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SES first call out By Parker McKenzie

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“I hope they get more members because people will see the great facility to come and train in.” Mr Owen had his own home damaged in 12487207-JW12-21

team that he wouldn’t give up on ensuring that the facility became a reality. “To see it here for the community is amazing,” Mr Battan said.


Shortly after a flag raising ceremony opened the new Emerald SES building, the unit received the first call out from their new home. Jim Paxton, Jenna Perry and Tom Johnson piled into the vehicle as they lifted the roller doors for the first time to respond to community call out for a fallen tree. The brief ceremony was attended by members of the Emerald SES unit and local Gembrook MP Brad Battan a week before the official opening on Saturday 27 November. Unit Controller Ben Owen said opening the new building was a relief that had been a long time coming. “It’s taken five years for concept drawings and the building process to be done,” he said. “I’ve been in the SES seven years and we all assumed we were going to get a new building soon and that was seven years ago.” Emerald SES has received close to 1700 calls for assistance so far in 2021 through heavy storms throughout the area. Mr Owen said members have slept on the floor of the old building because they couldn’t get home through bad weather. “To come into a state of the art building where the generators turn on by itself, the space for people to work safely, automated everything so the trucks can drive out with a press of a button instead of padlocks and chains will make such a difference,” “In terms of recruitment and retention we’ll get volunteers running through the doors to join and be a part of this.” Mr Owen also thanked Mr Battan for his work in ensuring the facility and Emerald SES was properly funded. Mr Battan said he promised Ben and his

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Knox wants youth’s help By Parker McKenzie Young people in Boronia, The Basin and Ferntree Gully can have a say on issues that matter to them with Knox City Council recruiting for the 2022 Youth Advisory Committee. The Youth Advisory Committee brings together young people in the Knox local government area, community representatives and councillors. Knox City Council said the committee is for people aged 12 to 25 and community members over the age of 25 who are interested in youth issues. “The advisory committee is a lively and productive forum for people who are passionate

about issues that affect the lives and well being of young people in Knox,” the council said. “The focus on the committee is to consider the perspective and ideas of young people on a range of important issues and provide feedback to the to council.” Recent topics include the Knox City Council’s climate response plan, ideas for activating Boronia Activity Centre, community plans and improving emergency management. The committee meets once a month either online or in a wheelchair accessible venue with the first meeting being held in February 2022. Applications close at 9am on Wednesday 24 November.

Picture: BROOKE CAGLE For more information community members can call the council youth services team on 9298 8000 or email Those interested can apply via the Knox City Council website.

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Funding for Belgrave Sth Primary Belgrave South Primary will receive funding to improve their facilities and infrastructure that support students and staff with disabilities. The school will receive $185,000 from the accessible buildings program to install wheelchair access to a new building, ensuring students and staff have access to the school’s facilities. Monbulk MP and Minister for Education James Merlino announced the school has been allocated funding from the program to promote inclusive learning environments. “The program helps to ensure all Victorian government students of all abilities can get a great education and have access to modern, functional learning spaces to give them the best chance to succeed and thrive in school and in life,” Mr Merlino said. “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can get a great education, no matter their circumstances.” The Victorian state government has included $15 million in the 2021/22 budget for the accessible buildings program and has invested $10.9 billion in building new schools and school upgrades in the past seven years. The program adjusts existing facilities to meet the needs of those with existing disabilities, as well as disabilities that occur as a result of an accident or the deterioration of existing conditions. The state government said it is ahead of schedule in it’s commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with plans to open 62 new schools between 2019 and 2024.

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Surge in permits By Parker McKenzie Yarra Ranges Shire and the City of Knox had a surge in new building projects as Victoria hits the highest levels of approved building permits in the past decade. 2315 building permits were approved in the Shire of the Yarra Ranges and 1764 in the City of Knox in the last financial year according to data collected by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). VBA chief executive officer Sue Eddy said the building and construction sector remained strong throughout the pandemic. “It has been a challenging time for all Victorians, however, the resilience shown by the building and plumbing industries and its ability to adapt has meant Victoria has continued to grow,” Ms Eddy said. “With continued cooperation, collaboration and safety front of mind we will hopefully see this positive trend continue through 202122 and beyond.” New building work accounted for more than 62 per cent of all building permits in the 2020-21 financial year, with the number of permits issued increasing by 24 per cent compared to the previous year.

Victoria hit a decade high for approved building permits. The number of permits issued for residential, retail, healthcare and public buildings each decreased by more than 10 per cent. Approved building permits in Victoria to-

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taled 123,330 in the 2020-21 financial year, which is an 18 per cent increase upon the 109,396 permits approved in the previous financial year.

A 47-year-old male was stopped at 3:35pm on Monday 15 November after being detected driving 56km/h through a 40km/h school zone on Boronia Road in Boronia. He was found to be driving on a suspended license and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1325. He will face police charges in court. A 63-year-old man will face court after being detected driving while suspended in Main Street, Upwey at 4:45pm on Monday 15 November. Police said he may lose his license if convicted. At 5:45pm on Monday 15 November a 27-yearold male collided with several parked cars and a motorcyclist before colliding with a traffic island rendering his car undrivable on Orchard Road in Bayswater. Fortunately no one was injured during the incident. Police said he returned a positive Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) for alcohol at the scene and later returned an evidentiary breath test (EBT) result of 0.173. His licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and he will face court charged with careless driving and drink-driving offences.

Emerald SES remove fallen tree Emerald SES removed a large tree from a major road at 2:35am on Sunday 21 November. The tree was described as “a monster” that fell across Belgrave-Gembrook Road.

Police dashcam appeal Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed or has dashcam footage of a serious collision in Bayswater North on Sunday 21 November at 4:10am. A pedestrian was struck on Dorset Road and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is assisting police. Police would also like to speak to a taxi driver who stopped at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the accident should contact Knox highway patrol.

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Gembrook MP Brad Battan helps raise the new flags above the facility with Unit Controller Ben Owen, Deputy Controller Jessica Rice and Jim Paxton. Pictures: PARKER MCKENZIE

Jenna Perry prepares to respond to the first job out of the new SES building.

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Emerald SES unveils new building From page 1 “They put in so much effort whether it’s helping out at the SES when they can, but if you saw the recent storms and the horrible circumstance Ben went through with his house he’s still helping the community while his family is at risk as well.” “They always want to know when they’ll come home safely, so the families go through a lot waiting at home for them to return.” Mr Owen said the new facility will al-

low Emerald SES to achieve faster response times because they are able to store their equipment on site. “I would like to thank our CFA counterparts, because we often use Emerald CFA’s training rooms to meet our need,” Mr Owen said. “For the past two years we have parked a vehicle at Cockatoo CFA because we haven’t had garages for our vehicles, so I must thank those two brigades particularly for their ongoing support.”

