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A BUSINESSMAN is demanding Yarra Ranges Council pay him back the money he has wasted at VCAT to overturn planning restrictions. However, the council says it stands by its decision and will fight any claim. Healesville’s Fluid Lounge owner Garry Christie said he has submitted a claim for “tens of thousands of dollars” against the Yarra Ranges Council for costs relating to two hearings at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Mr Christie said the VCAT hearings to resolve conditions on a planning permit he put to the council in April were unnecessary because he warned the council that the conditions could not be legally upheld. He said the claim against the Yarra Ranges Council would be for roughly half the costs he incurred during the legal process, which he said earlier in the year was over $40,000, and that VCAT had confirmed that his claim had merit. “This isn’t a grab for cash,” Mr Christie said. “I believe there was a fundamental error months and months in advance, I told council they (the conditions) were illegal.” Mr Christie said that, once his claim has been finalised, Yarra Ranges Council will have the chance to file a counter-claim against him. Yarra Ranges Council’s Director of Planning, Building and health Andrew Paxton said that Mr Christie has a right to seek costs through the VCAT process, but that council officers will defend their decisions. When asked if the council would be making a counter-claim against Mr Christie for costs incurred, Mr Paxton said it could be possible. “With all cost arguments council has the right or ability to seek costs, and often does, to avoid the broader community paying for such processes,” he said. Mr Christie’s permit was to extend opening hours for the venue to 5am on Fridays and Saturdays and to extend patron levels to 300. Yarra Ranges Council refused to grant an


extension and allowed an extension of patron levels to 150 if Mr Christie provided $38,500 as cash-in-lieu for parking amenities and provided a courtesy bus for visitors. Mr Christie, a former council employee, appealed against the decision to VCAT in May after repeatedly informing council staff that the conditions could not be legally upheld, as they were not in the planning scheme. In the May meeting, Yarra Ranges Council dropped the conditions in its opening statements. The two parties met again in August to discuss the extension of opening hours and VCAT member Guy Rundle decided in favour of the council. Under the VCAT decision, alcohol cannot be sold or consumed outside 9am-midnight on Sunday to Thursday and 9am-1am on Fridays and Saturdays. Mr Christie will also have six occasions where alcohol can be sold and consumed until 3am between October this year and March 2014, though approval will be needed from the liquor licensing body. Mr Christie said that an amendment to the state zoning laws in July saw Fluid Lounge change to a Commercial 1 zone, meaning that it is now classed as a tavern and has no restrictions on its opening hours. However, in order to sell and allow consumption of alcohol at the site outside the currently accepted hours, the Yarra Ranges Council must grant a permit to Mr Christie, who would then apply to the liquor licensing body. Mr Christie said he would make another submission to the council for an extension of hours for the sale and consumption of alcohol as a result of the zoning change. He said he was working with a Yarra Ranges Council Planning Officer on the matter and Mr Paxton welcomed Mr Christie’s new application. “We look forward to seeing the application that Mr Christie is suggestion he will be putting forward and will facilitate it through the planning process as per any other application,” Mr Paxton said.



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Healesville lasses Luella and Eden danced to the music of Praxis, while little sister Alva takes an interest in the Medieval instruments.

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Briefly HORSE saddles and tack have been stolen from a Lalors Road shed in Healesville and police are appealing for information to help recover the taken items. The burglary occurred between 12 and 20 October at the property, where the rear shed has been broken into and the horse-items have been stolen. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Healesville police on 5962 4422.

Racetrack false start POLICE are appealing for information after offenders attempted to break into a shed at the Healesville Greyhound Racetrack at the Don Road Sporting Complex. Between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on Saturday 19 October offenders tried to break into the work shed at the Healesville Greyhounds site, but were unsuccessful. Healesville police Sergeant Stewart Thomson said there had been some damage to the doors and locks at the site and urged anyone with information to contact Healesville police on 5962 4422.

Thai attack A THOUSAND dollars’ worth of alcohol was stolen from a Healesville Thai restaurant and police are asking for those with information to come forward. Healesville police Sergeant Stewart Thomson said burglars had broken the front window of Poppy’s Thai restaurant on Maroondah Highway sometime between 2am-9am on Saturday 19 October. The offenders entered the building and are believed to have taken $1000 worth of alcohol. Sgt Thomson urged anyone with information to contact Healesville police on 5962 4422.

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seasons draw closer. Healesville police Sergeant Stewart Thomson said that police had expectations in regards to behaviour within the community in regards to racing season, and emphasised a strong response to alcohol-related offences. “There will be zero tolerance from police in relation to alcohol fuelled violence, public order issues and drink driving,” he said. A number of alternative means are available for race-goers, to reduce driving numbers, such as courtesy buses, which are run at regular intervals, or by electing a designated sober driver.

THOUSANDS of dollars of electronic equipment has been stolen from Healesville’s Saint Brigid’s Primary School and police are asking the public for information. The break-in to the school occurred between 18 and 19 October, with about $4000 in equipment taken. Healesville police Sergeant Stewart Thomson said the break-in was one of a recent spate of burglaries around town and urged anyone with information to contact Healesville police on 5962 4422.


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Ms Lewis said the scarf is currently around 80 metres and thanked everyone who has been involved with the Knitting Nannas of Toolangi over the years. Environment Victoria CEO Kelly O’Shanassy said the Knitting Nannas, along with the other nine award recipients were “environmental champions”. “Speaking up for the environment can be a tough and thankless task,” she said. “Yet, strong community voices have been fundamental to every major environmental outcome ever achieved in Victoria.” For more information on the awards, visit

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ticed what we have been doing,” Ms Lewis said. “We are really feeling good about ourselves for that.” As part of their award, Environment Victoria noted that changes to legislation have meant that protestors are not allowed within 150 metres from logging coupes. The Knitting Nannas responded to this by beginning a campaign to knit a 150 metrelong scarf. As part of their campaign, KNOT has received donations of wool and scarf-segments from community members Australia-wide, with the Knitting Nannas Against Gas in New South Wales lending their needles to the cause.

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RESIDENTS are being asked to keep an eye out as the Yarra Valley prepares for a swelling of visitors to accompany the warmer months. Healesville police Sergeant Stewart Thomson said there had been an increase in burglaries in the area, and asked locals to be aware of any suspicious activity and to report to police by calling triple zero. “If you see any suspicious people, just call triple zero and we’ll turn up and make sure everything’s OK,” he said. He said that, while the Healesville police officers work a variety of shifts in the warmer months, which extend to 5am and 7am, the quickest way to get a police response is by calling triple zero, rather than the Healesville station’s number.


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To register for the November knit-a-thon, residents can email Sally Price at salathome@ and pick up a sponsorship form, or visit the Healesville Jewellers. After contributing $25 to the Knit-a-thon through sponsorship or donations, the teddy pattern will be given to members with a list of materials. The Knit-a-thon officially closes on 15 November and all the teddies created will be displayed from 19-22 November, before being shipped off to Timor.


ing the teddies over at a cost of $160 per cubic metre and that, after vacuum sealing the teddies, supplies such as towels or sheets can be put in the containers to help the clinic’s patients. “We get photos of the shipment arriving and to see the kids, with their gorgeous faces and their teddies and the equipment arriving,” Ms Price said. “The children have very little - a teddy can bring such a smile. This is one of the best hands-on activities.”

“I think it’s a great thing for them,” he said. “It’s great to get out of Healesville and see the wider world - it’s going to be a challenge for them to do that.” “I think it will have a massive, massive impact on their outlook of the world - I’m certain they’ll come back with a broader view.” Mr Lloyd said that he wished the group all the best for their trip and that he is sure the six students will rise to the occasion and take on the challenge well. Anyone interested in donating to the costs associated with their trip can contact David Lloyd on 5962 4088.

and transport. Mr Lloyd said the students will first go into the jungles in Borneo and get to know one another as part of their acclimatisation, before living in a village for around six days and helping villagers to build infrastructure. The group will then climb Mount Kinabalu before having a week of rest and relaxation before heading home on 23 December, arriving home in time for Christmas. Mr Lloyd said the students had been organising the trip through expedition company World Challenge, saving money for around a year. He said the experience would be valuable for each of them.

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SIX Healesville High School students will be spending a month tackling a leadership challenges in the jungles of Borneo, in the lead up to their final year of schooling. The year 11 students will be heading to Borneo on 23 November as part of a four-part, 31-day leadership challenge, where they will run each aspect of their trip. Head of Healesville High School’s Arts Department David Lloyd will be accompanying the students on the trip, though he said the students will be working independently in arranging accommodation



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Teddy love COMMUNITY members are being asked to pick up a needle and help to put a smile on a child’s face, as Rotary’s November Knit-a-thon sets its sights on East Timor. The Rotary eClub of Greater Melbourne is running a knitting campaign to make teddies for children in the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili and Healesville’s Sally Price is lending her needles to the cause. Ms Price can be found on Healesville’s main street, outside the jewellers, knitting to help create teddies and recruiting other people to the knit-a-thon, with the aim of sending the cuddly toys and supplies to the clinic. “The clinic is one of the most valuable medical centres in their region - with no supplies,” she said. “We looked at what we could do, and children here get their teddies when they go into hospital, so we’re knitting these teddies to make their way up to Timor.” Ms Price said that around 30 people in the local community had been involved in the knit-athon so far and that, while the group had no particular fundraising target, extra funds can be used to send supplies alongside the teddies. She said that Rotary is send-

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Marathon festival gears up By REBECCA BILLS RUNNERS across the valley are dusting off their joggers and preparing for this year’s Marysville Marathon Festival. Born in the ashes of the 2009 Black Saturday Fire by ultra-marathon runner and local general practitioner Lachlan Fraser, the marathon festival is about bringing people back to Marysville helping residents rebuild their lives. Runners can take part in the 50-kilometre ultra marathon, 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon or the 10 and four kilometre walk or run events with all events starting and finishing at Gallipoli Park. This year marks the fifth year of the Marysville Marathon Festival and is a great family event with live music on stage until 2pm and various children’s activities and recovery swims available for participants. The Marysville Marathon Festival is being held on Sunday 7 November. For more information and to get involved, visit

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STEEL Creek’s Annual Flower Show is now also a fete with plants, flowers, local produce and art work for sale, pony rides and much, much more. Running from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 9 November at Steels Creek Community Centre, for more information, call Vicki on 5965 2552.

