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It’s hard to define the feeling you get from a wonderfully designed kitchen. At Dennis Family homes, we call it Deliciousness. It means a stylish look, carefully designed to balance the demands of modern day living. Open-plan meal and living areas that help bring the family together and make everyday easier. It means everything right where you need it with walk-in pantries for ideal storage and perfect bench space.

It also means all the things you would expect included, are included. We don’t do gimmicks, just everything you need to suit your family’s lifestyle. Even if you want to ‘option up’ your home further, expect the very best – simply.

GENERATIONS SERIES Call 5821 4738 Visit Experience our display homes today Inclusions available as standard for the Dennis Family Homes Generations Series of homes only. Refer to Sales Consultant or website for additional conditions. Photographs and images used for illustrative purposes only and may include optional extras not included as standard. Dennis Family Homes Pty Ltd ABN: 83 056 254 249 © Dennis Family Homes 2010. All rights reserved. DFH2428

Noun: The yummy feeling that says this kitchen is yours, it’s beautiful, and everything you need is right where you need it.’

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Extra large storage cupboards Built in cabinetry with pull out wire laundry basket Remote controlled garage door Gas ducted heating and evaporative cooling

Caesarstone benchtops Square basins with Alder Jaz taps Stylish Decina Carina bath Semi-frameless shower screens Multi-function shower head

Caesarstone benchtops Glass splashback Stainless steel appliances Wall oven tower with large pot drawers Overhead cabinetry including above fridge space

Shepparton Office 374 Wyndham Street. Ph: (03) 5823 7100 Shepparton Displays NEW! Canterbury Avenue, The Boulevard Ph: (03) 5821 4738. Open 7 days 1pm – 5pm We have display centres across Victoria and NSW.

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Council rates & taxes Water rates House building insurance Use of the $4.5 million on-site club house facilities NOW OPEN Lawn mowing & gardening of common areas 24 hour portable emergency call system with on-site response

• Award winning spacious 3 and 4 bedroom houses with en-suites as standard and many with double garages. • Monthly operating fee just $290 • The $4.5 million on site architecturally designed club house includes heated indoor swimming pool, gym, bar, restaurant and much more. • There will be an on-site caravan/recreational vehicle storage area and when you’re away we will take care of lawn mowing and gardening and collect your mail.

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Welcome How quickly things change! It was only in autumn that I was lamenting the fact that there was no rain and that the continuation of the prolonged drought was having an impact on our community. Now a few months later it is all



about rain, floods and glorious water! In this edition we’re excited to showcase the Goulburn Valley through October’s Tourism Month and the release of Greater Shepparton’s 52 Great Discoveries. You will be amazed at the fantastic things that you can see and do. With spring weather upon us, this is a great time to get out and enjoy our region. Homescape is proud to help launch Tourism Month with a luncheon at The Connection on Tuesday, October 5. Tickets are available from the Shepparton Art Gallery. Don’t miss our special Feeling Alive and Spring Inspired sections as well as our story on the release of Water: the vital element to coincide

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with Shepparton’s 150-year celebrations. We also catch up with jet-setting photographer Raegan Glazner and feature a beautifully renovated home in Numurkah.

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fine food konosirs BY CHRISTY O’BRIEN

Madison Spa Resort has long been the place for a romantic getaway with a loved one or the perfect spot for a relaxing wine or coffee with the girls before a visit to its renowned day spa.

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What you might not know is Konosirs Restaurant at Madison has now cemented itself as a firm favourite with both EchucaMoama food and wine lovers and visitors in search of a unique dining experience. Offering fine dining, Konosirs ticks all the boxes when looking for that special place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not to forget the perfect resort-style cocktail by the pool; this is where Madison stands alone in Echuca-Moama. Situated in the heart of Moama, Madison Spa Resort offers an oasis for those in search of peace and tranquillity with a hint of luxury. This is delivered through 40 luxurious rooms that overlook tranquil red-gum bushland and a signature lagoon-style pool … the perfect recipe for relaxation all year round! Add to this idyllic location and perfect ‘winddown’ ambience, an extensive contemporary Australian menu together with outstanding customer service, and you have smiles all round from visitors and staff alike. Restaurant manager Sondra Lowing says Madison’s owner and manager, Lynden Jones, has created a relaxing and friendly working environment where high customer service standards thrive as a direct result. It’s refreshing to hear Sondra and head chef Lynette McLeod speak passionately about their new menu; one that offers something special for regulars and newcomers to Konosirs. Lynette has 25 years’ experience as a chef and her signature eye fillet is a must, while the

kangaroo fillet has regulars insisting it never be removed from the menu. Other highlights include the seafood platter – the perfect pool-side accompaniment – and always worth a mention, the dessert tasting plate … something many would skip entrée for. Lunch at Konosirs has tongues wagging with a $12 meal promotion that has seen locals discover the perfect lunch break, away from the hustle and bustle of the business centre, but without the hefty price tag.

Clockwise from left: Konosirs restaurant at Madison Spa Resort offers fine dining and a tranquil atmosphere.

Also on offer is a Monday through Friday three-course dinner for two set menu for $65 a couple. And don’t forget the daily cocktail hour from 3.30pm! Konosirs is open for breakfast and lunch seven days and dinner six nights (closed Sunday) a week and caters

The luxurious dining area is an indulgent treat.

The new contemporary Australian menu is hard to resist.

Relax and unwind with a cocktail by the lagoon-style pool.

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Mat innes - irons

Co-Owner of Friar’s Cafe

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Simply Stylish

Legend of the Shepparton restaurant, pub and café scene, Mat Innes-Irons spends a lot of time fundraising for the community. Homescape caught up with him on a busy morning at his Fryers St café to find out a bit more about the big-hearted man behind the larrikin. Tell us a bit about your travels. I have many sensational memories of backpacking through Europe in my younger days with my brother Min. We were living on five dollars a day, which we managed to do for about four months, until we got to the Munich beer fest and had a bit of a blow-out there. I went skiing in New Zealand last year – that got the adrenaline going and gave me a zest for putting the body in danger. I’ve done the nice romantic trips with my wife Donna to Tahiti and Fiji, which she says is not even overseas! Thinking back to your school days, can you share some memories with us? My stand-out memories are to do with sport and being a professional cheat on cross-country runs. I’d end up with a group of six or seven behind me ’cos I knew all the short-cuts. It all came undone one day – we were hiding behind the bushes and we saw this kid run past and thought, “He’s not a very good runner so he must be near the back of the pack,” so we came out and followed him and I ended up coming third and had to represent the school! That sort of backfired. I went to Dookie Ag College to study horticulture, but got sidetracked. I decided to knuckle down and study hard one night – and probably only one night – when at about midnight a mate came into my room for a beer but I told him I was studying. He was shocked, but then wet his dacks ’cos I was studying last semester’s work – give me that beer! If you could be Prime Minister for a day what would you do? I’d colour my hair red and have a couple of beers with Tim Mathieson (Julia Gillard’s partner). I wouldn’t make too many rash decisions. I’m not so much into politics. Basically when I cark it I want to have people stand at my grave and clap and say, “Well done Mat” – that’s not going to happen if you get into politics. Which song best matches your personality? ‘Gonna live while I’m alive, I’ll sleep when I’m dead’.

