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Boundary wars By Peter Douglas, Derek Schlennstedt, Rowan Forster In what could prove an election-defining decision, the Australian Electoral Commission has announced a major shake-up of the Casey and La Trobe federal electorates. Under a draft proposal, released on Friday 6 April, the Casey electorate will shift further south-west and snap up La Trobe's hills-based communities, effectively aligning Casey's boundaries with the local government area of Yarra Ranges. While La Trobe will lose major townships including Belgrave, Upper Ferntree Gully and Lysterfield, incumbent MP Jason Wood will gain Pakenham and nearby satellite towns. The sweeping changes to electoral boundaries come with a federal election potentially only 12 months away. Traditionally, Casey is a safe Liberal stronghold, while La Trobe is marginal, with Jason Wood claiming a narrow victory from Labor's Simon Curtis in the 2016 election. Mr Wood, who grew up in hills area, reassured residents the changes would not affect his election promises. "In our Liberal Party submission, neither myself, nor the Liberal Party made an application that I lose the Dandenong Ranges ... Labor partly did, the Greens did, but I wasn't trying to get away from the hills," Mr Wood said. "To me, there's very much unfinished business on three projects I'm working on at the moment. "One is the Ridge Walk ... the other is the widening of the Mountain Highway ... I'm also right behind the performing arts centre in the Sherbrooke community school. "Those three big projects ... I want delivered." Mr Wood said until the redistribution draft is finalised, he would continue to work as if nothing had changed, though he has been in contact with Tony Smith. "With the redistribution, if it did end up going that way, I am working with Tony Smith, who would take those areas and who is very supportive of working with me on those three projects." Meanwhile, committee chair and electoral commissioner, Tom Rogers, said the redistribution of the McMillan and La Trobe electorates was required to allow space for Victoria's new seat, Fraser.

Casey MP Tony Smith will represent hills communities, under the proposed changes. 178408

La Trobe MP Jason Wood (right), pictured at a Belgrave Hub announcement, will no longer represent Belgrave. 173702 The La Trobe electorate is projected to have 116,587 voters by August next year, which exceeds the maximum number permitted by the Electoral Act. "The high population growth in Victoria, together with the dispersed spread of electors has resulted in the Redistribution Committee proposing significant change to Victoria's electoral division boundaries," he said. He said McMillan, too, was in danger from exceeding its maximum number of electors. "A number of consequential changes were made across the state to not only the numerical criteria but also align communities of in-

terest where possible," Mr Rogers said. Redrawn electoral boundaries have historically factored into election results, particularly when key towns and cities are removed. Russell Broadbent's capture of McMillan at the 2004 election is attributed by many to the boundary changes of January 2003, which saw traditionally Labor-voting cities Traralgon and Morwell removed from the seat. Meanwhile, in Victoria, a brand new federal electorate for western Melbourne, Fraser, is set to be established, taking the number of electorates from 37 to 38.

Anyone with an interest in these proposals can make a written submission to the Australian Electoral Commission at by 6pm on Friday 4 May. All objections will be published on the AEC's website at from Monday 7 March. Comments on objections can be lodged until 6pm on Friday 18 May and will also be published on the AEC website from Monday 21 May. A final determination of the boundaries and names of the electoral divisions will be published on Friday 13 July.

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College upgrade go-ahead Students in Monbulk will have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Victorian Government. Education Minister, and Monbulk MP, James Merlino on Monday 16 April announced Monbulk College will get $8.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2018-19 to deliver Stage 3 of its existing upgrade. This includes construction of new classrooms, new specialist arts and fabric spaces, and a new canteen and home economic building. The school oval will also be upgraded, including improvements to its surface and lighting that will enable Monbulk College to enter into community partnerships with organisations such as the Monbulk Football and Netball Club. Mr Merlino said it was fantastic news for the school and its students. "Every student deserves access to a great local school and we're getting on with the job of building better schools here in Monbulk, and right across Victoria," Mr Merlino said. "Monbulk College's upgrade will mean more students will have access to the great local classrooms and facilities they deserve." Work is already underway on Stages 1 and 2 of the upgrade, which includes building a new library and modern information, communication and technology learning spaces. The new funding comes on top of $10.5 million already provided to the schools for Stages 1 and 2 of its upgrade. Vincent Chrisp Architects designed the upgrade, with Lloyd Group constructing the building. Stages 1 and 2 are on track to be completed in 2019, with the new Stage 3 expected to be completed in 2020. In addition, Kallista Primary School students and parents will soon have a safer walk

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Monbulk College principal Margaret Uren (left), Monbulk MP James Merlino (centre) with members of the Monbulk Football and Netball Club. 179883 to school, with electronic speed signs to be installed on Monbulk Road. The Victorian Government has committed to investing $80,000 to install four flashing electronic speed signs to alert drivers to the 40kmh speed limit during school times. The Victorian Budget 2018-19 will include $23.9 million to improve road safety around our schools, while also providing a massive boost to Victoria's School Crossing Supervisor Program. Kallista Primary School will be one of the first schools to benefit, with dozens more

school safety announcements to follow over the coming weeks. Mr Merlino said school crossing and speed zones make a massive difference. "That's why we're investing in this program to make sure that every child, parent and teacher is safe when travelling to and from school," he said. "The Kallista Primary School community has told us they need a safer school zone and we've listened, investing in the flashing electronic signs this school community needs." The Labor Government has announced


Mount Evelyn photographer Paul Gallant presents the award to Betty Vella, who accepted the award on behalf of her daughter-in-law, Kerry Casey. 179744

Driver evasion On 7 April at about 8:45am Monbulk police attempted to intercept a yellow sedan. The vehicle was seen travelling at a fast rate of speed on Warburton Highway, in Seville. When police attempted to pull-over the vehicle it evaded police, speeding up and driving dangerously. The pursuit was called-off due to the drivers dangerous driving and soon after the offending driver dumped the vehicle at a residential address in Launching Place. Police recovered the vehicle which was then towed for evidentiary value and fingerprinting. Anybody with information is urged contact Mick Aston at Monbulk Police station on 9756 6266.

As part of this year's PAVE Festival activities, the annual photography competition was a huge success, with many creative entries. The theme for 2018 was REFOCUS, a spin-off on the overall PAVE theme regarding sustainability. Respected Mount Evelyn photographer Paul Gallant judged the competition, which comprised two sections, Open and Under 18s. The award recipients for the Open section were: 1st prize, Kerry Casey; 2nd Annabelle Cox and 3rd Don Rankin. For the Under 18s section: 1st prize, Peta Revell; 2nd Mikayla Bailey and 3rd Peta Revell. Numerous Highly Commended and Commended awards were also presented. The record crowd that visited the exhibition were able to vote for the People's Choice Award, a prize the Emerald U3A made available.

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Speak up on smoke as rule changes loom By Kath Gannaway Permits are out ... chimneas are in as part of potential changes to the rules around burning off across Yarra Ranges shire. Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Len Cox, said the draft law was a result of feedback from the community last year, through pop-up sessions, online advertising and a survey. "Throughout 2017, we held 14 public popups where residents could comment on what they liked and what they would like changed in our laws around burning off," Cr Cox said.

$18.9 million to continue the popular School Crossing Supervisor Program, which has been in operation for more than 40 years. There are more than 3000 crossing supervisors across the state - the highest number of any state or territory in Australia, with Victoria the only state with supervised crossings outside secondary schools. The package will allow the school crossing supervisor program to continue to run until 2019 under a co-funding model between the Victorian Government and local councils.

He said the draft law attempts to balance the need to burn for fire prevention purposes with the need to protect health by addressing issues around smoke. "We've tried to simplify the process of burning off for residents by no longer requiring permits, which will make it easier for residents to burn off," Cr Cox said. "We are also proposing new offences around creating offensive smoke or smoke hazards to help protect residents." A number of features of the current law are

proposed to remain, such as a total ban on open air burning in Urban areas. "Now we're asking for the community to have their say again and let us know if they think this draft law strikes the right balance for them," Cr Cox said. Residents can view the draft Open Air Burning Local Law and make a submission at, in writing to PO Box 105, Lilydale, over the phone by calling 1300 368 333 or by emailing mail@yarraranges. until 4pm on Monday, 7 May.

At 7:15am on 3 April a head-on collision between two vehicles occurred on Monbulk Road, Silvan. It is believed that one of the vehiclse was stolen a day earlier and had been involved in an aggravated burglary in Ferntree Gully. The Driver of the offending vehicle a 36-yearold Mt Evelyn Man i was arrested at Royal Melbourne Hospital by North Melbourne Police is assisting police with enquiries. The other vehicle contained two individuals and as a result of the collision the passenger was trapped and had to be extradited by CFA and SES. The passenger was taken to The Alfred Hospital with two broken legs and ankles.

Upwey skimming device A skimming device at the Bendigo bank ATM in Upwey has police urging residents to check their statement for any unknown withdrawals. Police report that the skimming device was fitted on April 1 and that a large amount of money has since been withdrawn from a number of accounts. Police urge that anyone who notices suspicious withdrawals should cancel their card immediately and contact Belgrave police on 9754 6677and anyone who has noticed suspicious activity since April 1 near the Bendigo Bank ATM is also urged to contact Belgrave Police. Tuesday, 17 April, 2018





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Physiotherapist, Dandenong Ranges Physio, Olinda When your health practitioner tells you that you ‘have a subluxed vertebra’, ‘a disc is out’, or that they are helping to ‘flush toxins’ by massaging, alarm bells should start ringing. The problem is the alternative health practitioner field is so littered with junk terms that it’s hard sometimes to separate the wheat from the chaff. Some practitioners who use these terms or concepts do so with the right intention - they may be trying to simplify their communication or explanation of the problem into a form that they think the patient can understand. Others, in my opinion, likely have no idea that these terms are in fact meaningless or have no basis in fact. In many cases, clinicians use these terms to alarm people into thinking they need more therapy than they truly might. In either case, I think it is unhelpful to both the practitioner and the patient when these terms are used, and we should all feel the need to call out bulldust when we see or hear it. But how can the lay person know when they

are being deceived by a health practitioner, either knowingly or unknowingly? Let’s go back a step and allow me to qualify my position on this. I am not trying to demonise specific alternative health disciplines. I firmly believe that a manual or health therapist must have some inherent level of intuition, compassion and ‘feel’ to be a good practitioner. These things can’t necessarily be easily taught or learnt, though they can be refined with education, experience and mentoring. But a great health practitioner has those qualities as well as an education based in fact, knowledge and reason. The science world calls this evidence based practice. This allows a health practitioner to assess and diagnose based on fact and experience, to give treatment based on evidence showing that these treatments work for a particular problem, and to know when to refer on when the problem is outside their scope of practice. Knowing the boundaries or limitations of practice is perhaps the greatest challenge to less educated health practitioners, or those for whom their knowledge is not entirely based on evidence. So remember when you see you health practitioner - ask questions, seek to understand your problem from a scientific or anatomical point of view and don’t be sold by junk terms. For the full article, please visit www.