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LAUNCHING Place Primary School Country Fair is being held on Sunday 10 November from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy the fun with something for everyone. Stallholders welcome, call Janine on 5964 7783.

Warburton market WARBURTON Community Market is on Saturday 9 November at St Mary’s Hall from 9am to 2pm. Lots of great stalls and loads of plants and vegetable seedlings, ideal for spring planting, on sale. For more information, call Julian on 0417 113 650.

Weeds identification CHUM Creek Landcare Group is hosting a weeds identification workshop and walk on Saturday 9 November from 2pm. Meeting at Chum Creek Primary School, afternoon tea is provided and free native seedlings for all CCLG members. For more information or to book, email chumcklandcare@, or call 5962 2019.

Bonsai workshop LEARN how to care for you Bonsai tree at the Woori Community House on 11 November from 7pm to 9pm. Cost is $20 and includes a Bonsai tree, to book call 5964 6857.

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Wilderness Society Victoria on A New National Park, How We Can Make it Happen? It will be held on 14 November from 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, Healesville. Call Maureen on 5962 1224 for more details.

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Police say shooting is safe By JESSE GRAHAM AN OMINOUS sign warning residents of shooting on Mount Toolbewong has drawn concern over a blocked public path, but police said there is no risk to passers-by. Healesville resident John Whiteoak was walking on a track he takes frequently from Don Road to Moora Moora on Mount Toolbewong on Sunday 27 October. Nearing the end of the track, he encountered red tape reading “CAUTION” blocking the track and a cardboard sign, reading “Do not enter - shooting in progress” for those coming from the opposite direction. He contacted The Mail on Sunday night, concerned about the danger of shooting in the area and closing a track on public land. “I was amazed to find this tape across the track - it didn’t say where or what they were shooting,” he said. “I was nervous going back - the sign was for people coming from the top, but it didn’t help anyone coming from the bottom. “The issue here, I think, is about

public safety and public access.” Healesville Police Sergeant Stewart Thomson said the sign was an advisory for passers-by, but that there was no risk to track-walkers and that the shooter had been issued a permit to operate on the land. “They made an application, provided drawings and their controller’s licences - we even went up there ourselves and did a risk audit,” Sgt Thomson said. “It’s not uncommon, it is being done by professionals and it is overseen by us - there’s no risk to the public.” Sgt Thomson said the permit was issued for culling deer in the area and that track-walkers are safe, due to restrictions on shooting. “Shooting is confined to property - it’s a criminal offence to shoot on, over or near neighbouring properties or public land,” he said. “Everything must be contained within the land.” Mr Whiteoak said he will continue to use the track, as he trains for a trek in Papua New Guinea.

John Whiteoak encountered this anonymous sign on Mount Toolbewong, warning of shooting in the area.

Mayor promises to listen COUNCILLOR Margaret Rae is the new mayor of Murrindindi Shire Council. Cr Rae was elected in 2012 to represent Redgate Riding which takes in the Alexandra district. She has served on a number of board including Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Management Board and Alexandra Hospital and the Goulburn Valley Water Board, and worked with a number of community organisations. She replaces Cr John

“We are a council that listens to our community and we have worked hard to have people involved with our longer term planning and decision-making.” Cr Kennedy also takes on the portfolio of Natural Environment and Climate Change with other portfolios being Land Use Planning - Cr John Walsh; Infrastructure and Waste - Cr Bernie Magner; Community Services - Cr Andrew Derwent; Economic Development - Cr Christine Challen and Corporate and Customer Services Cr Cris Ruhr.

Walsh in the role of mayor. Cr John Kennedy, representative for Cheviot Ward which covers the Yea district, was elected as deputy mayor. Cr Rae said her goal as mayor was to create a shire of ideals and culture and pull together as a team. “It is a team approach, both from councillors and our staff that will make all the difference,” she said. She said council would continue to advocate strongly on behalf of the Murrindindi community.




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By JESSE GRAHAM TRAVERSING Yarra Glen has become easier for residents and visitors, with the recent re-surfacing of a path between the town centre and the racecourse finishing after months of planning. The path, which crosses the wetlands area next to the IGA supermarket, was re-surfaced on last Monday after planning began in July between the Chamber of Commerce and the supermarket owners. Chamber of Commerce President Alex Lagerwey said the paths provided a more accessible route between the racecourse and the town, as the previous path had been hard to negotiate. “The previous trail had been overgrown, so it was unusable in wetter months, and the connection to Armstrong Grove was low-lying and totally unsatisfactory,” Mr Lagerwey said. “Now, people can find their way more easily than they had






REVERSE CYCLE INVERTER SPLIT SYSTEM AIR CONDITIONER Yarra Glen Chamber of Commerce President Alex Lagerwey and Secretary William Verhagen on Yarra Glen’s newlyPicture: JESSE GRAHAM resurfaced walking track. 109212 and spread the crushed-rock cover for the path. Mr Lagerwey said the job was professionally completed. He said the Chamber of Commerce was hoping to organise way-finding signage for the path during the next stage of the town’s Embrace Our Street program, which has previously seen vegetation plantings around Bell Street.

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Opinion Fire plans fizzle WARBURTON would appear to have the highest fire risk but no fire plans. Maybe if we end up with a large number of drug addicts with wealthy parents, Warburton’s impact on fire requirements may improve. Lovely photos of people in uniforms and a council employee quite happily leaving Warburton wide open (or closed) is wonderful. Warburton’s Sports Centre operated beautifully during the 1983 fires without the co-ordination of bureaucrats, the community just got in and did it. A few thousand dollars, and some pumps in the river could again make a safer place in Warburton. Why is noone trying? I have lived here a very long time and don’t think the answer for Warburton fire safety is an answer of “Too hard” from shiny bums who don’t live here. The rec reserve with community support has worked before and could do again with water pumped from the Yarra. Hang on, we probably need a permit - that could be 10 years in the making. Dale Cook, Warburton.

Bird noises THE ‘white ibis’ have finally invaded the residential areas of Healesville township. They have taken up residence in a huge pine tree on the corner of Harker Street and Grandview Crescent. They have young chicks of various ages in several nests and are continuing to build more and more nests. At times there are more than 50 birds forming a ‘colony’ in the tree. Their continual squawking continues all day and also at night. Here are some of the problems: 1. The continual loud squawking is annoying surrounding residents and causing loss of sleep; 2. The birds are tearing healthy small fronds from the tree to build more nests and the tree itself is starting to look sick; 3. Grandview crescent is covered in the bird droppings, which are also on

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Send your letters to: a small track beside the tree. Primary school students from both schools have to walk through this mess every school day. I believe this could be a serious health hazard to these local children in Harker Street, who also play in this area after school; 4. This tree has been a favourite meeting place for many native birds, but most of them have given this magnificent tree a wide birth since the ibis arrived. I admire these birds in their natural environment, but for some reason they have decided to make this tree their home. I don’t see why residents from this formal, peaceful part of town should have to put up with the continual noise and the health threat to our school children and others. Bob Ure, Healesville.

Still alive SOME 25 residents out of approximately 600 households in attendance is hardly a ringing endorsement for change in our little community. My wife and I have lived in Coldstream since 1977 and I love the place the way it is thankyou very much. I love the Footy Club, I love the CFA, I love the shops and our little restaurant at the end of the road. I love the quarter acre blocks and affordable housing for the young ones and living opposite the strawberry fields. We live on the edge of suburbia, let’s keep it that way, and no, Coldstream will never become a ghost town, with or without balls of tumbleweed rolling down Lauriston Drive. It will remain what it has always been - the gateway to the Yarra Valley. So-called community stakeholders may have their own agendas and so do I. John Snowden, Coldstream.

Not good enough I HAVE to wonder at councilor Child’s claim that our parliamentary representative, Brad Batten, has been an ‘exceptional’ performer on our behalf (New Face For Upper Yarra, Mail, 22 October).

After careful examination of Hansard I find that Brad has indeed had much to say but few new projects of serious consequence have been delivered. In particular I wonder how it is that his major promise ‘to bring gas to Warburton’ seems to be delivering such a squib of an outcome. It seems to me that a very large gas tank, slap bang in the middle of one of the most fire prone regions in the state is not such a brilliant idea. I wonder how come a state government (that can find money for a loss making Grand Prix or for a second order priority like the East/West road tunnel or like spending money on prisons instead of training programs for young people) is unable to find the funds to run a gas pipeline up the rail track from Millgrove to Warburton. Surely if sewerage can be delivered down this track, gas can be delivered up the track. Could it be that it is not a question of finding the funds but rather of finding the will to prioritize this project? Has our new boy on the block been fobbed off by his colleagues with this dangerous half baked ‘solution’ because changes to the electoral boundaries mean that, come the next election, he will no longer be responsible for this very dodgy outcome? Over the years the Yarrra river at Warburton has been reduced to a trickle to provide Melbourne with its major source of water and we continue to have timber stripped from our watershed for this purpose. In the past we have contributed a lot of the gold and the timber that built ‘Marvellous Melbourne’. It is way past time that a reasonable dividend for this plundering of our environment is provided by government. Right now we need a genuine commitment from our public officers to provide this township with the infrastructure that will support local businesses and families as well as enabling several major developments to proceed that have been stalled for years. Public back slapping is not enough. Leo Kennedy, Wesburn.

