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Homescape Magazine Managing Editor • Carmel Johnson Sub Editor • Paul McInneny Art Direction • Craig Thorne Design • Craig Thorne • Adelene Alampi • Jodie Lowen Production Manager Darren Hall Contributing Writers • Cheryl Hammer • Rhonda Sutton • Carmel Johnson • Christy O’Brien • Debbie Mori Photography • Trevor Phillips • Jodie Lowen • Kylie Haley • Garry Osborn • Serana Hunt (Photo8 Photography) Advertising Sales • Annabel Thomas • Sue Dowling • Josie Fratantaro Phone: 03 5831 2455

Welcome As another year draws to a close I am sure you are asking yourself the same question as I am asking, “Where on earth has this year gone?” It’s just as hard to believe that by the end of next year, it will be the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century... and that certainly takes some contemplating! In this, our last edition of 2009, we hope you will enjoy reading about and be inspired by the creativity, accomplishments and initiatives of the many people who feature in our stories. We have enjoyed sharing other people’s lives with you and are continually overwhelmed by the challenges they take on and their subsequent successes. We are pleased to showcase the popular and picturesque river town of Cobram-Barooga in this edition. Many of our region’s towns benefit from an influx of tourists (particularly during

summer), but in the past twelve months the global financial crisis has impacted on the tourist dollar, and has resulted in a reduction in the number of tourists visiting our part of Victoria. However, the recent and successful Shepparton Tourism Week programme certainly highlighted the diverse range of attractions and businesses in our Goulburn and Murray valleys. Homescape was pleased to support the inaugural Tourism Luncheon and wishes the regional Tourism Board every success in its endeavours to encourage more visitors to our area. Finally, our Homescape family joins me in wishing our readers a happy and safe summer and thank you for your generous and encouraging support of our magazine. Happy reading!

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Contents Foodie File – Nosh Deli Yarrawonga.................................................................................................... 6 5 minutes with – Sarah Jones.......................................................................................................10 Address with Attitude – On the shores of Lake Mulwala......................................................11 Something Old, Something New – A building bought back to life............................15 Get Out & Get Active – Ideas for Summer fun and fitness....................................................21



© Copyright 2009 Prominent Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved ISSN: 1833-7473


Urban Lifestyle – Townhouse on the city fringe............................................................................28 All Things Christmas – 13 pages of fabulous festive ideas..................................................31 Christmas with the Jones’s – A time for family, festivity & food.....................................36

Published by Prominent Group Pty Ltd ABN 70 539 890 061 57-61 Drummond Road Shepparton Vic 3630 Phone: 03 5831 2455 Email: The information in this publication is presented for entertainment purposes only. Although every care has been taken to provide accurate information, individual readers should seek independent advice before acting upon the information presented.

Bre’s Career in Full Swing – A look at Yarrawonga’s star golfer......................................23

My Town, My Place – Cobram-Barooga, a gem on the Murray..............................................45 The Wise Gardener – An award winning water wise garden...................................................53 Inspirational Community Artist – The story of Isobel Harvie......................................57 Tourism Triumph – Greater Shepparton’s first Tourism Week...................................................66 Sound & Vision – featuring home entertainment..........................................................................72 Health & Wellbeing – Beauty secrets........................................................................................73 Wealth & Finance – It’s all about you..........................................................................................74 Attractions & Events – Check out what’s happening near you..............................................76


Travel & Adventure – A wild time in Canada.............................................................................78 Recipe & Wine – What’s new with the Friar?................................................................................79



Country tastes,


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F o o d i e F i l e

When Riverina local Bill Sloane first suggested the Murray Goulburn region was lacking a quality food destination, his partner knew she had the answer.

“I was raised amongst food and wine,” Yarrawonga’s

century eating habits. We knew we had to open it up to

Sharon O’Brien says. “The hospitality industry was

the street and get rid of the little divided-off rooms, but

what I knew to its core. The Murray River region has

we didn’t count on the obstacles.”

grown amazingly as a tourist industry over the last decade, but many regional businesses are still only

Layers of old paint had to be sandblasted from original

catering to local tastes. With Bill’s farming background

brick walls and amateur trade jobs needed to be fixed.

and my hospitality and marketing experience, I started

“We even found plumbing that went straight onto the

to do the business research.”

floorboards!” Sharon says.

Sharon says the research showed there was an

The stunning custom-ordered Wega coffee machine

opening for an outlet that not only focused on coffee

is a focus of the front dining area but Sharon prefers

and food at its best, but was styled along the lines of

customers relax and enjoy their food. “What we’ve

the great city cafés. “And some rural ones as well, like

tried to do with Nosh Deli in Yarrawonga is have a city-

Blonde Coffee in the Barossa Valley.”

styled café, with all the décor and the swish, to-die-for menu, in a relaxed country environment,” Bill says.

In October 2008, the couple began extensively renovating Yarrawonga’s old town hall and shire

With glowing reviews in everything from The Lonely

offices to create Nosh Deli, and found the building had

Planet Guide to international websites, the couple

a chequered history. Bill says, “It was a 120-year-old

recently scored an enviable nine out of 10 in an

building and it was not physically designed for 21st

outsourced survey of their customers. “And it’s their opinion that counts,” Sharon says. HOMESCAPE Magazine



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The largesT food clearance ouTleT in ausTralia has a new home in The reTail shopping hub of shepparTon. spc ardmona facTory sales is now officially open and shoppers will love The new premises. not only will you experience a new lighter and brighter outlet with more cashiers, the ability to shop in air conditioned comfort and extensive parking, but peaches cafĂŠ has made the move too and is open for breakfast, snacks and lunch 7 days a week, serving delicious food, refreshing drinks and their legendary coffee! The expansion and move to shepparton is a major milestone in the history of the organisation. from humble beginnings the outlet has grown from being a little hut at the side of the historic ardmona factory at mooroopna to an outlet with over 40 staff members and in excess of half a million visitors each year.


