us felt nervous or exhilarated at the top of the lighthouse, we were amazed that there were skeletons in the cliffs and Clockwise from top: Exploring the estuary thrilled when we got an at Airey's Inlet; beach huddle; view from the lighthouse. arrow in the target.

Gisborne Secondary College Chaplaincy The Mt Macedon Quilting Group has made an amazing quilt for the Gisborne Secondary College Chaplaincy Committee to raffle as our first fundraiser for Chaplaincy the year. Tickets are $5 each or three for Fundraising Committee $10. With coronavirus regulations now in place, please contact 0417 028 605 to inquire about obtaining tickets. We thank all the ladies for their most generous contribution to the quilt. It looks fabulous. Bronwyn Tacey

Secretary, GSC Chaplaincy Committee

Local rider releases books of yarns Goanna Man is a book of short stories narrated by Aussie cowboy Bruce Marsh, captured and transcribed by Natasha Dixon. Natasha lives in Camberwell but has been coming to Gisborne two to three times a week for nearly 20 years to ride her horses which are agisted here. She was the District Commissioner for Bullengarook Pony Club and a long-time member of Bullengarook Adult Riders. She lightheartedly describes herself as an ‘honorary Bullengarookian’. Bruce is a Victorian horseman with a big love for life and a solid sense of humour. Natasha began writing these stories down as she enjoyed them and she shared them with her parents Natasha Dixon and Bruce Marsh. who found them hilarious too. Inspired, she collected and transcribed 66 stories for the book which she describes as "Crocodile Dundee meets Dallas". Goanna Man is available online at which also lists other stockists, and locally in the Gisborne Newsagency.

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A teacher’s experience during COVID-19

Schooling at home during the pandemic Victorian schools closed on March 23 and may not open for some time. So, welcome to home schooling! We have been home schooling for over five years now and our experiences might be of value to you at this time.

Use the holidays to relax and have fun. Together, brainstorm activities you would all enjoy – get creative. Isobel, Shelley and Benjamin Obermoser Use the break to prepare your home schooling program for term If possible, provide some hands-on activities such two, should school not resume – or should you as sports in the back yard, board games, cooking, choose not to attend. If your school is not providing material, why not art, music and the like, to break up screen and textsit down and discuss some topics or areas of inter- book time. Keep the atmosphere positive and calm. It is imest your child would like to pursue an independent project in? You could share outcomes with friends or portant to show children that we can do our best in teachers online. Who knows, maybe there are new this situation and remain on-track while making compersonal discoveries to be made – or old interests to munal health a priority. More important than what material our children be rekindled. When studies resume, strive for a comfortable learn is that they appreciate the gift that learning – schedule of learning – interspersed with supportive that it is something they can be involved in themchats, cheerful snack breaks and motivational activi- selves and that we have their back during these ties to look forward to when the obligatory tasks are challenging times. If you would like to stay in touch: Macedon Rangcompleted. Let your child know how proud you are of them for being so flexible and responsible in this es Home Schoolers Hub on Facebook. Shelley Obermoser situation. They will need your support and input.

A random act of kindness Despite the horror stories you see in the media, there are an awful lot of good people in the world you don’t often hear about. I want to tell you what happened to my wife and I when we went to the Baringo restaurant in New Gisborne to celebrate our wedding anniversary; we have been married for 53 years. We enjoyed a glass of prosecco

and a lovely meal, during which I asked the lovely girl serving us if she would take some pictures of us, mentioning as I asked that we had been married for 53 years. She duly took the pictures, we finished our meal in a leisurely fashion and strolled up to pay the bill, to be told the couple sitting behind us had paid for our meal! They had well and truly left by the

time we moved so I couldn’t thank them, and we did not know them. To say we were gobsmacked would be an understatement. What a gesture. I wish I knew who they were to thank them properly. So there are good people around, just keep that thought. Mike Smith Flowers for the elderly: another random act of kindness page 36

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Teaching is a wonderfully challenging profession. The degree of difficulty recently got a boost by schools suddenly closing and the necessity emerging of teaching teenagers entirely online. This is an idea that seems to have been coming forever. As soon as computers became part of school life there existed the technical fantasy of life without classrooms. Atomised into our homes, everything would be mediated by our screens. Mostly, we are now discovering firsthand why this is not a great idea for teenagers and a difficult proposition for teachers. My school is now running a normal timetable. At 8.50am the boys come into the Chat and I register their presence and the lesson begins. We rapidly found that trying to imitate face to face lessons through video platforms did not work well. The students began to have great fun with it on the one hand, but on the other the sound and video quality just is not up to scratch yet. It’s possible. It’s not desirable. In our texting chat environment, once the boys settle down, they can ask some excellent questions and get a considered reply for all to see. They work at their own pace and there are some quieter individuals who are thriving in this online world. Teachers are all about people, so the absence of direct contact is difficult to get used to, but we are making the best of it. We can say that we have all massively jumped in our technical capabilities and that there will be long-term upsides. Essentially, we have all expanded our ability to effectively communicate, deliver courses in interesting ways and monitor progress. We can see more about what students are up to and where they are going well or where they need extra assistance. All of this has been enhanced by the technology. Yet for all that, the core of school life is the social world of people being around people. It is how you learn how to be human. As much as technology might assist curriculum and pedagogy there is so much more to school life than the classroom. The fun and games, the camps, the sporting competitions and our pastoral care are all things that require people to be around each other. We will get through this challenging time and school will probably be more dynamic and interesting because of it, but hopefully we are back in the classroom sooner rather than later. Glenn Matthews

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New Gisborne Scouts March report Dominating New Gisborne Scouting in March was the “Kangaree”. From Saturday 7th until Monday 9th, eight 1st New Gisborne Joey Scouts and three leaders along with 2,000 others attended the sixth Kangaree “Beyond All Limits”, at Lardner Park near Warragul. Our Joey Scouts had a full-on weekend stuffed full of fun, leaving little time to rest. Getting off the bus we jumped straight into actives and making new friends. The Joey Scouts got to try archery, water slides, rope bridge, Mario carts, jumping castles and so much more. Both nights we had night-time entertainment with music, dancing, inflatables and a lot of fun. Joeys couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces, they all had a wonderful time bringing back unforgettable memories. Our three Leaders did an amazing job keeping everything running smoothly so the Joeys could have the time of their lives. Joeys, Cubs, and Scouts normally meet on Wednesday nights during term at the Church of Christ, Saunders Road, New Gisborne. Venturers are on Friday nights at Woodend. However until the

Scouts work for a cleaner Australia On Clean Up Australia Day on arch 1 the Macedon cubs and scouts went to the Nursery Reservoir in Macedon to help clean up. We split up into pairs, one person with a recycling bag and the other with a landfill bag, with the pairs all taking a different route. We worked for two hours picking up a lot of rubbish, much of it in heavy bush. After we returned to the Clean Up Australia base, we split the rubbish into glass, landfill, recycling and aluminum. We then put each type into its own bag to be taken away. Everybody worked hard to help clean up. Helping out on events like Clean-Up-Australia Day helps Scouts earn their Citizenship badges.