A 53-year-old man returned a positive breath test when pulled over on Cantebury Road, Bayswater by police. The man was found to be unlicensed after being disqualified of his license. He returned a breath test reading of 0.086 and will face court at a later date. Cardinia Shire Council has temporarily eased burn off restrictions for residents who are allowed to burn off for fire prevention purposes. From now until the Fire Danger Period is declared, open air burning is allowed without a permit from Monday to Saturday, provided that: you live in the Cardinia Shire Council Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) the burn off is for fire prevention and fire fuel reduction purposes Council’s burn off requirements are followed at all times your burn off is registered with the CFA Be sure to check the burning off rules for your property.

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Opening up full capacity By Parker McKenzie

Sooki Lounge saw the return of the dance floor on the weekend.


Venues throughout the Dandenong Ranges are preparing for a massive weekend with density limits and a ban of dancing a thing of the past. Double Vaccinated patrons throughout the Hills will be able to cram into venues and hit unused dance floors from Friday 19 November. Sooki Lounge manager Steve Crombie said despite the excitement hospitality will continue to face challenges going forward. “We’ve got a lot of backup plans with staffing, a lot mental health issues and if there is a Covid case we have to isolate for a certain amount of time,” Mr Crombie said. “There are a lot of issues operating within the Covid environment.” The Belgrave venue is expecting a packed weekend ahead as people return to the dance floor for the first time since August, before the most recent lockdown. Mr Crombie said good communication with staff and suppliers is the best way to address these challenges as the venue returns to full capacity. “We’ve got four bussies on a Saturday night, seven security, front of house and bar staff,” he said. “We’ve got a gig tonight which will see about 180 people on the door, with around 230 throughout the night with possibly the bottom bar opening too.” Unvaccinated people will continue to be

locked out of bars, pubs and clubs for the foreseeable future. Owner of the Watering Hole Tavern in Monbulk Renee McCarthy said the response from the community has been positive and she expects more of the same. “We haven’t come up against much confrontation in regards to checking vaccination status, which has been good because my young staff were quite worried about that,” she said. “The locals are happy to be back too.” Ms Mccarthy said the venue is returning to full capacity, when previously it was restricted to 20 patrons inside. “I think people will go back to walking up instead of booking,” she said. “We’ve been telling people you need to book a table constantly, but I think now people will go back to just turning up.” Sooki Lounge has been able to move their club night forward to Saturday with restrictions easing, which Mr Crombie expects will sell out. “We’ll get 450 patrons throughout the night coming through the doors,” he said. “Next week we’ve got all headlines acts like Phil Jamieson and Pierce Brothers, and then away we go basically.” Hospitality employees will be required to wear face masks during service, but most other restrictions have been lifted.

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Rotary Club of Emerald and District President Shalini Penny delivers the food to Emerald Community House Co-Manager Donna Asling ready for distribution to the community. Pictures: SUPPLIED

Emerald community joins forces for good cause Local Emerald residents who are facing tough times will be able to benefit from the distribution of 200 donated food items thanks to the combined efforts of Emerald Rotary Club, Woolworths and the Emerald Community House. President of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District Shalini Penny said the people of the Hills community have lived up to their reputation of helping those in need. “Our community has banded together after fires and storms and throughout the pandemic,” she said. “That same unwavering community spirit has come to the fore again with our Rotary club partnering with Emerald Woolworths and Emerald Community House to distribute food donated by members of the community to those in need.” The food items will be distributed to people in the community through the Emerald Community House. “Many of the food items were donated by shoppers who placed them into a dedicated Rotary trolley set up at the front of the store in the first week of November,”

Rotary Club of Emerald and District President Shalini Penny and Emerald Woolworths Manager Mark Doffetter load up the food items. Mrs Penny said. “Additional food items were also selected by our Rotary club with a $250 donation from Woolies.” Mrs Penny also thanked the people of Emerald and Woolworths for their support and contribution to the initiative.

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director Pat McCafferty believes the company will be able to achieve net zero carbon emission before 2030 as they continue to explore new ways to reduce their environmental footprint. The government-owned retail water corporation committed to an ambitious plan to generate 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 when it joined the UN March to Zero campaign on 11 November. According to Mr McCafferty, Yarra Valley Water plans to maximise the efficiency of their current infrastructure alongside new renewable energy projects to achieve their set targets. “We’ve got a second food waste to energy plant planned at the Lilydale sewerage treatment plant,” he said. “Together with the Wollert waste to energy plant both of those will supply about 50 per cent of our needs in renewable energy.” The utility company is investigating the concept of a floating solar array at their Wollert ReWaste facility and is aiming convert their fleet of vehicles into hybrid and electric models by 2030. Mr McCafferty said other plans to reduce emissions are being developed at Yarra Valley Water. “We have a green hydrogen project in the pipeline, but we are waiting to see if we can get some government funding to help that along,” he said. “That’s also exciting because green hydrogen is an important part of the solution going forward.” Mr McCafferty said sectors involved in natural resources need to be aware of their environmental footprint before they can begin to tackle emissions. “The first step is knowing your impacts and looking at what are the most viable ways to reduce them,” he said. “We need make the environment a priority in our decision making.” Yarra Valley Water have employed climate and energy specialists to audit the impacts of projects on the environment. He said there is an expectation from the community for Yarra Valley Water to play a role in dealing with climate change. “We are really on the pointy end of climate

Wollert ReWaste Facility is a part of the push for reduced emission at Yarra Valley Water. Picture: SUPPLIED change, it affects the long term reliability of rain fall after all,” Mr McCafferty said. “For instance here in Melbourne we’ve had a 30 per cent reduction in stream flow catchments over the last 30 years.” While he said that one entity can’t responsible for the fight against climate change, Mr McCafferty recognises the responsibility Yarra Valley Water has. “We as a sector have the highest energy use in the state of Victoria for instance,” he said. “Water uses 24 per cent of the energy needed by government sectors because we have treatment processes. I think we have a pretty strong responsibility.” Tuesday, 23 November, 2021




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Meals support survivors By Mikayla van Loon Supporting survivors of family and domestic violence has become a key role of Foothills Community Care in Upwey and a recently announced grant will help volunteers feed more women escaping violence. Having been delivering meals to people in need for over five years, the not-for-profit will now be able to expand the program for more women who have fled a violent situation. The power of a meal is much more than just nutritious substance, it’s about connection and that’s what Foothills founder and CEO Stephen Barrington’s philosophy is when it comes to food. “So for people to receive a meal that has been cooked by the local community, for a start, it’s that nutritious value but more than that, it’s that sense that you’re not being forgotten,” he said. Women who escape domestic violence often struggle financially, particularly when going through court but there is also a whole myriad of affects and trauma “To be able to have meals and to know that the food side of things is taken care of or largely taken care of actually releases the pressure to be able to do other stuff,” Mr Barrington said. “I think, for a lot of people, when there’s a whole lot of stuff we need to work out, it gets really overwhelming. So we can kind of ease that pressure in one area easily with food.” Prior to Covid-19 Foothills’ community casseroles programs was making 250 meals a week, that number has grown to 1000 meals a week, although not all are family violence sufferers.