warehouse manager, dean gauci, explains “this has been a major challenge and in the planning stages for three years. we outgrew our premises some years ago. for the 5-6 weeks leading to the new opening, we worked around the clock to get ready and fine tune all the new systems. i’ve enjoyed the journey with the company and have been involved with new shop openings and launching new businesses on many occasions, but this has been the biggest challenge so far. it is a huge scale project with great teamwork and we’ve had 5060 tradesmen working on the new site at any one time. To re-locate australia’s biggest food clearance outlet has been a massive challenge and i feel pretty proud. i’m excited to see how customers will respond with the bright new images around the place, state of the art electronic cash registers, great colour and atmosphere, polished concrete floors, good architecture and use of corrugated iron – it’s quite an industrial look really”. with genuine savings of between 20 and 70% off some of australia’s leading brands, it’s no wonder that spc ardmona factory sales is where it is today and will no doubt grow even more in the future.

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Sarah Jones news reader for FOX Sports and former Echuca-Moama resident Sarah Jones, news reader for FOX Sports and former Echuca-Moama resident, dreamt of covering the Olympics and “talking about sports all day” as a sports journalist from a very young age. She grew up around country sport, watching her Dad, well known country football identity, Tony Jones and she always understood the significance of AFL legends, looking up to grandfather and Essendon Football Club legend, Jack Jones.

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What or who were your influences as an aspiring sports journalist? I’ve worked with some fantastic journalists, producers and directors who’ve always been incredibly helpful. My family has also been very supportive of my goals.

Covering an Olympic Games has been a dream, are you on track to achieve this goal? Hopefully! I worked on Channel 7’s Sydney Olympics as an 18 year old but to actually cover a games now that I’m a presenter would be fabulous.

How do you familiarising yourself with so many “unfamiliar” sports in your job? It’s obviously not all AFL and other main stream sports?  Even keeping up with everything happening in the world of AFL is a challenge at times when you think of all the articles, radio time and TV shows dedicated to the game….and that’s before you even sit down to watch a match. I have folders of research leading up to big events that I cover….and try to keep as up to date with current news as I can. The internet is an amazing research tool….I don’t know how reporters survived without it. Most sporting clubs have very good websites that are great for news, profiles and details. And I never take my radio off live sports coverage or sports news.

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More of the same hopefully. I’m loving the variety of my role at FOX Sports and the challenges of presenting and reporting. I’ve just started boundary reporting for our Ford Ranger Cup Coverage which is great fun- so I’m looking forward to a summer filled with cricket. And even though the AFL season has just finished- I can’t wait for it to start again!

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Who are your “sports journa” idols – who do you most admire in your field?

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I love Mike Sheahan’s articles in the Herald Sun. His read on the game of AFL and experience makes his opinion pieces must reads. I also enjoy Greg Baum’s columns for the Age; I wish I could write as well as he does.

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When Paul and Anne Stack started designing their home on the shores of Lake Mulwala, they paid more attention




rooms rather than building a large shell they had to fill.

The magnificent 82 squares of living is a blending of cultures, resort style living and comfortable spaces suitable for entertaining, relaxation and life on the water – a lifestyle the Stack’s plan to enjoy well into the future. The couple and their family were seduced by Yarrawonga /Mulwala more than 24 years ago when they holidayed on the lake each year at Easter with five other families.



They bought the former red gum sawmill site 12 years ago and Paul spent the next six years working on unique design features which now grace the opulent residence. “We decided we would design rooms like our Japanese room, Egyptian room, the open plan modern kitchen/dining room and billiard room and the house would soon become a home. We have included all the elements we enjoy and it was as easy as that,” Paul said. Inspiration for the curved kitchen and adjoining spiral staircase came to Paul on “a lost weekend in Lorne walking on the beach.” “I picked up a shell that had broken open to expose its interior which was a perfect spiral shape. I thought I could do that with the kitchen and spent time designing the curves and the stair case to depict that shape. The tradesman really enjoyed working on something this different, “ Paul said.


“We decided we would design rooms like our Japanese room, Egyptian room, the open plan modern kitchen/dining room and billiard room and the house would soon become a home.�

A neutral wall colour and porcelain tile used throughout the double storey home provides a clean canvass for the eye catching artefacts brought home from overseas travel and bursts of colour in soft furnishings. Two large leopard sculptures adorn the front foyer, Egyptian statues and urns dress one of the bedrooms and the Japanese room, one of Paul’s favourites, is tastefully dressed in dark timber and frosted glass to transport you to the far off land. There is great attention to detail in all the themed rooms. The contemporary 2 pac open plan kitchen and dining is one of the most used rooms in the home as the couple entertain regularly and it is not uncommon to accommodate up to 20 family at Christmas time. Granite bench tops and a marble table top once again injects a luxurious feel with the most modern of features from refrigerators, to the oven to the coffee machine all included.



The downstairs lounge, with gas fuelled fire and black marble hearth, is a cosy place for reading – a favourite pastime of the couple. In this room it is


modern art that instils the element of difference.

In contrast, the nearby sunken billiard room, is dressed with heavy timbers and dark leather furniture against the neutral floor and wall coverings. The antique roll over billiard/dining table is a family heirloom and the large bookcase was made by Paul and moved to this home. A solid red gum bar is to signify the property’s origins. Of course most rooms boast uninterrupted views over the lake and the wide verandahs are the perfect place to soak up the mild year round climate. Floor heating and refrigerated cooling are used sparingly due to the moderate climate and double glazed windows and two levels of insulation ensure year round comfort. Paul, owner of Australasian Plant Design, also works much of the year from his Mulwala home and agrees it is a pretty good place to be. On his days off he doesn’t mind cleaning the odd window or tending to the low maintenance garden as it means he can continue to enjoy his “magic” view. [hs]

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mething Old, Something New Something Something Old,

The once derelict Commercial Hotel building in High Street Echuca has had

a change of fortune and is now home to four very popular and successful businesses.