New Gisborne Joey Scout Leaders. Quokka, Koala and Kanga.

Oscar Walliss, 1st Macedon Scout

(1st Macedon Scouts are suspended for the time being. Contact Mark Baeten on 0407 858 700 for further details.)

COVID-19 issue is behind us all meetings are suspended. Contact Group Leader Skipper (0450 922 787 especially if you’re interested in helping fund or build our new Scout Hut.

1st Macedon Scouts with their rubbish haul at Macedon Reservoir.

1st Gisborne Scouts clean up Daly Nature Reserve. The New Gisborne Joey Scout Contingent about to leave for the Kangaree.

Gisborne Lightning Guides – before the big shutdown... The members of Gisborne Lightning Guides have been planning their program for the term. They enjoy cooking and eating the results so asked to make pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Tayla is interested in the environment and outdoors so is leading a group to undertake tasks for their Nature badge. Keyanah enjoys drama so is leading another group to create a play for their Arts badge. They have

been challenged to work on the storyline, script, scenery, props and costumes. Kasey, Emily and Macey who joined the Unit late last year, are working on their Promise and Law understanding. They will make their Promise at the end of term in front of their family and will be presented with their sash and first set of badges. The Guiding Promise is a commitment to do their best as young

community members. This month I interviewed Tayla about her experiences as a Guide. Her mum Ceri was a Brownie and Guide and earned her Queen’s Guide award as a member of Gisborne Guides. Tayla loves coming to Guides. She says, “It’s a lot of fun and we have adventures. I enjoy going to camp and doing fun activities. I am learning how

to survive in the bush.” If you are aged 8 or older and would like to try Guides phone Deb on 0409 542 619 for more information. ● Please note that Guides are in abeyance due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Deb Fleming

Deb Fleming, Unit Leader

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NEWS FROM THE COUNCIL Council customer service centres closed

Have your say on new mobile trading guidelines

New pool and spa registration laws in force

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s customer service centres are closed until further notice as a preventive measure following the outbreak of COVID-19. Council closed facilities including pools, gyms, leisure centres and libraries on March 17. Customers can access services by: ● submitting a request via our website, mrsc.vic. ●  calling 5422 0333 from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm ● sending an email to The Chief Executive Officer, Margot Stork, said Council was continuing to follow government advice. “We know closing our customer service centres will have an impact on the community’s ability to make payments in person and to seek advice from officers,” Ms Stork said. “However, it’s important to know Council will continue to operate. Officers will still be available by phone and email, and payments will able to be made by phone, online and through other methods detailed on payment notices. “If you are unable to make payment through one of these methods, please call us to discuss your options. We also have a financial hardship policy, which is available on our website, and which outlines the process to seek deferment or waiver of rates and charges.” The Discovery Centre at Hanging Rock has closed. Rangers at the reserve will be available by phone only, and more frequent cleaning of public toilets will take place. There have been changes to delivery of services such as Maternal and Child Health, and parents have been contacted directly regarding these new arrangements. A Citizenship Ceremony planned for April 7 has been cancelled. All the closures were planned to be in effect initially for one month, after which they will be reviewed. For more information, visit us at coronavirus; the federal Department of Health at or the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, You can also contact Council on 5422 0333 or by emailing

Macedon Ranges Shire Council would like to know what you think of the new guidelines that support Council’s Roadside and Footpath Trading Policy? The draft Mobile Trading Guidelines cover mobile trading on Council land from 1 July 2020, which includes mobile trading on roadsides, parks and reserves. It is important that use of public space for commercial activities is complementary to an area’s purpose and is not detrimental to fixed businesses in the area. The new guidelines will provide a consistent and coordinated process for the operation of mobile trading across the Macedon Ranges Shire and feedback is sought from local businesses, pedestrians and motorists and the general community. The draft guidelines will be available for comment until Tuesday April 7. You can have your say by • Filling in the online feedback form at • Joining the online discussion forum to share your views • Sending a written submission to PO Box 151, Kyneton 3444 or emailing

On December 1, 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. Property owners with a pool or spa now have to register them with Council and by June 1. You can currently register your pool online or call Council on 5422 0333 to request a registration form. For more information about the new regulations visit

Concerts postponed Anh Do—The Happiest Refugee, may not be so happy at the moment. His very entertaining show scheduled for March 19 at Kyneton Town Hall will be rescheduled for later in the year. At the time of printing, Council was awaiting advice from the producer of the Toni Childs—Retrospective Tour scheduled for March 31 at Kyneton Town Hall on whether the tour could be rescheduled. 28

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MACEDON RANGES SHIRE COUNCIL For the latest information on closures and other community information related to COVID-19, visit the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website . It is updated regularly and is the best source of current advice.

Where you can (and can't) exercise your dog Want to know where you can walk your dog off leash? New requirements for dog owners and dog walkers came into effect on January 1. Dogs in public places must now be on a leash except in designated off-leash areas. Dogs also must be under effective control at all times and cannot be left unattended. For details on the new off-leash areas, see www. or pick up a brochure at a Council service centre or at your local veterinarian or pet supply store. There are more than 50 designated off-leash areas. There are also some environmentally sensitive areas where dogs are now prohibited. Council has worked to balance the needs of dogs, their owners and the broader community in introducing these new off-leash dog areas. The introduction of prohibited areas focuses on reducing the impact of dogs on the natural environment. For more information, visit dogs or phone 5422 0333.

Designated off-leash areas for Gisborne, South Gisborne and New Gisborne Some off-leash areas are subject to certain conditions. Asterisks in the following list denotes conditions. Please refer to brochures, online maps or on-site signs. Also please also note that even in off-leash areas, dogs must be under effective control at all times.

One of the new signs advising dog and other conditions. This reserve prohibits dogs whether on or off-lead.

Off-leash areas   Sankey Reserve sports oval *  Sankey Reserve open space *  Dixon Field *  Dixon Field ovals *  Pleasant View Court open space  Worcester Road open space  Railton Court open space  Willowbank Drainage Reserve  Stirling Way Reserve  Gisborne Fields *  Turanga Road Reserve  I.R. Robertson Reserve *  Gilligan Reserve *  Macedon Ranges Netball arena, New Gisborne*  Chessy Park Drive Reserve  Ross Watt Reserve *  Zeal St Reserve  Steam Park * Prohibited areas:  Jackson Creek, Gisborne*  Mount Gisborne Reserve, South Gisborne  Gisborne Marshlands, New Gisborne.*

Rowie and Spey fishing Our member Robert Rowe (Rowie) is a dedicated Spey caster and Spey proselytiser as well as a very experienced fly fisher for trout and other fish. Just under five years ago, Rowie was fishing for trout at Tullaroop Reservoir near Carisbrook when he found himself in a difficult position: backing on to a cliff with no real opportunity for a sufficient back cast to put his fly out to where the fish were. When he made his “Aussie Angler” fly fishing store mates Rick Dobson (Dobbo) and Anton Tusk aware of his frustration, they suggested he try two-handed Spey casting.