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A Visual Treat

Step inside the grand entrance hall at historic Earlston in Numurkah and you are

immediately intrigued as to what other exquisite visual treats the house has in store.



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This page, right: There are delightful surprises behind every door at grand old Earlston. Far right: The luxurious free-standing bath is the standout feature in the new bathroom. Below: The magnificent window dressing steals the show in the master bedroom. Opposite page, top: There are views to the charming garden from the elegant dining area. Bottom left: Imported from England, the stunning black wallpaper in the second bedroom is one of Debbie Bell’s favourite features. Bottom right: This period-style mantelpiece is just one of the treasures the Bells have included in their renovation.

Built in 1913, Chris and Debbie Bell’s painstakingly restored home of 10 years is a credit to their determination to bring this old beauty to her full potential. Polished timber floorboards throughout, original pressed-metal walls and ceilings, ornate fireplaces and antique pieces are testament to the period in which the home was built – if only the walls could talk! Debbie tells the story of how the large Dickinson family who used to live at Earlston would set up trestle tables along the



entrance hall for Christmas lunch. She says the hall, with its 3.6m ceiling, was also a popular spot for a hit of cricket among the many Dickinson boys. These days the entrance hall is lined with beautiful antiques, a luxurious floor runner extends from end to end and there are breathtaking surprises to be discovered behind every door. Enter the first bedroom and the quaint washstand next to the fireplace instantly catches your eye. Here Debbie has added the perfect touch to the elegant timber picture rails that adorn the walls – framed

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BY THE LIGHT photos of her ancestors from the 1800s.

cushions. Here the view to the cottage-

You get the feeling they would be right at

style garden and picket fence in the front

home in this room.

yard is picturesque.

Across the hall and into the second

Step into the master bedroom down

bedroom with its stunning feature wall

the hall and you can’t help but be

that has been covered in a black floral-

mesmerised by the grand swag curtain

print wallpaper from England. Beige on

that hangs proudly over the huge north-

the remaining walls and Debbie’s choice

facing window and is tied back over large,

of bed coverings create a stylish look in

elegant scrolls. Debbie has chosen a

here. The talented mother of three painted

beautiful London blind in the same beige

the timber furniture and upholstered

tone for the other window in this room,

the antique chair that sits prettily in the

which was built in to replace an old door.


The change has allowed more natural light





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inside, while at the same time providing

dressings in here are impossible to ignore

the Bells with a view of their lovely front

and have been made to match those in

garden. Beige Glow has been used on

the master bedroom – 100 metres of

the walls here and throughout the home,

fabric was used to create the curtains in

while the blue trim in the master bedroom

both rooms. The period-style mantelpiece

perfectly complements the blue-green

Debbie bought second-hand in her home

shades of the enormous floor rug.

town of Geelong is just one of the many treasures she and Chris have managed

Walk through to the ensuite and the classic

to find while renovating. Again they have

theme continues with pressed metal on

chosen a huge floor rug to create a feeling

the walls and ceiling, a marble-look floor

of warmth in this comfortable room – one

in chequered blue and white, timber trim

of their favourite places to spend time

on the fittings and an attractive pedestal

with their young grandsons.

basin. Debbie says this was the former bathroom and just one of the changes

Tucked away at the back of the house

she and Chris made to the layout of the

and overlooking the charming garden is

house, including an extension to the rear

the gorgeous new bedroom that forms

of the home.

part of the large rear extension. Pretty in pink, Debbie has created a feminine

They have widened the entry to the

room fit for a princess. She has chosen

spacious formal lounge and added a

pink and cream decorative wallpaper for

second window by replacing the door out

the feature wall and dressed the room in

to the front yard. The majestic window

matching furnishings.

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Top: Earlston as it appeared in its early days. Above: The outside of the home has been beautifully transformed. Right: The impressive new kitchen is the masterpiece of the extension.

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Across from the bedroom is the new main bathroom with its deep and luxurious free-standing bath, rustic timber vanity – another of the couple’s finds – and ornate pressed-metal walls and cornice. Wander through to the new open-plan kitchen, dining and living area and the visual





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Left: Debbie Bell and her husband Chris love living at Earlston.

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Raegan shoots for the stars BY DEBBIE MORI

Photo shoots with Hollywood superstars, top fashion models and celebrity music artists are all in a day’s work for former Shepparton woman Raegan Glazner. As personal assistant to internationallyrenowned Australian photographer Ben Watts – the brother of actress Naomi Watts – Raegan travels the world and rubs shoulders with the stars. She lives in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York and takes the train into work at Ben’s Milk Studios, inspired by the sights and sounds of the vibrant city. Chic and confident at 34, outgoing Raegan has never been far from the limelight when it comes to photography. She won four Age Nikon awards as a student at Shepparton’s Wanganui Park Secondary College and, after studying at RMIT, went on to work for worldfamous Australian fashion photographer, the late Richard Bailey, and high-profile photographer Chris Colls, eventually shooting for Harper’s Bazaar, Madison, Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Vogue and Shop Til You Drop magazines.

During a recent trip home to visit her parents, Neil and Vicki Glazner, and her brothers Trent and Daniel, Raegan was reminiscent as she walked the corridors at her old high school, rapt to be back where her passion for photography began, inspired by long-serving teacher Kerry Short. Like a proud father he welcomed her with open arms and his excited group of students were somewhat star-struck, until Raegan’s vivacious and friendly personality won them over. Dropping names like Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dev Patel, Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Miranda Kerr and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Raegan enthralled her captive audience. The names she rattled off were just some of a long list of celebrities she has encountered while working as Ben Watts’ personal assistant and studio manager.

While Raegan doesn’t actually photograph Ben’s clients, she is responsible for setting up his photo shoots, whether they’re at the studios or in a far-flung international location, and she is “literally” at Ben’s side while he is working. Raegan has a hectic schedule as the famous photographer is always in demand and part of her job is to edit his shots. “We have a really big team of people on set. Most people who come in for photo shoots have a big entourage with them, especially the Hollywood stars. We shoot a lot of hip-hop artists and fashion models,” she says. Raegan has ambitions to launch her own work in New York. “I’ve just been in Paris with Ben and I’ve found some great spots to shoot there for my own personal project.” [hs]


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T urism Month Goulburn Valley

All aboard

the Goulburn Valley Tourism Month train

Spanning four shires, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Murrindindi and Mitchell, this showcase of local attractions, product, music, culture and sporting events will entice you to be a tourist in your own backyard.

