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Ranges Trader

Tuesday, 22 November, 2022

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SES volunteers worked from early in the morning until midnight to clear blocked roads around Gembrook.

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Emerald SES responded to callouts of fallen trees around Gembrook, which blocked “major arterial roads.” Unit controller Ben Owen said weeks of weather causing call outs for the unit of “compounding day in and day out.” “We had three incidents involving large trees or a large number of trees in or around the main arterial roads in Gembrook,” he said. “There was Gembrook-Launching Place Road which was closed because a huge tree fell near the scout park, Beenak E Road which was closed for a few hours because four trees had fallen over there and knocked each other over.” On Monday 21 November, a severe weather warning for damaging winds remained in place for much of Victoria, with potential gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour. Turn to page 3 for more

Election looms The final week of the 2022 state election campaign is in full swing, with voters in Monbulk and Bayswater set to play a key part in deciding which party forms government In Monbulk, the retirement of long-standing MP and former Deputy Premier James Merlino has created the opportunity for a newcomer to join parliament in his place. Eight candidates have put their names down on the ballot to replace him, however, it is likely the

contest will come down to Labor candidate Daniela De Martino and the Liberal Party’s Gareth Ward. Down the hill in Bayswater, former Ferntree Gully MP Nick Wakeling has moved to the electorate after his own was abolished, where he is challenging the incumbent first-term Labor MP Jackson Taylor for a seat traditionally held by the Liberal Party. Seven others have joined in an election race that is likely to be as close as

any in the state. In the first week of early voting, the Star Mail hit the pre-polling booths to ask voters what issues mattered to them and candidates how they’d been received by the public as they make their final pitches. Both the Liberal and Labor Parties have promised vast sums of taxpayer money on everything from infrastructure projects, emergency response, public transport, sporting up-

grades and education in Monbulk and Bayswater, while independents and minor parties have challenged them on their record on integrity. Several locals have nominated for the Upper House, from Bayswater to Kallista, where minor parties look likelier to have a say in Victoria’s future. Turn to pages 4-8 for campaign coverage ahead of Election Day on Saturday 26 November

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Violi fights for road fund By Parker McKenzie Casey MP Aaron Violi is calling on the Federal Government to honour a “bipartisan” agreement to seal roads throughout the Yarra Valley, after funding to seal 187 kilometres of roads was “cut” in the 2022-23 budget. Mr Violi said both his Liberal Party and the Labor Party agreed to fund the important infrastructure project when current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was Minister for Infrastructure in 2019. “They’ve pulled this money and I know that the minister’s department has said that there are tough economic times and they’ve had to make choices but at the very same time, they’ve committed $2.2 billion to the suburban rail loop which hasn’t gone through the Infrastructure Australia process,” he said. “I’ve spoken to Tammy Rose, the CEO of Yarra Ranges Council, and to Mayor Jim Child, and I know myself that this is a proven model that’s working.” Funding of the road sealing was set to be funded through contributions from Yarra

Ranges Council, the federal government and the community through a special charges scheme. In a statement, Mayor Child said the council has been able to deliver a large number of critical road projects in the Yarra Ranges through the program since it was introduced in 2019. “We had hoped this program would enable us to complete more eligible projects for the community,” he said. “On top of record rains, unprecedented storms, material shortages and sky-rocketing costs, our roads have taken a literal beating and if the Government decides to cut the Roads for Community Program, then we may have little choice but to cancel already planned road sealing works.” Yarra Ranges Council has previously said without funding from the federal government and the special charges scheme, it does not have the funding available to seal more than 700km of unmade roads. A special charges scheme is a funding model where “landowner

contributions can be sought for infrastructure improvement projects such as roads, footpaths and drainage.” Mr Violi said the average cost of the special charges scheme for residents will go from $7000 to over $14,000 without the contribution from the federal government. “That’s a significant increase and a lot of people will struggle through the cost of living pressure,” he said. “We also know that there’s significant bushfire risk in the Dandenongs and throughout the Yarra Valley, and people trying to get out on dangerous unsealed roads adds to their risk as well.” A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts previously told the Star Mail that some existing infrastructure projects had been reviewed, and in some cases, reduced or discontinued in the October budget. “This includes the Sealing Roads projects in the Dandenong Ranges for the Yarra Ranges

and Cardinia Shire councils, where future projects have been discontinued,” they said. “A number of projects have already been delivered and we will continue to work with both councils to deliver works that are currently under construction or have tender processes underway to ensure minimal disruption.” They said current economic conditions were affecting the delivery of infrastructure investments and increasing the pressure on the Commonwealth budget. Mr Violi said he encourages residents to write to him about their concerns so he can pass them on to Minister for Infrastructure Cathrine King. “Some of these roads are really looking third world and I don’t say that lightly, and it is a lot to do with the storms, but it’s a lot to do with needing to continue to invest in sealing these dirt roads,” he said. “This is an issue that is a high priority for me and I’ll be working in and fighting every day from now until the next election to make sure that we can secure this funding.”

Tecoma resident continues clean-up battle after floods By Tyler Wright The clean-up process is ongoing for some flood-affected residents in the Dandenong Ranges, including Tecoma resident Mardi Taylor, whose property is still without heating and a usable downstairs area after water seeped into the carpet after heavy rain on Tuesday 25 October. Ms Taylor recently moved back home with her son after living in temporary accommodation, but said that has brought its own financial costs. “Having to buy things because you’re not at home... it’s just finding that extra money, and then thinking that potentially you’re going to have to pay an extra $140 on top of your normal electricity bill,” Ms Taylor said. “You can’t get accommodation close to home...I’ve got to drive my son back up, was driving him back up to to school, and then back to work.” “You end up out of pocket for things... my gumboots washed away and my work boots, so I had to go and buy them to replace them so that I could actually clean up outside... you’ve got to pay for all that stuff yourself before you’re reimbursed.” Ms Taylor said rubbish including asbestos, car tyres, broken glass and batteries have been washed into her property from neighbouring properties, and has contacted Yarra Ranges Council to establish who is responsible for the clean up. “I’m living in a house that’s got that horrible concrete smell; things are broken...the whole yard is covered in mud...the paths are broken, no heating,” she said. “I’m really lucky to have a home back.” Yarra Ranges Council’s Director of Environment and Infrastructure Bill Millard said

Tecoma resident Mardi Taylor said car parts, asbestos, and broken glass has been pushed onto her property after flash flooding. Picture: MARDI TAYLOR, FACEBOOK the council is “aware of the impact of the recent flooding events in the Yarra Ranges and are working through a range of jobs with Council Officers working around the clock to rectify these issues”. Mr Millard said the council understands a request has been made, and “will contact the resident to investigate the issue of rubbish being pushed into the property and adjoining creek”. “While Council sympathises with this resident, we also acknowledge that a watercourse/creek exists and runs through this property and that a combination of heavy rain and the natural topography of the land

can result in a faster flow and flooding,” Mr Millard said. “Due to the nature and size of the recent flash flooding events we have experienced, it is difficult to understand what, if any, work can be done to reduce the water levels and waste problem at this site during times of heavy rainfall.” The Yarra Ranges municipality is experiencing wetter than normal conditions Mr Millard said, which is causing further issues for council and property owners’ assets. “The past few weeks has seen significant flood events occurring across many townships, and to help with the post-flood clean-

up we are working closely with the State Government to deliver a targeted flood waste service to five of the most heavily impacted townships - Upwey, Tecoma, Seville, Yarra Junction and Lilydale. “This service is available to residents in Tecoma, and I urge people not only in Tecoma, but the other affected townships to register and utilise this service.” Locals can register by visiting: www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Council/Latest-news/ Flash-and-riverine-flooding-October-2022/ Free-waste-collection-for-flood-impactedsuburbs Mr Millard said there is also volunteer agencies available who may be able to assist property owners with their clean-up and he encourages anyone who has been affected by the floods and is unsure of where to go or who to contact to give Yarra Ranges Council a call on 1300 787 624 and the council can point you in the right direction. A representative from RACV; the insurance company handling Ms Taylor’s claim, said RACV last spoke to Ms Taylor on Wednesday 16 November. “Ms Taylor lodged a claim with RACV for flood damage on 25 October 2022. RACV’s claims assessors and make safe team have attended the property and are working to assess and repair the damage to Ms Taylor’s home,” RACV Head of Home & Business Insurance Kirsty Hayes said. “Ms Taylor has been offered temporary accommodation while the damage to the property is being assessed,” Ms Hayes said. “RACV is committed to the timely resolution of this claim. “We urge Members with queries about their RACV Insurance to contact us directly.”

Victorian Liberal candidate distanced from the party By Adrian Black and Callum Godde, AAP An upper house Liberal candidate will not sit in the party room if elected at next week’s Victorian state election over links to a controversial church. Liberal leader Matthew Guy said some of Renee Heath’s views were not uncovered through the party’s candidate preselection review process. Ms Heath is a member of the City Builders Church, which has been accused of promoting gay-conversion therapy and being opposed to gay, transgender and reproductive rights. She was preselected at the top of the party’s ballot for the Eastern Victorian Region, almost guaranteeing her a spot in the state’s upper house. In the marginal Liberal-held seat of Hastings, Mr Guy said it was too late to disendorse her as a candidate but she would not sit in the 2 MAIL

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party room if successful at the November 26 poll. “I haven’t got the ability ... to expel someone from the Liberal Party. That’s a process in the Liberal Party,” he told reporters on Saturday. Her connections to the church, within which her father has preached against abortion and same-sex marriage, were reported in the lead up to the election and further exposed by The Age on Saturday. It alleged Ms Heath endorsed comments by Malaysian pastor and City Builders global leader Jonathan David. The pastor has directed followers to pursue “dominion in every domain”, arousing concern the Pentecostal church has ambitions to infiltrate and influence politics and social institutions. There is no mention of religion on Ms Heath’s candidate profile, but she has previously voiced her belief in the separation of

church and state. “I am not my father. To suggest that I am is offensive, as it belittles me,” Ms Heath said in a previous statement. Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam said the Liberal Party must have been aware of Ms Heath’s ties to the church. “They can’t play ignorance because they’ve been told for months that the anti-abortion, transphobic religious right have been attempting to take over their party,” she said. It comes after the Liberals accused the Victorian Electoral Commission of election interference after referring its probe into the party’s donor scandal to the corruption watchdog. Mr Guy would not be drawn on the party’s official complaint about the VEC’s commentary around the case, which centres on his former chief of staff Mitch Catlin asking a billionaire Liberal donor to make more than $100,000 in

payments to his private marketing company. “I’m not going to go and re-read the whole thing again ... that’s for you to read, not me,” Mr Guy said. The aspiring premier insisted he was not questioning the integrity of Victoria’s electoral process. “I have no doubt about the validity of any election in Australia. We have one of the most robust electoral systems anywhere in the world” he said. Creative Industries Minister Steve Dimopoulos said the Liberal’s attack on the VEC had no place in Victorian politics. “This is the Americanisation of Victorian politics, and we are better than that,” he said. In a response late on Friday, Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said the VEC does not change its regulatory approach as election day nears. mailcommunity.com.au


NEWS

IN BRIEF

No respite for SES By Parker McKenzie Local SES units have seen little respite from weeks of weather events, after strong winds bought down trees on major roads throughout the Dandenong Ranges on Sunday 20 November. Emerald SES controller Ben Owen said weeks of weather causing callouts for the unit of “compounding day in and day out.” “We had three incidents involving large trees or a large number of trees in or around the main arterial roads in Gembrook,” he said. “There was Gembrook-Launching Place Road which was closed because a huge tree fell near the scout park, Beenak E Road which was closed for a few hours because four trees had fallen over there and knocked each other over.” On Monday 21 November, a severe weather warning for damaging winds remained in place for much of Victoria, with potential gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour. Mr Owen said fortunately he hadn’t yet seen or heard of anyone having housing damaged because of fallen trees. “There might have been one on a shed but nothing going that way, fortunately,” he said. “It would have been well over 100 hours of volunteer hours responding to the call we got throughout the day.” Statewide, VICSES received 491 requests for assistance, which included 313 downed trees, 40 calls relating to building damage and 17 incidents relating to flood. Mr Owen said his unit had already had a busy week before the weekend weather.

Fallen trees blocked major roads around Gembrook. “We had a carry-out at the 1000 steps on Thursday night, where a lady rolled her ankle and was quite unwell. We helped the ambulance with our carry equipment,” he said. “This is all on top of a busy six to sevenweek period.” VICSES asked the community to: Check loose items such as outdoor settings, trampolines and umbrellas are secured. Stay indoors and away from windows. Do not park under trees. With the majority of calls in the last 24 hours being downed trees, and gusty conditions set to continue over saturated ground, so expecta continuing hazard from falling trees.