Curiously the story of the hotel’s first owner and its current occupants is also one of change and new beginnings. Niko Glentzes owns the celebrated Nik’s Tavern, which is located in the historic property. He has worked hard to become the successful restaurateur he is today. Niko left Greece at the age of nineteen to seek opportunities in Australia. ‘I put in long hours,’ Niko explains, ‘I had a hamburger shop and then a service station restaurant. The doctor told me I needed to

Niko remembers the time fondly. ‘Many Greeks dined

relax as my wife was having trouble conceiving. So I

there. One of the most famous was Mikis Theodorakis,

bought a dairy farm near Echuca and we had two kids

who composed the music for Zorba the Greek.

there. But my passion is talking to people and cooking

Jeff Kennett and several St Kilda footballers were

so I left farming.’

regular patrons. People loved the live Greek music on the weekends and the Greek consul called me the

For a time Niko ran the very successful Mitchellton

ambassador for Greece.’

restaurant near Nagambie. Later he took over the iconic but very run down Beachcomber’s restaurant,

However six years ago he opted for a slightly slower

opposite the beach and in the heart of St Kilda.


pace of life and made the inland sea change to Echuca.

some days after opening Niko watched in frustration as

‘I love the easy lifestyle here and this location is perfect

customers walked past without entering. He decided

for my restaurant. Melbourne’s only a short trip away.’

a fresh start was needed and renamed the restaurant. Nik’s Tavern, the first Greek restaurant in St Kilda, was

‘Every year I return home to the Peloponnese to collect

an overnight success.

new recipes. My sister recently showed me a delicious dish for wild chicken cooked in small clay pots. It’s fantastic visiting Greece but I’m very happy to have made my life here in Echuca.’



asking about his money. He became increasingly disturbed. Sally Williams believes he may be the ghost which visits her business, Hair Lounge on High. Sally’s luxurious salon is also located in the old Commercial Hotel building. ‘Often the door bell tinkles or the handle turns and there’s no one there. All our staff has experienced it, usually between 2 and 3 pm in the afternoon. We wonder if that’s when he visited the pub. Our reception area is where the public bar was located.’ Appropriately the old ‘ladies lounge’ at the rear, where corseted women once sipped sherry, is still an area for women to indulge themselves.

High ceilings and

Over a century before Niko arrived in Australia George

elegant fittings make this a very pleasant place to be

Redman, who established the Commercial Hotel, also

pampered. The business offers beauty treatment and

left his home to find success in a new country. Redman

hairdressing, especially but not exclusively for brides.

began work as a station hand but was very ambitious. Some clever property deals enabled him to establish

Adjacent to Hair Lounge on High is Bridal Classics.

Echuca’s fourth hotel.

Customers from all over Victoria come to this gorgeous shop to find both designer and more moderately priced

The building featured a large commercial room where

bridal gowns and dresses for debutantes.

travelling salesmen could display their wares, and probably explains its name. Cobb and Co coaches

Bridal Classics’ proprietor, Carol McFarlane, also owns

began their journey outside the hotel so business

the building, together with her husband Allan. They left

was brisk. Soon Redmond replaced the original small

their farm eighteen years ago and in a huge lifestyle

weatherboard structure with the present two storey

change bought the old hotel.

brick building and large verandah. The hard working George Redman became a successful gentleman in

‘It was in a very run down state but fortunately a heritage

the community and was eventually elected mayor.

grant helped us replace the verandah and some of the roofing. One of Allan’s tasks was to remove a wall, that

Life wasn’t so lucky for an old man who once lived

we knew from old photos contained a door. Amazingly

just near the Commercial Hotel. One day the meagre

inside it he found the original door, so we reinstated it

savings he kept under his mattress were stolen. The

as the front entrance to Sally’s business.’

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with coach michelle Howard at the melbourne Golf Academy.

Family ties are strong in the large Elliott brood, with Bre’s brother jarrod, 27, her full-time caddy. He is the

“i’ll go and see her and then come back to Yarrawonga

eldest of the siblings, followed by rochelle, 25, tenielle,

to work on a few things.”

23, Eliza-jane, 20, Bre and then olivia, 15. “jarrod helps me out a lot. He travels with me everywhere.”

Bre hones her skills daily at the Yarrawonga and

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out to rest.

Border Golf club, but says it is important to take time champions open tournament at royal melbourne in october, Bre says she felt relieved and excited to have

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defeated mornington golfer tilly poulson, whom she

whole world. Golf is so draining. i think your mind

had lost to in the Victorian junior championship earlier

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Tucked way in a quiet cul-de-sac on the city’s fringe is a large, light filled premium quality, and state of the art townhouse that is brimming with comfort and style. Living here with her teenage daughter, owner Jo has created a little piece of paradise that is “home” for her carefully chosen pieces of furniture and much loved treasures that she has collected over many years, it is also home to her best four legged friend Charlie. Many of Jo’s stylish furniture pieces have a fascinating story as to their origin and history. There are however several favorite pieces including the unique French parisanne built out of French maple and the stunning Danish wishbone dining table chairs. “I stumbled across the house and the moment I stepped in the door I knew that this was the home I was looking for, and I purchased it within two days. I have been here now for five years, but initially I wanted us to live in the house for twelve months before I made any structural changes and I was pleased that I did.” said Jo. 28