Visit a farm gate, take in some live theatre, enjoy local produce at a myriad of markets, or enjoy a day at the country races. Meander through open gardens, celebrate Shepparton’s 150th year or take the kids to Kidsfest. Homescape magazine is hosting a luncheon at The Connection on Tuesday, October 5, jointly with the Friends of the Shepparton Art Gallery. The guest speaker is artist Peter D Cole and tickets ($40) can be purchased at the Shepparton Art Gallery. Grab your copy of the calendar of events booklet. There are 30 000 of them to be distributed throughout the Goulburn Valley and as far as Melbourne at Federation Square. Contact your Visitor Information Centre or visit for more information.

Goulburn Valley Tourism Month in October offers up more than 90 different activities and events to encourage residents and visitors to discover the best the region Has to offer.


Great discoveries

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All roads will lead to the Goulburn Valley in October for Tourism Month but to ensure locals and visitors are aware of the fabulous attractions, events, festivals and tourism offerings we have in the Greater Shepparton region This year’s regional focus all year, the second edition of on Tourism Month creates a 52 Great Discoveries has now Discover more comprehensive event great places to visit been released. This user friendly booklet, distributed with this and put simply, gives you a okfor Special coupon offerS edition of Homescape, will guide loinSide lot more to do and see. you to a myriad of things to do and see in the area – some you Tourism Greater Shepparton, Greater will know about but not have visited and some you will discover for the first time. Shepparton City Council and Prominent

Press have all supported Tourism Month to ensure it becomes a successful annual event. So why don’t you make plans to be a tourist in October, invite your family and friends and discover some the wonderful gems of Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Murrindindi and Mitchell shires. Tourism is everyone’s business!

It is an informative guide for locals who wish to entertain their visiting friends or family close to home and enlightens tourists to the wonderful experiences on offer here in Greater Shepparton. The businesses and attractions in the booklet hope you will explore their venues and offerings and would love you to make the most of their great special offers included for your enjoyment. If you would like more copies of 52 Great Discoveries please contact the Shepparton Visitor Information Centre.


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Booked up to history By Martin Summons*

History is viewed through many and varied prisms. And so, when asked to write a history of Shepparton to coincide with celebrations marking 150 years since the town’s official gazettal in 1860, my focus quickly sharpened. Top: Lost to the town: once holding architectural pride of place on the main street was the colonial Victorian Post Office of 1883 (pictured here in 1959), sadly demolished in 1972. To its left is the Queen Anne-style National Bank building of 1887; it, too, was lost to the streetscape.

Here was a sprawling rural “capital” that I’d driven through many times and visited only for social quests. I’d drunk cold beer in a few of its pubs, visited friends on nearby farms, and kicked along the Goulburn’s banks during an occasional stop-over. But for someone outside the valley, what’s more from Melbourne, what possible light could I shed on the state’s fifth-largest rural city, home to Peter Ross-Edwards, crib of SPC, trucking companies, zealous European fruit producers and decadeslong ethnic melting pot?

As it emerged, plenty. Not because I’m an historian or academic or possess the deepest of insights, but because Shepp (excuse the familiarity, but everyone calls her Shepp) has so many rich and diverse layers. True, the landscape is flat, it’s well shy of architectural merit and it’s no top-line natural history idyll, but a great many qualities, has Shepp. Onion-like, peel back the layers and another confronts. And on balance, what the onlooker finds is a gritty, determined place of self-respect, sense of community and agricultural and

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horticultural achievement; a cash-rich town with a healthy sense of self but devoid of hubris. But back to the start. Back in December 2009, Bruce Wilson, former mayor and avid gatherer and consumer of local history, and his good-hearted allies at the Shepparton Heritage Centre, outlined what they wanted for their 150-year book. Later meetings refined the plot and process, decade-by-decade research (a chapter for each of the 15) picked up speed, and writing in earnest began in February this year. By July the book’s spine was broken and in early September was bundled off to the printers – locally based Prominent Group, of course. It’s been a sometimes bumpy ride, but a short one. In all good faith (and humility) the end result is an accessible history for general readers. Titled Water: the vital element, 150 years of Shepparton’s growth (agreeing on the title was a work in itself), it reflects upon Shepparton’s rise from a humble hamlet of 30 people in 1860. The narrative, scattered with anecdotes, links the 15 decades of a relentless march to major provincial town status, highlighting the notable and curious facets of this growth. Water – and the virtues of the Goulburn

River catchment – was the chosen theme on which to shape the story because without this “liquid gold” many of the historical and vital advances made by Shepparton and its pioneering people would never have transpired. But this is not a history book. Rather, it’s a book of history. It doesn’t chronicle all facts and figures and notable folks, but connects many of the happenings that made for a prodigious town. For some, seeing Buddha Bux ride his bike off the “top tower” at the Raymond West Swimming Pool to the barking hoots of the urgers-on below, hollering “Geronimo” on his idiotic descent, is highly memorable. To others, it’s the soubriquets Blossom Town, Food Bowl or Heart of the State. Still others cite the establishment of Goulburn Valley Grammar, the growth of GV Health and the hospital, the unavoidable CowParade, or being home to a world-class equine centre at Congupna, as vital benchmarks. For those who like to look at history, the book is liberally illustrated with images that give all generations a window to Shepp; some of these have not previously been published. This latest account of Shepparton’s march, while not always marked with praise, provides due recognition of its progress and, it’s hoped, just the right dose of humour and respect.

Top: Cultures collide: at the corner of Fryers and Wyndham streets in the late 1940s American sedans are plentiful, but local familiars (from the front right rearwards) are the Tarax Bar, the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, Every’s Newsagency, Halpin’s Sports Store, the P&O Café, Fairleys, Maples and the water tower. Above: Wyndham Street, looking south, circa 1910: corner of Wyndham and Fryers streets, where a girl in a bonnet holds a hitching-post. Behind her a horse is coaxed away from the open drain while in the shadows (right) a gentleman removes his hat before entering the Victoria Hotel. Progress is evident – the streets are now faced with crushed rock.



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* Martin Summons, a former journalist, is a Melbourne-based strategic communication and investor relations consultant and regular visitor to Shepparton. Left: Wyndham Street, looking north. Photograph taken in the 1920s.

Water: the vital element is timed for release on September 28, 2010 to coincide with the celebrations of the city’s sesquicentenary. It will be available from book shops in Shepparton, the Council offices and the Shepparton Art Gallery, and the Visitor Information Centre at a cost of $40.

The book can also be ordered on-line at Its launch coincides with a photographic exhibition at the Shepparton Art Gallery featuring a number of the images published in the book, which are also for sale. [hs]

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It’s not only the cows that live an organic lifestyle at Ian and Wendy Klein’s pretty Pine Lodge dairy farm on the outskirts of Shepparton. The couple, foundation members of the popular Australian True Organic brand, have embraced all things natural. The Kleins milk 320 predominantly Friesian dairy cows on their 261 hectare certified organic property. The organic milk they produce is sent off the farm to be used in True Organic’s dairy products as well as Melbourne-based Lemnos Foods and multi-national dairy giant Parmalat’s organic ranges. With more and more organic products available in supermarkets these days, the Kleins’ milk is in constant demand in Australia and overseas.