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A car was trapped in a pothole on Goudiesdale Road in Selby on Thursday 15 November after its wheel fell into an eroded part of the residential road, with Yarra Ranges Council expected to complete future works on the stretch. Yarra Ranges Council’s Infrastructure and Environment Director Bill Millard said the council has undertaken “temporary remediation work and placed a metal plate over the section to ensure that traffic can flow along this road safely”. “On receiving this request, Council contractors acted quickly to reopen this narrow road within hours to ensure residents had access to their homes,” Mr Millard said. “We will be undertaking further investigations at this site and expect that the road will require further work.” It has come amid heavy rain and wet conditions has putting pressure on roads and main arterial in the Yarra Ranges, creating hazards for drivers across the region. Selby CFA Fire Brigade captain Ian Lewis said the main potholes appear on the main roads, including the stretch coming around

Tecoma and Upwey were recently hit with flash flooding, with one residential road in Selby now hit. Picture: EMERALD SES from the roundabouts through Selby, between Belgrave and the Puffing Billy Railway bridge. “It’s a very high traffic piece of road, unfortunately the rain keeps coming, it keeps getting wet underneath, and it will always break up... I’m sure eventually Vic Roads will

A 17-year-old Ferntree Gully teenager was one of three charged by police detectives after several alleged burglaries where vehicles were stolen. Police said it is alleged a Holden utility was stolen during an aggravated burglary in Rowville and was used to steal petrol from a service station on Doncaster Road around 4am on 15 November. It is alleged the offenders crashed the vehicle in Surrey Hills before fleeing in another stolen Nissan Pulsar, which was taken from a Glen Iris home on 10 November. Police said detectives tracked down the alleged offenders who were walking the street in Ashburton at around 10am, where three teenage boys were arrested. The 17-year-old from Ferntree Gully was taken to hospital under police guard is assisting police with their enquiries, a 17-yearold from Ashburton was charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of burglary and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and a 17-year-old Surrey hills teenager was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and committing an indictable offence whilst on bail.

Police appeal for dashcam footage

Gembrook-Launching Place Road and Beneek E Road were both blocked by fallen trees. to the conditions. There may be debris · Drive across the road such as fallen powerlines, trees, and tree branches.

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be able to fix it, but they won’t be able to fix it properly until it dries out a bit,” Mr Lewis said. Mr Lewis said road slips have also been an issue for motorists in the Belgrave and Belgrave South areas. “We’ve advised our drivers of our vehicles to try and stay on the firm surface, as soon as you start start going off it [and] you get stuck stuck in slippery stuff, anything can happen,” Mr Lewis said. “If it’s wet, then you just really need to take it easy on the corners, so that you don’t end up losing control and requiring our attention, because we’d rather not have to attend people that have been injured. “That’s the instruction that goes out to our drivers as well; the main thing is to get where we’re going, get there safely and do the job we’re intended to do.” Mr Millard said he would like to reiterate that “our region and many parts of Australia are experiencing wetter than normal conditions, which is pitting pressure on Council assets”. “We appreciate the community’s patience at this time,” he said.

Police have appealed to the public for any dashcam footage which may assist them with an investigation after a motorcyclist was knocked his bike by a vehicle, resulting in serious injuries. On Friday 4 November near Cantebury Road and Greenhill Road Bayswater North, a woman driving a silver hatchback left the scene of the incident with heavy damage to the front of her vehicle. The motorcyclist was heading east on Cantebury Road towards the Bayswater and Cantebury Road intersection and the silver hatchback was turning into Greenhill Road from Canterbury Road. Anybody with information should contact Rowville Police on 9764 0996.

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Emergency survey responses wanted Residents in Gembrook, Emerald and Cockatoo over the age of 18 can take part in a study by RMIT to improve how emergency information is communicated to the public using maps. You will be asked about what information you received and what you did in response to the 2019-20 bushfires, what role maps played in your response and your thoughts about two new maps that will be shown to you during the interview. For more information, visit bit.ly/3TIyrdk

Road trauma victims remembered The Australian Road Safety Foundation(ARSF) honoured World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday 20 November. So far in 2022, 999 people have died on Australian roads, a concerning 7.1 per cent higher than the same time last year (933).

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VICTORIA VOTES

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The biggest issues for early voters in Bayswater By Parker McKenzie Nine days out from Election Day, Bayswater residents heading to the polls early told the Star Mail what they thought the biggest issues are. At the Wantirna Early Voting Centre on Thursday 17 November, job security, health, transparency and infrastructure were some of the issues highlighted. Ray and Maureen, who were heading into the centre together to vote, said more transparency in politics was one thing they’d like to see. “You get very tired of hearing the lies and deceit,” Maureen said. “There is a real lack of concern for the community, whether it is the homeless or disabled people.” “They’re all for giving people stuff and not looking after the more vulnerable in the community,” Ray added. “We need to be building more homes for them.” Labor candidate Jackson Taylor and Liberal candidate Nick Wakeling were both outside the voting centre handing out howto-vote cards and spruiking their party’s policies, hoping to win over any undecided voters making their way into pre-polling. One of those voters was Michael, who said he was a traditionist, in that he was “hopeless.” “I think the government has done — whether it’s state or federal — a good job as long as they are investing in infrastructure,” he said.

By Parker McKenzie Candidates and volunteers braved rain and hail on the second day of early voting at the Bayswater Scouts Hall, after a record outing on day one around Victoria. At the 2nd/3rd Bayswater Scout Hall on Tuesday 15 November, a wet morning wasn’t enough to keep voters away. Independent candidate for Bayswater Dr Chloe Mackallah said pre-polling had been “super busy” so far. “I love seeing lots of options when people come to vote,” she said. “People are very interested when I introduce who I am and say that I’m an independent. The word independent seems to catch people’s ears.” Dr Mackallah wasn’t the only candidate present trying to win over new voters, being joined at the polling booth by Legalise Cannabis Victoria candidate Ash Heap. Mr Heap said despite the rain, he was in good spirits and hopeful of a good result. “Most people understand this is a medicine and there are many people that could really benefit from this,” he said. “Obviously, there’s is quite a lot of stigma and prejudice and discrimination still in society. My opinion is it’s due to education and lack thereof and that’s part of the reason why

Ken and Louise were all too happy to have a picture together, despite volunteering for different parties at early voting in Wantirna. Picture: PARKER MCKENZIE “It’s a good fiscal policy and I’m going in on that.” Ian said the healthcare system was a major issue that influenced who he planned to vote for. Avoiding the calamities that happened during lockdowns for our families and businesses too,” he said. “We just need more transparency and less bullshit.” Luke said because he is in a trade and a union, he is “looking for job security and infrastructure.” 235-237 Stud Road, Wantirna South is open as an early voting centre from 8.30am to 6pm on most days, aside from the following: 8.30am to 8pm on Thursday 17 and Thursday 24 November, and 9am to 5pm on Saturday 19 November. It has independent wheelchair access. Election Day is Saturday 26 November.

I’m standing up to be counted.” Volunteers for political parties —big and small — were also at hand to help tip the balance into their candidates’ favour. David, who is volunteering for Liberal candidate Nick Wakeling, said he believes the area has been let down by the state Labor Party. “The roads are run-down and we need a new hospital but we were also neglected out in the suburbs by Daniel Andrews during Covid,” he said. “It’s been very wet but people have been very positive towards it.” A volunteer for Labor candidate Jackson Taylor said he was out supporting him because he believes the area needs a young and energetic representative. Joshua Ytoyo said he was volunteering for the Liberal Democrats because they are the libertarian party. “It means liberal values, not the Liberal Party, but libertarianism stands on four pillars of freedom, democracy, human rights and free markets,” he said. “It’s basically being able to do whatever you want as long as you don’t harm others.” On Twitter, the official VEC account said a record 115,065 votes were cast on the first day of early voting on Monday 14 November, compared to 75,612 during the 2018 election, an increase of 52 per cent.

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VICTORIA VOTES

Residents hit the polls By Tyler Wright Road conditions, schools and health care were on voters’ minds while heading to the early voting centre in Monbulk on Thursday 17 November, with candidates and volunteers from major and minor parties handing out how to vote cards in an attempt to win over balloters. Volunteers for the Greens and Animal Justice Party (AJP) chatted with constituents, with mixed reactions as some engaged in conversation, and some quickly made their vote and went on their way. Labor Party candidate Daniela De Martino and Liberal Party Gareth Ward braving the chilly Spring conditions for hours on end in the race to the election along with Independent candidates Johanna Skelton and Craig Cole. After casting her vote, an ex-nurse and Mount Dandenong resident told the Star Mail the number one factor influencing her vote was climate change. “Health comes from climate change, because if we don’t keep ourselves well, and we don’t do something about climate change and all this flooding, what’s going to happen? People are going to be sicker and sicker, and there’s no room in the hospitals,” she said. “People are not coping physically or mentally and it’s really, really hard. I know family members who are also nurses;that extreme pressure at work to keep working, and no matter how old you are, or how long you’ve been there there are still so many stresses.” Monbulk local Anita Harris made her vote alongside her 18-year-old daughter, said her decision was based around getting local businesses up and running post-Covid, infrastructure and the conservation of the local environment. “Building things that are more attractive to tourists...we’ve got an rain forest around us, we’ve got amazing festivals...people drive through [Monbulk] all the time, but we didn’t really have a lot of stuff to draw people in [during Covid],” Ms Harris said. “For the young people we certainly need something more exciting; we don’t really have a nightlife out here...the opportunity is there [and] it would be really nice to see a fun, vibrant community that’s got something for everyone.” Kathy lives in Upwey, and said the local primary school which her children attended needs upgrading. “It’s not 100 per cent run down, but it needs updating severely. One of the rooms doesn’t have an air conditioner; that’s ridiculous in this day in age. “The state of the roads is abysmal at this point...[and] that’s everywhere in the Hills at the moment.” Monbulk’s Liberal Party candidate Gareth Ward said constituents have expressed anger at the sealing the roads project and the duplication of Wellington Road both being scrapped. “I think I have as good a chance as anybody

Early voters flocked to 88 Main Road Monbulk at lunch time on Thursday 17 November. Pictures: TYLER WRIGHT

Animal Justice Party campaign volunteers Christine Kelly (left) and Kamilla (right).

Maria Godinho and Bill Vrajens were handing out how to vote cards as advocated for the Greens.

Monbulk Labor candidate Daniela De Martino (left) with campaign secretary Pam Broland.

Independent Craig Cole (centre) with campaign volunteers Darren Savaloro (left) and Vicki Gehrea.

else. I don’t like to put too much thought into it; I’m focusing on each day,” Mr Ward said. “As far as being a candidate goes, I’ve enjoyed every second of it much more than I thought I would, and it’s been a real eye opening experience and very rewarding.” Labor Party candidate for Monbulk, Daniela De Martino, said she is “cautiously optimistic” at her chances of holding the seat of Monbulk, following on from James Merlino’s 20-year tenure as Monbulk MP. “A lot of people are really happy about the work that’s being done at the Angliss... stage two is being brought forward, [with] 32 new beds, [a] new ward and four operating theatres, and that’s great because the Angliss is such an important hospital for this area,” Ms De Martino said. “The work that we’ve done amongst a number of schools throughout the electorate is being being taken up well, and there’s a lot of excitement about our promise for $8.77 million for Emerald Secondary... because that is the major school for the Eastern Dandenong Ranges.” Independent candidate Johanna Skelton

said she sees a lot of benefits running for the seat of Monbulk the 2022 state election, including talking to other candidates. “It’s a good chance for me to learn about general public’s issues, and also for me to talk to other candidates about the issues I already know about from the electorate,” Ms Skelton said. “I’ve had a couple of people raise questions about the prison justice system, which is really important, but not one that I would have expected, and a lot of conversations about ending native forest clearing.” Ms Skelton also said people have spoken to her about integrity in government and people looking for something different than the current system; which is also part of the reason another Independent canididate, Craig Cole, has chosen to run as a candidate for Monbulk in the election. “You need someone finally that’s going to make a change and actually be a voice for the people in real terms,” Mr Cole said. “I’ve spent 16 years in the community running programs for disengaged kids, both primary school and high school, so my in-

vestment in the community has always been pretty big, which is massively important. “Families struggling to make ends meet even with two income families, so things have to change, and that’s why as an Independent I’ve put my hand up to run, as aligned with Australia One policy, values, aims and objectives as well too.” For many, early voting has simply been a convenient and accessible option, sacrificing their democracy sausage for a shorter wait time in line; although lunch times do seem like the busiest time to head in for early voting which ends on Friday 25 November. To vote in Monbulk, visit 88 Main Road. Opening hours are 8.30am until 6pm on all days from Tuesday 22 November until Friday 25 November, besides Thursday 24 November when the centre is open until 8pm. “I’m following the democracy sausage and I thought ‘I’ll just get it done today, and not worry about the crowds,’” Anita Harris said. In the 2022 state election, the Monbulk electorate now includes Gembrook, Emerald, Cockatoo, Upper Ferntree Gully and parts of Ferntree Gully.

