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Gisborne Gazette serving the southern macedon ranges MARCH 2020 – FREE

On this journey together Life is more fun when someone’s cheering you on. That was the case for the many children who started school in February encouraged by family, friends and buddies. Pictured are cousins Jack Senserrick and Lila McLean who started at Gisborne Primary School together, and inset, new Holy Cross student Matthew Lego (left) felt safe at school with his Grade 6 buddy Logan Sharman there to look after him.

More photos on pages 26-27

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HOME  PAGE From the Editor's desk Back as editor this month, I was struck by the many cases of local people and organisations supporting others in our community in this month’s stories.

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Our cover celebrates the family, friends and students who are encouraging and guiding local children as they embark on their primary education. Starting school is a big event for all involved and our Prep spread on pages 26 and 27 captures some of the joy and excitement it created in town in February. Jemima Hutton of New Gisborne founded Dyslexia Demystified to support students with dyslexia and has just made the semi-finals in the Victorian Government 2020 Young Achiever Awards for her efforts. See her inspiring story on page 3. I encourage community group committees to apply for financial support from Council, Bendigo Bank and GREAT, all of which invite new grant applications in March (see pages 10, 9 and 12 respectively). Finally, this edition offers many opportunities for readers to support local residents working hard to make a difference. These include a local Relay for Life team (page 5), the group working towards a Macedon Community House (page 6), two mental health initiatives (pages 17 and 30), and two sets of brave locals participating in the World’s Greatest Shave on March 13 (pages 7 and 18). I close by thanking Bryan Power and Pip Butler for their wonderful support to me this month as I got back into the editor’s seat. We’re all on this journey together and it’s so much easier and more fun when we do it in partnership! Happy reading, Corinne

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The Fathers family, Allison, Anthony, Daniel and Ruby, had time to read on a cruise in Mare, New Caledonia. The gentleman at right is John Fathers, Anthony's dad.

In the February edition we attributed a fun photo of a local puppy school to the wrong vet. The photo was taken at the Hamilton St Veterinary Clinic, Gisborne. The Gazette sincerely apologises for this error.

The Gazette Team Editor: Corinne Shaddock 0409 422 492 Production Pip Butler 0439 816 278 Graeme Millar, Elaine Millar Photographer Chris Fleming 0417 322 944 Distribution Manager Maxine Barker 0438 711 138 Advertising Distributors: Proudly distributed to letterboxes in Gisborne, New Gisborne, Macedon and Mt Macedon by more than 70 volunteers and to South Gisborne and Bullengarook by Windarring.

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If you do not receive the Gazette in your letter box, you can collect a copy at: Mt Macedon: The Trading Post. Macedon: Post Office and the service station on Black Forest Dve. Gisborne: Village Shopping Centre, Gisborne Library, Foodworks supermarket, Caltex Service Station, Puma Service

Station, Coles supermarket and the GREAT Centre in Hamilton Street. New Gisborne: Baringo Food and Wine Co in Station Road, and the cafe in Ladd Road. Riddells Creek: Neighbourhood House and the newsagency. Woodend: Information Centre and Library. Sunbury: Information Centre and Library.

A MINUTE WITH MAXINE Thank you to Peter, Gary, Michael, Bryan and John for unloading the truck that delivered the newspapers from Shepparton to the GREAT Centre on February 26 for our first delivery of the year. Thank you to Margot, Diane and Neil for helping to prepare the bundles to be picked up by some distributors and delivered to the many others. Also, to Nick, Graeme and Lois for all their help with deliveries to Mt Macedon and Macedon and New Gisborne. Best wishes in retirement to Margaret Jinks who delivered in Mt Macedon and Doug and Lesley Cole who were Gisborne distributors. I also welcome new distributors Heather Millar, Lorraine Broad and Katrina Buttigieg who will be delivering to letterboxes in Gisborne and Julie Ireland who will be delivering in Mt Macedon. Michael and Anne O’Brien along with Patsy and Mike Smith have extended their distribution area, for which I am truly grateful. We are always on the lookout for new distributors to join our team, even if you can only fill in at holiday times; we would love for you to come on board. My contact details are listed above.



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The WIndarring delivery crew. James, Sue, William and Jack (with the help of distribution manager Maxine) load up for delivery of the February Gazette. Windarring delivers the paper to outlying parts of our distribution area while our faithful walkers cover the town streets.

Bullengarook CFA to get a new tanker

Last year's festival was a buzz!

Ready to be entertained? Music Festival is on 14th The Macedon Ranges Music Festival is bringing talent from the Macedon Ranges and across Australia for a day of top-class music, food stalls, a pop-up cocktail bar and plenty of kids’ activities. The festival, to be held in New Gisborne, is an all-ages event that has been running since 2013 to raise money for the Woodend-based Cambodian Kids Foundation (CKF). One hundred per cent of ticket sales are donated to CKF. Every adult ticket sold provides enough money for the foundation to feed a child a nutritious breakfast at their school in rural Cambodia for seven months. Performers not to be missed include Melbourne’s queen of soul Kylie Auldist, Australian blues favourite Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers, one-man-band extraordinaire Shaun Kirk as well as the Macedon Ranges’ own Funkateers, with special local guest vocalists. So, book yourself a ticket and join us at the Gisborne Steam Park, Webb Crescent, New Gisborne, on March 14 for a great day of music with friends and community while contributing to a great cause. The festival runs from 1pm to 10pm. Tickets and more information can be found at Ticket prices (online): adult $35, concession $25,

Exciting times at Bullengarook with the recent announcement that we have been successful with our grant under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program and will be receiving a new medium tanker in the coming months. The tanker will replace our community-owned Tanker 2, which has served the local community for more than 17 years. Fitted out with all the latest gear and safety equipment including breathing apparatus, the new truck will become our primary response vehicle for car accidents and structure fires. Importantly, as this is a community-owned truck it will always remain local to Bullengarook – it will never be sent away for campaign fires. In welcoming the news, Brigade Captain Phil Challis said, “This is a huge achievement for the Bullengarook Brigade and will provide a significant boost to our capability and response.” Simon Hayward, Bullengarook CFA

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Kevin Jarred was in top form on February 15 shortly after donating blood for the 150th time. What keeps him fitter – the bowls or the generous blood donations? The Red Cross says a donor typically gives about 350ml each time, and each donation helps to save three lives.


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Jemima Hutton pictured in the Gazette office.

In line for award for community initiative Congratulations to Jemima Hutton of New Gisborne, founder of Dyslexia Demystified, who is a semi-finalist for the "Group Achievement in the Community" award in the Victorian Government 2020 Young Achiever Awards. Jemima founded Dyslexia Demystified in 2018 to support and empower young people with dyslexia. She has presented keynote speeches at more than 40 schools around Victoria and Queensland. Jemima was formally diagnosed as being dyslexic when she was 15, but says she was always aware that she saw the world a little differently from most people. Throughout her schooling she developed many learning strategies to work around her academic difficulties and hatred of reading. She was so successful in applying these strategies that in 2017 Jemima achieved two perfect subject scores in VCE, was a co-Dux at Braemar College, and won the school VCE English Academic Prize, even though she did not read the novels…at least not with her eyes. Jemima is currently studying medicine at the University of Queensland. The finalists will be presented and winners announced on June 12. Good luck Jemima!


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A bit of confusion will be worth it in the end Some people have found the new four-bin system, which includes a full food organics and garden organics (FOGO) service and glass-only bin, a bit confusing. Not so the folk at the Mt Macedon address featured in this picture: they have made sure they know exactly what goes where. The only bin not featured is the red-lid general rubbish bin, which

goes out on alternative fortnights to the yellow-lid recycling bin. The FOGO service will be rolled out to all of the Council’s 20,000 kerbside collection customers over the next five years. The system allows residents to place all food waste, including meat and bones, into the garden bins. It is estimated that about a third of the contents of the average

household rubbish bin in Macedon Ranges Shire is food waste. For further information on the new services, see au/bins, call 5422 0333 or email

The four bins in the new collection service are: • glass only (purple lid) • rubbish/general waste (red or dark green lid). • FOGO (lime- green lid) • recycling (yellow lid).

More ways to recyle

Recycling bins for items not covered by domestic recycling can be found in a number of places around town including the library and council offices. The battery, bread tag and mobile phone recycling bins pictured above can be found at New Gisborne Primary School reception.

March 1: Clean Up Australia Day Sunday March 1 is the Australia-wide day for this major annual effort to get rid of litter in public places. If you would like to be part of the day, report to the Scout Hall in Howey Street, Gisborne from 9am. Your help will be much appreciated by the Friends of Daly Reserve and 1st Gisborne Scouts. Macedon residents may want to check out the Friends of the Res cleanup on the same day.

New date for 2020 Sustainable Living Festival

The scouts always do a great job. Come and join them this year!

The 2020 Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival has moved from its previous March date to October 3, in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market. Details later in the year.


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Donate icon at the top right of the page. A ceremony will be held at 8pm on Saturday night and include a performance by the Gisborne Singers.

The Lancefield (Macedon Ranges) Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the Cancer Council, will take place at Lancefield Park on Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1. For more information visit the Relay For Life website or Lancefield/Macedon Ranges Relay For Life Facebook page.

New funding to expand Swinburne Ave Kinder Macedon Ranges Shire Council has received a $500,000 grant for Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten in New Gisborne. The grant will go towards a $735,000 project to upgrade the kinder. The money

will be used to extend the kinder to provide extra places for local families and improve the learning environment for children. An additional meeting room for visiting health services will also be built.

 Educator Mandy Green (left) and children Taj, Tillie, Lily, Sarah and Aengus are joined by Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Council's Early Years Coordinator Alycia O’Sullivan and Mayor Janet Pearce for the funding announcement for the kindergarten.

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Bullengarook Landcare 21st birthday celebration Bullengarook Landcare Group is celebrating 21 years. Community members who wanted to support local residents in preserving the natural habitat in which they lived founded this landcare group. And we are still a very active community group. We promote activities related to native flora and fauna and organise plant giveways, harvest exchanges, education and weed control. We continue to be involved in special projects such as nestbox monitoring and to support key initiatives such as Clean Up Australia Day. So we think it highly appropriate that we celebrate this milestone with a good old fashioned shindig! We’re having a bush band and barbecue in a marquee at the Bullengarook Recreation Reserve so put on your dancing shoes and join us! We’re also supporting our local Bullengarook CFA with $10 from

each ticket sold going towards the purchase of equipment needed for their new tanker. Where: Bullengarook Recreation Reserve on Saturday March 28. Time: 6pm-10.30pm Food: Barbecue provided with meat and vegetarian options available. Drinks: Bring your own. Cost: Tickets are $25pp with children under 12 free and can be purchased through www.trybooking/ BIMGL The deadline for bookings is March 14. $10 from the sale of each ticket will go to Bullengarook CFA. For information contact Tracey on 0417 811 777.

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School crossing milestone February 14 marked 40 years to the day that Cheryl Wilkinson has worked the school crossing on Station Road outside New Gisborne Primary School. And a big storm at school finish time on Valentine’s Day didn’t stop Cheryl from getting students safely across the road. Thanks for keeping our children safe for so long, Cheryl!

As you breathe, most of the air is going in and out of one nostril. Every few hours, the workload shifts to the other nostril.


Committee president Samara Hodson is thrilled to receive the letter of incorporation for Macedon Community House Committee of Management.

We need you now! Community members working to transform the old Macedon Maternal and Child Health building in Victoria Street are putting a call out to locals, community groups, businesses and neighbouring shire residents to help raise funds to create a thriving Community Centre. To demonstrate our commitment to establishing Macedon and Mount Macedon Community House, we are now raising funds from sponsorships, grants and cash to contribute to the building works. Macedon Ranges Shire Council has allocated funding in the 2019-20 financial year and we need to confirm our contribution by the end of March in order to get the doors open this year. The committee has big plans for 47 Victoria Street, Macedon.


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Since March last year we have been working with council officers to plan building works and the project will be going to tender shortly. Once 47 Victoria Street is fit for purpose, we plan to enter into a lease with the Council. In order to take on the lease, the working group has become incorporated as a not for profit organisation trading as “Macedon Community House Committee of Management”. Yes, it’s ambitious, but we know we can pull together and do this. To donate to the campaign and find out how to become a Foundation Friend, sponsor or volunteer, visit our website, For more information on the project, you can email Samara Hodson at samara@macedoncommunity

Every cloud has a silver lining

Car boot and plant sale Gisborne Uniting Church is having a Car Boot and Plant Sale on Saturday March 21 from 9am to 2pm in the paddock next to the church. You can book a site for $15 by ringing Michael on 5428 8281 or David on 5428 3912. There will be Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle available, so come along and join in the fun and see what bargains you can pick up.

GISBORNE GOSS New digs for doctors After starting work on the new site in November 2018, St Mary Medical Centre moved into its modern new home in Brantome Street in February. St Mary for many years occupied the old hospital building in Hamilton Street, which will eventually be demolished to make way for an aged care home.

Dez Stallard captured this rainbow on Buckland Boulevard in Gisborne after the big storm on Friday February 14.

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Council meeting time change Macedon Ranges Shire Council is changing its meeting time this year from 7pm to 6pm. Unless otherwise specified, all Council meetings will be in Gisborne.

My husband Josh, our friend Cam and I will be participating in the World’s Greatest Shave on March 21. As the date draws nearer, I am beginning to understand the full gravity of the phrase, “be brave and shave,” however my fear subsides when I think about the incredible cause we are supporting as all proceeds go towards finding a cure for blood cancer. We have been blown away by the generosity of the community, having already received donations and support from local businesses such as The Spa Gisborne, the Gisborne Bowls Club and Gabbie Hine Photography, Sunbury. On the day of the shave, we will be hosting a barbecue and a raffle, so if you would like to get involved by donating or contributing a raffle prize, please contact Kathy. You can find the link to our World’s Greatest Shave page by searching for “Kathy’s Bald Move” online. Kathy Guarino,

Josh, Kathy and Cam: participating in the Worlds' Greatest Shave.