Audrey, Liz, Pam, Judy and Julie prepare and chop vegetables every week for the Community Casseroles program. Picture: MIKAYLA VAN LOON A $10,000 grant from Yarra Ranges Council as part of the 2022 Grants for Community program will allow Foothills to continue feeding as many people as they need to each week, for as long as needed. Meals outreach coordinator Shannon Kay said the grant will ensure women who have experienced violence can be supported without hesitation and can be provided with weekly meals for as long as needed. “When there’s so much else going on, it’s

just something that we can show up for and provide very quickly, indefinitely, and it’s both physically nourishing, but also gives that sense of being supported and cared about and nurtured,” she said. “For women in that kind of very hectic, very overwhelming and horrible circumstances, having other women show up with food is quite profound. So being able to do that without limits, and to just reach out very quickly and know that we can offer it for as

long as necessary.” By starting to deliver meals to women and their children, a peer support group began to develop for survivors of family violence. For one member of the peer support group, who Star Mail is calling Jane to keep her anonymous, she first started cooking the meals for other women before joining the group herself. “I just felt more comfortable talking to other people about it who had been through it rather than seeing a psychologist or counselor,” Jane said. “I think having that actual understanding of people that have been through it is really different to someone that’s learnt about it in a textbook or studied it for many years.” Having been on both the cooking end and the receiving end, Jane said she knows how much a meal can mean to someone in her situation. “I know that the people there are not just cooking because it’s something to do, it’s a place that is filled with love,” she said. “They’re having a lovely time. They’re spending time with other women, even throughout the pandemic, they’ve been able to connect every week. They share their time, talk about stuff, do their own peer support I guess with whatever’s going on with them. “It’s not just a meal. It’s a little part of the community in your home at your dinner table. It’s really amazing to have that. Obviously, it’s very helpful financially, to not have to think about cooking that day but it’s emotionally supportive as well.” To request a meal, go to

Struggling with demand By Gabriella Payne Victoria’s numerous lockdowns combatted the Covid-19 pandemic, but they have sadly seen another invisible threat take hold. Cases of domestic violence have steadily increased in the past year, with local support services being pushed to the brink, receiving thousands of calls for help in Melbourne’s south east. Even now that lockdown has ended, support services are struggling to keep up with demand, with a huge backlog of victims still stuck in a “state of paralysis” and in urgent need of more permanent help. Robyn Roberts, the General Manager at family violence and housing support service WAYSS, said that they had witnessed a record number of victims reaching out for help since the pandemic had taken hold. “We know family violence is the biggest cause of homelessness for women and children, and during the pandemic women and children have been escaping unsafe situations and coming to WAYSS in larger numbers than ever before,” Ms Roberts said. “Last financial year we had more than 8,500 family violence reports referred to

WAYSS, a 4 per cent increase on the previous financial year. “Even though the last lockdown has ended, there is still a large backlog of cases from lockdown to deal with. “Our family violence refuges are full and many of our families are not moving because there is nowhere for them to move to,” she said. Ms Roberts said that with “very few suitable housing options” on the market at the moment, many victims sadly remained “in a state of paralysis – stuck in a constant state of crisis, with few options to move on and start improving their lives and no end in sight”. “There is just not enough affordable housing stock for people on low incomes, especially those who are dependent on government benefits,” she said. “As a result, people end up staying in short term crisis accommodation and other substandard living environments because there is no other option. “This is incredibly stressful and dehumanising for people who deserve more.” Ms Roberts said that urgent action needed to be taken to fix the current housing crisis and help those in need.

WAYSS have seen a record number of people reach out for help due to domestic violence in the past year. 258243 “WAYSS front line experience provides us with first hand knowledge of what needs to be done to address the current housing crisis - increased housing stock, combined with better-resourced housing access points, expansion of the tenancy support programs to low-income earners in private rental properties and targeted early intervention for young

people experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” she said. Despite their high volume of callers and the current crisis, Ms Roberts encouraged anyone experiencing domestic violence to reach out and get help, whether it be through WAYSS, Orange Door or by contacting police in the case of emergencies.

Making Safe Steps, but nowhere to turn for many By Gabriella Payne Like other family violence response centres in Melbourne, Safe Steps have noticed an alarming trend in the local area - there’s not enough safe and affordable housing to go around. With record numbers of people fleeing violence, there’s a desperate need for housing now more than ever, as many are at risk of homelessness if the situation continues to worsen. Rita Butera, the CEO of Safe Steps said that there was no doubt that the housing situation in the south east had become a huge crisis, and something needed to be done urgently to help vulnerable victims. “Safe Steps is receiving record numbers of calls from women experiencing family violence and friends, family and colleagues worried about their safety who need assistance with safety planning, risk assessment - and for

Cases of family violence have risen in the past year, and there’s an urgent need for more affordable housing for victims. 100 women and children each night, emergency accommodation, because they are at high risk of harm,” Ms Butera said.

“The lack of affordable housing is the biggest issue facing women and children who are rebuilding their lives after escaping family violence. “We need more emergency accommodation and more housing for families establishing a future free from family violence,” she said. Providing an all hours service for those in need, the team at Safe Steps have seen the impacts of this crisis firsthand. Ms Butera said that many of these victims still remained at risk and that more housing was desperately needed. “At our service – Victoria’s 24/7 family violence crisis centre – about 30 per cent of women and children who leave our emergency accommodation are referred to homelessness services, because they are unable to get a private rental and there are simply not enough

public housing options,” she said. “This often results in victim-survivors returning to unsafe situations through a lack of viable options. “There are not enough refuge places available in the time of crisis and we need more transitional housing.” Ms Butera said that the Safe Steps team would continue to work tirelessly to support those in need, and she encouraged community members to raise their voices and join their ’Walk Against Family Violence’ on Thursday 25 November to raise awareness. The ’Walk Against Family Violence’ is a local walk from home, where people wear something orange and share a picture to social media using the hashtags #WhyWeWalk #WAFV2021. To register and for more information visit Tuesday, 23 November, 2021