Cockatoo Neighbourhood House (CNH) is running a first aid and CPR class on Saturday 28 April, from 9.30am. Cost for first aid is $140 or $70 for CPR component. Volunteers in Cardinia Shire pay half price. To book, or more details, email or call (03) 5969 9031. Tuesday or Friday, 9am to 12noon. Meanwhile, CNH is looking at running a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course in May. CNH wants to know if Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings are more preferable. Feedback to or (03) 5968 9031.

Helping hands needed Fernlea House Day Respite Centre is holding a working bee on Saturday 21 April from 9.30am to 12noon. Address: 149 Emerald-Monbulk Rd, Emerald. All welcome, jobs for all abilities. Painters, gardeners, outside cleaning. Light

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Anzac dinner Upwey-Belgrave RSL. Anzac Day dinner. Saturday 21 April, 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Formal. All welcome. Guest speaker Lt Rowan Smith (retired). A formal four-course dinner, horsd’oeuvre and sparkling upon arrival and commemorative gift to take home. $67 per ticket. Bookings at or at the sub-branch.

Youth concert The Dandenong Ranges Music Council (DRMC) will host the annual Youth Music Awards Concert on Sunday 20 May at 2pm at the DRMC, Upwey High School, 1451 Burwood Hwy, Upwey. Tickets are available at the door: $8 adults, $5 conc., $2 child.

Rotary supports Scouts By Wendy Williamson Representatives from the Rotary Club of Monbulk were guests of honour at a recent troop meeting of the 1st Kallista Scouts. The Rotary members presented the scouts with some much-needed camping equipment. The equipment donated by Rotary included first aid kits and camp cooking stoves worth over $500. It was formally handed over by Rotary club president John Coleman to 1st Kallista group leader James Savin. “This equipment will be used by both the cubs and the scouts on camps and other outdoor activities,” said Mr Savin. He stressed the importance of community groups such as Rotary and Scouts working in partnership to engage local youth in positive experiences. The 1st Kallista Scout Group currently has a cub scout pack for eight to 10-year-olds and a

Cubs, Scouts and leader from the 1st Kallista Scout Group with Rob Clark and John Coleman from the Rotary Club of Monbulk and the new equipment generously donated by Rotary. 178875 Picture: TED HUGHES Scout troop for 11 to 14-year-olds. They are always looking for new youth members, leaders and helpers. If you are interested in joining or just helping out you can email


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Multi-level car park plan By Peter Douglas The much-maligned car parking in Belgrave has received a major boost, with the Victorian Government announcing a further 470 spaces will soon become available. The Andrews Government's plan is to construct a new multi-level car park at the Belgrave Train Station precinct, which will add to the 160 spaces already available. Along with Monbulk MP James Merlino, Premier Daniel Andrews and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan met at Belgrave Train Station on Tuesday 10 April to reveal a bold $60 million plan to deliver Melbourne an additional 2000 new and upgraded car park spaces. Key stations include Sandown Park, Epping, Craigieburn and Belgrave. Mr Andrews said car parking at Belgrave will be more than doubled. "There'll be about 470 (car spaces at Belgrave) added - that takes cars off of local streets, allows more people to park to go shopping," Mr Andrews said. "It's also great for safety as well, people not having to walk distances back to their cars. "We're getting this done. This is the biggest boost in train station car parking the state has ever seen. This takes it to a total of 5000 spaces since coming into office. "It's all about making sure that not only can you get a seat on the train, but you can get a car park at the train station." Labor colleague Jacinta Allan said the planned works at Belgrave would include safety upgrades such as lighting and CCTV, as well as improved cycling storage facilities. Deputy Premier James Merlino said the car park couldn't come quick enough for Belgrave. "This is a fantastic announcement for Belgrave. Local residents, the traders, Puffing Billy have been crying out for more car parks," he said. "This car park is full very, very early in the morning; you simply can't get a car park if you

Stephen Crombie and Suzanah Pozvek from Sooki Lounge meet ''n'' greet with Premier Daniel Andrews and his deputy, James Merlino. 179726 want to shop in Belgrave. This is a wonderful announcement. "By adding these car parks, it will service the whole of the hills community, so they can get onto our wonderful transport network and explore Melbourne." The lack of car park spaces has long been a contentious issue in Belgrave. Traders have previously said it is impossible to run a business if their clients can't find a place to park. Belgrave's Sooki Lounge co-owners Suzanah Pozvek and Stephen Crombie shared this sentiment, with Mr Crombie hopeful the an-

nouncement would change the landscape for traders. "We've had the (parking) issue for about 20 years now, where you can't park in Belgrave. So, obviously you're not going to come to do your shopping, come to the caf¨¦'s, just enjoy Belgrave in general," Mr Crombie said. "So locals will now get their town back, the traders will be able to get the chance to trade. It's a win-win. "Belgrave is basically the infrastructure point of the hills, but in the past it hasn't been looked at that way. But now it's getting the attention it deserved."

Ms Pozvek said Belgrave was screaming out for more parks. "We've seen businesses come and go in very short periods of time because they cannot get trade and it's really sad. We desperately need it," she said. For more information, visit www.victrack. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said a Liberal National Government would provide $4 million for 150 extra railway station car parking spaces at Eltham, Montmorency and Greensborough railway stations, located on the Hurstbridge line.







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By Peter Douglas Yarra Ranges Council is trialling newly developed 'smart drain' technology, which is designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of flooding from overflows within the municipality. In a first not just for the region, but Australia-wide, the trial has taken place in Fernhill Rd, Mount Evelyn. The technology uses sonar and camera sensors to monitor water-levels and flow-rates from within roadside stormwater drains. The smart drains initiative also uses software that provides a dashboard view of the data, which offers a real-time view of the drain infrastructure. The objective is to provide immediate alerts so blockages can be addressed before inundation occurs. Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Len Cox, said the technology had huge potential within the flood-prone shire. "Many of our stormwater pits, especially those in flood-prone areas, could be checked daily or several times per day," Cr Cox said. "This technology informs us quickly that there is a blockage, so we can send someone there immediately and have it removed and cleaned before further flooding and complications arise. "We are proud to be trailing this in the Yarra Ranges as an Australian first and, if the results are positive, we hope it can be adopted throughout the municipality." Yarra Ranges Council faces numerous local flood-management and drainage challenges, with more than 4900 properties known to be at risk of flooding from waterways or underground drains. Adding to these challenges are long-term future pressures on the existing drainage system associated with urban consolidation and

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an increase in rainfall intensity, with about 7% of properties within the Yarra Ranges Council being prone to flooding. Director of Environment and Engineering, Mark Varmalis, said the technology has been trialled in Fernhill Rd, Mount Evelyn, because this area has a variety of stormwater drainage pits. "The trial has taken place at 12 pit locations so far, with about 15,000 pits in roads throughout the Yarra Ranges," he said. "Council is about to extend the trial to test the technology in some gross pollutant traps. "Gross pollutant traps are large stormwater pits that collect debris such as plastic bottles and other matter and stop them from entering waterways."

I note Geoff Champion's letter 'Silver lining on red shirt rort' (Mail, 3 April) which suggests the Labor rorts of nearly $400,000 is justified. It is important that the community are aware the Victorian Labor Party rorted this money using tactics that in any other business you would be sacked. Twenty-one Victorian Labor Members of Parliament were involved in signing blank time-sheets for the Labor Party to pay Labor Party campaigners in other areas of the state usually marginal seats. To make matters worse, Daniel Andrews then spent up to $1 million of taxpayers' money to stop the investigation and refused to be interviewed. What is the Premier hiding? When the investigation was finalised, the Ombudsman stated these activities were an 'artifice' and were 'wrong'. Daniel Andrews failed in his key commitment to the Victorian people, with his statement; 'I will take responsibility for everything under the government I lead'. He continues to deny the fact his team rorted hundreds of thousands of dollars and is now telling Victorians all is OK. I am sorry, Mr Andrews, it is not OK. Brad Battin, Member for Gembrook

Kindness of strangers When I arrived at Kallista Market, parking spots were scarce. I spied one and was driving towards it when I noticed a man trying to attract my attention. He motioned to my car wheels and informed me that I had driven over the winged base of a fallen metal street sign and slashed both left tyres. Roadside Assist said a tow would arrive shortly. But I would be without my car for two days, to which I protested. In the meantime, the helpful man had gone to recruit a friend and, together, they jacked up the car and put the spare in place.

I cancelled the tow. I offered a reward but they dismissed that saying, "No! It's just life". Before the friend left, I gave him a big grateful hug and he departed. The helpful man (angel) drove me and the flat tyre to the tyre centre in Monbulk. We returned with a new one which he fitted to my car. This angel also got a big hug and I couldn't express my gratitude enough. I gave him my blessings and assured him I would pass on the good deed. It had happened to me once before when I first moved to Monbulk almost two years ago; that a kind woman in my neighbourhood I'd never met offered to drive me 30km when I was without my car and waiting for a cab which never arrived. Simple acts of kindness: how lucky was I that, in this world of busyness and rush, those strangers stopped and assisted another stranger in need in such a selfless way. Anna Gdanski, Monbulk

Fluoride a wasteful addition Yarra Valley Water has plans to add fluoride to the Dandenong Ranges' water supply and I, among many others, are horrified to learn this. For those who know little or nothing about fluoride - here's what it actually is folks - toxic waste. Yes, you heard me - toxic waste. 'Why would the government add this to our water supply?', I hear you ask. Well - these companies can't legally dispose of this toxic waste in the ocean or bury it, so they make a nice little deal with the government to dispose of it through people's drinking water! How nice for them. Look, I am no scientist - but ingesting toxic waste every day kind of seems like a bad idea, no matter what reason I'm given. Katherine Holmes, Emerald