“The light is wonderful and is constantly changing depending on the season, and by waiting I was able to seasonally frame the garden around the house. I wanted us to feel as though we are always outside and the floor to ceiling windows certainly help to connect them. The most important addition was a bathroom for my daughter and the installation of the pool which has helped to create the alfresco lifestyle we both enjoy.” The best part of the house is the open living area... it is so easy and comfortable and of course, so close to town, whilst still being in a very quiet and private area. My daughter loves the location because she can walk to school, visit her grandparents and be close to her friends when they get together in town.” The house was designed by local architect Peter Finn and the design allows the winter sun to flood the house and the double pitched roof means the house is always cool in summer. Every room has a garden aspect including the laundry, which showcases the amazing vegetable garden. Jo, who is a creative and passionate food lover says, “There is nothing more rewarding than stepping outside into the vegetable patch and picking something to contribute to your food preparation, and knowing that you grew it yourself!” There are an amazing array of fruit trees that Jo has chosen and carefully planted including quinces, olives, apples, lemons, limes and peaches and all contributing to the daily produce. “I enjoy having my family and friends here. I want them to feel comfortable and at home, and this house makes it very easy to do that”

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1) How do you typically spend Christmas eve and Christmas Day? More often than not Christmas eve is spent with family/friends having a low key early drink/dinner. We attempt to get the kids into bed early with the remainder of the evening spent wrapping last minute presents, preparing food for Christmas day and, of course, waiting for the kids to go to sleep!


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the kids running into our bedroom dragging their presents that have arrived overnight from Santa and unwrapping presents from each other under the tree on Christmas morning.


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based around seafood. As kids we always had the traditional roast turkey and ham. One tradition that has carried on in our family is having ham off the bone on toast for breakfast for days after.

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What do you think Mum and Dad would like for Christmas? Yalti – “i want to buy daddy a massage and mummy some beautiful smelling soap” Hetti – “i want to buy mummy and daddy earrings”

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My Town, My Place

t o w n , M y Since the town’S early SettlerS arrived in the 1800’S, cobram barooga haS been a place of opportunity and proSperity. today, on both SideS of the murray river, the community iS brimming with people and familieS who have choSen the region aS their home to enjoy a lifeStyle where employment, education, health and Sport are all available in abundance.

the murray river is a huge drawcard and cobram’s

“we have the natural attractions of the river,

famous thompson’s beach is one of 100 beaches

beaches, bushwalking, the climate, but also fantastic

between yarrawonga and cobram that locals and

local product on our farm gate trail, a range of

visitors can access and enjoy year round.

accommodation to choose from and our industry,

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Cobram Barooga – a gem on the Murray.

such as fruit, dairy and meat. at this time of the year cobram barooga’s population swells by the thousands with holiday makers camping

“as locals we are so lucky to have all this on our

along the beautiful murray. the area’s golf courses

doorstep but it is great to be able to share it with

are also a huge attraction and the recently opened

visitors,” she said.

tokemata retreat, run by a local golf professional, is a golfer’s paradise with four star accommodation and personal clinics. the peaches and cream festival is

festival held at thompson’s beach. cobram’s visitor information centre manager of 16 years, chris crawford, grew up in the area and loves her job of educating people about what it has to offer.

Chris Crawford

held biennially in january. it is australia’s longest running celebration, with a town parade and music


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local businessman and bookmaker, jeff beasley,

has lived, worked and invested in cobram since 1976 when he bought the cobram courier newspaper from the parry family. the newspaper has since been sold but business as mv printers has continued to prosper. he has raised four children in the town and is a past president of the cobram football club and

Jeff Beasley

couldn’t agree more. the local commercial printer

bowls club and is in no hurry to move on. “it has always been a place of growth. we have young people investing in business here and families moving here because it has everything you need”,

Katie Berry

jeff said.

Katie berry has recently returned to the area from Queensland with her two young children, alarna, 4, and lucas,3, because of the friendly community and safe environment. “it is a nice, quiet place to live. we have lots of other families with young kids to socialise with and people are just very friendly. we all feel very safe here,” Katie said.


M y t o w n ,

than 3000 farmers supplying

barooga with the introduction of irrigation, the

milk to the factory every day. murray goulburn, along with the meiji dairy

victoria and new South wales. by 1888, a primary

corporation milk processing plant, a

school, policeman and doctor had arrived and the

large abattoir and orange juice factories

cobram courier newspaper was established to

are the town’s major industries and

herald these new services.

major employers.

in barooga, a major

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railway and a river service which ran between

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historically, farmers were attracted to cobram

Known as Sun

agricultural development had been the foundation of

country on the murray, cobram

the ‘tarn pirr’ vineyard by Seppelts and Son, more

barooga certainly has plenty

lately owned by Southcorp.

going for it.

the region is home to murray goulburn cooperative, formed in 1950 by 14 local dairy farmers. it is australia’s largest dairy cooperative, with more

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This historic regional landmark, established in 1892, is renowned for its great beer, great food and great atmosphere. Whether you are dropping in for a yarn at the bar or want to enjoy a flutter in the one and only TAB in Cobram this is definitely the place to be. Consider delighting in the intimate surrounds of the Piano Bar or Tavern for your Christmas celebrations. COBRAM HOTEL Station St, Cobram.

Ph 5872 1015

We offer the latest range of quality lounge, dining, bedroom & occasional furniture. As members of Furniture House Group and Beds R Us, you are guaranteed the best possible prices. Recognised by Beds R Us as an award winning store, you are ensured the best advice when purchasing a mattress for a great night’s sleep. Cobram Carpet Court has all your floorcoverings covered with a huge range of stylish carpets, timber, laminate and vinyl. You are sure to find the right flooring solution for your home this Summer. Individual attention with our friendly and helpful staff guarantees that you get a result that exceeds your expectations in every way. Visit or give us a call today!

