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2021 Easter will be extra special this year, with families once again able to gather in private homes to share a meal, organise Easter egg hunts and indulge in hot cross buns without the threat of Covid ruining the celebration as it did in 2020. Look inside for Easter entertainment, delicious dining ideas and messages from Star Mail advertisers.


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Children as young as two can participate in the egg hunt.

The chocolate hunt is on An Easter egg hunt is coming to Cockatoo at Alma Treloar Reserve. First National Ranges Real Estate is partnering with Connecting Cockatoo Communities and Cockatoo Country Market to put on an egg hunt for children aged two to eight on Easter Sunday 4 April. Those aged two to five will start their hunt

at 8.30am and six to eight year olds can start at 9am. Each child can collect five eggs before heading to registration where they will receive a chocolate Easter bunny to take home, if it makes it that long. Parents and helpers are unfortunately not allowed in the egg hunt area but can watch and

cheer from the outside. Organisers ask that people don’t bring their own collection container, these will be supplied on the day when registration opens at 8am. They are also encouraging attendees to be mindful of social distancing and to use the sanitising stations. Patrons will also need to sign

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Curl up with a good book The Easter long weekend is the perfect time to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea and a hot cross bun. Star Mail book reviewer CHRISTINE YUNN-YU SUN has three suggested holiday reads - Chloe Hooper’s The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, Ouyang Yu’s Billy Sing: A Novel and Minnie Darke’s The Lost Love Song.

Lessons for us all from the Black Saturday bushfires The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, by Chloe Hooper, was awarded a Judge’s Special Prize in the 2019 Victorian Community Awards. When the Royal Historical Society of Victoria launched its History Bookclub in March 2020, it was their first chosen read. History remains interesting because we are much more than what happened to us. How we record, re-write and re-interpret our history at personal and public levels is highly relevant – it reveals how we function as individuals and part of our community. The Arsonist is a powerful and detailed account of the fires on the outskirts of Churchill in Central Gippsland on February 7, 2009, which killed 11 people and torched 82,000 acres of land. We remember this as part of the Black Saturday bushfires. The book focuses on the hunt, arrest, trial and conviction of Brendan Sokaluk, who lit two fires and then sat on the roof of his house

PASSION FOR PROSE WITH CHRISTINE SUN to watch the inferno. Much of the writing is dedicated to navigating the strange puzzle of his mind. Growing up with autism spectrum disorder in a small town in Latrobe Valley, Sokaluk suffered horrendous abuse and discrimination in school and at work. Because he cannot understand how others think and feel, his social and interpersonal skills are poor. He is frequently

An Australian son of war Billy Sing: A Novel, by Ouyang Yu, tells the story of William Edward Sing (1886-1943), Australia’s most famous marksman. Born to a Chinese father and an English mother in rural Queensland, Sing was a subject of racial prejudice. While suffering insults and obscenities from others, he discovered guns, earning prizes and admiration in kangaroo and target shooting. Ouyang’s poetic prose is raw and brutal, depicting Sing as being stubborn and ambitious. “I come from nowhere. But I’ll go somewhere,” Sing announces. “In fact, I’ll fail every subject at school just to let my free heart rejoice. I’d rather become part of my gun and shoot.” When the war broke out in 1914, Sing was one of the first to enlist. During the Gallipoli Campaign, he took at least 150 confirmed kills. Contemporary historians put his tally at close to 300 kills. “Thought was no hindrance to action, at least not on my part, as my eyes were quick and my right index finger quicke,” he confides. He ponders the horrible truth of war: “Would there be someone like me on the Turkish front who mourned the passing of his mate shot dead by me?” “My heart softened almost as instantly as it hardened. I mustn’t allow myself to wax sentimental just because the same thing happened

to our enemy. This was war. For one to live, the other had to die. There was no compromise. The more you killed of your enemy, the less likely your mates were to die. Simple as that.” Sing was dubbed “The Assassin” and “The Murderer” by his comrades, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1916. In military records, he was commended “for conspicuous gallantry at Anzac, as a sniper”. Yet Sing is presented as a conflicted man – a hero and a killer, both beloved and despised, defiant yet disillusioned, found but forever lost. He reflects: “The war was a bloody bore. We killed for no purpose. To save myself and my comrades, I had to kill and kill well. I could never escape the thought that I had killed another William or Edward or Sing on the other side, one with a family of mother, father, sisters and brothers, speaking a language I couldn’t understand.” This is not an easy read, the description perhaps too intense, the portrayal of an Australian son of “Mother England” and “Father Cathay” too honest for the faint-hearted. But it is also a story of courage and unyielding confidence, that of a man who sought to be, and had indeed become, “a gun that shoots right through history”. Ouyang Yu’s Billy Sing; A Novel was published by Transit Lounge in April 2017.

treated with disdain and all kinds of prejudiced assumptions. In an attempt to understand Sokaluk as an individual, the author interviewed both those who tried to clear his name and those who wanted to lock him up. The result is a vivid portrayal of a person whose actions caused devastation, whose motives remain opaque, but whose life experiences defy stereotypes. The author further interviewed various members of the arson squad and Sokaluk’s legal team, and presented them as men and women in search of truth and justice. These are highly skilled professionals who take pride and responsibility for their work. Yet, they can be distressed and even traumatised by what they find and fight for. Most importantly, through the testimonies of survivors, as well as the thoughts and emotions of those detectives, forensic scientists

and crime scene experts recorded in this book, we see the issues are not limited to who lit the fires and why. Instead, ours is a country defined and sustained by fire, and how we manage it can shape our future. Particularly in Latrobe Valley, where the world’s largest brown coal deposits exist – and where many families and communities are still socially and economically disadvantaged – it is estimated that 50 percent of fires here are suspicious. As American poet Maya Angelou famously said, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Our memories of Black Saturday can and will help guide our response to an age of fire. Chloe Hooper’s The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire was published by Penguin Australia in October 2018. You can find an audio, digital or print edition of the book in your local library.

Love songs that nourish The Lost Love Song is the second book by Tasmania-based author Minnie Darke. It begins with – you guessed it – the loss of a song that Diana, a talented classic pianist, composed. After seven years together with Arie, she finally found the perfect way to express her love for him. On the eve of Diana’s departure for a world tour, Arie heard part of the song. He waited impatiently for her return, when she would hopefully agree to marry him. That would be a perfect ending to their love song, right? But the story is more about how the song is found, by various individuals across the world, and under a variety of circumstances. What these men and women share is their love for music. Thanks to Diana’s exquisite melody, some are able to mend their broken hearts; others are inspired to explore the substance of love, and still others are empowered to embrace it. From Singapore to London, from Edinburgh to Vancouver, from Seattle to Osaka and Buenos Aires, from New York City to Fremantle, and, finally, from Melbourne to Hobart – the song travels, tugging at people’s heartstrings. As the story’s omnipresent narrator observes: “A song is not so

very different from a recipe. After all, who invented bolognese sauce? Sure, it was Pellegrino Artusi who was the first – in 1891 – to publish its recipe in a book, but we can be fairly sure that the meal itself had been travelling, from stove to plate, from host to guest, for a long time before that.” “Once released into the world, songs, too, have a tendency to make their own way, each new musician reinventing them: removing an ingredient, adding a wild new flavour, changing the balance of the spices.” Like all good meals songs go straight to our hearts and linger tenderly in our dreams, caressing our fatigued nerves and comforting our weary souls. Indeed, by the time the broken-hearted Arie hears the song again, it is only with joy and gratitude. Based on this outcome alone, some would suggest the novel is a romance. Yet this reviewer would argue that, in this story, the author casts a loving limelight on something more unique and mysterious, something that connects and unites us, albeit randomly, celebrating our similarities while embracing our differences as human beings. The amazing journey of Diana’s song is a reminder of how music can proceed and persevere as a universal language.

