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Gisborne Gazette serving the southern macedon ranges

Labour of love OCTOBER 2018 – FREE

Craft group makes 140 wonderful gifts for sick children From left: Christine Pierobon, Liesl Cour, Merry Conway, Glenys Ariss, Marie Lee, Gill Rose, Marsha Ellis, Marion Place, Joan Beever, Sandra Kenely and and Bev Cassells.

The Gisborne Presbyterian Craft Group has created 140 quilts to be donated to the Royal Children's Hospital through the Very Snuggly Quilts program. This program gifts between 150 and 180 quilts each month to children

at the hospital. On discharge the children keep the quilts and take them home. These become treasured items for the children and their families and in many instances their quilt is the first thing that is packed if a child needs

to be readmitted to hospital. The Gisborne Craft Group set a target this year of 100 quilts and were thrilled to exceed that number and be able to hand over 140 quilts, an outstanding effort.

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HOME  PAGE From the Editor's desk Our front page this month speaks volumes for the generosity of the great women of our district. What a magnificent effort and how easy it is to imagine the joy these gifts must bring to sick children! The happy news spreads from page to page in this edition but, by sharp contrast, page 30’s article ‘Community rallies for young mum battling cancer’ starkly reminds us of the dark times that can unaccountably strike families. We hope that everyone will rally around this appeal to support Clare Waites during what, we pray, will be life-saving treatment. Also we urge your support for the indefatigable Graeme Millar who is organising a giant book sale to support the farmers suffering the heartache of drought. See page 3 for details. The Gazette’s annual reception will be held this year at the Mechanics Hall on Thursday October 18 from 6pm and we look forward to hosting and thanking all of our volunteers and generous supporters at what is always a great night. Corinne and her family will be back from their trip to Europe so the editing of the November Gazette will be in her capable hands once again. Bryan Power

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Nine-year-old Emily Thompson lives in Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK, and enjoyed seeing the Gazette recently. Emily is the great-niece of Gisborne resident and long-time Gazette distributor Eddie Gundy. Eddie's son, who is holidaying in the UK, took the paper with him to show family members.

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The quilts were delivered to the president of Victorian Quilters and organiser of the Very Snuggly Quilt program, Marie Lee. The Gisborne Presbyterian Craft Group thanks Pick Up Stitches, Victorian Textiles and Logan Patchwork Fabrics and the individuals who helped achieve this goal. If you are interested in this worthy charity and would like to join the group in their sewing days, please contact Glenys on 0424 383 016 or Gill on 0400 439 916.

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

Families encouraged to walk to school in October Families are encouraged to get active on their school trips and win, by signing up for Walk to School month in October. VicHealth’s Walk to School month encourages primary school students to walk, scoot or ride to school from Monday October 8 to Friday November 2, and help children build healthy habits for life. Get involved through a local school or as an individual student, share your walk to school on Facebook using the hashtags #macedonranges and #walktoschool and go into the draw to win prizes including a scooter, kid's fitness tracker, sports equipment, free entry to Hanging Rock and swim passes. Winners will be drawn on November 5. For more information, including terms and conditions, visit mrsc. or call Nikki on 5422 0264. To register for Walk to School month visit

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Happy winners: 3 Little Pigs

Gisborne businesses take out excellence awards Gisborne eatery 3 Little Pigs was named runner up as Business of the Year in the Macedon Ranges

Business Excellence Awards in September and also won the Excellence in Hospitality category.

Gisborne chiropractor and allied health clinic Liberty Health & Happiness won the Excellence in Health and Wellbeing category. The awards, sponsored by Bendigo Bank, recognise businesses that provide an outstanding service to the shire and beyond, and who are of great value to the community as they provide local jobs, services and supplies. The award winners were announced on September 19. The Woodend Winter Arts Festival won both the Not for Profit category and the Excellence in Tourism category. The winner of Business of the Year was a Kyneton business, Evolve Stone. Finalists were identified by a judging panel comprised of nine independent business professionals who do not work or live in the Macedon Ranges. There were 712 nominations in this year’s awards.

(L-R): Cr Bill West, Cr Janet Pearce, John Wood (Gisborne Football Netball Club/Sports Fields Group), Senator James Paterson, Amanda Millar (Liberal candidate for Macedon), Megan Condron and Tamara Collins (both Indoor Sports Hub Group), Macedon Ranges Shire Council CEO Margot Stork, Mayor Jennifer Anderson, Helen Sankey (Sports Fields Group), Laura Sharkey (Netball Victoria), and Katie Duoba and Tracey Calnan (both Macedon Ranges Netball Association).

Work progresses on goal of sports hub Senator James Paterson attended the launch of the Macedon Ranges Sports Hub Business Plan project on September 5 at the New Gisborne netball complex.

Book Sale to support drought relief Residents are urged to get behind the Book Sale at the Gisborne Masonic Lodge hall on Saturday and Sunday October 6 and 7. All proceeds from the sale of books will be directed to the Farmers Drought Relief Fund. For many of us this will be an opportunity to support our country cousins in their time of need. Books have been donated by the Anglican Church Op Shop in Gisborne and various households throughout the community. Opening hours: 10am to 3pm. If you would like to offer assistance at the sale please contact Graeme Millar on 0413 781 501.

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The Federal Government provided $100,000 to fund the feasibility study for the hub, which is part of the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct project.

Sophie whizzes down the slopes to gold Braemar College recently competed in the Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller. Sophie Wall, a Year 8 student from Macedon, competed in the Division 3 Female Alpine Challenger event (giant slalom) and achieved a gold medal. Last year Sophie won a bronze medal in the same event and went two steps better this year to take gold. Sophie Wall displays her gold medal.


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Gisbus boosts weekend runs Eighteen weekend Gisbus services will be introduced to make it simpler and easier for Gisborne locals to get where they need to go at the time they want to travel. Nine extra services will be added to the existing Route 473 on both Saturdays and Sundays to better connect people to the town centre and the train station. The route is a fixed service, so commuters will not need to book in advance. Route 473 will now provide 98 services a week, Monday to Sunday, on top of the 90 on Route 474 that run Monday to Friday. These services include short and round trips for passengers. The changes will be introduced on Sunday October 14. New timetables and maps are available on

Driver Tony Wade and local MP Mary-Anne Thomas.

New-look Gisborne Library officially opens

Take part in Christmas festival Planning is well under way for this year’s Gisborne Festival, organised by the Lions Club and sponsored by Bendigo Bank, which will be on Friday December 14, but we need your help. Here are some of the opportunities for you to be involved. PARADE: Why not join the fun by participating in the parade? MARKET STALLS: We are looking for more market stalls to add to the offerings on Gardiner Reserve. SPORTING BODIES: We are seeking junior sporting bodies to provide activities for children on Gardiner Reserve, thereby promoting their sport and their club. SPONSORSHIP: The festival could not happen without sponsorship from local businesses. If you are interested in supporting this event you will be recognised at the festival for doing so. If you want to participate, email: gisbornefestival@ This year’s festival will again have the ever-popular parade and on Gardiner Reserve there will be free activities for children, live music and entertainment, a variety of stalls and carnival rides, concluding with a fireworks display. In addition, keep an eye out for the popular Christmas Wheelbarrow Raffle, with a prize valued at $600. Tickets are currently on sale for only $2 and the winner will be drawn at the festival.

Nominate your Local Hero The 2018 Local Hero Award will be presented at Carols by Candlelight at Dixon Field on Sunday December 9.

Nominations are being sought, so if you know of someone who has dedicated much to the Gisborne community and deserves recognition, please nominate them and let us know their community contributions.

Above and right: Guests and friends of Gisborne Library gather on the new deck for the official opening in September. Above right: Library manager Sara Bryant is joined by Mark Hands, CEO of Goldfields Library Corporation.

Last year's Local Hero Award recipient was Helen Sankey, a community champion who has made an invaluable contribution to many local projects, clubs, schools and community groups over decades. The Local Hero Award, sponsored by Bendigo Bank, recognises those who have strengthened our community through their enduring contributions to community life. We look forward to celebrating another Local Hero at this year's Carols. Please send nominations to by November 11, or contact Bronwyn Tacey on 0417 028 605 for further information.  Gisborne Community Carols Committee

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School holiday library activities: Minecraft – Enjoy adventures, challenges and fun with other Minecraft fans in specially built Minecraft worlds. Ages 8-12. Tuesday and Thursday October 16 and 18, 4pm to 5pm. Laptops supplied. Book on 5428 3962.


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Enduring community worker turns 90 Happy birthday Beth! Recently one of Gisborne’s most esteemed residents, Beth Crawford, celebrated her 90th birthday. To Beth, helping out in the community is just something you do, there's nothing special about it, and she doesn't like a fuss. But the Gisborne community knows the value of those who selflessly give their time to helping others, and the Gazette asked Beth's family to tell us a bit about her life. The following tribute has been prepared by one of her grandchildren, Jacinta Sapwell. Beth was born Elizabeth Catherine Gray on September 14, 1928, at the Women’s Hospital in Carlton. Her parents James and Dot Gray lived at Gisborne’s guest house, Waratah House, in Aitken Street. Beth attended Gisborne State School and then went on to attend Coburg High School. On the passing of her father in 1944 she helped her mother run Waratah House, and as her mother’s health declined, Beth took over the running of the boarding house. Beth met her husband-to-be, Keith Crawford, when he came to room there after he was transferred to the PMG Depot in Gisborne. They were married, and their daughter Heather was born in due course. From an early age Beth was involved in various community committees. As a child, with her mother and nanna, she knitted socks for Gisborne Red Cross for the soldiers overseas during WW2. Again with her mother and nanna she became a member of the Gisborne Blind Auxiliary and is still a member to this day of this organisation, which has now become Vision Australia. Beth has been volunteering at St Paul’s Op Shop since it started, sorting out all the incoming donations into categories for resale or for passing on to other groups.

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Beth Crawford's birthday is celebrated at the Anglican Op Shop, where she has been a regular volunteer for many years.

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Beth began her community work early, as shown by this excerpt from The Argus of 15 February 1939 listing collections in aid of bushfire victims. Beth, at the age of 10, ran a raffle and collected £5 and 2s. The catastrophic fires of 1939 killed at least 70 people.

One of Beth’s key roles has been as president of the Gisborne Ambulance Auxiliary for more than 30 years. During this time she was involved in the founding and running of the Gisborne Olde Time Market, which was started to raise funds for an ambulance station; building the current Ambulance Station and installing the helipad at Gisborne. Beth has also been on many other local committees over the years such as Gisborne Seniors Homes, Gisborne Senior Citizens, Gisborne Swimming

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Pool Committee and St Paul’s Church Guild to name a few, all of which she still enjoys participating in today, while also keeping up with her grandchildren’s activities. In 1983 Beth was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community. Beth's family held a 90th birthday party for her on Saturday September 22 and the Op Shop also celebrated her birthday.

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Would you like to know more about Melbourne's transport infrastructure program? The Gisborne Rotary Club is delighted to host an outstanding guest speaker on Tuesday October 16 — Corey Hannett. Corey was appointed CoordinatorGeneral of the state Major Transport Infrastructure Program in 2014 and is the head of five administrative offices. In addition to the mega projects such as the Metro Tunnel and West Gate Tunnel that Corey is overseeing, his offices are also responsible for the Mernda rail extension, the recently opened Hurstbridge rail line duplication Corey Hannett and the $1.7 billion Regional Rail Revival Program — a series of major rail upgrades to regional centres funded jointly with the Commonwealth. And finally, the State Government has also tasked Corey with developing plans for a rail link to Melbourne airport and fast rail to Geelong. Corey’s portfolio of projects currently under construction is nearly $30 billion. The Rotary Club would like to invite all members of the public to attend. The club meets at the Gisborne Golf Club, 6.45pm for 7.15pm and dinner is provided at a cost of $27 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Rodney Harrison at or phone 0417 289 215. RSVPs are required by 11am on Monday October 15. Submitted by Cynthia Tunbridge

Western Water launches virtual reality training Western Water field teams are using augmented reality and virtual reality to learn about network systems, pumps, repair and maintenance processes. The general manager for field operations, Graham Holt, says the innovative training approach helps improve the effectiveness and efficiency of training. If you wish to see a short video that demonstrates the augmented reality process, you can view it on the Western Water website,

Sunbury Model Railway Club’s 2018 Model Train Show

October 20th and 21st Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 10am – 4pm Adult $8 Child $2 Pensioner $5 Family $18

Liam Morey (right) stops in to visit sponsor Brett Anderson, of Anderson Aviation in Riddells Creek, supplier of the Bristell aircraft Liam is flying.

Ambitious young pilot on tour stops in Riddell

Moss-covered steps at Glenrannoch.

Historic Glenrannoch open in October Open Gardens Victoria will open one of the few remaining Mt Macedon hill station gardens — Glenrannoch — on October 6 and 7. Glenrannoch's establishment dates back to the mid-1870s. Its name derives from the Scots Gaelic word ‘rannoch’, which means bracken or fern, with ‘glen’ describing the position of the property between the south-eastern and western ridges that protect it. This garden stretches across almost 3½ hectares (eight acres). The property was developed and named by Scottish-born engineer George Gordon, who was head of the Melbourne water commission. Visitors should note that the terrain is quite steep. From the bottom of the garden near the Turritable Creek 177 steps lead upwards to the level of the residence. Higher up, above the fish pond, steps lead to a lookout, where on clear days visitors may enjoy views across to the distinctive peaks of the You Yangs. Visitors are welcome to picnic in the grounds at Glenrannoch and may also wish to visit the Garden Lovers’ Fair at nearby Bolobek in Macedon taking place on the same weekend. Address: 84 Devonshire Lane, Mt Macedon. Open Saturday October 6 and Sunday 7, 10am to 4.30pm Entry: Adults $8 (children U18 free), students $5.

A teenager from Queensland, with the help of an aviation company from Riddells Creek, is showing Australia what young people are capable of. Liam Morey, 16, of the Sunshine Coast, is attempting to set a new world record for the youngest solo circumnavigation of Australia by aircraft. He visited Riddells Creek twice in September to see the person who supplied his aircraft, Brett Anderson of Anderson Aviation. Liam says he has two reasons for doing the trip: he wants to talk to school students along the way to promote the study of STEM subjects (science, technology and mathematics), and “I am doing this trip in order to prove to people my age that anything can be achieved with enough perseverance and commitment.”

