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New Gisborne Primary School Day 1. Five teachers have children starting at school – Vanessa Harris, Bec Brennan, Lisa Ansell, Kristy Prokopec and Laura Marshall with Emmerson, Sophia, Milla, Felix and Tom. Last month saw 314 local children start primary school, a milestone marked with both excitement and trepidation by many students, parents and carers. Day 1 was probably a little easier for the group

in the photo above as the children started at New Gisborne Primary School where their mothers all teach. See more photos of the big day on Page 4.

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HOME  PAGE From the Editor's desk On behalf of the extended Gazette team, I am delighted to be bringing you another edition jampacked with local news. There are many happy stories I would love to celebrate here, but I will leave you to discover those yourself and highlight two urgent topics.

Have your say on local growth It’s hard not to notice the growing population in our area when you drive on Station Road after school or try to find a park in central Gisborne. Planning guidelines for our region are being decided by the State Government later this year and many locals oppose the draft Localised Planning Statement that has been released for community consultation (see the story on page 3). If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the draft statement and voice your position by the March 5 deadline at macedon-ranges-localised-planning-statement. You don't need to fill in the survey, you can just go to the bottom and upload your own Word document.

Distributors needed Your community paper is run as a not-for-profit operation to maintain its authenticity and strong connection to the community, and keep advertising rates low to support local businesses. This model only works if we have sufficient volunteers to help us keep our costs down. We are currently in great need of new distributors to deliver the Gazette to local letterboxes, as outlined in the article by our distribution coordinator, Richard Whiteley, on page 18. Lastly, I thank Bryan Power for editing the February edition! Happy reading, Corinne

Dromkeen festival Dromkeen is celebrating Australian children's literature with a special day on Sunday March 11. There will be author/illustrator workshops as well as the launch of a new picture book Never Lose Hope – The Story of Australia's First School. The opening and book launch takes place from 11 to 11.45am and the afternoon workshops from 12.30 to 3pm. Workshop tickets are adults $30, children $10, under-5s free. Please RSVP for the opening to and for the workshops via

Women's Day event popular A group of Macedon women have organised an International Women's Day event at Olive Jones restaurant, Macedon, on March 7. Speakers will be Macedon resident and dean of Deakin University Law School Jenni Lightowlers and local sculptor Jennifer Mann. Although the event is booked out, if anyone would like to go on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please email


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Warning on water break-ins Western Water is asking people to be on the lookout for illegal activity at reservoirs and water supply tanks after security fences were breached several times over the past few months. Entering a protected drinking water storage area is illegal, with large fines or six months’ imprisonment for a first offence. “Protecting the safety and quality of our drinking water is absolutely critical,” Western Water’s General Manager for Customer and Community Relations, Graham Holt, says. “We would ask anyone who sees someone illegally entering a reservoir to contact us or the police." Drinking water storages are clearly marked ‘Do Not Enter’. Western Water conducts regular surveillance at reservoirs, including working with Victoria Police. Any trespassers are likely to be captured on CCTV.

reminder... Relay for Life Lancefield-Macedon Ranges Relay for Life, Saturday and Sunday March 3-4 at Lancefield Park. Survivors and carers are invited to join in the opening lap on Saturday March 3 at 3pm. Registrations can be made on the day at Lancefield Park. More info online.

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Ready to rock the Ranges for the needy Macedon Ranges Music Festival – Saturday March 3 The Macedon Ranges Music Festival kicked off with a bang with three sideshows in the lead-up to the main festival on March 3 entertaining great crowds in Macedon, Tylden and Gisborne in February. The festival on Saturday March 3 will feature an allAustralian line up with Mick Thomas and Squeezebox Wally headlining the event alongside a list of local acts including Paper Jane, The Naturally Cool Big Band, Grim Fawkner, Rachel Caddy, Temple of Tunes and Cacartu. Mick Thomas is best known for his work in pub-rock band Weddings Parties Anything and will donate his time, along

with all performers, to raise money for the Cambodian Kids Foundation. The event features music all day on the Main Stage as well as a Youth Stage Competition, local food, beer, wine and cider with 100% of ticket sales donated to the charity. You can grab a last minute ticket online at www. macedonrangesmusic or at the gate if not sold out! Tickets are only $25 for an adult, $20 concession, and kids under 12 are free. A jumping castle, face-painting and other kids’ activities will keep the whole family busy! Jimmy O’Hare CAMBODIAN KIDS FOUNDATION

Festival director Jimmy O’Hare (left), Graham Stewart, Chairman of sponsor Gisborne Bendigo Bank, and singer-guitarist Stefanie Duzel at a festival sideshow at Olive Jones, Macedon, on February 9. Mick Thomas

Locals condemn planning proposals A well attended public meeting held in Gisborne on February 13 condemned proposed State Government changes to planning in the Macedon Ranges. The three speakers said the Government's draft Localised Planning Statement (LPS) for the Macedon Ranges actually promoted all of the things that Macedon Ranges needed to be protected from. Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University; On the stage speakers Christine Pruneau, Professor Michael Buxton and Deb Dunn Christine Pruneau, secretary of the take questions from the crowd. Macedon Ranges Residents Association; and Deb Dunn, local resident and a qualified why the area is unique and how it should be protected); planner, said that the proposals did not protect the shire ● Adopt recommendations made by the Macedon from inappropriate development, and set up the townRanges Protection Advisory Committee; ships for greater growth. ● Prioritise protection of the shire’s environment and The meeting resolved overwhelmingly to inform the biodiversity, rural land, heritage (built, cultural and natuState Government that the LPS was irreconcilable with ral), landscapes and rural and township character; the Government’s 2017 commitment to protection, and ● Protect existing township boundaries. unacceptable. ● Defer the LPS to allow further consultation with The resolution said any Macedon Ranges planning Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the community. policy was required to Submissions on the LPS can be made until March ● incorporate as its starting point a document known 5 at    The government currently as Statement of Planning Policy No. 8, (which outlines plans to implement the LPS around June.


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Thank you, Kevin! A lovely case of a local Good Samaritan was reported just before this edition went to print: Alison Kinghorn, who lives past Woodend, lost her wallet in Gisborne on Saturday February 24. She arrived home later in the day to find it at her house with a note from “Kevin” that said he dropped it to her house because the police station was closed and he was passing through her area. Alison is extremely grateful and hopes Kevin sees this note as he left no contact details for her to thank him personally.

Official opening for Emergency Institute The official opening of the Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) at Mount Macedon took place on February 15. VEMI will play an important role in training and development for Victoria’s emergency services. The institute, previously run by the Federal Governent but closed in 2014, now employs five full timeequivalent staff.

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Preps off to a great start Three hundred and fourteen children started their school journey in the South Ward last month, the largest number ever and a reflection of our growing area. Although officially known as Foundation students now, to many people Day 1 at school is still about Preps. The numbers at each school are: Gisborne Primary School – 81 St Brigid’s – 27 New Gisborne – 106 Holy Cross – 44 Mt Macedon – 12 Montessori 12 Macedon – 35

▲Principal Trish Hyland helps Dylan, Grace, Sam and Eliza as they arrive at Mt Macedon Primary School. ▲Madison and Erica, Gisborne Primary School.

▲Joshua and his buddy Brodie at Holy Cross.

▲Getting together at the Holy Cross welcome barbecue were Noahe and his buddy Jacob.

▲Jaeda with her Grade 6 buddy Tiara at Holy Cross.

▲Kelsey with her buddy Hayley at Gisborne Primary.

▲Ryder, Stella and Maya, Gisborne Primary.

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Local’s art selected for exhibition New Gisborne resident and Sacred Heart College student Jasper Carn has had his artwork completed as part of his 2017 VCE Studio Arts selected for the Next Gen Exhibition currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Jasper (who has contributed photos to the Gazette), recently attended the opening event supported by family, friends and teachers. Jasper’s work is a series of digital artworks. In developing the concept behind the pieces, Jasper explained “I am interested in the idea of motion in images. Motion definitely conveys

the ambiguity of images, relaying it to the element of time. In these four images I wanted to convey how each person has their own story and is moving in time just the same as everyone else.” Another local student, Gisborne Secondary College's Sassafras Gallus, also has work in the exhibition. Her photographic work featured in the Gazette last month. The Next Gen Exhibition showcases the achievements of students from regional Victoria. It is on at Ballarat Art Gallery until Monday March 12. Entry is free.

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Schwass aims to 'stamp out suicide' Gisborne resident Wayne Schwass will be leading an eightday, 1,433 kilometre bike ride from Sydney to Melbourne in March to raise awareness of suicide in our society. Wayne, who many will remember as an outstanding AFL footballer with North Melbourne and Sydney, silently battled mental health for much of his playing career. He is now a dedicated mental health advocate. Wayne recently launched PUKA UP, a social enterprise to "stamp out suicide". Wayne said that to achieve this, "we create the environments for every person to be able to have authentic and genuine conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention". The 1433 kilometres is exactly half the number of suicides – 2866 – that happened in 2016. Every kilometre ridden honours two lives lost. During the ride from March 16 to 23, Wayne will conduct community forums – in association with volunteers from the Black Dog Institute – at Wollongong, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Shepparton and Ballarat. On this gruelling ride Wayne will be accompanied by 30 supporters, including three other Macedon Ranges' residents: Trent McCamley (Gisborne), Andy Wilson (Riddells Creek) and Jason Gledhill (Woodend). Bryan Power



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Modern Mirandas flock to Hanging Rock About 700 people attended the "Too Many Mirandas" flash-mob event at Hanging Rock on Saturday February 24 organised by Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Arts and Culture team. The majority of the crowd was clad in flowing white garments, pink sashes and straw hats in honour of the fleeting heroine Miranda of Joan Lindsay’s iconic book Picnic at Hanging Rock which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. In the weeks leading up to the event, more than 800 people were trained to be ‘Master Mirandas’ at dance workshops held at parks and schools across the shire. The session in Gisborne’s Aitken Reserve on February 19 attracted

more than 50 people of all ages ready for some fun. The event attracted Master Mirandas, fans of the book (or the movie), families of children who had learnt the dance at school, and many who were simply charmed by the concept of the quirky community arts event that celebrated unique Hanging Rock. A few real Mirandas were even present, including one up from Melbourne for the day to celebrate her birthday in a special way. Gisborne’s Jennifer Van Groningen embraced the event with her daughter Jackie and wished that her daughter named Miranda, who lives in London, could have joined in. The film of the flash mob will premiere at the launch of Council’s 2018 Arts and Culture season on March 16 at the Kyneton Town Hall, and will then be put on Council’s website.

Jennifer and daughter Jackie Van Groningen. Jennifer’s other daughter is named Miranda and lives in London.

The ‘Miranda’s mirror’ move in action at Hanging Rock and (inset) at a dance workshop in Gisborne.

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Sell your old treasures in Car Boot Sale There are still spaces to hire for $15 for the Gisborne Uniting Church Car Boot sale on Saturday March 17. The sale will be held from 9am to 12:30pm in the paddock next to the Church in Brantome Street. Ring Noel on 5428 2624 or Paul on 5428 2446 to book. Everyone is welcome. There will be bargains, a sausage sizzle and Devonshire teas.

New Gisborne’s Eshe Lane is one step closer to achieving her dream of playing professional football after being offered a spot on the Carlton VFLW 2018 team. The 20-year-old footy lover suffered a setback while in Year 12 at Gisborne Secondary College when she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Since then, along with starting

studies at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne last year, Eshe has been doing rehabilitation with the Carlton AFLW team and also helping in the coaches’ box on Carlton AFLW game days. Ecstatic to have been signed to Carlton’s VFLW team in February, Eshe is set on getting fit and strong enough to play some games this season.

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Works start for bigger, better library The Gisborne Library started renovations on February 19 that will continue for approximately four months. The library will gain a bigger, brighter space for programs, events and everyday use, new carpet and will be painted throughout. A new courtyard will allow for outdoor children’s programs as well as a quiet space to hang out in the sunshine. The library will remain open for most of the renovation and we will try to minimise the impact on services as much as we can. Users can expect that parts of the building will be closed off to protect worksites, that there will be noise and smells, and that we will occasionally need to schedule small (1-2 day) closures while large or hazardous works are completed – please note that the library will be closed for 2½ days from Thursday March 1 to Saturday March 3 inclusive for demolition works. Until further notice, all morning Storytimes, Toddler Times and Baby Rhyme Times will be relocated to the Gisborne Mechanics Hall next door. Feel free to give us a call on 5428 3962 or register at if you want to be updated on developments by email.  Sara Bryant


Gazette at Large Tahlia Russo (right) and friend Rochelle Hansen take the Gazette to Iceland. Former Gazette work experience student Tahlia was so taken by our community newspaper that she took one on her trip to Iceland. We welcome pictures of the Gazette around the country and the world!

Macedon player earns spot in All-Stars Indra Thomas of Macedon was selected as a member of the Under 13 Girls All-Star Team at the National Futsal Championships in Sydney in January. Since then, Indra has also been invited by Futsal Australia to train and play with the Under 14 Australian team in Italy in November. At the Championships, Indra played as goalkeeper in one of two Victorian teams, both of which won through to the semi-finals. Indra’s team did not concede any goals in three of their six round-robin games, in which Indra made many important saves. Her performance impressed the other team coaches so much that they voted her as goalkeeper of the All-Star Team. Last year Indra represented Victoria as a court player in the Under 12 team which won the championship. Indra took up the challenge of becoming a goalkeeper in August last year. Under the coaching of Margot Robinne and Mylene Deschamps, Indra now enjoys being the ‘last line of defence’. Indra Thomas has exciting times ahead in her sport.

Shire CEO Margot Stork (left), Mayor Jennifer Anderson and local MP Mary-Anne Thomas at the pedestrian crossing site. The crossing will cost $350,000.

Pedestrian crossing: Work will soon get under way on a new pedestrian crossing in Aitken Street. The crossing will be located north of the Hamilton Street roundabout. Flashing pedestrian lights will be installed on the main section with a zebra crossing in place in the service road alongside. Aitken Street is used by about 12,600 vehicles each day, including 641 heavy vehicles. Work is expected to start in April.