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On standby to keep us safe Every Total Fire Ban day in Central Region, a team gathers at the Incident Control Centre in the Nexus Centre, Gisborne, to be ready for any emergency that may develop during the day. On Friday January 31, more than 15 people gathered to monitor the region and keep an eye on developments of the Pastoria fire. Police Sergeant Eddy Barake (left), Mountain District Fire Brigade Group Officer Ian Hay and Management Support Kyla Patience monitor the area on January 31.

Generous community donations to Gisborne CFA Recently the Gisborne and wider community – coordinated by local resident Renee Cummings – banded together to put together "care packs". The brigade would like to thank everyone who was involved with this lovely gesture. We have already put them to good use as, at the time, we had members on strike teams at Pastoria and Mt Hotham. On January 1 Sopranos Pizza in Gisborne generously donated all takings for the night to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. Many thanks also to Gisborne Football Netball Club, Gisborne Thunder Swimming Club, Gisborne Tyres, Gisborne Cricket Club, Pete and Caz from Wine O’Clock Wine Bar Gisborne and Ibrahim Nasba and his family from Gisborne Fish Shop. With everyone’s help $11,065 was raised for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. Local residents Jack O’Keefe, Jack Lord, Lauren Farrell and Telegraph Hotel owner Shannon banded together to raise $1,956 for the Gisborne Fire Brigade and $1,400 for the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). On behalf of the Gisborne Fire Brigade I would like to thank the generous supporters in our community very much.

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Local firefighters back safely Gisborne firefighters Joel Wood and Brent Hunter arrived home safely on February 5 after spending the previous three days working in ultralight tankers in the difficult terrain around the Mt Hotham area in the Victorian high country. They conducted backburning operations working alongside helicopter incendiary drops and heavy machinery. They were transported back directly from Mt Hotham to Bendigo airport by the army. Bevan Moody

The Sopranos’ team with their great donation, made up from store takings and staff donations.


CWA stages arts show this month Gisborne CWA had a casual catch up in January over a delightful lunch at Soltan Pepper restaurant in Romsey. The February meeting was more formal with discussions on the Group AGM and half-yearly conference in Gisborne, the state conference in May, and the coming Creative Arts Exhibition. This is on Saturday March 21, 10am to 4pm and Sunday 22, 10am to 3pm, at the Riddells Creek Community Centre. Admission is $3, children under 16 free and there will be morning and afternoon teas and lunches. Come along and see the beautiful array of crafts, cooking, floral displays and photography. We are looking forward to learning more about Botswana, our country of study for the year, after Osija gave us an introduction to the land-locked African country. With the long weekend this month our meeting is a week earlier than usual, on March 2, 10am at Gisborne Secondary College. Coffee, craft and chat is on the 16th at the same venue. If there are any young ladies wishing to learn how to knit, crochet or sew on a button they would be most welcome to join us for an hour or two. Christine Edwards 0437 953 253

Celebrate Harmony Day in the Ranges Come together to celebrate Harmony Day ─ a day of inclusiveness, respect and belonging ─ with Joseph Samarani and Saba El-Chiekh. Joseph and Saba are masters of the Lebanese hand drum ─ the table ─ and will show off their percussive talents, along with dance workshops in belly dance, hip-hop, Afrofusion and breakdance. A free, family-friendly afternoon of fun on Saturday March 21 at 2pm, Woodend Children's Park. Bookings are required on 1300 888 802 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm).


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Bendigo Bank grants open Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank invites community groups to apply for local project funding during March. The staff and volunteer directors of Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch are proud to provide an independent revenue stream for community development in the Gisborne, Macedon and Riddells Creek area and are always interested in new ways community banking can benefit the area. If you have a great project idea but lack funds to make it happen, download a community investment application from the Gisborne Bendigo Bank website and submit it by March 31. Drop into the branch at 11 Nexus Way or email with any questions or to discuss your project.

Volunteer bank director Graham Stewart (left) with Scout leaders George Devenish and Steve Murphy. 1st Gisborne Scout Group received funding for a defibrillator for the Scout Hall in the bank’s last funding round.

This beautiful quilt being raffled brightens up the GREAT centre.

Secondary College Chaplaincy raffle The Mt Macedon Quilting Group has made an amazing quilt for us to raffle as our first fundraiser for the year. Tickets are available from the GREAT office, Hamilton Street, or Gisborne Market on March 1 and April 5 and will be on sale until our AGM in May. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. We thank all the ladies for their most generous contribution to the quilt. It looks fabulous. Bronwyn Tacey Secretary, GSC Chaplaincy Committee

Artists: Come along to the Digital Communities workshop This free half-day facilitated workshop is specifically designed for professional visual artists who want to expand market reach. Explore how connecting yourself effectively through digital links to the world may provide new opportunities, furthering links between your artwork and potential customers and strengthening community connections as a whole. Thursday March 19, 9.30am to 1.30pm at Kyneton Town Hall, Richardson Room. Facilitated by Dr Karen Le Rossingol, Deakin University, and Karen Corr from Arts ACTION Central Victoria.

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We meet on Monday mornings at 10.30am at the Senior Citizens’ Hall in Gisborne THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE and follow the school term timetable. This group is open to all who would like fellowship and learning. The idea of a “university” has nothing to do with qualifications, hard work or past employment. It simply means that all matters of interest are open to learning and to sharing, thus the “university” means that there are no limits to subjects raised. Our membership welcomes the enthusiasm of its members who wish to share their experiences and insights. There are no expectations that all members must speak ─ we welcome listeners as much as we welcome presenters. There is a full program prepared for the year with diverse speakers and with group discussions. It will cover science, music, classics, travel and many other topics. While we meet weekly, members can come to those meetings that interest them ─ there is no expectation that members should attend every week. You are welcome to bring your lunch and stay for an informal gathering in the afternoon, or to leave after the morning session. We welcome all comers and ideas. You can contact Keith on 5428 3898.

Help a neighbour in need One of the positive stories out of the recent bushfires has been the number of countries both near and far that have offered Macedon Ranges Friends of East Timor assistance in our time of need. These acts of generosity and kindness have been gratefully received. It is in this same spirit of friendship that the Macedon Ranges Friends of East Timor (MRFoET) was formed, to provide ongoing help and friendship to the people of Turiscai, Timor-Leste (formerly known as East Timor). Australia and Timor-Leste are close neighbours, with a shared history and strong people-to-people links. Australia has been at the forefront of international support for Timor-Leste since its independence in 2002, and remains Timor-Leste’s largest partner in development and security. With two-thirds of its 1.17 million population living on less than US$2 a day, Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in the region. If you think that you might like to lend a hand to our nearest neighbour, then you would be warmly welcomed to join us at our monthly meeting in Woodend. For further details we can be contacted at Warwick Potter

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There wouldn’t be a week when I don’t get a phone call or an email about our roads. And, as someone who spends a lot of time driving around our region, I know how important our roads are, which is why I thought this was the perfect time to update you all. Station Road-Saunders Road intersection, New Gisborne: the relocation of services such as electricity and telecommunications is to get under way soon. Construction of the traffic signals is expected to begin in the middle of this year and will be staged to avoid poor weather. The traffic lights will improve traffic flow in the area and make the road safer for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists.There’s an artist’s impression of what the upgrade will look like on the Regional Roads Victoria website ( You’ll also find the community consultation report for the proposed Melbourne Road-Kilmore Road intersection upgrade there too. Both of these intersections can be dangerous for all road users, especially during the peak-hour period. In more exciting news, school dental vans are coming to public schools across the Macedon Ranges Shire from Term 3 this year. The dental vans provide free examinations and treatments at our local primary and secondary schools. Individual schools need to sign up to the program, so chat to your school and make sure they sign on, or give my office a call on 5428 2138.

It’s been a great start to our children’s sessions for the year. It’s so good to meet so many new families and of course, to see all the familiar ones as well. We’ve had great turnouts to all of our sessions! Book reviews ─ Staff picks Each month our staff are going review a book they’ve loved and highly recommend; we hope you can find something to love like we did. To start off, I recently listened to and loved the audio book version of The Wife and the Widow by Christian White. Georgina has read it and loved it too. It’s an easy read with a great twist. It’s available on RB digital as an audio book, read as an e-book on Borrowbox or reserve your physical copy at the library. The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. Autumn Book Binge ─ Did you know reading for pleasure plays a significant role in a person’s happiness

and success, and is good for your health? Join the statewide Autumn Book Binge for a fun way to read more and read more widely. There are nine possible challenges with linked reading lists and book vouchers to be won. Collect your book challenge brochure from the library and get reading! Autumn Book Binge is a joint initiative of State Library Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria. Movie Book Club is back and our first film, on Wednesday March 11 at 11am, will be A Dog’s Purpose. The film focuses on a golden retriever puppy who is adopted by a young boy. For bookings head to the library's website or call us on 5428 3962. School holiday activities ─ can you believe school holidays are coming up already?! In partnership with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, we’re holding a backyard bug catcher workshop on Tuesday March 31, 2 to 4pm. There will be live insect demonstrations at the library followed by a survey for bugs along Jackson Creek and participants will also make their own bug brooches. Book through or call 5421 9660. For other holiday activities keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and in the library for what’s happening. Sara Bryant

Strong start to Probus year The Gisborne Probus club had a great start to the year with 85 members attending the first meeting. The guest speakers, Margot and Gary Sanders, spoke about their experiences as volunteer support teachers on seven outback stations ranging from 100km west of Broken Hill to 70km south of Charters Towers to a remote island off the coast of the Northern Territory. Their experiences highlighted some of the challenges of living in remote areas, the varied aspects of supporting students, learning via School of the Air and the enormous variation in farming in Australia. This interesting and informative talk was

thoroughly enjoyed by all. The theatre program for the year started in February with 50 members attending Chicago. Everyone appreciated the fantastic performances from the all-star cast and the door-to-door service provided by bus travel, which made for a stress-free outing. The AGM will be held on March 5, followed by a luncheon get-together at the Masonic Hall. Special thanks must go to the retiring committee of 2019. Their tireless efforts resulted in another very successful and enjoyable year. If you would like to find out more about the club, call the president, George Peart, on 5428 2450.

Council’s 2020 community funding program opens for not-for-profit groups Clubs and organisations are invited to apply for financial assistance through Council’s Community Funding Scheme which opens on March 2. The scheme is for all not-for-profit organisations. There are five main funding streams, and groups can apply for up to $12,000 depending on the stream: Community

and cultural development projects (up to $10,000); Enhancing effectiveness of community groups (up to $6,000); Supporting local environmental priorities (up to $10,000); Enhancing com-

munity places and infrastructure (up to $12,000); Commonwealth Home Support Program (Up to $10,000). Your project or idea should aim to achieve one (or more) of the following: Meet local needs; strengthen community relationships; align with the scheme's priorities (accessibility, diversity and fairness, economic benefit to

town, environmental sustainability and conservation, health and wellbeing); complement Council directions. Applications must relate to projects/ activities starting from July 1, 2020, and ending by June 30, 2021. For more information, visit mrsc.vic. or call 5422 0206.

Mini Maestros Celebrating 10 Years of Music Making in the Macedon Ranges Help us celebrate turning 10 by attending our Community Music Classes in Term 2. We are offering a weekly music session on Wednesday mornings at our Gisborne studio. A gold coin entry will support Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten. Please phone Jo Irwin on 0417 703 690 or email for further details. 10 Gisborne Gazette March 2020

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I hope everyone’s 2020 is off to a good start, and that those who may be struggling are getting the support they need. Well, it’s budget time again. Each year we’ve seen an increase in the level of community engagement in this important annual process that will allocate nearly $100 million to a large range of capital projects and operational initiatives. There are two formal opportunities for the community to participate in the formulation of the budget: first by making submissions prior to the development of a draft budget; and second by making submissions on the draft budget before Council decides what the final budget should contain. There’s no question the community gets a better outcome when residents, businesses and community groups participate in the budget-setting process, so I’d encourage you all to observe and have input where you have a contribution to make – no matter how large or small. The current Council will enter “caretaker mode” on September 23 in advance of the election in October. This gives the Council a bit over six months to complete a number of important processes, and ensure we leave things in the best possible shape for the next group of councillors. If you (or someone you know) is interested in running for Council, now is a good time to start doing some research into what’s involved. Being a local Councillor is incredibly rewarding, and I’d be very happy to speak to anyone who may be tossing up whether or not to put their hand up at the next election. In addition, the Victorian Local Governance Association is running candidate information sessions on March 19 that you may find useful.


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Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting candidate information sessions ahead of the next Council elections in October. Elections are held every four years and nine councillors are elected in Macedon Ranges Shire across three wards. If you would like information on becoming a candidate, register for a Victorian Local Governance Association candidate training session. Topics to be covered include the councillor's role, how local government works, how to develop an election platform, and campaigning. Two information sessions will be held at the Woodend Community Centre on Thursday March 19, from 10am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Registration is not compulsory. For more information on the candidate sessions, visit

New portal gives water customers more control Western Water customers can access their account information, update their details and see their water-use data online with a newly launched portal. The MyWesternWater portal is a self-service platform designed to give customers more control over their account management. Western Water’s Acting Chief Operating Officer, Paul Clark, said the portal offered many functions which previously were only available through visiting the offices in person or phoning the organisation. A new SMS service is also available which allows customers to text with their enquiry. Western Water customers who sign up to the online portal in the next four months have the chance to get $500 off their water bill.

Audrey, Ella and Eliza at their school fundraiser for injured wildlife.