Garden Lovers' Fair October 6 and 7 The historic and beautiful Bolobek at Macedon will once MT again host the Mount MACEDON & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY INC. Macedon Horticultural Society’s Garden Lovers Fair on Saturday and Sunday October 6 and 7. Food, wine and refreshments will be available. Entry includes the fair and Bolobek garden; $12 for adults, $20 whole weekend entry. Children aged 18 and under, free. Free parking is available. 370 Mt Macedon Road, Macedon, 10am to 4pm each day. Further information is available at the website


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Solar rebates: What you need to know The Victorian Government solar panel rebate is available to 24,000 eligible homeowners. What is the solar panel rebate? This is an additional subsidy of up to $2225 for eligible homeowners and is claimed directly by the homeowner. What about the current subsidy? The current small-scale technology certificates (STCs) are still available to everyone who installs solar and involves a certain number of certificates based on the system output. These are then assigned a value depending on the market, that is usually applied as a discount in your quote by the installer. This can save you around $2,000 on the installation of a 5.0kW system. Can I get both? Yes, the solar panel rebate is calculated after the STC discount and is an additional saving, meaning you now can save over $4,000 on your solar installation. For example, a recent installation in Gisborne valued at $8,000 generated a $2,000 STC discount and is eligible for an additional $2225 from the new solar panel rebate – a total saving of $4225, which is over 50% of the system value. How do I know if I’m eligible? To be eligible you need to - Have a combined household income of less than $180,000 (based on 2016-17 or 2017-18 tax assessment) - Be owner-occupier of the home - Have a home valued under $3 million - Use a Clean Energy Council accredited installer. Submitted by Bluegum Electrical

Don't miss Kay's Fashion Parade Gisborne Uniting Church Fellowship will host a Summer Fashion Parade by Kays Classic Fashions on Monday, October 15, at 1:30pm at the church in Brantome Street, Gisborne. There will be great brands at low prices to suit ladies sizes 10 to 24, as well as a ‘specials’ rack. Entry is $10, which includes afternoon tea and door prizes. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy your summer fashions before the season starts. All welcome. Enquiries to Maree on 5428 3852.

"Vertical stripes are SO last season."

New Serrated Tussock guide released A long-awaited update to the Serrated Tussock Best Practice Management Guide is now complete and available. The original document produced in 2008 included a DVD and case studies and is the bible for serrated tussock management. The updated guide features improved images, updates to the information on serrated tussock distribution and further information relevant to management techniques with proven success. The executive officer of the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party, Martin Deering, said “the updated guide is a one-stop shop for information on serrated tussock management and control.

It has information on how to identify serrated tussock, how to control it and when to control it, as well as how to prevent it spreading to your property." Serrated tussock is a hardy and aggressive grassy weed which is found throughout temperate parts of Victoria and NSW. It has a devastating impact on the biodiversity of native grasslands and can drastically reduce the carrying capacity of farmland. To download a copy of the new brochure, please visit www.serratedtussock. com and follow the prompts or email the VSTWP at to order copies to be mailed out.

Training site focuses on flexible barriers A new training site opened in Woodend in September to give the region’s emergency services personnel the skills they need to work with flexible safety barriers when responding to accidents. Two stretches of flexible safety barriers have been installed at the VICSES Woodend Unit so local volunteers can

practise how to lay them down, cut them, and remove the posts if necessary About 2,000km of new flexible barriers are being rolled out on the state’s roads. VicRoads is developing mapping of barrier access breaks, emergency crossover points and interchanges which to be compatible with Triple Zero systems.

Congratulations to Emily Moody of New Gisborne, a Year 11 student at Sacred Heart College Kyneton, who has been selected for the 2019 National Youth Science Forum Year 12 Program. Emily, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gisborne, will head to Brisbane for 12 days in January where she will stay on campus at the University of Queensland and be exposed to a variety of career options Emily Moody is off in the STEM (Sci- to Brisbane. ence, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields. She will participate in science workshops as well as leadership and social activities along with 200 other students from around Australia. Emily is looking forward to the program and would like to thank Jane Watters and Rotary for their sponsorship and help in the application process. Brendan Watters

Riddells Creek Montessori holds Spring Fete On Saturday October 20, the same day as the Riddells Creek Farmers' Market and just a short walk from there, Montessori Preschool will hold its Spring Fete. Everyone is welcome. Entry is $7.50 per child (adults free entry). The children's entry fee includes face painting, pony rides, animal farm, jumping castle, Jaffa smash, treasure hunt, art activities, Western Water drink refill station, Mini Maestro Music and more. Other activities include Cobb & Co horse carriage rides, Tombola jars, lucky dip, cake and homemade goods stall, raffle, sausage sizzle, coffee van, popcorn, and lots more. 61 Main Rd, Riddells Creek, 10am to 2pm.

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Busy time for emergency services

Emergency services support farmers

The Gisborne Fire Brigade and SES Gisborne Unit have joined forces to raise much-needed funds to support farmers during this crippling drought. The two organisations will be at the October Gisborne Market which is on Sunday October 7. Gisborne Fire Brigade Lieutenant Bevan Moody took the lead after the brigade showed interest in supporting farmers at an August meeting. "This summer is looking to be one of the hottest and driest we have had which will only affect our farmers even further," he said. "If you see us at the market, please come say hi and drop a few coins in the tin." If you would like to donate money before the date, please contact Bevan via the brigade's Facebook page or email A fire community safety stall will also be set up at the IGA car park market on the same day where information on how to prepare for the upcoming fire season will be available.

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Stolen car set alight Gisborne SES and CFA members are raising money for farmers in need.

Wild winds cause havoc On Friday August 31, parts of the Macedon Ranges were hit by an unexpected storm that created fierce winds, damaging trees and properties in its path. Gisborne SES volunteers responded to more than 34 requests for assistance in a 24-hour period, including trees fallen on roads and homes, roof damage and in one case an airborne trampoline. In one incident, an old heritage chimney had collapsed onto community infrastructure, which required a carefully planned and intense operation to rehabilitate the area. The volunteers worked long hours in harsh weather conditions to mitigate the risks and ensure the community was safe. It was also evident community resilience has enhanced over time, due to the number of residents taking a proactive approach to minimise any

SES members make the building safe after a chimney of the old Telegraph newspaper building in Gisborne collapsed in the winds. damage to their properties, and forecasting the potential risk to their properties.   Although the trees add to our tranquil and peaceful surroundings, they can create havoc when impacted by extreme and micro burst weather events. It is imperative you take the time to have your trees assessed

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Gisborne and Riddells Creek fire brigades were called to a car fire on Ross Watt Road in Gisborne just before 9:30am on Wednesday September 12. Upon arrival the car was fully alight and it could not be saved. Police said the car had been stolen 24 hours before and it had been used in petrol drive offs and thefts in the area overnight. Up to three people were seen fleeing the scene before the arrival of emergency services. CFA Incident Controller Lt Bevan Moody said firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. "It took a bit of time to extinguish the fire as the fuel tank had been compromised in the fire and petrol was burning freely under the car,” he said. Bevan Moody, Gisborne Fire Brigade

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Fire station gets spring spruce-up Lendlease employees from the Citylink contract donated time and skills at Gisborne Fire Brigade on September 13. The Lendlease Community Day, when employees volunteer their time and skills to make a difference in the communities where employees live and work, is an annual event. Brigade Lieutenant and Lendlease Citylink employee Bevan Moody along with Lendlease Citylink contract manager Chris Ambrose started planning works for the Gisborne Fire Brigade two months ago.  “We put our electricians to work installing exhaust fans in both the women’s and men’s toilets, installed new LED lighting over the protective clothing change area and installed new power points around the station,” said Chris. They also repainted the front exterior of the station with paint donated by Dulux. Brigade Officer in Charge Captain Sam Strang praised Lendlease for all their hard work on the day. “We as a brigade are very thankful for all the work Lendlease put in," he said. "New lighting over the gear change area it makes easier and safer for our members to change in the event of a fire call. "The new paint job on the front of the station makes our 30-plus-year-old station look modern and fresh, it looks fantastic.” Bevan Moody

Special Tamil lunch will raise funds for refugees

Checking out the fashions are (from left): Di McCarthy, Rosalie MacKenzie, Frances Wearne, Jean Dixon and Shirley Purves.

Fashion focus at Friends of Red Cross Many thanks to Gisborne Friends of Red Cross members, friends and visitors for a very successful afternoon in September. Blumes Fashions’ display of their Spring range of clothing was well received and a good number of purchases by those present made the afternoon a success for Red Cross. As usual, a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes was enjoyed by all. At the next meeting in October, Joan Beever will again join us to present her beautiful range of handmade tote bags, very handy for all sorts of goodies. A reminder that the Christmas luncheon is to be held at the Clarkefield Hotel on November 2 at 12 noon. It would be appreciated if you could confirm your booking and pay for same at the meeting in October. Cost is $25. The next meeting is to be held at the Community Centre room in Hamilton Street at 1:30pm on Friday October 5.  Pat Beasley, 5427 3242

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP Lendlease employees and CFA members helped brighten up the station in Robertson Street.

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The Macedon Ranges Branch of Rural Australians for Refugees (MRRAR) has a busy month in October. We will have a stall at the Woodend Car Boot Sale next to the Farmers Market on October 6. Donations of saleable items such as pot plants, books, toys and bric-a-brac would be gratefully accepted. Contact Ruth Mulkearns on 0439 700 328 for arrangements. Come along and support MRRAR and other stall holders on the day. On Sunday October 7 we will be holding a fundraising luncheon to raise funds for our Material Support Group which supports people seeking asylum who have been bought to Australia from offshore detention centres for medical reasons. The luncheon will be held at the Norma Richardson Hall in Buckland Street, Woodend. Doors open at 1pm for a Tamil (Sri Lankan) feast to be served at 1:30pm. Throughout the afternoon there will be raffles, speakers and an auction of Seekers memorabilia donated by Athol Guy. The meal is being prepared by Tamil asylum seekers who offer Tamil feasts at CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) in East Brunswick every week and caters for all dietary needs including vegan and vegetarian, and is gluten free. Bookings are $25 per person through Trybooking,

Raffle stall to be held The Gisborne Auxiliary will be holding a stall at the Village Shopping Centre from Monday October 22 until Saturday 27 October. Members will be selling raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt and a hamper. Large and extra large size calendars for 2019 priced at $15 each are available now from the Secretary, Elaine Millar, 5428 2522 or buy one from the stall. Elaine Millar


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CWA aid plans cover variety of needs

Genealogical Group members Mary Ritchie (left), Tricia McLay, Lorna Jackson and Lyn Hall attend the official opening of the renovated Gisborne Library.

Scilly Isles in focus for next Genie Group meeting The next meeting of the Gisborne Genealogical Group will be held on Thursday October 25 at 7.30pm in the Family History Room, next to the Gisborne Library. Our guest speaker will be Greg Campbell who will talk about his Deason family from the Isles of Scilly. This is an area off the coast of Cornwall that is unfamiliar to many of our members so it should be a very interesting talk – it is always good to learn about new places and ways to go about researching our family history. Supper and time to chat will follow Greg’s talk. Visitors are always welcome. During Family History Month we held a seminar at which Dr Joan Hunt from Ballarat was a guest speaker. I am sad to report that about ten days after that event Joan died after suffering a severe stroke. A number of our members attended a memorial service held in Ballarat in her honour. Joan has been a popular guest speaker on several occasions at functions organised by our group. She will be sadly missed by family, friends and all her genealogy colleagues. Our outing on Saturday October 13 will now be to the Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) in North Melbourne. The planned trip to Laverton has been cancelled – or at least postponed for the time being. For details and to book for this outing to PROV please contact Mary Ritchie on 5428 3887. Lyn Hall

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The management staff from the Geelong Cemeteries Trust visited Gisborne CWA's last meeting with an informative talk on their running of Gisborne Cemetery. It was pleasing to hear that next year there will be a planned walk around the cemetery called Eddie’s Walk that you will be able to access on your mobile phone. We will be donating $500 towards this work as part of our yearly fundraising. We will also donate $500 to Windarring in Gisborne and $1000 to drought aid through CWA Victoria.  Judy Booth and Kathy Page provided a lovely morning tea for the Men’s Shed recently to thank them for re-erecting our sign at the entrance to town. We then had a tour of the work space and saw all the equipment they have available for projects. Kyneton branch ran a busy weekend in their Masonic Hall for the Daffodil Festival. Gisborne looked after the craft stall Christine which had lots of donated items for sale Edwards and delicious food was served all day. Thank you Fay for organising the op shop crawl. Ten ladies found a bundle of bargains and enjoyed a few coffee stops along the way.  The next meeting is the AGM on October 8 at 10am at Gisborne Secondary College. The colour of the month is blue. Coffee, craft and chat is on October 15 at 10am. Christine Edwards, 0437 953 253

Wyralla plan moves along I am happy to report that the latest meeting with Macedon Ranges Shire Council officers was most successful. The Wyralla Reserve Master Plan is all but agreed. It is anticipated that this plan will be distributed to the local community by letter drop in the next few weeks. The Master Plan should also be available on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website and on the Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc Facebook page. Community consultation is very important to this project. Feedback was received on the original Master Plan and the same is needed on this revised version. Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc encourages everyone to have their say. The Reserve is your community asset and your local park. To implement the Master Plan, a staged development is required. This is planned over three years. Although this may seem a long time, we are

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Valda Laird (left) and Anne Fyfield help out at the CWA stall at the Kyneton Daffodil Festival.

Macedon's spring activities Helped by lovely spring weather and a good display of daffodils, Macedon CWA and other local CWA branches had a successful Spring Daffodil Festival in Kyneton in early September. Funds raised will find their way to supporting local groups and activities, and we would like to thank all who made a contribution to our success. We then turned our attention to working for the success of the CWA café, open during the Melbourne Show, starting on September 22. Customers were able to refresh themselves with freshly baked scones and tea or a hot meal. Again, it is always a pleasure to meet members of the public and we appreciate the enthusiastic Jenny Strang feedback we receive. Anyone wishing to find out more about CWA can ring Lorraine on 5426 2045, or me, on 5426 2298. Jenny Strang encouraged to think that funding should begin for Stage 1 with the next Council budget. Friends of Wyralla Reserve Inc is always seeking new members. Membership is barely the price of a cup of coffee. Email us at Ian Turner



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Probus talks range from yak attack to ear drums Gisborne Probus members get together on the first Thursday of each month (February to November) at 10am at the Masonic Hall in Aitken Street. The formal meeting includes reports and planning for future activities and is followed by a catch-up over morning tea. The remainder of the morning is devoted to a guest speaker. At the September meeting, Ray Bradbury spoke about trekking in the Himalayas. At the age of 57 Ray embarked on a series of three treks in Nepal, one of which took him to the Everest Base Camp. Ray gave a fascinating insight into many aspects of trekking. Some of the dangers that he encountered included meeting herds of yaks and being held to ransom by bandits, who, once paid, provided a receipt! The speaker at our next meeting on October 4 will be Lisa Bousalis from Australian Hearing. Over the past three years, our speakers program has been organised by Pam Walsh. We have

been treated to a wonderful variety of interesting speakers. Thank you, Pam – your efforts have been much appreciated. Club members recently visited the Melton Botanic Garden. A guided tour of native bush food and exotic gardens left all impressed by the extent and development of the Botanic Garden. An amazing amount has been achieved with the help of dedicated volunteers and ‘work for the dole’ participants. The garden is certainly worth a visit. If you would like to find out more about Gisborne Probus or attend a meeting as a guest, call our president, Rod Willard, on 5428 8710 for further information. In August, Gary, Ken and Michael spoke about the fantastic Men’s Shed movement and in particular the Gisborne group. With 100 members, this group provides activities and social networks for those involved. Demonstrating great versatility, our speakers then gave a musical rendition of a number of popular songs.