■ Recycling: Following China’s halt to recyclables

from Australia, kerbside recycling costs increased for Council from February 10 but are temporarily defrayed by State Government support. Council will work with the industry and the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group to find a long-term solution to the recycling issue after the assistance package ends on June 30.

■ Traffic lights: A well-attended meeting at Holy Cross Primary School on February 15 heard VicRoads regional director Brian Westley explain why the intersection of Station and Saunders Roads in New Gisborne will require the installation of traffic lights.

■ Film: The Baringo Film Club will restart in the beginning of April.

■ Ambulance report: The latest Victorian Health Services and Ambulance Victoria performance data showed ambulances kept up with demand in 2017 despite enduring Australia’s worst flu season. 62.6 per cent of ambulances in Macedon Ranges arrived within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 53.5 per cent a year earlier. Code One emergencies are time-critical cases, for example cardiac arrest or serious traffic accident.

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Years of Red Cross service rewarded The meeting of Gisborne Friends of Red Cross Unit held in February was a happy and relaxed occasion with many members present. The Deputy Chair of Region 2, Mary Wicks, was welcomed and presented awards for long-term membership to Jean Dixon, Pamela Walsh, Fay De Lai and Sandra Donnan. Chris Fleming (Gazette photographer) took photos to record the special occasion and his presence added to the happy atmosphere with some lively chatter on local issues. For the meeting to be held on March 2 members have been asked to bring along awards received by them over the years of membership, together with any historical information regarding the Gisborne Red Cross awards: Pat Beasley, Jean Dixon (40 years' service), Pamela Walsh Red Cross Unit. Blumes Fashions will be in attendance (10 years), Mary Wicks, Fay De Lai (10 years) and Sandra Donnan (20 years). at the meeting to be held on Friday April 6 robe to keep warm and cosy during the winter months. to show their winter collection and I am sure that memPat Beasley bers and friends can look forward to updating their ward-

Community bike shed flourishes Wilkinson’s Wheels had overwhelming community support in 2017 (now dubbed “year of the bike collection”). The social enterprise now has a permanent home in a former machine shed at Macedon Nursery and Garden Supplies. Chief spokesman and co-founder Phil Wilkinson says, “2018 is the year of the thriving bike workshop.” Judging by the activity to date, they are well on track. More than 40 volunteers of all ages have been involved in scavenging parts from old bikes, improving the shed, catering, grounds maintenance and fixing up bikes for the Macedon CFA Flea Market. Late February saw another part of the vision beginning to sprout – Gisborne Secondary College teacher and keen cyclist David Butler brought a group of his VCAL students to visit the workshop to learn new skills from lead bike mechanic and co-founder Mark Horner and local volunteers.

GSC VCAL students visit the workshop in February and get some bike repair tips from Mark Horner (centre). If you are interested in being part of this exciting new enterprise, contact Phil on 5426 2281. More information on the Wilkinson’s Wheels Facebook page.

Chelsea undertakes her haircut for charity.

Chelsea chops for a cause

Chelsea King of Gisborne thanks the community and local businesses for getting behind her effort to raise funds for Variety, the children’s charity that "helps give Aussie kids a fair go". On February 21 Chelsea chopped off her long locks and donated them to Variety. The hair was sent to specialised wig makers who make wigs for those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition such as alopecia. The wigs give those in need more confidence and self-esteem so they can feel like themselves again. Chelsea has been growing her hair for more than two years and was able to donate 35cm. Variety is given money for the hair which goes directly into its programs, so Chelsea’s gift can help Variety help kids by providing practical equipment, programs and experiences and help them live life to the fullest. Through sponsorship for the haircut, Chelsea also raised an extra $611 for Variety. David Sexton from Variety said people such as Chelsea made a big difference. “Variety doesn’t receive any government funding so every wig and every piece of equipment granted to families is thanks to the amazing efforts of people like Chelsea,” he said. Chelsea says being able to make the donation meant a lot to her because she believes that “Every Aussie kid deserves the best shot at fitting in and feeling confident in their own skin (and hair!)”

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New faces at CWA It was encouraging to see some new faces at our February meeting. There was a lot of discussion about events, outings and exhibitions in the year ahead. The Central Highlands Creative Arts Exhibition is in Kyneton on March 17 and 18 at the Masonic Hall in Yaldwyn Street. There is a $3 admission and morning and afternoon teas at $5 and lunches for $10. There will be a beautiful array of crafts to see, cookery and floral art from our members, junior members and maybe even from male relatives, so I hope everyone will go along and have a look between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and 10am and 3pm on Sunday. If you belong to CWA, there are training days for handicraft judges and home industries’ judges at CWA headquarters in Toorak, also a sewing master class in May. Our next meeting is on Monday March 5, 10am at Gisborne Secondary College, a week earlier than usual because of the long weekend. Coffee, craft and chat is on March 19 at the same venue, where visitors are welcome to see what we are up to. Christine Edwards, 0437 953 253

Cyclists focus on Pass with Care campaign Where did the holidays go? Did you get away somewhere and do you remember how you just weren’t in a rush to get anywhere? Getting angry because of someone else’s action just wasn’t going to happen! “Don’t sweat the small stuff” as I often say to my kids. Bike Safe Macedon Ranges has just launched its “Pass with Care” campaign aimed at encouraging all road users to be careful when overtaking other vehicles on the road. It’s simply about being patient and leaving plenty of room and time to pass safely. It’s particularly relevant to new users of our country roads which present different challenges to the urban environment. Who knows what is around that corner? All it takes is a little impatience or lack of concentration and someone’s dad or mum, brother or sister, son or daughter could end up in hospital or worse. Nobody wants that kind of outcome. We have placed billboards and posters across the Macedon Ranges to remind people of this simple message. Maybe in 2018 we can all think about taking a little more time and care out on our roads? A few seconds just isn’t worth the risk. Jem Richards Bike Safe Macedon Ranges

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Mount Macedon Golf Club upgraded its ageing irrigation system thanks to branch community investment in 2016 and 2017.

Does your community group have a great idea but lack funding to make it happen? Gisborne & District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank invests its profits in the community and is now accepting applications for its Autumn 2018 round of community investment. Eligible community groups are invited to apply for a grant or sponsorship until March 29. Since opening in 2008, the branch has contributed more than $680,000 to local projects of many types including events, sport, arts and culture, Scouting, education, community service, and emergency services. To find out more, drop into the branch at 11 Nexus Way, Gisborne.

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The Gisborne and District Lions Club is on its annual membership drive. You can find out more about Lions on Saturday March 3 at the entrance to the Village Shopping Centre. Why join the Lions Club? The Lions Club enables you to make new friends while providing voluntary services to help the community. Our focus is on assisting those in need, assisting those that are disabled, building community assets, providing disaster relief and coordinating the Gisborne Christmas Festival. If you are unable to attend Lions activities on a regular basis you can still become a “Friend of Lions”. If you are willing to lend a hand every so often, Lions have lots of activities and projects you could become involved with. This is also a good option for people who want to have a taste of what Lions is about before deciding whether or not to become a member. If you are interested in joining Lions or becoming a “Friend of Lions”, contact Helena Cyrulo on 0403 705 211 or email membership@gisbornedistrict.lions. or send a message to our Facebook page at Gisborne and District Lions Club.

Our next meeting will be our Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday March 22 at 7:30pm in the Family History Room next to the Gisborne Library. The election of office bearers and committee for 2018 will take place and the Member of the Year will be announced.  Following the Annual General Meeting, Melissa Dworak will speak about DNA. This is a very interesting topic for genealogists. Melissa addressed the Group in 2016 on this Lyn Hall subject and members found her talk so interesting that we have asked her to speak to us again. Supper will follow. Visitors are most welcome to attend. Our first outing for the year will be a trip to Geelong on Saturday March 17 to visit the Geelong Heritage Centre. For details please contact Mary Ritchie on 5428 3887. Lyn Hall

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Photographers rev up skills at car show What a great start to the Macedon Ranges Photographic Society's year with many new faces joining us at the first meeting of the year on February 6. A busy room took part in the in-house review of many submitted images around the theme ‘The Colour Yellow’, and on Monday February 12 club members were actively involved in learning and applying The happy participants at the recent club outing to finetune their car techniques for portrait photography. Our walkabouts and outings program is photography skills. Image: John Spring well under way with three events already this year. The last was to the Hanging Rock Classic Car Macedon Ranges Photographic Society meets twice event to practise our skills in car photography. monthly at the Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House, In addition to the fortnightly walkabouts, the next out59 Main Road, Riddells Creek. New members are most ing will be to the Ballarat White Night on March 17. welcome. Also coming up in March is a half-day workshop inFor more information please contact Deborah Mullins troducing participants to a variety of post-production on 0411 530 015, or visit www.macedon-ranges-photogsoftware options – great if you have yet to decide which or our Facebook page to check out all our ones to use or would like to explore some of the basics upcoming activities.  of the programs.  Deborah Mullins

Scholarships help students reach uni dreams Three local students began university on February 26 with more confidence and less financial pressure thanks to being awarded scholarships from Gisborne & District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank.

Engage with us at Macedon Ranges U3A Macedon Ranges U3A meets during school terms at 10.30am on Mondays at 11 Hamilton Street, Gisborne (just down from the library) There are only three Mondays in March because of Labour Day holiday, and that takes us to the end of first term. Feels short, doesn’t it? Second term is much longer, folks! The March program: March 5: Wendy Elson, Deacon of the Uniting Church, on Building Communities and Partnerships. March 12 is the holiday. March 19: Janet Hawkins and Rosemary Wilkinson, co-founders of the Very Special Kids Project in Woodend. This project provides holidays and respite for children with terminal illnesses, and their families. It’s a wonderful place! March 26: A discussion about the issues raised by these speakers – social, political, financial or any other – so we trust everyone will listen closely, and that someone will lead this discussion. You see, U3A is about much more than sitting back and listening to other people do the work. Our major cause for being in this group is to learn from each other, and to share knowledge with each other, as we challenge and stimulate our minds. On the last Monday of term, everyone is invited to bring a plate to share for a festive farewell!  U3A

Jacob Port of Macedon, who started a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University, will receive up to $15,000 over three years towards study related costs. He says he has always been interested in “how money works” and is aiming for a career in finance or economics. Jacob completed his VCE last year at Girton Grammar in Bendigo and umpires in the RDFNL on weekends.

Jessica, Jacob and Georgia at the presentation of their scholarships in Gisborne on February 26.

Jessica Morris of New Gisborne will receive $5000 for her first year of a Bachelor of Design at Melbourne University where she hopes to major in landscape architecture. She has a passion for creative arts and community service and hopes to combine the two in a career. She did her secondary schooling at Sacred Heart College, Kyneton.

Branch manager Jane Lincoln (left) congratulates Georgia Caggiati-Shortell, whose mother Nicolette was thrilled and proud.

Georgia Caggiati-Shortell of Riddells Creek was awarded $5,000 for her first year of a Science/Global Studies double degree at Monash. A 2016 graduate of Braemar College, Georgia is passionate about protecting the environment and hopes to create social change in climate science in future. She says without the scholarship she would only have been able to start university part-time.

Bank Chairman Graham Stewart said it was a thrill for the branch to support these three exceptional students who all have social consciences. This is the fifth year that the Gisborne Bendigo Bank branch has invested in local youth by providing a university scholarship.

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Local Hero passionate about community

Helen Sankey has been recognised for her community work.

When Gisborne resident Helen Sankey was named the 2017 Local Hero at the Gisborne Community Carols in December, it was in recognition of her extensive service to the community over many years. The award recognises longevity, commitment, and outstanding volunteer work in the community and is sponsored by Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank. Helen has served on numerous local committees including New Gisborne Playgroup, Gisborne Toy Library, Swinburne Avenue Kinder, Gisborne Martial Arts, and Gisborne Football Netball Club. She was the chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Macedon Ranges Adventure Playground (2005-2007), the Regional Netball Complex (2007-2015) and the Gisborne Secondary College Indoor Stadium (2007-2015). Helen was a Steering Committee member of Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch for two years, then a board member for six. She was a member of the Gisborne Cemetery Trust for three years and is now a member of the Gisborne Cemetery Community Advisory Committee.

Helen has been a trustee of the Ross Watt Children’s Hall for 14 years, and she was instrumental in establishing and running the mid-week ladies' netball competition at the GSC indoor stadium. Helen has been a Steering Committee member for the New Gisborne Regional Sports Field Project since 2015 and provides enormous support, advice, and guidance to the committee. Helen just does what is required with no fuss, and her contribution to our community is outstanding. A member of the Sankey family after whom the Sankey Reserve is named, she grew up in the Macedon Ranges and is very passionate and committed to the shire that she loves. Helen has always involved herself with projects she feels would be beneficial to the greater community and, notably, continued her involvement until the project or milestone has been delivered. Bank Director Graham Stewart presented Helen with the award and said the local Community Bank branch was honoured to help recognise someone who had contributed so much to the community.   Bronwyn Tacey

Golfers bring their A game to Rotary fundraiser The new police commander in the Macedon Ranges, Chris Large, gave an inter- Club of Gisborne esting presentation to the Rotary Club of Gisborne on February 2, speaking about crime in the area and his past experience in the police force. On February 9, Gisborne Rotary combined with the Rotary Club of Strathmore to host a fundraising Golf Day at the Gisborne Golf Club in aid of scholarships for children (Kidz Flip youth engagement program). The event was highly successful with more than 100 golfers attending. Looking ahead, the club invites all to a 'Tiaras and Bow Ties' Dinner Dance on Saturday April 21 at Highfield Estate, New Gisborne. The cost of $70 per person includes threecourse meal and welcome drink. Proceeds will be directed to Rotary’s youth and community projects. More details to follow. Contact Jane Watters for more information at  Submitted by Brendan Watters


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Proudly sponsored by Macedon Ranges Art Group, Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art & Craft, The Gallery Mt Macedon, The Gisborne Singers, Duneira, Licorice Allsorts, Macedon Music, The Mount Players and Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Central Victoria

Try your hand at Phoenix expo Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art & Craft invites you to try some of the techniques used by their members to fully appreciate the work involved. The Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art & Craft group are having an exhibition of their work over the Labour Day weekend March 10-12,10am-4pm at the Old Gisborne Courthouse. Opening night will be 7.30pm Friday March 9. All are welcome to attend with light refreshments served. Entry is free with a great variety of works for sale including paintings, pottery, glass art, jewellery textile art, basketry and recycled metal assemblage. There will be hands-on demonstrations of basketry, weaving and pottery techniques on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The group will also have a stall at the Gisborne Olde Time Market on Sunday March 4 to advertise our exhibition. Drop by and see some samples of our work. The Phoenix group, which consists of independent artists and crafters, is always looking for new members. If you are interested in exhibiting your work as part of a larger organised group, find our contact details on www.  Sue Dilley

Recycled metal assemblage was very popular at the last exhibition. Gisborne’s Natania Hollingsworth is participating in ‘Eclectica’.