Spey casting originated in the heart of Scotland in the mid-1800s when the Spey cast was developed to enable the salmon fisher to cast long distances successfully on a large river such as the Spey, using a twohanded 22-foot rod (1000cm). Today’s rods can be typically 10 to 15 feet (300 to 450cm), use Spey lines that have a heavier weight front end attached to a thin running line on the reel, and can be used, as appropriate, on all waters. Rowie has mastered the casting style for distance, accuracy and delivery as well as the use of all the relevant gear. He has a great collection of self-tied flies to suit all occasions and many fish species,

both fresh and saltwater. A ‘scientific Spey angler’ one might say. He is enthusiastic in demonstrating and promoting the style and sharing his knowledge with fellow members. If you’d like to know more about the Calder Fly Fishing Association please visit www. au Louis Bokor

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Lions support students in need

Russell Walker OAM Lions President and Barb Davis, Gisborne Secondary College Chaplain.

The Gisborne and District Lions Club recently provided $5,500 to the five local government schools to assist students from families in need. In a previous edition of the Gazette it was reported that the Lions Club had also provided $10,000 to those impacted by the unprecedented bushfires which have had a devastating impact across Australia. The Lions Club donated the funds to the schools to assist students in relation to their education needs, and/or facilitating their participation in sport external to the schools. The funds were provided as follows: Gisborne Primary School ($1,000); New Gisborne Primary ($1,000); Gisborne Secondary College ($2,000); Macedon Primary ($1,000); and Mt Macedon Primary ($500). The Lions Club was pleased to contribute to these causes, with the assistance of our local community. The funds were sourced from the club’s various fundraising activities within Gisborne and the surrounding district. Lions are extremely appreciative of those people who support their fundraising efforts.

Annual Black Forest Run

Craig Watson and Chris Amos were spotted in front of Chris’s jalopy at a pit stop at the United service station in Macedon on March 14. This is the 10th year the vintage car Black Forest Run has taken place along roads of the Macedon Ranges region.

New MRUB leadership team This past month saw us farewell several committee members after long years of long service to the Macedon Ranges Ulysses Branch. Thank you to retiring President Michael, Treasurer John, Newsletter Editor Jim and others for your many wonderful years of club support. And a big welcome to newly elected President Sylvia and her committee. It was a mixed February/March as we welcomed back Vicki and Yvonne from a final Women Riders World Relay event in Dubai but sadly farewelled one of our regulars; RIP Bill Graham. We look forward to the time the COVID19 restrictions are lifted so we can resume club meetings and welcome new and old members.

Birthday best 2020 MRUB Committee (L-R): Heidi (Quartermaster), Deb (Treasurer), Mark (Member), Vicki (Events), Nick (Newsletter), Sylvia (President), Mark (Secretary), Moira (Welfare), Andy (Rides), Yvonne (Member) and Ken (behind the camera, Webmaster). Photo: Ken Hager

This group of ladies, who usually walk together, had a short gathering at a distance on Tuesday March 24 in Gisborne to celebrate a birthday. Birthday girl Lesla Handley at centre, surrounded by (L-R) Pat Petherbridge, Lorraine Tweddle, Anne Fyfield, Shirley Cross, Faye Armstrong and Joy Drever. No hugs and kisses this year but still plenty of love. Gisborne Gazette April 2020 29

SPORT IN PICTURES U13A Grand Final: Gisborne v Macedon, March 14. Bowler Eliza Patterson Lade for Macedon

U13A Grand Final: Gisborne v Macedon, March 15. Batter Anthony Grobler U13A Grand Final: Gisborne v Macedon, March 15. Bowler Lucas Mousley

Congratulations to the Macedon U13A team who defeated Gisborne in the Grand Final on March 15.

Division 2 Gisborne v Macedon, March 17. Macedon bowler Steve Coleman

U13A Grand Final Gisborne v Macedon, March 14. Batter James Boyd for Gisborne. 30

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Wicketkeeping concentration: U13A Grand Final, Gisborne v Macedon, on March 15

U13A Grand Final Gisb v Macedon, March 14. Gisborne batter Riley Leedham

SPORT IN PICTURES     Senior semi-

final Gisborne v Bacchus Marsh, March 15: Heartfelt appeal

McIntyre Cup semi-final, March 14, Gisborne v Bacchus Marsh. Batsman James Wilson

Gisborne's McIntyre Cup winning team. See report page 32

Senior semi-final, Gisborne v Bacchus Marsh, March 14. Luke Macumber, Gisborne, bowling.

McIntyre Cup semi-final: Gisborne v Bacchus Marsh, March 15.

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Local Legends Gary Sanders and Kevin Sullivan (centre in blue jackets) were named Legends of Cricket and Life Members of Gisborne District Cricket Assocation on March 7 for their outstanding contributions to the club and community cricket.

Mick Allen gets top cricket gong First year gun recruit Mick Allen has run out an easy winner in the GDCA’s Sullivan Medal awarded to the best performed cricketer in the competition. Mick polled 20 votes to win by a margin of five votes. Skipper Jarryd Vernon also had another standout season and finished third with 13 votes. Mick is no stranger to success in his illustrious career, having also previously won top player honours at Premier cricket (the Jack Ryder Medal) and sub-district level. Mick is a well-balanced top order batsman and this season he clocked up 599 runs at an average of 75. Just for fun, he also chipped in with 20 wickets at an average of 12 to round out an outstanding season. He has fitted in beautifully at the Dragons and is already a popular team mate and great source of advice and guidance for many young cricketers hoping to follow in his footsteps. The bad news for all bowlers in the region is that Mick is already looking to back it up with another big year in season 20-21!