“If your soil is healthy then the plants are healthy and so your cows are healthy too,” Ian says.

Their environmentally-sustainable property boasts soil that is naturally high in phosphorous, attributable to the fact that they constantly feed minerals to their dairy cows and then convert the animals’ effluent into fertiliser for the farm. The high level of organic matter in the soil produces abundant, healthy, pest-free crops.

In fact the Kleins’ use of natural therapies to treat their own ailments or illnesses is what prompted the parents of five children to convert their conventional dairy farm to an organic enterprise 15 years ago.

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Top: The dairy cows at the Pine Lodge property produce certified organic milk. Above: Wendy and Ian Klein have been enjoying the benefits of organic farming for 15 years.

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Lou Costa’s charming private oasis just outside Rushworth is the perfect example of gardening with personality. It is also a magnificent model of the serious environmental message very close to this landscape architect’s heart. In an area devastated by drought for the last decade, Lou’s garden is a picture of health with lush growth and an abundance of self-seeding plants and bird life to signal the general wellbeing of the bush block. All this has been achieved with limited water, no artificial fertilisers and a tiny budget.

You see the talented garden designer is passionate about living harmoniously with her environment, and her own private patch is a pure example of what can be achieved without interfering with the natural cycle of life in the garden. Lou’s beautiful, whimsical garden, as seen on the ABC’s Gardening Australia, has been inspired by the surrounding 16 hectares of regrowth forest. She uses terraced garden beds to catch and contain

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the natural flow of water when it rains and many of the plants in Lou’s garden grow wild in the surrounding bush. “This is a philosophical garden. It shows that you can have a happy, healthy and attractive garden without messing too much with the gene pool. I wanted to create a landscape where the line between garden and bush is blurred. The transition needs to be subtle.” When Lou arrived at the property five years ago she had to improve the Capeweed infested, compacted, very gravelly earth before she could plant anything. “It was in the middle of a drought, so it was hot, dry and dusty. Every time the wind blew, the dust would swirl around and there wasn’t much topsoil left. It was a very desolate kind of space.” To deal with the poor soil Lou brought in truckloads of eucalyptus mulch from locally pruned trees which has broken

Above left: Striking drought-tolerant plants are used for shape and texture, but are also easy to care for. Above: Lou’s garden is full of whimsical “found” objects. Clustered together they make an eye-catching display. Left: Native plants are dominant in this garden. Opposite page: Stone and other natural materials are used for sculptural impact in this gorgeous garden.


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down and turned into soil. The tree mulch provides nutrient and, combined with gravel mulch, retains moisture to nourish Lou’s hand-collected seed and lovingly nurtured seedlings. Lou collects seed within a 20 kilometre radius of her property. “The plant communities in my garden replicate what is in the surrounding forest and that is the secret to success; find out what your local species are and grow them. This will give you the best rate of success in your garden, especially under conditions like drought,” Lou advises.

Above: Collected water is used sparingly on the garden but provides a welcome feature in the otherwise dry-bed garden. Above right: Lou Costa’s home is deliberately built of reclaimed natural materials to blend with the surrounding bush land. Right: Clever and quirky - an old wire mattress is used as a decorative divider in the outdoor kitchen. Opposite page: Prolific ground covers provide a seasonal display and act as hardy borders in the terraced garden.

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Here the Eucalyptus polyanthemos grows happily with the Green Mallee, Eucalyptus viridis, and Blue Mallee, Eucalyptus polybractea. Other plants living harmoniously are the Iron Bark, Eucalyptus tricarpa, a winter-flowering wattle called Acacia genistifolia, which is common throughout the Goulburn Valley, and the native geranium groundcover, Pelargonium austral.

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Native shrubs like mint bush, grasses and the prolific everlasting daisy fill the beds. There is also a vegetable patch and a chook run, all defined by a network of paths and retaining walls. Lou’s artistic touches are created from found or seconds objects and inject a magical, fun feeling to her garden. Old wire bed bases are used as decorative wall hangings, broken china and crockery are used to fashion eye-catching mosaics, while an outdoor kitchen, complete with pedestal basin and a bottle collection, is one of Lou’s favourite spots.

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Large cages made with mesh wire are filled with stones, and one with tin cans collected as rubbish from the surrounding forest, add architectural interest. “Gardening does not have to be all about greenery and plants; use your imagination and add your own personality to your garden. It is amazing what you can create from junk,” Lou laughs. [hs]

Open garden: If you would like to experience Lou’s garden first hand and learn more about sustainable gardening, you can visit the property on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, as part of Goulburn Valley Tourism Month. A shuttle bus will depart from High St, Rushworth, to the garden in Perry Rd, Rushworth, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost $10 and are to be purchased at the gate. For more information phone Lou on 0437 153 203. Check out the Gardening Australia story on

Above: Lou’s artistic streak is responsible for creations like this wire mesh wall filled with old tin cans collected in the neighbouring bush – environmentally friendly as well. Left: The garden has many quaint places to inspire you to sit and relax. Opposite page: Native wildflowers burst with colour this time of year, but it is more than plants that make this garden. Stone walls, found objects, even an old gate take pride of place.


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Billabong’s inspiring transformation Visitors to Shepparton’s new Billabong Garden Complex in Numurkah Road will be amazed at its transformation since its humble beginnings at the William Orr Campus eight years ago. The move to the new purpose-built complex, designed and managed by Stephen Powlesland, has allowed Billabong to introduce an inspiring range of homewares, gifts, garden and outdoorroom furniture to add to its impressive range of plants. The huge new indoor sales area is home to everything you need to spray, prune and maintain your garden so that you can achieve healthy foliage, prolific flowering and bumper crops. Wander along the fragrant pathways and you can browse at the lovely water features and plant display areas which boast an extensive range of exotic and native plants to suit all garden styles.

Marketing Manager Kate Smith says, “The new complex makes for a pleasant shopping experience; plants are displayed on waist-high benches in groups, so it is easy to find what you are looking for, and you will find loads of ideas and inspiration.” The timber-decked outdoor-room display incorporates contemporary outdoor furniture, plants ideal for areas that require some protection and less sun, beautiful feature pots, various wall plaques and art, as well as candles and water features. The paved tropical garden display includes an impressive Thatch Roof Bali Hut. Lush tropical-style plants that are suited to local cooler conditions have been used in this display for their foliage impact, while hand-carved stone lanterns and Buddhas from Indonesia provide a luxurious and exotic feature that will inspire ideas for your own tropical oasis. Thatch roofing materials can be purchased to transform your backyard.