Some of the basketry techniques that will be demonstrated on March 11 and 12

Natural mediums of wax and clay feature The natural beauty of the mediums wax and clay will be featured in an exhibition at The Gallery Mount Macedon for the month of March. Paintings in encaustic (a hot wax process) by Marian Alexopoulos will be displayed alongside the 3D work of five potters: Pam Jackson, Pat Beasley, Jan Guest, Cathy Grose and Julie Luck. The Gallery, next to the Trading Post on Mount Macedon Road in Mount Macedon, is open from Friday to Tuesday each week from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.thegallerymtmacedon. Marian Alexopoulos and Pam Jackson at The Gallery.

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The Macedon Ranges Art Trail is presenting its biggest exhibition ever over the March long weekend with more than 40 visual artists involved in the event at m  a  c  e  d  o  n r  a  n  g  e  s The Boilerhouse Gallery in A RT T RAI L Sunbury. ‘Eclectica’ will feature 2D and 3D artwork in many mediums and sizes that will all be available for sale. This will be an ideal opportunity to purchase original locally created pieces and get acquainted with a strong representation of the artistic community starting on the Friday night at 7.30pm. Macedon Ranges Art Trail involves residents of the Macedon Ranges and Sunbury who are at all stages of their creative practice including painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, mosaicists, jewellery makers and textile artists. Helen Cottle, Philip Gray, Kathy Medbury and Kathryn Portelli are some of the accomplished artists participating at ‘Eclectica’, and visitors will also discover a depth of lesser-known talent among the diverse group of exhibitors, who will benefit from the experience of displaying and selling their art. ‘Eclectica – An Art Exhibition for Everyone’ is at The Boilerhouse Gallery, Building 20, Boilerhouse Road, Jacksons Hill, Sunbury. Opening Friday, March 9 with refreshments from 7.30pm to 9.30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm; Monday 10am to 3pm. Admission by gold coin. Nadine Hartnett

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Church offers pipe organ scholarship Scholarship valued at $3200 a year Following the purchase and installation of a fine 2-manual pipe organ in 2015, the Church of the Resurrection is keen to encourage young people to discover the joys of playing the organ. Those under the age of 25 are invited to apply for a scholarship that would enable tuition on this instrument. Dr Dianne Gome, Director of Music at the church, will give weekly lessons to the successful applicant and both the Resurrection organ and the digital instrument at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Gisborne, will be available for practice. The student will gain grounding in both manual and pedal technique and will study a range of works, including much associated with the liturgical tradition. The successful applicant would be required to sing in the church choir at Sunday morning services at least once a month and, as progress allows, to play for some or all of a service. Applicants are required to have proficiency in piano

Want to learn how to play this? The Church of the Resurrection is looking for applicants. at AMEB 6th grade level and to attend an audition/ interview. The scholarship is valued at $3,200 per annum. For further information email sdggome@ or phone 5426 4801. Seraphim Trio at Friends of Music at Resurrection ►Page 17

Australian premiere for Gisborne Singers With excitement, The Gisborne Singers announce that they will be performing the Australian premiere of Cantata Memoria by Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins in May. The work, written in 2016, commemorates the 50th anniversary of a mining tragedy that occurred in Wales. This is the music that 22 of the choir performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, last year. In the disaster, a coal spoil tip descended on the village, burying the primary school and surrounding houses, resulting in the deaths of 116 children and 28 adults. It was not only the disaster itself, but the following insensitive bungling by authorities, and lack

of prosecution of the National Coal Board and employees which has cast this tragedy deep within the Welsh psyche. The work is a deeply moving piece; sensitively and beautifully written. The choir will combine with a professional orchestra, a choir of local children and two soloists. Musical Director Stephen Brockman is delighted to announce that the soprano soloist is a young local former choir member, Rosemary Cocklin, who is returning for her first solo performance with the choir. Concert dates are May 20 at Gisborne and May 27 at Kyneton. For enquiries please go to  Alison Kinghorn

ARTS AND CULTURE LAUNCH AT TOWN HALL Get the scoop on what music, comedy, drama and cabaret events are headed to the Macedon Ranges this year at the launch of the Council’s Arts & Culture program for 2018 on Friday March 16 at Kyneton Town Hall. The festivities begin at 5.30pm, with door prizes, complimentary drinks and nibbles and a 20% discount on full-priced tickets. This free event will include special live performances, roving entertainers and the premiere screening of the Too Many Mirandas dance flash mob film. To attend the launch, please RSVP by March 15 to 1300 888 802 or The 2018 brochure will be available from Monday March 19 at the Council office in Gisborne or online at

MARCH SHOWS All My Love – the secret love of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore. This is a very literate, entertaining play about Lawson and Gilmore – both great figures in Australian literature, both famous in their day and both having appeared on the $10 note. It turns out they were in love with each other and had a secret romance. This play uses excerpts from their letters to tell their story. Wednesday March 28, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Concession $35, Child (U18) $15, Student $10. Puppetry of the Penis – Saturday March 24 8pm - 9.50pm. Cost: Full $49.90 Conc. $44.90. Tickets for either show available online at www. or call the Box Office on 1300 888 802 (Monday-Friday 8am-3pm) or drop in to the Council service centre in Gisborne.

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Players take on thought-provoking work The Mount Players

The first show for 2018 will open on Friday March 9. The Offshore Island written by Marghanita Laski and directed by Cherry Servis is a powerful drama that will provide much food for thought, especially in the world’s current climate, where nuclear arms and power are always at the forefront. The season will run till March 25. To book your tickets go to or call our box office on 5426 1892. Our second show, Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, has now been cast. Director Frank Harvey is more than excited to stage this beautiful, moving play about two childhood friends who exchange letters throughout their separate lives. As their lives move on they realise they have been spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. The show will open in May. More on this next month. The Annual General Meeting was held on February 12 and as always members gathered for the social as well as the ‘getting down to business’ side of the theatre. Current President Andrew

John York, retiring president, has been awarded life membership.

Plenty on offer with Macedon Ranges Art Group A scene from The Offshore Island. Clockwise from left: Emma Jackson, Jude Keane, Craig Lenaine-Smith and Julia Santamaria. Meldrum will continue in the role in 2018. Andrew has done a power of work over the past 12 months and will again work towards achieving many more goals. There was no problem in gathering a team of dedicated, experienced members who will work alongside Andrew to ensure the theatre enjoys yet

another successful year. If you would like to become a member of this unique theatre you will be most welcome. Go to the website for details. Don’t forget to book your tickets for The Offshore Island ... see you at the Mountview Theatre! Karen Hunt

Film Society has great lineup Macedon Ranges Film Society’s committee has secured a brilliant and diverse selection of films for the 2018 season offering a film every month until November. The remaining 2018 lineup is: March – Life is Beautiful April – Hunt for the Wilderpeople May – Our Power June – Mustang July – To Catch a Thief

August – Members’ Choice – James Bond September – The Young Victoria October – Beautiful Kate November – The Belier Family If you like good films, supper and some lively chat, consider joining. The Macedon Ranges Film Society meets on the second Wednesday each month at Woodend Community Centre. Film notes and an informal supper are part of the evening. MRFS is a membership-based club; initial enquiries by email to mrfilmsociety@ or call Lorraine 5427 0921 or Christine 5429 5452.

Coming up in March: Life is Beautiful.

Over the past few years we have held our annual art show during the Woodend Winter Art Festival. The art show has attracted many visitors and we have received excellent reviews on the standard of the members' work displayed. A second art show is usually organised for November. We are always seeking new members and businesses or individuals who would be willing to support the group financially, or in kind, to allow us to continue these special events. In addition, our group provides one-day workshops by prominent professional artists. In May we have award-winning local artist Helen Cottle to run a one-day Sunday workshop focusing on Acrylics and Watercolour paintings. We now have two sessions a month for the members to socialise and paint together in a relaxed and creative environment. This year we are also planning visits to art galleries in Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat. At the recent Annual General Meeting, Margaret Bruffel was voted in as the new President of the group. Retiring Past President John York was awarded life membership. For more information see our website or mail Macedon Ranges Art Group, PO Box 218, Lancefield, Victoria 3435. John York

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Woodend Art Group gears up for Easter Market The Easter Art Market at Woodend Art Group's rooms in the Woodend Railway Station is on from Good Friday March 30 to Monday April 2. Come along to pick up well-priced art, pottery, cards and other craft items from 10am to 4pm. Casual Tuesdays continues to grow with a vibrant and chatty group all working on individual projects. A lot of fun, from 9:30am to 12 noon – drop in to check it out. We currently have 40 children (ages 7 to 14) attending Folio Club across

five classes. Of those classes we have a few places left on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm. If you are interested in having your child learn drawing, painting, monoprints, clay sculpturing and more, ring Robyn Gurry now on 0409 687 511. Daniel Butterworth continues to inspire us on Thursdays and we are currently taking bookings for term 2. Portraiture

Pepys and his diary Seraphim Trio are favourites of Music at Resurrection.

Seraphim Trio returns to Resurrection The Friends of Music at Resurrection began the year with an organ recital by Douglas Lawrence on February 17. The second concert will be the return of the Seraphim Trio (Helen Ayres, violin, Timothy Nankervis, cello, Anna Goldsworthy, piano). This year’s performance will feature Mozart Piano Trio in G major KV 496, Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat major, Op 11 and Schumann Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 63. We have all been thrilled by the Trio’s previous performances and this year’s program will be another highlight not to be missed! The concert is on Sunday March 11 at 2.30pm at the Church of the Resurrection, Macedon. Tickets $45/35/30; bookings via Trybooking. com (Seraphim Trio Macedon). Winston Deason, Secretary

group meets on Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm. Printmaking with Marysia happens on Fridays, 9:30am to 12:30pm. The enthusiastic Plein Air group meet regularly in the warmer weather with an average of eight attendees. For further information on all our classes and events please ring Di Fitt on 0488 627 448 or email president@ Di Fitt

Trentham show returns

ADFAS Central VIctoria is delighted to continue its 2018 lecture program on Thursday April 12 with “And so to bed ...”: The Diary of Samuel Pepys and Restoration London. The diary of Samuel Pepys has long been considered the greatest diary in the English language. Historians have found it invaluable, but it is also a superb work of literature and the record of an extraordinary man. Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Pepys tells of his experience of the Plague and the Great Fire. Entry is $30 cash or cheque payable on the evening and this includes refreshments (served prior to the lecture), in addition to the lecture (7.30-8.30pm). We look forward to welcoming you. For more information please call Norma on 5427 4918.

Closing date for entry applications: Friday March 16 Opening and presentation of awards: Thursday March 29: 7.30pm (all welcome). Public Viewing: Friday March 30 to Sunday April 1, 10am to 4pm Monday April 2: 10am to 3pm Where: Trentham Mechanics Hall, 85 High Street. Enquiries: Jill McCallum on 0403 650 811 or email Entry enquiries: Jacinta Burke on 0418 542 411 or at

New owners for Macedon Railway Hotel Peter Morris, Carolynn John and Stefanie Mott are the new business owners of the Macedon Railway Hotel and will be taking over in late March.

All long-time residents of the Macedon Ranges, they say there will be many new experiences on offer at the historic pub from early April.

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Katrina Owens makes custom designs or you can choose from existing designs.

The Art of Love By Rosemary Davies Katrina Owens, owner of ‘The Art of Love’ designs, specialises in word art. She uses words and conversations with clients to make into a piece of word art to hang on the wall. Kat will make her art to order or you can choose from a range of existing designs. Sometimes all the information from a family including brothers, sisters aunts, uncles, mums and dads and their birthdays are incorporated into a design. This idea can give a more decorative

slant to creating the standard image of a family tree. According to Kat some families use this type of family tree wall art as a gift for an elderly relative to have on their wall in the lounge or family room as a ‘memory jogger’, for birthdays and the list of grandchildren’s names. Customers can choose which words are made dominant in the overall design. From 15 to around 50 words can be used effectively in a variety of themed designs.

Phyllis Boyd (centre), President of the Gazette Committee, with family members at her 80th birthday celebration at Highfield Estate on February 10.

Urgently seeking Gazette distributors We have an urgent need for assistance with Gisborne Gazette deliveries. A number of our tried and true distributors have finished their service and it is becoming increasingly hard to get the job done with the people we have. Presently we have more than 70 distributors delivering throughout Gisborne, Macedon, Mt Macedon and New Gisborne and most of them are fully stretched. They do a fantastic job and we are very proud of them but we need more people to be proud of – what about you? We desperately want to continue the current service and we will, provided

enough people volunteer. If interested, all you need to do is register at the GREAT Centre, 23 Hamilton Street, Gisborne. They are very friendly people there and you can become part of the Gazette family. If out of town, you could ring me direct on 0439 800 430 or email richardwhiteley1@ In most cases the job can be done in half to one hour. It provides a good exercise opportunity and can be done anytime over a three-day period. I hope a few people will ‘grasp the nettle’. Many thanks to those that do! Richard Whiteley, Distribution Manager


There is still time to have your say about the proposed music bowl (amphitheatre) in Gisborne. Drop in to the GREAT Centre at 4/23 Hamilton Street at any time from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday to provide your feedback.