Woorilla Poetry Prize coming up By Maria Millers As soon as someone says “poetry” what comes to mind? Boring school lessons that have sworn you off poetry for life? Fusty genteel soirees with the elderly talking about nothing relevant to your life experiences? Then you will be most pleasantly surprised when you come to the annual Woorilla Poetry Prize Awards event on Sunday 28 November at 2pm in the Hills Hub, Emerald. You will find that today’s poetry is relevant, vibrant, and reflects modern concerns, hopes, aspirations - the perfect form for today’s complex world. It gives voice and creative outlet to express ourselves when doing so in other ways may be difficult. This prize evolved from humble beginnings as a local poetry competition to one that now receives entries not just from across Australia but from countries such as Canada, India, USA, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Romania, Germany and the UK. This year the Prize has been under the auspice of EDRA. The Woorilla Prize has two Sections – the Judith Rodriguez Open Section and the Louise Rockne Youth Section with an additional category for those whose first language is one other than English (CALD). Judges are Nathan Curnow for the Open Section and Emilie Zoey Baker for the Youth Section. Last year’s event was held totally online, this year we look forward to welcoming a live audience again, as well as streaming to those who are far afield. The audience will not be disappointed with a lively program: performances, live entertainment with indie style folk artist FJ Steele and of course refreshments. Those attending can get a free ticket online at

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The healing power of art in the hills By Shelby Brooks An Emerald artist is carving out a space for other emerging modern and contemporary artists in the hills area after finding art helped her heal through a traumatic period in her life. Martha Silver Breninger, owner of Raven Orb Gallery in Emerald, is passionate about supporting other female artists and showcasing their works. “I think there are a lot of artists, particularly women in Emerald, that haven’t quite popped up and showed their head because there’s not much of a market for contemporary art up here,” Martha said. “So I’m trying to pull out people that kind of fit with a more contemporary gallery compared to the art societies that are more for the older generation. “I really enjoy connecting with artists that I love and that I follow, and reaching out to them and giving them space to display their art.” Martha, a mixed medium artist herself, is relatively new to the art world, after starting her journey only a few years ago. “I found art about four and a half years ago,

when I was about two and a half years sober and recovering from pretty significant trauma around domestic violence and addiction,” Martha said. “A friend introduced me to needle felting and I found it very therapeutic. A lot of the dolls we were making were based around healing, so dolls for self-love and empowerment and things like that. Martha said needle felting activated a creative drive within her, which helped her recovery. “I started using art specifically for healing in those areas and just building my own selfesteem and self-love back up,” she said. “It’s a way of expressing even the pain. It just comes through when you put pencil to paper or hands on clay. It’s really it’s very, very helpful.” Martha began her journey into the art world with exhibitions locally in Olinda and Kallista, the former funded by a grant from Cardinia Shire Council. She then began an online business for her art, which has gained international attention, particularly from the United States.

“A lot of women have experienced those things [addiction and domestic violence],” Martha said. “So I’ve got a lot of very large following now and sold many, many artworks overseas to women who also need healing from those things. “It just naturally kind of gravitated to that and to people through the storytelling.” A lot of Martha’s work is focussed on ideas around finding the light in darkness, rebirth and transformation. “With going through such a darkness it has definitely inspired those themes of female transformational rebirth. It’s very present in every piece that I do,” Martha said. “But I continue to have the conversation with hundreds of women around the world around that. And keep sharing the story.” “I want to spread hope and inspiration. That you can go from that to being homeless and without anything and no money to feed your children and feeling trapped in hopelessness to being an international artist, inspiring hundreds of women and having a good income and owning a gallery.”

Burrinja Cultural Centre thrilled to reopen its doors By Parker McKenzie Burrinja Cultural Centre reopened its doors to the public with several art exhibitions from locally renowned artists. Creative Director Gareth Hart said Burrinja reopened to the public on Wednesday 17 November from 10pm. “It’s been quite a dark time with the lights off in the theatre and gallery,” they said. “We have three wonderful exhibitions from three talented female artists who the community should know quite well.” Artist Ches Mills will feature with an exhibition titled Aquatic Realms. “These paintings were triggered by my awe and wonder of our oceans, their fascinating shorelines, cliffs and glorious coral reefs that as a result of global warming are being compromised,” Mrs Mills said. Rona Green’s exhibition explores the ideas about the nature of individuality through hand coloured linocut prints, while Joy Ser8 MAIL


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Artists Ches Mills, Rona Green and Joy Serwlyo will feature with exhibitions when Burrinja reopens on Wednesday 17 November. Pictures: SUPPLIED wylo tells a story of renewal through deconstructed books and burnt fabric. All three exhibitions have been extended until Saturday 27 November and a celebration of the three artist’s work was held on Saturday 20 November at 2pm. “We understand how powerful art can

be in bringing light into people’s lives,” Hart said. “Off the back of the lockdowns and the storms there has been a disconnect from the community and we hope we can bring a sense of joy and inspiration through art.” Burrinja Cultural Centre will also run a

Burrinja reopened with three exhibitions. creative response to the devastating June storm called For the Love of the Trees on 4 December.


Helping women in need By Parker McKenzie A Belgrave student has dedicated her year 12 senior project to raising donations for women and girls in need. Mater Christi College student Jocelyn Doyle helped source 20 bags of essential items for Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag campaign. The annual campaign aims to donate essential items like sanitary products, deodorant, nappies and dummies for women escaping domestic violence or suffering from homelessness in the lead up to Christmas. Miss Doyle said staff and students supported her cause through the school. “Every little bit of help goes a long way,” she said. “Even if it’s just a bag of underwear, pads or a toothbrush, it means a lot to people who may not have anything.” The bags are dropped off at Bunnings and distributed to 3000 Australian charities that have registered for the campaign. Sara Mugridge, Miss Doyle’s year 12 teacher, said a lot of women who are fleeing domestic

violence don’t have access to essential items. “We’ve talked a lot in classes about it because Covid has kept people in their homes, the level of domestic violence has escalated,” Mrs Mugridge said. “There’s a lot more people out there looking for shelter and to get out of abusive homes, and looking for other places to live in and feel safe.” Miss Doyle said she was encouraged to help further the campaign by Share the Dignity’s founder Rochelle. “She was in a domestically violent situation herself and wrote about how her mother was brave enough to escape, but it was still really hard on her to carry on trying to lead a normal life,” Ms Doyle said. “She thought of this idea, got together with a couple of people and made it happen.” In the past four years #itsinthebag has donated 617,517 bags to women and girls in need, with 93,981 of those in 2020. People wishing to get involved or donate to the campaign should visit

Jocelyn Doyle and Sara Mugridge with the donated bags of essential items. Picture: PARKER MCKENZIE