Don’t get spooked by Halloween in Australia OPINION by JESSE GRAHAM A NUMBER of things come to mind when people think of Halloween. From horror movies to carving pumpkins handing out lollies, there are numerous facets to the unofficial event that is celebrated each year. Many of the people I’ve spoken to shun the idea of celebrating such things in Australia, as it is largely seen as a foreign celebration and a means to promote consumerism. Maybe there are valid points there, but there’s no need to writeoff the event for such concerns. First, the idea that an event (albeit a relatively minor, non-official holiday) shouldn’t be practised because it belongs to another culture or country is ridiculous. The catch-cry of “this is Australia” as a justification for refusing Halloween, or anything for that matter, echoes faintly of xenophobic or insular attitudes; anything that doesn’t strictly belong to Australia’s heritage or “national character” should be abandoned. Australia is a multicultural, diverse country, with a multi-faceted society formed by residents who have travelled the world to be here. As society here is influenced from a number of outside parties, especially Europe and America, why can’t the adoption of Halloween fit snugly into part of that? Secondly, there is so much value for children in the evening. Not just for the opportunity to eat lollies to their heart’s content, but also for the creativity it can inspire when it comes to formulating a costume with parents or friends. What better way to indulge the imagination in a child than helping

them to create a costume and decorating the house with spooky adornments? And consumerism? Halloween doesn’t have to be “store-bought” Creating costumes and decorations from scratch could be a positive and enjoyable activity, and home-made treats could easily top those that come in a branded wrapper. The event can be celebrated in a number of ways, too. Whether it’s trick-or-treating with friends, hosting a dress-up party or just staying in and watching scary movies, there’s no real mould that the evening has to stick to. It can just be an excuse to dress up or curl up on the couch. Thirdly, what’s the harm? There’s the argument that with Halloween comes vandalism. Cars and houses egged and houses draped in toilet paper. I’d argue that the people who do such things are the minority painting the majority in a bad light and that most trick-or-treaters are just after a light-hearted night out. On that point, my main word is simply - if you don’t like Halloween, don’t get involved. It’s as simple as not decorating, not dressing up, politely turning away trick-or-treaters and continuing with your night as usual. It’s not difficult and consistent calls for the country to ditch an event because it doesn’t suit you or your belief on how the country should operate is not only relatively fruitless, but it can appear closedminded.

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Award for fire preparedness


By KATH GANNAWAY THE Powelltown Community Emergency Action Plan is a finalist in the CFA 2013 Fire Awareness Awards. The project, developed by the Powelltown Emergency Committee (PEC) and Yarra Ranges Council, has been nominated in the Community Preparedness section of the awards. Progressing through to the finals is recognition of the work done over the past year by the PEC and the council in the development of a plan to deal with emergencies that might be faced by Powelltown’s 200 or so residents. PEC spokeswoman Kym Mallamaci said Yarra Ranges Council initiated the project through the Powelltown Residents’ Water Association with a public meeting resulting in a dedicated committee of about a dozen people, representing just about every community group involved in the town. Ms Mallamaci said the group looked at all the emergencies that could affect the community, how likely they were and what the potential consequences were. “Large and small-scale bushfires were top of the list of emergencies where we could do something to improve our resilience,” she said. “The first thing we did was develop the action plan which is the cornerstone of all the activities we have held. “It describes what we will do as a community and points individuals to relevant information that will help them develop their individual plans.” Ms Mallamaci said the process iden-

Powelltown Emergency Committee members (from left) Nikki Armstrong with Lara, Gil Cann, Nola Adams, Brian Eagle, Kym Mallamaci, Peter Picture: DONNA OATES Cooper and Colin Kabiolke. 109402_01. tified key features of the town, what the community could draw on in an emergency, from public signage to public toilets, and taking in to account the vulnerability of the town to being cut off from the outside world. “That threat of being cut off is really high in our town because of the single road in and out, so it was an important part of the plan,” she said. She said there were a number of key areas starting with improving the local situation and awareness when there is an emergency in the area, getting information on fires and shelter options - if people can’t leave, what is the next best option. “We will always encourage the same message (as other authorities) about

leaving early, but we also accept that that may not always be possible,” she said. Other initiatives have included a recent emergency exercise with other organisations which she said reinforced the need to have a plan for all possible scenarios, and reinvigorating the community message tree. Almost 100 projects were submitted by community groups, fire brigades, municipalities, product designers and fire agencies across the state. CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the response showed Victorians had taken recognised the importance of enhancing fire awareness and safety to reduce the incidence and impact of fire. The awards will be announced in December.

Big 150th plans afoot By JESSE GRAHAM

“It’s always been the plan for community groups, schools and service clubs to do the things they were passionate about - but that there’s a steering group to coordinate the marketing and scheduling to make sure it all runs smoothly,” she said. “It was a good step forward and a really great night - everyone was excited and interested.” The next meeting for the group is expected to be on 11 November. For more information on Healesville’s 150th celebrations, or to get involved, email

The Nar-be-thong history book was created with efforts from June Mole, Tony May, Dawn Brettoner, Max Leslie, Rosemary May, Helen Goulding, Val Cockerell, Nancy Leslie, Val Stafford, Rex Goulding, Judy Pertzel, John Stafford and editor John Mole (sitting).

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A RANGE of community groups were represented at a meeting to put together the pieces for next year’s 150th celebrations throughout Healesville. Around 20 people attended the meeting at Healesville’s Memorial Hall on Wednesday 30 October to discuss ideas for events that will run throughout the year. Representatives from Healesville High School, Saint Brigid’s Primary School, Healesville CFA, Rotary, Lions and even the Healesville Music Festival attended the meeting, which was organised by Community 3777.

Ryrie Ward Councillor and Community 3777 member Fiona McAllister said the turnout offered a diverse mix of residents for the planning. “It was exactly what we wanted,” she said. “Everyone took a moment to talk about projects their organisations were starting to speak about - there are already good signs of a lot of things being planned in the community.” Cr McAllister said the meeting moved the group towards forming a steering committee, which would oversee the groups running events.

A DETAILED history of Narbethong will be compiled and showcased in the first edition of a new book, to be released to the public this Saturday. Nar-be-thong - Historical Notes With Local Recollections will be released on Saturday 9 November at the Narbethong Hall, featuring more than 450 pages of stories and photographs. The book has been compiled and written by people with personal connections to the town, which began almost 149 years ago in 1865 and sits between Healesville and Buxton. With stories of pioneers, migrants, farmers, loggers and townmembers, the book details many personal stories, including that of forester Murray Thompson. Mr Thompson, who went to fight the 1939 fires in the area, was known for stuffing his lunch down his shirt and riding his horse to the

fire front, rake-head attached to his saddle. Historical photographs from the town’s past will be displayed in the book, which was compiled and factchecked by a committee and editor, John Mole. Mr Mole said he had spent inexcess of 1000 hours interviewing, researching, writing and assembling the book and dealing with conflicting recollections on historical matters. He said the book was the brainchild of the president of Narbethong’s History Group Nancy Leslie and that he welcomes constructive comments about errors or omissions from the book. The Nar-be-thong book launch will begin at 2pm on Saturday 9 November at the Narbethong Hall on Maroondah Highway. Copies of the book will be $30. For more information, call 9016 8106 or visit au.

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Secret party’s merry dance By MELISSA MEEHAN IT’S taken social media by storm, but police are still trying to make contact with the organisers of the Yarra Valley Secret Dance Party to ensure everything is above board. Many people in the Yarra Ranges would have seen signs around town inviting people to “like” the Secret Yarra Valley Dance Party Facebook page - and while information and details on this page and the website are fairly vague, many have purchased tickets. The party, to be held on Friday 8 November, invites individuals to buy a ticket without knowing the location of the event until the day - where they will be taken to the venue by shuttle bus after first arriving at a meeting point (also secret until a few days before). Organisers replied to an email request from the Mail, but did not identify themselves as anything other than Secret Dance Party Australia. A number of questions that were asked by the Mail in relation to safety, police notification and emergency services were ignored but questions about why the Yarra Valley was chosen were answered. “Secret Dance Party Australia is for all those party lovers who can’t safely enjoy a great party because of gate-crashers and random drunks,” organisers responded. “Our first Australian event will be held in the Yarra Valley because it is the perfect spring party location. “The Yarra Valley is a lovely mix of modern and historical buildings and it’s not too far out from the city and hopefully our patrons will stay overnight in a hotel or in a B&B.” The organisers said that Secret Dance Party Australia is a proposed touring company that relies on local business cooperation and promotes local businesses and products. “We have finalised agreements with local sponsors for adult adrenaline entertainment, music, lighting, food and alcohol as well as the venue location and a pre-drinks venue,” they said. “Of course security, bus hire and bus drivers are from local resources too.” Organisers said before starting to promote the event, they had secured a licensed venue for a private party as well as local chefs.

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Anti-violence out in a f l ash By MELISSA MEEHAN ONLOOKERS were shocked as Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s speech was cut short on Thursday as a flash mob broke out as he began his speech about violence against women. Mr Lay was speaking to a busy food court at the Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood when the music blared and dancers came out from the crowd. Dancers included school kids, mums, dads and even police officers wearing shirts emblazoned with “No Bystanders” in neon green. When the dance was over, Mr Lay returned to the microphone and said “now that I have your attention”. He spoke of the importance that no one stays silent if they were aware of domestic violence and then read a pledge and encouraged shoppers and other onlookers to get involved too. Yarra Ranges Mayor Jim Child also took the pledge and said it was a very important thing to do. “When the Chief Commissioner comes out and says we need to stop this terrible thing we have in the community, the violence against women - it’s important to get involved,” he said.