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'Hall-mark' of dedication By Derek Schlennstedt For 100 years, Upwey CFA has been serving the hills community. For 50 of those, Peter Hall has been right there to serve. From saving cats stuck up trees, responding to fires on Ash Wednesday, and even setting up a defensive drivers program for young drivers, Peter Hall has been an enduring member of the Upwey CFA brigade and hills community. Now at the age of 74, he is hanging up the overalls and becoming a non-operational member. Though, he jokes; "he'll still find something to do"."50 years ... it's a bloody long time," he said. "It's been interesting ... when I joined initially, I was going to put in 12 months, this was in my early 20s, I thought I'd do a bit for the community ... here I am 50 years later. "In those days, if there was a pair of overalls hanging on the peg that fitted you and no one else was using them, you'd put them on and jump on the truck and that was it and you didn't know where you were going. "I've got to the stage now where I'm getting a bit long in the tooth ... I don't think I'd be able to get up into a truck anymore."Joining the brigade in 1967, but only being officially recognised as a member in 1968, Mr Hall reflected upon the many memorable moments and close bonds formed. "I've made some fantastic friends and lost some fantastic friends from here too ... it's a big part of your life," he said. "The camaraderie is second to none ... I can only talk for the hills brigades but the member support was fantastic, and still is." That support and camaraderie came in many forms for Mr Hall though and it was especially true when both his sons, Travis and Anthony Hall, were sadly killed in a car crash

After 50 years at the Upwey brigade, beloved local and member Peter Hall is hanhing up the overalls. in Cockatoo in 1995. The months that followed he said were hell. Though he stepped back briefly from the position of first lieutenant, he never resigned. Twelve months later, the Anthony and Travis Hall Memorial Driver Education Fund was launched by prominent members of the Dandenong Ranges Brigades: Peter Hall, Graeme Legge, Bob Horner, Geoff Champion and Peter Marke. The fund was created in memory of Travis and Anthony Hall, and was designed to provide drivers from the hills with essential edu-

cation in car control. It's a legacy that has helped over 100 young drivers learn defensive driving skills. "I did back off for a little while, not for long, I felt if I chucked the towel in then, it's not what the boys would have wanted ... we went through hell but we were lucky in the people we knew," Mr Hall said. "This year is 20 years of the fund and we've roughly had over 100 put through ... one of them, a young man from Kallista, came around a bend in Monbulk and another car was on his side of the road ... he swerved and pulled over.

"He told me later that if he hadn't have used the skills he learnt from the drivers course, it would've been a fatal accident. "It means a lot to know that and gives you a little bit of a boost to know that some good has come out of it." Over 50 years, there are many memorable moments. And through the technology, response times and the way in which CFA now respond to incidents has changed, Mr Hall said the people and the community have remained much the same and are as welcoming as ever.

Much thought goes into planned burn operations By Derek Schlennstedt After Black Saturday, the Dandenongs were identified as one of the most high-risk locations to in Victoria. One way to reduce that risk is planned burning. Over the past week, large swathes of land in the Dandenong Ranges have been burnt as part of planned operations. With many more planned around the Yarra Ranges area, the Mail spoke with Forest Fire Management members about the extensive planning that goes into these burns and how important they are to reduce fire risk in the community. One of those burns, on 13 April, which burnt 6.8 hectares on Aurora Rise in Sassafras, has been years in planning and now that it's completed provides comfort for residents living in the area - especially Sassafras Primary School. "This burn was an asset protection plan ... it's a burn that's objective is to protect communities in this case largely the school and other assets in sassafras and Olinda," Mr Shane Vandenborn Senior FFM manager for Fuel Management said. This planned burn had been years in the making and was important due to the proximity of the burn to Sassafras Primary school which backed onto the planned site. Principal Cathy Jones said that although the school has a fire plan and relocates to Boronia Primary on severe or code red days, she feels much more comfortable going into next year's summer fire season. "You go up the back of this school and it's just bush," Ms Jones said. "While we're gradually increasing in what we do around the school ... clear the land and have our plans, if that's an extreme load of fuel at the back of the school then we can do all that we can, but we are still sitting ducks, unless you do those burns. "It certainly makes me a lot happier." Planning for these types of burns occurs at all levels, from checking weather patterns to ensuring tourists and locals know about the burn and what impact it may have on them. 8 MAIL


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From left: Senior FM Manager, Fuel Management, Shane Vandenborn, Sassafras Primary School Principal Cathy Jones and Metro District Manager FFM Stephanie Carr. "We have a set of parameters we need to meet ... weather, wind, humidity and then the fuel," District Manager for FFM Stephanie Carr said. "We've been in contact with the regional tourism authority, local tourism authority, local council, post office, community centres, bus companies; it's trying to use the community networks to share the message." Mr Vanderborn said that he understands

smoke from the planned burns can cause some concern for resident but there is only a small window of opportunity to undertake this fire risk reducing burns. "You don't just need the conditions on the day, you need the conditions of several weeks of drying weather trend, fuels on the day to not have had rain on them the night before, wind and weather conditions on the day to be suitable and also the next three to four days to be

suitable so you're not having any surprises." "It's not just the day it's the weeks leading up to it and it's the next week after the burn, those opportunities don't come around too often, that's why this autumn period is very important," he said. With burns likely to be undertaken over the next few weeks residents can see when and where the burns are occurring by going to the link



Reflect on sacrifices By Brad Battin, MP Member for Gembrook ANZAC Day, the time we pause to remember the bravery, selflessness and sacrifices our service men and women made for our country. Last July I had the honour of attending the 30,750th 'Last Post' at The Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. Following the opening of the Menin Gate Memorial in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their thanks to all who had given their lives for Belgium's freedom. At 20:00 hours every evening the buglers from the Last Post Association close the road and sound the 'Last Post'. This ANZAC day will be the 31021st time the bugles sound the 'Last Post' at the walls of The Menin Gate; the memorial engraved with 6,180 names of missing Australian troops in Belgium. My visit fell just days before the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Over the 8 long weeks of battle in waterlogged conditions, 38,000 Australian troops lost their lives, thousands of kilometres away from their homes and families. Attending the last post on the Belgian Flanders where our ANZAC's had made the ultimate sacrifice 101 years ago was a very humbling experience and one I will never forget. This ANZAC Day I encourage you all to take a moment to pause and reflect on those before us who fought for the freedoms our na-

Gembrook MP Brad Battin pays his respects. 179902 tion hold today and time to thank our past and current serving service men and women who continue to protect our nation's future.


ANZAC DAY EVENTS – 2018 5.45am – Dawn Service in a bush setting Mt Evelyn War Memorial Gardens Cnr Birmingham Rd & Wray Cres 6.30am – March from War Memorial to Clubrooms 6.45am – Free community breakfast at Clubrooms 1.00pm – Traditional Game of ‘TWO-UP’ York on Lilydale Hotel Cnr York & Swansea Rds, Mt Evelyn Includes service, sausage sizzle, raffles



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Cnr. York & Swansea Roads, Mt Evelyn.

Ph: 9736 4000

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Century of service, and their sacrifice By Derek Schlennstedt Marking 100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War, the Anzac Centenary is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of service. Emerald RSL Sub-branch Past President, Peter Maloney, said this year's day of remembrance would be significant for numerous reasons and he encouraged all to march at the Emerald Anzac Day commemorations. This year, community collaboration between the Emerald Men's Shed and the Emerald RSL will ensure all groups taking place in the march have their own signs, too. ""The RSL has taken the opportunity for Anzac Day to embrace the community and encourage the community groups to take part in the Anzac Day march ... it is essentially the only opportunity throughout the year where the town can come together as one," Mr Maloney said. "The Emerald Men's Shed members will be marching as a group in their new uniforms and they will also be assisting the RSL by making the placards with the signs printed by Gemsigns. "The boys at the shed will also be building a podium for the RSL officials to use at the Dawn and Morning services so all those attending to get a better view of proceedings."

Monbulk RSL will host a dawn service from 6am, followed by a gunfire breakfast. A march will form at the Monbulk Mitre 10 at 9:30am, with a service at 10am to follow. Emerald RSL will hold a dawn service from 5.30am, followed by a 10:30am march from the town's cenotaph before a 10.55am morning service. Mt Evelyn RSL will hold a Dawn Service from 5.45am at the War Memorial Park, followed by a Commemorative March to the clubrooms where a free community breakfast and refreshments will be provided. The Dandenong Ranges RSL will hold a dawn service at the Anzac Avenue of honour memorial at 6.30am, followed by a breakfast at Ferny Creek Scout Hall. A march will begin at Wallaby Avenue in Sassafras at 10.30am with service to follow. The Rotary Club of Wandin is hosting the Anzac Day Service at the Wandin cenotaph with a commemorative service taking place at 8.30am.

This year Emerald RSL and the Emerald Men's shed are encouraging all to march at the Emerald Anzac Day commemorations. The Anzac Day march will commence at 10am on Anzac Day outside the Commonwealth Bank in town central, finishing with the morning service at Anzac Place adjacent to the Emerald RSL. Throughout the day the RSL has also organised many events. The Dawn Service at 5.30am will again be synchronised with a salute from Puffing Billy

and Peter said he also hopes to organise a flyover form the Air Force Roulettes during the march after the salute at Cockatoo RSL. Everyone in Emerald is encouraged to march or at least line the Main Road in support. Any groups interested in joining the march can obtain a placard by contacting Peter Maloney on 0439 112 204.

Gembrook RSL will hold a dawn service at 6am at the cenotaph, followed by a gunfire breakfast and a march will begin at 10.45am. Upwey-Belgrave RSL will hold a dawn service from 6am in Upwey. A march will begin at 9.45am from Main Street followed by a 10am service. The Cockatoo RSL will hold a dawn service from 5:45am at the RSL clubrooms, followed by a gunfire breakfast. A main service will start at 10.00am.




This Anzac Day we should all take the time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of many brave Australians.

ANZAC DAY Wednesday April 25th 2018

DAWN SERVICE 5.00am - Assemble at Anzac Place 5.30am - Official Dawn Service 6.00am - Puffing Billy salutes 6.15am - Laying of Wreaths 6.30am - Service concludes Scouts will be selling egg and bacon sandwiches at the RSL clubrooms

We should acknowledge the sacrifices of generations of these men and women and give thanks to all those Australians who served and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. Their legacy has helped shape our national identity and should never be forgotten.

ANZAC DAY MARCH 10.00am - Emerald community assembles in town centre 10.30am - March commences to Anzac Place MORNING SERVICE 10.45am - Assemble at Anzac Place 11.00am - Official Morning Service 11.15am - Laying of Wreaths 11.30am - Service concludes



ACTIVITIES AT EMERALD RSL 11.45am - RSL Open Food available Drinks at Bar prices 2.00pm - Two Up 3.00pm - Anzac Day Football on the big screen



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The Emerald RSL invites the community to “walk” the Anzac Walk audio trail and listen to the stories of the 32 young Emerald men who died in WW1

DEPUTY PREMIER  MINISTER FOR EDUCATION  MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES Authorised by J Merlino, 1635 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave. This material has been funded from Parliament’s Electorate Office & Communications budget.