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Bowl up to wine and dine Stretch your bowling arm and join the fun at Monbulk Bowling Club and Bistro which is now under new management. New general manager Brendan Cox encourages everyone to visit the popular club for a meal, join a team or just drop by for a casual game of barefoot bowls. “The downstairs lounge/bar area has been completely refurbished during the Covid-19 lockdown and now has a bright, modern feel,“ explained Brendan. “It’s a great place to relax with a drink or meet up with friends for a meal.“ The bistro offers great food for the whole family. On Wednesdays enjoy the $15 parma special. Thursday is the bowlers special - a burger, beer and bowls for $25. Kids eat free with a paid adult meal all week (kid’s meals only 12 and under). Upgrade the kid’s meal to include a kid’s drink, ice-cream and activity pack for $4. There is also a seniors’ menu for those 60 and over and seniors’ specials. In the lead up to Easter, the club is running an Easter Hampter Giveaway. Receive an entry to win with any food or beverage purchase. Winners will be drawn on 1 April. At Monbulk Bowling Club you will be greeted by friendly staff, who will make your visit comfortable and relaxing. “It is a place where you really get that small town, easy going feeling with enough space to cater for all sorts of catch ups from a few friends to large functions,“ said Brendan. The club has been hosting bowls competitions for more than 55 years. Some bowlers are competitive and play lawn bowls for the challenge, while others prefer the social interaction and spending time outdoors. A game of bowls can be as competitive or as social as you want it to be.

Brendan with customer Liesl. 229919 There are many opportunities for bowlers to enjoy lawn bowls in a social format, and where uniforms are not required. Mixed social bowls each Wednesday afternoon ( year round). Mixed social bowls each Thursday night (No-

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A traditional approach

There are other sweet Easter treats available too. Beechworth Bakery has a huge selection of products to satisfy, whether you have a sweet tooth, or a craving for something much more substantial. “Our pie range offers something for everyone, from hearty Ned Kelly pies and smoky Pork & Bourbon, to delicious vegetarian options, like our delectable Caulioccoli pie,” said Ms Bray. “We even offer a beautiful 100% plantbased pie full of gently spiced cauliflower and chickpeas in a creamy sauce. “Even non-vegans love that pie… as long as we don’t mention the ‘v’ word,” Ms Bray laughed. Beechworth Bakery has proved a popular

The Beechworth Bakery’s delicious hot cross buns. must-stop point for visitors from far and wide, whether they are visiting the Yarra Valley, on their way to Eildon or the alpine areas, or even

on their way back to Melbourne. The bakery is open 7 days a week from 6:30am to 6pm.


Mmmm… Smell that? There’s something deeply comforting about the festive aroma of freshly baked hot cross buns. Maybe it’s the nostalgic scent of rising dough, or the fragrance of the warm spices wafting through the air across bakeries, homes and camp grounds across the country. Maybe it is even the sweet perfume of orange and sugar bubbling away atop a stove for the glaze. Fresh from the oven or lightly toasted, fruitstudded and perfectly spiced, there are plenty of reasons why these little beauties have made an appearance on Easter breakfast tables for more than 700 years. “Every year we get asked when our hot cross buns will become available,” said Kylie Bray, bakery manager at Beechworth Bakery in Healesville. “We have always taken the traditional approach and only bring out our delicious buns six weeks out from Easter.” Once the buns are available in the Beechworth Bakeries, they fly out the door as their reputation continues to spread far and wide. “They really are magic little numbers that have the power to bring families together and inspire dearly beheld family traditions,” Ms Bray said with a big smile. “We even had to express post some over to Adelaide one year on a special request because that family couldn’t make their way back to Victoria that year!” Of course, there is also plenty of other delicious Easter fare to be had at Beechworth Bakery, as plenty of kids with their noses pressed against the showcases can attest. Their eyes are glued to the colourful meringue Easter nests filled with chocolate eggs, and the hand decorated Easter bunny shortbreads.

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Egg-cellent Easter ideas When it comes to Easter, egg decorating is somewhat of a tradition. And if you haven’t given it a go, here’s a how-to on dyeing, painting and marbling hard boiled eggs. The first step may be simple but place the eggs in a pot of water and bring to the boil on the stove. Then let them simmer for ten minutes and cool. Now it gets to the creative part. Let’s start with dyeing eggs. Fill some cups halfway with hot water, a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of food colouring - repeat with all the colours you want to use. Carefully place the egg in the coloured water and leave for five minutes - when it’s done, you’ll have one completely coloured egg. If you want to go one step further, use string, tape or elastic bands to create patterns.

Should marbling your eggs take your fancy, here’s two ways to try. Using shaving cream or whipped cream (if you’d like to eat your eggs) 1. Place the eggs in a bowl of vinegar and leave for 20 minutes. 2. Using a large dish, fill with a layer of shaving cream and add some drops of food dye - even divide the dish into two to four sections and do multiple colours. 3. Using a skewer, swirl and marble the colours together, then roll the egg gently over the surface of the shaving cream and once covered, place on some paper towel for 20 minutes. 4. Wash off excess shaving cream using a bowl of water.

Using oil 1. In a glass bowl, add one cup of hot water, a teaspoon of white vinegar and five to ten drops of food colouring (be sure to use a light colour for the base of the egg). 2. tIn another bowl, one cup of water with about 20 drops of food colouring and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. 3. When the egg is completely dry, place it into the bowl of oil mixture with a spoon and gently roll. 4. Take it out when marbled and dry on paper towel. Other options include using watercolour paint or acrylic paint to make patterns and designs of all sorts. Don’t forget to wear old clothes or an apron and maybe gloves too, it can get messy.

Hop down to Emerald Lake for some super sweet fun Cardinia Shire Council’s super-sweet Easter giveaway is just a hop, skip and jump away. The community is encouraged to head on down to Emerald Lake Park on Easter Sunday, 4 April, from 11am to enjoy the model railway, have a go at the Lakeside Paddleboats or explore the museum in order to score free Easter eggs. Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said Emerald Lake Precinct is an ‘eggcellent’ place to spend Easter with the family. “Emerald Lake Precinct is a much-loved community facility that includes the Emerald Lake Park and Nobelius Heritage Park. They look especially beautiful as the leaves fall during autumn. If you patronise the Lakeside Cafe, Model Railway, Lakeside Paddleboats or Emerald Museum at Nobelius Heritage Park on Easter Sunday, you’ll receive free Easter eggs to make your day even sweeter. “Be sure to bring the whole family along for an excellent day of learning about the history of this area at Emerald Museum, racing along Emerald Lake on the paddleboats, grabbing a coffee at Lakeside Cafe, and marvelling at the largest model railway in the Southern Hemisphere. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy at the park as well, such as going for a walk, seeing wildlife or having a picnic,” Cr Owen said. The free chocolate Easter egg giveaway is being held in place of the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which could not be held due to current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. For more information about Emerald Lake Precinct, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/ emeraldlakepark mailcommunity.com.au

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ANZAC concern By Taylah Eastwell

Piper Iain Townsley plays the bagpipes in Mount Evelyn during a previous Anzac Day service. ing grassed areas. “Imagine us trying to ensure that each of those 3,000 people are afforded a certain number of square metres per person, how the heck do you manage that,” he said. Mr Boness said the registration of the event and need to record the details and phone numbers of patrons were just the start of the “hurdles” required for an event to go ahead.

“It is very disappointing for our community because they do look forward to remembering our fallen and it is important for future generations,” he said. While plans are still being discussed, Mr Boness said last years Lighting up The Dawn campaign was a success in Mt Evelyn, with residents lighting fires out the front of their homes and holding lights in honour of the fallen.