Students sizzle for wildlife Audrey, Ella and Eliza from Mount Macedon Primary School recently decided to raise money for the Healesville Zoo to support the rehabilitation of animals injured in the recent bushfires. The girls organised a sausage sizzle and a freedress day at school on February 20. Budding artist Ella also made and sold some paintings for the cause. The students raised an impressive $550.

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GISBORNE REGION EVENTS ACTIVITIES  & TOURISM VIEW FROM THE STALLS Angie and Maria Pappas from Bacchus Marsh, have been coming to the Gisborne Olde Time Market for four years, after being on the waiting list for two years before that. They grow all their own produce and attend other farmers' markets in the area. You can see Maria (pictured) and Angie at stalls 35-36 at the western end of the war memorial pathway. Every market day they are among the earliest to set up.

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Fundraising crafts at GREAT Centre Ninety-three-year-old Joan Beever, Elms resident, never stops. If she is not creating on her sewing machine it’s because her knitting needles are clicking as she makes beanies, aprons, bags and babies’ layettes “with all the beautiful materials and wool that generous people give me”. Joan is displaying her work at the GREAT Centre in March. All of it will be for sale at very modest prices so be sure to come along to see it and get yourself a bargain. As always, Joan will be donating her takings to a good cause and this time it will be to the Gisborne CFA.

Maria has been selling her vegetables at the market for four years.

Justices of the Peace available If you need the services of a JP, one will be available each Thursday between 1pm and 3pm at the GREAT Centre in Hamilton Street.

Joan is busy with her sewing machine.

Canadian visitors at GREAT Centre Mark and Deb Oram, cattle farmers from Saskatchewan, Canada, dropped into the GREAT Centre on February 4 looking for directions to find a koala. Here they are pictured with Gazette distribution manager Maxine who sent them in the right direction.

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Bruce Ellis is one of the friendly local JPs who attend at the GREAT Centre.

Is your club or organisation in need of funds? The GREAT association is happy to accept applications from your group until March 30. Our funds are limited and we do have certain requirements regarding our funding. Please send your applications with all details to PO Box 9 Gisborne, 3437.

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Notice to artists and craftspeople Exhibitors wanted The GREAT Centre offers display space free of charge for a month for those who wish to exhibit and sell their work. Please call at the Centre to enquire or call 0401 810 581.


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 Mount Players President David Runnalls, Life member recipients Margaret Muehlheim and Alison Dudon, and Vice-President Karen Hunt.   A tense moment in Switzerland. Pictured are Edward Ridgeway played by Samuel Barson and Patricia Highsmith played by Stephanie King.

Wildlife fundraiser at Mountview The Mount Players are donating all proceeds from the March 5 performance of Switzerland to Wildlife Victoria. Our state has been ravaged by devasting fires this summer and our precious wildlife has been decimated. The Players would love to see a packed house on March 5 to enable a large donation to be sent to help care for and rehabilitate surviving animals. Switzerland by Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray-Smith is a superb two-hander thriller and runs from February 28 to March 15. If you can’t make the fundraising performance, make sure you book a ticket to another. There will an opportunity to donate to Wildlife Victoria at every performance. To book tickets go to or call 5426 1892 for enquiries. In other theatre news, Life Membership was awarded to two valued members of The Mount Players in February. In her 28 years with The Mount Players, Margaret Muehlheim has been engaged in more than 30 productions in set building and design and

is also approaching 20 productions in which she has appeared on stage. Margaret is renowned for her weird and wonderful set specialty props, busts, models (Marg just loves papier mache!), painting massive flies and generally trying to make big flat surfaces look three-dimensional. She is currently replicating two 19th-century paintings for Switzerland which you can view by buying a ticket to the show! Over 28 years, Alison Dudon has worked on at least one production set per year for The Mount Players. She also painted a number of the theatre’s advertising boards before they were produced digitally. Alison modestly still considers herself to be learning but admits that she has developed her own style. Her biggest thrill was to win last year’s Victorian Drama League Award for Best Set Design for Twelve Angry Men. These two ladies’ involvement includes front of house duties and attending working bees with enthusiasm and vigour – they are a wonderful example of what being a member is all about! Congratulations Margaret & Alison! By Karen Hunt

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"Us Two" is a joint exhibition of paintings by Marian Alexopoulos and ceramics by Pam Jackson. It will be on display at The Gallery Mount Macedon from March 2 to April 6. Marian says they have a mutual eye for colour and texture but with different interpretations. With her recent paintings Marian has taken a leap into a brushfree zone, applying and manipulating oil paint and wax with a range of alternative tools. She finds it a liberating way of achieving interesting abstracts. It is basically a process of applying, removing and reapplying, creating a history of layers. In her ceramics, Pam has sought to achieve forms that radiate a sense of serenity and purity. She has been experimenting lately with ways of introducing elements of colour upon a base of Southern Ice porcelain. These new works, while retaining typical delicacy and translucence, show an emergent infusion of colour, which she says is informed by Marian’s paintings. You can meet the artists on Saturday March 7 from 2pm. The Gallery opens from Friday to Tuesday, 10am to 4pm.

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Phoenix art and craft exhibition and sale Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art and Craft Group's exhibition and sale is on at the old Courthouse, Hamilton Street, Gisborne, on Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1, from 9am to 4pm. On display are the works of 16 members including painting, glass art, china painting, ceramics, jewellery, papercraft, basketry, woodwork, textile art and knitted crafts. All items are handcrafted and made locally by our artists. On Saturday at 2pm we are holding a “Meet and greet our artists”, in conjunction with the announcement of the winner of our Marion Gebbie Award for Creativity. Our artists will be happy to talk about their works. Carmel Buchanan,

The massed Carnegie Hall performance on January 20 which included 11 members of the Gisborne Singers.

Gisborne Singers perform in New York Colours of Autumn showcased in the exhibition and sale at Patch 'n Quilt in Gisborne last year.

In a spin! Macedon Ranges Spinners and Fibre Group look forward to another interesting and productive year after a busy and successful 2019. Activities will include our exhibition and sale at Patch 'n Quilt on the first weekend of May, our annual Biggest Afternoon Tea raising money for the Cancer Council in May, and in August, the Affiliated Conference at Myrniong. This is a great opportunity to showcase the Macedon Ranges to craft people from all areas of the state. Our membership has continued to grow, and we welcome new members when we meet on Wednesday afternoons at the Bullengarook Recreation Reserve Hall. For information contact Heather Parry on 0400 805 921 or Anne O’Brien on 0438 980 128.

Eleven Gisborne Singers travelled to New York to be part of a performance at Carnegie Hall on January 20. They were involved in Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), an organisation that provides opportunities for singers and musicians to perform at prestigious concert halls this time under the guidance of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan Griffith. The Gisborne Singers were previously invited to Gisborne Singers with Sir Karl Jenkins. New York in 2017 after passing the audition with their contemporary choral work around the world. Its at Holy recording of The ArmedRehearsals Man – a Mass for Cross Peace,School performed in the Macedon Hamilton RangesRoad, in 2015. The New Gisborne powerful pacifist message creates an impact and work performed in 2017 was Cantata Memoria by members all felt so very privileged to be a part of this on Sir Karl Jenkins. This time in New York, about 200 remarkable experience. TUESDAYS AT 7.30 PM The Gisborne Singers practise at 7.20pm every choristers from around the world joined together to Contact President Grainne Black 0423 769 643 at Holy Cross Primary School, New Tuesday perform The Armed Man. The work is a wonderfulor D’arcy contemporary piece Wood 5428 3040 Gisborne. For information please go to our website, www. and the occasion marked the 20th anniversary of its premiere. It continues to be the most performed Alison Kinghorn



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Kyneton Town Hall Shows Bookings for all shows on 1300 888 802 ANH DO A first-hand account of what it is to be displaced from your homeland, a new migrant in a foreign land, and what is to be human and laugh in the face of these things. An amazing story told with humour and charm. Thursday March 19 at 8pm. Allocated raked seating. Bar will open for preevent drinks from 7pm. TONI CHILDS Relive your best musical memories with Toni Childs live. Childs is a celebrated singer-songwriter with a powerful voice. Remember Many Rivers to Cross? Tuesday March 31 at 7.30pm. Allocated raked seating. Bar will open for preevent drinks from 6.30pm.

Vince Jones to perform in Woodend The Macedon Ranges will be graced with one of Australia’s jazz greats, Vince Jones and his band the Heavy Hitters. This cabaret style event will be set within the charming backdrop of the 91-year-old St Ambrose Hall at Woodend on Saturday March 28. Doors open at 7pm, and showtime is 8pm. All tickets include a reserved seat/table. Drinks and food are BYO. Tickets available at Enquiries: Phone Ben on 0412 092 189 or email

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Adam Cook at the Church of the Resurrection.


A 'Twilight Delight' delivers its promise The Church of the Resurrection was delighted to welcome local pianist Adam Cook as he performed a concert of early 20th century piano compositions on January 31. Adam’s program, which was based on his recent successful award examination for the Licentiate of Music from the Australian Music Examination Board, was enthusiastically received by the audience. It was an inspirational concert that showcased Adam’s mastery of the piano. The program included works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Albeniz and Ravel, with an interlude of a ragtime by Scott Joplin. Adam presented the concert by means of an introduction to the area which he and his partner Amy are now calling home. One of the highlights of the concert was the technically demanding Prelude and Fugue in G minor. The dexterity as well as the rhythmic complexity was well executed. A much-appreciated encore followed the main concert. The concert was held in slightly trying conditions as the outdoor temperature had risen into the low forties. Adam certainly delivered what was advertised as a “Twilight Delight” and on the basis of this introduction, there is much more for the region to enjoy from this Dennis Webster outstanding young musician.

Two local artists will be celebrated in March in the Macedon Ranges. The immensely gifted soprano Rosemary Cocklin and the dramatic and passionate violinist, busker and composer Melvyn Cann will form a vital part of a forthcoming hymn festival. This celebration of hymns and sacred music will take place at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fisher Street on Sunday March 29 at 3pm. If attending, please be seated at 2.45pm. Originally from Gisborne, Rosie holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She has received multiple accolades including being a finalist in the National Liederfest, where she received the Merlyn Quaife award. Rosemary’s notable roles Rosemary Cocklin include Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera and Audrey in The Little Shop of Horrors. Besides community singing at the hymn festival, Rosemary will perform A H Malotte’s setting of The Lord’s Prayer and Bless this House. Melvyn Cann’s career in music spans decades. He studied violin, composition and philosophy at the University of Adelaide, and furthered his philosophy studies at Oxford. He was concertmaster for the Victorian State Opera in the 1970s. In 2019 with the Maruki Community Orchestra in Canberra, Melvyn conducted his own concerto for viola, ‘Hunter Home from the Hill’. Melvyn's concerto is dedicated to his friend of 60 years, John Gould, who performed on the viola. These days Melvyn often busks. For Melvyn, busking is the art of championing classical music by improvising in public spaces. He graces the streets of Melbourne nightly and Gisborne’s monthly market. Melvyn Cann’s own setting of The Lord’s Prayer is to be premiered at the hymn festival. The Gisborne Singers are very generously bringing this, and other, sacred items to the occasion. Even if you know no hymns come along, as you’ll soon learn some on the day. For more details on the hymn festival, see page 37

First term courses being offered at Woodend Art Group are Printmaking with Marysia, Painting with Daniel and our Folio Club with Robyn. On Tuesday mornings we offer ‘Social Tuesday’ where members get together to paint and share ideas. Non-members can feel free to drop in to the studios and see how we operate and they can discuss classes with members. Details online. Over summer a wonderful choice of courses was offered and many participants took up spaces in these workshops. Carolyn Carter offered life drawing; Richard Chamerski covered oil painting, and this workshop was so popular that we have a waiting list for next time; Margaret Morgan took watercolour painting which was followed by acrylic pouring on the same day; and Maria Dee taught pastel painting. It was a very busy time, but we love sharing our knowledge with interested participants. Gisborne Gazette March 2020 15



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Film Society’s 2020 vision The society has secured a brilliant and diverse selection of films for the 2020 season, offering a film every month to November plus the return of the hugely popular Short Film Festival on Saturday October 24.

Lineup for this year March 11: Gran Torino – US 2008 April 8: Woman at War – Iceland/France/ Ukraine 2018 May 13: The World’s Fastest Indian – US 2005 June 10: The Kid with a Bike – France/ Belgium 2011 July 8: Loving Vincent – Poland/UK/US 2017 August 12: See You Up There – France/ Canada 2017 September 9: Members’ Choice – Favourite Aussie Film October 14: Eye in the Sky – UK/Canada 2015 October 24: Short Film Festival Nov11: Love Serenade – Australia 1996 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@gmail. com or call Lorraine on 5427 0921 or Christine on 5429 5452.

Rural Australians for Refugees to meet in Gisborne The Macedon Ranges branch of Rural Australians for Refugees will hold their next meeting on Thursday March 19 in Gisborne at the Uniting Church, 23 Brantome Street, at 5pm. All interested persons are welcome. Further information can be obtained via or contact Ruth on 0439 700 328 or Lorraine on 0419 327 836.