Cricket awards Congratulations to two other local cricketers who recently received the following awards: Harrison Sheahan, Gisborne District Cricket Association (GDCA), U15 JCW Player of the Central Highlands Region Series 2019-20, and Catie Shaw (Macedon Cricket Club), Youth Premier League U14 Female Player of Central Highlands Region Series 2019-20. 32 Gisborne Gazette April 2020

Gisborne has been awarded this seasons McIntyre Cup after all cricket was cancelled due to health concerns, causing the grand final to be called off. The Dragons finished the year undefeated and on top of the ladder. This year’s win is the third victory for the Dragons in the GDCA’s top grade in the past five seasons. After a solid semi-final victory over archrivals Bacchus Marsh, Gisborne were set to play Diggers Rest in the grand final. Skipper Jarryd Vernon with 90 classy runs set up the win on day one and senior players Jason Wilson, Luke Macumber and Mick Allen also contributed strongly in the semi-final victory at Gardiner Reserve. Gisborne’s second X1 fell short in their semi-final against premiers East Sunbury, with Brook Grumont being the best performer. The club is also celebrating grand final victories in the Under 17 girls and Under 13A boys. Both these teams have now won back-to-back flags, which is a great effort. First year coach Gavin Mackay has been an excellent addition to the strong off-field set-up at Gisborne with a huge focus on being a strong community club. Andrew Headberry Team photo  page 31

Emily Duoba and Emily McDonald in the GDCA representative side.

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Gisborne junior girls U13 team

The 2019-20 cricket season saw Gisborne Cricket Club field two Junior Girls teams, a total of 21 girls, in the U13 and U17 age groups. The U13 girls were coached by Bianca Mackay, a young local girl who began playing cricket when she was 11 years old. All the girls looked up to Bianca and improved in all facets of the game throughout the season. The U17 girls were coached by Jason McDonald and Darren Ward, and had a fabulous season taking out the premiership against Macedon/Woodend in a thrilling game! Every single girl gave her all during the season and showed exactly what it means be part of a team. Charlie Busby and Erica Mifsud (U13) and Emily McDonald and Emily Duoba (U17), were members of the GDCA Rep Teams. Emily McDonald captained

the U16 team to victory against Ballarat in the final – the first time since 2013 (of which our U13 coach Bianca was actually a part). Charlie Busby scored a hat trick in one of her U13 Rep games, with her figures being 3/2 off 2 overs. With the GCC Masterblasters program introducing young kids to cricket, we are excited to have six new girls eager to join our U13 team for the 2020-21 season. Gisborne Cricket Club was extremely proud to have an amazing group of girls and parents this year who were passionate about cricket and willing to support each other, week after week, on and off the field. We were lucky enough to finish our season by going to the Women’s T20 Final at the MCG together, to witness our Aussie girls win the tournament.

First girls’ team launched with great success Macedon/Woodend’s U17 Girls’ cricket team made a sizzling start to the 2019-2020 season, taking 8/8 against Bacchus Marsh. Macedon and Woodend cricket clubs came together this year to form what was, for Macedon, our first girls’ cricket team. A team of 11 players (six from Macedon, five from Woodend) came together every Friday night to play some great cricket and have a lot of fun. The girls did not train together and some had not met before, but they immediately became a strong presence in the Gisborne District Cricket Association competition, winning most of The U17 Macedon/Woodend girls made their presence felt. their games and sitting at the top of the ladder for many weeks, unfortunately narrowly half century to one of the opening batters along the losing to a strong Gisborne team in the final on a very way. There was a lot of encouragement and laughter, damp evening. ensuring everyone felt supported; it was wonderful to The girls played all their games with a positive spir- be able to watch the team on this journey. it, occasionally showing off their dance moves on the A big thank you has to go to their coaches – Rhys field or while waiting to bat and displaying amazing Lade, Chris Large and Tim Shaw. What a team and support towards each other as well as some remark- what an exciting time to be a girl playing cricket! able catches, wonderful bowling and an incredible Joanna Wilkinson

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The Macedon Ranges Croquet Club Championships, which were played throughout February, culminated in the play-off match on March 4. Helen Shirley and Ken Anders played a best-ofthree match won by Helen. Congratulations Helen! All members who were present to see the play-off enjoyed lunch together after. The Social Day planned for March 23 was of course cancelled, as is the Kyneton Challenge due to take place on April 3. Trish Chinn has donated the mallet of six times club champion Brian Chinn to the club and it is now displayed on our clubroom wall alongside those of Gladys Dobson and Meryl Dawe. We await the return of normal life!

The club’s Trivia / Presentation Night was yet again a fabulous success ue to the preparation by Nicole an Gemma. A huge thankyou to them both as well as to First Lady Di Dale who who donated prizes and coordinated the raffle and to the many local businesses and in- Rob Devereux, March Mug o’ the Month winner. dividuals who donated and made for a special evening. First-time winners on the night were the newbies of Team Bonello. An additional highlight of the evening was the speech by reigning club champion Jim Hynes as he accepted the inaugural Duncan Beatson Shield. It proved to be a big month for Jim as he also won the February Monthly Medal and streeted the field with nine birdies to also snare the 2019 Medal of Medallists play-off. Rob Devereux continued his good form of recent weeks to take the March Mug o’ the Month. Congratulations to Bruce Fraser, Aaron Edmonds and Greg Mighall on their Ash Wednesday Commemorative three-person ambrose victory; five birdies and two eagles on the card netted them a 54 and a comfortable win. Contact the club on 5426 1650. You can also visit our website at

2020 Club Champion Helen Shirley with runner up Ken Anders

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Calling all girls in Macedon. Are you looking for a great way of getting some exercise, meeting new people and learning new skills? Well the Macedon Cats have just the thing for you. Macedon Cats Junior Football Club have a girls’ team and they’re looking for you! Nick Lynch is President of the club. He is also the coach of the girls team, working with assistant coaches Kate Lawrence and Tamara Collins. The club is part of the Riddell District Football League, which includes Gisborne, Kyneton, Woodend and more. COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the works for the moment in terms of starting training, but Kate says the team is looking to start up again in May, depending on government advice. Kate will keep you in the loop, just send her an email at The girls plan to train on Monday and Thursday evenings, 5-6pm, at Green Street in Macedon. The U18s team is open to girls from 14-17 years old. Exemptions may apply to those who fall outside this age bracket and all age groups are welcome to come and join in the training. Current players have a wide range of experience, ranging from none at all to those who have played with other teams. Not sure about playing an actual game? Once everything is open again, come along anyway. Enjoy the training, maybe just have a kick! Football is such a physical game, so the training is a great way of working the entire body. Keeping fit is important for both our physical and mental wellbeing. Tamara also places a huge emphasis on making the training sessions fun. So while you are learning some new skills, growing confidence and embracing your love of the game, you can laugh along the way. This is another great example of girls being able to do anything. Kate, who previously played football for nine years, thinks it’s also great for the boys, as they see what the girls can do and it encourages their respect for them. So... contact Kate on 0402 080 445, Tamara on 0411 017 185, or email kate@storywise.

When life is back to normal girls will be ready to bolt out the gate for the football field.