Habitat for Humanity seeking volunteers and new jobs By Parker McKenzie Are you willing to volunteer to help rebuild houses damaged by the storms, or do you know someone whose property was damaged? Habitat for Humanity Victoria (HFHV) is seeking both new volunteers and properties to repair and prepare through their Storm Recovery program before bushfire season. HFHV plans to run volunteer days to help vulnerable home-owners who have been impacted by the recent storms in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Housing Programs Manager Tom Alexander said one of the challenge the charity is facing is keeping new jobs coming through the pipeline. “We have fliers all over the mountains, we connect with council, SES, Help in the Hills and save our Trees, so we have a strong network,” he said. “Almost by default a lot of the people that need the most help are the least likely to see where the help is available. “If a house is destroyed they might move to another part of Victoria, or if they’re elderly and financially ill-equipped they might not have a computer to access our website.” Habitat for Humanity Victoria was established in 1988 and built its first affordable home in 1995. Since then it has partnered with 65 families to help them into home ownership. Mr Alexander said anyone willing to volunteer with the storm recovery program is welcome, but to be prepared for hard work upon arrival.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for both volunteers and new jobs for their storm recovery program. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED “Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. I mean I’ve been twisting the arm of my mom,” he said. “We have 75 year old women and 18 year old students; it’s open to anyone who can do a bit of physical work.” The comprehensive recovery program assists homeowners in making minor repairs of storm damage and the removal of tree debris. The recipients of the assistance are unable to complete tasks themselves due to factors beyond their control. For those who aren’t able to do physical work, Mr Alexander said there were other ways to volunteer. “Through our better impact portal you’ll see the days available to volunteer and that’s not just the storm recovery program,” he said. “It’s our Brush with Kindness program,

Volunteers of all ages and physical ability are welcome at Habitat for Humanity. where we do maintenance work for women’s shelters and domestic abuse victims and also our build program where volunteers come onto a site and help build a house. “It’s a really good mix of programs if people

have any geographical or ability constraints.” Interested volunteers can contact Volunteer Coordinator Felicity Smith at fsmith@ for more details or visit www.

Find an escape in Cockatoo By Shelby Brooks A splash of colour and fun is coming to Cockatoo, with works on an indoor entertainment venue underway. Plans awaiting approval from Cardinia Shire Council reveal ‘Griff’s Place’, located at 56-60 McBride Street, will offer an outdoor mini golf course, while the existing house will be turned into an arcade with two escape rooms. Emerald husband and wife duo Jason and Sam Griffiths are behind the idea and have been working on the renovations to the 1940s home during lockdown. They will begin work on the mini golf course and landscaping once the plans are approved by the council. “Cockatoo is crying out for something like this,” Jason said. “I’ve been collecting old computers and arcade machines for a fair while. “I thought I’d rather share it with the community.”

Jason and Sam are previous residents of Cockatoo and feel it’s the perfect addition to the town. “When you look at the main street, there are a lot of vacant shops,” Jason said. “We didn’t want to be another food place, we wanted to bring life back into the centre of Cockatoo with a designated place people can come to have family oriented fun.” Sam and Jason are designing an escape room each after visiting facilities across the state for inspiration. “Sam was the director of ‘Murder on Puffying Billy’ and involved with Gemco Players, so she’s using those theatre skills to bring a story line to the escape rooms to add to the experience,” Jason said. “They’re lots out there that are expensive but not that interesting. We want ours to be entry level and affordable but with an engaging story.” An eight space car park will be built at the rear of the property, with access from Fairbridge Lane.

Bright new carpet has been installed into the site. Sam and Jason have been documenting their renovation journey on YouTube, showing the installation of various arcade machines as well as DIY carpet, floorboards and painting jobs. Their two daughters are also loving being

Picture: YOUTUBE GRIFFS PLACE involved in the build and design. The responsible authority will not decide on the application before 12 November. To follow their journey, head to @GriffsAmusements on Facebook and Griff’s Place on YouTube. Tuesday, 23 November, 2021



Shire update

Meet our Mayor and Deputy Mayor -----Ranges Ward councillor Jeff Springfield has been elected Mayor and Officer Ward councillor Tammy Radford has been elected Deputy Mayor for 2021–22.

Cr Springfield, who is serving his second term as Mayor, said he was looking forward to leading the Council in the year ahead. “I am thrilled to be leading this Council as Mayor over the next 12 months,” Cr Springfield said. “The year ahead will be an important year for our residents as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen so much social and economic disruption recently and we must assist

our community where we can as their elected community leaders.”

Cr Tammy Radford said she saw the role of Deputy Mayor as being a strong support and sounding board for the Mayor. “I look forward to taking on this role and have the full support of my family to take on this exciting position,” Cr Radford said. “As Deputy Mayor I will continue to provide 100% commitment to supporting our community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Be prepared for the summer season

Have your say Budget 2022–23 Have your say on community priorities as we plan for the Council budget 2022–23, which will deliver on the Council Plan strategies and initiatives. In early 2021, the Imagine Cardinia People’s Panel and consultation process helped identify priorities for the Council Plan, Financial Plan and Council Budget. We’re now checking in to see if these issues are still important to you. Community feedback will be considered to inform the Council Budget. The survey closes 6 December. Upper Beaconsfield BMX track You’re invited to have your say on the design for the proposed upgrades to the Upper Beaconsfield BMX track. The BMX track will be designed and constructed by specialist BMX track construction company Common Ground. Council and Common Ground will consult with local schools and the Upper Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve Community Asset Committee in November and December on track design. Community consultation is open until 6 December.

Prepare your property: • Cut grass and remove fallen branches within 30 metres of buildings. • Remove leaves and twigs from gutters. • Cut back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings. • Ensure your home and contents insurance is adequate. Have a bushfire plan Having a written bushfire plan will help you know how to respond when threatened by a fire. Stay informed Leaving early, well before the fire gets close, is the safest option.

International Day of People with Disability You’re invited to attend a free online event to recognise International Day of People with Disability. The event will feature a presentation and Q&A session with Beau Vernon, who became a quadriplegic in 2012 after an on-field football accident. The free event will be held Friday 3 December, 10–11:30am. Registrations:

Unwrap Cardinia Shire Explore all that Cardinia Shire has to offer this Christmas with our Advent-ure Calendar! In the lead up to Christmas, our Cardinia Business Facebook page will be unwrapping parts of our amazing shire for residents and visitors to explore and help support local businesses.

White Ribbon event Community members are invited to attend Council’s annual White Ribbon fundraiser on Thursday 25 November from 9.15am–12:15pm at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. The event is hosted by Cardinia Shire Council in partnership with Aligned Leisure and Outlook Victoria and raises awareness of, and funds for, White Ribbon Australia family violence prevention programs. This year’s guest speaker is Phil Cleary, equality advocate, AFL legend and former federal MP. Spaces are strictly limited. Booking and event information:

COVID-19 update We’re pleased to welcome you back to our Council facilities. When visiting venues and facilities, please remember to: • check in via QR code • have your COVID-19 vaccination digital or printed certificate with you – the easiest way is to download it using the Service Victoria app • wear a mask when required, use hand sanitiser and practice physical distancing • please be kind, patient and understanding.