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With Betty Doolan Time is certainly moving on – it is already March and no surprise to see hot cross buns and Easter eggs in shops since Christmas. I liked the good old days in North Melbourne. There was a beautiful bakery called Rafts and on Good Friday Mr Raft would open up at the back of the shop and sell hot cross buns straight out of the oven. As children my brother and I would join the long queue, adults would push in front of us and we would end up at the back again. Mr Raft saw what was happening and called the children up front. We were all served our dozen hot cross buns then were given an extra bun to eat on the way home. After all these years, I can still see Mr Raft and his kindness to the children. One of our new groups at The Oaks is Mums and Bubs and it is one of the best groups the Life Enhancement Program has started. It was lovely to see the young mums sitting on the floor playing with their babies. A big thanks to all those mums for coming. Other groups that have started include shopping trips, walking groups and short bus trips. A lovely day trip was to Skydancers Garden in Harcourt. There were butterflies in a walk-through enclosure, a very good plant nursery and plenty of merchandise for sale. The meals were good and to my surprise not too expensive. I have left the best till last, namely Valentine’s Day. The Oaks had a special guest Elvis Presley. After taking photos with residents, Elvis had residents jumping to the music. Everyone loved him and I heard one resident say that someone had told her Elvis Presley was dead. Elvis Presley has left the building. Stay safe, Betty

Update on old Gisborne Hospital building We recently said farewell and good luck to Saint Mary Medical Centre who have moved to their beautiful new premises in Brantome Street. Macedon Ranges Health took the opportunity of using this space to accommodate some services. The Youth Clinic was running from the “other half” of the hospital ─ it has now moved into the space occupied by the former medical clinic. The Lifestyle Enhancement Team for The Oaks are running their inhouse program from this site with

their own meeting space. Last (but not least) one of our exercise classes has also begun in this space. All services are accessed via the front door on Hamilton Street. For enquiries on these services please contact the MRH Centre on 5428 0300. There is no enquiry counter at the hospital. Ultimately the hospital will be demolished to make way for an aged care building.

The old Gisborne hospital has been home to medical clinics since it closed in 1998.

New funding secures future of PS My Family Matters Local charity PS My Family Matters has received funding which secures the future of the charity for the next three years. “Over the last three months we’ve received funding from both the National Disability Insurance Agency and from the State Government,” said president Tamara Wilson. “This ensures that we can continue to support local carers of loved ones with a mental illness. However, with the recent growth in the demand for our services, we now need to expand our committee to guide and manage the charity over the next period of our growth.” The committee of PS My Family Matters is

responsible for the oversight of the charity’s operations. Committee meetings are bi-monthly, and members take a hands-on role in assisting the development of the charity. “At this stage we are looking for people who have experience in a number of areas,” said Tamara. For further information please call 0475 269 965. We will also be running our regular Coffee for Carers get-together at the Kozy Café, Neal Street, Gisborne, at 10am on March 16. All are welcome. If you need immediate support or assistance contact Lifeline on 131 411. Submitted by Mike Hamer, 0411 549 432

Would you benefit from extra support to live independently? If you or someone you care for experiences disability, chronic illness, injury or another short term health need, you could be eligible for subsidised support. The Victorian Government’s ‘Home and Community Care Program for Younger People’ offers funding for health and support services for people under 65. It aims to help you live as independently as possible.

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Men’s health lecture series

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A lecture series on all domains of men’s health will start this month at Ranges Medical in New Gisborne. The inaugural talk will be at 7:30pm on March 26 in the Community Room at Ranges Medical and focus on the new Heart Health Check. Every day 51 people in Australia die from heart disease; it’s a confronting figure. The introduction of Heart Dr Arul Health Checks and better treatments for people at risk of heart disease could prevent 76,500 heart attacks and 9,100 stroke deaths over the next five years. But how do you know if you need one? The series will be presented by Dr Ashley Ashvin Arul. Dr Arul has a special interest in men’s health and is keen to increase awareness of and champion the need for men to be more proactive in their health and wellbeing.

A Men’s Shed is never big enough. But aside from that real or imaginary problem, the only real design problem we’ve had since we moved into supported by benetas this Shed in 2015 has been the half dozen steps between the meeting room and the workshop. But as Shedman Bill shows in the picture, thanks to our landlord Benetas, the steps are no longer an issue. It’s now a safe and easy glide between a cuppa and the workbench (and back again for another cuppa). Remember our “World’s Greatest Shave” event at the Shed on Friday March 13 from 10am. Please come along and join in the fun, buy a raffle ticket and a barbecued sausage. All proceeds from the day will go to the Leukaemia Foundation to help fund their research. You could also drop in to 10 Lyell Street any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9am to 12 midday to arrange your sponsorship or donate to us online by locating Gisborne Men’s Shed on the World’s Greatest Shave website.

It’s always okay to ask for help I do some volunteer work with the Gisborne Foodbank and last month something fantastic happened. A couple of our customers came in to thank us for our help in getting them through a rough patch and to let us know that they were now back on their feet and wouldn’t need to visit the Foodbank anymore. It’s always great to hear good news like that! This got me thinking about asking for help and why many of us just can’t or won’t do it. I have such admiration for those who are willing to admit ‘I’m not coping’, or ‘I could really use some help’, as to do this can be quite difficult. But why don’t we ask for help when we need it: surely this is a no-brainer? Sometimes we just expect that people will know to offer help, and if they don’t, we feel that they don’t care. However, it’s not always obvious to others that we may need help, whether it be mentally, physically or financially. Lifeline identifies a number of reasons that people don’t ask for help, such as being embarrassed or afraid

to ask, fear of judgement, feelings of failure because they think they should be able to cope without help, the idea that no one wants to help, or understands. And let’s face it, we may all have avoided seeking help in the past for many of these reasons. The benefits of asking for By Julie help far outweigh the barriers stopping us seeking help: relief at sharing our Ireland thoughts/feelings, feeling less stressed, preventing the problem from getting bigger, finding some strategies on how to cope, not feeling that we are alone and the biggest benefit is that getting help for ourselves can motivate us to help others. We all face challenging times throughout our lives and not all problems are easily solved on our own. So instead of thinking of ourselves as weak for asking for help, we need to realise that it’s actually the courageous thing to do! Take care of yourselves everyone. Julie

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A back to school asthma checklist Stress, a change of environment or allergens, and lessstrict asthma management over the holidays can trigger asthma symptoms. New classmates can also bring a new batch of colds and flu, which is a risk factor for asthma flare-ups. What can you do? Update with your doctor your child’s asthma action plan; get your child back into their asthma routine before school starts; ensure your child is using their puffer properly; ensure puffers are not empty or out of date and a spare puffer is in sports bags, and make sure your child feels comfortable asking for help if they are getting asthma symptoms. Give the school and/or their childcare facility a copy of your child’s asthma action plan and advise if assistance for your child is required. You could also talk to the school about asthma triggers and find out if staff have training on how to recognise and respond to asthma symptoms. Source:

Gisborne Ramblers for March Friday 6: Trentham - Domino Rail Trail Friday 13: Mt Macedon - Bawden Road loop Friday 20: Sunbury - The Nook Friday 27: South Gisborne - Burns Lane All walks are provisional and changeable dependent on prevailing weather conditions – no walks on declared fire-ban days. We 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. For information contact Charles on 5428 3021 or email

Bushwalkers are back in action In early February, the Gisborne Bushwalkers enjoyed a city walk, taking in different areas around Melbourne, to kick off our 2020 program. The tour started at the Greek precinct for an invigorating real Greek coffee and continued by train to Hughsdale for a walk beneath the new raised railway to Caulfield. Another leg of train travel took the walkers to South Yarra, for a pleasant stroll back to the city in time for a concert at “Music in the Bowl”. A few days later 16 enthusiastic walkers took to

the hills to enjoy one of the prettiest trails on Mount Macedon. A shady walk was planned in case of hot weather, from the car park at the top end of Mt Macedon to Camel’s Hump and return, including a few loops to bring the total distance to 11km. If you are looking for some great guided walks and congenial company...why not join in? Call Pierre on 0417 515 468, Janeen on 0416 052 366, Nigel on 0437 715 972 or Ashley on 0490 133 656. Or check out our website: www.gisbornebwc. Margaret Muehlheim

Woodend Lifestyle Carers Group news After a two months’ break over the summer holidays, members of Woodend Lifestyle Carers Group are looking forward to their ninth year of supporting each other in their caring roles, starting 2020 with a great social get-together on February 13. During the break some members continued to meet regularly for Wednesday coffee at The Chamber in Woodend (pictured). Social contact is a vital part of enabling families living with dementia to cope with the often stressful situations that become a regular part of their lives. Frequently there is a feeling of isolation from a world that is still endeavouring to understand what it means to live with dementia. With the increasing number of dementia diagnoses, sharing even a few hours a month with people who can empathise with the daily challenges faced can be of immense help. For more information on the twice-monthly meetings please contact the Secretary (Cherry) on 5420 7132. We look forward to another successful year of making new friends, social events and the chance to find out more about how to live with this insidious disease.

The Bushwalkers enjoy getting out on the trails again after the holiday break.

Parkinson’s Support Group The Lancefield & District Parkinson's Support Group is to have a guest speaker from Parkinson’s Victoria at the March 11 gathering at the Lancefield Bowling Club rooms in Chauncey Road. The topic is "Tips & tricks – managing Parkinson’s beyond medication". This presentation explores how you can become an expert in managing Parkinson’s. It will help identify ways you can take control of your Parkinson’s disease and make informed treatment choices. Anyone interested is most welcome. The speaker will begin between 1.30 and 1.45pm. Tea, coffee and afternoon tea will be available. The cost is a gold coin donation for refreshments. Contact Group Leader Kate McCormick on 0448 445 694 or at

TOWN Club is moving on This unfortunately will be the last article for the Gisborne TOWN Club (Take Off Weight Naturally) as we are moving on, and so after 20 years in Gisborne we had our last meeting on February 24. We wish to thank the Gisborne and wider Macedon Ranges community for their support over the years. This has been especially since the Gisborne Gazette has published our articles thus giving us the opprtunity to put forward the supportive weight loss program which is what the TOWN clubs are all about. There are TOWN clubs close by. Sunbury has two: Jacksons Creek TOWN Club meets on Thursday from 9.15 to 10.30am at Sunbury Neighbourhood


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house and Sunbury TOWN Club meets Thursday evenings, 6.30 to 7.30pm at Sunbury Neighbourhood House (cnr Elizabeth Drive and Gap Road.) Melton Club meets Tuesdays from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the Darlingsford Barn, Darlingsford Boulevard, Melton. If you want further details about other clubs you can visit the TOWN website at Thank you again for your support, and farewell. Dianne Egan

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Genealogy Group notes Our next meeting will be our AGM on Thursday March 26 at 7.30pm in the Family History Room adjoining the Gisborne Library. At this meeting we will conduct the election of office bearers and committee for the coming year and also announce the Member of the Year for 2020. Many members help in many different ways during the year with the running of our voluntary organisation. Who will take out the award this year? Following the AGM we will show a podcast entitled "Not just a housewife" … sounds intriguing! Supper and time to chat will follow. On Saturday April 4 we are travelling to Geelong to do some family history research in the morning followed by a performance at the Eastern Geelong Cemetery at 1pm. Many dignitaries are buried in Geelong, so the Trust puts on a perLyn Hall formance about them twice a year. Book-

Mitch Hannan, Year 12 students and staff at Sacred Heart during the visit.

AFL's Mitch Hannan returns with a message Sacred Heart College was privileged to have former student Mitch Hannan come back to the school on February 20 to address the Year 12s. He shared some happy memories of his time there as a student and talked about his career journey so far, which began playing in the juniors for Gisborne Rookies. While he is an accomplished footballer, currently playing AFL for Melbourne, he is very proud of the clothing line that he has recently co-founded, Mendl, which is aimed at supporting men’s mental health.

ings for our group are limited at the cemetery as there will be other people attending as well, so you need to phone Mary on 5428 3887 for details and book by Friday March 20. We will be travelling to Geelong together by car. It should be a good day ─ our outings always are! Lyn Hall

As outlined on their website, Mendl was created because of a belief that there is a growing need for freedom around speaking up about one’s mental struggle. The products are designed with a purpose and holstered with a message, that everyone deserves mental health support. To support this worthy cause or to find out more, visit It is wonderful to see a young man from our local community making such a difference in the world and giving up his time to inspire others to give back.

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Rotary student exchange applications open

Hamish Nicoll holds the French flag, the Tricolour.

Gisborne Secondary College student Hamish Nicoll has just returned home from a year-long adventure as a Rotary exchange student in France. Hamish, 17, spent last year near Lille, in northern France, attending school and living with four different families, learning the language and culture. Hamish was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gisborne and spoke virtually no French when he left, but has returned home a fluent speaker. It took Hamish some adjusting to the

longer school days in France (7.50am to 5pm) and a very different model of teaching – no electronic whiteboards or laptops, just good old pen, paper and chalk boards! Hamish has made international friends as a result of the exchange. Rotary Youth Exchange, either sending or hosting a student, is open to any individual or family. For more information visit rotaryyouthexchangedistrict Applications for 2021 exchanges close on April 8.

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1. How many Summer Olympic Games have been held in the southern hemisphere?

Fresh air, fun destinations This month I would like to share five great walks to check out. In the Macedon Ranges we are blessed with the most beautiful natural landscape. Here are Kat Buttigieg five fresh air, fun destinations to try: ☻Conglomerate Gully Walking Track, Riddells Creek: This three-kilometre circuit track through the bush is perfect for adventuring. There is a Halfway Hut, stunning conglomerate rock formations and you might see some local fauna if you are quiet! ☻Turpin Falls, Langley: These falls are tucked away below the road level in a natural wonderland. It is a steep track down so take care but it is well worth the trouble. ☻Black Hill Reserve Circuit Track, Kyneton: Enjoy the Aussie bush at its best on this three-kilometre circuit walk. ☻Stanley Park Waterfall, Mount Macedon: at the base of the mountain and adjacent to the Stanley Park Playground is this easy walk to a small waterfall amongst towering trees. ☻Firth Park, Trentham: Whether you are camping or day tripping, this spot is the perfect place to unwind. Kick the footy, ride the bike trails or try your hand at yabbying. To read about these fresh air fun destinations in full please visit Are you new to the area? I also organise fortnightly catch-ups. These are usually at a playground and are for new and existing locals to meet in a relaxed environment with their kids or furbabies. If you are interested in making new connections and coming along for a chat, please join the Facebook group called Macedon Ranges Mumma Meet Ups. I hope to see you around in our beautiful part of the world.