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Bushwalkers deal with the hot weather A planned walk in February from Romsey to the Cope Williams Winery was modified on the day due to extreme heat when those attending voted to skip the long walk and drive directly to the winery. The objective was to combine the walk with a visit to the sand art exhibition. However, the walk became a leisurely stroll under the large shade domes at the gallery while listening to a most informative and entertaining talk from Leo, who is a sculptor in his own right, and the visionary behind the exhibition. A similar variation was made to a planned walk in the City as a prelude to the free Music Bowl concert in the evening. The expected heat was accommodated by abbreviating the walk to an entertaining guided tour of the historic Melbourne General Cemetery. Rather than cancel a planned activity, the club encourages leaders to vary the

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Gisborne Bushwalkers behind the masks at the sand art exhibition in Romsey. activity to ensure a safe and enjoyable time, taking account of hot weather conditions on the day. If these activities sound interesting to you or you would like further information,

contact President Pierre Muehlheim on 5428 3490 or Vice-President Peter Bishop on 5427 0888, or see our website www.gisborne   Peter Bishop

Noted expert on Australia's defence Obituary

Michael James O'Connor AM January 1, 1938 - December 6, 2017 Michael was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, the first child of Dr Joseph Lionel and Beryl Constance (nee Binns) O’Connor. The family moved to Darwin afterwards but relocated just prior to the bombing in 1942, to Melbourne. Having attended St Kevin’s College, Toorak, matriculating at an earlier age, Michael was encouraged by his father to undertake pre-med studies at Melbourne University. Having no real interest in medicine Michael decided to become a Patrol Officer in Papua and New Guinea in the late 1950s. During a period of study in Sydney at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in 1960 he met Colleen Walters, whom he married in December 1960 and shared a wonderful married

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in both defence and political life of nearly 51 years. Returning to PNG Michael and Colleen arenas, a service for which began their family with their first he was awarded Member of born, Joseph, arriving in 1962, the Order of Australia. John, 1963 and Catherine, Throughout his life, 1965; (later there would follow Michael gave of himself Helen, 1972 and Brian, 1974). in the service of others, In the mid-1960s, Michael whether the people of PNG, took a commission with the the Australian community Michael O'Connor Australian Navy as a Lieutenant as a serving naval officer, working in Naval Intelligence, as Victorian State Secretary of the living in Canberra. Having completed National Civic Council and especially his time in the Navy, the family moved to in his work as Executive Director of the Melbourne in 1972 when he began work Australia Defence Association. for the National Civic Council with BA His commitment to his Catholic faith Santamaria. encouraged him in this service and was It was during this time that Michael the foundation of not only his public life became involved with issues regarding but also of his personal life. the defence of Australia. This ultimately After moving from Gisborne to Home led to his full-time involvement in the Hill, North Queensland, sadly he was Australia Defence Association, becoming diagnosed with cancer in mid-2017. its Executive Director in the early 1980s. Michael returned to Gisborne, where He held this position for roughly the he died on December 6, 2017. next 20 years, becoming highly regarded

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Hi again everyone. You may have noticed the changes to a shop front on Victoria Street. Rumour has it that the new tenants are opening a fish and chip shop and hope to be open for business sometime in autumn. My very excited son is already planning to include a stop for hot chips on his walk home from the school bus. Also from Victoria Street, local resident Wendy recently found, to her dismay, that someone had spray painted trees in her garden. You may have noticed the bright blue trees on the street frontage. Wendy is happy to report that the plants survived, no thanks to the original “artists”. One Good Samaritan was even kind enough to offer her a replacement tree. We have watched over the past 12 months miles of cabling being laid along Mount Macedon Road for the rollout of the NBN. The junction box at the corner of Victoria and Bent Streets also received attention and the pillar had to be heightened to allow for all the extra cabling. The NBN lines run parallel to the Telstra lines. Each one of these pillars/junction boxes services about 200 households. You need to contact your internet provider if you want to change to NBN, when it becomes available. Finally...did you see the man in the dark suit, dark glasses, black Mercedes, standing in front of the shops? No, it’s not the Mafia moving in! It was a limo driver! He was whisking away the ladies from the Post Office to High Tea. (They all looked gorgeous!) The hard-working staff had such a busy time over the holiday period that they hadn’t a chance for their own celebrations. Hope the afternoon went well ladies! Very well deserved. Enjoy the colours of autumn.

Did you know that your Pets, and in fact all animals, feel pain and emotions just like you and I.

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FOR THE GREEN THUMBS MARCH TIPS FOR THE GARDEN In the flower and ornamental garden A tough perennial that flowers at this time is the Easter daisy. Choose from single and double petalled flowering varieties with masses of white, pastel pink, crimson, mauve or purple daisy flowers. After flowering the plants die down to the ground then reappear again in late summer ready for autumn and Easter. They thrive in a very fertile, well drained soil with some additional watering during summer. The Cecile Brunner rose is a hardy, long-flowering variety in flower now in my garden. The flowers are tiny, only a couple of centimetres across, but they are the prettiest pale baby pink and they are beautifully perfumed. The climbing form can be trimmed to make a thick screen or hedge spring to late autumn flowers. Pink, white, mauve and raspberry flowering crepe myrtle have had a wonderful flowering season with the warm dry start to summer. They will also give good autumn leaf colour soon. Salvias are also good value for summer and autumn flowers.

In the native garden The flowering gums particularly Corymbia ficifolia (Eucalyptus ficifolia) have had a wonderful summer. There is a garden in Macedon that has a selection along the fence line of cream, scarlet, pink, and orange and they have been flowering for weeks. Seedling grown plants can often be white while the newer dwarf

Protection sought for waterways

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grafted varieties are expensive but the specific colour is guaranteed. You could try your hand at growing some from seed. Many Corymbia (Eucalypts) will grow well from seed sown in autumn or early spring.

In the vegetable and fruit garden Plant out some late summer crops of lettuce, and add some kale, celery, carrots and onions for a start on the winter crops. Top dress garden beds with some compost or leaf mould to feed the soil before late autumn plantings.

Garden activities for children Use air drying clay to make some hand built pottery with the imprints of leaves and dry seed heads from the garden on it for decoration. You could design some egg cups or Easter baskets from the clay to hold homemade decorated Easter eggs for later this month. Soft bendable young twigs from willows, elm and some of the native plants and grasses could be used to weave natural style baskets.

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Jacksons Creek is included in a new campaign which aims to secure improved legal protections for key waterways in Melbourne’s west, comparable to safeguards provided for the Yarra River in a law established in 2017. The Rivers of the West campaign is being run by lobby group Environmental Justice Australia. It is supported by the Jacksons Creek EcoNetwork, whose Gisborne members include the Friends of Jacksons Creek and the Friends of Daly Reserve groups.

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This little Rufous Fantail presented itself in December in the gardens of the Emergency Management Institute in Mount Macedon where Ron Weste has permission to photograph wildlife.

Got a pile of tyres? Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) warns businesses and landholders of the hazards of keeping piles of waste tyres. Abandoned tyres form a breeding ground for vermin, and tyres can decay and contaminate soil and groundwater. EPA regulations allow storage of waste tyres if you have a genuine use for them, but urges you to dispose of unused waste tyres in landfill or at a recycling facility.

Removing invasive – and prickly – gorse from Daly Nature Reserve.

Daly Nature Reserve News Eight members of Friends of Daly Nature Reserve were back working in the Reserve mid-February. We found a lot of young gorse which we dug out or cut and dabbed with poison. The Friends are eradicating weeds by working from one zone to another. This will allow native plants to flourish. We also met with Council staff to discuss the mowing regime, which needs to meet public access requirements as well as allowing for regeneration of indigenous plants. We are talking with 1st Gisborne Scouts and looking forward to arranging some joint projects this year. Looking through some of the original, old Gisborne Gazette newspapers from 1946 at the Old Gisborne Courthouse, we read that Councillor U.L. Daly mentioned the “splendid asset” of beautiful trees in Gisborne. Sunday March 4 is Clean-Up Australia Day. We will be in the Reserve between 9am and 10am. We have bags and gloves if you wish to come along. Or join us at our next working bee on Tuesday March 13 at 9.30am if you have a spare hour. We always enjoy a cuppa at 11am. Enquiries to Irene Perkin

Gisborne Garden Club Gisborne Garden Club visited a garden of one of our members in Mt Macedon on February 14, a garden she has rescued from overgrown weeds and blackberries. In its renovation she has planted natives, fruit trees and many ornamentals to create a beautiful garden. For further information regarding the Gisborne Garden Club, contact Denise Hall on 0409 691 525.  Denise Hall


Consultation at the moment includes the Council's Biodiversity Strategy and the Landscape Assessment Study; both are open for submissions until Monday March 12. The biodiversity of the Macedon Ranges is unique and highly significant. Biodiversity is vital for the health and wellbeing of our society and economy. The biodiversity strategy will aim to protect and enhance the health, connectivity and extent of ecosystems across the shire, and avoid any further loss of species and communities. Residents are also encouraged to record your flora and fauna sightings to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (information on how to do this is available from council). We are lucky here to have precious biodiversity well within our townships which adds to the character of where we live. The Landscape Assessment Study looks at the broad range of landscapes that are formed by the local topography, patterns of vegetation, waterways and features of cultural, environmental, geological and scientific significance. Visit to pinpoint important natural features and landscapes on an interactive map for both of these consultations, or drop in to council offices for a paper copy of the consultation. Council also produces a weed program fact sheet along with a brochure of local weed species which also affect our landscapes and biodiversity. These can be obtained from council offices. Council’s old slogan of “Our Environment Our Future” is still as relevant as ever. Helen

Help record threatened species Local landowners and environmental groups have the chance to record sightings of the threatened greater glider, powerful owl and brush-tailed phascogale as part of a new citizen science wildlife project. A forum will be held to launch the project on Saturday March 10 at Newham Mechanics Institute, 1292 Rochford Road. Expert speakers from around Australia will give an overview of the target species. Bookings required as seats are limited. To book, visit environment-events or call 5421 9660. Interested landowners can contact Council’s environment officer, William Terry on 5421 9674 or wterry@ if they would like to participate and have camera traps placed on their property.

Events and Festivals grant program opens

Business training and learning opportunities

Applications to Council’s dedicated fund for events and festivals in the region open for one month from March 1, a month earlier than in previous years. The program has been redesigned with options available for events of every size and type. For more information, visit grants or contact Bridgette O’Brien on 5421 9521 or via bobrien@mrsc.vic.

Council’s annual Business Seminars, Networking and Training Program began in February with a diverse range of events and workshops on offer. Many of the events and workshops are being held in partnership with business groups from across the shire and Small Business Victoria. The program includes:

Grab the free jabs Year 7 and 10 students at local secondary schools are eligible for the free immunisation program that starts in March. Adolescents not in secondary school but of an equivalent age for those school years are also eligible for free vaccinations. For more information, call 5422 0333 or visit mrsc.vic.

What would you do with council budget? How would you balance our budget? Tell us how you think Council should spend its budget for the coming 2018-19 financial year. You can let Council know your priorities and what you think we should do by using a new interactive online tool being trialled, Budget Allocator. To find out more, try the Budget Allocator and provide feedback we can use to prepare the budget, see

March 18: River restoration and biolinks workshop March 20: Brand and communication strategy April 17: Diversifying your farming business May 3: Zero waste forum May 15: Your business in the digital space May 29: Business networking night July 7 or 19: Facebook workshops July 14 or 26: Instagram workshops August 9: Women in business networking lunch September 13: Annual business morning tea October 18: Business networking night For more information or to book your place for any event, visit au/business-events or call 5421 9616.

Another chance to see night-time wildlife at Hanging Rock A guided night walk at Hanging Rock starts at 7pm on Friday March 16. The cost is $56.50 per family (two adults and two children), $23 per adult and $11.50 per child. Bookings are essential. For more information or

to book, contact 5421 1468.

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Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society Open Wednesdays 10am to 4pm  Phone 5428 1450

Charles   and Marian  Ryan  and family

3 Henry Ryan was born in Kilmore in 1850 and died in South Yarra in 1914, aged 64 years. Henry spent most of his working life in the Ryan and Hammond stock agency his father founded.

By Phyllis and Ian Boyd

Charles Ryan was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1818, one of ten children and the fourth surviving son of Henry Ryan and Ellis Hartley. Before leaving Dublin in 1839 Charles, then aged 21, published an Essay on Scottish Husbandry adapted to the use of the Farmers of Ireland. Charles arrived in the Colony in 1839 and in 1847 he married Marian Cotton who was the daughter of eminent artist and ornithologist John Cotton. After some time on the land Charles Ryan established in 1854 the stock and station agency Ryan and Hammond in Melbourne. For the next 19 years, the Ryan family lived at Brighton and at Richmond, before they bought 50 acres below the summit of Mount Macedon. While living in Richmond, Marian kept “An Account Book for Household Expenditure, Dress & Servants Wages etc." dated April 1867, a copy of which is held in the Historical Society collection. In 1873, Charles had erected a singlestorey brick dwelling that they named “Derriweit Heights”. A later owner added a second storey. With the assistance of Marian, Charles developed extensive gardens and lakes on the property. He imported trees and plants from all over the world, incorporating these with the existing magnificent trees and tree ferns that were native to the place. The garden of Derriweit Heights became justly famous for the masses of rhododendrons that thrived in abundance on the mountain, although rarely grown in the Colony before this time. Children born to Marian and Charles were Charles Snodgrass, Marian Ellis, Henry, Ada Mary, Blanche, Mabel Hartley and Cecil Godfrey. 1 Major Charles Ryan (Junior) became an eminent surgeon in WW2 and worked as a physician in Collins Street Melbourne. His daughter Maie Ryan married Richard Casey, later Lord Casey, who became Governor-General. 2 Marian Ellis Rowan, known as Ellis, became a famous painter of flowers and birds. She married Captain Frederic Charles Rowan, a British Army Officer serving in the Maori Wars in New Zealand, whom she met when he was on leave in Melbourne. During the long, lonely days on the New Zealand outpost where her husband was the Commandant, Ellis spent her time collecting the strange wildflowers and at her husband’s suggestion, she set to work to draw or paint them. Though she had begun to paint as a child, she never had any formal teaching, but her interests and talent may perhaps have been inherited from her maternal grandfather, John Cotton, who had written a book, Songbirds of Great Britain, which he had illustrated most

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4  Ada Mary Ryan was born in 1855. She married Lord Charles Scott and remained in England. 5 Blanche Ryan was born in 1857 and did not marry. She lived all her adult life at Mount Macedon, died in 1938 and is buried in Macedon. Blanche Parade at Mount Macedon is named in her honour.