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“You could hear The Last Post echoing around the Mt Evelyn landscape in the dark, it’s looking like a similar sort of activity like that might be achievable this year,” he said. Upwey-Belgrave RSL President, David Eaton said the club will be “requesting that the general public do not attend” its commemoration services but is hopeful restrictions may ease. Continued page 2


Plans for ANZAC Day commemorations across the Hills remain in limbo, with local RSL branches grappling with confusion over everchanging Covid restrictions and crowd limits. Stringent State Government restrictions continue to require the sub-branches to apply for permits, comply with social distancing square-metre rules and adhere to strict record keeping protocols, with events categorised in ‘tiers’ dependent on the number of attendees expected. Events for less than 1000 patrons are considered tier three, with organisers able to register the event online and submit a Covid-safe event checklist. Larger events with between 1000 and 5000 attendees are considered tier two, with State Government approval required to be applied for up to six weeks in advance. Covid marshalls for every 100 people, as well as PPE for volunteers and Covid-safe training all form part of the attestation event holders must give the State Government when applying for approval. With Covid-19 canning public commemorative events last April, some Hills sub-branches remain determined to “conquer Covid” with Covid-safe events planned, but for the larger clubs, the restrictions have made it “virtually impossible” to go ahead with usual services. Vice-President of Mt Evelyn RSL Roger Boness said the village service “normally achieves numbers up to 3,000” to its ANZAC Day dawn service. “We had a difficult 2020 with everyone being locked down. This year, there is scope to move, but it is still impossible for clubs like ours to be able to comply with government restrictions,” he said. The one person per two square metre rule applies to all non-fixed seated areas, includ-


ANZAC Covid confusion From page 1 “We are doing a very small dawn service with just a few veterans. We will be doing our normal march from Upwey at 9.30am but stepping off at 9.45am to get back to the RSL for our main service at 10am. The march is only for veterans, carers and their families, with everyone who enters the RSL required to give their details for contact tracing. “We are requesting the general public do not attend but instead stand in driveways with a light as a mark of respect for veterans. It’s business as usual in the Dandenong Ranges, with President of Dandenong Ranges RSL Bob Richards looking forward to “a normal range of events”. “We will have our dawn service at ANZAC Avenue of Honour in Ferny Creek from 6.30am on the Sunday, which normally attracts a couple of hundred. The sub-branch will also host its usual main service at Sassafras Reserve, with QR codes displayed around the park for visitors to register. “We are pretty small compared to some down off the hill but we expect a good number seeing as it is a Sunday and people were not able to commemorate last year,” Mr Richards said. Mr Richards said “it isn’t too hard” to go ahead with commemorations this year despite restrictions. “There are things you have to follow and an extensive checklist, but the two areas that are most difficult are registration of attendees and we are covering that, and the other area is making sure any food is done in a Covid-safe way, for which we have put in Covid-safe arrangements,” he said. Cockatoo RSL also plans to go ahead as normal with its dawn service, gunfire breakfast and march from Cockatoo Primary School. President Carol Thompson said the club

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hope to confirm a flyover during the march and plans to have live music in the afternoon. “We have to put a form through to the state government but with restrictions we can continue with our usual events outdoors,” she said. Emerald RSL is hosting a significant ANZAC weekend, with plans for military aircraft and a cannon to form part of commemorations at a football match on Saturday 24 before a livestreamed dawn service on 25 April. The State Government recently confirmed the annual ANZAC Day March in the city can go ahead but will be capped at 5500 people, after an application submitted by RSL Victoria was approved by Victoria’s Public Event’s Network. Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane said there are many ways to honour the hard work and sacrifice of our returned service men and women closer to home this year. “With hundreds of local services across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, I encourage people to stay local this ANZAC Day,“ he said. A statement from the State Government also said Victorians can share their show of remembrance from home by taking part in #lightupthedawn on social media while observing the traditional minute’s silence from

their driveways, front yards or balconies. Eildon MP Cindy McLeish hit out at the State Government, calling on them to provide a clear way forward for local RSL branches. “COVID restrictions cancelled our local commemorations last year. At a time when the Andrews Government is saying it’s safe to reopen nightclub dancefloors and have large crowds at festivals, it must find a way for us to

remember our veterans,” she said. Shadow Minister for Veterans Tim Bull also urged for further direction for smaller clubs. “Setting out clear, common sense guidelines will ensure we can all safely come together on ANZAC Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, those who came home and those who still serve today,” he said.




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Restaurant sale is ‘close’ By Narelle Coulter and Taylah Eastwell Olinda’s iconic Cuckoo restaurant is close to being sold and will most likely reopen under new ownership as a Bavarian-themed restaurant according to the selling agent. Hodges Real Estate Chelsea licensed agent and auctioneer Michael Hall said negotiations with a serious buyer were underway and the buyer’s intention was to run the business as a restaurant. There has been a flurry of media reports in recent days heralding the demise of The Cuckoo. The much loved restaurant, which seats 400 indoors, closed in 2020 when Covid restrictions decimated Melbourne’s hospitality industry. It reopened briefly in mid 2020, but remains closed due to Covid seating restrictions and the retirement and ill health of the businesses founder Karin Koeppen. Karin and husband Willi, a German born chef, opened The Cuckoo in 1958 as Australia’s first smorgasbord restaurant. Since then hundreds of thousands of Aus-

tralian and international tourists have enjoyed The Cuckoo’s hospitality. Prior to Covid, the Cuckoo hosted 60,000 visitors per year, of which more than 20,000 were international tourists. Mr Hall said the Koeppen’s children had pursued different professional interests to their parents and had wanted to sell the restaurant for some time. Karin and Willi’s son and Cuckoo’s Managing Director Andrei Koeppen told the Star Mail the business must sell in order to pay costs associated with his mother’s aged care

and health conditions. “Buffets were prohibited with the Victorian Government restrictions, we did try to change to a different model briefly last year but it just wasn’t viable because we brought the smorgasboard concept to Melbourne, we are famous for it,” he said. “It’s a bit sad, mum has run that place for so long and put her heart and soul into it, we’ve had over 10 million customers throughout our time,” he said. Mr Koeppen said the restaurant had become an “institution”, seeing “14 busloads of tourists a day” before Covid-19 struck, as well as countless celebrities. “We’ve had several prime ministers, Bob Hawke, Whitlam and Fraser, and various rockbands including the Rolling Stones, George Harrison. Kylie Minogue pulled up in a limo a few years back and my uncle said, sorry we are closed. She said, ‘can I just have a look around, I used to play here as a kid’. Her parents used to come up for Sunday lunch and she’d play out the back,” Mr Koeppen said. Mr Koeppen said he would love for the

restaurant to continue as an iconic Barvarian themed buffet. “We would love to see somebody take it over, retain some of our staff, some have been there for over 20 years, and to see the brand continue into the future, but it all comes down to what is possible,” he said. An online marketing campaign says The Cuckoo is “a proven success story“ guaranteed to provide an annual multimillion-dollar turnover of approximately $3 million per annum. The business and freehold comprises approximately 10 acres (3.869 ha). Mr Hall said the restaurant, which is set on a steep block of land, has little capacity to switch to outdoor dining and its redevelopment value did not match its value as a going business concern. Mr Hall said he was “99 per cent sure“ the Cuckoo would reopen as restaurant once a sale was finalised. “The family want the legacy to continue and the potential buyer we are negotiating with is keen to honour The Cuckoo’s history and tradition by making sure it reopens.“

Dogged opposition to Ferntree Gully wetland plans By Taylah Eastwell Knox City Council’s plans to construct a new wetland in a popular Ferntree Gully Park has residents barking mad, with many locals claiming the park as their off-lead dog park and much-loved outdoor recreational space. The proposed wetland construction, made possible through a grant from Melbourne Water, has been deemed necessary to treat and filter stormwater run-off from surrounding urban areas before it enters Blind Creek Tributary. The planned works include a new water quality and habitat wetland, seating areas, new path links and new plants and shrubs to improve plant diversity and habitat for wildlife at the reserve. It is hoped the wetland will also provide a safe breeding area for native fish, turtles, frogs and birdlife. Nearby resident Cassandra Simpson described Koolunga Reserve as “a bit of a hidden gem” for surrounding residents. “Lots of people are very cranky they are going to take away our big grass area and turn it into a wetland,” Ms Simpson. “It has been settled for 50 years, it doesn’t make any sense to treat the stormwater. Not all of it can get into this new wetland their proposing anyway, so it just doesn’t make any sense,” she said. Ms Simpson said she fears the development will take away the grassy area enjoyed by dogs, kids and families for physical activity. They’re taking the only area where you can actually kick a footy and run after the kids all year round,” she said.