Macclesfield Primary School

Meet the principal As a father of three, it is my wish that my children grow up with a strong faith that gives them values for life and a moral compass. I want my own children to form connections with others, to come home from school happy, to succeed academically and to know they have many people that care for them. These goals for my own children drive me everyday to become a better school leader because I value and want these things for your children, too. At St Paul's, our children are at the centre of all that we do. St Paul's Catholic Primary School has a strong commitment to providing a safe and harmonious school environment where successful relationships thrive. The strength lies in the close partnerships between students, staff, parents and the wider community which is highly valued to us all. We promote and develop positive and respectful relationships. The school motto is: 'Love One Another' and we act this out in a caring, cooperative, purposeful and success-oriented environment. The school strives to engage all students and community members to be 21st century learners through the effective use of learning technologies and Google Apps for Education (G.A.F.E). Furthermore, the school has an Inquiry

“We are an accredited IB-World School offering the Primary Years Programme”

Macclesfield aims to create an inspiring teaching and learning community, where we endeavour to nurture curiosity and bestow a life-long love of learning.

OPEN DAY Saturday 21st April 2018 10.00am – 1.00pm

Meet the principal, Michael Watt.

Macclesfield Primary School

learning focus in learning areas of the curriculum including; S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), History, Science, Geography, P.E and Health, Arts, and Social Emotional Learning. Please call Helen in our office on (03) 9756 7201 and book in for a school tour. I would love to show you around! Michael Watt - Principal

405 Macclesfield Rd, Macclesfield John Chiswell - Principal 5968 4734


Open Day Friday 20 April 9.30am Principal’s Tours These are personal tours of the College with our Principal. • Monday 30 April April 9.30am • Wednesday 16 May 10.30am

Grade 4/5/6 Days Students of Grade 4, 5 and 6 can experience ‘A Day in the Life of a Secondary School Student’. • Friday 4 May 9.30am-12noon For further details or to register, please visit our website. Telephone 03 9758 2000 5 Brenock Park Drive, Ferntree Gully 12385325-CB16-18

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High expectations here At Emerald Secondary College, a whole school approach to both learning and teaching ensures the best possible outcomes for all students and allows access to excellence. With a focus on developing and building literacy and numeracy skills, Emerald Secondary College maintains high expectations in all classes where students are supported to achieve their personal best through the school’s ‘ready to learn’ approach. Providing continuous support to students is another important focus of Emerald Secondary College. With access to all curriculum areas in Years 7 and 8, and individual pathways through an extensive electives and pathways program from Years 9 to 12, students are assisted to meet interests, needs and future aspirations. Additionally, a 24/7 online portal is available, enabling students and families access to realtime assessment, feedback and reporting through the school’s online Compass System. Emerald Secondary College is an accredited Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) facility, offering a program which caters for high ability students though enrichment and acceleration. This provides opportunities beyond mainstream schooling allowing students to accelerate academically. The exciting and unique learning environment SEAL offers is designed to challenge students to achieve their potential, through working with others of similar ability in a supportive peer learning environment. At Emerald Secondary College SEAL students entering the senior school have access to advance VCE subjects in Year 10. This unique opportunity enables SEAL students

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Emerald Secondary College has a strong history of academic success, with a high proportion of students being accepted into university or other tertiary institutions. to complete further VCE units at Years 11 and 12 or a first year university study assisting them to gain a higher ATAR upon completion of Year 12. Beyond the classroom Emerald Secondary College offer many opportunities to grow and learn outside the classroom walls.

Support beyond the classroom is constructed to enable students to achieve their personal best through our tutorials, lunchtime clubs and after school homework club. With an additional range of options including drama/theatre, outdoor education, sports aerobics, athletics and a camps program, Emerald Secondary College has some-

thing to help every student grow and prosper into a young adult. To find out more about Emerald Secondary College, visit or call 5968 5388.

Our Commitment QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS, PERSONALISED LEARNING At Emerald Secondary College we are committed to ensure that all our students experience a quality education that enables them to achieve their personal best and access excellence. Our school learning community aims to provide a caring, inclusive and sustainable environment in which students can develop skills and personal qualities necessary to participate confidently and positively in a changing global world.


SEAL Applications due Monday April 24

Emerald Secondary College 425 Belgrave - Gembrook Road For school tours, please call 5968 5388 12385320-ACM17-18



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Filling the learning gap 2017 saw the start of the Junior High School program at Cire Community School's Yarra Junction campus, taking the school from a senior secondary to a Year 7 to 12 school. The initiative has provided a missing link for the community and an important alternative program for students in the Yarra Ranges and beyond. Young people from Healesville, Chirnside Park, Lilydale, Emerald and Cockatoo now also have access to a complimentary bus service which links these communities to our Yarra Junction campus. The Cire Junior High School program has grown out of the school's successful existing VCAL program, with a strong emphasis on hands-on and applied learning.

The school provides students access to a flexible and supportive program that aims to fill student learning gaps, support individual needs, maintain school engagement and build a sense of community. Opportunities for young people to interact with their community and to take their learning outside of the classroom each week are important elements of the junior school program. The school has established a strong link with Yarra Valley ECOSS which has provided many opportunities for the development and refinement of applied learning activities. Year 7-9 students have engaged in a range of projects at ECOSS including es-

Cire Community School students Bridgette and Deanna.

tablishing a "frog bog", planting new vegetation, building rammed earth structures and experimenting with the construction of straw bale walls. Cire Community School's Year 9 program is developing and expanding in 2018 and is now operating from a renovated classroom in the old church at the Yarra Junction campus. The school has created a dedicated learning space and given ownership of the space to the Year 9 students. There is a big focus on cooking and applied learning in

the program, with the students currently running a canteen for the school from the registered kitchen. This year Cire is also partnering with a local vineyard to provide students with an opportunity to work towards attaining a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management. Please contact the school on 1300 835 235 to arrange a tour, or attend the open evening which is coming up on 3 May from 4pm to 7pm.

Payge, Trisha and Ian Seppings help out in the school''s registered kitchen.

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and ind out why Cire Community School is becoming the right choice for young people seeking an alternaive secondary educaion. A hands on approach to learning with a vocaional focus, providing young people with the skills they need to further their educaion or gain employment. We deliver quality educaion and personal development programs for students in years 7 to .

Litle Yarra Road, Yarra Juncion Complimentary bus service is available for students from Healesville, Lilydale, Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark, Emerald, Cockatoo, Launching Place, Mt Evelyn and surrounding areas. Come along to our open evening to ind out about the programs we have on ofer. We will also be presening a year 7 informaion session to talk about the transiioning process from primary to secondary school.

1300 835 235 12384544-SN17-18

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Caring flexible respite Since opening in 2005, Fernlea has supported hundreds of families to keep their loved ones at home and independent as long as possible when they become unwell. In fact, over that time, Fernlea has helped to enhance the quality of life for more than 800 families dealing with a life-limiting illness. So what makes Fernlea different? They are local, with strong connections and a commitment to that local community. Their services are holistic, person-centred and complement clinical palliative care. They work in partnership with and support the carer because they recognise the pressures that carers can face. Fernlea can provide a range of services to help when they're needed most. Fernlea has two-day respite centres in Emerald and Berwick where clients - who are called guests - can come for the day while giving their carer a break. Fernlea only takes a small number of guests each day, so they are able to provide the most attentive care and build meaningful and supportive relationships with the people they care for. Both centres provide a cosy, home-like environment where guests enjoy a chef-cooked morning tea and lunch, complementary therapies including Reiki and massage, time for social interaction, relaxation and tailored activities matched to abilities and interests (including excursions). Fernlea also offers an in-home care service, provided by qualified nursing and personal care staff in individual's homes, tailored to their care needs. Some of the services they can provide include medications management, wound care, showering, feeding and meal preparation, pal-

Fernlea has helped to enhance the quality of life for more than 800 families dealing with a life-limiting illness. liative and dementia care, socialisation and home maintenance including gardening. With competitive rates and no lock-in con-

tracts, Fernlea's in-home services are a personalised and flexible way to meet changing needs.

For help looking after a loved one, call Fernlea on 5968 6639 or email au.

We฀are฀proud฀to฀provide฀the฀services฀of฀Yoga฀and฀ Meditation฀to฀Emerald฀and฀the฀wider฀community. Yoga is scheduled Friday 7pm; Saturday 5pm; Sunday 9.15 pm and 4.00 pm, Monday฀5.30฀am,฀6.30฀am฀and฀9.15฀am, Wednesday 12.15 pm. Meditation is scheduled Friday 8.00 pm and Sunday 5.15 pm.

Prices:฀5฀classes฀for฀$80;฀or฀$26฀for฀a฀single฀session. Our other services are: Reformer Pilates; Studio (clinical) Pilates; Mat Pilates; Mums/Dads and bubs. Barre; Private sessions and Pilates for kids.

• Gas Ducted Heating • Hydronic Heating • Split Systems • Ducted Refrigeration • Evaporative Cooling

We have small class sizes so we can look after you – bookings are required please.

Emerald Yoga Phone:฀0407฀049฀478฀•฀email:฀ For฀more฀information฀please฀visit฀the฀website฀at฀


Pilates, Yoga and meditation is a beautiful way to strengthen and restore your body, and your mind.

275 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald (next door to Mitre10 Garden Centre)

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Secure that dream job

Mountain District Learning Centre s Reconnect program is helping individuals attain and retain a job. rience at school leaves you thinking you will never succeed in any course. Sometimes it's a matter of not knowing where to start or which career to head into ... .That's where Reconnect can help!" The Reconnect program at can help indi-

Looking to Reconnect to Education? The Reconnect program can support you to get back into education and training. • One to one case management • Funding support for vocational courses • Access to pre-accredited training pathways

Q. Are you between17 & 19 years of age and not enrolled in school, training or employment? Q. Are you over 20 years of age without year 12 (or equivalent) and not in employment or training? Q. Did you miss out on the education or training that will help you reach your potential in work and life? Q. Are you looking to give yourself better career options?

Reconnect with your future


Build your conidence and explore pathways to education, TAFE or work options. Enrol in VCAL Foundation, Intermediate or Senior Join the MDLC “Beyond School” program to help you ind your way to TAFE, work or education.