67-69 Broadway St Cobram Ph: 03 5871 2340 (Furniture) Ph: 03 5871 2344 (Flooring)

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We offer a comprehensive curriculum catering to all learning styles, sophisticated I.C.T. across the school, annual grade 6 Revue, visiting performers and sequential excursions/camps program. We have a Primary Welfare Officer, offer support services for all students and have a comprehensive discipline and anti-bullying policy. Parent involvement is encouraged, there is extensive reporting to parents and a wonderful education opportunity for your children. Learning, Acceptance, Courage & Integrity – values for life

Cobram Primary School William Street Cobram Ph 5872 1374

Waterwise Gardening Save water and time by considering new styles of landscape design using cacti and other succulents. They are water-storing plants, ideal for busy people who don’t have much time to spend watering. We can help you combine an array of succulent plant varieties to achieve year round visual appeal with plenty of colours and shapes to choose from. Bright coloured Mexican Pottery is also available from the Art & Craft shop. Open daily 9am–5pm (ex Xmas Day, Boxing Day & Good Fri)

Cactus Country 4986 Murray Valley Hwy, Strathmerton

Ph 5874 5271

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Maintaining the right chemical balance in your pool not only provides you with safe and sparkling water, it prolongs the life of your pool and reduces your overall chemical usage. The highly trained and accredited staff are here to help make your experience of owning a pool more enjoyable and hassle free.

We understand that buying window furnishings for your home is a big investment. This is why you can be assured of getting quality materials, design, manufacture, service and installation from our highly trained staff.

Karl is a licensed pool builder in Vic & NSW. Visit our showroom for free water testing and view our large range of Bioguard Pool & Spa chemicals.

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Australian Landscape Artist Original Australian landscape paintings & Giclee’ Fine Art prints on Archival canvas and paper. Kaylenne’s work has been sold to private and corporate collectors in over 12 countries. She travels to observe and depict the beauty of Australia in her landscapes, and also enjoys commission work. Kaylenne is well known for her beautiful Australian landscapes, and more recently her flowers, especially the popular piece ‘The Lilies of Nuga Nuga’ (displayed above). Gallery hours are 10am – 3pm Tuesdays or by appointment.

Kaylenne Creighton

Australian Artist

4072 Murray Valley Highway Cobram 3644 Ph: 5871 1451 / Mob: 0429 701 377

With 40 years experience in the industry, we can help you reduce your cooling costs this long hot Summer with more efficient window coverings, specialty shutters and awnings to suit your home and lifestyle. Dollar Curtains & Blinds, Cobram is a name you can always trust.

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Voted RACV “101 Places to Stay” Situated on 47 acres adjoining Murray River bushland, we have four 1, 2 & 3 bedroom fully self contained 41/2 star cottages, easily catering for couples, families or groups. Facilities include golf driving range with green and bunkers, tennis court, heated swimming pool, BBQ area and children’s playground. “HOMESCAPE Victoria 101 Deal” - 2 nights with hearty breakfast provisions, bottle wine & $15 meal voucher. 1 BR cottage $250 - 2 BR Cottage $380. (Stay 3 nights midweek)

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Gardener by Cheryl Hammer

Curiously, it is on the banks of Kialla Lakes that Homescape discovers an award winning water wise garden we can all learn from.

It was an extremely hot afternoon in November when Eileen Ross welcomed us into her yard to share some of her secrets on building a water saving garden. Exposed to the searing heat, it was immediately obvious that this frugally watered planting stood up to her gardening ethos. A view of Lake Amaroo brimming full at the bottom of the cottage style garden is in stark contrast with the way Eileen looks after her rambling patch of trees, native shrubs and pretty perennials. Her water wise ways have won her a recent award in the Goulburn Valley Water Waterwise Awards for Best Established Large Garden.

A self confessed passionate gardener, Eileen has replaced all lawn with drought tolerant and summer hardy plants and waters in sections every 10 days. “I started the garden about three and a half years ago after we moved here from Phillip Island and the first thing I did was take out all the lawn which covered most of the front and back yards. “I have done this in my other gardens over the years and built much more practical spaces for our climate and most importantly to save water. “Lawns just take up too much water and time to look after,” Eileen says convincingly. Once the lawn had disappeared, bags of gypsum were used to break down heavy clay soils and at least 20 trees were planted for overhead shade – a must in most areas in Victoria according to Eileen. A manchurian pear, a self seeding Chinese silk tree, silver birch, conifers and a tall hedge of pottostrum all provide cover for native shrubs, such as grevilleas, and the traditional cottage plants of lavender, roses, geraniums, pelargoniums and pin cushion. Mixed with echiums, pots of succulents , gazanias and ground covers like pink pig face and seaside daisy, the lush feel of the garden has not been compromised by meagre water usage. Traditionally, the silver birch is known to need lots of water, but Eileen says once established the trees have done well in her garden. Hoses were used to mark out the sweeping curved gravel paths and more than 200 blue and white agapanthus have been planted to line the walk ways. Clumps of dietes, flax and cordyline are placed cleverly for bulk at ground level and contrast with the more dainty foliage and flowers of poppies and candy tuft. 54

“I started the garden about three and a half years ago... The first thing I did was take out all the lawn which covered most of the front and back yards”

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Climbers are used on fences for privacy and shelter with climbing roses,

large pots of ferns and eye

catching orchids all creating an inviting outdoor entertaining space at the back of the home. While Eileen admits to spending much of her time in her loved garden as her “therapy”, it is low maintenance and preferred watering time is early in the morning before the heat. “Late night watering is not really suitable as it encourages mould and fungus on many plants,” Eileen advises. “And who wants to be up all night watering the garden anyway. This way I get to enjoy what I have created, knowing I am doing my bit to save water along the way.” [hs]