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Party campaigns wrap up By Parker McKenzie It’s rare for two sitting members of parliament to compete in an election against each other, but as Liberal candidate Nick Wakeling and Labor candidate Jackson Taylor enter the final week of their campaign in Bayswater, they both expect the result to be a close contest. Mr Wakeling, who was first elected to parliament as Ferntree Gully MP in 2006, saw his electorate abolished and absorbed by Monbulk, Bayswater and Rowville ahead of the 2022 state election. Mr Wakeling said despite the change in electoral boundaries and move to Bayswater, the feedback at pre-polling has been positive. “Now, it’s really an opportunity for residents to decide which government they want to lead the state and what’s best for our local communities,” he said. “I’ve had plenty of tight battles before, I got elected to Parliament by 27 votes, so I know what a tough battle is and expect it to be close and it’ll go down to the wire. We’ll just do everything we can to put our plan forward.” In the lead-up to the election, Mr Wakeling and the Liberal Party made the following local funding commitments if they form government: $200,000 for Friends of Koolunga Native Reserve, First Friends of Dandenong Creek and Friends of Blind Creek Billabong $134 million to extend the Route 75 Tram to Westfield Knox $400,000 to host Multicultural Harmony Festivals across the City of Knox Saving Lake Knox from being bulldozed, establishing an advisory committee and considering designating it a sanctuary Upgrades to Alchester Village, Wantirna Mall,

Labor candidate Jackson Taylor and Liberal candidate Nick Wakeling during the first week of prepolling. Picture: PARKER MCKENZIE Studfield Shopping Strip and Bayswater Shopping precinct shopping strips $500,000 to upgrade Kent Park Primary School $11.07 for upgrades to Bayswater South Primary School $7 million towards an indoor sports facility for Templeton Primary School

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million for a facility upgrade for St John · $3 the Baptist Parish Primary School million for a facility upgrade to St Joseph’s · $2 Primary School million for a performing arts and hos· $13.7 pitality hub at Scoresby Secondary College “I just want to thank everyone who is supporting our course, who’s voted for me but

more importantly, as a local MP you can never take it for granted,” Mr Wakeling said. “It’s always been an honour to represent the community regardless of how people vote. Whether they vote for you or against you, your job as a local member is to stand up for everyone.” Mr Taylor knows all about tight battles too, after beating the three-term Bayswater MP Heidi Victoria by less than 300 votes in 2018 to be elected for the first time. The incumbent Bayswater MP said it’s been the greatest honour representing an “amazing community in Parliament”. “I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved together the past four years, but there’s more to do,” he said. “I’m respectfully asking for your support to keep delivering for Knox and doing what matters.” He has made the following local funding commitments if his Labor Party is re-elected for a third term: $11.07 million for upgrades to Bayswater South Primary School $60 million for an upgrade to Boronia Station $490,000 for a new dog park and upgraded playground in Wantirna $1.2 million for Tormore Reserve Pavilion $900,000 for a new sporting facility at Kent Park Primary $10,000 for Templeton Tennis Club and $50,000 for Fairpark Reserve Pavilion “I’d also like to thank all of my amazing volunteers for braving the weather and supporting me,” Mr Taylor said. “It’s going to be a tight contest and, no matter the outcome, I’m very grateful for the great privilege of being the Labor Member for Bayswater.”

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Race for Monbulk votes

When you go to vote you’ll be given two ballot papers, a small ballot paper for the Lower House (Legislative Assembly) and a large ballot paper for the Upper House (Legislative Council). Read the instructions carefully.

With the retirement of long-standing Monbulk MP James Merlino, the local community will have a new face representing them regardless of the result. The two front-runners to replace the former minister for education and deputy premier are Labor’s Daniela De Martino and Liberal candidate Gareth Ward. Ms De Martino said she has worked hard to engage as many people with the Monbulk electorate as possible. “We’ve been discussing what Labor has done and how we’ll continue to what matters for people in Monbulk,” she said. “I am very pleased with our campaign and the positive response we have received so far.” Throughout the election campaign, Ms De Martino has made the following funding commitments for the local area: $8.77 million upgrade for Emerald Secondary School $2.2 million upgrade for Wally Tew Reserve $260,000 for Grassroots community organisations An upgrade to Cockatoo Dog Park $200,000 for an inclusive playground at Ferny Creek Primary School and $84,000 for Gembrook Primary School $200,000 for treasuring our trees Electronic speed signs outside Main Street Road in Gembrook Establishing a Youth Advisory Council to advise her on relevant issues for young people. In a Facebook post, Mr Ward said as a local living and working in Monbulk, the last 6 months on the campaign trail have been incredibly rewarding. “Having the opportunity to meet as many locals as possible and listen to your concerns, ideas and love for the Hills has been a real highlight for me,” he said. If the Liberal Party is elected, Mr Ward has

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Small ballot paper for the Lower House You must number ALL the boxes on this ballot paper. Put the number 1 in the box next to the candidate you most want to see elected. Then number all the other boxes in the order of your choice.

Large ballot paper for the Upper House For the Upper House you can vote in one of two ways. Either vote for a party or group by putting the number 1 in just one of the boxes above the line. Or vote for individual candidates by putting the numbers 1 to at least 5 in the boxes below the line. You may continue numbering more than 5 if you wish.

Evelyn District Montrose (LNWA) Montrose Primary School, 17–21 Leith Road (access via Burley Street) Mount Evelyn (LNWA) Reformed Church of Mount Evelyn, 45–47 Birmingham Road Mount Evelyn South (LNWA) Mount Evelyn Primary School, 33–55 Monbulk Road

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Where to vote It is easier to vote in your own district, but if you will not be in your district on Saturday, you can vote at any other voting centre in Victoria. For information on where to find your nearest voting centre, please scan the QR code below or visit vec.vic.gov.au.

Who can vote All Australian citizens aged 18 or over who have lived in Victoria for at least a month will be able to cast a vote at a voting centre, even if you missed the close of roll. If you are not on the roll, you should bring proof of identity with you. Evidence of identity includes an Australian driver licence or learner permit, an Australian passport, a council rates notice or a current electricity bill showing your name and address.

Remember, voting is compulsory Voting centres open Saturday 8 am to 6 pm

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Cockatoo (AWA) Cockatoo Community Complex, 77 Pakenham Road Emerald (AWA) Emerald Primary School, 4–10 Heroes Avenue Gembrook (LNWA) Gembrook Primary School, 50 Main Street Kallista (LNWA) Kallista Primary School, 72 Monbulk Road (access via Kallista-Emerald Road) Macclesfield (LNWA) Macclesfield Primary School, 405 Macclesfield Road Menzies Creek (LNWA) Menzies Creek Primary School, 12 School Road

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Daniela De Martino and Hariet Shing. Picture: FACEBOOK made the following commitments: $8 million for a new SES station in Olinda $200,000 for shopping strip revitalisation $40,000 funding for Belgrave Lantern and Light Festival $3.8 million upgrade of Belgrave Recreation Reserve $500,000 for a new Puffing Billy Station at Cockatoo Funding to fix Kings Park club rooms $1 million Gembrook primary school upgrades $280,000 in funding for Tribe Monbulk Youth Inc $2 million for an upgrade of Monbulk CFA $4.5 million for a Monbulk Village Green Park $2 million of funding for an upgrade to Wally Tew Pavilion Mr Ward was contacted for comment.

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Upper House contenders By Parker McKenzie Several locals to the Dandenong Ranges and Knox area have nominated for the Upper House in the upcoming state election from a wide variety of parties. You may have heard of some of them before, with an array of previous political campaigns under their belts. Judith Thompson is running for the upper house in the North-Eastern Metropolitan Region as the lead candidate for Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party. Hailing from Bayswater North, she previously ran as the party’s candidate in the seat of Deakin in the 2022 federal election, winning 1.1 per cent of the vote. Nina Van Strijp from Belgrave South is second on the Family First ticket in the NorthEastern metropolitan region. The North-Eastern Metropolitan Region covers Bayswater, Croydon and Ferntree Gully. Since 2020, the region has been represented by Shaun Leane and Sonja Terpstra from the Labor Party, Rod Barton from the Transport Matters Party and Matthew Bach from the Liberal Party. Mother and daughter duo Lynda and Jessica Wheelock, from Kallista, have nominated for the Greens in the Eastern Victoria Region. They are positioned fourth and third on the party’s ticket respectively. Jessica Wheelock said she decided to run because there is so much important work to be done to get Victoria out of coal and gas, make housing affordable for everyone and protect “our beautiful native forests.” “Greens lead candidate Mat Morgan would be a powerful voice for change in State Parliament,” she said. “I’ve put my hand up as an upper house candidate to support his campaign and let Victorian voters know their vote is powerful.”

Candidate for Eastern Victoria Jessica Wheelock is running alongside her mother Lynda on the Greens ticket. Picture: FACEBOOK

Animal Justice Party candidate for Eastern Victoria Region Jennifer McAdam. Picture: AJP

candidate for Mat Morgan, she was also inspired to help.” Jennifer McAdam from Selby is running as the 2nd candidate on the Animal Justice Party ticket for Eastern Victoria, the same position she ran in during the 2018 state election. A teacher and “proud vegan mother,” Ms McAdam previously ran as a candidate for the AJP in the 2014 state election in the seat of Monbulk where she won 2.9 per cent of the vote and the 2016 federal election in the McMillan electorate, where she won 2.99 per cent of the vote.

The Eastern Victoria Region covers a huge swath of area from the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland to Mt Evelyn and the Dandenong Ranges. In 2022, the region was represented by Hariet Shing and Tom McIntosh from the Labor Party, Jeff Bourman from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, Cathrine Burnett-Wake from the Liberal Party and Melina Bath from the Nationals. Ms Thompson, Ms Van Strijp and Ms McAdam were contacted for comment. If a response is received, this story will be updated.

It isn’t either’s first political campaign, with Jessica Wheelock, who has been the Victorians Greens communications director since June 2020, previously running as the Greens candidate for Holt in the 2019 federal election and Linda Wheelock running in the 2022 federal election as the Greens candidate for Hawke. “My mum always instilled a sense of social justice and a love of our natural environment in me,” Jessica Wheelock said. “When I talked about running as a support

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Meet Monbulk candidates Unfortunately due to an error Liberal candidate for Monbulk Gareth Ward’s questionnaire wasn’t included in last week’s Meet Monbulk candidates page. Please find below Mr Ward’s answers as to why he’s vying for the seat of Monbulk. Name: Gareth Ward Party: Liberal Occupation: Landscaper/Business Owner 1. Where do you live and how long have you lived there? Right in the township of Monbulk for the last 12 years, 16 years in the Hills in total. 2. Why did you decide to run for the seat of Monbulk? During covid and especially after the June 2021 storms I became very disillusioned with our current government and representation from the local member. A sentiment shared by the community; I decided I want to do something about it. 3. Why do you believe you’re the best candidate for Monbulk? I am a local, a self-made business owner who sees and lives the good and the shortfalls in our electorate. I am willing to stand up and make noise in parliament for things to change. I drive these appalling roads, my children will go to local schools, my friends and family need and work in our hospitals and healthcare system. The hills have been my livelihood and I want to show my gratitude by continually advocating for our community. 4. What are your party policies and values you stand by? In the right to be independent In the freedom of thought, speech, association and choice In the creation of wealth and in competitive enterprise, consumer choice and reward for effort

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equality of opportunity, with all Victorians · Inhaving the opportunity to reach their full potential

support for those who cannot provide for · Inthemselves separation and distribution of pow· Inersthe as the best protection for the democratic process

the rule of law and justice, giving all citizens · Inequal rights under the law, responsibilities to maintain it, and the freedom to change it

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Liberalism, with its emphasis on the in· Individual and enterprise, as the political philosophy best able to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century 5. What are the biggest three issues in the electorate and how will you tackle them? Roads and maintenance: We have announced a $10 billion plan to fix our roads, busted tyres and rims will be long forgotten. Storm resilience: Locals want to know they will be supported during our ever-increasing severe weather events. They want a local member who will be there on the ground and in parliament fighting for them. We need to boost our emergency services to cope with the increased demand and my announcement for a new SES station in Olinda will do just that. We’ll also cut through the red tape and bring common sense back to planning laws, making it possible for people to start their rebuild without the added stress of rejection and being ignored. Health: By shelving the unsupported SRL, we will direct every cent saved into the health system. It’s about priorities for me. Monbulk residents want to know an ambulance will arrive if they need one and the hospitals will be able to care for them once they arrive.

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Students of all ages dressed up on Thursday 17 November to celebrate 140 years of Menzies Creek Primary School. Picture: TYLER WRIGHT

Menzies Creek ages well By Tyler Wright Menzies Creek Primary School is celebrating 140 years in the community in 2022, as Victoria celebrates its 150th year of public education. Back in 1880, locals became concerned at the lack of educational facilities for their children and began agitating for the establishment of a school in their locality, according to current principal Dale McInerney. “At the time there were 51 children of school age in the district who could not possibly attend the nearest school as it was some 6 miles away,” Mr McInerney said. “Local pioneer George Hall offered to donate land as the site of the school. This offer was accepted by the Education Minister and in October 1881, the residents were informed that it was proposed to dispatch to Menzies Creek, a portable school-house and two roomed attached quarters. On the 15th of April in 1882, Menzies Creek State School No. 2457 was officially opened with Miss Sarah Collier as the resident Head Teacher.”

