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The word 'cancelled' has been stamped over hundreds of Australian concerts, sporting matches and gatherings of more than 500 – and Nagambie has been caught in the mix with major events added to the increasing list of cancellations or being postponed. The Scotch Mercantile Regatta was abandoned late last week and has since been followed by the cancellation of the annual APS Heads of the River Regatta,
scheduled to be held this weekend at Lake Nagambie due to COVID - 19. Lucky for us, the GoFish tournament has been postponed with event organisers releasing a statement to the public on Monday afternoon. 'In following the advice from the Federal Government restricting ‘non-essential gatherings’ and the declaration of a State of Emergency in Victoria, from the afternoon of Monday 16th March, the 2020 GoFish Nagambie event has been postponed and will not proceed on the scheduled dates 2-5th April, 2020,' the statement read.
Effective immediately, ticket sales were suspended, and the event organisers began carefully working through the next steps to determine potential new dates for the GoFish Tournament. “Further information regarding the next course of action for ticket holders, exhibitors, and sponsors will be communicated as soon as possible as we deal with what is an unprecedented situation,” said GoFish Nagambie event director Rod Lockwood. "This has been a tough decision. Not only is the principle that 'the show must go on'
woven into our DNA, but the impact of this postponement on the community that makes GoFish Nagambie possible — the fishers, the festival attendees, exhibitors, our sponsors, our staff and the Nagambie community— cannot be overstated," Rod said. “Whilst we cannot promote a mass gathering, we can encourage you to get out into the fresh air and fish responsibly. We are working on some alternatives for you right now and will be making some announcements, but our first priority remains the safety of everyone. Stay tuned for updates,” Rod concluded.
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THE STRATH-LOG ES VICTORIAN YOUTH WEEK AWARDS
Expressions of Interest - Violet Town Recreation Reserve Toilet Block Upgrade Strathbogie Shire Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced companies for the design, manufacture and placement of a prefabricated amenities unit within the following parameters: - Eight Unisex individually doored cubicles in total, one at minimum being Accessible use with baby change facilities and two Ambulant - External hand wash basins &RQFUHWHVODEÀRRUDQGZDOOVLQWHJUDORIXQLW - Ability to be pressure washed internally as a long-term inclusion in any cleaning regime - Plumbing and power/light for external connections to utilities generally centralised for works by others - Unit placed on site pad, works by others - External walls, where applicable, to be suitable for the placement and bonding of brickwork and tiles which are an art feature as an initiative of the local community Expressions of Interest must provide, at minimum: 6FKHPDWLFVDQGVSHFL¿FDWLRQVDGGUHVVLQJWKHUHTXLUHGSDUDPHWHUV - Indicative cost(s) - Timelines - Evidence that any submitted designs meet all relevant Australian Standards and Guidelines Expressions of Interest may submit: Any additional information to outline capabilities and experience in the design, manufacture and placement of prefabricated amenities units.The lowest or any Expressions of Interest may not necessarily be accepted. Expressions of Interest will be received until 4.00pm on Thursday 16 April 2020 endorsed with Contract No. 19/20-35 Violet Town Toilet Block Upgrade. Submissions must be made via TenderSearchwww.tendersearch.com.au/strathbogie. Julie Salomon &KLHI([HFXWLYH2I¿FHU
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STRATHBOGIE SHIRE COUNCIL IS TAKING SERIOUSLY THE IMPACT OF CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) Strathbogie Shire Council is taking seriously the impact corona virus (COVID-19) is having across Australia. This follows the global spread of the virus, which resulted in a worldwide pandemic being declared by the World Health Organisation on 12 March. Council Chief Executive Officer Julie Salomon said that following the release of the Victorian Government’s Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector on 10 March 2020, the Council, as part of its emergency management preparedness and planning, is finalising the review and update of its own Pandemic Plan. “This plan details specific actions to be conducted by Council staff before, during and after a pandemic outbreak,” Ms Salomon said. “The Council has in place a Business Continuity Plan, which outlines how services
to the community will be continued should the Council need to assess the way in which it is delivering these. “Given the rapidly changing situation, officers will diligently continue to monitor the situation and amend the plans according to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, including contingencies and/or cancellation of any planned events and meetings within the Shire. “We will also be in contact with service providers within the municipality to support continuity of services and support to our community.” Ms Salomon also said that Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer has been keeping up-to-date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 through teleconferences hosted by the DHHS.
“This information is, in turn, relayed to all staff to ensure the organisation’s knowledge of the latest developments is thorough and can be conveyed to members of the public, if needed,” she said. “We encourage all residents to access the DHHS corona virus updates to ensure that they have the latest information. “We also encourage Council staff and residents to ensure that they remain diligent in hand-washing and cough etiquette and have their flu shots this year when they become available in early April.” The Council has also been communicating information from the DHHS through its social media channels.
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The ADF has long experience assisting the community in civil emergencies with thousands of ADF personnel, including reservists, being involved in responses to disasters such as Cyclone Tracy, the 2009 Victorian bushfires and the 2019 Queensland floods.