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Weed and tree removal on Jacksons Creek Melbourne Water is planning to undertake woody weed removal and revegetation works along 500 metres of Jacksons Creek downstream of the Kilmore Road bridge. These works are important to the health of Jacksons Creek and will improve visual amenity, increase fauna habitat, and improve bank stabilisation and the current vegetation cover of the area. Spraying work is expected to start in November. There will be some short-term disturbances but in the long term residents will benefit from improved biodiversity and appearance of the creek. The works are supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and

the Friends of Jacksons Creek group, who have previously undertaken works along the creek. The project involves the removal of poplars, willows, desert ash, hawthorn, blackberry and other weed species followed by revegetating the area with 2630 native trees, shrubs and grasses planted into mulched beds. We understand that some people may consider some species, particularly willows, to be an attractive feature along waterways; however, their characteristic dense canopy, invasive roots and heavy leaf fall can smother our creeks and lead to reduced habitat and food for fish, as well as poor water quality and flow. The works are expected to start in

November with the treatment of willows and spraying of blackberry followed by mulching and specialised arborist tree removal works in February. Revegetation works will begin in April. There will be some noise next year during the tree removal and mulching with the use of chainsaws and chippers. Residents may also notice increased traffic around Kilmore Road as vehicles enter and leave the site. The works will be carried out between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. We will make every effort to minimise the impact of these works on the community and the environment, and thank you in advance for your patience. Submitted by Melbourne Water

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Sublime piece of music The Gisborne Singers have been gathering new members and 50 choristers are preparing to delight their audiences at their next major concert in November. Featured is the sublime Fauré Requiem. The work is full of rich, soulful melodies, considered some of the most beautiful Fauré ever wrote. Also to be presented is the lesser known but beautiful Magnificat by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, as well as Mozart’s Ave Verum, Brahms’ How lovely are Thy Dwellings and a bracket of Fauré songs: Tantum Ergo, Cantique de Jean Racine and the exciting Les Djinns. Soloists will be Rosie Cockline (soprano) and Tom Healey (baritone) and a professional will Hamilton Road,orchestra New Gisborne support. Performances will be on Sunday November on Church in 11 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Kyneton and Sunday November 18 at Gisborne Church of Christ, New Gisborne. Both performances Contact President Grainne start at 3pm and are followed by our famousBlack afternoon teas. For bookings please go Wood to our website, or D’arcy  Alison Kinghorn


Art blossoms on the Mount


ARE URGENTLY REQUIRED MRPS competition steward Ronda Woolgar (left) receives the Quad Competition trophy from judge FOR THE NEXT CHORAL PRODUCTION Jacqueline Millner (centre). “ELIJAH” by FELIX MENDELSSOHN Photo club in back-to-back Rehearsals at Holy Cross School competition


Macedon Ranges Photographic Society (MRPS) was announced winner of the annual regional Quad Competition involving clubs from Macedon, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Goldfields-Maryborough on September 15. Several club members also collected individual awards. Our club’s focused education, mentoring and skill formation activities continue to pay dividends. Congratulations everyone! MRPS has also been busy sharing and critiquing images with other partner clubs from Port Macquarie and Te Awamutu (NZ) as part of an annual exchange. September’s Tech Night was a treat with Will Tainsh presenting a range of his beautiful bird images plus a workshop on mounting printed images. Our region is currently teeming with birds all busy with courtship and nest building activities. Top Hint – when capturing bird shots stay still and quiet, and focus on their eyes to get the best photos. Join our October club meeting in Riddell on October 2 and enjoy a friendly, informative evening. This is a competition night with results of our externally judged 'Open' and 'Creative Blur' categories being discussed. Visit for access to great training resources, all our web links and details of activities for the rest of 2018. Happy snapping! Cherry Cole

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Bookshop says farewell BookBonding will close on Friday October 19, after the owners were not able to secure a sale. A non bookshop company is to take over the lease. Natasha and Mark want to thank everyone for being such fabulous bookshop supporters. Natasha says "I’ve loved all the mentoring I have received from so many of you, the conversations, the support, the passion. We all care about books; the learning and indulging reading brings to our lives and the lives of so many others. "We will be hosting a public farewell in store on Friday 19th from 4pm to 7pm – nibbles and drinks – to which you are all welcome. Otherwise best wishes for your future."

Macedon Ranges Art Trail invites garden lovers to take home some locally grown artwork from its next exhibition, Blossom. Inspired by the annual Garden m a c e d o n  r a n g e s Lovers Fair at Bolobek over the same weekend, Blossom will feature horticultural-themed original work including paintings, pottery, photography, mixed media and jewellery. More than 40 artists will participate including several who have won major prizes at regional shows in the past few years. Visitors can expect an abundant display of art and much to offer those who enjoy living with visual reminders of the outdoors. The exhibition will be at the Mt Macedon Horticultural Society Hall (enter via Golf Club) on October 6 and 7 from 10am to 4pm. Gold coin donations gratefully accepted.  Nadine Hartnett

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Amazing fabric art and pencil drawings to delight everyone The movement of birds in the Australian landscape is brightly captured in Colleen Weste’s exhibition of silk art hangings titled Bird Songs, opening at The Gallery Mt Macedon on October 6. Colleen considers her work ‘painting on cloth’ but with an extra tactile element achieved through dyeing, printing, shibori fabric and stitch. Pieces of silk are dyed using shibori technique and ecodyeing with plants, then cut, layered, sewn together and quilted to convey the mood of a memory or place. "My quilts are imprints of time conveying movement while expressing the colours of the bush and the calling sounds of the birds where I have travelled," she says. Jo Hoyne is a Mount Macedon artist who specialises in drawing with pencils. She has experimented with other media, but always returns to the deceptive simplicity of pencils, which offer a range of techniques and effects. Her Lifelines exhibition consists of 20 portraits of older women, aged from mid-60s to mid-80s. She works from her own photographs, capturing the inner qualities of her models. She wanted to challenge the idea that older women are ‘invisible’ and the stereotype of the grandmotherly type. These women embrace life, combining family, employment, sport, creativity, business, community interest, travel and more. She was worried that the women might be reticent about being models, but they eagerly embraced this new experience. Each portrait expresses qualities of the individual woman, but together they form fascinating contrasts and a powerful portrayal of the positive aspects of aging. The exhibition runs from October 2 to November 5. Colleen Weste

Colleen Weste, inset, and one of her works.

Learn about the vibrancy of modernist Mexican painting on Thursday October 18, at ADFAS Central Victoria’s final lecture of 2018. Guest lecturer Chloë Sayer will focus on Mexican painting during the time of iconic and controversial couple Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957). The Mexican Revolution of 1910 swept away the old régime and banished European influence in the arts. Kahlo and Rivera, in their different ways, helped to shape the cultural identity of 20th-century Mexico. Together they made Mexico a magnet for the rest of the world. Highlights will include Rivera's early career in Paris in the 1910s as a Cubist and Kahlo's childhood struggles with polio as well as their fleeting first acquaintance in 1922 when she was just 15 and he was 37. Chloë Sayer is an independent scholar, author and curator, specialising in the art and culture of Latin America. A fluent Spanish speaker, she has spent many years researching craft and textile skills. Entry is $30 cash or cheque payable on the evening and this includes refreshments served from 6:30 to 7:30pm), in addition to the lecture (7:30-8:30pm). For more information and/or registration of interest, please call Nicky on 0400 958 449. Frida and Diego Rivera, Submitted by Nicky Peters 1931, by Frida Kahlo.

Jo Hoyne in the studio.

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Shakespeare comes to Mountview Theatre

Young Voices of Macedon singers and directors with Athol Guy and Friends at the concert.

Big performances for Young Voices Springtime is proving to be a time of exciting performances for Young Voices of Macedon, a children’s choir that is enjoying rapid growth of membership. The choir was honoured to be included in the concert Athol Guy and Friends, firstly as the curtain-raiser, then actually singing three iconic songs – Morningtown Ride, Georgy Girl and The Carnival is Over with Athol and Friends. This was a huge thrill for the children, parents and especially grandparents! (Seekers Story review, page 16) Forthcoming performances of Young Voices include the confirmation service of two of our choristers, Charlotte and Edward Teed, at the Church of the Resurrection, Macedon, when the choir will sing anthems by John Rutter and Jill Galina. Our annual concert Upstage! on October 28 comprises a feast of choral music from musicals, opera and movies by composers including Mozart, Offenbach and Tim Minchin. Following the resignation of assistant conductor Emma West, the choir has been delighted to appoint Andrew Price as Emma’s replacement. With a strong background in choral and orchestral performance, Andrew is assistant conductor of the Melbourne choir Men in Suits. Recently he also formed the Woodend Warblers, a choir for adults of limited musical experience. New members will be welcome to join from early November, when preparations for Christmas performances begin. For further information see www.yvmacedon. Dianne Gome

Winter workshops a roaring success The final two workshops of the Woodend Art Group’s (WAG) winter program were a huge learning success all round. Acclaimed Macedon artist Sam Varian, renowned for her skill in clay hand sculpting, shared her sculptural insights in a workshop which proved so enticing to the wider arts and crafts fraternity that already 11 people are on the waiting list for her next one. This year’s final workshop explored the expertise of felting with long time Victorian Felters’ Association member Christina Kent. The workshop was a lot of fun and inspiring to everyone, witnessed by the beautiful scarf each participant made and, with a smile, proudly wore home. Some ladies travelled from as far afield as Mt Eliza and Kerang – and all attendees have vowed to return to Woodend for the next day of felting. Watch this space!  Michael Berry

The Mount Players' fourth and final production for this year – Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – will open on Friday November 9 and run until Sunday December 2. Melbourne director Drew Mason has enjoyed himself immensely setting this production during the suffragette movement of the early 20th century. It was an era of great social change for western democracies and led by some very strong, passionate women….much like the character in this play, Kate. Shrew is pacey, funny and a must-see for first-time Shakespeare goers and diehards alike. Tickets are now on sale via the website Auditions for the first production of 2019, Wily Russell’s Educating Rita, directed by Natasha Boyd, will take place on November 18 and 19. The play requires two actors: one male aged 50 to late 60s, and one female aged mid-20s to early 30s. A prepared monologue from the play will be required. For full details and to book an audition time, contact Natasha Boyd at or phone 0413 188 513.  Karen Hunt

The suffragette movement features in The Mount Players’ coming production of 'The Taming of the Shrew'.

FOR THE RECORD Dromkeen will be the venue for the Riddells Creek Sand Art Gallery exhibition on October 27. The exhibition will feature the work of some of the world’s leading sand sculptors around the theme of an Enchanted Forest. Dromkeen is at 1012 Kilmore Road, Riddells Creek. The MASH community solar bulk buy group held a community meeting in Gisborne on September 20. For those not able to attend you can call MASH on 1300 466 274 or go to


Works from the coming Buttlejorrk Artists' exhibition.

New show a great place to buy art for Christmas The Buttlejorrk Artists group is a creative mixed media arts group from the Macedon Ranges that formed in 1976. There are still some of the original members in the group as well as members who’ve joined this year. The group produces a wide variety of high quality art works in many different media including pottery, paintings, jewellery, textiles, mosaics and paper artwork including origami. This is the second year the group will be exhibiting at the Old Auction House in Kyneton – a beautiful new gallery space in Kyneton that is open seven days a week. The Buttlejorrk Artists' annual exhibition is to be held at the Old Auction House, 52-56 Mollison Street, Kyneton, and runs from October 25 to November 12. The opening is on Saturday October 27 at the gallery and all are welcome to meet the artists from 2 to 4pm.

All residents are invited to a community event at Gisborne Secondary College between 6 and 8pm on Wednesday October 10 to discuss the Gisborne Futures Project that will consider matters such as village character, parking, traffic and open space. Council is calling for nominations for the 2019 Macedon Ranges Australia Day awards. The closing date is October 31. On September 13, Council voted 7-2 to receive the State Government’s draft Macedon Ranges Statement of Planning Policy but with several reservations that will be pursued with the government.

The Pitruzzello Estate Olive Grove & Winery in Deverall Road near South Gisborne is for sale.

Congratulations to local band Dr Frisco that recently won the Macedon Ranges Battle of the Bands. The four members of the band are Braemar students; rhythm guitarist James Erickson is from Gisborne and drummer Gus Price lives in Macedon.

The 870 sq m block property at 32 and 32A Aitken Street was recently sold for $1.86 million. The new owner will continue the lease to the Cordial Factory.

The House of the Rock op shop in Brantome Street is closing in November. The house is to be demolished and developed into offices by the owners.

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Wine O’Clock Wine Bar, Gisborne: Bookings recommended - 0425 788 999 *  Wednesday October 3, 7pm - Juliarna Clark Trio


Olive Jones of Macedon: 5426 3700

* Saturday 6th at 7.30pm - Rhyley McGrath

* Sunday 7th from 1pm-4pm - Son of a Gun

* Sunday 7th at 4pm - Callan Turner

* Sunday 28th from 1pm-4pm - The Wizard

* Wednesday 10th at 7pm - Julie O’Hara Trio *  Saturday 13th at 7:30pm - Dollar 20 Blues Band *  Sunday 14th at 4pm - Pepe & The Cat

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* Sunday 21 at 4pm - Artist to be advised st


* Friday 12 at 7:30pm - Greon Dove Irish Band

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* Saturday 13th at 8pm - Mariah McArthy

* Friday 26th at 7:30pm - Pianoman Ken Murdoch

* Friday 19th at 7:30pm - Mandy Connel

* Sunday 28 at 4pm - Kingsville th

* Saturday 6 at 8:30pm - Recall The Hitz



* Wednesday 31st at 7pm - Juliarna Clark Quartet  



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* Wednesday 24th at 7pm - Juliarna Clark Trio

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* Friday 19th at 8:30pm - Karaoke Night   

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More than a trip down memory lane Athol Guy and Friends a delight Review As I took my place in Jubilee Hall, Macedon, on September 9 the lady next to me tapped my arm and said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to sing along.” And indeed, she did! Presented with an afternoon straight out of the Swinging Sixties and The Seekers Songbook, Athol Guy and Friends had the afternoon away with the beautiful Young Voices of Macedon. Highlighting both their Vivo and Cantabile members, under the direction of Dianne Gome, Elizabeth Teed, Andrew Price and accompanied by Catherine Hutchinson, they set the scene for a beautiful afternoon of music, finishing with a spirited rendition of Rhythm of Life from the hit 1960s musical, Sweet Charity. Soon, it was to be a pilgrimage back through the mid ‘60s to the present as Athol Guy, Buddy English, Jenny Blake and Rod Hills took the stage. Buddy English performed two of his hit songs, Doll House and Movin’ Man. Next Jenny and Rod introduced themselves musically, and the story embarked, as it were, on the TSS Fairsky with Athol and The Seekers on the tour to England that changed their, and Australian music life. For all present, it was more than a trip down memory lane as this well-orchestrated and visual spectacular

Athol Guy and Friends and Young Voices of Macedon in concert on September 9. unfolded. For many in the room, there were many touching moments of significance through the past 55 years. It was as if there was an affirmation of a significant time in our history as what really amounted to an amazing afternoon of entertainment unfolded in the fullest sense. Proceeds from the afternoon will aid in the development of the Spiritual Walk being created at the Church of the Resurrection. The first stage will be dedicated by new Bishop of the Oodnethong Episcopate, Bishop Kate Prowd, on November 4.