Now, Menzies Creek Primary School has 161 students who are now dressing up to reflect the past, sporting collared dresses and

shirts, head pieces and checkered shirts on a dress up day on Thursday 17 November. The Year 1/2 students have also been learn-

ing about the differences in their unit of ‘Then and Now,’ which included a day with their grandparents to talk about the differences in schooling in 2022 to at least back to the 1960s. Mr McInerney said since the school was established in 1882, the establishment of the school at Menzies Creek gave settlers their first public building; which became the focal point of the community and was used in the early days for dances, meetings, Sunday services, flower shows and any other gathering involving the local community. Menzies Creek Primary School students, staff and families are also invited to celebrate the school’s 140 year milestone with Christmas Carols on Friday 16 December. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic rug and enjoy from 4.30pm to 8.00pm. “The school motto is ‘we dream, believe and achieve…together’ and is emphasised in the positive attitudes and outcomes achieved by our students, staff and the wider community which includes the Menzies Creek Preschool,” Mr McInerney said.

Generous donation funds Beacon of Hope scholarship The generosity of one of Beaconhills College’s founding families will enable the school to offer a new 2023 senior scholarship for a deserving local student. To mark the College’s 40th Anniversary this year the College recently launched an inaugural Foundation Scholarship campaign. The call went out for donations towards the $40,000 scholarships, funded under the College’s Beacon of Hope Foundation. But the campaign received an unexpected $40,000 boost from Stephen Creese, whose father Nigel Creese AM (1927-2018) has strong historical ties to the school. The search is now on to find a deserving student recipient of the first new scholarship, who is ready to join the College in 2023. The Creese Scholarship will support a student who cannot access a Beaconhills education due to financial disadvantage and covers the cost of a full scholarship at the College’s Pakenham Campus starting in Year 10, 2023. Mr Creese’s father Nigel Creese AM (19272018) was an innovative and inspirational educator who played a significant role in the College’s history. He created the Latin version of the Beaconhills motto – Lux Luceat – wrote the College prayer and served as interim Principal and Board member. He is also a College House patron. The Creese Scholarship is the first scholarship launched under the school’s Beacon of Hope Foundation. The Foundation scholarships are separate to the school’s annual scholarship offerings and honour the vision of its founders and the spirit of giving which defines Beaconhills. Nigel Creese and his wife Val – who recently passed away – were both passionate educators who studied at Oxford University mailcommunity.com.au

before moving to New Zealand in 1963 where Mr Creese was Headmaster of Christ’s College in Christchurch. He later served more than 17 years at Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School and was first National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), having played a pivotal role in its establishment. Stephen Creese said his parents understood how education could change lives and would have been great supporters of the Foundation Creese Scholarship. “They would have seen it - as I do - as providing an opportunity for a person who is prepared to embrace that opportunity to get the best education they can, in the hope that they, in turn, will give back to society in the future,” he said. Beaconhills College now invites applications by Monday 5 December from motivated students who will embrace all aspects of College life, from extra-curricular activities to community service. Selection criteria: Australian citizen or permanent resident means tested through Financial Application evidence of strong academic results and excellent school attendance alignment to our College values of Respect, Compassion and Integrity evidence of how the applicant will make a positive contribution to the College, including interests and strengths demonstrated approach to learning aligned to the Beaconhills learning mindset of responsible, adaptive, focused, knowledgeable, reflective and collaborative. Visit https://www.beaconhills.vic.edu.au/ enrolment/scholarships/ to find out more.

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New mayor and deputy By Parker McKenzie Collier Ward Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch has been elected mayor of Knox City Council for the 2022/23 term, with Chandler Ward Cr Jude Dwight serving as Deputy Mayor. The Knox City LGA covers the suburbs of Upper Ferntree Gully, Ferntree Gully, Lyersfield, Rowville, Wantirna, Wantirna South, Bayswater, Boronia and The Basin, with Collier Ward centred on Wantirna and Chandler Ward covering The Basin and part of Sassafras. Mayor Timmers-Leitch said Knox has become more multicultural since she was first elected to council in the March 2019 by-election for Collier Ward. “When I was first elected, about 25 per cent of our residents had been born overseas. The latest census data tells us that about 33 per cent have now been born overseas,” she said. “We are definitely seeing an increase in multiculturalism, which I just love.” Deputy Mayor Dwight said she wasn’t expecting to leave the Monday 14 November council meeting with a new position and title. “It was a bit of a surprise,” she said. “I put my hand up to indicate interest and wasn’t expecting to be elected to either position.” It is the first time either has served as mayor or deputy for Knox City Council. Mayor Timmers-Leitch said the response from local candidates in the state election towards council advocacy goals has been pleasing. “We’ve spent a lot of time meeting with our local members of parliament, both at the state and federal level, as well as the candidates to discuss those issues that are important to our community,” she said. “The rebuilding of Boronia Train Station has just been a fantastic funding commitment by one of the parties. We’ve got the public hos-

pital for the Wantirna Health Precinct and of course, there’s the extension of the route 75 tram in Knox, which has been on advocacy for a significant amount of time.” Two Knox City councillors will be on the ballot in the November 26 state election, with Sorina Grasso running as the Labor candidate for Croydon and Nicole Seymour as an independent in Rowville. Mayor Timmers-Leitch said she is looking forward to working with her fellow councillors “as a great team.” “I’ve lived in Knox for the last 15 years, and my husband and I are raising our three schoolaged children here. We love being connected to our local schools and our local sporting clubs,” she said. “We’d just like to see the community thrive and continue to grow, especially building on better community connections. After Covid a lot of people are hurting out there, so we are just looking at ways that we can continue to build a strong community for ourselves.” Deputy Mayor Dwight said there are a lot of pressing needs in the Knox area that will create challenges for the council over the next year. “We do hear from our businesses and residents that you’ve got interest rate rises on relatively large mortgages in a lot of areas,” she said. “It’s not a new city anymore. You have aging infrastructure and the condition of the roads in the weather that we’re experiencing.” She said representing Chandler Ward has been an “eye-opener,” despite having lived in The Basin for 18 years. “I’m often hearing stories of change and also those stories of people continually working in the background that a lot of us don’t even know about,” she said. “That’s been the biggest reward in this role, finding those people in the community and learning their stories.”

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Fun festivities in Selby By Tyler Wright The long-running SelbyFest is returning to the Dandenong Ranges in 2022, with a variety of entertainment for families and visitors alike. Supported by Yarra Ranges Council, community groups including Belgrave Rotary will be volunteering, with the Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery, Belgrave Library staff and Belgrave Police officers all in attendance for a celebration of culture and community. Local radio station 3MDR will take over music programming on an outside music stage and within Selby Community House. “The library are going to be here doing some interactive projects... we have face painting and we’ve got the church making cupcakes, so there’s absolutely a broad range of activities, but also that interaction with our different community groups and our stallholders as well,” Selby Community House manager Yvette Hayes said. This comes after a mini SelbyFest drew 800 attendees in October 2021, with Yvette expecting this year’s festival to surpass this number. “We really want the community to enjoy being part of something that’s very hidden; It’s a little hidden gem in this area,” Ms Hayes said. “It’s not just one little tiny community house, we have a amazing wild playground area called Wombalana, and in that is a recycled-made massive, great wombat... another aspect is our Indigenous bush roots garden.” Another key aspect of SelbyFest in 2022 is sustainability, with stallholders using reusable plates rather than plastic and the decision to not use one-off items. Ms Hayes also hopes the house will be able to run its fashion parade in which models will sport sustainable headpieces. “We really want to promote people to bring their keep cups and their reusable water bot-

Selby Community House manager Yvette Hayes expects the crowd to be even larger than the 800 who made the trip to the mini SelbyFest in October 2021. tles...and if they’ve got their own cutlery even better,” she said. “We really want to encourage people to understand the environment where it is so pristine... “We’re set in the lower end of the little hill wetlands, and this was regenerated over some 50 years...it used to just be an oval...it’s now completely bush, there’s these amazing wetlands...and we really want encourage people to understand how we look after that.” SelbyFest will take place from 2pm until 8pm on Saturday 26 November at Selby Community House. “The big thing about Selby, and it’s always been the outcomes that people have mentioned, is that sense of community; they’ve always felt like it’s a great day, joyful, it’s fun, It’s got all these different exciting activities that people can engage in.” Contact Selby Community House on 9754 2039, via email at engagement@selbyhouse. org.au or visit https://www.selbyhouse.org. au/events/selbyfest/ for more information.

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The Emerald Men’s Shed held a recruitment drive on the weekend, hoping to draw members in to meet demand of its growing services. Social and active members are welcome according to committee member Peter Boss, with between 25 and 28 members currently involved and around five more needed. “It really doesn’t matter if you are experienced or not, we will fix it, providing [people] understand when they come to our men’s shed, that we are a working men’s shed [and] we need people to participate manually in one way or another,” Peter said. The Emerald Men’s Shed works predominantly with timber, creating dog kennels, terrace tables and working with schools, and now has the facilities to work with silver. While the majority of Emerald Men’s Shed are senior ages, the group is open to

any participants over the age of 18, with one university student even chipping in a day or so each week. “It has an enormous role to play, particularly between men and helping them communicate...being with men who have likewise interests,” Peter said. The Hills She Shed, based in Emerald’s Hills Hub, is another group for women which also focuses on creating woodwork projects. Peter said the last couple of years with the pandemic has had an effect of membership numbers, and people may have other things on their mind coming into Christmas, but a recruitment drive allows the Emerald Men’s Shed put its case forward. The Emerald Men’s Shed is based on Emerald-Monbulk Road in Emerald, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 4pm, and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. The Emerald Men’s Shed is contactable via email at emeraldmensshed.org.au. Tuesday, 22 November, 2022

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Supporting local artists By Parker McKenzie Aerie Creative Ecology and Burrinja Cultural Centre will host an art sale with works from 15 diverse artists on Saturday 3 December from 10am to 2pm, featuring cards, prints, stickers, calendars, t-shirts, books, jewellery, art, sculptures and more. Organiser Rain White said Aerie Creative Ecology creates a dynamic environment where diverse artists can showcase their work. “We wanted to give the locals opportunity to shop local and shop ethically and support local artists,” she said. “We want to invite people into the space and people shouldn’t feel obliged to buy anything. They’re most welcome to come and visit us and see the diversity and range of artists here.” Artists Greg O’Toole, James Hughes, Anthony Breslin, Steven Firman, Stephen Glover, Rain White, Kristin MacFarlane, Tracey Samios, Leticia Hodson, Macarena Ocampo, Scubz Mope, Ilana Payne Greener, Angela Cotter, Emily Lowe and Liberty Finn make up the creative ecology and their work will feature in the sale. Ms Hodson said she would be her pet portrait commissions on the day. “I do realistic portraits, trying to find their personality and exactly what makes their pet their pet,” she said. “It’d be fantastic for people to come down and see what we create, get ethical products for Christmas and buy Local.” The art sale coincides with the launch of the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale, which will feature a Climate Change Award Exhibition at Emerging Artist Gallery Take Over at 2pm. Ms White said it is the first time in Burrinja’s history that all the art studios have been in use.

Artists Anthony Breslin, Rain White, Kristin MacFarlane, Leticia Hodson, Macarena Ocampo, Stephen Evans, Illana Payes Greener, Angela Cotter, Emily Lowe and Liberty Finn. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS “We’ve got 24/7 access and we’ve got the ability to have an exhibition here as well in the upstairs gallery,” she said. “It’s the 20th year of Open Studios next

year and this is kind of gearing up towards that as well.” The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2023 will hold an open weekend on Saturday

29 and Sunday 30 April 2023 from 10am to 5pm, in a free event offering a sneak peek into the private world of the artists’ working studio environment.