Ferntree Gully and Boronia residents fear losing their much-loved dog park and recreation space at Koolunga Native Reserve. “The wetland is the cheapest, nastiest option that takes up all of the large paddock. It is the big grassed area that they are talking about. There is a bit down there that is already boggy, but they are putting it on the good grassy area,” she said. Knox City Council held community meetings on Wednesday 10 March and Friday 19 March, run by a facilitator, with both attracting a large turn-out from residents. “They said they will be starting on it by the end of the financial year, and it’s the first we had heard of it,” Ms Simpson said. Residents raised concerns at last Friday’s


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consultation over a number of factors, the most common of which being the “lack of consultation”. Ms Simpson said the consultation process had been “so poor” that her and her partner Bill created pamphlets and placed them in neighbouring letterboxes to inform residents. “I’ve had people ringing me up saying ‘what are you talking about?’, they just had no idea about this,” she said. “It’s just not acceptable. There are lots of different uses for the park and different ways they could address the stormwater. They say

they have consulted the community but the way they are talking, this is not negotiable,” she said. Boronia resident Jenni Hauwert-Swistak said the park is used by pug-owners every Sunday, who meet at the park every at 10am for a pug club catch-up. “I used to walk my dog here after school drop off everyday. The other area is basically a wetland in winter every year anyway, that’s what annoyed me when I heard they were going to put it on the only dry part,” Ms Hauwert-Swistak said. Knox City Council’s Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021, at Attachment C, says dogs must be kept on leads in public places, including conservation bushland areas. Koolunga Reserve is included as a conservation bushland area, except for the grass areas, according to the document. Ms Simpson said the grassed area is the only off-lead dog space in her area. Boronia Road resident Shirley Chandler said the parcel of land at the reserve was sold to the council, around the 1960’s, by her father-in-law, “on the premise that it would be kept as parkland”. “Sir Gilbert Chandler sold it as parkland to the council. That’s my gripe. It’s a bit sad really to see it altered, it brings so much pleasure to so many people,” Mrs Chandler said. Knox City Council Director of Infrastructure, Grant Thorne said “we know this reserve is popular with local dog owners and we’re exploring options to ensure open space areas within the reserve continue to be available for dog walkers”.

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What is something people don’t know about you? I am a qualified fitness instructor. What was your most memorable moment? Why? The birth of my children, they are my greatest achievement. What do you love most about the Yarra Ranges? Hiking through the magnificent landscapes.

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What would your last meal be? Roast chicken with all the trimmings followed by a chocolate pudding with cream. What event, past, present or future would you like to witness? One of the original performances of Mozart’s operas with him at the helm. Favourite book? The Margaret Fulton Cookbook! Which six guests, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party? I would invite: Margaret Fulton, Queen Elizabeth II, Mozart, Shakespeare, David Attenborough, Cleopatra. What has been your most embarrasing moment? Finding out after five years one of my long term clients was a famous rockstar! I had no idea. I only found out after asking him why people kept approaching him when we were out to lunch! His real name, which I knew him by, was not his stage name. What was your favourite subject at school? A tie between biology and geography.

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School students across Victoria made their return to school following summer holidays, while 2021’s preps got their first taste of primary school life. Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy conducted a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony for Badger Creek Primary School students and staff. See page 7 for more back to school excitment.

Back to school! School students across Victoria made their return to school following summer holidays, while 2021’s preps got their first taste of primary school life. Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy By Jed Lanyon

Centre in the lead up to Christmas. Many locals far and wide were able to keep up their Christmas tradition in getting a family photo with ‘The Real Santa’ who they had grown to love. The unlikely tandem tallied upwards of $30,000 from their family Christmas photos and then selected four charities to each receive

$8400 to help make the lives of children better. The four recipients of the funds included: Backpacks 4 Vic Kids, A Better Life For Foster Kids, HeartKids and Chum Creek’s Good Life Farm. The organisations shared how the funds had already been put to good use. Backpacks 4 Vic Kids CEO and founder Sally Beard told Star Mail the donation came as a “delightful surprise”.

“We’re very, very grateful on behalf of the children, whose lives that it will impact,” she said. “We have absolutely put that money to good use.” Ms Beard shared that the $8400 donation from Branded is aiding 112 children in need with care packs filled with toiletries, spare changes of clothes, a toy and more. Continued page 2 12477022-SN06-21

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‘Significant’ cyber attack By Jed Lanyon and Taylah Eastwell Public healthcare service Eastern Health continues to feel the impacts of a suspected cyber attack that occurred on Tuesday 16 March. Eastern Health took many of its health IT systems offline last week as a precaution as experts seek to understand and clarify the situation. The health service operates across the eastern region including sites such as Healesville Hospital, Angliss Hospital, Box Hill Hospital, Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health in Healesville, Maroondah Hospital, Yarra Ranges Health in Lilydale and more. “Eastern Health continues to manage the impacts of a significant cyber incident experienced last week,” a spokesperson said.

“While a number of our systems remain offline, our Business Continuity Plans have been enacted and we continue to make inroads to our planned recovery. “Thank you to our staff, patients and visitors for their understanding at this time.” As at Monday 22 March, communications to Eastern Health were still impacted with email services down. An Eastern Health spokesperson said that patient safety had not been compromised. “Category 1 Elective Surgery will continue as planned. However, the incident has impacted our ability to undertake less urgent (Category 2 and 3 Elective Procedures) which will be postponed to a later date. Knoxfield resident Ray Peace, who has been

waiting for surgery since December, said the delays had increased his nerves around surgery. “It does cause stress because psychologically you get prepared for it and last minute they pulled the plug when your almost ready, and you have to start preparing all over again,“ he said. Eastern Health apologised for the inconvenience the incident may cause. “We thank our staff, patients and their families for patience during this situation and we will keep them informed,“ a spokesperson said. The health service’s contact centre was inundated with calls throughout the week, further impacting their communications.

“Check our website for information and if the situation is an emergency, please call 000,” the spokesperson said. “Eastern Health ensures all patient information continues to be handled with the necessary care, confidentiality and due diligence.” Eastern Health continues to accept patients at their emergency departments. “Any delays experienced with our contact centre have been rectified and we encourage patients patients and the community to utilise this service if they have any queries.” Covid-19 vaccinations for prioritised staff will continue across their sites as a second staff clinic at Maroondah Hospital is set to open today and another at the Angliss Hospital, on track to begin later in the week.

Long-standing Mt Evelyn RSL President Roger Boness has handed over the top-role to Matthew Crymble. 232205

Popular Mt Evelyn RSL president hands over top role By Taylah Eastwell The popular president of Mt Evelyn RSL recently announced his retirement from the top job, after 10 years of taking the club from strength to strength. Roger Boness served as president of the Mt Evelyn RSL for the past 10 years and is remembered for his remarkable work in improving the club in a variety of ways. He will now serve as vice-president and remains connected with welfare at the club. “When I took over the RSL, it was an era where the last of the World War II veterans were passing away, and the RSL’s were struggling to remain viable,” he said. “We worked on the premise that every vibrant community should have an active RSL, so we spent a lot of time building up the membership and involving ourselves in the Mt Evelyn community. Mr Boness said the RSL had representatives on the Mt Evelyn Chamber of Commerce, visited all the local schools and sporting clubs and started creating relationships with various community groups and nonfor-profit clubs that now enjoy meeting at the club’s hall on Birmingham Road. mailcommunity.com.au

During his time, he has increased the subbranch’s membership four times over, made record sales for Anzac badges and poppy sales and contributed to vast improvements to the hall to make it a valuable asset for the community. He also developed Thursday social afternoons as a wellness program for retired members, with all his work winning him the nickname of ‘Front Page Roger’ for all the media attention he attracted. “The RSL grew at such an extraordinary rate, we started to attract a lot of attention and what happened was we became a major news item. I wear the nickname with a smile. It’s a measure of the success of the RSL,” Mr Boness said. Mr Boness said the Mt Evelyn RSL became active in ensuring that local schools were brought up to speed with local military history. “Lots of school kids are now familiar with world conflicts and the effects of those. We had a lot of projects with schools, and we also updated all of our cenotaphs. “Mt Evelyn RSL assumed responsibility for the Wandin, Silvan and Montrose cenotaphs, if anyone goes around and has a look you can see they have all been upgraded with local

military history which is very important for the local community to recognise,” he said. The club’s work in upgrading and developing the Mt Evelyn Memorial Gardens, completed with the help of other community groups, remains one of Mr Boness’s greatest achievements. “We used to have an avenue of honour with plaques on the trees, but the Mahogany Gums started shredding branches and weren’t really suitable for the business district. We were able to replicate all the names of the veterans on the tree plaques and now have a memorial garden with all of those names and details of people on pedestals around the garden,” he said. The garden is now enjoyed by Mt Evelyn and surrounding commnunities, with Anzac and Remembrance Day ceremonies at Mt Evelyn being one of the largest public events on the Yarra Ranges calendar. The former Vietnam veteran, who served as an artillery forward observer in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968, has been awarded a Life Membership of the RSL Victoria, a Mayoral Lifetime Achievement Award from Yarra Ranges Council and Victorian Senior Citizen of the Year over the last decade.