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With the bushfire crisis continuing throughout the states on January 4th 2020, , the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), historically approved the “Call Out” of Australian Army Reservists to provide additional support to state and local authorities in fire-affected areas. Almost 6,500 full time and Reserve personnel provided support in the field, at sea, in the air, and from Defence bases across the nation as part of Operation Bushfire Assist. As a long-time member of local Infantry Unit 8/7 RVR –based in Shepparton- long term local resident Shan Jaudzemis, responded to the Call Out and deployed in early January as part of JFF6.45 in a Company made up of members of 4 Brigade Units 8/7 RVR and 5/6 RVR. Based predominately for the duration of the Call out in Bairnsdale PTE Jaudzemis says she was just one of over 600 full time and Reserve members who were based in the area. Tasks completed by her Company element in JTF 646 included delivery of P2
masks and bottled water to outlying towns, protection of heritage listed huts, manning of evacuee and firefighting relief centres, assisting with feed and fodder delivery, assistance in evacuations, the clearance of roads and the recovery and extraction of wildlife including koalas and macropods. PTE Jaudzemis states working with DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) was “one of my favourite tasks”. Affectionately known as the “Koala Rescue Team” it involved spotting, retrieving and transporting Koalas from their burn out habitat to the local mobile RSPCA Mobile unit where they would be assessed and then returned to their habitat. Another highlight was working alongside and with members of the PNG and Fijian Army. Pte Jaudzemis states “In the Army Reserve you have to be ready for anything. I’ve previously been involved in the Ready Response Force and responded on a local level to disasters but this is the first time I’ve worked in a Reserve capacity directly with other government agencies. I feel
that moving forward the Reserves have a lot to offer in times of disaster. The array of diverse civilian skills in the Reserves combined with member’s military skills adds a different dimension to capability when responding to domestic tasks.” And would she do it all again… “Being a Reservist was something I never planned to
do but it’s been at times the most rewarding and challenging aspect of my life. It’s driven me to push myself harder and given my skills and experiences I’d never have anywhere else. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to challenge themselves. “ Defence Force Recruiting 131901
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THEFT AT RDA SEYMOUR Riding for Disabled Seymour has recently had 9 childrenâ€™s helmets, some halters and lunging equipment stolen from our shed in Kings Park. We cannot provide lessons without the special small sized helmets for our young participants. Volunteers have arrived to find the sheds and paddocks unlocked and left open. This has been reported to the police. The locks are in the process of being changed. We are asking the Community to please let us know if they see any suspicious activity in our area behind the cutting yard, next to the dog walking park. We need to raise funds to replace the stolen equipment, helmets which comply with the current Australian Safety Standards are approximately $80-$90 each. We welcome any donations from the community to help us pay for new helmets.
How can you help? Donations of $90 will cover the cost of 1 childâ€™s helmet. Sponsor a rider, $155 covers the cost of insurance, $50 will cover the cost for a term of lessons ($10 a lesson). Sponsor a horse for $250 a year, we need to pay farrier costs, teeth and vet bills. We cannot run our program without our special horses. Feel like some exercise? Would you like horse manure to compost for your garden? Come along and bag up some manure (bags supplied)!
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Before I provide an update on the upcoming works we have this weekend, I wanted to UHĂ€HFWRQDQGDFNQRZOHGJHWKHWUDJLFDFFLGHQWWKDWRFFXUUHGDW:DOODQRQ7KXUVGD\ )HEUXDU\7KHUDLOLQGXVWU\SULGHVLWVHOIRQVDIHW\DQGZHDUHDOOGHHSO\VDGGHQHGE\WKHORVV RIWZRRIRXURZQLQWKHGHUDLOPHQW While multiple investigations are underway into the cause of the accident, ARTC has imposed 80km/hr speed restrictions on the railway line as a precautionary measure. We appreciate this is impacting on rail services but we made this decision in response to community concerns regarding the railway network following the incident. We are also working with the national rail safety regulator to undertake an audit of the track from Melbourne to Sydney. With respect to track ride quality, a number of our senior managers have been riding in the cabs of freight and passenger trains between Albury and Melbourne over the last week in order to assess ride condition from the locomotive cab and to engage with train drivers. While this is something our management do regularly, it is even more important at this time given the concerns that have been raised. With all of this in mind, we are focused on delivering the North East Rail Line Upgrade safely and on time to benefit passenger services and the local community. This weekend more than 200 workers will be out on track in the first major works
blitz since the main works phase of the $235 million North East Rail Line Upgrade started. This means weâ€™re well and truly getting on with the task of delivering the upgrade that will bring the much-anticipated improvements to service reliability and ride quality on the North East line. Works will be carried out around the clock for a three-day period from 14-16 March. The main focus area will be on the singletrack section to the south of Seymour. We will be renewing four level crossings across Heathcote Junction, Tallarook and Seymour as well as completing a large scope of works including bridge deck replacements, completing a further 30km of tamping and mudhole removal. At the completion of this three-day works blitz, work crews will be heading back up to Wodonga where the other main works are underway. Works will then progressively move south over the coming months. You may also have noticed increased activity around Violet Town, where our contractors have established a major ballast stockpile from which trains have been loading to deliver ballast to works sites along the rail corridor.