Climate Change Biennale event coming up at Burrinja By Tyler Wright After the June 2021 storm event, Olindabased photographer Cathy Ronalds collated a series of images capturing the aftermath and damage to the environment, called ‘There Used To Be A Canopy Here’. With a background in environmental science and having worked in climate change policy, Ronalds has taken the opportunity to express the importance of climate change in her work in Burrinja Cultural Centre’s 2022 Climate Change Biennale. Ronalds’ print ‘Unnatural’ will be featured in the exhibition; a photograph of a tree which fell in the storm, reflecting the “eerie” and “strange” feeling of a large, bushy forest crumpled by a weather event. “The big bushfires that we had a couple of years ago, and then the floods and the storm that we had last year; I was really aware of the fact that we’re at this tipping point, and yet we’re already seeing these terrible natural disasters, and when the storm happened here in my own backyard I had a huge amount of eco anxiety about ‘how much more of this are we going to see?” Ronalds said. “There was a lot of grief and anxiety about the future of our environment that was wrapped up in that piece.” The Burrinja Climate Change Biennale will open on Saturday 3 December, showcasing the work of 44 local and interstate artists each speculating and reflecting on the future and past of our climate. Yarra Ranges Council, Your Library and the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum have partnered with the Burrinja Cultural Centre to create the program which covers the whole ranges and displays a range of art forms. Burrinja Cultural Centre’s Creative Director and CEO Gareth Hart said the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale Award is an opportunity for artists to reflect upon the urgent issues of our time. 12 MAIL

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Olinda-based photographer Cathy Ronalds will showcase her work in the upcoming Climate Change Biennale at Burrinja Cultural Centre, alongside roughly 40 other interstate and local artists. Picture: SUPPLIED “This is particularly powerful as Artists naturally pose questions, solutions and visions for a future that has yet to be realised. Speculation and curiosity are at the heart of and artists practice,” Hart said. “This award exhibition features work

from a vast array of different artists, all working in varied mediums. What they share is that each artists has positioned their work in the powerful intersections between art, climate and activism.” To find tickets for the launch of Burr-

inja’s Climate Change Biennale, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/burrinja-climate-change-biennale-launch-tickets-463956405097 The Biennale will run at Burrinja until Sunday 26 February 2023. mailcommunity.com.au


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Finding solace in family By Tyler Wright A Tecoma-based illustrator and author has released a new children’s book for young children and their families called Please Handle With Care; a story of a young bear finding solace in family after a hard day. Tull Suwannakit around nine months to illustrate the book with author Coral Bass after being approached by UK publisher New Frontier Publishing, and was drawn to the project partly due to his interest in anthropomorphic animals. Suwannakit also thought the bear character would resonate with an imaginative children’s book, along with the theme of family providing a bed of support when days do not go the way you planned and you drift off to daydream of a better place. “Our everyday struggle with things that might not go as planned for our daily life, or any struggle that we might have, I think this is something that we really need in terms of finding positive optimism and to be happy about things,” he said. From designing the character of Bear and drawing from the character that was written by the author, Suwannakit was able to bring the character and story to life; and had some help from a young helping hand in the process. “Wat makes the process really interesting is that the handwritten letter that the bear character was writing to his parents...I join[ed] team with my seven-year-old son at the time, and asked him to write those letters by hand and scrunch up the paper and redecorate those papers, so it really allowed the readers to get a feel as if it’s really coming from a child character rather than an adult illustrator,” he said. “To make the illustrations much more interactive and interesting is to allow that third element to come in; whether it’s going to be

Suwannakit thought the bear character would resonate with an imaginative children’s book. collage or using found objects, or getting a little team work from your family members to combine it together. Not all projects are the same, so that means it allows you more room for imaginative process.” Please Handle With Care is best for four to six year olds, but can be suited for children up to the age of eight, who can find meaning in the theme of the book. Suwannakit has already visited Belgrave Book Barn and Dymocks at Knox City to sign copies of the book released on 1 October, and has finished another book set to be released around March or April next year. “A book is a product, but at the same time you build that product to make sure it’s what the readers feel connected with and feel positive about,” he said. “Going to the book stores and seeing your book up on the shelf is always a nerve-racking experience, but it’s a proud moment; it’s a nice way to see the time you invested.” Readers can purchase Please Handle With Care online and in stores including Belgrave Book Barn, and can find Suwannakit on Instagram @tull_suwannakit

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Pakenham Winners, performers and organisers of the Woorilla Poetry Prize after the end of the 2022 event. Picture: ROWAN MATTHEWS

Work of poets honoured at Woorilla Poetry Prize By Parker McKenzie The 2022 Woorilla Poetry Prize saw hundreds of entries of beautifully written poetry, however, not all could be commended or prize winners. Held on Sunday 20 November at the Emerald Hills Hub in front of a packed house, attendees were rewarded with performances by 2022 Victorian Slam Poetry Champion Aloma Davis and musician Coby DeMaria alongside readings of winning entries. Woorilla Poetry Prize founder Maria Millers said entering into the 33rd year of the poetry prize, two new judges would be deciding the winners of each category. “We have Emeritus Professor from Melbourne University Kevin Brophy and Alicia Sometimes, who is unfortunately unwell and can’t be here today. They follow in the steps of equally wonderful judges, Nathan Curnow and Emily Zoey Baker, who have been with us for the last few years,” she said. “We also remember the years of dedication of people like Judith Rodriguez and Louise Rockne, and you probably know that the two major prizes are in their honour or

in their memory.” In the youth section, Jenny Gu won for her poem verisimilitude while Eartha Davis was the runner-up with her poem Entanglement. In the linguistically diverse CALD section, Jacob Lava from California won with his poem I don’t know how to listen. Prof. Brophy said he wanted to remind everyone judging a poetry competition is a very human process. “There’s a human at the end of the poems, trying to receive the poems and trying to be everything that a judge is meant to be,” he said. “In the end, having to be simply a lover of poetry and react to the poems as a lover and admirer of both poetry and what poets do, which is to renovate language.” Tug Dumbly from New South Wales won the $2000 Open Section with his poem Pod, with RunnerUp Lucy Williams reading her poem heart in a box live to the audience. The Woorilla Poetry prize was founded in 1989 by Maria Millers and Louise Rockne and this year the open section received over 400 entries from almost every continent.

by Candlelight Saturday 3 December Toomuc Reserve, Pakenham Gates open 4.30pm Pre-show activities from 5pm Main show beginning 6.30pm Fireworks display at approximately 9pm The event and all activities are subject to weather and other requirements and may change.

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Getting bush fire ready By Tyler Wright Amid heavy rainfall and another La Niña weather pattern, it may seem an odd time to prepare for bush fire season; but Emerald CFA Fire Brigade is making sure it gets on top of educating the community about risks heading into summer. On Thursday 24 November, the brigade will hold a summer preparedness session at Emerald Community House from 7pm to 8pm, where experts will be discuss the risk of bush fire in the local area and what residents can do to help protect themselves, their families and others in the community. “There is an increased fuel load in the area and it’s a good idea for the residents to start addressing that now, even though it is still a bit wet they need to do what they can in these months before summer comes along next year,” Emerald CFA Fire Brigade Captain Klaus Brodeck said. “[Residents] can look at their gardens and make sure they’ve got a clear space between houses, remove any of those branches, any debris on the ground, which really makes up those fine fuels and makes it easy for fire to spread,” Mr Brodeck said. “What they can do within their limits in the green waste bins and other means without burning off at stage... that’s what you do initially until the weather does become more conducive to be able to burn off that fuel and prepare their house better for fire.” Mr Brodeck also said he has noticed a pattern of new residents that have moved from city suburbs to the Dandenong Ranges who are not used to planning for bush fire risk, with the upcoming information session also focused on making these locals aware. “There’s that level of apathy with the wet weather we’ve had the moment...whilst its wet now, it can very quickly dry out,” he said. Complacency is something the CFA is trying to discourage, and is reminding Victorians to tidy up their properties to prepare for the increasing fire risk. CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said the CFA is preparing for this year’s fire season and is asking Victorians to do their part by preparing their properties and fire plans. “There are so many simple actions Victorians can take and repeat to keep their property safe from bush or grassfires,” he said. “Most of them are basic chores such as

The Emerald CFA Fire Brigade is holding an information session coming into bush fire season. clearing your gutters, picking up loose leaves and twigs, pruning tree branches so they aren’t overhanging the roof or touching the walls of your property, or even just keeping your lawn under 10cm tall. “We know most of the state has experienced normal to above normal rainfall, which will lead to increased vegetation growth, so it’s important to keep maintaining your property into summer.” As of 1 September, the new fire danger rating system changed and is now nationally consistent across every state and territory, reducing the number of fire danger levels from six to four. These levels are titled Moderate, High, Ex-

treme and Catastrophic. Victorians can learn more about these fire danger rating system changes on the CFA website, where they can also find more information about how to make a bush fire survival plan. Property preparation tips include: Move your winter woodpile away from the house or sheds Prune tree branches so they are not overhanging the roof or touching walls Clear your gutters Keep grass shorter than 10 centimetres Remove leaves and twigs from around your property

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plan such as sprinklers, pumps and generators Check that your home and contents insurance is current and includes a level of cover in line with increased building standards and regulations in bushfire risk areas If you are burning off to remove green waste, register your burn-off online at Fire Permits Victoria (https://www.firepermits.vic.gov. au/) Make sure your household has a Bushfire Survival Plan.

A piece of history hangs outside Ferntree Gully CFA By Parker McKenzie Outside Ferntree Gully CFA on The Avenue, a piece of history hangs between a wooden frame within the garden facing the street. The fire bell was originally used to alert the local community of bushfires and as a gathering call for local volunteers who would race out to the scene of a fire. “Someone would see a column of smoke or they’d be manually alerted and they’d run down there and pull on the bell,” Ferntree Gully CFA Captain Seamus Smith said. “The original bell was much smaller and was changed for a larger one which would ring out for 1.6km from the station for people to hear the tolling and respond to an emergency.” The smaller version was first purchased and installed in 1926 by the Fern Tree Gully Bush Fire Brigade for six pounds after devastating bushfires in Victoria. When the original three-sided fire tower it was mounted in was replaced in 1975, it was replaced with the larger bell by the CFA. Captain Smith said the bell is no longer required because it has been replaced by more modern technology. “We’ve got the paging system and we’ve got other electronic applications that we get notified by,” he said. “We’ve got the siren as a fallback system during the fire danger period.” While the larger bell is mounted outside the station, the smaller one— taken from a 14 MAIL

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The larger bell, originally installed in 1975, is now used for commemorative purposes. paddle steamboat — is on display within as a reminder of the history of firefighting in Ferntree Gully. Captain Smith said the larger bell is still used occasionally, on different and often sombre occasions. “It’s primarily used commemoratively or to add respect if we’ve had a funeral,” he said. “It’s a feature of the garden now alongside the FireStar Rose that came out of the back of Black Saturday and the fire-resistant, drought-tolerant garden.” A small plaque explains the history of both the alarm bell and the Bushfire Aware Garden outside the Ferntree Gully CFA building at 5 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully.

A plaque below the bell detailing its history.

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OPINION

A re-elected year Jim Child On Tuesday 8 November I was humbled and honoured to be re-elected as Mayor. It’s been my honour and privilege to have led as Mayor throughout 2022 and to be reelected for a second consecutive term for 2023 is particularly special. It’s a challenging time we find ourselves in and while our collective patience has been tested many times this year, the people of our municipality have shown their incredible resilience each time in the face of every challenge. As 2022 draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on a year that has been full of surprises and challenges, but I do look forward with anticipation to 2023 and the many opportunities it brings for Council to deliver new and longstanding projects that strengthen our com-

Mayor Jim Child and Deputy Mayor Sophie Todorov. munity. Together in the coming year we’ll be delivering more than 120 services to our community, and we’ll be delivering them with a passion and nuance to keep costs down while still meeting the needs of our 150,000 resi-

dents, thousands of businesses and countless visitors to our region. We’ll be doing all this while navigating the continued challenges of the pandemic and assisting and facilitating the storm and flood recovery We’ve got an incredible variety of projects that will benefit the community over the coming year, and at the top of that list is the delivery and continued progress of our Rivers and Ridges Projects – including the Yarra Valley Trail, Ridgewalk and Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – which will be so important to delivering jobs, bringing tourism to our region, and providing first-class outdoor experiences for community members. Of course, my role is to support our communities and I’ll be here to listen, to assist and to represent the wider municipality with my deputy Mayor, Cr Sophie Todorov. As we enter the summer period, I hope the holiday season is a chance for all Yarra Ranges residents as well as the many visitors that are joining us in the seasonal festivities this year to catch up with family and friends and take a break after a challenging year, while also enjoying all our region has to offer.

Fierce and fearless teenage story A review of Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn This is the third in a series of six reviews featuring the 2022 Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Sugar Town Queens is the second young adult novel by award-winning Swazilandborn screenwriter and author Malla Nunn. It is set in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, a highly ethnically diverse city with large Zulu, White and Indian/Asian populations. The story’s biracial protagonist, 15-yearold Amandla, dreams of one day leaving the rusty tin shacks and narrow dirt streets of Sugar Town. Her hero is Nelson Mandela, who gives people hope that one day the South Africa he dreamed of will come to pass. However: “His dream is slow in coming. Money and race divide us. The rich are still rich and the poor are still poor and none of us is truly colourblind... Mandela came to power and said that we are all one rainbow nation with our colours mixed together... [He] would be disappointed to see how stubbornly the colours of the rainbow refuse to get along.” Sugar Town is ruled by poverty and crime,

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PASSION FOR PROSE WITH CHRISTINE SUN but it is home, where Amandla and her friends learn about Ubuntu, the Zulu idea that “a person is a person through other people. We are all interconneted in a living, breathing ocean of compassion”. Indeed, friendship and community togetherness shapes Amandla’s tender heart and fierce attitude and plays a prominent role in her search for identity. Why does her mother, a white woman, live in a slum and suffer severe memory loss? Who is her father and what are the secrets of her mother’s life? As Amandla unravels the dark past, she is confronted with prejudice and racial hatred, as well as violence and patriarchal dominance. Yet she also finds love and faith in hu-

manity, and her undiminished confidence and courage to break out of isolation is truly inspiring. To this reviewer, perhaps the most impressive part of Sugar Town Queens is its writing, which perfectly captures the raw emotions of a teenage girl. The writing is fluid and authentic, effortlessly carrying the weight of Amandla’s intense loyalty to family and friends. Meanwhile, life in Sugar Town is vividly illustrated, often with a touch of endearing exasperation that only those who have lived in close-knit communities can understand.. There is the blind aunty who can “hear a pin drop in Zimbabwe” and who knits scarves for orphans. And there is Mrs M who supports six family members under one small roof yet always helps out in the neighbourhood. There is relentless gossip, but there is also kindness and mutual appreciation. “In Sugar Town, promises are cheap, but the hope they create is priceless. They also help us to sleep and to dream of the good things waiting for us around the corner.” This is a compassionate, positive book that warms your heart, a reminder of Mandela’s words that “a winner is a dreamer who never gives up”.