Contact MDLC to arrange an interview to discuss your options to Reconnect in 2018! 9758 7859 All programs are supported with funding so they are affordable for each individual. Mountain District Learning Centre 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully Registered Training Organisation: 3969 Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

viduals in a range of ways including providing one-to-one case management support, career information and guidance, access to pre-accredited training pathways, support to access TAFE courses or other accredited training and continuing support throughout the entire process.

MDLC's Reconnect program is running from the MDLC in Ferntree Gully and through Healesville Living and Learning Centre (covering the Knox and Yarra Ranges regions). To find out how Reconnect can help, call MDLC on 9758 7859 and ask to speak to Kerri or Nat.

We invite you to take a look at our range of courses, programs & community projects

Term 2 program out now!

Short Courses: • Employment / Business • Craft / Special Interest • Garden & Environment • Health & Wellbeing • Information Technology • Literacy & Numeracy • Literary Arts


Through education and training, the Mountain District Learning Centre's (MDLC) Reconnect program is helping individuals attain and retain a job. As MDLC Manager Janet Claringbold explained, the program assists individuals in acquiring the skills needed to give them the best chance of filling job vacancies. "The findings from the Anglicare "Snapshot" survey in 2016 show that only 13 percent of all advertised jobs were at the entry level (which assumes year 10 education or equivalent)," Janet said. "The survey states that in a single month in that year there were 138,044 people registered as disadvantaged job seekers, in a total of 732,000 people unemployed. That is about six people in need of an entry-level job for every job advertised. "This information shows that additional education and training provide an advantage when trying to secure a job. It is important that people have the skills that employers are looking for in the jobs that are available now. "It is helpful to know which industries have skill shortages, so you can give yourself the best chance to be ready to fill the vacancies that are advertised." MDLC understand that it can be difficult to take up education or training once individuals have moved on from school. "For people who find themselves outside of employment and training the barriers to getting back into education through TAFE or at an RTO can be significant. It's easy to lose confidence in your ability to learn new skills," Janet said. "Some people have tried to undertake a course but have found it too difficult and are reluctant to try again. Sometimes a poor expe-

Drop in or contact the ofice 9am - 4pm weekdays.

Childrens’ Programs Venue Hire Monthly Market Dig In Community Cafe Phone: 5968 3881 Email: Web: Visit: 356-358 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd Tuesday, 17 April, 2018




5 STAR LIVING WITH MAGNIFICANT VIEWS WITH all the modern inclusions you could ask for in a quiet and picturesque location sits this double story, 5 year old brick home with views from every window of not only the cleared 38 acres approx. property but also the ever changing valleys beyond. With numerous features and a fantastic location being only 20km (15 minutes) from Pakenham, the stand out aspects of the property including: 5 bedrooms, 4 with their very own ensuite and walk in robe plus the master suite offers double doors opening onto a private veranda. Modern light filled kitchen with stainless steel appliances including dishwasher and a butler’s pantry people dream about with an adjoining laundry. Indoor living areas include, open plan dining and family room which is over looked from the kitchen. You will also find yourself relaxing in the theatre/rumpus room, sitting room which can also be 5th bedroom or working away in the study. All of the rooms in the home are extremely generous in size and don’t forget the views! Massive undercover entertaining area that comes off the dining and flows onto the 9 metre, solar heated, salt chlorinated inground pool and 12 person 120 jet heated spa makes this the perfect spot to

entertain year round, especially with the addition of the BBQ hut. 38 acres approx. of beautiful land consisting of - creek running full length of the block, natural spring, many Thiamine plants, waratahs, citrus and fruit trees plus raised veggie/herb gardens, 6 x 6 bird cage, chook house, multiple sheds and 3 separate paddocks with gates plus you are able to drive all the way around the property. Plenty of car accommodation including double garage with access to the house and remote-control door, huge 9 x 18 garage that can fit hoists and all the toys plus heaps of off street parking with circular drive and electric front gate to keep it all secured. Smart features include the age of the home; turned five in September 2017 with a 25 year construction warranty, 15 Meg water right, wired house to run on generator, 5 x 25 thousand litre water tanks, 2 x 10 thousand litre water tanks, 18 x solar panels feed in credit, solar hot water, solar powered electric entry gates, coonara, reverse cycle air con and gas ducted heating throughout the house. Entertain to your hearts desire or just sit back and watch your family grow in this stunning home with so many qualities it makes living the dream easy. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 230 Ure, Gembrook Price: $1,700,000-$1,800,000 Description: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 6 garage Inspect: By appointment Contact: Mick Dolphin 0429 694 522, Steve Dolphin 0412 996 609 or Dineke Simpson 0433 658 777, RANGES FIRST NATIONAL REAL ESTATE, BELGRAVE, 9754 6111




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CLASSIC COUNTRY MEETS CITY CHIC THIS home has the wow factor from head to toe. A classic beauty that features all of the hallmarks of a true character home including high ceilings, picture rails, ornate plasterwork and polished hardwood floorboards also boasts every conceivable modern luxury, creating a ’must have’ home. Stunning decor, French doors from most rooms and wraparound verandahs add to the desirability while ducted heating and three split-systems confirm the liveability. The ’state of the art’ kitchen offers the sleek lines of Caesarstone, loads of cupboards, 900mm stove, inset sink and dishwasher and has a meals area adjoining. There are three other living areas including a spacious living room, dining room and rumpus room in the kids’ zone that would be perfect for a children’s play room or media room. The home is completed to an incredible standard and features four bedrooms plus study. The master suite is huge and is serviced by its own bathroom that has been totally renovated, as has the main bathroom that has a clawfoot bath as a centrepiece. Outdoors there is plenty of room on almost one acre for children and pets to romp around among established gardens, in/out driveway plus a three-bay Americanstyle garage with mezzanine storage. All of this within walking distance of childcare centre, shops and the wonderful eateries that Gembrook has become renowned for. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 16 Quinn Road, Gembrook Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 garage, 1 study Price: $880,000 - $960,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Justin Barrot 0438 683 781, Gayle Barrot 0408 195 767, BARRY PLANT EMERALD, 5968 4522



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timbers and enough room for a banquet in front of an enormous roaring fire. The king-sized master bedroom is serviced by an ensuite and the stunning main bathroom with feature leadlight and clawfoot bath will serve the rest of the family. Reverse-cycle split-system, wood-fired ducted heating and attic windows all add to the desirability of this unique and special home. Outdoors there is a floodlit tennis court, double garage with workshop, circular driveway and Woori Yallock creek at the rear boundary. Make the choice to move to beautiful Macclesfield today, where country living can be enjoyed to its absolute best. ●

Live locally in the Dandenon g Ranges Have current driver’s license and reliable M/V Completed Agent’s Reps Cert Have the ire in the belly and the drive to succeed in sales SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE: • Committed to outstanding customer service • Highly motivated and results driven • Excellent communication, presentation and time management skills • Energetic and Enthusiastic • Independent judgment and decision making • Computer literate • Strong attention to detail


HOW TO APPLY: Email your resume to Neville Trimnell at

Address: 17 Oxford Downs Road, Macclesfield, Emerald 3782 Description: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $950,000 - $1,045,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Gayle Barrot 0408 195 767 Justin Barrot 0438 683 781, BARRY PLANT EMERALD, 5968 4522

CLOSING DATE: 4 May 2018


HOW often have you wanted to get away from the world and retreat to a place where you can relax and unwind? Here is the ideal property to do just that. Some 11 acres of space with cleared areas and nature's wonderland providing all the elements for you to get back to nature and allow your creative side to flourish. An imposing bluestone home rests proudly on the property and boasts eightinch wide wrap-around verandahs that provide the ideal place for you to settle back and take in the natural beauty that surrounds. Double doors open to the open plan living area that has dramatic appeal and is reminiscent of the great hall of a castle with soaring ceilings, beautiful chunky

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MOUNT DANDENONG 7 Campbell Avenue

4A 1B 2C With a welcoming feel and manageable single level layout, this is a comfortable home with charm and potential. Set upon a fenced block with a powered double garage, this classic home ofers a lexible loorplan in the lounge with wood ire and wet bar that lows to the meals area and original kitchen with crisp white inishes. Along the corridor are 4 generous bedrooms, family bath with sauna, and extra living area or 5th bedroom with access to the courtyard.

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$540.00 pw $2,700.00 bond


821 sq m approx.

Contact Fletchers Yarra Ranges Rental Department 9751 0299

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$1 - $1.1 million 1,062 sq m approx. 7,699 Brannelly sq m approx. Suzie 0425 872 799


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CLoSinG DaTe For oFFerS WeDneSDaY 9th MaY aT 6PM UnLeSS SoLD Prior aCCeSS Via aLeXanDer roaD -Situated just a short stroll to central emerald -Meticulously renovated 1940’s character weatherboard home -riginal features are hardwood oors,  foot ceilings, picture rails  ornate cornices. -n addition to the  bedrooms there is a studio, under-house storage, workshop, ducted heating, wood ire, open ire and split system air-conditioning. -n over an acre of land with ample off street parking, circular driveway  double carport.

-only 6 years young this family home has everything you need. -Prime location in Gembrook, just a moments walk to the Gembrook Pub, cafes, schools, shops, public transport and the famous Pufing illy. -Special features include ducted heating, polished oor boards, water tank (connected to toilets and water for the garden), gas ire place, walk in pantry, dishwasher and double garage with workshop area and internal entry to the house. -Undercover entertaining area, 3 living areas and stunning landscaped garden -Fantastic oor plan with large spacious rooms, high ceilings and huge storage it is well equipped for the entire family.

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STUNNING QUALITY, EXCEPTIONAL LOCATION Situated in one of the most highly sought-after streets in Tecoma sits this renovated cottage. The original cottage has been fully restored and extended to offer all the modern comforts yet keeping the hills charm and character of the home. Consisting of quality workmanship and extensive landscaping including impressive retaining blocks and a driveway that gives access to the rear garage and yard with plenty of space to park, all that is needed is your inishing touches. With a wraparound covered timber deck, you can enjoy the native garden out the front or entertain at the rear deck that connects the space to the house with double timber sliding doors, inished with glass balustrades overlooking the rear yard.

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GEMBROOK 2711 Gembrook Launching Place Rd








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Charming Hills Home Loaded with Character!