The top job has been handed down “a few generations” to ex-vice president Matthew Crymble, who has been an RSL member for a number of years having served in the Royal Australian Navy. “Given I’m now a senior citizen, I thought it would be appropriate to get a someone a couple of generations younger to carry out those responsibilities. We are going to give him all of the assistance necessary to keep our RSL prominent in our community for generations to come,” Mr Boness said. New president Matthew Crymble said he had been learning from Mr Boness over the last couple of years and the pair have “discussed at length” the requirements of the role. “Roger has done an exceptional job, he has done a lot of great things during his presidency - namely lifting our profile,” Mr Crymble said. “We will continue to be community minded, I believe Roger has very much lifted our identity, the Mt Evelyn community knows who we are and we play an active role and I plan to continue that work while at the same time ensuring the membership of our club continues to grow,” Mr Crymble said. Tuesday, 30 March, 2021



Shire update

Kindergarten registrations open -----Registrations for 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten places for 2022 are now open. The Victorian Government partially funds 4-yearold kindergarten programs for 15 hours per week

and from January 2022 will also partially fund 3-year-old kindergarten programs for 5 hours per week. Council coordinates the registration process on behalf of community kindergartens in the shire.

Registrations received before 5pm on 30 June 2021 will be included in first round offers. You can check and update your placement preferences, contact details and registration information via the central registration portal. www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/kindergarten

Waste events

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Free waste drop-off events

Nominations are open for the 2021 Stan Henwood Award.

Saturday 17 April, Cardinia Shire Council depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham. • Detox Your Home: safely dispose of household and garden chemicals, cleaners and pesticides from 9am–2pm. Residents must register to attend via the website. • DrumMUSTER: drop off empty eligible agriculture and veterinary drums from 9am–12pm. All items must have the DrumMUSTER logo.

The award is open to anyone who has made a significant contribution to the Cardinia Shire community. It honours the late Stan Henwood OAM and his lifetime contribution to the Tynong community and the broader Cardinia Shire community. Nominations close 5pm Monday 5 April. www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/stanhenwood

Leadership program

Have your say You’re invited to provide feedback on our draft Biolink Plan until Friday 30 April. The draft Biolink Plan uses the latest technology in wildlife species computer modelling and aerial vegetation mapping to identify key wildlife areas and potential ‘biolinks’ across Cardinia Shire.

Green waste drop-off

Applications are open for the 2021 Cardinia Community Leadership Program.

From 16–19 April, Future Recycling Transfer Station, 30–32 Exchange Drive, Pakenham. You’ll be asked to provide photo identification with your Cardinia Shire address and can drop off residential amounts of green waste in a personal vehicle (non-commercial).

Delivered in partnership with Leadership Victoria, the program helps develop the leadership capacity and community participation of participants. The 8-month course runs from May to December. Applications close Monday 12 April.

The plan will help save wildlife, increase vegetation, improve waterways and help set environmental priorities for the next decade.




View and interact with the community biolinks maps and have your say at:

The information on this page was correct at the time of print, but for the most up-to-date information:

Cardinia Shire Council Phone: 1300 787 624

Web: www.cardinia.vic.gov.au

Email: mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

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The Ferny Creek Scout Hall may be historic, with long ties to the Hills, but its recent facelift has left the scout group eager to show off its modern new facility. Officially unveiled to the community earlier this month, the much-loved scout hall has had a complete renovation - including restumping, a new roof, a new verandah, essential kitchen and bathroom amenities, new weatherboards and a fresh coat of paint to finish. The 1st Ferny Creek Scouts were joined by Scouts Victoria’s Chief Commissioner Rod Byrnes, La Trobe MP Jason Wood and parents and friends at an official unveiling of the new hall on Saturday 13 March. Ferny Creek Scout Leader Terry Lambert said the hall was originally reconstructed back in 1958, from a building purchased from Burnham Beeches Estate. “One of the original Ferny Creek scout members, Vanne Trompf, started an architect course later in life and from that worked out how to reconstruct part of the house as a scout hall and had it transported to its current site,” Mr Lambert said. “That was the genesis of the first scout hall, and 60 years on after the hall was originally opened in 1960 we have finally completed these works,” he said. The upgrades were made possible through a federal funding grant, with La Trobe MP Jason Wood securing $200,000 in funding for the

upgrades back in 2016. Casey MP Tony Smith, who now presides over the area after an electorate redistribution, also helped secure $40,000 for the project, which was used to build a new shed known as the “Q-Store”. Scouts Victoria also donated $20,000 towards the refurb. “It is a pretty old building, some people were saying just bowl it over and start again, but it is history and heritage. We were very keen to retain that, which is what we did,” Mr Lambert said. Mr Lambert said parents of scouts helped “from the very beginning” by demolishing parts of the building that were no longer needed. “It is certainly a much more pleasing facility for cubs and scouts and youth members to meet and also for other scout groups to come up to our area. We are more than happy to have others come up from the suburbs, we’ve got this big open fire area, showers and toilets so we can accommodate that now,” he said. Mr Lambert said the newly refurbed facility could also be used by local community groups and firefighters during high-risk fire periods. “Because we are right next to the CFA, we see it as a facility that could be used in bushfire times. When it is a code red day they bring in trucks and pumpers and camp overnight, we can’t wait to be able to say here is the scout hall with beautiful polished floors, showers and toilets, bed down in there,” he said.


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Company Chairman, John Waters advised that we have been very fortunate to have experienced and skilled local people on our Board for many years now and we need to ensure that the level of skill and commitment to our organisation continues to enable continued success. “We are celebrating 22 years in business with $5.6 million poured back into our communities through grants, sponsorships, scholarships and dividends. With a book of almost $500 million in business, 20 staff and three shop fronts, we are a successful franchise of Bendigo Bank and we hope to attract the right people who can contribute to the future growth of the business,” Mr. Waters said.

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New life through death Some years ago in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, at a time when African Americans were legally and forcefully unable to have equal rights with the white population, a multiethnic group of Christians gathered to pray that freedom would come. It started raining and soon became torrential when Bill Hayley’s ten year old daughter whispered to her dad, “God is crying”. Easter for many these days means holidays, fishing in the tinny while we sink a few, a hike in the mountains, or a quiet barbie or two around at mate’s places watching the footy. I don’t want to be taken either to be a party pooper or a holy Joe, as I enjoy a break away from the grind of the ordinary, as most do. However for Christians and anyone who follows Jesus, Easter holds so much to be grateful for. Yes if you read the account of Jesus’ life leading up to His crucifixion in the Gospel of

Focal Point Graeme Dawson St Luke, chapter 19, verses 41-44, you will find that as He went down to the Mt of Olives for the last time to go down into Jerusalem before His death, He cried over the city. This was not for Himself although he knew that a death of crucifixion awaited Him. SHEER AGONY. The felon was nailed through the feet and hands or wrists, to a rough wooden cross and left there until death came through asphyxiation. They could not lift their bodies up to get air into their lungs, and in cases where they

were able to get leverage from the nails in their feet, and took too long to die, their legs were broken. No, although facing that, He cried for the people of Jerusalem who were living so far away from His Father’s plan for their lives, and had even killed God’s prophets who had been sent to warn them to turn around. Prophetically He knew that their city would be completely destroyed, and it was in AD 70. This Easter there will be people praying at all-night vigils; one of which is in the Yarra Valley, sitting around a fire drum remembering Him on the cross that night, dying for them with sad hearts but full of gratitude. But that wasn’t the end of God’s rescue plan. As Jesus said here on earth, and it was prophesied over seven hundred years before His birth that he would rise again, and He did. He was seen by many after He rose from the dead and by a group of more than five hun-

dred people at one time before He ascended to heaven and His Father. He is still working for us in Heaven through the power of His Holy Spirit as He promised all those who choose to follow Him. In faith we pray - He listens - and answers us with what is best for us at the time. He even sends his ministering angels to attend us as and if required. He also promises Eternal life to all who believe in His name. If you would like to join the Yarra Valley vigil, just turn up any time of the night to ‘All Saints Church’, Yarra Junction, home of the Anglicans and the God’s Squad. I’ll be there on the front lawn sitting around that fire drum from - 6pm ‘till 6am. (Feedback and questions can be fielded to my email, csrsmokey@gmail.com) Graeme Dawson, Chaplain to Community