The Wonder Starring Florence Pugh, Kíla Lord Cassidy and Tom Burke Rated M 3.5/5 The Wonder is an intriguing historical mystery film that shoots itself in the foot with one idiotic creative decision. In 1862, Elizabeth Wright (Florence Pugh), an English nurse who served in the Crimean War, is summoned to Ireland to observe Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy), a girl who has supposedly not eaten for four months. The Wonder has echoes of Ingmar Bergman’s classic Persona, which also features a nurse and a patient, the latter holding much of the power in a macabre relationship. Pugh and Cassidy deliver subtle yet powerful performances, the film has sumptuous set design and costumes, and the visual style contrasts food and faith as means of sustenance. The film draws tension from Anna’s deteriorating condition and Elizabeth’s professional instincts and atheism clashing with the O’Donnells’ fervent faith, and the plot delivers well-paced clues on Anna’s condition and her family’s motives. Unfortunately, The Wonder kills any possibility of immersion through a baffling prologue, which explicitly describes The Wonder as a film. Verisimilitude, or the appearance of reality, is important, but some films, such as Deadpool, Alfie and Enola Holmes, break the fourth wall effectively for humour, commentary or to challenge the audience. ‘The characters believe in their stories with complete devotion... So we invite you to believe in this one,’ the narrator says as the camera pans across a modern set. It’s a wonder how anyone thought this prologue was a good idea, as no matter the quality of the drama or production, you are constantly aware in the back of your head that the events portrayed are not real. A theoretically engaging, atmospheric and well-acted historical drama that sabotages itself in the first few minutes, The Wonder is streaming on Netflix and has a limited cinema release. - Seth Lukas Hynes

A marvellous end to theatre The 1812 Theatre The Woman in Black The 1812 Theatre’s final production for 2022 was Susan Hill’s The Woman in black. This, as the program reminds us, is a ghost story in two acts. The 1812 Theatre program was set out in Victorian fashion bringing the correct atmosphere to the evening as one is presented with the said program. The set was amazing. As the program says, “The audience is asked to imagine the action of the play takes place in the basement of a respected West End Theatre London.” So 1812 set the stage as such with a black brick wall running diagonally across the rear of the stage, a round central door, a theatre old style basket and many pipes leading up and down with different gauges attached. The story of Arthur Kipps who hires an actress to teach him how to present his story to family and friends. The story of his mission as a young man to a lonely old house where an old lady has passed away and Kipps representing the solicitors of the estate is sent to go through everything and settle the estate. What happens is the story that must be told. The players were Rhiannon Stephens who played the acting coach and young Arthur Kipps.

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Kemp’s curtain call Rowan Francis played the older Arthur Kips, Mr Bentley, Landlord, Keckwick, Tomes, Samuel Daly, and Horatio Jerome. This is not an easy task to play several roles in one show. Stephens did a good portrayal as the Acting Coach and young Artur Kipps. Beside the great acting she had several changes which were done very smoothly and quickly. Rowan Francis excelled in his many roles, from the shy elderly solicitor to the varying townspeople including different accents. A well done performance from both actors and a great evening of horror theatre. Many of the audience were rather bemused at the end of the evening and there was not the usual hurry to leave the theatre. People took their time looking around nervously as they left. A great evening of theatre to finish 2022 by The 1812 Theatre. Tuesday, 22 November, 2022

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THE LOWDOWN Q&A

with songwriter Riley Jordan

A contemporary artist in an earthy lush style, Riley Jordan has honed her skills as a producer, songwriter and performer with a deep dedication and respect for her craft. As a songwriter and recording artist, Riley finished top 3 in the Ballad Category of the Australian Songwriters Association Awards with the song ‘Cary Come Home’ and her song ‘Holy Ground’ has been archived by the National Film and Sound Institute. Riley has performed at festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival (QL), The Melbourne Fringe Festival, Frankston Guitar Festival, P.A.V.E. and The National Folk Festival. Live radio performances on air include: the ABC Evening Show (national) and various shows on 3CR, RRR, PBS FM (Melbourne) and 3MDR FM. 1. What is something people don’t know about you? I am a huge fan of the Marx Brothers, a trio comedy act, who started out in Vaudeville and then went onto make feature films. They were before my time, but when I was a kid, my brother and I would get up at any time of night when one of their films was on the TV, even if it was four in the morning. When I moved to the city I used to catch the midnight marathons at the Vallhalla Cinema. I’ve read every biography about them that I can find. 2. Tell us about your role as a musician? I’ve had to do lots of different things as a musician in order to support myself, from teaching singing through to gigs and recording. But the one thing that I have constantly returned to his being a songwriter. It’s been the one defining thread that has carried me through the whole of my life. 3. What has been your most memorable moment as a musician? Why? I am lucky enough to have had some amazing experiences on stage. From singing at music festivals to fronting rock bands to performing

Emerald songwriter and performer Riley Jordan. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS solo in intimate house concerts. One memorable performance that comes to mind was being a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. A couple of friends and I put on a two act show at the old railway station in St Kilda which had been converted to a venue. The first act we put on was an A Cappella trio called Medusa (Annie Watkins, Kelly Auty and Riley Jordan)and the second act I performed a solo show. At the end of the night we received a standing ovation. 4. What do you love most about working and living in the Dandenong Ranges? I have lived in the hills for over 30 years and it still knocks me out how beautiful it is. Driv-

ing to the shops in autumn with all the trees ablaze, walking on a foggy winter morning with the sun‘s rays spreading through the trees and watching the parrots feeding outside the at Kallista tea rooms while you’re sipping coffee. It’s a constant showcase… so lucky to live here. 5. What are some of your hobbies? I’m a garden fiend. Especially edible plants. I have heard gardening described as ‘The Green Gym’ and in my case that’s pretty true. I can remember times that I would be out there all day, till I just about collapsed. My favourite thing is all the plants that I have in the garden that have come from cuttings that friends gave me. 6. What event, past, present, or future, would you like to witness? I would have loved to be in the studio when some of the greatest hits were recorded. One that comes to mind is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Imagine being in the studio when Freddy Mercury recorded the lead vocal! 7. Who do you admire the most? As a Musician I admire Lin Manuel-Miranda who wrote the musical Hamilton. It took him seven years and it’s a brilliant piece of work. 8. What is an important issue in the region you think needs exposure? There is saying in the hills “you can be born here, you can grow up here, but you can’t retire here”. I find a lot of my friends are moving out of the hills as they get older because they can’t find appropriate places to downsize to. While there are some retirement villages, there are folk who still want to keep a small garden with a little more space around them. There is a need to allow subdivision of small allotments that can contain tiny houses or small dwellings. In addition to this, public transport needs to be urgently expanded so that older people can stay in the Hills when they can no longer drive.

THREE … ways to manage hayfever and allergies

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Avoid drying clothes outside This will help prevent bringing pollen inside on your freshlywashed linen and clothes. If you’d rather not use a dryer, invest in a clotheshorse and dry your washing inside by the window.

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Check the pollen count There are weather apps that will tell you the pollen count. Also, try not to go outside until after midday, especially on windy days or after thunderstorms.

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‘EARTH HOUSE’ A TRANQUIL RETREAT ON OVER 12 ACRES AS you enter the driveway be captivated by the jaw dropping view to the Warburton Ranges, exquisite gardens and expansive lawns that surround this ‘one of a kind’ home. Featured in Home Beautiful in 1991 and thoughtfully planned to nestle in a sheltered position that allows full view of the house yard, paddocks and incredible views, this hand-made masterpiece is full of character and charm boasting Tasmanian Oak timbers, Oregan beams, feature leadlight and solid timber windows and doors that allow you to live in harmony with nature. Huge northerly windows provide passive solar benefits maximising winter sun while wide eaves and cascading grape vines add shade for summer. An expansive open plan design provides relaxed living and stunning views with a solid fuel fire to settle down in front of on cooler evenings. Imagine entertaining family and friends around a large table beside a crackling

fire with a glass of the best and an everchanging view as a backdrop. The country style timber kitchen offers Smeg hotplates and pyrolytic self-cleaning electric oven, as well as a Rayburn wood fired stove where a roast, stew, pot of jam or cake can be created - while at the same time heating your hot water and the hydronic panels to warm the entire home. This, along with a thermally efficient design will save you money on running costs all winter. The walkin pantry has loads of space for all of your home-made produce if you enjoy creating your own delights. There are 4 very large bedrooms, the master with full ensuite. Outdoors there is an alfresco entertaining area as well as over 5 hectares with plenty of pasture for your four-legged friends, shedding/animal shelter, chicken pen, two road access and an abundance of fruit trees, berries, vegetables and herbs to fulfill your self-sufficient lifestyle. A variety of established trees, shrubs and

flowering annuals provide an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour and invite an array of native birds to visit. Whether you sit under the shady Oak trees and quietly contemplate, potter in the garden, pursue your equestrian dream or revel in the beauty that surrounds, this is a haven that will delight you. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 165 Mountain Road, COCKATOO Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $1,400,000 - $1,540,000 Inspect: By appointment Auction: Sale By Set Date: 29th November at 5pm Contact: Gayle Barrot 0408 195 767 and Justin Barrot 0438 683 781, BARRY PLANT, EMERALD

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PICTURE PERFECT LIFESTYLE ON 10 ACRES OFFERED for sale for the first time in over 38 years this picturesque 10 acre lifestyle property is sure to tick all of the boxes. Nestled amongst colour filled gardens the country style cottage is full of character and charm with beautiful features throughout the home including timber floorboards and gorgeous windows with garden vista views. The home boasts a stunning kitchen with quality appliances, excellent bench and storage space and pressed metal splashback. The adjacent dining room is spacious and creates an ideal space to entertain your friends and family. Continuing through the home discover the formal living room with open fireplace for those cooler evenings. There are three bedrooms all serviced by the family bathroom, the master bedroom is complete with walk in wardrobe. Outside the embellishments continue, stepping outside onto the decked outdoor entertaining take in the stunning established cottage gardens are packed with beautiful florals and established shade trees. For the green thumb, there is a fenced vegetable patch with fruit trees and raised vegetable gardens ready for next seasons seeds. To store all the toys and tools there is excellent shedding including a high-rise barn with workshop and storage room, machinery shed and other sundry shedding. The balance of the property is fenced to 5 paddocks with quality fencing including post and rail fencing, two with day boxes, there is also a secure stable block. Macclesfield Creek meanders through the rear of the property. Properties like this are seldom come by so be quick to make this one yours. Inspection is an absolute must! l

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 29 Coopers Road, MACCLESFIELD Description: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 garage Price: $1,150,000 - $1,225,000 Inspect: By appointment Auction: SALE BY SET DATE: Wednesday, 14 December, 5pm (UNLESS SOLD PRIOR) Contact: Justin Barrot 0438 683 781 and Brittany Barry 0412 861 094, BARRY PLANT, EMERALD 18 MAIL

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8 Duke Street, Emerald

39 Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

9 Francis Street, Cockatoo

SPACE AND TRANQUILLITY ON 4000M2 (approx)

PARKLIKE SETTING ON 2,721m2!