Offered for sale is this charming, character illed Hills home, retaining many original features & perfectly positioned within walking distance to Belgrave shops, restaurants, cinema, schools & Belgrave train station. The home offers 3 BDRs, 2 bathrooms, formal lounge, dining room & family room with access to the deck with garden outlook. Add to this a single remote garage as well as an off street parking space.

This charming Hills home has character, a lovely sunny aspect & is in an affordable price range. The home has 2 driveway access & features 3 BDRs, 2 bathrooms, chefs kitchen, formal lounge & open plan dining & family room. Add to this an outdoor entertaining room, deck with spa, under house workshop & undercover parking for 3 vehicles.

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$645,000 - $700,000

415 Dore Road Nar Nar Goon Nth

$975,000 - $1,070,000

Immaculate Family Home on over ½ Acre!

Private Acreage 5 Minutes to Pakenham!

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase this immaculately presented home in a quiet private location within walking distance to local sporting grounds & public transport. The attractive brick veneer home has a concrete circular driveway & offers 3 BDRs, 2 bathrooms, chefs kitchen with enamel Beling oven, open plan living & dining as well as a second living area all opening onto the fantastic entertaining deck.

With acreage properties scarce but in high demand, this fantastic opportunity is too good to be missed! Just over 30 Acres of cleared & natural bush with a good, solid brick veneer home & all just a short drive of Pakenham & easy access to freeways. The home offers 4 BDRs, 2 baths, spacious kitchen & lounge. Add to this a DBL lock up garage, storage shed & fenced paddocks for 4 legged friends.

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15 Maisie Road Emerald

8 Colin Avenue Cockatoo

$775,000 - $850,000

$695,000 - $760,000

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Inspiring Mudbrick on ½ Acre with Views!

This gorgeous property is tucked away from the outside world, yet walking distance to thriving Emerald Township & all on 1 ¾ acres of lush gardens with your own private creek running through. The home has many character features & offers 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 living area options, lovely country kitchen, outdoor entertaining, DBL garage/workshop & DBL carport.

If you love mudbrick homes, are going to fall head over heels for this one. Situated on a ½ acre block of landscaped gardens with captivating mountain views. Offering 5 BDRs or 4 with study, the stunning Master with parents retreat, balcony to take in the outlook,  & modern spacious athroom. Add to this light illed kitchen, spacious lounge room & separate rumpus/studio room with storage, DBL carport & DBL garage.

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1771 Mountain Highway Sassafras

$620,000 - $670,000

35 Lauriston Avenue Selby

$730,000 - $799,999



Finding a home suitable for extended families or a property to help supplement the mortgage that is under one roof can be hard to come by. This large home offers just that. There are a total of 5 beds with the main part of the home featuring 3 beds, 1 bathroom, study & lounge & the other with 2 beds & 1 bathroom giving plenty of space for a large family or potential for rental return. Contact: Glenn Chandler 0418 410 689 Inspection: Contact Agent (Photo ID Required)

ffering a exile oorplan this house comprises  large edrooms a spacious itchenloungedining area eautiful second livingth edroom upstairs study & updated main athroom. he itchen is of a high standard & oasts  appliances. he adoining dining area is sustantial & connects to the main lounge efore oing outside to the full raparound decing perfect for entertaining. ontact am damson    nspection ontact gent hoto  euired

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1598 Burwood Highway Belgrave

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Showcasing the best of what the Dandenong Ranges can offer, this expansive home situated on approx 1.5 acres boasts 5 large bedrooms, 5 bathrooms & striking views that take in not only the nearby Cardinia Reservoir but also Port Phillip Bay, Western Port & the beautiful Mt Martha region. The expansive central lounge & dining zone is the true centrepiece of this magniicent property. Contact: Sharyn Chandler 0439 882 442 Inspection: Contact Agent (Photo ID Required)

Located a stone’s throw from Belgrave & Tecoma main street this property offers an exciting opportunity for 2 residence & dual occupancy living. House one is the existing stylishly renovated character hills home with 3 beds, 1 bath & open plan living. The planning application features an additional modern 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 living space residence with double garage. Contact: Rebecca Halit 0429 888 367 Inspection: Contact Agent (Photo ID Required)

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Elevated perfectly to enjoy the private valley aspect & surrounded by landscaping, a sealed driveway leads to a double carport, entertaining zones & pathways framing cottage gardens surrounding the renovated 2 story weatherboard residence. Heritage detailing reminiscent of the era incl high ceilings, plate rails, panelling & leadlight windows instil the character of the home while contemporary touches inc new galley style kitchen & bathrooms. Catering for the large or extended family the oorplan is faulous with 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms upstairs, plus 2 bedrooms & bathroom downstairs incl a kitchenette & casual retreat directly connected to the outdoor deck.

Breathtaking views & architectural intelligence connect with the landscape by the integration of earthy timbers, glass & a subtle colour scheme in the new structure, elevated over 3 levels creating views towards Mt Baw Baw from every window. Abundant light welcomes you through the main entrance of this contemporary designed home via double glazed windows combined with hydronic heating & gas log ire ensuring climate control. t mid level ed gumironar ooring hite cainetry & edgum enchtops compliment the kitchen with island bench, SS appliances & WIP ensures the minimalist design integrates with the expansive living room. Stackable doors open to dual decking space in Redgum timber, designed around the central kitchen yet perfectly placed off the casual & formal zones.

Contact: Corinne Sukroo 0419 805 915 Inspection: By Private Appointment (Photo ID Required)

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1/54 Bristol Crescent Lilydale

$620,000 - $670,000

Woori Yallock

$490,000 - $520,000

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Immaculately presented, this three bedroom home provides space, convenience and a low maintenance lifestyle all while only moments from Lilydale. This neat and tidy home has everything you need and more with three spacious bedrooms, master bedroom including walk in robe and ensuite, two further bedrooms both with built in robes and a central family bathroom with bath and separate toilet. The kitchen includes gas cooking and a dishwasher, plenty of bench space and cupboard space and overlooks the designated meals and living area.

Located in a quiet end of court this home offers 3 bedrooms with a separate lounge/living room, spacious kitchen with plenty of bench and cupboard space plus a separate meals/dining area with a sliding door leading out to the covered alfresco/entertaining area the perfect spot to sit back relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, ducted heating and a split system plus neat established gardens and a large lock up garage with easy access and plenty of space. Contact: David Carroll 0419 539 320

Contact: Ryan Bell 0417 052 297

3/17-19 Jennings Road Bayswater North

$590,000 - $630,000

Seville East

$500,000 - $550,000

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Great Block, Great Home.....Yep, Just Great!

Positioned in a peaceful and private location is this immaculately presented and spacious unit. The home features three bedrooms, master bedroom including a walk in robe and full ensuite and second and third bedrooms both including built in robes he versatile oorplan provides space for relaing and entertaining ith a lounge room to the front of the home and kitchen overlooking the meals area and outdoor entertaining space.

Bring the family and reap the beneits of this little ripper! Bricks and mortar on just over ¼ acre of good useable land and a ripping house! The kitchen and bathroom are new, there are 3 well-proportioned bedrooms and a lovely lounge with gas ducted heating and air-conditioning. Outdoors a big undercover outdoor entertaining area is just gold and overlooks your large block which has plenty of room for the kids. In a location with public transport access nearby. Contact: Samantha Price 0438 795 190

Contact: Ryan Bell 0417 052 297

63 Johns Crescent Mount Evelyn

$740,000 - $790,000

Woori Yallock

$590,000 - $630,000

A Modern Family Home with a View!

Superb Presentation & Convenience

Set in a private and peaceful location with stunning views as far as the eye can see is this fully renovated modern family home ready for you to move in and relax. Comprising four spacious bedrooms, master bedroom with ensuite, a central bathroom and plenty of living space, this home is versatile and perfect for almost any family setup. At the hub of the home is a large open plan kitchen including lots of storage space, quality stainless steel appliances with gas cooking and a dishwasher, plenty of bench space and a breakfast bar which all oversees the dining room. The home is spoilt for living space with a large family room adjoining and more formal lounge with a cosy open ire place and breathtaking outlooks urther features inside include an updated internal laundry uality oating oor boards and indo furnishings and ducted heating and cooling keeping you comfortable through every season. Opening out from the formal lounge and living room is a spectacular outdoor decking area that features some of the most beautiful views in Mount Evelyn.

Spotless presentation and perfectly located this beautiful home is faultless throughout and offering 3 bedrooms, fresh modern bathroom, large family size living/lounge area with split system heating and cooling and a very stylish kitchen. Outside has plenty of space for everyone set on approx. 1/4 acre and offering loads of room for cars, vans and trailers, huge lock up garage, asphalt driveway, landscaped gardens and a huge covered entertaining area perfect for the largest of family gatherings and exceptional well presented property ideally located close to schools, shops and transport. A property you will love to call home with nothing to do just move in and enjoy.

Contact: Ryan Bell 0417 052 297

Contact: David Carroll 0419 539 320

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Straight from the harp By Derek Schlennstedt Cath Connelly, Anke Arkensteyn and Carla Whitley are skilled harpists who have focused on the art of therapeutic harp to bring peace to people who are in palliative care. Through harp therapy, they support patients physically, spiritually and emotionally to bring them to a more peaceful and calm state. Now, along with international harpist and director of the International Harp Therapy Program, Christina Tourin, they will bring their music and the soothing melody of the harp to the Tecoma Uniting Church on 28 April, for a special one-off performance. For the performance, Ms Tourin will be presenting an evening of harp music and information about the healing qualities of the harp. Ms Tourin will of course be accompanied by local hills harpers Cath Connelly, Anke Arkensteyn and Carla Whitley, who are also international players and have toured overseas. The performance, they said, while including aspects of what harp therapy, is will also include a range of genres, solos and also different instruments. "There'll be a variety, there's going to be solos, some duos playing too, and a combination of instruments because Carla has her flute ... there'll be Celtic and classical," Ms Connelly said. "Christina will talk a little bit about the effect of the harp as well," Ms Whitley said. That effect is of course the distinct and soothing sound that the harp produces, a sound which both Anke, Cath, Carla and Christine know can bring solace to those who are sick or in palliative care. Rather than prescribing drugs, harp therapy prescribes music to calm the soul and the person.