I ask the community to take extra care around all worksites as there will be increased vehicle movements around these areas, both this weekend and as the upgrade continues throughout the year. While every effort is being made to minimise disruptions, V/Line services will be impacted by the upgrade from 14-16 March and again on 22 March. I encourage travellers to check with V/Line prior to travel to understand what alternative travel arrangements are in place. I would also like to thank travellers and the broader community for your continued patience while the track upgrade is being delivered. My team is always available to listen to feedback or answer questions about the North East Rail Line Upgrade and the Victorian section of the Inland Rail project which ARTC is also delivering. Please donâ€™t hesitate to make contact on the details below or via our website. Ed Walker General Manager, Victoria Projects
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Have your say: Waterways review Strathbogie Shire Council is the waterways manager under the Marine Safety Act for the Goulburn River between Hughes Creek and the Goulburn Weir, including Lake Nagambie, but excluding creeks and streams ﬂowing into the river and storages. The role of the waterway manager is to ensure the safe operation of vessels and minimise the risk of environmental damage in the waters under its control. The increasing numbers of people using the waterway means new challenges for how the safety of users is managed. It is important to us that you have your say through the following ways: Complete our survey at surveymonkey.com/r/786C27C Pick up hard copies and drop them off at Visitor Information Centre at 293 High St Nagambie, open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday or post to ‘Boating Survey’ Strathbogie Customer Service Centre - 293 High Street, Nagambie VIC 3608 Email to: email@example.com
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Community Grants Program 2020-2021 Now Open We are excited to announce the opening of the 2020-2021 Community Grants Program. Grants will open Monday 16thMarch at 9.00am and will close at 5pm April 24th 2020. Information sessions will be held at the following locations: Euroa Conference Centre Enter from Bury Street Wednesday 25th March 2020, 6-8pm Nagambie Youth Hub 26 Filson Street Thursday 26th March 2020, 2-4pm Avenel Preschool 31 Watson Street Thursday 26th March 2020, 6-8pm Violet Town Community Complex (Supper Room) 35 Cowslip Street Friday 27th March 2020, 2-4pm It is strongly recommended that if you are applying for a Community Grant, that at least two representatives from your group attend one of the scheduled Information sessions to support the application process. Particularly if you have never applied for a Community Grant before. Additionally, individual appointments will be available between Monday 6thApril and Thursday 9thApril. To arrange an appointment please call Melanie Likos or Deb Ellis on 5795 0000 or 1800 065 993. Alternatively, you can firstname.lastname@example.org For more information regarding the Community Grants program please visit our website at the following link: www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/community/community-funding/communit
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AWARDS TO SHOWCASE YOUNG TALENT Strathbogie Shire Council will be showcasing the talents of its young people with the opening of applications for its Strath-Logies Victorian Youth Week Awards 2020. Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the inaugural Strath-Logies Victorian Youth Week Awards will shine a spotlight on awesome young people aged 12 to 25 within the Shire.
PUMP STATION UPGRADE FOR NAGAMBIE
Goulburn Valley Water supplies water and wastewater services to over 50 Victorian towns, with our customers asked to follow the 3Ps rule, that only three things should ever go down the toilet – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. However it is not unusual for things to turn up at GVW sewer pump stations that do not belong down domestic drains or toilets. A key sewer pump station in Nash St Nagambie was cleared a number of times last year due to blockages caused by items such as toys and underwear. Findings like this are not unique to Nagambie, but are a good example of why it is important for us to monitor and maintain our sewerage infrastructure, to ensure the contents are able to travel without incident from the township to the wastewater management facility. This pump station, in Nash St, is now in the schedule for an upgrade to ensure the continued reliability of the town’s sewer network. GVW Manager Asset & Project Delivery, Alan Tyson, said improvement works are required to increase the reliability and
capacity of the pump station to cater for the future. “We currently provide sewer services to over 600 residential and 100 non-residential properties in the town. This amounts to around 600,000 litres of wastewater each day and all this is conveyed via a pipe from the sewer pump station in Nash St to the Wastewater Management Facility on McDonalds Rd.” The pump station will be converted from an underground dry well to a wet well system and will include demolition of the current building at the site and replacing it with a smaller switchboard kiosk and vent stack. New underground chambers will also be installed to allow for better operational flexibility.
The pipeline that connects to the pump station is also due for upgrade in around five years. However, some short sections on Ballantynes Road will be constructed under the railway line once relevant permits have been obtained later this year. Customers living in the area of the works will be advised closer to the time of commencement. Construction works are likely to begin in the latter half of 2020 and anticipated to cause minimal disruption. Works are likely to take about five months to complete. Customers are encouraged to provide feedback on this project or GVW's services on 1800 45 45 00.
The International Women’s day movement began in March 1911, in central Europe and for nearly the past century has been celebrated at the United Nations and across the world on 8 March each year.
The Mayor of Strathbogie Shire, Cr Amanda McClaren was welcomed as the guest speaker on the morning and brought a different perspective to the topic as a career woman, mother, Shire Mayor and Councillor. Ms McClaren said “There have been lots of changes since 1911, and that many women are equal in many fields and the efforts of many have helped the cause come a long way. There is still a lot of work to be done.”
Other issues spoken about involved the role of more women coming into the workforce which is changing family’s lifestyles. It was shown that a working mother for instance has to juggle not only her paid job, but her family responsibilities, motherhood and that of wife. Women have that opportunity to choose nowadays, whereas their mothers might not have had that chance. Mayor McClaren ended her talk by saying “So finally on this 2020 International Women’s Day I ask you to reflect on the collective individualism and the theme of Each for Equal and ask yourselves what you will do today, this week, this month and this year to help create an equal world to enable
“Strath-Logies is us having a little fun and play on words, but we are seriously excited to be providing this platform for young people with the support of Victorian Government’s Youth Week Grant funding. Cr McClaren said the Strath-Logies had five distinct categories young people could enter, each with a $500 first prize. “The awards are broken up into Community Champions, Emerging Artists, Environmental Warriors, Young Entrepreneur and People’s Choice Award,” she said. “The Strath-Logies Youth Award Ceremony will be hosted by our Evolve Youth Committee at GoFish Nagambie from 5:30pm to 7pm on Friday 3 April at a free public event at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre. She said young people were encouraged to submit an online application in written format or submit a video application. “We are looking forward to this event being a great success within the community and hope to be able to host it again in the coming years.” Entries close on March 28th. For more information and to apply visit www. surveymonkey.com/r/strath-logies
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY The Title for 2020 the International Women’s Day was #Each for Equal” President of the Nagambie Lakes Community House Wendy Keenan welcomed the guests to the Breakfast held in Nagambie’s Zephyr’s Restaurant on Friday, 6 March.