2. Who in 1911 was the first man to reach the South Pole?

Fishermen try New Zealand In February members ventured to New Zealand to try their skill and luck with the large wild trout there. In Southland, Travis, John, and Dusan were met with nice weather at first then flooding rains, high flows, closed roads, tough fishing conditions, and sometimes attacks by swarms of sand flies. Member Stephen (ex NZ) offered them some guidance, from Australia, on best accessible locations via WhatsApp. Despite the hardships, they managed to land quite a few good fish but missed a lot too. After missing quite a few, Dusan started a big debate online about the utility of using barbless hooks. Nevertheless, the trio did well overall. Dusan revelled in the lack of snakes! Meanwhile, Andrew went to Rotorua to enjoy warm dry weather and the occasional bath in 40 degree


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The Woodend St Ambrose Community Carnival is on Saturday March 14 (10am3pm). The event, which attracts around 2,500 to the town annually, will have a sustainability focus that aims to minimise waste and respect the environment. People are encouraged to bring their drink bottles and refill them at the portable water bubbler. Activities include rides,

3. According to the Bible, of which sea did Moses part the waves?

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The Hamilton Street bridge Hamilton Street bridge over Howey Creek, Gisborne From the archives of the Historical Society


riginally known as the Bush Inn, the township of Gisborne was laid out in 1851 by Government Surveyor Robert Hoddle. It was named Gisborne in honour of Henry Fyshe Gisborne who had established the Border Police in 1840 on land that later became known as ‘Wyabun Park’. The earliest settlers in the Gisborne district chose land near water, but sometimes they found that there was too much water. Jackson Creek normally carried the pretty stream abundant with fish and the occasional flood, from west to east until it discharged through the gorge between Peters Road and McGregor Road east of Gisborne, meeting up with Deep Creek at Keilor to become the Maribyrnong River. Jackson Creek, sometimes known to the west of the Gisborne village as the Saltwater River or Macedon River, was joined near the Courthouse by an arm of Howey Creek from the south, recently renamed Bunjil Creek. Until the early 20th century, a large natural horseshoe bend existed in Jackson Creek to the north of the Gisborne Shire Office, now the library. However, when a channel was cut and the old creek bed filled in, the Island Reserve became the sports oval that today is known as Gardiner Reserve. At the east end of Hamilton Street adjacent to its intersection with Calthorpe Street, the east arm of Howey Creek presented the first obstacle to travellers as they entered Gisborne from Melbourne. At first, large boulders were placed in the creek bed to allow coaches, wagons and foot travellers to safely pass, often seeking refuge at the Bush Inn for a night’s rest, before heading through the Black Forest to seek their fortunes. As the movement of traffic through the town increased, the Gisborne District Road Board and later the Shire of Gisborne found it necessary to construct a narrow timber bridge at this crossing point. The successful tenderer in 1861 was John Collier at a cost of £556 and

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The bluestone foundations under the bridge in Hamilton Street (opposite the old Courthouse). this original bridge over the creek was completed later that year. In 1870, severe flooding caused damage throughout the Gisborne district, with properties near Howey Creek severely affected when debris carried by the floodwaters accumulated beneath the Hamilton Street bridge, causing significant flooding and damage to surrounding areas and to the bridge, requiring repairs and replacement of some of the timber structure. A statewide review of bridge designs followed these widespread floods, promoting the replacement of timber bridges with more durable structures, incorporating a combination of masonry foundations with iron or timber superstructures and decks. In 1872, the Gisborne Shire Council

looked at ways to minimise future flood damage to the township, with the Shire Engineer recommending that the bed of Howey Creek be widened to permit increased flows, that 55 yards of the creek on the upstream side of the bridge be walled on both sides and pitched on the bed and that the Hamilton Street bridge be widened to twice its original width, constructed with bluestone retaining wall abutments, a central pier wall and complete with timber superstructure and decking. In January 1874, a tender of £1068 submitted by Robert Bodkin and Robert Sutherland was accepted and the construction works were completed by September of that year. Early in 1918, partial reconstruction works were also carried out, involving re-

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n 2019, Regional Roads Victoria prepared a proposal to create a roundabout at the intersection of Melbourne and Kilmore Roads together with major upgrading of the Hamilton Street bridge to allow for an increased number of traffic lanes, cycle and footpaths that would necessitate major alterations to this heritage structure. The Gisborne & Mount Macedon

Districts Historical Society supports the retention of this important surviving feature of Gisborne’s heritage, with its close proximity to numerous heritage trees, the Mount Macedon Hotel (Macedon House) built in 1847, the Gisborne Court House precinct c.1858, the Gisborne Mechanics Institute c.1859 and the series of memorials on the ‘Village Green’.

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Map showing redirection of the creek to prevent flooding of "the Island" sports ground. placement of timber superstructure and decking with a reinforced concrete slab deck, headstock and kerbing. At this time, the bridge deck was slightly raised with the installation of extended precast concrete column sections along the top of the existing masonry abutments and central pier. The Victorian Country Roads Board carried out further works to the bridge in 1938 to support increasing traffic requirements, widening the deck on the downstream side and adding two pedestrian footways. The bridge appears to have remained primarily in this structural form since 1938, other than the addition of several stormwater drain pipes that enter the creek channelling under and around the bridge.

KIDS' CORNER KIDS' pets Special friends Milla Wight with her favourite dog Mousse, a young labradoodle owned by her grandparents Rob and Suzanne Carroll. Milla has just started at New Gisborne Primary and “loves school”. If you would like a photograph of you with your pet to be featured on this page, please email us at

Still some spots in Gisborne kinder The three and four-year-old programs at Swinburne Avenue Children’s Centre has some vacancies. Kindergarten registrations can be made with council’s new online system. Families can visit to complete a registration and upload copies of relevant supporting documents.

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The Eureka Stockade uprising was held in which Victorian city?


Which has the most sides, a pentagon, an octagon

or a hexagon?


Which biblical trio bore gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh?


Ping-pong is another name for which popular game?


What is the third planet from the sun?


How many grams are there in five kilograms?


What part of the body is treated by an optician?


Traditionally, how many lives is a cat said to have?


In the nursery rhyme, who lost her sheep?


Who painted the Mona Lisa?

1. Ballarat 2. Octagon (8 sides) 3. The three wise men 4. Table tennis 5. Earth 6. 5000 7. The eyes 8. Nine 9. Little Bo Peep 10. Leonardo da VInci Answers

jokes & riddles Jokes provided by Bridget and Susan

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me. What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded the dough. Velcro – what a ripoff!

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Cut and paste team The Gazette tradition of doing the initial layout of the paper at a local school was reintroduced this month. Thank you to New Gisborne Primary School Grade 6 teacher Kylie Miller for making this lively group of students available on short notice for a ‘cut and paste’ session on February 14.

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Successful sizzle kicks off year at Holy Cross Our Annual Welcome Barbecue was held in the second week of Term. Once again, it was a lovely evening, with many attending. It is a wonderful opportunity for our current families and staff to welcome new families to Holy Cross. It is also a chance for our new families to meet their child’s buddy and see them in a relaxed, informal setting at their new school. It is something we feel is unique and special to our school and we hope that past families reading this will remember the Welcome Barbecues they attended with fond memories and are pleased that our staff and PFA have continued this beautiful tradition. Many families are still in contact with the families they

Holly Vescovi, Claire Byham, Sam Vickery and Sonny Maxwell, Year 6 Gisborne Primary School Captains for 2020.

Leaders in the making at GPS This year at Gisborne Primary School we have decided to revamp the roles and responsibilities of our student leaders. Not only will we have Year 6 students in leadership roles, there will also be students from all classes and year levels. New leadership positions include Sustainability, Communications, STEM, Health and Library. As part of these new roles we will be leading projects during the year to raise funds, improve our school environment and create exciting new play spaces and art work for the school. Bright New Minds Our Preps have started the new school year with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. They have been getting to know their teachers and fellow friends. The rest of our students have been helping and supporting them to feel settled in what is a great big playground to them. There is lots for them to do at break times including games in the gym, quiet activities in the library and supervised free play in the undercover areas and mud kitchens. We hope our newest GPS members have a great year and we can’t wait to get to know them all. George Bishop and Jackson Cumming

met when their children started Prep and to be able to help families connect is a wonderful bonus of these events. A big thank you to Shane and Bernadette Dixon and the PFA for their organisation and our staff and parents for supporting them. After holidays and the shock of getting back into school routines this was a lovely way to celebrate the start of the school year.

Alexander Ward, Lily McCaskill, Milla Ward, Skye Juric, Sienna Turner and Ava McCaskill enjoy the barbecue.

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School leaders at New Gisborne keen to contribute 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 most looked forward to this year. Katherine: I am excited to be a role model to the younger students and about working with other grades throughout the school. Noah: I am looking forward to representing the school for important days like Anzac Day and laying a wreath to show our respect. Lily: I’m really looking forward to getting to know, and helping and supporting, all the teachers and staff at New Gisborne. Billy: I’m looking forward to leading and

hosting our school assemblies. It will be a very rewarding experience and something we will all work hard to do well at. Cameron: I’m excited that we will be showing people around our great school as part of school tours. Sadie: I can’t wait to attend the leadership conference in Melbourne. Chloe: I’m excited to be taking on extra responsibilities around our fantastic school such as the assemblies, school tours and helping the Foundation students. Caitlin: I’m looking forward to representing the school and working with Mr Kozak and Mr West.

St Brigid’s swimming carnival St Brigid's held the annual swimming carnival on February 7 at the Gisborne Aquatic Centre. We started the day with trials for freestyle, backstroke, breast-stroke and butterfly. Everyone was encouraging and supportive to everyone who did the trials and novelty events. Great sportsmanship was shown by all of the students. It was great to see the preps who were amazing in their first school event showing persistence and courage. We also did a bunch of novelty activities such as noodle races, egg and spoon Dash and Xavier got into the spirit of St Brigid's swimming event cheering on Ambrose house.

border race, volleyball and jump rope splash, which filled the day with fun. Congratulations to our winning house team Brigid, Ambrose in second place, Mackillop in third, and Patrick in fourth. A huge thanks to Mrs Baker, all of the teachers and parent helpers who helped make the day awesome.

Katherine, Noah, Lily, Billy, Cameron, Sadie, Chloe and Caitlin.

Montessori welcomes new principal We welcome our new and old families back to school for 2020 under the leadership of our new principal, Frayal Wahid. Thank you to our families who looked after our school animals, watered the gardens, built new outdoor learning spaces and returned to school with a great community spirit. The Primary School students are thrilled to be back in school and continue to thrive working with their individual learning plans. They enjoy our specialists’ classes of Art, PE, Japanese, Music and the Kitchen Dining Program where the practices of Montessori Grace and Courtesy take place. Children from the Early Learners to 3-6-year-olds are enjoying meet-

ing new friends and working with specially designed Montessori hands-on materials “learning to do things for themselves”. Sustainability is important to us and children are taught to respect and care for our natural environment. The Seed to Table Kitchen Garden Program is a new initiative this year. Children enjoy GISBORNE cooking classes and MONTESSORI SCHOOL will grow vegetables and will make use of the different herbs and edible flowers that we grow including harvesting them to make pot-pourri, lavender soap etc., and use eggs from our free range chickens in their cooking. Lunchtime activities for all our Primary students will include Music and Movement, Choir, Playground Network, Art and Lego Clubs.

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a   n o i t a d Foun e f i l r fo Thousands of students across the state started their school journeys in February. Here are some of the excited Prep/ Foundation students in our area. Prep Ella with Thomas and mum Susan at Gisborne Primary

Prep Austin with sister Molly and mum Debbie Clare at Mt Macedon Primary School.

Prep Eleanour (right) with Year 4 Buddy Addison at Gisborne Primary.

Raphael, Matilda and Jax enjoy some books at Mt Macedon Primary with Principal Trish Hyland.

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Prep Liam Krajewski with Mum Geni at Mt Macedon.

Holy Cross: Skye Juric felt right at home on her first day of Prep!

Emmy Steeper with nan Kim at Gisborne Primary

Olivia Gerade and Sienna Di Pasquale enjoy a cup of tea on their first day of school at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross: Adelaide Henry enjoys meeting her buddy Charlotte Peavey on her first day of school.

A kiss goodbye for Alexis at Gisborne Primary from Daniel and Melanie McCabe.

Beautiful artwork from Hudson Butcher on his first day at Holy Cross.

Michille and Russell with Prep Dallas Kingston at Gisborne Primary.

Billy Hayes (centre) does a great job looking after his Prep buddies Jack Power and Tom Guthridge at Holy Cross.

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FOR THE GREEN THUMBS Gisborne Garden club After a hot and dry start to the year, the Gisborne Garden Club has swung back into action with a first visit to a garden on Melbourne Road, Gisborne, kindly made available by keen gardening friends of the club. More than 40 members attended and we were able to welcome six new members as well as three visitors to this extensive 1.5-acre garden comprising mature trees and border hedges. Though the day had a foggy and humid start, the clouds lifted to present flowering roses and wisteria in glorious colour against the backdrop of lawns newly rejuvenated by the unseasonal and excellent rains we had during previous weeks. Being keen gardeners, there was the obligatory veggie patch and a dry creek bed leading to a fish pond water feature, a credit to the owners. As usual, club members provided cakes and savouries for afternoon tea which was enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere in the garage and surrounding area of the garden. The Gisborne Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month and our next meeting will be via a bus trip to Williamstown. Those members who have paid for the bus trip are reminded that the bus leaves from the Sankey Reserve, Gisborne, at 9am on Wednesday March 11. For more information on the club, ring Bernhard on 0424 038 474. Bernhard Sucher

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Fruit of the rain

After the disastrous bushfires elsewhere in the state, the rain has been most welcome and gardens in town are verdant. The moisture has also brought some surprises like these fungi in Mt Macedon that seemed to pop up overnight. If someone can let us know if they are poisonous, we’d love to know.