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“Thatch huts look fantastic from both an external and internal perspective. They can provide relief from the rain, cooling shade in summer, and the sound of the breeze through the Alang Alang grass thatch starts your imagination wandering to tropical locations,” Kate says. Billabong’s expansive propagation nursery is located directly behind the retail nursery. Plants sold at Billabong are potted and grown on site, resulting in their adaptability and suitability to local garden conditions.

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Plants need sun and water to grow. To give your vegetable pots ample sun exposure, you may have to rearrange them at various parts of your garden where the sun hits. Plants that grow in pots tend to lose water quickly. Keep your plants from getting dehydrated by checking the soil or potting material constantly.

Potting material You should choose a quality potting soil for your vegetable pots - a sterile and pH-adjusted plant mix containing peat, slow release fertilizer and water retention granules. Plant mixes are commercially available at your hardware store, nursery or garden supplies store.

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You’ve found that perfect new piece of outdoor furniture to take pride of place in your entertaining area. Why not enhance your furniture and outdoor entertaining area in general by adding some great outdoor cushions? Outdoor cushions can be used on furniture such as chairs, benches, daybeds, sofas, and so on, or you can simply buy large cushions to use as seating on the floor of your entertaining area. There is a huge range of cushions for you to choose from, with different colours, shapes, styles, and patterns available.  You are basically limited only by your budget and imagination. When choosing your cushions, look to your furniture for inspiration.  Another place for inspiration could be the colours that you have used in your pool, for your plants, or for outdoor paintings.

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Top: Rushworth is steeped in historic charm with the preservation of many of the town’s beautiful buildings and churches, all easily accessible to sightseers. Above: Mike Wellington is a resident with a passion for the town’s history. He heads up the Rushworth Museum.

It could be the magic spell of a hospitable country town. It may be the feeling of something special in its history-steeped streets, or possibly the delectable local produce that is always available. Whatever the reason, Rushworth is a delight to all who visit, and especially to those who decide to stay. The town is classified by the National Trust, recognising its streetscape’s historical significance, but today’s Rushworth, with its modern-day services and busy retail sector, is an appealing place to call home.

Mike Wellington and family came to Rushworth for a holiday in 1984 and effectively never left. “We fell in love with the lifestyle and we found all we needed was here. It was a lovely place to visit and now a great place to live,” Mike says. “I know of at least three couples more recently who have chosen Rushworth to retire.” Retired himself, Mike is president of the Rushworth Museum and devotes many hours working to preserve the treasures donated to the organisation for public enjoyment.

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“I found myself gravitating to the museum as an interest and it is a wonderful way to be able to contribute to the community.” The collection of memorabilia, housed in the 1913-built Mechanic’s Institute, includes the doors from the neighbouring Whroo church dating back to 1857 and a miner’s bucket from the early 1900s. “you couldn’t put a value on a collection like this. It is very important to the identity of the town,” Mike says.

Mary-Jo fortuna also believes Rushworth is a very special place, describing herself as an “early tree-changer” drawn to “Rushy” in 1975 from Melbourne with her husband and young family.

Above left: The pretty township of Rushworth is a delightful place to discover. Above: Mary-Jo Fortuna is a staunch advocate for living in a safe community like Rushworth.

Mary-Jo knew the town, having spent childhood holidays there with an aunt, and decided it was her long-term home, bringing up seven children on her own after losing her husband in 1984.

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winning pies, pastries, slices and cakes. Their passion for customer service and producing quality food is paramount in their minds. With great coffee, sandwich bar and over 18 flavours of wholesome pies to choose from there is something for everyone. Don’t miss the local favourites such as their famous Banana Bread or their sumptuous pasties which are to die for!

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These days she travels victoria in her role as la Trobe university shepparton campus coordinator for the faculty of humanities and social sciences, and lecturer in sociology and politics, but is always happy to steer the car home to Rushworth at the end of the day. “I have no desire to live in the larger towns – I like the peace and quiet and feeling of openness outside the cities, as well as the greater sense of being part of a community,” Mary-Jo says. and it is her volunteer role as editor of the local newspaper, Waranga News, for the past 32 years which makes her most proud. “It is very satisfying to be involved in a community-owned publication such as the Waranga News. I’m very committed to the idea of community newspapers and especially their role in small communities. ours has the interests of the community as its main agenda. It gives a voice to local people about issues that concern them, and it lets everyone know what is going on around the local towns.

Above: The majestic Rushworth State Forest is a drawcard for bushwalkers, cyclists, campers and wildflower and fauna enthusiasts. Above right: The Rushworth Town Hall. Right: The former Imperial Hotel is now a gorgeous Bed and Breakfast playing host to visitors once again.

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Stop at this local IGA and experience shopping the IGA way—with a promise of neighbourly service from people you know and trust. With Steve & Wendy Coghlan at the helm, you will experience good old fashioned family friendly business. Their philosophy is based on exceptional customer service and commitment to their local community.

From the moment you enter this little patchwork haven, you will be astounded at the huge range of pattern samples on display. Meg runs a range of classes including “Sit & Sew” and workshops to suit everyone, and is always there to lend a hand and offer advice.

Experience a warm smile the minute you enter this store - from the friendly cash register operators to the multi skilled enthusiastic staff throughout the fresh produce, delicatessen, grocery and liquor departments. Their home cooked produce is fresh and appealing to the eye and has become popular for both local customers and sightseers to the area.

Situated on the corners of Old Tatura Road, Station and Heily Streets, Meg is only one block away from High Street and located near the railway foot-bridge.

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another local with his finger on the pulse is butcher and town stalwart, Jeff “slim” perry. slim is Rushworth born and bred and is a wealth of information about his beloved home town, sharing all he knows with his customers – who he cheerfully welcomes to his butchery by name – and inquisitive visitors who appreciate him pointing them in the right direction. he has raised his five children in the town with wife pauline and is a true example of what makes rural towns like Rushy not just survive, but thrive. Most recently slim has been instrumental in the establishment and continued success of the town’s community bank. The friendly butcher believes Rushworth is rich in amenities and services with two schools and a kindergarten, health clinics,

aged care and hospital, cfa, police and ses all based in the town.

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“I think Rushworth has the potential to be ‘home’ to anyone who is willing to be part of the Rushworth community,” the wellrespected resident says.

“all these services have been hard fought to keep at one time or another, but we need them not just to survive, but to prosper. our economy is structured around agriculture and tourism and while many young people do leave for work opportunities, it is important to continue to grow for our future here,” a pensive slim says. The pretty township is flanked by the Rushworth state forest – 24,300 hectares of reserved forest – and is brimming with relics from its prosperous past as a goldmining town and later, an equally busy box ironbark timber industry, borne out of the largest stand of box ironbark forest in the world. This forest is now a huge drawcard for bushwalkers, cyclists, campers and wildflower and fauna enthusiasts. To cater for tourists the town’s retailers and attractions open their doors weekends as well as midweek and are more than happy to provide visitors with ample ideas to fill their day.