“We have such amazing young people within the Strathbogie Shire and this event is our chance to both recognise and celebrate them,” she said.
us to create the best future we can.” Her talk was thought provoking for all present. Ms Keenan thanked her for speaking at the breakfast and presented her with a thankyou gift. Mrs Keenan also thanked Zephyr’s restaurant staff for breakfast and her Community House members and guests for coming to the annual event. Image 1: International Women’s Day breakfast official party. Image 2 & 3: Some of the guests at the International Women’s Day breakfast at Nagambie.
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Nagambie received a welcome tourism boost as hundreds gathered on the lake's foreshore to celebrate the iconic inland waterway at the Nagambie On Water festival over the Labour Day Long Weekend. The Nagambie On Water Festival saw a surge in numbers for race-goers keen to take a dip in the favourite Mitchelton Club to Pub 1.1 km open water swim. The floating golf shootout was a hit with participants eager to have a hit. For just $10 competitors were given the chance to win a car. Unfortunaetly no-one was lucky enough to hit a hole in one but there were plenty of laughs watching the attempts. All proceeds from the shootout were donated to Lions’ Need for Feed to support farmers in
regional Victoria who are dealing with drought and a devastating fire season. The colour run is always a favourite with the youth of Nagambie and this year didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of chalk blowing in the wind and colourful children at the end of the event. . The Friday night pizza at the Community House was well attended, and the local youth Hub was pumping with music from the new DJ trailer and huge inflatable activities to add to the occasion.
GRANT INFORMATION SESSIONS ON OFFER
Make your vision a reality by applying for a grant through the Strathbogie Shire Council’s Community Grants Program. Community group members interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to attend one of four upcoming information sessions to find out more detail about the application process.
Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the community grants program is a great way for residents to receive funding and see an idea or initiative they had been working on come
Strathbogie Shire Council utilises the SmartyGrants platform for all community funding applications.
She said grants were available for 20202021 under four community categories including Active and Healthy Communities, Arts, Culture and Events, Environmental and Sustainability and Facilities and Infrastructure.
“As a Council, we are passionate about
supporting our community members to achieve their goals both individually but also collectively as a Shire,” Cr McClaren said. “By supporting communities at a grass roots level with funding, everyone benefits. “I would really encourage everyone to get along to the information sessions which will prove invaluable for the ensuing application process.” The information sessions will be held at:
Euroa Conference Centre (Bury St entry) 25 March, 6pm to 8pm
· Nagambie Youth Hub, 26 Filson St 26 March, 2pm to 4pm ·
Avenel Preschool, 31 Watson St 26 March, 6pm to 8pm
Violet Town Community Complex, 35 Cowslip Street 27 March, 2pm to 4pm
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Expressions of Interest - Electrical Contractors Strathbogie Shire Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably TXDOLÂ¿HGDQGH[SHULHQFHG(OHFWULFDO&RQWUDFWRUVWRXQGHUWDNHZRUNVDWYDULRXV ORFDWLRQVWKURXJKRXWWKHPXQLFLSDOLW\7KHVHZRUNVUHODWHWR&RXQFLO"VGURXJKW UHFRYHU\LQLWLDWLYHVIXQGHGWKURXJKWKH$XVWUDOLDQ*RYHUQPHQW"V'URXJKW Communities Programme. 7KHIXQGLQJLVWDUJHWHGWRVWLPXODWHORFDOFRPPXQLW\VSHQGLQJXVHORFDO UHVRXUFHVEXVLQHVVHVDQGVXSSOLHUVDQGSURYLGHORQJODVWLQJEHQHÂ¿WWR communities. The works generally involve the connection of water infrastructure such as WDQNVDQGSXPSVWRH[LVWLQJLQIUDVWUXFWXUHDQGQHZLQVWDOODWLRQVRIPHGLXPVL]H JHQHUDWRUVSHUPDQHQWO\Â¿[HGDQGLQWHJUDWHGWRPDLQVVXSSO\ 'HPRQVWUDWHGNQRZOHGJHDQGH[SHULHQFHRISUHYLRXVZRUNVDWVSHFLÂ¿FORFDWLRQV IDFLOLWLHVHJFRPPXQLW\IDFLOLWLHVVXFKDVKDOOVDQGUHFUHDWLRQUHVHUYHV ZRXOGEH DGYDQWDJHRXV Responses to Expressions of Interest must include, at minimum: 4XDOLÂ¿FDWLRQV5HJLVWUDWLRQV +RXUDQGGD\ODERXUUDWHV Responses could also include: ([SHULHQFHDQGNQRZOHGJHRISUHYLRXVZRUNVDWVSHFLÂ¿F community facilities 5HIHUHQFHVIURPUHOHYDQWFRQWDFWVDWFRPPXQLW\IDFLOLWLHV ZKHUH&RPPLWWHHVRI0DQDJHPHQWKDYHSUHYLRXVO\HQJDJHG\RXUVHUYLFHV 7KHORZHVWRUDQ\([SUHVVLRQRI,QWHUHVWPD\QRWQHFHVVDULO\EHDFFHSWHG ([SUHVVLRQVRI,QWHUHVWZLOOEHUHFHLYHGXQWLOSPRQ7KXUVGD\$SULO HQGRUVHGZLWK&RQWUDFW1R:DWHU,QIUDVWUXFWXUH3URMHFW(OHFWULFDO Contractors.