Bach, Beethoven and the harpsichord Friends of Music at Resurrection are delighted to inform readers of a fascinating lecture/recital to be given by harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson. The program focuses on Beethoven’s life-long admiration and study of the keyboard music of JS Bach. Beethoven called Bach “the immortal God of harmony”. Punning on the meaning of the word Bach in German, Beethoven said "He should be called Meer (ocean), not Bach (stream), because of the never-ending richness of his harmonies". Beethoven owned printed editions of Bach’s music, and his sketches for many works contain quotes from Bach fugues. The program features such works, including the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (BWV 903) and Contrapunctus No.4 from the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080). Elizabeth says that many people had harpsichords in their homes during Beethoven’s lifetime. For this reason Beethoven had his publishers title much of his keyboard music 'for Pianoforte or Harpsichord'. The program will conclude with Beethoven’s Adagio for Mandolin and Harpsichord (WoO 43a) Elizabeth and the famous Für Elise from 1810 Anderson (WoO 59). The recital is on Saturday October 6 at 5pm at the Church of the Resurrection. Tickets are $25/20. Bookings at Enquiries to 5426 4801. Dianne Gome

Gisborne Miniature Railway group inspired to expand Our last Run Day on September 2 (Father’s Day) was a bit cold and wet but we had a good turnout of people to ride the Miniature Railway at the Gisborne Steam Park, Webb Crescent, New Gisborne. Train rides are just $2 a head – Not bad! And we cater for children from 1 year to 90+ years or younger. A number of our members went to South Australia on the weekend of August 25-26 to visit a club at Morphett Vale ( and we came back with lots of ideas for improving our miniature railway into the future. We took heaps of photos which will be shown to members and visitors in October so that planning can proceed for the expansion of our miniature railway.

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If you visit us on our next Run Day on October 7, have a look at the Model Railway Exhibition. It’s a great show. And say “hello” to the guys running it. Are you looking for a great hobby that will keep you entertained for years? We are always seeking new members. Perhaps you're about to retire or you’ve got nothing to do; you don’t need any experience because we will ‘train’ you in the art of being a ‘trained’ member to run our community railway. Contact 0419 897 721 for further information or come to our next Run Day on October 7, 11am to 3pm. See you next time! Arthur Boyd, Miniature Railway Co-ordinator

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A member of Gisborne Vintage Machinery Society gives the miniature train a run.

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FOR THE GREEN THUMBS What to do in the garden in October In the flower and ornamental garden

Never give up: A determined uprooted eucalyptus stays alive by producing upright new growth along the length of its trunk.

Daly Nature Reserve News Our invitation to walk around the Reserve on Sunday September 23 was greeted by a morning of drizzle. Those who attended spotted spring flowers including Early Nancy lilies (Wurmbea dioica) providing a ground cover of purple-centred white flowers. Of interest was the Nodding Greenhood (Pterostylis nutans) showing bright green oval heads which cleverly grab insects, hold them for several minutes, then release the pollen-covered insects to complete the pollination process when they are grabbed by another nearby plant. We admired the deep purple flowers of the Happy Wanderer (Hardenbergia violacea) – yes, this popular garden plant is actually an Australian native. Our walk revealed the diversity of Daly Nature Reserve and some visitors were surprised at its size. A quick glance does not disclose the hidden walking tracks in the ancient bushland. As the season progresses there will be native orchids, blue Dianella flax-lily, yellow everlasting daisy, pink Austral Indigo, grey spikes of cotton fireweed and many more to seek out. Please note: We may need to change the time and/ or date for the October working bee. All enquiries to  Irene Perkin

Spring in my garden has been rather higgledy piggledy with staggered flowering of the camellias, bulbs and perennials rather than a simultaneous show. Gardens further north of here around Bendigo and also south in Melbourne have many of their plants flowering two or three weeks ahead of ours in this area. As soon as the warm weather settles in we will have a riot of colour and there will be plenty to do. Check your lawn mower is serviced ready to work hard in October and November. If you need to fix patches in an existing lawn or sow a new one, now is the time to do it. Frost-sensitive plants can be planted out as soon as the frosts are over. Seedlings of love-in-the-mist, zinnias, snapdragon, and hollyhock can go in now and sow seed of nasturtiums, lupin, lobelias, cosmos, and larkspur.

In the native garden The wattles seem to have had a bumper season so far. Some of the other flowering natives are rather slow but will catch up shortly. The Epacris or heaths, the Correas and Westringias have taken off and are flowering happily. Hardenbergias, sometimes called sarsaparillas, in spots with frost protection have had a great flowering season too. Most natives can be planted out now as long as you mulch them and keep them watered regularly over their first summer.

DOWN TO EARTH With Rosemary Davies

In the vegie and fruit garden Clean up and dig over the vegetable garden mixing through some more compost before you plant. Most vegetable seedlings can go into beds now including all the summer salad ones, lettuce, carrots, chives, celery, rocket, cress, beans, beetroot, leek, pumpkin, squash, zucchini and cauliflower. Fruit trees will be flowering or forming tiny fruits. It is important the roots do not dry out from now on or the fruit may drop early from the tree. Citrus can be given a half dose of complete citrus food and some compost.

In the family garden Seed sowing and planting would be high on the list for this month’s family activities. Buy some acrylic paints to decorate plastic pots for recycling or preferably use natural terracotta pots. Make some handmade pots from air-dry clay and seal them over with several waterproofing coats of sealer. When porous pots are dry then paint your decorations over the top. Later, plant with your favourite flower and vegetable seedlings.

Mystery day again delights Garden Club The Gisborne Garden Club in September enjoyed a Mystery Bus Tour, which our members look forward to every year. As the tour starts the members try to guess where we are heading and our bus driver takes a few wrong turns to keep them guessing. We headed to Ballarat to the Lambley Garden Nursery in Ascot. On arriving we had morning tea in the car park, then we were given a tour and talk on

how they do their propagating and members were able to buy plants. We then headed to Trentham for lunch at the Plough Hotel and all our members said they enjoyed their meal. Our next stop was a visit to a very large and beautiful garden with extensive plantings and views down the valley in Springhill. The Garden Club meets every second Wednesday of the month. For further information contact Denise Hall on 0409 691 525.  Denise Hall

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View from the Stalls Kate Tousoulis

Fourteen years at Gisborne Market Kate Tousoulis has been a regular stall holder at the Gisborne Market for 14 years where she sells quality plants along the central pathway near the drinking fountain. With the help of her husband Jim and their three sons, Kate travels to Yea, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Point Lonsdale, as well as to Gisborne, to supply her many satisfied customers. Kate’s first introduction to the nursery business was learning to propagate olive seedlings as a young girl, and from that time her knowledge of plants has grown considerably. Kate laughs when she recalls that when she first came to Gisborne Market her site was the only one on that pathway; now she is surrounded by stalls in all directions.


Kate and son Stamatis Tousoulis at the Market.

Gazette golf trophy


SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER Gisborne CFA and SES members will be at the Gisborne Market on October 7 collecting donations to support drought-affected farmers. On the same day (and on the 6th as well), don't forget the book sale in the Mechanics Hall, also in aid of the farmers.


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Congratulations to Jenny O'Connor (centre), the winner of the GREAT Gisborne Gazette golf trophy for 2018. With Jenny is Adrienne Fievez (left), President of the Gisborne Golf Club Ladies, and Captain Marianne Stoettrup.

After months of rebuilding at a cost of $486,000 the refurbished and extended Gisborne Library was officially opened by the Mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson last month. Local Collingwood supporters raided the town’s shops to snap up all available black and white streamers and balloons in the lead-up to the AFL grand final.

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Soccer scores government grants

Wine O’Clock owners Peter Morris, Clint Gipperich, Carolynn John and Alastair McLellan celebrate a successful first year.

Venue plans fundraiser Wine O’Clock celebrated its first birthday on August 26 and would like to thank the Macedon Ranges community for embracing and supporting the venue and concept of Bring Your Own Food with live music in Gisborne. Their next venture is fundraising for Mick Day’s ‘Ride to Break the Silence’, a fundraiser for Lifeline, which has been close to their hearts with a number of friends and customers this year. Various events will be held leading up to Mick's departure in January: watch the Facebook page for details. ‘Ride to Break the Silence’ T-Shirts are for sale for $30 at Wine O'Clock with all funds going directly to Lifeline.

Ramblers walks in October Friday 5 – Newham: Wildflower walk Friday 12 – Riddells Creek: Conglomerate Gully Friday 19 – Cherokee: Tunnel Creek Rd Friday 26 – Mt Macedon: Days Picnic Ground and Sanitorium Lake Loop. 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. Hiking pole or walking stick is recommended. Walks last for about 90 minutes with about 15 minutes' drive time to start (allow 30 minutes for Newham and 25 minutes for Cherokee). Contact Charles on 5428 3021. NB: In case you receive your next Gazette later than November 1, the first walk in November will be on Friday 2 at Blackwood: Heritage River Trail from the Garden of St Erth. (Allow 55 minutes' travel time each way).

The Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, celebrates with members of Gisborne Soccer Club on September 19.

Gisborne Soccer Club has received two grants totalling $6000 in the State Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants. The grants are to help clubs with new uniforms and equipment, training of coaches, officials and volunteers, and improving operational effectiveness. Gisborne Soccer Club will use the funds to buy new equipment and a first aid kit, and implement strategic planning to help increase participation.

Hopes for replica horse trough in Macedon The Macedon and Mount Macedon Business and Tourism Association (MMMBATA) hopes to install a replica concrete horse trough opposite the Macedon Railway Hotel in Smith Street, Macedon. The trough will be a replica ‘Annis & George Bills’ horse trough to reinstate an original feature of the streetscape that was damaged beyond repair in the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983. It is a free-standing trough constructed of steel reinforced concrete with a ‘doggy’ drink bath alongside. It will be fitted with an automatic ball float valve to maintain a controlled amount of water in the trough. The horse trough will be built using ‘lost trades’ methods and from handmade moulds. The trough will not only serve the many horse riding and pony clubs in the area but provide drinking water for dogs being walked. Horse riders still tether their horses at the site while riders are in town. A new hitching rail will be installed as well. Bills’ horse troughs date back to the late 1920s.

An Annis & George Bills trough at Mount Macedon.


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Council is pleased to be involved in a ceremony this month to rename a significant creek in Gisborne. A community-led initiative in collaboration with Melbourne Water and the Wurundjeri Council to change the name of South Gisborne Drain to ‘Bunjil Creek’ was recently gazetted by the Office of Geographic Names. The name Bunjil honours the Wurundjeri Totem of the wedge-tailed eagle, which is present at a number of sites along the 4.2km waterway that flows down from Mount Gisborne to meet Jackson’s Creek. Representatives from the Wurundjeri Council, Melbourne Water and Council will commemorate this special occasion at the confluence of Bunjil Creek and Howey Creek on Tuesday October 9 at 9am in Fersfield Road. The event will include a Welcome to Country. This initiative is a great example of different groups and community members working together to achieve a common goal. Well done to everyone involved. There are a number of opportunities to be involved in Council consultations during October, with current ‘Have your Say’ items including the future of Gisborne and the Draft Macedon Ranges Biodiversity Strategy. Share your thoughts on the future planning and development of Gisborne and its town centre

by coming along to a community information session at Barcham Theatre, Gisborne Secondary School, on Wednesday October 10 from 6pm to 8pm. Feedback is due by Thursday October 11. The Draft Macedon Ranges Biodiversity Strategy will guide us on how to protect and enhance the unique and highly significant biodiversity in many different ecosystems throughout the Macedon Ranges. The closing date for feedback is Sunday October 21. If you can’t make the information sessions or you want to find out more, visit, drop in to a Council service centre or call 5422 0333. Both of these consultations fit in with the Recommendations for the Protection of the Macedon Ranges including from the Final Report: “It must clearly identify objectives for the future of the shire which embody the precautionary principle, and prioritise the protection of the environment, water catchments and nature conservation as SPP8 did.” Also from the Final Report: “Landscape, biodiversity, cultural heritage and township protection must be a cornerstone of policy protection for the Macedon Ranges.” The Macedon Ranges was formally gazetted as a “distinctive area and landscape” on August 16.

Burning off restrictions lifted for small properties In consultation with local CFA brigades, the council has approved the lifting of burning off restrictions from September 22 until Sunday October 14 for land less than 4,000 square metres (one acre). This is a good opportunity for landowners to minimise their risk by reducing the amount of fine fuels that are present on and around their properties. Residents must ensure that when burning off they do not create a nuisance for their neighbours and should continue to monitor any burn-off for at least seven days to ensure it is fully extinguished. Large loads of green waste (excluding noxious weeds) can be tipped for free at Council’s transfer stations. Please monitor weather conditions prior to starting any burning off and to remember to register the burn by calling 1800 668 511. For more information about burning off, visit or call Council on 5422 0333.

Town Hall & Museum KYNETON Equus at Kyneton Museum Bringing together photographs, original paintings, historical artefacts and more, Equus shines a light on the unique relationship between horse and human. Objects on show include original blacksmith tools, decorative riding habits, historical side-saddles, wagons, riding boots from the late 1890s, and more. 67 Piper Street, open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Entry fees apply. To book, visit museum or call 1300 888 802.

Exposing Edith, Town Hall A voyage of love, loss and sorrow on Friday October 12 with the cabaret show Exposing Edith which pays tribute to the late French chanteuse, Edith Piaf. The work is created by and stars Michaela Burger and Greg Wain, and delves into music and stories from Edith’s life. 11:30am. Tickets are $25 adults, $22.50 seniors and $20 concession. To book, go to, or call 1300 888 802.

Have your say on draft Biodiversity Strategy The draft Macedon Ranges Biodiversity Strategy establishes a shared vision between Council, the community and other stakeholders for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity values across the shire. Council is seeking input and feedback on the draft, which identifies policy and planning initiatives as well as priorities for protection, community engagement and processes for monitoring biodiversity.