Above: Rushworth’s friendliest butcher, Jeff “Slim” Perry, is a wealth of information about his beloved town.

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Whilst you’re exploring Rushworth be sure to include a trip into the new ice creamery which has now become a favourite destination for many. With 24 plus flavours of fine ice-cream available at any one time, ranging from a fresh-tasting strawberry to a sweet honeycrunch or decadent Jamaican Rum & Raisin, laced with Bundaberg Rum … you decide! Michelle has familiar favourites along with more adventurous flavours, not forgetting the ever popular milk/thick shakes, iced coffees and confectionary.

It’s what’s inside that counts and until you enter this gift store you have no idea of the hidden treasures that unfold! Weave your way through admiring a showcase of home décor, cushions, lamps, vases, beautiful bejeweled scarves, handbags and gifts. The collection of sterling silver jewellery is distinctive, charming, and all at reasonable prices.

Michelle can also bring the fun to your party by preparing individually hand made ice cream cakes. Order early to avoid disappointment.

Helen and Campbell pride themselves on good old fashioned customer service values and are constantly updating and maintaining a fresh and exciting experience every time you visit. You won’t be disappointed.

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The award-winning Rushworth bakery is a must for lunch and take-home treats for the whole family, while there is plenty to browse at in the antique and collectables shops, galleries, gift and hardware outlets and the cottage Ice cream shoppe is a definite stop for the kids, and kids at heart. We can also recommend slim’s flavoured sausages and marinated steaks which can be enjoyed on any of the barbecues at picnic spots around the area. In Rushworth’s main street, high st, the quaint band rotunda dating back to 1888 is a popular place to sit and take in the ambience of the streetscape which is filled with beautiful old, but intrinsically preserved, buildings and memorabilia. Above: Rushworth’s historic streetscape is home to a busy retail centre.

Waranga basin is another of the district’s features. one of the earliest irrigation projects in victoria, the 59 square kilometre basin attracts water sport enthusiasts for boating, skiing, fishing and sailing, while the caravan park and camping areas provide ample accommodation.

Right: The band rotunda, dating back to 1888, stands proud in the middle of town.

Rushworth and district is certainly one of those wonderful little gems just ready to be discovered. definitely worth a visit and who knows how long you’ll stay! [hs]

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Browse through this extensive quaint old store and you will find an array of timber, paints, electrical appliances, car batteries and much much more!

Wake up to the sound of native wildlife after a comfortable night’s sleep. Situated a step away from hotels and shops, this Budget Motel is the perfect location to base yourself and explore this historic town. Waranga Basin, ideal for water sports, golf and bushwalking are all within easy reach.

This Society was formed in 1969 and its band of dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to collect and preserve the local history of Rushworth. The Museum is renowned for its collection, including old newspapers relating to gold mining, wood cutting and early settlement. Also contained within the Museum are horse drawn wagons and an operational steam traction engine still driven in street parades.

Brendan has it all covered – he provides a chainsaw sharpening service for all those serious jobs, a key cutting service and is also a United Gas Agent for refill and 45kg cylinders. Stock feed is another specialty line for all the farmers in the local area, not to forget car batteries. Delivery service available.

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Your friendly hosts, Angela and Brett, welcome you to their ground floor modern units which include QS beds, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, swimming pool & BBQ. Stay a night, not just a day.

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Meetings are held the first Friday of the month and volunteers who are prepared to be actively involved are warmly welcome.

Rushworth & District Historical Society High Street, (next to Post Office ) Rushworth Open Sat (10am-12Noon) & Sun (11am-3pm) Ph: 5856 1454 (Pres: Mike Wellington)

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This café is a lot of fun with a wonderful vibe and sure to delight any motorcycle enthusiast or visitor to Rushy. In fact you won’t be able to stop yourself from purchasing from their great range of motorbike accessories and leather apparel.


With Trevor’s passion for motorbikes and background in smash repairs & spray-painting, together with Fiona’s passion for nothing but fresh homemade food, how can anyone not resist a visit. Fiona’s 25 years experience in food focuses on desserts, savoury slices and an appetising range of pasta dishes.

Serving the district for over 60 Years!

Bring some friends or family as you could easily spend an afternoon here sitting on one of the many cosy couches indulging on lunch, snacks, tempting cakes & slices with a freshly brewed coffee.


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sweet success Shepparton-based photographer Serana Hunt, who works regularly for Homescape magazine, has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2010. All entrants in the national photographic competition were asked to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’. Serana says, “The selected photograph is an image of my daughter, Storm and it is a part of a series of photographs, ‘Rite of passage’, documenting young people within our community.” Serana’s photo was one of 238,000 works submitted in all categories of the 2010 Moran Prizes. “To have this photograph selected means the world to me because it means that my work is at a level that I am trying to achieve and it has really boosted my confidence.

“Contemporary photography can often be confronting in its honesty or portrayal, and it can also be stunningly beautiful or unusual. It is very difficult to be recognised in this field of photography as the avenues for presenting your work are limited to finding exhibition space or recognition through artbased competition.” Serana’s photograph, ‘Storm, Twelve’ is on display at the Dookie Harvest Café. The semi-finalists’ photos are displayed digitally at the NSW State Library in Sydney. Visit to view the online exhibition. [hs]

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break the bank When arranging insurance, don’t take shortcuts without seeking proper advice, understanding the fine print or considering whether you are getting value for money. Often you end up with cover you don’t need and - even worse - without the cover you really do. Whether you run a small sole proprietor business or a large diversified company, GGIB provide advice and assistance to make sure you are properly protected. As one of the largest privately owned insurance brokerages in the nation, GGIB offers a complete insurance broking package encompassing technical insurance advice, market analysis, risk management and claims management services. Give us a call today to discuss your insurance requirements.

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Above: Photographer Serana Hunt is thrilled to be recognised for this photograph she took of her daughter Storm (above left).



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Providing services to third & fourth generations of business in the Goulburn Valley With a respected history spanning more than 40 years, Metzke + Allen Chartered Accountants has built a reputation based on its integrity and professionalism. The practice has become renowned in the Goulburn Valley for nurturing strong client relationships, and its goal today reflects the ambitions first declared in 1970 by director Frank Metzke. That goal - to consistently develop its people and expertise to ensure its clients are able to meet the challenge of the evolving business environment.

Metzke+Allen: Our experience, Your advantage! Metzke+Allen brings together a powerful combination of experience, expert knowledge, innovation, commitment and dedication to help their clients sustain a competitive advantage in today’s world. Local and national clients benefit from their comprehensive range of professional services. They offer specialist advice to individuals and business owners so you can trust in Metzke+Allen for all of your business and finance solutions: + Grow your business + Improve profitability  + Increase cash flow  + Protect assets  + Create a business succession plan Metzke + Allen Pty Ltd also strive to build long lasting relationships with their team. At a recent company event, they recognised several loyal team members who had provided service for more than 20 years.