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THE COMMUNITY HOUSE ART GROUP HAS A NEW LEADER
The Community House Art Group has been running for as long as the House itself, but lately it has been going through some changes. Not only are its numbers increasing, but the group has also elected a new fearless leader to pick up the mantel-piece after Valma Crerar who has chosen to step down. Sonia Aspinall is the farmer's daughter from Queensland who became a nurse and a midwife, helped start up the Red Hat Society in Australia and moved to Nagambie to be closer to family and help out with the grandkids. We invited Sonia to come have a chat with us about who she is and what she’s hoping to see for the Art Group in the future. Sonia originally comes from Darling Downs, a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in souther Queensland. Her family ran a sheep and cattle property near the border of New South Wales. “I was born in Dirranbandi", Sonia begins to tell me. "My father's family owned many stations of which the million acre Cubbie Station at Dirranbandi was made up, before being split up by the Government and sold to the Chinese to grow cotton. Sonia herself however, went on to train to become a nurse and later midwife. Painting she says, wasn’t something she had time to indulge in during her working years. “My interest in art came from my childhood, but back in 1984 I had the chance to receive tutoring from a famous dutch painter and I continued on from there. For four years I trained in oils but when I moved to Nagambie in 2012, Valma encouraged med to also try other
mediums, like acrylic. It was the reverse of what I was used to and I struggled for a few years to learn how to do it properly. Today, I do all mediums, pastels, acrylic, oils…” Sonia’s favourite painter, she tells me when I ask, is Uruguayan Alvaro Castagnet. “He is close to being the world’s top water colourist, but paints all mediums as well. His vibrance and colours, his ability to teach is just incredibly! I like everything about him! He is in his late 50’s and sometimes he comes to Melbourne to do tutoring. I’ve been to one of his lessons, but you can also communicate with him via the Internet…” As for the future of the Art Group, Sonia very humbly states she is hoping to keep everyone interested. “First most I want it to be a friendly place where people can come and relax and express themselves and enjoy
the day. I wish for it to have a relaxing, quiet atmosphere and that people leave their other businesses or worries at the door. Right now we average around 12 people who come, but four more have asked if they can come along. Everyone is welcome of course!”
they meet at 1.00pm on Saturdays at the Nagambie Primary School art room. If you would like to get in touch with Sonia, you can reach her on: email@example.com
Sonia says she would also like to continue having exhibitions in other towns, which would bring about an opportunity for people to both showcase their art work as well as sell them. “I know some aren’t interested in doing that, which is fine, but for those who are I would love to help create opportunities where the art can be put on display, instead of just sit inside a cupboard. In the past we’ve had successful exhibitions in Euroa, Rushworth and other little towns around the district, hopefully we can do that again.” For anyone interested in joining the group,
RSL AGM 2020
On the 3rd March the RSL held its monthly luncheon (great meal as usual) and after that the annual general meeting was held. All positions were declared vacant and the following people were elected for the next twelve months: President: Larry King Past President: David Keall (automatic) Secretary: Christine Quilty Treasurer: Michael Newman Membership Officer: Ilona King Welfare & Public Relations: Reg Dickinson Welfare Assistant: Bev Benson Appeals Officer: Ken Lewis Caterers: Dawn & Christine Quilty Memorabilia: Elaine Lodding & Teresa Crick Committee Members: All the above plus that wonderful workaholic Christine Brown In his acceptance speech, new president, Larry King paid tribute to David and Loris Keall for the many years of hard work and support of the RSL’s ideals, and their dedication to the tasks that were many and varied. Larry also paid tribute to all committee members for their commitment over the last twelve months.
RSL luncheons will continue at the time of 12.00 noon until 4.00pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Cost is $10 per person; birthdays are celebrated, and raffles held. With our new chairs in place your comfort is assured. Don’t forget to book with Dawn (0423 608 785) or Christine (0433 506 436), it makes it so much easier for catering purposes.
assist anytime between Monday 20th and Friday 24th April speak to Ken, Larry or any committee member. Badges will be sold outside Harry’s from 9.00am until 11.00am each day and at IGA from 11.00am until 3.00pm each day.
Membership renewals are held from 1st December to 31st January each year. Dues can be paid at the November luncheon or at the clubrooms on Thursday afternoons, OR at the Christmas luncheon. Lots of options there! The membership is still only $25.
At our next luncheon we are to be entertained with a live interactive presentation of “Into the Wild.” Not to be missed, on the 7th April.
The Anzac Day service (25th April) will as usual be held at the Mechanics Hall, commencing at 11.00am, followed by the march to the Cenotaph. Finishing time is expected to be 12.30pm. After that it will be back to the clubrooms for nibblies and refreshments.
Larry has also stressed the importance of welfare in our community. If you know of any members who are unwell or may need some assistance, please contact Reg (0402 093 189) or Bev (0467 000 875). Often people will not seek assistance and will slip through the cracks, but if we are made aware then it can be done with full confidentiality.
The RSL and Men’s Shed will be joining forces to support the Good Friday Appeal, always well supported by the community but sometimes low in numbers for volunteer helpers. Anzac badges will be under the control of Ken Lewis this year so if you are able to
A reminder that the RSL clubrooms are open every Thursday from 1.00pm until 5.00pm for members and guests. Dress code is neat casual. So, rock on up! While you’ve got your dancing shoes on, put in your diary that for the August luncheon there will be a bus trip, more information to follow.
Larry also passes his best wishes on to all those boys and girls who are having a birthday in March and to any sickies, may you have a speedy recovery and hope to see you soon.
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Nagambie PRIMARY SCHOOL
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OUR FABULOUS PREPS
As Principal I have so many highlights in my week, but close to the top of the list is spending some time with our fabulous Prep students. I am so proud of how well they have settled into school, how kind and friendly they are to each other and the amazing progression in their learning. The rockets they have been making (as a part of their space theme) are fantastic too!