From left, Cath Connelly, Anke Arkesteyn and Carla Whiteley will play with Christina Tourin at the Tecoma Uniting Church. 179697 Often, the soothing instrument can help change an individual's state of mind if they are agitated or anxious, and for someone breathing heavily that difference is certainly noticed by the harpist who often sits by their bedside. "If you're playing with someone who is sick, the sound won't cure but it brings healing, brings an inner balance into that person's life, and a comfort and a calm, Ms Whitley said. "I've had situations where I've had people who are very restless and I just listen to

them, their sound and by reflecting that from the music I play they've been able to calm down."One person who I play for at the moment is on oxygen, and I can hear the oxygen machine settling down ... she's says to me it's the only thing that calms her down." While sometimes all that it needed for the harpist to calm an individual is to play a few notes in rhythm with their breathing, the performance will certainly show off their complete repertoire of the years of experience

Stalin: We will bury you

Orchid and the Crow’s Daniel Tobias reflects on his real life (and almost death) experience, which despite its macabre topic is comedy gold.

The Death of Stalin Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffrey Tambor Rated MA15+

A nutshell of Jewish-atheism and cancer By Derek Schlennstedt Daniel Tobias grew up in a Jewish-atheist household. In 2004, he found out he had stage-four testicular cancer and went searching for God. Any God. Enter Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France and legendary cancer survivor. Reflecting on Daniel's real life experiences, The Orchid and The Crow is a solo performance: part storytelling, part cabaret, part theatre, featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Die Roten Punkte. Segueing between rock, pop, and contemporary opera, Daniel effortlessly draws the

they've spent playing the harp. "At the concert, we're going to have a lovely big repertoire and show-off the harp," Ms Connelly said. The concert will take place at the Tecoma Uniting Church on 28 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are $20, $15 for concession, and supper will be served at the conclusion of the evening, with time for questions. For further information, email Carla at:

audience into the inspiring tale of his almostdeath experience, and despite it's macabre topic, manages to keep them in hysterics. "In 2004 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and I had to go through treatment so I was looking for some kind of way to get through it and someone handed me Lance Armstrong's book ... it wasn't about the bike," he joked. "So it started off me writing a show about my experience with cancer but it really became a show about faith, because without his book I don't know how I would've gotten through it." The tragicomedy aptly called the Orchid and the Crow — named after the Greek name for testicle, because of the shape of the orchid plant's bulb, and the symbol of death

in many cultures — picks like a magpie from every musical genre with Daniel performing a range of hilarious original songs. "There's I think seven original songs in there, and some of it is like 90s indie rock, there's also more cabaret theatre style songs some mellow acoustic and even an aria in Italian," he said. "My aim was to create a show that was a really fun night out, the last thing I would want to do, is sit in a dark room and listen to a really sad story." Orchid and the Crow will play at Burrinja on 27 April at 8pm, the Warburton Arts Centre on 28 April at 7:30pm, and Montrose Town Centre at 8pm.

The Death of Stalin is a darkly hilarious historical comedy-drama directed by master satirist Armando Iannucci. After Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin), the Supreme Leader of the Soviet Union, dies in 1953, his Politburo advisors scramble for power and influence in the new era, with the cunning Khruschchev (Steve Buscemi) and ruthless Beria (Simon Russell Beale) locking horns over control of the USSR. Iannucci has a gift for crafting dry laughout-loud humour around despicable people, usually in a governmental setting; he's arguably most famous for creating The Thick of It, a searing satire of British politics. For impact and brevity, The Death of Stalin fictionalises certain elements of the aftermath of Stalin's death, but the film really lays bare the self-deception, scheming and rampant ego in Soviet politics, while still being incredibly funny. The film is full of witty dialogue and largerthan-life performances, and the frequent humour is integrated organically into the plot. Khrushchev's plans progress in a compelling steady build, and the film maintains heavy tension both through nominal Premier Malenkov's (Jeffrey Tambor) vain incompetence and Beria's more sinister presence, especially with the latter having overseen Stalin's massive political purges. Confronting and funny in equal measure, The Death of Stalin is a brilliantly-written satire of political sadism.

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Anzac Day Footy By Kath Gannaway AFL Yarra Ranges action is set to kick off this weekend, with a host of matches to re-ignite old rivalries. Within the Dandenong Ranges, Belgrave will take on crosstown rivals Upwey-Tecoma in what should be a hard-fought match. While last year's premiers Olinda Ferny Creek will take on rival Monbulk. Meanwhile, the first round will take on an Anzac Day flavour, with plenty of activities planned when it comes to local football action. The Warburton-Millgrove vs Healesville Anzac Day match will be held at Yarra Junction on Wednesday, 25 April. The tradition will be celebrated throughout many local clubs, including AFL Yarra Ranges' clubs, Healesville and Warburton Australian Rules had been played at Healesville for around 30 years when Australia's first soldiers headed overseas to fight in WWI. With the Warburton Football Club starting up in 1906 and Millgrove in 1908, football was already part and parcel of community life in the Yarra Valley, and as in the VFL in Melbourne at the time, the exodus of fit, young men, had an impact. For the past 10 years, football has been part of the Anzac tradition in Yarra Valley with traditional rivals Healesville and WarburtonMillgrove players lining up to hear their local RSL representatives recite The Ode before they take to the ground to play for the honour of winning the Anzac Shield. Presidents of both clubs, Greg Hay at Healesville, and Rod Barnard at WarburtonMillgrove, leave no doubt that the relevance and reverence of the Anzac Day match is embraced by the clubs.

Club presidents Rod Barnard and Greg Hay with the Anzac Day perpetual shield. 179711 Picture: Rob Carew. Greg Hay said the match had become an unshakeable tradition - played always on the day - 25 April. "Our thought when it started nearly 10 years ago was that it was a great way to have two clubs that have longstanding histories of playing against each other honour the people who served for us," he said. "Personally, I think it's the most special day of the year, and not just in football, and I have no doubt that it is very special for the boys as well. They all want to play on that day." The Australian War Memorial records that the AFL considered suspending the season due to the onset of WW1, but the game went ahead and the season commenced on 24 April, 1915 - an ominous date as it turned out. Australians imported Aussie Rules to the battlefields as a means of escape and recreation. Lieutenant L.G. Short in a letter home in

1917 recalled the true nature of footy on the Front saying the playing field was within shell range. "Every inch of it has been won from the enemy by the hardest fighting, of which evidence lay all around," he wrote. " ... but it is certain that the game had given them fresh heart," he concluded, reflecting also that it had carried their thoughts back to the happy days of football back home. "And, it is in such happy thoughts and memories that we soldiers live," he wrote. Rod Barnard said Anzac Day for WarburtonMillgrove starts early with most of the club attending the Dawn Service in Millgrove. "That sets the tone for the day," he said. "It's an important match when we look at what the diggers went through, and it's also about supporting the RSLs. "There is always a good feeling around the club and between the two clubs. We have a good rapport, good respect for each other and that makes a big difference." He said there are a number of families around the area who have had family members serve, including his. His son Ben was in the army for nine years, including time in Iraq. "Now it's our chance to make sure this legacy lives on," he said. On the ground, spectators can expect a hard-fought game. "It's usually a fantastic battle between these two teams, and we're had wins and losses over time," he said. "It's an important clash and it brings out the best in everybody - players, supporters and the officials." The Warburton-Millgrove vs Healesville Anzac Day match will be held at Yarra Junction on Wednesday, 25 April.

Anyone for table tennis? No doubt the most active class, and the largest, table tennis remains one of the more popular activities offered by Emerald U3A. With players aged from 50 to 85, and meeting twice weekly at Cockatoo, it is just one of the many U3A classes operating in various venues around town. Emerald U3A is on the move, with its former home, Emerald's old fire station, being demolished and the Emerald Hub built. Thanks to goodwill and understanding, classes like painting, Italian, yoga, scrabble, patchwork, Australian History, to name a few, are enjoying the hospitality of St Joseph's Church Hall, the Evergreens. The table tennis group started in 2009 with only three people, playing on make-do tables at Gemco once a week. With increased interest and support from Cardinia Shire, it has grown to more than 30 and now meets twice a week. So, are you aged 50-plus, retired or semiretired and want to keep your brain and body active and develop new social networks? Do you have skills and experience you could share with others? Then come and join U3A Emerald. Volunteer tutors and course leaders offer a variety of programs, both physically and mentally stimulating, and there is bound to be something that sparks your interest. For more information about joining and the classes available, visit or call 0490 805 743.

Junior sedans headline speedway action this weekend By Dean Thompson For a long time, Alexandra & District Speedway Club have prided themselves on how they support and develop junior speedway racers into the adult years in the sport of Speedway. This weekend, the race meeting headlines junior sedan racers from the national division and the Victorian state division with features on offer for both. In the national division, juniors that race cars up to 1500cc, numerous competitors from South Australia and the south-west of Victoria will head into town to compete with Alexandra's local kids keen to take the challenge up to the front runners in the state point score for the Junior Sedan Promotional Association. Lilydale racer Kasey Garlick, Ricky Cornwall from Kilsyth, Ryan Harris, Callum Potter and Courtney Meakins will represent the host club Alexandra in the state point score event while numerous local B Grade competitors will compete in the B Grade racing with Breanna Simpson, Chloe Ringwood racer Sheerman, Sharlotte McPherson, Linken Paterson and Rhys Meakins amongst the front runners currently

Kasey Garlick from Lilydale in the national juniors. 179851 racing at Alexandra Speedway. Competition from the visiting race drivers will be strong, the chances of Alexandra members taking victory in both classes is also high. Kasey Garlick has set records this season and has had close battles with Cornwall through the year wherever they have gone, Harris also set records in his only appearance at Alexandra earlier in the season. The Victorian Speedway Council Juniors feature which allows V8 and 6 cylinder pow-

ered race cars, has attracted eleven competitors with from very strong cars from the Shepparton and North East Victoria areas to do battle with the Alexandra members. Nick Cherry, Connor Donegan, Jack Brudenell and Rhys Meakins will have their hands full with Lachie Fitzpatrick and Tristan McGraw from the Goulburn Valley club and Toby Carmichael from the Corowa - Rutherglen club and Zac Twomey and Janie Patton from the Wangaratta club amongst the entries.