You may view or download the draft strategy via the council's website. Have your say until Sunday October 21. Post your written submission to Macedon Ranges Shire Council, PO Box 151, Kyneton VIC 3444, or email mrsc@ You can also discuss the draft in person by visiting Council’s information stall at the Woodend Farmers Market on Saturday October 6.

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Get involved in the Seniors Festival On Wednesday October 17 you can hit the dance floor at the annual Grey Light Dance, held in partnership with Kyneton Police. The event will be held from 1.30pm at Kyneton Town Hall. Transport will be available but must be requested when booking. The event is free, but bookings are essential. Call Stephanie on 5422 0258 or email to RSVP. Gisborne's aquatic and leisure centres will offer seniors these free activities: Aqua Aerobics, Monday October 8 at 9:15am at the Gisborne Aquatic Centre, and Staying Strong, Friday October 12 at 10:30am (followed by morning tea) at Gisborne Fitness Centre. Throughout October, festival events are free or low cost, and free public transport will be available for Seniors Card holders across Victoria from Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 October. For information about events and activities generally, visit Seniors Online, call 1300 135 090 or pick up a free program at the library or Council offices.

Jacksons Creek bird count walk Sunday October 21, 9am to 10:30am A professional ornithologist will provide expert guidance on how to spot birds along Jacksons Creek. Learn about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app, and how you can use it to record birds you see. Morning tea provided. This event is run in partnership with Gisborne Landcare. Meet at the Council offices, Robertson Street, Gisborne. The event is free. For more information contact Kristel Wagner or Donna Liddicoat on 5421 9660 or or

Nin Hardiman Obituary Olwen Annarella ‘Nin’ Hardiman 15 Sept 1921 – 14 Aug 2018 Nin was the only daughter of MajorGeneral Sir Nevill Smyth VC KCB and Lady Evelyn Smyth. She had two brothers: Osmond, a historian academic and diplomat, and Dacre AO, a Naval Commodore, artist and poet. Nin’s father retired from military service after the first world war, highly decorated by the British, French and Belgian governments. The three children were born in England before the family moved to Australia in 1925, settling at Balmoral near Hamilton. Mostly raised by their mother who was energetic and hardworking, Nin and her brothers enjoyed life on their sheep station ‘Kingbool’ with its magnificent homestead. A governess was employed to handle their early education. When the local primary school was opened with only 12 pupils, the children rode their Shetland ponies to school three miles away every morning. Nin became an accomplished horsewoman and carried this through to her later life. As the nearest State high school was 65km away in Hamilton, the Smyth children were sent to boarding school for secondary education. Nin attended Clyde School from 1934 to 1938 and her school records show she was a form captain, dux, received many prizes and laid the first log of the newly built log cabin. In 1939 Nin and Osmond sailed to England. Her father was keen for her to learn French and Nin initially attended finishing school in France.

Nin Hardiman She wrote to her father in French and did receive some of those letters back – with the French corrected! At the advent of WW2 she managed to return to England by the last ferry. She assisted the war effort by joining the British WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) to become a Section Officer, commanding others with her bright and positive demeanour at various bases. Osmond joined the Welsh Guards and Dacre joined the Royal Australian Navy, so all three siblings served in the war. It was during a posting to RAF Station Hawarden that Nin met Squadron Leader Robert Hardiman DFC who had returned from the Middle East and was then chief flying instructor at the station. After five months they became engaged and they married at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London in 1944. They returned to Australia in 1947 when an emotional Smyth family

reunion took place. Nin and Robert then settled at their property ‘Pen-Ga-Rook’ in Black Hill Road, Gisborne, where their daughters Christine, Prudence and Annarella were born. Nin took much responsibilty for the farm when Robert was away for days at a time flying commercially for Ansett ANA. She was a great friend and support to people in the district, forging lasting friendships with all and caring for older or isolated neighbours. She was known by the district shearers for her generous cooking during shearing time. Nin supported her daughters’ interests and pursuits and taught them to ride, care for and train many horses. The family very much enjoyed their annual beach holidays in Portland. Nin and Robert later designed and built a house ‘Marazion’ in Kemp Road, New Gisborne, before moving again to Macedon. Nin was a generous supporter of the rural community in Gisborne. She maintained longstanding family, district and community friendships. She became a Guide Commissioner, a member of Red Cross, Vision Australia, the Historical Society, and was an active member of St Paul’s Anglican Guild and Op Shop. She personified the Christian, humanitarian and universal values of generosity, goodwill and kindness. Nin outlived Robert and lived independently at her home until she was 94, supported by family, carers and the wonderful Macedon Ranges local community. Her final years were spent at ‘Highgrove’ in Kew. A memorial service was held at the Church of the Resurrection, Macedon, on August 31.

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Smith’s Nursery


Riddells Creek, 1862 – 1909

John Smith established a nursery at Riddells Creek in 1862 which developed an international reputation. Phyllis and Ian Boyd take a look at Smith's Nursery.


ohn Smith was born in Scotland and trained in horticulture at Edinburgh University and in London. He was employed at Fairfield Nurseries near Liverpool before migrating to Victoria in 1852. In Melbourne he found employment at Smith and Adamson’s Nursery until 1862, when he acquired 30 acres of land on the banks of the creek at Riddell. By 1864, he had three acres under cultivation. In 1866 the Intercolonial Exhibition, an event that gave individual colonies the chance to show off their produce and manufacturing expertise, was held in Melbourne. Smith’s Nursery took first prize for strawberries. By 1869 10 acres were planted with fruit trees including 71 varieties of dessert apples and 60 varieties of pears. Smith’s Nursery built a fine reputation for its fruit trees and later widened its interests to ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. In 1875 the nursery took first prize for apples at the Vienna International Exhibition. The nursery had an extensive export trade in native plants and seeds and became famous for its oaks, of which it had 20 species and 50 varieties. The first golden oaks imported into Australia were planted along the creek bank where they could be seen by railway travellers. John Smith developed expertise in crossing and hybridising petunias and verbenas and won many prizes. When he died in 1886 aged 83, his two sons Walter and Thomas carried on the nursery. Thomas had a special interest in chrysanthemums, daffodils and orchids and he was the first to cultivate orchids that were so popular in the 1880s. Thomas Smith died in 1898, and in 1902 Walter Smith sold off half of the land, although he continued to operate the nursery until 1909, when a disastrous flood carried away much of the nursery and its buildings. Walter was active in local affairs, was the founder of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade, did much to beautify the township of Riddells Creek and acted as its ward councillor with the Romsey Shire. He continued to write regular articles in the early Gisborne Gazette, sharing his knowledge of horticulture and offering his advice to the Gisborne Shire regarding

An early group on the driveway of the Nursery. An 1871-72 catalogue put out by John Smith & Sons. These catalogues could run to more than 40 pages. suitable township and street tree plantings. He died in 1938. The nursery regularly produced catalogues. The 1871-72 Catalogue of Fruits thanked friends and customers for the support they received from all parts of the colony. The nursery advised that it spared no expense in importations from England, securing a superior selection of varieties that had been proved in Europe to be the best and most distinct in their respective classes and assured their customers that they would form a valuable addition to the fruits of the colony. Customers who were not knowledgeable about fruits were advised that, when giving orders, they should state the nature of their soil and climate and allow J. S. Smith & Sons discretion to substitute other superior kinds that were likely to succeed better in the locality named. They advised distant proprietors that they would continue to supply and plant gentlemen’s estates with all kinds of suitable large forest trees and a choice of ornamental and evergreen flowering shrubs for lawns and pleasure grounds on the largest scale.


n article in Town & Country of 1873 by an unnamed friend of John Smith describes the nursery in detail. "This time of the year with our variable climate is not exactly the best time to view the prettily situated spot rejoicing in the name of Riddells Creek. Having how-

ever promised to visit my old friend Mr John Smith – who, by the way, wears like the hale and hearty miller of the Dee – I resolved to start one morning last week, the sun for once having condescended to shine out gloriously ... notwithstanding I had just received a note from the worthy proprietor stating 'Don’t come now, ground in an awful state, nursery afloat, everything looks seedy.' "Sure enough, on arrival at this otherwise charming spot, I found it quite true. However, there being no help for it, I did as it were glode through mud to Messrs Smith’s establishment, not being sorry when I reached his sound gravel drive. "I quickly found Mr Smith hard at work

making out most formidable looking invoices that I presume someone will ere long have to shell out to satisfy. Mr Smith is a fine sample of the real old horticulturist, an original of a type seldom now seen, he having vigorously braved 70 summers, some 60 of which have been devoted to ... horticulture. "After being supplied with some kneeboots, we proceeded to real business, Mr Smith himself acting as my guide. I found that most of the handsome specimen conifers for which the Riddells Creek Nursery is justly celebrated had made rapid progress during the past 12 months, among which several of the handsome Wellingtonias are now over 12 feet [3½ metres] in height. The young stock comprises a choice of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, new and rare clematis, palms, pines and the new handsome broad-leaved evergreen oaks. "The fruit department occupies nearly 15 acres and certainly reflects credit upon the management; the specimen trees of the various varieties being generally in vigorous health. A number of experiments are being carried out by Messrs Smith with regard to the non-blighting varieties of apples. The number of varieties grown is extensive, embracing the old and new favourites; also the new American apples and two choice kinds, newly imported, called Fairy and Annie Elizabeth. "Pears, plums, cherries and apricots are most successfully cultivated in considerable quantities and peaches thrive in this locality. Gooseberries are a feature here, as are currants and various nut varieties. The other leading fruits such as vines, figs, almonds, olives, raspberries, mulberries, oranges and lemons each have quarters allotted to them and appear to be grown with success, the whole stock having acquired a hardy constitution from the fact of the cold and bleak situation of the nursery; on the east of the grounds being the Macedon Ranges, at this season frequently cloud capped. "It is worthy of remark that Mr Smith was one of the very first persons in this colony to give notice of the certain arrival of that great pest to the vigneron, the “Oydium”, he at that time advocating the immediate use of sulphur to keep it in check. Mr Smith’s prophesy proved only too true and those who took his advice were well repaid, although few have acknowledged their indebtedness to him. Mr Smith is well supported by his sons who are industrious and energetic, no small measure of the present success of Smith’s Nursery at Riddells Creek, being due to them." The nursery was closed in 1909 after two disastrous floods in three years.

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We’ve had some exciting times. First up, Joeys Eric and Cooper (helped by Joey Leader ‘Koala’) report on their night with the Hanging Rock Rover Crew. "The Rovers came to our Joey night and they played larger-thanlife games with us. We all enjoyed Snakes and Ladders. Then we showed the Rovers our favourite games, Poison Ball and Dead Fish. We loved all the games the Rovers played with us, and had heaps of fun. We hope the Rover Crew will come back soon to play more games! Thank you Hanging Rock Rover Crew." Then we had our first Scout Film Night watching back-toback Star Wars movies to raise money for our Scouts going to the Australian Jamboree. The popcorn was great! Alex won the prize for best dress-up as Princess Leia. Our Cub Scout Leader “Akela” came a close second. Joeys meet at the Church of Christ, Saunders Road, New Gisborne, on Wednesdays from 6.30 to 7.30pm during term. Call “Koala” (Jacinta) on 0432 904 990 or email Scouts (10-15) meet on Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm. Cub Scouts (7-10) on Wednesdays 6.30 to 8pm. Contact Group Leader “Skipper” on 0450 922 787 or email

1st New Gisborne Scout Alex won the prize for best dress-up as Princess Leia with Cub Leader "Akela" (Cathy) a close second.

MACEDON MUSINGS With Belinda Carlton-Doney

If you do not take the train all that often, you may not have noticed the addition to the Macedon Train Station. Perfect timing for the cold winter, a fantastic, new enclosed shelter was opened for business earlier in the year. This shelter, complete with security cameras and gorgeous automatic doors is, most importantly, heated! No more standing in the bitter cold, hands like ice blocks. Of course, there are alternative ways to keep warm on the the brave and impressive gentleman, doing push-ups at five o’clock in the morning (you are a legend my friend). But for those of us in heels and skirts, this is not always an option...maybe next time!? Some that use this new facility though, have been disappointed with the cleanliness. Some caring locals, have even taken to cleaning the building themselves. They have also posted photos on Twitter in an effort to have the cleaning happen more often. So far, they have not had much success. Currently the whole development is under the control of Vic Track. A grant from the State Government has provided for the shelter and car park to be developed. The car park will accommodate 110 vehicles. Once the work is completed it will be handed back to V/Line. Locals have also been campaigning for the station to be fully manned. At this stage, however, there are no plans for this to eventuate. The gorgeous, original Macedon Station building could also do with a bit of TLC. It is a brave survivor of Ash Wednesday, but currently there are no funds allocated towards its maintenance. Fingers crossed, this may happen one day. Maybe I’ll meet you on the platform, one early morning. Hint: I probably won’t be the one doing push-ups! Take care all.  Belinda

Macedon Scout awards

Hanging Rock Rovers Abby, Trish and Tyson join 1st New Gisborne Joeys.

1st Macedon Scout group were delighted and proud to present Cubs Eve Moait and Samuel Graham with their well-earned Grey Wolf Certificates, the highest possible award that can be earned. With the two Cubs are Rose Moait, Simon Walliss (centre) and Ken Bryce.

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Young Shedmen learn the latest technology In partnership with the local KidzFlip initiative, the Men's Shed runs a “Young Shedmen” program for local teenagers offering a supportive environment to gain some practical skills and knowledge to improve future employment decisions and prospects. With a financial contribution from the KidzFlip Committee and the donation of a PC from The Computer Company (Gisborne) we have recently set up a 4-axis computer-controlled router. Aside from being of valuable general use to all members, this provides an opportunity for our Young Shedmen to learn some basic concepts of


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Shedmen Fred, Gunther and Roger with Caleb and Mitchell. computerised machine control. After working with this equipment they can readily appreciate other applications of this technology, including more complex robotics. At The Shed we offer all sorts

of opportunities for men of all ages to congregate, communicate, contemplate, innovate and recalibrate. To see the old adage “variety is the spice of life” in action, visit us in Lyell Street any Monday,

Macedon Ranges Health farewells CEO Don Tidbury In September Macedon Ranges Health (MRH) farewelled former CEO Don Tidbury who is leaving to pursue other CEO career opportunities. The president of the MRH Board, Alec Djoneff, said Don left a great legacy, having led the transformation of Macedon Ranges Health which was highly regarded by its industry peers and the community it served. “Don Tidbury was set a clear and challenging range of strategic objectives and without exception has achieved and exceeded the

expectations of the board and stamped himself as an exceptional CEO," Alec said. "We wish Don every good fortune and success in the future and thank him profusely for the outstanding service he has delivered to MRH and the wider community." Don said “It has been a great honour and privilege to serve as the CEO of MRH. I will be forever grateful for the generous support, goodwill and opportunities extended to me by MRH’s board, employees, volunteers, partners and the

Macedon Ranges community. "It has been an amazing four years and a highlight of my career. More recently, I have had the good fortune to work with the Benetas team on the MRH-Benetas amalgamation. This has been an extraordinary project that will create enormous benefits for the Macedon Ranges community. "I wish Benetas every success with the amalgamation and future delivery of high quality, innovative health and aged care services,” Don said.