IMPECCABLE HOME WITH STUDIO & SHEDDING

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GUIDE $850,000 - $900,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Sue Colic 0421 772 610 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

GUIDE $950,000 - $1,045,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Justin Barrot 0438 683 781 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

GUIDE $1,500,000 - $1,650,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Denise McKay 0479 184 147 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

1 Outlook Road, Emerald

1280 Pakenham Road, Mount Burnett

1 Nugent Street, Monbulk

CENTRAL EMERALD STUNNER ON OVER 3000M2

HUGE POTENTIAL ON OVER 5 ACRES

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GUIDE $900,000 - $990,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Riley Nicholas 0488 501 218 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

GUIDE $950,000 - $1,023,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Sue Colic 0421 772 610 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

GUIDE $720,000 - $790,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Riley Nicholas 0488 501 218 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

23 Gembrook Launching Place Road, Gembrook

290 Belgrave Gembrook Road, Clematis

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STUNNING FAMILY HOME WITH VIEWS ON 2143M2

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GUIDE $650,000 - $715,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Denise McKay 0479 184 147 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

GUIDE $960,000 - $1,035,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Riley Nicholas 0488 501 218 Barry Plant Emerald 5968 4522

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HARKAWAY SPECIAL IN A QUIET COURT THIS spacious character Harkaway home is ideal for the large family or those that like to entertain. Perfectly positioned in a quiet court just a short stroll into the centre of Gembrook with all its charm and eateries at the end of the Puffing Billy line. The ideal ‘Australian Dream Home,’ a chic country sophistication displaying the indoor/outdoor lifestyle we love! Barbecues on the deck all year-round! Spacious, light filled interiors for a family friendly living. Not to forget the lawned backyard for the fourlegged member. It really does not get any better than 4 Kookaburra Court. Featuring: 9 ft ceilings throughout Front porch 6 bedrooms (or 5 and a study perhaps), BIRs in all Main bedroom with full ensuite and walk-in robe Family room (with wood fire), bi fold doors opening on to spacious covered deck The kitchen features walk in pantry, ample bench and storage space, quality appliances Adjoining family dining area Separate lounge/TV room/home office Beautiful views over Gembrook Park ¼ acre of easy-care, well-established gardens. There is plenty of space for the cars, with a sealed driveway allowing you to access the almost 4 car garage (or 2 and a workshop) with internal access up the stairs so you do not get wet unloading the car. There is also room for your boat, caravan, or other toys, plus ample under house storage. Gembrook township offers that idyllic country living feel yet has great amenities, cafes, restaurants, the IGA and more. You will enjoy the toot of Puffing Billy close by and the chance to get home from the hustle and bustle of the day and enjoy spending time with the family, stress free in a fabulous home. Be sure to call Mick Dolphin 0429 684 522 or Jane Mortimer 0457 620 542 to arrange a time to view what could be your next place to call home. ●

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HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 4 Kookaburra Court, GEMBROOK Description: 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 garage Price: $950,000 - $1,045,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Mick Dolphin 0429 684 522 and Jane Mortimer 0457 620 542, RANGES FIRST NATIONAL, 9754 6111 20 MAIL

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Ranges BArN, GArAGE & STUDIO

COCKATOO 2 NANGANA STrEET TICK ALL THe eXTRA BOXeS OF ‘HILLS’ LIvINg!

SPACIOUS HOME WITH 2 BED UNIT

$860,000-$940,000 4A 2B 5C 1E

Space for the family & everything else you need to bring! Offering multiple living spaces, kitchen meals & family room, wood fire, GDH, separate study area & small loft space. Outside offers an office/studio, 9mx9m barn with mezzanine, 6mx9.8m garage & large carport, paved entertaining area, low-maintenance gardens & extra garden sheds. So much to love about this house & Cockatoo in general and with Emerald only a 7-minute drive away & Melbourne under an hour, you really will want this to be your new home!

Mick Dolphin 0429 684 522

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BeLgRAve 4 DICkINSON STrEET BRILLIANT LOCATION

$1,150,000-$1,265,000 6A 3B 4C

Gorgeous character-filled home features a flexible floorplan, multiple living zones, Jarrah flooring, diamond-paned windows, decorative ceilings & cornices, master with a sitting area, formal lounge with dual OFP’s, central kitchen with blackwood timber doors & leadlight glass, main bathroom with double vanities & corner spa, deck & paved areas leading to the fully self-contained 2-bed unit. Additional features include 22 Solar panels, 2 water tanks, 4-car garage, circular drive, workshop/studio & a fully fenced rear yard.

Jan Brewster 0409 558 805

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COCKATOO 41 SECOND AvENUE ROOM FOR THe CARS AND TOYS

$815,000 - $895,000 3A 2B 2C 1E

With the National Park at the end of the street, this ideal home has been designed for the kids & dad in mind and features the children’s wing with a rumpus and built-in study zone. The other area includes the open plan living/kitchen/dining, family room & master suite. Tassy Oak floors, huge picture windows, BIr’s, paved entertaining/BBQ areas, fenced 1,004 sqm block, parking for 8+ cars, plus parking bays for trailer/caravan etc. The huge wide driveway leads to the double garage & workshop/store room with its own toilet.

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$700,000-$770,000 3A 1B 4C

North-facing aspect with a lovely outlook & natural light throughout the year. Featuring BIrs in all bedrooms, spacious kitchen, updated bathroom, separate WC, rear decking, double carport, double garage with wood fire(currently set up as a games room) fenced rear yard with cubby & chicken coop, shedding & grassed areas for play. The location is excellent, you get the real ‘country living’ vibe, yet you are minutes to Cockatoo Township, walk/ride to Wrights Forest, then onto Emerald Lake Park for a fun fitness outing.

Mick Dolphin 0429 684 522

“We Put You First”

Jane Mortimer 0457 620 542

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IMPRESSIVE FAMILY ENTERTAINER THIS half-acre family haven with swimming pool and large paved patio in peaceful surrounds has arrived just in time for the summer months to come. Designed for enviable living and entertaining in style, this beautiful home will be the backdrop for many memorable moments. From the tiled foyer of this home, the floorplan leads through a series of spaces that work together to create the heart of the home. The front lounge with open wood fire boasts timber accent walls and custom arched glass doors. The kitchen with granite benchtops, Miele gas cooktop and dishwasher, Westinghouse oven, and curved rangehood overlooks the family room with polished hardwood floorboards, wood fire and dining area. Add to this an adaptable snug/sitting room and comfort is afforded in every corner of this home. Forming the blueprint for optimal family comfort is the cleverly configured bedroom layout. The idyllic study/home office and main bedroom with walk-in robe, shower ensuite, separate WC, and French doors to the garden reside on the generous ground floor. Atop the stairs with cathedral-style arched window are 3 more family bedrooms with built-in robes plus a sizeable bathroom with dual sinks, separate WC, and corner spa tub. With supplementary features including gas ducted heating, terraced rear garden with loads of potential, large front landscape with single garage and extra off-street parking all in a highly sought-after pocket of Upwey, this property offers top-notch living in a lovely lifestyle location. Inspection will impress. Leafy 2,028sqm (approx.) property with pool and paved patios Beautiful double-storey home with versatile living areas including lounge and family room with wood fires Quality kitchen with timber cabinetry, granite benchtops, and Miele gas cooktop 4 generously proportioned bedrooms including main with ensuite and walk-in robe Home office/5th bedroom, large laundry/ mudroom, and gas ducted heating for comfort ●

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HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 36 Ferndale Avenue, UPWEY Description: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 5 garage Price: $1.15m-$1.25m. Offers Close December 7, Unless Sold Prior Inspect: By appointment Contact: Sam Adamson 0421 023 760 or Daniel Steen 0434 979 142, CHANDLER & CO REAL ESTATE 22 MAIL

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Real Estate you can trust! We ’ r e h e r e t o h e l p FOR SALE

41 Fairy Dell Road, TECOMA A TRANQUIL RETREAT IN THE HEART OF TECOMA!

$780,000 - $850,000 4A2B1C

FOR SALE

8 Vista Road, OLINDA

$780,000 - $850,000

BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED HOME

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Within an easy walk to Tecoma’s main street, local schools and public transport, this perfectly presented, two-storey home boasts open-plan living at its finest! Serene, spacious and filled with natural light, the main living area has an open design that expands seamlessly onto a timber decking, surrounded by the greenery of the private front yard.

A rare combination of lush, level landscape and a lovingly cared for residence, this property is a stylish and serene family sanctuary. Boasting over ¼ acre of diverse gardens with high privacy hedging, this is a beautiful property to relax in at the end of each day. This spectacular property epitomises the very best of Dandenong Ranges living, so don’t delay, treat yourself to a tour today.

Sharyn Chandler

Suzie Brannelly

M 0439 882 442 | E sharyn@chandlerandco.com.au

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FOR SALE

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4 Hilltop Road, UPPER FERNTREE GULLY

EXQUISITE CIRCA 1920S “AVONLEA”

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$1m - $1.1m Offers Close Dec 13 Unless Sold Prior Luxurious “Avonlea” is a beautiful family haven steeped in local history and saturated in style. Affectionately called “The School House” due to its provenance as the headmaster/mistress residence of the original Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School, this circa 1920s property is a cornerstone of this lovely, leafy neighbourhood.

Sam Adamson

Daniel Steen

M 0421 023 760 | E sam@chandlerandco.com.au

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YOUR STUNNING LIFESTYLE AWAITS THIS property has it all! It will make a fabulous home for a family or a haven for any horse enthusiast, and boasts position and views for anyone wanting a tree change – or you can enjoy all of the above! Set on 23.6 acres the property is a combination of bush/creek area and cleared land, which includes horse amenities as well as a flower farm that harvests protea, waratahs and the like. The equestrian infrastructure includes an Olympic size 60x25m flood lit arena, a stable complex with 10 stables, including an undercover barn with 8 large 9 x 4.5m looseboxes, 2 post and rail day yards, feed and tack rooms, hay storage shed, hot wash facilities, undercover truck and float parking, and Shockcoat fencing to 9 paddocks, all with water. The property also provides luxury for the owners with a 50+ square home that offers four bedrooms, three living areas and three bathrooms. The views from this home are outstanding looking across the valley. The home has hydronic heating to keep you toasty as well as a wood fire in the lounge room. The master bedroom, with its own balcony, has a sizeable dressing room that includes a large ensuite with shower and toilet. The 2nd and 3rd bedrooms have built in robes and are serviced by the family bathroom and the fourth bedroom has access to the 3rd bathroom, perfect for guests. The kitchen is gorgeous with stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances, 1200mm gas oven, and bifold servery windows opening onto the sensational deck where you can entertain the masses. The home can also be entered through a breezeway with a mudroom and has the additional lovely surprise of a teenager’s retreat, that could be converted to a private, self contained, dual accommodation option. Externally there is a sealed circular drive with electric gates both ends, two large double carports, a 2-bay garage, a chicken pen/ dog run, large veggie patch, fruit trees, a hot house, a potting house, under house storage and a huge high bay shed with additional wood shed and ruck/high bay carport. This property has it all so don’t miss out! 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: 8 Cherry Road, AVONSLEIGH Description: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 6 garage Price:$2,450,000 - $2,650,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Samantha Scott, 0438 680 032, BELL REAL ESTATE, EMERALD 24 MAIL

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P 5968 6222 311-313 Main Street Emerald

13 Station Road, Gembrook

$950,000 - $1,020,000

Gorgeous Victorian Cottage on 2899sqm Subdividable (STCA), Sunny, Flat Block!

Samantha Scott M 0438 680 032

Character filled 4 bedroom plus a study family home has views & 6 acres to enjoy. With two paddocks and a dam. The front porch welcomes you into the formal lounge with an open fire place and adjoining study/sunroom. There is then a laundry with a separate entrance to the front decking & a toilet. The house flows through to the kitchen with an island bench to enjoy & a gas stove, dishwasher & open plan kitchen dining for all your entertaining. The master bedroom has built in robes with a shower, bath & toilet. The hardwood floors flow throughout the home, and the second, and third bedrooms have built in robes. The fourth bedroom has lovely views to the entertaining deck. There is a fantastic rear entertaining covered decking area to soak in the valley views! There is a shed externally, & the property is connected to mains power & telephone. Aaron Day M 0407 365 994

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Perfect sky gazing property, 6 acres next to the observatory!

A nearly 100-year-old, 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with 2 living areas & stunning gardens, on the largest block in the area & has been extensively & sympathetically renovated & is near completion. With a large master bedroom with ensuite & WIR, 2 further large bedrooms & character bathrooms & the home features ducted heating, 10ft ceilings, picture rails, ornate ceiling roses and cornicing, front wrap around porch, a spacious kitchen with gas cooker & woodfire stove from the original home. All mains services connected, a open fire in the formal lounge & mains gas ducted heating throughout. Enjoy the private, sunny, fully fenced backyard with a veggie patch, established flowering trees, a large shed/workshop with concrete floor and power, a double carport, & a single lock up garage.

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Spacious and stunning centrally located family home!

The equestrian infrastructure includes an Olympic size 60x25m flood lit arena, a stable complex with 10 stables, including an undercover barn with 8 large 9x4.5m looseboxes, 2 post & rail day yards, feed & tack rooms, hay storage shed, hot wash facilities, undercover truck & float parking, & Shockcoat fencing to 9 paddocks. The 50+ square home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 living areas & 3 bathrooms & has hydronic heating, wood fire, breeze way plus a teenagers retreat. The master bedroom has a balcony, dressing room, & ensuite. 2nd & 3rd bedrooms with BIRs. The kitchen features stone benchtops, & stainless steel appliances & gas oven. Externally there is a sealed circular drive with electric gates, 2 large double carports, a 2-bay garage, a chicken pen/ dog run, large veggie patch, fruit trees, a hot house, a potting house, under house storage & a huge high bay shed.