Community members from all over took part in the flash mob to raise awareness of saying no to violence against women. “It’s fantastic to be part of this pledge today.” Knox Police Superintendent Graeme Arthur, who was also part of the day, said that the flash mob was a way of highlighting the issue and getting a number of people, from different backgrounds and ages involved. “It’s not just a couple issue, we normally think of it as two people involved, but there are the ones who see it - the children and this gets them involved in the pledge too,” he said.

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Relay is a fight for lives By JESSE GRAHAM AND KATH GANNAWAY HUNDREDS of walkers, runners and passionate fund-raisers will be making their way to Healesville’s Don Road Sporting Complex this weekend as the Relay for Life comes to town once again. The 9 November relay marks the 10th anniversary of the event in Healesville, which will see teams running or walking for 18 hours to raise money for the Cancer Council. Last year, 47 teams and 680 participants flooded into the sporting complex, raising over $95,000 at the overnight event. This year the Cancer Council are aiming to raise $100,000. Relay participants will begin the relay at 3pm on Saturday 9 November and finish their effort at 9am on Sunday 10 November, with entertainment and sau-

sage sizzles taking place at the sporting complex to accompany the event and raise extra money. United by the cause of raising money for cancer research, teams across the Yarra Ranges are passionate about the annual event and the essential services that donated funds will go towards. Wayne, Hetty and Keith Thomas are part of Warburton’s Team Thomas participating in the Relay for Life for the first time. They have their sights set on raising $5000 for brain cancer research. The family, well-known in business and community in Warburton, will be walking for Wayne Thomas who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. “It’s definitely a team effort with Wayne’s parents Keith and Edna in their late 80s and our youngest members one-year-old Savannah, and Heidi who is nearly three, trotting it out over the

weekend,” Wayne’s wife, Hetty said. A fund-raising barbecue two weeks ago raised nearly $4000 and Hetty said her family have been overwhelmed by the support received. “Every single family there has been touched in some way by cancer; every family has a story to tell,” she said. “We have so many people who have volunteered to walk for Wayne - friends, family, business, it’s definitely a team effort.” Keith Thomas said his son’s diagnosis had come as a terrible blow for the entire family and urged the people of Upper Yarra to head over to Healesville to support the event and fight cancer. “Anything we can do to raise money for cancer research will help,” he said. For more information about the Relay for Life, visit au, call 1300 65 65 85 or email

Wayne and Hetty with Savannah, mum Edna and daughter Emily with Heidi, continued their fund-raising on Saturday at Healesville Races where Wayne is Secretary. 109404 Picture: KATH GANNAWAY

Food for the soul helps out By JESSE GRAHAM HOT meals and warm smiles were just a few of the features on offer at last week’s Dinner at Darron’s event, which brought together a room of community members. The Dinner at Darron’s event, which is held each Tuesday, hosted the local Rocky Road Choir on 29 October, who sung to the crowd of around 40 while they enjoyed some hot lasagne, mash potatoes and vegetables. A team of volunteers from Healesville Interchurch Community Care Inc (HICCI) helped to serve up the meals to community members young and old at the Darron Honey Centre at Healesville’s Uniting Church. HICCI Executive Officer Kerri Goding has been part of Dinner at Darron’s since it started running on 4 October 2005, and said the program celebrated its eighth birthday last month. Ms Goding said the program started to look out for financially disadvantaged and socially isolated people in the community, particularly those who may not have been able to afford a warm meal. “Now, it’s really just to bring people together for some fellowship and conversation, and to provide a nice, healthy meal,” he said. Ms Goding said there was a community atmosphere at the Dinner at Darron’s program, with many visitors coming by each week and getting to know one another. “It’s a community that looks out for each other, and we’ve seen friendships made out in the

Marilyn King, Graham and Margetta Smith, Jeanette Suhr, Kerri Goding, Ann Staples and Cindy Bell all helped to run the Dinner at Darron’s event on 29 October. 109171 Picture: JESSE GRAHAM community,” she said. “People look out for people - if someone’s been coming regularly and they don’t, well, someone might come along and take a meal to them.” The program is run by volunteers and supported by regular donations from local businesses, such as the Sanctuary Stove Bakehouse and Toscanos, whom Ms Goding thanked for their commitment. She said the program had been given an extra boost for the coming three years by a grant from the R.E. Ross Trust worth $15,000, but that the group was also looking at recruiting more volunteers. Volunteers would help to Mercedees and Porschia cook and serve food at Din- Cooper were happy with the ner at Darron’s once every six spread at Dinner at Darron’s weeks. last week. 109171 Dinner at Darron’s is held Picture: JESSE GRAHAM every Tuesday evening from For more information on the 5.30-6.30pm at the Darron Honey Centre at 286 Maroon- program, call HICCI on 5965 3529. dah Highway, Healesville. 1100516-EP45-13

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Storyteller recruits turn page on skills By KATH GANNAWAY

Clive and Agi Halls with a Spider Orchid. 109146


Hall bursts out in living colour VISITORS to the Seville Hall on 19 and 20 October discovered a sensory extravaganza with hundreds of orchids filling the hall with colour and perfume. The 29th Yarra Valley Orchid Society Show has been judged the best ever by members including president Henk Morren and Three Bridges orchid growers Clive and Agi Halls who took out three of the nine Champion awards. “As far as flowers and the quality of

the flowers goes, it was excellent,” said Mr Morren and on top of that it was a beautiful weekend to be out and about. Mr Halls said the show had a long history and was one orchid enthusiasts want to be part of. “It has always been a high quality show and to win really means you have done well,” Mr Halls said. Most of the exhibitors created their

displays around this year’s theme of Occupations providing a glimpse into the diversity of people for whom growing orchids is a passion. For the Halls, it was elementary - as owners of Mount Beenak Orchids, orchids are their passion, and their occupation. For information about membership of the YVOS phone Ken West on 0418 567 856.

IF IT’S time to turn over a new leaf, or learn a new skill, becoming a ‘Bookaburra’ storyteller could be a rewarding new experience. Yarra Ranges Council wants to hear from people who are passionate about children’s learning and getting involved in their local community. Bookaburra Community Storytellers’ volunteers run book reading and story time sessions with small groups of parents and young children. Yarra Ranges Mayor Jim Child said reading to children from a young age has enormous positive effects on their literacy and thinking skills, preparing them for school. “Reading to children is important for brain development and helps with a child’s language, social and emotional growth,” Cr Child said. Training is provided in a range of relevant skills with sessions taking

place over two weeks, starting on 15 November. Cr Child said Bookaburra Storytime provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to work with professionals from Eastern Regional Libraries and Playback Theatre. Trained volunteers will then read to children and parents at playgroups, preschools, community hubs, new parent groups and festivals. “We are looking for a wide range of individuals including grandparents, students and retirees, who are interested in working with children and engaging with families in the community,” Cr Child said. To find out more about the program phone 1300 368 333 or email to Applications close on 8 November. The project is funded by the Victorian Government, is part of Yarra Ranges Best Start and Early Literacy Project.

Ryan Bentley loves Bookaburra story time. 99668

Charity’s big bucks better previous records By JESSE GRAHAM FUND-RAISING levels reached new heights for an annual Yarra Ranges event, as the Pink Ribbon morning tea at Killara estate raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research. The event, organised by Lilydale’s Karen Webb, drew around 150 people to the Seville East winery for a day of fundraising for the Cancer Council and raised around $21,800. Ms Webb said she was happy that the event had continued to grow, topping last year’s fund-raising result of $20,143. “It’s a great feeling,” she said. “We never know if we’re going to make more

money, as people aren’t spending as much money - to get more is totally amazing.” Ms Webb said that entertainment was provided by Peter Thackrah, while raffles and silent auctions were held with items donated from local businesses. Everything at the event was provided by donation, including the restaurant, which ended up decked out in pink, and Ms Webb said that every cent raised would go to the Cancer Council’s research and programs. She said the 15 October event was a timely reminder for women to make sure they visited their doctor regularly to get checked for cancer. “The event is about

getting it out there - the more people we let know, the more people will get regular checks, be proactive and not be scared,” Ms Webb said. “If you catch it early, you have a better chance of surviving.” Ms Webb said that people concerned about going to a doctor should go with a girlfriend, sister or mum, but emphasised that getting regular checks was important. Next year’s Pink Ribbon Day event will again be held at Killara Estate and will mark the 20th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon appeal. For more information on Pink Ribbon Day, visit au.

Ronda Mayland, Maddy Mayland, Karen Webb, Hynda Feldman, Fiona Palazzesi, Kiera Palazzesi, Carol Slaney and Nicki McClintock all took part in the day, which raised money for the Cancer Council. Picture: MITCH MAYLAND

Left: Fran Saunders, Lorraine Maggs, Val Alford, Kim Moseley, Heide Wilcox, Sharon Bunn, Lynlee Baldwin, Margaret Furst and Suzi Thwaits at the Pink Ribbon event. Right: Brownie slices made by Tegan Wilbert.