Blanche and Mabel boating among the waterlilies at 'Derriweit Heights', Mount Macedon.

The Ryans were a renowned Mount Macedon family, particularly their daughter Ellis who became world famous for her wildflower drawings beautifully. Ellis was a perfectionist and was often dissatisfied with her work, but Frederic, who was a severe critic, urged her to pursue her interests. She worked long hours and was soon rewarded with a gold medal for paintings she sent to the International Exhibition in Sydney. In 1878, Frederic joined the newly formed Electricity and Power Company of Victoria and the Rowans moved to South Yarra. They had one son named Eric, known as Puck. Ellis was troubled by domesticity and the social life in Melbourne that interfered with her art work. She painted every moment she could find and loved to travel whenever possible, painting the wildflowers of Australia, with her skill as an artist becoming recognised throughout the world. In 1890-91, Ellis, having been troubled by the cold winter, travelled with her son to the coast near Brisbane to regain her strength. When her son returned to boarding school in Victoria, Ellis continued further north to the Torres Strait, journeying inland alone to remote parts of the country in search of wild flowers. Notwithstanding heat, insects, malaria, crocodiles, great discomfort and her fragile build and unsuitable feminine apparel, Ellis was undaunted. She did not tell her husband of her great discomforts and painted incessantly. Soon after her return to Melbourne, Frederic died suddenly from pneumonia. After his death, Ellis stayed with her family at Mount Macedon, but she soon became absorbed in her work again. She took her paintings to Baron Von Mueller for identification of the plants and he was

most impressed with the accuracy and detail of her work. She began travelling again and revisited New Zealand, before travelling to England in 1895 where she stayed with her sister Ada, wife of Lord Charles Scott. A successful exhibition was held in London and, at the invitation of Queen Victoria, Ellis took some of her paintings to Windsor Castle. From England, Ellis travelled to the United States, staying there for 10 years. It was while she was there that she was advised of the death of her son who was then in South Africa. Ellis illustrated three books on American wildflowers and trees by a young naturalist, Alice Lounsberry, not returning to Australia until 1906. She then sailed to Western Australia to paint desert flowers, travelling through the outback by bullock wagon and donkey cart. In 1916, at the age of 68, Ellis set out for one of her last great adventures to paint the flowers of Papua and New Guinea. She returned the following year, determined to find and paint the bird of paradise. From Madang she was rowed up the Ramu River by tribesmen and then carried in to the Bismarck Ranges in a hammock. On this occasion, Ellis painted 45 of the 52 known species of the birds of paradise. The remarkably talented and energetic Ellis Rowan, nee Ryan, died in 1922 and is buried with many of her family members in the Macedon Cemetery. A great number of Ellis Rowan’s paintings are held in the National Library in Canberra, having been purchased by the Commonwealth Government in 1923, while many others are in galleries around the world and in private family collections.

6 Mabel Hartley Ryan was born in 1862 and like her older sister did not marry and lived on the family properties at Mount Macedon. Mabel died in 1914 and her remains rest in Macedon Cemetery. She is remembered in the naming of Mabel Crescent. 7 Cecil Godfrey Ryan, the youngest of the family, was born in 1866 and educated at Melbourne Grammar School and Melbourne University. From 1888 to 1893 he gained experience at gold mining in both Kalgoorlie, WA, and later in New Zealand as a fitter. He worked as a mining inspector for six years prior to his appointment at the Pioneer Tin Mine in north-east Tasmania in 1899. His use of the centrifugal pump and sump method revolutionised local tin mining and he was responsible for the introduction of hydro-electric power to the mine in 1908. Ryan moved to Launceston with his wife Audrey in 1937 after intermittent bouts of ill health but remained associated with mining in north-eastern Tasmania until his death in 1954. The Ryan family were always great supporters of the Church of England and the cost of the Church of The Good Shepherd at Mount Macedon was largely raised by Mrs Ryan and her daughters who sent sometimes up to 30 cases of flowers from their garden at Mount Macedon for sale to the florists in Melbourne and Sydney. The name chosen for the little church that once stood on Mount Macedon Road was chosen by the Misses Ryan. The Ryans did not escape the effects of the 1890s depression and found that they could no longer afford to remain at Derriweit Heights, so Charles, Marian and daughters Blanche and Mabel moved to a modest home, The Cottage, on the property now known as Viewfield. Charles died in 1898 and Marian in 1914, and they rest in the family plot in the Anglican section of the Cemetery at Macedon. Ryan’s Parade at Mount Macedon is named in honour of this remarkable family. HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS ►see PAGE 31


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They're something out of the box at Scouts

Busy making their cardboard watercraft: George, Tyler, Sebastian, Ben, Lucas, Thomas and Lawson.

...And testing the team’s craft.

New Gisborne Scouts drive forward with imagination.

Gisborne Scouts are into water sports Cardboard Regatta Night 1st Gisborne Cub Scouts made the most of the warm summer evenings by holding their Cardboard Regatta at Treetops Scout camp on their first night back for 2018. Teamwork came to the fore as designs for their watercraft were made, then created out of cardboard and duct tape. Their aim was to cross the dam without sinking. After a flurry of construction, a lightweight sailor was carefully chosen. The boats were then tested one by one, to the excited cheers of onlookers. Some designs proved more successful than others. 1st Gisborne Scout Group Interested in joining 1st Gisborne Scout Group? Please email We cater for Joey Scouts (6 years) to Rovers (26 years) and are always interested in anyone who would like to volunteer their time as a leader or on our group committee.

Alison at water ski camp.

Archie gets up!

Waterski Camp Ross Watt Scouts had an opportunity to learn to Waterski at Lake Nillahcootie with the scout waterski team. The scouts had a fabulous time and the scout waterskiing team were very patient. Most of the participants were able to at least briefly get up on the skis and a couple skied very well. All the scouts loved riding on the inflatable "biscuits" being pulled by the boat!

1st New Gisborne Scout Group 1st New Gisborne Joeys started off the year with a bang having a sleep over at the hall with the theme of Drive-Ins. The Joey Scouts got to make their own cars and play games with them, as well as making their own dinner. Then they finished off the night with a movie. All the Joey scouts had a great time and are looking forward to the rest of the exciting term in front of them. Scouts have a Beach Camp at Anglesea coming up and the Cub Scouts are looking forward to a Bushranger Camp in March. Joeys (ages 5-7) and Cub Scouts (ages 7-10) meet on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at the Gisborne Church of Christ, Saunders Road, New Gisborne. Joeys just meet for one hour; Cubs finish at 8pm. Scouts is Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm. A sausage sizzle or similar snack is available from 6pm to 6.30pm both nights Contact Group Leader John Frearson (“Skipper”) on 0450 922 787, or email

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Do you have memories of the old hospital?

Service update from MRH Centre There are lots of new services and supports available through the clinicians at the Macedon Ranges Health Centre. Laura Hansen, our speech pathologist, is now able to work with NDIS participants and also has private speech pathology appointments available. Melissa Bennett, a recent addition to the occupational therapy team, is able to provide driving assessments for those requiring them. Prior to undertaking an OT Driving Assessment, a medical clearance report must be submitted to VicRoads by your GP or specialist. Leisa Blanch, our naturopath, specialises in a range of health concerns including stress management, fatigue and children's health. Leisa's approach is to understand the unique aspect of each person and get to the root case of health concerns and issues. Susie Whitelock and Elysia Low, dietitians, would love to support those working towards a healthier lifestyle, including weight management, diabetic and cardiac dietary management and gastrointestinal problems. For more details on any of these services or to make an appointment, please contact the Intake team on 5428 0300.

Have a laugh I just found out I'm colourblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the green.

Macedon Ranges Health celebrates its 60th birthday this year. As we reported in February, the birthday celebrations will involve a range of events, including the production of a commemorative pictorial book celebrating 60 years of service to the community. If you have a story, picture or piece of memorabilia you would like to share with us, or for more information on the celebration events, please contact Kelly Milne on or 5428 0300.

Volunteers – valued and needed!

Michael, Mick and Gary with Athol Guy autographed guitars.

Music to our ears... The Men’s Shed movement was founded with the aim of improving men’s health, in particular mental health. Primarily that means raising awareness of men’s health issues and providing opportunities to gain satisfaction and be happy. And it’s not all about woodwork. Every Friday afternoon some of our Shedmen provide two hours of live 40s, 50s and 60s music therapy, engaging residents and family members of the Grevillea Wing at Gisborne Oaks. The great feature of music therapy

is that everyone there gets the therapy, including us. Last month Athol Guy dropped in to tell us about some of the impressive history of The Seekers and to hear our renditions of some of their songs. We must have sounded OK because he officially anointed us as the Grevillea Seekers Tribute Band and autographed Gary and Michael’s guitars, shown above. If you’ve got an old guitar languishing in the back of a cupboard (or hanging up in the shed, Rainer), come and see us any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday morning and we’ll do our best to convince you to pick it up again.

Monday 19 March 2018 12noon until 2pm

Macedon Ranges Health has been serving the community for 60 years, having started as the Gisborne & District Bush Nursing Hospital in 1958. We invite the community to help celebrate this monumentous achievement by joining us for a special birthday luncheon.

We have an incredible team of volunteers at Macedon Ranges Health, however we are looking for support of two specific programs at the moment. The Tuesday exercise classes (at 10.30am and 2.15pm) are popular however we do need a bit of help to assist our clients and are now looking for someone who enjoys being active and helping others. We are also looking for a volunteer to support our dietitian and participants in our cooking classes. These classes are run on various days and times. If either of these activities are of interest to you please contact our Intake team on 5428 0300.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will then be in touch to meet with you and discuss further.

Macedon Ranges Health Centre 5 Neal Street, Gisborne (disabled access)


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With Betty Doolan Australia Day for the residents titled “Australia Day fun and frivolity” was the best ever. The dining tables had flags on them, the Life Enhancement room was decorated with larger flags, and a beautiful morning tea was served with lamingtons and scones with plenty of jam and cream. Events continued with the playing of our national anthem which always pulls at your heart strings, then on to Australian-themed games and competitions. After lunch it was an Australian movie. Monday was Aussie Barbecue day. The courtyard and dining room were crowded with residents, families and friends. Busy as always were the Shedmen cooking sausages and hamburgers (chef made) which were served with an assortment of very nice salads. No one missed out and seconds were passed around continuously. Then there were individual pavlovas! Watching from the dining room I was amazed. The Shedmen and staff worked so hard to ensure that everyone had eaten and were so happy. To finish a wonderful day the Shedmen played their music and we all had a singalong. “Thank you” seems too small a word but I can assure the Shedmen and staff this day will be remembered and appreciated. The bus trip to Williamstown had to be cancelled due to very hot weather so LEP put on extra Wacky Wednesdays. Over the holiday period residents were entertained by Ricki-Lee, the Shedmen, movies, afternoon drives around beautiful Macedon and High Tea with an Oliver Twist theme. Joan (resident) has swapped her sewing machine to playing piano melodies for the residents which is most enjoyable. Stay safe, Betty.

Kick off autumn with Gisborne TOWN It’s the start of autumn and we are in for an early Easter as far as food is concerned – it seems to be all about chocolate! You’ll see it everywhere; it's enough to make anyone’s good intentions melt away. However it doesn’t have to be that way. Just remember not all Easter eggs are created equal, you just need to read the label and think small. It is not a matter of avoiding chocolate altogether, just be mindful and read the label and remember that even some small eggs can set you back 400 calories

and 30 grams of fat. At Gisborne TOWN (Take Off Weight Naturally) Club we can help you, as our structure is one of support and encouragement. It does not involve a predetermined diet plan but one that enables members to make healthy lifestyle changes that will result in longterm healthy weight control. So come along and check us out; visitors are always welcome. We meet every Monday at the Gisborne Bowling Club from 6pm to   Dianne Egan 7pm. If you want to know more you can contact Dianne on 5428 3088 or Kathy on 5428 1334.  Dianne

GPs can help you manage chronic diseases Australia’s biggest health challenge is chronic disease which accounted for 90% of all deaths in 2011. Chronic diseases are considered long lasting conditions such as arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, diabetes and mental health issues. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published a report on chronic disease stating that more than 11 million Australians or 50% of the population have reported having at least one chronic disease with one in three of all presentations to general practice clinics being associated with these conditions. There are ways to minimise the risk of chronic

disease and they all align to the messages about leading a healthy life. Obesity is one of the key risk factors. Always get enough exercise in your life, eat healthy foods, be conscious of your overall diet, do not smoke and avoid consuming excessive alcohol. GP clinics offer a range of services to assist with chronic disease management including a written plan outlining your health goals, activities and referrals to subsidised allied health services. If you are aged between 45 and 49 years, you may be eligible for a free health assessment. Submitted by Gisborne Medical Centre

Monash seeks oldies for statin study The National Health and Medical Research Council and Monash University are investigating whether cholesterol-lowering medication known as statins can prolong good health and maintain independence among older people. This study is known as StaREE, which stands for 'Statins in Reducing Events in the Elderly', and will also investigate whether statin therapy can reduce the need for permanent residential care in this age group.

The study is seeking regional participants. You can take part if you are ● Aged 70 years or over ● In good health and ● Have no prior history of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. The first part of the study runs for four weeks. If you agree to continue, the study involves monitoring for five years. If you would like more information or to register, call the StaREE Centre on 1800 770 664 or go to www.