Visit our website for the latest information and operating hours for Council facilities and services:

Business support Cardinia Business

COVID-19 online help hub Find information including local support services for food, mental health, financial counselling and housing.

Buy Local Map COVID-19 updates For the latest Victorian Government COVID-19 information including testing and vaccine sites:

The information on this page was correct at the time of print and photos were taken in line with COVID-19 restrictions at the time. For the most up-to-date information:

Cardinia Shire Council Phone: 1300 787 624



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Job well done to all Firstly, I’d like to congratulate all the Victorian students for completing their VCE exams for 2021. Our years 12s have tackled these exams in the shadow of a global pandemic – their determination and resilience through the challenges of 2020 and 2021 has been inspiring to see. I’m sure I can speak for their teachers, principals, parents and carers and all school communities when I say how proud I am of every single student’s effort over the past two years. To the year 12s, now is the time to put your feet up and relax and think about the next chapter of your lives – whether that be further study, training or jumping straight into the workforce. Once again, congratulations – I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are of you. Now, I’d like to congratulate all of our local area for taking the time to roll up your sleeves to get vaccinated - protecting yourselves, your

Upcoming local stage shows

The state of

affairs James Merlino MP

Member for Monbulk families and our whole community. Thanks to your extraordinary efforts, we will soon hit the key 90 per cent double dose milestone for eligible people. With this milestone our restrictions have eased further, with nearly all remaining rules now lifted state-wide for fully vaccinated people. Whilst this is great news, it may take time for those we know and love to adjust to this new normal. The pandemic has affected each of us in

different ways, so please be patient with those that aren’t ready to swing open their doors just yet. As always, I’d encourage everyone to shop local and spoil yourselves to celebrate this amazing milestone. If you haven’t yet taken the time to get vaccinated for whatever reason, please do so. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can all do to protect ourselves, those we know and love, and the Victorian community from this virus. For hopefully the final time, I would like to thank all those in our local area for doing their bit throughout the last 20 months. Our area has tackled so much over 2020 and 2021 and we rose to the occasion to support each other, each and every time. For the latest COVIDSafe settings please visit: coronavirus-covidsafe-settings. If my office can be of any assistance with any State Government matter, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Kemp’s curtain call The Bakery Theatre at 1812 Frankenstein produced by Centrestage Youth Theatre Haunted by the consequence of his greatest and most terrible achievement, Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant young scientist returns to his Swiss chateau to live a private life of seclusion. Distraught by the death of his younger brother, Frankenstein has no idea the extent of which he will be made to suffer. On the night of his wedding, he confesses his dark secret to his newlywed wife and relays the sequence of events that lead to the night that is certain to be his last. Season: 30 November - 11 December Burrinja Cultural Centre Upwey Dami Im Solo Tour An intimate evening of piano, songs and stories Beginning her musical journey as a virtuoso pianist, Dami is renowned for her emotive and powerful vocals since winning the X-Factor Australia. She has released a string of hits such as Alive, Super Love and Gladiator. She went on to become ‘Eurovision Royalty’ in 2016 when she earned the highest score ever achieved by an Australian entry. Friday 10 December at 8pm The Basin Theatre Has advised that 2022 will be a big year for The Basin Theatre as they are moving to six slightly shorter seasons per year with additional matinees on both Saturdays (with 19 shows in all per season). The performance nights for each season will be Thursday 8pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm Matinee, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm Matinee. Season One: February 23, 25, 26 (2 shows) and March 3, 4, 5 (2 shows). The company asks that you stay tuned for further program notices when they will announce the shows for 2022 and open ticket bookings. Keep your eyes on this column for the above details.

Cage great in ‘Pig’ film Pig Starring Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff Rated MA15+ Pig is a poignant paring of cinema down to the fundamentals of acting, dialogue and theme. Rob (Nicolas Cage), a former chef turned reclusive truffle forager, travels to Portland with his business partner Amir (Alex Wolff) to find his stolen truffle pig. Cage delivers a soft-spoken but powerful performance of loss and determination, and Wolff is fun as an ambitious, impatient young man with a good heart. First-time director Michael Sarnoski shows a superb command of subtle details. Within ten minutes, we get a clear sense of Rob’s introverted nature, his love for his pig and a past tragedy before the main conflict erupts. Small gestures and compassionate half-truths carry profound weight, and painfully beautiful memories rush back through a meal. Sarnoski and Cage avoid portraying Rob as noble for withdrawing from society to live in the woods: Rob’s repressed grief is palpable, and he isn’t wise, so much as brutally to-thepoint. Pig features an engrossing thread of growth

and clarity, with Rob coming out of his shell and opening up to the world even as he confronts its vain illusions. The film also has a slight surreal edge, with dementedly-cheerful chefs and a dark underbelly in the Portland restaurant industry. The only notable issue is the shaky camerawork in some scenes. Like with The Guilty, the annoying shaky-cam can detract from dramatic moments and harm our immersion. Pig is a truly outstanding character study, and is playing in select Victorian cinemas and available to rent or buy on iTunes. - Seth Lukas Hynes

Delving into creative writing PASSION FOR PROSE WITH CHRISTINE SUN The Eastern Regional Libraries recently presented the “Introduction to Creative Writing” event with the Centre of Adult Education (CAE). The online session was for anyone interested in creative writing who is unsure how to get started. The instructor, Beverley Eikli, teaches “Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction”, “Beginning Creative Writing” and “The Short Story” at CAE. To this reviewer, the session seemed to highlight creative writing courses as a resource, rather than the writing process itself. According to Beverley, writing courses are designed to help aspiring writers unleash their creativity. While some may want to compose personalised stories for their loved ones, others may be interested in blogging or recording family history. Still others may want to compile a book of poems or daily musings. Depending on each participant’s chosen project, writing courses help them find the “entry point” where they can begin to envisage and shape their stories. It’s a matter of overcoming barriers and making progress, until they can get their first draft on the page. Some of these barriers include the so-called “writer’s block”, “internal editor” and even “imposter syndrome”. Many aspiring writers worry how their contents, styles and even themselves may be judged when others find out they are trying to write. This is where writing courses come in handy because no one is put on the spot. In other words, writing courses are designed to encourage and inspire, to help participants have fun creating what they intend to create. According to Beverley, people often lament that they want to write but lack someone to share it with. That “someone” can be a critique partner who helps you explore various possibilities and polish certain specifics while providing you with enough incentive to keep going. A pair of fresh eyes can help writers check what is well done, what has potential, and what needs a bit more work. Editorial feedback and opportunities such as writing awards, competitions and grants are among the useful resources that writing courses provide. Exactly what do you want to write, who do you want to write for, and what do you hope to achieve? Having ascertained your unique ideas, writing courses use prompts and exercises to help you brainstorm the “goal, motivation and conflict” that make your characters compelling. Whether you are a “plotter” or “discovery writer”, whether you want to write romance, thriller or magical realism, and whether you encounter obstacles at the beginning, middle or end of the process – writing courses help you find the questions you want to ask to help get the story going. At the end of the session, Beverley answered some important questions from participants, such as “what’s the best exercise to unlock creativity”, “how to overcome the tyranny of a blank page” and “how do you know when to stop editing”. These keen, in-depth inquiries demonstrate how writing can excite the heart, exercise the mind and soothe the soul. Readers are advised to check with their local libraries regarding the availability of future creatively writing courses. Tuesday, 23 November, 2021