Residents at The Oaks have been treated to two wonderful afternoons of entertainment, both sponsored by late residents' families. The first was sponsored by the family of the late Florence Carter and it was a wildlife show from Kyneton. Now I was happy patting the frog and the tortoise but the snake was a different thing. I was horrified when our friend Tina loved having the snaked wrapped around her neck. Florence Carter was a resident of The Elms for quite a while. I was at a discussion group with Florence and she told me how in the Second World War she was a nurse in the army. She was in charge of a hospital in London. Florence told me how the royal family visited the hospital with the now Queen (who was then Princess Elizabeth) who during the war was an ambulance driver. The second afternoon was sponsored by the Arthrell family and it was a magic show. Their mum the late Edna was a resident of The Elms and The Oaks and Edna loved her cup of tea. We sincerely thank the Carter and Arthrell families for giving the residents most enjoyable afternoons. The LEP (life enhancement program) ladies took some residents to Seymour for the day; the weather was perfect and we had a lovely lunch at a local hotel. As the little kinder kids arrived at the LEP Room recently the chatter and laughter from both children and residents was magic. These children were all dressed in safety vests and hats (their carers also wearing safety vests). The children sat quietly while Ian played the pianola. Thanks kids for making it an enjoyable and fun day for the ladies and gentlemen at The Oaks. Stay safe,  Betty

MRH provide District Nursing services to the Macedon Ranges community Our nurses can support you in your home with management of medication, wound care, chronic disease management, continence concerns and diabetes. If you find yourself or one of your family requiring hospital in the home or post acute care (nursing support) following a hospital stay you can request a referral from the hospital to Macedon Ranges Health Gisborne. Our District Nursing team are available weekdays and weekends.

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District Nurse Jess and client Mrs Szmalko “Jess has been the driving force and the one person that has listened to me and managed to link me in to all the appropriate health services so all my care needs are now being met. I feel very fortunate to receive such wonderful care and Jess always manages to make me smile and I look forward to her visiting.” MRH Client Mrs Szmalko, Sept 2018

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Preventing falls – course to help you keep your balance The Fall Prevention program at the Macedon Ranges Health Centre combines physical activity and education sessions, aiming to improve your balance, reduce your fear of falling and provide you with the knowledge required to reduce the risk of falls. The occupational therapists and physiotherapists enjoy running these programs and see the real benefits that attendance at these classes provide. “We have seen great improvements in our participants’ balance and endurance over the seven-week program and in fact we have some participants that choose to re-enroll given the outcomes they have achieved,” occupational therapist Nialin Waterson said. The next seven-week Fall Prevention Program starts on Friday October 19. Please contact My Aged Care (1800 200 422), speak with your GP or contact MRH reception on 5428 0300 for further information or to register your interest. Pick up some tips to reduce There are your risk of falls. limited spaces and the classes fill quickly.

Register now for Colour Run fun Only a few weeks to go and Gisborne will be a sea of colour when the MRH Colour Run and Walk takes place at Gardiner Reserve on Sunday October 28. Tickets are selling fast and again this year we expect the event to sell out particularly given primary school students are free (please note they must register). Western Water will have water stations and drink bottles to keep everyone hydrated and refreshed and the SES will ensure all participants get off from the start line in an orderly manner! Please register through www. and note that there will be no registrations on the

morning. This event is about a great morning in the park with family and friends – you don’t have to run; in fact the majority of participants are walkers. If you have any queries please contact Kelly Milne on 5428 0300 or email kelly.milne@mrh. Thanks again to all the wonderful sponsors including our Gold Sponsors who have always supported this event – Bendigo Bank and Neal Street Medical Clinic – Silver Sponsors ADCO Constructions and Demaine Partnership, and Bronze supporters UFS Pharmacies, P2 Group and Sign Obsession.

Using those longer daylight hours In October we change our clocks to daylight saving time. With the longer daylight hours, now is the time to think about making other changes and reintroducing healthy habits into our lifestyle. Think about doing some extra exercise by getting into the garden, going for a walk or getting stuck into some spring cleaning. Keeping a food and exercise diary can help with keeping track of what and when you eat and exercise each day. We all tend to underestimate what we eat, especially snacks between meals adding extra unwanted calories. Keeping a food/ exercise diary can be just writing it down or using Apps for your phone or tablets

which help you keep track of both your exercise and calorie/kilojoule intake. TOWN clubs celebrated 50 years of weight loss on September 8. They have a volunteer-based progam which supports people to make healthy changes. We don’t use a set diet plan, instead we share different weight loss strategies to help motivate and encourage each other in our weight loss. Need support to make these changes?   Dianne Egan Come and join us. We meet every Monday at 6pm at the Gisborne Bowling Club. For more information contact Kathy on 5428 1334 or Dianne on 5428 3088 Dianne Egan

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Healthy Minds Expo to be held in Gisborne PS My Family Matters in conjunction with Macedon Ranges Health (MRH) and UFS Pharmacies will be hosting the fourth Healthy Minds Expo at the MRH Centre, Neal Street, Gisborne, on Wednesday, October 17 from 5pm to 7.30pm. PSMFM President Tamara Wilson said the expo gave everyone a chance to explore the range of mental health services across the Macedon Ranges. “There is a lot of change taking place and this gives us the chance to reflect on what’s working well and what’s not," Tamara said. "I’d also like to express our gratitude to UFS Pharmacies for kindly sponsoring the event.” A panel discussion on the National Disability Insurance Scheme will feature, titled 'The NDIS 18 months on, opportunities and challenges’. A variety of people will share their NDIS experiences, and there will be time for questions. Light catering will be available from the Kozy Korner cafe during the Expo. If you would like further information, please call 0475 269 965. PS My Family Matters will also be running its regular Coffee for Carers get-together at the Kozy Korner cafe, which is in the MRH Centre, at 10am on October 17. All are welcome. If you need immediate support or assistance, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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(Starting third from left): Pierre and Margaret Muehlheim, Lorraine Broad, and Brian and Heidi Rice with members of the Adelaide walking group.

Bushwalkers hike near and far Members of the Gisborne Bushwalking Club recently travelled to Adelaide as guests of the “Adelaide Retired Persons Active Walking Group”. The Adelaide group enjoyed walks in the Macedon Ranges a year ago with local walkers and wanted to return the favour. Gisborne club member Lorraine Broad coordinated the trip and over a week-long visit, a wide range of walks were offered including sections of the Heysen Trail, Linear Park Trail, Yurrebilla Trail, a coastal trail and walks in the Hills Parks. The visitors stayed at a pleasant cabin park in the Adelaide outer suburbs and the walks were combined with social activities and some general sight-seeing. Meanwhile, club member Ken Wheeler reconvened the walking trail improvement team at Macedon Regional Park after a winter break. The initial activity in September was a walking audit of several trails after windy weather to provide priority maintenance advice to Parks Victoria’s Ranger Angelo Keratianos. Coming club activities include a day walk in the forests around Heathcote and a long weekend at Apollo Bay. The club's AGM will take place on Thursday October 4 at 7pm at the SES office in Gisborne. If these activities sound interesting to you or you would like further information, contact our president Pierre Muehlheim on 5428 3490 or vice-president Peter Bishop on 5427 0888, or visit www.gisborne  Peter Bishop

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Participants in the wwlk against suicide fill the footpath at Woodend.

Working together to prevent suicide Suicide statistics are more than double road death statistics in Australia. These figures cannot be turned around by any one organisation working alone and that’s where it becomes everyone’s business! Communities must be part of the solution...a connected, compassionate community can help prevent suicides. On the morning of September 9, Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group (MRSPAG) and the Macedon Ranges community came together to walk to raise awareness, break down the stigma of suicide, show support and reinforce that we are in it together. Approximately 200 people gathered to walk and share stories, connecting and supporting each other. Bags of information were distributed.

Many groups in the community came together for this purpose and MRSPAG want to sincerely thank these people, organisations and businesses for their generous support: Macedon Ranges Shire, Bendigo Bank, Amanda Bradshaw, Macedon Ranges Signs, Gisborne and Woodend Rotary, Woodend and Lancefield/Romsey Lions with Kidzflip, Gisborne Foodworks, Kyneton Hardwicks, Rosie Annear, Sign Obsession, Isabelle Emond Photography, ‘Miranda’s Picnic’, Bridie Johnstone and Isaac Trickey, the Woodend Uniting Church and private landowners who allowed us to put up signs. It showed what an amazing community we live in and how much we can achieve by working together.  Noelene Ward


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From left: Ari, Rex, Orlando, Diani and Mia with the painted fence posts.

Activities galore! September was another very interesting and active month at GISBORNE school with two incursions. The MONTESSORI SCHOOL children were fascinated by all the science experiments they participated in when Labcoat Learning Science visited and another visit by RACV was equally fun and educational on road safety. Many fathers and loved ones attended morning tea prepared by their children. An afternoon of FUNdamental human needs games was a huge hit with all, but it looked as though the adults had the most fun. A morning visit by two local authors, Christine and David Harris, was inspiring to our young writers and the funny stories they told and games played really left a lasting impression. Our World Garden planting with staff from Bunnings took place and we now have a garden area with plants from each continent growing and a lovely area to sit and learn. The children are working each Monday afternoon learning about permaculture and establishing a sustainable vegetable garden to supply our onsite chef with produce. The annual Art Show was a bright and colourful afternoon with all work on display. The centrepiece of the show were fence posts designed and painted in aboriginal style art which the children have been working on all term. Until next month,  Leanne Humphries

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to raise money. We called it the ‘Buy a Bale Fundraising Day’. We wanted to help support Australia’s rural communities and farmers. Everyone came to school out of uniform and donated a gold coin. Everyone looked great in their casual clothes and we raised a lot of money. It was also great to hear everyone talking about the farmers and how we can all help out a little bit. Our donation of $3567 will help towards buying hay for farmers for their livestock. It will also help support farmers and their families. The entire state of NSW has been declared to be suffering from drought and Queensland is also at risk, about to struggle through one of the Abbi Mudge driest summers on record. Students hope that the money we raised will lessen some of the burden of the drought. As a result of everyone’s generosity, we hope that the livestock get more to eat. Abbi Mudge, Year 3 reporter

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Spring is in the air On September 14, excitement filled the air as crowds of people sardined into the gym to buy all of the amazing, fantastic and creative items made by Gisborne Primary School students. Year 5 and 6 students ran their own

stall businesses, while the rest of the year levels put their heads together to make their own unique year-level stalls. Some of the attractions were gumboot throw, face painting, sausages and ice cream, hat toss and finally a competition where you write a small piece on how drones are used and if you win, you get a drone generously donated by Smiles on Site. Later in the night, melodies filled the air as students performed their wellpractised songs, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. The whole night was a resounding success! We would like to give a big thanks to all the Year 5 and 6 teachers for all the time and effort they put into the night and we would like to thank the family and friends of Gisborne Primary School for their support. By Sierrah Chuck – Year 5 Writers' Club

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Xavier Ruka is a Year 6 student at Gisborne Primary School. Xavier took a lead role in managing the school's inaugural Night Market held on September 14. The amount of work involved in organising this event was huge. Xavier led a team of students in organising all aspects of the market from letters to the CFA and Ambulance Victoria to setting up on the day. Xavier displayed our school values of responsibility and personal best in making the night a huge success. Congratulations to Xavier for being Gisborne’s Young Achiever of the month.

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Women in fishing: Charley May We recently had the pleasure of Charley May from “Charley May Fly Fishing” address the club. Charley is an awesome fly fishing guide and instructor who guides on rivers and streams around Melbourne and Victoria’s north-east. She is passionate about introducing people to the magic of Victoria’s wild places and letting the sights, smells and sounds of the bush unlock the parts of the mind where the beautiful stuff lives. She is also active in encouraging and enabling more women to get involved in the sport. She believes fly fishing is something both sexes can participate in on an equal footing and wants to break down the gender stereotypes that still hold many women back. In July, Charley participated in the Victorian Fisheries Authority “Women in Fishing” scholarship program on the Gold Coast. The program focused on tackling the challenges women in fishing face which include lack

of knowledge, parenting responsibilities, facilities and hygiene, gender stereotypes and personal safety. Charley then shared ways to address these issues and inspire more women to take part. These included: more positive images of women in fishing media, safe and welcoming events designed specifically for women and families, encouraging women to take up leadership roles within the industry, and club codes of conduct designed to create an inclusive club culture. We certainly learned a lot and are excited about getting more women involved in our club. If you’d like to know more about the Calder Fly Fishing Association please visit www.calderflyfishing. Louis Bokor, Charley May


Two weeks of school remain for Year 12 students! This year has proved to pass more quickly than we anticipated and with the home stretch in sight, the reality of all our hard work coming together is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Students have begun looking at their pathway options as they step into the next chapter of their lives. At the close of September, the majority of final year students will have submitted their course and university preferences. This is the final stage of the process that started four years in the past as we entered Year 9! Many thanks must go to the careers team here at GSC, for their hard work and the dedication they have had to each and every student. Students will find out if their applications have been successful early next year. During the latter stages of the third term, the student leadership election process for 2019 took place. Potential candidates had the opportunity to present their personal leadership qualities to the school community, completing a multifaceted application and campaign. A range of leadership positions is available to students beyond our traditional college captains, as we as a school offer students positions to lead the various faculties which make up GSC. Students of all ages will have the opportunity to take up important year level representation positions as of next year, when GSC restores a Student Representative Council with the goal of improving the student voice within our school community. Division Athletics took place on September 7 at Melton athletics facility. GSC’s star athletes competed against neighbouring secondary schools, with many of our students progressing to the regional finals on September 20. As we write this column prior to that date, we wish them all the best, and hope they do a fantastic job representing our college in one of the final sporting events of the calendar year.       On behalf of the college, we wish all students and families a rejuvenating and warm spring break. Be ready to return for an almighty finale in term four!

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Dragons prep with club-building camp With the days getting warmer and cricket season around the corner, the Gisborne Cricket Club has been hard at work getting ready for the season. The highlight of this was our first ever club-building day, held at Campaspe Downs. Players, committee members and supporters joined together to complete fun and challenging activities such as abseiling, raft building and riding the giant flying fox. It was a great day and we look forward to the season ahead. New players are welcome – all age groups from 5 to 70, all abilities and both genders. We are particularly looking for players for our senior women’s team.  Andrew Headberry

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Cricketers swap bats for paddles at the camp. Back at home, tractors methodically circle Sankey Reserve spreading topsoil in preparation for the new season.