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Fears over dog stalkers

Shutdown of campus leads to conviction

By KATH GANNAWAY WHAT do these tags mean? Despite continuing assurances from police and animal shelters, dog-owners in Yarra Ranges are fearful that dog stealing is a reality, with house marking seemingly the main ’proof’. An Olinda woman, the owner of two dogs, rang the Mail after discovering two yellow wire tags on her back fence which backs onto public land. “I have a friend whose dog has gone missing and when she put up a sign in one of the local stores the owner said it was the third one,” she said. The woman told the Mail the fence was recently built and the first she had seen of the tags was when she found them about two weeks ago. Debate has raged on Facebook sites for months about different sorts of ’tagging’ including letters and symbols painted on gutters and letterboxes, to coloured wire tags. The Mail reported in July on the experience of Mount Evelyn woman Renae Harrop who found a blue ribbon tied to her fence after disturbing a man who was acting suspiciously in front of her house, and in August reported on rumours in the Upper Yarra Area. Police and Animal Aid say the evidence is simply not there to sup-

The unexplained tags that have an Olinda dog owner worried. 109357 port claims that dogs are being stolen for organised dog-fighting rings. Debra Boland from Animal Aid in Coldstream said dogs stolen for any purpose are not going to be taken into Animal Aid, but said reports of lost dogs were consistent. “We are always getting reports of

dogs going missing, some turn up, but the problem for us is that not everyone lets us know one way or the other,” she said. “The numbers change when there are storms or fireworks, but we haven’t seen any unusual spikes.” Both Ms Boland and local police


SWINBURNE University breached the Fair Work Act by failing to consult with staff and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) over its decision last July to shut its Lilydale campus. On Wednesday, the Federal Court of Australia found that Swinburne University of Technology was guilty of four breaches of the Fair Work Act. NTEU commenced proceedings in March 2013 against Swinburne in the Federal Court. Swinburne admitted it contravened the Fair Work Act and agreed to make donations to eight Outer Eastern Neighbourhood and Community Houses and two services which support the victims of domestic violence. Swinburne also apologised to all staff for breaking the law and paid the legal costs of NTEU. “The announcement on 6 July 2012 about the closures of the Lilydale and Prahran campuses were a great shock to our members and the broader community,” said Dr Colin Long, NTEU Victorian Secretary. “Whilst the apology and other actions are appropriate in the context of this litigation, it is now time for Swinburne to apologise to all students and to the communities they once served in Victoria,” he said. “On a positive note, the response from the community organisations NTEU nominated for donations has been great. “These neighbourhood houses are all that is left to support the education of our community now that the Liberal government and Swinburne have shut the Lilydale campus.”

the Mail has spoken with about the issue say people need to report the matter to police if their dogs go missing in suspicious circumstances. If any Mail readers recognise the tags, pictured, and can provide an explanation as to why they would be tied to a random fence in Olinda, give us a call.

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Sunni view of valley arts WARBURTON artist Sunni Rhiona has pulled together an exhibition “Out of the Blue”. The exhibition by local artists exhibiting as the Out of the Blue Collective, opened on Saturday at the Arts Centre in Warburton, displaying paintings, photographs, ceramics and other artworks in what Sunni says describes as a multimedia experience of metaphors. The exhibition includes the ‘Woodhenge Carvings’ by Cockatoo artist Ronni Sexton - imported from across the ranges especially for the exhibition. “It is a metaphor for something happens out of the blue; that’s the nature of reality,” Sunni said. “Everything happens out of the blue.” The metaphors presented in the various works explore the power of imagination, space, form and free energy, questioning the frequency of blue that arises in language and imagery, as well as within the light spectrum.

“The ancient forms of Spiral and Flower of Life are symbolic of unprecedented discovery and invention, yet also of undreamt of issues that call for creative re-visioning and a remembering of intrinsic values,” Sunni said of the inspirations for her works. The WoodHenge Carvings will add another dimension - metaphorically, and physically. The nine wooden sculptures have taken six years to complete, each one carrying intricate and detailed symbolism of many cultures, continents and historical backgrounds from all over the planet. The sculptures, three to four metres high, are adorned with hundreds of crystals, stones, rocks, glass, painted fabric and 24-carat goldleaf guilding. Sunni said it was a wonderful opportunity for Yarra Valley residents to see the sculptures which create an amazing presence and beauty. “Out of the Blue” is at the Arts Centre, Warburton until Wednesday, 13 November.

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Sydney Hotshots all set to sizzle By REBECCA BILLS THE stage at Sam Knott Hotel in Wesburn is set to sizzle when the Sydney Hotshots perform live later this month. The men will be hitting the road with their brand new Funtasia show - a two hour extravaganza of lights, action and a whole lot of sex appeal. This nationally renowned show is a montage pf sexy character cameos including rugged firemen ready to handle the hot temperatures and seductive gentlemen plus naughty cowboys and policemen ready to tame the crowd. Combining acrobatics, break dancing and gymnastics, the show is a dynamic, exciting and intimate display all performed with state-ofthe-art lighting. However the entertainment does not stop there, audience members have the opportunity to get on stage and receive giveaways and freebies throughout the performances. This up close and personal inter-

The Sydney Hotshots are getting ready to perform live in Wesburn later this month. 109230 action with the men adds sizzle to the show and has left the Sydney Hotshots at the top of their game since 1995. Sydney Hotshots performer Dave Hughes spent 10 years in Las Vegas performing at the Excaliber Casino and said he enjoys the dedication and work ethic of the group. “There is nothing more exciting than performing to an audience full of gorgeous Aussie women and

seeing them have the time of their lives,” he said. “Mums and daughters, office workers, best friends and sisters they all come together at the show. “There is no place like Australia and moving here to join the Sydney Hotshots is a dream come true by touring this beautiful country with its outstanding women.” Hotshots director Paul Reynolds said the key to the success of the

group is their attention to detail, the constant evolution of the show and their love of performing. “The guys spend hours perfecting their moves, training to stay in shape and researching new ideas and songs,” he said. With an intense training schedule and more than 300 shows a year with an estimated annual audience of 250,000 women, each performer is in top shape to entertain. The Sydney Hotshots will be performing at the Sam Knott Hotel on Saturday 30 November at 8.30pm. Tickets are $25, for more information and tour dates, visit www. or call 5967 1200. To go into the draw to win one of three tickets to the event, visit the Mail Facebook page at and like, comment and share the related post. Winners will be announced Friday 22 November at 10am on the Mail’s Facebook Page.

Street brings Celtic fusion home GROWING up in Healesville, Anthony Street had no idea his future would be on the world stage. Former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Mr Street said as a child he was surrounded by motorbikes, race cars and hunting. He said the year he started playing football at age 12 was the same time he saw Riverdance which started his passion for dancing. Secretly taking dance lessons while still attending football practice, it became more and more clear to Mr Street’s family where his passion was. “I remember my mum saying

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she thought I needed to have started earlier or have done some form of tap lessons beforehand, but I didn’t care,” he said. “I wanted to try it - it didn’t seem impossible to me.” After his dream of being a lead dancer in Lord of the Dance was achieved, his next dream was to have his very own production. After months of successful preparation throughout 2011, Celtic Illusion was born. Since Celtic Illusion’s premier in November 2011, it has completed a successful run of shows throughout Victoria and New South Wales. Mr Street said after a sell-out

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crowd in April 2012 at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, the sky is the limit for the show. “I truly believe this is one of the most amazing dance shows yet,” he said. “It has immense potential that has already been demonstrated and I can’t wait to go to Vegas with it.” Celtic Illusion combines a fusion of contemporary Irish dance and music with grand scale illusions that makes the performance completely unique to all other dance shows. The glittering and colourful costumes adds to the bold, lush and modern musical score arranged

and composed by Angela Little of the show. Mr Street said he is both proud and excited to bring his production back to his hometown of Healesville for its second Anniversary performance. Celtic Illusion will be performing at Healesville Memorial Hall, The Memo 235 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, on 30 November. Tickets are $47.50 for adults, $42.50 for concession and under 16’s $37.50. For more information or to book, email boxoffice@yarraranges.vic. or phone 1300 368 333.


THE sixtieth annual Lilydale Show is fast approaching and will be full of birthday celebrations. This family friendly show promises to house many of the popular traditional attractions with the continual focus on agriculture, family fun and rural lifestyle as well as a few new attractions. Whether it is cuddling a favourite furry and feathered friend at the animal nursery, riding a pony or two or patting a slithering pal at the reptile show, there is something for everyone. There will be emergency service displays, vintage trucks, tractors and machinery displays, blacksmiths and so much more on offer. The Melba Park precinct will be a flurry of free activities and entertainment including the Bendigo Bank Talent Quest featuring Toots the Magic Clown and the Bunning’s Kids Workshop to keep the children entertained for hours. Pavilions will line the grounds filled with arts and crafts, cookery, needlework, Victorian Scottish dancing, Balmoral Highland dancing and horticultural displays filling the Melba Park precinct. As the sun begins to set, the twilight entertainment will commence at the main oval from 6pm with great local acts taking the stage. To finish off the event, a fireworks extravaganza will end the show with a bang. Would-be visitors should get ready to ride the traditional rides, eat lots of fairy floss and collect a few show bags at this year’s Lilydale Show on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November at Melba Park. Tickets are $35 for families (two adults and three children), $15 for adults, $6 for children five to 14 years-of-age and $8 for concession and students. Ticket giveaway The Mail is giving two lucky families the chance to win a family pass (two adults, three children) to The Lilydale Show on 16 to 17 November. To go into the draw to win two family passes to the event, visit www.facebook. com/MailNewspaperGroup and like, comment and share the related post. Winners will be announced on Thursday 14 November at 10am on the Mail’s Facebook page.