Metzke + Allen Pty Ltd Directors - Gavin Napier, Frank Metzke, Michelle Collins and Russell Allen.

The Metzke + Allen Pty Ltd team, including the directors and 36 team members, are proud to offer the complete range of business services to all clients. This was culminated in July 2009 by the purchase of their business coaching division, 10X. The 10X Coaching Club provides a system for all businesses to boost their revenue and profitability, while combining the work with the accounting division in assisting clients with growth strategies, improving cashflow, asset protection and succession strategies. It is all about assisting businesses to achieve the growth and lifestyle they have always dreamed of.

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Coffee culture filters into region BY CHRISTY O’BRIEN

A few short years ago ‘skinny latte’, ‘espresso’ and ‘flat white’ were words more commonly spoken in Lygon Street, Carlton or Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, than in country Victoria.

BYL Espresso

Today however, you can get your fix of great quality coffee right here in the Goulburn and Murray valleys. Yes, Melbourne’s coffee culture has percolated into regional Victoria and it’s not just the humble milky cappuccino on offer. Going out for coffee is now a regular pastime, and more importantly, it’s a social event and one that keeps us in touch with our friends and family.

Here in the valleys our obsession with coffee has reached new heights.

Echuca, for example, has its very own ‘coffee only’ café in BYL Espresso. Who’d have thought five years ago that a café that only sells coffee would survive in country Victoria? Survived it has, and it now boasts more than 100 regular coffee drinkers, consuming up to 45kg of ground coffee a week.

Owner and local identity, Luke Teasdale, says BYL offers a meeting place for locals, where the relaxed and social atmosphere is a high priority, and of course, so is the great quality coffee! Coffee culture moves into top gear at Shepparton’s Bean Around Coffee company, based at The Last Straw Café – a unique straw building where you get to watch and smell the roasting process of coffee beans hand selected from around the world. Only the freshest beans are used in order to produce the quality, taste and aroma that only true coffee lovers can appreciate. These guys take their coffee seriously!

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Friar’s Café

The Last Straw Café Seven years ago Friar’s was grinding eight kilograms of beans a week. Friar’s coffee drinkers now consume 30kg of freshly roasted coffee a week, sourced from Shepparton’s Dimattina family, whose passion for roasting goes back generations.

“Friar’s coffee drinkers consume 30kg of freshly roasted coffee a week.” Owners John O’Donoghue and Shingo Fujimoto are obsessed with creating the perfect cup of coffee and ensure each roast, single origin or a house blend, is undertaken with strict attention to detail.

Similar evidence of coffee culture can be found at Shepparton’s Friar’s Café. Coowner Mat Innes-Irons says the coffee business is now a monster and demand for good coffee is at 100 per cent.

The Last Straw Café has a loyal following of regulars who consume 80-100 cups a day. Each cup is brewed from a traditional Italian lever machine by master roaster and barista, Shingo.

“It is a very competitive business and customers will not stand for a sub-standard product. If it is not a damn good coffee it will be sent back, or worse, you won’t see that customer again.

Back in Echuca, coffee addicts flock to the Black Pudding Café and Deli, owned by John and Rob Taverna. The brothers’ strong Italian heritage is evident in their awesome coffee and food and in the friendly atmosphere at this historic port area café.

“What a difference consumer demand makes … 20 years ago it was a spoonful of Caterer’s Blend stirred with an icy pole stick and most people put up with that,” Mat says.

In five years, ground coffee consumption at The Black Pudding has grown from eight kilograms to 20kg a week with up to 300 cups churned out on any given Saturday.

Mat says Friar’s also uses a separate grinder for decaffeinated coffee, and it’s not just Skinny Milk that people like … soy milk is more popular than ever. Coffee culture is here to stay and however you choose to enjoy your daily coffee fix (or two) it’s the taste and the experience that you’ll come back for. It also might have something to do with the passionate personalities behind each coffee machine who keep great coffee flowing each and every day. [hs]

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Enjoy music in every room of your home. wirelessly. Before Sonos®, if you wanted music in every room of your home you had to break through walls to hand-wire the house. With Sonos, you can play music throuout your home wirelessly, in as many different rooms as you like, controlling it all from the palms of your hand. No wonder Australian hifi magazine calls Sonos® “the most user-friendly system of its type”

Go far beyond your current music collection. With a full-colour Sonos® wireless controller in hand, you have instant access to your personal music collection, to millions of songs from online music services and to thousands of internet radio stations.

Control the award-winning Sonos® Multi-room music system from your iphone or ipod touch. Walk into your house, reach into your pocket and play music in every room. That’s the joy of combining the wireless Sonos® Multi-Room Music System with the free Sonos Controller for iPhoneTM app. Just pick a room, point and flick to pick a song, and hit play. Play the same song in every room or different songs in every room.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE Sonos® music system CONTACT: Sounds Around 66 High St, Shepparton | PHONE: 5821 0006



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Coming Attractions: Tahbilk Family Open Day Sunday, October 10 Tahbilk Winery, 254 O’neils Rd, Tabilk via nagambie View the homestead gardens, experience special tastings, museum viewing, guided winery tours, wetlands walks & cruises, kids activities, music and more – all for FRee! Visit FOODbOWl muSic FeSTiVal - numuRkah Friday to Sunday, October 15 to 17

Over the coming months thousands of visitors will DISCOVER SHEPPARTON and all it has to offer. CAMPBELL’S SHEPPARTON HALF IRONMAN TRIATHLON FESTIVAL Dates: sat 13 & sun 14 november

The whole township comes alive for this annual event with a great variety of live music, great food and wine, markets and more! Visit a Day On The hill

With over 1000 competitors this spectacular event will include a 2XU Open Water Swim, Kids Go TRI It, Quest Shepparton Hexman and the crowning event - Campbell’s Shepparton Half Ironman.

Sunday, October 17


and family entertainment by The cabarettos and

lake cooper estate, 1608 midland highway, corop a great day with food, wine, music, local produce malibugroove

GREAT VICTORIAN BIKE RIDE Dates: sat 27 november - sun 5 December

Visit celebRaTe SheppaRTOn’S 150 yeaRS

A touring cyclist’s delight! See 5000 cyclists winding their way through the Goulburn Valley including Dookie, Murchison and Tatura and concluding in Marysville.