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New Gisborne Playgroup New Gisborne Playgroup would like to give a warm welcome back to its members after the Christmas break. We are all looking forward to another year of enjoying time with our children and friends at our beloved Ross Watt Children’s Hall in Station Rd, New Gisborne. Our first exciting community event will take place on Sunday March 18 from 10am to 12pm. We will be combining the annual open day with a teddy bear’s picnic and extend an invitation to potential new members, along with our current members, to come and join in the fun with their families. There will be a variety of arts and crafts activities, a treasure hunt and of course much fun and games to be had enjoying our wonderful inside and outside play spaces and equipment, including the brilliant new fort! We will be offering a discount to any new members who sign up on the day, and a Mini Maestros voucher of $75 (with thanks to Mini Maestros Macedon Ranges and Sunbury) will also be up for grabs! If you have ever wondered about playgroup, this is the perfect opportunity to come and have a look, and meet other families. You can contact us at any time if you are interested in joining the New Gisborne Playgroup. There are 20 age-based sessions per week, from newborn to four years. New members are always welcome – bring your own group or we can add you in to one of our existing groups! Don’t hesitate to contact for more information. Isabella Easton


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Holy Cross cooks up a fun welcome Summer holidays seem like a distant memory. Everyone has settled straight back into routines and new faces have been welcomed into our school. We used the opportunity of our annual Welcome Barbecue to catch up with familiar faces, talk about our wonderful holidays, and introduce ourselves to the new families at our school. The PFA, as always, did a wonderful job organising the night and had some of our dads and our principal on the barbecue for the night. There were plenty of salads to share, and dessert is always a highlight. And the kids could not go past free icy poles after running around with their friends on such a beautiful night! The Grade 6 buddies have done us proud again, taking their job of making sure our Preps have a smooth transition into their school life very seriously. It was nice to see them introducing themselves to the Prep parents so the parents know who their Prep is talking about when they come home from school each day. It is always such a wonderful opportunity to get together and enjoy watching the children in a relaxed school environment, playing with their friends, new and old.

►Jake took time out for an ice treat at Holy Cross's Welcome Barbecue.

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The St Brigid’s Catholic Learning Community had their swimming carnival at the Gisborne Aquatic Centre on February 9. The students were filled with excitement and enthusiasm for what was to be a great day. The day was divided into two parts, the first being the Interschool Swimming trials for the Middle and Senior students while the second part was the novelty events for all the students. The Preps and Juniors took part in a variety of exciting novelty events that focused on teamwork, collaboration and fun. The very last race was the teacher student relay. Each house selected four Year 6 students to compete against the teachers. The teachers competing were Mr Light, Tim, Miss Mel and Miss Mariah. Ambrose came first, the teachers came second and Brigid came third. Finally it was time for the point count. It came down to Patrick House and Ambrose House to see who would be crowned 2018 Swimming Champions. The result was a 20-point win to Ambrose House. We think that it was the best swimming carnival yet! By Lizzie Taylor and Charlotte Taylor Lachlan Visscher and Lizzie Taylor hold the St Brigid’s House Swimming Shield.►

◄St Brigid's House teams are prepped for the contest.

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Aydan Lewis and Samantha Crawford are this year’s School Captains at Bullengarook Secondary Campus.

Leadership team at Bullengarook We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Aydan Lewis and Samantha Crawford, our School Captains at Bullengarook Secondary Campus for 2018. Aydan and Samantha were elected at the end of last year in what was a hotly contested process with 11 nominees across the eligible students. Captains’ duties include representing the school at official events including Anzac Day and Remembrance Day as well as conducting guided tours of the campus. They will be ably assisted by Vice-Captains Finbar Whelan, Lukas Quinlan, Emily Pino and Brooke Spiller-Goldsworthy. I’m sure they will all make a significant contribution to the school over the course of the year. Garry Heald

There are staffing changes galore to report to you! At the end of 2017, we farewelled office legend Kate Tabone, who is retiring to a life of gardening, travelling, photography and car clubbing. Classroom teacher Meghan Anders has transferred to three small schools in the Macedon Ranges. Early this year, it was the turn of Italian specialist Renita Michielin, who becomes a leading teacher in St Albans; Grade 5 teacher Gary Perrott, who has picked up

a senior role with the education department, and school handyman extraordinaire Matt Davies. At the start of the year, we welcomed three new teachers: Michael Goodyear in Physical Education (recruited from New Gisborne Primary), Jessica Marazita in Grade Prep and Belinda Scott in Grade Six. Melissa Hatty, Lauren King and Louise Ralph join the Education Support team working in classrooms. Upon returning to school for 2018, students discovered many more small-court

line markings for the popular playground pursuit of downball (known as ‘handball’ almost everywhere else in the world!). Two working bees over the summer months have resulted in extra colour and the installation of a new watering system for our beautiful plants. After being a Monday morning staple for many years, school assemblies will now take place on Friday afternoons at 3:05pm. Please keep this in mind if you wish to catch a presentation or performance. David McCall

There were many good ideas for the grade six jacket. The winning entry was this one, by Nellie.

The grade six jump.

Mt Macedon Primary jumps into school year Hello everyone, welcome back. A special welcome to the Foundation and other new families to our school. We would like to congratulate the year sixes on their leadership positions and to Bella Shaw and Eli Wilcock on being school captains. We hope you have a brilliant 2018 and as our principal Mrs Hyland says, learn lots! On February 13 we had our swimming sports. Although we don’t know who won

yet, we would like to congratulate both Mitchell house (Gold) and McCubbin house (Green) for participating and trying their very hardest. In case you don’t know the format of the MMPS swimming carnival, the preps to grade twos compete in fun novelty races such as push the ball with your head, cone race and the noodle race. The threes to sixes compete in swimming events such as freestyle, back-

stroke, breast-stroke, butterfly and freestyle relay. Also at the end, the sixes do the grade six jump to celebrate their last year of primary school. The year sixes start every year by designing and voting on our grade six jackets. Congratulations to Nellie for the winning design. Thanks for reading the MMPS monthly Gazette article.  By Caitie Shaw and Chloe Wyllie

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Gearing up for New Gisborne Autumn Fair

Ruby, Angus, William, Isabel, Louis, Abbey and Dayna.

Words from new School Leaders New Gisborne Primary School is proud to introduce our School Leaders who have embraced their new roles with enthusiasm and commitment. We asked them what they were most looking forward to this year. Harrison: Being a School Leader is a great opportunity. I am most excited to be helping host assemblies each week. Ruby: I’m excited to present at assemblies, help with making our school the best it can be and experiencing new things. Angus: I am looking forward to speaking in front of assembly because it will improve my confidence. William: I’m most excited for hosting assembly as well as taking parents for tours around the school. Isabel: I’m excited to be a School Leader because I get to talk at assemblies, I’m just scared I might say a name wrong! Louis: I’m looking forward to being a Leader for the opportunity to be a good role model and hosting the assemblies. Abbey: I’m so glad to have been given this amazing chance to be a School Leader. I am looking forward to speaking at assembly, sharing my ideas in meetings and showing parents around the school. Dayna: In Year 6 I’m looking forward to camp and being a role model for others.

▲Some of the many goodies that will be on offer at the New Gisborne Primary School fair.

Ryan works on maths at Montessori.

Montessori students strap on the pads The 2018 school year at Gisborne Montessori started with much exGISBORNE citement when a representative MONTESSORI SCHOOL from Melbourne Renegades came for the day and conducted an intensive cricket training clinic with all primary students. Children have settled well into their regular timetable along with all specialist classes including art, music, Auslan, physical education and cooking classes. Most of the animals that the children care for including Diego the donkey, Scooter the sheep, geese and chickens, have returned to the campus from their summer holiday homes and are lapping up the affection from the children.  Many activities are planned this term starting with a musical theatre incursion. We will also be travelling to Hanging Rock and Organ Pipes National Park with guides from Monash University to explore our local landforms in conjunction with our project work. Gisborne Montessori has limited openings for new members available in playgroup, kinder and primary school. Tours of the school are available on Thursday mornings; to book call 5428 4520. Leanne Humphreys

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New leaders (left to right, front row to back row): Harrison,

The New Gisborne Primary School community are all getting very excited and have started organising their class stalls for the Autumn Fair. There will be crazy hair, face painting, second hand sports equipment, side show alley, second hand books, lucky dip, fruit, veg and plant stalls, cakes and many, many more. Proceeds from the fair will be used to redevelop the school oval. This redevelopment will enable the ongoing delivery of a healthy and active environment for current and future students of New Gisborne Primary School for many years to come. Students and parents are enthusiastic to raise money as this is our major fund-raiser for the year. Students have been busy creating baskets of goodies that will also be on sale at the Fair. Be sure to visit the Fair on March 24 to get yourself a bargain and have a fun family day out!

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With Emily Keane & Owen Hughes Welcome to the first GSC captains’ column for 2018. Our names are Emily Keane and Owen Hughes. We both feel privileged to be able to contribute to the Gazette, strengthening the important connection between community and schools in the Macedon Ranges. The year is already well under way, with Gisborne Secondary College’s largest year seven cohort transitioning smoothly into secondary schooling and the lifestyle adaptations they have had to make. We also welcome our new staff members and other students entering our college across all year levels, and wish them all a successful beginning to life here at GSC. With February’s weather being so lovely, it was the perfect opportunity for students to participate in the college’s annual swimming carnival. From a leadership perspective it was pleasing to see such a large number of participants of all houses which made it competitive and a joy to be a part of. We are extremely grateful to Gisborne Aquatic Centre for allowing the use of their fantastic facilities, and would like to congratulate all students on the way they conducted themselves while competing and in transit to and from the college. Gisborne Secondary College is a community increasingly shaped by student stakeholders filled with creative innovation and understanding that can help the college develop into a learning haven. We look forward to working with all, as we continually look to better our school.    Emily and Owen       

School leaders at the Investiture Evening in February.

New leaders take on hefty responsibilities The GSC Investiture Evening took place on Wednesday February 14, and we especially thank families who were able to join us to celebrate our students. The significance and meaning of Investiture is about the symbolism of formally investing our Student Captains with authority, power, right, office and dignity, although we’d just say “Student Voice”. Within our school context it implies the Captains are trusted to hold aloft knowledge, courage and confidence. We present them with badges of office to declare publicly that they are role models who are invested with responsibilities we trust them to manage. This year Acting Principal Jon Morley encouraged students to consider the importance of leadership, of using leadership to maximise potential, in influencing the culture of school through positive contribution, ambition and teamwork. He mentioned the unpredictability of leadership and the need for good intent to be strategic, purposeful and balanced as we all move on with life, never quite sure of exactly what we need to learn or how we will be remembered. Student Captains Owen Hughes and Emily Keane spoke encouragingly to their peers and set a fabulous standard for others to aspire to. The Captains' first monthly article appears on this page.

Over the past few weeks Gisborne Secondary College has had the privilege of welcoming families at our information nights. It has been a pleasure to see so many new faces and some very familiar ones. If you missed any of these presentations please don’t hesitate to contact the college to receive a copy of the resources provided on the night. The beginning of the school year can bring a diverse range of emotions and pressures to the forefront. It is important for families, if you do have any concerns, to contact your school and discuss what academic, financial and emotional supports would best suit your circumstances. Lastly for this month’s article, I would like to invite all students, families and members of the community to visit our Gisborne Secondary College Careers page, Career information and resources can be a little overwhelming at times and this is an amazing hub of information. There are links to a variety of external websites relating to the Australian Defence Force, Victoria Police, the Australian Tax Office, career tools and much more. There are also links to a variety of online resources including career newsletters which you can sign up to receive by email, and an active career calendar with real time updates. Sign up today! Kerry Huke Careers Development Co-ordinator 5428 3691


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Life's ambition to be a nurse Obituary


Christine (Chris) Karoline Harker 6 June 1950 – 25 November 2017 All that Chris ever wanted to be was a nurse. This ambition was fulfilled in 1968 when she was accepted as a trainee nurse at North-Western General Hospital in Burnie, Tasmania, from which she graduated with distinction and was the second top awardee in the state. Chris Harker Chris was born in Graz, Austria, in 1950. She came to Australia with her mother Cecilia in 1952. They initially lived in Rosebery, Tasmania, before moving to Burnie. Chris started work in the casualty department and in 1974 she moved to Melbourne as a Charge Sister of Casualty at Prince Henry’s Hospital. She later moved to agency work in coronary care at Cabrini. Chris married Bruce in 1974, they settled in Gisborne and their son John was born in 1978. In 1977 Chris was appointed as one of the first District Nurses for the then Gisborne Shire, with Faye Percy and Dianne Wilcox. This period of her career led to a long span of her working life in aged care, eventually becoming Deputy Director of Nursing at a Brunswick nursing home. Also, prior to this, after the ending of the District Nursing, she worked in a Spastic Society care facility at St Albans. Chris worked in various nursing roles continuously until ill health brought retirement in 2012. Chris had one grandchild, Xavier, the love of her life. Her leisure time, in no particular order, was spent with her cats, gardening, cooking, reading novels and sewing. Chris loved to travel and enjoyed many trips overseas; the highlight was going back to Graz and to Hajdina, Slovenia, where her mother came from. A funeral service was held at Tobin Bros, Sunbury, on 1 December 2017 followed by a private cremation. Bruce and John would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone for their support and condolences at the time of Chris’s passing.

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Abbi Peters of the Geelong CemeteriesTrust planted a bed of roses around the war memorial at Gisborne Cemetery last year. Here she is pictured with John Hike, a Gisborne Cemetery volunteer.

Join Cemetery walk The Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society will join the Geelong Cemeteries' Trust for a twilight Gisborne Cemetery Walk on Wednesday March 25 at 6pm, led by Eddie Gardiner. A gold coin donation is requested. Following the walk, society members invite you to join them for friendship, fellowship and a light meal at your own expense at Wine O'Clock in Aitken Street. Please RSVP if you wish to attend the meal on 0431 063 119. The current exhibit in the heritage stable at the rear of the Court House, Hamilton Street, is titled, "Off to the Diggings" – open daily free of charge from 10am to 2pm, until the end of autumn.