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Junior club championships a hit Congratulations and well done to all the SGTC juniors who competed in the recent junior champion-

Summer 2019-20 Saturday Open premiers Andrew Dick, Clint Grobler, Liz O’Connell and Felicity Jacobsen (not pictured: Rachel Christie and John Tadd)

MACEDON TENNIS CLUB As the world shuts down over the COVID-19 crisis we thank the powers that be for the beautiful place in which we live and the supportive and caring community we are surrounded by. Life goes on albeit in a modified, hygienic and socially responsible way. Macedon Tennis Club is now shut as part of the restrictions announced by the State Government. On a bright note, the Saturday Open team of Liz O’Connell, Felicity Jacobson, Rachel Christie, John Tadd and Andrew Dick were outright Premiers. What a fantastic effort throughout the entire season to manage to even make finals contention, let alone take out the premiership. Great job Team Macedon! Lisa Fowler

The surface area of the lungs is roughly the same size as a tennis court.

ships! We witnessed so many young talents with a love for the game and the most amazing sportsmanship from all who competed. The championships would not have been possible without the steering committee of Mario Matejcek, Lee Holt and Bernadette Campbell, and parents who jumped on courts to assist with umpiring, canteen and supporting the kids to hydrate and be sun smart. Thank you to all. It was terrific to meet and watch extended families supporting and cheering on competitors. There was a lot of tennis played! We wait in anticipation to award the male junior champion as completion of finals was postponed. All the best to Cameron, Matt, Jordan and Ollie playing through the semis and into the Championship match. Congratulations to Bailey, the junior female champion and Olivia, the runner up. The U/16 male winner was Cameron and runner up Matt; female winner Bailey and runner up Olivia;

the U/12 male winner was Jordan and runner up Will; the girls’ winner was Macie. Judging by the feedback, all enjoyed the day and are looking forward to next year. Congratulations to Chris Murphy who was awarded a Life Membership of the SGTC. We wish Chris all the best.

On February 23, 22 of our competitive swimmers took part in the annual Central Victorian Championships with Thunder placing second overall in the district. Club captain Tyler Theodore was awarded the prestigious ‘Wally Stables Trophy’ in the men’s 400m freestyle event and was the overall point score winner (men’s). Congratulations to all of our swimmers who put in 100% effort on the day competing in extra relays to help boost our overall score. Our Club Championships were held in Gisborne on March 14. This was our final Gisborne Thunder swimmers at the Central Victoria Swimming titles. event for the season. All club swimmers competed to an excellent standard and we look for- their own personal best times and all the hard work ward to sharing the final results with the community in the pool has been paid off with many moving on to division and regional finals. after we are able to have our presentation evening. Our next club night is yet to be confirmed with the Congratulations to all of our swimmers who have competed at their school swimming competitions over closure of council facilities. Please refer to our webFaye Matthews the past few months. Our swimmers have smashed site for confirmation.



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Matt and Macie

Notes from Gisborne Thunder



Bailey and Olivia

Principal Trish Hyland disinfects Mount Macedon Primary on March 20.

A big group of Gisborne Bushwalkers enjoy ‘Lunch with a View’ at the home of a friend during a long trek in the Black Forest, Macedon, in late February.

Gisborne Bushwalkers Club During March we enjoyed rare mild summer weather for more delightful walks. A 12-kilometre gentle walk around trails and creeks in northern Bendigo took in sights such as the deep mine and crushing batteries at Victoria Hill historic mining area, and lovely views from the original poppet head. With lunch at Lake Weeroona and afternoon tea at Brian and Heidi’s lovely Victorian home, it was a great day. With regret, the Gisborne Bushwalking Club informs members and interested readers that we

must now comply with government directives, and with the guidelines of Bushwalking Victoria, and cancel all our planned walks and activities as a group, at least until June 30. We are looking forward to a time when we can get back to our great hikes and get-togethers. In the meantime, remember that it is so beneficial to get sunshine and exercise...perhaps now, in more “family” and individual ways! Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and well!

Welcome reassurance In these anxious and uncertain times, it is wonderful to know that a strong sense of community exists in our schools. The messages of kindness and support for each other in the wider world have been blurred lately and so the way we react as parents and teachers is paramount. Before our schools closed, Mount Macedon Primary School community purposefully worked together to support families who have been severely impacted by COVID19; sourced much needed cleaning supplies; implemented a cleaning program throughout the school, supported by parent helpers; and continually offered whatever support the school needs. We are all doing our best to deliver a positive message to our children about the importance of working together in difficult times. I know that all of our school communities in this beautiful area will be doing the same thing. How lucky are we?

Pierre Muehlheim, President

Trish Hyland Principal, Mt Macedon Primary School

Gisborne Foodbank continuing to help those in need As Victoria and our Macedon Ranges community move towards total shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Gisborne Foodbank will remain open, to assist the most vulnerable members of our community to put food on the table each week. The President of the Gisborne Foodbank, Jenny Barnes, says that “as an essential service, we will remain open for as long as we can, to help those in need, while ensuring that we are keeping our volunteers safe”. The Foodbank will continue to open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm, with a few changes to ensure they comply with directives from the Victorian Government. The Foodbank manager, Anita Worrell, and her team of volunteers will be pre-packing boxes of food and then will add additional items for individual customers according to their particular needs. Food pickup will be by appointment wherever possible.

No-contact delivery will be provided to elderly customers or those who are unwell or self-isolating. If you need to visit the Foodbank, please consider volunteers and other community members who may also be picking up food, by practising social distancing and taking direction from Foodbank volunteers who will be able to assist. Where possible they ask that any donations of food and household items be made via their Drop Points in Gisborne and surrounds that remain open. They will also gratefully accept your donations at the Foodbank on days that they are open, or by appointment. Please message the Gisborne Foodbank via their Facebook page (@GisborneFoodbank) if you have any questions or call them on 0492 850 520. The Gisborne Foodbank thanks everyone in our community for their continued support during these unprecedented times.

With so many people now working from home, here is a timely reminder on the best posture for those hours in front of the computer screen – if you’re sitting. A stand-up desk is also recommended, and taking plenty of breaks to get your body moving.

GISBORNE RAMBLERS The Ramblers have suspended their walk program due to the COVID-19 crisis. The group’s monthly walk schedule will return to the Gazette when the program starts up again. Gisborne Gazette April 2020 35