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Time to get a taste of the town IT IS time to invite as many people as possible to come together to celebrate the wonderful town and community of Warburton over a delicious meal. This is not a fundraiser, just a chance to get the people of Warburton together to celebrate on Saturday 16 November. Local cafes such as Riverview Restaurant, Wild Thyme Café, The Warburton Bakery and Rainbow Icecream shop will be providing options for a three-course meal with Warburton Primary School offering water and soft drinks for sale and coffee from Silva Coffee will be on offer. Local wineries will be attending with the three course meal costing $25 per head. Marie Lumsden-Keys and Ellicia Klimek will both be performing during the night with a special third act still to be announced. The inspiration for this event was sparked after Suyin Chan from Upper Yarra Community Enterprise and Jeanette Iley from Charnwood Cottages heard about the community of Malden having 1000 people turn up for an outdoor dinner on the main street. “We decided we can do it too, but start small with 200 people,” Ms Chan said. The dinner will be held at the Warburton Community Bank car park at the river and if wet weather insists, relocation to the Saint Mary’s Hall will be made. This will be a great night celebrating all things Warburton. For more information and to get involved contact Suyin Chan from Upper Yarra Community Enterprise on 5966 9028.

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BED, KS, slat base, pine/ steel ends, including mattress, GC. Launching Place. $400. 0408 672 318.

KITCHEN, L-shaped, 3 drawers, stainless steel double bowl sink with mixer tap. $200ono. 5962 5075 A/H.

BRUCE SHAND, JP. Celebrant. Weddings, namings, vow renewals. All areas. Ph: 9879 6726.


BULLBAR, genuine Toyota Prado, aluminium, current model, all fittings and instructions. $1,200. 5964 6576, 0447 503 128.

MILK TANK, Round, stainless steel, 1000 litres, can be used for wine making. $600ono. Call 0418 370 762.


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QUILTING FRAME, Tru Blu machine, 12 months old. Paid $1,300, will sell $850ono. 0417 358 929. Yarra Glen. SEWING MACHINE, Singer 222K, antique, perfect condition, portable, $600. 0429 624 981. Healesville.

COPY WOOD LATHE, Symtec 1500, GC, very low usage, extras, $1,800ono. 0419 513 020. Yarra Junction.

STOVE, Chef, 4 burner, upright cooker, white, gas, only 5yo, GC. $300ono. Phone 0425 876 995.

FISH TANK, Aqua Ready, 175L, black, including stand, fluval filter, all accessories and equipment. Launching Place. $900. 0408 672 318.

Call Roger 0418 533 740 Phone/Fax 5966 9518

9720 3619 Appliance Industry Assoc. member.

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HOSPITAL BED, manual, good condition, $400. 0429 624 981. Healesville.

XBOX, 360, with 26" Toshiba TV, games, recharge kit, EC, little use. $425. 5962 2893.


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HOME BREW, 37x slabs of empty sterilised VB stubbies. Free to a good home brewing home. 0409 520 974.

TV UNIT, corner, 90cm W x 143cm H, including LG old style flat screen, 70cm W, set top box and Samsung video and DVD player, with 2 doors underneath, stained pine, VGC, $100. 5968 4236.


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Smith Street Saturday 9th November, 8am-1pm.

96 Badger Creek Road, Saturday 9th November, 9am-4pm. Kitchenware, table, chairs, books, bric-a-brac

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LOCAL COMPUTER SERVICE, repairs, upgrades, virus removal. All problems fixed. Accredited. Tim 0417 383 683.

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Call 0438 596 660

Please leave a message if phone unattended, call will be returned.


PUPPY, German Shepherd, solid black (wolf like), male, D.O.B 10.08.13, wormed, microchipped 95600003279813, 1st injection (photo of mother). $550. 0430 466 255.

LIVING WATERS Church meets Sundays 10am at Healesville High School Library, Camerons Road, Healesville (front entrance to school). Phone David and Lyn Passmore. 5962-3882 for further information.


TO SHARE HEALESVILLE, furnished with queen bed, TV/DVD, room to rent in large house. $160pw, no bills. Fully employed female wanted. Tori: 0457 886 268.

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New rules apply to the advertising of dogs and cats for sale. It is now an offence to advertise the sale of a dog or cat unless the microchip identification number of the animal is included in the advertisement or notice. A registered domestic animal business may use its Council business registration number as an alternative.

For further information, call 136 186 or visit


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MOVING HOUSE SALE Power tools, timber, outdoor setting and BBQ etc., EVERYTHING MUST GO.

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Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Kundalini and Healing Massage. Qualified therapist. Ph: Tori 0457 886 268. Healesville.

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HEALESVILLE TOTAL GYM, brand new. Cost $2,000 sell $1,500. 5966 5001 Millgrove.



Plants, books and lots more!!

Re-conditioned, guaranteed, delivered, large range available. Eastern Homewares, 42 Canterbury Road, Heathmont




HEALESVILLE TOOL BOX, fully lockable, 9 compartments, will fit GU Nissan Patrol ute, slight surface rust, otherwise GC. $1,000. 0409 416 319. Healesville.





FISH TANKS, 3ft and 2ft, comes with accessories and stand. $160. 0414 613 430.

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We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and enjoy working with people, and who would like to work in the hospitality/accommodation industry. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a ‘Working with Children’s Card. Interested applicants should apply in writing, including a resume.

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Marcel Edmonds, Camp Manager, Adanac CYC. 47 Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction 3797 5967 1594

Healesville Community Market Inc. Notice of Annual General Meeting for 2013. Thursday 28th November, 7.30pm at Healesville Senior Citizens Hall, cnr of River St and Green St, Healesville. Please note only paid up members are eligible to vote at AGM.


Robyn Jane Children's Centre Inc. (Registration No. A0033453D) notice of Annual General Meeting. To be held on 19th November, 7.30pm at Healesville Hotel, 256 Maroondah Highway, Healesville. Enquiries to R. Wright, Secretary: 0439 931 731. The Robyn Jane Children's Centre Inc. is actively committed to ensuring the safety of children is protected at all times.

WALKERS WANTED Walkers wanted to deliver newspapers and catalogues in Healesville, Coldstream, Yarra Glen. New venture so all invited to apply. Ideally suited for students, mums, pensioners or those just wanting exercise. Please leave name, address and phone number. Patanga Distributors 5964 2207


HORSES IRISH SPORT HORSE, brown gelding, 15.2hh, superb temperament with lovely rhythmic paces and willing jumper, good to shoe, float, catch, worm, suit intermediate rider. $3,500. 0433 503 155.


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PATH RIDER, motorised scooter, 4 wheeler, EC, had little use, $1,800ono. Call 5967 2039.

CAMERA LENS, Nikon mount, Sigma, 150-500mm, f5⁄8-6.3, DG, OS, HSM, APO. Ultra telephoto zoom lens ideal for nature, wildlife, or sports photography, OS (Optical Stabilizer) system minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, UV filter. Hardly used, EC. $875 ono. 0402 121 355. Warragul/Pakenham




There is no need to spend another day alone when we know someone who would love to meet you! You don’t need a computer, all you need is a phone and you can be on your way to meeting with someone handpicked just for you as soon as today! Ph: 1300 856 640 or txt ‘meetup’ to 0431 109 481




OUTDOOR SETTING, glass and metal table, 1m square, 4 cushioned chairs, as new. $80. 5962 1618, 0439 744 999.

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HYUNDAI, Excel, 1998, manual, GC, RWC, OYI-029. $1,600. 0448 009 102. Healesville.


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HYUNDAI, Coupe, 2001, 5 speed manual, one lady owner, service records, all electrics, very economical, reliable sporty car, EC, RWC REN-810. $5,950. 5967 3350.

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CARS WANTED YAMAHA, YZ 250, 2 stroke, 2004, completely restored from ground up, every after market accessory available included, bike is immaculate, not yet run in, selling due to injury sustained in a car accident, first to see will buy. $4,500 ono. 0421 640 872. Yarra Glen.

Job Vacancy at Warburton Hardware

This position initially within the Murrindindi District, and potential to service the greater Hume Region, will assist to reduce the incidence of wildfires and to minimise the adverse impact of wildfires through the early detection of unplanned fires. The responsibilities of these positions include; monitoring fires to determine direction, pinpointing fire locations, identifying map references, and providing specialist knowledge of the local area. The positions are suitable for applicants who are comfortable working at heights for lengthy periods and in isolation. Employment shall be on a casual (as required) basis during the 2013/2014 fire season and will require the completion of a national police record check during the selection stage.


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Drop/collect Homecare catalogues and deliver orders. Car and phone essential. Call Berrie on 5966 5834 or 0406 730 075.



Vineyard and general Farm Operator required. Applicant must be a fit all rounder, willing to work flexible hours and competent in machine operations. 3 Days per week initially with permanent casual opportunity on performance. Applications to be sent via email to: or post to 435 Beenak Road, Yellingbo 3139.

Wanted Powelltown area Full Time position Must Be EXPERIENCED

5966 7202

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TOYOTA, Celica, 1999, reg 02/14, red, 154,496 kms, on gas, PME-938. $14,000ono. Ring Jim: 5966-2938.

SUZUKI, Hayabusa, 2008, 35,000kms, twin yoshis, power commander, K&N filter, 198HP, treated with TLC, goes like new, HT-676. $11,000. 0414 584 261.

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Boronia, Frankston, Dandenong, Cranbourne, Hampton Park & Box Hill.

TOYOTA, Hilux, tray, 1999, 2.7ltr, petrol, RWC, EC, TQG-849. $6,900. 0417 504 319.


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CARAVAN, Coromal Popette, 1991, full annexe, VGC, reg. 11/13, F35836, $11,000. Phone 5962 5184. 0407 089 665. Healesville. CARAVAN, Millard, 5m, 1992, dbl island bed, roll out awning, electric brakes, front boot, EC, T99-286. $15,000ono. Ph: 5962 4261. JAYCO, Penguin, 2006, outback, many extras for off road, camp outback in comfort, VGC, $16,000. 9735 1308.