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Community artist

People wiser than me say that everyone should meet and be inspired by at least one person in their lives, and those of us who have been fortunate to meet Isobel Harvie from Ky Valley will certainly support this assertion. Isobel and her husband Keith have been married for forty five years and have lived almost all of their married life in Ky Valley. Keith was a successful businessman in nearby Echuca and Isobel devoted her life to raising her four sons, supporting Keith and contributing to the Community. In 2005 their lives were turned upside down when Isobel was diagnosed with breast cancer and Isobel found herself being the “cared for” person rather than “caring” for someone else. Isobel was quietly determined to record the myriad of emotions that she experienced as she struggled to fight her toughest battle. And whilst she had always been an extremely competent seamstress she had not dabbled in any arts or crafts but Isobel was searching for a way to express her feelings and emotions.

Isobel found herself initially drawing then painting in a very graphic way detailing her daily emotions. These amazing works have now become a personal and symbolic record of Isobel’s journey of living with cancer and beautifully showcase Isobel’s natural creative and expressive talents. In 2006 Isobel was persuaded to hold an exhibition in Shepparton and Prominent Press published a book depicting her journey. The book titled Emotions of Cancer has been distributed to people living with cancer right across Australia and in 2008 was republished to meet the continuing requests for her publication.



Isobel realized that her exhibition and her book helped so many people and that she personally wanted to do more and share her experiences. With the support of Keith she undertook training to become a Community Liaison Advocate for BCNA (Breast Care Network Australia) a position she currently holds. “For me cancer has been the most amazing life journey, and has given me some challenging and interesting opportunities that perhaps I would not have had,” said Isobel. “I really do enjoy sharing my experiences with people and I never would have thought that I would be able to speak publicly to large groups of people.” she shyly added. Earlier this year Isobel decided that she would like to

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creating the most extraordinary and elaborate decorative costumes for the fifty or so female shop mannequins that somehow have been lovingly and diversely adorned in her Ky Valley studio. This exhibition has been an outstanding success and it is hoped that Isobel’s works will be on display at a planned Shepparton exhibition in 2010. When she is not “creating” in her studio or working for the Community, Isobel and Keith love spending time with their family, which now includes eighteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Isobel Harvie continues to reach out to people living and experiencing cancer, and whilst she says her greatest achievements have been to marry Keith

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Having Harbored a cHildHood desire to become an arcHitect one young man’s dream is soon

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to be realized.

During his early school years and with an interest in

“I don’t want this to be just another house so I have

design twenty five year old Kieran Murphy fancied

decided to be quite specific - for instance the floor tiles

himself as becoming an architect. However after

and light switches will be different and all the windows

finishing school at Notre Dame in Shepparton his

will be double glazed. Some people might think that

interest and natural acumen with computers has led

this is an additional unnecessary expense but I think

him to a very busy role with the Shepparton based Data

the considerable amount of resources we spend on the

Parts Company.

heating and cooling doesn’t make any sense if we loose all of the benefits out the windows!”

For several years Kieran has been considering buying or building a house so when an opportunity to purchase

Kieran’s townhouse is to be constructed by local builder

a block of land in South Shepparton became available

Matt Tricarico and building is to commence before the

Kieran immediately decided to build.

end of November. The three bed roomed twenty four square house will be north facing with the only west

“It would be fair to say that the availability of the

facing window to be in the ensuite. The garden will be

Government’s first home grant and the significant

small without lawn and will be paved, decked or stoned.

amount of stamp duty to be saved by building influenced my immediate decision .There was also the opportunity

“I have limited resources to spend and I want to use

to contribute to the design” said Kieran

what I have in an intelligent manner.”

Kieran has certainly done his research and having

Kieran is excited about his new home and Homescape

visited many display houses he had clear ideas about

will follow the building’s progress in the upcoming

the features he will have incorporated in his new home.

editions. In the autumn edition we will talk to Kieran about the furnishings he has chosen and why. [hs]


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TOURISMTRIUMPH by Cheryl Hammer - Tourism Week CoOrdinator

The first ever Greater Shepparton Tourism Week has been declared a resounding success by organisers and participants and work on next

TGS president, Kaye Bernardi, said Tourism Week was a chance to showcase all that Greater Shepparton had to offer and judging by the response to events and activities the week had been well received by locals and visitors.

year’s calendar of events is well

“The Kidstown Twilight Stroll attracted 1000 people on


the Friday evening and more than 400 people took the chance to meet local producers at the Meet the Maker

The Tourism Week official launch, business lunch,

market at the Shepparton Visitor Information Centre.

breakfasts, free bus tours to local attractions, a meet the

There is no reason for people to say there is nothing to do

maker market, exhibitions, artist workshops, jazz and

in the Shepparton area,” Mrs Bernardi said.

blues on Sunday afternoons, a bridal expo, horse races and open days at farm gates were all well attended during Tourism Week , October 16 to 25.

Homescape was thrilled to be a part of the successful event in October as major sponsor of the Homescape Tourism Luncheon at the GV Hotel which attracted more than 100 people. Guests heard an inspiring address by Tourism Victoria’s regional tourism advisor, Tom Smith.

Tom entertained guests with tales of his own childhood

“We enjoy promoting unique and exciting businesses,

in a regional town and encouraged residents in regional

and the people behind them, in our pages, celebrating

areas like Shepparton to become ambassadors of their

inspiration and contribution to our area,” Carmel said.

own town. Local operators were also honoured with the inaugural “Every person here in Shepparton should be passionate

Greater Shepparton Tourism Excellence Award and

about their town. They play an important role in promoting

Exporter Award during Tourism Week.

the area to the rest of the world,” Tom said. Mooroopna’s Rodney Motor Inn won the Tourism The tourism leader congratulated Tourism Greater

Excellence Award presented at the annual Powercor 95

Shepparton (TGS) on its comprehensive calendar of

3SR Business Service Excellence Awards and Broken

events over 10 days and reinforced that tourism was vital

River Vineyards took out the coveted Exporter Award.

to economic growth and prosperity in our community. He said everyone benefits from tourism.