There are more microorganisms in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth.

Time for a sign! The Friends of the Gisborne Botanic Gardens met with Council staff in January to coordinate workplans and budgets for the Gardens in 2020. Key developments planned include: ● Erecting wayfinding signage at the western entrance to the Gardens ● Erecting a noticeboard of current activities near the eastern entrance ● Providing plant labels for representative species ● Conducting soil tests across the Gardens ahead of detailed planting plans for new and refreshed garden beds ● Procuring and planting a range of indigenous Macedon Ranges species, including threatened, rare and significant flora. The soil testing is of particular interest to the Friends group given the Gardens have been established on the site of a former tip and it is unknown whether heavy metal contaminants are/will impact plant development. Working bees through to mid-autumn are focused on weeding around the newer plantings under the manna gums and planning our events calendar for 2020. Our two main annual events are Botanic Gardens Day on the last Sunday in May and national Wattle Day on September 1. Keep an eye out for more details on these events in future articles and on our new noticeboard (when erected). This year working bees will be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month, 9:30am to 11am, with morning tea provided. We are always keen to have more willing hands and minds engaged in the development of the Gardens, so if you are interested in being involved in the Friends group do send us an email or come along to a working bee. Louise Minty, Friends of Gisborne Botanic Gardens

Things are finally happening for Wyralla Reserve Stage One of the Wyralla Reserve Landscape Plan – which is mostly the laying of main pathways – has gone to tender. This is a milestone for the long campaign for the establishment of a local park by Friends of Wyralla Reserve. Thanks must be offered to the council officers who have facilitated the process of tendering. We all look forward to the ‘turning of the first sod’. The second stage, hopefully financed by the next MRSC budget, will involve installing the hardscaping: rocks, logs, general landscaping, and preparation of play equipment and picnic areas. The third and final stage will see play equipment installed and substantial plantings. Although much of the works must be completed by contractors, 28

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Friends of Wyralla Reserve intend to get our hands dirty with plantings and small landscape projects. We have no intention of fading away. The Wyralla Reserve Landscape Plan can be seen as an appendix to the December 19, 2019, Ordinary Meeting on the Macedon Ranges Shire website. The plan can also be accessed from the Friends of Wyralla Reserve Facebook page. Please encourage our council and councillors to include funding for the second stage development in the budget for this year. Friends of Wyralla Reserve is always seeking new members. Membership is barely the price of a cup of coffee. Email us at Ian Turner

News  from Daly Nature Reserve

Bring a happy new year to the waterways The Federation for Environment and Horticulture in the Macedon Ranges (FEHMR) will this year continue its focus on the health of the waterways in this region. We are involved with active networks of Landcare groups, Friends of Botanic Gardens, community environment groups and individuals. We all realise the value of water and waterways and there are many programs in which groups get involved to improve waterways in their area. The Macedon Ranges feed three major waterway systems in Victoria: the Werribee to the west, the Coliban system in the north and the Maribyrnong system in the south of the Great Dividing Range. These major systems play a huge role in the flora and fauna of Victoria in contributing ecological value. FEHMR offers the opportunity for locals and community groups to discuss and plan a collaborative approach. If you are concerned you can get involved. We look forward to a comprehensive calendar which shows more groups involved in roles in the Macedon Ranges, providing input for future directions for the health of our local area. We hope you will join us. For more information:

Landcare facilitator Lauren Linke, second from right. The bags held by two of the Friends are full of weeds gathered during the working bee.

Kate Lamla, media officer

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New Gisborne Playgroup thanks supporters for hall upgrade New Gisborne Playgroup invites the community to join us for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sunday March 22 from 10am to 12 noon at the Ross Watt Children’s Hall, 252 Station Road, New Gisborne. Renovations at the hall are now complete and the playgroup thanks these local businesses for their support: Gisborne Tavern (supported by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council), Rangeland, Altitude Electrics, Bunnings (Sunbury), Frosts Saw Mill, Adrian Andrews, Elite Flooring Extra and Baringo Food and Wine Co. Many thanks also to our members for their hard work during our working bees. We are always happy to welcome new members to playgroup. For any queries about joining, please contact newgisborneplaygroup@ To book your next preschool aged party at the hall, visit our website

Friends of Daly Nature Reserve met for this year’s first outdoor working bee on February 11. Plenty of work to do, and our observations showed the Reserve to be in healthy condition, despite the inconsistent summer weather patterns. The fruit trees in the Heritage Garden are developing fruit, especially the pears. We have attached a few shadecloth sleeves over some fruits so that we may identify varieties in the coming months. A surprise guest was our new Landcare facilitator, Lauren Linke. We were happy to introduce her to the Reserve and discuss plants and native animals. On Sunday March 1 between 9am and 11am we will be participating in Clean-Up Australia Day. Look for our sign-in table at the Scout Hall. If you have a little time to spare, ‘many hands make light work’. Tuesday March 10 at 9.30am is our next working bee, cuppa at 11am. Tool kits and gloves are provided. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bring a sun hat and water. Come and join us – it is quite a social event. Enquiries to

Ron Weste photo

Ravens and crows are part of the same family of Australian native birds and it is hard to tell them apart. The ones we see in the Macedon Ranges are usually ravens. They are bold birds and are considered to be among the most intelligent. Golfers are nervous when they see ravens on the course as they are known to pick up golf balls thinking they are eggs. They are also frequently seen by roadsides, where they hop out into gaps in the traffic to clean up roadkill.

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Project to support people living with mental illness


The Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group (MR SPAG) is excited to announce a local project exploring how to make practical support available to people living with poor mental health in the Macedon Ranges.

With Belinda Carlton-Doney

Over the past few months, we have waited with great anticipation to see the newest addition to our Macedon Village Shopping Centre. Many times we walked past the vacant shop space in Victoria Street, hoping to catch a glimpse of what was coming. With the arrival of Miss Foxx Hair Studio, we haven’t been disappointed. Pricilla Glassey is the owner and creative director of the studio. The philosophy behind her creation is “simple: to create a place where worldclass techniques and professional service meet the natural beauty of countryside Victoria” ... and that has certainly been achieved. It’s gorgeous Pricilla in her salon inside, beautifully designed and certainly welcoming. Born in Lancefield, Pricilla has travelled the world, spending 20 years learning her craft. Having worked at some of the top-tier salons in the industry, she now brings us one of our own. Yay!! Important to note, Miss Foxx is partnered with Sustainable Salons. They collect, redistribute and repurpose up to 95 per cent of salon materials (These would normally become landfill). Everything from paper, foils, colour tubes to hair clippings are collected. The website is definitely worth checking out. Not only for the range of services available, but it also proudly showcases the Macedon area. Many of Pricilla's clients have followed her out from Melbourne and she encourages them to enjoy experiencing what else is on offer here. So are we ready for a pamper session and perhaps a little lunch??   As a follow up to Graham’s buds from last month ...They flowered! Well done Graham.

Work begins on the new shed.

MINIATURE TRAIN AND MODEL RAILWAY We are all very excited at the Gisborne Vintage Machinery Society because the members have been hard at work over summer preparing the footings for the new Miniature Railway Locomotive Shed that the Bendigo Bank has given us a grant for, and at last the footings have been poured. Next Run Day – Sunday March 1: Model Railway and Miniature Train rides. 11am – 3pm Gisborne Steam Park, Webb Crescent, New Gisborne. Anthony, 0400 087 896

Leadership change at Ulysses By the time you read this, Macedon Ranges Ulysses Branch’s annual AGM will have installed a new Committee. We’ll introduce them next edition. Thank you for a sterling job over many years from Michael, John, Jim and others retiring from Committee duties. With change comes the opportunity for renewal and we encourage all members to share their ideas about how to make our Ulysses branch effective and interesting. Our website will shortly list a planned “get to know you” barbecue hosted by our incoming Committee. Speaking of barbecues, we had a great day recently at Bunnings Sunbury, meeting lots of people and cooking a mountain of sausages and onions! And of course, our Wednesday, Saturday lunch and Sunday rides successfully continue to explore our wonderful Macedon Ranges region. Join us at our regular events: Tyre Kicks – weekly 10am+ Saturday mornings, Brantome Street, Gisborne; Wednesday rides – weekly 10am from the servo, Station Road, Gisborne; Saturday lunch rides – first Saturday 11am Brantome St; Sunday rides – third Sunday 9.30am Maccas Sunbury; plus our monthly Branch Social and special rides/events. You can check activities and news at or on Facebook. Come riding with us sometime. Cherry Cole

This is one of several projects being funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network through the Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Trial Site, one of 12 sites in Victoria receiving state government support to develop and implement a coordinated place-based approach to suicide prevention. The trial site has brought local organisations, services and community together through the Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Collaborative to develop activities that aim to prevent suicides at a local level. The chairperson of MR SPAG, Annie Rowland, said having access to some practical support with everyday activities can be very helpful for people experiencing mental illness. “Things like getting to an appointment, preparing meals, going for a walk or just having someone to have a coffee and a chat with can make a difference,” Annie said. Local health organisations, Council, emergency services, community members and organisations have all been busy sharing ideas on how to make this support a reality. MR SPAG is also consulting with community members who experience mental illness or care for someone with mental illness to make sure there is a focus on providing the support that people really need. “We’ve recruited over 20 people with lived experience from the region who are willing to share their insights and advice on what supports would best suit them,” Annie said. Next steps will see MR SPAG and local partners working to secure funding to trial the support model that is developed and exploring our local service system to progress this important work. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact If you or someone you know is in need of immediate mental health support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (6pm-midnight).

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New Gisborne Scouts Term 1 has started with a lot of activity at New Gisborne. Our Opening Night on February 5 involved a lot of fun, construction and getting wet! Our Joeys are getting very excited about their Kangaree in March. Nine Joeys and three leaders are going to Gippsland for a three-day camp. In our Cub Pack, Xavier was presented with his White Scarf as a “New Chum” and is busy learning

the ways of the Jungle and Cub Scouting. Cubs are preparing for their District Camp near Yea. Venturers are getting ready for their late February “Anything Goes” camp, a great gathering near Warrigal. They are working with 1st Woodend Venturers as we develop our own Unit. We are planning towards our “Scout Hut” equipment shed and very thankful for community support in our

Gisborne Guides are big on friendships Gisborne Lightning Guides resumed on February 6 with 12 excited girls catching up again as a group. Welcome to Annabel who came along to try Guiding and a special ‘Happy Birthday’ to Kasey who brought along a cake to share with her Guiding friends. We are proud of member Victoria who marched in the Australia Day parade. The topic for the night was friendships – what qualities do we find in others who become our friends? The girls suggested “have fun, share, honesty, trust, play with me” etc. The girls worked in groups to solve a friendship problem and decided to do skits (one of their favourite activities) to portray the problem and a solution. All girls did a marvellous job and this will lead into our Thinking Day theme of inclusion and equity for all. Keyanah has been a Guide for three years, is a Patrol leader and loves coming each week to meet up with her friends. I asked her what she likes about Guides: “It’s fun, we can be creative and we get to have adventures such as camping," she said. "We make friends and develop teamwork skills. We can earn badges. We make a Promise to do our best. I think all girls should try Guiding.” If you are aged eight or older and would like to try Guides, phone Deb on 0409 542 619 for more information. Keyanah models an outfit made

Deb Fleming, Unit Leader

from scraps by her Patrol.

fund-raising. The aim is to have the “Hut” built in second term. 1st New Gisborne meet on Wednesdays during term at the Church of Christ, Saunders Road, New Gisborne. Joeys (5-7 years) 6.30 to 7.30pm, Cub Scouts (7-10 years) 6:30 to 8pm and Scouts (10-14 years) 6:30 to 8pm. Contact Group Leader Skipper (0450 922 787

Queen’s Scout award at 1st Gisborne February 2 was a big day for the Stewart family when their son Isaac became a Queen Scout, joining his older brother Jacob as recipient of that prestigious award.

Isaac with Mayor Janet Pearce and Lord Michael and Lady Joan Baden-Powell.

Watery adventure for local Scouts On February 14 to 16, three Macedon, three Riddells Creek and about 30 Gisborne scouts went to Lake Eildon to experience water skiing. There was also biscuiting on offer. Biscuiting is when you lie down on your chest on a pool-donut-like inflatable and get dragged along behind a boat. On the first night we set up tents and had a hot Milo and went to bed because it was already dark. In the morning we had breakfast of cereal and toast. We then went down to the river bank. We made a line while some people went for a swim. Most of the scouts hadn’t water skied before; however, many of the scouts stood up and skied before falling. The Macedon Scouts also

Most of the Scouts managed to stand up and ski a short distance before falling.

brought a bottle rocket launcher and launched some rockets. On the third day there was knee boarding as well as biscu-

iting and water skiing. Every one water skied including the leaders and other helpers.

Oscar Walliss, 1st Macedon Scouts

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Greg Hall drives in Gisborne’s senior cricket game against Blackwood on February 8.

Little Aths gets plenty of bling Senior cricket January 31. Max Torkington bowls for Gisborne in the Johnson Shield match against East Sunbury.

Junior cricket, February 8. U17 Gisborne v Woodend – Harry Luxmoore with the bat.

Defensive manoeuvre from Brook Grumont in Division 1 senior cricket on February 8 – Gisborne v East Sunbury.

Junior cricket February 8, U15 Gisborne v Woodend – batsman Hugh Semmens. 32 Gisborne Gazette March 2020

Senior cricket February 1, Johnson Shield, Gisborne v East Sunbury – bowler Tim Bannan.