Hollow earth in an entertaining movie with substance Godzilla vs Kong Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall and Millie Bobby Brown Rated M Two titans of Japanese and American cinema grapple in Godzilla vs Kong, the best film in Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse series and a lightweight but satisfying spectacle. The characters are thinly-written but carried by their actors’ charisma, and Kong is developed as a sympathetic, dignified character alongside the humans. Kong has a moving bond with a deaf girl named Jia (Kaylee

Hottle), and his journey pays tribute to several iconic moments in the Kong franchise, while Godzilla is legitimately scary for the


first time in the Monsterverse series. The monster battles are enthralling, with a clear sense of geography, scale and the creatures’ strengths and limits, and the climactic neon-drenched fight in Hong Kong is visually stunning. Some would argue that a monster blockbuster doesn’t need an engaging plot or characters, but the best examples anchor their monster mashes around a solid human foundation. Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) has incredibly deep characters. Godzilla 1985 (1984) is a tense Cold War thriller. Shin Godzilla (2016) is a witty

satire of bureaucracy. Godzilla vs Kong’s pacing is swift and never boring, but makes a couple of disorienting jumps ahead. The villains are bland and the main characters are motivated by an extremely vague quest for an ancient power source (and the literal “Hollow Earth” setting demands too great a suspension of disbelief even for a movie with a skyscrapersized gorilla). Godzilla vs Kong doesn’t quite hit the narrative mark, but it’s still an explosively entertaining thrill-ride. - Seth Lukas Hynes


An emotional debate I see Jenny Moxham is still writing about protecting the innocent animals. Does she not comprehend that when all the fools bow to the agenda of veganism those same people who created the agenda will slaughter all the cattle in the world as they are seen as nothing more than methane producing climate changing critters; and let’s be honest, what other purpose do they have other than feeding us?. So Jenny’s need to protect cattle might very well be the cause of their extinction. Pity how people’s emotions prevent critical thinking. Karu Hewett, Boronia

These obnoxious tools will be frequently used to move leaves from one place to another, only for them to be blown about again at the next puff of wind. What a pointless exercise and waste of resources! I prefer to rake together and dispose of the leaves in compost or waste recycling, or use as mulch. The noise and persistence of leaf-blowers are an invasion of peace in the Hills. Please consider others and avoid their senseless use. Janet Campbell, Olinda

A senseless blow Autumn is beginning in the Dandenongs, therefore we have the commencement of the leaf-blower season.









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Pot holes in road audit By Taylah Eastwell A recent audit of Victorian councils, including Yarra Ranges Council, has revealed local government authorities “do not know whether they are achieving value for money” out of their local road maintenance programs, potentially exposing themselves to legal liability. Victorian Auditor General Andrew Greaves called for the audit to ensure councils are maintaining roads in a cost-efficient and financially sustainable way, with local roads representing 10 percent of council expenditure across the state. The audit, which focused on five councils, examined whether councils use asset data, budget information and community consultation to inform of their plans for road maintenance. Yarra Ranges Council was put under the spotlight alongside City of Greater Bendigo, Gannawarra Shire Council, Maribyrnong City Council and Northern Grampians Shire Council, in order to represent a range of council types and sizes. A sector-wide questionnaire to collect road maintenance data was also conducted, with all 79 councils across the state participating. The report concludes that councils cannot determine whether they are achieving value for money because they lack the data that would allow them to analyse or benchmark their performance. The audited councils were found to be noncompliant with timeliness standards in their Road Maintenance Plans for planned inspections and reactive maintenance, reducing the quality of local roads over time. Yarra Ranges Council was found to be the one of just two of the councils to use modern road-surveying equipment, such as laser-based devices to detect road texture and survey vehicles to gather information on roughness and strength of roads, as well as digital cameras.

The reasons cited by other councils for not using technology to assist with data was associated costs. Yarra Ranges Council was commended and used as an example to other councils for its collaboration with four other local councils to develop and advertise tenders for road surveyors. The report states the four councils worked together to evaluate the tenders, with the collaboration meaning Yarra Ranges Council saved 12 percent on the road surveyors usual price. The audit also revealed many councils are

not effective at communicating with their community about planned works. Yarra Ranges Council was again used as a positive example, with a website that allows residents to search when council will grade specific roads. However, Yarra Ranges Council was the only council that does not survey its unsealed road network, with its Road Maintenance Plan not requiring the council to inspect unsealed roads despite them making up 65 percent of the shire’s road network. Yarra Ranges Council advised the audit that it reviews the condition of its unsealed roads

between three to six times a year through inspections. However, it does not collect this data or input it into its road management system. “As a result, Yarra Ranges is not ensuring it incorporates up-to-date data on unsealed roads into its planning processes,” the audit revealed. “Because Yarra Ranges does not maintain up-to-date road condition data for unsealed roads, it is lacking important data to support predictive modelling,” it states. Director of Environment and Infrastructure at Yarra Ranges Council Mark Varmalis said the shire has a network of unsealed roads totalling more than 700 kilometres. The Star Mail understands unsealed roads are graded between three and six times each year, which Council says is consistent with the Australian Road Research Board gudelines. “However, our level of record keeping about road condition and inspections can be improved by surveying of the road network every three to five years in a similar manner to the sealed road network. We noted in the audit that currently an up to date record is not maintained on the specific condition of unsealed roads in our Asset Register,” Mr Varmalis said. Mr Varmalis said council welcomes the audit findings and accepts all of the recommendations in the report, “particularly the recommendation that road condition data is recorded and maintained centrally”. “We’ve just awarded a contract for road surveying services for our sealed road network and will be looking at introducing a similar approach to the unsealed road network,” he said. Council’s Roads for the Community program, funded by the Federal Government and landowners, will result in more than 550 unsealed roads across the Yarra Ranges being sealed over 10 years.


Monbulk Men’s Shed is seeking new members to join in and be involved in meetings and helping the shed progress. Men of all ages are encouraged to come along on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9am until 12pm to share stories and have a chat. The group of friendly men create woodwork masterpieces and complete various other projects for the local community. They meet in the shed behind the Open Door Church in Moxham’s Road, Monbulk. For further details ring Phipps Gay, President of Monbulk Men’s Shed on 5968 4101.

Walking and adventure group Mount Evelyn Walking and Adventure Group are looking for new members. The group meet regularly for a range of activities, including kayaking, cycling, yoga, hikes, forest walks, swimming and some fundraising. The group go swimming on Tuesdays and walk Mount Lofty on Thursdays. They also walk Lilydale Lake together on Saturday mornings. The group provides a place for the community to come together and enjoy likeminded activities. All events are BYO equipment. If interested in joining, phone Elly on 0402 429 405.

Friendship Cafe The Women’s Association South East Melbourne Australia (WASEMA), a registered charity, offer a welcoming environment where all women can relax, make friends and contacts, share experiences, learn new skills and mailcommunity.com.au

Foster Carers Needed If you’re looking to give back to your community and want to support a vulnerable child in need, consider becoming a foster carer. Learn more at Anglicare Victoria’s next online information night on Wednesday 10 March @ 7.30pm. Choose from several different care options including Emergency, Respite and longer term care. Visit www.anglicarevic.org

Lyrebirds Community Choir After a year of Zoom, the Lyrebirds Community Choir will resume weekly sessions from Monday 19 April at 7.15pm at St Lukes Church, 1 McBride Street Cockatoo. There are no auditions, just love singing and you are welcome. it is free for the first week to try, then $10 or $5 for concession holders per week. Everyone is welcome, all ages and abilities. Our current members include everyone from learners to professional performers. Our repertoire is very large with selections from traditional to modern. The choir’s leader, Dalys, is a professional singing and piano teacher who brings out the best in everyone. Members come from across The Hills and car pooling is encouraged. To register to start on April 19, find The Lyrebirds Community Choir on Facebook or phone 0421 219 899.