Saturday, October 23 from 3pm - 9.30pm


Featuring Wendy Stapleton & Trio, Daryl

Victoria lake Foreshore braithwaite and The World’s Greatest Dancers,

GREATER SHEPPARTON BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL JUNIOR TOURNAMENT Dates: sat 4 & sun 5 December Shepparton Basketball will come alive with 2000 junior basketballers converging on the region for the annual Greater Shepparton Basketball Association Junior Tournament.

plus historical cars, walking tours, duck races and fireworks. This is a free event. alexanDRa anD DiSTRicT Open GaRDenS Saturday and Sunday, October 23 & 24 alexandra, buxton, Taggerty & narbethong


Gardeners, mark your diary! To celebrate its 20th

SCOTT PEOPLES CYCLING FESTIVAL Dates: sat 11 & sun 12 December


anniversary, 13 gardens will be open for public viewing.

melbOuRne cup Day aT echuca RacinG club

The 4th annual Scotty’s Cycling Festival incorporates Scotty’s Race, Scotty’s Ride, Scotty’s Criterium, Scotty’s Track Night and Scotty’s Community Ride. Proceeds to the Scott Peoples Foundation.

Tuesday, november 2


activities for children, live entertainment and all the

To truly Discover Shepparton, drop into the Visitor Information Centre 534 Wyndham St, Shepparton Ph 5831 4400 or visit

With full Tab facilities, fashions on the field, action of the melbourne cup on the big screen.

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Photos of Winter Blues Festival by Crimson Tide Photography, Echuca

Wayne Jury, the music coordinator for the Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival was just one of the many acts to perform over the recent festival weekend. A young contestant takes a break from the Winter Blues Festival Busking Competition.

(Below)Edwina Oram and Felicity Hammond at the Shepparton Celebrates 150 Anniversary Ball. Some students from St Georges Road Primary School took to the stage at the 150 Anniversary Ball.

One of the many students who took part in Blues Boot Camp and performed at Radcliffe’s during the Winter Blues Festival.

(Below) Nearly 400 people attended the 150 Anniversary Ball. Pictured here is Judy and John Healy with Gill O’Sullivan. Rachael Head and Sarah Mullins at the recent Shepparton Celebrates 150 Anniversary Ball

L-R Kerryn Pickworth, Kath Devine, Linda Prentice and Debbie Lewis took part in the 150 Anniversary Ball celebrations.



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By Jock O’Connor

SHEPPARTON COUPLE JOCK AND MAUREEN O’CONNOR SHARE THEIR HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURES IN AMAZING NORTH VIETNAM IN THIS NEXT INSTALMENT OF THEIR EXCITING TRAVEL DIARY. We flew into Hanoi, North Vietnam in March where we travelled with a company called Wide Eyed Tours – something I should have paid more attention to, as I was the victim of a pickpocket gang within hours of our arrival! I was trying to save a mate from a girl who was attempting to steal his camera – but after some pushing and shoving, Doug still had his camera, and five minutes later I discovered my wallet containing $300 and my credit cards was missing. After reporting the theft to the police and cancelling my credit cards etc. it was time to have another Jameson and soda and get on with the trip. The next day we took off on a cyclo (rickshaw) tour of Hanoi, which included the Old Quarter and Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum. On our third day we headed north to spectacular Halong Bay for an overnight stay on a traditional ‘junk’ – a bit of an unfair description really, because the traditional motorised sail boat was very comfortable, with great food and a very friendly crew. Halong Bay has some 1690 small islands and emerald-coloured waters. We anchored in time to view the most amazing sunset and with sole use of the

boat, we had a very funny karaoke night. The next morning 17 very hoarse karaoke enthusiasts headed back to Hanoi, passing through wonderfully picturesque countryside and small towns. We also saw lots of rice paddies – Vietnam is the third-largest rice producer in the world. The next day we boarded our coach tour to Cuc Phuong National Park where we went on a seven kilometre walk to see a 1000-year-old tree. The walk took threeand-a-half hours and to me felt more like tackling the Kokoda trail in a day! On return to Hanoi we flew to Hue (pronounced Whay) where the highlight was a five-hour motorbike tour of its war ruins, pagodas, countryside villages and private homes. We were also treated to a vegetarian lunch. Now five hours sounds like a lot, but in actual fact we spent most of the time visiting sites and travelled by motorbike in between – a must-do if you get the chance. By the way – yes, we were covered by our travel insurance. The following day we went down to Hoi An by coach, travelling through the Hai Van Pass and via Marble Mountain. Ah! Hoi An – one of my favourite places in Vietnam. We stayed at the Golden Sand

Beach Resort for four nights of R&R and a swim in the South China Sea, just five minutes from down-town Hoi An. Hoi An is known for custom-made clothes and leather goods, including shoes. We also did the compulsory cooking tour, which was great fun, thanks to a very funny master chef! [hs]

*In the next edition of Homescape we head south to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and wonderful Ho Chi Minh City.

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Friar’s Café Legendary Eggs Benedict INGREDIENTS

(Serves 2)

The hollandaise sauce is critical! It makes or breaks the dish. Take a shortcut and you are out of the house!


Is time for Brunch!

Hollandaise Sauce 3 egg yolks Pound of salted butter (440gm) Pinch of white pepper 1 cup of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or the like – nothing too strong) 1/4 cup of good-quality tarragon-infused vinegar

METHOD Melt the butter in the microwave until completely melted and allow to cool. Mix the vinegar, wine and pepper in a small saucepan and boil over high heat until reduced by 1/3. In a stainless steel bowl (or other suitable double-boiler bowl), add egg yolks and vinegar mix. Whisk constantly over boiling water until it becomes a thick glossy sabayon (thick custardy consistency), but be careful not to take it too far as you don’t want scrambled eggs! By this time the butter will have separated into two layers, one being white and milkylooking, the other one being clear. You want the clear layer. This is called clarified butter. While whisking constantly, add the clarified butter in a very thin stream, keep whisking, whisking, whisking. Your arm will almost break but keep going! You should end up with a beautiful, thick, glossy sauce. If it starts to separate, stop adding the butter immediately and add about 1 tablespoon of warm water, keep whisking and then start adding butter again once it’s emulsified. Most important – don’t let it go cold. Once it’s cold it’s ruined. Keep at around 37°C. Not too hot either or it will separate.

The rest of the ingredients 2 English muffins 4 good-quality, fresh freerange eggs, softly poached 4 slices of good-quality leg ham

METHOD To finish, layer muffin, ham, eggs and then a generous serving of your delicious hollandaise. Top with freshly cracked pepper. Enjoy!

The football has finished, WE’ve stowed away the snow skis and filled up the lawnmower. It’s springtime! Invite your friends around for Sunday brunch and show off your talents by serving up great Eggs Benedict. We get so many requests for this recipe at Friar’s that we have decided to share it with everyone. - Cheers, Mat & TIM

The trick to perfect poached eggs • Only use really, really fresh freerange eggs. The fresher the eggs, the better the results • Eggs must be at room temperature • Add a dash of vinegar to the water

• Have the water at a rolling boil, not fiercely bubbling • Crack eggs into middle of saucepan and do not stir

If it all seems too hard, pop in and let us cook up an ‘Eggs Benny’ for you! 127 Fryers Street, Shepparton ph 03 5822 2181


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