MOTORBIKE TRAILER, new, 7x5, two 7' channels, one 8' channel, all 8" wide, for bigger bikes, form ply walk way, LED lights, flip-up jockey wheel, spare wheel and jerry can in holder, reg to 06/14, V-48148, $999. Phone 9739 1253. Coldstream.



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SAVAGE GULL PUNT, 3m, 5HP Suzuki outboard, all safety gear, 12 months reg. $1,450. 5966 5989.

SUBARU LIBERTY, AWD, 1991, 383,930kms, ZLN-211, reg 11/13, electric sunroof, aircon. $3,100 with RWC. Call 5964 7648.

HONDA, CRF100F, motor cycle, medium Oneal black armour, x2 guernseys/shin guards, all in GC. Launching Place. $2,700. 0408 672 318.

Always wanted to work in: ➤ Aged Care Govt. ➤ Disability funded ➤ Home & Community Care? 9761 2156

NISSAN, Maxima, 1998, silver, 5 year warranty, RWC, EC, reg. to 11/13, auto, leather interior, sunroof, AC, alloys, dual airbags, comfort, style and power, OXG-615. $4,495. 5966 7470.



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MAZDA, 1983, 626, auto, sedan, 12 months reg., 4 cylinder, 2L, pedders suspension, tinted windows, cloth interior, sports steering wheel, 5 spoke alloys, 15" low profile tyres, WNM-366, $2,500. 0432 678 758. Yarra Junction.

SUBARU, Liberty, 1995, auto, silver, no RWC or reg, regularly serviced, GC, NGN-774. $1,500ono. Healesville. 5962 9335. Customer Service Centre 136 186

Call Kelly:

KIA, Pregio, 2005, 2.7L diesel, 5 speed manual, tinted windows,98,000 kms, tow hitch, bull bar, rear seat, EC, RWC, TRH-079. $9,000. 0403 756 488.

MITSUBISHI, Colt, 2004, hatch, silver, 106,000kms, full service history, 2 owners, auto, AC, reliable, economical, EC, with RWC, reg until March 2014, TGP-363. $7,600. Gladysdale. 0410 589 525.


Customer Service Centre 136 186 Closing date for applications is Sunday 17 November 2013



Murrindindi, Hume Region $42,563 - $44,814 + Loading and 9.25% Super Position No: 818945

To apply and for further information on the position description and selection criteria please contact the

A vacancy exists at our store for someone with previous retail hardware experience. The position is for Friday & Saturday, total 14 hrs plus fill-in hours. Casual rates apply. Reply by email to: stating experience.





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ON SITE CARAVAN, and annexe, Yarra Junction. Permanent site, ensuite, toilet, shower, furnished, close to the beautiful Yarra River. $17,000ono. Call 0418 411 096.

FARM VEHICLES /MACHINERY BALER, for small squares, 417 New Holland, fully serviced, ready for harvesting. $8,800. 0447 481 273

Need Cash? Sell something you no longer need...

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FARM VEHICLES /MACHINERY TRACTOR, Ford, 4,000, diesel, blade, in orginal condition, includes slasher, $7,600. 0408 548 114.

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TRAILER, 6x4 with 2ft cage, checker plate floor, new paint, spare and jockey wheels. $700. Ph: 9739 1253. Coldstream.


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�� Connecting people with local sport…

Liam leads Burras’ quest By CHRIS ANDERSON A BRILLIANT day greeted cricketers around the Yarra Valley as two-day cricket began in a true battle of attrition between bat and ball. The battle started in earnest at Mount Evelyn as the Rovers faced a dogged Warburton-Millgrove in a top four clash. The Burras looked determined to occupy the crease all day and despite an early run out of Garrett Morris followed by the quick fall of captain Troy Murphy, the Burra settled in on the sandy and slow Mount Evelyn Reserve. The reintroduction of Captain Kane Jones into the attack before tea saw immediate results, and enabled a bat before the end of the day, with the visitors teetering at 5/80 at the break. Liam Barnard has been a mainstay at the top of the Burras batting order and he turned dogged warrior in the quest to lead his team to a sizeable total. With a damaging cameo from Jason Coghlan (32), the Burras quickly turned the tables in the contest between bat and ball. With Coghlan’s fall, things slowed for the visitors, but the Rovers were also struggling to make inroads. When the whips got cracking, it was the Rovers who were left at the gates - not able to match the urgency of the batsmen. A determined Barnard saw this innings out until the final over, carrying his bat for a fine 97, and seeing his team finish on a respectable 221. The Rovers may well rue the extra runs they conceded in the run home, but will be pleased with their discipline with the ball and in the field for the majority of the day. The chase will be a difficult but gettable, so it will come down to which team has the better discipline and drive to take this one out. Hoddles Creek are always up for the battle with the bat, and after a meek effort against the Eagles last week,

they looked to atone as they batted first at Coldstream. As has been the trend over recent seasons, the Wombats gritted their teeth for the battle which lay ahead and batted cautiously throughout the day. Experienced pair Warwick Weir (42) and Jeremy Derix (28) did their best to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However, as has been the case too often, no batsman went on to score significant runs to build a sizeable total around. Eventually the weight of pressure got to the visitors as they were bowled out for 137. In-form Crocs Jarrod Bayliss (5/40) and Ryan Vaux (4/38) ensured the Wombats would not escape the Crocs’ grasp. Despite the wide expanses of the Coldstream oval and the tendency for it to be on the slow side, Wombats will struggle to defend this total unless their brash young quicks make early inroads into the Crocs batting line-up. The match of the round was the game played at Queens Park between Healesville and Seville. Healesville has made a bright start to the season sitting second in the ladder, while Seville is at the opposite end, still trying to kick-start the season to match that of their premiership play last year. The Bloods batted first, and it was the experienced and in-form pairing of Johnny Heywood (40) and Geoff Stock (50) who made the formidable Blues’ attack look meek as they controlled the contest. The thing with sport is you cannot keep champions down. Once the Blues removed the openers, they turned the screws on the remainder of batting order. The much-improved Matt Hadlum (4/34) ripped through the Bloods’ batting line-up with the support of experienced duo Ishara Amarasinghe (3/43) and Andy Kay (2/26), bowling the home side out well before the end of the day for 161. The Blues had to navigate their way

through a tricky period before stumps, and that they found it as they finished the day on 3/30. This leaves the contest well and truly in the balance. Seville has a long batting line-up and will still be confident of getting the necessary runs. However if the Bloods can nip a few out early, then they may well be on their way to consolidating their position in the four. In the final game of the round, Yarra Junction hosted Woori Yallock in a clash that is crucial for both sides as they battle to stay in touch with rest of the competition. The visitors batted first and struggled to make a fist against an attack brimming with confidence after dismantling Hoddles Creek last week. Daniel Mock (37) gave the Tigers a bright enough start, but he would be disappointed in getting out when he should be building a significant score in which the team could build a defendable total around. With the only other contribution from Cal Ferguson (22), the Eagles pushed another team to the side dismissing the dismal Tigers for 102. Quentin Hodgkinson continues his development with a fine 3/33, while Terry Ottrey (2/8) and Dan Lever (2/23) confirm their value to the Eagles attack. The home team lost a late wicket to close at 1/18, but they would be confident of scoring enough runs to secure their second win on the trot and leave themselves within striking distance of the top four. DJ Strachan Shield: Woori Yallock 102 (Mock 37, Ferguson 22, Hodgkinson 3/33, Ottrey 2/8, Lever 2/23) v Yarra Junction 1/18. Coldstream v Hoddles Creek 137 (Weir 42, Derix 28, Bayliss 5/40, Vaux 4/38). Healesville 161 (Stock 50, Heywood 40, Hadlum 4/34, Amarasinge 3/43, Kay 2/26) v Seville 3/30 (Howard-Scales 1/15). Warburton-Millgrove 221 (Barnard 97, Coghlan 32, Jones 3/30) v Mount Evelyn.

RA Finger Trophy: Seville 155 (Johnson 31, Troyahn 25, Hamer 7/36) v Healesville 3/5 (Sandfort 2/2). Yarra Glen 317 (Claire 83, Orren 81, Beath 40, Humphrey 3/64, Holden 2/74) v Warburton-Millgrove. Coldstream 110 (Pegg 19, Jones 6/34) v Hoddles Creek 3/111 (Robertson 62, Jones 30). Yarra Junction 7/319 (Fall 144, Mallick 48, Osborne 47, Sanders 2/50) v Woori Yallock. C Grade: Seville 174 (Kear 48, McInness 43, McGrath 4/16) v Healesville 0/38 (Waixell 28). Launching Place 150 (Parker 79, Voight 19, Cummins 4/23, Fiske 2/14) v Marysville. Mount Evelyn 191 (Whiting 53, Williams 28, Waixel 4/26, Hodgetts 3/72) v Gruyere District. D Grade: Launching Place 6/119 (Grindley 55, Cummins 4/16) d Coldstream 116 (Cummins 35, Grindley 5/12). Yarra Junction 4/202 (Nightingale 85, Boxell 33, Winter 20) v Warburton Millgrove 9/65 (Lubeck 2/19, Cook 2/14). Wandin 5/247 (Oakley 65, Steele 58, Garside 2/50) d Hoddles Creek 8/51 (Cole-Sinclair 20, Duke 4/13). Seville 5/94 (Johnson 35, Stevenson 18, Boyle 2/21, Anthony 2/21) d Healesville 7/93 (McGregor 22, Fitzpatrick 17, Proctor 2/15, Van Veek 2/17). Mount Evelyn 6/169 (Westaway 83no, Walsh 21, Dunne 2/9, Sanders 2/23) d Powelltown 159 (Sanders 35, White 34, Dunne 31, Ortu 4/41, Heaphy 2/10, Oultram 2/25). One Day Grade: Wandin 5/118 (Gosland 28, Corrin 19, Foden 17, Woods 2/15, Davies 1/8) d Yarra Glen (Gold) All Out 111 (Smith 29, Davey 16, Thorne 2/3, Laws 2/6, McKenzie 2/9). Woori Yallock 9/162 (Collete 44, Sanders 43, D.Bakkam 2/16) d Seville 3/156 (Cauldwell 41, Pearse 40, Sanders 1/16). Yarra Glen Maroon 7/170 (Hindhaugh 34, Moors 32, Beath 24, Kocher