Men wanted

find pathways to connect to services and opportunities through weekly meet-ups at Emerald Friendship Cafe. The Friendship Cafe aims to build community resilience through increasing the ability of women to connect and support each other through both opportunity and adversity and empower families to identify and provide local solutions to local issues. The group meet every Thursday from 10am until 12 noon at the Hills Hub, 402 BelgraveGembrook Road, Emerald. For more information contact Anu Ravindernath on 0432246674 or email: emeraldwfc@wasema.org.au

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SUNSETS, VIEWS AND INFINITY POOL SUPERBLY set on just over 6.4 acres to capture the stunning valley views. The sun at days end moves across the hillsides and valleys beyond, presenting a kaleidoscope of colour. Maybe take some time out of your busy day and pour yourself a nice cool drink, look across the blue waters of the infinity pool and take a moment. In these ever-changing times we live in, this is what is important. Architecturally designed and built to a high standard in mid-2000 this 3-bedroom home sits on a prized allotment that was once the site of the local dairy in 1922, the shedding still has hints of yesteryear, a nice ode to the owners before. The Accommodation: 3 bedrooms, the main suite with separate sitting room, amazing views, built in wardrobes, marble accented ensuite. Large walls of glass throughout the home bring the outside in and upon inspection make sure you sit at the custom designed viewing seat as you enter the front door for the most breathtaking outlook. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the living zones, high ceilings, wood fire. Access to the outdoor living zone with remote controlled retractable awning for seasonal comfort, infinity pool and separate spa. Entertain in style! Family and friends are sure to take advantage of the wood fired pizza oven. A kitchen with granite benchtops, Smeg and Maytag appliances, soundless Schweiger rangehood. If you must wash dishes may as well have an awe-inspiring view.

The family bathroom services the remaining two bedrooms. The spacious laundry adjoins the 3-car remote garage with an additional workshop. The Infrastructure: Accessed by a WIFI remote controlled gates, entered via a sealed driveway overlooking the ornamental dam, there is plenty of parking for visitors and easy access. For those looking to keep livestock there are 4 paddocks with water from dam to 3,

troughs in all 4 paddocks and also in round yard, stables and workshop, dog proof fencing, a chicken coop, also wood store and more storage, tack and machinery shedding, also rear access to the property. You are sure to make use of the covered veggie garden and fruit trees. The residence offers wood fire, hydronic heating, evaporative cooling, remote controlled exterior blinds, extensive outdoor lighting, and Bose surround sound.

Lysterfield is the gateway to everything, spoilt for choice with schools, shopping both local and further afield with Chadstone just a short drive on M1, or Westfield Knox nearby. Much to see and do with equestrian pursuits, mountain bikes, hikes and walks to the popular Lysterfield Lake. ** Do not follow Google instructions which will take you to Saurin Lane-no access, please drive into Cornish Road only!** ●

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LOW MAINTENANCE LUXURY LIVING IF you’re looking for a brand new house with a low maintenance yard where you can walk to and from local bars, restaurants and public transport, this is the one! Located in a quiet street of Gembrook, this brand new home has a style reminiscent of the popular California Bungalow, with contemporary layout and design features, mastering the balance between character style and modern functionality. Interiorly, the home has a spaciousness and sleek luxury with 9” ceilings, wide passages and large rooms with windows that provide good natural lighting for the entire day. The home is a clever split level design with the formal living room and master bedroom with walk in robe and generous ensuite located on the first level, the

secondary bedrooms and main bathroom zoned away by the split level. A separate split staircase leads you to the impressive open plan family room, dining and kitchen which, despite its commodious floor space sublimely captures an enviable coziness with gorgeous plantation shutters and warm colour palette. The kitchen is a modern masterpiece with stainless steel appliances, stone bench tops with breakfast bar and white subway tiles that never seem to date. Behind is the Butler’s pantry with abundant cupboard and bench space, a sink and outstanding servery window to the outdoor entertaining mecca. This outdoor space has a double deck so you can entertain happily undercover when the weather threatens rain, or if it’s perfect out you might like to sit on the lower deck

and soak up the sun. Additionally, the home has a double lock up garage and sealed driveway with access to the rear yard so storage of the boat, caravan or work vehicle is never an issue. With everything you could ever want and things you didn’t even know you needed, this will be your forever home so don’t wait! CALL TO ARRANGE A PRIVATE INSPECTION TODAY! Aaron Day 0407 365 994 or Kayla Turner 0448 440 495 Please note: All property details shown are correct at time of publishing. Some properties may have been sold in the preceding 24 hours and we recommend that you confirm open for inspection times with the listing agent direct or the listing office ●


HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 3 Innes Road, GEMBROOK Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $895,000 - $980,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Aaron Day, 0407 365 994 or Kayla Turner, 0448 440 495, BELL REAL ESTATE, EMERALD, 5968 6222

ONE IN A MILLION BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY HERE is your opportunity to purchase a successful poultry business and residence on 21 acres of land on the fringe of the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. Currently this property is running 3 businesses, including Free Range Eggs, Free Range Hen Rearing and a Commercial Pullet Rearing venture. The 21 acres is fully fenced and dammed, and features 11 fully functional poultry sheds of different sizes with 100kW of solar and an existing rights permit for all types of poultry (Yarra Ranges Council). This provides you with the opportunity to continue running the business in their current successful state, or specialize in one particular area. The smaller sheds allow for custom rearing of smaller batches of birds providing yet another income stream with different types of birds. This property is recommended by well-respected companies within the Poultry Product Manufacturing Industry for production of ISA browns and White HT birds which has remained unaffected by the uncertainty and lockdown surrounding COVID-19. The main residence is a large 4 bedroom brick veneer home, the master with ensuite and walk through study, cleverly zoned away from the remaining bedrooms and main bathroom at the other end of the house. A good sized living area adjoins the open plan kitchen and dining where there is a wood heater and additional reverse cycle heating/ cooling. The large kitchen has been updated with modern white cabinetry and stone bench top with breakfast bar, large pantry and gorgeous red splash backs making it the perfect place to cook up a storm to enjoy in the dining area which has access to the

outdoor entertaining area. A rear yard has been established by a fenced off area for animals and children so you can feel a million miles away from work even though it’s really only a few minutes walk away. Additionally, the home has 10kW solar panels, further driving down the cost of living. In addition to this residence there are two amenities rooms with a carport, heating/ cooling, M/F toilets and tea and coffee making facilities so you and the staff don’t need to go into the main house to enjoy comfortable break times. This fantastic property with all its infrastructure, beautiful grazing land and family home offers the ultimate in lifestyle property. For further information on the full list of inclusions and details specific to the businesses, please contact the listing agent. Please note: All property details shown are correct at time of publishing. Some properties may have been sold in the preceding 24 hours and we recommend that you confirm open for inspection times with the listing agent direct or the listing office. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 1280 Macclesfield Road Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: On application Inspect: By appointment Contact: Aaron Day, 0407 365 994 or Bethany Day, 0438 844 968, BELL REAL ESTATE, EMERALD, 5968 6222 12 MAIL


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$1.3M - $1.43M 4A 3B 9C 1E

Equine lovers & those searching for an idyllic lifestyle will appreciate this property which offers a versatile floorplan, several living areas, study/5th bedroom, new floorboards, undercover entry, a huge deck with magical views, a spa, remote blinds to deck, auto solar gates, instant GHWS, satellite NBN, 3KW solar, fireplace. Outside features a laneway to 7 paddocks, mesh fenced, round yard, stables, tack room, hot wash, 10.9M x 9M shed, 4M x 7.7M 3 bay shed, double carport, dam with jetty, access via a sealed road.

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Lifestyle rings true with this stunning home set upon almost 1/2 an acre with amazing views to the peninsula & bay. Featuring an expansive deck, fully equipped home theatre, parent’s retreat-style bedroom layout, 3 living areas, home office/sitting room, dormer windows, double carport, huge workshop and lower level extra parking (approx. 8 vehicles), this home has it all, creating a relaxing and abundant lifestyle. Ideal central location, close to public & private schools, transport, shopping, cafes and 1000 Steps.