DID YOU KNOW? THAT New Year's Day was not always celebrated on January 1. In mediaeval times, it was on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation. Scotland changed it to January 1 in 1600, but England did not make the change until 1752, with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

Need something new to read? Here are a few hot adult fiction titles to look out for in the first half of this year from authors you love. New York Times bestseller The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin begins in 1969 New York and follows four siblings as they grapple with news from a fortune teller that predicts the dates of their deaths. In her new novel Still Me, JoJo Moyes brings to life the third instalment of Lou Clark, made famous in the novel/movie Me Before You. Meanwhile, Big Little Lies fans will love the new one from Caitlin Macy called Mrs (out in March). Handmaid’s Tale fans looking for another similar bookie fix can try Red Clocks by Leni Zumas which looks at a future America where abortion is once again illegal and in-vitro fertilisation is banned. Historical fans of Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier will be pleased that he returns to the landscape of the American Civil War in Varina (midApril). A Shout in the Ruins by Yellow Birds author Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath just before and during the Civil War and 90 years later (May). Burial Rites fans will enjoy Sally Magnusson’s The Sealwoman’s Gift that gives a voice to an abducted pastor’s wife, Asta, and is based on the true story of 1627 Barbary pirates raiding Iceland and abducting 400 people (February). Shepherd’s Hut is much awaited from Aussie literary legend Tim Winton. Set in a brutal world it deals with solitude, unlikely friendship, male violence and the raw business of survival (midMarch). Lisa Genova is back with another medical drama in Every Note Played. This time it chronicles the impact ALS (motor neurone disease) has on a musician and his family (April). Woodend author Kirsty Manning returns with another well researched tale called The Jade Lily which travels from 2016 London back to a family mystery in 1939 Shanghai (April 24).

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Golf ladies celebrate par excellence January proved to be very busy for the ladies at Gisborne Golf Club with many wonderful events happening. On January 17 we celebrated our Lady Captain’s 70th birthday with a lovely lunch after golf. Lyn Wells has been a long-term member and leaves us in May for the cold of Ballarat. We shall miss her very much. On January 20, Kerry Peterson hit a lovely ball on the 16th par 3 and watched as that little white ball made its way straight into the hole for a hole in one! There was great excitement back at the clubhouse and Kerry was thrilled! She was presented with a $250 pro shop voucher from R T Edgar Real Estate. On January 27 the Marie Park Friendship Cup was held. Marie was one of our long-term former members and a beautiful soul who was very welcoming to new members and a lot of fun. Angela Cordell knew Marie very well and was absolutely delighted to win this tournament alongside Greg Edwards. Don’t forget every week we host our Funday Monday. This is a fun, relaxed morning for those ladies new to golf or those wanting to have a go. For more details phone the pro shop on 5428 2698.  Emma Brown

▲Hands up who had a great time at the lady captain’s 70th birthday party! ◄Captain Lyn Wells is decked out for the special occasion.

Members of Gisborne Thunder’s Victorian Country Championships team: Back row from left – Coach Wayne, Darcy Smith and Bradley Bruce. Front row from left – Coach Steph, Izabella Crawford, Kiera Cooper, Tyler Theodore, Alec McGregor and Dempsey Smith.

Macedon's Gayle Hobbs in action on February 10.

Macedon lawn bowls Match report for 2nd Division, February 10. Macedon stormed back into the top four following a tense battle with Kyneton on a sultry, overcast February afternoon. This is how the play unfolded: Scores were locked up at 39 each at the break. However Macedon finished stronger for a 66-53 outcome. Team Hobbs led all day for a 22/15 result. Without their star lead, Guymer’s rink struggled to a frustrating 21-22 loss. Ryan and co. were in trouble early trailing 3-15 after 10 ends. However the skip’s demands for long ends had the desired effect and they forged ahead to a 2715 final score. Kyneton will be looking forward to a rematch in the finals.  Ron Fitt

Swimmers step up for best times January was an exciting and rewarding month for seven elite swimmers at Gisborne Thunder. Izabella Crawford, Kiera Cooper, Tyler Theodore, Alec McGregor, Bradley Bruce and Darcy and Dempsey Smith competed at the Victorian Country Championships in Shepparton. Overall, 10 personal best times were achieved with Darcy, Tyler and Alec all making the final heat. Tyler Theodore won first place in 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly for the 12-year-old boys and Alec came first in 100m breaststroke, 12-year-old boys. Congratu-

lations everyone and thanks coach Wayne and Steph for your support during the competition. Over the next couple of months our competitive and club swimmers will represent their schools in the interschool swimming competitions held across the district. Good Luck! Our next club night will be our “Club Championships” held on Saturday March 24 at the Gisborne Aquatic Centre from 6pm. This event is open to current members. Stay tuned for more information regarding the start of the new season in May.  Faye Matthews

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The fairways are beckoning at Mt Macedon Summer storms not only bring welcome relief from the heat but spruce up the fairways of our beautiful ‘treasure on the mount’. We have welcomed several new members to the club and the midweek and Saturday competitions continue to draw consistent fields. We were delighted to have confirmed that MMGC will host this year’s Dalhousie Men’s 4BBB championship event on June 24. This is something of a coup for the club as all member clubs have the opportunity to nominate to host Dalhousie District Golf Association (DDGA) events. The John Lowe (life member) memorial 4BBB pairs event was won by Matt Salter and Steve Hohmann while club stalwarts Brian Walsh and Nifty Clark were the runners-up. Our Ash Wednesday Commemorative – 3 Person Ambrose saw a runaway victory to Alex Fraser and Darcy and Patrick Doyle. A 12 under par gross score of 55 meant daylight between the winners and the second-placed team of Trevor Atkins, Hayden Phillips and Marcus Ward. The Medal of Medallists was set for the final Saturday in February and the major Gold Plate 4 person Stableford team event will be on March 24. Interested participants will need to be organising teams now. Green fee players are most welcome and pro rata memberships are available. Call the club on 5426 1650 or contact the secretary via the website, Look forward to seeing you on the greens. Walrus



Rick Mitchell was entertaining and highly motivated as he gave some tips to keen young athletes.

Olympian shares wisdom with local kids Three-time Olympian and silver medallist Rick Mitchell ran two question and answer sessions and coaching clinics with local athletics kids in Gisborne on February 3. Kids were put through their paces at Dixon Field and given personalised tips and advice by Rick to improve their running techniques. Parents enjoyed hearing Rick’s inspiring stories of competing and succeeding at this highest level. Rick brought to life the charged atmosphere of the three Olympic Games he attended. He also gave a glimpse into the incredible sacrifices and effort that need to be made in training and preparation to succeed.


The event was organised by local running coach Mark Carey through his 30-year friendship with Rick. Rick came down from Queensland free of charge and came across as humble, entertaining and highly motivated. He explained how success comes from setting an ambitious goal in your life and then working to improve yourself towards that goal one inch at a time. Athletes attended from the local Gisborne, Lancefield/Romsey and Kyneton Little Athletics Clubs as well as from Mark Carey’s private training group “Toe The Line Athletics”.   Those interested in running training should contact Mark on 0421 187 858.  

THE OFFSHORE ISLAND by Marghanita Laski

Presented by

The Mount Players by arrangement with David Higham Associates Set in England ten years after a nuclear explosion, Rachel survives with her two children in an isolated valley. They have no knowledge of what goes on beyond their little world until one day a group of Americans arrive. A poignant story with a theme as relevant now as it was when it was written over sixty years ago.

Performance Dates: C o s t - Gold Coin Donation Donations to be donated to the Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society

March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

The Mountview Theatre 56 Smith St, Macedon

TICKETS: Enquiries: 5426 1892

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Getting the kids hooked When it comes to fishing in the Macedon Ranges, there’s no shortage of great options. Kyneton is home to three large reservoirs, the Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury. Each of these receives fantastic stocking support from Fisheries with several thousand trout being released each year. It’s not only the fishing that’s improving at these reservoirs, it’s also the facilities; Lauriston is the pick of the three with toilets, playground and barbecue facilities. If you’re looking for something a little smaller Hanging Rock Lake is perfect for the kids. This lake is stocked with trout multiple times a year just before school holidays. In October 2017 the Calder Fly Fishing Association held its first kids’ “Try Fly Fishing” day at Walter J Smith reserve in Riddells Creek. The day was a huge success with over 150 people attending. This event gave kids the opportunity to catch fish, learn about fly fishing and fly tying as well as studying the aquatic life that fish feast on. The lake is still a popular fishing attraction for kids and families.

Fiona Sandkuhl at work.

Jack’s nice rainbow trout catch from Walter J Smith reserve. For more information on locations, stocking and bag limits please visit Victoria Fisheries Authority at www. If you’d like to know more about the Calder Fly Fishing Association please visit www.calderflyfishing. Simon Hall

Gisborne Ramblers walks program for March The Gisborne Ramblers meet at Dixon Field near the tennis club at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. Please bring your own cup and $1 towards the cost of tea, coffee and biscuits. Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing as required for the day. All walks are provisional and changeable depending on prevailing weather conditions – no walks on declared fire ban days.

Walks for this month Friday 2: Blackwood – Whipstick loop track.

Friday 9: Mt Macedon – Camels Hump to tea rooms and return. Friday 16: Bullengarook – Dineen Rd loop. Friday 23: Bullengarook – Fitzgerald Rd north loop. Friday 30: Mt Macedon– Bawden Rd loop. The Ramblers are a casual group not a club. There are no membership fees and no insurance is offered – you walk at your own risk and responsibility. For any further information contact Charles on 5428 3021 or email

Horse lover making career in the industry Gisborne resident Fiona Sandkuhl discovered her love for horses at the age of nine. Now 18, she is quickly making a name for herself in the equine industry. Fiona began competing seriously in 2012 in a wide range of disciplines such as rodeos (barrel racing events), combined training events, dressage competitions, show jumping and numerous one-day events. She also has competed at the Royal Melbourne Show many times as well as at Barastoc in Werribee with Sporting Horse Australia. In 2015 Fiona launched her own business, “Back in Work Ponies and Horses”, which involves riding 40 client horses a week, campaigning horses, giving lessons, bringing horses back into work after a spell, riding breakers, preparing horses to present well at sales and show preparation. Fiona has five horses of her own: two ‘off the track’ thoroughbreds, one Warmblood X thoroughbred, one Quarter Horse Pinto and a solid Paint that she currently rides and competes on. Fiona completed VCE at Gisborne Secondary College in 2017 and is studying for a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University this year. 

Gisborne Football Netball Club

Here are some of our 2018 coaches but more are needed for the junior ranks, and the club is also seeking players in most age groups. Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Netball Club is seeking players and coaches for Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 17s. Registration via Facebook page ‘Gisborne (Victoria) Rookies Netball’. For more information, contact Vicky Drayton on 0438 939 061.

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A Reserve: Lesa Lord

B grade: Nathan Thompson

U17: Maddy Stewart

Macedon Tennis Club

Chatting with the coach. Neo and Charlotte with Jason.

Club opens up to community We had a fantastic turnout at South Gisborne Tennis Club’s free Tennis Open Day. Blessed with brilliant weather, all courts were in play displaying the club's inclusive programs including Hot Shots, Cardio and All Abilities. We welcome to the club the new families, and we hope you enjoy many hours of tennis with Jason McKee, Anthony Hunt and club members. Judging by the smiles and conversations, the club will be a hive of activity over the coming year. Huge thank you to the committee and volunteers who made the day a success. Connect with us via, or at Gail Scott Axl is all smiles about his new racquet and tennis balls.

Here we go, already well into 2018. What a beautiful start to the year with a little bit of rain holding off the fire danger. The kids are now back to school and tennis comp is back in full swing. The juniors have only four weeks of summer comp left with our A1 second on the ladder and Friday B2 on the top of ladder. Good luck for the finals! On that note, we are now calling for applications for Junior Winter Comp. Applications are on our website. MTC has teams at all levels that play either Friday night or Saturday to suit everyone’s commitments. Senior Thursday night comp began in early February and all teams are looking forward to an actionpacked season. At the point of writing, Saturday Open have two games left in the current season with Section 1 and 2 heading into the finals. Of course that is also a call to arms for new team members to sign up for the coming winter season. Monday Social continue to meet very happily every Monday afternoon for a social hit between 1pm and 3pm. Jump on the website and sign up for a comp team or a social hit. Just Do It!  Lisa Fowler

Gisborne senior women's team looks forward to new season After a successful first season in 2017, the Gisborne Senior Womens AFL Team is looking forward to another great season this year. With interest in female football continuing to grow, now is a great time to get involved. The Gisborne Football Netball Club is looking for women over the age of 18 who may be interested in playing AFL football to join the team. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at JD Clifford Reserve, Greene Street, Macedon, starting at 6.15pm. If you are interested in playing football, and want to be part of a supportive and fun-filled team environment, please contact Darren Mitchell on 0412 335 554 or at

Badminton is a sport for everyone Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world (after soccer). Ever wonder why? It is easy to learn the basic skills. The design of the shuttle makes it easy for beginners to play and enjoy the game. As you gain more skills, the sport provides new challenges. It is not just about power, it is also a game of deception and cunning. Most sport has health benefits. Badminton involves sprinting, rapid direction changes, jumping, lunging: Basically, it’s a whole body workout while having fun. Age isn’t a barrier either, Macedon Ranges Badminton Club (MRBC) has players from their teens to their 70s. So regardless of your age, give badminton a go, you’ll be glad you did. The social aspect of playing sport is now considered just as important as the physical health benefits. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere at MRBC adds another dimension, that of community, that makes for an enjoyable and rewarding time. Many of us lead busy lives; switching off can be difficult, but badminton’s mix of exercise, strategy and community can help you do this. Above all it’s great fun. So contact MRBC to get involved at David Aitken

Girls' AFL is going from strength to strength.


GIRLS, WANT TO PLAY FOOTY? UNDER 13 JUNIOR GIRLS TEAM The Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Netball Club will be fielding an under 13 Junior Girls team this year. We are looking for girls aged between 10 and 12 who would love to play footy in a fun and safe environment. Training is at JD Clifford Reserve, Greene Street, Macedon on Thursdays from 6.15 to 7.30pm To register your interest, please email Darren Mitchell at or call on 0412 335 554.