Our junior school and some of our middle school students have enjoyed swimming lessons this week in Seymour. Our older students will have their lessons next week. Water safety is very important, especially living in Nagambie where we are lucky enough to enjoy the beautiful lake.
A new addition this year is our fabulous ‘Breakfast Club’. It runs every morning from 8:15 to 8:45am in the ‘P&F Pavilion’. Breakfast Club is free and available for everyone. In the spirit of hobbits (and I am called Robert the hobbit by one of my sons!) I enjoy my ‘second breakfast’. Just as important as breakfast, students are enjoying the happy, friendly environment. Congratulations to Helen and her regular helpers (students) Matilda and Zoe and parent Jaimie.
Last week, one of our parents, Nicky, led some cooking sessions with each class. She had some fabulous helpers in Bev, Wendy, Annette & Maria. The students then got to share the meal together as a whole school. It was wonderful to see so many students try new things! The F/1/2 class set the tables for us & they did a great job.
GARDENING Thank you to Neville Brothers Plumbing for donating some rock for our garden to cover the trenches we dug for our new irrigation system. Thank you to our wonderful helper, Gereldine, who works so hard in our garden! We have lots of other great helpers too.
AVENEL PRIMARY SCHOOL
AVENEL’S ASPIRING ARTISTS At Avenel Kindergarten, we value process over product. Often, our kindergarten experiences look messy, but they are jam packed with learning!
NEWS AT AVENEL PRIMARY It was great to see lIt was great to see lots of happy smiling faces at two school events recently. The Dinosaur Science Show was a hit, with lots of laughs from the students, while they learned new information. The senior students took part in the Footy Clinic with St Kilda Football Club yesterday. Many of our students love footy, but I was really impressed with some of our students who haven’t played much footy before, but went to the clinic with a positive attitude and gave all the activities a go. Junior School Council are continuing to sell zooper doopers this week to raise money for a school affected by the Bushfires. Thanks to Shaun at the Avenel Café, 100% of sales are being donated to the school. Thanks for your support of this great initiative organised by the students. The Dinosaur Science Show was a hit, with lots of laughs from the students, while they learned new information. The senior students took part in the Footy Clinic with St Kilda Football Club yesterday.
This term, we have explored paint using our fingers and toes, rollers, animals, balloons, sponges, stamps and brushes taped to our hats. We used language such as 'gooey' and 'squishy' as we chatted and painted. We predicted the changes that would happen as we mixed our colours together, and problem solved as we ran out of paint. This sort of experience is called process art- it is child-directed, choice-driven, and celebrates the experience of discovery. In process art, the final product is always unique and the focus lies in the creation of the work, not the outcome. When we engage in art experiences, we are able to explore using our senses, to be creative and to express ourselves. Process art allows us to try new things, to get messy and to take a risk- because we are focused on the process, mistakes don't matter.
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NAGAMBIE LIBRARY EASTER HOLIDAYS Wednesday April 8th - Nagambie Library Dancing Bilbies & Bunnies Ages 5+ Decorate and join together with split pins to create these dancing Easter friends. Wed 8 April, 2:00pm Craft on Tap Every day during the holidays!
STEAK NIGHT TUESDAYS Tuesday Nights - Mitchelton Winery Every Tuesday from 5pm, Executive Chef Dan Hawkins and The Muse team showcase a selection of the best beef cuts from our local region. Enjoy a 300g grass-fed sirloin ($25) or a 700g grass-fed rib-eye ($55) on the bone with a side of hand-cut chips and a home-made bĂŠarnaise.
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The Tahbilk Wetlands is a beautiful place, and what better way to experience being out on the water than in our Eco~boat; 'Tahbilk 1'
Would you like to work from an office with the best view in town? Would you like to help promote our beautiful region, businesses and attractions?
Your Captain will introduce you to the sights and sounds of native wildlife as you glide almost silently along.
If this sounds like you or you would like to find out more information about becoming a volunteer at the Nagambie Info Centre, please drop in to the centre and have a chat with Deb or Kez, our Customer Service team at 293 High Street Nagambie, or call Libby on 0438 596 201.
If you'd like more information on this relaxing experience please give us a ring on (03) 5794 2555 www.tahbilk.club/tour
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BUSINESS DIRECTORY ELECTRICAL
Fresh bread baked daily, Pies, Sausage Rolls, Pasties, Sandwiches, Rolls, Cakes, Cold Drinks, Coffee, Milkshakes. OPEN 7 DAYS
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33-35 Industrial Cres Nagambie Suppliers of concrete for all your needs - building and construction, farming and the home handyman FOR A QUOTE - RING RON Phone: 5794 2969 Mobile: 0434 336 167 DELIVERING TO NAGAMBIE, AVENEL, MURCHISON, RUSHWORTH, LONGWOOD & SURROUNDING AREAS
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BUSINESS DIRECTORY JOE BALLS CANVAS PRODUCTS Phone 5796 2472 Mobile 0427 962 472 www.joeballsvanvas.com.au
“Your Local Canvas Specialist” “Free Measure & Quote” Blinds/Awnings/Internal & Ext/Canvas Annexes/Camper Trailers/Swags/Canvas Repairs DOES YOUR FAMILY DESERVE THIS? Canvas Blinds/Awnings are the perfect way to keep the heat out. It is better to stop the heat from reaching the glass rather than deal with the heat once it has entered the home.