Obituary Doreen Olive Fry 1924-2020 A long-time resident of Gisborne, Doreen Fry was born in Mansfield in 1924, the eldest of six children born to George and Bertha Sawers. Doreen had four brothers Roy, Kevin (dec’d) James (dec’d) Herbert (dec’d) and sister Valda (dec’d). Doreen attended Eildon State School until age 12 and the Eildon Weir School until 14. Doreen Fry On leaving school, she worked on her parents farm and was paid ten shillings a week – her first pay went towards a new pair of gumboots, essential on the farm, which cost 13 shillings! As a teenager during the Depression, Doreen enjoyed sport and going to the pictures once a month and attending local dances. She experienced the bushfires of 1939 and the 1939-45 world war. Her father enlisted which added further responsibilites for Doreen on the farm. Doreen was involved in many activities to raise money for comfort funds for the soldiers. Fortunately, her father returned from the war to continue farming. In 1948, Doreen met and married James Fry in Alexandra and their first home was at the Snob’s Creek Fish Hatchery where James was the manager. They started their family when Carolyn was born in 1949, Heather in 1952 and Jennifer in 1956. Her only sister Valda passed away in 1960. Doreen was a great cook. Living on a farm, very little was bought. The cupboards were full of preserved fruit, home-made jams, pickles, chutney and loads of home made ginger beer. Doreen also tried breeding turkeys. This was very successful and she had many clients from as far away as Melbourne. Being a good cook, Doreen and James never had a problem getting shearers or hay carters on the farm and her sponge cakes were always a hit at mothers’ club stalls. The family moved to a farm in New Gisborne in 1963 and bought a five-acre block in Willowbank Road in preparation for their retirement. But tragedy struck in 1970 when James died from a heart attack. A widow at 45 years of age, Doreen continued working on the farm for eight months. She built a house on the block in Willowbank Road and resided there until she went into Warrina in October 2019. Over the years, Doreen belonged to the children’s primary school mothers’ clubs and the Riddell Senior Citizens Club. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing, crosswords, gardening, tennis, cricket, horse riding, travelling around Australia and following the Thornton football club. Doreen’s extended family includes 12 grand-children and 18 great-grandchildren. Doreen passed away on February 1 and a funeral service was held on Thursday February 13 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gisborne, for burial at the Gisborne Cemetery.

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Flowers for elderly: more random acts of kindness Two happy stories came to the attention of the Gazette just before the paper went to print. Ame Gaschk, florist in Macedon, told us: “My business, Raven and the Rose in Macedon, specialises in weddings and events so naturally I have been forced to close. Two weeks ago a beautiful woman from the Gisborne Church of Christ ordered 79 posies of flowers to be delivered to every person isolating at the Gisborne Oaks nursing home. “My daughter attends Macedon Primary and I put a call out to the parents to donate jars for these flow-

ers as the nursing home doesn’t have enough vases. Students from the school were also writing letters and drawing pictures to be sent along with each of these flower arrangements to brighten someone’s day.” And Brook Vigo, who owns Scent Florist in Gisborne, was making bouquets to donate to the local nursing homes in March and put out a Facebook call asking whether anyone would like to donate flowers and foliage from their gardens to add to the bouquets. What lovely examples of community collaboration to support our vulnerable people.

Some of those at the party, from left: Ron Yates, John Shaw, Carrie Lindsay, Jenny Shaw, Gordan Lindsay, birthday boy Richard Whiteley, Margaret Brockman, Stephen Brockman, Angela Whiteley, Oliver Spencer and Richard Strachan on March 7.

80th birthday celebrations

A large gathering of friends and family joined Richard Whiteley, the Gazette’s distribution manager for many years, at the Mountview Theatre, Macedon, on March 7 to celebrate his 80th birthday. The party took place on Richard’s 81st birthday as he was very unwell a year prior. All present were thrilled to see Richard back in great form. Richard’s daughter Vanessa gave a lively account of her father’s life highlighting his lifelong

commitment to volunteering, inspiring drive and tenacity and love of community theatre (and host of cast parties!). Richard was the president of The Mount Players when the theatre was destroyed in the Ash Wednesday Fires and wrote to every theatre troupe in the country asking for donations towards a new Mountview Theatre.

Melbourne students learn about Gisborne area

Janis Paul with teacher Theodore Hartman and the school group in Gisborne. The students were looking forward to their next stop at the top of Mount Macedon to view the overall area.

Local real estate agent Janis Paul of Gisborne Real Estate/Macedon Ranges Real Estate was recently invited to lead an educational workshop for VCE students of Coburg High School. Demographics, planning, the changing face of the area and the effects on the community of subdivisions and farming changes were some of the areas covered. Janis’s experience both as an academic and hands-on real estate business owner was much appreciated by the group as a valuable source of knowledge. Janis is always happy to provide a community service as shown by her Justice of the Peace status and is sought after as a public speaker and academic in her field. The workshop was facilitated by Coburg geography teacher Theodore Hartman. The group also visited the Macedon Ranges Shire planning department.



4 The Sister Rocks are located near this town just off the Western Highway, noted for its famous foot race.

1 This town was officially opened in June 1956 and replaces the earlier site 8km east, which was inundated by the waters of Lake Hume

6 The most easterly city in the world is in New Zealand. There is a town of the same name in Victoria

2 The railway line runs down the centre of the main street of this Calder Highway town

7 Town at the foot of Mt Leura

3 Nine kilometres from Mt Korong, this town on the Calder Highway is noted for its significant gold discoveries

10 In this mid-Victorian town there is a Youth Training Centre. A nine-letter word

5 Named after the original settlers, 11 Previously known as Sandhurst the Rowan brothers, the district is until May 8, 1891, it is known today by known as “Kelly Country” another name 8 In 1947, a soldier settlement 13 The 1956 Olympic Games rowing was established. It is 480km from events were held in this city. Melbourne and 134km from Swan 15 Town at the southern tip of the Hill Bass Highway 9 This town is exactly midway 19 The historic wharf here on the between two Australian state capital Murray River stands today as cities. The first country town in evidence of the city’s unique history. Victoria to have electricity In the 19th century it was Australia’s 12 Near the New South Wales greatest inland port border, this town has the same 20 Barker, Lyttleton and Mostyn name as a city in Italy Streets are three of the main streets 14 Victoria’s best-known caves are of this central Victorian city. situated near this town 22 A statue of the racehorse Black 16 The largest town on Phillip Caviar features in the main street of Island. this town 17 The ruins of Ned Kelly’s home 24 John Flynn, Flynn of the Inland, are located here in this small north was born here. In 1869, Australia’s eastern Victorian town biggest gold nugget, the “Welcome Stranger” was found here. 18 Largest town on the Avoca River

Victorian Towns Answers  page 39

Crossword and Brainbusters compiled by Graeme Millar

20 John Curtin, former Labor Prime Minister, three times state premier Sir Alexander Peacock, former Governor of NSW Sir John Northcott, and the famous Lindsay Brothers were all born in this mining centre.

Friends beetle along to Daly working bee The Friends of Daly Nature Reserve have learned to tread carefully while working and walking around the Reserve. That’s how we discover all sorts of hidden treasures during our monthly working bees. One of our observant members spotted this fascinating beetle (at right) and managed to take its photograph. It was only 15mm long, but looked like a remnant from prehistoric times. Research reveals it belongs to the Pie Dish family of beetles. They are endemic to Australia and most species live in arid areas. The broad and curved flange around the edge is thought to collect dew in the desert, and can drain down to where the beetle can drink. There was also a beautiful blue dragonfly nearby, well disguised on the rough surface of a tree trunk .It certainly pays to walk in a leisurely manner, to stop, look and listen. Our calendar is locked in to hold our working bees every second Tuesday in the month. Sign in at the Scout Hall, Howey Street, at 9.30am, (cuppa at 11’ish). Tool kits and gloves provided, but

21 Two settlements within 8km of each other south of the Sunraysia district derive their name from each other. The answer is the northern of the two 23 Sir Robert Menzies was born in this town at the foot of Lake Hindmarsh.