A copy of the 52 Great Discoveries booklet is available at the Shepparton Visitor Information Centre, so why not

Homescape managing editor, Carmel Johnson, said

grab one and join the fun and become a tourist in your

the Homescape team recognised tourism operators

own backyard! [hs]

and associated businesses were an important growth industry in the region and supported tourism endeavours both in the magazine’s editorial content and by publishing a new TGS publication called 52 Great Discoveries, which gives locals and visitors 52 reasons to be a tourist in Greater Shepparton.

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Home Sweet Home

by Carmel Johnson

Shepparton couple, Bec Pyke and Paul McDonald, committed to building their first home a year ago after months of budgeting and searching the property market. Homescape spoke to the young couple about their big plans for their new home and we caught up with them recently to find out if they would recommend the experience to others.

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Wealth Finance

It’s all about A survey from Consumer group CHOICE has confirmed what members of Goulburn Murray


“Here at Goulburn Murray Credit Union, we put our

members first in every way. That means outstanding

Credit Union have known all along: that credit

customer service, excellent products, better rates and

unions and building societies provide market leading

fairer fees”, said Dallas Moore, Branch Manager at

customer service.

Goulburn Murray Credit Union Shepparton.

CHOICE’s latest everyday banking satisfaction survey

“So if you want banking that focuses on you – make the

shows that credit unions and building societies far

switch to Goulburn Murray Credit Union today.

outrank the banks for customer service. “Switching to an institution that is all about you is Over 3000 CHOICE members were surveyed, rating

easier than you think – just call us to find out how,”

their satisfaction with their banking institutions for

said Dallas.

personal banking, home loans, credit cards along with customer service, fees, ATM access, interest rates and

For more information our website,

branch locations.

or contact your local branch.

Building societies and credit unions scored 83% overall with the major banks trailing far behind (ANZ being the highest with a 66% satisfaction score for everyday banking).

Talk to a trusted local... to get the money to make a house your home.

Whether you are buying, building or refinancing, GMCU offers friendly personal service and local knowledge.

I found it at the GMCU.

I found it at the GMCU.

We offer a choice of loans, with competitive rates and terms to help you own your home sooner. Whatever your lending needs, talk to a local lender at the GMCU.

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W e a l t h & F i n a n c e

Chocolate Frogs & Cricket Bats Clint Thomas is passionate about motorbikes, cricket and chocolate frogs! Clint is a member of the

Greg is geared up for a long innings and Clint is on his bike and on top of his game.

financial planning support Photo supplied by Kate Mathisen Year 11, Wanganui Secondary College

team at MB+M Business Solutions and works closely with Greg Luscombe who is a authorised representative of Oz Plan Financial Services Pty Ltd (authorised representative 268360). Clint at this time does not provide specific advice to clients. Clint has recently moved back to the area with his wife Kristy and baby son Max after working for a Melbourne boutique investment firm helping clients with risk, investments and superannuation.

Greg Luscombe is passionate about all sports, his family and carrot cake! Greg’s belief in the services he offers is evident – and a significant part of the enthusiasm he has for his work comes from the long and ongoing relationships he has with his clients. Greg is a realist –he knows that situations change, so he makes sure that your financial strategies are flexible enough to stay strong when they and that you have risk insurance to protect your wealth in any circumstances.

This article has been submitted by MB+M Business Solutions – the Valley’s most dynamic and highly respected accounting firms…. so for the best advice in town call into the MB+M Shepparton office at 23 Nixon Street or phone 5821 9177 to book your consultation... the first one’s on us! HOMESCAPE Magazine


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AttrActions EvEnts

Coming Attractions: Carols By Candlelight Sunday 13th December Mulwala Water Ski Club from 6.30pm


Scott People’s Cycling Festival Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th December Queens Gardens, Shepparton

Cobram Pacing Cup Sunday 27th December Cobram Recreation Reserve For more info ph. Terry Daniel 0427 776364 1

Don’t miss the action 18th to 31st January

Vic Super YMCA Murray River Canoe Marathon Starts Sunday December 27th in Yarrawonga

Yarrawonga Rodeo Tuesday 29th December Yarrawonga Showgrounds For more info ph. 5744 1989 Girgarre Moosic Muster Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January For more info phone Jan Smith on 5854 6283. Mulwala Water Ski Freestyle Expo Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January Morley Auto Group Echuca-Moama Triathlon Sunday 17th January Vic Park Boat Ramp International Dairy Week 17th Jan -22nd Jan Tatura Park 2010 Riverboats Jazz Food & Wine Festival Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February

“Regional Victoria’s Number 1 Sports Network” “Image courtesy of Getty Images”

A t t r A c t i o n s &

zz, Riverboat, Ja Festival Food and Wine

Riverboat, Ja zz, Food and W ine Festival

GV Brain ke y De Castella note speaker, Rober t and Shepp ar Triathlon C lub Membe ton r

Food on Fryers, the key players take a break

rs at GV Health, After almost thirt y yea was farewelled by Jennifer Sommerman er held in her honour her colleagues a dinn

“What’s Up Doc” was held in the Queens Gardens, Shepparton in October. It was a chance for people to learn the human element of what our doctors do and appreciate the ongoing commitment it takes to be in the profession. glass for her Ellie Phillips pours a Grandfather Don.