Nick Cherry from Coldstream in the Victorian Juniors. 179851 On the same race schedule, Sports Sedan's, Standard Saloons and Street Stocks are currently slated to be the support classes, subject to change. Racing begins on Easter Saturday at 4pm and with $20 the price of an adult entry and $10 for children aged 10 to 16 and aged and invalid pensioners. Children under 10 years of age enter for free. Anybody who requires information can contact 0408 121 253

Monbulk junior football results What a wet, wintery start to the footy season for the Monbulk Junior Football Club. Weather couldn't dampen any spirits with all teams playing with heart. Welcome to all new players and welcome back to the great game that is football! Under 9s A brilliant effort by all in tough conditions. Players were first to the ball in most contests and delivered it well to their team mates. First game demonstrated a strong group who will have a great year ahead. Extremely proud of all players today. A.Gray R Koelewyn A Sproat J Allder E Dawson Under 10s Great to be back watching these guys run around again. We have a good mixture of younger and second year players this year who

should all be taller and stronger than last year. Tough wet conditions saw a scrappy start to the season, overall our effort was solid in moving up and holding position. Looking forward to good things from the group this year. E.Knight. H.Brooks L.Hickingbotham R.Broadbent C.Seamer Under 11s The under 11s game was played in almost cyclonic conditions. Howling winds and pouring rain didn't dampen the spirit and effort of the players. Although we lost, everyone showed the spirit of the Monbulk Hawks. T.Higgins. C.Hooper. O.Blandthorn K.Sutton D.English Under 12s Wet and miserable conditions - meaning skill level was compromised, however our boys

appeared to relish the tough conditions in the latter part of the game. After a slow start the boys finished with plenty of heart to come out victors. T.Kostich-Angerson. L.MacDonald. T.Gethin-Davies. J.Defina. O.Huidobro Under 14 Blue The boys have had a terrific Pre-Season and it showed from the very first bounce. The structure that was established was adhered to throughout the game which showed terrific concentration. A Great Start. N.Taylor M.Rouget H.Strathairn C.McLean Under 14 Girls Our defensive tackling pressure was impressive as a group today. With new girls joining our squad from last year, to see them work hard for each other throughout the game was

pleasing. Once the group have the confidence and anticipate when to transfer and where to transfer the ball we will become an even stronger group to contend with. Well done today. I.Linde R.Kelly. J.Farmer J.Woodgate Under 16s The boys were good today in the wet conditions. They worked hard, followed instruction and were positive all day. Well done on a great effort. T.Taylor L.Beecroft. S.Farmer W.Fahey H.Fleming Under 18 Girls Great First Game. The girls gave a fantastic effort. Our first game players fitted in very well. We will work on our positioning ready for the next game. 1. Bec 2. S Kelly 3. Bella 4. Alisha Tuesday, 17 April, 2018




Members eye success The Lilydale Project reference group began meeting this year to influence and support the development of a long term township master plan for Lilydale. The plan will co-ordinate Council and community activities and focus on advocacy, infrastructure and attracting investment over the next 20 or more years. The group is made up of 24 community members and Council Officers who meet once a month. This approach was inspired by the success of the Yarra Glen People's Panel and their achievements. Potential members were selected through a random mail out to more than 800 Lilydale residents from the electoral role, inviting them to express interest in joining. The final group was selected by an independent panel based on a representative sample including age, gender, volunteer history and connection to Lilydale. Made up of a broad cross section of the Lilydale community, the group includes enthusiastic young people, wise elders, business owners, volunteers and people with disabilities. Director of Social and Economic Development Ali Wastie said Council recognised that ensuring Lilydale's potential was fulfilled as the gateway to the Yarra Valley would benefit the entire municipality. "The Lilydale Project Reference Group is a great way to harness this energy and to highlight opportunities for change in response to the community's expressed needs," Ms Wastie said. "Lilydale is under the State Government's spotlight given plans for the level crossing removal on the Maroondah Highway, Cave Hill quarry development, and investment in Box Hill Institute Lakeside Campus." Lilydale resident and architecture student Rebecca Andre said she joined the group to use her design skills to make Lilydale a better place to live for future generations. "It's been really good to get to know the others in the group. I'm working on developing some designs for the project," Ms Andre said.

The Lilydale Project reference group members (l-r): Steven Foggie, John Rodgers, Max Manning, Timothy Kaddis, Paula Baxter, Nigel Smith, Rebecca Andre and Helen Ruddell. 179866 "There has been scope for individuals to take up a portfolio and use their professional experience." So far the meetings have focused on the Lilydale Level Crossing Removal, affordable housing, Lilydale Quarry Redevelopment, community planning and discussion about the need for the Lilydale Bypass. Many people attended the Lilydale Summit in September last year to share their ideas. More than 80 per cent of attendees supported the following projects: New Olinda Creek pathways New pedestrian links and wayfinding Renewal of Lilydale Station precinct Castella Street upgrade

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Treating you wheel good With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service have built a solid foundation. They have acquired experience and knowledge about auto mechanics and services, with a good old-fashioned and friendly approach. The team at Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service always have a smile and are more than happy to assist with your inquiries. Bridgestone Service Centre - Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service - offers services which are second to none, with sales of Bridgestone tyres and other brands at competitive prices, along with wheel alignments, battery sales, free tyre inflation, free testing and logbook servicing and mechanical repairs. The Monbulk staff are diversely trained in computer balancing, wheel alignments and more. Owner of Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service, Ron Moulday said his staff offered unique skills and training, which contributed to the safety of the vehicles they maintained. Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service also offer the Bridgestone benefits program, which helps to maximise the life of types, assist with vehicle safety and maintain vehicle performance through its free five-tyre maintenance checks and rotations and discounts. The benefits program also includes a free maintenance check on tyre pressure, tread depth, tyre wear, spare tyre, battery and external light. The service centre currently has a good range of 4x4 mag wheels and tyres available with attractive deals. Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service were awarded the Bridgestone Master Class Gold Winner of 2015, 2016 and 2017, proving their outstanding customer service, hard work and excellence in the field. If you need tyre servicing then look no fur-

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day. Monbulk Tyre and Auto Service is located at 12 Main Road, Monbulk. Operating hours are from 8am to 5pm from

Monday to Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays. For more information or inquiries, call 9756 7687.



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Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

EXPERIENCE THE “ETHERIDGE” DIFFERENCE AT LILYDALE CELEBRATING OUR 1ST BIRTHDAY BACK AT LILYDALE Experience the same great Staf you have come to know and trust at Etheridge Ford Ringwood, at our Lilydale Service Centre. Our Service Manger Stephen McIntosh is Celebrating 30 years with Etheridge Ford this year, and Jordan Miller has been with the company for 19 years. With 10 years experience as an Auto Electrician, Tony Saade has been at Etheridge Ford for 7 Years. Scott, James and David all commenced their apprenticeships at Etheridge as we strongly believe in developing the next generation of technicians and ofering them a career path for years to come. Etheridge Ford has been a family owned and operated Business Since 1983. We pride ourselves on creating a friendly and professional working environment for our own staf, therefore ensuring that you, the customer can leave your vehicle in the best possible hands. With a Fleet of Loan Cars at our disposal and only minutes from the Train Station why would you go anywhere else? Book your next Service at Etheridge Ford Lilydale. (Across the Road from Bunnings Wharehouse)

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2018



PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY 37th Great Train Race – Sunday April 29, 2018


NOTICE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS PUFFING BILLY’S GREAT TRAIN RACE SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2018 A large number of traffic management personnel will once again join forces with local community groups and Puffing Billy volunteers to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses during the 37th Puffing Billy Great Train Race on Sunday April 29, 2018 The Great Train Race is Puffing Billy’s major annual fundraiser, with all proceeds going towards the Puffing Billy Menzies Creek Museum Redevelopment project. Now in its 37th year, the Great Train Race will attract 3,000 athletes along with their friends and family to the Dandenong Ranges. Local residents and businesses can expect an influx in traffic throughout the region, particularly between 7am-1pm on race day. Variable message signs will be placed along the race route, which winds 13.5km from the start line in Belgrave to the finish at Emerald Lake Park. Informative fliers have been distributed to local residents and businesses detailing temporary road closures and possible traffic delays which may be encountered on the morning of the Great Train Race. You can download a copy of this flier and view detour maps online at Competitors have always expressed their gratitude to the local community for their support on race day, and this event would not be possible without the generous assistance of each and every volunteer. You too can be a part of this unique event by stepping out to line the streets on Sunday April 29, and cheer the runners on to the finish line.

On Sunday April 29, 2018, the following traffic management safety controls will occur on roads between Belgrave and Emerald Lake Park. This will affect the race route and surrounding roads between 7am and 1pm. Below are instructions in each of the five (5) designated areas, along with estimated times when major roads will be closed. PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE ONLY APPROXIMATE TIMES AND WILL DEPEND ON THE PACE OF THE RUNNERS. Belgrave to Selby •฀฀A฀high฀volume฀of฀trafic฀within฀the฀Belgrave฀area฀from฀7.30am฀-฀9.30am.฀ •฀฀Parking฀will฀be฀extremely฀limited฀at฀Belgrave฀from฀7.30am฀-฀1pm. •฀฀Belgrave-Gembrook฀Rd฀between฀Belgrave฀and฀Selby฀closed฀from฀ 9.15am - 10.00am. Selby to Menzies Creek •฀฀Selby-Aura฀Rd฀closed฀from฀ 9.30am - 10.30am. Menzies Creek to Clematis •฀฀Menzies฀Rd฀closed฀from฀ 9.45am – 10.30am. •฀฀Belgrave-Gembrook฀Rd฀closed฀ from Menzies Rd intersection to Wellington Rd intersection from 9.45am – 10.15am. Clematis to Emerald •฀฀Belgrave-Gembrook฀Rd฀closed฀to฀ all traffic between Wellington Rd and Emerald Main Rd rail crossing from 9.45am – 11.00am. •฀฀Major฀delays฀up฀to฀sixty฀(60)฀ minutes are expected within this area. Emerald to Emerald Lake Rd •฀฀Emerald฀Main฀Rd฀Rail฀Crossing฀ closed from 10am - 11am. •฀฀Pufing฀Billy฀Place฀and฀Heroes฀Ave฀ closed from 10am - 11.15am. •฀฀Emerald-Beaconsield฀Rd฀Rail฀ Crossing closed from 10am - 11.15am. •฀฀Trafic฀travelling฀to฀Emerald฀from฀ Beaconsfield should detour at Paternoster Rd and travel via Cockatoo. •฀฀Crichton฀Rd฀closed฀from฀ 10am - 11.15am. •฀฀Emerald฀Lake฀Rd฀closed฀from฀ 7am - 1pm. (Resident/Carpark holders excluded). •฀฀Trafic฀travelling฀to฀Belgrave฀ from Cockatoo should detour at Emerald-Monbulk Rd and travel via Monbulk. •฀฀Major฀delays฀up฀to฀sixty฀(60)฀ minutes are expected within this area.


Great Train Race

Motorists are required to obey directions from Police and Traffic Controllers and be aware of runners on the roads. The Puffing Billy Preservation Society apologises for any inconvenience caused to residents and motorists.

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Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

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