Youngsters on their marks at Little Aths we promise you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as The starter gun is ready, the high jump mats are out, long jump pits are full of we line up for another fun-filled year of Little Athletics. We have trained coaches on hand and a canteen if you sand... 'tis the season for Little Athletics. Starting on Friday October 12 from feel like a coffee, drink or snack. You will love the safe 5pm-6:30pm, environment, and what better children from 5 to 16 years of way to spend a Friday night than age will be having fun with their watching your children try their hand at javelin, run 1500 metres friends, learning a range of athletics’ skills and getting fit at Dixon or master the triple jump? Your children would love to Field. Whether it is the 100m dash, see you involved too, so come learning the art of shot put or flyon down and lend a hand. ing through the air in the long Register online at and jump pit, children will be giving it contact us if you have any questheir all to beat the clock, beat a personal best or just enjoy time tions. We look forward to enjoyIt’s ‘Ready, set, go’ at Gisborne Little Aths. with their friends. ing this Little Athletics season L-R: Jonty, Lucas, Jameson, Cameron, Sierrah, Parents are welcome too, and with you all.  Hollee Chuck Alana and Shane.


South Gisborne Tennis Club is pleased to announce Mario Matejcek as its new tennis coach. Mario takes on the position after Jason McKee, coach for the past 15 years, advised he was leaving the Macedon Ranges to focus on his business in Essendon. Club members will really miss Jason and his cry of “come-on Legend!” Mario is a former ATP ranked player. He is an accredited Tennis Australia Mario Matejcek coach, and offers Hot Shots, Cardio, along with group and private lessons and a high-performance squad. Club president Rick Purcell said, “We were really impressed by Mario’s enthusiasm and focus on technical skills while having fun. We think he will fit in really well with the South Gisborne family fun focus. And what’s more, Mario will be offering five days per week coaching.” Mario said, “I am excited to be setting up my coaching business in the Macedon Ranges. South Gisborne is a great club in a wonderful setting, with impressive facilities. I like the family atmosphere and in particular their All Abilities programs.” Mario will hold a free Tennis Fun Day on Wednesday October 3 from 10am to 1pm. There will be tennis, games, prizes, giveaways … and even a sausage sizzle. This is a great chance for young (and old) who might want lessons in the future to try their hand at tennis. This event will be at South Gisborne Tennis Club, Millett Road. Feel free to call Mario for further details on 0466 227 958. And not to forget! The annual SGTC Curry Night on October 27. A community event – details on our website. You’re guaranteed never to leave hungry! Gail Scott

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Gardiner Reserve gets $500,000 boost The Gisborne Bulldogs, Gisborne Giants and Gisborne Rookies football and netball clubs, as well as the Gisborne Cricket Club, will benefit from a $500,000 grant from the State Government. The state Minister for Sport, John Eren, announced on September 26 that the funding from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund will go towards a pavilion with female friendly changerooms and umpires' room and an additional netball court with competition-grade lighting at Gardiner Reserve.

Premiers: Youth Girls Blue team.

Minister for Sport John Eren is joined by MP for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, Mayor Jennifer Anderson and representatives of local sporting groups who give the thumbs up to the generous grant.

Some new committee members and a big mug at Mt Macedon Golf Club Mt Macedon Golf Club AGM reported another successful year for ‘Our Hidden Treasure on the Mount’ with increased green fee and membership numbers. After six years Glenn Moore and Bob Close stepped down from their positions as president and treasurer respectively, making way for incoming president Matt Willis and Hon Treasurer Brian Collins. Richard ‘Massive’ Payne is our new club captain, while the Walrus will stay on as secretary. After the AGM members headed to the beautifully presented course for the Bluey Russell Trophy Stableford event. Several players performed well to finish better than their handicaps, with Sean Smyth taking the major prize with 39 points. The inaugural Mid-week Gentlemen’s Monthly Mug Stableford event saw victory go to the Lithuanian Handbrake specialist, Henri, with 37 points. The Ohana Healing and Wellness August Medal saw a victory to Matt ‘The Handbag’ Salter with a nett 68 in quite trying conditions. A big month of golf awaits with the Macedon Ranges Family Law September Monthly Medal, followed by the Macedon Ranges Spring Cup challenge between MMGC and Romsey GC to be played at Royal Romsey then the Grand Final day breakfast September Mug of the and two person ambrose Month Henri Malakunas to follow. shows off his trophy. We offer a Summer Daylight Saving Special membership from October 1 to March 31 2019 – that’s six months of golf for just $260. All our memberships are adjusted pro rata. For further details contact the club on 5426 1567, call in to the clubhouse on any weekend or visit our website at to contact us. Look forward to seeing you on the greens. Walrus

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Sarah Barton of Gisborne & District Community Bank with Bill Dennis (left) and Ken Anders.

Hoops and hollers to start croquet season The Croquet Club's official opening was a great success. A big thank you to Sarah Barton from Gisborne & District Community Bank who officially opened our season and to Wendy Black, our club champion, who ran the first hoop. We were delighted to have Macedon Ranges Shire Council CEO Margo Stork and local councillor Helen Radnedge in attendance. Thanks to everyone who came to the working bee: the whole place was sparkling inside and out in readiness for the day. Beginners classes start on Monday October 1 at 10am. Please phone Barb Snibson on 5367 3567 if you are interested. We have had a few enquiries already. Monday October 8 is Seniors’ Come and Try Day and we have 10 names for this. The first Social Day for the season is October 29 and we have quite a few names for this too. Via social media I received a message from the Footscray Trugo Club wishing us a good season ahead. Trugo is another mallet sport. A big pat on the back to all of our members. Everyone looked fabulous in our club colours on opening day. We had to leave a few out of the first two games as the courts were full. Thanks Margo and Helen for staying on and playing, certainly some talent there! Margaret Wardell

2018 has been another very successful season for female football at Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Netball Club, with all-three female teams making finals, and two sides winning Premierships. In their first year in the competition, the Under 13 Girls ended the season in the best possible fashion defeating Bacchus Marsh in the grand final on September 2. Bacchus Marsh went through the season undefeated, but the Gisborne girls saved their best performance for the big day, running out winners 5-4-34 to Bacchus Marsh 2-6-18. Bridie Collings was named best on ground by the umpires, and other best players included Tamsyn Williams, Milly Shaw, Maisie Broome, Shakira Parker and Madison Brown. Congratulations to Phoebe Prout for being the leading goal kicker in the league for the season. The Gisborne Youth Girls Blue side also saved their best performance for the grand final, defeating Sunbury Kangaroos 2-1-13 to 1-4-10, to win back-to-back premierships. Having lost nine players from the 2017 premiership team, the Gisborne Youth Girls were a newlook side this year, and while it took some time for the girls to learn each other’s game styles, the team continued to improve with each game. Everything clicked in the final game of the year, with the girls playing a terrific team brand of football to outlast the highly fancied and previously undefeated Sunbury. Olivia Floreani was named best on ground. Congratulations to Marilyn Elder from the Gisborne Youth Girls White team for being named 2018 AFL Goldfields Rookie of the Year. Next year, Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Netball Club will be fielding Under 13 Girls, Under 15 Youth Girls, and Under 18 Youth Girls teams, and are looking for girls who are interested in playing AFL football in a fun-filled and encouraging environment. To find out more, please contact Darren Mitchell on 0412 335 554 or at Gisborne Gazette October 2018

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Fun afoot at Macedon Well, the winter tennis season is over for the Juniors. We had three teams, B1, B2 and C2, in the grand final. Unfortunately, all three teams were runners up but no shame in that at all! They all played a terrific season with strong tennis and more importantly showing a significant improvement over the course of the season. We are seeing some good tennis from these kids; it is always pleasure to watch. The summer season will see Macedon playing eight junior teams across all grades. Tuesday ladies recently showed true commitment to the cause when a ball got stuck in a tree between courts two and three, with Margie Petzke climbing to lofty heights to retrieve it. There’s always fun at the club! In other club news, our Open teams on Thursday night, Saturday afternoon, Monday Social and Tuesday ladies are all going along well. We could always do with more players so please contact us at the club if you would like to join in the fun. Stay tuned for the Open Day which is coming up in late October which will feature a social hit, barbecue, giveaways, coaching and membership. Lisa Fowler

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Gisborne Soccer Club celebrates boys' success The 16B boys went one step up on last year’s success of being runners-up to becoming champions in the North-West Division 2018 season. They fought hard for their final position at the top of the ladder. They had three losses and one draw but demanded the 12 wins they received at all costs. Injuries held a few players back during the season but it didn’t stop them from ploughing forward and winning. The boys formed great friendships and bonds which carried them through the season and to the championship. After they won the North-West division they went on to play in the regional finals and proudly took out runners up. The club is very proud of the boys' achievements. Captain Louie Hansford and Vice-Captain Vinnie Paradiso are very happy with how the team – Alex Cakebread, Alex Matthews, Cooper Coyne, Rocky Piccolo, Darcy Kappel, Mitchell Bruce, Harrison King, Josh Maiuolo, Olavo Donato, Ian Watson, Cameron Thiele, Akira Fletcher, Finn Callinan and Riley Strachan – worked every week and always brought their A game to the matches. Coach Tyson Lopez, assistant coach Quinlan Borg and manager Mel Paradiso praised the boys for their perseverance and drive every week of the season. Mel Paradiso

Robyn Darby and Margie Petzke get up to mischief at Tuesday Tennis.

As one season ends, another begins September has seen the end of the winter basketball season with twelve of our 46 junior teams making grand finals. Of those, four won their matches. Well done to all teams who participated during the season with some exciting basketball being played. At the time of writing the Senior competition hadn’t finished – more about that next month. We hope everyone enjoys the break. Summer competition kicks off the week beginning October 8 with junior teams already announced via Facebook and directly to the coaches and team managers. If you haven’t heard about your team please get in touch with me asap and I’ll look into it. Jo McPhee,

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Exciting futsal action in winter wrap-up at Macedon Macedon Ranges Futsal hosted the winter season grand finals on August 31. The night attracted big crowds who were treated to some exciting futsal action to wrap up the season. In the U10s decider, the Bayern Bullets squared off against the Wolves. The Bullets went into the game as strong favourites after a comprehensive victory against the Wolves in the semi-final. The Wolves however, had other ideas, lifting their performance for the big game and making for an exciting contest. The Bullets eventually claimed victory 2 – 1. The U12A game saw top of the table

Wild Cats against fourth-placed Silver Bullets. The Silver Bullets completed a fairy-tale ending to the season to peak at the right time and win all three finals games, culminating in grand final victory. The U12B grand final saw the Neymar Juniors crowned champions after a perfect undefeated season. The runnerup team Scorpions were gallant in defeat making a charge late in the game. The U14 match was won by red-hot favourites the Minions who also held off a late charge from Gisborne Roar. In other games, Futsal Furies defeated Power Rangers in the U17s and Com-

Happy futsal teams. mitted 2.0 defeated Possibly Goat with a match-winning goal in the dying seconds of the Open Men’s decider. Brett Sinnett

Gisborne Golf Club ladies' comp Congratulations to the victorious Inter Club team who have just won the North West Inter Club Match Play competition. Going into the final round our girls were sitting third, but an upset win by Sanctuary Lakes over Goonawarra and a strong win by our girls over Riverside saw us leapfrog Goonawarra and Riverside to win the shield by one match. The team, consisting of Jacquie Nelson, Gudrun Wilkinson, Leanne Delavay, Carmel Cribbes, Emma Brown and Marg Barker, were ably supported on and off the course by many of our club members including Louise Ball and Betty Glover who both played during the season. With spring here and daylight savings just around the corner now is the time to be getting on to the course. Green fee players are welcome and we have a variety of membership packages available. For more information see our website au or contact the office on 5438 2493 or Pro Shop on 5428 2698. Jo McPhee

Bakers Delight’s Richard Peel presents the shield to Gisborne Club chairman Rob Paterson.

Gisborne bowlers bring home the dough

Inter Club winners (from back left) Jacquie Nelson, Gudrun Wilkinson, Leanne Delavay, Carmel Cribbes, Emma Brown (holding trophy) and Marg Barker.

Fun Day Monday for women – no experience necessary Starting from October 8, Gisborne Golf Club will have a nine holes of Golf Fun Day Monday for women. No experience is necessary. Beg or borrow a set of clubs (some sets available at the club) and meet at the Pro shop at 9.45am, 25 Daly Street,

Gisborne. Cost $10. Stay after and have a coffee and chat. We are a very welcoming club. Contact either Jacqui Nelson on 0438 389 047 or Margaret Barker on 0403 133 166 for more information.

On September 15, the Gisborne club came out winners of the annual Bakers Delight Shield over The Avenue club of Bacchus Marsh, and brought home the shield for the first time since the inaugural match in 2014. It was a hard-fought contest in trying conditions, including strong winds, rain, and even hail. Congratulations to all the Gisborne players for a job well done. Thanks go to Richard Peel of Bakers Delight for his generous sponsorship of this event once again, and also to The Avenue club for their friendly rivalry, and for hosting the event and providing a very welcome barbecue afterwards. We look forward to doing battle with The Avenue for the shield again next year. Helena Cyrulo, Publicity Officer

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Club Captain Grace Avenell-Thompson, Lachlan Casey (Vice Club Captain), Lachlan Jones absent.

New leaders elected for Gisborne Thunder Gisborne Thunder Swimming Club would like to congratulate our newly elected club captains, Grace Avenell-Thompson and Gisborne Thunder Lachlan Jones for the 20182019 season. We would also Swimming Club like to welcome Lachlan Casey who has been elected vicecaptain. The club is looking forward to another successful season and our new leaders have the skills and drive to lead both our club and competitive swimmers. Thank you! Over the past few months Gisborne Thunder swimmers have competed in numerous events across Victoria including the Victorian Short Course Country Championships held in Wangaratta during August. Eleven of our competitive swimmers qualified and competed in this event including our master’s swimmer, Tony Smith. Our outstanding swimmers pushed harder than ever and achieved many personal best times. Tyler Theodore was third in his 12-13 years 100m butterfly. A magnificent achievement. If you are keen to compete in some friendly local competition each month, come along to our monthly club nights held at the Gisborne Aquatic Centre from 5pm on the second Saturday of the month. We serve a barbecue on the night to feed the hungry swimmers. New swimmers can come and try for FREE. Visit for further information.

Players proudly display the new sign naming the court in honour of coach Rebecca Bridgman.