2/14) d Yarra Junction 155 (Boxell 35, Jordan 32, Dowdell 25, Stanes 29). Silvan v Healesville (no scores). Under 16: Seville Gold 1/119 (Byrne 33, Page 29, Caldwell 27) d Coldstream 8/46 (Sandfort 3/12). Hoddles Creek/Yarra Junction 4/142 (Jenkinson 53, Jones 21, Irwin 21, Mon-Aphai 2/18) d WarburtonMillgrove/Launching Place 54 and 4/75 (Thorneycroft 34). Healesville Red 7/170 (Senior 44, Daly 31, Roelofs 27, Binion 2/18, McGrath 2/31) d Healesville White 8/80 (Fry 48, McGrath 18, Senior 3/12, Roelofs 3/22). Under 14A: Healesville 7/111 (Fawdry 21, Chandler 20, Bissells 2/17) d Seville 109 (Garner 26, Eacott 4/1 including hat trick). Mt Evelyn 8/104 (BrisbaneFlynn 40, Heaphy 8, de Varga 2/10, Read 2/30) d Warburton Millgrove 9/56 (Walker 10, Saurine 10, de Varga 8, Walker 3/8, Coutts 2/13). Healesville White d Marysville (forfeit). Under 14B: Wandin 65 (Alderman 11, Rodgers 2/6, Buller 2/9) d Woori Yallock/ Launching Place 44 (Thomas 12, Sinnott 5/21, Bursezze 3/13). Yarra Glen 7/154 d Yarra Junction 63 (Thompson 8, Whiteside 6, Adamson 3/7, Coulson 1/1). Under 12: Seville 8/171 (Proctor 26, Kay 19, Winter-Annette 2/12, Parker 2/24) d Launching Place 75 (Rogers 21, Leeds 2/9, Frankovic 2/1). Yarra Junction 9/57 (Allisey 13, Clarke 9, Rowe 3/4, Weir 2/2, Collette 2/3) v Hoddles Creek 5/136 (Jones 24, Birnie 22, Rowe 20, Osborne 3/23). Warburton Millgrove 5/164 (Read 16, Nyko 15, Fry 1/10, Brendish 1/14) d Healesville Red 65 (Hildebrand 8, Boyle 4, Nyco 2/1, Thompson 2/4, Ceveri 2/2). Mt Evelyn 5/142 (Coutts 14, Murphy 11, Finch 7) d Yarra Glen Maroon 8/108 (Duff 7, Smith 4, Lee 2/6, Finch 1/5). Marysville v Healesville White.

Girls urged ‘give cricket a go’ By KATH GANNAWAY

Caitlyn Parker, sister Georgia and Marlee Wandin are looking forward to playing cricket before a crowd at Healesville on Friday. Caitlyn and Marlee play for Yarra Valley Stars. 10928 Pictures: KATH GANNAWAY

GIRLS’ cricket will go on show at Healesville this Friday evening, 8 November, when the Yarra Valley’s Female Festival of Cricket is staged at Queen’s Park oval. The event will introduce a brand new Yarra Valley Cricket Association cricket competition for girls aged between 9 and 14 years. The festival will start at 4.30pm with cricket clinics for aspiring players, and any other girls who want to see what organised cricket is all about. Girls from around the Yarra Valley taking part in the In2Cricket and T20 Blast programs will come together to demonstrate what is being done to encourage girls to get involved in the game at an early age. The aim is to provide a competition that allows girls to play in a safe and fun environment and to enjoy cricket where everyone bats, bowls

and has a go at being wicketkeeper. No experience is needed, the game takes one hour, is free and all equipment is supplied. Representatives from Yarra Junction, Healesville, Launching Place and Seville cricket clubs will be at the festival to look at how their clubs might be able to start their own girls’ team. The main game between Yarra Valley Stars and Ringwood Rams following on under lights at 6pm. Cricket Victoria’s Di Day started her girls’ cricket career with Woori Yallock Cricket Club over 10 years ago.“This will be a great opportunity for the community to come down and enjoy a night of girls’ cricket,” she said. A sausage sizzle and refreshments will be available on the night. For more information, contact Di Day on 9653 1100 or 0427 314 389.

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Jumps ahead at pony club By KATH GANNAWAY

Anna Church and Viewbank Icon test out one of the new crossPIctures: KATH GANNAWAY country training jumps. 109145

By JOHN WOOD A BEAUTIFUL spring day greeted five squads of competitors at the Woods Point Gun Club for the third annual Bernie Elstrek Memorial Championships. Mr Elstrek, a strong member and supporter of the club, was the patriarch of the Lilydale based Elstrek Construction Company. His family attended the shoot and Ross Elstrek competed quite successfully. The day kickstarted with the eye opener that resulted in Trevor Ewert and Nick Kirley sharing a handy cash prize with perfect 30/30 scores. The first championship was 25 targets Double Barrel that saw Nick Kirley, Ken Skinner, Tom Apps and Ross Kirley, all 25/25, go into a shoot off. After 13 targets Kirley won the Elstrek Memorial sash with 38/38 as well as winning the AA Grade prize. Elstrek was an enthusiastic second, 37/38. Apps won A Grade clean with 25/25 followed by Ian Findlay 27/28.

President John Wood took B Grade 23/25, the Hoon second, 31/34. Craig Skinner had a good win in C Grade 23/25. Junior shooter David Ewert took C second, 28/32, after a shoot off against Ron Press and Michael Bevis. The Elstrek Memorial Trophy, 30 targets Handicap Continental was next. It was a challenging event that typified Elstrek’s attitude of getting out there and having fun. Rob Bevis won the trophy outright with an excellent 29/30. Chuck Lay and Trevor Newman shot off for the minor places that eventuated with Newman second, 32/34, Lay third, 31/34. David Ewert continued a good day by winning fourth place and also taking the Bernie Elstrek Junior Trophy, 27/30. The shoot concluded with the 20 pair Elstrek Memorial Deauville Doubles Championship that ended in an excellent win for the father and son team of Rob and Michael Bevis with 20/20 pairs and

two championship sashes. Mick Ward and Trevor Newman teamed up to take second place 19/20. The teams of Kirley/Elstrek and Hoon/Phillip Desmond shot off for third and fourth with Kirley/Elstrek shooting another clean five pair to beat the Hoon/Desmond team’s four pairs. The Bernie Elstrek Overall High Gun was won by a very surprised Rob Bevis with an excellent 73/75. Beryl Elstrek graciously greeted all the winners and placegetters at the presentations to complete a fun and enthusiastic day in honour of a great man, Bernie Elstrek. The club’s afternoon tea was enhanced by Beryl’s great homemade cakes and Anne Skinner’s ‘luverly’ fruit cake, an institution at the WPGC. The Sponsors for this shoot were The Beryl, Paula, Ross and Peta Elstrek, Gus Syme of Mansfield Pre Mix and Glenn and Shawnti Coolahan of Timberline. The next event is the President’s Trophy shoot on Sunday 24 November at 10.30am.

Scoreboard LAWN BOWLS PENNANT RESULTS YARRA JUNCTION BOWLING CLUB Tuesday 28 October: Yarra Junction d Lilydale (53 to 69). Saturday 2 November: Lilydale d Yarra Junction (70 to81). HEALESVILLE BOWLING CLUB Saturday 2 Novmeber: Heathmont 4 d Healesville 1 (51 to 92). Healesville 2 d Heatherdale 5 (86 to 68). HEALESVILLE GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION RESULTS Race 1: Jatkayna, Silent Flame, Ninth Again. Race 2: Ve Du Fear, Miss Cloud Nine, Media Queen. Race 3: Franklin Senior, Phil Mieski, Grand Legacy. Race 4: Grand Empire, Lexi Star, Yoda’s Choice. Race 5: Here Comes Alex, Challis Miss, Bristler’s Patch. Race 6: Leesa Benz, Fancy Mojo, Miss Spence. Race 7: Sultan of Swing, King Lorry, Tweetman. Race 8: Prince Lark, Release the Heat, Fly Freddie.

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MAKING the most of a small space has been a challenge for Seville Pony Club. On Sunday, 27 October, members tried out the new cross-country course that has shown that community, business and local government working together can jump just about any hurdles. A total of 24 new jumps have been built over two courses representing the type of obstacles and jumps riders and their horses could expect to encounter in open competition. The club has 80 members with a strong family involvement and instructors. Club president Di Harry estimates there are around 150 people participating in various aspects of the club. “We’re also probably one the largest clubs in Victoria, with one of the smallest grounds, but we still have some very high level riders who do really well around the state,” Ms Harry said. “There is substantial value in the work done, but it has been achieved through a real community effort with local business helping out with materials.” Ms Harry said pony club families put in a lot of voluntary hours and labour while the Yarra Ranges council assisted with grants and was “very helpful throughout the process.”

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