THE LOWDOWN Q&A What is something people don’t know about you? A lot of people don’t know my medical background of my working career. I’m a trained nurse and I’ve worked in nursing all my life. How long have you been involved in Monbulk RSL? 25 years, and eight as president. What do you enjoy most about...? It’s the comradeship of being among of the community and family, and the fact that we are there to assist and help other veterans. What has been one of your most memorable moments? The most memorable was being elected as president and conducting my first ANZAC day service in 2014. What do you love most about the Yarra Ranges? It still a close knit community, and everyone is prepared to pitch in and help one another. That was really apparent when the storms passed through, with everyone helping each other regardless as a part of the community. What event, past, present, or future, would you like to witness? I would like to see the stability in our community, where everyone can get along with one another. That would be really good in the future. We have too many divisions among us because of Covid, I’d like to see everyone to come together peacefully. Which four guests would you invite to a dinner party? I’d invite close friends like my best man, we still get together every Christmas. I’ve got four or five dear friends and they are who I’d invite. Who do you admire the most? A person I really admired a lot was my wife when she was still alive, and after four years I still admire her. We were married for 48 years.

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Monbulk RSL president Bill Ford enjoys selling poppies for Remembrance and Anzac Day. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS What are some of your hobbies? My hobbies now are bike riding which I’ve taken up recently. Wood working used to be my hobby but I can’t see very well anymore. I also garden to take care of the landscaping my wife started, and I enjoy selling poppies

for the RSL too. What are your favourite book and/or film? I don’t really have one because of my eyesight issues; I used to read a lot of Wilbur Smith novels in my younger days. He only passed away a couple of weeks ago. I like non-violent movies.

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Be kind and safe together Once again the Yarra Ranges community has shown that working together we can keep our communities safe, our businesses open and get back to what we love. As Victoria celebrates reaching the 90 per cent double dose vaccination milestone, Yarra Ranges has been able to keep pace with the national average - and in some of our townships, even exceed it. As masks come off and visitors return, we get ever closer to our pre-Covid lives. As impatient as we are to get back to normal, it is more important than ever to Be Kind and Stay Safe. The past 20 months have re-shaped the way we live, work and play. Coming out of restrictions can be difficult as we navigate new social situations and remaining restrictions. While our vaccination rates are high, it’s important to remember there are still vulnerable members of our community. Continuing to follow updated health and safety regulations can help support them. Many of our businesses will be struggling to return to business as usual. Whether it’s staffing shortages or employees are just a little rusty after a long break, your service and experience could well be a little slower, or just a little different as we all find our feet. Please be patient. After all, we’ve learnt to appreciate the things we’ve missed - and know it’s worth the wait. Let’s all do our best to be kind to business, and buy local whenever we can. Council has had teams out and about visiting businesses and talking to them about how we can help establish outdoor activation. Some of the support we’ve been providing includes printing and laminating services for Covid-related signage, sharing the Buy, Employ, Enjoy Local campaign and inform-

ing businesses of support and grants available. Customer service officers have also been able to respond to community queries about sourcing information about current regulations and providing proof of vaccination. Kay Trembath, of Crumbz Craft in Healesville, was happy to have the team visit. “Every bit helps after the last two years. We’re so happy to be welcoming people back, and keeping safe as we do so,” she said. If your business hasn’t had the Be Kind, Stay Safe material delivered as yet, get in touch with and they’ll be able to help. It’s a busy time of year in Yarra Ranges, especially as visitors return and re-discover all our region has to offer. With 55 unique townships to explore and some of the most diverse and stunning landscapes in the state, there’s something for everyone. It can help to plan ahead and have a backup plan during peak times. Call early and book at a local cafe or restaurant, and afterwards, pop into the intriguing little shop next door you could find just the thing you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re stopping at the town next door, or you’ve come from further afield, supporting the local businesses when enjoying the area helps keep our communities vibrant and unique - the kind of places you want to return to. As we celebrate coming back together and getting back to what we love, remember to be kind and stay safe while enjoying local in Yarra Ranges.

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Nocturnal Zoo reopens By Parker McKenzie Residents of the Hill can now visit the Yarra Valley Nocturnal Zoo once more, after it reopened on Monday 22 November to pre-booked tours and school groups. The Zoo is located in Mount Evelyn and features an array of native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, lizards, possums and owls. Owner Steven Handy, who runs the zoo with his wife Loo Scoon, said they reopened once Victoria hit the 90 per cent vaccination benchmark. “We do tours in the morning at 10.30am and 12:30pm in the afternoon that go for an hour and a half,” Steven said. “Small groups like a family or two ladies with a few kids, we take them through the zoo to get up close and personal.” For $10 an adult or $5 for a child, prebooked groups can take a guided tour through the facility and pet koalas, feed kangaroos and hold a snake. Most of the animals are nocturnal, so the zoo also runs night tours for people to see them when they are most active. Visitors will get the chance to meet the inquisitive dingoes – who act more like dogs after being taught mannerisms by Red Dog, the Zoo’s friendly guard dog, while quolls, tawny frogmouths, quokkas and kookaburras are also housed at the zoo. You may get the chance to spy on an endangered masked Australian owls. “The reason they are so endangered is because they only breed in the old growth forests in the hollow logs,” Steven said. “They are critically endangered because there are only 200 pairs left, but our females in there are sitting on two chicks.” The owls aren’t the only threatened species the zoo is currently breeding.

Loo Scoon, Steven Handy, Adem Torey-Toth, Jack Hewitt and Jack Hewitt. “These are South Brush tail Wallabies. They are critically endangered with only about 60 of them left in the wild.” Loo said. “To be able to breed joeys, which there are two of them in there at the moment, is pretty significant for Mount Evelyn.” Steven said. The zoo serves a bigger purpose beyond caring for animals and protecting endangered species. The couple run the zoo with funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme, supporting people with disabilities to help learn job skills, social opportunities and community integration.