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ines m Miranda W Troy Jones fro ivities. st fe e th to gets in

Travel Adventure

A wild time in

CANADA by Jock o’connor

In this third instalment of Jock and Maureen O’Connor’s travel diary, the Shepparton couple leave captivating Dubai to take in some amazing sights in stunning Canada.

We touched down in Vancouver in late August and

had great wildlife sightings and photo opportunities,

headed to Grouse Mountain where we had our

but as there were some 700 bushfires burning in

first and closest look at black and brown bears.

western Canada, visibility was very limited at times.

The next morning our tour group travelled to Revelstoke

On September 1 we passed the 3954-metre-tall Mt

for one night followed by a pleasant two-night stay in

Robson (the highest in the Rockies) on our way to

Banff, taking in Rogers Pass and Yoho National Park

Clearwater. The trip normally takes 3½ hours, but

before a stop at Lake Louise for photos. We visited Bow

because we stopped for photo opportunities and had

River falls and took a gondola ride on Sulphur Mountain,

our worst day for visibility, it took five hours. When we

some 1574 metres above sea level. That night we ate

arrived in Clearwater our rooms weren’t ready as 60 fire-

downtown and I was presented with the biggest plate of

fighters had stayed the night before and were a bit slow at

spare ribs you will ever see – they hung over the plate on

leaving. The next day we woke to thick smoke as we set

both sides and the tablecloth was dirty even before I got

off for Whistler for one night, travelling via Green Lake,

started! I now wonder, if these were the spare ribs, what

Marble Lake and the Lillooet Valley. En route near a place

happened to the good ones?

called Pavilion we rounded a bend in the road and were confronted by a half-grown black bear. Once it saw us

We took in some stunning scenery the next day at Bow

it took off into the bush with three brave photographers

Lake and on the Mt Athabaska Glacier in the Columbia

in tow, but when they realised where they were – now

Icefield. We visited numerous waterfalls and lakes and

surrounded by bush and wondering where Mamma bear

saw deer, Dall sheep and mountain goats. We were

might be – they made a hasty retreat! We had lunch in

interested to hear that melted glacier water ends up

Lillooet, which in 1860 was the biggest town north of San

flowing into three oceans.


We stayed two nights in Jasper at an environmentally-

On to Whistler, site of some of the Vancouver 2010 Winter

friendly park where we had an Aussie barbecue. A guest in

Olympic Games events, where we visited the bob-sled

the park saw one of our gang scrape up a handful of twigs

course, the massive ski jump and the world-famous ski

and leaves to start the barbie. We received a slap on the

village. We left early the next morning for Vancouver where

wrist in the form of a note, stating that we were observed

we took the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island and

“picking dead fall” from the national park and that it

visited the magnificent 100-year-old Butchart Gardens.

was illegal to pick up dead fall, pick wild flowers, collect

The next day we headed back to Vancouver for our last

rocks or other natural objects. When we took off early the

night in Canada which we spent at a baseball game.

next morning we found two enormous moose leisurely

On September 6 we took the river ferry to Vancouver’s

feeding just minutes from our cabins. We drove to Miettle

Granville Market for brekkie. Mid-afternoon our group left

Springs and the much-photographed Maligne Lake. We

the hotel to board our seven-night Alaskan cruise which included a visit to Santa’s house! [hs]


Prepare salad first: Shave the daikon radish. i used a specialized Japanese vegetable shredder but a standard veggie peeler gives a similar effect. Place in bowl of iced water for a good 30 mins. in a non reactive saucepan, place half the block of palm sugar, the vinegar, some sweet chilli (to taste), the fish sauce and the ginger (just smashed with your knife as you’re taking it out later). Bring to the boil, remove from heat and allow to infuse. Shred the chilli (seeds or no seeds as they are hot!) and roughly chop the coriander.

and the feeling is Riesling

OnCe knOwn aS The guTTer raTS OF POrT PhilliP Bay, FlaTheaD iS nOw regarDeD aS a DeliCaCy OF The Sea. gOOD Fun TO CaTCh, eaSy TO FilleT anD aBSOluTely DeliCiOuS TO eaT.

The Strathbogie ranges produce a unique riesling and i reckon the Plunkett Fowles 2008 Stone Dwellers is a cracker! it’s crisp, clean and zesty and is ideal to sip on whilst tucking into Tim’s Salt & Pepper Flathead.

Now the fish! Coat in rice flour, a drizzle of the oil and a good pinch of the salt and pepper. heat some more of the oil in a non stick pan, brown one side of the flathead quickly and turn over, transfer to the oven and bake for about 8 mins at 190 degrees. remove from oven and allow to settle for 2 mins. all done - plate & enjoy! PS Don’t dress the salad as it will be too strong in taste. instead drizzle around the outside of the plate.

Recipe supplie d courtesy of Friar’s Cafe,Sh


The Friar’s Café is open everyday for legendary breakfasts and lunch. Plunkett Fowles Stone Dwellers wines are available by the glass or bottle and for purchase from Phillips Cellars (ph 5821 2051). The Friar’s Café specialize in catering anywhere, any style. Drop in and have a glass with Mat and Stone Dwellers gewurztraminer (hard to say but easy to drink) with a pot pourri nose and luscious mouth feel, it goes well with Thai foods.

Stone Dwellers Pinot noir is more complex than most with regional characteristics of ripe plums and light spices.

Tim and discuss your next function.

Friar’s CaFé 127 Fryers Street, Shepparton Ph (03) 5822 2181


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serves 4 1kg skinned & boned Flathead sea salt & fresh cracked pepper rice flour good qualit y extra virgin olive oil 1 daikon radish 2 green chilli 1 bunch coriander 1/2 block palm sugar 500ml rice or coconut vinegar Sweet chilli sauce Fish sauce good sized chunk of fresh ginger


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