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By boasting Belgrave Recreation Reserve at your doorstep and thriving Belgrave township a short distance away, this home encapsulates what Hills living is all about. Community surrounds, pristine parklands, and picturesque outlooks provide something for everyone at every moment of the day. Along the sealed drive with enclosed single carport this residence rests comfortably within its landscape. Upon entry, the scale of this dwelling is set to impress and provides plenty of space for growing families.

It’s not every day that a character cottage becomes available in one of the most sought after areas within the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Perfectly located within a short distance of local schools, train station and The Angliss hospital, this partially renovated, two bedroom home couldn’t be more perfect for first home buyers and young families.

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Set on a quiet, no through road, this spacious family home is situated in a prime location and is only a short walk to the Belgrave South Primary School, local shops, public transport and sports reserve. Be sure to inspect this amazing family home quickly as properties of this calibre and in this area do not last long!!

For a retreat-like feel and a fabulous family home in one, look no further than this premier property. Atop a sealed drive with sweeping hillside views, this dwelling has heaps of bonus features designed with family in mind. From the family-friendly extras to the fastidious attention to detail, this property will provide one fortunate family with a fantastic lifestyle. Prompt inspection is advised.

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102 Kallista Emerald Road The Patch

$910,000 - $1,000,000

$800,000 - $880000

620 Beenak Road Yellingbo

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Live The Acreage Lifestyle!

Beautiful home, superbly located on 3/4 acre in The Patch features 5 bedrooms and 3 living areas which can be zoned away for privacy, large outdoor entertaining deck, cathedral ceilings, wood heating, gorgeous kitchen with stone waterfall bench tops and in-ground pool. Currently operating as a B&B but would also suit large or extended families.

Set on 5.5 sensational acres with views to the ranges in the distance is this 3 bedroom brick veneer home with lounge with wood heater and split system air conditioner, kitchen with servery window to the indoor/outdoor room, horse stables, 5 paddocks, 6x9m powered shed, studio with 1 bedroom, kitchenette, wood heater and shower, wood sheds, water tanks and netted orchard.

Contact: Aaron Day 0407 365 994, Kayla Turner 0448 440 495

Contact: Aaron Day 0407 365 994, Kayla Turner 0448 440 495

78 Main Street Gembrook

Asking $1,350,000

3 Innes Road Gembrook

$895,000 - $980,000

A Fairytale Future!

Low Maintenance Luxury Living!

Proudly offered for sale is this gorgeous story book character home located at the top end of Gembrook on a just under ½ acre of Commercially zoned land. Featuring 5 bedrooms, master with ensuite and private balcony, 3 living areas, galley kitchen with large walk in pantry and huge shed with 3 phase power. The possibilities are endless!

Located in a quiet street of Gembrook, this brand new home has a style reminiscent of the popular California Bungalow, with contemporary layout and design features, mastering the balance between character style and modern functionality. Featuring 9” ceilings, 2 living areas, 4 bedrooms, gorgeous kitchen with Butlers Pantry and 2 outdoor entertaining areas, this is one not to miss!

Contact: Bethany Day 0438 844 968, Grant Day 0417 565 745

Contact: Aaron Day 0407 365 994, Kayla Turner 0448 440 495

7 Naylors Road Emerald

120 Macclesfield Road Avonsleigh

$1,300,000 - $1,420,000

$1,000,000 - $1,100,000

Rare As Hens Teeth!

Your New Lifestyle Awaits!

This impressive multi-level brick veneer home is situated on a flat ¾ acre in a quiet Emerald location where homes are rarely offered for sale. With sophisticated features such as parquetry floors, double glazed bay windows and gorgeous open staircase, the build of this home was well ahead of its time and has stood the test of it. Featuring 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and balcony with views, this home is a must see.

Excellent opportunity exists to purchase 12 gorgeous acres with a 4 bedroom home in sought after Avonsleigh. Featuring 2 outdoor entertaining areas, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 generous living areas with wood fire and split system air conditioning. There is also a double carport for car accommodation, a 9 x 12m machinery shed with concrete floor, and additional garden sheds. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Contact: Aaron Day 0407 365 994, Kayla Turner 0448 440 495

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Fun times signal end of season for little athletes By Jamie Strudley Yarra Ranges Athletics celebrated a fantastic end to the 2020-21 track and field season on Sunday. Warm, sunny skies made for a fun family carnival atmosphere at Morrison Reserve. Games on the infield, impromptu races and more bouncy castles than could be used kept everyone entertained. A steady supply of food and drink from the barbecue and canteen meant everyone left happy and full. Congratulations to all athletes and families on a fabulous season. You have all contributed to a fun, summer of track and field. Special thanks to the senior crew who helped on the barbecue and canteen and the very hard working canteen managers Uli and Georgia for making it run smoothly. Everyone was a winner however there were a few special awards presented to: Tori Kincaid (Don Cruse Award), Summer Hathaway (Petra Sank Award), Jamie Strudley (Rob Belli Award), Gordon Koel and Caitlyn Pointon (Committee Award Boys and Girls), Pointon Family (Thank You Family Award) and our club champions Ky Harris, Kaylah Cannon, Zoe Clarke, Emily Fiedler, Mitchell Pointon, Sasha Carroll, Beau McKinnon and Kayla Patton. The LAVIC State Relay championships were held at Casey Field over Saturday and Sunday. Yarra Ranges Athletics had: U9 Mixed A - Arizona, Lexi, Zack, Kimi, 28th of 53 - 69.48 U9 Mixed B - Meadow, Olivia, Bryce, Rylan, 49th of 53 - 75.77 U9 Boys - Kimi, Zack, Rylan, Bryce, 23rd of 39 - 69.84 U9 Girls - Taylor, Arizona, Olivia, Lexi, 21st of 31 - 73.42 U10 Mixed A - Tia, Maddie, Jack, Jack, 16th of 57 - 63.42 U10 Mixed B - Mackenzie, Quinn, Tobyn, Lincoln, 30th of 57 - 66.94 U10 Boys - Jack, Jack, Tobyn, Lincoln, 10th of 29 - 64.98 U10 Girls A - Tia, Maddie, Mackenzie, Quinn 17th of 46 - 66.07 U10 Girls B - Brienna, Chloe, Lily, Sarina, 41st of 46. - 74.55 U11 Mixed - Beau, Finn, Emily, Tanaya, 26th of 62 - 61.00 U11 Girls A - Emily, Tanaya, Brookley, Hannah, 23rd of 46 - 62.68 U11 Girls B - Tori, Ella, Keira, Shania, 40th of 46 - 69.69 U12 Girls - Acacia, Zoe, Tessa, Kayla, 16th of 35 - 59.57

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Lysterfield were able to turn the script on the Qualifying Final result against Upwey-Tecoma, becoming back-to-back Premiers of Norm Reeves Shield for Season 2020/21. After a wet Saturday morning saw the decider pushed to the reserve day on Sunday, Matt Mulcahy won the toss for the home team and elected to take first use of the crease. Andrew Evans led from the top with 42 to help the Tigers to 2/110 with a top order surrounded with starts. However, the Beaver bowling attack then swung into their stride, with wickets to Tim Chivers (4/17), Adam Kinniburgh (3/21) and Harrison Carter (3/37) constraining the hosts with 152 on the board. Nathan Hicks had a day out behind the stumps, with the Lysterfield gloveman snaring five in the mitts over the innings. Set 153 for the Premiership, the Tiger attack struck early with Cam Wheeler’s opening spell 1/1 from four overs and having the Beavers pinned down early in the chase. However, eventual Stephen Lee Medalist Nathan Walsh combined with Lachlan Dobson for a 68-run partnership before Dobson was dismissed for a 40-ball 46 with the score 3/115. Walsh stuck to the end, ending on 60 not out as the Beavers posted 4/153 to end the season and continue their stay as the top team in Norm Reeves Shield. South Belgrave will play Division 1 cricket next season after winning the Decoite Shield over St Johns Tecoma by 48 runs. South were able to gain the advantage in hosting the Saints earlier in the Finals campaign, deciding to attempt the double by batting first against the visiting attack. The Saints started well claiming the first

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