And now there's just a wee problem with amenities to sort out Macedon Ranges Croquet Club The club championship is now down to the wire and we look forward to the final being played on March 7. Best of luck to those who have made it through to the finals. This is a special club day with lunch provided by Ros and her team. $10 for the day. The club's first social day for the year is on Wednesday March 14 and we are looking forward to seeing

visitors from other clubs. Kyneton Croquet Club has its social day on March 7. Please check the noticeboard for details. Please look out for our Easter Raffle, this is always a great fundraiser for the club. Also just letting you know that Macedon Ranges Croquet Club is taking part in the Premiers Active April; please log into My Local to see what is available to you.

Our toilets! On February 20 a few of us were able to meet the federal member Rob Mitchell. Let’s hope we can move forward. More new members: welcome, Barbara. This club is vibrant, new members are being welcomed and all we need to do now is to accommodate everyone in a welcoming enlarged clubhouse with just, let us say, “adequate facilities.”  Margaret Wardell Gisborne Gazette March 2018 35

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▲A close shave for Macedon's Ben Saw batting against Woodend in U15 junior cricket on February 3 – but not out in the end. ▲February 3: Gisborne v Lancefield Divison 2 – Kevin Jarrod does the two-step for good luck.

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◄February 3: Gisborne v Lancefield Div 2 – R Koschel


◄Ned Patterson Lade of Macedon with the bat against Gisborne in U13 cricket on February 11.

▲Adrian Barbour appeals on his knees: B Grade, Gisborne v Wallan, February 3.

▲Lee Veal, C Grade, Gisborne v Ashfield, February 3.

▲U13 Macedon v Possums, February 20.

▲Under 11 Rebels v Rebels U11, February 6. David Kordy bats for Macedon against East Sunbury, B grade, February 10.►

▲Gisborne's Harry Thomas bowls against Wallan, B grade, February 3.

▲Quick action from Gisborne wicketkeeper Nate Kelly in the U13 Macedon v Gisborne match on February 11.

▲U13 Macedon v Possums, February 20.

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THE CHURCHES ST BRIGID'S PARISH Journey to Easter Mass Times St Brigid’s Parish wishes everyone a happy and safe Easter. The Journey to Easter and Mass celebrations are as follows: Tuesday March 27: Tenebrae – Service of Light into Darkness, St Brigid’s Gisborne – 7pm Wednesday March 28: Communal Service of Forgiveness, St Brigid’s – 7pm Holy Thursday March 29: 1st Rite of Reconciliation, St Brigid’s – 9am Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St Brigid’s – 7pm Good Friday March 30: Stations of the Cross, St Brigid’s – 10am Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, St Brigid’s – 3pm Holy Saturday March 31: 1st Rite of Reconciliation, St Brigid’s – 9am; Easter Vigil, St Brigid’s – 7pm. Easter Sunday April 1: Mass at St Patrick’s Macedon – 9.30am Mass at St Brigid’s Gisborne – 11am.

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

St Paul's Op Shop Jottings Since we re-opened in late January, St Paul’s Anglican Op Shop has been exceptionally busy with customers taking advantage of the many bargains. People speak freely to each other about our shop being a place where most people can buy the things they need at a price they can afford: books, clothes, bric-a-brac, toys and magazines. Some people come into the shop for what they call retail therapy and say they always go away feeling better! Trading hours for the Op Shop remain the same: Tuesday and Saturday 10am-1pm and Wednesday to Friday 10am4pm. Our sister Op Shop in Riddells Creek “Charity’s Secret” is open for business on Thursday to Saturday and is certainly worth a visit.  Graeme Millar, 0413 781 501

News from Uniting Church

'Have a Chat” cafe is back in business every Wednesday morning at the Op Shop and every week there’s a surprise pop up table of goodies for sale such as toys, dvds, books and jewellery. Vicki is admiring the items for sale.

Anglican Parish: Remembering Ash Wednesday Day has two meanings for local people Ash Wednesday fell this year on February 14. This is a day that the Christian churches begin their preparation for Easter with a period of fasting and prayer called Lent. During the day, many have ash crosses drawn on their foreheads as a sign of accepting the discipline of Lent. For many, getting to Church for ‘ashing’ is difficult, so this year, the Gisborne Anglican Parish went to the stations and offered the gift of ashes. It was quite a sight to see the parish priests in full gear at the three stations during the day.


Fr Dennis Webster said, “There is no reason why the Church, being made of people, should not be with people on this important day.” This year also marked the 35th anniversary of the fires that bear the same name. The Church of the Resurrection was open all day for prayer and reflection. Many people came in to spend time either in reflection, or simply gazing on the magnificent Leonard French Ash Wednesday memorial window. The day concluded with a Taizé inspired prayer service held in semi-darkness. During the service, the bells tolled seven times remembering the lives lost in Macedon. Dennis

Ash Wednesday memorial window at the Church of the Resurrection.

We had the Gisborne Open recently instead of our usual Muffin ‘n More when prizes were given for the best tennis reminiscence, the oldest racquet and the best tennis photograph.There were lots of competitions and some people are still great ball players! We flipped pancakes to raise money for Uniting Care and this year, thanks to the generosity of the community, we raised the most we have ever done. Our thanks to the IGA supermarket which provided the pancake mix and to all our “flippers”. As you might have noted on an earlier page, you have still time to book a site at the Car Boot Sale, cost $15, on March 17 from 9am to 12:30pm. Ring Noel on 5428 2624 or Paul on 5428 2446 for bookings or just come along and pick up a bargain. We have been informed that targets for the two poppy projects, Victorian RSL and Australian War Memorial in Canberra, have almost been reached. We are asking, therefore, that any poppies be left at the church without delay so we can send them in. We sincerely thank all our knitters and crocheters who have done such a magnificent job. Our service is at 9:30am each Sunday and we would give you a warm welcome if you care to join us: Uniting Church, Brantome Street.

Words that inspire positive thoughts One of my favourite artists at the moment is Lauren Daigle. I love one of the lines from a recent song of hers, “I will stand my ground where hope can be found.” We all have voices in our lives that bring in the negative. We all know at least one person who refuses to be optimistic and focuses on bad things. We all have moments ourselves of being down in the dumps: ‘woe is me and things won’t get better’. But challenge yourself with the lyrics to this song and refuse to be brought down. “I will stand my ground where hope can be found.” And as the saying goes, “I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but 38 Gisborne Gazette March 2018

I know who holds tomorrow.” FaithWorks Christian Church invites you to Sunday service at 10am at Manaaki and our Encounter Cafe on the first Sunday of every month. Come and grab a sausage or kransky out the front or a complimentary coffee and baked goodie in the cafe. We also have a kids’ corner. All profits go towards the orphanage we sponsor in India. We would love to see you at FaithWorks, all welcome! Shelley Farrugia or find us on Facebook




From the pages of the old Gisborne Gazette

MARCH 1918 Fair Play for the Soldiers – As the officer in charge of the employment section of the State War Council, Mr Bramwell is in a position to speak with authority. When he makes the direct charge against employers therefore, that, as a general rule, they are not keeping faith with the men in khaki who have returned from the Front, his assertion cannot be brushed aside as unworthy of serious consideration Soldiers are not, after all, different from other men, and we cannot expect men who have been through the hardships the Anzacs have been through and seen the horrors they have seen, to be able to pose as models for the churches. Gisborne Races – The Autumn meeting of the Gisborne Racing Club was held on Wednesday last. There was a record attendance, the special train from Melbourne being well patronised. The majority of the races were well contested; the finish for the Cup being particularly exciting, heads only separating the placed horses. By-Law No.10 – The Council will proceed to the Confirmation of By-Law No. 10, as follows”- A By-law of the Shire of Gisborne made under Section 197 of the Local Government Act 1915, for keeping Geese off Borough Streets. The President, Councillors and Ratepayers of the Shire of Gisborne order as follows:- That no person be permitted to keep Geese wandering on the streets within the bounds of the Borough Riding. Any person convicted of an offence under this By-law will be subject to a penalty not exceeding ten (10) shillings for a first offence and for any further offence not exceeding £5. Rabbit Skins – As the Federal Government has been unable to secure a contract from the Imperial authorities for this season’s surplus rabbits, the sale and distribution of skins will not be subject this year to Government control. Last year the Government made a profit of £280,000 out of rabbit skin transactions and consequently out of the bread and butter of trappers. It took complete control of the business, buying skins at fixed rates and exporting at enhanced prices. The Commonwealth Police – When the late Mr. W.S. Gilbert, the inimitable librettist of the most popular comic operas on the British state, wrote, “A policeman’s lot is not a happy one,”, he had no knowledge of course of Billy Hughes’ Commonwealth Police Force. Master as he was of the art of burlesque, Gilbert could not have conceived a situation so grotesque as that which has been brought about by those comic opera constabulary who were hatched out of an egg at Warwick. What they are supposed to do, and how they are to do it, is a mystery which nobody seems able to solve. This ridiculous “force” consists of 53 members, composed of a superintendent, several sergeants and the rank and file, having their headquarters in Brisbane.

ADULT RIDING CLUB (Gis) 2nd Saturday  Robertson Res ADULT RIDING CLUB (Bullengarook) 2nd Saturday Rec Reserve ANGLING CLUB 2nd Wed 8pm  Railway Hotel Macedon 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 2450 CANASTA

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 Daly Res Aitken St EUCHRE Tues 7.30pm Doug White Meeting Room, 5428 2695 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 JACKSON CREEK Working bees 3rd Sun 10-noon  5428 1178 or 0417 558 221 GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed various venues 0408 115 759 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 LIBRARY: TODDLERS’ STORY TIME Mon 10.30am, Wed 10.30am


first Thurs of month 7.30pm

247 Station Rd


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 Horticultural Hall MUFFINS ’N’ MORE 2nd Tues 10am-noon  Uniting Church MUMS’ GROUP 2nd Mon, 9.30-11.30am  49 Fisher St


Sun 9am  1st Sunday 

Riddells Rec Res 9am-2pm

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Second Wed of month except Jan 

0448 445 694 PETANQUE 2nd & 4th Sat, 10am behind Caltex service  station, Station Rd, Gisborne PHOENIX ART & CRAFTS 1st Thursday  5428 2835 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 RED CROSS 1st Fri 1.30pm  Sen Cits Rooms ROTARY Tues 6.45 for 7pm Gisborne Golf Club,  book 0490 381 812 by 1pm Mon RUNNING GROUP Tues & Thurs 6pm, Sun 8am  Gis Aquatic Centre RSL 1st Mon 2pm Hall at 247 Station Rd 5428 2233


Tues 11am Tony Clarke Res SPINNERS & FIBRE GROUP Tues 12 noon Riddells Ck N’hood House


Wed 7.30pm  Tony Clarke Res, Macedon THUNDER SWIMMING CLUB 2nd Sat 5pm Gisborne Aquatic Centre TABLE 8 discussion group  Thursday  2pm 3 Little Pigs  cafe  Ph Carol  0431 186 575 T.O.W.N. Mondays 6pm Gisborne Bowls Club TOY LIBRARY Wed 10-11am & every 2nd Sat 9-11am Robertson St U3A Mondays 10.30amMRFEC 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 WRITERS (Dotty Jotters)  Gisborne Library



New members welcome

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

DatePage MARCH 3 Macedon Ranges Music Festival 3 3 Workshop at new park 39 3 Lions Club membership drive begins  9 3-4 Relay for Life at Lancefield 8 4 Clean Up Australia Day (at the Scout Hall) 5 Last day for submissions re Planning Statement 3 9-12 Phoenix art and craft exhibition 12 9-12 Art exhibition at Sunbury 12 9 Opening night of The Offshore Island16 11 Expo and workshops at Dromkeen (see ad) 38 14 Film Society Life is Beautiful16 16 Arts Season launch at Kyneton Town Hall 13 16 Guided night walk at Hanging Rock 21 17 Car boot sale at Uniting Church 6 17-18 CWA creative arts exhibition 9 24 Autumn Fair at New Gisborne Primary 29 24 Puppetry of the Penis at Kyneton Town Hall 13 28 All my Love at Kyneton Town Hall 13 29 Last day for applns for Bendigo Bank grants  9 30 Good Friday

FRIENDS OF WYRALLA RESERVE By the time this is published, Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc will have had the opportunity to brief the Councillors of Macedon Ranges Shire about the draft Wyralla Reserve Master Plan. It is hoped that this will provide some momentum for the development of our local park. Before a sod can be turned, however, there is considerable engineering planning to be undertaken. For example, a path can not just be laid on a surface. Contouring for drainage and acceptable gradient needs to be determined. This is the work that should be started shortly. Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc will be canvassing for some immediate works for the reserve. A few seats and associated dry ground areas, as a starting point, would provide some points for quiet contemplation, a resting place for parents with children, and would be appreciated by all. If you have ideas for raising money, let us know. There may be innovative ways to obtain the funds needed to progress projects for the draft Master Plan. If you would like to attend our meetings, please email Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc. The next meeting will be in March. New members are very welcome. Please email Friends of Wyralla reserve Inc with your thoughts concerning the reserve. Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc Facebook page

Park workshop A community workshop will be held at a new park being developed on the corner of Tovey Drive, Coop Drive and Rothschild Road, Gisborne, on Saturday March 3 from 10am to noon. This five-acre parcel of land, temporarily called "Gisborne Fields" is located near Willowbank Road. A draft landscape plan will set out options for playground equipment, paths and landscaping to encourage active recreation for local residents of all ages. Gisborne Gazette March 2018 39

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MRH 60TH BIRTHDAY APPEAL Supporting Mental Health and Youth Support Services In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime1 and an average of eight Australians take their own lives every day2. Macedon Ranges Health provides pyschology, counselling and youth support services to adults, adolescents and children in areas including anxiety, depression, grief, loss, social and relationship difficulties. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of our community to support these important services. Please consider donating to our 60th Birthday Appeal to help us continue this vital work in our community.

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Community newspaper serving southern Macedon Ranges: Gisborne, New Gisborne, South Gisborne, Macedon, Mt Macedon, Bullengarook.