Netball association names another court At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Macedon Ranges Netball Association (MRNA), the association named court 3 after one of our fabulous representative coaches, Rebecca Bridgman. Rebecca has been involved in the association for a long time andcc has been a coach of our representative teams for 11 years. Bec is respected and adored by the players and they are often lining up for a hug. She is kind and caring and is instrumental in the development of the players in Macedon Ranges. Thank you, Bec. MRNA is currently looking for coaches for the 2019 representative teams. Player tryouts are scheduled for Term 4. Please check the MRNA Facebook page or website for further information or contact president@

RDFNL A grade grand final, Macedon v Romsey, September 16

Bendigo League netball best and fairest awards (from left): Rylee Connell (A Reserve), Maddy Stewart (A grade), and Under 17s runner-up, Charlotte Crook. for further information. The winter season concluded at the start of September with some brilliant grand final games. Congratulations to U18: Macedon 1 (27) def ReUnited 1 (22); U15A: Rebels 1 (32) def United 2 (22); U15B: United 3 (38) def Rebels 2 (24); U13A: Rebels 3 (23) def Possums 3 (16); U13B: Possums 4 (18) def Rebels 4 (14); U13C: Possums 6 (18) def Saints 3 (8). Congratulations also to the 2018 Best & Fairest players: U18: Emily Floreani (United), U15A: Olivia Floreani (United), U15B: Lauren Girvan (Kyneton), U13A: Emily McDonald (United), U13B: Sebastian Sanderson (United) and Bella Shaw (Macedon), and U13C: Imogen Sparrow (Rebels). Liam Spear, best on ground for Gisborne in the Under 18 grand final on September 22.

Cloe Wilson, A grade best and fairest.

RDFNL Premiers: Macedon A grade

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A Grade grand final Gisborne v Sandhurst, September 22. Juniors: Rebels v United, September 1.

Tazma Morris in action for Gisborne

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Bendigo League U18

semi-final, Gisborne v Strathfieldsaye on September 9. Futsal action at Macedon.

Premiers: Gisborne defeated Sandhurst in the Bendigo League Under 18s grand final.

Riley Vernon with the ball in the U18 grand final between Gisborne

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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

News from Anglican Parish of Gisborne One of the many hits that The Seekers had was during the Bicentenary celebrations in 1988. I am Australian has become a loved and iconic unofficial anthem of Australia. Recently, I heard the chorus sung in Wongatha, the language of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, by the Yabu Band. It has appeared again recently with young Australian voices in a media campaign. The song underlines a reality that is true for each of us. Made to bear the image of God the divine, each one of us are many, yet one. In September our shire hosted a citizenship ceremony in which people from many parts of the world pledged their allegiance to this vast land of opportunity. Underpinning our belief, we are a country made up of many nations: our indigenous people to whom we acknowledge and pay our respects, and as the official anthem reminds us, those who come across the sea. As we welcome our new citizens, may we respect in each person the wonderful gift of life given to them that allows God’s presence to shine through, as we endeavour to live as one people. Thank you to all those who made the Parish Spring Fair a success on September 1, both those who helped out and those who visited. Dennis

St Paul’s Op Shop jottings Spring is certainly in the air. Many households have done their spring cleanout and have offered us their surplus toys, clothes and books. We have a good range of all these items in our shop. National Op Shop Week this year started on September 30 and runs until Saturday October 6. Once again we will be conducting a competition for customers with an attractive prize for the winner. Call in for your entry form during those dates. Just a reminder to those who wish to donate items to our Op Shop, that we cannot accept electrical items unless they are new and have the warranty enclosed in the original box. Did you know that we are on Facebook? You can find us at St Paul’s Op Shop to get the scoop on all the latest news and bargains coming into the shop. A reminder that Samaritan’s Purse boxes are to be returned by 14 October. Our volunteers congratulate long-time stalwart Beth Crawford OAM who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Beth has been working at our Op Shop since the 1980s. Graeme Millar

Customers at the Fair said the cupcakes were delicious, so Frances Gundy had to doublecheck.

Jade Jeal on Spring Fair barbecue duty.

Gisborne Uniting Church People who dropped into the September Muffin 'n More gathering were welcomed by the cheering signs of spring. It was a sunny day (not of our doing) and there was blossom, daffodils, spring-themed music and food. The coffee, as always, held its own with its rich aroma. There was a quiz all about the season (e.g. why is spring called spring?) and pictures of flowers and birds for those deft at colouring in. October Muffin morning also promises to be an interesting gathering. There will be dahlia tubers available to those who want to plant them on Melbourne Cup day, and opportunity to swap seeds or to be brave and take and plant some you’ve never tried before (orach, kale or anise?) The second Tuesday morning in October from 10-12 noon is an ideal time and occasion to meet new people, share in coffee and conversation, borrow a book or acquire some plants. Come along! Don’t forget we are hosting a Fashion Parade by Kays Classic Fashions on October 15 at 1:30pm in the Church (see article on page 7 for full details). Do remember our refurbished rooms are available for hire. Ring Neil on 5428 1996 or Paul on 5428 2446 if you are interested. Our services are at 9:30 every Sunday. You would be most welcome.  Glennis Speed

Since there are no perfect people, there can be no perfect parents. So though you love your children dearly, at times you’ll get tired, frustrated and disappointed. A Christian psychologist writes: ‘A few years ago I asked one thousand mothers and fathers to describe their greatest frustrations in raising kids. In our poll parents didn’t merely laugh about their frustrations— they tended to blame themselves. They said they were overwhelmed and were losing confidence in their ability to do the job. Many were having trouble just coping from day to day. How sad it is that this ancient responsibility of raising children has become so burdensome and laden with guilt. Actually, the facts won’t support that self-condemnation in the majority of cases. Most mums and dads are doing a creditable job at home — and it’s time someone patted them on the back for their commitment and sacrifice. Some day when the frustrations of toddlerhood and the turmoil of adolescence have passed, they’ll enjoy the sweet benefits of being very good and loving parents. Hang in there, Mum and Dad; you’re more skilled than you think you are.’ – Darren Farrugia or find us on Facebook

Presbyterian Church improves hall and access The Presbyterian Church has been undertaking some building works lately with the hall roof being replaced and insulation added. The hall has also had the raised stage removed to improve safety for our children and increase the usable space in the hall for activities. To improve accessibility a paved path between the church and the hall has been added to enable people with mobility aids to have a level drop-off area and a continuous flat surface to enter the church or hall. This is a great improvement for those of us who are not so nimble on our feet. Marion Place 0448 887 657 or

Sad notice from House of the Rock Church We want to advise our customers and donors that our Op Shop ‘Antiques and Opportunities’ operating from 16 Prince Street, Gisborne is about to cease trading. It is with some sadness but also gratitude for past support that we are closing the Op shop on November 30 this year. The owners of this site are planning to remove the old house and build a new shop/business premises. We will not be able to take any more donations. A clearance sale will be conducted on Market Day, Sunday November 4. More in next month's Gazette.  John and Jenny Barnes

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From the pages of the old Gisborne Gazette

October 1918 Shire Meeting – At the recent meeting, correspondence was received from the Secretary for Lands, stating that the reservation of 7a. 3r. in the parish of Macedon as a site for recreation purposes had been duly gazetted and inquiring whether the Council would undertake the control and management of the reserve. The War Loan – as £14,000 has been subscribed to the 7th War Loan from the Shire of Gisborne, the Shire will receive an honour flag. Further contributions will be indicated by stars. The Peace Move – The Allies' reply to Germany for an armistice on land, on sea and in the air, with a view of peace negotiations, is to the effect that Germany must first evacuate all Allied soil before such overtures will be entertained, and President Wilson’s questions to the German Chancellor await the answering. Soldier Produce – Under the scheme for selling the potatoes for the Romsey soldier settlers direct to the consumer, 408 bags were disposed (mostly singly) for the total net amount of £128. A quantity of galvanized iron, spouting and ridging from an anonymous donor was distributed amongst the settlers last week-end to their great satisfaction. The potatoes were loaded at Romsey railway station by the Victorian Producers’ CoOperative free of charge. Sparrows for the West – It is not generally known that so far, sparrows are unknown in Western Australia, and fears are entertained that the East-West railway may open up a route by which sparrows may reach the western state. After an inquiry into the matter, Capt. White of Adelaide came to the conclusion that the sparrows have not yet got beyond Tarcoola, well on the South Australian side of the border, and arrangements have been made with residents of that township to destroy any sparrows which may reach the district. Sparrows have been travelling westward along the coast of the Bight and have been seen at Eucla. Brides for Australia – It is announced that the number of Australian soldiers who have married in Britain is 6002, and it is being urged that all wives should be shipped to Australia before demobilization takes place.


(Gis) 2nd Saturday  Robertson Res ADULT RIDING CLUB (Bullengarook) 2nd Saturday Rec Reserve ANGLING CLUB 2nd Wed 8pm  Railway Hotel Macedon ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 1st Mon 1-3pm Woodend N’hood House


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


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

DALY RESERVE WORKING BEE 2nd Tues 9.30am Daly Res Aitken St EUCHRE Tues 7.30pm Doug White Meeting Room, 5428 2695 FILM SOCIETY 2nd Wed Woodend Neigh’hood House 5427 2323

FLY FISHING CLUB 4th Wed 7.30pm MRFEC Gisborne FOCUS CLUB 2nd Fri 12 noon Gisborne Golf Club FRIENDS of JACKSONS CREEK Working bees 3rd Sun 10-noon  GARDEN CLUB 2nd Wed various venues 0409 691 525 GENEALOGY GROUP 4th Thurs 7.30 Family Hist Rm, Library GIRL GUIDES Thursdays 5pm  Gis Comm Hall GISBORNE SINGERS Tues 7.30pm Holy Cross PS

HISTORICAL SOCIETY   open Wed 10am-4pm Court House LIBRARY: TODDLERS’ STORY TIME Mon 10.30am, Wed 10.30am


First Thursday of month 7.30pm

247 Station Rd


ARTS Thurs from 5.15pm St Brigid’s Hall MASONIC LODGE 2nd Thurs 7pm  Masonic Hall Aitken St MASTERS AFL    Wed 6.30pm    Sankey Reserve MEN’S SHED BARBECUE Last Mon 12.30pm  Lyell Street MT MAC & DIST HORT SOC 1st Tues 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  1st Sunday 

Riddells Rec Res 9am-2pm


2nd Wed, 1pm Lancefield Bowling Club PETANQUE 2nd & 4th Sat, 10am behind Caltex service  station, Station Rd, Gisborne PHOENIX ART & CRAFTS 1st Thursday  5428 2835 PHOTOGRAPHIC SOC 1st Tues & 2nd Mon 7pm Riddell’s Creek  Neighbourhood House PONY CLUB Bullengarook 1st Sunday Rec Reserve PONY CLUB Gisborne 1st Sunday Robertson Reserve PROBUS 1st Thurs 10am Masonic Hall


Wed 7pm

Room attached to Gisb Library

Fridays 9.15am Tennis Club Dixon Field RED CROSS 1st Fri 1.30pm  Sen Cits Rooms ROTARY Tues 6.45 for 7pm Gisborne Golf Club,  book 5428 4483 by 1pm Mon RUNNING GROUP Tues & Thurs 6pm, Sun 8am  Gis Aquatic Centre RSL 1st Mon 2pm Hall at 247 Station Rd 5428 2233

SENIOR CITS (Macedon) Tues 11am SPINNERS & FIBRE GROUP Tues 12 noon

Tony Clarke Res Riddells Ck N’hood House


Wed 7.30pm  Tony Clarke Res, Macedon THUNDER SWIMMING CLUB 2nd Sat 5pm Gisborne Aquatic Centre T.O.W.N. Mondays 6pm Gisborne Bowls Club TOY LIBRARY First Wed of month 10.30-11am, third Tues 10-11am, & every Sat 10-11am 71 Robertson St U3A Mondays 10.30amMRFEC ULYSSES GROUP 3rd Tues 6pm Sunbury FC


Working bees 1st Sun of month, 8.30am at Steam Park; Meetings last Friday 7pm at Steam Park

WRITERS GROUP Last Sat of month 2-5pm Woodend N’hood House

WRITERS (Scribes & Scribblers) 2nd Tues 10am-12 Riddell N’hood House WRITERS (Dotty Jotters) Gisborne Library


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

WHAT ELSE DatePage October 1 Registration opens for Gisborne Whole TownGarage Sale 18 3 Fun Day at Gisborne South Tennis Club  32 4 Gisborne Bushwalking Club AGM 26 4 Probus speaker from Hearing Australia 11 6&7 Book Sale for farmers  3 6&7 Garden Lovers' Fair at Bolobek 6 6&7 Open Garden at Glenrannoch, Mt Macedon  6 6&7 Art Trail exhibition  12 7  Miniature Train rides 16 2-Nov5 Lifelines pencil portrait exhibition 13 6 Bird Songs silk art exhibition  13 6 Harpsichord lecture/recital 16 6 Refugee support group car boot sale  9 7 Gisborne miniature train rides 16 7 Refugee support group Tamil lunch fundraiser 9 7 CFA & SES collect drought relief donations  8 8 Golf Fun Day for women 35 8 CWA Gisborne AGM  10 9 Naming ceremony for creek (near Courthouse) 20 10 Drop-in session on Gisborne future (see Councillor column)20 12 Little Athletics season begins at Dixon FIeld 32 12 Edith Piaf show, Kyneton  20 13 Genealogy trip to Public Record Office 10 13 Fundraiser for Clare Waites 30 14 Last burning off day on land less than 1 acre  20 15 Summer Fashion Parade  7 16 & 18 Minecraft games for kids at Library  4 16 Rotary speaker on Melbourne infrastructure  6 17 Healthy Minds Expo  25 17 Grey Light Dance  21 18 Lecture on modernist Mexican art 13 19 Fall Prevention Program starts  25 20 Riddells Creek Montessori fete 7 21 Jacksons Creek bird count walk  21 21 Feedback closes for biodiversity strategy  20 22-27 Vision Australia stall & raffle 9 27 South Gisborne Tennis Club Curry Night  32 25-Nov 12 Buttlejorrk Artists exhibition 14 28 Young Voices annual concert  12 28 Colour Run at Gisborne  25 29 Social Day at Gisborne Croquet Club  33

Road and drainage works South Ward: Currently under way are footpath renewal works at The Boulevard, Gisborne. The following works are due to be completed shortly: Drainage network upgrades at Hotham Avenue, Mount Macedon, and Gardiner Reserve, Gisborne; footpath works at Fisher Street and Wyralla Crescent, Gisborne, and Barry Road, New Gisborne; upgrades to asphalt surface at Fersfield Road, Gisborne; road works at Green Street, Macedon.

Week commencing


October 3 Phantom Threads October 10 Our Little Sister October 17 Brothers' Nest October 24 Red Sparrow For membership details contact Gisborne Gazette October 2018

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NEW IN 2018 FREE Registration for Primary School Children BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

2.5km or 5km Colour Run and Walk proudly supported by:

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Gisborne Gazette October 2018  

Free community paper serving southern Macedon Ranges: Gisborne, Macedon, Mount Macedon, Bullengarook, New Gisborne, South Gisborne

Gisborne Gazette October 2018  

Free community paper serving southern Macedon Ranges: Gisborne, Macedon, Mount Macedon, Bullengarook, New Gisborne, South Gisborne