A large contingent from Gisborne Little Athletics competed in the Western Metro Region Championships on the weekend of February 15 and 16 and came home with three Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals. On top of this were multiple top ten finishes and load of Personal Bests. Well done to all our local athletics stars!

L-R: Elijah Britton, Ethan Britton, Jonathan Neethling, Alana Shaw, Abigail Neethling, Elijah Marshall, Nathan Britton, Jordan McGraw, Lauren Shaw, Charlotte Jackson, Ophelia Castles and Alice Nelson, Holly Nelson and Sasha Jurson. (Absent: Shane Clough)


Friendly rivalry between the two Macedon junior teams on February 5, the match played in played in great spirit!

Senior cricket February 1 – Johnson Shield – Gisborne v East Sunbury – the match was washed out after eight overs.

Ed Ferguson throws his energy into the ball during the U15 Macedon v Bacchus Marsh match on February 1.

Macedon Red v Macedon Blue juniors on February 5, Josh Wheeler batting.

Junior cricket February 1 – U15 Macedon v Bacchus Marsh – Alex Monahan bowling. Division 2 on February 8, Gisborne v Macedon: Steve Clements bowling.

Hmmm... Gisborne v Macedon, February 8: Division 2 bowls.

February 8 – Division 2 bowls, Gisborne v Macedon – Tom Woodlock.

February 15 – Division 1, Gisborne v Kyneton. Gisborne Gazette March 2020


AROUND THE GROUNDS Macedon Tennis Club Djokovic and Kenin have taken out the honours at the Australian Open, and this created tennis frenzy at the Macedon Tennis Club with members now excitedly back into full swing with comp, coaching and social play. We are playing Monday Social, Tuesday Ladies, Thursday Open, Friday and Saturday Junior and Saturday Open. Sidenote… how funny is the disparity between how you imagine you play and how you actually do play? Anyway, we all get a participation award! The AGM held last November saw an influx of new committee members who will no doubt take the club to bigger and better things in 2020. We continue to be led by our fearless president, Stephen Shaddock. We are planning an Open Day, social function,

coaching programs and hopefully even more teams entered for the winter comp. Further on the committee, two of our members were awarded a well-deserved Life Membership. Kelly Spry became a Life Member after twelve plus years of service to the Club as our trusted Treasurer amongst many other responsibilities and services including being a terrific player and all round great human! Lisa Fowler (yours truly) was also awarded a Life Membership for service to the Club as Secretary for over ten years. Happy hitting for Lisa 2020. Lisa Fowler, left, and Kelly Spry with their Life Membership awards.

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Farewell and thank you Long-serving committee member of the South Gisborne Tennis Club and past president of the Gilligan Recreation Reserve, Chris Murphy, is bidding the South Gisborne community farewell. For more than 20 years, Chris (who by the way has never played tennis at SGTC) has cared for the grounds and reserve with pride, to a high standard which has been appreciated by tennis club members and the general community. Chris was always the first to volunteer for barbecue duty at club functions, Bunnings fundraisers and all-abilities event days. He was the club’s security when he lived next door. Word has it he disturbed many an intruder, moved on campers (with an early morning wakeup call!) and generally kept an eye on the facilities. So Chris, the committee and many in the community who have been befriended and assisted by you over your time in South Gisborne would like to send you a big

Chris Murphy on barbecue duty.

thank you! We wish you good health and all the best for your life in NSW. Gail Scott

Physical activity and longevity: why tennis is good for you Physical activity is good for health, but does it matter which activity a person engages in? Last year researchers analysed data from a long-term Copenhagen City Heart Study. Initiated in 1976, this study followed 8577 white participants for 25 years to assess various aspects of cardiovascular health. One analysis looked at various types of physical activity and all-cause mortality. Sedentary people were compared with those who reported physical activity primarily in the following sports: Life expectancy gains by leisure sport activity Activity Years of life gained Tennis 9.7 Badminton 6.2 Soccer 4.7 Cycling 3.7 Swimming 3.4 Jogging 3.2 Low-intensity calisthenics 3.1 Health club activities 1.5 34 Gisborne Gazette March 2020

Sports that require two or more individuals to play together and socially interact (tennis, badminton, and soccer) were the sports associated with the highest gains in life expectancy. Every type of physical activity was associated with longer life expectancy compared with being sedentary. These data don’t prove causal relationships but physical activity does seem to be strongly associated with improved life expectancy. Viewpoint With such a focus on numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose) and medications in health, we may be missing out on the real key to a healthy life. As an avid tennis player, I was happy to read this article. It is consistent with what I see when I am playing tennis — 70-year-olds and even 80-year-olds still playing tennis, some of them beating me! They are not as quick as they used

Richard Whiteley puts his racquet to work for his health.

to be, but they take pleasure in getting together several times a week with their friends to play tennis. In the Copenhagen study, tennis players and joggers had the lowest

systolic blood pressure and the lowest cholesterol levels and took the fewest blood pressure medications. Submitted by Richard Whiteley

Source: Tom G. Bartol. Physical Activity and Longevity: Which Sport Is Best? – Medscape, April 23, 2019


Mt Macedon Golf Club

John Lowe Memorial 4BBB: Jonno and Jerome Langmaid.

Winners of the three-person ambrose team’s event were Mike Hoiles, Ryan ToAmazingly topsy turvy weathholka and Gary Liddy off a handicap of nine er conditions over the past for a nett 54 which included six birdies and month. One day scorching two bogeys. 40+ temperatures followed The Calderlink Industries February Mug by torrential rains that dumped 35mm on the o’ the Month went to Ian Gill on countback course in just a few hours. from Ian ‘Oils’ Flannery, both gents finishHowever these summer rains have been welcomed as the course softens and springs ing with 38 points. The Opening Day 4BBB back to life, though players are still getting Calderlink Industries stableford was a father/son triumph for Rob value for straight drives as the ball continues Mug o’ the Month and Will Devereux with an excellent 48 stato roll on the manicured fairways. winner: Ian Gill bleford points. January’s John Lowe Memorial 4BBB staForthcoming highlights are the Presentableford saw another excellent Saturday field of 42 playtion and Trivia Night, the Sign Obsession February ers and was won by the Brothers Langmaid, Jonno and Monthly Medal and the Medal of Medallists final. Jerome. Green fee players are welcome seven days a week. The highlight of the Par Bisque round was not just Glenn Moore’s +10 score but his hole in one on the Go to for fixture and 10th. This was Plonka’s second ace. membership details.

Gisborne top in Twenty/20 grand final

Female football going from strength to strength

On the Australia Day public holiday, Cricket Willow at Shepherds Flat, near Daylesford, was host to the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the Cricket Willow Cup. Ballarat Women’s Cricket Club was too strong for Sunbury, winning with 13 overs to spare. In the second match Gisborne Cricket Club (Gisborne District Cricket Association) defeated Muckleford CC (Castlemaine District Cricket Association). Muckleford batted first and were all out for 91 with Gisborne bowlers Michael Allen taking 3/8 and Harry Thomas 3/10. Gisborne was quickly on the chase reaching a total of 2/95 in the 15th over with Jarryd Vernon top scoring on 53 not out. Gisborne Cricket Club will now be nominated by the region to go to the Regional Big Bash competition for the 2020-21 season.

The Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Netball Club is looking for girls aged between 10 and 17 who are interested in playing AFL Football in season 2020. We will be fielding an Under 13 Girls, Under 15 Youth Girls and Under 18 Youth Girls sides. The Gisborne Football Netball Club is also looking for women aged 18+ who would love to play football. No experience is necessary. With the exponential growth in the sport, now is a great time to get involved and be part of a strong club culture which focuses on enjoyment, learning the fundamentals of the game, team work and building quality relationships. For more details, please contact Darren Mitchell on 0412 335 554 or at

Gisborne adds another cup to the trophy room.

Jordan Loughnane Cricket Willow Twenty/20 Coordinator




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New president brings focus on female soccer

A group of happy players at the end of a day's play.

Macedon Ranges Croquet Club news Recent rains and the great work of Ken, Len and Marty, who have resurrected the watering system, have left the courts in very good playing order. The gardens have also had a tidy up so we are all prepared to welcome visitors from other clubs to enjoy the Club’s Social Day on March 23. The information board outside the club

has been updated and contains President Ros’s number for enquiries. Some of our members went to observe the World Championships of Association Croquet that were held at Croquet Headquarters in Cairnlea in February. Congratulations to Gill who won the recent intra-club tournament.


Gisborne Ladies in bushfire support

Joint Rotary golf day a great success

On January 25 we held our annual Marie Park Memorial and Friendship Day. This is a day to remember much-loved club members and enjoy the friendships made at the club. The day provided the opportunity to raise funds for those affected by the recent devastating bushfires. As our club is situated on a nature and wildlife reserve it was decided to donate all entry fees on the day, together with a club donation, to Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. Winners on the day were Denise Dunn with 40 points and Alexander Hayward 41 points. If you wish to try the game of golf in a casual relaxed atmosphere, the ladies conduct a Monday Funday where you can come and meet the members, play a few holes and enjoy a cuppa afterwards. No experience necessary. Wednesday is Ladies’ Day and we are enjoying good numbers, mostly good weather and great camaraderie. Our recent monthly medal winners were Sue Cautley (January) and Marg Ivory (February). For further information about our Monday Funday, please contact Jacqui or Monique Medal of Medallist’s winner Denise Dunn on 5428 2493. (centre) is congratulated by co-captains Angela Cordell (left) and Kaye Atlas. 36 Gisborne Gazette March 2020

Faye Armstrong

This year marks the dawn of a new and exciting era for Gisborne Soccer Club with the appointment of its first female president, Mel Paradiso. Mel is very passionate about attracting more young girls and women of the Macedon Ranges to take up the sport. Her focus is already taking shape as the club is forming new women’s and girls’ teams right now for this year’s season. Mel is also actively seeking more community involvement from local businesses and sponsors in promoting fitness and sport for our juniors (especially for women and girls). Gisborne’s Senior Men’s team compete in State League 4, after winning a league promotion in 2018. Several junior teams have also acquitted themselves extremely well in the Western/Northern Regions in their respective competitions last year. Mel is adamant, however, that junior levels should not be judged by results alone. “Our club policies are in place to provide a great place for kids to grow in a great sport, and a healthy team environment,” Mel said. “We want our kids to believe in the club’s values of fair play, growth, and community.” Potential sponsors, players, coaches, and volunteers keen to be part of GSC’s 2020 season are invited to contact the club on social media or via the club’s website.

Betty Glover

Gisborne Rotary Club organised a successful joint charity golf day with Kyneton and Strathmore Rotary Clubs in February, held at the Gisborne Golf Club. The day was organised by Dick Barker and Stuart Bonnington of Gisborne Rotary. The winning team of Tim Barrett, Matthew Barrett, Steven Ranno and Pete Stavrou of Kyneton (pictured) took out the Gordon Milne Award, presented by Phil Lusher. Gisborne Rotary Club meets at Wine O’Clock Wine Bar in Gisborne fortnightly on Tuesdays, at 6.45 for 7pm.


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

Many hands for a happier community One of the core features of a worship service is its music. For some years we have had the skills and musical sensitivity of local pianist Pat Bish to whom we have now said farewell as she has moved to Melbourne to be closer to family. She will be much missed by members of the Uniting Church and by others in the Gisborne community. Skills of other members continue to be put to use. On March 21 we have a car boot sale which will especially feature plants, products of the horticultural knowledge of members. Contact Michael on 5428 8281 Pat Bish has retired from church piano duties.

Anglican Parish of Gisborne

Why the long faces?

Join us in community hymn singalong A community singalong of favourite hymns is being held on Sunday afternoon March 29 at the Presbyterian Church, 49 Fisher Street. Come along. Raise the roof with community hymn-singing! It starts at 3pm – please arrive at 2.45pm. Muchloved hymns are planned for the afternoon: Praise to the Lord the Almighty; Great is Thy faithfulness; Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty; Immortal, invisible God only wise; A safe stronghold our God is still; Will your anchor hold in the storms of life? Love divine, all loves excelling; In Christ alone; It is well with my soul; and Be Thou my vision. There will be musical items too. Rosemary Cocklin will sing two sacred songs and The Gisborne Singers have three items. Some Bach will be heard on the church’s Guelph reed organ and there is a piano trio. Each week there is a church service at 10.30am on Sundays. A Bible reading group, a home group and Bible study groups meet weekdays. The Craft Group meets regularly, and the Sunday School has recommenced. Children who come to Sunday School have important opportunities that they may not otherwise have. Information: George McConaghie, 0434 734 488.

World Day of Prayer: ecumenical service St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Victoria Street, Macedon, Friday March 6 at 10.30am. This year we pray for Zimbabwe. All welcome!