This is an amazing true family home. With 6 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, giving you the possibility of sharing a multi-generational home or dual occupancy. All bedrooms have BIRs and carpet. Master bedroom features an ensuite. The further two bathrooms contain both a toilet & shower each, with the larger bathroom offering a corner spa bath. The kitchen has a 900mm electric oven & gas stove, and overlooks the lounge area & rumpus room. This home features high ceilings, ducted heating, ducted vacuum, wood fire, air conditioners and a rear deck that is 9m by 12 m and fully covered to facilitate all year around entertaining. The garden has fruit trees, a dedicated dog area, chicken yard, & a paved area. There is under house storage and a brand new massive 8m * 11m, 4 car shed with concreted floor and 4m high walls.

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NEWS

Rotary in the hills By Liz Millman

The Philanthropic Collective and B-Alternative teamed up to go green in 2022. 287901

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Waste reduced at Halloween event By Andrew Fillip-Gautier Upon conclusion of Halloween on the Green 2022, the event achieved a minimum landfill diversion of 73 per cent, not taking into account the approximate weight of single use packaging avoided. Taking the single use packaging avoided through the implementation of a reusable crockery system, an 89 per cent diversion from landfill was achieved. Although attendance numbers almost doubled between 2019 and 2022’s event, total landfill decreased dramatically.

resources. Additionally, total landfill was 60 kilograms. 300 kilograms of single use packaging was avoided by implementing a reusable crockery system. Combining the other resources diverted, a total of 460 kilograms of materials were diverted from landfill. A total waste from landfill diversion of 89 per cent was achieved, including single use packaging avoided. PET bottles recycled was a very small 1 kilogram and was therefore excluded from tables and figures.

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The Philanthropic Collective believes this was due to a combination of factors, including the reusable crockery system, organic waste stream, and event patron education. The Philanthropic Collective also congratulates our community for achieving a hugely positive environmental result, and are excited to work with B-Alternative in the future to achieve even more progressive results. A total of 220 kilograms of materials were managed into different recovery and waste streams this year at Halloween on the Green. 73 per cent (160 kilograms) of waste was diverted from landfill and utilised as various

Rotary International raised over $100,000 after the storm to provide organisations with funds for various projects. Now the Mount Dandenong Hotel and the Rotary Club of Lilydale are coming together with the Hills Creative Alliance to set up and develop a satellite Rotary Club which will meet at the Mount Dandenong Hotel on Wednesdays each week. A Rotary Open Day is being hosted by the Mount Dandenong Hotel on Wednesday 7 December with options to call in and discuss this new venture – 11am for complementary morning coffee, 2pm for complimentary afternoon tea, and a session at 6pm for those joining coming after work. Then there will be weekly opportunities for those who wish to join Rotary to volunteer to help support our community recovery efforts on Wednesdays, as well as Friends of Rotary and there will also be opportunities to join Zoom sessions on Monday evenings with opportunities to meet with experts in disaster management, environmental challenges and local issues as we explore the best ways to develop the resilience and support needs for the Hills communities. This follows up the pilot undertaken by HCA when several speakers joined us on Zoom, including Professor Greg Moore, senior researcher at Melbourne University. These talks are restarting on Monday 28 November at 7pm when David Ferrier, founder of ‘Treasuring our Trees’ who will update us about this brilliant project. The Zoom link in on www.hillscreativealliance.com where the link to the recording of Proffessor Moore’s talk can also be found. The Anglican Parish of Mount Dandenong has continued to provide support for those facing hard times after the storm and Covid impact, on Tuesday afternoon with their ‘Welcome to Drop In and have a Cuppa’ from 1 – 4 at St Michael’s Church Hall in Kalorama. These sessions are held every week with the cupboards now restocked with everyday items for those doing it tough. Opportunities to find out how to create photo books and other ways to write your story are also being set up by the Hills Creative Alliance team with St Michael’s. Ladies interested in setting up a local Country Women’s Association have been meeting recently at Karwarra Garden in Kalorama, on the second Thursday of the month and last week Shelley Graham, one of the garden’s team, gave a brilliant talk about this very special Australian Plant Garden. Please contact Hills Creative Alliance Secretary, Liz Millman on 0412 970 050 for more information on any of these opportunities.

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‘Most financially stable’ By Callum Ludwig Yarra Ranges businesses are more likely to be feeling financially safe and secure than in any other region in Australia. Of regions with more than 5000 registered businesses, the Yarra Ranges has the lowest risk of insolvency in the country at only 4.81 per cent, according to the latest October 2022 CreditorWatch Business Risk Index (BRI). Manager of Economic Development and Investment at Yarra Ranges Council Ben Harnwell said hearing the news was awesome and they are all really excited that our business community is so strong and resilient, from bigger towns like Lilydale to the strip of traders in areas like Warburton. “We’ve got such a diverse business community who are strongly connected. That’s one of the factors that I see in this in our 55 towns and villages across the municipality, they’re all really well connected within their communities and people will support and shop local,” he said. “We’ve had a number of impactful events from storms to floods, and the businesses are bouncing back and they’re coming together and the community is coming together with them. They pick up the pieces, dust themselves off and go on to the next challenge and keep moving forward, it’s a testament to the strength of the communities we’ve got here.” No other region comes close to the Yarra Ranges business security, with Cottesloe-Claremont in Western Australia the next best at 4.92 per cent, then Adelaide City, South Australia 4.95 per cent, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales and Geelong, Victoria both at 5.01 per cent. Mr Harnwell said another part of the answer to the Yarra Ranges’ success is not only they are connected but their connection is formalised as well. “We’ve got some really strong trader groups,

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Massive hawks weekend It was a massive weekend on and off the ground this week for the Monbulk Cricket Club Hawks, with all junior and senior teams playing a game of cricket. Four out of five senior teams had a win which was highlighted by Brad Trinnick’s century in the 2nd XI’s win. Monbulk Cricket Club also celebrated its 125th year on Sunday, which came 125 years exactly after Monbulk’s first ever match against Seville. The day involved a Junior match, Blasters session, the launch of the 125 Not Out History book written over the past two years by Greg Hardy, the naming of the first ever 5 Legends and Best Ever Team, Life Member presentations and finished with a commemorative T10 match v Seville CC. Glen James was named the club’s newest life member after 40 years of service, friendship and loyalty to the Monbulk Cricket Club. The five Legends named were: Frank Anderson, Ken Fleming, Don Matthews, Ken Utting and Jason Fraser. The Best Team named in batting order was: Frank Anderson, Len Fleming, Ken Utting, Jason Fraser, Lance Symons, Don Matthews, Colin Jonas, Max James, Ken Fleming, Ted Mattingley, Mick Surwald and Dennis Colee. The best of the best on and off the ground in the proud history of the club. Weekend Scores: 1st XI - Monbulk 4/141 (K.Snyman 36, B.Martin 33) def by Lysterfield 4/237 2nd XI – Monbulk 5/203 (B.Trinnick 129, L.McIntosh 26) def Lysterfield 7/198 (C.Haworth-Hooker 3/31) 3rd XI – Monbulk 3/134 (C.Spooner 47*, M.Bailey 24) def Ferntree Gully 9/121 (C.Spooner 4/29, S.Suranga 3/5) 4th XI – Monbulk 1/126 (T.Badgery 45, T.Mackay 44*) def Eildon Park 8/123 (A.Berry 2/19) 5th XI - Monbulk def Scoresby by forfeit Vets – Washed Out U16’s - Bye U14’s – Monbulk 3/126 (E.Dawson 31*, W.Blenkiron 17*, M.Peacock 17*, O.Toohey 16*) def Mazenod 9/50 (L.Pritchard 3/9, E.Dawson 2/3, A.Sutton 1/1, M.Peacock 1/4, R.Tudor 1/5) U12’s – Monbulk 5/100 (H.Arnott 42*, T.Phyland 16, A.Dawson 8*) def by Rowville 4/134 (C.Doyle 1/11) Fast 9’s – Monbulk 6/73 (J.Chudasko 12, N.Taylor 10, A.Selby 9*) def by Belgrave 5/77 (A.Selby 1/3, J.Jennings-Sykes 1/11, Super 7’s – Monbulk 8/63 (M.Demant Roddy 7*) v Sth Belgrave 4/83 (Q.Doyle 2/2, H.Watson 1/3, J.Mason 1/1)

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thorn in the Tiger’s side. Buckland steered the Knights to a gutsy 2 wicket win, finishing on 79 not out to carry his bat through the innings. At 1 win-2 losses this weekend looms as crucial to Upwey-Tecoma’s season, as the Tigers take on top-4 side The Basin at Upwey Recreation Reserve. The Upwey-Tecoma Under 16’s played the Ferntree Gully Footballers at home. The Tigers batted first, managing 7/105 from their 25 overs. Oskar Taylor top scored with

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Bowlers off to Vic Open By Jack Rollings Midweek pennant was rained out this week. Some of the bowling greens looked more like swimming pools. Saturday pennant is not on this week because the Vic Open is on up at Shepparton. About a dozen Monbulk bowlers, men and women, are travelling up to try their luck in singles, pairs and triples formats. Signs of the extreme flooding event are still everywhere: water across paddocks, potholes in the roads big enough to hide a football in, and masses of mosquitos trying to find a gap in the windows at night. So far, our bowlers have had mixed results and some close misses. Jenny Holmes won through her singles sec-

tion and played the first round of knockouts against a 16-year-old rising star from Melton, Lily Dodd. Lily has the Big V stickers on her bowls, having represented Victoria in the recent national titles. The game between Monbulk’s Jenny and Melton’s Lily was a thriller, with supporters from both camps surrounding the bowling green. In the end, it was Jenny who prevailed and she will progress to the next round against Ann Miles from Yarrawonga, a legend in bowling who has several state titles to her name. Pennant will start up again this Saturday with Monbulk 1 hosting Lilydale. Monbulk is undefeated so far this season and will be trying very hard to keep that record intact.

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Feidler and Noman highlight championship performers By Jamie Strudley Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes competed in Australian and Victorian championships during the last week. Emily Fiedler competed for Victoria at the School Sport Australia Primary School Track and Field Championships in Brisbane over the weekend. An excellent 200m PB of 28.71 to finish 8th in her 200m race was followed up with a team bronze in the Medley Relay. Well done Emily. Harry Norman, Max Savil-Bentley and Olivia Twining all competed at the Victorian 5000m championships, held at Box Hill on Thursday evening. Harry was in the lead group until the last lap finishing a tactical race in 8th place recording 14.15.55. Max, running in the B race set a solid pace from the gun, holding on well to record a PB of 14.56.69 finishing in 9th place. Olivia was in a stacked Open Women’s championship race. A cautious start saw Olivia finish strong with a time of 18.06.59 to finish 11th. Our senior team was in action again at round 5 of the AVSL competition, competing at venues in Casey, Meadowglen and Geelong. Unofficial results indicate a well earned round win for the club. Welcome to first time competitor Sharon Cook. Results: Women 100m: Ashleigh Rooke 13.14 (4.8); Ciara Willey 14.51 (3.9); 200m: Elisabeth Coffey 30.21 (7.5); Kathi Hewitson 36.91 (-0.5); 800m: Kristina Nackovski 2:32.97; Rori Jones 2:35.29; 1500m: Emilie Garside 8:05.2h; 300m Hurdles: Kathi Hewitson 79.15; 1500m Walk: Emilie Garside 9:57.4h;

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New members and any 13yo+ athletes wanting to test their track and field skills can join at www.athsvic.org.au. Send enquiries to join@yarrarangesathletics.org.au It was another fantastic turnout of athletes and parents for little athletics action on Saturday morning for the always colourful and exciting Club v Club day. Results from the day will be available next week. Over 50 athletes competed at the Box Hill Relays on Sunday, a great warm up for Region Relays in 2 weeks

Meg Sparkes 24.89m; Hayley Wilkins 23.76m; Javelin: Hayley Wilkins 32.66m; Ashleigh Rooke 26.67m;Meg Sparkes 16.69m; Hammer: Sarah Ebbels 32.65m; Kathi Hewitson 21.37m; Anne-Marie Ebbels 21.29m; Men 100m: Liam Russell 12.39 (3.6); Oliver Duncan 12.76 (1.6); 200m: Craig Hewitson 28.63 (0.9); Bradley McMeeken 39.22 (1.6);

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Emily with her Bronze medal from the SSA Championships in Brisbane. Picture: SUPPLIED time. Results will be available next week. We look forward to more personal bests and smiles next Saturday morning with information and warm up starting at 8.45am ready for the start of competition at 9.00am. If you, or someone you know, wants to join in the fun registration is at www.lavic.com.au. Training is available to all club members on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5.30pm and on Thursday afternoons from 4.00pm for our Under 12 athletes. Yarra Ranges Athletics welcomes and encourages all athletes of any age or ability. For information on training, how to join or trial, photos, results and updated news, visit the website at yarrarangesathletics.org. au or check us out on Facebook. Run, Jump, Throw…too easy! Tuesday, 22 November, 2022

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