BRAINBUSTERS 1. How many years does a term of the Australian Parliament last? 2. In which Gilbert & Sullivan production would you find the characters Pooh Bah, Yum Yum and Nanki Poo? 3.

What is the national flower of Holland?

4. Which sport do you associate with the Eisenhower trophy? 5. Which former British Prime Minister was nicknamed the Iron Lady? 6. Who was Lance Hill and what did he sell over four million of in Australia? Friends of Daly member Andrew Dilley captured this discovery at the working bee on Tuesday March 10.

it’s not only weeding. Virus: enquiries re cancellations of working bees due to the virus restrictions can be made at the address below.

Irene Perkin

7. Name the fleet sent by Philip II of Spain against England in 1588? 8.

On which gulf is Port Augusta located?


What day precedes Ash Wednesday?

10. Who was the first Australian born Governor General? Answers  page 39 Gisborne Gazette April 2020 37


Sponsored by Anglican Parish of Gisborne ■ Uniting Church in Australia ■ St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gisborne ■ House of the Rock Church, Gisborne ■ Gisborne Church of Christ ■ Faithworks-Manaaki ■ St Brigid’s Parish

Anglican Church

Church of Christ Silver Service

Faithworks Christian Church

A church from another nearby community contacted the Anglican Parish to ask about being able to stand in the shadow of the Memorial Cross on Mount Macedon on Easter Eve. On the southern side of the ranges, the Memorial Cross certainly casts a shadow over the entire area. From a Christian point of view, commemorating Easter, the shadow of the cross is the momentous event that led to salvation for all. Locally, however, it means many more things to people for a variety of reasons. Even though the view is not what it used to be, there is much to rejoice in seeing the snow gums’ new life of maturity following the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires. The story of the two crosses itself is a remarkable story of generosity and the pledge of never forgetting the sacrifice of so many young people during the first and second world wars. The journey down to the Memorial Cross takes us past the Vietnam War Memorial, itself a pilgrimage of remembrance. Easter is a time of remembering what Jesus suffered and why. Living under the shadow of the cross is a time of rejoicing. May your celebration over Easter be joyous.

Gisborne Church of Christ Silver Service usually takes place on a Thursday from 1pm to 2.30pm. Due to COVID-19, the event is now in recess but will recommence when it is safe to do so. What is our Silver Service? Men and women gather and spend about an hour and a half together. What are they doing? Well…it varies! For some, they enjoy singing the hymns they remember from years ago. For some, they enjoy the Scripture and deep theology of the words. For some, they enjoy the company and the afternoon tea – served in beautiful old-fashioned cups, saucers and plates. For all, they’re spending time together worshipping God in heart, mind and voice. When we are able to recommence our Silver Services, you can, too, if you’d like to come along. Everyone will be welcome. Contact Sandra Turnbull on 0413 894 416 for more information.

Well what a big month it has been. While there has been a lot of doom and gloom reported around the world, in these times it is imperative that we keep a positive outlook in knowing this will all turn around at some point. It is easier said than done to keep positive in the midst of trouble no doubt, but we can take great comfort in our faith that God has our lives under control when we trust in Him and there, we receive peace and joy amid the turmoil. We are unable to continue our services but will recommence as soon as we are able to. Keep connected through or Facebook.

Fr Dennis

When we all need good neighbours

Darren Farrugia

St Andrew’s Presbyterian As we go to press, COVID-19 has changed our lives for the moment. The hymn festival is postponed; church services are cancelled for now. There is uncertainty locally. There is uncertainty globally. One fact rides this storm and remains sure: Jesus Christ matters to people’s everyday lives. Sadly our services are suspended until life returns to normal, including Easter services and Sunday School, and our other activities are also on hold: our weekday craft group and other weekday Bible reading groups. Contact: George McConaghie mob. 0434 734 488

It’s such a cliché to say that we are living through hard times and yet we think it each time a regular activity is no longer available or a familiar place is closed. With churches closed, Easter observances will look very different this year. It is an important Gisborne Uniting Church, like so time in the religious calendar and worshippers may be able to find services broadcast online many others, has had to re-plan its year that they can access from home. and withdraw from the many activities where people could gather together to worship and to enjoy each other’s company. The challenge has been to find new ways of worship and novel ways of keeping contact with each other. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, St Paul’s Op Shop will The weekly collection of food be closed until further notice. and toiletries for the ongoing work We would appreciate donations of items other of our service agency Lentara than clothing and linen be put on hold if you intend continues. So too does the work on donating to our Op Shop in the foreseeable future, as knitting squares to be made into rugs for we envisage storage difficulties should the closure those who live on the edges of society. be prolonged. Our ministers are available to talk with those who Our sister Op Shop in Riddells Creek “Charity’s are fearful and lonely. We have developed a letterSecret” will also be closed during the same period writing project to keep in touch with the residents of and will not be accepting bric-a-brac, books or any aged care facilities in Gisborne. clothing items.

St Paul’s Op Shop jottings

Janet Wood, 5428 6700

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Graeme Millar 0413 781 501





From the pages of the old Gisborne Gazette

APRIL 1920 Mount Macedon Notes – The boarding houses all report “full houses” for Easter. The popularity of the Mount continues to grow. The fencing of Stanley Park is nearing completion and Mr. Norton has commenced to cart the gravel for the court. Football – A meeting was held at Pearson’s New Gisborne Hotel [now Baringo Food & Wine] on the 24th March, as a result of which the Riddell District Football Association was formed. Delegates were present from the following districts: Gisborne, Riddell, Romsey, Lancefield, Macedon and Sunbury. The radius for players was fixed at 10 miles from the local post office for all clubs. As several of the clubs are unable to charge for admission to their grounds, it was unanimously agreed that the home team admit to the ground free of charge all members of the visiting clubs upon presentation of their members’ tickets. Some years ago, Mr. Amess Snr. donated a trophy for competition among the clubs of the Riddell District Football Association. The trophy has to be won three times, not necessarily in succession. Sunbury has been successful in winning it twice, and Macedon annexed it last year. Death of Gisborne Pioneer – Old Gisborne residents will regret to learn of the death of Mr. Robert Gerrand, which took place at a private hospital in Kerang on the 13th March. Some 60 years ago the late Mr. Gerrand resided on the Melbourne road, about 2 miles from Gisborne. He had the flour mill at Woodworth’s bridge

[bridge on Kilmore Road near the Bowling Club], and was the owner of the first

threshing machine in the district. We are indebted to the ‘Kyneton Guardian’ for the following particulars: Mr. Gerrand was in his 91st year, and was a native of Dalry, Dumfries, Scotland, and came to Victoria in 1852. Some of his earliest experiences in the colony were gained upon the road when he was engaged in carting. He carried large quantities of gold to Melbourne for the diggers on the goldfields at Beechworth, Forest Creek and Robert Gerrand elsewhere. Naturally the occupation led to some exciting adventures with gold robbers, and Mr. Gerrand, who was of a determined disposition, had several brushes with the bush bandits who prowled about the Black Forest, the North-east ranges and elsewhere.”