“A lot of people ask why we only charge $10 for tours, we essentially do the tours so the guys can get some experience showing people around. “All these guys are on the NDIS and are learning how to work with animals, but more importantly we teach all job skills to the guys at work. Towards the end of the tour people will have the chance to visit the reptile enclosure, where snakes, lizards and even a crocodile make their homes. Visitors are sure to learn plenty from the friendly staff through the tour, including about the Oenpelli python.

“This is the rarest snake in the world,” Loo said. “He comes from Arnhem Land.” “If you’re into snakes, this is the holy grail,” Steven said. “We’ve had the guy who owns the Ballarat Zoo come down and his big ambition was to touch one.” “For us it’s just a snake, like all the others we feed.” Zookeeper Adem Torey-Toth added. Tours can be organised by ringing the zoo, or visiting their website at



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Monbulk midweek pennant gets victory By Eric Markham Tuesday’s pennant saw Monbulk start well with all three pennant sides tasting victory. Monbulk 1 got the season off to a flyer against Chirnside Park winning on all rinks. Jim Bras’ rink powered away winning nine of 12 ends including seven shots on the seventeenth end to win by 23 shots, 34 to 11. Eric Markham’s rink did not allow the opposition to score until the eleventh end where they led by 16 shots. They had a blemish on the fourteenth end where they dropped six shots but won 18 of 21 ends to win by 20 shots, 29 to nine. Peter Koomen’s rink had the close contest and were one shot down after 18 ends. They managed to win the last three ends and recorded a victory by four shots, 18 to 14. Monbulk won the overall by 47 shots, 81 to 34. Monbulk 2 had a tight tussle when they traveled to Pakenham. Graeme Seymour’s team won eleven ends and lost ten. Scores were level a few times but just as we got our noses in front on the seventeenth end, we then dropped four shots and gave up the lead eventually losing by four shots,18 to 22. Graeme Goller’s team won twelve ends in a low scoring match. On the twelfth end we had an eight shot lead, but by the fifteenth end, our lead had dropped to three shots. Pakenham then levelled with us on the nineteenth end. Monbulk stood tall on the final ends to take the win 17 shots to 13. Eric Furby’s team dropped five shots on the first end but were able to make up ground and with one end to go scores were tied. They then picked up three shots, to win the game 21 to 18. Overall Monbulk won by eight shots, 67 shots to 59. Monbulk 3 played Boronia at home and had

Monbulk’s Tuesday pennant sides were too strong for the competition. a convincing win. Bruce Cockerill’s team had a day out winning fourteen ends to Boronia’s seven. They led all day to win 25 shots to 10 and picked up a massive six shots on the seventh end. Mike Harris’ team trailed for most of the front half but transformed after the break. They only dropped two single shots in the back half and stormed ahead winning by 15 shots, 26 to

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11. Peter Lee’s team picked up two four shotters in the front half which gave them a good lead. After the lunch break they dropped a couple of ends and Boronia briefly took the lead. Scores were level on the fifteenth and the seventeenth ends. Then we put in three solid ends and Boronia couldn’t catch us on the final end winning by two shots, 25 shots to 23. Overall Monbulk won by 32 shots,76 to 44.

Monbulk 1 were able to overcome Vermont South by the barest of margins in a thriller, away from home in the Saturday pennant. Jim Bras’ rink began slowly and were seven shots down after six ends. They then chipped away and were within three shots after 15 ends. They then lost the next two ends to be seven shots down with four ends to be played. However, they stuck to the task and won the last four ends picking up six shots on the twentieth end to take the lead and then took the last end to win by four shots, 23 to 19. Tim Stapleton’s rink dominated their game early and led by 13 shots after nine ends. They then dropped six shots on the next end to let the opposition back into the game. By the fourteenth end the Monbulk rink moved their lead out to 11 shots. However, they lost the next six ends and found themselves behind for the first time with one end to play. The Monbulk rink were one down with the skip to have the final bowl and he delivered, taking out the opposition’s shot bowl and taking victory by two shots, 23 to 21. Brian Smith’s rink held sway all day and apart from dropping a couple of multiples were dominant. They won 15 of the 21 ends and won by 11 shots, 25 to 14 with all team members Chris Clerici, Craig Ward, Karen Rice and Brian Smith contributing. Eric Markham’s rink could not get into the game and did not trouble the scorers until the sixth end. By the eighteenth end when all other rinks were completed they were 19 shots behind but there was only two shots the difference on the overall board. The Monbulk rink then found some form and picked up six shots on the next end and were able to hang on for the last two ends to help Monbulk get over the line by one shot 82 to 81. The final rink score was a loss by 16 shots, 11 to 27 but the victory now places Monbulk on top of the ladder after the first two rounds. Monbulk 2 also had a close encounter with Hampton Park at home. Graeme Goller’s rink led by five shots after the fifth end largely due to picking up six shots on the fourth end. By the fourteenth end they led by nine shots. However, they dropped 15 shots and picked up two over the next seven ends to lose by four shots 21 to 25. Eric Furby’s team had a struggle all day, winning only seven of 21 ends. They were 15 shots down after 14 ends, but managed to win four of the last seven ends by a margin of four shots which reduced the loss to 11 shots, 13 to 24. Peter Donders’ team led for most of the day with the greatest margin being 11 shots after the seventeenth end. They eventually won by nine shots 23 to 14 which was the biggest overall margin of the day. Jim Anderson’s team had a close game in the first nine ends with scores tied. They then took control winning eight of the next 12 ends to win by eight shots, 24 to 16. Monbulk 2 won the overall in another close contest by two shots, 81 to 79 which puts them in fourth place on the ladder. Monbulk 3 played at Burwood District and ran into some tough opposition. Klaus Eisele’s rink put up a solid performance with Sara Sworowski playing her first game. They won a majority of ends, but dropped a couple of multiples to lose by seven shots, nine to 16. Alan Brooke’s rink played against bowlers from a higher division and were no match going down by 22 shots, four to 26. Tuesday, 23 November, 2021



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buy one coffee, get a 2nd coffee for $1

*excluding Tobacco, Epay and Gift Cards

what else to expect... Activities for the Kids, Tastings, Giveaways, Colouring Competition

COCKATOO /cockatoo

must be in the same transaction, hot beverages only, limit rights reserved.


Specials available from Friday 26/11/21 until Sunday 28/11/21 at Cockatoo IGA. While stocks last. Pictures used for illustration purposes only. Savings are off regular prices.Some products or varieties may not be available. 12521913-AV48-21



Tuesday, 23 November, 2021