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CHURCH NEWS CHURCH NEWS: Lenten Anglican Bible studies at St John’s. 7pm. Wednesday nights at the church hall. Lenten Catholic Bible studies. Mary McKillop hall. Church St. Nagambie. 1.30pm. March 22. Anglican church’s Mothering Sunday. Posies and simnel cakes will be distributed to mothers at the three Parish of Central Goulburn church centres and Lakeview Lodge hostel. March 25. Anglican Mother’s Union Lady Day at Holy Trinity Cathedral Wangaratta. 10am. Morning tea. Eucharist and lunch. Guest speaker the new bishop the Right Reverend Clarence Bester. If transport needed from our area contact Mary Greenshields. 5799 0141. March 26. Nagambie Hostel service by Anglican church. 2.30pm.
ANGLICAN CHURCH NEWS
Seymour, 11am St John’s Nagambie. Easter Sunday. 8am Christ Church Seymour, 9.30am St Paul’s Avenel. 11am St John’s Nagambie.
CATHOLIC Holy Thursday, April 9. St Malachy’s. Mass of the Lord’s Supper. 7.30pm. Good Friday, April 10. St Malachy’s. Celebration of the Passion of the Lord. 3pm. Holy Saturday. April 11. St Malachy’s Easter Vigil Mass. 7.30pm. No Sunday Mass this week at St Malachy’s. Easter Sunday. April 12. Mass at St Mary’s Avenel. 10am.
UNITING CHURCH Friday, April 10 , 9.30am Good Friday service at Seymour UCA. Sunday, April 12. 7.30am at the Jubilee Park, Avenel. Followed by breakfast at Avenel UCA. 11.00 service at Seymour UCA.
Palm Sunday, April 5, 9am Christ Church Seymour, 11am St John’s Nagambie. Maundy Thursday, April 9. 7pm at Christ Church Seymour.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Good Friday. April 10. 9am Christ church
Friday, March 6. Nagambie Tennis
clubrooms hosted by Uniting Church. 11Am. Country of study for 2020 is Zimbabwe. Theme is “Theme this year is “Rise, Take up your Mat and Walk” Followed by usual lunch. Details Ronda Richards 5794 2382 or 0408 349 505 or Alice Cahill. 5794 1901
P.O.U.R SERVICES Friday, April 3, Nagambie Tennis clubrooms. Hosted by UC church. Noon, followed by usual lunch. Friday, June 5, at St John’s, Nagambie. Noon. Followed by usual lunch.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER HELD IN NAGAMBIE Caption: Those district folk who observed the Nagambie World day of Prayer service. Back row: Michael Easton, Alice Cahill, Deane Page, Eileen McDonald, Teresa Hall, Alice and Geoff Long, Rev. Richard Pennington. Front row: Ivor and Edna Brook, Sally Fyfield, Norm and Bernice Cahill, Julie Baldwin, Ronda Richards, Marlene Brew and Margaret Hurren.
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SPORT UPDATES NAGAMBIE WOMENS GOLF
NAGAMBIE CRICKET CLUB
The C Grade side travelled to Numurkah in an elimination final against the second placed side. Nagambie batted first with Tom Barnes 22 and Will Ulrich 12 getting the team away to a promising start. Wickets then fell at regular intervals until Keith Berry 20 and Tyler Ritchie14 salvaged the innings with a late order partnership . Overnight the match was in the balance with Nagambie all out for 104 and Numurkah four for 50. Despite the best efforts of the bowlers led by Harley Taylor Lloyd with three wickets, Numurkah prevailed losing 7 wickets in the run chase.
A Stableford Competition was played on the back 9 with 12 players. It was nice to welcome back Jo Goodacre after recovering from broken ribs. Also Sue Verge was happy to be back. I think she had been on holidays. Our A Grade winner was Sally Bazeley with 35. Our B + C Grade winner was Ronda Richards also with 35. 9 hole inner was our newest member Fiona Crawley with 23, well done Fiona. Other 9 hole ball winners were Sally 23 and Jane Bow 19. 18 ball winners were Sally 35, Ronda 35 and Irene Keogh 34 on a count back from Annette Mills and Moz Fowler. NTP on the 8th was Annette and on the 13th Ronda. Due to very heavy rain on the 05/03/20 the course was closed , so there were no Chicken Run results 13/03/20 The mornings are getting a little darker, but not enough to deter the Nagambie Ladies. We had 11 players , with two players only competing in 9 holes. The other 9 Ladies played a 4BBB Stableford Aggregate. The winners were Moz Fowler and Annette Mills with a combined 60 points. NTP on the 3rd was Jane Bow and on the 16th, Deidre Kleinig. Next week will be Stroke. The Chicken Run played on the 12/03/20 was won by Shane McCormick 41 net 37. There was rather a small group this week in comparison to others. Only 15 players competing in a Stroke Competition. there was no winner on NTP on the 8th.
NAGAMBIE MENS GOLF It was tough going at the Nagambie golf course on Sunday with 93 mm of rainfall hitting the course mid week making for heavy ground conditions and a muddy ball throughout play, decent scores were few and far between with no player managing a score equal to par. The days winner Alby Seenan kept the field honest returning a -1 in the Par event, from all reports a round filled with countless luck was enough to hold off runner up Barry Cryer with -2 followed by Gary Bow and Glen Evans also on -2. The nearest the pins went to Jeremy Ezard getting one in close on the difficult 8th, Barry Cryer surprising himself and the entire clubhouse claiming the 13th then knocking in the birdie to top it off, and regular pin seeker Gary Bow walking off the 16th with the spoils, Next weeks golf will a stableford event with S. McCormick on office duty and J. Lodding in the bar.