New members always welcome

PLEASE NOTE: meetings are in abeyance until public health restrictions are lifted ADULT RIDING CLUB (Gis) 2nd Saturday Robertson Res

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ADULT RIDING CLUB (Bullengarook) 2nd Saturday Rec Reserve ANGLING CLUB 2nd Wed 8pm Railway Hotel Macedon



every Thurs 9.30am-10.30am BRIDGE  CLUB Mon 12.30, Tues 7.15, Thurs 12.30 St Mary’s Church Hall, Woodend 5420 7595 BUSHWALKING CLUB Various locations Tel 5428 3490 or 5427 0888

The time will fall back one hour at 3am on Sunday April 5 as daylight saving ends.


CLUB 1.30pm every Mon except first Mon of month Parish centre (behind St Pauls Church, Gisborne) CANCER SUPPORT GROUP last Wed of month MRH CAR CLUB 1st Wednesday 8pm Steam Park, New Gisb CARERS GROUP (Mac  Ranges) 2nd & 4th Thurs, 1pm Woodend RSL 5420 7132 (Note: 4th Thurs carers only) COMMUNITY GARDEN Wed 9am Church of Christ CROQUET CLUB Wed & Sat 10am Dixon Field CWA GISBORNE 2nd Monday 10am Gis Secondary College CWA MACEDON 3rd Tues 1pm & 7pm 662 Mt Macedon Rd

DALY RESERVE WORKING BEE 2nd Tues 9.30am Scout Hall, Daly Res FILM SOCIETY 2nd Wed Woodend Neigh’hood House 5427 2323 FLY FISHING CLUB 4th Wed 7.30pm MRFEC Gisborne FOCUS CLUB 2nd Fri 12 noon Gisborne Golf Club FRIENDS of JACKSONS CREEK Working bees 3rd Sun 10-noon GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed various venues 0409 691 525 GENEALOGY GROUP 4th Thurs 7.30 Family Hist Rm, Library GIRL GUIDES Thursdays 5pm Gis Comm Hall GISBORNE SINGERS Tues 7.30pm Holy Cross PS

HISTORICAL SOCIETY   open Wed 10am-4pm Court House JPs SIGNING STATION Thursdays 1-3pm GREAT office Hamilton St LIBRARY: TODDLERS’ STORY TIME Mon 10.30am, Wed 10.30am LIONS CLUB

First Thursday of month 7.30pm

where is it ? (page13)

Decorated tree on page 13: Hamilton Street on the outgoing side past Neal Street and before the left turn into Mulgutherie Way.

ANSWERS to brainbusters QUIZ (page 37)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Four years The Mikado Tulip Golf Margaret Thatcher

247 Station Rd

6. Hill’s Hoist clothes line 7. Spanish Armada 8. Spencer Gulf 9. Shrove Tuesday 10. Sir Isaac Isaacs


ARTS Thurs from 5.15pm St Brigid’s Hall MASONIC LODGE 2nd Thurs 7pm Masonic Hall Aitken St MASTERS AFL    Wed 6.30pm   Sankey Reserve MEN’S SHED BARBECUE Last Mon 12.30pm Lyell Street MT MAC & DIST HORT SOC 1st Tues 8pm Horticultural Hall MUFFINS ’N MORE 2nd Tues 10am-noon Uniting Church MUMS’ GROUP 2nd Mon, 9.30-11.30am 49 Fisher St


Sun 9am

Riddells Rec Res

2nd Wed, 1pm Lancefield Bowling Club PETANQUE 2nd & 4th Sat, 10am behind Caltex service station, Station Rd, Gisborne PHOENIX ART & CRAFTS 1st Thursday PHOTOGRAPHIC SOC 1st Tues & 2nd Mon 7pm Riddell’s Creek Neighbourhood House PONY CLUB Bullengarook 1st Sunday Rec Reserve PONY CLUB Gisborne 1st Sunday Robertson Reserve PROBUS 1st Thurs 10am Masonic Hall


Wed 7pm

Room attached to Gisb Library

Fridays 9.15am Tennis Club Dixon Field ROTARY (Gisborne) Tues fortnightly,6.45for7pm WineO'Clock,50AitkenSt (book 5428 4483 by 1pm Mon) (Macedon Ranges) 1st & 3rd Monday Baringo Food & Wine RUNNING GROUP Tues & Thurs 6pm, Sun 8am Gis Aquatic Centre RSL 1st Mon 2pm Hall at 247 Station Rd 5428 2233



Thank you to Graeme Millar who provided the Brainbusters quiz and the crossword questions.

CROSSWORD Across 4. Stawell 6. Gisborne 7. Camperdown 10. Malmsbury 11. Bendigo 13 Ballarat 15. Inverloch 19. Echuca 20. Castlemaine 22. Nagambie 24. Moliagal

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Down 1. Tallangatta 2. Wycheproof 3. Wedderburn 5. Glenrowan 8. Robinvale 9. Nhill 12. Genoa 14. Buchan 16. Cowes 17. Greta 18. Charlton 20. Creswick 21. Nangiloc 23. Jeparit

Tues 11am Tony Clarke Res Wed 12 noon Rec Reserve Bullengarook


Wed 7.30pm Tony Clarke Res, Macedon THUNDER SWIMMING CLUB 2nd Sat 5pm Gisborne Aquatic Centre TOY LIBRARY Every Sat 10-11am; first & third Wed, 8.45-9.30am, second & fourth Fri 9-10am 71 Robertson St U3A Mondays 10.30am MRFEC ULYSSES GROUP 3rd Tues 6pm Sunbury FC


Working bees 1st Sun of month, 8.30am at Steam Park; Meetings last Friday 7pm at Steam Park WRITERS GROUP Last Sat of month 2-5pm Woodend N’hood House WRITERS (Scribes & Scribblers) 2nd Tues 10am-12 Riddell N’hood House


Thursdays 4.15-5.45pm Norma Richardson Hall, Buckland St, Woodend, 5426 4801 or



Film screenings are suspended until further notice For membership details contact Gisborne Gazette April 2020 39

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The 5/6 class at Mount Macedon Primary School provided this artwork for our community in these uncertain times....

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