It was a good question that Jesus asked his disciples regarding fasting and discipline. Many of the people he encountered liked to show others how ‘holy’ they were by making it clear that they were indeed fasting or even being generous. Jesus called them “hypocrites” which is an ancient Greek word meaning “pretenders” or “actors”. Most religious observances include the act of self-denial and prayer as a means of sharpening the faith of the believer. For Christians this is the time of year we have entered now. It is called the Season of Lent and lasts for 40 days (not counting the Sundays). During this time the Church calls on members to be more attentive in prayer and discipline of undertaking mission. It is not meant to be onerous or a time of being miserable, rather, it is a time of working towards the greatest of all Christian feasts, Easter. As part of the Ash Wednesday service, believers are told to wash their faces, comb their hair and get out there and do what is required. So, do be on the lookout for cheerful Christians getting on and doing what is required! (…and don’t forget to smile back!) Fr Dennis

A Silver Service Hymns of Praise and Thanks Followed by Afternoon Tea

Thursdays 12th March 16th April 1.00 – 2.30pm

Gisborne Church of Christ, 31 Saunders Rd, New Gisborne Queries: Sandra Turnbull 0413 894 416

for bookings. Also welcome are knitters to produce squares which then are made into rugs for those who will be in need of them when the hot weather is replaced by the cold. Inquiries to Isobelle on 5428 2275. For older folk making difficult decisions about their future, there is an invitation to an information session in the church hall on March 10 from 10am to 12pm. Macedon Ranges Shire has organised for experts to provide advice on how to avoid the problems and pitfalls of making decisions about property and finances. For more information, contact Stephanie on 5472 0258. Janet Wood 5428 6700

Looking for the positive Recently, we were at the airport with our kids, waiting for a flight. We were in the middle of a long row of seats. At one end there was a lady reading a book, down the other end there was a teenage girl on the phone, who seemed to be crying. While the kids played amongst us, I watched this girl as she cried quietly on the phone and decided that when she’d finished talking, I’d go and see if she was ok. We then heard a cranky voice, “Excuuuse me.” It was the lady down the other end of our row, who wasn’t pleased with the noise our kids were making and not so politely asked us to keep them quiet. Well, we weren’t pleased with this. We let our kids keep playing, we got cranky at her treatment of us, and we eventually moved away. After stewing over this for another five minutes, my mind and eyes went back to that girl who was crying, but she was gone. I got distracted by the negative on one side of me, and missed the chance to show care and love to the other. Don’t get distracted by little things and be taken away from bigger things. Don’t dwell on negatives and let them consume you, because you will miss a chance to do something good. Find us on Facebook or at Shelley Farrugia St Brigid’s Parish

Journey to Easter – 2020 On Ash Wednesday (February 26) we began our Lenten fast. Lent denotes the 40 days preceding Easter during which many Catholics will perform little forms of self-sacrifice. Abstaining from meat and other indulgences, acts of charity and humility, and additional prayer. The culmination of Lent is Holy week which runs from Palm Sunday. Holy week masses and services begin on Tuesday April 7. Dates and times will be published in April’s Gazette. Gisborne Gazette March 2020 37

Obituary Graham Tyzack 1938 – 2020 Graham was born in Kingsbury, London, to Edward and Bessie Tyzack. He had an elder sister, Audrey and a younger brother, Trevor. He grew up playing in the ruins of London amid the rubble and he remembered being shipped off to his uncle and aunt’s house in Worcester to escape the dangers of the blitz in war-torn London. He attended Kingsbury Primary and Secondary School and later Pittmans College. Graham joined the Boy Scouts where his love of the outdoors and fishing started. He started an apprenticeship with Lamp Blown Scientific Glass which later became a family business known as Tyzack Scientific Glass, making equipment pieces for the medical field and assisting in creating the first glass spark plugs used in jet engines. He and a friend built a canoe and paddled together in the nearby Irish Sea. He loved his motorbike and motorbike racing called “scrambling”. In 1958 he served his two years’ National Service with the British Army serving in Ireland and training in Winchester as a rifleman and rebuilding and fixing bicycles. In 1959 Graham married Margaret and in 1965 their first child Pamela was born and son Jeffrey two years later. The glass business closed down in 1968 and Graham joined Air Canada at Heathrow which began his long love for airlines and travel. The family began their new life in Australia as “ten pound Poms” in 1971. They lived in Ballarat, then Footscray and built a house in Melton. Graham obtained employment with

Qantas with customer service staff and he enjoyed every moment of his job. The highlight was when the Concorde arrived at Tullamarine; Graham was Graham Tyzack on duty that day and was able to go on board and drive the tug to taxi it about. He made many friends during his career and they often went on skiing trips together. He met famous people including the crew from Apollo 11 and 13, also the model Elle McPherson. During the first few years in Australia, the family spent many weekends camping and exploring the outdoors. Later Graham and Margaret decided to go their separate ways. Graham cared for the two children and they travelled regularly overseas. In 1981, Graham joined Freemasonry and in 1989 he was Master of the Gisborne Lodge. Graham met Joy and they married in 1992 and were inseparable for the next 30 years. Graham retired from Qantas after 27 years of service in 2000. Graham and Joy caravanned around Australia with family and friends and for 12 years they packed up the van and travelled to Hervey Bay where Graham loved his fishing. Graham joined the Gisborne Bowls Club and made many friends. Graham is survived by his wife Joy, children Pamela and Jeffrey, step-children Susan and Carolyn and seven grandchildren: Adrian, Morgan, Jarrod, Benjamin, Alex, Georgia and Tahlia. A funeral service was held at Wooling Hill Garden Estate, New Gisborne, on Friday January 31 followed by a cremation.

Obituary she and Noel had been active members of the congregation since the church’s inception. Betty was born during the war years Betty was always a keen sporting at the Lancefield Hospital. Her par- participant, playing competition tenents were Charles and Ivy Barbour nis, and was given a Life Membership and she was the seventh of eight of the Gisborne Tennis Club in recogchildren and grew up on a nition of her contribution to family farm in Rochford with the club over many years. her siblings Ethel (dec), In her later years bushwalkJean, Edgar (dec), Margaing became her love and ret, Mary (dec), Hazel and she walked weekly with the Ken (dec). Gisborne Ramblers, enjoyShe attended the Moning the company as much ument Creek Primary as the walking. School, then Kyneton High Her other contributions School where she completto the community include Betty Hemphill ed her Matriculation before 30 years of donating blood, securing a position at the House of delivering Meals on Wheels, Cub Franke Stuart, a designer fabric store Scout Leader, member of the Council in Hawthorn. It was here that she of Churches Emergency Relief team, learnt her trade and love of making and many other church roles. bridal gowns. Betty and Noel enjoyed their travBetty would sometimes help out at els, including many trips within Ausher sister Ethel’s shop in Monegeetta tralia, as well as to Ireland, Britain, and it was here that she met Noel, her Singapore, Norfolk Island and New husband of 54 years. They were mar- Zealand. Their caravan at Eppalock ried in 1965 at the Rochford Presby- was a regular escape which they enterian Church. They bought their first joyed sharing with their family and house at 32 Prince Street, Gisborne, especially the grandchildren, Ryan, later moving to 18 Prince Street Abby, Angus, Thea, Emma, Kate, where their children, Colin, Wendy, Clare and Molly, who were all a great Shane and Bruce grew up, and it was enjoyment to her and she was always also where they ran their well known ready to assist them in any way. and loved plant nursery for 22 years. Knitting jumpers and blankets was During this time Betty continued one of the ways Betty showed her her dressmaking and was well known love and each of the grandchildren for her debutante and bridal dress- have a quilt made with much love to es, as well as general alterations. cherish. She was always busy knitting for the Betty passed away on December family, but enjoyed all craft activities, 29 and a funeral service was held including tatting, quilting and ban- at the Gisborne Uniting Church, folner-making with her friends at the lowed by burial at the Gisborne CemGisborne Uniting Church, where both etery, on January 2. Betty Irene Hemphill 1940-2019

Obituary Christine Margaret Young 1937 – 2020 Christine loved the outdoors, particularly nature, plants and animals and especially enjoyed bushwalking. Born in Boxmoor, Hertfordshire, England on March 22, 1937, to Edith and Frank Hearn, Christine had a younger brother, Andrew. Sadly, her father was killed in WW2 when she was six years old. Christine attended Berkhamsted Girls School and later took up nursing at Luton and Dunstable Hospital as a state registered nurse. Wanting to travel, she was able to get accepted for a government program which offered free passage to selected occupational groups, including nurses. The boat was on its 38 Gisborne Gazette March 2020

last voyage and was delayed several they moved to Australia and more times. It was at this time that she secure work. met Geoffrey at a party given by her Christine enjoyed a year in cousin and it was definitely a case of America when Ansett sent Geoff to be the resident engineer love at first sight! Christine had already been accepted at Douglas, but she really came into her own when for emigration to New they bought a four-acre Zealand, so the choice was block in Daly Street, to discontinue her plans or Gisborne, where they lived for Geoff to follow, which he did. for 50 years. It was here that their daughter Megan She was posted by the government to a tiny was born. Christine threw hertown,Te Kuiti, in the North Christine Young self into the planning and Island, as a staff nurse in the local hospital. It turned out that an building of their house and garden agricultural aircraft was being built at plus a lot of work and effort into local the local airfield, so Geoff was also activities. She was a founding memable to find work. They married in Te ber of the Gisborne Bushwalking Kuiti in 1960 and had two children Club, member of Red Cross, Probus, Paul and Stephen, but after five years Daly Street Reserve and the Gisborne

Botanic Gardens, and helped with the establishment of Braemar College in 1975. Her sporting interests included lacrosse, tennis, squash and swimming. But it was getting out in the bush and getting to know the local flora and fauna that was her real pleasure and she encouraged many friends to take up walking. Christine and Geoff loved to travel. They visited the UK, New Zealand, Thailand, US, British Virgin Islands, Barrier Reef islands, Tasmania and outback Australia. They have six grandchildren, Kathryn, Matthew, Daniel, Ben, Andrew and Kelly and one great grandchild, Azaleah. A funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Gisborne, on 10 January followed by a cremation at the Fawkner Crematorium.




From the pages of the old Gisborne Gazette

MARCH 1920 Between 40 and 50 friends of “Dad” [William] Nicholls gathered at the residence of Mrs. Jamieson, Macedon, to bid him farewell after 16 years residence as licensee of the State Nursery Hotel. After a splendid musical programme, Cr. Tampling proposed the health of Mr. and Mrs.Nicholls, and referred in glowing terms to what excellent residents they had been, and regretted very much losing them from the district. It would be noticed that Mr. Nicholls was wearing the R.S.A. badge, and for the benefit of those who did not know, he would ask him to explain why he was wearing it. Mr. Nicholls was greeted with loud applause and cheering, and said he sincerely thanked his friends for the splendid evening. He had served on transport service 68 years ago in the Crimean war, and was proud indeed to be a member of the local branch of the R.S.A. [Returned Soldiers Association] With the first signs of autumn again, the beautiful begonias in Mr. [Arthur] Oakley’s glasshouse are once more worthy of a visit. The colors are bewildering to one on their first view of the house, which is a mass of color, from the deepest crimsons and scarlets to the purest whites, with all shades of pink, creams, blushes, apricots, salmons and yellows. Mr. Oakley has also had the electric light installed, which enables one to admire the beauties of Nature under most pleasing conditions. Hopes of the slate quarries at Bullengarook proving a paying concern have again been revived. A Melbourne syndicate has taken out a lease, and already three men are employed at the quarry. At present they are working on the old dumps, sorting out and cutting the pieces suitable for children’s school slates, and several thousand have been forwarded to a factory in Coburg, where they are dressed and framed ready for sale. At an early date it is intended to increase the staff and work the quarry for roofing slates. While cleaning out the underground tank at Melton’s Golden Fleece hotel, Mr. Matt Pratt came across a miscellaneous assortment of articles. This reservoir is not used for drinking purposes and has not been cleaned out for many years. Matt discovered the following: 7 bottles of beer, which he declares to be the best ever tasted, being under water for 10 years, 2 doz. Lemonade (flat) 2 doz. Ginger ale (flat), 3 bottles yeast (flat) 6 buckets, 20 kerosene tins with handles, 2 cups & saucers, 3 candle sticks (probably dropped by somnambulists), 3 live eels, 2 pair men’s boots, 1 pair ladies’ shoes (flat heels), 2 combs, 1 hair brush, 1 engagement ring, 2 corkscrews, 1 doll, 2 cracked plates, 2 pocket knives.


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


CLUB 1.30pm every Mon except first Mon of month Parish centre (behind St Pauls Church, Gisborne) MRH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP last Wed of month 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 JACKSONS CREEK Working bees 3rd Sun 10-noon GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed various venues 0409 691 525 Family Hist Rm, Library GENEALOGY GROUP 4th Thurs 7.30 GIRL GUIDES Thursdays 5pm Gis Comm Hall GISBORNE SINGERS Tues 7.30pm Holy Cross PS

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

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


Sun 9am

Wed 7pm

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




29 - Mar 1 Relay for Life 5 29 - Mar 1 Phoenix arts & crafts exhibition and sale 14 MARCH 1 Clean Up Australia Day 4 1 Meet & greet artists at Phoenix exhibition 14 1 Miniature train rides, Steam Park 30 2 Council funding applications open 10 2 - April 6 Exhibition ‘Us Two’ at The Gallery 13 5 Mount Players ‘Switzerland’ fundraiser for animals 13 5 Probus AGM & lunch 8 6 World Day of Prayer 37 7 Meet the artists, The Gallery 13 10 Daly Reserve working bee 29 11 Film at Gisborne Library: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ 10 11 Film Society: ‘Gran Torino’ 16 13 World’s Greatest Shave event, Men’s Shed 18 14 Macedon Ranges Music Festival 3 19 Digital workshop for artists 9 19 Councillor candidate info sessions 11 19 Rural Australians for Refugees Gis meeting 16 19 Anh Do at Kyneton Town Hall 15 20 Last day to book for Geelong Cemetery trip 20 21 Car Boot & Plant Sale 7 21 World’s Greatest Shave event, Kathy Guarano 7 22 ‘ Teddy Bears Picnic’, Ross Watt Children’s Hall 29 26 Heart health talk, Ranges Medical 18 26 Genealogy Group AGM 20 28 Bullengarook Landcare bush dance 6 28 Vince Jones performs at Woodend 15 29 Hymn festival 15 & 37 31 Backyard bug catcher workshop at Library 10 31 Community Bank grant applications close 9 31 Toni Childs at Kyneton Town Hall 15

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



where is it ? The photo shows the Pioneers’ Wall behind the old Courthouse in Hamilton Street, Gisborne.

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


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


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