The A Grade side also played Numurkah on the adjacent oval. Not many pundits gave the sixth placed Lakers a chance versus the flag favourites. Nagambie got off to a flyer with Rick Misiti hitting a quick fire 46 which was followed by an 140 run partnership between Mark Nolan 89 and Luke Nolan 78 not out. Matty Martin 24 and Josh Sanderson 17 added handy runs to amass a season best total of 6 for 267. Numurkah were well placed at 2 for 115 but lost 8 wickets for 49 runs to be dismissed for 164. Josh Sanderson was outstanding with 4 wickets for 32 off 18 overs, Brayden Biggs and Mark Nolan took three wickets each setting up a clash against second placed Kyabram . Nagambie won the toss and batted against Kyabram in extremely windy conditions. Tyrone Muir was elevated to open with Rick Misiti and the 35 run opening stand laid the foundations for what followed. With Muir dismissed for 18 Misiti and Luke Nolan advanced the score to 96 with Misiti dismissed for 47. Nolan batted throughout the innings remaining 90 not out with Matty Martin 17 and Brayden Biggs hitting a swashbuckling 44 runs to amass a total of 5 for 251. In reply Kyabram lost wickets at regular intervals to be 9 for 72 before a late rally advanced the final tally to all out for 106. The wickets were shared with Mark Nolan claiming four and Brayden Biggs three in a team effort. Nagambie now plays flag favourites Numurkah
in the Grand Final played over 100 overs per side at Deacon Reserve Shepparton. With most clubs having at least one overseas import it is a fair effort from a team of locals in their second season in the Shepparton Association, having two under 16 players in the side, battling to sixth position, playing their last home game on November 9 then travelling away the next 18 weeks. Congratulations to Barney Nolan, Lightfoot Medalist in a tie with Northernersâ€™ Joel Brett
few games of Petanque were played. It was great to have some of the other campers joining in. It is such an easy game, so much fun and easy to play almost anywhere! Our club are running the Town Pub Raffle next weekend, 20th & 21st March. Please support and buy a ticket when you are passing in the main street, all those regulars who enjoy the Friday night at the Top, we really appreciate your generosity. The raffle is a great help to our fund raising.
NAGAMBIE PETANQUE CLUB
Our Mitchelton Masters Doubles Competition is fast approaching on 5th April. This event is worth coming along to see our club in action and other players from all around the state. These events help to put our club and town on the radar.
A few members of our club partnered with the Nagambie Seniors Citizens to run the Tahbilk Grape Stomp event at the NOW Festival. All went very well, thanks to everyone that helped out. We were all tired and ready to put our feet up and enjoy a Tahbilk wine when we finished! We were pleased to be able to participate in this wonderful event for the township.
If you would like to try our fun game at our regular practice times, we meet at 3 pm on Thursday and Sunday at our piste area behind the public pool, Recreation Reserve, Vickers Road. We are quite flexible and could work out a time that suits you so please give me a call. We supply boules, and you will be made most welcome.
Six of our members went away on the Community House group, Tow N Yarn trip to Porpunkah Caravan Park last weekend, and a
Call Jill on 0419567580 for further information.
NAGAMBIE CRICKET CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHT
FRIDAY 20th MARCH Nagambie Recreation Reserve 5:30 Start 6:00 - 7:00 Dinner 7:00 Awards Presentation $10 per head or $35 per family Roast meats & salads RSVP before 13/3/20 M.Nolan 0438 848 288 Players please bring a salad. Juniors please hand back playing shirts.
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Brandon Menzies is known in Nagambie as the Manager of Business Development, Tourism & Events at the historic Noorilim Estate, but not many are aware of his broad scientific research interests including comparative vertebrate reproduction, growth, endocrinology and genomics. He also has a keen interest in studies using ancient DNA. Brandon completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University, before moving to The University of Melbourne to complete a BSc-Honours and PhD (2003-2008) with Professors Marilyn Renfree and Geoff Shaw on the endocrine control of growth in developing marsupials. Since then he has undertaken postdoctoral research at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin where he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to investigate the genetic diversity of the extinct Tasmanian tiger. On March 2nd this year Brandon had a research paper that he had written about reproduction in the Swamp Wallaby published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PNAS is the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences, published since 1915, and publishes original research, scientific
reviews, commentaries, and letters. The findings have since been reported in the New York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine as
Unlike humans, kangaroos and wallabies have two completely separate uteri that they use alternately between each pregnancy. However, in most kangaroos and wallabies there is always a break between birth and subsequent mating and formation of a new embryo. In fact, most mammals operate this way because the environment in the womb during pregnancy is so specific to the stage of development of the young.
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany.
Brandonâ€™s study used ultrasound to monitor swamp wallabies through pregnancy to show that they become pregnant again in their second uterus before the end of the first pregnancy. The newly formed embryo then enters a period of arrested development while the baby from the first pregnancy sucks milk in the pouch.
When the sucking stimulus from the young in the pouch declines due to weaning, the dormant embryo starts growing again and the cycle starts anew, with females returning to oestrus in late pregnancy, mating, and forming another embryo before birth of the developing fetus.
However, unlike the swamp wallaby the hare has a limited breeding season during the year with a large part of the year when it is not reproducing.
Because of this, they are the only mammal so far described to be permanently pregnant throughout life.
Brandon Menzies collaborated on the research with Professor Marilyn Renfree from The University of Melbourne and Professor Thomas Hildebrandt from the
well as media from Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and Russia.
The only mammal to be permanently pregnant
Only one other species of mammal is known to go into oestrus while still pregnant - the European Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus). This species can also return to oestrus in late pregnancy and conceive additional embryos before giving birth.
Brandon continues to be affiliated with The University of Melbourne where he is an honorary fellow.
March 18, 2020